March 14, 2014 |
Rideshare in Chicago is already kind of a hot mess. Think 4 a.m. pickups by strangers ghost-riding their pink-mustache-adorned whips. And now it's sloppier: lawsuits, regulatory proposals and threats of outing secretly gay aldermen. (If you don't know all the facts, RedEye reporter Leonor Vivanco has covered the topic like a pro. Go here and here to get your hands dirty.) And as the ridiculousness grows, rideshare companies are scrambling to prove their worth in the local taxi market.
December 31, 2013 |
We've all been there. Partying at a club or even a house party on New Year's Eve sounds like a good time until you think about the logistics of getting home...when you're drunk. And yes, we've all heard about the controversy surrounding Uber's "surge pricing" on high-demand taxi nights such as New Year's Eve. (If you haven't, read up , folks because it's all your friends will be talking about tonight at 12:01 a.m.) (Credit: Uber) Lyft, an on-demand ride service similar to UberX and Sidecar,...
December 20, 2013 |
Whether it's The Advocate - America's oldest gay news magazine - anointing Pope Francis as Person of the Year for his more lenient views on homosexuality or Russian President Vladimir Putin signing a law criminalizing public discussion of gay rights and relationships, one thing is clear: 2013 was as gay as a clutch purse on Tony Awards night. Closer to home, the top 2013 LGBT news and cultural stories reveal a community that is both protective of its enclaves - as evidenced by the brouhaha over the proposed multi-story Out Hotel in Boystown - and passionate...
December 16, 2013 |
A Chicago man was accused of hijacking a taxi cab in Logan Square early Sunday morning after police officers found him asleep in the cab, according to county prosecutors. Danny Canchola, Jr., of the 5500 block of South Fransisco Avenue, was arrested at 6 a.m. near 900 South Plymouth Court after a cab driver identified him as the man who stole his taxi cab after climbing in without permission at a red light. According to court records, Canchola jumped into the cab while it was stopped at a red light near the intersection of...
November 20, 2013 |
A Skokie man was arrested Monday after he was accused of catching a cab ride into Chicago from Rivers Casino and then robbing the driver at gunpoint last May, county prosecutors said. Pradeep Kumar, 30, caught a cab outside the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Ill., on May 16, according to court records, and rode it to a home in the 800 block of South Escanaba Avenue in South Chicago. Once there, Kumar allegedly told the cab driver he needed to go inside to collect money to pay the $100 fare.
November 8, 2013 |
There's a new angle on the infamous "poorly attempted hit-and-run" video that exploaded online Wednesday. Taxi news site Chicago Dispatcher obtained video of the Belmont Avenue incident that occured Oct. 30. The driver, who hit five cars in total, was later arrested and charged with criminal damage to public property, leaving the scene, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, among other offenses. The video is...