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July 31, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
When Aaron Wilson moved from car-crazed California to commuter-friendly Chicago to attend the University of Chicago, he traded his driver's license for an Illinois state ID. "I can get everywhere I need to go either by public transportation or on my bike," said Wilson, now 24, a research assistant who lives in Logan Square. "It's really expensive to have a car. It's something I can afford, but it would limit my ability to have a nicer apartment or not spend as much on food. " Once you factor in gas, maintenance, insurance and other fees, it can cost anywhere from $5,700 to $9,800 a year to own and drive a car...
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May 22, 2014 | By Emily Brown, @emily_brown88
Every Memorial Day weekend, IndyCar drivers set their sights on winning the Indianapolis 500, aka the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing. " And some drivers, such as Scott Dixon, make a spectacle of themselves off the track. Like when the 33-year-old New Zealand native was shooting a Target commercial. "We were in Vegas and did burnouts on a little suburban street," Dixon said. "Seeing the expressions on the natives' faces [was funny]. " On Sunday, he and 32 other drivers will compete in the most illustrious race of the Verizon IndyCar series' season.
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July 31, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins and Jessica Cantarelli and RedEye
A recent report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund and the Frontier Group environmental think tank found that people ages 16 to 34 are driving less. That got us at RedEye thinking: Is it worth it to have a car in Chicago with plentiful public transit and a bike-friendly reputation? YES I know it's not necessarily "cool" to say you drive around Chicago instead of bike or take the CTA. But, I have to ask--have you ever biked or taken the CTA? Talk about soul-sucking experiences.
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May 13, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA is testing electronic signs on its Orange and Brown Line cars, the agency said today. Last week, the CTA equipped two pairs of 3200-series rail cars that operate on the Orange and Brown lines with new electronic destination signs on the front of the first car and on the inside of the cars. The signs replace the traditional roller curtain on the sides and ends of each car. Those signs scroll to display the destination of the car. Starting next year, the CTA plans to equip all of its 256 3200-series cars with these signs.
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May 14, 2012 | Ernest Wilkins
In the red corner....from Norway, weighing in at a majestic 32 pounds...fresh from a wild session at the jungle gym, comes ROCK BABY UMLAUT  with his stirring tribute to Dave Grohl andNirvana's "Breed".    in the blue corner...representing the Old Fourth Ward in Atlanta, GA...one-half of the "Crazy adorable twin boys passed out in their high chairs" ...here is KEITH AKA THE REAL BARRE BABY absolutely dominating...
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October 1, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A Pilsen man was arrested Monday evening after he allegedly stole an SUV while impersonating a parking attendant, county prosecutors said. The man was caught after he drove the 2011 Lincoln MKX to the Nordstrom shopping plaza on Michigan Avenue and attempted to return some of the recently-purchased items sitting in the car, according to court records. Tony Taylor, 48, of the 1400 block of South Canal Street, was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The car belonged to a woman from Deerfield, Ill., who, according to the police report, drove up to...
NEWS
January 30, 2012 | RedEye
MSNBC reports: President Obama is on cruise control toward his party's nomination to run for reelection, but Tim O'Boyle is hoping to capitalize on Obama's old cruise-mobile -- a 2005 Chrysler 300C . O'Boyle says he tried to sell the car on eBay a few years ago, but that pranksters ran the bidding up to $100 million before eBay shut down the auction. Get the full story at MSNBC.com .  
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February 11, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The Chicago Police Department released an alert this morning warning of a spate of car thefts in several McCormick Place parking lots. The alert said an unknown offender with no identifying features stole cars from the convention center parking lots in the 2300 block of South Lake Shore Drive and the 2900 block of South Moe Drive on Jan. 18 and 19. The first car theft was reported on Jan. 18 around 2 p.m., the second on Jan. 19 at around 12:15...
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September 9, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A South Chicago woman was arrested early Sunday morning on multiple charges of driving under the influence, county prosecutors said, after police officers found her car stuck to a fire hydrant on Western Avenue. Lisa Ann Thompson-Hall, 31, of the 8300 block of South Burley Avenue, was driving south on Western Avenue near Jackson Boulevard, when her car struck a fire hydrant on the east side of the street, according to the police report. Officers arrived at the intersection around 4 a.m. to find Thompson-Hall still...
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May 21, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Can the test drive be over now? An afternoon test drive of a Dodge Charger turned into a joyride Monday when a teenager from Humboldt Park sped off in the car, with a reluctant dealership employee riding shot-gun. Kendall Jackson, 18, of the 4800 block of West Superior Street, was charged with posession of a stolen vehicle, unlawful restraint of a person, and driving without a license after he visited the World Discount Auto, Inc. dealership on North Cicero Avenue on Monday afternoon.
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April 28, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A Chicago woman was accused of stealing a suburban training college admissions counselor's car after visiting for an admissions interview and test last month, "because she didn't have a ride home," prosecutors said. Mary Davila-Velasquez, 23, of the 1600 block of North Humboldt Boulevard, was arrested following a traffic stop Sunday night after police determined the car she was driving had been reported stolen, according to court records. Davila-Velasquez initially told police officers she was borrowing the car from a friend, but after being brought to a...
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April 22, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Two men were arrested Monday night after police officers, who pulled them over for running a stop sign in Lakeview, discovered they had half a pound of pot in the car, county prosecutors said. Gerrick Birt, 24, of Matteson, Ill., and Mikal Johnson, 23, of the 1200 block of West Belden Avenue, were charged with felony possession of cannabis after police officers allegedly found in their car two bags of weed and one scale, which Johnson admitted belonged to him, according to the police report.
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April 14, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A Chicago man was accused of rear-ending a car while driving under the influence Tuesday, county prosecutors said, when police found that his license plate number had imprinted itself into the bumper of the victim's car in the crash. Magdaleno Villanueva, 47, of the 5600 block of South Mozart Avenue, was arrested while sitting in his car outside his home, the police report said, after police connected the license plate number to his address. Villanueva was charged with...
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April 10, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
A sizable car fire under the Blue Line tracks near California and Fullerton avenues in Logan Square last night was caught on video. Dave Fried, a Logan Square resident and filmmaker, said he was leaving a show in the area when he saw the car already in flames around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. After calling 911, he said, he realized he had his camera and began filming. Fried sent the video to RedEye early Thursday morning.  Fried said it did not appear anyone was in the car, and firefighters were able to douse the flames quickly.
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March 24, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A Wisconsin woman was accused of crashing into four parked cars early Saturday morning in Hyde Park, then fleeing in a cab, county prosecutors said. Kimberly Rodgers, 49, of Madison, was charged with a misdemeanor driving under the influence offense. Then when she was being booked in the 2nd District police station, she allegedly attacked a police officer for trying to remove the jewelry she was wearing, breaking the officer's nail in the process. According to court records, Rodgers was seen by a witness driving on...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
For his first big-screen starring role, Aaron Paul - better known as meth dealer Jesse Pinkman on “Breaking Bad” - did not flip a car or drive one off of a cliff. Ultra-dangerous stuff like that was left to the stunt crew. But in “Need for Speed,” opening March 14, that really is Paul in the car dangling from a helicopter. And driving as people fuel up the car while it's in motion. And switching seats with his passenger (Imogen Poots) while the car is moving. And catching her as she jumps...
NEWS
July 9, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
People of Walmart: don't take your grandmother's car. A man from North Kenwood was arrested Monday afternoon after he drove with his grandmother to Walmart, and then left her waiting for him in the store while he drove off in her car, state prosecutors said. Prosecutors said the 69-year-old woman waited at the front of the Hammond, Ind., Walmart in a motorized scooter for her grandson to pull the car out of the parking lot and pick her up, but he drove off instead. The woman followed him with a witness, according to court records, and flagged down a police...
NEWS
April 28, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A Chicago woman was accused of stealing a suburban training college admissions counselor's car after visiting for an admissions interview and test last month, "because she didn't have a ride home," prosecutors said. Mary Davila-Velasquez, 23, of the 1600 block of North Humboldt Boulevard, was arrested following a traffic stop Sunday night after police determined the car she was driving had been reported stolen, according to court records. Davila-Velasquez initially told police officers she was...
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
After an Austin man's Buick was stolen last month, he borrowed his mother's car and drove around his West Side neighborhood looking for it, sometimes pointing and clicking the key to his missing car at neighbors' garages. A month later, he got lucky, according to county prosecutors, and found his car parked on an Austin street with new plates and a new Vehicle Identification Number. Police officers arrested Erica Coleman, of the 7100 block of South Cornell Avenue, whose name is tied to the new VIN number on the car, Wednesday, and charged her with felony possession of a...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
"'Oysters' is the inviting sign on a basement saloon at the corner of Wabash avenue and Twenty-second street. Mr. George H. Smith is its proprietor. And daily between midnight and cockcrow, there come sounds of revelry there-from bearing testimony to the quality of oysters and the abundance of the cheer. " - From "Oysters and Wine at 2 A. M.," Chicago Daily Tribune, Dec. 4, 1888 With the advent of ice-bearing "refrigerated" train cars rolling in to Chicago in 1852, oysters arrived by the barrel.
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