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February 1, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
January ended Tuesday with 40 homicides in Chicago, up 43 percent from 28 homicides recorded in January 2011, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. However, as of Wednesday afternoon, Chicago has not seen a homicide since Jan. 24, when a 39-year-old woman was shot to death in Washington Park. This is the first time RedEye's homicide tracker has not had a homicide to report on in the previous week since it was created three years ago. No homicides have been recorded so far in February.
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May 29, 2014 | By Tony Peregrin, For RedEye
Despite a relentless winter and brisk competition for choice parking spots, Chicago's food truck scene continues to chug along. Just in time for summer, City Council just approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to add five more designated food truck parking stands to downtown: 200 S. LaSalle St., 151 N. Franklin St., 185 N. Upper Columbus Drive, 105 E. Monroe St. and 300 S. Wabash Ave. Commingling with the veteran trucks this summer are eight new mobile eateries,...
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October 29, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
It takes more than a push of a controller button to steal a car in Chicago, but that doesn't stop auto theft in the city. Not the case in Rockstar Games' "Grand Theft Auto V. " With 15 million copies of the game sold worldwide in the first three days of its September release, gamers have been busy lifting cars in the fictional city of Los Santos for weeks. Almost 29 million copies of the game have sold in the first six weeks, kotaku.com reported Tuesday, making car theft a big business since the game's online and social features launched Oct. 1. Meanwhile, Chicago is racking up its own numbers when it comes...
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May 28, 2014 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
New breweries need to stand out if they are going to make an impact in Chicago's busy craft beer scene. Forbidden Root , a new Chicago brewery set to hit taps in early June, is poised to do it. Calling itself a 'botanical brewery,' Forbidden Root uses roots, herbs and spices in its beers, harkening back to a somewhat forgotten American brewing tradition. The result is a lineup of beers that are unique, complex and probably unlike any other craft beer you've recently tried. News about the brewery recently has focused on its efforts to open a West Town taproom , but as zoning concerns...
SPORTS
March 1, 2012 | By Bag Boy, For RedEye
We've put it off long enough, but it's time to take that first peek at our beloved baseball teams in spring training. First, some good news: The MLB is expanding the wild-card playoff format by two more teams. (Yes! Even more like the NBA!). Bad news: It won't include Chicago's two teams. Warning: This is going to be slightly to horribly painful. Let's go to the White Sox first. Here we have an example of how a team can really thrive amid "low expectations. " We are in rebuilding mode here, with no Mark Buehrle, Carlos Quentin or Sergio Santos.
NEWS
April 10, 2013
Festival season is almost here! We've got a schedule of festivals to help kick off your summer planning now. > > View the full 2013 Chicago festival guide on metromix.com . Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
NEWS
May 3, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Chicago on Thursday logged its 100th homicide of the year, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. A 23-year-old man was shot to death Thursday in the 300 block of East Kensington Avenue in West Pullman, the Tribune reported. For the last eight years, except for last year, Chicago has logged its 100th homicide of the year in April. Chicago reached this mark on March 20 last year. Homicides are down 39 percent year-to-date compared to the same period in 2012 and down 6 percent compared to 2011.
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August 20, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Six homicides were recorded in Chicago on Saturday, making it one of the deadliest days of the year, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. According to Tribune reporting: > > At 12:15 a.m., an 18-year-old man was shot to death in the 11500 block of South Wentworth Avenue. > > At 5:05 a.m., a 17-year-old girl was fatally shot in the 2100 block of West 35th Street. > > At 10:30 a.m., a 28-year-old man was shot to death in the 9200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue.
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May 28, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Summer running? That's hot. Here's RedEye's list of June races to run in the city. June 1 > > Cancer Survivor's Celebration 5K The plug: "Brings cancer survivors, families, and friends together with the physicians, scientists, and health professionals who support them" Course: Grant Park Cost: $40 before May 31; $50 on race day Registration available: Until the race starts (if cap has not been reached)   June 5 > > Totally Awesome 80s 5K The plug: "We'll have a DJ mixing up all your favorite 80s tunes!"
NEWS
May 28, 2014 | Britt Julious, @britticisms and Special contributor
I live alone, and I spent my first few months in my new neighborhood, East Village, disconnected. As a renter, my permanence in the neighborhood is always in a state of flux. I don't have roots here like homeowners. I'm not invested in the schools. I don't maintain the pristine structure of my apartment building. Five years or months or even days from now, I might decide to make the jump to an area that's younger or cheaper or just more convenient. Our desire for communication has not waned with the ubiquitousness of technology.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2014 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
The recent opening of Slippery Slope in Logan Square continues a springtime burst of new dance parties. Here's the lowdown on four of them:  Neo 51  at Sub 51 51 W. Hubbard St. 312-828-0051 When: Tuesday nights, 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m. What: Sub 51 teams up with NEO (New Enternet Order) for this dance party that aims to bridge the worlds of art, music, nightlife and fashion. The weekly party launched in April, and past DJs have included Million Dollar Mano, Stefan Ponce and The Cool Kids' Chuck Inglish.
SPORTS
May 27, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco
Blackhawks fans expected a rough time in L.A. given the team has struggled away from home in the playoffs. Sure enough, Staples Center was a house of horrors for the Hawks in games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference finals. But let's not dwell on that. Instead, we feel a faceoff is in order. We even traveled all the way to L.A. for research. Which city represents hockey better? Fan dedication: Chicago Hawks fans got this. The United Center turns into a sea of red once the gates open.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2014 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
***= Recommended shows On sale 10 a.m. Friday ***Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, Friday, Aug. 29 ($28-$48, all ages) at Space. ***Sam Smith, Monday, Sept. 22 ($35, all ages) at Riviera Theatre. ***Straight No Chaser, Sunday, Dec. 14 ($36.50-$54.50, all ages) at Chicago Theatre. On sale noon Friday ***Yelle, Saturday, Oct. 18 ($20-$23, 17+) at Bottom Lounge. On sale 10 a.m. Saturday ***Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Steve Winwood, Saturday, Aug. 23 ($51.50-$131.50, all ages)
NEWS
May 22, 2014 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
Imagine forcing a Red Line train to slam on its brakes at the tap of a button. Or leaving Chicago's finest in the dust during a thrilling chase on Wacker Drive by activating the Wells Street bridge. It's a video game, yes, but the much hyped techno-thriller "Watch Dogs" -- finally hitting gaming consoles and PCs on May 27 -- doubles as a Chicagoan's wildest fantasy. In the shoes of a mysterious vigilante named Aiden Pearce, players are armed with a futuristic device that can hack into almost anything on the city's grid -- electrical systems, security...
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May 22, 2014 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
Guns, gangs, and violence are unmistakable themes in Michael Block's latest video game, but those expecting "Grand Theft Auto: Chicago" will be greatly disappointed. In "We Are Chicago," the DePaul grad's indie project about life in Englewood, to be released for PC in September, there are no drive-bys or beatdowns depicted onscreen. The game's main character, an African-American teenager named Aaron, doesn't lay a finger on a gun. Instead, gamers will experience everyday life: walking to school, working at a fast-food joint or hanging out in a park while talking with friends and family.
NEWS
May 22, 2014 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
Set in a hyper-connected modern-day Chicago, "Watch Dogs" is full of virtual versions of real places. Between shootouts and car chases, gamers can even check in to and learn about more than 100 hot spots throughout the city, Foursquare-style.But did Canadian developer Ubisoft Montreal do Chicago justice? RedEye grabbed a controller to play watchdog on "Watch Dogs. " The Loop Willis Tower, check. Streets named for dead presidents, check. Minor quibbles aside (The Bean looks more like a giant, yogurt-covered raisin)
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