April 17, 2014 |
It's just a tremendous week for sports here in Chicago. Oh, you thought I was talking about the Bulls and Blackhawks playoffs starting this week? No. I'll get to that. This is the week we got to watch how it's done in baseball. The Red Sox visiting the White Sox. The Cubs in the Bronx. Rick Hahn, Theo Epstein: Hope you were watching and learning. Cubs in NYC. Look over there! It's Joe Girardi! Remember him? He's the guy who used you to get more cash from the Yankees. Memo to Epstein and Hoyer: He was never interested in you, ever.
April 17, 2014 |
Riot Fest will mark a decade in Chicago on Sept. 12-14. The fest announced the Chicago dates will be sandwiched between stops in Toronto and Denver this year, returning to those cities after expanding last year. In the announcement, fest organizers said "plenty of special events and surprises" are in store to mark the 10th anniversary of Riot Fest in Chicago. Tickets and lineups will also be announced soon. Riot Fest Toronto will take place Sept. 6-7, and the Denver fest will run from Sept.
April 16, 2014 |
Chicago Lawn last week recorded its second homicide of the month and sixth homicide of the year, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. A 17-year-old boy was shot Wednesday in the 6300 block of South Mozart Street, police said. He died two days later, officials said. Chicago Lawn logged nine homicides last year, down from 22 killings in 2012, RedEye determined. Citywide, gunshot homicides were recorded in the last week in Ashburn, Gage Park, Rogers Park, South Shore, Washington Park, West Englewood and Woodlawn, according to police...
April 15, 2014 |
The time: Early 21st century. The place: An extra bedroom in an Elmhurst family home. The stakes: It never even mattered. Mike Magee and Jackie Santacaterina have always tried to beat each other. From soccer to board games at family barbecues, neither wanted to lose. Now, more than a decade later, the Chicago soccer-star cousins still find themselves attempting to one-up each other. "Our family is highly competitive," Magee said. "I'm sure Jackie and I have crossed paths in spoons or playing a board game.
April 15, 2014 |
There would be no big-time comedy festival in Chicago in 2014, it seemed, until four Chicago comics and a journalist decided to create their own. The Just For Laughs Chicago comedy festival, sponsored by TBS, had been hosted in Chicago for five straight years until it was canceled this year. To replace it, local comedians put their heads together to establish the Comedy Exposition of 2014, set for July 11-13. Four Chicago comedians - Katie McVay, Stephanie Hasz, Zach Peterson and Goodrich Gevaart - as well as comedy writer...
April 14, 2014 |
Chicago native Allison Semmes is a classical singer by training - she has a bachelor's degree in opera from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - but she grew up with Motown in the house. "That was the popular music of [my parents'] time," she said. "That was like their Beyonce. " Now, Semmes, who grew up in Hyde Park, returns to Chicago to star as Diana Ross in the national tour of "Motown the Musical," which kicks off with a three-month run at the Oriental Theatre. Based on Motown founder Berry...