December 23, 2013 |
Wait, wait. Brandon Bollig was in an actual movie? That's the takeaway from an otherwise hilariously awkward video from the Chicago Blackhawks for the holidays, released over the weekend. As every Hawks star takes their turn at reenacting classic films (Kaner plays Anakin Skywalker, Patrick Sharp is Batman, Jonathan Toews is Wolverine), Brandon Bollig actually reprised a real role. It may come as a surprise to some (it did to us), but Bollig actually starred in 2002s "Defiance," a Western where he plays a 12-year-old who loses a father.
November 20, 2013 |
2013 (year): Most recent increment of the Gregorian calendar in which the Oxford English Dictionary celebrated the word "selfie. " Yep, that happened. On Monday, the English dictionary chose, out of the tens of thousands of words it alphabetizes, spells right and defines, the word "selfie" as 2013's Word of the Year . If you're not a fan of the term that describes blurry, often duck-faced self-shots from camera phones, or an English major, try to squint through the tears and read on: "twerking" was a runner-up.
November 11, 2013 |
It's almost time to grab your hat, mittens and skates for the winter tradition of ice skating in Chicago. This Friday, weather permitting, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park is set open to the public. It'll be open through March 9. Admission is free. Skates can be rented for $10. There will be free ice skating lessons for beginners on the weekend one hour before the rink opens. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on...
October 14, 2013 |
Hey, what's the bright idea? Chicago Ideas Week kicked off Monday and runs through Sunday at locations throughout Chicago. Touted as an annual gathering of global leaders, the event features speakers including columnist Dan Savage, chef Mario Batali and Mayor Emanuel discussing topics ranging from literature to science to politics. The CEO of Etsy is presenting at a tech summit. The assistant managing editor of Time magazine will weigh in on a panel looking at the meaning of cities.
September 16, 2013 |
You know Bill Burr is a hardcore Boston Bruins fan because when he talks about the team, he says, "we. " The last time he played the Chicago Theater, in 2011, the Bruins won the Stanley Cup. This time, the Blackhawks got the better of the Bruins. You won't find any bitterness in the 45-year-old actor and comedian, however. "[The Hawks] were the favorite and they lived up to it; you can't get upset losing to the best team," said Burr, who plays Kuby on "Breaking Bad. " "Either way, I've been watching the Bruins since the early '80s so to actually see them win a...
June 26, 2013 |
Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane shaved the beard but kept his mullet for his appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman" on Wednesday. The Stanley Cup playoffs MVP also brought his Conn Smythe Trophy and the actual Stanley Cup, which Kane said the Blackhawks have been parading around Chicago since winning the NHL title against the Boston Bruins on Monday night. "Wherever that thing is people tend to want to be there and be around it," Kane said, calling it the "coolest trophy in sports.