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April 27, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
The Chicago Fire will unveil its luxury box called the Second Star Club at its match on Saturday against the Seattle Sounders. The latest addition to Toyota Park is on the third floor where eight suites were knocked out midfield to make room for a spacious 6,766-square-foot area complete with a dining room, chic bar and 164 plush red leather seats outdoors to watch the game. Club members sign up for three-year memberships starting at $6,500 to get premier seating and access to valet parking, concerts at Toyota Park and all Fire games (with the exception of the MLS Cup)
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May 8, 2014 | By Paul M. Banks and For RedEye
Summer is the most popular season in Chicago, starting with the pleasant weather. Unfortunately, the teams playing in Chicago - mostly the Cubs and White Sox - are notoriously far from top-notch. English Premier League football, on the other hand, is the cream of the crop. And with it comes some of the most devoted and passionate fan bases on the planet. The league boasts Manchester United, perhaps the most popular sports club on the planet. Surveys estimate that MUFC has 670 million fans worldwide . After United lost to their bitter rivals, Liverpool, earlier this season,...
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October 11, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Did you catch the "Chicago Fire" premiere? If you watched last night, you probably recognized a familiar face: Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a cameo as himself in the pilot episode. On the show, his SUV shows up to the scene of a fire. Emanuel gets out of the car and walks up to the firefighters with his security detail and aides trailing behind and shakes the hand of the battalion chief. It wasn't a speaking role but his brief appearance showed his in-charge persona. The Tribune reported that a donation was to be made to the firefighters retirees', widows' and children's assistance fund...
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April 18, 2014 | By Kristin Samuelson, @ksamredeye and RedEye
Well, they're going to have a hard time renting those condos out now.  A big old blaze inside a vacant building at 955 W. Grand Ave. caused a gaper's delay on the Kennedy Expressway -- because of course it did -- around 11 p.m. Thursday as drivers slowed down as if they'd never seen fire before.  Despite the errant semi truck, this cellphone footage recaps the scene from the Kennedy. Typically, a single fire engine on the scene of a fire this size would be cause for concern, but there wasn't any actual danger.
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September 18, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Figuring out Chicago isn't always easy for new residents, but cast members of "Chicago Fire" are here to help. Six TV shows currently are filming full-time in Chicago and one part-time. Besides "Fire," its NBC spin-off, "Chicago PD," is shooting around the city. Other shows filming here include: NBC's "Crisis," a political thriller starring Dermot Mulroney and Gillian Anderson; ABC's "Mind Games," a drama about two brothers (Christian Slater and Steve Zahn) who run a fixer agency; ABC's "Betrayal," a legal drama about a woman (Hannah Ware)
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August 15, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
NBC and "Chicago Fire" are looking for a new canine guest star for the Chicago-filmed drama and have launched a nationwide contest in search of the perfect firehouse pooch. The "Chicago Fire" Top Dog will make an appearance in the show and on NBC's "Today" show. Firehouses across the country are encouraged to enter their canine colleagues by emailing submissions to ChicagoFire.TopDog@nbcuni.com. Include a photo and no more than 200 words on why their dog should be chosen. Also include the dog and owner's names, address, home phone...
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February 24, 2014 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi
Give this to NBC: The network knows how to play to a Chicago crowd. The network announced Monday that Blackhawks defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook will make guest appearances in Tuesday's  episode of "Chicago Fire. "  The episode is titled "Virgin Skin," though there's no word on whether Keith and Seabrook will keep their shirts on for their appearances. What we do know comes from a statement from NBC and the NHL. "Shay (Lauren German) gets an unusual tip from Seabrook and Keith, friends of Clarke (Jeff...
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April 26, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
NBC has renewed the Chicago-set and filmed "Chicago Fire" along with four other dramas, the network announced Friday. "Chicago Fire" has done OK in the ratings, but more importantly it has boosted NBC's 9 p.m. Wednesday ratings by 24 percent year-over-year. There's also talk of a spinoff series. NBC also renewed "Revolution," "Parenthood," "Grimm" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. " All the shows have been given 22-episode seasons. "We're especially pleased to be renewing 'Revolution' and 'Chicago Fire'--two first-season successes--and there...
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October 9, 2012 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
In "Chicago Fire," the men and women of Firehouse 51 save lives, mourn lost colleagues, and, in the cases of Taylor Kinney and Jesse Spencer, spend a some time shirtless or in tank tops. Nothing wrong with that. "Law & Order" mastermind Dick Wolf doesn't blaze any new trails with his latest effort, but at least he's getting out of the courtroom and precinct house. Though there's not anything particularly groundbreaking about "Chicago Fire" ( 9 p.m. Oct. 10, NBC; 2.5 stars out of 4 )
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October 9, 2012 | RedEye
In the beginning, as in 15 years ago, there came the Chicago Fire soccer team. Later, as in the pilot airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday on NBC, came the "Chicago Fire" TV show. Finally, there's Derrick Rose's new shoe, the Chicago Fire, which also drops Wednesday. If your head's spinning right now, you're not alone. So we're settling which Chicago Fire commodity burns brightest, faceoff-style.   APPEARANCE Team: The "Men in Red" have a bold look to their uniforms, though we could do without the "Quaker" across the chest.
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March 27, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Jesse Spencer doesn't have far to go to pick up his latest award. The Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards will honor the "Chicago Fire" star with its 2014 Artistic Achievement Award during an April 10 ceremony at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. Australian native Spencer currently plays Lt. Matthew Casey in the Chicago-filmed NBC series, but made his American TV debut as Dr. Robert Chase in the Fox series "House. " "Jesse Spencer is a dynamic and versatile performer with an undeniable ability to seize an audience's attention," festival founder and...
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February 26, 2014 | By Scott King and For RedEye
Blackhawks defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook appeared on "Chicago Fire" Tuesday night. The two seemed like naturals as they promoted Saturday's Stadium Series game against Pittsburgh for NBC. Seabrook spoke with RedEye on Wednesday. Did you enjoy being on the show overall? It was cool. It was different. It was a lot of fun. The guys on "Chicago Fire" were awesome. They made us feel welcomed and comfortable. Did you like watching yourself? Weird seeing [yourself]
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February 26, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Two Blackhawks walk into a Chicago bar ... And order milk? MILK! That's right. Milk instead of a cold beer. That's what Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook were drinking when they made cameos in Tuesday night's episode of "Chicago Fire. " Why would they order milk? While we're waiting to hear from NBC, we came up with our own list of potential reasons: 1. There is a shortage of champagne after the Stanley Cup celebrations over the summer. 2. Milk has become the official drink at the United Center.
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February 24, 2014 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi
Give this to NBC: The network knows how to play to a Chicago crowd. The network announced Monday that Blackhawks defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook will make guest appearances in Tuesday's  episode of "Chicago Fire. "  The episode is titled "Virgin Skin," though there's no word on whether Keith and Seabrook will keep their shirts on for their appearances. What we do know comes from a statement from NBC and the NHL. "Shay (Lauren German) gets an unusual tip from Seabrook and Keith, friends of Clarke (Jeff...
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January 23, 2014 | By Ted Gruber and For RedEye
MMA fighter Eddie Wineland is no stranger to the Second City. The northwest Indiana native does the majority of his training in the Chicago area and often makes that wonderful drive down the Skyway (ahem, note sarcasm here). On Saturday, the 29-year-old takes on Yves Jabouin in a UFC on Fox event in front of a sold-out United Center; many of his family and friends will be in attendance. Juggling his MMA career, his duties as a firefighter and building a house can pile on the pressure.
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January 16, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT Now Open Gino's East River North 500 N. LaSalle St. 312-988-4200 The venerable deep-dish pizza institution adds a new location in a historic building featuring commissioned works by local artists rather than its signature graffiti decor. Go healthy with a Black Harvest kale salad ($10) or go all out with such pies as the Chicago Fire (spicy patty sausage, red peppers, onions, $21-$28) or the BBQ Brisket Za with peppers and caramelized onions ($22-$32). 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
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September 20, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
The folks at Firehouse 51 will be fighting more than fires on Season 2 of NBC's "Chicago Fire. " "There's an outside threat to the firehouse - more than one actually. One is physical and one is mental," executive producer Derek Haas said during a Wednesday conference call with reporters. Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) must fight to keep his fire station open in the face of budget cuts, while one of his men is targeted by an arsonist - as in "want-you-dead" targeted. The arsonist storyline allows Haas and his co-exec producer, Michael Brandt, to weave new and exciting fire...
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October 2, 2012 | By Zara Husaini @zarhus and For RedEye
Whether you prefer soccer or prime-time dramas, here's something that'll get you fired up: Eamonn Walker, star of the NBC's "Chicago Fire," will be part of the pregame ceremonies for Wednesday's Chicago Fire-Philadelphia Union game. Walker, who plays Battalion Chief Wallace Boden, will host the event at Toyota Park in Bridgeview.  If that weren't enough, Wednesday's festivities also kick off the Fire's 15 th anniversary celebration. Fire greats Peter Nowak, Chris Armas and Cuauhtémoc Blanco will be on hand and will be honored...
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January 10, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
In NBC's "Chicago P.D.," Sgt. Hank Voight didn't recruit just any cops to be part of his squad based out of the Chicago Police Department's District 21. "This is Intelligence," Voight says, "my unit. " The show's focus on the Intelligence Unit got me thinking: Just how smart do you have to be to join the unit? So during a December visit to the show's set at Cinespace Chicago Studios on the Southwest Side, I decided to test the brain power of cast members Jason Beghe, who plays Voight, as well as Sophia Bush, Jon Seda, Jesse Lee Soffer and Harvey native LaRoyce Hawkins.
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January 8, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
"Chicago P.D. " star LaRoyce Hawkins counts himself lucky to be working full time on a TV series without moving away from Chicago. The Harvey native and Thornton High School grad figured he'd eventually leave home for work after graduating from Illinois State University in 2012. Thanks to "P.D.," he didn't have to travel far. "It was an unexpected dream come true," Hawkins said. "I think when you get into this industry and you think about getting your big break, automatically you think that you got to move from home if you don't already live in...
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