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January 15, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
The temperature plummeted earlier this week, and next week's projections are looking even colder. As temperatures below freezing hit more consistently, the Chicago River continues to flow, which begs the question, how cold does it need to be for the river to freeze? Former Fox Chicago and current WABC-TV New York City meteorologist Amy Freeze said in an email it would take a very long period of sustained temperatures of lower than 40 degrees farenheit for the river to begin to freeze.
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May 5, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Spring weather isn't a sure thing in Chicago - but Chicago water taxis are determined to make spring a shore thing. Shoreline Water Taxi began its commuter service Monday between Erie Street and Willis Tower. The Wendella boats, which travel to Union Station, Chinatown and Goose Island, began running April 14, and expect to expand their schedule later this month. Wendella had to delay the start of its spring service because of the harsh weather, but operations chief Andrew Sargis is optimistic about this year.
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March 15, 2014 | By Matt Lindner, @mattlindner and For RedEye
It's one thing to watch the Chicago River being dyed green from high above or either side of the water. But to hang out on a boat alongside the speedboats dumping the dye? "It's a little less crowded and a lot more fun I think," said Casey O'Brien, a member of the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band. O'Brien and the Rovers played on the only boat allowed inside the security zone where the river was being dyed Saturday morning. The boat, owned by Chicago-based Shoreline Sightseeing, parked itself right alongside the two speedboats that turned the river green.
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April 30, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Pedicabs are no longer allowed downtown during weekday rush hour periods, and they will be banned entirely on Michigan Avenue and State Street, under an ordinance approved by the City Council on Wednesday. The restriction means that residents and tourists won't be able to get a pedicab ride down Michigan Avenue during Lollapalooza or the Taste of Chicago in Grant Park. They are banned from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday from the area bounded by the Chicago River to the north and west, Lake Michigan to the east, and Congress Parkway to the south.
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August 12, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Before the Chicago Air & Water Show is held this weekend, downtown workers and residents may notice other aircraft swirling around the city. The movie "Jupiter Ascending," starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, is filming aerial stunts this week, according to a newsletter emailed by Ald. Brendan Reilly's (42nd) office. The stunts involve low-flying helicopters in the early morning between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. around the Willis Tower on Monday, near Daley Plaza at Clark and Washington streets on Tuesday and the Chicago River locks and the lakefront on Wednesday, the...
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Does the ever-popular River North neighborhood, home to hotspots including the Underground, Bull & Bear and Three Dots and a Dash, have too many bars? The City Council Committee on License and Consumer Protection on Wednesday is expected to consider an ordinance as listed on its agenda that would limit the number of liquor licenses in a certain section of the trendy neighborhood. The ordinance, which was introduced last month by Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd), calls for no additional licenses to be issued for the sale of alcohol...
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April 3, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Segways are facing new rules when it comes to how many can be in a tour group, how fast they can go and where they aren't allowed. If more than three tourists are riding Segways in a tour group, they would not be allowed to go more than 8 miles per hour on the public way, under a proposed amendment introduced by Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) on Wednesday. No more than eight Segways would be allowed as part of a tour group, the proposal said. Also Segways would be prohibited on the Navy Pier Flyover , which is a 16-foot-wide overpass that will span along...
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April 10, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Techweek is digging deep into the music scene.  The week long tech conference announced today that a music fest --dubbed Future Sound--will kick off at the tail end of the Chicago appearance of Techweek. Brooklyn-based synth-pop band St. Lucia will appear on the second day of the fest, Saturday, June 27.  Future Sound is "focused on the intersection of music and technology," where bands will play on a stage set between the Chicago River and Merchandise Mart, where the main festivities for Techweek are held.  ...
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May 21, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The Chicago Water Taxi will open a new North Avenue stop on May 28 to take commuters to train stations downtown, the company announced Tuesday. Wendella boats will shuttle riders between the new North Avenue dock, on the south end of the Cherry Street bridge, and Madison Street near the Union and Ogilvie stations. The Cherry Street bridge connects Goose Island to the Near North Side area. The ride, which should take about 20 minutes, will cost $4 one way. A 10-ride pass can be purchased for $24. The service will begin as rush-hour only.
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March 15, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
Saturday promises to be warm, springlike and jampacked with bar crawls, fests and events galore. How many will you check off the list? Go green The parade typically is held the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day(March 17), but this year the holiday falls on Saturday itself. The parade steps off at 10 a.m. at the corner of Columbus and Balbo drives and goes north to Monroe Drive, rain or shine. Sara Collins, picked from more than 100 contestants, will be waving to the crowd as queen of the 57 t h St. Patrick's Day...
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April 10, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Techweek is digging deep into the music scene.  The week long tech conference announced today that a music fest --dubbed Future Sound--will kick off at the tail end of the Chicago appearance of Techweek. Brooklyn-based synth-pop band St. Lucia will appear on the second day of the fest, Saturday, June 27.  Future Sound is "focused on the intersection of music and technology," where bands will play on a stage set between the Chicago River and Merchandise Mart, where the main festivities for Techweek are held.  Two additional headliners have yet to be...
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April 3, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Segways are facing new rules when it comes to how many can be in a tour group, how fast they can go and where they aren't allowed. If more than three tourists are riding Segways in a tour group, they would not be allowed to go more than 8 miles per hour on the public way, under a proposed amendment introduced by Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) on Wednesday. No more than eight Segways would be allowed as part of a tour group, the proposal said. Also Segways would be prohibited on the Navy Pier Flyover , which is a 16-foot-wide overpass that will span along Lake...
NEWS
March 15, 2014 | By Matt Lindner, @mattlindner and For RedEye
It's one thing to watch the Chicago River being dyed green from high above or either side of the water. But to hang out on a boat alongside the speedboats dumping the dye? "It's a little less crowded and a lot more fun I think," said Casey O'Brien, a member of the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band. O'Brien and the Rovers played on the only boat allowed inside the security zone where the river was being dyed Saturday morning. The boat, owned by Chicago-based Shoreline Sightseeing, parked itself right alongside the two speedboats that...
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Morgan Olsen and For RedEye
In Julie Friedman Steele's mind, it's easy to tell her clients at The 3D Printer Experience apart. "It's broken up into three groups," Friedman Steele, 36, said. "The people who already know what's going on and know what to do, and they come in and they're very quick. Then there's the group that doesn't know but they want to know. Then, there's the third group that doesn't want to know and just wants to have fun. " 3-D printing isn't anything new -- it's been around since 1984.
SPORTS
February 24, 2014 | By Emily Brown, RedEye
So the 2014 Winter Olympics are over, and you're probably moping a lot. When you get home, you can't flop on your couch and flip on the sport of the moment anymore. The updates aren't on TV every day, and your Twitter feed is seemingly bare without news of who won medals. What are you going to do without all that drama? Unfortunately, the scandals, upsets, comebacks and record-breaking stories of the Games are gone for two years. On the bright side, you can get all those elements right here in Chicago.
NEWS
August 31, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
When Olivia Cole, 25, was deciding where she should live with her boyfriend, she considered breaking up with Chicago. She was tired of the slow Red Line commute from her place in Edgewater to her job downtown, which affected how much she wanted to go out at night. She thought about moving to another city but didn't want to change jobs. She wanted to be near her friends who live on the South Side without being too far from the Loop. Eventually, Cole settled on the South Loop, a place she came to know and love from her time as a student at Columbia College.
NEWS
May 5, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Spring weather isn't a sure thing in Chicago - but Chicago water taxis are determined to make spring a shore thing. Shoreline Water Taxi began its commuter service Monday between Erie Street and Willis Tower. The Wendella boats, which travel to Union Station, Chinatown and Goose Island, began running April 14, and expect to expand their schedule later this month. Wendella had to delay the start of its spring service because of the harsh weather, but operations chief Andrew Sargis is optimistic about this year.
NEWS
February 29, 2012 | By Emily Van Zandt, RedEye
If you think that March in Chicago is all about college basketball and dying things green, think again. March is coming in strong with plenty of big concerts, charity events and more to keep you entertained between all the basketball games and day drinking. Here are 25 ways to stay occupied over the next 31 days. March 9: Shut Up and Dance The Mid, 306 N. Halsted St. Some of Chicago's favorite DJs hit the stage, including Team Bayside High, Phenom, Orville Kline, Red Mob and more with specials including $4 PBR tall boys.
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Does the ever-popular River North neighborhood, home to hotspots including the Underground, Bull & Bear and Three Dots and a Dash, have too many bars? The City Council Committee on License and Consumer Protection on Wednesday is expected to consider an ordinance as listed on its agenda that would limit the number of liquor licenses in a certain section of the trendy neighborhood. The ordinance, which was introduced last month by Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd), calls for no additional licenses to be issued for the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises in the area bordered...
NEWS
August 12, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Before the Chicago Air & Water Show is held this weekend, downtown workers and residents may notice other aircraft swirling around the city. The movie "Jupiter Ascending," starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, is filming aerial stunts this week, according to a newsletter emailed by Ald. Brendan Reilly's (42nd) office. The stunts involve low-flying helicopters in the early morning between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. around the Willis Tower on Monday, near Daley Plaza at Clark and Washington streets on Tuesday and the Chicago...
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