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November 22, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt, RedEye
Like a meal enjoyed between breakfast and brunch, Black Wednesday has staked its claim to the why-the-hell-not time between Halloween and New Year's Eve in the pantheon of Chicago drinking holidays. RedEye talked to bar owners to get an idea of scale in this by-the-numbers analysis of one of the booziest weekdays of the year. 2,000 Number of people expected to participate in a six-bar Turkey Trolley Trot on Wednesday in Lincoln Park, according to Gillian Fraaf, events coordinator at Bar 1 Events.
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SPORTS
April 29, 2014 | By Emily Brown, RedEye
From the Original Six Blackhawks to six Bulls championships to the 1985 Bears, sports are deeply rooted in Chicago's culture. The newest addition to the city's sports scene is the Chicago Sports Museum. The venue, on the seventh floor of Water Tower Place, and opened earlier this month in conjunction with Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch restaurant. I visited the 8,000-square-foot museum recently to test its interactive exhibits and rated them according to their level of cool (detailed below)
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July 31, 2012 | By Taylor Ervin, RedEye
Red and yellow rubber balls whiz back and forth across the gymnasium at Blaine Elementary School in Lakeview, smacking against the polished cinder-block walls and stinging exposed arms and legs. No, this is not an afternoon gym class full of third-graders. These are grown men and women chucking balls at one another - and paying for the privilege as part of the Chicago Sport and Social Club's adult dodge ball league. Steve Healy, 28, of Noble Square has been playing for the past five years.
SPORTS
April 3, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Before we begin, I would just like to say thank you to, in no particular order, the NCAA tournament, the NFL offseason, the NBA (that's you, Bulls) and of course the Blackhawks for all they've done this winter and spring. And they've done a lot. They have essentially kept me distracted, kept me occupied and really prevented me from having to look at - oh my god, Chicago's two baseball teams. Cue that black and white horror movie scream by that one girl. Screech! In case you were wondering, because I kind of was, yes, it is that bad around here!
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT Seasonal Opening Homestead 1924 W. Chicago Ave . 773-645-4949 Enter through Roots Handmade Pizza and head upstairs to the rooftop restaurant where the on-site organic garden becomes part of your dinner in such dishes as an English pea and artichoke small plate ($9) and whole fried trout with charred leek panzanella, fennel, orange, house-cured olives and fiddlehead ferns ($20). 5-11 p.m. Bourbon, Burger & Beer Night Publican Quality Meats 825 W. Fulton Market 312-445-8977 Tavernita chef-partner Ryan Poli brings his double-patty South Side Big Baby Burger ($11)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2012 | Anna Pulley and RedEye's sex columnist
My favorite hookup season is right around the corner! Can you tell me where are the best places to meet people in the summer in Chicago? - Eager Beaver Nothing would please me more, gentle, promiscuous stranger. But first, an annoying relationship columnist PSA! Summer is legitimately the time when more people get it on. I know this because a nice lady at Howard Brown Health Center told me it's when they see the highest rates of STDs. So, enjoy the doggy-style days of summer, but be safe.
SPORTS
April 12, 2012 | By Bag Boy, For RedEye
I'd like to speak with you seriously for a moment about words. We all use them. And I've seen a number of them lately that have sounded some alarms. They create fear, uncertainty, anxiety and ulcers. Especially this time of year heading into the NBA and NHL playoffs. Those words are: "doubtful," "questionable," "unlikely," "undecided," "sidelined" and "inactive. " It's driving me crazy. Those words refer to our two biggest stars this time of year: Jonathan Toews and Derrick Rose.
SPORTS
May 10, 2012 | By Bag Boy, For RedEye
That took long enough. I've been throwing stuff for years. Hats off to Kerry Wood who did something rash, disgusting, inexplicable and inexcusable. He had an honest expression of emotion and (gasp!) threw his cap and glove into the crowd the other night. Bravo. I hate watching the Cubs. Sad, but true. They are a constant reminder that all the money in the world can't solve deep-rooted problems in culture and philosophy. Heck, St. Louis lost Albert Pujols, Tony LaRussa and Dave Duncan and they're humming along.
SPORTS
February 28, 2012 | RedEye
This might get a "dadgummit!" or two out of Hawk Harrelson. In a months-long survey, fangraphs.com asked its readers to rate the best local TV announcers in Major League Baseball, and the White Sox play-by-play man and color analyst Steve Stone struck out. As in, they came in dead last. That made us curious as to where the duo fits in the Chicago broadcast landscape. Here's our list.   1. Neil Funk and Stacey King, Bulls King's catchphrases and Twitter presence are enough to put this team in the top spot.
SPORTS
April 26, 2012 | By Bag Boy, For RedEye
Great dynasty. I blinked and missed it. So long, Blackhawks. Since winning Lord Stanley's Cup, you've won zero playoff series. That's one less than one. In two seasons. Um, changes please. Our stars didn't show up. Our kids played well but not well enough, and our goalies are good, not great. Someone has got to go, and I vote for one of the Patricks. Sharp or Kane, you choose, Stan Bowman. Maybe trade some of those kids for a stud goalie. Not a major blow-up. Just a tweaker.
SPORTS
March 7, 2014
http://chicago.metromix.com/venues/mmxchi-red-ivy-venue Looking for a local bar to cheer for your alma mater? This guide will help you zero in on where to stake out some space on college basketball gamedays. Bar owners and alumni groups: Don't see your bar included here? We'll be adding to this guide throughout the season. Send your affiliation and specials to RedEye nightlife and events reporter  Kate Bernot  for consideration. RedEye's college sports bar guide includes official partnerships with alumni associations in addition to bars owned by alumni and unofficial affiliations...
SPORTS
January 21, 2014 | RedEye
Reading what Joakim Noah says about Luol Deng, you want to wrap your arm around the Bulls center and tell him it's gonna be OK. On Wednesday, the Bulls will face Deng for the first time since he was traded to Cleveland earlier this month. "I love Luol," Noah said. "He's my brother. But when that ball goes up, he's not going to be my brother. " OK, so Noah won't go easy on his former teammate on the court. But his friendship with Deng has earned a spot among the top Chicago sports bromances.
SPORTS
November 26, 2013 | By Scotty Brolohan and For RedEye
Sup, Chitown? It's ya boy Scotty Brolohan. I know it's been mad long since you heard from me, but this has been my toughest senior year yet. George Orwell? More like George Borewell. But my best bro at YOLOyola, J-Chap, was like, "Bro, it's the holidays" and I was like, "What?" because I was listening to Deadmau5 in my Beats like mad crazy loud. So I took off my Beats and he was like, "Bro, we don't have class tomorrow, T-Giving bro. " And I was like, "Bro, what about Thirsty Thursday?"
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Due to interstate moves, familial allegiances or just plain preference, not every Chicagoan is a Bears fan. Full disclosure: While I like to see the Bears do well, I'm a bleed-blue N.Y. Giants fan. (And yes, I appreciate your condolences on our 0-3 start.) I know firsthand that fall Sundays can make some fans feel a bit homesick; games aren't broadcast, none of your friends care about your team and you just wish there was someone to high-five after a TD. Fortunately, a few Chicago bars, mostly clustered around sports bar-heavy Lakeview...
SPORTS
June 6, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack and For RedEye
After working on his comedic chops at both ImprovOlympic and Second City, Chicagoan Joe Nunez moved to L.A. in 2001 to pursue an acting career. You might know him as Manche Sanchez in “Prison Break,” the guy who hit Will Smith with his car in “The Pursuit of Happyness,” the unhappy liquor store employee in “Superbad” or as Lupe's brother who takes Buster with him to work in “Arrested Development.” But despite living in L.A. for...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT Seasonal Opening Homestead 1924 W. Chicago Ave . 773-645-4949 Enter through Roots Handmade Pizza and head upstairs to the rooftop restaurant where the on-site organic garden becomes part of your dinner in such dishes as an English pea and artichoke small plate ($9) and whole fried trout with charred leek panzanella, fennel, orange, house-cured olives and fiddlehead ferns ($20). 5-11 p.m. Bourbon, Burger & Beer Night Publican Quality Meats 825 W. Fulton Market 312-445-8977 Tavernita chef-partner Ryan...
SPORTS
November 14, 2012 | By Ben Johnson and For RedEye
Winter has officially reared its ugly head. Central Standard Time has robbed us of daylight, the NHL has removed all incentive to pretend to care about the Blackhawks in November, Derrick Rose is tirelessly rehabbing his singular gift for making the Bulls watchable, and the Bears have entered their traditional period of darkness in which Jay Cutler is injured. We're on our own, now, Chicago. It's time to buy books and video games, and get excited because there's a sale on the big jug of the good whiskey.
SPORTS
December 15, 2011 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
I'm filling out some Christmas cards here; I thought I'd share them with you. Just some warm wishes to some of Chicago's movers and shakers.   Dear Jerry Angelo, God, you're awful. I hope you retire in 2012 and move someplace warm. Seriously dude, injuries exposed you for the sham you are. No backup QB, none. The offensive line always breaks down and we know about the receivers. Please, retire now before they (me) run you out of town. Hint: It's already happening.
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