December 8, 2013 |
"Mob City" tells the story of Los Angeles gangsters in 1947, but Chicago's mob history helped Milo Ventimiglia create his character in Frank Darabont's miniseries. "It's funny. I kind of went back to stories and things that I heard from my father in Chicago," Ventimiglia said during a recent interview, adding that his father's side of the family came from Chicago Heights in thye south suburbs. The actor grew up listening to his dad's tales of the city's gangster past and used those stories to help fill in the blanks about attorney Ned Stax, one of the fictional...
December 20, 2013 |
Whether it's The Advocate - America's oldest gay news magazine - anointing Pope Francis as Person of the Year for his more lenient views on homosexuality or Russian President Vladimir Putin signing a law criminalizing public discussion of gay rights and relationships, one thing is clear: 2013 was as gay as a clutch purse on Tony Awards night. Closer to home, the top 2013 LGBT news and cultural stories reveal a community that is both protective of its enclaves - as evidenced by the brouhaha over the proposed multi-story Out Hotel in Boystown - and...
August 29, 2012 |
The Onion satirized Chicago's summer homicide rate, calling it a "hot new murder craze. " The story has been gathering lots of buzz, and we at RedEye had some differing views on it. Was it funny or tasteless? That's our great debate today. No one thinks homicides are funny on the personal level. Human beings are being gunned down in Chicago by the scores and those victims have mothers, fathers and friends who miss them. But attention should be drawn to the violence in our city by any and all means available, and if...
December 15, 2011 |
The newest shoe in Bulls superstar Derrick Rose's AdiZero Rose 2 collection for Adidas has Chicago written all over it. From a map of the "L" on the sock liner to a metallic finish intended to mimic the look of a CTA train car, the city's favorite son keeps honoring his roots with the "Windy City" sneaker, available starting Dec. 15. Derrick Rose "is Chicago, born and raised," said Jack Gray, basketball category manager for Adidas. "It's ingrained in his DNA. " Gray said the team that...
July 2, 2012 |
If there is a pool in your neighborhood that remains closed, you are not alone. And since the sun has seemed especially pissed off this summer, it is almost impossible to look at an empty pool and not wonder why in God's name it isn't full of crisp blue water. Unless you keep up with Illinois Pool News, you might not know about the Illinois Swimming Facility Act. This new law requires all publicly accessible pools to have larger, unlockable drains, and has resulted in an $8 million renovation of all Chicago indoor and outdoor pools.
February 9, 2012 |
** (out of four) Channing Tatum gets a bad rap, but the failings of “The Vow” lie primarily on his (often-bare) shoulders. The Chicago-set story, inspired by true events but told like an ordinary, contrived slice of soap, brings an ocean of sorrow: Paige (Rachel McAdams) wakes up, following a brain injury-causing car accident and coma, with no memory of her husband Leo (Tatum). While she retreats to her parents (Sam Neill, Jessica Lange) and ex-fiance (Scott Speedman)