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February 28, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
NOPE!  As if potholes aren't terrifying enough to those who get around on four wheels, a YouTube video has made them even more horrifying.  The video, which promotes a Facebook page dedicated to spotting and spreading the worst potholes in Chicago, asks viewers to gawk and "discover the madness that will eat your tires. " Also included are some absolutely awful looking road hazards from around the city.  Drive safe out there.  Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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November 29, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Do you think you have what it takes to become the next "MasterChef?" Casting directors from the series and Chef Graham Elliot are coming to Chicago Dec. 3 for an open casting call. Here are the details: "MasterChef" open call When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 Where: Le Cordon Bleu, 361 W. Chestnut in Chicago What to do: You MUST bring one prepared dish to be served to the judges, including Graham Elliot. You will be given a few minutes to plate your dish, but there will not be a kitchen to cook or warm it up so come prepared!
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February 5, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Demonstrations at a Whole Foods store and the company's headquarters occured today after a Chicago union said the company was supporting a woman who the union alleges was fired for staying home with her son during freezing January temperatures.  Salon.com reported that a rally was planned for Wednesday with members of the  Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago. According to the union, the woman stayed home with her son during the frigid temperatures Jan. 28, and was fired shortly after.  A press release from the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago said the Whole Foods was located at  3640 N. Halsted St. The press release said the rally was to include workers from two Chicago stores.  A spokesperson for Whole Foods stated in an email that the company was aware of demonstrations at its Midwest headquarters as well as the store on Halsted Street, but it was not aware of any employees walking out of any stores in support.  The spokesperson said that Whole Foods does not comment on current or former employees.
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November 8, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey, @gcgarvey | RedEye
From the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop on the Near North Side to the Lincoln Restaurant featuring Abe's mug on the sign in North Center, you can't hang out in Chicago and escape seeing our 16th president. Hey, the phrase "Land of Lincoln" is stamped on our license plates, for Pete's sake. Though Lincoln obviously made his name in the state capital, Springfield, Chicago gets plenty of Lincoln love, too. Honest Abe actually visited Chicago plenty of times. In fact, after he was assassinated, his wife Mary Todd Lincoln moved to Chicago with two of her sons.
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October 16, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Chicago's first triple homicide of the year was logged last week in South Shore, which has recorded more homicides this year than any Chicago community area, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. Three men, ages 16, 23 and 27, were shot to death Oct. 9 in the 6700 block of South Chappel Avenue, police said. South Shore has logged 28 homicides so far this year. Austin, Chicago's largest community area, this year has recorded the second-most homicides--23--, RedEye determined.
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August 27, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
Chicago this weekend surpassed 50 homicides for the month and 350 homicides for the year, according to a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data. Nine homicides were logged in Chicago from Friday through Sunday, including a double homicide in Chatham on Saturday, RedEye data shows. The city has recorded 356 homicides so far this year, 29 percent more homicides than were logged at the same time last year. The city reached the 350-homicide mark last year on Oct. 23, RedEye data shows.
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December 27, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
Chicago on Wednesday logged its 500th homicide of the year--the first time the city has reached that threshold since 2008, according to a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data. A man was shot to death Wednesday in an alley east of California Avenue and south of 54th Street, the Tribune reported. Chicago homicides are up 15 percent this year compared to the same period last year, according to RedEye data. Homicides were up 60 percent in March compared to 2011 but the rate has slowed since then.
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March 15, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
Did you know "many people have waited a lifetime to see the [Oscar Mayer] Wienermobile"? According to a press release from the company, this is a fact. And if you're one of those people, well, then this weekend you're in luck. The Wienermobile will be rolling through Chicago during the St. Patrick's Day weekend to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its"Hotdogger tradition," whatever that is. It'll be stopping at three different Mariano's grocery stores around the city. Visitors can take pictures, play games and even received a collectible wiener whistle.
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September 20, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
So you have an idea for an app that uses city data, but you don't know where to go with it. Head to one of these data-driven events. > > Social Media Week, through Friday socialmediaweek.org/chicago Using data and social media to deliver better city services is one of the themes of Social Media Week, an annual series of workshops and panels about trends in social and mobile media. > > Urban Sustainability Apps Competition, Oct. 18-20 cnt.org/events/reinventing-chicago-2013-urban-sustainability-apps-competition Competitors form teams and use city and Center for Neighborhood Technology data to create apps that they present to judges.
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December 19, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
On Dec. 18, 2012, Chief Keef released his major label debut, “Finally Rich.” Its arrival marked the culmination of an unprecedented year for Chicago rappers: Awareness and media coverage exploded; a plethora of major label deals, both rumored and confirmed, were thrown out all over. It's been one year. How is Chicago's rap scene looking now? Short answer: not much different. Save for Keef, not one of the lauded acts - Lil Durk, Lil Reese, King L, Katie Got Bandz, Sasha Go Hard, Tink, Tree and collectives the Treated Crew and #SaveMoney (I clumsily refer to these as the Talented 10)
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