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May 22, 2014 | RedEye staff report and RedEye
RedEye is predicting heavy traffic on Lake Shore Drive Thursday night. President Obama will arrive at O'Hare International Airport at 5:50 p.m., according to NBC Chicago News . His helicopter will be landing near Montrose Harbor early Thursday afternoon, according to a newsletter from Ald. James Cappleman (46th), leading the city to close some sections of Lake Shore Drive. Obama is in town to attend two fundraising events - the first one starting at 5 p.m. on the Near North Side - to help raise money for U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
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NEWS
May 21, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Anyone with one of Scott Marshall's tattoos can now say they have been inked by a master.  The Plainfield resident was crowned "Ink Master" on Tuesday night over 27 other contestants on the Spike TV show of the same name. "I'm feeling great, it's a huge sense of relief and a great sense of accomplishment," Marshall said in an interview.  His final victory was a "master canvas" tattoo: He designed and inked a back tattoo that took 35 hours over several months. He now considers it the greatest piece he's ever done, he said.  After the win, he is busier than ever, he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2014 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Break out the plastic bibs: Chicago will welcome its first outdoor lobster fest this summer. The Great American Lobster Fest, planned for August 16 and 17 at Navy Pier, sounds like one of the few reasons we'd brave that half-mile-long tourist trap.  New England Seafood Company will fly in crustaceans daily, and fest attendees also can sip on cold drinks and take in live music. The menu will include 1 1/4 lb. lobsters, lobster tacos, corn on the cob, lobster rolls, fried shrimp and more.
NEWS
May 21, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Chicago has a long way to go to become one of America's most bike-friendly cities, according to a new analysis of cycling data by the financial website NerdWallet. The site ranked Chicago 18 out of 20 cities, behind Portland, Ore., which topped the list, Washington, D.C. (#2), Denver (#10) and Raleigh, N.C. (#17). The analysis included data on each city's population of cyclists, funding for cycling infrastructure and pedestrian projects, and cycling fatalities. Among the metrics for Chicago: 1.6 percent of Chicago's population identifies as bicycling commuters.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2014 | By Lisa Arnett and Kate Bernot and RedEye
So, winter of 2014, right? That's all we have to say about Chiberia, snowpocalypse, polar vortex - whatever it was we all just lived through. Patio season is always highly anticipated in Chicago, but this year we may see stampedes to the first rooftops and sidewalks cafes open for business. Thankfully, this summer promises plenty of brand new outdoor spots, from fourth-floor cocktail gardens to European-style sidewalk seating. Keep an eye on these 45-plus new sunny spots debuting this spring and summer.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2014 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
***= Recommended shows On sale 10 a.m. Wednesday Hozier, James Bay, Sunday, Oct. 26 ($20, 18+) at Metro. On sale 10 a.m. Friday Bonobo, Falty DL, Friday, Sept. 19 ($21, 18+) at Metro. On sale noon Friday The Blisters, New Leverage, Thursday, Aug. 14 ($10, all ages) at Schubas. Dana Buoy, Aero Flynn, Wednesday, Aug. 6 ($10, 21+) at Schubas. Com Truise, Saturday, Sept. 20 ($18, 18+) at Lincoln Hall. Il Sogno del Marinaio with Mike Watt, Tuesday, Sept.
NEWS
May 20, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
At least three trailers carrying refrigerated meat have been stolen from South Side lots this month, according to a business alert released Monday night by the Chicago Police Department. The alert said the trailers were likely stolen in the early morning hours, in areas of the 9th and 10th police districts that are largely populated by warehouse and storage facilities. Back of the Yards, the community area that overlaps with parts of those districts, is the historic home of Chicago's meatpacking industry.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2014 | By Sean Ely, @theseanwow and RedEye
Compare the dating scene a decade ago to today's vibe and you couldn't have two more opposite entities. Texting, sexting, Facebook messaging, Tinder using, Snapchatting … the list goes on and on. Enter Aziz Ansari, a South Carolina-born comic who can not only riff on the subject, but draw from personal moments that prove "we're all dealing with the same nonsense," he said. Ansari, 31, best known for his role as Tom Haverford on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," is in the midst of his "Modern Romance" comedy tour, which lands in Chicago for four shows (7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday)
NEWS
May 20, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Chicago's annual Ride of Silence for cyclists who have been struck and killed by motorists will pass two new ghost bikes when it hits the road Wednesday evening. Ghost bicycles are painted white, adorned with flowers, and permanently affixed to fences or poles near the sites where the honored cyclists died. This year there are two new memorials. One is for Bobby Cann, who was hit last May near the corner of Clybourn Avenue and Larrabee Street; the other is for Hector Avilos, who was fatally struck by a truck in the 2500 block of West Ogden Avenue.
SPORTS
May 19, 2014 | By Jay St. Pierre, @jaystpierre
Dear Chicago residents, GET YOUR ASSES OUT TO THE BALLPARK THIS WEEK! Seriously. Derek Jeter, one of the greatest shortstops in the history of baseball, is coming to the city. Good news: He and the Yankees are playing six games against the Cubs and White Sox. Bad news: This will be the final six chances you get to see him play at Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field. You don't have to be a die-hard to recognize the significance of Jeter's final visit. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
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