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June 11, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
Drivers are not taking all the blame for the increase in pedestrian deaths for the first time in five years. According to the Liberty Mutual Insurance Pedestrian Safety Survey, which included responses from 1,004 adults--ages 18 to 65--with an oversample of 105 Chicago consumers, 60 percent of Chicagoans are guilty of dangerous pedestrian behaviors. Furthermore, 27 percent of the Chicago respondents admitted to texting or emailing while crossing the street, although 59 percent acknowledged that it is dangerous behavior.
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April 13, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
In 2012, Grace Sweeney did the impossible. She found a studio in Lincoln Park for $745 a month -- just within the budget she kept as an unpaid intern out of college. It was steps from Fullerton Avenue and Clark Street, had a walk-in closet and utilities included ... but no kitchen. "It had a full-sized fridge, which was nice, and a microwave, and I bought myself a toaster oven. I did my dishes in the [bathroom] sink," Sweeney said. "It was definitely a crazy trade-off, but the price was great.
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December 13, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
That orange ticket on your windshield is enough to turn you into a big ball of rage. It's only getting worse as the city this year raised some ticket fees and introduced a new big one. Don't even think about relieving yourself in public during a parade no matter how bad you have to go or how much you've had to drink. The fine for drinking, urinating or defecating in the public way within 800 feet of a parade route was doubled to a range of $500 to $1,000.   Cyclists who ride their bikes all the way up north where the lakefront trail ends should think twice before riding on...
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April 8, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The second annual list of 100 trans-identified people making a big impact on LGBTQ issues in America is out, and 11 of this year's honorees are from Chicago. The Trans 100 list, compiled by an anonymous committee of trans people and sponsored by nonprofit advocacy organizations GLAAD, Chicago House and Lambda Legal, was published online for the first time Monday, but formally unveiled at a March 30 event at Mayne Stage in Rogers Park. Jen Richards, the Trans 100 co-director, said the project's mission is to promote positive depictions of trans people doing trans advocacy work at a...
SPORTS
January 26, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
In Chicago, we call it pop, not soda. To dodge a ticket, we put the cell phone down while driving every time we see a cop. And nobody - not LeBron, Kobe, or even D Rose - is as good as Michael Jordan. That's all according to "Sh*t Chicagoans Say," the latest riff on a string of catchphrase-filled viral videos that started surfacing last month after one called "Sh*t Girls Say" caught fire on YouTube. (Watch the video here) Mathew Montalvo, 28, who lives in Belmont Cragin, captures the lingo, nuances and pride of those born, raised and living in the city in his five-minute...
NEWS
July 31, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Are you seeing red over these new Divvy bikes? That's because there is one new red bike among the 906 blue bicycles part of the Divvy-bike sharing program which launched at the end of June. Residents and tourists who ride or spot the red bike will be rewarded with prizes under a new campaign to be announced Thursday. The 25th, 50th, 75th, 100th, 200th and 300th riders who check out the red bike from any of the 110 docking stations in the month of August will get a gift certificate for a free annual Divvy membership or have their accounts credited if they...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) As riveting as it sounds, “The Motel Life” fits snugly into the moody nook that film festivals save for forgettable downers with recognizable faces. In this bleak drama set around Reno, Nev., Frank (Emile Hirsch) long has looked after his older brother, Jerry Lee (Stephen Dorff). They live the kind of down-and-out existances hidden behind brown curtains, too many bottles and songs that could use a drink of their own. When Jerry Lee gets Frank out of bed in the middle of the night, panicking after...
NEWS
April 13, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
In 2012, Grace Sweeney did the impossible. She found a studio in Lincoln Park for $745 a month -- just within the budget she kept as an unpaid intern out of college. It was steps from Fullerton Avenue and Clark Street, had a walk-in closet and utilities included ... but no kitchen. "It had a full-sized fridge, which was nice, and a microwave, and I bought myself a toaster oven. I did my dishes in the [bathroom] sink," Sweeney said. "It was definitely a crazy trade-off, but the price was great.
NEWS
November 27, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins
What a wild, well dressed ride we've been on! Thirty-two of the best dressed Chicagoans from all over the city put their best foot forward to showcase their respective styles in our "November of Dressing Nicely" bracket. Looks from street-style to suits and ties were represented. A few notables: The first two rounds saw more votes for the men than the women. Can honestly say I didn't expect that. Speaking of... We had more submissions from men than women.  Ages ranged from 21 - 40. The entire contest garnered...
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February 17, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
While you spent this winter languishing under the covers, clearing your social calendar of anything but Netflix or Facebooking screen grabs of Chicago's relentless snow and subzero temperatures, Erika Henning slipped into her favorite North Face jacket and ski mask and hit the slopes - errr, trails. Henning, of Lakeview, actually prefers running in the snow and slush to the sunshine and heat of summer. This season's below-freezing temps remind her of growing up in southwest Minnesota, where wind chills of 20-below are the norm in winter.
NEWS
March 31, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Chicagoans who think they may have seasonal affective disorder, a mood change tied to weather, should seek a physician. Reduced sunlight may increase melatonin - the hormone that aids sleep - making you feel sleepy, and decrease serotonin, a chemical that affects mood. Experts say this depression, which affects more than 10 million Americans each year, may be treated with light therapy, medication or psychotherapy. > > Light therapy Fifteen minutes of light therapy in the morning during the fall and winter may help Chicagoans with seasonal affective disorder, said Dr. Pedro Dago,...
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March 12, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Call them Second City problems. Summing up what the city of Chicago collectively feels about the winter, the Second City Network released a parody video Wednesday panning reviews of warmer climes on TripAdvisor.com. In the video, actors against arctic Chicago backgrounds read one-sentence reviews from the site, like "The downside was a lack of shade," and "I never saw a shell anywhere. " " At the bitter end of the coldest winter in 30 years, here are some real Chicagoans reading negative reviews from...
SPORTS
February 20, 2014 | By Emily Brown and RedEye
Four skaters line up next to each other. Once the gates open, it's a slippery free-for-all. The skaters race down the 45-degree start ramp, trying to find an edge. They hustle up hills and swing around banked turns. Drops and big-air jumps invade their path, yet they still jockey for position. Some wipe out, while others reach speeds of 40 mph along the 430-meter course. Welcome to Red Bull Crashed Ice, aka the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship. Athletes from all over the world, including two from the Chicago area, will gather in St. Paul, Minn., this...
NEWS
February 17, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
While you spent this winter languishing under the covers, clearing your social calendar of anything but Netflix or Facebooking screen grabs of Chicago's relentless snow and subzero temperatures, Erika Henning slipped into her favorite North Face jacket and ski mask and hit the slopes - errr, trails. Henning, of Lakeview, actually prefers running in the snow and slush to the sunshine and heat of summer. This season's below-freezing temps remind her of growing up in southwest Minnesota, where wind chills of 20-below are the norm in winter.
SPORTS
January 30, 2014 | By Gwendolyn Purdom and For RedEye
Maybe it's your brother-in-law's spicy seven-layer dip or the intricate drinking game your friends concocted for whenever a commercial comes on-screen. No matter which teams are involved, Super Bowl Sunday (or Friday or Monday this year if the weather keeps up) is steeped in tradition. And in this city, tradition means everything - especially for the Chicagoans who shared their Super rituals with us.   Stephen Bardo Big Ten Network basketball analyst Football may not be his sport, but former...
NEWS
January 30, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
About 40 people gathered on a sub-zero day in early January to eat pizza and drink beer at Atlas Brewery in Lincoln Park. Most of them left without paying a dime. It was a trial run for the brewery to accept Bitcoin, a digital currency that's an alternative to cash and credit. At the end of the night, the final tab for food and beer came out to 0.5960 bitcoin (or BTC, the standard abbreviation for bitcoin), the equivalent of about $500 cash given the exchange rate at the time. It was an event organized by Jonathan Solomon, a...
NEWS
July 26, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
“Did you eat bugs?” “What did you sleep on?” “Did anyone get hurt?” Those were some of the most common questions that greeted Rob Anderson when he returned to Chicago from a trip to California. As you might have guessed, he wasn't on vacation. He was being hunted. The 25-year-old Lakeview resident was essentially playing real life “Hunger Games” as part of CW's newest reality TV show “Capture.” “I'm just excited to be a normal, civilized person again,” Anderson said.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
It's been awhile since anyone in Chicago has had a reason to dance in the Bears' end zone, but on June 5 USA Network will be checking out your moves as part of the "Necessary Roughness" Show Us Your End Zone Dance Competition. Participants must perform their best end zone dance moves for a chance to win $25,000. The six finalists chosen by USA Network's judges will have their end-zone dances featured in a promo spot airing on USA in July, and one winner will dance away with a grand prize of $25,000.
SPORTS
December 26, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin and RedEye
Being a sports fan is serious business. Lifelong friends and business partners Ross Karel, Todd Heyden and Jason Kreiter know that firsthand. "We're sports guys," said Heyden, 30, a founding partner of Lock. As sports guys, they figured there was a fan experience missing for a younger, fast-paced generation. "We just wanted to build something that would change the reputation of what fantasy [leagues] had become, something that was so time consuming that there's a reason only a minority of sports fans are playing fantasy," Heyden said.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
That orange ticket on your windshield is enough to turn you into a big ball of rage. It's only getting worse as the city this year raised some ticket fees and introduced a new big one. Don't even think about relieving yourself in public during a parade no matter how bad you have to go or how much you've had to drink. The fine for drinking, urinating or defecating in the public way within 800 feet of a parade route was doubled to a range of $500 to $1,000.   Cyclists who ride their bikes all the way up north where the lakefront trail ends...
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