March 31, 2014 |
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,...
March 12, 2014 |
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...
February 20, 2014 |
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...
February 17, 2014 |
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.
January 30, 2014 |
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...
January 30, 2014 |
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...