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November 30, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett
Though "Top Chef: Texas" did away with one of the six Chicagoans last week, we're still representing strong with more chefs than any other city in the remaining cast. And so we continue our point-based post-show competition. Quickfire challenge: The chefs travel to Dallas, where they're stopped by a roadblock and meet guest judge John Besh, who oddly enough, owns restaurants not in Dallas, but in San Antonio (where the chefs just came from) and New Orleans. In 30 minutes, they must cook a dish with a car survival kit of packaged dry foods on the side of the road.
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February 19, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
Two years ago, Michael Bliss had just finished climbing the highest peak in the Caribbean islands when he decided to do something else he'd never done. "Coming off that with dehydration, malnutrition and tearing a few ligaments in my foot, I said, 'Hey why not do something fun?'" he said of his decision to try his first cigar. Now, the 29-year-old Pullman resident estimates, he puffs about three stogies a week, frequenting tobacco shops all over the city in search of a good smoke.
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February 19, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
Here's a peek at a famous few who've been known to have their fair share of cigars. Mike Ditka It's no secret that Chicago's iconic Bear has a penchant for pretty much every vice known to man. But Da Coach has a particularly prominent love for the cigar. In fact, Ditka has his own line of stogies from Pacific Cigar Co., which feature his Super Bowl Ring as the wrap . Jay-Z Music mogul, hip-hop king, hoops team owner and a consumer of fine cigars. Despite heavy smoking restrictions, smoking mag Cigar Aficionado says Hova has no problem lighting up in his New York City...
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February 19, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
Here's a peek at a famous few who've been known to have their fair share of cigars. Mike Ditka It's no secret that Chicago's iconic Bear has a penchant for pretty much every vice known to man. But Da Coach has a particularly prominent love for the cigar. In fact, Ditka has his own line of stogies from Pacific Cigar Co., which feature his Super Bowl Ring as the wrap . Jay-Z Music mogul, hip-hop king, hoops team owner and a consumer of fine cigars. Despite heavy smoking restrictions, smoking mag Cigar Aficionado says Hova has no problem lighting up in his New York City...
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February 19, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
Two years ago, Michael Bliss had just finished climbing the highest peak in the Caribbean islands when he decided to do something else he'd never done. "Coming off that with dehydration, malnutrition and tearing a few ligaments in my foot, I said, 'Hey why not do something fun?'" he said of his decision to try his first cigar. Now, the 29-year-old Pullman resident estimates, he puffs about three stogies a week, frequenting tobacco shops all over the city in search of a good smoke.
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November 13, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. First we saw Michael Jordan playing beer pong on Instagram, and now there's the inevitable video proof.  A video posted by TMZ Wednesday shows His Airness smoking a cigar as Kanye's "N***** in Paris" plays in the background, while engaging some serious bros in a game of beer pong. The video came after Deadspin posted Instagram photos of the same event. (h/t Sun Times Voices ) Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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April 22, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT Python Pizza Big G's Pizza 3716 N. Clark St. 773-281-2444 To commemorate the Arizona Diamondbacks' arrival at Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary, the Wrigleyville spot offers up - while supplies last - a snake meat slice ($4) featuring a python meat and chicken meatball combination, black bean base, corn salsa, salsa verde and mozzarella and chihuahua cheeses. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Taste Of Vietnam Banh Mi & Co. 214 W. Van Buren St. 773-868-9988 Soups are the focus of this drop-in dinner featuring traditional pho,...
SPORTS
March 1, 2012 | RedEye
Thursday was a special day in Chicago sports: The 14th Annual Worldwide Toast to Harry Caray. The event marked what would have been the Cubs announcer's 98th birthday, with fans all over Chicago - and more than 100 countries - raising a glass of Bud, or other beverage, at 5:45 p.m. It's a tradition that has become one of the most anticipated parts of the baseball season - for Cubs fans at least. Caray's day stands along in Chicago sports, but are there other players/sports figures who could someday have a toast all to themselves?
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June 27, 2012 | RedEye
For a brief moment last week, when the Cubs took two of three games from the White Sox, it looked like the Cubs were poised for a turnaround and the Sox were slipping. The teams have reversed course recently, however, and Wednesday's games were solid examples: The Sox drubbed Minnesota 12-5 and the Cubs were pulverized 17-1 by the N.Y. Mets. Here's what else we took from the Chicago teams' recent performances.   WHITE SOX Good news: Adam Dunn broke an 0-for-24 skid with three hits, including a homer.
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November 14, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Billy Goat Tavern won't be moving or closing, even if a planned redevelopment of its property goes through , the Sianis family said in a statement Thursday morning.  "The Realtor Building has been keeping us in the loop since discussions began with us over a month ago, and have assured us that The Billy Goat Tavern will not leave or close its doors on Michigan Avenue if or when the proposed redevelopment happens," the statement reads, referring...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett
Though "Top Chef: Texas" did away with one of the six Chicagoans last week, we're still representing strong with more chefs than any other city in the remaining cast. And so we continue our point-based post-show competition. Quickfire challenge: The chefs travel to Dallas, where they're stopped by a roadblock and meet guest judge John Besh, who oddly enough, owns restaurants not in Dallas, but in San Antonio (where the chefs just came from) and New Orleans. In 30 minutes, they must cook a dish with a car survival kit of packaged dry foods on the side of the road.
SPORTS
January 23, 2012 | RedEye
Enough is enough. Enough of the hand-wringing over Luol Deng's wrist injury. Enough of the worrying about what's wrong with Joakim Noah. Enough complaining about Carlos Boozer's defense. Enough fretting about Derrick Rose's big toe. Bulls fans have done a lot of focusing on the negative recently - and with all those doom-and-gloom headlines, they can't be blamed. But, looking at the big picture, there's a lot to be extremely happy about in Bulls nation. Take Monday night's huge 110-95 win over the New Jersey Nets, for example.
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April 1, 2012 | RedEye
This was a joke, right? Surely Sunday's Bulls game in Oklahoma City was just one big, elaborate April Fools' Day joke organized by the NBA. Unfortunately, Bulls fans, you weren't punk'd. But you'd be forgiven if you thought you had tuned in to a Bulls game circa 2003. The Bulls, without Derrick Rose for the 10th straight game, were blown out by perhaps the NBA's best team in the Oklahoma City Thunder, 92-78. There were several developments during the course of the game that supported the April Fools' Day theory.
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