March 22, 2012 |
Two downtown marches have been organized for Friday as a peaceful sign of support for the family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old who was shot and killed last month in Florida. Marchers are encouraged to wear their hoodies just like Martin wore when he was walking home from a convenience store and fatally shot on Feb. 26 by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, who has not been charged. Both marches are intended to be calm, civil and peaceful, organizers said. The Justice for Trayvon march is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. by the bean in Millennium Park and head to State and Lake streets near the ABC News studios, said organizer Mikael Abdullah, 30, who grew up in East Chatham and now lives in Hammond, Ind. "Growing up, I lost so many of my friends to gun violence and gangs and it just sickens me," he said.
March 7, 2012 |
We asked our friends on Facebook and Twitter what they would do to get their hands on a shiny new iPad. Surprisingly, most folks seemed to have made up their minds before the new tech toy was even presented. Here's what they said. Facebook " Promise to write 3 columns free of charge for the RedEye. " --Colin Joliat " Not much. I have an iPhone,and a powerbook. What would i need it for?" --Jason Squires " Dawn a dolly parton wig,Wear heels and lipstick and sing 'working 9 to 5' by dolly parton.
February 12, 2012 |
Band name: Summer Girlfriends Sound: This up-and-coming, pizza-obsessed group (seriously, check out the number of pizza mentions on its Facebook page!) laces its catchy garage-rock output with '60s girl-group melodies and a welcome dose of surf-rock guitar. Think Best Coast if frontwoman Bethany Cosentino ditched her pot stash and cat for a black leather jacket and ample reverb. Need to know: The quintet recently finished in fourth place in an online battle-of-the-bands competition put together by an apparel company--more than respectable considering over 800 acts entered the national contest.
February 9, 2012 |
Love is certainly in the air wiith Valentine's Day just around the corner. Naturally, we at RedEye want to find out about some of the biggest dating fails out there. We asked our Facebook fanbase to tell us their worst first date story and here's what they said. (Submit your own at firstname.lastname@example.org or join the Facebook conversation and it could be added to the list.) "Oh gosh, I have one but it is much too wrought with horrors to put it all in here. The short short version, Waka Flaka as our mood music.
January 23, 2012 |
Finally, Sh*t Chicagoans Say is in the works. After weeks of watching videos about what sh*t other people say, a Chicago filmmaker announced Jan. 23 on Reddit that he is making his own, and asked for feedback. Naturally, we posted on Facebook, and you (readers) commented. Here's what you had to say about what should be included in the Sh*t Chicagoans Say video: "where is my coat at" or "if you go, can I come with?" --Maddi Srajer "I shop at Jewels" --Cheryl Wisniewski "Dare's a foot a snow on da ground?
January 3, 2012 |
If you ride the train Sunday, you'll need a CTA pass but you won't need pants. The annual No Pants Subway Ride kicks off at noon Sunday at 1210 W. Arthur St. The ride, which is scheduled to last three hours, is the same day as New York's annual No Pants Subway Ride, which began 10 years ago as a prank by an improv group. Chicago's event has been held for more than five years. More than 285 people signed up on Facebook to participate, as of Tuesday afternoon. More than 200 CTA riders took the Red Line last year sans pants, according to news reports.
December 8, 2011 |
I do my best to check out and usually join most social media networks - it's my job or whatever - but only when I think I can get genuine enjoyment out of it. Who doesn't love a good Twitter fight about racial inequality, after all? Then along came Pinterest, some say the worst thing to happen to your Facebook news feed since that girl from high school started posting her sonograms. The "vision board"-esque service launched in May, and pageviews have skyrocketed 2,000 percent since June, according to marketing research firm comScore.
November 28, 2011
Chicago's own Kanye West took the title last year--but who should RedEye name 2011's Pop Person of the Year? We'll be unveiling the winner in RedEye in December, but until then, we're looking for readers to weigh in on who they would pick from these top five contenders. Cast your vote in our online poll, and stay tuned for some fun sneak peeks, trivia and more on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram (search: redeyechicago) and Tumblr . Or maybe you're the best choice for Pop Person of the Year?
November 17, 2011 |
When my mom joined modern-day society, my world changed. It happened when I saw a familiar message pop up on Facebook. "Jen's mom" wants to be friends with you. Do you accept? That lady in the picture looked an awful lot like the lady who gave birth to me, but there was no way she knew what Facebook was. She didn't even know how to turn on a computer. With an immediacy of a wild mongoose, I clicked "no" and closed my screen, hoping the friend invite was just a glitch in the universe - a momentary black hole whose vortex happened to be in the center of my little apartment.