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October 3, 2012 | Anna Pulley, @annapulley and RedEye's sex columnist
My ex is stealing my friends! Two months ago I broke up with my boyfriend; let's call him "Sam. " We had a lovely, loving relationship, but I ultimately didn't see it going anywhere. So after much deliberation and heartache, I broke it off. We met through a longtime mutual friend; let's call him "Frank. " Frank is my ex's best friend and my best guy friend. Now Frank is guilt-tripping me about the breakup, telling me I'm no longer on his "nice list" and generally acting like I'm a bad guy. This is in jest, but also not. It feels a little "bros before hos. " I also found out that I'm not invited to...
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May 22, 2014 | Shane Michael Singh, @chicagojournal and Special contributor
I have a lot of friends. We've met in sports leagues, at bars and on dating apps. Of course, when I say "sports leagues," I mean gay dodgeball and gay bowling. And when I say "bars," I'm referring to Scarlet and Sidetrack. "Dating apps"? Grindr and Scruff. I am a gay man, all my friends are gay and...I'm over it. I want straight friends--straight guy friends--but I don't know how to do it. Because gay men share many of the same experiences, they tend to compare those experiences and everything in between.
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November 27, 2013 | Lauren Krause and For RedEye
Get some action OVER LINE: Experiential gifts By Lauren Krause | For RedEye If your friend is really, really good at sitting home on his or her butt, an experiential gift is an awesome way to get up and moving. And hey, they might meet a new hottie or replacement best friend. Wait a second ... If your friend is really, really good at sitting at home on his or her butt, an experiential gift is an awesome way to get up and moving. And hey, they might meet a new hottie or replacement best friend.
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May 19, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The kidnapper demanded $2,000 to release her captive Sunday. But the woman, Monique Fitzgerald, 22, of Evanston, had actually kidnapped herself, county prosecutors said. Fitzgerald was charged with felony disorderly conduct after police discovered that the threatening text messages she had sent a friend demanding money turned out to be a ruse, and that she had never been in danger. When Fitzgerald's friend received text messages from her saying she had been kidnapped and would need $2,000 to be released, the friend called the police, who tracked the woman down to a...
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May 19, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The kidnapper demanded $2,000 to release her captive Sunday. But the woman, Monique Fitzgerald, 22, of Evanston, had actually kidnapped herself, county prosecutors said. Fitzgerald was charged with felony disorderly conduct after police discovered that the threatening text messages she had sent a friend demanding money turned out to be a ruse, and that she had never been in danger. When Fitzgerald's friend received text messages from her saying she had been kidnapped and would need $2,000 to be released, the friend called the police, who tracked the woman down to a...
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November 1, 2012 | Anna Pulley, @annapulley and RedEye's sex columnist
I'm friends with a man who has 20 years of gay experience and has suddenly told me he's ready try his luck with the ladies. What would you say to that man? He's almost always identified as gay, came out in high school and then experimented (with modest success) with women in college/grad school. Then he was a serial monogamist in his 20s. So I don't think it would be an experiment, more like a life change. He's in his 30s. I'm thinking midlife crisis? - Confused We've all heard the cliché: Men in...
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November 23, 2011 | Anna Pulley and RedEye's sex columnist
I've been seeing one of my friend's exes. She was a very close friend years ago, but our relationship has dwindled. They were broken up for two years before we got together, but my friend was totally in love with him when they were dating, he broke her heart, and it took her a very long time to get over him, even when she has had other boyfriends, she was still hung up on him. I thought it was just going to be a fling, so I didn't think...
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October 24, 2012 | Anna Pulley, @annapulley and RedEye's sex columnist
Over the last month I've fallen in love with one of my best guy friends. Usually I would tell him, but the problem is he has a girlfriend. Trust me when I say I am trying not to be some home-wrecker, but it's becoming more and more difficult to hide my real feelings. Do I tell the guy I love how I feel or continue to love from afar? - Crushed Feelings! What I wouldn't give to bury the whole sodded bunch of 'em and call it a day. Alas, then we'd be robots, and that would make for terrible advice columns.
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July 31, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
For your friend's birthday, you don't want to buy a lame gift card but you want to do more than just write a message on his Facebook wall. Local startup Boomerang launched Tuesday in Chicago as a social gifting platform tapping into the $100 billion gift card industry to help people give more personalized gift cards that can be delivered quickly and redeemed conveniently at local businesses. Lightbank, the investment fund behind Groupon, invested about $1 million into Boomerang, said founder Zach Smith, 25, of River North.
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December 5, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
Rampant consumerism? Check. The same 12 Christmas songs performed 4,300 ways on the radio? You betcha. It's holiday time again, people! With all the yuletide (second only to "delish" as the worst word ever created) cheer comes holiday party season. My inbox is bursting with people asking for Wingman tips for seasonal party domination during this, the season of raging, and like your inappropriate gymnastics coach, I've got your back. I took the six questions I hear the most and applied them to your work holiday party, the party you throw with your friends, and your New...
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April 30, 2014 | By Zach Stafford and For RedEye
The Windy City awoke one October morning to news that a friend with more than 72 locations and 6,600 employees, a friend we'd known since 1918, was leaving. A friend named Dominick's. During my 6-plus years in Chicago, I have always had a Dominick's a few short blocks away. I was privileged to live in neighborhoods such as Lincoln Park and Edgewater, and I always made sure there was one close by before I signed a lease. So when the store next door closed, a situation arose that I had never experienced.
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March 27, 2014 | By Anthony Roberts, @antthewriter and For RedEye
It can happen to any of us, male or female. It comes when you least expect it. But eventually, something will tip you off that things just aren't adding up. There you are, minding your business, hanging out with a buddy, and then you realize what's happening: While you thought you were just grabbing dinner with a friend or just catching a movie with a homie who happened to be in your area, you actually were being sneak-dated. (For the uninitiated, that's when a friend, trying to be more than friends, dates you without you even knowing it.)
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March 24, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
  True story: I never stopped calling Sean Combs "Puff Daddy. " Through his name changes from P. Diddy to just Diddy to whatever came after that (I honestly stopped paying attention after awhile), he's always been plain ol' Puff Daddy to me. Now, he apparently has seen the light and is going back to basics. In the video for his new song "Big Homie" (previewed above), Combs has decided to reclaim his moniker just in time for his new album "MMM," which should be released later this year.
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February 26, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Non-Greeks needn't apply.  A Craigslist ad that surfaced Wednesday seeks a roommate in Roscoe Village. A very specific kind of roommate actually: A "Full House"-era John Stamos to act like Jesse Katsopolis.  The bizarre ad, posted by "two 30-year-old dudes", lists a $500 a month, 5,200 square foot apartment on Belmont Avenue to anyone resembling the "Full House" uncle.  " My fellow heterosexual friend and I are looking for a...
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February 23, 2014 | By Jennifer Shepherd, the Lipstick Mystic and For RedEye
Pisces Feb. 19-March 20 With a new moon in your sign, it's time to focus on making your dreams come true. You'll have more positive energy coming your way than you have in a long time. Don't let anybody or anything hold you back. Aries March 21-April 19 Mars has you questioning your relationship programming. If everybody in your family has conditioned you to believe you need a husband and 2.5 kids to be happy, you're finally saying, “Is that really true?
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January 30, 2014 | By Your New York Friend and For RedEye
Hey, it's me, your one friend who moved to New York City, you know, to pursue acting/art/music. Things are going great. This week "Blue Bloods" filmed in the restaurant where I wait tables. And I'm pretty sure I saw Dennis Quaid on the street yesterday. Only in New York! But I have to admit I miss Chicago. You don't put your garbage on the sidewalks. So quaint! As you know, the Super Bowl is coming to New York this year and we are mildly excited. And by "New York" I mean New Jersey, which is like our Milwaukee.
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March 27, 2014 | By Anthony Roberts, @antthewriter and For RedEye
It can happen to any of us, male or female. It comes when you least expect it. But eventually, something will tip you off that things just aren't adding up. There you are, minding your business, hanging out with a buddy, and then you realize what's happening: While you thought you were just grabbing dinner with a friend or just catching a movie with a homie who happened to be in your area, you actually were being sneak-dated. (For the uninitiated, that's when a friend, trying to be more than friends, dates you without you even knowing it.)
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January 21, 2014 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
I don't expect society to see it my way about marriage anytime soon - that it's a weirdly patriarchal institution, grounded in sexism, that keeps everyone from getting their bone on - but at least hear me out on the engagement ring. The crown jewel of the wedding-industrial complex, the engagement ring is a tradition that should die, and I urge you: If you're thinking of getting engaged anytime soon, become a trend-setter on this.  The engagement ring began as collateral in case the guy didn't show up at the wedding, the idea being that at least the poor jilted girl at least had a fancy jewel to...
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December 31, 2013 | By Kristin Samuelson and Tracy Swartz and RedEye
"Welcome aboard, nice to see you. " "Wrigley. Cubs. All aboard. Batter up. " "Have a good day, and may the force be with you. " They're friendly and familiar phrases you've most likely heard if you've ever ridden the Red Line during commuter hours. The welcoming voice was from Michael Powell, a CTA train operator who today announced he is retiring after nearly 36 years with the CTA. CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski confirmed that Powell's retirement is effective today, Dec. 31. As he...
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