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November 30, 2011 | By Matt Pais, RedEye
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February 25, 2014 | By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
It's always tough saying goodbye to your heroes. And this week, an entire generation of geeks and nerds had to say goodbye to one of their greatest. As was reported by the Chicago Tribune on Monday , Harold Ramis died while surrounded by his family. I take heart in knowing that his passing was peaceful and in the presence of those who loved him most. But, it still hurts to know that the man who gave us “Stripes” , “Groundhog Day” and “Ghostbusters” - just to name a few - is no longer with us. In my youth, I found myself gravitating to the brand of humor that Ramis...
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February 25, 2014 | By John Hickey, @johnnyjhickey and For RedEye
Harold Ramis is the best writer and director from Chicago, period. That isn't a hyperbolic statement or a knee-jerk reaction to the news of his death Monday. Nobody else comes close - and let me remind you that acclaimed director John Hughes spent the first 12 years of his life in Grosse Pointe, Mich., before his family relocated to Northbrook. Ramis, on the other hand, was the son of shopkeepers who owned a food and liquor store in Rogers Park. He attended Washington University in St. Louis.
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February 25, 2014 | By John Hickey, @johnnyjhickey and For RedEye
Harold Ramis is the best writer and director from Chicago, period. That isn't a hyperbolic statement or a knee-jerk reaction to the news of his death Monday. Nobody else comes close - and let me remind you that acclaimed director John Hughes spent the first 12 years of his life in Grosse Pointe, Mich., before his family relocated to Northbrook. Ramis, on the other hand, was the son of shopkeepers who owned a food and liquor store in Rogers Park. He attended Washington University in St. Louis.
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February 25, 2014 | By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
It's always tough saying goodbye to your heroes. And this week, an entire generation of geeks and nerds had to say goodbye to one of their greatest. As was reported by the Chicago Tribune on Monday , Harold Ramis died while surrounded by his family. I take heart in knowing that his passing was peaceful and in the presence of those who loved him most. But, it still hurts to know that the man who gave us “Stripes” , “Groundhog Day” and “Ghostbusters” - just to name a few - is no longer with us. In my youth, I found myself gravitating to the brand of humor that Ramis...
NEWS
July 8, 2012 | Stephen Markley
Here's basically what happened: I was at a 4 th of July party well on my way to having a great time, when I somehow found myself in an argument about Medicaid and the Medicaid expansion in health care reform with a few young doctors who I felt had totally eye-popping worldviews about access to health care for the poor. At some point in this argument this hypothetical was proposed to me: “What do you do for a living? A writer? How would you like it if the government told you you had to write some specific thing.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) Fortunately, “A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas” consists of more than just Santa holding a bong. Though it has that too. Cheerfully honest about the absurdity of its 3D and the gratuitousness of its nudity (cue the hot nuns in the shower and topless angels in heaven), the film's funny and playful--but only for viewers who'd attach those words to a beer pong showdown with underage kids and a breakfast-assistant toy called the Wafflebot that falls in love with Kumar.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
“It's kinda cool actually to be in an environment where people want to go off and serve their country and come back,” said “A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas” star Kal Penn. To clarify: In this case “come back” means “reprise his role as a big-screen pothead,” since Penn (Kumar) temporarily left his post in the White House Office of Public Engagement to film the third “Harold and Kumar” movie, opening Nov. 4. (Penn has since completed his two-year stint on the job in D.C.)
NEWS
April 10, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Correction: An earlier version incorrectly stated that Harold Washington was Chicago's only African-American mayor. Mayor Eugene Sawyer served from 1987-1989. This month marks 30 years since Harold Washington was elected as Chicago's first African-American mayor. Ald. Will Burns (4th) submitted a resolution on Wednesday to the City Council to honor Washington and declare April 15 as Harold Washington Day. The council approved the resolution. "Harold is iconic for me because he showed us how we could build coalitions...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2011 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
Apparently November is the month of getting naughty. Two of our favorite Chos, John and Margaret, have stepped back into the spotlight with "A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas," which opened Nov. 4, and "Cho Dependent," which screens Saturday at the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, respectively. This wacky duo make for some pretty crazy interviews -- so crazy, in fact, that we're not sure you'll be able to tell the difference. See if you can match the quotes below to the Cho who said them.
NEWS
July 8, 2012 | Stephen Markley
Here's basically what happened: I was at a 4 th of July party well on my way to having a great time, when I somehow found myself in an argument about Medicaid and the Medicaid expansion in health care reform with a few young doctors who I felt had totally eye-popping worldviews about access to health care for the poor. At some point in this argument this hypothetical was proposed to me: “What do you do for a living? A writer? How would you like it if the government told you you had to write some specific thing.
NEWS
November 30, 2011 | By Matt Pais, RedEye
Nonsense nonsense nonsense
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) Fortunately, “A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas” consists of more than just Santa holding a bong. Though it has that too. Cheerfully honest about the absurdity of its 3D and the gratuitousness of its nudity (cue the hot nuns in the shower and topless angels in heaven), the film's funny and playful--but only for viewers who'd attach those words to a beer pong showdown with underage kids and a breakfast-assistant toy called the Wafflebot that falls in love with Kumar.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
“It's kinda cool actually to be in an environment where people want to go off and serve their country and come back,” said “A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas” star Kal Penn. To clarify: In this case “come back” means “reprise his role as a big-screen pothead,” since Penn (Kumar) temporarily left his post in the White House Office of Public Engagement to film the third “Harold and Kumar” movie, opening Nov. 4. (Penn has since completed his two-year stint on the job in D.C.)
SERVICES
April 3, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein, For RedEye
It was only a month ago that I decided to branch out from my usual Harold's Chicken on Milwaukee Avenue to seek out the others on a monthly basis. Since No. 1 is gone, I charted a course for Harold's No. 2, and though I like the idea of marching one-by-one through Chicago's fried chicken king, on Monday I skipped ahead to No. 45 to pay homage to the restaurant's wall-size Derrick Rose mural. Painted in early 2011, the mural portrays Rose in uniform facing his franchise's retired jersey banners at the United Center over the caption "The Rising Star.
SPORTS
January 3, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
White Sox fans eager to put the quasi-collapse of 2012 behind them and look forward to Year 2 of the Robin Ventura era can buy their tickets for SoxFest 2013 starting Jan. 9. Two-day and Sunday-only tickets are available on the team's website for the event, set for Jan. 25-27. The former costs $70 while the latter checks in a $35. Full three-day weekend passes are available only to those who also book a two-night stay at the Palmer House Hilton, where the festival will take place. There will be a ton of current players and coaches on hand for the event, including...
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