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November 22, 2011 | By Linda Hays, RedEye
It's tempting to want to hibernate when the weather turns frigid. Though with all the tasty treats and drinks at family gatherings and office parties, the holidays aren't the time to slow down. Get your blood pumping at these five events to keep those calorie bombs in check. Ice skating Channel your favorite Olympic ice skating star for a whirl at seasonal outdoor rinks around the city. Most offer skate rentals for $5-$10. Icy destinations include: -McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park, 55 N. Michigan Ave. 312-742-1168.
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December 2, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins
I hate the holidays.    Ok, let me clarify. I hate the feeling that the holidays bring. That hopelessness that comes from never having enough money to give stuff to the people you love. The unsettled feeling of realizing that feeling inferior because you can't afford things is a messed-up outlook on the world. Ugly sweaters and the people who insist on throwing parties to celebrate them. It's all annoying. I'll admit that the "spirit of the season" never really affected me ... that is, until this past Thanksgiving.
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November 21, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas @RachelCromidas and For RedEye
To some, the holiday season would be incomplete without a volunteering session at a local food bank or senior center. But many of Chicago's local non-profit agencies find it hard to acommodate the glut of holiday volunteers while planning for leaner times the rest of the year. RedEye talked to some local nonprofit coordinators about what to do--and avoid--this year to make your time as a volunteer count. Cast a wide net. Rather than reach out to non-profit organizations individually, try working through a larger volunteer coordinating agency such as Chicago Cares or the Association of...
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November 21, 2013 | By Stacey Andeen @curvesandnerves
When I was in college, I had a seasonal job waiting tables at an enormous chain restaurant in a giant suburban mall that rhymes with "Schmoodfield," and I'm reasonably certain you can all guess how awesome that was. Shockingly, given that I had to deal with so many wealthy suburban families and their awful children during my summer and winter breaks, it wasn't the worst job I've ever had. But the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's were completely...
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December 2, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins
I hate the holidays.    Ok, let me clarify. I hate the feeling that the holidays bring. That hopelessness that comes from never having enough money to give stuff to the people you love. The unsettled feeling of realizing that feeling inferior because you can't afford things is a messed-up outlook on the world. Ugly sweaters and the people who insist on throwing parties to celebrate them. It's all annoying. I'll admit that the "spirit of the season" never really affected me ... that is, until this past Thanksgiving.
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December 26, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Chicagoans who have procrastinated this year may end up with a worthless gift this holiday season: their unused vacation days. American employees, on average, have about six paid vacation days left by the end of the year, according to a survey released last month by travel site hotwire.comhttp://hotwire.com. These workers may have to scramble to use those days on a staycation or a simple road trip to Indiana or the like because of expensive holiday travel. Even if employers do allow banking days for next year, employees should take their vacation now, said workplace...
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November 21, 2013 | By Stacey Andeen @curvesandnerves
When I was in college, I had a seasonal job waiting tables at an enormous chain restaurant in a giant suburban mall that rhymes with "Schmoodfield," and I'm reasonably certain you can all guess how awesome that was. Shockingly, given that I had to deal with so many wealthy suburban families and their awful children during my summer and winter breaks, it wasn't the worst job I've ever had. But the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's were completely...
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November 17, 2011 | By Jessica Galliart and Erin Vogel
According to the lights strung throughout trees around your neighborhood and the latest Justin Bieber album, the holiday season has arrived early. Cue the collective sighing. But don't let the sometimes pressuring countdown get you down. Instead of “Bah-humbug”ing for the next month or so, embrace the season of giving at these annual favorite craft markets and vintage fairs. DEC. 1-4   One of a Kind Show and Sale When: Noon-9 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Where: Merchandise...
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December 13, 2011 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
It's a time-worn holiday tradition: You drag yourself to the airport, stand in the security line for hours, cram yourself onto a crowded plane and pay through the nose for the right to do so. If recent data is correct, though, holiday travel in general is becoming something more Americans are deciding they can - or have to - do without. "Holiday travel has been one of the most resilient traditions of Americans," said Rick Garlick, senior director of consulting and strategic implementation for marketing company Maritz.
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November 3, 2011 | By Jessica Galliart, RedEye
And just like that, the holiday season is upon us. Brace yourselves for lots of funky holiday shopping events, seasonal ceremonies, family-style dinners, brew fests and a few non-holiday bashes in between, for when the spirit begins to overwhelm you.   3-6: SOFA Chicago 2011 Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. Short for the International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art, this annual art bash will make even the biggest...
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November 21, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas @RachelCromidas and For RedEye
To some, the holiday season would be incomplete without a volunteering session at a local food bank or senior center. But many of Chicago's local non-profit agencies find it hard to acommodate the glut of holiday volunteers while planning for leaner times the rest of the year. RedEye talked to some local nonprofit coordinators about what to do--and avoid--this year to make your time as a volunteer count. Cast a wide net. Rather than reach out to non-profit organizations individually, try working through a larger volunteer coordinating agency such as Chicago Cares or the Association of...
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December 5, 2012 | By Kate Bernot, @kbernot and RedEye
Some people get into the festive spirit by shopping at Christkindlmarket or taking a ride on the CTA's holiday train. Others find their seasonal joy in a beer bottle. After Thanksgiving each year, Chicago's breweries release their holiday ales and stouts. With flavors of spice, dark fruit and coffee, these beers compliment a hearty winter meal and offer a good reason to step into a bar and out of the cold. Here's a look at what's on tap this season. Fistmas, Revolution Brewing Red Ale, 6.1 percent ABV Revolution's Fistmas is an annual...
NEWS
December 26, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Chicagoans who have procrastinated this year may end up with a worthless gift this holiday season: their unused vacation days. American employees, on average, have about six paid vacation days left by the end of the year, according to a survey released last month by travel site hotwire.comhttp://hotwire.com. These workers may have to scramble to use those days on a staycation or a simple road trip to Indiana or the like because of expensive holiday travel. Even if employers do allow banking days for next year, employees should take their vacation now, said workplace...
NEWS
December 13, 2011 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
It's a time-worn holiday tradition: You drag yourself to the airport, stand in the security line for hours, cram yourself onto a crowded plane and pay through the nose for the right to do so. If recent data is correct, though, holiday travel in general is becoming something more Americans are deciding they can - or have to - do without. "Holiday travel has been one of the most resilient traditions of Americans," said Rick Garlick, senior director of consulting and strategic implementation for marketing company Maritz.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2011 | By Linda Hays, RedEye
It's tempting to want to hibernate when the weather turns frigid. Though with all the tasty treats and drinks at family gatherings and office parties, the holidays aren't the time to slow down. Get your blood pumping at these five events to keep those calorie bombs in check. Ice skating Channel your favorite Olympic ice skating star for a whirl at seasonal outdoor rinks around the city. Most offer skate rentals for $5-$10. Icy destinations include: -McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park, 55 N. Michigan Ave. 312-742-1168.
NEWS
November 17, 2011 | By Jessica Galliart and Erin Vogel
According to the lights strung throughout trees around your neighborhood and the latest Justin Bieber album, the holiday season has arrived early. Cue the collective sighing. But don't let the sometimes pressuring countdown get you down. Instead of “Bah-humbug”ing for the next month or so, embrace the season of giving at these annual favorite craft markets and vintage fairs. DEC. 1-4   One of a Kind Show and Sale When: Noon-9 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Where: Merchandise Mart ...
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December 5, 2012 | By Kate Bernot, @kbernot and RedEye
Some people get into the festive spirit by shopping at Christkindlmarket or taking a ride on the CTA's holiday train. Others find their seasonal joy in a beer bottle. After Thanksgiving each year, Chicago's breweries release their holiday ales and stouts. With flavors of spice, dark fruit and coffee, these beers compliment a hearty winter meal and offer a good reason to step into a bar and out of the cold. Here's a look at what's on tap this season. Fistmas, Revolution Brewing Red Ale, 6.1 percent ABV Revolution's Fistmas is an annual release with a name that pays homage to the...
NEWS
November 21, 2012 | By Zara Husaini @zarhus and RedEye
The Rink at Wrigley is getting into the holiday spirit. The Chicago Cubs Charities has announced a new charitable venture that benefits Jennifer Hudson's Julian D. King foundation and--if you plan on ice skating this year--you. Starting Monday, the rink is accepting donations of toys for the charity. If you stop by between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, you can swap an unwrapped toy for a free skating pass. The pass allows one free skating session that can be used any time...
NEWS
November 3, 2011 | By Jessica Galliart, RedEye
And just like that, the holiday season is upon us. Brace yourselves for lots of funky holiday shopping events, seasonal ceremonies, family-style dinners, brew fests and a few non-holiday bashes in between, for when the spirit begins to overwhelm you.   3-6: SOFA Chicago 2011 Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. Short for the International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art, this annual art bash will make even the biggest...
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