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November 1, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
In past seasons of “Top Chef,” we've had one, two or sometimes zero Chicagoans to root for. On the upcoming ninth season filmed in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio, Texas, we have a whopping half dozen -- but there's no telling how long they'll stick around.   Because everything's bigger in Texas, the producers decided to start the show with 29 hopefuls who have to cook their way into 16 cheftestant spots. In other words, mass elimination on the first episode, airing 9 p.m. CST Nov. 2. Though the bigger group was intimidating, Chicago's hopefuls were ready to bring it.  “I feel …...
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December 1, 2013 | RedEye
The Bears needed more Sunday. More offense. More luck. More guys off the street to play for this depleted defense. More of anything that would help them beat Minnesota and keep them tied for first in the NFC North. So much for that. Instead of taking advantage of a lousy Minnesota team, the Bears lost 23-20 in a game that defied belief. The Bears blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, which was bad enough. To make matters worse, the sure-footed Robbie Gould missed a 47-yard field goal that would have ended the game in overtime.
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April 4, 2012 | By John Dooley, For RedEye
Somewhere in a Chicago convenience store, a Cubs fan is thumbing through the pages of his baseball preview. The prospects for next year look bleak. A cast of has-beens and could've-beens and probably-wont's fill the Cubs' roster page. The projection shows fourth in the NL Central. The overall preview is depressing. Unfortunately for him, this fan carries a life-threatening disease. It's called "The Disease of '89"; an improbable case of hope that plagues every Cubs fan, but especially those older than 30. No matter what the projection shows, no matter where the players came from, no...
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November 15, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
Bloomberg News reports: After customer complaints about slow service, McDonald's will be adding a third drive-thru window in new and rebuilt stores next year. The third window will give customers two order pick-up windows, allowing McDonalds to better serve more customers quickly. Get the full story: chicagotribune.com Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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October 26, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Cloris Leachman's Maw Maw often is gloriously confused about what's going on in the Chance household on Fox's "Raising Hope. " But with all the twists in the sitcom's third season, it's no surprise she's mixed up about events leading up to the Season 4 premiere. Besides, fans could use a little refresher, too. The Chance family and their friends offer up this musical recap, complete with accompaniment from Shelley (Kate Micucci) on ukulele and Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) on guitar. The song seems to have jogged Maw Maw's memory--can we call that a rap response?
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July 26, 2012 | By Scott Bolohan and For RedEye
Chicago might be the Windy City, but no one would confuse it with the Windsurfing City. But that didn't stop Chicago native Bob Willis from becoming the first windsurfer not from California or Florida to represent the U.S. in the Olympics. Not bad for what started as just a hobby on Lake Michigan. Willis, 25, sailed at the Columbia Yacht Club starting at age 8 and picked up windsurfing in his spare time. That hobby evolved into a full-time job for Willis as he trains year-round.
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November 10, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
Last night, the 16 cheftestants for "Top Chef: Texas" were finalized, and this season is 37.5 percent Chicago. That's right: All six of the Chicago-based chefs included in the group of 29 hopefuls made the final cast.   With five of the six Chicago chefs having completed their first round of competition in the first episode, our eyes were on remaining local chef Beverly Kim from Aria in last night's second episode. Each chef in her group was asked to choose an ingredient to cook with, and each was secretly matched with a preparation time ranging from 20 to 60...
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January 12, 2012 | By Scott Bolohan, For RedEye
Billy Corgan's career has been full of drama. As Smashing Pumpkins frontman, he's endured unexpected twists and turns and accusations of back-stabbing. That's just how he wants it in his newest venture. In November - Black Friday, fittingly--Corgan launched Resistance Pro, an indie wrestling league based in his hometown of Chicago. Friday night, the league's first heavyweight champion will be crowned at Excalibur. Corgan and sports might seem like an odd fit, but it's not. He's a die-hard Cubs fan (and Ryne Sandberg supporter)
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January 9, 2013 | RedEye
That's one less car Mark Cuban can buy on a whim. The billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks was hit with a sizable fine by the NBA on Wednesday for criticizing the referees on Twitter. He's not the first to get in trouble for tweeting, and we suspect he won't be the last.   $500K: Micky Arison The NBA was not pleased when the Miami Heat owner undermined the league's position in October 2011, during labor talks with players. Arison was responding to a fan who called the owners "greedy pigs.
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March 13, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Lucas Neff wants you to tune in to his Fox comedy, "Raising Hope," and he offered an extra incentive to watch the March 13 episode. "You have me getting spanked a lot," he told me Sunday at the Coffee Studio in Andersonville. (Watch the video above.) The Chicago native is back in town helping shepherd to the stage a play he's written, "The Last Duck. " The Jackalope Theatre Company is doing the play, his first to be produced, and will premiere it at the ViaDuct Theatre March 22-23.
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November 15, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Remember this guy?  Kris Versteeg, who helped the Blackhawks hoist the Stanley Cup in 2010, is back, and hopefully his rap skills (?) are too. The winger is back with the Hawks after a trade from the Florida Panthers that was announced last night. His 2010 impromptu "rap" from the championship victory parade was about as infamous as 2013's "f***** right Chicago!" from Corey Crawford.  Versteeg's actually become quite infamous for his singing in and out of the locker room.
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November 15, 2013 | By Elliott Serrano @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
The temps were low, but hopes were high as aspiring actors from all over the country lined up outside Park West on Thursday for an open casting call for “Star Wars: Episode VII.” The line started at the Park West doors and went on for blocks, winding through the Lincoln Park neighborhood. It's estimated that more than1,000 showed up, all with the hope that they would be chosen for the roles of “Thomas” or “Rachel” in the highly anticipated sequel. Candidates were sorted through by casting associate Maryellen...
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November 5, 2013 | By Gabe Salgado and For RedEye
At Northwestern, words like "expectations," "hype" and "potential" usually are associated with football. But lately those words are starting to float around the men's basketball team. The reason for this phenomenon: new coach Chris Collins. It's rare for a first-year coach of a team that finished 13-19 the previous season to be treated like an A-list celebrity, but that's the effect the Chicago-area native is having on campus. The 39-year-old has yet to coach his team in a regular-season game, but his list of accomplishments in a...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Cloris Leachman's Maw Maw often is gloriously confused about what's going on in the Chance household on Fox's "Raising Hope. " But with all the twists in the sitcom's third season, it's no surprise she's mixed up about events leading up to the Season 4 premiere. Besides, fans could use a little refresher, too. The Chance family and their friends offer up this musical recap, complete with accompaniment from Shelley (Kate Micucci) on ukulele and Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) on guitar. The song seems to have jogged Maw Maw's memory--can we call that a rap...
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August 8, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and For RedEye
In June of last year, the weeks following the blaze that burned down all of Roy's Furniture were chaos. General Manager Stacey Flood said without invoices or computer records, they didn't know what furniture was whose, or if a customer had ordered any at all. Still, the store was able to get back up quickly, even making some of the next day's deliveries after the fire. "One man said he saw our truck pull up, and he almost fainted. We got his couch to him the next day," Flood said. Flood, 32, is the granddaughter of the company's late founder,...
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May 30, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
When backpacking through Cambodia with a friend nearly two years ago, Chicagoan Jason Savsani made it a mission to find the most authentic meal. After asking locals and laboring through several overpriced and Americanized meals, he approached a hotel employee. “Hey, I'd like a home-cooked meal,” he said. He braced for the worst, not sure how this stranger would respond. “He was just like, 'Cool,'” Savsani said. “I was really surprised. He called like 15 people that worked in the hotel and asked who...
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September 7, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Apparently you can teach audiences new tricks. FX's dark comedy "Wilfred" became an unlikely hit this summer with its blend of high concept and low-brow laughs. Based on the Australian show of the same name, the half-hour series tells the story of Ryan (Elijah Wood), a former lawyer in a deep depression who bonds with his neighbor's dog, Wilfred (Jason Gann). The odd thing is, everyone else sees Wilfred as a dog while Ryan sees a mouthy, manipulative Aussie in a shaggy dog suit.
SPORTS
April 4, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Yeah, that's not going to work. Sorry to rain on the purple parade, but I'm not seeing Chris Collins hitting it big with Northwestern basketball. A couple of things. A) It's a really tough, tough neighborhood. As in, even if you're good, you're ninth. B) Um, not really sold on the success of Duke assistants. Tommy Amaker, Quin Snyder, Jeff Capel, Johnny Dawkins … not seeing much here. C) Northwestern. If you're really good, and smart, you're probably going to Duke. If not, you're going to Stanford.
NEWS
April 12, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
May 17 update: Pierogi Wagon just announced that it reached its goal of raising $15,000 on Kickstarter .  --- Chicago's wealth of food trucks is vast and varied--you can find pretty much any food on wheels. A couple from Ravenswood wants to add pierogis to that list. Damian Warzecha, 26, and Jessica Whitney, 23, met when they worked at the same restaurant, and have since started a marketing company, Whisk Social, and started a family. But they missed the bustle of the service industry and hoped to start a food truck.
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April 10, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Jonathan Fin is serious. If an employer hires him as a result of his infomercial resume, he or she will really get a set of stainless steel steak knives. It's a promise he makes in a series of videos he spent two months producing and that he launched April 4, in hopes of standing out among other job-seekers after six months of unemployment. He's dubbed himself the “All-In-One-ADMAN,” and the 37-year-old West Town resident has already received a few responses from headhunters.
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