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February 15, 2012 | By Erin Sarris and For RedEye
Forget the tamale guy. Late-night eaters in Ukrainian Village now have a new option thanks to a hot dog shop that opened in early February. The team behind rock music/prison-themed burger bar Lockdown has opened Phil's Last Stand (2258 W. Chicago Ave. 773-245-3287), which serves a selection of classic char-dogs, burgers and sandwiches such as grilled salami. The spot was named after 440-pound Phil Ashbach, who owned several hot dog stands and restaurants throughout his lifetime, and for whom the signature “Double Fatso” burger is named.
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May 6, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Fans of encased meat are lamenting the October closing of Doug Sohn's legendary Avondale restaurant Hot Doug's , but perhaps those hardest hit by the news are those with a permanent reminder inked on their skin. It's been a longstanding deal at Hot Doug's: Get a tattoo of the hot dog joint's logo anywhere on your body and you get free hot dogs for life. Jason S. Thompson is one of those who took the deal. “My sodium intake level is dwindling at the same rate of my spirits,” Thompson said Tuesday after hearing the news.
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July 3, 2012 | Harry Huggins and For RedEye
If you've been craving a giant sausage, U.S. Cellular Field might now be your go-to destination. The White Sox announced Tuesday the introduction of a 2-foot-long hot dog, dubbed the "Giant Slugger. " According to a statement, the sausage itself weighs 1 pound and will be featured in a pregame hot dog eating competition at 5 p.m. Wednesday before the Sox play the Texas Rangers. The massive wiener is meant to serve up to four people and is made of Vienna Beef and drowned in nacho cheese, chili, grilled onions and jalapenos, all in a 22-inch bun. Fans aching for the 2 feet of meat can find it for...
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May 6, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Last call for duck fat fries.  In an announcement with little fanfare Tuesday morning, Hot Doug's owner Doug Sohn said the restaurant was closing for good on Oct. 3.  "For me it's just time to do it," Sohn said when reached by phone Tuesday morning, confirming the announcement on Hot Doug's website. "There's nothing sinister. It's time to end it and do something else. I am at a point where I think its time to end the run. " Sohn said he has no plans to sell, and Friday, Oct. 3 will be the final date the  3324 N. California Ave. location will be open.
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March 1, 2013 | By Matt Lindner @mattlindner and For RedEye
Hot dogs, deep-dish pizza and cheesecake are about as synonymous with popcorn as they are with healthy dieting. But a Chicago-area popcorn company is bent on changing that by releasing popcorn that captures some of the city's most iconic tastes. "We wanted to have some flavors that really got to the essence of Chicago, what people think about when they think of comfort foods," said Marty Dennis, Chief Popcornist (yes, that's his real job title) at The Popcorn Factory. The Lake Forest-based company is set to release the three new Chicago-style popcorn flavors on Monday in honor of...
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March 1, 2013 | By Matt Lindner @mattlindner and For RedEye
Companies have long been trying to take familiar flavors and translate them into snack foods. So how'd The Popcorn Factory do when it comes to translating some of Chicago's most iconic flavors to popcorn? As the old Meatloaf song goes, two out of three ain't bad. Here's what we found after sampling the three Chicago-style flavors set to roll out Monday, the city's 176th birthday. Deep-dish pizza If Chicago-style deep-dish pizza was heavy on cheese flavor, then its popcorn translation would be perfect.
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June 21, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
Get ready for Gluttony Tour 2012. Two of the top 10 competitive eaters in the country--Tim "Gravy" Brown and Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti--hail from Chicago and will stuff their faces in a matter of minutes at four spots in the city. It's all to drum up support, rally fans and help prepare for the Nathan's FamousJuly 4th Hot Dog Eating Championships, which will be aired on ESPN and feature $40,000 in cash prizes. Last year, Bertoletti was the runner-up, consuming 53 hot dogs and buns.
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September 2, 2012 | Stephen Markley
One of the benefits of having D-list celebrity is that you can abuse your powers to try to find Springsteen tickets. So, ergo, does anyone have Springsteen tickets for Wrigley this Friday? Seriously. I managed to get a pair for Saturday, but I can't in good conscience just allow Bruce Springsteen to play a show up the road from me and not make every attempt to attend. Oh, and I will totally stand outside and sing along and jump around and act like every bit the goofball a Bruce Springsteen concert makes me, but I'd much rather get inside.
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March 2, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko and RedEye
UPDATE: The Chicago Doghouse says about 20 people filed in for their free dessert Sunday as the Hawks extended their points streak to 22. Aaron Wolfson, owner of the Lincoln Park shop, said the offer for a free deep fried Oreo dessert will go for any win this season. The Chicago Doghouse even got a shoutout for their offer on ESPN1000 this week, Wolfson said.  Aaron Wolfson realized that when you deep fry an Oreo covered in chocolate cake batter and peanut butter, the confection comes out looking like a hockey puck.
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November 5, 2012 | By Samantha Nelson for RedEye
EAT Good Dog Downtown Dogs 804 N. Rush St. 312-951-5141 Give your lunch money to a good cause. From now through Nov. 22, the Gold Coast eatery will donate $1 from every $3.45 hot dog sold to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. DRINK Biker Bar Five Star Bar 1424 W. Chicago Ave. 312-850-2555 Scope out all the hot rides displayed curbside at the bar's last Motorcycle Monday of the year and vote for your favorite while enjoying $1 mini-sandwiches and $2.50 Point Beer cans.
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February 2, 2014 | By Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye
Whether he's playing a gay boom mic operator in “Boogie Nights” or rock critic Lester Bangs in “Almost Famous,” an evil arms dealer in “Mission: Impossible III” or a priest in hot water in “Doubt,” Philip Seymour Hoffman pretty much always convinces. Yet the New York native actor says there's not one performance, including his Oscar-winning turn in “Capote,” that wouldn't strike him as a combination of parts that were OK and “parts that I might loathe.”   “Every film I would watch it would be a roller-coaster ride of emotions,” says Hoffman, 43. “'That was bad!
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June 21, 2013 | By Riley Blevins and RedEye
The ways to tour Chicago are seemingly endless. You can take in the Windy City on a Segway, Helicopter, boat, or by foot. Oh, and there's always biking around the city with a belly full of hot dogs. Fifty Participants will do just that Saturday, embark on a 30-mile journey and making stops at eight of the Chicago's most well-known hot dog joints as part of a unique, hot-dog based tour known as Tour de Franks. Some of the most recognizable stops included Gene and Jude's, Hot Doug's, Flub a Dub Club's and Phil's Last Stand.
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March 2, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko and RedEye
UPDATE: The Chicago Doghouse says about 20 people filed in for their free dessert Sunday as the Hawks extended their points streak to 22. Aaron Wolfson, owner of the Lincoln Park shop, said the offer for a free deep fried Oreo dessert will go for any win this season. The Chicago Doghouse even got a shoutout for their offer on ESPN1000 this week, Wolfson said.  Aaron Wolfson realized that when you deep fry an Oreo covered in chocolate cake batter and peanut butter, the confection comes out looking like a hockey puck.
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March 1, 2013 | By Matt Lindner @mattlindner and For RedEye
Hot dogs, deep-dish pizza and cheesecake are about as synonymous with popcorn as they are with healthy dieting. But a Chicago-area popcorn company is bent on changing that by releasing popcorn that captures some of the city's most iconic tastes. "We wanted to have some flavors that really got to the essence of Chicago, what people think about when they think of comfort foods," said Marty Dennis, Chief Popcornist (yes, that's his real job title) at The Popcorn Factory. The Lake Forest-based company is set to release the three new...
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March 1, 2013 | By Matt Lindner @mattlindner and For RedEye
Companies have long been trying to take familiar flavors and translate them into snack foods. So how'd The Popcorn Factory do when it comes to translating some of Chicago's most iconic flavors to popcorn? As the old Meatloaf song goes, two out of three ain't bad. Here's what we found after sampling the three Chicago-style flavors set to roll out Monday, the city's 176th birthday. Deep-dish pizza If Chicago-style deep-dish pizza was heavy on cheese flavor, then its popcorn translation would be perfect.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2012 | By Samantha Nelson for RedEye
EAT Good Dog Downtown Dogs 804 N. Rush St. 312-951-5141 Give your lunch money to a good cause. From now through Nov. 22, the Gold Coast eatery will donate $1 from every $3.45 hot dog sold to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. DRINK Biker Bar Five Star Bar 1424 W. Chicago Ave. 312-850-2555 Scope out all the hot rides displayed curbside at the bar's last Motorcycle Monday of the year and vote for your favorite while enjoying $1 mini-sandwiches and $2.50 Point Beer cans.
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November 30, 2011
Picture this: You've been offered tickets to Sunday's Bears game, but you're not sure whether to take them. You love the Bears, but do you really want to deal with the cold, crowds and cash drain? Does the "being there" factor outweigh your desire to follow your fantasy team? RedEye tackles this issue in the inaugural edition of Go Nuts!         GO TO THE GAME Have you ever heard a story recounted like this: "Yeah, man, I saw Devin Hester's record-breaking punt return touchdown - from my couch"?
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July 11, 2012 | By Hector Luis Alamo Jr., For RedEye
Chicago is one of only three actual cities in America. You know its two siblings: The oldest is a hotshot businessman of some kind on Wall Street; the youngest is a glamorous movie star out in Hollywood who likes to surf. As the middle city, our town shares traits with the other two but gets half the attention. That's why many Chicagoans were deflated by 2010 census data that showed people actually had left the city in the previous decade. How could our beloved city be losing residents?
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September 2, 2012 | Stephen Markley
One of the benefits of having D-list celebrity is that you can abuse your powers to try to find Springsteen tickets. So, ergo, does anyone have Springsteen tickets for Wrigley this Friday? Seriously. I managed to get a pair for Saturday, but I can't in good conscience just allow Bruce Springsteen to play a show up the road from me and not make every attempt to attend. Oh, and I will totally stand outside and sing along and jump around and act like every bit the goofball a Bruce Springsteen concert makes me, but I'd much rather get inside.
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August 15, 2012 | By Renee Pinckney and For RedEye
Don't fear, fans of summer: There is still some warm weather and plenty of festivals to take in before the season's official send-off. The Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival in Rogers Park and Northside Summerfest in North Center are just two reasons to get out this weekend and enjoy the last weeks of summer 2012. Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival When: 6-10 p.m. Friday, noon - 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Where: Glenwood Avenue Arts District, located near Glenwood and Morse avenues in Rogers Park Cost: Free What to expect: A Friday...
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