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March 11, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
It's like stuffing a car full of clowns ... A carload of TV stars with Chicago ties are among the 765 artists set to make funny April 1-7 at the 16th annual Chicago Improv Festival. "I'm thrilled that Craig and I will finally get to make stuff up for good, broad-shouldered middle-Westerners," Lucas Neff, of Fox's "Raising Hope," told RedEye via text Monday. "April 2! Second City!" (He and Craig Cackowski of NBC's "Community" will perform "The Better Half" at Second City e.t.c. on April 2.)
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April 21, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Call it the Leonardo DiCaprio of CTA stops. The Sheridan Red Line station has been passed over again - but not for an Oscar, like Leo. The CTA last week proposed a $1.13 billion overhaul of four North Side stations, from Lawrence to Bryn Mawr, and the accompanying track as part of the first phase of its titanic Red and Purple Line modernization plan. The announcement left some riders seeing red over the lack of inclusion of the Sheridan stop, often chided for its narrow staircases, antiquated wooden platforms and puddles after rainstorms.
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August 19, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts and For RedEye
With summer's biggest three-day music fests, Lolla and Pitchfork, behind us, it's time to clear your calendar for a new three-day adventure. Welcome to A Jangleheart Circus, which kicks off Thursday with 95 acts and more than 400 performers playing on three stages simultaneously, music festival-style. Its creators - Alex Honnet, Walt Delaney and Caitlin Stephan - have been producing small-scale shows in Upstairs Gallery, their Andersonville space, since 2010. "We wanted to just take all those people who are so talented and so driven and so creative and put it on a bigger...
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March 24, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
Sometimes, size does matter. In the case of the 17th annual Chicago Improv Festival, this translates to more than 200 acts at 21 venues in 11 categories including long-form, short-form, experimental, musical and - wait for it - puppetry. That makes it the longest-running and largest improv comedy festival in the world. If that's not enough for you, there are workshops, lectures and classes, too. But the festival doesn't sacrifice quality for quantity. In addition to top groups from Chicago and around the world - from New York to Los Angeles and from New Zealand to Brazil - national comedians...
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May 23, 2012 | By RedEye staff
Kingston Mines 2548 N. Halsted St. 773-477-4646 This blues club has earned its reputation not just for its size (two stages in adjoining rooms), but also its endurance (open since in 1968) and late-night hours (listen until 4 a.m. most nights, 5 a.m. Saturdays). Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-525-2501 Although slightly larger than its sister club Schubas, this music venue shares the intimacy, sound and musical reputation of its Lakeview sibling. Past indie and rock acts include Wilco, Mumford & Sons and Chicago's own Smith Westerns.
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June 7, 2012 | Ernest Wilkins
Lit After Dark is a night extension of Printers Row Lit Fest, featuring live music, rap battles, poetry slams, improv actors, literary variety shows, and the like. The lineup features extremely talented and energetic Chicagoans. Lit After Dark is Saturday Night only from 6-10pm. Did I mention that it's free? Because it is. 6pm Essay Fiesta - Its mission is to bring together a cross-section of Chicago's art and writing communities for a night of humorous and poignant personal essays and charity.
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October 10, 2012 | By Steven Chaitman and For RedEye
Without a doubt, Chicago is the biological parent of the spoken word. The city might laud and favor improv and sketch comedy out of all its performance art children, but there's an even younger sibling that's growing up--fast. Live lit has taken the ageless practice of storytelling to a whole new level of artistry and it's booming in the Windy City. Yes, old-fashioned first-person narrative and essay--the kind you were forced to write through every stage of your academic life to learn how to communicate thought in a formalized and coherent manner--has become a fun way...
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April 8, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye
EAT Branch out Branch 27, 1371 W. Chicago Ave. 312-850-2700 Breaking news: It's National Library Week! Dust off your library card and take it to this River West bistro located in the former 27th Ward library branch for a 15 percent discount on food items including the $13 Mussels Monday special, which features your choice of four mussels preparations served with a Goose Island Summertime draft. 5-10 p.m. Over a barrel The Barrelhouse Flat, 2624 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-857-0421 Chef Nick Hertel and mixologist Stephan Cole team up...
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October 17, 2012 | By Zara Husaini @zarhus and RedEye
Margie Simmons was conceived by MySpace but born on OKCupid.  She was brought to life by Shawn Bowers, a 27-year-old Chicago comedian. Bowers had been an OKCupid user for a few years, but his page just didn't seem to garner the same attention that some his female friends' accounts received. He credits boredom for his next step.  Lakeview resident Bowers took bits and pieces of a photo found on an active MySpace profile--he didn't feel too bad doing this because the account had been inactive for years--and created a fictitious profile for Margie.
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November 10, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
“Grimm” star David Giuntoli credits his time in Chicago with pushing him out of the woods and into the acting business. “I was kind of lost and I found myself largely in Chicago,” the 31-year-old who grew up in St. Louis told me last week. In “Grimm,” Giuntoli's back in the woods, so to speak, playing Portland Det. Nick Burkhardt, a cop who learns that he's descended from the Grimms, a family of slayers along the line of Buffy Summers. Instead of slaying vampires, the Grimms battle demons, witches, big bad...
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January 15, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts, RedEyeFor
By its nature, improv is a collaborative form of comedy; partners each need to commit to what the other's doing in order for an unscripted scene to take flight. But how do you enhance the collaborative factor when a competition is involved? Enter native Chicagoland comedians Angie McMahon (the creator-artistic director of the Snubfest comedy festival and former founding director of Chemically Imbalanced Comedy) and Kevin Mullaney (Chicago Improv Festival artistic director and former founding artistic director for New York's Upright Citizens Brigade Theater)
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August 19, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts and For RedEye
With summer's biggest three-day music fests, Lolla and Pitchfork, behind us, it's time to clear your calendar for a new three-day adventure. Welcome to A Jangleheart Circus, which kicks off Thursday with 95 acts and more than 400 performers playing on three stages simultaneously, music festival-style. Its creators - Alex Honnet, Walt Delaney and Caitlin Stephan - have been producing small-scale shows in Upstairs Gallery, their Andersonville space, since 2010. "We wanted to just take all those people who are so talented and so driven and so...
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June 3, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Chicagoans love their lakefront path, but they don't love all 18-miles equally. In fact, the three-mile stretch of trail between Fullerton Avenue and Randolph Street frustrates cyclists, runners, and beach-seeking pedestrians alike, according to a new report from local transportation and recreation advocacy groups calling for improvements to the trail. During the hottest months for outdoor recreation, as many as 30,000 people travel through the lakefront trail's most popular points, according to...
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March 11, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
It's like stuffing a car full of clowns ... A carload of TV stars with Chicago ties are among the 765 artists set to make funny April 1-7 at the 16th annual Chicago Improv Festival. "I'm thrilled that Craig and I will finally get to make stuff up for good, broad-shouldered middle-Westerners," Lucas Neff, of Fox's "Raising Hope," told RedEye via text Monday. "April 2! Second City!" (He and Craig Cackowski of NBC's "Community" will perform "The Better Half" at Second City e.t.c. on April 2.)
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January 16, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
Got the winter blues? Hey, it's January - you're supposed to. But if it's true that laughter is the best medicine, then we've got the cure: seven straight days of comedy shows including stand-up, sketch, solo performance and improv to bring some wit into your winter. Wednesday: TJ & Dave Reviewers rave about this improv show, which has been running at iO for 11 years--"Run, don't walk to the 'TJ & Dave' show" (Chicago magazine) - and also plays often in New York at the Barrow Street Theatre - "Mind-blowing; the best 50 minutes of improv comedy that we've ever seen"...
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November 30, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts and For RedEye
EAT SECOND FLOOR SCORE Suite 25 2529 N. Milwaukee Ave. 312-360-7478 Whether or not you already knew that you wanted to try sirloin-stuffed Incan tater tots ($8), Andean chicken skewers with black mint sauce ($10) and other South American-inspired bar food, that burning desire is about to be fulfilled at this new second-floor restaurant and sports lounge from Dino Perez of Rio's D'Sudamerica. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. LE BARGAIN Bistro Voltaire 226 W. Chicago Ave. 312-265-0911 Monday's the night for a French prix fixe that both your palate and your...
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October 17, 2012 | By Zara Husaini @zarhus and RedEye
Margie Simmons was conceived by MySpace but born on OKCupid.  She was brought to life by Shawn Bowers, a 27-year-old Chicago comedian. Bowers had been an OKCupid user for a few years, but his page just didn't seem to garner the same attention that some his female friends' accounts received. He credits boredom for his next step.  Lakeview resident Bowers took bits and pieces of a photo found on an active MySpace profile--he didn't feel too bad doing this because the account had been inactive for years--and created a fictitious profile for Margie.
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October 11, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA is hosting various meetings this week for riders to weigh in on upcoming projects. > > On Thursday night, riders will get to see  proposals to overhaul the Wilson station in Uptown. Work is expected to begin next year on the Red Line stop, the three-time winner of Going Public's Crust Station contest to dishonor the most disgusting CTA stop. Construction is expected to continue into 2015. The station is expected to become a transfer station for Purple Line trains.
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