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October 1, 2013 | By Scott Bolohan, @scottbolohan and For RedEye
Love national parks? Panda cams? What about space exploration? Of course you do! With your generous support, you can help preserve all of it! The same people who brought you such monumental advances as the Bill of Rights, Social Security and Hawaii need your help. For the past 250ish years, we've had a pretty good run here, but we've fallen on difficult times. With the government being shut down, we're looking to alternative means to keep our services running while Congress refuses to pay the bills.
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November 8, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
It's just like a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit calendar. Except instead of bikini clad models, it's photos of a 26-year-old Chicagoan and some friends posing with a bowl of oatmeal. It started as a joke about hot cereal in his friends mother's kitchen. Now it's a 13-month calendar Bill Ehrlich, 26, of Old Town, has sold to customers around the country. “It all started one chilly fall morning as the seasons began to change, I had a little bit of a sore throat and although it was not my usual routine at the time, I decided to make myself a bowl of hot oatmeal for...
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July 23, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
George and Sara Aye of Logan Square are campaigning for change. The husband-wife team is trying to raise money to fund a CTA app that goes beyond Bus and Train Tracker to serve as a digital customer service agent that would tell riders what's near their station and provide alternative routes if train service is shut down. To raise the $125,000 the Ayes believe it costs to develop such an app, they turned to Kickstarter, an online funding platform that is becoming a go-to for CTA-related projects.
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October 8, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
When I last spoke with Michael Mendheim , he was promoting his newest graphic novel " The Four Horsemen ", a story that he had adapted from a proposed video game and published under the Heavy Metal imprint. Since then, he's returned to producing video games with his sights set on bringing back an all-time classic! With a Kickstarter campaign running to fund the game, Mendheim took some time from his busy schedule to talk about the challenges of reviving "Mutant Football League" : Michael Mendheim: Hi Elliott!
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October 8, 2012 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
Larry Griffin broke all kinds of unwritten rules about creating a video game development studio when he founded Cosmosaur. The recent Columbia College graduate and three former classmates started the company with almost no money or industry connections. They chose to stay in Chicago, which is hardly on par with Silicon Valley when it comes to tech opportunities. To top it off, their first project is a quirky, difficult-to-market PC game about an intern who runs thankless errands on the moon.
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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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June 21, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
The heroes of the Old West had plenty to contend with, whether it was death by six-shooter; at the end of the hangman's rope; or dysentery on the Oregon trail. In the case of the Western Comic Book, death can come from the indifference of a market that is focused on the exploits of the "spandex set" AKA superheroes. Still, there are comic book creators with a passion for the classic genre, who want to tell stories that take us back to the time when the law was defined by men wearing tin badges and quick-draw holsters.
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June 5, 2012 | By Melanie Zanona and for RedEye
It's a tale as old as time: a small town girl tries to get famous in the big city. Chicagoans John-Ryan Griggs and Chad Comer know the story well--not only because it's the plotline of their favorite rags-to-riches stripper film, "Showgirls," but also because they too are trying to strike it big in Chicago with the production of their very own "Showgirls the Musical. " "It started as a joke to make it into a musical, but we kind of just kept going with it," Griggs, a Ukrainian Village resident, said.
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August 1, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
When he builds it, geeks will come. That's at least what David Zoltan hopes for Geek Bar, a project that was successfully funded on Kickstarter in less than 24 hours July 23 . With more than $20,000 raised in addition to private funding, Zoltan said his goal of building the geekiest bar in Chicago is even closer to reality. “The best bars in the world are focused around a community of some kind,” he said. “We are going to celebrate geekdom in all of its forms.” That means Dungeons and Dragons, "Star Trek" on the TVs, video game...
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July 26, 2012 | By Mick Swasko and RedEye
UPDATE: Plenty has surpassed their $15,000 goal, but still accepting donations until Wednesday afternoon. The kickstarter can be found here. Davey Sommers wants to be Ukrainian Village's friendly neighborhood grocer. With the help of some crowd funding, he's nearly there. But the 27-year-old from the neighborhood needs about $3,000 more in funds for his Kickstarter campaign to bring a fully stocked food store--which he and partner Gwen Harley are calling Plenty Grocery and Deli--to 2036 W. Division.
NEWS
October 1, 2013 | By Scott Bolohan, @scottbolohan and For RedEye
Love national parks? Panda cams? What about space exploration? Of course you do! With your generous support, you can help preserve all of it! The same people who brought you such monumental advances as the Bill of Rights, Social Security and Hawaii need your help. For the past 250ish years, we've had a pretty good run here, but we've fallen on difficult times. With the government being shut down, we're looking to alternative means to keep our services running while Congress refuses to pay the bills.
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August 20, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Ryan Goldman's dream was to find a way to Burning Man, the annual art festival held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. But with a job in retail and a recent move to Chicago behind him, money was tight. His solution? Ask people for cash online. "Honestly, if I saw someone that posted [a campaign like mine], I would say, 'Why would I give you money for that?' " said Goldman, 23, of Lakeview. "Why just give someone money?" But people do. Goldman raised just short of $100 - about $400 less than his goal - mostly from friends and family, in a...
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August 14, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Craig McRae not only wants you to have a beer in the shower, he wants to make it easier. The 27-year-old Lakeview resident and his longtime friend and business partner Craig Conant fondly remember their days as college dorm mates, when they would grab a brew and hit the showers before a night out. But the problem of soap, suds and water mixing in with their drinks of choice always remained. Five years after graduating, they're hoping to fund their solution, Sudsy. “The idea sort of came out of our own experiences,” McRae...
NEWS
August 1, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
When he builds it, geeks will come. That's at least what David Zoltan hopes for Geek Bar, a project that was successfully funded on Kickstarter in less than 24 hours July 23 . With more than $20,000 raised in addition to private funding, Zoltan said his goal of building the geekiest bar in Chicago is even closer to reality. “The best bars in the world are focused around a community of some kind,” he said. “We are going to celebrate geekdom in all of its forms.” That means Dungeons and Dragons, "Star Trek" on the TVs, video...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
The heroes of the Old West had plenty to contend with, whether it was death by six-shooter; at the end of the hangman's rope; or dysentery on the Oregon trail. In the case of the Western Comic Book, death can come from the indifference of a market that is focused on the exploits of the "spandex set" AKA superheroes. Still, there are comic book creators with a passion for the classic genre, who want to tell stories that take us back to the time when the law was defined by men wearing tin badges and quick-draw holsters.
NEWS
June 3, 2013 | By Elite Truong, @elitetruong
Logan Square's Cafe Mustache is growing fast. The popular neighborhood coffee shop known for weekly concerts and vegan-friendly lunch options recently launched a Kickstarter to expand the cafe's current space. Owners Kerry Couch, Ralph Darski and James Stieglitz had talked about wanting to expand, so when a neighboring salon vacated their space, they decided to take over the lease and turned to Kickstarter to help fund the expansion. The cafe hosts live music shows four days a week in a small space that has room for only a few tables.
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November 8, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
It's just like a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit calendar. Except instead of bikini clad models, it's photos of a 26-year-old Chicagoan and some friends posing with a bowl of oatmeal. It started as a joke about hot cereal in his friends mother's kitchen. Now it's a 13-month calendar Bill Ehrlich, 26, of Old Town, has sold to customers around the country. “It all started one chilly fall morning as the seasons began to change, I had a little bit of a sore throat and although it was not my usual routine at the time, I decided to make myself a bowl of hot oatmeal for...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
When I last spoke with Michael Mendheim , he was promoting his newest graphic novel " The Four Horsemen ", a story that he had adapted from a proposed video game and published under the Heavy Metal imprint. Since then, he's returned to producing video games with his sights set on bringing back an all-time classic! With a Kickstarter campaign running to fund the game, Mendheim took some time from his busy schedule to talk about the challenges of reviving "Mutant Football League" : Michael Mendheim: ...
NEWS
May 2, 2013 | By Matt Lindner @mattlindner and For RedEye
When preparing to quit his job to go sailing around the world, Andy Camarda encountered some rough waters even before he hit the open sea. The 25-year-old Albany Park resident announced he is scrapping his plan to take part in the Clipper Round the World race, an 11-month voyage that features teams of boaters racing around the world. "I talked to the recruitment manager and he said there was only one spot left and it was all or nothing at that point," Camarda said. "I couldn't make the commitment because if I did make it, I would've been on the hook for everything.
NEWS
April 22, 2013 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and RedEye
Alberto Roldan and David Lassiter both majored in film at Northwestern University--but they almost didn't. Lassiter was a mechanical engineering major for about two weeks until he made the abrupt switch to a film major. He said he caught the film bug the summer before college after directing his first short film. "Something about it kind of set me on fire," said Lassiter, a 2008 Northwestern graduate. "I was suddenly in love with it. " Roldan, who graduated in 2010, picked Northwestern for its music program but got cold feet...
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