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January 25, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko and RedEye
What's up with those odd, circular shapes in the ice on Lake Michigan? WGN Meteorologist Tom Skilling, of course, has the answer. “What you're looking at is pancake ice,” he said. The common phenomenon, he explained, is the result of blocks of ice breaking off and ramming into one another due to waves. The more they collide, the more a slushy rim builds around the edges of the blocks, causing the ice to appear like circular footprints. “It's a fairly common occurrence, but it does make you wonder what's going on when you see it,” he said.
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April 30, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Pedicabs are no longer allowed downtown during weekday rush hour periods, and they will be banned entirely on Michigan Avenue and State Street, under an ordinance approved by the City Council on Wednesday. The restriction means that residents and tourists won't be able to get a pedicab ride down Michigan Avenue during Lollapalooza or the Taste of Chicago in Grant Park. They are banned from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday from the area bounded by the Chicago River to the north and west, Lake Michigan to the east, and Congress Parkway to the south.
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January 23, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
Chicago's beach season doesn't kick off until Memorial Day in May, but a couple thousand desperate for a dip will hop in to Lake Michigan in March. Susan Nicholl, the executive director of Special Olympics Chicago, said she expects more than 2,000 to take a dip at North Avenue Beach March 4 for the 12th installment of the Polar Plunge. The fundraiser, where participants are asked to raise a minimum of $125, benefits Special Olympics Chicago. This year, Nicholl said, the organization expects to see the most participation ever, and is looking to break $500,000 raised, another...
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March 12, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Lake Michigan could swallow a plane whole if it left a Chicago airport, but authorities likely would find it more quickly than the still-missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.   Flight 370 disappeared over Southeast Asia and investigators have been unable to locate a trace of it for more than four days.   Could something similar happen to a plane flying out of Chicago? The answer is not a straightforward “no,” according to Joseph Schwieterman, a professor at DePaul University and the director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development who...
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June 21, 2012 | By Jack Silverstein and For RedEye
She sleeps on the boat. Even in a storm, even at a port, her bed rests inside a 6-foot long air- and watertight sleeping cabin. And it's not really a bed. Just a thin mattress pressed between walls with enough room to stretch her legs, and a seat belt used to keep her buckled in.   When you lay in the boat, you think for a moment, "This isn't so bad. " Then you remember the boat is docked in a harbor in Chicago on Lake Michigan on a beautiful day...
SPORTS
March 5, 2014 | By Emily Brown and RedEye
Red Bull athlete  Louie Vito  competed in the  2010 Winter Olympics ; he's an  X Games  medalist and an  ESPN  co-host. And he was in Chicago just a few weeks ago to take advantage of the snowy weather. (Hey, at least someone has found a positive side to it.) Along with snowboard photographer Dave Lehl, Vito came to Chicago specifically to take a perfect photo snowboarding on Lake Michigan with the skyline as the backdrop. The shot was taken Feb. 13. “We wanted to get a unique, cool shot,” said Vito, 25. “There aren't a lot...
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July 9, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
Ben Skoda hadn't biked more than 10 miles at a time before the summer of 2010. The only reason he owned a bike in the first place was because he decided to buy one with his $600 winnings from his faculty's “Biggest Loser”-esque contest. He was on a health kick, so why not? The Ukrainian Village resident never imagined he'd be perched on that very bike's seat for seven weeks, pedaling more than 5,000 miles from Seattle to New York City with a Christian fundraising organization called Venture Expeditions.
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November 27, 2013 | By Jim Walsh, @jxwalsh and RedEye
Lake Michigan or some sort of exotic underwater locale? This video from Shedd Aquarium Great Lakes researchers Solomon David and Phil Willink will make you wonder. Posted to YouTube four days ago, the 2-minute video takes you under the waters of the lake just outside one of the city's harbors to reveal a school of fish called American gizzard shad dancing beneath the waves. “Just another example of some of the cool fishes hanging out right outside the office (in Chicago)!” reads David's post.
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February 20, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
Rex Flodstrom wants everyone to enjoy the freedom to surf Chicago's beaches, even in the middle of winter. The 40-year-old was arrested last month at Oak Street Beach for, among other misdemeanors, surfing on a closed beach. Although the charges were dropped in lieu of community service, Flodstrom said he's happy the ordeal has given him a chance to spread his message about how giving Chicagoans greater access to the lake could make an impact. "I feel the more people that are free to access the lake, the more people...
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July 18, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
There's nothing creepier than plunging into deep, murky waters and bumping into something mysterious. Yes, the 20 swimmers attempting to swim across Lake Michigan on Friday will have to muster up some courage. But David McClellan knows that won't be a problem. Swim Across America, a national nonprofit focused on raising money for cancer research, is launching its first Swim Across Lake Michigan fundraising event. “These people want to make a difference,” said McClellan, SAA's Chicago event co-chair.
SPORTS
March 5, 2014 | By Emily Brown and RedEye
Red Bull athlete  Louie Vito  competed in the  2010 Winter Olympics ; he's an  X Games  medalist and an  ESPN  co-host. And he was in Chicago just a few weeks ago to take advantage of the snowy weather. (Hey, at least someone has found a positive side to it.) Along with snowboard photographer Dave Lehl, Vito came to Chicago specifically to take a perfect photo snowboarding on Lake Michigan with the skyline as the backdrop. The shot was taken Feb. 13. “We wanted to get a unique, cool shot,” said Vito, 25. “There aren't a lot of [snowboarding]
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2014 | By Gwendolyn Purdom and For RedEye
Sure, you survived the Polar Vortex, but that doesn't make leaving the warm cocoon of your apartment any easier. Lucky for you, dozens of restaurants have launched delivery service within the last year, which means you can feast on a chef-made meal without leaving the oh-so-cozy land of sweatpants and Netflix. View restaurants by cuisine: > > Comfort food & barbecue > > Mediterranean > > Pizza > > Indian & Nepalese > > Chinese, Japanese & Korean > > Italian       COMFORT FOOD & BARBECUE...
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December 4, 2013 | By Gwendolyn Purdom and For RedEye
THE GREAT BULL RUN Hawthorne Race Course JULY 12 Think less “going for a jog with D. Rose” and more “sprinting for your life with 24 live 1,200-pound bovines-that-couldgore- you-at-any-moment at your heels.” Sounds fun, huh? WRIGLEY FIELD TURNS 100 EVENTS THROUGHOUT 2014 The Friendly Confines' ivy-walled charm has been making up for less-than-stellar baseball for 100 years. The Cubbies kick off a year-long celebration at their annual convention Jan. 17 - 19. THE LAST SHIP Bank of America Theatre JUNE 10 - JULY 13 You'll probably be...
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November 27, 2013 | By Jim Walsh, @jxwalsh and RedEye
Lake Michigan or some sort of exotic underwater locale? This video from Shedd Aquarium Great Lakes researchers Solomon David and Phil Willink will make you wonder. Posted to YouTube four days ago, the 2-minute video takes you under the waters of the lake just outside one of the city's harbors to reveal a school of fish called American gizzard shad dancing beneath the waves. “Just another example of some of the cool fishes hanging out right outside the office (in Chicago)!” reads David's post.
SPORTS
August 13, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
A young woman in a bright yellow, single-occupant rowboat scooted into the Chicago Yacht Club and docked her boat. Waiting for her were a throng of supporters as well as a pack of reporters. News cameras were aimed squarely on her as she walked to her loved ones for an emotional embrace. The date was Aug. 14, 2012. Jenn Gibbons was finally home. The rower and rowing coach spent the summer of 2012 on a fundraising trip for Recovery On Water, a group Gibbons founded that trains breast cancer survivors to become rowers.
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July 18, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
There's nothing creepier than plunging into deep, murky waters and bumping into something mysterious. Yes, the 20 swimmers attempting to swim across Lake Michigan on Friday will have to muster up some courage. But David McClellan knows that won't be a problem. Swim Across America, a national nonprofit focused on raising money for cancer research, is launching its first Swim Across Lake Michigan fundraising event. “These people want to make a difference,” said McClellan, SAA's Chicago event co-chair.
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August 6, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
The Muskegon Yacht Club on Lake Michigan is a small, white, rectangular building on Muskegon's Lakeshore Drive, and at 6:30 a.m. on the morning of Aug. 1, the loudest sound coming from the club was the jangling bells of the docked boats. On the backside of the building the letters MYC in bright neon lighting mirrored the early morning sunrise bouncing off the lake. All the boats were still, save one around the building's side in the parking lot.   The boat was a single-occupant rowboat called Liv, custom built for long-distance solo rowing.
SPORTS
August 13, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
A young woman in a bright yellow, single-occupant rowboat scooted into the Chicago Yacht Club and docked her boat. Waiting for her were a throng of supporters as well as a pack of reporters. News cameras were aimed squarely on her as she walked to her loved ones for an emotional embrace. The date was Aug. 14, 2012. Jenn Gibbons was finally home. The rower and rowing coach spent the summer of 2012 on a fundraising trip for Recovery On Water, a group Gibbons founded that trains breast cancer survivors to become rowers.
NEWS
July 9, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
Ben Skoda hadn't biked more than 10 miles at a time before the summer of 2010. The only reason he owned a bike in the first place was because he decided to buy one with his $600 winnings from his faculty's “Biggest Loser”-esque contest. He was on a health kick, so why not? The Ukrainian Village resident never imagined he'd be perched on that very bike's seat for seven weeks, pedaling more than 5,000 miles from Seattle to New York City with a Christian fundraising organization called Venture Expeditions.
NEWS
February 8, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack and For RedEye
Jenn Gibbons is selling her boat. LIV, the custom made, single-occupant row boat that took Gibbons around Lake Michigan last summer during a highly publicized charity adventure, will move on to its fourth owner next week now that the 28-year-old Gibbons has decided it is time to move on. "LIV was an essential part of this goal that I had, and she allowed me to accomplish the goal," Gibbons told RedEye. "And that's not to say that I can't imagine ever having an open water challenge again.
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