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December 20, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
Navy Pier is hosting its annual Winter Wonderfest, complete with a 38-foot-tall "Snowman Bouncer" that has quite the unfortunately placed entrance. As shown in the photo above, the giant snowman has an entrance for children that is shaped--and placed--in a very similar manner to a certain part of the female anatomy. Get the full story: jezebel.com. Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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May 21, 2014 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Break out the plastic bibs: Chicago will welcome its first outdoor lobster fest this summer. The Great American Lobster Fest, planned for August 16 and 17 at Navy Pier, sounds like one of the few reasons we'd brave that half-mile-long tourist trap.  New England Seafood Company will fly in crustaceans daily, and fest attendees also can sip on cold drinks and take in live music. The menu will include 1 1/4 lb. lobsters, lobster tacos, corn on the cob, lobster rolls, fried shrimp and more.
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December 6, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
DNAinfo reports:   A "50 Shades of Grey" themed Christmas tree at Navy Pier's Winter Wonderfest has been nixed before the event has even started.  The tree, which used handcuffs, grey paint chips and ornaments numbered 1 through 50 as ornaments, was decorated by events and design firm Ivan Carlson, who was commissioned to make all of the 95 trees for this year's fest.  The story states that a worker pointed the tree out during set...
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March 17, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Construction on the Navy Pier Flyover  -- intended to provide a safer route for lakefront trail users -- is set to begin next week, according to city officials. One of the most congested segments of the lakefront trail is near Navy Pier. The flyover will be a 16-foot-wide overpass protected from Lake Shore Drive. That means trail users will have more space. Cyclists and runners on the path won't have to wait at traffic lights to cross Grand Avenue or Illinois Street. They'll be able to bypass vehicular traffic entering and leaving Navy Pier.
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July 5, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Fireworks do not sound like gunshots; but that doesn't mean you didn't hear any last night during the city's various Fourth of July celebrations. One man was arrested for trying to bring a loaded gun to the Navy Pier show, and another was arrested for firing a bullet into the air outside his Chicago Lawn home. Ryan Gaven, 22, of the 6100 block of South Bishop Street, was arrested at a bag check point police officers had set up Thursday evening on McClurg Court Near Navy Pier on charges of unlawful weapons posession.
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November 9, 2012 | By Elite Truong, @elitetruong and For RedEye
Chocolate lovers, save the date: Chicago's first-ever fine chocolate fair brings chocolate companies, candy-makers and pastry chefs from all over the world to Navy Pier on Nov. 16-18. The Chicago Fine Chocolate Show is open to the public and held in tandem with The National Chocolate Show, a trade show for the chocolate industry. What's the difference between regular and fine chocolate? “Regular chocolate is what most people would consider candy -- sweet, creamy and with preservatives,” said event director Jeneane...
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May 21, 2014 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Break out the plastic bibs: Chicago will welcome its first outdoor lobster fest this summer. The Great American Lobster Fest, planned for August 16 and 17 at Navy Pier, sounds like one of the few reasons we'd brave that half-mile-long tourist trap.  New England Seafood Company will fly in crustaceans daily, and fest attendees also can sip on cold drinks and take in live music. The menu will include 1 1/4 lb. lobsters, lobster tacos, corn on the cob, lobster rolls, fried shrimp and more.
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June 11, 2012 | Harry Huggins and For RedEye
The Just for Laughs Festival invades Chicago this week, and the signs are everywhere--almost literally. If you've been walking around Chicago on Monday morning, you may have seen a misplaced vending machine with the face of a certain ginger-haired comedian plastered all over it. If you had enough time to stop and inspect it, you'd notice that it was stocked with T-shirts, also with that face printed on every one of them. The machines are part of a promotion for Conan O'Brien's week of taping in Chicago for his TBS talk show, "CONAN.
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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 the report, called "People on...
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July 25, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Pete Beuscher of North Center is used to seeing others running alongside him on the Lakefront Trail, but on one recent Sunday, as he ran north near Belmont Avenue, Beuscher spotted a trail user running on gasoline. "I heard some people shouting behind me. I turned around and saw a taxicab driving down the middle of the Lakefront Trail!" Beuscher, 44, said. After some hubbub, the cab found its way to Belmont Avenue and exited safely, Beuscher said. While the pedestrian-cab conflict is rare, other clashes on the trail are not. The Active Transportation...
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January 13, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Melissa Manak 29, Rogers Park Commute: Six miles to 20 miles round-trip, "depending on where I'm going. " Can't-live-without gear: Leggings and tops with fleece under the fabric; a long, heavy coat; Bern helmet with a liner. Craziest weather you've ridden through: "I would say a few years ago when I was working for Apple, I had to commute one morning to work in the spring and a crazy storm came in and almost blew me off my bike. " Why you do it: "I bike because it's freedom from constraint of transit and driving.
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December 20, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
Navy Pier is hosting its annual Winter Wonderfest, complete with a 38-foot-tall "Snowman Bouncer" that has quite the unfortunately placed entrance. As shown in the photo above, the giant snowman has an entrance for children that is shaped--and placed--in a very similar manner to a certain part of the female anatomy. Get the full story: jezebel.com. Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
DNAinfo reports:   A "50 Shades of Grey" themed Christmas tree at Navy Pier's Winter Wonderfest has been nixed before the event has even started.  The tree, which used handcuffs, grey paint chips and ornaments numbered 1 through 50 as ornaments, was decorated by events and design firm Ivan Carlson, who was commissioned to make all of the 95 trees for this year's fest.  The story states that a worker pointed the tree out during set...
NEWS
July 5, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Fireworks do not sound like gunshots; but that doesn't mean you didn't hear any last night during the city's various Fourth of July celebrations. One man was arrested for trying to bring a loaded gun to the Navy Pier show, and another was arrested for firing a bullet into the air outside his Chicago Lawn home. Ryan Gaven, 22, of the 6100 block of South Bishop Street, was arrested at a bag check point police officers had set up Thursday evening on McClurg Court Near Navy Pier on charges of unlawful weapons posession.
NEWS
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...
NEWS
May 8, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A Calumet City man allegedly exposed his genitals to a pregnant woman riding a CTAbus on its way to Navy Pier Monday. State prosecutors said the 23-year-old woman, who was nine months pregnant, was just about to get off the No. 29 bus to meet her boyfriend at Navy Pier when Lewis Fleming, 47, approached her and rubbed his genitals against her back. Prosecutors said he had been masturbating on the bus before she stood up. Fleming allegedly battered her and the bus driver before police arrived to arrest him. Fleming, who...
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
January 13, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Melissa Manak 29, Rogers Park Commute: Six miles to 20 miles round-trip, "depending on where I'm going. " Can't-live-without gear: Leggings and tops with fleece under the fabric; a long, heavy coat; Bern helmet with a liner. Craziest weather you've ridden through: "I would say a few years ago when I was working for Apple, I had to commute one morning to work in the spring and a crazy storm came in and almost blew me off my bike. " Why you do it: "I bike because it's freedom from constraint of transit and driving.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 2012 | By Elite Truong, @elitetruong and For RedEye
Chocolate lovers, save the date: Chicago's first-ever fine chocolate fair brings chocolate companies, candy-makers and pastry chefs from all over the world to Navy Pier on Nov. 16-18. The Chicago Fine Chocolate Show is open to the public and held in tandem with The National Chocolate Show, a trade show for the chocolate industry. What's the difference between regular and fine chocolate? “Regular chocolate is what most people would consider candy -- sweet, creamy and with preservatives,” said event director Jeneane Ally.
NEWS
July 25, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Pete Beuscher of North Center is used to seeing others running alongside him on the Lakefront Trail, but on one recent Sunday, as he ran north near Belmont Avenue, Beuscher spotted a trail user running on gasoline. "I heard some people shouting behind me. I turned around and saw a taxicab driving down the middle of the Lakefront Trail!" Beuscher, 44, said. After some hubbub, the cab found its way to Belmont Avenue and exited safely, Beuscher said. While the pedestrian-cab conflict is rare, other clashes on the trail are not. The Active Transportation Alliance, a cycling,...
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