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February 1, 2013 | By Anthony Roberts and For RedEye
There are tons of spots all over the city just waiting to be discovered. Here are five hidden gems Jackson has come across while taking in the city. > > Archery Bow Range Chicago, 1757 N. Kimball (Humboldt Park). Unleash your inner Katniss Everdeen. > > Lagniappe Creole Cajun Joynt , 1525 W. 79th St. (Auburn-Gresham). Authentic creole cooking north of Nawlins. > > Caffe Italia, 2625 N. Harlem Ave (Mont Clare). Colorful décor and tasty eats galore. Cai, 2100 S. Archer Ave. (Chinatown)
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May 28, 2014 | Britt Julious, @britticisms and Special contributor
I live alone, and I spent my first few months in my new neighborhood, East Village, disconnected. As a renter, my permanence in the neighborhood is always in a state of flux. I don't have roots here like homeowners. I'm not invested in the schools. I don't maintain the pristine structure of my apartment building. Five years or months or even days from now, I might decide to make the jump to an area that's younger or cheaper or just more convenient. Our desire for communication has not waned with the ubiquitousness of technology.
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April 29, 2014 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
It was to be my small, lofted Shangri-La. My Fortress of Urban Solitude. After weeks of scouring the hellish depths of Craigslist's real estate section and nearly every apartment-hunting website known to man, I'd finally unearthed my dream bachelor pad. I felt like Gollum from "Lord of the Rings" with a hankering for weathered hardwood floors and spiral staircases instead of magical rings. My first instinct was to sign the lease as quickly as I could click a ballpoint pen, but then came a nagging voice in the back of my head.
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April 29, 2014 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
It was to be my small, lofted Shangri-La. My Fortress of Urban Solitude. After weeks of scouring the hellish depths of Craigslist's real estate section and nearly every apartment-hunting website known to man, I'd finally unearthed my dream bachelor pad. I felt like Gollum from "Lord of the Rings" with a hankering for weathered hardwood floors and spiral staircases instead of magical rings. My first instinct was to sign the lease as quickly as I could click a ballpoint pen, but then came a nagging voice in the back of my head.
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December 18, 2012 | By Zara Husaini @zarhus and RedEye
Second City lovers, rejoice--we've finally gotten some love from national media. We were snubbed on the list of best beer cities this year, but Realtor Magazine named Old Town its hottest neighborhood of 2012--according the article, it's the most searched neighborhood on Realtor.com. What we love most about Old Town is that it has the perfect mix of old-world Victorian charm and modern comfort and style. There are some family-run businesses that are ... well, old.  The Fudge Pot, for example, has been around since 1963.
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August 16, 2012 | Amanda Boleman and For RedEye
Some people are still feeling the afterglow from the largest street fair in the Midwest, Northalsted Market Days , and the monetary windfall will impact the Lakeview neighborhood even longer. With headliners The Pointer Sisters and Olivia Newton-John, Market Days drew tens of thousands of Chicagoans, all out to drink, dance and devour dishes from local favorites like D.S. Tequila Company and the Chicago Diner. An $8 suggested donation granted the masses access to the event, featuring three stages and over 40 musical acts.
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March 28, 2012 | By Taylor Ervin, RedEye
Last May, 43-year-old Andersonville artist Chris Gorz undertook the lofty goal of creating a series of unique screen printed posters to represent each of Chicago's 77 neighborhoods. He has completed seven so far, sticking to a small cluster of neighborhoods on Chicago's far north side. Soon, he hopes to focus on a few west and south side neighborhoods as well. RedEye caught up with Gorz recently to talk about the inspiration behind his designs. Are you from Chicago originally?
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February 27, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
File this under "things to consider when moving to a new neighborhood. "  NPR has broken down the median price of pizza in 237 neighborhoods across the country, and Chicago is naturally well represented. (Click here for full size.) Using data from GrubHub and Seamless, the graph shows the number of pizza joints in each neighborhood (represented by a variously sized circles--instead of pizza shapes, sadly) and how much the average pie costs. As could be expected, the Loop ranks No. 1 for the most expensive pizza, with River North and Old...
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July 22, 2013 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and For RedEye
When Justin Booz was growing up in Chicago's South Side Pullman neighborhood, he wasn't allowed to play in the abandoned, fenced-off lot at 114th and Langley, just a couple blocks way from his house. Not only was the lot--the former location of a Sherwin Williams processing plant-- severely contaminated with dangerous chemicals, but the empty, overgrown space adjacent to the Pullman railroad tracks also was a haven for drugs, crime, and murder. That didn't stop him and his friends, though.
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January 9, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Jamie Lynn Ferguson has the day off, but she's still doing hard labor.  The 29-year-old from Humboldt Park has begun live tweeting her crusade to clear out the unshoveled spots on her street, an attempt she hopes proves it's better to look out for your neighbors than to call "dibs. "  "I see all these big brawny guys shoveling out their spots, making their claim with mini-chairs in the snow and then going back inside, while the elderly woman across the street, and young girls like me, struggle to...
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March 6, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
After an Austin man's Buick was stolen last month, he borrowed his mother's car and drove around his West Side neighborhood looking for it, sometimes pointing and clicking the key to his missing car at neighbors' garages. A month later, he got lucky, according to county prosecutors, and found his car parked on an Austin street with new plates and a new Vehicle Identification Number. Police officers arrested Erica Coleman, of the 7100 block of South Cornell Avenue, whose name is tied to the new VIN number on the car, Wednesday, and charged her with felony possession of a...
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February 27, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
File this under "things to consider when moving to a new neighborhood. "  NPR has broken down the median price of pizza in 237 neighborhoods across the country, and Chicago is naturally well represented. (Click here for full size.) Using data from GrubHub and Seamless, the graph shows the number of pizza joints in each neighborhood (represented by a variously sized circles--instead of pizza shapes, sadly) and how much the average pie costs. As could be expected, the Loop ranks No. 1 for the most...
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January 9, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Jamie Lynn Ferguson has the day off, but she's still doing hard labor.  The 29-year-old from Humboldt Park has begun live tweeting her crusade to clear out the unshoveled spots on her street, an attempt she hopes proves it's better to look out for your neighbors than to call "dibs. "  "I see all these big brawny guys shoveling out their spots, making their claim with mini-chairs in the snow and then going back inside, while the elderly woman across the street, and young girls like me, struggle to park into snow-packed spots...
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November 21, 2013 | By Gwendolyn Purdom and For RedEye
As much as they love to be close to you, Mom and Dad would probably appreciate an alternative to your futon when they come to visit for the holidays. Rather than shipping them to a high-rise hotel in the Loop or a room outside O'Hare this time of year, we've scoped out some options that keep your out-of-town family nearby - without having to share your bathroom.   LOGAN SQUARE Longman & Eagle 2657 N. Kedzie Ave. 773-276-7110 Hip relations will dig the stylish vibe in the six art-decked rooms above the popular restaurant and...
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August 21, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Ten a night - that's the number of Chicagoans pulled over for driving under the influence, on average. A total of 3,795 people were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Chicago last year, according to Chicago Police data. That annual total has been on the decline since 2008, when nearly 4,300 people were arrested for various DUI offenses, from causing accidental deaths (there were six in 2008; four in 2012) to operating a motorboat or watercraft while intoxicated (three in 2008; zero in 2012)
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July 22, 2013 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and For RedEye
When Justin Booz was growing up in Chicago's South Side Pullman neighborhood, he wasn't allowed to play in the abandoned, fenced-off lot at 114th and Langley, just a couple blocks way from his house. Not only was the lot--the former location of a Sherwin Williams processing plant-- severely contaminated with dangerous chemicals, but the empty, overgrown space adjacent to the Pullman railroad tracks also was a haven for drugs, crime, and murder. That didn't stop him and his friends, though.
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April 4, 2012 | By RedEye staff
El Cid 2645 N. Kedzie Ave. 773-395-0505 Don't be fooled by the small sidewalk cafe near the entrance of this Mexican eatery; the real al fresco action is on the spacious backyard patio, where margaritas and fish tacos are churned out into the night. Letizia's Fiore 2456 N. California Ave. 773-342-4400 This Italian bakery, cafe and wine bar beckons with a 90-seat sidewalk cafe along quiet Altgeld Street with a view of the restaurant's rooftop vegetable garden.
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August 9, 2012 | By Renee Pinckney and For RedEye
What started as a way to highlight a neighborhood's liberal, artsy atmosphere 30 years ago has turned into one of the city's biggest street festivals. Northalsted Market Days, taking place Saturday and Sunday, celebrates three decades this year. Organizers expect a crowd of more than 100,000 to converge on Halsted Street, ground zero for the fest that features three stages and more than 40 musical acts, food and arts and crafts vendors. Mickey Hornick, owner of Chicago Diner in the Halsted business district, has been part of the fest since the beginning.
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July 17, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
Four rundown areas in Woodlawn, Pilsen, East Garfield Park and Old Town are getting a makeover courtesy of Activate! 2013 design competition winners. Activate! is an annual design competition created by members of Architecture for Humanity Chicago in 2010 when a client approached the team looking to transform a vacant lot in Little Village into a useable, public space, according to Katherine Darnstadt, a former director of AFH Chicago and current project manager of Activate! “The competition was created to catalyze change in the way that people think of...
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June 18, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
This weekend, Englewood is joining the list of Chicago neighborhoods with their own alderman-led community tours. The tour, led by 15th Ward Alderman Toni Foulkes, will make stops at the local library and firehouse, Growing Home, the South Side neighborhood's urban farm and job training site, and a new water park playlot built last year on Hermitage Avenue. Foulkes has been holding a bike tour of Chicago Lawn, the other neighborhood encompassed by her ward, since 2008, with the goal of promoting exercise and...
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