October 19, 2012 |
This year's Northalsted Parade will be apocalyptic this year, with a Mayan calendar theme sure to inspire some long overdone cries of YOLO throughout the parade. It will also feature a new route. The 16th annual parade will begin at 7 p.m. at Waveland and Halsted, coasting south on Halsted to Belmont. The costume contest's signups occur from 4 to 6 p.m. at Circuit, and participants must be signed up in order to participate in the 7 p.m. contest. Judging this year's competition will be Macray Huff and Katrell Mendenhall from the Style Network's "Chicagolicious.
October 8, 2013 |
The CTA is asking its board on Wednesday to approve a permanent extension of a Southwest Side bus route. For more than a year, the CTA has been experimenting with an extension of the No. 35 31st/35th bus route to include 31st Street between Kedzie and Cicero Avenues. That section of the route was discontinued in 1997 after low ridership. For years, community groups have fought to have that service restored, often packing CTA board meetings with supporters. A CTA spokeswoman said she didn't have details about the CTA's proposal...
October 26, 2012 |
It'll be creepy, funny, weird, outrageous and creative on Halsted Street this Halloween as the Northalsted parade and costume contest walks a new route. "We have people who come from all over the city and the suburbs to attend this event," said Jen Gordon, spokesperson for the Northalsted Business Alliance, which holds the parade. As to how the celebration has become a key attraction for Halloween, Gordon said the appeal is simple: People throw all their time and energy into dressing up. "It's one of those parades where we really encourage creativity in...
June 20, 2012 |
In 2009, a 20-something man went "undercover" as a homosexual for a year to see how it would affect his deeply conservative religious beliefs. Now Timothy Kurek, of Nashville, Tenn., has written a yet-untitled book about his experiences hanging out in gay bars, bookstores and clubs - and even "coming out" to his family - and he is appearing on networks such as MSNBC to raise money for publication. Let's put aside for a moment any jokes about a straight man doing undercover "research" - wink, wink - and what might really have been going on there.
November 12, 2012 |
With its debut Monday of the "Jeffery Jump" route between downtown and the South Side, the CTA has taken a hop - but not a leap - toward rapid bus service. The new J14 route along Jeffery Boulevard, which replaces the No. 14 Jeffery Express, features upgraded bus shelters and fewer stops, but the main enhancements won't arrive until next year. By spring, the CTA expects to create a system that would give early or extended green lights to buses between 73rd and 84th streets and implement a bypass lane at Jeffery and Anthony Avenue that would allow buses to whiz...
June 4, 2012 |
June in Chicago means more than turning on the air conditioning or hitting the beach. June is also Pride Month in Chicago, and those familiar with the annual LGBT Pride Parade --an explosion of color and camaraderie in Boystown--may not know there is also a Dyke March, several Black LGBT pride events and, new this year, a Trans pride rally and picnic. The following list highlights this year's month-long pride events. This list isn't comprehensive (there are more than 100 events scheduled this year )