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October 16, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
You may have spotted Johnny Depp wearing them in "Public Enemies" when the movie was filmed in Chicago. The hats made by the Optimo Hat Company were also used in films such as "J. Edgar" and "Road to Perdition. " The company, with locations downtown and in Beverly, counts Blues legend Buddy Guy and Tom Hanks among its celebrity clientele. The city is looking to sell a two-story fire station built in 1915 at 1706 W. 95th St. to the company. The firehouse closed in 2008 after a new station was built nearby, according to a news release issued by Mayor Emanuel's office.
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November 12, 2013 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
Sun Wah BBQ 5039 N. Broadway 773-769-1254 Looks like: A bustling Hong Kong diner. Lazy susans are stuffed with noodles, dumplings and steaming pots of tea. Live lobsters swim in tanks and whole animals hang in the window. Condensation drips off the glass on the front near the barbecue kitchen. Taxidermied fish (all the Chengs except Kelly are avid fishermen) and hand-built wooden boats hang on the walls. Smells like: Star anise, ginger and fry oil Sounds like: On weekends, the red brick walls reverberate with roaring conversation.
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April 4, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
After five years of providing Lincoln Park with sand, indoor bags games and a venue in which to chug an entire fishbowl of brightly colored booze, Uncle Fatty's Rum Resort will close its doors May 4. Co-owner Brian Galati today announced that he and his partners will expand next-door Headquarters Beercade , which they also run, into the space currently occupied by Uncle Fatty's. "It was near and dear to our hearts," Galati said. "[Uncle Fatty's] was a concept everybody counted out in the beginning and here we are five years later.
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October 16, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
You may have spotted Johnny Depp wearing them in "Public Enemies" when the movie was filmed in Chicago. The hats made by the Optimo Hat Company were also used in films such as "J. Edgar" and "Road to Perdition. " The company, with locations downtown and in Beverly, counts Blues legend Buddy Guy and Tom Hanks among its celebrity clientele. The city is looking to sell a two-story fire station built in 1915 at 1706 W. 95th St. to the company. The firehouse closed in 2008 after a new station was built nearby, according to a news release issued by Mayor Emanuel's office.
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January 4, 2013 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and For RedEye
Northwestern University has already raised $55 million, more than a quarter of its $220 million goal, to build a brand new athletic complex on the north end of its main Evanston campus. University President Morton Schapiro and Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips made the fundraising announcement Sunday, two days before Northwestern's football team beat Mississippi in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day. The win was the university's first bowl victory in 64 years.
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November 24, 2011 | By Sarah Freeman, For RedEye
Chicagoans are really good at complaining about three things: the weather, sports and parking. Currently, I have no gripes about the first two, but the third, that one is a doozy. To make up for the rats in my kitchen and the crime rate, my new neighborhood has the luxury of free street parking - that is, if you can find a spot. By the time my lease expires, I'm sure I will have spent several days worth of my life driving around Rogers Park in search of parking. There are a few secrets (the lot at the end of my street that is free overnight)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2013 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
Sun Wah BBQ 5039 N. Broadway 773-769-1254 Looks like: A bustling Hong Kong diner. Lazy susans are stuffed with noodles, dumplings and steaming pots of tea. Live lobsters swim in tanks and whole animals hang in the window. Condensation drips off the glass on the front near the barbecue kitchen. Taxidermied fish (all the Chengs except Kelly are avid fishermen) and hand-built wooden boats hang on the walls. Smells like: Star anise, ginger and fry oil Sounds like: On weekends, the red brick walls reverberate with roaring conversation.
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October 1, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts and For RedEye
Noah Haidle enjoys writing surrealist plays that ask big questions and would fail anywhere except on the stage. Anne Kauffman enjoys directing avant-garde works that ask big questions and rely on the confines of a theater to come to life. In April, Haidle - a Detroit-based playwright and screenwriter whose credits include the Al Pacino-Christopher Walken film, "Stand Up Guys" - and Kauffman - an Obie Award-winning New York-based director whose work includes "Belleville" at Steppenwolf - teamed up for the world premiere of "Smokefall" at California's...
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February 16, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
Name a comedian - any comedian - and chances are that performer either passed through the doors of the famed Second City in Old Town or worked with someone who has. From Bill Murray to Tina Fey, the alumni list from the improv club boasts more big names than an issue of People magazine and more stars than the Oscars telecast. The Second City celebrated its 50th anniversary a couple of years ago, and the list of those who turned up included Jim Belushi, Steve Carell, Bob Odenkirk, Harold Ramis, Stephen Colbert, Catherine O'Hara, George Wendt, Martin Short - if...
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August 22, 2012 | By Erin Brereton and For RedEye
Suburban Mediterranean eatery Naf Naf Grill plans to add a fourth location downtown this September to will cater to the Loop lunch crowd with additional grab-and-go items. Naf Naf, which has locations in Naperville, Aurora and Niles, is currently renovating its new space at 309 W. Washington St., previously inhabited by Billy Goat Tavern. (The original Billy Goat, at 430 N. Michigan Ave., is still open.) According to Naf Naf manager Sabina Kastanova, the Loop location's to-be-determined menu will include some notable Naf Naf favorites, such as the eatery's...
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October 1, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts and For RedEye
Noah Haidle enjoys writing surrealist plays that ask big questions and would fail anywhere except on the stage. Anne Kauffman enjoys directing avant-garde works that ask big questions and rely on the confines of a theater to come to life. In April, Haidle - a Detroit-based playwright and screenwriter whose credits include the Al Pacino-Christopher Walken film, "Stand Up Guys" - and Kauffman - an Obie Award-winning New York-based director whose work includes "Belleville" at Steppenwolf - teamed up for the world premiere of "Smokefall" at California's prestigious South Coast Repertory.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
After five years of providing Lincoln Park with sand, indoor bags games and a venue in which to chug an entire fishbowl of brightly colored booze, Uncle Fatty's Rum Resort will close its doors May 4. Co-owner Brian Galati today announced that he and his partners will expand next-door Headquarters Beercade , which they also run, into the space currently occupied by Uncle Fatty's. "It was near and dear to our hearts," Galati said. "[Uncle Fatty's] was a concept everybody counted out in the beginning and here we are five years later.
NEWS
January 4, 2013 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and For RedEye
Northwestern University has already raised $55 million, more than a quarter of its $220 million goal, to build a brand new athletic complex on the north end of its main Evanston campus. University President Morton Schapiro and Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips made the fundraising announcement Sunday, two days before Northwestern's football team beat Mississippi in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day. The win was the university's first bowl victory in 64 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
Name a comedian - any comedian - and chances are that performer either passed through the doors of the famed Second City in Old Town or worked with someone who has. From Bill Murray to Tina Fey, the alumni list from the improv club boasts more big names than an issue of People magazine and more stars than the Oscars telecast. The Second City celebrated its 50th anniversary a couple of years ago, and the list of those who turned up included Jim Belushi, Steve Carell, Bob Odenkirk, Harold Ramis, Stephen Colbert, Catherine O'Hara, George Wendt, Martin Short - if you've...
NEWS
November 24, 2011 | By Sarah Freeman, For RedEye
Chicagoans are really good at complaining about three things: the weather, sports and parking. Currently, I have no gripes about the first two, but the third, that one is a doozy. To make up for the rats in my kitchen and the crime rate, my new neighborhood has the luxury of free street parking - that is, if you can find a spot. By the time my lease expires, I'm sure I will have spent several days worth of my life driving around Rogers Park in search of parking. There are a few secrets (the lot at the end of my street that is free overnight)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Syfy's new space Western "Defiance" premieres April 15, but you can see almost 15 minutes of the post apocalyptic series right here! The show is set in a near-future Earth that has been destroyed by warring alien races, but then rebuilt and shared by those races and humans. The show stars Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene, Tony Curran and Stephanie Leonidas as residents of the border town called Defiance, which has risen from the remnants of St. Louis. The series is part of a two-fer entertainment package that also includes Trion Worlds upcoming online third-person...
NEWS
October 14, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin, RedEye and RedEye
Looking to check out Chicago Ideas Week? Here are some suggestions for four different personality types.    For foodies Food: At the Chef's Table Tuesday, noon-1:30 p.m. Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph St.) Cat Cora and Graham Elliot are just few of the culinary icons who will pull a chair up to the chef's table to discuss the power of food. Why do people gather around food? Why does it instantly change our moods? Is pizza magic?!   For those who want to learn something new Space Exploration, Art...
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