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December 19, 2011 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
A gift drive that offered a free lap dance in exchange for the donation of a child's toy was supposed to end this weekend at the Admiral Theater in Albany Park, but media attention and a mention on "SNL" has extended the offer. Last week, the adult-entertainment venue offered a $10 lap dance to anyone who brought in an unused toy for charity, according to Tim Brown, who handles marketing for the 3940 W. Lawrence Ave. club. The drive was set to expire Sunday, but it will continue to accept what Jimmy Fallon referred to this weekend as "Toys for Ta Tas" through Wednesday.
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November 1, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Sprinkles Cupcakes and CBS sitcom "2 Broke Girls" are teaming up to celebrate National Vanilla Cupcake Day on Nov. 10. From Nov. 1 to Nov. 15, Sprinkles locations nationwide are offering a limited-edition 2 Broke Not So Vanilla cupcake, including at Sprinkles Cupcakes Chicago location at 50 E. Walton. The 2 Broke Not So Vanilla cupcake has a graham cracker bottom and vanilla cake with chocolate chips, topped with dark chocolate frosting and a dash of fleur de sel and can be purchased for $3.50.
NEWS
December 11, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
The city is offering a home for the Hadiya Pendleton Foundation for the next few years. Under a proposal introduced by Mayor Emanuel on Wednesday, the foundation would be able to temporarily use office space at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in Bronzeville for $1 through 2016. Pendleton, 15, a King College Prep student who performed at inaugural events for President Obama in Washington D.C. in 2012, was fatally shot on Jan. 29 at a park about a mile from the Obamas' Kenwood home.
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January 30, 2013 | By Zara Husaini @zarhus
Nike Training Club may have had a soft opening for its Lincoln Park location on Monday, but trust us - there's nothing 'soft' about this fitness destination. NTC is a retail space that offers free (yes, free!) classes geared towards women . But unlike local fitness clubs like Flirty Girl Fitness, you won't find traditionally feminine workouts here. The classes are geared towards female athletes, and they aren't easy. According to media rep Cindy Hamilton, the main class offered will be the “Nike Training Club” class, an intense full-body workout.
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March 11, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Want to get a head start in slimming down for bikini season? The Chicago Park District is offering two weeks of free fitness classes from March 18 through March 30. Sign up for a bootcamp. Stretch out with a yoga class. Or work up a sweat in a cardio kickboxing session. For times and classes, click here . The classes, which are part of the Park Families Wellness Initiative supported by The Coca-Cola Foundation, are offered at 28 locations:  - Archer Park, 4901 S. Kilbourn Ave. - Calumet Park, 9801 S. Avenue M - Fosco Park, 1312 S. Racine Ave. - Foster Park, 1440 W. 84th St. - Gage Park,  2411 W. 55th St. - Gill Park, 825 W. Sheridan Rd. - Haas Park, 2402 N. Washtenaw Ave. - Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave. - Harris Recreational Center, 6200 S. Drexel Blvd.
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March 26, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Soundboard
Mine eyes have seen the glory. On July 21, the Pitchfork Music Festival will host its third and final day with a lineup that some are (OK, I am) calling the best day of live music Chicago has ever seen. Now, I'm sure there have been days where three or more awesome acts have played in succession in Chicago, but they probably happened before I was born and therefore don't matter. Let's break down the lineup and what you can expect from them. One-day ($50) and three-day passes ($120)
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April 24, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A business model led to the arrest of a West Side man Tuesday, state prosecutors said. Adam Watson, 27, was allegedly offering "samples," of a controlled substance thought to be heroin to a group of men and women around the 1400 block of South Kildare Avenue in North Lawndale on Tuesday afternoon. Police officers responded to a call about the event, called a "pass out," according to the police report. The report said Watson had offered a small ziplock bag with a picture of Spider-Man's face on it to at least one man, who was also arrested.
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July 24, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
For the first time, concertgoers will be able to indulge in vegetarian food options at Northerly Island. Live Nation Entertainment on Wednesday announced the addition to the 38 amphitheaters it owns or operates in North America, including the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. Veggie burgers will be served for the first time and a signature vegetarian meal item is being developed by Bravo's "Top Chef" judge Hugh Acheson, who will help guide the company's food policies, according to the news release issued by Live Nation.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Starz will present an advance screening of its new period drama "The White Queen” at 9 p.m. Aug. 9, just after the Season 2 finale of its mob drama "Magic City.” "The White Queen," adapted from Philippa Gregory's best-selling "The Cousins' War" novels based on England's War of the Roses, tells the story of the fight for the English throne from the perspectives of three women who laid claim to that throne: Elizabeth Woodville (Gregory's "The...
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August 23, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Could some well executed karate moves stop a mugger? Amid growing concerns that crime in Lakeview is on the rise Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) is hosting two free self-defense classes for community members. The free classes, which will run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 and Sept. 12, are being led by Thousand Waves, a martial arts center at 1220 W. Belmont Ave. Adults and teenagers can enroll. The first class has already filled, according to a Erin Duffy, a Tunney spokeswoman.
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