November 26, 2012 |
**1/2 (out of 4) In one of the more telling lines on “Wu-Block,” Sheek Louch says that he's “never heard of a blog.” For the album's purposes, this is a boast: the only indications that this collaboration between the rapper and his fellow '90s New York rap eminence Ghostface Killah is a recent occurrence are a couple stray iPhone references and the fact that the year 2012 is printed on the cover. The biggest surprise an album bringing together members of the Wu-Tang Clan and The LOX has to offer is the fact that it hasn't been made before.
May 16, 2013 |
It certainly isn't conventional. Eyebrows will be raised. You may even cringe. Dates are now going to the highest bidder. "Going once, going twice, sold!" And statistics show Chicago is interested. WhatsYourPrice.com, what claims to be the world's only dating-auction website, reported a growth of 93 percent in new female signups from June 2012 to May 2013 in Illinois. Chicago has 8,380 members to date, the most in the state. Aurora and Naperville are second and third.
November 4, 2011 |
Detectives Nick Burkhardt and Hank Griffin investigate a home invasion in the latest episode of "Grimm" debuting at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 on NBC. But as you'd expect in a show about fractured fairy tales and an episode titled "Bears Will Be Bears," it isn't your normal case of breaking-and-entering. Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) meet a mysterious family whose cultural background blurs the line of right and wrong, not to mention human and, um, not human. Nick also asks his new wolf buddy, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell)
January 19, 2012 |
Terrell Owens is back, people. Kind of. Not only that, but he's head back to Dallas. Kind of. T.O. announced Wednesday night that he had accepted an offer to play for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. That's not exactly the NFL. And Allen is not exactly Dallas - it's a suburb north of Big D. But close enough, right? "Uh-oh, it's official," Owens said in a video on his Twitter page. "I'm headed back to Texas. That's right, IFL, here I come. Allen, Texas, here I come.
June 4, 2012 |
It's been awhile since anyone in Chicago has had a reason to dance in the Bears' end zone, but on June 5 USA Network will be checking out your moves as part of the "Necessary Roughness" Show Us Your End Zone Dance Competition. Participants must perform their best end zone dance moves for a chance to win $25,000. The six finalists chosen by USA Network's judges will have their end-zone dances featured in a promo spot airing on USA in July, and one winner will dance away with a grand prize of $25,000.
July 5, 2012 |
Bars and Chicago history go hand in hand. That's probably what makes the Chicago History Museum's tour of Chicago's Greatest Dive Bars such a success. Described as the perfect education and social cocktail, Chicagoans and tourists who take the tour--the first of which is Friday--will learn about history, meet other like-minded folks and enjoy a drink--or two. The tour heads to some of the city's dive bars, where attendees will learn the history behind moonshine, bathtub gin and other historic homemade drinks. Liza Garibay, programs manager at the museum, said the idea was inspired after collecting historical data on bars in Chicago over the years.
July 27, 2012 |
Lollapalooza fans don't have to wait a week to stand in long lines for a shirt at the merch tent to commemorate their experience. In fact, Chicagoan's don't even need tickets to the fest at all this year to get their hands on Lolla swag. New this year to the fest is the Lollashop -- situated on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Van Buren Street -- which opened Friday to the public. Part boutique for designers like Threadless, Gap and other brands and part showroom for The Thompson Hotel set to open in 2013, the shop is fest organizer C3's space to offer merch to the general public.
September 19, 2012 |
Bonny's Bar, which opened in Logan Square in November of 2010 and became a fast favorite in Logan Square for its DJ sets and laid-back late-night dance scene, announced that it will close on Saturday, Sept. 22. Owner Andy Gould said he and business partner Russ Grant are in litigation with the space's landlords. Gould declined to comment on the nature of the litigation but said that "the city doesn't want anyone operating the business until the court has ruled. " This isn't the end of Bonny's and its beloved dance parties, said Gould.
September 24, 2012 |
If the air feels a little different today, it's because we've been hit with some purple rain. Prince is in the Windy City, and last week he released remaining tickets to three of his shows, allowing fans to attend tonight, tomorrow or Wednesday night. The show, which takes place at Chicago's United Center, is a partnership between The Artist and Rebuild the Dream, a group that builds communities and works to improve the economy from the ground up. The show is slated to be informative as well as entertaining: Prince and Rebuild the Dream will offer audiences opportunities to learn about the organization's goals.