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May 9, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
“Hillary Clinton doesn't care if you see her without makeup.” That's a real MSNBC headline. About a politician. It's further proof that the media/public fixation on prominent female figures who dare to show their actual, unadorned faces has gone totally bonkers. Google “celebs without makeup” and find new features annually compiling facially naked celebs. Not, of course, in the interest of anything complimentary. A headline like “10 hottest celebrities without make-up” leads not to an appreciation of natural beauty  but the statement “See how hot celebrities become ugly without makeup” and a...
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May 11, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Chuck Trendle was pretending to be a man drinking a beer along the lakefront trail - harmless, but still breaking the law. When two police officers approached him on their bicycles to write him a ticket, he ran. The police chased him, cornered him between their two front wheels, pushed him over the frame of one of the bikes and cuffed him within seconds. Trendle is an instructor for the Chicago Police Department's bike unit, a team of beat cops who patrol the city atop mountain bikes.
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NEWS
November 13, 2011 | By Ryan Smith, For RedEye
Being punched in the face for an iPhone is not pleasant. Regrettably, I'm one of the growing number of victims who can say this from personal experience. A couple of weeks ago, I was mugged on a quiet afternoon in my cozy Old Irving Park neighborhood. I made the mistake of entering what I call The Smart Phone Zone - in which I tried to walk, listen to a podcast and tweet at the same time. Meanwhile, two large men in hoodies silently sprinted up to me from behind. Before I had a chance to turn around, one of them began punching me in the head and knocking me to the ground while the other kicked...
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 31, 2012 | By Katie Killacky, For RedEye
One of my favorite types of people are the ones who say they just "tell it like it is" when trying to explain why people don't like them. For the record, I haven't quite mastered the art of writing with sarcasm. So forgive me if you were turned off by the first sentence. On the flip side, if you agreed with the first sentence, I suppose you should forgive me for what you're about to read. I know plenty of people who tell it like it is and still are well-liked.Martin Luther King Jr.comes to mind.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) If you think a thriller about people gleefully, legally killing each other sounds chilling, try this on for size: During the screening I attended for “The Purge,” many audience members laughed at this examination of human nature and clapped and cheered when a non-violent father must finally take lives himself. The movie's not perfect, and it means for us to support James (Ethan Hawke of last week's “Before Midnight”) and his family, but please.
NEWS
December 20, 2012 | By Matt Lindner @mattlindner and For RedEye
It's a problem every self-styled Clark Griswold is going to face at some point when stringing up lights during the holiday season. "You have a light set of 100 and half of the set's out," said 22-year-old Glenview resident Brian Gusak. "A lot of people would think that you have to replace 50 bulbs, but realistically it takes one point of interruption to put a series of lights out because of the way they're wired. " The bells on bobtails ringing don't make spirits nearly as bright as the colorful decorative light displays illuminating our homes.
NEWS
February 1, 2012 | RedEye
Enclave is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the most people wearing sunglasses in the dark. With the help of rapper Lil John, who will appear at the club for his third time in 10 months, will be there to help. The previous record is held by 424 people. We at RedEye thought of some other Chicago bars and restaurants who could attempt to break other world records. Most people wearing dark-rimmed glasses: The Whistler Most men wearing blue collared shirts: Chicago Cut Steakhouse Most...
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March 25, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
And then there was one. For the past couple of months, Christina Bondra hasn't had to share the bathroom or the TV remote. She hasn't had to split the utility bill two or three ways. She hasn't had to ask a roommate to turn the Kelly Clarkson down. But she also hasn't had anyone to come home to. And that's the way she likes it. Bondra, 27, lives alone in a studio in the Gold Coast, which she called "a young and hip place to be. " It's also a far cry from her home at Michigan State: the sorority house with 10 other ladies.
NEWS
June 19, 2012 | By Katie Donbavand, For RedEye
It's been a difficult month if you enjoy Fanta or hate watching the Cubs lose. Last month in New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a ban on sodas larger than 16 ounces in restaurants and other select outlets. Meanwhile, the small town of Middleborough, Mass., earlier this month overwhelmingly passed a ban on cursing. Pending (unlikely) approval from the state's attorney general's office, police will be required to hand out $20 citations to people who say naughty words in public.
NEWS
April 23, 2014 | By Dana Moran, @redeyedana and RedEye
In a world of wardrobe malfunctions and waistline criticism, it's nice for People magazine to take a break twice a year to recognize the hottest of the famous hotties. The men have a title all their own (sexiest man alive), because the patriarchy, so the top slot on the mag's world's most beautiful list tends to go to a woman. And this year, what a woman they have chosen: Oscar winner and overnight star Lupita Nyong'o! In celebration of this awesome choice, here are our favorite looks from America's newest sweetheart.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Adam Lukach and RedEye special contributor
 *** (out of 4)   When "Pumped Up Kicks" vaulted Foster the People to rock stardom in summer 2011, it was an odd record to take off in such extreme fashion. Not only was it a mellow, easy-listening tune in a time of dance-driven power-pop, but tucked beneath its quaintness was a serious tale of a school shooting--a grim underpinning on a seemingly light, lovely song.   While listening to "Supermodel," Foster the People's overdue follow-up to the California band's debut, "Torches," it's difficult not to think of the formula behind...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Andy Downing and RedEye special contributor
Much of “Lost in the Dream,” the War on Drugs' third full-length studio album, took shape in the late-night hours when Adam Granduciel put rubber to the road.   “I made a lot of decisions driving around at night in my van, which is the best way to listen to [the music],” said the 35-year-old singer/guitarist by phone from his home in Philadelphia. “I'd just listen to the songs and think about all the things in my life that were bothering me, like, 'Man, when am I going to stop feeling so nervous all the time?
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Gilda Chan doesn't mind tweeting about the TV she's watching, the causes she supports, or her job as an inventory manager at Sears. And when her friends ask her about the rent she pays on her Gold Coast apartment, she's happy to tell them. (It's $1,700 a month.) But there are other aspects of her financial life that Chan, 33, is not comfortable discussing publicly, like her salary. "No, I'm more private than that," she said. "I am open to sharing my salary with my family and closest friends, but if a close friend happened to be a...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) A documentary shouldn't compare the U.S.'s annual child incarceration rate with other countries' lower tallies without a deep analysis. Instead, “Kids for Cash” focuses exclusively on Pennsylvania judge Mark Ciavarella, who became the centerpiece of a late-'00s scandal after he locked up countless minors for minor offenses and appeared to accept a kickback for creating and filling a new juvenile detention facility. He was labeled the “Kids for Cash” judge, a tag the public and...
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
This Valentine's Day, one DePaul student is on a mission to warm up Chicago from the inside, one winter-hardened soul at a time. With his arms. "Sometimes we lose the physical intimacy of contact as we go about our daily lives and sometimes it's just a reminder that we're humans," said 20-year-old David Melia. "We need physical interaction with each other. " The laid-back Lincoln Park resident bills himself as a professional free hugger, a man who goes around the city soothing strangers' souls by enveloping them in an embrace.
SPORTS
August 5, 2012
RedEye asked Chicago athletes for their thoughts on the relationship between sex and sports, and whether they abstain from sex before competing.   Danny Downes 26, UFC fighter Seeing that I'm a responsible Irish Catholic boy raised on the South Side of Chicago, I have no knowledge of such a conundrum. I am getting married [Aug. 4], though, so it may soon become an issue. From all the scientific evidence I have seen, the no sex before competition because "it will make your legs weak" is pure myth.
NEWS
August 9, 2012 | By Renee Pinckney, For RedEye
After more than 90 years since its closure, the House of Glunz is wiping the dust off of The Glunz Tavern and re-opening for business. The tavern, located at 1202 N. Wells St., was originally founded in 1888 by Louis Glunz I and was a popular gather spot in the Old Town neighborhood before it closed just prior to the Prohibition. Barbara Glunz and her son, Christopher Donovan, both owners of the historic House of Glunz, said after giving it much thought for a long time, they decided to re-open the tavern.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and Mick Swasko @swasko and RedEye
Like most major events, the Super Bowl is more fun when you can monitor the fun on Twitter. Unfortunately, the big game tends to bring out some of the absolute worst people. Here's our list of 10 characters making the world more annoying, 140 characters at a time. Lil' Wayne Despite being born and raised in New Orleans, Lord Weezington has decided that his fan-hood is up for grabs and has managed to root for every team in the finals of every sport the last 8 years. Count on a throwaway "Go Seahawks!"
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2014 | Anna Pulley, @annapulley and RedEye's sex columnist
Dear Anna, I am a 45-year-old woman. I have come to a place in my life where I am perpetually single. While I continue to try to meet “someone.” I am starting to think in a pragmatic way. I have physical needs. I have had one “buddy with benefits,” but I found I got too attached and became needy. At this point I am looking for a way to get my physical needs met in a safe way (literally and emotionally). What is your advice? An escort service? Casual encounters? How do I do this and be...
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