April 16, 2013 |
After Kate Napleton heard about the explosions at the Boston Marathon, all she could think was so many people had to be hurt. That's because she knows there always are hordes of people at the finish lines. She crossed the finish line at the Chicago Marathon in 2009 and plans to do so again this October. "Obviously what happened yesterday in Boston was horrific and terrible and you're sitting there thinking, 'I want to do something. What can I do?' " said Napleton, 27, of Old Town.
March 22, 2013 |
Despite what you might have heard, it's not impossible to be a vegan in Chicago. "It's much easier than most people think it is," said Annie Fosnacht, a 35-year-old Edgewater resident vying to be PETA's Sexiest Vegan Next Door. Fosnacht and fellow Sexiest Vegan contestant LaQuesha McClain say the city has any number of vegan-friendly restaurants including Lakeview's Chicago Diner, Lincoln Park's Urban Vegan and Native Foods Café in the Loop. "There are plenty of places here in Chicago where you can go that offer vegan food," McClain said.
March 15, 2013 |
2 for $30: En Hakkore 1840 N. Damen Ave. 773-772-9880 I'd love to see the word "fusion" retired from restaurant menus. It gives me unpleasant flashbacks to the late '90s, when suburban Brazilian-Japanese-American hybrids flung together ingredients with utter abandon, covered everything in soy sauce and called it a day. Fast-forward to the present day, and counter-service Bucktown restaurant En Hakkore has come around to redeem the...
January 29, 2013 |
Two weeks ago, a friend posted a link to my wall about a new mobile dating app called Tinder. Within an hour there were 20 comments under this link from "friends" convinced I would meet my future husband on this thing. I would have taken offense if three years earlier I hadn't declared that I had met my soul mate on Chatroulette. Seriously. Long story short: I tried it, and I am addicted. Here's how it works: You see a picture of a person who lives no more than 100 miles away and are prompted to press an "X" or a heart symbol.
January 6, 2013 |
"Oh, you were a part of me," sings Christopher Owens near the close of his solo debut, "Lysandre. " "That part of me is gone. " While it's clear Owens is singing about a girl, he could just as easily be singing about Girls, the much-loved indie-rock crew he unexpectedly dissolved late last year. In that sense, it's fitting that "Lysandre" often plays like a breakup record, packed with quieter, more introspective songs and delicate, almost fragile instrumentation. Owens, 33, even described the band's split the way some might describe the end of a...
January 4, 2013 |
Half-submerged Buddha head sculptures started popping up in five Chicago neighborhoods in the fall, and in 2013, the next phrase of the public art installation is set to turn even more communities on its head. Ten Thousand Ripples - a collaborative citywide project presented by Changing Worlds, an educational arts nonprofit organization - is intended to spark a public dialogue about peace and nonviolence and to create innovative solutions to address contemporary social issues. "The image of the Buddha growing out of the earth represents for me the spiritual...