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June 6, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye
After living in Chicago for a while, you come to notice patterns. You see the same people on your daily commutes, you frequent the same bars and you find yourself talking about the weather 80 percent of the time. What about the stuff we see every day but don't talk about? There are a lot of things that occur in Chicago that most--if not all--of us are aware of, yet we don't discuss them. Allow me to fix that. Here's 10 things everyone thinks about Chicago but no one will admit. 1: You can become very successful in this city just by keeping status quo. There was a saying back in the Richard J. Daley era about the strategy of the Democratic "machine.
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NEWS
August 20, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Ryan Goldman's dream was to find a way to Burning Man, the annual art festival held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. But with a job in retail and a recent move to Chicago behind him, money was tight. His solution? Ask people for cash online. "Honestly, if I saw someone that posted [a campaign like mine], I would say, 'Why would I give you money for that?' " said Goldman, 23, of Lakeview. "Why just give someone money?" But people do. Goldman raised just short of $100 - about $400 less than his goal - mostly from friends and family, in a campaign titled "Bring Ryan to the Playa.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2012 | By Andy Downing and RedEye special contributor
When the Tom Schraeder & His Ego frontman started planning a release party for “Chicago, I Love You,” the latest album from his namesake band, he forgot one important detail: to complete the record itself. Instead, Schraeder left the album on the backburner as a concert he initially conceived as single-day event grew into a free music and arts festival that will take over Lincoln Park bar Lilly's for an entire month beginning Saturday, Sept. 1. It includes performances from Schraeder, Mars Williams, Brighton, MA, a DJ set from Pat Sansone of Wilco and much more.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2013 | Andy Downing for RedEye
"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 romantic relationship.
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
August 8, 2012 | Stephen Markley
Following Climate Week on Off the Markley, I promised I would write something really, really silly . As an incredibly smart, political, tuned-in friend told me: “I don't really read your blog when you're talking about climate change or whatever. I like when you talk about things like belly-button lint.” I know. I promised the Stupidest Column Ever. And it's incredibly tempting to renege in this final slot of the week and address something real. After all my admonitions about climate week have only gained further credence with an apocalyptic monsoon wrecking havoc in the low-lying Philippines with 60 percent of Manilla deluged, 72 people dead and nearly 850,000 displaced.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
In 2006, "Step Up" didn't just jumpstart the career of Channing Tatum (who's having a banner year with "The Vow," "21 Jump Street" and "Magic Mike") and introduce him to his wife, "Step Up" co-star Jenna Dewan . The film sparked a franchise whose fourth installment,"Step Up Revolution," opens Friday. "Revolution" features"So You Think You Can Dance"standout Kathryn McCormick and Ryan Guzman (a commercial actor and print model) in their first major film roles. McCormick plays Emily, aspiring professional dancer and love interest of Sean (Guzman)
SPORTS
September 30, 2012 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
Relax, White Sox fans, Robin Ventura isn't going anywhere anytime soon. "I plan on being here for two more years, unless they don't want me here for two more years," the Sox manager said matter-of-factly prior to Sunday's game. Unlike those of his predecessor Ozzie Guillen, Ventura's pregame media sessions are known more for being innocuous than controversial. However, Ventura raised eyebrows Saturday when asked if he could see himself managing the Sox for decades much like Walter Alston and Tommy Lasorda did with the Dodgers.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2012 | By Jessica Galliart, Ernest Wilkins
Welcome, music nerds. Once a year, Austin, Texas, turns into a hipster Mardi Gras paradise for nearly an entire week during the music portion of SXSW. This year, RedEye made the 20-plus-hour road trip to check it out. Here are a few things we noticed along the way. TUESDAY 3/13 11:00 a.m. Everyone at  SXSW  looks like they're in a band. Everyone.   --Ernest Wilkins The first celebrity sighting of the trip? MTV VJ (they still have those, yeah?) Damien Fahey.
NEWS
November 17, 2011
In a "Daily Show" segment Monday, Jason Jones shed light on one part of society that "is still suffering in ways we never imagined. " What group is this? Ugly people or "uglo-Americans," as "The Daily Show" coined them. Ugly people have a harder time getting loans and make less money, according to University of Texas economics professor Daniel S. Hamermesh, who argues the U.S. should offer the same legal protections afforded to other minority groups to the unattractive.  "The Daily Show" skewered the idea on Monday's episode.
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