April 4, 2013 |
The Super Bowl of pro wrestling is Sunday, and one of the Windy City's own will occupy a huge part of the spotlight. Chicago native CM Punk will take on The Undertaker at Wrestlemania, set for 7 p.m. Sunday on pay-per-view; the event takes place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Both competitors are no stranger to streaks. Punk held the WWE championship for 434 days, and The Undertaker is 20-0 at Wrestlemania. Punk spoke to RedEye about his records, passionate fans and "the only thing that matters" to him. You have a history with the Undertaker.
April 4, 2013 |
Ald. William Burns (4th), 39 Three city issues that should be on our radar : social services, poverty, and economic development. Is being young on the City Council an advantage or disadvantage? I think that being young is an advantage. I approach challenges and people with a fresh perspective. The job also requires a tremendous amount of energy -- as a freshman alderman, I don't have as many staffers at my disposal as committee chairmen do, so I end up writing letters to constituents and working along side my staff.
February 28, 2013 |
Jason Hoodrich has the Hollywood hookup. Through a friend, he developed a working relationship with New York-based BMF Media Group, an entertainment marketing agency that produces the exclusive Miami Oasis essentially a party lounge with a DJ, swag and free booze and a small tattoo station at the Hard Rock Hotel during Lollapalooza. He has tattooed artists, celebrities and VIPs at events such as Lolla, Coachella and Sundance. Hoodrich, who was into art as a high schooler, started tattooing in 2005 shortly after he went to Wicker...
February 11, 2013 |
In light of Lance Armstrong's Oprah interview and a kerfuffle over Ray Lewis and deer antler spray, the topic of performance-enhancing drugs has been in the news with renewed vigor. It has culminated with this overwrought, hyper-ventilating column by Bill Simmons' of Grantland , which has instigated my biggest intellectual backlash to the whole purity-in-sports movement to date. As regular readers of this column know, I adore Simmons and his gargantuan run-on columns and entertaining-as-actual-sports podcast.
February 8, 2013 |
In a small classroom in the Boys & Girls Club of Logan Square, reporters, children and employees of both the Boys & Girls Club and Aaron's waited Thursday night for Earl Bennett. Through his Legends For Literacy charity, Bennett had raised money to purchase 132 Kindles, to be distributed to 11 Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Chicago. Now he was ready to donate the Kindles, but the inclement weather had him running behind. Still, all were excited to see him when he arrived, and he immediately faced their questioning.