March 19, 2014 |
RedEye has a special video treat for you for the NCAA tournament. Chicago mind reader Mark Toland ( @MarkTolandLive ), who performs in the city and throughout the Midwest, came to us with an idea: After Selection Sunday, he would make predictions for the Final Four, seal them in an envelope, then see if he was right after the tournament had played out. We took him up on it, and above is the video proof. And lest you think that's where his talents end, we assure you that is not the case.
March 17, 2014 |
*** (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 "Kicks.
March 14, 2014 |
Rideshare in Chicago is already kind of a hot mess. Think 4 a.m. pickups by strangers ghost-riding their pink-mustache-adorned whips. And now it's sloppier: lawsuits, regulatory proposals and threats of outing secretly gay aldermen. (If you don't know all the facts, RedEye reporter Leonor Vivanco has covered the topic like a pro. Go here and here to get your hands dirty.) And as the ridiculousness grows, rideshare companies are scrambling to prove their worth in the local taxi market.
March 9, 2014 |
If there's anything people think they know about Millennials, it's how irresponsible we are when it comes to money. No one in their 20s contributes to a 401(k), right? We'd rather work two part-time jobs than a full-time one that offers health insurance and a retirement plan; we live with Mom and Dad so we can spend our money on vacations rather than a place to settle down. We have more credit card debt than savings, right? Not so fast. Millennials have spent the past few years feeling the full force of the Great Recession.
March 6, 2014 |
I never knew what frijoles are. I didn't know how they smell. I had no idea that the scent can be the one that welcomes you home. That was before I went to Pilsen, before I met Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski and before I read his book, "Painted Cities," released Tuesday. The book takes an intimate look at life growing up in Pilsen, just south of the Loop, where murals adorn the walls and that smell of frijoles and other fried foods tell Galaviz-Budziszewski he has returned home.
March 4, 2014 |
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February 27, 2014 |
Can this be real? A video posted Wednesday shows an absolutely incredible remake of the House of Cards intro, swapping the Washington DC setting for Chicago. It's almost spot on, with panning timelapse shots, the actual music from the show and an incredibly gritty shot of the Chicago skyline with the words "House of Cards" split by the Chicago flag. The project looks to be a remix of footage from the Cityscape Chicago by Eric Hines, which can be found here , and Windy City Nights by Max Wilson which can be found here. ( UPDATE: The video has been removed from both Vimeo and YouTube.
February 21, 2014 |
We can't hear you! No, it wasn't your TV's speakers burning out this morning. A technical meltdown at WGN Morning News caused all audio to go out, and naturally they made the best of it. Anchors Larry Potash and Robin Baumgarten used paper, markers and dry erase boards to communicate with the audience . The only working audio was a remote microphone outside the studio. "Send help," "Try Ctrl + Alt + Del" and "Still more interesting than...
February 21, 2014 |
Chicago's own Archie Powell & The Exports have debuted their first single off their forthcoming album titled ... "Back In Black. " (Really? REALLY? We'll have to trust them.) Album name notwithstanding, these guys consistently bring the goods. Listen for yourself below: Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page .
February 19, 2014 |
Four Chicago community areas logged their second homicides of 2014 in the last week, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. Each of the community areas--Austin, Englewood, South Shore and Woodlawn--saw their first homicide of the year in January, RedEye determined. In Englewood, a 69-year-old man was stabbed to death Friday in the 900 block of West 63rd Parkway, police said. Englewood logged 23 homicides last year, up from 21 homicides in 2012, according to RedEye data.