March 3, 2013 |
Just like Channing Tatum's character in "Magic Mike" (Ha! How's that for a way to start a column? You have no idea where the hell I'm going with this ...), I consider myself an entrepreneur. Now I finally have an idea that's so good, I can practically smell the billions of dollars that I'll soon keep in my scepter-shaped swimming pool. If you're like me, there's basically no alarm clock on the planet that can effectively wake you up. Even when the noise blaring out of those tinny speakers sounds like someone re-enacting scenes from Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" on a pig, you can just roll...
July 2, 2012
Same-sex couples will now be able to announce their marriages on Facebook without the presence of a heterosexual symbol. The social media site has added icons for same-sex marriages to replace the standard bride and groom icon, according to Mashable . The new feature first gained attention when a blue icon of two grooms appeared over Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes' timeline announcement of his marriage to partner Sean Eldridge. Read the full story here .
April 11, 2012 |
Wicker Park will soon be saying goodbye to a building that's housed a local family-owned lumberyard for the past 91 years. By next spring, the two-story L. Miller & Son Lumber Company building, currently located at 1815 W. Division, will be transformed into a four-story mixed-use commercial and residential development. It's a bittersweet change for Bob Margolin, whose grandfather Louis Miller opened the lumberyard in 1921. "It's more sweet than bitter, though," said Margolin in a phone interview.
April 10, 2012 |
After 42 years, the old El Cid taco place near Congress Theater in Logan Square is being reinvented. Owner Jose Gonzales, who was born and raised in Cuba, bought out his business partners to pursue a new venture close to his heart: Paladar (2115 N. Milwaukee Ave.), a family-run Cuban restaurant and rum bar. Gonzales has been working with a student of Nitza Villapol, known as the Julia Child of Cuba, to create a menu that's “authentic with a twist.” Think black beans with apples, three different takes on plantains, ropa vieja sliders (shredded beef with...
March 22, 2012 |
If you've been wondering what is going into the old Eatt space in River North, here's your answer: a new Italian wine bar by the Rosebud group. According to executive chef Michael Ponzio, Bar Umbriago (6 W. Hubbard St.) will feature a modern small-plates menu (no $50 steaks here), while staying true to Rosebud's old-world-Italian sensibility with touches such as classic cocktails and live entertainment. It's even named after a character in an old Jimmy Durante song. The concept is in line with recent management changes at Rosebud: The restaurant...
November 14, 2011 |
If it's been a while since you've checked in with Guns N' Roses, you might be surprised to find out how much you don't know about the band these days. If, however, you're a real super fan, then you should have no problem tackling this rigorous quiz on all the changes. Who is GnR's current lead guitarist? A. Buckethead B. Burgerface C. Bubblehands D. Bumblefoot Which of the following is not a song off "Chinese Democracy"? A. "Chinese Democracy" B. "Pray for Botswana" C. "Madagascar" D. "Prostitute" If you could take Axl Rose anywhere...