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January 10, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Since she was featured on an episode of TLC's "Extreme Couponing" last year and an all-star version of the reality shopping show last week, it's been easier to walk an aisle in Antoinette Peterson's shoes. The 30-year-old Morgan Park resident said she's been recognized at grocery stores since appearing on the show, which documents how people from across the country save large amounts on their grocery bills. They use coupons and sometimes grow food stockpiles in their homes from multiple purchases.
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March 6, 2014 | By Morgan Olsen and For RedEye
In Julie Friedman Steele's mind, it's easy to tell her clients at The 3D Printer Experience apart. "It's broken up into three groups," Friedman Steele, 36, said. "The people who already know what's going on and know what to do, and they come in and they're very quick. Then there's the group that doesn't know but they want to know. Then, there's the third group that doesn't want to know and just wants to have fun. " 3-D printing isn't anything new -- it's been around since 1984.
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June 12, 2012 | By RedEye staff
East Lakeview's main hub, Broadway, may seem dominated by sushi spots and carry-out joints, but a handful of boutiques are hiding in plain sight. This spree starts near Broadway and Wellington and heads northward from there. 1 . First up, Johnny Sprockets ( 3001 N. Broadway 773-244-1079 ) has everything you need for a ride along the lakefront, from bikes to helmets and messenger bags. 2 . Graphic tee junkies will drool over the packed shelves at Threadless ( 3011 N. Broadway 773-525-8640 )
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March 4, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
It might be the last chance to own a piece of Chicago grocery history.  An online auction is selling the last bits of the Edgewater Dominick's location--set to become a Whole Foods next year--and there are some interesting items on the block.  Electric shopping carts are currently going for $20, and an entire floral display structure can be yours for a quarter. Keep in mind, though, the auction--being held through Grafe auctioneers --only lists the current bids. As time goes on, it's very likely the prices will be much higher.  Click through the gallery to...
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November 17, 2011 | By Jessica Galliart and Erin Vogel
According to the lights strung throughout trees around your neighborhood and the latest Justin Bieber album, the holiday season has arrived early. Cue the collective sighing. But don't let the sometimes pressuring countdown get you down. Instead of “Bah-humbug”ing for the next month or so, embrace the season of giving at these annual favorite craft markets and vintage fairs. DEC. 1-4   One of a Kind Show and Sale When: Noon-9 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Where: Merchandise Mart Cost: $12 Go...
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November 27, 2013 | By Kristen Kuchar @KristenKuchar and For RedEye
Ugly sweater parties, peppermint mochas and those slightly addicting holiday tunes creeping on the radio are all pretty good indicators that it's about time you started cracking on your holiday gift list. Regardless of where you're shopping this holiday season, one thing that is for sure is that you're going to work an appetite doing it. Friends don't let friends shop with low bloody sugar, so make time to stop and recharge at these bars and restaurants in five of the city's most popular shopping districts.
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May 17, 2012 | By Melanie Zanona and for RedEye
Fashion is not just for females. At least that's the message of Trunk Club , a relatively new personal shopper service in River North that helps men look like walking GQ ads, but without having to expend all the time, effort and hair gel. "The main goal (of Trunk Club) is to help guys get awesome clothes without having to do any work," said Brian Spaly, Trunk Club CEO. "Most guys either don't have time, don't have access or don't have the desire. The process of shopping seems terrible to them.
NEWS
August 28, 2012
Over the years, Bucktown's shopping artery of Damen Avenue has seen plenty of big-name designers (Cynthia Rowley, Nanette Lepore, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Alexis Bittar) and chain stores (Club Monaco, Bebe, Lush) move in. This itinerary focuses on the strip's top independently owned boutiques, so you can take the “shop local” approach to the most fashionable extreme. Women's clothing dominates, but there are a few gems for men. Start your trip right by the Blue Line's Damen Avenue station, where City Soles (1566 N. Damen Ave. 773-489-2001)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink and Samantha Nelson and RedEye
Coffee is mandatory for many to start their day feeling human, but two new coffee shops - plus one more opening soon - are offering much more than just the basic cup. From a West Town cafe with a dog-friendly patio in the works to a Roscoe Village shop serving treats worthy of cronut-caliber obsession, these coffehouses have your caffeine fix covered and then some. Bad Wolf Coffee 3422 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-969-2346 Story: With gigs at Schwa and New York's Momofuku Ko on his resume, Jonathan Ory's roots may be in fine dining, but he recently switched gears to open this Roscoe Village coffee...
SPORTS
December 20, 2012 | By Bryan Crawford and Jack Silverstein and For RedEye
Professional athletes are just like us when hit comes to holiday shopping. Well, except for the fact that they can afford gifts that are out of reach of the average person. But it's always cool to find out how what athletes buy for people. RedEye talked to the Bulls and Bears to find out the most expensive gift they've purchased for someone during the holidays.   BULLS Taj Gibson: I bought some expensive shoes for my girlfriend made by some Italian designer. They cost somewhere like $4,000 or $5,000.
NEWS
February 11, 2014 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
Don't feel like getting rush delivery -- or the stank eye if your gift arrives late? Here's some local shops where you can pick up many of the items shown here -- or discover others like them. Happy hunting!    The Pleasure Chest 3436 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-525-7151 thepleasurechest.com Good to know: Not only does the store host workshops, but comedy and knitting nights also are on the calendar.   Early To Bed 5044 N. Clark St. 773-271-1219 early2bed.com Good to know: An online events calendar keeps you up to date on events at the...
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February 6, 2014 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
The essentials: Butcher & Larder 1026 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-687-8280 Looks like: Pig tchotchkes, shiny knives and ruddy cuts of meat Sounds like: Black Sabbath followed by Coltrane on the house sound system punctuated by the smartass, chop-busting friendly banter of the butchers Smells like: Freshly butchered meat and the perfume of whatever beautiful soup is roasting in the slow cooker near the counter ...
NEWS
December 12, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
It's the only Dec. 13 of a year ending in 13 anyone will see in their lifetime, and a Chicago tattoo shop is offering a permanent reminder on the cheap.  Royal Flesh, an Uptown tattoo parlor at 4005 N. Broadway , will be inking patrons with $13 Friday the 13th-themed tattoos from noon to midnight Friday. Norman Bengel, 26, of Bucktown is an apprentice at the shop who helped organize the first-of-its-kind event. He said it will be a "make or break" marathon of tattooing for him and fellow apprentices, and he hopes the...
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November 27, 2013 | By Kristen Kuchar @KristenKuchar and For RedEye
Ugly sweater parties, peppermint mochas and those slightly addicting holiday tunes creeping on the radio are all pretty good indicators that it's about time you started cracking on your holiday gift list. Regardless of where you're shopping this holiday season, one thing that is for sure is that you're going to work an appetite doing it. Friends don't let friends shop with low bloody sugar, so make time to stop and recharge at these bars and restaurants in five of the city's most popular shopping districts.
NEWS
November 25, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
CHRISTKINDLMARKET CHICAGO Daley Plaza 15 W. Washington St. 312-494-2175 Let it snow - with gifts - at this German-style outdoor market where more than 30 vendors - including Fehrenbach Black Forest cuckoo clocks and Alpine Heritage ornaments and nativity scenes - feature European and holiday-themed offerings, live entertainment, a Holiday Hub cottage in the Block 37 Pedway and more than a dozen German food, pastry, beer and wine...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2013 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
Review: Chop Shop 2033 W. North Ave. 773-537-4440 Rating: 3 (out of four) Off to a good start They say you can't be all things to all people, but Chop Shop sure is trying. This new addition to Wicker Park is a lunch counter, butcher, bar, restaurant, event space and even makes its own giardiniera. It's also run by a trio of killer Ms. The first is co-owner Mario Minelli, whose family runs Minelli Meat & Deli, a 50-plus-year-old butcher shop in north suburban Niles, Ill.; he oversees a team of butchers who cut up thick, ruddy steaks such as...
NEWS
October 10, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A University Village woman was arrested Wednesday after she was accused of taking herself on a Magnificent Mile shopping spree using stolen credit card information, county prosecutors said. Jatarrah Hicks, 27, of the 1000 block of West 14th Street, was charged with three counts of identity theft after police officers identified her as the person who used a Warrenville, Ill., man's credit card information to make multiple, thousand-dollar purchases at Tiffany & Co. on Michigan Avenue, the Apple Store, and the Drake Hotel on Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2013 | By Kristen Kuchar, @KristenKuchar and For RedEye
The owner of a former izakaya-style restaurant in Chinatown is planning to open a ramen shop in the neighborhood later this month.  As the name suggests, Strings Ramen Shop (2141 S. Archer Ave.) will serve exclusively ramen, and owner Kee Chan (Lure Izakaya Pub) said he hopes the concept will brings something fresh and different to Chicago's dining scene. “People know ramen in New York and California already, but not so much in Chicago,” Chan said. The simple menu will consist of four to eight different types of ramen...
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