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October 30, 2011 | By Matt Kuttan, For RedEye
It's getting hard out there for a foreign guy. There used to be a time when my biggest problem on weekends was choosing which house party to go to or which dinner invitation to accept. Not anymore. Let me give you some background. After coming to America as a college student from - wait, where am I from? - I ended up taking a job in Chicago. Rather than wallow in Midwestern isolation, I soon was overjoyed to notice a pattern of LeBron-like demand for my presence at after-work events, happy hours and guys' nights out. Back then, the foreign sidekick had the run of the town because we were...
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February 20, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
"This is Sidekicks. Doors open on the right at Sidekicks. "  Give props to Thrillist this week for creating one of the most useful CTA maps since, well, ever. The site knocked together a map of the entire CTA system -- save for Skokie -- and renamed each stop to the name of the best bar in an under 10 minute walking distance.  That means Belmont Red becomes "Sheffield's" and the Ashland Green becomes the Cobra Lounge, and on from there. The RedEye offices collectively kicked ourselves and wondered why we didn't think of it first.  (Larger version here.)
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February 20, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
"This is Sidekicks. Doors open on the right at Sidekicks. "  Give props to Thrillist this week for creating one of the most useful CTA maps since, well, ever. The site knocked together a map of the entire CTA system -- save for Skokie -- and renamed each stop to the name of the best bar in an under 10 minute walking distance.  That means Belmont Red becomes "Sheffield's" and the Ashland Green becomes the Cobra Lounge, and on from there. The RedEye offices collectively kicked ourselves and wondered why we didn't think of it first.  (Larger version here.)
NEWS
October 30, 2011 | By Matt Kuttan, For RedEye
It's getting hard out there for a foreign guy. There used to be a time when my biggest problem on weekends was choosing which house party to go to or which dinner invitation to accept. Not anymore. Let me give you some background. After coming to America as a college student from - wait, where am I from? - I ended up taking a job in Chicago. Rather than wallow in Midwestern isolation, I soon was overjoyed to notice a pattern of LeBron-like demand for my presence at after-work events, happy hours and guys' nights out. Back then, the foreign sidekick had the run of the town because we were...
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July 11, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
A number of sites track where gamers can play pinball around the country. RedEye confirmed these locations on the list of Chicago spots that have games to play. Beachwood Inn, 1415 N. Wood St., Bram Stoker's Dracula Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Bobby Orr Power Play, Champion Pub, Creature from the Black Lagoon, FunHouse, Gilligan's Island, Seawitch, The Addams Family Brisku Bistro, 4100 N. Kedzie Ave., Theatre of Magic Chickpea, 2018 W. Chicago Ave., Genie Club Belmont, 7844 W. Belmont Ave., Big Buck Hunter Pro Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., Junk Yard Delilah's,...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and For RedEye
Mini-review: Storefront Company 1941 W. North Ave. 773-661-2609 Rating:  !!! (out of 4) Off to a good start The scene: Wicker Park's newest restaurant has the same owners as Debonair Social Club, but it couldn't be more different. They're both located in the Flat Iron Building, but where Debonair is all black paint, dark dance floors and PBR-clutching scenesters, Storefront Company is white-washed and light-filled. Young couples from the neighborhood dined next to wine-sipping white hairs - perhaps they're loyal Food & Wine magazine subscribers who...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2011 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
Will sleuthing be the new vampires and zombies in 2012? Entertainment Weekly confirms that a live-action version of "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" is in the works, potentially starring Jennifer Lopez. And MGM studios announced Monday it bought the movie rights to the "Where's Waldo?" series. We dug out our magnifying glass to see which trickster has the most movie potential. DAMORAN@TRIBUNE.COM | @REDEYEDANA Dossier: Carmen: As leader of the Villains' International League of Evil, or V.I.L.E., Carmen...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) No sense burying the story here: The French dramedy “The Intouchables” has earned more than $300 million worldwide, but several American critics have alleged racism. On some level, the movie (based on a true story) does focus on a Senegalese man named Driss (Omar Sy) and the liveliness he adds to the life of rich, white paraplegic Philippe (Francois Cluzet). Driss brings Philippe to pierce his ear and teaches his older, squarer employer about the wonders of Earth, Wind and Fire.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2012 | By The Great Burgerelli
Eggy's 333 E. Benton Place. 773-234-3449 Rating: !!! (out of 4) Sometimes a great burger can be hard to find. In the case of recently opened Eggy's, it is actually the restaurant itself that can be tricky to locate. This new diner is located in the Lakeshore East complex hidden away just north of Millennium Park, which one can find by following these simple instructions: Walk east on Randolph Street past the Aon Center, veer left at the sign for Village Market, descend to the lower level at the end of the plaza and then walk out onto the sidewalk to find Eggy's.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
Review: Dragon Ranch Moonshine & BBQ, 441 N. Clark St. 312-955-1900. Rating: 3.5 (out of four) Heating up What do barbecued ribs, Asian spices, Mason jar moonshine cocktails and Billy Dec have in common? They're all in the mix at the latest hangout from Rockit Ranch, the group that opened Rockit Bar & Grill eight years ago in River North and followed it up with subterranean club The Underground and Asian restaurant Sunda in the same neighborhood. Can they make it all work?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
TBS and Just For Laughs have added comic Sarah Silverman to the Chicago festival line-up in June, along with dozens of other newly announced shows. Silverman will host two shows at The Chicago Theatre on June 16, presenting some of her favorite comedians at "Sarah Silverman and Guests. " The line-up has yet to be announced.   Among the fest's other newly added events, Janeane Garofalo and Kyle Kinane will team up for a double-bill at UP Comedy Club, while the Comedy Bar welcomes the Team Coco Live variety show, the New Faces Of Chicago showcase hosted by Chicago native Lil...
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