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November 22, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt, RedEye
Like a meal enjoyed between breakfast and brunch, Black Wednesday has staked its claim to the why-the-hell-not time between Halloween and New Year's Eve in the pantheon of Chicago drinking holidays. RedEye talked to bar owners to get an idea of scale in this by-the-numbers analysis of one of the booziest weekdays of the year. 2,000 Number of people expected to participate in a six-bar Turkey Trolley Trot on Wednesday in Lincoln Park, according to Gillian Fraaf, events coordinator at Bar 1 Events.
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June 26, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
An alderman on Wednesday proposed to regulate "social clubs" two weeks after a man was arrested at one in Logan Square where allegedly drugs were found, alcohol was sold without a license and video poker machines were operating without a license. The proposal introduced by Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26 th ) at the City Council meeting calls for a limited business license if the premises allows alcohol and automatic amusement devices. Exemptions would include any business that holds a valid liquor license, public place of amusement license or retail food establishment license.
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June 26, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
An alderman on Wednesday proposed to regulate "social clubs" two weeks after a man was arrested at one in Logan Square where allegedly drugs were found, alcohol was sold without a license and video poker machines were operating without a license. The proposal introduced by Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26 th ) at the City Council meeting calls for a limited business license if the premises allows alcohol and automatic amusement devices. Exemptions would include any business that holds a valid liquor license, public place of amusement license or retail food establishment license.
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November 22, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt, RedEye
Like a meal enjoyed between breakfast and brunch, Black Wednesday has staked its claim to the why-the-hell-not time between Halloween and New Year's Eve in the pantheon of Chicago drinking holidays. RedEye talked to bar owners to get an idea of scale in this by-the-numbers analysis of one of the booziest weekdays of the year. 2,000 Number of people expected to participate in a six-bar Turkey Trolley Trot on Wednesday in Lincoln Park, according to Gillian Fraaf, events coordinator at Bar 1 Events.
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May 23, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Remember when there were free movies shown in Grant Park each summer? Remember how bummed you were when that series went away? Well, good news: The offices of the mayor and cultural affairs announced today that a new, free film series will begin June 18 in Millennium Park, kicking off with a tribute to late, Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert and a screening of the Oscar-winning musical "Chicago. " But wait! You actually don't have to wait that long. While June 18 is the "official" beginning to the series, the 1981 Muddy Waters/Rolling Stones performnace at the...
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February 5, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Comedy Central's new series "Broad City" is bringing the funny to Chicago in March. Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer will do 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. shows March 13 at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., as part of the 18-city "Broad City Live" tour. The gals play under-achieving 20somethings who fall into precarious situations while trying to make a go of it in Brooklyn. Originally a web series, the Amy Poehler-produced comedy airs at 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays on Comedy Central. The first season's 10 episodes will feature regulars Hannibal Buress and...
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July 31, 2012 | By Taylor Ervin, RedEye
Red and yellow rubber balls whiz back and forth across the gymnasium at Blaine Elementary School in Lakeview, smacking against the polished cinder-block walls and stinging exposed arms and legs. No, this is not an afternoon gym class full of third-graders. These are grown men and women chucking balls at one another - and paying for the privilege as part of the Chicago Sport and Social Club's adult dodge ball league. Steve Healy, 28, of Noble Square has been playing for the past five years.
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March 7, 2012 | By Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
Clover Sports & Leisure 722 W. Grand Ave. 312-334-1934 Rating: 3 (out of four) Off to a good start The scene: This new sports bar in the old Butterfly Social Club space has been open just a few weeks, and I won't lie: When my friend and I arrived around 9 p.m. on a recent Saturday, it was dead. A small group dressed in business attire (who may very well have stopped in after dinner at Piccolo Sogno across the street) left soon after we arrived and until another pair of girls who lived nearby came in, we had the bar to ourselves.
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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...
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October 25, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts for RedEye
EAT Wild, Wild Burger Butcher & The Burger 1021 W. Armitage Ave. 773-697-3735 Chef Al Sternweiler goes gourmet for the Lincoln Park burger shop's first anniversary with a foie gras-stuffed venison burger made with griddled onions, Dijon mustard, cheddar and house-made steakhouse seasoning ($30). 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sweet Charity DMK Burger Bar 2954 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-360-8686 The Lakeview spot offers an indulgence you can feel good about: As part of its 365 Days of Giving program, the new fall offering is sweet potato fries with marshmallow...
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November 2, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko and RedEye
What does heavy drinking, Dance Dance Revolution, Nerf guns and some webcams have in common? A game show. After a “pilot” in July for “GUI” --Gaming Under the Influence--27-year-old Lakeview TV producer Jared Hoffa is launched a more permanent version of the game show Friday. The revamped format that debuts at Debonair Social Club and will be live-streamed online at www.theguishow.com will now be a weekly event at the club, with some new twists for contestants.
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