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November 17, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt, RedEye
Like it or not, the countdown to the holidays has begun. Between the family fights, the travel headaches and the present-budget woes, everyone could use a stiff drink. Luckily, there are plenty of new spots popping up in Chicago to accommodate the holiday blues. From comfort food like your mom used to make in Wicker Park to video games with a side of beer in Edgewater and budget-friendly cocktails in Lincoln Park, there's a little something for everyone. The Snuggery 15 W. Division St. 312-337-4349 Finn McCool's is out and The Snuggery is in at this Gold Coast...
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December 12, 2013 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
Lance Briggs is one of the few people on the planet who can play as himself in a video game. And yes, he says it's as cool as you think it is. "It's great to see yourself make a play on the field and in a video game," the Bears star said. "I always took a lot of pride in when I played baseball or when I played basketball and stuff like that, creating different players and different teams and stuff. When I got a chance to see myself in football, I think it's pretty cool. " Briggs mingled with fans at the Best Buy on North Avenue on Tuesday prior to the Ultimate Gamers Showdown, a...
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August 7, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack and For RedEye
Playing video games online against strangers is fun, and controlling your favorite athletes through video games is fun too. But what if the stranger you played against was also your favorite athlete? Retired Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer is the co-founder of OverDog, a mobile app that allows athletes to challenge their fans to video games. The app is still in its early development stage and is currently free for both fans and players. Hillenmeyer gives RedEye his rundown on Chicago athlete gamers, from the regular winners to the guys who need some more time with the sticks.
SPORTS
August 7, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack and For RedEye
Playing video games online against strangers is fun, and controlling your favorite athletes through video games is fun too. But what if the stranger you played against was also your favorite athlete? Retired Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer is the co-founder of OverDog, a mobile app that allows athletes to challenge their fans to video games. The app is still in its early development stage and is currently free for both fans and players. Hillenmeyer gives RedEye his rundown on Chicago athlete gamers, from the regular winners to the guys who need some more time with the sticks.
SPORTS
December 12, 2013 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
Lance Briggs is one of the few people on the planet who can play as himself in a video game. And yes, he says it's as cool as you think it is. "It's great to see yourself make a play on the field and in a video game," the Bears star said. "I always took a lot of pride in when I played baseball or when I played basketball and stuff like that, creating different players and different teams and stuff. When I got a chance to see myself in football, I think it's pretty cool. " Briggs mingled with fans at the Best Buy on North Avenue on Tuesday prior to the Ultimate Gamers Showdown, a...
SPORTS
August 19, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
Whenever I see people booing athletes, it takes all my strength to not turn to them and yell THIS . So last week, I wrote a column stating that sports fans should stop booing their own team . To which a colleague asked: "What should the fans do when they want to voice disapproval?" Well, I'm not opposed to expressing disapproval when watching sports. But booing is NOT the way to go. Here now is my guide to why booing is dumb, and what fans should do instead. Reason for booing: "My team is losing.
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August 21, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Ten a night - that's the number of Chicagoans pulled over for driving under the influence, on average. A total of 3,795 people were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Chicago last year, according to Chicago Police data. That annual total has been on the decline since 2008, when nearly 4,300 people were arrested for various DUI offenses, from causing accidental deaths (there were six in 2008; four in 2012) to operating a motorboat or watercraft while intoxicated (three in 2008; zero in 2012)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Samantha Nelson, @samanthanelson1 and For RedEye
The recession may have put some of the South Loop's development in a holding pattern, but this steadily growing neighborhood is back in the game when it comes to fresh dining and nightlife. Over the past year, a new crop of hangouts have steadily taken up residence, from new restaurants along South Michigan Avenue to a destination-worthy music lounge in the Motor Row district. Whether you live, work or go to school in the neighborhood or are just looking for somewhere to grab a drink after a trip to a nearby museum or theater, you've got a...
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August 30, 2013 | By Tony Peregrin @TonyGrin and For RedEye
What do you call a brotherhood of gay men who get together and bond over sports, video games, gear, gadgets and guns? Meet the Gaybros - a Reddit -based community founded in 2011 with a shared interest in “guy stuff.” Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and even Dublin, Ireland, have active Gaybro communities with regular meet-ups at local pubs, restaurants and events such as Gay Pride. “In Chicago, the meet-ups only started happening in the last year or so,” said Gabriel Villalpando, 28. “Some of the...
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November 17, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt, RedEye
Like it or not, the countdown to the holidays has begun. Between the family fights, the travel headaches and the present-budget woes, everyone could use a stiff drink. Luckily, there are plenty of new spots popping up in Chicago to accommodate the holiday blues. From comfort food like your mom used to make in Wicker Park to video games with a side of beer in Edgewater and budget-friendly cocktails in Lincoln Park, there's a little something for everyone. The Snuggery 15 W. Division St. 312-337-4349 Finn McCool's is out and The Snuggery is in at this Gold Coast...
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