February 3, 2013 |
I consider myself a champion of the downtrodden, a latter-day Tom Joad, and in the role of social crusader I'd like to stick up for a group of people very close to my heart: the Stephens. Not "Stevens" but "Stephens. " The PH-ers, the afflicted and maltreated of the singular diagraph that forms a "V" sound. In fact, you may not be aware, but there is an unceasing blood feud between us and the Stevens - mostly because they are spelling their names wrong. This feud is fiercer than Catholics and Protestants, more intractable than Israelis and Palestinians, featuring more vicious carnage than vampires...
October 2, 2012 |
The CTA on Tuesday graduated 33 new bus drivers as part of its hiring push for next year's Red Line overhaul project. Mayor Emanuel was on hand Tuesday at the 77th Street bus garage in Chatham to congratulate the new drivers, who will start as part-time employees and transition to full time as other drivers retire or leave the CTA. The drivers will initially operate the shuttle buses that will substitute for the southern portion of the Red...
February 7, 2013 |
Parade-goers drinking in the street could get slapped with a fine of up to $1,000 under a proposal advanced Thursday by a key City Council committee. The original proposal would have doubled the fines for drinking in the public way and public urination or defecation while within 200 feet of a parade in progress. However, the proposed ordinance was tweaked to keep the increase in fines but extend the range to 800 feet of a parade route. The Committee on Public Safety endorsed the amended proposal at its Thursday...
November 1, 2011 |
Reality is starting to kick in, folks. As much as we may not like to admit it, it's looking like we're not gonna see any pro hoops soon. Not sure about the rest of you, but one of the cornerstones of my winter is cuddling up on my couch and watching whatever NBA game is on, even if it's a snoozefest like Spurs-Warriors or something. So now we're left to scramble for quality winter entertainment. I've done some research into sports that I think can be quality basketball substitutes.
July 11, 2012 |
Starz gives another nod to Chicago history with the key art for Season 2 of its political drama "Boss. " In the image, Chicago Mayor Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammar) holds an iron hook--no, this isn't a horror/slasher series, but Kane does do horrible things--as his family members, employees and political pawns are shown hanging from meat hooks. The caption says, "Power consumes everyone," while the Starz plug for the key art says, "In Kane's world you either show blind allegiance like cattle or become just another piece of meat for the machine.
May 20, 2013 |
There's no longer only one malort in town. R. Franklin's Original Recipe Malort , which was developed by The Violet Hour beverage director Robbie Haynes and borrows his middle name, now is available at bars and shops across the city. The bitter liquor, which previously was available only at the Wicker Park cocktail lounge, is bottled by Chicago-based Letherbee Distillers. "I think it's sweeter, it's more bitter and more grapefruity [than other malorts]," said Letherbee's distiller Brent Engel.