May 12, 2014 |
How do you know summer has finally come to Chicago? Street festivals . Mayfest, now in its 18th year, is the unofficial start of the season. That means it's time to dig up all the necessary accessories (sunscreen, tank top, flip-flops) and head to the corner of Ashland and Barry avenues to soak up the sunshine, music and fest food. email@example.com | @redeyeeatdrink Mayfest Where: 3100 N. Ashland Ave. When: 5-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday How much: $10 admission Don't miss: Mayfest is a great summer primer, combining all your fest basics:...
May 8, 2014 |
Summer is the most popular season in Chicago, starting with the pleasant weather. Unfortunately, the teams playing in Chicago - mostly the Cubs and White Sox - are notoriously far from top-notch. English Premier League football, on the other hand, is the cream of the crop. And with it comes some of the most devoted and passionate fan bases on the planet. The league boasts Manchester United, perhaps the most popular sports club on the planet. Surveys estimate that MUFC has 670 million fans worldwide . After United lost to their...
May 8, 2014 |
Millennium Park's free Summer Film Series lineup for 2014 may be its most nostalgic yet. You'll have the chance to quote "If you build it, he will come," "This one goes to 11" and "I feel the need ... the need for speed!" Yes, "Field of Dreams," "This Is Spinal Tap" and "Top Gun" all are on the docket for upcoming Tuesday evenings, along with newer releases such as "Dreamgirls" and "20 Feet From Stardom. " All movies begin at 6:30 p.m. and are broadcast on a 40-foot LED screen; viewers can sit in Jay...
May 5, 2014 |
Spring weather isn't a sure thing in Chicago - but Chicago water taxis are determined to make spring a shore thing. Shoreline Water Taxi began its commuter service Monday between Erie Street and Willis Tower. The Wendella boats, which travel to Union Station, Chinatown and Goose Island, began running April 14, and expect to expand their schedule later this month. Wendella had to delay the start of its spring service because of the harsh weather, but operations chief Andrew Sargis is optimistic about this year.
May 1, 2014 |
Like the rest of the world, Chicago has four seasons. However, that thing they call "spring" is a total myth, and we'd all love for "winter," aka Helm's Deep, to stick it where the sun don't shine. (Which is itself, so never mind.) But then there's fest season, those glorious months from June through September when cocktails are best drunk from a pineapple, the best music comes from a cover band and anything eaten off a stick is revered. It's why we Chicagoans spent the past for-ev-er clawing our eyes out in the manner of Edvard Munch's "The Scream.
April 28, 2014 |
Is Chicago having a big year at the movies or what? One of the spring's biggest films ("Divergent") was set here, filmed here and based on a book by a local author. Now two of summer's biggest movies, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and "Jupiter Ascending," plop the city back on giant screens, this time with even bigger stars (Mark Wahlberg and Channing Tatum/Mila Kunis, respectively). Yes, there also are "Spider-Man" and "X-Men" sequels on the way, plus "Guardians of the Galaxy," Angelina Jolie being evil in "Maleficent" and more Shailene Woodley in "The...