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July 5, 2012 | By Anthony Roberts, For RedEye
We count down for months, braving ridiculous winters, not-that-much-better autumns and only-slightly-better springs, all in anticipation of those three months when all is right with the world. Summer in Chicago. It rejuvenates us, sparks new romances and gives us all an opportunity to take pride in our beautiful city. And while we have warm-weather institutions such as the Bud Billiken Parade, the endless list of neighborhood street festivals and more, nothing says summertime Chi quite like the Taste of Chicago.
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May 23, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
My friend texted me a link to a Variety story , reporting that "Wet Hot American Summer," only one of the best comedies of all time, may be returning as a 10-episode Netflix series. This was my response: "Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat. " For a few years there's been talk of a "WHAS" prequel, hilariously featuring the same cast (including Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Michael Ian Black, co-writer Michael Showalter, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Christopher Meloni and many more big names)
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May 2, 2012 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
In our mind, summer should always be like the opening sequence from "Grease" -- crashing waves, makin' out under the dock, probably staying out until way past 10 o'clock. Unfortunately, that's not necessarily going to be the case for some of our favorite celebs. Heading into the summer lovin' season, we checked in with some couples to see who's getting hot and heavy in the sand, and who's going to get burned. Damoran@tribune.com | @redeyedana SOURCES: Us Weekly, eonline.com, People Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney Melted The Gaga is heading off on her summer tour -- and the unconfirmed...
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May 20, 2014 | By Lisa Arnett and Kate Bernot and RedEye
So, winter of 2014, right? That's all we have to say about Chiberia, snowpocalypse, polar vortex - whatever it was we all just lived through. Patio season is always highly anticipated in Chicago, but this year we may see stampedes to the first rooftops and sidewalks cafes open for business. Thankfully, this summer promises plenty of brand new outdoor spots, from fourth-floor cocktail gardens to European-style sidewalk seating. Keep an eye on these 45-plus new sunny spots debuting this spring and summer.
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July 25, 2012 | By Erin Gibbons, For RedEye
1. Make lightweight fabrics your friend. Dressing to stay cool isn't only about less fabric - it's also about the type of fabric. Our experts recommend forgoing synthetic fibers for natural fabrics - which absorb moisture and allow air to pass through to your skin - whenever possible. Translation: Instead of polyester, nylon, rayon and acrylic, look for cotton, poplin, seersucker, linen and even summer-weight wool. "Anything that 'breathes' is going to be your friend," Kopulos said.
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May 16, 2012 | Anna Pulley and RedEye's sex columnist
My favorite hookup season is right around the corner! Can you tell me where are the best places to meet people in the summer in Chicago? - Eager Beaver Nothing would please me more, gentle, promiscuous stranger. But first, an annoying relationship columnist PSA! Summer is legitimately the time when more people get it on. I know this because a nice lady at Howard Brown Health Center told me it's when they see the highest rates of STDs. So, enjoy the doggy-style days of summer, but be safe.
SPORTS
March 5, 2013 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi and RedEye
Bears fans will be happy to know that Jay Cutler won't have to miss any games because of his wedding. According to People magazine, the Bears QB and his fiancee, Kristin Cavallari, appear to be planning a summer wedding. Their Williams-Sonoma wedding registry lists the big day as July 13. Read the full story here . Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye Sports' Facebook page . 
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March 6, 2012 | RedEye
The Old Town School of Folk Music and the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce are joining forces to bring a new summer festival in July, the Square Roots Fest. From July 20-22, event goers can enjoy live music, craft beers from local and regional breweries and food from Lincoln Square Restaurants along Lincoln Avenue from Montrose to Wilson. For more information, go to lincolnsquare.org .
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September 23, 2012 | By Grant Yanney, @gy312 and For RedEye
Dear fall, It's good seeing you again. Your crisp air has injected life into all of us, and I can't wait to stomp on your crunchy leaves. You're never too old to do that, you know! You're my favorite season. It's not just your colorful foliage. You're all about change - just like President Obama. You pick up where summer left off, reminding us that change is inevitable. It's a formality. Your homie, summer, had her cool moments. The free concerts and live grooves in the park.
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May 12, 2014 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
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. kbernot@tribune.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:...
SPORTS
May 8, 2014 | By Paul M. Banks and For RedEye
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...
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May 8, 2014 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
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...
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May 5, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
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.
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May 1, 2014 | By Dana Moran, @redeyedana and RedEye
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.
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April 28, 2014 | By Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye
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...
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March 7, 2013 | By Hector Luis Alamo Jr., @hectorluisalamo and For RedEye
Three months. That's how long you'll have to go without America's most popular satirist - and, awkwardly enough, its most trusted newsman. Jon Stewart is taking a three-month hiatus from "The Daily Show" this summer to direct his first movie, "Rosewater. " Written by Stewart, the movie tells the true story of a former guest who was jailed by Iranian authorities while reporting on the elections there. Obviously the film won't be in Stewart's sweet spot, comedy - which is like Steven Spielberg directing "The Hangover Part III" or James Franco writing poetry.
NEWS
July 24, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Great Googa Mooga, strange name and all, will not be making a Chicago appearance this summer. The music and food festival, which has taken place the past two years in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, was in talks with the city to launch a Chicago version , but has chosen to postpone those plans until next year. "We want to make sure we get it right the first year, because we think we have something that could be around and on the calendar year after year," said Brian Ferber, director of business...
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April 14, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
RedEye exclusive: This morning the Summer Set Music and Camping Festival announced its lineup, which includes Wu-Tang Clan, Bassnectar and Chicago rap artist Chance the Rapper. In its third year, the festival will take place Aug. 15-17 in Somerset, Wis. Although blind pre-sale tickets are sold out, tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Tuesday. The three-day event is curated by Chicago promotions group React Presents, which also produces Spring Awakening and the North Coast Music Festival. Full lineup: Chance the Rapper Bassnectar ...
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April 7, 2014 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
Old news: The popularity of One Direction. Actual news: The exploding success of 5 Seconds of Summer, the quartet of Australian teenagers who will open for 1D during two late-August shows at Soldier Field and sold out their entire North American headlining tour, including a stop April 17 at Riviera, in a measly five minutes. If that doesn't impress you: They've already been No. 1 on the iTunes album chart in 42 different countries. Also of note: The members of 5SOS actually play instruments and write their...
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