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March 12, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
By the summer, Chicago will be home to an ATM that doles out cupcakes in place of cash. Sprinkles Cupcakes manager Ashley Triestram said the bakery at 50 E. Walton St. is one of three stores nationwide given high priority for a 24-hour automated cupcake machine. The machine, which should be installed sometime this summer, can hold 600 cupcakes as well as store apparel and dog treats, and will be in operation 24 hours a day. "Who doesn't want a cupcake at 3 a.m.," Triestram said of the ATM, which will ideally be located outside the current location, but if that won't work, will be in a spot somewhere downtown.
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NEWS
June 22, 2012 | By Renee Pinckney, For RedEye
Chicagoans will be able to enjoy three days of free taxi rides starting Monday, June 25th and continuing through Wednesday, June 27th courtesy of the mobile app, Uber. To request a taxi, customers can simply tap TAXI from the app, which is free to download on iPhone and Android, set their pick-up location and press the big green 'request' button. Uber is best known for its on-demand driver service, but it expanded to taxi service two months ago. With the service, there's no need to pay your cab driver directly.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) Hunter (James Marsden) tries to help his dad Frank (Frank Langella) by giving him a robot. Dad's not having it: “Back off,” Frank says to the short, metallic assistant with the voice of Peter Sarsgaard, “you little astronaut bastard.” As is often the case with movie relationships that begin on a bitter foot, Frank and his robot develop an unlikely friendship, especially when Frank, who insists that he does not have...
NEWS
September 13, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and For RedEye
The CTA said this week it is delaying installation of more than 200 Bus Tracker displays at bus stops across the city so it can make upgrades to the signs. The CTA had announced in September 2011 that 400 electronic displays at bus stops would be installed within a year. The CTA said the first 150 signs were implemented by the spring, and the agency is delaying implementing 210 signs as it makes changes to the system. Installations now will not likely occur until 2013, the CTA said, and the total quantity installed will only be 360 displays partly because of additional costs for the technology changes.
NEWS
December 12, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
The requisite year-end reminiscing has begun, and thanks to Google and Facebook, we can relive all the things from this year that we didn't really actually live but watched on the Internet. Google released its list of things people had time to search for between watching cat videos and deciding if "The Walking Dead" is for them, and Whitney Houston topped the worldwide results, followed by "Gangnam Style" and Hurricane Sandy. Topping other lists were Jeremy Lin, athletes; "Hunger Games," films; iPad 3, electronics; and One Direction in images, among others.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2012 | By Dana Moran, @redeyedana and RedEye
 Why hello, M. Night Shyamalan, we meet again. We last met the kooky director in 2010's much-panned "The Last Airbender," and he's back -- this time, with some bigger names. Will and Jaden Smith star in "After Earth," a father-son post-apocalyptic flick set for a June release. The first trailer hit the Webwaves on Monday -- here's our scene-by-scene gut reaction. Hopefully this turns out better than "Lady in the Water. " 0:15 Opens to heavy breathing. This usually means somebody's about to get eaten.
NEWS
December 19, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Need to report a pothole, tree debris or graffiti? Is a traffic signal or street light out in the neighborhood? Want to file a complaint against a restaurant? Just text the word "Chicago" to 311311 for an array of options to pop up, including a dozen top service requests. The ChiTEXT function existed but now is directly linked to the city's 311 system for the first time. It's the latest feature of the city's Open311 initiative. Residents can use their cell phones to text service requests, give the address and answer a series of questions about the problem.
NEWS
May 14, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
In efforts to tackle issues facing the African-American community, a group ranging from elected officials, business leaders and youth leaders will assemble at Chicago State University for the State of Black Chicago Congress on June 1. Amongst the notable participating in the SBCC, Ed Gardner--founder of Soft Sheen Products--and Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco have been named honorary chairs for the event. "The State of Black Chicago Congress will be a social think tank that all Chicagoans are invited to join," said Jahmal Cole, founder and author of Role Model Movement and youth ambassador for the SBCC steering committee.
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA has plans to introduce on-board bus tracker screens on buses that travel on one express route between the Loop and South Deering, the agency said Friday. The CTA for months has been testing a bus tracker screen aboard one No. J14 Jeffery Jump bus, the agency's first route with elements of bus rapid transit, express bus service that typically relies on dedicated lanes and traffic signal priority for buses. By this summer, all 25 Jeffery Jump buses will have the screens, which show arrival times for buses that connect to the route, CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase said.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2013 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
What the Smaug? The teaser trailer for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" dropped Wednesday, and if you're a big fan of elves and swordplay, you'll definitely be excited about this second installment of the THREE-PART adaptation of the 310-page book. (For the uninitiated, Smaug is a dragon, not the smoke monster from "Lost," although that might liven things up.) We broke the trailer down for you in case you're not planning on spending three hours watching the movie, which hits theaters Dec. 13. :07 Voiceover: "Where does your journey end?"
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