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November 22, 2011
Some like their pizza cut in squares, while others swear by slices. For as long as we've been stuffing our faces with delicious food, there have been conflicts about the way we eat it. Addressing such fervent foodie issues, we are proud to introduce Food fight. Are you for or against canned cranberry sauce? FOR The book isn't always better than the movie adaptation, and by the same logic, fresh foods aren't always better than processed ones. When it comes to cranberries, I like them plopped in front of me with all the dazzling special effects - extra sugar, jelly...
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December 2, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins
I hate the holidays.    Ok, let me clarify. I hate the feeling that the holidays bring. That hopelessness that comes from never having enough money to give stuff to the people you love. The unsettled feeling of realizing that feeling inferior because you can't afford things is a messed-up outlook on the world. Ugly sweaters and the people who insist on throwing parties to celebrate them. It's all annoying. I'll admit that the "spirit of the season" never really affected me ... that is, until this past Thanksgiving.
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November 20, 2013 | By Annie Reed, @annie_e_313 and For RedEye
If you're a transplant like me, you simply cannot make it home to spend all the holidays with the fam. This is not necessarily a bad thing. If it boils down to Thanksgiving or Christmas, many of us will choose to head home for the latter. This does not mean you should spend Thanksgiving alone. Au contraire, Thanksgiving is the time to get together with your urban family ... and get rip-roaring drunk. In my urban family, this tradition has come to be known as Wine Teeth. It started seven years ago, with a dialogue that went something like this: Me: Hey dude, are you going home for...
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December 1, 2013 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
Because everyone from Chicago is actually from Ohio, none of us actually spends Thanksgiving here. This was my first year staying in the city for the holiday. You see, there are amazing benefits to Thanksgiving in Chicago. During a so-called "Friendsgiving," you do not have to cringe at your drunk, racist uncle/aunt/grandma/whoever while thinking, "God, I hate Thanksgiving. " If you have Thanksgiving in Chicago, you can go out the night before. Blackout Wednesday means you can cripple your friends' plans for 7 a.m. buses and flights.
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December 1, 2013 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
Because everyone from Chicago is actually from Ohio, none of us actually spends Thanksgiving here. This was my first year staying in the city for the holiday. You see, there are amazing benefits to Thanksgiving in Chicago. During a so-called "Friendsgiving," you do not have to cringe at your drunk, racist uncle/aunt/grandma/whoever while thinking, "God, I hate Thanksgiving. " If you have Thanksgiving in Chicago, you can go out the night before. Blackout Wednesday means you can cripple your friends' plans for 7 a.m. buses and flights.
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November 15, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Some of my fondest memories of my early single years (notice I said “early”) in Chicago have to do with the holidays, when my friends and I would get together and not only drink, but make Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Those get-togethers always were enjoyable and sometimes uncomfortable - I'm thinking specifically of the time I accidentally eavesdropped on some rather loud sex being had in the bedroom next to the pantry where I was trying to sleep. Anyway, a friend introducing a new...
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November 27, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
Is anything still closed on Thanksgiving? Not Pizza Hut, despite an Indiana manager's fight. Tony Rohr, former manager of an Elkhart, Ind. Pizza Hut, tried to give his his employees some time off for Thanksgiving. Rohr says he was fired for refusing to open the store on the holiday . Typically, the chain was closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but this year it planned to join many business foregoing the holiday and remaining open. "Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only two days that they're closed in the whole year and...
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November 19, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, RedEye
There's only one thing to do when faced with a day of family obligations, commuting to the 'burbs and the possibility of setting a 15-pound turkey on fire: Round up your friends and go drinking. The night before Thanksgiving - Black Wednesday - has become its own tradition, a chance to catch up with old friends home for the holiday. Plus, when you inevitably feel the pinch of a headache coming on the next day, there's a mound of stuffing and gravy that should cure what ails you. Send out that group text now and choose from one of these seven...
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November 20, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
Don't worry, you will have turkey for Thanksgiving. Though many of Butterball's birds had trouble gaining weight this year (what a problem to have), limiting the number of fresh, large turkeys Butterball will have available for the holiday. But, the company promises to have the shelves stocked with frozen turkeys of all sizes to meet next Thursday's needs. If your Thanksgiving plans involve a large group and a super-sized bird is required, Butterball recommends purchasing a frozen bird in the desired size--but be prepared to start prepping early.
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October 31, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Think of how sleepy you become after Thanksgiving dinner and you'll know the effect of “Free Birds,” a 3-D comedy-adventure that reinforces the dire state of animation in depressing fashion. Even a movie that doesn't follow the identical plotline as everything else - fortunately, “Free Birds” isn't about a baby turkey who wants to grow up to be something more - suffers from a near-total lack of cleverness. It's not for lack of trying. “Free Birds” is absolutely manic, favoring quantity...
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November 27, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
Is anything still closed on Thanksgiving? Not Pizza Hut, despite an Indiana manager's fight. Tony Rohr, former manager of an Elkhart, Ind. Pizza Hut, tried to give his his employees some time off for Thanksgiving. Rohr says he was fired for refusing to open the store on the holiday . Typically, the chain was closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but this year it planned to join many business foregoing the holiday and remaining open. "Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only two days that they're closed in the whole year and they're the only two days...
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November 26, 2013 | RedEye
  When nine flavors of Thanksgiving popcorn come knocking at our door, the staff of RedEye does what we do best: Shove it in our mouths. Here's what we thought of King of Pop's Thanksgiving Popcorn Feast flavors.
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November 25, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
What is expected to be the busiest day at Chicago's airports? Sunday Dec. 1. That's when 212,000 travelers will come through O'Hare and more than 80,000 passengers will travel through Midway. The Thanksgiving eight-day travel period begins Nov. 25 and ends Dec. 3. Over that time, Chicago expects more than 1.9 million passengers at O'Hare and Midway, according to a news release issued by the city's Department of Aviation. Over the holiday period, about 1.4 million travelers are expected to come through O'Hare compared to 525,000 at Midway airport.
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November 25, 2013 | By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, there's going to be a lot going on in kitchens around the country. But once the turkey has been eaten, and the football has been played, families will be gathering around the television set to watch Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang enjoying their own brand of holiday fun. "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" is celebrating it's 40th anniversary, airing on ABC Thanksgiving Day and getting a special DVD...
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November 20, 2013 | By Annie Reed, @annie_e_313 and For RedEye
If you're a transplant like me, you simply cannot make it home to spend all the holidays with the fam. This is not necessarily a bad thing. If it boils down to Thanksgiving or Christmas, many of us will choose to head home for the latter. This does not mean you should spend Thanksgiving alone. Au contraire, Thanksgiving is the time to get together with your urban family ... and get rip-roaring drunk. In my urban family, this tradition has come to be known as Wine Teeth. It started seven years ago, with a dialogue that went something like...
NEWS
November 20, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
Don't worry, you will have turkey for Thanksgiving. Though many of Butterball's birds had trouble gaining weight this year (what a problem to have), limiting the number of fresh, large turkeys Butterball will have available for the holiday. But, the company promises to have the shelves stocked with frozen turkeys of all sizes to meet next Thursday's needs. If your Thanksgiving plans involve a large group and a super-sized bird is required, Butterball recommends purchasing a frozen bird in the desired size--but be prepared to start...
NEWS
November 26, 2013 | RedEye
  When nine flavors of Thanksgiving popcorn come knocking at our door, the staff of RedEye does what we do best: Shove it in our mouths. Here's what we thought of King of Pop's Thanksgiving Popcorn Feast flavors.
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November 21, 2012 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and For RedEye
Here's how some Chicago colleges are celebrating Thanksgiving students who remain on campus. Columbia College: Columbia will participate in the Thanksgiving Fellowship program run by the International House at the University of Chicago for eight international students to spend their Thanksgiving holiday with an American family in Southern Illinois. Northwestern University is also doing a similar program called Host an International, where university staff, faculty and students open their homes to international students on Thanksgiving.
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November 20, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson and For RedEye
Let's not cook and say we did. If you're hosting or attending a family Thanksgiving - or the buddies-only version, Friendsgiving - dinner this year, that might be what you're thinking about now. If the idea of brining your own turkey or bringing a made-from-scratch dish to pass isn't worth the hassle (or gamble, if cooking isn't your thing), look to these eight restaurants catering to the cooking impaired and time-crunched by offering Thanksgiving dishes to-go. Whether you're looking for a traditional turkey and sides or a pie that everyone (including your vegan friend)
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November 19, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, RedEye
There's only one thing to do when faced with a day of family obligations, commuting to the 'burbs and the possibility of setting a 15-pound turkey on fire: Round up your friends and go drinking. The night before Thanksgiving - Black Wednesday - has become its own tradition, a chance to catch up with old friends home for the holiday. Plus, when you inevitably feel the pinch of a headache coming on the next day, there's a mound of stuffing and gravy that should cure what ails you. Send out that group text now and choose from one of these seven Black Wednesday parties.
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