December 1, 2013 |
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.
November 15, 2011 |
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...
November 27, 2013 |
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...
November 19, 2013 |
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...
November 20, 2013 |
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.
October 31, 2013 |
** (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...