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.
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...
December 2, 2013 |
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.
November 12, 2012 |
If you've ever stared down a raw turkey in your kitchen sink, dining out for Thanksgiving may have crossed your mind. Some of us can't simply stroll out of the grocery store, into the kitchen and whip up an entire holiday meal that does justice to this month's cover of Food & Wine magazine. And frankly, some of us don't really want to. If you're seeking a twist on the classics, some global flair, or you just want someone else to take care of Thanksgiving this year, take your pick from this list of turkey masters.
November 21, 2012 |
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.
December 3, 2012 |
It's natural that RedEye would ask me to handle its bowl preview. I'm an expert on bowls, after all. Not only do I eat from one (almost) exclusively, I also drink from the tall one made of porcelain when my owners aren't looking. Judge all you want, but it gets hot under all this fur. Where was I? Oh yeah, bowl predictions. Here are the seven games that caught my eye. Dec. 15: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Toledo vs. Utah State Watch because: Mmm, potatoes.