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November 9, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
"Gangnam Style," the dream-turned-meme song-and-dance of one South Korean man, was certified as a double platinum single by the RIAA for exceeding 2,000,000 in digital sales. In doing so, PSY's unlikely hit joins the likes of timeless classics such as "Jesus, Take the Wheel" and "My Humps. " While it never reached the number one spot on the US charts (thanks Maroon 5), "Gangnam" has become the most-liked video on YouTube. It's still second place in terms of views there because of "Baby," but the sales numbers are all the validation that PSY needs, no doubt.
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November 20, 2012 | Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Flying over the Thanksgiving holiday? Get ready for crowded airports in Chicago. The city is expecting nearly 1.8 million passengers to travel through O'Hare International Airport and Midway Airport from Nov. 20 through Nov. 27. Sunday is projected to be the busiest day of the holiday period with more than 250,000 passengers at O'Hare and more than 78,000 passengers at Midway, according to a news release issued by the Chicago Department of...
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December 12, 2012 | By Kate Bernot, @kbernot, RedEye
You could probably set your watch by the debut of glogg at Simon's Tavern in Andersonville. Every year on Thanksgiving Eve, the charmingly divey bar dishes out its first pours of the boozy Swedish drink. But now that temperatures have dipped and holiday shopping has driven us to tears, hot spiced wine seems especially necessary. So consider this your public service announcement: Glogg season is in full swing. This year, as they have for decades, Simon's serves up $5 cups of the seasonal beverage, which the owners brew in 15-gallon batches using their traditional recipe.
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October 31, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink
Nov. 1 update: Owner Rob Levitt tells RedEye that The Butcher & Larder is set to reopen at 12 noon on Friday, Nov. 1 When Noble Square butcher and sandwich shop The Butcher & Larder posted an announcement on Twitter and Facebook Wednesday that it would be closed for a day or two due to "'issues' with the good city of Chicago," fans were quick to respond. Some wondered what they could do to help. "Is this one of those 'storm the Bastille' moments?" posted one Facebook fan. Others just wondered why.  "It's definitely not a health department thing," said owner Rob Levitt.
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December 2, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
Chicago's official gay hockey organization has a message, and it's a festive one. The Chicago Gay Hockey Association released a Thanksgiving Day message last week, along with a spot on cover of Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas" performed by members of the team. We want you to put aside your differences," reads the message that accompanies the YouTube video, which already had more than 30,000 views Monday. "And to spend some time getting closer to your family and friends.
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November 22, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt, RedEye
Chicagoans may be serving up a side of aspirin with their holiday meals Thursday night, judging by the number of Black Wednesday parties happening across the city. Call it a Chicago tradition. Dozens of spots will be dishing out drink specials and deals to entice students and old friends to toss back a few beers before family commitments the next day. The menu for the evening includes everything from events such as the hip-hop show at Reggies in the South Loop to deals like the 50 percent off "Stranded Student" discount at Jack's Bar and Grill in Lakeview to specials like $5-PBR-and-a-whiskey-shot at Porkchop in the West Loop.
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November 23, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts and For RedEye
EAT STOP AND SHOP Grass Fed 1721 N. Damen Ave. 773-342-6000 Whether you're on a mission to complete your holiday shopping or just recharging from Thanksgiving, you can refuel at the Bucktown restaurant's Black Friday Brunch, which features such entrees as buttermilk-brined, fried Amish chicken and waffles ($14) and cocktails including a Smoked Black Manhattan ($12) made with house-smoked Buffalo Trace bourbon. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday. TURKEY DAY REDUX Butcher & the Burger 1021 W. Armitage Ave. 773-697-3735 Extend that holiday feeling with the Thanksgiving Leftover Burger, a limited edition turkey burger dressed with cranberry mustard, maple-sage mayonnaise, smoked bacon and Swiss cheese ($10.50)
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November 22, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt, RedEye
Like a meal enjoyed between breakfast and brunch, Black Wednesday has staked its claim to the why-the-hell-not time between Halloween and New Year's Eve in the pantheon of Chicago drinking holidays. RedEye talked to bar owners to get an idea of scale in this by-the-numbers analysis of one of the booziest weekdays of the year. 2,000 Number of people expected to participate in a six-bar Turkey Trolley Trot on Wednesday in Lincoln Park, according to Gillian Fraaf, events coordinator at Bar 1 Events.
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November 28, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
With each episode of the Fox comedy "New Girl," we've gotten to know Jess and her roomies Nick and Schmidt pretty well. But we haven't learned a lot about Winston. He played basketball in Europe. He seems to be the most even-keeled of the group. He doesn't have a job, and isn't sure of what job he wants or can get. But in "Bells," airing at 8 p.m. Nov. 29, we'll see Winston's dark side, teases Chicago native Lamorne Morris.  (He's such a Tunkel.) "First of all, Winston is extremely good at whatever he does," Morris told me during a Thanksgiving week interview at RedEye.
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December 6, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
It can't be easy for an actor to step into a guest-starring role on a TV show, mixing it up with a cast that's been working together for weeks or even months. That wasn't an issue with Justin Long, who reprises his role of Paul Gunslinger on the Fox comedy "New Girl" in "Bad in Bed," airing at 8 p.m. Dec. 6. "The thing about Justin; we love him to death," cast member Lamorne Morris told me. "He came in and he brought that new energy to the set; it was absolutely incredible. " Chicago native Morris plays Winston, who lives with Nick (Jake Johnson)
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