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July 27, 2012 | By Mick Swasko and RedEye
Lollapalooza fans don't have to wait a week to stand in long lines for a shirt at the merch tent to commemorate their experience. In fact, Chicagoan's don't even need tickets to the fest at all this year to get their hands on Lolla swag. New this year to the fest is the Lollashop -- situated on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Van Buren Street -- which opened Friday to the public. Part boutique for designers like Threadless, Gap and other brands and part showroom for The Thompson Hotel set to open in 2013, the shop is fest organizer C3's space to offer merch to the general public.
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NEWS
April 30, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, RedEye
Thinking about taking your band on tour? The costs add up fast, according to Joe Carsello, Metro talent buyer. First, you need a van, which will likely run from $20,000 to $30,000 or more. Then there's gas money, food, and shelter, and of course gear. In addition to laptops, iPods, and luggage, which individuals may want to take on tour with them, instruments are usually the most high-value cargo in a tour van. "Usually you leave with no money and you come home with no money," Carsello said.
NEWS
February 19, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Lucille and Brandi have a standing brunch date. They're both on a strict diet. On the menu is squid and mackerel. It's taken two hours to prepare their food. And they're hungry. Although the meal is restaurant-grade raw fish, they are not dining at a pricey River North seafood restaurant. Instead, the whitespotted guitarfish and sandbar shark eat poolside at the Shedd Aquarium. Shedd visitors can meet Lucille, who is named after B.B. King's guitar, and Brandi among 30 other sharks and rays in a new behind-the-scenes feeding tour of the Wild Reef exhibit that began Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Sean Ely, @theseanwow and RedEye
The Undateable Tour Up Comedy Club 3 out of 4 stars   Some upcoming TV shows bombard you with commercials. Or bus bench ads. Or annoying full-page website pop-ups. But the NBC comedy series "Undateable," which debuts later this year, isn't your run-of-the-mill cheap laugh. To prove it, the show's co-creator and executive producer Bill Lawrence ("Scrubs," "Spin City," "Cougar Town") grabbed his four lead actors and set off on a nine-city comedy tour to showcase their personalities.
NEWS
January 4, 2013 | RedEye
Come help raise awareness to save Frank Lloyd Wright homes at an open house in one of his finest Chicago creations Jan. 12, put on by the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy. Heller House, located in Hyde Park, was built in 1896 and is also a National Historic Landmark. The open house will take place inside the building from 2-4:30 p.m., so that visitors can take a tour of the home, which features seven bedrooms, four bathrooms and four fireplaces. The house is actually on the market as well, carrying a $2.5 million price tag for anyone interested.
SPORTS
July 11, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
Chicago basketball has a big game this weekend, despite the Bulls being on recess. Instead, the Ball Up Streetball tour comes through the city to take on a team of some of the city's best streetballers. "It's basically Team Chicago," said Demetrius Spencer, Ball Up founder and CEO. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Friday at Foster Park for the tryouts for Chicago's team. There, a judges' panel from the tour, featuring current and former NBAers Shawn Marion and Rafer Alston, will put the players thorugh a series of drills and skill tests to slim down a team of 10 guys to play against Ball Up at 7 p.m. Saturday at Chicago State University's Dickens Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2012
A.V. Club reports: For those who like Wilco, Chicago, and interactive e-books, have we got a really specific treat for you. The Incredible Shrinking Tour Of Chicago is Wilco's new e-book, available for free on iPad and the Apple iBookstore. The Incredible Shrinking Tour Of Chicago features photos, posters, set lists and other ephemera from Wilco's five Chicago concerts last December. There's also two exclusive video performances. Read more at the A.V. Club .
NEWS
May 21, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
Devin Velez dreamed a dream, then he did it; watched it, then he lived it. The Chicago-born, longtime fan of "American Idol" tried out for the show last summer after talking about doing so for years, and then lived out every "Idol" fan's dream by heading to Hollywood and eventually making his way to the top 10. Even though he was eliminated after the top-eight show thanks in part to a mildly disastrous group song, Velez cherished his time on the show...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
Everyone's favorite 17-year-old songstress is finally coming to Chicago. Lorde will be at the Aragon Ballroom on Tuesday, March 18, with tickets going on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday. The New Zealand artist is nominated for four Grammy awards this year. Her first LP "Pure Heroine" is available now. Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
NEWS
July 16, 2012 | By Steven Chaitman and For RedEye
When you grab a bottle (or nowadays even a can) of New Belgium Brewing's flagship beer Fat Tire, you're likely more concerned with the stuff inside than the stuff on the label. But the cycling motif of the brewery that was "born on a bicycle" goes well beyond the branding, and that's the mission of Tour de Fat. For the fifth straight year, the Fort Collins, Colo.-based brewer brings Tour de Fat to Chicago's Palmer Square from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The festival has toured the country for 13 seasons celebrating bikes and beer while also promoting the message that bicycling is not only a healthy recreational activity, but also a socially and environmentally responsible life choice.
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