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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.
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NEWS
July 9, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
Ben Skoda hadn't biked more than 10 miles at a time before the summer of 2010. The only reason he owned a bike in the first place was because he decided to buy one with his $600 winnings from his faculty's “Biggest Loser”-esque contest. He was on a health kick, so why not? The Ukrainian Village resident never imagined he'd be perched on that very bike's seat for seven weeks, pedaling more than 5,000 miles from Seattle to New York City with a Christian fundraising organization called Venture Expeditions.
NEWS
June 21, 2013 | By Riley Blevins and RedEye
The ways to tour Chicago are seemingly endless. You can take in the Windy City on a Segway, Helicopter, boat, or by foot. Oh, and there's always biking around the city with a belly full of hot dogs. Fifty Participants will do just that Saturday, embark on a 30-mile journey and making stops at eight of the Chicago's most well-known hot dog joints as part of a unique, hot-dog based tour known as Tour de Franks. Some of the most recognizable stops included Gene and Jude's, Hot Doug's, Flub a Dub Club's and Phil's Last Stand.
NEWS
June 18, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
This weekend, Englewood is joining the list of Chicago neighborhoods with their own alderman-led community tours. The tour, led by 15th Ward Alderman Toni Foulkes, will make stops at the local library and firehouse, Growing Home, the South Side neighborhood's urban farm and job training site, and a new water park playlot built last year on Hermitage Avenue. Foulkes has been holding a bike tour of Chicago Lawn, the other neighborhood encompassed by her ward, since 2008, with the goal of promoting exercise and wellness to ward residents.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
In May, comedy fans finally got their new season of "Arrested Development" on Netflix. But why stop there? We've been waiting for a Flight of the Conchords tour for years, and even longer for a legitimate Dave Chappelle stand-up tour. Thanks for Funny or Die, we're going to see them both, together, on the same tour. The comedy website announced Monday its first-ever live tour, called "Funny Or Die Presents The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival," which will hit 13 cities this summer, including and Aug. 31 stop at the First Midwest Bank Ampitheater in Tinley Park.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2013 | By Andy Downing and RedEye special contributor
From the outside, at least, it appears as though Mikal Cronin is living the dream. In addition to his ongoing gig as tour bassist in the Ty Segall Band, the Los Angeles-born musician recently released his sophomore album, "MCII," to universally rave reviews. Reached at home in San Francisco, however, the 27-year-old said much of his latest was inspired by lingering doubts about his current career path. "A lot of people [my age] wear fancy clothes ... and buy condos and have kids, and meanwhile I'm in Berlin drinking a beer," said Cronin, who plays two solo shows at Empty Bottle June 11 before returning July 19 for the Pitchfork Music Fest.
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...
NEWS
April 30, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
An off-duty Segway tour guide was charged with multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance yesterday after allegedly offering to sell Xanax to a woman strolling in Lincoln Park late Monday night. Christopher McAdams, 32, of Schiller Park, was arrested on West Armitage Avenue early Tuesday morning after a woman told police officers that he asked her if she wanted to buy "a bar," and produced a white pill from his brown leather satchel, according to the police report.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
Wiz Kalifa stays medicated, medicated by a drug called "music. " You might have heard of it, and he wants you to feel it too. Khalifa is a well-known music smoker, and is bringing back his "Under the Influence of Music" Tour for a second go-around, following the successful 10-date tour last year when he inspired many to start rolling their own joints of music. He plans to make Chicago one of his 20 stops this year, coming to the First Midwest Bank Amphiteatre on July 30 with a host of friends, because everyone knows smoking music is more fun in a group.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Despite its name, Chicago Craft Beer Week is actually 11 days long this year - n ot that anyone's complaining. The popularity of the celebration, put on annually by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, has only grown over its four-year history. This year, from May 16 to 26, more than 250 venues will participate in tap takeovers, beer dinners and tours supporting the theme "Chicago: A City of Neighborhoods. " While the unofficial kick-off bash, Beer Under Glass at the Garfield Park Conservatory , already has sold out, there are plenty of events that are worth putting on your calendar.
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