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October 17, 2012
A look at Lance Armstrong's impressive and controversy-laden career.   1991: Becomes U.S. national amateur cycling champion. 1993: Crowned U.S. national cycling champion. Oct. 2, 1996: Diagnosed with testicular cancer. The disease later spreads through his whole body. 1997: Founds Lance Armstrong Foundation for Cancer. 1997: Declared cancer-free after brain surgery and chemotherapy. July 1999: Claims first Tour de France title, winning four stages.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2012 | Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
In a very amiable statement, John Legend has announced both the delay of his fall tour and his disappointment over it. Legend had been planning for the tour to coincide with the release of his upcoming album, "Love in the Future," but said his time table hasn't worked out as planned. "My team and I have made the agonizing decision to put off the tour until 2013 when we know we will have the new music done and will be ready to fully unveil the creative vision through the album and the live experience," Legend said in his statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2012 | By Kate Bernot, RedEye
Lately, the crowds strolling Little Italy's main drag, Taylor Street, are just as likely to be in search of a craft cocktail as clams casino. In the past few years, the street has welcomed fresh faces such as lively restaurant and wine bar Davanti Enoteca, punk gastropub Three Aces and charming small-plates spot Urban Union. But if you've experienced only the new kids on the block, it's time for a history lesson: Many of the area's culinary legends have existed for decades and helped establish the neighborhood as an Italian mecca.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 24, 2012 | By RedEye staff
Hope you're hungry, sushi fans! This quest starts near the Grand stop on the Red Line and ends at River North's northwest corner. Start your fish-fueled adventure at sleek but casual sushi bar Oysy ( 50 E. Grand Ave. 312-670-6750 ), where you can whet your appetite with nigiri ranging from sea urchin to sweet shrimp to fatty tuna. (Hint: The name is pronounced “Oh-EE-she,” which means “delicious” in Japanese.) For a taste of what Roka Akor Steak & Sushi ( 456 N. Clark St. 312-477-7652 )
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2012 | By Harry Huggins and RedEye
Ben Folds Five will be releasing a new album later this fall for the first time in 13 years. "The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind" is scheduled to be released Sept. 18, followed by a world tour, according to a news release. The closest the tour will come to Chicago (after performing at Old St. Pat's Block Party last month) is Detroit on Oct. 2. The full listing of tour dates can be found here . The album was created in conjunction with PledgeMusic, a donation website similar to Kickstarter, and a portion of the album's sales will go to the Music Education and Music Therapy charity as chosen by the Ben Folds Five.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Chicago comedy fans have the chance to meet the cast of TBS' latest sitcom, "Sullivan & Son," just a week after its July 19 premiere. Series star Steve Byrne and co-stars Owen Benjamin, Roy Wood Jr. and Ahmed Ahmed bring their "Sullivan & Son" Tour to UP Comedy Club at 8 p.m. July 26. The cast mates and comedy club headliners will perform their standup for Chicago fans. To get the $22 tickets, go to Up Comedy Club's website . The club is located at 230 W. North Ave, 3rd Floor in Piper's Alley.
NEWS
July 5, 2012 | By Renee Pinckney and For RedEye
Bars and Chicago history go hand in hand. That's probably what makes the Chicago History Museum's tour of Chicago's Greatest Dive Bars such a success. Described as the perfect education and social cocktail, Chicagoans and tourists who take the tour--the first of which is Friday--will learn about history, meet other like-minded folks and enjoy a drink--or two. The tour heads to some of the city's dive bars, where attendees will learn the history behind moonshine, bathtub gin and other historic homemade drinks.  Liza Garibay, programs manager at the museum, said the idea was inspired after collecting historical data on bars in Chicago over the years.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) Woody Allen's character in “To Rome with Love” feels inadequate if he's not working, whether or not he has any quality ideas. Ah, the veteran writer-director knows himself so well. This is such minor Allen, who brought us the sexy “Vicky Christina Barcelona” and nostalgic-but-bitter “Midnight in Paris,” that it's barely professional. Sure, the scenery is bested only by the attractiveness of the cast … well, not quite. Allen primarily populates “Rome” with gorgeous women and average-looking dudes, continuing his longtime, onscreen fantasy that pairs an ordinary schmo with a woman wildly out of his league.
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