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December 12, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Want to buy a CTA train car?  It's possible, thanks to an online auction that went live today featuring memorabilia and equipment from the Chicago Transit Authority.  Rick Levin, president of auction house Levin and Associates, said this is the first time the CTA has auctioned off memorabilia to the public. Items in the auction include vintage signage, token counters, bus driver seats and even an entire 2200 series rail car.  "You can be the first kid on your block not to just have a toy train set, but a full-size train," Levin said.  The auction began...
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May 22, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Jacob Peters doesn't live near the Belmont stop in Lakeview, but Thursday he waded into what is shaping up to be a neighborhood fight over a CTA proposal to create a bypass near Belmont Avenue to ease Red, Purple and Brown line train travel. Peters, who lives in Logan Square, said he rides the CTA through Lakeview several times a week - the Red Line to visit his girlfriend in Lakeview and the Brown Line to visit his parents in Albany Park. He said he has frequently waited at the train bottleneck north of the Belmont stop.
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December 14, 2012 | By Jessica Galliart, @jessicagalliart and RedEye
As service and schedule changes take effect on train and bus lines Sunday as part of the CTA's "decrowding" initiative, RedEye wants to see what your rush hour commutes look like Monday morning and evening. More trains are scheduled to run during rush hour on six different rail lines--including Blue, Red and Brown--and 48 bus routes, like the No. 146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express, will see more buses, as well. However, more than a dozen bus routes will be partially or completely eliminated, including the No. 11 Lincoln bus. --Click here for a RedEye guide to more of the CTA service...
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March 4, 2014 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
"'Oysters' is the inviting sign on a basement saloon at the corner of Wabash avenue and Twenty-second street. Mr. George H. Smith is its proprietor. And daily between midnight and cockcrow, there come sounds of revelry there-from bearing testimony to the quality of oysters and the abundance of the cheer. " - From "Oysters and Wine at 2 A. M.," Chicago Daily Tribune, Dec. 4, 1888 With the advent of ice-bearing "refrigerated" train cars rolling in to Chicago in 1852, oysters arrived by the barrel.
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November 1, 2011 | By Jason Steele, For RedEye
Warning: If you encounter me before 9 a.m. on a weekday, you will most likely get a cranky, snarky Jason. See, I have PTMCD: Post-Traumatic Morning Conversation Disorder. Not too long ago, I ran into a "friend" whom we'll call Tuck who loudly told me all about the hemorrhoid surgery he had just had the week prior. In great detail. At 8 o'clock in the morning. I had to listen to Tuck go on and on and on about the surgery and the aftereffects. This would have been barely tolerable on a drunken Saturday at a bar, but before work and before coffee?
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September 10, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
The Matchbox 770 N. Milwaukee Ave. 312-666-9292 Looks like: The scene in the original “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” in which Gene Wilder walks through a room that impossibly becomes more and more narrow Smells like: Inside, not much; but the sidewalk cafe catches the occasional ribbon of exhaust from busy Ogden Avenue Sounds like: Bubbles of cocktail-fueled conversations from squished-together couples who think they're whispering...
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May 22, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Jacob Peters doesn't live near the Belmont stop in Lakeview, but Thursday he waded into what is shaping up to be a neighborhood fight over a CTA proposal to create a bypass near Belmont Avenue to ease Red, Purple and Brown line train travel. Peters, who lives in Logan Square, said he rides the CTA through Lakeview several times a week - the Red Line to visit his girlfriend in Lakeview and the Brown Line to visit his parents in Albany Park. He said he has frequently waited at the train bottleneck north of the Belmont stop.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
"'Oysters' is the inviting sign on a basement saloon at the corner of Wabash avenue and Twenty-second street. Mr. George H. Smith is its proprietor. And daily between midnight and cockcrow, there come sounds of revelry there-from bearing testimony to the quality of oysters and the abundance of the cheer. " - From "Oysters and Wine at 2 A. M.," Chicago Daily Tribune, Dec. 4, 1888 With the advent of ice-bearing "refrigerated" train cars rolling in to Chicago in 1852, oysters arrived by the barrel.
NEWS
January 3, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
If you ride the train Sunday, you'll need a CTA pass but you won't need pants. The annual No Pants Subway Ride kicks off at noon Sunday at 1210 W. Arthur St. The ride, which is scheduled to last three hours, is the same day as New York's annual No Pants Subway Ride, which began 10 years ago as a prank by an improv group. Chicago's event has been held for more than five years. More than 285 people signed up on Facebook to participate, as of Tuesday afternoon. More than 200 CTA riders took the Red Line last year sans pants,...
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October 12, 2012 | By RedEye staff
Cheesie's Pub & Grub 958 W. Belmont Ave. 773-388-1574 Grilled cheese sandwiches with unorthodox fillings - think tater tots, mac 'n' cheese and chicken tenders - were made for a satisfying post-bar meal. Pizzas with toppings inspired by the bar's signature grilled cheese sandwiches also are available, and the kitchen's open until 5 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Pick Me Up Cafe 3408 N. Clark St. 773-248-6613 Open around the clock on weekends and until 3 a.m. on weekdays, this cute cafe serves breakfast all day, plus “sammitches” (sandwiches both...
NEWS
December 12, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Want to buy a CTA train car?  It's possible, thanks to an online auction that went live today featuring memorabilia and equipment from the Chicago Transit Authority.  Rick Levin, president of auction house Levin and Associates, said this is the first time the CTA has auctioned off memorabilia to the public. Items in the auction include vintage signage, token counters, bus driver seats and even an entire 2200 series rail car.  "You can be the first kid on your block not to just have a toy train set, but a full-size train," Levin said.  The auction began...
NEWS
September 10, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
The Matchbox 770 N. Milwaukee Ave. 312-666-9292 Looks like: The scene in the original “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” in which Gene Wilder walks through a room that impossibly becomes more and more narrow Smells like: Inside, not much; but the sidewalk cafe catches the occasional ribbon of exhaust from busy Ogden Avenue Sounds like: Bubbles of cocktail-fueled conversations from squished-together couples who think they're whispering...
NEWS
December 14, 2012 | By Jessica Galliart, @jessicagalliart and RedEye
As service and schedule changes take effect on train and bus lines Sunday as part of the CTA's "decrowding" initiative, RedEye wants to see what your rush hour commutes look like Monday morning and evening. More trains are scheduled to run during rush hour on six different rail lines--including Blue, Red and Brown--and 48 bus routes, like the No. 146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express, will see more buses, as well. However, more than a dozen bus routes will be partially or completely eliminated, including the No. 11 Lincoln bus. --Click here...
NEWS
November 1, 2011 | By Jason Steele, For RedEye
Warning: If you encounter me before 9 a.m. on a weekday, you will most likely get a cranky, snarky Jason. See, I have PTMCD: Post-Traumatic Morning Conversation Disorder. Not too long ago, I ran into a "friend" whom we'll call Tuck who loudly told me all about the hemorrhoid surgery he had just had the week prior. In great detail. At 8 o'clock in the morning. I had to listen to Tuck go on and on and on about the surgery and the aftereffects. This would have been barely tolerable on a drunken Saturday at a bar, but before work and before coffee?
NEWS
December 15, 2011 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
The newest shoe in Bulls superstar Derrick Rose's AdiZero Rose 2 collection for Adidas has Chicago written all over it. From a map of the "L" on the sock liner to a metallic finish intended to mimic the look of a CTA train car, the city's favorite son keeps honoring his roots with the "Windy City" sneaker, available starting Dec. 15. Derrick Rose "is Chicago, born and raised," said Jack Gray, basketball category manager for Adidas. "It's ingrained in his DNA. " Gray said the team that designed the shoe came to Chicago several times to pick up details like the blue...
NEWS
March 7, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
There currently is a petition on the White House's official website asking the government to change the national anthem to R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix). " Yes, you read that right. Ain't democracy grand? If you're not familiar with it, whitehouse.gov includes a section called We the People, a place to organize and sign petitions about issues that are important to you. If enough people support the petition, the White House will release a statement commenting on it. As of Thursday afternoon, the R. Kelly petition had only 7,500 signatures.
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