November 1, 2011 |
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?
September 10, 2013 |
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...
May 22, 2014 |
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.
March 4, 2014 |
"'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.
January 3, 2012 |
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,...
October 12, 2012 |
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...