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?
November 22, 2011 |
*** (out of four) “Hey, kids! Wouldn't you love to see a movie that touches on the early days of filmmaking? You might learn about how frames are spliced together to create an illusion on screen! And there's lots of steam coming out of pipes and trains. In 3-D!” Fine. So this dignified family adventure from Martin Scorsese - yes, that Martin Scorsese - doesn't scream “Huge hit with short-attention-span kids,” despite the presence of, uh, some fun-looking wind-up toys.
May 29, 2013 |
When a 23-year-old Virginia man visited Chicago this week, he wasn't sure how safe the big city would be, so he brought his grandfather's handgun with him, according to police officials. That decision, and the decision to lean across a pool table in Union Station's Metro Deli while wearing it in his waistband Tuesday afternoon, landed him in jail. James McManaway of Front Royal, Va., was arrested at the train station's bar and restaurant while he was drinking a beer and playing pool, according to the police report, after a...
August 9, 2013 |
Next stop, the Mushroom Kingdom? Some CTA commuters might feel as if they've taken a warp pipe to Super Mario Land instead of an L train on Monday. Nintendo is teaming up with the CTA to transform a Brown Line train into the “Luigi Line” from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday. The special train will be wrapped in all green to match the color of the preferred outfit of Mario's super sidekick. Luigi himself is also expected to take the commute along with some Brown Line riders. Mama mia!
July 31, 2012 |
Chicago is an easy place to go car-free, said Jason Rothstein, author of "Carless in Chicago. " Before ditching the car, Rothstein, 40, of West Town, who has been car-free since 2006, gives a rundown of five things to consider. > > Take a trial run ahead of time. Leave the car parked for a few days or weeks and try to go through your regular routine without it. It could be cheap if you bike or take public transportation or pricier if you sign up for a car-sharing service. > > Consider whether it will be burdensome for you and other people...
January 14, 2013 |
Hannah's Bretzel, a local mini-chain of European-inspired sandwich shops, plans to open a fifth location this spring in the West Loop at 555 W. Monroe St., about two blocks from both Ogilvie Train Station and Union Station. At 3,000 square feet, it is similar in square footage to the River North location, although it's a very different layout. “The one at LaSalle and Hubbard is very long and narrow. This one is going to be much more square,” said founder Florian Pfahler. He expects to have around 60 seats when the restaurant opens in March.