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May 21, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
Fans of The Salsa Truck will soon be able to follow it to The Garage, its very own venue opening in the West Loop on May 29. The Mexican-inspired food truck hit the streets in late January as the first food truck to obtain a Mobile Food Preparer license, which allows food to be cooked onboard. Chef and owner of The Salsa Truck and The Garage, Dan Salls, said his passion for cooking and love for Mexican street food is what inspired him to ditch his former job as a financial adviser and go into the food truck business.
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November 11, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
If you're a 21st century Chicago artist and your name isn't Kanye, Common, Lupe or Fall Out Boy, your album doesn't debut in the Billboard Top 10. Sadly, it just doesn't happen. The exciting exception is EDM trio and north suburban Northbrook-bred Krewella, whose debut full-length “Get Wet,” anchored by massive singles “Live for the Night” and “Alive,” launched at No. 8 when the album dropped in September. Jahan Yousaf, who shares vocal duties in the group with her younger sister Yasmine, says they didn't celebrate that achievement - selling...
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July 9, 2012 | Amanda Boleman and For RedEye
As if popping out Pop-Tarts weren't enough, Kellogg's is now launching a "pop up" concert on July 19 at Charter One Pavilion with headliners Boys Like Girls, Carly Rae Jepsen and Austin Mahone.   The Crazy Good Summer concert is free and will be the first of two "pop up" concerts this summer. Visit the Pop-Tarts Facebook page for hints about the venue and find out how you can RSVP for a chance to claim free tickets.  
NEWS
May 21, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
Fans of The Salsa Truck will soon be able to follow it to The Garage, its very own venue opening in the West Loop on May 29. The Mexican-inspired food truck hit the streets in late January as the first food truck to obtain a Mobile Food Preparer license, which allows food to be cooked onboard. Chef and owner of The Salsa Truck and The Garage, Dan Salls, said his passion for cooking and love for Mexican street food is what inspired him to ditch his former job as a financial adviser and go into the food truck business.
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November 21, 2011
Chicago rapper Trell Love answered our Chi-Tunes questionnaire . Do the same and your band could appear in RedEye! What makes your live show great? Fans have your material in their iTunes and always wonder what it's like to see you in person. When they come out to see me live it gives them a chance to feel the energy and passion I get from the songs I make. That energy spreads through the room like wildfire. They can see more of my personality and participate because I'm very interactive with the crowd and always attempt to do the unexpected.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
If you're a 21st century Chicago artist and your name isn't Kanye, Common, Lupe or Fall Out Boy, your album doesn't debut in the Billboard Top 10. Sadly, it just doesn't happen. The exciting exception is EDM trio and north suburban Northbrook-bred Krewella, whose debut full-length “Get Wet,” anchored by massive singles “Live for the Night” and “Alive,” launched at No. 8 when the album dropped in September. Jahan Yousaf, who shares vocal duties in the group with her younger sister Yasmine, says they didn't celebrate that achievement - selling...
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April 4, 2012 | By RedEye staff
Bars with live music Ultra Lounge 2169 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-269-2900 This former clubby martini spot has been remodeled into a small-scale live music venue with a separate room for local and traveling acts playing everything from hip-hop to indie rock. Quenchers 2401 N. Western Ave. 773-276-9730 You'd be hard-pressed to find a live music bar with a better craft beer selection not just in the neighborhood, but the entire city.
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November 26, 2012 | RedEye
Band leader of The Libertines Carl Barat will play something of a secret show in Chicago on Nov. 29. According to both the band and Barat's Facebook pages, the show is set to take place, but the location has yet to be determined. The posted status from the band read, "Carl will play a free show in Chicago somewhere on 29th November. He will be accompanied by Gary Powell, Anthony Rossomando and Callum Ryan. " Powell and Rossomando are current and ex-bandmates of Barat's, respectively.
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May 23, 2012 | By RedEye staff
Kingston Mines 2548 N. Halsted St. 773-477-4646 This blues club has earned its reputation not just for its size (two stages in adjoining rooms), but also its endurance (open since in 1968) and late-night hours (listen until 4 a.m. most nights, 5 a.m. Saturdays). Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-525-2501 Although slightly larger than its sister club Schubas, this music venue shares the intimacy, sound and musical reputation of its Lakeview sibling. Past indie and rock acts include Wilco, Mumford & Sons and Chicago's own Smith Westerns.
NEWS
August 29, 2012
Double Door 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-489-3160 It's not the prettiest space in the city, and some of the rock acts can creep toward the “generic” label. Still, DD has been home to early shows from acts such as Kid Rock and The Killers; In '97, the Rolling Stones played a secret show - marquee: “Rolling Stones: One Night Only - $7.” Subterranean 2011 W. North Ave. 773-278-6600 At this Wicker Park bar smack in the hopping intersection of North/Damen/Milwaukee, DJs spin on the first floor and rock/hip-hop acts - both local and up-and-coming touring artists - usually...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
From established bars such as The Map Room and Small Bar to newcomers Fatpour Tap Works and Bangers & Lace , Wicker Park and Bucktown are home to more than their fare share of craft beer-focused watering holes. Those bars and more than a dozen others will join forces with neighborhood breweries Piece , Moonshine and Pipeworks for a new beer festival called Tap, scheduled for Saturday, May 4 at Dolphin . From 1 to 5 p.m., attendees can redeem ten drink tickets (included with the price of admission)
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December 18, 2012 | By Kate Bernot, @kbernot, RedEye
Two bike messengers, a punk rocker and an employee from the Board of Trade walk into a bar. It sounds like the beginning of a joke -- or a Friday night at Cal's, a downtown dive bar located at Wells and Van Buren streets. But the decidedly eclectic clientele will have to find a new haunt when the bar closes at the end of the year. Fred Feirstein, one of the bar's owners, said that after he's been in the business for 54 years, he needed to pack up shop. "The time has come," he said, declining to elaborate.
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November 26, 2012 | RedEye
Band leader of The Libertines Carl Barat will play something of a secret show in Chicago on Nov. 29. According to both the band and Barat's Facebook pages, the show is set to take place, but the location has yet to be determined. The posted status from the band read, "Carl will play a free show in Chicago somewhere on 29th November. He will be accompanied by Gary Powell, Anthony Rossomando and Callum Ryan. " Powell and Rossomando are current and ex-bandmates of Barat's, respectively.
NEWS
October 12, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave. 773-525-2508 The beautiful wood-accented back room of this hundred-year-old building is one of the city's best places to catch touring and local acts before they get big, while the front bar area serves up a mean mac 'n' cheese. The Gingerman Tavern 3740 N. Clark St. 773-549-2050 Refreshingly unpretentious, this beat-up bar is the perfect place to escape from - or mentally prepare for - the insanity of Wrigleyville with a game of a pool.
NEWS
August 29, 2012
Double Door 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-489-3160 It's not the prettiest space in the city, and some of the rock acts can creep toward the “generic” label. Still, DD has been home to early shows from acts such as Kid Rock and The Killers; In '97, the Rolling Stones played a secret show - marquee: “Rolling Stones: One Night Only - $7.” Subterranean 2011 W. North Ave. 773-278-6600 At this Wicker Park bar smack in the hopping intersection of North/Damen/Milwaukee, DJs spin on the first floor and rock/hip-hop acts - both local and up-and-coming touring artists -...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2012 | Amanda Boleman and For RedEye
As if popping out Pop-Tarts weren't enough, Kellogg's is now launching a "pop up" concert on July 19 at Charter One Pavilion with headliners Boys Like Girls, Carly Rae Jepsen and Austin Mahone.   The Crazy Good Summer concert is free and will be the first of two "pop up" concerts this summer. Visit the Pop-Tarts Facebook page for hints about the venue and find out how you can RSVP for a chance to claim free tickets.  
NEWS
October 12, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave. 773-525-2508 The beautiful wood-accented back room of this hundred-year-old building is one of the city's best places to catch touring and local acts before they get big, while the front bar area serves up a mean mac 'n' cheese. The Gingerman Tavern 3740 N. Clark St. 773-549-2050 Refreshingly unpretentious, this beat-up bar is the perfect place to escape from - or mentally prepare for - the insanity of Wrigleyville with a game of a pool.
NEWS
May 18, 2012 | By RedEye staff
R.J. Grunts 2056 N. Lincoln Park West 773-929-5363 Craving a bite of history? This is where Rich Melman's restaurant empire, Lettuce Entertain You, started back in 1971. Fill up on milkshakes, half-pound burgers and platefuls from the massive salad bar. Half Shell 676 W. Diversey Parkway 773-549-1773 This divey basement seafood house started shucking oysters more than 40 years ago, way before trendy hangouts such as The Publican and GT Fish & Oyster made it cool again.
NEWS
May 23, 2012 | By RedEye staff
Kingston Mines 2548 N. Halsted St. 773-477-4646 This blues club has earned its reputation not just for its size (two stages in adjoining rooms), but also its endurance (open since in 1968) and late-night hours (listen until 4 a.m. most nights, 5 a.m. Saturdays). Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-525-2501 Although slightly larger than its sister club Schubas, this music venue shares the intimacy, sound and musical reputation of its Lakeview sibling. Past indie and rock acts include Wilco, Mumford & Sons and Chicago's own Smith Westerns.
NEWS
May 18, 2012 | By RedEye staff
R.J. Grunts 2056 N. Lincoln Park West 773-929-5363 Craving a bite of history? This is where Rich Melman's restaurant empire, Lettuce Entertain You, started back in 1971. Fill up on milkshakes, half-pound burgers and platefuls from the massive salad bar. Half Shell 676 W. Diversey Parkway 773-549-1773 This divey basement seafood house started shucking oysters more than 40 years ago, way before trendy hangouts such as The Publican and GT Fish & Oyster made it cool again.
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