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February 21, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Forget about rush hour. Every day on the CTA, it's crush hour - on men. For more than nine months, the website ctacrush.com has encouraged Chicagoans to submit photos of their CTA crushes. A new photo is uploaded about once a day. Sometimes they're of crushes on the buses, sometimes they're of crushes on the trains. The one thing all these crushes have in common: They are all men. Only one photo of a woman, a blond in a trench coat holding a pen and biting her finger in the back of a CTA bus, has been submitted.
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May 21, 2014 | Ernest Wilkins @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
The Chive, a national men's interest and pop culture-focused website based in Chicago, will launch a music festival in June. The site, which has amassed a cult-like following since its 2007 debut, will host its festival June 28th at Soldier Field. The lineup for Chive Fest will feature electronic act Empire Of the Sun and Atlanta rap dynamo 2 Chainz on the main stage. The festival will provide activities such as a life-sized game of Operation. Organizers are also planning "a spectacle that will actually be visible from space," according to a press release.
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May 8, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Beach season is almost here. Chicago's beaches will be open May 24 through Sept. 3 and this year, the Chicago Park District is setting up a new beach website with an interactive map of its beaches. It will include swimming advisories and bans, as well as updated weather data. For the first time, lifeguards will have access to computers in their stations so they can update the current conditions in real time, district officials said Wednesday. The website will go live May 15. Want more?
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March 12, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Happy Birthday, Internet!  As the world wide web turns a quarter century, there's been a lot of progress in the past 25 years. Old friends have been buried in the digital graveyard (RIP Napster, Angelfire and Lycos. We'll pretend we miss you!).  But even in 2014, there are some (relatively, of course) ancient sites that just won't die, and remain bravely in their domains like 1996 never passed. They're hard on the eyes, barely functional and will probably make your modern browser vomit, but never forget: These sites still exist and the Internet is better for it.  1. Space...
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September 16, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
Looking to spice up your current relationship? Have you tried finding a date online? Don't worry-- it's not what it sounds like. HowAboutWe.com, which has been pairing up singles based on date suggestions (including on RedEye's website), will launch a HowAboutWe for Couples site in Chicago on Monday. The Couples site, which has already launched in New York and San Francisco, suggests and provides date packages for couples in Chicago. "We want people to go online, in order to go offline" said Brian Schechter, co-founder and co-CEO of HowAboutWe.
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June 18, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
Where do cheaters live in Chicago? Apparently, Lincoln Park, according to AshleyMadison.com , the extramarital dating site that has been around for 10 years and counts over nine million members in the U.S. Based on per capita membership using zip codes in the Chicago area of more than 210,000 people, the site on Monday released its list of the top cheating neighborhoods in Chicago: 1. Lincoln Park 2.The Loop 3.Bucktown ...
SPORTS
December 5, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
They might be fourth in their division right now, but they're in first before the game even starts. The Chicago Wolves' pregame show has been named the Best Team Introduction in professional sports, beating out a number of teams in all areas of athletics. The title was bestowed upon the team by GameOps.com , an Ohio-based website that connects teams and event producers, allowing them to network and generate ideas to “enhance the entertainment value of their events,” according to the company's website.
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June 20, 2012
R&B singers Musiq Soulchild and Chicago-native Syleena Johnson will perform at this year's Westside Music Festival at Garfield Park on Aug. 18, according to the festival's website. Also performing will be Carl Thomas, of "I Wish" fame, and up-and-coming singer Alex Boyd. In addition to the Aug. 18 concert, the festival will feature a day of Chicago musicians billed as "Chicago's Home Grown Talent" on July 21 at Douglas Park featuring the Chris Davis Jazztet, Sidewalk Chalk, April Fools, Jason Ferguson and Natalie...
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May 22, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
Memorial Day weekend calls for traveling and outdoor activities, like motorboating, but with the help of destination dating website MissTravel.com, you won't have to do it alone. After polling 14,560 Americans, MissTravel.com has compiled a list of the 10 best lakes for motorboating in the nation - with Lake Michigan the No. 1 pick, followed by Lake Tahoe and Lake Havasu. The travel dating website also suggests that people unable to cover the expenses of a motorboating getaway take a visit to the website, which sets up attractive travelers with generous benefactors.
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May 16, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
It certainly isn't conventional. Eyebrows will be raised. You may even cringe.    Dates are now going to the highest bidder. "Going once, going twice, sold!" And statistics show Chicago is interested. WhatsYourPrice.com, what claims to be the world's only dating-auction website, reported a growth of 93 percent in new female signups from June 2012 to May 2013 in Illinois. Chicago has 8,380 members to date, the most in the state. Aurora and Naperville are second and third.
NEWS
December 10, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Where should a Divvy bike station go? The city is asking Chicagoans to suggest places to put at least 175 more Divvy bike stations in 2014. On Tuesday, city officials and Divvy are planning to launch the website suggest.divvybikes.com in which users can pinpoint a location to add a station or comment on a suggested station location. The site also maps out all current Divvy stations. Since Divvy's bike-sharing program started this summer, there are 300 stations in the city and more than 130,000 daily passes and 11,500 annual memberships sold.
SPORTS
December 5, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
They might be fourth in their division right now, but they're in first before the game even starts. The Chicago Wolves' pregame show has been named the Best Team Introduction in professional sports, beating out a number of teams in all areas of athletics. The title was bestowed upon the team by GameOps.com , an Ohio-based website that connects teams and event producers, allowing them to network and generate ideas to “enhance the entertainment value of their events,” according to the company's website.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
Looking to spice up your current relationship? Have you tried finding a date online? Don't worry-- it's not what it sounds like. HowAboutWe.com, which has been pairing up singles based on date suggestions (including on RedEye's website), will launch a HowAboutWe for Couples site in Chicago on Monday. The Couples site, which has already launched in New York and San Francisco, suggests and provides date packages for couples in Chicago. "We want people to go online, in order to go offline" said Brian Schechter, co-founder and co-CEO of HowAboutWe.
NEWS
May 30, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
When backpacking through Cambodia with a friend nearly two years ago, Chicagoan Jason Savsani made it a mission to find the most authentic meal. After asking locals and laboring through several overpriced and Americanized meals, he approached a hotel employee. “Hey, I'd like a home-cooked meal,” he said. He braced for the worst, not sure how this stranger would respond. “He was just like, 'Cool,'” Savsani said. “I was really surprised. He called like 15 people that worked in the hotel and asked who could have us over...
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May 22, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
Memorial Day weekend calls for traveling and outdoor activities, like motorboating, but with the help of destination dating website MissTravel.com, you won't have to do it alone. After polling 14,560 Americans, MissTravel.com has compiled a list of the 10 best lakes for motorboating in the nation - with Lake Michigan the No. 1 pick, followed by Lake Tahoe and Lake Havasu. The travel dating website also suggests that people unable to cover the expenses of a motorboating getaway take a visit to the website, which...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
It certainly isn't conventional. Eyebrows will be raised. You may even cringe.    Dates are now going to the highest bidder. "Going once, going twice, sold!" And statistics show Chicago is interested. WhatsYourPrice.com, what claims to be the world's only dating-auction website, reported a growth of 93 percent in new female signups from June 2012 to May 2013 in Illinois. Chicago has 8,380 members to date, the most in the state. Aurora and Naperville are second and third.
NEWS
December 7, 2011 | By Jim Walsh, RedEye
The monthly meeting of the Chicago Tea Party is coming to Wrigleyville. Rep. Joe Walsh of McHenry is scheduled as the keynote for the event, which is being held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cubby Bear, according to the Chicago Tea Party website. The Tea Party favorite, who entered Congress in January, is known for fiery rhetoric and often appears on cable news and is written about in political blogs and websites. At an event last month in Gurnee, he said supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement against income inequality were "spoiled, pampered, unfocused, clueless young people.
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...
NEWS
May 8, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Beach season is almost here. Chicago's beaches will be open May 24 through Sept. 3 and this year, the Chicago Park District is setting up a new beach website with an interactive map of its beaches. It will include swimming advisories and bans, as well as updated weather data. For the first time, lifeguards will have access to computers in their stations so they can update the current conditions in real time, district officials said Wednesday. The website will go live May 15. Want more?
NEWS
May 3, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Even though it had been months since Demond Drummer helped a group of Englewood students learn computer coding in 2011, he was still being approached with the same question. "Will you help me build a website?" So Drummer, a tech coordinator with Teamwork Englewood - -a community group aimed at improving education, safety and technology in the community--turned to crowd funding site Kickstarter to jumpstart a program the group calls Englewood Codes. In just four days, the program hit its goal of $5,500, with $1,000 primarily...
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