August 13, 2013 |
Because Chicago's only seen a few stretches of true heat over the past few months, I'll forgive you for getting a slow start to your summer activities. But now that we've reached mid-August, it's time to get your butt in gear. Remember that handy summer checklist RedEye published at the start of the season - the one that, ahem, should be hanging on your fridge? It's time to start checking off the last awesome to-dos. See the full checklist , then tag your Instagram and Twitter posts #redeyechecklist (there could be a prize in it for you!
July 31, 2013 |
It might as well be called Chicago's really, really big block party. Open Streets, Chicago's pedestrian playground event that closes down streets to promote healthy recreation, returns Sept. 15 to Wicker Park, Bucktown and Logan Square from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year the fest has expanded to Milwaukee Avenue, spanning almost 3 miles from Ashland Avenue to Logan Boulevard. During the five-hour event, several free programs will be offered. Yoga instructors will lead classes every hour, a 500-gallon dunking booth will be there, and various old-fashioned relay races will be held.
July 24, 2013 |
Hailed as Chicago's “best street festival of the summer” by the Chicago Tribune, Wicker Park Fest's reputation has grown into epic proportions. What began as a quaint neighborhood shindig nine years ago, has blossomed into The Can't Miss Music Event of the season. Once again, cutting edge local and national acts fill out a jam-packed weekend, Saturday, July 27 - Sunday, July 28, 2013. In addition to the highly regarded live music bill, Wicker Park Fest is a showcase of its' diverse neighborhood.
July 23, 2013 |
EAT Grand Opening Dimo's Pizza 1615 N. Damen Ave. 773-525-4580 The new Wicker Park location of the Wrigleyville pizzeria celebrates with $1 slices from open to close, plus evening live music and a performance by Air Guitar world champion Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard. Find yourself in Lakeview? From 4 p.m.-midnight, the Wrigleyville sister spot (3463 N. Clark St.) offers $1 slices, too. 11 a.m.-midnight. Beers, Biscuits & Sweet Bites Hash House A Go Go 1212 N. State Parkway 312-202-0994 Get a bite or a beer for a buck at the Gold Coast eatery's first anniversary celebration which features PBR cans, housemade biscuits and a mini-parfait with bread pudding, strawberry cheesecake compote, whipped cream and a chocolate chip waffle for $1 each.
July 12, 2013 |
What happens when an accomplished artisan bread maker teams up with a doughnut-making legend? Thanks to Stan's Donuts opening in Wicker Park by mid-October, Chicago will soon find out. But artisan bread maker Rich Labriola, owner of Labriola Baking Company, doesn't want just another doughnut shop. “We need to have the best doughnuts around, no ifs, ands or buts,” he said. Labriola plans on taking his 20 years of bread-making experience to give the doughnuts a more complex, unique taste by adding bread starters.
June 27, 2013 |
After a Stanley Cup Final for the ages and another Blackhawks championship, RedEye wanted to hear from readers. We posed two questions: 1. Where were you when the Hawks won the Cup? Describe the scene and your celebration. 2. When you look back on the 2013 Blackhawks, what will you remember? . Editor's note: Answers are in alphabetical order. . J.R. Bang, 31, Bolingbrook 1. I was actually just waking up. I looked on Twitter and people were talking Game 7 and as soon as I turned to NBC the Blackhawks were hugging it out. I felt bad that I was asleep but I ran around my house like I was at the United Center.
June 26, 2013 |
From last month's Met Gala theme to an upcoming karaoke fundraiser in Wicker Park, punk is back in. The First Ward is hosting the Wicker Punk Ball on July 12 at the Double Door to raise money for 826 CHI, a local nonprofit writing and tutoring center. A quarter of the event proceeds will benefit the nonprofit and The Boring Store. The rest will go to the ward political organization. Making a guest appearance will be Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno (1st), also ward committeeman, who plans to hold the mic and sing karaoke with a live band.
May 29, 2013 |
Attention all pie lovers, Pie it Forward, a group of people dedicated to promoting kindness around the nation, will be giving away free pie in Wicker Park - near the fountain at the intersection of Damen Avenue and Schiller Street--at 6 p.m. this evening. The group, also known as OccuPIE, started giving away pie in Ann Arbor, Mich., after being inspired by a speech from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, according to Sarah Fertig, the executive weirdo do-gooder for Pie it Forward. “She said if you built a factory and got rich, you still have an obligation to pay into the system that helped create your success,” she said.
May 29, 2013 |
I don't know about you, but when I think of a cardio-intensive workout some standard images come to mind. There's the overzealous businessman cruising on the treadmill, the first-time gymgoer aimlessly climbing the Stairmaster and the soccer mom pumping away aboard the elliptical. I see an indoor track stained with sweat from the guy who lost his sleeveless T-shirt back on lap No. 0. I see an elderly woman power walking like it's nobody's business. What I don't see? A toy made popular by Wham-O in the 1950s.
May 28, 2013 |
A few brief moments after the doors opened for the first time at Headquarters Beercade's new pinball expansion, Michael Messaros strolled over to a brightly colored “Tales From the Crypt” game. He was quickly absorbed by the process of tapping two red buttons on either side of the glowing machine to launch a silver ball up a series of ramps and bumpers toward the direction of the Crypt Keeper's ghoulish face. “It's great,” said Messaros, 36, of Wicker Park. “I really like the physicality of it. It's not like a video game where it's just a series of ones and zeroes.