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December 20, 2011 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
Don't get left out alone in the cold. Instead, warm up to some winter dating tips from Whitney Casey, a relationship expert for match.com. SETTING THE DATE Don't do too many coffee dates in the winter. Saturday afternoons are for meeting up with girlfriends or playing indoor basketball with the guys. Do set up dates that revolve around cocktail hour. It's just sexier. PREPARING FOR THE DATE Don't wear earmuffs, guys. Don't wear ski jackets, ladies.
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April 4, 2014 | By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
There was a point in Captain America: The Winter Soldier where I decided that the movie could do no wrong. The movie had already established the relationship between Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Sam Wilson (Antony Mackie) rather effortlessly in the opening minutes of the film. Knowing the kinship that Captain America had with his sidekick known as “The Falcon” in the comics, this would be an important element of the story. And it looked as if directors Anthony and Joe Russo, along with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were saying “we got this.” The movie would...
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November 20, 2012 | Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
'Tis the season--the winter parking season. Parking restrictions kick in Dec. 1. The city's winter overnight parking ban on main streets is enforced between the hours of 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. through April 1 regardless of snow. Violators face a $50 ticket plus a $150 towing fee and $10 daily storage fee. On the first day of the ban last year, 188 motorists ignored the overnight ban and were towed, according to the city. This year, drivers who are towed on Dec. 1 can email SpotHero , which lists paid hourly and monthly parking spots online, with proof their cars were towed to get a free parking...
SPORTS
February 24, 2014 | By Emily Brown, RedEye
So the 2014 Winter Olympics are over, and you're probably moping a lot. When you get home, you can't flop on your couch and flip on the sport of the moment anymore. The updates aren't on TV every day, and your Twitter feed is seemingly bare without news of who won medals. What are you going to do without all that drama? Unfortunately, the scandals, upsets, comebacks and record-breaking stories of the Games are gone for two years. On the bright side, you can get all those elements right here in Chicago.
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February 16, 2014 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
As a veteran of the Midwest, I say this with a long history of vitriolic loathing for snow, ice, sleet, cold and that disgusting feces-colored slush that soaks everything while we wait for spring: This has been the worst winter of my lifetime. I've spent considerable time this winter in Ohio, Chicago and Iowa, crossing the barren fields of Indiana, and stuck in post-apocalyptic traffic jams in the outer wastelands of Illinois. You've done it, winter. You broke me. You win. You are Jack Bauer and I'm a terrorist who knows the code to disarm the nuke.
NEWS
January 13, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Plunging temperatures and piles of snow don't deter a dedicated group of cyclists who ride through the Chicago winter. Bicyclists, it's cold outside. But the plunging temperatures and piles of snow aren't about to deter a dedicated group of city riders who plan to ride through the colder months. Since this is the first winter for Divvy, Chicago's bike sharing program, there could be more cyclists on the road this season than ever before. Jason Jenkins, education specialist for the Active Transportation Alliance, a...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2012 | Anna Pulley, @annapulley and RedEye's sex columnist
It's winter (almost)! (Also, gross). That means it's time for another quick 'n' dirty-style advice column. Grab some mulled wine and come sit on my knee. If you missed the fall quickies , read 'em at your leisure. It is winter, after all, what else are you doing? The girl I'm dating says she has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This sounds fake. Is it? Much like "restless leg syndrome" (people who can't stop twitching their legs), it's easy to cast off Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for what it sounds like: laziness.
NEWS
March 14, 2013 | By Anthony Roberts, @antthewriter and For RedEye
The weather is starting to break, the days are longer and your favorite college hoops teams have gone mad. You know what that means: It's spring breakup season. Remember those relationships that formed in the fall? Yeah, many of those aren't going to be looking too good in the weeks ahead. Sure, a lot of singles paired up and hunkered down to ride out the winter dating scene. That's only natural. But now that flowers will soon be in bloom, so are new possibilities for hookups and romance with the warm weather approaching.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
A city so desperate for a sign of spring has officially lost it.  This Saturday, March 1, Empty Bottle will host "Music Frozen Dancing," an outdoor (you read that right) block party on a day where the current forecast calls for a high of 23 degrees.  " We're thinking this is the worst winter we can remember and god dammit, we're gonna have some fun outside if it means freezing our asses off," the Ukrainian Village Bar states on the event announcement.  The free event will begin at noon and feature...
NEWS
January 2, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
One of the dreaded tasks of being a pet owner is having to leave a cozy, warm house to take the dog for a walk in Chicago's winter weather. Chances are if the owner is cold outdoors, then so is the pet.  With subzero temperatures forecast for next week, we checked in with Dr. Stacia Volbrecht, emergency room director of the  Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center to find out how to care for pets during the frigid weather....
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
A city so desperate for a sign of spring has officially lost it.  This Saturday, March 1, Empty Bottle will host "Music Frozen Dancing," an outdoor (you read that right) block party on a day where the current forecast calls for a high of 23 degrees.  " We're thinking this is the worst winter we can remember and god dammit, we're gonna have some fun outside if it means freezing our asses off," the Ukrainian Village Bar states on the event announcement.  The free event will begin at noon and feature performances by Marnie Stern, Heavy Times and Diarrhea...
NEWS
February 17, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
While you spent this winter languishing under the covers, clearing your social calendar of anything but Netflix or Facebooking screen grabs of Chicago's relentless snow and subzero temperatures, Erika Henning slipped into her favorite North Face jacket and ski mask and hit the slopes - errr, trails. Henning, of Lakeview, actually prefers running in the snow and slush to the sunshine and heat of summer. This season's below-freezing temps remind her of growing up in southwest Minnesota, where wind chills of 20-below are the norm in...
NEWS
February 16, 2014 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
As a veteran of the Midwest, I say this with a long history of vitriolic loathing for snow, ice, sleet, cold and that disgusting feces-colored slush that soaks everything while we wait for spring: This has been the worst winter of my lifetime. I've spent considerable time this winter in Ohio, Chicago and Iowa, crossing the barren fields of Indiana, and stuck in post-apocalyptic traffic jams in the outer wastelands of Illinois. You've done it, winter. You broke me. You win. You are Jack Bauer and I'm a terrorist who knows the code to disarm the nuke.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
0.5 stars (out of four) The poster for “Winter's Tale” states, “This is not a true story. It's a love story.” Already we have a problem: Does this mean love stories are inherently fictional? And do the filmmakers really think anyone watching magical horses and human-looking minions of the devil needs to be told it's a bunch of hooey? Adapting a 1983 novel by Mark Helprin, writer/first-time feature director Akiva Goldsman (“The Da Vinci Code”) delivers insulting mush wrapped in a twinkly...
SPORTS
February 3, 2014 | RedEye
Think you're a gold medalist in Olympic trivia? Here's your chance to find out. The Games begin Thursday in Sochi, Russia, and you probably should have these rules down so you can brag to your friends/win bar bets/sleep better at night. Just sayin'. True or false 1. Backflips are legal in Olympic figure skating.  2. A bobsled must cross the finish line upright.  3. In ski jumping, lighter athletes must use shorter skis to cancel out their advantage.  4. In skeleton, competitors who intentionally slow down are disqualified.  5....
NEWS
January 13, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Plunging temperatures and piles of snow don't deter a dedicated group of cyclists who ride through the Chicago winter. Bicyclists, it's cold outside. But the plunging temperatures and piles of snow aren't about to deter a dedicated group of city riders who plan to ride through the colder months. Since this is the first winter for Divvy, Chicago's bike sharing program, there could be more cyclists on the road this season than ever before. Jason Jenkins, education specialist for the Active Transportation Alliance, a local advocacy group, said riding in the winter is no less...
NEWS
February 17, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
While you spent this winter languishing under the covers, clearing your social calendar of anything but Netflix or Facebooking screen grabs of Chicago's relentless snow and subzero temperatures, Erika Henning slipped into her favorite North Face jacket and ski mask and hit the slopes - errr, trails. Henning, of Lakeview, actually prefers running in the snow and slush to the sunshine and heat of summer. This season's below-freezing temps remind her of growing up in southwest Minnesota, where wind chills of 20-below are the norm in winter.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
0.5 stars (out of four) The poster for “Winter's Tale” states, “This is not a true story. It's a love story.” Already we have a problem: Does this mean love stories are inherently fictional? And do the filmmakers really think anyone watching magical horses and human-looking minions of the devil needs to be told it's a bunch of hooey? Adapting a 1983 novel by Mark Helprin, writer/first-time feature director Akiva Goldsman (“The Da Vinci Code”) delivers insulting mush wrapped in a twinkly package with...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2014 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Eggnog is lucky that fruitcake exists, otherwise it certainly would be the butt of more holiday jokes. Cartons of the thick, overly sugary stuff have convinced many people that eggs belong nowhere near their cocktails--and that's too bad. Plenty of the city's top bartenders are reaching for eggs this winter to add texture and balance to spiced and cold weather-appropriate drinks. Once shaken (this is where the term "vigorously" really applies), the eggs become light, frothy and just the right complement to spirits of all sorts.
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