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  • A world away, war reverberates

    Chicagoland - chicagotribune.com
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    In 1914, Chicago neighborhoods reflected Europe's tensionsWorld War I, which started a century ago Monday, was preceded by a war of words between the European belligerents that was echoed across Chicago's ethnic neighborhoods.
  • Higher ed officials look for more ways to keep kids in college

    Chicago Sun-Times
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    While employers bemoan a shortage of skilled job applicants, higher-education officials are trying to ensure students get into college and stay long enough to learn the skills for jobs going begging.
  • Outrage Over Two-Game Ban for Ravens Running Back Ray Rice

    NBC News Top Stories
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
    The NFL has suspended the Baltimore Ravens running back for two games after an offseason altercation left his then-fiancee unconscious.
  • IT Services program will give UChicago account users options for maximum identity protection

    UChicago News
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    A new, campus wide initiative launched this month through the University of Chicago’s IT Services office aims to maximize identity protection for those who use a CNetID and password to access University email and other online services or applications.  “There are people out there who want to get at the University of Chicago’s information,” said William Cai, assistant director for identity management with IT Services. “Our job is always to be one step ahead of...
  • Cubs Overtake Cardinals In 7-6 Victory

    CBS Chicago
    Mike Ramsey
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:18 pm
    CHICAGO (AP) – Luis Valbuena hit a decisive two-run homer in the seventh inning Friday, and the Chicago Cubs overcame a three-run deficit to hand the St. Louis Cardinals the fourth straight loss, 7-6. The teams combined for five home runs and 23 hits with a persistent wind at their backs. The Cardinals tied the score 5-5 on solo homers by Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday in the fifth inning. Pinch-hitter Oscar Taveras singled to break the tie in the sixth, but the lead was short-lived. Kevin Siegrist (1-2) hit Anthony Rizzo with a full-count pitch to lead off the seventh. One batter…
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  • A world away, war reverberates

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    In 1914, Chicago neighborhoods reflected Europe's tensionsWorld War I, which started a century ago Monday, was preceded by a war of words between the European belligerents that was echoed across Chicago's ethnic neighborhoods.
  • Steven Whitman, social epidemiologist, 1943-2014

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Epidemiologist had passion for justiceAs a social epidemiologist, Steven Whitman documented differences in medical care based on race and income and used his findings to push for changes in public policy.
  • Classroom-raised alligator snapping turtles to be released

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Tonyisha Harris hadn’t expected much emotion Friday when she and other Illinois high school students released classroom-raised alligator snapping turtles into the wild.
  • Petcoke firm threatens lawsuit over city rules

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Company seeks to delay storage sheds until 2018, raise height limits on pilesEscalating a fight with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a company that stores enormous mounds of petroleum coke on Chicago's Southeast Side is threatening to sue unless city officials allow the gritty piles to remain uncovered for another four years.
  • Lawsuit claims neighbor's cat odors hurt property values

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    A Chicago couple filed a lawsuit alleging that 20 cats in their downstairs neighbor's one-bedroom unit in Lakeview and the corresponding odors are reducing property values and violating condo association rules.
 
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    Chicago Sun-Times

  • Higher ed officials look for more ways to keep kids in college

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    While employers bemoan a shortage of skilled job applicants, higher-education officials are trying to ensure students get into college and stay long enough to learn the skills for jobs going begging.
  • 1 dead, 8 hurt in shootings Thursday

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    One man was killed and eight people were wounded in shootings across Chicago on Thursday.
  • Los Angeles man arrested in 1992 murder of Skokie teen

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:18 am
    A 71-year-old man has been in arrested in the 1992 death of a Skokie teen found strangled in a Morton Grove forest preserve, the boy’s mother told the Chicago Sun-Times on Thursday.
  • Cops: Gang member fired ‘without care,’ hit girl at sleepover

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:18 am
    A teenage gang member fired into a crowd of rivals “without care” in retaliation for a fistfight he wasn’t even involved in — but wound up killing an 11-year-old girl who was at a nearby building for a sleepover, police said Thursday.
  • Man, 26, charged with murder in killing of Gary police officer

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Gary Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield’s fiancee minced no words when it came to the fate of his alleged killer: She wants him to get the death penalty. Lake County Sheriff John Buncich and Prosecutor Bernard Carter on Thursday announced that Carl Le’Ellis Blount Jr. had been charged with murder in the Fourth of July weekend shooting death of the 19-year Gary police officer. Blount, 26, of Gary, faces one charge of murder, although police are still looking for the gun. “Jeff is no longer here. We can’t see him or talk to him or touch him,” Denise Sheaks-Cather told the Post-Tribune.
 
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  • IT Services program will give UChicago account users options for maximum identity protection

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    A new, campus wide initiative launched this month through the University of Chicago’s IT Services office aims to maximize identity protection for those who use a CNetID and password to access University email and other online services or applications.  “There are people out there who want to get at the University of Chicago’s information,” said William Cai, assistant director for identity management with IT Services. “Our job is always to be one step ahead of...
  • Cultural institutions announce creation of Museum Campus South

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Seven Hyde Park-area cultural institutions have joined together to create Museum Campus South, an effort to broaden Chicagoans’ participation in culture and link organizations across the South Side. The effort was formally announced at a Thursday news conference at the DuSable Museum of African American History, which is part of a renowned group of South Side organizations that includes Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Oriental Institute...
  • Three arts leaders with UChicago ties to receive National Medal of Arts

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    President Barack Obama will present the National Medal of Arts to three arts leaders with University of Chicago ties, the National Endowment for the Arts announced today. The honorees are longtime University supporter and arts patron Joan Harris and architects Billie Tsien and Tod Williams, who designed the University’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. The ceremony will take place on Monday, July 28 at the White House. Joan Harris has sustained the generosity of her late...
  • July 26 block party to celebrate arts and culture in Washington Park

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    On Saturday, July 26, the Washington Park and University of Chicago communities are invited to celebrate arts and culture at a block party on E. Garfield Boulevard between Prairie Avenue and King Drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event, sponsored by the University, the South East Chicago Commission and 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell, will feature food, family-friendly activities and performances highlighting the artistic and cultural potential of the Washington Park community. The day’s...
  • Gray Center to continue bold collaborations between artists, scholars

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    In its first three years, the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry has made possible everything from a conference featuring the world’s leading cartoonists in dialogue with each other and a cross-section of faculty; to a monthlong alternate reality game involving students, a professor of English and an experimental phenomenologist from Montreal; to a yearlong collaborative exploration of low-level light undertaken by a distinguished physicist and an award-winning architect...
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  • Cubs Overtake Cardinals In 7-6 Victory

    Mike Ramsey
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:18 pm
    CHICAGO (AP) – Luis Valbuena hit a decisive two-run homer in the seventh inning Friday, and the Chicago Cubs overcame a three-run deficit to hand the St. Louis Cardinals the fourth straight loss, 7-6. The teams combined for five home runs and 23 hits with a persistent wind at their backs. The Cardinals tied the score 5-5 on solo homers by Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday in the fifth inning. Pinch-hitter Oscar Taveras singled to break the tie in the sixth, but the lead was short-lived. Kevin Siegrist (1-2) hit Anthony Rizzo with a full-count pitch to lead off the seventh. One batter…
  • Zawaski: There’s Entertainment In Bourbonnais

    jayzawaskicbs
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:06 pm
    (Author’s Note : This post has absolutely nothing to do with the Chicago Blackhawks) With Bears camp finally and officially open, you, the Bears fan, could be making the trek down I-57 to Kankakee. Sure, maybe you’ve been to Bears camp before. You know about the Culver’s, the world’s best Buffalo Wild Wings and the really cool, old-school Jimmy John’s right off the Olivet Nazerine campus. Heck, I thought I hard a firm grip on all there was to see and do in Bourbonnais. Brother, was I wrong. Friday morning, as I opened up my Facebook account for the first time, I…
  • Several Teens Shot — One Dead — On West Side

    Mike Ramsey
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    (STMW) – One teenager was killed and six teens were wounded after a shooting Friday evening in the West Side East Garfield Park neighborhood, according to fire authorities. About 6 p.m., multiple people were standing in the 700 block of South California Avenue when they were shot, police said. One person was dead at the scene, according to a Chicago Fire Department spokesman. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office could not confirm the death as of 6:45 p.m. Two people were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition, two were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook…
  • Joakim Noah Launches Campaign Against Violence

    Mike Ramsey
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    (CBS) -- Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah hopes it is a start in the effort to curb gun violence here: a public campaign he launched on Friday. CBS 2′s Jim Williams reports Noah and his mother are encouraging people throughout the Chicago area to join them. We’ve seen this before: The star athlete tossing around a ball with kids before TV cameras, pledging support for the community. But people here on the West Side say Joakim Noah does much of his charitable work privately. “Been doing it for years. These kids know Noah like he lives across the street,” 27th Ward Ald. Walter…
  • Emma: Fuller Offers Poise, Promise For Bears

    cwesterlundcbs
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:03 pm
    By Chris Emma- BOURBONNAIS (CBS) — In drafting Kyle Fuller, the Bears hoped to have found a playmaking cornerback for this season and future cornerstone of the rebuilding defense. In Fuller’s first training camp practice, he looked every bit the part. There was little time wasted for Fuller, as he picked off the first pass that came his way Friday and returned it to the end zone. The thousands of fans gathered at Olivet Nazarene unleased a raucous cheer when the first-round pick scampered away with the football. His new teammates and coaches were thrilled, too. “It was a good start…
 
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    Loyola Phoenix

  • Earl Sweatshirt turns up the heat at the Metro

    Ari Black
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Photos by The PHOENIX//Ariahna Black Rap has become something like an endless hallway of doors, each representing a sub-genre that has resulted from the many years of its existence. This variety is a direct result of different artists’ unique takes on the genre, each adding a special touch to make his or her own, distinct form of what used to be looked at as one very narrow and simple category of music. The Notorious B.I.G. symbolizes one sub-genre: the East Coast hip-hop scene that helped establish rap as the genre it is today. Atmosphere represents the current Midwest independent…
  • REVIEW: ‘Men Should Weep’ at Raven Theatre Complex

    Layne Hillesland
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Men Should Weep, a Scottish play set in the Great Depression era, has not been produced in the U.S. for more than 30 years. However, Griffin Theatre Company has revived the dramatic play at the Raven Theatre Complex (6157 N. Clark St.). And with its outstanding cast and set, no one should wait another 30 years before seeing this magnificent production. The play opens with Maggie Morrison (Lori Myers) leaning out the kitchen window hollering for her kids to come home for supper. The window faces backstage and as Maggie slides down the kitchen counter, the audience gets the full perspective of…
  • ‘One Flea Spare’ plagued with bad theater

    Layne Hillesland
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    All photos courtesy of Ghost Light Productions As the Black Plague sweeps over London, four characters find themselves quarantined in One Flea Spare, Ghost Light Productions’ new play at The Den Theatre (1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.). Despite a few positive aspects, this play ended up only plaguing the audience with bad theater. The set of One Flea Spare is very simple, and not in a good way. The seating is arranged in almost a complete circle, and the actors entered the middle of the stage from three different entry ways. The Den Theater is very small and has low ceilings and close seating.
  • Magical Scottish town comes to life in Goodman’s new production

    Layne Hillesland
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    All photos courtesy of goodmantheatre.org Goodman Theatre has brought to their Albert Stage, Brigadoon, the exciting musical about a magical Scottish town. No matter what your feelings are about excessive amounts of plaid and bagpipes, Brigadoon is worth watching at least twice. Two American gentlemen, Tommy (Kevin Earley) and Jeff (Rod Thomas) venture out to the Scottish Highlands for a short vacation. What the two men didn’t expect was to find the magical town of Brigadoon, which only appears every 100 years. Prior to the tourists’ arrival, the people of Brigadoon begin their day in the…
  • Seize the Stage: A Musical Revue Benefit for Epilepsy

    Layne Hillesland
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    All photos are courtesy from seizethestage.weebly.com Sammi Gassel was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 13 years old. Fortunately, she was able to start taking medication to get her seizures under control, but that didn’t stop her from thinking about all the other children who live with the difficulties of the brain disorder. Gassel eventually found a way to support those who still suffer. Partnering with Camp Blackhawk (located in Ingelside, Illinois), a medically safe camp for kids with epilepsy, Gassel is putting on the fifth annual Seize the Stage: A Musical Revue Benefit for…
 
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    Aurora Beacon-News

  • Two charged with street racing in Oswego Township

    Erika Wurst
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Two men were charged with driving more than 90 mph during a street racing incident early Friday morning in Oswego Township. Kendall County Sheriff’s deputies stopped the men around 12:24 a.m. near Route 34 and Prairie Market Drive where the posted speed limit is 45 mph. According to Kendall County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Harl, this area of Route 34 is often congested, creating an additional hazard for this type of crime. “While there is no safe place for street racing, this area is especially dangerous,” Harl said. “Route 34 in this area tends to be highly congested, even late at…
  • Aurora police dog finds gun in bushes

    Erika Wurst
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    An Aurora police dog sniffed out a handgun Friday morning, leading to weapons charges being filed against a 23-year-old man. At around 3:15 a.m. Friday, a patrol officer spotted a suspicious vehicle near New Haven Avenue and Sheldon Avenue, police said. The car had four men inside, and a fifth man standing near the vehicle. Because the car was registered to an address nowhere near the scene, the officer decided to question the men. According to police reports, as he neared the vehicle, the officer smelled marijuana coming from inside. He called for backup, and a police dog arrived on scene.
  • Kidd quadruplets turn 10

    Denise Crosby
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Walk into the home of Sheri and Shane Steele and you know this Montgomery couple runs a tight ship. Sure, there are kids running all over the place. Same with the two dogs, Scarlett and Casey. At one point a third canine even tears into the house through the patio door, chasing his four-legged playmates around the table as dad Shane tries to get dinner for everyone … Everyone except a kid at football practice who won’t be home until Grandma Eileen Rogers delivers him. But it’s all orderly chaos. All so very normal – for a family whose lives have been anything but. Not since that day…
  • Woman sought for spiritual healing scam in Aurora

    ingesterprod
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    The scam seemed so obvious it was a wonder anyone fell for it, but at least three people did and now police are warning Aurora residents about a spiritual healer who wants to pray over their money. Aurora police are warning residents of a woman known only as Esperanza, who promises to improve victims’ financial fortunes if they give her thousands of dollars in cash to “pray” over. Esperanza distributed flyers advertising “spiritual advice and healing” offered out of an apartment in the 700 block of High Street in Aurora, police said. She told victims, including a 32-year-old Aurora…
  • Comings & Goings: Just Giants Rescue

    ingesterprod
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Michaelene Majestic’s love for animals started as a young girl. “I wanted to own a pet store when I was 5,” Majestic says. As a teen and young adult, she worked at a veterinarian’s office, thinking she could better serve animals as a vet. When observing surgeries became more than she could stomach, Majestic chose to help the animals most in need. Majestic started Just Giants Rescue Inc. in Oswego in May. As you would imagine, Just Giants specializes in large breeds like Great Danes and St. Bernards. Many of their rescues come from owner surrenders and by networking with other rescues.
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  • Entrepreneurs live by their own code

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Starter League co-founders have succeeded by making difficult choicesNeal Sales-Griffin and Mike McGee faced tough choices in spring 2011: They could work for the president's re-election campaign, split up for different opportunities, or work on their 3-week-old startup idea.
  • Mary Poppins: Pay me in 'more than fun'

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    In the modern version of Mary Poppins, the magical English nanny wants a raise because she can’t live on minimum wage. At least that’s version by parody website “Funny or Die.”
  • Bowling alleys fight decline by going upscale

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    As league popularity ebbs, sites add fine dining, fancy drinks, hip decorPosh alleys are becoming the new norm as bowling alley owners cope with the decline of league bowling, once the backbone of the business, and with customers who apparently want more glitz and entertainment.
  • 40-hour work week a distant memory?

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    When was the last time you worked a 40-hour week? Thought so.
  • Russia takes aim at McDonald's burgers

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    McDonald's burgers and shakes may become the latest victims of worsening ties between Moscow and Washington after a Russian consumer watchdog agency accused the U.S. chain of sanitary violations.
 
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  • Marc Trestman: Chicago Bears face 'high expectations'

    Wesseling, Chris
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Coach Marc Trestman has noticed high expectations in Chicago this season. Do the Bears have a chance to knock off the Packers in the NFC North?
  • Chicago Bears see 'incredible progress' from Jay Cutler

    Hanzus, Dan
    28 Jun 2014 | 8:18 am
    The Chicago Bears went all-in on Jay Cutler with a new contract in January, and QB coach Matt Cavanaugh is raving about Cutler's "incredible progress" at this spring's minicamp.
  • Will Marquess Wilson be Chicago Bears' No. 3 WR?

    Patra, Kevin
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:16 am
    Marquess Wilson stands 6-foot-3 and could be another long target for Jay Cutler. The second-year wide receiver reportedly is in line for the Bears' No. 3 receiver job unless he "falters significantly."
  • Adrian Wilson signs contract with Chicago Bears

    Coppinger, Mike
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:31 pm
    The Bears might have a solution for their ailing secondary as the team announced the signing of Adrian Wilson on Monday. Does the former Cardinals stalwart have a shot at earning a staring job?
  • Report: Bostic pushing D.J. Williams for starting job

    Wesseling, Chris
    11 Jun 2014 | 7:20 am
    Jon Bostic is reportedly pushing D.J. Williams for the Chicago Bears' starting middle linebacker job. Find out why the Bears might have reservations about Bostic.
 
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  • Bears sign OL Gandy, waive DE Merrell

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:57 pm
    ChicagoBears.com News: The Bears on Friday signed veteran guard/center Dylan Gandy to a one-year contract and waived rookie defensive end Jamil Merrell. Continue reading...
  • Safety Position Big Thread

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:20 pm
    I can already see with camp starting that we are going to have about a million threads regarding the safety spot so I figured we could condense most of the conversation and debate into one. So here is what we have as of now IMO. Conte-Currently on the PUP list and not what you want considering that he is in a make or break year Vereen-Looks alright/above expected in pre-pre-season. Needs to take that next step now the pads go on in order to lock down the job. Wilson-Former 6 time pro... Safety Position Big Thread
  • Players Ace Conditioning Test...................

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Unofficially, 2014 Bears conditioning test, 'everybody crushed it' July 24, 2014, 4:15 pm BOURBONNAIS -- Coach Marc Trestman “installed” a conditioning test at the start of his first... Players Ace Conditioning Test...................
  • Bears Notes: Defense Shows Energy On Day 1

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:03 pm
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/07/25/bears-notes-defense-shows-energy-on-day-1/ Bears Notes: Defense Shows Energy On Day 1 July 25, 2014 2:06 PM Chris Emma Chris Emma covers the college sports scene for CBSChicago.com,... Read More By Chris Emma- BOURBONNAIS (CBS) – With the tents pitched and grass freshly cut, the gates to Bears training camp in Bourbonnais opened up for thousands of supporters... Bears Notes: Defense Shows Energy On Day 1
  • Anyone else going to tomorrow's training camp opening?

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Anyone else going to tomorrow's training camp opening? My wife and I are hoping to head to camp tomorrow. This will be her first training camp experience so I hope it goes well. Later I'll be going to TC with my son and some of his friends, but opening day I'll have Mrs JABF with me :-) I can't wait for tomorrow........I'm like a kid on the night before Christmas. My wife gets a kick out of how excited I get over this stuff. I can see that she thinks it's a bit crazy, but relatively... Anyone else going to tomorrow's training camp opening?
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  • Blackhawks announce 2014-15 national television schedule

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    In conjunction with the National Hockey League, the Chicago Blackhawks today announced their 2014-15 regular-season national television schedule. Nationally, the Blackhawks will appear exclusively on NBC (including NBC and NBC Sports Network) 11 t...
  • Blogging the 2014 Blackhawks Convention: Day 2

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    As the Seventh Annual Blackhawks Convention continued on Saturday, fans gained access to 12 panels conducted throughout the day. These panels consisted of current players, team management, alumni and broadcasters associated with the team. Chic...
  • Move to Blackhawks a new challenge for Richards

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    CHICAGO -- Brad Richards is just getting to know the Chicago Blackhawks, so forgive him if his approach is still a little formal. After signing a one-year contract with the Blackhawks on July 1 worth a reported $2 million, the veteran center is...
  • 2014 Prospect Camp: Schmaltz, Louis team up to great effect in Day 5

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:52 pm
    After three days of scrimmages, familiarity has been bred between the members of the White Team and the Red Team. While the first two games of the week started slow, with players still getting used to each other, the third contest produced immedia...
  • Toews, Kane never thought of leaving Blackhawks

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:54 pm
    CHICAGO -- Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane would've had tantalizing options as unrestricted free agents, but the idea of staying with the Chicago Blackhawks was more appealing. After winning the Stanley Cup twice in their first seven seasons, t...
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  • Kane and Toews: 8 Years, $84 million

    melburgy
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    Let’s just get right down to business here. I’m okay with this contract for now.  Signing the franchise’s two key players that ultimately brought a city back to life sounds great on paper. They’ve also made history being the first 2 players to make more than $10 million annually since the incorporation of a salary capThis doesn’t mean they’re the first, just the first relative to the cap era. The Blackhawks are currently $2.3 million over the salary cap which was lowered to $69 million, down from the predicted $71. Expendable pieces include Kris Versteeg,…
  • Bryan Berard seeks $18M from insurance company regarding eye injury

    James O'Brien
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Former NHL defenseman Bryan Berard isn’t playing professional hockey any more, yet he’s
  • 2013-14 Season in Review: Patrick Kane

    mcoles69
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Can you review trash? Like, is that a thing? Can I rate trash from one to ten on a level of trashiness? Are there sanitation websites that are entirely centered around reviewing the quality of trash? Some people have made an argument that one man’s trash is another’s treasure, but when that trash “allegedly” chokes out a girl in Madison, Wisconsin while publicly intoxicated, I think it’s safe to count it as a loss. I don’t care how efficiently the trash dangles and skates. If it stinks, I’m gonna throw it out. I’m gonna tel people to throw it…
  • The HBS: LeBron's Babyface Turn

    Asti
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    By: Mike Asti and George Gerbo Unbelievable. The prodigal son returns home. LeBron James is taking his talents back to Cleveland. Mike “the Buzz-saw” Asti and George “the Howitzer” Gerbo appreciates all that’s asinine more than anybody. Another offseason of waiting and watching what LeBron will do was nothing shy of asinine, maybe even more now than in 2010. The question becomes, has LeBron James turned babyface again? Is heel LeBron dead forever? While this podcast was recorded priot to LBJ’s decision, your favorite sports genius’ paint the picture…
  • Report: Johnny Oduya could be traded

    Jason Brough
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    Via the Edmonton Journal, here’s Sportsnet’s John Shannon, talking on the radio about ho
 
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  • Why Processing Matters

    jasminecooperwgn
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Full Show: http://cdn.tribtv.com/wgnam/podcasts/tomorrowsbusinesstoday/TBT07152014_FullShowFinal.mp3   Transnational: Tomorrow’s Show welcomes Perry Tattooles and David Theil from Transnational to discuss the importance of companies to choose the right credit card processing service and how to stay ahead of the eCommerce payment curve. Kristin Tews, Perry Tattooles & David Theil from Transnational http://cdn.tribtv.com/wgnam/podcasts/tomorrowsbusinesstoday/TBT07152014_Transnational.mp3   Reality Roundtable: Upstart credit card processing company, Transnational, joins…
  • Garry Meier Full Show 7/25/14

    keithconradwgnam
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:22 pm
    This year’s Mayfly hatch was so big that it showed up on radar and caused a car wreck. Garry talked about it with WGN TV meteorologist Tom Skilling. Elton Jim had an incident where he got into a car thinking that it was his, only to realize that it belonged to someone else. After yesterday’s talk with a ghost hunter, a listener sent an email saying that ESP. Jim’s adventures with the hornets at his parents house led to a discussion of the dwindling numbers of bees in the world. The Weishar family joined Garry to talk about Weishfest at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood, to…
  • Len Kasper on Maddux and Thomas in the Hall of Fame

    haygrossmanwgnam
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Cubs analyst Len Kasper joins Bob and Marianne to talk about two Chicago baseball legends: Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas. They also preview the Cubs game and catch up on the season. http://cdn.tribtv.com/wgnam/podcasts/sirottmurciano/Len0725.mp3   Len Kasper at the 2011 Cubs Convention (Dave Marzullo / WGN-AM)
  • Sirott Murciano Full Show 07-25

    haygrossmanwgnam
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Listen to Bob and Marianne’s daughter Daniela explain the message behind her YouTube video. Then Lt. David Haynes has a review of The Purge: Anarchy. The Bannos brothers explain how to get your favorite dish after a restaurant changes its menu. The Len Kasper previews the Cubs game and the induction of Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas into the Hall of Fame. http://cdn.tribtv.com/wgnam/podcasts/sirottmurciano/SMFullShow0725.mp3
  • Unemployment claims are the lowest in 8 years

    Kristin Decker
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Orion Samuelson talks to Secretary Vilsack and Max Armstrong talks grain and livestock markets with Bryce Knorr of Farm Futures.com http://cdn.tribtv.com/wgnam/podcasts/orionmax/Markets072514.mp3 Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (Michael Tercha / Chicago Tribune)
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  • Chicago Bulls Salary Cap: Updates on the Bulls' new signings

    JayPatt
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    The new numbers are here! Kevin Love trade talks are still supposedly ongoing in Chicago, but the majority of the leg work is done for the Bulls this offseason. Carlos Boozer is mercifully gone via amnesty, and the resulting cap room and exception was used on Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic and Kirk Hinrich. Barring a trade for Love, which would remain a massive surprise, the Bulls will fill out the rest of the roster with a few more minimums and go into the next season with a team much deeper than the past couple years. With the Bulls new (and not new in terms of Captain Grit) acquisitions now…
  • Are Bulls really in the mix for Kevin Love?

    JayPatt
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:34 pm
    The Bulls have reportedly upped their offer for Love. Are they truly serious players in these negotiations? When it first came out Tuesday that the Bulls had "renewed interest" in Kevin Love, it did feel like a leverage play by the Wolves to try and get the Cavs (or even the Warriors) to up the ante. But that initial report has been followed up by several others that make it seem like the Bulls really are making a concerted effort to acquire Love. First came the report from Chris Sheridan that said the Bulls were offering Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott. The deal was said to be…
  • NBA Trade Rumors: Bulls 'renewed' interest in Kevin Love

    your friendly BullsBlogger
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    I'll be up-front and admit that there isn't much of an update, here, as much as a new place (cesspool?) created for comments. Kevin Love trade interest came (back) out of nowhere on Tuesday. It's more than likely just Minnesota leaking information to gain leverage in their talks with the Cavs, but that's fine. If the Bulls are merely doing their due diligence and checking back in after doing all their offseason decisions were made, that's fine too. You can find it wrongheaded that they treated Kevin Love like a 'plan C' (as opposed to A or B) after the Melo fallout, as all reports indicate…
  • Bulls making renewed push for Kevin Love, per report

    JayPatt
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    The Bulls are reportedly trying to get back in the mix for Love, but it's unlikely they land him. As the Bulls set their sights on Carmelo Anthony, it appeared they had fallen out of the Kevin Love chase. But after missing out on Anthony, the Bulls have made a renewed push for Love, according to ESPN's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst: Sources say that the Bulls, though, have this re-entered the race and would appear to be the biggest threat to the Cavs, thanks largely to the Golden State Warriors' resolute unwillingness to add longtime Wolves target Klay Thompson in a deal. Although the…
  • NBA Summer League: Doug McDermott and Tony Snell make Vegas SL first-team

    your friendly BullsBlogger
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    No, I didn't watch Summer League, and to me it's a no-win: either you look good in Summer League and it can be dismissed, or you can look bad and it's really concerning. So with that perspective, at least both Doug McDermott and Tony Snell didn't look bad. In fact, they were voted as among the 5 best in the whole 'league'. So, good! But you can also look at last year's first-team and see it's not that exciting of an honor. Heck, just read this from last year. The SummerBulls played 5 games last week, losing the 5th probably not coincidentally as Doug McDermott was rested for that one. Snell…
 
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  • Bulls Beat #329

    Doug Thonus
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    The Chicago Bulls have 12 men on the roster and a full rotation, I discuss how things look with offseason basically complete.
  • Bulls Beat #328

    Doug Thonus
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Melo decids to stay with the Knicks, LeBron returns to Cleveland, and the Bulls settle for Pau Gasol. I break down the FA news and summer league game 1
  • Bulls Beat #327

    Doug Thonus
    6 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    I discuss the Bulls pursuit of Carmelo Anthony, the Heat's free agency challenges, and the landscape of the NBA.
  • Bulls Beat #326

    Doug Thonus
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:12 am
    I discuss the Bulls trading up in the draft for Doug McDermott as well as the landscape of the NBA offseason
  • Bulls Beat #325

    Doug Thonus
    22 Jun 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Kevin States returns to the Bulls Beat to break down the Bulls options in the 2014 NBA Draft.
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  • Bulls Add Aaron Brooks

    Martin Soaries
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    Bulls Add Aaron Brooks The Chicago Bulls announced the signing of veteran guard Aaron Brooks, who split time with the Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets last season averaging 9.0 points and 3.2 assists per game.  Brooks adds to a Chicago team that’s quickly becoming one of the deepest in the league. The Bulls lost D.J. Augustin to Detroit, who gave them the best and most needed offensive effort he could to help fill the void of Derrick Rose at point guard. But the Bulls re-signed Kirk Hinrich and now have Brooks as another option — a bit more of a spark plug for them offensively.
  • Blogtable: Summer's most intriguing team

    NBA.com staff
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes across the globe to weigh in on the most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below. BLOGTABLE: The price of Love | New most intriguing team | Sleeper rookie [nba-video vid=games/wizards/2014/07/19/1521400064-sas-was-recap.nba] VIDEO: Glen Rice Jr. impressed for the Wizards at Summer League > You’ve seen the Draft. You’ve seen some Summer League. Outside of the Cavs, what team most intrigues you now? Why’s that? Steve Aschburner, NBA.com: I’m intrigued…
  • Minnesota Continues To Negotiate Trade For Kevin Love Through The Media

    Tom Fornelli
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    On Tuesday rumors surfaced that the Bulls were still very much involved in the Kevin Love Trade Swee
  • Morning shootaround -- July 23

    NBA.com staff
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:07 am
    NEWS OF THE MORNING Reports: Cavs working to land Love; Bulls join fray? | Report: Mavs to meet with Nelson | Austin says he was offered job with NBA No. 1: Reports: Bulls making push for Love as Cavs try to seal deal — Yesterday the Cleveland Cavaliers and Utah Jazz pulled off what on the surface seemed to be a minor deal: Cavs guard Carrick Felix heads to Utah in exchange for John Lucas III, Erik Murphy and Malcolm Thomas. But unless you’ve been living on another planet the last few weeks, that deal was done to give Cleveland more salary-cap flexibility so it can work…
  • LeBron's departure turns up the Heat

    dalgetyonsport
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:31 am
    Source:http://www.philly.com/ LeBron James went to the Miami Heat with a desire to win, but what he achieved during his time in southeast Florida was nothing short of remarkable. It’s safe to say James probably wouldn’t have achieved that kind of success if he stayed at the Cleveland Cavaliers. When he made the decision to join the Miami Heat, it was clear that something special was about to unfold. He won two NBA championships, made consecutive finals for four years and formed part of the famous ‘Big Three’ alongside team-mates Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. But the question that will…
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  • Valbuena, Sweeney power Cubs with clutch homers

    Carrie Muskat
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Ryan Sweeney drove in four runs, including three on his second homer of the year, Travis Wood hit a solo shot and Luis Valbuena smacked a go-ahead two-run blast with one out in the seventh to power the Cubs to a 7-6 victory over the Cardinals on Friday in front of 41,534, the largest crowd of the season at Wrigley Field.
  • Cardinals' stolen base stands after replay

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Cubs manager Rick Renteria challenged whether second baseman Arismendy Alcantara tagged out the Cardinals' Kolten Wong at second on a stolen-base attempt in the eighth inning Friday.
  • Wood-en bat: Pitcher knocks third home run

    Carrie Muskat
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:45 pm
    There have been more than a few times when Cubs manager Rick Renteria was asked if he'd consider batting Travis Wood somewhere higher than ninth because of the pitcher's ability to hit. On Friday, Wood matched his single-season high with his third home run of the year, connecting in the fourth against the Cardinals' Joe Kelly.
  • Emotions building for large Hall of Fame class

    Barry M. Bloom
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The speeches are just about written and a crowd perhaps in excess of 50,000 is expected Sunday for the induction ceremony of this memorable Class of 2014 -- 300-game winners Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, slugger Frank Thomas and managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa.
  • Jackson slated to make next start vs. Rockies

    Carrie Muskat
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson, who had to leave Thursday's game because of cramping in his right hand, was feeling fine on Friday, and he's not expected to miss his next start.
 
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  • Cubs 7, Cardinals 6 (The SportsXchange)

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Luis Valbuena hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning, Ryan Sweeney had four RBIs and the Chicago Cubs held on for a 7-6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals during a back-and-forth game Friday afternoon. The Cubs overcame deficits of 3-0 and 6-5, blowing a two-run lead of their own in the process, to take the series opener in front of a season-high 41,534 fans at Wrigley Field with divided allegiance to the National League Central rivals. Center fielder Emilio Bonifacio also walked twice, scoring each time, as the Cubs won for just the second time in nine games. The Cardinals lost…
  • Cubs hand Cardinals 4th straight loss, 7-6 (The Associated Press)

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Luis Valbuena hit a decisive two-run homer in the seventh inning Friday, and the Chicago Cubs overcame a three-run deficit to hand the St. Louis Cardinals the fourth straight loss, 7-6. The Cardinals tied the score 5-5 on solo homers by Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday in the fifth inning. Pinch-hitter Oscar Taveras singled to break the tie in the sixth, but the lead was short-lived. Wood aided his cause with a solo homer off Joe Kelly in the fourth inning, his third of the season.
  • RHP Jerome Williams becomes 31st Rangers pitcher (The Associated Press)

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Veteran right-hander Jerome Williams is the next on the mound for the Texas Rangers.
  • Padres rout Cubs 13-3 (The Associated Press)

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    You would never know the San Diego Padres have the lowest team batting average in the major leagues by the way they hit against the Chicago Cubs and starter Edwin Jackson. The light-hitting Padres broke out for a season-best nine runs in the sixth inning in a 13-3 rout of the Cubs on Thursday night. It followed a 14-hit performance in an 8-3 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday. San Diego starter Tyson Ross (9-10) struck out a career-high 11, allowed one run, five hits and one walk in six innings.
  • Eddie Vedder throws out first pitch (and sings) at Cubs game (Big League Stew)

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:12 am
    Your browser does not support iframes. Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam loves baseball, possibly as much as he does music. A native of Illinois, he's a Chicago Cubs fan. He comes to their games frequently. He writes songs about them. He is said to keep score at ballgames. It doesn't even have to be the Cubs for Vedder to get into baseball. He'll even lead a cheer for Raul Ibañez at a concert in Philly:   Your browser does not support iframes. So it comes without surprise that Vedder threw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field on Thursday night, and later sang Take Me Out To The Ball Game while…
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  • Cubs 7, Cardinals 6: Hey! Hey!

    Al Yellon
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
    That was an "old-fashioned barnburner," as Jack Brickhouse might have called it. On the day they honored him with a bobblehead, Jack Brickhouse would have loved this one. The Cubs came from behind twice and slugged three home runs with the wind blowing out at Wrigley Field and then hung on in the last two innings todefeat the Cardinals 7-6 in the opener of a three-game series in front of the first announced crowd of over 40,000 this year (41,534, and most all of them showed up). And I wouldn't have given any chance for the Cubs to win this one after a disastrous first inning in which the team…
  • Cubs Record, Stats, Upcoming Schedule

    Al Yellon
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Here you will always be able to find the most up-to-date information on who the Cubs are playing, when and where, and what TV channel you can find the game on. Last game: 7-6 win over Cardinals Next game: Friday, July 25, vs. Cardinals at Wrigley Field, 3:05 p.m. CT. TV: CSN Chicago. Radio: WGN. Cubs 2014 regular-season record: 42-59 (22-24 home, 20-35 road) Al's 2014 regular-season record: 22-25 (21-24 home, 1-1 road) Cubs 2014 regular season record on various TV channels:WGN: 17-29CSN: 24-23 (includes CSN+)WCIU: 1-4Fox: 0-2ESPN: 0-1 (not including games also on other channels) Cubs 2014…
  • Overflow Thread 3: Cubs vs. Cardinals, Friday 7/25, 3:05 CT

    Al Yellon
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
  • Overflow Thread 2: Cubs vs. Cardinals, Friday 7/25, 3:05 CT

    Al Yellon
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
  • Overflow Thread 1: Cubs vs. Cardinals, Friday 7/25, 3:05 CT

    Al Yellon
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
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    Merge

  • How to Spot a Diamond in the Rough

    me2
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Antiques expert Toma Clark Haines shares some tips for finding good stuff at a flea market.
  • Guns and Butter

    me2
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    While the connection between health and housing issues and crime has been well documented, studies are taking a closer look at why their effects differ between neighboring communities.
  • A Lane of Their Own

    me2
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Plans for the city's first barrier-protected bike lane place it along Clybourn Avenue in Old Town.
  • A Passing Chance

    me2
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    Pau Gasol's passing prowess could help the Bulls "bend defenses in ways we haven't seen for a decade," writes Ian Levy in Vice.
  • Divvying Up the City

    ah
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    Take a look at last year's Divvy ridership, mapped by distance and destination by data scientist Gabriel Gaster. [via]
 
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    Beachwood Reporter

  • The [Friday] Papers

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Beachwood weekend podcasts are in post-production!
  • Beachwood Photo Booth: Pole Position

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    Area code. (ENLARGE FOR PROPER VIEWING)
  • The [Thursday] Papers

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    "Despite constant complaints from the press corps and promises from White House officials, access to the president continues to be limited in ways not seen in previous administrations," Politico reports. "The constantly repeated line that they're running the 'most transparent administration in history' tends to prompt snickers. Halfway through Obama's West Coast swing, it's tipping toward outrage."
  • The [Wednesday] Papers

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    "The Newark police department will be put under a monitor, the Justice Department announced Tuesday as it issued a report alleging that as many as 75 percent of police stops in New Jersey's largest city over the last several years were not legally justified," NBC 4 New York reports. "The investigation began in 2011 and the Justice Department reviewed thousands of police documents and interviewed officers and commanders as well as residents in drafting the report." In other words, the investigation began just as Newark Police Chief Garry McCarthy was packing his bags for Chicago.
  • The FBI's Fantastical Terror Plots Ensnare Otherwise Innocent Americans

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:51 pm
    "The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have targeted American Muslims in abusive counterterrorism "sting operations" based on religious and ethnic identity. Many of the more than 500 terrorism-related cases prosecuted in U.S. federal courts since September 11, 2001, have alienated the very communities that can help prevent terrorist crimes."
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    Chicago News & Events

  • The Underground’s Lollapalooza After-Party Lineup includes Nelly

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    Last year Rockit Ranch unveiled a newly renovated Underground during Lollapalooza and it was the hottest club in Chicago. Nearly every Lolla celebrity and performer visited the new place for bottle service, stellar DJs, and the Midwest’s hottest crowd. This year the Underground will continue the party with five days of high energy after-parties from Wednesday, July 30 – Sunday, August 3.  Each night starting at 10pm, music enthusiasts will be treated to sets by some of the most sought after DJ’s and artists while enjoying a VIP reception with Lolla-themed Grey Goose and Bacardi…
  • The LollaShop is Now at Block 37!

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    We’re inching so much closer to Lolla. It’s just around the corner, literally. Back for its third year, you are now able to shop the complete “Lolla Loves Chicago” collection at the LollaShop, opening today at Block 37 on State Street!At the grand opening, patrons will have a chance to shop the looks that are sure to be in full demand next week, not to mention score prizes, snag cool Lolla clothing and merchandise giveaways, bid on one-of-a-kind items for charity and so much more. Telling you about it would do little justice to all the fun you’re guaranteed to have at the shop.
  • The LollaShop is Now at Block 37!

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    We’re inching so much closer to Lolla. It’s just around the corner, literally. Back for its third year, you are now able to shop the complete “Lolla Loves Chicago” collection at the LollaShop, opening today at Block 37 on State Street!At the grand opening, patrons will have a chance to shop the looks that are sure to be in full demand next week, not to mention score prizes, snag cool Lolla clothing and merchandise giveaways, bid on one-of-a-kind items for charity and so much more. Telling you about it would do little justice to all the fun you’re guaranteed to have at the shop.
  • Al fresco Loop Lunch with The Nosh

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    With summer lasting about as long in Chicago as the Cubs' hopes for a World Series title restaurants with outside dining are hot commodities. This summer The Nosh has taken their collection of local food vendors into the al fresco fray.Every Thursday and Friday through August 29 Loop lunchers can pick up unique items that are freshly prepared. 440 Summer Eats has six rotating vendors and live music on Thursdays from 10:30am to 2pm at 440 S. LaSalle. On The Plaza features ten to twelve vendors and a DJ on Fridays from 11am to 2pm at Two North Riverside Plaza.You can see some of their…
  • Save on Storm the Stadium Registration

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    Trekking up the Eiffel Tower was a breeze. Walking the Willis was nothing. Spanning the Great Wall was just a hop, skip and a jump. Oahu's Hike Haiku is a walk on the beach.Want something really challenging? Storm the Stadium!At this fitness event you'll scale up and down the steps of U.S. Cellular Stadium. 6,000 of them. Or, you can do a half-climb of 3,000 steps.Survivors from "Survivor" (the show, not the band) will captain teams to the finish...
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    Cheeky Chicago

  • Thunder Strikes Twice

    Chloe Cline
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    When writer of Sharknado, Thunder Levin, was asked what to expect in the sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One, he said, “Well, I think there might be some tornados…and we might have a few sharks.” He paused and then released a chuckle. It’s certainly this type of deadpan humor that made the first movie such a success and almost hard to top. Almost. “This one is even bigger and better,” Levin said. “It takes place in New York City, which automatically makes it bigger and better.” Spoken like a true New Yorker. (I won’t even get into our…
  • Sarah Boyd: A Cheeky Chick You Should Know

    Jessica
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Sarah Boyd, the founder and creative mastermind behind Simply Stylist, takes being Cheeky to the max. Referred to as the “Dot Connector” and “Oh-So-Chic-Captain” of Simply Stylist, this rockin’ chick is not only making major waves in the fashion and beauty scene, but she is also helping other women get their toes wet in the industries as well. As a fashion merchandising graduate from Philadelphia University, Sarah began her career in fashion PR. In 2009, Sarah launched her own agency, Simply Inc., specializing in public relations, events and brand collaborations. Sarah’s creative…
  • Still Haven’t Tried Pilates?

    writerlp@msn.com
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    If trying Pilates keeps getting lower and lower on your to-do list, you might want to start thinking about bumping it up to the top of the list. Pilates isn’t just an abs workout. If you’ve ever had an injury, needed to work on muscular balance or wanted a leaner physique, Pilates can help with all of these issues. “There are several important points to Pilates, such as the principles of breathing, control, centering, precision, etc.,” says certified Pilates trainer David Bohn. “Doing true Pilates includes these points as they encompass all quality movement, and as someone…
  • Wine and Dine Outside, Chicago

    Kaleigh Glaza
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Photo courtesy of Mode Media Summertime in Chicago is a fleeting time of beautiful weather and outdoor activities, and this means doing everything possible outdoors, including eating! Patios are opening their umbrellas, and rooftops are packed with happy hour crowds at bars and restaurants across the city. But finding the best places to actually dine out can be tough! Here are some of the best spots to eat and drink outside, for every meal of the week. Work week: Escape at ELLE on the River Courtesy of Chef Tim Graham and the team behind Travelle, this waterside concept truly is an escape…
  • Cupcake Vineyards Offers Great Wine for Less

    samantha1nelson@gmail.com
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    It’s easy to be intimidated by wine when you’re looking at $60 bottles at a store, or a restaurant wine list where a glass of premium Pinot can be pricier than your entrée. But you don’t have to break the bank or settle for some subpar grapes. Cupcake Vineyards has been growing steadily since it started in California in 2008 (in the middle of the cupcake craze) with a goal of providing quality wines for an affordable price. They recently hosted a three-course dinner at Lincoln Park’s Boka that showed off how well their wines pair with food and how good they taste by…
 
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    Everyday Adventures (of Me in the City) -- Chicago, IL

  • Letter to my nephew

    Jessica B.
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Dear nephew  - It won’t be long until you’re here! I can’t believe it. Soon enough I’ll get to see your face, coo over your little fingers, hold you in my arms and sniff your fresh baby head. Yes, that will be happening, but it’s okay because we’re family. I can’t wait to meet you. When I think about you, I think of so many things that are to come for both of us. Seeing you grow up and turn from a little squiggly baby in to a little boy and eventually, a man. Watching you play sports (or do drama or whatever interests you) and being “that…
  • How I use my toaster oven

    Jessica B.
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Apparently, you can use your toaster oven for a lot of things. Pizzas, toast, etc. But I use it for a much more practical purpose. I used it to make s’mores. Yes, you read that correctly. My favorite thing to make in the toaster oven: s’mores. My friend Liz introduced me to this genius and now I’m obsessed. S’mores for dessert sometimes during the week and DEFINITELY on weekends. You even get the little char on the marshmallow! Sure, it’s not as good as regular s’mores over a campfire, but I highly recommend this. NOMS. So, seriously what else can I use…
  • Rediscovering free time

    Jessica B.
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    If you know me, you know I’m not great at sitting still. I like to be active, up, moving, seeing new things, checking out places, etc. Sure, I like my down time, but I just…like to be busy. Or maybe I’m just really noticing how non-stop busy I’ve been the last few months. Mornings = up at 5am to train before work Day = work Evening = French class or out with friends Weekends = train, grocery shop, see friends, go out, etc. Repeat. Hmm. Now, the schedule is very different. And after a tough weekend and Monday, I’m starting to see that I can’t maintain even a…
  • On trying to stay positive

    Jessica B.
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Today is my one-week anniversary of wearing my walking boot and so far, staying positive has been tough. Well, sometimes. I’m fortunate that friends have reached out and reminded me of the silver linings, sometimes when I’ve probably made it difficult for them to try and be positive for me. But they do. One friend even looked at my boot and is like, “dude you’re like Tony Stark! That’s awesome!” Getting through the day isn’t too bad. But it’s amazing how exhausting it is to run errands that normally, don’t take a lot of effort. And how I…
  • The appointment where I got not so great news

    Jessica B.
    6 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    So here’s how Thursday at 10:45am CT went: Doctor: “You have a stress fracture. It’s right here [points to a bright white line on my MRI].” Me: [Silence] Doctor: “I don’t know when it happened, but it’s likely that it was your injury back in May.” [the one where I continued to run after, including that 10 mile race] Me: “But I don’t have bone pain, I have muscle pain. And that pain has been better lately.” Doctor: “Your muscles are likely compensating for the fracture, to protect it. It’s not like a normal fracture…
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    Chicago Agent Magazine

  • The 10 Top-Selling Suburbs in Chicagoland in 2014′s First Half

    Peter Ricci
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    The 10 Top-Selling Suburbs in Chicagoland in 2014′s First Half was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. What were Chicagoland’s busiest suburban housing markets in 2014′s first half? #154343349 / gettyimages.com... The 10 Top-Selling Suburbs in Chicagoland in 2014′s First Half was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the…
  • 4 Important Tidbits on the Demoralizing New Home Sales Report

    Peter Ricci
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    4 Important Tidbits on the Demoralizing New Home Sales Report was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. June proved a very rough month for new home sales, but how bad are... 4 Important Tidbits on the Demoralizing New Home Sales Report was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
  • Subprime Market Major Hurdle for Hopeful African American Homeowners

    James McClister
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Subprime Market Major Hurdle for Hopeful African American Homeowners was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Despite improve racial equality by leaps and bounds, the U.S. housing market continues to... Subprime Market Major Hurdle for Hopeful African American Homeowners was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
  • The Top-Selling Neighborhoods in Chicago

    Peter Ricci
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    The Top-Selling Neighborhoods in Chicago was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. The city of Chicago outperformed the greater metro area in June; how did its... The Top-Selling Neighborhoods in Chicago was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
  • NAR: National Market Posts Strong Performance in June, Construction Still Lacking

    James McClister
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    NAR: National Market Posts Strong Performance in June, Construction Still Lacking was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Existing-home sales were up in June, which bode well for the market, but construction... NAR: National Market Posts Strong Performance in June, Construction Still Lacking was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland…
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    Chicagonista

  • Celebrate “All Things French” In Chicago

    MJ Tam
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Escape to Paris to celebrate Bastille Day in Chicago! You didn’t get to celebrate on time? Well don’t fret because Pierrot Gourmet at  The Peninsula Chicago will keep the fete going on until August 14th. Ooh la la! A week ago we had a pleasure in checking out Pierrot Gourmet’s Bastille Day Menu. We started […]
  • Operation Pink Sky with the Chicagoland Skydiving Center [video]

    MJ Tam
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:58 am
    On June 7th the Chicagoland Skydiving Center located in Rochelle, IL once again hosted #OperationPinkSky this time partnering with Dancing with Chicago Celebrities and formed Skydiving with Chicago Celebrities to help raise money for breast cancer research and I’m excited to be part of this for Chicagonista. I even had fun a along the way […]
  • Painting the Sky Pink by Jumping Off the Plane!

    MJ Tam
    3 Jun 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States other than skin cancer and that it is also the leading cause of cancer death in women so when I was asked to skydive to help fund cancer research, I was happy to jump on in and jump off a perfectly good […]
  • Join #ChicagonistaLIVE, May 20th @ 2pm CST

    MJ Tam
    20 May 2014 | 12:18 am
    We’re making it a Mother’s Month instead! Join me with Nancy Loo, Duong Sheahan, Beth Rosen, & David Grotto on the #ChicagonistaLIVE show – May 20th, Tuesday at 2pm CST! We’re bringing along our social friends Natasha Nicholes, Alison Ray, Jennifer Luby, & Samantha Schultz and we’ll be talking about early education, fun summer preparations […]
  • Kuala Lumpur – An Unforgettable Experience in Malaysia

    MJ Tam
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    I spent four full days in Malaysia, my last #DTour stop ending my 31 nights in Asia. I was exhausted by the time I hit Kuala Lumpur but my host DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur had done a fantastic job with my itinerary and I couldn’t wait to get started! Looking back now, Malaysia was the perfect […]
 
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  • July Newsletter

    Sherwin
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    HOUSING HEATING UP FOR 2nd HALF OF ’14 Market gaining momentum after weather, low inventory slowed spring sales. Despite a slow start, 2014 is proving to be an eventful year for housing. Here at @properties, we’ve been keeping a close watch on local market conditions, and all signs point to a very busy second half of the year. Let’s take a closer look at some first half highlights and what to expect this summer and fall: • Transactions: While overall home sales have decreased on an annual basis, sales of non- distressed properties in the Chicago area jumped 12 percent…
  • Just Listed! Lincoln Square two unit on wide lot

    Sherwin
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Rarely available two flat multi-unit in prime Lincoln Square! Sitting on a lot and a half, with a full basement, custom built patio, flower beds, two car garage, additional parking space, five total bedrooms, two bathrooms, dark room and large workshop. Great as an investment property or live-in owner situation. Very short walk to the shops on Lincoln Square, the park and Brown Line El Western stop. Many vintage details well maintained with an east/west exposure and enclosed sun rooms. Will not last! Contact me to schedule an appointment.   Click to view slideshow. Just Listed! Lincoln…
  • Chicago-based PointDrive and @properties teaming up

    Sherwin
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:52 am
    Communication is the key to any successful sales pitch, and Chicago-based PointDrive thinks its tool does it better than email. Chicago-based @properties also likes what it sees: PointDrive on Wednesday announced a partnership with that company, Illinois’ largest independent real estate brokerage. Kevin Van Eck, VP of training and brokerage services at @properties, said all of the company’s 1,500 agents eventually will have access to PointDrive, a sales-oriented application that allows users to share presentations without email attachments and helps users know when to follow up with…
  • Cool Roofs

    Sherwin
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:53 am
    Green roofs have long been promoted as an easy and effective strategy for beautifying the building and increasing investment opportunity, especially in areas where outdoor space is limited. Condo associations have even started to implement green roofs and planter boxes for residents. City of Chicago City Hall Green Roof There are additional benefits to green roofs as well. They help to prolong waterproofing membranes of the roof by reducing wear and run off. Unlike typical roofs where water runoff is diverted into gutters, then into drains, sewage systems or into the surrounding soil, green…
  • Residential Outpacing Commercial Solar Photovoltaics

    Sherwin
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:42 am
    (source: Proud Green Home) Driven by strong year-over-year growth in the utility and residential markets, the United States installed 1,330 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the first quarter of 2014. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industry Association’s (SEIA) Q1 2014 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, the U.S. installed 232 megawatts of residential PV, exceeding the non-residential (commercial) market’s 225 megawatts for the first time in the history of the report. Ongoing strength in the residential sector and volatility in the non-residential market spurred this…
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  • Ken Griffin says prenup is 'valid, binding, enforceable'

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Citadel LLC CEO Ken Griffin and his wife, Anne Dias Griffin, who have been separated more than a year, signed a prenuptial agreement a day before their 2003 wedding that Mr. Griffin's attorneys say is “valid, binding and enforceable” as their client proceeds with divorce.The Chicago businessman also seeks joint custody of the couple's three children.The prenup “governs all issues resulting from the parties' marriage, including, but not limited to, maintenance and the division of marital and non-marital property,” the four-page filing states. “Prior to the…
  • Billionaire Ken Griffin files for divorce

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Ken Griffin, the billionaire founder and CEO of Citadel LLC, a Chicago-based hedge fund and financial services firm, has filed for divorce from his wife of 10 years, Anne Dias Griffin, a French-born hedge-fund executive.A statement from Ms. Griffin's attorney, Robert Stephan Cohen, indicated the divorce could be contentious: “Ken Griffin unilaterally filed a divorce petition today with no notice to either me or my client, knowing full well that she had just left for summer vacation with their three young children and would therefore be unable to respond. Anne's highest priority remains…
  • Joan Harris 'thrilled' to get national medal from Obama

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Arts patron Joan Harris will receive a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama next week.She will be honored with 12 other nationally known artists, including DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and musician Linda Ronstadt.“I was speechless,” Ms. Harris told me about finding out about the award from the president's staff. “It will be a great honor to receive the medal from him. I'm more than thrilled to receive it from President Obama.”The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the federal government. It…
  • Francia Harrington to leave Chase for new role

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Francia Harrington, the longtime head of civic affairs at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Chicago, has been named president and chief development officer at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Foundation.“Ms. Harrington has made an enormous impact on the Chicago community over the course of her strong and distinguished career,” said Credit Suisse Group AG Vice Chairman Bob Murley, the hospital's board chairman, said in a statement. “With her outstanding knowledge, skills and passion, she is the ideal leader to oversee our philanthropic efforts in support of the…
  • Chicago billionaire Shahid Khan shows off his penthouse

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Shahid Khan, the billionaire owner of automotive supplier Flex-N-Gate Corp. in Urbana, showed off his high-rise Chicago apartment to ForbesLife magazine.In a story titled "The Sky's No Limit," Mr. Khan offers a glimpse of life on the 61st floor of Park Tower on Michigan Avenue. The apartment has "a 360-degree view of Chicagoland," the story notes.Pakistani-American billionaire Shahid Khan's penthouse inspired by Mies van Rohe's aesthetic http://t.co/Ru6MBfybiL pic.twitter.com/O9tyeWH4Yj— Asad (@asyllogist) July 3, 2014The master bathroom has a shower modeled after spas that survived the…
 
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  • ‘The Divide’ is a Surprise Summer Hit for WEtv

    Joe Mathieu
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Buried in the middle of the 1300′s on my Uverse entertainment system is WEtv (“Women’s Entertainment Television”), a channel that surprisingly gets frequent airtime during post-work couch sessions, due to its recent takeover of TNT’s stranglehold over Law and Order. Marathons run 2-3 days a week, and me, I like a good marathon (long as absolutely zero running is involved). I began seeing commercials for criminal drama The Divide in the late Spring, but don’t give it much thought. On a last-minute whim, I set up a series recording just-in-case on the…
  • The Riot Fest Chicago 2014 Schedule is Here

    Joe Mathieu
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    After the awesomeness that was seeing Kendrick Lamar at Pitchfork last weekend, and Lollapalooza just around the corner, this Summer will go down as both a musical treat and harsh on all of our wallets. Bad news (or, good– either way): it’s not over just yet. While I’ve personally been pumped for this festival since the lineup was announced in May, the official Riot Fest Chicago 2014 schedule has just been published, giving perspective concertgoers a taste of what each individual day will look like come Sept. 12th. For my money (and for Riot Fest newbs), Sunday…
  • LinkedIn Acquires Bizo to *OWN* B2B Marketing

    Joe Mathieu
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    While the deal is pending, LinkedIn has announced that they’ve made a $175 million offer to acquire B2B advertising company Bizo.  The move comes in the midst of a banner year for the social media platform’s own advertising efforts, which reportedly brought in $101 million in ad revenue in Q1 of this year (a 36% increase year over year).  Bizo’s data targeting and analytics solutions stand to deliver a boost to the LinkedIn advertising suite, both in technology and product availability. Though LinkedIn is the undisputed king of social media in the professional realm,…
  • FX’s ‘Fargo’ Will Get a Season 2; Don’t Expect Billy Bob

    Joe Mathieu
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    FX Networks had a surprise hit on its hands with this season’s Fargo– the drama, loosely based on the Cohen Brothers film of the same name, garnered 18 Emmy noms (the most in the network’s history) and may, perhaps, go down as one of my personal favorite shows of the year (not that the latter was a swaying factor in the decision to renew). Yesterday, FX CEO John Landgraf announced that Fargo season 2 will definitely be happening- filming is expected to begin this January -but, don’t expect Billy Bob or Allison Tolman to be reprising their roles. Instead of going…
  • Switching to Android is Tempting, But Can I Really Ditch iOS?

    Joe Mathieu
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    I have owned, and been fairly enthusiastic, about Apple’s iPhone since 2009. While I have mostly used PCs in my personal & professional ventures, this has mostly been a matter of price over preference (or, corporate mandate), as I generally find Macs to be more reliable & functionally-sound than their Windows counterparts. Along those lines, I have been anticipating the release of the iPhone 6 for some time– the rumored larger size screen, the updates to iOS 8; all of it. Frankly, my iPhone 5 still works just fine, and I could probably get good use out of it for another…
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