The Chronicle

Lincoln LOLz

By Amanda Murphy

November 21, 2011

When walking past the Lincoln Restaurant, it’s hard to imagine anything beyond its doors other than the typical diner dishes and décor. But past the plastic tables and linoleum floor resides one of Chicago’s best kept secrets.With 12 years under its proverbial belt, The Lincoln Lodge, which shares the restaurant space at 4008 N. Lincoln Ave., has been home to a number of successful comedians and gained the title of the l...

The story of beer pong

By Lindsey Woods

October 24, 2011

Paying your bills with beer pong seems like a dream, but for Nick Velissaris, the winner of the first World Series of Beer Pong and a Chicago resident, it is a reality.Velissaris has gone to the World Series—which takes place in Las Vegas—every year since its inaugural season in 2006, where the self-proclaimed underdog and his friend from the University of Michigan, Jason Coben, clinched the top spot and the $10,000 c...

Chicago Beach Polo World Cup 2011

By Brent Lewis

October 7, 2011

Members of the Women's Lufthansa Private Jet (gray) and Gascon (purple) teams participated in the Grey Goose Chicago Beach Polo World Cup on Saturday and Sunday at North Avenue Beach. Originally, the tournament was held every year in Miami, Florida. However, Bruce Orosz, who brought the sport to the United States, saw the beauty of North Avenue Beach and knew he had to hold the tournament in Chicago. A portion of the funds ra...

A community of comics

By Amanda Murphy

October 3, 2011

They’re everywhere. Creeping in the corners of darkness, stalking through dimly lit alleys. But then they’re taking the train during rush hour, sitting next to you on the el, listening to an iPod and checking email. They seem like everyone else. But the world they live in is far beyond what any normal human could imagine.Comic book artists have been walking the streets of Chicago for decades. Cluttering bookstores and new...

Recollections of original Chicago Playboy Club; new club plans to open next year

By Sophia Coleman

September 19, 2011

A velvety red carpet trails up from the street and under the color-stacked canopy surrounding the entrance of the sexy, swanky Playboy Club. A heavy layer of cigar smoke clogs the senses and induces a dream-like state, while scantily clad Bunnies serve up drinks, food and games. This was the original Playboy Club of the 1960s—the place where sex and sophistication combined to create an atmosphere that transcended the prudis...

Krispy Fringe, Vintage Bazaar and more put their spin on vintage shopping

By Brianna Wellen

February 14, 2011

In a Lincoln Square boutique, a customer admires a vintage dress with a modern industrial zipper up the side. Holding the garment against her frame, she wants a few adjustments and an antique handbag to complete the outfit.Instead of simply wishing, she lists her specific requests on the boutique’s customer wish list, which is covered with handwritten yens for typewriters and 1960s Chanel. Kristy Kladzyk and Sara McIntosh,...

Tracking students and crunching numbers

By Shardae Smith

September 27, 2010

If you are a freshman at Columbia this fall in a first-year class, such as the First-Year Seminar, take a look around. There will likely be 17 students enrolled, the average class size at the college. Assuming the college’s current graduation rate of 40 percent, just seven or so members of the class will receive their diploma at Columbia in the allotted time.That 40 percent is an improvement from last year’s graduation rat...

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