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Celeb chef helps fight child hunger

Celeb chef helps fight child hunger

September 15, 2008

A West Side community center was full of energy on Sept. 9 as Kids Cafe, a program that will feed healthy meals to needy children, launched a new location at the Marillac Social Center.Award-winning ch...

Picket line displaces ‘Top Model’

By Kelly Rix

September 15, 2008

Auditions for the popular reality show "America's Next Top Model" were scheduled to be held at the Congress Plaza Hotel on Sept. 6, but were moved just days before the auditions after the show's producers learned they would have to cross a union picket line.Workers from the Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Ave., have been on strike for more than five years. The union representing the strikers, Unite Here Local 1, pro...

Luxe home tour successful, despite housing crisis

Luxe home tour successful, despite housing crisis

September 15, 2008

The fifth annual Chicago Luxury Home Tour, displaying 22 lavish, custom homes ranging in value from $900,000 to $4 million throughout Chicagoland, kicked off Sept. 5 and will run throughout the weekend...

City aims to curb pet problems

City aims to curb pet problems

By Meha Ahmad

September 13, 2008

A dog's bark might be worse than its bite, but it's the bite that is the motivation behind a proposed ordinance moving forward in the Chicago City Council.Proposed by city leaders, the Animal Populatio...

Hybrid haven

By Kelly Rix

September 8, 2008

No longer just for tree huggers, hybrid cars are growing in popularity in Chicago and across Illinois due to rising gas prices, environmental concerns and a rebate program through the state treasurer's office.Chicago is now ranked fifth among U.S. cities in new hybrid car sales, according to a survey conducted from July 2007 to July 2008 by HybridCars.com, a website that provides consumer information about hybrid gas-elect...

Chicago inventors welcome

By John Lendman

September 8, 2008

Make Magazine and Science Chicago are seeking DIY-savvy Chicagoans to submit grassroots inventions and gadgets to American Maker, a day-long competition at the Museum of Science and Industry's Lab Fest, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, on Sept. 20.American Maker will be Make Magazine's first competition in Chicago but not their first innovation-celebrating event. For the past three years, Make Magazine has hosted Maker Fai...

Shedd Oceanarium to get facelift

By Kelly Rix

September 8, 2008

The Shedd Aquarium has closed the Oceanarium section of the aquarium for renovations and enhancements, expected to be complete by June 2009, and began preparations to relocate some of its marine mammals to other zoos and aquariums during the construction.The Oceanarium, one of the Shedd's more popular features, is home to the aquarium's marine mammals. It was first opened in 1991 and it will be getting a bit of a makeover, said Rog...

Verizon on CTA subways gets varied reviews

By John Lendman

September 8, 2008

Verizon Wireless users can now use their cell phones underground in CTA subways, but some question if the accessibility outweighs the annoyances.Verizon signed a 10-year agreement to lease the CTA telecommunication infrastructure allowing Verizon users to send and receive phone calls and text messages as well as web-enabled data.The CTA will receive $27,950 monthly from the New York City-based company, according to a CTA press release...

Starving artists wanted on South Side

By John Lendman

September 2, 2008

Seeking to cultivate a thriving artists community on Chicago's South Side, the city of Chicago and acclaimed developer Andres Schcolnik are teaming up to create affordable condominium lofts designed specifically for artists to live and work in.The Strand Artists Lofts, 6315 S. Cottage Grove Ave., set to be completed by fall 2009, plans to screen applicants with help from the Department of Cultural Affairs to ensure buyers' c...

40 years later

By Brett Marlow

September 2, 2008

For the past few months, Liam Warfield and a group of 15 core members met weekly on Sundays in Wicker Park to discuss, organize and divvy up different tasks to individuals. There were assorted departments responsible for cultivating different tasks, planning, creating and gathering-among other tasks. Their efforts over the past two months have been to bring Warfield's "brainchild" idea of re-enacting the protests surrounding t...

Taking it to the streets

By Meha Ahmad

September 2, 2008

They proudly dress in red or orange T-shirts that read "Safety in Motion"-and, of course, don helmets-to bring the word of bike education to Chicagoans.These emissaries are Chicago's own bike ambassadors.The group, officially called Mayor Daley's Bicycling Ambassadors, sets out to educate Chicagoans about the correct way to ride a bike in the city, increase trips made by bicycle and prevent related injuries. They also offe...

Neither motorcycle nor bike

By Kelly Rix

September 2, 2008

With gas prices soaring and global warming becoming a major issue, some Chicagoans are looking for more fuel-efficient modes of transportation. Many are opting for bicycles, but some are choosing motorized scooters, which can go as fast as 30 mph and get about 60 to 70 miles per gallon.Though scooters may seem to have more in common with bicycles than cars, the city of Chicago views them as one and the same, making parking more...

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