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‘Lincoln Lawyer’ Film Review

By Cristina Aguirre

March 28, 2011

"The Lincoln Lawyer" stars Matthew McConaughey as Michael "Mick" Haller, a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles who operates out of the back of his Lincoln Continental Sedan. He lands the case of a lifetime defending a rich playboy played by Ryan Phillippe. The Chronicle's Film Critic Sean Lechowicz reviews the film.

Girls got game

By Cristina Aguirre

March 28, 2011

The local gaming organization dedicated to female video gamers, Sugar Gamers and Female Gamers Alliance Network (FGAN) wants you to forget the guys and join them in a fight....Street Fighter that is. The Chronicle talks with ladies behind the organizations and they show you what they are all about.For more information about Sugar Gamers and FGAN go to SugarGamers.com and FemaleGamersAlliance.net...

Hot Yoga: An inside look

By Cristina Aguirre

March 26, 2011

Yoga, meditation and deep breathing have been shown to build flexibility, increase memory retention and improve focus. For people willing to explore the wide range of yoga classes available, a hot yoga studio, Bikram Yoga Chicago recently opened a new location, 47 W. Polk St. Classes take place in 105 degree rooms and students move through a series of 26 poses. The Chronicle's Assistant Health & Fitness Editor, Katy Nielsen...

‘Coming out of the shadows’ rally at Daley Plaza

By Cristina Aguirre

March 14, 2011

Chicago's immigration rights advocates marched from Union Park to Daley Plaza on March 11 for "Coming Out of the Shadows: Undocumented. Unafraid. Unapologetic" rally. Advocates marched on the 5th anniversary of the pro-immigrant mega-marches of 2006. The Chronicle goes to Daley plaza and talks to a few Chicago youth who are coming out of the shadows....

Bull riding at the home of the Chicago Bulls

By Cristina Aguirre

March 14, 2011

The moment before the bullpen opens, adrenaline rises and the heart beats rapidly. A bull awaits release from the confinements of tight space while the rider anticipates a fierce eight-second battle after the gate opens.This is the norm for professional bull riders who participate every weekend in what is dubbed the toughest sport on Earth. Professional Bull Riders Inc. stopped in Chicago at the home of the Bulls and Blackhaw...

RIC Blackhawks sled hockey

By Cristina Aguirre

February 28, 2011

Sled hockey, or sledge hockey, is a Paralympics sport, but the game follows the same rules as ice hockey. Every Wednesday and Sunday, the Rehab Institute of Chicago’s sled hockey team, the RIC Blackhawks, take to the ice at McFetridge Sports Center, 3843 N. California Ave. The Chronicle's Katy Nielsen takes you to the ice.

Game winning shot

By Cristina Aguirre

February 21, 2011

The University of Illinois-Chicago Flames (7-21, 2-14) has dealt with close defeats throughout this season.  Losing to Loyola University (15-12, 6-10) on Feb. 16,  added more turmoil to their season. With 4.6 seconds left, the Ramblers pushed the ball up court, and guard Courtney Stanley drained the game-winning three pointer at the buzzer in overtime. Check out the video of the shot....

Pole Dancing Fitness

By Cristina Aguirre

February 21, 2011

Women straddle and spin around ‘stripper’ poles, roll their bodies and flip their hair, following an instructor, who leads the class in a heart-pounding cardio workout. Pole dancing is not just for strippers anymore. New studios are appearing around Chicago, and more women are discovering pole dance as a way to express their sexuality, make new friends and get in shape.The Chronicle takes you inside the lessons at Flirty Gi...

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

By Cristina Aguirre

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 asks for specific requests on the boutique’s customer wish list, covered with handwritten desires for typewriters and 1960s Chanel. Kristy Kladzyk and Sara McIntosh, owners of Kri...

Northwestern, Illinois, not reaching high bar set at beginning of season

By Cristina Aguirre

February 14, 2011

During Big Ten Media Day on Oct. 28, 2010, expectations were high that seven conference teams could play in the NCAA tournament. The University of Illinois was hailed as a team with Final Four potential, Michigan State University was looking to claim a national championship and Northwestern University was on the verge of making its first tournament appearance.A month before the tournament begins, the outlook for these teams h...

Bellydance fitness

By Cristina Aguirre

February 11, 2011

Scarves embroidered with coins and beads clink together on women's hips, their arms float gracefully and their bodies move in trance-like waves. These women are taking belly dance classes, and according to students, this is a way for them to express their sexuality, feel empowered, build confidence and improve their physical fitness.Belly dance may seem like an unusual, foreign technique, but Chicago women with typical day jobs are d...

Chicagoans join protests in Madison

By Cristina Aguirre

February 8, 2011

Tens of thousands of people braved the snow and freezing rain, packed inside the Wisconsin state capitol building, surrounding Gov. Scott Walker’s office, banging drums and shouting chants like, “Talk to us” and “We are Wisconsin” over potential union rights changes.The protests, which have been ongoing for more than two weeks, began when Walker introduced his budget repair bill that would limit unions’ collec...

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