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December 2009 Archives

Is RedEye the "New" CTA Tattler?

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

scale6When ChicagoNow debuted in May 2009, Chicagoist called CTA Tattler one of the site's most notable blogs. Predating ChicagoNow by several years, CTA Tattler came with a built-in reputation as the Windy City's go-to online source for transit news. So why for the past several months has RedEye's Going Public column been beating the Tattler at its own game?

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Raise a Cup with the Windy City Wine Guy

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

windycitywineguyIf you thought Chicago's only new media-savvy sommelier was Alpana Singh, think again. Michael Bottigliero, scribe of Windy City Wine Guy, is out to show Chicagoans that the viney beverage is nothing to be feared by the average Midwesterner.

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Depaul Copenhagen Climate Blog a Copout

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

COP-15A class of Depaul University students spent two weeks in December blogging the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference (aka COP-15.) The students, under the tutelage of associate public policy professor Hugh Bartling, attempted to explore the dangers of a warming climate--and the politics behind finding a fix. Unfortunately, they spent much of the conference locked out of it.

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Macy's Windows Wonderful or Woeful in 2009?

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

steve&amyslyAs a parting shot to Christmas, freelance communications consultant Steve Tanner (@tannerman) and wife Amy take a look at this year's Macy's (née Marshall Field's) State Street holiday windows. Even though Steve's an avowed "Macy's hater", the Tanners find a few things to like in a window display at least better than last year's illuminated vacuum-cleaner hoses.

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Tracking Santa an Accidental Cold-War Christmas Gift

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

noradsantaEver wonder why NORAD tracks the whereabouts of Santa Claus every Christmas Eve? Turns out the internationally popular North American Aerospace Defense Command holiday tradition got started simply because of a careless cold war-era typo.

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Are Tribune Co. & NBC5 Chicago Censoring Local News?

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

beachwoodnodateToday, Beachwood Reporter editor & publisher Steve Rhodes announced he was walking away from his paid gig as an NBC5 Chicago news blogger. According to Rhodes, earlier this month NBC5 removed specific posts of his from its local news blog without his knowledge or consent, allegedly due to personal request from upper NBC5 management--and Tribune Company execs.

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Christmas Without a Big Christmas Tree?

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

Chirstmas-tree1-225x300ChicagoNow Dirt on Green blogger Mark Boyer asked today whether environmental consequences matter when choosing a Christmas tree. We may kill the environment by choosing PVC-laden artificial trees instead of real ones. But my primary Christmas concern has always been whether my annual tree is so tall that it might kill me.

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Fun Times for Sale on Funsherpa: An Interview with Founder Anton Dy Buncio

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

fs-logoIf you're looking for an unexpected holiday gift this season, you may want to take a look at Funsherpa Chicago.  The former concierge service is now a forum for the public to buy unique "experiences"--aka activity-based gifts. If it's something to do in Chicago, from cooking classes and private chefs to dance lessons and guided tours, chances are there's a supplier on Funsherpa ready to hook you up. Recently I asked Funsherpa founder Anton Dy Buncio about the service...

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Ugly Holiday Sweaters Make for a Warm Community Meetup

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

uglytop2Last night's Ugly Christmas Sweater Holiday Party was a huge success! Organized by Windy Citizen editor & publisher Brad Flora and sponsored by more than two dozen Chicago bloggers (including Chicagosphere and Chicago Carless), almost 100 of you--our readers, friends, loved ones, and fellow bloggers--came out to Black Rock Bar in Roscoe Village on a frigid night.

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New Survey Says Social Media Good for Holiday Business

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

comScore_IncA new survey from comScore this week (reported in TechCrunch) suggests that social media has a positive effect of holiday purchases. Last week, the survey firm asked 425 shoppers nationwide about their buying habits this holiday season. As many as 28% said that social media had affected their purchasing decisions this year, including online product reviews and Facebook and Twitter posts from friends and trusted influencers.

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How to Find Chicago's Christmas Light Displays

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

chicagolandchristmaslightsEver wish there were a website that listed every single holiday lights display in Chicago and the Chicagoland suburbs? (I know I have.) I'm happy to tell you, there is just such a website: Chicagoland Christmas Lights!

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Chicago Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Tonight!

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

uglytop2Chicagosphere and Chicago Carless are both happy to be co-sponsors of tonight's Chicago Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository! (See my original post here.) The event is organized by Brad Flora, editor & publisher of the Windy Citizen.

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Yes, Chris Brogan, Social Media Can Save a Local Business

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

evilsquirrelBack in January, new-media marketing maven Chris Brogan (@chrisBROGAN) asked whether social media could save a business. In the face of the TARPconomy, He was hoping to help keep a Peabody, Mass., sandwich shop open. He wasn't successful. Last month, however, a local Chicago comic shop in economic distress had much better luck when reaching out to a loyal online following.

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Dancing Naked Ladies (and Boys) for Christmas

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

delightminiTwo new offbeat Chicago Christmas shows prove the point that the holidays aren't just for the kiddies. If mashups of classic Christmas specials, sexy burlesque, and drag-queen screwball comedy sound like a fun December evening, leave the small ones at home and consider heading to one of these edgy, adult-oriented seasonal spectaculars...

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You're Invited to the Chicago Ugly Christmas Sweater Party!

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

uglytopThis week, Windy Citizen editor & publisher Brad Flora (@bradflora) had a great idea--ask a group of local bloggers to throw their names behind a community Christmas party for our readers. It's an all-inclusive community holiday meetup--and if you're reading this post, you're invited!

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