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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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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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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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