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Things To Do On St Patty's Day In THe Gold Coast

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Jamie Kogler

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Alright, it's that time of year again...where the green beer flows like water, and people act like complete idiots, but it's all good, because that's exactly what everyone expects here in Chicago.

That's right it's St. Patrick's Day! The whole city has yet another excuse for getting completely inebriated on a Saturday afternoon, and here are some places to go that will help you complete your mission.

Start your morning off right considering it might be the only part you remember...

10:45 River Turns Green: Head down Michigan Avenue to Wacker and watch them dye the river green for this glorious day, not to mention there are people there handing out Jameson shots like they're candy. Not sure if it's exactly legal but hey shit happens...

Stay for the parade, it's fun for the kids, o skip and go straight to the bars.

Timothy O'Toole's: $5 Green Beers & Jameson shots from 8-3. They also have genuine Irish cuisine they'll be serving all day long, yummy!

Finn McCool's:  Same deal $5 Green Beers and Jameson, but they don't open till 11am, BUT they will have bagpipers performing throughout the day...

Lux of the Irish: Join Lux Bar for a benefit day on St Patty's; $30 gets you a buffet, a raffle, and live music from the Shannon Irish Rovers Pipe Band and the Jimmy and Seamus Boyle Band. The benefit is for Misericordia , get drunk while giving back..it's a win/win.

Shenannigan's: $3.50 Green Beers, eh? Not bad...

This Saturday you can bet that the North Side is going to be crazy, considering that the South Side Parade is canceled this year.

Break out your green clothes, hair spray, face paints, tall socks, crazy hats, and whatever else your little heart desires for this amazing holiday. Don't forget to eat your Lucky Charms, and always remember the luck of the Irish.

Be safe, have fun, and get your arse down to the Gold Coast!


 

 

 

Willis Tower and John Hancock Architect Dies

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Claudia Rodriguez

I am a DePaul senior Political Science major and Journalism minor.

A very important Chicago landmark contributor passed away, arquitect Bruce Graham whom was known for designing the Sears Tower (will never be known as the Willis tower to Chicagoans) and the John Hancock Center died Saturday at the age of 84 in his Florida home.

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Bruce Graham

Now, Graham may not have contributed to the Gold Coast neighborhood per se, but he got pretty close with the John Hancock Center located on 875 N. Michigan Ave.

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My Q&A With Marc Odien

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Drew Fleury

a college graduate getting that Master's degree so I can succeed in the world of journalism

The best part of being a journalist is the interview process. Sitting down with interesting people is always a learning experience and always surprises me ow much people love to talk about wat they do. My Q&A with Marc Odien, was very informative. he is one of the creative minds behind WYN media, the hyperlocal blog for Buffalo, New York. In addition to that he is a multifaced photojournalist.
 
 
 
 
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Marc Odien WYNmedia

 

 

Q: How would you describe hyperlocal blogging?
 
A: I would describe it sharing your thoughts and experiences about what's going on around you. Hyperlocal can be as small as a block or a street to as big as a town or a region. Writing and sharing thoughts and ideas about what's going on in the community around you and that affects you the most.

Q: Do you feel bloggers are journalists?
 
A:Yes certainly but I think it depends on what they write about and how they write it.  If they are posting stories about their cat then probably not, But if someone went to a town meeting and is writing about what happened there or even what they had for dinner at the new restaurant down the street, there are journalistic qualities in just about anything people write about.  

Q: How did the idea for WNYmedia come about?
 
A: We started a  HTML site ,that was mostly linking to funny and interesting things we found around the web for my friends instead of emailing each other every few hours and then the emails getting lost in the shuffle.  In 2004, I decided to do more original blogging about the stories and things I was working at my day job. In 2005, I left my job at a local tv station  and started WNYmedia.net. At the time there were about a dozen excellent blogs talking about local news and politics around town. The idea was to work together tying the best local content from non mainstream sources into one place. From there we had our own little daily news website and it just took off to what it is today.  

Q: What were some of the struggles you encountered early on?
 
A: Some of the struggles we still deal with to this day is the lack of a marketing budget, word of mouth, social media and internet advertising can only take you so far. Getting people in Buffalo who are not web savvy to realize that there are a lot of other resources for news and information out there other than the mainstream sources. Keeping up with technology is another.  We are news people not web people, so providing daily content also having to maintain the website has always been a challenge. Early on we had a problem with convincing people that one main site for all things Buffalo related was a good idea. Everyone wanted their own domain, wp blog with their own logos, themes, sidebars, etc... They felt that they would lose their identity if they weren't unique in the way their website looked. Five years later we have all but erased that idea with the bloggers we have maintained over the years i think because we see the greater value in mass. Bloggers can build their social capital more quickly on a site like ours with a professional and unified look rather than trying to do it all alone.

Q: What makes your blog stand out among others for that area?
 
A: The quality, humor, honesty and wit of our writers stands out amongst anyone else in Buffalo. The people we have on our site are "locally" famous if you will, which has helped build credibility with readers. People know they are going to  get it like it is on our site, whether it may offend you or not. 
 
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Gold Coast, More Stuff Needs to Happen in You

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Rob Larson

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Sorry, Michael Bay, no explosions happening here.


Well, this last week of blogging for Gold Coast Now is no different from the rest.  Like always, I started out by checking out what happened on in the neighborhood using Google News.  Unfortunately, because the residents don't like crime, or natural disasters of Michael Bay-sized proportions, nothing really ever happened.  Sometimes, I thought something happened, but then I would realize that I was reading about Australia's Gold Coast and not Chicago's.  I guess Gold Coast would be a great place to raise a family...I guess.


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Insulate Homes With Your Old Jeans

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Alaina Africano

Adventurous Journalism Student with a passion for music, pop culture, controversey, and smiling.

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Did you know 500 pairs of jeans--in any condition--could insulate one home?  I know whoever reading this has a pair of jeans that they do not wear.  Maybe even two pair.  

Ditch the mom jeans.

Gap Inc. has teamed up with Cotton Inc. for a "Blue to Green" denim drive, which is taking place in over 1000 stores across North America.  If you bring in a pair of old jeans to a participating Gap, GapKids and/or babyGap location, you get 30% off a new pair of jeans and 35% off when you use your Gap card.  How does that sound for fashion philanthropy?  The "Recycle your Blues" event ends this Sunday, March 14 at Gap stores.

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Hopefully My Career Will Pay Off -So I Can Live Here

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Drew Fleury

a college graduate getting that Master's degree so I can succeed in the world of journalism

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1358 North Dearborn

Since I started to pursue my career goal in journalism since 2005, I've learned a lot of things. The basics of how to shoot, and edit, how to write, produce, start a blog, etc etc.

But the most important thing I learned is that, the industry is in a state of flux right now and basically there aren't any jobs available.

Kind of a gut punch to the stomach-- but I just look at it as a challenge.

During this quarter I learned how to blog and all the work that it entails. Honestly, I never thought that blogging was too hard and intitally, more of a leisure activity but it actually is a beneficial ways to stay informed.

Taking this skill and adding it to the resume can help me be more versatile in the field and more appealing to potential employers.

But now that that little background info is out of the way here's is way I'm hoping my career will pay off.

 

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University Administrators 2010 NASPA Meet

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Matt Bailey

Born in London, moved to Chicago in 2007, fell in love with Wrigley Field. Doesn't that make me a Chicagoan?

4,200 university student affairs professionals from across this fine nation meet this week at the Magnificent Mile Marriott and Sheraton Chicago hotels for the 2010 NASPA Annual Conference: Live the Legacy, Be the Movement.  

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Ms. Laura Valdez

I sat down with Laura Valdez, University of New Mexico Student Orientation Director, to learn a little more about this group, whose purpose is simply improving students' college experiences.

Q. What's that acronym?

"The National Association of Student Personnel Professionals."

Q. How often do you meet?


"Once a year.  I really enjoy it.  We have met in Orlando, Boston, Seattle, and DC to name a few."

Q. Chicago's the best though, right?

"Chicago and Seattle are my favorite.  I haven't been to Chicago since the 1997 NASPA conference.  People are so friendly here.  It's shocking to me how friendly people in a big city can be.  Last time I was here I was searching for a pizza place in the loop around 5pm.  Everyone was rushing home and this one kind lady took the time to walk me to the door of the restaurant.  The people in DC push you out of the line at McDonald's!"
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History CAN be fun with the Erin Go Beer! Pub Crawl

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Kim Dunbar

Born and raised outside Boston, I came to Chicago for the pizza, but stay for the people.

Start celebrating St. Patty's day a little early this year.  Before the city starts dying the river--and all the beer!--green, take a historic pub crawl with the Chicago History Museum... Irish style!

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The Museum hosts history pub crawls every month, each with its own theme.  This March 9, 10, and 11th the theme of the crawl is Irish Pubs of Chicago. The Museum is encouraging you to "discover your inner leprechaun" on its Erin Go Beer! Pub Crawl. 

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A Gold Coast Theft Report

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Rebecca Newby

I am a graduate student at DePaul University studying journalism. Currently I am living in Chicago's Little Italy neighborhood with my husband and our 5-month-old son.

Gold Coast residents, hold on tight to you Balenciaga bags and Rolex watches--thieves are on the loose! 

According to Skyline, last week alone there were four separate robbery reports made to the Chicago Police Department's 18th District from both Gold Coast residents and business owners alike.

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Art in Time

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Rob Larson

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Today's date is Feb. 24, 2009. For most, today is just another day, but for On Kawara, the Japanese conceptual, post-modern artist, it's art.
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A Chicago Deli, With Good Prices, In the Gold Coast...Who Knew?

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Jamie Kogler

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The Ashkenaz Jewish Style Deli located in Chicago's Gold Coast is not to be messed with. The corned beef is one of their specialties, and they pile on the meat so high you need to dislocated your jaw before taking a bite.

Besides the amazing food the best part about this place...the price! At the deli you can get  bowl of matzo ball soup, half a sandwich (on bread of your choice), and a side for eight bucks. Now that ain't bad especially when we're looking at restaurant in the Gold Coast.

The atmosphere is nothing to note, but who cares when you're getting great food at a reasonable price. It's mostly an on the go type of place, white collar works on their way to their morning bus or train don't miss the opportunity to stop by a grab a quick bite.

The fresh lox, that some argue to be the best in the city, on top of a bagel of your choice, it's the perfect start to your day. Not to mention the potato pancakes, cream cheese blintzes which are to die for.

They have great quality meat including pastrami on marble rye bread with real deli brown mustard. None of that store bought yellow mustard brown or gray poupon crap. This place is the real deal. 

BaconFest 2010...There is a God

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Alaina Africano

Adventurous Journalism Student with a passion for music, pop culture, controversey, and smiling.

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"Bacon seduces
all that is Jewish in me.
Mom rolls in her grave."
- A beautifully written haiku from Jewish attendee of Baconfest, Paul Libman.

If the backdrop to Baconfest 2010, which is to be held in Logan Square, was accompanied by The Beatles and funny antics from Chris Farley and all original artwork from Edvard Munch--life WOULD be complete.  I would be Maslow's self-actualized.  I would have found my nirvana.  A girl can dream.   

Settling for just the Baconfest part is fine with me, though.

Baconfest 2010 announced its 24 featured chefs today.  Two who are representing the Gold Coast.  Chef Jason McLeod from Balsan, which is located at 11 E Walton and from the Hancock's famous Signature Room, Chef Patrick Sheerin.  For a complete list click here.  
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Celebrity Sightings in the Gold Coast

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Manuel Argueta

Born in Guatemala City, moved to Chicago, Died in NYC

Famous pop star, Jessica Simpson, was spotted having dinner at both Gold Coast restaurants Table 52 and Le Colonial.  Simpson was in town taping a segment for the Oprah Winfrey Show to promote her new reality show on VH1 which showcases beauty from around the world.  She was seen eating with her famous hair stylist friend, Ken Paves.  Simpson was seen at both restaurants on Wednesday.

Kirstie Alley was also spotted at Table 52 later on Wednesday filming a reality show.  Singer Pink has also been known to chow down at Table 52 (52 West Elm Street).  If you know your favorite celebrity is in town, you might have a chance at spotting them at this famous restaurant.

Another Hollywood couple has been known to stroll all around the Gold Coast.  Reality TV couple, Giuliana and Bill Rancic are seen in the following video strolling on State street and Division.  It would take a Gold Coast resident to know that they are in the Gold Coast, but you can tell from the famous Viagra Triangle in the background.  They are at a newsstand in front of PJ Clarkes.

 

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Chicago Lakefront Sculpture Exhibit

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Claudia Rodriguez

I am a DePaul senior Political Science major and Journalism minor.

Alderman Vi Daley (43rd) along with Alderman Tom Tunney (44th) welcomed sponsors from local businesses, residents, and community organizations to vote for their favorite entries for the 2010 Lakefront Sculpture Exhibit contest.

"Foxgloves and Fists"

2009 winning design "Foxgloves and Fists", from Nicole Beck it is located on Stockton Drive and Webster.

This is the eighth year for the exhibit. Twenty artists were chosen to be featured, they will each receive a stipend for the cost and construction fees for their work.

 "It is a great program," said Alderman Daley. "These artists get a chance to show their art in a public space to be seen by hundreds of people every day and we get the opportunity to delight in the beauty, grace and creativity of their designs." 

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Who Doesn't Like Free Things?!

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Alaina Africano

Adventurous Journalism Student with a passion for music, pop culture, controversey, and smiling.


Keep your wallet in your back pockets, gentleman--and keep yours in your purses, ladies.  March is offering some fabulous freebies around the hood.  There is nothing holding you back from attending one of these free events in the Gold Coast. 

  • "Free Sweet Cupcakes 5-7pm"  Wednesdays.  This was the only information given on Metromix.com, along with an address and phone number.  It seems that the location is More cupcakes at 1 E Delaware Pl.  Don't know too much of the details, but I ranked this at number one because it sounds like a dream come true.  More Info. 

  •   "Doodleganza: The Drawing Extravaganza" March 2, 6p.m.  Bring out the artist in you with an informal art class taught by Scott and Tyson Reeder at The Museum of Contemporary Art.  220 E Chicago Ave.  More Info.
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Update: McCormick & Schmick's Not Only Has A Great Happy Hour, But I've Just Learned St. Patty's Day Is Gonna Be Amazing As Well!

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Jamie Kogler

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This St. Patrick's Day McCormick and Schmick's is going to have a flown blown party with a great theme. Join them for It's Lucky to Kiss a Stranger at McCormick & Schmick's!

Want to know what that means...Well thanks to Liz Conant you can learn all about it:

Visit either of the two Chicago McCormick & Schmick's restaurant locations on Wednesday, March 17

2.       Buy someone a featured "Kiss" Cocktail - Chocolate Kiss or Leprechaun Kiss

3.       For each Kiss Cocktail purchased, you'll receive three "I Got Kissed" stickers

4.       Dole out the "I Got Kissed" stickers to strangers as an easy excuse to make new friends

5.       The guest at each restaurant/bar that night with the most "kisses" will win fun prizes, which may include dining certificates, promotional items from beverage partners and much more!

It's that easy! Plus, there will be plenty of special menu items to get you into the Irish spirit, including Corned Beef Sliders and Guinness-Steamed Shrimp at the bar, or Corned Beef & Cabbage and Lamb Stew in the dining room.

Thanks Liz! Please everyone go show your Irish spirit this year at McCormick & Schmicks!

"Erin Go Braugh!"

Teacher Charged with Child Pornography

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Claudia Rodriguez

I am a DePaul senior Political Science major and Journalism minor.

Richard Mann, 53 of Evanston a school teacher was charged Wedesday with transporting child pornagraphy over his computer.

He was arrested after federal agents searched his home and allegedly found images stored on his computer of children engaged in sex, reported the Chicago Tribune.

Mann reportedly worked at Chicago Jewish Day School, Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago, and Congregation Sinai (located in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood). He worked as both a part-time music teacher and a substitute teacher.

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Marc Jacobs opens a store, residents get a FREE bag.

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Manuel Argueta

Born in Guatemala City, moved to Chicago, Died in NYC

The upscale Marc Jacobs opened a day early at the Elysian Hotel (11 E Walton St) on February 24.  It appeared that the man in charge, Robert Duffy, Marc Jacob's right hand man thought the store was ready.  According to one of the models (saleswoman) at the store, everything was ahead of schedule and Duffy was quoted as saying that it was one of the easiest store openings.

Unfortunately due to Fashion Week in New York City and London, Marc Jacobs was unable to attend.

How did word get out about the store opening a day in advance? Twitter of course.  Robert Duffy was promoting all throughout the official grand opening and the day before.

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Jersey Shore disappoints in the Gold Coast once again

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Manuel Argueta

Born in Guatemala City, moved to Chicago, Died in NYC

After cancelling appearances across Chicago, the Jersey Shore cast members finally rescheduled at various nightclubs.  McFadden's Bar and Saloon (1206 North State Parkway) was set to host Jersey Shore couple Sammi "Sweetheart" and Ronnie on February 4th, but since the couple broke up and couldn't stand to being together to double bookings, the couple cancelled.  The famous nationwide saloon was able to reschedule Sammie "Sweetheart" without Ronnie for February 25th.

Before heading out I checked the McFadden's website to make sure the event was not cancelled since from experience from covering the event, the Jersey Shore cancels last minute.  The website did not state any cancellation, so I began my adventure to McFadden's.  The cover for the night was $10 dollars before ten so my party and I arrived at 9:30p.m.  The bar was crowded and the saloon was empty enough to find a table where we were greeted promptly.

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Be Sure You Look Both Ways...

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Rob Larson

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Next time you're crossing the street in Gold Coast, be sure to look both ways.  According to abc7chicago.com, "A 30-year-old Northwest Side man has been charged in an early Saturday hit-and-run on the city's Near North Side."


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Hancock Hustle

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Matt Bailey

Born in London, moved to Chicago in 2007, fell in love with Wrigley Field. Doesn't that make me a Chicagoan?

Yesterday more than 4,000 people climbed the long stairs of Chicago's fourth tallest building to raise oodles of cash for the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago.

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In the 2010 Hustle Up the Hancock (the 13th annual) one could compete in the full 94-flights or half 52-flights climb. You can get a full listing of the results here.  

Fox News Chicago meteorologist Amy Freeze took part in the event and her Facebook page proudly proclaimed her time "94 flights =17:21 28th place in my division," it reads. To see the video from Fox Chicago click here.

The fundraising goal of the event was a hefty $1.3 million, with proceeds going to the
Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago.

Speaking as someone who feels like I've been repeatedly punched in the stomach after a mere 20 minutes on a gym stair-stepper, I say a sincere well done to all those who took part.

   


Columbia Sportswear to Open Michigan Ave. Store March 12

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Kim Dunbar

Born and raised outside Boston, I came to Chicago for the pizza, but stay for the people.

Get ready all you outdoor sports nuts!  Columbia Sportswear Company is slated to open its first Chicago store on March 12th. 

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Location of the new Columbia Sportswear store: 830 N. Michigan Ave.

The grand opening celebration of the new store, located at 830 N. Michigan Ave., will last all weekend and feature live music, giveaways, prizes and much more.  

Columbia Sportswear is not only physically joining the Chicago shopping scene; it is also financially reaching out the active community. Chicago Talks website reported that Columbia Sportswear is teaming up with Chicago's Active Transportation Alliance, a non-profit advocacy organization that works to improve conditions for bicycling, walking and transit and engage people in healthy and active ways to get around.  
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Bones found at Gold Coast Construction Site

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Alaina Africano

Adventurous Journalism Student with a passion for music, pop culture, controversey, and smiling.

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Dinosaur Bones found at Gold Coast Site!


Just Kidding.  Not those type of bones.

Next time you think of building a home, or whatever it may be, make sure that it isn't over an old cemetery.

This past Monday, February 22, authorities were called to 1520 N State Parkway concerning bone remnants found on the Gold Coast construction site.
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Man Robs Gold Coast Bank

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Rebecca Newby

I am a graduate student at DePaul University studying journalism. Currently I am living in Chicago's Little Italy neighborhood with my husband and our 5-month-old son.

A man was charged with robbing a Gold Coast bank this week, the Chicago Tribune reported

Kenneth Wilson admitted to robbing a North Community Bank branch at 800 N. State St. on Tuesday, officials said.

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One of Chicago's Best Happy Hours Resides in the Gold Coast

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Jamie Kogler

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If you're ever looking for a quick bite to eat after work, or are broke but really hungry stopping by an upscale restaurant in the Gold Coast isn't really the first thing that pops into one's mind. Well that is changing with McCormick & Schmick's amazing Happy Hour specials.

This restaurant offers some of the best food you'll get anywhere and if you're there at the right time....well the price can't be beat with a big stick! You can get burgers with fries for $1.95, along with mussels, and many other items.

It's always busy and is a great way to forget about the long work day you just experienced. Grab a drink, some great grub, and socialize at an upscale restaurant without breaking the bank.

The happy hour menu usually has a two drink minimum, but that doesn't mean you have to get an martini. A soda or ice-tee counts as a drink just as much as a beer or martini.

All in all if you play your cards right you can get a half pound gourmet burger and two drinks for five dollars, (before tip, of course).

The martinis can cost a pretty penny, costing almost 10 dollars, but if you like martinis you'll be shocked that they don't cost more. Their martinis are mixed and poured to perfection, and always taste great!

If you're ever shopping downtown after work, or are looking for a quick drink in the Gold Coast make sure you check out McCormick & Schmick's, located on 41 E Chestnut St. Chicago, IL 60611.

Celebrating Polska

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Matt Bailey

Born in London, moved to Chicago in 2007, fell in love with Wrigley Field. Doesn't that make me a Chicagoan?

Tomorrow is Pulaski Day. A celebration of the Polish noble Kazimierz Pulaski, who is often called "the father of the American cavalry."

Pulaski saved George Washington's life. A hero of the Revolutionary War, he died in the Battle of Savannah. Pulaski is revered within the Polish community and at Navy Pier today a celebration of music, dance and all things Polish was held.

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Gold Coast Now Meet-Up!

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Claudia Rodriguez

I am a DePaul senior Political Science major and Journalism minor.

I want to thank everyone that came to our first ever Gold Coast Now Meet-Up! It was really great for all of you to come out on your Tuesday night to support the blog.

We hope that you may continue to support us!

 

Sweet News About Balsan's Paris-Brest Dessert

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Kim Dunbar

Born and raised outside Boston, I came to Chicago for the pizza, but stay for the people.

The Gold Coast just got a little sweeter. 
 
ABC 7's Hungry Hound reports on a dessert being served up at the Balsan, a restaurant
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inside the Elysian Hotel on Walton Street.  The dessert, dubbed the Paris-Brest, honors an old French bike race that went from Paris to Brest and back.  It is shaped like a bicycle tire and filled with deliciousness (and lots of hazelnuts).  
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Photo Gallery: Gold Coast Bridal Boutiques

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Rebecca Newby

I am a graduate student at DePaul University studying journalism. Currently I am living in Chicago's Little Italy neighborhood with my husband and our 5-month-old son.

While most brides have to search high and low to find the wedding dress of their dreams, Gold Coast residents don't have to step a foot outside of their very own neighborhood! 

With some of Chicago's most prestigious bridal boutiques such as Dimitra's Couture, Mira Couture, Vera Wang Chicago, Palazzo Bridal and Ultimate Bride, the hardest decision you will have to make when finding your dream dress is which boutique to call first! 

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Dear Baby Boomers, Everything is Your Fault

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Rob Larson

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I'll try and cushion the blow as much as possible.  Okay, here goes: I think that you are the worst generation in human history, and all of our problems--from the recession, to the energy crisis, to Conan O'Brien leaving NBC--has your greedy, self-absorbed name written all over it.  Think I'm wrong?  Let me explain.

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