Posts in category "Chicago"

Umphrey's McGee Returns to Chicago for Three Night New Year's Eve Stand: Joel Cummins Q & A

Umphrey's McGee Returns to Chicago for Three Night New Year's Eve Stand: Joel Cummins Q & A
Rock show curators and handsome deviants Umphrey’s McGee are coming back to Chicago for their first hometown New Year’s run since 2009/2010, and it’s sure to be a party.  Their three-day Uptown stand kicks off at The Riv tomorrow night, then moves to The Aragon for both Friday’s show with The Motet and Saturday’s three-set... Read more »

Set Times Announced for North Coast Music Festival: September 2-4 in Chicago's Union Park

Set Times Announced for North Coast Music Festival: September 2-4 in Chicago's Union Park
It’s that time of year again for Summer’s Last Stand! Whether you’re a seventh year Coastie, down since the inaugural rager, or this will be your first time joining in on the fun, SET TIMES ARE REASON TO CELEBRATE!!! It’s when the real planning starts (and shit-talking with your friends who like that other band... Read more »

Four Reasons to Check out Galactic's "Into the Deep" Release Party Next Weekend

Four Reasons to Check out Galactic's "Into the Deep" Release Party Next Weekend
There are a lot of solid acts to choose from over Labor Day weekend where North Coast after-parties are concerned.  They are pretty diverse across the 16-show-gamut, so I guess one could say there is something for everyone. One of my top show choices is definitely Galactic, as they bring the funky fonky heat, and... Read more »
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6 Positive Aspects of Frigid Weather

<strong>Making static electricity makes you feel like you're creating lighting, is empowering</strong> <br><br>The first time I ever coughed into my flannel sheets (while wearing flannel pajamas) and made static electricity, I was flabbergasted. I did it again to see if it was real, and after I found out it was, I walked into my parents' bedroom and woke up my mom to tell her. <br><br> Coughing lightning would be a major achievment for people of any age, but doing so already by the age of 8 made me feel extra important. <br><br> Then my mom told me it's normal when it's that dry outside and I was fine and should go back to bed. <br><br> Did that put a damper on my lightning-coughing glee? Sure, but not so much so that I don't still do it and get a kick out of it every single time.
If every day of our Chicago winter featured temperatures in the 70’s and heavy sunshine we’d still complain. We’d complain that we didn’t have a real winter, that we never had a significant snowfall,  never had an excuse to make chili while wearing our favorite wool socks, or we’d complain that weren’t able to use... Read more »

My Afternoon Playing Softball on Wrigley Field

The Kup and the Starwood Preferred Guest Marquee
On Friday I was lucky enough to be able to crash a softball game at Wrigley Field. The game was hosted by Starwood Preferred Guest for members of its loyalty program who had accrued enough points to partake in this awesome event. Also on hand adding to the festive climate were Clark the Cub and... Read more »

10 Best Baseball Seasons by a Player With a Jheri Curl

But before we get to the list, I had to present the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Medium of the Jheri Curl to Pascual Perez. The man has earned it. Thanks for you all you did, Pascual. <br><br> Ok, now on to the list.
Jheri! Jheri! Jheri! The rule for inclusion on this list is pretty easy: The player must have had a Jheri curl for most of that season as far as I could tell. To make this list a player needed to be in both his baseball prime and his plumage prime from about 1986-1989, when baseball... Read more »
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The 5 W's of Emerging Artist Alison Meaney

The 5 W's of Emerging Artist Alison Meaney
From a big family with art in her blood, emerging Chicago paintress Alison Meaney has been making the world a brighter place since she came smiling into it.  Alison is a cheerful Irish gal with a heart of gold, a contagious laugh, and the strokes of a super whimsical, dancing  paintbrush once used by her... Read more »

Clark the Cub was Financed by 50 Shades of Grey Movie Marketers

Clark the Cub was Financed by 50 Shades of Grey Movie Marketers
(this is satire) It was recently discovered that Clark the Cub, the Cubs’ new mascot, is the result of an advanced-marketing scheme by Universal Pictures for the third installment of the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy due out in 2023. Under this marketing plan, Clark will condition children to be more accepting of BDSM once... Read more »

A Re-Crap of Jay Cutler's Career With the Chicago Bears

A Re-Crap of Jay Cutler's Career With the Chicago Bears
During his tenure with the Chicago Bears Jay Cutler faced adversity, sucked it up, and emerged as a multiple Super Bowl winning quarterback. After five historically important seasons, Cutler led the Bears to three Super Bowl appearances, in two Super Bowls he set records for touchdowns thrown and passing yards. And of course he set other... Read more »
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5 Things I'd Tell Kanye West at his Sorely-Needed Intervention

5 Things I'd Tell Kanye West at his Sorely-Needed Intervention
“I met ye’s music when I was 24 years old and what I loved most he had so much soul…”   1) Maybe it’s time to go back to keeping it real This would be a great time for you to take your shtick down a notch. Your current egomania was fueled by your early... Read more »