Posted by Clayton Guse on Dec 24, 2014 at 8:32am
Chicago, along with the rest of the country, shuts down on Christmas Day. Shops, museums and offices all clear out as folks take their annual Yuletide sabbatical. The chunk of the population that does not celebrate the birth of Jesus are given the opportunity to explore a quiet and empty city. From skating at the Maggie Daley Ice Ribbon to gorging on some of the city's best Chinese food, here are 10 things to do on Christmas if you're not partaking in the holiday.
Posted by Jessica Johnson on Dec 23, 2014 at 3:20pm
After pulling The Interview's Christmas release last week amidst threats of violence against theaters that played Seth Rogen comedy, Sony Pictures has gone back on their decision, saying they will allow cinemas to screen the film after all. So far, none of Chicago's movie houses have announced screenings, but if you're looking for a chuckle this Christmas, the Hollywood Boulevard Cinemas in Woodridge has confirmed that it will screen the film starting on Christmas Day.
Posted by Zach Long on Dec 23, 2014 at 1:35pm
It's the holiday season and everyone you know is coming to town to visit and celebrate. That's why we've assembled a comprehensive list of the best things to do with holiday visitors between now and January 4. Your guests will have so much fun, they'll want to visit you every December.
Posted by Amy Cavanaugh on Dec 23, 2014 at 10:57am
Last week, beer writer Karl Klockars and I cracked open a bottle of Moody Tongue's Shaved Black Truffle Pilsner. This wasn’t the typical High Life we usually drink when we meet up. No, getting this beer required signing up for a lottery, winning in the lottery, then going to Binny’s and forking over $120. So how is it and where can you drink it?
Posted by Jessica Johnson on Dec 23, 2014 at 8:20am
From cuddly puppets to foul-mouthed Santas, Hollywood loves to get into the Christmas spirit and what better way to liven up the festivities than with some Christmas-themed entertainment. Whether its a classic holiday special, a festive episode of TV series or one of the best Christmas movies ever made, there are plenty options available on streaming services like Amazon, Hulu and Netflix that will keep the kids and adults entertained.
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Posted by Adam Selzer on Dec 22, 2014 at 11:15am
If you’ve had so much holiday cheer that you’re ready to be boiled in your own pudding, never fear: Chicago history is just full of gruesome Christmas tales.
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Posted by Adam Selzer on Dec 18, 2014 at 5:15pm
With all the hubbub over James Franco and Seth Rogen’s "The Interview" this week, it seems timely to mention that movies in Chicago in those days were subject to censorship—and not just a ratings system or nervous studio brass, but actual, government-sponsored censorship.
Posted by Jessica Johnson on Dec 18, 2014 at 3:30pm
Who knew a Seth Rogen comedy could have so much blow back? After Sony pulled The Interview's Christmas release, a handful of cinemas planned to instead program the 2004 political satire with puppets Team America: World Police. Now Paramount Pictures has yanked those screenings. If you're frustrated by your film-going decisions being made for you, there are several on-demand options that aren't afraid to make North Korea the bad guy, from 30 Rock to James Bond.
Posted by Jessica Johnson on Dec 18, 2014 at 10:45am
This week we overheard:
"Hella burn on my vagina!"
"You really shouldn't go to iwanttobeaterrorist.com."
Posted by Zach Long on Dec 17, 2014 at 4:09pm
Remember when Block 37 was a retail dead zone? Today we learned that Dave & Buster's will be opening up a location on the fourth floor. Fans of '80s arcade games and fine dining might want to start planning a trip to Schaumburg, too, where a Pac-Man–themed restaurant will be opening in the Woodfield Mall this January.