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Uptown bike lane makes year-end top ten list

Posted by Zach Long on Dec 17, 2014 at 12:45pm

Today, PeopleForBikes, a coalition of cycling suppliers and retailers that works to expand community bicycling projects, announced the top ten new American bike lanes of 2014. The list includes several impressive lanes that have been installed in notoriously bike-friendly cities like Seattle, Portland and San Francisco, but one of Chicago's new protected lanes came in at number ten.


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Metra releases plan to prevent crowding at Union Station this winter

Posted by Clayton Guse on Dec 17, 2014 at 10:45am

A series of weather-related delays left Metra riders frustrated and Chicago Union Station overcrowded last winter. Now that the bitter cold is creeping back into the city, Metra has proposed a plan. The commuter rail organization laid out three scenarios to handle massive crowds during the evening peak period at Union Station on Wednesday. Rather than following these "rules," it might be a better idea to head across the street to the Chicago French Market at Ogilve Transportation Center to pass the time.


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The best and worst Chicago ideas of 2014

Posted by Brent DiCrescenzo on Dec 16, 2014 at 9:46am

Every October, the city plays host to Chicago Ideas Week. But there are 51 other weeks in Chicago for new ideas—some brilliant, some inane. We look back on 12 months of brainstorms and dim lightbulbs above heads to list the best and worst ideas of 2014. Here are the civic initiatives, restaurant concepts, parks, mascots, contracts and happenings we found to be inspired—and just plain dumb.


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L2O set to become Intro, a restaurant with rotating chefs and concepts

Posted by Amy Cavanaugh on Dec 15, 2014 at 1:23pm

L2O, which is closing December 31, will reopen in February as Intro, a restaurant with rotating chefs and concepts. The Lettuce Entertain You restaurant will open for two- to three-month stretches, each with a different chef. First up: C.J. Jacobson, best known for his stint on Top Chef Miami and for winning Top Chef Duels this year.


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Chicago, get a Malaysian restaurant already

Posted by Brenda Mak on Dec 15, 2014 at 12:59pm

It's been a year and a half since I moved to Chicago from Malaysia, and it hasn't been easy getting my Malaysian food fix...probably because there are no Malaysian restaurants in the city. The closest spot I’ve found, Penang Malaysian Cuisine, is in Arlington Heights—an hour-and-a-half train and bus ride away. I've become so desperate I've turned to Skype for cooking sessions with Mum. Chicagoans are really missing out. Here’s where I go when I want a taste of my home country.


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UIC unveils two-site Obama Library proposal

Posted by Zach Long on Nov 15, 2014 at 12:45pm

University of Illinois at Chicago has unveiled its proposal to host the Obama Presidential Library, detailing a two-site plan that would bring a library, a museum, new green space and a visitors' center to the city's West Side. Under the proposal, a vacant, 23-acre site in North Lawndale would host the library and a museum, in addition to a park and a new bike trail. The second component of UIC's proposal would bring a visitor's center and an academic center called the "O-4 institute" to the school's Near West Side campus.


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Arcade Brewery launches comic book beer with Walking Dead artist

Posted by Brent DiCrescenzo on Dec 15, 2014 at 10:45am

National Book Award winners pen stories for Chipotle bags, so why not a comic book beer? That's the thought behind Arcade Brewery's latest creative batch, Festus Rotgut. And this isn't some back-of-the-cereal-box hack work. The Logan Square outfit has roped in a couple of comics biz heavyweights. Tony Moore, the original artist of The Walking Dead, is handling the pencils for the packaging. Jason Aaron, the man who made Thor a woman, is writing the scripts. Each label in a six-pack of this black wheat ale features unique panels telling the tale of a zombie cowboy.


 

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Live like a Hobbit without leaving Illinois

Posted by Jessica Johnson on Dec 12, 2014 at 3:31pm

The final chapter of Peter Jackson's latest Middle-earth-set trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters next week, but that doesn't mean you can't get a little taste of the Hobbit lifestyle now. You don't even have to go to New Zealand. A Hobbit-inspired cabin is available for rent just a few hundred miles away in Carbondale, for $147 a night.


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What's the silliest thing you've done while drunk?

Posted by Jessica Johnson on Dec 12, 2014 at 1:32pm

For the last sticky-note confession of the year, we've got big, sloppy New Year's Eve celebrations in mind. We're asking you to share the most ridiculous thing you've done under the influence of alcohol. As always, your stories are totally anonymous, so feel free to get those embarrassing encounters off your chest. Keep your answers brief and sticky-note sized and we'll be sure to share them with our readers. This time around, we're asking… Fill out my Wufoo form!


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Get some free stuff when the Wicker Park Blue Line stop reopens on Dec 22

Posted by Zach Long on Dec 12, 2014 at 1:21pm

The closure of the California Blue Line station in September and October and the continuing closure of the Damen station have added a few minutes to the morning and evening commutes and made it more difficult to patronize businesses located near the affected train stops. Thankfully, the Wicker Park station will be reopening on December 22. To celebrate the reopening of the Damen station, several Wicker Park businesses will be offering free treats to welcome back CTA riders.


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