Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ The 312: Watering the food desert: Still work to do, but growth ]]> Lead story image

It used to be that few people cared about Chicago’s food deserts and that fewer still had a vested interest in ensuring equal access to fresh meats, fruits and vegetables. But since 2006, when a groundbreaking study showing the tragedy of no access or low access to fresh food in many South and West side neighborhoods, things have changed. ]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:31:56 -0600 <![CDATA[ The 312: ‘America the Beautiful 3’ talks up sex and girls ]]> Lead story image

Darryl Roberts has made three movies about America’s obsession with beauty and how it hurts girls, runs an anti-bullying program administered to 10,000 schools and he’s largely behind the protests that moved Abercrombie & Fitch to change its hypersexual ads. ]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:38:31 -0600 <![CDATA[ The 312: Flocking to locally grown turkeys ]]> Lead story image

Locavores rejoice! There are several ways to get ahold of a locally grown turkey (and plenty other fixings) for an antibiotic-free, non-GMO and cage-free bird for your holiday meal. ]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 07:04:24 -0600 <![CDATA[ Local ‘Historymakers’ acquired by Library of Congress ]]> Lead story image

By archiving pieces of culture such as public Twitter feeds, the Library of Congress has a plan to ensure that future researchers have full access to our thoughts and histories and dreams. ]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 06:58:16 -0600 <![CDATA[ Cook County-confiscated firearms find new purpose in fashion jewerly line ]]> Lead story image

There’s more than one way to finance the fight against violence and illegal guns. You can march. You can lobby to change gun laws. Or, in a relatively new twist, you could buy jewelry made from guns confiscated in Cook County. ]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:26:37 -0600 <![CDATA[ The 312: Chicago exporting plenty of food, funny to the world ]]> Lead story image

Most people know that McDonald’s, Portillo’s and Morton’s are Chicago born and bred, but they’re not the only Chi-based businesses that have done well on the export scene. ]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 06:16:34 -0600 <![CDATA[ The 312: Dreezy shines at BET’s hip-hop awards ]]> Lead story image

Dreezy is a study in extremes. She’s short and tiny, but when she talks, she sounds big. She’s sweet, almost shy, in person, but when she gets on stage or in front of the camera, the swagger is palpable. Case in point: She’s the only lady in the BET hip-hop awards digital cypher. ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:17:38 -0600 <![CDATA[ The 312: The truth about a viral, super silly wedding proposal video ]]> Lead story image

A viral video proposal is nothing new, but what is new is that Chicagoan (and University of Chicago grad) Kabir Iyengar proposed to his girlfriend by rewriting the lyrics to a popular rap song by an artist who goes by the name Bobby Shmurda. ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:22:11 -0600 <![CDATA[ The 312: Floyd Davis doesn’t run your average woodshop ]]> Lead story image

Man-sized wooden paper airplanes? Of course! Come into the woodshop with Chicago’s “artpenter” Floyd Davis, whose creations are featured on the nine-hole mini golf course at Riot Fest. ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:10:03 -0600 <![CDATA[ The 312: Theaster Gates curates ‘Retreat’ for black artists ]]> Lead story image

Perhaps it was a good thing that Theaster Gates, one of the most powerful men in contemporary art, didn’t invite media to witness his second annual “Black Artists Retreat,” held over two days in August. ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:25:55 -0600 <![CDATA[ The 312: Fantasy football draft draws high-stakes players to Chicago’s NFFC ]]> Lead story image

Fantasy football is a $70 billion operation and more than that, it’s a lifestyle. The players — guys and gals alike — study year round. Some keep notebooks. Others keep the notes in their head. Some win big money and others win nothing. But most have a running ticker of stats and situational tidbits for information that make for creating a better team. ]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:18:34 -0600 <![CDATA[ Mark Lewisohn, Mike Pender are among the celeb lineup at The Fest for Beatles Fans. ]]> Lead story image

Mike Pender has never included Beatles songs in his show. For this weekend’s Fest for Beatles Fans, the Searchers singer and guitarist will make an exception. Pender is one of the musical headliners for the 38th annual Chicago fest along with Monkees drummer Mickey Dolenz, fomer Wings guitarist Laurence Juber and Peter Noone, the “Herman” in Herman’s Hermits. And when Pender performs with the house band, Liverpool, he’s going to sing “A Hard Day’s Night.” That’s his tribute to George Harrison, who inspired him to buy the Rickenbacker 12-string guitar that became a big part of the sound for the … ]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:06:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Head to Lincoln Park Zoo for variety in the edible garden ]]> Lead story image

The Lincoln Park Zoo always has plenty of things to see, but cooks and gardeners should certainly check out the Edible Gardens at the Farm in the Zoo entrance. ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:54:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Take your pick — It’s not too early to check out nearby apple orchards ]]> Lead story image

As August gets underway, it’s a great time to plan a family outing to gather up and enjoy freshly-picked apples. ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:06:44 -0600 <![CDATA[ Revived South Holland Christian store has #celerynightfever planned ]]>

If you like to talk to tomatoes then the Family Christian store in South Holland has an event for you. To celebrate the release of the newest Veggie Tales DVD, “Celery Night Fever,” the store, located at 550 E. 162nd Street, will be hosting a premier party on Saturday featuring screenings of the video and an appearance by Veggie stars Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber. “All 270 of our stores hold events for the release of every Veggie Tales DVD, but character appearances are pretty rare,” said Family Christian Marketing Manager Steve Johnson. President and CEO of Family … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:10:58 -0600 <![CDATA[ FOODIE FOR THOUGHT: Lt. David Haynes ]]> Lead story image

Chicago Police Lt. David Haynes eats fewer doughnuts and more vegan meals than you’d think. Other than that, he’s a walking cliche — a cop who knows where to find good food all over the city because let’s face it, cops just know. Haynes, 46, is co-author of the 2011 book, “The Beat Cop’s Guide to Chicago Eats,” with humorist Chris “Bull” Garlington. It’s a paean to the places that serve solid, inexpensive meals in under 30 minutes (the duration of a cop’s lunch break, which occurs day or night depending on the shift). “I really like places where the … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:08:36 -0600