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: 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. ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:33:01 -0500 <![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. ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:29:37 -0500 <![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. ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:30:11 -0500 <![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. ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:22:45 -0500 <![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 -0500 <![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 -0500 <![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 -0500 <![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 -0500 <![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 -0500 <![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 -0500 <![CDATA[ The 312: Calling out how 'I'm So Chicago' on social media ]]> Lead story image

Facebook recently was taken over by local love notes of Chi-town nostalgia. ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:03:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kathy Hart takes her act to Highwood’s restaurant scene ]]> Lead story image

Radio personality Kathy Hart and her husband, Billy Baruth, are buying the former Bertucci’s Italian Steakhouse in Highwood, where they plan to open a new eatery featuring Rustic-American cuisine and a separate venue for live music. Hart is half of “The Eric and Kathy Show” on 101.9 WTMX-FM “The Mix’ radio. Hart and Baruth, who wed in early 2013, were scheduled to close Friday on the purchase of the Highwood restaurant at 246 Green Bay Road. Bertucci’s, which was owned by Bruce and Lynne Bertucci, closed its doors last fall after 23 years in business. Their restaurant seated 200 people … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:41:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ The 312: Twista talks Sole Expo, the sneaker culture convention ]]> Lead story image

In case you didn’t know, hip-hop and fashion often intersect at the gym shoe store. The day of this interview, Twista is rocking some Independence Day-centric Nikes. They are red, white and blue, with spangled stars. His partner, Alan Wehbi, is wearing gray and red Air Jordan 3s. A few months before this interview, Bucketfeet, a local custom, drawn-art-on-sneakers company, announced it had sold a collection to Nordstrom. A year before this interview, Kanye West made his signature Nike Air Yeezy Red Octobers, and they sold out in minutes, showing up now on eBay for about $6,000 a pair. I … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:18:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Zeroing in on the J.Crew controversy ]]>

Some things from childhood never go away. ]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:36:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ FOODIE FOR THOUGHT: Jennifer Pope ]]> Lead story image

‘Is there anything better than a lunch meeting?” It’s a rhetorical question coming from Jennifer Pope, owner of the kids’ boutique the Red Balloon. The mother of two knows her midday meals and family-friendly restaurants as well as she does the coolest toys and fashions for tots through tweens. Food and cooking have always mattered to Pope, 44, who lives near her Andersonville store (she also has a Bucktown location and is opening two more). Her mom owned a catering company for 30 years. Her Hindu mother-in-law is a fabulous cook. And her daughter “can make the Ruth Reichl pancake … ]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:55:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Step right up: County Fairs roll in for old-fashioned summer fun ]]> Lead story image

If you want to see a real live cow, or watch a pig race, or see cars smash up each other, there’s no place like the county fair. There are several county fairs that hearken back to the state’s agricultural roots. Here’s a look at when and where: KANE COUNTY FAIR The 146th Kane County Fair runs July 16-20 in St. Charles. Back again are the free acts, like Swifty Swine racing pigs, KidsBucks Game Show, Miller Petting Zoo, Kiddy Land with younger age-appropriate rides and games, the Sheer Magic show, the big cat show and the talent show, said … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:49:17 -0500