Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ NU student seeking reality show for ‘Incinerator’ startup ]]> Lead story image

Chicago-area entrepreneurs eager to get their 15 minutes of fame on television may have a new outlet if Northwestern University student Colton Dillion succeeds in his own entrepreneurial pitch. ]]> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 06:05:07 -0600 <![CDATA[ Hot foods: Celebrity chef Stephanie Izard cooks up a storm at Girl and the Goat ]]> Lead story image

Stephanie Izard has risen to the top of an industry where people tend to have the image of a man with a floppy hat and a goofy mustache as being the norm. Izard, owner and chef at Girl & the Goat in the West Loop — and soon to be Little Goat right down the street — set her eyes on being a businesswoman with her career, but thought she would end up in a cubicle and not on the line. ]]> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:19:24 -0600 <![CDATA[ Classing up music online ]]> Lead story image

Chicago can claim bragging rights to what experts call a leading-edge online network of classical-music composers whose Facebook-like correspondence gives them the rare chance to hear their scores recorded live, and thanks to technology, in better-quality-than-ever online playback. Access Contemporary Music, an eight-year-old non-profit in Ravenswood, earned its tech-savvy reputation when it received online submissions from Chinese composer Xiaogang Ye, and put them together to create a recital of the completed work. Ye flew in from Beijing for the event, resulting in a documentary, “Composer Alive: Eastern Expressions.” The group, led by founder and executive director Seth Boustead, offers a … ]]> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 06:03:38 -0600 <![CDATA[ Mastering tee times online ]]> Lead story image

Three brothers who run their family’s construction equipment business are aiming to reinvent what critics consider a flawed business model for golfers to book tee-times online. The Robertsons — Glenn, Struan and Brent, whose father, Alastair, founded Universal Equipment in Glen Ellyn — are launching on Saturday with two unique properties: The online booking service will be free to golfers, and will charge a flat commission per booking to golf-course owners. Back9booking, based in the West Loop, has agreements with 45 golf course operators now, and expects to have 70 by year’s end. The Robertsons — Brent, 26, the … ]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 16:03:10 -0600 <![CDATA[ From the vaults: Field Musuem bringing out the mummies ]]> Lead story image

Starting Friday, some of the Field Museum’s most storied and fragile treasures — a group of mummies, many not seen since the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition — will be featured in the new exhibit “Opening the Vaults: Mummies,” which runs for only two months. ]]> Sat, 17 Mar 2012 10:21:42 -0600 <![CDATA[ Kane begins its pitch for entertainment venue along Fabyan ]]>

BATAVIA — Overall, aldermen responded favorably to recreational-entertainment concept plans for a 758-acre tract of land bordering Geneva and Batavia, although they did express concerns about adding traffic to Kirk Road and Fabyan Parkway. A Kane County “Fabyan Utilization Study” suggests a variety of “end-uses” that incorporates the old Midway Landfill and closed Settler’s Hill Landfill and its 18-hole golf course, as well as the old Kane County jail property on Fabyan Parkway. Kane County Board member Mike Donahue, R-Geneva, presented the preliminary plans to the Batavia City Council Monday night. The preliminary plans have the potential for as many … ]]> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 08:14:59 -0600 <![CDATA[ Maker of red Solo cup says Toby Keith song sums it up ‘perfectly’ ]]> Lead story image

At first the Lake Forest company thought Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup” was a joke, but now it’s a Top Ten country hit and a favorite on Youtube. ]]> Wed, 09 May 2012 10:16:37 -0600 <![CDATA[ Music Box Films on home front ]]> Lead story image

The Music Box Theatre in Lake View is establishing itself as a distributor of best-selling independent films, and is using social media and home-entertainment outlets to expand its empire. The film distribution business — Music Box Films — rakes in five to 10 times the revenue of the quirky 1920s-era theater in any given year, partly because it released two of the top-grossing foreign films in the United States in the past four years — “Tell No One” in 2008 and “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” in 2010. Music Box also has won attention as the U.S. distributor of two … ]]> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 08:02:17 -0600 <![CDATA[ Light show transforms Millennium Park sculpture into a magic Bean ]]> Lead story image

To draw visitors during slow winter weeks, artists are surrounding Cloud Gate with “very dynamic, very organic” animated colors. ]]> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 08:48:33 -0600 <![CDATA[ One-woman orchestra coming to SPACE ]]> Lead story image

Zoe Keating was the tallest kid in her grade at age 8 in England, so music teachers stuck her with the cello. The pairing is an event Keating and fans of avant garde orchestra music have been grateful for ever since. Employing a do-it-yourself ethic, she’s become one woman making the music of many using the help of a laptop computer while she plays her instrument. Her moody songs often sound like orchestras of various sizes. “A teacher asked me if I wanted to play it and I think it’s because I was the tallest,” Keating said. “I thank that … ]]> Sun, 12 Feb 2012 10:49:32 -0600 <![CDATA[ Artist’s boots stand for memories of fallen GIs ]]> Lead story image

Artist Giuseppe Pellicano makes porcelain molds of military boots, complete with a dog tag bearing the name of a fallen soldier. The North Central College senior plans a display of the boots, and pledges to make as many as requested. ]]> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 21:47:34 -0600 <![CDATA[ Satellite images dazzle as art, science ]]> Lead story image

High above the ground and water of Earth, space satellites capture ethereal pictures of the blue planet’s surface. Large banners that show those images will be displayed in “Earth from Space,” a Smithsonian Institution exhibit that kicks off Jan. 14 at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City. The display of wondrous sights will continue at the center through March 11. “It’s where art and science  kind of meet,” said CarolAnn Brown, the center’s curator of exhibitions.    The exhibit is comprised of 40 panels detailing satellite images of Earth that range from channels that snake into the Arctic Ocean … ]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 08:07:49 -0600 <![CDATA[ Old Town School: A new place to play ]]> Lead story image

A trio of concrete panels highlight the exterior of the new Old Town School East Building, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave. The panels are bold and muscular in a Chicago way, but they celebrate the tender diversities of music. ]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 08:11:53 -0600 <![CDATA[ CEO: Zynga’s new game will appeal to women, casual gamers ]]> Lead story image

In his first interview since the IPO, Zynga CEO and Chicago native Mark Pincus talked about the development of the game and how it could expand the company’s reach, which already includes more than 220 million monthly users, according to (Zynga shares closed at $8.91 a share Thursday, below the initial $10 IPO price.) Q: How do you bring social elements into a game genre that historically has been a solo experience? A: We have some social twists that let you interact with your friends’ game boards, so you can hide objects or gifts for your friends. (We added) … ]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 08:22:54 -0600 <![CDATA[ Batavia sculptor works in special effects ]]> Lead story image

Many artists find in grade school they have a special talent other kids don’t. Artist Dave Link, 50, owner of Batavia-based Evolution Studios, did not discover his special talent until much later. Says Link, “I always wanted to work in special effects for Hollywood. At my high school, there were no earrings, no long hair, no art classes. Other than the football posters I did, my only other outlet (for art) was Halloween at Dad’s house.” After high school, Link discovered his special talent in a sculpting class at Morton College. Describing his epiphany, he said, “Oh my God! I … ]]> Sat, 28 Jan 2012 08:04:36 -0600 <![CDATA[ Tighthead Brewery in Mundelein opens tap room; distribution growing ]]> Lead story image

Bruce Dir has turned his passion for craft beer into a new career. Dir is owner and founder of Tighthead Brewing Co., Mundelein’s newest microbrewery located on Archer Avenue near the downtown Metra station. With money he saved over the years and help from a Small Business Administration loan, Dir converted a portion of the former Anatol building into the new Tighthead Brewery. And the business opened up its tap room area to the public on Dec. 22, giving residents a taste of some of Tighthead’s unique craft beers. Those include the Comfortably Blond Ale, the Scarlet Fire Red Ale, … ]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2012 08:13:06 -0600