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NU student seeking reality show for ‘Incinerator’ startup

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.

Hot foods: Celebrity chef Stephanie Izard cooks up a storm at Girl and the Goat


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.

Classing up music online


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 …

Mastering tee times online


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 …

From the vaults: Field Musuem bringing out the mummies


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.

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” …

Maker of red Solo cup says Toby Keith song sums it up ‘perfectly’


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.

Music Box Films on home front


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 …

Light show transforms Millennium Park sculpture into a magic Bean


To draw visitors during slow winter weeks, artists are surrounding Cloud Gate with “very dynamic, very organic” animated colors.

One-woman orchestra coming to SPACE


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, …

Artist’s boots stand for memories of fallen GIs


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.

Satellite images dazzle as art, science


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 …

Old Town School: A new place to play


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.

CEO: Zynga’s new game will appeal to women, casual gamers


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 AppData.com. (Zynga shares closed at …

Batavia sculptor works in special effects


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 …

Tighthead Brewery in Mundelein opens tap room; distribution growing


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 …