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  • newFormer Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher opens up with new book

    Former Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher opens up with new book

    He left the game as one of the Chicago Bears’ all-time greats and now Brian Urlacher is tackling a new challenge. Like many pro athletes former Bears the all-pro linebacker has written a book. But this is not your ordinary book written by an athlet…
    - 2 hours ago, 27 May 15, 3:19am -
  • newRussell double gives Cubs 3-2 win over Nationals

    Russell double gives Cubs 3-2 win over Nationals

    CHICAGO (AP) — Addison Russell hit a game-ending RBI double in the ninth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the surging Washington Nationals 3-2 on Tuesday night. Chris Coghlan started the winning rally with a one-out single against Matt Grace (2-1)…
    - 2 hours ago, 27 May 15, 3:08am -
  • newDonaldson’s 2nd homer lifts Blue Jays over White Sox 10-9

    Donaldson’s 2nd homer lifts Blue Jays over White Sox 10-9

    TORONTO (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit three-run homer off David Robertson in the ninth inning, his second home run of the game, lifting the Toronto Blue Jays over the Chicago White Sox 10-9 on Tuesday night. Donaldson also hit a solo homer in the first…
    - 2 hours ago, 27 May 15, 3:06am -
  • new49ers Colin Kaepernick apologizes for Houston storm posts

    49ers Colin Kaepernick apologizes for Houston storm posts

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has apologized for a post on social media Tuesday that referenced flood-ravaged Houston, where San Francisco opens the preseason Aug. 15. Kaepernick had posted on Twitter and Instagram e…
    - 3 hours ago, 27 May 15, 2:38am -
  • newSecurity cam shows off-duty officer coming to aid of man on ledge

    Security cam shows off-duty officer coming to aid of man on ledge

    EVANSTON, Ill. — An off-duty Evanston police officer is being called a hero after he came to the aid of a desperate man over the weekend. Detective Ken Carter, a 13 year veteran of the Evanston Police Dept and a former Marine and a member of the Il…
    - 3 hours ago, 27 May 15, 2:18am -
  • newBlack widow spider crawls out of bag of grapes, bites woman

    Black widow spider crawls out of bag of grapes, bites woman

    COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont woman has been bitten by a black widow spider her family says was hiding in a bag of grapes. WCAX-TV reports  the 21-year-old Colchester resident spent a night at a hospital after being treated for the bite. She wa…
    - 4 hours ago, 27 May 15, 1:28am -
  • new911 tapes released about NFL defensive end Ray McDonald

    911 tapes released about NFL defensive end Ray McDonald

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Highway Patrol has released audio from the 911 call that led to the arrest of NFL defensive end Ray McDonald on suspicion of child endangerment and domestic violence. A woman, who is identified as the mother of t…
    - 4 hours ago, 27 May 15, 1:22am -
  • newBlackhawks confident despite 3-2 series deficit

    Blackhawks confident despite 3-2 series deficit


    - 5 hours ago, 27 May 15, 12:20am -
  • newBlackhawks fans fire back at Emilio Estevez for Ducks tweets

    Blackhawks fans fire back at Emilio Estevez for Ducks tweets

    ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks had a little love from Hollywood pushing them through the game Monday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. Social media exploded after actor Emilio Estevez live-tweeted during the game, channeling one of his mo…
    - 6 hours ago, 26 May 15, 11:17pm -
  • newBudget battle brewing among Illinois, Chicago

    Budget battle brewing among Illinois, Chicago

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois house convened Tuesday, but with just five days to pass the state’s $36 billion budget, lawmakers were discussing other issues. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is watching closely. He says Chicago is the state’s economic eng…
    - 6 hours ago, 26 May 15, 11:04pm -
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  • newFree CTA EL Stop Concerts In Chicago

    Free CTA EL Stop Concerts In Chicago

    Each neighborhood in Chicago has its own groove, its own artistic roots, and the train connects it all together. This June, Old Town School invites you to meet...CLICK THE TITLE to get all the details at http://chicagofree.info!
    - 2 hours ago, 27 May 15, 3:15am -
  • 50¢ Corn Dogs are Back at Chicago Area Sonic Drive-Ins – May 26

    50¢ Corn Dogs are Back at Chicago Area Sonic Drive-Ins – May 26

    On Tuesday , May 26, Sonic is celebrating National End of School Day – 2015 with Corn Dogs for just 50 cents, all day long.  Plus, get slushes at...CLICK THE TITLE to get all the details at http://chicagofree.info!
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 15, 3:00pm -
  • Free Chicago Gospel Music Festival – May 29-31

    Free Chicago Gospel Music Festival – May 29-31

      Gather your friends and head out to the FREE 30th Chicago Gospel Music Festival which will will be held in Millennium Park this May 29-31. The free...CLICK THE TITLE to get all the details at http://chicagofree.info!
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 15, 2:40pm -
  • FREE Chicago Blues Fest Preview Concerts and Film Screenings

    FREE Chicago Blues Fest Preview Concerts and Film Screenings

    During May and June there will be several FREE Chicago Blues Festival preview performances and film screenings held at Daley Plaza, the Chicago Cultural...CLICK THE TITLE to get all the details at http://chicagofree.info!
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 15, 2:31pm -
  • Free Chicago Blues Festival – June 12-14

    Free Chicago Blues Festival – June 12-14

    Make sure to get out and enjoy the free 32nd Annual Chicago Blues Festival.   The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and...CLICK THE TITLE to get all the details at http://chicagofree.info!
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 15, 2:21pm -
  • FREE Archibald Motley Art Exhibition in Chicago: Jazz Age Modernist

    FREE Archibald Motley Art Exhibition in Chicago: Jazz Age Modernist

    Come out and enjoy the FREE exhibition of Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist as the Chicago Cultural Center celebrates twentieth-century American artist...CLICK THE TITLE to get all the details at http://chicagofree.info!
    - 2 days ago, 24 May 15, 8:48pm -
  • Fun Events in Chicago over Memorial Day Weekend

    Fun Events in Chicago over Memorial Day Weekend

    Things to do on Memorial Day weekend in Chicago Come out on Memorial Day weekend in Chicago and enjoy the Randolph Street Market Festival | West Loop ...CLICK THE TITLE to get all the details at http://chicagofree.info!
    - 3 days ago, 24 May 15, 1:50pm -
  • Free Fireworks at Chicago’s Navy Pier – All 2015 Summer Long

    Free Fireworks at Chicago’s Navy Pier – All 2015 Summer Long

    Free Fireworks in Chicago! Come join the party as Navy Pier kicks off a big season of 2015 fireworks. Come to the lakefront and join in as the city kicks off...CLICK THE TITLE to get all the details at http://chicagofree.info!
    - 3 days ago, 24 May 15, 1:24am -
  • Free 2015 Memorial Day Parade in Chicago – May 23

    Free 2015 Memorial Day Parade in Chicago – May 23

    Come out and celebrate the 2015 Memorial Day in Chicago with our mayor, Rahm Emanuel, as the Chicago Memorial Day parade kicks off at 12:00 pm and proceed...CLICK THE TITLE to get all the details at http://chicagofree.info!
    - 4 days ago, 23 May 15, 5:47am -
  • The Free Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago – June 6-7, 2015

    The Free Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago – June 6-7, 2015

    Looking for something fun to do this weekend?  Why not check out the 31st annual FREE 2015 Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago. (CLICK BOTTOM FOR MORE INFO) The...CLICK THE TITLE to get all the details at http://chicagofree.info!
    - 5 days ago, 22 May 15, 12:31pm -
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Chicago Foodies

  • Rockit’s Relaunch

    Rockit’s Relaunch

    Earlier this month, River North’s  Rockit Bar & Grill underwent a complete relaunch featuring a complete redesign and new menu. Partners Billy Dec, Brad Young and Arturo Gomez – along...Click the title to read the complete post.
    - 6 days ago, 21 May 15, 2:00pm -
  • Begyle Brewing Opens New Taproom

    Begyle Brewing Opens New Taproom

    Fall too much in much in love with your own looks, or have too much self-esteem wrapped up in your exterior, and you’re eventually headed for a rude awakening.  To...Click the title to read the complete post.
    - 13 days ago, 14 May 15, 2:03am -
  • 3 Best Paleo Recipes

    3 Best Paleo Recipes

    It’s no secret Paleo is one of the newest lifestyle or diet trends to sweep the nation. The Paleo diet is based off the notion that it is best for our...Click the title to read the complete post.
    - 16 days ago, 11 May 15, 2:00pm -
  • 3 Best Foodie Mother’s Day Gifts

    3 Best Foodie Mother’s Day Gifts

    If you’re a last minute kind of person-  we know you are – or Mother’s Day just crept up this year, we have a few easy solutions for you. Mom...Click the title to read the complete post.
    - 20 days ago, 7 May 15, 2:00pm -
  • Foodie Faves: Trader Joe’s Finds

    Foodie Faves: Trader Joe’s Finds

    There’s no place more up to date on the latest food trends than Trader Joe’s grocery stores. Make fun of me if you want, but I’ve never seen so many...Click the title to read the complete post.
    - 21 days ago, 6 May 15, 2:00pm -
  • BoHo Launches Brunch

    BoHo Launches Brunch

    Although it’s been open less than a year, River North’s Bohemian House, or BoHo,  continues to buzz and has recently launched a weekend brunch menu. We all know there are...Click the title to read the complete post.
    - 27 days ago, 30 Apr 15, 2:00pm -
  • Cochon 555 Takes Over Chicago

    Cochon 555 Takes Over Chicago

    On Sunday, April 26th, the 7th annual Cochon 555 took over the Windy City with five chefs cooking five pigs in a friendly competition. Chicago was the 10th and final...Click the title to read the complete post.
    - 29 days ago, 28 Apr 15, 2:00pm -
  • Chicago’s own Giardiniera-Off

    Chicago’s own Giardiniera-Off

    What do you get when you put together two fun girls, about 100 random Chicagoans, a bar in Bucktown, beer, sausage, a potluck, and jars & jars of giardiniera on...Click the title to read the complete post.
    - 30 days ago, 27 Apr 15, 2:00pm -
  • Bacon Fest – Do It Yourself

    Bacon Fest – Do It Yourself

    With over 4,500 attendees, 170 chef’s and $75,000 raised for the Great Chicago Food Depository, Bacon Fest 2015 is officially a wrap. I’ve rounded up 3 of my favorites from...Click the title to read the complete post.
    - 33 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 2:00pm -
  • Baconfest 2015: Dessert Edition

    Baconfest 2015: Dessert Edition

    I was thrilled to attend Baconfest, held on Saturday, April 18, at UIC Forum. I went to the Saturday lunch session with a few of my friends, and quickly decided that...Click the title to read the complete post.
    - 34 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 2:00pm -
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Chicago Bulls

  • Bulls lose to LeBron again as Cavs take series 4-2
    “While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated.” — Maya AngelouAnd so the Bulls’ 2014-15 season ends with arguably their worst loss of the season at the most vital time, the…
    - 12 days ago, 15 May 15, 8:53am -
  • Rose’s health encouraging in defeat
    It was a discouraging end to the 2014-15 season for the Bulls Thursday, a shocking 94-73 home blowout loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers to lose the conference semifinal series 4-2.But it perhaps was a new beginning for Derrick Rose.“I always look a…
    - 12 days ago, 15 May 15, 7:27am -
  • Bulls lose to Cavs to fall behind 3-2 in series
    And then there was one, or as the Bulls hope, two more games.“I feel like we’re a confident group of guys,” Jimmy Butler insisted late Tuesday night in a subdued Bulls post game locker room after Cleveland’s 106-101 win to take a 3-2 lead in…
    - 14 days ago, 13 May 15, 7:38am -
  • Gasol return remains uncertain with hamstring injury
    It didn’t sound good or look good for Pau Gasol, sidelined again Tuesday for Game 5 of the Bulls/Cavaliers Eastern Conference semifinal series, though Gasol was hopeful he could push toward a return for Game 6 Thursday.“We’re hopeful,” Gasol…
    - 14 days ago, 12 May 15, 10:48pm -
  • Bulls hoping to continue the ride with Gasol
    On the floor of the Quicken Loans Arena Tuesday morning the Bulls were going through their light, so called shootaround practice, walking through some plays and taking shots preparing for the 6 p.m. conference semifinal game with the Cleveland Cavali…
    - 15 days ago, 12 May 15, 4:10pm -
  • The Derrick Rose saga continues impressively vs Cavs
    There are a lot of great stories in these NBA playoffs, which are as wide open to produce a champion since perhaps anytime in the late 1970s. Here comes Memphis and the Clippers and even Washington, and few are going to dismiss anyone.There was the…
    - 15 days ago, 12 May 15, 1:12am -
  • LeBron James buzzer beater downs Bulls 86-84
    This one really hurt for the Bulls, Sunday’s 86-84 Cleveland Cavaliers victory to even the conference semifinal series at 2-2.Not because LeBron James beat them with a 21-foot corner buzzer beater on an inbounds play with 1.5 seconds left after a…
    - 16 days ago, 11 May 15, 5:46am -
  • Can Bulls series MVP Jimmy Butler keep it up
    LeBron James killed the Bulls in the Cleveland Cavaliers Game 2 victory. But mostly James has been killing the Cavs in this conference semifinals playoff series. Perhaps the question now with Game 4 in the United Center 2:30 p.m. Sunday is whether th…
    - 17 days ago, 10 May 15, 3:52pm -
  • Rose’s three pointer at buzzer defeats Cavs 99-96
    The Bulls Friday by a 99-96 margin, again beat the Cleveland Cavaliers with a buzzer beater from their star. Call it The Shot Jr.“I was supposed to get the ball in the corner,” said Derrick Rose, who banked in the most unlikely of three pointers…
    - 18 days ago, 9 May 15, 9:05am -
  • Jimmy Butler accepts NBA Most Improved Player award
    Often we wonder who are these guys, these NBA stars, like Jimmy Butler, Thursday in the United Center receiving the NBA’s 2015 Most Improved Player award, yet another accolade in a career arc probably too great to even be in his dreams. Butler wore…
    - 19 days ago, 8 May 15, 1:26am -

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        • The Key to Optimizing Your Sales Funnel
          Carlos Abisambra is an engineer-turned-marketer, as well as the Founder and CEO of Vortice Services LLC. Vortice is a B2B online lead generation consulting firm that specializes in helping businesses optimize their funnel management processes. I invi…
          - 33 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 10:51pm -
        • Nobody’s Perfect: A Lesson in Social Customer Service

          Nobody’s Perfect: A Lesson in Social Customer Service

          I want you to do something that you’ve probably never done before. I want you to hope that people complain about your company on your social media sites. Sounds like I’m crazy, I know, but you really want them to do it. I’m not perfect. You’r…
          - 36 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 2:07am -
        • When Will You Become “Uberized”?
          There’s no long since Uber now gave birth to a verb: “Uberize”. What’s up with it and what does it mean? We’re sure it’s no fashion trend, as Uber is here to stay. But there’s something more vicious inside, hugely spread in many industr…
          - 43 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 6:13pm -
        • Five Methods to Identify Your Brand's Voice on Facebook
          You have a social media profile, cool. You keep posting messages and information related to your company, however, the response seems dull. You do not see much engagement. This is in spite of perfect content. You wonder where it you are lacking is. T…
          - 45 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 7:12pm -
        • 9 Bad Habits to Avoid on Social Media
          Congratulations! You just got the job of a lifetime as a social media consultant in a big firm. Your task is to imagine a great digital strategy in order to promote the company’s brands, make them more visible on the web, boost the ROI and get more…
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        • Making the Most Out of Social Media and Your Personal Brand
          This is a follow up post to a previous article I wrote for Social Media Club about convincing the clueless to join Twitter. So you’ve convinced someone to join Twitter. Now what? The most common question I receive from people who are enthusiastic a…
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        • The Evolving Nature of Social Media
          Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I was born with Twitter in one hand and Facebook in the other. My brain has been hardwired to respond in statements that are 140 characters or less and I get an adrenaline rush whenever I live tweet. To sum…
          - 54 days ago, 3 Apr 15, 2:35am -
        • #SWGO 2015-002: "Sounds, sounds, sounds!"

          #SWGO 2015-002: "Sounds, sounds, sounds!"

          Social Web Global Observations, part two. We began outlining what to capture in this series of essays in January, with an introductory shout out – “Social Media Is Boring – Long Live the Social Web!”. Beyond that we got into the “Productiv…
          - 56 days ago, 1 Apr 15, 6:59am -
        • 6 Ways to Reduce Your Family’s Digital Footprint

          6 Ways to Reduce Your Family’s Digital Footprint

          Protecting yourself and your family while online is becoming an increasingly hard thing to do. As an activist against cyberbullying and to promote online safety, I am frequently helping families. Just two days before I am writing this, I spoke with p…
          - 60 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 10:04pm -
        • 5 Ways to Use Social Media for Education
          Why is social media so exciting? Social Media is an opportunity and it pulls apart barriers for many people.  Using social media we can interact with people who have similar interests, we are able to communicate with our favorite celebrities, and w…
          - 64 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 12:59am -

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        • Round 3: Beer & Hockey

          Round 3: Beer & Hockey


          - 20 Nov 14, 12:00am -
        • Do Doughnuts the Endgrain Way

          Do Doughnuts the Endgrain Way

          Depending on what food calendar you go by, it’s National Doughnut Day – a day when all the good boys and girls are rewarded with fried doughy sugar conveyance of their choice. I choose to believe it’s today, and if I’m wrong? I’ll celebrate…
          - 5 Nov 14, 1:00pm -
        • Round 2: Craft Beer & Hockey

          Round 2: Craft Beer & Hockey

          I’m on my quest to try a new craft beer for every Blackhawks game. Reporting will be a six-pack at a time, and will include a new-to-me brew on game day. Have a recommendation? Please share! How’s going? In truth, I’m happier about the beer tha…
          - 4 Nov 14, 2:12am -
        • Dining on Dia de los Muertos con Nana

          Dining on Dia de los Muertos con Nana

          When Karen, all-around good egg and occasional contributor to Chicago Bites, suggested we go out for dinner on November 1, I was all for it. I like having plans for the Day of the Dead and Nana in Bridgeport is a favorite spot. However, in the hub-bu…
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        • Craft Beer & Hockey: Season Opens with a 6-Pack

          Craft Beer & Hockey: Season Opens with a 6-Pack

          Drink up! It’s time for hockey! During the 2013-14 hockey season, I tried 101 different craft beers — one for each game the Chicago Blackhawks played. It was such a great experience that I decided to do it again for the 2014-15 season. The rules…
          - 25 Oct 14, 5:00pm -
        • Open Now: Goosefoot Food & Wine

          Open Now: Goosefoot Food & Wine

          Usually I’m a patient person. I can wait out the rush of new, exciting, must-try spots to enjoy the latest dining experience at my own pace. Often this is made easier by a daily commute that features a dull, familiar routine up and down Western. Th…
          - 24 Oct 14, 10:00pm -
        • Should your coffee be modest? Learn why!

          Should your coffee be modest? Learn why!

          Local coffee subscription service Modest Coffee recently started roasting for the Chicago and internet market. I spoke with co-owner Marcus Contaldo about his obsession with fresh roasted coffee and other coffee-related topics during a #VirtualCoffee…
          - 8 Jun 14, 7:00pm -
        • Master the Grill with Urban Accents

          Master the Grill with Urban Accents

          Want to take your next grill adventure from blah to fab? Add local Chicago mix-masters, Urban Accents, to your next barbecue.The post Master the Grill with Urban Accents appeared first on Chicago Bites.
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        • Cheering to the end: Round 3 Beer & Hockey

          Cheering to the end: Round 3 Beer & Hockey

          The dream of a repeat Stanley Cup victory came to end Sunday night when the Blackhawks lost in overtime to the L.A. Kings. While I didn’t enjoy the outcome, I did enjoy a highly entertaining series and seven additional brews. On to the drink: Game…
          - 3 Jun 14, 8:00pm -
        • How to become a gourmet chef in under 30 minutes

          How to become a gourmet chef in under 30 minutes

          It’s no secret that great ingredients, an even better recipe, and the skills to take it all from farm to table factor into an amazing meal. Even more of a issue, for me, is finding time to gather ingredients and recipes to cook for just myself. Tho…
          - 30 May 14, 4:36pm -
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