Saturday, November 30, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Crain's Chicago Business reported recently that McDonald's, the Oakbrook, IL., based fast food behemoth, is testing out a build-your-own burger option in certain markets. No word on when the "pay our employees a living wage" market test will begin. A month-long build-your-own burger test recently ended at a McDonald's restaurant in southwest suburban Romeoville. A similar test, where customers use an iPad to select toppings, is underway in Laguna Niguel, Calif., according to the Orange County Register. Those burgers cost $5.79 (a buck more for bacon), about a dollar more than what a Big Mac costs in downtown Chicago, making it the most expensive item on the menu. While Oak Brook-based McDonald's said it's too early to tell whether the DIY idea would be replicated at any other restaurants, the company does want to learn if customers are open to the idea that's already a hit at competitors such as Five Guys of Lorton, Va., and Chicago-based Epic Burger. (link below) http://chicagoist.com/2013/11/23/mcdonalds_really_tempting_fate_with.php
A U.S. jury awarded Apple Inc about $290 million in a damages retrial against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, restoring a large chunk of a historic verdict the iPhone maker won last year. After a week long trial, the jury deliberated for nearly two days before reaching a decision on Thursday in a San Jose, California federal court. Apple had requested $379.8 million, while Samsung argued that it should have to pay $52.7 million. Apple and Samsung have been fighting in the courts for over two years. Apple was awarded over $1 billion last year after it convinced a jury that Samsung copied various iPhone features - like using fingers to pinch and zoom on the screen - along with design touches like the phone's flat, black glass screen. (link below) http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-rt-us-apple-samsung-verdict-20131121,0,7665543.story
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Rose, who sat out last season following surgery on his left knee, will have an MRI in Los Angeles on Saturday. "He was in pain and felt like he couldn't push off his right knee," Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said. Rose was on crutches in the trainer's room but was not made available to the media after the Bulls squandered a 21-point lead in their second consecutive loss. The three-time All-Star led Chicago with 20 points, five rebounds and three assists, but was helped off the court with 3:20 remaining in the third.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Exclusive 773 known as Chicago’s hottest one stop shop has it’s second annual turkey drive and receives massive support from the city and the Chicago rap community. Last year Exclusive gave away 100 turkeys, this year they have decided to make it 10 times bigger. The goal is to give away 1000 turkeys to Chicago families this year. (link below) http://www.chicagorapnews.com/2013/11/21/exclusive-773-turkey-drive-support-chicago-rap-community-give-away-1000-turkeys/
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Even in a city as jam-packed with architectural gems and cultural meccas as Chicago, when we're wrapped up in the day-to-day hustle it's easy to speed past all that when we're too busy scanning through our Facebook feeds for the fifth time in the same hour. Chicago ranks among the three most stressed-out cities in the U.S. and that sort of added stress -- especially if it becomes chronic -- has been found to play a role in health problems including asthma, depression, diabetes and even cancer and heart attacks. So finding opportunities to unplug whenever possible is key. Luckily, the city is home to a sprawling array of stunning museums, parks, conservatories and other landmarks that surround us with the space we need to recharge. (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/21/places-in-chicago-inspiring_n_4277343.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago
Fresh off of announcing that he has a brand new mixtape on the way, Durk decided to liberate the artwork for the upcoming “Dis Ain’t What U Want” remix. Will feature Rick Ross, French Montana and Meek Mill on the Paris Beuller-produced track and it’s definitely something to keep an ear out for.
"THE KKK" an epic video depicting the parallels between the Klu Klux Klan and Kids Killing Kids in the inner city's across America. Directed by DA Visionaryz this visual takes you on a journey through a world where gun violence is desensitized to the point that it might as well just be a game.
Roger Ebert’s death earlier this year was felt not only in Chicago, but in the film community all around the world. Whether you loved him or loathed him, it’s hard to argue against how influential Ebert was for film criticism and journalism. I’ve shared my thoughts on how Ebert personally impacted me previously, but now, people can truly show support for the iconic film critic. Life Itself, named after Ebert’s memoir of the same name, is a documentary about Ebert’s life that attempts to show Ebert not as the film icon he was known for, but as the fully-realized person that he was outside of his status. Director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) is handling the documentary with famed director Martin Scorsese (The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street) serving as executive producer. James began production four months before Ebert’s untimely death, gathering interviews from colleagues and filmmakers as well.
Wednesday, Illinois became the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage. To underscore the fight for equality, Quinn signed the bill on a desk Abraham Lincoln once used to write an inaugural address. During the ceremony, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel took the microphone and at one point appeared to briefly choke up. “There is no straight or gay marriage. From now on there is only marriage in Illinois,” Emanuel said. (link below) http://www.suntimes.com/23886505-761/crowd-gathers-at-uic-to-witness-quinn-sign-same-sex-marriage-into-law.html
Chicago rapper ShowYouSuck, drops his first proper release, the EP Dude Bro, on Tue 11/26. Sleek yet boisterous, it features cameos from Minneapolis MC P.O.S and aggro NYC band the Unstoppable Death Machines, plus production from J. Arthur of the Whoevers, Peter Cottontale, and the Hood Internet (who contribute the 80s-tinted party jam "Make-Out King"). Local indie label Closed Sessions is putting out the EP, and for now it's digital only. On Thu 11/21 at the Hideout, ShowYouSuck will tear it up at a release party.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
2013 is on the way out. It’s time to get reflective. To help you sort out your thoughts on the year—really, what happened this year?—please complete this easy 4-item questionnaire. (poll below) http://www.chicagomag.com/city-life/November-2013/Most-Memorable-Chicago-2013-Moment/?utm_source=Social%20media&utm_medium=FB&utm_campaign=Chimag
1. Legs Shake f/ Ludacris 2. Cookies 3. Throw Money On You 4. Poetic Sex 5. Marry The Pussy 6. You Deserve Better 7. All The Way f/ Kelly Rowland 8. Right Back To My Niggas 9. Spend That f/ Jeezy 10. Crazy Sex 11. Shut Up
Sunday, November 17, 2013
The Bulls (5-3) have four of them in a row, this latest version spurred by 50.6 percent shooting overall that produced as much as a 33-point lead en route to a season-high for scoring. They shot 11 of 19 from 3-point range while also eviscerating the Pacers for 46 points in the paint. They put seven players in double figures, led by 23 points from Luol Deng. And, of more than minor note, there was Rose, back from a hamstring-related one-game absence to hit a career-high-tying six 3-pointers for his first 20-point night of the season. (link below) http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-11-17/sports/ct-spt-1117-bulls-pacers-chicago-20131117_1_pacers-coach-frank-vogel-rose-and-deng-derrick-rose
Friday, November 15, 2013
Alexander chose the Jayhawks over Illinois, DePaul and Memphis. Alexander, a 6-foot-9 big man from Curie (Ill.), is ranked No. 3 in the 247Sports Composite for the class of 2014. He is as college-ready as anyone in the country, and his strength and build will enable him to be a dominant force next season in the Big 12. Alexander is an extremely strong rebounder, and his 260-lb. frame gives him the edge in most battles on the boards. He's very tough and has a good motor. Michigan State was the heavy favorite early on, and the Spartans still seemed to be the leader prior to the AAU season. Kentucky made its play and moved to the forefront – before falling back rather quickly. Late in the summer, it appeared Kansas and Illinois were the ones with momentum, but DePaul and Memphis also had their moments in the sun for Alexander.
Mike Krzyzewski has not had to count on his hometown as a recruiting base over the years, but he has been successful with those he’s deemed worthy of a Duke uniform. Young center Jahlil Okafor fits the bill. Okafor, the consensus No. 1 prospect in the nation, chose Duke on Friday afternoon before a live ESPNU audience during a press conference at Young. As expected, Okafor will team with Apple Valley, Minn., point guard Tyus Jones at Duke. Okafor and Jones repeatedly said they would attend college together over the past year. The 6-foot-11 Okafor was a first-team All-State pick by the Tribune last season after a brilliant junior year during which he averaged 20.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots while leading Young to the Public League championship.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Alex Wiley brings Club Wiley to life in this 3-part music video series featuring new videos for fan-favorites "Own Lane", "The Woods", and "Suck It Revolution". The 3-part series is directed by Visual Mecca and will be released throughout the month of November. The story begins with this psychedelic video for "Own Lane" (prod by Stefan Ponce).
On The Grind Management presents a top to bottom tight lineup with ProbCause, Save Money’s Caleb James, Taylor Bennett, The Palmer Squares, Kidd The Chicagoan and DGainz. Check out the promo video for the show below.
Former Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd saw his career come to an end in December of 2011 after he was arrested for attempting to purchase a large amount of coke. Hurd was slapped with a 15-year prison sentence Wednesday (Nov. 13) evening, although his legal team is looking to fight back with an appeal. Hurd, 28, was arrested in Chicago trying to purchase and distribute a kilo of powder, along with a large amount of kush. Initially pleading not guilty, Hurd violated his bond agreement twice in 2012 after testing positive for kush. Speaking to an undercover agent after an investigation was launched in the summer of his arrest, Hurd unwittingly admitted to already moving narcotics in the Chicago area. At the time of his arrest, Hurd was in the last year of a three-year $5 million contract, and Judge Solis expressed disappointment at the player, who was then playing with the Chicago Bears. "You had everything going for you," Solis told Hurd, adding that he thought the case was a "tragedy."
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Chicago rapper Co-Still has partnered with Wicked Entertainment for the release of his album “I Don’t Chase Money” and mixtape “No Comparison-(Co-Still vs. Young Jeezy & Gorilla Zoe)” on the same day. Hailed as one of Chicago’s more prolific rappers, Co-Still is known for his raspy flow and authentic street credibility and has often been compared to Atlanta’s Young Jeezy and Gorilla Zoe. On “No Comparison” (Hosted By Stack Or Starve Approved) Co-Still’s objective is to set himself apart and prove he’s different if not better than his Atlanta counterparts Follow https://www.facebook.com/costill89 https://www.facebook.com/WickedEchicago https://twitter.com/costill8nine https://twitter.com/WickedEchicago
A Northern Illinois University student is under arrest. Kevin Ouwenga, 29, was taken into custody after police found guns and body armor in his dorm at New Hall West. Investigators say a school worker was sorting mail at the residence hall, that's when she found a package carrying gun parts. The package was addressed to Ouwenga. After searching his room, NIU police found an unassembled AR-15 rifle, a handgun, and ammo. Ouwenga does have a FOID card. Still, he's charged with unlawful possession of a stored weapon and could receive up to five years in prison. NIU says no guns are allowed on campus.
Whether you're a college student looking for your parents to provide a respite from your cafeteria and Top Ramen diet, or you're well past college and want to treat Mom and Dad to dinner without having to put on a suit and tie and take out a personal loan, we've picked eight places we feel confident the parents will enjoy for a nice family night out. Twin Anchors Owen & Engine The Bongo Room Chilam Balam / Chilipan Piece Henri Big Jones (link below) http://chicagoist.com/2013/11/13/the_best_restaurants_in_chicago_to.php
Fresh new colorways of the D. Rose 4 continue to roll out, as this week we get the Chicago Nightfall edition, based on Chicago’s beautiful and illuminating skyline at night. The adidas D Rose 4 “Chicago Nightfall” drops December 5th for $140.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Cliff Alexander (6'9 2014 Power Forward) is best known for throwing down thunderous dunks whenever he sets foot on the court. No challenge is too big nor too small. Cliff always plays with a sense of urgency and his skills (shooting/passing) are improving rapidly. Following a dominant summer around the world, Cliff Alexander is nearing his college decision (November, 2013). His final four choices are Illinois, DePaul, Kansas and Memphis (in no order). Cliff Alexander is expected to lead one of Illinois' preseason top teams Chicago Curie HS in their quest for City and State Supremacy, while playing their school's first national schedule.
A new report puts the number of local billionaires at 21, placing Chicago among the top 20 cities worldwide for the super rich. However, Chicago's total is only good enough for 13th place in the world. The global leader, New York, has more than four times the number of billionaires, with 96. Hong Kong (75 billionaires), Moscow (74), London (67), Mumbai (30) round out the top five list of cities, according to the Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2013. (link below) http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20131112/streeterville/chicago-billionaires-list-features-21-survey-shows
Monday, November 11, 2013
Chicago rapper Chief Keef got permission from a Cook County judge Friday to enter a private drug treatment facility out of state after the rapper tested positive for marijuana, officials said. Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, was in court again at the Skokie courthouse on Friday to ask Judge Earl Hoffenberg for permission to enter the drug treatment facility in California, said officials. Cozart will be going to one of the Promises Treatment Centers a high-cost, for-profit treatment program that has housed celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears. Promises has facilities in Malibu and West Los Angeles and has been the target of high-profile lawsuits and criticisms of its methods. (link below) http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-11-08/news/chi-chief-keef-gets-ok-to-go-to-rehab-in-california-20131108_1_drug-treatment-keith-cozart-drug-testing
Thursday, November 7, 2013
The five-finger discount now has a lot more hands. The troubling shoplifting trend of flash mob robberies hit three Chicago-area Sports Authority stores this week, ABC Chicago reports. Police say a group of between five and six people have ripped off thousands of dollars in merchandise in a string of flash mob robberies at one city and two suburban locations.
Via ESPN: …the NBA reversed course later Wednesday and will allow its use on an “experimental basis.” “After a discussion today with Jerry Stackhouse, representing the union, we have decided to allow Kinesio tape on an experimental basis so that we can take a fresh look at the possible benefits it might bring to our players,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said in a statement on Wednesday. Rose injured his neck during the team’s regular-season opener against the Miami Heat on Oct. 29, and has been dealing with neck soreness since. He has been wearing the tape, which is visible on both sides of his neck, since Thursday’s game against the New York Knicks to keep his neck loose. “I think the NBA told me I got to stop,” Rose said before Wednesday morning’s shootaround. “So I probably won’t be able to wear it tonight.” Rose didn’t wear it against the the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Rick Renteria, who served the last two seasons as bench coach for the San Diego Padres, will be named Thursday to succeed the fired Dale Sveum as Chicago Cubs manager, the Tribune confirmed. Renteria, 51, has spent the past six seasons as a coach with the Padres and fits numerous qualifications that Cubs team President Theo Epstein sought after firing Sveum on Sept. 30. Renteria has extensive experience working with young players, having served eight seasons as a manager in the Marlins’ and Padres’ farm system. Renteria also is bilingual, which will help in communicating more directly with several Cubs prospects, namely Starlin Castro, Junior Lake and Javier Baez.
The reaction over Northwestern University's patriotic football uniforms has been mixed, with some saying the custom-made gear looks blood stained. Wildcat players will wear the Under Armour uniforms against Michigan on Nov. 16 in an effort to raise awareness and support for the Wounded Warrior Project.
After unconfirmed reports that his Chicago concert dates were postponed, the United Center finally confirmed new dates for the shows on its website just over 24 hours before the first of West's two concerts was scheduled to take place. The concerts, originally scheduled for Nov. 7 and 9, will be held on Dec. 17 and 18. Tickets from the Nov. 9 show will be honored at the Dec. 17 show and Nov. 9 tickets will be accepted at the Dec. 18 date. Kendrick Lamar will still open both nights.
In terms of Air Jordan footwear, this is an on-going occurrence. With so many unreleased samples and Player Exclusives out there, it's tough for many to make a decision on what to cop especially when looking at a four-figure price tag. Today, we take a look at 50 expensive Air Jordans you should not attempt to cop. The gallery ranges from most samples and PEs to a few OGs that were worn by Jordan and other NBA athletes. (link below) http://www.sneakerwatch.com/article/021628/50-jordans-you-should-not-attempt-to-cop/
The Atlanta-based company behind the Super Soaker water gun and Nerf toy guns has been awarded nearly $73 million in royalties from toymaker Hasbro Inc., according to the law firm King & Spalding. Johnson Research and Development Co. and founder Lonnie Johnson have been in a royalty dispute with Hasbro since February, when the company filed a claim against the giant toy company. According to King & Spalding, which along with the A. Leigh Baier P.C. law firm represented Johnson, Hasbro underpaid royalties for the Nerf line toys from 2007 to 2012. “In the arbitration we got everything we asked for,” said Atlanta attorney Leigh Baier. “The arbitrator ruled totally in Lonnie’s favor.” The attorney also said Johnson “is very pleased” with the outcome.
Just moments ago, Chief Keef was sent back to the big house for a probation violation. Keef hinted at this on his Instagram at 3:10pm (“In court Finna go to Jail Judge Wants to send me Back”) (link below) http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20131106/englewood/chief-keef-headed-jail-after-violating-probation-sheriffs-office-says
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Shot and chopped by DADA Creative. After giving us their collaboration last week, Rondo and Lu return with the track’s official visual.
Defying Bible-quoting critics, the Illinois House narrowly approved legislation to make Illinois the 15th state to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. The measure passed 61 to 54, with two voting present. “This is huge,” President Barack Obama tweeted. “The Illinois House just passed marriage equality.” The amended bill then went back to the Senate, which passed it 32 to 21 shortly after 5 p.m. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected so sign it, making it the law of the land. (link below) http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/23558841-418/gay-marriage-bill-passes-in-illinois-house.html
VICTORY! The #Bears defeat the Packers 27-20 at Lambeau Field and position themselves in a three-way tie for first place in the division. Behind an inspired performance by backup quarterback Josh McCown, the Bears won in Green Bay for the first time since 2007. The Packers lost starting quarterback Rodgers to what the team's website called a left shoulder injury in the first quarter and backup Seneca Wallace played the rest of the game. (link below) http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-11-04/sports/chi-bears-game-day-20131104_1_green-bay-packers-bears-host-the-packers
Monday, November 4, 2013
President Obama honored the Blackhawks at the White House this afternoon, calling the team "a great example of what Chicago is all about."
Dressed as zombies, members of the Chicago Student Union criticized Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS administration for last spring’s school closings, budget cuts and demanded TIF funds be reallocated to struggling public schools. (link below) http://chicagoist.com/2013/11/04/cps_students_protest_the_death_of_p.php
Sunday, November 3, 2013
This list was done slightly different than the Public League list because some of the Catholic schools were not a part of the IHSA, which means they did not participate in the state playoffs and couldn’t be evaluated for their tournament play. Players were ranked for their high school performances only, not their play in college or in the pros. (link below) http://chicagosidesports.com/kings-among-kings-part-2-the-best-of-chicagos-catholic-league-basketball-players/
Basketball in Chicago will always be king. But who are the kings among kings in Chicago high school hoops? Chicago Side made a list of the greatest players ever to come out of Chicago’s Public League. They judged players on their wins, championships, individual awards, and impact on the game—not on their college or professional careers. (link below) http://chicagosidesports.com/kings-among-kings-ranking-chicagos-all-time-greatest-high-school-hoop-stars/
Saturday, November 2, 2013
A few days ago in Vancouver one of the trucks carrying The Yeezus Tour equipment was in a crash and damaged a custom-made video truss as well as a 60-ft circular LED screen beyond repair. Ye says the gear is central to staging of the Yeezus tour and central to the creative vision put for by Kanye himself. Because of this, it would be impossible to move forward with the show and The Yeezus Tour will be postponed until the essential pieces can be fixed.