May. 24, 2010
May. 24, 2010
What is it with broadcasters and their hair? As a proud member of what Larry David likes to call "the bald community," I'm baffled by the obsession so many Chicago radio and television people have on the subject of hair. Over the weekend, I came across no fewer than four posts relating to hair -- good, bad and horrifying -- on the blogs of local broadcast personalities. I've excerpted the relevant passages below. Make of this strange phenomenon what you will.
"Where did my baldness come from? The same thing on which I blame my deafness: years of wearing headphones?
Is there any smell as anticipated as the summer's first ribbons of smoke wafting from a backyard barbecue? Just one sniff conjures thoughts of tasty ribs, baked beans, cold drinks, patios and warm summer nights. Kick off the 2010 grilling season with a smorgasbord of smoky events.
Tickets went on sale earlier this week for the much-anticipated 10th annual Green City Market Chef BBQ. The picnic will be held in Lincoln Park on Thursday, July 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and while the summer may still seem far away, tickets have sold out quickly in the past. This year, the event will showcase the talents of 80 chefs (up from 65 last year) all using ingredients from the market. Participating restaurants include the crew from Avec and Blackbird, Coco Pazzo, Frontera Grill, Blue 13, mk, NAHA, Piccolo Sogno, Purple Pig, Spiaggia, Smoque BBQ, The Girl And The Goat, Sprout and more. Locally made beers, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks will also be served. Tickets are available online, at all Illinois Spice House locations and at the information table of the Green City Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Tickets are $100 for adults, including all food and beverages, and $25 for children ages 2-12 (children's tickets are not available online and can be purchased through the Green City Market's office). Call (773) 880-1266 for more information or to purchase tickets.
May. 21, 2010
(photo by Lee Bey)
Today I'm looking at the base of Mies van der Rohe's seminal 860-880 Lake Shore Drive. The 26-story steel-and-glass high rises seem to ride above the earth on a transparent band of glass, light, and air.
Within the past few months, you can't walk more than a block or two in the Loop and not bump into a falafel joint. As a Loop worker myself, I've always had a hard time finding great baba gannoush, hummus and especially shawarma. Yet three new places are hoping downtown workers are ready for Jerusalem salad and kebabs as good as those found in Albany Park.
Olive Mediterranean Grill is the brainchild of Faisal Ghani, an entrepreneur who already owns more than a dozen Jimmy Johns in the region. Ghani is from Pakistan, and while Middle Eastern food is not what he grew up eating, he's clearly interested in exposing Loop workers to the bright flavors and vegetarian-friendly items from the Middle East. He's created a fast-casual concept that is geared around freshly-made shawarma, juicy kebabs and falafel that is made from scratch. Olive occupies the back corner of an unremarkable food court at Clark and Lake (think Popeye's and McD's), but I've noticed a regular batch of regulars already lining up by 12 p.m.
May. 21, 2010
It doesn't take much for fans of Jonathon Brandmeier to start buzzing about what's next for the longtime Chicago radio star.
Ever since he was released as morning personality at Emmis Communications classic rock WLUP-FM (97.9) last November, the mere sighting of Johnny B. at a radio station has been enough to send the rumor mill into overdrive -- and bloggers into a frenzy.
So when Howard Stern mentioned on his SiriusXM Satellite Radio show Thursday that Brandmeier had recently come by Stern's New York studios (and commented on a note from Brandmeier about an appearance they'd made together on "Donahue" in the 1980s), a new round of speculation began.