WBEZ | Jeremy Piven http://www.wbez.org/tags/jeremy-piven Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Duel: Who's the biggest Chicago star at Harry Caray's? http://www.wbez.org/blog/daily-duel-whos-biggest-chicago-star-harry-carays <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfmoe/2514928592/"><img class="size-full wp-image-16520" style="border: 1px solid black; margin: 7px;" title="harrycaray" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//harrycaray.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="333" /></a> <p style="text-align: left;">The new Harry Caray's restaurant is opening on Navy Pier this morning. There is a red carpet, live music, local djs and even people handing out energy drinks (you know you've made it as a restaurant if someone is handing out free energy drinks).‚  Stars include Ernie Banks, Richard Dent, James Denton, Jeremy Piven, Patrick Kane and others. Why would they all come out to a red carpet event at a Navy Pier restaurant opening? Because most of the stars own it. Yep, they are investors. That's sort of like Dan Akroyd showing up at House of Blues (back in the day).</p> <p style="text-align: left;">So, instead of doing the daily duels of non-hall of fame Chicago sports stars today, we thought we would do a poll asking you who the most famous sports star is...today at Harry Caray's.</p> [poll id="83"]</p> Mon, 01 Mar 2010 11:27:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/daily-duel-whos-biggest-chicago-star-harry-carays Long lost "Cupid" was a Valentine to Chicago http://www.wbez.org/bey/2010/02/long-lost-cupid-was-a-valentine-to-chicago/14603 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="344" width="425" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"><param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /><param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/rdifcnvD-50&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" name="src" /><param value="true" name="allowfullscreen" /><embed height="344" width="425" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/rdifcnvD-50&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></p><p>In honor of Valentine's Day: Who remembers &quot;Cupid?&quot; </p><p>I can't be the only one. But then again, given the made-in-Chicago 1998 comedy starring Jeremy Piven lasted barely a season on ABC, I just might be. The show is worth examining, though. And not just because of the <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">phony, money draining</span> holiday that approaches, but because the &quot;Cupid&quot; made good use of Chicago architecture and locales.<!--break--> </p><p>The opening credits--the best for a Chicago show since &quot;<a href="http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&amp;videoid=30108886">The Bob Newhart Show</a>&quot; and &quot;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Is5ofSHZWTM">Crime Story</a>,&quot; features quick-hits of Chicago architecture. I spotted details of the Prudential Building, Tribune Tower, Daley Center, Aon Building, 35 E. Wacker, the Children's Fountain that used to be at Wacker and Wabash, and more. All in 34 seconds with The Pretenders' &quot;Human&quot; as the theme. </p><p>The show featured Piven as Cupid (or a delusional who believes he is) helping people find love and happiness in late 1990's Chicago.&sbquo;&nbsp; Paula Marshall played the psychiatrist/potential love interest assigned to him. Jeffrey D. Sams was his roommate. Characters turned up in Wrigleyville, along south Michigan Avenue, at the University of Chicago campus and strolling&sbquo;&nbsp; through Bucktown. The downtown Marshall Field's store--pre-Macy's--made an appearance in one episode. And the show was funny. </p><p>Got a few minutes to kill? I mean, since you're obviously on the computer anyway:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="344" width="425" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"><param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /><param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/gq6v7RTVEsU&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" name="src" /><param value="true" name="allowfullscreen" /><embed height="344" width="425" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/gq6v7RTVEsU&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></p><p>And here, a scene begins on south Michigan Avenue downtown with the Prudential, Aon and bit of Roosevelt University:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="344" width="425" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"><param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /><param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/dpgWyk0jnN4&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" name="src" /><param value="true" name="allowfullscreen" /><embed height="344" width="425" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/dpgWyk0jnN4&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></p><p>ABC remade Cupid last year with a different cast. Not as funny. Thank goodness it was set in New York.</p></p> Thu, 11 Feb 2010 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/bey/2010/02/long-lost-cupid-was-a-valentine-to-chicago/14603