WBEZ | Chicago Ideas Week http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-ideas-week Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Emanuel ribs Clinton over 'dead broke' comment at book tour stop http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/emanuel-ribs-clinton-over-dead-broke-comment-book-tour-stop-110328 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Hillary Rahm WBEZ Alex Keefe.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>In an hourlong talk that touched on foreign policy, economics and her Chicagoland upbringing, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday still did not answer the question that has generated political speculation for months: Will she run for president in 2016?</p><p>Clinton sat down to be interviewed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for her first public appearance on a nationwide tour to plug her new book, Hard Choices. Emanuel, who had served as a top adviser to her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and was the White House Chief of Staff under President Barack Obama while Clinton was secretary of state, mostly stuck to softball questions.</p><p>But he ribbed Clinton about a controversial comment she made in a recent <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/hillary-clinton-defends-high-dollar-speaking-fees/story?id=24052962" target="_blank">ABC News interview</a>, when she said she and her family were &ldquo;dead broke&rdquo; when they left the White House.</p><p>&ldquo;&lsquo;Dead broke?&rsquo; Really?&rdquo; Emanuel asked.</p><p>&ldquo;Well that may have not been the most artful way of saying that,&rdquo; Clinton said. &ldquo;You know, Bill and I have gone through a lot of different phases in our lives. That was then, this is now. And obviously we are very fortunate.&rdquo;</p><p>Some Republicans pounced on that remark to portray Clinton, who is giving big-dollar speeches across the country, as out of touch.</p><p>She also reminisced about her time growing up in Northwest suburban Park Ridge, and visiting her father&rsquo;s downtown Chicago office at the Merchandise Mart; where, she said, she was cautioned about sticking her head too far out the window on hot days, lest a &ldquo;giant dragon&rdquo; that lived in the Chicago River snatch her up.</p><p>But the former top U.S. diplomat was not afraid to stick her neck out when it came to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Clinton said some world leaders wouldn&rsquo;t be happy to read the anecdotes in her new book, then added, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m talking to you, Vladimir.&rdquo;</p><p>Clinton later lambasted Putin for passing a law, criticized as being anti-gay, that makes it a crime to distribute &ldquo;propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations&rdquo; to children.</p><p>&ldquo;What Putin&rsquo;s doing in Russia, with all these laws against the LGBT community, that is just a cynical political ploy,&rdquo; Clinton said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve had shouting matches with top Russian officials about this.&rdquo;</p><p>Clinton also addressed Tuesday&rsquo;s surprising primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. House, suggesting Cantor lost to a more conservative candidate &ldquo;who basically ran against immigrants,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>&ldquo;The answer is not to throw out of work and deport the 11 million immigrants who are contributing already to our economy,&rdquo; Clinton said. &ldquo;The answer is to grow our economy to create more jobs.&rdquo;</p><p>Clinton did not address whether she would make a run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, as is widely speculated. But she did focus on what she said were the qualities of a good leader: &ldquo;skin as thick as the hide of a rhinoceros,&rdquo; and the ability to &ldquo;make sausage&rdquo; in a political environment where compromise is sometimes a dirty word.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve always managed to do that,&rdquo; as a country, Clinton said, pointing to the constitutional amendment that ended slavery in 1865. &ldquo;Look, did it take, you know, maybe giving some people some post office jobs? It might have. But it ended slavery! That&rsquo;s a pretty good trade-off when you stop to think about it.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-629defdb-8cc4-433e-f07f-0aa043926bdd"><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/akeefe">Alex Keefe</a> is political reporter at WBEZ. You can follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZpolitics">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://plus.google.com/102759794640397640028">Google+</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/emanuel-ribs-clinton-over-dead-broke-comment-book-tour-stop-110328 Role reversal: Kids train teachers at South Side school http://www.wbez.org/news/role-reversal-kids-train-teachers-south-side-school-108975 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Kaleb Depluzer.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Clutching an iPad, sixth grader Kaleb Depluzer looks up at a group of grown-ups and instructs them to grab a device from the middle of the table.</p><p>&ldquo;My name is Kaleb, and today I&rsquo;m going to be teaching you how to use Keynote,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Everybody press &lsquo;presentation.&rsquo; It&rsquo;s all the way at the top left.&rdquo;<br /><br />This is app speed dating at Depluzer&rsquo;s school, National Teachers Academy, and it&rsquo;s essentially student-led professional development.<br /><br />&ldquo;App speed dating is when teachers go around and view kids doing different types of apps so we can teach the teachers how to use it,&rdquo; Depluzer explained.<br />Today, it&rsquo;s not just teachers. Other adults are here as part of a Chicago Ideas Week event.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s much more dynamic to have the student sharing and hearing it from their voices. It&rsquo;s also a lot less threatening as a teacher to come in and hear from a 9-year-old how this app works. They&rsquo;re not talking down to you. They&rsquo;re nine,&rdquo; Jennie Magiera said.</p><p>Magiera is the digital learning coordinator at the Academy for Urban School Leadership, the organization that runs National Teachers Academy.</p><p>She says there are a couple of different schools of thought when it comes to technology in the classroom.</p><p>&ldquo;You&rsquo;ve got your non-believers who think that technology is just fluff, that it&rsquo;s distracting from the actual goal of the classroom, which is teaching and learning,&rdquo; Magiera said. &ldquo;Then there&rsquo;s the folks who believe it&rsquo;s worthwhile, but for many different reasons.&rdquo;<br /><br />Magiera is part of the latter group, and she&rsquo;s about as techie as they come. She runs a blog called Teaching like it&rsquo;s 2999 and stays connected to other technology teachers and coordinators around the country.<br /><br />The idea behind letting kids do the training is to get and keep them excited about school. Depluzer is a perfect example.<br />&nbsp;<br />&ldquo;Before I created the student innovation team, he was in my math class,&rdquo; Magiera said. That was two years ago, when she tells me Depluzer used to fake fevers to get out of school.<br /><br />Magiera, who frequently had her students try out different educational apps she found, asked Depluzer and a few other students to test an app called &ldquo;Explain Everything.&rdquo;<br /><br />&ldquo;I came in on Monday morning and I thought it was going to blow all my students away,&rdquo; Magiera said. &ldquo;Kaleb uses it with his student peers and they hated it. They used a lot of very strong, fourth-grade appropriate language to say it was the worse app they&rsquo;ve ever seen.&rdquo;<br /><br />Depluzer and his friends wrote a blog post about it and within hours, the app developer emailed Magiera.<br /><br /><br />The developer, Reshan Richards, set up a Skype appointment with Depluzer and the other students to allow them to explain everything they thought was wrong with the app.<br /><br />&ldquo;(They were) brutally honest,&rdquo; Richards said. &ldquo;Brutally honest. It was just things like saying, I didn&rsquo;t like this. This doesn&rsquo;t work properly. I didn&rsquo;t understand why when I drew on the page and then moved the page the annotation didn&rsquo;t move with the page. Little things like that, but he was very, very clear I remember.&rdquo;<br /><br />After that &ndash; Magiera says Depluzer was a totally different student.</p><p>&ldquo;He was like, &lsquo;I&rsquo;m going to come to school every day. I want to be app developer. Oh my God I got to tell an adult what to do and they didn&rsquo;t yell at me, they listened to me,&rsquo;&rdquo; Magiera said.</p><p>Sitting at his station teaching the Keynote app to a rotating crop of adults last Thursday, Depluzer hardly seemed like the kind of kid who would play sick to stay home.<br /><br />He actually sounded a lot like a teacher.<br /><br />&ldquo;When you please leave, can you not exit out [of the app] because yesterday, I was deal with that and people, I had wasted time when people kept on exiting it out,&rdquo; Depluzer instructed.</p><p><em>Becky Vevea is a producer for WBEZ. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/WBEZeducation" target="_blank">@WBEZeducation</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/role-reversal-kids-train-teachers-south-side-school-108975 30 things to do in Chicago this fall http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-09/30-things-do-chicago-fall-108606 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Fall%20Chicago%20Flickr.jpg" title="Grant Park in the fall. (Flickr/PhilontheWeb2001)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">Summer may have its charms, but let&#39;s be real. When it comes to the three Ws (weather, wardrobe and whimsy), fall is the best season by far.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The sopping humidity of summer suddenly turns crisp and purposeful, ushering in a new academic year and bursts of gorgeous, coppery color in the trees.&nbsp;Chicagoans also become more fashionable, as we trade in our often unflattering shorts and sandals for a more polished look of jeans, scarves, layered cardigans and boots. We indulge in pumpkin lattes, host more game nights, watch the leaves fall and celebrate three of the year&#39;s best holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving and <a href="http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/November/buynothingday.htm" target="_blank">Buy Nothing Day</a>.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Back in June, I made a list of things to do in a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-06/30-things-do-chicago-summer-107847" target="_blank">Chicago summer</a>; but now, an even better season has arrived. In no particular order, here&#39;s 30 adventures to have this fall:</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>1. A.V. Fest/The Hideout Block Party, Sept. 6-7</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">From Friday afternoon to Saturday evening, The A.V. Club (the arts-and-entertainment wing of The Onion) and The Hideout Inn (one of Chicago&#39;s best live music and performance venues) will combine forces for an epic <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/143973282461284/" target="_blank">music festival</a>&nbsp;outside The Hideout at 1354 W. Wabansia. Performers include Young the Giant, Neko Case, Mavis Staples and Superchunk.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>2. Windy City Wine Festival, Sept. 6-7</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Wine connoisseurs, rejoice! The 9th year of the Windy City Wine Fest, presented by U.S. Bank, will bring samples of over&nbsp;<a href="http://chicago.eventful.com/events/windy-city-wine-festival-/E0-001-059429588-7@2013090616?utm_source=facebook&amp;utm_medium=events&amp;SREF=FBEvent" target="_blank">345 different wines</a> from all around the world, alongside food pairings from some of the city&#39;s best restaurants. Meet at Buckingham Fountain for demonstrations from local chefs and expert-led wine pairing seminars.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>3. Renegade Craft Fair, Sept. 7-8</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Feeling crafty? This annual indie-craft marketplace, held on Division Street in Wicker Park, brings hundreds of craft makers out of their studios and into the spotlight for a festive <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/412070168914166/" target="_blank">weekend celebration</a> of all things handmade. The Chicago English Bulldog Rescue (CEBR) will participate again this year too, making this fest 100 percent pet-friendly!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>4. Riot Fest, Sept. 13-15</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://riotfest.org" target="_blank">Riot Fest</a> may be described as the last hurrah of summer; but by the time Sept. 13 rolls around, the atmosphere will &nbsp;feel a lot like fall. Fortunately, cooler temperatures and a jaw-dropping lineup featuring The Replacements, Rancid, Pixies and The Violent Femmes makes for a stellar combination.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>5. Chicago Music Summit, Sept. 20</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">This <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_music_summit.html" target="_blank">first-ever</a>&nbsp;conference, presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), will give Chicagoans the opportunity to learn more about our city&#39;s thriving music scene and connect with industry professionals at the local and national levels. More than 20 panels on a variety of topics will feature 100+ speakers, including representatives from Sony Music Entertainment, Pitchfork and Live Nation.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>6. Try a new restaurant.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">New hotspots opening this season: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/chichopshop" target="_blank">Chop Shop and the 1st Ward</a> (a Bucktown restaurant, bar, music venue and butcher shop combined into one) debuts in mid-September, <a href="http://chicago.eater.com/tags/a10" target="_blank">A10</a> (a European venture from Matthias Merges of Yusho and Billy Sunday) arrives in October and <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-06-23/features/chi-paul-kahan-and-co-readies-nico-an-italian-seafood-restaurant-in-gold-coast-20130623_1_publican-quality-meats-paul-kahan-curtis-duffy" target="_blank">Eataly</a>&nbsp;(Mario Batali&#39;s megaspace of eight restaurants, a microbrewery and a culinary school) opens its doors in mid-November.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>7. Drive out to the drive-in.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Before the weather gets too cold, bundle up with some blankets, popcorn and good company at the old-timey&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cascadedrivein.com" target="_blank">Cascade Drive-In</a> in West Chicago.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>8. Expo Chicago, Sept. 19-22</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art &mdash; a celebrated arts and culture fest offering tours, artist discussions, special exhibitions and site-specific projects&mdash;will take place over a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.expochicago.com" target="_blank">three-day weekend</a> at Navy Pier, with a &quot;Vernissage&quot; opening night benefit on Thursday. The event will feature 125 galleries representing 17 countries and 36 cities, including London, Zurich, San Francisco, Berlin, New York City, Madrid and Chicago.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>9. Volunteer at 826 Chi.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Help tutor a Chicago student at <a href="http://www.826chi.org/about/" target="_blank">826 Chi</a>,&nbsp;a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting learners ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills. Back-to-school volunteers can choose to help students with their homework after-school, in schools, through events and outreach, on field trips or in conjunction with workshops at 826 and The Boring Store.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>10. Hit up a Subject to Change event.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/subjecttochangechi/?directed_target_id=0" target="_blank">Subject to Change</a>, an LGBTQ-friendly collective that aims to create &quot;no shame&quot; when it comes to the music they enjoy and the people they care about, holds monthly events at Township to raise funds and awareness for a variety of different community organizations. Past events have included benefits for the Chicago Women&#39;s Health Center, Chicago Books to Women in Prison and Vida SIDA. Keep your calendar open every first Tuesday this fall for more!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>11. Design Harvest Festival Sept. 28-29</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Chicago&#39;s annual street festival <a href="http://www.design-harvest.com" target="_blank">celebrating home design</a> will feature a myriad of local vendors and antique collectors, &nbsp;as well as family hay rides, pumpkin painting to raise money for a local elementary school, square dancing, cold beer, delicious food and live music programming from The Hideout.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>12. Hang out in a new bar.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Coming soon: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Punch-House/501622639921369" target="_blank">Dusek&#39;s/Punch House</a>&nbsp;in Pilsen&#39;s historic Thalia Hall (mid-September), <a href="http://articles.redeyechicago.com/2013-08-19/entertainment/41426244_1_violet-hour-bartenders-cocktail" target="_blank">Analogue</a>&nbsp;on Milwaukee Ave. (mid-October), and River North comfort food bar <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Dining/Dining-Guide/index.php/name/Tippling-Hall/listing/46375/" target="_blank">Tippling Hall</a>&nbsp;(late October).&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>13. Chicago International Film Festival, Oct. 10-24</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Now in its 49th year, CIFF continues its tradition of <a href="http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/sneak_preview/" target="_blank">bringing exciting new films</a> from more than 55 different countries to Chicago&#39;s main stage. This fall, the lineup includes the much-buzzed documentary &quot;Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,&quot; the Israeli horror film &quot;Big Bad Wolves&quot; and the 2013 Cannes&#39; Palme d&#39;Or winner &quot;Blue Is The Warmest Color. &quot; &nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>14. Hubbard Street: Fall Series, Oct. 10-13</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The incredible Hubbard Street dancers have a <a href="http://www.hubbardstreetdance.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=proditem&amp;id=211:fall-series&amp;Itemid=58" target="_blank">hot ticket</a> for Chicago audiences this year: a diverse and exciting program from choreographers Robyn Mineko Williams, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek and Alejandro Cerrudo that will feature nods to Michael Jackson, the Paris Opera and &quot;Flashdance.&quot;&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>15. Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Oct. 13</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">If you&#39;re not running that day, bring a sign and cheer on your friends! The <a href="http://www.chicagomarathon.com" target="_blank">marathon</a>&nbsp;has Two Waves that start at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively, so bring that double-shot pumpkin spice latte with you to the start line.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>16. See a new theater show.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The must-sees: Joan Allen returns to the Steppenwolf stage for the first time since 1991 in the American premiere of <a href="http://www.timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/16406291/the-wheel" target="_blank">The Wheel</a>, The Goodman Theatre&#39;s&nbsp;fall season opens in September with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/16406631/pullman-porter-blues" target="_blank">Pullman Porter Blues</a>, and the Tony-Award winning musical <a href="http://www.timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/16409076/once" target="_blank">Once</a>&nbsp;arrives&nbsp;at The Oriental for a limited run in October.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>17. Vintage Garage, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Uptown&#39;s <a href="http://www.vintagegaragechicago.com" target="_blank">Vintage Garage</a>, the only monthly flea market in Chicago, presents the best vintage and antique dealers under one roof every third Sunday from April to October. Don&#39;t miss your chance to attend the last two shows of the season: &quot;Vintage Art&quot; on Sept. 15 and &quot;Record Ramp&quot; with the Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP) on Oct. 20. &nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>18. Chicago Ideas Week, Oct. 14-20</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">This <a href="https://www.chicagoideas.com" target="_blank">annual hub</a> of creativity, connection and inspiration kicks off Year 4 with a wide assortment of events, master classes, labs and special presentations. An impressive array of speakers includes Buzz Aldrin, Cat Cora, Dan Savage, Elizabeth Smart, Malcolm Gladwell and Terry McMillan.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>19. Search for the best cider.&nbsp;</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&#39;Tis that time of year. For the hard cider fans: Sprout, SmallBar, The Grafton Pub and Kuma&#39;s Corner all have excellent selections.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>20. Third Coast Percussion, Oct. 20</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Since its formation in 2005, <a href="http://www.thirdcoastpercussion.com/about-us/" target="_blank">Third Coast Percussion</a>&nbsp;ensemble has performed hundreds of concerts across the country. This year, TCP will be opening their Chicago concert season with a Frequency Series of &quot;Infinitesimal Machinery&quot; at <a href="http://www.thirdcoastpercussion.com/news-and-events/chicago-concert-season/" target="_blank">Constellation </a>on Oct. 20.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>21. Go on a Zombie Safari Hayride.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Make the trek to Tinley Park for an October weekend of fun, tractors and zombies in the cornfields! Yes, this is really a <a href="http://www.odysseyfunfarm.com/ZOMBIE.html" target="_blank">thing.</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>22. Play flag football.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Chicago&nbsp;Bears games are fun and all, but how about tossing the old pigskin in your own backyard? Organize a game of flag or touch football in your neighborhood park, then treat the winning team to beers.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>23. Shop local.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">When scouring the streets for the best fall fashion, don&#39;t forget your local boutiques and online vendors. A few of my favorites: <a href="http://wolfbaitchicago.com" target="_blank">Wolfbait &amp; B-girls</a>, <a href="http://www.sofialivelovely.com" target="_blank">Sofia</a>, <a href="http://shoppenelopes.com" target="_blank">Penelope&#39;s</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://sarateashop.com" target="_blank">Sara Tea Shop</a>.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>24. Laugh out loud at Pop Goes Alicia Live!</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Every <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/148783585330469/" target="_blank">first Tuesday</a> at The Hideout until November, join host Alicia Swiz and a rotating panel of local writers, comedians and activists discussing the latest in pop culture and buzzworthy current events.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>25. Step back in time to the 1893 Fair.&nbsp;</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Head to the Field Musuem on Oct. 26 for the Women&#39;s Board Gala in celebration of a sure-to-be <a href="http://fieldmuseum.org/happening/exhibits/opening-vaults-wonders-1893-worlds-fair" target="_blank">stunning</a> new exhibition: &quot;Opening the Vaults: Wonders of 1893&#39;s World Fair.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>26. Check out a new band.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The gargantuan music fests of summer have come and gone (until we meet again, Walmart on the Lake), but never fear. <em>Time Out Chicago</em> has an excellent list of <a href="http://www.timeoutchicago.com/music-nightlife/16397136/10-new-bands-to-see-this-fall" target="_blank">rising acts </a>to fall in love with this fall: from Jenny Hyval at the Empty Bottle to Water Liars at Schubas to Lucius at Lincoln Hall.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>27. Rubber Fest, Nov. 8-9</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://mirubber.com" target="_blank">Mr. Interntional Rubber</a>&nbsp;(MIR) is a rubber-fetish event that includes cocktail parties, a rubber/leather market and awards at the Center on Halsted. Go get your kink on, if you feel so inclined.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>28. Beer Hoptacular, Nov. 8-9</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">If rubber is not your thing, attend Chicago&#39;s Fourth Annual <a href="http://beerhoptacular.com" target="_blank">Beer Hoptacular</a>&nbsp;at Lacuna Artist Loft Studios in Pilsen instead. Make sure to stick around for the best Hoptacular beer of the year (2012 winner: 5 Lizard from Bedford, Illinois)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>29. Find the best pie.</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">During the autumnal months, a seasonal slice of delectable pumpkin or hot apple pie really hits the spot. Take refuge at Bang Bang Pie Shop, Hoosier Mama Company or First Slice Pie Cafe to satisfy your every craving.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>30. Christmas Tree Lighting at Daley Plaza, Nov. 27</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Watch Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the tree donor flip the switch at Chicago&#39;s 100th Annual <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/provdrs/attractions_eventsandexhibitions/news/2012/sep/christmas_tree_lightingandulsantahousekickofftheholidays.html" target="_blank">Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony</a>, accompanied by live music and performances at Daley Plaza. And say, &quot;Goodbye fall, I hardly knew ye.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">What would you add to this list?</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Leah Pickett is a pop culture writer and co-host of WBEZ&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-changing-channels/id669715774?mt=2">Changing Channels,</a>&nbsp;a podcast about the future of television. Follow Leah on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp;and<a href="http://hermionehall.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">&nbsp;Tumblr</a>.</em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-09/30-things-do-chicago-fall-108606 White Sox, Ryder Cup collapses punctuate a rough sports weekend http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/white-sox-ryder-cup-collapses-punctuate-rough-sports-weekend-102788 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP142431673634.jpg" title="A rough end to the season for A.J. Pierzynski and the Sox (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Lead story: </strong>A pair of epic sports collapses punctuated the weekend in Chicago. On the city&rsquo;s South Side, the White Sox let their grasp on the American League Central division &ndash; and their only shot at the playoffs &ndash; slip away. Meanwhile, out in suburban Medinah, the U.S. Ryder Cup team <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/golf--u-s--coughs-up-ryder-cup-in-event-s-biggest-choke-ever.html;_ylt=AutGZy0PZkBEN.xhXD4S0c85nYcB;_ylu=X3oDMTQ0a3ZlZ3RrBG1pdANGRUFUVVJFRCBNZWdhdHJvbiBTUE9SVFMgRlAEcGtnA2YzYThjNjllLTY4MGUtM2NlNC04Y2Q3LTk1YjJkNjFiZjNlM">experienced a historic meltdown</a> on the competition&rsquo;s final day and gave the title back to Team Europe. Obviously, the White Sox collapse hurts worse for city sports fans and will linger longer heading into the long, dark winter (not that Sox attendance numbers <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/economy/weak-fan-support-darkens-sox-success-102759">are any indication of the team&rsquo;s success</a> this year). The Sox are still mathematically eligible but <a href="http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_09_30_tbamlb_chamlb_1&amp;mode=recap&amp;c_id=cws">will need a miracle</a> just to push a one-game playoff with the Detroit Tigers.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Also:</strong>&nbsp;Violence is so out of control in Chicago &ndash; <a href="http://www.redeyechicago.com/news/crime/redeye-chicago-logs-its-400th-homicide-of-year-20120929,0,461991.story">crossing 400 homicides</a> for the year with a quarter still left to go &ndash; that the city is out of ideas <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/grappling-with-gun-problem-chicago-asks-residents-to-share-ideas-for-solutions-on-twitter/2012/09/29/fa5ad394-0a77-11e2-9eea-333857f6a7bd_story.html">and is asking for yours and mine</a>, provided you can tweet them. It&rsquo;s part of <a href="http://www.chicagoideas.com/">Chicago Ideas Week</a> (which is amazing and worth checking out): Come up with a solution, tweet it, include the hashtag &ldquo;<a href="https://twitter.com/i/#!/search/realtime/%23whatifchicago">#whatifchicago</a>&rdquo; and the best ideas will be debated at <a href="http://www.chicagoideas.com/events/160">a panel on October 11</a>. CPD chief Garry McCarthy will be there while, but tellingly, Rahm Emanuel (or anyone otherwise associated with City Hall) will not.</p><p><strong>And then:&nbsp;</strong>Over the weekend, Lindsay Lohan <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/15480467-421/lindsay-lohan-vs-congressmans-aide-who-harassed-who.html">got involved with police</a> after a scuffle in her hotel room with a young man who Lohan says had been taking cell phone photos of her. The young man? Christian LaBella, a D.C.-based aide for downstate Illinois Rep. John Shimkus. LaBella seems to <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/15480467-421/lindsay-lohan-vs-congressmans-aide-who-harassed-who.html">have a thing for celebrities</a>. Police arrested him and charged him with assault, but after looking into the incident a little more, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-employee-of-congressman-shimkus-arrested-following-alleged-assault-on-lohan-at-nyc-hotel-20120930,0,5276355.story">those charges were dropped</a>.&nbsp;Both Lohan and LaBella filed harassment claims against each other. Rep. Shimkus office acknowledged LaBella was in their employ but stressed the congressman did not condone any of LaBella&#39;s actions.</p><p><strong>RIP:</strong> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/30/nyregion/arthur-o-sulzberger-publisher-who-transformed-times-dies-at-86.html?pagewanted=all">Arthur O. Sulzberger</a>, legendary publisher of the <em>New York Times</em>, at the age of 86. Sulzberger served as publisher from 1963 until 1992 when he passed the job to his son, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., and then served another five years as chairman before he passed that job to his son as well. During his 34 years in those positions, Sulzberger expanded both the paper&rsquo;s scope (by introducing new features sections) and importance, helping to make it one of the leading international news authorities. Perhaps one of his single greatest achievements was publishing the <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/p/pentagon_papers/index.html?8qa">Pentagon Papers</a>&nbsp;in 1971.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Elsewhere</strong></p><ul><li>California became the first state <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/01/us/california-bans-therapies-to-cure-gay-minors.html">to ban gay &ldquo;cures&rdquo; for minors</a>, citing the emotional toll it can inflict on teenagers.</li><li>GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-ryan-tax-polls-fox-news-20120930,0,2868739.story">on running mate Mitt Romney&rsquo;s financial plan</a> during a TV appearance: &ldquo;It would take me too long to go through all of the math.&rdquo;</li><li>The president&rsquo;s family <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2210323/Obama-family-costs-taxpayers-1-4BILLION-year.html">costs taxpayers 20 times</a> as much money as the royal family, holds 20 times fewer <a href="http://www.tmz.com/category/prince-harry-vegas-pictures/">naked Vegas parties</a>.</li><li>The Dallas Cowboys <a href="http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-georgia-sports/2012/09/30/how-about-them-undies/">are adding a Victoria&rsquo;s Secret store</a> to their ginormous stadium because nothing puts people in the mood for lingerie like watching sweaty men run into each other.</li><li>No sooner had the above news been announced than North Texas <a href="http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Magnitude-34-earthquake-rattles-North-Texas-171963901.html">experienced a pair of small earthquakes</a>. The logical conclusion to draw, of course, is that forces greater than we do not like to mix lingerie and football. Which totally explains <a href="http://blog.seattlepi.com/football/2012/09/25/after-seahawks-game-lingerie-football-league-says-it-fired-refs-now-in-nfl/">this</a>.<br />&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Looking Ahead</strong></p><ul><li>The investigation <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/15474648-761/family-man-killed-at-hot-dog-stand-was-leaving-gang-life.html">continues into a weekend killing</a> at a Bridgeport hot dog stand, though police have said it is gang-related.</li><li>The city is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/city-appeals-occupy-chicago-decision-102752">moving forward</a> with its appeal of last week&rsquo;s decision by a judge to toss out the arrests of more than 90 Occupy Wall Street demonstrators stemming from a protest last fall.</li><li>Clean up <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&amp;id=8830122">continues from a massive warehouse fire</a> that happened Sunday in Avondale.</li><li>Our own Robin Amer <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2012-09-28/five-scariest-things-i-learned-chicago%E2%80%99s-pedestrian-plan-102736">takes a deeper look at the Chicago&#39;s proposed pedestrian plan</a> and the challenges the city faces in making an impact.</li><li>The deadline to register to vote in Illinois is next Tuesday, October 9, so if you need to register, get all the information you need <a href="http://www.chicagoelections.com/page.php?id=170">here</a>.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Sports</strong></p><ul><li>The Cubs <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/recap?gameId=320930129&amp;teams=chicago-cubs-vs-arizona-diamondbacks">stave off 100 losses</a>&hellip; for now.</li><li>Training camp <a href="http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/ten-questions-facing-bulls-training-camp-opens.html">opens today for the Bulls</a> and their first preseason game comes a week from Tuesday.</li><li>More pro athletes need to do things like <a href="http://deadspin.com/5947408/falcons-safety-thomas-decoud-played-the-meow-game-during-an-interview-on-sportscenter">this</a>.</li><li>It looks like it&rsquo;s <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/8445150/chicago-white-sox-paul-konerko-undergo-hand-surgery-season">going to be hand surgery</a> for Paul Konerko once the season&rsquo;s done.</li><li>The Bears and Cowboys finish up this week&rsquo;s NFL action tonight and if you&rsquo;re not the type who has cable, you can catch the game on WGN at 7 p.m.<br />&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Finally</strong><br />This domino set-up beats anything I&rsquo;ve ever accomplished in my life. [<a href="http://cheezburger.com/42597377">via</a>]</p></div><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2QGuOD1HMCQ" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 09:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/white-sox-ryder-cup-collapses-punctuate-rough-sports-weekend-102788 Listeners share their ideas for a better Chicago http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-12/listeners-share-their-ideas-better-chicago-93079 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-12/idea.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>World leaders, captains of industry and innovators of all stripes gathered in Chicago throughout the week for the first-ever <a href="http://www.chicagoideas.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Ideas Week</a>."The talks and tours—or "labs"—were open to the public for $15. But for those who missed the opportunity to hear ideas from President Clinton or take a tour of Millennium Park with former Mayor Daley— all hope was not lost. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> asked listeners to share their ideas for how to make Chicago a better city. Expert Robert Wolcott, executive director of the <a href="http://www.kinglobal.org/" target="_blank">Kellogg Innovation Network</a>, was in studio to help develop ideas. Wolcott is also a senior lecturer of entrepreneurship and innovation at the <a href="http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/" target="_blank">Kellogg School of Management</a> at Northwestern University.</p><p>Full disclosure—Professor Wolcott’s firm, <a href="http://clareopartners.com/" target="_blank">Clareo Partners</a>, is one of the many Chicago Ideas Week partners and WBEZ is a co-Media partner of the weeklong series.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 14:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-12/listeners-share-their-ideas-better-chicago-93079