Archive for October, 2008

Paul M. Banks a.k.a. The Sports BankWith over an estimated one-third of American adults defined as obese, something corrective must clearly be done. Educating the next generation is one way to help fight off this epidemic. On Thursday, the Blackhawks announced a major initiative towards fighting childhood obesity: a partnership with Nettelhorst, a Chicago Public School. The campaign began this Thursday, Oct. 30, when Chicago Blackhawks team president John McDonough served as ‘Principal for a Day’ at the school. McDonough toured the facilities and classrooms and interacted with the students. “It’s a privilege for me to be able to visit with the students of The Nettelhorst School and help launch such a special partnership,” he said.

 Chicago Blackhawks Charities donated $200,000 and various team sports equipment to Nettelhorst, and will additionally create a fitness center, floor hockey court, and inter-school floor hockey league for area schools in the future. McDonough elaborated on the importance of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle: “It really makes for a good student, and for somebody who’s going to be achieving a lot of things in life.”

The program’s goal is to instill a sense of leadership, self-esteem and self-confidence driven by active individual fitness and team sports experiences. “We admire the Blackhawks’ thought-leadership and proactive mindset in creating a partnership with Nettelhorst to offset the hardships created by decreasing government funding,” School Principal Cindy Wulbert said.

McDonough has participated in 12 ‘Principal for a Day,’ programs, which were created for community leaders to involve themselves and their organizations or associations in continued support throughout the year at their school. For adults, numerous local recreational sport and social leagues offer commercial winter floor hockey leagues, a very productive means for burning calories during the colder months.
I also participated in “Principal for a Day” yesterday too. Representing the Chicago 2016 Channel, I reported on Olympic Boxer and former WBC Lightweight Champion David Diaz returning to his alma mater, Carl Von Linne School.

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Paul M. Banks a.k.a. The Sports Bank

In the midst of last season, former Blackhawks Head Coach Dennis Savard made an infamous rant where he called on his players to specifically be “committed to the Indian.” ”They’ve got to commit to the Indian,” Savard fumed. ”If they don’t want to commit to the Indian, let’s go upstairs and we’ll get ’em out of here.” Of course, a little over two weeks ago we learned that the Indian was not committed to Savard. On October 16th, Savard with a record of 1-2-1, was dismissed. In 147 games as Hawks coach Savard posted a 65-66-16 record. He was replaced by Joel Quenneville, former coach of the Colorado Avalanche, and scout for the organization. Under Quenneville the Hawks are 2-1-2 heading into tonight’s matchup with the Dallas Stars.

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Cara Carriveau, NBC Chicago Street Team

Did you happen to watch the Saturday Night Live episode a few weeks ago featuring Sarah Palin?  Chances are you did – after all, with over 14 million people tuning in it was the most watched SNL episode ever.

Benefitting majorly from that large audience was that night’s musical guest, Adele.  She’s quite popular in the UK but her soulful song “Chasing Pavements” was released in the U.S. a few months ago with only moderate success.  Since that SNL performance her song has skyrocketed up the charts and she’s now looking for a place in New York to call home, at least for a while.

I spoke to Adele this week about her SNL experience, what it’s like to be so successful at a young 19 years old, and other stuff – check out our conversation by clicking HERE.

Adele will be at The Park West on January 19, 2009.  Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning (Saturday, November 1) at 10a – but you can get your tickets with a special internet presale today (Friday, October 31) until 10pm if you go to www.WTMX.com and sign up to be a “Mix Insider”.

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Chasity Chaos, NBC Chicago Street Team

One part Vaudeville, one part Burlesque, and plenty of tricks – Barry R. Bone’s BURLESQUE BROTHEL is going where no other murder mystery has gone before. Vaudezilla & Mo Roses Productions are daring to bare all in this non-pretentious who-dunnit, set in the “Red Light” of Darkroom’s swank lounge space.

The event takes place October 30, 2008 at The Darkroom, 2210 W Chicago Av, Chicago IL.  Doors open & entertainment starts at 9:00pm.

This event features audio/visual performances from Chicago’s most versatile burlesque performers: Red Hot Annie, Pearl Pistol, Salome Slaughter, Naughty Natanya, Lady Jack & Siren Jinx, and NBC Chicago Street Teamer Chasity Chaos; with special appearance by the Chicago Outfit Derby Girls.

Pre-show entertainment will include 1920’s vintage erotica as well as circus sideshow acts. Various goodies and swag bags will be distributed to all who attend. Post-show entertainment will include chocolate truffles from Coco Rouge, as well as a raffle sponsored by Chicago Avenue Salon, Pleasure Chest, G-Boutique, Platinum Partners, & Batteries Not Included. Rock band Whiskey Blonde will conclude the night with a set.

Tickets are $13 at the door. For more information, visit www.Vaudezilla.com.

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Natalia Avilez, NBC5 Street Team

Sure you’ve heard of a Haunted House, park or trail, but what about a haunted yard?

As you drive through this Northlake neighborhood, past the fog, and into the flashing lights, you will stumble upon a yard that will surely stop you dead in your tracks. Unlike many of the yards that are out there, not only will you be able to admire this Halloween display but you can actually walk through this haunted yard where you will see, feel, and hear the sights and sounds of Halloween.

What started out as a family’s love for Halloween over ten years ago, turned out to be a yard filled with over 100 decorations and animatronics including an eight-foot demon, clowns, ghosts, and witches. Although there is no entrance fee, donations are encouraged and everything that is donated is donated to a non-profit organization. So if you are wondering where to take the kids this year and you are on a budget, this is one home that you will give you plenty of tricks and treats.

Once the sun sets this Hallows Eve, make sure to head out to the haunted yard where thousands of brave souls such as yourself will make their way through the Village Haunt. After surviving the yard, make sure to check out their store where you can enjoy a hot cup of cocoa , cotton candy, get an airbrushed tattoo, or purchase some ghostly reminders for next year.

For more information including pictures and directions check out their myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/thevillagehaunt

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Theresa Carter, The Local Tourist, NBC Chicago Street Team

On MySpace, a band’s profile can say a lot about their music. In their “sounds like” section, the Dollar Store says “four old punks who own some country and blues records”.

Basically, these guys have no patience for mamsy-pamsy look-at-me I’m a pop star tom-foolery. They play, they have fun, they’ll get the crowd agitated and I can guarantee there’ll be beer flowing when they take the stage at the CBGB Festival.

Speaking of which, if you want a chance to win two tickets, don’t forget to shoot me an email with Gimme CBGB in the subject line by Friday. Every week until the fest I’m picking someone who’ll get two tickets. The only caveat is you’ll be subscribed to TLT’s weekly newsletter, which is actually like a bonus prize… Last week Dana Jusahz won – Congrats Dana!

Dollar Store – One Thin Dime

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D.C. “Fete Select TV” Crenshaw, NBC5 Street Team

Chicago has some great neighborhoods with excellent restaurants.  The major “hoods” that I frequent are Bucktown, Wicker Park, Gold Coast, River West, River North and the South Loop.  My neighborhood in Lakeview has some pretty darn good restaurants as well.  Recently I had the pleasure of dining at another Lakeview standout on North Broadway, Angelina Ristorante.

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Desiree, NBC Chicago Street Team

Who doesn’t love culture and the arts? The celebration of life’s faceted dramas?

Whether you’re a sophisticated Bernini sculptor lover or a self-proclaimed Blue Man groupie, there’s enough going on in this city to accommodate every taste. But if you want to get one step closer to aficionado status, remember there’s only two more weeks to attend the exciting and educational events at the 19th Annual Chicago Humanities Festival through November 16.

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D.C. “Fete Select TV” Crenshaw, NBC Chicago Street Team

Most folks in the know in Chicago can attest that there’s a ton of events, fundraisers and parties that you can attend on a weekly basis. There’s not nearly enough time to hit them all, so you have to be selective in the events you choose.

You might want to add “Hip Sip” at the W Hotel City Center to your calendar of must-visit events. It’s a themed cocktail party that is quite different from your average soiree.

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Laura Lodewyck, NBC5 Street Team 
As Halloween falls on a Friday this year, you may find yourself, as I am, inundated with Halloween party plans. Yay! Treat yourself by extending the celebrations aaaall week. Check out tonight’s screening of Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! at the Music Box Theatre, which opens with a burlesque performance by the fabulous Michelle L’Amour.

After you tire of the old-fashioned house-to-house party hopping on Halloween, filling up on booze AND candy (because you can) head to the racy party Naked: A Leather and Lace Halloween Celebration at Sound Bar. Or, make your way to a lower-key neighborhood celebration at Paddy Long’s “Beeker Must Die” Costume Party. Or head up to the swank Disguise and Deception Halloween Masquerade, featuring ex-Cirque du Soleill member Emie Vega’s performance on aerial silks (off the balcony!). The choices are bountiful, and pretty much just unfair…how to choose??

As Halloween is the day where the veil between the living and the dead becomes most thin, it seems appropriate to mourn the loss of a nostalgic treat.. that’s right, Miller Coors has suddenly announced that they are no longer going to be making the mad dog of beers, ZIMA. Oh, Zima! I totally forgot about Zima!! But now that I won’t be able to have it anymore… like zombies want brains, I suddenly MUST HAVE ZIMA.

Be sure to type “Lodewyck” into the search bar to see my past blogs and segments with Nude Hippo.

Oh, and don’t forget – Thursday is the final day for early voting. Check out this nifty google map of early voting locations.

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D.C. “Fete Select TV” Crenshaw, NBC5 Street Team

Last week I posted a blog about the World Pizza Championships held in Italy every year.  It was brought to my attention that there are two different teams in the U.S. that compete for the coveted title.  The team that I referenced in last week’s blog is the  “World Pizza Champions” not the U.S. Pizza Team.  Leo Spizzirri, Executive Chef at Giordano’s, is a member of the “World Pizza Champions”.  The team is led by nine-time pizza champion Tony Gemignani.  The “World Pizza Champions” is touted as America’s #1 Pizza Team.  Hope that clears up any confusion about your favorite pizza team.

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Hungry Z, NBC Chicago Street Team

Does a place have to be well-known to be any good? How about those hole-in-the-wall joints? Are they worth trying?

Pequod’s Pizza is a hole in the wall if there ever was one. If you’re wondering, what’s up with that name, “Pequod” is actually a fictional whaleship that appears in Moby Dick. Well, step inside Pequod’s and you feel like you’re in someone’s basement, circa 1970s. The small dimensions and wood paneling decor help maintain that retro feel.

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Cara Carriveau, NBC5 Street Team

True story: I ran into Josh Kelley in the hallway of his hotel and found myself in his hotel room within minutes. Granted, I was at the hotel to emcee a private show with him later — but we had never met and I had no idea I would see him randomly before the show. Since I had my portable recorder with me I figured it couldn’t hurt to ask him for an interview. Next think I knew, I was inside his hotel room chatting away. Yep, it was that easy.

Check out my conversation with Josh Kelley and many of my other interviews at www.CarasBasement.com – like with The Plain White T’s, Linkin Park, Disturbed, Nils Lofgren and more!

By the way, he put on a great show. Catch him perform live if you get the chance!

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Amy Zanglin, NBC Chicago Street Team 

Last week Sheffield’s held it’s first “Date My Ex, Please” event. Couples not only had the chance to get to know each other at the event, but they could also get the skinny on that person from their ex.

What better way to get the scoop on someone than from their past girlfriend/boyfriend? The only catch is, you have to be willing to offer up your ex, who you’re now friends with, to someone else.

Click here for the full story, video and slide show on www.nbcchicago.com.

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Twelve of the city’s most powerful female entrepreneurs were chosen to receive professional fashion makeovers at the sixth bi-annual Biz-Over event.

 The event, held at the Marlowe Boutique, was designed to help the honorees think about more than just the business side of their operations.

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Itika Oldwine, NBC Chicago Street Team

If you’re looking for a great place to have an elegant meal in downtown Chicago, your next fine dining experience should definitely be at The Foundation Dining Room at The House of Blues Chicago.

The Foundation Dining Room is an upscale hidden gem located in The Foundation Room, a member’s only VIP Lounge, at The House of Blues in River North. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a member enjoy a meal at this venue. Just be sure to call the concierge ahead of time to make a reservation. Oh, and don’t forget to take note of the business casual dress code.

The menu selected by the chef is seasonal and varies throughout the year. Make sure that you inquire about the soup of the day. The creamed cauliflower is a personal favorite, but, whatever is served will not disappoint. The pork rib chop is cooked to perfection and the filet mignon is arguably one of the best in the city.

And don’t you dare skip out on dessert! The brown butter cake is like nothing you have ever experienced before.

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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team (video)

Watch the weekly “Word On The Street” segment on 24/7 Chicago: Secrets of the City,” at 12:30 a.m. Saturday nights.

Halloween will take over the streets this week. Who says it’s just for kids? There’s no shortage of places for some adult fun this week.

Click here to read the full story on nbcchicago.com.

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Chasity Chaos, NBC Chicago Street Team

I don’t know about you, but I grew up watching Dirty Dancing. When I was a little girl I use to get in trouble for gyrating and behaving “flitsy” like the girls in the movie by my “Grammy” and “Papa.” I hate to admit it, but I’m the nerd that will spend her whole Saturday afternoon watching this timeless movie on TBS back to back to back. With all of this being said, I’m sure you can imagine how excited I was when I found out that Dirty Dancing, the worldwide musical smash hit, is having its Pre-Broadway US premiere right here in Chicago

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JenChicago, NBC Chicago Street Team

Last weekend, my brothers were in town and I wanted to make sure that I showed them a really good time for the short few days they were here. We went to parties, Navy Pier, Millennium Park and more!

I asked friends for suggestions for where to take my brothers and got the Tommy Gun’s Garage recommendation by my good friend, and fellow NBC Chicago Street Teamer, Jim Grillo (HeresChicago.com) …and what a great suggestion it was!

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Blagica Bottigliero, NBC Chicago Street Team

I’ve been spending some time up in Milwaukee and will have the pleasure of going back for a talk I’m giving next month. On a previous visit, I had some downtime to get a cup of coffee and relax at the Iron Horse hotel. For you Chicagoans that are all about ‘the next hot spot’/cool club/hip lounge, you may want to take a peek up north and check out the Iron Horse.

Ok, the Iron Horse IS a hotel, yes (it’s named Iron Horse after what the Indians used to call the train), but it’s also a place you can hold meetings, get a swanky drink or roll in with your Harley. That’ right, Harley. The Iron Horse is situated right near the Harley-Davidson museum and was created from mastermind carpenter, Tim Dixon. Tim’s known for throwing some of the most over-the-top parties in Milwaukee, so it was no surprise to his friends and locals that he decided to open the hotel.

The Iron Horse was an old mattress factory and has since transformed into a woodsy, dark, gritty, yet sexy place for riders to come relax after a day on the road or a woman can sit back with her martini after a day in her downtown Milwaukee office.  The hotel is brand spanking new. I was lucky enough to get a tour of the space and chat with Tim about his vision. All and all, I was blown away.

Each hotel room has a full wall image of a gorgeous girl.  The story goes, someone mentioned that Milwaukee doesn’t have pretty girls. An artist, and Tim’s friend, wanted to set the record straight so he set out on a campaign to photograph girls in Milwaukee. The response was overwhelming  – the Iron Horse is now chock full of stunning images. Tim was thinking of the motorcycle enthusiast when he created the Iron Horse – each hotel room entrance has a ‘mud room’ for you to throw off your boots, shoes, then enter your living space – smart.

 Other hotel features: meeting rooms, a library that doubles as the breakfast area, free wi-fi, a large bar with vintage drafting chairs (I wanted to buy one from them) and a staff that is trained to know about their guests before they arrive.  Oh, for you motorcycle riders, the Iron Horse will enable you to ‘park’ your ride in their basement and/or transport it there during your cross-country trips.

I’m going to be staying at the Iron Horse in mid-November and will report back then!




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D.C. “Fete Select TV” Crenshaw, NBC Chicago Street Team

The Italians created pizza, but can you believe that they had never heard of Chicago style pizza?  That’s until Leo Spizzirri made some noise amongst the best pizza makers in the world.  Leo, the Executive Chef for Giordano’s 46 locations, is now a member of the World Pizza Champions team.  He is considered to be one of the best pizza makers in the world, and his specialty is stuffed pizza.

Leo has been trained by 9 time pizza champion, Tony Gemignani, and is also certified in Classic Italian Pizza, Pizza in Pala, and Pizza in Taglia from the Scuola Italiana Pizzaioli in Carole, Italy.  Gemigiani tagged Leo to be a part of the World Pizza Champions after many conversations about Chicago style and tasting the stuffed pizza.  Chicago style pizza wasn’t recognized in any of the World Championship competitions, but Gemigiani wanted to change that.  

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Katrell Mendenhall, NBC Chicago Street Team

Originating all the way from Norway and exclusive to Nordstrom, Laila gives Michigan Avenue a scent of feminine wildflowers.  Geir Ness is the creator of this nose turner.

Usually known for their incredibly wide range of majestic shoes, Nordstrom hits the bullseye once again with Laila, but this time in a different section of the store.

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Janelle Rominski, NBC Chicago Street Team

It has been 25 years since Michael Jackson’s music video, Thriller, debuted.

This Saturday, October 25th people from all around the world will participate in Thrill The World. Thrill The World is one of many events worldwide that will attempt to break the world record for the most people simultaneously dancing the Thriller dance.

Six Flags Great America in Gurnee will be hosting the event on Saturday at 1 pm CST in the Southwest “Scare”itory during Fright Fest.

Fright Fest is happening for two more weekends and you can get discount tickets at participating Taco Bell restaurants or on Six Flags Great America’s website.

If you’d like to participate in Thrill The World, click HERE for more information.

Want more Rominski reads? Read more right HERE!

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