Archive for March, 2009

Marcus Riley, NBC Chicago Street Team

There are a lot of bars out there that claim to be dive bars, but aren’t the real deal. You know, the types of spots where the posers hang out and drink a few Pabst Blue Ribbons just because it seems like the retro cool thing to do.

But how can you tell when a real dive bar passes the — I guess you could say, “smell” test?

South Side bar Woodlawn Tap (1172 E. 55th St) doesn’t have to worry about its dive bar legitimacy. Men.style.com ranked it as one of the “Best Dive Bars in America.”

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Theresa Carter, The Local Tourist, NBC Chicago Street Team

THIS JUST IN: Flaming Lips are not participating in Write The Night, so they’ll be creating their own setlist. Only bands on Friday Night are inviting fans to vote for the songs they’ll play.

The Flaming Lips have been added to Sunday’s lineup at Pitchfork Music Festival (July 17 – 20), and ticketholders get to pick the setlist.

Friday night attendees can “Write The Night” for the bands playing that evening by voting on the songs they’ll play, and The Flaming Lips are extending the courtesy to their fans for their performance Sunday night. Once a ticket’s purchased a confirmation email with voting instructions will be sent. Voting ends on June 12th.

Tickets are $35 for one day or $75 for a three-day pass.

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rebecca_1Rebecca Taras, NBC Chicago Street Team

If you think  a “hair war” is waking up with a killer case of bed head then think again. Starting back in 2001, Hair Wars is the ultimate salon competition where local salons have the opportunity to showcase their artistic best in a model meets catwalk showdown. The top three salons from each region are invited to battle for the title of “supreme salon” in a national competition at Wasted Space in Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel.

The most recent Hair Wars competition took place on March 15th at Rednofive – but don’t go on tearing your hair out because you missed it. Rednofive is pleased to host the eighth annual Hair Wars DVD Relase Party this Sunday, which includes an awards ceremony acknowledging the top three salons. BRAVO’s Shear Genius finalist Ben Mollin will host the evening’s festivities.hairwars

Get there at 9 p.m. to enjoy the Belvedere Vodka cocktail reception and have your photo taken by locally famous fashion photographer Goykphoto, as well as as a live airbrush makeup demo by Airbrush Academy. Famed fashion photographer David Anthony will also display photos from a recent shoot of all the winners.  At 11 p.m., URSupermodels will display the avant garde creations from the top three salons. The winners, Hairborn Fashions, Bang Salon and Ambra European Salon and Spa, will advance to the national competition in Vegas in the fall.

No need to RSVP,  just show up at Rednofive (440 North Halsted) at 9 p.m. – that is, unless you have to wash your hair.

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Fayth, a.k.a Relaxocat, NBC Chicago Street Team

Soul pioneers, Wiley And The Checkmates, hit Chicago on Saturday, March 28th at Hideout.

These guys are the real deal — true pioneers of Delta soul bringing you serious booty shakin’ music from the deep South.

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Shlomi Rabi, NBC Chicago Street Team

Unless you have been sleeping under a rock for the past month, which, truth be told, would have at least kept your hair (and clothes, and shoes and new deerskin bag…ugh, don’t even get us started) dry as a cracker, then by now you know that Spring has finally come and you have an official excuse to stay outside your house for far too long. After all, what is the point of having good weather if you’re going to stay indoors?

A great excuse to leave your house this evening, for example, is the opening reception for three (count’em!) exhibitions at the John David Mooney Foundation. The space, in fact, is used by the Edinburgh College of Art to showcase works by the school’s faculty members Gordon Brennan and John Brown, as well as the fellowship winners Janine Biunno and Rachel Gargiulo, among others.

The works engage in a relevant dialogue that touches on issues that range from personal narratives, to global concerns, and yes, some very Chicago-specific matters as well.

The exhibition will run through March 30th, and doors will open at 5:30p.m. tonight. So throw on that fun little number you had been dying to try on since, oh, last year, and make it a date. Just leave your deerskin bag back home, just in case.


To learn more about how Shlomi spends his Spring days (and nights!) click here.

Gordon Brennan and John Brown, World-A-Rama, 2008

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Marcus Riley, NBC Chicago Street Team

TheChiGuide.com, a new Web site and weekly newsletter aims to keep Chicago in the know about all the cool things to do in the city. Kind of what we do right here on the Street Team blog and on nbcchicago.com.

So why join forces with group that from the outside might look like a competitor? Well, the current economic crisis and sad state of the media industry proves that we have to find new ways of doing business — and helping each other. Instead of one big money grab, realizing that there’s a piece of the pie out there for everyone. Especially in a city like Chicago, when you join forces with like-minded souls, you make yourself stronger. So, we’re proud to welcome TheChiGuide to the NBC family, because they share the same vision we do. Telling local stories by local people — at the street level.

Click here for more information on tonight’s launch party.

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candace-small2Candace Jordan, NBC Chicago Street Team

Easter is around the corner and what could be more adorable than a photo of your DOG with the EASTER BUNNY?

Tails in the City is Easter Bunny with Dogs offering this unique opportunity for all of you animal lovers out there on Saturday, March 28th!  Just hop on down to One East Delaware between 10 AM to 5 PM and you can capture this memory of your little darling.  Appointments are required and the $10 donation will benefit PAWS Chicago, so it’s all good!

Store owners Bruce Haas and Phillip Emigh opened Tails in the City in 2004.  They were immediately embraced as a fashion destination for canine-istas.  They scour the market for the latest, greatest and most unique items for pets.  Visiting celebrities as well as fashionable locals know to make this hot spot their first stop when shopping for the latest in doggie couture and accessories.  Bridget, Holly and Kendra from the reality series “Girls Next Door” all own something from Tails in the City for their various pets!   But the best part about this store is the fact that they are very committed to giving back to the community and do so through partnerships with both PAWS as well as The Anti-Cruelty Society.  They Tails In The Cityare always planning various fundraisers and special events such as their annual Halloween Party and Parade, Holiday pictures, benefit shopping days, adoption events, yappy hours and many more.  I hope to see you and your “kids” at one of these unique events soon!  (Tails in the City, 1 E. Delaware, (312) 649-0347, www.tailsinthecity.com)

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