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The initial exhibition game on the NFL schedule should be viewed as an extension of training camp in the evaluation process, a "scrimmage" in which established vets run their base schemes and rookies see the majority of the reps against pro competition...
If we lived in a perfect world, doughnuts would be vegetables, Matthew McConaughey would have my abs and I would have his, and work would be a high-paying activity that involved naps. Also in a perfect world, a thing called The Working Families...
Emotionally, jobs can be like lovers. We fall for them, fight with them and sometimes lose them. The Great Recession left millions of Americans jilted by their jobs. But as the economy continues its slow recovery, some find their old flames back on...
To corrupt an old saying, the good Lord never closes a condo without opening a bungalow. Berwyn is on the rise. The financial crisis has turned the near west suburb into a hot spot of affordable housing, and young couples and families are crowding in....
We tend to think of a split personality as a bad thing, but it seems to be working, so far, for Quay, which opened in late July in the River East Arts Center and offers — one part sports bar, one part smoldering nightspot and one part restaurant...
Good news for facial-hair enthusiasts. After six decades of flagrant beardscrimination, Walt Disney Co. has lifted its ban on employee goatees and other face fuzz. It's a bold move by a notoriously conservative company. As Walt Disney himself once did...
Tags: The Walt Disney Co., Viacom Inc., Rex Huppke
The Jay Cutler-J'Marcus Webb controversy may wind up being a bigger problem for the Rams than it has been for the Bears. The key figures involved in last Thursday night's incident, celebrity quarterback Cutler and social media butterfly Webb, always...
It's understandable if the hype of a potential Super Bowl matchup one week, followed by a prospective NFC championship showdown the next, seems highly relevant midway through a season. But really, it's only hype. Getting to the real NFC championship...
Tags: Chicago Bears, Mike Tice, Lovie Smith, Denver Broncos, Sports
Hello! I want you to know that I'm SUPER excited about this week's column!! It's about exclamation points!!!! I recently received a work-related email riddled with them, as if it was written by an overcaffeinated glee club. "Well," I said, harrumphing...
Tags: Rex Huppke
Owen & Engine is a 10-month-old gastropub with charming British decor, a beer list bulging with British-style ales and a menu that includes dishes such as bangers and mash and hairy taddie. But chef de cuisine Charles Burkhardt would rather not call the...
Graham Elliot is hot. The much-decorated chef owns three Chicago restaurants and will be inducted into the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame in two weeks. He shares screen time with Joe Bastianich and Gordon Ramsay judging "MasterChef" (just renewed for a...
Can a restaurant be a hidden gem if everybody knows about it? A road-less-traveled location and understated-to-a-fault exterior haven't prevented 6-week-old La Sirena Clandestina (which means "the hidden mermaid") from pulling in crowds to its Market...
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