Everyone’s favorite little naked dude is coming back to town this week and he’s looking to shoot many of you with a flaming love arrow. To prepare for his arrival, I thought I’d offer up my list of five preparations to ensure you have a hot Valentine’s Day.
Yes, I got a tattoo. And because my media tour was the next day, it received more news than I had expected. In my head things like that don’t seem like a big deal, but I guess because I did it to kill time while waiting for the blackout to end during the Super Bowl the news media found it amusing. What I didn’t take into consideration, though, was that I would be on my feet the next two days doing a media tour for my new talk show, which debuts Friday night at 9:30 p.m. on VH1. As I trucked through the day, I captured some behind-the-scenes pics for you — including the damage done to my foot. Note to self: tattoo + media tour + Louboutins = ouch!
Real estate megasite Redfin’s annual list of the nation’s hottest neighborhoods — an analysis of 10,000 active homebuyers and 130,000 listings in 16 national markets — turned up a top 10 that included eight California communities, one in Seattle and our very own Logan Square. Furniture designer, @properties broker and 25-year Logan Square resident Joaquin Calle isn’t surprised. “It’s an incredible melting pot of cultures, places, restaurants and retailers that just keeps getting better.”
1. Impromptu playtime seems to be a thing of the past. No longer do you see a “sandlot” game of baseball or nightly kick-the-can games. Instead, it’s Sunday night park district games with parents and grandparents foregoing family dinners to contribute to children’s overly structured lives.
More than a million people will devour the cornucopia of mechanical delights at this year’s Chicago Auto Show. The exposition, which runs from Feb. 9 to 18, is the largest of its kind in North America and, at 105 editions and counting, it’s also the longest running. The bazaar boasts extreme indoor test tracks, charity drives, vehicle giveaways, celebrity appearances and even its own smartphone app. But for all the hoopla, at the core it’s still all about the cars. And for attendees, it’s the first opportunity to see exotic new features that will soon be standard elements of the driving experience.With the help of Dave Sloan, the show’s general manager and the president of the Chicago Auto Trade Association, we’ve zeroed in on the trends that will define the cars of the next few years. Buckle up — driving has changed for good.
Reopening Glunz Tavern felt like a matter of destiny for Barbara Glunz and her son, Christopher Donovan. The 48-seat Old Town tavern was launched in 1888 by Glunz’s grandfather, Louis Glunz I. Prohibition forced its doors shut, and they’ve remained so since, but the family held onto the space; Glunz grew up above it and now runs the adjoining wine and spirits shop, House of Glunz. She has immersed herself in her grandfather’s passions: wine, food and hospitality. “I can see that my whole life has been leading up to this,” she says of the opening.
If the past few years of Bill Caswell’s life sound like the stuff of movie scripts, that’s because they are. From 2004 to 2009, the University of Chicago business school graduate crunched numbers as an investment banker. But after hours and on the weekends, he retreated to the suburbs to tinker with cars in the garage of his mom’s Kenilworth home. In June 2009, the recession provided him with the perfect excuse to hang up his suit and focus on his passion full time. Caswell bought a $500 clunker on Craigslist, fixed it up, entered the World Rally Championship, where he raced against professionals driving cars worth nearly a half a million dollars — and finished third.