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Greg Boose
Greg Boose is the Los Angeles guide editor for BlackBook and a New York Times best-selling ghostwriter. His writing has appeared in/on, Chicago Public Radio, McSweeney's, The Believer,, and many others.

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Andrew Parish, Mixologist to the Stars

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 2:23 PM

Some of us get excited when we see celebrities on the street, pumping their gas, paying their meter or rushing out frustrated from a massage appointment. They're just like us! Andrew Parish, though, cooly serves them drinks. But he doesn't just set a cocktail on a napkin and nod and...

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Catching Up With 9021Pho's Chef Kimmy Tang

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 6:22 PM

Because of her Crayola-bright red highlights and permanent smile, it's easy to spot Chef Kimmy Tang in a crowd. But with her wildly addictive pan-Vietnamese restaurant in Beverly Hills, 9021Pho, on the verge of major expansion into several states in the next few years, and with her focus...

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An Interview With the Tippling Bros., Master Mixologists Behind Chicago's Mercadito and Double A

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2010 | 10:46 AM

Tad Carducci and Paul Tanguay are on a mission to help the world drink better. But before you get all weepy and reach for your checkbook, I should say that this doesn't mean they're trucking barrels of clean water to the far reaches of the Earth or ridding grade school...

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Talking Comedy and Disturbing YouTube Clips with's Michael Swaim

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 11:06 AM

The Huffington Post has made it a habit, for good reason, of linking up articles this past year on their Comedy page. You can usually spot them by their list-y titles like "The 6 Most Statistically Full of Shit Professions," "The 5 Creepiest...

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An Interview with Stephen Elliott, Who's Giving Away His New Book The Adderall Diaries

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2009 | 4:43 PM

I don't remember if I caught wind of it through Facebook or Twitter, in an e-mail or if I just stumbled across a headline on the Web, but when I heard that author Stephen Elliott was sending around a limited amount of advance copies of his new book, The...

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Green Living Set to Thrive in Ravenswood Manor

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2009 | 5:57 PM

The air around Ravenswood Manor, the charming northern Chicago neighborhood that's home to former governor Rod Blagojevich and his reality star wife, just got a little cleaner. Zach Maiorca and Green Door Development have put the finishing touches on a six-bedroom, 4,800 square-foot sustainable yin to Blago's nearby...

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Classic Cartoons, As Rewritten by an Evangelical

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2009 | 11:55 AM

Inspector Gadget


Inspector Gadget, with the help of his niece, Penny, and their dog, Brain, work to discover the date of the imminent Second Coming. Inspector Gadget still uses his catchphrase "Go-Go-Gadget..." before referring to the myriad of gadgets buried within...

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My Prepared Commencement Speech for Arizona State University, In Case President Obama Had to Cancel

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2009 | 10:28 AM

Thank you, President Crow, for that generous introduction. I know we just met on the steps leading up to this stage, but you pretty much nailed me: I am a 30-year-old guy with an MFA who works with computers and constantly daydreams about having webbed fingers and toes for reasons...

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If Twitter Was Invented in 1989

(1) Comments | Posted May 5, 2009 | 10:40 AM

mrswillis / Demi Moore Me and Bruce are thinking movie tonight. Maybe Look Who's Talking. Again lol.

algore / Al Gore I received another one of those Koosh Balls in the mail... Probably from Dukakis.

espn / ESPN Sports News
SuperBowl Update: 49ers down 16-13 w 3:10...

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Rush Limbaugh Reviews His Netflix Queue

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2009 | 7:30 AM

2 Stars

Let me tell you about Cloverfield. For one, the camera shakes the whole time, which is, as you know, punishing to anyone who rents the damn thing. Made me sick. It literally made me sick and I had to turn it off for a bit so...

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The Sign Guy Goes on Hunger Strike

(6) Comments | Posted April 17, 2009 | 1:10 PM

After three years of standing stoically on the street corners of Chicago, Farhad Khoiee-Abbasi has stepped it up. Or actually, he's sat it down: The man with the blank stares and the loud signs has finally taken a seat.

But it appears it's because he's too weak to do otherwise.

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If the Sears Tower can Change Color, Then so can Other Chicago Landmarks

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2009 | 1:06 PM

The Sears Tower, the tallest building in Chicago and in the United States might be painted silver in the future to boost its image and gain new tenants. The owners want the outside to reflect the environmentally friendly changes that have been happening on the inside.

David Roeder of...

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I'm Totally Rooting for Blago at This Point

(10) Comments | Posted January 26, 2009 | 2:57 PM

I hate to admit it: At this point I'm totally rooting for Rod Blagojevich. I want him to beat all charges. I want him to somehow stay in office until his term is up, and then I want him to get reelected by a questionable 225 votes in 2010. And...

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The Lost Polling Demographic: Ham Radio Operators Around the World Chime in About the Election

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2008 | 5:55 PM

With all the election polls out there right now giving us facts about this demographic (blonde women over the age of 27 with slight mustaches) and that demographic (retirees who own goldfish and pray immediately after archery practice), the question arises: What do those who spend their free time surfing...

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Chris Rolfe Records Hat Trick in Fire's Last Regular Season Game

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2008 | 1:37 PM

On a misty-then-rainy-then-clear-then-rainy night in Bridgeview, the Chicago Fire won their regular season finale with a score of 5-2 over the New York Red Bulls. Chris Rolfe recorded a hat trick by halftime, scoring in the 11th, 38th and 44th minutes, and later assisted on a goal by Daniel...

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Tom Wolfe: Neither McCain Nor Obama Has "The Right Stuff"

(59) Comments | Posted October 20, 2008 | 11:30 AM

The Chicago Public Library welcomed Tom Wolfe to its Winter Garden on Thursday night as his book, The Right Stuff, was named the Fall 2008 One Book, One Chicago selection. After an hour-long conversation on stage with renowned Chicago journalist Carol Marin, Wolfe met with the audience backstage for...

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As the Media Changes, So Does My El Commute

(4) Comments | Posted October 7, 2008 | 7:14 PM

My morning Brown Line commute has evolved over this past year, and it's not only because I'm now getting on at the Francisco stop rather than squeezing on at Southport. Rather, I'm finding that I spend my time en route to the Loop completely differently than I did six months...

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Are Most Chicago Sports Fans This Easy to Get Along With?

(7) Comments | Posted September 30, 2008 | 12:52 PM

I have to admit that when my buddy asked me to go to a Chicago Fire match last week, I said yes primarily because I've never been to Soldier Field before. For days I imagined what it would be like to be inside the house that Walter Payton (and hundreds...

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It's Not Always That Hard to Take Advice From the Governor

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2008 | 11:43 AM

Governor Rod Blagojevich seems to have advice for everyone. If it's not for state lawmakers about ethics reform, it's to Barack Obama on how he shouldn't get caught in a Republican trap by siding against the governor in a battle over . . . ethics.

Blagojevich says Mark Cuban should...

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Daley, Fresh Off His "Cuckoo" Hit, Tours Chicago With Other One Word Snaps

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2008 | 6:54 PM

Mayor Daley has been getting a lot press for his recent awwww snap! "Cuckoo" line directed toward Gov. Blagojevich, who said that the city is to blame for the potential CTA fare hike.

In fact, Daley and his team have been so excited regarding the praise of his ballyhooed one-worded...

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