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NFL Star Holds Onto His Chicago Ties By Giving Back

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

Israel Idonije launched his 11-year NFL career with the Chicago Bears, and hasn't left the Windy City ever since. Yes, the Nigerian-born defensive lin...

Joseph Erbentraut

Designer Talks Post-'Runway' Plans, Chicago's Fashion Scene

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.11.2013 | Chicago

When Chicago-based bridal designer Kate Pankoke was eliminated from Lifetime's "Project Runway" on an episode that aired late last month, the shock an...

Jacqueline Howard

Common Weighs In On Youth Violence & His Homecoming

HuffingtonPost.com | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.04.2013 | Chicago

It seems as though no other city can replace Chicago for the multi-Grammy Award winning hip-hop artist Common. After all, he is the emcee who once sai...

Joseph Erbentraut

Author Susan Nussbaum On Her Debut Novel's Success

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.19.2013 | Chicago

When it comes to her award-winning "Good Kings Bad Kings," Chicago author and disability rights activist Susan Nussbaum marvels that the book -- the a...

Kim Bellware

Chicago Fire Star Mike Magee Talks Hipsters, Zoos And Mr. Beef

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 08.17.2013 | Chicago

It's been a sweet homecoming for the Chicago Fire's star forward Mike Magee. Earlier this year, the Fire acquired Magee from the LA Galaxy after re...

Joseph Erbentraut

The Latest 'SNL' Chicago Hire Talks Her Improv Roots

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.28.2013 | Chicago

It seems like the folks at "Saturday Night Live" just can't get enough of Chicago these days. On the heels of hiring a trio of Chicago-based actors...

Kim Bellware

Rapper Tree Talks Patience, Payoffs And Pitchfork Fest

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 07.23.2013 | Chicago

Tremaine "Tree" Johnson refuses to take anything for granted. The 29-year-old rapper is poised for a major breakthrough as he opens the third — ...

Joseph Erbentraut

'SNL' Star On Cubs Fans, Local Roots & Her 'Dream Job'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 06.15.2013 | Chicago

For Oak Park native Cecily Strong, her debut season as an "Saturday Night Life" ensemble member marked a "dream job" come true. After honing her ac...

Kim Bellware

Jayson 'JC' Brooks On Food, Fame And The Darker Side Of Chicago

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 05.21.2013 | Chicago

Among Jayson Brooks' many talents, hiding out is not one of them. "As a final acceptance of my height, I've grown my hair super, super long for th...

Intelligentsia Founder, CEO Talks His Craft Coffee Empire

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 05.17.2013 | Chicago

When we recently caught Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea co-founder and CEO Doug Zell on the phone, we knew we had to talk fast. The craft coffee power ...

Hebru Brantley Talks Chicago's Art Scene, His Jay-Z Sale

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 04.30.2013 | Chicago

Just two weeks ago, the line stretched around the corner of the Lacuna Artist Loft Studios' Pilsen home as hundreds hoped to spend their evening comme...

Jenny McCarthy Talks Her Sausage-Slinging Roots And.. A 'Singled Out' Reboot?

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 05.03.2013 | Chicago

Though she's only been back living in the Chicago area for just under a year, South Side native Jenny McCarthy has packed a lot into those 11 months. ...

Chicago's 'Rebel' Alderman Talks His Caucus & His Cause

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 03.20.2013 | Chicago

Does Chicago's City Council have a rebel on its hands? Currently, the council of 50 -- between its historian alderman, its "hipster" alderman, its ...

Architectural Artifacts Founder Talks Diner Food, Roller Derby

Posted 03.08.2013 | Chicago

Architectural Artifacts founder Stuart Grannen knows a gem of an artifact when he sees it, and in April will be celebrating 25 years of having the lar...

My Gold Mask Musician Talks New Album, Joan Cusack & Pancakes

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 02.28.2013 | Chicago

The latest album from Chicago band My Gold Mask has been some time in the making. Four years ago, the band -- Gretta Rochelle and Jack Armondo, jo...

Moto Chef Homaro Cantu Dishes On The Future Of Food

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 03.06.2013 | Chicago

Homaro Cantu swears he sleeps, though it's hard to image when exactly that happens. In addition to overseeing his two restaurants — Moto and iNG...

Leading Gay Activist: 'Iron Is Hot' For Marriage Equality In Illinois

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 02.04.2013 | Chicago

With a vote on same-sex marriage legislation anticipated for Valentine's Day in the Illinois State Senate, marriage equality advocate Rick Garcia has ...

Psalm One Talks Oprah, Hot Dogs & 'Child Support'

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 01.24.2013 | Chicago

For Chicago rapper Psalm One, a.k.a. Cristalle Bowen, 2013 has already gotten off to a smashing start. Last year saw the release of "Child Support,...