The Chaser

4 years
ago

Black Wednesday in Chicago: Out with the Old, In with the New

Yesterday I was tip-toeing along a three-foot-wide, ice-covered trail that clings to the south wall of the Grand Canyon—that’s right: It’s Thanksgiving, Southwestern-style, for The Chaser—about to inform The Creative Director that my terror barrier had been breached. To take my mind off the slip-sliding nature of that short-lived adventure (my Enough’s Enough barometer peaked when a pack of mules stalled in front of us on the trail; their refusal to budge seemed like a good time to cut our losses), I reflected on that nightlife invention and blatant marketing scheme known as Black Wednesday…

4 years
ago

Cocktails with Chicago’s Closest Thing to Prince William: Still Available, if Slightly Mad

The news of Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton has led to a serious decline in productivity this week at the desk of The Chaser, who regretfully admits to Googling search terms such as “Kate Middleton blue dress” and “royal engagement TV interview” (you, too, can watch the complete 18-minute segment). In fact, I hope you’ll pardon the haughty tone of this blog post, as I can’t seem to cease writing in a posh British accent—and I do hope you’ll read it as such…

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4 years
ago

A Bang-up Spot: The Chaser’s First Impressions of Bangers & Lace

Yesterday at work, my eyes were aching. I was interviewing someone on the phone when I realized I couldn’t type because I was actually draped across my keyboard, doing my best to assume the napping position while still holding a coherent conversation…

4 years
ago

The Glory Days: The ’85 Bears Relive Their Moment at Bull & Bear on Sunday

It’s been a quarter-century since the 1985 Chicago Bears enjoyed what’s been called the greatest season in NFL team history. The Super Bowl Shufflers still spark the imaginations of sports fans everywhere, and this Sunday, you can meet some of the players—Steve McMichael, Shaun Gayle, Dennis McKinnon, and Otis Wilson—at the River North bar Bull & Bear, where they’ll be signing autographs starting at 7 p.m….

4 years
ago

Where Inhibitions Go to Die: My New 4 a.m. Neighborhood Bar

Since I moved north to Lincoln Square last summer, I’ve walked past a bar every morning on my way to the Brown Line that, quite honestly, hasn’t looked like it needed to be on my must-try list. I mean, for Pete’s sake, there’s a piece of paper taped to the window that reads, “For your protection, these premises are being video recorded”…

4 years
ago

Running on Empty: Postmarathon Drinking

The Chicago Marathon—which begins this Sunday, October 10th, at 7:30 a.m. in Grant Park—has taken over my life, and I’m not even running it. The Creative Director is, though, and over the course of his seven months of training I’ve found myself engaged in the following activities…