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The Chaser

4 years
ago

Like Springtime in Paris: Oh là là, Le Bar!

Last week, when it was a bizarre but welcome 52 degrees outside, The Creative Director and I went on a Parisian minibreak in Chicago’s Gold Coast. I had a coupon for a one-night stay at the Sofitel that was about to expire, so we folded a few things into the vintage leather valise that TCD’s mother had just given him for Christmas and took the Red Line downtown…

4 years
ago

The Chaser Countdown: 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Chicago Bars

As a creative procrastination measure to avoid making her own New Year’s resolutions for 2011, The Chaser gets the job done for Chicago nightlife.
10: Hire more cicerones. “Cicerone” was a new word for me in 2010. Pronounced sis-uh-ROHN, these “beer sommeliers” are experts at helping drinkers find their next favorite brews…

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4 years
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Checking the Pipes: The Chaser Tries Out Racine Plumbing in Lincoln Park

As I stood shivering last night on a Lincoln Park sidewalk, bitterly waiting for one of those waste-of-paper receipts to emit from a horrid parking box, I noticed a young couple exiting a nearby apartment building, hand in hand. “Where in the world is that girl’s coat?” I wondered, predicting pneumonia would put a damper on her holiday hi-jinks…

4 years
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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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