Yet another reality show taping. Yawn.

Still, there are those of you out there who might be interested in this: a behind-the-scenes-of-the-fashion-industry reality show. They're coming to Chicago to tape on February 2.

The CW network apparently is launching some sort of show that blends elements of America's Next Top Model and Project Runway. They are looking for stylists, publicity people, and anyone who works in the fashion business side...

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Yet another reality show taping. Yawn.

Still, there are those of you out there who might be interested in this: a behind-the-scenes-of-the-fashion-industry reality show. They're coming to Chicago to tape on February 2.

The CW network apparently is launching some sort of show that blends elements of America's Next Top Model and Project Runway. They are looking for stylists, publicity people, and anyone who works in the fashion business side...

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Fashionistas: A Casting Call

Yet another reality show taping. Yawn.

Still, there are those of you out there who might be interested in this: a behind-the-scenes-of-the-fashion-industry reality show. They’re coming to Chicago to tape on February 2.

The CW network apparently is launching some sort of show that blends elements of America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway. They are looking for stylists, publicity people, and anyone who works in the fashion business side…

Happy Monday

Nothing chirps “top o’ the morning to you” like a giant sinkhole on a major North Side street.

Workers today will finish pouring the concrete to fill the giant crater left by the water main break on Montrose and Honore last Tuesday. The sidewalk is expected to open tomorrow and the street on Thursday, according to Chicago Water Department spokesman Tom LaPorte.

We thought we’d share with you some oddly beautiful photos of the mess. Kudos to Flickr users c.hiltz and absenter for capturing the collapsed street in…

Deal of the Week—Carlos Zambrano’s New Home


List Price: $2.8 million
Sale Price: $2.66 million
The Property: Come spring’s return of the Cubs to Wrigley Field, pitcher Carlos Zambrano will be calling this 13-room, vaguely Prairie-style house his seasonal home. On January 18th, Zambrano closed on his purchase of the three-year-old house, which has six bedrooms, four full and three partial baths, and two fireplaces. Set in Chicago’s Lake View neighborhood on a block that was, until six years ago, industrial property, the 6,700-square-foot house stands on an extra-wide lot: 37.5 feet (the standard city lot is 25 feet wide). The house was designed by…

The Chicago Slushie

Who isn’t sick of winter already?

This photo by Matt Maldre (Flickr alias: spudart) stood out among the hundreds of Chicago winter scenes I perused to find a visual representation of my mood while de-thawing from the morning commute. I could have easily shared with you an artsy shot of the frozen river or a beautifully lit skyline shown through winter fog. But this photo said so much more about my current attitude toward winter in Chicago: dark, yucky, and yet still beautiful. Maldre describes it well: “a cast of characters huddling together in the urban coldness.”

Week 36: Flight or Fight?

Several airlines refuse to allow a woman on board if she is more than 36 weeks pregnant. What do they do, measure the fetus at the gate? I assume this policy exists because airlines fear for the safety of a lavatory delivery at 20,000 feet. Nope. It stems from the high cost of diverting a plane for an emergency landing. Ah, the friendly skies of United. We got in just under the wire on our flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was Sarah’s family vacation, and my traveling companions were an older man, a pregnant woman, a 9-month old baby, and a mother and father obsessed with the 9-month-old baby. The most reliable member of the crew was the baby…

Tennessee Titan

Tennesseein’ Is Believin’

A new play by Tennessee Williams—who’s been dead, remember, for nearly 25 years—doesn’t come around every day. Which makes the world première of The Day on Which a Man Dies a big deal. The show doesn’t open until next Friday, February 1st, but due to its limited six-performance run in the intimate Links Hall (3435 N. Sheffield Ave.; 800-838-3006), you might want to call for tickets now. (Full disclosure: A later version of the play circa 1970, significantly different but with the same title, has been produced once before, in 2001 at Connecticut’s White Barn Theater.) David Kaplan, director of the Links Hall run, has an ongoing relationship with the Williams estate, and he’s staging this production with precise fidelity to Williams’s words and notes. Completed in 1959 and inspired in part by the Japanese poet Yukio Mishima and in part by Jackson Pollock, the play includes elements of Japanese dance and…

Celebrity Beat: Politicking with Pete Wentz

Fall Out Boy bassist and Wilmette native Pete Wentz hosted a fundraiser for presidential hopeful Barack Obama Tuesday night at Lakeview Broadcasting Company. “I’ve been an Obama supporter since he announced he was campaigning,” Wentz told me. “I was aware of him as a senator, but I wasn’t as engaged as I probably should’ve been.”

I Geek Out on Dance V. 692

I hear there are still a few spaces open to the public for the Hubbard Street-IIT show this weekend at Crown Hall. (For tickets, call 312-850-9744.) It’s a noteworthy pairing—and not just because Hubbard Street is the city’s leading contemporary company.

Over the past few years writing about culture, I’ve interviewed a number of dancers and choreographers who talk about the influence of architecture on their art. The first time someone mentioned it—it might have been the Chicago-born (New York-based) choreographer Lar Lubovich—I remember thinking how incongruent it sounded. I mean, a building is a fixed thing; a dancer is anything but…

On the Market—A New (but Authentic) Craftsman in Wilmette

List Price: $1.795 million
The Property: You could say that the architect John Crittenden and the builder Dan Cohan are “Stickleys” for detail. That is, they are devotees of Gustav Stickley, the early 20th-century American architect who led the Craftsman movement in residential architecture, a descendant of the Arts & Crafts movement in England.

On a teardown lot in Wilmette, Crittenden and Cohan—whose company is called Round Peg—created a new house that, except for the two-car garage out front, might pass for an original Craftsman, with its abundant use of natural materials, its built-in benches and bookcases, and its reliance on daylight as an essential piece of the residents’…

Rabbit Stew, Guinness Stew, and Pink Ladies

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Unlucky Rabbit

Paul Fehribach, the chef-owner of Andersonville’s upcoming Big Jones (5347 N. Clark St.), has a defined focus for his new restaurant, bowing in early April: “It’s contemporary coastal Southern—cuisine from low-country Carolinas—a little bit of Florida and Caribbean,” he says. “And a lot of Cajun and Creole, more of the urban Louisiana cuisines.” Fehribach, an Indiana native who created the recipes for the Hi Ricky noodle chain during his lengthy stint with the company—and learned to appreciate Southern food during five years in the kitchen at Harmony Grill (3159 N. Southport Ave.; 773-525-2508)—will bake his own bread, brew his own Worcestershire, and make some of his own cheeses. Also, look for a menu of classic prewar cocktails like pink ladies and…