Happy Hour
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Former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood met Mindie Kaplan to throw down a few of his signature cocktails at Harry Caray’s. Between drinks, the two talked about Wood’s recent retirement and the time he blew up a truck engine. What are … Continue reading

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Five teams of entrepreneurs pitched for their lives at the Miller Lite Tap the Future Live Pitch last week. I had the chance to chat with Fubu founder and ABC’s “Shark Tank” judge Daymond John about starting a movement through … Continue reading

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I offered to be a roadie for the day in exchange for a few answers from indie-folk band The Head and the Heart. Desperate to keep me from doing some heavy lifting, vocalist/guitarist/percussionist Josiah Johnson agreed to sit down to … Continue reading

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As a schmoozer and boozer of the first order, Mindie Kaplan often bumps into the rich and the famous around town, coincidentally with a tape recorder in hand. Earlier this week, Mindie ran into Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp as he … Continue reading

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Carlos Quimbo and Sean Thomas started Chicago-based wine label Good Vines last year. In the contentious beverage market, Quimbo and Thomas figure they can do well by doing good. They source from an Italian vineyard that’s mostly powered by solar … Continue reading

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Over a round of shots at Gallery Bar for Happy Hour, the guys from Bucketfeet broke some big news. Bucketfeet, so far an online-only store for artist-designed sneakers, is making a play in the world of bricks and mortar. To … Continue reading

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Album sales aren’t enough to carry most bands, especially an indie folk act like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. “That’s why bands are on the road most of the year,” says Nora Kirkpatrick, who plays accordion and sings in … Continue reading

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Micheli and Roemer opened Shred415, a gym focused on interval training, in 2011. They now have locations in Lincoln Park, Old Town and Northfield. Here’s three things Mindie learned about them during Happy Hour, and more in the video below … Continue reading

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Joe Shanahan opened Metro across the street from Wrigley Field in 1982. He also owns Smart Bar, the Gingerman Tavern, and a piece of Wicker Park’s Double Door. 1. Shanahan’s first show: Black Sabbath in Rockford in eighth grade. “No … Continue reading

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Kevin George became Global Chief Marketing Officer of spirits maker Beam in 2009. 1. George knows liquor, but he’s no snob. He’ll order an Arnold Palmer and dump in some “really nice tequila.” 2. George learned how to market booze … Continue reading