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Not your usual 5k race

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In Chicago, 5k's are a dime a dozen. But have you ever done on an airport's runways?

Now's your chance at one of O'Hare Airport's runways.


Downtown Austin will rock next month with big names like Chicago-based Lupe Fiasco and Aerosmith.

Other names to be featured at the Austin Fan Fest include Enrique Iglesias, Flo Rida, Nelly, Cheap
Trick, and Juanes over the Formula One race weekend, Nov. 16-18.

Tickets are now available.

Tickets for the Official COTA Afterparty featuring Ghostland Observatory, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Wailers and DJ Jillian Ann are also available.


Chicago's native Jennifer Hudson, Celine Dion and Usher will pay tribute to the late Whitney Houston in a one-hour TV special.

Other artists will also be featured in "We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston", which will tape Oct. 11 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.

It will air Nov. 16 on CBS.

Houston died at age 48 in February. Authorities called her death an accidental drowning, complicated by heart disease and cocaine use.

Oxygen's TV show "Bad Girls Club" is looking for feisty females from Chicago to be a part of season 11.

The open casting call is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at Dearborn Station's Bar Louie, 47 W. Polk.

What? You're not bad enough but you know someone who fits the bill? You can also nominate a friend (or yourself) online here.

Tailgating with Showtime

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The premium cable net Showtime must be in a partying mood after the Emmys, where its freshman hit "Homeland" cleaned house.

The network has launched its first ever Showtime Tailgate Tour, where two trucks are hitting some of the country's biggest college campuses and attending football games. The trucks are giving out "SHO-cones," painting faces and offering chances to win Showtime swag and play "Dexter" and "Homeland" themed games.

Here's when they're scheduled to be in Chicago:

4:30 to 9:30 pm
University of Miami versus University of Notre Dame @ Soldier Field

12 to 2:30 pm
University of Illinois at Chicago

2:30 pm
University of Chicago

Cllck here for details and updates.

Peach Carr, the Lake Forest resident who competed on "Project Runway" in 2010, is back in the game for an all-star edition premiering Oct. 25 on Lifetime. The fashion designer's competitio includes Season 1 fan favorite Wendy Pepper, Casanova (Season 8) and Joshua McKinley (Season 9). Carr is known for her own line, Peach Carr Designs a collection of tennis-match-to-dinner sportswear.

Of all the gin joints

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Everyone has their gin story.

Much like tequila, gin sometimes gets a bad rap, always attributed to long nights with the clear spirit.

But for tipplers who add Hendrick's Gin to their tonic -- or the harder mixers -- find the notes of cucumber and rose petals a welcome addition to their cocktail.

Hendrick's Gin invites curious Chicagoans to join "Voyages into the Unusual" Thursday night at Salvage One, 1840 W. Hubbard.

The evening includes a lesson on the eleven botanicals in each bottle, as well as glasses of the brand's signature "Traveling Punch." The band White Ghost Shivers is the house band, and cocktail enthusiasts also are treated to circus acts and a traveling apothecary.

Want on the list? RSVP here.

Chi Salaam, a music producer, writer and engineer from Chicago, teams up with another young artist named Sean Black to talk about the gun violence in Chicago. Check out the You Tube video to the song called "Gunz Down."

Find out what "Bo Knows"

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Bo Jackson will be celebrating the opening of Nike Chicago, a remodeled and expanded flagship store on Michigan Avenue, with a ribbon cutting. He'll be at 669 N. Michigan Ave. tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Bo is a former American baseball and football player. He was the first athlete to be named an All-Star in two major American sports. He also won the Heisman Trophy. And he became especially known in 1989 and 1990, for his "Bo Knows" ad made by Nike.


Pamela Anderson didn't have the moves to advance to the next round of "Dancing with the Stars."

Breaking 'Bachelor' news: Sean is the new Bachelor

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Guess no more: Rejected Emily Maynard suitor Sean Lowe will have his chance at love as this upcoming season's "Bachelor."

Lowe made it to the top 3 to win Maynard's heart in the last season of "Bachelorette" before being dumped in favor of Jef (with one 'f') Holm and Arie Luyendyk Jr..

Maynard called the Dallas dreamboat "perfect on paper" before ultimately deciding he wasn't the one for her.

Maybe Sean will have better luck this time around.

The reality dating show will begin airing in January 2013.


"Homeland" turned out to be the surprise Emmy darling of the night, snagging wins for best actress, actor, drama and writing. Anyone who's watched the show knows how good it is. A lot of those who didn't watch sure will now.

Fans like me have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of season two, which starts Sunday on Showtime.

Here's a taste of what we have to look forward to.

Prince releases remaining tickets for Chicago shows

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Any remaining tickets for the Prince concerts tonight through Wednesday at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison, have just been released for sale to the public.
Interested? Visit www.ticketmaster.com. Supporting acts for his first two concerts are still unconfirmed. Janelle Monae is on the bill Wednesday night.

Which moments in Sunday night's 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards gave us pause -- or made us rewind so we could watch again?

According to TiVo audience research measurement data, here are the top five "TiVo'ed" moments (most watched and re-watched moments) from last night's awards show:

· Ricky Gervais presents the award to Jon Stewart for outstanding variety, music or comedy series for "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart." As Jon tries to get on stage he is tackled by fellow nominees Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon.

· After Jimmy Kimmel's "In Memoriam" tribute to himself (which I thought fell a bit flat), Julianna Margulies presents the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series to Damian Lewis for Homeland. (Damian deserved it. Unfortunately, so did Bryan Cranston for an amazing season on another amazing show.)

· Mindy Kaling and Melissa McCarthy's funny introduction for the nominees of outstanding lead actor in a comedy series.

· Jimmy Kimmel's prank is for Tracy Morgan to lie down on the stage and he asks all the people at home to post on Facebook and Twitter "OMG Tracy Morgan just passed out on stage at the Emmy's. Turn ABC on now."

· Julia Louis-Dreyfus begins her acceptance speech for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series by reading Amy Pohler's speech which they had inadvertently exchange when they hugged after the winner was announced.

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Last night was the Emmy Awards. See who looked the best at the ceremony and who missed the mark.

Chicago has been hit with another strike. This time, the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have decided to go on a strike.

The strike has already resulted in the cancellation of a concert under Riccardo Muti's direction Saturday night at Symphony Center. Read our story to find out what it means for future concerts.

Ryder CUPcakes almost here

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Magnolia Bakery is getting into the swing of things for the Ryder Cup golf challenge Sept. 25-30 at Medinah Country Club. The bakery is offering special vanilla or chocolate Ryder Cup Cupcakes Sept. 28-30 at its Chicago location, 108 N. State. The $3 cupcakes feature vanilla buttercream and edible golf-themed decorations.

For more information on the Ryder Cup, visit www.rydercup.com.


Last year's Primetime Emmy Awards posted some of the worst ratings in its history. Lori Rackl explains why you shouldn't blow off the awards this year, including the fact that there could be new crown winners for the first time in years like Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad."

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Tickets for an after-hours concert at House of Blues Chicago on Sept. 24 go on sale today at noon. Doors open at 10 p.m. and the singer is scheduled to perform at midnight.

Funk/soul singer Andy Allo is performing after Prince.

Prince is known for late shows, so concertgoers can tipple until 4 a.m. Tickets are $75 for general admission and $150 for a spot at the Foundation Room. Other show dates aren't listed on the site, but there is a 3-day package listed for $150.



British soul sensation Michael Kiwaunka (and Adele favorite) has done a fine job of sourcing Chicago soul.

On Sept. 26 Kiwaunka and a guitar driven five piece band headline the Park West.

Here is his Chicago backstory:


Madonna fans: Take your time

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By Thomas Conner

Those with tickets for the Thursday night show (and babysitters at home) should be aware the posted show time is 8 p.m., but on Wednesday (and at most other shows on the tour) Madonna didn't start until 10:20 p.m. (DJ Paul Oakenfold fills an hour of this time spinning records. Zzzzzzz.)

The finest moments, though, are in the middle -- without all the hoopla. She sings "Turn Up the Radio" alone at a mike on the catwalk strumming a guitar, nothing else. "Open Your Heart" becomes a rhythmic Basque arrangement, with the full ensemble of dancers casually hanging like real people instead of choreographed cogs. (Here she's also joined by her 11-year-old son, Rocco Ritchie, busting moves and grinning from ear to ear.) Next, "Holiday" actually feels like one, relaxed and spontaneous.

Here's the full review.

For fans of the Celtic sound, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater brings the bagpipes back to town with the return of the National Theatre of Scotland's "Black Watch." The 110-minute play (no intermission) tells the story of a Scottish regiment's tour in Iraq, staged at the Chicago Park District's Broadway Armory.

Hedy Weiss wrote of their first engagement last year: "The military may have its own very specific definition of a "theater of war," which involves geographical boundaries and strategic planning. But with the arrival here of "Black Watch," the National Theatre of Scotland's galvanic, angry, heart-shredding, physically thrilling touring production about the experiences of a group of soldiers stationed in Iraq -- that phrase has been redefined."

Black Watch runs from Oct. 10-21 and tickets are $38.

Local chef Chrissy Camba to compete on 'Top Chef'

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Chicago's Chrissy Camba's will be competing on 10th season of "Top Chef."

Formerly with Vincent, the 31-year-old Camba recently was named chef at Bar

Wolfgang Puck is the newest judge. Premieres at 9 p.m. 11/ 7 on Bravo.

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Some lucky Nucky fans got an early look at "Boardwalk Empire's" next episode Tuesday night during an HBO screening at Tommy Gun's Garage on S. Wabash. (An apt location given that this season sees the introduction of real-life Chicago gangster Dean O'Banion, credited with introducing the Tommy gun to the mean streets of Chicago in the '20s.)

Cast newbie Meg Chambers Steedle, a 2008 Northwestern grad, was at the screening of season three's second episode, airing Sunday night on HBO. Steedle, who puts her singing, dancing and acting chops to work in HBO's Prohibition era drama, plays Nucky's new squeeze, Billie Kent.

"I'm excited -- I haven't seen the episode yet," Steedle said before the screening started.

Jay Cutler, Kristin Cavallari show off their baby

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Kristin Cavallari and her fiancé, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, debut their new bundle of joy in People magazine this week.

Now 6 weeks old, Camden Jack is already destined to be a footballer like daddy.

"His hands were massive -- he'll sure be able to hold a football," Cavallari told the mag from the couple's Chicago home.

She announced the birth of her first child on Twitter, writing:

"We are thrilled to welcome Camden Jack Cutler into the world. He was born this morning weighing [seven pounds], [nine ounces]. Everyone is great!"

Check out the full article here.

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