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And the finalists for RedEye's Big Idea Awards are ...

Chicago, we asked for your biggest and brightest ideas for The Big Idea Awards, and you delivered. After sifting through all the submissions and making some tough decisions, we’ve picked the 16 finalists for our third annual showcase, which will take place Oct. 13 at the Ravenswood Event Center....

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  • How do I approach women?

    How do I approach women?

    I'm a man in my 30s and have never been on a date nor had a romantic relationship. I take public transportation to work daily, and I see a couple of women here and there that I want to go and start a conversation with. The problem is that I get very nervous and don't know what to say. Yes, we've...

  • Does living with my parents make me undateable?

    Does living with my parents make me undateable?

    I’m 26 and living with my parents again. I was living with my girlfriend of eight years until she dumped me in June. I’m working part time and trying to save money, but does anyone want to date a guy who lives with his parents? I feel like I should date, but also don’t know if I can because I can’t...

  • I'm a millennial: Here's why I don't have internet (at home)

    I'm a millennial: Here's why I don't have internet (at home)

    Living without cable has become the norm in my group of friends. It's an unnecessary expense, requires hideous cords, and you can stream practically everything online anyway. But my boyfriend and I aren't online. We don't have internet. This has never been a hardheaded, deliberate choice or some...

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  • If you're a drinker, you need to hit the gym

    If you're a drinker, you need to hit the gym

    If you're hitting the bottle on the reg, you need to also hit the gym. Besides the obvious of workouts being good for you, you might also cancel out the increased risk of cancer that regular alcohol consumption brings.  According to a new study from the United Kingdom, regular physical activity...

  • You can now book an Uber in Chicago a month in advance

    You can now book an Uber in Chicago a month in advance

    The days of pre-arranging an early morning ride to the airport are back — if you want them to be. Uber rolled out its “Scheduled Rides” feature to Chicago users on Tuesday — allowing riders to choose a 15-minute window of time for a pickup up to a month in advance. Riders can schedule up to five...

  • Want to buy a house in Chicago? Here's how much you need to make

    Want to buy a house in Chicago? Here's how much you need to make

    If you're in the market for a home, you had better be putting away moolah.  According to HSH.com data, the average Chicagoan needs to make $62,455.94 a year to be able to afford a home, including the principal, interest, taxes and insurance payments. The required salary rose by $5,288 in the second...

  • Chicago passes another grim milestone: More than 3,000 shot this year

    Chicago passes another grim milestone: More than 3,000 shot this year

    Dominice Hallom was an 18-year-old living on Chicago's Far South Side when the Chicago Tribune featured him in a story in 2008 after he had been shot and wounded in two separate incidents three months apart. After the second shooting, the former standout point guard at Corliss High School had recalled...

  • Grand jury to look into possible cover-up by Chicago police in Laquan McDonald shooting

    Grand jury to look into possible cover-up by Chicago police in Laquan McDonald shooting

    A special grand jury will be impaneled to investigate a possible cover-up by Chicago police in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald at the request of a special prosecutor appointed in July to investigate the matter. Patricia Brown Holmes, the special prosecutor, said Monday she has enough evidence...

  • 4 dead, 16 wounded in city shootings

    4 dead, 16 wounded in city shootings

    Four men were killed and at least 16 other people were wounded in Chicago shootings since Saturday morning, officials said.  The most recent fatal shooting was at 2:35 a.m. Sunday in the Brighton Park neighborhood, where a 19-year-old man was shot while driving in the 3900 block of South Campbell...

  • 5 backpack blunders to avoid on your commute

    5 backpack blunders to avoid on your commute

    It’s back-to-school season in Chicago, and you know what that means: an uptick in inconsiderate, backpack-wielding ass-hats on trains and buses, especially during rush hour. Now, obviously, I’m perfectly aware that you need a backpack to carry your heavy college textbooks to class, as I used to...

  • Is Chicago brothers' game the new Cards Against Humanity?

    Is Chicago brothers' game the new Cards Against Humanity?

    You’ve likely been scolded at one time or another for scrolling mindlessly through your phone (looking at funny cat memes, obviously) while you should have been paying attention to others around you. The struggle is real, people. But two Chicago-native brothers, 30-year-old Sean Degman and 27-year-old...

  • Planning to cash in on an old iPhone? Act fast.

    Planning to cash in on an old iPhone? Act fast.

    The clock is ticking for iPhone owners hoping to help pay for an upgrade by selling their old phones. Apple announced a new version of the iPhone — the iPhone 7 — Wednesday, and resale prices for used iPhones have already started declining, according to Matthew Reardon, marketing manager at electronics...

  • ITT Tech shutdown creates uncertainty for 40,000 students, 8,000 employees

    ITT Tech shutdown creates uncertainty for 40,000 students, 8,000 employees

    ITT Technical Institute is ceasing operations at its more than 130 campuses nationwide after the Department of Education cut off access to federal financial aid for new students. The immediate closures by for-profit ITT Educational Services will end the fall quarter before it starts for 40,000...

  • Top cop after violent holiday weekend: 'It's not a police issue, it's a society issue'

    Top cop after violent holiday weekend: 'It's not a police issue, it's a society issue'

    After another violent holiday weekend, Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Tuesday his department is doing all it can to combat violence rooted in "impoverished neighborhoods" where "people without hope do these kinds of things.""It's not a police issue, it's a society issue," Johnson...

  • Though often overlooked, Labor Day was born in Chicago

    Though often overlooked, Labor Day was born in Chicago

    As people across the country enjoyed Labor Day, a small crowd gathered at the Pullman National Monument on Chicago's Far South Side where the national holiday was born. "They've got to learn the real meaning of Labor Day," said Frank Steward, who, along with his wife, Debbie, brought their three...

  • 3 dead, 9 wounded in city shootings

    3 dead, 9 wounded in city shootings

    Shootings on the South and West sides Sunday afternoon into the evening left at least three people dead and nine others wounded, Chicago police said.   About 10:30 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was shot to death in the South Shore neighborhood on the South Side, police said. The boy was standing in the...

  • Rideshare, taxi accidents happen in Chicago, so why is data hard to get?

    Rideshare, taxi accidents happen in Chicago, so why is data hard to get?

    Have you ever wondered what happens if your rideshare or taxi driver gets into an accident? With the excessive amount of Ubers, Lyfts and cabs on Chicago roadways, fender benders are bound to happen. And anyone who has clenched the side of a cab while their driver sped down Lake Shore Drive or...

  • Rhymefest takes to airwaves after robbery and rude treatment from police

    Rhymefest takes to airwaves after robbery and rude treatment from police

    Over about two hours last weekend, Che Smith found himself confronted with two of the city's most pressing issues — runaway gun violence and dismal relations between Chicago police and residents in some neighborhoods. The encounters — one on a Bronzeville block where he was robbed at gunpoint and...

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