Life Lessons From Red Bull's Master Lifeguard Bruckner Chase

Usually, the last thing you want to be doing at 7:42 AM, after a night of drinking under the decaying husk of The Trump Taj Mahal, is ocean rescue training with professional lifeguards. This, however, is exactly what I’ll be doing here at the Red Bull Surf + Rescue Competition in Atlantic City...

THE FOUR-HOUR RULE: ANN ARBOR, MI

Stipulated: the perfect travel time for a three-day weekend getaway is four hours. More, and you waste your vacation. Less, and you’re still near home. Hence our series, The Four-Hour Rule, dedicated to revealing the best destinations that are far away, yet still close to home. This month, we head due east to Ann Arbor, Michigan, a college football Mecca that welcomes blue-and-yellow bedecked fans and bon vivants alike. Whether you’re headed out during a home or away weekend, we’ve concocted an

The Comedy Bar

What initially started as a weekly show at a nightclub in downtown Chicago nearly 10 years ago has evolved into a growing portfolio of comedy clubs in some of the hottest cities in the country. Co-founded by Sahar Chavoshi, these shows saw such a sustained and increased demand from audiences that the founders eventually partnered with the Gino’s East restaurant brand in 2015 to create The Comedy Bar, with a flagship location in the River North area of Chicago. Recognizing that there’s been a s

These 9 Chicago Boat Rentals Will Cover Every Maritime Occasion

From cruising to casting lines to cannonballing From English poet John Masefield (who desired naught in life but “a tall ship and a star to steer her by”) to Dennis from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, every guy has his reasons for wanting a boat. But a small inconvenience tends to get in the way of actually living the life aquatic: paying north of $50k to acquire one. Enter Boatsetter, the rental company that mitigates this problem by letting you and your mates enjoy a day on the water fo

Relationship Lessons From Sonny Crockett of Miami Vice

In 1984, this program forever changed the idea of the cop show. It’s previously unseen, carefully-curated combination of music, fashion and cinematography sent cultural reverberations throughout society that are still felt today. It also featured some very emotional protagonists who, despite being entrenched in combating the South Florida drug trade, had time to go on dates and ruin relationships on a seemingly weekly basis. Which is exactly why Crockett is a great character to emulate.

Chicago’s Rock ‘n’ Roll History, as Told by 8 Great Memoirs

Today, Wilco frontman and proud Chicagoan Jeff Tweedy releases his memoir, Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back). It covers the topics you’d expect from 30 years on the road: tours, breakups, addiction (“Of course I’m going to write about the drugs,” he writes). But it also acts as an important testament to our vibrant local music scene, which informed the band’s work throughout their career...

Secret to Success: Footwear Design Director Salehe Bembury

An industry insider gives insight into the world of footwear design and how he found his dream job In the world of men’s footwear you’re probably familiar with major brands such as Nike, Adidas or Reebok. However, in the heart of Brooklyn, New York, there is an innovative startup that completely disrupts the traditional method of putting stylish shoes on your feet — and appropriately — they’re called "Greats." The supply chain of Greats eliminates the wholesale/retailer aspect of traditional s

3 Reasons Why the Lethal Weapon Reboot Isn’t Lethal Enough

1987’s Lethal Weapon was the film that created the buddy cop genre. Created it. Sure, there were films prior to it that featured police partners or duos with charismatic rapport. But Mel Gibson’s Detective Martin Riggs and Danny Glover’s Sergeant Roger Murtaugh were the ones to spawn a distinct style of film that has persisted for nearly 30 years—a style of film that’s been successfully emulated, spoofed and respectfully homaged all within a single generation. Hell, Konami even made a game about

Beacon, New York | Urban Travel Blog

Mountains, music venues and modern art can all be found in Beacon, along with a cross section of “distinctive” residents. Wherever you end up hanging out, just tell them Duval sent you… well, nearly wherever. Up until about 10 years ago, Beacon, New York, a small city just an hour north of Manhattan, was verboten. A city overrun by drugs, prostitution and crooked cops. Your classic booming manufacturing town (once known as “The Hat Making Capital of the World” in the 1800s), broken by the econo
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