Stressing over finals? Take a break with these Chicago holiday events

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo is just one of several free or low-cost holiday events in Chicago that students can visit this season. Photo from Lincoln Park Zoo.
ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo is just one of several free or low-cost holiday events in Chicago that students can visit this season. Photo from Lincoln Park Zoo.

By Lindsay Fillingim

The semester is winding down, final projects are being submitted and students are beginning to study for final exams. As everything becomes a huge rush and stress starts to set in, it is very easy to get lost in what for most college students is the busiest time of year. For Loyola students, there are plenty of opportunities to take a break from the stress and enjoy the holiday season. Chicago has many fun events and attractions to make students feel at home during the holidays.

The annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival has come and gone and now the lights on Michigan Avenue shine brightly every evening as a reminder to passersby of the beauty of the season. If you missed out on the parade there are still plenty of opportunities to window shop, see the lights and feel festive without wearing out your wallet.

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LUMA hosts talk with collector behind holiday crèche exhibit

LUMA's exhibition includes more than 500 crechès from all over the world. LUMA file photo.
LUMA’s exhibition includes more than 500 crechès from all over the world. LUMA file photo.

By Chloe Croom

An intimate group gathered in the Loyola University Museum of Art, on Saturday afternoon to meet James Govan, the collector of this year’s exhibition of Art and Faith of the Crèche.

This is the seventh year for the museum’s annual holiday exhibition. The collection this year comes from James Govan and his late wife Emilia. They began collecting crèches, a model depicting the scene of Jesus Christ’s birth, in the 1970s. Since then he has amassed more than 500 crèches from more than 100 countries and cultures ranging from Armenia to Zimbabwe.

On Saturday morning, museum guests had the opportunity to walk through the exhibit with Govan as he told stories of particular crèches. He spoke about personal correspondences with the artists and called attention to small details in certain pieces.

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Shake Shack opens first Chicago restaurant

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Customers waited in a block-long line Tuesday for the first Shake Shack in Chicago. Photo by Madeline Kenney.

By Madeline Kenney

New York-based restaurant Shake Shack finally opened its doors in downtown Chicago at 11 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Eager customers waited in a line which ran down Ohio Street and was nearly a block long. Some eager customers were there as early as 8:30 a.m.

Rose Montag was the first customer in line at Chicago’s new Shake Shack. She’s been enthusiastically awaiting the opening since the franchise first started discussing a Chicago location nearly two years ago.

“I’m pretty excited,” Montag said about trying Shake Shack for the first time. “I’m most excited to try the concretes [shakes] because they have one with Bang Bang pie in it! I’m also excited to try the burgers as well.”

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Horses of Honor statues on display at Water Tower Campus

Photo by Chloe Croom.
Photo by Chloe Croom.

By Chloe Croom

Two new statues appeared outside of Loyola’s School of Communications on the Water Tower Campus last week.

They’re Horses of Honor. These painted police horse statues have been popping up all over downtown Chicago, now including Loyola’s campus. Wintrust has partnered with the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation to create these public art installations as memorials to fallen Chicago Police officers.

Individuals and organizations could sponsor a Horse of Honor in order to benefit the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, a foundation that provides support and assistance to families of police officers who have been killed or severely injured in the line of duty. Then they chose a local artist to design one of the 75-100 police horse statues.

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Labre Ministries provides food, friendship to Chicago’s homeless

Water Tower Campus. Photo from Loyola University Chicago.
Water Tower Campus. Photo from Loyola University Chicago.

By Matthew Schultz

When people venture along Michigan Avenue, what’s the first thing they notice? Besides the eye-popping cultural and commercial landmarks, they may see many homeless individuals who often struggle to find their next meal. And often, that meal comes from Labre Ministry, a program at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus.

“The central idea of Labre is solidarity,” said sophomore Patrick Sullivan, one of the leaders of Loyola’s Labre Ministries. “The Jesuit principles largely revolve around this concept.”

Loyola’s version of Labre, which was originally based in Ohio, provides homeless people with meals every Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

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Jesuit artifacts come to life at LUMA’s Crossings and Dwellings

Wilhelm Lamprecht (Bavarian, 1838-1901) Pere Marquette and the Indians, 1869. Photo from LUMA Tumblr.
Wilhelm Lamprecht (Bavarian, 1838-1901)
Pere Marquette and the Indians, 1869. Photo from LUMA Tumblr.

By Molly Morrison

Crossings and Dwellings, the current exhibition at the Loyola University Museum of Art, honors the 200th anniversary of the Jesuit Restoration and a century of women’s education at Loyola-Mundelein. The Jesuits’ journey is a story of suppression and constant movement, told through five galleries and hundreds of items on display.

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Burger Wars escalate near Loyola

McDonald's Bacon Clubhouse.
McDonald’s Bacon Clubhouse.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

The Burger Wars near Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus  has escalated to a new level as McDonald’s was handing out coupons Tuesday morning for discounts on its deluxe sandwich meals.

The battle intensified with the Monday opening of Red Robin Burger Works outlet at 20 E. Chicago Ave. The new outlet is next door to McDonald’s at 10 E. Chicago Ave. Meanwhile Epic Burger, which opened last year, stands a block away at 40 E. Pearson St. Other competition includes a neighboring Chick-fil-A at 30 E. Chicago Ave.

Red Robin features upscale burgers such as, Burnin’ Love, a hamburger topped with fried jalapeño peppers, salsa, pepper-jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and chipotle aioli on a jalapeño cornmeal kaiser roll, for $7.49, and the Bleu Ribbon, a burger topped with tangy steak sauce, chipotle aioli, bleu cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and crispy onion straws, for $6.99.

In an apparent volley, McDonald’s was handing customers coupons Tuesday which offered free fries and a drink if they purchased a Bacon Clubhouse Burger or a Premium Crispy Chicken Bacon Clubhouse Sandwich.

There are 17 sit-down Red Robbin Gourmet Burger restaurants in the Chicago suburbs. Red Robin Burger Works is a specialty concept designed for a smaller space in the city. It features a scaled-down menu and fast-casual service with limited seating.

A Red Robin Burger Works recently opened at 328 N. Michigan Ave. in Chicago. Burger Works outlets have also opened in Colorado, Ohio and soon in Washington, D.C.

 

 

Red Robin Burger Works opens near Loyola

redBy Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Loyola University Chicago is bracing for an escalation of “Burger Wars,” as the latest Red Robin Burger Works outlet opened Monday near the school’s Water Tower Campus in Chicago’s Gold Coast.

Red Robin opened in the former Qdoba restaurant at 20 E. Chicago Ave. The new outlet is next door to a McDonald’s, while Epic Burger stands a block away at 40 E. Pearson St. Other competition includes a neighboring Chick-fil-A at 30 E. Chicago Ave.

Red Robin features upscale burgers such as, Burnin’ Love, a hamburger topped with fried jalapeño peppers, salsa, pepper-jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and chipotle aioli on a jalapeño cornmeal kaiser roll, for $7.49, and the Bleu Ribbon, a burger topped with tangy steak sauce, chipotle aioli, bleu cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and crispy onion straws, for $6.99.

There are 17 sit-down Red Robbin Gourmet Burger restaurants in the Chicago suburbs. Red Robin Burger Works is a specialty concept designed for a smaller space in the city. It features a scaled-down menu and fast-casual service with limited seating.

A Red Robin Burger Works recently opened at 328 N. Michigan Ave. in Chicago. Burger Works outlets have also opened in Colorado, Ohio and soon in Washington, D.C.

Suspect arrested after multiple bank robberies

 

By Jillian Schwartz

The ‘Benchwarmer Bandit’ may be in custody after police arrested a man matching the description after a robbery at the Fifth Third Bank at Dearborn and Madison in the Loop on Tuesday around 3 p.m.

The ‘Benchwarmer Bandit’ is wanted in six different bank robberies.

Here is the full story from abc7:

A man in police custody may be the ‘Benchwarmer Bandit’ wanted in a series of bank robberies, officials said.

The man was taken into custody on Tuesday around 3 p.m. after a robbery at the Fifth Third Bank at Dearborn and Madison in the Loop. The offender allegedly handed a note to a teller and then fled with an undisclosed amount cash, according to FBI spokeswoman Joan Hyde. The FBI said no weapon was displayed and no one was hurt.

He was described as a man in his late 20s or early 30s, about 5-foot-4 with a thin build, wearing a dark green hoodie, blue jeans and black gym shoes, Hyde said. He was carrying a red backpack.

Chicago Police saw a person matching his description a short time later and arrested him at Chicago and Wabash avenues, Hyde said. Charges are pending.

An offender with a similar description whom the FBI called the Benchwarmer Bandit is wanted in six bank robberies, including the Loop robbery:

1. TCF Bank. 3531 N. Broadway. Chicago. 3/16/2014. 9:45AM.

2. TCF Bank. 4355 N Sheridan. CG. IL. 3/21/14. 9:02AM.

3. TCF Bank. 2940 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL on 3/24/2014. 9:37 AM

4. Citibank. 3128 N. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL on 3/29/2014 at 10:07AM.

5. Citibank. 111 W. Jackson. Chicago, IL on 4/8/14. 8:22AM.

6. Fifth Third Bank. 1 South Dearborn. Chicago, IL