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Bear Barren: Scoping out the Bears at Adam Archuleta’s birthday party

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It certainly feels like a typical night at Y Bar on Ontario—young, clean-shaven twentysomethings gyrate their asses, throw napkins into the air, dance around gleaming bottles of Grey Goose. The partiers flirt aimlessly, armed with every kind of drink the bar has to offer, most of them unaware that the club is concealing a secret, and there’s only one clue: orange and navy-blue balloons filled with helium stacked across the ceiling. Little do the clubbers know that they are minutes away from being in the midst of a surprise 30th birthday party (one that was well publicized online) for the Chicago Bears’ strong safety, Adam Archuleta, organized by his Playboy Playmate girlfriend Jennifer Walcott.
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Saving Grace: Prayer, hotels and beer in River North

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By Margaret Wappler

In the middle aisle of Holy Name Cathedral, a man wearing all black is on his knees, crawling toward the altar, throwing his hands up in the air. Behind him, gathering for an impromptu noontime mass after Tuesday morning’s catastrophic events, is a congregation of people by themselves or in couples. They’re praying, cupping rosary beads, crying, clutching each other’s hands. TV news cameras are off to the side and outside the church, but no one is talking to them. Read the rest of this entry »