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Meet Melissa Stockwell: Chicago’s Beloved Bad Ass

Paralympian Melissa Stockwell Talks Triathlons, Baby and Rio

August 21, 2014

“I was lucky to have a lot of organizations that got me out of my hospital room and showed me that I could still do athletic things and achieve athletic accomplishments,” said Melissa Stockwell, a Paralympian and award-winning paratriathlete. “It proved to me that losing a leg didn’t have to stop me from doing anything I wanted to do.” Stockwell has spent the latter part of her week providing such inspiration and motivation to others at the Valor Games Midwest, an adaptive sports competition for veterans and service members, put on by World Sports Chicago at the United Center. “I’ve been involved with World Sports Chicago since 2011. This year, I’m also …  Read more

A TKO: Playful PAMA Punch

By: Debra Lipson

August 18, 2014
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Sunday Fundays are best spent with friends and booze. Of course, Cheeky combined this fab pairing over the weekend with its PAMA Brunch Punch Party! Family style plates (included an ooey, gooey turkey eggs benedict and berry-topped waffles) were washed down with signature PAMA Liqueuer cocktails. Amid bites and glasses, the gabby group chose a refreshing riff on punch from three contest entries. Missed out on the fun but still wanna sample the sip? Check out Amber Gibson’s Brunch Punch winning recipe: Playful PAMA Party Punch Ingredients: 1/2 cup PAMA Liqueur 1 cup Aviation Gin 1/2 cup Makers Mark 1 cup grapefruit juice 2 cups watermelon juice 3 Tbsp. Demerara syrup Directions: 1. Pour all ingredients over ice and with some fruit …  Read more

Pizano’s Lincoln Park Opening

By: Jen Pircon

August 11, 2014
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Chicago is serious about its pizza. And Pizano’s is no exception. Founded in 1991 by Rudy Malnati Jr., Pizano’s Pizza and Pasta is cooked up with rich, Italian tradition topped with a warm and inviting atmosphere. The restaurant opened its newest location in Lincoln Park last week, marking its fifth location in the Windy City. What keeps Chicagoans’ appetite thriving for Pizano’s? Although its deep dish gives Chicago-style pizza a run for its dough, it’s Pizano’s famous thin crust pizza that keeps people craving more. Oprah called the pizza “her favorite” and USA Today listed it as Top Ten in the Nation. Cheeky’s opinion? A resounding “Agreed!” as the pastry-like thin …  Read more