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5 Questions with...Lindsey, The Loop Rock Girl

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5 Questions with...Lindsey, The Loop Rock Girl

Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010

By Jeff Nuich
CSN Chicago Senior Director of CommunicationsCSNChicago.com Contributor

Want to know more about your favorite Chicago media celebrities? CSNChicago.com has your fix as we put the citys most popular personalities on the spot with everyones favorite weekly local celeb feature entitled 5 Questions with...

On Wednesdays, exclusively on CSNChicago.com, its our turn to grill the local media and other local VIPs with five random sports and non-sports related questions that will definitely be of interest to old and new fans alike.

This weeks guest ... shes the face of Chicago rock radio giant WLUP 97.9 FM The Loop whose talents beat out hundreds of other contestants to become this years Loop Rock Girl ... shes a local gal who can be seen throughout the summer at just about every major street fest and rock concert in the city and burbs ... here are 5 Questions with... LINDSEY, The Loop Rock Girl!

BIO: Before she was crowned the 2010 Loop Rock Girl, Lindsey Nicole Schendel kept busy by bartending at some of Chicagos hottest bars and clubs. She grew up in Rolling Meadows with mom Linda, dad Bob (a long-time Loyal Looper) and little sister Bayley. Up until she moved to the city, she had lived in the same house her entire life. She went to Rolling Meadows H.S. and graduated one year early and then went on to Roosevelt University, graduating with a degree in advertising. She says she always had a hunch that she was supposed to do more than just sit behind a desk.

Lindsey is no slouch in the athletic world either as she was a gymnast since the age of 3 and a soccer player since she was 5. She now loves to play softball (shes on the Loop softball team, of course) and occasionally still kicks the soccer ball around.

She loves going to different street fests to hear the bands, meet all kinds of people and going to Chicagos best new restaurants as she is a total foodie and willing to definitely try anything once.

1) CSNChicago.com: Lindsey, congrats on being named the 2010 Loop Rock Girl. What compelled you to give it a shot when the search was on and, when you did win the title (and 75,000), also tell us how you felt at that moment when WLUP morning man Pete McMurray announced your name on stage?

Lindsey: My dad actually told me to try out when I was 20 and unfortunately at the time I was too young (you had to be at least 21). I forgot about it over the years and remembered again this year. My dad has been a Loyal Looper for as long as I can remember. Plus, I grew up listening to the Loop in his garage!

It is hard to put in words how I felt when I won. If you look back at the pictures and videos of that moment, it truly says it all. My face showed complete shock and excitement! My heart was beating like I just ran a marathon! I looked out in the crowd and saw so many people that I cared about and it put me at ease. I instantly felt so much pride. Sometimes I even watch the video on YouTube and try and relive it all over again. I am truly blessed to be given this opportunity and I still wake up every day and still find it surreal that I won!

2) CSNChicago.com: With your new gig at the Loop, youve obviously had the pleasure of meeting thousands of other Loyal Loopers, but also some celebrities. Who is the one musician and the one pro athlete youve met so far that completely had you star struck?

Lindsey: I would like to say that I dont get very star struck, but I have met some amazing classic bands like REO Speedwagon, Rush, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cinderella, Ratt, etc. Meeting Vince Neil at the Rock Girl Finals was awesome because he was a genuinely nice guy and super easy to talk to.

I got to meet the entire Chicago Blackhawks team after the Bon Jovi concert, which was awesome ... they also had the Stanley Cup with them so it was an added bonus! I also met Carlos Zambrano at his charity event for the Big Z foundation. Check with me in a year and I am sure to have a longer list of celebrities for you!

3) CSNChicago.com: As you know, Chicago is the greatest summer city on the planet, especially when it comes to our nightlife. Name your top 5 favorite summertime hangouts and tell us why you love each one so much.

Lindsey:

1. Boating on Lake Michigan: You cant beat it! I love going to the play pen and looking at the skyline.

2. Concerts: Lollapalooza, Ozzfest, etc! I love rocking out whenever I can!

3. Bull and Bears Patio: They have the best summer cocktail menu and its great for people watching!

4. Going to Cubs games and hitting up all the Wrigleyville bars!

5. Taking long walks on the lake or just around the city. I love finding new shops and stores! Im a bit of a shop-a-holic!

4) CSNChicago.com: Name the one rock star that you would love to go on a date with and the one that just completely repulses you.

Lindsey: Not to sound clich, but I would have to say Steven Tyler. He is a legend. His music has influenced my life since I was a little girl. Now that I am thinking about it, I would probably be completely star struck if I met him! I would also love to meet the lead singer of Buckcherry, Josh Todd. He is so yummy!

Nobody completely repulses me to be honest. Any man who can rock out and make amazing music is far from repulsive!

5) CSNChicago.com: Youre pretty open about being a die-hard Cubs fan (rumor has it you even own an Im too pretty to be a Sox fan T-shirt!). Any worries that your Sox fan base may not be too happy with that fact?

Lindsey: This goes back to my dad again. He used to take me to Cubs games and teach me the rules and pastimes of baseball. It is more about tradition with me than anything else. I have nothing against the Sox, hell, they always have a better winning streak than the Cubs every season! But yes, the rumor is true, I do own an Im too pretty to be a Sox fan" T-shirt. I made it myself at Strange Cargo. I wanted it at the time because I was bartending in Wrigleyville for the Cubs season and we had to buy our own Cubs gear to wear. I thought most Cubs fans would appreciate it. But I love baseball, so the Sox are fine with me!

BONUS QUESTION CSNChicago.com: Any upcoming Loop remote appearances you want to promote Lindsey? Tell us, CSNChicago.com want to hear about it!

Lindsey: I am always super busy but here are a few events that I am excited about:

Sat, Aug. 14: Harley Davidson of Crete. I am doing a poster signing! I recently had a photo shoot on one of their bikes.

Thu, Aug. 19: Golf for the Bear at Seven Bridges Golf Course.

Sat, Aug. 28: Monsters of Mock Series at Durty Nellies in Palatine.

Lindsey LINKS:

Lindseys official home page on WLUP.com

Lindseys blog on WLUP.com

Lindsey on Facebook

Lindsey on Twitter

Click to e-mail Lindsey!

LOOK: Charles Leno helps refuel Bears-themed bus

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LOOK: Charles Leno helps refuel Bears-themed bus

Charles Leno has had a pretty spectacular career so far. Rarely do seventh-round picks play their way to a second contract, let alone a starting job at left tackle, but Leno's overcome the odds to become one of the Bears' key offensive pieces.

He's also a pretty good guy.

Leno posted a picture on his Twitter account Wednesday of a Bears bus that was stranded on the side of the road. He initially drove by. But the symbolism screamed out to him: The Bears aren't breaking down this year.

Rather than continue driving, Leno turned around and offered assistance to the Bears fans at the wheel. He shared this picture of the encounter, along with his message to fans across the country:

To be clear, Leno did little more than provide company for the bus's owners. He made sure he didn't receive all the credit for their return to the road:

Leno did a good deed looking out for those Bears fans. Now, he has to make sure he protects Mitch Trubisky's blindside on the eve the team's first training camp practice.

Jabari Parker unafraid of history, expectations that come with Chicago's homegrown stars: 'There's no fear'

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Jabari Parker unafraid of history, expectations that come with Chicago's homegrown stars: 'There's no fear'

The Chicago sunlight followed Jabari Parker as he walked through the East Atrium doors of the United Center, facing Michael Jordan’s statue before meeting with the media, introduced as a member of the Bulls for the first time.

For his sake, the brighter days are ahead instead of to his back as he’ll challenge the perception of being the hometown kid who can’t outrun his own shadow.

Parker re-enters Chicago as the No. 2 pick of the the 2014 draft the Milwaukee Bucks allowed to walk without compensation despite holding the cards through restricted free agency, damaged goods on the floor but not giving the Bulls a discount to don that white, red and black jersey he’s always dreamed of wearing.

“There were other teams but as soon as I heard Chicago, I just jumped on it,” Parker said.

It took a two-year, $40 million deal (2019-20 team option) to get Parker home, along with the selling point that he’ll start at small forward—a position that’s tough to envision him playing with on the defensive end considering three of the game’s top six scorers occupy that space.

It was a dream come true for his father, Sonny Parker, and high school coach, Simeon Academy’s Robert Smith, who both couldn’t hide their joy following the first question-and-answer session with the media.

“This is where he wanted to be,” Sonny Parker said. “His family’s happy, the support is there. All I know is the United Center will sell out every game. He can’t wait.

“Normally guys get drafted here. He signed to come here. He had a couple offers from other teams but he wanted to come here.”

The biggest examples of Chicagoans who arrived with outsized expectations for this franchise had varying results, but Derrick Rose and Eddy Curry both came away with scars of sorts that had many wondering why any hometown product would willingly choose to play for the Bulls.

The risk seems to far outweigh the reward; the emotional toll doesn’t seem worth the fare. And with the roster makeup not being ideal for Parker, no one could blame him for going to a better situation—or at least one more tailored to his skills rather than his heart.

“I think every situation is different. Derrick was excelling,” Bulls executive vice-president John Paxson said to NBCSportsChicago.com. “MVP of the league in his hometown before the injury. Eddy was just a young kid who didn’t have the savvy Derrick had. I think every situation is different. Jabari is such a grounded, solid person that he’s gonna be just fine.

“You don’t have to spend a whole lot of time with him to figure out he’s got it together. He knows who he is. Comfortable in his own skin. A quiet guy. Hopefully he’ll thrive here. The goal is it works great for him and works great for us.”

It seemed like he was bred to be a pro—and not just any pro, but the type Chicago demands of its own when a covenant to play 82 nights a year has been reached. If the constant prodding from his father didn’t break his façade, or older brother Darryl doing everything he could to coax emotion from the most gifted of the Parker clan couldn’t do it, two ACL surgeries on his left knee may pale in comparison.

The numbers from Parker’s recent stint with the Bucks don’t bear it out, but Smith sees a player who’s back on track to being what his talent has always dictated he should become.

“Even watching him work out lately, it’s like whoa,” Smith said. “But of course, everything with Chicago period you have to be cautious. With his family and the support system he has, this thing is about winning basketball games and giving back to the community.

“He’s had that (target) on his back since he stepped on the court at Simeon, coming behind Derrick and being one of the top five players as a freshman and No. 1 player as a junior. I don’t think it’s a huge problem, it can help him a little bit. If he has those moments if something doesn’t go right, he has someone to help him.”

Parker is more known for his restarts than his unique skill set in his young career, but even at 23 years old speaks with a sage of someone 20 years his senior, unwilling to tab this portion of his journey as a fresh start.

After all, it would be easy to envision his career beginning from the moment he left Simeon as a phenom followed by his one season at Duke—having two games where he totaled just 24 minutes with just two points to start the Bucks’ first-round series against the Boston Celtics isn’t typical of a star’s story if he sees himself that way.

“I don’t. I don’t want to forget all the hard work I had,” Parker said. “To forget I hurt myself and came back is to discredit my success. That in of itself is something outside the norm. I want to always remember the setbacks and failures I’ve had in my career so far. I want to use that as a sense of motivation.”

Bringing up his awkward pro beginnings in Milwaukee, where Giannis Antetokounmpo’s ascension to an unexpected strata mirrored thoughts he might’ve had of himself before his injuries, didn’t cause him to growl.

“I’ve never got jealous a day in my life. That’s why it wasn’t hard because I wasn’t jealous,” Parker said to NBCSportsChicago.com. “My journey is my journey. I gotta be proud of that and be patient. I took that and I move forward.”

The mention of his defense didn’t make him defensive, either, as he definitively pointed out the truth as he saw it, that today’s game is far more offensive-minded than the bruise-fests of the previous decades. Telling by his words in subsequent interviews, the best defense is a great offense and when he’s right, there aren’t many who can get a bucket as easily and with as much diversity as himself.

The only time Parker broke serve was at the notion he’d be following in the footsteps of Rose’s perceived failures, the setbacks Rose suffered when his knees began to fail after reaching inspiring heights players like Parker wanted to emulate.

At the podium for all to see, he corrected a question formed around Rose’s “rise and fall”, a sound byte copied and pasted by a couple Chicago-bred NBA players on social media in support of Parker’s words and feelings.

“Derrick had no lows. He didn’t. He still maintained. Derrick’s a legend, no matter what…no rise and falls. Injuries are part of life. Derrick is one of the best icons in Chicago. He accomplished his duty already.”

And later, he wanted to set the record straight again, drawing a line from how the media has presented Rose compared to how the people of Chicago see him, and vice-versa.

“We didn’t turn on Derrick, the media (did),” Parker told NBCSportsChicago.com. “We’re hometown. I speak for everybody, we love our hometown.”

The love of Chicago meant more than the prospect of not being able to live up to a glorious prep past, even though he should be well aware wanderlust can turn to villainy in a heartbeat—or the wrong step.

“There’s no pressure for me,” Parker said to NBCSportsChicago.com. “I’m just happy I get to play with some young guys, and I don’t harp on the negative. Anybody and everybody is gonna have an opinion. I value more my dreams than their opinions.”

And the dreamer steps forward, with a confident gait, eyes wide open and a city hoping it doesn’t repeat the same mistakes of its past.

“There’s no fear,” Parker said. “I haven’t faced any other pressure than bouncing back. I’m back on my feet and moving on.”

“When you struggle more, you succeed more.”