Fairview Heights

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: June 27 to 29

    It's Pride weekend! There are lots of other things going on this weekend, but don't forget the Mayor Slay-sponsored festival. It's going to be a hot one -- get out there and enjoy the city anyway. Check out our food-related recommendations after the jump. See also: The 10 Most Beautiful Bars in St. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Hip-Hop (Group): Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Twelve Must-See Music Videos from St. Louis Hip-Hop Artists

    At least once every blue moon I want to highlight a few music video's that have crossed my path. Sometimes when we hear of a new artist, the very first place we go is Youtube, which typically either makes us a fan or a hater in short order. I decided I'd pass along a few interesting videos from unde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Burglary Suspects Up to Their Necks in Trouble and Tattoos

    The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department says it's nabbed the men responsible for a rash of recent car break-ins. Mugshots of two of the three suspects guarantee that witnesses won't have any problem identifying them if they were involved in the crimes.

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    12 St. Louis Food and Drink Deals and Freebies for Tax Day

    Today is Tax Day, also known as mass chaos at the Springfield Post Office Day. Whether today finds you scrambling to get your info in order or basking in the smug satisfaction of submitting your taxes weeks ago, there is a reward: food and drink deals at restaurants across the St. Louis area. Once ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Pot-Bellied Pig Killed by Cop in Fairview Heights After Month-Long Pursuit

    The month-long hamhunt is over: On Sunday morning, the cops in Fairview Heights, Illinois finally killed a stray pot-bellied pig that had been on the loose. Officer Mike Wilson tells Daily RFT that the 50-pound black swine had been "rooting through people's yards," though it never charged anyone as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Serial Hugger Strikes Again! (And Again, And Again, And Again)

    The serial hugger is back. Turns out the man Des Peres police arrested a couple of weeks ago for hugging women in the supermarket was also turned over to the Warson Woods police the same day. Apparently, they too have been getting reports for months of a strange man tricking lady shoppers into giv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Jeremiah Merello McGee Charged in Explosive Attack on Federal Building

    FBI agents arrested Fairview Heights man Jeremiah Merello McGee in connection with the firebomb attack on the Robert A. Young Federal Building early Monday morning. According to the affidavit, McGee parked near the guard shack at the building at 1:11 a.m. April 23, approached the building, then turn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Agostino's Opens in Fairview Heights

    ​After a brief delay, Agostino's Italian Restaurant opened its doors this Monday, November 28, at 130 Ludwig Drive in Fairview Heights, Illinois. This is the successor to Agostino's Chesterfield location, which closed last year due to an eminent-domain claim.(Owner John Agostino Gabriele told Gut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Contest: Match the Indicted Metro East Law Officer with the Crime! Win Underpants!

    These boxers can be yours!​Five police officers in metro East St. Louis and a police dispatcher were indicted today on multiple crimes. Below is a description of the crimes and a photo of five of the six people arrested in the bust. First commenter to match the crime with the correct photo of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    St. Louis Borders Closing (Finally)

    image viaIs there anything sadder than an empty bookstore?​The end is here, after months of being near. To anyone who has been spending time at area Borders stores over the past week or so and seen people carrying out the shelves and the tables and other fixtures, this news should come as no s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: September 3-5

    Image viaA scene from last year's Midwest Wingfest​Entertainment starts a little late this weekend, bypassing Friday and instead heating up all the way through Monday this Labor Day weekend. With lots of festivals and festivities, there's plenty of ways to taste that last little morsel of summ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Tidbits from Smashburger, Max & Erma's

    ​As Gut Check noted a few weeks ago, Smashburger will open its first St. Louis-area location tomorrow, July 20, at 1981 Zumbehl Road in St. Charles. The "better burger" joint will be open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. In addition to its standard menu of burgers, this Smashburger will include a St. Louis- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Bodegas Obergo Lagrimas de Obergo Rosado at Randall's Wine & Spirits

    Katie MoultonThe 2009 Bodegas Obergo Lágrimas de Obergo Rosado​ Gut Check loves us some wine. We want a bottle with bang and a bang for our buck, so every week we will visit a local wine shop, where the experts will recommend a good-value wine priced under $15. We'll drink some and tell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Loser Alert: Area Man Begins Camping Monday for Black Friday Deals

    Say what you will about Isaac Bowser. The kid from Rolla has his goals. Since last night -- Monday -- Bowser has been camped out outside a Best Buy store in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Why? Because he wants to be the first shopper through the doors the day after Thanksgiving -- a.k.a. Black Friday.S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Neighborhood Teens Confront Burglary Suspect, Beat Him to a Bloody Pulp

    bnd.comJohn L. Smith​John Smith was lurking in the wrong neighborhood Monday night. A registered sex offender and burglary suspect, the 39-year-old Smith was walking down a driveway in Fairview Heights where a vehicle had just been broken into when he was confronted by two neighborhood teenagers - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Report: Hanley's Grille & Tap at West County Center Closed

    Jennifer SilverbergInside Hanley's Grille & Tap earlier this year​George Mahe just broke the news on Feast (the one that already exists, not the still-in-development magazine): Hanley's Grille & Tap at West County Center in Des Peres has closed. This follows the departure a few months ago ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Belleville Bans Strippermobile

    Strippermobile in St. Louis last month.​Belleville last night followed Fairview Heights in becoming the second area municipality to pass an ordinance banning the so-called Strippermobile.The vehicle, owned by the Hustler Club, has made headlines around the nation in recent weeks. Thank God that in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    So, Who Went Swimming with Former MTV Host Tom Green Last Week in Fairview Heights?

    Apparently a few of you did. ​Tom Green, who hosted a show on MTV (criminally canceled), earned a solid spot on the B-List for celebrities and once dated Drew Barrymore (it ended badly, he says in his stand-up act), went for a dip in the swimming pool with his fans after his stand-up show on Marc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    Twitter Fight, Take Two: How Chipotle Uses Social Media

    A few weeks back, virtual sparks flew when local restaurateurs clashed with a group of social media-packin' diners on Twitter. But while social-media exchanges can cause anger and hurt feelings, the medium can be a catalyst for discussing problems in the industry and ultimately bringing down the wal ... More >>

  • News

    January 13, 2010
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    November 25, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    Chef's Choice: Jeffrey Constance, Hanley's Grille and Tap

    Robin WheelerChef Jeffrey Constance of Hanley's Grille and Tap​What do you mean, you haven't heard of Hanley's Grille and Tap? Chef Jeff Constance took over the former J.Buck's locations at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights, Illinois, and West County Center in Des Peres a few months ago. Though ... More >>

  • News

    May 9, 2007

    High Times

    Smoking pot leads to a wicked case of the munchies? Who knew?

  • Culture

    November 22, 2006

    Good to the Last Drip

    Urinetown: Brecht as squeezed through the catheter of Hal Prince.

  • Music

    May 24, 2006

    Heil Heil Rock & Roll

    Bob Heil and his legendary audio inventions head to Cleveland and the Hall of Fame

  • News

    January 4, 2006

    Girl Walks into a Comedy Club...

    Julie Seabaugh profiles local laugh-riot Brie Johnson

  • News

    October 19, 2005

    Rack & Roll

    The metro east is the corner pocket for some of the nation's top pool sharks. Bring it on, ESPN!

  • Calendar

    July 6, 2005

    Tough Lover

    Corey Holcomb breaks it down

  • Calendar

    March 30, 2005

    On the Road Again

    The Yard Dogs are here

  • Calendar

    March 9, 2005

    Murphy's Law

    The "I'm Rich Beeyatch!" Tour

  • Calendar

    August 18, 2004

    This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    Week of August 18, 2004

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    July 7, 2004


    Week of July 7, 2004

  • Music

    March 24, 2004

    Sounds Around Town

    Week of March 24, 2004

  • News

    February 25, 2004

    Another Steakout

    Don't let the Lou become the sole property of Bloosiers; plus, we try to go on a wholesome date (to Mel's new movie, perhaps?), visit one of the few remaining typewriter stores, learn a thing or two about balls and make some super suggestions for Lambert

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    February 4, 2004

    Bobcat at Rest

    Content, but still funny

  • News

    September 10, 2003


    Week of September 10, 2003

  • Calendar

    September 3, 2003

    Waiting to Inhale

    High On Fire are dope

  • Music

    June 18, 2003

    Sounds Around Town

    Week of June 18, 2003

  • Calendar

    June 18, 2003

    The Boys Are Back in Town

    Gateway Men's Chorus sings out

  • Calendar

    May 14, 2003

    Dog Day Afternoon

    Pups and peeps come together

  • Calendar

    April 2, 2003
  • News

    November 20, 2002

    Dander Up

    Week of November 20, 2002

  • Music

    October 2, 2002

    Local Hokum

    Our Town's radio stations aren't playing much local fare because they're not getting much that's fit to play

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2002

    Death on Wheels

    Xanadu was a career-ender for nearly everyone who starred in it -- which is why it makes great live theater

  • News

    May 1, 2002

    Kill Your Radio

    Week of May 1, 2002

  • Music

    January 16, 2002

    Foot Don't Fail Me Now

    Local favorite J.D. Blackfoot returns to St. Louis for one last show

  • News

    September 19, 2001

    Rebel Yell

    Armed with a Confederate flag, Jason Scott declared war on uptight high-school officials

  • Dining

    July 5, 2000

    The Least Side

    The latest incarnation of Harry's lets down its siblings across the river

  • Calendar

    January 6, 1999
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