Oprah gets her way
Oprah Winfrey now has a street to call her own.
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, in one of his last official acts before he leaves office next week, stopped by yesterday to rename a street outside Harpo Studios where Winfrey tapes her show as “Oprah Winfrey Way.”
Winfrey is widely credited with helping transform a gritty part of the city into a thriving neighborhood, as her beige building with the giant silver “O” proved to be a magnet for young professionals and families. Winfrey is the latest of more than 1,000 celebrities, religious leaders, activists and others who have been honored with street signs in Chicago. Michael Jordan, Siskel and Ebert, Hugh Hefner and Frank Sinatra have been honored over the years — Sinatra twice, as it turns out.
Friday night frights
Be one of the lucky ones to score a spot in Oahu Ghosts Tours’ special programs scheduled for tomorrow — the only Friday the 13th in 2011. The company is offering an “Orbs of Oahu” van tour with stops at the infamous Morgan’s Corner in Nuuanu and other spooky places from 7 to 11:30 p.m. For night owls, there’s the “Midnight Graveyard Shift” tour from midnight to 4 a.m. The $66.60 ticket price includes a T-shirt; kamaaina discount available. For reservations, call 524-4944 or visit www.oahughosttours.com.