Category: General Interest

Modified Parking Meter Deal – City Council Likely to Approve This Bastard

Modified Parking Meter Deal – City Council Likely to Approve This Bastard

Let’s call a spade a spade – the original, notorious Parking Meter Deal sucks. It sucks so bad that it’s amazing former Mayor Richard M. Daley isn’t villified by every single Chicagoan who pays taxes or parks in a metered space in the City or – pity the fools – both. It is completely, utterly outrageous that street parking, as […]

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We Like: A Red Orchid Theatre – Our City, Ourselves

We Like: A Red Orchid Theatre – Our City, Ourselves

Youth violence in Chicago – it’s all gang-related, right? Of course not, but political spinmanship notwithstanding, the local arts scene has incorporated the theme of youth violence into its raison d’être and, once there, it’s a rock-solid topical social issue. Giving some credit where it’s due, Collaberaction’s Crime Scene, a Chicago Anthology was a stunning kickstart to the currency of […]

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We Like: A Well-Crafted Revolution

We Like: A Well-Crafted Revolution

Revolution Brewery has cred.  It has been showered with many local “Best Of” recognitions. In 2012, the brewery was awarded the most gold medals among Chicago’s micro-brew community.  Revolution is also a recently-announced winner of the 2012 World Beer Cup.  Revolution is doing something right to generate such frothy buzz.  This is especially remarkable since Revolution only opened its Logan Square doors in February 2010. Rev’s two gold Beer […]

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The heads of their respective sports

The Heat Through Rose-Colored Glasses

Derrick Rose will not be playing tonight as the Bulls take on the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the second round.  As of this moment, Rose has not played in a competitive basketball game in 373 days, which is nearly 9 thousand hours.  He has teased us with his pre-game shootarounds, his courtside mentorship, and his convoluted regular status updates.  Bottom line: Rose will not be […]

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We Like: Chicago’s Farmers Markets – Schedule Announced

We Like: Chicago’s Farmers Markets – Schedule Announced

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced the schedule for Chicago’s Farmers Markets,. The City-run markets selling fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers open at Lincoln Park (Armitage & Orchard) and Division Street (Division & Dearborn) on Saturday, May 11 and at Beverly (95th & Longwood) on Sunday, May 12 before the official opening at Daley Plaza (Washington & Dearborn) on Thursday, […]

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Chicago Parking Meter Deal Redux:  We Will Pay More to Park

Chicago Parking Meter Deal Redux: We Will Pay More to Park

It will be our priviledge to pay more so that the City can save money.  Wait a minute…. The City has a budget issue today, so it proposes to give away parking rights into infinity to patch the here-and-now.  The Mayor sells the proposal as being a $1 Billion gain for Chicago taxpayers.  He gives his City Council 30 days to agree with him. A […]

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We Like: At This Year’s Taste Food Trucks Allowed Short Term Parking

We Like: At This Year’s Taste Food Trucks Allowed Short Term Parking

The perennial money-losing Taste of Chicago has been shrunk to sample size since Mayor Emanuel has taken office. The days to attend the Taste have been cut in half and will no longer run through the 4th of July weekend. However, while smaller, there is also new. Seven food trucks will be added to the Taste.  The food trucks will […]

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We Like:  Haymarket Pub & Brewery

We Like: Haymarket Pub & Brewery

Haymarket Pub & Brewery is a great surprise.  It is as much a restaurant as it is pub or brewery, and the menu elevates the experience to far more than its appearance.  Then there’s its deference to Chicago history.  The Haymarket Affair led to the worker’s right to eight hours between shifts, and where better to spend your off-time today […]

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Chicago Police to Assist in Boston Investigations

Chicago Police to Assist in Boston Investigations

The Chicago Police Department is sending five detectives and one sergeant to Boston today at the request of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis in order to assist in the ongoing investigation surrounding the bombings at the Boston Marathon and related overnight incidents. Earlier this week, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy offered their counterparts assistance […]

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A Community’s Public Health Response to the Heroin Epidemic

A Community’s Public Health Response to the Heroin Epidemic

The number of drug overdose deaths in Illinois has been rapidly and consistently increasing over the past decade. HERO, HELPS, and the Southwest Coalition for Substance Abuse Issues are hosting a community forum aimed at creating a dialogue among public officials, law enforcement, health care providers, educators, and the public, allowing everyone involved to learn more about the drug overdose […]

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