“We write up a report. It’s the server’s responsibility to take notes on each diner’s experience: You have a strong love for Sancerre, for example, so the next time you come in, we’ll swap out a Muscadet pairing for the wine we know you like. I’m well aware this all must seem a little creepy. Stalkerish. But if I can enhance your experience, I’m going to do it. It’s my job.”—The Secrets of the Best Service in Chicago - Hungry Crowd | Food & Wine (via jasmined)
The Guardian is asking readers to suggest Chicago books for a list they’ll publish next week. The most recent book in the piece is Saul Bellow’s “The Adventures of Augie March”, which was published in 1953, so let loose with the recommendations, please.
“It used to be referred to as ‘white flight,’" Sampson said, referring to the postwar years in which whites left big cities as more blacks moved into them. "But we refer to it in the paper as ‘white avoidance’ — [gentrifiers are] not moving into neighborhoods where there are lots of black people. In Chicago, the [neighborhoods] that are gentrifying are the ones where there was a white working class, or Latinos, but not many blacks.”—In Chicago, neighborhoods that are too black don’t gentrify (via jasmined)
“Anyway, I’m not sure what all this means, except maybe that the “End of History” moment, when you could open anything and the foodies would flock, was brief and ephemeral. The restaurant business is back to being what it always was, which is to say, a tough business with tight margins where the rich usually get richer and the others have to scramble hard but can occasionally, through smarts and lots of asskickingly hard work, pull themselves into those ranks. Bad places close, but good places do too, and a bet on an up-and-coming neighborhood is either the best idea or the worst idea you ever had—and there’s no way to know till you do it.”—What some recent restaurant closings mean for the scene | Bleader | Chicago
The fundraiser is from 3-6 p.m. Thursday at Fatso’s Last Stand, 2258 W. Chicago Ave. Corbett will sell Fatso’s famous Char Dogs, fries and a drink for $1 apiece during the event, and all proceeds with go directly to Shamiya’s family. Fatso’s also will be open for customers wanting the full menu.
Nor does the Chicago Police Department. They don’t keep track of individual bike thefts, which are categorized with all other larcenies. Even if they wanted to give you a number, they wouldn’t have one to give.
Sewage is more likely to backup in Chicago homes when more than 1.5 inches of rainfall in less than a day. With climate change, more days of heavy rainfall are occurring. The homes that bear the brunt of sewage backups are in low-income neighborhoods.
More heavy rain days means more instances of sewage backing up in people’s homes. More sewage in people’s homes mean more home insurance claims. To recover the cost of the claims, insurance companies are beginning to sue the city of Chicago for not properly planning for global warming with the increased amount of sewage backups in people’s homes.
In the meantime, homes in low-income neighborhoods that are prone to more sewage backups are finding the clean up includes the maggots and flies the sewage leaves behind.