Gapers Block

Jul 29

danno-matic:

Here we go again

danno-matic:

Here we go again

“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

Jul 28

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Jul 27

chicago-reader:

"This is a bike for Chicago."
The worst winter in decades inspired a local design firm and frame builder to fashion a bike tough enough for Chicago.
Check out the changes they made. 

chicago-reader:

"This is a bike for Chicago."

The worst winter in decades inspired a local design firm and frame builder to fashion a bike tough enough for Chicago.

Check out the changes they made. 

Jul 24

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Before he was Chicago’s mayor…

chicagobusiness:

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Rahm Emanuel was a Crain’s 40 under 40 for class of 1990. Nice tie and suspenders. 

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Mayor Emanuel is officially the mayor of Throwback Thursday.

Shamiya Adams Fundraiser To Be Held Thursday at Fatso's Last Stand - DNAinfo.com 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.

uchicagomag:

Robie House’s rockstar visitor
While Jack White was hanging out on 57th Street, we hope he stopped by the Oriental Institute, too. White performs at the Chicago Theatre tonight.
Fun fact: Did you know… the University of Chicago Magazine staff’s offices used to be in Robie House?
Photo courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, flwright.org

If you got to hang out at the Robie House, you’d be smiling too - that place is pretty.

uchicagomag:

Robie House’s rockstar visitor

While Jack White was hanging out on 57th Street, we hope he stopped by the Oriental Institute, too. White performs at the Chicago Theatre tonight.

Fun fact: Did you know… the University of Chicago Magazine staff’s offices used to be in Robie House?

Photo courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, flwright.org

If you got to hang out at the Robie House, you’d be smiling too - that place is pretty.

(via fyuchicago)

Jul 23

“How many bikes are stolen in Chicago every year?

I don’t know.

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.

Talking to individuals who’ve had their bikes stolen, I found one sentiment shared time and time again: “The police won’t do anything.”” — Chicago Police Less Willing To Curb Bike Thefts Than Some Other Cities, Internet Vigilantes « CBS Chicago (via themason)

Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots    -

thisistheglamorous:

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.