The Hala Kahiki, located about six miles south of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in the suburb of River Grove, has caused more than one passing driver to do a double take, wondering how a weathered beach shack arrived on such a bland stretch of Midwestern road. In fact, much about the Hala Kahiki’s origins is serendipitous. The tiki theme was inspired by bamboo fencing that Oppedisano’s grandparents used to cover their shabby walls, and the name came from a comic strip. When the bar opened in 1966, the tiki fad that had swept American pop culture over the previous three decades had already peaked. Yet nearly 50 years later, the Hala Kahiki is one of the last true tiki bars left in the region.
Aloha from the Hala Kahiki — The Distance

The Hala Kahiki, located about six miles south of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in the suburb of River Grove, has caused more than one passing driver to do a double take, wondering how a weathered beach shack arrived on such a bland stretch of Midwestern road. In fact, much about the Hala Kahiki’s origins is serendipitous. The tiki theme was inspired by bamboo fencing that Oppedisano’s grandparents used to cover their shabby walls, and the name came from a comic strip. When the bar opened in 1966, the tiki fad that had swept American pop culture over the previous three decades had already peaked. Yet nearly 50 years later, the Hala Kahiki is one of the last true tiki bars left in the region.

Aloha from the Hala Kahiki — The Distance

chicago-reader:

Here’s a way to go to Pitchfork for free …
gapers:

Tell your friends! Mark your calendars! Bust out your eating pants!
Get Ready For The Gapers Block Hot Dog Cookoff!

Reminder that a most important hot dog cookoff is taking place this Saturday in the parking lot behind Schubas.

gapers:

Tell your friends! Mark your calendars! Bust out your eating pants!

Get Ready For The Gapers Block Hot Dog Cookoff!

Reminder that a most important hot dog cookoff is taking place this Saturday in the parking lot behind Schubas.

unabridgedbookstore:

Chicago Independent Bookstore Day July 12, 2014!
Special collector’s puzzle designed by Lilli Carre. Check chicagobookstoreday.com for more info.

unabridgedbookstore:

Chicago Independent Bookstore Day July 12, 2014!

Special collector’s puzzle designed by Lilli Carre. Check chicagobookstoreday.com for more info.

Members of the religious group seek to maintain a close-knit rural lifestyle and, though there are Amish settlements sprinkled throughout the Midwest, the nearest one lies 90 miles from downtown Chicago. As we approached an answer — by checking in with experts and Amish travelers themselves — we couldn’t help but feel we were meeting our regional neighbors for the first time.

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lakeviewrunner:

Life in Boystown. #Chicago #Gay

I love this.

spramped:

lakeviewrunner:

Life in Boystown. #Chicago #Gay

I love this.

itscolossal:

A Triple Lightning Strike on Three of Chicago’s Tallest Buildings

Now in gif form!
chicagogeek:

Sky Ride Tap, Van Buren Street, Chicago.

chicagogeek:

Sky Ride Tap, Van Buren Street, Chicago.

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Love #igerschicago #publicportraits #public #portrait #portraits #chicago #cta #urban #city #peopleintransit #streetphotograpy #candid #stranger #strangersintransit www.publicportraits.com

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Walgreen or Walgreen’s?

The New York Times says “Walgreen” much to the delight of the author of this post on Coudal’s site.

PS: Me and everybody I know say “Walgreen’s”. Also: “the Jewel” instead of “Jewel-Osco” because come on.