Argyle Starts its Transformation Into a Shared Street
Jan20

Argyle Starts its Transformation Into a Shared Street

  When does a community meeting not feel like a community meeting? When the decisions are already made. That was the case last Thursday at Furama Restaurant in Uptown, where 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman held two meetings to explain the work schedule for the transformation of Argyle Street. As this project is already in the bid process, Thursday’s meeting was informational only; the point/counterpoint meetings were held long...

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Tuesday Trivia: MST3K Edition
Jan20

Tuesday Trivia: MST3K Edition

Question: Which Chicago skyscraper was called “The Empire State Building on Nutrisystem?” Click to see the answer Answer:   The Mather Tower (75 East Wacker Drive). In the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode 419, the space-bound trio make fun of the 1959 movie The Rebel Set, in which a group of beatniks from California pull off a bank robbery during a layover at Dearborn Station in Chicago during a cross-country...

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Raise A Glass To Toast Prohibition: Speakeasies!
Jan20

Raise A Glass To Toast Prohibition: Speakeasies!

You may be unfamiliar with the phrases “blind pig,” “tarantula juice,” and “coffee varnish.” But 95 years ago, these code words were part of the vocabulary for tipplers in Chicago and across the country. On January 20, 1920, Prohibition began and shortly thereafter, the cottage industry of speakeasies. Illegal bars were often found hidden within a legitimate business. Patrons usually gained entrance by giving a password to a doorman....

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