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The Metro: A pathway for some and a venue for all

The Metro: A pathway for some and a venue for all

The beginning and end of the yellow brick road for local and national artists and bands alike is right down Clark Street, steps away from Wrigley Field at the Metro, a music venue with a 35-year-long legacy.  Elaine Simmons, 19, music lover and music business student at Columbia College Chicago, practiced for hours the day she was invited […]

Women-owned businesses of Logan Square grow amidst sexism

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Women-owned businesses of Logan Square grow amidst sexism

After Kristi Wood opened Logan Square Pilates & Core with two women partners in January, there were times when they were disrespected by men who didn’t take them seriously. “There was one Chicago business that came in and did a quote, and he basically thought, because we were female, we were completely incompetent of understanding […]

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Chicago small business owners celebrate soda tax repeal

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Chicago small business owners celebrate soda tax repeal

After months of facing plummeting sales since the Chicago-area’s contentious penny-per-ounce tax on soda and sweetened beverages was enacted, small business owners were finally able to rejoice with the Cook County Board’s decision to repeal the tax Oct. 11. The board voted 15-2 to repeal the tax on sweetened beverages starting Dec. 1. The vote […]

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Eastern Groove Belly Dance Studio, a Dream Realized

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Eastern Groove Belly Dance Studio, a Dream Realized

Having her own studio had always been a dream for Christina King, but the opportunity came at an unexpected time when she wasn’t actively searching to start up her own business. King, 46, is the owner of a belly dance studio in Elgin, Illinois. She has been teaching belly dance for 14 years and has […]

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Go, businesses, go!

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Go, businesses, go!

The  baseball offseason for the Wrigleyville neighborhood is usually seen as a recovery period from a full season of Cubs celebration that, in the past, has ended with the team heartbreakingly missing another chance for the World Series title. This offseason is different. Businesses in Wrigleyville are flying the W too, and not just for […]

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Businessman in a Whole Brew World

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Businessman in a Whole Brew World

Robert Finkel’s tenacity is comparable to that of an eager puppy. He claims this himself, discussing the process of opening up Forbidden Root, his now seven-month-old botanical brewery and restaurant in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. “I’m a puppy—when a bite an ankle, I stay on,” Finkel said. “You can shake a leg, but I’ll stay […]

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Rogers Park wellness studio hosts yoga clothing swap

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Rogers Park wellness studio hosts yoga clothing swap

A shared passion for health and wellness brought people together in Rogers Park for Centered Studios‘ first yoga clothing swap. The day’s activities featured food, music, complimentary auricular acupuncture treatments (on the ear), psychic readings and demonstrations on how to make yoga mat spray. Health coaches Camille Houseknecht, 26, and Natalie Zenner, 34, demonstrated how to […]

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