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Chicago small business owners celebrate soda tax repeal

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 […]

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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Logan Square’s ‘Killer Queen’ arcade community flourishing

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Logan Square’s ‘Killer Queen’ arcade community flourishing

  “C’mon Seth!” Momentum was building behind Seth Parker and his team, Deuces by Garzon, the crowd urging them on as they fought off elimination. Parker and Co. were struggling in their quarterfinal best-of-five match, down two games to none and game three didn’t look promising. “Lets go Seth, c’mon!” Cheers turned to screams as every […]

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‘Karaoke Rap’ lounge in Wicker Park delighting music lovers

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‘Karaoke Rap’ lounge in Wicker Park delighting music lovers

In Chicago’s Wicker Park community, a tall grey building blends into the weekend nightlife perfectly, home to a restaurant and lounge called Jerry’s. You might miss if it wasn’t for its signature neon rooster resting atop the lounge’s orange logo.  Jerry’s hosts many entertainment nights, their most popular being Original Rap Karaoke. Entering the building is […]

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