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Independent Bookstore is Alive and Well in Logan Square

Independent Bookstore is Alive and Well in Logan Square

Teresa Kirschbraun, owner of City Lit Books in Logan Square, knows her customers. She is their neighbor, after all, having lived in Logan Square herself for more than 25 years. “Selfishly I wanted my commute to be eight blocks,” Kirschbraun said with a laugh. In the eyes of her customers, however, the choice was hardly […]

Lakeview Restaurant Focus of Controversy

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Lakeview Restaurant Focus of Controversy

Chop Chop Chinaman, a Chinese restaurant located in the Lakeview neighborhood, has come under scrutiny for its name, which some Chicagoans think is racist. “It’s stupid, just stupid,” said Lakeview resident Zoe Faller. “I can’t say for sure the owners knew it would offend people, but I feel like at some point somebody should’ve said […]

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Cafe Jumping Bean Keeps Local Art Alive

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Cafe Jumping Bean Keeps Local Art Alive

The Cafe Jumping Bean, located in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, strives to keep the art scene alive for the neighborhood residents. Owner Eleazar Delgado opened the cafe’s doors in 1994 when he was only a 26-year-old, but even at such a young age, Delgado had a vision for what he wanted. “I had fast food experience […]

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Yoga Loft: Not Just Stretching

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Yoga Loft: Not Just Stretching

Yoga Loft in River North has made a business out of not only transforming people’s bodies, but also their minds. The studio, located at 15 W. Hubbard St. opened three years ago, the creation of Tim Ceurvorst and Jill Jerome. Ceurvorst and Jerome had a goal of not only practicing an art about which they […]

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Fight for 15 protest in Chicago

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Fight for 15 protest in Chicago

  Protesters gathered Wednesday on the University of Illinois Chicago campus to call for raising workers’ wages to $15 an hour. The protest was part of a nationwide effort calling itself Fight for 15.

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Midwest Urban Farmers Meet at the Plant in Back of the Yards

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Midwest Urban Farmers Meet at the Plant in Back of the Yards

Andrea Crary watched as a volunteer harvested chard from the aquaponic farm in the darkened basement of The Plant, located in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. Alongside the vegetables, tilapia swam lazily in cloudy tanks. Crary said aquaponic farming uses no soil; instead, chard, kale and chili peppers are growing organically in water from […]

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O’Connor Opposes new Medical Marijuana Dispensary Near Superdawg Drive-In

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O’Connor Opposes new Medical Marijuana Dispensary Near Superdawg Drive-In

Ald. Mary O’Connor (41st) vowed to oppose a medical marijuana clinic seeking to open near the Superdawg Drive-In located on Chicago’s Northwest Side even though one of the owners of the popular Chicago hot dog joint is open to the idea. The Union Group of Illinois is looking to open the stand on a vacant […]

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