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Record Store Day is Third Saturday in April

Record Store Day is Third Saturday in April

Support local business, liven up your Saturday, and hear good music on April 19th, which is Record Store Day around the world. Localize your experience at Jazz Record Mart, Reggie’s, or one of the other record stores in Chicago. Go to the Record Store Day site to search for the nearest record store, but here’s […]

Service Businesses Face Taxing Matters

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Service Businesses Face Taxing Matters

Michelle Davis does not want to relive the drop-off in business she saw in 2008, but she fears she will if Illinois imposes a tax on services done by her dry cleaning business. “Oh my goodness, did we take a hit in 2008,” Davis said. “I hope we don’t ever have business drop off the […]

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Co-Owners at Alcala’s Boutique Steal the Show

Ukrainian Village is full of friendly people and fun shops, but none friendlier and more entertaining than the sisters behind the chic Alcala’s Boutique. Inside you’ll find bright, patterned tops and dresses, trendy boots, shoes and accessories to compliment any outfit, but the real showstoppers are co-owners Linda and Elia Alcala. After working retail for […]

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Money for Small Business Returns to Logan Square

SBIF, the Small Business Improvement Fund, is one of the few sources of grants available to Logan Square property and business owners considering investing in capital improvements.   For the last two years, however, no funds have been available for new projects in the Fullerton/Milwaukee Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district.  That is now changing, and $1,000,000 has […]

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Workers, nonprofits and aldermen called for a new law that would require employers to provide paid sick leave to all employees. The proposed bill was introduced March 5 to the Chicago City Council.  

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Need Your Paczki Fix?

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Need Your Paczki Fix?

Need to know the nearest bakery with fresh paczki?  DNAinfo has the info mapped out for you. True Chicagoans know the hottest item on Fat Tuesday is a traditional Polish Paczki. Why wait in line or risk getting hit with a sold-out sign? To celebrate Chicago’s vibrant Polish heritage and Fat Tuesday, we’re taking Paczki Day to a whole new level! Simply tap your […]

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Little Village Chef Bets on Fast Food Quesadillas

Las Quecas, a fast-casual quesadilla eatery recently opened in Chicago marking the chain’s first unit in the U.S. Local celebrity chef Ambrocio Gonzalez, owner of La Catedral Café and Restaurant, opened America’s first  location in partnership with Francisco Ugalde. Las Quecas occupies a space adjacent to La Catedral Café on the 2500 block of South Christiana […]

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Small Business in a Big Market: Smoque Vapours

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Small Business in a Big Market: Smoque Vapours

via YouTube A think cloud of vapor pours out of his mouth after inhaling off the electronic cigarette that’s attached to a low, modern-looking table filled with vials of different flavors of e-liquids. Sam Gendell, a former pack-per-day smoker and a new customer to one of Chicago’s e-cigarette stores called Smoque Vapours, started using the […]

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Think Spring with Superdawg

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Think Spring with Superdawg
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Preserving a Language, Preserving a Nation

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Preserving a Language, Preserving a Nation

A young man in a hoodie casually strolls into IQRA’ Book Center on Devon Avenue asking about leather stockings. Tariq Khan, the assistant manager, sets down his pricing gun and jumps into action, grabbing sizes and chatting up the bearded customer. Shaban Beharovic, a 32-year-old West Rogers Park resident, is looking for some traditional Islamic […]

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Northwest Tower Renovations Are Under Way

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Northwest Tower Renovations Are Under Way

The Coyote Building, a 12-story tower at the corner of North, Damen and Milwaukee avenues in Wicker Park, is slated for some big changes. Given its nickname because it resembles a howling coyote, the building — whose actual name is the Northwest Tower — is going to be converted into a hotel and hostel. When […]

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Chicago Milliner Brings New Approach To Teaching

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Chicago Milliner Brings New Approach To Teaching

In a trendy black quarter-length sleeve high-low hem dress with black booties, Angela Morano, 26, could almost be mistaken for one of the teenagers she teaches in her program Hats, Headbands & Beyond at After School Matters. The light pink end of Morano’s braided blonde pony tail swings back and forth as she maneuvers around the table in […]

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Connie’s Pizza: “Cheesy” Dinner with Old-World Atmosphere

The classic decor of Bridgeport’s Connie’s Pizza was designed to remind patrons of a long-gone era when life was slower, before computers and electronic devices, said Amanda Ponce, director of sales and marketing for the restaurant. But looks can be deceiving, and this South Side eatery, located at 2373 S. Archer Ave., proves it. Amanda […]

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South Loop Painter Explores Reality vs. Hallucinations

In a solo exhibition at the Elephant Room Gallery at 704 S. Wabash Ave., South Loop artist Jennifer Cronin‘s paintings depict everyday household scenes with the bizarre additions of vibrant flowers or enlarged insects. Cronin said her goal in her art is to portray mental illness or hallucinations. The show, entitled “Realities,” is designed to explore […]

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Skateboards, Coffee and Jesus

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Skateboards, Coffee and Jesus

By way of skateboards and spicy lattes, a group of entrepreneurial church members has brought a safe haven to Uptown. Citizen Skate Cafe, at 924 W. Wilson Ave., sells skateboarding supplies and fair trade coffee drinks, but it’s also a community gathering spot of sorts. The cherry-red walls house a rack of eccentrically designed skateboards […]

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