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Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

11.08.07 | admin | In funkadelic, free, art

There is an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art right now called “Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967″ which is about art inspired by “contemporary rock” which I guess is everything since 1967.  Anyways, did I mention that right now the MCA is completely free every day?  At least until November 14, as part of 43 days to celebrate the museum’s 40th birthday and they’ve been having special events to commemorate.  The exhibit “examines the dynamic relationship between rock music and contemporary visual art, a relationship that crosses continents, generations, and cultures. Since the late 1950s this unlikely hybrid of rhythm-and-blues and country music has had an undeniable impact on society while drastically changing with the times.”  Expect to see rock ‘n roll in visual form.  Certain cities like London and Los Angeles, New York of course, had important scenes during this time.  The exhibit also has a huge space dedicated to the Detroit scene with huge murals from the Ann Arbor group Destroy All Monsters who: “On New Years eve of 1973, the first Destroy All Monsters concert was held at a comic book convention in Ann Arbor, Michigan. At the time the instruments were a violin, a sax, a vacuum cleaner and a coffee can. They performed a demented version of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” and were asked to leave after ten minutes. The group performed “Guerilla Style” setting up for free at parties, playing for food along Ann Arbor’s frat row. They used modified instruments, a drum box, tape loops, hot-wired toys, cheap keyboards and broken electronic devices. The only formal gig they had (beside the comic convention) was at the Halloween Ball at the University of Michigan art school in 1976.”  You can see Strange Frut here:

There was also art inspired by Funkadelic in the Detroit room.

The MCA will probably have more free days in a future but it’s free every day including weekends until next Wednesday, the 14th of November.

Chicago News Roundup

Niles to Chicago: Save marathon race 911 calls

Fearful of a potential lawsuit, north suburban Niles officials want the City of Chicago to preserve all radio dispatches, 911 calls and other emergency communications from the day of the Chicago Marathon.

That’s because a Niles ambulance driver, called in to assist for the Oct. 7 race, got lost while transporting collapsed runner Chad Schieber, who was later pronounced dead. The driver had to flag down another ambulance for directions, made radio calls to 911 that were “talked over,” then wound up at the wrong emergency room, the filing says.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

School report cards: Chicago students’ achievement gap

The gulf between these two schools and others like them is fueling a growing achievement gap among students in Chicago.

Over the last five years, minority and low-income public high school students have fallen even farther behind their white and more affluent classmates on state tests and the ACT, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis has found.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Law cracks down on Chicago-Miss. Delta pipeline of crime

Nearby, a six-point star spray-painted on the side of the closest building illustrates the threat this impoverished Mississippi Delta hamlet is facing. The star surrounded by a code of words, pictures and numbers is the calling card of the Gangster Disciples, Chicago’s largest youth street gang.

James, 51, says the Disciples and the Vice Lords, a rival gang, are vying for control of Tutwiler’s narrow streets. When they clash, there is nowhere to go, he says.

[via USA Today]

Chicago police arrest three, say 5000 attend Iraq war protest

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police say about 5,000 people marched through city streets Saturday to protest the war in Iraq.

Chicago police spokeswoman JoAnn Taylor says three protesters were arrested before the march started. Taylor says among the three, they face charges including resisting arrest, failure to obey a police officer, criminal damage to property and aggravated battery to a police officer.

[via WQAD]

Loved ones bury Chicago teen shot and killed

Those who knew and loved Sam Benavente attended his visitation in Burbank, then his funeral later at St. Rita’s Parish.

The boy was killed last Sunday in Chicago’s Marquette Park neighborhood on the South Side. According to reports, he refused to let another child steal a bike from a friend. Then, another person walked up to the 14-year old and shot him.

[via ABC7Chicago.com]

Teen slain while leaving sub shop

A Maywood teenager was shot as he walked out of a sandwich shop on Chicago’s West Side early Thursday morning and later died, police said.

Randy Eiland, 18, was shot in the chest around 2:20 a.m. as he left Chicago Sub, 4807 W. Chicago Ave., in the South Austin neighborhood, said Chicago Police Officer John Mirabelli. The gunman then jumped into the passenger seat of a waiting dark-color sport-utility vehicle and sped off.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Boy Dies After Being Shot Over Bike

| Print Boy Dies After Being Shot Over Bike Police: Sammy Benavente Was Standing Up For Friend Whose Bike Was Stolen CHICAGO (CBS) Family members mourned the death of a Chicago teen who was shot dead in a dispute over a bicycle in the Southwest Side’s Marquette Park neighborhood.

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley talked to the boy’s mother about the tragedy.

[via CBS2 Chicago]

Chicago’s green cred is good, but not platinum

Mayor Richard M. Daley’s greening of Chicago has been good for the city’s image and good for Daley politically. When the city looks good, so does the mayor.

But look beyond the tourist-friendly facade of median planters on Michigan Avenue and the much-publicized green roof atop City Hall and you run into some troubling numbers: Chicago has just 29 buildings and projects that bear the equivalent of the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval from the U.S. Green Building Council, the Washington-based non-profit that sets the standards for what is officially considered green.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Warrenville absorbs BP news

BP PLC’s reorganization could weigh heavily on Warrenville, but the city’s mayor said job cuts and relocations won’t trash the local economy.

The bulk of BP America Inc.’s 3,300 Chicago-area jobs are in three buildings in Warrenville’s Cantera business complex. Mayor David Brummel said he predicts that of Warrenville’s 2,300 BP workers, “hundreds could either relocate to Chicago or Houston” or get laid off.

Chicago-area employees were notified Thursday that there would be relocations and layoffs as part of a companywide restructuring program. BP has not released specific figures but said the streamlining would start in the summer and be carried out over the next two years. Some jobs will move to Houston, while others will relocate to downtown Chicago.

BP plc notified its 3,300 employees in its suburban Chicago offices Thursday that many could be laid off, and many more could be headed to Houston. Chicago complains about BP in Indiana and then loses jobs.
[via Crain’s Chicago Business]

Woman Killed In West Side Hit-And-Run

CHICAGO (STNG) - A 34-year-old female pedestrian has died after a minivan struck her on the West Side in a hit-and-run accident Tuesday night. The woman was thrown onto a fire hydrant where her head reportedly split open.

Felicia Curry, of 3414 W. Chicago Ave., was pronounced dead at 10:34 p.m. at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

[via WBBM780]

American to start Chicago-Moscow route

FT. WORTH - American Airlines said Tuesday that it will offer direct flights from O’Hare International Airport to Moscow next summer, making it just the second U.S. carrier to fly into the Russian capital and the first to fly there non-stop from Chicago.

Flights from Chicago will begin June 2 and operate daily except Sundays using 225-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft. Departures from Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport also will be six days a week, every day but Monday.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Chicago Transit News

10.31.07 | admin | In corruption, tax, casinos, transit

What’s going to happen on November 4? The CTA is already sending out notices, striking fear in the hearts of many of us who ride routes that will be cut on this new doomsday. Is it likely the state government will bail out the CTA?

New Gaming Board suggested; Chicago transit bailout likely

CHICAGO - Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan suggested Monday that some kind of gambling expansion is inevitable to finance a state capital program but said a new and fortified Gaming Board should oversee the growing casino industry.

The Chicago Democrat also announced plans to revive a financial bailout plan for Chicago-area mass transit on Friday, even though a regional sales tax increase central to the plan is opposed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Republican legislative leaders.

[via Peoria Journal Star]

It’s possible that some kind of package will be put together that will involve an increase in sales taxes which are already astronomically high and maybe some gambling. Is gambling really a good idea in Chicago when you consider who will run it (the city of Chicago) and where that money will go (who knows?)?

Crime commission says Chicago too corrupt to handle casinos

October 16, 2007 - The Chicago Crime Commission is opposing the creation of a gambling casino in Chicago, saying the city is too corrupt to handle the job.

The commission and several other organizations came together to oppose both the Chicago casino and expansion of casino gambling around the state. All of that would be allowed by a house bill now pending in Springfield.

[via ABC7Chicago.com]

Oppose tax increases for CTA and Chicagos culture of corruption

…what is happening right here in Chicago where “real” reporters have openly embraced the PR spin in the CTA crisis, blaming the problem not on CTA mismanagement or on Mayor Daley, but on the Illinois General Assembly?

ItÂ’s the same thing. Reporters in Chicago are giving the CTA a pass. They have bought into the phony argument that the CTA crisis is the result of the legislature for failing to approve an increase in taxes.

Supporters of the CTA have proposed a punitive bailout plan to raise the sales tax imposed by the Regional Transportation Authority in the six-county area. In Cook County, the sales tax would increase a Quarter Point, or 0.25 percent, but would go up a half point, or 0.50 percent, in the five collar counties.

The problem with this situation is that the media doing the reporter is Chicago-based. The Chicago media dominates television and radio, and owns most of the so-called community newspapers in the suburbs..

[via Southwest News-Herald]

Chicago Politicians Seek New Taxes, Fees - mayor all set to dig deeper into heavily taxed citizens

CHICAGO (AP) — Life in America’s third-largest city is already expensive: Motorists pay some of the highest gas prices in the nation, and shoppers get hit with sales taxes higher than those in New York or Los Angeles. Now it could get even worse.

Mayor Richard Daley is seeking a host of new taxes and fee increases to pay for a $5.4 billion city budget. Proposals include slapping a 10-cent levy on every bottle of water, raising property taxes and charging SUV drivers $120 instead of $90 for an annual city sticker.

[via The Associated Press]

Jerusalem Café in Oak Park

10.29.07 | admin | In restaurant review, oak park

We stopped by Jerusalem Café again the other day because Khyber Pass across the street was closed.  If you’re craving some Middle Eastern food and you find yourself on the westside I highly recommend Jerusalem Cafe on Lake Street in downtown Oak Park.  The food is good and while not authentically Dearborn-style it’s still quite cheap.  This last time we got a Chicken Shawarma Sandwich ($4.99) and a Falafel Deluxe Sandwich ($4.59).  They add some extra creamy flavors to the chicken and a falafel is a big greasy but the taste is great.  The sandwiches are served in pita half shells rather than being wrapped but the quantity is still good for the price.  And if you desire more then come Monday through Friday for a buffet for only $6.99.  I forgot to mention that with the sandwiches you also get a small plate to load up on the salad bar where you’ll find raw vegetables with Middle Eastern dressing, olives, pickles, and fried pita chips.  A good place to fill up on even more veggies (the sandwiches have lettuce inside).  They also have overpriced fruit and vegetable juices and smoothie-type drinks here.

Jerusalem Cafe
1030 Lake St
Oak Park, IL 60303
(708) 848-7734

Chicago Spire and other news

Chicago-Area Middle School Cracks Down On Group Hugs

Oak Park, IL (AHN) - If you need a hug, steer clear of Percy Julian Middle School. Principal Victoria Sharts is cracking down on the “extreme hugging” that has gotten out of control at her suburban Chicago school, evidenced by a rash of recent “hug lines,” causing hallway congestion and sharp increases in student tardiness.

“Hugging is really more appropriate for airports or for family reunions than passing and seeing each other every few minutes in the halls,” Sharts said.

[via AHN]

Lanes to close as ramps built for Chicago Spire

NEAR NORTH SIDE - Temporary lane closings are scheduled to start Monday on the northbound lower level of Lake Shore Drive from north of Lower Wacker Drive to Illinois Street to accommodate the construction of two ramps that will serve the Chicago Spire development, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

During the next month, motorists can expect more lane reductions on Illinois Street, east of Lake Shore Drive, extending into Navy Pier, the agency said. Pedestrian access will be maintained.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Chicago tries to take back its walls

CHICAGO - One minute, a red scribble of graffiti was on the cinderblock wall. The next minute, it was gone - erased by a jet-blast mixture of water and baking soda.

Nearby, a cryptic gang message had been scrawled in paint on a plastic trash can cover. Within moments, it disappeared, too - scrubbed by a citrus-based solution.

[via Peoria Journal Star]

Museum’s Grant Park plan hits new hurdle

The drive to move the Chicago Children’s Museum to Grant Park hit a new snag Friday as the watchdog group Friends of the Parks said it cannot support the plan in its current form.

“We look at the legal elements … there can’t be an above-ground structure” in the park, said Erma Tranter, the group’s president.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Prostitution thrives illegally in Chicago

In the Chicago area and the rest of the nation, prostitution is illegal, but it is thriving nonetheless.

A 2002 study estimated the number of prostitutes in the Chicago area to be about 16,000. The study, conducted by the Center for Impact Research, found that about a third of the prostitutes interviewed began selling themselves for money before age 15.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Chicago Starts Advanced Video Network

CBNNews.com - CHICAGO - A car circles a high-rise three times. Someone leaves a backpack in a park. Such things go unnoticed in big cities every day. But that could change in Chicago with a new video surveillance system that would recognize such anomalies and alert authorities to take a closer look.

On Thursday, the city and IBM Corp. are announcing the initial phase of what officials say could be the most advanced video security network in any U.S. city. The City of Broad Shoulders is getting eyes in the back of its head.

[via Christian Broadcasting Network]

Lawsuit Accuses Cop Of Attacking 3 Chicago Lesbians

(Chicago, Illinois) Three women filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday claiming they were physically assaulted and verbally attacked with hate messages during an altercation following this summer’s gay pride in Chicago.

The suit says the attack occurred June 24 on the Stevenson Expressway and names Chicago Police officer William Szura.

[via 365Gay.com]

Chicago Developing ‘Suspicious Behavior’ Monitoring System

It will also be impressively Orwellian and unnecessary. I’m waiting for those famous Midwestern militias to get determined and start systematically tracking and disabling these cameras so that the rest of us can continue to go about our business w/o the prying eyes of the government.

I’m tired of traffic cameras, red light cameras, and the government’s position that you are in the public and thus not anonymous in your actions. That rhetoric worked when you were manning more human police officers to do the work, not when you decided to become lazy and act like the public are your DVR favorites for watching and scanning at a later time.

[via Slashdot]

Chicago police accused of torture, lying under oath

CHICAGO — The federal government is investigating claims that Chicago police tortured numerous murder suspects and lied about it under oath, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said Wednesday.

Fitzgerald said his investigation focuses on possible false statements and obstruction of justice connected to pending civil lawsuits over the allegations from the 1980s. Detectives in a South Side violent crimes unit are accused of dunking suspects in water, beating them and subjecting them to electric shocks to get confessions.

[via Detroit Free Press]

Shelbourne to build Chicago Spire

Shelbourne Developments, a Dublin based property company, has unveiled its plans for what will become the tallest building in North America.

The Chicago Spire, when complete in 2011, will stand at just over 600 meters and is designed by world renowned Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava.

[via RTE.ie]

Loehmann’s Hits Downtown Chicago

Loehmann’s will open its first downtown Chicago store at 151 North State Street next month, adding to the discount retail presence on the street, which currently houses Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx and Filene’s Basement. Located between the Chicago Theatre and Macy’s on State Street, the newly constructed 27,000-square-foot bilevel Loehmann’s will possess one of the more upscale interiors of the 61-store chain, with marble floors and private fitting rooms. It will sit below the Joffrey Ballet’s new headquarters and across from ABC Channel 7’s new studios. New York-based Loehmann’s also operates four stores in suburban Chicago, including units in Morton Grove, Northbrook, Oak Brook and Orland Park, Ill. “We’re delighted to be in the heart of downtown Chicago’s popular business district,” said Fred Forcellati, Loehmann’s vice president and creative director. “There is great energy and excitement here, and it’s exciting to be part of the ongoing revitalization of State Street.” The store will feature Loehmann’s traditional mix of designer and brand name apparel, handbags, jewelry and accessories. In addition, there will be men’s and children’s departments and an extensive footwear department carrying some 5,000 pairs of shoes. In other news, Loehmann’s has designated today Young Survival Coalition Day at the company’s 61 stores. Customers who donate $5 to the organization, which supports women under 40 who are diagnosed with breast cancer, will receive 20 percent off their entire purchase. Loehmann’s has guaranteed a contribution to the organization; however, the company did not disclose the amount. “Our young contemporary department is an important dimension of our business,” said Forcellati, adding, “We chose the Young Survival Coalition as our beneficiary because of their important work with young breast cancer survivors.

The complete article you requested is available to WWD.com Archive subscribers.

[via Women’s Wear Daily]

Man fatally shot outside West Side apartment building

Regis McWright was shot once in his abdomen at about 8:30 p.m. on the porch of a building in the 1400 block of North Laramie Avenue in the North Austin neighborhood, authorities said.

McWright, who also handled maintenance duties there, died during surgery early this morning in Mt. Sinai Hospital, according to authorities.

[via Chicago Tribune]

1 dead, 1 injured in shooting at West Side party

AUSTIN - A Chicago man was fatally shot and another man was injured at a party in the Austin neighborhood early Sunday, police said.

Investigators are interviewing a person in connection with the shooting, which occurred at a building in the 5300 block of West Madison Street at about 1:20 a.m., Officer Marcel Bright said.

[via Chicago Tribune]

New skyscrapers are transforming Chicago

The Chicago Spire will be 2,000ft tall, contain over 1,200 flats and be completed in 2010.

The magnificent design is by celebrated Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Each of the Spire’s 150 storeys will be offset by two degrees against the floor beneath, making the building look like the twisting thread of a screw.

[via Telegraph.co.uk]

American Expands at O’Hare

Domestically, there will be increases to Boston, Detroit and Chicago/O’Hare, while Canada will see increased service to Montreal. The addition of destinations and more flights means that Miami will continue to show growth in 2008.”

[via Cancun Travel Central]

Chicago News Roundup

10.16.07 | admin | In marathon, theatre, tax, olympics, south side, shootings, roundup

Chicago Rapper Pleads Guilty To Murder

Smith, 35, had faced first-degree murder charges in a case that spawned charges against his girlfriend, who allegedly paid witnesses $1,000 to get them to change their testimony.

The girlfriend, Felicia Hamilton, was convicted earlier this year of obstructing justice and communicating with witnesses.

[via CBS2 Chicago]

Daley’s tax attack would put too big a burden on citizens

The Issue: Substantial tax increases are needed to keep Chicago afloat, the mayor says.

We say: Daley is asking for too much. Aldermen need the guts to say so. If not, city and suburban residents will pay too big a price.

It is becoming clear that nobody but the mayor wants to see taxes go up. Certainly not the taxpayers of Chicago who don’t trust Daley to spend the money wisely.
[via Chicago Daily Southtown]

Developments in transit

A visitor to downtown Palatine a decade ago might make a double-take today.

Since the year 2000, about 1,000 residential units have been constructed in the city center near the train station, said Michael Jacobs, deputy village manager of the northwest suburban community. A mix of dwellings has been constructed, including row houses, brownstones and condominiums.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Midland police officer remembered Thursday

Officer Chad Schieber — a 13-year veteran of the Midland Police Department — collapsed during the Chicago Marathon Sunday.

Medical officials say he died from a heart condition.

[via ABC12.com]

Chicago’s ‘hidden tax increase’ County commissioner’s TIF tiff

Mayor Daley’s record $108 million property tax hike was bad news in a lot of quarters, but it could actually turn out to be good news for Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley.

“The underlying issue is the city’s poor financial state. It’s all starting to catch up with us because of the economy. Now we’re in real serious trouble at the state, city and county level.”

“Tax bills are higher because of TIFs,” Quigley says, because other taxing bodies don’t get the normal benefit from the increase of property values inside the TIF districts. “It shrinks their base.”

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Officer’s son gunned down in drive-thru

The fatal shooting took place Saturday morning around 4 at a fast food restaurant at 69th and Western on the city’s South Side.

Chicago police have several leads on a suspect in the shooting, thanks to surveillance video and a large number of witnesses.

[via ABC7Chicago.com]

Marathon woes could impact Chicago’s Olympic bid

CHICAGO, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Four days after a heat-plagued Chicago Marathon that saw one death and hundreds sickened a debate swirled on Wednesday about whether the debacle bruised the city’s bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The fact that spectators and business owners jumped in with garden hoses and bags of ice up and down the course to help complete strangers demonstrates “engaged spectators — the kind that the International Olympic Committee should want cheering and filling seats at its 2016 Summer Games,” the Chicago Sun-Times said in a Wednesday editorial.

[via Guardian Unlimited]

Empty office building symbolizes weak suburban market

In a chilling sign for the suburban office market, all of Two Overlook Point in Lincolnshire is empty and being marketed for sublease, said brokers who have toured it. The building was fully occupied this summer.

Hewitt Associates Inc., which is based in that northern Chicago suburb, leases about 98 percent of the 321,000-square-foot building through 2017, but is not using it.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Report: Chicago Theatre to be sold to Madison Square Garden

CHICAGO - The Chicago Theatre, famous for its landmark marquee, is being sold to New York’s Madison Square Garden Entertainment, according to a published report.

“Madison Square Garden has agreed in principle to purchase the Chicago Theatre,” a spokesman for Madison Square Garden Entertainment told the Chicago Tribune in a statement Tuesday.

[via Newsday]

Chicago Marathon — One Bad Trip

I was in Chicago the past 3 days for the Chicago Marathon.

I was there to support my daughter and husband.

Last night, I had nightmares about what I witnessed – runners down, runners throwing up, constant screaming ambulances, hovering helicopters with police on bullhorns shouting “The race is over! Stop running!”A marathon is a controlled risk event. When risks spiral out of control like they did Sunday, it results in a bad, bad trip for those who came.

But how many millions did Chicago’s economy and the ill-prepared marathon still make off the runners and their families who in good faith signed up for this debacle? How many millions did the hotels and restaurants and convenience stores suck in?

[via Detroit Free Press]

1 killed, 1 wounded in public housing shooting

The incident occurred about 3:20 a.m. in one of the buildings of the Lathrop Homes, in the 2700 block of North Hoyne Avenue, police said.

Mario McKay was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:10 a.m., according to a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the complex about a block south of where the shooting occurred.

[via Chicago Tribune]

6 dead in Chicago shootings

“Someone approached them in another vehicle and got out and fired shots,” Henry said. Witnesses told police that the assailant got back in the car and fled. Henry did not have a description of the car.

The slain men were identified as Jeffrey Boler, 25, of the 13300 block of South Prairie Avenue, and Patrick Williams, of the 5100 block of South Winchester Avenue.

One man was in a car in the 2100 block of West 53rd Place and the other man was standing near the car, said Police Officer John Henry.

Also on Saturday, Cordero Washington, 18, of the 8900 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, died at Christ after being shot in the chest in the 9000 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue on the South Side about 3 a.m., police said. Police think the shooting may have happened during a drive-by.

About 4:15 a.m., Ronald Heard, 23, of the 8000 block of South Richmond Street was shot in the parking lot of a White Castle in the 6900 block of South Western Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Police said the shooter walked up to Heard and started shooting at point-blank range. Heard died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Police also are investigating the shooting of Richard Gibbs, 29, of the 400 block of South 7th Street in Springfield. He was shot multiple times in the 8100 block of South Escanaba Avenue at 2:15 a.m., police said; he was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital, where he later died.

On the South Side late Saturday, a man was in critical condition after being shot, officials said. A 22-year-old man was standing near the street in the 4700 block of South Throop Street when he was shot at about 9:40 p.m., Banks said. The victim was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, Banks said. The gunman was described as being about 18.

About an hour later in the same area, a 45-year-old man was wounded, apparently by a different gunman, in the 1700 block of West 49th Street, police said. The man was shot in the forehead at about 10:45 p.m. and taken to Stroger in critical condition, Banks said. The gunman, in his 30s, fled along nearby railroad tracks, Banks said.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Walker has moved out, moving on after robbery at his Chicago house

MIAMI - Antoine Walker’s level of conditioning is still a concern for the Miami Heat, and coach Pat Riley predicted Wednesday it may take the forward until January to meet his team-mandated body fat level.

The issue has been a thorny one for Walker and Riley for the past two seasons. Walker was briefly suspended by Riley last season over body-fat measurements, and was kept out of the opening day of training camp practice this year for the same reason.

[via The Canadian Press]

Chicago News Roundup

PROPOSED CHICAGO CASINO | Crime Commission will fight gambling

The debate over a city-owned casino in Chicago is about to turn up a notch.

The Chicago Crime Commission — the country’s oldest citizens crimefighting group — today will announce it is teaming with good government and anti-gambling activists to fight legislation that would allow Chicago to own a casino, add two casinos outside the city and enlarge the state’s existing nine casinos.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

CTA waives $5 fee on Chicago Cards until end of year

The CTA is waiving the $5 fee to obtain a Chicago Card or Chicago Card Plus until the end of the year, to give riders more time to switch to electronic fare cards before fares increase in November and January.

The Chicago Transit Authority is threatening to raise fares to as much as $3 on Nov. 4, and then up to $3.25 on Jan. 6, if it does not get additional funding from the General Assembly to balance its budget.

If you are planning on using the CTA for a while, consider getting the Chicago Plus card. You get $2 free for every $20 you add to the card and fares are $1.75 instead of $2 and if fares go up they will be $2 instead of $2-3. But they will automatically charge your credit card when you run low so they will always have some of your money, like a free loan. And when your card expires you lose what you have on it. So be prepared to cash out when you are going to stop using the card.
[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Feds release sketch of suspect in West Side kidnapping, murder

October 15, 2007 - A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of two men wanted for kidnapping and murder. The victims included a 13-year-old boy.

The FBI released a sketch of one suspect, described as a 26-year-old African-American male, about 5′11″, with a short beard and mustache.

[via ABC7Chicago.com]

Cops Bust ‘Erotic Live Show’ in Chicago Basement

CHICAGO ; ; Police last week arrested five people after a Craigslist ad promised live sex and sex acts in a Chicago apartment building near a school and a church, MyFoxChicago reports.

“Being that we have a lot of children around here, it brings the wrong message to the neighborhood,” one Humboldt Park resident said.

Police said the ad promised an “erotic live show” where couples would have sex. In addition, refreshments would be served and cameras allowed for $240. For $200 more, attendees could receive sex acts, the report said.

[via FOX News]

3 slain in separate shootings

At about 10:45 p.m., Darrious Blackmon, 23, was found shot outside a home in the 500 block of North Lawler Avenue. Blackmon, of the 5000 block of West Ohio Street, was pronounced dead at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Police said the victim was known to have gang affiliations. It was unclear, however, if the shooting was gang-related. No arrests have been made.

About 30 minutes earlier on the South Side, a 38-year-old man was fatally shot near West 85th and South Elizabeth Streets, police said. The victim was identified as Steve Huff of the 9500 block of South Marshfield Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Police had no further details this morning.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Chicago transit doomsday looms

After previous budget Band-Aids, many state lawmakers seem to finally agree that commuter buses and trains need a permanent source of new money to keep running. The problem is and its a big problem elected leaders continue to disagree on how to raise those hundreds of millions of dollars.

Meanwhile, the clock is ticking toward the Chicago Transit Authoritys Nov. 4 doomsday, when lack of money will force the CTA to reduce service, lay off employees and raise peak-hour fares. Deeper cuts and larger fare hikes for 2008 were previewed Friday by CTA President Ron Huberman, who urged Springfield to deliver permanent relief.

[via Springfield State Journal Register]

Looking to ogle on Google? Web site gives virtual tour of Chicago

Google Maps unveiled its Street View feature — which links ground-level photos of locations to the Web site’s street maps — in six cities last week, including the Chicago metropolitan area.

The Chicago metropolitan area mapped with Street View extends north to the Wisconsin border and as far south as Park Forest and Chicago Heights. West of the city is mostly uncharted territory until Naperville.

Other cities added to Google Maps’ Street View coverage Tuesday include Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., and Portland, Ore.

[via Aurora Beacon News]

20000 disappear in Chicago each year

Roughly 20,000 people go missing each year in Chicago.

Though a common perception is that missing people are victims of abductions or other foul play, the truth is most are gone of their own accord and usually turn up fine. The Chicago Police Department’s clearance rate on missing persons cases — 98 percent — speaks to that reality.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Severed feet found in suburban Chicago roadway

MATTESON, Ill. (AP) - The Cook County Sheriff’s department is investigating the discovery of 2 severed human feet found in a south suburban Chicago roadway.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office says the feet found near a hospital in Matteson had recently been cut.

[via WAND]

1 dead, 1 wounded in Marquette Park shootings

[via Chicago Tribune]

MotorCity chef lands a big gig in Chicago

Certified Master Chef Michael Russell, who was executive chef of MotorCity Casino for more than 8 years, has been named executive chef of Chicago’s McCormick Place, the largest convention complex in North America.

Russell, 61, of Rochester Hills resigned his MotorCity Casino job 2 weeks ago “under very good terms,” he says.

[via Detroit Free Press]

Chicago man dead after carjacking ends in shooting

A 13-year-old boy and another man were wounded.

That man says they were abducted at gunpoint yesterday on Chicago’s West Side.

[via ABC7Chicago.com]

Chicago Transit Faulted in Derailment

[via The Associated Press]

Mobilize Against Violence in Uptown Tonight

Phillipi Larrnarri, 32, was sleeping on a park bench when he was shot in the head in what appeared to be a random shooting early on Thursday morning. The wound would lead to his death at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center later that day.

The other victim from last Thursday, James Lane, 29, was shot around 1:30 a.m. while leaving the Sylvia Center, an interim housing center for families in the neighborhood. Police said he was seen arguing with another person prior to the shooting.

[via Chicagoist]

2 Dead In Separate Hit-Runs

CHICAGO (STNG) - An 89-year-old woman and a 52-year-old man were killed in separate hit-and-run incidents last night on the South and Southwest Sides.

Vee Watts, 89, of 7648 S. Perry Ave., was killed in a hit-and-run collision at 3790 S. Western Ave. at 8:10 p.m., Deering District Police Capt. Donald OÂ’Neill said.

[via WBBM780]

Man found shot to death on South Side

[via Chicago Tribune]

2 Teens Shot At Woodlawn Playground

(STNG) CHICAGO No one is in police custody Sunday in connection to a shooting at a South Side playlot that sent two teenagers to the hospital.

A 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl were shot in a playlot in the 6200 block of South Kimbark Avenue about 12:30 a.m., police News Affairs Officer David Banks said.

[via CBS2 Chicago]

3 in custody for fatal Washington Park shooting

An 18-year-old man is dead and two others were injured in a gang-related shooting that police witnessed on the South Side in the Washington Park neighborhood Friday night. Three suspects are in custody, but police say no charges have been filed, as of early Saturday.

Three people were shot on the street near the 5700 block of South Calumet Avenue about 8:30 p.m., according to police News Affairs Officer JoAnn Taylor.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Uptown Resident Found Fatally Shot In Head

CHICAGO — A woman walking home from work saw a 29-year-old man fall to the sidewalk after he was shot in the head in the Uptown neighborhood near Truman College on the North Side early Friday.

The woman heard multiple gunshots in the 4600 block of North Clifton Avenue and saw the victim fall to the ground and onto a sidewalk. She called police, who responded at 1:34 a.m., according to Town Hall District Police Lt. Robert Kohnen.

[via NBC5.com]

400 to lose bank jobs

Almost 400 suburban MidAmerica Bank employees will lose their jobs, following the bank’s acquisition by National City.

According to a filing with the state of Illinois, 98 people will be fired from Mid-America’s Clarendon Hills headquarters, and 292 will be laid off from offices in Downers Grove. MidAmerica had about 2,100 employees in May, so the layoffs affect almost one-fifth of the staff. The first layoffs are scheduled to take effect Feb. 16.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Chicago News Roundup for August 29-September 6, 2007

All Cities Tested Had Bacteria on Their Playgrounds

So, “Good Morning America” investigated playground cleanliness across the nation by collecting 60 samples at public playgrounds. The samples were tested to determine which playground was the cleanest and which had the most germs.

“GMA” tested 12 playgrounds in four cities including: Washington, D.C., and suburban Virginia and Maryland; two in New York City; and at three parks in Chicago.

“All representatives had evidence of fecal flora,” he said.

That means human feces was present everywhere and where there is feces, a chance of illness exists.

Salmonella, shigella, hepatitis A and a norovirus also were found in some of the samples.

Thirty samples tested contained E.coli. In fact, 11 of Chicago’s 15 samples came back with bacteria.

And on a baby swing seat at Chicago’s Armour Square Park, group-a beta strep was found. It can lead to strep throat and other illnesses.

[via ABC News]

HELPING OUT IN THE SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST SUBURBS - Food bank coming to Sauk Village

The demand for help is expected to be high because Sauk Village is among 10 communities in Cook County with the highest unmet food needs, according to a recent study by the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Three other south suburbs — Steger, Chicago Heights and Ford Heights — were also in the top 10.

The new pantry at 21701 Torrence Ave. will be open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will serve those who meet the Agriculture Department’s eligibility guidelines for getting free food and have identification that shows they live nearby. Respond Now has another south suburban facility in Chicago Heights.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Future O’Hare tax use gets OK

In addition to getting help paying for new runways, the approval permits the city to use the ticket taxes to help pay for increases in the cost of acquiring land. The airlines strongly oppose using ticket taxes for land acquisition.

The Federal Aviation Administration decision marked the first authorization to use O’Hare’s $4.50 passenger facility charge, which is added to airfares on every departing flight, for the $15 billion airport expansion project. The ticket tax revenues, currently used to improve airport facilities, will be shifted to support O’Hare expansion starting in 2016 and continuing until May 1, 2024.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Governor Betting Big On Anti-Casino Voters

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Ernie Fletcher released his third anti-casino advertisement Wednesday.

Fletcher said gambling has become a key issue in the November election because his Democratic opponent, Steve Beshear, has made it one.

[via WLKY]

Ill. House Blocks Transit Aid Tax

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A plan to prop up the Chicago area’s struggling mass transit systems failed Tuesday in the Illinois House, despite warnings of impending fee increases and service cuts that would affect hundreds of thousands of people.

The Chicago Transit Authority plans to suspend 39 bus routes and raise fares by up to $1 on Sept. 16. The Metra rail service will cut maintenance funds, and the Pace suburban bus company will reduce service to Chicago and raise fares.

[via Houston Chronicle]

Motorist Killed In Collision With CTA Bus

CHICAGO — A 22-year-old motorist was killed and two CTA bus passengers were injured when a car collided with a bus in an Englewood neighborhood intersection early Wednesday on the South Side.

Steven Q. Perkins, of South Emerald Avenue in Chicago, was pronounced dead at St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center at 5 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiners Office. Perkins was killed at 6902 S. May St., according to the medical examiners office.

[via NBC5.com]

Chicago priest killed in bicycle crash

The pastor of a Ukrainian Catholic church on Chicago’s Northwest Side died Tuesday after his bicycle and a sport-utility vehicle collided in Des Plaines, police said.

Rev. Pavlo Hayda, 42, was riding a bicycle eastbound in the 1900 block of East Oakton Street about 11 a.m. when the bicycle and the SUV collided as the SUV was exiting the driveway of an apartment complex, police in the northwest suburb said.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Chicago’s ‘hosting boulevard’

La Salle Street is known for its financial institutions, but Jackson is becoming the “hosting boulevard,” as in Web hosting.

Web-hosting companies of differing varieties line the street: Fastservers.net, MidPhase and Server Central, to name a few. The privately held companies, among dozens in the Chicago area, provide the brawn, upgrades and 24/7 reliability that Fortune 500 companies require for their Web pages and e-commerce businesses.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

City promises ‘unique vision’ in Olympic letter

In the high-stakes game of Olympic poker, Chicago has officially pulled up a chair at the table. In a letter sent last week to international officials, organizers here promise a “unique vision and unmatched passion” in hosting the 2016 event.

Just how big a bankroll Chicago will need to win is unclear. The Chicago committee is also holding its cards close to the vest regarding details of staging the Games, saying the public will not get a look at its bid book until February 2009. The winning city will be announced in October 2009.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Going to Chicago? Check the web first for tourist tips and tours

(AP) — Summer heat is winding down on the Lake Michigan lakefront and winter’s cold wind is still months away, making this a great time to visit Chicago. And a few minutes on the Internet will show you there’s more than enough going on to keep you entertained.

Expand your travel horizons across the broader metropolitan area with the help of Visit Chicagoland - http://www.chicagolandtravel.com/ - which touts coverage of events and attractions within 60 minutes of Chicago. Look for their link to Bike Chicagoland for an alternate method of touring the region.

[via The Canadian Press]

Fare hikes more likely: Transit-funding bill fails

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois House on Tuesday rejected a regional tax package to shore up funding for Chicago-area mass-transit systems, increasing the potential for fare hikes and service cuts at the Chicago Transit Authority and the Pace suburban bus agency.

House Democrats, led by Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago, provided the vast majority of the votes as only a handful of Republicans from the Chicago suburbs supported the measure. The measure fell 10 votes short, but Madigan said he hoped to make up the difference quickly before transit riders face “great hardship.”

[via Chicago Tribune]

Seven People Hurt When Car Hits Crowd In Schaumburg

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Authorities say seven people were hurt Sunday night when a car went out of control and struck festival-goers in lawn chairs waiting to watch fireworks in the northwest Chicago suburb of Schaumburg.

Schaumburg Police Sergeant John Nebl said a car traveling northbound on Plum Grove Road left the roadway and struck several pedestrians.

[via WREX-TV]

Fisherman killed in possible hate crime

The body of 62-year-old Du Doan was pulled from the water Saturday morning. He was Vietnamese. Police say there was a similar attack at the harbor in July.

In the previous incident, which took place July 31, the victim survived because he knew how to swim. He did not report the incident to police until he heard about Saturday’s homicide.

[via ABC7Chicago.com]

Ghanaian population in Chicago increases

When Ghana, the West African nation formerly known as the Gold Coast, achieved its independence in 1957, the number of Ghanaians living in the Chicago area was small.

During the following four decades, however, Chicago’s Ghanaian community grew to between 10,000 and 15,000 people. The first wave of immigration came in the 1970s; opposition to military coups and other undemocratic regimes led many Ghanaians, especially students, to pursue educational and other opportunities in the United States.

[via Joy Online]

Youth killed and man paralyzed in Chicago shooting

September 3, 2007 (CHICAGO) - Chicago police say a 14-year-old boy was killed and a man was wounded last night when someone pulled up next to their car and began shooting.

Police Officer David Banks said the shooting occurred shortly before 9 p.m. near East 57th Street and South Wabash Avenue.

[via ABC7Chicago.com]

Father, son among 5 slain on S. Side

Charles Williams Sr., 83, and his 61-year-old son Charles Williams Jr., were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Earlier this morning, Officer David Banks said the killer and the victims might have known each other. No one was in custody early today.

The stabbing happened at about 9:30 p.m. at the victims’ home in the 10000 block of South Perry Avenue, Chicago police said.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Teen Shot To Death In Chicago Heights

(STNG) CHICAGO HEIGHTS A teenage boy who was shot twice, found lying on the ground near an alley late Saturday and died shortly afterwards in what police are investigating as a homicide in south suburban Chicago Heights. Police early Monday are talking to witnesses but no arrests have been made.

Shortly before midnight Saturday, police received a call of shots fired and found the boy, identified as Rick Ybarr, according to the Cook County Medical Examiners office, laying in the street near an alley behind 1239 Otto Boulevard, a residence, according to Chicago Heights Police Sgt. Bryan Howard.

[via CBS2 Chicago]

Indian Garden: New look, new decor and new management

CHICAGO: Anuradha Sharma happened to be a Registered Nurse and was nursing sick people back to their normal health in a suburban hospital near Chicago for over a decade. She decided now to change gears and nurse the people in a different way - making them eat fresh and good quality food - so that they do not fall sick.

She picked up Indian Garden restaurant in Chicago Downtown and re-did everything- from furniture to paintings, dcor, ambience and food- to meet her taste and give it a typical oriental look so that she could achieve her newly set goals in a quick and fast manner.An old adage says there is a woman behind every successful man.

[via IndiaPost.com]

One dead, two wounded in Chicago shooting

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police are investigating a West Side shooting that killed one teen-aged boy and wounded two others.

Officers say they were flagged down on the street early yesterday morning in the North Lawndale neighborhood and found three male teens with gunshot wounds.

[via WAND]

Hundreds of Illinois spans get poor structural ratings

More than 1,500 Illinois bridges, some used by tens of thousands of people each day, carry worse structural ratings than the Minneapolis span that collapsed last month and killed 13 people, according to a review of records by The Associated Press.

Cars and trucks are barreling across worn-out decks, crumbling pillars or aging supports. One bridge in downtown Chicago that carries 139,000 vehicles every day has a structural rating of just 2 out of 100

The south bridge of Interstate 290 over the Chicago River, which carries 139,000 vehicles a day and has a sufficiency rating of 2. A sufficiency rating summarizes detailed inspection data for a bridge’s deck, superstructure and substructure and provides an overall picture of a bridge’s health.

[via Chicago Daily Herald]

CTA Service Cuts, Fare Hikes To Hit Mid-September

(CBS) CHICAGO There’s big trouble at the state capitol Friday for a plan that would stop bus and train fares from going up by increasing the sales tax. As Political Editor Mike Flannery reports, even supporters concede they may not have the votes needed to pass it in time.

As many as 100,000 commuters may lose their rides if the CTA implements huge cutbacks its now planning for Sept. 16, not to mention cutbacks in the suburban Pace bus system.

[via CBS2 Chicago]

Gangbanger dragnet totals 58 arrests

An operation aimed at getting foreign-born gang members off the streets ended Wednesday with an announcement of 58 arrests.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Thursday they detained 58 known gang members, all Mexican nationals, during the three-day operation. The majority of the gang members arrested as part of ICE’s ongoing “Operation Community Shield” were from Lake County.

[via Waukegan News Sun]

Welcome to Chicago

Chicago has long been a favorite hangout for old-school steak houses, sport bars, and blues clubs - and it still is. But today the city also boasts an exciting and varied art and food scene.

TODAY
[via CNNMoney.com]

CHICAGO Red Line subway trains get a temporary reroute

The rerouting also will occur between those stations during the same times Sept. 10 to Sept. 14. Southbound trains will not be affected.

Rerouted northbound trains will stop at the following elevated stations between the Cermak/Chinatown and Fullerton stops: Roosevelt/Wabash, Adams/Wabash, Madison/Wabash, Randolph/Wabash, State/Lake, Clark/Lake, Merchandise Mart, Chicago/Franklin and Sedgwick.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Chicago Building Blown Up For Batman Movie

A stunt in Chicago for the next Batman movie goes off with a bang. FOX cameras in the Windy City were rolling as crew members of “The Dark Knight.

[via MyFox Kansas City]

Plan advances to allow dogs at Chicago outdoor cafes

“It’s a great experience, it’s part of the Chicago experience,” said dog expert Steve Dale, noting that dogs joined their owners at outdoor restaurants for many years until the Health Department started cracking down on the practice last year. “The majority of people in Chicago have a dog [and] consider their dog a member of the family.”

The City Council’s Committee on License and Consumer Protection on Wednesday unanimously approved a proposed ordinance that would permit restaurants to allow dogs accompanied by their owners in outdoor seating areas such as sidewalk cafes and patios.

The writer should have pointed out that nowhere close to a majority of people in Chicago have a dog.

Ald. Freddrenna Lyle (6th) said some areas of the city have well-behaved dogs but, in lower economic wards in particular, owners don’t spend the money necessary to train their dogs to have the social skills to go to a restaurant.
[via Chicago Tribune]

Chicago Scraps Costly Wi-Fi Project

City officials have scrapped plans to blanket the city of Chicago with an ambitious Wi-Fi network, citing costs and that too few residents would use it, as the principal reasons.

[via PC World]

Union: Chicago, teachers reach deal to avoid strike

The agreement, reached late Tuesday, now goes to the union’s 75-member executive board, which will vote on it Friday. If approved, it would go before the 800 union delegates representing each school, possibly late Friday. The final step would be the vote of all 33,000 teachers, Stewart said.

“I’m happy to announce that hopefully schools will open on time” next Tuesday, Stewart said. “No one wanted a strike.”

[via Chicago Tribune]

Bill Clinton coming to Chicago sushi joint to raise money

Barack Obama is off the campaign trail until Labor Day and former President Bill Clinton hits Chicago on Sept. 10 to fund-raise for his wife.

After Labor Day, Obama will start a fund-raising sprint, including a Sept. 4 reception at the Chicago home of his earliest patrons, Bettylu and Paul Saltzman. Honorary chair is Mayor Daley; other hosts are the Saltzmans, Obama national finance chair Penny Pritzker and Illinois finance co-chairs Jim Crown and John Rogers.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Daley, other leaders rally for transit funding bill

If the legislature doesn’t heed a Sept. 15 deadline for approval of the measure, riders will awake the next day to fewer CTA and Pace buses and will pay higher fares, officials warned.

“If Springfield doesn’t act, every resident will suffer through more traffic congestion, more air pollution, more absenteeism and less productivity, slower transit service and more money out of our pockets for higher fares and car travel,” Daley told about 200 sign-carrying transit advocates, union workers and others at a rally organized by the Regional Transportation Authority at the James R. Thompson Center.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Young man shot and killed while riding bike around Humboldt Park

09.06.07 | admin | In bicycle, bucktown, humboldt, shootings

This hit close to home. Chris Himel was shot and killed while riding his bike with two friends around Western south of Armitage, near Humboldt Park and Bucktown. This was last Friday morning. No reason is given.

Chris Himel, suffered a gunshot wound at the 1500 block of North Maplewood Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. An autopsy Friday determined Himel, of an unknown home address, died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Himel was with two friends, also in their 20s and riding bicycles, coming home from eating in the area of Western and North avenues when the shooting occurred, according to an Albany Park District police lieutenant.

“There was nothing unusual about what they were doing,’’ he said. “They’re in their 20s, they might have been pulling an all-nighter.” About 3:22 a.m., a neighbor called police to reports shots fired and police found the man’s body in the street suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest area, the lieutenant said.

The two friends and another witness saw a man who was with the shooter and were helping police identify the offender, described as black male in his 30s, 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-3 and 160-170 pounds, the lieutenant said. The shooter was not on a bicycle.

Uberburger

There are supposed to be dots over the U’s like umlauts in this German superlative that has found its way into popular internet culture. Uber in this case would mean a better burger. This small, cute burger restaurant in downtown Evanston is trying to do just that and you can order your burger in three different sizes of uberness. The burgers here, from the patties to the buns, tastes a lot like what you might find at the Mosburger hamburger chain in Japan. But don’t mistake Uberburger for a chain because it’s not related to the Uberburger restaurant in Singapore.

Uberburger may be a gourmet burger eatery (Singapore’s first!), but more than that, it’s also a playground for the young at heart with deep pockets. Dine on black vinyl booth seats among artistic and banker types while watching music videos on the flat-screen TVs. A see-through kitchen also offers a view of meat patties on the grill and buns being baked. Loh Lik Peng of the stylish New Majestic Hotel and Hotel 1929 is one of the restaurant’s owners while Michelin-star German Ralf Spika holds court as executive chef.

Well, it may have been Singapore’s first and last gourmet burger restaurant. It has since closed and he can no longer paid these prices for a quarter pounder with cheese:

The SGD 101 prime wagyu burger. In it is nothing less than the best: a pure 180g wagyu (gourmet Japanese beef with tender marbled fat) patty filled with foie gras and drizzled with truffle cream sauce.

That’s 101 Singaporean dollars. Not to mention you would even be allowed to buy such a thing in Chicago with the foie gras ban. Well, the food at Uberburger in Evanston is trying to compete more with Burger King, priced much more with a student’s wallet in mind.

If you go, get at least two patties and try the garlic aioli (I think they’re supposed to be dots over the ‘i’ on that word too) sauce on the side.

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