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We talk to chef Zoe Schor about the restaurant's concept and unique atmosphere
Chicago is a city that often is more casual in its dining scene, but takes its food very seriously. Which is why the new Ada Street fits in so well. We spoke to chef Zoe Schor about the restaurant, which started primarily as a bar concept, but which diners have also begun to flock to for its food. "The concept is that it's a wine bar with a great cocktail program," said Schor. "We try to be seasonally inspired with our bar bites and small plates... I think when they first came up with the concept they didn’t know it was going to be so food-driven. Which I think is a function of the team we put together and how passionate we are about the food that we’re creating here."
The restaurant has also gained fans for a few unique programs meant to make the space feel like home — the music every night is played from a single record, and in the summer they put out ping pong tables, backgammon tournaments, and grills. "We’re doing it in a way that we’re having fun so our guests have a lot of fun," said Schor.
For more, watch the video above and head to Ada Street in Chicago to try the food as well as the atmosphere!
At Least 20 Wounded In Weekend Violence Through Sunday Morning
CHICAGO (STMW) — At least 20 people, including a 10-year-girl, a 16-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy, have been wounded in shootings throughout the city since Friday evening.
Half of these shootings took place after midnight each night. Five of the shootings occurred early Saturday and another five took place in the early morning hours Sunday. Eight shootings occurred Friday evening and night.
Friday’s shootings included:
A male whose age was not yet known was shot in the shoulder in the 2200 block of North Christiana Avenue in Humboldt Park about 11:23 p.m., police News Affairs Officer Ronald Gaines said. He was taken in good condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.
At 8:49 p.m., a male, whose age was not known, was shot in the arm in the 6300 block of North Rockwell Street in Rogers Park, Gaines said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in stable condition.
25-year-old Armando Gutierez was hospitalized in police custody after shooting himself in the leg in the 1000 block of North Christiana Avenue about 8:16 p.m., police said. He and a cousin were handling a weapon in his backyard when the gun discharged, striking hm in the left leg, News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said. Gutierez, a convicted felon, was taken to Stroger Hospital and charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report because he initially told police someone else had shot him, and for violating his parole.
A 20-year-old man was shot in the hip about 7:49 p.m. in the 3100 block of West 61st Street in Englewood, police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien said.
He was taken in serious condition to Stroger Hospital, police said.
About 8 p.m., a 31-year-old man was shot in the arm and side near East 89th Street and South Escanaba Avenue in the South Chicago neighborhood, Gaines said.
About the same time, a 23-year-old man was shot in the left leg in the 1000 block of North Campbell Avenue in Humboldt Park, Gaines said. He was listed in stable condition at an unidentified hospital.
A man was shot in the back in the Southwest Side Marquette Park neighborhood. The shooting happened about 4:14 p.m. in the 4100 block of West 78th Street, police said. The 21-year-old man shot in the back was taken to Christ Medical Center. His condition was not known.
Police said a 16-year-old girl was hit by gunfire in a drive-by shooting in Bronzeville about 14 minutes before the Marquette Park shooting. The girl was shot just after 4 p.m. in the 4800 block of South Drexel Boulevard, police said.
The teen was shot in the left leg and sustained a through-and-through injury. She was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in fair condition, police said.
She appears to have been an unintended target.
Two males, ages unknown, were in the 1300 block of West 15th Street in Little Village about 2:14 a.m., Gaines said. Both were shot in the leg and taken to Stroger Hospital.
A 10-year-old girl was shot in the 1100 block of North Keystone Avenue in Humboldt Park about 1:42 a.m. when an unknown assailant fired a bullet went through the window of her home, Gaines said, She suffered a graze wound to the leg and treated on the scene.
A 18-year-old man was shot in the chest in the 1300 block of West 13th Street on the Near West Side about 12:32 a.m., Gaines said. He was taken in an unknown condition to University Of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago.
A male, age unknown, was shot in the 5200 block of South Wood Street in the Back of the Yards about 12:07 a.m., Gaines said. He was taken in an unknown condition to University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital.
Two men walked into a grocery store on the South Side after they were wounded in a shooting Saturday afternoon.
One of the victims was shot in the buttocks and the other shot in the wrist on the 6500 block of South Western Avenue about 1:10 p.m., police News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan said.
According to unconfirmed dispatch reports the two men walked into a food store at 6504 S. Western Ave. after they were shot.
A man was critically injured in an Altgeld Gardens neighborhood shooting Saturday night on the Far South Side.
A 20-year-old man was shot in the chest about 8:05 p.m. Saturday in the 13000 block of South Evans Avenue, according to police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien.
The man was taken in critical condition to Christ Medical Center, police said.
A 15-year-old boy was shot in the leg about 7:05 p.m. in the 3800 block of West Roosevelt Road, O’Brien said. The boy was listed in good condition on the scene, according to police.
Two men were shot early Sunday in the South Side Back of the Yards neighborhood. The shooting occurred in the 5100 block of South Ada Street at 4:36 a.m., Gaines said.
One man was shot in the abdomen and another man was shot in the leg. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital. Ages and conditions were not immediately available.
Police said a man was shot in the leg early Sunday in the Brainerd neighborhood on the South Side after an argument with a friend turned violent and her boyfriend shot him.
The 39-year-old man was in the 9300 block of South Racine Avenue about 2 a.m., at a female friend’s house when the shooting happened, Mirabelli said.
The woman’s boyfriend shot the other man in the leg after he got into an altercation with the woman, Mirabelli said.
The man was taken in an unknown condition to Christ Medical Center.
(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)
The best choices of fruit are any that are fresh, frozen or canned without added sugars.
- If choosing canned fruit, look for words like "packed in its own juices," "unsweetened" or "no added sugar."
- Dried fruit and 100% fruit juice are also nutritious choices, but the portion sizes are small so they may not be as filling as other choices.
For carbohydrate counters
A small piece of whole fruit or about ½ cup of frozen or canned fruit has about 15 grams of carbohydrate. Servings for most fresh berries and melons are from ¾–1 cup. Fruit juice can range from ⅓–½ cup for 15 grams of carbohydrate.
Only two tablespoons of dried fruit like raisins or dried cherries contains 15 grams of carbohydrate so be cautious with your portion sizes!
Fruit can be eaten in exchange for other sources of carbohydrate in your meal plan such as starches, grains or dairy.
For plate method
If using the plate method, having a small piece of whole fruit or a ½ cup of fruit salad for dessert is a great complement to the non-starchy vegetables, small portion of starch and protein foods that are on your plate.
For using the glycemic index
Most fruits have a low glycemic index (GI) because of their fructose and fiber content. Melons and pineapple have medium GI values as do some dried fruits such as dates, raisins and sweetened cranberries.
Overall, fruit is encouraged when using the glycemic index to guide food choices—so enjoy.
CPS To Close A Total Of 53 Schools, 61 Buildings
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Public Schools announced a plan Thursday to close 53 schools and 61 buildings in an effort to close a $1 billion budget deficit — a proposal that was immediately condemned by the teachers’ union as harmful to minorities and the poor.
The Chicago Board of Education must approve any school closings, which will affect 30,000 students, and a final vote is expected in May. It is the largest single-year school closing ever in the United States.
Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel say the closures are necessary because too many school buildings are half-empty. The district says it has seats for more than 500,000 students but has only about 403,000 students.
“Like school systems in New York and Philadelphia, where enrollment has dropped, Chicago must make tough choices. Consolidating schools is the best way to make sure all of our city&rsquos students get the resources they need to learn and succeed,” Byrd-Bennett said in a letter posted on the CPS website.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who held a news conference at Mahalia Jackson Elementary School, one of the closure targets, condemned the CPS plan as “classist” and “racist.” Most of the schools are in predominately black neighborhoods on the South and West Sides.
Lewis said Emanuel was dodging the issue by going on vacation this week.
&ldquoHe is the murder mayor,&rdquo she said, referencing the city’s recent problems with violence and homicides. &ldquoLook at the murder rate in this city. He&rsquos murdering schools, he&rsquos murdering good jobs. He&rsquos murdering housing. I don&rsquot know what else to call him. He&rsquos the murder mayor.&rdquo
Pat Camden, a spokesman for the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, said the police union is concerned about student safety, if pupils must travel farther to get to class.
&ldquoOur resources are already stretched and we don&rsquot know how we&rsquore going to go to the next step,&rdquo Camden said.
Here is the list, released by the Chicago Teachers Union. (The Chicago Public Schools provided the same list of school closings but did not include the merger information provided by CTU):
Altgeld Elementary School, 1340 W. 71st St., will be closed into Wentworth.
Armstrong Elementary Math and Science, 5345 W. Congress Pkwy., will be closed into Leland.
Attucks Elementary School, 5055 S. State St., will be phased out over two years and closed into Beethoven.
Banneker Elementary School, 6656 S. Normal Blvd., will be closed into Mays.
Bethune Elementary School, 3030 W. Arthington St., will be closed into Gregory.
Bontemps Elementary School, 1241 W. 58th St., will be closed into Nicholson.
Buckingham Special Education Center, 9207 S. Phillips Ave., will be closed into Montefiore.
Calhoun North Elementary School, 2833 W. Adams St., will be closed into Cather.
Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., will be closed into Hart, Ray.
Delano Elementary School, 3937 W. Wilcox St., will be closed into Melody.
Dumas Technology Academy Elementary School, 6650 S. Ellis Ave., will be closed into Wadsworth.
Roque De Duprey Elementary School, 2620 W. Hirsch St., will be closed into DeDiego.
Emmet Elementary School, 5500 W. Madison St., will be closed into Ellington, DePriest.
Ericson Elementary Scholastic Academy, 3600 W. 5th Ave., will be closed into Sumner.
Fermi Elementary School, 1415 E. 70th St., will be closed into South Shore Fine Arts.
Garfield Park Prep Academy Elementary School, 3250 W. Monroe St., will be closed into Faraday.
Garvey M Elementary School, 10309 S. Morgan St., will be closed into Mount Vernon.
Goldblatt Elementary School, 4257 W. Adams St., will be closed into Hefferan.
Goodlow Elementary Magnet School, 2040 W. 62nd St., will be closed into Earle.
Henson Elementary School, 1329 S. Avers Ave., will be closed into C. Hughes.
Herbert Elementary School, 2131 W. Monroe St., will be closed into Dett.
Key Elementary School, 517 N. Parkside Ave., will be closed into Ellington.
King Elementary School, 740 S. Campbell Ave., will be closed into Jensen.
Kohn Elementary School, 10414 S. State St., will be closed into Cullen, Lavizzo, L. Hughes.
Lafayette Elementary School, 2714 W. August Blvd., will be closed into Chopin.
Lawrence Elementary School, 9928 S. Crandon Ave., will be closed into Burnham.
Manierre Elementary School, 1420 N. Hudson Ave., will be closed into Jenner.
Mahalia Jackson Elementary School, 917 W. 88th St., will be closed into Fort Dearborn.
Marconi Elementary Community Academy, 230 N. Kolmar Ave., will be closed into Tilton.
May Elementary Community Academy, 512 S. Lavergne Ave., will be closed into Leland.
Mayo Elementary School, 249 E. 37th Street, will be closed into Wells.
Morgan Elementary School, 8407 S. Kerfoot Ave., will be closed into Ryder.
Near North Elementary School, 739 N. Ada St., will be closed into Montefiore.
Overton Elementary School, 221 E. 49th St., will be closed into Mollison.
Owens Elementary Community Academy, 12450 S. State St., will be closed into Gompers.
Paderewski Elementary Learning Academy, 2221 S. Lawndale Ave., will be closed into Cardenas and Castellanos.
Parkman Elementary School, 245 W. 51st St., will be closed into Sherwood.
Peabody Elementary School, 1444 W. August Blvd., will be closed into Otis.
Pershing West Middle School, 3200 S. Calumet Ave., will be closed into Pershing East.
Pope Elementary School, 1852 S. Albany Ave., will be closed into Johnson.
Ross Elementary School, 6059 S. Wabash Ave., will be closed into Dulles.
Ryerson Elementary School, 646 N. Lawndale Ave., will be closed into Ward.
Sexton Elementary School, 6020 S. Langley Ave., will be closed into Fiske.
Songhai Elementary Learning Institute, 11725 S. Perry, will be closed into Curtis.
Stewart Elementary School, 4525 N. Kenmore Ave., will be closed into Brennemann.
Stockton Elementary School, 4420 N. Beacon St., will be closed into Courtenay.
Trumbull Elementary School, 5200 N. Ashland Ave., will be closed into Chappell, McPherson, McCutcheon.
Von Humboldt Elementary School, 2620 W. Hirsch St., will be closed into De Diego.
West Pullman Elementary School, 11941 S. Parnell Ave., will be closed into Haley.
Williams Middle Prep Academy, 2710 S. Dearborn St., will be closed into Drake.
Williams Multiplex Elementary School, 2710 S. Dearborn St., will be closed into Drake.
Woods Elementary Math & Science Academy, 6206 S. Racine Ave., will be closed into Bass.
Yale Elementary School, 7025 S. Princeton Ave., will be closed into Harvard
For a detailed rundown of the CPS plans, and public hearings associated with them, click here.
At Jean D. Lafayette Elementary School, the principal informed teachers and staff Thursday morning that the Humboldt Park neighborhood school is on the school closing list. The school has approximately 470 students, over 170 of them with autism.
Teacher Rosemary Maurello told the Associated Press letters and information packets were already being sent to parents, and the district’s message to teachers included a mention of specific plans to move the Lafayette students to another school about 10 blocks away.
“It sounds like a done deal to me,” Maurello said.
Like many teachers, she is worried about where her students will end up. As a tenured teacher, the contract allows her to follow her students to their new school, but she wonders if some of them will opt to go to other schools instead.
A group of parents and local residents with the community group Action Now were staging a series of protest marches Thursday morning, outside the homes of three Chicago Board of Education members, to express their outrage over school closing plans.
Chanting &ldquono school closings!&rdquo the activists staged their first protest outside the home of board member Andrea Zopp in the Morgan Park neighborhood. Zopp is also head of the Chicago Urban League.
One protester said, &ldquoSchool closings are happening in mostly African-American communities, and Ms. Zopp has done nothing to stop it.&rdquo
Opponents of the school closing plans have said the move would not be good for students, or their neighborhoods. Protesters marched, chanted, and gave interviews for about 20 minutes before heading to the homes of board members David Vitale and Penny Pritzker.
The teachers union also has planned a rally to protest the school closings next Wednesday at Daley Plaza.
The district has said it&rsquos too costly to keep all of its school buildings open, when it has 330 schools it considers under-utilized, and is facing a projected $1 billion budget shortfall.
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Golden Pearl (Saltaire, Port Chester, N.Y.)
For this elegant sipper, chunks of pineapple are grilled and juiced for caramelized sweetness. That “grilled pineapple juice” is then mixed with aged rum and vanilla bean.
‘We’re heading for a huge housing crisis’
Raul Raymundo, CEO of The Resurrection Project, is seen inside a home newly constructed by the organization on South Ada Street in Chicago on Nov. 18.
Terrence Antonio James | Chicago Tribune/TNS
CHICAGO — Holiday wish lists might look a bit different this year, but when it comes to wishes for the housing industry on a grander scale, it’s little surprise what experts and local leaders hope to find under the metaphorical tree.
At the center of their concerns is a grim outlook at how the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic toll will affect housing insecurity. As job loss and economic hardship leave many unable to pay rent or mortgages, an August report found potential for the most severe housing crisis in U.S. history. If conditions do not change, up to 43% of renter households could be at risk of eviction by the end of the year.
But with the new year will also come a new administration. While Republican election challengers continue to fight in key battleground states won by President-elect Joe Biden, others are looking forward with hope to the incoming administration of Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris — from first-time voters to immigrants.
The Chicago Tribune reached out to area housing experts and advocates and asked what they’d like to see from the new administration when it comes to the housing industry. This is what they had to say. (The following interviews have been condensed and edited.)
Andy Schcolnik, president of Southside Builders’ Association
“Many small- and medium-sized housing providers are getting destroyed by the eviction moratorium,” said Andy Schcolnik, president of the Southside Builders’ Association. “If the tenants are going to get relief, then the housing provider needs to get relief, in the form of subsidies or grants to make up for lost income.”
Schcolnik, whose not-for-profit organization unites professional builders, developers and others in the real estate industry around a mission to rejuvenate Chicago’s South Side, said it’s up to the government to take on the burden of supporting renters without harming landlords and housing providers.
One option he floated would be an expanded federal housing choice voucher program, which would cover more subsidized homes. A tenant pays a portion of the rent, depending on income, and the government covers the remainder.
“That has worked very well for us,” he said.
Raul Raymundo, CEO and co-founder of The Resurrection Project
Before the country can begin recovering from the pandemic, more help is needed to repair the damage left by the Great Recession a decade ago, Raul Raymundo said.
“The recovery from the Great Recession has been completely unbalanced,” he said. “We’ve had a boon in certain communities — appraisals, value of properties going up. But low-income communities, particularly Black and brown communities? They’re still underwater.”
The Resurrection Project is a nonprofit based in Pilsen and aims to build wealth in neighborhoods through connecting residents with low-interest loans and building affordable housing.
Homeownership, Raymundo noted, is a key way for working families to advance. He hopes to see more initiatives from the Biden administration to further that mission.
“We need to figure out how,” he said, “so we can rebuild these communities of color that have been left behind.”
Geoff Smith, executive director of the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University
Early in the pandemic, research from the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University painted a bleak picture of how the virus could disproportionately harm lower-income renters.
Due to the higher rates of Black Americans dying from COVID-19, higher risk for seniors and the economic impact on low-wage earners more vulnerable to layoffs, the institute found that the pandemic would have greater impact on renters of color and those who were already financially burdened.
“The current crisis will only destabilize them further,” said the institute’s executive director, Geoff Smith. “Without additional federal action, the situation could become even more dire.”
Rental housing assistance for those impacted by COVID-19 should be a top housing priority for the incoming administration, he said. The institute, which provides research and data to inform affordable housing policy and practice, has continued to monitor the pandemic’s impact on housing, both in Chicago and on a larger scale.
“There are many different ways that rental housing assistance could be structured,” he noted. “But at the end of the day, this type of program not only helps people stay housed, but also supports landlords, many of whom are also struggling.”
Audra Wilson, president and CEO of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law
The conversation around rent relief should focus on how the interests of tenants and landlords are aligned, said Audra Wilson, who became the first Black female president of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law in June. The anti-poverty organization promotes racial and economic justice.
“Our biggest concern right now is that we’re heading for a huge housing crisis that’s characterized by possibly even higher eviction rates than we saw during the Great Recession,” she said. “The federal government needs to act more like an insurer and pick up the slack because, by definition, there’s no market solution here.”
While both the local and federal governments have enacted various moratoriums on evictions related to COVID-19, back-owed mortgage payments and rent will still come due once those measures are lifted, potentially leading to mass evictions at the tail end of the pandemic.
Private mortgage banks can afford to bear the burden easier, as they’re often insured against such losses, Wilson said. Reducing or forgiving mortgage payments would keep landlords and homeowners from risk of foreclosure, making it easier for housing providers to, in turn, forgive rent debt.
“That’s definitely something we could advocate for,” she said.
Bob Palmer, policy director for Housing Action Illinois
Before the Biden administration can move forward with new policies, Housing Action Illinois policy director Bob Palmer said he wants to see it reverse some administrative rules put forth by outgoing President Donald Trump.
Among them, Palmer said the weakening of the federal disparate impact rule — which provides recourse for marginalized people denied equal access to housing — should be halted. The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, dedicated to eradicating segregation in cities and suburbs, should also be revived, he said.
He also hopes one pending Housing and Urban Development rule, which would bar families with a mix of immigration statuses from public housing and require immigration screening for all household members under 62 years old, will not be finalized by the end of Trump’s term.
But there’s still plenty more to be done, said Palmer, whose work focuses on expanding the availability of quality affordable housing.
“It’s pretty simple — build more housing, particularly for people with the lowest incomes,” he said. “Help people pay their rent or their mortgage by increasing their incomes or financial assistance, and encourage or mandate communities that don’t want to accept affordable housing to do more to overcome those barriers.”
Ahmadou Dramé, housing and community development manager at the Metropolitan Planning Council
Although eviction and foreclosure relief eventually surfaced amid the pandemic, the government should enact legislation that would automatically trigger such programs during national crises like COVID-19, said Ahmadou Dramé.
In his role as housing and community development manager at the Metropolitan Planning Council, Dramé helps the nonprofit advocate for more equitable communities in Chicago through better transportation, housing and community initiatives.
Outlining his vision for the next four years, Dramé also called for the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule to be reinstated.
“There is a whole host of other things that they need to do around fair housing, but that one in particular needs to happen immediately,” he said.
There are upgrades to affordable housing tools that would allow the expansion of housing stock and preservation of what exists already, but there’s another issue Dramé would like to see addressed: housing for people who have criminal records or were formerly incarcerated.
“A bunch of housing programs that are intended to help people who are transitioning between stages in life — and people who are particularly at risk of homelessness — have been written in such a way that a person who was recently released from prison couldn’t take advantage of the programs (and) couldn’t live in housing that is supported by (them),” he said.
Bill Eager, Midwest senior vice president for Preservation of Affordable Housing
Any approach to helping people stay housed should be multifaceted, Bill Eager said. The senior vice president of Midwest real estate development for the national nonprofit Preservation of Affordable Housing proffered a legislative agenda for the new administration that he said fits the bill.
Among the initiatives would be a scaling up of the federal government’s program that provides loans, tax credits and construction financing for affordable housing for seniors, to meet the coming wave of aging baby boomers.
Eager also calls for an expansion of tax credits for affordable housing developers with the passage of bipartisan legislation, and restoration of the Community Reinvestment Act, a major driver of private investment in affordable housing that impels banks to do more to correct historic disinvestment in low- to moderate-income communities.
“As for short-term items to focus on, it’s critical now that people have resources to pay their rent and stay housed,” he said. “The enhanced unemployment benefits in the initial stimulus package were very important in that regard, so we would like to see more of that in the short term.”
Gregory Brown, senior vice president of government affairs for the National Apartment Association
There is an urgent need for more affordable housing, said Gregory Brown, senior vice president of government affairs for the National Apartment Association.
“The number we typically use is north of 300,000 new units (per year) that have be produced to keep up with demand,” he said. “I don’t think we’ve hit that number more than twice in over 20 years. And so we are way behind.”
There’s a national shortage of housing stock in general, which doesn’t help matters, said Brown, whose Arlington, Virginia-based organization advocates for landlords and other housing providers.
“We need a lot more housing that would make everything more affordable,” he said. “Obviously, the more supply you have, rents can fall, and we can get a more balanced stock of housing available.”
Nykea Pippion McGriff, president of the Chicago Association of Realtors
Supply is also on the mind of Nykea Pippion McGriff, the first Black female president of the Chicago Association of Realtors. Tax credits for home construction could be a remedy to the shortage, she said.
“For the last three years, we’ve been behind on new home construction starts,” she said. “What Chicago is laser-focused on is that affordable housing component — and making sure that it’s something that developers will be incentivized to actually build.”
There is excitement surrounding Biden’s proposal to offer a $15,000 tax credit to first-time homebuyers, she said. It would help not only with homeownership rates in general, but specifically for people of color who have systemically been denied a fair shot at owning a home for generations.
“We still have to talk about supply, because stimulating demand — meaning creating additional buyers without addressing the supply — is going to impact the median sales prices,” she said. “We need President Biden to address the supply issue.”
Jeffrey Baker, deputy CEO of Illinois Realtors
Over the summer, aid like the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans worked well at helping people through the pandemic, said Jeffrey Baker, deputy CEO of the trade organization Illinois Realtors.
Extending such programs in 2021 with another federal stimulus package would go a long way in “getting us through this COVID tunnel,” he said.
“It would be great if there was some state and local aid included in there that could be tied directly to housing support,” Baker added. “The housing industry in Illinois on a yearly basis makes up roughly 15% to 16% of our state product. So recognizing that has to be addressed in any sort of relief package.
“Long term? I think we have to wait and see what (Biden’s) plans are with regard to tax policy.”
Susan Popkin, Urban Institute fellow
Even if federal housing assistance was expanded, there isn’t enough housing stock to satisfy the need, said Susan Popkin, a fellow in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that carries out economic and social policy research.
“There’s a lot of talk about a universal voucher program in housing and entitlements, which would be a game changer for family homelessness, but you still have the problem of there not being enough places for people to rent,” Popkin said. “So we need to push both on the supply side and on the increased assistance side.”
Funding could go toward replacing tens of thousands of public housing residences lost between the s and now, whether it be with new construction or renovating older buildings, she said.
“I’d like to see them built in a thoughtful way that doesn’t repeat the mistakes of the past,” she said.
Raul Raymundo, CEO of The Resurrection Project, is seen inside a home newly constructed by the organization on South Ada Street in Chicago on Nov. 18.
What are the historical origins of Indian restaurants in the US? Though ubiquitous in large North American cities and smaller towns that dot the landscape, the history of restaurants serving Indian food in the US remains under discussed. Indeed, very little is known about when and where Indian restaurants first appeared in the United States, who frequented these eating establishments and which cities they were located in. . very little is known about when and where Indian restaurants first appeared in the United States, who frequented these eating establishments and which cities they were located in. Scholars, notably Vivek Bald and Krishnendu Ray, have documented evidence of the earliest restaurants. Ray for instance, chronicles some of the early restaurants that existed in New York, while Bald goes into more detail in discussing the historical, cultural and social context of these restaurants. If we look through the historical archives, particularly of newspapers from the 1900s -1920s in New York and Chicago, one notes that Indian cuisine was an occasional topic of discussion. Of note is the fact that both restaurants and Indian cuisine writ large were topics that captured the fancy of journalists.
In an article that appeared in the pages of the New York Times on April 3, 1921, Helen Bullitt Lowry discusses one of the first known restaurants to appear in New York. Towards the end of the article, which discusses the changes wrought on the city of New York by the influx of immigrants from Europe, Lowry mentions the role of immigrant foodways in this new New York. Though the article situates immigration largely as a European phenomenon, towards the end of the article, Lowry addresses the new immigrant cuisines from China and India, mentioning a new addition to New York City’s culinary scape: "Six short weeks ago and Indian restaurant was discovered on Eight Avenue near Forth-second Street. Grave Indian gentlemen, with American clothes but with great turbans on their heads used to come in for their curry and rice. Six short weeks—and already the restaurant is half full of tourists, eagerly peering at each other for turbans and local color.” Though Lowry does not know the name of the restaurant, evidence from other sources suggests that she is referring to the Taj Mahal Hindu Restaurant located at 243 W. 42nd Street. An advertisement for the restaurant appears in the pages of the February 1920 issue of Young India dating the restaurant to a few years earlier, while a search through the archives of the New York Times leads Vivek Bald to note that near boarding houses which were home to South Asian laborers—dock workers, restaurant workers, factory workers—that were located on Eight Avenue were a smattering of South Asian restaurants. Bald notes that only four blocks to the west of the Eight Avenue Boarding house were, “two of the first Indian restaurants in the city, which were four blocks south: the Ceylon Restaurant (est. 1913) on Eighth Avenue at Forty-Third Street and the Taj Mahal Hindu Restaurant (est. 1918) on Forty-Third Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues, as well as to the Ceylon India Inn, an expansion of the Eighth Avenue Ceylon which was opened in 1923 nearby on West Forty-Ninth Street” (67).
Though there appears to be some discrepancy between the advertisement in Young India and the restaurant’s record of incorporation the 18 May, 1918 issue of the New York Times in terms of where Taj Mahal Hindu Restaurant was located, they appear to be the same eating establishment. And as Bald notes, these restaurants around the four-block radius of Eighth Avenue were also gathering spaces for South Asians to talk about politics, labor and working conditions.
But lest we think Indian food was only a topic of discussion in the early 1920s, we can also turn to the journalistic accounts of Indian food in the Chicago Daily Tribune. Articles from 1909 authored by the prolific writer Saint Nihal Singh frequently address the fascination Westerners in India had for the country’s food. A consistent refrain in Singh’s work is the idea that Indian food is easy to recreate in the US. As such, each article also includes short recipes alongside a narrative explanation of the foodways of contemporary India.
Many studies of Asian American foodscapes focus on the contexts of post-1965 immigration. But as these sporadic articles in the New York Times and Chicago Daily Tribune suggest, Indian food and restaurants were very much part of the affective landscape of the early 1900s. While life would alter dramatically in 1924 with the passing of the Johnson-Reed Act, effectively banning immigration from South Asia, a glimpse into these brief accounts attest to the place of food in the lives of some of the earliest immigrants from South Asia to the Midwest and East coast.
Ada Street's Moscow Mule
In bars throughout Chicagoland this summer, there is a new(ish) must-have drink: the Moscow mule. Served in a shiny, elegantly cool copper mug, Moscow mules are easy to spot. And they are everywhere.
So why are Moscow mules so popular right now? Is it the conspicuous copper mug? Or is it something else?
First, a bit of history. Legend has it the Moscow mule came about in the early 1940s when two distributors – one selling Smirnoff vodka and the other selling ginger beer – found themselves in the same predicament: no one would buy their product. The two sat down at the famed Hollywood Cock n’ Bull, owned by the ginger beer distributor, to drown their sorrows, and in the process ended up creating a classic. They took one part vodka, two parts ginger beer, mixed the two together, threw in some ice, squeezed in a lime, and whalla!, the first Moscow mule was born.
To market the new drink, the two turned to a friend with a copper factory who just so happened to have too many copper mugs lying around (apparently excess product was a not uncommon problem), and they engraved the mugs with the names of famous celebrities who frequented Cock n’ Bull. Turns out we’re not much different now than we were back then, because when the celebrities, attracted to the mules by the personalization (who doesn’t love their own custom mug?), began drinking the quaffs, the masses soon followed.
Fast forward three quarters of a century, and the Moscow mule is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. According to David Willhite, Mixologist at the Bristol, the Moscow mule has been making a comeback since 2006. “People are getting into the classic cocktails. Vodka is popular, and this mix makes it even more enticing to larger audiences,” he said.
And in the past 10 months the revival has been particularly strong, Hubbard Inn’s Director of Operations, Jason Felsenthal, told me. “Ginger beer is popular right now and is one of the main ingredients,” he said. “Also, the vodka companies have created these mugs, and the new vessels have been embraced.”
So, what’s old is new again, even the concept of using copper mugs to market the Moscow mule. But, lest you think we’re all just putty in the hands of great marketers, the experts I spoke to were adamant that while the copper mug is a huge part of the Moscow mule – it keeps the drink fantastically cold – it is not, ultimately, that the mug makes the mule.
Instead, the appeal of the Moscow mule is simply that the drink is refreshing and super easy to make. The mug may make it popular, but, fundamentally, it’s just good drinking.
And was there any secret to a great Moscow mule? At the Bristol, Willhite adds fresh ginger puree. At Hubbard Inn, the crux ingredient is the ice, which is crushed. And at Ada Street, bartender Joseph Sultani uses 42 Below vodka with Gosling ginger beer.
I might add one more – drinking a Moscow mule, outside, on a hot summer night.
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See What Your Neighborhood Looked Like From 1920 to 1950 in Our Photo MapCLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The intersection of Sheridan Road and Wellington Avenue, Dec. 15, 1936 The intersection of Independence Boulevard and Harrison Street, April 26, 1939 The intersection of Sheridan Road and Devon Avenue, undated and the intersection of South Parkway (Martin Luther King Drive) and 42nd Street, April 27, 1939. View Full Caption
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The University of Illinois at Chicago's digital photo collections archive has about 2,300 black-and-white scans of photos of various intersections and notable outdoor areas throughout the city from the 1920s-50s.
The photos come from the Illinois Department of Transportation and appear to have been made for the Chicago Park District's Engineering Section, according to the university.
Photos depict intersections, streets, bridges, snow removal and other traffic features in the city, mainly along major streets.
Many of the photos show the same area from a number of different angles, giving a snapshot early transportation worked and everyday life through a look at businesses, fashion, architecture and more.
We mapped out hundreds of the photos and compared them with Google Street View to show just how much Chicago has changed.
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