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Development across from Target

Does anyone know what is being built across Aberdeen street from the Target store on Jackson ? I see signs that it's being developed by Praedium Development Corp. They are based in Northbrook but have no working website and what appears to be a History with strip malls. Usually I can find something on the Internet about a development. I think First Eagle Bank was doing the financing. I'm hoping for a Panera....

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‘La luna de miel se acabó pronto’ por la violencia doméstica

Vélez, de 47 años, recordó su experiencia durante una reunión, que incluyó a miembros de la Policía de Chicago, fiscales del Condado de Cook y activistas comunitarios para honrar y ofrecer servicios a sobrevivientes en la Corte de Violencia Doméstica, del 555 W. Harrison Ave., al oeste de Chicago.

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Decent Gyms in the Area?

Hi neighbors. My husband and I are looking for an affordable and clean gym to join in the Pilsen - South Loop - Chinatown - Bridgeport area (we live at Archer and Canal). I have not heard the best reviews for the place at Canal and Roosevelt, nor for the one west of us at Cermak and Rockwell. This past month, we signed up for a month's membership at the gym in the Chinatown park district building. We're not that impressed though and were wondering if there were other good options in the area. We'd appreciate any suggestions you might have!

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    Avoid FFC. I joined a few years ago and it was a macho arrogant steroid poser place. Couldn't even get a place at the pool with all the staff letting their drunk friends in for free. Avoid this place.

  • Thanks for the additional tips! @bun bun - I have found that I am more motivated to work out if I have paid for a membership. Even if it is cheap, it still motivates me to go and not let the money go to waste. I find it much harder...

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    Thanks for the additional tips! @bun bun - I have found that I am more motivated to work out if I have paid for a membership. Even if it is cheap, it still motivates me to go and not let the money go to waste. I find it much harder to get up the motivation to work out at home. Plus our apartment is pretty small.

    @Miki - we actually had decided on Snap Fitness and drove over to sign up, but we couldn't find parking and traffic was a mess because of construction. We decided we didn't want to have to deal with that every time we wanted to work out. Definitely a deterrence for us. =/

    I think we're going to stick with the park district for now and re-evaluate our options when we move next spring since we do not know which neighborhood we'll end up in. I have all of these suggestions noted so I can revisit them at that time. Thanks again everyone!!

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    SELF-CERTIFICATION FOR INTERIOR ALTERATIONS TO INCLUDE REMOVAL OF NON LOAD BEARING PARTITIONS, ELECTRICAL SYSTEM DEMO (DISCONNECT AND REMOVAL OF LIGHT FIXTURES, BRANCH CIRCUIT WIRING, RECEPTACLES, TELEPHONE DATA OUTLETS AND FURNITURE SYSTEM RACEWAY), SELECTIVE REMOVAL OF MECHANICAL SYSTEM COMPONENTS (DIFFUSERS, LOW PRESSURE DUCTWORK, EXHAUST FANS IN AREA OF WORK) AND PLUMBING DEMO (FIXTURES, FLOOR DRAINS AND EQUIPMENT) TO 30,100 SQUARE FEET OF EXISTING OFFICE SPACE ON THE 11TH FLOOR IN AN EXISTING HIGH RISE OFFICE BUILDING.

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Where to Eat While Watching the Chicago Marathon

800 S. Desplaines St., University Village, 773-318-9526

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233 E. Erie St., Streeterville, 312-344-1374

30 E. Hubbard St., River North, 312-226-5556

JW Marriott Chicago, 151 W. Adams St., Loop, 312-660-8866

519 N. Clark St., River North, 312-284-1377

1547 N. Wells St., Old Town, 312-624-9430

1800 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park. 312-981-7070

553 W. Diversey Pkwy., Lincoln Park, 773-234-2320

3415 N. Broadway, Lake View, 773-305-0024

2552 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park, 773-248-4580

2301 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park, 773-244-1112

1233 N. Wells St., Old Town, 312-548-3319

540 N. Wells St., River North, 312-527-1850

401 N. Franklin St., River North

820 W. Randolph St., West Loop, 312-888-3455

1408 W. Madison St., West Loop, 312-226-9529

230 S. Ashland Ave., West Loop, 312-666-7253 Plates of chilaquiles are known to induce a powerful runner’s high-esque endorphin surge, a fact we totally didn’t just make up right now.

1337 W. Taylor St., Little Italy, 312-733-8881

1725 W. 18th St., Pilsen, 312-226-2654

1227 W. 18th St., Pilsen, 312-526-3851

2119 S. Halsted St., Pilsen, 312-426-3385

2618 S. Archer Ave., Chinatown, 312-808-1999

234 W. 31st St., Bridgeport, 312-842-9200

3901 S. Michigan Ave., Bronzeville, 773-285-1700

2139 S. China Pl., Chinatown, 312-328-0001

1152 S. Wabash Ave., South Loop, 312-291-0100

  • The culinary history lesson was well presented sir.. I am certainly aware of Mexican culinary history, maybe not so detailed as you sir. history and even have my own thoughts on Asian influence when it comes to west coast Mexican cuisine. All in all I wasn't seeking traditional Mexican and my meal was a pleasant surprise and well prepared.Everyone is entitled to their opinions but Dia De Los Tamales should never be compared to Taco Bell...in my ever so humble.

  • Actually torta and sandwich are two different things. You are correct about the sandwich; food historians generally attribute the creation of the sandwich to John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. This Englishman was a gambler and in 1762, during a 24 hour gambling game, he told the cook to prepare...

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    Actually torta and sandwich are two different things. You are correct about the sandwich; food historians generally attribute the creation of the sandwich to John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. This Englishman was a gambler and in 1762, during a 24 hour gambling game, he told the cook to prepare his food in such a way that it would not interfere with his game. The cook presented him with sliced meat between two pieces of toast. This meal required no utensils and could be eaten with one hand, leaving the other free to continue the game.

    The torta has been prepared in some variation in many parts of the world, it is also known in Spain as bocadillo or bocata and la bala fría in Venezuela. Torta also means "cake" in countries like Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela. The torta has a unique history well described by "Tortologo" Roberto Ayala in his book: "El Gran Libro de las Tortas". According to his findings, the history dates back to the sixteenth century with Leonardo Da Vinci and his guest and protector Ludovico Sforza. Da Vinci wanted to surprise his guest by improvising a snack that consisted of placing hard pieces of meat covering the entire dish between two larger pieces of bread. This could be considered the initial stages of the torta. With the Spaniard bringing wheat during the conquest and the arrival of the French colonizers, the torta took shape in Mexico with the influence of other civilizations.

    I also compared Día de los Tamales with the French cuisine. I have tasted their tamales and I find that the masa is bland, dry or mushy, underseasoned, with a mediocre salsa, and overpriced. The shop is nice with decent art, but I prefer the cart lady on 26th st. with questionable sanitation with a great savory tamal at $1.50 each and I don't need to add Luisiana, Sriracha, or any other hot sauce to improve the flavor.

    Again, this is my opinion and my own taste buds....

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