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Chicago magazine June 2017

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Chicagoland Publishing Company
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Chicago Is About to Get a Lot Less Orange This spring the City Council signed off on a $160 million plan to replace the city’s streetlights. That means Chicago’s—ahem— distinctive orange glow at night will soon go the way of Meigs Field. Chicago’s been orange for about 40 years because of its high-pressure sodium vapor lights. Not everyone has been a fan. Awardwinning Tribune architecture critic Paul Gapp wrote about them multiple times, opining that the “grotesque and unnecessary” lights gave Chicago “the eerie, ominous, after-dark look of a concentration camp.” So orange isn’t a popular color, but neither is the intense blue of LED lights installed elsewhere in the country. Chicago decided to take the middle road, settling on LEDs with a color temperature of 3,000 kelvins—a rating that the American Medical…

1 min.
it’s a gamble

A couple of years ago, I started dating my now-boyfriend, Len, just before the holidays. Instead of exchanging gifts, we decided it would be fun to do a weekend getaway. He suggested Four Winds, a casino in New Buffalo, Michigan, that had hotel suites. Hmm. OK. I wanted to make a contribution to the trip, so I Googled nearby spas and booked us an appointment. When we arrived, we discovered the “spa” was in a trailer. (Lesson learned that day: Deeptissue massages shouldn’t be limp.) I had packed everything sequined in my closet in preparation for a singlenight stay. We played blackjack (I lost the little I was willing to wager; he won $800), feasted on steak and oysters Rockefeller at the casino’s fanciest restaurant, danced at the Hard Rock Cafe next…

1 min.
inside peek

BEHIND THE SHOOT It took more than a single cat to ornament the cocktail rings on page 42. Specifically: six kittens, each 8 weeks old, coddled by two foster parents, a hand model, a photographer and his wife, a Chicago design director, and three staffers who tried to weasel their way onto the set. OUTTAKE Jeff Garlin (see page 132) on the Cubs’ ballpark signage: “When I first saw that Nuveen sign, I thought it was a lotion. I keep hoping to hear Pat Hughes do the commercial: ‘Nuveen: It’s not a lotion—it’s a bank!’ ” NEW HIRE Recent Northwestern grad DS Shin joins Chicago as social media video editor after stints at WWE and RuPaul’s Drag Race. “Those jobs definitely pushed my boundaries,” says Shin. “But I have to admit, I’m excited to work…

1 min.
talk to us

ON THE BEST DINING NEWCOMERS Smyth [“Best New Restaurants,” May] already seems the most intellectually challenging and thoughtful restaurant since Alinea and truest heir to Trotter to come along. I’d work more casual places into the list—Animale would be on mine. Michael Gebert onFooditor Roister was spectacularly disappointing. Rushed service delivered food that was all over the map in terms of temperature. Had four of seven rib-eye pieces before plate was removed. If this is top 10, then Chicago has ceased to be a great food city. Jay Lundborg via email ON COFFEE GURU CHRIS CHACKO Fantastic story [“Are You Worthy of This Man’s Coffee?,” May]. I read it while drinking my pour-over using locally roasted beans. @ZachMWeber on Twitter ON CHICAGO’S CENTENARIANS These are lovely little profiles [“Faces of a Century,” May]. @InaJaffeNPR on Twitter We’re…

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chicago’s population problem

Business, politics, real estate, and city life: What you need to know this month Scaremongers have been honking at a fever pitch ever since the U.S. Census Bureau released data in March showing a second year of declining population for the Chicago area. “Depopulation is killing this city, and it’s all self-inflicted,” tweeted Dominic Lynch, a contributor to Chicagoly. Curbed Chicago posted an open thread asking readers to comment on whether they planned to bolt, too. And an op-ed in the Tribune by a guest columnist went so far as to suggest the city should annex inner-ring suburbs to boost its slumping tax base. Meanwhile, politicians and advocates clamored to assign blame for the decline to pet causes. Governor Bruce Rauner excoriated Democrats, of course: Taxes are too high, schools are too…

1 min.
super soaker

The problem When, say, a rig springs a leak, the oil that accumulates underwater is nearly impossible to remove with traditional methods like skimming the surface. The solution Argonne’s Oleo Sponge is made of polyurethane foam, the stuff you find in seat cushions. The fancy part? The foam is coated with chemical vapors to create an external layer of aluminum oxide, which is then treated with oil-loving and water-hating molecules. The idea is to fashion the sponge into the form of a fishing net that a ship can drag. Voilà: Oil in, water out. Rinse and repeat The key is reusability. “You can wring it out, capture the oil [for recycling], and throw the sponge back in the water,” says Argonne chemist Jeff Elam. What now? The Argonne team is looking for commercial…