Archive for July, 2007

And another thing:

What’s the deal with this?


I keep seeing this sign all over the city. Does whoever is behind it think that I’m just going to do whatever they say?

Daytripping: Kenosha

Frank's Diner

Kenosha, Wisconsin is perfect for a day- or overnight-trip from Chicago. It’s only an hour and a half away, but seems to be far enough away that it doesn’t just feel like you’re driving out to a suburb (sorry, Waukegan). There seems to be about a day-and-a-half worth of stuff to do and it’s an easy drive back.

This is not, by any means, an extensively researched treatise — we did the barest amount of planning and jumped in the car. If I’ve missed some awesome treasure of Kenosha, don’t be offended, just let us all know in the comments.

The highlight of the trip for us was a trip to Frank’s Diner (508-58th Street, Kenosha). I’m not ashamed to admit that I found out about Frank’s from an episode of the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and that just maybe it was the impetus for the whole trip. Fortunately, Frank’s lives up to the hype. The Garbage Plate is an incredible amount of food, and Erica contends that it’s more than the sum of its parts. We also had the French Toast made with their homemade bread and it was both hearty and delicious. Frank’s is an original 1926 diner car and current owners seem to be proud of that history without being precious about it — it’s a working diner and the primary concern seems to be feeding people large quantities of good food. Frank’s closes at 2 pm and fills up pretty quick after 10 am or so on the weekends.



After years of driving by Superdawg (6363 N Milwaukee) it was only this weekend that I realized that the Tarzan-esque hotdog and his lady friend have faces on both sides. I could accept a boastful anthropomorphic hotdog and his demure companion — but two faces?! Freaks!

AT&T sucking some more bootang

You may recall the massive Chicago outage recently blogged here. Well, our office’s phones have been down all day, and it sounds like we’re not alone.Looks like one of the things that comes with the relentless devouring of other communications companies is the eventual collapse beneath your own weight. Sure, it’s a megacorporation, but I don’t know anyone in Chicago who doesn’t think AT&T doesn’t suck a giant, sweaty, pock-marked bootang.

Jesus Guevara, what?

I must say that the connection New Life Community Church is trying to make between Jesus Christ and Che Guevara is beyond me.


Really, am I missing something?

Lollapalooza Week

It’s Lollapalooza week in Chicago, and if you didn’t already know you will soon as blogs, websites and newspapers will all get in on the action with previews and picks. Grant Park will soon get a facelift as four giant stages will be erected with other smaller ones dotting the area around Buckingham Fountain. And of course miles of fencing too!


So, are you going? Are you getting excited? Or are you against the festival in general because of the artist lineup, price of the tickets, the crowds or something else?

Photo of the Shins via Lollapalooza website.

Art of Play

Art of Play

There’s so much going on in Chicago that sometimes even a big festival might escape your notice until, say, your wife is performing as part of it. At least, that’s my excuse.

Art of Play is a “citywide celebration” of games and play that’s been going on since June 1 and will continue until September 30. The centerpieces of the celebration are the Niki in the Garden sculpture exhibit at the Garfield Park Conservatory, the Come In and Play center at 72 E Randolph St, and over 150 different events around the city.

Erica is performing tonight in the Improv Game Show series at Donny’s Skybox at The Second City (1608 N Wells) with Don’t Spit the Water, the crazy live game show that challenges you not to spit the water. The series will continue on the last Wednesday of the month with ComedySportz on August 29 and the Improv Match Game on September 26.

The Bottom Line #4–Opera

The Bottom Line #4–Opera1301 S. WabashOpera - Women'sWomen’s Bathroom at OperaThe atmosphere at Opera is pretty funky-cool. Very colorful with lots of reds and colored glass and private “vaults” for dining. I was confident that the bathroom was also going to be pretty awesome, but boy was I disappointed.The bathroom is fairly large with multiple stalls with big heavy doors for lots of privacy. However, every single stall the night I was there was completely disgusting. Nothing was clean, and there was toilet paper strewn all over the floor. All of the rolls were empty, but there were stacks in every stall. Normally this is a good thing in my opinion to have extra TP in a stall, but couldn’t the staff make a periodic check to make sure everything was presentable? In my limited experience in the food service industry, we were supposed to check the bathrooms every time we walked by.In their defense, the walls are lovely–there is good art and a great rustic paint job that does match the decor of the rest of the place. But there are no amenities–only a couple sinks and a giant mirror.Cleanliness: 1Amenities: 0Atmosphere: 4Overall: 2Maybe I was just there on a bad night. I have plans to go there again soon, so we’ll see…Opera - Men'sMen’s Bathroom at Opera

Poker? You hardly know ‘er!

Dear 501(c)(3) non-profit corporations in the city of Chicago who have been in operation for at least five years –

Would you like to make some easy money? Contact Ken Kaulen at Chicago Charitable Games and set up some poker games. It’s totally legal. All you need is a charitable gaming license, and you can host up to four games a year. Ken will walk you through every step of the process, and you won’t have to front a dime.

My theater company has hosted two games in the past two weeks. We’ve netted over $4300 so far, and we’ve still got two games to go.

Ken, Bert and Tommy, the masterminds behind Chicago Charitable Games, are a well oiled machine with one of the smoothest operations I’ve seen in a while.

Visit and contact them today. Tell them I sent you.

Chicago Reader no longer locally owned

Looks like they got scooped up by a Florida publisher today, after 36 years of being a locally owned business. I hope it survives.

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