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Tue., Aug. 20, 2013

America offline. Social media may be all the rage these days, but there's just no replacement for real face-to-face interaction. City Club of Chicago, Technori and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce are among some of the local forums highlighted by Crain’s Chicago Business where policy wonks, techies and business people alike can meet, greet and mingle with like-minded individuals.

Fri, Aug. 16, 2013

Come fly with me. The Chicago Tribune provided some tips on how best to enjoy the 55th annual Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend.

Tue, Aug. 13, 2013

Planes, trains and … burros. The City of Chicago on Monday released a herd of goats, sheep, llamas and burros on 120 acres of property at O’Hare International Airport to help maintain the grounds, according to NBC Chicago. The animals will use their instinctive “landscaping” talents to chew through hilly areas of greenery that are difficult to maintain with regular equipment.

Fri, Aug 10, 2013

Young Rahm. WBEZ reporter Lauren Choolijan provided a glimpse into the life of a 25-year-old Rahm Emanuel through her recent interview with the mayor. While living in a $330 per-month Lakeview apartment, the young Emanuel would ride the “L” train to and from grad school at Northwestern University.

Tue, Aug 6, 2013

Surf’s up. North Avenue Beach was featured on the homepage of Microsoft’s Bing search engine on Monday. “North Avenue is an awesome beach, and one that many people would be surprised to find in a big city like Chicago,” Kristin Dean, Bing’s homepage managing editor told the Chicago Tribune.

Fri, Aug. 2, 2013

Lolla. Just a reminder to expect large crowds and loud noises downtown along Michigan Avenue this weekend as a side effect of Lollapalooza, taking place Friday to Sunday at Grant Park. This year’s festival features performances from acts including The Cure, Mumford & Sons and Vampire Weekend.

Tue, July 30, 2013

Travel woes? The Chicago Tribune reported that the new free smartphone app I'm Stuck allows distressed commuters that may be sitting in grid-locked traffic or on a delayed flight to painlessly call for assistance from their elected officials. Though the results are not immediate, the bipartisan group Building America's Future, which developed the app, hopes the data it produces will help congressmen make effective decisions regarding infrastructure in the future. 

Fri, July 26, 2013

Pro-Union. Voting is now open for the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Activate Union Station contest, which seeks to find exciting new designs that will complement three underutilized spaces in the West Loop transportation center. The public can select their favorite of the 25 proposals for the spaces through Wednesday. A panel of judges will consider the public’s feedback when selecting the winners, which will be announced on Monday, Aug. 5.

Tue, July 23, 2013

Sweet victory. Gov. Pat Quinn collected on his Stanley Cup bet with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Tuesday at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, a tweet from WBEZ political reporter Tony Arnold shows. The governors had agreed that the loser of their wager on the outcome of 2012-2013 NHL championship series would volunteer at a food bank of the victor’s choice.

Fri, July 19, 2013

Baseball blues. While at a panel discussion held to promote the book “The Metropolitan Revolution” on Thursday morning, which was the same day the Chicago Plan Commission was set to vote on renovations at Wrigley Field, Mayor Rahm Emanuel cried foul over one of the questions posed to him. When the moderator asked what “base hits” will be required to spur Chicago’s economy, the mayor responded, “This is a little too much metaphor given the Wrigley thing. Could you go to another sport?” He explained, “It would really help me psychologically right now.”