Stephanie Izard. Graham Elliot. Grant Achatz. You don’t even need to add the word “chef” before their names to recognize them as Chicago’s kitchen royalty. Here’s one more name that even hardcore foodies haven’t heard of: Aaron Kolitz. I predict he will be a top chef someday.
The Home Front
The Home Front
My daughter may be the only high school graduate from the heart of the South Loop whose high school diploma is from Wendell Phillips Academy, our South Loop “neighborhood” high school, which is in Bronzeville at 244 E. Pershing Road. She didn’t actually go to Phillips. None of the kids in the neighborhood do. She was a special education student who went to high school in Lincoln Park. But Chicago Public Schools’ tradition is to list the neighborhood school — the school the student presumably would have gone to had they not been in a special education program — on their diplomas.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has support of at least 57 percent of residents as of the latest poll by the University of Illinois at Chicago. Most citizens are also satisfied with city services, including the police department despite the rise in the murder rate. They are, unsurprisingly, dissatisfied with the public schools and support the proposed longer school day as a possible remedy.
Since when did proximity to ‘L’ stations become the latest civil right? All everyone is talking about in the South Loop these days is the new proposed and soon to be begun new Green Line stop at Cermak, just east of State. Everyone has an opinion. And even if you don’t care if the stop goes there or not because, perhaps, you already have a stop (or stops) in your life like I do at Roosevelt and State — or you don’t mind walking a few blocks in one direction or another to the nearest stop — you are bound to offend and alienate one neighbor or another if you weigh in.
My first visit this year to Mary Bartelme Park’s dog play area came last month. As we entered, my wife Mary looked at me with concern and asked, “You OK? Is it too soon?”