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‘Dining Social’ Happy Hour for Social Media Week Chicago

September 19, 2011–Guests stopped by Sub 51 to mix and mingle with panelists from Chicago magazine’s ‘Dining Social’ discussion, where Curtis Duffy, Liz Mendez, Phillip Foss, Paula Haney, and Shelby Allison discussed how they use Facebook, Twitter, and blogs to enhance branding, customers relationships, and more. Ellen Malloy of Restaurant Intelligence Agency moderated the panel. Happy hour attendees continued their discussion on social media in Chicago’s restaurant and bar scenes amid cocktails and hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Lettuce Entertain You.

Joel Pollak on Anthony Weiner, Andrew Breitbart, and Why Sarah Palin Could Be the First Jewish President

When I called Joel Pollak on Wednesday, he was back home in Skokie for the Jewish holidays—visiting from his new home in Santa Monica. He moved there to work as an in-house counsel and editor-in-chief for conservative firebrand Andrew Breitbart, famous most recently for bringing down Acorn and Rep. Anthony Weiner…

Common Threads’ First Annual Cook-Off

September 15, 2011– Common Threads’ culinary fundraising event raised $28,000 to benefit health and nutritional education programs in Chicago to low income youth and their families. Local chefs participated at Fulton’s on the River to create and serve their favorite cook-out themed dishes within four categories–in a glass, on a bun, in a shell, or on a stick. Guests sampled each dish and voted for the top in each category. The winning chefs of the night were: Chao Thapthimkuna of Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar for In a Glass; David Blonsky of Public House and Mike Bellovich of Hub51 for In a Shell; Sarah Grueneberg of Spiaggia for On a Bun; and Scott Halverson of Prasino for On a Stick.

The Tevatron's Final Hours, Live

Fermilab’s particle accelerator goes offline today, after a ceremony that you can watch online. It’s about 41 years since Weston, Illinois, the small farming community that used to be where the Tevatron sits, went offline to make way for Fermilab.

Maximo Riera’s Animal Chairs

Your sitting room becomes your safari with the incredible Animal Chair Collection from Spanish artist London Design Festival last week. Riera built the majestic structures true to size of the animals they mimic, using 3-D computer imaging, mechanized sculpting tools and hand-finishing, including leather upholstery and carving the compressed foam to superbly detail the animal … Read more