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I'm focused (mostly) on Rogers Park, where I live.

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Re: “Mayne Stage

This place is currently closed. I hear they have plans to reopen, but no certain date for that yet.

Posted by Thomas Westgard on 08/12/2009 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Tiffin

I love Tiffin! It was one of the places I started with when I began an in-depth investigation of Indian restaurants throughout Chicago. I grew up eating delicious Indian food thanks to generous neighbors who liked to cook (thank you Mrs. Patel), so it wasn't an entirely new thing, but nevertheless I had a lot to learn.

Tiffin is a good place to start, if you're new to Indian food or unsure about smaller places. It's not the cheapest, or necessarily the most authentic in terms of spice balance, but it's good tasting and reliable. If you're coming from an American palate and don't like Tiffin, you're probably done with Indian food. If you like Tiffin, you should probably continue to explore and experiment with some of the more adventurous places on Devon.

Tiffin is also a good place to bring guests who might be new to Indian food.

Posted by Thomas Westgard on 08/12/2009 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Five Guys Burgers & Fries

I got interested in this place when two friends (who don't know each other) in the same week said they heard it was the new place to go. I figured either there was a great marketing campaign going on, or the place was actually really good.

It's just marketing. This is a corporate burger joint like any other corporate burger joint. TGIFriday's, you've got competition! Yeah, the burger was fine, but how many places in Chicago can sell you an okay burger for $9.32?

If you want a good burger, go to Moody's Pub. The Pumping Co is pretty close and okay, and there's Carmen's if you want a more family kind of place or under 21. Five Guys is just a gussied-up McDonald's.

Posted by Thomas Westgard on 08/12/2009 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Green Mill

Um... This is happening when?

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Posted by Thomas Westgard on 01/24/2009 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Red Line Tap

It looks like a no-name dive on the outside, but once inside, there's the widest possible variety of musical styles played by serious musicians, and most of it is - amazingly - no cover. Decor is early Chicago Dive, but you'll be looking at the musicians, not the walls.

Posted by Thomas Westgard on 09/14/2008 at 10:26 AM

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Re: “Hurricane Irene — Conservative teaching moment

That's some sick shit, dude. Hilarious.

Posted by Thomas Westgard on 08/29/2011 at 9:17 PM

Re: “How to . . . appear intelligent

Ooh, ooh, I have one. Use your work blog to take obscure shots at people you met in your personal life.

Posted by Thomas Westgard on 08/07/2011 at 3:53 PM

Re: “The First Sign That You're Engaged to One of These Schemers Is When She Insists You Move Out of Your Parents' Home

The frame here is completely broken. The question put before us is which of two women to blame. Heck, if we're going to accept the idea that assigning blame is what we need to do, why not include the son? Personally, I think it's the newborn grandchild that's destroying everyone's life! (Obviously that's a joke, people.)

I'm tempted to think that a man who is willing to be married to a controlling creep was probably raised by one. This makes him weak-willed, and the new opportunistic virus just supplants the other when the societally-approved time arrives. That would also explain why the mother views it as a struggle against the daughter-in-law to control the son, who only knows how to be controlled. So everybody's at fault, and we have accomplished nothing worthwhile by pointing that out.

The question is, how do you get these people to interact in a different frame?

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Posted by Thomas Westgard on 04/29/2011 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Two Rather Humorous Photos for Your Consideration

I see that Rahm's eyes never drift far from the big assets necessary to Chicago's happiness.

Posted by Thomas Westgard on 04/29/2011 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Promoting Rape Culture in the Sun-Times

One thing about MacDonald's piece is that she defines things in such extreme terms. If her essay were the only thing you read, you might buy into her "reality" in which campus rapes basically never happen and drunken hookups happen at never-before-seen rates. I have no idea whether 20% of women on campus find themselves in that situation, but even if the number is less, how low do you want to go before you de-fund the rape prevention program? 10%? 5%? That's still 1 in 20, and I figure it's worth some level of funding.

Likewise, it's not clear to me that having a rape-prevention program is necessarily bad for ensuring that reports are properly handled. Depending on how the program is designed, it could help women be accountable for their own behavior (which MacDonald seems to claim they aren't), and best of all, help women know how best to prevent problems and protect themselves. A good program might also include men, addressing issues they might have with knowing how best to interact with women and avoid problems. For example, another recent study showed that assaults were committed by a small number of men, but both male and female college students weren't aware of how to spot problematic people in their social circle. Training for that kind of awareness seems like a good use of funds.

Posted by Thomas Westgard on 04/08/2011 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Earwax Cafe Not Closing After All

This is probably kind of rude, but Earwax Cafe? Right from the start, they're making you think about eating EARWAX? Yeccch. Plus, I don't think that's vegan, is it? (shudder)

Posted by Thomas Westgard on 02/21/2011 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Sic 'Em

Why does the dog have no penis and no nipples? It's kind of freaky, like an angry Ken doll with really big teeth.

Posted by Thomas Westgard on 02/04/2011 at 5:46 PM

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