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Tue, July 16, 2013

Across the pond. Choose Chicago, the city’s tourism arm, has been running advertisements in London showcasing Chicago as a world-class travel destination. The ads are part of Choose Chicago’s campaign to attract international tourists. A photograph from Flickr user ed_needs_a_bicycle shows one the advertisements, which contains an image of Millennium Park’s glowing bean sculpture seemingly lighting up a London Underground transit station. The bean ad reads “Big Ben, meet big bean.”

Fri, July 12, 2013

Pushing papers. Data on chicagocouncilmatic.org, a website that organizes Chicago City Council legislation, shows Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) sponsored more ordinances than any other Chicago alderman in the last month, with 88. Ald. Ed Burke (14th) was the second most-active alderman, with 48 ordinances sponsored and Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) ranked third with 34.

Tue, July 9, 2013

Rockin’ Rahm. DNAinfo Chicago columnist Mark Konkol caught up with Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently, but not to talk about fighting crime or balancing budgets. Instead, Konkol discussed music with the mayor. Whether it’s The Rolling Stones, Wilco or Delta Spirit, Emanuel said he almost never skips a beat. He listens to music in the office almost continuously while he is at work. Want to rock out like Rahm?

Tue, July 2, 2013

Got pride? PRIDEChicago announced the group Filipinos & Friends in Chicago won the award for “Best All-Around Float” at last weekend’s 44th annual Chicago Pride Parade, which featured 204 entries. The winning float had extraordinary costumes and “great presentation,” according to Chicago.gopride.com.

Fri, June 28, 2013

Hawks on parade. It seems like most of Chicagoland skated downtown for the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup victory parade and rally Friday. Were you boxed up at work? No harm. Crain’s has a photo gallery of the action.

Tue, June 25, 2013

The cup. Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a statement on Monday night on the newly-crowned 2012-2013 NHL champions, the Chicago Blackhawks."The city of Chicago is thrilled to congratulate our own Chicago Blackhawks on their hard-fought victory, once again bringing the Stanley Cup back to their sweet home Chicago,” Emanuel said.

Fri, June 21, 2013

Lewis throws curveball. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis spent much of her City Club of Chicago speech on Tuesday talking baseball. Lewis dreamt as a child that she would be the first female pitcher in MLB history and described the Chicago Cubs blowing the 1969 National League East division title as one of the worst moments in her life. Lewis even inserted baseball into her discussion of school closings, claiming that no one ever wants to close Wrigley Field when the Cubs lose.

Tue, June 18, 2013

The tenth city. Data recently released by the U.S. trade administration shows that Chicago is the country’s tenth-most popular destination among international tourists. Determined to improve our city’s draw, Crain’s Chicago Business asked business leaders and elected officials what steps the city should take to improve its ranking.

Fri, June 14, 2013

Hot dog wars. On Tuesday, the Community Development Commission approved a $5 million subsidy to fund hot dog-maker Vienna Beef Ltd.'s move from 2501 N. Damen Ave. to 1000 W. Pershing Rd. in Bridgeport. During their discussion of the proposal, commissioners also considered another topic: ketchup on hot dogs. The topic came up when Lincoln Park Community leader Allan Mellis said that he never puts ketchup on his dogs, a practice seconded by Comm. Andrew Mooney, who noted he is a mustard fan. There was some dissent though – Comm.

Tue, June 11, 2013

Got the blues? Chicagoist has a photo gallery of some of the best shots from the Chicago Blues Festival, which took place in Grant Park Thursday through Sunday.