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Kendall CollegeChicago is a rich training ground for chefs and the culinary milieu remains one of the finest in the world, with something to please any palate at any price point. A number of these fine culinary masters working in the Loop, River North, and parts beyond received their training at Kendall College, which has been training people in the hospitality arts for decades.

J is for Jazz: Exploring Chicago A to Z

Monday, April 11, 2016 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Green Mill Jazz Club Chicago

While jazz can certainly sometimes can play second saxophone to the blues in Chicago, it has a long and storied tradition that stretches back to Louis Armstrong’s arrival in the city in the 1920s. Since that time, the city’s jazz scene has served as a proving ground for a galaxy of luminaries, including Gene Ammons, Eddie Harris, Kurt Elling, Patricia Barber, and countless others who have come from Dubuque to Dubai to test their mettle.

I is for Ice Hockey: Exploring Chicago A to Z

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Chicago Blackhawks

When the mercury drops and you can feel the chill in the air, it’s officially hockey season in Chicago. And with the regular season schedule starting to wind down, anticipation of playoff season heats up! It’s been a crucial part of the city’s fabric for over a century and Lord Stanley’s Cup has been a regular feature of the city’s landscape as the Chicago Blackhawks have taken it home three times over the past eight years.

H is for Hegewisch: Exploring Chicago A to Z

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Hegewisch South Shore 

If you mention Hegewisch to the average Chicagoan who isn’t from the South Side you might get a blank stare. It’s not surprising as this tiny Chicago neighborhood is tucked into the far southeast side of the city up against the border with Indiana. As you approach this working-class community via the South Shore Line train from the Loop, you’ll pass by Lake Calumet, the massive Chicago Assembly Plant (part of the Ford empire) and the rather idyllic Hegewisch Marsh Park, among other curiosities.

G is for Garfield Park (Exploring Chicago A to Z)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Garfield Park Conservatory L Train

The rumble rumble of the elevated train is one of the defining features of a visit via the CTA to the 184 acres that comprise the wonders of Garfield Park. Of course, most visitors know the stellar expanse of the Garfield Park Conservatory as one of the highlights, as well they should. It is open daily and admission is FREE.

F is for 57th Street (Exploring Chicago A to Z)

Thursday, January 7, 2016 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Cobb Gate at University of Chicago Campus

When we say "57th Street" in Chicago, the person in-the-know can tell you that this is 57 blocks south of Madison Street and we add a cardinal direction (East) we know that we are east of State Street, that Great Street. I first found this corner of 57th Street — this curious mile long stretch from Stony Island to Cottage Grove Avenue — when I was just 18 and new to Chicago.

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