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Postcards from the Windy City - A Taste of Chicago


By Abby Stocker

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
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Dear Readers,

This week I went to Chicago.

I felt very hip, very urban as I boarded the Metra commuter train and headed downtown to meet a friend. Our destination? Taste of Chicago, an outdoor food festival which ChooseChicago.com promises is “the quintessential summer event in the city” and “appeals to all the senses.” When I told my coworkers my weekend plans, 100 percent of responses included “lots of people” or “hope you enjoy crowds.” And no wonder; the Chicago mayor’s office estimated that 1.5 million people stopped by the five-day event this year. Simply put, since Taste started in 1980, it has become a really big deal.

Sense one, sound: the Metra whistling in classic train fashion as we sped to Union Station. The elevated train, or L, thundering as it careened on its thin track over the downtown traffic. As my friend and I snaked through traffic looking for parking, car horns honked and tires and brakes squealed. Despite the chaos, I discovered I love the energy of public transit.

Parking secured, we walked several blocks to the Taste itself, passed security guards, and wandered the two-some blocks of food vendors, trying to select among the more than 40 options. Want Chicago hot dogs? They’ve got ‘em. Salsa bar or fresh fruit? Got those too. Vietnamese, Polish, African, Thai? Check all four.

Sense two, sight: yes, there were crowds. But they weren’t oppressive. Busy enough that you could easily get separated from your companions; open enough to walk two-by-two and still have space to breathe.

Besides, I’d be disappointed not to see downtown Chicago, of all places, filled with people. They buzzed about wearing all colors while all sorts of foods entered their happy mouths. Local restaurants temporarily occupied tents (some simple white, others elaborate fruit stands or tiny Italian villas) along the length of blocked-off street in Grant Park. (If you’ve been to the Bean, you were close: Grant is right next to Millennium Park.)

Sense three, smell: sun baking everything—sidewalk, people, food. Trash. Wind off the water, smelling slightly salty. Almost like the Minnesota State Fair.

We eventually met up with a friend of a friend to attend one of the many concerts that grace the Grant Park stage during Taste. In addition to kids’ games and chef demonstrations, Taste brings in fairly big-name band .....
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Tech Bytes - Printing in 3-D

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
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Printing in 3-D Today we can watch movies in 3-D, we can buy three dimensional television services, we can even buy 3-D, real life greeting cards, but what if we could print in three dimensions in our own home office? Well, to no surprise, you actu ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that.

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
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I grew up in the “Ice Cream Capitol” of the world, Preston, Minnesota! In 1958 at the age of 10, I really believed that. Naturally naïve and not well-traveled, I was impressed with all the places that sold ice cream and the variety of frozen ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - Three is for Thrifting

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
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Dear Readers, I don’t mean any slight on Minnesota nice in what I am about to say. I will be the first to tell you that I get along just fine with a society of “courteous, reserved, and mild-mannered” people (in the words of Wikipedia). I l ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - July 8, 2013

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
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A Tale of Blackberry Jam Blackberry season is coming soon! Every summer I go out picking, or at least buy pints of the wild growing ‘blackcaps’ at a local farmer’s market. Their sweet-tart taste reminds me of hot summer days spent roaming the ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - Cardboard Boats and Cock-a-Doodle-Doo

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
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Cardboard Boats and Cock-a-Doodle-Doo Dear Readers, This week’s postcard comes to you courtesy of the magazine where I’m interning. In the past three weeks, I’ve helped update their news blog, drafted an article for their website, attended ..... 
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Tech Bytes - PasSwORd: Do’s and Don’ts

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
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PasSwORd: Do’s and Don’ts The average person has to remember more than ten passwords or PIN numbers for various login information. That’s ten more items to keep fresh in our minds when we struggle to remember to pay some of our bills, forget ..... 
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Leadership: Democracy’s Essential Ingredient

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
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By Lee Hamilton For those of us who think and write about democracy, few things are more appealing than a book about how to make it work better. My shelves are groaning with them. They contain a lot of good and helpful ideas. There are proposals ..... 
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Rain-filled Family Reunion

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
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The rain just wouldn’t stop, but neither would the family reunion. Planned for two years, our rendezvous was fast approaching as 35 members of our clan ranging from one month old to 88 years converged from Colorado, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Texas, C ..... 
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