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Random Mon Dec 31 2007

Bars of Chicago: Welcome Me Back

A lot of smokers are lamenting the statewide ban on smoking in public places that takes effect January 1. On the other side of the coin, I've been away for a long time from the bars in this fine city. Why? Because I don't smoke and have a low tolerance for cigarettes. Despite my attempts to live and let live, I just can't stand the smell of cigarette smoke and its ability to stick to everything it breezes by. A night of gallavanting at the bar meant that I would emerge smelling like a walking advertisement for a Marlboro. Otherwise, I like bars, but would have to wear clothes that I didn't mind stuffing into a garbage bag to wait out the next visit to the laundromat. Why live like this, I ask?

Apparently, a lot of people are worried that the ban will hurt businesses, but I think the opposite is about to happen. I've been dying for a good drink in a smoke-free environment that isn't my apartment. Let's make that dream a reality January first. And if you think that the smoking ban will be as laughable as the foie gras ban, I'm ready to fight for a smoke-free cause. Word is bond!

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heg / January 2, 2008 10:33 AM

Word to this. I was in New York and Boston for four years before I came out here, and I loved how I could go out without worrying that a entire outfit (and sometimes a coat) would be ruined by the stench of stale cigarettes.

If New York, LA, and Boston's nightlife scenes can thrive with smoking bans, then Chicago shouldn't have a problem.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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