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Pedro / May 16, 2005 2:54 PM

Out of ideas, huh?

Carlos / May 16, 2005 2:56 PM

Star Wars, Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica?

Erica / May 16, 2005 2:58 PM

Closest you've been to death ... in Chicago.

Best Chicago moment/memory
Most memorable run-in with a city worker
Best beach/why
Pros/cons about your digs
Underrated neighborhoods
Worst dining experience
Best make-out locations
Best escape from the city
Celebrity sightings in the city
Reasons why summer in Chicago is better than in any other city.
Fave songs about Chicago
Grossest thing you've seen at a CTA station/on a vehicle?
Mugging/crime stories
Public transportation faux pas
Worst local magazines (CS, Chicago, etc.)
Best alt-weekly (Reader, NewCity, TimeOut)
Best local zines (Punk Planet, Venus/RIP?, Pistil, Horizontal Action)
Surreal Chicago moments
Best memory taking a visitor around the city.
Best people watching location

steven / May 16, 2005 3:19 PM

Where can we see the best art in the city? (besides the museums)
Stories about community gardens
Which establishments (bars/restaurants) have you boycotted?

steven / May 16, 2005 3:21 PM

If you could be in charge of one thing in Chicago, what would it be/what would you change?

Wendy / May 16, 2005 3:32 PM

I think Erica needs to be in charge of Fuel from now on.

Alison Rodriguez / May 16, 2005 3:40 PM

Since it's the season, what are some ways for a couple to have a nice, simple wedding without going completely insane?

Michael / May 16, 2005 3:51 PM

If were to burn down five buildings in the city, which would they be and why?

Erica / May 16, 2005 3:56 PM

I'm kind of a Chicago nerd (not to be mistaken with snob)!
Sorry, I just love talking about Chicago. It never gets old. I always think of new things to BS about as they relate to this fine city. !!!

Yet Another Jen / May 16, 2005 3:59 PM

For a sort of tie-in to this month's book club selection, if you could go back in time to attend a Chicago event, what event would you go to?

Andrew / May 16, 2005 4:08 PM

Actually, most of Erica's questions have already been asked in the past -- which is why we asked for more questions. (Not that yours aren't great, Erica, just we don't want to repeat ourselves.)

Thurston / May 16, 2005 4:22 PM

I think questions about services are quite handy, i.e. good plumbers, good moving companies, good locksmiths, good mechanics, etc. Also good places to flirt with strangers (bars, stores, classes), given the amusing anecdotes this will surely encourage.

spiraljetty / May 16, 2005 4:25 PM

What summer concerts will you be going to?
How do you feel about Lindsay Lohan/Nicole Richie/Olsen twins/(insert name of celebrity who has lost a ton of weight really fast)?
What experiences have you had that made you feel like Chicago was like a small town?
Where do you go for bargains?
What Chicago hotspots do you try to avoid?

marge / May 16, 2005 4:30 PM

what locally-based non-profit do you support and why?
where are the best thrift shops in the chicago area?

e_five / May 16, 2005 4:34 PM

What is the best job in Chicago?
Who is the local person you most admire?
What is the best weekend getaway within driving distance?
What do the voices in your head command you to do?

Emerson Dameron / May 16, 2005 5:17 PM

What's your job? Do you like your job? How did you get it? If you're unemployed, what's your ulcer medication of choice?

Venus is, indeed, going to bed. Apparently, Amy S. is grad school bound and doesn't want anyone else corrupting her baby. Horizontal Action boasts OK music coverage, but always struck me, on its better days, as Vice Lite. Me, I'm partial to the2ndhand, and would be even if it didn't showcase my material.

Alice / May 16, 2005 5:42 PM

Jen is my new best friend for suggesting a book club related question before I could.

Favorite neighborhood street festival?
One thing someone should know before moving to Chicago?
Tips for finding roommates? affordable housing?
Best Chicago-area day trips?
I also second the services questions--car mechanic recommendations, etc.

paul / May 16, 2005 6:00 PM

I'd like to see you ask us what questions we'd like to see here.

Oh... wait...
Actually it's really hard to come up with completely new ones. Some things I'd like to know though:

Absolute cheapest place to drink.
Best chicken fried steak.
Best bar to go to in the Loop, open on a Sunday.
Secret, secret cheap or free parking places in the Loop, River, North or Gold Coast.
Best regular coffee, you know- the bottomless kind that cost less than a dollar.

Specifics make for good questions too - friendliest bar, cleanest public toilet, fastest lunch service that isnt a chain, best place to watch a cub game that isn't Wrigley or on a roof...

Craig / May 16, 2005 6:01 PM

Why not make 'Fuel' more like 'Rearview'-- where everyone can submit questions? I could see a little form where people can send you questions as they think of them-- that way the questions can be topical and up-to-date too...

DeanRank / May 16, 2005 8:10 PM

Uh...what is Fuel.

DeanRank / May 16, 2005 8:10 PM

Uh...what is Fuel. I missed something.

Andrew / May 16, 2005 8:28 PM

Dean, you're soaking in it. Look at the header for this section.

Craig, people already do submit Fuel suggestions, and we do run them. We don't credit the suggestions we use, mainly because the question is just a starting point.

Ron / May 17, 2005 12:09 AM

Erica has the right vibe.

/dirty hippie

Pete / May 17, 2005 8:51 AM

Pete Anderson, what is the secret to your success, other than your devilish good looks?

kate / May 17, 2005 9:12 AM

what's the next step kate should take towards leading a more fulfilling life?

or something along those lines...

Kevin / May 17, 2005 9:46 AM

Why does Superman deflect six gunshots off his chest but then duck when the bad guy throws his empty gun at him?

Tommy #1 / May 17, 2005 9:59 AM

How about tattos and their locations...meanings.....mistakes
Piercings ...etc
places you had sex
Should there be topless beaches in Chicago?
We have dog beaches in Chicago how about nude?

jean / May 17, 2005 10:32 AM

doctor/dentist/chiropractor recs? I'm new to the city and have no idea where to go!

Also, what are people's favorite things to go to/do on the weekend?
I find a good number of cool events -- mostly here -- but on your typical saturday afternoon, I'm usually itching to get out, but I often don't know where to go. What's fun - and cheap/free - to do/see?

flobear / May 17, 2005 11:44 AM

Where is the best bagel in the city and suburbs?

Which park is your favorite?

Best elotes in the city (which cart do you stop at)

Most annoying spring/summer sound in the city (there are many more sounds in spring and summer than fall and winter out here, at least winter).

Melissa / May 30, 2005 1:01 AM

I'd like to hear some feedback on apartments/good neighborhoods to live in/rental companies. I definitely don't think there's enough about that.

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