Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Saturday, June 22

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The fight over a city-wide smoking ban in indoor areas has been going on for years, but today city Aldermen reached an agreement to make most indoor establishments smoke-free, with the caveat that they would give your local pub or neighborhood restaurant up to three years to comply. Related, some places are taking the matter into their own hands: The Westin Hotel chain will make all of its hotels, including its Chicago locations, smoke-free by January, and more and more Chicago locations are putting their own restrictions on smoking.

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