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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Sunday, May 19

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Starting this summer (two years before you'll be prevented from smoking in bars in Chicago) nearby Evanston will ban smoking in public places. The Evanston City Council voted last night to start a smoking ban on July 1, which will include restaurants and bars. This comes well ahead of Chicago's full smoking ban implementation, but only about 8 1/2 months before Cook County's ban will take effect. Still, aldermen in Evanston say that the Chicago ban gave them the push to create their own (after over a decade of discussion and debate).

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