New Chicago Mall and Schumpeterian Disruptive Innovation

Today a new mall is opening in Rosemont, near O’Hare Airport and the Rosemont Convention Center. The Fashion Outlets of Chicago¬†will have a range of familiar factory outlet stores and restaurants, conveniently located near the airport and public transportation (I could even take the el there from KP Chicago HQ!). So what? According to its … More New Chicago Mall and Schumpeterian Disruptive Innovation

Green Urban Infrastructure Can Save Green(backs)

Lynne Kiesling Some of the best environmental projects also save money. This post at The Atlantic’s Cities blog highlights urban green infrastructure such as permeable pavement projects, including a recent study finding that they can also be economical: Looking at 479 case studies of green infrastructure projects around the U.S., the report finds that the … More Green Urban Infrastructure Can Save Green(backs)

Walmart Express, Market Definition, and Local Politics

Lynne Kiesling Recently Walmart announced that they would begin operating small-format stores called Walmart Express, the first two of which opened in June in Arkansas. If you look at the portfolio of earlier Walmart stores, they range in size from the 185,000 square foot Supercenter (the big kahuna) to the 42,000 square foot Market (with … More Walmart Express, Market Definition, and Local Politics

A Disgusting Display of Bureaucratic Force from the Chicago Department of Public Health

Lynne Kiesling This is so vile, so disgusting that I am literally nauseated at my desk as I write. One of the ways that independent chefs, caterers and confectioners economize on their substantial fixed costs is by sharing kitchens. In Chicago, the business license treatment of such kitchens from the Chicago Department of Public Health … More A Disgusting Display of Bureaucratic Force from the Chicago Department of Public Health

Weekend Jaunt from Chicago: New Glarus, Wisconsin

Lynne Kiesling The area around New Glarus, Wisconsin, is one of our favorite places when we want to get out of town. Great roads for cycling, camping, beautiful scenery, and of course the newly-expanded New Glarus Brewery. Gone are the days when we could get Spotted Cow and Uff Da Bock around here; now we … More Weekend Jaunt from Chicago: New Glarus, Wisconsin

No Jazz & Heritage Lineup

Lynne Kiesling I’m gonna beat Mike to the punch on this one: Weekend 1 of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will include Wynton Marsalis & the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, as well as my local band Wilco! It’s 24-26 April … hmmm, right now the calendar looks open. Have to see if I … More No Jazz & Heritage Lineup

Massive Thunderstorms!

Lynne Kiesling Yowza … we had massive thunderstorms here last night, with the tornado sirens going for the first time I’ve ever heard them in Chicago. We actually grabbed the cat and the laptops and the firebox with the valuables and headed for the basement, where we poured pitchers of water and waited. Thankfully it … More Massive Thunderstorms!More Massive Thunderstorms!

House Renovation: Have We Got Concrete?

Lynne Kiesling Over the past several years, some kind readers have inquired after the state of our home. Here’s the backstory: three years ago we bought a neglected 1924 Craftsman home in Chicago. We did some preliminary work (air conditioning, plaster, refinished wood), but then spent three years living in the place and working with … More House Renovation: Have We Got Concrete?

Massive Storms Hit Chicago

Lynne Kiesling Yesterday we had a terrible micro-burst in my neighborhood; it didn’t go rotational so it really wasn’t a tornado, but the winds were up to 78 m.p.h. at Wrigley Field. I was sitting in one of the second floor front bedrooms at the desk, writing, when the sky went greenish-black. A whistling wind … More Massive Storms Hit ChicagoMore Massive Storms Hit Chicago

A Few Random Chicago Spring Links

Lynne Kiesling I haven’t said much in the past few months about the personal life, although I do still have one … This past weekend was a lovely spring weekend here in Chicago, and we took advantage of it to do some local exploring. We started off Friday night at Dr. Vino’s meetup at Juicy … More A Few Random Chicago Spring LinksMore A Few Random Chicago Spring Links