The Railroader Console: Out of the Workshop

This latest fruit of the moss Furniture Division is an eclectic tribute to some of Chicago’s history.  Made (and inspired) right here in our home city, the Railroader Console could be right at home with you.  Click here to make it yours!

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Hyper-local with global influences: Is Noma the future of dining?

In the grocery stores of Chicago the leafy green, Escarole, a less bitter member of the Endive family, still sounds foreign. The lemony, berry tones of Sorrel is only to be found at relatively expensive, grassroots farmer’s markets, and it’s sold in small quantities. On the other side of the Atlantic, Rene Redzepi, owner of…

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Why a roundabout at Lincoln, Ashland and Belmont is good for everyone

We already knew roundabouts, used widely in Europe and other locales, were better for fuel efficiency and safety, but according to a recent mythbusters episode, they are more efficient for motorists, too. By about 20%. In our 2011 Lakeview Area Master Plan, we proposed a traffic bean with pedestrian islands to improve traffic flow and make…

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Saigon Sisters Opens at Northwestern Memorial

Our latest restaurant, Saigon Sisters, opened its third location on Monday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Galter Pavilion. We’d been putting finishing touches on it since July, and after it passed all inspections with flying colors last Friday, we were ready to open up shop. After the jump, find pictures of the interior: a light, bright space to…

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Craft Beer Week Chicago: Solemn Oath Brewery Dinner at Fountainhead

We attended a dinner in honor of Chicago Craft Beer Week a couple weeks ago, where the five course meal was accompanied by perfect beer pairings from local craft brewers Solemn Oath Brewery. The dinner was held in the “Barrel Room” at Lincoln Square gastropub The Fountainhead, where Cleetus Friedman recently stepped in as Executive…

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Melrose House: Our latest remodel rethinks layout to add sunlight

Our newest residential project, is a remodel of a Southport Corridor / Lakeview house, which we transformed from a disjointed series of rooms into a light-filled, cohesive and comfortable living space. Our renovation began with a rethinking of the layout of the existing building, which made the unit feel too much like an apartment. The kitchen…

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