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Monica Eng
11 hours ago - Things to Do

Best Day Ever: Cliff Rome

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Cliff Rome at a benefit for Ukraine earlier in the year. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

Chef and entrepreneur Cliff Rome is devoted to managing and developing talent and businesses on the South Side.

  • His group, Rome's Joy Companies, runs Peach's restaurants, a catering company, the Parkway Ballroom and Blanc art gallery.
Monica Eng
11 hours ago - News

Improving college success in high school

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Even though 69% of Chicago Public Schools' freshmen this year aspire to go to college, only about 19% are likely to receive a bachelor's degree within 10 years of starting high school, according to a University of Chicago analysis.

What's happening: To try to remedy the issue, a program called OneGoal teams students up with a cohort of other college-aspiring peers during their junior year of high school and continues support through their freshman year of college.

Kinzinger on Trump battle: "He won, in the short term at least"

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., speaks during the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol hearing in Washington on Thursday, July 21.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger during a July hearing on Capitol Hill of the select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told WGN-TV in an interview published Thursday he has no regrets about standing up to former President Trump, but he thought more Republicans would speak out.

Driving the news: Kingzinger called on Trump in November 2020 to stop spreading "debunked misinformation" about the presidential election and criticized him for calling for an early end to ballot counting.

Justin Kaufmann
Aug 11, 2022 - Sports

Chicago's favorite broadcast booths

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Jack Brickhouse introduces Harry Caray at a press conference in 1981. Photo: Walter Kale/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

We recently lamented the loss of Blackhawks color commentator Eddie Olczyk, who left for the Seattle Kraken.

Food Fight: Wrigley Field

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Some ballpark food to fight over. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios Chicago

Our trip inspired a Wrigley-themed Food Fight, where we each tried to find the best bite in the park.

  • Since the renovation, the concessions here have improved dramatically beyond the days of hot dogs and helmet nachos.

Wrigley's worst seat

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A beautiful day for a ballgame in the second-worst seat in all of baseball, according to Photo: Justin Kaufmann/Axios

Anyone who has visited Wrigley Field on a budget knows that some seats offer sightlines that are … less than great.

  • A new study shows that the Friendly Confines actually has one of the worst seats in baseball. considers Section 428R, Row 1, Seat 2 the second-worst seat in baseball, behind a seat at Fenway Park.

José Andrés lets loose, slings sangria

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Monica and chef José Andrés at his Jaleo restaurant in downtown Chicago this summer. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

👋 Hey, it's Monica. Earlier this summer, I met up with chef José Andrés at his River North Jaleo restaurant before he hosted a Capital One cooking demonstration.

Why it matters: The Spanish-born chef and subject of Ron Howard's new "We Feed People" documentary is better known for bringing food to crisis zones with his World Central Kitchen than for having fun.

Color Factory Chicago explores our connection to color

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The beginning of Color Factory Chicago. Photo: Justin Kaufmann/Axios

It's about time a new immersive art museum engages both our brains and our social media feeds.