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Bite club: Mindy's butternut squash and gouda tart

A butternut squash tart.
Mindy's Bakery attracts long lines to its takeout window when its open two mornings a week. But it's worth it. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

đź‘‹ Monica here. For more than a year I have been drooling over chef Mindy Segal's pastries on the Mindy's Bakery Instagram, sold only on weekend mornings from the bakery's takeout window.

Last Saturday morning I finally got my crap together and made it over the Bucktown bakery to find an intimidating line that stretched down the block.

Monica Eng
Oct 22, 2021 - News

Environmentalists fight to save Bell Bowl Prairie

A prairie.
Photo by Joni Denker. Courtesy of the Natural Land Institute.

Environmental advocates are racing to try and save the Bell Bowl Prairie, a rare swath of Illinois prairie scheduled for destruction as part of the Chicago Rockford International Airport expansion. 

Why it matters: It's part of just .0001% of prairie land remaining in the state.

  • It supports a fragile ecosystem of endangered plant and animal life, including the black-billed cuckoo, the large-flowered penstemon and an important pollinator called the rusty patched bumblebee.
  • Construction was halted when the bumblebee was spotted on the land this summer but is set to resume on Nov. 1.

Richard Steele's Best Day Ever in Chicago

Man at table.
Radio legend Richard Steele joined Axios for lunch at Hyde Park's Ascione Bistro to tell us about his best day ever. Photo: Justin Kaufmann/Axios

Richard Steele is a Chicago radio legend who, in the 1990s, shuttled between mornings at WGCI-AM and afternoons at WBEZ to share his knowledge of Chicago music and public affairs. This led Robert Feder to call him the "cab jock."

  • Steele, 79, also hosted the Barber Shop Show at WBEZ before it ended in 2017.

Axios recently sat down with Steele for lunch in Hyde Park to talk about what his "best day ever in Chicago" would look like.

Monica Eng
Oct 21, 2021 - News

What's happening with Chicago's lead line removal

lead pipe and water glass
This small section of lead pipe was once part of a longer service line that connected a home to a water main. Chicago still has about 400,000 lead pipes in the ground. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

Last week Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pledged to remove all the lead service lines in the city of Benton Harbor, Mich., over the next 18 months.

Why it matters locally: Chicago has more toxic lead lines that connect homes to the water main than any other U.S. city.

Illinois GOP size up run against Pritzker

A man speaks in front of a podium.
Representative Rodney Davis speaks during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol in July 2021. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Springfield is back in session this week debating congressional district maps, but it's never too early to start thinking about the gubernatorial election in 2022.

Why it matters: Democrat J.B. Pritzker is running for reelection with good poll numbers on his handling of COVID-19. That will make it harder for Republicans to push Illinois from blue to red.

Justin Kaufmann
Oct 20, 2021 - Sports

How to fake it: The Chicago Bulls

Zach Lavine dunks a basketball.
Zach LaVine dunks the ball during a preseason game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Photo: Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images

As Chicago celebrates the Sky, the NBA's Bulls open their regular season tonight in Detroit. If you catch the game, you may be surprised to see all the new faces.

  • Justin is here to help you fake it when cheering for this year's Chicago Bulls.
Monica Eng
Oct 20, 2021 - Business

Chicago tech salaries are lowish but rising

Data: Hired.com; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

Despite a decade of municipal efforts to build up Chicago as a Midwest Silicon Valley, local tech salaries lag behind many of the top cities in the nation.

Justin Kaufmann
Oct 20, 2021 - Sports

Chicago celebrates the Sky

Confetti is dropped all over the stage at a championship rally.
The Chicago Sky championship rally in Millennium Park. Photo: Andrea Darlas

Chicago came out in force to celebrate the WNBA champion Chicago Sky on Tuesday, the first championship rally in Chicago since the Cubs in 2016.

  • Thousands attended both the parade and the rally at Millennium Park.

What happened: Politicians, players, coaches and owners spoke at the Pritzker Pavilion, including hometown hero Candace Parker.