Talk:Chicago/Hyde Park

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picture is still covering text. -- 00:16, 22 April 2008 (EDT) gj peter -- 00:16, 22 April 2008 (EDT)

Star nomination

OK, after my 20-odd nit-picking edits today and a thorough map update, I think this article is finally up to star status. Again, there are a few photos I have in mind to add/substitute, but I'll have to wait until I'm back in the area to take them, and the article doesn't need them anyway. For some reason, I'm not quite as satisfied with this district as with Bronzeville—if you figure out why this is, please let me know! --Peter Talk 02:39, 25 July 2007 (EDT)

I'm confused here. We have two districts of Chicago currently nominated for star status, but the article for the city itself is currently only tagged as usable. Looks guide-ish to me, but I don't know the area well enough to judge. Checking three districts at random, I got two guides and one usable. Could we get to the point where we have one big star for the whole city? Pashley 08:32, 25 July 2007 (EDT)
We downgraded the main Chicago article at the outset of dividing the city into districts. I think the content of the article itself is solid (having written a lot of it), but the grading criteria for Huge City articles says that for a Huge City to be a guide, all of its district articles must be at least usable, and for a Huge City to be a star, all of its district articles must be at least guides. So we have one district left to make usable (Chicago/Southwest Side), and then we need to push the rest forward to guide status and do a little more work on the main article before we make it a star (which is our goal). Gorilla Jones 09:47, 25 July 2007 (EDT)
Support. The depth of information is terrific (without being excessive - I like that you pruned a couple of the more mundane listings), and the descriptions give a sense of insight from an insider. The map covers a lot of ground and does so well, another impressive job. I'd like to see a more compelling opening - it's pretty dry until the descriptions of Oakwood and Kenwood in the neighborhoods section. And it's not clear if we can visit any of the listings in Kenwood architecture - I assume not, since you tend to be thorough with these things, but I think it should be explicit. Are there opening/closing hours for Jackson Park and/or the places within, like the Japanese Garden? (Is that free?) Is the University still doing DOC films? As I recall, those are free or cheap, and tend to be great selections. Gorilla Jones 10:40, 25 July 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Excellent article. Also support the strategy of a huge city achieving stardom district by district. — Ravikiran 01:15, 27 July 2007 (EDT)
Last call for dissent so far, but it would be good to get more opinions on this one. Gorilla Jones 12:22, 7 August 2007 (EDT)
Umm, temporary don't support. I want to address Marc's points before this gets starred, Doc films should really be in there. I will do this today and, provided there aren't any other objections, will drop my own and star the article before the 14 days are up! --Peter Talk 17:05, 8 August 2007 (EDT)
Ok, this article is ready. Speak now or forever hold your peace, until you feel like revising the status. --Peter Talk 21:04, 8 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Better late than never. Keep up the good work guys! – cacahuate talk 02:14, 9 August 2007 (EDT)
Yep. Thanks for chiming in! Gorilla Jones 02:34, 9 August 2007 (EDT)

Closed listings

In the Sun-Times yesterday — bummer. Gorilla Jones 15:50, 23 May 2009 (EDT)

  • Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop, 5225 S Harper Ave, +1 773 363-4943. Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM. One of the best restaurants in Hyde Park, Dixie Kitchen serves "pan-Southern" cuisine on checkerboard tablecloth with a 1930s eatery ambiance. This transplanted bit of 1930s Mississippi is one of the best places in the city to get a nice meal of southern food, or so says Barack. $8-10.
Disaster. It's one of the best places for a good meal in the area (IMO). I'm surprised this place didn't get more business with the "Obama bump." It certainly would have gotten a plug in that ever-planned Obama tour of Chicag itinerary. Well, I'll be hitting the fried green tomatoes again before June 7th. --Peter Talk 16:00, 23 May 2009 (EDT)
Yeah, I'm in disbelief. The same owner has two Dixie Kitchens that are staying open (one in Evanston, as I recall), but this was the one that got the Obama nod. Keep an eye out for any last-minute presidential orders... Gorilla Jones 16:08, 23 May 2009 (EDT)

Is this due to the recession perhaps? edmontonenthusiast [ee] .T.A.L.K. 16:03, 23 May 2009 (EDT).