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Push for Star[edit]

What's your feeling about this article relative to Star status? What needs to be worked on? It looks good, but having only been here for a couple of White Sox games (at Old Comiskey), I'm not in a position to say what's missing. Gorilla Jones 15:23, 25 August 2007 (EDT)

I've held off on this one only because I don't know it half as well as I know the other two south side districts. But I suppose that it really is pretty much a star as well. The Bridgeport section is solid and probably needs no work. Perhaps some more local lore would be interesting, but I don't think I can provide much beyond what's already there. But there are too many Chinatown restaurant listings. It is a restaurant-centric destination, but I still think I could trim that a bit. Other things:
  • Short descriptions for the various sections
  • Look over the history books once more—I'm sure there are some interesting bits I've left out
  • There's a bar in the southwest side (just across the border) that needs to be mentioned in the Get out section.
I'll take a stab at this after I finish the Near North map (so... many... listings...). --Peter 16:53, 25 August 2007 (EDT)
I added a little bit of history. (Don't have my history books on hand at the moment, unfortunately.) God help you with that Near North map. I wish it made any sense to split that one any further, but it doesn't. Gorilla Jones 18:23, 25 August 2007 (EDT)
OK, I'm satisfied with the content of this article now. I still need to update the listings on the maps, and should have that done shortly. But one remaining problem is that I can't find any worthwhile photos of Bridgeport with proper licensing. I figure I could fix that with an hour or two of driving around with a digital camera, but I'll need to get to Chicago first.) I'm actually thinking about taking a week to head out there, have some fun using these guides, and satisfy an intensely burning hunger for Harold's Chicken Shack, but I'm still trying to figure out how to keep my costs very low. I'm thinking a certain transient hotel might be a good bet ;) --Peter Talk 23:22, 26 August 2007 (EDT)
By all means, some street-level Bridgeport photos would be nice, but if you can snag a Chinatown gate and a Comiskey off Flickr or Wikimedia, we've got something to nominate. (After all, as the box says, one is still encouraged to plunge forward even after it's a star.) If there's a Bridgeport photo you like, you might try emailing the owner directly and asking them to license it - people are usually flattered to be asked, and I've had success with that. Gorilla Jones 00:11, 27 August 2007 (EDT)
Unfortunately the photography desert is dryer than that. I haven't found any decent free Comiskey Park photos and I'm already satisfied with our Sino-selection. I did email someone who has very nice Bridgeport and Comiskey shots under copyright, so maybe something will come of that. In any rate, the maps are done; all the page needs is 2 more good photos of different material, then it's a star in my opinion. --Peter Talk 21:40, 27 August 2007 (EDT)
And just one more thing, I think a Bridgeport street photo really is necessary before we can say that nothing is missing, because I think people should know what they're getting into. It's a pretty safe area crime-wise, but it has a real weird twilight-zone creepy quality to it. I've definitely heard rumors that its haunted. --Peter Talk 21:43, 27 August 2007 (EDT)

Removed listings[edit]

  • Jimbo's Lounge, 3258 S Princeton Ave, +1 312 326-3253. M-F 10:30AM-2AM, Sa 10:30AM-3AM, Su noon-2AM. A White Sox bar with, well, overpriced canned beer. But it's just north of Comiskey Park and if you're a Sox fan, you'll be in good company.  edit

Chicago's soxiest Sox bar forced to close as soon as the team's post-season ends. I doubt they'll reopen, but if they do, I'll stick this back in the article. --Peter Talk 18:15, 3 October 2008 (EDT)

Yeah, shitty behavior by their landlords. A shame. Gorilla Jones 18:31, 3 October 2008 (EDT)
  • 32nd&urban Gallery, 3201 S Halsted St, +1 312 846-6569, [1]. Th-F 6-9PM, Sa noon-6PM, or by appointment. Modern art gallery of paintings, photography, and sculpture. "Urban Expressionism" (their term) focused on street art from the south and west sides of Chicago.  edit

They'll probably open again in a new location, so hopefully I'll get to move this listing back into the article. --Peter Talk 18:06, 23 December 2008 (EST)

  • Penang, 2201 S Wentworth Ave, +1 312 326-6888 (fax: +1 312 326-6822). 11AM-1AM daily. A reason beyond Chinese food to come to Chinatown? Malaysian food! The menu is a bona fide culinary scavenger hunt, with over 150 entrees. $8-16.  edit
  • Red-I, 2201 S Wentworth Ave (above Penang Restaurant), +1 312 927-7334. Su-F 5PM-2AM, Sa 5PM-3AM. A karaoke bar with DJs and dance floor after 10PM. VIP rooms available by RSVP. It's a weird place, truth be told. It's definitely not upscale, but the Chinatown-heavy atmosphere makes things interesting. Serves snacks from downstairs Penang. cover usually around $10.  edit

Penang and Red-I are closed due to one heck of a grease fire, and are hypothetically going to reopen on 1 April. --Peter Talk 21:39, 1 February 2009 (EST) Yep, April Fools --Peter Talk 03:15, 11 April 2009 (EDT)

  • Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, 238 W 23rd St, +1 312 949-1000 (, fax: +1 312 949-1001), [2]. F 9:30AM-1:30PM, Sa-Su 10AM-5PM. A museum of Chinese-American culture and history. $1-2.  edit

Everything is on fire in Chinatown. Moon Palace too, although personally I don't think that one is up to snuff with the restaurant listings in the article. --Peter Talk 01:28, 6 February 2009 (EST)

CCA museum is back up and running as of their grand re-opening 25 September 2010. --Peter Talk 18:52, 5 September 2010 (EDT)
  • Healthy Food Lithuanian, 3236 S Halsted St, +1 312 326-2724 (), [3]. T-W 8AM-4PM, Th-Sa 8AM-8PM, Su 8AM-5PM. Where else are you going to go for Lithuanian? Fortunately, the one option is a very good one and has been serving grandma's Lithuanian favorites since 1938, making it the oldest Lithuanian restaurant in the world. Don't miss the blynai (Lithuanian crepes). The "healthy" name comes from the fact that this restaurant only uses organic ingredients and serves a fair amount of breakfast foods made from buckwheat. It does not come from the heavy portions nor the generous sour cream. It's also an intriguing option for souvenirs, with Baltic amber jewelry and t-shirts boasting kugelis as the "breakfast of champions." $8-14.  edit

Closed. Looks like it's a real loss. Gorilla Jones 18:54, 31 January 2010 (EST)

My god that's horrible! This was an irreplaceable gem, known in foodie circles throughout the whole Chicagoland area... I loved it to death on a cold day. --Peter Talk 00:13, 1 February 2010 (EST)
Yeah, I stumbled across the unfortunate news because there had been so much mourning over its closure. Gorilla Jones 01:11, 1 February 2010 (EST)
  • mn Gallery, 3524 S Halsted, +1 773 847-0573 (), [4]. Sa-Su noon-5PM during exhibitions. Run by a local couple, this three-story building houses exhibitions of contemporary art by Chicago and regional-based artists. Be sure to check ahead to make sure that they have an open exhibition.  edit

mn isn't returning my emails, and that website is quite outdated, so I'm guessing they are effectively no longer operating. --Peter Talk 22:12, 26 September 2010 (EDT)

Star nomination[edit]

I feel like there just aren't enough star districts for Chicago, so here's one more. --Peter Talk 21:08, 18 October 2007 (EDT)

  • Support, after taking a quick skim, I think it looks great! All the listings look complete, the maps and pictures are good, and there's lots of good info. Though, It does surprise me that there's only two places to sleep in the whole district, but if that is indeed the case then very well. (And no, there's just aren't enough star districts for Chicago. :-) I wouldn't want to see you stop until the whole city is one big, glorious, shining star!) PerryPlanet 13:33, 19 October 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Nobody embodies the MoS more than Gorilla Fitzgerald – cacahuate talk 19:00, 19 October 2007 (EDT)
  • Support. Yup, this is a comprehensive one. Gorilla Jones 14:10, 27 October 2007 (EDT)
Any more comments before this one is called? Both of us are grateful for feedback... Gorilla Jones 20:20, 2 November 2007 (EDT)