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CityGrounds is here.

After 18 months of hard work and preparation, Steve Chang’s coffee shop is open for business. CityGrounds, tucked into a gorgeous two-story spot on Dickens in Lincoln Park, offers plenty that the local winged angel outlets don’t. There’s plenty of Metropolis on hand, of course — Chang raves about bringing the Red Line right into [...]

Chow (For Then and Now). And Dinner, too.

In days of yore, when we still roasted our coffee in the back of the cafe, the burgeoning Metropolis Coffee Company empire picked up its first wholesale customer: Standee’s, the venerable diner just a few doors down on Granville Ave., its lighted sign beckoning passersby like a slice of Pleasantville Americana. Standee’s closed earlier this [...]

Wheelman Roundup: Stornoway @ Schubas, plus MTRPLS in West Loop.

Stornoway @ Schubas I like a guy who holds his guitar up high. Brian Briggs is one of those, certainly; the nattily attired, well-spoken (and sung) headmaster of Oxford, England combo Stornoway had his black acoustic guitar tucked into the crook of his arm for the entirety of the band’s Chicago debut Sunday night at [...]

Recaffeinating a decaffeinated relic.

Hey, that’s a pretty distinctive holding page. Drink in the roasted browns, the burnt siennas; it’s 1970s nostalgia rendered into HTML. That’s right, Brim is back. Or, it will be if River West Brands has anything to say about it. The Chicago company specializes in the acquisition of dead brands, iconic chunks of America’s shared [...]

Wheel Man POV.

Some shots from around the city. A roundup of where the Wheel Man has been. JTL

Z&H Invades Hyde Park; U of C’ers rejoice.

Having already established themselves with the original location on 47th St. in the Kenwood neighborhood, Tim and Sam of Zaleski & Horvath MarketCafe will undoubtedly make a lot of students and faculty at the nearby University of Chicago happy with their second location, just opened in the old University Market space on 57th St. in [...]

A fixture on the scene.

“Now, what do I have to do to put you in this enormous Hobart mixing machine today?” The parlance of totally cheeze-house used car salesmen certainly isn’t shared by the nice folks at Olympic Store Fixtures, located on South Cicero in the shadow of Midway Airport. But to stroll into this tidy but bustling warehouse [...]

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Street-level Lolla: Phase Two.

Here it is, more background info on why I’ve chosen what I’ve chosen to check in between pit stops for fruit, iced coffee, and laughs at the Metropolis onsite lean-to. (read: Chez Awesome Delicious.) Black Keys (6-7:15p, Budweiser) Six albums in and the Black Keys still hold a big brass key in their four hands, [...]

Street-level Lolla: Phase One.

Lollapalooza’s almost here, and Metropolis is ready for the event with a fleet of baristas, tons of gear, plenty of liquid refreshment, and a big pile of excitement. As you know I’ll be live everythinging from the festival — check me out @metrowheelman on Twitter, find me on Facebook, or just visit this blog for [...]

Ice(d) T(ea).

Have you ever read the Wikipedia page on “American Tea Culture”? It’s a riot. Here’s a taste: “Afternoon tea, as a meal, is rarely served in the United States except in ritualized special occasions.” You know, like Wiccan ceremonies in the deepest, darkest woods, or illegal underground cage matches being held as you read this in [...]

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