If you are a Chicagoan or visiting our city, Crain’s Chicago Business does a great job each week with their 10 Things to do in Chicago site. A little of this, a little of that…something for almost everyone. Check it out here.
Named one of the 20 best seafood restaurants in America by Travel & Leisure magazine, GT Fish & Oyster boasts an interesting and delicious menu in a beautiful, albeit noisy, space. Portions are deliberately on the small side so you can try two or three things or share if you are the sharing type. As it should be, the clam chowder is outstanding (the nueske’s bacon adds an especially delightful flavor) and the lobster roll is the best I’ve had in the Midwest. Fish & chips are terrific, especially with the dill pickle remoulade. Next visit: fish tacos! Learn more here.
I saw a quote today that is perfect for those of you who, like me, worry way too much about what might happen:
“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles. I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened…”
– Mark Twain
$250 million for the Chicago area economy. Pretty impressive…read more from chicagomarathon.com:
Bank of America Chicago Marathon delivers more than $253 million in business activity
Bank of America announced today that the Bank of America Chicago Marathon continues to be a key economic driver and contributes an estimated $253.49 million in total business activity to the Chicago economy, according to a new economic impact report. This is the first time that the economic impact of the Marathon has exceeded $250 million.
The independent study, which analyzed the impact the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon has on the Chicago economy, was conducted by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Regional Economics Applications Laboratory. By comparison, the impact of the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon was $243.46 million.
The new report found the event directly contributed an estimated $101.8 million distributed among the main sectors of the tourism industry, in addition to another $151.7 million in indirect activity. This is an equivalent of 1,742 full-time jobs and $85.94 million worth of wages and salary income. Further, each dollar spent by a race participant generated an additional $1.29 worth of activity distributed throughout Chicago. Study authors applied the use of the Chicago Region Econometric Input-Output Model to assemble the findings.