The food industry is “beefing” things up in Chicago. One example of this is the work by ex-Obamas’ chef, James Beard Award recipient and celebrity chef Rick Bayless who is attempting to help Chicagoans realize their dream of becoming a restauranteur.
Bayless is doing this via the culinary training program he has established for Chicago’s low-income students. For a minimal fee, students will learn cooking skills, and be placed into internships in top eateries in the region. This will be beneficial to both restaurant owners and students.
Meanwhile, Garfield Park Community Council member Angela Taylor, is one of the community leaders who is involved in the development of a new food industry incubator which will ultimately create jobs in the region. Opening a 67,000 sq. ft facility for the purpose, it will house the local farmers market and, within its first year will create at least 150 jobs.
According to a recent article by Chicago-based CPA Tom Jordan, conducting business in Illinois has many positive attractions. Business owners in the region can actually do really well. He further explains as follows:
The third largest population and GDP in America is Chicago and Analytics suggest Chicago will continue to drive the economy. As well, it is a place filled with great talent, top educational institutes and many qualities required to drive a business.
Strong manufacturing in the area
America’s transportation hub with an economic output of $40.9 billion via its air transportation per the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics.
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Sometimes it is essential to move a landfill. But at other times – like in the case that exists in the St. Louis region – it makes a lot more sense to leave well alone and have the landfill monitored efficiently.
This is exactly what the situation is with the West Lake Landfill. In this case, moving it would be very problematic. Thankfully though, West Lake is a prime example of where monitoring over the years has been successful. And, with the work of the dedicated EPA, this is happening.
In fact, the West Lake Landfill is one of America’s “most monitored sites of its type…with $200 million invested to help solve complex problems,” which currently exist there or with the Bridgeton Landfill that sits adjacent to it.
When there is no risk to public health – as has been deemed by both state and federal agencies in the West Lake Landfill situation – leaving alone is the best solution.
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A food trend is happening nationwide and now businesses in Chicago are part of it. Starting as a small basement project in Chicago back in the summer of 2013, a few best friends who were broke and “couldn’t believe there wasn’t a better protein bar out there” got together. It was simple and it was honest.
They were told their packaging wouldn’t work: not appetizing, just boring facts. But that’s what they did and today they just list the four ingredients on their packages:
3 Egg Whites
3 Egg Whites
And now, it has been purchased by Kellogg’s. For $600m.
According to a recent Forbes article by contributor Peter Wilkins, this transaction is indicative of “a growth signal for one of Chicago’s booming new industries: simple food and beverage. Simple food and beverage companies are ones that focus on producing and distributing foods with whole, pronounceable ingredients that are transparently presented and are meant to be nutritionally good for you.”
And it seems to be what consumers want. They want to be able to pronounce and recognize each ingredient on a label and are seeking out “less is more.” The businesses that are providing this seem to be increasing their revenue around three times faster, while encountering a market share increase by 1.7% with their counterparts’ share simultaneously declining 0.7%.
Other Chicagoan examples include: SkinnyPop, Mike’s Hard, Peapod, Protein Bar and GrubHub.
Following the hurricane that ravaged Puerto Rico, Chicago is anticipating welcoming a huge amount of inhabitants from the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria. Already the region has taken in over 1,500 individuals but many more are planning to follow suit.
And this might not be temporary. According to Puerto Rican-born US Rep Luis Gutierrez, D-Chicago, just like Houston accepted Hurricane Katrina’s New Orleaneans, Chicago could do the same. They might end up moving to Chicago permanently.
As such, the city is getting prepared. As Gutierrez pointed out, nothing has been put in place and there are already more than 1,500 extra people. What needs to happen is to accommodate these individuals with education, health and social services, since “if you’re going to be a sanctuary city, you’ve got to offer sanctuary.”
At this point, hundreds of thousands are expected to permanently leave the island in search of a new home and stable life, with “certainly thousands” choosing Chicago given its welcoming reputation and large Latino community.