Five quick hits out of Chicago
Maybe one day Chicagoans will see this sign: "Chicago City Hall – Brought to You by Pepto-Bismol." Or maybe not. The city has hired a consultant to explore the possibility of the city selling naming rights to its programs, events and assets, according to published reports. Under well-known sponsorship deals in the sports world, a corporation attaches its name to a stadium – such as the White Sox’ U.S. Cellular Field.
Would you like fries with that? A Chicago-themed restaurant chain, Uno Chicago Grill, is getting sliced in Men’s Health magazine. Its personal-sized Classic Deep Dish Pizza is dubbed one of America ’s "Worst Foods." The food item contains a whopping 2,310 calories and 162 grams of fat, the magazine said. Dietary concerns aside, Pizzeria Uno in Chicago’s River North neighborhood is an institution and supposedly invented the deep dish style.
Elvis is in the state building. Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a huge Elvis Presley buff, keeps several pieces of King-related memorabilia – including figurines and record albums -- in one of the glass display cases outside his 16th floor office in the James R. Thompson Center. Some of the more odd items: a bottle of Elvis Presley Cabernet Sauvignon and a package of "Burning Love" coffee. The pieces have been given to the governor by constituents, an aide said.
Inquiring minds want to know. Forget the local tax increases and pending implosion of the Chicago Transit Authority. Much of the Chicago media has focused its attention 40 miles to the south to report the latest twists and turns surrounding the disappearance of Bolingbrook wife Stacy Peterson and suspicions about her ex-cop husband, Drew. The dark story has reached a broader audience by appearing on the cover of People Magazine.
What’s new. If you’re in downtown Chicago some evening this winter, take a gander at the Carbide and Carbon Building at 230 N. Michigan Ave. (now known as the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago). The 1920s-era Art Deco masterpiece has been renovated for a reported $106 million, and the work included applying new gold leaf at the building’s peak. The tower is now lit at night.
Mike Ramsey is the Chicago reporter for GateHouse News Service. He can be reached at (312) 857-2323 or firstname.lastname@example.org .