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Kosher Restaurants:
MEAT:
Milt's (BOOOOO).
Get chili, cornbread, and beans. Drink a beergarita. 
3411 North Broadway Chicago, IL 60657. 773-661-6384
Delivery available through Postmates
Open S-T: 11:30-10 F: 11:30-2 S: Call for hours

Shallot's.   Amazing sushi and great steaks though quite pricey.
7016 Carpenter Rd Skokie, IL 60077. 847-677-DINE
Delivery available. Shallots has their own app.
Open S-T: 11:30-9:00 Closed Friday Sat: 1.25 hours after Shkia-11:00

Ken's Diner.  The classic burger diner joint. Better than Milts.
3353 Dempster Skokie, IL 60076. 847-679-4030
Delivery Available
Open S-T: 11:00-8:30

Great Chicago. Used to be owned by Ken's, but sold to a different owner. Many of the same items.
3149 W. Devon Chicago, IL 60659. 773-465-9030
Delivery Available. Great Chicago has its own app.
Open S-T: 11-9 F: 10-3

Taboun Grill. Good Israeli food. Schwarma, Shnitzel, moroccan Cigars.
8808 N. Gross Point Rd Skokie, IL. 847-965-1818
Open S-T: 11-10 F: 11-2 Closed Saturday.

Mizrahi Grill. Similar to Taboun. Located in the northern suburbs. 
215 Skokie Valley Rd Highland Park, IL . 847-831-1400
You can order online via their website.

Tein Li Chow. Chinese food. Located in the Jewel supermarket which also has a kosher bakery and deli.
Takeout only.
2485 W. Howard Evanston, IL. 847-328-4642


The Sandwich Club. Burgers, deli sandwiches...etc.
4507 W. Oakton Skokie, IL 60076. 847-677-6020
Open S-T: 11-8 F: 11-2 Closed Saturday

Bebe's Kosher Deli. Downtown Chicago- They have bagels/cream cheese on one side and deli sandwiches on the other.
Located in the French Market by the train station. Free parking with $20 French Market Purchase
131 North Clinton Chicago, IL 60661. 312-207-0572
Open M-T: 10-6 F: 10-1(winter) 2(summer) Closed Sat & Sun

Evita Steakhouse. Argentinian Steakhouse -
6112 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60659 (773) 463-8482
Sundays to Thursdays from 5 pm to 12 am. Saturdays on winter time sometime after Shabbat to 12 am. Summer time Saturdays closed!!


Metroklub. Downtown Chicago-Only open during lunch M-Th.
In the Crown Plaza hotel. 733 West Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60661. (312) 602-2104
CLOSED

Hy Life Bistro. Connected to Slice of Life (see below). On the expensive side, though not quite Shallots levels.
4120 W. Dempster Skokie, IL 60076. 847-674-2021
CLOSED


Tacos Gingi. Mexican Place. Pretty much takeout only.
5128 Dempster Street, Skokie IL 60077. 847-983-0648
Open S-T: 11-8  F: 11-1 Closed Saturday


DAIRY:
Emma's Bagel Cafe. Many breakfast options, but they have lunch dinner options as well like mac n' cheese. 9306 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60077. 847-673-3030

Chalavi. 2931 W. Touhy Chicago, IL 60645. 773-338-9640

EJ's Pizzeria.   9149 N. Gross Point Skokie, IL 60076. 224-534-7215 On ubereats, and have their own app as well.

Bond Coffee. Starbucks type atmosphere and food. Has a drive through. Available via grubhub.
7555 N. California Ave Chicago, IL 60645

Slice of Life.(request Cholov Yisroel)4120 W. Dempster Skokie, IL 60076. 847-674-2021  CLOSED

Tel Aviv Pizza (Cholov Yisroel - Pizza is Yoshon), 6349 N. California Chicago, IL 60659. 773-764-3776

Hamachi Sushi. Sushi Bar and Chinese menu (Meat and chicken) They have their own app. 2801 West Howard Chicago, IL 60645(773) 293-6904

The Lincoln Cafe. Breakfast/lunch food as well as pre-packaged wraps and salads. Don't miss the bbq chicken pizza!!! Takeout only. Lincoln Cafe has their own app. Located in The BP gas station 6599 N Lincoln Ave. Lincolnwood IL 60712

Sarah's Tent (Brick oven?) New place 12/18. Pastas and sandwiches. Located next to Hungarian Kosher Supermarket 4020 Oakton St, Skokie, IL 60076

Activities:
Navy Pier
Millennium Park/The Bean
Segway Tour
Six Flags Great America
Botanic Gardens
Willis Tower Skydeck
Lincoln Park Zoo (Free, but their lot is pay to park, look for street parking)
Museum of Science and Industry


Hotels:
Fairmont Millennium Park
Park Hyatt Chicago>Category 6
Hyatt Regency Chicago>Category 4
Hyatt Regency O'Hare>Category 2
W Lakeshore>Category 5
W Chicago City Center>Category 5
Westin Chicago>Category 5
Aloft Chicago City Center>Category 4
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers>Category 4
Aloft Chicago O'Hare>Category 2

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Other Tips
Parking at ORD: The cheapest place to park is in the O'hare lot G. It's $10/day. Be aware that you need to take a bus to the tram (in lot E) which takes you to the terminals. This can take 20-25 minutes
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2475 on: January 22, 2020, 04:09:14 PM »
So the profits no longer go to charity? Says the workers would have profit sharing
Still a non for profit. Just a change of ownership.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2477 on: January 23, 2020, 09:54:06 AM »
Still a non for profit. Just a change of ownership.


I don't think that's true
Quote from: Times of Israel
However, instead of donating the profits to charity each month, the restaurant will likely set aside a fixed amount. Gryka cautions that itís too soon to speculate on the amounts, but estimates that the monthly donations ďwill be in the four figures.Ē
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2478 on: January 23, 2020, 10:05:28 AM »
I don't think that's true

lol they will monthly donate a thousand bucks


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« Reply #2479 on: January 23, 2020, 10:19:15 AM »
Can I still get the killer chili?
Of course! ;D
I don't think that's true


Take it as you wish. Here is a direct quote from Jeff.


Quote from: Jeff Aeder
We will still continue as a charitable organization. Our Charity of the Month program and contributions will be maintained, as we still fully believe in giving back to the community, and our staff is fully committed to this endeavor.


I do agree that the interpretation is somewhat subjective, but it does seem to imply it will remain close to what it is now IMO.
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2480 on: January 23, 2020, 02:03:57 PM »
lol they will monthly donate a thousand bucks
Do you know what it was before? I don't think far from that number though.

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« Reply #2481 on: January 23, 2020, 02:05:10 PM »
Do you know what it was before? I don't think far from that number though.
Yes, and it was far from that number.
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2482 on: January 23, 2020, 02:11:26 PM »
Yes, and it was far from that number.
Really?  Around how much did the charities get?

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« Reply #2483 on: January 23, 2020, 02:28:06 PM »
Really?  Around how much did the charities get?
I can't say it was always like this, but I believe at one point it was $10k.
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« Reply #2484 on: January 23, 2020, 08:45:03 PM »
I can't say it was always like this, but I believe at one point it was $10k.

Tbh, thatís still very low and implies that a huge amt was being siphoned off. A business of that type has better be generating more than 120k a year in profit. 

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« Reply #2485 on: January 23, 2020, 08:54:23 PM »
Tbh, thatís still very low and implies that a huge amt was being siphoned off. A business of that type has better be generating more than 120k a year in profit.
Pretty hard to know that with out seeing the books, no?
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« Reply #2486 on: January 23, 2020, 09:14:57 PM »
Pretty hard to know that with out seeing the books, no?

Yah.

It really goes though to what they are considering profit and what not. Obviously itís partially capitalized with debt, which the new owners obviously assumed. Ok, we can call that not profit, even though it is part of the return to capital.

Theyíre saying the new owners paid a dollar though.  Did old owner just gift them all the equity capital that he had put in? That seems unlikely. So maybe heís entitled to payouts from gross income also, maybe in the form of preferred equity. 

So then maybe by the time youíre done, there isnít much left that youíre calling profit, because the profit has already gone out to the ppl who supplied capital. 

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« Reply #2487 on: January 26, 2020, 09:54:26 AM »
Tbh, thatís still very low and implies that a huge amt was being siphoned off. A business of that type has better be generating more than 120k a year in profit.
First of all, I worked in the kosher restaurant industry, and talked to many others who did (specifically here in ORD) and you be surprised at how little some place make. Second, from what I was told (again, not confirmed) the minimum $10k. They guaranteed $10k regardless, but if the made more, more was given. It's also possible that they have no debt. The place was opened from a large inheritance, and the owner is a fairly wealthy guy. I believe that Jeff no longer has any ownership from a legal standpoint, but is still there to help if needed. Any capital he put into the place was gifted with it AFAIK.
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« Reply #2488 on: January 26, 2020, 08:22:34 PM »
First of all, I worked in the kosher restaurant industry, and talked to many others who did (specifically here in ORD) and you be surprised at how little some place make. Second, from what I was told (again, not confirmed) the minimum $10k. They guaranteed $10k regardless, but if the made more, more was given. It's also possible that they have no debt. The place was opened from a large inheritance, and the owner is a fairly wealthy guy. I believe that Jeff no longer has any ownership from a legal standpoint, but is still there to help if needed. Any capital he put into the place was gifted with it AFAIK.

Fascinating.  But then so he gifted the capital to the employees?

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2489 on: January 26, 2020, 09:17:06 PM »
Can any locals help me out here
Iím
Heading to Mc-cormick place for a show

Leaving Sunday afternoon arriving in then evening
Where would you advise to stay for the night?
Any good easy dinner places for Sunday night?