Top Pizza Places in Chicago

Native Chicagoans take pizza very seriously, and there are always many debates about which pizza is best. Although New York and other places may boast about their pizza, many people will agree that Chicago is home to some of the best pizza in the U.S.

Below is a map based on an article by Adrian Kane for The Infatuation, ranking Chicago’s best pizza places. Surprisingly, this list does not mention Giordano’s, but it does include some great pizzerias. These pizzerias feature different styles of pizza, from classic New York style thin crust to deep dish to Neapolitan.

The map also includes driving directions between each location for those pizza fanatics interested in hitting all the top spots.


Google Earth Engine Timelapse – Surat, India

Large U.S. cities are constantly seeing population growth trends, but based on economic growth, the predicted fastest growing cities are in India. India has the second highest population in the world, following China, with over 1 billion residents, according to World Population Review.

In terms of economic growth, Indian cities are quickly increasing based on annual gross domestic product (GDP). According to World Economic Forum, Surat, India, “will have the fastest economic growth in the world.” Surat is a large city in the state of Gujarat known for its diamond processing and trading, as well as its IT sector.

Surat is expected to have an average annual GDP growth rate of 9.2% by 2035. In 2018 pricing, this is an increase from $28.5 billion in 2018 to $126.8 billion by 2035. India is even expected to grow faster than China in 2019 at a rate of 1.2% higher.

“India’s dominance of the list of fastest-growing cities illustrates the broader theme of the tipping of economic might from West to East,” the article states. “India now makes up 15% of global growth, fueled by reforms, foreign investment and strong domestic demand.”

This Google Earth Engine Timelapse of Surat, India, shows geographic change from 1984 to 2016. It illustrates the population growth of the city, which has led to its massive economic growth.

Surat, India

Chicago Pride Parade Attendance

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Chicago’s Pride Parade is an annual celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. It has been held in June every year since 1970 and originally began as a march. For several years, the parades were held in the Lakeview neighborhood, but have recently extended routes into Uptown due to increasingly high attendance rates. The four mile route consists of music, exhibitors, food, and drinks. The party continues afterwards at bars in Boystown.

This year’s Pride Parade will be held on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Attendance is expected to increase as more and more Chicagoans gather to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community.

The chart below shows yearly attendance rates at the Chicago Pride Parade from 1985-2014.

View yearly attendance rates at the Chicago Pride Parade

Chicago’s 10 Oldest Restaurants

By Jennifer Pesole & Christina Welky

The Berghoff

The holiday season is in the air and people are frantically running around to finish their Christmas shopping. This is a time not only just for gift giving, but it is also a time when many people get together to go out to dinner.

Society has an assumption that restaurants have a difficult time thriving in an industry where a new restaurant is only around the corner. However, Tian Luo and Philip B. Stark concluded in 2014, that only 17 percent of independently owned restaurant startups closed in their first year of business, compared with 19 percent for every other service-providing startups.

Chicago is home to 10 of the oldest restaurants and the oldest, Daley’s Restaurant, dates back to 1892. Unfortunately, the reporters were not allowed to incorporate this restaurant into the list due to Hyde Park’s crime rate. Therefore, this list dates back to The Berghoff, which opened in 1898.

Chicago independent food critic Michael Nagrant, a previous writer for the Chicago Tribune’s RedEye, was asked which of the restaurants had the greatest historical presence. Nagrant states, “I love that The Berghoff has a Chicago liquor license number one. I love that the Beatles once visited Margie’s. The family behind Italian Village is extraordinary and the second generation built an incredible wine cellar.”

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Top 10 Chicago Museums

As the third largest city in the U.S., Chicago is full of famous attractions for both tourists and locals. Among these are many well-known museums popular for their historical and cultural exhibits. Ranging from art to history to science, Chicago’s museums offer beautiful and informative exhibits. Many of these museums offer free days or discounted tickets for Illinois residents, so take advantage and visit these top museums.

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is America’s second largest museum and home to many famous works of art.

Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry features exhibits on technology, space, energy, transportation, history, and more.

The Field Museum

The Field Museum is known for exploring natural history and the famous dinosaur named Sue in the lobby.

Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art features modern works of art by artists like Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons.

Design Museum of Chicago

Chicago’s Design Museum is located in the Block 37 shopping center and is mostly run by volunteers.

Chicago Architecture Center

The Chicago Architecture Center recently opened in August 2018 and features skyscraper exhibits and an interactive model of Chicago.

Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium features everything related to astronomy and hosts an “Adler After Dark” program for adults.

Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum is full of both temporary and permanent historic exhibits about Chicago.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is dedicated to nature, biology, and interactive ecosystems.

National Museum of Mexican Art

Located in Pilsen, the National Museum of Mexican Art features colorful murals, Mesoamerican artifacts, and modern art.

Quinn: MAP Grants Critical for Low-Income Students

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Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University (Photo by Bob Smith)

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said. “We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”
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