Chicago’s 10 Oldest Restaurants

The exterior of The Berghoff.

By Christina Welky and Jennifer Pesole

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 Historic Sites to Visit in Chicago

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When most people think of Chicago, Illinois, they think of the Willis Tower, Chicago-style hot dogs, deep-dish pizza, and baseball games. However, there are many different historic landmarks that have been identified by the United States government throughout the Chicagoland area.

Knowing Chicago’s history is essential for understanding its cultural identity and the people that inhabited the area. Whether one is a tourist or native to Chicago there is always somewhere to go that provides a sense of the city’s history.

Chicago has one of the most historic ballparks in the United States, Wrigley Field, which is the home of the major league baseball team, the Chicago Cubs. Noteworthy individuals that resided in Illinois were George M. PullmanJohn GlessnerJane Addams, and Ira Couch. The Google Map below lists the highest-ranked historical sites located in Chicago, Illinois, according to USA Today’s ten best historic sites in Chicago.

Google Trends: America’s Most Popular Social Networking Site and Social Media Saves Lives in Syrian Civil War.

Facebook Continues Dominating Social Media 

The Social Networking Site (SNS), Facebook, launched in 2004 and was designed by Mark Zuckerberg. Other popular SNSs such as Twitter and Instagram are on the rise, but Facebook took the lead in Google searches. According to an analysis of Google search on Google Trends, Facebook has been the most searched SNS in every U.S. state this past year.

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Facebook is the oldest SNS because Twitter and Instagram were launched years later and provide different variations of posting content. Every social media platform is different, for example, Twitter is used for sharing short quick tweets and Instagram is used to post images with clever captions. However, Facebook offers some features that its competitors do not such as games, fan pages, and a separate Facebook messenger application.

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From the graph, the conclusion can be drawn that Facebook is the SNS that dominates the U.S. There is a possibility that in the future Twitter and Instagram could overrule Facebook since the graph does display a steady decline, but for now, Facebook will keep its position as the leading SNS.

Social Media Saves Lives in Syrian Civil War 

The Syrian Civil War has been ongoing since 2011, but Syrians are using social media to help save numerous lives. According to an analysis of Google search on Google Trends, despite the large spike from the term ‘civil war’ (red) on August 30th, the term ‘social media’ (blue) still trumps the searches on September 17th, 19th, and 22nd.

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The reason for this trend is from the creation of a private application called Sentry, which sends users a Facebook or Telegram message that notifies them with the locations of government warplanes. From the graph, the conclusion can be drawn that Syrian searches for protection are trending more than information about the current state of the Syrian Civil War.

Quinn: MAP Grants essential for broke college students

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Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at It’s been repurposed with permission for this assignment:

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.”

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

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