There are certain locations that for years can seem cursed. Papaspiro's, now apparently thriving, moved into a location on Lake Street that had seen a number of tenant restaurants (Tsukiji, Pacific Rim, Green Onion, etc.) come and go before one finally "hit." Similarly, the corner of Madison and Desplaines has had a parade of tenants; Yilin, the newest resident of this space, may have staying power.
To "What's your favorite restaurant?" I usually answer "Birrieria Zaragoza on Pulaski," because that place, which specializes in stewed goat meat, is one of the few places I've ever gone to more than once. Now, there's a Birrieria Zaragoza in Melrose Park. Huzzah!
At the National Restaurant Association show, I'd availed myself of a few sample products from several vendors. In the course of the day, I tried a bottle of Five-Hour Energy drink that was offered by a pleasant, chatty gal who had obviously been sampling her product throughout the day.