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.
If you went to the Cheney Mansion sale, and you were disappointed that you couldn't pick up the usual vegetable plants, you can donate and help contribute to the new green house. Details will be up soon on cheneymansion.com.