Recently, we looked at some of the best new restaurants to open in the Chicago suburbs in 2020. Now, we’ll highlight a handful that joined the city roster last year, ranging from very casual to one-of-a-kind exquisite fusion. If nothing else, 2020 gave us these seven great spots that should hopefully stick around a while.Loop – MinahasaImage: MinahasaMany downtown office workers continue to work from home at the moment, but new Loop arrival Minahasa is something you have to look forward to upon your return. The Revival Food Hall tenant brings Indonesian fare to the group of over a dozen vendors. Minahasa is one of only a handful of vendors open currently, for takeout/delivery only lunch and dinner at the moment, but when Revival is back to rocking during the lunch rush you can bet it will quickly become a favorite. Menu highlights include beef rendang, a beef stew braised in dry curry spice paste with coconut milk, soto ayam, an Indonesian chicken noodle soup, and two excellent chicken entrees. Pilsen – Pilsen YardsImage: Pilsen YardsThis roomy spot near the corner of 18th and Racine was formerly Monnie Burke’s, where many will remember a very long patio. The new Pilsen Yards has spruced up that patio. Most importantly though, it’s large enough that it should be amongst the most distancing-friendly outdoor dining spots in the city as the crowds return to eating out. Tacos are the main feature of the menu, although the carrots al pastor, burger, and ceviche are be worth a try too. Pilsen Yards will also has a brunch, but make sure to check out The Alderman, a speakeasy with classic and innovative cocktails. Wicker Park – Cheba HutImage: Eater ChicagoUp your sandwich game with “the best bread in the business” and an impressive number of innovative sandwich creations. This location at Damen and Division is the first Chicago outpost for the chain, which is known for its fun vibes. The casual eatery also features a handful of salads and munchies including garlic cheese bread, loaded “not’chos” that actually use Doritos as the base, pretzel nuggets, hummus, and meatballs, and a full bar. When you’re looking to switch things up from Potbelly or Jimmy John’s, Cheba Hut is the place you need to try. If you’re a fan, download the app and start cranking up rewards.Beverly – Flippin FlavorsImage: Flippin FlavorsChicago won’t be winning the cheesesteak competition anytime soon, but this new Beverly spot provides a solid taste of Philly, and another trip worth making to upgrade your sandwich game. Flippin Flavors is found on a busy stretch of 95th St just west of the Metra station. The menu runs through some classic sub combos with not only steak but chicken, turkey, and veggie options as well. The hot-n-spicy turkey hoagy is apparently a crowd favorite. These all come at reasonable price points — the most expensive sandwich on the menu is only $11.West Loop – PolombiaImage: Kimberly Yeoh/PolombiaWhen you think of restaurant fusion concepts, Polish and Colombian is unlikely to be a combo that comes to mind. But bring a big appetite and open mind to Polombia and you’ll be in luck. Open on weekends only and just for takeout and delivery currently, you’ll find items such as “emparogis,” a “kielbasa perro,” and an “arepa-ski.” The couple that run the place strive to make the restaurant neither Colombian nor Polish, but rather a unique mix of both that ensures the dishes you have are ones you won’t find anywhere else. That’s it, this one is going to need a taste test before we pass any further judgments.Ukrainian Village – Tamale Guy ChicagoImage: Hannah Alani/Block Club ChicagoFor some, he needs no introduction. For others, he’s the long-awaited stuff of urban legend. The beloved Claudio Velez, who is known as the “Tamale Guy,” has spent most of the last two decades roaming the streets of Chicago nightlife, selling fresh tamales out of a red cooler. You never knew exactly where or when you’d find Claudio, but now, you can pay his new restaurant a visit Wednesday through Sunday. The menu keeps it simple: pork, chicken, and queso con rajas tamales are obviously the main event, along with a handful of everyday specials. The menu expands on Saturday and Sunday with added tamale varieties, and you’ll also find a few sides and desserts. Note that their hours are limited at the moment, but they do deliver with a minimum $12 order.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation will honor Justice Richard J. Goldstone, former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, with the MacArthur Award for International Justice in May.Goldstone is the Learned Hand Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School this semester. The award provides Goldstone with $100,000 for his own work and invites him to suggest an additional $500,000 in support for nonprofit organizations working on international justice issues.As chief prosecutor of the Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, Goldstone helped shepherd these courts, the first of their kind since Nazi war criminals were tried at Nuremberg following World War II. In 1995, Goldstone filed charges of genocide and crimes against humanity against Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic for their roles in the “ethnic cleansing” of Bosnian Muslims, among other allegations.Prior to his appointment as chief prosecutor in 1994, Goldstone was chair of the Commission of Inquiry Regarding Public Violence and Intimidation (commonly called “the Goldstone Commission”) in the aftermath of apartheid in his native South Africa. His service on the commission proved invaluable to the democratic transition in that country, where he also served as an inaugural member of the Constitutional Court.“Justice Goldstone has played an instrumental role in building the emerging international system of justice,” said MacArthur Foundation President Jonathan Fanton. “He gave the tribunals moral authority and legal credibility. It is, in large part, a testament to the quality of his work that the international community accepted the Rome Statute and established the International Criminal Court with confidence. His unquestioned competence and integrity won the faith of the world.”“It is an honor to receive the MacArthur Award for International Justice, as the foundation has been a leader in supporting efforts to advance human rights and international justice,” said Goldstone. “Since the early 1990s, we have witnessed the emergence of a system of international justice that is growing stronger with each new case tried in a regional court or U.N. tribunal and with each investigation opened by the International Criminal Court. It has given me tremendous pride and satisfaction to have played a role in ensuring that the perpetrators of mass atrocities have more reason today than ever to fear being brought to justice.”The MacArthur Award for International Justice will be conferred upon Goldstone in The Hague on May 21, 2009. Earlier that day, there will be a panel discussion on “The Legacy of the International Criminal Tribunals in National and International Systems.” © 2008 The President and Fellows of Harvard College Harvard News OfficePhoto ReprintsPrevious IssuesContact Us
By PAM PRICHARDLos AlamosPeople cite readily available guns and mental illnesses as the causes of mass shootings, but has anyone ever considered the effects of the violent shoot-em-up video games that our youth have been playing for years? I believe there is a direct correlation, but no one ever mentions that possibility, and no one has investigated the number of hours, days, weeks, months and years that these shooters spent killing people virtually, on the computer screen, before they went out and killed people for real.Let’s lay the cause of mass shootings where it belongs – at the feet of the designers, programmers, and marketers of these video games!And also, on the parents who allowed their sons unlimited access to them!