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It's a giant genre of music. Of course there are fans in the greater Metropolitan area, but it still doesn't make sense to put it in the West Loop where the demographic is mostly 25-35 year old yuppies who prefer hip hop, rock, and electronic music any day over country. It just doesn't make sense
Country music is also popular in parts of Asia. My girlfriend's father loves country and made me turn to country music radio a few times when they were in the US and we were driving between Vegas and the Grand Canyon. One of his favorite artists ever is John Denver too.
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^ Being surrounded by rural areas as it is, Chicago does indeed have a Country music diaspora.

In fact, most major cities in the US, whether they want to admit it or not, have plenty of country music fans
Eh, you have better luck in the suburbs since it's more conservative, but the city, not so much. At least for decades the city didn't even carry CMT on basic cable packages.
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Illume turned out nice.

Probably pisses off the neighbors who bought condos in that POS next door. Not only did Illume block their views, but it’s a 100 times more attractive and higher quality building.
I agree that Illume turned out great, certainly a lot better than it's renderings, but that base is brutal as usual. Arent all these West Loop midrises great? Nothing screams "street life" like a concave concrete vacuum cleaner sucking up and spitting out cars and a few people taking their dog out to shit twice a day... Again though, I can see how this building is perfectly designed to drive off any and all pedestrians forcing them all up to Randolph and Fulton where they don't feel like they are in some sort of dystopian novel.

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Pssshhh, get off your ivory tower. TexMex is delicious. Country themed however sounds tacky as fuck and doesn't make sense in a city like Chicago with zero country culture or history
Uh no dude, you forget that Chicago literally was the "West" at one time and that originally the cattle for the Union stockyards were driven in off the prairie by cowboys before the railroads started building further west. Chicago, if anything, is THE prototypical Western frontier boomtown. Started as a freaking fur trading Post and then a Fort for Pete's sake! It may have gone metropolitan, but for the first 75 years of it's existence Chicago was literally a wild west pseudo lawless boomtown.

MidWEST, NorthWESTERN University, etc, this entire area used to be the end of the line and Illinois used to be the far Western border of the US before the Louisiana purchase. The area saw it's most significant settlement during the peak of the wild west era from 1830-1900. Remember that everything from the East came to Chicago first before fanning out in all directions across the plains. Everything from the plains and mountain west was gathered up and consolidated in Chicago before it was sent back East. St Louis might have the gateway arch, but Chicago was the true pinch point, everything started and ended here. Chicago enabled and exists because of the great settlement of the West, it was the "great funnel of the West" consolidating all the wealth of the West and shipping it back East.
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Glad they are repurposing the old building but a country themed TexMex place sounds terrible.

I'm not sure which is worse. But the combination of the two?
I think you need to start to realize that the West loop is no longer cool, and its a tourist trap now (thank instagram and eater) so why not pander to people that come from down south, and who doesn't love a good tex mex place pink taco in river north is just awful, overpriced food and the place is packed all the time, so It should work in the west loop as well

Also country music is pretty big here in Chicago, us99 gets ratings similar to the rest of the stations in town and considering Chicago's demographics that's pretty impressive IMO
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It's a giant genre of music. Of course there are fans in the greater Metropolitan area, but it still doesn't make sense to put it in the West Loop where the demographic is mostly 25-35 year old yuppies who prefer hip hop, rock, and electronic music any day over country. It just doesn't make sense
Bluegrass has become popular with the youths.
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Looks like the owner of that garage finally came to realize that there's a city around it.

We need to see more of this, as well as some sidewalk widening in many parts of River North. River North is no longer a neighborhood. It's downtown. It's basically another offshoot of the Loop
This will be a second Chicago location for Memphis-based Gus' Fried Chicken. The first one is on Fulton Market, pretty tasty.

Good to see them adding retail space to the west end of that garage, hopefully they don't butcher the architecture too badly. The east side has had a (clumsy-looking) Dunkin Donuts and a newsstand for years. It's understandable they built the garage as a fortress, the River North entertainment district was a notorious skid row area at the time until Friedman got his hands on it.
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Pssshhh, get off your ivory tower. TexMex is delicious. Country themed however sounds tacky as fuck and doesn't make sense in a city like Chicago with zero country culture or history
Hogwash. We have tons of country music history. National Barn Dance was a Chicago institution for 40 years broadcasting (old-timey) country music on WLS to the entire Midwest and later the nation after it was syndicated on NBC Radio. The live tapings of Barn Dance were the hottest ticket in Chicago for many years. In fact, the "famous, iconic" Grand Ole Opry only began because George Hay started hosting the Barn Dance and then went rogue to start his own radio show in Nashville.

The only reason you're rolling your eyes at country music in Chicago is because we all decided to forget about Barn Dance, and because Los Angeles and various other cities - Nashville, Atlanta - stole the role Chicago had as the nation's second center of mass culture.
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Uh no dude, you forget that Chicago literally was the "West" at one time and that originally the cattle for the Union stockyards were driven in off the prairie by cowboys before the railroads started building further west. Chicago, if anything, is THE prototypical Western frontier boomtown. Started as a freaking fur trading Post and then a Fort for Pete's sake! It may have gone metropolitan, but for the first 75 years of it's existence Chicago was literally a wild west pseudo lawless boomtown.

MidWEST, NorthWESTERN University, etc, this entire area used to be the end of the line and Illinois used to be the far Western border of the US before the Louisiana purchase. The area saw it's most significant settlement during the peak of the wild west era from 1830-1900. Remember that everything from the East came to Chicago first before fanning out in all directions across the plains. Everything from the plains and mountain west was gathered up and consolidated in Chicago before it was sent back East. St Louis might have the gateway arch, but Chicago was the true pinch point, everything started and ended here. Chicago enabled and exists because of the great settlement of the West, it was the "great funnel of the West" consolidating all the wealth of the West and shipping it back East.
Great, but none of our history as being a frontier town is relevant to country theme. The vast majority of Chicago's history goes from fur trading to boom town, to industry, to commerce. Nothing about Chicago ever screamed country roads. When have you ever seen Chicago displayed as you describe it in popular culture or historical documentation? It was always more of an east coast town trapped in the middle of nowhere. You are reaching so damn hard
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