Detective Richard Milz and the Chicago Police Memorial

Detective Richard Milz and the Chicago Police Memorial

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to honoring the lives of our fallen heroes. The Foundation provides support and assistance to the families of Chicago police officers who are killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty.

 

ABOUT THE CHICAGO POLICE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

Established in 2004, the Foundation strengthens the relationship between the Chicago Police, its business and civic leaders and its citizenry. It allows us to express our gratitude to the fallen officers’ families for the ultimate sacrifice of their loved one.

 

REASONS FOR THE FOUNDATION

Since the first officer to die in the line of duty, there have been 567 Chicago police officers who have sacrificed their lives for our city. The families of these brave officers are supported by the Department and other organizations, but as one might imagine, the cost in terms of financial, emotional and psychological support is overwhelming. Other, perhaps less-known risks associated with being a police officer are the stresses of the job. This stress often leads to disastrous consequences such as when a police officer takes his own life. Finally, as a tribute to the heroic lives that these officers led, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation has built a permanent memorial to these brave men and women. It is a spectacular site located just east of Soldier Field on Chicago’s lakefront.

 

WHY CONTRIBUTE TO THE FOUNDATION

By supporting these initiatives, our public-private partnership provides the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation with the means to achieve our goals. It is a sign to all the citizens of Chicago, as well as our nation, that Chicago’s corporate family and business leaders care about its police officers and their families. Your support is a reminder that when troubled times arise, we come together as families do, and provide comfort, support, and protection for one another.

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Detective Rich Milz says Join the 100 club fo Chicago!

Detective Rich Milz says Join the 100 club fo Chicago!

The 100 Club of Chicago is the civilian organization that provides for the families of police officers, firefighters and paramedics who have lost their lives in the line-of-duty. The Club helps families ease the financial burden associated with the tragic event, including immediate financial assistance and the ongoing cost of higher education. All federal, state, county and local police officers, firefighters and paramedics stationed in Cook County are included.

2014 Chicago Michelin Guide Picks

2014 Chicago Michelin Guide Picks

The Michelin Man was very good to Chicago on Tuesday, bestowing stars on 25 restaurants, the largest number in the four-year history of the Chicago Michelin guide.

“It was a great year in Chicago,” said Michael Ellis, Michelin’s international director in charge of the guides. “There are a lot of really interesting things going on; there are great chefs out there, and the audience is out there; they really like innovation in Chicago.”

Twenty Chicago restaurants earned a coveted Michelin star, including five first-time recipients: EL Ideas, the highly creative restaurant in Pilsen; Elizabeth, the Lincoln Square restaurant owned by master forager Iliana Regan; The Lobby, the fine-dining room inside the Peninsula Chicago hotel; North Pond, the Lincoln Park restaurant whose absence from previous Michelin lists has been particularly conspicuous; and Senza, the gluten-free fine-dining restaurant in Lakeview.

All the one-star restaurants from the 2013 list retained their standing, with one exception — Sixteen, in the Trump International Hotel Tower, was promoted to the two-level.

In all, four restaurants received two stars, double the number of 2013 winners. In addition to Sixteen and repeat two-star winners L2O and Graham Elliot (which announced that it will close after its New Year’s Eve dinner), two stars went to Grace, Curtis Duffy’s fine-dining restaurant, in its first year of consideration.

And once again, Alinea, considered one of the best restaurants in the world, received Michelin’s maximum three-star designation.

“Look at who’s behind these restaurants; look at Curtis Duffy,” Ellis said. “He’s worked with Grant (Achatz), Charlie (Trotter), Thomas Keller; he has great technique. I got to eat at Grace in September, and it was a beautiful meal. He does amazing things. The same with Thomas Lents (of Sixteen), who worked with Jean Joho and Joel Robuchon. His technical skills are well known. I don’t think (their high rating) will be a surprise to anybody.”

Ellis expressed admiration for several one-star recipients, including North Pond (“Bruce Sherman is a really interesting guy, who has really interesting takes on food”) and Senza (“Our first gluten-free starred restaurant”).

On the downside, a few restaurants with arguably realistic Michelin-star aspirations were passed over. New restaurants Brindille and Masaki went unrecognized, and Michelin continued to snub mk, Les Nomades and Perennial Virant.

As was the case in 2013, no suburban restaurants received stars. Courtright’s (Willow Springs) and Vie (Western Springs) were one-star recipients in the 2012 Chicago Michelin Guide, but lost them in 2013.

The 2014 Chicago Michelin Guide, which lists more than 400 city and suburban restaurants, is available in bookstores today.

Three Stars

Alinea

Two Stars

Grace *
Graham Elliot
L2O
Sixteen **

One Star

Acadia
Blackbird
Boka
EL Ideas *
Elizabeth *
Everest
Goosefoot
The Lobby *
Longman & Eagle
Mexique
Moto
Naha
North Pond *
Schwa
Senza *
Sepia
Spiaggia
Takashi
Topolobampo
Tru

* New to 2014 Michelin guide
** Elevated from last year’s one-star rating

From Richard Milz via Chicago Tribune

Rich Milz with Chicago’s 2014 Michelin Bib Gourmands!

Rich Milz with Chicago’s 2014 Michelin Bib Gourmands!

While the Michelin Guide is unleashing the 2014 star ratings on November 12 (a day prior to the on sale date), today marks the reveal of the Bib Gourmands. The restaurants included in the Bib Gourmands are meant for those looking to dine on a tighter budget, which the guide defines as two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less. Michelin also says that the inspectors personally frequent these restaurants.

This year’s Bib Gourmand list sees a total increase from 2013, from 64 to 69. 21 newcomers are on it, including Lula Cafe, which fell off the list and have returned. A few newer openings made the cut, including Juno, Fat Rice, Found, and Mott Street. Other additions include Arami and Mercat a la Planxa.

16 restaurants fell off the list this year, with The Bristol, Untitled, Storefront Company, Bistronomic, Savoy, Ann Sather, and City Tavern among them. It’s possible that some of them made the jump to full Michelin stars. Closed restaurants that fell off by default include Maison, Urban Union, and West Town Tavern.

Read through the full Bib Gourmand list below.

Chicago 2014 Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Restaurants:

Ada St. Antique Taco *Arami *ATK Au Cheval *Autre Monde Avec Balena Belly Shack *bellyQ Browntrout Ceres’ Table Chilam Balam *County Cumin Deca DeCOLORES *Fat Rice *Found Frontera Grill *Gather Gemini Bistro Gilt Bar Girl & The Goat Green Zebra GT Fish & Oyster Han 202 *Homestyle Taste *Hopleaf Jaipur Jam Jin Thai *Juno Kabul House Kai Zan *Kama Indian Bistro *Kurah Lao Hunan Lao Sze Chuan *Libertad *Lula Café *Mana Food Bar Marion Street Cheese Market Maude’s Liquor Bar *Mercat a la Planxa Mixteco Grill *Mott St. *Nabuki Nana Nightwood Opart Thai House Owen & Engine Paramount Room The Publican Pump Room The Purple Pig Q BBQ Riccardo Trattoria Sen Slurping Turtle Smak-Tak Smoque BBQ Sol de Mexico Spacca Napoli *Sushi Dokku *TAC Quick Urban Belly Wood Yolo

From Rich Milz via Eater Chicago!

 

Ok I have to hand it to Aaron Rogers on this one…

Ok I have to hand it to Aaron Rogers on this one…

Packer QB Aaron Rogers Gives Girl Surprise of a Lifetime

By  Good News NetworkWednesday, November 06, 2013

 

Recreation Celebrities

Aaron Rogers-ItsAaron.comQuarterback superstar Aaron Rogers surprised a young lady, who is a big Packers fan, bringing her onstage at The Pabst Theater in Milwaukee to produce some music. He also wanted to raise awareness for Independence First, an organization she works with  that is run by and for the benefit of people who have disabilities.

Aaron and David Gruber host an online series of videos where they surprise guests and invest time into helping them achieve their goals and ambitions. You can find more of them at www.ItsAaron.com.

(WATCH the fun video below or READ the story from Wisconsin Free)

Thanks to Fritz Schantz who shared the link on our Facebook page!