Summarizing the accomplishments of Rick Bayless is a tall order. The chef-cum-TV host has nine restaurants, six James Beard awards and one Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest decoration that Mexico awards to foreigners whose work has benefited the country. Jason Lerner opened Logan Square-based restaurant Masa Azul in 2011 and brought aboard executive
While research shows roughly two-thirds of family-owned businesses don’t survive into the second generation, Chicago-based Shoreline Sightseeing is sailing through its third. The 74-year-old company is known for its architecture river and Skyline lake tours, fireworks cruises, walking tours, and for bringing the first water taxis to Chicago. It’s grown from a fleet of 10
Each week, Grid does a deep dive on the economics of running an everyday business, from a tattoo parlor to a dog-walker. This week, we examine how butcher Mark Holzkopf, owner of Holzkopf’s Meat Market, makes money. The decision: Since completing a three-year apprenticeship as a meat cutter at Dominick’s in 1983, Mark Holzkopf, 52,
From working in bed to conferencing behind the stroller, work-life balance can be a struggle. We’re asking Chicago business leaders how they balance their careers with, well, everything else. Welcome to “Day in the Work/Life.” Since incorporating travel recommendations site Georama in 2010, Nihal Advani has spent his days getting the company off the ground.
Ford Motor Co. announced plans Tuesday to hire 800 more salaried workers, but it’s unlikely any of the jobs will come to Chicago’s South Side assembly plant. The company plans to add a total of 3,000 jobs this year as part of its largest salaried hiring push in more than a decade. Up to 90
Each week we collect the Chicago numbers that matter for an economic index that’s decidedly local and occasionally useful. It may not be the S&P, but it’s also never been accused of fueling a real estate bubble. For anyone looking for a clear picture of the city, this is the place.
Since 2010, Trunk Club has helped more than 20,000 men out of old T-shirts and into duds that have been handpicked by fashion consultants to match each reformed ragamuffin’s personal style. Many consultations take place over the Internet, but the firm welcomes clients who want to swing by its 45,000-square-foot River North pad for an
In the summer of 1975, a 22-year-old Pittsburgh kid named Rick Waddell took a job at Northern Trust with the intention of learning the ropes and then heading back east. Instead, Waddell stuck around past the summer and began scaling the bank’s ladder. 33 years later, he landed in the CEO’s chair; in 2009, he
Greg Laketek didn’t expect regulations and lab testing to be a significant part of his business. He just wanted to make dried meats. “We had a rude awakening,” says Laketek, whose West Loop Salumi is the first USDA-certified salumeria in Illinois. “Sixty percent of our day is just going over, validating and verifying that we’re
Seed Chicago is back with 15 new projects and $50,000 in matching funds. The program, a collaboration between Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office and World Business Chicago, aims to revitalize neighborhoods by crowdfunding small businesses and community development projects that could help with a turnaround. The program works with worthy programs looking for small-scale loans to