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The [Tuesday] Papers

"The list of downtown hotels where workers are striking has grown to 26 after employees at the Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile walked off the job," the Tribune reports.

"Javier de La Rosa, who has worked as a houseman at the Cambria for 10 years, said he and most of his colleagues walked out during lunch in the middle of their shifts Monday to join the strike on its fourth day.

"When we walked out we saw the other co-workers at other hotels waiting for us," said de La Rosa, 47, who was out picketing Tuesday morning. "It is a very good experience when people are out there supporting you. This is one of the days I will never forget."

The Cambria is a 219-room Gold Coast hotel.

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"Now that the Cambria has joined the strike, bringing the number of affected hotels to 26, it leaves four hotels with expired contracts where workers are not yet striking: Fairmont Chicago, Hotel Raffaelo, Park Hyatt Chicago and Tremont Chicago at Magnificent Mile."

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See also: "Chicago Hotel Strike Closes Some Fine-Dining Restaurants," though the article is less than the headline declares unless you really focus on the word "some."

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Me (Monday): "And is it really $300 a night to stay at the Palmer House?"

Tim: That's actually not bad when there's a big convention in town. I've seen rates at similar properties in the $450-500 range.

Me: That's insane. Plus, I would think there would be a discounted rate for conventioneers!

Tim: That's often the case, but $300 may be the discounted rate. Here are nearby Hilton rates for tonight:

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Me: Wow, how can any family take a vacation here????!!!!

My family came here for a weekend here or there sometimes in the summer and we stayed in downtown hotels! I think a hundred bucks a night was considered high-end! this seems way past inflation ...

Okay, smartypants, answer me this, then: Where the fuck is my adserver? I mean, I can't remember where ... like, where is it, I feel like it's its own domain, not with the host ... or inside my system ...

Tim: CPI inflation calculator says $100 40 years ago is $383 in today's dollars, so there's that.

They're a lot cheaper in the suburbs. Maybe people stay out there and take the train in. Also the Airbnb thing.

No idea re ad server. Do you mean where is it in space?

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New on the Beachwood today . . .

Rahm Runs Out Notebook #1: The Polls
Hinky numbers and massaged media messages.

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The Political Odds
Updated (again) to reflect recent developments.

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Cheesehead Communism
The strange but instructive case of the Green Bay Packers.

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Christgau Loves This Chicago Neonatologist
Wince-inducing brilliance.

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Is Hothouse Earth Here?
Yes. But this dead world is not our destiny.

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When The Swami Came To Chicago
And when I reported on a slice of the return engagement.

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24 Hours With GAC
Lotta log cabin livin' on the Great American Country channel.

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ChicagoReddit

Is there a club/organization for ugly people in city? from r/chicago

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ChicagoGram

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ChicagoTube

Estilo Mentado "De Chicago A California" [Inedita] 2018

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TweetWood
A sampling.

Chicago showing? Beachwood field trip?

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Now with Deng . . .

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The Beachwood Tronc Line: Still just $5.



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Posted on September 11, 2018


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