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Old March 29th, 2007, 10:52 PM   #61
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That sounds like a good match....OY!
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Old March 29th, 2007, 11:53 PM   #62
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Ha! How appropriate.

Does someone from Crain's visit this website?
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Old March 30th, 2007, 12:37 AM   #63
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can i get a ham and cheese sandwich if i order it on matzoh (during passover, of course)???
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Old March 30th, 2007, 03:55 AM   #64
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Gentlemen, this is Metropolitan Chicago. Let's behave like good neighbors.
It's all good Frumie. I was just joking around
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Old March 30th, 2007, 06:18 AM   #65
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can i get a ham and cheese sandwich if i order it on matzoh (during passover, of course)???
sure Ed ,all you need to do is have it blessed by a rabbi .......
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Old March 30th, 2007, 12:18 PM   #66
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sure Ed ,all you need to do is have it blessed by a rabbi .......
you're not suggesting the Chicago Rabinical Council's stamp of approval is a racket, are you?
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Old March 30th, 2007, 03:57 PM   #67
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The Tribune article on the new cafe.....

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entert...l=chi-news-hed

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Spertus Institute will sport kosher Puck cafe

By Phil Vettel
Published March 30, 2007

The $55-million Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, 618 S. Michigan Ave., will have an extra attraction when it opens in November: a Wolfgang Puck Cafe.

The Spertus Institute announced Thursday that the acclaimed chef will open a grab-and-go cafe of seasonal sandwiches, salads, snacks and desserts, similar to the operation Puck runs in Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art

The cafe at the Spertus Institute, however, will be all kosher. There isn't a kosher cafe or restaurant in the Loop, the institute says.

The cafe will be on the second floor, where floor-to-ceiling windows overlook Grant Park, and will be open to the public in addition to those attending classes at Spertus College or visiting the institute's museum or library.

"While our operations at Spertus will be a natural extension of our existing business, the opportunity to serve the kosher market and a varied audience allow us to take a unique approach," said Carl Schuster, CEO of Wolfgang Puck Catering. Puck Catering also will handle the special-event food service for the facility.

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Old March 30th, 2007, 05:16 PM   #68
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you're not suggesting the Chicago Rabinical Council's stamp of approval is a racket, are you?
Once on an American Airlines' flight my pre-ordered "kosher" meal turned out to be a pork-butt sandwich with a beautifuly embossed card informing me that the Holy See had granted me dispensation to eat it. It turned out that they have mistakenly served my kosher meal to an Indian woman vegetarian. No kidding.
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Old March 30th, 2007, 09:26 PM   #69
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you're not suggesting the Chicago Rabinical Council's stamp of approval is a racket, are you?
cRc stands for CangaRoo Court (although thatís not how you spell kangaroo)
but seriously its amazing how many people really believe that a blessing is all you need to render food kosher.
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Once on an American Airlines' flight my pre-ordered "kosher" meal turned out to be a pork-butt sandwich with a beautifuly embossed card informing me that the Holy See had granted me dispensation to eat it. It turned out that they have mistakenly served my kosher meal to an Indian woman vegetarian. No kidding.
As Harry Carray might have said......
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Old March 30th, 2007, 10:49 PM   #71
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cRc stands for CangaRoo Court (although thatís not how you spell kangaroo)
but seriously its amazing how many people really believe that a blessing is all you need to render food kosher.
Everyone knows that a cow that has contributed to JUF five figures is automatically considered to be kosher.
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Old March 31st, 2007, 12:30 AM   #72
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Old April 14th, 2007, 04:50 AM   #73
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Old April 14th, 2007, 05:31 AM   #74
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Does any one have the name of the building this one is replacing?

I really the new one.... but I am interested in what was in its place.

Thanks in advance.

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Old April 14th, 2007, 11:40 PM   #75
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A two-story building at 612-14 South Michigan, and a five-story loft building at 608-10 South Michigan, built in 1906 for E.T. Blair, and demolished in 1978. In latter years it was occupied by a furniture store called Wilson-Jump.

In 1980 a 29-story apartment building was proposed for the site by architect/developer Joel Hillman, but never built.

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Old April 16th, 2007, 09:33 PM   #77
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Does any one have the name of the building this one is replacing?

I really the new one.... but I am interested in what was in its place.

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Mr. Downtown gave a great detailed response. But in essence it is replacing an empty lot that was partially used as an outdoor gallery.
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Old April 25th, 2007, 02:48 PM   #78
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Spertus museum like new kid on block

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Spertus museum like new kid on block
Glass wall facade brings bold look to historic district

By Bonnie Miller Rubin
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Published April 25, 2007

A sneak preview Tuesday of the first new construction on South Michigan Avenue since being designated a historic district revealed a building that offers not only a commanding view of the lakefront but a window into its mission.

The new Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies will open Nov. 30 at 610 S. Michigan Ave., just north of its current home. Unlike the old facility, which features few windows, the 10-story, $55 million building will be fronted by a glass facade that serves as a metaphor for Jewish learning and culture. It also is designed to convey a feeling of transparency and civic commitment.

"This is a gift to the city," Spertus President Howard A. Sulkin said of the facility, designed by the Chicago-based firm of Krueck & Sexton Architects.

The plan marked the first test of whether an unabashedly contemporary building could comply with the strict guidelines governing the 12-block stretch of Michigan between Randolph and 11th Streets. The area received landmark status in 2002.

"The challenge was to design a building for the 21st Century in a district surrounded by 19th and early 20th Century neighbors," said architect Mark Sexton, who led a group of about 120 journalists, donors and city officials who stepped gingerly amid concrete and steel studs. The firm's credits also include the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park.

The 155,000-square-foot facility is being constructed on one of the last two open spaces in the historic district and will make Spertus one of the largest Jewish museums in the country.

In addition to displaying about 1,000 objects from its 15,000-piece collection, the building will include a 400-seat theater for live performances, film and music; a rooftop "sky" garden; an interactive children's center designed by Redmoon Theater artistic director Jim Lasko; and expanded gallery, classroom and library space.

In a nod to the importance of food in ethnic culture, the new site will also include a Wolfgang Puck cafe that will be the only kosher restaurant in the Loop. The renowned California-based restaurateur married into a Jewish family in 1983 and is credited with bringing a haute cuisine twist to the usual chopped liver and brisket fare.

Space will be available to rent for both public and private events.

But the key architectural feature is the facade, composed of 720 individual pieces of glass in 250 shapes. Most of the surrounding buildings are stone, brick and terra cotta, yet the innovative design sailed through the city's review. In an area dominated by private buildings, the facility also will offer public access to breathtaking views of Grant Park and Lake Michigan.

"This new facility says, 'Let me reach my arms out and embrace you,'" Sulkin said.

But in the post-9/11 world, the decision to extend a warm and welcoming invitation to all people is not reached easily, Sulkin acknowledged.

"We made a conscious decision to reject a fortress mentality," he said. "I hope to God I don't have to eat my words." For good measure, an Israeli security expert was consulted in the process, Sulkin said.

Along with the emphasis on light, the new facility is billed as a model of environmental sustainability -- right down to the inclusion of a bike room for employees -- in keeping with the Jewish tenets of bal tashchit (not to waste) and tikkun olam (to repair the world).

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Old April 26th, 2007, 01:18 AM   #79
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Spertus exhibits planned

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Spertus exhibits planned


By Alan g. Artner
Published April 25, 2007

When the new Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies opens on Nov. 30, the museum that is a part of it will resume an active program of exhibitions devoted to art and culture. The first four shows, announced Tuesday, will be:

"The New Authentics: Artists of the Post-Jewish Generation," presenting works by 16 contemporary American artists who address Jewishness in American culture (Nov. 30, 2007-March 31, 2008).

"Mapping Dystopia," presenting antique maps of the Holy Land with works by contemporary Israeli- and Palestinian-born artists who explore national borders and identity (April-June 2008).

"Twisted Beyond Recognition: Cliches of Jews and Others," in which the theme is addressed by classical and contemporary visual art, music, video and film (July-October 2008).

"African American Art and the Julius Rosenwald Fund," the first show to treat the legacy of a Chicago effort that, from 1928 to 1948, awarded stipends to hundreds of artists, writers and scholars (December 2008-April 2009).

Two site-specific commissions, by artists Arnold Dreyblatt and Ranbir Kaleka, also will be in the new Spertus facility, designed by Krueck & Sexton Architects.

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Old April 26th, 2007, 05:43 PM   #80
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Has anyone else noticed that they seem to have come to a virtual standstill on the glass wall? Anyone have the scoop?
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