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Chicago St. Patrick’s Week in Craft Beer, March 16-19on March 12, 2020 at 4:19 am

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Her Honor Jane Byrne: A Realistic Look to “As Long as It Takes!”on March 12, 2020 at 4:31 am

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An Open Letter to Our Son–The New Coachon March 12, 2020 at 11:39 am

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Two steps forward, one step back. At least I’m going in the right directionon March 12, 2020 at 1:00 pm

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West Town’s Rebel and Rye Boasts Over 500+ Craft American Whiskieson March 11, 2020 at 8:04 pm

Think of Rebel and Rye as a cozy homage to the 1794 whiskey tax rebellion. But only this time there’s a lot less violence and a lot more whiskey. Sure, things might have changed some since 1794 (running water is a win!) but one thing remains the same: we love whiskey and whiskey loves you.

Recently opened in late January, West Town’s Rebel and Rye is ideal for those who need an extensive list of 500+ whiskeys without pretension or judgment; in other words, join your friends at Rebel and Rye for heavy pours of craft whiskey in a comfortable setting — complete with vintage decor. Engage with your neighbors and friends with any of Rebel and Rye’s top-notch alcoholic offerings. 



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Photo Credit: Rebel and Rye

Of course, be sure to come thirsty and not hungry because food service is not yet available. 

Feeling adventurous? Even more enticing about Rebel and Rye is their inaugural monthly whiskey event. Think of it as speed dating, but with whiskey. And instead of Hometown Weekends or Rose Ceremonies, you get to drink your way through a list of 500+ whiskeys. Will you accept this rose? Nah — make it a shot of whiskey, though. 



In all seriousness, this monthly whiskey event is perfect for those who want to acquaint themselves with a new liquor! On the 12th of each month, Rebel and Rye offers hearty 2-oz. pours of a rotating signature cocktail and select 12-year-old American whiskeys, typically from an up-and-coming craft distillery. Not enticing enough? Well, for 12-percent off, it’s an easy choice to join on the 12th of each month. Hey, that covers the tax (thanks, 1794 rebellion)! 

Quench your inner rebel and flock to Rebel and Rye for a rebellion you’ll want to be a part of. And who knows? Maybe you’ll eventually drink your way through their entire whiskey list (responsibly, of course).



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Willis Tower Might Get Another Name Change In the Wake of Aon Dealon March 11, 2020 at 8:57 pm

Global insurance company Aon struck a $30 billion deal to acquire its rival Willis Towers Watson effective 2021. Now that the company that owns the naming rights to Willis Tower will soon be extinct, what will our beloved 110-story skyscraper be named next?

There seem to be a few rumors surrounding the inevitable name change of the most iconic building in Chicago. What true Chicagoans know as the Sears Tower was built in 1973 and adopted the Willis eponym back in 2009 when insurance broker Willis Group Holdings leased naming rights. Now, there is debate over whether or not Aon will keep the name, change it to Aon Tower (or something similar), or if the building’s largest tenants, United Airlines Holdings, will purchase rights to the new moniker.



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Skydeck at the Willis Tower, as it’s currently named.

Aon already has its name on the Aon Center in the East Loop, so this would make the Willis Tower the second Chicago building to carry the namesake of the brand. Chicago locals had a hard time accepting the name Willis Tower over Sears Tower, so we can only expect more backlash this time around. The building’s naming rights deal, arranged by what the formerly known as Willis Group Holdings, reportedly expires in 2025, but that may change now that the company is acquired by Aon.

The currently named Willis Tower is a 3.8 million-square-foot skyscraper in the Chicago Loop, commercialized in recent years by the iconic Skydeck that offers far-reaching views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan.



So, what do you think? Should Aon rename the Willis Tower or is one name-change enough? Would you prefer something like United Tower? Or would we all just be better off sticking with the original Sears Tower title, even though it’s now outdated? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!



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