Built in Chicago is a site that was created about 8 months ago and is a resource for digital professionals working and building great web and mobile businesses in Chicago. Last night I attended their launch party with Jess and Alden. Tribeca Flashpoint sponsored the event and it was held in their space at the Merchandise Mart. There was a $10 admission fee, but once you were in, it was all free drinks and snacks.
The beer sponsor was Finch’s Beer Co. Ok. But made in Chicago? How have I never heard of them? I asked the servers and they said that Finch’s has only been in production for about 8 weeks and that it is based out of the Albany Park neighborhood. Interesting. I had two Golden Wing blond ales and Jess and Alden both had the Cut Throat pale ale. We all liked the beer and when I tweeted about it, Chuck declared that the blonde will be the beer of this summer.
Ok. So, enough about the beer. The Built in Chicago event was basically a mixer. It reminded me of Tech Cocktail, but with more suits and more gray hair. A grown up Tech Cocktail? I mean, even Ron May showed up at the end (blerg!). I talked to people I knew from various stages of my “past lives” – Chicagoist, FeedBurner, Google – and also from past Tech Cocktail events. It was nice to see people I hadn’t seen for quite a while (Kevin – from Google & now heading up the Chicago Entrepreneurial Center , Sean – from Chicagoist, now at Have My Shift, Brad – from my Chicagoist days, now at Appolicious, and Blagica from all over? ) Also nice meet some new people, too.
I like how Built in Chicago seems like more of an ongoing thing. Like, sure, they’ll have these face-to-face networking events occasionally, but you don’t just go away after that and see people at the next event. Built in Chicago is also a whole social networking site for like-minded interactive people in Chicago. I think it should be a bit easier to keep in the loop and keep in contact with people. Looking forward to seeing how this all evolves.
PS. At the end of the night Alden and I met up with Dallas at the Boiler Room and guess what kind of beer I noticed they had on tap? Finch’s! So I had another Golden Wing. Maybe this will be the beer of the summer.
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One day there were people at the Merchandise Mart handing out Athenos Greek Yogurt with honey for free, so I took one. The next morning at work I tried it for breakfast. I liked it. And I loved that there were only two ingredients: Milk and Honey. Great healthy breakfast.
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September 22nd, 2010 · 2 Comments
I was kind of bummed when the Berry Chill frozen yogurt store closest to my office closed. I didn’t visit a ton, but when I wanted a somewhat healthy snack I liked to swing by. Then I realized that a new Starfruit Cafe was even closer to the office, in the Merchandise Mart.
Starfruit Cafe sells frozen kefir, instead of frozen yogurt. According to them, this is even more healthy because kefir has 10 live probiotic cultures when yogurt typically only has 2 or 3. These good bacteria aid in digestion, boot immunity, promote weight loss, help fight lactose intolerance, prevent some side effects from antibiotics and help lower cholesterol.
The taste is similar to frozen yogurt. And the toppings available are similar to what Berry Chill or a Pinkberry would have. I usually get a plain/original flavored kefir with fruit and sometimes Milk & Honey granola on top.
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Flirty Cupcakes is an interesting concept. Cupcakes are made daily at Kitchen Chicago, a commercially licensed, shared use kitchen. They then take the cupcakes and drive them around in a truck, ok a van, and sell them all over the city. You can follow Flirty Cupcakes on Twitter or Facebook to find out where they are and then head down from your office (or home) to get your sweet fix for the afternoon.
I’ve been watching for Flirty Cupcakes since they made their debut in April, but they haven’t been nearby me…. until this week.
On Monday I saw Flirty Cupcakes tweet that they were at the Merchandise Mart, just a block from my office, so I grabbed my coworker Anjum and we headed over.
They have 7 flavors of cupcakes plus a weekly special.
I got the cupcake named The McDreamy.
The McDreamy is a chocolate cupcake with a chocolate-cream cheese filling.
So, how was it? I’m not all caught up in this cupcake craze that has been going on for like 10 years or something, and I don’t eat cupcakes on a regular basis. That said, I thought it was a good solid cupcake. It wasn’t like blowing-my-mind good, but it was very good. And you can’t beat walking less than a block to get this sweet treat. Watch for the Flirty Cupcakes truck to come near you. You won’t be disappointed.
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