Welcome to the Chicago Trends Scoreboard, brought to you by Logical Media Group (and Google Trends, of course)! Based out of the historic River North neighborhood, we hold firm to the belief that we live and work in the greatest city on earth. Therefore, each week we’ll dig into the data provided by Google Trends (a free tool!) and social media outlets that outline the topics most frequently searched by Chicagoans that week. We’ll also provide any relevant links to content surrounding those topics around the internet that might be of interest to our neighbors around town. We’d love to hear from you about our scoreboard, please contact email@example.com with any questions or comments.
“Chicago Start Ups”
Chicago is a hub of businesses large and small, due to a relatively reasonable cost of living and a central hub location within North America. While we usually pay attention to the companies whose names adorn the sides of skyscrapers, it’s important to remember the up and comers as well. In honor of the burgeoning local tech scene, local website builtinchicago.org selected 50 Chicago-area startups — all at least five years old with a proven track record of success — that are putting themselves (and Chicago by extension) on the economic radar.
2ndKitchen; a solution to a common problem for Chicagoans. Neighborhood bars are some of the most popular destinations for all Windy City residents, but because most are dive bars they don’t serve anything more than popcorn. This local business pairs bars or establishments without traditional kitchens and allows them to offer a full menu to their guests, hassle free.
Besst is a unique online gambling app in the age of online gambling apps. Instead of money being wagered between friends, this app developed by University of Chicago students allows for friends to put social media incentives on the line. The company was chosen by Forbes to exhibit at its 2018 30 Under 30 Summit in Boston, where it debuted the beta version of the Besst app.
“Chicago Pizza Goes Worldwide”
The debate about pizza can go on forever, we’ve written extensively on this blog about the merits of Chicago deep dish in comparison to a New York slice. The most recent news about our cities favorite carb explosion comes from a source both exotic and surprising.
The “Chicago pizza,” immensely popular in Tokyo this year is hardly pizza. “It’s really just a tall crust full of molten cheese, probably belonging more to the soup/dip family than the pizza genius” according to an article from Eater. The soup like dish has won over pizza lovers (or maybe just cheese lovers) throughout Tokyo and other cities in Japan, all while dominating local Instagram feeds.
Local food writer Yukari Sakamoto notes, “I think anyone from Chicago could see in a photo the difference between the real thing and the one made for being photographed, not necessarily for eating for its flavor.”
At this point we’re not sure if eating this is would be sacrilegious to the Chicago Pizza, but based off the photos alone we might be open to trying it.
“A Floating What?”
Chicago is a city of parks and natural beauty. Some parts more than others, of course, as every city has its fair share of garbage and areas in need of beautification. City officials went public this week with a plan to turn a “murky,garbage-filled stretch of the Chicago River into a mile-long “eco-park, a first of its kind in the world.” That quote from an article in the Sun-Times explaining the ambitious, but extremely cool plan for the river’s north branch.
“Imagine a park that you can walk and kayak through floating along the banks of the Chicago River,” a project website touts.
The completed park, currently titled “Wild Mile Chicago” would include floating gardens, forests, wetlands, public walkways, educational learning stations and kayak access points. Our wonderful city never ceases to innovate, see you on the water.
Good Samaritan: Chicago:
The Polar Vortex happened, that was less of a digital trend and more of a slap in the face from Mother Nature. The result of the week long deep freeze, bringing about temperatures as low as -22. Most of the city bundled up and remained indoors, but not everyone had that kind of opportunity. Social media inside of city and out was abuzz after one Chicago real estate developer called up hotels and motels around the city to ask if she could purchase hotel rooms for homeless to escape the cold. Candace Payne told Ellen Degenerous on her show that most hotels said no, that it would be bad for business, but the Amber Inn on Michigan Avenue agreed. Candace put down her credit card on the spot and purchased 30 rooms. “The misconception about homeless people is that they think they are lazy or they just don’t want a job,” she said on The Ellen Show. “Truth be told a lot people are one paycheck away from their same situation,” according to an article in USA Today. All in all, Payne ended up renting 70 hotel rooms and helping 122 people including children, pregnant women, and the disabled. “Maybe they didn’t know how to or where to start to help, so I’m glad that I was able to be that vehicle.” On the Ellen Show, Payne was presented with a $50,000 gift from Wal-Mart in appreciation for her generosity. An amazing display of humanity right here in our city. Payne has launched an initiative, Action for a Cause, to help displaced people in Chicago, providing temporary and permanent housing options.
That’s all for this week’s Chicago Trends Scoreboard, we’d love to hear your thoughts or suggestions! We compiled these stories using Google Trends, Social Media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter & Reddit) and the Google News feed. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any news you’d like to see covered or suggestions on how to improve the Trends scoreboard!