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.
Symphony of Chaos:
This week the famed Chicago Symphony Orchestra is making headlines for a different kind of noise than usual. According to a press release issued by the Chicago Federation of Musicians, the musicians walked out of negotiations with the Board of Trustees and announced that they would not return to work until a new contract agreement is reached.
The hot button topics at play include a reduced benefits package, effectively putting an end to the annual pension stipends enjoyed by retired members for years. While a 5% raise was proposed by the board of trustees, the change from a pension plan to a direct contribution plan was poorly received by Orchestra members.
“We have been clear from the beginning that we will not accept a contract that diminishes the well-being of members or imperils the future of the orchestra,” Steve Lester, the Chair of the Musicians of the CSO negotiating committee, said in a statement, covered here by NBC Chicago.
The orchestra musicians do plan to picket outside of the building until their demands are met, as they know the value of a good performance.
Jazz for a Cause at the Green Mill:
While we’re on the subject of good music. Chicago recently pulled off a 10th consecutive Jazz Festival, hosted by local guitarist John Moulder. Created to raise awareness and funds for hunger relief, musicians and club owners alike have donated their services for a decade. Over $300,000 has been raised for the cause, Moulder told an article in the Tribune last week. Convincing a variety of jazz musicians, not especially known for their high earning potential, to play for free is a tremendous accomplishment. The genre has always been a voice for the oppressed, “for freedom and empowerment” Howard Reich of the Tribune mentions.
Chicago certainly owns deep roots within the Jazz community, and thanks to Chicagoans like John Moulder it has deep roots in charity as well.
Big 10 Tourney in the Windy City:
For the 10th time ever, and the first since 2015, Chicago will play host to the Big Ten Men’s Basketball tournament. That means there will be a lot of extra Hoosiers, Spartans, Wolverines and Boilermakers in the city limits. Combined with the crowd from St. Patrick’s Day, it seems like a potentially landmark weekend for the beer distributors in the city. The Big Ten Network will be in the city all week to provide full time coverage of the tournament, and its digital team will also leave a mark on the city.
In partnership with creative and media agency Fallon, Chicago’s iconic Daley Plaza has been transformed into a basketball-themed playground. Open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and located at 50 W. Washington Street, a custom-built basketball court will feature 29 school-specific basketball hoops positioned inside a three-point arc adjacent to Chicago’s famous Picasso sculpture. The hoops range in height from four to 12 feet tall, with over two dozen BTN basketballs available for a mid-day shootaround.
A variety of College Basketball’s most famous faces will be around to help cover the event as well. Andy Katz (@theandykatz on twitter) will provide his “five favorite things” each day from the tournament via the @bigtennetwork twitter account. Highlights will be provided across all of the Big10’s Twitter accounts. For fans looking to watch their teams in action, the first 10 games of the tournament on BTN can also be streamed via the FOX Sports App.
A lot of fuss has been made about the cost of tickets, because nothing can ever be cheap in Chicago. Single-session tickets, available for sale at the United Center box office, range from $25 to $100. There are additionally “all-session tickets” that will get you into every game throughout the weekend. If you feel confident enough in your team, or just love sports, this is your best value. Enjoy the tournament from the safety of your own home, or one of the many great sports bars in the city if you don’t feel like facing the crowds.
The Best Corn Beef Sandwich in the City:
We love ranking Chicago foods on this blog. Ranking corned beef related dishes is just appropriate this time of year due to St. Patrick’s Day. The Tribune released a ranking of 17 corned beef sandwiches in Chicago, with some pictures that will cause you to salivate. The lists focuses on the unique aspects of the classic Chicago dish, a rare Midwestern city that prefers corn beef over pastrami. “Chicagoans prefer brined and braised beef served steaming hot, sliced thin and piled high in rye bread sandwiches, or cut thick with cabbage,” according to Louisa Chu form the Tribune.
The declared champion at No. 1: Reuben sandwich at Boeufhaus ($14). House-made corned boeuf with sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and Gruyere cheese on potato loaf bread, plus pickle and chips, available at lunch only.
No. 2: Uncle Rube sandwich at Steingold’s. ($12.75) Corned beef with smoked sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing on rye bread.
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.