So you’re visiting Chicago?

People are always asking “what should we do when we visit Chicago?” Well, it’s hard to know exactly, everyone’s different. Here are some of my favorite things. This map includes local history spots, museums, landmarks and tourist attractions, things to do and see, activities, food, drinks, and of course yummy treats. The icons are all clickable and include URLs so you can visit the websites to plan out your trip based on exactly what you like and want to see.

Health Department restaurant inspections available online

Nobody likes to be told what to do or how to do things. And we’ve all heard the complaints about the Nanny State or Big Brother and the job-killing regulations that businesses have to follow.

I find it kind of nice, though, that someone’s looking into restaurant kitchens and checking things out. You know how you know you’re not eating squirrel at your favorite restaurant? Because a government body told them they can’t serve you squirrel, that’s why. Oh, they wouldn’t feed me that, you’re saying. Wanna bet?

Imagine not having an agency that requires that food be cooked to certain temperatures, or not having anyone telling restaurant owners, hey, you shouldn’t have this trash bin overflowing into the sliced-ham bin. Imagine a world in which “clean dishes” didn’t have an objective definition. You really want to leave that decision to the teen dishpig in the kitchen?

Anyway, enough Big Government ranting. We have restaurants, and we have inspections. And here, those inspections are available in a searchable format online. Thanks, El Paso County. Thumbs up.