The over-arching goals of West Town Bikes are to promote bicycling in the city of Chicago, to educate youth with a focus on under-served populations, and to foster and serve Chicago's growing bicycling community. While maintaining headquarters and a workspace in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, WTB is a city-wide service provider for youth programs in the city of Chicago.
Big Star's menu is inspired by Mexican street food. These are items that are easy to eat with a cold beer in hand. Starters naturally include chips with salsa, queso and fresh guacamole. The entrée section is almost wholly devoted to various types of tacos. These include classics like tacos al pastor alongside recipes like the taco de zanahorias with mole-spiced carrots, chipotle date yogurt, pumpkin seeds, almond and cilantro.
Sometimes you need to feed the soul. And sometimes feeding others salads of local greens and fresh tomatoes, maybe spinach-squash lasagna and chocolate-peanut butter pie does just that, especially for the cook. Just ask chef Mary Ellen Diaz whose desire to give back led her to create First Slice, a self-funded charity to feed the needy and homeless, more than a decade ago.
Bands/music projects include Annihilus, Luggage, Heavy Times, E+, Loose Dudes, Catburglars, and Alright Alreadies. Luca is the music listings coordinator for the Chicago Reader and has been a contributor since 2011. Interests include frivolous spending, Marvel Comics, and reasonably priced domestic beer.
Mr. Automatic is a versatile DJ and owner/operator of Dead 2 Me Records, a Neo-Vintage and Electro Swing label out of Chicago. Mr. Automatic currently holds down a residency at Untitled’s Unbridled night in downtown Chicago and House of Burlesque (House of Blues Chicago).