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Obama picks Cafe Ba Ba Reeba-lover for Supreme Court bench


I am a student journalist at DePaul University and an enthusiastic blogger for Lincoln Park Now. I am interested in community journalism, new media, and volunteering. My number one passion? Writing, of course!

Hey Lincoln Park: did you know that President Barack Obama's Supreme Court Justice nominee lived in the neighborhood for five whole years?

According to Lynn Sweet's Sun-Times blog, Elena Kagan met Obama while they were both faculty members at the University of Chicago, and during her five years on faculty, she called 605 W. Arlington in the Lincoln Park neighborhood home.

According to the Lynn Sweet blog, "After classes, she would 'get into her car, turn up the rock 'n' roll music loud, and drive home fast. She told me that,' U. of C. Law School Professor David Strauss recalled on Monday."

The news of such an important current political figure residing in Lincoln Park was enough to switch my creepy-factor into high gear...

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Copyright Google.

Now, I'm not exactly sure which building is actually 605 W. Arlington. Google seemed to be pretty certain it's this 3 story monster on the corner, but the location of the little red pin tag sits rather ambiguously between this building and its neighbor.

Either way, this section of the neighborhood is what Kagan called home while she lived here. How cool and exciting for those Lincoln Park neighbors who currently occupy the block!


Curiously, this beautiful shot of the much-adored Cafe Ba Ba Reeba was taken by the same photographer as the street musician in my last post--swanksalot!

Another fun fact culled from the Sun-Times blog: Kagan often brought students for lunches and dinners at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba at 2024 N. Halsted, a Lincoln Park gem!

Cafe Ba Ba Reeba has glowing Yelp! reviews, ranking a full 4 stars out of 5 based on 662 user reviews. I know that their sangria is legendary among DePaul students, and trendy tapas dining is popular in Lincoln Park as well.

If confirmed, Elena Kagan will become the 4th female justice in the Supreme Court's history, and the 8th Jewish justice in its history.

If you want to learn more about Kagan's personal, professional and political background, check out her Wikipedia page.

What do you think, Lincoln Park? How do you feel about Elena Kagan's Chicago ties coming literally so close to home?



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Jackie Tithof Steere said:


Pretty cool.

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