bellyaching by some of the Lincoln Park gentry about a "popular family
restaurant" closing is too much be endured in silence.
They are crabbing because Tilli's Restaurant, at 1952 N. Halsted,
will be shut down since its landlord wants to bring in another tenant
who can afford to pay the extravagant rents in the hoity-toity
neighborhood. Neighbors fear that the restaurant will be replaced
by--gasp--a sports bar and thereby change the enclave's character.
The depth of this tragedy is reflected by the story's brief ascent
to top of the Chicago Tribune's list of most read stories on its
website. Tilli's fate was of greater interest that other weighty issues
of the day, such as health care, war and lingerie football. In the story,
we learn of the restaurant owners' shock and the neighbors' distress
that its demise jeopardizes the neighborhood's character, tranquility
One resident feared that Tilli's replacement "would really generate
the kind of noise and crowds that people who have moved into this area
have moved here to get away from," the Tribune reported. He wants the
neighborhood to band together to "keep out any unwanted replacement."
There's talk of the neighborhood's diversity, about how you can see
people there in their 80s and infants in strollers. It's the old story
about how the neighborhood is going to the dogs because of "greedy
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