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Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Rally

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Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive was a solid, seething mass of Blackhawks black and red Friday as fans jammed what's usually one of Chicago's busiest intersections to welcome the Stanley Cup back to town after 49 years away. 

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The Waterview

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

Now that the project has new owners, the question is what will become of the stalled skyscraper on Wacker Drive. Will it be razed? Run as a parking garage? Sold for a song? It's anyone's guess.

Chicago Business Today June 2 2010

Landing Lebron

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

Chicago could be a front-runner in the race to lure free agent LeBron James. What's at stake for the Bulls and for the local economy?

Chicago Business Today June 1 2010

Stanley Cup spillover

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

Lisa Leiter talks with sports marketing expert Marc Ganis about what a Stanley Cup win would mean for the Blackhawks and the local economy.

Chicago Business Today May 28 2010

Reinventing school lunch

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

The discussion over what schools serve for lunch has been heating up amid first lady Michelle Obama's campaign to combat childhood obesity. Meet a pair of local entrepreneurs who are trying to tap into the trend to improve kids' diets.

Chicago Business Today May 27 2010

ShoreBank's shot at survival

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

The economic chaos in Europe could wreak havoc on some Chicago companies doing business on the Continent.

Chicago Business Today May 19 2010

Corporate Chicago's Euro crisis

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

The economic chaos in Europe could wreak havoc on some Chicago companies doing business on the Continent.

Chicago Business Today May 18 2010

Big Blue

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois has a bigger share of the Chicago market than any other health insurer does in any major city. Lisa Leiter talks with Crain's Senior Reporter Mike Colias about what its clout means for medical providers.

Chicago Business Today May 17 2010

Family business

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

What does it take for a family business to survive for more than a century? Find out from C. Cretors & Co., best known for inventing the popcorn machine.

Chicago Business Today May 14 2010
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Local job growth

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

Find out how Chicago stacks up against other major U.S. cities when it comes to job creation.

Chicago Business Today May 13 2010

Private banks chase cash

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

Privately held banks lack the funds needed to snap up failed banks when they are auctioned by the FDIC. Lisa Leiter talks with Crain's Senior Reporter Steve Daniels about which local lenders are most likely to get in on the acquisition game.

Chicago Business Today May 12 2010

Block 37 food fight

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

The latest twist in the drama on State Street involves a Lettuce Entertain You venture.

Chicago Business Today May 11 2010

Tootsie's sweet tax deal

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

Tootsie Roll buys sugar at a much lower price than its competitors. Lisa Leiter talks with Crain's Reporter David Sterrett about the Chicago-based candymaker's special foreign trade status and how the closely-held company might finally be up for sale.

Chicago Business Today May 10 2010

The NFL's new brew

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

Bud Light will soon become the official beer of the National Football League. MillerCoors lost a bidding war for the sponsorship to Anheuser-Busch. So what will the Chicago-based brewer do with all of those millions of marketing dollars?

Chicago Business Today May 7 2010

Betting on custom golf clubs

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

Technology venture capitalist Keith Bank and partners are betting on the latest craze in the golf business: custom clubs. They aim to turn a Chicago-area outfit into a nationwide chain of shops aimed at serious golfers looking for an edge.

Chicago Business Today May 6 2010

Nicor repair plan ripoff?

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

Consumer advocates and state officials say Nicor is misleading customers with its gas pipeline repair program.

Chicago Business Today May 5 2010

Merger Impact

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

Find out what creation of the world's largest airline would mean for Chicago, O'Hare, frequent fliers and competitors.

Chicago Business Today May 4 2010

Remaking Motorola

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

Motorola holds its annual meeting with shareholders, just days after reporting better-than-expected quarterly earnings. The question is whether more job cuts are needed to sustain a turnaround at the Schaumburg-based cell phone maker.

Chicago Business Today May 3 2010

Highway cameras

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

Chicago already has more security cameras than any other U.S. city. Now Mayor Richard Daley wants to take them beyond the city limits to interstate highways in an effort to stop drug dealers, gun runners and money launderers.

Chicago Business Today April 30 2010

The Candyman

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

Meet the minds behind your favorite treats and learn how they're making candy play an innovative role for the military.

Chicago Business Today April 29 2010

Troubled banks

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

The countdown for Midwest Bank is on. If it doesn't raise fresh capital in the next few weeks, it could become one of the next local institutions to fail.

Chicago Business Today April 28 2010

Home prices

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

New reports show the housing market could be nearing the end of a devastating three-year slide. Find out if your neighborhood is making a comeback and what could be around the corner for local real estate.

Chicago Business Today April 27 2010

Taxing hospitals

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

How much is enough when it comes to charity care? That is the question facing many of the area's most prominent hospitals in the wake of a key Illinois Supreme Court ruling. Lisa Leiter talks with Crain's Senior Reporter Mike Colias about local hospitals at risk of losing key tax exemptions.

Chicago Business Today April 26 2010

Young women entrepreneurs

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

As the economy struggles, a growing number of people are turning to self-employment -- particularly women 35 and under.  We look at what's causing the trend and why many young women are choosing to be their own bosses.

Chicago Business Today April 23 2010

Strip-mall struggles

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

The "for lease" sign has become a familiar sight at Chicago-area shopping centers. The vacancy rate is at a 30-year high, and rents are falling. A recovery may not come until 2012, but local experts say the market is showing some signs of improvement.

Chicago Business Today April 22 2010

Chicago's Largest Privately Held Companies

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

Our exclusive ranking of the largest privately held companies in Chicago, based on revenue. 

Revenue (in millions)
  1. U.S. Food Service Inc. $18,961.0
  2. Reyes Holdings LLC. $11,750.0
  3. Topco Associates LLC. $10,700.0
  4. CDW Corp. $7,163.0
  5. OSI Corp. $4,800.0 *Crain's estimate
  6. EBY-Brown Co. $4,500.0
  7. Medline Industries Inc. $3,600.0
  8. Ace Hardware Corp. $3,500.0
  9. Walsh Group Ltd. $3,342.1
  10. Tribune Co. $3,103.3
For the full list, head on over to ChicagoBusiness.com.

Looser lending

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

Mid-sized companies are finding easier access to credit these days. Competition is heating up among the banks that serve them. Hear from one corporate borrower and the chief executive of ColeTaylor Bank.

Chicago Business Today April 21 2010

Tech IPOs

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

Trustwave is among the Chicago-area firms snapping a three-year drought in local technology IPOs. Meet the man who co-founded this fast-growing company and learn what he plans to do with the proceeds from a stock offering.

Chicago Business Today April 20 2010

Tollway trouble

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority is at a crossroads: It lacks funding and credibility at a time when billions of dollars in road repairs are desperately needed. Lisa Leiter talks with reporter James Ylisela Jr. about the likelihood of a toll hike.

Chicago Business Today April 19 2010

The rise of staycation tourism

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

The city's convention and trade show business may be struggling, but many of Chicago's major tourist attractions are seeing increases in attendance. We look at how leisure tourism is on the rise and how hot spots are adapting.

Chicago Business Today April 16 2010

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