Where you can celebrate World Vegetarian Day, which is on October 1: the Chicago Vegetarian (July/August 1990) lists just 11 completely vegetarian restaurants in the city–four on West Devon and one each on North Halsted, North Lincoln, North Clark, North Glenwood, West Erie, West Belmont, and East 75th.

“To the downtown residents, the heart of the city is a playground–exciting, convenient and fun. To many of the suburban commuters, it compares unfavorably with a Russian POW camp.” That’s Ed Zotti reporting in Chicago Enterprise (September 1990) on focus groups assembled by the Chicago Department of Planning. “The commuters kvetched more than all the other groups put together…. [They] compared the city to the suburbs and thought it was hell. The downtown residents compared it to New York and thought it was heaven…. The real surprise was the hard-core suburbanites [who neither live nor work downtown]…. Their enthusiasm for the city in many ways rivaled that of the downtown residents…. When asked if they’d be willing to work downtown, most said no, citing the long commute. But they framed their answers in an interesting way. One after another said they’d only work downtown if they could live downtown as well. One, in fact, said he’d love to live downtown if only he could afford to–surely not a common sentiment in most of the nation’s suburban areas.”

“Shoot only when you have a good shot and remember that the squirrel is half tail”–advice from “How to Have a Safe Squirrel Hunt,” released August 30 by the state Department of Conservation.

The place to be. “Roberta Lieberman’s gallery space at 356 W. Huron burned to the ground in a fire that swept River North’s gallery district two years ago,” writes Eve Becker in Inside Chicago (September/October 1990). “After the fire, she says, she was approached by many people and real estate developers [interesting distinction] who wanted her to lease space outside of River North. But, despite the high rents, she decided to stay. ‘It’s a vital art community now, although rents are high. We moved from close to 9,000 square feet to 4,000, and we’re paying more. But the community is here.'”

Got that? North Pier’s Battletech Center has a “virtual world” for simulated combat, according to a recent press release. “By taking a non-existent space and, through technology, allowing interaction within, people are able to create their own universe.”

“There is a similarity between living in the Henry Horner Homes in Chicago and living in strife-torn Mozambique,” says Nancy Dubrow, who visited both during her one-year Community Service Fellowship from the Chicago Community Trust (Trust Quarterly, Summer 1990). “There is always the threat of physical harm, the fear of children being hurt. The mothers worry about it all the time, plot routes to take, where to hide. This kind of fear isolates people. It’s fascinating to see how countries with many fewer resources than we have in Chicago, for example, are able to approach similar problems.”

Time for a second opinion. According to Mark Stein of the University of Chicago Medical Center, “40 percent of the more than 400 children referred by physicians to our clinic for evaluation for ADHD [attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder] do not have the disorder.”

“An implacable, resourceful foe with seemingly limitless resources” is how Alexander Polikoff, executive director of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, describes Commonwealth Edison in BPI Newsletter (Summer 1990). “Let me briefly illustrate this… by referring to an article in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The headline reads, ‘Com Ed audit consultants paid $26.9 million.’ The article discloses that the $26.9 million sum was paid to consultants hired to help the Edison lawyers on one aspect only–construction audits–of the cases [BPI has been] working on. Eighteen members of one consulting firm were paid more than $1,000 a day. Some consultants were paid $2,500 a day. Two Nobel prize-winning economists were paid $5,000 and $4,200 a day, respectively, for their testimony. The $26.9 million figure does not include the fees paid to Edison’s several law firms or any other expenses than for the audit consultants.” Nevertheless, “two [BPI] lawyers, Howard Learner and Doug Cassel, carrying on much other work simultaneously, and working for an organization whose entire annual budget is under $700,000, have led consumer organizations in bringing about a revolution in the electric utility law and policy of this state.”

All you ever need to know about foreign policy, from the 48th Ward Progressive Network News (September 1990): “Your editor was once told by an adolescent that his group wasn’t a gang, it was ‘protection against gangs.'”