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The Insider’s Guide to Chicago’s Chinatown Hot Pot Restaurants The Insider’s Guide to Chicago’s Chinatown Hot Pot Restaurants(0)

Chinatown, Chicago, 60616

By: fshirley

In Chicago’s Chinatown, diners can enjoy a traditional famous dish from China called the hot pot. Two restaurants serving hot pot dishes are The Little Lamb, which serves traditional Mongolian hot pot, and The Flaming Pot, a restaurant that specializes in hot pot from the Chongqing region.

At these restaurants, diners boil their food in a bowl of broth.

The Little Lamb Hot Pot restaurant opened in 2015 at 2201 S Wentworth Ave next to the Chinatown arch. Breaking Voices spoke to the manager of the Little Lamb Hot Pot about their specialty.
小尾羊是今年新开业的火锅店,餐厅位于2201 S Wentworth Ave,位于中国城大门旁。Breaking Voices 采访到了小尾羊的老板,老板给大家推荐了他们家的特色菜品。

“For the Mongolian broth it is more about the smell and the flavor of the broth. It is not too spicy and is more friendly to foreign customers. For vegetarians we have the mushroom broth and the tomato broth. We have a special Thai broth for Thai customers.”

Hot Pot Broth

Each hot pot contains a combination of meats, seafoods, vegetables, dumplings and tofu. Foods diners often choose include lamb slices, chicken breasts slices, shrimp, chinese broccoli, oysters, and bok choy. Each ingredient cooks for 1-15 minutes, depending on the type of food.
“My recommendation is definitely the meat because we are Little Lamb. The lamb has different parts. We have the lamb rear legs, lamb forelegs and the lamb shoulder. The lamb shoulder is the best part of the lamb.”

After the food finishes cooking, diners have the option to dip their foods in dipping sauces to add more flavor to the meal.

Dipping Sauce Station

In addition to the Little Lamb Mongolian hot pot, Breaking Voices interviewed the owner of The Flaming Pot, a Chongqing hot pot restaurant in Chinatown. The Flaming Pot is located at 2342 S Wentworth Ave along the main street in Chinatown and is recognizable by its logo, which depicts the face from a Chinese opera.
除了采访蒙古风味火锅小尾羊外,breakingvoices采访了巴国沸腾的老板。巴国沸腾是一家重庆风味火锅,地址是2342 S Wentworth Ave,位于中国城主路右侧。顾客可以通过他们醒目川剧脸谱标志找到这家店。

Chongqing hot pot is known for its spicy flavor, which comes from flower pepper ( huā jiāo), chili, anise. The Flaming Pot, chef said they use more than 30 ingredients in their broth. All ingredients are fried before being put into broth.
The Flaming Pot chef recommends these popular ingredients to add to the broth: sliced mutton, sliced beef, paprika spiced lamb, beef tripe, and shrimp.
Both restaurants are frequented by Chinese customers who are familiar with hot pot cuisine. As more visitors come to Chinatown, The Little Lamb Hot Pot aims to reach these customers by providing more vegetarian options and offering promotions every day.
For more information, visit the Little Lamb’s website and search for The Flaming Pot on Yelp.
感兴趣这两家火锅店可以上小尾羊官网找寻进一步搜寻美味,同时可以在yelp上搜索The Flamping Pot了解重庆火锅巴国沸腾。

Divvy Announces 175 New Bike Stations in Chicago During Its Data Challenge Awards Divvy Announces 175 New Bike Stations in Chicago During Its Data Challenge Awards(0)

1871, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, 60654

By: Eleanor Lyon

The Second Annual Divvy Data Challenge Awards 2015 were held 6-8 p.m. on April 14 in the 1871 tech incubator auditorium at the Merchandise Mart. The Divvy Data Challenge contest encouraged designers, developers and scientists to visualize over three million Divvy trips.

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Divvy received about 40 entries and selected 12 finalists to compete at the April 14 event.
Designers and developers used datasets from Divvy combined trip, station and station capacity data from 2013 and 2014. Two entrants tied for Best Overall entry in Divvy Data Challenge 2015:
Matthew Shaxted with a 3D visualization of 2014 Divvy trip data using curves to show hourly trips between stations and a chord diagram to show daily flow between neighborhoods.
Shaun Jacobsen with a look at which mode is faster: Divvy or public transport?
See the full Divvy Data Challenge winners list
The winners of the Divvy Data Challenge were selected based on categories that include best overall visualization, most comprehensive, most beautiful, most creative and most insightful.
The first place entry from each category will appear in a full-page ad in the RedEye and on the Divvy website and will also receive prizes from Microsoft and Divvy, including an XBOX One, an XBOX Kinect and a Windows phone.

Divvy map Chicago
The company shared more about its Spring 2015 expansion that will include areas north of Lawrence Avenue, west of Western Avenue and south of 59th Street. There will be 175 new stations and 1,750 new bikes. With 475 stations over 87 square miles, Chicago will have the most bike share stations and the largest service area in North America.
In 2013, just 91 days after Divvy bikes came to Chicago, more than 8,900 people had signed up for Divvy’s annual membership. At that time, riders had already pedaled more than one million miles. In 2014, 905,700 rides were taken with Divvy bikes. It is safe to say the company has capitalized on bike sharing in Chicago.

World Polio Day 2014 Event and Concert Featured Tessanne Chin and Guest Speakers in Chicago World Polio Day 2014 Event and Concert Featured Tessanne Chin and Guest Speakers in Chicago(0)

Wicker Park, Chicago, IL (60647)


In observance of World Polio Day, October 24, 2014, Rotary International organization celebrated World Polio Day with livestream event featuring Tessanne Chin, 2013 winner of the TV show “The Voice,” reggae star Ziggy Marley, Minda Dentler, polio survivor and Ironman competitor, and host of speakers including John Hewko, Rotary International General Secretary and Dr. James Alexander, senior medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control.

With polio on verge of eradication, Rotary celebrated the fact their organization is near its goal to completely eradicate polio from the world. Except for cases in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, polio is a highly preventable disease that Rotary has been on a mission since 1988 to eradicate polio.


Ms. Chin spoke to about her involvement with educating people about polio.

The livestream event called “End Polio Now: Make History Today’ will take place 6:30pm(CT) on October 24 at 1st Ward venue in Wicker Park Chicago.

Streaming from Chicago, and hosted by TIME magazine science and technology editor Jeffrey Kluger, highlights of the event include:

  • Tessanne Chin, 2013 winner of the TV show “The Voice,” will perform a song during the program, followed by a benefit concert after the event
  • Reggae star Ziggy Marley will welcome participants to the event and perform via video
  • Minda Dentler, polio survivor and Ironman competitor, will share her personal storyRemarks via video by Olivier Charmeil, chief executive officer of Sanofi Pasteur and Bernadette Hendrickx, Senior Medical and Scientific advisor to the CEO of Sanofi Pasteur will deliver remarks live
  • Addresses by Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko, Rotary Foundation Vice-Chair Michael McGovern, and Dr. James Alexander, senior medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spoke via video to the audience about the important role Rotary has played in eradication of polio.

In celebration of World Polio Day, Rotary announced earlier this week that it will give $44 million in grants to stop the disease in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Rotary’s new funding commitment will targets the countries still at risk of contracting this incurable disease.

About $18.5 million will go to the three remaining polio-endemic countries: Afghanistan ($7.4 million) Nigeria ($8.4 million), and Pakistan ($2.7 million). An endemic country is one where the wild poliovirus has never been stopped.

Another $9.5 million is marked for previously polio-free countries currently reporting cases “imported” from the endemic countries: Cameroon ($3.5 million), Ethiopia ($2 million), and Somalia ($4 million).

And $10.4 million will go to polio-free countries that remain at risk of reinfection: Democratic Republic of Congo ($1.5 million), India ($4.9 million), Niger ($1 million), South Sudan ($2 million), and Sudan ($1 million).

The remaining $6.3 million will go toward polio eradication research.


Rotary provides grant funding to polio eradication initiative partners UNICEF and the World Health Organization, which work with the governments and Rotary club members of polio-affected countries to plan and carry out immunization activities. Mass immunizations of children via the oral polio vaccine must continue until global eradication is achieved.

To date, Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion to fight polio. Through 2018, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match two-to-one every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication (up to $35 million a year). As of 2013, there were only 416 confirmed polio cases in the world, down from about 350,000 a year when the initiative launched in 1988.


During the World Polio Day concert Ephraim Martin from the International Reggae and World Music Awards ( IRAWMA) surprised Tessanne Chin with the her IRAWMA award “Best Female Vocalist Award.”



Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. In 1988, Rotary was joined by the WHO, UNICEF and the CDC to launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Visit and for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio. Video and still images will be available on the Rotary Media Center.




Kanye West the Surprise Headliner at AAHH! Fest in Union Park for Sweet Homecoming of Chicago Hip Hop Superstars Kanye West the Surprise Headliner at AAHH! Fest in Union Park for Sweet Homecoming of Chicago Hip Hop Superstars(0)

It was a sweet homecoming party in Union Park for AAHH! Fest 2014 with Kanye West closing the festival in a surprise guest performance.West took stage after Common performed three songs from his new album “Nobody’s Smilng.” Fans went wild when Kanye West jumped on stage to perform.



Watch more video footage of performances from AAHH! Fest on Breaking Voices YouTube Channel


African Festival of the Arts a Huge Success for the African Diaspora African Festival of the Arts a Huge Success for the African Diaspora(0)

By Unieros

African Festival of the Arts 2014 in Chicago will celebrate its 25th anniversary of celebration African culture.  The 25th African Festival of the Arts 2014 will be held Labor Day Weekend Friday, August 29- Monday, September 1, in Washington Park, Chicago.

African Festival of the Arts feature two stages of music, a main stage and a world music stage. Music by Musiq Soulchild,  Dee Alexander, Harriet Tubman Band with Cassandra Wilson presenting Black Sun. Salif Keita, and the Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards.

BVNews Coverage of 2013 African Festival of the Arts

The food, the music, and the art of black people from the African diaspora was on display at the 2013 Annual African Festival of the Arts in Chicago. Held in Washington Park on Chicago’s historic South Side, the four-day festival showcased the variety and diversity of African cultures around the world.  “Origins” was the theme of this year’s festival which featured over 300 artists and food vendors.


The walking paths of Washington Park were transformed to look like a African village. Booths along the paths displayed antique sculptures, paintings, handmade crafts among plenty jewelry and clothing vendors.

Watch video from the 2013 African Festival of the Arts Chicago.

Hundreds of Chicagoans attended the festival and night time concerts held during Labor Day Weekend.

Grammy Award singer Brandy Norwood headline the 2013 African Festival of the Arts.

At the end of each day, the main stage at the festival featured celebrity musicians. Music headliners included African American blues Blues legend Otis Clay,  R & B Diva Monifah, and Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtuzudki.


The Afro centric items ranged included T-shirts from Historically Black Colleges (HBCU) to antique masks from Timbuktu and original paintings from Senegal. Attendees could eat food from African diaspora countries including fu fu from Ghana, Jamaican jerk chicken, rice and bean dishes, African American soul food greens.

The festival also featured a Drum Village where dancers and drummers of all ages played constant rhythms on congas and djimbes. Picnic tables dispersed throughout the lawn areas served as gathering places where festival goers mingled and enjoyed entertainment on small stages like the World Stage. A special area of the festival was Blacks in Green, where attendees enjoyed roundtable dicussions about healthy eating and living green.


One couple told Breaking Voices that they have been attending the African Festival of the Arts for more than 15 years because they find the festival to be a great event to network and meet people in the community.

The African Festival of the Arts celebrates black culture in a way that shows how black people regardless of where they dwell strive through their art, music, dance, and food to remember their ancestors, document their history, and paint their hopes for the future.

About Africa Festival of the Arts

The African Festival of the Arts is the flagship program of Africa International House USA, Inc. (AIH), a not for profit organization working to bridge the divides between the peoples of the African Diaspora in Chicago. This year’s festival included a special collaboration with Afro Entertainment Awards that honor musicians, arts, and entertainers from the African diaspora. Featured artist and art work for the festival was by “Asali” by Najjar.

The African Festival of the Arts is held over four days during Labor Day weekend and has become for many, the traditional way to end the summer. This not-for-profit organization was founded 20 years ago to bridge the divide between the peoples of the African Diaspora in Chicago with its unique brand of cultural programming.

In 1989, Patrick Woodtor, President, Africa International House, along with his late wife author and historian, Dee Parmer Woodtor, produced the African Festival of the Arts for the first time as a seasonal community event to honor African culture and tradition in the historic “black belt” on the South Side of Chicago.

Gallery Guichard and New Bronzeville Artists Lofts Grand Opening Aims to Revitalize Bronzeville, Chicago Art and Culture Scene Gallery Guichard and New Bronzeville Artists Lofts Grand Opening Aims to Revitalize Bronzeville, Chicago Art and Culture Scene(1)

By: See Brown

On Tuesday, June 24, City of Chicago officials including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Pat Dowell cut the ribbon on the brand new Bronzeville Artist Lofts and new home of Fine Art Gallery Guichard located at 436 E. 47th St., in Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.

The opening of the Bronzeville artists lofts and The Gallery Guichard aims to revitalize 47th street’s culture and art scene.

The new Bronzeville Artist Lofts, 33,614 square foot mixed-use building with 12,233 square feet of commercial space on the first floor with 16-unit residential apartments on the upper floors and a 3,000-square-foot artist incubator.

The Bronzeville Artist Lofts will be a new stop on the Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour that begins in July.

The Mayor called Bronzeville “a city within a city” with the artists lofts at the center of the revitalization of the community.

The Bronzeville Artist Lofts (BAL) are a live/work rental space open to working artists and their families. Artists must submit an application that include income requirements and questionnaire about their needs. Apartment rental prices and unit sizes for BAL are:

  • Studio $592 – $699 (600sq. feet -625sq feet)
  • 1-Bedroom $621 – $804 (780 sq. feet – 975sq feet)
  • 2-Bedroom $748 – $1,175(979sq. feet -1128 sq feet)

#BVNews walked through the Bronzeville Artists Lofts prior to residents moving in. Watch the video walkthrough of the living spaces.

Gallery Guichard will hold its own ribbon cutting ceremony to open its first exhibit in the new space called “Genesis.” The exhibit features paintings, sculptures, and mixed media art works from black artists from around the world.

Gallery Guichard “Genesis” opens June 27, 2014 from 6pm to 10pm. The event is open to the public. “Genesis” exhibit runs thru August 5, 2014.

#BVNews spoke to owners Andre and Frances Guichard about their new location. Watch the interview below.


Artists living in the Bronzeville Artists Lofts are featured in Gallery Guichard’s “Genesis” exhibit. Roger Carter, an artist and BAL resident paintings are featured throughout the exhibit.

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The development of the Bronzeville Artist Lofts was well supported by Alderman Pat Dowell. During a townhall meeting Alsderman Dowell discussed the inspiration behind the Bronzeville Artist Lofts. Watch #BVNews video of Alderman Dowell townhall.

Renovated from an historic building, the former Jones Brothers Ben Franklin Store at 436-442 East 47th Street, the development of the Bronzeville Artists Lofts construction began in 2013. It final cost $7 million was made possible by Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds from The 47th/King Drive TIF District, Gallery Guichard, and the federal Neighbhorhood Stabilization Program, which focuses on revitalizing communities on the South and West sides of Chicago. The building’s development is a joint venture between Revere Properties, LLC and Three Corners, LLC. These two teams each are led by Lee Reid, Jr. and Rob Ferrino.



The Family Blues of Willie Dixon Who Changed the Style of the Blues in Chicago The Family Blues of Willie Dixon Who Changed the Style of the Blues in Chicago(0)

By Raquel Harris : Chicago Staff Writer

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The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago’s Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the “Blues Capital of the World.” Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor.

With an average of 500,000 in attendance each year, it stands stagnant in being the largest Blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago’s music festivals according to Some of the festival’s past performers have been greats like Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Muddy Waters.

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Along with food and music, there are also Blues vendors that sell souvenirs like clothing, mugs, and gift sets to fans. Some of the vendors are even family to some of the late greats. Willie Dixon’s grandson Willie Dixon the second is one of those vendors.

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For those who may not know, Willie Dixon senior was a songwriter, singer/ bassist/ producer as well as contributed hundreds of song compositions to the Chicago Blues industry. Throughout Dixon’s career, he became a Grammy- award winning artist, and grew to be one of the most prolific songwriters of his time. Dixon is best known for shaping the post-World War II sound of Chicago Blues and was even portrayed in the 2008 feature film Cadillac Records.

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Dixon the second said that the light that sheds from his grandfather’s legacy is a positive one. “It’s a very positive light because of the positive impact that he had on people and the Blues community, and also the ethnicity of African American culture, said Dixon the second.

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In his later years, Dixon senior became a relentless ambassador for Blues and his local practitioners leading him to found the Blues Heaven Foundation, a non-profit organization in Chicago which works to continue the Blues’ legacy and to secure copyrights and royalties for blues musicians who were exploited in the past. The Dixon family promotes the corporation while at the festival. People like my grandfather and the people he worked with were innovators of their time and that’s pretty great,” said Dixon the second.

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