Another Longtime Chicagoland Jewish Deli is Closing

The Bagel Skokie will stop serving these sandwiches and everything else next week

Plus, the Obama Foundation hosted a South Side restaurant dine-around last night and more intel

— The number of Jewish delis in Chicagoland is dwindling more as the owners of The Bagel announced on Friday that they’re closing their location in Old Orchard Mall in Skokie on November 29. The near suburban deli and restaurant has been open for 31 years. The Bagel location in Lakeview will remain open. Patch first caught wind of the Facebook announcement.

— As part of its second annual Summit in Chicago, Barack and Michelle’s Obama Foundation hosted a dine-around of South Side restaurants last night. Groups of 100-150 attendees dined at five different restaurants — Pearl’s Place, Parkway Ballroom, Garifuna Flava, Kimski, and MingHin Chinatown — where Chicago community leaders and Obama Foundation staff members held discussions, according to a news release. The summit wraps up today.

— City officials on Thursday heard final arguments in the Bottled Blonde appeal case. The River North establishment (is it a bar, restaurant, or club?) is challenging the city’s November 2017 decision to strip its business license. A ruling could come as early as this week.

Kanye West donated $150,000 to the GoFundMe page for the suburban bar security guard who was shot and killed by police on November 11, according to reports.

— Tickets for Baconfest 2019 will go on sale on Cyber Monday, November 26 via the festival’s website. Early bird for general admission runs $65 and VIP costs $130.

Crain’s digs into the dwindling number of Greek restaurants in Greektown, coupled with rising rents and new development, and asks whether the neighborhood as Chicagoans know it will survive.

— And finally, check out a photo of ‘90s rapper extraordinaire Coolio dining at Chicago Prime Steakhouse in Schaumburg on Saturday night.

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