New in Chicago: October 2015

New in Chicago columns from October 2015 at Crain’s Chicago Business: Skokie firm makes world’s first flexible digital display device ‘Uber for auto repair’ sends freelance mechanics to your home or office This stylish addition to the home bar lets you rapidly ‘age’ wine This slot machine app promises to be a real productivity killer… Continue reading New in Chicago: October 2015

New in Chicago: September 2015

New in Chicago columns from September 2015 at Crain’s Chicago Business: This recipe search engine is fueled by last night’s leftovers Some notable investors are backing this new “spontaneous” meetup app A U of I engineering geek is modernizing the nighttime noise blocker Chicago just got another drycleaning delivery app…

New in Chicago: June 2015

New in Chicago columns from June 2015 at Crain’s Chicago Business: Why Madison Hall could make Loop shopping cool again No, seriously, another parking app is launching in Chicago Startups: Here’s a service to help you set up an office Finally, an app that declutters that #%$@%! address book on your smartphone A limo for Fido,… Continue reading New in Chicago: June 2015

New in Chicago: June 2015

New in Chicago columns from June 2015 at Crain’s Chicago Business: Naturally, the face of this Chicago product is the most famous beard in history What’s a Guard Llama? Something that’s catching on with consumers fast This startup will keep your office clean and stocked with plenty of hand soap Bad coffee causes crappy job performance.… Continue reading New in Chicago: June 2015

New in Chicago: May 2015

My New in Chicago columns from May 2015 for Crain’s Chicago Business: May 7 — Mexican wedding cookies, instant massage bookings and more. Featured businesses include Felix’s Famous Cookies, Excel Mobile Massage, Functional MobileWear, City Soles and Goose Island Beer Co.’s tasting room. May 14 — The doctor will see you now — at home. Featured businesses… Continue reading New in Chicago: May 2015

Industrial revolution: See how small-biz owners are giving factories new life

Crain’s Chicago Business, July 12, 2014 — They’re tucked away in desolate corners all over the city: looming brick and concrete buildings that once held factories that supported entire neighborhoods. These behemoths helped earn Chicago its brawny reputation and, once they were vacated, became hulking icons of its blight. But now a crop of savvy small-business… Continue reading Industrial revolution: See how small-biz owners are giving factories new life

Best Entrepreneurs 2014: David Kalt

Crain’s Chicago Business, July 5, 2014 — Chicago Music Exchange already was a magnet for guitar collectors, wannabe rock stars and actual rock stars when David Kalt bought the Lakeview shop in 2010 from founder Scott Silver. Read my story in Crain’s Chicago Business. Photo by John R. Boehm