We learned this week that we unfortunately weren’t named a finalist for the Chicago Innovation Awards, but that doesn’t mean we won’t try again next year! We were still honored to be among this year’s 530 nominees that created close to 24,000 new jobs.
Now, the judges have narrowed the list to 100 finalists, and 25 winners will be announced at the award ceremony on Oct. 30. These products and services will be chosen based on their ability to “fill unmet needs, spark a competitive response in the marketplace, exceed market expectations, achieve financial success, and improve people’s lives.”
In the meantime, you can make a contribution by casting a vote for the People’s Choice Award, which received 46,000 votes last year.
What’s next for us? Catch us Saturday, Sept. 16 as an exhibitor at the Franklin Park Public Library’s inaugural Pop! Con!
We have had a busy summer gathering Happenstance stories for the launch of our River North test pilot this fall! We still have plenty of work to do and know that our October goal is still a little far off. So, to satisfy your growing eagerness, here’s a quick roundup of our story spots so far!
Poetry Foundation: The foundation’s library is the only poetry library in the Midwest and holds more than 30,000 volumes.
The Mirage:Now known as the Brehon Pub, The Mirage was a fake tavern set up by the Chicago Sun-Times in the late 1970s to confirm widespread claims that city inspectors were accepting bribes.
The Boarding House: Its owner and master sommelier, Alpana Singh, holds the title of youngest woman to pass the final level of the Master Sommelier exam.
Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap:This restaurant is home to the “XXX” wings, which have garnered international attention.
Remember, our test pilot stories will only be available to beta testers. If you’re interested in hearing our Haps and giving feedback, send us a note to get on our list!