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IN THIS ISSUE Mixer Young Chicagoans From the Founder Our Language Our Sponsors Our Members

Nov/Dec 2012

Our recent mixer at Amore! Taste of Chicago added so many new links to the Chicagoans In The Desert, LLC business chain. One business link begins when member Surah Abel brings Rejj Smooth, a Jazz Promoter to the mixer. Rejj meets JoAnne Cobar who has a degree in Music Management. Rejj invites us to join him that eventing at Blue Fire Supper Club to hear a jazz singer Naima Obaitori (a former Chicagoan) and Jazz Gumbo. While at Blue Fire I introduced myself to the owner Marshall Keyes only to nd out he is born and raised in Chicago. Blue Fire Supper Club is a unique venue for jazz music. The lounge area lights up in blue top and bottom sending off a blue hue throught the lounge. Their signature Blue Fire martini is delicious, smooth and compliments their high end appetizers such as Ahi Tuna Tacos. Happy hour begins at 5:00 - 7:00pm Tuesday thru Friday with $5 Blue Fire martinis and $5 appetizers. Tell them Chicagoans In The Desert sent you!

Say hello to our newest former Chicagoans JoAnne and Janice. As the story goes JoAnne is working three different part time jobs and Janice is working at Harry Careys. One day while JoAnne is mid shift as a nanny to two small children she gets a text from her friend Janice, Im moving to Las Vegas! JoAnne explains Maybe it was the need for a change of scenery, the need for new experiences or the exhaustion of working three jobs in Chicago, but I was compelled to text back, IM COMING WITH YOU! The very next day JoAnne put in for a transfer from Ohare ORD where she works as a TSA to McCarran LAS. Never thinking that she would get the transfer, she put it out of her mind. Janice on the other hand continued with her plans and began packing. Janice felt condent that her experience as a waitress would land her employment quickly especially with other LETTUCE ENTERTAINMENT establishments in Las Vegas. Two weeks later JoAnnes transfer approval came thru. She had 9 days to make a nal decision. Da New Girls are now former Chicagoans living in the desert. They are awesome young women seeking new experiences and exploring the southwest. Chicagoans In The Desert, LLC welcomes JoAnne Cobar and Janice Rodriguez at Blue Fire Supper Club Mixer you.We are blessed to have both of you with us.

Da New Girls

Someone pinch me! Is it really November? But it cant be? November has those bone chilling, rainy, windy days with hours spent in the car driving home from work because a few idiots didnt know how to drive in the pouring rain. But alas my friends, gone are those precursors to what would always end up as a LONG winter. Youre in Vegas now baby so dont pack away those warm weather clothes just yet. Get out and enjoy the weather. After all, isnt that one of the reasons you moved here? Brag to your friends back home that all you need is a lite jacket! Fall/Winter in Las Vegas is lled with mini outdoor festivals, hiking in Red Rock Canyon and of course, events and live music Downtown. Our business members are here to invite you to visit their locations...its always good to talk to someone from back home. Stop in at WINDY CITY BEEF & DOGS and read The Sun-Times while having a Chicago style dog, relax in the comfortable atmosphere of AMORE TASTE OF CHICAGO for a deep dish pizza, get in touch with your artistic side and visit PAINT & PARTY and paint a Chicagoan themed design, cruise down into Las Vegas Historic District and stop at SONIOS CAFE for their great rotissorre chicken watch the Bears/Bulls games at TASTE A CHI-TOWN EATERY or SMOKE RANCH JUCTION SALOON. or catch live jazz at the beautiful blue lit lounge in BLUE FIRE SUPPER CLUB browse the sports memorabilia at FIELD OF DREAMS

Remember to announce that you are with Chicagoans In The Desert...we take care our own.


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Grachki (grach-key): Chicagoese for garage key as in, Yo, Theresa, waja do wit da grachki? How my supposta cut da grass if I dont git intada grach? Sammich: Chicagoese for sandwich. When made with sausage, its a sassage sammich; when made with shredded beef, its an Italian Beef sammich, a local delicacy consisting of piles of spicy meat in a perilously soggy bun. Da: This article is a key part of Chicago speech, as in Da Bears or Da Mare -- the latter denoting Richard M. Daley, or Richie, as hes often called. Jewels: Not family heirlooms or a tender body reg ion, but a popular name for one of the regions dominant grocery store chains. Im goin to the Jewels to pick up some sassage. Fields: M arshall Field, a prominent Chicago department store (unfortunately, its a thing of the past.) Also Carson Pirie Scott, another major department store chain, is simply called Carsons. Tree: The number between two and four. We were lucky dat we only got tree inches of snow da udder night. Over by dere: Translates to over by there, a way of emphasizing a site presumed familiar to the listener. As in, I got the sassage at the Jewels down on Kedzie, over by dere. Kaminski Park : The mispronounced name of the ballpark where the Chicago White Sox (da Sox) play baseall. Comiskey Park was renamed U.S. Cellular Field (da Cell). Frunchroom: As in, Get outta da frunch room wit dose muddy shoes. Its not the parlor. Its not the living room. In the land of the bungalow, its the frunchroom, a named derived, linguists believe, from front room. Use : Not the verb, but the plural pronoun you! Where use goin? Downtown: Anywhere near The Lake, south of The Zoo (Lincoln Park Zoo) and north of Soldier Field. The Lake : Lake Michigan . (What other lake is there?) Its often used by local weathermen, cooler by The Lake. Braht: Short for Bratwurst. Gimme a braht wit kraut. Goes: Past or present tense of the verb say. For example, Den he goes, I like dis place! Guys: Used when addressing two or more people, regardless of each individuals gender. Pop: A soft drink. Dont say soda in this town. Do ya wanna canna pop? Sliders: Nickname for hamburgers from White Castle , a popular Midwestern burger chain. Dose sliders I had last night gave me da runs. The Taste: The Taste of Chicago Festival, a huge extravaganza in Grant Park featuring samples of Chicagoland cuisine which takes place each year around the Fourth of July holiday. Jeetyet?: Translates to, Did you eat yet? Winter and Construction: Punch line to the joke, What are the two seasons in Chicago? Cuppa Too-Tree: is Chicagoese for a couple, two, three which really means a few. For example, Hey Mike, dere any beerz left in da cooler over by dere? Yeh, a cuppa too-tree. 588-2300: Everyone in Chicago knows this commercial jingle and the carpet company yo ull get if you call that number -- Empire! Junk Dror: You will usually nd the junk drawer in the kitchen lled to the brim with miscellaneous, but very important, junk. Southern Illinois : Anything south of I-80. This is where Smothers is from.... Expressways: The Interstates in the immediate Chicagoland area are usually known just by their name and not their Interstate number: the Dan Ryan (da Ryan), the Stevenson, the Kennedy (da Kennedy), the Eisenhower (da Ike), and the Edens (just Edens but Da Edens is acceptable). Gym Shoes: The rest of the country may refer to them as sneakers or running shoes but Chicagoans will always call them gym shoes! E-mail additional words to


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