Obviously, a lot of people recently discovered Chowhound through the nice spread a few weeks ago in the Chicago Tribune, but even before that, there seemed to be a strong rash or new and opinionated posters (great!). I doubt most newcomers troll too far into the Chow-archives; the splitting up of the Chicago board into several boards makes it especially not likely that people will comb the depths. Anyways, that is a rather long winded exposition. I happened upon this thread this morning while looking for something else. It may or may not be the greatest thread ever posted on Chowhound, but it is so damn full of interesting stuff, I recommend it to anyone interested in mining the depths of knowledge out here (and even more the depths of great food in Chicago.)
JeffB, your Chickies call turned out to be spot on!