The Manual Awards: The Best of Chicago

first_img The McMenamins Effect: How 2 Brothers Helped Start Beervana The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker Editors’ Recommendations The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches This is the first year The Manual is giving awards to our favorite spots in eight cities across America that we think are doing great things for their neighbors, town and overall community.  Winners were chosen both by writer’s opinions as well as readers who could vote on The Manual’s Facebook page. Winners will receive a decal to mount in their establishment as well as exposure on the site and on social media. We are excited to take this trip across America with our friends at the leather and lifestyle brand, Moore & Giles. Enjoy!Chicago style is all about updated interpretations of the classics. From cobblers to tailors and chefs and brew masters, it’s impossible to escape the influences of classic Americana. But the new school of Chicago creative aren’t just recreating the past; they’re giving a well-measured contemporary twist on things. What you might refer to as an upgrade. The best of Chicago’s offerings? See below.Best Restaurant:The RadlerChicago was built in large part by German immigrants, and while it’s a lot more international these days, the city still shines when it comes to German cuisine. Mainly: Meat and beer. Should you still try a classic hot dog (preferably at Gene & Judes)? You bet, but if you want a more refined twist on Chicago’s German food, The Radler is your spot. The Grilled Knockwrst comes with pickled shitake mushrooms and a shishito pepper, the pork loin schnitzel is served with blueberry mustard, and you’ll get barley malt butter for dipping your soft pretzel. And then there’s the beer—there’s no less than 20 German brews on tap to wash it all down.Best Bar:Hop LeafIf you’re into Belgian beer or are just looking to get a taste of some local brews, you won’t find a much better selection on tap anywhere else in Chicago. But what makes this joint—a spacious brick and wood hall with lots of seating a quick walk from Wrigley Field—stand out is the knowledgeable staff. They don’t do flights, but their staff can talk about any one of the 50 or so suds on tap and will make sure you get to taste before you settle. If you get the munchies, you’re in good hands with eastern European-inspired food menu. Think: organic grass-fed brisket and duck Reubens.Best Shop:Alton LaneMen’s style in Chicago has always ruled in one arena: a perfectly tailored suit. There are plenty of heritage brands in town, but contemporary Alton Lane nabs a win here for their vast selection of fabrics and patterns (from classics to stuff with more flair) and the incredible 3-D technology the use to craft shirts, pants and jackets that fit exactingly. Besides, they completely get you: before talking anything suit related, they’re pouring you a scotch.Best Coffee Shop:IpsentoYes people, it’s come to this: Craft coffee. Go on, roll your eyes, it’s okay. But know that craft coffee—which is loosely defined as high-quality java that is made in small batches by hand and roasted on site—tastes really, really good without the aid of sugar, mocha, or milk products. And craft coffee from all over the world is what’s on the menu at Ipsento, a small counter-serve spot in Bucktown. And their baristas are well trained in talking shop about this new coffee craze without being condescending. For the serious mud lover, they offer evening classes in coffee history, selection and brewing.Best Barber:The BelmontSimply put, this is the best spot in town to go for a modern-classic, parted men’s cut. The team knows and loves what they do and it shows. Prices are reasonable ($23 for a cut) and include can of beer and access to a pool table while you’re waiting. We have just one complaint: They’re still cash only, but it’s an inconvenience we’re willing to put up with for the quality of the chop.Best Local Brand:Oakstreet BootmakersFounded in 2009 by George Vlagos, the son of a cobbler, Oakstreet makes some of the solid handcrafted boots in the U.S. Designs are simple and classic and made from Horween Chomexcel leather, which yields a soft but durable cowhide shoe. Each comes with replaceable outsoles, meaning you can wear them into the ground over and over and over again without ever sending them to their grave.Best Beer:3 FloydsIt’s impossible to talk about American Beer without mention of 3 Floyds, which is based in Munster Indiana a few miles outside of Chicago. It began in 1996 with just a few hundred dollars investment and has since become one of the must buzzed about breweries in the world (RateBeer called them the 4th best in the world). Why? They’ve got good taste and aren’t afraid to experiment. It’s easy to get side tracked by the names (Their Russian Imperial Stout is called Dark Lord), but it’s the flavor inside that truly shines. Brews to try: Their American Pale Ales are the most popular: Alpha King and Zombie Dust, but you should also down the Dreadnought their IPA, and of course, Dark Lord Imperial Stout (which is brewed with coffee and Mexican vanilla). The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S.last_img read more

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Maptek releases Vulcan 10 incorporating new Workbench platform

first_imgMaptek says “new and enhanced tools in Vulcan 10 will add value to technical data across critical modelling, design and planning processes.” Highlights of the software release include new automated pit designer, variogram analysis, implicit modelling and grade control.Vulcan 10 heralds a new era in user experience with the introduction of the Maptek Workbench as an integrated platform for development and delivery of products and services.“The Workbench defines our future as a global mining technology leader,” said Maptek CEO Peter Johnson at the software launch. Johnson is the 2015 inductee in the Outstanding Innovator category into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame.“A new design, new platform, new applications, new technology – the Workbench establishes a new environment for ongoing innovation in product development. Designing a new platform presents a host of challenges that need to be considered. One of the issues Maptek faced was resolving how mature products interact with new products and ensure an auditable data flow across mine processes.”“When it comes down to it the important thing about software design is how it relates to the user,” Johnson continued. “This is especially true in critical value markets like mining.“It’s not enough to just develop a new application, it must improve the workflow and respond to practical concerns of the user base and business conditions.”The new approach to variogram analysis is a good example: 14 menu items have been streamlined into a sophisticated tool that provides new methods for handling structural and grade based anisotropy. Resource geologists have access to alternative methods to evaluate data, displaying multiple models concurrently for real-time, side-by-side comparisons.A new splitting solids tool applies current Vulcan multi-boolean capability to generate valid mining blocks for scheduling. Created solids can be clipped to a new topography as new data becomes available, delivering noticeable improvement in workflows for mid-term scheduling. This is complemented by another option that interactively cuts bench polygons, with target tonnage reserved against a block model as cutting proceeds.“This is a good example of how workflow tools maintain the integrity of data from block modelling in Vulcan to scheduling in Maptek Evolution. Usability and onscreen validation are key features of these pre-scheduling tools which improve productivity for short and long term planning.”Sophisticated modelling techniques are supported by advanced visualisation regimes for communicating alternative scenarios. Users can work with regular block models containing billions of blocks in Vulcan 10.“There’s no need to compromise on resolution or data quality due to the size of the geological model. Users can cut models into slices and toggle through sections on screen and the display is modified seamlessly.”The new automated pit designer for creating mineable pit shells improves efficiency for engineering tasks. Pit models become dynamic agents in the planning process as optimised block models are transformed into realistic mine design contours in seconds. These contours in turn can be applied to further design work or generation of long-term schedules.Vulcan 10 implicit modelling includes a new radial basis function for defining domains with shared or independent structural trends while accurately honouring drillhole data. Uncertainty modelling allows multiple orebodies to be automatically generated from drillhole datasets. Incorporating financial information enables quick assessment of mining viability for different scenarios.“One area that demands absolute attention to detail is the graphical user interface. This is recognised as integral to the user experience. Our customers can start using Vulcan 10 without disruption to ongoing tasks. As they explore new features they will reap additional benefits supplied through the Workbench,” Johnson said.“The flexible new interface comes into its own in a multi-screen environment. Docking database and design windows side-by-side allows interactive editing and viewing, with easy access to text, csv and script editing apps. The Workbench introduces a new workflow tool that accesses different Vulcan menus and options, and will eventually extend to all Maptek products.”The Maptek Workbench also enables a free 12-month trial of core drillhole viewing and exploration tools in Maptek Eureka for Vulcan Modeller users.last_img read more

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