<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Chicago Business News - Money, Financial & Corporate News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/business http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usTue, 17 Jan 2017 20:41:14 -0600Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:41:14 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[IHOP: Our Twitter Was Hacked]]> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:30:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ihop-deleted-tweet-new.jpg

IHOP said that sometime Sunday morning, the company’s Twitter account was hacked when a politically charged retweet appeared that caused some customers to pledge to never eat their golden fluffy pancakes again.

The International House of Pancakes confirmed to NBC4 the retweet in question involved a statement that Hillary Clinton ran a "major garbage campaign."

As soon as the IHOP team saw the retweet, it was deleted and IHOP took necessary precautions to make sure the company wouldn’t be hacked again.

IHOP released the following statement:

"At the core of the IHOP brand is a desire to bring people together and a commitment to creating a warm and welcoming environment for guests and fans everywhere, both in our restaurants and online. After a thorough investigation, we have confirmed that the IHOP Twitter account was hacked this morning. The retweeted post in question was immediately removed, and we have taken the necessary steps to ensure the security and integrity of our social media accounts. We appreciate our fans bringing this to our attention and recognizing that this is not normal content shared by IHOP."

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<![CDATA[SD Companies Won't Move Chargers]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:23:55 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/176*120/Dean+Spanos+vs+Jacksonville.JPG

So the Chargers said they are going to move to Los Angeles. Now they actually have to move to Los Angeles.

Anyone who has ever moved before understands what an undertaking this is. You have to pack up the boxes, prepare the furniture, finally address all the junk that’s been accumulating in the garage … it’s not a small endeavor, and that’s just for a house.

The Chargers are moving offices and a practice facility. That means they have to pack up and transport all the tackling sleds, all the computers, all the files … basically 55 years-worth of stuff. For that they will have to hire a moving company.

Finding one, however, has proven to be a problem.

“We were just sitting there thinking about the physical move of the Chargers,” said Ryan Charles, head of sales and marketing for www.HireAHelper.com. “We were thinking we would not want to be a part of that, having been born and raised here and being a lifelong Chargers fan.”

Charles asked the companies within the Hire A Helper network if they would refuse to help the Chargers move and they all said yes. But the movement did not stop there.

“Other moving companies, our peers, might not want to, either,” said Charles, “and wouldn’t it be cool if we all banded together to say that we wouldn’t?”

So Charles started cold-calling his fellow moving companies to float the idea by them. The response was a bit surprising … in a good way.

“The feedback was immediately positive,” said Charles. “I got chuckles, people were laughing, there were guys saying ‘I wouldn’t move them for X amount of dollars.’”

That variable is likely in excess of $100,000, by the way. With all the offices and training equipment, plus the likelihood of having staff and players jump on board, this is a monster payday these companies are turning down to stick to their principles.

As of Sunday night 22 movers based in San Diego had vowed not to move the Chargers north and more are expected to sign on in the coming days. An email is being sent to as many movers as Charles can think of.

“It’s almost like the last line of defense. We were making this last statement of loyalty to the SAN DIEGO Chargers,” said Charles.


But it is not simply the San Diego moving companies that have pledged their resistence. Movers in the Los Angeles area are also joining the cause.

“Once we started hearing the sentiment from L.A., you know, the ‘We don’t want you,’ we thought maybe there are Los Angeles companies who wouldn’t want to move them in to their city. We reached out to them and we have five L.A. moving companies on board that have agreed [to not move the Chargers to Los Angeles].”

Not every moving company in San Diego will take part in this movement but enough will to let the Spanos family know just how disappointed Chargers fans are. Plus, this kind of camaraderie might be the proverbial silver lining.

“It’s an awesome statement of loyalty, that’s for sure," Charles added.

To see all the companies dedicated to not move the Chargers just visit www.wewontmoveyouchargers.com and see the list continue to grow.

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<![CDATA[Adidas Rereleases 'OG' NMD Sneaker]]> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:40:10 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AdidasNMDLine.jpg

It's well-known that New Yorkers are crazy for fashion. NYPD officers witnessed the chaos first hand as officers responded to calls for crowd control at Adidas' Fifth Avenue location Saturday morning.

A line of eager sneakerheads snaked along 46th Street from Fifth Avenue toward Madison Avenue on Saturday morning for their chance to purchase the highly coveted Adidas "OG" NMD, a sneaker that the athletic wear brand originally released in December 2015 to much fanfare.

Brands frequently rerelease popular colorways of classic sneakers, notably Jordan Brand, whose Air Jordan retros typically sell like hotcakes within an hour or two after they drop. In Adidas case, the shoe was so hot that cops had to shut down the store by 11 a.m.

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Online shoppers sat at their computer at the crack of dawn, some up at 7 a.m., trying their luck at coveting the 2017's hottest release so far. A couple of fanatics were sucessful at getting through checkout, though the website allegedly crashed and froze several times in the process.

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One wife with "lucky hands" purchased a pair for her husband, who was ecstatic.

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Other sneakerheads weren't so lucky and took to social media to express their frustrations about the missed opportunity.

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Even those who aren't sneaker aficionados wanted in on the NMD madness.

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If you tried to get your hands on a pair but weren't able to, don't fret, as several resellers posted links on social media within hours after the release ended.

Looking good will cost a pretty penny — one Facebook user says the sneakers resold as high as $1,000, but have now dropped within the $400 to $600 range. That's at least 3.5 times the original price point of $170. A pair of original release OG NMD's allegedly sold for $1,200 before the announcement of a rerelease last September.

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Your wallet might be hurting, but beauty is pain, right?

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<![CDATA[Yahoo CEO to Resign After Verizon Takeover, Company Says]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 02:19:55 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/YAHOO_AP_16254012507905.jpg

Yahoo Inc. announced Monday that CEO Marissa Mayer, one of the highest-profile women in the predominantly male tech world, will resign once the company's merger with Verizon Communications Inc. closes, NBC News reported.

When Verizon announced the $4.8 billion deal in July, Mayer said she intended to continue as CEO.

But in a brief filing Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Yahoo said Mayer and company co-founder David Filo will leave once Verizon takes control of its operating business. Four other board members are leaving with Mayer and Filo, according to document.

However, the Verizon deal has been jeopardized by Yahoo's recent discovery of two separate hacking attacks that stole personal information from more than 1 billion user accounts.

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<![CDATA[Alibaba CEO Talks Jobs With Trump]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 13:14:41 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump-jack-ma.jpg

Jack Ma, the CEO of China-based tech giant Alibaba, met with President-elect Donald Trump in New York City Monday and vowed to focus on small businesses as the company plans its expansion to the U.S.

"Jack and I are going to do some great things," Trump said while standing next to Ma at Trump Tower.

The e-commerce company has said it plans to create 1 million U.S. jobs by helping businesses sell to China. Ma did not confirm a specific number of jobs to reporters after the meeting but said he planned to focus on agricultural products, CNBC reported.

The meeting comes amid tensions between China and the incoming Trump administration. "We also think that the China and USA relationship should be strengthened — should be more friendly," Ma said. "The door is open for discussing the relationship and trade issues. I think the president-elect is very smart, he's very open-minded to listen."

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<![CDATA[$martMoney]]> Tue, 08 May 2012 08:08:56 -0600 ]]> <![CDATA[Macy's to Close 65 Stores in 2017, Cut 10K Jobs]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 09:23:49 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/197*120/GettyImages-2025683.jpg

Macy's announced Wednesday it is shutting down 65 stores in 2017 and eliminating an estimated 10,000 jobs as it battles slowing sales and growing online competition.

The closures are part of a previously planned shutdown of about 100 stores, out of its 730, that the company announced in August 2016. Macy’s already shuttered three stores in the middle of 2016. On Wednesday, Macy’s said it will close 63 more locations in early spring 2017 and another two mid-year, part of 68 total store closures announced on Wednesday

The company says about 3,900 employees will be affected by the closures. It also will eliminate about 6,200 other positions as part of an effort to streamline operations and reduce expenses so it can invest more in its digital operations.

“As we’ve noted, it is essential that we maintain a healthy portfolio of the right stores in the right places. Our plan to close approximately 100 stores over the next few years is an important part of our strategy to help us right-size our physical footprint as we expand our digital reach,” the company said in statement.

Macy’s shares fell more more than 9 percent Wednesday after it posted disappointing holiday sales and announced which stores will be closing, CNBC reported.

Final clearance sales at Macy’s stores closing in early 2017 will begin on Monday, January 9, and run for approximately eight to 12 weeks.

Here's a list of the closures:

Greenwood, Bowling Green, KY (124,000 square feet; opened in 1980; 63 associates);
Carolina Place, Pineville, NC (151,000 square feet; opened in 1993; 69 associates)
Douglaston, Douglaston, NY (158,000 square feet; opened in 1981; 144 associates)
Downtown Portland, Portland, OR (246,000 square feet; opened in 2007; 85 associates)
*Lancaster Mall, Salem, OR (67,000 square feet; opened in 1980; 53 associates)
Oakwood Mall, Eau Claire, WI (104,000 square feet; opened in 1991; 55 associates)
Mission Valley Apparel, San Diego, CA (385,000 square feet; opened in 1961; 140 associates)
Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA (141,000 square feet; opened in 1990; 77 associates)
Lakeland Square, Lakeland, FL (101,000 square feet; opened in 1995; 68 associates)
Oviedo Marketplace, Oviedo, FL (195,000 square feet; opened in 2000; 83 associates)
Sarasota Square, Sarasota, FL (143,000 square feet; opened in 1977; 86 associates)
University Square, Tampa, FL (140,000 square feet; opened in 1974; 73 associates);
CityPlace, West Palm Beach, FL (108,000 square feet; opened in 2000; 72 associates)
Georgia Square, Athens, GA (121,000 square feet; opened in 1981; 69 associates)
Nampa Gateway Center, Nampa, ID (104,000, square feet; opened in 2009; 57 associates)
Alton Square, Alton, IL (180,000 square feet; opened in 1978; 54 associates)
Stratford Square, Bloomingdale, IL (149,000 square feet; opened in 1981; 87 associates)
Eastland, Bloomington, IL (154,000 square feet; opened in 1999; 55 associates)
Jefferson, Louisville, KY (157,000 square feet; opened in 1979; 52 associates)
Esplanade, Kenner, LA (188,000 square feet; opened in 2008; 101 associates)
Bangor, Bangor, ME (143,000 square feet; opened in 1998; 65 associates)
Westgate, Brockton, MA (144,000 square feet; opened in 2003; 79 associates)
Silver City Galleria, Taunton, MA (152,000 square feet; opened in 1992; 82 associates)
Lakeview Square Mall, Battle Creek, MI (102,000 square feet: opened 1983; 51 associates)
Eastland Center, Harper Woods, MI (433,000 square feet; opened in 1957; 121 associates)
Lansing, Lansing, MI (103,000 square feet; opened in 1979; 57 associates)
Westland, Westland, MI (334,000 square feet; opened in 1965; 106 associates)
Minneapolis Downtown, Minneapolis, MN (1,276,000 square feet; opened in 1902; 280 associates)
Northgate, Durham, NC (187,000 square feet; opened in 1994; 72 associates);
Columbia, Grand Forks, ND (99,000 square feet; opened in 1978; 53 associates)
Moorestown, Moorestown, NJ (200,000 square feet; opened in 1999; 107 associates)
Voorhees Town Center, Voorhees, NJ (224,000 square feet; opened in 1970; 77 associates)
Preakness, Wayne, NJ (81,000 square feet; opened in 1963; 72 associates);
Cottonwood, Albuquerque, NM (173,000 square feet; opened in 1996; 56 associates)
Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV (178,000 square feet; opened in 1966; 84 associates)
Great Northern, Clay, NY (88,000 square feet; opened in 1989; 55 associates)
Oakdale Mall, Johnson City, NY (140,000 square feet; opened in 2000; 58 associates)
The Marketplace, Rochester, NY (149,000 square feet; opened in 1982; 77 associates)
Eastland, Columbus, OH (121,000 square feet; opened in 2006; 73 associates)
Sandusky, Sandusky, OH (133,000 square feet; opened in 1979; 61 associates)
Fort Steuben, Steubenville, OH (132,000 square feet; opened in 1974; 59 associates)
Promenade, Tulsa, OK (180,000 square feet; opened in 1996; 58 associates)
Neshaminy, Bensalem, PA (211,000 square feet; opened in 1968; 89 associates)
Shenango Valley, Hermitage, PA (106,000 square feet; opened in 1976; 69 associates)
Beaver Valley, Monaca, PA (203,000 square feet; opened in 1987; 78 associates)
Lycoming, Muncy, PA (120,000 square feet; opened in 1995; 61 associates)
Plymouth Meeting, Plymouth Meeting, PA (214,000 square feet; opened in 1966; 74 associates);
Washington Crown Center, Washington, PA (148,000 square feet; opened in 1999; 67 associates)
Parkdale, Beaumont, TX (171,000 square feet; opened in 2002; 67 associates)
Southwest Center, Dallas, TX (148,000 square feet; opened in 1975; 68 associates)
Sunland Park, El Paso, TX (105,000 square feet; opened in 2004; 71 associates)
Greenspoint, Houston, TX (314,000 square feet; opened in 1976; 70 associates)
West Oaks Mall, Houston, TX (244,000 square feet; opened in 1982; 135 associates)
Pasadena Town Square, Pasadena, TX (209,000 square feet; opened in 1962; 78 associates)
Collin Creek, Plano, TX (199,000 square feet; opened in 1980; 103 associates)
Broadway Square, Tyler, TX (100,000 square feet; opened in 1981; 65 associates)
Layton Hills, Layton, UT (162,000 square feet; opened in 1980; 72 associates)
Cottonwood, Salt Lake City, UT (200,000 square feet; opened in 1962; 88 associates)
Landmark, Alexandria, VA (201,000 square feet; opened in 1965; 119 associates)
River Ridge, Lynchburg, VA (144,000 square feet; opened in 1980; 60 associates)
Everett, Everett, WA (133,000 square feet; opened in 1977; 109 associates)
Three Rivers, Kelso, WA (51,000 square feet; opened in 1987; 57 associates)
Valley View, La Crosse, WI (101,000 square feet; opened in 1980; 57 associates)
Simi Valley Town Center (men’s/home/kids), Simi Valley, CA (190,000 square feet; opened in 2006; 105 associates)
Mall at Tuttle Crossing (furniture/home/kids/men's), Dublin, OH (227,000 square feet; opened in 2003; 52 associates)

<![CDATA[Ford Cancels Mexico Plant, Will Reinvest in Michigan]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:27:01 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/FORD+THUMB.jpg Ford announced the cancellation of a new $1.6 billion plant in Mexico and will instead reinvest in Michigan.

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<![CDATA[Maywood's Only Grocery Store to Close Permanently This Month]]> Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:58:59 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ALDI+supermarket+sign.jpg

A Chicago suburb's only grocery store is slated to close on Christmas Eve, and city officials are pleading with the popular grocery store chain to keep it open.

Aldi announced plans to close its Maywood location, at 215 W. Madison St., citing numerous other locations in surrounding suburbs.

“We take the closing of any ALDI store very seriously,” Aldi said in a statement. “In this case, we made a decision to close this store because there are several ALDI locations in the Bellwood, Broadview and Melrose Park areas that will continue to provide our customers with the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices. All of these stores are within a few miles of the Maywood location. We are pleased to share that all employees are able to transfer to surrounding ALDI stores.” 

But area officials, including Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin and Congressman Danny Davis, are calling on Aldi to keep the location open, saying it is the only grocery store in the entire suburb. 

“The community depends on this location as its sole source of healthy, nutritious food,” a statement from the elected officials read. “Many Maywood citizens simply do not have the means to travel to other stores in nearby communities.” 

Boykin said he and his fellow politicians may offer tax incentives to Aldi to keep it from leaving. 

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<![CDATA[CEOs of Tesla, Uber and Pepsi Join Trump's Business Council]]> Thu, 15 Dec 2016 05:30:41 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/elonmusk3.jpg

The real-life Iron Man has agreed to help Donald Trump.

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX joined the president-elect’s business council on Wednesday, NBC News reported. Two other CEOs, Travis Kalanick of Uber and Indra Nooyi of Pepsi have also joined the council.

Musk, who was critical of Trump during the presidential race, was seen at the president-elect's private meeting with tech titans on Wednesday.

Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum includes CEOs of some of the country’s largest companies, such as Walt Disney, General Electric, JP Morgan Chase and Wal-Mart. Its purpose is to advise the president-elect on how to create news jobs, according to a press release from Trump’s transition team.

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<![CDATA[Hawaii's Last Sugar Mill Closes]]> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:48:24 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/TEST_SugarHarvest1213_MP4_1200x675_831916611858.jpg Workers delivered the final truckload of cane to Hawaii's last remaining sugar mill Monday, bringing an era that helped define the state to a close. KHNL's Lisa Kubota reports.]]> <![CDATA[Walmart Pulls 'Offensive' Mugs From Website]]> Wed, 14 Dec 2016 06:07:59 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/walmart+sign+generic+2.jpg

Walmart has removed a mug from its website after numerous shoppers reported it as “appalling” and “offensive.”

The black and white coffee mug was posted to the retail giant’s site with the message “Got Retard?” on it.

After numerous complaints, and a Change.org petition asking the company to stop selling the mug, Walmart said it had the item from a third-party seller “removed from the site as soon as we were informed.” 

“This item violated our policy and we quickly removed it,” Walmart said in a statement on Twitter. “It’s unacceptable a seller put it on our Marketplace.” 

A similar version of the mug also appeared on Amazon.com, but has since been removed from the site as well. Amazon said in a statement Tuesday the item is "not listed for sale on Amazon."

The National Down Syndrome Society thanked the retailers for “discontinuing sales immediately.”

“Upon learning of the offensive language used in products sold by Walmart and Amazon, NDSS reached out to both retailers to discuss the offensive items being sold on their websites and asked that they immediately disconitnue the sale of those products, which they both have done,” the group said in a statement. “NDSS strongly condemns the use of the ‘r word.’ As the leading human rights organization for all people with Down syndrome, we maintain a zero tolerance policy for this type of mockery and offense.”

GiGi’s Playhouse Inc. in suburban Chicago, a group dedicated to increasing “positive awareness of Down syndrome,” also thanked the companies for removing the product.

“Walmart, we would like to thank you for taking down your product, the despicable, offensive mug with the R-word prominently displayed on it, but not before many people were hurt,” the group wrote on Facebook.

Still, the group has asked both Walmart and Amazon.com “What can we do to ensure this doesn’t happen again?”

Walmart describes its Marketplace program on its website as a way for "strategic business partners" to sell products alongside Walmart products.

"Our sellers are selected based on reputation, sales projections and alignment with Walmart's values," Walmart's website says.

A request for comment on how the mug made it onto the company's marketplace was not immediately answered.

Amazon also did not respond to a request for comment about how the mug was listed on the site. According to the company's website, registered sellers can list their products to the Amazon Marketplace catalog.

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<![CDATA[NJ Clinical Lab Hack Exposes Personal Health Info of 34,000]]> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 06:34:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quest+Diagnostics_21789268.jpg

Clinical laboratory services company Quest Diagnostics announced Monday that it is investigating a third-party hack into an internet application on its network. 

The Madison, New Jersey-based Fortune 500 healthcare company said in a press release that on Nov. 26, an unauthorized third party accessed the MyQuest by Care 360 internet application and obtained health information of about 34,000 patients.

In its statement, the company said the data accessed by the third party "included names, dates of birth, lab results and, in some instances, phone numbers."

None of the compromised information included Social Security numbers, credit card, insurance or other financial information, Quest says. The company says it immediately addressed the hack when it was discovered and has notified all affected individuals.

There is an investigation underway, and the company says it is working with a cybersecurity firm to determine the source and cause of the breach.

Anyone with questions on the incident can call Quest Diagnostics at (888) 320-9970 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

<![CDATA[New Starbucks Reserve Opening In Wrigley Office Building]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:20:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Starbucks-Storefront.jpg

A new upscale Starbucks Reserve is set to open on Chicago's North Side next year.

The new Starbucks store will open in the Wrigley Field office building complex with a so-called Starbucks Reserve experience bar, according to a company spokesperson.

“These stores are designed to have coffee craft be the center of conversation, where the coffee bars are interactive and customers can lean in and talk to our partners (employees) about how coffee is brewed on a siphon or made on a Black Eagle (manual espresso machine),” David Daniels, managing director for Starbucks Design, said in a statement. “The theater of coffee is the first thing you see when you walk in the door and it says, ‘Come here, sit down, learn more.'"

Starbucks has also teamed up with an Italian food partner, Princi, to introduce food into their new boutique bakery and cafe locations.

A stand alone Princi store is set to open in Chicago's West Loop in late 2017.

<![CDATA[Delta Latest Airline to Upgrade Its Snacks]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:14:05 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/delta-snacks.jpg

If it's true that an army travels on its stomach, will better snacks keep passengers loyal to one airline? 

Delta Air Lines is rolling out new free snacks for customers in the main cabin, including brand-name yogurt bars and pretzels. Some will come in larger portions than before because, Delta has figured out, that's what customers crave. 

The menu move comes about a year after United Airlines brought back free snacks by offering noshes like stroopwafels — a gooey Dutch confection — and better coffee. Earlier this year, American Airlines restored free snacks on domestic flights. 

Airline executives say they're focusing on both big and little things in the battle for customers. 

Delta said Thursday that beginning next week it will retire the airline's brand of peanuts and pretzels and replace them on longer flights with Snyder's of Hanover pretzels, Squirrel honey-roasted peanuts and NatureBox yogurt bars. 

Fans of the Biscoff cookies need not fret — those are staying. 

Delta also is testing free sandwiches and other meals in economy on some flights between New York and California.

The company stopped selling food on its flights in 2005, The New York Times reported at the time

For decades, air travelers took it for granted that they would be served meals as part of their ticket price. Airlines gradually took away that perk to save money, but came off looking Scrooge-like. 

Continental Airlines claimed it would save $2.5 million by no longer giving away pretzels in 2011. That year parent United Continental Holdings Inc. earned $840 million. 

Airlines today seem even more financially healthy enough to feed their customers: Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. earned $4.5 billion last year.

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<![CDATA[US Stock Indexes Close at Record Highs ]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:56:14 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-628522000.jpg

Major U.S. stock indexes are closing at record highs for the second day in a row, as a post-election rally continued following a key monetary policy announcement from the European Central Bank, CNBC reported.

The Dow Jones industrial average briefly rose more than 100 points before closing 65 points higher, with Goldman Sachs contributing the most gains.

The S&P 500 closed 0.2 percent higher while the Nasdaq composite rose 0.4 percent.

"This really is the Trump trade," said Phil Blancato, CEO of Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management. "This trade is about the potential for a more pro-business economy."

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<![CDATA[Chicago-Area Stores Set to See New Shipments of Hatchimals]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:07:03 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/625154754-Hatchimals.jpg

One of the hottest toys of this holiday season is about to return to store shelves in the Chicago area just in time for the holidays. 

New shipments of Hatchimals will be hitting store shelves at several big box stores across Chicago and some suburbs.

Shoppers searching for coveted wishlist item, a cuddly creature inside an egg that hatches, have reported difficulties getting their hands on the highly-desired children’s toy.

Walmart said new shipments will begin hitting store shelves at some point between Thursday and Dec. 19 for $48.88 at the following locations:

  • Walmart store #1933, 137 W North Ave, Northlake
  • Walmart store #1938, 7050 S Cicero Ave, Bedford Park
  • Walmart store #1401, 2552 W 75th St, Naperville
  • Walmart store #1892, 9450 Joliet Rd, Hodgkins
  • Walmart store #1556, 9265 159th St, Orland Hills
  • Walmart store #1228, 2680 N Illinois 83, Round Lake Beach
  • Walmart store #1413, 1205 S Illinois Rte 31, Crystal Lake
  • Walmart store #1377, 3801 Running Brook Farm Blvd, Johnsburg
  • Walmart store #1211, 21101 McGuire Rd, Harvard
  • Walmart store #3004, 3320 S Cicero Ave, Cicero

Walmart said it is scheduled to receive dozens per store. The local shipments are part of a larger national shipment set to bring tens of thousands of the toy to stores across the country.

Hatchimals were ranked as one of Walmart’s Chosen by Kids top 25 list earlier this season.

Target announced Tuesday that it expects more Hatchimals will hit store shelves beginning Sunday. That’s when Target stores across the country will begin receiving dozens of the hot toy, priced at $59.99, with inventory popping up throughout the week, the company said.

“You’ll need to be quick to scoop these up (limit two per guest) while supplies last, so be sure to check your local store,” the company said on its website.

A Toys R Us store in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, located at 3300 N. Western Ave., reported a shipment of over a dozen Thursday morning.

“For Chicago area customers looking for Hatchimals they should just check in with local stores in the area regularly,” said the company’s Midwest spokesperson Jessica Offerjost. “Stores are getting shipments over the next several weeks.”

Hatchimals typically cost between $60 and $70—but on eBay they’re going for much more.

A message posted on the Hatchimals website says more of the cutesy toys are on the way.

“While additional product will hit retail shelves in December, we anticipate this inventory will also sell out quickly,” the company said on its website. “We have increased production and a whole new batch of Hatchimals will be ready to hatch in early 2017. “

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<![CDATA[New Suburban Krispy Kreme Gets Opening Date]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:01:17 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Krispy_Kreme-453817261+%281%29.jpg

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is making its return to Chicago.

The doughnut chain announced its newest storefront at 17815 S. Halsted Street in Homewood, is slated to open Jan. 10, 2017.

The doughnut shop will be celebrating its grand opening by giving the first 100 customers in line free doughnuts. The first dozen customers will receive a free dozen Original Glazed doughnuts every week for a year, while customers 13 through 100 will receive a free dozen Original Glazed doughnuts every month for a year.

Customers can begin lining up for their shot at a free dozen on Jan. 9, when the store will set up a heated tent and give customers a line placement number. Customers must wait in line until doors open on Jan. 10 at 6 a.m.

“We are excited to join the Homewood community with our first Krispy Kreme Chicagoland location,” said Carlos Larcada, President of Chicagoland Restaurants, LLC. “We’re ready to turn on our Hot Light and serve up hot, fresh Krispy Kreme favorites.”

The store's opening will also mark the Midwest premiere of Krispy Kreme's new premium coffee, along with a 24-hour drive-thru.

“I am beyond delighted that Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will soon open here in Homewood,” said Rich Hofeld, Homewood Village President. “Their location in our Halsted Street commercial district is a great addition to the community and I look forward to stopping by whenever I am in need of something sweet.”

The Homewood Krispy Kreme will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Judge Rules in Favor of City in Chicago Food Truck Suit]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:18:42 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/cupcakes+for+courage.jpg

A Cook County judge on Monday ruled in favor of the city in a years-long lawsuit regarding two provisions of Chicago's food truck laws.

Judge Anna Helen Demacopoulos announced the Chicago food truck ordinance will remain as is, meaning the city’s ban on operating a food truck within 200 feet of a brick-and-mortar restaurant and its requirement that food trucks install GPS tracking devices that broadcast their every move stands. 

"We are pleased with the ruling, which reaffirms that the ordinance strikes the right balance between the interests of food trucks and those of restaurants," Bill McCaffrey, Chicago's law department spokesman, said in a statement.

Cupcakes for Courage owner Laura Pekarik, who filed the lawsuit aiming to loosen restrictions on mobile food trucks, and attorneys from The Institute for Justice said they plan to appeal the judge's decision. 

"I think the evidence is in our favor," Pekarik said.

"More trucks have been going out of business because they can't compete and succeed... and it's all because of these rules," said attorney Robert Frommer with The Institute for Justice.

The lawsuit was filed in 2012 in an effort to remove the city's ban on the operation of a food truck within 200 feet of a brick-and-mortar restaurant and a requirement to install GPS devices so their whereabouts can be tracked.

"If food trucks could park anywhere they wanted to, just like a car, it would be a lot easier," Pekarik said at the time.

Some traditional restaurant owners oppose the food trucks because they're competing with businesses that don't have to pay property taxes.

<![CDATA[$2 Gets You a Free Wendy's Frosty With Each Visit in 2017]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:52:09 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-52821036.jpg

Next year just got a whole lot sweeter.

Wendy's is providing customers with key chains that will get them a free frosty with their purchases until the year's end

For just $2, customers that are participating Wendy's National Frosty Key Tag Program can flash their key chain to cashiers and get a free Jr. Frosty next year with our purchases.

Last week, Wendy's tweeted that for just $2, customers can enroll in the program for 2017.

Wendy's charity affiliate, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption was selling the tags on its website but have sold out. 

"Due to overwhelming popularity, the 2017 Frosty Key Tags are sold out!" the site reads.

However, Wendy's tweet last week encourages customers to still come and buy a $2 tag at their nearest location.

Anyone interested in purchasing a key tag by the end of 2016 can do so at their local Wendy's. 

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<![CDATA[Oil Tumbles Amid OPEC Uncertainty]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:30:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/gasolina-16.jpg

Stocks closed slightly higher on Tuesday, boosted by health-care companies like UnitedHealth Group, as investors digested falling oil prices ahead of a key OPEC meeting.

The Dow Jones industrial average closed about 25 points higher. CNBC reported. The S&P 500 gained 0.1 percent while the Nasdaq composite outperformed, closing 0.2 percent higher and hitting a new intraday high of 5,403.86.

In energy, oil prices fell sharply after it seemed like a deal to reduce oil production among OPEC nations was starting to fall apart ahead of their meeting Wednesday in Vienna.

Benchmark U.S. crude fell $1.85, or 3.9 percent, to close at $45.23 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, tumbled $1.86, or 3.9 percent, to close at $46.38 a barrel in London, The Associated Press reported.

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<![CDATA[Portillo's Launches Yearlong Subscription Service]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:03:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/portillos5.png

For the first time ever, Portillo's will offer nationwide delivery of its famous chocolate cake.

The local Chicago restaurant announced Tuesday that customers will now be able to ship two pre-baked chocolate cake layers and a do-it-yourself icing kit, complete with frosting and a spatula, straight to their homes.

“For the upcoming holiday season, we wanted to give Portillo’s fans a new way to enjoy their favorite menu items,” Portillo’s CEO Keith Kinsey said in a statement. “The additions to our Shop & Ship service make it easier than ever for our customers to relish Portillo’s year-round, regardless if they live near one of our locations.”

A new subscription service, Portillo's 365, was also unveiled Tuesday. The subscription includes a rotating selection of Portillo's most popular menu items, delivered every other month, anywhere in the country.

Customers can purchase the subscription for $365 on the restaurant's website. It includes:

• January: One deluxe package of Italian Beef Sandwiches slow-roasted, thinly sliced beef cooked with Italian spices and served on French bread (makes 8 sandwiches per package)

• March: One 10-pack of Chicago-Style Hot Dogs, topped with customary mustard, onions, relish, sport peppers, tomato, pickle, and celery salt

• May: Two slabs of Portillo’s award-winning Ribs, tender baby back slabs marinated in Portillo’s housemade sauce

• July: One deluxe package of Italian Beef Sandwiches slow-roasted, thinly sliced beef cooked with Italian spices and served on French bread (makes 8 sandwiches per package)

• September: One 10-pack of Chicago-Style Hot Dogs, topped with customary mustard, onions, relish, sport peppers, tomato, pickle, and celery salt

• November: One famous Chocolate Cake, with do-it-yourself frosting

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<![CDATA[Target Announces Plans to Open New Store in Chicago Area]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:50:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/target-store-sign.jpg

Target has announced plans to open a new store in the Chicago area next year.

The Minnesota-based company revealed it will open a new, flexible-format store in Oak Park as part of Elevate Oak Park, a new mixed-use project.

The new store will be located at the corner of Lake and Maple streets and is projected to open in October 2017.

“We are very excited to welcome Target to the heart of our downtown,” said Oak Park Mayor Anan Abu Taleb. “A retailer of Target’s reputation is an economic game changer not only for Oak Park, but also for our neighboring communities.”

The flexible-format stores are often placed in smaller locations with items tailored for local guests.

The Oak Park location will be about 22,000 square feet and will feature a grocery section, cosmetic products, men’s and women’s apparel, toys, sporting goods, home décor, and electronic and tech items. It will also include order pickup and Target mobile, the company said.

“Target is focused on adding flexible-format stores in the Chicago area to make it easier for more guests to shop at Target,” said Mark Schindele, senior vice president, Properties, Target. “We look forward to providing the Oak Park community with a quick-trip shopping experience with product assortments that are unique to Target.”

There are currently four flexible-format stores in the Chicago area and the company plans to add three more locations in the city in 2017.

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<![CDATA[The Drake Hotel's Iconic Cape Cod Room to Close]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:39:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/the+drake+sign.JPG

One of Chicago’s oldest restaurants is closing after more than 80 years.

The Cape Cod Room inside the iconic Drake Hotel, known as the restaurant where Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio carved their initials after getting married in 1954, announced it will close on Jan. 1, 2017.

The closing comes as the Drake prepares for what it says will be a “historic renovation,” according to the hotel’s website.

Well-known seafood dishes from the restaurant, including Bookbinder soup, oysters Rockefeller, crab cakes, Cape Cod seafood boil and baked Alaska, will become featured menu items at the hotel’s Coq d’Or Restaurant and Lounge instead.

The restaurant has been a staple in the city for the last 83 years. It will offer its last dinner service on New Year’s Eve.

<![CDATA[Report Names Best Stores to Shop For Black Friday Deals]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 22:29:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/holiday+shopping.png

Black Friday shopping is often chaotic, but for anyone tired of store-hopping to find the best deal, a new report has dubbed the best places to shop for savings.

The report from personal finance website WalletHub surveyed 8,000 Black Friday store deals from 35 of the biggest U.S. retailers. WalletHub then identified the stores offering the biggest discounts in various categories, including appliances, jewelry and toys.

Macy's topped the list with the highest overall discount rate at 63.35 percent. 

Other department store giants Kohl's and Sears, took sixth and tenth place, respectively.

Wallethub also warned against Black-Friday "traps" -- customers should aim for a 39 percent discount or higher when shopping Black Friday deals.

  1. Macy's — 63.4%
  2. Stage — 62.8%
  3. JCPenney — 62.8%
  4. Harbor Freight — 62.6%
  5. Gordmans — 61.6%
  6. Kohl's — 58.1%
  7. Shopko — 55.6%
  8. Fred Meyer — 49.7%
  9. Craft Warehouse — 45.0%
  10. Sears — 43.9%
  11. CVS Pharmacy — 43.9%
  12. Office Depot and OfficeMax — 43.0%
  13. Toys R Us — 40.5%
  14. Hhgregg — 37.3%
  15. Dollar General — 36.9%
  16. Dell Home — 35.7%
  17. GameStop — 34.9%
  18. Meijer — 33.8%
  19. Best Buy — 33.2%
  20. Staples — 33.1%
  21. Wal-Mart — 32.6%
  22. BJ's — 32.0%
  23. True Value — 31.9%
  24. Modell's — 29.8%
  25. Microsoft — 29.3%
  26. AAFES — 29.1%
  27. Kmart — 28.6%
  28. Target — 28.6%
  29. HP — 28.5%
  30. Sam's Club — 28.3%
  31. Ace Hardware — 27.7%
  32. Verizon — 27.5%
  33. Costco — 25.4%
  34. Amazon — 24.7%
  35. Big Lots — 23.5%

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<![CDATA[McDonald's Unveils New Nutella Burger]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:53:23 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/14991016_1017476491696071_2918818054348977766_o.jpg

McDonald's has unveiled its newest burger. This time, however, the world's largest hamburger chain has gone meat-less.

The announcement of the new "Sweety con Nutella" on the restaurant's Italian Facebook page caused an online frenzy, generating over 74,000 comments and over 90,000 shares since Nov. 10.

The "burger" consists of Nutella sandwiched between two buns.

"A soft sweetness has arrived that you will not be able to resist," the company wrote on social media. "Try Sweety with Nutella now: soft bread with a creamy, indulgent center."

The burger will cost two euros and will be sold at all 540 McDonald's and McCafés in Italy, according to a press release.

The Nutella burger joins a growing list of regional specialty items that the company has developed over the years, including McRice Burgers in the Philippines, McLobsters in Canada and Squid Ink Burgers in Japan.

McDonald's did not respond to a request for comment on whether or not the Nutella burger might be introduced in the US. 

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<![CDATA[Gibson's Made Most Money Among Independent Chicago Eateries]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:43:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/BLT+Prime_Steak.jpg

Gibson's Bar & Steakhouse has again grossed more money than any independent restaurant in Chicago, according to Restaurant Business Online's annual ranking of top-grossing independent restaurants.

The Gold Coast steakhouse raked in $25.6 million last year, ranking No. 8 in the country overall with only five U.S. locations. Gibson's rose two spots from last year's 10th place award, climbing back to the same slot the steakhouse occupied in 2014.

Rankings are calculated using 2015 restaurant sales data taken from surveys. Gibson's is one of 10 Chicago restaurants that made the Restaurant Business Online's list in 2016.

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab placed No. 14 nationally and second among Chicago restaurants with $22.3 million. Seven Chicago restaurants and three suburban restaurants made the list of 100. Check out the full list of all Chicago restaurants that made the list this year below.

1. Gibson's Bar & Steakhouse (No. 8)

2. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (No. 14)

3. David Burkes Primehouse (No. 23)

4. Shaw's Crab House (No. 34)

5. Chicago Cut Steakhouse (No. 36)

6. Gibson's Bar & Steakhouse, Rosemont location (No. 43)

7. Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse (No. 63)

8. Gibson's Bar & Steakhouse, Oak Brook location (No. 68)

9. Hugo's Frog Bar (No. 69)

10. Quartino (No. 87)