* There's a new book about Harry Gordon Selfridge, the Marshall Field's-trained Chicagoan who taught Europeans--for better or worse--the American way of shopping.
* The latest TIF beneficiary? United Airlines.
* Incidentally, if you're wondering why your plane is so likely to be delayed at O'Hare, the clearest explanation I've read comes from air transportation columnist Patrick Smith, author of the wonderful column "Ask the Pilot," at the Freakonomics blog (scroll down). American carriers think that having as many flights as possible is really convenient; having way overshot the convenience angle, Smith thinks that they'll reverse course.
* Is Boys Town less gay, more gentrified? Blame tolerance. Boys Town doesn't actually come up in the article, so maybe it's an exception.
* Broadway-bound August: Osage County dominated last night's Jeff awards.
* Did You Know? The average age of the RedEye reader is 35. It's set to become the largest-circulation (on weekdays, at least) newspaper in Chicago.
* Jesse Jackson Jr. poured bottled water into the Chicago River to protest the city's new tax on the product. News of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch makes me a little more sympathetic to the ban, but not much.