http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-080701-starbucks,0,7203163.story I posted this here because it's bound to get political. Can't say I'm surprised or upset. When I first moved to Chicago, there were tons of independent cafes. Then Starbucks decided to pay their landlords to cancel their leases (at least that's what the owners of several cafes told me). Most of the independents were gone within a few years. However, I'm noticing a new trend toward people wanting independents back. There are four of them in my neighborhood and one Starbucks. Guess which place is empty?