Have you ever wanted to try your hand at producing a family recipe on a commercial level? Via the excellent Gaper's Block, which for my money is the best blog convering the City of Chicago, we learn about Kitchen Chicago.
Kitchen Chicago is, according to their site, "a fully equipped, commercially licensed, shared use kitchen, allowing you to build your business with lowered risk and minimized start-up costs." For $25/hour you can use any of their commercial grade equipment including a 20 quart mixer, proofer, 10 burner gas range, and meat slicer. There's even a small storefront where products from the users of the kitchen will be marketed to the general public at the Francisco stop on the Brown Line.
The hope is that not only will Kitchen Chicago act as a food business incubator, but as a place for party prep, and event cookery.
It's a great idea, and you can bet I'll be checking it out in person.