(Photos by Brooke Collins)
1) enforce fire codes. There's one old place, The No Exit cafe, where they put on The Andrews Sisters last year. There are NO panic bars on the doors (cost: about 160.00 times 2 doors). This place LOCKS the door, " but only during the performance..." The OTHER door was blocked entirely by a drum kit. Much like the door at Cocoanut Grove that killed 492 in 1942.
It's also too old to require sprinklers (1978), but even though there's a kitchen, I never saw ONE fire extinguisher.
To be 100% fair, it wasn't overcrowded, and no one was allowed in the aisles. But I know one usable door being locked is bad news.
2nd, please utilize the Domestic Violence laws used in Wisconsin. When women who have no reason to lie say their parter beat them up, let's stop wasting time and money, and treat it as if they never met. In WI, you have to get DV (NOT anger management) and alcohol/drug treatment based on her word for at least two years. This is what experts (such as author Lundy Bancroft of "Why does he DO that? " ) suggest MIGHT help.
No women wants to go to DV court for 6 months. It's worse than having your partner assault you, to see him in that very desolate area (where the courthouse is)...or even in court...
Having those two things dealt with would make Chicago a much better place.