I’ve been going to the Starbucks on Chicago and Franklin for longer than I can remember. And while doing so, I’ve successfully eavesdropped on more conversations than I’m willing to admit.
Whether I’m there to finish a column or still figuring out how to use Microsoft Excel – I always find some time to take my headphones off and listen in on other people’s conversations. It’s not because I’m a creep (or at least I don’t think I am).
It’s because I’m always amazed at the conversations I overhear.
One time I listened to a few start-up junkies sharing ideas on how to improve their social media strategy.
Another time I chuckled at two advertising account executives as they bitched about how the creatives get to come in late every morning. And one time, I even overheard some guy offer career advice to a discouraged post-graduate for a solid hour.
To me, the Starbucks underneath the Chicago Brown Line stop is this city in a nutshell. While constantly busy, stressful, and crowded with homeless people – it’s also the stomping grounds for a sample of the talented, forward-thinking business professionals that give Chicago the unparalleled reputation it deserves.
After all, Chicago has everything.
Baseball in the spring, beaches in the summer, and alcohol for the winter. From sports to music, there’s something for everybody in the Windy City. But here at THESIXTHIRTY.com, we believe there are a few things missing in Chicago.
We’re not talking about a World Series ring. And we’re not talking about clean politicians neither.
We’re talking about transparency in the media.
We’re talking about a source for news that isn’t bogged down by affiliation or endorsement, and we’re talking about a voice that isn’t afraid to be brutally opinionated.
A wise man once said, “Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.”
As you may know, that man was Hunter S. Thompson. Although his lifestyle habits could be frowned upon, his unfiltered writing style gave new life to the profession of journalism. Hunter S. Thompson proved that the world will always need story-tellers, and no advancement in technology will ever change that.
It’s the reason I keep writing. And hopefully, it’s the reason you’ll keep reading.
When we started Major Onions almost three years ago, I was finishing up my final semester at the Missouri School of Journalism.
As I got closer and closer to entering the ‘real world,’ I became more and more cynical for the profession I was heading into. It wasn’t because I was falling out of love with journalism, it’s because I didn’t know my place in it.
Twitter feeds have essentially eliminated the need for a morning newspaper. Companies like YouTube and Netflix have redefined the norm for television. And websites like Elite Daily are successfully clogging your Facebook feed with cheap content thanks to massive online marketing and social media budgets.
But what does it all mean, Keegan? Simple. It means that the internet is more convoluted with bullshit than ever.
And more importantly – it’s the reason I started blogging.
It’s the reason why Peter Hahn and I set up a WordPress account in May of 2012, and named it “MajorOnions.com”. It’s the reason why – a few months after that – we teamed up with my brother Chas to create RagerOnions.com, the website’s music page.
From the very start, our mission was to ask the questions that nobody is asking. To give the answers that nobody is giving. And to publish stories that will always empower, enlighten, or just simply entertain.
We never imagined that our passion and knowledge for sports and music could become our career. But as we’ve grown up, so has our website.
Because of a few extremely vague rules and regulations of the
Patent & Trademark Office, we decided to change the name of our website. Sticking to our roots, we established our company name (Major Onions, LLC) and began work on our new website, our new brand, and our new vision.
Thanks to a little luck, relentless support from our family and friends, and the patience of our enthusiastic and benevolent investor – we’re going to be delivering our readers with unfiltered news, stories, and opinions on an every-day basis in a much faster and more polished fashion.
Thanks to many talented people (like our awesome new web developer Joe…thanks Joe), several sleepless nights, and pretty much every Skrillex live set I could find – we are finally back open for business.
Every morning, our top story of the day will be featured at 6:30am. If you subscribe for THE SIX THIRTY morning newsletter, you’ll also get an update on what’s buzzing in Chicago that morning.
At the end of January, we’ll also be releasing an app. Yes, like an app that you can download on an Android or iPhone. And yes, it will be free. From our merger with RaveFaced.com and RiseandVibe.com to our partnership with Nightlife – the best is yet to come.
Thanks for supporting our vision, and welcome to THE SIX THIRTY – Chicago’s only source for truly unfiltered news.