09/15/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Pilsen Sausage Smackdown

There's trouble in Podmajersky-ville -- and it smells like grilled onions.

Neighbors in East Pilsen, a sliver of the Lower West Side that evolved into the Chicago Arts District thanks to mega-landlords Podmajersky Inc., want to stop what they consider an unsavory business from opening at 18th and Halsted.

It's not a dive bar, liquor store or one of those happy ending massage parlors. The artists and hipsters of this gentrifying community fear something far worse -- an all-night Maxwell Street Polish sausage stand.

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