Chipotle Now Delivering

Late this week, Chipotle Mexican Grill’s executive Mark Crumpacker announced that the food chain has partnered with the app PostMates, a delivery system that will deliver anything from household goods to food and beverage.  Chipotle is currently testing these delivery tactics in 67 cities.

The partnership started in March, and since then Chipotle online orders have increased by 30%.  Although these numbers are assuring, Crumpacker stated that, “there’s a tremendous amount of potential for individual orders but it’s a little bit too early for us to predict what long-term impact that will have.”

In 2014, nearly 200 more Chipotle restaurants have opened across the nation, bringing in $4 billion in revenue.  In the first three months of 2015, Chipotle has already brought in over $1 billion in revenue.  Crumpacker gives credit to online orders and deliveries.

According to PostMates, delivery charges are based on the distance between Chipotle and the customer.  Luckily for Chipotle-fanatics, delivery charges will not surpass $7.99.

PostMates has also partnered with Starbucks Coffee, testing out a delivery system in Seattle and New York City.

Study: No Link Between Vaccinations, Autism

According to a study published on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, there is no link between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination and autism in children, as many American parents believe to be true.

“We found that there was no harmful association between the receipt of the MMR vaccine and the development of an autism spectrum disorder,” stated Anjali Jain, a pediatrician at the Lewin Group.  The Lewin Group is a health care consulting firm in Virginia which worked on the study.

The study included over 95,000 children and spanned an 11-year window.  It also paid particular attention to children with older Autistic siblings, naturally increasing the younger child’s genetic risk of developing the disorder.  The study found that the suggested one or two doses children need to prevent measles, mumps and rubella does not increase a child’s chances of developing Autism, no matter if there is a family history of the disorder or not.

National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funded the study.

Art Institute of Chicago receives $400 million gift

Chicago philanthropists Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson have donated their private contemporary art collection, with an estimated value of $400 million, to the Art Institute of Chicago.

The collection consists of 42 different pieces, some of them the works of artists such as Andy Worhol and Jasper Johns. Some of the artwork is from as far back as 1953, with the newest piece being created in 2011.

The husband and wife pair decided to donate their collection after the Art Institute promised to display it for the next 50 years. “A lot of collectors never get that chance,” said Edlis who, along with his wife Neeson, have been frustrated with what typically happens to donated art. “They always end up being shown for a short period of time, and then they end up in storage.”

The various paintings, sculptures, and photographs will be displayed on the second floor of them museums Modern Wing as the Edlis/Neeson Collection until 2065.