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Long Live the Chicago Rat Hole

Long Live the Chicago Rat Hole

Even something that starts as irony can give us a sense of community. Evan Jenkins January 26, 2024, 7:30 AM ET There’s a hole in the cement of a Chicago sidewalk. It is shaped like a rat. That’s about it. Still, over the past few weeks, the Chicago Rat Hole—named Splatatouille in a vote by the residents—has evolved from a neighborhood quirk into an internet sensation. The story began on January 6, when the comedian Winslow Dumaine posted a photo of it on X (formerly Twitter). The photo now has more than 5 million views and has inspired hordes of people to travel across the city to visit the hole themselves, bringing offerings of coins, cheese, and liquor, and posting on social media about their voyage. Discourse abounds. Maybe it was really made by a squirrel, an animal more likely to fall from high up in a tree onto wet concrete. Perhaps the rat already had a name—some speculated it was previously known to locals as Chimley. This past Saturday, the fever around the hole …