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Five Questions With Meghan Knichel of Planet Access

By Stephanie Sack | Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Five Questions With Meghan Knichel of Planet Access

Lincoln Square is a better place thanks to Meghan Knichel’s tireless efforts. Working in social services since her early twenties, Knichel’s professional endeavors have lead her, among many other places, to the Planet Access store (4727 N. Lincoln Ave.) where people with disabilities are able to work and earn money in a structured and secure Read the Rest…

Five Questions With Brian Rosen of Evolution Wine & Spirits

By Jason Kreke | Friday, July 13, 2012
Five Questions With Brian Rosen of Evolution Wine & Spirits

The folks who used to run Sam’s Wines & Spirits—once the only place to get craft wine, beer and spirits in Chicago—have resurfaced as Evolution Wines & Spirits and are celebrating the grand opening of their new Lakeview store at 3530 N. Lincoln Ave. this weekend. Stop in for the opportunity to taste 40 different Read the Rest…

Five Questions: Getting Personal With Trainer Heidi Childers

By Stephanie Sack | Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Five Questions: Getting Personal With Trainer Heidi Childers

After a stint in the advertising industry, Heidi Childers broke free of office life and arrived at Orange Shoe Personal Fitness (3845 N. Lincoln Ave.) as a personal trainer, where she works closely with clients in the heart of Northcenter. She also recently created a proprietary training program for the Chicago Outfit roller derby team. Read the Rest…

Five Questions: Running Pannenkoeken a Piece of (Pan)Cake for Gabe Wilkins

By Stephanie Sack | Monday, June 18, 2012
Five Questions: Running Pannenkoeken a Piece of (Pan)Cake for Gabe Wilkins

Running the entire front-of-house at a popular neighborhood breakfast joint can’t be easy, but Gabe Wilkins makes it look like a piece of (pan)cake. As the host, server and manager at Pannenkoeken Cafe, 4757 N. Western Ave., Wilkins ensures all the patrons enjoy their dining experience at this cozy and friendly restaurant. When he’s not serving up decadent waffles, Read the Rest…

Five Questions With Tina Winter

By Stephanie Sack | Friday, May 4, 2012
Five Questions With Tina Winter

After shuffling around the Midwest as a child, Tina Winter moved to Illinois for both high school and college, and settled into Lincoln Square after 10 years of living in Lakeview.  After spending her weekdays working downtown, she enjoys Lincoln Square’s many local charms over the weekends. Look for her to kick off the festival Read the Rest…

Five Questions With Audubon LSC Member Maria Griffith

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Five Questions With Audubon LSC Member Maria Griffith

“I have an interest in the way schools work,” says Maria Griffith, a former teacher and literacy coach who’s been a member of Audubon Elementary‘s Local School Council on and off for four years. With three children enrolled at the school–a first-, third-, and sixth-grader–Griffith “wanted to feel like I was doing my part.” This Read the Rest…

Five Questions With Friends of Burley President Darcy DeWolfe

By Geoff Dankert | Monday, April 9, 2012
Five Questions With Friends of Burley President Darcy DeWolfe

When it comes to community involvement in a neighborhood school, Burley Elementary, 1630 W. Barry St., is an overachiever. Burley has a “Friends of” organization and a Parent-Teacher Association as well as a Local School Council. RVJtalked to Friends of Burley president Darcy DeWolfe about recruiting LSC candidates, the challenges the new council will face Read the Rest…

Five Questions With David Ward, Northcenter’s Inspector Gadget

By Stephanie Sack | Thursday, March 22, 2012
Five Questions With David Ward, Northcenter’s Inspector Gadget

David Ward is a Northcenter resident and business owner by way of England and Sweden. Currently Ward has merged his engineering background and entrepreneurial spirit into a thriving home inspection company, Sweet Home Chicago Inspector. Armed with years of experience in urban planning, public transportation and home renovation, Ward and his awesome infrared camera can Read the Rest…

Five Questions With Roscoe Village Bike’s Lesley Tweedie

By Geoff Dankert | Thursday, March 22, 2012
Five Questions With Roscoe Village Bike’s Lesley Tweedie

This spring’s record-breaking weather has brought Chicago’s horde of three-season cyclists out of hibernation and onto the city’s roads and trails. It’s also giving a big boost to the folks at Roscoe Village Bikes, 2016 W. Roscoe St. The neighborhood shop is beginning its sixth season in what used to be a dry cleaner and Read the Rest…

Five Questions With Lauren Vega, Bookseller

By Stephanie Sack | Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Five Questions With Lauren Vega, Bookseller

You probably guessed that Lauren Vega is a passionate reader. But did you know she’s about to shave her head? Luckily, she can knit herself a cap.

Five(-ish) Questions With Denny and Mardi Moore, aka Mr. and Mrs. Scooter’s

By Geoff Dankert | Friday, March 2, 2012
Five(-ish) Questions With Denny and Mardi Moore, aka Mr. and Mrs. Scooter’s

In some households opening day at Scooter’s Frozen Custard, 1658 W. Belmont Ave., rivals Opening Day at Wrigley Field. The biggest difference: Scooter’s line-up is loaded with all-stars like Whiskey Caramel and Strawberry Oreo.

5 Questions: The Damen Avenue Noisy White Trash Sign Ladies

By Geoff Dankert | Thursday, February 23, 2012
5 Questions: The Damen Avenue Noisy White Trash Sign Ladies

You may not know Deborah Bayly or Kelly Martin, but if you’ve spent any time in north-south traffic, you’ve probably seen the protest signs hanging from the second-floor balcony of their home in the 2900 block of North Damen Avenue. What’s since become a venue for breezy screeds opposing war, gun violence and education policy Read the Rest…

Five Questions with Julie Snyder of Self Centered Yoga

By Beth Prystowsky | Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Five Questions with Julie Snyder of Self Centered Yoga

Mother and business owner Julie Snyder provides a calm and welcoming atmosphere at Self Centered Yoga, 2201 W. Belmont Ave. The studio offers yoga for all ages and is open seven days a week. We had the opportunity to talk to Julie and ask her Five Questions. Why did you choose to open Self Centered Read the Rest…

Writer And Raconteur London Crockett

By Stephanie Sack | Thursday, January 19, 2012
Writer And Raconteur London Crockett

Alaskan native and aspiring novelist London Crockett cuts a dapper figure as he perambulates through Lincoln Square’s urbane avenues. After moving to Oregon as a teenager, he arrived in Chicago as a college student and immediately bonded with the city and its myriad cultural offerings and experiences. After living in Hyde Park for ten years, Read the Rest…

Brooke Benjamin, Funeral Director

By Stephanie Sack | Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Brooke Benjamin, Funeral Director

A resident of Lincoln Square, with childhood memories of participating in talent shows and eating strips of taffy in her now home neighborhood, Brooke Benjamin has had a colorful professional career that encompasses advertising, catering, and, currently, directing funerals with the Cremation Society of Illinois. While some might think it is an unusual vocation, Brooke’s diverse Read the Rest…

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