Garrett FitzGerald is the Executive Director of the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce. He’s lived in the neighborhood for eleven years.
1. What’s your favorite spot in the neighborhood?
The Lincoln Restaurant.
2. What’s the goofiest thing you’ve ever seen in the neighborhood?
The delinquents that hang out in front of the building on the corner of Lincoln and Belle Plaine.
3. If you could change one thing about the neighborhood, what would you change?
I would like the Town Square, at Lincoln and Belle Plaine, to be redeveloped into a more pedestrian-friendly destination for local residents.
4. So what’s different about the neighborhood since you first got here?
Branding. Before I got here people did not know they lived in Northcenter. That name wasn’t even in the vernacular. It was an in-betweener: north of Roscoe Village, I’m south of Lincoln Square, just on the west side of Lakeview. Even though the Chamber’s been here since 1946, it didn’t really have a brand identity. Since I’ve been here not only [did we] take the name as is, but also branding it [with] the Circle-N, the banner program, the emboss, the street planters – and of course the good work the Chamber has been doing.
5. Octoberfest or Ribfest?
Ribfest. It’s family-friendly. It’s food before beer and the bands are out of this world.