Center Square Journal and Roscoe View Journal are online-only news publications focusing exclusively on Chicago’s Lincoln Square, Northcenter and Ravenswood Manor (for Center Square) and Roscoe Village and West Lakeview (for Roscoe View) neighborhoods. The sites are published by a neighborhood resident, is edited by a professional journalist and includes writing from neighborhood residents. There’s a lot going on around here – we want to tell those stories.

We also believe that many of the stories going on in our communities need to be told by you. Perhaps there’s something going on in your neighborhood you’d like to tell. Maybe you want to write the story yourself in the Journal.

We’re looking for volunteer community correspondents, and we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line.

If you’re interested in advertising, drop us a line. You can learn about our rates here.

Thanks for reading the Center Square Journal. We’re glad to be a part of the community.

-Mike Fourcher, Founder/Publisher

Special Thanks

Samantha Abernethy, Tatum Bartlett, Hunter Clauss, Laura Pearson, Cody Prentiss, Sarah TilottaPatty Wetli

Press Coverage of the Journal

Hyperlocal News Discussion on 848 - WBEZ-FM, February 28, 2012

Interview on Outside The Loop Radio – 88.7 FM, WLUW, March 16, 2011

What community reporters hear from constituents in the municipal race – WBEZ-FM, February 17, 2011

Waiting For The Web – Chicago Reader, January 13, 2011

Introducing the Roscoe View Journal – Chicago Reader, August 17, 2010

Hyperlocal News Site Covering Roscoe Village, West Lakeview Launches – Chicagoist.com, August 17, 2010

Interview on Outside The Loop Radio – 88.7 FM, WLUW, June 3, 2010

Chicago’s Black Caucus Pushes for Minority Head of Police and Fire Committee – WBEZ-FM, April 9, 2010


The Journal Team
Founder/Publisher - Mike is a lifetime resident of Chicago, first a South Sider and then a North Sider. He's worked in Chicago and national politics, is drawn to the Cubs like a moth to a flame, and is always ready to visit the bakery. Mike and his family live in Lincoln Square.
Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Victoria moved to Lincoln Square at the end of 2008. One of her favorite activities in her new 'hood is trying local restaurants, and she really appreciates the variety in the area. As a former public information officer, she is naturally inquisitive (some might say nosy) and she thanks Center Square Journal for giving her the opportunity to meet local business owners.
Stacy is a Lincoln Square resident. She thanks Center Square Journal for the opportunity to combine her love of writing with the ability to explore her neighborhood and its surrounding areas.
The Boss, The Driver, The Ultimate Survivor. Maybe the three statements that best describes mom, freelance writer and lover of blogs, Rachael. With 5 years in the freelance writing business, 3 years and 2 kids into motherhood, and 5 plus years into married life there isn't much in the area of family and kids that she isn't interested in. Rachael has been a resident of Chicago for a combined 10 years, 2 of those in Lincoln Square which she says is the "family friendliest place in the city".
I have a lot of opinions, and just like everyone else's opinions, mine don't matter either. So if I write something you don't like, I don't wanna hear about it. I like what I like, and that's all that I like. About me; I have been performing/writing locally for years, and will continue to do it till I am physically/mentally no longer able. I have been in Movies, on T.V. & Radio, and I have been in a bunch of live shows, as well as doin my own show "Off the Eatin' Path with Monte" bi-monthly at The Lincoln Lodge. I like pretty Women(which is most).
Kevin was raised in the politics of Chicago's 10th Ward. Growing up in a family of steelworkers, he learned the value of hard work and standing up for your principals early on. He is a former union and community organizer and has played small roles in the periodic skirmishes for political power that define this city. After brief stints in Ohio, West Virginia, Chiapas and Mexico City, he returned to Chicago in 2003, and he resides anonymously in a gentrifying neighborhood. He finds skepticism and cheap whiskey to be good antidotes for political disillusionment.
Karl Klockars contributes to CSJ from the Rockwell Commons neighborhood of Lincoln Square. His work has appeared on Centerstage Chicago, Chicago Magazine, Time Out Chicago and Chicagoist (sense a theme?) and formerly worked with WLS Radio as a producer of just about every program they ad. He also hosts and produces a podcast, helped create GuysDrinkingBeer.com and can generally be found at the Huettenbar, Bad Apple, or the Sulzer Library. You can find him on twitter @karlklockars.
Photographer - Brad grew up in Chicago, the fourth generation of his family to be born in the city of big shoulders. For 15 years Brad has called the 47th ward home, living in both Northcenter and Ravenswood. Brad loves Chicago, is excited about the future of our happy hood and hopes that you are too.
Erica Wiley was born and raised in Missouri and graduated from Truman State University with a degree in History. She then moved to Chicago to pursue graduate studies and her passion of writing. In her free time, she also enjoys eating thousands of chocolate chip cookies a week and sampling local restaurants to find great eats for a great price in Chicago. Also, big shout out to CSJ for the opportunity to write freelance!
I'm a journalist living in Chicago writing about poverty and public housing. I don't come from the streets - I grew up on a farm. But I'm passionate about urban issues and getting to know people who are completely different from me. I'm quirky, funny and friendly. I have this idea about journalism - that it should be approachable and less "newsy." I want my stories to make you laugh, cry and draw you in to neighborhoods and situations you don't deal with every day. I hate the broadcaster voice. I hate TV news. I hate the inverted pyramid. I love surprise. I love humor. I love people and telling their stories. In addition to being a journalist, I also teach dance for the Chicago Public Schools. I don't just do it for the money. I love children and love arts education. I'm also on the board of a new nonprofit dedicated to helping the underserved find jobs called Employing Hope. I write fiction, keep house, and am generally a renaissance woman. Follow me on twitter @mmcottrell.
Chicago native Stephanie Sack eats, sleeps, and breathes Chicago! Born in Hyde Park, raised in Lakeview, educated in Old Town and Evanston, a former inhabitant of Boystown, West Lakeview, Wicker Park, Humboldt Park, and currently a resident of Lincoln Square, Stephanie is also a seasoned entrepreneur and owns two specialty boutiques in Bucktown. Her fierce passion for Chicago's independent business community has led her to a storied career as a longtime volunteer on the Wicker Park and Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, on which she presently serves as Vice-President and Chairwoman of the Marketing Committee. In her free time, Stephanie can often be found taking a Bikram yoga class, catching a film at the Music Box, or noshing on tater tots at The Daily.
Jordan Graham is a Chicago-based freelance journalist reporting on a variety of topics in the metropolitan area. His articles range in subject from examining the complexities of LGBTQ issues at Evanston Township High School, to breaking a story about a new health concern in Chicago Public School system classrooms, from covering the debate over Evanston’s proposed ban on disposable shopping bags, to dissecting the major players and obstacles in running Chicago’s street festivals. Jordan earned his MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism in 2010 and during his time there, served as director and editor of social content for a team helping to innovate and reformulate the Chicago Reader.
Dave Kornecki has been hustling the great streets of Chicago’s North side by way of chef, policy/political analyst and, more recently, freelance writer for the good part of the last decade. He has yet to shy away from a dance competition and is an avid lover of all things that come in pairs. During the summer, when he is not jet setting to faraway and exotic locations such as Lake Delavan and Rainy Lake, he can be seen sporting Cubs paraphernalia and dining at the best joints that Lincoln Square has to offer. He has been nestled in a condo in the Lincoln Square neighborhood for over five years with his wife and young son.
After a decade working at dailies in Kansas and Florida, Carrie is digging in to her new hometown of Chicago. Most of the journalism awards she's won have been for investigative reporting, and she won a mid-career international reporting fellowship from the Pew Charitable Trusts which she used to study the effects of large scale banana plantation farming on the environment and workers in Costa Rica. Now she's enjoying writing local news and features and meeting her neighbors on the bike paths and across pool tables.
You may know Phil for his awesome Chicago Beer Bar Map, but we just like him for his art and local take on things.
Geoff Dankert knew nothing about Roscoe Village before he moved to the neighborhood back in 1999, and now can't stop talking about how awesome it is. His contributions to the site mark the newest chapter in an award-winning career as a journalist and news manager at places like Chicago's WFLD-TV and WBBM-AM. He's a Michigan native, a proud Spartan and a car nut. You'll probably see him walking his dogs Ally and Buster along Ravenswood, or demolishing a plate of chilaquiles at Kitsch'n.

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