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Beat 2032 CAPS Meeting: Trash Talk

By Cody Prentiss | Monday, August 2, 2010

Beat 2032 CAPS Meeting: Trash Talk

Beat 2032‘s monthly CAPS meeting, held last Thursday, July 29, at Ravenswood Evangelical Church (4900 N. Damen), covered neighborhood issues both new and old. Sgt. Jeffrey Sacks said burglaries saw a sharp increase from the previous month with 13 incidents, in addition to 33 reported incidents of theft. A few arrests have been made, including Read the Rest…

Beat 1724 CAPS Meeting Addresses Car Break-ins

By Cody Prentiss | Friday, July 23, 2010

Beat 1724 CAPS Meeting Addresses Car Break-ins

This past Tuesday residents gathered in the hot second floor meeting room of the Horner Park Field House for Beat 1724′s monthly CAPS meeting. Officers reviewed incidents in the area (the beat covers Ravenswood Manor south of Wilson) between June 15 and July 20, and 15 people were in attendance. Topics of discussion included waste Read the Rest…

City to Crack Down on Vacation Rentals

By Cody Prentiss | Tuesday, July 20, 2010

City to Crack Down on Vacation Rentals

Vacation home rentals in Chicago have operated unregulated, but a recent ordinance passed by City Council is putting that all in the past. Now those renting out space in their home, apartment, or condo will have to pay a $500 licensing fee every two years and host city inspectors in order to operate. The ordinance Read the Rest…

Clothes Encounters

By Cody Prentiss | Friday, July 16, 2010

Clothes Encounters

Name: Nina Pascolla What neighborhood she lives in: Lincoln Square Where we saw her: Working at one of the booths at the Chicago Folk and Roots Festival. Did you make these dresses? No. I’m just helping sell them. How did you end up working here? I met my boss through one of my friends, and Read the Rest…

East Meets West at Fest

By Cody Prentiss | Wednesday, July 14, 2010

East Meets West at Fest

Name: Sanjay Choudrey Where we saw him: His East Meets West booth at the Chicago Folk and Roots Festival. How would you describe your stock? I’d say it’s global art: Man-made, fair trade goods from all over the world, mostly jewelry, textiles, and artwork. Do you have a history crafting artwork or any of these Read the Rest…

2010 Folk and Roots Festival Wraps Up

By Cody Prentiss | Monday, July 12, 2010

2010 Folk and Roots Festival Wraps Up

The mellow vibe of the Chicago Folk and Roots Festival continued on Sunday. A wide assortment of bands entertained, while the crowd danced, listened from lawn chairs, and explored various booths from local vendors.

Bell School to Receive New Play Lot from CPS Program

By Cody Prentiss | Friday, July 9, 2010

Bell School to Receive New Play Lot from CPS Program

Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School (3730 N. Oakley Ave.) is about to get a new and improved playground. This week Principal Sandra Caudill and Ald. Eugene Schulter (47th) broke ground on the new play lot, which will be installed by Chicago Public High School students. They are part of CPS’ Groundbreakers—a youth initiative playground program—and Read the Rest…

The Bike Enthusiast

By Cody Prentiss | Monday, July 5, 2010

The Bike Enthusiast

Name: Rachael Huttner What neighborhood she lives in: Ravenswood Where we saw her: Near the intersection of North Lincoln and West Eastwood avenues What do you like about the neighborhood? To begin with, I really love the neighborhood. I always wanted to live here since I knew it existed. I like how it’s quiet?but not Read the Rest…

Schulter Proposes New Liquor License Category

By Cody Prentiss | Friday, June 25, 2010

Schulter Proposes New Liquor License Category

Local restaurateurs could see their overhead come down due to a new beer and wine license proposed by Ald. Eugene Schulter (47th), Chair of the Committee on License and Consumer Protection. At the June 9 City Council meeting, Schulter introduced changes to the city liquor license ordinance to allow for a more affordable beer and Read the Rest…

Banks and Boutiques

By Cody Prentiss | Thursday, June 24, 2010

Banks and Boutiques

Name: Scoop Skupian What neighborhood he lives in: Northcenter Where we saw him: Walking his dog near North Wolcott Avenue and West Irving Park Rd. What issues most concern you with the neighborhood? There?s a bank that might go in on Lincoln and Berteau, and we would love to see another bank with a bunch Read the Rest…

This Old House

By Cody Prentiss | Monday, June 21, 2010

This Old House

Name: Kevin Klimek What neighborhood he lives in: Northcenter Where we saw him: At West Damen and Warner, sitting on his stoop. What do you like about the neighborhood? Accessibility, public transportation, and amenities. I?ve lived in the city my whole life, and most of my friends live on the North Side. It?s a good Read the Rest…

Graffiti, Fireworks Among Issues at Beat 1912 CAPS Meeting

By Cody Prentiss | Thursday, June 17, 2010

Graffiti, Fireworks Among Issues at Beat 1912 CAPS Meeting

Good news greeted neighborhood residents gathered last night for Beat 1912′s bimonthly CAPS meeting at Paul Revere Park. According to the Chicago Police Department, compared to this time last year, most crimes in the Beat 1912 area saw a drop, a few stayed the same, and even fewer crimes increased. For those that did increase, Read the Rest…

This Teacher Knows Her Business

By Cody Prentiss | Wednesday, June 16, 2010

This Teacher Knows Her Business

Name: Julie Siedband Where she lives: Northcenter Where we saw her: Sitting with her baby girl in the Starbucks at the intersection of West Irving Park, North Damen Avenue, and North Lincoln Avenue. What issue with the neighborhood most concerns you right now? I’m always interested when new places move into the neighborhood. There’s a Read the Rest…

Ribfest Photos – Day Two

By Cody Prentiss | Sunday, June 13, 2010

Ribfest Photos – Day Two

Despite cloudy skies, Ribfest was still going strong on Saturday with a steady supply of tasty ribs and live music for hungry festivalgoers. Click the photos after the jump for a slideshow.

Welles Park’s Friendly Vendors

By Cody Prentiss | Thursday, June 10, 2010

Welles Park’s Friendly Vendors

Name: Erin Lange Where does she live: North Park Where we saw her: Selling hot dogs at a cart in Lincoln Square’s Welles Park, where she has worked for four years. What issue concerns you most right now with the neighborhood? I would have to say there are very few things that bother me about Read the Rest…

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