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CSJ Podcast #3: DANK Haus’ Nicholle Dombrowski

By Karl Klockars | Wednesday, July 13, 2011

CSJ Podcast #3: DANK Haus’ Nicholle Dombrowski

Many of us know of DANK Haus through their efforts at Maifest and Oktoberfest, as well as their massive complex at Western and Lawrence. But did you know about Stammtisch?  About the air-pistol shooting range within? About the educational aspects as well as the German love for all things Hawaii (and Elvis)? We sat down Read the Rest…

RVJ Podcast: A Conversation with Alderman Scott Waguespack

By Karl Klockars | Tuesday, June 28, 2011

RVJ Podcast: A Conversation with Alderman Scott Waguespack

Perhaps you’ve seen our recent conversations (first here, second here) on Center Square Journal with 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar.  We’ve enjoyed those conversations so much, we decided we wanted to have them with more people in our area.  Today we’re checking in with 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack. In today’s conversation we discuss the Read the Rest…

Brew Camp: A Mind-Expanding Homebrew Destination

By Karl Klockars | Thursday, June 16, 2011

Brew Camp: A Mind-Expanding Homebrew Destination

Chicago has seen homebrew stores before, but not one like Brew Camp. Not just content to provide grains, hops and yeast to area homebrewers and craft beermakers alike, owners Jared Saunders and Whit Nelson want to digitally evangelize their decades of homebrew knowledge as well. Sure, the store will be happy to sell you bags Read the Rest…

CSJ Podcast #2: Center Square’s Conversation with Alderman-Elect Ameya Pawar

By Karl Klockars | Friday, May 13, 2011

CSJ Podcast #2: Center Square’s Conversation with Alderman-Elect Ameya Pawar

Just hours before Alderman-elect Ameya Pawar is set to be sworn in as Alderman of the 47th ward, Center Square Journal sat down with him to discuss a number of topics, including the transition process, the building of a ward council, his staffing situation, and the question of office space. CSJ can confirm that the Read the Rest…

CSJ Podcast: Conversation with Alderman-Elect Ameya Pawar

By Karl Klockars | Thursday, March 31, 2011

CSJ Podcast: Conversation with Alderman-Elect Ameya Pawar

Center Square Journal had the opportunity to sit down and have a short discussion with Alderman-elect Ameya Pawar about the election, the events that have taken place since, and what his immediate plans are. Find out what Pawar’s responses to the following are: Did you vote for Rahm Emanuel? What have you done regarding your Read the Rest…

It’s Almost April – Christmas Decorations Still Up?

By Karl Klockars | Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It’s Almost April – Christmas Decorations Still Up?

CSJ Rooftop Report: Gene’s and Fountainhead Get Ready

By Karl Klockars | Monday, March 28, 2011

CSJ Rooftop Report: Gene’s and Fountainhead Get Ready

Ah, spring — the time when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. It also happens to be the time when some Center Square residents turn to thoughts of “man, a beer and a sandwich on a local rooftop patio might be nice in the coming months.” When encased-meat mecca Gene’s Sausage Read the Rest…

What’s Happening to the Lincoln Square Mural?

By Karl Klockars | Tuesday, March 15, 2011

What’s Happening to the Lincoln Square Mural?

The “Shades of the Black Forest” mural, created by Lothar Sanchez-Speer nearly 20 years ago with help from local high school students, has seen some changes made to it recently as the Lincoln Square Athletic Club (LSAC) prepares the building for its arrival. As dust flies and the paint chips away, what lies in the Read the Rest…

Laschet’s Inn: Authentic German Cuisine

By Karl Klockars | Tuesday, September 21, 2010

As the recent German-American Festival descended on the heart of Lincoln Square, there was no doubt an influx of new faces (and appetites) to the heart of the Square?s gemulichkeit, the Chicago Brauhaus. ?Unfortunately for them, far fewer will likely have taken the opportunity to amble further south to dine at Laschet?s Inn, where the Read the Rest…

Chicago Ale House Closes

By Karl Klockars | Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Chicago Ale House Closes

The website is down, the phone number has been disconnected, the lights were out on Saturday night while the German American Festival raged on just blocks away, and now both Yelp and Centerstage have made it official: the Chicago Ale House has closed. Opened in May/June of 2007, the Chicago Ale House held the hopes Read the Rest…

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