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Stage 773 Offers a One-Shop Performance Stop

By Patty Wetli | Friday, September 28, 2012

Stage 773 Offers a One-Shop Performance Stop

Chicago’s performance scene offers an embarrassment of riches: cabaret, theater, dance, stand-up comedy, magic, storytelling, opera and plenty of other stuff we’ve either forgotten about or never heard of. You could wear out your CTA card rushing from venue to venue in an effort to keep up with such a variety of programming. Or you Read the Rest…

‘I Am Your Neighbor’: Book Gives Voice to the People of Common Pantry

By Patty Wetli | Friday, September 28, 2012

‘I Am Your Neighbor’: Book Gives Voice to the People of Common Pantry

Scott Best, executive director of Common Pantry (3744 N. Damen Ave.), can rattle off all kinds of statistics about hunger: the number of households the pantry serves each month, the pounds of food distributed each week, the percent increase in visits since the economic downturn. But numbers don’t begin to tell the pantry’s story. For Read the Rest…

Ravenswood ArtWalk Shrinks Its Footprint, Expands Its Scope

By Patty Wetli | Friday, September 28, 2012

Ravenswood ArtWalk Shrinks Its Footprint, Expands Its Scope

This weekend’s 11th Annual Ravenswood ArtWalk Tour of Arts & Industry is bigger and smaller than ever. Set for Sept. 29-30, the ArtWalk has managed to both shrink its footprint while expanding its scope. To put the “walk” back in ArtWalk, organizers limited the physical length of the event to the stretch of Ravenswood between Read the Rest…

Where Do Portobello’s Come From and Other Burning Questions Answered During Farmers Market Field Trip

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Where Do Portobello’s Come From and Other Burning Questions Answered During Farmers Market Field Trip

For those of us who grew up in households where frozen corn was the special-occasion alternative to canned niblets, the palates of today’s youngsters are astounding. “They eat pesto and falafel and they’re three,” said Jadranka Schechinger. “I didn’t go to a farmers market until I was in college.” Schechinger was among the parents chaperoning Read the Rest…

Hamlin Shooting: ‘It’s All on Film’

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hamlin Shooting: ‘It’s All on Film’

Chicago Police 19th District Executive Officer Capt. Mike Ryan insists on equipping the squad cars under his command with video cameras. In the early hours of Sept. 11, one of those cameras captured officers in pursuit of a suspicious vehicle. “A person in the car reaches out, fires two shots,” said Ryan. “You see it–’bang, Read the Rest…

Density a Hot-Button Issue as Initial Plans for Lathrop Redevelopment Revealed

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Density a Hot-Button Issue as Initial Plans for Lathrop Redevelopment Revealed

With the cancellation of a planned Sept. 27 meeting to introduce redevelopment plans for the Lathrop Homes, combined with Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) posting initial designs online (see below), the board members of Hamlin Park Neighbors (HPN) are concerned the train is about to leave the station without them and have decided to play a Read the Rest…

Knit 1 Weaves Community Together

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Knit 1 Weaves Community Together

  Since taking over ownership of Knit 1 Chicago (3823 N. Lincoln Ave.) in spring 2010, “it’s been hard for me to have a social life outside the store,” said Lynn Coe. Her solution: Wednesday Knit Nights, where knitters of all abilities are welcome to gather around the shop’s large communal table and spin a Read the Rest…

An Apple a Day Keeps the Rain Away

By Patty Wetli | Sunday, September 23, 2012

An Apple a Day Keeps the Rain Away

After a scorcher of a summer, you can forgive Chicagoans their surprise that fall actually has arrived. What better way to celebrate the crisper temperatures than Lincoln Square’s 25th Annual Apple Fest, held Saturday. “It was an absolutely beautiful, picture-perfect day,” said Patrick Foerster, manager of the Chopping Block (4747 N. Lincoln Ave.). The Chopping Read the Rest…

How’d He Do That? Bending Minds (and Tines) With Magician Luis Carreon

By Patty Wetli | Friday, September 21, 2012

How’d He Do That? Bending Minds (and Tines) With Magician Luis Carreon

He let me keep the fork, not that it’s of any use, with its twisted tines and handle. I’ve tried to re-shape the metal, but can’t get it to budge. So how did Luis Carreon bend it with his mind? Magic. At just 22 years old, Carreon, the head demonstrator at Lincoln Square’s Magic Inc. Read the Rest…

Look Out for Camera Crews, and Tow Trucks

By Patty Wetli | Friday, September 21, 2012

Look Out for Camera Crews, and Tow Trucks

Word from the Chicago Film Office is that a commercial will be shooting in Lincoln Square Sept. 23-24, creating a number of temporary parking tow zones. Giddings Plaza will also be a closed set. (Um, did anyone tell the pigeons?) To make way for production equipment and vehicles, “no parking” signs will take effect, Sunday Read the Rest…

Step Into the Wild With Elizabeth Restaurant

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Step Into the Wild With Elizabeth Restaurant

Elizabeth Restaurant is one of the hottest tickets in town, though it’s yet to serve a single dish. Foodies are already predicting Michelin stars and chef-owner Iliana Regan recently received cover-story treatment from The Reader. It’s the kind of breathless anticipation that typically accompanies the announcement of the latest venture from Grant Achatz or Graham Read the Rest…

Trash Talk: 32nd Ward Joins Garbage Grid

By Patty Wetli | Monday, September 17, 2012

Trash Talk: 32nd Ward Joins Garbage Grid

Today’s the day grid-based garbage collection rolls out in the 32nd Ward (see map)–welcome, neighbors, to this brave new world. During the week of Sept. 17, 65,000 households will join the grid, which, according to the Department of Streets and Sanitation, “changes collection routes from non-linear ward geography to a system of routes bordered by Read the Rest…

Local Business Needs Your Vote in Martha Stewart Competition

By Patty Wetli | Friday, September 14, 2012

Local Business Needs Your Vote in Martha Stewart Competition

It’s hard to argue with Martha Stewart (and definitely ill-advised): Made in America is a “good thing.” The domestic diva is honoring rising stars among the country’s small business owners and Lincoln Square’s Jenny Beorkrem, owner of Ork Posters, is in the running for Stewart’s Audience Choice Award. “The email actually went to my spam Read the Rest…

Community Rallies Around Building Blocks After Flood

By Jason Kreke | Friday, September 14, 2012

Community Rallies Around Building Blocks After Flood

As word spread that Building Blocks Toy Store (3306 N. Lincoln Ave.) had flooded with four inches of water from an August deluge, Lakeview residents and neighboring businesses quickly took to Facebook to rally around the shop’s owner Katherine McHenry, seen a mentor and guide in the community. On Aug. 3, McHenry was spending some Read the Rest…

Shop ‘n’ Stroll in Northcenter Tonight

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, September 13, 2012

Shop ‘n’ Stroll in Northcenter Tonight

The Northcenter Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the neighborhood’s second annual fall Shop ‘n’ Stroll tonight, Sept. 13, 5-8 p.m. Businesses will stay open later and are offering a variety of discounts and special offers for one night only. Participating merchants range from Bellybum Boutique to Brew Camp, Orange Shoe to Isle of Man. Receive Read the Rest…

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