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Time to Bust Out the Lederhosen

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, September 6, 2012

Time to Bust Out the Lederhosen

The big tent is up at Leland and Western and street closure barriers are in place. It can only mean one thing: It’s time for Lincoln Square’s German-American Festival. The event kicks off Friday, Sept. 7, 5 – 11 p.m., with the official opening ceremony at 8 p.m. On Saturday, the festival runs noon – Read the Rest…

Meet Roscoe Village’s Masskrugstemmen Champ

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, September 6, 2012

Meet Roscoe Village’s Masskrugstemmen Champ

Some people hold their alcohol better than others. Take Roscoe Village resident Rob Garcea (pronounced Gar-sha). He’s held a liter of beer for five and a half minutes, good enough to earn him the crown of Chicago’s Masskrugstemmen champ and the chance to compete for the national title Sept. 15 in New York’s Central Park. Read the Rest…

Residents Pack CTA Forum to Protest Route Cuts, Show Strong Support for #11 Lincoln Bus

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Residents Pack CTA Forum to Protest Route Cuts, Show Strong Support for #11 Lincoln Bus

If the CTA thought holding a public forum the day after a holiday weekend at a relatively inconvenient location–the agency’s headquarters at 567 W. Lake St.–would discourage attendance, officials seriously miscalculated. Ironically for a discussion of a “crowding reduction plan,” the meeting was packed beyond fire-code capacity, with speakers asked to leave the room after Read the Rest…

Residents Pack CTA Forum to Protest Route Cuts, Show Strong Support for #11 Lincoln Bus

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Residents Pack CTA Forum to Protest Route Cuts, Show Strong Support for #11 Lincoln Bus

If the CTA thought holding a public forum the day after a holiday weekend at a relatively inconvenient location–the agency’s headquarters at 567 W. Lake St.–would discourage attendance, officials clearly miscalculated. Ironically for a discussion of a “crowding reduction plan,” the meeting was packed beyond fire-code capacity, with speakers asked to leave the room after Read the Rest…

New Ward Maps Released But When They Take Effect, Nobody Knows

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, September 4, 2012

New Ward Maps Released But When They Take Effect, Nobody Knows

The ward remap process was messy, but just because the city’s aldermen finally reached agreement on the boundaries for their political districts doesn’t mean the confusion has come to an end. The newly-released maps, which are a study in creativity, are being used by the Board of Elections in November; voters should have been notified Read the Rest…

Davis Theater Joins Digital Projection Age

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Davis Theater Joins Digital Projection Age

There’s a new feature playing at the Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln Ave., and patrons can catch it for free: vastly improved picture quality and sound. Last week, the Davis became the latest movie house to convert from 35-mm film projectors to digital. “It’s way sharper,” said Ryan Lowry, manager at the Davis. “Immediately you’ll Read the Rest…

What Contingency Plan? Parents in the Dark About What Happens if Teachers Go on Strike

By Patty Wetli | Friday, August 31, 2012

What Contingency Plan? Parents in the Dark About What Happens if Teachers Go on Strike

As the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools traded announcements yesterday — CTU setting a strike date of Sept. 10 and CPS issuing its contingency plan for students — parents were left scratching their heads. How will CPS dole out its $25 million in emergency funds? Where’s the list of the 140+ schools that Read the Rest…

What Contingency Plan? Parents in the Dark About What Happens if Teachers Go on Strike

By Patty Wetli | Friday, August 31, 2012

What Contingency Plan? Parents in the Dark About What Happens if Teachers Go on Strike

As the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools traded announcements yesterday — CTU setting a strike date of Sept. 10 and CPS issuing its contingency plan for students — parents were left scratching their heads. How will CPS dole out its $25 million in emergency funds? Where’s the list of the 140+ schools that Read the Rest…

Jahn’s New Leadership Team Prepared to Move Mountains

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, August 30, 2012

Jahn’s New Leadership Team Prepared to Move Mountains

There’s a new sheriff principal in town at Jahn World Language School, 3149 N. Wolcott Ave. Stephanie Bloom, who was selected by the Local School Council in June to replace the retiring Sulma Grigalunas, has wasted no time in assembling her leadership team and crafting a new vision for the elementary school. Bloom, a former Read the Rest…

Save the #11 Lincoln Bus

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, August 30, 2012

Save the #11 Lincoln Bus

The residents and businesses of Lakeview have taken the lead in a petition campaign to save the #11 Lincoln Avenue bus, following CTA’s announcement last week that it plans to cut service on the route between Western and Fullerton. Lincoln Square and Northcenter neighbors will be affected by the service cuts as well. Though CTA Read the Rest…

Initial Designs for Lathrop Homes Redevelopment To Be Revealed in September

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Initial Designs for Lathrop Homes Redevelopment To Be Revealed in September

The Chicago Housing Authority’s plan to redevelop the Julia C. Lathrop Homes public housing complex at Diversey and Clybourn continues to inch forward. Three proposed designs will be presented to the public in late September, offering a range of options for the site’s future, according to Craig Sieben, a member of the Lathrop Homes Working Read the Rest…

New Commander Named for 19th Police District

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, August 28, 2012

New Commander Named for 19th Police District

In a move apparently announced via the Twitter feed of Ald. James Cappleman (46th), Commander John Kenny has been replaced by Elias “Eli” Voulgaris as the head of the 19th Police District. The switch was otherwise circulated quietly. “I don’t know if they even let the community know,” said a spokesman for Chicago Police News Read the Rest…

Begyle Brewing’s Ambitious Plans Include a Kickstarter Campaign to End Shrinkage

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Begyle Brewing’s Ambitious Plans Include a Kickstarter Campaign to End Shrinkage

The owners of Northcenter-based Argyle Brewing have been busy since we last checked in with the trio: applying for manufacturing and retail licenses, getting married, changing their name to Begyle. Oh, and brewing beer, which they should be ready to sell shortly. We caught up with Begyle partner Kevin Cary one night last week at Read the Rest…

Looking for a few Good Artists

By Patty Wetli | Monday, August 27, 2012

Looking for a few Good Artists

The first annual Lincoln Square Art Walk, set for Oct. 18-21, is sending out a call for artists. This juried showcase will feature the work of local artists; applicants must reside within the boundaries of Montrose to Foster and Ravenswood to the Chicago River. The art walk is open to all visual artists working in Read the Rest…

Every Time a Pet’s Adopted an Angel Gets Its Tail

By Patty Wetli | Friday, August 24, 2012

Every Time a Pet’s Adopted an Angel Gets Its Tail

Gotta hand it to the folks at PAWS Chicago, they’re a bunch of evil geniuses. Click on the website for this weekend’s Angels With Tails event in Roscoe Village and we dare you not to fall in love with at least one of the dogs or kittens pictured on the page. They don’t call ‘em Read the Rest…

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