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Parents, Teachers Hold Forum to Outline What’s at Stake as CPS Strike Looms: ‘They Want to Create New Orleans in Chicago’

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, August 23, 2012

Parents, Teachers Hold Forum to Outline What’s at Stake as CPS Strike Looms: ‘They Want to Create New Orleans in Chicago’

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and CPS board were expected back at the bargaining table today as the prospect of the first teachers strike in 25 years grows increasingly likely. At a standing-room-only forum held Tuesday night at Old Town’s Szold Hall, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave., representatives from CTU detailed the issues that have brought Read the Rest…

Parents, Teachers Hold Forum to Outline What’s at Stake as CPS Strike Looms: ‘They Want to Create New Orleans in Chicago’

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, August 23, 2012

Parents, Teachers Hold Forum to Outline What’s at Stake as CPS Strike Looms: ‘They Want to Create New Orleans in Chicago’

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and CPS board were expected back at the bargaining table today as the prospect of the first teachers strike in 25 years grows increasingly likely. At a standing-room-only forum held Tuesday night at Old Town’s Szold Hall, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave., representatives from CTU detailed the issues that have brought Read the Rest…

Bike Camp Trains Next Generation of Riders

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, August 23, 2012

Bike Camp Trains Next Generation of Riders

This week, the tennis courts at Revere Park (2509 W. Irving Park Rd.) are alive with the sound of skidding tires instead of thwacking balls, having been transformed into a cycling course for Bike Camp while a group of young riders practice their turn signals, emergency braking and other critical skills. “We’re getting them ready Read the Rest…

Update: Lincoln Avenue Bus Route on CTA Chopping Block

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Update: Lincoln Avenue Bus Route on CTA Chopping Block

In journalism lingo, it’s called burying the lead (technically “lede”). Deep into the second paragraph of today’s announcement from the CTA, which touted a new initiative to improve service, came the language that has a number of North Siders up in arms: “CTA has proposed discontinuing a small number of routes that duplicate existing service Read the Rest…

Campaign to Save the #11 Lincoln Avenue Bus From CTA Axe

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Campaign to Save the #11 Lincoln Avenue Bus From CTA Axe

In journalism lingo, it’s called burying the lead (technically “lede”). Deep into the second paragraph of today’s announcement from the CTA, which touted a new initiative to improve service, came the language that has a number of North Siders up in arms: “CTA has proposed discontinuing a small number of routes that duplicate existing service Read the Rest…

Meatheads Burgers Coming to Roscoe Village

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Meatheads Burgers Coming to Roscoe Village

Looks like Burger Fest might have a new player next year. Meatheads, a fast-casual premium burger joint, will open its first Chicago location at 3322 N. Western Ave. by late September. “We’re under construction now,” said Meatheads marketing manager Joe Sanders. Founded in 2007, Meatheads already boasts eight locations in Illinois, the majority in the Read the Rest…

Combat to Comedy: Former U.S. Soliders Take the Stage at Laugh Factory Chicago’s Grand Opening

By Kelly Reaves | Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Combat to Comedy: Former U.S. Soliders Take the Stage at Laugh Factory Chicago’s Grand Opening

The U.S. military is known for preparing its members for the chores of peace as well as the fogs of war, but America’s returning warriors are not always prepared for the challenges they face when they arrive home. Many of the troops are finding that the healing power of laughter is the perfect way to Read the Rest…

Five Questions With Meghan Knichel of Planet Access

By Stephanie Sack | Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Five Questions With Meghan Knichel of Planet Access

Lincoln Square is a better place thanks to Meghan Knichel’s tireless efforts. Working in social services since her early twenties, Knichel’s professional endeavors have lead her, among many other places, to the Planet Access store (4727 N. Lincoln Ave.) where people with disabilities are able to work and earn money in a structured and secure Read the Rest…

Residents Review Final Plan for Berteau Greenway

By Patty Wetli | Monday, August 20, 2012

Residents Review Final Plan for Berteau Greenway

Barring any last-minute tweaks, the plans for the proposed Berteau Greenway appear close to finalized, with hoped-for installation by the end of the year. “That’s the goal,” said David Smith, bikeways planner for the Chicago Department of Transportation. “It’s going to be close, but it’s still possible.” Smith presented schematics of and the reasoning behind Read the Rest…

Proposed Zoning Change Draws Opposition From Roscoe Village Community

By Patty Wetli | Monday, August 20, 2012

Proposed Zoning Change Draws Opposition From Roscoe Village Community

The qualities that attracted John Sears to the 1800 block of West Newport as a potential home for his daycare business — it’s quiet and safe — are the very reasons that area residents oppose his plan. It’s quiet and safe, and they want to keep it that way. During a recent community meeting held Read the Rest…

Dog Eat Dog Contest a Highlight of Summerfest

By Patty Wetli | Monday, August 20, 2012

Dog Eat Dog Contest a Highlight of Summerfest

“Hopefully the butterflies in my stomach don’t take up too much room,” said Todd Schumacher as he prepared to compete in Sunday’s hot dog eating contest at North Side Summerfest. Schumacher was one of fifteen entrants — 14 men and a lone woman — who took to the stage for the six-minute challenge, which was Read the Rest…

All Scooped Up: Cold Stone Creamery Closes Its Doors

By Patty Wetli | Monday, August 20, 2012

All Scooped Up: Cold Stone Creamery Closes Its Doors

Offering 30 percent off an everything-must-go-before-it-melts inventory, Cold Stone Creamery, 4709 N. Lincoln Ave., scooped its last waffle cone on Sunday, joining the recently departed Hanger 18, Sprout and LM Restaurant in that great small business graveyard in the sky. Apparently not enough of us liked it, loved it, or had to have it. Once the Read the Rest…

Board of Ed Challenges Eligibility of Amundsen LSC Member

By Patty Wetli | Friday, August 17, 2012

Board of Ed Challenges Eligibility of Amundsen LSC Member

The General Counsel of the Chicago Board of Education has made a preliminary determination that Sharon Jones, currently serving as a parent representative and president of Amundsen High School’s Local School Council, is ineligible to hold the position “because you do not have a child currently attending Amundsen High School, which is prohibited by Board Read the Rest…

Northcenter Is Going to the Dogs

By Patty Wetli | Friday, August 17, 2012

Northcenter Is Going to the Dogs

Seems like a lifetime ago that we were celebrating Ribfest and the start of summer. Now here we are back in Northcenter, bookending the season with North Side Summerfest. The main attraction: hot dogs. Local restaurants including Sola, Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, and Chubby Wiener will be serving up their finest encased meats, Read the Rest…

Support Local Schools By Not Spending Money at Target

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, August 16, 2012

Support Local Schools By Not Spending Money at Target

For every trip you’ve ever made to Target to grab a tube of toothpaste and walked out with $100 worth of god knows what, it’s payback time. The retailer is doling out a total of $2.5 million to schools, K-12. All you have to do is cast a weekly vote for a neighborhood school between Read the Rest…

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