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Book Cellar hosts bestselling author Gary Shteyngart

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, September 23, 2010

Book Cellar hosts bestselling author Gary Shteyngart

There was a certain irony to Gary Shteyngart‘s appearance at The Book Cellar Wednesday night. The acclaimed author was in town to promote his latest novel, Super Sad True Love Story, which is set in a dystopian near-future post-literate America, where nobody reads, and yet here he was, playing to a standing room crowd of Read the Rest…

Home & Garden Seminars at Sulzer

By Patty Wetli | Monday, September 20, 2010

Home & Garden Seminars at Sulzer

Remember the last time you started a project around the house and realized halfway through that you had no clue what you were doing? Perhaps a little advice from the pros would come in handy. Check out these upcoming home and garden seminars at Sulzer Library (4455 N. Lincoln), led by experts in their respective Read the Rest…

Food Trucks Converge Upon Ravenswood

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Food Trucks Converge Upon Ravenswood

In a match made in food truck heaven, the Flirty Cupcakes van and Gaztro-Wagon converged upon Ravenswood during Tuesday’s lunch hour for double the flavor and double the fun. While both have ventured into Center Square territory individually, this was their first joint appearance, largely at the behest of Threadless employees (soon to decamp from Read the Rest…

Gross Park Hosts Community Party

By Patty Wetli | Monday, September 13, 2010

Gross Park Hosts Community Party

On September 11, Gross Park (2708 W. Lawrence Ave.) hosted its annual Party in the Park and turned a day of national mourning into a celebration of community. There was a little something for everyone: giant inflatables (also known as “bouncies”), face painting, and balloon tying for the kiddies, and free sno-cones, popcorn, and music Read the Rest…

Paper Source Opens Store on Southport

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Paper Source Opens Store on Southport

Attention shoppers: Paper Source has officially opened its newest Chicago outlet on Southport Avenue. Fans of the popular stationer were tugging on the doors during the week leading up to the shop’s September 3 opening, eager to sneak a peek inside. Anticipation was equally high among the company’s employees. “We haven’t had a new store Read the Rest…

Lincoln Square’s Evening Farmers Market to Run Through Fall

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Lincoln Square’s Evening Farmers Market to Run Through Fall

Good news for fans of the Thursday night Lincoln Square Farmers Market and for those who have yet to discover this gem: Its run is being extended through October 28, with earlier hours, 3 – 7 p.m. (The market will take a break Sept. 9, returning Sept. 16.) Conceived as a companion to the summer Read the Rest…

Nohea Café

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Nohea Café

As one half of a mixed marriage (I’m a vegetarian, he’s a carnivore), I’m always on the lookout for restaurants that will satisfy us both. Nohea Café (2142 W. Roscoe Ave., a few blocks west of Damen) fits the bill. The brainchild of the mother-daughter team of Shirley Garcia and Michelle Mochoruk, the café-deli opened Read the Rest…

Learn How to Run a Cupcake Biz

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Learn How to Run a Cupcake Biz

Opening up a cupcake shop is the office drone’s fondest daydream. Who wouldn’t want to play with frosting all day? But there’s more to the cupcake business than a killer recipe for buttercream. To learn the ins and outs of the cupcake trade, hear advice from the pros at the Cupcake Business Class on Sept. Read the Rest…

A Novel Idea for Art Camp

By Patty Wetli | Monday, August 9, 2010

A Novel Idea for Art Camp

What is the graphic novel besides an extended comic strip? So who better to teach a course on the subject than Nicole Hollander, creator of the syndicated cartoon Sylvia. Last week, Hollander, a Chicago resident who has been crafting six strips a week for the past 30 years, brought her expertise to a classroom of Read the Rest…

Urban Gardeners Have Their Day in the Sun (and Shade)

By Patty Wetli | Monday, August 2, 2010

Urban Gardeners Have Their Day in the Sun (and Shade)

Urban gardening poses a number of challenges: postage stamp-sized lots, too much shade, and poor soil, but the Sixth Annual Lincoln Square Garden Walk, held Saturday, July 31, demonstrated the creative ways area residents turn those challenges into an advantage. This year’s walk, sponsored by the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce and Ald. Eugene Schulter Read the Rest…

Pollen Floral Design: Putting the Green in Weddings

By Patty Wetli | Friday, July 30, 2010

Pollen Floral Design: Putting the Green in Weddings

Flowers might seem like the “greenest” part of any wedding. Not so. The business of cut flowers is resource-intensive, requiring irrigation, the heating of greenhouses, and long-distance transportation. Approximately 75 percent of flowers sold in the U.S. are flown in from South America. Lynn Fosbender, who has more than a decade of experience managing florist Read the Rest…

CAPS Beat 2031: Property Theft on the Rise

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, July 28, 2010

CAPS Beat 2031: Property Theft on the Rise

Thefts and burglaries are up across the city, largely attributed to the state of the economy, and Beat 2031 has not been immune to this trend. Reporting to the approximately one dozen residents in attendance at last night’s CAPS meeting, Sgt. Jeffrey Sacks noted that while there’s very little violent crime within the beat (covering Read the Rest…

First Slice Pie Café: Ravenswood Manor Welcomes New Sweet Spot

By Patty Wetli | Monday, July 19, 2010

First Slice Pie Café: Ravenswood Manor Welcomes New Sweet Spot

(Ed note: New photos appended. 7/20/10) Life in Ravenswood Manor just got a little sweeter with the opening of the newest First Slice Pie Café. Though currently operating under a limited soft launch schedule (Thursday through Saturday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.), plans are to eventually serve up baked Read the Rest…

Gross Park Advisory Council Talks Block Party, Outdoor Movie

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, July 15, 2010

Gross Park Advisory Council Talks Block Party, Outdoor Movie

At the July 13 meeting of the Gross Park Advisory Council (the park is located at 2708 W. Lawrence Ave), members had September on their mind. They’re already knee-deep in planning the Council’s annual showcase event, Party in the Park, scheduled for September 11, from 1 to 7 p.m. This is the Council’s seventh year Read the Rest…

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