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Get Free Money for Schools From Target

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, August 16, 2012

Get Free Money for Schools From 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…

On Your Mark, Get Set, Click: Online Registration for Fall Park District Programs Begins Next Week

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, August 16, 2012

On Your Mark, Get Set, Click: Online Registration for Fall Park District Programs Begins Next Week

Is “debacle” too strong a word to describe what happened with the Chicago Park District’s online registration system last spring? Ask CPD’s web vendor, which was told to re-engineer software to better process a rush of reservations — you know, the sort of influx caused when too many people are in a panic to be Read the Rest…

Fountainhead to Hold ‘It Might Get Rocky’ Benefit for Colorado Wildfire and Shooting Victims

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Fountainhead to Hold ‘It Might Get Rocky’ Benefit for Colorado Wildfire and Shooting Victims

It’s been a rough summer across much of the U.S. but residents of Colorado have been hit harder than most. The folks at Fountainhead (1970 W. Montrose Ave.) were in the midst of brainstorming how to help the hundreds of people who lost their homes to wildfires when news broke of the Aurora shooting. Their Read the Rest…

Back to School at Jahn Elementary: Open House to Meet the New Principal

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Back to School at Jahn Elementary: Open House to Meet the New Principal

Here’s the one time you want to get sent to the principal’s office. In advance of the start of the 2012-13 school year, Jahn Elementary is holding a meet-and-greet with the school’s new principal, Stephanie Bloom, on Aug. 16, 6 p.m., 3149 N. Wolcott. The informal get-together provides parents and community members with an opportunity Read the Rest…

Update on Mariano’s and Ravenswood Terrace

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Update on Mariano’s and Ravenswood Terrace

The wheels are turning slowly when it comes to bringing the proposed Mariano’s project on Lawrence Avenue to fruition, but they are still turning. The Ravenswood Station development — Mariano’s plus an L.A. Fitness targeted for a parcel formerly owned by Sears — is set to come before the Chicago Plan Commission on Aug. 16. Read the Rest…

What’s on Your Park District Wish List for Fall? How About Improved Online Registration

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, August 14, 2012

What’s on Your Park District Wish List for Fall? How About Improved Online Registration

Is “debacle” too strong a word to describe what happened with the Chicago Park District’s online registration system last spring? Ask CPD’s web vendor, which was told to re-engineer software to better process a rush of reservations — you know, the sort of influx caused when too many people are in a panic to be Read the Rest…

Michigan State Alums Adopt Ravenswood Elementary

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Michigan State Alums Adopt Ravenswood Elementary

It’s a boy! It’s a girl! It’s 500 boys and girls! The Michigan State family just welcomed a sizable number of new additions as the university’s Chicago-area alumni network adopted Ravenswood Elementary. MSU’s 30,000 local alums will now throw their considerable support behind the magnet arts cluster school. Spartan alumni will engage in volunteer activities Read the Rest…

Shakespeare’s ‘Shrew’ Draws Crowd to Welles Park

By Jason Kreke | Monday, August 13, 2012

Shakespeare’s ‘Shrew’ Draws Crowd to Welles Park

The Bard can still draw a crowd. Hundreds of people packed Welles Park Saturday afternoon to watch a performance of The Taming of the Shrew by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Mounted in conjunction with the Chicago Park District, the abridged version of the play was family friendly and well suited to the outdoor setting. They Read the Rest…

Stop, in the Name of Law

By Patty Wetli | Monday, August 13, 2012

Stop, in the Name of Law

Illinois law requires drivers to stop when pedestrians are present in a striped crosswalk, even in the absence of a stop sign or traffic signal. As a gentle reminder that it’s not OK to mow down people as they attempt to cross the street, signage has popped up across the city, including locations in the Read the Rest…

Get Ready for Retro on Roscoe: Music! Cars! Baby Wipes!

By Patty Wetli | Friday, August 10, 2012

Get Ready for Retro on Roscoe: Music! Cars! Baby Wipes!

It’s the first weekend since forever that the city’s meteorologists/fear mongers aren’t forecasting temperatures as hot as Hades, which means it’s safe to venture outside your air-conditioned bubble and mosey on over to Retro on Roscoe, Aug. 11 -12. Despite its billing as Chicago’s third-largest street fest, Retro hasn’t quite outgrown the feel of a Read the Rest…

Trash Talk: Our Dumpsters Runneth Over

By Patty Wetli | Friday, August 10, 2012

Trash Talk: Our Dumpsters Runneth Over

Scott Bloom, the new president of the Winnemac Park Advisory Council, ticked through a list of the reinvigorated organization’s early accomplishments at this week’s meeting of Winnemac Park Neighbors. “One of our immediate goals was to get more trash cans,” said Bloom. “That took five weeks.” Yet residents noted that even with a beefed up Read the Rest…

Crosby’s Kitchen Just Days Away From Opening…Probably

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, August 9, 2012

Crosby’s Kitchen Just Days Away From Opening…Probably

Doug Dunlay has opened eateries before — six, in fact, with his partners in 4-Star Restaurant Group. You’d think each time the process would become a little easier but with 4-Star’s latest baby, Crosby’s Kitchen at 3455 N. Southport Ave., it’s actually been the “most painful” to date. “The city was incredibly slow with the Read the Rest…

Under Construction: Damen Condo Development on Three-Year Timeline

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, August 9, 2012

Under Construction: Damen Condo Development on Three-Year Timeline

Compared with the recent ruckus raised by a non-existent housing development in Northcenter, Alan Candea’s proposal for condos on a vacant lot at 4845 N. Damen Ave. met with little opposition during Tuesday night’s meeting of Winnemac Park Neighbors. Attendees’ muted reaction was more along the lines of “Great, more condos. There goes my dream Read the Rest…

Lincoln Square Tapped for Energy Efficient Retrofits

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Lincoln Square Tapped for Energy Efficient Retrofits

I know how my dad conserved energy — he didn’t believe in heat or air conditioning and spent every waking hour flipping off light switches. Chicago is taking more of a carrot than a stick approach. As part of an effort to make the city’s buildings more energy efficient — from skyscrapers to bungalows — Read the Rest…

Hamlin Park Makes Bid for New Playground at Park District Budget Meeting

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Hamlin Park Makes Bid for New Playground at Park District Budget Meeting

Hamlin Park (3052 N. Hoyne Ave.) has a great pool, great ball fields and great programming. What it doesn’t have is a great playground, a situation the Hamlin Park Advisory Council aims to remedy. Having already raised $15,000 toward a renovation, the group’s president, Jody Boutell, made a pitch to the Chicago Park District to Read the Rest…

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