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At Global Garden, Changing the World One Tomato at a Time

By Patty Wetli | Monday, July 30, 2012

At Global Garden, Changing the World One Tomato at a Time

Just west of the Chicago River along Lawrence Avenue, the site of a failed condo development has turned into a global success story. Dedicated last Thursday, Global Garden (3000 W. Lawrence Ave.) has, in just a few short months, transformed a blighted vacant lot into a thriving green space, home to both a community garden Read the Rest…

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fireworks

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, July 5, 2012

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fireworks

Navy Pier is for tourists. That was the prevailing sentiment at Winnemac Park (5100 N. Damen Ave.) on Wednesday night, where Chicagoans gathered on the 4th of July to take in a thoroughly unofficial, thoroughly illegal, thoroughly majestic DIY fireworks display — one that was appropriately of the people, by the people and for the Read the Rest…

Heartless Bastards Close Out Ribfest 2012

By Patty Wetli & Sarah Tilotta | Monday, June 11, 2012

Heartless Bastards Close Out Ribfest 2012

After three days of serving up the best ribs Chicago has to offer, some of the hottest up-and-coming music acts on the scene and more exploding smoke bubbles than we could count, Ribfest 2012 came to an end with a scorching set by Heartless Bastards. Lincoln Avenue is open to traffic again, though drivers have Read the Rest…

Ribfest: Amateur Eating Contest Decided by Half a Rib

By Patty Wetli | Friday, June 8, 2012

Ribfest: Amateur Eating Contest Decided by Half a Rib

“This is not a rib nibbling contest. Eat the meat. Eat your ribs and eat them cleanly,” emcee Sam Barclay exhorted entrants in Ribfest’s Amateur Rib-Eating Contest held Thursday night at Black Rock Pub & Kitchen, 3614 N. Damen Ave. And what were the 10 contestants competing for? “There is no money on the line. Read the Rest…

The Answer to World Peace? Maifest

By Patty Wetli & Sarah Tilotta | Monday, June 4, 2012

The Answer to World Peace? Maifest

If only NATO and the international media could have come to Maifest, they’d have seen what it looks when hordes of Chicagoans take over the streets not in protest but to par-tay. Wanna bring about world peace? Give everyone a brat and plastic mug full of beer (and don’t forget to discount the refills). After Read the Rest…

Kids Contribute to Education Step by Step

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Kids Contribute to Education Step by Step

If there’s a cuter event than the Ravenswood Elementary Walkathon, held last week, we’ve yet to come across it. Picture five-, six- and seven-year-olds scampering around a playground track for the better part of an hour, holding hands in the unselfconscious way that children have and dancing and laughing with far too much energy for Read the Rest…

Urban Conservation and Biodiversity Is Right Around the Corner

By Patty Wetli | Monday, May 21, 2012

Urban Conservation and Biodiversity Is Right Around the Corner

To the untrained eye, the Northcenter Neighborhood Association’s Parkway Corners Initiative appears to be little more than a beautification effort, swapping out turf for pretty plants and flowers. To Laurel Ross, Urban Conservation Director at the Field Museum, it looks like part of a biodiversity recovery plan. “A lot of conservation focuses on the protected Read the Rest…

Photo Gallery: Protests and Popsicles at Rahm’s

By Sarah Tilotta | Sunday, May 20, 2012

Photo Gallery: Protests and Popsicles at Rahm’s

About 400 protesters gathered in Horner Park to march east on Montrose Avenue to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Ravenswood home on Hermitage Avenue to protest mental health care center closings in Chicago. Center Square Journal’s photographer Sarah Tilotta captured the scene.

Illinois’ Latina Beauty Queens Crowned at Athenaeum

By Sarah Tilotta | Friday, May 18, 2012

Illinois’ Latina Beauty Queens Crowned at Athenaeum

Elsa Chumacero and Paola Cossyleon were recently crowned Miss Latina Illinois and Miss Teen Latina Illinois, respectively. The competition, held at the Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport Ave.), had all the glitz and glamour expected of a beauty pageant, with evening gown, swimsuit, and interview segments. The evening also included a traje tipico presentation, in Read the Rest…

Runners Rule the Streets During Ravenswood 5k

By Patty Wetli & Sarah Tilotta | Monday, April 30, 2012

Runners Rule the Streets During Ravenswood 5k

On Sunday, April 29, two feet trumped four wheels, and even God. For Fleet Feet’s 16th Annual Ravenswood 5k, streets were closed from Hermitage to Paulina and Irving Park to Leland; All Saints Episcopal Church, 4550 N. Hermitage, located at the start/finish line, canceled 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. services. Hard to communicate with the Read the Rest…

LSC Meet & Greet: ‘You Have Your Work Cut Out for You’

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, April 11, 2012

LSC Meet & Greet: ‘You Have Your Work Cut Out for You’

Nearly 40 LSC candidates turned out for Center Square Journal‘s meet and greet Tuesday night at DANK Haus, 4740 N. Western Ave., demonstrating their commitment to improving Chicago’s public schools. State Rep. Greg Harris (13th District), on hand to show his support along with colleague Ann Williams (11th), noted that while the legislature in Springfield Read the Rest…

Perfect Weekend for Egg Hunts on Two and Four Legs

By Sarah Tilotta | Monday, April 9, 2012

Perfect Weekend for Egg Hunts on Two and Four Legs

More than 200 dogs and at least twice as many of their two-legged friends attended this year’s Horner Park Doggie Egg Hunt, the best turnout to date, according to Horner Park Supervisor Tom McManamon. On Saturday, April 7, owners brought their dogs to have photos taken with the Easter Bunny; others came for the Doggie Read the Rest…

Local Authors Collaborate on Improv-Inspired Novel

By Paul Wilson | Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Local Authors Collaborate on Improv-Inspired Novel

The Living Wills, a new novel from Eckhartz Press, pulls off something not often seen in works of fiction set in Chicago: a story that doesn’t rely on Bridgeport-style accents or tired stereotypes. Despite well-placed details that foster authenticity–homes in Lincoln Square and Roscoe Village, gatherings at Waveland Bowl, a crowded Addison bus before a Read the Rest…

Albany Park Community Meeting Raises More Questions Than Answers

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, January 19, 2012

Albany Park Community Meeting Raises More Questions Than Answers

Close to 300 residents of the greater Albany Park and Ravenswood Manor community packed the auditorium at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 4432 N. Troy St., Wednesday night to voice their concerns about increased gang violence in the neighborhood and to hear how Ald. Dick Mell (33rd) and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy intend to combat Read the Rest…

Happy Holidays!

By Sarah Tilotta | Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays!

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