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Different Holiday Shopping Strategies For Area Businesses

By Sam Charles | Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Different Holiday Shopping Strategies For Area Businesses

As the calendar moves closer and closer to the holiday season, local shops are prepping themselves for the rush of shoppers they hope to see come through their doors. For some local business owners, their confidence in a strong holiday shopping season is supported by the slow, but steady improvement of economic conditions nationwide. “I’m Read the Rest…

Ravenswood Station Passes Finance Committee, Faces Full Council Vote Tomorrow

By Sam Charles | Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Ravenswood Station Passes Finance Committee, Faces Full Council Vote Tomorrow

The Ravenswood Redevelopment Plan took one more step toward becoming a reality on Wednesday, Nov. 14, with its passage in the city council’s Finance Committee. The motion, set forth by Ald. Brendan Reilly of the 42nd Ward, passed unanimously. The full council will hear the ordinance on Thursday, Nov. 15. Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th), who Read the Rest…

CHA Releases Lathrop Homes Promo Video; Open House This Weekend

By Mike Fourcher | Wednesday, November 14, 2012
CHA Releases Lathrop Homes Promo Video; Open House This Weekend

Continuing its drive to rebuild the Lathrop Homes public housing project on Diversey and Clybourn, the Chicago Housing Authority released a promotional video today. About seven minutes long, the video touts the efforts of Lathrop Community Partners, the project’s development group, to engage the existing project’s residents and surrounding community members as they design a Read the Rest…

Weekend Break-In At Winestyles

By Sam Charles | Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Weekend Break-In At Winestyles

West Lakeview’s Winestyles was broken into this past weekend, at approximately 3 a.m. Saturday, according to Denise Cody, the shop’s owner. The lone offender did not taken anything of value, she said. The suspect threw a rock through the front window of the shop, located at 1433 W. Belmont Ave., triggering the alarm system. The Read the Rest…

Local Businesses Gear Up For The Holidays

By Sam Charles | Monday, November 12, 2012
Local Businesses Gear Up For The Holidays

The day after Thanksgiving, “Black Friday,” has traditionally marked the start of the holiday shopping season, prefaced by big box retailers bludgeoning consumers with ads detailing their vast price cuts in hopes of winning patronage. Local retailers have gotten a jump on holiday shopping as well, with shops in the area already welcoming in extra Read the Rest…

As Street Fests Multiply, Organizers Ask: “Are There Too Many?”

By Paul Wilson | Monday, November 12, 2012
As Street Fests Multiply, Organizers Ask: “Are There Too Many?”

When Rock Around the Block struggled in its rebirth in West Lakeview last June, one of its organizers acknowledged a reality of the current climate for Chicago street fests. “These aren’t cash cows anymore,” John Barry, Star Events chief executive, told a group of concerned business owners shortly after the festival. It was a quick Read the Rest…

Certain Area Bike Sharing Locations Becoming More Likely

By Sam Charles | Friday, November 9, 2012
Certain Area Bike Sharing Locations Becoming More Likely

With Chicago’s new bike sharing program set to be unveiled in Spring 2013, the Chicago Department of Transportation has been taking suggestions from residents about where they’d like to see bike sharing kiosks. To date, there have been more than 50 suggestions for kiosks to be placed within Center Square Journal’s coverage area. The most Read the Rest…

Small But Determined, Local Indian Population Fights for Community Center

By Meredith Heagney | Friday, November 9, 2012
Small But Determined, Local Indian Population Fights for Community Center

On a typical Thursday night, the children of the American Indian Center of Chicago, 1630 W. Wilson Ave., zoom around the spacious but well-worn tribal hall, under the watch of parents and grandparents, who eat chicken noodle soup and store-bought cookies while they catch up with one another. Some kids make drums out of deer hides. Read the Rest…

State Rep: Dem. Majority May Ease Budget Crisis, Cuts Still Needed

By Sam Charles | Thursday, November 8, 2012
State Rep: Dem. Majority May Ease Budget Crisis, Cuts Still Needed

Election day was a good one for Illinois Democrats as both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly now feature a Democratic veto-proof majority, which will not have to bow to the will of Governor Pat Quinn. Instead, a local state legislator predicts, the heavy victory for Democrats will lead to progress in resolving the state’s Read the Rest…

Overall Votes, Votes For Obama Down Between 2008 and 2012

By Sam Charles | Thursday, November 8, 2012
Overall Votes, Votes For Obama Down Between 2008 and 2012

Although redistricting might have had an impact, the 32nd, 40th, 44th and 47th wards all saw decreases in total votes cast between the 2008 General Election and the 2012 General Election, along with the total votes cast for President Barack Obama, according unofficial results released by the Chicago Board of Elections. Only one area ward, Read the Rest…

Horner Park Advisory Council Struggles With Park District Planning

By Sam Charles | Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Horner Park Advisory Council Struggles With Park District Planning

Besides revisiting plans for a potential enclosed dog park at last Monday evening’s meeting, the Horner Park Advisory Council addressed a variety of plans for its immediate future while keeping a close eye on its current endeavors. The Council’s current finances, a newly redesigned website and a discrepancy with the Chicago Park District’s tree-planting procedures Read the Rest…

We Ask ‘Why Are You Voting?’

By Sam Charles | Tuesday, November 6, 2012
We Ask ‘Why Are You Voting?’

Illinois is a definitively blue state, with its 20 electoral votes most certainly going for the reelection of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. But since the state’s presidential and vice presidential choice is a foregone conclusion, why did residents feel compelled to get out to the polls? As the weather became more Read the Rest…

Local Pastor Adds ‘Healing’ To Election Day Activities

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Local Pastor Adds ‘Healing’ To Election Day Activities

Standing in the cold November air outside his church with a student pastor, Pastor Jason Coulter seemed a bit quixotic on a Chicago Election Day. But the one-time union organizer acted as if he liked it that way, as he tried to inject some warmth into local election traditions. “I’m hoping to heal. This has Read the Rest…

Long Waits at Some Precincts, New Polling Place Confusion on Election Day Morning

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Long Waits at Some Precincts, New Polling Place Confusion on Election Day Morning

Voters and election judges reported few problems in polling places across Northcenter and Lincoln Square, although a few polling places had waits over an hour this morning and some voters were confused by polling place changes due to redistricting. While many polling places had long early-morning waits, turnout was moderate for the half dozen polling Read the Rest…

Polling Place Confusion, Moderate Turnout Kicks-off Election Day

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Polling Place Confusion, Moderate Turnout Kicks-off Election Day

Voters and election judges at polling places in Roscoe Village and West Lakeview reported few significant problems as Election Day kicked off today, but a few had problems finding their new polling place. During the morning commuter rush, neighborhood voters sometimes reported lines of 30-40 minutes at polling places in Roscoe Village. In addition, election judges Read the Rest…

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