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A Birder In The City

By Jason Kreke | Thursday, June 6, 2013
A Birder In The City

Every spring and fall Sigrid Schmidt watches for migratory birds along the North Branch of the Chicago River and counts the breeds. She says things have changed in recent years.

Neighbors’ Growing Frustration With Lathrop Homes Redevelopment

By Geoff Dankert | Thursday, June 6, 2013
Neighbors’ Growing Frustration With Lathrop Homes Redevelopment

The Chicago Housing Authority’s planned redevelopment of the Lathrop Homes public housing project seems to have stalled. But nobody knows for sure since CHA hasn’t held public meetings in months and aldermen aren’t getting any answers either.

Interview With Rep. Greg Harris, Sponsor of Illinois’ Marriage Equality Act

By Mike Fourcher | Thursday, June 6, 2013
Interview With Rep. Greg Harris, Sponsor of Illinois’ Marriage Equality Act

Illinois State Representative Greg Harris (D-13) shot to the center of national attention last Friday evening with his impassioned speech announcing he would not be calling legislation making gay marriage possible for a vote in the Illinois House. On Monday, Harris sat down with Center Square Journal to talk about the last legislative session, the budget, our state’s social safety net, and what’s next for the marriage equality bill.

Portrait of A Dive: The Cardinal Lounge

By Myles Dannhausen | Thursday, June 6, 2013
Portrait of A Dive: The Cardinal Lounge

The first time I left the Cardinal Lounge I knew two things: Moving to Chicago was going to work out all right, and I had found my favorite bar.

The (Pretty) Complete List of Center Square Summer Festivals

By Mike Fourcher | Thursday, June 6, 2013
The (Pretty) Complete List of Center Square Summer Festivals

Welcome to a new Chicago summer! That means lots of festivals and plenty of reasons to be outside. Contrary to what many may think, Lakeview is not where the most festivals are held. Nope, it’s Center Square where the action’s at. Here we provide, for your planning convenience, our annual guide to the festivals and what to expect.

Neighbors Conflict On Wrigley Renovations: We Have A Seat At The Table; No, We Don’t

By Geoff Dankert | Thursday, May 2, 2013
Neighbors Conflict On Wrigley Renovations: We Have A Seat At The Table; No, We Don’t

None of the neighborhood groups with a stake in the future of the ballpark are directly represented at conversations between the Cubs and the city of Chicago. Instead, their interests are being represented by 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney. That seems to suit some neighbors just fine. Others, not so much.

A Peek Inside A Neighborhood Private Social Club

By Jason Kreke | Thursday, May 2, 2013
A Peek Inside A Neighborhood Private Social Club

One of a handful of private members-only clubs in the area, the Turkish Cultural Center serves as a place for people to come to after work and unwind. Jason Kreke ventures in and learns good food can make anyone comfortable in any environment.

The Woman Responsible For Raising Your Property Values

By Meryl Williams | Thursday, May 2, 2013
The Woman Responsible For Raising Your Property Values

In the late 1980′s Bea Tersch decided to fight back against the Latin Kings by building an innovative neighborhood beautification program and creating new neighborhood group. Today’s residents and members of Tersch’s group, the Greater Rockwell Organization, live gang-free with flowers on practically every corner – and houses worth double or triple what they were worth 20 years ago.

What You Told Us; What You Can Do To Help

By Mike Fourcher | Thursday, May 2, 2013
What You Told Us; What You Can Do To Help

Now that we’ve cleared our second month of The Reboot, we thought we should ask you a few questions to learn what we’re doing right and where we should focus our efforts. So last month we invited you to a survey. Here’s some of what you told us and what you can to do keep moving things forward.

We’re Rebooting The CSJ Events Calendar

By Mike Fourcher | Thursday, April 18, 2013
We’re Rebooting The CSJ Events Calendar

Last week we conducted a reader survey, and two big items stood out: First, 68% of the respondents wanted us to relaunch our events calendar. Second, 69% of respondents wanted to receive notice of deals and offers from local businesses. Those were staggering numbers, so we had to satisfy that demand–as soon as possible. So Read the Rest…

Hamlin Park Neighbors Put Crime in The Past and Build Future

By Geoff Dankert | Thursday, April 4, 2013
Hamlin Park Neighbors Put Crime in The Past and Build Future

After a brief spate of gang-related crime in 2011 and 2012, Hamlin Park area residents are concentrating on making their neighborhood the next great place to live with plans for park improvements and lots of new construction homes.

A Naturalist’s Heaven Squirreled Away on Ravenswood

By Jason Kreke | Thursday, April 4, 2013
A Naturalist’s Heaven Squirreled Away on Ravenswood

Over 250,000 animal specimens are stored on Ravenswood and Montrose at the Chicago Academy of Science, a warehouse of preserved nature, often of now extinct creatures. We visit the facility that’s normally closed to the general public.

Beer Story: How Did Our Area Become A Beer Neighborhood?

By Meryl Williams | Thursday, April 4, 2013
Beer Story: How Did Our Area Become A Beer Neighborhood?

It’s a fact: Our area has become a Beer Neighborhood. In some ways, Lincoln Square, Northcenter, and Ravenswood seemed almost destined to be Chicago’s premier beer neighborhood. So which came first: the beer or the beer-drinker?

Today We’re Rebooting Center Square Journal

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I’m excited to announce the Reboot of Center Square Journal. We have some big plans that include some fresh blood, some editorial direction changes, some new services and an important 90 Day Reboot Campaign. As part of our Reboot, we’re going be asking a lot of you in the coming months. One important thing will stay Read the Rest…

Report on Last Night’s Community Meeting

By Mike Fourcher | Friday, February 1, 2013
Report on Last Night’s Community Meeting

I started to write this as a straight news piece, but I’m too closely tied to everything here. So let’s just recognize that I’ve got some personal feelings at stake here and get talking about what happened. About sixty people came to the DANK Haus’ second floor yesterday evening to hear a presentation from me Read the Rest…

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