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Lincoln Square Business’ Growth Strains Parking Options

By Paul Wilson

Lincoln Square arguably has weathered the national recession better than most city neighborhoods and one of the area’s anchors is set to open an $18 million expansion in early 2012. But those bits of good news come with a downside: Increased competition for parking. Over the next couple weeks, workers will put the finishing touches Read the Rest…

8 Minutes, 5 lbs of Baby Back Ribs Later, Champ Defends Title

By Anna Roberts

Even the sun feared the competitive eaters at the “Ribmania” rib eating contest at Ribfest Friday night. As the seven gastro gladiators took the stage, the temperature dropped, the sky clouded over and a light mist filled Lincoln Ave. From the foggy air, surfaced seven competitive eaters from across the country; ready to down as many Read the Rest…

CSJ Podcast #2: Center Square’s Conversation with Alderman-Elect Ameya Pawar

By Karl Klockars

Just hours before Alderman-elect Ameya Pawar is set to be sworn in as Alderman of the 47th ward, Center Square Journal sat down with him to discuss a number of topics, including the transition process, the building of a ward council, his staffing situation, and the question of office space. CSJ can confirm that the Read the Rest…

Ald.-Elect Pawar Throws A Big-Time Fundraiser

By Mike Fourcher

Alderman-elect Ameya Pawar (47th) is throwing a fundraiser next on Monday May 16, and judging from the invites, he might raise more money in one night than he did during his whole 2011 campaign. Headlined by a crew of local politicos who endorsed “the other guy” last February, including former Comptroller Dan Hynes and Illinois Read the Rest…

Over 3,500 Athletes In Ravenswood Run 5K

By Mike Fourcher

Over 3,500 people registered to run in this morning’s Fleet Feet Ravenswood Run 5K. James Akita won the race with an official race time of 15:07, while Heather Prekop won the women’s division with a time of 17:35. Runners reported that the race was well organized and well paced. “There were no bottlenecks in the Read the Rest…

Center Square in the News

By Brad Bretz

Parents Group Urges Return to Recess [Chicago Tribune] Make Reservations Now at Prix Fixe for Easter Sunday [Metromix] Do Aldermen Have Too Much Power Over Small Businesses? [WBEZ] Craft Beers Surging in Popularity [Chicago Tribune] Ravenswood’s Story Studio Opens New Writing Center in Winnetka [Wilmette Life] Free Stuff Tuesday! Ravenswood Run 5K! [Chicago Now] Hazel Read the Rest…

CSJ Podcast: Conversation with Alderman-Elect Ameya Pawar

By Karl Klockars

Center Square Journal had the opportunity to sit down and have a short discussion with Alderman-elect Ameya Pawar about the election, the events that have taken place since, and what his immediate plans are. Find out what Pawar’s responses to the following are: Did you vote for Rahm Emanuel? What have you done regarding your Read the Rest…

Ald-Elect Pawar Fills Out Transition Committee

By Mike Fourcher

Last night Ald-Elect Ameya Pawar (47th) released his complete Transition Committee through a press release. With the exception of “advisory” members Dan Hynes and Dick Simpson, the 27 members of the Committee are mostly comprised of non-profit administrators, policy and community activists and campaign donors and volunteers. Largely absent from the Committee are people with Read the Rest…

Pawar Announces Elements of Transition Committee

By Mike Fourcher

Alderman-elect Ameya Pawar (47th) announced today that former Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes, a 47th Ward resident, will be a member of his transition committee. The announcement came as part of a wide-ranging luncheon talk given to members of the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce at LM Le Restaurant, 4539 N. Lincoln Ave. Pawar also announced that Read the Rest…

Center Square in the News

By Brad Bretz

Chicago Tribune highlights the Ravenswood neighborhood. Alderman-elect Ameya Pawar talked TIFs with Chicago Sun-Times. A Ravenswood man was fatally beaten in Budlong Woods. Chicago Sun-Times Old World charm meets New World technology at Merz Apothecary. A rare Houdini poster will vanish at Potter & Potter auction March 26. Oak Park high school freshman

Center Square in the News

By Brad Bretz

How Ameya Pawar bowled over 47th Ward: Chicago Reader‘s Ben Joravsky gladly eats crow. Dance your winter blues away with tango lessons at Barba Yianni Grecian Taverna (4751 N. Lincoln Ave). Hugh Amano, Chicago food blogger and cooking school instructor, will host food ‘salon’ in his Lincoln Square pad. WGN-TV interviews a local business owner, Read the Rest…

Center Square in the News

By Brad Bretz

Poor Taste Chicago took a tour of Lincoln Square. House Beautiful is coming to Chicago and Ravenswood to give away free chairs. Potter and Potter Auctions ( located at 3729 N. Ravenswood Ave) will be auctioning some very important lithographs from the heyday of Magic. Will Rahm’s Ravenswood home tenant be moving soon? Sola (located Read the Rest…

Alderman-elect Ameya Pawar: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

By Samantha Abernethy

The election in the 47th ward produced the biggest shocker of the 2011 municipal elections. After Rahm Emanuel handily won the mayoral throne, Chicago media turned its eyes on 30-year-old Ameya Pawar, 47th ward alderman-elect. When Ald. Gene Schulter announced in January that he wouldn’t run again, it created the first open election in the Read the Rest…

47th Ward Voter Turnout Above 50 Percent

By Samantha Abernethy

The first round of the 2011 Chicago municipal elections are over, crowning a new mayor and a new 47th ward alderman. The highly contested races brought 47th ward voters out more than in the rest of the city with 50.81 percent of registered voters casting their ballots. Citywide turnout was 41.6 percent. The biggest shocker Read the Rest…

Ameya Pawar Wins 47th Ward Alderman

By Samantha Abernethy

Ameya Pawar, 30, will be the first Asian-American alderman in the Chicago City Council. He pulled just over 50 percent of the vote, avoiding a runoff election. Candidate Tom O’Donnell conceded late election night.

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