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Northcenter Chamber Hands Out Donation Checks From Ribfest Proceeds

By Mike Fourcher

About thirty members of the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce gathered for lunch yesterday at the restaurant Southport & Irving to discuss local business and donate over $15,000 to neighborhood charities. Each organization earned their contribution by supplying volunteers to the Chamber’s annual Ribfest last summer. The street festival, operated by the Chamber, requires over 500 Read the Rest…

Northwest Community Corporation Promotes Economic Development, Chamber Security

By Mike Fourcher

The following was released by the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce. February 17, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Brad Ball Office: (773) 525-3609 Northcenter, Chicago — The formation of a new economic development player on Chicago’s northwest side has recently come under attack. On Tuesday, Northcenter resident, business owner and former Northcenter Chamber of Commerce President Robert Read the Rest…

Ribfest Sets Record Attendance

By Mike Fourcher

Chicago Ribfest had its best attendance ever this year, says Northcenter Chamber of Commerce Associate Director Brad Ball. 55,000 people were tallied through the gates, in comparison to 36,000 last year and 49,000 in 2009. “Without the extra block, we would not have been able to fit all those people into the festival,” said Ball. Read the Rest…

Non-Profit Volunteers Power And Benefit From Ribfest

By Mike Fourcher

Since 2006 volunteers have been a major component of Chicago Ribfest where an unheralded program allows hundreds of people to contribute their time so local non-profits can earn tens of thousands of dollars from the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce. “Basically we pay non profits and schools for their volunteers. [If a group can provide] 30 Read the Rest…

Ribfest To Be Extended An Extra Block

By Mike Fourcher

This year’s Ribfest Chicago will be extended an additional block down Lincoln Avenue to Berteau this year, according to organizers Northcenter Chamber of Commerce. Ribfest Chicago, Northcenter’s biggest street festival, runs from Friday, June 10 to Sunday, June 12 this year. Previous festivals were limited to the space between Irving Park Rd. and Warner Ave. Read the Rest…

Northcenter Chamber Plans For 2011

By Mike Fourcher

The Northcenter Chamber of Commerce is holding their annual meeting next Tuesday, and they plan to announce a full slate of events for next year. The Chamber plans for 11 monthly business luncheons on the fourth Thursday of every month except December, Ribfest Chicago and much more. The Chamber’s annual meeting is coming up on Read the Rest…

City Budget Cuts Threaten Chambers of Commerce

By Samantha Abernethy

In the recently announced 2011 city budget, Chicago will cut all subsidy funding to chambers of commerce in the city, amounting to millions in savings for the city and a massive hit for the chambers. The city has subsidized neighborhood chambers of commerce for years. Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Melissa Flynn said Read the Rest…

Garage Fire in Northcenter

By Mike Fourcher

Chicago Fire Department Engine 112 responded to a one-story garage fire at 4208 N. Damen at 10:03 a.m. There were no injuries and the fire was put out within minutes. The cause of the fire has not been determined, according to the Fire Department. “It was scary,” said homeowner Tara Leinenweber, who was home when Read the Rest…

Kelly Chiropractic Straightens Out For Business

By Mike Fourcher

With a crowd of about three dozen friends and onlookers, Dr. Stephanie Kelly officially?opened for business?Kelly Chiropractic, 4223 N. Lincoln Ave., with a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon today. “Opening a new practice is a dream come true for me. And doing it here, in this neighborhood, is more than I could ask for,” said Read the Rest…

Northcenter Beautification Effort Blooms

By Mike Fourcher

As spring weather warms the ground, 6,000 daffodil bulbs planted in the Irving Park Road median from Ravenswood to Western Avenue by Special Service Area 38 are blooming. The flowers are part of an on-going beautification effort by a local group of Northcenter businesses who devote a portion of their property taxes to making small-scale Read the Rest…

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