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Successful 44th Ward Donation Drive Continues Through Friday

By Sam Charles

44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney’s office is in the final stretch of its second annual donation drive. Running through Friday, Dec. 28, people can donate personal hygiene products, toiletries, cleaning supplies and other similar items. Bennett Lawson, Ald. Tunney’s chief of staff, said this year’s drive has been just as successful as last year’s, if not Read the Rest…

City Data: Area Traffic Among City’s Worst

By Sam Charles

Now it’s official. Traffic on the arterial streets of Lincoln Square, Lakeview, Northcenter, Ravenswood, Roscoe Village and the surrounding communities is some of the worst in the city. The City of Chicago recently expanded its data portal to include statistics on the average levels of traffic congestion in 29 different regions throughout the city, including Read the Rest…

We Ask ‘Why Are You Voting?’

By Sam Charles

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…

Area Early Votes Exceed 14,000

By Sam Charles

According to statistics released by the Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago, four area polling places saw a total of 14,170 ballots cast through Nov. 1. Early voting in the city, which lasted for 14 days as opposed to the normal 18, ended on Saturday, Nov. 3. Early voting in Chicago did Read the Rest…

Lakeview Chamber Considers Sponsoring Bike Sharing Kiosks

By Sam Charles

In the wake of the city releasing new details of the coming bike sharing program, a local chamber of commerce is entertaining the possibility of sponsoring one or more kiosks in the area. Heather Way, executive director of the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, said that helping to bring the new bike program to the area Read the Rest…

Officials Present Details For New City Bike Sharing Program

By Sam Charles

In the fourth of five public meetings, Chicago Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein and other members of CDOT shed some light on the city’s planned bike sharing system to more than three dozen citizens at the Lincoln-Belmont Library, 1659 W. Melrose St. “We are going to form a dense network that can then be gradually expanded,” Read the Rest…

Did You See Us At The El Today?

By Mike Fourcher

This morning the CSJ team hit Brown Line stops from Francisco to Irving Park to hand out the hottest, newest preview of what we’re writing about. It’s Playtime! Pickle’s Playroom Opens! Pizza D.O.C. Celebrates 4th Anniversary Book Cellar’s Royal Treatment Riverbank Neighbors’ Prairie Burn Please take a look at the back of the Circular: Our Read the Rest…

Local German Band Pieptone! Plays at Navy Pier

By Tony Manno

Did you ever wonder what Chubby Checker might sound like if he wore lederhosen and an alpine hat? Us neither. Were you ever curious what your dusties collection sounded like if it were replaced by Bavarian love songs so poppy sweet that you’ll think you’re hearing rainbows? Well then we’ve got the band from you, Read the Rest…

We Hit The El Today

By Mike Fourcher

Did you see us? We were there. In between the Red Eye box and the door, maybe. Yep, the Center Square Journal team was at El stops this morning, from Rockwell to Irving Park (and the Ravenswood Metra stop too!) handing out the hottest, newest preview of what we’re writing about. Please take a look Read the Rest…

The Perfect Cup Doubles in Size

By Samantha Abernethy

The Perfect Cup is a cozy, independently-owned coffeeshop at the corner of Damen and Leland avenues that has become wildly popular. In January, the shop closed for two days to revamp the cafe space and open an additional room to accommodate the crowds, enjoying flaky pastries and free wi-fi. “But we’re still filling up,” said Read the Rest…

Save the Planet One Piece of Mail at a Time

By Patty Wetli

Every month or so, I can count on receiving a pamphlet trying to sell me hearing aids because some direct mail company keeps mistaking me for my mother-in-law (that’s a whole other story). And every month or so, I duly drop the pamphlet in our recycling bin. But what if I could stop the mailing Read the Rest…

Save the Planet One Piece of Mail at a Time

By Patty Wetli

Every month or so, I can count on receiving a pamphlet trying to sell me hearing aids because some direct mail company keeps mistaking me for my mother-in-law (that’s a whole other story). And every month or so, I duly drop the pamphlet in our recycling bin. But what if I could stop the mailing Read the Rest…

Get a Glimpse of Fritz Pastry’s Pop-up Resto

By Patty Wetli

After putting on a wildly successful pop-up Valentine’s dinner, Fritz Pastry, 1408 West Diversey Parkway, is teaming up with Gaztro-Wagon and Hum Spirits for a collaborative venture called Glimpse—a collective social experience. For four nights only, April 6-9, Glimpse will take over Logan Square Kitchen at 2333 N. Milwaukee. Meals will be served family style; Read the Rest…

Lincoln Square Blockbuster Closing

By Brad Bretz

The Blockbuster Video at 2301 W. Lawrence Ave  is closing soon, creating yet another empty storefront on the Lawrence corridor. This Blockbuster is located in a small strip mall just east of Western Avenue. The strip also includes a 7-Eleven and the soon-to-open Pickle’s Playroom. The store closing comes on the heels of Blockbuster’s recent Read the Rest…

A Reader’s Blizzard Time-Lapse Video

By Samantha Abernethy

Flickr user cj171 kept an eye on the storm all night with this “blizzcam.” See the full photo gallery and other videos here.

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