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

By Meryl Williams

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?

Craft Beer Week: What’s on Tap Around the ‘Hood

By Patty Wetli

In just its third year, Chicago Craft Beer Week has become such a popular event, seven days can’t contain the excitement. The “week” now runs for a whopping 11 days, May 17-27, and that still isn’t enough time to hit up the more than 200 participating venues and special events. Lincoln Square has been lumped Read the Rest…

Turkey Day Countdown: Where to Get Your Food and Drinks

By Patty Wetli

There are about as many ways to celebrate Thanksgiving as there are stuffing recipes. (Or would that be dressing recipes? See what I mean.) The single requirement: You simply positively must make a pig of yourself. Allow us to help. Whether you’re planning to dine out, prepare the feast yourself or have it catered, we’ve Read the Rest…

Turkey Day Countdown: Where to Get Your Food and Drinks

By Patty Wetli

There are about as many ways to celebrate Thanksgiving as there are stuffing recipes. (Or would that be dressing recipes? See what I mean.) The single requirement: You simply positively must make a pig of yourself. Allow us to help. Whether you’re planning to dine out, prepare the feast yourself or have it catered, we’ve Read the Rest…

Nicole Geslani, Gene’s Rooftop Server

By Mike Fourcher

A Chicago newbie, Nicole Geslani arrived in Chicago from Florida roughly a year ago and currently can be found working on the roof of Gene’s Sausage Shop, 4750 N. Lincoln Ave., where patrons are enjoying the final relaxing rays of summer. Although her background is in sociology, Nicole has immersed herself in the local music Read the Rest…

City Provisions Celebrates One Year With Their Local Suppliers

By Mike Fourcher

Ravenswood’s sustainable-food focused deli and caterer, City Provisions, 1818 W. Wilson Ave. is celebrating their one-year anniversary next week and to celebrate their bringing in their farmers and vendors to meet you, the customer. For five days food providers will be on hand to talk about their products, process and just about anything you can Read the Rest…

Kids Cook With the Shedd at City Provisions

By Patty Wetli

It’s the question you’ve been dreading. In the middle of dinner, your seven-year-old blurts out, “Mommy, where do fish sticks come from?” If the only answer that springs to mind is “Um, the freezer,” keep reading. On Saturday, August 13, 10-11 a.m.,  Shedd Aquarium and City Provisions, 1818 W. Wilson, are teaming up for a Read the Rest…

Beat The Heat At Salted Caramel’s Pop-Up Popsicle Shop

By Patty Wetli

This Saturday, Salted Caramel is putting the “pop” in “pop-up.” For one day only, July 2, 12-4 p.m., the confectioners will operate a Pop-Up Popsicle Shoppe out of the Espresso Thy Art space at 4019 N. Damen Ave. Salted Caramel’s co-owners, Ginna Haravon and Bridget Doherty, typically work out of a commercial kitchen in Jefferson Read the Rest…

Neighborhood Restaurant News Round Up

By Patty Wetli

A quick round-up of recent local restaurant news: City Provisions, 1818 W. Wilson Ave., is now serving brunch and Night Time Nosh. Grab some cinnamon French toast or bacon steaks with duck fat fries at Sunday brunch, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Night Time Nosh, served Tuesday through Saturday, 4-9 p.m., features charcuterie and a variety Read the Rest…

Dinner and a Movie, Locavore Style

By Patty Wetli

Where does food come from? If your response to that question was “duh, the grocery store,” have we got a movie for you. On June 22, 6 p.m., the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce will host a screening of “Ingredients” at Dank Haus, 4740 N. Western Ave. The documentary film explores the local food movement and the Read the Rest…

What’s on Tap for Chicago Craft Beer Week

By Patty Wetli

A former co-worker of mine who had previously lived in New York used to complain that Chicagoans spend most of their time hanging out in bars, drinking beer. And what, pray tell, is wrong with that? As if we needed added incentive, along comes Chicago Craft Beer Week, May 19-27, to further encourage our tendency Read the Rest…

What’s on Tap for Chicago Craft Beer Week

By Patty Wetli

A former co-worker of mine who had previously lived in New York used to complain that Chicagoans spend most of their time hanging out in bars, drinking beer. And what, pray tell, is wrong with that? As if we needed added incentive, along comes Chicago Craft Beer Week, May 19 – 27, to further encourage Read the Rest…

City Provisions Has the Answer to ‘Where’s the Beef?’

By Patty Wetli

What’s for dinner? If your fridge is stocked like mine, the answer would be pickle relish, butter and a tub full of moldy pumpkin that looks like a science experiment gone horribly wrong. A better solution would be to sign up for City Provisions’ Meat Share program. The program starts March 18—the number of participants Read the Rest…

Center Square In The News

By Brad Bretz

The Chicago Tribune reports on a 34-year-old businessman, who was moved by a Tribune story about homeless twin brothers. He is paying for a week’s hotel-stay for one brother while the other remains hospitalized. The Kansas City Star wrote about last week’s Indiana earthquake, and interviews a Lincoln Square resident who felt it. Chicago Now Muckrakers blogger Read the Rest…

The Ravenswood Chamber: Plagued By Financial Mismanagement

By Mike Fourcher

Editor’s Note: Center Square Journal continues its coverage of the dissolution of the Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce This article reviews the Chamber’s tangle of financial problems. Read our other article for a review of changes and confusion in the Chamber and its Board of Directors. The Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce is likely to dissolve by Read the Rest…

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