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Get Halloween’ed In The Neighborhood

By Sam Charles

With fall in full swing and Halloween right around the corner, Lincoln Square and Northcenter have several events coming up in the next few weeks to help celebrate the season. Events are free unless otherwise specified. Horner Park Pumpkin Patch – Saturday, October 20 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Horner Park, 2741 W. Montrose Ave. Sponsored by Read the Rest…

Look Out for Camera Crews, and Tow Trucks

By Patty Wetli

Word from the Chicago Film Office is that a commercial will be shooting in Lincoln Square Sept. 23-24, creating a number of temporary parking tow zones. Giddings Plaza will also be a closed set. (Um, did anyone tell the pigeons?) To make way for production equipment and vehicles, “no parking” signs will take effect, Sunday Read the Rest…

Lincoln Square Garden Walk to Highlight the Art of the Doable

By Patty Wetli

The point of this Saturday’s Lincoln Square Garden Walk, now in its eighth year, is not to intimidate but to inspire. “It shows people what they can do,” says Nancy Benjamin, organizer of the event along with Debi Johnson. “People come to my backyard and say, ‘I didn’t realize you could grow peaches in the Read the Rest…

American Flatbread: ‘It’s Not Dead’

By Patty Wetli

To recap: In October 2010, American Flatbread announced it was “coming soon” to the Fountainview development adjacent to Lincoln Square’s Giddings Plaza, with a projected opening of April 2011. That deadline passed and in December 2011, Fred Gale, a partner in the venture, told CSJ he was aiming for a Spring 2012 debut. It’s July Read the Rest…

Crew Shooting Commercial in Lincoln Square

By Patty Wetli

The Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln Ave.) and Matty K’s Hardware (4874 N. Lincoln Ave.) are ready for their closeups. The local businesses, along with Giddings Plaza, will be featured in a commercial for Regions Financial being filmed today in Lincoln Square. Chicago’s own Story productions is shooting the ad, according to Rich Moskol of Read the Rest…

Summer in the Square Has Arrived: Thursday Night Concerts and Farmers Market Debut Tonight

By Patty Wetli

Yep, it’s official, it’s summer in Lincoln Square. Our first clue: The popular Thursday night free concert series kicks off in Giddings Plaza, June 14, with Sons of the Never Wrong taking the stage. Weather permitting, concerts are scheduled every Thursday, 6:30 – 9 p.m., through September 6, with musical styles ranging from classic rock Read the Rest…

American Flatbread Still ‘Coming Soon’

By Patty Wetli

What’s going on with American Flatbread? “That’s a good question,” says Fred Gale, a partner in the restaurant, announced as “coming soon” in late 2010. Originally slated to open Spring 2011 in Lincoln Square’s Fountainview development adjacent to Giddings Plaza, the Chicago outpost of the successful Vermont-based brand has hit more than its share of Read the Rest…

Lincoln Square Concert In The Square Cancelled Tonight

By Mike Fourcher

The Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce has cancelled tonight’s Summer Concert In The Square. From a press release: “Due to the dangerous heat forecasted for July 21st. the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce has taken the extra precaution to cancel the Thursday evening summer concert set for July 21st and the Third Thursday event which would have taken Read the Rest…

Tonight: Music, Farmers, Music

By Mike Fourcher

The weather forecast calls for the lower 7o’s and clear skies this evening, much like last night. This is the summer you’ve been waiting for. Get out and do some stuff. Like every Thursday in the summer The Lincoln Square Chamber is sponsoring their summer concert series in Giddings Plaza, at Lincoln Ave and Giddings Read the Rest…

Fast Food (and Drink)

By Patty Wetli

A quick take on the local restaurant scene. The Square Kegs Home Brew Club is hosting “Pairings in the Plaza” on Saturday, July 16, 2:00-6:00 p.m. Local restaurants and breweries will join forces in Giddings Plaza, sampling food and beers and offering advice on how to play matchmaker between the two. Participants include Bistro Campagne, Read the Rest…

Thursday: Meet Up With NPN At Giddings Plaza Concert

By Ellie Ander

The Lincoln Square Giddings Plaza Concert Series is finally here! And despite the random chilly summer days we’ve had this year, no event more is more a sign of summer than this weekly event–an event that for two and a half great hours every Thursday evening draws in crowds of all demographics, age, and all Read the Rest…

Free Outdoor Concert Season Gets Rolling

By Mike Fourcher

In Center Square, you can barely take a step on summer weekdays without running into a free music concert. This week the concerts really get rolling: Tonight, 7:00 p.m., Northcenter Town Square, 4100 N. Damen Ave., This Must Be The Band, a Talking Heads tribute band. Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Giddings Plaza, 4731 N. Lincoln Ave., Hard Read the Rest…

Neighborhood Farmers Markets Kick Off Next Week

By Patty Wetli

After surviving the winter on New Zealand apples, it’s time to enjoy some locally-grown produce. Neighborhood farmers markets kick off in June, bringing a little piece of the country to the city. Lincoln Square Farmers Market June 7 – October 25, every Tuesday, 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lincoln/Leland/Western–parking lot at Western Brown Line station Read the Rest…

Giddings Plaza Fountain

By Samantha Abernethy

Kick Off Summer With ‘Kids in the Square’

By Rachael Judd

Kids in the Square, presented by the Lincoln Square Chamber is right around the corner — literally! Every corner of Lincoln Square will be full of activities for kids of all ages on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For your eco-conscious kid, bring your own banana peels and veggie scraps and Read the Rest…

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