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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…

Report: Human Trafficking Pervasive in Massage Parlors

By Sam Charles

According to a report published by the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation and Not In Our Name!, a group made up of massage therapists against sex trafficking, the culture of massage parlors is conducive to sex trafficking in the United States. A recent report by Center Square Journal identified several area massage parlors where sexual favors are allegedly offered by Read the Rest…

City Crime Stats: Area Battery Up, Theft Down

By Sam Charles

Between Oct. 26 and Nov. 18, the Center Square Journal‘s coverage area saw 226 reported crimes, with 43 of those leading to arrests. In that period, beats 1713, 1911, 1912, 2031 and 2032 saw 48 battery incidents, 44 thefts, 25 incidents of criminal damage, 24 motor vehicle thefts and 24 burglaries. Between Sept. 25 and Oct. 25, Read the Rest…

Kidical Mass Building Community, Safety Awareness

By Sam Charles

In the same vein as the global bicycling gathering Critical Mass, Chicago’s branch of Kidical Mass so too operates in the hope of garnering more attention for alternative forms of transportation. But the main goal, organizer Saskia Hofman said, is to get families out into the neighborhood and encourage children to practice bike riding safely. Read the Rest…

Local Special Service Areas Act As Catalyst For Local Business Climate

By Sam Charles

Throughout Chicago, and in the Roscoe View and Center Square neighborhoods, Special Services Areas are a little-known force for improving business districts. The quasi-governmental agencies, known as SSAs and created by City Council ordinance, collect property tax levies, usually a quarter to a half percent, adding up to big dollars and big local influence. In Read the Rest…

Lincoln Square-Ravenswood Chamber Director Resigns

By Sam Charles

The executive director of the Lincoln Square-Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce is resigning, effective Dec. 1. Melissa Flynn, who has led the chamber for eight years, is stepping down to spend more time with her family and pursue consulting opportunities, according to Jason Kraus, president of the Lincoln Square-Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce. Flynn will also serve Read the Rest…

Where Do Portobello’s Come From and Other Burning Questions Answered During Farmers Market Field Trip

By Patty Wetli

For those of us who grew up in households where frozen corn was the special-occasion alternative to canned niblets, the palates of today’s youngsters are astounding. “They eat pesto and falafel and they’re three,” said Jadranka Schechinger. “I didn’t go to a farmers market until I was in college.” Schechinger was among the parents chaperoning Read the Rest…

An Apple a Day Keeps the Rain Away

By Patty Wetli

After a scorcher of a summer, you can forgive Chicagoans their surprise that fall actually has arrived. What better way to celebrate the crisper temperatures than Lincoln Square’s 25th Annual Apple Fest, held Saturday. “It was an absolutely beautiful, picture-perfect day,” said Patrick Foerster, manager of the Chopping Block (4747 N. Lincoln Ave.). The Chopping 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…

Le Cafe Coming Soon, For Real This Time

By Patty Wetli

When Danielle Papakanelou and Fernando Isopo hung a “coming soon” sign on the storefront at 4655 N. Lincoln Ave. last spring (former home of Cafe Neo), the partners in Le Cafe fully intended to open by April. “Originally, I just wanted to redo the counter top,” says Papakanelou, a French Pastry School grad who envisioned Read the Rest…

Get Your Dirndl On

By Patty Wetli

We ran into a bagpiper heading to march in Lincoln Square’s annual German-American Steuben Day Parade and wondered if perhaps he had mixed up his holidays. No, he laughed. German police officers don’t have a band, but the Irish do, so the Emerald Society offered up its services. “This is America,” he said, as our Read the Rest…

Time to Bust Out the Lederhosen

By Patty Wetli

The big tent is up at Leland and Western and street closure barriers are in place. It can only mean one thing: It’s time for Lincoln Square’s German-American Festival. The event kicks off Friday, Sept. 7, 5 – 11 p.m., with the official opening ceremony at 8 p.m. On Saturday, the festival runs noon – Read the Rest…

Residents Pack CTA Forum to Protest Route Cuts, Show Strong Support for #11 Lincoln Bus

By Patty Wetli

If the CTA thought holding a public forum the day after a holiday weekend at a relatively inconvenient location–the agency’s headquarters at 567 W. Lake St.–would discourage attendance, officials seriously miscalculated. Ironically for a discussion of a “crowding reduction plan,” the meeting was packed beyond fire-code capacity, with speakers asked to leave the room after Read the Rest…

Residents Pack CTA Forum to Protest Route Cuts, Show Strong Support for #11 Lincoln Bus

By Patty Wetli

If the CTA thought holding a public forum the day after a holiday weekend at a relatively inconvenient location–the agency’s headquarters at 567 W. Lake St.–would discourage attendance, officials clearly miscalculated. Ironically for a discussion of a “crowding reduction plan,” the meeting was packed beyond fire-code capacity, with speakers asked to leave the room after Read the Rest…

Looking for a few Good Artists

By Patty Wetli

The first annual Lincoln Square Art Walk, set for Oct. 18-21, is sending out a call for artists. This juried showcase will feature the work of local artists; applicants must reside within the boundaries of Montrose to Foster and Ravenswood to the Chicago River. The art walk is open to all visual artists working in Read the Rest…

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