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Summer Brew Makes Me Feel Fine*

By Patty Wetli

It’s a good think I talked to Rich Forsythe, founder of the Square Kegs Home Brew Club, before I quaffed Founders’ Frangelic Mountain Brown ale. Just saying, at 9 percent ABV, the brew packed a punch. Founders was one of 11 breweries pouring drafts Thursday night at Summer Brew, a joint effort of Square Kegs Read the Rest…

Want Free Food Tix to Square Roots? Volunteer

By Patty Wetli

The Square Roots festival, set for July 20 – 22, is sending out a call for volunteers. Take donations at the gate, check IDs, pour and serve beverages or sell tickets. Not a bad way to earn a t-shirt and food tickets for each shift worked. Organizers tell us they still have a need to Read the Rest…

Square Roots Festival: Preview Beer and Music Lineups

By Patty Wetli

Back in March, when the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce announced their new joint collaboration, the Square Roots Festival, July seemed a long way off. But here we are at the end of June, and the inaugural Square Roots, set for July 20-22, is nearly upon us. Read the Rest…

Square Roots Fest Announces Eclectic Music Lineup

By Patty Wetli

Anyone worried that the inaugural Square Roots Festival, July 20 – 22, would be a tribute-band shadow of the beloved Folk & Roots Fest can now breathe a sigh of relief. Organizers just released the music lineup and it’s plenty eclectic, ranging from Afro-Colombian world fusion to orchestral folk. We’d say there’s something for everyone, Read the Rest…

Lincoln Square Goes Green

By Mike Fourcher

Earth Day, which falls on Sunday, April 22, is a great occasion to think a bit more green and this week the Lincoln Square Chamber is linking its popular Kids In The Square to a series of green events leading up to a bonanza of kid-friendly events across the neighborhood on Saturday.

Old Town Executive Director Explains Festival Decision

By Patty Wetli

The decision by the Old Town School of Folk Music to replace its popular Folk & Roots Festival with Square Roots, a joint collaboration with the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce, can be linked directly to the opening of the School’s East Building back in January. “The main instigation, from our perspective, was the new Read the Rest…

Old Town School Pulls Plug on Folk and Roots Festival

By Patty Wetli

Today’s announcement that the Old Town School of Folk Music and Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce were teaming up to produce a new summer event, Square Roots, left many wondering about the fate of Old Town’s annual Folk & Roots Festival. Center Square Journal has confirmed that Old Town School is indeed pulling the plug Read the Rest…

New Square Roots Fest to Pair Craft Beer and Music

By Patty Wetli

Old Town School of Folk Music and the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to create a new summer festival, Square Roots, announced for July 20-22. Square Roots will feature: an eclectic mix of music performers, ranging from indie rock to world music; dance parties, jams and family activities; craft beers from local Read the Rest…

Craft Beer Lovers Warm Up to Winter Brew

By Patty Wetli

“Who drinks Miller Lite anymore?” Certainly not Derek Lindskog, one of the lucky 525 craft beer lovers who snagged a coveted ticket to the inaugural Winter Brew, held last Saturday at DANK Haus. A joint effort of the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce and the Square Kegs Home Brew Club, Winter Brew was, by all Read the Rest…

Lincoln Square Chamber Elects New Board Members, Plans New Festival

By Mike Fourcher

The Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting at the Chicago Brauhaus, 4732 N. Lincoln Ave., last Tuesday to discuss plans for the upcoming year, including a new summer festival, and elect new board members. Executive Director Melissa Flynn touted the group’s recent three-star accreditation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as a Read the Rest…

Winter Brew Tickets on Sale, Still Time to Enter Home Brew Contest

By Patty Wetli

May Fest, German-American Fest, Apple Fest. These annual Lincoln Square traditions all started somewhere, just like the inaugural Winter Brew, scheduled for Jan. 28, 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. at Dank Haus, 4740 N. Western Ave. A partnership between the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce and the Square Kegs Home Brew Club, Winter Brew aims to Read the Rest…

Lincoln Square Business’ Growth Strains Parking Options

By Paul Wilson

Lincoln Square arguably has weathered the national recession better than most city neighborhoods and one of the area’s anchors is set to open an $18 million expansion in early 2012. But those bits of good news come with a downside: Increased competition for parking. Over the next couple weeks, workers will put the finishing touches Read the Rest…

Great Deals In Center Square This Week

By Mike Fourcher

This week we’re continuing our weekly holiday roundup of neighborhood deals offered by Center Square businesses. If you’re a local business with a deal, special or event coming up, please drop us a line! And now, the deals for this week! Lincoln Square Sip ‘N’ Shop –  Stores on Lincoln Ave. between Sunnyside Ave. and Lawrence Ave., Read the Rest…

Shops Kick Off The Holiday Cheer To Keep You Local

By Mike Fourcher

There will no shortage of holiday cheer this year, as local stores in Lincoln Square and Northcenter are doing their very best to assure you, neighborhood consumers, that shopping local is a much better experience than in big box stores or online. While most local shops held back during Black Friday, this weekend they go Read the Rest…

Square Kegs Kicks Off Home Brew Contest

By Patty Wetli

Think you’ve got an award-winning stout brewing in your basement? Time to put your skills to the test in the Square Kegs Home Brew Club’s first Winter Brewing Competition. The contest is sure to be the hot topic at the club’s meeting, Thursday, Dec. 1, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., at Brew Camp, 2039 W. Belle Read the Rest…

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