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As Street Fests Multiply, Organizers Ask: “Are There Too Many?”

By Paul Wilson

When Rock Around the Block struggled in its rebirth in West Lakeview last June, one of its organizers acknowledged a reality of the current climate for Chicago street fests. “These aren’t cash cows anymore,” John Barry, Star Events chief executive, told a group of concerned business owners shortly after the festival. It was a quick 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…

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…

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…

Lincoln Square Chamber Honors Local Business Leaders

By Mike Fourcher

The Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce held their annual Holiday Gala last Friday evening at DANK Haus, 4740 N. Western Ave. During their celebration they honored a group of local business leaders for their contributions to the community.

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…

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…

Lincoln Square Chamber Honored With National Accreditation

By Mike Fourcher

This month the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce received national recognition from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its high community involvement and effective organization. The award places the Lincoln Square business group among an elite 3 percent of all chamber groups in the nation. “It’s a great thing for our membership,” says Melissa Flynn, Read the Rest…

Ald-Elect Pawar Fills Out Transition Committee

By Mike Fourcher

Last night Ald-Elect Ameya Pawar (47th) released his complete Transition Committee through a press release. With the exception of “advisory” members Dan Hynes and Dick Simpson, the 27 members of the Committee are mostly comprised of non-profit administrators, policy and community activists and campaign donors and volunteers. Largely absent from the Committee are people with Read the Rest…

Lincoln Square Chamber Elects New Board Leadership

By Mike Fourcher

Tuesday night the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce elected new a new set of board members and officers at their annual meeting, held at the Chicago Brauhaus, 4732 N. Lincoln Ave. The Chamber elected four new board members, Tracy Kellner of Provenance Food and Wine, Ben Munro of The Grafton, Christine Moir of The Old Town Read the Rest…

Lincoln Square’s Evening Farmers Market to Run Through Fall

By Patty Wetli

Good news for fans of the Thursday night Lincoln Square Farmers Market and for those who have yet to discover this gem: Its run is being extended through October 28, with earlier hours, 3 – 7 p.m. (The market will take a break Sept. 9, returning Sept. 16.) Conceived as a companion to the summer Read the Rest…

Center Square Burglary Stats by District

By Laura Pearson

Center Square Journal obtained statistics from the Chicago Police Department showing the total number of cleared burglaries (forcible entry) in Districts 17, 19, and 20—the three districts in our coverage area. The graph shows the number of burglary incidents for 2008, 2009, and through May of 2010 (representing the most recent statistics available for this Read the Rest…

Community Garden Slated for Empty Lot Next to Walgreens

By Hunter Clauss

The city-owned vacant lot located next to the Walgreens near Lawrence and Western avenues won’t be completely empty for long. That’s because a new community garden is slated for the location, which was formerly occupied by a burnt-out apartment building that was demolished last year. The city paid $1.4 million to acquire the property in Read the Rest…

Kelly Chiropractic Straightens Out For Business

By Mike Fourcher

With a crowd of about three dozen friends and onlookers, Dr. Stephanie Kelly officially?opened for business?Kelly Chiropractic, 4223 N. Lincoln Ave., with a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon today. “Opening a new practice is a dream come true for me. And doing it here, in this neighborhood, is more than I could ask for,” said Read the Rest…

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