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Blue Sky to Host Vegetarian Farm Dinner

By Patty Wetli

As a non-carnivore, I have to admit I’m intrigued by the concept of a farm dinner but not so much by the thought of having to take a pass on the majority of the meat-centric dishes offered. No, don’t mind me, I’ll just munch on my arugula while the rest of you chow down on Read the Rest…

Center Square In The News

By Samantha Abernethy

Five Exotic Spots For Destination Drinking [Chicago Magazine] Merry Old English Food In Chicago [ABC7] Cheese, Please: Spots With A Fine Selection [Chicago Reader] “Food On The Dole” Now a Salon [Dining Chicago] Cook County Foreclosure Filings Jump 10% In First Quarter [Housing Wire] Chicago School Funding, Property Tax Hikes Left to Emanuel’s School Board Read the Rest…

Bike Tour of Northcenter This Sunday

By Mike Fourcher

Perhaps it seems silly to jump on a bike just to check out your own neighborhood, but Lee Diamond’s Neighborhood Bike Tours are a cut above the rest. Diamond’s tour of Northcenter on Sunday is a good opportunity to haul your bike out of winter storage and flex your leg muscles. Meeting at 1 p.m. Read the Rest…

Roscoe View In The News

By Mike Fourcher

El train between Southport and Belmont has switching problem – not a derailment [My Fox Chicago] Roscoe Village home prices continue to go up [Medill Reports] Lakeview residents protest Walmart [NBC 5] Cubs Reliever Jeff Samardzija lives just off Southport [Bleacher Report] Chicago pizza tours, starting from Roscoe Village [Pizza Marketplace]

2011 Street Sweeping Schedules Announced – UPDATED

By Mike Fourcher

UPDATE 3/31: S&S finally got the new schedule up. We’ve updated the links below so they’re all correct. UPDATE 12:28 p.m.: The Maps are the same, but the schedules we got from our city sources were from 2010. S&S says they are updating them now. As soon as we have the right schedules we’ll fix Read the Rest…

2011 Street Sweeping Schedules Announced – UPDATED

By Mike Fourcher

UPDATE 3/31: S&S finally got the new schedule up. We’ve updated the links below so they’re all correct. UPDATE 12:28 p.m.: The Maps are the same, but the schedules we got from our city sources were from 2010. S&S says they are updating them now. As soon as we have the right schedules we’ll fix Read the Rest…

Chalkboard Chef Brings Home the Bacon

By Patty Wetli

Bacon might seem a strange obsession for a vegetarian such as myself. Unlike the organic and locavore crazes, here was one food trend I thought I could ignore. But then it started showing up in doughnuts and chocolate, ruining perfectly good meatless options. The power of bacon would not be denied. To better understand why Read the Rest…

Photos from the CSJ Anniversary Party

By Samantha Abernethy with photos by Erin Nekervis.

Last week’s celebration of Center Square Journal‘s first birthday was a smashing success. About 150 people came to Corner 41 for appetizers, drinks and friendship. In a year we’ve published hundreds of stories about our favorite neighborhood. By holding a magnifying glass to our piece of the city, we’ve found things the bigger publications couldn’t. Read the Rest…

Fundraiser for Filbert Playlot Saturday

By Samantha Abernethy

The effort to fix up Northcenter’s Filbert Playlot continues with a fundraiser this weekend. The Little Gym, 3216 N. Lincoln Ave., hosts the event Saturday for playtime and pizza to benefit Friends of Filbert Playlot. For families who live near Filbert Playlot Park at 1822 W. Larchmont Avenue, the park is the only playground within Read the Rest…

Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro

By Victoria Wiedel

Mrs. Murphy and her sons officially celebrate St. Patrick’s day from March 1-17. But hungry people looking for satisfying portions of comfort food served with a side of warm hospitality know that the Irish spirit lives on throughout the year in their Northcenter restaurant. The Irish bistro was the vision of Jim Murphy, owner and Read the Rest…

Center Square In The News

By Brad Bretz

NBC 5 Chicago reports on ethnicity in Chicago politics and how Lincoln Square may soon be Irish. Chicago Now encourages us to make reservations for Chicago Restaurants Week at Bistro Campagne A.V. Club Chicago talks with Dustin Drase & Michael Ardaiolo about their Lincoln Square based cassette label, Plustapes. Chicago Reader tells us about a Read the Rest…

Northcenter Chamber Shuffles Board

By Mike Fourcher

The Northcenter Chamber of Commerce elected Simon Stein as organization president at the Chamber’s annual meeting at Bad Apple last week. Stein, president of Wintrust Mortgage, 4619 N. Ravenswood Ave., and previous treasurer of the Chamber, will succeed long-time Chamber president, Rob Engel of Angel Sales, 4147 N. Ravenswood Ave. Stein praised Engel in his Read the Rest…

Happy Anniversary Chicago Independent Radio Project!

By Katie Bijak

Jan. 17, 2011 marks the one-year anniversary of the Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP). CHIRP—launched from a studio in the Northcenter neighborhood of Chicago—is a community radio station that plays local, independent, and eclectic music. CHIRP is celebrating all month long with a series of special events across the city. CHIRP Radio is also celebrating Read the Rest…

Northcenter Chamber Plans For 2011

By Mike Fourcher

The Northcenter Chamber of Commerce is holding their annual meeting next Tuesday, and they plan to announce a full slate of events for next year. The Chamber plans for 11 monthly business luncheons on the fourth Thursday of every month except December, Ribfest Chicago and much more. The Chamber’s annual meeting is coming up on Read the Rest…

How to Recycle Christmas Trees and Lights

By Samantha Abernethy

Well, as my grandfather says, “It’s all over but the shouting.” Another Christmas has come to a close. And if you got a real tree this year, you probably have some dry needles sticking to your feet by now. So what should you do with it? Well the city has created a holiday tree recycling program Read the Rest…

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