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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…

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…

Half Acre Beer Co. Taproom: Soft Openings Underway

By Sam Charles

Northcenter’s Half Acre Beer Co. is further solidifying its place in Chicago’s brewery community. The brewery has been granted its tavern license by the City and is in the process of going through a few soft openings of its new taproom. An official public opening date has yet to be set, according to Half Acre Read the Rest…

Knit 1 Weaves Community Together

By Patty Wetli

  Since taking over ownership of Knit 1 Chicago (3823 N. Lincoln Ave.) in spring 2010, “it’s been hard for me to have a social life outside the store,” said Lynn Coe. Her solution: Wednesday Knit Nights, where knitters of all abilities are welcome to gather around the shop’s large communal table and spin a Read the Rest…

Shop ‘n’ Stroll in Northcenter Tonight

By Patty Wetli

The Northcenter Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the neighborhood’s second annual fall Shop ‘n’ Stroll tonight, Sept. 13, 5-8 p.m. Businesses will stay open later and are offering a variety of discounts and special offers for one night only. Participating merchants range from Bellybum Boutique to Brew Camp, Orange Shoe to Isle of Man. Receive 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…

Begyle Brewing’s Ambitious Plans Include a Kickstarter Campaign to End Shrinkage

By Patty Wetli

The owners of Northcenter-based Argyle Brewing have been busy since we last checked in with the trio: applying for manufacturing and retail licenses, getting married, changing their name to Begyle. Oh, and brewing beer, which they should be ready to sell shortly. We caught up with Begyle partner Kevin Cary one night last week at Read the Rest…

Northcenter Is Going to the Dogs

By Patty Wetli

Seems like a lifetime ago that we were celebrating Ribfest and the start of summer. Now here we are back in Northcenter, bookending the season with North Side Summerfest. The main attraction: hot dogs. Local restaurants including Sola, Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, and Chubby Wiener will be serving up their finest encased meats, Read the Rest…

Affordable Housing Issue Continues to Divide Northcenter Residents

By Patty Wetli

“There is no zoning change.” At a meeting hosted by the Northcenter Neighborhood Association (NNA) Tuesday night at Revere Park, Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) reiterated his statement that no deal exists to approve a 71-unit affordable housing rental complex proposed for the site of the former Illinois Battery, 2437-53 W. Irving Park Rd. “The zoning Read the Rest…

Bungalows, Power Stations, Bakeries and Other Highlights From Bike Tour of Roscoe Village and Northcenter

By Patty Wetli

Roughly 20 cyclists gathered behind the fieldhouse at Revere Park (2509 W. Irving Park Rd.) on Saturday morning, the starting point for an architectural and historical bike tour of Northcenter. (For the purpose of the tour, “Northcenter” refers to a larger area designated by the University of Chicago, stretching from Montrose to Diversey and Ravenswood Read the Rest…

Oldest Neon Sign in Chicago and Other Highlights From Northcenter Bike Tour

By Patty Wetli

Roughly 20 cyclists gathered behind the fieldhouse at Revere Park (2509 W. Irving Park Rd.) on Saturday morning, the starting point for an architectural and historical bike tour of Northcenter. Little did the riders know they had already arrived at the first point of interest. The site of a former brick factory, the park once Read the Rest…

Take a Two-Wheeled Tour of Northcenter

By Patty Wetli

To look at it now, you’d never know that Northcenter was once an industrial hub, home to laborers who toiled in the factories and clay pits along the North Branch of the Chicago River. For a glimpse of the neighborhood’s past and the way it evolved over the past century, join Chicago Neighborhood Bike Tours Read the Rest…

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