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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…

Northcenter Chamber Plans To Forgo City Grants in 2013

By Mike Fourcher

The Northcenter Chamber of Commerce announced at their monthly member luncheon today plans to forgo an annual City of Chicago grant made to every chamber in the city for 2013. Chamber leadership believse it would make them the first chamber to refuse the city grant, which was worth about $20,000 to Northcenter in 2012. “We Read the Rest…

Get Halloween’ed In The Neighborhood

By Sam Charles

With fall in full swing and Halloween right around the corner, Lincoln Square and Northcenter have several events coming up in the next few weeks to help celebrate the season. Events are free unless otherwise specified. Horner Park Pumpkin Patch – Saturday, October 20 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Horner Park, 2741 W. Montrose Ave. Sponsored by 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…

North Side Summerfest Announces Expanded Schedule

By Patty Wetli

The Northcenter Chamber of Commerce announced that the North Side Summerfest, which greatly expanded its footprint along Lincoln Avenue last year, is growing again, this time adding Friday to the festival’s run. The event will be held Aug. 17 – 19 on Lincoln Avenue between Irving Park and Berenice. Hours are 5-10 p.m. on Friday Read the Rest…

Ribfest: Judges, People’s Choice Split on Best Ribs

By Patty Wetli

Rub BBQ Company (2407 W. Lunt St.) and Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln Ave.) both walked away from Ribfest 2012 with bragging rights: Rub earned “Best Ribs” from a panel of celebrity judges and Mrs. Murphy captured the People’s Choice award for the third year in a row. Simon Stein, president Read the Rest…

Community Meeting: Should Summerfest Expand…Again?

By Patty Wetli

Last year, North Side Summerfest expanded from a small event held in Northcenter’s Town Square to a full-blown two-day affair held along Lincoln Avenue, south of Irving Park. This year, organizers are aiming to up the ante again by adding a third day to the fest, planned for Aug. 17 -19. We’ve said it before: Read the Rest…

Stoke up the Grill: Ribfest Announces Bands, Food Vendors

By Patty Wetli

You can almost taste the barbecue, can’t you? With Ribfest, June 8 – 10, fast approaching, organizers have just released the entertainment lineup and list of food vendors that’ll be slinging everything from shortribs and pulled pork to funnel cakes and fried root beer floats. That’s right, we said fried. On Friday, June 8, check Read the Rest…

Northcenter Chamber Leadership Files Pair of Defamation Lawsuits

By Mike Fourcher

The Northcenter Chamber of Commerce and its executive director, Garrett FitzGerald, have filed two seperate lawsuits this month – one against former Chamber president Robert Engel and one against former 47th Ward Aldermanic candidate Tom O’Donnell – charging defamation and tortious interference. The two suits are not connected: the one against Engel has been filed Read the Rest…

Perfect Weekend for Egg Hunts on Two and Four Legs

By Sarah Tilotta

More than 200 dogs and at least twice as many of their two-legged friends attended this year’s Horner Park Doggie Egg Hunt, the best turnout to date, according to Horner Park Supervisor Tom McManamon. On Saturday, April 7, owners brought their dogs to have photos taken with the Easter Bunny; others came for the Doggie Read the Rest…

Pawar Updates Chamber on Schools, Graffiti and Fisheries

By Patty Wetli

Coming up on a year since he took office, “there’s been a lot of progress and more work needs to be done,” Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) told members of the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce at their monthly luncheon, held March 22, at Coonley Elementary, 4046 N. Leavitt St. During his wide-ranging comments and the Q&A Read the Rest…

Northcenter Chamber Leadership Respond To Charges of Mismanagement

By Patty Wetli

In recent weeks the Northcenter business community has been roiled by a series of accusations against the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce and its leadership of poor management. Chamber leadership emphatically deny the charges and say that the accuser’s wife, a member of the board, voted to approve the projects.

Northwest Community Corporation Promotes Economic Development, Chamber Security

By Mike Fourcher

The following was released by the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce. February 17, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Brad Ball Office: (773) 525-3609 Northcenter, Chicago — The formation of a new economic development player on Chicago’s northwest side has recently come under attack. On Tuesday, Northcenter resident, business owner and former Northcenter Chamber of Commerce President Robert Read the Rest…

Reckless Chamber of Commerce Could Leave Kids In The Cold

By Rob Engel

In an unprecedented decision this past October, the executive committee of Chicago’s Northcenter Chamber of Commerce bypassed its own bylaws and procedures to ram through a proposal funding a new, independent company designed to profiteer from taxpayers, possibly at the expense of children. Eyeing an opportunity to expand their political footprint beyond the Chamber’s boundaries, Read the Rest…

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