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Tykes and Bikes on Parade This Sunday

By Patty Wetli

If this Sunday’s Ravenswood Manor children’s bicycle parade promises to be a good bit tamer than last weekend’s Pride Parade, it will likely equal the latter in glitter, enthusiasm and colorful decoration. Never underestimate the fondness of little girls for excessive displays of pink streamers. Floats, er, we mean tykes and their bikes, will begin Read the Rest…

Manor Garage Sale Booms With Great Weather

By Mike Fourcher

The alleys were full between the Chicago River and Sacramento Ave. today as thousands hit the Ravenswood Manor’s annual garage sale. Plenty of lemonade stands, popsicle vendors and more than a couple of garages selling street food are available for those looking for a break from the heat. The sale runs until 4:00 p.m. or Read the Rest…

Lincoln Square Montessori Day Care Coming

By Mike Fourcher

Now that pop culture has recognized Lincoln Square as stroller central, it seems like every day a new day care option pops up. We’ve gotten a few inquiries from folks asking about this new place, Lincoln Square Montessori, 2953 W. Lawrence Ave. Ald. Dick Mell’s (33rd) office tells us that it is not a Montessori school, but Read the Rest…

This Sunday: Ravenswood Manor Garage Sale

By Mike Fourcher

It’s probably one of the biggest mass garage sales in the city and it’s coming this weekend. Dozens of houses open up their garages and on a sunny day the alleys can be packed with people looking for bargains. Although this Saturday’s forecast calls for rain, don’t expect people to stay away. The neighborhood garage Read the Rest…

Center Square In The News

By Brad Bretz

In Springfield, a Week of Change in Education. [New York Times] Making us count: Chicago Queer couples in the census: Part 2 in the series. [Windy City Times] 8 questions with Kelsie Huff. [Gapers Block] Rod Blagojevich acknowledges ‘moments of fear’ late at night. [Chicago Sun-Times] March housing starts can’t escape cellar. [Medill Reports] Bliss Read the Rest…

Center Square in the News

By Brad Bretz

Local Area Native Julia Rosenwinkel Rolls On in Derby [Windy City Times] Rod Stewart Cheers On Celtic at The Atlantic Bar & Grill [ESPN] Blagojevich Says Prosecutors Thwarting His Corruption Defense [Reuters] Whiskey Tastings and Parties the Week of WhiskeyFest [Time Out] Storefront Converted to Impressive Single-Family in NorthCenter [Curbed] 12 Months of Food Trucks: A Look Back Read the Rest…

Hollywood Manor? New TV Show Filming on Rockwell

By Patty Wetli and Mike Fourcher

Residents of Ravenswood Manor are used to being in the spotlight, what with Blago living in the hood. But it’s hard to act blasé when Hollywood comes calling. A strip of Rockwell, between Wilson and Montrose, was blocked off for filming on Wednesday, wreaking havoc on evening rush hour traffic. The cop cars, police tape 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…

Aldermen Say Dibs Is Coming To A Close

By Mike Fourcher

Up in Ravenswood Manor, 33rd Ward Ald. Richard Mell is telling his constituents that if they don’t clean up their dibs-ware, he’ll take it for himself. While Roscoe View aldermen aren’t quite as aggressive, they’re calling for an end to dibs this weekend too. “If anyone is calling us now we’re telling them that everything has to Read the Rest…

47th Ward Candidates React to Schulter’s Withdrawal

By Samantha Abernethy

When Ald. Gene Schulter announced Monday that he would not be seeking reelection, his challengers weren’t surprised. Rumors of Schulter’s retirement have swirled since November since Tom O’Donnell, a former president of the Democratic Party of the 47th Ward, filed to run for the seat in November. “The fact that Tom O’Donnell is another candidate Read the Rest…

Have You Seen Our Newest El Circular?

By Mike Fourcher

If you’re getting on the El or Metra in Center Square between 7:00 am and 8:30 am today, chances are you’ll see someone from our team passing out our newest El Circular. It’s a preview of what to expect in Center Square Journal in the coming week. Please take a look at the back of the Read the Rest…

Slim’s Diner

By Erica Wiley

It has always been my goal to be live near good eateries. I judge the city I live in solely by the quality of food it offers. Before I lived in Chicago, my neighborhood had the best Mexican joint, the best Italian ristorante, the best locally-owned café and a good Chinese take-out joint. All in Read the Rest…

Crime on Brown Line Among Chief Concerns at Beat 1713 CAPS Meeting

By Laura Pearson

Yesterday four police officers and 15 residents met outside in Ravenswood Manor Park for the monthly Beat 1713 CAPS meeting. Between June 24 and July 22, 42 arrests were made in the area that covers Wilson to Foster and Kimball to the Chicago River. The same number of arrests were made during the previous evaluation Read the Rest…

Beat 1724 CAPS Meeting Addresses Car Break-ins

By Cody Prentiss

This past Tuesday residents gathered in the hot second floor meeting room of the Horner Park Field House for Beat 1724′s monthly CAPS meeting. Officers reviewed incidents in the area (the beat covers Ravenswood Manor south of Wilson) between June 15 and July 20, and 15 people were in attendance. Topics of discussion included waste Read the Rest…

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