Anna Maria Pasteria—30 Years Strong

By Patrick Butler

Anna Maria Piccolini was maybe six or seven years old when she cooked her first meal – beans and pasta – for her family back in Italy.

“That’s a very poor dish, but as long as we filled our stomachs, that was what counted,”Read more

 

Grilling Safety Tips

Courtesy of Larry Merritt Assistant Director, New Affairs Chicago Fire Department

Summer is finally here and if you are like me, you are looking forward to grilled food and fun with family, neighbors, and friends. I just recently bought a new smoker and I gave itRead more

 

Top 10 Ways To Teach Your Child Kindness: Adapted from Parents.com

From our friends at Black Bear Academy

Make helping a family affair. When a friend gets sick or a local family falls on hard times, grown-ups know what to do. They send flowers, bake casseroles, and pass the collection plate at church. Get your kids involvedRead more

 

Choosing the Most Effective Way to Engage Your Dog This Summer

Brittney Frazier, CPDT-KA, Found Chicago Boarding and Training Center

The majority of dog owners are in agreement on the basic responsibilities that accompany the privilege of welcoming man’s best friend into our home. Making sure our dogs have food, water, dog beds, adorable sweaters in theRead more

 

Six Tips to Keep Your Home Safe

by Peter von Buol

As temperatures continue to increase, the editors of the Crime in Wrigleyville/Boystown blog CWBChicago.com warn ward residents to be aware that criminal activity increases in warm weather. They add the importance of always being aware of one’s surroundings. Also, encourage others to takeRead more

 

Born in the 47th Ward, Midnight Circus celebrates a dozen years!

Thanks to Jeff Jenkins, Founder & Artistic Director, Midnight Circus

Jeff Jenkins and Julie Greenberg were spending time in Welles Park with their one-year- old son Maxwell, like they did most days, when they learned of the ongoing fundraising efforts to help rebuild the playground.

AsRead more

 

19th and 20th District Community Policing Programs Host Special Events and Beat Meetings in May

by Peter von Buol

For those interested in neighborhood safety, the Chicago Police Department’s Community Policing (CAPS) program remains a valuable resource for 47th Ward residents.

In addition to their regularly-scheduled beat meetings, the 19th District and the 20th District community relations offices are hosting fourRead more

 

Memories of the First World War still to be found a century later here on the N. Side

By Patrick Butler, Photos by Patrick Butler

World War I may be a “forgotten war” to many Americans, but the so-called “War to End All Wars” that ended nearly a century ago still has plenty of reminders here on the North Side.

These include a smallRead more

 

Architectural gem hidden in Plain Sight at Waveland and Lincoln Avenue

by Peter von Buol

A Com Ed power substation at 1834-1838 W. Waveland Ave. is among a group of buildings located throughout the city that local architectural preservationists want the city of Chicago to include in a proposed Thematic Chicago Landmark District.

Designed by German-American architectRead more

 

History of Maifest

by Erika Neumayer Ehrat, designer and founder of Rare Dirndl

I have been celebrating Maifest here in Chicago for years and years! It is held in Lincoln Square, usually around the end of May/beginning of June. It is not an extravagant fest for the city, butRead more