Hark! Hark! The dogs do bark. Things will never be the same at the old Clark Park!

By Patrick Butler, photos courtesy Chicago Department of Transportation

Thanks in large part to former 47th Ald. Gene Schulter, the long-discussed riverside walkway linking Clark, California and Horner parks should become a reality by the end of 2017.

Work on the project, tentatively named theRead more

 

Featured Business: Dos Ricco’s

When Chef Ricardo Meza launched the first of his Dos Ricco’s restaurants near Midway airport, the restaurant became a local favorite for its lunch specials like $1 taco Tuesdays and popular combinations of Asian and Mexican flavors. In 2015, Meza brought his fusion restaurant toRead more

 

Treating the Whole Patient:

Functional Medicine is the Key to a New You

by David Modica

sch-april1It’s the 21st Century, and medical research is rapidly discovering what makes you tick and keeps you ticking; but with unlimited access to information on the internet, and a plethora of watered-down medical articlesRead more

 

April is Occupational Therapy Awareness Month!

Provided by Black Bear Academy

blackbear2What is Occupational Therapy?

  • Occupational therapists work with individuals to promote engagement in meaningful and purposeful everyday life activities (occupations) for the purpose of successful participation in roles and situations in home, school, work place, and community. (Case-Smith, J. 2010)

WhatRead more

 

Like Alexander, our own Gus Katsafaros seems always on the hunt for new worlds to conquer

By Patrick Butler

Gus Katsafaros looks in on some of his customers at the Marmalade restaurant at 1969 W. Montrose he opened five years ago after earlier careers running a wholesale bakery, mortgage company, working as an electrician, overseeing construction crews and developing real estate. Photo by Patrick Butler Gus Katsafaros looks in on some of his customers at the Marmalade restaurant at 1969 W. Montrose he opened five years ago after earlier careers running a wholesale bakery, mortgage company, working as an electrician, overseeing construction crews andRead more

 

Insurance has been a three-generation family affair at Karl Riehn’s Lincoln Square agency

by Patrick Butler

For four decades, Lincoln Square's Karl Riehn has seen the seemingly-placid insurance world change from the traditional property, health, accident "products" to helping his clients fend off today's terrors like identity theft and hacking. As always, a lot depends on the client taking common-sense initiatives like never giving a Social Security number to just anyone and keeping one's password as complicated as possible. Photo by Patrick Butler For four decades, Lincoln Square's Karl Riehn has seen the seemingly-placid insurance world change from the traditional property, health, accident "products" to helping his clients fend off today's terrors like identity theft and hacking. As always, a lot dependsRead more

 

Does your child have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep?

From Black Bear Academy, 1801 W Byron St, Chicago, IL 60613

bb-33For children who have trouble falling or staying asleep, sensory strategies can be helpful to support your child's ability to self-regulate at night.  Most of the sensory strategies suggested by occupational therapists for babies can beRead more

 

Swedish Covenant Hospital Goes Red for Heart Health

Go Red for Women Employee Photo croppedOn Friday, February 5th, the Swedish Covenant Hospital staff banded together to raise awareness for women’s heart disease by wearing red in recognition of National Wear Red Day. Participants gathered to take a group photo that was posted to social media, utilizing the reach of theRead more

 

Ready or not, time’s up for aging Western/Belmont overpass, city says

Story and Photos by Patrick Butler

overpass3After several postponements, the crumbling 54-year-old Western/Belmont viaduct will be coming down in a few months.

Chicago Department of Transportation officials told a Jan. 11 community meeting that this time, there will be no reprieves.  According to CDOT spokesmanRead more

 

You can get just about anything you want at Gene’s Sausage Shop – except haggis

Looking for a pear liqueur complete with a pear in the bottle?  Maybe a chimney sweeper that pops a coin out of its butt? A lucky marzipan pig?  Yolanda Luszcz sold more than 3,000 of the porcine pastries this holiday season at Gene’s Sausage ShopRead more