Black Bear Academy could be the best early education secret – but maybe not for long!

blackbear3Black Bear Academy at 1801 W. Byron is not named after its owners and executive directors, Maureen and Kevin Black, as you might guess. It's named after the animal, the black bear, who will ferociously protect her cubs against all dangers.

The name was chosenRead more

 

Swedish Covenant Hospital Earns “Straight A’s” for Patient Safety from Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score

SwedishHospitalSwedish Covenant Hospital has been recognized once again for its dedication to patient safety by receiving another A grade in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score. The Score rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital. ThisRead more

 

Sometimes the way to be trendy is by being traditional, men’s grooming merchant learns

By Patrick Butler

QBrothersAnthony Qaiyum believes you sometimes have to go back in time to keep current with men’s grooming trends.  Just take a look at his Q Brothers Men’s Shop, next door to the 140-year-old Merz Apothecary at 4716 N. Lincoln Ave. his familyRead more

 

German Day Parade’s 50th Anniversary Celebrated by Hundreds

Photos  and Story by Patrick Butler

DSCF0041The annual German Day parade just marked its’ 50th anniversary last week with several hundred marchers, a dozen floats and tightly-packed crowds along parts of Lincoln Ave.

Unlike a number of other ethnic groups, local Germans’ interest in theirRead more

 

Gene Schulter Shows Service Needn’t End after Leaving Office

By Patrick Butler

Monica Schulter, emcee Janet Davies, Gene Schulter and Rosemary Schulter at recent Gene and Rosemary Schulter Foundation party. The Schulters plan to make the benefit an annual tradition. Photo by Pat Butler

Monica Schulter, emcee Janet Davies, Gene Schulter and Rosemary Schulter at recent Gene and Rosemary Schulter Foundation party. The Schulters plan to make the benefit an annual tradition. Photo by Pat Butler

When Gene Schulter wrapped up 36 yearsRead more

 

Travelers Find Home Away from Home at Pat’s Place

By Pat Butler

Pat Clark on front porch of her "home away from home" for business travelers, visiting relatives, and even neighborhood residents who need a place to stay while their own homes or condos are being renovated. Photo by Patrick Butler

Pat Clark on front porch of her "home away from home" for business travelers, visiting relatives, and even neighborhood residents who need a place to stay while their own homes or condos are being renovated. Photo by Patrick Butler

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Pinstripes to Pizza, Bass Fiddle to Brauhaus

By Patrick Butler

Broker trades pinstripes for chef’s hat and apron, says it’s his way of giving back to the community

Armands3Gary Vartabedian is a classic example of a modern self-made man.

When the latest financial crash forced him – and hundreds of his colleagues -Read more

 

The Butterfly Project

By Patrick Butler

Lots of people talk about saving the environment, but Aviva Lerner has been doing it one butterfly at a time.

butterfly 1For the past year, the Bell Street artist and former director of the Lill Street Gallery has been joining a growing numberRead more

 

Retail Northcenter: Matching Businesses with Retail Space

By Patrick Butler

All local business owners and real estate brokers are invited to attend Retail Northcenter’s business development meeting, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, in the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce office at 4054 N. Lincoln Ave.

Retail Northcenter’s top priorities at this point includeRead more

 

Swedish Covenant Hospital Opens New Immediate Care Centers on City’s North Side

This summer, Swedish Covenant Hospital is bringing two new immediate care centers to Chicago’s north side, providing community members with access to convenient, quality health care for a variety of non-life-threatening emergencies.

The first center opened in June in the Sauganash neighborhood (6141 N. CiceroRead more