The Schulter Foundation and Wintrust Sponsor Senior Financial Safety Program

eniors at the Martha Washington listen to the presentation Money Smart for Older Adults. (

eniors at the Martha Washington listen to the presentation Money Smart for Older Adults. (

With over 50 million Americans aged 62 and over, older adults are a prime targets for financial exploitation by people they know and trust as well asRead more


Schulter Foundation Scholarships: Helping students in their journey to college

By Patrick Butler

College is going to be just a little easier for students like Haley Pienton, Dalia Arroyo, Daniele Anderson and Cassie Kielnik thanks to the Gene and Rosemary Schulter Foundation.

Gene Schulter (left) awards Haley Pienton a scholarship.

Gene Schulter (left) awards Haley Pienton a scholarship.

Pienton, aRead more


Buddy Guy to Headline the Chicago Blues Festival

The three-day event will also mark the centennial of blues pioneers Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon ... June 12-14 in Grant Park

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announces the headliners for the 32nd Annual Chicago Blues Festival.

Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal Trio, Toronzo Cannon, Syl Johnson, Clarence Carter, Zora Young, BigRead more


How far would you go?

By Pat Butler

RavenswoodSchoolBenefitHow far would YOU go to help raise money for your favorite school?

Last year, Nate Manaen, principal of Ravenswood elementary school, 4332 N. Ravenswood, danced in a tutu at last year’s Spring Forward benefit.

Maybe that shouldn’t be so surprising.  AfterRead more


Working out saved Brian’s life: Literally

By: Megy Karydes/Swedish Covenant Hospital

Brian Smolicek has Galter LifeCenter to thank for saving his life. That’s not a euphemism. It was the quick thinking of the team at Chicago’s only medical fitness center that helped the 52-year-old when he blacked out as he was preparingRead more


The Evolution of Local Breweries

By: Pat Butler, Schulter Foundation guest author

Forget the predictions about Ravenswood someday becoming the beer capital of Chicagoland.

beguyleIt’s already happened, said Brendan Blume, one of the three owners of the Begyle Brewing Co., 1800 W. Cuyler. The onetime pedicab company owner estimates there areRead more


“Small Business Center on the Road” Expo Kicks off at Malcolm X College

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection's Small Business Center and Western Union invite small business owners and entrepreneurs to the FREE Small Business Center on the Road business expo on Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren St., withRead more


A Reinvigorated Northcenter

By Patrick Butler

symmetryThe Northcenter Chamber of Commerce is no longer waiting for new businesses to come fill the empty storefronts along Lincoln Avenue, if it ever was.

The 400-member business group went down the streets counting the number of vacant storefronts (65 out of 109)Read more


The Positive Impacts of Small Business Saturday

By Patrick Butler

While the big malls and downtown department stores were drumming up “Black Friday,” business communities here were coming up with their own ways to get customers to “think small” and “shop local” during the post-Thanksgiving/pre-Christmas rush.

The Lincoln Square/Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce focusedRead more


The Pertinence of Shopping Local All Year Long

by Patrick Butler

Lolo-andersonville-adDid you know that for every $100 in consumer spending with a local business, $68 dollars remains in the Chicago economy, while only $43 dollars stays here when the money is spent with a national chain?  That’s according to a 2012 studyRead more