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


Swedish Covenant New Lung Cancer Screening Program

Lung cancer screenings can save lives. For the price of a pack, get peace of mind.

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

Three fast facts about smoking:

  1. There’s no safe amount of exposure to tobacco smoke. Even an occasional cigarette or exposure to secondhand smokeRead more

13th Annual Ravenswood ArtWalk

raw2Ravenswood ArtWalk (RAW) presents the 13th annual Tour of the Arts and Industry, October 4-5,. The arts tour is a showcase of the diverse creative industry found in the Ravenswood Corridor. This year’s event will feature over 300 artists displaying their work across the neighborhood’s galleries,Read more


Midnight Circus in the Parks Returns to Welles Park

FUNraising of Big Top Proportions

Midnight Circus in the Parks, featuring an eclectic ensemble of acrobats, aerialists, eccentrics and one rescued dog, will finish off the 2014 tour in the park where it all started back in 2007. Five 90 minute shows will be at Welles Park Oct.Read more


Illinois Voting Just Got Easier!

flag-voteWhile some states are making it harder to vote, under Governor Quinn's leadership, Illinois is making it easier than ever.

Here's one big change you should know about: Illinois now has no-excuse absentee voting, so anyone can request a ballot and cast their vote byRead more


New Women’s Health Initiative to open at Swedish Covenant Hospital

When it opens this fall, the Mayora Rosenberg Women’s Health Center at Swedish Covenant Hospital will provide north side women with a comfortable, convenient space to receive health care services. This project would not have happened without the support of numerous elected officials and communityRead more


Scholarships Acknowledge Hard Work and Giving Back to Community

By Patrick Butler

Lake View High School senior Daniele Anderson never dreamed she’d ever be getting a college scholarship. Not with the grades she was getting. When she first started her academic career, school was a struggle.

And that’s exactly why she was one ofRead more


New Chicago Police Entrance Exam – Preparation Workshops

The Chicago Police Department will be holding free preparation workshops on Saturday June 22nd, and Saturday August 10th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm for those taking the police exam in December.
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