Fork and Knife: from casual to serious dinning

By Patrick Butler


David Byers didn’t plan on opening a pair of eateries in Northcenter and Lincoln Square. It just happened, starting with the Fiddlehead Café, which later became the Fork, said his business sidekick, Anthony Munger.


Munger himself was studying to become a documentaryRead more


Upgrades for Northcenter Town Square and Low Line Move Forward

By Patrick Butler

A second community meeting on the Town Square redesign will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 9 at the Coonley School gym, 4046 N. Leavitt St.

The PORT Urbanism design team will unveil three proposals for the square based on community commentsRead more


Are the Days Numbered for the #11 Bus?

By Patrick Butler

After little more than six months of restored service along the Western-to-Fullerton portion of Lincoln Avenue, the CTA is reportedly considering dropping service along the No. 11 route for lack of patronage.

CTA spokesman Jeffrey Tolman said ridership is still at aboutRead more


Featured Business: David L. Hoyt Education Foundation

Noted word game creator opens doors for after school programs, adult games, private parties

By Patrick Butler

David Hoyt, a Chicago man who’s reportedly the world’s most syndicated daily word game creator (whose handiwork appears in more than 650 newspapers) and the inventor of numerous puzzlesRead more


Being custodian of N. Side’s German legacy Is a full time job Monica Jirak was born for

By Patrick Butler

When Monica Schulter Jirak became executive director at DANK Haus about two months ago, she already knew her way around the 58-year-old German cultural center at 4740 N. Western Ave.

After all, she practically grew up there.  Not surprising considering her father,Read more


Outreach “Villages” to Aid Shut-in Seniors

By Patrick Butler

It may take a Village to reach out to Chicago’s growing number  of isolated seniors.  And if Joyce Gallagher of the city’s Department of Aging was hoping for diversity among the “stakeholders” who showed up for a recent kickoff meeting at theRead more


Community Has Say on Northcenter Town Square Redesign

By Patrick Butler

It was only the first community meeting on the redesign of the Northcenter Town Square, but before the March 29 kickoff session was over, there were at least 40 comments and suggestions during the two-hours at the St. Benedict High School Gymnasium,Read more


From the Chopping Block: Cheers to 20 Years

The Chopping Block first opened our doors in a small cottage in Lincoln Park on April 4, 1997, during a time when recreational cooking schools were unheard of. Since then, we’ve grown to two locations (Lincoln Square and Merchandise Mart) and have spent the pastRead more


Occupational Therapy: Living Life To Its Fullest™

Courtesy of Black Bear Academy

April is occupational therapy awareness month! It is important to know the meaning behind what OT’s do and how they promote your child’s daily sense of success. Occupational therapists work with individuals to promote engagement in meaningful everyday life activitiesRead more


Texas Transplant Opens Stylish Clothing Boutique

By Patrick Butler

Like New Jersey transplant, Craig Fass, Cheryl Malizewski didn’t start out expecting to run a neighborhood business in Northcenter.

The Texas-born Malizewski opened her women’s clothing shop at 4357 N. Lincoln Ave., after a few years working for pharmaceutical sales before decidingRead more