The Chopping Block: Get Your Chocolate Fix

Have you ever stood in the baking aisle at the grocery store staring at the wall of chocolate available wondering which one you should choose? Chips or bar? Semi-sweet or bittersweet? And just what is white chocolate?

Chocolate is a complex ingredient that can beRead more


Old Sears building must look for new anchor tenant after Binny’s bid is rejected

By Patrick Butler

Just when Springback Capital Advisors thought they might be signing Binny’s Beverage Depot as the anchor tenant in its redeveloped Sears building at 1900 W. Lawrence Ave., the neighboring McPherson School had other ideas.

State law prohibits putting a liquor establishment within 100Read more


Local restaurant’s “fish story” seasoned with good workers, theatrical touch

By Patrick Butler

Glenn Fahlstrom is both veteran actor and seasoned restaurateur.  So he didn’t have any stage fright when he opened what he describes as “Chicago’s pre-eminent seafood restaurant” after less than two years at 1258 W. Belmont Ave.

So is running Fahlstrom’s FreshRead more


Cardiologist Offers Heart Healthy Advice

February is American Heart Month. We sat down with Dr. Steve Attanasio, a board-certified cardiologist with Swedish Covenant Medical Group, to gain insight on how to best take care of your heart.

What’s the most important thing to know about heart health?

Cardiovascular disease remains theRead more


The Chopping Block: Got a Sweetheart with a Sweet Tooth?

Valentine’s Day tends to conjure images of red roses next to a heart-shaped box of chocolates. Yawn. This year, why not celebrate the holiday with a different type of sweet treat for your honey like the classic Macaron?

Macarons are French confections that are currentlyRead more


What is a sensory diet?

from Black Bear Academy

Occupational therapists determine areas of concern that are impacting a child’s functional performance and their ability to engage in meaningful activities. One major area that impacts a child’s ability to learn and play is their sensory processing skills or their ability toRead more


4,000 turn out during first days of Davis Theater reopening

By Patrick Butler

The last movie shown at the Davis Theater before it closed almost a year ago was Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

When the century old national landmark reopened shortly before Christmas, they reopened with Star Wars: Rogue One on all three screens.

ButRead more


This senior housing will always have a Santa Clause as long as there’s Roy Larson

By Pat Butler

Leroy Larson, a resident of the Northcenter’s Martha Washington apartments since 2005 and a recent winner of the Schulter Foundation’s Senior Citizen of the Year Award, was honored for his organizational skills in putting together parties and Bingo games, sometimes on theRead more


Sharing Books

by our friends at Black Bear Academy

“A book is a gift you can open again and again” ~Garrison Keillor

As we end another successful Scholastic Book Fair at Black Bear Academy, and we approach the gift-giving season, we wanted to share some important tips aboutRead more


Neighborhood Chambers Help Spur Local Holiday Shopping

By Patrick Butler

Northcenter Chamber Kicks Off “Shop Small” Drive with Visit from Winter “Ambassadors”

smallbiz1A polar bear and penguin kicked off the holiday shopping season passing out #Shop Small bags, stickers and free hot chocolate in Northcenter Town Square the Monday and Wednesday prior toRead more