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


Snowstorm Didn’t Deter Bad Apple Owner From Staying in Chicago

By Patrick Butler

"I'm not just thinking about now. I'm thinking 10 years from now. The next generation. These are the people who are going to be driving our business" says the Bad Apple's Craig Fass. Photo by Patrick Butler

For theRead more


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