Anna Maria Pasteria—30 Years Strong

By Patrick Butler

Anna Maria Piccolini was maybe six or seven years old when she cooked her first meal – beans and pasta – for her family back in Italy.

“That’s a very poor dish, but as long as we filled our stomachs, that was what counted,”Read more

 

Coffee Joint Brings Single Origin Coffee and Community to Northcenter

Coffee Joint is a new Portland inspired cafe in the Northcenter neighborhood of Chicago specializing in organic, single origin coffee that is fresh roasted daily.

Brothers Gato and Andris Balodis launched the cafe in September of 2017 at 2059 W. Irving Park, Chicago, IL 60618.Read more

 

Get Great Pizza – and a Career – at Nick’s Pizza

By Patrick Butler
Photos by Gene Schulter

Schuler Foundation President Gene Schutler, Nick’s Pizza owner Nick Sarillo and Northcenter Chamber Executive Director Lindsay Eanet.

When Nick Sarillo opened his first pizzeria out in the suburbs, he found he couldn’t stop there and hope toRead more

 

The Book Cellar Celebrates 13 Years in Lincoln Square

Provides Unique Destination Shopping Experience by Peter von Buol

Fourteen years ago, Lincoln Square was a thriving shopping district but there was one glaring absence. There were, however, no bookstores in the neighborhood. It was the era of rapid expansion for large chain bookstores such as theRead 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

 

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

 

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

 

Prost to Dovetail Brewery, A New Brewery With Old-School Methods

In carpentry, a dovetail joint refers to two interlocking pieces that strengthen one another to contribute to structural integrity. 

dovetail-1It's a fitting choice for the name of Bill Wesselink and Hagen Dost's brewery at Ravenswood and Belle Plaine -- the brewers' passion for history and traditional stylesRead more

 

Window Remedy-A Cleaning Service with a Social Cause

Need a local option for window cleaning? Janitorial services? Power washing? The team at Window Remedy can provide you with a local... remedy.

WindowRemedy

Window Remedy are dedicated cleaning specialists who love to clean windows and offer other custodial services while making a difference. For every windowRead more