Black Bear Academy could be the best early education secret – but maybe not for long!

blackbear3Black Bear Academy at 1801 W. Byron is not named after its owners and executive directors, Maureen and Kevin Black, as you might guess. It's named after the animal, the black bear, who will ferociously protect her cubs against all dangers.

The name was chosenRead more


Sometimes the way to be trendy is by being traditional, men’s grooming merchant learns

By Patrick Butler

QBrothersAnthony Qaiyum believes you sometimes have to go back in time to keep current with men’s grooming trends.  Just take a look at his Q Brothers Men’s Shop, next door to the 140-year-old Merz Apothecary at 4716 N. Lincoln Ave. his familyRead more


A Space To Call Home at Cole’s

By Lindsay Eanet

coles3 Buying a home can be an exciting and nerve-wracking feat for any new homeowner, and with it comes all the thrill of making a new space your own. For more than 70 years, Cole's Appliance & Furniture on Lincoln has been aRead more


Mrs. Murphy and Sons Launch Famous Barbecue Sauce

Due to popular demand, the Northcenter-based Irish restaurant, Mrs. Murphy & Sons, is now selling bottles of its famous barbecue sauce and made it available for the first time ever at Ribfest Chicago this past June.

mruphybbqsauceMrs. Murphy & Sons are proud winners of the ‘Best Ribs -Read more


Wintrust Ravenswood Helps Small Businesses with Seminars

Small business owners take on a lot of responsibility in running their business. They will tap on lawyers, accountants and insurance agents for professional services and advice. One other responsibility of a small business owner is to assess the business’ financial strengths and limitations. Ultimately, theRead more


Featured Business: Concordia Place

ConcordiaOver 30 years ago, a young pastor named Nicholas J. Zook took a position at a church that only had enough money to call a pastor for just one year. Only days into the job, three single mothers, approached the church looking for after schoolRead more


Albany Auto and Sierra Auto

By Patrick Butler

albany2Mike Widdes and Abas Fard probably don’t have much in common except their interest in cars and repeat customers.

Widdes and his brother Jason grew up on the North Side and took over Albany Auto, 4030 N. Rockwell where their father leftRead more


Fahlstrom’s Fresh Fish Market

by Patrick Butler

One time Montrose Avenue diner virtuoso Glenn Fahlstrom hasn’t disappeared, but he has been up to something very fishy.

The veteran actor, chef and restaurateur is getting ready for his next performance - the October grand opening of his new seafood eatery/fishRead more


Half Acre Beer Company

Since 2006, Half Acre Beer Company has been brewing raw ales and lagers, rich in material and undisturbed by process. Over the years, the brewery has been able to reach capacity brewing 15,000 barrels a year, open a retail shop and a Tap Room. Despite theRead more


Rare Dirndl Design Studio

September is very important month in Southern Germany and has also become a busy and fun-filled time of year in the Chicago German community! September is when Munich celebrates Oktoberfest and when Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood celebrates German Day and the Stueben Parade. If youRead more