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


New Women’s Health Initiative to open at Swedish Covenant Hospital

When it opens this fall, the Mayora Rosenberg Women’s Health Center at Swedish Covenant Hospital will provide north side women with a comfortable, convenient space to receive health care services. This project would not have happened without the support of numerous elected officials and communityRead more


Shirts our Business

Over the past 39 years, Ron Weiss has been printing all sorts of messages on T-shirts, polos, sweats, shorts, gym bags and backpacks – all because he didn’t want to become a doctor.

“It was my parents’ fondest wish. But this seems to have workedRead more


Merz Apothecary

Walking into Merz Apothecary at 4716 N. Lincoln is like stepping into a time machine.

And that’s just the way Anthony Qaiyum planned it. The shop looks just like you’d expect a drug store that opened in 1875 – the year of the first KentuckyRead more


Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro

by Patrick Butler

The North Side may be loaded with Irish pubs, but Beth Murphy and sons James and Bryan make it their mission to be sure you know the difference.

“We try to be authentic and creative at the same time,” said Mrs. Murphy,Read more


Pi-Hi Cafe

Since opening officially in December 2013, Pi-H Café has been one of the most talked about new restaurants in the Northcenter/Roscoe Village community. With a unique menu of Mediterranean dishes, wood-fire pizzas, fresh and healthy panini sandwiches, and real fruit smoothies, it has given thatRead more


Lucila’s Homemade LLC

Lucila’s Homemade LLC is a wholesale pastry business located in the Ravenswood Corridor specializing in handcrafted and traditional Argentine pastries called Alfajores, increasingly known as Alfies®. They consist of two soft and crumbly cookies sandwiched around a luscious dollop of Dulce de Leche (creamy caramel).Read more