Upgrades for Northcenter Town Square and Low Line Move Forward

By Patrick Butler

A second community meeting on the Town Square redesign will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 9 at the Coonley School gym, 4046 N. Leavitt St.

The PORT Urbanism design team will unveil three proposals for the square based on community commentsRead more


Are the Days Numbered for the #11 Bus?

By Patrick Butler

After little more than six months of restored service along the Western-to-Fullerton portion of Lincoln Avenue, the CTA is reportedly considering dropping service along the No. 11 route for lack of patronage.

CTA spokesman Jeffrey Tolman said ridership is still at aboutRead more


Featured Business: David L. Hoyt Education Foundation

Noted word game creator opens doors for after school programs, adult games, private parties

By Patrick Butler

David Hoyt, a Chicago man who’s reportedly the world’s most syndicated daily word game creator (whose handiwork appears in more than 650 newspapers) and the inventor of numerous puzzlesRead more


Six Healthy Habits That You Can Adopt Right Now

From Swedish Covenant Hospital

American’s work—a lot. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, some individuals spend an average of three times more hours at work than anywhere else. You can’t always change that fact, but adopting these healthy habits can go a long wayRead more


From the Chopping Block: The Perfect Cocktail

Whether you are kicking off a dinner party or rewinding after a long day, there's a cocktail for every mood or occasion. But if you think you have to pay the typical $13 a drink price in a fancy bar to get a fresh andRead more


Yes, your dog wants to go on a walk. No, you don’t have to ask them.

Brittney Frazier, Found Chicago Boarding and Training Center

Over the years, I’ve witnessed many walk time rituals between dogs and their owners. First there’s the questions (“Want to go on a walk?” and “Where’s your leash? Let’s go get your leash!”), then there’s the collar-grabbing,Read more


May is Better Speech and Hearing Month!

From our Friends at Black Bear Academy

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) designates May as “Better Speech and Hearing Month.”  Hearing, speech and language are all vital components of communication and play very important roles in both learning and teaching.  Speech pathologists and Audiologists use thisRead more


Being custodian of N. Side’s German legacy Is a full time job Monica Jirak was born for

By Patrick Butler

When Monica Schulter Jirak became executive director at DANK Haus about two months ago, she already knew her way around the 58-year-old German cultural center at 4740 N. Western Ave.

After all, she practically grew up there.  Not surprising considering her father,Read more


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