Architectural gem hidden in Plain Sight at Waveland and Lincoln Avenue

by Peter von Buol A Com Ed power substation at 1834-1838 W. Waveland Ave. is among a group of buildings located throughout the city that local architectural preservationists want the city of Chicago to include in a proposed Thematic Chicago Landmark District. Designed by German-AmericanRead more

New Boutique in Lincoln Square Strives to Give its Customers What They Want

By Patrick Butler It’s no secret that even well-established bricks-and-mortar retail stores have in recent years faced intense competition from on-line retailers but that hasn’t scared Genny Konz, one of the neighborhood’s newest merchants, from jumping into a retail business with both her feet. JustRead more

Ravenswood’s upgrade now on track

Article and Photos by Patrick Butler Phase II work on the Metra/Union Pacific tracks running through Ravenswood will probably run until at least 2020, with “significant” closures of east/west streets, according to Joseph Ott, Metra’s engineering chief; Dan Martinez of Judlau Construction; and 47th WardRead more

Lincoln Square’s Unique Lincoln Statue

by Peter von Buol For more than 60 years, Lincoln Square’s own statue of Abraham Lincoln has stood as a beacon of hope and freedom at Western and Lawrence. The larger-than-life statue of the sixteenth president is unusual as it depicts him as beardless, justRead more

Progress on Behalf of You

From Michael W. Frerichs, Illinois State Treasurer Each year, state law requires various office holders to submit an annual report to the General Assembly. The report identifies progress that has been made on behalf of Illinois taxpayers. Too often, however, these reports seem to gatherRead more

Gift Cards: What You Should Know

From Michael W. Frerichs, Illinois State Treasurer One of the lesser-known roles of the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office involves gift cards. Some unused gift cards after a certain period of time are considered unclaimed property. As such, the value of these cards is surrendered toRead more

Youngest Commander in Post’s History Helps Revitalize American Legion Post 973

by Peter von Buol For more than 70 years, American Legion Tattler Post 973 has been a vital neighborhood institution for North Center and Lincoln Square. After years of a slow decline in membership, its current leadership has been able to successfully revitalize the organizationRead more

Political satire expressed in carnival floats

By Patrick Butler Jaques Tilly, Germany’s sometimes controversial master float builder, was a featured attraction on the DANK (German American National Congress) Haus float at the Saturday, Sept. 9, Von Steuben Day parade. For more than three decades, the carnival float designer’s handiwork has beenRead more

Some things-the good and bad-will never be forgotten if Gene Schulter has his way

By Patrick Butler Oct. 9, 1989 will never be just a date on the calendar for former 47th Ward Ald. Gene Schulter. He was there in Berlin on 10/9/89 when “the people forced their (East German) government” to start tearing down the infamous Wall theRead more

Rededication Ceremony of Chicago’s Berlin Wall Monument

by Peter von Buol The Gene and Rosemary Schulter Foundation, DANK Haus, the German-American Cultural Center and the Cold War Museum-Midwest will host a rededication ceremony of Chicago’s own Berlin Wall Monument at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 5. Located inside the CTA’s Brown LineRead more