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Updated 4 days ago

George Badonsky died today

For those who are old enough to remember; GEORGE BADONSKY was a pioneer in Chicago restaurants.

His portfolio included many restaurants now long gone. The Brewery (burger joint on N. Broadway), Tango (sophisticated seafood restaurant on Belmont/Sheridan), Georges, La Bastile (French Bistro) ...and the fancy expensive French Restaurant on Astor street (forgot the name).

George gave gay waiters a job way before the Gay Pride Parade was even a concept. Many earned good livings, were able to be creative in...

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For those who are old enough to remember; GEORGE BADONSKY was a pioneer in Chicago restaurants.

His portfolio included many restaurants now long gone. The Brewery (burger joint on N. Broadway), Tango (sophisticated seafood restaurant on Belmont/Sheridan), Georges, La Bastile (French Bistro) ...and the fancy expensive French Restaurant on Astor street (forgot the name).

George gave gay waiters a job way before the Gay Pride Parade was even a concept. Many earned good livings, were able to be creative in their jobs, and could live very very well because of the jobs he provided for them.

He had peers and rivals Gordon Sinclair, Rich Melnan, the Levis...it was alot of fun in those days the early 70s as Chicago restauranteurs changed what dining out meant to the public.

This is a tribute to a man who helped Chicagoans become acquainted with all kinds of dishes. He loved food and wine his whole life.

Dec 05

PARTYMAN Alderman Winning because He Challenges Runners before Election Day ??

CHALLENGE HIM.. If you're knocked off of the ballot.. CAMPAIGN! Go Door to Door and Explain what is going on.. Tell them to Remember your name at the booths! WRITE YOUR NAME IN !! then go for a Runoff and FORCE him to Debate with you! You have support!! If you're hungry enough, you can SAVE YOUR COMMUNITY FROM MORE STRIPPER PARTIES AND other PARTIES PARTIES PARTIES!

Nov 29

Breakfast w/Santa

Santa is coming to Eckhart Park!
Come have breakfast with Santa, get your pictures taken with him, and participate in some holiday activities.

When: Saturday, December 6th - 9-11am
Where: Eckhart Park Field House
Cost: FREE

Have a pet? Want to get your pet's picture taken with Santa? Meet Santa on the Steps of the Field house at 11am.

Nov 29

Garfield Park Conservatory Xmas lights open today

For those who don't know...Garfield Park Conservatory has a wonderful Xmas light show. Going after dark is most dramatic. The Greenline train will also feature the Xmas train today.

Check/verify all of this. Just saw it on TV

Nov 05

Updated Nov 18

West town SSA - unfairly raising resident property taxes

It seems the overwhelming majority of residents would be AGAINST this very significant tax given the benefits almost exclusively seen by business and not west town residents.

There were some posts in October about the West Town SSA - was anyone at the hearing on Oct. 2 about the reconstitution of the SSA? What is the status?

  • Mona1935 Born and Raised in Chicago

    SECOND West Town SSA Reconstitution
    Public Hearing!
    Monday, November 24th
    at 10:00am
    at City Hall 121 N. LaSalle St. (2nd Floor Council Chambers)

  • Kurtis certified urban planner. amatuer dj.

    Get your facts straight before you make a decision. SSA's only tax the properties within the designated district, not residents outside the district. The tax is not "very significant." It's a small percentage of what a property owner's tax would normally be. And everyone benefits. SSA's are the reason you...

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    Get your facts straight before you make a decision. SSA's only tax the properties within the designated district, not residents outside the district. The tax is not "very significant." It's a small percentage of what a property owner's tax would normally be. And everyone benefits. SSA's are the reason you have clean streets, nice trash cans, street banners, events, and other such improvements. I would say that benefits all the residents. And SSA's truly give the local neighborhood control of how this money is spent, and not politicians or City Hall.

  • I don't see anything online about a Nov 24 meeting. Is there a meeting on Monday? Also, I never heard what happened at the October 2 meeting. Does anyone know?

Nov 04

Reminder: Meeting on how taxes/TIFs in the 27th Ward have been spent

Reminder:
There is a free meeting about how our taxes/TIFs in the 27th Ward have been spent and allocated, and more. The meeting is on Thursday, November 6, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, at 1044 W Randolph St.

I’ve always wondered where our taxes were going, how it was being spent, and whether it was being spent on things needed, like parks, schools, traffic relieve.

The meeting is being hosted by Gabe Beukinga, candidate for 27th Ward Alderman, and Tom Tresser of the CivicLab TIF Illumination Project.

Here’s a URL for more information:
http://tinyurl.com/27thWard-TIF-Forum

Nov 03

Updated Nov 04

Large Lots

has any one heard if they won a lot? Ive contacted the city but of course no response.

Oct 30

28th Ward Property Tax and Valuation Appeal Forum

West Township Property Owners Invited to Appeal for Property Tax Relief

For West Township property owners who feel their property has been assessed at too high of a value, resulting in higher property taxes, have an opportunity to appeal their assessment.

Commissioner Larry Rogers of the Cook County Board of Review is hosting a property value appeals forum on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the Malcolm X Learning Center located at 4624 W. Madison St.

West Township...

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West Township Property Owners Invited to Appeal for Property Tax Relief

For West Township property owners who feel their property has been assessed at too high of a value, resulting in higher property taxes, have an opportunity to appeal their assessment.

Commissioner Larry Rogers of the Cook County Board of Review is hosting a property value appeals forum on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the Malcolm X Learning Center located at 4624 W. Madison St.

West Township property owners who attend the forum will have the opportunity to address concerns regarding the 2014 property tax cycle and receive assistance and information with submitting appeals to the Board of Review.

Property owners are asked to bring their latest property tax bills with them to the forum to expedite the appeal process. For more information, call Commissioner Rogers’ office at (312) 603-5540.

Oct 29

Updated Oct 30

Smith Park: Mayor Emanuel promotes Tasty Treats and Safer Streets

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is collaborating with all the Chicago Park District’s, community organizations, block clubs, Faith and Action leaders, businesses, and community leaders to get involved on October 31, 2014 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. to help keep Chicago comunities safe on Halloween.

Smith Park and Smith Park Advisory Council, located at 2526 West Grand Ave. will be passing out candy to all trick-or-treaters. A special thank you goes out to Kathy Smith, president of Smith Park Neighborhood Alliance,...

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel is collaborating with all the Chicago Park District’s, community organizations, block clubs, Faith and Action leaders, businesses, and community leaders to get involved on October 31, 2014 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. to help keep Chicago comunities safe on Halloween.

Smith Park and Smith Park Advisory Council, located at 2526 West Grand Ave. will be passing out candy to all trick-or-treaters. A special thank you goes out to Kathy Smith, president of Smith Park Neighborhood Alliance, (SPNA) for donating extra candy to the park. SPNA request all community members to visit Smith Park for your treat.

Smith Park will playing Spooky sounds and have strobe lights on with a fog machine as you enter the park’s field house. This year, to keep our youth safe, Park District Superintendent Michael Kelly has ordered all field houses to remain open until 9 p.m. There will be open gym and basketball for anyone interested in putting together a game.

Just a few precautionary measurers to remember for Halloween: Many will
have on amazing costumes, please ensure your costumes have some type of reflector on it so motorist can see you when crossing the street. A flash light or glow lights will also help to let others know you are present. If possible, have an adult with you when trick-or-treating or walk in groups.

We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Halloween.
David Ramos president, Nani Almendarez vice president, Dave Hunt treasurer, Ellen Ernst secretary.

  • Smith Park Neighborhood Alliance (SPNA) Neighborhood Association

    The candy donations came from many residents of the Smith Park Neighborhood. We do this annually. Any neighbor who wants to donate can take bagged candy to the field house. They will receive a sign they can hang on their gate or door indicating to trick or treaters that they can get their candy at the park.

Oct 28

Updated Oct 29

Find out how taxes/TIFs in the 27th Ward have been spent

Just saw this and thought others might be interested.

There is a free meeting about how our taxes/TIFs in the 27th Ward have been spent and allocated, and more. The meeting is on Thursday, November 6, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, at 1044 W Randolph St.

I’ve always wondered where our taxes were going, how it was being spent, and whether it was being spent on things needed, like parks, schools, traffic relieve.

The meeting is being hosted by Gabe Beukinga, candidate for 27th Ward Alderman, and Tom Tresser of the CivicLab TIF Illumination Project.

Here’s a URL for more information:
http://tinyurl.com/27thWard-TIF-Forum

Oct 21

FREE: Halloween Skating Party at Smith Park this Friday

Looking for something to do with the kids this Friday evening? Smith Park, located at 2526 West Grand Ave. will be hosting a FREE Spooky Skating Party. Bring your roller skates, roller blades or scooter and enjoy the party. The gym will be turned into a roller rink, with a disco ball, black lights and a fog machine. Don't forget your costumes.

For additional information, please contact Maria at 312-742-7534.

Oct 20

Updated Oct 21

Who is my alderman?

I have tried to use this website to figure out my alderman and what district I fall into, but when I try to put my address in, it doesn't take it. And I can not see my street on the map. So hoping one of you may know. I used to think it was Burnett, but someone told me that he wasn't my alderman. THanks. This was the website I was using: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/other/provdrs/clerk/svcs/find_your_ward_andalderman.html

My address is 111 S Morgan St.

Thanks.

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