Grace Owner Set To Open New Restaurant Near Loyola
The Loyola community will soon welcome a restaurant owned by Loyola alumnus Michael Olszewski, who owned recently-closed restaurant Grace. Olszewski plans to open Onward, a casual, fine-dining restaurant, beneath the Hampton Inn Chicago North-Loyola Station on North Sheridan Road. This comes after the sudden closing of the high-end downtown Grace.
Helen NOH, why do you accuse others of being "cheerleaders" when all you do around here is defend and protect your alderman Joe Moore? Remember that EB rules clearly state that no name calling (e.g. "troll", "cheerleader") is acceptable. Yes?
So why should Moore get credit for this? 1) Building needed a zoning variance in order to be built. Aldermen have immense power for killing a project or approving and having it proceed. Moore could do either. 2) There was a lot of opposition to this zoning request with a lot of hysterical reactions about increased traffic; not right for the neighborhood; Loyola having too much power (they brought the developer to the table), etc. 3) Moore was pilloried here and elsewhere for considering the Hampton at alll and then when he gave the green light for the needed approvals. In addition, Ald. can be roadblocks or aids in developments like this proceeding given their powers with various licensing and building codes. Moore has supported this and helped this get to this stage....plus there are so many knee jerk anti Moore people here here who blame him for any business lost, crime committed that if you are going to blame him for those things then you have to credit him for this. Can’t have it both ways.
The Alderman has lots of power. There is always some opposition and some support for any specific zoning exception. He is elected to make these decisions and Alderman Moore tends to have open meetings about larger projects. Some folks think he overdoes the community participation thing. Not all alderman involve the community in these sorts of decisions to the level he does. He has the final call after getting input from the community. If the community doesn't like his final calls and the process for getting there, they can elect someone else.
In general I think more vocal "anti" folks show up for any public meeting than "pro" folks so that skews the perception of any given project.
Bottom line stop whining and run for office if you think you can do a better job.
I would let chicken wings sway my vote. A chicken wing in every pot or something like that. So if you decide to run for Alderman keep that in mind.
But the truth is, this whole discussion plays into the populist Trump-voter mentality that "government doesn't do anything, it's not necessary." Some folks on here may consider themslves progressive liberals, but insofar as they promote this misguided notion that our public officials aren't doing anything, they're just being sucked up by the blast of orange hot air that swept the country last year. I.e., they're being played for fools.
Loyola University, with strong support from and close cooperation with Ald. Moore, not only entered into a longterm partnership with Hampton Inn but is moving forward with a new partner, real estate developer and restauranteur Michael Olszewski. Partnership is the way things get done in Rogers Park and partnership is the key to community success in Rogers Park. Meet Rogers Park's business partners at the Alderman's Follow Me On Friday events. Everyone is welcome including folks from Edgewater and Uptown because Rogers Park is where things happen. Visit Rogers Park; feel the love; join the party.
I'll be happy to take my share of credit for Onward opening in our neighborhood. In addition to supporting the zoning changes that ultimately led to the development of the Hampton Inn, in the face of some small, but vocal, opposition, I introduced Mike Olszewski to Loyola University's development team. I've known Mike for several years and when he indicated he was thinking of opening a new restaurant, I encouraged him to explore the Hampton Inn storefront. At the time, the Hampton Inn was still under construction, but Mike liked what he saw.
After some back and forth, Mike and Loyola were able to come to an agreement and Rogers Park will soon be home to an exciting new restaurant. I was happy to play a role in brokering the deal.
What a great story. That's how friends work with other friends to make good things happen in the community. Neighbor friends do it. Business friends do it. School friends do it. Good people working together make good things happen. Everyone wins in the end. That's how Rogers Park rocks.
Lots of people get introduced and introduce other people all the time. If that sounds as have as "playing a role..." , "working with...." or any of the other AlderSpeak it is because it is in fact...vague.
The fact is ...in real terms...the Alderman didn't DO VERY much.
You've pretty much been reduced to arguing that no one does "real work" any time, anywhere, Jeffrey. In your strange binary between "real work" vs. "not real work," it would really only be superheroes who would be capable of "doing" anything. Everyone else is just a superfluous accompaniment: in your view, putting people into contact is not "work," facilitating things is not "work," holding meetings is not "work," getting legislation passed is not "work," writing reports and explanations is not "work," responding to criticisms is not "work," and so on.
So just what do you think "real work" is anyway? And what fictional superheroes of "real work" are upholding your world, Mr. Artist?
I suppose the agents that approve your grants are not doing real work, either? I wonder what you'd ever do without all the people in your life who are supposedly "not doing work."
What a nice surprise to have Moore pop out of the darkness and make an appearance on this thread, however briefly. Good to know he keeps up with our little forum, and of course we all welcome his participation in this, and any thread. I'm sure he's very impressed with his "followers" for speaking out on his behalf so...eloquently. Maybe you represent him more accurately than I had previously thought.
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There are other wards Littleton where you can play in and disrupt, including your own which has its share of problems. I recall from a previous post / thread that you and your alderman are at odds... you stated such. In fact, weren't criminal charges placed against you for hitting an elderly woman with your camera? I believe that was the case.
Time for you to take your game elsewhere, you've dominated and wasted our time to the Nth degree. Enough is enough... please try and clean up your ward, the 49h is doing quite well without you and on its own, especially with an Alderman who is obviously working to make Rogers Park all that it can be and then exceed those boundaries. You heard it from the man yourself, we all did.
Reid, are you actually slandering a fellow subscriber on Joe Moore's behalf? Moore needs to get you something bright and shiny for that one. He obviously encourages such tactics. Great job, "Bud"! Oh heh, maybe all you really need is a little praise.
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@ Maggie who states "Reid, are you actually slandering a fellow subscriber on Joe Moore's behalf?" Wrong. No slander here, just facts. I'm tiring of Littleton's nonsense and ridiculous posts. And BTW Littleton, thank you very much for the opportunity. I need no praise and Joe owes me nothing, this is on the house.
Most working people can describe their job in terms with some degree of exactitude beyond...."working with...", "I was the one who introduced them...", "I held a few meetings..." ..." I am proud to have been a part of...."
The fact is Alderman do not do much. Technically the Alderman do not do zoning changes. The "tradition" in the city council zoning board is to just go with what the Alderman says, yay or nay, then the full city council goes with what the board says.
Well Reid, it certainly appears that your comment was intended to use this forum to publicly embarrass, insult,...what ever you want to call it. Since Moore isn't the speaking out against this type of behavior, he is complicit, and I'm sure he appreciates you doing the mudsling for him. We are getting a clear picture of the man's charector, and for that I will thank you too. Keep it coming.