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M&J Fdtn. Gave and Gave at Christmas Time

TBT - MJ and I take a photo at the JUMP offices where we recorded his narration track for a video I produced and directed for the M&J Foundation (M&J stood for Michael & Juanita Jordan Charitable Foundation). MJ had a much bigger smile when he took a photo with my son Matt and his buddy Brett Witek, but they didn't make him work like I did.

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Neli Vazquez Rowland Announces Run for Congress

Neli Vazquez Rowland is running for Congress. She has 20 years of experience in helping homeless - including homeless VETS - so - please share this because we need more WOMEN in Congress. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vu3VpI8nyMo

    Neli4Congress
    Contact us: Campaign@neli4congress.com
    https://www.youtube.com/

Dec 06

Updated 6 days ago

Found Cat

I found this black cat (male) last night. Please send me if you think it's yours

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GSLA Neighborhood Paint Night!

GSLA Neighborhood Paint Night!

    GSLA Neighborhood Paint Night! - Greater South Loop Association
    We recently hosted a Neighborhood Paint Night at Bottle & Bottega as a fun holiday event and fundraiser for our organization. We really appreciate all who came out to support the GSLA and spend a fun evening in the neighborhood. The GSLA would like to extend an extra special thanks to Lakeside Bank for their sponsorship of this event and...
    https://greatersouthloop.org

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Updated Dec 02

Stop your whining.

I feel happy and proud when i see filming in the hood. It can be a slight temporary inconvenience. Shameless is a fabulous show that shines a light on a different way of life.

  • pbsene Local Business Owner, Tired American

    Right on! It creates way more jobs than just the overpaid actors - I have a good friend whose kids are both working behind the scenes on this show.

  • Pilsen/Heart of Chicago area have been part of movie & tv productions for decades. A few people that recently moved into area whine about many things that are not the real issues and concerns that actually effect our lives. The arts in general have thrived over the last few decades in our community, they add a great benefit to our community, and lives.

  • A rare shoot in a neighborhood is one thing. Having a particular part of the neighborhood that is a popular industrial movie set is another. The people who live there get absolutely steamrolled...

    For example, the intersection of Blue Island and 18th is one of those places. There have been...

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    A rare shoot in a neighborhood is one thing. Having a particular part of the neighborhood that is a popular industrial movie set is another. The people who live there get absolutely steamrolled...

    For example, the intersection of Blue Island and 18th is one of those places. There have been multiple shows (too many to count) and over 5 movie shoots there this past year. Each time this happens, the production companies take over entire blocks in the neighborhoods (off set) for their personal parking, trailer parking, and truck parking. Then, adding insult to injury (after kicking all the residents out) they don't even use all of the space.

    This would be a lot better if the Chicago Film Office actually did a service for the people of our City! They are only chartered to roll the red carpet out for outsiders and only have staff to rubber stamp applications given to them by Hollywood. (I confirmed this in multiple calls.) They do not limit shoots at particular locations, make sure the closed space is actually being used, or move the ancillary parking around from shoot-to-shoot. (So the same blocks keep getting hit for parking and catering.) When it rains and shoots are canceled, the "No Parking" zones stay up (even when the streets are empty) and the residents still get ticketed.

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Updated Nov 29

vote davis out of office

we dont need danny davis in office anymore eliminating the tax breaks for education. davis is out of touch.

https://capitolfax.com/2017/11/28/davis-whacked-over-tax-vote-impact-on-illinois-higher-education/

    News-Gazette ... [US Rep. Rodney Davis], whose congressional district includes the University of Illinois, three other public universities, four private universities or colleges and several community college districts, said he was "cautiously optimistic" the tax break would be retained. I think the total number of universities and colleges in Davis' district is 13.
    https://capitolfax.com

Nov 27

Teacher at Capitol Hill private middle school faces child porn charge

He taught at the 12th and Union private academy for more than a decade. Investigators say Cronin told them he was addicted...

    Teacher at Capitol Hill private middle school faces child porn charge
    A teacher at Seattle Academy, a Capitol Hill private middle school, has been charged after federal investigators acting on a tip from a family member say thousands of images showing young girls from a Ukranian "softcore child pornography ring" were found on the 41-year-old's laptop .
    http://www.capitolhillseattle.com

Nov 22

Updated Nov 27

Racial Wafts

There are no less than 8 mentions of an attack by 4 black youth on 1 white man on south Michigan Monday night.
Yes, a problem exists. Always has.
But I don't recall Lequan McDonald getting this much press when he was murdered (prior to video release).
Every single news outlet posted their take, and the underlying theme in most is "Oh, no. Not in my playground. Call the National Guard." Please.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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FREE FURNITURE - you pick up

Leather couch - bar stool - free - you pick up. If interested send an email to dublu51@gmail.com.

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Updated Nov 20

Where to sell used goods locally?

I would like to get rid of some decent electronics that are used but probably still have some value. (55" TV, laptops, etc).

Anyone know of a good place around Pilsen / Bridgeport that buys and resales used goods? (aside from Craigslist, etc)

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    Protect Rental Property Assets with an LLC
    Real Estate has always been considered a safe investment since the supply is finite and the demand grows with the population. Even though we have seen some swings in the real estate market over the past decade, the theory still is held true by many.
    http://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com

Nov 15

    Why We Love Good Guys
    Not long ago while going through some old photos and memorabilia, I found a press clipping from the Chicago Daily News - a newspaper that folded years ago. The story described how a fireman ran into a burning building an saved three small children. The kids were living in a building in a poverty stricken...
    http://www.chicagonow.com

Nov 09

Updated Nov 14

Neighbor repeatedly reporting us to City agencies... Is there any way to stop the harassment?

The older, single woman living in the house next door to us has been repeatedly reporting our house to various city agencies, complaining of rodents (rats, which live in HER yard), "trash" in our yard, building code violations. We have had our yard inspected repeatedly with no violations. Can she be reported for harassment?

  • RaleighsMa Not fauxraged but may contain typos.

    It'll run it course. The departments will see a pattern develop and stop responding to her. Contacting the Alderman's office as well as the main departments that are her favorites to explain your circumstance may expedite things toward some peace and quiet.

    I had to call out the Streets &...

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    It'll run it course. The departments will see a pattern develop and stop responding to her. Contacting the Alderman's office as well as the main departments that are her favorites to explain your circumstance may expedite things toward some peace and quiet.

    I had to call out the Streets & Sans Supervisor for my neighborhood to put to bed once and for all that our fence on the alley wasn't a problem for traffic (since it was my neighbor's one and only pressing issue, apparently). As soon as he met me in the alley, he pointed to the house with the old lady in it who was causing the huff and said he remembered her from 15 years earlier when she was causing a condo development headaches and calling all the time. He gave me his direct number and said to call if I ever had an issue. They've never been back out since.

  • emj1900 bp lifer

    what's the saying....those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones? I think every block has one...... Scott and I just so happen to live next door to ours...lol...

Nov 13

Survey Recap: South Loop Education Priorities

Survey Recap: South Loop Education Priorities

    Survey Recap: South Loop Education Priorities - Greater South Loop Association
    About the survey: The objective of the survey is to gather feedback from stakeholders in the South Loop, including community residents, families who live within the proposed expanded boundary for South Loop Elementary School, and families who attend South Loop Elementary or National Teachers Academy.
    https://greatersouthloop.org

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October Neighbor’s Night Out Summary: Looking Toward the Future

October Neighbor’s Night Out Summary: Looking Toward the Future

    October Neighbor's Night Out Summary: Looking Toward the Future - Greater South Loop Association
    At the October GSLA Neighbors' Night Out, about 35 people joined in conversation about metro Chicago regional planning issues. The event was held at Bulldog Ale House, 901 South State Street. Two urban planners from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning-the official regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendal, Lake, McHenry, and Will-joined the...
    https://greatersouthloop.org

Nov 11

November Neighbor’s Night Out Summary: Parking Pains and Exciting New Additions to Motor Row

November Neighbor’s Night Out Summary: Parking Pains and Exciting New Additions to Motor Row

    November Neighbor's Night Out Summary: Parking Pains and Exciting New Additions to Motor Row - Greater South Loop Association
    The Greater South Loop Association hosted over 50 area neighbors at Motor Row Brewing on November 8th, 2017 for the November Neighbor's Night Out. Leaders from the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) attended to share updates, mostly related to the opening of the Wintrust Arena, which has now begun its official event schedule.
    https://greatersouthloop.org

Nov 11

Nov 09

South Loop Culinary Crawl on November 16, 2017 - Experience the Evolution

Experience the Near South's Tasty Cuisine. Hop aboard our trolley to visit 4 venues for 4 tastings/drink samplings in 3 hours. Join the Fun!

3 separate routes - 2 different times. You choose the time, we choose the place.

12 restaurants participating:
14 Parish, Burger Bar, Cafe Press, Chicago Firehouse, The Field Bistro, Kitty O'Sheas, Kroll's South Loop, Kurah Mediterranean, Pizano's Pizza, Reggies, Sociale, Tapas Valencia, Weather Mark Tavern.

One early tasting tour - 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Two...

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Experience the Near South's Tasty Cuisine. Hop aboard our trolley to visit 4 venues for 4 tastings/drink samplings in 3 hours. Join the Fun!

3 separate routes - 2 different times. You choose the time, we choose the place.

12 restaurants participating:
14 Parish, Burger Bar, Cafe Press, Chicago Firehouse, The Field Bistro, Kitty O'Sheas, Kroll's South Loop, Kurah Mediterranean, Pizano's Pizza, Reggies, Sociale, Tapas Valencia, Weather Mark Tavern.

One early tasting tour - 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Two late tasting tours - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Check in at Near South Planning Board, 2600 S. Michigan Avenue - Free Parking. Enter for a chance to win a gift card at each location!

Register at www.theNSPB.com or call 312-987-1980.

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    http://thenearsouthplanningboard.org

Nov 09

Tax-sharing deal brings Tractor Supply Co. to Wauconda

Tennessee-based Tractor Supply Co. is set to lease more than 25,000 square feet in the Wauconda Crossings center at 600 W. Liberty St. The store is expected to open in March 2018, according to village documents.

    Tax-sharing deal brings Tractor Supply Co. to Wauconda
    A store selling everything from clothes to camping equipment will move into long-vacant retail space in a Wauconda shopping center -- but it took a tax-sharing agreement with the village board to seal the deal. Tennessee-based Tractor Supply Co. is set to lease more than 25,000 square feet in the Wauconda Crossings center at 600 W.
    http://www.dailyherald.com

Nov 09

Nov 08

Tap tracker: Barrel-Aged Beer Fest and Seattle Cider headline upcoming craft beverage events

725 W. Roosevelt Road, 312-413-9875

This article has 3 other Chicago locations (Show)

2577 N. Clark St., 312-257-2599

1801 W. Division St., 773-782-4400

1944 W. Division St., 773-227-4644

    Tap tracker: Barrel-Aged Beer Fest and Seattle Cider headline upcoming craft beverage events
    Chicago enjoys a good beer, so let us help you keep up with the craft beer events happening around the city as we track the tap takeovers coming to town. Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers at UIC Forum 725 W. Roosevelt Road, 312-413-9875 6-10 p.m. Nov.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

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Nov 06

Three Aldi locations to reopen before Thanksgiving

The Glen Ellyn Aldi, at 700 Roosevelt Road, reopened last week.

    Three Aldi locations to reopen before Thanksgiving
    Aldi said that three locations will reopen before Thanksgiving as part of the company's nationwide plan to update and expand. The Geneva store, located at 975 E. State St., will reopen on Thursday, Nov. 9. The Villa Park store, located at 1630 S. Ardmore Ave., will reopen on Thursday, Nov.
    http://www.dailyherald.com

Nov 06

Mac & Cheese Fest Chef Rick Rodriguez of Whisk Chicago and Son of a Butcher by WHISK

...for the 4th Annual Mac & Cheese Fest, on Saturday, November 4 at the UIC Forum (725 W Roosevelt Rd), go on sale on Wednesday, September 13 at 10:00am. This year, the Fest is...

    Mac & Cheese Fest Chef Rick Rodriguez of Whisk Chicago and Son of a Butcher by WHISK
    Cheezy deliciousness. Chef Rick Rodriguez from WHISK and Son Of A Butcher demoing Cauliflower Mac and talking Mac & Cheese Fest in the Culinary Kitchen with host Gabe from B96! Tickets for the 4th Annual Mac & Cheese Fest, on Saturday, November 4 at the UIC Forum (725 W Roosevelt Rd), go on sale on Wednesday, September 13 at 10:00am.
    http://b96.cbslocal.com

Nov 06

Confessions of a Condo Board member…

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    Confessions of a Condo Board member... - Greater South Loop Association
    (The names have been changed to protect the innocent) "I ended up on my building's board kind of by accident... I've never served on something like this before and am not sure exactly what I'm supposed to do." - Lucy, new board member "Our management company just gave us notice that they will not be renewing their contract with us......
    https://greatersouthloop.org

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Nov 04

Who’s Bud Billiken, anyway?

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    Who's Bud Billiken, anyway?
    August is nearly upon us, and that means the Bud Billiken Parade is right around the corner. Have you heard of this annual event and wondered what it celebrates? Our friends at the Chicago Defender Charities made us aware of their annual gala, A Night in Bronzeville, which is coming up this Thursday, August 3.
    https://greatersouthloop.org

Nov 04

Education Update: Summary of community meetings #2 and #3 to discuss a high school proposal for the South Loop, Chinatown, Bridgeport, Armor Square, and north Bronzeville

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    Education Update: Summary of community meetings #2 and #3 to discuss a high school proposal for the South Loop, Chinatown, Bridgeport, Armor Square, and north Bronzeville
    Parents and community members packed the gymnasium at the South Loop Elementary School's main building (1212 S. Plymouth) on Tuesday, June 21 and the cafeteria and gymnasium at National Teachers Academy on Monday, July 10 to hear more information and provide feedback on the recently released proposal to repurpose NTA into a high school serving the Near South neighborhoods of the South Loop, Chinatown, Bridgeport, Armor Square, and north Bronzeville.
    http://greatersouthloop.org

Nov 04

September Neighbors’ Night Out – Getting Active: Workouts and Bike Transit!

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    September Neighbors' Night Out - Getting Active: Workouts and Bike Transit!
    This month's NNO was a bit of a break from the norm, with a free 30-min workout session at the beginning to allow neighbors to check out the new Evolve & Elevate fitness studio, located in East Pilsen. The host establishment for the beverage and presentation portion of the evening was the Pleasant House Pub, located at 2119 S.
    http://greatersouthloop.org

Nov 04

Education Update:  Results of GSLA’s Community Surveys on the Near South High School Plan

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    Education Update: Results of GSLA's Community Surveys on the Near South High School Plan
    This post summarizes the key findings of two GSLA surveys which followed the first and third community meetings held by CPS to gather feedback on a proposal to expand the South Loop Elementary School's boundary southward to 22 nd Street and close the National Teacher's Academy elementary school (NTA) to repurpose it to serve as a 1,000 student high school which would be available to students residing in the South Loop, Chinatown, Armour Square, Bridgeport, and north Bronzeville areas.
    http://greatersouthloop.org

Nov 04

Neighbors’ Night Out summary – July 2017, Riverline South Loop development

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    Neighbors' Night Out summary - July 2017, Riverline South Loop development
    Approximately 65 neighbors attended the GSLA's July Neighbors' Night Out to meet representatives from the Riverline development team, CMK and Perkins + Will, and to get a close-up look at the current construction progress. The event was held at Sociale (800 S Clark St).
    http://greatersouthloop.org

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