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  • Permit issued for elevator equipment

    Install One (1) 750lb.cap, 2-Stop, 20 FPM, 2-#50 Chain Vertical Wheelchair Lift In The New Lecture Hall Of The Field Museum. Pursuant To The Plans Submitted.EV003361

    1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. Issued December 13, 2017 Comment

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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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4th Ward Food Drive

It's that time of the year, don't let those extra non-perishables go to waste! Myself, the Chicago Sky and the AARP will be hosting a food drive at the Jewel Osco located at 4443 E. 34th Street. The event will take place today the 12th, Thursday the 14th and this upcoming Saturday the 16th will feature a photo-booth with the Chicago Sky mascot Sky Guy!

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  • Permit issued for signs

    FRONT-LIT PLEX-FACE CHANNEL LETTERS W/LED. RACEWAY MOUNTED ON WEST ELEVATION. SIGN FACING WEST TO MICHIGAN AVE.

    1255 S. Michigan Ave. Issued December 11, 2017 Comment

Dec 11

New Year's Eve in Chicago

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    New Year's Eve in Chicago | Chicago News, Reviews, and Events
    MEDIA CONTACTCaroline VentolaBlast Marketing & PR847.922.7819caroline@blastmarketing.net NEW YEAR'S EVEFrom elegant dinners at award-winning restaurants to afternoon teas and boozy music-filled nights below are some unique and memorable ways to ring in the New Year in and around Chicago.
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Dec 11

Woman in Car Robbed at 1200 block of South Michigan

Woman in Car Robbed at 1200 block of South Michigan

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    Woman in Car Robbed at 1200 block of South Michigan
    More scary stuff (via Tribune): A woman was robbed at gunpoint in her own vehicle Saturday morning in the South Loop, according to Chicago police. It happened around 8:35 a.m. in the 1200 block of South Michigan Avenue, police said.
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Dec 10

Woman robbed at gunpoint inside her vehicle in South Loop

It happened around 8:35 a.m. in the 1200 block of South Michigan Avenue, police said.

    Woman robbed at gunpoint inside her vehicle in South Loop
    A woman was robbed at gunpoint in her own vehicle Saturday morning in the South Loop, according to Chicago police.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Dec 10

2018 Free Days at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

With its location in downtown Chicago, the Shedd Aquarium (1200 S Lake Shore Dr) is easily accessible via public transportation, whether you're taking a bus, a train, or Metra. The Metra electric line runs under Grant Park with a nearby station. You can also get discounted parking through ParkWhiz.

    2018 Free Days at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago
    Chicago's biggest museums all offer free days for Illinois residents throughout the year, including the Shedd Aquarium . Have you been to the Shedd Aquarium? If not, this is your chance to visit. These free admission days include all permanent exhibits, Amphibians special exhibit, aquatic presentation (subject to availability) and seasonal Stingray Touch (open late May to October).
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Dec 10

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Dec 09

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
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Dec 09

  • Old St. Marys School reviewed by a parent

    I have been part of the OSM community for 6 years. It has been an amazing experience for both of my children. Compared to surrounding public and Catholic schools, the curriculum is very challenging. As a parent, I am always willing to help out and the teachers are always very receptive and appreciative to my feedback. I cannot stress enough the amount of attention I feel my children receive in this environment. It is what all parents want...a place where their children are taught to appreciate what they have been given, what they receive, and how they can pay it forward.

    Old St. Marys School (1474 S. Michigan Ave) Published on GreatSchools December 8, 2017 Comment

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Pershing #39 Bus Route, Weekend Service.

The Pershing #39 bus route weekend service pilot program is nearing its end. Make sure to tell your friends and neighbors about this valuable bus route so we can make sure it remains in our community.

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What does CMK have in store for this South Loop site?

...venture led by CMK paid $6.5 million in late October for the property at 1415 S. Wabash Ave., according to Cook County property records. It's a neighborhood the Chicago developer knows well...

...site is just a block south of a 144-unit condo tower CMK built at 1345 S. Wabash and a new 305-unit CMK apartment building at 1333 S. Wabash...

...CMK built at 1345 S. Wabash and a new 305-unit CMK apartment building at 1333 S. Wabash...

The South Loop is especially crowded. Nearly 3,400 apartments are under construction in the neighborhood, including a 500-unit tower at 1326 S. Michigan Ave., less than a block away from CMK's new Wabash site.

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...and Roosevelt Road. A CMK joint venture is building a 452-unit apartment tower at 726 S. Wells St. and plans a 340-unit condo-and-townhouse project nearby, the first buildings within Riverline...

...in the process of selling. The school recently sold the former Johnson Publishing building at 820 S. Michigan Ave. to local apartment developer 3L Real Estate. 3L has also agreed to buy a Columbia...

...3L Real Estate. 3L has also agreed to buy a Columbia student housing complex at 731 S. Plymouth Court...

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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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  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    SELF CERTICATION OF ALTERATION OF EXISTING DISPLAY AREA TO NEW DISPLAY SPACE. ALTERATION DOES NOT CHANGE EXITING, COLUMNS, FLOORS OR ROOFS PER PLANS.

    1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. Issued December 1, 2017 Comment

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  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    REVISION TO PERMIT # 100602946 TO REVISE LOCATION OF DOG SPA AND TO REMOVE PROPOSED OUTDOOR ACCESS TO ROOF DECK. NEW DOG SPA FACILITY IS LOCATED IN EXISTING 2ND FLOOR RESIDENTIAL APARTMENT BUILDING AND IS FOR THE USE OF RESIDENTS ONLY.

    1130 S. Michigan Ave. Issued November 30, 2017 Comment

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Dec 02

  • Old St. Marys School reviewed by a parent

    For the 5 years my son has been at OSM he has received what I would deem an exceptional education. Friendly teachers staff and administrators, and fun events as well.

    Old St. Marys School (1474 S. Michigan Ave) Published on GreatSchools December 1, 2017 Comment

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Dec 01

Community churches help celebrate the spirit of the season

Loop Christian Ministries, Daystar School building, 1550 S. State St., (312) 427-7962, www.loopchurch.org. Worship Sundays at 10 a.m. Special Sunday Brunch...

Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1500 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 922-3444, www.oldstmarys.com. Thurs., Dec. 7, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of...

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All Saints-St. Anthony Church, 518 W. 28th Pl., (312) 842-2744. Tues., Dec. 19, Christmas concert, Collegiate Choir Illinois Wesleyan School of Music...

Blessed Sacrament Parish, (773) 523-3917, comprised of Ss. Peter and Paul Church (SSPP), 3745 S. Paulina Street, St. Maurice Church (SM), 3615 S. Hoyne Ave. and Our Lady of Good Counsel Church...

...of Ss. Peter and Paul Church (SSPP), 3745 S. Paulina Street, St. Maurice Church (SM), 3615 S. Hoyne Ave. and Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (OLGC), 3528 S. Hermitage Ave. Novena in honor...

...Maurice Church (SM), 3615 S. Hoyne Ave. and Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (OLGC), 3528 S. Hermitage Ave. Novena in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spanish language only) will take place daily...

Chicago International Church (EFCA), 2304 W. Taylor St. (church office only), (312) 226-8026, www.ciefc.org. Call for information.

First Lutheran Church of the Trinity, 643 W. 31st St., (312) 842-7390, www.firsttrinitychicago.com. Sun., Dec. 24, worship with communion at 10:30 a.m., candlelight service, lessons, and carols at 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 31, worship with communion at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3116 S. Racine Ave., (773) 523-3838, www.holycrosschicago.org. Sunday family worship at 10: 30 a.m.

Monastery of the Holy Cross, 3100 S. Aberdeen Ave., (773) 927-7424, www.chicagomonk.org. Sun., Dec. 10, 5 p.m., the Chicago Chorale...

Nativity of Our Lord, 653 W. 37th St., (773) 927-6263, www.nativitybridgeport.org. VanderCook Christmas Concert, Thurs., Dec. 7, at 7 p...

Our Lady of Fatima/Shrine of St. Anne, 2751 W. 38th Pl., (773) 927-2421. Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas carols at 6:30 p.m. followed by 7 p.m. bilingual Mass. Mon., Dec. 25, Christmas Mass in English at 10 a.m. and in Spanish at noon. Mon., Jan. 1, Masses 10 a.m. in English and noon in Spanish.

School, 911 W. 32nd Pl., (312) 361-0500, www.parkcommunity.church/bridgeport. Christmas service, Sun., Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. and New Year’s service on Sun., Dec. 31, at 10:30 a.m.

Santa Lucia Church, 3022 S. Wells St., (312) 842-6115. Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Masses at 10 a.m., 4 and 11 p.m. Mon., Dec. 25, Christmas Mass at 10 a.m. Sun., Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Masses at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mon., Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Mass at 10 a.m.

St. Barbara’s Church, 2859 S. Throop St., (312) 842-7979, www.stbarbarachicago.org. Sat., Dec. 2, and Sun., Dec. 3, Feast of...

4522 S. Wallace St., (773) 268-9595,

St. Jerome Croatian Catholic Church, 2823 S. Princeton Ave., (312) 842-1871, http://www.stjeromecroatian.org. Call for information.

St. Mary of Perpetual Help, 1039 W. 32nd St., (773) 927-6646, www.stmaryofperpetualhelp.com.  Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Fri., Dec. 8, Masses...

Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S. Indiana Ave., (773) 373-8500, www.afcchicago.org. Call church for information.

Bethel AME Church, 4440 S. Michigan Ave., (773) 285-5500. Regular Sunday worship at 11 a.m.

Coppin Memorial AME Church, 5633 S. Michigan Ave., (773) 667-5881, www.coppinchicago.org. Regular Sunday worship at 9:45 a.m.

Corpus Christi Church, 4920 S. King Dr., (773) 285-7720, www.corpuschristichurchchicago.com. Regular Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m.

Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 4501 S. Vincennes Ave., (773) 373-6144. Handel’s Messiah, Sun., Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. Call for information on Christmas and New Year’s services.        

Grant Memorial AME Church, 4017 S. Drexel Blvd., (773) 285- 5819. Regular Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m.

Hartzell Memorial United Methodist Church, 3330 S. King Dr., (312) 842-5957. Call church for information.

Holy Angels Catholic Church, 607 E. Oakwood Blvd., (773) 624-5375. Christmas Eve, Sun., Dec. 24 carols at 8 a.m., carols at...

Kenwood United Church of Christ, 4608 S. Greenwood Ave., (773) 373-2861. Regular Sunday worship services at 11 a.m.

Liberty Baptist Church, 4849 S. King Dr., (773) 268-6757. Regular Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m.

Metropolitan Community Church, 4610 S. Prairie Ave., (773) 536-2046, www.mccchurch.org. Regular Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m.

Morning Star Baptist, 3933 S. King Dr., (773) 285-8111. Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve service at 10:45 a.m. Sun., Dec. 31, New Year’s service at 10:45 a.m.

Olivet Baptist Church, 3101 S. King Dr., (312) 528-0124, www.olivetbaptistchurchchicago.org. Regular Sunday worship service at 10:45 a.m.

Pilgrim Baptist Church, 3300 S. Indiana Ave., (312) 842-4417. Call for information.

St. Ambrose, 1000 E. 47th St., (773) 624-3695, www.ambrose47.com. Regular Mass at 10:30 a.m.

St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 50 E. 41st St., (773) 268- 1518. Regular Sunday worship services at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 3801 S. Wabash Ave., (773) 268- 1900, www.stthomaschicago.com. Sun., Dec. 24, worship at 8 and 11 a.m. and Christmas Eve Mass with carols, 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 31, New Year’s worship, 8 and 10: 30 a.m.

South Park Baptist, 3722 S. Martin Luther King Dr., (773) 548-6566. Regular Sunday service at 11 a.m.

Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St., (312) 225- 5300. Regular Sunday service at 11 a.m.

West Point Missionary Baptist Church, 3566 S. Cottage Grove Ave., (773) 538-7590, www.wpmbc.org. Concert: Born to Die, a Christmas Cantata, Sun., Dec...

Chinese Christian Union Church (CCUC), 2301 S. Wentworth Ave., (312) 842-8545, www.ccuc.net. Combined Christmas Baptism Service, Sun., Dec. 17, 2 p...

...m.; Mandarin at 9:45 and 11:30 a.m. at the Pui Tak Center, 2216 S. Wentworth Ave.

Chinese Christian Union Church (CCUC-South), 3000 S. Wallace St., Sun., Dec 24, Christmas Eve Celebration (with drama, games, songs, and message) 7:30 p.m in the CCUC-South Gym. Christmas Eve services in Cantonese at 9 and 11: 45 a.m.

St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church, 218 W. Alexander St., (312) 842-6777, www.sttheresechinatown.org. Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass at 5 p...

St. John Cantius, 825 N. Carpenter St., (312) 243-7373, www.cantius.org. Fri., Dec. 8, Immaculate Conception, St. Cecilia Choir, 7...

Santa Maria Addolorata Church, 528 N. Ada St., (312) 421- 3122, www.smacatholicchurch.com. Sun., Dec. 3, to Tues., Dec. 12, Our Lady...

First Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1124 S. Ashland Ave., (312) 733-6886. Sun., Dec. 3, visit by St. Nicholas after 10:30 a.m...

Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd., (312) 492-8442, www.holyfamilychicago.org. Sunday, Dec. 10, the Cardinal’s Christmas concert. Sunday...

New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1252 S. Wolcott Ave., (312) 733-1262, www.newzionmbc.com. Regular Sunday service at 10:45 a.m.

Notre Dame de Chicago Church, 1334 W. Flournoy St, (312) 243-7400, www.nddc.archchicago.org. Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena Sun., Dec. 3...

St. Basil’s Greek Orthodox Church, 733 S. Ashland Ave., (312) 243-3738, www.stbasilchicago.org. Call church for information.

Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington St., (312) 421-3757, fax (312) 421-3756, www.ourladyofpompeii.org. Sat., Dec. 2, Mary and...

Providence of God Catholic Church, 717 W. 18th St., (312) 226-2929. Call for information.

St. Anthony Hospital Chapel, 2875 W. 19th St., (773) 484-1000. The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration, Fri., Dec. 8, Mass...

St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2108 W. 21st St., (773) 847-6458, www.stmatthewchicago.org. Call for information.

St. Pius V, 1919 S. Ashland Ave., (312) 226-6161. Novenas for the Virgin of Guadalupe will take place on Sun., Dec...

St. Procopius Church, 1641 S. Allport St., (312) 226-7887, www.stprocopiuschurch.org. Call for information.

First Baptist Congregational Church, 1613 W. Washington Blvd., (312) 243-8047. 59th Annual Presentation of Handel’s Messiah, Sun., Dec. 10, at 3...

Greater Bethlehem Baptist Church, 2400 W. Warren Blvd., (312) 733-6832. Mon., Dec. 25, Christmas Day sunrise service at 6 a.m. New Year’s Eve, Sun., Dec. 31, Watchmeeting service at 11 p.m.

Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, 2151 W. Washington Blvd., (312) 738-0053. Regular Sunday worship at 11 a.m.

St. Malachy and Precious Blood Church, 2248 W. Washington Blvd., (312) 733-1068. Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena, from Sat., Dec. 2, through Sun., Dec...

First United Methodist Church, Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St., (312) 236-4548, www.chicagotemple.org. Fri., Dec. 1, Taizé Candlelit service at 6 p...

Fourth Chicago Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St., (312) 787-4570, www.fourthchurch.org. Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve services at 11 a...

Grace Episcopal Church, 637 S. Dearborn St., (312) 922-1426, www.gracechicago.org.Thurs., Dec. 21, Blue Christmas Service at 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Eucharist at 8 p.m., followed by Christmas cheer refreshments. Sun., Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Eucharist at 10 a.m.

Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams St., (312) 648-1021, www.oldstpats.org. Sun., Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, Family Masses at...

St. James Catholic Church, 2942 S. Wabash Ave., (312) 842-1919, www.stjameswabash.org. Sun., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass at 6:30...

St. Peter’s Church in the Loop (Roman Catholic), 110 W. Madison St., (312) 372-5111. Thurs., Dec. 7: Christmas Concert 5 to 6:45 p.m. cost...

Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue, (312) 225-4951, www.2ndpresbyterian.org. Sun., Dec. 3, first Sunday of Advent, 11 p...

Soul City Church, 1150 W. Adams St., (312) 252-3062, www.soulcitychurch.com

The National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, 2520 N. Lakeview Ave., (773) 360-5752, www.cabrininationalshrine.org. First Sunday of Advent, Sat., Dec. 2, Vigil Mass...

    Gazette Chicago " Community churches help celebrate the spirit of the season
    November 30, 2017 We are only a couple of weeks away from 2018 and the holidays are upon us. Community churches have prepared a long list of special events celebrating Advent, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Simbang Gabi, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year's.
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Dec 01

Spirit of Giving helps us offer the hand of friendship to all

...Lakeside Bank locations until Sat., Dec. 9. Drop-off sites are: 2200 S. Archer Ave.; 1350 S. Michigan Ave., 1055 W. Roosevelt Rd.; 141 W. Jackson Blvd.; 55 W. Wacker Dr., and 2800 N...

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...boutique that assists families facing homelessness. Casa Central is in the Humboldt Park neighborhood at 1343 N. California Ave. Call (773) 645-2300 or visit www.casacentral.org...

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, 721 N. LaSalle St., offers many opportunities to help during the holidays. The organization will host its 70th annual...

Charter Fitness once again is participating in Toys for Tots, an annual program that brings toys and gifts to children in need. Donations will be accepted at Charter Fitness’s Bridgeport location, 3145 S. Ashland Ave. until Sat., Dec. 23. For more information, call (773) 847-0900.

The Chicago Public Library’s Roosevelt Branch, 1101 W. Taylor St., is hosting a food drive through Fri., Dec. 8. It seeks non-perishable food and...

Deborah’s Place, 2822 W. Jackson Blvd., (773) 722-5080, opens the door to opportunity for women experiencing homelessness. It provides housing...

Erie Neighborhood House, 1347 W. Erie St., www.eriehouse.org, hosts its Holidays with Heart gift wrap and decoration dinner on Fri...

Haymarket Center, 932 W. Washington Blvd., provides in-house support and outreach programs for those wrestling with addiction issues. The organization...

Holy Family Parish, 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd., maintains a food pantry every Thursday, from noon until 2 p.m. Eligible recipients must...

...be accepted at all Lakeside Bank locations until Sat., Dec. 9. Drop-off sites are: 2200 S. Archer Ave.; 1350 S. Michigan Ave., 1055 W. Roosevelt Rd.; 141 W. Jackson Blvd.; 55 W. Wacker...

...Sat., Dec. 9. Drop-off sites are: 2200 S. Archer Ave.; 1350 S. Michigan Ave., 1055 W. Roosevelt Rd.; 141 W. Jackson Blvd.; 55 W. Wacker Dr., and 2800 N. Ashland Ave. The bank...

...off sites are: 2200 S. Archer Ave.; 1350 S. Michigan Ave., 1055 W. Roosevelt Rd.; 141 W. Jackson Blvd.; 55 W. Wacker Dr., and 2800 N. Ashland Ave. The bank’s holiday festivities also...

...S. Archer Ave.; 1350 S. Michigan Ave., 1055 W. Roosevelt Rd.; 141 W. Jackson Blvd.; 55 W. Wacker Dr., and 2800 N. Ashland Ave. The bank’s holiday festivities also include a free raffle...

...Michigan Ave., 1055 W. Roosevelt Rd.; 141 W. Jackson Blvd.; 55 W. Wacker Dr., and 2800 N. Ashland Ave. The bank’s holiday festivities also include a free raffle, open to all, for a...

...to less fortunate older adults who receive assistance from Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly, 355 N. Ashland Ave. Drop off gifts at Little Brothers; pick-up also available. Call (312) 804-0496 or...

At Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., (877) 637-2955, www.mercyhome.org, administrators’ greatest need during the holidays is financial contributions...

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, 2525 S. Michigan Ave, www.mercy-chicago.org, seeks volunteers to greet patients and work in the gift shop. A health and background exam is required for all volunteers. Call (312) 567-2366.

Midtown Educational Foundation and Metro Achievement Center for Girls, 718 S. Loomis St., www.midtown-metro.org, provides academic tutoring, character education, parenting support, and sport and fitness...

Punky’s Pizza and Pasta, 2600 S. Wallace St., is hosting its eighth annual holiday toy drive. Drop off toys at Punky’s, which delivers them to Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago. Call (312) 842-2100 or log on to www.punkyspizza.com to learn more.

ReVive Center for Housing and Healing, 1668 W. Ogden Ave., needs volunteers to deliver 1,800 Christmas baskets to area families. The program operates daily through Sun., Dec. 10. For information, call (312) 997-2222, visit www.ReViveCenter.org, or email christmasbaskets@revivecenter.org.

Rush University Medical Center, 1653 W. Congress Pkwy., (312) 942-5574, seeks volunteers to greet and transport patients who use wheelchairs; conduct tours...

Rush University Children’s Hospital, 1653 W. Harrison St., seeks unwrapped items for its year-round toy and game drive for hospitalized children age...

St. James Food Pantry, 2907 S. Wabash Ave. will host a Christmas party on Mon., Dec. 25. Its food pantry is open Tues...

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church El Comedor Popular soup kitchen, 2108 W. 21st St., serves 1,200 hot meals monthly. Monetary and food donations help assure that the homeless continue receiving nourishing meals. Provide donations to the address above, Zip code 60608.

St. Procopius Parish, 1641 S. Allport St., provides personal and household items for the needy from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. No identification necessary. Call (312) 226-7887, log on to www.stprocopiuschurch.org, or email silviaj28@aol.com to learn more.

The Santa Maria Addolorata food pantry, 525 N. Ada St., seeks food donations this holiday season. It distributes food on Fridays, 7:30 to 9...

Second Chance Thrift, 1674 W. Ogden Ave., (312) 924-9643, www.revivecenter.org/our-store, helps support ReVive programs and services, which...

Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave., hosts its annual Winter Coat Drive during the months of December and January. Bring your items by the church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call (312) 225-4951 or log on to www.2ndpresbyterian.org

...for children up to age 12. Drop off donations at the Toys for Tots warehouse, 3034 W. Foster Ave.; for a full list of other donation sites, go to https://chicago-il.toysfortots.org...

...kick off Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. at the Cardiss Collins Facility at 433 W. Harrison St. Letters will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through...

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, 820 S. Damen Ave., seeks volunteers to work with veterans to staff the reception desk in the Voluntary Service...

...unwrapped toys through Friday, Dec. 15, to the bank’s Near South Side locations at 2869 S. Archer Ave. and 1410 W. Taylor St. Monetary donations also accepted. Call (773) 254-3422 or visit...

...15, to the bank’s Near South Side locations at 2869 S. Archer Ave. and 1410 W. Taylor St. Monetary donations also accepted. Call (773) 254-3422 or visit www.wafedbank.com to learn...

    Gazette Chicago " Spirit of Giving helps us offer the hand of friendship to all
    November 30, 2017 The holiday season traditionally awakens a sense of generosity in all of us. It is a time when most people welcome the chance to reach within themselves to give whatever they can to enjoy a feeling of connection with others in their community.
    http://www.gazettechicago.com

Dec 01

Enjoy holiday dining and festive treats close to home

Chicago Curry House, 899 S. Plymouth Ct., (312) 362-9999, www.curryhouseonline.com, Facebook, Twitter.

Nepal House (Nepali Restaurant), 1301 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 922-0601, www.nepalhouseonline.com, Facebook, Twitter.

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Bake for Me!, 4305 S. Halsted St., (773) 624-9900; 321 N. Clark St., (312) 644-7750; and 303 E. Wacker, (312) 228-9676, www.bakeforme.com.

Bake for Me!, 4305 S. Halsted St., (773) 624-9900; 321 N. Clark St., (312) 644-7750; and 303 E. Wacker, (312) 228-9676, www.bakeforme.com.

Bake for Me!, 4305 S. Halsted St., (773) 624-9900; 321 N. Clark St., (312) 644-7750; and 303 E. Wacker, (312) 228-9676, www.bakeforme.com.

Bake for Me! is one of downtown Chicago’s and south Halsted Street’s best bakeries for cakes, as well as your source for convenient catering for breakfast, lunch, receptions, and holiday parties. The family-owned bakery has three locations, plus the affiliated Racine Bakery at 6216 S. Archer Ave.

Ferrara Bakery, 2210 W. Taylor St., (312) 666-2200, Facebook, www.ferrarabakery.com.

Vintage Lounge, 1449 W. Taylor St., (312) 526-3647, info@vintageontaylor.com, www.vintageontaylor.com, Facebook, Twitter.

The Jackalope Coffee & Tea House, 755 W. 32nd Street, (312) 888-3468, www.jackalopecoffee.com, Facebook www.facebook.com/JackalopeCoffeeTeaHouse.

Red Line Café, an eatery new to the area at 33rd Street and Wells, offers a variety of coffee drinks, smoothies, desserts, and sandwiches.

Antique Taco Bridgeport, 1000 W. 35th St., (773) 823-9410 christine@antiquetaco.com, www.antiquetaco.com, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.

Connie’s pizza, 2373 S. Archer Ave., (312) CONNIES, www.conniespizza.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Damenzo’s Banquets, 741 S. Western Ave., (312) 421-5065, www.damenzosbanquet.com, Facebook.

Damenzo’s Pizza & Restaurant, three locations: 2324 W. Taylor St., (312) 421-1142; 11226 S. Halsted St., (773) 660-8851; 7300 W. Roosevelt Rd, Forest Park, (708) 771-5705, www.damenzospizza.com, Facebook.

Damenzo’s Pizza & Restaurant, three locations: 2324 W. Taylor St., (312) 421-1142; 11226 S. Halsted St., (773) 660-8851; 7300 W. Roosevelt Rd, Forest Park, (708) 771-5705, www.damenzospizza.com, Facebook.

Eppel’s Restaurant, 554 W. Roosevelt Rd., (312) 922-2206 or (312) 922-6118, fax (312) 596-1202, www.eppelsrestaurant.com, Facebook.

Fontano’s Subs, 1058 W. Polk St., (312) 421-4474, fax (312) 421-1224, www.fontanossubs.com.

Franco’s Ristorante, 300 W. 31st St., (312) 225-9566, www.francoschicago.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

La Fontanella Ristorante, 2414 S. Oakley Ave., (773) 927-5249, info@lafontanellarestaurant.com, http://lafontanellarestaurant.com, Facebook, Google+.

...9:30 p.m. Reservations are accepted. Nepal House now has a second location at 2601 W. Devon Ave.

Pompei on Taylor, 1531 W. Taylor St., (312) 421-5179, www.pompeiusa.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Red Line Café, 218 W. 33rd St., (312) 265-0219, www.redline33.com, Facebook, Instagram.

Stix ‘n Brix Wood Fired Pizza, 220 W. 33rd St., (312) 265-0219, www.stixnbrix33.com, Facebook, Instagram.

Sweet Maple Café, 1339 W. Taylor St., (312) 243-8908, www.sweetmaplecafe.com, Facebook.

Hyde Park Produce Market, 1226 East 53rd Street, (773) 324-7100, fax (773) 324-7929, www.HydeParkProduce.com, Facebook.

Superior Nut & Candy Co., Inc., 1111 W. 40th St., (773) 254-7900 ext. 815, www.superiornutandcandy.com, rmastrangelo@sncnut.com, Facebook, Twitter.

    Gazette Chicago " Enjoy holiday dining and festive treats close to home
    November 30, 2017 Local restaurants, bakeries, bars, and food stores offer a great selection in holiday dining and gifts. Take a break from the busy holiday season and enjoy a bite to eat or a glass of holiday cheer, or purchase a gift of food right here in the community.
    http://www.gazettechicago.com

Dec 01

Variety of events create a holiday wonderland

Glessner House Museum, 1800 S. Prairie Ave. On Sat., Dec. 2, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the museum, Glessner...

The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., has fun for the whole family. Discover the scientist within and explore the Crown Family...

...a free gift or explore Shedd’s Polar Play Zone. The aquarium is located at 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. General admission is $39.95 for adults and $29.95 for children (three to 11...

This article has 35 other Chicago locations (Show)

360 Chicago, 875 N. Michigan Ave., formerly the John Hancock Observatory, offers TILT, the moving 360 degree thrill ride available on...

...Sun., Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St. Tickets range from $30 to $70. Join professional and amateur singers and musicians in their...

Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., offers several holiday events. Inspired by the Nuremberg Christmas Market that began in 1545, Christkindlmarket...

...171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville; Sat. Dec. 9, 8 p.m. at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Michigan Avenue at Delaware Place, Chicago; Sun., Dec. 10, 4 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave...

...Avenue at Delaware Place, Chicago; Sun., Dec. 10, 4 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago; Fri., Dec. 15, 8 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston...

...5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago; Fri., Dec. 15, 8 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston (enter on Grove Street; front steps under construction); Sat. Dec. 16, 8 p.m...

...Street; front steps under construction); Sat. Dec. 16, 8 p.m. at St. Clement Church, 642 W. Deming Pl., Chicago; and Sun. Dec. 17, 4 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St...

The Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., will host free weekly holiday concerts and performances in Preston Bradley Hall, produced by the...

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 220 S. Michigan Ave., will perform Merry, Merry Chicago! with Broadway vocalist Ashley Brown and the 160-voice Chicago...

The Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave., will present its Christmas Spectacular 2017 on Sun., Dec. 17, at 3 p.m. Join...

The Hyde Park Youth Symphony, featuring the Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir, will perform a free concert from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sun. Dec. 17, at the Logan Center for the Arts in Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th St. Call (773) 595-1318.

...Dec. 4, Metropolis, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights; Fri, Dec. 8, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St; and Sat., Dec. 9, Grace United Methodist Church 300 East Gartner Rd., Naperville. Ticket costs...

Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave., will offer a sing-along Messiah on Sun., Dec. 10, at 3:30 p.m...

The Thorne Miniature Rooms (Gallery 11) at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Avenue, are back, decorated in all their holiday finery. See the Thorne Room tree and its...

...or the very busy spider weaving a web. The museum is located at Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Christmas Day. Tickets are $14...

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St., features festively decorated galleries and themed programs. This year, Holly Jolly Jazz Concert happens on...

...descend into a mining shaft over at the Coal Mine. The museum is located at 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive. Admission is $11 for children, $17 for seniors, and $18 for adults. Call (773) 684...

Explore nature at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., through the museum’s exhibits and events. Enjoy Slightly Fractured Fairy Tales, a comedic play...

...all tours depart on the half hour from the Chicago Cultural Center visitor center at 77 E. Randolph St. Call (312) 945- 4231 or visit www.chicagogreeter.com...

...Warm up afterward in the main barn with special refreshments. The zoo is located at 2200 N. Cannon Dr. Call (312) 742-2000 or visit www.lpzoo.org...

The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., now in its 16th season, draws more than 100,000 skaters annually to this multipurpose...

Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., hosts its 17th annual Winter WonderFest, which presents a 170,000- square-foot holiday-themed...

Polar Adventure Days will be held at Northerly Island on the Sundays of Dec. 10, Jan. 21, and Feb. 25 from noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy outdoor and indoor events featuring animals, crafts, and winter activities. The park is at 1521 S. Linn White Dr. Call (312) 745-2910.

...performance every Sat. and a 2:30 p.m. matinee every Sun., at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Ticket prices are $19 to $49. Call (773) 327-5252 or visit www.americanbluestheater.com...

Chicago’s Cadillac Theatre at 151 W. Randolph St. presents Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, a stage adaptation of the classic film. The story...

...Before Christmas runs through Sun., Jan. 7, at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St. Kick off your family’s yuletide season with this comic take on the classic poem...

...Obtain tickets by calling (312) 443-3800 or at the theater’s box office at 170 N. Dearborn St. Visit www.goodmanthatre.org...

...to 7 p.m. All performances take place at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. For tickets, call (312) 386-8905 or visit joffrey.org/nutcracker...

...1 and 6:30 p.m.; and Sun., 2 p.m. at the Edge Theatre, 5451 N. Broadway St. Tickets are $10 to $15 plus a processing fee. Call (773) 334-4543 or log...

...bringing Christmas trees, runs Wed. through Sun. until Sun., Dec. 31, at the Mercury Theatre, 3745 N. Southport Ave. Tickets are priced from $30 to $45. Call (773) 325-1700 or log on to...

Late Nite Catechism/Bible Bingo by Vicki Quade returns to the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. In this interactive comedy, audience members play bingo while answering questions about Christmas. Another holiday...

...completely new holiday revue. Performances run through Sun., Dec. 31, at the Second City Theatre, 1616 N. Wells St. See the group’s touring show, the Non-denominational Christmas Show, at the Beverly Arts...

At the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., take a stroll around the annual holiday flower show. This year’s theme, Fire and...

...family friendly festivities include light refreshments, music, and dance. The event is free. Location is 118 N. Clark St., Ste. 112. The trees will be on display throughout December from 9 a.m. to...

...and Shelter Lighting Ceremony on Sat., Dec. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. at 7225 N. Western Ave. Purchase a tribute light in honor or memory of a loved one or beloved pet...

    Gazette Chicago " Variety of events create a holiday wonderland
    November 30, 2017 No matter what your age or your areas of interest, the Chicago area offers fun events for the whole family that can make new holiday memories. So find a little time to experience both outdoor and indoor entertainment that will make the season bright.
    http://www.gazettechicago.com

Nov 30

  • Old St. Marys School reviewed by a parent

    I have two children at OSM and have had nothing but a positive experience. Great school, teachers, administrators and community.

    Old St. Marys School (1474 S. Michigan Ave) Published on GreatSchools November 29, 2017 Comment

Nov 29

Lobo Rey Chef Teams Up for Cannabis-Infused Supper Club Coming in December

Kome "Now Open" at 1303 S. Michigan

    Lobo Rey Chef Teams Up for Cannabis-Infused Supper Club Coming in December
    A blog about the South Loop, Printer's Row, Prairie Avenue, Near South Side, Grant Park, Museum Campus in Chicago.
    http://www.sloopin.com

Nov 28

Reader: In Search of a Natural Christmas Tree

Kome "Now Open" at 1303 S. Michigan

    Reader: In Search of a Natural Christmas Tree
    A blog about the South Loop, Printer's Row, Prairie Avenue, Near South Side, Grant Park, Museum Campus in Chicago.
    http://www.sloopin.com

Nov 28

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.

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