August 2011

Variety of excellent schools abound in this community

Whether you’re looking for a primary or secondary school, a college or university, or a specialty school, this community and those nearby are the best places to be for your child’s or your own educational needs.

UVA dumps longtime Taylor Street valet service

The University Village Association (UVA) recently dumped Taylor Street’s longtime, locally owned valet parking firm, which served many of the community’s restaurants, in favor of Pentagon Valet Services.

Help people, not banks, say community groups

In a gesture both symbolic and significant to community organizations, 30 Chicago aldermen signed a statement last month urging that the needs of working families take precedence over financial difficulties faced by corporations and financial institutions.

UIC faculty unionize over working conditions

On the heels of neighboring Midwestern states passing laws eviscerating public sector unions, faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) are banding together in an effort to unionize.

Notre Dame seeks to provide access to all via new elevator

Notre Dame de Chicago Church already is beautiful. Now, friends and supporters hope to make it more accessible as well.

Community leader and retired policeman Joe Esposito mourned

A winning two-on-two basketball game concluded the life of Joseph M. Esposito, whose heart gave out July 1 after 66 years of sharing it with his family and neighbors on the NearWest Side.

Preckwinkle mulls redevelopment of old County Hospital

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle recently unveiled a $126 million redevelopment plan that includes converting at least part of the old Cook County Hospital at 1835 W. Harrison St. into the county’s health and hospitals systems headquarters.

Taylor Street Festival Aug. 11-14

The Onesti Entertainment/University Village Association Taylor Street Italian Festival (Festa Italiana) will be held Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 11 through 14, drawing an anticipated 55,000 guests to Taylor Street east of Ashland Avenue. Taylor Street will be lined with food booths representing local restaurants.

University of Illinois at Chicago opens new Children’s Hospital

The University of Illinois Medical Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) on June 13 held the grand opening of Children’s Hospital University of Illinois — a children’s hospital within a hospital — at 1740 W. Taylor St.

Homes to rise on Agape House parking lot

Two of the three lots adjacent to the former church known as Agape House will be used for a building that may have six units, according to the buyer, who also acquired the third lot.

Fioretti wants park named for jazz great Anderson

Alderman Robert Fioretti (2nd Ward) has proposed naming a new park in the Near South area at 16th Street and Wabash Avenue for jazz musician Fred Anderson. Anderson operated a jazz club near the proposed park for many years.

St. Therese hosts Feast of San Rocco

St. Therese Church at 218 W. Alexander St. will host the 91st anniversary Feast of San Rocco di Simbario the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14.