December 2013

Community awaits Alderman Balcer decision on Newman Center dorm

Residents and business owners near the proposed site for a University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) John Paul II Newman Center Catholic Student Residence at 1352 S. Union St., and the Newman Center’s Chaplain and President, the Rev. Patrick Marshall, are wondering when Ald. James Balcer (11th Ward) will make a zoning decision that will either give the goahead to or stop plans for the dormitory.

Business leaders welcome Google to Fulton Market

West Loop community leaders have voiced optimism over Google’s plans to move its Chicago office to the Fulton Market area of the West Loop. They see the company’s presence further boosting business development in an area that has enjoyed growth in recent years.

Day tripper parking ban in West Loop gets mixed reviews

A “day tripper” parking ban in the West Loop is causing concern among some residents and businesses in the area. The City recently instituted the ban to discourage non-residents who work in the Loop from parking for free all day, then walking or taking a Divvy bike or bus downtown. The ban has affected some West Loop residents and businesses in a negative way, however.

New upscale liquor store coming to Taylor Street

A wine and liquor shop selling highend products will open next door to the University Village Association (UVA) office despite opposition from the UVA, about 300 neighbors, and the nearby STEM Magnet Academy at 1522 W. Fillmore St.

Around the Neighborhood: BRT Meetings, Rush in Top Five, Roundups

Aquinas Literacy Center seeks new volunteers to serve as English as a second language tutors for its students. Tutors do not need to know a second language…

Area churches help ring in the joy of the season

During the month of December, family and friends gather at community churches to celebrate with family and friends.

Spirit of giving promotes sharing with others during holiday season

In our busy lives, it is sometimes difficult to make time for those less fortunate. The holiday season, however, reminds us of the “spirit of giving” and the opportunity to provide a gift of money, goods, or time.

Unique gifts from local merchants help make the season bright

Shopping opportunities and service providers abound in this community. Need gifts or goods and services for you, your family, and others?

Celebrate the holidays with area dining, festive treats

Food is one of the best parts of the holiday season, and this community’s restaurants, bars, and specialty food stores offer a great selection.

Chicago offers holiday delights to make the season bright

The holiday season can be extremely busy with shopping and preparing to celebrate with family and friends, but it is important to take time for fun, too.

Visit Santa at Lake Meadows Shopping Center on Dec. 14

Youngsters are invited to visit with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Lake Meadows Shopping Center, 35th Street and King Drive.

Make a holiday wish for a better community and country in 2014

Readers of the Gazette enjoy the publication’s tradition of compiling a holiday wish list—not for gifts that one can purchase and wrap in colorful paper and bows, but for things that could make for a better community, and even a better country.