February 2009

Valentine’s Day Restaurant & Bar Guide

February 2009 – Valentine’s Day is for spending with a special someone and with beloved family members, and this community has the restaurants, bars and bakeries that can provide the food and the fun to make the holiday perfect.

Chicago 2016 acquires Michael Reese Hospital land for City

February 2009 – The Chicago 2016 committee on Dec. 8 secured for the City the land currently occupied by Michael Reese Hospital for a proposed Athletes’ Village, to be built if Chicago wins the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Federal funds sought for new Green Line elevated station

February 2009 – The Randolph/Fulton Market Association (RFMA) is leading efforts to get federal funding for at least part of the new Morgan Street Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Green Line station to be built at Morgan and Lake Streets so that the estimated $36 million cost does not deplete the area’s tax increment financing (TIF) fund.

GPC/GPAC examines Grant Park then and now

February 2009 – The Grant Park Conservancy (GPC) and the Grant Park Advisory Council (GPAC) recently held a Daniel Burnham centennial symposium with a panel to discuss Grant Park. The event, entitled “Then, Now, and Tomorrow,” was held at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.

Fioretti hoping to reverse increased Maxwell fees

February 2009 – The City’s plan to pay for children’s jumping jacks (inflatable bouncy playgrounds) via higher fees for Maxwell Street Market vendors began in January. However, Second Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti says that corporate sponsorship for the Jumping Jacks may change that.

Amid protests, City announces public school closings

February 2009 – Arne Duncan leaves hard feelings behind in Chicago, where he was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). In one of his last official acts, Duncan announced plans to close, consolidate, phase out, or “turn around” 22 “underperforming” or under-enrolled schools.

Chiesa Nuova welcomes diversity through music

February 2009 – Music lovers of all genres come together at Chiesa Nuova where, in the past ten years, more than 350 artists have performed music from around the globe.

Roundups, Honoring Abe, Mercy Certified

February 2009 – A Bronzeville fashion show, Cival War lecture and more in February’s Around the Neighborhood.

Rushing backward

February 2009 – The founders of this country and political leaders through most of the 20th century touted public education not only as the best way to teach subjects such as reading, writing, and mathematics but as the primary means of teaching citizenship values and skills vital to a healthy democracy.

Chicago Hope in good shape, says founder Muzikowski

February 2009 – Chicago Hope Academy is alive and thriving “and staying private for now,” said Bob Muzikowski, president and founder of the four-year-old faith-based school at 2189 W. Bowler St.

ORA Dental Studio, new ‘green’ dental practice, opens in South Loop

February 2009 – ORA Dental Studio, the nation’s first “green” group dental practice, recently opened its second location at a 4,200-square-foot renovated space in the South Loop for general, aesthetic, and oral surgery services. The practice blends a modern environment and state-of-the-art technology with ecofriendly practices, procedures, and products.

Famed crossing guard Jennie Esposito passes away, is missed on Taylor Street

February 2009 – Absolutely no one knew the children who lived along Taylor Street better than Jennie Galluzzi Esposito, who passed away Nov. 10. In fact, she knew some of those children’s grandchildren.