February 2012

Stay in the neighborhood and enjoy a special Valentine’s Day

Spend time with that special someone during the Valentine’s Day holiday. Whether on February 14 or a date close to it, local restaurants, bars, and food establishments are ready to make your romantic get-together one to remember.

New ward map all about politics, splits communities

In 1923, when Chicago needed to remap its City Council borders after the 1920 census, it quickly became apparent to 19th Ward Alderman and chairman of the remap committee James Bowler that the fairest map would require him to redistrict himself out of his own ward.

Casa Central Roundup; Tour Time; Nature Camp

Artist and Bridgeport resident Susan Bruno is selling several prints of her work that show scenes of the Bridgeport community, ranging in size from 8” x 10” to 10” x 20”; framed and unframed; at prices from $30 to $50….

Gerrymandered map splits local communities

Residents in this area had hoped Chicago’s new ward map would put homogeneous communities in the same ward. Those hopes were dashed on Jan. 19 when the Chicago City Council passed one of the most gerrymandered maps in its history.

Neighbors concerned over police district merger plans

Residents of the 12th (Monroe) and 13th (Wood Street) Chicago Police Districts continue to fight plans to merge the two districts later this year, claiming that while closing one station may save money, it will erode public safety.

Bridgeport violence caught on video; social media exposes attackers

A disturbing video posted on YouTube of a 17-year-old Asian American male being beaten by six other teenagers and filmed by another has shocked the community and inspired action.

Ordinance calls for five South Loop parking zones

There soon may be five residential parking zones for the South Loop based on an ordinance by 2nd Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti.

Pickets demand more local labor at Costco, other construction sites

A group of unemployed tradespeople, many with union cards, have been picketing Near West Side construction sites for more than a month, demanding that community workers get a share of both local building jobs as well as permanent retail positions.

Buyers create ‘baby boom’ at Lexington Square in Bridgeport

Homebuyers at Lexington Square are part of a “baby boom” phenomenon all their own. Nearly half of homebuyers have newborns, toddlers, or young children at the new community of 39 single-family row homes in Bridgeport by Chicago-based Lexington Homes.

Bronzeville, City to honor pioneer Ida B. Wells

The Ida B. Wells Commemorative Art Committee has commissioned renowned Chicago sculptor Richard Hunt to create a monument honoring the 150th anniversary of Ida B. Wells’s birth. Wells, who was born July 16, 1862, was a journalist, teacher, anti-lynching crusader, women’s rights activist, and civil rights pioneer.

Baseball, softball scheduled for Sheridan Park

Registration is open for the 2012 baseball and softball seasons at Sheridan Park, 910 S. Aberdeen St., at www.sheridanparkbaseball.com.

Mercy Hospital cancer program commended

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center’s cancer program has earned a three-year accreditation with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (COC).