February 2014

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Scheduled

Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 653 W. 37th St., will host a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Party on Saturday, March 8. There will be a corned beef dinner; entertainment by the Shannon Rovers Pipe and Drum Band and a DJ; dancing; a cash bar; and a raffle.

UI Health Offers Affordable Care Act Town Halls

The University of Illinois at Chicago Health Science System (UI Health) has scheduled town hall meetings so interested persons can learn more about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). See schedule of town hall meetings below. For more information, call (312) 413-8686.

New vertiport, CTA Blue Line station modernization set for Medical District

This spring, construction will begin on a “vertiport” helicopter landing and launching site in the Illinois Medical District (IMD). Later, workers will modernize the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line el train station, which has entrances at Paulina Street, Ogden Avenue, and Damen Avenue at the Eisenhower Expressway.

British School enrollment numbers rise

British School of Chicago officials expect construction of the school’s South Loop campus to begin this month pending permit approvals, with the institution now slated to enroll nearly double the number of students originally planned.

Recycling plant could bring jobs, more environmental concerns

A new metal recycling plant may be coming to Pilsen, and some area residents feel wary about the prospect. The proposed Pure Metal Recycling would process and recycle all forms of scrap metal in a facility at Cermak Road and Loomis Street just across from Benito Juarez High School.

Grant Park skateboard rink needs TIF funding

All that is keeping a world-class skateboard rink from coming to Grant Park next year is another $1.5 to $2 million in city TIF (tax increment financing) funds, said Grant Park Conservancy president Robert O’Neill.

Rednofive nightclub closes its doors

The Rednofive nightclub at 440 N. Halsted St., which has been in a tug of war with local residents, the City liquor commissioner, and other officials regarding noise and other safety concerns, has closed.

Harrison Bridge closes; State invests another $42.5 million

The Harrison Street Bridge over the Dan Ryan Expressway between Halsted and DesPlaines Streets closed Feb. 3, and Governor Pat Quinn recently announced capital investments of more than $42.5 million for that bridge’s and the Halsted Street Bridge’s canopy and new approaches, part of the four-year, $475 million Circle Interchange construction project.

Tuition Calculator; Accountability Ordinance; Roundups

Armour Square Park, located at 3309 S. Shields Ave., is hosting winter programs: seasonal sports; team gymnastics; moms, pops, & tots interaction; moms, pops, & tots gymnastics…

Make this year’s Valentine’s Day one to remember

Great food and drink abound in this community. Add that special someone, and a superb Valentine’s Day celebration will result. The restaurants, bars, bakeries, and food shops in the area are ready to make your Valentine’s Day one to remember.