January 2014

BMO Harris Bank awards $5 million to Rush to improve health on South and West Sides

BMO Harris Bank recently awarded a $5 million grant to Rush University Medical Center to expand a care model that educates and trains students for new jobs needed to deliver health care to underserved and low-income West Side and South Side communities.

St. John Cantius refurbishes, dedicates organ

Saint John Cantius Church at 825 N. Carpenter St. recently refurbished and dedicated an historic organ that it had rescued from a shuttered, condemned church building. Designed by noted Chicago organist, conductor, and music educator Tina Mae Haines, the Casavant Pipe Organ-Opus 1130 was built in 1926.

Community discusses Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) at local meeting

Despite the efforts of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Chicago Department of Transportation, vocal opposition continues concerning the proposal for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on Ashland Avenue.

Bar concept changed to restaurant in effort to sway West Loop opinion

A dozen West Loop residents met with 25th Ward Alderman Daniel Solis last month to review a revised proposal for a restaurant on the first floor of a 118-year-old vacant building at 1140 W. Madison St.

Community experiences eventful year for news in 2013

Residents and business people know that if they want news about ten of Chicago’s most vibrant communities, the Gazette is the publication of record. The Gazette covered the area’s biggest news stories in 2013.

Women Taking Action; Focal Point Donation; 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; training provided…

‘Ride Your Bike’ project wins South Loop prize

The Ride Your Bike for a Week project, submitted by two South Loop School youth guidance program administrators, won the Alliance for a Greener South Loop’s fifth annual Greener South Loop Award.

Residents want quiet paths in new Taylor Street park

Residents of Roosevelt Square and the surrounding area strongly favor serene landscaping and walking paths in a park officials are planning for Taylor Street. A poll conducted by Connecting 4 Communities (C4C), a neighborhood group, drew 150 early responses.

Workout room opens at Sheridan Park

State-of-the-art stationary bicycles, weights, and other fitness equipment will be ready for use on Monday, Jan. 6, in a new fitness center at Sheridan Park, 910 S. Aberdeen St.

Nuovo Aesthetics & Smart Lipo now accepting new Ideal Protein patients

The Nuovo Aesthetics & Smart Lipo MedSpa in the South Loop, owned and directed by Dominic J. Tolitano, MD, F.A.C.S., F.A.C.Ph., is accepting new patients for the Ideal Protein Diet.

Chicago Lighthouse opens preschool

The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired has opened a free preschool for children ages three through five. Preschool for All offers an opportunity for children with and without visual impairments to learn in the same setting. Multisensory materials benefit all students, and teachers adapt all materials, toys, and books to meet each child’s individual needs, including Braille, large print, or regular print.

Letter: ‘Disappointing’ concerning BRT

Dear Editor: The misinformation about BRT [Bus Rapid Transit] spread by your most recent wish list article [Dec. 6 Gazette] was disappointing.