June 2011

Vacant parking meters on empty streets add up to a lot of nothing

When workers installed 1,250 parking meters in October 2008 on the streets bounded by Roosevelt Road and 15th Place and by Ashland and Damen Avenues, people who work or travel through the mostly vacant area asked why.

Sheridan Park’s new improvements raise both opposition and support

The beginning of the little league season at Sheridan Park at 910 S. Aberdeen St. on the Near West Side has brought a controversy over lights installed to illuminate the outdoor playing fields.

International farmers market growing in Grant Park

Bensidoun USA will open a farmers market soon at Grant Park’s south end.

Described as “fresh,” “green,” “French,” and “international” at a recent meeting of the Grant Park Advisory Council (GPAC) and Grant Park Conservancy (GPC), the farmers market will be accessible from the east off Balbo Drive.

Marie Davino, Pompei Bakery owner and philanthropist, passes at age 88

Marie Esposito Davino, matriarch of the Davino family business Pompei Bakery at 1531 W. Taylor St. and a longtime community and charity leader, volunteer, and philanthropist, passed away April 27 at age 88.

Church and school break-ins baffle Bridgeport community

Since January, Bridgeport has seen several break-ins at Catholic churches and schools and at a charter school. Commander David Jarmusz of the 9th District Police said the investigation initially focused on Bridgeport until he learned of similar occurrences in neighboring districts.

Round-ups; Concerts in the Park; Serve-a-thon

The Career Transitions Center of Chicago will host a benefit, Passport to Taste/Stories in Cloth: The Threads of Daily Life, on Thursday, June 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Loyola University Museum of Art, 820 N. Michigan Ave. The event features…

If you build it, they will come to play ball at Sheridan Park

If you build it, they will come to play ball. Some residents of the area around Sheridan Park only now—when refurbishing of the park is more than 85% complete—are objecting to new lights and to artificial turf at Sheridan. We ask: Where have they been for the last two years?

Summer fun abounds in Chicago and local communities

The great balmy breezes and sunshine beaming through a cloudless sky make Chicago the place to be in the summer. Chicago takes advantage of beautiful weather and offers those who live or visit here a variety or activities, food, music, and performances to enjoy.

Delicious food and drink are integral part of summer fun

Summertime, and the living is easy — especially if you’ve got food and drinks from the merchants in this area. The ten communities covered by the Gazette offer some of the best eating, drinking, and food shopping experiences in the city.

Whitney Young wins Lexus eco prize

A Whitney Young Magnet High School student team was one of only five in the nation to win a final round prize in this year’s Lexus Eco Challenge, which offers student teams opportunities to work on environmental projects.

Rednofive improves; still needs to comply with City requests

Fulton River District residents on May 12 gathered for a second time at City Hall to review the items outlined by the City Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection on April 12 regarding alleged problems caused by patrons of Rednofive, a club at 440 N. Halsted St.

Singer/entertainer Michael Cavallo passes away at 67

Michael P. Cavallo, a singer and entertainer from the Near West Side community, died recently at 67.