June 2013

Great food and drink part of summer’s fun in this community

A key part of summer fun is a great meal, a delectable treat, or a refreshing beverage…

Plenty of fun for everyone as Chicago heads into summer

Chicagoans know how to take advantage of our warm, sunny summer days…

Business incubator development plan announced for Bronzeville

First Stage Holdings Inc., a newly formed, minority-led, early-stage venture capital firm based in Chicago, recently announced a major economic development initiative targeting residents of mid-South Side neighborhoods. The initiative aims to educate, mentor, invest in, and empower under-represented technology and restaurant entrepreneurs in the area.

DePaul arena brings mixed reaction locally

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to build a new DePaul University basketball arena across the street from McCormick Place has generated both positive and negative response among City officials and residents.

Bus Service Coalition proposes alternative to Bus Rapid Transit on Ashland Avenue

Community residents propose bringing back express buses as an alternative to Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) plans…

New charter school proposed for McKinley Park-Brighton Park area

A K-12 Horizon Science Charter School proposed for 2245 W. Pershing Road drew loud protests at a May 7 meeting called by Ald. George Cardenas (12th). Many residents believe the meeting was organized only a few hours before they were notified.

British School, smaller park move closer to City approval

Roosevelt Collection developer McCaffery Interests Inc. passed its first hurdle in amending Planned Development (PD) 523 to allow the company to construct a private school on land originally slated for a public park.

Faithful Food Club brings healthful groceries to you

Tom Davino is no stranger to good food. Along with his mother and father, Davino has been part of the family owning Pompeii Restaurant at 1531 W. Taylor St. on the Near West Side.

Water ordinance revised in favor of nonprofits

Some nonprofit organizations in Chicago will be exempt from paying water bills once again after the City Council recently approved a revised ordinance providing a four-tier system to determine how much nonprofit groups must pay for water.

Newman Center leadership hopeful on dormitory

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) John Paul II Newman Center Director the Rev. Patrick Marshall believes “the tide has turned,” he said, noting a majority of nearby residents now backs plans to build a dormitory at 1352 S. Union St. Fr. Marshall said he bases his optimism at least partly on a recent poll of residents within 250 feet of the current structure

Carol Garikes Schneider named Mercy Hospital CEO

Mercy Hospital & Medical Center’s board of directors has named Carol L. Garikes Schneider the medical center’s new president and chief executive officer.

Fioretti presses for meeting on Circle Interchange

Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd Ward) continues to press for another community meeting with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) concerning the proposed Circle Interchange upgrade.