September 2009

Flu shots available at churches

In an effort to improve influenza immunization, the Chicago Area Immunization Campaign (CAIC), in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), has scheduled eight faith-based flu clinics prior to the onset of the flu season.

Command Performance Boys’ volleyball tryouts scheduled

Command Performance Juniors Boys USA Volleyball Club tryouts for those 13 to 18 years old will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, 6 to 8 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 14, and Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The location will be the club’s new home at De La Salle Institute High School, 3455 S. Wabash Ave.

2009 Professional Service Guide

From real estate to your health, here is Gazette’s 2009 Professional Service guide.

What is art? Certainly, not vandalism at Canal Origins

We commend Alderman James Balcer for moving quickly to get the City to clean up the graffiti in Canal Origins Park when informed by the Gazette about it Aug. 6. Unfortunately, graffiti thugs proved they could move just as quickly…

Pete’s Fresh Market coming to West Haven community

West Haven, one of several “food desert” communities in Chicago without a major grocery store, finally will get its source for fresh produce and meat. Second Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti and a Pete’s Fresh Market representative at an Aug. 20 community meeting outlined a plan to build a Pete’s at the corner of Madison Street and Western Avenue by June 2011. A standing room only crowd of hundreds in the Phoenix Military Academy’s auditorium expressed excitement over the announcement.

One final battle resolved at Fort Dearborn Park

Last month, residents of the historic Prairie Avenue District and local officials joined by War of 1812 reenactors and Native Americans in full headdresses and traditional native clothing gathered at a small park at 18th Street and Calumet Avenue to dedicate and name the site the Battle of Fort Dearborn Park.

West Loop luxury rental building planned for Madison and Halsted

Developer F&F Realty Ltd. of Skokie, IL, announced at a recent West Central Association meeting that it plans to turn the Crowne Plaza hotel parking lot at Madison and Halsted Streets along the Eisenhower Expressway into a 514-unit luxury rental apartment building with hotel-style amenities and retail space.

Saint Anthony Hospital declares its independence

Some call it crazy. Some call it risky. Guy Medaglia, president and CEO of Saint Anthony Hospital, calls it “nothing short of triumphant. We are a hospital without walls, out in the neighborhoods promoting health as a faithbased community hospital.”

Tax incentives strengthen Pilsen’s Historic District

With thousands of historic buildings, some dating back to the late 1880s, it is no wonder Pilsen was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. That move created the Pilsen Historic District, the largest such district in the state, stretching from Halsted Street to Western Avenue and from 16th Street to Cermak Road. The designation allows area residents who qualify to receive tax incentives for renovations that preserve their houses’ historic integrity.

New eco-friendly child care center opens in West Loop

Children’s Academies of America recently opened its first ecofriendly child care center in Chicago at 118 S. Ashland Ave. Little Green Tree House for Growing and Learning now is enrolling children ages six weeks through five years old.

Berscott Ruiz is new Tenth Police Distict commander

The Tenth Chicago Police District has new leadership in Commander Berscott Ruiz. Formerly tactical lieutenant in the district, Ruiz is looking to address both the rash of burglaries and the gang violence that have plagued the district. The Tenth District encompasses the area between Roosevelt Road on the north and the Sanitary and Ship Canal on the south and from the city limits where Chicago borders Cicero, IL, on the west to Western Avenue north of Cermak Road and Ashland Avenue south of Cermak on the East.

Farmers Market 30th Year; Aids Run & Walk; Round-ups

Fundraisers, a Blackhawks fan fest, the 30th anniversary of the Chicago Farmers Market, and more in this month’s ATN.