September 2013

Chicago Hope News; Kids and Veggies; Roundups

Affordable Care Act open enrollment starts Tuesday, Oct. 1, for all individuals. Go to to start an account; the website is live now so you can input your contact and income information, and on Oct. 1 you will be able to select an insurance plan in the marketplace offered to you….

Taylor Homes site to become Tennis Village

The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) voted in late July to allow some of the land that was once the site of Robert Taylor Homes public housing in Bronzeville to become Tennis Village, a tennis and retail complex. The vote allows CHA’s board to sell the land to the XS Tennis and Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides after-school programming.

Developers propose West Loop park spanning over Kennedy Expressway

Two local firms have teamed up on a unique plan to create more park space in the West Loop.

Local professionals can help concerning family, financial needs

Fall is a time to get more serious, and a time to think about serious matters such as business, financial, and health issues. In these important areas, a variety of top quality local professionals can provide you with great service.

Community struggles with Whittier field house demolition

What once was Whittier Elementary School’s library and community gathering place, La Casita Parent Youth Center, 1900 W. 23rd St., now is an empty brown patch of earth. On August 16, during an evening community dance class, a crew sent by the Chicago Public Schools fenced the property and began the demolition process of a building community activists fought strongly to keep three years ago.

Fixing the mortgage game: Hill vs. Goliath battle in Bronzeville

On a beautiful summer afternoon, Patricia Hill hears the loud “pop” sounds signaling that the White Sox have hit a home run. She pauses in her yard work a few blocks south of U.S. Cellular Field.

Palace Grill patrons enjoy 75th anniversary celebration

It was hard to tell whether last month’s 75th anniversary party for the Palace Grill, 1408 W. Madison, was a birthday party, political rally, Roman triumph, or reunion. Owner George Lemperis made the rounds, shaking hands and embracing more then 600 of his best friends.

Several local hospitals receive State funds

Governor Pat Quinn recently announced $47 million in investments in Cook County area hospitals as part of the Illinois Jobs Now capital construction program.

3Cs reunion is scheduled for Oct. 18

Former employees of Columbus, Cuneo, and Cabrini Hospitals are invited to a 3Cs reunion at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, 1431 W. Taylor St., at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18. There will be an open bar, DJ, and entertainment. Tickets are $65. Contact Sister Benigna at (773) 484-4335 or; Bunny Dooley at (708) 799-4685 or; or Andrea Hernandez at (773) 574-0966 or

Spertus Institute to spearhead Jewish Book Month

The Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership will spearhead the One Book/One Community Chicago Jewish Book Month initiative in October. This year’s book selection, The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg, tells a story of marriage and family in suburban Chicago.

Chicago Hope experiences growth, success

The past two years have been a period of strong growth for Chicago Hope Academy. The school has constructed new turfed fields at both Livingston Park at 2162 W. Polk St. and Altgeld Park at 515 S. Washtenaw Ave., in conjunction with the Chicago Park District and the National Football League.

Gazette Newman Center coverage wins Apex Award

The Gazette’s 2012 coverage of the proposed University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Newman Center dormitory has won an Award of Excellence from Communications Concepts in the News Writing category in the organization’s Apex 2013 competition. Reporters Sarah Severson and Pat Butler were honored for their articles on the topic that appeared in the Jan. 6, June 1, and July 6, 2012 editions of the Gazette.