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CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - LINCOLN SQUARE, WEST LOOP, LAKE VIEW, PORTAGE PARK, NILES
Jennifer Garrity - Dean's Team Customer Service CoordinatorLINCOLN SQUARE

I grew up with an instilled fear of bacteria.  The other day I happened upon a class offering at The Chopping Block in Lincoln Square: "Chicken 101: A Totally Hands-On Experience." Or, as I came to call it: "One Night. Three Chickens and Four Hundred Hand Washings."

A couple of weeks later, in the presence of stainless-steel appliances and butcher-block tables, elbow-deep in uncooked poultry, I began to entertain second thoughts.   I cringed slightly as I rubbed a concoction of seasonings and olive oil into the skin of a very raw chicken.

As I massaged billions of virulent bacteria with my bare hands, Brett, our chef-instructor, made his rounds to each table, supervising our technique and avoiding wayward splatters; his assistants Devlan and Tobin had tackled the dirty work for us, stocking our stations with cleaned birds, plus butter, cream and fresh herbs.   Click here to read the entire article. 

WEST LOOP

High gasoline prices don't hurt everyone, although it may not feel that way when you fill the tank of your car.

Real estate experts say the high price of gas may actually benefit Chicago commercial real estate, as the city's central location and public transportation make cars unnecessary for certain people.

"Major urban areas that have a good transportation infrastructure will do well," said Matthew Anderson, a partner with Foresight Analytics, a real estate economic research firm. "Chicago is strategically placed within the country."

Chicago and its surrounding suburbs will become more attractive for office and industrial users.  They are closer to public transportation, airport and rail connections than cheaper properties located far from such amenities.

Oil giant BP PLC just announced it would be moving 1,500 of its Warrenville and Naperville employees to offices in the West Loop.  They will occupy vacant trading floor space at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange building in the West Loop.  Click here to learn more.

LAKEVIEW

When Jennifer Howell and her husband, Chandler, moved to the Chicago area in 2004, they sought out and purchased a place in the suburbs because they had a young child.

After only two years in Palatine, the Howells moved to Chicago's East Lakeview neighborhood.

"It never felt right," said Howell.

The Howells are not alone.  More couples these days say they plan to raise their children in Chicago rather than the suburbs, citing everything from the length of their commute, to diversity for making their decision.

"When you don't have kids, the city is one thing. There's a lot of great restaurants, great night life and lots of fun things to do," said Doreen Lubeck, "And then when you have kids, you find out the city is also really great.

"On a Saturday night in the summer, we'll say let's go to Navy Pier, while I know a lot of my friends have to make a day out of coming into the city because it can be over an hour's drive," she added.   Click here to read more.

PORTAGE PARK

Saturday nights at 8, one of the success stories in Chicago film exhibition offers up another piece of movie history to a loyal crowd in the second story auditorium of the bank once known as Northwest Federal Savings and Loan, then Talman, then LaSalle Bank.

The sign at 4901 W. Irving Park Road in Portage Park now reads Bank of America.  The new Bank of America Cinema series begins July 5 with a screening of "In a Lonely Place," directed by Nicholas Ray.  It is an odd 1950 tale of an unruly screenwriter (Humphrey Bogart) trying to clear himself of a murder rap while dallying with a starlet played by Gloria Grahame.  Click here to get more information.

NILES

Frank Sacks was standing 3 feet back from the net, racket in hand, knees bent, heels balanced on two tennis balls.  He holds workshops for instructors at Frank Sacks Tennis Camps, and is a driving force behind tennis in the north and northwest suburbs.

In the last eight months, Sacks suffered a spinal injury that left him temporarily paralyzed.  He was told he had an unrelated spinal condition that required surgery.  Despite those setbacks, Sacks is determined to play tennis again by the end of the summer.

Sacks is credited with championing tennis in the suburbs during the last 17 years, even as the sport's popularity has lost popularity nationwide.   His return to the court this month, even if he can't play yet, was a welcome sign, said those close to him.   Click here to read all about it.

JENNIFER ARCAND & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2008 8:51 AM by Dean's Team

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