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Jennifer Garrity - Dean's Team Customer Service CoordinatorROGERS PARK

Western Avenue is known as the blue-collar core of Chicago.  Here is a look at a segment of what a snapshot of Western Avenue recently has illustrated.  It has been reflected that Western Avenue population emulates the ethnic diversity of the city overall. 

An interesting finding is that currently in and around the Rogers Park neighborhood with boundaries along Western between Lawrence and Devon Avenues is the most diverse area in Chicago.  The ratio shows that no one group can be named as the majority in this community.  To get all of the facts and figures and the history of the racial diversity of Western Avenue, click here.       


Summer nights are a great time to get out and learn and/or see something new.  The city offers many workshops, classes, and tours in a variety of venues.  One such program is taught by local actors and improv artists weekly.  It changes from week to week and is designed for all experience levels.  An added benefit is a complimentary draft beer and admission to "The Uptown Getdown" show performed at The Spot, 4437 N. Broadway.  Click here for additional other goings on.


Sweat rolls down Barry Lynch's face as he pedals hard, struggling to get up the slight hills on his routes along the lake. 

Lynch is a rickshaw driver.  He chauffeurs his passangers, mainly tourists, around the Loop in his green taxi-bike combination.  On average per day, he gives about 10 rides, he said.

In Lynch's European-style cab, his riders sit in a covered, bubble like alcove with a hardtop and a sunroof.   There's also a mesh screen separating the driver and the passengers, much like to the plastic windows in a taxicab.  Click here to learn more.


One of the simple pleasures of summer is to take a stroll through the Norwood Park community on it's Garden Club's annual garden walk.

This year's six selected gardens ranged from an ecologically friendly garden in the 6800 block of Thorndale Avenue, which goes from the parkway to the back lot line, to eye catching perennial beds on the 5800 block of North Nickerson, and a nicely groomed pie-shaped corner at Northcott and West Circle.   Learn more about this tour by clicking here.


Skaters at All Seasons Ice Rink have been able to witness Olympic bronze medal ice dancer Ruslan Goncharov for the past week.

The Ukrainian skater won the medal with his wife and partner, Elena Grushina, at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.   He has spent the last few days assisting with the choreography for an ice dancing routine for a pair of Olympic hopefuls practicing for the British National Championships.   

"He's definitely like a role model," said the 14-year-old Christine Behrendt of Plainfield, who spends a great deal of her days training at the rink on North Aurora Road.

"You see how good you have to get, to get to the Olympics," she said.   Click here to read the entire article.


Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:55 AM by Dean's Team


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