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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - LINCOLN PARK, LOOP, WEST LOOP, NORWOOD PARK, EVANSTON

Jennifer Garrity - Dean's Team Customer Service CoordinatorLINCOLN PARK

Subsequent to halting the private Latin School from building a soccer field in Lincoln Park, a strong neighborhood opposition of residents was unable to stop the Chicago Park District from completing the project on its own.

A Cook County Circuit judge denied Protect Our Parks' emergency motion to stop the Park District from holding a special meeting later in the day.  Later at that meeting, park commissioners voted unanimously to finish the field.  As a result, the Latin School will be paid up to $2 million in costs incurred installing the artificial-turf field.

Park officials hope to begin work on the field as soon as possible.   Click here to read the entire article.

LOOP

On July 7, a crowd was filled with smiling faces of people of all ages, around the Hard Rock Hotel.  They were in a celebratory mood as they had gathered to celebrate the 68th birthday of Ringo Starr.  They sang "Happy Birthday" and flashed peace signs and made Ringo so happy that he said, "What a great birthday gift.  If you could pan around, you could see Chicago is full of peace and lovers."

Following tradition, there was a birthday cake, barring the Hard Rock logo.  There were also small cupcakes, which Ringo distributed and which the crowd wildly ate up.

Many would have been surprised to learn that they had not come from one of the fine and chic bakeries.  Instead the goodies were baked by, the Perfect Peace Cafe & Bakery at 1255 W. 79th St., in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.    Click here to learn more.

WEST LOOP

Seven years after it was proposed, work will get under way soon on a project to transform a 100,000-square-foot concourse at Ogilvie Transportation Center into a mix of stores and restaurants.

The passengers scheduled to arrive at the West Loop train station next summer will be delighted with a gourmet food emporium called French Market.  A CVS drugstore and Caffe RoM, an Italian-style coffee bar will grace this new storefront.  

About 105,000 commuters pass through Ogilvie daily.  When it was first conceived several years ago, the project was intended to attract commuters as well as the growing West Loop population.  While the project was on hold, the area blossomed with office buildings, corporate headquarters and housing added a new mixture of businesses and residents. 

Click here to get all of the details about this exciting addition to the community.

NORWOOD PARK

For many years running now, the Norwood Crossing in Norwood Park has hosted an annual picnic which has been an important event.

It offers elderly residents and their families a chance to get outside together and mingle.  It gives the home and its fundraisers a chance to raise money for the next year, and to introduce the community to its programs.  As construction starts on new wings along the Avondale side of the 6016-20 N. Nina block, the picnic moved from its gala to a new corner, near Northcott and Niagara.  When construction is complete, the majority of the block will be transformed with a variety of new residential wings.

Click here for more info.

EVANSTON

The actor who played the lovable Father Mulcahy on "M*A*S*H," Evanston native William Christopher, was cast as a religious figure.  Imagine that!  William is donning clerical garb again. This time he portrays character Pastor E.L. Gunderson at a rural Minnesota church in the musical comedy, "Church Basement Ladies." This will preview Sept. 10 and open Sept. 11 at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.

Set in 1964-65, the show focuses on the church's pastor, and on four women who prepare food for the congregation in the church's kitchen which include a Christmas dinner, a funeral, a Hawaiian-themed Easter fundraiser and a wedding feast in July.

Click here to find out more about this local entertaining venue.

JENNIFER ARCAND & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Thursday, September 04, 2008 10:53 AM by Dean's Team

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