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CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS – NORWOOD PARK, LINCOLN PARK, LOOP, OLD TOWN, NAPERVILLE

Cathy Mallers PhotoNORWOOD PARK

I know it's a little early yet, but mark your calendars.  The annual House History and Renovator Resource Day hosted by the Norwood Park Historical Society is on Saturday, April 24, noon to 4 p.m., at the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House.  Admission is free.

If you've ever wondered who built the home where you're living, who were the previous owner or the architectural style, the Historical Society can provide you with this information.  One new item being discussed is the fact that in the early 20th century, a number of Norwood Park home building kits were ordered through Sears, Roebuck & Co. Builders. 

LINCOLN PARK

Ever been to a Japanese pub?  Me neither but it sounds fascinating and is opening soon.  In the tradition of Japanese culture, nobody knows your name unless you have a personalized sake cup (masu) at the bar.

Masu Izakaya is due to open this week with traditional food (devoid of the dreaded Americanized cream cheese).  The pub took over the space at Minnie's and for the first few weeks will be BYOB.  Some of the notable items on the menu include tempura, miso, agemono and beef bacon yakatori.

LOOP

Not to be missed next week is the Union League Club's Authors Group.  On Thursday, April 8, Kristin VanOgtrop, Editor of Real Simple Magazine, will be discussing her book Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom.

The event goes from 11:30am to 1:30pm and costs $30 per ticket.  It's sponsored by the Professional Women's Club of Chicago and will be held at the Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Boulevard.  Don't neglect meeting this author being touted as the Erma Bombeck of the new millennium.

OLD TOWN

The weather is warming up and so is the walking season.  With a city of such diversity, Chicago offers many walking tours of local neighborhoods and Old Town is one not to be missed.

There are two different opportunities to walk this historical area including a jaunt through culture, history and cuisine offered by the Chicago Cultural Center.  You can also tiptoe through the tulips at the Lincoln Park Conservatory Tour which takes you through the history of the 1890s Victorian glass conservatory and all its wonderful floral collections.

NAPERVILLE

Hey that's my water!  Local Naperville mom, Christine Holland, wanted to solve a problem. This mother of three children all younger than 6, began noticing the waste created by the kids at a local soccer game.  Not one to put good ideas to waste, she developed a new product called "Drinkmarx."  The flexible band fits around a 12- to 24-ounce bottle, cup or can and can be customized with a sheet of decals or stickers that come with the Drinkmarx package.  Now this is something that encourages shopping local!

CATHY MALLERS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 10:03 AM by Dean's Team

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