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CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - RAVENSWOOD, EVANSTON, NORWOOD PARK, LINCOLN PARK, SOUTH LOOP

RAVENSWOOD

It's not too late to purchase tickets for tonight's Greener Ravenswood event at Beyond Design (4515 N. Ravenswood) from 5:00 - 9:00pm, Thursday 6/25. Tickets are $45 for non-members or $35 for Ravenswood Community Council (RCC) & Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) members. There will be local craft beers, spirits, and snacks to enjoy plus a silent auction and demos of green products and "mini clinics" to make it an educational and interactive evening. Some of the proceeds will be used to start up the GRCC's composting program. Funds will be used to iron out the logistics of collecting food waste from participating Ravenswood restaurants to be made into compost by a facility in Pilsen. Turning waste into something useful is always a welcome idea and beneficial to everyone!

EVANSTON

The Smylie Brothers Brewing Company has been having a great year occupying the site of 1615 Oak Ave. which used to be the social security office and the Oak Street Market before that. To mark their one year anniversary, owner Mike Smylie is holding an anniversary party this Saturday, 6/27. $30 tickets for adults and $15 for children 12 yrs and younger will include a pig roast dinner (starts at 5:00pm), brewery tours, and music by local Grateful Dead cover band, Jackstraw. Adults will also get to try a pint of anything on draft for $5 each and taste limited-production brews.

NORWOOD PARK

The "Boutique Senior Community", The Danish Home of Chicago, is holding its Annual Summer Festival and Fundraiser this Sunday, 6/28, from 12noon to 4:00pm. The foundation began in 1891 with The Society for The Danish Old People's Home raising money  through summer picnic events to eventually open the doors to this landmark senior home in 1902. Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated. There will be Scandinavian food and souvenirs available for purchase, a raffle drawing for the grand prize of $1,500, and various games and activities for the kids including a petting zoo and bouncy house.

LINCOLN PARK

It's warm again and people are crawling out of the woodworks to soak up every minute of it until we go into citywide hibernation again. The streets get pretty dangerous with all the motorist, bicyclist and foot traffic coming from all directions. The issue of cyclists shirking the rules of obeying traffic lights and biking on prohibited sidewalks that are clearly marked, or motorists that do not give cyclists three feet of clearance or park in bike lanes has become such a problem that the 43rd Ward is cracking down on bicycle safety by scheduling a series of "enforcement events". These events will take place at designated intersections where members of  Chicago's Bicycling Ambassadors will partner up with the neighborhood police to catch cyclists and motorists in the act for the purpose of educating and promoting bicycle safety.

SOUTH LOOP

After nearly a year of anticipation, the huge 5,000 square-foot flagship Aurelio's Pizza restaurant is now open at 1212 S. Michigan Ave. Discussion of its construction began in February 2014 with expected opening dates by August 2014 and then April 2015. Good things happen to those who wait and so the double-decker patio is now ready to become a hot spot to visit this summer. The chain restaurant has smaller locations in Chicagoland suburbs such as La Grange and Palos Heights so this will be a remarkable undertaking for the company to have a location in downtown Chicago.

CATHY MALLERS & DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2015 1:05 PM by Dean's Team

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