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CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - LAKEVIEW, LOOP, NORWOOD PARK, OLD TOWN, OAK PARK

LAKEVIEW

BLOWN by Bocaj, the hair salon at 3353 N. Clark St. has designated July as a month long fundraiser for  Special Olympics. The cause holds a special place in owner Jacob Leatherman's heart who has a family member with special needs who participates in the Special Olympics. Portions of the proceeds from conditioning and blow out services will be given to Special Olympics related charities.  The salon kicked off the month by giving a free makeover to Special Olympics athlete Francine Soto and her mother, Maria Mattei. You can watch the video linked to BLOWN by bocaj's Facebook post from yesterday to see results and reactions from the athlete.

LOOP

Officials at City Hall have big plans "to have no injuries this Fourth of July" weekend. With parades and celebrations across Chicago, both the Cubs' and White Sox's home games, and the Grateful Dead "Fare Thee Well" concerts at Soldier Field, the entire police department will working overtime to prevent a recurrence of last year's injury toll. Civilians should be aware that police shifts will be extended to 12 hours to ensure that reinforcements will be on hand just in case. Park violations such as public drinking and the use of fireworks will be "aggressively enforced".

NORWOOD PARK

Oriole Park Community Club's annual Independence Day Children's Bike Parade will be pedaling off a day early this year on Friday, 7/3, at 9:30am at 7500 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. The decision was made to allow families the opportunity to still take park in the celebration even if the weekend travel plans. Children of all ages are encouraged to decorate their bikes in patriotic colors and assemble at the north end of the Park at 9:00am. Prizes will be given to all kids that participate.

OLD TOWN

The Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark St) will begin its Fourth of July celebration on Saturday, 7/4, at 10:00am on the east side of the Museum at the Uihlein Plaza. The special event program will run until 12:00pm and will include outdoor activities, the children's parade starting at 10:45am, and speaker Ronald J. Gidwitz, Chicago investor and former president and CEO of Helene Curtis Industries. Then the museum will be open to the public with free admission for residents of Illinois. This weekend also marks the premiere of the Guild Gallery in the Naphtali ben Yakov Pritzker American History wing and the debut of a new 23 minute film being featured in the McCormick Theater called The Great Chicago Adventure. to be debuted

OAK PARK

Sugar Beet Food Co-op is gearing up for their grand opening at the end of July by inviting you to join them in this Saturday's Fourth of July parade. RSVP to cheryl@sugarbeetcopp.com if you'd like to march in the parade with them. They plan to meet at 9:45am at Longfellow Park at Ridgeland Ave. and Adams St. Now is the time to learn more about Sugar Beet and co-ops in general. According to the informative video on the sugarbeetcoop.squarespace.com homepage, co-ops on average provide consumers with 3x more locally sourced products, donate more than 3x more to local charities, sell more organic products and pay employees more than conventional grocery stores. Food co-ops have more than 1. 3 million members nationwide. The average co-op provides goods from no less than 51 local farms and 106 local product producers, giving consumers a choice of produce that is 82% grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation.

CATHY MALLERS & DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Thursday, July 02, 2015 12:00 PM by Dean's Team

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