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CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - LINCOLN SQUARE, EVANSTON, NORWOOD PARK, LAKEVIEW, WEST LOOP

LINCOLN SQUARE

It's time for Lincoln Park Zoo's annual Wine and Wildflowers Garden Party. Tickets are $65 for Zoo members or $75 for non-members for the Wednesday, 7/29, 6:00pm - 8:30pm event that will allow you to enjoy wine and food pairings while taking in the Zoo's gardens with live music and horticultural experts on hand for lively conversation. This year's theme revolves around the four natural elements: air, fire, water, and earth. The deadline for ticket purchasing is tomorrow, 7/24!

EVANSTON

Here's something different and intriguing to do this weekend! The Actors Gymnasium is holding its Summer Circus Intensive Performance Showcase on Saturday, 7/25, 4:30pm and 7:30pm, and Sunday 7/26, 1:00pm and 4:00pm. What makes it so intense you ask? Because it's showcasing the students of their Intensive I and Intensive II programs which are six-week-long workshops for higher-level adult performers. For only $15, this is an exciting date idea.

NORWOOD PARK

DNAinfo.com is highlighting a great problem solver to the Chicago Public School budget cuts in the Northwest Side. They report Taft High School (6530 W. Bryn Mawr) Principal, Mark Grishaber's, decision to distribute $18,000 of Taft High School's budget to 15  neighboring elementary schools' sport programs. The contribution will be an investment to foster stronger athletes, many of which will eventually feed into Taft High School's sports programs. Grishaber says that sharing the money "... is what's best for the kids." 

LAKEVIEW

Chicago will always be building  - bigger, better, faster, and stronger. Sometimes the construction phase is a bit inconvenient, but it's nice to think about the big picture and be in-the-know about new establishments in the works. The construction taking place around the Paulina Brown Line station is part of Chicago's TOD Ordinance, to bring Transit-Oriented Development to promote usage of CTA or Metra stations by constructing more retailers and residences nearby. The plans by developer Centrum Partners and architecture firm Hirsch Associates is to create a two-story retail building and a separate 36-unit residence that will include 6,000 squarefeet of retail space on the ground level. Interestingly, only 8 parking spaces will be available for the residence building since the project is aligned with the TOD Ordinance after all.

WEST LOOP

The West Loop Community Organization has posted helpful information from Business Affairs Consumer Protection (121 N. LaSalle Dr. #805) on their site regarding How to Address a Problem Business in Your Neighborhood. Now no one WANTS to have to worry about neighborhood nuisances however it's helpful to be aware of appropriate procedures to take if ever necessary. The post includes tips such as making sure to document nuisance issues by taking pictures and note of dates and times, attending local Chicago's Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) meetings, and requirements for setting up community meetings by use of BACP.

CATHY MALLERS & DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2015 1:54 PM by Dean's Team

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