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CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - LOOP, GOLD COAST, LINCOLN PARK, PORTAGE PARK, NAPERVILLE

LOOP

Tonight, Thursday 7/30, at Couch Place Alley (entrance on State St. between Lake and Randolph) is the next setting for Activate, the super hip and free pop-up urban experience that brings art, music, and people together in select Loop alleyways, made possible by the Chicago Loop Alliance. Tonight's event will be presented by the pro-artist company, Thēarē Group. Rob McKay, Thēarē Group's President, says to expect "a mix of music, visual and community art; true to the nature of our mission of art bringing people together." They will also showcase a peek at the feature-length documentary Midway: The Story of Chicago Hip-Hop which is about the history and struggles of the hip-hop culture in Chicago. Follow the link to RSVP and learn about future dates!

GOLD COAST

From destruction to beautification, elements of the landscaping around the former A. Finkl & Sons steel plant near the Cortland St. Bridge in Lincoln Park has been transplanted into Washington Square Park in the Gold Coast. Demolition of the plant began last month and DNAinfo.com has learned that the site's new owners, AFS Properties LLC, is allowing salvagers to rescue plants, but not trees, for re-plantation before demolition is complete. Apparently the guards tasked with protecting the demolition site are very encouraging of the offer which is being done in respect to Finkl's continued commitment to the environment and reforestation. The Finkl plant is being relocated to 1355 E. 93rd St. on the South Side.

LINCOLN PARK

What once was a Buffalo Wild Wings at 2464 N. Lincoln Ave. is now the Midwest's first New York Wing Factory location. The menu offers a wide variety of wing flavors and heat intensities plus burgers, ribs and side dishes such as mac & cheese and chili. Wings can be ordered bone-in or boneless and they all come battered and double fried for delectable crispiness. The New York Wing Factory is open on weekdays from 4:00pm - 2:00am, and weekends until 3:00am so there's a full bar to keep you entertained through the late hours.

PORTAGE PARK

Joey Beato, the Executive Chef and Partner of Community Tavern and The Portage, has earned himself a spot in this year's 30 Under 30 list by Zagat. In addition to Zagat's annually curated list of restaurant standouts, they also take note of trendsetting individuals who they believe to be "Rock Stars Redefining the Industry," all below the age of 30. Beato's innovation is being noted as having an in-house butchery program that starts with whole animals and includes the dry-aging process on the premises of Community Tavern, allowing for a lower price point to customers in a city that knows how to appreciate a phenomenal steak.

NAPERVILLE

The Naperville Heritage Society has been awarded a grant of $50,000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities 2015 Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections. The Heritage Society is lucky to receive one of the 17 grants that's been awarded from a total of 85 applications. The grant will be used to maintain and protect several of the museum's historical buildings and collections from environmental issues on its 12 acres of land. The Naper Settlement exhibit consists of a collection of historical buildings representing time periods as far back as 1831. There's no doubt that the grant will be put to good use in wake of all the Chicagoland rainstorms we've been experiencing.

CATHY MALLERS & DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2015 1:12 PM by Dean's Team

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