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CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - LINCOLN PARK, EVANSTON, GOLD COAST, PORTAGE PARK, SOUTH LOOP

LINCOLN PARK

There's a new pizza concept restaurant opening tomorrow, 11/6, at 10:30am. Zoom Pizza Factory (2156 N. Clybourn Ave.) is the brain child of founder, J.R. Werner, and chef, Paul Guerrero, who has worked with Wolfgang Puck and Wildfire Restaurant. The is not your usual pizza restaurant as there is no set menu. Instead customers can built personal pizzas with tons of exciting sauces and toppings to choose from. The staff, known as "pizzaristas," will be on hand to make suggestions if necessary. Each personal pie gets cooked the stone conveyor oven for only four minutes for that delicious stone-baked flavor. Restaurant hours will be Mondays - Thursdays, 10:30am - 10:00pm, Fridays - Saturdays, 10:30am - 12:00am, and Sundays, 10:30am - 9:00pm.

EVANSTON

Although it's been open since September, Trash & Treasures at 611 Dempster St. will be celebrating its grand opening on Saturday, 11/7, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Owned by sculptor and matrimonial law attorney, Amy Gertler, and retail executive, Bill Ramsey, Trash & Treasures is the realization of Gertler's dream of a New York Greenwich Village-style art gallery and vintage store. The store definitely succeeds at being anything but ordinary!

GOLD COAST

The Chicago Architecture Biennial is reasonably getting a lot of attention and press in its inaugural launch this year. Not to be overlooked, the Gold Coast Neighbors Association (GCNA) is holding its own presentation of its standout architect, Chip von Weise, as he discusses his various contributions to the restoration and adaptation of buildings around the Gold Coast neighborhood on Sunday, 11/8, in the Walton Room of the Drake Hotel (59 W. North Blvd.) at 5:00pm. $10 reservations to the Architecture and Design in the Gold Coast presentation are encouraged and include a glass of wine or water. For further information, call GCNA at 312-332-6122.

PORTAGE PARK

Last Wednesday, 10/28, a community meeting was held, with Alderman John Arena and approximately 60 residents in attendance, to discuss the placement of a 90-foot-tall digital billboard so that it faces the Edens Expressway to satisfy the existing contract between the city and the billboard company, and complies with residential zoning laws. The original plan is to erect it in the middle of the Wilson-Lamon intersection but that would force part of Wilson Ave. to become one-way heading eastbound when traffic jams are already difficult in that area during rush hours. Other locations are being considered but Federal Law requiring a minimum of 500 feet distance between existing billboards must also be taken into account. The results of the meeting were not conclusive and discussions with continue.

SOUTH LOOP

As if the contemporary cuisine restaurant, Acadia at 1639 S. Wabash Ave. wasn't popular enough, the roadtripping restaurant guide of choice, The Michelin Guide, has just upgraded Chef/Owner Ryan McCaskey's cuisine to two stars! According to Michelin, two stars means it's "a restaurant worth a detour, indicating excellent cuisine and skillfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality" which is a step up from its previous one-star rating of just "a good place to stop on a journey..." The Michelin Guide is curated from the experiences of its full-time staff of knowledgeable anonymous restaurant reviewers. This week's upgrade makes Acadia one of Michelin's top 5 restaurants in all of Chicago.

CATHY MALLERS & DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Thursday, November 05, 2015 1:09 PM by Dean's Team

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