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CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - OAK PARK, LINCOLN PARK, WEST LOOP, OLD TOWN, NORWOOD PARK

OAK PARK

The Oak Park Art League (OPAL) is holding its First Annual Artist Member Juried Exhibition until 12/4 with a Reception tomorrow, Friday 11/13, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm in the Carriage House Gallery at 720 Chicago Ave. Their community of Artist Members is made up of students, art educators, instructors, professional and commercial artists, and exhibitors. Anyone who becomes a member is able to exhibit their work through the League, and can be viewed in the gallery and online. Exhibition Judge, Caroline Older, has selected specific works from members that appear to "convey a message" and will be on display to mark the first year of what will be an annual showcase. 

 LINCOLN PARK

DNAinfo.com reported on the Wednesday 11/11 public forum with a panel of education experts that met in Lincoln Park. The main topic was the need to change the current format of solely mayoral-appointed Board of Education members who have been diverting funds away from Chicago Public Schools to expand charter schools instead. Residents in attendance were able to voice their opinions which also included the Board's lack of transparency, and the purported concern with Chicago Teachers Union "...busting" rather than"...providing [schools] with what they need to educate children." The forum came up with the solution to elect Board of Education members, or at least a hybrid of some elected and some appointed members so that both the public and government can have a more equal stake in Chicago-wide education decisions. Whether this will be possible is still up in the air. Concerned parents and residents can check in with their Alderman offices to see what other public forums may be in the works to start getting involved.

WEST LOOP

Union Station (500 W. Jackson Blvd.) had been working on the $2.2 million renovation of the picturesquely movie-worthy marble staircase near Canal Street since July of this year. Last month the complete replacement was finished and revealed. This month, Union Station visitors are being treated to a time-lapse video exhibit of the delicate demolition and reconstruction of the project being featured in the Great Hall.  This is just part of Amtrak's ongoing plan to restore and renovate the 90-year old station into an entertainment and tourist destination by eventually reopening closed off parts of the Station that had experience a sort of golden age in the 1940s and '50s.

OLD TOWN

The owners of Homeslice in Lincoln Park, Clay Hamilton and Josh Iachelli, have a new super cool pizza restaurant and bar called The Happy Camper which opened this week at 1209 N. Wells St. The decor is dedicated to the owners' love of camping in the Pacific Northwest and Hamilton's memories of shooting cans, not game, in the wilderness with his father. Most impressive are the shining aluminum RV-like booths, one with the ceiling lit up like a starry night, and tire swings!

NORWOOD PARK

Holiday shopping time is upon us and Revel Bar Chicago at 6169 N. Northwest Hwy. has a unique event coming up where you can come in for a meal and a drink AND take advantage of several small local businesses who will be selling holiday gifts at the 2015 Holiday Shopping Bazaar. The event is next Thursday, 11/19, from 6:30pm to 10:30pm and sponsored by Nicole Domico with Dove Chocolate Discovers so you know there will be chocolaty treats for sale as well as jewelry, make-up and more.

CATHY MALLERS & DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2015 1:55 PM by Dean's Team

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