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CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - WEST LOOP, NAPERVILLE, LAKEVIEW, RAVENSWOOD, NORWOOD PARK

WEST LOOP

Members and non-members of the West Loop Community Organization (WLCO) are invited to attend West Loop Night at The Brass Monkey (401 N. Morgan St.) tomorrow, Friday 11/20 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. The WLCO is a membership organization of West Loop business owners and residents dedicated to promoting economic development and the quality of life within the neighborhood bounded by Ashland Ave. and the Chicago River from west to east, and Grand Ave. and the Eisenhower Expressway from north to south. Come join this open opportunity to network with fellow West Loopers. $10 for WLCO members or $15 for non-members includes wine, beer, and appetizers until 6:30pm. To pay in advance, call 312-666-1991.

NAPERVILLE

Lions Club International is committed to providing services to those disabled by blindness, visual and hearing impairments among other humanitarian services for people of all ages. The Naperville chapter, Naperville Noon Lions Club, is getting into the spirit of giving by matching monetary donations of up to $5,000 made to Donka, Inc. from now through 12/1. Donka, Inc. is a non-profit organization that "provides computer training and job readiness services to people with physical, visual and limited learning disabilities." They use assistive technology that is specifically designed to instruct adults and children with disabilities to operate computers independently. Donka's mission is aligned with the challenge Helen Keller purported in 1925 to the Lion's Club to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." Make online donations at DonkaInc.org/donate or mail your gift to 400 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187.

LAKEVIEW

The owners of the farm-to-tavern Farmhouse restaurants in River North and Evanston have just opened their long-awaited third restaurant in Lakeview this week. Farm Bar, with a seating capacity of 75 people, will continue to offer a menu made completely from scratch with ingredients regionally sourced from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin, including the Farmhouse team's own Brown Dog Farm in Mineral Point, WI. Farm Bar was first announced to take over the former Wellington's Tavern at 1300 W. Wellington Ave. in April so we're happy to report that the long wait is over. The menu features uniquely topped Midwestern Burgers, Seasonal Sandwiches plus a full bar of regional beers and even wine on tap.

RAVENSWOOD

Ravenswood resident, Michael Horn, is a Northwestern University computer scientist with a mission - to get kids as young as kindergarteners interested in computer programming. He understands that kids are easily interested in playing with computers and video games but it's another story to get them interested in the programming necessary to make the future of technology even greater. He plans to assemble a team of graduate students to re-imagine children's songs, games and storybooks into engaging introductions to computer coding and programming. In July he received a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to work on his project entitled "Blocks, Stickers and Puzzles" and is the first time the career award was given to fund instructional work outside of a classroom setting. Horn is the director of Tangible Interaction Design and Learning (TIDAL) Lab and several of his teams' projects have been successful interactive exhibits at museums across the country.

NORWOOD PARK

A review of Aldermen's votes for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's budget plan has revealed that Norwood Park's Alderman Anthony Napolitano was one of the few that voted against the plan that will usher in property tax hikes and new garbage collection fees in the coming year. Nadig Newspapers reports that Ald. Napolitano had been approached by so many ward residents, including police officers and fire fighters, to vote against the budget that he was unable to let their pleas go unheard. He is quoted as saying that his vote was "...based on what the constituents want instead of what the status quo wants."

CATHY MALLERS & DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2015 12:28 PM by Dean's Team

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