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A new traffic restriction has been put into place to reduce problems in the accident prone area at the intersection of Ridge Ave. and Grove St. The restriction began yesterday, 4/13, with signs prohibiting left hand turns from Ridge onto Grove and Grove onto Ridge between the hours of 7:00am - 7:00pm. According to, many cars were seen still making left turns and authorities have yet to start enforcing violations but be sure that officers will be scoping the area soon so you may need to consider alternative routes if this has been a part of your daily commute. This restriction is currently only a trial run through October to see if it successfully reduces the number of accidents at the intersection.   


Last month the Ravenswood neighborhood lost its Argentinian BYOB restaurant, ARTango South American Bistro, when it closed on March 25th. However the owners have moved and expanded their restaurant to Lincoln Square which is now gifted with a new cuisine destination, Artango Bar and Steakhouse, at 4767 N. Lincoln Ave. which opens tomorrow, Friday 4/15, at 4:00pm. Husband and wife owners, Sebastian Casanova and Maria Alferov, are partnering with chefs Dudley Nieto and Fred Ramos to bring fine dining Argentinian fare to their new 180-seat establishment that will feature live music entertainment and tango dancing to celebrate their passion for the "Golden Age" of 1920s Buenos Aires. Starting tomorrow, restaurant hours will be Mondays - Thursdays & Sundays 4:00pm - 11:00pm, and Fridays & Saturdays 4:00pm - 1:00am.


This month welcomes a new boutique store to the Lakeview area. The Colette Collection at 2858 N. Clark St. replaces the old Xcito Women & Men's Apparel storefront that had been vacant for a long time. 29-year-old owner, Lauren Rubbelke, has created a boutique store with modern styles that are also affordable. Just looking at The Colette Collection website shows dresses for $30 - $65. Rubbelke's plan is to keep all items under $100, making her store more approachable to the public. The store also carries sports-themed dresses and Fitbit charms designed by Rubbelke herself. shares more about this entrepreneur here.  To celebrate the grand opening, online orders will include free shipping through the month of April.


The Irving Park Community Food Pantry, just east of Portage park within the Irving Park United Methodist Church at 3801 N. Keeler Ave., is requesting donations of organic soil and herb plants to bolster the herb garden dedicated to food pantry recipients. This is only the second season that the Food Pantry has been using the gardens to supplement their offerings to those in need. Herbs are harvested every Wednesday morning and distributed to panty clients in addition to the groceries and toiletries that they receive. Volunteers are also welcome to help tend the garden. Donations can be dropped off by using the Grace Street entrance of the church. Call 773-283-6262 for more information and to learn the best times for donation drop-offs.


The Chicago Real Estate Council is well aware of the public's concern regarding the rise in property taxes and they are presenting a panel discussion and luncheon that will focus on properly navigating the appeal process to help control this expense. Members of the CREC can RSVP and attend the luncheon free of charge. Non-members are welcome to attend the 11:30am Tuesday 4/26 event at Maggiano's Little Italy (111 W. Grand Ave.) for $75 per guest. Follow this link for reservation information. The event may sell out and reservations must be received no later than Friday 4/22 so be sure to reserve your spot sooner than later.


Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2016 12:52 PM by Dean's Team


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