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Open House in Skokie - Fairview School District - on Sunday, May 31!

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Fairview, Skokie  -  We invite everyone to visit our open house at 5139 Lunt Avenue on May 31 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - VARIETY OF OUTDOOR EVENTS RETURN TO CLOSE-OUT MONTH OF MAY!

Got to love a short work week! It’s weekend time again with Chicago closing out the month of May with a variety of outdoor events – rain or shine – sure to make your time-off fun, relaxing & enjoyable!!

Returning for its 30th annual event, the Chicago Gospel Music Festival is being held in one location this year over in Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.) in The Loop this Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Festival-goers not only will enjoy exhilarating music by renowned Gospel artists, both local and national, with traditional choirs and contemporary urban gospel music, but also will enjoy a number of activities for the whole family such as the Inspiration Youth Stage, the Art Fair and Marketplace, a Health and Wellness Oasis and a Kids Activity Zone!

Just a few steps away from Millennium Park, the Millennium Art Festival takes place at Michigan Avenue and Lake Street (100 E. Lake St.) in the Streeterville neighborhood this Saturday (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) and Sunday (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). This top-ranked art and design show features over 110 acclaimed artists from every medium such as ceramics, glass, sculpture, paintings, drawings, mixed media and many others as well as live performances, tasty treats from neighborhood restaurants and even an interactive art-filled experience by contributing your creativity to a freestanding graffiti wall!

It Might Be, It Could Be … It Is! The Harry Caray 5K kicks-off in Grant Park, DuSable Harbor (337 E. Randolph St.) in The Loop this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. for its inaugural run which benefits “Special Olympics Chicago!” All participants receive an official Harry Caray 5K T-shirt, a pair of Harry’s famous glasses and an after-party at Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.) in the Streeterville neighborhood for music and cold beer!! Awards will be presented to the Best Harry Caray inspired costume, the Largest team and the Best team costume as well.

Returning for its 9th year to ring in the Summer Fest Season, the Do Division Street Fest and Sidewalk Sale sets-up at Damen Avenue and Division Street (2000 W. Division St.) in the Wicker Park neighborhood this Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Once again a rousing live music bill featuring original bands and DJs, local independent retailers & artisans will line Division Street from Damen to Ashland Avenues for some of the hottest shopping around, and exciting family fun can be had at Family Fun Fest from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days for some face painting, pony rides, punk rock hair do’s, mini golf, goodie bags, rocking kids’ music and more for some jam-packed fun!

Finally, Maifest Chicago returns to Lincoln and Leland Avenues (4700 N. Lincoln Ave.) in the Lincoln Square neighborhood, in the heart of Chicago’s German community, this Saturday (12:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.) and Sunday (12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) for its 17th year featuring plenty of authentic German food, live music, dancers, crowd sing-a-longs, a maypole dance, other traditional German presentations and more!

So, Will You Be Returning To Any Of These Events?

SUE MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - OLD TOWN, LOOP, NORWOOD PARK, NAPERVILLE, LAKEVIEW

OLD TOWN

Tonight, Thursday 5/28, at Ranalli's (1925 N. Lincoln Ave) from 6:00pm to 9:00pm is A Date to Create & Celebrate, a lively fundraiser to benefit Art on Sedgwick, the non-profit organization that is working to open the storefronts at 1402 and 1408 N. Sedgwick St. to bring sliding scale visual and performance art programs to the community. Their belief is to create a welcoming sense of community and economic growth through the arts in the diverse neighborhood of the Sedgwick corridor between North Ave. and Division St. Register to attend right away and show your support for this neighborhood enriching project!

LOOP

Also tonight at 6:30pm at Chase Auditorium (10 S. Dearborn St.) marks the first day of the first Science Fest for adults in Chicago, founded by the Illinois Science Council. This three day event begins with a panel discussion between neurobiologist Catherine Woolley, TechNexus CEO Terry Howerton, and physicist Congressman Bill Foster. Tomorrow, Friday 5/29, starting at 6:30pm the festival continues at the National Museum of Health and Medicine (175 W. Washington St.) with a screening of two movies that feature science in film, "The Believers" and "This Has Been to Space". The final day will be an all day event on Saturday 5/30 from 10:00am to 6:00pm on the 12th floor of the Merchandise Mart (222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza). Now is the time to purchase your tickets to this brand new event that just may become an annual tradition for all of you science fanatics out there.

NORWOOD PARK

Congas Fine Latin American Cuisine opened earlier this year at 7021 W. Higgins Ave. It's a family restaurant that includes a dance floor with DJs spinning Latin and House beats until 2:00am Wednesdays through Fridays, and 3:00am on Saturdays. This Saturday, 5/30, from 3:00pm - 5:00pm there will be a special FREE Food and Cocktails Tasting. Tomorrow the 29th is the last day to RSVP yourself and up to 6 guests.

NAPERVILLE

St. Margaret Mary Parish (1450 Green Trails Dr.) is organizing a charity walk to benefit Loaves & Fishes, the food pantry and community service center at 1871 High Grove Lane. The charity walk begins at 9:00am this Saturday, 5/30.You can register to participate or make a donation by following the link above. Loaves & Fishes services both Naperville and DuPage counties with grocery assistance and programs designed to empower low income households to become more self-sufficient.

LAKEVIEW

Thanks to Southport Corridor News & Events we're able to see a pictorial update on the progress of Lakeview's Lincoln Hub at the intersection of Lincoln, Wellington, and Southport Avenues. Construction began in April and it looks like it will be completed any day now. The project's purpose is to create a people-friendly space to slow down traffic for pedestrians and invite them to sit and linger. Traffic due to its construction has been a great frustration to many in the neighborhood so I'm sure, whether or not they agree with the hub's aesthetic, it will be a relief when it's completed.

CATHY MALLERS & DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO

KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - INNOVATIVE WAYS TO DUST

Cleaning the ceiling fan blades is not difficult if you don’t mind a lot of dust and dirt getting all over the rest of the room. An easier and cleaner way is using an old pillowcase. Simply place the pillow case over the blades one at a time. Pull off taking all the dust and dirt with it. For grease covered blades on kitchen fans spray down with all-purpose cleaner like Formula 409® or Fantastik®. Then put the pillow case on and wipe off all the grease and grime.

Wad up and attach old pantyhose to a yardstick or coat hanger with a rubber band. Use this tool to catch cobwebs and dust in hard to reach places. Dust ceiling corners and molding. Gets behind refrigerators, stoves and cabinets. Spray with Formula 409 for greasy crevices.

Slip a pair of old socks on over your hands. Spray lightly with window cleaner. Dust your blinds. For delicate dusting like chandeliers, glass knickknacks or light fixtures use old fashioned cotton gloves spayed with window cleaner. For optimal light always keeps bulbs dusted. Make sure bulbs are cool. Hot bulbs will shatter if touched with wet cleaner.

Baby wipes are great for cleaning the computer keyboard. Make sure you turn off the computer first. Wipe off with paper towel.

Fabric softener and fabric softener sheets are natural dust repellants. Use the sheets to dust electronic screens and televisions. It will remove the dust and repel new dust for a few days. Mix a solution of 1 part fabric softener to 4 parts water. Put in a spray bottle and use with a microfiber cloth. Finish by polishing with a dry cloth. This solution is great for glass tables, shower doors and other hard surfaces.

KATHLEEN WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

TECHNOLOGY TIPS - SMART PHONES AND LIGHT PHONES

It was announced this morning that the worldwide sales of smartphones are expected to be reduced by over half from last year. This is due to saturation in the Chinese market and so shipments are expected to decline. While the Chinese market is the largest in the world, it's no longer considered an emerging market like it once was.

So why am I telling you all about this?

I actually wanted to talk about turning off from the screens, smartphones, pads and technology in general while still staying connected. And so I present you with the Light Phone. It's an extremely basic phone, either answering or making phone calls.  That's it. The only bells and whistles are that the phone is simple.

The phone allows you to stay connected without being distracted. It's designed by an artist and engineer with 10 years experience in designing mobile phones. The phone has a spot for the SIM card to be input. It offers quick dial and can also be used as a flashlight. It's about the size of a credit card and best thing is that is lasts for 20 days on a single charge.

The phone costs $100 and comes with 500 pre-paid minutes. You can use a USB to charge the phone. And most likely it's best feature, the phone should not need to be replaced. Like I said earlier. This is a basic phone with enough technology for you to make and receive calls. Imagine having an actual dinner with someone and not taking pictures of your food or drinks. 

According to the designers, "We are not against tech at all (clearly we joined an incubator and have a passion for this) but we think that maybe we need to put the human first in tech again and think about what kind of tech will make our lives better in the long term."

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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - CHICAGO TO CELEBRATE A LONG AWAITED WEEKEND!

All I can say is – “IT’S ABOUT TIME!” Memorial Day Weekend is here along with Chicago’s official start to its outdoor street fest season!!

The best way to start your holiday weekend off is with the Chicago Memorial Day Parade on Saturday at State and Lake Streets (200 N. State St.) in The Loop at Noon with the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza (Dearborn and Washington Streets) at 11:00 a.m. Considered one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation, and gracing the streets of Chicago since 1870, this parade features veteran groups, members of the military, drum and bugle corps, high school marching bands and others as they head south on State St. from Lake St. to Van Buren St. in honor of all the men and women who have made, and are still making, the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great country!! So get out there and show your support!

And of course, Memorial Day Weekend wouldn’t be the same without the Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival kicking off Chicago’s outdoor street fest season this Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at 3200 N. Sheffield Ave. (Sheffield from Belmont Ave. to Roscoe St.) in the Lakeview neighborhood. This wildly popular street party, now in its 31st year, features plenty of food, libations, art vendors and the region’s favorite tribute bands with Wedding Banned on Saturday and Trippin Billies on Sunday as we welcome in summer with its warm weather (hopefully)!!

Another annual Memorial Day bash is the Mole de Mayo taking place at 18th Street and Ashland Avenue in the Pilsen neighborhood this Saturday (12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) and Sunday (12:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.). This 6th annual festival features a mole cook-off pitting local chefs and restaurants against one another to see who has the best Mexican staple as well as food and drink vendors from area restaurants, live entertainment including music, dance and lucha libre wrestling, kids activities and more!

There’s also the Randolph Street Market Festival at Beaux Arts Plumber’s Hall (1340 W. Washington St.) in the West Loop this Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for your shopping pleasure. A top shopping source for Hollywood set decorators and stylists, this European-style market offers both indoor and outdoor shopping featuring 250 vendors of high quality and wonderfully priced items such as vintage clothing, jewelry, furnishings, collectibles, global goods, fancy foods as well as live music and entertainment, and much more!

Also joining in on the kick-off of summer, the Navy Pier Summer Fireworks will light up the skies this Saturday (10:15 p.m.) at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.) in the Streeterville neighborhood. This spectacular firework show is set to music twice weekly (Wednesdays 9:30 p.m. & Saturdays 10:15 p.m.) all summer long through Labor Day and can be viewed from the dock or on board an evening cruise!

Finally, it’s time to shut down Lake Shore Drive for the MB Financial Bank’s Bike the Drive this Sunday at 300 E. Jackson Blvd. (Jackson Blvd. & Columbus Dr.) in The Loop as cyclists begin their 15- or 30-mile non-competitive ride at 5:30 a.m. until approximately 10:15 a.m. People of all ages and cycling abilities are encouraged to come out and enjoy the sunrise views of Chicago’s skyline and listen to the waves of Lake Michigan crashing the shoreline as you take advantage of the rest stops and snacks along the way! Afterwards, head on over to Butler Field, Grant Park for the post-ride festival with food and live music!!

Are You Glad Memorial Day Weekend Is Finally Here?

SUE MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - LOOP, LINCOLN PARK, PORTAGE PARK, RAVENSWOOD, OAK PARK

LOOP

So happy to report that the breaking news of the South Loop Metra train derailment late on Tuesday, 5/19, night was a "relatively minor event" where no one was injured when the train remained upright as it slowly derailed over a "low spot" in the track.  Therefore I'll bring you relatively lighthearted news that the small New York-based seafood chain, Luke's Lobster, has opened its first Chicago location at 134 N. LaSalle St. this week. Never been to a New England style seafood shack? Then check this place out to experience what all the hype is about.

LINCOLN PARK

Every year the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce honors certain businesses for their contributions to the neighborhood at their LPCC Annual Awards ceremony. This year the ceremony took place on Wednesday 5/13 at Stella Barra Pizzeria (1954 N. Halsted). The following 5 businesses were given specific awards: Rebuilding Exchange (1740 W. Webster) won for Excellence in Arts and Culture,  Four Corners Tavern Group (multiple locations) won Hospitality Business of the Year, Immediate MD (multiple locations) won Personal or Professional Service Provider of the Year, Vanille Patisserie (2108 N. Clark) was awarded Retail Business of the Year, and Geja's Café (340 W. Armitage) was recognized for 50 Years in Lincoln Park.

PORTAGE PARK

Friday, 5/22, will be a day for honoring and supporting others in Portage Park. At 9:30am, students from Portage Park Elementary School will perform patriotic songs during Flowers for Soldiers , the 60 year-long tradition that has been taking place at the Memorial tree near the northeast corner of Portage Park, near Berteau and Long Avenues. The public is welcome to attend. Then at 6:00pm, Portage Park Helping Hands will be holding their 3rd annual Spring Fundraiser, Illuminate, at the Irish American Heritage Center (4626 N. Knox Ave). Ticket sales benefit the local school system for a night of food, music, raffle and auction prizes, plus a photo booth to commemorate the occasion.

RAVENSWOOD

This Saturday, 5/23, marks the beginning of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative (4642 N. Western Ave.) Annual $20 Cash 'N Carry Print Sale. The Collaborative will be relocating this August to 4912 N Western Ave. so they expect this to be the hugest sale ever in preparation of the big move. The sale runs from 11:00am to 6:00pm this Saturday, 5/23, through Saturday, 7/18, during regular gallery hours which are Fridays and Saturdays 12:00pm - 5:00pm, or by appointment.

OAK PARK

There will be a place of pride for Oak Park in the U.S. Capitol for the next year. Oak Park and River Forest High School senior, Adia Ivey, created a beautiful painting of  a sunset horizonscape viewed through the crest of a wave that her art teacher, Sandy Campbell, entered into the annual Congressional Art Competition. Ms. Ivey's painting won for the Illinois' 7th Congressional District and will be displayed with other winners in the Capitol building. She will get to attend a reception in Washington, D.C. next month for her accomplishment.

CATHY MALLERS & DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO
KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - ADD KALE FOR GREAT NUTRITION

I’ve seen an awful lot of kale in many forms lately in the grocery stores. I decided to check it out. Turns out kale is a nutritional powerhouse. It is VERY high in beta carotene, calcium, and vitamins, A, C, and K. It is also a good source of sulforaphane, a potent anti-cancer fighter. Also lutein, great for the eyes. It is also a good source of fiber.

Kale comes in many varieties. Curly kale works best dried for chips. When you clean curly kale for chips make sure to remove all tough stems and ribs. Leaf part only. Rub with olive oil and sliced garlic. Sprinkle with coarse black pepper and kosher salt. Bake at 425° for fifteen minutes.

Flat leaved kale is best for sautéing. Use a black kale such as Lacinato. Cut off stems and cut into two inch pieces. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan. Cook three smashed garlic cloves with a pinch of salt (or to taste) till garlic is golden and aromatic, then remove. Add kale leaves and stir to coat with oil. Add ¼ c chicken broth, cover and cook 2-3 minutes. Remove cover and check for doneness. Let liquid evaporate, finish with a splash of sherry vinegar if desired.

Baby kale is more tender and is better for eating raw. Add to pasta salad or fresh greens mix. If you are adding to a salad that’s already dressed like pasta or quinoa make sure you give the kale time to wilt a bit in the salad. It will be more flavorful and tender.

Curly or really any type of kale can add fiber and nutrition to any smoothie or fresh juice squeeze. Just make sure you use the leaf only! Remove tough stems and ribs.

I hope I’ve given you a few ideas to incorporate this powerhouse green into your diet.

KATHLEEN WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

TECHNOLOGY TIPS - FACEBOOK'S NEW INSTANT ARTICLES

Last week Facebook launched a new feature called Instant Articles. Since users have shown that they like to share articles they read, Facebook has been looking for a solution where users can share articles and download those same articles much faster. For those of us who use FlipBoard, it's similar to this viewing experience in terms of speed and articles of interest to you.

Instant Articles is definitely more for the publisher of content.  Some of the features include high-resolution photo zoom in, auto-play video, in-line commenting on portions of an article, listening to audio captions and even interactive map exploration. According to Facebook's CPO Chris Cox, "Fundamentally, this is a tool that enables publishers to provide a better experience for their readers on Facebook. Instant Articles lets them deliver fast, interactive articles while maintaining control of their content and business models."

At this point, Facebook has partnered with The New York Times, National Geographic, BuzzFeed, NBC, The Atlantic, The Guardian, BBC News, Spiegel and Bild. For users, know that your activity while using Instant Articles on Facebook will be measured by these partners. The goal at this point is to test this new service, which is only available on iPhone at this point, and make sure that mobile journalism is more engaging for readership.

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SKOKIE - INCREDIBLE EXECUTIVE-STYLED COLONIAL - TOP FAIRVIEW SOUTH SCHOOL!

• 3,177 sq. ft., 4 bath, 4 bedroom 2 story Colonial with Finished Lower Level Plus MORE! - MLS $699,000!

 -  Incredible Executive-Styled Colonial Home on Quiet Side Street - ONE BLOCK to Top Fairview South School. Four Large Bedrooms, Plus Additional Guest Room in Finished Lower Level. Four Full Baths. Big 50' Lot!

Home Features Sunny Living Room, Formal Dining Room, Big Family Room with Adjacent 20' Deck. Custom Diagonal-Cut Oak Floors & Lighting!

Gourmet Island Kitchen – Granite Counters, 42" Maple Cabinets, Premium Stainless Steel Appliances.

Full First Floor Bath, and TRUE First Floor Bedroom!

Custom-Designed Oak and Wrought Iron Staircase leads to Three Oversized Bedrooms. Master Suite Features Separate Sitting Room or Office, TWO Walk-In Closets, Plus Adjoining Second Private Deck. Master Bath with Large Jetted Tub, Double Sink, Separate Shower, Big Dressing Area.

Lower Level Media Room, Second Kitchen, Laundry Area, and another Full Bath.

Expansive Back Yard - Professionally Landscaped, with Custom Paver Bricks, Front and Back. 2 1/2 Car Garage.

Park Adjacent to School on Corner - Top District 72/219 Schools! Shopping, Expressways Nearby. You MUST See!!

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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - SUMMER’S APPROACHING BUT NOT SOON ENOUGH FOR CHICAGOANS!

Believe it or not, summer is approaching but not soon enough for us Chicagoans as we welcome our lively summer festival season for 2015!

The 20th annual Chicago Mayfest kicks-off street festival season at Ashland and Barry Avenues (3100 N. Ashland Ave.) in the Lakeview neighborhood this Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. rain or shine. This year’s fest features German food, plenty of brews at an outdoor beer garden, local merchant shopping and live music under a giant tent known to be one of the largest in the City! The fun continues with a Chicago Kids Day providing activities for kids and families with games, raffle prizes, arts & crafts, fun balloons and other fun activities along with a Chicago Pet Pageant and Expo for your favorite four-legged furry family members to enjoy the start of summer as well!!

It’s time again to grab a glass and hit the floor at this year’s Wine Riot Chicago at Union Station’s Great Hall (500 W. Jackson Blvd.) in the West Loop this Saturday with Riot 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Riot 2 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Not only will you have access to hundreds of new wines from across the globe but you’ll be able to enjoy special features such as Wine 101, Bubbly Bar (taste test 6 sparkling wines), Crash Courses, Tattoos (temporary ones), a Photo Booth, DJ Andie Cassette and more as you travel the world of wine under one roof!

How well do you know the City of Chicago? Find out at this year’s CityScape Scavenger Fun Run where teams of up to 6 use their wits, teamwork, mapping skills and life lines to choose the quickest route to the finish line in this 5K or 10K “fun run” meeting up at Moe’s Cantina (155 W. Kinzie St.) in the River North neighborhood this Saturday with check-in at 11:00 a.m. and race beginning at 12:00 p.m.! Don’t forget to bring your smart phone, pen or pencil and $10 each in singles for public transportation as you hopefully are the first team to vault across the finish line to receive cash, prizes and a line of high-fives!!

All you Harry Potter fans out there (both young and old) get ready for Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt taking place at the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan Ave.) in The Loop this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Follow in the footsteps of young wizards as you go in search of art that echoes places, characters and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter movies and books but beware of the Hagrid-like giants, dragons, flying owls, centaurs and unicorns from the Forbidden Forest as well as eerie figures scarier than the Death Eaters or Dementors!

Finally, I’ve saved the best for last:

The Chicago Dessert Fest is taking place at John Barleycorn (149 W. Kinzie St.) in the River North neighborhood this Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sample desserts, wine & champagne from some of Chicago’s best restaurants, bakeries and vendors while determining which desserts are the best! All samples are included in the ticket price along with a Free ride from Uber (up to $30) and $20 in Free dry cleaning and laundry from Washio!!

The Long Grove Chocolate Fest will be held in Downtown Long Grove (Old McHenry Rd. and Robert Parker Coffin Rd.) on Saturday (10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.) and Sunday (10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.) for a weekend of chocolate! Sample a variety of gourmet chocolate sweets at local shops and restaurants and enjoy live music from local musicians with Sixteen Candles closing the fest on Saturday and American English on Sunday while the kids spend their time at the expanded Kid Zone featuring organized games of tug of war, three-legged races, rides, face painting, roaming balloon artists, a mystical magician and much more!!  It may take a while to get to Long Grove but it’s definitely worth the trip for Chocolate!!!

Are You Ready For Summer?

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CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - EVANSTON, NORWOOD PARK, LAKEVIEW, WEST LOOP, GOLD COAST

EVANSTON

A new business is celebrating with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony tonight, Thursday 5/14, from 5:00 to 5:30pm. Mayor Tisdahl and the Evanston Chamber of Commerce will be on hand to welcome The Spice & Tea Exchange to the community. As founder, Clay Freeman, would say, "Come In and Smell the Spices!®" It's their tagline.

NORWOOD PARK

Ada's Market & Deli is officially open as of today but is celebrating its Grand Opening on Saturday, 5/16, at 7:00am at 6165 N. Northwest Hwy. There will be free samples, face painting and balloon animals for the kids, plus the first 50 customers will receive a prize coupon book. Come and welcome the new grocery store to the neighborhood!

LAKEVIEW

The LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) health and social service provider, Howard Brown Health Center (4025 N. Sheridan Rd) has partnered with the Legal Assistance Foundation and AIDS Legal Council of Chicago to offer weekly clinics to their clients who are in need of legal assistance. This is a great addition to the already extensive list of service and programs provided through the center which include counseling, smoking cessation classes, HIV/AIDS services, walk-in STD testing clinic, pediatric care and much more.

WEST LOOP

Demolition of the site that was once Carmichael's Chicago Steak House began this week with the removal of trees in its landscaped courtyard. The courtyard had been open to the public since the restaurant closed in March but plans to rezone and turn the land at 1050 and 1060 W. Monroe St. into a large apartment building need to begin sooner than later to deter squatters that have been settling in recently.

GOLD COAST

The new nightclub, Room Seven, opened last Saturday, 5/9, at 7 W. Division St. and plans to run strong as the weather heats up. Founded by two brothers, Mert and Baris Hurmeydan, the club hosts djs spinning pop and house music from 9:00pm to 4:00am Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and 10:pm to 5:00am on Saturdays.

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DOWNTOWN DES PLAINES - SPACIOUS 2BR/2BA CONDO - IN-UNIT LAUNDRY - STEPS TO METRA!

• 1,240 sq. ft., 2 bath, 2 bedroom condo - MLS $174,500

 -  In the Heart of Downtown Des Plaines, Steps to METRA Train, Shopping, Metropolitan Square! Sunny Southern Exposure Two Bedroom/Two Bath Condo. Large Living Room with Adjacent Private Balcony -- Gas BBQ's OK! Formal Dining Room, Eat-in Kitchen with Great Cabinet and Counter Space. Big Bedrooms, including an Extra-Large Master Suite with Full Bath, Walk-In Closet! In-Unit, Full-Sized Washer and Dryer, Central Heat and Air Conditioning. Heated Garage Parking Included, plus Ample Guest Parking. Top District 62/207 Schools. Room and Location, at a Value Price! A Must See!!

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