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Warm weather spike in Chicago crime brushes Lincoln Park

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jennkloc

I am a student journalist at DePaul University and an enthusiastic blogger for Lincoln Park Now. I am interested in community journalism, new media, and volunteering. My number one passion? Writing, of course!

Summertime temperatures bring the usual flurry of backyard barbecues and impromptu trips to North Avenue beach for most Lincoln Park residents, but the ugly correlation between warm weather and street violence has reared its head toward the neighborhood in the past couple of weeks as well.

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Have the recent sexual assault and shooting in the Lincoln Park neighborhood made you feel like your own back yard is a crime scene? Photo by flickr user alancleaver_2000.



According to a report on MyFOXChicago.com, the Lincoln Park neighborhood is on alert as police seek a man who broke into a woman's home on May 23 and sexually assaulted the victim.

The community alert describes the offender as a black man between the ages 23 and 30, 6'2" with a husky build and a medium complexion, and dressed in all black, according to the FOX report. He wore gloves and concealed his face during the attack.


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Obama picks Cafe Ba Ba Reeba-lover for Supreme Court bench

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jennkloc

I am a student journalist at DePaul University and an enthusiastic blogger for Lincoln Park Now. I am interested in community journalism, new media, and volunteering. My number one passion? Writing, of course!

Hey Lincoln Park: did you know that President Barack Obama's Supreme Court Justice nominee lived in the neighborhood for five whole years?

According to Lynn Sweet's Sun-Times blog, Elena Kagan met Obama while they were both faculty members at the University of Chicago, and during her five years on faculty, she called 605 W. Arlington in the Lincoln Park neighborhood home.

According to the Lynn Sweet blog, "After classes, she would 'get into her car, turn up the rock 'n' roll music loud, and drive home fast. She told me that,' U. of C. Law School Professor David Strauss recalled on Monday."

The news of such an important current political figure residing in Lincoln Park was enough to switch my creepy-factor into high gear...


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Now, I'm not exactly sure which building is actually 605 W. Arlington. Google seemed to be pretty certain it's this 3 story monster on the corner, but the location of the little red pin tag sits rather ambiguously between this building and its neighbor.

Either way, this section of the neighborhood is what Kagan called home while she lived here. How cool and exciting for those Lincoln Park neighbors who currently occupy the block!


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Curiously, this beautiful shot of the much-adored Cafe Ba Ba Reeba was taken by the same photographer as the street musician in my last post--swanksalot!

Another fun fact culled from the Sun-Times blog: Kagan often brought students for lunches and dinners at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba at 2024 N. Halsted, a Lincoln Park gem!

Cafe Ba Ba Reeba has glowing Yelp! reviews, ranking a full 4 stars out of 5 based on 662 user reviews. I know that their sangria is legendary among DePaul students, and trendy tapas dining is popular in Lincoln Park as well.

If confirmed, Elena Kagan will become the 4th female justice in the Supreme Court's history, and the 8th Jewish justice in its history.

If you want to learn more about Kagan's personal, professional and political background, check out her Wikipedia page.

What do you think, Lincoln Park? How do you feel about Elena Kagan's Chicago ties coming literally so close to home?

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Green City Market kicks off outdoor season and other Lincoln Park news you can find on Twitter

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jennkloc

I am a student journalist at DePaul University and an enthusiastic blogger for Lincoln Park Now. I am interested in community journalism, new media, and volunteering. My number one passion? Writing, of course!

Hey there, Lincoln Park--we're back from our mini blog vacation with some really exciting news...

The Green City Market officially moves to its outdoor, south Lincoln Park location next week! You can find the full schedule of events for the grand opening of Green City Market's 12th season here. It's full of yummy tastings, workshops and demonstrations. Definitely not something you want to miss!

I found this news out from Green City Market's Twitter account, which is an awesome resource for people who want to know more about the market and it's farmers.

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I got to thinking: wouldn't it be great to compile a list of must-follow Twitter accounts for the constantly-connected Lincoln Park-er? Yes, it would. So now that list is waiting for you just beyond the "Continue reading..."

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Coming Soon: Lincoln Park Zoo Nature Boardwalk and 'Sleep Under the Skyscrapers'

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jennkloc

I am a student journalist at DePaul University and an enthusiastic blogger for Lincoln Park Now. I am interested in community journalism, new media, and volunteering. My number one passion? Writing, of course!

Only a couple months remain in the Lincoln Park Zoo's enormous reconstruction plan for the south pond--by the end of June, the newly renovated and completely balanced ecosystem at the Nature Boardwalk will finally open. And with a $12 million price tag, you can expect the long-anticipated renovations to be pretty incredible.

Frank Mathie outlined the south pond's planned transformation from 4 acres of mosquito-infested, dirty, stagnant water to the beautifully balanced, thriving ecosystem at the Nature Boardwalk in this ABC 7 report. Visitors can expect natural vegetation, aquatic vegetation, birds, fish, turtles, frogs--you name it.

Slightly less in tune with the wilderness setting but still quite appealing will be the Cafe Brauer beer garden and patio, where visitors can enjoy food and beverages amidst the wildlife.


But finishing the renovations and re-opening the south pond isn't the only thing the Lincoln Park Zoo has in store for its Nature Boardwalk...


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Search for missing Lincoln Park teen ends happily

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Molly Horan

I am a recent graduate of DePaul University raising the temperature of journalism in Chicago with wit and fury! I won't work for peanuts, but possibly cashews, or frequent flyer miles.

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Chicago Police News Affairs Officer O'Brien has shared good news with Lincoln Park Now:  

"After contacting Area 3, the missing has been located and he is with family."  

Alerting the public to the disappearance of Matthew Goralkapolice sought any information possible to recover the 17-year-old student from Walter Payton College Prep who left his Lincoln Park home Tuesday following treatment at Children's Memorial Hospital


Matthew Goralka, Lincoln Park 
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Lincoln Park teen missing since Tuesday could be in medical danger

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Molly Horan

I am a recent graduate of DePaul University raising the temperature of journalism in Chicago with wit and fury! I won't work for peanuts, but possibly cashews, or frequent flyer miles.

Chicago Breaking News Center is reporting the disappearance of Lincoln Park resident Matthew Goralka, a 17-year-old junior who attends Walter Payton College Prep.  

Police described him as 135 pounds and five foot nine inches tall.  He has freckles and hazel eyes with brown hair.   Anyone with information is asked to contact Area Three special victims unit at 312-744-8266

Leaving his family's home during a dispute with his parents, Goralka is on anti-depressant medication and received blood-thinners following treatment at Children's Memorial Hospital Tuesday for a blood clot.  This medication can lead to uncontrolled bleeding so his family have sought police assistance to aide in locating their son.   

Matt Goralka's Facebook profile (Walter Payton College Prep '10) depicts a tennis-playing teen who enjoys musicians The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marilyn Manson, and comedian Dane Cook.   
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The family of Matthew Goralka, a Lincoln Park teenager missing since a dispute with his parents Tuesday, pleads for public assistance locating their son, a Walter Payton High School student who received blood thinning treatment for a blood clot at Children's Memorial Hospital Tuesday.






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PHOTOS: Living the 'Snug Life'

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jennkloc

I am a student journalist at DePaul University and an enthusiastic blogger for Lincoln Park Now. I am interested in community journalism, new media, and volunteering. My number one passion? Writing, of course!

As promised, here is a rockin' photo gallery from the 2nd annual Chicago Snuggie Pub Crawl, which took place today in Lincoln Park.

Snuggie-clad party people took to Lincoln Avenue today between noon and 8 p.m., circulating between The Apartment/Lions Head Pub, John Barleycorn, Kendall's, Kelsey's, Halligan's and O'Malley's, to celebrate discounted drink deals, Karama Connection and America's most-adored sleeved blanket.

Karama Connection's Executive Director and one of the event's organizers Connie Naber estimated that this year's Snuggie Pub Crawl raised between $15,000 and $16,000. Though she serves as the Executive Director of the organization, she takes no salary or profit, so 100% of the proceeds will go toward Karama Connection's projects in Tanzania.

Part of the money will go to help orphans in Tanzania, but most of it is used to create self-sustaining projects in the country. "I'm not creating a welfare system," Naber said. Instead her efforts aim to provide sustainable assistance for people who need it.

If you didn't make it out to the crawl but you would like to support Karama Connection's efforts, you can explore investment opportunities here.

According to many of the Snuggie Pub Crawl's attendees who also went to last year's event, this year's turn out was smaller but the crawl was still fun.

"Last year was more into the Snuggie thing, this year is more into the drinking thing," explained Robbie Nimmer, who wore a blue Snuggie with a graphic print of Cookie Monster's face.

Despite this year's lower turn out, Tawnia May of Indianapolis insists that she and her friends from Las Vegas will continue to make the Chicago Snuggie Pub Crawl an annual tradition.

But I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking...


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Lincoln Park: charitable donations and flowing libations

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jennkloc

I am a student journalist at DePaul University and an enthusiastic blogger for Lincoln Park Now. I am interested in community journalism, new media, and volunteering. My number one passion? Writing, of course!

Not sure exactly how I let this one (almost) slip under the radar, but don't fret my pet--I caught it in time. Yes, the second annual Chicago Snuggie Pub Crawl has arrived!


Tomorrow, Saturday April 10, the Snuggie Pub Crawl kicks off at Lincoln Park's very own The Apartment at 12:00 p.m. Closing ceremonies are in the same place at 7:30 p.m., with the pub crawl callin' it quits at 8.

 

Awesome Barb over on ChicagoNow's That's Awesome has full details and a gallery full of shnazzy Snuggie fashion ideas ripe for your picking.

 

[The skinny: the Snuggie Pub Crawl is a fundraiser for Karama Connection's AC-Orphanage, powered by Fate-Monkey.com. You can rest assured that your ticket purchase ($22 in advance, $25 at the door, discounts available for groups of five or more) will go toward providing clean water, food, education, clothing and housing for orphans in Tanzania whose parents were victims of HIV and toberculosis. According to this ticketleap blog post, The Apartment will collect non-perishable donations for CPD's annual food drive at check-in, too.]


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You can live the Snug life, too! Chicago's Second Annual Snuggie Pub Crawl is Saturday, April 10 starting at noon. (Although I believe this photo comes from a similar event in California). Photo by flickr user Carlos Almandarez.


If you need a reason to go besides simultaneously helping orphans, day-drinking, and wearing a Snuggie in public in a socially-accepted way, there will also be some pretty great drink specials and a raffle with prizes like Lollapalooza and Cubs game tickets.

 

Eight hours of day-drinking normally sounds like a big disaster, but I'm pretty sure that the Snuggie makes it more than okay. You can count on Lincoln Park Now to be on the scenes, snapping photos for a sweet Snuggie gallery, too!

 

The news after the jump obviously can't measure up to the excitement factor of a Snuggie bar crawl, but you should "continue reading" for information on some other upcoming Lincoln Park events, too...

 

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Armed on Armitage week: Lincoln Park teen stabbed during drug deal, woman survives attempted rape

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Molly Horan

I am a recent graduate of DePaul University raising the temperature of journalism in Chicago with wit and fury! I won't work for peanuts, but possibly cashews, or frequent flyer miles.

Does this sound anything like the Lincoln Park you know and love (or love to hate?): 

1.  Teen stabbed trying to buy drugs. 

2.   Woman meets guy in bar, invites him back to her place.  3:30 AM near her home: Woman says she's too tired to invite him in for more drinks, man violently threatens rape and beating while asking for money, but neighbors call police, who catch man blocks away after he crashes his getaway vehicle.  

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Armitage, an avenue of boutiques and Lincoln Park luxury, is the latest area of the neighborhood to see a spike in knife-related crime. Thanks to Flickr user Zol87 for the snap.


PUH-LEASE!!! Read these comments following the Chicago Tribune account of the Lincoln Park attempted rape last weekend.   Time pressed?   Here's a summary:  Many Chicagoans think safety in Lincoln Park is only an illusion.   Former neighborhood residents agree, with the added usual digs at Lincoln Parkers from other Chicago neighborhood-ians.     

So, back to today:

The Chicago Breaking News Center updated information this morning about the 18-year-old man who was stabbed last night in an apartment hallway in the 2000 block of North Bissell.   Chicago Police News Affairs could not confirm for Lincoln Park Now that the victim is or is not a neighborhood resident of Lincoln Park.


The victim was beaten by two men and left critically injured with stabbing wounds.   Witnesses heard cries for help, and it is reported, though not confirmed, that marijuana was found at the scene, and that one of the attackers may have been wearing an arm cast. 

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Wanna ride bikes?

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jennkloc

I am a student journalist at DePaul University and an enthusiastic blogger for Lincoln Park Now. I am interested in community journalism, new media, and volunteering. My number one passion? Writing, of course!

If you're anything like me, as soon as this week's weather conditions work their way into the forecast, your limbs literally itch to start riding your bike.

Perhaps you haven't yet heard the buzz, but earlier this month Google made it even easier for Chicagoans to two-wheel the town safely. Yes, Google maps has introduced a bicycling directions feature that will change your bike-riding life forever.

In a neighborhood like Lincoln Park, which is rich with scenery and bike paths to boot, this new feature can become an indispensable tool for biking enthusiasts.

Allow me to demonstrate...

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Move over, lake shore path, you're not the only bike friendly pavement in town! Google's new bike path directions allow two-wheeling commuters to veer off the lake shore path while still pedaling safely. Photo by flickr user discosour



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Refugee Youth Soccer Fundraiser in Lincoln Park

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jennkloc

I am a student journalist at DePaul University and an enthusiastic blogger for Lincoln Park Now. I am interested in community journalism, new media, and volunteering. My number one passion? Writing, of course!

When I was a freshman at DePaul, I decided to start volunteering as an English teacher for a Burmese refugee. Another Burmese refugee and incredibly inspirational Chicago Burmese community leader, Poe Clee, was an enormous help to my student and her family.

He helped them adjust to life in Chicago, he helped them find valuable resources they needed, and he used his incredible English language skills to help them communicate with doctors and officials whenever they needed him.

What does this even have to do with Lincoln Park, you ask? Well, for the first time in 4 years, Poe Clee is going back to the refugee camp in Thailand where he lived before moving to the United States, and he is hosting a fundraiser at Small Bar in Lincoln Park on Friday, March 26 in order to raise money for soccer equipment for the kids at the camp.

Burmese people love soccer the same way Lincoln Parkers love the Cubs (or hockey--the Blackhawks!--did anyone go to the Brent Seabrook meet up at the Starfruit Cafe a few weeks back?). From the looks of the pictures on Poe Clee's poster, it looks like the kids in the camp could really use some new gear.

So if you're not doing anything on Friday and you want to support Poe Clee's cause (and maybe even meet a real life Lincoln Park Now blogger--me!) come out to Small Bar at  1415 W. Fullerton at 7.

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Here is a video from the UN Refugee Agency that demonstrates how important sports are to Burmese kids living in Thai refugee camps. Though this video is separate from Poe Clee's trip and fundraiser, the themes most certainly resonate with his cause:


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Street crime no match for the young and fearless near DePaul (VIDEOS)

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Molly Horan

I am a recent graduate of DePaul University raising the temperature of journalism in Chicago with wit and fury! I won't work for peanuts, but possibly cashews, or frequent flyer miles.

Student video reporters from Columbia College, Toni Grimes and Brandon Smith, recently weighed the issue of muggings around the LP with DePaul student area residents. 

Eight muggings in a two-week February period sparked a response from police, phasing the DePaul community just enough to universally stand-up the cops' public service meeting.  

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Want to meet Chicago Blackhawk Brent Seabrook in Lincoln Park?

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Molly Horan

I am a recent graduate of DePaul University raising the temperature of journalism in Chicago with wit and fury! I won't work for peanuts, but possibly cashews, or frequent flyer miles.

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OMG: YOU GUYS!!!!  

Next Saturday, NHL Star Canadian hockey player and Chicago Blackhawks youngster Brent Seabrook (who was a "pretty high draft pick," a hockey-lusting friend tells me), will be shaking hands at STARFRUIT Cafe (2142 N. Halsted) from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. in Lincoln Park.   

After the Olympic hockey war between the U.S. and  Canada, it's a good time to come shake hands for peace.  (Seabrook played for the Canadian team and is likely to become an Olympic Gold Medalist by next Saturday)  A native of British Columbia (home province of Vancouver), Seabrook has been pounding pucks in the U.S. for oh, like five years now. 




Surely Seabrook will be twinkling in the eyes of fans young and old- taking photos and signing autographs, while Starfruit opens its doors to a less-than-chilled-out crowd.   
  
Billing itself the "premiere frozen Kefir parlor,"  Starfruit Cafe is pretty hyperlinked up across social media and known as one of those places that makes the finer things "cool."   Last month, Starfruit hosted a Yelp! event, and why wouldn't it?   It's apparently pretty starry eyed on the customer-review catalogue.  Thanks to Facebook, we've learned that DePaul students receive a 10 percent discount.   That's pretty sweet, eh? 

Bring hand-wipes, though, hockey fans.   Last thing anyone needs are sticky palms during a celebrity meet and greet.   And no PR stunt would be complete without the chance to win two: free pro-hockey tickets.... where you can see stuff like "ice-punching:"


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For The Love of Grass... Fake Grass That Is

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Remember a few years ago when Latin School struck a controversial deal with the Park District to construct a soccer field in Lincoln Park just east of the Lincoln Park Zoo?

 

Well after years of fighting with Friends of the Park and everybody else who wanted to be on local talk radio, they built it--and it's beautiful! So beautiful and popular that they are building more of these manufactured turf fields up and down the lake front.
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Plans to increase enrollment save Prescott Elementary from city-wide school closures

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jennkloc

I am a student journalist at DePaul University and an enthusiastic blogger for Lincoln Park Now. I am interested in community journalism, new media, and volunteering. My number one passion? Writing, of course!

Chicago Public Schools issued a last-minute press release tonight striking Prescott Elementary from the list of schools that the Board of Education will vote tomorrow whether or not to close.

In this ABC7 news report, 32nd ward alderman Scott Waguespack specifically calls out the Board of Education, Ron Huberman and Mayor Daley, insisting that schools like Prescott can thrive if given the right opportunity.



For the full CPS press release granting reprieve to both Prescott Elementary and Marconi Elementary School at 230 N. Kolmar, check out the ChicagoNow District 299 blog's most recent post.

What saved Prescott at the last minute? The ABC7 reporter says it is the community's plan to increase enrollment that spared the school, while an anonymous commenter on District 299 asserts it's the alderman who changed Huberman and Daley's minds.


What do you think, Lincoln Park?

(A special thanks to Joe Lake for sending this news tip to Lincoln Park Now)

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Chicago school reform threatens to close Prescott Elementary

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jennkloc

I am a student journalist at DePaul University and an enthusiastic blogger for Lincoln Park Now. I am interested in community journalism, new media, and volunteering. My number one passion? Writing, of course!

A panicked pack of parents from West Lincoln Park are doing all they can to save Prescott Elementary School from the swinging CPS axe slated to shut down, turn around, phase out or consolidate several neighborhood schools this week.

At a Chicago Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 24, officials will decide the fate of Prescott Elementary. Chicago Public Radio offers a comprehensive break-down of all of the targeted CPS schools and what they face in this week's vote.

The schools in question are being flagged for restructuring or elimination based on under-enrollment and low test scores, and if you take a look at Prescott's statistics, the neighborhood elementary school isn't doing so hot.

Still, a grassroots fundraising and marketing group called Prescott Parents has a different opinion, and they're voicing it loudly all over the internet in hopes of saving the school.

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The Lincoln Park news for a Chicago wintry Wednesday (VIDEOS)

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Molly Horan

I am a recent graduate of DePaul University raising the temperature of journalism in Chicago with wit and fury! I won't work for peanuts, but possibly cashews, or frequent flyer miles.

60614 is the buzz right now, Chicago, like when Colbert profiled Quigley (read on if ya missed it...), and even here on ChicagoNow, where I'll just go ahead and award the (make believe) Lincoln Park Now's Winter Blogger Olympic medals to:


GoldImage of Humanity for spotlighting the Lincoln Park Community Shelter, celebrating 25 years of second chances.  Play the moving video and get to know the golden goodness in the neighborhood.... and why Lincoln Park Now's own Jenn gives her time to the people of LPCS.


@ScottBush's twitpic shows the most foursquare activity he's ever seen at the Whole Foods in Lincoln Park... bringing us to the SILVER:

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In Good Taste Chicago for sampling the bombastic Lincoln Park Whole Foods in text and images. The mecca of Lincoln Park foursquare, and an altar onto which local Tweets bow in worship, Whole Foods covers the five commandments of Lincoln Park: 

  • Eat (Healthy). 
  • Work (Often and in Whole Foods). 
  • Drink (Alcohol while you're buying healthy foodstuffs). 
  • Hook-up (With a new dish while you're browsing the store). 
  • Shop (While you're browsing the hotties).  
  • Forgive me if I've missed any, and do submit your own!   

Bronze:  Chicago <3's Trivia bloggers recently dropped by Lincoln Park's own Galway Arms on Clark St.  and just had to break the answers to a latest pub quiz.    

  
Don't fret, shenanigans-o-plenty are brewing in the "LP" (as has become shorthand for our little shared webspace).... according to "the Internet"....   


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Let it snow, man! Lincoln Park's best snowman challenge

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jennkloc

I am a student journalist at DePaul University and an enthusiastic blogger for Lincoln Park Now. I am interested in community journalism, new media, and volunteering. My number one passion? Writing, of course!

I have basically wanted to write this post my whole (blogging) life. Now, thanks to a RedEye tip, my wildest Lincoln Park Now blogging dreams are coming true.

What is she talking about, you might ask yourself? Let me spell it out for you: there's a winter storm watch in place starting lat tonight night. In a 24 hour span, Chicago could accumulate up to 10 inches of snow. That means snow everywhere--especially in the parks.

And as all you dear readers obviously know, Lincoln Park has got a LOT of parks.

This can only mean one thing. A lot of snowmen.


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Ald. Daley implores CTA to save owl service bus routes in Lincoln Park

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Molly Horan

I am a recent graduate of DePaul University raising the temperature of journalism in Chicago with wit and fury! I won't work for peanuts, but possibly cashews, or frequent flyer miles.

Effective Sunday, February 7, most CTA bus routes servicing Lincoln Park will strand you overnight if you're seeking a lift after midnight or before 6:00am.  Teaming with several other city council seats to appeal certain CTA's service cut decisions, Ald. Daley blasted the ending of owl service in a press release sent to all major media outlets in Chicago, and us!
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Flickr user Mike Miley depicts better times, before CTA services elminated commuter convenience of any kind. 

Hoping to preserve the North Avenue, Armitage, Fullerton, Diversey, and Halsted bus routes late night and early morning schedules, Daley aims primarily to protect the impacted workforce of residents and workers in the 43rd Ward.   

Groaning about the suckiness of the whole thing is one thing, but Daley's points are undeniable.   The routes she calls "essential" transport workers to and from early and late shift work and help red-eye commuters to O'Hare.   

Daley's press release outlines her reasons, but not her strategy.  She says,

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Molly and I scored some sweet Lincoln Park discounts 'cause we're famous!

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jennkloc

I am a student journalist at DePaul University and an enthusiastic blogger for Lincoln Park Now. I am interested in community journalism, new media, and volunteering. My number one passion? Writing, of course!

Well, at least a little bit famous.

Last weekend, Molly and I had the pleasure of meeting up with Anton from funsherpa.com at Lincoln Park's own Savor the Flavor in order to discuss this blog, all the cool things funsherpa has to offer, and a new and exciting relationship between Lincoln Park Now and funsherpa.

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These Sherpas look like they know where to find all the fun! Photo by flikr user ilkerender

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Crime alert: "fake cop" Lincoln Park man robs couple

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jennkloc

I am a student journalist at DePaul University and an enthusiastic blogger for Lincoln Park Now. I am interested in community journalism, new media, and volunteering. My number one passion? Writing, of course!

Crime alert: A Lincoln Park man posing as a cop allegedly robbed a North Side couple on Friday, according to several news articles across the web.

According to examiner.com, 37-year-old Dwayne Carter of the 1700 block of Clark St. pulled up in a silver Chevy Impala alongside the couple as they walked in the 4800 block of N. Hamlin.

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Even undercover cops have proper police identification.Photo by flikr user davidsonscott15

He allegedly showed the couple a set of handcuffs, a handgun, and a police scanner, and asked them to get in the vehicle as part of an investigation. According to the article, police say that he drove the couple to an alley and robbed them of their money, cell phones, and an iPod.

The couple called the real police, and they found and identified Carter as the offender.

According to the Examiner article, Carter is charged with 2 felony counts of impersonating a police officer, 2 counts of aggravated robbery, and possession of cannabis.

The Examiner article advises that real undercover cops are required to carry and show photo identification, and anyone pulled over by an undercover cop can request that a marked squad car arrive on the scene.

New Chicago Police bikes, Trader Joe's, and Apple store updates from Daley and Waguespack

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Molly Horan

I am a recent graduate of DePaul University raising the temperature of journalism in Chicago with wit and fury! I won't work for peanuts, but possibly cashews, or frequent flyer miles.

Scott Waguespack (32) and Vi Daley (43) addressed members of the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday in a joint annual "State of the Ward" presentation at DePaul University's Student Center.   Topics ranged from potholes on North Avenue, exciting entries to the shopping scene, and, of course, all things business-y for chamber members.   

In case you're wondering, the Lincoln Park Hospital redevelopment still hasn't reached consensus, according to Daley who said, " a vacant hospital sure isn't going to benefit the community."   

Waguespack noted traffic issues on North Avenue will be addressed in upcoming commercial developments.  

Have a look through the afternoon's delights, including a generous bike donation to the Chicago Police from the Clark Street Special Service Area.   Did I hear new Trader Joe's?!  



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Accidental Threesome: RedEye blogger love triangle to appear in Lincoln Park today

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jennkloc

I am a student journalist at DePaul University and an enthusiastic blogger for Lincoln Park Now. I am interested in community journalism, new media, and volunteering. My number one passion? Writing, of course!

Hey Lincoln Park, how much do you love the RedEye?

Do you love it enough to follow the RedEye blogs Accidentally Sexy, Off the Markley, and Geek to Me on ChicagoNow?

If so, you'll already know all about the "Accidental Threesome" that has Stephen Markley and Elliott Serrano competing for Ana Fernatt's favor today in a series of dates, with many components happening right here in Lincoln Park!

If not, read on!

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Off the Markley, Accidentally Sexy, and Geek to Me will be making appearances in Lincoln Park today during their love-triangle triple date!



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Save the Lincoln Park beaver!

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jennkloc

I am a student journalist at DePaul University and an enthusiastic blogger for Lincoln Park Now. I am interested in community journalism, new media, and volunteering. My number one passion? Writing, of course!

Lincoln Park, your beaver is back.

And this time, his online support community is stronger than ever.


You may remember last spring when the Chicago Park District attempted to live trap a family of three beavers that made a home in North Pond, intent on relocating them, but accidentally killing the mom-beaver and sparking outrage in the community...

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Vetting a new Lincoln Park High School Principal: new opportunities, Karvelas legacy

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Molly Horan

I am a recent graduate of DePaul University raising the temperature of journalism in Chicago with wit and fury! I won't work for peanuts, but possibly cashews, or frequent flyer miles.

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Chicago Public Schools Lincoln Park High School,2001 N. Orchard, starts its search for a new principal by seeking community and parent reps for local council committee.

How about this, Lincoln Park?  We've got some superb news to share: the BEST volunteer opportunity in Lincoln Park RIGHT. NOW.    Democracy flourishes in your school district, and the time to bring that back into the schools has arrived.  

Since many eyebrows raised over the hiring of Lincoln Park High School's current principal, now is a chance to dust off your vetting gloves and get involved.

Could it be true?  We think so:.

A new principal will be coming to the Lincoln Park High School if this announcement takes it upon itself to confirm that very fact.   Until January 21st, anyone living within the borders of the Lincoln Park High School community may apply to join the Local School Council's principal selection committee as a community representative. One parent of a student currently enrolled will also join three additional teachers on the council to screen the applicant pool.   

Though the notice specifies the winners' names will be drawn from a hat if applicants exceed the available positions, the committee member will be confirmed behind closed doors.   LSC Chair Maryanne Petritis is the go-to person with any questions, and the sign-up sheet is hanging in the main office of the school at 2001 N. Orchard. 

The chosen reps will participate in: 

  • Weekly meetings
  • Screening resumes
  • Conducting phone interviews
  • Conducting competency-based interviews
  • Narrowing the candidate pool
  • Visiting candidate's place of employment
  • Presenting the candidates in an open forum
  • Making recommendations to the LSC

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Lincoln Park High School principal Dr. Bessie Karvelas pictured with award winning LPHS student and Illinois education officer, photo courtesy of Chicago Public Schools.

The current principal of five academic years, Dr. Bessie Karvelas, has come under several incidents of public pressure.  Firing a popular librarian in 2006 due to CPS cutback orders during the school year nearly resulted in a student walk-out, and the controversial sweeping end of off-campus lunching saw the entire student body restricted from a long-term privilege "for academic reasons."

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NAY-to-the-bor-hood! Lincoln Park Hospital Development site caught in NIMBY trap!

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Molly Horan

I am a recent graduate of DePaul University raising the temperature of journalism in Chicago with wit and fury! I won't work for peanuts, but possibly cashews, or frequent flyer miles.

Grant an upscale, progressive, urban community like Lincoln Park three major hospital site re-developments in a few years and 60614 is one story on the beanstalk away from:  A New York Times cameo, reports galore, a Crain's play-by-play, Alderman moderated blogs, and what now? 

You've baited the site's new owner into calling you, Lincoln Park, that's right, you,  the "biggest classic case of not in my backyard as I've ever seen in my lifetime." Richard Zisook's deafening words to the Chicago News Cooperative for the New York Times are a serious allegation.  Battling the Mid-North Neighbors community association over their proposal, Richard Zisook and Michael Supera plan a five-building redevelopment of the former Lincoln Park Hospital into a mixed-use of senior-housing condominiums, a few single-family homes, commericial/retail, and an altered, already existing parking garage. 

Participate in the continuing carnage this Tuesday, January 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Lincoln Park High SchoolAld. Vi Daley will referee the latest stab at compromise between Zisook and Supera and the Mid-North neighbors over the modified plans for the site's use.   

Petitioning against the site drew over 400 signatures from residents who armed Michele Smith, 43rd ward Democratic Committeeman, with a hefty argument against tall buildings, traffic, excessive retail, and tarnishing the charm of their blocks.   

Championing a feasibility study last year on the community's guidelines for re-using the Children's Memorial Hospital space for mixed use earned Vi Daley her blogger black belt.  The use of community blogs to stage a podium for Lincoln Park citizen proposals and debate over this very issue not only left marvelous tracks for those of us who weren't there to watch in the beginning, but also sparks questions like,  "so what the heck is REALLY going on here?" 

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Ready to get sweaty? Bangin' Lincoln Park fitness bargains

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jennkloc

I am a student journalist at DePaul University and an enthusiastic blogger for Lincoln Park Now. I am interested in community journalism, new media, and volunteering. My number one passion? Writing, of course!

Hi, Lincoln Park Now readers, and sorry for my recent post-hiatus. Any of our readers who are also DePaul students will know how crazy the last week has been with winter quarter classes starting, but enough excuses!

Searching the web recently for Lincoln Park topics of interest has only served to remind me that I need to put my New Years resolution exercise plan into motion likerightnow.

If you're in the same situation, let's not fight it anymore! Don't let the blizzard stop you from building a bangin' bod. I've found a great deal and an exciting class that will make getting fit in Lincoln Park a fun and thrifty possibility in 2010.

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Hey, you wanna get fit like the Governator? Well, no promises, but Lincoln Park has some pretty sweet fitness offers for 2010. Photo by flikr user d_vdm.

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Is pro-abortion funding in Lincoln Park connected to Daley's award for Chicago pro-choice law?

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Molly Horan

I am a recent graduate of DePaul University raising the temperature of journalism in Chicago with wit and fury! I won't work for peanuts, but possibly cashews, or frequent flyer miles.

 

While Americans passionately react to the Stupak amendment, 43rd Ward Ald. Vi Daley is being honored this month by Planned Parenthood of Illinois' at their  "Future of Choice" celebration to mark 37 years since the Supreme Court's ruling in Roe Vs. Wade.  



Ald. Daley sponsored the "bubble zone" legislation which passed in the City Council in October.   The ordinance restricts pro-life advocates from approaching women seeking services at reproductive health centers in Chicago.    The ordinance is designed to protect women's safety and privacy.  Daley referred to instances wherein women are often followed and photographed by pro-lifers.    
 

Controversy swirls around the ordinance, which, though modeling itself after like laws in other states, drew disapproval from the ACLU for infringement of free speech.   The Pro-Life Action League continues to document their protests against the Chicago law, and the Thomas More Society plans to file suit against the City Council. 
 
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Tribune Photo, Antonio Perez, October, 2009. Pro-Life protesters voice backlash against Bubble Zone legislation after Vi Daley's sponsored bill passed in Chicago City Council, enforcing an ordinance against pro-life activists from approaching women seeking reproductive health services outside centers. An eight foot buffer is required between people, and a 50 foot buffer between centers and demonstrating groups.

   

Free speech may be the rallying cry of Pro-Lifers in opposition to the ordinance, but
one thing is made clear after a little digging.   On the issue of abortion in Lincoln Park,
 
 
MONEY TALKS.
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Don't pick your nose, Lincoln Park, and register to vote for the February 2, 2010 Primary 'cause today is IT, people!

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Molly Horan

I am a recent graduate of DePaul University raising the temperature of journalism in Chicago with wit and fury! I won't work for peanuts, but possibly cashews, or frequent flyer miles.

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Flickr user TheresaThompson doesn't want you to pick your nose, either.

If you've just turned 18, recently moved into Lincoln Park, or something just inspired you to become a voter (let me guess: living in Cook County in 2009?) - you're going to have to register.  

The last day to register for the February 2nd Primary Election is TODAY, at CITY HALL or until midnight at 69 W. Washington.  

 

 

 

Though nobody is up for City Council office, Lincoln Park, it's a statewide and countywide race this time around, oh, yeah, and U.S. Senator.   (Time to replace Roland Burris, at least!)  

 

So what's the deal anyway, you're thinking?  Are you? 

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Lincoln Park, from beer to butterflies

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jennkloc

I am a student journalist at DePaul University and an enthusiastic blogger for Lincoln Park Now. I am interested in community journalism, new media, and volunteering. My number one passion? Writing, of course!

Good afternoon, Lincoln Park, and I hope this cloudy, gray final-day-of-December is treating you well! Hopefully some of our followers on Twitter will respond to our New Years Resolutions inquiry, and I can post those up for your viewing pleasure later today.

But I have a special New Years treat for you right now, dear readers.


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There's no place like home for the New Year. Photo by flikr user Zol87, text added by me.


What do beer, free rides, 5k runs, hip hop music, and butterflies have in common? This is a Lincoln Park blog, so I'm sure you can make the connection...

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