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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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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 
native and Walter Payton College 
Prep student home safely after 
disappearance Tuesday. 
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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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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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For The Love of Grass... Fake Grass That Is

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Christine Carr

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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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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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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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Inner children rejoice: Lincoln Park has sledding and cocoa!

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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 the season's greetings have awoken your inner child, you're not alone! This time of year, I can't help but reflect on my childhood and try to rekindle the magic. It seemed like the most important thing I could do was monitor the local news for updates on the Red Guy's whereabouts and cross my fingers for a White Christmas.

One of my favorite things about the winter during my childhood was the snow--it seems like every day, I was building igloos, making snow angels, and instigating snowball fights with my friends.

But for me, sledding was an extra special treat. It required permission and transportation from my mom and dad, which made sledding pretty much the most magical thing that could ever happen in the snow, ever.

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Wee! Let your inner child show the Lincoln Park slopes what he's got this winter! Photo by flikr user skpy.

If you're with me, Lincoln Park-ers, your inner children can eat their hearts out. I've scoped the Lincoln Park sledding scene and mapped the closest coffee and cocoa just for you!
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Lincoln Park media mash-up

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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 Now readers! We really need to come up with some sort of nickname for our readers...

Anyway, I'm here to launch you headfirst into the weekend with a Lincoln-Park-in-the-media round up post. Brace yourselves!

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Yee-haw! It's a Lincoln Park media round up, y'all! Photo by flikr user williac



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Lincoln Park emergencies steal this morning's headlines

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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 Now readers, and has our neighborhood been busy in the headlines today!


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With a missing teen, a woman pulled from a lagoon, and a serious stabbing, Lincoln Park has seen its share of emergencies the past two days. Photo by flikr user Chris.Violette

News bulletins, alerts, and tweets galore flew around the internet earlier this morning when police asked for the public's help in locating 14-year-old Leslie Sinclair of Lincoln Park.

According to a Chicago Sun-Times article, Sinclair was last seen yesterday at 2:30 p.m. in her apartment on the 2200 block of N. Lincoln Ave., with a male identified only as "Chris." Her mother came home and asked Chris to leave, only to discover shortly there after that Sinclair had left the apartment, too.

An article on Chicago Breaking News reported that Sinclair was found safe at 9:30 a.m. this morning and taken to an area hospital for observation.

If that isn't enough media attention focused on the Lincoln Park neighborhood, an article on the WBBM 780 website reported that Chicago Fire Department crews pulled a woman from a lagoon just north of the Lincoln Park Zoo this morning around 3:00 a.m.

According to the article, the woman is hospitalized at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and expected to undergo psychiatric observation.

Chicago Breaking News reported that as police approached the woman in a park near the lagoon around 3:00 a.m. this morning, she ran and jumped into the water. The article says that according to police, the woman may have mental problems.

All this alongside yesterday's stabbing near the Clybourn Corridor certainly places Lincoln Park in the media spotlight this week! What's going on?

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Does stabbing on Southport signal more violence on Lincoln Park's west side?

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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.


Incidents of homicide are rare in Lincoln Park, but the west side of one of Chicago's safest neighborhoods is seeing an uptick in violence.


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flickr user AMagill's image reflects sentiment that could be building on the west side of Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood after a man was brutally stabbed on the 2100 block of N. Southport Avenue.


An attempted murder on the 2100 block of N. Southport was reported today at 11:35 a.m. when a man, 43 years old, was stabbed in the back during an altercation with the suspect who fled the scene.   Chicago Police news affairs spokesperson John Mirabelli told Lincoln Park Now that an African-American suspect in his forties has yet to be identified.  Belmont area detectives are investigating.

 

The victim is being treated for trauma and serious injury at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.   Will this story develop a cast of the fallen on Lincoln Park's west side, or is this a hyped threat?  Should these events of bloodshed be considered an issue?   Is it time to call Ald. Waguespack?


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Fenger students who sued Chicago Public Schools may transfer to Lincoln Park High School

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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 High School might provide a safe haven for Fenger High School students who sued Chicago Public Schools for the right to be allowed to transfer.

According to an article on Chicago Breaking News, a plan was approved in court on Tuesday that would allow the ten Fenger students who sued CPS to transfer to Morgan Park High School, Julian High School, Lincoln Park Academy, or the selective enrollment school, Carver Military Academy.

A Medill report on Tuesday said that it is unclear why school officials selected these schools or why only students listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit would be granted immediate transfers.

Lincoln Park Academy is the only one of the four schools that is not located on the far south side, leading many Chicagoans to question why it made the short list of possible transfer schools.



A 90 minute bus, red line, and secondary bus commute connects Altgeld Gardens to Lincoln Park High School in proposed relocation of Fenger students after a settlement of the lawsuit against Chicago Public Schools.


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How to add "be a good samaritan" to your holiday to-do list Lincoln Park style

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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.

How is your holiday wish list stacking up now that you have probably scoped out the shopping scene this weekend?   Many Lincoln Park businesses could be delighting in yours if it's a hopeful who's who of designer labels.   There are also several organizations doing works of human kindness around the neighborhood just bursting to give you your good citizenship patches before year's end.... in case that's what you're really wanting.

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Charity, a definition from Chambers dictionary. Used with permission of flickr user HowardLake.


Everybody knows you like to give. 
Scanning this year's semi-annual political donations reveals that Lincoln Park is more about "the gift" than any other zip code in Illinois.... with nearly three quarters of a mil just to political campaigns in the first six months of the year tracing back to 60614.  


So, you big softy, don't cramp your neck seeking somewhere to deposit your charitable gifts this season; if you're in Lincoln Park you can scratch several backs around Chicago, especially now as the deep freeze dread takes a little comfort away from everyone by the day and you're unfortunately a little more attuned to human suffering.... (Brrrr is right!). 
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"Trixies and Chads": Is the Lincoln Park neighborhood a playground for social elitists?

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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!

At the risk of presenting myself as a blogger who does all my research on Twitter, I'd like to share with Lincoln Park Now readers yet another interesting controversy I discovered as a result of a curious tweet.

A Twitter user with only 4 followers, @TrixieSociety tweeted yesterday morning about a free Starbucks gingerbread cinnamon latte giveaway for all "Trixies" or members of the Lincoln Park Trixie Society in the Lincoln Park area stores.

That's interesting, I thought, and obviously untrue. But what is the Lincoln Park Trixie Society?

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Zoolights, tree-lighting, overeating, and holiday cheer kicks off in Lincoln Park. (Shhh, most of it is free!)

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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.

Just as you are beginning to maybe appreciate the onslaught of holiday media, we've compiled some bulletins to help fill your calendar.   Lincoln Park is absolutely saturated with opportunity to kickstart the season's festivities.  Some free, some frugal, and let's face it 60614, some are priced for the city's fattest pocketbooks (and you tell us if its worth every penny).  Whatever your circumstances, we think this list might help excite your spirit at least a little. 

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Puppy mill protesters target Lincoln Park's Pawsh Puppies

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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!

You know those teeny-tiny, adorable little puppies that are all the rage in Lincoln Park? Well, they've worked some Chicagoans into a rage of their own.

Today at about 1:30 p.m., Twitter user @Davie_St posted two tweets about a big protest he discovered outside of Pawsh Puppies at 2120 N. Halsted in Lincoln Park:

@Davie_St: Passed a lively, homegrown protest outside a Lincoln Park froo-froo doggies-for-sale boutique. Looked like fun!
@Davie_St: Sign: "Here $1500 buys one sick dog. At animal shelters, $1500 adopts 150 dogs." Ah, good point.

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A group of protesters from the Puppy Mill Project picketed outside Pawsh Puppies in Lincoln Park for 3 hours today, according to Pawsh Puppies store manager Alex Gershbeyn. Photo by flikr user kellymcheese.



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Lincoln Park pubs on route of free Saturday night bus rides

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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.

Closing in on the last pre-Holiday weekend, you might be heading out to the Lincoln Park pubs.  Braving the Miller Lite free double decker bus that begins Saturday just might have to happen.   If you're looking to economize further, we've got some specials on hand.  You be the judge.

 

(and for those of you not going to see New Moon tonight, but still looking for a hip screening):   

 

Gaper's Block dropped the word on what's up at Facet's Cinemateque (1517 W. Fullerton Avenue) this evening:   a $9 ticket can be purchased on Facet's website for the Pitchfork-sponsored premiere of All Tomorrow's Parties, a documentary musical film featuring musical acts: 

Battles, Sonic Youth, Belle and Sebastian, Patti Smith, Animal Collective, Grinderman, Iggy and the Stooges, Portishead, Mogwai, Slint, Grizzly Bear, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Gossip, Daniel Johnston and The Boredoms.

 

 

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Lincoln Park linked to Chicago Park District 2010 budget, nail polish, and new jobs

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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.


There are little bits of news to be found everywhere in Lincoln Park today!  Last-minute notice of how to donate bone marrow to a national hero, nail polish, and that proposal from the Chicago Park District 2010 budget to raise program prices in Lincoln Park more than in other Chicago neighborhoods... and more: we've got your latest here on Lincoln Park Now. 

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Green City Market farmers and vendors share creative and delicious Thanksgiving recipes

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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!

Are you looking to impress your Thanksgiving guests with innovative, creative recipes that feature organic ingredients?

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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum hosts Lincoln Park's Green City Market every Saturday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Here, shoppers browse the Genesis Growers squash table on Saturday morning, Nov. 14.


If you live in Lincoln Park, you may not need to look any further than your own back yard.

This weekend, Lincoln Park Now decided to make a special trip to the Green City Market to see what kind of recipes we could get the farmers and vendors to share with us. And boy oh boy, did we get them to give up some good ones!

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Todd Stroger stands up debate in "the sophisticated ward"

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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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                       Photo: Jenn Kloc            

 

Executive Director of the Better Government Association Andy Shaw opened the candidate's forum yesterday at DePaul with the suggestion that the Cook County Board President's race will be the "most important race on the ballot."


And Todd Stroger never showed.


Beside the empty seat marked for the incumbent Cook County President, 4th ward Alderman Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Terry O'Brien, and Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County Dorothy Brown responded to Shaw's questions, some of his own and several audience submissions. 


The 43rd Ward Democrats committeeman Michele Smith was elated by the opportunity to co-sponsor a debate so critical, and to call it a  "Lincoln Park-centric" event.

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Diet reality-tv show auditions in Lincoln Park not as cool as cookies

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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.

The Chicago Film Office has announced a casting call in Lincoln Park this Saturday, November 21st, at 2251 N. Lincoln Avenue, for an extreme weight loss show to be produced by ABC-TV.   They promise to "take the weight right off before your eyes." 

 Mm-hmm. Men targeting at least a 200 lb. drop in weight are invited to audition, and for women's weight loss the goal is 150 lbs.  

 

Photo: Flickr user Robert S. Donovan

 

 

We take your extreme weight loss show casting, ABC, and raise you one COOKIE BAR.

 

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Do you have any questions for the democrats vying for the President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners nomination?

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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!

Does everyone remember Molly's awesome post about Todd Stroger and the BGA-moderated panel at DePaul this Sunday? Of course you remember! You totally bookmarked that blog post, wrote it down in your day planner, and called up all your friends and neighbors and told them about it, too, so that you can all go together after church or brunch.

Because that's how awesome and important it's going to be.


Well, on the off chance you can't make it out on Sunday, even though you really want to, we decided it would be a good idea to start a conversation going about the panel on here.

What kinds of questions do you want answered at the panel discussion? Are there any questions you have for Todd Stroger, Toni Preckwinkle, Dorothy Brown, or Terrence O'Brien?

Post your questions or concerns in here, and Molly and I will do our best to ask them for you tomorrow!

Defining Lincoln Park: Can the internet help communities define neighborhood boundaries and characteristics?

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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!


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Description of the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Photo uploaded to Flickr by teofilo.


Lincoln Park Now is a neighborhood blog, which seems straightforward enough. But now, in our appointed roles as community bloggers, Molly and I are left with the tough, philosophical task of defining what exactly the Lincoln Park neighborhood is.


The great thing about neighborhoods is that they are dynamic. They are subject to the flux of residents, businesses, real estate, tourists, and anything else that might pass right through or stay a while.


Neighborhood boundaries are even more fluid. People who live in certain areas identify with particular neighborhoods regardless of where we draw lines on a map. Neighborhoods are constantly being shaped and defined by the people who occupy them, but even these definitions rely on the individuals who produce them. The difficult thing about neighborhoods, then, is that they are so subjective.


If everyone's opinion is valid, then who gets to be right? How can we define Lincoln Park?


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Politics in the Park: Todd Stroger to appear in a DePaul panel Sunday moderated by the BGA

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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.

We halt this search for the best place too see glistening pints overflow on Lincoln Avenue this weekend to give you the in on something we find positively fabulous, and not at all nerdy. 

 

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So, Lincoln Parkers, may we subtly suggest the possibility of spending your last 50 degree weather Sunday of 2009 steered toward DePaul University's Student Center (Belden at Sheffield) at 1 p.m. this Sunday, November 15?

 

The Better Government Association (BGA) and your own 43rd Ward Democrats have organized what promises to be a proper meeting of the minds amongst those vying for the democrat nomination for the President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners seat in the 2010 primary on February 2. 

 

 While BGA President Andy Shaw moderates, Cook County Board President Todd Stroger will take on opponents 4th Ward Alderman Toni Preckwinkle, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County Dorothy Brown, and President of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Terrence O'Brien.

 

In case you haven't heard, the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce has spoken out against
President Stroger's veto power....  

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Greetings, Lincoln Park and guests, we're a blog now!

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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!

By Jenn Kloc and Molly Horan
 
 
The internet is crazy-awesome. Where else can you connect with people half-way across the world, pay your gas bill, and research the history of New Zealand's Maori people all at once? You can perform almost every basic social function over the internet, and you can do so in a global context.
 
 
The internet is so huge and yet so accessible that some argue it's shrinking the world by connecting it. Kids in Chicago can get online homework help from tutors in India, an online poker player in Rio can make friends with a fellow player in London, and a Canadian online shopper can buy a hand-woven bag from a vendor in Kenya and send it to her mother in Florida. The internet makes it easy to connect with people we may never have had the chance to meet otherwise.
 
 
But is it possible to use the internet to connect with our own neighbors?
 
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