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Month: July, 2010

More stuff to do…

National Night Out

Sponsored by the 14th District Police, America’s National Night Out Against Crime is set for Tuesday, August 3, from 5-10pm at 1359 N. Sacramento, in the Humboldt Park boat house. There will be a Michael Jackson impersonator, a climbing wall, a petting zoo, free pizza and hot dogs, and free American flags to the first 300 people. Come join us for a positive night out!

Run the 1st Ward with Alderman Moreno

Join 1st Ward Alderman Moreno for a 3-mile run in the beautiful Wicker Park neighborhood on Thursday, August 19. Runners should meet at Running Away Multisport at 1634 W. North at 6:15pm and the run will begin at 6:30pm. If you are not too tired, there will be an after-run party at Piece Brewery & Pizzeria, 1927 W. North Ave.

AND DON”T FORGET! Shaw’s Lobster Fest ends July 31st!! Go!

And your local fest for next weekend, Wicker Park Fest!

Street Sweeping Text Reminders


First Ward Alderman Joe Morena is launching a text alert system for residential street sweeping in the ward.

This text alert system will be the first in Chicago and the second in the country.

This text notification system will have two positive effects. The number of tickets issued should be considerably reduced, and 1st Ward streets will be more thoroughly cleaned.

The 1st Ward had previously used an e-mail alert system but I feel that text messaging will be a far more effective way to alert residents.

Once residents sign up they will receive two text messages, one the night before and one the morning of, to remind them to move their vehicle and avoid a $50 ticket.

Alderman Moreno is funding this program so it will be free for 1st Ward residents.

To sign up for these notifications follow this link and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Alderman’s office.

Family Night at Soldier Field!

Driving in Chicago

I am in the car a LOT for my job. And when I’m not in the car for work- driving to and from showings and picking up clients- it seems I’m schlepping my kid somewhere, or running errands. Well, recently being in the car has been VERY costly for me.  Now, keep in mind, I’m a very conservative, defensive driver.  I know everyone says the are a good driver but I’m not saying that, I’m saying I pay attention and always assume the worst of other drivers–making for a very conservative, safe approach.  I wasn’t so bad before I had a kid but now I’m known to drive the rest of my family (who are very aggressive drivers) batty.

Nevertheless, I got TWO red light tickets in the span of two days. One was from a red light camera and one was from a cop who was sitting in the middle of Michigan Ave. I’m fighting both because there simply HAS to be some level of practical logic applied to these scenarios, it’s just ridiculous!  But I digress.

I just got an email from a friend of mine warning of a crackdown on speeding in work zones.  I checked it out on and its true, although not new. The deal is that the State of Illinois has cameras in work zone and if you are ticketed for speeding, your first offense is $375. Second offense, $1,000 and 90 day suspension.  I don’t really have any quarrel with the concept, highway workers deaths have gone down dramatically in response to this program. But, I just HATE the cameras! I mean, a camera can’t understand context or apply reason or discretion. I have a hard time agreeing that a fraction of a second, taken out of context of the rest of the traffic pattern or surrounding cars is a fair judgement.

Luckily, I stay local as much as possible so these particular cameras are not likely to cause me any grief but for those of you taking a driving vacation or heading out on the highways for any reason, beware! Here’s the story on Snopes.

Green City Market Cocktail Party at Perennial

Perennial Parlor

On Wednesday, July 14th, join us at Perennial for the next installment in our summer-long series of cocktail parties focusing on fresh ingredients from the Green City Market.  We will send BRG mixologist, Benjamin Schiller on a mission to find the best and most beautiful ingredients at the market, and then come back and make 2 fabulous libations for everyone to try.
This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC from 6:30pm-8:00pm.
Light appetizers will be served.

Perennial/ 1800 N. Lincoln Ave.

RSVP to 312-981-7070

Space is filling up FAST!