Thursday, June 3, 2010

At the end of last year, I wrote a three-item wish list of things I’d like to see in 2010. My first wish: to see food trucks operating on the streets of Chicago.

Not to get your and my hopes too high, but we’re starting toContinue...



Friday, May 21, 2010

They form an odd sight on the once-mean, now-trendy streets of Bucktown and Wicker Park: The bespectacled alderman of a young, affluent ward and his blue-collar aide, popping sewer grates and wielding shovels.

Almost five years after the Daley administration fired Frank Coconate from the WaterContinue...


Thursday, May 20, 2010

If ever there was a community in need of economic development, it’s West Englewood.

It’s riddled with vacant lots. Those that aren’t turning to swamps or being used as fly dumps are littered with rubble, broken glass, plastic bottles, and piles of soiled clothes. Since theContinue...



Thursday, April 29, 2010

On February 4, the day they were scheduled to talk about the possibility of reforming the city’s mobile food vendor regulations, 43rd Ward alderman Vi Daley kept Phillip Foss waiting at the entrance of her office for about an hour.

It wasn’t that she wasn’t interestedContinue...

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A man and woman have been charged in the violent assault of two women in Bucktown last Friday. Natasha McShane and Stacy Jurich were severely injured in the attack and Natasha will be in the hospital for quite some time.

These young women still need ourContinue...


Thursday, April 22, 2010

By Marla Donato, Chicago Sun-Times

If you think Chicago’s parking meter lease deal was a bad idea, wait till you hear what could be in store for the city’s water.

That was the basic take-away message for about 120 people packed into a Wicker Park theater basementContinue...


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Located in Lincoln Park, on the corner of Ashland and Wrightwood, Prescott Elementary School is a neighborhood school with cluster focus on reading and literature. Two years ago, Mr. Erin Roche joined Prescott as principal. He and Prescott Parents have been actively involved in bringing inContinue...


At McLean and Leavitt, Pulaski Elementary School is the neighborhood school for many Bucktown families.  In early 2008, Alderman Waguespack began asking Chicago Public Schools Office of Academic Enhancement to consider bringing an International Baccalaureate program to the schools.  While IB programs exist at otherContinue...


Thursday, April 1, 2010

The closing party for the exhibit—curated by Reader assistant editor Lauri Apple and Jeremy Scheuch—is Friday, April 2, from 7 to 11 PM at Johalla Projects, 1561 N. Milwaukee. Take our quiz How Well Do You Know Your City Council? for a chance to win aContinue...



Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Normally Mayor Daley always gets his way.

But, perhaps not this time.

Last Tuesday, just eight days from the traditional April 1st start of the Chicago street cleaning season, the administration decided to make a drastic change to how city streets get cleaned.