Pizza is virtually a major food group for Chicagoans so there's never a shortage of new spots popping up to satisfy that craving. The following 12 pizzerias have joined the fray in the past year and they're dishing out cheesy, mouthwatering slices. No need to argue over which style is the best either as there's something for everyone—from Neapolitan to Detroit-style pies. Listed in alphabetical order.... Read more.
The best tradesman's clothes can help you do the best work. Rasenick's is having a big summer sale that can make even the hardest projects easier for the workers in the community. Pick up durable gear that is designed to perform well and last long in adverse conditions without stressing your wallet. It's a Win-Win.
For more information click here.
There has been a stream of car thefts in the Chicagoland area, but Mobile Audio and Alarm, 4101 N. Milwaukee Ave., is ready to equip customers with the tools to face this problem head on. They are having a car alarm sale until July 31st. It only costs $88.88 to equip your vehicle with an advanced car alarm system that includes features such as a starter motor cut-off, long range remote, and a lifetime warranty on parts and labor. They are also having a sale on Kicker Audio Boxes.
For more info click here.
Binny's Beverage Depot has officially opened at Six Corners. The store is very large, easy to navigate, and more importantly, it is completely stocked completely with a great variety of beer, wine, liquor and cigars. Great products are available for every budget.
For more info click here.
Millennials are changing the way that we look at new developments. Although millennials like to live in spaces that have modern amenities, they prefer to live in neighborhoods that have a rich history and have found ways to reuse historical buildings. In a survey conducted by Edge Research, they found that millennials tend to value a mix of old and new buildings where they live, dine, shop and travel. A few key highlights include:
- One-in-three (36 percent) are preservation fans and have taken action in support of the cause.
- One-in-two millennials view historic preservation as important through the lens of engaging in authentic experiences (52 percent), preserving a sense of community (52 percent) and creatively re-using structures (51 percent).
Read more about the survey commissioned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express here.
With 629 restaurants around the country, Culver's corporate leaders don't typically travel for a photo op every time construction begins on a new site. But Thursday was different, company CEO Joe Koss said.
"This is a pretty special day for Culver's," Koss said after a groundbreaking ceremony for the new location at 4939 W. Irving Park Road. "We've been approaching the City of Chicago for many years, but we've yet to open a restaurant here. It's a big day for us."
Summer is in full gear and some of our great organizations are offering summer camps that focus on different forms of art and creativity.
Art Side Out Art Summer Camp
Art Side Out Studio's Summer Art Camp starts on July 17th and will continue through August 18th, 10:00 am-2:00 pm. The camp is for ages 5 and up and encompasses all kinds of creative projects. Kids will spend all day making art and when whether permits, have lunch at the park. The classes are small.
One day: $40
Three days: $110/day
After four days and up: $ 35/day
Before and after care is available.
Filament Theater Summer Camp: A Hero's Journey
Campers will use the foundations of the hero’s journey to explore what it means to be a hero in society today. While exploring myths from around the world, campers will learn the fundamentals of Filament’s ensemble and storytelling techniques. Throughout the week, campers will create larger-than-life characters, original songs, and their very own hero’s journey. Filament Camp is special. There are no scripts and no assigned roles. Each camper creates their own dream role, dialogue, characters, stories, and costumes.
Through drama and creative play, Filament’s experienced teaching artists focus the days to explore creative problem solving, teamwork, confident public speaking, analysis of classic texts, speaking directly to the audience, and community engagement.
1. Join the Community
You can become part of your neighborhood's premier professional theatre for young people and their families. Students learn from the very actors they have seen on stage!
“We love Filament performances for the sheer talent of their cast, the wonderful, ingenious set design and for their creativity and imagination, and that comes through in their classes too." - Lori (parent)
2. Get Creative: Create a play of your own!
At Filament Camp, kids create their own dream roles. Our teachers work hard to support the creativity of the students helping campers' unique ideas shine!
"It’s not like regular play camp where you are given a script to memorize— you are creating your own script so it feels more natural. It’s your own play and words… At camp it is really hands on– besides writing the script we also make the costumes and choreograph our movements.” – Jameson (camper)
3. Make Friends: Get to know more creative kids in the neighborhood
Supportive teachers, guided group work, and funny theatre games create a community where friendships flourish.
"I liked that I made a new friend." - Peighton (camper)
"On the first day I made a new friend." - Andy (camper)
"I am proud I made new friends. And proud I met new people." - Chloe (camper)
Learn about sibling discounts and more...
Crews have begun painting bicycle lanes along a two-mile stretch of Milwaukee Avenue spanning the Old Irving Park and Portage Park neighborhoods, fulfilling a long-held priority of city transportation officials and Ald. John Arena(45th).
By the end of May, half the on-street parking will disappear along the avenue between Addison Street and Irving Park Road, making way for buffered bike lanes in both directions, according to Arena's office.
Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.
May is the month of preservation of buildings and spaces. Everyone has a place that matters to them. A place that created unique experiences for them. This Place Matters is a national campaign strives to encourage people to share the places that matter most to them. Even though Six Corners is not a physical building, it is a place. A place is a space that has meaning and some our small business owners wanted to share that why Six Corners matters to them.
Liberty Tax Service has launched its annual partnership with the Irving Park Community Food Pantry. Liberty Tax will offer a 50% discount on individual income tax return preparation fees for each client that makes a $20 contribution to the Food Pantry during the month of March.
Liberty Tax is open Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Sunday by appointment. Call (773) 286-6900 for appointment.
March in the Northwest-side Irish Parade with Art Side Out Studio. All are invited to participate with puppets created under the theme, "Tribute to our Water Ways."
Assembly begins at 10am. Kick-off at 12pm.
For more info or to sign up, click here.
Filament Theatre is offering a Buy 2, Get 1 Free ticket deal for Robin Hood & The Van Gogh Cafe now through March 7th. Use promo code PARTYOF3 when reserving three or more tickets for either production.
The name Taurus comes from the tiny Campanian village of Taurasi, where Silvana's grandmother crafted local delicacies in her kitchen before the family moved to present-day Croatia, she said.
After fleeing war in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, the Vidakovics moved to Germany and opened an Italian restaurant near the French border town of Strasburg. In 1999, they set their sights on Chicago.
They spent a decade saving money while Silvana cooked at Resurrection Medical Center in Norwood Park, and in 2012 they bought a vacant storefront in Six Corners, an area they'd heard described as "El Dorado."
To learn more about Taurus, now open at 4024 N. Milwaukee, click here.
Active Transportation Alliance has launched a campaign called "Speeding Up Chicago's Buses" that seeks to change the decline of ridership by promoting near-term, low-cost bus service improvements to the city's highest ridership routes in partnership with CTA.
To help inform the campaign, they want to hear from you – why do you ride the bus and how do you think bus service could be improved?
- Faster boarding practices such as allowing riders to pre-pay their fare at the bus stop and board through both the front and rear doors will greatly help increase bus speed.
- Dedicated bus lanes can help crowded buses move more quickly through Chicago’s congested streets, and help avoid bus bunching.
- Traffic signal improvements could be utilized to help buses stay on schedule by allowing bus systems to connect with traffic signals, minimizing stops at red lights and giving buses a head start at certain intersections.
Please take their survey to share your feedback!
Are you looking to beautify your business and the neighborhood with Outdoor Seating? Businesses with a valid Retail Food Establishment License may apply for a Sidewalk Cafe Permit to serve food outside their restaurant on city sidewalks. Applicants intending to serve liquor at a Sidewalk Cafe must have a valid Liquor License pursuant to Chapter 4-60 of the Municipal Code of the City of Chicago. The 2017 sidewalk café season begins on March 1st, and ends on December 1st. Sidewalk Café Permits have a 9 month term, and must be applied for, and issued, every year.
Go to the City of Chicago Sidewalk Cafe Application Information Package for the 2017 Season to download the application. Completed applications and required documents may be submitted via mail, or in person, to our Small Business Center in City Hall, Room 800, 121 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60602.