August 2007 Archives

Charlie, a chocolate Lab from the South Loop, shares the frustration of his owner and their neighbors over the installation of a fence around the tiny park in their neighborhood. It's a small park, surrounded by quiet dead end streets.

Wanna beat that hangover or fight off the flu?
Try this concoction courtesy of Sparki-the-bartender of the Four Moon Tavern in Roscoe Village.

Shields Avenue is named after General James Shields, a real estate speculator and U. S. senator. Who did Shields once challenge to a duel?

Post the correct answer first and win a Sun-Times T-shirt.

Walter's beef

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Neighborhoods reader Walter Brzeski has a beef in the 36th Ward, where Ald. Bill Banks rules, over parking his pickup truck on the street — which is illegal in some wards.

Here's his take on getting "pounded with $25 tickets."

The blog is back

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After a two-week hiatus, the neighborhoods blog returns.

In today's paper, Dave McKinney and Chris Fusco put a local face on some of the so-called "Pork projects" that Gov. Blagojevich cut from the state budget.
The way I've always understood legislative "pork," — also know as the pet projects of state lawmakers — is that the best of the bacon goes to benefit folks closest to their clout.

Answer today's Hoods Quiz question here and win a Sun-Times T-shirt.

(Note: Winner will be announced in two weeks. I will be on vacation.)

Good luck.

A summer night on the Calumet River is a special place, especially if you have a buddy with a boat. That's where I'm lucky, I guess.
Tell me your favorite stories of time spent on the Calumet boating, fishing or hanging at Skippers drinking Downscope.

In fact, if you're one of those people who claims to know the secret recipe — tell us your version.

Here's an internet exclusive for you ...

Who was Torrence Avenue named after?

The first poster with the correct answer wins a Sun-Times T-shirt.

Sources say a group of kids were robbed of their cash and at gunpoint Wednesday night by three men — two blacks and on HIspanic — in hooded sweatshirts near Stevenson School, 8010 S. Kostner.
If you have information about this crime please send a confidential email with your contact information to our reporter on the scene, Lisa Donovan.

Overnight local mail delivery in Chicago has improved, but we're still the worst in the nation for getting our mail on time.

Has delivery in your neighborhood improved?

Let your voice be heard here.

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Edgewater will officially "unveil" and dedicate the Bryn Mawr Bricolage on Saturday August 11th. The intergenerational project included residents of all ages.

The 185-foot long public art piece will be the largest community-based public art piece in Chicago and it's basis is the history and geography of our community. Included is a giant blowup of an antique postcard of the Edgewater Beach Hotel.

If you want to know what Chicago streetlife sounded like before horn-blaring cabdrivers ruined everything, hop in a carriage for a ride behind the cardinal's Gold Coast mansion.

That's where the click, click, clop of horse hooves gets gently muffled on the city's strangest historic landmark -- the century-old cedar pavers of a wooden alley.

Neighbors are working with their alderman to save the alley from an asphalt burial.
Do you think this interesting little piece of Chicago history is worth saving? Or is it just another place where we throw out our trash?

Check out this video by John Sall, and this animated informational graphic by Greg Good before you decide.

Jeff Zimmermann was teaching Pilsen kids how to make popsicle-stick sculptures when a neighborhood priest asked him to paint Our Lady of Guadalupe on a building at 19th and Ashland.

Back in 1996, Zimmermann was just a graphic design geek helping out at a Pilsen community center. He didn't know the first thing about painting a mural.

"The priest said, 'You're an artist, right?' 'You know how to paint a mural, right?' And I said, 'Yeah,' " Zimmermann says. "But none of it was true."

Chicago Police Officer Gerold Lee, of Bridgeport, volunteers as a mentor to Harold Washington College student Angie Wines through the Illinois Education Fund. For the last year, Lee has met with Wines, who wants to be a police officer, every month to help her prepare for a job in law enforcement. "There's personal rewards and satisfaction in helping people out the best you can," he says. "It feels good."

Be the first to post the answer to today's quiz here and win a Sun-Times T-shirt

Today, I introduced you to Chicago's strangest landmark, a wooden alley between State and Astor behind Cardinal George's mansion.

There's another surviving wooden alley in Chicago that isn't a landmark. Where is it?

Spanky & Bella the suburban Amirican Straffodshire terriers seized from a van in Burbank, where there were bred to kill, will be up for adoption in a week from the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge, intrepid reporter Stefano Esposito reports.
I'm sure there's loads of dog lovers who want to adopt the cuddly puppies, who apparently have unique personalities despite their lineage. But what about the other dozen adult fighting dogs saved from their breeders, who's out there anyone interested in adopting dogs who might already know how to snap a 2X4 in half with their powerful jaws?

Mark Konkol

Mark Konkol covers city neighborhoods for the Chicago Sun-Times. You can e-mail him or call (312) 321-2146.

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