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CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - November 28, 2008

How's the traffic in the parking lot at the mall, folks?  I don't know, because Sue and I are staying the heck away today.  Good luck, however, if you're among the huddled masses at the big-box stores this afternoon!

Here's this week's Chicago Neighborhood Update from our Team Member, Jennifer Arcand.  This week, she's focusing on the Chicago Neighborhoods of Lakeview, The South Loop, Lincoln Park, and Edison Park, and the Chicago Suburb of Naperville IL.

LAKEVIEW

The Gap is opening a handful of Chicago-area stores on Thanksgiving Day to get a head start on the traditional post-Thanksgiving Holiday shopping kick-off.

This will be the first time Chicago shoppers will find a Gap open before they sit down to Turkey dinner.   It will certainly be a benefit to be able to try on a new pair of jeans, before your Thanksgiving feast begins.

The Gap flagship store downtown on North Michigan Ave. will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Three other stores will be open from noon to 5 p.m. at North Sheffield in Lincoln Park, at Broadway and Belmont in Lakeview and in suburban Naperville, and will have 35 stores open nationwide on Thanksgiving, mostly in Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Click here to learn more.

THE SOUTH LOOP

Former President Franklin Roosevelt had Warm Springs, while John F. Kennedy headed off to Hyannisport, and George W. Bush can be found on the ranch in Crawford, Texas.

Historically Presidents frequent set vacation destinations away from the White House.  Barack Obama has suggested that his family getaway could be right here in the Kenwood neighborhood, where he owns a home bought in 2005 for $1.65 million.

During a brief visit to Manny's, the now-nationally-famous South Loop deli the other day, the president-elect shook hands with diners and told one of them he isn't planning to put the house on the market when he heads to Washington in January.

Click here to read the entire article.

LINCOLN PARK

A sacred relic of an Italian-American nun who helped the poor and sick in Chicago was moved Sunday to a new temporary home in a Little Village church.

Parishioners at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii welcomed the relic, a bone of Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini.  She was the first American to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.  

"She is one of us," said Bishop Raymond Goedert during the services. "Every piece of Chicago was blessed by her presence.  Chicago is where she lived and died."

Mother Cabrini founded many hospitals, schools and orphanages throughout the country.  In Chicago, she founded the now-shuttered Columbus Hospital in Lincoln Park.  The Cabrini-Green public-housing complex was named in her honor.

Click here for additional information.

EDISON PARK

With its membership numbers fading, Norwood Park American Legion Post 740 started a merger this fall into Edison Park Post 541.

The Norwood Park Post once had its own building.  Subsequently they have leased a space, and later met at the Norwood Park Field House.  After a while, the members were just meeting at individual residences.  Now they are signing up at Post 541.

Former Norwood Park Post Commander Lucille Janssens, who served in the United States Marines during World War II and is 89, is being provided with transportation back and forth to meetings.

Many Norwood Park post members are also veterans of World War II and are into their 80s. There are still others who served during more recent conflicts, including the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the 1990-91 Gulf War, and the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

To find out more, click here.

NAPERVILLE

Tommy Nevin's Pub will be serving up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings to area residents who would not otherwise be able to enjoy the holiday this Thanksgiving.

Food has been donated by Sysco Food Service.  The dinner includes turkey, potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie. Marcus Mooney, corporate chef at the pub, said the restaurant has enough food to feed 300 to 400 people.  

The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the restaurant, 3032 English Rows, in Naperville.

"We are trying to help the less fortunate in the area," Mooney said. "We are looking to get the word out to bring people in who need to have a warm lunch."

For more information, click here.

Have a Chicago Neighborhood Holiday Event you would like us to help publicize for you?  Please, drop us a line!  Give us about a day or two to post it to our blog, and make sure you provide a contact phone number to reach you back in case we have any questions.

Here's a link to our Chicago Neighborhood News Blog Archive.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, everyone!

CHARGE it . . . but do so RESPONSIBLY!

JENNIFER ARCAND & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Comment balloon 2 commentsDean Moss • November 28 2008 01:38PM
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