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Here's our Team Member Jennifer Arcand and her weekly rundown of Chicago and Chicago Suburban Neighborhood News.

This week, Jennifer talks about these Chicago Neighborhoods - The Loop, The Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Norwood Park, as well as the Western Chicago Suburb of Oak Park IL.


Bob Patrizi and Greg Levy are expanding their chain of Halo [for Men] salons from three to six, despite the state of the economy.

"Everybody's going to need a haircut, and our clientele is people who are doing well," Patrizi, Halo's owner said.  Hiis customers don't mind spending $45 for a styling with include extras, such a scalp massages.

Building out the 3,000-square-foot Gold Coast space cost $175,000 in 2007.  Male patrons can indulge in a movie, play a game on the Wii or read a magazine by the koi pond.

Click here to read about future plans and locations.


Baking bread at home can be a most satisfying way to spend an afternoon, especially when it is shared at mealtime or given as gifts for friends or neighbors.

With just four major basic ingredients, yeast, water, flour and salt, how you prepare it is key.

We've come up with a list of essential, simple home baking with professional-like results.  We asked bread experts to share a few of their best tips for bread making.

Chef Laurent Gras along with his team bake up to seven different breads per day for the dinner menu at Lincoln Park's L20.  His secret for creating crisp-crusted, deeply colored loaves?

Click here to read more.


The Chicago Tribune recently sought out bumper stickers throughout the Loop and up and down the lakefront, and discovered that the vast majority of cars did not display any. 

Of the 1,050 vehicles examined in the quick survey, only 55 had at least one sticker. The bumpers on the other 95 percent were bare.

Elsewhere there are still a lot of bumper stickers.  In Ohio, Jeremy Wallach, a cultural anthropologist at Bowling Green State University, says he still sees many stickers promoting political candidates, but the numbers are declining.

Gill Studios Inc. based in a suburb of Kansas City, Kansas, is the facility where the modern bumper sticker was invented in the late 1940s.  They continue to sell millions of stickers each year, says chairman Mark Gilman.  Sales have dropped a bit.  Even he has noticed the lack of use of the stickers on bumpers.

Why has sticker usage on bumpers apparently dropped?  No one seems to know for sure.

Click here for additional information.


The Norwood Park Train Station Foundation is asking hundreds of runners and walkers around Norwood Park's Circle Avenue Oct. 25 to join in its annual 5K fundraiser for "Going in Circles."

The event is scheduled to step off at 11 a.m. from the intersection of Northcott and West Circle avenues, rain or shine.  The course will have runners and walkers making three revolutions around the "track" and will end where it began.

Last-minute registrations are still available.  The registration fee is $20 if you register online ahead of time at www.runrace.net.  The fee on the day of the race is $35.  There is no charge for children 11 years old or younger.  Participating runners will receive a free T-shirt upon payment.

Proceeds will benefit the Norwood Park Train Station, which was originally built in 1907.  A $1 million renovation project was completed earlier this year, and the rehabilitated station was reopened.  In addition to that, a portion of the money collected will be donated to Breast Cancer Research.

Click here to get involved.


In 1970, Jim Caron, a 1963 Fenwick High School grad, was traveling across the country in a Volkswagen bus covered in peace symbols.  It broke down in Missoula, Montana and that is where he stayed.  Later he went on to found the Missoula Children's Theatre.

Thirty years later, Pam Voth, a 1982 Oak Park-River Forest High School grad, left the corporate rat race in San Francisco, California and moved to Missoula in order to seek a career in wildlife film making.

The journeys of these two former Oak Park Residents have overlapped in a way that's charming audiences across the country.  Caron's children's theatre is now the focus of the award-winning documentary "The Little Red Truck," which was produced by Voth and is directed by her husband Rob Whitehair.

"The Little Red Truck" has received acclaim by both The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times for its warmth and unbeatable storyline chronicling the work of the theatre. 

Each year, Missoula Children's Theatre sends out a fleet of red trucks into 1,200 communities. The trucks are packed with everything needed to produce a professional musical in six days -- except a cast of 50 children.

Click here to read to read the article.

Please . . . let us know if you have a Chicago or Chicago Suburban Neighborhood Event you would like us to publicize for your organization.  Give us a minimum of two days notice, if you can.

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


Comment balloon 1 commentDean Moss • October 24 2008 01:59PM


Dean,  How about Michigan Avenue, that is my FAVORITE part of town!  Especially at the holidays!


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