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CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - December 26, 2008

Hope you enjoyed Christmas with your family!

I just wanted to share the latest Chicago Neighborhood News, compiled by our Team Member Jennifer Arcand.   This week, Jennifer discusses goings-on in the Chicago Neighborhoods of Lakeview, Lincoln Park, the Chicago Loop, and Norwood Park, and the Chicago Suburb of Naperville IL.

LAKEVIEW

Even in a slowing economy, nothing will dim the spirits of the aggressively cheerful holiday sweater.  This festive garb has launched an event of its own: the ugly sweater party.  Folks young and old, urban and suburban, gather together with a common goal-to don their ugly sweater and toast each other in good cheer.

"Everyone has one that their grandma gave them, and they never have any occasion to take it out of their closet," says Jason Erkes, the president of the Chicago Sport and Social Club, who hosted an ugly sweater party Friday night at Rebel Bar in Lakeview. "It's a chance for these things to see the light of day."  Click here to read more.     

LINCOLN PARK

There are holiday displays in Chicago that are warm and celebrate the season; like the animated department store windows on State Street or the wreath-bearing lions outside the Art Institute.

And then there are some that might be considered "questionable." 

The Santa figures inside Lincoln Park's River Shannon pub, wearing faded red suits and nicotine-tinged beards that spread good tidings from the shelf above bottles of whiskey.   

Or the yuletide decorations at a local Greyhound bus stationClick here and decide for yourself. 

CHICAGO LOOP

Every year we find ourselves in need of just one more "spur of the moment" Christmas gift.  Why not get the an fail-proof last-minute gifts they are sure to love. 

Garrett Popcorn Shops has reopened a temporary shop at 625 N. Michigan Avenue with its entrance on Ontario Street. Open through Jan. 4, this Garrett Popcorn Shops Holiday Express location is selling 1- and 2-gallon holiday keepsake tins.  There are holiday tins along others including one displaying a Chicago Skyline motif and another commemorative Wrigley Field tin (2-gallon size only for that one).  Small and large bags of The Mix, CaramelCrisp and the new Gingerbread CaramelCrisp also are for sale.  One-gallon tins are $30, 2-gallon tins are $55, a small bag is $5 and large is $7.  Garrett also has Loop locations and a Web site, garrettpopcorn.com.  For more gift ideas, click here.

NORWOOD PARK

Due to fading resources, shrinking membership, declining pledges, and limited incoming revenues in conjunction with increasing operating and building maintenance expenses, two Northwest Side Chicago Presbyterian congregations are planning to merge. The Presbyterian Church of Norwood Park, 5859 N. Nina Avenue, and St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 7434 W. Berwyn Avenue, are preparing their first service together early January 2009.

Original plans were for both church buildings to be sold and a new meeting place purchased; and for the pastors, the Rev. Brenda Barnes Jamison at Norwood Park and the Rev. Debra Paton from St. Andrew's, to be replaced immediately. However, because of recent reverses in the real estate market, the property sales are stalled, and for the moment, the congregations will meet in alternating months at each church.

A new name for the combined congregation is still to be determined.  Click here to learn more.

NAPERVILLE

Just in time for your holiday travel, work on the system-wide roadway rebuilding and widening projects is being wrapped up.  The Illinois Tollway is presenting drivers with new pavement system-wide and additional lanes on the Reagan Memorial Tollway, Tri-State Tollway, Veterans Memorial Tollway and Jane Addams Memorial Tollway.

The Illinois Tollway will also suspend all temporary lane closures for construction over the Christmas and New Year holiday weekends from noon on Wednesday to Monday at 9 a.m. and from noon Dec. 31 to 9 a.m. Jan. 5.

A word of caution to drivers, you still need to be aware of new traffic patterns and construction work zones throughout the system where slower speeds may be necessary due to shifts in traffic, narrow lanes or no shoulders.   Motorists must still obey the construction zone speed limit of 45 mph as posted, even if no workers are present.  Click here for the entire article.

Let us know if you would like us to publicize any of your organization's Chicago Neighborhood Events via our blogs.  Just give us a couple of days notice, so we can spread the word for you.

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

DEAN & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Comment balloon 0 commentsDean Moss • December 26 2008 10:27AM

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