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  • Art Center of Highland Park benefits from being part of a community deeply connected to the arts

    For half a century, the Art Center of Highland Park has functioned as an art gallery and a site for classes for young and old. Being located near Ravinia, the center benefits from being part of a community with a deep connection to the arts.

  • Help some of Chicago’s smallest by contributing to the World’s Largest Baby Shower

    It will be a new beginning for potentially thousands of babies on August 4th as Englewood’s New Beginnings Church attempts to set the record for the World’s Largest Baby Shower. The church is looking for donations at the church, and single parents in Chicagoland can register at the Project H.O.O.D. website ( Pastor Corey Brooks says the baby shower is intended to be not just a one-day event but the beginning of a relationship that will last for decades: “Our […]

  • Hot Dog! New museum traces history of Chicago-style hot dog

    As part of the 125th anniversary of Chicago’s Vienna Beef, the company has opened a museum dedicated to the evolution of the classic Chicago-style hot dog. It also includes additional features including a tribute to the 125 members of the Hot Dog Hall of Fame. The museum is located at Vienna Beef’s headquarters at 2501 N. Damen Avenue in Chicago. Plans are to keep the museum open at least through fall, and if it cuts the mustard they hope to […]

  • The country’s largest beach volleyball league is here in Chicago

    Another sign of summer–volleyball–is back at the beach. The Chicago Sport and Social Club — the world’s largest volleyball league — has called Chicago home for the last three decades. Beach volleyball has three locations–Montrose, Oak Street and North Avenue Beaches. Games are played in the evenings. There is still room for the summer…to sign up go to Here’s WGN Radio’s Kim Gordon with more details on this Wintrust Neighborhood News story:

  • Windy City Hoops: Keeping kids on the court and off the streets

    On Friday and Saturday nights, times when the streets of Chicago can be a dangerous place for young people, over 500 teenagers from 11 neighborhoods are spending their time off the streets and on basketball courts. They’re participating in Windy City Hoops, a free Chicago Park District program now in its sixth year. Here’s WGN Radio’s Kim Gordon with more details on this Wintrust Neighborhood News story:

  • New state-of-the-art facility opens on site of 76-year-old Lake Forest Hospital

    Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital opened in March, becoming the region’s most state-of-the-art hospital. But, it isn’t an unfamiliar neighbor, as it occupies the same 170-acre campus as the original Lake Forest Hospital, built in 1942. Portions of the old facility will remain as part of the overall facility which will focus on health and wellness as well as teaching. Here’s WGN Radio’s Kim Gordon with more details on this Wintrust Neighborhood News story:  

  • North Side fifth graders trash talking in a green way through recycling and composting

    As we celebrate Earth Day later this week, some fifth graders on the North Side are trash talking at school in a green way. 11-year-old Mia McBreen and her class at North Park Elementary in Ravenswood are doing their part to protect the environment. They have doubled their recycling and composting efforts since they started studying the issue in September. Mia is also developing her own environmentally safe skin care line. WGN’s Kim Gordon talks with Mia McBreen:

  • ‘We’re very proud of the fact that we’re still in Beverly’ – Celebrating the Chicago tradition of Rainbow Cone

    Chicago’s iconic Original Rainbow Cone is celebrating a milestone: 92 years on 92nd Street. It’s namesake cone, the Original Rainbow Cone, designed by original owner Alan Sapp, remains the best seller. But the store also offers other summer favorites including shakes and banana splits. The store is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 7. Here’s WGN Radio’s Kim Gordon with more details on this Wintrust Neighborhood News story:

  • ‘The fans are very die-hard’ – New exhibit in Niles looks at rivalry between Cubs and White Sox

    Did you know Cubs and White Sox fans have been rivals for 117 years? An exhibit at the Niles-Maine District Library explores the feud between the two teams. Called The Chicago Civil Wars, it features first-hand accounts by former players, fans and historians. There will also be baseball-themed programs. The exhibit is free and runs through May 31st. Here’s WGN Radio’s Kim Gordon with more details on this Wintrust Neighborhood News story:  

  • Precious metal: Sister Jean coin minted in celebration of Loyola’s trip to Final Four

    Her image has been seen on shirts, bobbleheads and various other items commemorating the Loyola Ramblers and their trip to the 2018 Final Four. Now comes news that The Highland Mint has created a Sister Jean Bronze Coin. The coin features an image of Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt along with one of her quotations, “Worship, Work and Win.” On the reverse is the Ramblers team logo. Details of the coin can be found at this link: Kim Gordon talks […]