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  • A Wicker Park shop is applying the concept of ‘farm to table’ to flowers

    The term “farm to table” doesn’t just apply to food. At Wicker Park’s Field and Florist, it also applies to flowers. The concept, which originated seven years ago, involves designs based on and supplied by the flowers grown in the owners’ garden in Southwest Michigan, about 90 minutes from Chicago. By growing locally, they reduce their carbon footprint. In addition to selling flowers in their shop, they also use them for weddings and other events and supply to other local […]

  • Canine Therapy Corps looking for help to build new office and training center

    Canine Therapy Corps is a therapy dog organization serving over 10,000 people in the Chicago area. They’re converting a nearly century-old building in Logan Square into an office and training center and are looking for help. A 6,000 square foot building built in 1924 will be converted, with half the space for dog agility training and half for organization offices and space for volunteers. BANGBANG Design House, the group leading the project, is reaching out to contractors, manufacturers and vendors […]

  • Over 300 artists and makers preparing for April’s One of a Kind Spring Show

    The One of a Kind Spring Show is just over a month away, April 26-28 at the Merchandise Mart. The show will feature over 300 artists and makers from throughout the Midwest and Canada. There will be something for everyone including fashion, furniture, artwork made from glass and ceramics, plus a gourmet market, musicians and even an emerging market pavilion. The spring show is a sister show to their holiday show, but without the winter holiday focus. But, if you […]

  • “Wear Your Green!” – South Side Irish Parade to step off at noon on St. Patrick’s Day

    This year, the South Side Irish Parade will take place on St. Patrick’s Day, stepping off at noon on Sunday, March 17, from the corner of 103rd and Western in the Beverly / Morgan Park neighborhood. Among the marching units, the parade will feature 15-20 local bands. This year’s grand marshals are actually a pair of organizations: Honor Flight Chicago and Choose Kind. As has been the case for the past several years, the parade will have a zero tolerance […]

  • Norwood Park’s Dino’s Pizza celebrates 50 years of old school traditions in a family atmosphere

    Dino’s Pizza in Norwood Park has been serving tavern-style pizza for over 50 years. Bruna Morrison and her sister Bianca run the restaurant with their husbands, taking over from their parents who opened Dino’s in 1968. The restaurant uses their mother’s recipes for thin and crispy pizza with lots of toppings. They focus on maintaining simple, old school traditions and a family atmosphere and say the secrets to their success are high quality food and customer service. Here’s WGN Radio’s […]

  • Evanston grandfather volunteers as cuddler for premature and sick babies

    Carl Magnunsen is volunteering and spreading his love to hospital patients too young to remember him, but ones that he’ll never forget. The 67-year-old grandfather is the the first man to become a cuddler for premature and sick babies at the special infant care unit at Evanston Hospital. He holds and talks to the babies, providing an extra pair of hands that helps the nurses, according to Tina Edwardson, nurse manager in the unit. She adds that studies have shown […]

  • Blackhawks and Park District partnering to offer free hockey clinics

    The Chicago Blackhawks are partnering with the Chicago Park District to offer free hockey clinics at six rinks. The clinics are Wednesdays and Saturdays through February. Skate and equipment rental are free and participants also receive a jersey to keep. Participants must register at, where you can also find out more information about the clinics. Here’s WGN Radio’s Kim Gordon with more details on this Wintrust Neighborhood News story:

  • Something’s brewing in Chicago – Could craft breweries do for Chicago what wineries did for Napa Valley?

    Chicago recently earned the distinction of having the most breweries in the United States. With 167 breweries, Chicago ranks ahead of Denver and Seattle. Danielle D’Alessandro, Executive Director of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, says that the reasons for Chicago’s success include collaboration among craft brewers, access to fresh water from Lake Michigan, and loyal fans. She says breweries are popping up throughout the city, and a new brewery can also lead to further economic development in the community. D’Alessandro […]

  • South Side mentoring program receives $500,000 grant from Obama Foundation

    A South Side mentoring program for young black men has received a $500,000 grant from the Obama Foundation. Youth Guidance’s BAM, or Becoming A Man, is a school-based program with over 6700 students in 110 schools and over 35 neighborhoods. AJ Watson, National Director for BAM, says participants in the program have improved their attendance and grades at school and that the program personally touched President Obama after he was brought to see it by Mayor Emanuel. For more information, […]

  • New twist on the milk man assists low income families

    The Illinois Department of Human Services and the Greater Chicago Food Depository are teaming up to distribute free milk to low income families in six Chicago neighborhoods. Diane Grigsby Jackson, divisional director of family and community services, says it’s easy for families to pick up their milk and select what they want. All they need to do is come to one of six DHS offices. Those locations can be found on the Department of Human Services web site. Jackson says […]

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