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Helping the homeless

Residents give food, job training to Chicago’s homeless

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New Eastside Holiday Guide Local live entertainment Say thank you with a memorable gift 5 quirky gift ideas Easy catered feasts Finding Santa downtown –a complete guide Page 9

New Eastside residents are the brains and brawn behind the Chicago Help Initiative, a not-for-profit organization that provides free dinners with a dose of dignity for guests. Photo by Angela Gagnon

Ice Prep

How to lay ice on Chicago’s rinks

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No right on red

Three new red light cameras planned for Loop

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Mag Mile tech stores amaze with experiential exhibits

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News Crime levels low in New Eastside, thefts high By Taylor Hartz | Staff Writer

At a recent meeting of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS), officers gave residents of the First District tips for protecting themselves and their property. Once a month, officers from CAPS meet with neighbors to discuss concerns of crime in the area. According to Chicago Police Department officer Nicole Bryson, the CPD district that includes Millennium Park and Grant Park experiences higher rates of theft than other parts of the city. Bryson told attendees that theft surpasses any other type of crime in the New Eastside area, mostly targeting tourists and retail stores in the form of shoplifting. Thefts of “deceptive practice” such as not paying for a taxi ride, or leaving a restaurant without paying are also high in the area. Although residents don’t have much to

worry about when it comes to violent crime in the New Eastside, Bryson said they should always be on high alert for theft. “We have more quality of life issues than violent crime in this district,” Bryson explained. “But this is the city of Chicago; you have to be aware of your surroundings.” Bryson added that CPD has seen an increase in people walking by and swiping phones from tables at restaurants, coffee shops and bars and warned residents to never leave their phone unattended, even for a moment. Another common tactic in the area is to steal purses or bags placed beneath chairs or hung from chair backs. This type of theft mostly affects tourists, but locals can fall victim, too. The CPD also warns that thieves will be on the lookout for your electronics, espe-

cially when on the street or riding the CTA. The department recently began circulating a warning advertisement that suggests that if you are distracted by your phone, thieves see you as blindfolded and an easy target. One resident at the CAPS meeting referenced the recent incident involving 23-year-old Victor Medina, who was robbed of his cell phone and backpack, and thrown into Lake Michigan in late September. Medina was on a path behind Shedd Aquarium, in the 1200 block of South Lake Shore Drive, when three men and two women robbed him in the early morning hours. Bryson said while this was an isolated incident not often seen in the area, residents should be careful not to have items like cell phones and laptops out in clear view late at night and be cautious of being out alone

late at night. The CPD is working with businesses to warn them of thefts and is collaborating with restaurants and bars to help lower the number of cell phone and purse thefts. Officers are asking business owners to keep an eye out for patrons who may be leaving property unattended and out of sight, encouraging them to remind customers to stay aware of their surroundings. CAPS meetings for the First District will resume a rotating schedule in November, with meeting locations alternating between 130 N. Garland Ct. and 400 E. Randolph St. The next meeting will be held at 400 E. Randolph St. at 6:30 p.m. on November 9, and at 130 N. Garland Ct. December 14 at 6:30 p.m.

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No right on red

New red light cameras planned for 42nd Ward intersections By B. David Zarley | Staff Writer

CDOT Deputy Commissioner for Traffic Safety Abraham Emmanuel (foreground left) at the October 16 meeting; Mark Wallace, executive director of Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras can be seen in a black vest and white shirt in the background. Photo by B. David Zarley

By the end of the year, three new redlight cameras are slated to be placed at the intersections of Michigan Ave. and Ontario St., Michigan Ave. and Jackson Blvd., and Lake and Wacker Streets, barring objections by 42nd Ward residents. The metrics for selecting the new corners were provided by an Illinois Department of Transpor-

tation (IDOT) commissioned study by the Northwestern University Transportation Center to reevaluate the city’s controversial camera program. An intersection’s crash numbers are entered into the Transportation Center’s template and receive a score, explained Abraham Emmanuel, CDOT’s deputy

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commissioner for traffic safety. “We can take any intersection in the city, plug that in and get the score,” Emmanuel said. While the Northwestern study is being used to help select camera placements, Emmanuel made it clear that it is not the only factor—human judgement and community input matter as well. At a public meeting in October, Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras and a small contingent of envoys from Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) met in the Chicago Cultural Center’s Millennium Park and discussed placement of red-light cameras. For the most part, the meeting seemed a formality and show of strength; most of the speaking was done by the abolitionists in their bright, logo-bearing sweatshirts and six CDOT posters. “We are here as an advocacy group that [has] been advocating for the abolition of photo enforcement— or red-light cameras, speed cameras—in the city of Chicago for over five years,” said Mark Wallace, executive director of Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras and host of The People’s Show on WVON. “There’s no questions that it’s about revenue [more] than it is about traffic safety.” Wallace cited a study done by Texas A&M’s Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, published by the Tribune in 2014, that found the cameras “do not reduce injury-related crashes overall.” The study also found minor reductions in right-angle

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crashes—around 15 percent—and a 22 percent increase in rear-end crashes, perhaps caused by motorist’s slamming of the brakes or becoming yellow-shy at the idea of getting snapped for a ticket. From its outset, Chicago’s red-light camera program has been rife with controversy. Cameras were installed in the midst of a bribery scandal and issued tickets for intersections where the yellow-light times were below federal minimum. The cameras also failed to send out second notifications before raising fines, leading to a class-action lawsuit that saw the city settling for millions. Since then, the second notification was written out of the ordinance. In an effort to help build public support for the program and make the ordinance more fair, the city has increased the grace period—during which a light can be red and a car not be photographed running it—to 0.3 seconds. Additionally, cameras that issued tickets but did not see a marked reduction in crashes are being removed. “They generate tickets, but that’s not a concern of ours,” said Mike Claffey, director of public affairs at CDOT. “Our concern is based purely on traffic safety.” The Northwestern Study, completed in early 2017, found that the cameras led to a 10 percent overall reduction of crashes and a 19 percent reduction in more dangerous crashes. The study also found the program causes a “spillover” effect, making intersections safer even without cameras.

Dental office to open in Village Market By Nicole VandeBoom | Staff Writer Lakeshore East residents can smile confidently this year. In late November, Chicago Dental Boutique, run by dentist and Lakeshore East resident Dr. Rohi Atassi and his wife Samia Akhras, will open in The Village Market, 333 E. Benton Pl. The practice will provide a full selection of comprehensive dental care, including routine dental care, oral surgery, Invisalign, full mouth reconstruction, implants, laser dentistry and pediatric dentistry. North Harbor Tower resident Nadine Ferranti is looking forward to the addition. “The fact that they are going to have a pediatric dentist is a plus. Lakeshore East is lacking things for kids here,” Ferranti said. Akhras, Chicago Dental Boutique’s patient coordinator, notes the convenience

for residents. “It is walking distance,” she said. “You can get a dental exam then pick up groceries at Mariano’s, and then be home in five to ten minutes.” Atassi received his D.D.S. in 2011 and his certificate in Advanced Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry in 2015. He then became a member of the UCLA Center for Esthetic Dentistry faculty, teaching a course on clinical skills and working closely on expanding a new clear aligners orthodontic system. Upon moving to Chicago in 2016, Atassi began working in private practices in the Chicagoland area. The office will have state-of-the-art dental technology and equipment, and six modern patient care rooms that promote a spa-like experience, decked out with

Dr. Rohi Atassi in front of The Chicago Dental Boutique located on the 3rd floor of The Village Market, 333 E. Benton Pl. Photo courtesy of: Samia Akhras

noise-canceling headphones, massage chairs, and two flat-screen TV’s in each patient care room. “I believe that opening Chicago Dental Boutique in Lakeshore East will make dental healthcare more

accessible to our community,” Atassi said. Chicago Dental Boutique 333. E Benton Pl. (312) 868-0301 ChicagoDentalBoutique.com


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Detroit native Phillip-Michael Scales has earned the title of Lakeshore East’s Musician in Residence and is moving into the neighborhood. Scales intends to bring his own personal flavor to his performances, which he describes as “bluesy and soulful” to special Lakeshore East events hosted by Megallan. Scales’ catchy interpretations of popular songs, paired with his bright smile, won the crowd this past fall in the Lakeshore East Legend Contest at the 11th annual Magellan Rewards Festival, landing him the prize of living rent-free for one year in the Shoreham. Scales said he looks forward to playing music for a living. “It’ll be great to have a place to call home full-time,” Scales explained. “[To] just be able to dedicate what I would put towards rent to more music and more creativity.” In addition to performing in New Eastside, he hopes to offer instruction and encouragement to budding musicians in the neighborhood. According to an email from Magellan Community Relations Director Vanessa Casciano, “Phillip-Michael will be performing mostly at our Lakeshore East Magellan Property Managed buildings, but he will be a part of the Drunken Bean and all Lakeshore East Park events.” Fellow musician Molly Coleman, who

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Renovations complete at local Chinese restaurant MingHin By Stephanie Racine | Staff Writer Renovations transformed the interior of MingHin’s Grant Park restaurant, 333 E. Benton Pl. with updated blue and gold decor and an addition of an exterior door. MingHin has been a staple in New Eastside since 2015, drawing customers from all over the Loop with consistently delicious Chinese cuisine. “The remodel includes new chairs and new tables. We will continue to get more new chairs and tables in a month,” said manager Leo Ho. The newly added tables and chairs are of a contemporary, but classic style, using both dark and light wood. New blue leather booths are paired with works of red and gold wall art that were commissioned from Chinese artists. Complementing the blue seating are fresh light fixtures adorned with classic blue Chinese drawings.

“The remodel was completely for style,” Ho adds. “We designed the paintings here ourselves, but they were made in China.” Ho said. The artwork includes a vivid painting of red Koi fish set against a silver background that is hung in the main dining room. There are also geometric works made of a golden metal throughout the newly decorated dining room, in both framed paintings and structural designs. As part of the renovations, a new revolving door on the south side of the restaurant was added, and glass barriers surrounding the exterior of the restaurant were opened to allow better access to customers. MingHin 333 E. Benton Pl. Suite #300 Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m. minghincuisine.com

New MingHin updates include gold sculptural frames and blue leather booths. Photo by Stephanie Racine

New paintings, tables, chairs and artwork adorn the renovated MingHin. Photo by Stephanie Racine

GEMS upper school building height reduced By Nicole VandeBoom | Staff Writer

An updated rendering of the exterior of GEMS World Academy Chicago’s Upper School. Photo courtesy of bKL Architecture

After beginning the construction of its upper school in July, GEMS World Academy Chicago’s plans have changed. The building height has been reduced from 206 feet to 144 feet, eliminating the proposed pool and balcony area. Removing the pool helped decrease the need for additional levels. “It’s a reflection of studies about our use and relationships we have with current facilities,” said Interim Head of the School, Andrew Sherman. “It was sort of thinking through, ‘what do we need to have to produce a program of excellence and what kind of things do we want to make sure the space is designed for?’” Sherman acknowledges some disappointment in the GEMS community about the loss of the pool, but assures that swimming will not be removed from GEMS’ health and wellness programs. Students will continue to use the pool at Lakeshore Sport and Fitness Center, 211 N. Stetson Ave. Construction changes have not altered the timeline. The upper school building is scheduled for completion by winter break 2018. Throughout November, 56 caissons

will be installed and subterranean drilling will be completed. The building is being constructed in such a way that adding new floors is possible should GEMS need to expand in the future. Features and amenities retained include the 500-seat auditorium, dance studio, black box theater and a bi-level information center and library. Green spaces like the rooftop garden have been preserved, while art and science labs remain a big feature of the building. “Ultimately, [the changes are] more of a reengineering of spaces than a loss of any space,” Sherman said. Students and faculty can expect to find some of the most successful concepts in Chicago woven throughout the operations and functionality of the GEMS Upper School. Inspiration for interior design features came from The Field Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The Art Institute as well as other Chicago locations. Construction can be viewed live via webcam on GEMS World Academy-Chicago’s YouTube channel.


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New Eastside residents volunteer at Chicago Help Initiative By Angela Gagnon | Staff Writer The Chicago Help Initiative (CHI)— founded by longtime New Eastside resident Jacqueline Hayes—is a local, not-for-profit organization that provides meals, job resources, health services and more to Chicago’s homeless and underprivileged. It started in 1999, when Hayes was a real estate broker who often encountered homeless people sleeping on the stoops of properties she was showing. “I noticed it was a problem,” Hayes said, “and I had to do something about it.” Over the past 17 years, CHI has amassed a consortium of helping hands to not only address hunger, but also to connect guests with resources and social services that allow them to work toward a better life. “We aim to get five to six people a year off the street and into jobs,” Hayes said. The process starts with nourishment. Every Wednesday night, CHI serves a hot meal to about 130 guests in the dining hall at Catholic Charities, 721 N. LaSalle St., but the popular weekly dinners include more than just food. Guests are treated with dignity and respect from the moment they enter the dining hall. Some guests are part of the Weekly Jobs Club, which provides valuable job training skills and assists with difficult transitions back into the workforce. A guest speaker from a partner program begins the night by sharing resources relating to finding shelter, medical care or job training. Guests can peruse a resource table in the dining hall that provides more information about the speaker’s topics. They can also visit the health services table where local medical staff are on hand to administer care. When it’s time for dinner, table numbers are called and guests line up to receive their meals. Local corporations, restaurants, hotels, businesses and individuals sponsor the meals and provide the food. CHI also puts together about 60 bagged meals to distribute to those they cannot accommodate in the dining hall. New Eastside resident, kitchen runner

CHI Founder Jacqueline Hayes (far right) and regular volunteer Susan Gold (third from left) host dinner guests at Catholic Charities, 721 N. Lasalle St. Photo by Angela Gagnon

and board member Susan Gold has been an integral part of these dinners for the past 14 years. “CHI has grown tremendously from just a meal,” Gold said. “The guests are really taken care of and you become close to the people who come there to eat.” Terry Coyner, a fairly recent New Eastside resident, attended her first Wednesday night dinner as a volunteer in late September. Coyner connected after passing so many homeless people on the streets. “I was really happy to see that I could just sign up to volunteer and start helping with-

in a few days,” she said. Her duty on that first evening was to give each guest a small gift at the end of the night—a cup of pudding and a spoon. “I saw so much gratitude from the guests who come for dinner, but the experience is also rewarding to those who help,” Coyner said. In the eyes of the guests, volunteers are more than just a helping hand. Longtime guest Rochelle Baker spoke fondly about the people she’s met at CHI and the experiences she wouldn’t have had without the help of the organization. “You just feel like you matter,” she said. “Like somebody cares.”

The CHI dinners are beneficial to the volunteers as well as the guests. “Volunteering with us is a very addictive experience,” Hayes said. “You feel like you’re doing good. It’s very rewarding.” Currently, CHI is looking for tutors for their adult learning program, which runs weekly from 3–4 p.m. To volunteer in this capacity or to find out more about opportunities to help, contact Executive Director Doug Fraser (dfraser@chicagohelpinitiative.org) or visit their website at www. chicagohelpinitiative.org.


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Urban Real Estate rallies behind campaign to create new children’s programs in Englewood By Urban Real Estate

Over the years, New Eastside’s Urban Real Estate has made charitable gifts to many local organizations focused on bringing services to Chicago’s citizens who need it most. With the season of giving approaching, one group in particular is making a difference in the lives of kids who would most benefit from these services. In 2016, Urban got behind the programs of the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs (ULBGC), supporting the group with a portion of closing proceeds and gifts throughout the year to benefit the programs ULBGC offers to support our city’s kids. When managing partner Matt Farrell shared with his partners what the ULBGC had in store this year, all agreed to get behind the cause. Farrell, who also serves as a trustee of the ULBGC, was thrilled to see a campaign centered around bringing new programs to Chicago’s Englewood community, an area which over recent years, has seen dramatic changes that have negatively impacted the local youth.

“There has never been a more important time for us to invest in our future,” Farrell said. “We have kids who need us to bring them resources and guidance in helping shape every future decision they are going to make, in a community that deserves our help. We couldn’t be prouder to support the ULBGC Great Englewood Futures Start Here. For us, being a good corporate citizen means giving year-round, and lending a hand in every way we can.”  The campaign hopes to increase programming offered at four Englewood school-based sites, bringing enrollment from 100–600 members throughout grades 1–12. The programs are centered around offering academic support, healthy lifestyle education, and courses in good character and citizenship. In lieu of a traditional holiday party, this year Urban Real Estate is again supporting ULBGC with a contribution to be made on behalf of Urban’s clients during the holiday season. Last year, Urban raised and contrib-

Urban Real Estate presents a check to the ULBGC last holiday season. Photo courtesy of Urban Real Estate

uted more than $16,000 from a similar event. As you consider your charitable gifts this year, learn more about how you can get involved in the Great Englewood Futures Start Here campaign at www.ULBGC.org.

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Salad chain ‘sweetgreen’ opens new location near New Eastside By B. David Zarley | Staff Writer

Area residents line up for free food at salad chain sweetgreen’s Community Day on Sunday, October 22. The new Loop location at 150 N. Michigan Ave, officially opened October 23. Photo by B. David Zarley

Salad chain sweetgreen’s newest location is now open in the Crain Communications Building at 150 N. Michigan Ave. Manager Margaret Doherty said sweetgreen is a farm-to-table, from-scratch restaurant. “We do everything in house every day, from our dressings to our drinks,” she explained. Sustainability is a primary concern for sweetgreen. All its products are compostable and biodegradable, and local produce arrives daily. “We try to use all growers from Illinois and the Midwest region to source all of our product in store to help sustainability in the Midwest and our region,” Doherty said. The local ingredients are used in an array of salads, called “warm bowls.” Ingredients such as wild rice, kale, tofu and mushrooms, or quinoa, corn, chickpeas and chicken, are offered in a build-your-own salad bar. Seasonal salads rotate throughout the year, highlighting what is in season

in the Midwest. Cristian Villalta, a Washington, DC, sweetgreen manager, was in town to help with the launch. “Since right now we’re in the fall season, we’re featuring brussels sprouts, curry cauliflower and the apple pear cheddar [salad]—all fruits and vegetables that are harvested in the fall,” Villalta said. The branch officially opened on October 23, with a charity initiative marking the occasion. Proceeds from opening day went to Chicago-based charity Growing Home, which assists people with employment barriers—including homelessness, mental health issues and criminal records—and helps them learn job skills via paid, on-thefarm training. “Come try us,” Doherty said. “We’re super awesome, very fun and eclectic. You’ll have a good time here and hopefully a great salad.”


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Live holiday entertainment warms New Eastside By Gianna Annunzio | Staff Writer and Ben Kowalski | Copy Editor New Eastsiders searching for live entertainment this holiday season may find just what they’re looking for, without going too far from home. Options range from jazz music to improv comedy and include high-quality offerings at hotels. November marks the first anniversary of Winter’s Jazz Club, 465 McClurg Ct., where cartoon classics come to life. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will be performed a day before Thanksgiving on November 22. Additionally, A Charlie Brown Christmas will be performed on December 5 and 14. Winter’s owner Scott Stegman said the Charlie Brown Christmas show, for audiences aged 12 and above, was so popular last year that the club decided to add a second performance this year. “We recreate the exact [soundtrack] album with a three-person choir, so it’s really a charming little evening,” Stegman said. Local hotels are also a convenient and high-quality option. This season, enjoy Latin Rhythms and pop grooves with acoustic artist Joey Edwin. This November, Edwin, whose musical career includes performances on MTV and the House of Blues, showcases his talent at THE BAR in Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park hotel, 200 N. Columbus Dr. Colleen Sweitzer, the Fairmont Chicago’s marketing manager, said Edwin’s music has a great rhythm, but isn’t overpowering. “He’s the perfect mix of great background music that you can also sit and enjoy it like it’s the center of your attention,” she said. “For those who are looking for something a little different, he’s great.” While Winter’s Jazz Club and the Fairmont Chicago hotel combine live music in a comfortable atmosphere, Second City’s Up Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave., pairs improv comedy with theater and audience participation. Joe Ruffner, producer of Second City’s touring company, said the holiday show, titled Holidazed & Confused: Mandatory Merriment, is an annual production.

“It’s a fresh take on the holidays,” he said. “Parental advisory is recommended—it’s not your kid’s holiday show.” Laughs can also be had closer to home at Seven Bar & Restaurant, 400 E. Randolph St., where Chicago’s best local comedians have been rounded up with Backyard Besties performing varying acts on the third Friday of every month. Maya Epstein, a New Eastside local, helps produce another comedy show at Seven titled “Bad People, Good Comedy.” Erica Nicole Clark of Comedy Central will headline their next show on November 3, alongside comedians St. James Jackson, Chris Higgins, Tessa Orzech and Sabeen Sadiq. “We get a mix of people from the building, comedy lovers and Lakeshore East neighbors,” Epstein said. “Entertainment options are few and far between. Seven is great because it’s this unexpected bar in the middle of a condo building. You’d never know it was there, which makes for a fun surprise for the people who come to our shows. It’s pretty amazing to see such a great line-up in an intimate space.” Seven’s owner Mohammed Rafiq said attendees enjoy the performances Seven puts on, because there is no other club like it in the area. “We get a very good turn out with the show. If you’ve ever come to a show of ours, it’s very well produced and very overdone,” he said. “We have lights, music, a very good sound system, and very good microphones.” If New Eastsiders are searching for a solid meal with nightly jazz performances, Bandera restaurant and bar on 535 N. Michigan Avenue is the location they’ve been waiting for. Offering American cuisine with a southwestern flair, Bandera provides great views of Michigan Ave. and live music every night from 6–11 p.m. Rebecca Schwartz, Bandera’s general manager, said nightly jazz performances

(Top) Winter’s Jazz Club. Photo courtesy Winter’s Jazz Club Ballet Chicago performers at the 2015 Dance-Along Nutcraker performance. Photo by Elizabeth Johnston

have always been part of the restaurant’s feng shui. “We have three different trios that rotate each day of the week,” she said. “The Dave Williams Trio, the Paul Martin trio and the Jo Ann Daugherty Trio.” Musical-enthusiasts young and old can also enjoy the Chicago Cultural Center’s (78 E. Washington) performance of The Nutcracker while participating in their free holiday event, “Dance-Along Nutcracker” on December 3. Members of Ballet Chicago will teach basic movements at an optional lesson at

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Then, at noon and 3 p.m., participants are invited to join the dancers of Ballet Chicago for a Nutcracker performance. The Lakeside Pride Music Ensemble will also perform live music. Mary May, the Cultural Center’s special events coordinator, calls Dance-Along Nutcracker a “darling event.” “Kids from all ages dress up and get to be a Sugarplum Fairy or a Mouse King for the day,” she said. “It’s all levels of dancing as well. What’s more ‘holiday’ than Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic?”


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Five quirky gift ideas By Gianna Annunzio | Staff Writer

Any Chicagoan can help make the Chicago River healthier by adopting one of its 277,000 channel catfish. These fish were released into the river as part of the “Friends of the Chicago River” restoration project. By adopting a catfish or giving one as a gift, you will make it possible for Friends to advocate for clean water and a healthy habitat. You can help the environment, and celebrate any occasion with this gift. For more information, visit www.chicagoriver. org/get-involved/donate/adopt-a-catfish

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For many of us in the neighborhood, one of the most enjoyable holiday traditions is to show appreciation for the staff who work in our buildings by donating to our buildings’ holiday funds. A nice monetary contribution dropped into the managers’ designated “gift fund” box is the standard way of giving, but we thought we might offer you some inspiration to stir your creative juices a little, and perhaps you will be inspired to give something a bit different this year. We surveyed the staff at local apartment and condo buildings about the best or most unique holiday gifts they have ever received. Here are some of the responses: “Bulls tickets to go watch my favorite team.” —Mike Watts, Shoreham employee for four years and now at the Aqua, 225 N. Columbus Dr. “A big jar of pickled pig feet, Southern style and cooked just right.” —Darryl Alexander, head doorman at Park Shore Condominiums, 195 N. Harbor Dr. “Somebody bought me a car! 2005 Ford Explorer, only slightly used.”

—Floyd Daniels, employee for six years at the Chandler, 450 E. Waterside Dr. “$200 cash—the best kind of gift.” —Andre Johnson, employee for 24 years at Harbor Point, 155 N. Harbor Dr. “Someone bought me a gallon of Jack Daniels–took me a whole year to finish it.” —Charles Mosley, employee for seven years at the 400 E. Randolph building. “I received a vacation to the Dominican Republic. All expenses paid. Hard to beat that!” —James Hatter, employee for 10 years at Shoreham, 400 E. South Water St. “One of the kids brought me a cupcake. She made it herself. I loved that it was a gift given straight from the heart.” —Tawny Gray, employee for two years at the 340 At The Park building, 340 E. Randolph St. So, there you go. No pressure. You don’t have to buy a car or give someone a vacation to show your appreciation. Just a little originality and a small piece of your heart will do just fine.

Chicago Snuggie

There are numerous ways to support your favorite Chicago sports team, like gifting a team snuggie this holiday season. The MLB store offers a range of team options from the Chicago Cubs, Bulls, Blackhawks and Bears. Instead of offering your sports-obsessed friend or family member commonly gifted sportswear—like a t-shirt or jersey—mix it up this season with a comfortable way to support their team. For more information, visit www.mlbshop.com

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Ritualistic Mist

The holidays are the best time to ask for something you want, even if it means using a ritualistic mist. Augustine’s Apothecary on Halsted offers the “Come to Me” kit, used to attract a person you love, a job, wealth, abundance—anything you want to bring into your life. The kit includes ritual instructions, sea salt, a piece of rose quartz, a white votive candle, a Come to Me Mist-Spray and a love-drawing herbal sachet. For more information, visit www.augustines. biz/product/come-to-me-kit

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Best doorperson gifts

Nose Warmer

Cold noses are now a thing of the past during Chicago’s cold winter months. The nose warmer is a unique way to keep your nose from freezing up when the temperature drops below zero. These crocheted beauties are available in different colors and designs, making your face the center of attention at any outdoor event. For more information, visit www.etsy.com/shop/auntmartymadeit

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Chalres Mosley, who has worked as a doorman for seven years at the 400 E. Randolph Condominium, recalls his most memorable holiday gift–a gallon bottle of Jack Daniels.

Give the gift of lacrosse, basketball and bumper cars all in one with a Whirlyball gift certificate. This Chicago-native game is a classic in the local scene, where a minimum of four players can drive a “soupedup” bumper car and shoot a whirly ball into the net. Some locations even include additional games like laser tag, bowling, pool and arcade games. For more information, visit www.whirlyball.com

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Local grocers make holiday feast prep a breeze By Nicole VandeBoom | Staff Writer

If you find the concept of preparing, cooking and cleaning up after holiday meals daunting—or if you are busy this holiday season and unsure how to fit in meal prep—cater your meal from a local grocery store and you can still be the host with the most. We scoped out four options in the New Eastside, their menu offerings, ease of ordering and bonus features.

Whole Foods

Ordering from Whole Foods, 225 E. Grand Ave., is easy with their full online menu. The store has special holiday menu items including cooked turkeys, side dishes and desserts. The menu changes based on each upcoming holiday. You can schedule your pick-up by date and specific time. For catering and holiday menus, visit wholefoodsmarket.com

Treasure Island

A separate online holiday menu is available from Treasure Island, 680 N. Lakeshore Dr., but you must either call or email their catering department to order. Treasure Island offers traditional choices like turkey and ham dinners, as well as other meals like roast duck and prime rib. The store also offers a catering service,

where uniformed staff set up and serve your meal, for $35 to $45 per hour. Orders require 24 to 48-hour notice, but Treasure Island works to accommodate customers based on their needs. “Our great customer service, our great food quality, freshly made, and our best prices, is what sets us apart from other grocers,” said Ariel Morales, Treasure Island’s deli buyer and merchandiser. For more information, visit tifoods.com

Mariano’s

Mariano’s Lakeshore East location, 333 E. Benton Pl., keeps around 70–80 holiday meals in stock and usually sells out each year. Meals include turkeys, spiral hams, mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberry relish. All meals are fully cooked, but are packaged cold and need to be reheated when served. Orders can be placed as early as a month in advance and according to catering department employee Adam Heusinkveld, “The sooner orders are placed, the better.” For more information on catering and holiday menus or to place an order, call (312) 228-1349.

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Bockwinkel’s, 155 N Harbor Dr. and 222

Lakeshore East Mariano’s deli department offers a wide variety of meals, sides and trays for your events. Photo by Nicole VandeBoom

N. Columbus Dr., offers a smaller graband-go selection consisting of deli and bakery trays. For the customer who needs to bring an appetizer or dessert to a holiday party, this store is a quick and easy option. Choose from meat and cheese trays, sand-

wich trays, all meat trays, fruit trays, veggie trays, and many more. Their bakery options include dessert trays, croissant trays, breakfast trays and decorated cakes. For more information, visit bockwinkels.com

Workers ready Skating Ribbon and McCormick Tribune Ice Rink By B. David Zarley | Staff Writer

The ice comes under the cover of darkness. Layer upon layer, thin sheets of water are laid down hot by Zamboni ice resur-

Sophie Slotnik (left), Dillon Johnston and Isabelle Pihlträd skate at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in winter 2016. Photo by Elizabeth Johnston

facers. Freed from the deleterious effects of direct sunlight, the layers accumulate until they make a fine sheet. Come 12 p.m. on November 17, visitors will be able to lace up their skates and feel the bite of their blades as another skating season begins. Both the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park’s Skating Ribbon are managed and maintained by Westrec, a marina management company that also contracts with Chicago Harbors. Before Westrec begins to lay ice, the glycol cooling systems running under the rinks are checked to make sure the chillers, compressors and piping that carries the glycol are running properly. The glycol system takes one to two days to cool the surface of the rink. This maintenance process begins in the fall, according to Westrec Executive Vice

President Scott Stevenson. “When the weather gets cool enough, we’ll then start to build ice,” he said. Temperatures should be below freezing at night and no higher than 40 degrees during the day, according to Stevenson. After the surfaces are completely coated with these initial layers of water, the ice gets painted white with water soluble paint. White is not merely an aesthetic choice. “The white paint helps reflect the sunlight and helps us maintain the ice during the skating season,” Stevenson said. While the ice can withstand spring-like temperatures—55 to 60 degrees on the Ribbon or even a balmy 65 degrees at McCormick Tribune—sunshine is the enemy. After the paint is applied, the Zamboni lays down up to 30 layers of ice, putting two to three inches between skaters and the

paint. In addition to creating a smoother surface—the best ice, Stevenson explained, comes by laying hot water—the thin layers that the Zamboni lays even allows for ice to build on the slanted and uneven grade of the Ribbon. With problem-spot shaving blades, regular Zamboni passes are the majority of the maintenance the rink and Ribbon require during the season. “It’s kind of a wintertime tradition for many people to come downtown and skate in Millennium Park,” said Kenya Merritt, deputy commissioner at the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Merritt says Loop skating has long been the norm in Chicago. Before the Millennium Park rinks were open, downtown skating took place at a rink that was located where Block 37 now stands, 108 N. State St.


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The ultimate guide to downtown Santa sightings By Angela Gagnon and Nicole Vandeboom | Staff Writers

With holiday season drawing near, Santa will be in Chicago, spreading cheer. Perched in his chair at State Street Macy’s store Or appearing in many downtown places galore. Wonder where you’ll find him this year? Look no further, this list makes it clear. *Schedules subject to change. Check with locations for updates.

The Cozy Cloud Cottage

5th floor of Macy’s Department Store, 111 N. State St. For special Santaland hours, visit macys.com

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Santa Claus House in Millennium Park, located in Chase Promenade. Open to children of all ages with free entry. Photography is not provided. Friday, November 17, to Sunday, December 17, 12-6 p.m.

Santa at 900 North Michigan Shops

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900 N. Michigan Ave., Level 3 Saturday, November 18, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, November 19, 12-5 p.m. Monday, November 20 to Friday, November 24, 12-6 p.m.

Santa Suite at Swissotel

Swissotel, 323 E. Upper Wacker Dr., Presidential Suite on 41st floor Starting November 30, the entire suite will be decorated in the spirit and magic of the season, with 12 Christmas trees and a table set for Santa. Entry is free. The suite is also available for private group visits and holiday receptions. For hours and more info, visit swissotel.com.

Santa at Water Tower Place

835 N. Michigan Ave., – Level 7 Monday–Saturday, 12–7 p.m. Sunday, 12–6 p.m. Saturday, December 16–23, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday, December 24, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Santa at Chicago Tree Lighting Ceremony

Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Ave. Friday, November 17, 4-8 p.m.

Santa at Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights

Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Ave. Saturday, November 18, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Parade 5:30-7 p.m., proceeds south along Michigan Ave. from Oak St.

St. from Congress Pkwy. to Randolph St. Thursday, November 23, 8–11 a.m.

p.m.; Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; and Sunday, December 24, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Santa at Museum of Science and Industry

Skate with Santa at Maggie Daley Park

Santa at Merry Merry Chicago

Holiday Breakfast with Santa at the Shedd Aquarium

5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. Enjoy Christmas Around the World and the Holiday of Lights. December 2–17, 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Tickets for Santa photos in the museum’s entry hall cost $30. Members get 10 percent off.

Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave. Ashley Brown, CSO members and the Chicago Children’s Choir will be featured performing holiday songs and a sing-along of festive favorites. For ages five and up. Friday, December 15, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, December 16, 3 p.m.; Sunday December 17, 4:30 p.m.; Friday, December 22, 7 p.m.; and Sunday December 23, 3 p.m.

Santa at Lincoln Park Zoo Lights

2001 N. Clark St., inside the Kovler Lion House. Free Santa event with photos available for purchase. Open 4:30–9:00 p.m. November 24-26, December 1-3 and December 8-22.

Santa at Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest

Santa at Thanksgiving Day Parade

Santa’s magnificent sled will cruise down State

600 E. Grand Ave. Go inside Santa’s home at the foot of the giant tree, available December 2–24. Open Fridays through Sundays, 11 a.m.–6

New Eastside siblings Arjan and Annika Panjwani, ages 5 and 1, visit Santa at Swissotel. Photo courtesy of Sahani Panjwani

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337 E. Randolph St. For ages 2-13, morning skate, holiday crafts and pictures with Santa. Saturday, December 16, 10 a.m.-noon. Entry is free. Skate rental is available for purchase.

1200 S. Lakeshore Dr. Hot chocolate, Polar Express, and meet and greet with Santa. 7:45 a.m.–11 a.m. on weekends, December 9–10, 16–17 and 23. Entry costs $49.95 for adults, $39.95 for children, is free for kids under age 3 and includes admission to the aquarium.

Spirit of Chicago Santa Lunch Cruise

Departs from Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. Holiday lunch buffet, DJ for music, dancing and dazzling views of the water. Saturday, December 9, 1:15–3:15 p.m. Boarding begins at 12:30 p.m. $44.90 per person

CTA Holiday Train and Bus

Traveling all el lines in late November and December as part of regular rail service. 3-7 p.m. on select weekdays and 1-8 p.m. on weekends. Visit transitchicago.com/holidaytrain for full schedule.

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More than just shopping at Mag Mile cell phone stores By Taylor Hartz | Staff Writer

Angela Ahrendts, senior vice president of retail for Apple, gives a tour of the new Michigan Avenue store, 401 N. Michigan Ave. Photo by Taylor Hartz

Life sized Justice League models greet customers in the AT&T store, 600 N. Michigan Ave. Photo by Taylor Hartz

The newly opened Apple store on the Magnificent Mile has got some superhuman competition to contend with. Major cell phone companies have brought in superheroes to fight the war to win your phone contract, in the form of a life-sized Batman mannequin, flanked by his Justice League pals at the AT&T store, and the powerfully enticing aroma of popcorn being served at the T-mobile store just a short walk away. Tech stores are competing for customers with innovative displays that immerse visitors in the latest VR technology and engage the senses in interactive movie studio-like experiences. On Michigan Avenue, phone companies have invested heavily in their flagship stores to compete for business. Apple had plenty of cash to finance its improved retail space in Chicago which opened in October. In August, the company reported over $45 billion in sales in the quarter ending on July 1, and its new location is nothing short of jaw-dropping with its sleek appearance and riverfront views. Inside the new Apple Store, 401 Michigan Ave., along spacious lanes dividing display tables dubbed “avenues”, Apple staff are on hand to showcase products. New employees called "Creative Pros" offer more in-depth demonstrations in coding, photography, music, and a variety of other areas that can help customers improve their work and productivity. Educational initiatives and seminars that are open to the community, are frequently held in the store’s forum, an open concept classroom. The store's 250 staff members—four times the number of the old store's staff—are dedicated to showing Apple users how to get the most out of their device. At the Michigan Avenue AT&T store, customers are also expected to leave with the feeling that they have gained something from their visit. “We provide exclusive content customers can only find here,” said Angelique Sotelo of the store’s marketing team. “It’s a place where you can really feel like you’re part of our experience.” The experience certainly is unique—walking into

the AT&T Flagship store feels much more like walking into Universal Studios than a retail shop. Visitors are greeted by life-size models of the Justice League, standing on a platform with Batman front and center. Guests can walk around the display and explore the realistic figures, checking out their costumes and weapons. Glass cases show off pieces from the upcoming Justice League film including Batman’s tactical suit worn by Ben Affleck and Wonder Woman’s signature outfit worn by Gal Gadot. The Justice League “takeover” opened on October 27, following months of a Game of Thrones theme at the 600 N. Michigan Ave. store. Throughout the fall, hundreds of guests took their spot on the Iron Throne, posing for photos and checking out the immersive Game of Thrones experience. Further into the store, a white cube sits toward the back of the store, where an associate invited customers to step inside. What lays ahead is a mind-blowing virtual relaity experience. “It simulates you as one of the superheroes,” said store employee Javier Santiago, adding that the new VR experience makes the store unique. “It’s absolutely free and it’s a way that you can be as close as possible to the Justice League.” Once you are fitted with hand controls and an over-the-eye head mask, the inside of the cube transforms into different worlds. You can find yourself in the Batcave, in the Batmobile or fighting off foreign creatures in Wonder Woman’s surreal amazonian world. At the completion of your VR experience, an AT&T associate shows you your score, and tells you how you ranked with other customers. The Justice League takeover will stay up through the rest of the year, said Sotelo. After that, it will be another surprise. “There’s always something to look forward to,” Sotelo said. Just down the road, the T-Mobile store welcomes guests with a wrap-around screen and interactive “Signature Soundboard.” The soundboard, which takes up (continued on next page)


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an entire wall, allows guests to tap on the screen to create their own audio files. Using a large-scale keypad, guests can try out different tunes and songs to find their perfect sound, and then send the file to their cell phone to be used as a ringtone. The “Selfie Wall” also draws crowds to interact with it. Customers can use an iPad to take a photo that then pops up in front of them on the Selfie Wall. Before they know it, the photo is on their own cell phone, too. “The customer is able to take a token of their experience at the store home with them,” said sales associate Brandon Allen. On “Selfie Saturdays” a variety of fun props are provided for the photos. Each day of the week, T-Mobile employees offer something different to their customers. On Movie Mondays, a popcorn machine pops fresh popcorn for customers to enjoy while shopping. On T-Mobile Tuesdays, customers can use the T-Mobile app to get a new freebie every week, from T-Mobile swag to coupons for local restau-

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rants. Karaoke is every Friday at T-mobile. At the northen end of Michigan Avenue, Verizon's Chicago Flagship store, 840 N. Michigan Ave., is not only the largest Verizon store in the country, but the largest telecommunications store overall in the U.S. With two full floors of devices and accessories, there's no shortage of shopping options. The first floor shows off a wall of Bluetooth speakers, and floor to ceiling displays of cell phone cases. LED screens line the walls of the open-concept store, displaying devices available for purchase. If customers see something they like, all they have to do is reach out and touch—every screen covered wall in Verizon is a touch screen. Customers shopping for an iPad can touch images of the iPad they see on screens and are then prompted with a pop up that shows their shopping options, including colors, sizes and prices. Below the screens, devices are lined up and all are “live.” That means customers can

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Touch screens and walls lined with products at the largest Verison store in the U.S., 840 N. Michigan Ave. Photo by Taylor Hartz

try out any device they see. "We like to be interactive," said store manager Lani Burke, "Everything we have for sale you can actually try out before you buy it." Testing out your tech is a definite draw for customers. In terms of where to purchase an iPhone,

the new Apple store only is one option in the sea of modern day science-museum-like stores on the Mag Mile, whose innovative additions are making retail spaces more and more creative.

For residents with disabilities, how accessible is New Eastside? By B. David Zarley | Staff Writer

nesses, cultural institutions and transit options, the Pedway system is often a viable route for residents with disabilities. Maureen Reagan, president and founder of MRA Architects Ltd. uses a powered wheelchair and said the Pedway is “a godsend in inclement weather.” Accessibility advocate Michele Lee, who also uses a powered wheelchair, agreed. “I think it’s great that New Eastside has the Pedway system ingrained in it,” she said. An employee of AON and former resident of Harbor Point, Lee also serves as a local guide for Google Maps, helping to rate and collect data on accessibility for various locations. Disability advocate Michele Lee outside the AON Center, 200 E. Randolph St. Photo by B. David Accessibility is not only important for Zarley people with disabilities, but also useful for parents pushing strollers, shoppers shutthe wheelchair-friendly Millennium and If you were in a wheelchair, could you get to your favorite restaurant? Would your Maggie Daley parks, New Eastside is more tling carts and travelers trailing luggage. daily commute be possible if you could no accommodating for people with disabilities However, not all parts of the Pedway are than many other neighborhoods. While the accessible. The Pedway entrance and exit longer walk? Most of us do not bother to ask these questions, but for some New East- amenities do not add up to an all-accessible at Prudential Plaza, next to Millennium Station are obstacles faced by travelers. side residents these are questions that must utopia, they do make for an environment With revolving doors, escalators and stairs, be asked every time they leave their home. more easy to navigate—especially in the this entrance and exit form an impassable With its wealth of new construction, bitter throes of a Chicago winter—than gauntlet for those who need an accessible many others in the city. bus routes, the accessible Washington/ Providing shelter and connecting busiWabash CTA station, Pedway access and route from New Eastside into the Loop.

A little-known accessible path does exist, connecting New Eastside to the Thompson Center in the Loop. However, no maps suggest the long route which passes beneath the Aon building and along a Metra train platform, and most people discover it only after really exploring the Pedway. In order to increase awareness of the wheelchair-friendly route, community Pedway tours sponsored by New Eastside News, have led groups along the accessible path from New Eastside to Macy’s on State St. City-wide programs aim to help address accessibility challenges. The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities have a variety of useful resources such as Accessibility Compliance Units, which can be requested for site inspections. Groups like Access Living advocate for people with disabilities, providing information and referrals, and teaches skills for budgeting, moving around town and seeking employment.  For more information about the accessible Pedway route, community members should contact New Eastside News. Email info@neweastsidecommunity.com or call 312-690-3092.


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Coach’s Corner

New Eastside entering tween years By John Cohn | Community Contributor In an interesting and uplifting gathering, the staff of New Eastside News got together for an annual staffwide meeting. It was a refreshJon Cohn ing mix of both young and old. Actually, truth be told, mostly young—I think I was a party of one representing “the old.” Nevertheless, it is great to see so many new and enthusiastic young reporters jumping on board for our newspaper. During the meeting, we discussed anything and everything in regards to our neighborhood and the many potential stories and creative ideas. I found it interesting that the overriding factor is one I hear and even “feel” all the time here in New Eastside—how lucky we are to be living in such a unique neighborhood of the city. Many Chicagoans are only just discovering our area and some are not even aware it exists, but that is okay. We don’t mind

growing up at a normal pace without all the mad rush. That, I am sure, will come soon enough. Speaking of growing up, this got me thinking about where our neighborhood is in its current stage of development. Construction on the Lakeshore East part of the neighborhood started in 2004, so, could you say our neighborhood is at the preteen stage, waiting for the onset of the dreaded teenage years? With new buildings going up, and infrastructure changes, we might be in for a full course of upheaval, angst and uncomfortable disturbances. But have faith. We will survive that teenage period, as all people do, and then sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labor, as the neighborhood enters young adulthood, and later, blissful middle age. Oh, and one final note to all those young whippersnapper reporters joining our staff—back off. This old guy here plans on sticking around for a while and is not planning on giving up this “Coach’s Corner” anytime soon. Cohn-Fucius thought for the month: Someday is not a day of the week.

Cars and makeshift structures currently fill the site where the new IJKL towers will be built in New Eastside. Photo by B. David Zarley

Doorman James Hatter mans the desk at the Shoreham. Photo by Taylor Hartz

Doorperson of the month James Hatter, The Shoreham, 400 E. South Water St. By Taylor Hartz | Staff Writer As residents file into The Shoreham in Lakeshore East, they all stop to say hello to James Hatter. They fist bump, exchange nicknames and even deliver boxes of homemade baked goods to their trusted doorman. “They feed me too much around here,” jokes Hatter, accepting a box of donuts and cupcakes from one resident on a sunny Friday morning. According to Hatter, the people who live in The Shoreham are the best part of the job. “The residents kind of grow into your family,” Hatter said. “You see them and their families every day, sometimes more than you see your own family.” Of course, the location doesn’t hurt either. Hatter said he loves spending time in the Lake Shore East Park, and is grateful he got to watch the park be built up into a beautiful community center. “I would say this is probably the best neighborhood in Chicago,” Hatter said. “Working here I’ve got one of the greatest seats in all the buildings.” Hatter, who has been at the Shoreham “since the doors opened,” has been working as a doorman for more than 17 years.

He started his career greeting guests at the AC Hotel by Marriott Chicago Downtown, but prefers working in an apartment building where he sees the same people every day and really gets to know them. “It’s great working here with so many different people,” Hatter said. “It’s made me a better person, and a better family person.” Hatter, a Chicago native, lives on the South Side but was raised in Chicago’s western suburb of Austin. He has worked downtown since he was a teenager, and his mother, siblings and two daughters live in greater Chicago. While he loves the opportunity to get to know the Lakeshore East community, Hatter said his position has also allowed him to learn a great deal about countries and cultures outside of Chicago. Hatter said he loves learning about the backgrounds of Shoreham residents and all the different places they come from. “If I’m not able to travel everywhere, I get to at least hear the stories,” Hatter said. “It feels like I’ve been all over the world.”


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Events Schedules are subject to change. Call venues to confirm event information. November 1–16

Joey Edwin at Fairmont Hotel’s THE BAR Acoustic artist Joey Edwin will perform Latin rhythms and pop grooves at THE BAR on the lobby level of the Fairmont Hotel. His acoustic vibe offers a unique brand of bar music with an impressive resume. Edwin will play free performances for three consecutive Thursdays and Fridays in November from 7–10 p.m. For more information, call (312) 565-8000 or visit www.fairmont.com

November 1–December 30

CPR classes Northwestern Memorial Hospital The “CPR: Infant & Child” class at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 251 E. Huron St., offers training on anti-choking techniques by instructors certified by the American Heart Association. Classes are 2.5 hours, run daily and cost $60. View a full schedule and register at NMH.org

November 1–December 31

Live Jazz at Bandera Restaurant & Bar Enjoy dinner with nightly jazz performances at Bandera restaurant and bar. Offering American cuisine with a southwestern flair, Bandera provides great views of Michigan Avenue and live music every night. Enjoy music from the Dave Williams Trio, the Paul Martin trio and the Jo Ann Daugherty Trio which rotate each week, keeping the lineup interesting every time. 6-11 p.m., 535 N. Michigan Ave., 312-644-3524, www.banderarestaurants.com

November 1–December 31

The Ronald McDonald House Wish List This holiday season, help make the Ronald McDonald House a home by donating everyday items that make life more comfortable for guests. From laundry detergent and toilet paper to juice boxes and gift cards, these items enable families to focus on the health and healing of their child. To donate or see a list of needed items, visit www.ronaldhousechicago.org/wishlist

November 1–January 7

Christmas Around the World The Museum of Science and Industry brings the holiday tradition Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light. See the four-story floor to dome Grand Tree surrounded by more than 50 trees and displays decorated to represent holiday traditions around the world and enjoy live holiday performances on weekends. Check schedule online for special holiday hours. Open 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m., 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., 773-684-1414, www.msichicago.org

Friday, November 3

“Bad People, Good Comedy” at Seven Bar & Restaurant Seven Bar & Restaurant will showcase “Bad People, Good Comedy,” a diverse show featuring the best emerging comedians in Chicago. Erica Nicole Clark of Comedy Central will headline the show, alongside comedians St. James Jackson, Chris Higgins, Tessa Orzech and Sabeen Sadiq. 7–10 p.m., tickets $8 online and at the door, early bird tickets available for $5 at www.sevenrestaurant. org/events, 400 E. Randolph St., 312856-9526, sevenrestaurant.org

Tuesday, November 7

Chicago Booth Alumni of Chicago Professor Nicholas Epley discusses “Designing a Good Life”—a guide to do well, be ethical and feel good. Behavioral science research suggests these goals might be more closely aligned than you might think. 6–9 p.m. at the Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., room 621, cost $35 and covers food and two drink tickets. 312-464-8787, www.chicagobooth.edu/alumni/events

Tuesday, November 14

“Take Me to the River” at City Winery “Take Me to the River,” a Memphis Soul and Rhythm & Blues Revue, will perform classic R&B tunes at City Winery. The show’s live performance will be based on the award-winning film and record also titled “Take Me to the River,” which details the rich history of the Memphis and Mississippi music scenes. 1200 W.

Randolph St., 8 p.m., tickets $48–62. 312773-9463, visit www.citywinery.com

dience interaction and input to generate laughs that are “fresh off the street.” Monday nights at 8 p.m. at Second City’s Up Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave., cost $21, runs until Dec 31, 312-662-4562, www.secondcity.com

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Thursday, November 9

New Eastside CAPS meeting Meet with local beat police to discuss community issues., 400 E. Randolph St. at 6:30 p.m. The monthly CAPS meeting establishes a partnership between police, community leaders, business owners and local residents. The next meeting will be held Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m., 400 E. Randolph St. December’s meeting will take place on Thursday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m., 130 N. Garland Ave. To contact your local CAPS office for additional information, call (312) 745-4381

November 14

Second City’s Up Comedy Club Second City’s annual holiday show, Holidazed & Confused: Mandatory Merriment, is an annual production providing a fresh take on the holidays. The show combines comedy with theater, using au-

Free injury screens at Lakeshore Physical Therapy Lakeshore Physical Therapy is offering complimentary injury screens at their clinic at 211 N. Stetson between 1–3 p.m. Attendees will have the chance to meet with an experienced physical therapist to assess their injury or problem. The P.T. will offer recommendations and guide you toward the next steps in your recovery. 211 N. Stetson Ave., 312801-8440, www.lakeshore-pt.com

Annual Tree Lighting in Millenium Park

Friday, November 17

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Events continued Schedules are subject to change. Call venues to confirm event information. lighting will take place in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St. at 6 p.m. All activities and tree lighting are free and open to the public. For more information, visit CityofChicago.org

November 17

Maggie Daily Ice Skating Ribbon Opening Day Ice skaters can experience “alpine in the city” as they follow the ribbon’s path which is twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink. Hours: 12–8 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 12–10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. on Sunday, special holiday hours. Free admission, skate rental $12 Monday–Thursday, and $14 Friday–Sunday and holidays, Hot chocolate and locker rental are available for purchase. Season ends March 4. Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at 201 E. Randolph St. kicks off the winter season at noon. Admission is free, skate rental is $12. Skate sharpening is also available for $9. Hot chocolate and snacks available for purchase at Park Grill Café. Visit cityofchicago.org for more information.

November 17–18

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Watch an estimated one million lights brighten up 200 of the city’s trees on Michigan Avenue during Chicago’s tree lighting parade and fireworks show. This two-night event, located on Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Ave., is packed with ongoing events for all to enjoy. On November 17 from 4–8 p.m., the Lights Festival Lane will open the night before the Light Festival offering family-friendly activities, food, live music and a visit from Santa. On November 18 from 5:30–7:00 p.m., the tree-lighting parade takes place on Michigan Ave., from Oak St. to Wacker Dr.

Saturday, November 18

Festival of Lights Cruise Island Party Hut’s Riverwalk location

will host a Magnificent Mile “Festival of Lights” Cruise for all ages, offering an open bar option and the ability to see fireworks from the river. Guests board the boat on the Riverwalk near Island Party Hut. 355 Chicago Riverwalk, 6–8 p.m. 312-600-0488, www.islandpartyhut.com

November 18–19, December 16–17 Randolph Street Market

Start your holiday shopping off with gifts in all price ranges, from thrifty to extravagant at 340 W. Washington Blvd. from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. This mix of unique antique, vintage and modern items is something you won’t find anywhere else. Tickets range from $5–$25. For tickets, visit www.randolphstreetmarket.com

November 18–December 24

Christkindlmarket The outdoor Christmas market in the Chicago Loop is back for another year of unique shopping, German food and drinks and diverse holiday entertainment at Daly Plaza, 50 W. Washington St. Join fellow Chicagoans and out-of-towners for the city’s largest open-air Christmas festival. Open Sunday–Thursday from 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday–Saturday from 11 a.m.–9 p.m., free. For more information, visit www.christkindlmarket.com

November 18–December 31

A Christmas Carol Goodman Theater celebrates 40 years of A Christmas Carol in Chicago this season, dazzling audiences with joy and holiday magic. After four decades of this production, A Christmas Carol still stands the test of time as one of the best productions displaying the true meaning of Christmas. Tickets and dates vary, 312443-3800 visit www.goodmantheatre.org

November 22, December 5 & 14

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving at Winter’s Jazz Club Cartoon classics come to life with the live performance of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas at Winter’s Jazz Club. The show replicates the Charlie Brown soundtrack album with a three-person choir and is geared toward ages 12 and above. 465 McClurg Ct. 312344-1270, www.wintersjazzclub.com

November 24–December 25 Christmas Tree Farm Island Party Hut’s Riverwalk location will be selling Christmas trees from Black Friday until Christmas. Families and individuals from anywhere in the city can pick from the selection of trees, and take one home as their own. The trees will be available daily from 12–8 p.m. The Magellan discount applies to this event. For more information, visit www.islandpartyhut.com

December 1–January 1

Union Station’s Polar Express Powered by Amtrak and departing from Union Station, riders enjoy a magical and interactive journey based on the book and movie, The Polar Express. Riders are encouraged to wear their pajamas. 225 Canal St., tickets $35-$65, visit www. chicagothepolarexpressride.com to view train schedules.

December 1–January 7

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier Packed with indoor family fun, the delightful 18th annual family tradition features 170,000 square feet of rides, giant slides, the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Rink and holiday decor. Admission is $10, Navy Pier Festival Hall, 600 E. Grand Ave., 312-595-7437, visit www.navypier. com/winter-wonderfest

Thursday, November 30

Adults Night Out Explore Lincoln Park Zoo after the gates close to enjoy unique animal chats and concessions including cash bars throughout the zoo, and “wild” entertainment. Attendees must be at least 18 to attend the event, taking place at 2150 N. Cannon Street. Tickets are $15 online ($12 for zoo members) and $20 at the door while they last. To purchase, visit www.lpzoo.org

November 30– December 3

Cookies & Cheer Exchange Visit the Fairmont Millennium Park Hotel for a modern spin on a luxury cookie party, without any baking required at 200 N. Columbus Dr. Join us for an evening of wine and non-alcoholic beverages, all the cookies you can taste and three dozen cookies of your choice wrapped in luxury packaging from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Ticket cost ranges from $60–$75. To purchase visit www. fairmont.com

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier

Friday, December 1

The Ronald McDonald House Holiday Trees Program The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland gives companies and individuals the opportunity to sponsor and decorate a tree, with all proceeds benefitting families in need. Each custom tree will be featured at the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie’s Children, 211 W. Grand Ave. Prices range from $500–$3,500 and trees must be decorated by December 1. For more information contact, Mark at mshouger@rmhcci.org

Sunday, December 3

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Events continued Schedules are subject to change. Call venues to confirm event information. enjoy the Chicago Cultural Center’s performance of The Nutcracker while participating in their free holiday event, “Dance-Along Nutcracker.” Members of Ballet Chicago will teach basic movements at an optional lesson at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dancers of all ages and abilities are invited to join the dancers of Ballet Chicago for Nutcracker performances at 12 and 3 p.m. 78 E. Washington St. 312744-6630, cityofchicago.org

December 1–30

Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker Take a journey inside Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair and experience a Christmas Eve dream of whirlwind romance and adventure. This must-see traditional performance is reimagined for a new generation and plays throughout December. Performance dates vary, with performances at 2 and 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.joffrey. org/nutcracker

December 5–15

Lyric Opera Turnadot transports viewers to a fantasy in ancient China where Princess Turnadot poses three riddles to each prince who wishes to win her. The plot unfolds with brilliant music and an unforgettable storyline. Show times are at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m., 312-827-5600, www.lyricopera.org

Sunday 2:30 p.m., 205 E. Randolph St., tickets range $30–$70. To purchase tickets visit www.apollochorus.org

Thursday, December 14

Seasonal Sparkling Wines at Mariano’s Lakeshore East Join this wine tasting event packed with sparkling wines between 5–6 p.m. and foods that offer the perfect pairing to each drink. Each sparkling wine has its own unique flair—and more than just champagne will be offered. Registration for the event at 333 E. Benton Pl. is required, with a $10 fee for each attendee. To purchase tickets, visit www.marianos.com

NOVEMBER RACES Lantern Run Chicago Saturday, November 4 at Soldier Field Veteran’s Day 3K walk/5K run 8:30 a.m., Saturday, November 4 at UIC, 750 S. Halsted Chicago Hot Cider Hustle 8K 8:30 a.m., Saturday, November 11 at Diversey Harbor Turkey Day Run 8K/5K/Kids run 9:00 a.m., Thursday, November 23 in Lincoln Park Grant Park Turkey Trot 5K/kids run 8:40 a.m., Saturday, November 25 in Grant Park

DECEMBER RACES Santa Hustle 8:30 a.m., Saturday, December 2 at Soldier Field

December 16–17

Handle’s Messiah The Apollo Chorus of Chicago is the area’s volunteer choir and one of the oldest music groups in the United States. With this concerto, experience the “Hallelujah” chorus live as well as selections from Carmina Burana (Orff) and Chichester Psalms (Bernstein). Saturday 7 p.m.,

Neighborhood Specials Winters Jazz Club Happy Hour Happy hour special: entry charge is waived, 25 percent off all drinks on Tuesday–Sunday from 5–7 p.m. Live music starts at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., 465 N. McClurg Ct. For schedule and tickets, call 312-521-7275 or visit www. wintersjazzclub.com Columbus Tap Holiday Menus Columbus Tap, 200 N. Columbus Dr., provides guests with a special Thanksgiving and Christmas menu for all who want to start new holiday traditions. From brown ale acorn squash soup to pumpkin ale crème brulee, there’s always room for a fancy holiday feast. Dinners are available after 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. MigHin Happy Hour MigHin Cuisine, 333 E. Benton Pl., offers 20 percent off all menu items Monday–Friday from 2:30-5:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 31

Resolution Gala at the AON Grand Ballroom- Navy Pier Celebrate your Chicago New Year’s Eve during the sixth annual Chicago Resolution Gala at the AON Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. Packed with food, drinks, a top live DJ and panoramic views of Lake Michigan and New Year’s Eve fireworks, the evening will be a night to remember. 8:15 p.m.–2:00 a.m., 840 E. Grand Ave., tickets start at $109, 212-724-3900, visit www.navypier.com/new-years-eve

III Forks Happy Hour III Forks, 180 N. Field Blvd., is offering half off wine, champagne and sparkling wine by the glass on select wine from 4–7 p.m. on weekdays. Half off certified Angus beef burgers and $1 oysters. For more information, call 312-938-4303 or visit www.3forks.com/chicago Park Grill Taco Tuesday Park Grill, 11 N. Michigan Ave., offers chef-driven tacos, $9 hand crafted margaritas and $3 tacate from 5–8 p.m. every Tuesday. For more information, call 312-521-7275 or visit www.parkgrillchicago.com Filini Happy Hour Filini Bar & Restaurant, 221 N. Columbus Dr., has a select menu with $5 beer options, $6 wine and $7 classic cocktails from 4:30–6:30 p.m. every weekday. Offer runs through February 2018. For more information call 312-477-0234 or visit www.filinichicago.com.

Holiday Markets Christkindlmarket 50 W. Washington. Open November 18–December 24. Sunday–Thursday from 11 a.m.–8 p.m., and Friday–Saturday from 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Randolph Street’s Holiday Market 340 W. Washington Blvd. Open 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., from November 18–19 and December 16–17. Lincoln Park Zoo Holiday Market 2001 N. Clark St. 6:30–10:00 p.m., November 28.

Jingle Bell Run 5K 9:00 a.m., Saturday, December 9 at Soldier Field

West Town Winterfest 1612 W. Chicago. 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., December 9.

Ugly Sweater Run 5K 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 16 at Soldier Field

Dose Market “HoliDose” 401 N. Morgan. 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. December 10.

Chi Town Rise and Shine 5K 9:00 a.m., Sunday, December 31 in Millennium Park

Third Annual Holiday Remix 5917 N. Broadway. 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., December 9.


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