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NAVIGATE CHICAGO LIKE A PRO Locals offer best tips for tourists

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Local tape artist invented new medium Police crack down on Vista tresspassers Page 4

Pilot program for rentable electric scooters Page 2

Page 8 New Eastside resident Steve Beier, owner of Steve’s Segway Tours, said he hires tour guides who are storytellers with “a smile that lights up the world.” Photo by Stephanie Racine

Shakespeare to be staged in city parks

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Doorperson of the month: Nick Damus

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A closer look at downtown’s hidden bars Page 8

Diverse art at Michigan Ave. fest

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Chicago is testing ground for rentable electric scooters Decision about bringing scooters to New Eastside and downtown will be made after pilot program is complete

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Electric scooters arrived in Chicago June 15 as part of a pilot program that will run through Oct. 15. After the trial period, the city intends to assess feedback before making decisions regarding the program. The scooters are provided by 10 different companies including Lyft and Uber and number in the thousands. The shared scooters are limited to a 50-square mile-test area on the west side, which omits the downtown area including the Loop and Lakefront Path because there are already many transportation options there. “Scooters are an environmentally friendly alternative to car travel that can provide increased transportation access for residents throughout the city,” said Isaac Reichman, Policy Analyst for the City of Chicago’s Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP). “Those wary of the plan should understand that this is a shortterm, limited pilot designed to test scooters as a viable transportation option. We welcome feedback from all residents.” Concerns include safety, congestion and scooters left haphazardly on the streets. “Users should ride scooters in the same manner as they would a bike. This means

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Jeremy Hayes (left) and Mike Hart rent electric scooters in the West Loop. Photo by Angela Gagnon

avoiding the sidewalk and sticking to the bike lanes,” Reichman said. “We will be monitoring utilization and sidewalk clutter closely to understand the impact of this mobility option.” “I think it’s fantastic.” said Chicago resident Mike Hart, who recently checked out the electric scooters in the West Loop. “It’s a great way to move around the city if you aren’t going far.” “I’ve been hearing a lot of good things and want to try it out,” added resident Jeremy Hayes. “It’s a fast ride, and you can just use the Uber app.” For New Eastside and downtown residents con-

FACTS ABOUT THE SHARED ELECTRIC SCOOTERS Scooters are limited to 15 mph They cannot be ridden on sidewalks They operate from 5 a.m.-10 p.m. They must be removed from public way by the vendors The cost is typically $1 to unlock the scooters and 15 cents per mile Helmets may be provided by some vendors but are not required. Users are advised to bring their own helmets Scooters will slow and shut down if riders attempt to ride outside the designated boundaries l







cerned about the possibility of electric scooters coming to the Lakefront, Reichman said, “Any decision about the future of scooters in Chicago will wait until after the pilot is

completed. We will be evaluating the performance of the companies and the impact of the scooters on residents and users before making any decisions on what will come next.”




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| NEWS BRIEFS | Goodman Theatre offers ‘Music Man’ revival Goodman Theatre opened its revival of the Tony-Award winning musical, ‘The Music Man” last month, running through Aug. 4 in the 856-seat Albert Theatre. Tickets are $45-$142 and available at GoodmanTheatre. org/MusicMan, by phone at 312-443-3800 or the box office at the Goodman Theatre, 170 North Dearborn. Tony Award-winning Director Mary Zimmerman helms the production, her 16th at the Goodman. “The Music Man,” written by Meredith Willson, based on the story by Willson and Franklin Lacey, opened on Broadway in 1957 and garnered five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was later adapted for the screen. Zimmerman’s production is led by Geoff Packard as the charismatic con man Harold Hill, who stumbles upon River City, Iowa with the promise of a marching band. Monica West stars as Marian Paroo, the local librarian.

Lakeshore East play area project to wrap in early July Construction on the new play area at Lakeshore East Park started later than expected. Community Relations Director for Magellan Development Group Vanessa Casciano, in an email sent to area residents, cited unforeseen “underground conditions.” Casciano also announced that the Lakeshore East Park will feature live music every Wednesday evening, except July 3.

CPD seek community business partners The Chicago Police Department (CPD) and Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) launched a new community policing initiative designed to build and foster a collaborative partnership with local businesses in communities across Chicago. Mayor Lori Lightfoot launched the program in June in response to crimes in and around business areas. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, and if we want our neigh-

borhoods to thrive and grow, then we have to ensure we’re supporting our local entrepreneurs while rooting out any bad actors,” Lightfoot said in a news release. All police districts will have a designated Business Liaison Officer to work closely with the District Commander and BACP to provide positive engagement opportunities for entrepreneurs, address chronic problems or concerns of business owners and improve overall public safety through collaboration with the community. This initiative is part of the Chicago Police Department’s community policing strategies and its ongoing efforts to improve the communication and cooperation between police officers and the communities they serve.

The Chicago City Council introduced 20 mile per hour speed limits on area roads.

Grant Park Music Festival underway Free classical performances will be presented through August, starting at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays in Grant Park. Audiences can also attend open rehearsals, docent-led talks, and pre-concert lectures throughout the week. Visit the Grant Park Music Festival website,, for information about weekly special guests.

New, improved and unfinished Riverwalk is open for business The city’s renovated Riverwalk is open, and although some renovations continue, the scenic spot is a hotspot for both visitors and locals. Among the improvements the Riverwalk now offers more greenspace, a walking path closer to the river and a community marketspace. Two longtime Chicago Architecture Center tour directors praised the work. “It’s gorgeous,” said Lorie Westerman, a CAC docent. “And it’ll be even better when it’s finished.” “I like the amphitheater and the River Theater,” said Robin Bauer. Westerman echoed Bauer, and noted the amphitheater is a very popular spot to sit down and relax.

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Chicago police crackdown on Vista trespassers, parasailers in New Eastside By Jesse Wright Staff Writer Chicago police officers gave New Eastside residents some good news at the monthly CAPS meeting. Police are cracking down on people who trespass at Vista Tower. The tower is nearing completion, and Police sergeant Anthony Dombrowski said the Vista, which will be one of the tallest buildings in the city, continues to draw explorers. “We had some incidents at the Wanda Tower” he said, referring to the project by its former name. “We’ve had some young rascals that want to challenge the height of the building. We’ve had people parasail off the building, successfully.” He said police are arresting people who trespass on the property. “We had two guys who were intoxicated and decided to climb up the tower,” Dombrowski said. “People in

the community started Facebooking this live on their community pages. They did it during the day where it was pretty obvious they were doing it. We arrested both gentlemen who are suburbanites.” With warmer months, police are also seeing an uptick in drag racing on Lower Wacker Drive. Historically the phenomenon has been a problem and Dombrowski admitted the perpetrators are a challenge for police. “Frankly, we’re overwhelmed,” he said. “It’s hundreds and hundreds and it’s not the same group every weekend, it’s different car clubs.” The drag racing is dangerous for both the drivers and other drivers and it creates noise issues, but Dombrowski said the police have a new strategy to stop the problem before it starts. He told residents that many of the drivers meet in private parking lots prior to drag racing and, if the businesses are closed when they meet, Chicago police are arresting drivers for trespassing. In early June, officers made nine arrests.

“Hopefully it sends a message,” he said. “These aren’t bad kids. These are kids who are into cars and they want to live that lifestyle.” Dombrowski reminded residents to report any crimes they see or hear. He pointed to some gang graffiti recently removed due to quick reporting from a New Eastside resident. “If you do see graffiti,” Dombrowski said, “if you can take a picture of it and send it to the alderman’s office and send it to our office and we’ll get rid of it.” Dombrowski also said June events, Blues Festival and Gospel Festival, saw few problems, despite drawing large crowds to Millennium Park. “Things went pretty well in those two events. We had challenges last weekend because there wasn’t just the Blues Festival, there was also a Formula One event at Soldier Field,” he said. The next CAPS meeting is 6:30 p.m. July 8 at 400 E. Randolph St.

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Doorperson of the Month Nick Damus at 340 On the Park

By Jesse Wright Nick Damus, a doorperson at 340 On the Park, has lived several lifetimes. Born in Haiti, he emigrated with his parents to New York City as a boy. When he grew up, he joined the Air Force, studied electronics and lived overseas in Italy. He learned to speak Italian, adding that to his knowledge of French Kreyol, French, English and Spanish. After the Air Force, he became a French and Spanish teacher in New York City’s public school system. “Life in New York became a bit challenging because a teaching job in the public school system is tough, so I wanted to do someNick Damus, of 340 On the Park, is the Doorperson of the thing else,” Damus explained. Month for New Eastside. Photo by Jesse Wright He moved to Georgia, where It makes the day go by really quick. You’re he had relatives, and went back to school for network engineering. After graduation, on your toes a lot and you’re multitasking. he moved to Chicago where relatives in the And that’s what I like about it and why I’ve been here so long.” city offered to help him find a job. While explaining this, a woman asked “I came here looking for a job as a for help jumpstarting a car in the parkcomputer network engineer,” Damus said. ing garage. “That’s when the economy tanked and all “Your communication skills and your the jobs went overseas. That’s how I ended customer service skills have to be up to par up working as a security officer.” here,” he said after he helped the tenant. That was at the now-defunct Chicago “It’s a challenge, but it’s a fun challenge.” Place mall on the Mag Mile. But he didn’t When he’s not helping residents and stay there long. In 2007, 340 On the Park manning the door, Damus said he enjoys opened and needed door staff. Damus said his hobbies. a friend recommended him and he was “I read a lot and I watch movies,” he said. hired. He started working there on the day “I play guitar, a little bit of rock guitar. … the building opened. Finally, Damus had It’s something that I’d like to be good at.” found a job he loved. But don’t look for Damus at open mics “I’m the sole survivor,” he said, “the only anytime soon. one who’s been here [from the beginning] “No, I’m not at that level at all,” he said. of all the staff.” Damus said he loves the job because To nominate your favorite doorperson, of the speed. It’s a busy building with 344 email apartments. People are constantly coming with the door person’s name and why you and going through the lobby. think they should be the doorperson of the “You’re not [just] a doorman here,” he month. Each winner will receive a $25 gift said. “You’re basically involved with everything. It’s very hectic. It’s very highly paced. card to Mariano’s.

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Anna Dominguez’s tape art; she is one of the few artists working in the medium. Photos courtesy Anna Dominguez

Sticking with the queen of tape By Jesse Wright Anna Dominguez is the queen of tape. It’s a self-proclaimed monicker but it’s also something she can back up. Not video tape nor audio tape. Sticky tape. The sort of stuff people use to seal packages and paint walls. She is a tape artist—at once the inventor of a medium and a leader in the Chicago arts scene. Dominguez, a Gold Coast resident, has a piece displayed in the St. Jane Hotel in New Eastside. St. Jane owner Carrie Meghie said she’s glad to work with local talent. “We are thrilled to support an up and coming artist who is unique, innovative and extremely talented,” Meghie said. This is the second work Meghie’s bought from Dominguez. “I first saw Anna’s work when she created a piece for me and my husband for

Anna Dominguez is the queen of tape art and a pioneer of the form. Photo courtesy of Anna Dominguez

our charity (the Jackson Chance Foundation) a few years ago,” Meghie said. “I was impressed, not only by her talent and creativity, but also by her generosity to create such a special piece for us personally. When selecting the artists to work with at St. Jane, she immediately came to mind.” Dominguez has been creating art since she was a girl. Following graduation from the arts program at Dominican University, she delved into the tape designs—a style she invented. “It’s really cool to see that this has become a form of art,” she said. “A lot of us that create with tape call it ‘tape art’ and I refer to my work as ‘tapings.’ When I started this nine years ago, no one was doing what I was doing as far as I know. In the last two years it’s really picked up as a form of art and more people are creating with tape now.”

Dominguez focuses on sports figures, most recently the tennis champion Serena Williams, with the kinetic energy illustrated with various shades and textures of different tape. “I’m a huge sports fan and athlete myself,” she said. “To me sports and my art relate so much. It’s like you work towards this goal, it’s grueling sometimes, you laugh, cry, mentally push through some of your biggest obstacles. In a way, art is both physically and mentally enduring for me, like sports. I could be up for 21 hours straight working on a piece I’m really into and it does take a toll on your body. But a lot of it is mental for me. At the end you find out all the hard work you’ve put into that one piece was worth every emotion and physical obstacle you’ve hit.” To check out her work, visit



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Artfest brings diversity to Michigan Avenue By Elisa Shoenberger Staff Writer Sixty-five artists from 19 states will be displaying and selling their works during the fourth annual Artfest Michigan Avenue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 19-20 at 435 N. Michigan Ave. This juried art show features artists of numerous disciplines, including traditional visual arts, photography, jewelry and ceramics. Amdur Productions, who run the artfest along with the Millenium Art Festival, June 28-29 at Lake and Michigan, have been running art shows for more than 36 years. Amy Amdur, of Amdur Productions, said they reached out to the Magnificent Mile Association after learning there was an opening to run the show. She had grown up seeing Michigan Avenue as “a magical street with all the beautiful stores and windows.” For Amdur Productions to run an art show on Michigan Avenue, she said “it was a full circle experience for me having grown up always idolizing Michigan Avenue.” Now in its fourth year, people expect beautiful art in Pioneer Court, next to Tribune Tower and the Apple store. Amdur explains, “It’s a spectacular setting with landmarks, but what makes the show really special this year is the artists,”

Sixty-five artists from 19 states will participate in the annual Artfest Michigan Avenue July 19-20. Photo courtesy Artfest

Amdur said. Mark Hersh, a Chicago-based photographer, will be showcasing his work for the second time at Artfest. Hersh said his work “Time After Time” brings together the new and old in a single photograph. He finds 100-120 year old photographs of cities, such as Chicago and Boston, then recreates the shot exactly in the present day at the same angle. Then he merges the two photographs together. Hersh said he finds that the audience in areas such as Streeterville and Print-

er’s Row “like the history of those neighborhoods and tend to appreciate the history and preservation.” Other artists at the fair include Ali Hasmut, a Chicago Portrait artist who has done quick portraits at past fairs; Todd Babb who creates 3-4 foot tall ballet dancer sculptures; and West Loop artist Heather Offord, who specializes in giant paintings. But the focus of the Artfest is the art itself, Amdur said. Visitors should expect to see great art and demonstrations by artists.


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By Jesse Wright and Stephanie Racine

Summertime is tourist time in Chicago. The city is overwhelmed with options, so we asked some local residents their tips for tourists:


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Tips for tourists from the locals


Moving Forward with Steve’s Segway Tours By Stephanie Racine Staff Writer

“360 Sky Deck at the Hancock is a way better view of the city than the Willis Tower, and also way less of a hassle.” Jeffrey Molsen

“The art galleries at River North are free. They’re located at Superior Avenue and Franklin, and all the galleries are in that one neighborhood.” Meg Sheehy, owner of the Zg Gallery.

“Take the Chicago Architecture Center boat cruise. There are a million things to do in Chicago, but if I had to pick one, I’d pick that.” Penny Shaw “I’ve been making it my own personal endeavor to find the best rooftops in the city. My favorites are LondonHouse, Terrace 16 at Trump, and Noyane at the Conrad.” Swati Gangrade

“Visitors need to take the Architecture River Cruise. All of the boats are great. And if they have time to do so, I would definitely visit the Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio in Oak Park.” Judy Birk

“I’d tell visitors to take the Brown and Purple lines. If you look out the windows, it’s basically an architecture tour for $2.50.” Myra Casis

“Visit the museums on Sunday mornings. That’s when they’re the least busy.” Steve Beier, owner of Steve’s Segway Tours

“The Museum of Contemporary Art’s Tuesdays jazz performances are pretty great. Also, on every third Saturday of the month is Family Day.” Trevor Carmean

“3 Arts Café is a great place to have lunch and to visit. The vibe in there is great.” Melanie Ferrer

Tourists and residents traveling east on Randolph near Field Boulevard may remember Freddy Atkins, a tour guide with Steve’s Segway Tours who sports a distinguishing pompadour. “I used to be the lead singer of a punk band,” Atkins said. A nod to his punk past, the pompadour and leather jacket make the former rocker stand out. But there is more to Atkins than just his cool look; he’s an experienced Segway rider and knowledgeable tour guide. He’s been a tour guide for 23 years. He’s worked at The Field Museum, The Adler Planetarium, The Shedd Aquarium and The Museum of Science and Industry. He’s given boat tours, walking tours and bus tours. But he found his niche with Segway tours. “I discovered Segways for the first time in the lower level of the Planetarium,” Atkins said. One of the divers from the Shedd was riding a Segway around, which piqued his interest. From there, he decided to look into Segway tours. Atkins met Steve Beier while doing the tours. Beier, a former options trader, was recovering following a car accident. “I did odd jobs for about three and-a-halfyears,” Beier said. In 2007, Beier started his own business: Steve’s Segway Tours. For New Eastside residents Beier and Atkins, the neighborhood was the perfect home for the business. As for Atkins, he was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, which made normal work difficult. “I couldn’t work a regular job,” he said. Marfan Syndrome affects connective tissues in the body, which makes getting around tough. Segways make it easier for Atkins and he’s able to work as a Segway tour guide. Beier was happy to bring Atkins on to his company. Beier said he tries to hire storytellers with “a smile that lights up the world,” he said.

The Library, in the basement of the Gilt Bar in River North, has a speakeasy feel with soft lights, bookshelves and 1920s music. Photo by Elisa Shoenberger

Sip with secret agents at Chicago’s undercover bars By Elisa Shoenberger Staff Writer Looking for someplace new? Someplace weird? Someplace out-of-the-way? Look no more. Here is a list of the best hidden bars downtown.

Freddy Atkins (center), a tour guide with Steve’s Segway Tours, sports a distinguishing pompadour and leather jacket, a nod to his past as the lead singer of a punk band. Photo by Stephanie Racine

Training is important at Steve’s Segway Tours— for both guests and guides. “Freddy says we train for life,” Beier said. Both Atkins and Beier are patient and say they take as much time as needed to train a Segway newcomer. Customer Gail Regas said Beier and Atkins treated her family differently than other tour companies. “My son with autism, who is very coordinated and can operate a Segway easily, was immediately dismissed from a tour without even a trial,” Regas said. But when she went to Steve’s Segway Tours with her son and her brother—who also was dismissed from a tour, for being too tall—Beier and

Atkins didn’t turn them away. “Steve’s Segway Tours accommodated both situations wonderfully and they both had so much fun that they will definitely go again many times in the future,” Regas said. “Freddy was amazing and very friendly,” customer Bonnie Mooney said. Mooney’s experience was also catered to her group’s needs, she said. Tours can be designed to fit any schedule, group or person, but Atkins and Beier have their favorite spots. “My favorite place to tell stories is the Field Museum,” Beier. For more information, visit stevessegwaytours. com or call 312-946-9467.

SafeHouse Chicago A Milwaukee transplant, this Streeterville bar lets patrons feel like secret agents. First one must locate the red door and then provide the password or perform a designated task. Once these tests are passed, patrons find themselves in a spy-themed cocktail bar. It’s goofy and fun with lots to explore, including secret entrances and passages. 60 E. Ontario St. The Drifter This River North establishment is also in the basement of another bar, the Green Door Tavern. The cocktail menu varies because drinks are printed on tarot cards, and different cards list different drinks. Risk-seeking patrons can snag a fortune cookie from a Buddha cookie jar where each fortune lists a cocktail or liquor. After 8 p.m., there’s burlesque and musical entertainment curated by Michelle L’amour. Expect to pay a cover charge. Green Door Tavern 678 N. Orleans St.

The Milk Room This tiny hidden bar is on the second floor of the Chicago Athletic Association, 12 S. Michigan Ave. Allegedly, it was used by members during Prohibition. Paid reservations are recommended as the bar only has eight seats. This is the place for the discerning cocktail aficionado since they serve rare spirits. Chicago Athletic Association 12 S. Michigan Ave. Blind Barber The Blind Barber, in West Loop, is in the back of an actual barber shop. When a patron enters the barbershop and asks for the bar, they will be directed to an unmarked door. Once inside the cocktail bar, it’ll feel like a time warp with soft lights and cozy chairs. In addition to a delicious cocktail list, they offer a grilled cheese that isn’t to be missed. Back of the barber shop 948 W. Fulton Market The Library The Library is located in the basement of the Gilt Bar in River North. It has a speakeasy feel with soft lights, bookshelves and gentle 1920s music playing. They don’t take reservations, expect a wait. Gilt Bar 230 N. Kinzie St.

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Chicago greeter’s guide to the city’s gems Don’t want to fight the crowds at Cloud Gate to get a selfie? Looking for a special spot or event not typically on the tourism map? Get off the beaten path and get in with the locals with this quick guide. Wally Braun, a Chicago resident and official city greeter, has some suggestions. By Wally Braun 1. Chicago SummerDance, 601 S. Michigan, Wednesday through Sunday from June 26 to Aug. 24. The dances generally run from 6 to 9:30 p.m. There will be 48 live bands or DJs offering a variety of music. Instructors teach the dances from 6 to 6:30 p.m. followed by open dancing until 9:30 p.m. There are also refresh-

ments. Many local residents participate, but not too many tourists. The event is a fun way to meet many other people and visitors can dance or just watch. For a complete schedule, check out

not have to sign up ahead of time, just show up.

3. New Chicago Public Library, 400 S. State St. The library has a beautiful interior— go to the upper atrium to really get an eyeful. There are some 2. Chicago Instagreeter: wonderful permanent and Wally Braun Free, one-hour walks around short term exhibits, including a the Loop with a local volunteer are beautiful, and absolutely moving, permaoffered 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday through nent exhibit of more than 55,000 dog tags Monday by the Chicago Cultural Cenrepresenting the men and women who ter at 78 E. Washington St. Limited to a died in the Vietnam War. This display is at maximum of six people, the tours take the third floor escalator entry. visitors by places they would probably never see. This is similar to the regular 4. Signature Room on the 95th floor in Chicago Greeter Service but visitors do the John Hancock building. The elevator

is free and the cost of a refreshment is less than the fee to the observation floor. Be sure to tell female tourists to visit the ladies’ room. (I’m told the window goes from floor to ceiling and the view is quite exciting.) 5: At DuSable Harbor, there is a very nice, small spot called Café Michelle where tourists can sit with a refreshment and snacks while watching the other tourists, locals and boaters. It’s fun, interesting and relaxing. Wally Braun is an official Chicago greeter through the city’s Chicago Greeter program. Learn more about the program at

Shakespeare comedy to be staged in 19 Chicago parks By Elisa Shoenberger Staff Writer Shakespeare in the Parks will commence its eighth summer with The Comedy of Errors July 18 at the Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier. They will perform the show in 19 parks throughout Chicago, as far north as Loyola Park and as far south as Calumet Park. The production will be an abridged 75-minute version of The Comedy of Errors adapted and staged by Jeff Award-winning director David H. Bell. Over the two month run, Shakespeare in the Parks will perform 25 shows, the last on Aug. 18 in Ping Tom Memorial Park. Shakespeare in the Parks programs are free and offer an opportunity for people to bring lawn chairs and

blankets and feast while watching a show. Andrea San Miguel, an actor in this year’s production as well as Community Engagement Coordinator for the show, said she loves the Shakespearean language as well as how “the stories are so universal that they bridge all ages, all cultures, and all communities. Through them, we come to understand we aren’t so different from each other after all.” San Miguel, who will be performing as Luciana, said a favorite part of the show is getting “to see the people as much as they can see me.” She said she loves being able to look someone in the eye and talk directly to them while giving a speech. Moreover, she’s seen the show attract

passing bike riders and kite fliers to come and join the audience. As Community Engagement Coordinator, San Miguel has been working with numerous partners, including park advisory councils, local businesses, churches, arts organizations and neighborhood councils, to get people excited for The Comedy of Errors. Each show of Shakespeare in the Parks begins with a short performance put on by a local group, San Miguel said. In past years, shows have had singers, dancers and musicians. “I love it because it’s a way for their artists to share their talents, tell their stories, and raise awareness about the great work being done in and around their communities,” she said.

Shakespeare in the Park will perform The Comedy of Errors at the Navy Pier July 18. Photo courtesy Shakespeare in the Park



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Taste to offer De La Soul, 82 food vendors from across the city

New restaurants 90 Miles Cuban Café A Place by Damao Bar Takito Barangaroos Aussie Pies Ben’s Bar-Be-Cue Big Wang’s Chinese Street Food Black Dog Gelato, Brazilian Bowl Inc. Buscia’s Bacon Buns Coastline Catering Da Pizza Dude Dmen Tap

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SUMMER So come and get social while you can at downtown Chicago’s go-to rooftop lounge.

By Jesse Wright With July comes the annual Taste of Chicago, a celebration of all that’s great to eat in the city. This year’s event will be held July 10-14 in Grant Park and will feature 82 restaurants and food trucks and 300 menu items. The event also offers live music including headliners De La Soul with Taylor Bennett and Courtney Barnett with Sunflower Bean. Mary May, spokesperson with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, said the event will offer something new for longtime Taste of Chicago veterans. “We have a number of new restaurants this year,” she said. “We have more restaurants than we’ve ever had.” However, not all restaurants and food trucks will be available through the entire festival, so visitors to the free festival should check schedules at While the general admissions area is free, the music performances are ticketed events. Food tickets begin at $10 for 14 tickets. Visitors can purchase those online. In addition, visitors can also purchase tickets ($50) to the Taste Oasis area. This is a new area which provides visitors with exclusive access to music and seating and dining options. May suggested visitors try the new entrants and try restaurants that are unfamiliar. Often, Chicagoans spend most of their time in their neighborhoods, places with which they are already familiar. She



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said Taste aims to shake that up and break people out of their habits. “One big thing about the Taste of Chicago is it is an appeal for people to get out and try a new restaurant,” she said. “After Taste is over, we want people to go out and see a new part of the city and to spread their wings.” In addition to the food and music, the festival will also offer chef-led demonstrations and other specialty events. On July 10, the Best Lists event will recognize award-winning chefs and restaurants listed on “best of” lists. On July 11, the City Streets event will feature chefs from around Chicago. July 12 will feature a Healthy Eating event with spotlight dishes that are vegan or vegetarian or otherwise healthy. On July 13 the Spicy Hot demonstration will highlight cuisines that bring the heat and the July 14 Mac N Cheese Smackdown is a showcase of various macaroni and cheese dishes.

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Homeowners need to weigh the pros and cons of selling versus renting out their home if they need to move out of it. Photo courtesy Urban Real Estate

Is being a landlord right for you? By Urban Real Estate We often get asked by clients to help weigh the pros and cons of selling versus renting out their home. Usually, the desire for a homeowner to do so comes with a short and long-term plan—it allows an owner the time to determine what they ultimately want to do with a property if they need to move out of it. Michael Emery, senior partner with New Eastside’s Urban Real Estate, said the reasons are typically situational. “When a current occupant or owner contemplates renting out vs. selling, it is often due to life circumstances, such as work relocation, expansion of family or need to find something more affordable. Financial factors on opposite ends of the spectrum also impact this decision,” he said. “They can include everything from wanting to create an income stream because there is equity in the home to clients on the other end who cannot afford to sell their home and are looking for a way to help cover expenses (mortgage, association dues, taxes, etc.) while still maintaining the asset.” What homeowners need to consider: Renters will only pay what the market will allow. We help our clients assess which makes the most sense. If you currently are living in the l


home, there is also the consideration of what you would do with your belongings. Renting out “furnished” today is less a trend. Those renters are more short-term, and really want a pristine hotel-style experience. Therefore, your items would generally have to move with you. Otherwise, plan on additional moving and storage fees. Maintenance: Things will break, and you need to have a plan to respond expeditiously, and be prepared to make repairs or replacements as needed. Do you have reserves to cover expenses if a renter doesn’t? While background and financial checks are run on prospective renters by brokers, and sometimes the homeowner association, hard times can hit anyone, and ultimately, you are on the hook. Be prepared for the worse. On the sales side, we continue to see an increase in Chicago, especially in the condo market. According to the Illinois Realtors in May, the median sales price for the city increased by 4.5%, to $345,000. If a home is priced compellingly, and presents well, it will sell. There are many sides to making a sound decision. Urban Real Estate’s brokers are ready to walk you through the process. Contact us at UrbanRealEstate. com or (312) 528-9200. l


Top three factors to consider before you buy By Sheetal Balani In the summer of 2002, my husband and I purchased our first home together, a gorgeous brick loft in the heart of River North. Though we didn’t necessarily need a two-bedroom place just yet, we decided to stretch the budget and purchase a larger place so that we could stay longer, as our family grew. We lived there for six years; several years longer than if we had opted for the one-bedroom. Planning for a family and purchasing a home to create long-term wealth is a top motivating factor for many prospective buyers entering the real estate market. When you pay rent, you don’t actually own anything. When you pay a mortgage, you increase your percentage of ownership with every payment you make. If you don’t currently own your home, the concept may seem daunting. Honestly, it’s all about knowing where to begin. At parties, in the elevator, and on my walk across the park to Mariano’s, I often get asked, “When is the best time to buy?” My answer: when it’s right for you. But what does that mean? Simply put, you should first consider three essential factors: personal, financial, and professional. I’ll elaborate. Personally—Are you single? In a relationship? Starting or growing your family? Do you plan on living in the same city for the next 3 plus years? You’ll want to consider

these factors before you purchase. Financially—Have you saved enough for a down-payment? Well-qualified buyers typically put down 10-20%. Have you spoken to a lender and been pre-approved for a mortgage? Do you have a solid understanding of how much home you can afford? Do you understand what to expect in terms of closing costs? Often I’ll sit down with a first-time buyer to discuss the buying process, and the scenario unfolds something like this: excitedly, the prospective buyer pulls out his or her cell phone to show me the myriad homes they’ve been flagging online. My immediate response is typically the same: Have you met with a lender yet? It’s best to meet with a lender sooner rather than later, so you can hone in on properties that meet your parameters. Professionally—Do you have a stable job that allows you to pay your mortgage every month? If you’re on a solid career path and are planning for your future, now may be a great time to consider buying your first home and reap the many rewards of home ownership. After all, you are always going to be paying to live somewhere. You may as well pay yourself, and accumulate wealth along the way. Sheetal Balani is a senior broker at Compass, with over 15 years experience in residential real estate. Contact her at (312) 863-9555 or




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| NEW EASTSIDE EVENTS | Schedules are subject to change. Call venues to confirm event information. To submit events or advertise on this page, email

ONGOING Tuesdays through August

Millennium Park Summer Film Series Bring a blanket, snacks and friends and watch your favorite movies outside in Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion. See the website for the full line up. 6:30 p.m., free, Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.,

Third Thursday

Adler After Dark Experience the planetarium over drinks and unique entertainment every month. Each event has a different theme, making it a fun (and educational) date spot. 21+, 6:30-10:30 p.m., $20, Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312-922-7827,

Wednesdays and Saturdays through August 31

Aon Summer Fireworks Enjoy Chicago evenings on Navy Pier with astounding fireworks shows set to music. This takes place every Wednesday and Saturday evening throughout the spring and summer. Wednesdays 9:30 p.m., Saturdays 10:15 p.m., free, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., 312-595-7437,

Daily through July 28

The true story of ‘Chicago’ The play “Chicago” originally premiered on the New York’s Broadway stage in 1926. Since that time, it has been reshaped into three major motion pictures, and a long-running musical still popular on Broadway today. Lead characters Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly have become almost folkloric figures associated with the play’s namesake city. Not as wellknown is the fact that the characters were based on two real-life murderesses of 1920s Chicago and that playwright Maurine Dallas Watkins

based it on her experiences as a Chicago Tribune reporter. On display at the Chicago Cultural Center be seldom-seen posters, photographs and original artifacts documenting the play’s evolution over the past nine decades. Visit for more information or go to the Chicago Cultural Center at 78 E. Washington St. Admission is free.

Daily through Aug. 9

Family Fun Tent Families are invited to join the fun all summer long with activities, including music and arts and crafts, for kids of all ages, at the Family Fun Festival runs daily through Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Take part in hands-on art projects with some of the region’s most popular museums, art & cultural organizations. The event is free, under the tent at the north entrance of the park. For more information, go to

Sundays through Aug. 9

Radisson Blu Summer Yoga Series Begin Sunday the right way with our Summer Yoga Series on the terrace led by Athleta ambassador Monica Bright, followed by a complimentary mimosa. Throughout the series, enjoy the stunning views from our thirdfloor outdoor terrace. These classes are $10 for the public and complimentary for hotel guests. The classes begin at 9 a.m. and they last an hour. Learn more at or call 312-565-5258.

Through Sept. 2

Fairmont offering picnic baskets Summer fun has never been easier to achieve than with the introduction of the new Picnic in the Park menu from Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Drive. Created by chefs from their in-house gastropub, Columbus Tap, the deluxe park totes for two offers diners on the go a complete meal to enhance their city adventure or day in nearby Millennium Park for $67 through Sept. 2.

To keep the fun going all night long, Fairmont Chicago is also offering a new park package which includes one night in a guestroom, a deluxe picnic for two, and two tickets to the Grant Park Music Festival, starting at $226. Picnic Tote packages can be reserved online 24 hours in advance and are available for delivery to Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park guest rooms or pick up at the Columbus Tap host stand. Picnic blankets can be purchased for $20 each. Picnic baskets can be ordered at fairmontchicago. wufoo or customers can visit the Fairmont at 200 North Columbus Drive.

July 3

Australian Wine Tasting at III Forks From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., III Forks Prime Steakhouse, located in Lakeshore East, will hold a “Sommelier for a Day” wine tasting. Tickets are $25 per person and in-house sommelier Anton Licko will lead participants through a sampling of red and white wine selections from Australia , paired with an array of hors d’oeuvres. To RSVP, call III Forks at 312-938-4303.

July 4-Aug. 17

Classical Music Festival For more than 80 years, the Grant Park Music Festival has been Chicago’s summer musical sensation, demonstrating that classical music, performed by a world-class orchestra and chorus, can have a transformative impact on the city. Most of the performances start at 6:30 p.m. and ticket prices vary. To get tickets and to see who is performing, go to

July 4

Fireworks at Navy Pier Join Navy Pier for a century-old tradition with the 4th of July Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. though the Pier opens at 10 a.m. To ensure the safety and comfort of all guests, Navy Pier will reach capacity and the gates will close. Plan your visit accordingly, including

arriving early. In addition to July 4, there are other opportunities to see biweekly Aon Summer Fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday night through Labor Day. Follow Navy Pier on Twitter at @NavyPier. Fireworks Cruises Don’t want to fight the crowds at the Pier? Take a fireworks cruis through Odessy Cruise lines. Join us on the water for a 4th of July lunch or an open-bar dinner dinner cruise, featuring creative plated dining, award-winning wines, and a skyline that will take your breath away. Whether you cruise on the river or lake, you’ll have unobstructed views of Navy Pier’s outstanding fireworks show (weather permitting). Book now at

July 9

GEMS Info Night Meet Head of School Tom Cangiano and learn about GEMS’ mission and approach to education. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. July 9 at the Chicago Public Library, Lincoln Park branch, 1150 W. Fullerton Ave. The school is still accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. More info at

July 9

Raptors Observe majestic birds of prey up close and learn about their habitat, adaptations and the challenges that they face in an urban environment. Experts from Wings and Talons will be on hand to answer questions. This is an all-ages program. Drop in or register to get a reminder. This will be at Lurie Gardens in Millennium Park. Visit for details or call 312-228-1004.

July 10

Night of Networking at The Mid-America Club (80th floor of the Aon Center) The Mid-America Club’s Business Events continue on page 14

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| NEW EASTSIDE EVENTS | Schedules are subject to change. Call venues to confirm event information. To submit events or advertise on this page, email Committee invites readers to attend a fun and friendly night of networking. From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. come make new connections and expand your professional and social networks. Enjoy an evening of prizes, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and our fabulous views. Business-casual attire. RSVP to the Club at 312-861-1100 or email:

percent of participant fundraising in programs focused on rebuilding trust, sense of community and infrastructure in Chicago’s neighborhoods most significantly impacted by gun violence. Runners who raise the most funds will be eligible to win Bears prizes.Registration is $55. Register and learn more at

July 10-14

GEMS Info Night Meet Head of School Tom Cangiano and learn about GEMS’ mission and approach to education. The night will be held at GEMS World Academy Chicago, 350 E. South Water St. The school is still still accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. More info at gemschicago. org/register.

Taste of Chicago Taste of Chicago is the nation’s premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. Every summer since 1980, Chicago’s beautiful Grant Park on the city’s magnificent lakefront has been home to the world’s largest food festival. Wednesday-Friday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

July 13

Summer Block Party It’s time for the fifth annual V103 Summer Block Party featuring Jill Scott along with Anthony Hamilton, Mase and Carl Thomas. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. July 13th at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. Tickets begin at $35. Get information at

July 13

Bears run Celebrate 100 years of Bears football this summer with the 2019 PNC Chicago Bears 5K. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. and afterward runners can join friends, family and thousands of fellow Bears fans for a post-race tailgate. All participants will receive a commemorative Bears 100 Finisher Medal, an official race shirt, official bib number, and, if over 21, a Free Miller Lite at the Bears Post-Race Party. Racers are encouraged to fundraise for Bears Care, which will invest 100

July 14

July 18-Aug. 1

Circus and dinner This unique circus offers an elaborate evening of dinner theater. From the moment guests step through the doors, visitors will be transported into another world where performers break free from the confines of the stage and the action unfolds all around you. No two performances are alike as the wall between artist and audience disappears. A ticket includes a three-hour Teatro ZinZanni performance as well as a four-course meal. Additional items like extra appetizers, handmade cocktails, and a curated selection wines will be available for purchase. There is an $8 gratuity on the night of the show. For performances Wednesday through Sunday evenings cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. For Saturday and Sunday brunch, the doors open at 11:30 a.m. and brunch begins at noon. Tickets begin at $123 and for more information, visit

July 19-20

Artfest Michigan Ave This two day fine art festival takes

July Races Chicago Bears 5K, kids run - 7:30 a.m., Saturday, July 13 - Soldier Field Chicago Chinatown 5K, kids run - Saturday, July 13 - Chinatown Square Run to End Homelessness 5K - 8:30 a.m., Saturday, July 13 - Montrose Harbor Strike Out ALS 5K, 1 mile - 8 a.m., Saturday, July 13 - Guaranteed Rate Field The GLO Run 5K, 10K - 8:55 p.m., Saturday, July 13 - Montrose Harbor Burgers & Beer 5K - 7 p.m., Monday, July 15 - Soldier Field Taco Tuesday 5K, Kids Dash - 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 16 - Montrose Harbor Rock ’n’ Roll Chicago 5K - 7:30 a.m., Saturday, July 20 - Grant Park Rock ’n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon & 10K - 6:30 a.m., Sunday, July 21 Grant Park Run for Gus 5K, 1 mile walk, kids race - 6:15 p.m., Thursday, July 25 - Diversey Harbor place on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue at the base of the iconic Chicago Tribune building overlooking the Chicago River. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public. About 65 juried artists will be featured at this all art show. For more information, visit

July 24

Jabberwocky Marionettes Jabberwocky Marionettes presents a live-action puppet show for all-ages performed for early summer evening at the Chicago Parks. This show follows the adventures of the Dart Frog Puppet Band, Las Ranitas Chiquitas as they travel the world. New experiences await each frog on their next journey in this musical education show. Learn the basics of melody and rhythm with the Frogs. Puppet characters feature a diverse cast of creatures in several breathtaking sets, celebrating nature, habitats and make-believe. This event is presented as a part of the City of Chicago?s Year of Chicago Theatre. Check out more YOCT events at

July 26

Who Came Before Us? Chicago’s Indiginous People

Chicago’s Skyline Village hosts a Friday Forum 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Mity Nice Grill, Mezzanine Level, Water Tower Place. There is a $5 fee; lunch Ditch Treat; open to all. The topic is “Who Came Before Us? Chicago’s Indigenous People,” based on a book by Dr. John Low. The Pokagon Bank of Potawatomi Indians have aggressively expressed their refusal to be marginalized and, in doing so, have contributed to the fabric and history of Chicago. Join us to examine the ways these tribal members have maintained a distinct native identity and contributed to the fabric and history of the city. rsvp@

Aug. 10

The ‘Gentleman of Salsa’ to perform Known as El Caballero de la Salsa (the Gentleman of Salsa), the Grammy Award-winning salsa and tropical artist Gilberto Santa Rosa makes his Auditorium Theatre debut on Aug. 10. In this one-night-only event, he will perform many of his world-renowned hits, including “Concencia,” “Que Alguien Me Diga,” “Déjate Querer” and “El Amor de los Amores.” Adult tickets are $34 and may be purchased at



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A good, long walk is therapy for the soul


tress is something nearly everyone has to deal with. Thankfully, in this modern age, there are plenty of potential remedies available. Varieties of yoga, mental meditation and restorative mindfulness practices (not sure what mindJon Cohn fulness is, but if it works, I am all COMMUNITY for it) are just a few of the popular CONTRIBUTOR options for getting rid of stress. But nothing works like a nice long walk to regenerate the spirit, get the blood flowing and cut through daily strife. A walk offers great tension relief, heart health and can



be mentally refreshing. Walking is easy on the body and fits around almost any schedule. There is no need to sign up for classes and there are no annual fees. There are many wonderful potential walks in the nearby Lakeshore East vicinity—the Riverwalk, Michigan Avenue or any Chicago streets—where you can get your exercise and do some great people-watching as well. Then there is also the quieter, more sublime beauty of Northerly Island or a morning beachfront stroll. My favorite walk includes a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow—the best tacos in Chicago. For this route, head to the lakefront and begin walking south. Stroll past the beauty of DuSable Harbor and Monroe Harbor, gazing quickly at illustrious Bucking-

ham Fountain as you pass by. Then around the bend, toward Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium. Take a peek back for one of the most gorgeous views of the Chicago beachfront and skyline. But don’t stop there. Keep going as the path dead ends finally at Twelfth Street Beach. There you will find some of the best tacos on the beachfront at Del Campos Tacos. Fresh, tasty and filling, they are a just reward for a great, long walk. After the tacos, there could be a temptation to Uber home. No, no, no. You worked too hard for all this, and the walk back is just as invigorating as the walk there. Jon Cohn is a New Eastside Resident.

Out and About in June

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Why are there no knock knock jokes about America? June answer: What goes up but never comes down? Your age.

A July riddle: What loses its head every morning only to get it back at night? A: A pillow.

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Where am I?

This month’s Where am I is a colorful facade in New Eastside. It should be a familiar sight to many; can you recognize it?

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Answer to June Where am I? Congratulations to Eric Stepanovic and to Kathy Healey. These eagle-eyed residents correctly noted the garage door at the north dock of 680 N. Lake Shore Drive in Streeterville.

Mike Rothbauer and Susan Rothbauer wait at Millennium Park for the start of the summer concert series on a recent Thursday evening. Photos by Jesse Wright

Kristy Scudella and Matt Warchter spent an afternoon at the Streeterville Farmer’s Market on a recent Tuesday.

Dr. Matthew Davis and Shirley Ryan attended the opening of the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center.

Rick Maul and Teran Storey hunt Pokemon in Grant Park at Pokemon Fest.

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