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November 2019



New Eastside seniors stay active and grateful

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Going green with Circuit ridesharing Orangetheory Millennium Park to open on Michigan Ave. Page 3

Drunk Shakespeare delivers unpredictable laughs Page 6

Page 9 Seniors can take classes at the Renaissance Court Senior Center located in the Chicago Cultural Center during the winter. Photo courtesy of the Renaissance Court Senior Center

Musician wins a spot the heart of New Eastside

Employee of the Month: Kobe Stanton

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AmazonGo coming to Prudential Page 6

How are residents giving back?

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A Circuit rider is picked up at Navy Pier. Photo Courtesy of Circuit

Going green with Circuit ridesharing By Stephanie Racine Staff Writer With Mayor Lightfoot’s new proposal on taxing solo rideshares, Circuit is a new viable option. Circuit is a free and green rideshare company that made their debut in Chicago over the summer. New Eastside and Streeterville are popular stops. The cars resemble shuttles, with each of the six passengers having their own door. The vehicles are fully electric and are hailed just like other rideshare companies, by using an app. Circuit has almost completed its pilot period in downtown Chicago and is winding down in November, but the company has no plans to leave. “By no means do we want to leave Chicago. We’d love to be there full time,” said Circuit Co-Founder Alexander Esposito.

Circuit brand ambassador Matt Grothendieck has been giving free rides in Chicago since mid-August. Photo by Mat Cohen

Circuit is looking for new ad partners for Chicago, but ideally they’d like to operate in Chicago by working with the city itself. “We’re hoping to secure a longer-term service agreement with the City, local transit agencies or another local organization,” said Esposito. In San Diego, there are 22 Circuit cars in operation with

around 21,000 rides a month. Chicago’s ridesharing numbers are much larger than that, with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning reporting 286,000 rideshare rides per day. Esposito said they want to help with downtown congestion by making Circuit easily accessible at parking garages. They also want to help promote public transportation use. “If more people could get a ride to the train, I think more people would use public transportation,” Esposito said. According to co-Founder James Mirras, there was a trend of Circuit customers using the service to get to and from the Washington/Wells CTA station. “I was visiting family in the suburbs and used Circuit to get from the Metra to an appointment I had,” said Circuit user Ana Ayrempour. Ayrempour was surprised

at how smooth the process was, especially with it being a free service. “It was a quick pickup and the driver was nice,” she said. Circuit employs drivers full-time and wants to focus on having local people driving their cars. Esposito thinks this helps bring a more comfortable feel to the experience. “I’ve seen a driver taking time to teach an older woman how to use the app,” Esposito said. Circuit was started by Esposito and his partner, James Mirras, as a beach shuttle in the Hamptons in New York, and was originally called The Free Ride. Now, Circuit has grown in different cities—both big and small. South Florida, Texas, California, and the Jersey Shore currently have Circuit. For more information and to download the app, visit




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Orangetheory is planning a new location in New Eastside at 155 N. Michigan Ave. Photo by Stephanie Racine

Orangetheory Millennium Park to open



Orangetheory is planning to open in New Eastside at 155 N. Michigan Ave., but an opening date is yet to be confirmed. Orangetheory focuses on getting class goers into the “orange zone,” for at least twelve minutes to increase heart rate and metabolism. According to Orangetheory, after these twelve minutes, the body burns additional calories for 36 hours. The workout incorporates cardio and weight lifting, with coaches present to ensure participants are motivated and safe. Orangetheory is offering membership deals ahead of its opening. For more information, call (312) 757-5144 or visit

Edelman poised to move out of Aon Center Although the deal is not yet final, public relations firm Edelman is in talks to move


Pet Month

Krispy Kreme opens first Chicago location in Pedway The first of four proposed Krispy Kreme doughnut locations opened Oct. 22 in Block 37, 108 N. State St., at the Pedway level. “We’re ready to satisfy Krispy Kreme cravings for commuters, visitors and Chicagoans inside our new downtown location,” said Carlos Larcada, President of Chicagoland Restaurants, the group overseeing the opening. The store will feature their signature doughnut and other varieties, coffee and frozen beverages. To celebrate their opening, coffee will be 90 cents through the end of the year. Hours are Monday through Saturday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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A Krispy Kreme doughnut location opened in Block 37, 108 N. State St., at the Pedway level. Courtesy of Krispy Kreme

its headquarters from the Aon Center at 200 E. Randolph, to a space in West Loop, according to the Chicago Tribune. The new office location is slated to be at 111 N. Canal St., where Sterling Bay handles the leasing. Their current lease at Aon does not end until 2024, but they have an option to terminate early. The outcome is unclear, as a spokesperson for Edelman told the Tribune they could choose to stay in their 170,000-square-foot lease at the Aon Center. Continued on page 10


Shaundar, a 13-year-old Ragdoll cat, is the November pet of the month. Owned by Maripat Abbott, his favorite activity is to walk the halls and stairways in his building and pose for pictures on his Instagram @hi_rise_ragdoll_cat. The New Eastside News’ pet of the month is sponsored by East Side Veterinary Clinic, a local full-service clinic, open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.




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Seasonal revamps protect hair Scalp and hair treatments at Gordon Salon keep locks healthy By Stephanie Racine for Gordon Salon Just like skin, scalp and hair can dry out as the seasons change. To avoid a dry itchy scalp or dried out hair, there are treatments and remedies. Gordon Salon is local and has the answers about seasonal haircare. Lindsey, a Master Stylist at Gordon Salon, explained the process to combat dryness. An in-salon option would be a deep conditioning treatment. Gordon Salon offers three in-salon deep conditioning treatments to meet an array of hair care needs. The treatment for flaky and dry scalp exfoliates and gets rid of any possible build-up of product. The scalp treatment is $20. “Healthy scalp, healthy hair,” Lindsey said. The Aveda Botanical deep conditioning treatment is for those with very dry hair that lacks moisture and shine. Lindsay recommends this botanical is for people who have wavy or curly hair. The Aveda Deep Conditioning Treatment is $20. “There’s also the multistep Olaplex treatment for colored hair,” Lindsey said. Although some steps in the Olaplex treatment are available in stores, the first two steps are for professional in-salon use only. Gordon Salon offers the

After Olaplex treatment, colored hair is shiny, soft, and bright. Photo courtesy of Gordon Salon

$55 Olaplex professional treatment. Lindsay recommends this treatment for blondes and those with over-processed hair. The treatment restores the bonds that are broken from over-processed hair. A conditioning treatment like Olaplex begins with a scalp massage with aromatic Aveda oils. There are different oils to choose from, but the Stress Fix Aveda Composition Oil smells especially nice. Hair is then washed, gently but vigorously. Once the treatment is in, a hot towel is put on the hair,

with the added luxury of a hand massage with Aveda Hand Relief (which is also great for dry winter skin). Add a blowout to your conditioning treatment for a sleek and healthy hair look. Blowouts start at $45 with an Emerging Artist. Gordon Salon is at 333 E. Benton Place #106. For appointments and more information, call (773) 3889999 or visit gordonsalon. com. Lindsey is available for appointments Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The salon is open seven days a week.




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Employee of the Month

Kobe Stanton at GEMS World Academy By Doug Rapp Staff Writer Kobe Stanton has a long commute, but for her, it’s worth it. “I love what I do,” Stanton said of her job as a security resource officer at GEMS World Academy on East South Water St. “I can say I wake up and look forward to seeing these kids.” Stanton heads into New Eastside from suburban Markham to keep the students safe at GEMS, a preschool-through-12 school that emphasizes a global STEM curriculum and multilingual learning. Working security is nothing new to Stanton, 31. After attending Olive Harvey College, she was a guard at Chicago Housing Authority’s central office and the Art Institute before she started at GEMS. She’s been with the school since 2014.

“I’ve seen a lot of kids grow up,” she said. “I’ve had five years of interacting with the families and getting to know them personally.” Stanton said she loves the international diversity of the 400-plus student body. “I like the environment of happiness and positivity,” she said. Stanton, a Country Club Hills native who grew up with nine siblings, said her duties include monitoring student pick-up and drop-off, recess, helping with the front desk and phones while “being an extra eye for teachers” when needed. “My favorite times are when I get to interact with the families,” she said. Stanton said GEMS’ security is tight but “not a lot of crazy things are going on.” She said she and the security staff of four can assist in minor medical incidents or accidents, run fire and lockdown drills, provide security camera footage if needed and patrol

the 322,000-square-foot campus. It’s not all work, though. Stanton said one of her favorite events is the annual fundraising gala. She said it’s fun to raise a toast with the families in formal wear instead of her usual security uniform. Looking back on her five years at GEMS, Stanton said she appreciates her rewarding work. “I am actually thankful for everybody that walks into this building because everyone that walks in here has a positive attitude,” Stanton said. “There are a lot of people who have bigger problems than what you think you have.” To nominate your favorite employee, email with their name and why you think they should be the doorperson of the month. Each winner will receive a $25 gift card to Mariano’s.

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‘Drink sir, is a great provoker’ Drunk Shakespeare delivers unpredictable laughs By Doug Rapp Staff Writer Behind an unmarked door on Wabash Street on a narrow stage, actor Courtney Rikki Green downs four shots of whiskey. She isn’t fighting stage fright— this is part of the show. Welcome to Drunk Shakespeare, a self-proclaimed drinking club with a Shakespeare problem. The small troupe performs one of Shakespeare’s plays with a twist: one actor is drinking. A lot. The chosen actor takes four shots before the show, then two more during the performance in a space modeled to look like a hidden library speakeasy. “It’s taking a fresh look at Shakespeare and playing with it and letting people know that it’s approachable,” resident director Kathleen Coombs said.

At two recent performances of Macbeth, Courtney Rikki Green imbibed 12 shots of whiskey throughout the night while playing Macduff, Macbeth’s nemesis. Drunk Shakespeare mainly sticks to the plot but allows plenty of room for improvisation. The actors, including Elizabeth Rentfro and Chelsea David, faithfully recite monologues while breaking into contemporary songs (Radiohead’s “Creep”), pulling audience members on stage or bringing out a birthday cake for actor Jordan Golding, who played Macbeth. Thomas Toles is the host, or “designated plot driver” as he calls it. “I’m there to keep the story somewhat on track and also enable [the actors] at any moment to be their worst selves,” he said. Green, for her part, held up remarkably well. She did drink hot sauce on stage, made a puppet

do inappropriate things and poke Golding in sensitive areas with props, but returned to form to deliver her lines when needed. “The alcohol helps so much,” Green said. “I’m into it.” Before joining Drunk Shakespeare, she said the idea of drinking before a performance was unthinkable. “Now, I’m like ‘Yes!’ That is how I unlock and unfurl and uncover the best parts of my acting ability,” Green said. Coombs said alcohol helps the actors’ improv, allowing surprises and discoveries for a unique show each time. It all dovetails with Chicago’s reputation as the mecca of improv. “I think it’s a really great fit for Chicago,” Coombs said. “We’re a theater town, an improv town and a town that loves drinking and having fun.” Toles said drinking makes

Actor Jordan Golding prepares to take a shot during a performance of Drunk Shakespeare. Courtesy of Drunk Shakespeare

Shakespeare more relatable. High school English teachers have told him they wish they could bring classes to see what makes Shakespeare “so special and interesting and fun.” The show is 21 and over. The diverse audiences at the frequently sold-out shows are approaching Shakespeare from various angles, Toles said. “That’s a nice feeling when you get the nerdy Shakespeare fan and the jock from the frat house and they both are invested,” he said. “That’s so cool.” “It’s a unique beast of a show that

is truly unlike anything in Chicago,” Green added. According to the Centers for Disease Control, binge drinking (having 4 or more drinks within 2 hours) has serious health risks such as strokes, liver disease, various cancers plus memory and learning problems (like forgetting lines from MacBeth). Drunk Shakespeare performs Wednesday through Sunday at 182 N. Wabash Ave. Visit for showtimes and tickets, and remember to drink responsibly.

AmazonGo coming to Prudential By Stephanie Racine and Mat Cohen Staff Writers

The new AmazonGo will be located at One Two Pru at Randolph and Stetson. Photo by Stephanie Racine

AmazonGo is under construction at the One Prudential Plaza tower, 130 E. Randolph St., near Lake Street and Stetson Avenue, according to the Amazon website. It will be the second AmazonGo location in New Eastside, joining its Illinois Center location at 111 E. Wacker Drive. AmazonGo is Amazon’s version of grocery and convenience store shopping. Customers scan in with the AmazonGo app, take what they need from the shelves, and walk out. “Our checkout-free shopping experience is made possible by the

same types of technologies used in self-driving cars: computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning,” the website stated. After Amazon automatically detects what has been taken, the items appear in a virtual cart, and the customer’s account is charged. AmazonGo is a popular stop for workers and busy people in New Eastside. “I’m about to get on an airplane so just wanted to stop in quick to grab a bottle of water” said AmazonGo shopper Bill Meier. Meier has been to the AmazonGo in San Francisco as well, and is a big fan of the convenience. “It’s high-tech, futuristic and where things are going,” said Meier. “I don’t always have a ton of time in the middle of the work day, or

when I’m trying to get home at the end of the day,” said shopper Catherine Phaneuf. For Phaneuf, stopping at AmazonGo is the easiest and fastest way to grab a snack, or a full meal in a hurry. Beyond groceries, AmazonGo offers ready-to-make meal kits, which can be cooked for two people in 30 minutes. Local bakery and other artisanal items are also available. AmazonGo even has organic raw beef or chicken to pick up. “It saves an extra trip to the grocery store if you decide to cook something on a whim last minute,” says Phaneuf. For more information about AmazonGo, visit or download the AmazonGo app.



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Musician wins a spot in the heart of New Eastside By Mat Cohen Staff Writer In New Eastside’s version of American Idol, there’s no Ryan Seacrest or dimming of lights, but there is a pretty great prize for the winner. Musician Justin Elliott has reaped the rewards after winning the competition Magellan Development Group puts on each year. Elliot, a solo artist as well as frontman for the band Honeystone, has been living at the Aqua since the summer in exchange for being the real estate developer’s inhouse musician. The performance venue includes the Drunken Bean Coffee and Wine Bar every Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon.

Musician Justin Elliott plays at the Drunken Bean Coffee and Wine Bar every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Photo courtesy of Justin Elliott

“I like it, it’s a great atmosphere,” he said. “Sunday morning people are coming before football or after exercising. There’s a lot of traffic and I hope some people stay a little

longer than normal because they like what they hear.” Elliott also played in the park during the summer and throughout the neighborhood in other

Magellan Development properties. “I am grateful for Magellan and the whole Lakeshore East community for being so supportive,” he said. “I’ve put a lot of work in creating this solo business so I can have events like the Drunken Bean. Same goes for the band, they’re some of my closest friends in the city and it’s been an irreplaceable experience.” Elliott, originally from Connecticut, moved to Chicago in 2015 with a goal of using music to make a living. He said it took about two years to become financially sustainable. Creating the band was an integral part of his Chicago success. Honeystone formed in fall 2016 with members David Koslovsky, John Nordquist and Adam Hatcher. The band released a new album at the end of October, but will be

splitting when Elliott moves to Charlotte, N.C., in January for “a dream opportunity” and the next challenge in his music career. But before then he will be playing his guitar and soothing vocals at the Drunken Bean every Sunday through December. “I’m hoping to soak in the last few months here,” he said. “But I’m also excited to move onwards.” He’s happy with how far he’s come in his career, his time in Chicago and what the community has done for him. “For this opportunity I am so grateful for how amazing Magellan has been to me,” he said. “Overall, I’m super happy with the fact I’ve been able to make a living off of something I love to do while living in a city that I love.”

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Local kids scale walls, shoot hoops as cold weather sets in By Angela Gagnon Staff Writer There are plenty of nearby options to help kids stay active as winter approaches. Lakeshore Sports and Fitness (LSF), 211 N. Stetson Ave., is offering new children’s programming for members and nonmembers. Youth basketball classes, including group and private lessons, are available for kids aged 4 and up. Kids nine months and up can learn to swim, and older kids can hone their skills in the water with swimming lessons in the pool. LSF also has a seven-story indoor climbing wall with climbing lessons for kids aged 6 and up. “We want to get everyone excited about working out and being healthy,” said LSF General Manager Jarrett Brown. “We also want to build a sense of community for kids and families in the neighborhood and bring healthy habits home.” Besides organized classes, LSF also has a new kids playroom available to all members and their little ones during club hours.

According to Brown, the play area provides a safe space for kids to run around and enjoy open play with others. Parents and caregivers are required to stay and supervise their children but it’s a good opportunity to socialize. For more information on programming and offerings at LSF, contact Jarrett Brown at or call (312) 856-1111. Information is also available at To keep kids’ climbing skills sharp during the winter months, there are two indoor climbing wall facilities near New Eastside offering youth programs. First Ascent, 108 N. State St., is on the fourth floor of Block 37 and offers age-based progressive programs for kids of all abilities. Their teachings provide a structured approach to help kids become skilled and confident climbers. Brooklyn Boulders, 100 S. Morgan St. in the West Loop, offers kids climbing classes, private youth coaching, climbing teams and Adventure Days on select school holidays. They seek to instill a strong sense of

Coach Brian Harris teaches kids ball handling skills during the basketball classes at LSF. Photo by Angela Gagnon

self-confidence, teach problem-solving skills and improve concentration, movement and spatial awareness. For those who don’t mind a little chill in the air, Maggie Daley Park’s ice skating ribbon will open mid-November. Kids can have fun exercising while skating on the unique and festive winding ice ribbon. Admission is free, and skate rental is available

for a fee in the field house. “Parents can model healthy behavior at home,” Brown said. “Encourage kids to be active. Walk through the pedways together, dance, move around, do any type of sporting activity.” Whether its climbing, sports or a midday dance party, kids will certainly have plenty of activities available this winter in New Eastside

Thank a veteran on Veterans Day By Doug Rapp Staff Writer

Veterans salute at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy of White House archives

Veterans Day is Monday, Nov. 11, and whether you mistakenly spell it with an apostrophe or not, there are several ways to thank Chicago-area veterans. Officials with the Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs (IDVA) say there is no single way to thank a veteran. “There is no best way to thank a veteran, other than to thank

them sincerely,” said IDVA acting director Linda Chapa LaVia. “If you want to offer to shake their hand, do that. If you want to simply say ‘Thank you for your service,’ do that. Whatever you do, do it with genuine gratitude for the freedom and security that their service has afforded you,” she said. The aptly named Soldier Field will be honoring veterans at 11 a.m on Nov. 11 with a ceremony in the south courtyard. Originally named Grant Park Munic-

ipal Stadium, it was renamed Soldier Field after WWII at the request of the Chicago Gold Star Mothers, an organization for women who lost children in military service, according to Soldier Field’s website. The Pritzker Military Museum & Library, 104 S. Michigan Ave., will have free admission on Veterans Day. The museum features a 75th anniversary exhibit on D-Day along with an exhibit recognizing Medal of Honor recipients.



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New Eastside seniors stay active and grateful By Mat Cohen Staff Writer No matter how many times you’ve been through it, the winter months can still catch you off guard. Despite the weather, New Eastside seniors can get out and about downtown and enjoy a new class to help combat the winter blues. Some use services to get around, some use their own motivation, some use the Pedway and some use volunteering as a means to stay active, while many people just want to stay inside. Overall, seniors are thankful for time spent connecting with other people. For Win Eggers, who lives in Park Millennium at 222 N. Columbus Drive, it takes personal motivation and a drive to get out of the house and volunteer. “I’m retired and I could be sitting in the Lazy Boy,” she said. “I could be getting fatter and all that stuff but I just won’t let that happen to myself.”

Seniors stay active during the winter while volunteering at the Chicago Cultural Center. Photo courtesy of Renaissance Court Senior Center

Eggers volunteers at the Chicago Architecture Center and the Chicago Cultural Center and is grateful for interactions with different people during the holidays. “It’s neat because you’re meeting a lot of tourists,” she said. “You learn about what their country is like this time of year and

then compare it to what we’re like here. It’s just a great way to meet people and I’m thankful I’m able to do it.” She said it’s easy to get around in New Eastside while staying relatively warm. “I can take buses, trains, cabs, I got it all right here,” she said. “Also the Pedway,

you don’t have any excuse for not walking because it’s always there and always nice in the winter time.” The Renaissance Court Regional Senior Center, at the Cultural Center, offers bridge, movies, clown classes and a choral group. Joyce Gallagher, director of senior services of the Department of Family and Support Services, knows how important these programs can be during the dark days of winter. “There’s something for everyone,” she said. “And if there’s not, we actually go and create them for you.” The City of Chicago operates 21 senior centers, each hoping to reach seniors by delivering meals or providing an educational outlet. For Gallagher, who lives at Harbor Point, looking at Lake Michigan is something she cherishes, no matter how cold it gets. “I love to sit and look at the lake because it’s ever-changing,” she said. “We are so fortunate in the New Eastside to have that at our front door.”

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Season of giving

We ask some Chicago residents how they are giving back this year By Mat Cohen


Staff Writer

“I like to create things and give them away. Create anything I can just put together, whether it’s soap, lotion, something small. I like the element of surprise—being spontaneous. Their expressions are sufficient, and I expect nothing in return.” Pablo Guerro

“Sammy probably gives back way more than I do. He goes to the public schools because he’s a reader dog for the SitStayRead program. All the kids love him, he gets lots of treats and sits there to help the kids feel comfortable reading which is really nice. He is my glory child.” Tess Strellis and Sammy

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Mayor Lightfoot proposes downtown tax on solo rideshares In an effort to cut down on car congestion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has proposed a tax on solo rideshare trips within the downtown area. Under this proposal, a single rider hailing a rideshare company downtown could be charged an additional $1.75 tax per ride. This new surcharge, would be in addition to the 72 cent tax charged on all rideshare trips, adding nearly $3 for solo riders. Using a rideshare pool would incur a tax of 60 cents. The taxable area

“I like to do Movember to raise awareness for men’s health. I got a little headstart with that, and last month I ran the marathon to raise awareness for autism research. I like to put effort in as well, not just make it a monetary donation.” Tim Callesen

“I donate to the Salvation Army—we buy toys for kids and donate them to different organizations, and we also volunteer for some of the Christmas programs they have for the less fortunate.” Marketa Allen

would include North Avenue to Roosevelt Road, and Lake Shore Drive through parts of West Loop. The surcharge would be enforced during weekdays between 6 a.m and 10 p.m—the time of highest downtown congestion, according to a study done by the City of Chicago.

Navy Pier Flyover will not be finished until 2020 The Navy Pier Flyover is now projected to open in Spring of 2020. The $60 million project for a pedestrian and bicyclist bridge has had previous delays, but CDOT maintains the delays are due to safety. “Safety is our paramount concern as we continue work on the Navy Pier Flyover, which has been a complex project both in terms of construction and staging,” CDOT said in a statement.

Jose Andreas’ Tapas place set to open in former Naha location Chef Jose Andreas plans to open his tapas restaurant, Jaleo, in River North. Andreas has wanted to open a restaurant in Chicago for several years. In addition to being a well-known Spanish chef, he’s known for his disaster relief efforts, providing food to disaster zone victims during recovery efforts. After Hurricane Maria, he and a group of volunteers served more than 3.5 million meals in Puerto Rico. He’s also a 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominee for his work. He has opened five locations of his restaurant, Jaleo, across the country including DC; Las Vegas; Walt Disney World, Fla.; Arlington, Va., and Bethesda, Md. Jaleo is

“From where I was working in Germany there are always social events that we do, like charity runs. I am originally from India, so I like to send money to a program called Teach India, which works with underprivileged kids. Some of my friends are working there as volunteers.” Tanmoy Samdr projected to open in Spring 2020.

Library Fees Abolished in City of Chicago As of Oct. 1, Chicago Public Libraries removed library fines for items in circulation. Any previous fines will be wiped clean from accounts. Going forward, library goers will still be responsible for the items they check out. Overdue items will automatically renew up to 15 times. After the 15th time, the item will be marked as “lost,” and patrons will be charged for the cost of the item. However, if the item is returned or replaced, the cost will be waived. Chicago is now the largest public library system in the U.S. to abolish overdue fines. Mayor Lightfoot instituted the elimination to promote economic inclusion across Chicago.



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Christkindlmarket brings German Christmas to Chicago By Elisa Shoenberger Staff Writer Entering its 24th year, the Christkindlmarket brings a bit of German Christmas to Chicago. Debuting in Pioneer Court in 1996, the market grew to three markets in 2019, expanding to locations in Daley Plaza, Wrigleyville and Milwaukee, Wisc. The German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) founded the market for business and cultural reasons. They wanted an opportunity to provide small businesses in Germany with a place to feature their products before deciding to invest in the U.S., explains Maren Priebe, CEO of German American Events, a subsidiary of the GACC. But it wasn’t just about commerce. Christkindlmarkets are popular across Germany and the rest of the European Union. The tradition of Christkindlmarkets grew out of medieval markets going back to the 14th century, said Kate Bleeker, director of the German American Events. Annual holiday markets began to evolve into social occasions where families

The Christkindlmarket brings a bit of German Christmas to Chicago. Courtesy of GACC

and entire communities came together. The Chicago market was modeled after Germany’s Nuremberg market, reflected by the red and white huts. The market was a bit of a risky venture given Chicago’s snowy winters, Priebe said. But the risk paid off in the first year when 300,000 people showed up to enjoy the mar-

GPAC members look forward to wintertime in Chicago

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ket with 13 vendors in Pioneer Court. The following year, Mayor Richard M. Daley’s office invited them to Daley Plaza, where the market has been since. The Christkindlmarket “has become a centerpiece of the city’s holiday celebration for locals and tourists,” Priebe said. The central location of the market, close to transpor-

tation, hotels, and the business district, and free admission have helped the market grow. In 2014, the market expanded to Wrigleyville and in 2018 Christkindlmarket opened in Milwaukee. GACC has consulted with other fairs across the country but as far as they know they are the most traditional of the Christkindlmarkets in the US. Bob’s Belgian Hot Chocolate and Wacky Wonderworks are two new vendors in this year’s market. Based in Downers Grove, Wacky Wonderworks sells 3D wooden puzzles, such as Tyrannosaurus Rex or Pegasus, that do not require additional tools. Bob’s Belgian Hot Chocolate will sell his hot chocolate, made from combining Belgium dark and milk chocolate, as well as other chocolate products. For many, collecting the Christkindlmarket cup is a long tradition. Priebe said the new Christkindlmarket cup will be unveiled Nov. 4. The Milwaukee and Daley Plaza markets are open from Nov. 15 to Dec. 24 and the Wrigleyville market is open Nov. 22 to Dec. 31.

By Mat Cohen Staff Writer

Managing Editor Stephanie Racine just took a trip to Newport Beach, California. Before having lunch with a view of the Pacific, Stephanie took a picture with the September edition of New Eastside News in front of Pacific Coast Highway and the ocean. Photo by Angela Racine

Like the people of Chicago, the parks are gearing up for winter. The preparations were discussed Oct. 16 at Maggie Daley Field House. The Grant Park Advisory Council (GPAC) discussed revised by-laws, an approach for more signage throughout the park, dog-friendly events and physical park updates. The revised by-laws were passed by unanimous vote. Maggie Daley Park Supervisor Jackie Guthrie said winter programming will be announced Nov. 18. The low-

er Hutchinson Field is being re-sodded and a few broken sprinklers will be repaired and ready for spring. Guthrie added the ice rink at Maggie Daley Park this winter will be operated by Rink Management, a change from last year. Rink Management is one of the largest organizations operating ice rinks in the country. GPAC President Leslie Recht assured meeting attendees the park is moving in the right direction for improvement of the dog-friendly area, including a possible dog agility event in spring. Recht said there are too many complaints of people

getting confused while finding their way through the park. “We need to try and work with everybody to get better signage throughout the park to help with people from Chicago and people who are visiting,” she said. She said the GPAC wants to work with parking garages surrounding the area to incorporate a validation system. “It would be a benefit to everyone bringing more people into the park,” Recht said. The next GPAC meeting will be Nov. 20 at Maggie Daley Field House. There will not be a meeting in December and dates for the 2020 meetings have not yet been announced.

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How to sell a home in the winter By Sheetal Balani

Winter is coming. Whether my “Game of Thrones” reference made you smile, the chill of winter can translate to a challenging real estate market. But life doesn’t stop between Thanksgiving and February. In all twelve months of the year, job changes occur, families grow, and unanticipated changes arise, and all require people to buy or sell a home. Get your home spruced up for the holiday season. Photo courtesy Urban Real Estate

Simple remodeling projects to take on before the holidays By Urban Real Estate In 2018, the National Association of Home Builders estimated that Illinoisans spent around $8.6 billion on home improvement in owner-occupied residences. The heart of the fall season is an ideal time to consider smaller condo updating projects that might help your home not only look sharper, but increase its panache and add value. Michael Emery, senior partner and broker with New Eastside’s Urban Real Estate, suggests these are great places to start when sprucing up your home for the holidays, and potentially prepare for sale in the new year. Deck the walls (with new color) Paint your walls. Refresh the paint. Consider if you were to do it yourself or hire a professional. Is it an accent wall? A fireplace? Your bedroom? Assess your palette and brighten up your home, and your mood. Simple updates to entry walls, living rooms and bedrooms can make a world of difference. Don’t be fixed on your light fixtures Light fixtures are an easy and inexpensive way to change an entire room. Could your chandelier use new shades?

Do your pendant lights seem drab? For a small investment, and with a few minutes time, you could easily change the mood of your room. Even changing out lightbulbs to LED or Edison bulbs can completely change the look and feel of your space. Give your kitchen some TLC A new backsplash? A new counter? Both? Updating your countertop and backsplash can escalate your space several notches. It is worth it to bring in a pro to help assess your options, but both projects are not difficult to accomplish in a finite amount of time. And it truly adds value to a home when buyers are considering an investment. Moreover, the esthetic alone of an updated kitchen boosts the overall look and feel of the home in a space often used to prepare meals and bring friends and family together. Urban Real Estate brokers are ready to help you consider ways to add value to your home, whether you are looking to sell today or in the future. To help better assess your options, contact us at (312) 528-9200, stop by our office at 400 E. Randolph, or visit us online at

Spring generally is the most popular time of year to sell a property, with crowds of buyers aiming to settle into a new home before the school year begins. But housing inventory is crowded during that time of year, meaning there is more competition for buyers’ attention. Alternatively in the winter, fewer homes for sale means less competition—and winter tends to bring out the serious buyers. As a real estate broker in the Chicago residential market for nearly 16 years, I’ve had some of my best months in real estate during the holiday season. These key approaches can help home sellers maximize their chances of success. Clear the way. This is more for single-family homes and townhomes than for full-service condo buildings. Shovel a clear path through the snow. Be sure to take extra care to clear off the exterior stairs and distribute a layer of salt. Ensure that the interior of your home is warm and well lit. Chicago winters are frigid, dark and dreary with short hours of daylight. Make sure the interior of your home feels bright, in stark contrast to the weather outside. Don’t turn off the heat, even if your property is vacant. Any less than 68 degrees in a cold Chicago winter could mean a less-than-ideal showing experience. Aside from risking an expensive burst pipe repair, you could also be wasting a great showing opportunity

because an otherwise interested buyer was too cold to notice your freshly updated kitchen or spacious floorplan. Consider heating your home a couple of degrees warmer than usual, and then set the temperature at normal. This will prevent the heat from kicking in during showings when the buyer is present, especially if your HVAC system is loud and noticeable. Get your home professionally staged. Creating that home-like feeling can be difficult to do when the interior is empty, especially in the colder months. Not only does a clean, beautifully staged home signal to potential buyers that the property is well cared for, but the right staging can also help them better visualize the property as their own future home. Fire up the fireplace. If you have a fireplace, now is the time to show it off. Turn it on before the showing, for a quick and easy way to add some cozy ambiance to your place. Price the home correctly. This is perhaps one of the most important tips for selling a home in the winter. Work with your Realtor to understand the marketplace and set a fair price for your home. Selling in the winter can be a challenge, but with the correct tools in hand, it can be a rewarding and stress-free experience.

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

Nov. 7

Speaker Series Join Lurie Garden’s speaker series with “A Wildflower Painter’s Colorful Documentation: Project 200.” Artist Heeyoung Kim speaks about her botanical art, plus how climate change is causing damage to the nation’s plants. Kim has been focusing her art on those Midwestern plants that are at risk and will speak on her conservation goals. Registration required. 4-6 p.m., free, Chicago Cultural Center Millennium Park Room, 78 E. Washington St., (312) 228-1004,

Nov. 8

question “How do architecture and the environment relate?” Cultural leaders across disciplines will assess the situation and discuss the implications. 5:30-7 p.m., free, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., (312) 744-6630,

Chalo Haso Desi Comedy Showcase Come see the only Desi comedy showcase in the city that is run by and performed by Desis for Desis. Comedians performing include Naz Nazim, Meghana Indurti, Raghu Adibhatla and Vikram Balaji. Headliner is Sabeen Sadiq. Stay after for free karaoke. Registration recommended. 8-10 p.m., free, Seven Bar and Restaurant, 400 E. Randolph St., (312) 856-9526,

Nov. 6

Nov. 9

Romeo and Juliet is being presented by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.


Romeo and Juliet The classic tragedy presented by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater is an intimate experience in their Courtyard Theater. The star-crossed lovers fight to be together despite the feud between their families, with disastrous and tragic consequences. Times vary, tickets start at $35, Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave., (312) 595-5600, Toys ‘R Us Adventure Taking over the old Top Shop building in a pop-up, the classic kids store features fun toy experiences across 8 rooms. Enjoy favorite toy box-themed rooms with familiar friends like Paw Patrol and Melissa and Doug. 10 a.m.8:30 p.m. 11 a.m. on Saturdays, $28 for adults $20 for kids 4-12, kids under 4 are free, Toys “R” Us Adventure Chicago, 830 N. Michigan Ave.,

Nov. 5

Confronting Climate Change Part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial Talk Series. This panel asks the

First Wednesday Wine Tasting This monthly wine tasting event from III Forks includes a tasting of six wines from a featured region, plus a selection of hors d’oeuvres. November’s theme is “The Crown Jewels”. RSVP required. Event will not repeat in December for a Holiday break. 5-7 p.m., $25, III Forks 180 N. Field Blvd., (312) 938-4303, Wine Down Wednesday A networking event for urban professionals to drink wine, have snacks and watch a movie while mingling with fellow professionals. The film screened will be “Paradise,” starring Emma Roberts and Milla Jovovich. 6:30 p.m., tickets start at $15, Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N. State St., (312) 846-2800,

Make Believe Gala: Cirque! A Gala benefiting the Children’s Museum at Navy Pier. There will be entertainment, dinner, and dancing. This event is for adults and is black tie, but guests are encouraged to throw a little magic dust onto their attire. 6:30 p.m. to midnight, tickets start at $500, Navy Pier Aon Grand Ballroom, 840 E. Grand Ave., (312) 464-7714,

Nov. 10

Fannie The Goodman Theater presents a staged reading of “Fannie” by Cheryl L. West. Performed and sung by E. Faye Butler, the show focuses on civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. The show is part of Goodman’s “New Stages” festival focusing on emerging playwrights. 7:30 p.m., ticket prices vary, Goodman Theater,

170 N. Dearborn St., (312) 443-3800,

Nov. 13

Community Conversation The 001st District Police Representatives meet to discuss the 2020 Community Policing Strategic Plan. Crime reduction and community outreach goals will be considered. Open to the public. 6-8 p.m., free, The University Center, 525 S. State St., (312) 745-4381,

Nov. 14-Dec. 8

Don Giovanni Mozart’s opera about the philandering antihero stars Davide Luciano in his debut at the Lyric Opera. The opera will be sung in Italian with English translation projections. If you arrive an hour early to the performance, there will be a 30 minute talk about the opera at no extra charge. Times vary, tickets start at $69, Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Drive, (312) 332-2244,

Nov. 15-Dec. 24

Christkindle An open-air German Christmas festival featuring food, drink, entertainment and trinkets. The 2019 Christkindle mug will be available for purchase. Most of the market is outdoors, but there are a few indoor areas to peruse and warm up. Times vary, free, Daley Plaza between Dearborn, Washington and Clark Street, (312) 494-2175,

Nov. 16

Wine and Food Experience Brought to you by Martha Stewart and USA Today, the Wine and Food Experience will have cooking demonstrations, chef meet-and-greets and seminars. There will also be wine tastings, plus rum and Irish cream liqueur tastings. 1-4 p.m., tickets start at $65, Soldier Field United Club, 1410 Museum Campus Drive, wineandfood. Events continue on page 14

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Nov. 16-Dec. 29

A Christmas Carol The Goodman Theatre’s 42nd production of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol.” Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three Christmas spirits over the course of a Christmas Eve evening, in order for him to reexamine his outlook on life. Times vary, tickets start at $35, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., (312) 443-3800,

Nov. 21

Charity Classic: Land of Oz Party This year, Mid-America Club’s annual Charity Classic has a “Wizard of Oz” theme. Enjoy craft cocktails, delicious cuisine stations, live entertainment, an amazing silent auction and more. All proceeds raised will benefit three organizations, including local charity, Facing Forward to End Homelessness. RSVP required. Email with questions. 5:30-7:30 p.m., $50, Mid-America Club, 200 E. Randolph St., 80th floor, (312) 8611100, Adler After Dark: Enchantment Under the Stars The Planetarium’s Adler After Dark event features a sneak peek at their newest exhibit: Chicago’s Night Sky. After buying tickets, you can add on an extra $10 to see Adler’s Sphere performance, which takes you on an immersive journey through the universe with live music. 6-10 p.m., $20, Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, (312) 922-7827,

November races

Chicago Lakefront 50K/50mile 6:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 - Foster Avenue Beach Hot Cider Hustle 8K - 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 - Montrose Harbor Hot Chocolate 15K/5K - 7 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 3 - Grant Park Polish Independence 10K/5K 11:11 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 10 - Montrose Harbor Turkey Trot Chicago8K/5K/kids run - 9 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 28 Lincoln Park Grant Park Turkey Trot 5K/kids run - 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 30 Grant Park The American Writers Museum newest exhibit celebrates modern immigrant and refugee voices in American culture. The exhibit will run through May 2021 and features over 30 authors. Authors include “Orange is the New Black” actor Diane Guerrero and her new memoir which discusses her family’s deportation to Colombia when she was in high school. Daily, tickets $12 for adults and free for children under 12, American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, (312) 374-8790,

Nov. 22 and 23

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Presented by the City of Chicago, the classic Christmas Tree lighting event at Millennium Park features an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with holiday music and a choir. Special guests to be announced. 6 p.m., free, Millennium Park’s Wrigley Square, Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street,

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Family activities and a visit from Santa starts out the weekend in Pioneer Court on Michigan Avenue. The celebration continues on Saturday with music, food, and entertainment. The weekend concludes with the Lights Parade at 5:30 p.m. down Michigan Avenue, as the trees are lit for the season. The parade concludes with fireworks. Times vary, free, Michigan Avenue between Oak Street and Wacker Drive,

Nov. 22-May 2021

Nov. 23 and 24

Nov. 22

My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today

Chicago Toy and Game Fair All-ages event showcases games and toys

for kids and adults. Check out activities for adults in the Beer Garden, or take your toddler to the Playspace. Kids in Frozen costumes on Saturday get in free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., kids $7, adults $14, Navy Pier Festival Hall A & B, 840 E. Grand Ave., (847) 677-8277, Jason Mraz The singer-songwriter performs hits and lesser-known songs from his six albums going back to 2002. Chicago is the last stop on Mraz’s fall 2019 tour. Hits include “I’m Yours” and “The Remedy.” Raining Jane will be the opener. 8 p.m., tickets start at $45, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., (312) 462-6300,

Nov. 25

Bach and the Italians A classic musical performance with pieces from the Italian Baroque. Nicholas Kraemer leads the orchestra in Marcello’s “Concerto for Oboe” and Vivaldi’s “Concerto for 2 Trumpets”, plus “Concertos for 2 and 3 violins” by Bach. 7:30 p.m., tickets start at $10, Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St, (312) 3347777,

Nov. 28

Chicago Thanksgiving Parade The annual Thanksgiving Parade takes to the streets featuring floats, balloons, marching bands, horses, celebrities, special performances and a visit from Santa Claus. For those unable to attend, the event will be broadcast on WGN 9 and their website. 8-11 a.m., free, State

Street from Ida B. Wells to Randolph,

Nov. 29

Caroling at Cloud Gate Bring family and friends to join the Sounds Good. Choir at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park for holiday caroling. The event is part concert and part singa-long and will take place on Fridays throughout December. 6-7 p.m., free, Cloud Gate, Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., (312) 742-1168,

Nov. 29-Dec. 8

“’Twas the Night Before…” Cirque du Soleil’s first Christmas show will make its Chicago premiere in a limited engagement. The show is family-friendly, unique and dazzling, as is customary for Cirque du Soleil. The production follows Isabella who meets characters from the famous Christmas poem. Times vary, tickets start at $48, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St, (800) 745-3000,

Nov. 30 – Dec. 29

Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker The Joffrey Ballet celebrates the holidays with Christopher Wheeldon’s Chicago-set The Nutcracker. The reimagined holiday classic highlights one of Chicago’s greatest moments of achievement—the famous World’s Fair of 1893. At the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr. 29 performances, Nov. 30-Dec. 29, 2019. (312) 386 8905,

Cirque du Soleil presents its first Christmas show at the Chicago Theatre Nov. 29 to Dec. 8. Courtesy of The Chicago Theatre



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Talking politics with family a tricky task


f this month’s topic was a gymnastic event, the judges would give it a degree of difficulty rating in the high 9s. Figuring out the best way to talk politics with friends or family members during the holidays may be a near herculean task. It’s Jon Cohn like a gymnast fighting desperCOMMUNITY ately to regain her balance as she CONTRIBUTOR leans perilously close to falling off the beam—first leaning too much to the left, then too much to the right. But having no particular fear of heights, or touchy topics, we take on the task.

Let’s start with an area of agreement. It’s a volatile and controversial political time. There are some strongly divided views of our country and how it is being handled. Heated discussions on the topic have caused bad blood between otherwise friendly compatriots. Often, because of our natural aversion to conflict, we stay silent. When friends and family get together, they will discuss everything from movies to music and birthdays to sports. But politics? A little too dangerous. Call it the “stay away—danger ahead” zone. I suggest a break from the norm. I think now more than ever we need to be talking about these things. What’s happening in this country and around the world is tremendously significant. Volatile,

John Cohn is a New Eastside resident.

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dangerous and controversial, yes. But, not things to ignore or not discuss. We need to be informed. We need to hear other sides of the argument. We need to keep discussion lines open. And somehow, we need to deal with opposing views and come to common ground and understanding. So this Thanksgiving, don’t be afraid to get into it a bit with Uncle George, Aunt Martha or crazy cousin Clyde. Feel free to fire up the old discussion grill and have a go at it. Just remember to keep it civil. No matter how heated it gets, understand you’re still family and you’re still friends. It requires a tough exterior, no doubt, but ignoring the topics can be just as dangerous.

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