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LEARNING THROUGH PLAY New Montessori School opens in Streeterville

Could this be Cap Streeter’s anchor? Page 12

Ideas for an extraordinary Mother’s Day Page 8

The Langham offers calligraphy courses that include brunch

Page 3 Max Chen blows on a pinwheel and holds a balloon animal at the Guidepost Montessori open house in April. Photo by Jesse Wright

Navy Pier Flyover work continues

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Doorperson of the Month: Bob Jackson

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Local summer camps Page 11

The numbers behind the Navy Pier fireworks

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Head of School Sarah Silverman said the Guidepost Montessori schools encourage kids to learn through play. Photo by Jesse Wright

New Montessori School opens in Streeterville By Jesse Wright Staff Writer Guidepost Montessori, 226 E. Illinois St., opened its doors in April. The new school has programs for kids from 12 months to 6 years old. Head of School Sarah Silverman said enrollment has been going well with 49 kids signed up so far. Silverman explained that the Guidepost Montessori schools encourage kids to learn through play, so the rooms are filled with practical toys like sinks and dishes, where the kids develop motor skills and they also learn how the household works.







“It’s high choice and it’s high structure,” Silverman said. Silverman said every class has two teachers in it, and there is also a Spanish immersion program. At an open house for parents in early April, Jezail Jackson, a mother of two said her husband was educated at Montessori schools and wants to get their children enrolled. “I believe the value is that they provide a space for kids to be taught from the very start,” she said. “And in Montessori, they teach in a way that allows the kids to lead themselves. It’s really amazing.”

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BROUGHT TO YOU BY EAST SIDE VETERINARY CLINIC SAMWISE, May pet of the month, is an 8-year-old English spaniel who, along with owner Sonja Opper, is new to New Eastside, having moved here a year ago from Sweden. Samwise has taken to the area, and he enjoys sniffing around Lake Shore East Park, chasing squirrels and visiting the river. His favorite food is dried salmon. The New Eastside News’ May 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.

EAST Guidepost Montessori held an open house in April. Photo courtest Guidepost Montessori



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| NEWS BRIEFS | Navy Pier Flyover work continues along Lakeshore Drive In early April, work began on the movable bridge on Lower Lake Shore Drive at the west sidewalk and southbound traffic lanes. Since December a vital section of the flyover has been open: the pathway bypasses Illinois Street and Grand Avenue, meaning pedestrians and cyclists no longer have to travel across two major streets as they make their way along the Lakefront Trail. Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a statement praising the work. “The Lakefront Trail is one of Chicago’s jewels, and this investment will create a seamless connection between the north and south sides of the trail,” he said in the statement. “It will make it safer and easier for everyone to get through the popular area near Navy Pier, whether they are walking, running or biking.” The pathway offers a route to cyclists and pedestrians that bypasses heavily-trafficked downtown streets. The total length of the flyover will reach 2,160 feet when it is completed in 2019. It will allow pedestrians and cyclists to travel from Jane Addams Park and the Ohio Street Beach to the south side of the Chicago River.

Lettuce Entertain You to open Mr. Maki in Streeterville The team behind Ramen-San and Sushi-San of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises opened Mr. Maki at 676 N. St. Clair in Streeterville in April. The new concept is built around maki rolls and the Japanese combo meal known as teishoku, which became the team’s favorite way to eat during their travels in Japan. Mr. Maki provides a quick dining experience and tremendous value for those that live and work in the neighborhood. The teishoku sets are a home-style meal commonly found in local eateries throughout Japan, where all the dishes are conveniently served together. At Mr. Maki, each set comes with tempura veggie fries, miso soup and a house salad, plus a choice of a main dish: crispy stir-fry noodles; savory Mr. Maki’s teriyaki and updated takes on classic maki rolls. With Sushi-San’s

Arts Club Chicago is displaying “Garden Gipsoteca” in their outdoor sculpture garden. Photo by Jesse Wright Cyclists and pedestrians use the now-open Navy Pier flyover. While the entire flyover isn’t complete, major portions—near the Navy Pier—are open for use. Photo by Jesse Wright

Master Chef, Kaze Chan, sourcing all of the products and ingredients, guests can expect quality fish and seafood coupled with the team’s creative touches. Mr. Maki is open for lunch, dinner and carryout with delivery following shortly. Hours are Monday - Thursday 10:30-10 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information, visit

A sample of the offerings at Mr. Maki, to open soon. Photo courtesy Jeff Marini

SOAR to offer community safety forum The Streeterville Organization of Active Residents Safety and Well Being Task Force will host the annual SOAR Safety Forum on May 6, 6 p.m. at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Feinberg Pavilion’s Pritzker Auditorium, 251 E. Huron. This is a public event, though attend-

ees must register for the forum at the SOAR website, Speakers include Chicago Police Commander Daniel O’Shea, who will give an update on new initiatives underway at the 18th District, including Predictive Technology and the Strategic Decision Support Center; Andy Jaw, a technical solutions professional from Microsoft, who will address personal initiatives in the Age of Cybersecurity, and John Graeber, director of security, Navy Pier, who will provide an update on safety at the Pier. For information contact info@ or 312-280-2596.

New ‘Garden Project’ sculptures in Arts Club garden Streeterville The Arts Club of Chicago 201 E. Ontario St. is displaying Garden Project public art commission, “Garden Gipsoteca,” by Chicago artist and Floating Museum co-founder Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford. This collection of five fantastical sculptures are on view in the Arts Club garden, located on St. Clair Street, between Ontario and Ohio Streets, through June 22. A free public program with the artist takes place in

the Arts Club gallery May 3, at 6 p.m. Hulsebos-Spofford brings to the Arts Club garden a modern-day take on the classical “gipsoteca,” or cast room. Conceived as a method to give aspiring artists access to antique statuary, plaster copies were collected and housed in beaux-arts academies as a pedagogical tool. In the current context of digital imprinting and indexing techniques, Hulsebos-Spofford reconsiders the neoclassical copy and offers a garden of multiples gone slightly awry. The ubiquitous eighteenth-century garden folly Hercules replicates fragments of itself as a cancerous mutation, while other commercially-derived objects, such as the Mr. Coffee coffeemaker, multiply in serial form. Reproduction emerges as a cypher of taste and value, signaling status and social relations. “Garden Gipsoteca” is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. “I’m interested in how the copy exists in our contemporary moment and the project addresses the wayward tendency of the cast and copy—from digital copies to mass produced garden sculptures to mass shared and experienced cat content online. My works poetically gather up dispersed copies made for our gluttonous world and focus them into singular objects,” said Hulsebos-Spofford. For more information, visit Turn to News Briefs, Page 12




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Bob Jackson is the Streeterville doorperson of the month and he works at The Clare. Photo by Jesse Wright

Doorperson of the Month

Bob Jackson at The Clare, 55 E. Pearson St. By Jesse Wright Staff Writer Bob Jackson is a doorperson unlike most in Streeterville because he works at The Clare, a senior independent living community. Jackson’s been at the job for 10-and-ahalf years, since the building opened. This isn’t the first time he’s worked as a doorman, but he said working for a senior community is different than being the doorperson at a residential building. Jackson said the senior center is better. “The personality of The Clare is, I guess for me, it’s like having a building full of my mom’s friends or my grandparents and their friends with all their quirkiness and wisdom,” Jackson said. “There are a lot of very successful people here. I’ve learned a lot and grown from these residents. This is the greatest generation here.” The energy at The Clare is different. Some condos and apartments bustle with energy every morning as residents stream out into the world while some days can be slow and downright dull. Not so at The Clare. “The energy level is a little lower, but the expectation is higher,” Jackson said. “These people have travelled and they know what they want. They’ve lived long lives. My job is to make sure the level of service they’ve

come to expect is still there for them. If you spend the kind of money to move into a place like this, you have expectations and that’s a challenge from my perspective.” Besides helping with bags and packages, Jackson said he has helped residents repair walkers and change hearing aid batteries and sometimes even help with clothing buttons. “This community is just that,” Jackson said. “People looking out for each other across the board. I lost my father since I started working here. But the response from the community was overwhelming. They stepped up in a way that let me know I was part of this place. It was moving. They stepped up and, in a way, helped me get through the process. You have to remember that everybody has been touched by some types of tragedy or loss and they helped me walk through that. That was the first parent I lost. That let me know too that part of this place is more involved than calling cabs and pushing carts. Family would be a good way to put it.” To nominate your favorite doorperson, email with the door person’s 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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GET TO KNOW THE LOCAL POLITICIANS Rep. Kam Buckner After State Rep. Christian Mitchell accepted appointment to deputy governor in January, he left his seat open with two years remaining on his term. Democratic committeemen from the 10 wards in Illinois House District 26 appointed Kambium “Kam” Buckner to the position. Buckner is a former college football player who holds a law degree. He has worked for a number of politicians though has never held political office until now. Buckner will be up for election in 2020 in the Democratic primary and his term ends in 2021. How has the session been going? What are you proudest to work on this term? This session has been highlighted by the desire to tackle some very big ticket items. The raising of the minimum wage in the very early days of the session set a tone of ambitious legislative action that addresses policy issues, much of which are long overdue. I am most proud of my

More generally, what issues are important to you and what would you like to work on? As a Chicago Public School alum and the son of a 30-year CPS educator, education is of the utmost importance to me. I think Springfield has to do a better job of supporting school districts. I also am very focused on transportation and infrastructure. Illinois has underfunded our roads, bridges and tunnels for far too long.

Kam Buckner is now representing the New Eastside and the Streeterville areas. Photo courtesy Kam Buckner

work this session on consumer protection. I have filed legislation that addresses predatory lending that unduly affects our elderly residents. I am also very proud to have worked to create a better atmosphere for Chicago Public School students by co-sponsoring bills to create an elected school board and increase bargaining rights.

Sen. Robert Peters Following Sen. Kwame Raoul’s election win as attorney general, the 13th District Democratic Legislative Committee appointed community organizer Robert Peters to the role in the Illinois Senate. By state law, a term of less than two years will be filled by appointment instead of by a special election. District 13 includes Streeterville and New Eastside. Peters will be up for election in 2020 in the Democratic primary and his term ends in 2021. How is the session going? The session has been going well. To see millions of Illinoisans get a pay raise with the minimum wage increase was truly special. I’m most proud to be doing work that is focused on breaking the systemic crisis of incarceration. So much of this work is driven by advocates and organizers that care deeply about changing this world.

Robert Peters speaks at a recent event. Photo courtesy Robert Peters

What issues are important to you? I was born deaf with a massive speech impediment and my biological mother was addicted to drugs and alcohol and I was put up for adoption. My adopted parents were a social worker for a mom and a civil rights lawyer for a father. My social worker mother died with $300,000

You were appointed rather than elected. With the lack of a mandate, does that make it harder to pass legislation? In my situation, it was important to hit the ground running. It was helpful that I already had a pretty good understanding of the workings of the legislature and the things that I wanted to accomplish. What inspired you to get into public service? My parents. My mother was a teacher and her penchant for working for others trickled down to all of her children. My father spent

decades as a police officer and the dedication and passion that I saw him exhibit through his work made it very clear to me that your life’s work should exist in that nuanced spot where your passions, skills and experiences converge with the needs of others. Looking forward to 2020, do you expect to run for re-election? Over the years we have seen a major decline in our infrastructure, education and innovation while we have seen increases in people fleeing the state and we have an opportunity, not to make Illinois the state that it used to be, but to give it a chance to be the state it has always deserved to be and I want to be a part of that solution. Finally, what’s some trivia that’s not well known about you? Most people are aware of my background in sports, as I played football at the University of Illinois, but they don’t know about my affinity for the performing arts. I took ballet for a number of years as a child and still occasionally sing with a blues band.

of debt and with mental health issues and alcoholism. I see all of these parts of my story not as my own, and only my own, but that right here in Chicago people share these experiences all the time. Some talk about it, most don’t, but they feel these experiences. I work on issues that are rooted in both my experiences and the experiences of the directly impacted.

islator first. I do plan to run for election in 2020.

You were appointed rather than elected, so does the lack of a mandate make it harder to legislate?

What’s some trivia that’s not well known about you?

I was appointed and it’s my job to earn the trust and support of the voters of the 13th District. I have to show to folks that not only am I qualified for the job but that I will have an open and honest process since there is an understood distrust with our politics. Do you expect to run for re-election? I just want to keep growing as a leg-

You represent a district once represented by Barack Obama. Any big plans of your own for the future? I just want to make the most of this session and line up with some great advocates for some strong legislation for next year too.

When I was a kid, my dad used to sit me down every Saturday and make me watch “Rudy” and then every morning before school yell “Rudy” to me and say, “never give up and always try.” He never meant it in winning or losing but just that so many people told him he shouldn’t have adopted me and they told me the same thing. It was like his old-Irish version of “screw the haters, Robert.” Also, I’m a die-hard “Rudy” fan.



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May is National Water Safety Month Stay safe with water safety tips brought to you by Swim with Kathy Chicago Kids love to cool off in the pool for a fun day in the sun. Although it can be fun, an average of 10 people drown each day in the U.S. Also drowning is the number-one cause of accidental death of children up to 14 years old.

In Chicago, there is water all around us: pools, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. We offer important safety tips to help you and your children stay safe in and around the water this summer.

WATER SAFETY TIPS Learn to swim The best way to keep yourself or your child safe in the water is to learn how to swim and learning about water safety is an important piece of learning to swim. Stay within arm’s length of children When in the water, always stay within an arm’s length of your children, especially those who are not yet competent swimmers. Keep your eyes on your kids Nearly 70 percent of drownings of kids 5 years old and younger happen while one or both parents are present. It only takes a split second for a child to get into trouble in the water. Keep your eyes on your kids at all times. Swimmer in trouble won’t flail their arms and scream The popular idea that someone drowning will flail their arms and scream is not true. Someone in trouble in the water will often just freeze and go under and typically nobody hears or sees them until it is too late. If you witness this happening, call for help and then reach to the swimmer in trouble to grab your outstretched hand or extend a foam noodle or a life ring if the person is out of your reach. Wear a life jacket Young children or inexperienced swimmers should always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket or flotation vest. Inflatable water toys, noodles, water wings and mermaid tails, while fun, can also be dangerous in the water. Apply sunscreen Protect against sunburn by applying a broad spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen of SPF 30 or above at least 15 minutes before going to the pool. If you are in the water, reapply every hour. Sunglasses, hats and umbrellas add an extra layer of protection while out enjoying the sun and water.


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Treat mom to a unique eperience By Stephanie Racine Staff Writer Family Game Night Out Does mom love family game night, but is often stressed playing host? Try Family Game Night Out in Lakeview, which takes the pressure off mom. Invite the whole family, from 6-24 guests, to play familiar party games in a private room that includes a host. Family Game Night Out is BYOB and welcomes guests to bring snacks. $45 per person for a 2-3 hour experience, depending on the number of guests. Make reservations in advance. Recommended for game players 18 and up. 2828 N. Clark St., Chicago 312-448-7247 Freeze and Float For a relaxing Mother’s Day, take mom to River North’s Freeze and Float, a recently opened spa specializing in cryotherapy treatments, infrared saunas and flotation therapy. Cryotherapy hyper-cools the body for three minutes, with temperatures in the chambers reaching -184 F. According to the Freeze and Float website, Cryotherapy has rejuvenating effects, similar to the benefits of icing inflamed muscles. Infrared saunas improve circulation and help with injury recovery. Floatation therapy in Epsom-salt filled water is a meditative experience. They also offer classic massages, facials, and beauty treatments. For pricing and more information, visit Freeze and Float’s website, or call them. 371 W. Ontario St. 312-809-7008

Windy Kitty For the cat-lover mom, Windy Kitty is the place to go. Windy Kitty is a cat cafe in Wicker Park, where mom can hang out with some rescue cats, while having a snack or coffee. Cats at the cafe are available for adoption, but enjoy being visited too. Windy Kitty also features a kitten nursery, available to visit for those over 10. Windy Kitty strongly suggests reservations. Admission is $14 per person per hour. For parties of five people or more, Windy Kitty recommends a private party reservation. They often have fun events, such as Yoga with Cats, or Painting with Cats. For more information, visit their website, or email them. 1746 W. North Ave. Let it Out Moms often are subject to a lot of stress. To give mom a way to let go of that stress, take her to The Rage Room, in River North’s Escapades Escape Room. For those over 18, the Rage Room allows visitors to break as many items, such as televisions, crockery, and computer equipment, as they desire. The Rage Room provides safety wear to go along with a baseball bat, crowbar, or golf club. The room can be shared with up to 15 people in a party, but only one person goes in at a time. Experiences can last up to two hours, or can be as little as 15 minutes. Prices vary. Online reservations required. Visit their website for more information. chicago-rage-room 153 W. Ohio St. 312-526-3072


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The bizarre history of Mother’s Day By Jesse Wright Staff Writer The roots of Mother’s Day lie embedded in the blood-soaked soil of history. Before President Woodrow Wilson recognized the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day in 1914, women had been fighting for the holiday since shortly after the Civil War. According to National Geographic, Julia Ward Howe, author of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” suggested a Mothers’ Peace Day in 1872. Initially, people celebrated the holiday by meeting in churches, social halls or other public places to sing, pray and read essays about peace. Chicago was among a handful of cities to take up the tradition, and Chicagoans celebrated the holiday in June until 1913. But that version of the holiday failed to gain much popularity outside of peace activists. By the turn of the 20th century, people

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suggested a more politically neutral holiday to honor mothers. One of those early proponents was former football coach Frank Hering. In 1904 he announced at an Indianapolis gathering of The Fraternal Order of Eagles that the group needed to promote one Sunday each year as a day for mothers. The national organization picked up the challenge through its member clubs to champion a mother’s

day in cities across the country. The group still considers Hering as the father of Mother’s Day, much to the everlasting ire of Anna Jarvis. Jarvis is generally considered the founder of Mother’s Day even though her mother, Ann Jarvis, cared for Civil War wounded on both sides of the war and tried to start a Mother’s Friendship Day for Civil War mothers, according to The elder Jarvis died in 1905. The younger Jarvis worked furiously through letters and talks around the world to promote a day in honor of mothers. Her idea caught on among some elite supporters, including H. J. Heinz and John Wanamaker. Nearly 10 years later, in 1914, Congress passed a law recognizing the holiday and President Wilson signed it into law. Even so, Jarvis couldn’t stand that Hering and his fraternal organization promoted Hering as the originator of Mother’s Day. In the 1920s she issued a statement claim-

ing he “kidnapped” Mother’s Day, according to National Geographic. Jarvis wrote that Hering was, “making a desperate effort to snatch from me the rightful title of originator and founder of Mother’s Day, established by me after decades of untold labor, time, and expense.” For the rest of her life, she signed everything, “Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother’s Day.” By 1920 she was already souring on the holiday’s commercial aspects. According to, white carnations were always part of Mother’s Day, but soon florists added other flower arrangements, card companies designed greeting cards and stores were promoting Mother’s Day gifts and candies. Outraged, Jarvis wrote that these commercial industries were “charlatans, bandits, pirates, racketeers, kidnappers and termites that would undermine with their greed one of the finest, noblest and truest movements and celebrations.” She tried to get Mother’s Day

trademarked, but the trademark office denied the request. The floral transworld delivery service, FTD offered to share its profits with Jarvis, but this enraged her. In 1934 the post office issued a Mother’s Day stamp and this, too, infuriated her. By Jarvis’ way of thinking, Mother’s Day should be celebrated with a handwritten letter to mom, and nothing more. Jarvis, it should be noted, had no children. “A maudlin, insincere printed card or ready-made telegram means nothing except that you’re too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone else in the world,” she wrote. In later years, she had to be dragged from public Mother’s Day events and she was arrested for trying to stop the sale of carnations and finally she tried to have the holiday rescinded. Jarvis died in a mental health institution in Pennsylvania in 1948. She had no money, though, and her bill was paid by a florists’ association.

Go beyond the basic brunch to celebrate with mom By Angela Gagnon Staff Writer This year Mother’s Day is May 12, and there’s no shortage of events, activities and entertainment to enjoy in downtown Chicago that will leave mom feeling like a queen. For moms who love baseball, watch the Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers May 10-12 at Wrigley Field. If she prefers a good laugh try The Comedy Bar’s Comedy Brunch at Noon on Sunday, May 12 at 500 N LaSalle

(third floor). Enjoy a comedy show and bottomless mimosas. Tickets are $30. Ages 17 and up. More information is at Broadway in Chicago features “RENT” from May 10-19 at the James M. Nederlander Theater at 24 W. Randolph. Treat mom to a 20th anniversary tour show on Mother’s Day at 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Get tickets at Eataly’s Kid’s Kitchen hosts “Bring Your Mama: Mother’s Day Parent/Child Pasta

Making” from 12:30-2 p.m. on May 12 at its LaScuola, on the 2nd floor of the store at 43 E. Ohio St. This special class teaches children ages 6-12 and their mothers the art of pasta making. For more information and tickets, which start at $75, visit Get in an early morning workout for a good cause at Susan G. Komen’s 22nd annual Race for the Cure. Run or walk the 5K at 9 a.m. on May 12 at Montrose Harbor. More information can be found at Explore the Spring Flower

Show with mom at Garfield Park Conservatory located at 300 N. Central Park Ave. The conservatory is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays and admission is free with suggested donation. Head to Lincoln Park Zoo’s Cafe Brauer (2021 N. Stockton Drive) for a special Brunch at the Zoo on Sunday May 12 between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit (Cost is $45 for people 13 and over, $20 for children ages 1-12, under 1 is free). Enjoy an energizing Core

Power Yoga class followed by Brunch at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 5, at Pinstripes in Streeterville, 435 E. Illinois St. Or treat mom to a leisurely Mother’s Day Brunch between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday May 12 and enjoy some bowling or bocce afterward. More info at For seafaring moms, hop on a cruise on Lake Michigan leaving from Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. Take the whole family aboard Odyssey and enjoy a delicious meal, entertainment and amazing views. More information can

be found at odysseycruises. com. Spirit Cruises also offers Mother’s Day cruises for brunch and dinner with skyline views, music and games. Prices vary. Find more info at Closer to home, head over to Maggie Daley Park for some outdoor rock climbing and take in the spectacular view of the city skyline. If the weather isn’t cooperating, check out First Ascent in Block 37 located at 108 N. State St. suite 420 for some indoor rock climbing. Visit

Aimee Gaspari attends a calligraphy workshop at the Langham. She plans to hand-letter invitations to her upcoming wedding. Photos by Jesse Wright

The Langham offers calligraphy courses that include brunch By Jesse Wright Staff Writer The Langham is hosting a calligraphy workshop at the restaurant Travelle, 330 N. Wabash Ave. The brunch course is $65 and includes food, a glass of champagne and all calligraphy supplies. The course premiered in April and student Aimee Gaspari said she attended the workshop because she’s getting married and wanted to hand-letter wedding invitations. It’s also a hobby for her. “I’ve been doing it for about a year,” Gaspari said. “And I thought it would be fun to take a course from someone with more experience than me.” Workshop instructor Ricki DiCola said the class is geared toward the novice. She believes anyone can learn to write in calligraphy both for fun and to use it as a skill. “A lot of brides like to DIY their weddings and so that’s how they begin doing calligraphy,” she said. DiCola, a middle school teacher, said the art form can be appreciated by anyone, even if they don’t have a wedding approaching. “This is what I do for fun,” she said.

The brunch course is $65 and includes food, a glass of champagne and all calligraphy supplies.

The next class is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 and there is a workshop June 1 as well. To register, call 312-923-7705. Besides the calligraphy workshop, the Langham is also offering a pastry dessert plating brunch workshop July 29 and a phone photography class with food photographer Huge Galdones Aug. 17. Both classes are from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

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Unique spring runs in Chicago include bubbles, colors and love By Abhinanda Datta Staff Writer Although April did bring snow, it is safe to say spring has finally sprung in Chicago. Just in time for spring are healthy, fun activities to get the body in shape before beach season. If ordinary 5K races are boring, here are some weirdly fun runs: Superhero Run 2019 Where: Diversey Event Harbor When: 9 a.m., May 4 Wear a cape and run for a good cause. The Superhero Run, the biggest fundraising event of the year for DePaul University’s cities project, provides Chicago Public School students with critical

mentoring and after-school support. All proceeds go toward maintenance and expansion of the program. Tickets: $35-$40. Night Nation Run Where: Soldier Field When: Gates open at 5:30 p.m., May 18 The Night Nation Run is a running music festival. More than one million people have participated over the years. The run begins and ends at the Soldier Field and the course includes studded bubble zones, live DJs, light shows and black and white neon lights. As participants enjoy this unique, musical running course, the major attraction awaits near the finish line—an epic main

stage after party with top headliner DJs. Tickets: $30-$60. Bubble Run Chicago Where: Bridgeview When: May 25 Participants wear white T-shirts, and run, walk, dance and play across three miles, with groups starting every three-to-five minutes. At each kilometer, participants run through foam bogs where they get doused in colored foam from head to toe. Each of the four Foam Bogs along the course will be represented by different colored foam. Tickets: $40. The Color Run Chicago Where: Soldier Field When: June 15

As Color Run participants go through the course, they are plastered with colors and once they cross the finish line, there is a party. Photo courtesy of Color Run

A race that celebrates love, the Color Run requires participants to wear white and bring along nothing but good vibes. As participants run through the course,

they are plastered with colors and once they cross the finish line, there is a party with music, dancing and even more colors. Tickets: $25-$50.

A look at the numbers behind the Navy Pier fireworks By Elisa Shoenberger Staff Writer With the warmer weather comes Navy Pier fireworks. May 25 is the start of the annual Navy Pier fireworks and Melrose Pyrotechnics will again produce weekly displays, just as they have for the past 15 years. For the audience, it’s 10 minutes of fun filled with fire, smoke and dazzling colors all set to music. But the behind the scenes is real work and somebody has to do it. One of those somebodies is Jonathan Gesse, a soundtrack producer with Melrose Pyrotechnics. Gesse said “a minimum of 30-hours preparation goes into each Navy Pier display, which includes everything from soundtrack design, choreography, labeling, packaging, setup, product testing and transportation.” The day of the show, five technicians set up about 10 hours beforehand, including monitoring the equipment in advance of the show. Each show is a “unique pyromusical experience,” Gesse said. “Our team of choreographers uses industry software to ‘script’ each display according to the musical soundtrack by listening to the music and building scenes of light and color.” Once the show is ready to start,

A minimum of 30-hours preparation goes into each Navy Pier display. Photo courtesy Melrose Pyrotechnics

Melrose sends a “coded radio signal from Navy Pier to the fireworks crew, which the firing computer receives and synchronizes itself to the music that plays through the speakers at Navy Pier.” Melrose gets fireworks from all over the world including China, Italy and Spain. They use 500 new products each year and more than 1,400 feet of XLR cable for the shows. Gesse said the heights achieved by fireworks depends on the diameter of the shell. Three- and four-inch shells will generally explode from about 300 to 400 feet in the sky, and 10 inch shells will rise to well over 10,000 feet in the air before they break. “At Navy Pier, we use aerial shells ranging from twoand-a-half inches up to 10 inches in diameter,” Gesse said. This year, there will be 31 firework performances, each Wednesday and Saturday from May 25 to Aug. 31 with additional shows July 4 and New Year’s Eve. Wednesday fireworks are at 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays are at 10:15 p.m., weather dependent. The displays last 10 minutes while the July 4 and New Year’s Eve displays last 15 minutes. Last year, CBS reported that nearly 100,000 people attended the July 4 celebration and that the fireworks performance had 2,000 firework shells go off with “300 different effects.”



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Parents have variety of local summer camps to choose from By Jesse Wright Staff Writer With summer around the corner, schools, museums and even watersport companies are offering summer camps for kids. At Camp GEMS, kids can explore the city through a sixweek program that mimics the school’s curriculum. Through the camp, kids explore the entire city and will build and design the city’s features. Each week is $475 or $2,700 for six weeks. Camp Gems is open to kids 3-12. Taneal Sanders, a GEMS teacher, said Camp GEMS aims to benefit the entire student. “We focus on keeping the kids’ minds and bodies active,” she said. Weekly themes such as “who we are in place and time” and “how we organize ourselves”, develop into “how the world works”, “sharing the planet” and “how we express ourselves”. Throughout the camp, kids explore the city, design model cities, visit a theater and visit various markets and festivals. “On Fridays, we do a shareout where all age groups come together and we kind of have a little assembly where we share what we learned during the week,” Sanders said. Last year, kids took a water taxi to Chinatown and on another day they visited the Field Museum. “We don’t just stay right in the neighborhood,” Sanders said. “With the younger campers, we stay close to school, but for the older kids, we venture out on public transportation.” In addition to being culturally diverse, Sanders said Camp GEMS is staffed by GEMS teachers and the ratio is five stu-

Tails in the City has been selling dog accessories in Streeterville for 15 years. Photo By Elisa Shoenberger

Tails in the City celebrates 15 years in Streeterville area By Elisa Shoenberger Staff Writer

Camp GEMS gets campers out and into the city for lessons. Photo courtesy GEMS

dents to one teacher, ensuring the kids are learning as well as enjoying the city. “It’s not just for GEMS students,” Sanders said. “We love that it brings in different people and different perspectives.” Sailing and STEM camp The Chicago Park District is hosting its annual sailing and STEM camp in May, June and July. Kids can learn to sail at Monroe Harbor, with no experience necessary. The camp is for 5th8th grade students in Chicago and it requires a $250 donation, though low-income applicants can get in free. To apply for a spot, visit The four day-sessions (Monday-Thursday) go beyond sailing. Students will learn science, technology, engineering and math curriculum. The course opens May 4 and meets every Saturday at 9 a.m. A June camp runs from June 24 to Aug. 1. Visit

for more details and to apply online. Scholarships are available. Urban Kayaks paddle and kayak camp Urban Kayaks summer paddle and kayak camp kicks off July 29. The camp runs weekly from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is aimed at kids ages 10 to 16. The course, at $550 per week with a 25 percent discount for siblings, is located at Monroe Harbor. For more information, visit urbankayaks. com or call 312-965-0035 Navy Pier’s Wiggleworms music program While not a camp, Navy Pier is again hosting Wiggleworms, a free music program for children every Friday beginning June 21. Wiggleworms, Old Town School of Folk Music’s early childhood music program, introduces young children and their families to a musical world. The program is at the Polk Brothers Park stage and it runs Fridays from 10 to 11:45 a.m.

Tails in the City is celebrating 15 years of bringing dog accessories to the neighborhood. The shop opened its doors in 2004 when owners Bruce Haas and Phillip Emigh sought to start their own retail business. They decided on a luxury dog shop because they saw a need for high-end dog items and Tails in the City was born at One East Delaware Place. “We don’t offer anything that you need, we only offer things that you want,” said Philip Emigh. They have $200 down snowsuits, sparkly bow ties, designer pet carriers, and even punny dog toys from Haute Diggity Dog—Chewie Vuitton and Woof Clicquot. They also have freshly baked goods in the shape of martini glasses and crowns that “fly off the shelves,” Emigh said. The shop has a loyal following of neighborhood residents and they get business from tourists who visit as a last stop before going home, according to Emigh. Ani Sergi, a customer who has been shopping at Tails in the City since day one, explained that she loves the atmosphere and talking with the people at the shop. She

said her dog, “loves to be there and she welcomes everybody. They give treats to the dogs.” Emigh said the shop has been popular with celebrities who are in town, such as Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood. When Harpo Studios was in Chicago, producers sourced their goodies for their guests from the shop. The store also gives back to the pet community. For the fourth year in a row, the dog store will host a fundraising event for Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization that trains and provides assistance dogs. Seasonally the store raises money for PAWS or the Anti-Cruelty Society through pet photographs with Santa or the Easter Bunny. They also host an annual halloween party and parade where pets and pet parents can win awards for best duo costume. At the end of the day, the shop owners want the space to be a fun place for people. “Who wants to sell boring things? We want to sell fun things,” Emigh said. “Otherwise we’re competing with pet big box stores. We want to surprise our customers with what we have and make them happy.”

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Navy Pier announces film schedule for summer movie series Now in its third year, Navy Pier’s free outdoor movies series has become a favorite summer activity. The films screen every Monday from June 24 through Aug at 6:30 p.m. 12 at the Lake Stage in Polk Brothers Park, 600 E. Grand Ave. The theme this year is Super Hero Summer, and the series will feature eight superhero movies, including “Black Panther,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Wonder Woman,” “The Lego Batman Movie,” “The Incredibles 2,” “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse” and “Aquaman.” For more information, visit

Streeterville stories get told in new podcast A new podcast network will launch this summer to tell the stories of Streeterville, and other areas. A podcast is an audio file that can be downloaded onto a phone or other device. Happenstance, a hyperlocal podcast app, will deliver short stories about little known subjects in various neighborhoods. When users enter an area, the app will geotag users and alert them to local stories. Stephanie Chopris, the co-founder and managing editor, said the idea started as a class project several years ago when she was a graduate student at the Medill School of Journalism.. “We’re shooting to launch in a few neighborhoods this summer,” Copris said. Chopris is producing stories and seeking new stories to tell. “We primarily focus on four editorial pillars of food, art, landmarks and sports and games,” she said. “All of our categories are flexible and we still want to cover it even if it doesn’t fall into one of those categories.” So far, Chopris said she has Streeterville stories about Coco Pazzo Cafe and the Gold Star Sardine Bar. Anyone interesting in suggesting a story can email Chopris at stephanie@ or visit the website at

High-end gym coming to Streeterville According to a spokesperson for Alderman Brendan Reilly’s office, a new high-end fitness facility is moving into 600 N. Wabash. Retail space, a spa and a restaurant will be included in the development. The spokesperson could not say when the project will be completed and what stores will be included. The project is developed through Bloomingdale’s Inc. However, in mid-April, Reilly announced via his newsletter that the city’s plan commission approved a technical amendment to the development plan that will allow for sports and recreation and food and beverage sales.

Roberts Pizza and Dough Company to re-open May 10 After a year of searching for a new home, husband and wife team Robert and Dana Garvey are reopening Robert’s Pizza and Dough Company in Streeterville. at 465 N. McClurg Ct off the Riverwalk. Robert’s Pizza will continue their signature “Za Dough”– a 20-year-in-the-making, family dough recipe perfected by Garvey. To celebrate its return, Robert’s Pizza will be giving away one free slice of pizza per guest from the to-go counter between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on May 10. “The Streeterville neighborhood is our home and where we launched our pizza journey,” Garvey said. “It was important for us to find a location that would allow us to grow operationally, while still serving our community.” Robert’s Pizza will offer 15 gourmet brick-oven pizzas, along with local favorites that include The Lia, Peking Duck, Huevos Rancheros and Prosciutto and Arugula. The new spot seats 142 and includes banquette seating, an 18-seat bar, private dining room and outdoor and dock-side seating during patio season. Robert’s Pizza will be open Sunday-Thursday from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. and until 11 p.m. for Friday and Saturday dinner service. Delivery will be available via Chow Now, Caviar and the restaurant’s direct website. For more information, visit or call (312) 265-1328.

Historic anchor adrift in Streeterville By Jesse Wright Staff Writer Streeterville was undergoing a real estate boom in 2007 and developers were looking toward a bright future when a piece of the past surfaced for the first time in more than a century at the corner of Illinois Street and Grand Ave. It was an Cap Streeter anchor and it was 35 feet underground. Realtor and neighborhood booster Gail Spreen believes it could be a relic from George “Cap” Streeter’s boat—a direct link to the eponymous founder of Streeterville. “It’s the same style anchor that’s on Cap Streeter’s boats,” Spreen said. Streeter famously helped settle the area when his boat ran aground on a sandbar. From there, the silt and sand from the river and lake built up, along with dumped debris, to create real estate. Chicago History Museum vice president of education John Russick said there may be no way to say for sure whether the anchor came from Streeter’s boat, but it is an important artifact. It represents a time before developers built “modern” Chicago and offers a potential link to the beginning of that development, he said. Russick said there’s no doubt the Streeter story is

This historic anchor could have belonged to Cap Streeter. Photo courtesy Gail Spreen

true. Streeter was sued in court and eventually evicted from Streeterville, so court records document his history. But in other areas, the historical record is sparse. While there are photos of Streeter, Russick said there are no known, verifiable pieces of his boat. “I’ve never heard of anything that was found of the boat. We have some photographs … so we know what it looks like,” Russick said. “But no, we have no physical evidence of his boat. With the possible exception of the anchor.” Now, above ground at last, the old anchor needs a home. Spreen acquired the an-

chor in 2011 from the man who owned the property where it was uncovered. She’s hopeful someone will help find a permanent home for the artifact. “Someday this anchor is going to go someplace where people appreciate it,” she said. “But until we have a location for it, it’s staying with me.” Covered in rust and barnacles, the anchor is in two pieces and attached to a 35-foot chain. Spreen said she’d like to see it near the eight-foot statue of Streeter, at the corner of McClurg and Grand near Yolk, where it was found. “The best case would be where we wanted it, next to Cap Streeter,” she said.




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

May 1-21

Chicago Humanities Spring Festival Hear renowned speakers present on various topics from science to politics to literature. Schedule, venues and ticket prices are on the website. 312-605-8444,

May 2-4

Leonardo da Vinci Anniversary at the Albert The Albert is celebrating Leonardo Da Vinci’s 500th anniversary with a custom menu, da Vinci trivia, and more. See website for details, the Albert, 228 E. Ontario St., 312-481-3883,

May 4

Lincoln Park Kite Festival The 21st Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival returns to Lincoln Park. The City of Chicago will provide free kite kits while supplies lasts, and attendees can enjoy face painting, circus arts, balloon animals, and more. The Windjammers Professional Kite Team will be performing synchronised acts. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free, Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park, W. Montrose Drive (Lake Shore Drive, btwn. Montrose & Wilson Aves.), 312742-1168,

May 4

Polish Constitution Day Parade This parade celebrates the Polish Constitution of 1791, the first democratic constitution in Europe. Experience Polish values, history, traditions and culture right here in Chicago. 11:30 a.m., free, Grant Park, Columbus Drive from Balbo St. to Monroe St., 312-742-1168,

May 10

Manifest Urban Arts Now in its 19th year, Manifest Urban Arts Festival celebrates the work of Columbia College Chicago’s graduating students with a celebrated public and cultural event in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. See the website for a full schedule of events and venues, free,

May Races

May 10

Run to Remember 5K - 8 a.m., Saturday, May 4 - Gold Star F a.m.ilies Memorial & Park

Streeterville Social Rooftop Streeterville Social’s rooftop lounge will be opening its doors beginning May 10. Drink specials will be offered daily, along with weekend brunch and an assortment of new cocktils. Streeterville Social, 455 N. Park Drive, 312-840-6617,

May 11

MCA Family Day Kids and their grownups can tap into their artistic side with local artists at this free event. May’s Family Day features stop-motion animations, drawing, languages, and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., free, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-280-2660,

May 12 West Side Story at the Lyric Opera May 3-June 2.

May 3-June 2

West Side Story at the Lyric Bernstein and Sondheim’s classic production comes to the Lyric this spring. Experience Shakespeare’s tale of forbidden love brought to the streets of New York City. See website for dates and times, tickets from $29, 312-827-5600,

May 4-June 9

Hamlet Director Barbara Gaines brings Shakespeare’s classic tragedy to life in the Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Courtyard Theater. See website for full schedule, tickets from $78, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Ave., 312-5955600,

Justice Ginsburg’s life and work are celebrated in Notorius RBG in Song at Spertus. Photo courtesy Spertus

May 9

Notorious RBG in song This one-act dramatic concert celebrates Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and work. Her son, James Ginsburg, will join for a post-show Q&A. 2 p.m., $18, Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan Ave., 312-322-1700,

May 10-17

Illinois Craft Beer Week This week of craft beer features events across the state, including tap takeovers and drink specials. See for schedules and pricing.

Mother’s Day Cruise Take mom on a boat for a special Mother’s Day cruise featuring food, music and spectacular skyline views. Cruise times, features and prices vary. See the website for more information. 866-305-2469,

May 14

Hands-On Arancini Learn how to make arancini, fried stuffed risotto balls—a classic southern Italian Street food. Enjoy your finished product with a glass of Prosecco. 5-6 p.m., $28, Eataly Chicago, 43 E. Ohio St., 312-521-8700,

May 15-16

Agency Workflow and Efficiency Workshop This workshop covers integrating workflow systems, project manage-

Superhero Run 5K/8K - 9 a.m., Saturday, May 4 - Diversey Harbor Cinco de Miler 5 miles - 8:30 a.m., Saturday, May 4 - Montrose Harbor Global 6K for Water - 9 a.m., Saturday, May 4 - Lincoln Park

Wings for Life World Run - 6 a.m., Sunday, May 5 - Lincoln Park Komen Chicago Race for the Cure 5K - 9 a.m., Sunday, May 12 - Montrose Harbor Universal Sole 4 Mile Classic - 7 a.m., Thursday, May 16 - Montrose Harbor Italian Beer 5K/ kids dash - 9 a.m., Saturday, May 18 - Montrose Harbor Night Nation Run 5K - 8 p.m., Saturday, May 18 - Soldier Field Together in Teal 5K - 9:45 a.m., Saturday, May 18 - United Center Chicago Spring Half Marathon 13.1/10K/kids dash - 7 a.m., Sunday, May 19 - Maggie Daley Park JP Morgan Corporate Challenge 3.5 miles - 7 p.m., Thursday, May 23 - Grant Park Soldier Field 10 Miler / Kids Run - 7 a.m., Saturday, May 25 Soldier Field Magis Miles 1 mile - 4 p.m., Friday, May 31 - St. Ignatius College Prep ment and reliable estimating methods. Learn how to make your organization more efficient. Wednesday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m.-1p.m., $1575 per person, The Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive, 610-374-9093, Turn to Page 14

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May 16-19

Antiques + Art + Design Show Come to the Merchandise Mart to see 75 national and international exhibitors presenting antiques and artworks—from ancient to 20th century modern. Thursday 6-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., tickets from $200, Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 7th floor, 708366-2710,

May 16

Scleroderma 101 This event is intended to provide people who have recently been diagnosed with scleroderma with information and support 5-7:30 p.m., free, register online, Prentice Women’s Hospital, 250 E. Superior St., 2nd floor, Room L, 312-660-1131, Roya Naldi & Paul Asaro at the Coq d’Or Pianist Paul Asaro and singer Roya Naldi perform jazz music straight out of the 1920s and 30s. Sit back, relax and listen at the historic Drake Hotel. 7-11 p.m., free, The Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton Pl., 312-787-2200,

May 18

Wish Ball 2019 Help support the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which helps to improve the lives of children with critical illnesses, at this fabulous event with special guest Seth Meyers, 6-10 p.m., $675, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., 312-602-9430,

May 18

Chicago Science Expo The Illinois Science Fest’s biggest event will feature a variety of interesting science discussions and demonstrations. Satisfy your curiosity about the world around you. See website for times and prices, 1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza,12th Floor,

ONGOING Tuesdays

Tuesday Trivia Test your Knowledge every Tuesday with trivia at Streeterville Pizzeria & Tap. Maybe all those Jeopardy marathons will finally pay off. 7-9 p.m., free, Streeterville Pizzeria & Tap, 355 E. Ohio St., 312-6313393,


Glow Flow Yoga Unleash your inner yogi every Wednesday with this unconventional glow-inthe-dark yoga class. 6-7 p.m., $5, W Chicago-Lakeshore, 644 N. Lake Shore Drive, 312-943-9200,


Acoustic Thursdays Enhance your evening with live acoustic ket automotive builds. 1-6 p.m., Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.,

May 21

Rick & Morty Trivia at Pinstripes Test your Rick & Morty knowledge with your fellow fans in five rounds of themes trivia at Pinstripes. 7:30 p.m., free, register beforehand via Eventbrite, Pinstripes, 435 E. Illinois St., 312-5273010,

May 22

Pizza Workshop This intimate 6-person workshop will teach you how to make Neapolitan pizza

music every Thursday at the Albert. 5-8 p.m., free, the Albert, 228 E. Ontario St., 312-471-3883, Play Late Thursdays Spend your Thursday night at the Chicago Children’s Museum. On the first Thursday of the month, the Great Hall is transformed into a kiddie-style cabaret with an open mic and a dance party. 4-8 p.m., $14.95, Chicago Children’s Museum, 700 E. Grand Ave., 312-527-1000,


Gospel Brunch Enjoy live gospel while feasting on an allyou-can-eat brunch buffet. Great for the entire family. Every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., tickets from $42.50, House of Blues Chicago, 329 N. Dearborn St., 312-923-2000, from scratch. Tickets include a homemade dessert and wine pairing. 6:30-8 p.m., $75, Eataly Chicago, 43 E. Ohio St., 312-521-8700,

May 24-Sept 1.

Live on the Lake. Come see local musicians, new musicians, and national favorites at Navy Pier. See the website for dates and times, free, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., 312595-7437,

May 25

MCA Home Video Day Bring your home video tapes to share

May 19

Wekfest 2019 Described as Chicago’s “ultimate automotive experience,” Wekfest will showcase some of the country’s best aftermar-

Lake Shore Drive will be closed to cars on May 26 for the Fifth Third Bike the Drive.

footage and learn how to digitize and preserve them. Co-hosted by Video Data Bank and Media Burn Archive. 12-4 p.m., free, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave., 312280-2660,

May 25

Memorial Day Parade This memorial day event honors those who have given their lives to protect our country. Wreath laying ceremony at 11 a.m., parade starts at noon. Free, Daley Plaza to State St. from Lake St. to Van Buren, 312-742-1168,

May 25, bi-weekly

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,

May 26

Fifth Third Bike the Drive Did you know Chicago is one of the best cities for biking? Where better to do it than on Lake Shore Drive? The road will be closed to cars so cyclists can make the most out of their rides, and there will be a post-ride festival in Butler Field. Proceeds Support Active Transportation Alliance, which works to make biking, walking and public transportation easier and safer. 5:30 a.m., registration from $45, youth from $17, see website for starting locations,



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The ups and downs of riding on elevators with dogs


et’s talk for a minute about man’s best friend. No, not the cell phone, but instead our beloved fine, furry, fluffy friends. We all know dogs are part of the neighborhood scene in Chicago. Most love the idea. The unique connection of man and dog goes Jon Cohn without saying. Who amongst us COMMUNITY hasn’t reached out at times to pet a CONTRIBUTOR nearby stranger’s dog? But, we have to be respectful of the fact that not everyone shares this close connection with dogs. Especially when it comes to riding the elevator.

So we offer some quick friendly reminders for dog owners when their beloved pets are joined by other passengers in a sometimes very-close-to-each-other elevator ride: Try and keep your dog sitting, and as far from the other riders personal space as possible. If Mr. or Mrs. Elevator Stranger asks about the dog or wants to pet it, be as open as you (and your dog) feel comfortable. When the elevator door opens, and this requires a little reading of the body language of the other riders, let them go out first. Most will signal you with your dog to go first—but just in case, be ready to step back. Of course no sniffing, barking or worse yet growling— from you or your pet. Those go without saying and are the trademarks of a well trained dog (or well trained owner).

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The issue, while insignificant to some, can in fact be problematic for others. “There are definitely a few people in our building who are terrified when they get on the elevator and there is a large dog, said Harbor Point resident Monica, who is not a dog owner. “Sometimes even the small dogs are afraid.” Aqua building manager Alana said, “We have no written policy about dogs riding on elevators, and really in my years here we have had very few complaints.” Bottom line, gang? We are all in this together. Strangers, often thrown together for a brief moment in time. With a little common sense and basic respect we can all enjoy the ride down to the ground floor, and that includes man’s best friend.

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Answer to the April Where am I? is … These distinctive windows look out over the 600 block of St. Clair St. in Streeterville and they belong to the Consulate General of Greece.

Layla (from left), Gabriella, Clarence and Olania Williams prepare to hunt eggs on Easter weekend at lake Shore Park. Photo by Jesse Wright

Sarah Freemen and Corey Mins attend the opening of the Hoxton in April. Photo by Stephanie Racine

Logan (from left), Renee and Dylan Berlerijan pose before hunting eggs at the annual Great Egg Hunt at Millennium Park. Photo by Jesse Wright

Michelle McDonagh (left) and Lauren Lewis attend Across the Pond, a series of ballets at the Joffrey Ballet. Photo by Stephanie Racine

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