08 September 2012

Rosehill Cemetery Crypt 5K Run & Walk

Announcing the first ever
Rosehill Cemetery Crypt 5K Run and Walk
Saturday night, 29 September, 2012
7:00 P.M.
Rosehill Cemetery
(5800 North Ravenswood - just North of West Bryn Mawr)

Participation Fees:

Pre - Registration:  $35
Day of Race:  $40

Beneficiary:  American Diabetes Association

24 July 2012

Neighborhood of Edgewater West (N.E.W.) Meeting


28th July, 2012
4:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Ravenswood (Ridge & Granville)

Neighborhood of Edgewater West (N.E.W.) Meeting

Come, and get better acquainted with your neighbors!  Bring your own chairs.   Pizza will be served at around 6:00 P.M. and soda will be provided.  Donations of side dishes and other goodies are welcome.


23 July 2012

Devon Market's New Web Site


I remember when the grocer's name was "Dino's" before it became "Devon Market."  That was years ago.  Now, this eclectically - stocked grocery store has its own web site. 

The site features weekly ads, coupons and a brief introduction for those new to the supermarket ('Devon Market virgins') .

For those not familiar with "Devon Market" it is located at 1440 West Devon Avenue (at the Greenview CTA bus stop) in Chicago's Roger's Park neighbourhood.  While you're there, pick up a loaf of their warm Balkan, baked bread (often located at the checkout lanes).  I dare you NOT to eat it all before you get home!

Besides outstanding bakery products, the grocery store also offers good quality produce, fish and seafood, a deli, and prepared foods, such as sushi,  hot rotisserie chicken and some of the best tamales I have ever eaten. 

As far as economy goes, I  have often found Devon Market's produce, meats and poultry comparable to, or even cheaper than, ALDI.  I have walked out of that place with 4 bags of groceries, for under $30.  Compared to the major supermarket chains, I consider that a steal!


Don't Forget "Celebrate Clark Street" Next Weekend

The Annual
"Celebrate Clark Street" 
 28th  &29th July,  2012,
1:00 P.M. til 11:00 P.M. 

Among the highlights: 

Excellent ethnic food
 Live world music
 Arts & crafts for sale

Suggested donation: 

 $5 per person;
 $10 per family.


Morse to Touhy


14 July 2012

Fried Chicken in a Gas Station?

I know.  A Citgo gas station is a weird place to find a fried chicken joint.  Let's face it, unleaded gasoline doesn't exactly complement chicken; but this is where you will find some of the best fried chicken on the planet Besides fried fowl, Krispy Krunchy Chicken, at 1840 W. Peterson Ave. in Chicago, also offers up killer honey - covered cornbread.  They have received positive feedback on Yelp.

Visit the folks at Krispy Krunchy Chicken. 

Krispy Krunchy Chicken
1840 West Peterson Ave
Chicago, IL 60660


West Rogers Park: North Artesian 6300 Block

On Tuesday, 11 July 2012, at approximately 7:58 PM, in the 6300 block of North Artesian, Delfina Mora was found unconscious, a victim of a severe beating.  The man later died at St. Francis Hospital, in Evanston.  Police are classifying his death as a homicide. 


03 January 2012

An Evanston Weekend

For the long New Year's weekend, I decided to explore Evanston, Chicago's North Shore neighbor.  I had been there on many occasions; but it had been a while since I'd hopped on the CTA Purple Line train  or bus,  and checked out new businesses and revisited old ones.

Mostly, I stayed within the city's downtown area.  I began my walking tour grazing through books at 'Barnes and Noble' (and wondered if, eventually, the chain would meet the same fate as 'Borders', its former competitor).  Normally, I order new reads from Amazon.com so, therefore, hadn't set foot inside a bookstore in a decade.  I bought a copy of Michael Pollan's "Omnivore's Dilemma."   Next, I went to 'World Market/Cost Plus' and 'Blick Art'.   

Eventually, my stomach began to growl, and so I went in search of a restaurant winding up at  'Pine Yard', an old favourite of mine that serves up incredible, authentic Chinese dishes (no chop suey here!).   They had renovated since I ate there last.  Formerly, the interior was cavernous; but now it was brightly - lit, still casual and some of the best Chinese cuisine in the Chicagoland area.    I ordered the kung pao chicken lunch special, opting for vegetable fried rice as a side dish (white rice was the other choice).  The entree also came with a spring roll that was wrapped in a paper - thin egg roll skin, more like a larger version of a Filipino lumpia.  The hot tea was exceptional.

The majority of my Evanston visit was spent outside, walking.  It was a crisp day.  It was the first time this season that it actually felt like winter, which I prefer to Chicago's sweltering summers.  I strolled past the Northwestern campus, then along Davis up to Bennison's Bakery and Gigio's Pizza.  I was pleased that the two businesses were still feeding Evanston's stomachs!  

Late afternoon, it was time to head home.  But I fully - intend to visit Chicago's 'neighbor to the North' more frequently, and spend even more time enjoying its smalltown character.  The CTA 201 bus route collects riders by the Davis Purple Line, and  takes them all the way to Old Orchard in Skokie (which would make for another fun - filled day on the North Shore).