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Imagine sitting in a sleek, modern-day cable car zipping over the Chicago River to Navy Pier, perhaps even Millennium Park.
Well, a couple of local businessmen want to see the sky-high idea, which has been in the works a few years, finally become a reality. Calling it “The Skyline,” Laurence Geller and Lou Raizin claim it could become a tourism centerpiece. Both men sit on the board of directors for Choose Chicago, the city’s not-for-profit convention and tourism bureau.
Designed to showcase the city’s rich architectural heritage, the system would have stations positioned near to millennium park and michigan avenue, encouraging visitors to explore the city without the use of cars. the architects claim that moving people to and from navy pier would not only help ensure its position as the city’s top tourist destination, but also energize the riverwalk and its adjacent public spaces.
The system is designed to carry up to 3,000 people per hour — at 800 feet/minute (4 m/sec) — in each direction along the river. according to the chicago tribune, the route would offer 30 minute tours, 17 storeys above the water from wacker drive and lake street on the west and to navy pier on the east. a station at columbus drive would be the closest to millennium park. the cost per journey is estimated to be comparable to tickets for the observation decks at the willis tower and john hancock center, which are around $20 USD. the project is currently in its initial stages, and will seek local approval at a later date. Watch the video rendering HERE
From Alderman James Cappleman –
I have worked hard to encourage the City of Chicago to adopt a housing first model to reduce the number of people living with homelessness after noticing its success in other parts of the country. This strategy works best when two components are in place: a sufficient amount of subsidized housing coupled with wrap-around services. The most difficult piece to this model is having a dedicated source of funding to make an investment for long-term cost savings. I’m working with Mayor Emanuel to have a steady stream of funds available so that we can remain focused on housing. Some of this funding will be through a 4% surcharge for a new Airbnb Ordinance and there will be some additional funding coming from the Clarendon-Montrose TIF development.
Our pilot program to get 70 people living under the viaducts along Lake Shore Drive directly into housing is now underway. We have had a number of meetings with housing advocates, the folks living under the viaducts, city departments, and other community leaders to create a plan that will work. After all of these individuals without homes are in their new apartments, the Dept. of Family & Support Services (DFSS) will assess what worked well with this project and where improvements can be made. Afterwards, DFSS will select more areas throughout the city where people are living outside in encampments to implement this housing-first strategy.
How You Can Help
A substantial number of people living on the streets have told me that they became homeless right after they were released from Cook County Jail with no employment or disability in place and no family available to help them start over again. Without these necessary supports in place, it’s no wonder why we have such a high recidivism rate in our prisons. Later this month, I will be meeting with Cook County Sheriff Dart’s Office, DFSS, and the Dept. of Public Health to discuss how a more effective transition could be made when people are released from jail.
I am pleased that so much is coming together to help those in need. It’s a very complex process, but lasting solutions require thoughtful planning with everyone working together.
Countdown to Mother’s Day!
Very seldom in life do we meet people with such amazing gifts that we are left stunned. Earnestine Robinson is one of those rare people. She is able to create music so intricate, many consider it impossible to do without a background in music. Despite no formal music training, with her faith and family, she rises from humble southern roots to become an unlikely composer of classical music that takes her all the way to Carnegie Hall and to a world premiere in Europe.
Earnestine does not question her source. She trusts God to guide her and just continues to create extraordinary music that has taken her all the way to Carnegie Hall three times.
While some stories are interesting and others explore and push the reader to think, it is usually the inspirational stories that touch the soul. Her book “Driven by Faith” is a “must-read” for anyone who has struggled to answer the question, “Why am I here?”
Earnestine’s gift is more than just creating some of the most beautiful music you will ever hear. It’s also about family, faith and giving back. To this end, Earnestine and her family are holding a contest, one that could include you and your mother.
Join us for this very unique “Countdown to Mother’s Day!”
1. Submit in 500 words or less your special Mother’s Day story.It can be funny, sentimental, bold or all of these and more. Submit HERE.
2. Each day, prior to Mother’s Day, come back and share special thoughts you have on the upcoming special day on Earnestine’s timeline on Facebook.
3. Share your thoughts with all your friends.
The first 100 people to actively post on Earnestine’s timeline will win the opportunity to participate in a special live, online Earnestine Robinson Master Class. She will discuss and take questions on how to find your purpose and the role of faith in reaching your destiny.
On Mother’s Day, three winners will be chosen and each receive a $100 gift card from Amazon and a copy of Earnestine’s book “Driven By Faith”. Each of the stories will be posted on Earnestine’s Facebook page.
Make this your best Mother’s Day ever!
THE BEST EVENT OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON!
The air is getting colder and the holidays are near! With great cheer, we invite you to World of Chocolate. This festive tasting event benefitting the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is our annual commemoration of World AIDS Day.
Guests enjoy an open bar and rich chocolate delights from some of Chicago’s most creative and talented culinarians.
We are overjoyed to be hosting World of Chocolate again in the magnificent Great Hall of Union Station on Thursday, December 4.
Peace, love, sugar & spice,
-The World of Chocolate Architects
Join Melissa G Wilson and Four Great Authors for an Invigorating Evening with the Written Word!
When: Wednesday, October 15th, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Space (a most unique connection space!) 444 N Wabash, Chicago, IL, 5th floor
Have you been longing for a fun, more connective way of meeting new people?
Do you like to learn new things in a warm, inviting social setting?
Are you ready for a very unique, interactive experience?
Then you will want attend this first of its kind authors roundtable adventure.
What to Expect
- You will start by arriving at 5:30 where you will meet me as one of your hosts as well as other hosts who will introduce you around the room to others attending as well as the authors.
- At 6:00 p.m. We will have a brief introduction to the authors and their tables of conversation around each of their books.
- At 6:30 you will choose your first table to sit down at. Note that once a table is full you will have to go to one that has openings. At your table you will get the chance to not only listen to the author’s overview of his or her subject but also get to meet the other participants at your table and exchange ideas and ask questions to create great, stimulating conversation.
- At 7:00 you will again switch to another table of your choice and, once again, meet new people and have create a great exchange of ideas.
- At 7:30 you will have your third and final opportunity to sit down and converse with an author.
- From 7:30 – 8:00 we will have an open room conversation sharing the insights and highlights from the authors and you and the other participants.
Craig S Wilson, Author of Dating for Life (www.datingforlife.com)
When I was Paris France a couple years ago, I thought their bike rental program was pretty cool, with rental stations all over the city.
where Lake View neighbors can pick up bicycles. The new cycles will
also be painted the iconic “Chicago Blue” to “provide a high level of
visibility on the street,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.
EARLIER THIS MONTH lower wage workers in New York City striked – today, it was Chicago’s turn. Workers at McDonalds, Macy’s, Sear’s, Victoria Secrets and Subway took to the picket lines!
WAGES IN OUR COUNTRY truly do suck! And I for one am happy to see people fighting back. It is almost impossible to find a job for $10-$15. And event at $15 an hour, that is barely a livable wage.
Hundreds of employees from stores
walked off the job today in Chicago for higher wages, three
weeks after a similar strike by fast-food workers in New York.
The employees marched in the Chicago Loop and near the
Magnificent Mile shopping area, calling for $15-an-hour pay,
82 percent more than the state’s minimum wage, and the right to
form a union without intimidation. The one-day strike was
arranged by the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago, a group
of retail and food workers, according to a statement yesterday.
serving workers in the U.S., including those who work at fast-
food restaurants, according to a report by the Bureau of Labor
Statistics in May. The median wage for those workers is $8.78 an
hour, or about $18,260 a year, the data shows. MOST BUSINESSES would only have raise the price of items by pennies, to make up for a better wage!
& Entertainment Festival
June 20th – July 7th,
From Lawrence to Wilson, from Lake
Shore Drive to Lake Michigan
18 days of fun for all ages
THIS EVENT IS FREE ADMISSION!
Food, Drinks, Amazing Carnival Rides
Music and Entertainment, Arts and Crafts and More!
- There will be
Police, Fire and Union Weeks, bringing in thousands of families, friends and
supporters in celebration of our City’s Heroes.
- There will
be 2 senior citizen areas, tented with games and entertainment, food and drink.
- A HUGE Carnival with awesome state-of-the art rides and Midway of Games
Music: A DJ / dance area
stage and game area. With clowns,
magicians and entertainment. Carnival area for kids with blow ups.
area with all kinds of restaurants serving hot and cold food.
and Crafts displays and sales.
be a “Green” area with vendors showcasing local produce, health conscious and eco-friendly products and services.
rescue and vendor area at the Dog Beach. A special fund raising beer garden.
2 stages; A
major entertainment stage as well as an LGBT and multi-cultural stage, which
will feature music and entertainment from a diverse array of communities.
Home Run Inn (HRI), Chicago’s Premium Pizza, is proud to partner with The West Suburban Community Pantry for “Pizza for a Purpose.” Help fight hunger on Friday, Dec. 14 from noon – 3 p.m. at HRI’s Corporate Headquarters located at 1300 Internationale Parkway in Woodridge, IL.
Bring in any combination of 10, pre-approved items listed and receive a FREE case of Home Run Inn Thrift Pizzas valued at up to $45. Thrift pizzas have minor imperfections, but they are nutritionally correct.
Pre-approved combinations include: Hearty Soup (i.e. Progresso, Chunky,
etc.), Canned Chicken (i.e. white chicken, etc.), and Peanut Butter. You also can purchase
a case or cases of Home Run Inn Thrift Pizza, and Home Run Inn will
donate all net proceeds to the West Suburban Community Pantry.
DOCK SALE INFORMATION:
What: All pizza sales are full cases only (12 pizzas per case of the same variety).
· 6″ HRI Ultra Thin Thrift Pizzas* $20
· 6″ HRI Classic Thrift Pizzas* $25
· 12″ HRI Ultra Thin Thrift Pizzas* $35
· 12″ HRI Classic/Signature Thrift Pizzas* $45
· 12” HRI Ultra Thick Thrift Pizzas* (10 per case) – $45
· 12” HRI Bulk Pack Pizzas** – $60
*Up to a $45 value. CASH ONLY. No checks or credit cards will be accepted. No presales. Tax included.
supplies last. Varieties/supplies are limited. Limit 2 Free Cases of
Pizza per customer. HRI reserves the right to change the date of this
promotion due to inclement weather.
ABOUT THE WEST SUBURBAN COMMUNITY PANTRY
With the vision for a community without hunger, the West Suburban Community Pantry
offers food for the hungry and resources to empower persons to improve
their quality of life. They have fed nearly 45,000 duplicated persons,
including nearly 19,000 children and over 3,000 senior citizens in 2012.
Unduplicated numbers were nearly 10,000 persons including over 4,000
children and over 500- senior citizens.
ABOUT HOME RUN INN
Home Run Inn
is considered Chicago’s very own. The traditional style, all natural
pizza is recognized for its irresistible flavor, featuring a hand-pinched buttery crust, tasty sauce, plentiful cheese and homemade sausage. Family-owned and operated, Home Run Inn
is the number one selling frozen pizza brand in the Chicagoland area.
Produced at its own manufacturing facilities and distributed through its
partnership with Jay Williams of Power Play Distributors, the
quality-controlled pizza company has expanded to stores in over 28
With its loyal Chicago customers in mind, Home Run Inn
continues to serve their favorite pizza and other specialties at nine
locations: two in Chicago; Addison; Bolingbrook; Darien; Melrose Park;
Westmont; Hillside; and Beverly, IL. For further information, visit www.homeruninnpizza.com or call 630-783-9696. For up to the minute news, join HomeRunInn.com on Twitter and Facebook.
brad pitt idol gives back make it right hurricane katrina one Turbo Tagger
Last night, while watching IDOL GIVES BACK, they highlighted several great programs that are happening around the world. Programs that started really out of frustration for lack of government concern. Everyday people and celebrities are now taking leadership roles with idea’s that can and will make a difference.
As we know, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. The slow reaction to the initial emergency and to the ongoing crisis exposed troubling realities about the response capabilities of the American government when the citizens of our most culturally diverse city were in desperate need of help.
When Brad Pitt visited the Lower 9th Ward for the first time after the storm, he was shocked by what he saw: the remnants of people’s lives strewn across the streets and an entire neighborhood torn apart and turned upside down. Pitt was even more disturbed by the lack of a clear plan to address the situation. Many were quietly saying there was no chance the Lower 9th Ward would ever be re-built.
Inspired by the courage and hope of the residents he met, Pitt resolved to do whatever he could to help them rebuild. Just as importantly, he wanted to help recreate and nurture the unique culture and spirit of the Lower 9th Ward, which symbolizes the soul of New Orleans. He understood instinctively that a New Orleans rebuilt without the Lower 9th Ward would never be whole. MAKE IT RIGHT was born.
He began by working with Global Green to sponsor an architecture competition aimed at generating ideas about how to rebuild sustainably. Pitt worked with local community leaders as well as experts from around the world to develop viable ideas for the Lower 9th Ward. That successful project inspired Pitt’s new focus: Make It Right.
The Mission of Make It Right is clear: It is to be a catalyst for redevelopment of the Lower 9th Ward, by building a neighborhood comprised of safe and healthy homes that are inspired by Cradle to Cradle thinking, with an emphasis on a high quality of design, while preserving the spirit of the community’s culture. The goal is to accomplish this quickly, so that the first residents can begin returning to their homes as soon as possible.
Without Pitt’s dedication and concern – this would NOT be happening. In all likelihood, government officials would be standing around bickering about what to do.
Idol Gives Back Foundation is a new not-for-profit organization established by the producers of American Idol and FOX to raise money and awareness for children and families living in poverty and at risk in the U.S. and abroad. Idol Gives Back Foundation is harnessing American Idol’s ability to capture America’s hearts and the power of entertainment to benefit some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world.
Groups like this and ONE, are going to change the world. WE CAN make a difference!