Winner of  Consecutive of  APEX Awards For Publication Excellence
4th Annual Evening in the Garden
You are invited to join us on Thursday evening September 14th as we bring the neighborhood together for a magical evening in Fire Station Park & Gardens at the 4th annual An Evening in the Garden, a reception style event celebrating our wonderful neighborhood and saluting our volunteers. Read more.

Dear Neighbors:

People often ask why they should join Lincoln Central or support our efforts. Certainly, those are valid questions to ask of any non-profit. Hopefully, this issue of our newsletter will help answer answer those questions. Many of the reasons to join and support LCA are on full display this month. 

From bringing neighbors and businesses with heart together at family-friendly neighborhood events featuring food, beverage and entertainment; to supporting arts & culture in our neighborhood; to producing award-winning content, including exclusive feature stories; to supporting parks and financially supporting and maintaining a community garden; to lending a helping hand to our local firefighters; to helping preserve and curate neighborhood history; to a Zoning & Planning Committee that ensures an open and fair process for both developers and homeowners as well as businesses, and so much more, Lincoln Central Association truly is "central" to enhancing the quality of life in our community. And, as those of you who have received your membership renewal form for this year or a letter acknowledging your new membership, you already know we've even started to arrange substantial discounts for LCA members at neighborhood establishments-with more to be announced in the near future. Additionally, LCA is arranging special events for LCA members.

Yet, many who frequently attend our neighborhood events and/or who read this newsletter each month have never joined LCA or have allowed their memberships to lapse in recent years. The same is true of many who have called upon LCA for assistance in the past, sometimes rather persistently. As a volunteer not-for-profit organization with minimal resources, our organization depends on the support of the community especially as our contributions to the neighborhood continue to grow. LCA follows good governance practices, operates transparently and publishes a  Donor Bill of Rights. The public is invited to attend our Board meetings  and our Planning & Zoning meetings each month. 

For those who are already part of our membership and/or otherwise support our efforts, we thank you. Your support makes a critical difference and is appreciated. For those who have not joined LCA or who have allowed your membership to lapse in recent years, we hope we've given you reason to reconsider.  If you're not already a member of LCA, why not join today? You can do so online via a secure credit card or PayPal transaction or by  downloading  and mailing in a membership form. We look forward to hearing from you.

From the Heart,

Kenneth Dotson, LCA President  

P. S. Regardless of whether or not you are an LCA member, feel free to call or email at any time to learn more about LCA or if you have neighborhood concerns. | 773.531.5515 |
Bringing the Neighborhood Together
A hearty pour from J9

Lincoln Central's 3rd annual Sunday Summer Sipper, held on June 24th in Fire Station Park & Gardens, brought  neighbors together for an afternoon of delightful entertainment, refreshing
drinks, delicious hors' d'oeuvres, and engaging conversation. 

Warm hospitality at Gemini's table 
Event attendees were able to enjoy popular menu items for served by representatives of neighborhood favorites including LCA members Geja's Cafe (340 W. Armitage), Tobacco Road and J9 Wine 
Bar (2249 N. Lincoln Ave.) , as well as  Gemini  (2075 N. Lincoln Ave.) and David's Tea.  Attendees were also able to enjoy the pot luck table featuring dishes prepared by LCA members using one or more items grown in the gardens at Fire Station Park.
A scene from Native Gardens

Early in the event, the crowd gathered around a makeshift to watch actors from Victory Gardens  Theatre, an LCA member,  perform a vignette from the hilarious hit comedy, Native Gardens-which was reviewed in the June 2017 issue of From the Heart . To the further delight of the crowd, the actors stayed after the performance to mingle with guests and experience the warm hospitality of Lincoln Central. 

Also performing at the event was Benjamin Barnes, one of Chicago's most popular magicians and the (continued)
Only Volunteer Non-profit Honored
LCA's suite of event promotion and organization logos received a  Grand Award  in the Design & Illustration category.

Kathy Jordan shown with LCA's Grand Award
APEX  Grand Awards, 
the highest in this international competition honor the most outstanding work in eleven main categories. LCA also won two APEX Awards for Communication Excellence including one for this newsletter. The only awards granted to any volunteer non-profit were the three received by LCA. Read the press release.  
4th Annual Evening in the Garden

You are invited to join us on Thursday evening September 14th as we bring the neighborhood together for a magical evening in Fire Station Park & Gardens at the 4th annual An Evening in the Garden, a reception style event celebrating our wonderful neighborhood and saluting our volunteers.

Evening in the Garden 2016
An Evening in the Garden, one of LCA's most popular events, will be held from 6 pm-8pm (but, we'll stay as long as your having a good time) and will feature hors d'oeuvres and wine from popular neighborhood food & beverage establishments (soft drinks will also be available). Returning to the event for the third consecutive year will be prominent Chicago magician, the amazing Benjamin Barnes who will stroll through the event performing close-up magic and unbelievable illusions. Barnes also performed at this year's Sunday Summer Sipper.

Best of all, An Evening in the Garden is a great opportunity to visit with old friends and neighbors and meet new ones and get to know business with heart who support LCA.
Fire Station Park & Gardens has been nominated by the University of Illinois for the 2017 Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards. This Lincoln Central initiative is led by Sally Drucker. Congratulations, Sally!

Help LCA continue to support parks and gardens in the neighborhood by downloading our park donation form or donating  online. All contributions are tax deductible.
LCA Recognized at Dedication

Donors, tennis players, and neighbors got
Click on photo to enlarge.
together on Saturday, July 29 to celebrate the official opening of the refurbished tennis courts in Oz Park. Lincoln Central was one of the donors that gave $5,000 or more. ( Read DNAinfo story on the new tennis courts.)

Thanks to the efforts of the  Oz Park Advisory Council (OPAC)l, $104,000 was raised, including $30,000 from  43rd Ward Alderman, Michele Smith. Judy Johanson, OPAC president, thanked donors for their support, and noted the help of Willa Lang, executive director of the  Chicago Parks Foundation, the non-profit ( continued)
Thursday, August 28th   
LCA Monthly Board Meeting
LCA Board meetings are normally held the fourth Thursday of each month at 
6:30 PM  in the back room of the  Marquee Lounge  (Halsted & Armitage). Board meetings are open to the public. 

Saturday, August 26th
Tour of Wintrust Arena
Learn more  about how you can receive a tour of Wintrust Arena, the new home of DePaul Blue Demons basketball.

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
LCA Zoning Committee Mtg.
Zoning Committee meetings are held the second  Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM  in the back room of the Marquee Lounge (Halsted & Armitage). Zoning Committee meetings are open to the public.

Thursday, September 14th
4th Annual Evening in the Garden
Enjoy a neighborhood  reception from  6 to 8:00 PM  in our beautiful Fire Station Park and Gardens Hors' d'oeuvres  and  beverages will be served. The Amazing Benjamin Barnes, one of Chicago's premier magicians will delight and entertain. Read more.

Lincoln Park Then & Now: A History Through Photographs
LCA invites you to an encore performance of  Lincoln Park Then and Now: A History Through Photographs produced and presented by LCA Board member and noted Lincoln Park photographer, Bob Segal. A full house attended Bob's presentation of this program in June at DePaul University's Lincoln Park Community Research Initiative Spring program and many people were turned away due to space limitations. The encore event will be held at 6:30 PM at LCA member Floating World Gallery (1925 N.Halsted) and is being sponsored by Bridgeview Bank (1970 N. Halsted Street) and J9 Wine Bar (1961 N. Halsted Street.) 

Thursday, September 28th   
LCA Monthly Board Meeting
LCA Board meetings are normally held the fourth  Thursday of each month at 
6:30 PM  in the back room of the  Marquee Lounge  (Halsted & Armitage). Board meetings are open to the public. 

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
LCA Zoning Committee Mtg.
Zoning Committee  meetings are held the second  Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM  in the back room of the Marquee Lounge (Halsted & Armitage). Zoning Committee meetings are open to the public.

Thursday, October  26th    
LCA Monthly Board Meeting
LCA Board meetings are normally held the fourth  Thursday of each month at 
6:30 PM  in the back room of the Marquee Lounge (Halsted & Armitage). Board meetings are open to the public. 

Saturday, October 28th
10th Annual Howler at Bauler   
The 10th annual Howler at Bauler will be held at Bauler Park on  Saturday, October 28th from 3:00 to 5 PM. Stay tuned for additional details.   Read about  last year's Howler which was attended by 1,100+. Back by popular demand for the 3rd consecutive year will be America's leading family magician,   Danny Orleans.

Thursday, November 9th    
j9Wine Tasting Reception at J9 Wine Bar*
LCA member and sponsor  J9 Wine Bar (1961 N. Halsted) will host a complimentary private wine tasting reception for LCA members, featuring a selection of Burgundy wines and h ors' d'oeuvres, on the evening of November 9th from 6 to 8 PM. A representatives from either the vineyard or importer will be on hand to share pairing tips and other  information about the wines. 

*There is no charge for this event but it will be limited to those LCA members in good standing as determined by LCA's bylaws.
ozOz Park Tennis Courts, continued
.....partner of the Chicago Park District.

Lang, in turn, expressed appreciation to OPAC.  "We rely on the Advisory Councils for help, and are especially grateful to OPAC for these new courts," Lang said.  Alderman Michelle Smith expressed thanks to OPAC and cited Johanson as an example "a steward of the neighborhood."

Other donors were Caudill/Cravitz Family, Jack Jackson, Judy Johanson, Leibfried Family, Mitchell, Hoffman & Wolf, LLC, Munger Family, and Donald R. Wilson and Family.

Help LCA continue to support parks and gardens in the neighborhood by downloading our  park donation form  or donating  online . All contributions are tax deductible.
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No matter  where you live, we welcome you with an open heart to join LCA and participate in or support our various initiatives.

While the focus of LCA's initiatives largely lies within our geographic boundaries, our central location within Lincoln Park ensures that many of those initiatives touch the lives of those who live outside of our boundaries. In fact, it might surprise you to learn that more than 25% of all LCA members, including 52% of new members joining year-to-date in 2017, live outside of LCA's boundaries. Those numbers include several of our most active volunteers.

To be clear, LCA does not compete with other neighborhood organizations for members, nor do they compete with LCA. To the contrary, we work on many issues of common interest with the other organizations and LCA Board members serve on various committees with with representatives of other neighborhood organizations. Many of our members also hold memberships in one or more of the neighborhood organizations.  We encourage you to  learn more  about other neighborhood organizations doing good work in Lincoln Park.
A Heart for the Farm

LCA members the Maggio family at Starry Nights
In 2015, friend, neighbor and LCA member Paul Maggio was at a professional crossroad. Since the age of 19 Paul, a former member of Lincoln Central's Board, had worked in and been very successful in the commodity trading business. More recently he'd been spending weekends as a gentleman farmer in Wisconsin.

When the company he worked for was bought and changed the way they did business, Maggio said so long to the industry and took up organic cattle farming full time. Bye bye green screens; hello sunshine and starry nights. 

Today, Maggio and his wife, Marisa Wiewall, tend 100 head of grass-fed cows on Starry Nights , a 140 acre farm in Burlington, Wisconsin, about 15 minutes east of Lake Geneva. When they're not at the farm, the couple lives in Lincoln Park with their two children. 

They bought the farm in 2012, and right away Marisa - a health and wellness coach - suggested they return the land to an organic, sustainable site.  With the guidance of Altfrid Krusenbaum , an organic dairy farmer turned consultant, Maggio spent three years remediating the land. Unlike conventional farmers who only load their growing fields with nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, Maggio planted cover crops such as (continued)
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New Sculpture in Fire Station Park Sponsored by LCA
By Kathy Jordan

Photo of courtesy of Bob Segal
A new sculpture has taken up residence at LCA's Fire Station Park. Called Traveler by artist Boyan Marinov, the sculpture is made from thousands of pieces of metal, welded into a spherical globe with a human form sitting on top, waving to passers-by.

Pam Cullerton, president of the Chicago Sculpture Exhibit
Marinov and CSE President, Pam Cullerton
(CSE), which places sculptures throughout Chicago each year, said "We're honored that Boyan has participated in our program for six consecutive years." She added " Traveler is a reflection of the welcome we experience when we travel the world."

Each sculpture in the CSE program is sponsored by an individual or organization. Traveler's sponsor is Lincoln Central Association.  "This sculpture is perfect for LCA," said Board member Deirdre Graziano, noting not only the flowers woven into the pattern of the metal pieces of the globe but also  Traveler 's warm and welcoming spirit. 

Marinov was born in Bulgaria. He served in the Bulgarian Army and attended the Bulgarian Film School for three years before moving to the U.S. in 1999 to pursue his passion for ( continued)
Helping the Neighborhood Blossom

Fire Engine 22's station has had a facelift, thanks to LCA
Station 22 in bloom again
members Nada Riley and daughter Kimberly. Assisted by fire-fighters, Girl Scouts, and neighbors, the Rileys planted the raised flower boxes at the front and side of the Fire Station, rebuilt and painted deteriorating benches a bright fire engine red, and spread mulch on the parkways.

This is not the first time LCA has helped Station 22. In 2017, LCA donated a set of weights to the firefighters, helped obtain safety striping for the fire house along Armitage Avenue to create a safer environment for the fire trucks to pull in and out of the station, and arranged 5th District Congressman Mike Quigley's visit to the firehouse as part of his
Undercover Congressman program.

"We jumped on board LCA's existing outreach and initiatives at
the Fire Station," says Kimberly Riley. "We just saw it as a continuation of the volunteer efforts already taking place," she added. "We felt it was something we should be doing for those who put their lives on the line for us."

Old rotting benches
First came planting. The Rileys got donations of plants from the North Avenue Home Depot. It was when they were arranging the flowers for planting by a local Girl Scout troop that Nada and Kimberly noticed that the benches on the side of the station were rotted.

"We wanted to rebuild them so they could be used by the
Shiny new benches
 community, specifically a few ladies from the senior housing across the street on their walks to and from work," said Kimberly.

The three existing wooden benches were removed with the help of the
fire fighters, Kimberly assembled and painted the boards. (Continued)
sipper Summer Sipper, continued

Benjamin Barnes
...... co-founder and producer of Magic ChicagobenBarnes, a featured attraction at many LCA events, amazed attendees with mind-bending illusions and his engaging close-up magic, a style of entertainment first popularized only blocks away from Fire Station Park in the building that now houses the Willow Room. Lincoln Park's role in popularizing close-up magic will be featured in an upcoming issue of From the Heart.

If you missed Benjamin at Summer Sipper, he'll be back for an encore performance at An Evening in the Garden on Thursday evening, September 14, at 6:00 PM in Fire Station Park.
Sipper Crowd Watching Another Scene from Native Gardens
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maggio  Starry Nights, continued

.....winter wheat, oats, various clovers, alfalfa, rye grass and orchard grass. 
Bringing in the crops
To break up soil and pull up nutrients, he planted deep-growing daikon radishes. Each fall, he'd plow the cover crop back into the earth to make it nutrient dense; after three years of such treatment the land became certified organic. And more: organic lime mined in Iowa was trucked in and spread to achieve proper acidity. Cow manure is another additive. Such land - a perennial pasture - is prized by environmentalists because it captures water. Its untilled soil provides a wildlife habitat for native plants and animals. It's natural. 

Once the land was up to par, Maggio bought a few cows and started grazing them, learning animal husbandry from neighbor Butch Lois, a 4th generation dairy farmer who also raises chicken, turkey and cattle. "I ask a lot of questions," says Maggio. "I don't mind looking stupid." He looks at his animals a couple times per day to ensure they're comfortable, that they have fresh pasture and water. He douses them with a natural fly repellent and feeds them sea kelp, natural salts and minerals to boost their immune system. 

Today, he sells "everything but the moo," on his Starry Nights Farms website,
The Starry Nights Farmhouse
 including rib eye and New York strip steaks, ground beef, gourmet summer sausage, beef snack sticks, soup bones, tongue, liver, heart, even dog treats, all 100 percent grass fed. Balancing supply and demand is a challenge, so he started small, selling to friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors. 

"This isn't a fad; pasture raised is better for you. It's not just what you eat, but what you eat eats," he says with a laugh, crediting the line to Micheal Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and other back-to-earth tomes. Healthy and delicious is their core mission, but Maggio and his wife are also interested in connecting city customers with the source of their food and the beautiful starry night countryside, from which the farm got its name.

The career change has been a welcome jolt for Maggio, who's 51. "I was good at what I did, my day was very structured, I knew what was coming at me.  On the farm my day is, 'Whoa! I didn't see that coming.' That's a challenge."
TravelerTraveler, continued 

...woodworking. His custom furniture woodworking shop,  BoStructure, is the result of that passion. But he works with both wood and metal, seeing in the wood a warmth and in the metal a cold beauty.

Describing the process through which  Traveler was born,
Marinov inside of
Traveler securing the base of the sculpture
Marinov said, "I started with clay. My template is a big pot that was used for curing milk. I did the figure in clay, as well, then cast the pieces, then welded the individual metal pieces together," he said, noting that his daughter served as the model for the figure. 

Marinov says he doesn't think of himself as an artist, which he sees as a form of self-expression. Rather, he sees his work more as a catalyst for interaction. "It's a way to express an idea that is important to me," he writes on his website, "but that is more importantly a gateway to a larger, shared conversation. It's a never-ending give and take."

We invite you to visit Traveler at Fire Station Park and let the conversation begin.
Helping Heart, continued

Nada Riley and firefighter Tony Zarcone
"Now they are strong and ready for the community to use," said Kimberly. "One resident in particular was so thankful for a fresh place to relax mid-walk. She admired the fire engine red of the new benches and was drawn to them."

"This is a relationship we have grown and plan to continue," Kimberly said, noting that several fire fighters were an integral part of the project--Captain Ron Kitowski, Engineer and LCA member Ben Hosek, Greg Peters, Laura Alonzo, Tony Zarcone, and Jason Saber.  

"What my Mom and I did wouldn't have been possible without the support of the fire fighters, the LCA community, and Home Depot," Kimberly said. Nada added, "We make a good team but, for our part of the project, Kimberly was the key to success."

null Did you know you can gift an LCA membership to a friend, neighbor or relative? In the last month alone, three LCA memberships have been gifted by friends and relatives. Simply fill out a membership form with the correct information for the recipient of the gifted membership and send along with a check to the address listed on the membership form and we'll notify the recipient and add them to our membership and newsletter list.
The New Home of Blue Demons Basketball

Win trust A rena
DePaul University Athletics invites you to take a sneak peek at Wintrust Arena the new home of Blue Demons Basketball,  to see for yourself what all the excitement is about regarding Chicago's newest sports and entertainment venue in the South Loop. 

Space is limited for the tour date with remaining availability listed below, so don't delay. Make your reservations now .

Saturday, August 26  (11:00 am) 

Immediately following each site visit, DePaul will also host a gathering with  complimentary pizza and soft drinks at Pizano's (across the street from  Wintrust Arena ). 

Interested in buying season tickets to Blue Demon basketball?  Now is the time to opt-in for basketball season tickets. As a season ticket holder, you'll also have  the first right to purchase tickets at Wintrust Arena for non-DePaul basketball events (e.g. concerts, family shows, professional sporting events, etc.). Simply place a $25 deposit now   to reserve your season tickets for DePaul University's 2017-18 inaugural season at Wintrust Arena. 

  AFS is looking for Chicago families to host foreign exchange high school students for the 2017/18 school year. You choose the student who will be the best for your family.  Hosting an AFS Exchange Student will:
  • Enrich your family by sharing your daily lives with a young person from another culture and country.
  • Introduce a better understanding of other cultures to your children.
  • Show your part of America to an outstanding young person from another country. Learn more.
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