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Robert W. Fioretti
Alderman, 2nd Ward
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On the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
you may come to the Committeeman's Office,
721 S. Western Ave.,
between 4:30 and 6 p.m.
for free legal referrals.

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New Park Planned for South Loop
Resident-Friendly and Dog-Friendly Areas Included
Chicago Park District planners and the contracted architects of Altamanu Inc. presented two plan concpets recently to Ald. Fioretti and neighbors during a public meeting held in the 1st District Chicago Police Community Room.

The new park at Sixteenth Street and Wabash Avenue, 1629 S. Wabash Ave., is in the early stages of development wherein we are asking for community input on concept designs. Our anticipated schedule is to complete design over the winter and to begin construction sometime in the summer of 2011. This schedule is subject to many variables and could likely change.

Park concept "A" is show above. Park concept "B" is show below. For more information and to make comments, please email the project team at: 1629Wabash@gmail.com

To help keep this project on schedule, please provide your comments by December 20, 2010. Please note there will be additional, future opportunities for your input as this project develops.

Site context: The new park site is located at 1611 to 1629 S. Wabash Ave. The total site is approximately 1.1 acres. It is currently vacant property bordered on the north by True Rock Ministries and on the south by private commercial property, which will be a new restaurant. Wabash Avenue borders the west side of the site and an alley borders the east.

Project goal: To develop the site into a thriving new park that will serve the South Loop community. Based on initial community feedback and programming needs in the community, the site is being designed for public space to enjoy among trees and landscaping and dog-friendly areas with modern, sanitary designs for small dogs and for large dogs.

We look forward to working with you to make yet another new park a true asset to the residents of the 2nd Ward.

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Winter Parking Ban Begins
Please remember to watch for and follow all posted winter parking regulations. This Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, marks the return of Chicago's annual snow-related parking restrictions. It is one of the few things we can all accurately predict during a Chicago winter. The City's winter overnight parking ban imposes parking restrictions for approximately 107 miles of Chicago's most critical arterial streets and is enforced no matter if it snows or not.

This seasonal ban in effect every year between Dec.1, 2010, and April 1, 2011. and between the hours of 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. It resumes on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, at 3 a.m., which means when you go to sleep that Tuesday night, the ban will already be in effect when you wake up on Wednesday morning.

Complete Winter Towing Information

Map of Arterial Routes With Overnight Towing

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2nd Ward Toy Drive
Your Donation Will Help Needy Families

Now thru Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, please bring nto the 2nd Ward Community Service Office at 429 S. Dearborn St. for the 2nd Ward toy drive. We are particularly interested in collecting educational and athletic gifts such as books, art supplies, games and sports equipment. If you need help transporting a large donation of toys, then please contact Ms. Maritza Garcia on our staff directly at (312) 263-9273 or e-mail maritza.garcia@cityofchicago.org. Thank you for your time and generosity.

Mark your calendar!

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Special 2nd Ward Days at the Shedd

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Located in the 2nd Ward in Chicago's Museum Campus, the Shedd has scheduled two special days for 2nd Ward residents to experience the aquarium at discounted rates. Please enter the Shedd via the "Group Reception Center" entrance on the south side of the building near the bus unloading area. You will see a sign reading "Welcome 2nd Ward Residents." Take the ramp to your right and walk up. For your information, these Special 2nd Ward Shedd Aquarium Days include:

  • "Buy One, Get One Free All-Access Pass" or 50 percent off a single All-AccessPass* [Full Price: Adult: $26.95; Child: $19.95. "By One, Get One" 2nd Ward Day Pricing: Adult: $13.50; Child (ages 3-11) $10.]
  • A 10 percent discount on all food in the Shedd restaurants and gift store items.
  • A special wristband to identify all 2nd Ward Day guests.
  • The "Shedd Welcome" to 2nd Ward guests from Shedd interpreter prior to first Holiday Fantasea show at 10:30 a.m.

*Note: The All-AccessPass includes: Oceanarium, Wild Reef, Original Galleries. *$2 per person additional for the Holiday Fantasea show. *$4/person additional for 4-D Theater Experience.

The Special 2nd Ward Days at the Shedd Aquarium are available to 2nd Ward residents with identification showing residence in the following Zip codes: 60612, 60603, 60616, 60605, 60653, 60608, 60604, 60607, 60611, 60606, and 60601.

For more than 80 years, our John G. Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S.Lake Shore Drive, has proudly served the City of Chicago and the World. The Shedd is a place for communities to gather, families to create memorable moments, grandparents to visit with grandkids and a place for adults to reconnect with their favorite childhood memories. A new adventure can be found each day at Shedd Aquarium. (Pacific White-Sided Dolphin image courtesy of Shedd Aquarium.)

Click Here to Learn More about the Shedd

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New Near West Side Clothing Store Opens

We welcome Fashionable Addictions, a clothing store for men and women of all ages, to the 2nd Ward at 22 S. Western Ave. Owner Dannie Seals said her store is "a boutique without the boutique prices." Open daily except for Sunday, this new independent business will add to the fashion viability of and choices on the block with Shoomi shoes next door. Fashionable Addictions will be open until midnight on Friday, Dec. 24, for Christmas eve shopping for all last-minute Santas in the 2nd Ward. Please call (773) 569-2536 for more information.

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Trader Joe's Coming to the South Loop

It seems that South Loop residents have been excited about the rumor of specialty food and beverage retailer Trader Joe's looking at a South Loop location for a long time. Now, Trader Joe's recent application for City business licenses makes it official such that we can say that Trader Joe's is planning a new Chicago location at 1147 S. Wabash Ave., at Roosevelt Road in the historic Trailways building. With the buildout of their store and the construction of a new, below-ground parking area, it is anticipated this store will open sometime in 2011.