FROM THE HEART, October 2017
Winner of  Consecutive APEX Awards For Publication Excellence
October 26th, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

Earlier this fall, Fire Station Park was honored with a Chicago Excellence in Gardening Award. The key to the Park's overnight success?  Seven years of inspiration and dedication. 

Likewise, when tiny goblins and other adorable (or terrifying) characters make   their way to Bauler Park  this Saturday afternoon for the festivities at Howler at Bauler, t h ey will be following a well worn path.  What started small ten years ago has now grown into a beloved neighborhood tradition, not overnight but thanks to the contributions of many along the way, including both volunteers and generous sponsors.

In so many cases, the bountiful harvest our neighborhood reaps today results from seeds planted long ago. As noted in this letter on prior occasions, we all drink from wells we did not dig; we are all warmed by fires we did not kindle Each of us has a responsibility to wisely use what we have inherited through the inspiration and labors of others. Doing so helps ensure the fields entrusted to us are left prime for the future. 

And, we can do more than serve  as mere caretakers. Within  each  of us lies the ability to make a lasting difference. Seeds planted today have the power to grow into meaningful contributions to the neighborhood. It's OK to start small; that's how most successful efforts start. Watching things grow is the fun part and a journey you can share with others.

So, why not take some time today and think about "seeds" you can plant or "wells" you can help dig? 

From the Heart,

Kenneth Dotson, LCA President  

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The Haunt of the Neighborhood Returns For 10th Year

This Saturday, October 28th | 3:00 to 5 PM | Bauler Park
Get ready for another magical afternoon in the Heart when LCA hosts the 10th Annual Howler at Bauler, a festival of family fun scheduled for Saturday afternoon, October 28th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at Bauler Park.
Featured entertainer Danny Orleans returns

Featured attraction  Danny Orleans America's premier family magician,  is returning for his third year at Howler. Danny will again wow kids and adults alike with his amazing sleight of hand and delight with his charm and humor. ( Read more  about Danny.) But, the event isn't just about tricks. We also have some great  treats  for you including fabulous Belgian chocolate fondue from our  friends  at Geja's Cafe.
Engine 22 will be back

Also returning will be face painters ( brought to  you by Oz Park Family Dental), balloon artist, raffle, music  dancing, the annual costume parade, plus a visit from the always popular Engine 22 of the Chicago Fire Department. This year's event will also feature many new activities  including a bouncy house, Nerf Wars and carnival games all courtesy of our friends at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness, We'll have story tellers from Emerald City Theatre, bag toss, Bozo Buckets and more.  And, let's not forget, candy, candy, candy!!

Confirmed  special guests include 5th District Congressman, Mike Quigley, 11th State Representative Ann Williams and 43rd Ward Alderman Michele Smith. Follow us on Facebook to learn more about the activities planned for the 10th Annual Howler at Bauler.

See photos from Howler at Bauler 2016: Howler 2016 Album 1 | Howler 2016 Album 2 | Howler 2016 Album 3

See the  event flyer.
More than 200 attendees celebrated the neighborhood at LCA's 4th Annual Evening in the Garden  on September 14th.

An annual event highlighting the end of the growing season, Evening in the Garden featured food and beverages from our friends at Geja's Cafe, Gemini, J9 Wine Bar and Tea Gschwender . Also featured were desserts and other treats made by members of the LCA Board.  

Guests were entertained magician Danny Orleans whose up-close, Chicago-style magic is known throughout the country. (You can see Danny perform again this Saturday, October 28th, at Howler at Bauler.)

"The park itself was the star of the show," LCA President Kenneth Dotson said in a post-event note to LCA's Board. "It is one thing to say we are the heart of the neighborhood. It is another to demonstrate it by gifting a magical place like Fire Station Park to the neighborhood."

See photos from the the 4th Annual Evening in the Garden  Album 1 | Album 2.
Congratulations to LCA Sponsor J9 on Their 1st Anniversary

Help our friends at J9 Wine Bar (1961 N. Halsted Street), an LCA member and sponsor, celebrate their 1st anniversary this Friday, October 27th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Learn more.
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). Meetings are open to the public. 

Saturday, October 28th
Spooky Zoo Spectacular 
The 31st Annual Spooky Zoo Spectacular, hosted by the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo, gives children the opportunity to celebrate Halloween in a free, safe, and family-friendly environment. This year's celebration will be held from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Read more.

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.   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.

Sunday, October 29th
Tricks & Treats on Armitage Street
Join our friends at  Bridgeview Bank and  Ranch Triangle for their annual Halloween event to be held on the Bridgeview Bank parking lot (1970 N. Halsted) at 11:00 AM.  Learn more about this great neighborhood event.

Sunday, October 29th
Clark Street Spooktacular
Join our friends from the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce at the 9th Annual Clark Street Spooktacular.  Participating businesses from Armitage to Diversey, and on the south side of Diversey from Orchard to Lakeview, open their doors to trick-or-treaters from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 29! 

Thursday, November 9th
Ribbon Cutting & Dedication of Armitage Ghost Mural
Please join us at 3:00 PM on Thursday, November 9th at 939 W. Armitage Avenue for the ribbon cutting and dedication of artist Steve Carrelli's Armitage Ghost Mural. Learn more.

Thursday, November 9 th       
Wine 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 hors' d'oeuvres and a selection of Burgundy wines on the evening of November 9th from 6 to 8 PM. A representative from the vineyard will be on hand to share pairing tips and other information about the wines. 

Thursday, November 9th
Rock Band Chicago Benefit for DePaul
Legendary rock band Chicago will perform a private benefit for DePaul University at Wintrust Arena at 7:00 PM. Neighborhood residents are eligible for a pre-sale discount. Learn more .

Monday, November 13th
Best of Lincoln Park Awards
Join us in honoring the Lincoln Park business community for the  Best of Lincoln Park Awards from 5:30 to 8:30 PM on Monday, November 13th at Victory Gardens Theatre. Cheer on the businesses and people that make Lincoln Park a great place to live and work. Learn more.

Tuesday, November 14th
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.

* There is no charge for this event but it will be limited to LCA members current on their dues.
Membership Cards Mailing Next Week

Membership cards will be mailed next week to LCA members eligible to participate in Values From the Heart ™, a new program offering LCA members on-going discounts (20% or more in most cases) and  other meaningful values from a select number of businesses in or near our neighborhood. 

Participating businesses, all LCA members, are offering these values to express their appreciation to those who support LCA through membership. Participating businesses include restaurants, a health club, a bank, an art gallery, a florist, a salon, theaters and more. 

In addition to on-going special values, LCA members will also begin receiving other benefits including invitations to private member-only events. The first member-only event will be a private wine tasting reception featuring hors' d'oeuvres and Burgundy wine at J9 Wine Bar from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, November 9th.

Only LCA members current on their dues will receive a card and be eligible to participate in this program. If you have not yet renewed your membership you may do so online or by mailing this form. If you are not yet an LCA member, you may join online or by mailing this form

Details on merchants and values, as well as program rules, will be included with membership card and updated on a dedicated page on LCA's website. Members current on their dues will also receive a special version of the newsletter which details offers.

Membership cards will reflect the level at which members have joined as pictured below. Members who joined at the Individual membership level will receive one card. Members who joined at the family level or above will be eligible to receive two cards.

In certain cases, at the request of the participating merchant, the value offered by that merchant will be limited to Annual Benefactor and Lifetime members only.

Lifetime members
Annual Benefactors

Other members
Mimi Duginger

Retired music educator and longtime LCA member, Mimi Duginger, serves as a Chicago Symphony Orchestra trustee and as President of the League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra . Mimi was recently profiled in the CSO's Sounds & Stories series. Read Mimi's profile here.
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A History of Fire Station Park
by Kathy Jordan

LCA's award-winning Fire Station Park is known in the neighborhood as a beautiful, peaceful garden, a place to sit and ponder life. That was not always so.

The park had its beginnings in the early 1970s when urban renewal cleared entire blocks for affordable housing. In the 1900 block of North Larrabee, the Fire Station was built, followed by townhouses to the south. A lot in between was filled with a small park, a really old Engine 22 fire truck, a sandbox, and a fountain.

"It had been known as a water park, with a big fountain kids could enjoy," says former 43rd Ward Alderman Vi Daley. "I used to take my daughters there on summer days."

Vi Daley's daughter aboard an old Engine 22  in 1974
"By 2000, neighbors wanted something different," said Daley. "With the help of the Chicago Department of Transportation, which had responsibility for the park, we began construction of a passive spot. Trees were replaced, and we planted annuals and perennials. It was lovely for several years."

During reconstruction, a concrete pad was added, and the first Chicago Sculpture Exhibit art was placed on it in 2001. "It added a lot to the Park," Daley says, "calling attention to this hidden gem. People began to notice."

By 2010, the Park was in disrepair, with weeds everywhere. According to Daley, "I knew LCA had done a great job with the little park at Lincoln and Dickens, so I went to then LCA President, Rodger Owen, and said, 'I need your help' and he wholeheartedly agreed," said Daley. 

"It was an opportunity to enhance the neighborhood," said Owen. "And, I'm  proud LCA has played such an important role at the Park over the years"
Early Concept Plan (click to enlarge)

In Fall of 2010, Sally Drucker, chair of LCA Parks Committee and the guru behind the present Fire Station Park, and her then co-Chair, Paul Maggio, began planning the renovation. Drucker recalls the Park's condition at the time.

"The hardscape was there, but the vegetation had become continued....
Armitage Mural Becomes a Reality

Carrelli at work
A mural beneath the Armitage Avenue El tracks, at Sheffield, is the first such work of that scale by Chicago artist Steven Carrelli. Sx weeks of drawing and painting initially left Carrelli bruised and battered from building and scaling a six-foot scaffold. "I thought, 'How am I going to survive this?' It's more like construction work!"

Carrelli's "Armitage Ghost Mural" came about through a $1 million city initiative, begun in January, to create murals in all 50 wards. Aldermen were able to use menu money with the city matching up to $10,000. The 50x50 project is run by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; 300 artists applied.

After selection, Carrelli and a curator worked with 43rd Ward Alderman, Michele Smith, and leaders from the Sheffield Neighborhood Association, the Armitage/Halsted Landmark District and the owner of   939 W. Armitage, upon whose building the mural is painted. What would the mural depict? What themes and images were important to the community? "Public art has to reflect an honest engagement with the community," says Carrelli. "For an artist, it's an interesting challenge."

The group zeroed in on the area's architectural and side-of-the-building advertising heritage. With that, Carrelli turned to DePaul University's archive of Lincoln Park photographs, where he discovered  a wealth of such images, which inform his design. The mural is a  continued.......
Fire Station  Park  Wins Excellence in  Gardening  Award

awardFire Station Park, a project of Lincoln Central Association, received a 2017 Chicago Excellence in Gardening Award, a city-wide competition created to acknowledge the many gardeners helping make Chicago a beautiful, sustainable and welcoming place to live and work.

Sally Drucker, LCA Parks Chair and Board Member, and LCA Vice
Kathy Jordan & Sally Drucker
President Kathy Jordan received the award on behalf of Lincoln Central at an awards ceremony held on Sunday, September 24th at the Chicago Cultural Center.

LCA President Kenneth Dotson said, "Congratulations to Sally whose vision and leadership of the Park has brought this wonderful achievement to LCA, and also to her volunteers." Dotson also credited his predecessor as LCA President, Rodger Owen, for seeing the potential of Fire Station Park and, along with other Board members at the time, supporting its renovation.

The competition featured gardens from 26 Chicago Wards including homes, schools, churches, universities, associations, businesses and demonstration gardens. Categories included community gardens, school gardens, residential gardens (vegetable, ornamental, specialty) and other gardens. Fire Station Park was entered in the "other" category, since it includes both vegetable and ornamental plants indigenous to Illinois.

Click to enlarge
The awards were sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago Community Gardeners Association, Natural Awakenings Chicago and "The Mike Nowak Show" on WCGO. 

Despite the award, Drucker says there's still room for help. "People see the garden doing well and think there's no need to help. But there's so much that can be done. I wish more people skilled in gardening would get involved." She'd also like to see more high school students needing community service hours donate time to the garden.  "It's always changing, always a challenge," Drucker says. "It's dynamic, alive and cannot be neglected. The reward is when things go well makes it all worthwhile."
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Danny Orleans Returns for Third Year
Two for the price of one?

LCA and Bridgeview Bank are pleased to bring America's top family magician, Danny Orleans, back to Howler for the third consecutive year.  Danny, a former elementary school teacher who also taught Kindergarten as well as Algebra to Middle School students, is internationally recognized as an expert on presenting magic to children. 

Along with performing magic at kids' birthday parties, Danny has toured school shows nationwide and, with his wife Jan Rose, toured a theater show to museums and children's theaters in the U.S., Canada, and the Virgin Islands.

Danny is the author of the Kids Show Masterplan, among other books, and creator of the DVD series, The Art of Teaching Magic to ChildrenIn addition to being a magical educator, he is  a
widely respected trade-show performer and corporate entertainer.

Don't miss this opportunity to see Danny Orleans as he performs up  close magic!  And, let's come out in record numbers again this year to show Danny the magic that is already thriving in our neighborhood.

While Danny Orleans is providing the tricks, our friends from Geja's Cafe , named the most romantic restaurant in America by USA Today in 2015, will be serving their amazing Belgian chocolate fondue to attendees.

When you think about places in the neighborhood
to dine at or order from, remember Geja's supports our neighborhood. Come out to Howler at Bauler and let our friends at Geja's know you appreciate their generosity. See and download their TO GO menu .

You'll also be able to enjoy  Insomnia Cookies, hot cider, delicious beverages from  Tea Gschwender (including
 Gummy Bear Tea for the little ones), hot chocolate  from City Grounds,  candy and more.
Climb Aboard Engine 22 at Howler this Saturday

Our neighborhood is fortunate to be protected by the firefighters at Station 22 -who are as kind as they are brave. Whether responding to emergencies, delighting neighborhood children at LCA events, or pitching in to help at Fire Station Park, they are always prepared to serve. Recently, firefighters Ben Hosek; an LCA member, Greg Peters; and Jason Faber helped install new signage at Fire Station Park. Thanks guys!

Climb aboard!
This Saturday afternoon, October 28th, Engine 22 will be making its annual appearance at Howler at Bauler, always one of the event's most popular attractions.  So come out to the event, meet the firefighters and let your little ones climb aboard Engine 22!
fsp2 Fire Station Park, continued

...overgrown." (See the original 2010 planning document.)

Actual work started in Spring 2011. "CDOT cleared everything except some bushes and shrubs," Drucker says."It had been an ornamental garden. We took out most flowering plants and gave them away and decided to replace them with a native Illinois garden." 

Home Depot provided stepping stones with Christy Webber Landscapes and CDOT doing most planting. Volunteers placed plants according to the plan. "It was like a jigsaw puzzle with thousands of plants primarily native to Illinois," Drucker says.

Other project participants included Greencore, a Chicago program helping reintegrate ex-convicts by providing job training; Open Lands, which assessed soil quality; and landscape architect Hoerr-Schaudt, which provided an intern to help plan. 

Building a core volunteer group who understood what it would take to maintain the garden was an early chore.  Neighbors were urged to contact to join the effort. "We had lots of interest, but little commitment of time," Drucker says.

But when the Spring 2011 planting was complete, a core group of volunteers was in place. The Park was officially dedicated in September 2011.

Since then, "We've found what works and what isn't necessary," Drucker says. "Weeding was enormous at first, but over the years, we learned mulching did the trick. The volunteer hours of watering and tending are uncountable.  It's always changing, always a challenge," Drucker says.

"It's pretty amazing what's been done. I walk through the Park often. I'm very proud of what LCA accomplished," says Vi Daley.

Drucker sums it up. "Vi had the foresight, Rodger Owen was very committed to it, and the garden became a reality. All it took was the faith and patience to know it would look as we dreamed it would."
To learn more about the origin of the Park's renovation, read the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of LCA's newsletter.
Join the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce in honoring the Lincoln Park business community for the  Best of Lincoln Park Awards . Cheer on the businesses and people that make Lincoln Park a great place to live and work. The nomination phase is complete and finalists will be announced on Friday, October 27th. At that time, you can vote for your favorites.
Best Place to Brunch
Best Place to Shop for Your Home
Best Place to Grab Coffee and/or Sweets
Best Place for Arts, Culture & Entertainment
Best Place to Get Fit
Best Place to Dine
Best Speciality Shop
Best Place to Drink
Best Place to Get Refreshed
Best Neighborhood  Service Provider
Best Place to Get Dressed

Winners will be announced live on stage at an awards celebration on Monday, November 13, 2017 at Victory Gardens Theatre. The awards celebration will feature delicious tastes from Lincoln Park favorites, extraordinary raffle prizes, and an exciting cocktail competition. Plus, residents and business owners will get to meet and mingle with each other in a casual, fun, and relaxed atmosphere.  Get your tickets now!
muralGhost Mural, continued

.....mirage-like landscape of 19th century buildings and billboards that confounds the eye: where does the street end, where do the buildings begin?

"Memory is slippery," says Carrelli, who turns 50 in November. "It's a theme in my work, an uncertainty that's engaging."

Steven Carrelli
Carrelli lives in Rogers Park with his wife Louise LeBourgeois, a landscape painter. He teaches painting and drawing at De Paul University, as well as a Chicago Quarter freshman course on transportation and sustainability, which he designed. He commutes by bike and, with his wife, swims laps at the crack of dawn. He writes and reads poetry and when he travels, museums and galleries define the trip. "Art is the way I get into a city." 

Carrelli discovered his affinity for art at Wheaton College. From there he went to Northwestern University, earning an MFA, studying with Ed Paschke, William Conger, and James Valerio in a program of ten students. A Fulbright scholarship allowed him to study in Florence, Italy. His small-scale work - typically 19 inches by 16 inches - is shown at Addington Gallery in River North. 

Carrelli looked to the work of Renaissance artist Andrea del Sarto in his mural design, employing a a white-grey-black style called grisaille. He's using mineral silicate paint that bonds well to masonry walls and is durable for 40 to 60 years. Over that neutral base, Carrelli will lay some color. "It will be like a watercolor wash over white paper."
Lincoln Central Then & Now

On Wednesday, September 27th, Lincoln Central hosted an encore presentation of
Lincoln Park Then & Now: A Neighborhood History Through  Photographs to a "sold out" crowd at Floating World Gallery This original presentation was created by LCA Board member, Bob Segal, an area resident and noted photographer,
J9 Manager, Morgan Gabrielson and LCA Board member, Betsy Costello
 and debuted at DePaul University's Lincoln Park Community Research Initiative Spring 2017 program. 

Attendees enjoyed a reception featuring wine from sponsor   J9 Wine Barfood from  Pasta Palazzo , a nd a special gift from sponsor , Bridgeview Bank .

Lincoln Central Association is a non-profit organization with limited resources. All of our activities to improve and beautify your neighborhood rely on unpaid volunteers and your tax deductible donations. We are deeply grateful to the following organizations who have helped offset many of the expenses associated with Howler at Bauler. Please express your gratitude and patronize these businesses whenever possible.  Bridgeview BankGeja's CafeThomas Ward Insurance; The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, Lakeshore Sport & Fitness, Emerald City Theatre, Oz Park Family Dental-Dr. Justin Welke, Pediatric Dentist, Tea GschwenderThe Harris Company Premiere Properties, and  AlphaGraphics.

Discount Available to Neighborhood Residents

The legendary rock & roll band with horns will perform a private benefit concert for the DePaul University community on November 9, 2017. Purchase your tickets to this exclusive event with the presale code  "CHINEIGHBOR. "  Learn more.
Construction Progress at Lincoln Common
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