Friday, November 27, 2015

Oliver The Ornament at Candyality during the Southport Holiday Stroll on December 4

Local Lakeview resident Todd Zimmermann will be at Candyality during the Southport Holiday Stroll signing copies of Oliver the Ornament this year.

Date: Friday, December 4, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Southport Holiday Stroll at Candyality
3737 N. Southport
Chicago, IL  60613
  • Author readings
  • Kids activities
  • Author signatures
  • Free gift bags for the kids

New Christmas Book Oliver the Ornament Spreading Hope and Optimism to Children Everywhere

Chicago, IL   November 23, 2015 - A newly released Christmas book,  Oliver the Ornament, is spreading hope and optimism to children everywhere.

Oliver the Ornament is a tale of one family’s cherished Christmas ornaments. The story centers on Oliver, who has been with this family since Mom and Dad's very first date. Years later, Oliver, now injured and bullied, still has the magic of Christmas in his heart. The story follows Oliver's excitement for Christmas, his heartbreak, and his determination to overcome all odds to save the day. Oliver, along with his friends, will warm hearts with his kindness, humility, and love for his family and friends.

The author of Oliver the Ornament, Todd Zimmermann, shares his goal for the book: “I hope the story will bring families together to tell the stories of their own ornaments and the special meaning that so many of them possess. Because, after all….Every Ornament Tells a Story.™  I also hope the messages of bullying, redemption and forgiveness will resonate with readers everywhere.” 

Oliver the Ornament is the first in a series of seven books that will be published by Zimmermann and parent company Oliver & Friends, Inc. Each of the subsequent books will highlight how the ornaments that adorn this family’s Christmas tree tell their own beautiful and special stories.  The book is currently available on Amazon, and select retailers.  

Oliver the Ornament is illustrated by Teddy Lu. In creating each of the characters, Lu says,”I wanted to make each of the ornaments as iconic and special as possible.” The book is being sold with a beautifully hand-painted ornament of Oliver himself. Additionally, an entire line of Oliver-related merchandise is also being introduced, including a snow globe, night lights, family puzzle, doll, firetruck, and set of cookie cutters. Zimmermann is also publishing an Oliver the Ornament Coloring Book, and Oliver the Ornament Ornament Collector’s Book.

Zimmermann has pledged 5% of the profits from the sale of all books to two children’s charities:  Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Each subsequent book will donate an increasing 5% of its profits to charity, until the seventh book is published when 100% of the profits will be donated to children’s charities.  

Supporters of Oliver the Ornament will be able to purchase a copy of the book for hospitalized children. These books will then be distributed to children between Thanksgiving and Christmas of 2015. Initially, Oliver & Friends, Inc. is partnering with Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Comer Children’s Hospital at The University of Chicago, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

For more information:
Contact: Todd Zimmermann

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Chicago's Michigan Avenue Apple Store to move south along the Chicago River

From The Chicago Tribune, the Apple Store located on Michigan Avenue will be moving south along the banks of the Chicago River on Michigan Avenue.  Here are the first sketches of a "Prairie Style" Apple Store.

Monday, November 16, 2015

New Mixed-Use Development Proposed for 3334 N. Southport Avenue

Records have been filed with the Office of the City Clerk to rezone 3334 N. Southport Avenue into a 4-story mixed-use development with retail on the first level.  There would be a total of 8 dwelling units including in this development. Since it is so close to Southport's CTA station, it could be considered a TOD.

Friday, November 13, 2015

The South Lakeview Neighbors association voted to remove the‪ Lincoln Hub

"As a follow up to our survey of residents about the Lincoln Hub, we had a members-only vote at the November 10 meeting.
If you had to choose, would you:

A.  I prefer to keep the current design intersection 
B.  I would prefer to return the intersection to its original design.
The vote was 26 to “return to the original design” and 12 to “keep the current design”.
We will communicate this result to Alderman Waguespack, the Lakeview Chamber, and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT).
South Lakeview Neighbors hopes to be able to work with all three to improve the intersection in a way that the community can support."
What are your thoughts?

Vivial Restaurant and Cocktail Bar coming to Southport

Spencer's Jolly Posh Goods may be gone, but in it's place is Vivial - Fine Comfort Food and Cocktails.  Vivial opens November 18th at 3755 N. Southport Avenue, and will feature brunch, dinner and specialty drinks from the owners of Jolly Posh.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The 2015 Southport Holiday Stroll is Friday, December 4!

It's that time of year again!  The Southport Holiday Stroll will be Friday, December 4, 2015 - 5PM - 9PM from Belmont to Irving Park Road along Southport Avenue.  Jollypalooza will be on Saturday, December 5 on Lincoln Avenue.  More information from the Chamber of Commerce can be found here!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Lakeview resident finally gets his response from Tom Tunney regarding crime in the area

A local Lakeview, Ted (Twitter: had petitioned a petition on answers from Tom Tunney regarding crime.  He finally got to meet with our Alderman on November 5, and a written response was given to him.  You can read the response here:

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Voice your concerns on crime to Tom Tunney's Office

We have had many posts this week on crime and it appears our voices are being heard.  This is from one of our fellow neighbors:

"Chris "director of public safety" for Tunney's office called me back within three hours and was very understanding, supportive and sympathetic to the issues we are seeing. He has been receiving a ton of calls and seems to understand we need help. He wants to know when police are not responding and when we feel no one is listening. He said he is open to anyone who wants to call. I spoke with him for 20 minutes. He said he took a drive down the alleys along Janssen this morning and was surprised at the amount of graffiti in the area. He says he has ordered clean up for it and would like calls anytime we see new graffiti or anything suspicious in the area. He will be present at the CAPS meeting on the 18th at 7PM at 2452 Belmont. This is our chance to meet with and talk to our law enforcement and tell them what we are seeing. He also says he's happy to join any neighborhood watch programs we set up to help be a resource. Call him and tell him your concerns. The more they hear from us the better."

If you see something that does not seem normal, call 911 to report it.  You can also contact Tom Tunney's office at 773.525.6034 and continue to voice your concern on crime.  We also advise you to follow our friends at Crime in Wrigleyville and Boystown.  

Monday, November 2, 2015

November 2015 on Chicago's Southport Corridor

Southport without cars during street cleaning sure does looks cool!

Southport Suites Closed, Building For Lease

You may have noticed recently that the sign for Southport Suites is gone and now the building is officially for lease.  Although their website is up still, their Facebook page is deleted.  What would you like to see at 3452 N. Southport Avenue?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fall 2015 on Chicago's Southport Corridor

Southport Corridor Chicago - Fall 2015


The Music Box 


Southport Lanes

J. Crew and SoulCycle Southport

Suvarna, U.S. Apocotherapy, Free People, Mystic Celt

Evereve, Lou & Grey, Corridor Brewery & Provisions


Schoolyard Tavern

Southport's CTA "El" Stop

Jeni's Ice Cream



Splendid, Blue Mercury


Coalfire Pizza

Julius Menil

Crosby's Kitchen

Corridor Brewery & Provisions

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