Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Free Composting Workshop in the South Loop March 28 at Daystar Center

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Like to grow things? Like being nice to the earth?
Most of us know that composting is great in so many ways…keeping food waste out of landfills, making really healthy soil for our plants. But maybe you haven’t been able to get your head around how composting in the city might work.
The Alliance for a Greener South Loop is partnering with the Chicago Conservation Corps to present a free composting workshop to help answer all your composting questions and get you thinking about how we can compost right here in the South Loop.
Join an amazing line-up of composting Ambassadors and sustainable farming and gardening Leaders, like the innovative vertical farm The Plant and the nation’s first industrial worm composting facility, Nature’s Little Recyclers, to learn about the power of composting.This hands-on workshop will introduce various types of composting and current systems in place for city-dwellers to use. Learn step-by-step how to set up a personal worm composting bin, work with food waste-hauling companies like Pleasant Farms, Waste Management and Collective Resources, and the latest on outdoor composting City ordinances. Walk away with a Composting Toolkita chance to win free starter-kits, and other materials to succeed!
Invited Speakers include:
Erlene Howard – Owner, Collective Resource, Inc.
Meghann Maves – Total Recycling Program Manager, Waste Management
Neale Baldyga – Sustainability and Green Space Coordinator, Columbia College
John Mulrow – Interim Executive Director, The Plant
Jonathan Scheffel – Farmer, Pleasant Farms
Ed Hubbard – CEO/Founder, Nature’s Little Recyclers
Gail Merritt – Founder, The Alliance for the Greener South Loop
FREE Composting Workshop in the South Loop
Saturday, March 28, 2015
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Daystar Center
1550 S. State St.
Chicago, IL  60605
Questions? Contact: SouthLoopComposting@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Music For Food Concert On April 12 To Benefit South Loop Food Pantry

CHICAGO – On Sunday, April 12 at 5:00pm, a group of acclaimed young musicians from the Chicago area will present a concert at the PianoForte Foundation, 1335 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago to benefit the South Loop Community Church Food Pantry.

The Chicago musicians are presenting the concert under the auspices of Music for Food, a musician-led initiative for hunger relief. Mira Luxion, the organizer and one of the participating artists, comments: “I am thrilled to be presenting this Music for Food concert, hopefully the first of a lasting series in Chicago. From the moment I first heard of Music for Food, I was moved by its mission. As musicians, we are given the capacity to touch people in tangible as well as intangible ways. The performers are dear friends and colleagues and it is truly inspiring to be working with them towards this mission.”

The program offers works by Austrian composers Mozart, Schubert, and the lesser-known Carl

Mozart: Duo for Violin and Viola in G Major, K.423
Lauren Lai, violin
Kim Uwate, viola

Mozart: Andante from Sonata No. 9 in D Major, K.311
Eugenia Jeong, piano

Schubert: Selection of Lieder
Anne Slovin, soprano
Eugenia Jeong, piano


Carl Frühling: Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 40
Steven Gooden, clarinet
Mira Luxion, cello
Andy Costello, piano

Those attending are asked to bring a monetary donation (cash or check made out to Music for
Food) or non-perishable food items. Questions about the concert may be directed to Mira Luxion:
miracello@gmail.com, or 312-513-6422.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Out of the (South) Loop: Stretch Bar & Grill in Wrigleyville

Every once in a while we get out of the South Loop and see what’s happening in other parts of the city. Recently we went to a tasting at Stretch Bar & Grill, 3485 N. Clark St, to sample their new spring menu. The new menu officially debuts March 12, but we got a preview.

Baja Fish Tacos

Chef Jim August prepared appetizers and main dishes to order. We sampled salads, sliders, burgers, and more. Some highlights:

  • Hummus Trio: Roasted garlic and herbs, edame, and roasted red pepper humus, served with naan bread.
  • Sliders (choice of three): Kobe Burger, white cheddar cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, onion straws, and mayo, Braised Short Rib, gorgonzola cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and horseradish mayo, Chicken Tinga, pepper jack cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, guacamole, pico de gallo, and chipotle mayo.
  • Baja Fish Tacos: Three mini corn tacos filled with spicy beer battered tilapia, Baja slaw, avocado lime crème, pico de gallo, cilantro and green onions.

I think our favorite may be the Mac & Cheese Burger, which Jim August prepared in a slider version (We probably would have exploded if we had the regular version!). Thanks, Chef August!

If you’re on the Northside and looking for a sports bar with terrific comfort food, give Stretch a shot.

Stretch’s hours:
Thursday – Friday: 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Starting Wednesday, April 1, Stretch will be open seven days a week.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Local Brew: Spoke & Bird Open for Business

Spoke & Bird at 205 E. 18th St. is now serving breakfast and lunch, featuring coffee from Counter Culture. Check  out the menu below. They are open seven days a week 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. They can be reached by phone at 765.748.6661.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Burger Bar opens in the South Loop

Burger Bar, 1150 S. Michigan Ave. is open for business. We went to a special event last night to sample some of their gourmet burgers, sides and appetizers. Also sampled were some of the craft beers on tap.

Kendall College students serve up chicken wings at Burger Bar
Let us know what you think once you check it out. Our favorite right now is the mac & cheese with chorizo.

Burger Bar is open for business Monday to Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday to Saturday 11:00 a.m. 11 p.m.; and Sundays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Gourmet burger samples make for good eating at Burger Bar

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Daystar Center Benefit Concert March 7: Two Local Bands, One Great Cause!

On Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 6pm, the Daystar Center invites you to join in a night of inspiring music while supporting their community-building efforts. 
There are so many reasons to attend:
·       Enjoy awesome music from both bands in two sets.
·       Relish a bonus collaboration set where the bands join together for an improvisational jam session.
·       Be one of the first to hear about and see the future of Daystar Center! They will be making a big announcement and releasing a new website during the concert. 
·       General admission is only $15 and includes complimentary appetizers and BYOB. If you’d like, bring wine or beer to enjoy during the show. For an even better deal, advance tickets are 2 for $20 online only.
·       The concert is conveniently held at 1550 S. State Street in the Auditorium space located through Overflow Coffee Bar. Overflow will be open during the concert if you’d like to purchase a beverage or food.
Renegade Lightning Rebellion has been bringing their indie chamber-rock sound to Chicago and surrounding areas since summer 2011. This six-piece outfit performs an eclectic batch of songs that reflect such diverse influences as contemporary Indie music (Of Montreal and Dirty Projectors), classic jazz (Miles Davis and Charles Mingus) and classical chamber music. RLR has captivated audiences throughout Chicago with their deft handling of sudden shifts in energy and instrumentation – the band, almost all multi-instrumentalists, swap freely between such unique instruments as upright bass, oboe, trumpet, violin and accordion.
The Under Lines Quartet is a jazz group based out of Chicago, Illinois.The group is made up of guitarist Alex Ispa-Cowan, saxophonist Con Campbell, drummer Josh Calef, and bassist Jake Hawrylak. The group performs a mix of original compositions and their own take on jazz standards.
The Daystar Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting arts and culture. The Center’s events gather culture-lovers together and connect audiences with local artists. The Center hosted its first concert in 2012 and currently hosts theatre, musical, and film events multiple times per month. Event details can be found at http://www.daystarcenter.org/events.html.  
Please call (312) 674-0001 for questions and to purchase tickets over the phone.    
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