Gordon Salon set to open

By Nicole VanderBoom | Staff Writer

A new hair and beauty salon is coming to Lakeshore East. Late this fall, Gordon
Salon plans to open its doors at 333 E. Benton Place, between Subway and Cu-
ticle Salon. Gordon Salon is owned by husband-and-wife team Tony and Pam
Gordon, who own several locations throughout Chicagoland. According to Tony Gordon, customers can expect the interior of the high-end Aveda salon to
have “an organic-chic design,” inspired by the surrounding area. 

When the Gordons’ Lakeview location was slotted for demolition due to CTA expansion, they saw it as a sign. “We had been talking about opening a
downtown Chicago location for a while and once we got the notice that the
building will be demolished, it seemed like the universe telling us it was time,”
Gordon explains.

The entire award-winning Lakeview team will be moving to Lakeshore East. At the Lakeview location, the salon won Chicago Magazine’s Reader’s Choice for Best Hair Salon in 2016 and 2017. The Gordon Salon has its own advanced training program for stylists. “Think of it as a graduate school for cosmetologists,” says marketing manager Reina Urban.

The pair of owners pride themselves on providing quality services while making clients feel like family. “Gordon Salon is a family and we want all our guests to feel that warmth and welcome whenever they visit our salon,” says Pam Gordon.

Residents have noticed the lack of a nearby salon in the area and are excited about the prospect of one opening its doors. “I have wanted an Aveda salon
close since I moved to Chicago,” said Lakeshore East resident Alexis Jones.
“It has been very obvious that this neighborhood needs a salon.”

For more information visit www.gordonsalon.com or call 773-388-9999

Apple picking season is ripe

Different apples ripen at different times, and knowing this will help you choose the juiciest apples and help you bake a more delicious pie.

By Stephanie Racine | Community Contributor

Pinning down the various ripening times can be difficult “because there
are many sub-varieties,” according to Tom Rosenfeld of Earth First Farms.

Ripening mid-August through Labor Day are McIntosh and Paula Red apples. September brings the Red Delicious and next, ripening around mid-September, are Cortland, Empire, Jonathan, and Honey Crisp apples, the last of which is the most requested apple in farmer’s markets. “The Honey Crisp transformed the apple industry,” says Rosenfeld. “It revolutionized how apples [are] bred.”


Rosenfeld asserts it is important to buy organic apples such as the ones he
grows. Calling his fruits “apples with character,” he adds that a fresh Midwest apple has a “more developed” flavor. Non-organic growers focus on how an apple looks, but a cleaner aesthetic does not mean a cleaner apple.

Products from Earth First Farms can be found at Heartland Café in Rogers
Park, which is owned by Rosenfeld, and at farmer’s markets Green City
Market, Logan Square, and Glenwood Sunday Market.

Ready to pick some apples for yourself? Visit All-Seasons Apple Orchard Pumpkin Patch in Woodstock, IL, opening Labor Day weekend, or Heinz
Orchard in Green Oaks, IL which is about an hours drive from the Loop
and is open on weekends, starting September 9.

Lakeshore East Coffee to transform into the Drunken Bean

By Nicole VanderBoom | Staff Writer

Lakeshore East Coffee quickly became a local favorite this summer. In Sep-
tember, owner Nick Papageorgiou will close the doors and remodel the local gem so it can cater to the nighttime scene. When the coffee shop reopens in October as the Drunken Bean, its hours will be extended to 11 p.m. and its menu updated with wine, premium vodka and bourbon, including blends like Bourbon Chai.

On weeknights, residents can expect happy hour and live entertainment by
local performers. General Manager Mary Quinn’s current staff is made up of many local performers from Second City and other Chicago theaters. “We are bringing in a local artist to create a mural on one of the walls,” Papageorgiou says.

Papageorgiou explains he is crafting an atmosphere with interior changes like cozy, relaxed seating, and that the transformation aims to fill a void in the area. “The neighborhood called for a place where it could be affordable to have a glass of wine while watching live entertainment,” he says.

North Harbor Tower resident Kat Tushim says that “having a casual corner spot is something the area’s been missing.” Still, others like Lancaster resident Marina Dubinska have concerns. “People will be drinking, there will be music, and every day it will be noisy,” says Dubinska. “Our windows face the park and I am afraid it will be a constant nuisance.”

One thing all residents agree on is the store’s delicious gelato, which Papageorgiou confirmed is a permanent feature.

‘Mix at Six’ returns to Harris Theater

By Miriam Finder Annenberg | Staff Writer

Happy hour takes on an artistic twist at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.,
this October with the return of the Mix at Six event series. Combining dance
and music in a happy hour session, Mix at Six draws young professionals,
families, Harris Theater regulars, and those curious about the performing
arts. The performances begin at 6 p.m. and last only an hour, making a relax-
ing after-work stop.

Now in its third year, the event series grew out of a former lunchtime series
in hopes of diversifying its audience. “We decided to do an early evening
[time slot] instead to capture young professionals,” says Meghan McNamara,
Harris Theater manager of community engagement and partnerships. “The
response was incredibly positive.”

At the events, audience members snack on food truck offerings and sip cock-
tails or beer from Revolution Brewing.

A signature cocktail pairs with each of the four events, mirroring the evening’s
theme. “Food and drink is part of the experience,” McNamara says.

After performing on stage, the artists mingle with the crowd, adding to the informal vibe. “The atmosphere is really fun and light and not necessarily what [you] think about when coming to a performing arts center,”
McNamara says. “Everyone’s kind of mingling and hanging out.”

Though the crowd skews toward the younger side, older patrons also frequent the events, which fall outside of the traditional chamber music and ballet experience. 

“They’re kind of taking a leap with us and maybe seeing something they wouldn’t otherwise,” McNamara says.

The event regularly attracts 700–800 attendees to the Harris Theater, filling its main floor with new audience members and longtime subscribers alike.

Subscriptions cost $7.50 per performance or $30 for all four.

Mix at Six kicks off its 2017 season on October 23 with hip-hop group Rennie
Harris Puremovement. It continues with jazz group The Hot Sardines on November 8 and Harris Theater resident choreographer Brian Brooks on January 12. The series will conclude on March 21 with Trumpeter Christian Scott a Tunde Adjuah.

Men’s F3 workout group launches Chicago chapter

By Miriam Finder Annenberg | Staff Writer

 

This September, a new type of weekly morning workout will come to The
Chicago Bean in Millennium Park. F3 will offer New Eastside men a weekly
opportunity to get in shape, cultivate new friendships and realize their full potential through their three Fs mission—fitness, fellowship and faith.

Cofounder Tim Whitmire says fitness and fellowship are self-explanatory,
but the group uses a definition of faith different from religion. “It’s a belief
in something outside yourself,” he says. “Once a guy gets in shape and he
develops a network of friends, all [of a] sudden, there’s this desire to impact the
world.”

Beginning as a small group in Charlotte, North Carolina, F3 has expanded to nearly 700 groups throughout the U.S., proving the staying power of its
mission, as well as its effectiveness at getting participants into shape.

Cofounders Tim Whitmire and David Redding started the organization when
their previous workout group grew too large and shut down. “We looked at each other and said, ‘that’s crazy,’” Whitmire says. “We wanted to get
more guys out here.” Recognizing the group was more than just an opportunity to get in shape—it also provided much-needed camaraderie—they invited a group of guys to a workout in a middle school parking lot.

It was New Year’s Day 2011 and Whitmire recalls many were still feeling the effects of the night before, but the group survived and F3 was born.
Through its expansion, F3 creates a network of like-minded men in cities
throughout the country. For each new launch, a team of F3 veterans flies to
the new location, leading three initial workouts before handing over the reins
to local leaders.


The first F3 workout will take place Saturday, September 29, at 7 a.m., The
Chicago Bean in Millennium Park. In addition to the workouts in Millennium Park, F3 is launching workouts near Evanston and in Naperville. For more information, visit www.f3nation.com

New Eastside vs. New East Side

By B. David Zarley | Staff Writer

How do you style the name of your neighborhood? The New Eastside As-
sociation of Residents (NEAR), various denizens of the area, and signs erected
by the City of Chicago list the area as the “New Eastside.” However, Google
Maps, the 42nd Ward alderman office’s website, and some corporate entities
spell the neighborhood’s name using three words, “New East Side.”

When NEAR was founded in 1991, it used “Eastside” to register as a not-
for-profit corporation with the State of Illinois. “The commercial end of [the
neighborhood] spelled ‘East Side’ as two words, and then the resident’s associa-
tion came along and changed it to one,” says NEAR President Richard Ward. “I assume that they liked the word N-E-A-R, and the only way you can use N-E-
A-R is to combine Eastside.”

Chicago Tribune archives from the 1980s mention the area, but not by
name. Articles by Ron Grossman and Kathleen Myler, from 1983 and 1984
respectively, refer to the neighborhood as the Randolph Street or Randolph
Corridor. NEAR director Elliot Lapan does not recall a definitive reason for the name’s spelling. “I’m sure it was just a whim,” he writes in an email. “To me,
Eastside is a name while East Side is a location.”

 

“Prospective buyers are frequently confused as to why our neighborhood
has undergone a name change, and ultimately struggle with its brand,” says
Matt Farrell, managing broker at local real estate company Urban Real Estate.
“[New Eastside is a] gorgeous corner of Chicago that’s anything but new; rather it is a neighborhood that exemplifies Chicago’s evolution into a livable downtown.”

One form of acknowledgment exists in the signs that have been hanging in the
area since the 1980s, welcoming people to “Chicago’s New Eastside.” Scattered
throughout the neighborhood, the signs are a brilliant blue, with “East-
side” underlined by waves evocative of the Lake. The physical signs were
also used as a guide when naming the local newspaper.

“I chose the name New Eastside, two words, to be con-
sistent with the blue signs that mark the neighborhood,” says New Eastside
News founder Elaine Hyde.

Dr. Ann Keating, a history professor at North Central College specializing
in urban and suburban history, gave a simpler explanation. “My hunch is that
there isn’t a deep explanation—except for some marketing meeting at the
development company,” she writes in an email.

A definitive first use of the name—or other such event that can function as
the standard—has yet to be uncovered.

For now, the spelling is at the discretion of whomever is writing it down.

Pomeranian playgroup meets in Lake Shore East Park

By Stephanie Racine|Community Contributor

 

Lisa Michele says her nine-year-old Pomeranian Phoebe “looks and acts like a puppy. Wherever we go, she makes people smile. It makes my day when I see how happy people are to meet her.”

Anyone who has met a Pomeranian dog knows they are special. Weigh-

ing under ten pounds, they are well-matched for apartment living. Most Pomeranians love to play with other dogs, but can be inhibited by their small size, as larger dogs can pose a

threat to them. That is why a group of Pomeranian lovers have formed a meet-

up group that gathers at the northeast corner of Lake Shore East Park.

New Eastside resident Whitney Nippert Molsen describes Pomeraniansas “loving and loyal” dogs with intelligence and “big” personalities. “I feel it’s a safer environment for [my dog]

Ewokie because he has become afraid of most larger dogs,” says Molsen.

“When he was younger he was trampled by larger dogs at the dog park.” “It was entirely a chance meeting the first time,” says Anthony Ivone, owner of a Pomeranian named Enzo. “We just saw two or three Pomeranians playing in the park and we joined.” Soon, more Pomeranians arrived and it became a group of around six or seven dogs. A Facebook group was started and more Pomeranian owners found out about their breed brethren in the area. The meetings have

become more well attended since then, rounding out at 11 Pomeranians.

The group was a great find for resident Kara Adams and Sonny, her seven-year-old Pomeranian. “Sonny [has] a neurological condition called Cere-bellar Hypoplasia,” explains Adams. “He has a funny walk, but it suits his personality. The Lakeshore East Pom playgroup lets him play safely with other dogs his size.” The Pom playdates are beneficial to owners as well, as they get to socialize alongside their dogs.

The group has garnered excitement in the area and on social media. Pomeranians from other parts of the city have expressed interest in stopping by at the next meeting, and photos of the

playgroup have received hundreds of “likes” on Instagram.

To view photos and meet-up schedule, visit the Facebook and Instagrams of

the Pomeranians of Lakeshore East. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/

groups/lakeshoreeastpoms/ Instagram:@enzo_thepom, @chicagopoms @young-

butternut @luna_white_black_pom @ewokiethepom @sonnycitydog

DuSable’s A-H Docks – the hottest address in Chicago

Sitting on DuSable’s slip C-58, sisters Kathleen Greenberg and Anne Condon enjoy observing the passersby directly across from them on the lakefront promenade.

“We love this spot because we people-watch,” says Greenberg, whose father-in-law, Jerry, owns 38-foot Mirando J. On summer weekends Greenberg, Condon and their extended family, including dog Tito, are a familiar sight at DuSable, waving to people and floating on their eight-person party raft.

Ever since DuSable opened in 2000, replacing a city barge basin, demand for its 420 slips has far outstripped supply. More than 200 boaters, many of whom have already waited more than a decade, are still biding their time on two Park District waiting lists—one for intra-harbor “transfers” and one for new boaters. The Park District gives intra-harbor transfers first priority.

Waiting lists can be as long as ten years for a slip at the exclusive DuSable Harbor. Boaters relax by their boat moored in DuSable Harbor C Dock. Photo: Alan Epstein

“First and only choice is a slip in DuSable Harbor,” wrote one boater, on the new boater list since 2016. “Would like to accept any slip in DuSable,” wrote another, who lists DuSable as his first choice among five harbors. According to the lists, dozens of boaters have been rejected, including the owner of power- boat Persistence, who has been denied a slip at DuSable seven times.

This exclusivity means DuSable boat- ers, since the beginning, have opted to “squat” in their slips—with or without a boat.

“We have people who pay for a space who never come in,” says Sean Connol- ly, DuSable harbor master, referring to DuSable slip holders who own boats, but don’t bother to bring them in. “They don’t want to lose their space . . . DuSable is a very sought-after place to be.” The Park District declined to comment on whether it receives any com- plaints about this practice. According to the Park District’s website, costs for the season, from May to late October, range from $3,931 for a 30-foot stall to $8,929 for a 60-foot stall.

If getting into DuSable is difficult, then navigating its social waters can be equal- ly tricky. “A” Dock, set apart on DuSable’s northern side, holds the biggest boats, including larger yachts. Though Connolly hesitates to generalize, he says A-Dockers “aren’t out as much; they’re on the wealthier side.” B through H Docks host progressively smaller crafts, and feature more slips. H Dock, in the shadow of the Columbia Yacht Club’s MV Abegweit, has a reputation for being friendly and approachable.

“It’s more alive than the other [docks],” says Mauro Gavilanes, co-owner of 28- foot Sea Ray Ramiro’s, recognizable by its palm trees and collection of potted petunias, lilies and sweet potato vines. Six years after getting into DuSable in 2007, Gavilanes and co-owner Ramiro Jimenez got fed up staring at a seawall. “For us, the metal was so ugly,” says Gavilanes. “We had to do something.”

Now a harbinger of summer in the New Eastside, Gavilanes’ floating garden not only attracts birds, but friends and neighbors too. “We know every single one of our neighbors,” says Gavilanes. “If we see there’s a wedding happening at the Columbia Yacht Club, sometimes we bring the party down here for a barbecue.”

Ramiro Jimenez (second from right), co-owner of a 28-foot Sea Ray powerboat, is pictured with friends on his boat. Jimenez spent three years on the waiting list before he was able to transfer his boat from Monroe to DuSable Harbor. Photo: Dan Patton

“On the smaller docks, there’s a great sense of community,” says Connolly. “People look out for each other.” Many boaters come from New Eastside, and several opt to make their boat a “second home.”

Though idyllic, life in Chicago’s most coveted harbor isn’t without challenges: Food delivery can be a hassle, and mail only comes to the harbor store once a week. Waste must either be driven to a dump area, or handled by a pump-out service called Honey Jug, one of many businesses servicing boaters. Entering and exiting the docks requires punch- ing in a three-number code, different for each dock, on seven-foot-high steel security gates.

While the community codes could be compromised, Connolly says security on the docks is “excellent.” The Chicago Police report zero crimes at DuSable for the last available reporting period, from March until May.

Even though the docks are a close-knit community, landlubbing New Eastsiders can still test their sea legs at DuSable Harbor. Columbia Yacht Club’s Wednesday night “Beer Can Races” are open to “outside” volunteers, who serve as wind readers, spotters, sig- nalers and more. If all else fails, those familiar with the docks say a six-pack, a smile and a wave can work wonders in warming up boaters’ hearts.

“We’re friendly,” says Greenberg. “We talk to neighbors when they’re out.”

— Tricia Parker, Staff Writer

Family Theme Nights up fun factor at Maggie Daley

For four special nights in July and August, the Skate Ribbon will be transformed into a family wonderland, offering children the chance to experi- ence the Ribbon like never before.

According to Bob Good, manager of the Maggie Daley climbing wall, fami- lies can choose from five activity areas on the Ribbon, including spaces for relay races, speed races and an obstacle course. Lower-key activities include face painting, chalk drawing and yo- yo classes. Though the event is free, scooter rentals cost $8 and Rollerblade rentals cost $12. Family Theme Nights will take place July 13 and 27, and Au- gust 10 and 24.

City Mini Golf course at Maggie Daley Park. Photo courtesy of City Mini Golf

If mini golf is more your family’s style, City Mini Golf is kicking off “Rock ’n’ Roll” nights Monday through Wednes- day nights in July, in honor of the Roll- ing Stones’ exhibition on Navy Pier. Kids—and adults—can pair the perfect putt with favorites from the Stones, Aerosmith, Def Leppard and more.

“There’s something special about rock ’n’ roll music that brings people out of their shells and can make enjoyable activities even more memorable,” says Rob Long, co-owner of City Mini Golf.

Long says those arriving with either a Stones ticket stub or a Stones T-shirt get $2 off the $11 admission. Ticket stub holders also get a free Rolling Stones golf ball.

Both Bob Good of Maggie Daley Park and Rob Long say more family-friendly programs are in the works.

Skate Ribbon Family Nights: Free (scooters and Rollerblades for rent). 4:30-6:30 p.m., July 13th, 27th and Aug. 10th, 24th

City Mini Golf Rock ’n’ Roll Nights: $11, 6-9 p.m. (last golfers taken at 8:45 p.m.), Monday through Wednesdays in July

— Tricia Parker, Staff Writer

Filini’s new Doggie Happy Hour a hit

Happy hour in the New Eastside has officially gone to the dogs.

Filini restaurant, located at 221 N. Columbus Dr., has a new “Bring Your Own Dog” pooch party happy hour every Wednesday though summer. “There’s so many dogs in the neigh- borhood, we needed to be able to offer something more for them,” says Radis- son Blu General Manager Bob Shelley.

Charlie the Goldendoodle with owner Jessica Kim at Filini’s “Bring Your Own Dog” happy hour. Filini, 221 N. Columbus Dr. Event runs every Wednesday, 4:30-6:30 p.m., during sum- mer. Photo: Tricia Parker

The weekly happy hour, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., offers a $5 “Canine Cuisine” menu that could easily best many two-legged versions. Doggie diners can choose from a grilled chicken breast, bacon hamburger, “Lost Me Lucky Charms” turkey meatballs and a “Frosty Paws” frozen treat. All mains come served on a bed of rice and carrots.

“It’s a balance between protein and veg- etables,” says Shelley. “We didn’t want to overload carbs on the dogs.”

At the kickoff party June 21, customers had no qualms about barking their orders.

“Charlie literally devoured the burger in my hands,” said owner Jessica Kim, whose Goldendoodle used her natural charms to win over waiters. Across the patio, Peanut the Shih Tzu faced a few more obstacles to enjoying the party. Peanut is in his teens, is blind and is on five heart medications, which means he can only eat prescription food.

“Just being outside, smelling the smells, is very enjoyable for Peanut,” said his owner, Jeff Mishur, although he ad- mitted it “killed him” not being able to order for Peanut or his foster brother, Panda. “These are top-notch dishes,” said Mishur.

While Doggie Happy Hour is scheduled for Wednesdays, Shelley said the Canine Cuisine menu will be available all week. Doggie bags are included, but dishes tend to disappear as soon as they come.

“Telli loves to try doggie menus,” says Janice Suerth, about her 16-year-old rescue, who polished off all three mains. “It makes him happy.”

— Tricia Parker, Staff Writer

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