Salvation Army Saturdays in Lakeshore East

By Taylor Hartz,

Published March 4, 2018

Is your closet or home feeling a little cluttered? Need to make room for a new Spring and Summer wardrobe? Combine spring cleaning with doing a good deed this season and donate to the Salvation Army.

This year, donating your used clothes, furniture and home goods won’t include trekking bags full of items to the closest store or drop center. In fact, you won’t have to go further than Lakeshore East.

Magellan Property Management has arranged for monthly Salvation Army pick ups in Lakeshore East, at Field Boulevard and South Water Street in front of the construction site for the upcoming Wanda Vista building. 

Local property managers are hoping to make donating a part of the community in the New Eastside – Aqua Apartments issued a statement on Facebook in January encouraging New Eastsiders to “make 2018 the year of generosity.”

On the first Saturday of every month, a sizable Salvation Army truck will be parked in the neighborhood from 9 a.m. to noon, accepting donations from locals.

On Saturday Feb. 3, Jimmy Smith from Salvation Army stood inside the truck, marked with the words “Donate Goods (Do Good)” as New Eastsiders lined up to pile in boxes and bags.

According to Smith, the most popular donations include clothes and furniture, but it’s not uncommon to receive things like flat screen TV’s or art work.

Rose and Paul Snopko, residents of the Buckingham., 360 E. Randolph St, stopped by on Saturday with a rolling cart piled high with donations. The couple donated 11 pairs of shoes, a twin size comforter, sweaters, pajamas, and a jewelry organizer.

Rose and Paul Snopko, residents of the Buckingham, donated several bags of clothes, shoes and home goods to Salvation Army on the morning of Feb. 3.

“We’ve done this many times before, we always donate,” said Rose Snopko.

Despite the cold temperatures, Smith said he was seeing just as much attendance as he does in the Summer months. By 11:30 a.m., the truck was nearly full, and Smith said there had been a steady stream of donations all morning.

The Salvation Army accepts most home and clothing items, with the exception of car seats and strollers that may have safety issues, items with excessive pet hair that might harm those with allergies, or overly stained mattresses or clothes.

The truck will return to Lakeshore East on March 3 and April 7 from 9 a.m. to noon.


Lakeshore East book club draws literature lovers

By Stephanie Racine | Staff Writer
Book clubs within the city are tailored to just about any genre a Chicagoan could want. There’s a book club for Sci-Fi lovers, and for fantasy titles like Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. Certain book clubs have tangential draws, like discussions over wine or brunch, while others focus on deep conversations about the reading.
Here in Lakeshore East, residents have their own book club, combining all of the above genres. The Lakeshore East Book Club meets the second Thursday of every month at 6 p.m., on the 16th floor of the Tides party room. The book club is open to all Lakeshore East residents.
The Lakeshore East book club reads an assortment of books every year, with participants volunteering to lead book discussions each month. Book genres vary between fiction and nonfiction, and attendees often bring snacks, wine or dessert to be
shared. Books are also carefully sequenced so similar themes or lengthy novels are
not read back-to-back. In September, the members vote on 11 titles they will read
the following year. In addition, members also read whichever winning title is select-
ed by the city-wide reading program One Book, One Chicago.
“I joined the Lakeshore East Book Club to create friendships and meet new people,”
said New Eastside resident Nina Anderson.The group agreed that the book club instills a sense of community between its members. Although they discuss the readings in depth, the participants also catch up with one another. The area buildings and management teams have a hand in supporting the book club. For residents hoping to join the Lakeshore East Book Club, the next meeting will be held March 8 at 6 p.m. to discuss the book Shoot Like a Girl by Mary Jennings Hegar.
For more information about the book club, email Vanessa Casciano, community relations director at Magellan Development.

Must read books about Chicago

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
This nonfiction work describes the events
of the World’s Columbian Exhibition, and
mostly focuses on its organizer Burnham
and the infamous serial killer H.H. Holmes.
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
The novel is bluntly realistic in its portrayals
of workers and working conditions in Chicago,
before the enforcement of workers’ rights.
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisernos
Consisting of small vignettes, the work is a
unique glimpse into the Latino community
in Chicago. Chicago Eternal by Larry Broutman
A nonfiction examination of overlooked
and notorious places of burial in Chicago

Thursday: Learn to defend yourself at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness

By Taylor Hartz | Staff Writer

Published Jan. 24, 2018

On Thursday, New Eastsiders can sign up for a crash course in self defense that will leave participants feeling safer and more empowered. Lakeshore Sport and Fitness, located at 211 N. Stetson Ave., is offering a “Self Defense Seminar” that will cover the basic skills needed to defend yourself against a physical attack.  

Luis Davila, social programming director for LSF, said the class will address how to remain in a calm mindset in a stressful, threatening situation.

“It’s okay to be vulnerable, and this class is going to help you deal with those moments,” said Davila.

The course will demonstrate “real world scenarios” and will teach attendees how to be more aware of their surroundings and vocalize their experiences with self defense.

Davila said that according to a Facebook poll of the event, respondents are most interested in learning how to escape if an attacker grabs them by the wrist or neck, so the class will go over movements for getting out of an arm or neck hold, along with other dangerous situations, like how to react when an attacker shows a weapon, or threatens that they have a weapon.

The 90-minute session will be led by instructor Christina Biancamano. Biancamano has a black belt in Tang Soo Do and has more than ten years of experience in a several areas of martial arts, including Judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Though reason for the class stems from concerns about safety, the team at LSF wants to have fun with it.

Davila will serve as the “dummy” for simulated attacks, and the group will participate in group kickboxing as a warm-up

The session will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the 211 lounge at Lakeshore Sport and Fitness.

Registration is open online for $49 per person. Readers can use the discount code NEWEASTSIDE for $10 off.


CAPS beat meetings resume in new year – CPD adding more officers

By Taylor Hartz

Published Jan. 16, 2018


New Eastsiders met with officers from their local police beat for the first time this year on Jan. 11.

The district’s first Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy – or CAPS –  beat meeting of 2018 took place in the community room inside the 400 E. Randolph Street building. About 30 residents gathered to discuss their concerns in the new year and follow up on issues addressed at previous CAPS meetings, including growing homeless populations in Pritzker Park and drag racing on Lower Wacker Drive.

The monthly CAPS meetings, which aim to improve communication between residents and local law enforcement, will alternate between the Randolph Street location, and 130 N. Garland Ct.

The meeting kicked off by addressing concerns about the growing homeless population in Pritzker Park, a concern that was discussed in length at the last CAPS meeting, held in November.

Sgt. Anthony Dombrowski speaks to residents at the first CAPS beat meeting of 2018, held at 400 E. Randolph St., on Jan. 11.

Dombrowski said Chicago Police are addressing this issue by looking into putting new cameras in the area, an idea Dombrowski said is supported by Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd).

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) and nearby John Marshall Law School already have security cameras in the area, said Dombrowski, but CPD is looking into adding some that are more visible to potential criminals.

Dombrowski said he thinks new, prominent cameras will be more effective.

“If people don’t realize they’re being recorded, they’re less likely to alter their behaviors,” said Dombrowski.

At previous CAPS meetings, officers have told residents that police can prevent individuals from panhandling or sleeping in Chicago Park District areas, but can’t do much else to keep them homeless individuals from gathering on public property.

Dombrowski told residents that Chicago police will always address reported crimes involving these populations, but reminded residents that “homelessness isn’t illegal.”

“Every homeless person is an individual person who has a whole life history as for why they’re in the position they’re in,” Dombrowski said, “unfortunately, there is no blanket solution.”


While the Pritzker Park issue may not have been resolved since the last CAPS meetings, residents were pleased that other issues were. Although it may mostly have to do with the extreme cold weather, drag racing seems so have slowed, if not stopped completely.

In place of the drag racing, though, was another concern of fast drivers.

One resident said that cars have been speeding on Lower Harbor Drive, where many New Eastsiders walk their dogs during inclement weather since the area is covered. The resident also noted that a few traffic lights in the area are out.

The resident said she had reported the issue a few times and was frustrated that the lights hadn’t been fixed, she also suggested adding speed bumps to the drive. Dombrowski said he would look into the issues raised.

Another repeat topic raised by Sgt. Dombrowski was the concern of theft in the area.

Police warned residents again of the dangers of leaving their bags on the backs of their chair at restaurants or bars, of leaving valuables on the seats of their cars and of walking with cellphones in hand.

When walking, especially in the evening, Dombrowski said that it may feel safer to have your cell phone out in case of an emergency, but having your cell in hand may make you a target.

Overall in the district, Dombrowski said thefts and other crime levels had remained steady, and started to decrease slightly.

The CPD is planning to increase the number of officers guarding New Eastside streets as the population in the area increases. With several new residential buildings being proposed for the area – though those plans are currently on hold – the population may soon be increasing by a few thousand. Dombrowski assured residents that as the New Eastside neighborhood grows, so will the police force protecting it.

“We are hiring new officers as fast as we can,” said Dombrowski, who said the process can often take quite a while as new recruits go through training.

Dombrowski said that bicycle units are “increasing their numbers dramatically” and that the number of officers on foot will also grow.

The sargent said the CPD will be hosting a recruitment drive on Feb 1st and that residents should expect to see a lot of new, young officers added to the local force.

According to Dombrowski, the CPD is also looking to hire a civilian community organizer, and said that community relations between CPD and New Eastsiders will be even more of a priority going forward.

The next CAPS meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 8, and will be held at 130 N. Garland Ct.


Plans for Lakeshore East high rises halted by Alderman

By Taylor Hartz | Staff Writer

42nd Ward Ald. Brendan Reilly rejected the proposed development of three
buildings in Lakeshore East known as the “IJKL” parcels on Dec. 13 in an email to

The highrises, proposed by Lendlease and Magellan Development Group earlier this year, would have added 1,400 residences throughout three new buildings. The project would also add 3,000 construction jobs and generate an approximate $20 million in annual revenue.

The statement from Ald. Reilly’s office said that “after reviewing the neighborhood
feedback, and discussing with the City Department of Planning and Development, Reilly determined to not move forward with the project.”

The development groups first proposed their plans to the community at a meeting
on July 10, showing renderings of the sleek new buildings. The meeting lasted three hours and drew more than 1,000 residents who gathered to voice their concerns. After the meeting, Ald. Reilly said his office “received hundreds of letters, emails and calls objecting the proposal.”

After requiring the developers to host public meetings with every residential building in the neighborhood and considering the many concerns raised by
locals, Ald. Reilly formally rejected the IJKL plans as presented.

Reilly sent several suggestions to the development companies, providing a list of changes that need to be made before he will consider future plans for the site. The list included more active, usable open space, elimination of a proposed grand staircase and zigzag pedestrian path, relocation of the Harbor Drive pedestrian access point and fencing between the parcels and lower Lake Shore Dr.

The alderman also called for tighter security. He suggested a staffed guard station on the lower level to monitor pedestrians, regular security patrols, installation of way-finding signage at the lakeshore access point and improved lighting and surveillance cameras that can tie-in to the City’s OEMC security camera network.

According to Rielly’s office, residents will be notified if the office receives an updated
proposal and a “transparent community process” will continue if the project moves

Shoreham and Tides change management companies

By Stephanie Racine and Taylor Hartz | Staff Writers

Published January 5, 2018

Magellan Development Group is out-sourcing the property management of the two oldest buildings in its portfolio—The Shoreham and The Tides.

The Shoreham, 400 E. South Water St., was the first building in Magellan’s Lakeshore East development in New Eastside and was completed in 2005. The Tides, 360 E. South Water St., was completed in 2008. Both buildings had been managed by Magellan Property Management until December 12, 2017, when Lincoln Property Company—based in Dallas, Texas—took over management of the two residential buildings.

The Tides building, 360 E. South Water St. is now managed by Lincoln Property Company. Photo
by Stephanie Racine.

Irini Boeder, the assistant Vice President of Marketing for Lincoln Properties confirmed the change. “Lincoln Property Company, the second largest property company in the nation, has been selected as management by the existing ownership group,” Boeder said in December last year.

Staff of the two buildings were notified of the change by supervisors in early November. When the announcement broke, Shoreham and Tides desk and maintenance staff were uncertain if they would retain their jobs. Residents were sent an email right before the holiday season last year, informing them no checks would be taken for the annual staff holiday fund collection due to a change in management companies.

Shoreham resident Norma Alanis said she was upset about the loss of the holiday fund, but she was happy with the overall change. “[Lincoln Property Company]
maintains their properties very well, so I am looking forward to the changes they will make to the common areas” Alanis said.

In the confusion, Shoreham residents submitted a petition in a bid to encourage Lincoln Property Company and Titan Security Group, the company charged with employee management, to keep their beloved doormen on staff.

Doorman Fred Crocker, who worked the first shift on the opening day of the Shoreham 13 years ago, was one of the staff members who had to navigate the change
in management. “Residents went above and beyond. I think the petition worked,”
Crocker said. “I got a phone call from a representative at the new company saying
I’m not losing my job and that nothing is changing.” The phone call came a day after the petition was submitted in December.

James Hatter, a doorman at the Shoreham who manned the second shift on the day the Shoreham opened, said all desk staff now work for Titan Security Group, 616 West Monroe St. Hatter said he had a good first impression of Titan Security, describing it as a big company that runs a tight ship. The longtime doorman said the new management is a big change. “Everyone is a little afraid of change after so long being comfortable,” he said.

Still, Hatter’s goal is to remain optimistic. “I’m trying to keep positive,” he said. “I’m
happy to get the opportunity to stay on. We’re not just getting paid out and let go.”
Magellan Property Management and Titan Security did not respond to requests
for comment.

How New Eastside transit elevators stay clean and operational

By B. David Zarley | Staff Writer

The elevators that serve nearby CTA stations, such as Clark and Lake and Washington and Wabash, are crucial parts of the transit network. The CTA operates 168 elevators in Chicago, and keeping them running correctly is a daunting task.

“Our elevators are used by thousands of people a day, every day of the year,” CTA media representative Irene Ferradaz said in an email. “Additionally, many of our elevators are exposed to the elements, meaning they suffer significantly more ‘wear and tear’ than an average elevator.”

According to Ferradaz, the CTA currently employs 15 contracted workers for elevator maintenance and repair, including administrative employees, mechanics and
supervisors. These employees perform daily routine maintenance on the elevators,
and respond to between zero and eight elevator calls a day.

The Pedway elevator, between Macy’s and the Lake Red Line Station is maintained by Fleet and
Facilities Management, a city department. Photo by B.David Zarley.

“All elevator breakdowns are considered important and responded to as quickly as
possible by our contracted staff, since being out of service impacts our most vulnerable
customers—those with disabilities or who are wheelchair dependent,” Ferradaz said.

Whenever one of the CTA’s elevators breaks down, it is reported to the CTA
control center by CTA customer service assistants or representatives and “Out of
Order” signage is placed on the elevator.The control center then alerts mechanics who are on call 24/7.

One elevator in the Pedway just outside Macy’s is an integral link to the Loop for New
Eastside residents and has been known to break down, leaving users unsure of whom to
report the maintenance issue. Operated not by the CTA or Macy’s, this elevator actually
falls under the purview of Fleet and Facilities Management, a city department.

Engineers from the department regularly check the elevator, according to an emailed statement from a department spokes-person. If the elevator is out of order or dirty—common problems include jammed doors, as well as human excrement and
urine—there is a 24-hour number to call that is indicated in the elevator. Mainte-
nance and repairs on the Pedway elevator are contracted to Anderson Elevator.

Other widely used elevators that provide New Eastside residents access to the city
are located at the Northwest corner of the Lake Shore East Park and the Lancaster el-
evator at the eastern end of the Park. These elevators are maintained by Magellan De-
velopment Group. Issues with the elevators can be directly reported to Magellan by
calling (312) 469-8100 or to New Eastside News at (312) 960-3092, who will forward
the maintenance request.

GEMS School built on hopes and dreams

By Nicole VandeBoom
Staff Writer

GEMS World Academy Chicago celebrated the laying of their Upper School foundation, 355 E. Wacker Dr., with a hope-filled building dedication ceremony on Dec. 14. The ceremony was attended by students, faculty, parents, and community members who gathered outside the construction site.

A Lucite box filled with messages illustrated and written by students and faculty about their hopes and dreams for GEMS was placed inside a wooden box and cement was poured over it—the new school will literally be built on the hopes and dreams of its community.

Siena Guccione speaking to the crowd. To the
right, Lileny Lone and Andrew Sherman. Photo
by Nicole VandeBoom.

To open the ceremony, music teachers Christopher Roebuck and Robert Mayfield, playing guitar, led the students in the performance of the Beatles song “Here Comes the Sun.”

Interim Head of School Andrew Sherman gave an opening speech about the
future of GEMS. “At GWA we recognize that non-cognitive skills such as cooperation, resilience, empathy and leadership along with the acquisition of academic material determine student achievement,” Sherman said.

Sherman explained that the new building is designed to allow a student-centered model for teaching and learning to prepare young people to engage in innovation. Other speakers included the CEO of GEMS Americas, Denise Gallucci, Director at Chicago Forum on Global Cities, Vanessa Vardon and two GEMS students, Siena Guccione and Lileny Lone. Guccione, a freshman, ended her speech by saying, “Different environments of a school really set the mood for the students. As for our school, a very positive one. I can’t wait to
spend my next few years learning in this new and outstanding environment.”

GEMS had been waiting on the approval of a building permit that they received the day after the ceremony. Director of Marketing, Alissa Calamino explained the dedication ceremony came to fruition as a desire to celebrate how far they’ve come in this process.

“It is important to celebrate. It’s exciting to have the permit in place and
we start building after this,” Calamino said.

The opening date of the Upper School has been pushed back, with no set date
announced. In order to accommodate their growing school body, GEMS is in the
process of seeking out a nearby temporary learning space for Upper School students.

Grades 2–9 were able to attend the ceremony outside, while the younger students watched a live-stream video from inside the warm gym. Several screens were set
up outside allowing spectators to witness cement being poured on top of the box.

The Driehaus Museum: Ode to the Gilded Age

By Matthew Reiss | Community Contributor

On a recent stroll through Streeterville, I came upon a tourist attraction I had never seen before—The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St. In truth, I have probably walked past it several times, but its proximity to the Magnificent Mile made me assume it was a restaurant or an upscale store, when in fact, tucked away in the heart of Chicago’s retail hub is an elegant museum that houses an impressive collection of Gilded Age art.

Chicago philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus founded the museum 2003 with a vision to influence today’s environment by preserving and promoting the architecture
and design of the past.

The museum’s palatial building was once one of the most expensive private homes
in Chicago, featuring ornate stained glass and 18 different types of marble. Elegant
furnishings and Driehaus’ prodigious collection of late 19th century art adorn each room, giving visitors a glimpse into the lives of the era’s wealthy. At the center of the home is a giant vault that was used to protect valuables. Marble statuary stands in the green-hued library, a round room topped with a green stainedglass dome and decorated with green glass chandeliers.

Driehaus Museum. Photo courtesy of Richie Diesterheft.

The home was built in 1883 for the
Nickerson family to replace a home that burned in the Chicago Fire of 1871. Owner Samuel Nickerson became wealthy by selling alcohol to the Union Army for use in explosives in the Civil War.

The Nickersons were so afraid of losing
their new residence to a similar fate that they attempted to build a fireproof house. Non-flammable materials such as marble were used, and the rooms were designed to contain any conflagration. The Nickersons sold the house in 1900 to Lucius Fisher, who redecorated the home with his collection of animal trophies, some of which can be viewed in the museum.

The second floor of the Driehaus Museum formerly housed family bedrooms. It is now the site of the museum’s special exhibitions. The museum will be featuring a new exhibition, beginning February 10.

The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design will display an array of chairs creat-
ed by noted designers, such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry. This exhibition will explore how these artistic master-works were shaped by the cultural trends prevalent during their construction. The decorative rooms of the Driehaus provide the perfect backdrop for these special works of functional art.

Grocery delivery options in New Eastside

By Miriam Finder Annenberg and Stephanie Racine | Staff Writers

While in the past New Eastside residents had no choice but to shop at stores in
person, recent years have seen an uptick in grocery delivery services.
Mariano’s Lakeshore East rolls out its online ordering and delivery service this January with ClickList, a curbside pick- up service that can be downloaded as an app, or accessed via the Mariano’s website.

John Nelson, owner of Vroom and resident of
New Eastside. Photo by Daniel Lewis

ClickList includes some helpful features, such as leaving notes attached to specific items, so that preferred ripeness or freshness of items is assured.

“Compared to other Mariano’s, we serve a lot more delivery,” said Mariano’s Lakeshore East Store Manager, Megan Gleeson.

Across the Chicago River, Whole Foods offers customers the option of online orders and delivery through Instacart.

The convenience of grocery delivery can be worth the additional price for residents. Peapod offers similar online and app ser-
vices. “I have used Peapod for grocery de- livery for four years,” said resident Connie Mayse. “I find the food to be of excellent
quality and the service to be invaluable as an apartment dweller.” Door to Door Organics is yet another option, focusing primarily on fruits, vegetables and other staples like milk.

According to Carolann Samuels of Door to Door, the company sees an increase in
business in winter. “Depending on what you get in a box on any given week, you will also get some recipes for meal planning,” she said.

At Bockwinkel’s, customers shop for groceries in-store and both Bockwinkel’s
stores in New Eastside—at Harbor Point and at Park Millennium–will deliver within
Lakeshore East at no extra cost.

Delivery isn’t limited to food. Vroom, a new service in the area, delivers alcohol in addition to certain grocery store items.

“We’re excited to be working with a local business, Burnham Liquors, to bring quick,
on-demand delivery to Lakeshore East,” said owner John Nelson. Vroom delivery to New Eastside is particularly special to Nelson. “As a local resident myself, I appreciate the ability to order a case of beer or some last-minute grocery items delivered in under an hour,” Nelson says.

Mariano’s Lakeshore East
333 E Benton Pl. Suite 206,
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 228-1349 /

Whole Foods – Streeterville
255 E. Grand Ave,
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 379-7900 /

222 N. Columbus Dr. / 155 N. Harbor Dr.,
Chicago, IL 60601(312) 228-9920 /

(800) 573-2763 /

Door to Door Organics


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