Frigid 12 degree temps greeted 60601 Eastsiders this Tuesday morning in Chitown. More snow is in the forecast this week and so is more shopping, shows, activities, and holiday preparations. Bundle up as you go out and about to take in the many activities our neighborhood and the downtown area have to offer.
Financial Crime Alert
I have to begin on a serious note, especially for all you shoppers and senior citizens doing your holiday gift buying. Unfortunately, there have been repeated incidents in our district (18th), involving criminals posing as bank representatives or examiners. Here is how the scam works: Usually elderly residents, (but not exclusively, so watch out!) are contacted by telephone, told that their bank card or credit card has been compromised at one of our local stores. To reconcile the problem, they are then instructed to got to the bank, withdraw a large amount from their account, place it in an envelope. The money will then be picked up by a “messenger” from the bank. Of course this “messenger” is by no means a bank representative.
Please be cautious with your credit cards and cash as you shop. If you suspect fraud, any type of scam, or want further information, you can visit the Chicago Police Department on 1160 Larrabee here in our 18th District, or call 312-742-5880 to speak to an officer.
Board of Directors Meeting
Don’t miss the next Board of Directors Meeting at the Chandler, the last meeting of the year, for all condo unit owners. Everyone will be gathering in the Community Room on December 15, 2010, at 6:30pm.
Just a reminder–the Book Club (which meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month in our community) will have their next meeting on January 12, 2011, at 6:00pm until 7:30. This meeting will be held at The Aqua, 3rd floor, 225 N. Columbus Drive. Wine and dessert will be served. The book that will be discussed: South of Broad by Pat Conroy. Contact Vanessa Casciano at [email protected] for questions or more information. Start reading!
Chicago’s Downtown Farmstand
Fresh is just a few footsteps away from your door. This is the place to buy seasonal fruits, veggies, home baked pies, plus more all for sale by Illinois farmers and vendors around the state. The place is 66 East Randolph Street. Monday- Fridays, 11am until 7pm and Saturdays, 11am until 4pm. You can shop for the holiday’s edible treats, edible gifts, condiments, herbs, preserves, and seasonings. So fresh and great shopping for your holiday meals.
The route to a touch of Germany lays to the west, right down at the Daley Plaza. Just head out to Michigan Ave, then on to Washington Street and you’re there! You will be surrounded by a German village with vendors, shops, restaurants, and people taking in the sights while enjoying the merchandise. This is an annual event we look forward to. The market is open now and runs all the way through Christmas Eve, Sunday- Thursday, 11am until 8pm; Friday and Saturday, 11am until 9pm. The market closes at 4pm on December 24. Admission is FREE! For more on the Christkindlmarket, go here.
Chicago’s Children’s Chorus
Celebration of the season through song, the voices of a children’s choir brightens the neighborhood at the Harris Theater. This Emmy Award-Winning choir, comprised of 3000 Chicago students from all diverse cultural backgrounds, combines in musical harmony to lift up the Yuletide season with songs from all over the world. To purchase tickets to their concert on December 12 at 3pm, go here.
Chicago Holiday Lights Tour by Trolley
This is a chance to get around the city to see all the Christmas lights and festive surroundings in our neighborhood and the downtown area where we live. The benefit? You get to enjoy the sights and leave your car at home. Chicago streets are donned in Yuletide splendor, so you don’t want to miss the “dressed up” and decorated downtown sections this year. Relax, and take a 90 minute tour, with a stop at the Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza. See all the lights and sights December 11, 16, and 19 only at 6:30pm. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before departure. Adults: $32.50, $27.50 when you sign up on the Internet (go here); Children 5-14, $16.50; Kids 4 and under ride for FREE! For further info call 1-888-881-3284. What a great way to spend a family evening of fun!
Stay warm, stay busy enjoying all Chicago has to offer the month of December!
cityofchicago.org, tickets.harrischicagotheater.org, christkindlmarket.com, chicagotours.us