Got the season blahs? Bah, humbug! There’s lots of holiday cheer to fill your season right here in one of Chicago’s fasting growing neighborhoods. Sit down, relax while you get caught up on what’s happening. You may want to grab your calendar to mark some of December’s exciting events.
Daley Plaza Christmas Tree
Maybe you missed the lighting ceremony on November 24 (it was raining), but you have to stop by Daley Plaza to check out the magnificent tree. Just take a stroll by. Seeing it is guaranteed to get you in the mood for Christmas. Filled with ornaments and holiday lights, this marvelous symbol of the season is brought to residents by The City of Chicago and Underwriters Laboratories (UL). It’s the 97th year!
Although we’ve seen bigger trees, due to budget cuts, the plaza is adorned with a 50-footer donated by a local family. Looks great, especially at night. With the snow that is on the way, the tree will look even more “seasony-er.” Hit the sidewalk and walk past Grant and Millennium Parks to Michigan Ave to Washington and Dearborn. View the tree all the way to New Year’s Day. Don’t forget your camera!
Do-Division Holiday Walk
This town was made for walking! And, our next event is for holiday shoppers. I know you are out there! First essential–a great pair of walking shoes. Or, walking boots. Also, credit card and checkbook. Why, you ask? On Saturday, December 4 at 11am, it’s the annual Do-Division Holiday classic. Here’s the scoop: Make your way to West Division between Milwaukee and Leavitt to spend your day getting great shopping deals on designer goods, great cuisine, and unique boutiques for those holiday presents. Tired of walking? Take the trolley.
The shopping continues into the evening and the next day. You can grab a delicious bite to eat, have a drink at the chic bars and cafes, then shop a little more. How about this–for $10 you can get a picture of your pooch with Santa. Adorable! Take the dog shopping, too! Proceeds go every year to Rescue Alive. What’s more, take a FREE horse and buggy ride from Ashland to Leavitt! Going to do a lot of shopping? Super! Take a cab with all your bags for a quick ride home! See how easy? Sounds like a plan to me.
For information on pictures with pooch and Santa, call Doggy Style Pet Shop, 773-235-9663, or go here. For map and trolley schedule go here. Additional information on Do-Division here.
Do-Division After Party Fashion Show
Take your receipt from the Do-Division Holiday Walk and pay $10 for your ticket to the fashion show at Evil Olive, 1551 W. Division Street. Without a receipt, tickets are $15. See all the trendy fashions you saw in the stores worn by the models in this fashion show. Everything starts at 10:30pm. Call the Evil Olive at 773-235-9100, or go here.
Missing Sidewalk Ramps
Since we are a “city of walkers,” the American Disabilities Act of 1990 [ADA] makes provision for sidewalk ramps to be replaced as the years go by. Many of the ramps around the city have been updated and replaced. However, here in the New Eastside there remains 15 locations in our neighborhood that require ramps to be replaced, in addition to other well-needed improvements. Our community is diverse and has all ages living here. Attention to these missing sidewalk ramps is imperative.
For photos and a detailed description of necessary improvements cited in all 15 locations, go here. To make neighborhood suggestions, comments, or complaints, feel free to contact Richard F. Ward, New Eastside Association President at 312-473-7931, or e-mail him at email@example.com. To receive New Eastside notices of meetings and community issues, go here.
cityofchicago.org, secondcitystyle.com, renegadecraft.com, evil-olive.com, neweastside.org