IMPORTANT UPDATES AND REMINDERS FROM THE BOARD
Deliveries – The Board approved the following policies regarding deliveries. Residents are encouraged to retrieve food deliveries and small packages personally at the front doors. For residents requiring door delivery, staff will continue to maintain a sign-in and sign-out log of delivery entries. For door deliveries staff will call residents to inform them a delivery is arriving at their unit. If the resident does not respond to the call, the delivery will remain at the doorman station for later in-person pickup. If a delivery person has not returned to the door within ten minutes after entering the building staff will call the resident to determine if the delivery was made.
Elevator rehab will continue on C/D (Started 1/23) and G/H (Started 2/21). A/B, E/F elevators are complete except for the floors. Loading Dock elevator rehab is complete.
Huge thanks to John McCarthy and Laura Washington for conducting the successful Q and A with five of our six 46th Ward Aldermanic candidates on Thursday, February 23. They are Angela Clay, Marianne Lalonde, Patrick Nagle, Kim Walz and Roushaunda Williams. Michael Cortez did not attend. We had a full house with standing room only. Thirty-two guests from outside the building registered to attend. (We had invited our neighbors from 3730-40 and 3800.). Next time for an event like this we’ll invite our neighbors at 635 W. Grace as well. Aldermanic candidates were most impressive expressing their knowledge and ideas. Kudos to Laura and John for covering a lot of ground in just an hour and a half.
UPDATE!!! Runoff election will take place on April 4. For mayor, it’s Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson. Lori Lightfoot came in third. For 46th Ward alderman it’s Angela Clay and Kim Walz. Marianne Lalonde came in third.
Puffy Coat Bandits are still active on the near north side swiping wallets from people in restaurants. Two have been arrested but some are still active. Please don’t leave your wallet on the table while waiting for your card to be returned and ladies; do not hang your purses on the back of your chairs.
ENTERTAINMENT and OTHER STUFF!
A FEW PLACES TO EAT and/or SHOP or not… One of our faves is closing 🙁
Say goodbye to Chez Moi at 2100 N. Halsted. April 1, 2023 is their last day so go if you can. It’s a popular French Bistro with all the goods (onion soup, steak frites, escargot, cassoulet).
More restaurant news: Buona Terra is leaving Logan Square and merging with its sister restaurant, Hearth & Crust at 3608 Irving Park Road. The consolidated restaurant will be know as Buona Terra and will feature the “greatest hits” from both. Expect classic pasta dishes like pappardelle Bolognese and special treats like Parmesan-crusted grilled Black Angus steak with roasted potatoes and grilled vegetables. The plan is to open the “new” Buona Terra on April 1, 2023.
Forte is the new restaurant in the space attached to Symphony Center. We’re told the food is Mediterranean and both food and service are good. With both small plates, large plates and salads, there’s something for everyone. Open for dinner Tuesday-Sunday and for lunch on Friday and Sunday.
Wood is a little closer to home at 3335 N. Halsted with a unique menu. We’ve recommended this restaurant before but a reminder of what they’re serving is worth a second mention. Small plates include: duck liver toast, smoked beet salad, winter citrus salad, steak tartare and Turkish lamb flatbread. Large plates: Wood’s burger “2.0”, (“1.0” available on request), rigatoni ragu, local farm cauliflower “steak”, saffron & crab crusted skate wing and Catalpa Grove pork tenderloin Saltimbocca. And then there’s Hump Day All-Nite Happy Hour WEDNESDAYS. An informal limited menu including one choice of selected cocktails, glass of wine, ale or cider at 1/2 off.
Kindling is now open in Willis (Sears) Tower at 202 S. Franklin Street (corner of Adams). “Kindling boasts a live fire show kitchen, wood-fired plates and tasty cocktails in the heart of the city.” Some items on the menu…Twice cooked sweet potato with BBQ butter, burnt orange, Charcoal toasted Quesadilla, Ash roasted beets and burrito salad, Wood fired seafood salad, Onion Brûlée, Bucatini Della Nonna, Wood fired oysters, Pastrami spiced short rib, BBQ grilled scallops, Not a smash burger, Whole rushing waters trout, steaks and chops, Beef fat glazed Hassen back potato… You get the idea.
Rise Up Nutrition is new at 2909 N. Broadway. “Healthy, Fast and Delicious”. Healthy smoothies, energy refreshers and protein coffee. Lots of flavors and sizes.
Recommendations flowed in for the following movies and tv shows:
TAR with Oscar nominations…Psychological drama about a renowned female symphony conductor on Peacock
THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN with Oscar nominations… hard to watch the end of a friendship, but the acting…oh my… on HBO MAX
THE BIG BRUNCH with Dan Levy on HBO MAX and Amazon Prime – cooking contest
THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND THE CANOE…a faked death for insurance money on APPLE
RRR…action and adventure set in pre-independent India on Netflix
SLOW HORSES…spy thriller tv series on APPLE (2 seasons filmed, 2 more coming)
THE INSPECTOR LYNLEY MYSTERIES …high class British cop with the unlikeliest partner on BRITBOX
THE VICAR OF DIBLEY…a British sitcoms about a female vicar on BRITBOX (3 seasons)
BREAK POINT (docudrama on tennis) on Netflix (1 season)
THE OUTFIT…psychological crime drama thriller with Mark Rylance’s understated performance taking us in completely… with Oscar nomination on Amazon Prime
YOUR HONOR…Bryan Cranston as a disgraced judge whose story we thought was over. It’s not. Second and probably final season on Showtime
ALL THE WAY about Lyndon Johnson’s tumultuous first year in office on HBO MAX
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STAY & PLAY GAME CAFE IS OPEN IN IRVING PARK
Jibaritos, Cocktails and Board Games come together in at 3932 W. Irving Park (the former Independence Tap). The cafe seats around 110 and will add another 16 spots on an outdoor patio when weather permits. The cafe has about 500 games on their shelves. The owner’s goal is for their guests to have a game piece in one hand and one of their Puerto Rican appetizers in the other. Sounds like fun!!!
A NO RECIPE SOUP RECIPE FROM ANN HARRISON (16D)
CREAMY CHICKEN SOUP
(Serves 4 as first course or 2 as a meal)
3 cups* chicken stock, (preferably homemade. High quality commercial stock ok too)
3/4 cup* leftover cooked white rice
1/2 cup heavy cream
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt to taste
Bring the broth to a boil.
Add rice and cook for five minutes or until some of the grains start to split.
Cool the soup for a few minutes. If you have an Immersion Blender you can purée it in the pot until mixture is smooth. Or purée it in a blender in batches, being careful to fill the blender jar only half way and cover the lid with a folded kitchen towel.
Start at the slowest speed and gradually increase it until the soup is smooth. Pour the blended mixture back into the pot.
Add the cream. Add the lemon juice gradually to taste.
Minced chives make a nice garnish.
*Or 1 quart of stock to 1 cup of rice.
Note: I had something called creamy chicken soup onboard a cruise from which Michael and I recently returned and I loved it! This recipe is more or less reverse engineered based on my taste memory. It’s almost exactly as I remembered.
3750 Book Club Meet for March 2023
Tropic of Cancer
Now hailed as an American classic Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller’s masterpiece, was banned as obscene in this country for twenty-seven years after its first publication in Paris in 1934. Only a historic court ruling that changed American censorship standards, ushering in a new era of freedom and frankness in modern literature, permitted the publication of this first volume of Miller’s famed mixture of memoir and fiction, which chronicles with unapologetic gusto the bawdy adventures of a young expatriate writer, his friends, and the characters they meet in Paris in the 1930s. Tropic of Cancer is now considered, as Norman Mailer said, “one of the ten or twenty great novels of our century.”
Join us for a lively discussion of this book on Tuesday March 21st @ 7:00pm in the Grace Street Lobby. Please RSVP Todd Cannon 4B at email@example.com or 312-841-9795 if you wish to attend.