SOAR Farmers Market: 22 Weeks, Shine or Rain

The SOAR Farmers Market will continue through Tuesday, October 27. Debby Gershbein, chair said, "Our goal is to connect local farmers and producers to Streeterville, providing a diverse range of high quality fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, baked goods, cheese, flowers, prepared foods and ready-to-eat food for people on the go. On Opening Day, the Market will present locally-produced products from small family farms in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin, including Nichols Farm and Orchard, Ellis Family Farms, Lanes End Farms, Lehman Orchard, North Wichert Gardens, Sheeringa Farms, Lyons Fruit Farm, Noffke Family Farms, Smits Farm, Stamper Cheese, LaProvence Bakery, Breadman, Provo Bakery, River Valley Farms, GottaBCrepes, Gayle's Best Ever Grilled Cheese, Karl's Kraft Soup.

"We thank our generous sponsors for helping us launch the SOAR Farmers Market. Thank you..... Related Midwest, Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University and The Clare. We also are very grateful to the folks at the MCA who generously share their Plaza with us." SOAR volunteer coordinator Diane Kaiser has job descriptions, time shifts and other details to tailor assignments to your interests and schedules. Contact Diane by email.

Visit the new SOAR Farmers Market website.


SOAR Cares: Streeterville Spring CleanUp

When we care for the community, we're caring for the future. And the future--in the form of the Next Generation--came out to participate in SOAR's Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 18. Children today have a heightened awareness of being responsible stewards of the environment. We like to think that children helped drive parents and grandparents to the special event, which attracted a record number of participants on a record-setting beautiful day. We joined community partners Alderman Bob Fioretti and his family/staff (Ward 2), the Seneca and Lake Shore Park Advisory Council and our own Lake Shore Park Garden Club to organize and implement this annual citywide celebration of community. Special thanks to Do-Rite Donuts for figuratively transporting volunteers and to Chicago Trolley for literally transporting volunteers and tools all around the neighborhood (and gathering dozens of filled garbage bags to be picked up by the City), to SOAR Board members and staff, and to my staff at Streeterville Properties. We are proud to put a spring shine on Streeterville! Gail Spreen

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MidWinter Social: Cold Night, Warm Event

SOAR members and friends were bowled over, well fed and proclaimed "That's Italian!" as they triumphed in the  bocce courts at Pinstripes on March 4. The team at the new upscale dining and entertainment center on Illinois Street couldn't have been warmer on another cold night in Streeterville. Thanks to founder-CEO Dale Schwartz and the entire Pinstripes team for hosting this "Midwinter Social"--or, as President Gail Spreen preferred to think about it, this "End-of-Winter Social!"

Below, and on the SOAR Gallery, are visual mementos of the occasion.


Pinstripes: Bringing Bowling Back to the Future...And Adding Bistro and Bocce

When Dale Schwartz was a little boy growing up in Cleveland, he spent every Saturday afternoon bowling with his friends and siblings at Pepper Lanes. "It was good, old-fashioned fun," said the founder and CEO of Pinstripes, newly opened in Streeterville. "I bowled through college, sometimes on dates. It was recreational bowling and I can't claim any special talent. But I never forgot the enjoyment and the camaraderie of it."


The memory was so profound that Schwartz nearly brought it to life shortly after earning his M.B.A. degree at Harvard. With a couple of friends, he nearly bought a bowling alley in Manhattan. "Although bowling had fallen out of fashion, I had the idea of resurrecting bowling from the stereotypical alleys and leagues and creating an upscale version of the game I loved as a child. It was then that I came up with a name for the concept that suggested both sophistication and nostalgia: Pinstripes."


But it was 25 years later-after successful forays into running innovative pharmaceutical and biomedical firms--that Schwartz revisited the idea. "Nine years ago, living and working in Boulder, I realized that life is short and it was time to get into the bowling business--with a twist." Having discovered an Italian lawn bowling game while golfing in Scotland, he added bocce to the concept. And he committed to serving fine, high quality Italian food created by top chefs. Thus the "whole package" came together--Pinstripes: Bistro. Bowling. Bocce. TO READ MORE CLICK HERE


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Dale Schwartz and his friendly and knowledgeable team welcomed SOAR members and other Streeterville stakeholders to a Bistro. Bowling. Bocce party on March 4th. "We're excited to be here, to be part of the SOAR and Streeterville community and family."


Ward 2 Aldermanic Forum: More than 200 Hear Candidates' Positions and Promises

On January 22, over 200 residents and other Streeterville stakeholders gathered at the Drake Hotel for the SOAR Ward 2 Aldermanic Forum moderated by Bob Reed, director of investigations and programs for the Better Government Association (BGA). In what Reed called a "friendly discussion," the six candidates were asked for their positions on crime, traffic congestion, parks, development and even dogs. All six candidates attended the forum, including Bita Buenrostro, Brian Hopkins, Steve Niketopoulos, Alyx Pattison, Stacey Pfingsten and Cornell Wilson. All six candidates cited many SOAR activities as models for other communities in Ward 2. In particular, the SOAR Streeterville Neighborhood Plan was commended for documenting a vision for the community and SOAR's Streeterville Neighborhood Walks program was singled out for an "eyes on the street" way to help combat crime and enhance safety and security.


Pictured in the photo at left, from left: Bob Reed, Bita Buenrostro, Alyx Pattison, Brian Hopkins, Stacey Pfingsten and Cornell Wilson. At right, Gail Spreen and Mario Hollemans, SOAR vice president and event co-chair, joined the candidates on stage. For other photos go to the SOAR Gallery.


SOAR was extremely grateful to the hospitality extended by Damien McArdle, General Manager of the Drake Hotel, who hosted the forum in the glorious and spectacular Gold Coast Ballroom.