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


Read all about Pinstripes Streeterville location. To see Pinstripes daily specials.  


Dale Schwartz and his friendly and knowledgeable team will welcome SOAR members and other Streeterville stakeholders to a Bistro. Bowling. Bocce party next month. "We're excited to be here, to be part of the SOAR and Streeterville community and family."


JOIN US for a Midwinter Social Networking Event!  


Wednesday March 4 6:00-8:00 pm Pinstripes 435 E Illinois


You are invited to join SOAR at Streeterville's newest entertainment venue -- Pinstripes. Enjoy an evening of discovery and networking with SOAR members, neighbors and friends. Prepare yourself for some strikingly good fun and food during an evening of bowling, bocce and bonfires at Pinstripes' newest location in Streeterville.


RSVP TODAY! (Space is Limited) Only $10 per person! Or call 312.280.2596



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.



Keep Streeterville A Neighborhood: Contribute to SOAR's Annual Appeal

As 2014 is quickly coming to a close, SOAR thanks you for your support and loyalty to SOAR as your community organization.   Without you and your continuous support, SOAR would not be able to keep Streeterville and the surrounding community a neighborhood for all to enjoy.

As you make your 2014 year-end contributions, please consider supporting SOAR's annual appeal. Your monetary support and volunteer hours are truly appreciated. In this holiday season, we at SOAR are ever thankful for you, our most cherished resource!  We are excited about 2015 as we will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary!  We will also be taking over the Farmers Market at the MCA Plaza in 2015 which will be a large undertaking as we wanted to ensure the Farmers Market would continue as it is so popular with the community!  Many exciting upcoming initiatives and opportunities but we need everyone’s help.
Donations can be made by mail or by clicking here.  SOAR is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.


Northwestern University Medical Research Center Update

SOAR attended the community meeting on September 30 when representatives from Northwestern University and the architectural firm, Perkins + Will, presented an overview of the building's proposed final design and answered questions about the project. Since the design was first presented in November 2013, the University has considered input from SOAR and other community stakeholders and worked closely with Alderman Reilly to address concerns. The Real Estate Committee will schedule a separate meeting with representatives, consider next steps and communicate with Alderman Reilly. View the Design Presentation.

SOAR Streeterville Walks: Hear All About Our New Sponsor!

Hearing Professionals of Illinois, recently located at 680 N. Lake Shore, Suite 1207, has signed on as founding sponsor of the twice-weekly SOAR Streeterville Walks. Dr. Robert Meyers, one of the physicians and partners of the practice, is a Streeterville resident and SOAR member. Hearing Professionals of Illinois is an audiology practice that has been providing comprehensive hearing health care for over 40 years to adults and children. In affiliation with Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists of Illinois, they are excited to be serving the downtown community at their new location in Streeterville.Welcoming them as new SOAR sponsors, Executive Director Karen Maisa said, "They represent a perfect fit for the Streeterville Walks team, which is, in fact, the 'eyes and ears' of our neighborhood." Learn more about Hearing Professionals of Illinois.


More than a hundred people are now involved in the hour-long Streeterville Walks, which begin at 7:00pm every Monday and Thursday (weather permitting) at the meeting point: Fairbanks between Erie and Huron. Weather alerts, routes and other instant alerts are now posted on Facebook. You must first have a free Facebook account to receive and post comments. To sign up for Facebook.To become a Facebook Friend search for SOAR Streeterville Walks or click here to link to the group page