Wednesday
Jun222016

Message from the President "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood!"

"It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"

"We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. 
It's easy to say, it's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.
Then there are those who see the need and respond."
Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers)
                   
   
SOAR remains a member-driven advocacy organization, 
connecting residents for more than four decades. 
 
Once again, I want to convey gratitude for your membership in SOAR, as dues remain our largest source of income-and to welcome those who plan to join as new members.
 
I hope you will respond promptly, and generously, to the only Streeterville residential organization that responds to many aspects of your life here. New and renewing members  will receive a copy of SOAR's Streeterville Neighborhood Plan. 
  • Please consider using our safe and secure link to review new membership categories and benefits. 
  • If you prefer to rejoin by phone, call the office at 312.280.2596, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and provide your credit or debit card number and expiration date.  We'll be happy to assist you.
As always, I will be happy to respond to your questions and comments via  email.
 
Deborah Gershbein

To read the June 17th, 2016, edition of SOAR eNews in entirety CLICK HERE.

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Monday
Jun062016

Message from the President: "You've Got a Friend"  

"Winter, spring, summer and fall, all you've got to do is call."
                                                                                         - Carole King
Every day, someone in SOAR is talking with someone - including our aldermen, representatives of the Chicago Park District, police, developers and business owners, along with many others - whose decisions must keep in mind the fact that more than 30,000 people make their home in Streeterville. To continue "Keeping Streeterville a Neighborhood," SOAR remains a member-driven advocacy organization, serving residents for more than four decades. And we are grateful for your continuing membership.
 
It's time again to support SOAR's efforts by joining or renewing your membership in SOAR for July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017. As you are aware, SOAR is Streeterville's only organization "of the residents, by the residents, for the residents" that encompasses safety, traffic, parks, real estate, greening-including planting and maintenance of the gardens at Lake Shore Park-and preservation, as well as our special projects: the SOAR Farmers Market, SOAR Artisan Market, Annual Clean-Up  information/education, cultural and social programs. SOAR is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization substantially funded by our members.
 
I hope you will respond promptly, and generously, 
 to the only Streeterville residentialorganization that responds to many aspects of your life here. With your new membership or  renewal, we will be mailing you a copy of the "SOAR Streeterville Neighborhood Plan."
  • Please consider using our safe and secure link to review membership categories and new benefits. 
  • If you prefer to join or rejoin by phone, call the office at 312.280.2596Mondaythrough Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and provide your credit or debit card number and expiration date.  We'll be happy to assist you.
  • Come to the SOAR Booth at the SOAR Farmers Market at MCA Plaza, beginning Tuesday, June 7. Volunteers will be happy to sign you up and hand you a copy of the "SOAR Streeterville Neighborhood Plan

P.S. To inquire about your SOAR membership status email or call 312.280.2596 

 

P.P.S Respond by Friday, June 10, to be eligible for a drawing for four tickets to the Lookingglass Theatre performance of "Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure."




As always, I will be happy to respond to your questions and comments via email.

 

Deborah Gershbein

To read the May 26th, 2016, edition of SOAR eNews in entirety CLICK HERE.

To access the SOAR eNews archives CLICK HERE.

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Monday
May162016

Message from the President: Pride of Place 

In the past two weeks SOAR is proud to have hosted two very significant community events. 

As the audience listened to Alderman Brendan Reilly of the 42nd Ward and the panel of community leaders he assembled at the SOAR Town Hall on May 4, it was very apparent that SOAR has played a major role in the quality-of-life in Streeterville. Alderman Reilly stated that many problems and opportunities regarding public safety, traffic, infrastructure, development, parks and beatification, were first raised in meetings with SOAR leadership. And you will be happy to know that he also said that Streeterville is one of safest places in Chicago.    

Again, this past Tuesday evening, at a meeting organized by SOAR's Preservation and Landmark Task Force, Bonnie McDonald, President and CEO of Landmark Illinois, showed many examples of SOAR working with that organization to identify and work through the process that led to many landmark designations in Streeterville over the years. As she said, landmarking often tells us "who we are and where we are" as a neighborhood.
Both Alderman Reilly and Bonnie emphasized the importance of SOAR membership to accomplish all of these many diverse goals for "Keeping Streeterville a Neighborhood." In fact, the very last question at the Town Hall was, "How can we as a neighborhood influence what goes on in Streeterville." Simultaneously, Alderman Reilly and emcee Charlie Wojciechowski, of NBC Chicago, responded: "Join SOAR!"
 
I couldn't agree more: SOAR's experience, reputation, credibility and wide-ranging interests is unmatched in Streeterville-and in many Chicago communities. But we need to continue to build the resources to keep pace with the neighborhood.

Our annual member renewal campaign will soon be launched. I hope you will respond promptly, and generously, to the only Streeterville residential organization that responds to every single aspect of your life here.

Depending on when you renew, you will be eligible for tickets to Lookingglass Theatre, the Museum of Contemporary Art or Chicago Shakespeare Theater. We are very grateful to their support of our membership program. Click here to join or renew today

As always, I will be happy to respond to your questions and comments when you reach me by email


Deborah Gershbein
    

To read the May 14, 2016, edition of SOAR eNews in entirety CLICK HERE.

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Tuesday
May032016

Message from the President: SOAR Renewal--"Of Residents, By Residents, For Residents." 

Chicago is known as a "city of neighborhoods" and for more than four decades neighbors in SOAR have worked--and continue to work--in areas that I believe are most crucial for "Keeping Streeterville a Neighborhood." Those of you who read SOAR eNews will be familiar with our task force priorities, including safety, traffic, parks, real estate, greening and preservation, as well as our special projects: the SOAR Farmers Market, SOAR Artisan Market, Clean-Up and information/education/social programs.
 
For more than a century, Streeterville was a neighborhood of industry, institutions and shops. It wasn't until the 1980's--more than five years after SOAR was founded--that residents began to move in in great numbers. And when that happened, SOAR was already there as the voice of residents, to ensure that Streeterville maintained a balance of residential, commercial, institutional and tourist interests. We never envisioned transforming Streeterville to a small town or isolated residential area but, instead, recognized a vital, urban neighborhood. We envisioned SOAR as an organization working within the always-complex, sometimes-challenging, always-stimulating environment around us. We have developed positive working relationships with government and with the myriad health care, educational, cultural, religious and public institutions we are privileged to share this one-mile square piece of land with.
 
Although it might seem as though Streeterville and our challenges as residents are settled, the SOAR calendar of meetings is as full as it ever was. Every day, someone in SOAR is talking with someone across the table whose decisions must recognize the fact that people live here. To accomplish "Keeping Streeterville a Neighborhood," membership in SOAR counts. We are "of the residents, by the residents, for the residents."
 
Our annual member renewal campaign will soon be launched. I hope you will respond promptly, and generously, to the only Streeterville residential organization that responds to every single aspect of your life here. Click here to join or renew today
 
As always, I will be happy to respond to your questions and comments when you reach me by email

Deborah Gershbein

To read the April 28, 2016, edition of SOAR eNews in entirety CLICK HERE.

To access the SOAR eNews archives CLICK HERE.

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Wednesday
Apr272016

Call for Artisans: SOAR's Annual Artisan Market, November 11-13, 2016

Now it its eighth year and a neighborhood tradition, SOAR's Artisan Market showcases over 60 artisans producing extraordinary fashion, accessories, jewelry, home décor, gift items and two dimensional art.   Artists in all categories are invited to apply to this juried show.  The event is heavily promoted, with advertising and publicity in major print, broadcast and social media venues.  Delicious offerings from local artisanal food producers also entice shoppers to attend.

Situated in Northwestern University’s Chicago campus, just east of the Magnificent Mile, the market draws affluent residents from Chicago and neighboring suburbs, people who work in Streeterville and tourists.  The expansion last year to a three-day show was so successful that we are opening the doors again this year on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You are invited to apply to this first-of-the-season indoor shopping experience.

CLICK HERE for additional information and to submit an application.