First Responder Appreciation Day, May 6

We live in one of the safest communities in Chicago and appreciate the service of the First Responders who protect us. Last year, at our First Responder Appreciation Day, we hosted nearly 150 police, firefighter and EMT personnel during three meal seatings. In a relaxed setting, residents and business people became acquainted with our local first responders. Once again, SOAR and our generous community partners invite you to join us to say thank you. If you would like to volunteer as a greeter, server, runner or setup, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Diane Kaiser.   

Date:  Wednesday, May 6

Time:  10:30am to 12:30pm and 5:30 to 7:30pm  

Location:  Lake Shore Park Fieldhouse, 808 N. Lake Shore


Book Drive Day is Monday April 27

Throughout the month of April, State Representative Christian Mitchell (26th District) is sponsoring a drive for new and used books for local elementary and middle school students. SOAR will collect books from our neighbors on Monday, April 27--which happens to be "National Tell a Story Day" (yes!) Bring books to Streeterville Properties, 432 E. Grand, between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. If you want to bring them in before then, call the SOAR office at 312.280.2596 or email Admin Assistant Monica Palmer to make arrangements. We'll take the books to Rep. Mitchell's South Side office. Our goal is to donate 400 books--10 for each year SOAR's been "Keeping Streeterville a Neighborhood."


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


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


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.