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
    

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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

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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.

Friday
Apr152016

Message from the President: We Nourish Community

           
SOAR is committed to building and celebrating our Streeterville community--and what better way to do this than by hosting a farmers market in the heart of the neighborhood! We are pleased to announce that the SOAR Farmers Market will be returning to the MCA Plaza, rain or shine, every Tuesday June 7-October 25 from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm. We've added new and exciting vendors to the list of returning favorites. The market will again offer farm-fresh, locally-grown produce, fruits and vegetables, herbs, meats, cheeses, flowers, baked goods and ready-to-eat foods. The volunteer committee, co-chaired by Judy Aiello-Fantus and ably supported by Barbara Webb, Gary and Meme Hopmayer and Doug Boehm have been working hard for months, organizing the details in order to bring the market to Streeterville again this year. If you are interested in volunteering at the market, please contact Dawn Jensen.
 
We are very pleased to welcome back our returning sponsors: Northwestern University, Northwestern Medicine, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Clare.
 
Northwestern  

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

Deborah Gershbein 

 

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Monday
Apr112016

Message from the President:

Spring is in the air in Streeterville: the sun is shining more, buds are peeking out....and so are more of our neighbors! The Chicago Park District is out sprucing up the many beautiful parks we're fortunate to enjoy here. Throughout Streeterville, residences, institutions and commercial spaces are "going green"--nowhere as lush as on Michigan Avenue, where merchants creatively design, plant and finance the sidewalk and median planters. Not everyone can see the green roof tops in Streeterville that add to a healthy neighborhood: new development requires green roofs, so they're multiplying, too. Even with all of this greenery, there is always room for more green in an urban environment. The SOAR Greening and Sustainability Task Force, chaired by Jay Lubinsky, takes the initiative to educate and inform residents and neighborhood condo associations about ways they can become more green and help to create a sustainable environment. Contact Jay to share your ideas and get to know other members with a "green interest."


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

Deborah Gershbein 

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Time for Spring Clean Up:
Earth Day is Saturday, April 23, and once again, SOAR is joining with other Streeterville stakeholders to shake off the winter detritus and reveal a clean spring on our streets and in our parks. SOAR membership isn't required to participate, anyone of any age is invited to join in the fun in two ways:

  • Coordinating with the Lake Shore Park and Seneca Park/Schulman Playground Advisory Councils, the day will begin at 8:30 am with refreshments at 432 E. Grand and continue until noon. Thanks again to Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. this year, participants and equipment will fan out to the far corners of the community.
  • SOAR's Lake Shore Park Garden Club will meet at 9:00 am for the new season.
SOAR Clean-Up Day
Date:  Saturday, April 23
Time:  8:30 am to noon
Location:  Meet at 432 E. Grand (refreshments will be served)
Contact:  Gail Spreen
 
SOAR Lake Shore Park Garden Clean-Up Day
Date:  Saturday, April 23
Time:  9:00 am
Location:  Lake Shore Drive between Chicago and Pearson
Contact:  Judy Birk