41st SOAR Annual Meeting

Wednesday October 5, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Navy Pier Room 328-329
Chicago, IL 60611
Register today for the 41st SOAR Annual meeting.  You must be a member to attend. If you not a member please use the membership tab to join or renew.
Date:              Wednesday, October 5
Location:         Navy Pier Rooms 328 and 329
East End Entrance 2- signage will direct you 
to meeting location 
(Accessible entry)
Time:              Registration 5:30pm; program
6:00pm; reception 7:30  pm
Highlights:       Guest Speaker:  Marilynn Gardner
President and CEO Navy Pier
Presentation of 2016 P.I.V.
("Positively Invaluable Volunteer") Awards
Beautification Awards
Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of
SOAR Lake Shore Garden Club

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Message from the President: Centennial Hosts Welcome SOAR

Through a wonderful coincidence, the next two major events on the SOAR calendar will be at two neighboring institutions marking their Centennials in Streeterville this year. On Wednesday, October 5, SOAR's 41st Annual Meeting will be held at Navy Pier. Wednesday, November 2, The Arts Club of Chicago will host our Blueprints annual fundraiser.
It is fitting for this event to take place at Navy Pier because SOAR has worked with Pier leaders at every step of the transformation from unused sheds to a recreational and cultural attraction to more than nine million annual visitors. Our relationships there are noteworthy examples of the "staying power" of SOAR over more than four decades. At the annual meeting we will review the numerous and varied achievements of the past year. In particular, the Lake Shore Park Garden Club celebrates 20 seasons at Lake Shore Park; we will give special recognition to these volunteers-who also will choose and present the winners of the 2016 SOAR Beautification Awards, the 36th consecutive year they have been distributed to residential, public and institutional neighbors. We also will present the annual P.I.V. (Positively Invaluable Volunteer) awards-I can tell you that choosing only three was a challenge this year! After the program, Navy Pier is hosting a reception. The Annual Meeting is a members-only event.
                 Navy Pier 100 arts Club  
            Happy 100th Birthday to Navy Pier and The Arts Club of Chicago!

Blueprints is "going global" this year, with a Passport theme. We will honor two Streeterville residents (and SOAR members) who travel the world as architectural ambassadors: interior designer Nada Andric and architect James (Jim) Goettsch, who will each receive the 2016 Vision Into Reality Award. This is the first time the award has been given to two people-and we are thrilled to recognize these neighbors. Nada is Associate Director at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), focusing her extensive talent and experience on the firm's large-scale global architecture and interior design projects. The Arts Club is hosting this event in honor of Nada, who is on their Board of Directors. Jim is Chairman and CEO of Goettsch Partners, as well as the design director, leading the direction and quality of design for the office. The festive evening will include Champagne, wine, heavy buffet, and a raffle.
More details on both events will be sent shortly. But I wanted to give you a "sneak preview," and also encourage you to "Save the Dates."
As always, I will be happy to respond to your questions and comments when you reach me at

Deborah Gershbein



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Call to Action: Looking for Volunteers

Safety and Sound

Call for Volunteers! Showing Appreciation for First Responders

The third annual SOAR First Responders Appreciation Day, a tribute to the firefighters at Engine Companies 98 and 13, EMTs and paramedics from Ambulance Companies 11 and 74, officers of Chicago Police District 18, the Chicago Police Marine Unit, Northwestern University Police and representatives of other private forces will be held at the Lake Shore Park Field House, 808 N. Lake Shore, on Wednesday, September 14. The day-­long event requires a number of volunteers to help in planning and on­-site assignments. For information contact Safety and Sound Management Task Force ChairBob Johnson
                               1st Respnd 2016_1 


Message from the President: Keeping SOAR a Voice for Streeterville

SOAR is consistently recognized as the "Voice of Streeterville." SOAR is the go-­to resident organization in Streeterville. When our aldermen plan community meetings, SOAR is the go-­to co-­sponsor. When developers propose new or repurposed buildings, SOAR is the go-­to organization. When the City wanted to transfer management of the Streeterville Farmers Market to the local level, SOAR was the go-­to organization. When the Mayor's Office created a new approach to neighborhoods, Chicago Neighborhoods Now, SOAR was appointed the go­-to residential representative.

As SOAR interacts with stakeholders in the Streeterville community, we are always shown respect for SOAR's relevant, responsible, responsive and resilient approaches to priorities.  As a volunteer, Board member and now President, I am proud that SOAR's grassroots efforts are seen as setting high standards for a resident advocacy organization. Along with all Board members and task force leaders, we are grateful to take the support of our members as we meet with community and City leaders.  The more members we have, the louder our voice to support our community.  If you have not renewed your membership in SOAR please renew now at Renew Membership.    And if you are reading this and are not a member please consider joining now Membership.  Our members are the heart and soul of SOAR. 

It is astonishing to remember that residential development has thoroughly turned a swampy Chicago industrial and institutional area called Streeterville into a mixed­-use neighborhood in fewer than 50 years, almost as long as SOAR has existed. Since 1975, SOAR has been a continuing presence regarding issues emerging in and between all four corners of the neighborhood: from Lake Michigan on the north to the Chicago River on the south, from Navy Pier on the east to the Magnificent Mile to Rush Street on the west.

Last week SOAR sponsored a major safety meeting, "Living in a Safe Environment in Streeterville," and the first in a new series of "First Wednesday" social events planned each month. There's more to come, as you'll read in this issue. I want to offer special thanks to the sponsors, speakers, volunteers and staff--the go-­to people!--for their time, talent and enthusiasm. 
As always, I will be happy to respond to your questions and comments when you reach me at

Deborah Gershbein



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Message From the President: SOAR Stakeholders Side by Side


In addition to the more than 30,000 people who call Streeterville home, some 66,500 come to work in Streeterville every day, more than 9,000 students study here and countless others arrive to see friends and families, visit our health care facilities, cultural and religious institutions and enjoy our parks, shopping and recreational attractions.
SOAR leaders are committed to maintaining a balance of interests between those of us who live here and visitors to our "destination neighborhood." We believe that we are all stakeholders and that residents have more in common with businesses and institutions than differences.  We all share a passion for "keeping Streeterville a neighborhood".
That is why, in addition to individual memberships, SOAR has developed special membership categories for condominiums, co-ops and rental buildings, for businesses, institutions and cultural organizations-and even for non-residents who enjoy member benefits. To explore all membership options please visit our website 
We welcome your assistance in signing up the building you live in, the businesses you patronize and the institutions and cultural organizations you attend. Please submit any suggestions to Membership Recommendation   
Thank you to all who renewed their SOAR membership, as well as those who just joined during our most recent membership drive. And a very special thank you to those who contributed generously to our membership drive.

The winners of the renewal drawings in connection with the membership drive are:
Linda Avery: Tickets to the Lookingglass Theater production of "Thaddeus and Slocum:  A Vaudeville Adventure"
Pamela Crandall & Michael Peninger tickets to the MCA "Kerry James Marshall: Mastry"

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

Debo0rah Gershbein



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