Saturday
Aug302014

SOAR'S 39th Annual Meeting Hosted by W Chicago Lakeshore

Please join us for SOAR's 39th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 10 at the stunning W Chicago Lakeshore, which combines the energy of the 'Windy City' with the glittering waters of Lake Michigan. We are pleased to announce that our guest speaker will be Laura Solano, Principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. and renowned expert in the field of landscape technology and sustainability. As many Streeterville parks and plazas will be redeveloped in the next few years, we thought it fitting to have Laura talk about "Designing the Parks of the Future". Her firm is designing the new Maggie Daley Park and has been chosen by Related Midwest for the expansive new park planned as part of the new development at 451 E. Grand.  Read Ms. Solano's biography

Ms. Solano's presentation will be followed by a presentation of the 2014 Beautification Awards, the 2014 PIV (Positively Invaluable Volunteer) Awards, a short business meeting and a post reception where you'll have the opportunity to sample luscious cuisine by Gregory Elliott, Executive Chef at the new signature restaurant, "Current". 

Please note that invitation is for SOAR members only. 

Wednesday, September 10 
 
6:30 pm Registration 
7:00 pm Program 
8:00 pm Reception

W Chicago Lakeshore, Altitude Room 

664 North Lake Shore Drive, 33rd Floor 

 

Click here by September 8 to reserve your seat today by email.

 

Monday
Aug252014

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

Wednesday
Aug132014

Grand Slam Homer at SOAR's 7th Inning Stretch

The crowd was large and lively, everyone seemingly as ageless as the guest of honor, Chicago icon Dutchie Caray, celebrating her 85th birthday with more than 300 friends, family members and Streeterville neighbors at the Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place. The August 6 event, SOAR's "Streeterville 7th Inning Stretch," was co-sponsored by the Museum and Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch--both located on the 7th Floor of Water Tower Place. Thanks to Grant DePorter, CEO of Harry Caray's Restaurant Group, and his partners, the entire evening was a festive tribute to Dutchie, the widow of one of the most memorable figures in Chicago sports history.

 

Everyone's vim, vigor and vitality were enhanced by the plentiful and delicious buffet and passed cuisine prepared and passed by Joe Rosetti, Executive Chef at Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch, and his staff. The plentiful bar, which included wine and soft drinks, featured a punch especially formulated for the party-goers. Choosing from among the wide variety of luscious Eli's Cheesecake flavors was difficult and many dessert lovers opted for a sampling of two or more.

 

Water Tower Place and five of its generous tenants contributed gifts to the evening's raffle. They included Water Tower Place: $100 gift card;  Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch (Level 7): $100 gift certificate; CHICO'S (Level 3): $25 gift card plus a jewelry set (Retail value = $100); SEE Eyewear (Level 2): $350 gift certificate; The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery (Level 2 ): Limited edition Dr. Seuss print, "If Santa Could Do It, The So Could The Grinch," (Retail value = $225); and Campus Colors (Level 7): $100 Gift Card.

 

There were six lucky winners for the raffle prizes but no one went home empty-handed. Everyone received an incredible Water Tower Place goodie bag containing special offers, products and information from the six raffle participants.

 

Aglow from the start of the party to past its announced end time, Dutchie was constantly in motion, thrilled to greet old friends and meet new ones. When SOAR President Gail Spreen, Grant DePorter and Katie Lindsay, marketing manager of Water Tower Place, accompanied her at the Museum's recreation of "Harry Caray's Broadcast Booth"--they called up the family of a friend of hers, the late and beloved balladeer, Jimmy Damon, to lead in singing "Happy Birthday." Dutchie's eyes teared up when she spotted her old friends, Marc and Maureen Schulman, and her birthday cake, custom baked by the Schulman family's Eli's Cheesecake. Then the crowd spontaneously sang the Caray Anthem, otherwise known as "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." NBC5's anchors signed off their 10 o'clock newscast with a sentiment communicated all evening, "Happy Birthday, Dutchie. We love you!"

 

 

Left photo, left to right, Maureen Schulman, Marc Schulman, Dutchie Caray, Grant DePorter. Right photo, left to right, Katie Lindsay, Gail Spreen, Dutchie Caray, Grant DePorter.

 

To view more photos in our Gallery CLICK Here. 

Thursday
Jul172014

Nominating Committee Now Accepting Applications for SOAR Board of Directors

Streeterville residents who are interested in being considered as a candidate to serve as a director of SOAR's Board of Directors are invited to submit an application to the nominating committee. Applicants must be SOAR members in good standing.

SOAR Board members gain interesting and important insights into how all stakeholders work together to "keep Streeterville a neighborhood." To turn these insights into policy requires participation by residents from every corner of the community (Chicago River to East Lake Shore Drive/Oak Street, and from Rush Street to Lake Michigan) who offer complementary skills and experience.

Interested Streeterville residents are asked to complete an online application and submit copy of a current resume or curriculum vitae.  

SOAR Board members are elected for one (1) or two (2) year terms at SOAR's annual meeting.

 

Thursday
Jun052014

Streeterville Neighborhood Plan Draft Presented to Community At Large

On June 4, 2014, a Community Meeting was held to present an updated Streeterville Neighborhood Plan (SNP) hosted by the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.  The Plan was presented by the SOAR Streeterville Neighborhood Plan Task Force with representatives from Chicago’s Department of Transportation and Planning Department (CDOT) who provided additional perspective and insight.

The Streeterville Plan is an update to the breakthrough strategic plan launched in 2005.   Gail Spreen, President of SOAR emphasized that the SNP was in a draft stage and encouraged the 100 plus attendees to share their comments and ideas about the Plan during the meeting and also provide additional commentary and insights by going online to the Streeterville Neighborhood Plan feedback page.   

Download a preview of the SNP draft plan.