Northwestern University Medical Research Center Update

SOAR attended the community meeting on September 30 when representatives from Northwestern University and the architectural firm, Perkins + Will, presented an overview of the building's proposed final design and answered questions about the project. Since the design was first presented in November 2013, the University has considered input from SOAR and other community stakeholders and worked closely with Alderman Reilly to address concerns. The Real Estate Committee will schedule a separate meeting with representatives, consider next steps and communicate with Alderman Reilly. View the Design Presentation.

SOAR Artisan Market: Let the Holiday Shopping List Begin!

It's time to write your holiday shopping list--for family, friends and yourself! More than 55 artisans--jewelry, ceramics, clothing/accessories and home décor designers; vintage clothing, photography and art in two-dimensional work--were selected for the Sixth Annual Artisan Market Streeterville.  


Joining them will be a baker's dozen food vendors, report Food Co-Chairs Meme Hopmayer and Mary Aregoni: Bello Tea, Bon Macaron, Chocolate Twist, Confection Diva, DaLobsta, DoRite Donuts, Fumare Meats, Jo's Snow Syrups, Julius Meinl, Karl's Craft Soup, Lucila's Alfajores, Rustic Tart and Saigon Sisters, will be offering food to eat on site or to-go and for gift-giving.


Saturday and Sunday, November 1 and 2, 303 E. Superior (Ryan Family Atrium, Northwestern University Lurie Center.) Free admission. Free shuttles operating every 20 minutes  to and from the Market via W Chicago Lakeshore, InterContinental and Westin Hotels. Discount parking at 321 E. Erie, $10.25 for 12 hours, validated at Artisan Market.

For a sneak preview on Pinterest. For information: or 312.280.2596.

View the Artisan Market video HERE.





SRN Seminar: Managing the Major Condominium Repair Project

On Monday, October 27, SOAR will host a special seminar entitled "Managing the Condominium Repair Project." Legal, engineering and management experts will use the common problem of water infiltrating into a unit as an example of a potential $250,000+ repair project requiring Board, management and contractor teamwork. This seminar will be of special interest to condo and coop Board officers and members, unit owners, property managers and staff involved in preparing their condo and coop communities for planned and unexpected repairs. "Managing the Major Condominium Repair Project" will feature a moderated panel including David Lewin and Bruce Schoumacher of the law firm Querrey & Harrow, Ltd.; engineers C.P. Bok and Richard T. Kaczkowski of CTL Group and Brian Butler of Lieberman Management Services. The presentation will be followed by Q&A. SOAR members and others are welcome to attend.


Monday, October 27

5:30 pm  Registration

6:00 pm  Program


Prentice Women's Hospital, Canning Auditorium

250 E. Superior, 3rd Floor


No cost to SOAR members; non-members pay $15  


RSVP Today


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


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.


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