Friday
Jul222016

Navy Pier Community Meeting

Alderman Brendan Reilly (Ward 42) and SOAR will co-host a public presentation regarding the 
continuing redevelopment of Navy Pier. The Navy Pier development team will present plans as they seek
an amendment to their Planned Development and Lakefront Protection Application. The proposed
amendment covers a welcome pavilion in Polk Bros Park (formerly Gateway Park), a new elevated
walkway and water feature at the Pier's east end, new restaurants and a new hotel with up to 240 rooms
located near the east end. Participants will answer any questions you may have.
Topic:       Navy Pier Redevelopment and Improvements-Future Phases 

Who:        Representatives from Navy Pier
                 Meeting hosted by Alderman Brendan Reilly and 
                 SOAR, Streeterville Organization of Active Residents 
When:       Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Time:         6:00 pm

Location:   Loews Chicago Hotel
                 455 North Park Drive

No RSVP is required 

We hope you can join Alderman Reilly and SOAR to engage in a direct dialogue with the development
team to gain a better understanding of their proposal and receive answers to any questions you may have.


Friday
Jul012016

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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Wednesday
Jun222016

Message from the President "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood!"

"It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"

"We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. 
It's easy to say, it's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.
Then there are those who see the need and respond."
Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers)
                   
   
SOAR remains a member-driven advocacy organization, 
connecting residents for more than four decades. 
 
Once again, I want to convey gratitude for your membership in SOAR, as dues remain our largest source of income-and to welcome those who plan to join as new members.
 
I hope you will respond promptly, and generously, to the only Streeterville residential organization that responds to many aspects of your life here. New and renewing members  will receive a copy of SOAR's Streeterville Neighborhood Plan. 
  • Please consider using our safe and secure link to review new membership categories and benefits. 
  • If you prefer to rejoin by phone, call the office at 312.280.2596, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and provide your credit or debit card number and expiration date.  We'll be happy to assist you.
As always, I will be happy to respond to your questions and comments via  email.
 
Deborah Gershbein

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Monday
Jun062016

Message from the President: "You've Got a Friend"  

"Winter, spring, summer and fall, all you've got to do is call."
                                                                                         - Carole King
Every day, someone in SOAR is talking with someone - including our aldermen, representatives of the Chicago Park District, police, developers and business owners, along with many others - whose decisions must keep in mind the fact that more than 30,000 people make their home in Streeterville. To continue "Keeping Streeterville a Neighborhood," SOAR remains a member-driven advocacy organization, serving residents for more than four decades. And we are grateful for your continuing membership.
 
It's time again to support SOAR's efforts by joining or renewing your membership in SOAR for July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017. As you are aware, SOAR is Streeterville's only organization "of the residents, by the residents, for the residents" that encompasses safety, traffic, parks, real estate, greening-including planting and maintenance of the gardens at Lake Shore Park-and preservation, as well as our special projects: the SOAR Farmers Market, SOAR Artisan Market, Annual Clean-Up  information/education, cultural and social programs. SOAR is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization substantially funded by our members.
 
I hope you will respond promptly, and generously, 
 to the only Streeterville residentialorganization that responds to many aspects of your life here. With your new membership or  renewal, we will be mailing you a copy of the "SOAR Streeterville Neighborhood Plan."
  • Please consider using our safe and secure link to review membership categories and new benefits. 
  • If you prefer to join or rejoin by phone, call the office at 312.280.2596Mondaythrough Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and provide your credit or debit card number and expiration date.  We'll be happy to assist you.
  • Come to the SOAR Booth at the SOAR Farmers Market at MCA Plaza, beginning Tuesday, June 7. Volunteers will be happy to sign you up and hand you a copy of the "SOAR Streeterville Neighborhood Plan

P.S. To inquire about your SOAR membership status email or call 312.280.2596 

 

P.P.S Respond by Friday, June 10, to be eligible for a drawing for four tickets to the Lookingglass Theatre performance of "Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure."




As always, I will be happy to respond to your questions and comments via email.

 

Deborah Gershbein

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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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