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Posts from March 2013

The Closing of Charmers – the End of an Era for Jarvis and Greenview

Today's closing of Charmer’s Café marks more than simply the closing of a coffee shop and hang out enjoyed by many of us who lived within a few blocks of the area we know as Jarvis Square. For many years before local resident Dan Sullivan opened Charmer’s Café, the name “Charmer’s” adorned the quirky and famous gay bar, one of the oldest gay bars in Chicago, which actually existed immediately west of Charmer’s Café, occupying around half of space of the bar that now exists there, the Poitin Still. It appears that for the first time since 1929, there will be no business establishment named Charmers at this street corner.
Posted by Mike G on March 24, 2013 |

North Side POWER Protest Goes Too Far

“The Alderman lives only a few blocks from here. As a group, we will all march to his house and plant 543 (?) yellow flags in his yard – one for each student at Gale. Please proceed to a door, get a flag, and join us for a protest march to the Alderman’s home, where we will plant these flags on his front lawn. People cheered, stood up and put on their coats. I watched as people proceeded to the entrance, grabbed their flags, and they proceeded to march, orderly, east on Howard and south on Greenview. I proceeded directly to my car, and as I drove home, I saw the residents turn left on the Alderman’s street. I couldn’t resist. I drove in front of the Alderman’s house and heard the crowds chant in unison - something about “no more charters.” I don’t understand the need to take this step. There is no imminent issue – no one has proposed adding more charter schools in the 49th Ward. Furthermore, our local public school, Gale Academy, is not closing, and I presume that Alderman Moore played some role in seeing to it that that decision was reached – an accomplishment, to be sure, given that Gale’s enrollment is quite low (around 65% of capacity), and their scores, though improving, are not where anywhere near where we would all like for them to be. (I have heard that there is a considerable improvement at Gale.)
Posted by Mike G on March 10, 2013 |

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Mike has a long term relationship with Rogers Park, having lived here at various times in his life, most recently returning to the neighborhood in August, 2009. While living here as a third year law student, he remembers drunken nights at Biddy Mulligan’s and hosting a couple of memorable parties that he, hypocritically, now forbids his own tenants from having. Years later, after completing his stint as a lawyer, Mike started investing in apartment buildings in Rogers Park (and elsewhere), and soon after, did what many newly divorced real estate investors do: he moved into one of his buildings. In 1992 Mike was one of the founding members of the Rogers Park Builders Group, an organization that he eventually headed for six years, until yielding those reigns three years ago. Around a decade ago, on a whim, he reserved the web site “,” which he has been developing ever since, and which co-hosts RP BizArts networking events. Mike is the proud father of three wonderful children, Amy, Mitch and Ella.

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