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Posts from July 2013

Marcello Lagunas: Restaurant Owner with one of those Great Stories

During my breakfast, I had a chance to speak with Marcello and I learned that he arrived in this country over twenty five years ago from Mexico, and shortly after arriving in Chicago, he started working at restaurant which is now known as “The Diner,”(Clark and Devon) as a dishwasher. Over the years, his hard work and dedication paid off, as he was promoted to busboy, then to cook, then waiter, and, in more recent years a new owner promoted him to be the general manager of the restaurant. Marcello took great pride in his success, as the restaurant’s volume in sales under his leadership more than doubled in one year, finally putting him in a position to join forces with a partner and open his own restaurant, which he did around four months ago.
Posted by Mike G on July 24, 2013 |

Many Victims of Sunday’s Senseless Murder

I soon learned that the kickball game was an official camp activity - but only around a quarter of the kids who normally attend showed up that day, parents understandably holding their kids back for a day or longer waiting to see what comes down - despite the steady presence all day long of a police and a squad car adjacent to the Field House. Think about how many kids who ought to be engaged in summer fun found themselves locked inside their apartments, "doing nothing," on a sweltering summer day, at a program offering two meals a day and fun, activity and play.
Posted by Mike G on July 17, 2013 |

Great News Wyllie B White Park

In their case I can see how tremendously helpful it is for them to have a stable, safe and fun environment for their children - not to mention regular meals and several field trips to destinations around the City. Having the kids actively involved in activity allows the parents a chance to stabilize their lives, including their challenging employment and housing situations. Without the program, the children would likely be having a dull, lousy summer filled with literally nothing to do - more dreary than many of us could imagine. Congratulations to Wyllie B. White Park District Supervisor Jerry Wallace and his engaged staff for a job well done, and thanks to the benefactors for making the program affordable.
Posted by Mike G on July 03, 2013 |

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About the Author

Mike G's photoMike Glasser

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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