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Posts from March 2014

One Talented Local Singer Songwriter Helping Another

While I attended local singer songwriter Nicholas Barron's live show at the Act One a couple of weeks back, I met a couple of attendees whose lives were deeply impacted by Nick. I was so impressed with one young man's story that I encouraged him to share his experiences with us via this website, which I do below. As to Nicholas Barron, I am confident that the Act One (the fabulous bar and restaurant attached to Mayne Stage) will continue to feature Nick, and if/when they do, I encourage you all to check him out, as I believe he is a special musical professional with wonderful skills. Here is the piece, written by the singer songwriter in attendance that evening, a young man around 23 years old, who has since left Chicago to find success as an entertainer in LA.
Posted by Mike G on March 31, 2014 |

American Airlines Flight 1137

I breathed a sigh of relief, and, mysteriously, sensed that I had experienced something important. We should all experience a Flight 1137 emergency landing, as it forces us to consider what is important in life. It offers us a chance to see how we respond to life threatening situations that are beyond our control, and it reminds us of important tasks that we really ought to complete – such as wills, business succession plans, and, oh yeah, to always value the lives of those whom we love and try to always say a proper good bye. Also, don’t take anything for granted, including the safety of airplane rides. The unexpected can always happen, and we always ought to be a bit guarded and never complacent.
Posted by Mike G on March 26, 2014 |

Tribune endorses Rogers Park resident in Judicial Race

Why should any of care about a Judicial race? Consider that at some point everyone finds themselves at the mercy of a judge: whether for a simple traffic ticket; while serving jury duty, or, at a life changing event such as a divorce, as a party to a lawsuit, or perhaps because you are a victim, witness or a suspect in a crime. Without question, the wheels of our judicial system will run far smoother with competent judges. I suggest everyone consider taking the time to vote for Judge, and make an informed decision, relying on whatever sources you deem responsible. With that said, I offer my personal recommendation for one such candidate, running for the 9th Judicial sub circuit, Rogers Park resident Michael Strom.
Posted by Mike G on March 10, 2014 |

Where’s the Soup?

Knowing as much as I do about Rogers Park restaurants, I was shocked to find myself tongue tied. I couldn’t think of any place that had that special curative type of soup that our Moms and Bubbas made for us when we were little. Out of desperation, I found myself recommending two Jewish delis - one in Andersonville, and the other on Touhy, just east of the Expressway. It wasn’t until a week ago, with temperatures still dipping below 20 degrees, that I finally discovered the best bowl of chicken soup in Rogers Park.
Posted by Mike G on March 06, 2014 |

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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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