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Posts from July 2014

50 Year Old Video Offers Comedic Relief on Serious Issue

Many of us have learned in recent weeks how important it is that we vigilantly report crimes that we witness. The tragic gang related shootings and murders and other bad doings happening in recent weeks, and our neighborhood vigilance in addressing these problems, can make one nostalgic of an era when community involvement in fighting crime was much different.
Posted by Mike G on July 27, 2014 |

Cross the (Chicago) Border for Entry Level Jobs

Across the street: Lincolnwood Mall, and all of the franchises that occupy its out-lot positions: Five Guys; Chipotles, Olive Garden and Red Lobster – the first two of these four restaurants I have patronized following work-outs, absolutely and shamefully reversing any benefit to the work outs I had just completed. And one can get a heck of a good massage at a Chinese Massage business inside of the mall. Is it a coincidence that this thriving commercial corridor exists immediately adjacent to Chicago’s city limits? With barriers aplenty to setting up shop within Chicago, one can be sure that many of the customers patronizing these stores are Chicagoans – to the benefit of Lincolnwood’s sales tax base – not Chicago’s.
Posted by Mike G on July 14, 2014 |

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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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