Monday, March 30, 2009
I offer a toast to the South Side Irish, for they have had a great run of it. For thirty years the Beverly/Mt. Greenwood neighborhoods of Chicago have hosted one of the finest Irish parades/celebrations unrivaled by any city in America. But now it seems to have grown too big, gotten rowdier, and created a nightmare for the good folks who began this annual tradition in 1979 with a family march down Western Avenue. It appears the time has come to call it day, hang up your party hats, turn the key, and walk away.
Now we hear the parade might move down the street to Evergreen Park. Let’s hope the fine folks of EP see this annual event as an opportunity to bring tons of business to their area, driving up cash receipts of local pubs, restaurants, and shops, as well as give all the Irish-American families of Chicago and suburbs the opportunity to not only continue the celebration of their national saint, but to honor their history and heritage. And with the recent emergence of “Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day” events that run in September, Evergreen Park can only benefit from the added exposure. On the cautionary side, binge drinking and bad behavior are synonymous with St. Paddy’s Day celebrations, so my advice would be to call out the militia, hire the cavalry, and rope off an area for the ignorant few who ruin it for the majority. And if the city planners of Evergreen Park are lucky enough to win over the hard-working people behind this legendary event from the Beverly/Mount Greenwood area, then they’ll have themselves a sweet addition to their community calendar.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
While supplies last, we are offering your organization, school, church, business a free case of either (or both) of the following books that we are discontinuing. There are no strings attached, except that you must come to pick them up in person from our office (or pay $15/case for shipping).
— A Native’s Guide to Chicago, 4th Edition (28 in a case)
—A Field Guide to Gay & Lesbian Chicago (52 in a case)
Give your customers, members, associates something free! Don’t be shy—we need the warehouse space and we want to get these books into appreciative hands while the information is still somewhat current.