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Beat the Heat – Chicago River

June 22, 2012

Glimmering Waters

By Teron Russell

The Chicago River, a great place to beat the sun. The river is a great attraction to tourists around the world. It is a great place to have lunch, take a boat ride, or rent a bike or Segway.

The Chicago River is 156 miles long, according to Friends of the Chicago River. To get to this location, take the CTA Red Line to the Lake stop.

The most popular attraction is the river itself. Many people from around the world like to visit this location. As Chicago turned into a city, the river was used as a sewage dump. Due to the spreading of diseases the river was reversed in1910.

There are many boats that take visitors on a tour of the river and Lake Michigan. The fees of the trips vary depending on the length of the trip. A round trip can cost up to $24, According to wendellaboats.com, while a one-way trip from “Chicago Water Taxi” charges up to $5, according to chicagowatertaxi.com.

Many tourists learn about the Chicago River by brochures.

“I have read it in our holiday book,” said Christina Lauing, 60, a visitor from Germany.

Many visitors find the Chicago River a great place to eat lunch, or just a place to get away from the office.

“ It’s a block away from work, I can sit here in the shade,” said Jessica Caponigro, 28.

A fun thing to do at the river is take a Segway tour.  According to citysegwaytours.com, a 3-hour tour costs $70 per person. Going on a Segway tour gives visitors a chance to see the area around the river.

“This is my first time,” says Trenton Antis, 18, a tourist from California. So, if you are ever passing by the Wacker Drive area, make sure you visit the Chicago River. It is a great place to meet new people.

Wrigleyville is my Home

June 22, 2012

“Wrigleyville is my home,” said Cameron Wood, a blonde, 5 foot, 6 inch tall, 26-year-old Wrigleyville native.

His position across the street runs parallel to Wrigley Field; the stadium that pumps the blood through the veins of the small community.

Wood’s bright orange glasses reflect the parks image: ragged and run down, used and worn, but appropriate for the area it is in. Wrigley in the battered town of Wrigleyville and the glasses on the worn face of a handsome 26 year old with no money and no place to be.

For all intensive purposes, Wrigleyville, as well as Wrigley Field, are Wood’s favorite city attractions.

“I love Chicago, but this is by far the best part of the city,” Wood said.

Because Wood does not need money to enjoy the town as much as possible.

Wood, much like many other Chicagoans, celebrates Wrigleyville as one of the crown jewels of the Chicago metropolitan area, heralding the area as an asylum away from the expensive nature of the city.

“I can’t imagine living anywhere else,” Wood said.

Wrigleyville, or what is less commonly referred to as Central Lakeview, resides just past Halsted Street and Racine Avenue.

Founded upon the eponymously named Wrigley Field, Central Lakeview based its name and its image on the Chicago Cubs franchise.

And while Wrigleyville has grown into its own neighborhood, it still is tied closely to the Cubs.

“The Cubs are the best attraction in the city,” said Javier Navarrette, 27. “They are such an important aspect of what our city’s persona and people are like.”

But Wrigleyville’s personality is not only made up by the Cubs. In fact, compared to most cities, Chicago has an edge: small pockets of friendly warmth.

“I’ve lived everywhere,” said Kerry Graham, 43. “New York and Memphis. Chicago, especially Wrigleyville, is by far the best.”

Graham is one of many Wrigleyville natives who believe that the biggest benefit of living in Wrigleyville extends much further than just the Cubs.

“The people here are definitely way friendlier than everywhere else,” Graham said.             “They help each other more than anywhere else in the city.”

And according to Graham, this is a far-cry from what the rest of big cities, including Chicago, can be like.

“Honestly, most bigger cities are just not that nice,” Graham said. “But certain areas of Chicago are so nice, like Wrigleyville. It makes you feel welcome.”

While Wrigleyville has become a haven for people who move to Chicago, like Graham, it is also instrumental on many developing Chicagoans personalities.

“My family has lived here for 25 years, and it is basically what our personalities are based on,” Navarrette said. “It has had so much influence on how I was raised.”

Navarrette says that this, coupled with how he was raised by his parents, is the single most important factor on who he is.

“If it weren’t for Wrigleyville, I wouldn’t be who I am today.”

Lincoln Park Zoo “Pet Care”

June 21, 2012

Bear Chillin (photo credit Isabelle)

By: Ryan Johnson

Chicago, a place full of flashing lights, entertainment, and many different noises. From the roaring car engines to the talkative city folk, you never miss a yell, siren, or the screeching wheels of a taxi; however, you might just like to hear something a bit more natural. For instance, what if you could hear and see the roar of a lion instead of the revving engine of a car, or perhaps the screeching noise of a monkey instead of a taxi? Well you can, here in Chicago at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Lincoln Park Zoo is located off Lake Shore Drive at the Fullerton Park Way exit just minutes north of downtown Chicago. The exhibits here showcase some of the happiest and most comfortable animals in the U.S.  On top of being free, this zoo is easy to get to by CTA bus or train.

“Public transportation is easy, you can get around the city using public transportation without any real hassles,” said Sharon Long, 52, a woman biking at the zoo, and a native of Chicago.

Here you not only get a free educational experience, but additionally you receive enjoyment from seeing animals that look lively, relaxed and in love with there new homes. If you are an animal lover, or own some type of pet, you would want to see other animals treated well and at peace.

”I would rate this zoo higher than the zoo in Central Park. It seems to be better maintained and the animals seem to be just happier here in Lincoln Park. Where as the animals in Central Park, looked as if they were trying to get out” Percy Nickson, 56, also a native from Chicago.

So if you are looking for something a bit different from the regular routine noises and sights you see almost daily, come to Lincoln Park Zoo.  You can even admire the amazing architecture of Chicago from there. Chicago is a great place to be, its easy, entertaining, clean and just simply astonishing.

 

Wrigleyville and all its glories

June 21, 2012

By Kevin McLurkin

The neighborhood of Wrigleyville, also known as the greatest neighborhood in the world, is located on the north side in Chicago. The neighborhood can be summarized with the two B’s: and those are bars and baseball.

Chicago has two baseball team that will never get along: The Sox and the Cubs. The Chicago Cubs have been apart of the Major League Baseball for more than 100 years. Also the team hasn’t won the World Series in more than 100 years.  (103 to be exact)

Cubs fans however do not seem to care! They are diligent in their beliefs that The Cubs will win it this year, which would explain the packed stadium, restaurants, and bars on game days. The atmosphere of the neighborhood on game days are always great and full of joy.

In the neighborhood of Wrigleyville, there is a street across from Wrigley field that is completely devoted to bars. On game days there is always a place to watch the game on TV.

Leandra and Manny Melina, ages 31 and 32, Enjoy Wrigleyville.“ I love it, it’s so cool!  They have skybox seats on top of houses that’s amazing”, said Manny.

Jean kitchen and Mary Cook, both 40, and are teachers in Ohio. Mary stated ”The neighborhood of Wrigleyville is very unique, it’s always something going on, something to do something fun and completely different from where we are from”

Chicago is a city full of different cultures attractions, sites and artistry. Wrigleyville has solidified itself as the most baseball oriented neighborhood in the city. You can’t walk through Wrigleyville without seeing multiple pieces of Cubs paraphernalia.

Although the Cubs seem to be on a never-ending losing steak, there fans however are in a winning neighborhood.

Wrigley Field and its Neighbors

June 21, 2012

By Giovanna Zavell

Wrigleyville is home to the Chicago Cubs and is located in the youthful, lively neighborhood of Lakeview. Wrigley field is bordered by Clark Street , Addison Street, Waveland Avenue, and Sheffield Avenue. The baseball stadium was built in 1914, and the Cubs have played there since 1916, according to explorechicago.org. The city sparks to life when a baseball game is started. Enthusiastic fans roar for a homerun, and families sit eager in the outfield seats hoping to catch a ball.

Although the stadium is old, the community surrounding it is not. The neighborhood is full of buoyant families, young students, and young college graduates.

“I love Wriglyville because there is so much youth.” said Christopher Karczewski 23, who is a film student at Columbia College.

Looking for something really fun? Around the baseball stadium are buildings that have rooftop seats. It may not be a first row seat in front of first base, but it is definitely an amazing view of the entire field.

According to abclocal.com, the rooftops began in 1974 by George Loukas. The tenants of the building he bought would climb through a hatch in the roof and watch the baseball games. As time went on, more hatches were put onto the other buildings surrounding Wriglyville, and before Loukas knew it, the public wanted to watch a Cubs game and pay to sit in the rooftops. Rooftops now offer indoor and outdoor seating, and most importantly, food and drinks.

Wrigleyville is not all about baseball games, there is also a firehouse located on the end of Waveland Avenue. This firehouse was the first in Chicago to be built for “motorized fire apparatuses” according to code3firetrucks.com. During Cub games, the firehouse has its garage door open and welcome the fans walking past.

“The house is always open to the public.” said firefighter Frank Mueller 48. “We try to show them the house and do whatever we can as far as public relations. We try to be as courteous as possible,”

Spend and afternoon at a baseball game, eat peanuts and hot dogs, and enjoy the pleasant feel that Wrigleyville has to offer.

“We once came here for a wedding,” said Vicki Pite 62 from London.  “We liked the city so much that we came back on vacation.”

The Wrigleyville Experience

June 21, 2012

By Brittany Kane

When people think of Wrigleyville, many would consider it to be only bars and a baseball field. However, the neighborhood also has much to offer that, combined with the bars and the field, creates a pleasant and exciting atmosphere.

Wrigleyville is a neighborhood in the northern part of the Lakeview area. According to the Chicago Traveler website, its borders consist of Byron Street on the north, Roscoe Street to the south, Ashland Avenue on its west side, and Halsted Street on the east.

A major focus of Wrigleyville is Wrigley Field, as many would expect. However, there’s a reason for that. The field, according to the Explore Chicago website, has been around since the early 1900s and the home of the Chicago Cubs since 1916. But it’s the atmosphere within and surrounding the field on game days is what makes people want to visit Wrigleyville and makes others want to stay there.

Michael, 43, and Brenda Smith, 41, were able to see a Cubs game while on a recent visit to Chicago for their 20th anniversary. The Florida natives expressed their liking of the game and the field itself. “[The field] has a lot of charm,” Michael said. Brenda adds that she enjoyed the field’s atmosphere being “like old-school fields,” since it is a part of a neighborhood unlike other fields.

Matthew Morley, a 23-year-old security guard at Wrigley Field and Chicago resident also describes the enthusiasm of the crowds of people coming to the field.  “Games start at 7 o’clock at night and you have folks coming here at 1 in the afternoon to come see Wrigley,” he said.

While Wrigley Field may seem to provide most of the entertainment in Wrigleyville, there is a lot more to experience in the neighborhood. The area has a variety of restaurants and bars, which are especially crowded after a Cubs game.

Over 35 bars are located within Wrigleyville. There are also plenty of restaurant options, ranging from Italian food to pubs and grills.

The Wrigleyville area has other interesting places and events worth seeing, including the iO comedy club and concerts at the Metro.

The neighborhood is easily accessible through public transportation, having a stop on the CTA’s Red Line right across from Wrigley Field.

“Considering where we are in Florida, I love the fact that we haven’t needed a car since we’ve been here. I’ve enjoyed that a lot,” explained Michael Smith

Overall, Wrigleyville is an enjoyable part of Chicago. The crowds, restaurants and bars, and wide range of entertainment opportunities, especially Wrigley Field, make it a spot definitely worth visiting.

Of course, its residents enjoy it as well. “Just being on the field knowing that I get to come to work every day and walk on Wrigley Field… [It] actually makes it worth it for me,” Morley said.

The All-American Dream

June 21, 2012

By Jordan Berardi

Personal messages from adoring fans blanket the bricks surrounding Wrigley Field in the heart of Lakeview. Wrigleyville is home to the Chicago Cubs and approximately 50 establishments, from the iO comedy club to Casey Moran’s Irish Pub according to Chicago’s tourist website (www.explorechicago.org.)

Built in 1914, Wrigley Field can seat over 41,160 fans and is the second oldest major league ballpark in the country behind Fenway Park in Boston, according to the Chicago Cub’s official website (www.chicago.cubs.mlb.com.)

Just like any hometown monument, Wrigley Field has a unique story behind their iconic scoreboard. In 2012, the Cub’s 98th year, the scoreboard is still operated by two men who navigate up and down on ladders changing the numbers manually.

On game days, though tourists travel to Wrigley Field, it seems the natives feel an attachment.

Bruno B. Bruno, a 51 year old Chicago native said the ballpark is definitely the best part of Wrigleyville.

With each home game, fans crowd the surrounding businesses. In order to keep Wrigleyville a safe environment for children and adults alike, there is a police station within a block of Wrigley Field, as well as a fire house directly across the street.

The variety of people is undeniable. From toddlers to the elderly, everyone has good things to say about the stadium as well as its corporate neighbors.

Aside from bars, restaurants, and souvenir shops, there are other attractions and events in the area that attract tourists as well as Chicago natives. In addition to hosting traditional baseball games, Wrigley Field is a common venue for iconic concerts.

However, aside from the ballpark there is the Alta Vista Terrace, which is a small area north of the stadium that is home to unique townhouses with ornate stained glass additions.

Visiting Wrigleyville is awe-inspiring for everyone. Whether it is an elderly man, or a toddler just learning to walk, it is agreed that the neighborhood is the only of its kind. “The reaction you see in people’s faces: the wonderment, the awe, and the excitement. It is a once in a lifetime experience,” said Todd Prisal, 52, of Chicago.

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