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ISU Grad Christine Cuartero Founds Service Club at North River Elementary

Check out this article about a local teacher working hard to "provide students with a better understanding of their leadership skills through community volunteerism."


New Business Owners Say Bryn Mawr a Good Place to Invest

Midori’s, the Outdoor Café, Java & Mug, Sergio’s, Davis Cleaners, the Korean Fruit Market, and the Art Zone have long been strong anchors for the Hollywood-North Park business district which runs along Bryn Mawr Avenue between Kimball and Kedzie, but business closings in recent years left a number of vacant storefronts scattered throughout the 2 block stretch.  Today it looks like things are changing again—for the better.
Offerings at Kabab Grill
The Kabab Grill, a Middle Eastern restaurant offering a range of traditional appetizers, salads, sandwiches and, of course, shish kabob--all at very reasonable prices--recently relocated to 3222 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue.  "We were looking for a new location, and Bryn Mawr looked like a good place to invest," explained owner Kamel Botres. 
The Kabab Grill delivers and caters. They also offer a private party room which seats up to 100 people. (We tried the hummus plate, baba ghanoug, beef shawerma, kefta kabob and chicken kabob. The ingredients were very fresh and the food was delicious.) 
One block east, Phil Wright came to a similar conclusion. "We looked at many places, and Bryn Mawr felt right. There are good restaurants and it is a good neighborhood," says Wright, a cabinet-maker who recently opened the Woodwork Laboratory at 3314 W. Bryn Mawr.  In addition to custom cabinet making, the Woodwork Laboratory offers furniture repair and restoration and picture framing. "I’m good at keeping costs down while still delivering quality work," Wright says.  He also offers one-on-one instruction and group classes.
On the southside of Bryn Mawr, work is underway to open a new day care center. And, just west of Kimball, Northeastern Illinois University is planning to build a new residence hall and other facilities.
"Bryn Mawr can be a great neighborhood business district," says Judie Simpson, president of the Hollywood North Park Community Association (HNPCA), "and we are really happy to see new businesses locating here." HNPCA is working with Alderman Laurino’s office to fill the remaining storefronts and to encourage outdoor dining along Bryn Mawr.

Albany Park & Irving Park SSA Services Have Started!

On April 2, 2014, the North River Commission began the first day of sidewalk cleaning services provided by CleanSlate as part of the Special Service Area program for the Albany Park & Irving Park SSA.

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CleanSlate is used by several SSAs due to its comprehensive scope of services and proven track record in providing excellent customer service and efficiency. CleanSlate employees greet the public each day they are providing service in the commercial district, wearing bright yellow vests, making a strong, positive impression as they clean the corridor.



2014 Sidewalk Cleaning Service Schedule

April through October - 4 days per week
7:45 am-2:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
November and December - 2 days per week
Days and times to be determined.


For 2014, CleanSlate has been tasked to:

  • clean all sidewalks, removing all litter and animal waste from pedestrian walkways
  • remove and dispose of signage from light posts
  • remove litter that has been placed on building ledges or window sills
  • clear any debris on or around catch basins located on streets
  • remove debris from tree pits and planters every day
  • remove overflow trash from garbage bins
  • separate recyclable and non-recyclable materials upon pick-up 
  • shovel crosswalks and bus stops of snow when accumulation is 2 inches or over


 Please click here to read more about the Albany Park & -Irving Park SSA and its 2014 services.



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