Lurie Children’s Hospital Comes to Life News 2011 News 2012 / WINTER

Lurie Children’s Hospital Comes to Life
New Hospital Moves to Streeterville Medical Center
It had to be the most dramatic move into Streeterville since
July 10, 1886, when Cap George Streeter steered his
steamboat, the Reutan, onto a sandbar at what now is
Superior and Fairbanks: on June 9, the 126 patients being
treated in Lincoln Park’s Children’s Memorial Hospital steadily
arrived in ambulances with their parents and medical staff to
the new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago,
located close to the historic spot associated with the
neighborhood’s namesake.
The transfer was not only geographic; the hospital traveled
from its roots as a memorial to a tribute to life. Every inch of
Lurie Chidren’s is designed to keep children close to doctors,
nurses and parents and to the normality of life outside the
hospital. Joyful interiors are on every floor, many inspired by
ideas from Streeterville institutions including the Museum of
Contemporary Art (4th Floor); Chicago Fire Department/
Engine Co. 98 (12th Floor); Lookingglass Theatre (15th Floor)
and the Chicago Children’s Museum (17th Floor.)
Hundreds of neighbors and
visitors saw the newest health
care institution in Streeterville’s
medical campus from the
inside during public preview
tours on May 11 and 12, the
latter date also a 5K race from
the Lincoln Park facility to
Lake Shore Park. Walking on
self-guided tours, neighbors
also got to know visitors from
other communities. Ed
C o o p e r, a n a t i v e - b o r n
Streeterville resident, and
South Sider Rosie Gill were
among the first to go inside,
comparing notes and pointing
out the sights as they went
along. Close behind was Thomas Spano, a Lakeview resident
who had taken many trips to the old hospital with his
asthmatic son, now 35.
Near the head of the line was
Streeterville resident Greg Thorsen, a model train enthusiast,
who had shared his enthusiasm with architects in the early
stages of planning. Thorsen was thrilled when he saw the
by Rosalie Harris
train installation on the 12th floor and when he encountered
Bruce Komiske in the crowd. It was Komiske, chief of new
hospital design and construction, who Thorsen first contacted
years ago.
Kay Pearson, a nurse at Prentice Women’s Hospital, touring
with her colleague, Ethan Hixon, remarked on the cheerful
facility. “This great pediatric facility makes the Streeterville
medical center more comprehensive,” she said.
Moving Into 680
The hospital itself isn’t the only Streeterville location for those
associated with Lurie Children’s. In March, the hospital
announced it was taking over 96,000 square feet of office
space at 680 N. Lake Shore Drive formerly occupied by the
headquarters of Playboy Enterprises, now relocated to Los
Angeles. Employees in the legal, financial and development
departments are scheduled to move in mid-September.
Two of those relocating are Andy Tiebert, assistant vice
president-planned giving and strategic campaign programs,
and Sarah Baine, president of the Foundation Board.
Andrew Tiebert in front of the Circle of Care mural in
the 12th floor lobby
During a conversation on the tour, Tiebert pointed out the
economic benefits to Streeterville made possible by the
opportune transfer of hundreds of people. He looks forward
eagerly to the prospect of working in a mixed-use building—
and asked a couple of residents for the names of their favorite
local restaurants.
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Working to Keep Streeterville a Neighborhood
President’s Message
SOAR Boundary Extended
For the past several months our newly formed Marketing
Committee surveyed a sampling of our members and nonmembers to get a better understanding of what residents
expect from SOAR. The results of Marketing Committee
recent surveys showed that no matter their individual
concerns and ideas, respondents expressed an overwhelming
pride in our community. It's obvious: we all love where we live
in this special part of Chicago and want to keep it beautiful,
safe and secure.
In recent years, community concerns and pressing issues
that affect residents in the newer buildings between Rush
and State Streets have overlapped with those SOAR has
traditionally addressed. Residents there have turned to
SOAR on many occasions for assistance. In response to
this need, the SOAR Board of Directors recently expanded
the organization's western boundary to the west side of
State Street. SOAR will be working in the coming months
to reach out to this sector and welcome them into the
To do that takes a team of all the
many diverse stakeholders here,
including SOAR volunteers
working together. From Lake
Michigan on the east; west to
State Street, where we're
welcoming our newest residential
members; south to the Chicago
River, to our northern boundary of
East Lake Shore Drive/Oak Street:
it's our neighborhood and
deserves our engagement.
If you have friends who live between Rush and State
Streets, we encourage you to tell them about the benefits
of being a SOAR member and encourage them to join.
Positively Invaluable Volunteer Night:
A Celebration of Volunteerism
by Mary Houston
Over 150 people gathered at the Landshark Terrace on Navy
Pier on a beautiful evening to celebrate volunteerism and the
many SOAR members who volunteered during the last year.
The June 6th event, a BBQ catered by the Stefani Group,
featured burgers, brats and BBQ chicken, salad, grilled
vegetables and fries followed by cookies and watermelon.
The event was an opportunity for the organization to thank the
many volunteers who contributed to its success during the
past year and to encourage others to join them in
participating in the many SOAR programs.
I invite you to get involved in
SOAR. Contribute whatever time
you have to give. Do something
you enjoy or work in an area that's
new and challenging for you and beneficial for SOAR.
Participate in the Artisan Market, apply for the SOAR Board,
join an existing committee or help us build some new ones.
Call the SOAR office or email us at [email protected] and
we'll get you started on helping us keep our community a
place we can continue to be proud to live in.
The highlight of the evening was the opportunity for people to
learn about the many volunteer activities available to
neighborhood residents. SOAR programs needing assistance
include community service projects, garden club, a new
spring major fundraising event, member benefits team,
membership committee, newsletter, parks task force, real
estate committee, residential network,
and special events. SOAR would not
exist without the strong group of
volunteers who participate in everything
from Streeterville cleanups to the Artisan
Attendees were also afforded the
opportunity to lear n about other
volunteer opportunities in the
neighborhood. Representatives from the
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago,
Ronald McDonald House, Chicago HELP
Initiative and Chicago Shares were on
hand to discuss programs at their
Exploring volunteer
Top left - SOAR display
Top right - Rich Kaczmarek
and Michael Kraynak with
Chicago Shares and also
SOAR members
Bottom Left: Phyllis Mitzen
from Skyline Village (and a
SOAR board member) and
Mable Buckner Payton,
Exec. Dir. Streeterville
Chamber of Commerce.
SOAR is a grassroots organization that depends upon
volunteers. Whether you want to lend your expertise or learn
some new skills, whether you have a day a week or an hour a
month, we hope you'll find a program or a project that looks
interesting to you. If you missed the BBQ at Navy Pier or
haven't already signed up to volunteer for the coming year,
you can still do so. A volunteer sign-up form can be found on
our website at, or email us at
[email protected] We'll get in touch very soon to
find a volunteer role that brings you together with others and
makes SOAR stronger.
Working to Keep Streeterville a Neighborhood
Real Estate Review
News 2012 / SUMMER
by Gail Spreen
It does feel like the real estate market in Streeterville is
changing! Between the new developments and more cranes
going up and coming down, we are in the midst of ‘action’
once again! Here are some of the latest development
Construction is estimated to begin this summer with
completion in 36 months. The community is thankful for the
changes made to the project as well as the enclosed,
underground-like parking garage, green roofs and
sustainable features.
DRW Holdings – 435 N. Park Dr./old Waldorf Astoria site –
Alderman Reilly and SOAR hosted two community meetings
on this development. The plans for a 400 room hotel, 398
rental units and 230 parking spaces were approved by the
City’s Plan Commission in May. It will stand nearly 625 feet
tall with a lower ‘L’ section being the hotel and the upper
tower of rental units. The area, located within the View
Corridor, lining up with Ogden Slip and the low section of the
NBC building, will have an elevation of 52 feet off New Street
and 30 feet off Park Drive. The top of this section will be a
landscaped plaza. SOAR was instrumental in getting the
developer to make several changes to their initial design
plans. These improvements include:
● Moving all loading docks and garage access off of New
Street to Lower East North Water Street.
● Widening and landscaping the sidewalk on New Street to
make it feel like an inviting street and not an alley.
● Adding lighting on New Street and Lower North Water to
brighten up the street. This is for curb appeal as well as
● Adding articulation and more windows and active uses on
New Street.
● Committing to the redevelopment of Ogden Plaza.
What a difference a Street Makes! The 200 East block of
Ontario Street has been transformed into a lush dining and
entertainment strip with outdoor cafes and landscaping.
Unfortunately there are still other streets in the neighborhood
that are shadowed and cold or dirty. SOAR would like to
challenge each property owner to improve their properties
and work to replicate the experience that was recently
created on Ontario Street.
Lurie Children’s Hospital
The new Northwestern Memorial Hospital parking garage
and child care center is now open. It is located between
Ontario and Ohio Streets in the 400 east block.
Several changes in the status of buildings and businesses
have been identified. The owners of the 900 N. DeWitt
building are looking to change the zoning and obtain a hotel
license. The Seneca Hotel is looking to become a rental
building. The restaurant going in at Ohio St. Beach is looking
to get a liquor license. The Ivy Hotel at 227 E. Ontario is
looking to get a permit for a roof deck/lounge. Local Roots
at 601 N. McClurg is a new restaurant focused on local
farming and serving great fresh foods grown locally. The
owners are applying for a liquor license for their new
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Baine observed another benefit to the community: people
from all over the city learning about the many diverse
resources in Streeterville. “That’s the reason why we’re here,”
she said. “It’s the power of the neighborhood.”
Helipad in Operation
The opening on June 9 signaled the end of the test period for
helicopters landing on and taking off from the rooftop and the
commencement of normal operations. The helicopters are
used to transport critically ill children, medical crews and
organs for transplantation. The safety of the helipad had been
vigorously debated during a six-year campaign by SOAR that
rested on professional evidence of unforeseen wind gusts
between the high rises on flight paths and at the top of the
23-story building. The SOAR campaign was co-chaired by
SOAR Past President Betty Eaton and Patty Frost, then a
member of the Board of Directors. They were assisted by
science, engineering, aviation and legal consultants. The
campaign was generously supported by many residents who
contributed to a restricted fund managed within SOAR.
Child-pleasing motifs are everywhere in Lurie
Children’s Hospital. Pictured is the cat scan room,
disguised as a yellow submarine.
Bruce Corson, SOAR president, said, “It’s impossible to
conduct a campaign questioning a children’s hospital’s
proposal without stirring controversy. But the SOAR Board of
Directors was convinced that the helipad decision by IDOT
shouldn’t be based on evidence submitted only by one side
and hastily concluded. As time goes by, we believe the
campaign, managed by Betty and Patty, will be increasingly
viewed as another constructive example of SOAR’s watchdog
role in the community. Our dialog with the folks at Lurie
Children’s continues and we welcome them to Streeterville.”
Eaton said, “It’s very important to remember that the issue
was about one thing and one thing only: safety concerns of
the hospital’s helipad. We never questioned the mission of
Lurie Children’s nor its special place in the medical center
here. On the contrary, we all respect and applaud the
miracles that take place there everyday.”
The zoning to permit the helipad was approved early on by
the Chicago City Council and the Federal Aviation
Administration, which oversees flight paths, gave its approval
afterwards. However, SOAR was the major factor in what is
said to be one of the longest decision-making periods in the
history of the Illinois Department of Transportation, which
decides on safety issues. IDOT rendered its decision on
October 14, 2011, in favor of Lurie Children’s. In late February,
the SOAR Board decided not to pursue any further legal
action and the hospital began test flights.
For more information about Lurie Children’s visit http://
Working to Keep Streeterville a Neighborhood
Broutman Photos at new Children’s Memorial Hospital
The new Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Memorial
Hospital on Chicago Avenue welcomes patients and visitors
in a number of ways. One way that is sure to please—and
perhaps bring a smile to many of its young patients is the use
of animal photographs by SOAR member and Streeterville
resident Larry Broutman. A different animal is used to denote
each floor of the hospital; 5-foot-square photos are mounted
on the walls of the elevator lobbies, and smaller versions are
used in the elevators to distinguish the floors.Broutman is
justifiably proud that he donated the photos to the hospital.
Using PhotoShop, he combined animals with iconic Chicago
landmarks “in a fun and surprising way,” he says; for example,
a giraffe seems to leap in the air near the John Hancock
building, and a zebra is pulling a hansom cab—usually horsedrawn—in front of the old Water Tower.
by Pat Dragisic
wildlife images and if I did not have a selected animal in my
inventory of images, I would somehow arrange to photograph
it,” Broutman related.
Broutman spent nearly three years completing the
photography of images for the hospital. Many hospital staff,
committees, and design consultants were involved in the final
decisions on which animals to use. The story of the swans on
the 8th floor demonstrates, in part, the lengths to which
Broutman went to achieve the desired images. The final
photo shows a family of swans in the water, alongside a family
of zoo visitors in a swan boat. But the swan boats were no
longer used in the Lincoln Park lagoon, so Broutman ended
up researching the use of swan paddle boats and traveled to
a camp ground in southern Wisconsin to photograph the
boats in use there. Naturally, he had to wait for good weather
to make the trip to get the desired shot, and then he talked to
the visitors to get permission to use a photograph of the
family in the boat. “Cooperation was also assured throughout
the project when I mentioned that the work was being done
for a new children’s hospital in Chicago,” he said.
Where did Broutman take his photos of animals? “I have
traveled to all seven continents and photographed everything
from polar bears in the Arctic to tigers in India” he explained.
Recently Broutman followed a family of cheetahs in Kenya for
two years, and his work was shown in an issue of Africa
Geographic Magazine. He also published in other magazines
and exhibited his works in various venues. He has a
permanent video exhibit at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.
Broutman also is a featured artist of the Zagg Corporation,
and his photos are available for applications on smart phones
and tablet-computers.
In the new CMH, you can see Broutman’s work not only on
the elevator lobbies for each floor but also on a 15-ft-long wall
mural on the 11th floor. He worked with graphic designer
Bobbye Cochran to create this presentation of 10 additional
whimsical images.
Photography is a labor of love for Broutman. When asked
about his background, he said, “I am retired from my
professional career as a university professor and business
entrepreneur. I specialized in plastics engineering and
founded two companies within the plastics industry.”
Broutman has BS, MS, and PhD degrees from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.;
his graduate studies were completed in plastics engineering.
How did Broutman come to take the photos for the new
CMH? His association with the hospital started years ago
when he commissioned a Chicago artist to create a mural that
featured his animal photos for the Safari Café at the CMH
outpatient clinic on North Clark Street. That project was
completed in 2003. And then, “fast forward to 2008,”
Broutman says. After learning about the new hospital planned
for Chicago Avenue, “I called the hospital to offer any of my
wildlife images to use royalty free, in the new hospital.”
Broutman’s timing was excellent; Bruce Komiske, in charge of
construction for the new CMH, was in the process of
considering art placement in the new building. Broutman was
invited to bring a selection of his images to a meeting with
Komiske, and the hospital agreed to work with him. “I quickly
volunteered that I would provide the hospital with any of my
Broutman and his wife have lived in Streeterville for seven
years. He is working on a book tentatively titled “Chicago
Unlimited,” which will feature the whimsical images created
for the hospital and more than 100 additional images of
animal photos combined with local scenes. To see his photos
now, stop in at the new CMH on Chicago Avenue or look at
his website
Working to Keep Streeterville a Neighborhood
Rehab is Stepping into the Future
News 2012/SUMMER
Beautification Walk Goes Virtual
Earlier this year, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)
opened a new Patient Recovery Unit and the world's first
Ability Lab™, taking a major step toward accelerating the way
medical research drives better recoveries for patients.
by Jim Houston
In 1989, SOAR instituted the annual beautification awards to
recognize buildings and businesses that made outstanding
efforts to improve the pedestrian experience through
attractive landscaping of their properties. The awards are
presented each year at SOAR’s Annual Meeting. Over the
years more and more buildings and businesses have followed
the lead of beautification winners, and Streeterville pedestrian
ways are decorated with colorful gardens and landscaping
throughout the spring, summer and fall.
RIC treats more than 50,000 adults and children from around
the globe each year across more than 40 sites of care. The
new unit at the Streeterville flagship hospital expands the
number of inpatient beds from 165 to 182 to accommodate
the increasing demand for RIC's world-renowned services.
One of the key features of the new unit is the world's first
Ability Lab, a unique space that integrates researchers into
the patient care setting allowing for real time collaboration
with doctors, nurses and therapists. Researchers are gaining
new insight into ways they can solve patient problems and
sharing the most recent research findings with patients and
their care teams. This unique model allows RIC to advance
patient ability better and faster.
In past years we had Beautification Walks two days in the
neighborhood for interested SOAR members to view and
judge properties that were nominated by SOAR members. To
allow broader participation, in Summer 2012 we are doing a
pilot program to use SOAR’s website for electronic
nominations and voting. In June an e-mail message will be
sent to all SOAR members (with a snail-mail message to
those for whom we have no email address) asking them to
nominate buildings or businesses in Streeterville that they feel
should be considered. Categories traditionally given awards
are residential (condominiums), commercial (businesses and
apartment buildings), and institutional or public space.
In mid-July members will receive a listing of the nominees
along with a link to photos of those buildings. All SOAR
members will be encouraged to visit the most attractive sites
and rank their top three nominees in each category. If you are
not able to visit sites, members will still be able to vote using
the photos posted on the SOAR website. However, visiting
the sites is very much encouraged.
To encourage new buildings to improve their landscaping,
SOAR has attempted to give awards to buildings that have
not received the award in the recent past. The Beautification
page of the website will list the winners of the past three years
so members can focus on other buildings in the nominating
The new Ability Lab at RIC
"RIC's newest Patient Recovery Unit is fusing active medical
research with clinical care, while also serving as a live testbed for new technology, new design, and innovation that will
translate into the planning for RIC's new Research Hospital,"
said Dr. Joanne C. Smith, president and CEO at RIC.
We hope our members will find this a more convenient way to
participate in the judging so the final selections represent the
experience of more members. Please join your SOAR
neighbors in this program to encourage buildings to work for
a better looking Streeterville.
RIC is currently in the planning process, and is hoping to open
its new Research Hospital in 2016. Alderman Brendan Reilly
plans to hold community meetings in collaboration with RIC
when the plans for the new Research Hospital are further
along. You can be sure that the SOAR Real Estate committee
will be actively involved.
Survey Shows SOAR Members Passionate About Streeterville!
As part of our ongoing evaluation of SOAR and its
programs, we leveraged the large attendance at our April
Aldermen Town Hall Meeting to survey members about their
attitudes about SOAR and its programs, and non-members
about programs and issues that might attract them to join.
by Muriel Glick
All SOAR benefits like social events, quarterly newsletters,
e-NewsBriefs and meetings with community officials were
ranked nearly equal in importance and 75% percent of
survey participants noted they were very satisfied with their
membership. It was significant to note that close to half,
42.8% of SOAR members joined over nine years ago or
The brief member survey was taken by 105 members and
included questions about longevity of membership, reasons
for joining, importance of programs and events and general
satisfaction with SOAR. An overwhelming 80% chose
“passion for the neighborhood in which they live” as their
top reason for joining SOAR followed by 39% who
attributed their membership to concern about community
issues with the Children’s Heliport noted most often.
While only eight non members took the survey 83% agreed
with members that if they were to join, community passion
would be their prime reason. Over half also noted as a
reason for not joining is that they already feel represented by
SOAR; the other half said they were interested in receiving
SOAR membership information and this was immediately
Working to Keep Streeterville a Neighborhood
Arts, Crafts, Foods and Fancies at Fourth
Artisan Market Streeterville
Humanities Festival Expanded Offerings Are
Interesting and Exciting
by Ed Cooper
The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) is rapidly becoming a
year-long program of performance, lectures and other
activities. For example, CHF had an early summer program
May 2 -12 called Stages, Sights and Sounds. Performances
included telling the King Lear story from the perspective of the
Fool; a new tale of Superman featuring seven actors sharing a
3 by 7 foot stage, and Mur Mur, a “Cirque du Soleil-style
performance” where actors literally threw themselves into a
SOAR’s fourth Artisan Market
Streeterville will welcome
artisanal foods and fancies into
the vendor mix, in addition to
the arts and crafts available at
previous markets. A celebration
o f c o m m u n i t y, t a l e n t a n d
creativity, the event also helps
raise funds for SOAR’s many
neighborhood programs.
CHF’s complete fall program will be available in August.
Confirmed fall programs at this writing include:
The Market will be held
S a t u r d a y a n d S u n d a y,
November 10 and 11, from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ryan
Family Atrium, Northwestern
University Lurie Center, 303 E.
Superior Street. Admission to
The Market is free to the public;
nearby all-day parking will be discounted to accommodate
family and friends who live outside the neighborhood and may
want to do some holiday shopping on Michigan Avenue in
addition to coming to The Artisan Market.
“To draw more shoppers and complement returning vendors,
we’re expanding the number and diversity of arts and crafts
vendors and enlisting artisans who offer edibles and
whimsies,” said Rosalie Harris, event chair. “Also new this
year is a Buyer’s Choice Raffle comprising donated items
from the Market’s vendors.”
Steering committee members include its co-founders, Mary
Baim, judging chair, and Irene Newman, general coordinator
and budget chair. Judging criteria include originality, price/
value, marketability and compatibility with other items offered
for sale; committee members and outside judges will meet on
Monday, July 16. Following judging, vendor information and
other announcements will be posted through November at and available in upcoming SOAR
newsletters and e-NewsBriefs.
Grant Achatz: Award winning chef, owner of acclaimed
Chicago restaurants, Alinea and Next
David Brooks: New York Times op-ed columnist; annual
Franke Lecture on Economics
Harry Elam: Stanford professor and foremost August
Wilson scholar, on the playwright’s legacy and
contribution to American dramatic tradition
Adam Gopnik: Staff writer for The New Yorker, on French
cuisine and what Americans can learn from it
Baritone Nathan Gunn, who recently starred in Lyric
Opera’s Showboat; in a recital of selections from the
Great American Songbook, with wife Julie Jordan Gunn
on the piano
Author and historian Charles Mann: Books include 1491:
New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus and
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
Brown University’s Tricia Rose whose 1994 book Black
Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary
America was a groundbreaking publication about the
study of hip hop culture
The mission of the Chicago Humanities Festival is to create
opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy and
explore the humanities. This mission is fulfilled through annual
festivals, the fall Chicago Humanities Festival and the spring
Stages, Sights & Sounds, and by presenting programs
throughout the year that encourage the study and enjoyment
of the humanities. More about CHF and its programming can
be found at
We are grateful that Artisan Market Masterpiece Sponsor DK
Condo is underwriting promotional items and participating in
a number of volunteer roles. In-kind sponsors Northwestern
University and its Feinberg Medical School are underwriting
the space and all space-related activities. Individuals and
businesses interested in learning about other sponsorship
opportunities, as well as vendors checking application
deadlines, and volunteers seeking interesting experiences
prior to and during the Market can make contact at
[email protected] or (312)280-2596.
by Sally Park
Each and everyone of you who took a Saturday morning in
April to participate in SOAR’s “Let’s clean-up Streeterville
campaign,” deserves an enormous thank you from all
Streeterville residents, business people and visitors. Our
neighborhood also benefitted from donated Chicago
Trolleys, buckets, shovels and gloves provided by the City &
Alderman’s office, and - of major importance - doughnuts
and coffee provided by 7-Eleven.
After choosing a Streeterville area to clean, each volunteer
put on plastic gloves, took a plastic bag, bucket or shovel
and climbed into a bright red Chicago Trolley. Trolley drivers
dropped off volunteers, picked up full trash bags and
cheered everyone on. In fact, residents and visitors passing
by smiled and thanked volunteers too.
Chicago Trolley Co.
provided transportation
to participants in the
Streeterville Clean-Up
on April 21.
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Working to Keep Streeterville a Neighborhood
In 1999, in response to concerns about rising numbers of
homeless in our area, Jacqueline C. Hayes, a SOAR member,
invited various organizations to address this problem and
create a united effort to ease the plight of these individuals.
The result: The not-for-profit Help Ease Local Poverty (HELP)
was incorporated and its programs operated continuously for
almost 11 years.
Plans are in works to restart a literacy program this spring, as
many guests need help with reading and writing skills. Other
activities on the drawing boards are a bike fair, a shoe fair, a
camera project and 2012’s holiday gift bag distribution.
Each week volunteers, generous benefactors and sponsors
give their time and resources to help those who are less
fortunate than themselves in an effort to ease poverty, hunger
and homelessness in our community.
The Chicago Help Initiative (CHI) takes pride
established meaningful partnerships with the
organizations: Catholic Charities, Greater North
Avenue Association, Literacy Chicago, Loyola
Graduate School of Social Work, Northwestern
Hospital and NMH’s Stone Institute of Psychiatry,
Ministry, Thresholds and
About The Chicago Help Initiative
Feeds those in need at Wednesday evening dinners,
provided by area restaurants and served by volunteers at
the spacious, attractive and safe facilities of Catholic
Charities, 721 North LaSalle Street.
Besides a healthy meal, guests can meet with doctors, nurses
and interns from the area hospitals, psychologists from
Northwestern Memorial Hospital and social workers from
Thresholds, Lawson House YMCA, Catholic Charities, The
Night Ministry and other social service agencies. Guests can
sign up for drug rehabilitation, job training programs,
homeless shelters, tutoring, and other assistance on each of
these evenings. Each week there is also an enrichment
program accompanying dinner providing an educational and
social experience. Each guest receives a card and gift
certificate on his or her birthday to demonstrate someone
cares about them.
Now the country’s economic conditions have worsened, and
the same individuals who started HELP have stepped up to
assist not only the homeless and the disadvantaged but also
those who have lost their jobs or homes. In June 2011, CHI
was incorporated as an Illinois not-for-profit organization and
in September 2011 was recognized as a 501(c)(3)
organization. CHI’s programs serve those in need within the
boundaries of Randolph Street to the south, Division Street to
the north, Lake Michigan to the east and the Chicago River to
the west. Hayes is the president of the CHI.
News 2012 / SUMMER
Is a consortium of business, residential, religious, social
service institutional and volunteer leaders striving to
promote an atmosphere of dignity and compassion
toward those in need by providing access to food, health
services, shelter and employment.
Works to educate local businesses and residents as to
how they can help ease the plight of the homeless,
disadvantaged and out of work individuals and improve
their well-being, self esteem and productivity.
in having
The Night
The Chicago Help Initiative is definitely making some positive
headway in effecting change in the lives of those in need in
the community. “For more information or to learn how you can
help go to
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available basis. To learn more, call 877-624-4532 or visit them
online at
Residence Inn Downtown Chicago - Enjoy special discounted
Chicago Shakespeare Theater - This summer, see the “tale as rates for SOAR members at the Residence Inn Chicago
Simply go to
old as time” when Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents D o w n t o w n / M a g n i f i c e n t M i l e !
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Use the code word “SOAR” and and enter "C2S" in the
receive $5 off children’s tickets to all July performances, limit four Corporate/Promotional Code box to secure your reservations
discount tickets. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit today. Rates are based on availability and not valid for groups of
10 or more. Expires 12/31/2012.
SOAR Member Offers
Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel)
Get in shape for the summer at The Carlton Club, one of the Gold
Coast’s best kept secrets. Located in The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, The
Carlton Club fitness center, complete with group training classes,
personal training appointments and a pool, is open exclusively to
Carlton Club members and guests of the hotel.
Apply for
membership by July 31st and SOAR members get first month
dues free, with a complimentary fitness evaluation, two private
training sessions and lunch for two in deca RESTAURANT + BAR.
Email: [email protected] or call 312-266-1400.
GO Airport Express offers airport shuttle transportation between
Chicago area locations and O'Hare and Midway Airports. Efficient
and economical shared-ride shuttles depart from O'Hare and
Midway Airports every 10 minutes for Chicago downtown hotels. Transportation to the airports is arranged by making a return
reservation. Call 800-284-3826 to make a shuttle reservation and
use your 10% discount code: “SOAR”. Value Van bookings for
pickup at Northwestern Memorial Hospital can also be made.
Lookingglass Theatre - Offering SOAR members $30 tickets for
Thursday 3pm matinees of Eastland: A New Musical, about the
tragic sinking of the S.S. Eastland. Use code "SOAR" online at or call the box office at
312-337-0665. Tickets are subject to availability; offer not valid
on previously purchased tickets or with other offers. Expires 7/29/12.
Shoreline Sightseeing - Offering SOAR members a $5 discount
on an Architecture Cruise on the Chicago River. Use code 4179
when ordering at (good online
only). Limit 4, adults and seniors only. Expires 11/30/12.
Working to Keep Streeterville a Neighborhood
Much Ado About Quite A Lot
ask what might residents of Streeterville do to support and
participate with this pearl on our Lake Michigan shore, since
SOAR’s mission is “to preserve, promote and enhance the
quality of life and community in Streeterville.”
possibilities include:
• Become a subscriber and attend 3 plays a year, which
many residents from Hyde Park, Oak Park, the Chicago
Loop, Lake Shore Drive and Streeterville certainly do.
• Share CST experiences with neighbors, coworkers and
• Remember that CST offers something for all ages. For
instance, from February to early spring there are 8 weeks
of Saturday shows followed by discussions for 10-12 year
old children. Attending as a family enlarges the
experience beyond the school educational approach.
By Sally Park
Julius Caesar’s activism, Merry Wives of Windsor sitcom
personalities, King Lear and Richard III’s pride might all be
found today. One even could imagine the As You Like It
Touchstone clown personality in our current day television
commentator Bill Maher. William Shakespeare wrote for the
Elizabethan era, but today his understanding and depiction of
human nature still resonates as it is produced, read and
accepted for its insights into human nature. After receiving 62
Joseph Jefferson awards, 3 Laurence Olivier awards and the
regional Tony awards for overall excellence, it is apparent that
Chicago Shakespeare Theater-CST-is “center stage.”
Alida Szabo, Director of Audience Development for CST, met
me in the theater lobby on Navy Pier’s second level as
Chicago schoolchildren were experiencing a play in the Review upcoming calendar dates at
theater. As a regular program, CST holds teacher workshops to learn of special programs such as Sunday in the Park,
with area teachers, gives them materials and sets dates for musicals and international troupe productions.
productions which some 40,000 students attend. After each
play, the actors explain their work and respond to questions.
This is a way CST gives back to the Chicago community. SRN considers Mediate or Litigate by Scott Fehlan
When shown to the children, the adapted and shortened
Mediate or Litigate: It’s Your Money!” was the topic at the
Taming of the Shrew is 75 minutes of fun. The teacher
Streeterville Residential Network (SRN) meeting on March
participation and Q&A with students can build a sense of
28th. Mark Pearlstein of Levenfeld Pearlstein explained to
ownership, which bodes well for a future interest in theater
the audience of condominium and cooperative board
that will include Shakespeare. Over one million students have
members and building managers what types of disputes
experienced CST’s program.
should be handled through litigation. Pari Karin and Mac
Steele of the Center for Conflict Resolution discussed how
In addition, Streeterville families will find plays such as Beauty
their organization helps mediate disputes ranging from
and the Beast and other well known fairy tales being
noise complaints to a neighbor’s annoying pets. Our
produced for their families and for young audiences, all of
sponsor BMO Harris was represented by Larry Passo, and
which begin at 5 years old. Little children delightfully suspend
our host, 161 Chicago Avenue East Condo Assn., was
disbelief when they listen to fairy tales and when they become
represented by Margie Tinerella. If you have suggestions for
engaged with theatrical drama. The characters bring to life
future meeting topics, please let us know.
real world variables, while the audience is left to draw their
own conclusions.
As a result of the remodeling of Navy Pier, CST moved in 1999
from their Ruth Page location on N. Dearborn into their new
two theater spaces on the pier. Since then, they have created
a schedule of 600 events per year with an audience of nearly
¼ million. 2016 will be the Centennial Year for Navy Pier,
whose administration recently proposed a redesign of key
elements that includes a third theater for CST. The two
current theaters and the new one will be interconnected
creating a sense of a campus for the performances.
CST’s performances can be spoken of as a festival with a
small “f” according to Ms. Szabo. The use of “festival” is
descriptive of the variety of programming and it informs all
that happens in the theater: the musicals, classics and family
shows. Next season’s festival will include Sunday in the Park
with George, The School for Lies, Julius Caesar, and Henry
VIII, plus short Shakespeare for young audiences and various
performance by international companies.
From left to right - Pari Karin and Mac Steele, both from
the Center for Conflict Resolution, and Mark Pearlstein
from Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC
Ms. Szabo characterized Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the
Park with George as modern lyrics in the best poetically
eloquent tradition of Shakespeare.
The inspiration for this
musical was painter Georges Seurat’s illustration of the
everyday interaction of ordinary people in his 1884 painting A
Sunday on La Grande Jatte , which is part of the permanent
collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Come participate in a Streeterville
Sunday July 15th - You can participate in the production
or merely watch!
The production is called “Like a
Secondhand Sea” by Paul Durica. Please watch the
SOAR website for more information. Be part of Cap
Streeter’s running his boat aground and the battle with the
While listening to Ms. Szabo identify and explain all that CST
accomplishes and plans for the future, it became important to
Working to Keep Streeterville a Neighborhood
Chicago Architectural Foundation promotes a Tour of Streeterville
Maurice Champagne is a volunteer docent with the Chicago
Architecture Foundation (CAF), class of 2004, a resident of
Streeterville, and Tour Director for the new tour of
Streeterville, Transformation from Sand Bar to Lakefront
News 2012 / SUMMER
by Maurice Champagne
The Tour Director of the new tour (usually the docent who
researched and developed the tour) trains and certifies the
docents who will give the new tour. CAF’s standard is 10
tourees to one docent. Maurice Champagne, in his role as
Tour Director for the Streeterville tour, has trained 3 additional
docents to give the Streeterville tour. CAF anticipates 20 to 30
people for each tour date. A description of the tour follows.
In 1996, the mother and son team of Mary and James Allan,
Chicago Architecture Foundation docents, developed a tour
of Streeterville. At that time, CAF had a shop at the Hancock
Center. So the tour left from there and went north to East Lake
Shore Drive then south on inner Lake Shore Drive and ended
on Huron with the Northwestern Memorial Hospital and
Northwestern University buildings. Development south of Erie
in the mid-1990s was just starting and the Chicago River was
just beginning to be viewed as an amenity that people wanted
to live near.
Transformation from Sand Bar to Lakefront Residences
Learn how geography influenced the development of
Streeterville and what part “Cap” Streeter played. Also see
the amazing variety of architectural styles in Streeterville. Take
a walk along Lake Shore Drive to see the residences of the
East Lake Shore Historic District with unobstructed views of
Lake Michigan. Learn how the lake shaped the shore line and
about a ne’er-do-well tug boat captain who held off the
Pinkertons and the city police for almost 30 years while he
squatted on a sand bar claiming it as his “District of Lake
Michigan.” The buildings along Lake Shore Drive range from
the elegance of the 1910s to the modernism of Mies van der
Rohe and the post-modern design of Chicago-French
architect Lucien LaGrange. Included is a hidden treasure: a
tapestry designed by Marc Chagall in plain view in a lobby.
Meet at the northeast corner of Michigan Ave. and Oak/East
Lake Shore Drive, across the street from the Drake Hotel. We
end at the Chicago River where you can stop for a beer at
Lizzie McNeill’s pub.
When CAF closed the Hancock location in 2002, the
Streeterville tour was put on hiatus and the Michigan Ave tour
was revamped to start at the river and end at the Drake Hotel.
The Magnificent Mile tour is still offered twice per month.
Maurice Champagne dug up the old Streeterville tour manual
written by the Allans and revised it to add new information.
Now it starts at the Drake Hotel and ends at the Chicago
River and McClurg Ct. The new Streeterville tour covers
buildings that did not exist when the previous version was
given. In March, 2012, the CAF Tour Committee approved the
new Streeterville tour for the 2012 tour season.
To sign up for the tour, go to Click on
the TOURS in the red banner, then on Find A Tour. The next
screen will have an area on the left labeled Find Tickets. When
you click on Step 1: Choose an Event, the drop down will list
all tours. Scroll towards the end to find the name of the tour.
Step 2: Choose Date will list all the dates for the Streeterville
All of the CAF tours are created by one or more of the over
400 docents. The Docent Council is responsible for all docent
activities and its Tour Committee members approve the
development of all new tours and review existing tours.
Members of the Tour Committee review the new tour manuals
and take a demo tour before they recommend its approval.
Streeterville Clean-Up
Go Green – Save Energy
continued from page 6
Special thanks to Alderman Brendan Reilly, Chicago
Department of Streets and Sanitation, Chicago Trolley,
Streeterville Properties, The Grand Ohio Condominium,
Residences at River East and CityView Condominium for their
generous support and contributions that helped make CleanUp Day a success.
Streeterville Buildings to be Retrofitted
In an effort to make the city more energy efficient and
attractive to business, Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently
announced that 14 commercial buildings signed on to the
Retrofit Chicago's Commercial Buildings Initiative. Four of
those buildings are located in Streeterville.
The total
project is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs and
eventually save $5 million in energy costs. The buildings,
totaling 14 million square feet, range in age from 7 to 117
The Streeterville buildings are all icons in our
“I guess picking up garbage with neighbors is more fun than
doing it on your own!” commented Mike Kraynak. “Not only
did we make a difference in the cleanliness of our streets, but
all broom-toting SOAR sweepers felt more involved when they
finished. So get ready for our next Clean up Day this fall.”
Pictured are SOAR members who warmed up with the
excellent 7-Eleven coffee and doughnuts at Streeterville
Properties before heading out to clean-up Streeterville.
• InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, 505 N.
Michigan Avenue
• NBC Tower, 454 N. Columbus Drive
• Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 E. North
Water Street
• The Wrigley Building, 400-410 N. Michigan Avenue
SOAR supports all energy saving efforts. The planned
retrofit of these buildings will contribute to the “greening of
Streeterville” .
Working to Keep Streeterville a Neighborhood
Not All Magnificent Golf Moments Happen on the Course
by Mary Houston
Magnificent Moments™: Ryder Cup, Remember Bruce
As you read this headline you are probably wondering: “Why
is there an article about The Ryder Cup in the SOAR
For the first time in its 80-year history the Ryder Cup will be
held in the Chicago area September 25 – 30 at the historic
Medinah Country Club. Because of the yeoman efforts of the
late Bruce Florine prior to his tragic death last year, the PGA’s
charitable fundraising campaign Magnificent Moments™ will
benefit two local charities -- The Illinois
PGA Foundation and Ronald McDonald
House Charities® of Chicagoland &
Northwest Indiana. Additionally, our
community will have a once-in-a-lifetime
chance to get in on Ryder Cup fun by
attending several pre-Ryder Cup offcourse fund raising events in or near
Art Exhibit; Food and Music Events
A month-long art exhibit "Tartan Art on The Avenue" will be
held all September “right out our doors” along Michigan
Avenue and at other iconic Chicago locations TBD.
Internationally-acclaimed artist Leroy Neiman, an alumnus of
The School of the Chicago’s Art Institute will be "Honorary
Chair, Artist Extraordinaire" of Tartan Art. Neiman will also
paint the first large golf ball that will tour Chicago next year for
special occasions. Additional large golf
balls will be decorated by local,
international and celebrity artists.
A food-and-music event called Bagpipes
& Blue aimed at both Europeans and
Americans will be held at the Field
Museum on September 27, 2012, the eve
of the opening day of the Ryder Cup.
Featuring a blend of Ryder Cup and
Chicago indulgences, the event will
Before his untimely death Bruce was
showcase culinary favorites from both
President and Managing Director of
Europe and the United States and will
Chicago-based Madison Collective, Inc.
include a world-class auction featuring
Leroy Neiman and his painted golf ball.
as well as a member of the SOAR Board
Ryder Cup experiences and
of Directors and clearly knew what
merchandise. Music will include the
would be good for Chicago and our community. Because his distinctive sounds of Scottish bagpipes and the iconic
passion for this project was contagious, despite his tragic Chicago blues. The event will be open to the public and
passing last year, the plan flourished through his leadership tickets will be available for purchase.
and continues for our community to enjoy and to benefit.
While we won’t be ducking to the sound of “fore”, we can be
proud that Bruce Florine’s efforts will enable each of us to
“This event will leave a legacy for our community well beyond participate in an aspect of this historical and world-class
what happens on the golf course,” noted Bruce Corson, sporting event in or near our community. Check the website
SOAR president. for tickets and other information
about all 2012 Ryder Cup activities in and near our town.
Green Roof Update
by Mary Houston
New Members
James W. Jardine Water Filtration Plant
We welcome these new members who have joined SOAR
between March 15, 2012 and June 1, 2012. To join or renew
your membership, please visit
I am always looking for green roofs in Streeterville and I
found this one in a very unlikely place outside my window.
The James W. Jardine Water Filtration Plant located next to
Navy Pier is where Chicago's drinking water enters the city.
The water comes from several miles offshore, and is
brought to the filtration plant by a pipeline under the bed of
Lake Michigan. The plant processes nearly a billion gallons
of water each day for Chicago and more than a hundred
suburbs. The plant was designed by Alvord, Burdick and
Howson and finished in 1964, long before anyone cared
about green roofs. Last year, a green roof was constructed
and planted on the top of the entrance gate into the plant.
Perhaps covering the entire building with a green roof might
be preferable, but this is certainly a step toward greening.
Residents & Non-Residents
Donna Alvarado
Robert John Anderson
Roni Anderson & Tony Dwyer
Jim & Betsy Benoit
Claude Birge & Bridget
Allison Brannen
Susan Busse
Susan Caraher
Vicki Diep & Allan Perales
Chavon Downs
Louis Ebling
Richard & Cynthia Ericson
Shirley Fujimoto
Dr. Cheryl Gelfand
Craig & Christine Graff
Marsha Hagney
Gregory Hansen
Ann Hsueh
Dan Johnson
Fred & Laura Jolly
Craig & Diane Kaiser
Karl Kielsmeier & Zarada
Green roof on the entry gate of the Jardine Water
Filtration Plant
Frank Kromlovsky
Jennifer Mayster
Cheryl H. Moore
Gail Nicoletti & Terry Swinney
Scot O'Hara & Dale Boyer
Margaret & Kevin Owens
Oliver Pesch & Sharon Bostick
Dan Roberts
Dr. Alan Rogin & Susan
Louis Rosenthal
Phil & Michelle Schwarz
Diana & Stuart Widman
100 East Walton Condo Assoc.
Bright Horizons Early Education
& Preschool
Burrito Beach
GO Airport Express
Massage Envy - Streeterville
Wolin-Levin, Inc.
Working to Keep Streeterville a Neighborhood
News 2012 / SUMMER
Aldermen Town Hall Meeting
On April 4, 2012 172 SOAR members and friends gathered in
the Ritz Carlton ballroom for the annual Town Hall Meeting
with 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly. Also present was
2nd Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti. Prior to the meeting, the
SOAR board developed and presented questions to Alderman
Reilly which he addressed at the beginning of his
presentation. He then answered questions from the audience.
being reduced or eliminated simultaneously. He stated that
he would not support a property tax increase to fund the
What is being done to enforce existing laws and
ordinances (e.g., in relation to traffic, idling buses, horse
carriages, etc.)? Residents were again encouraged to
contact 911 to report problems and violations to the City.
While the City may not immediately respond to a non-life
threatening issue based on call priority, Alderman Reilly does
review the 911 call log with the police
commander monthly to determine particular
areas of concern based on call volume.
With respect to horse carriages specifically,
Alderman Reilly committed to work to move
the carriages to a more appropriate area of
the city during his second term.
On a
separate note he indicated that he will be
working with SOAR in the near term to
review the latest Traffic Management Plan
proposed by the medical campus
Question: When will the new City ward map take effect?
Answer: The current Ward boundaries will continue through
2015. This means there are three years to
work out the details. The Alderman shared
that each ward was meant to represent an
average of 53,900 citizens; however the
42nd Ward represented 80,000. Thus the
change of boundaries to reduce 42nd Ward
population was necessary. How the
boundaries were re-drawn was a very
political process and will continue to be.
Question: What is being done to improve
the infrastructure in Streeterville?
Answer: The City has recently instituted a
mechanism to coordinate efforts between
the City and utility companies to ensure that
all work done to improve a street is
coordinated to maximize the lifetime of new
pavement. He outlined a list of streets
which will be repaved.
He noted the
recently improved lighting in various parts
of Streeterville including around the medical
campus, and mentioned efforts to improve
bike lanes across the 42nd ward.
Will landmark status for the old Prentice
Wo m e n ’s H o s p i t a l b e s u p p o r t e d ?
Alderman Reilly indicated that the property
is privately owned by Northwester n
University, which has no plans to sell the
property to a private developer.
University has indicated that it cannot reuse
the building as-is to support its research
needs. However, he also indicated that he
was still open to the whole issue.
Question: What is the impact of a tight
city budget on Streeterville and other
Answer: Alderman Reilly indicated that there would be no
cuts in public safety and noted a movement to increase
“managed competition” among companies that provide
services to the city. The goal is to increase the output of city
workers and control the price associated with city projects.
He cited a pilot program in which City waste management
services were competing head to head with a private firm to
provide this city service and the improvements this was
already generating in terms of City-worker absenteeism.
What is happening with the Lurie
Children’s rooftop heliport proposal?
Alderman Reilly indicated that the heliport proposal was
approved by IDOT and that the City does not regulate
heliports, the state does. He committed to work to get
legislation passed at the State level to address the critical
safety gaps and issues identified by SOAR.
When will the flyover bridge be completed? Plans for the
flyover are still underway. Work is expected to begin during
Spring 2013.
SOAR thanks the Ritz Carlton Chicago for sponsoring the
event by providing the space for the meeting and the
wonderful desserts and beverages that followed. Also Best
Buy-Hancock Center donated an iPad2 which was raffled and
received by the lucky winner, Don Morich, SOAR member. To
learn more about SOAR and upcoming events go to
Questions from the audience followed.
Would the Alderman support any increase in property
taxes to address the Chicago Public Schools (CPS)
budget shortfall? Alderman Reilly indicated that the budget
shortfall was due, in part, to a number of funding streams
The Streeterville Organization of Active Residents is an independent nonpartisan 501(c)3 nonprofit
organization, founded in 1975. SOAR’s mission is to work on behalf of residents of Streeterville by
preserving, promoting and enhancing the quality of life and community.
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Chicago, IL 60611
p 312.280.2596
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President / Bruce Corson
Vice President / Christine Foh
Secretary / Sally Park
Treasurer / Irene Newman
Immed. Past President / Brian Hopkins
Mary Baim
Maurice Fantus
Scott Fehlan
Rosalie Harris
Jim Houston
Sharyl Mackey
Manny Martinez
Howard W. Melton
Phyllis Mitzen
Edward Pearl
Gail Spreen
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Word on the Street ... Save the Date(s)
Virtual Beautification Awards, all month
July 19
SOAR Night and Movie in the Park showing Chicago, Lake Shore Park
August 1
Welcome Celebration at Ronald McDonald House
September 12
SOAR’s 37th Annual Meeting, The Ogden International School of Chicago
September 19
SOAR Residential Network: “Your Building’s Financial Health”
September 21
International PARKing Day
November 10-11 Artisan Market Streeterville, Ryan Family Atrium at Northwestern U. Lurie Center
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Managing Editor / Mary Houston
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Chair / Mary Houston
Ex officio / Bruce Corson
Edward Cooper
Pat Dragisic
Muriel Glick
Rosalie Harris
Jim Houston
Gail Spreen
News 2012 /SUMMER