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Enjoy July at PR Italian Bistro

Cubs Live Stream Now Available on the NBC Sports App – It’s so easy; download the NBC Sports App, click ‘Live & Upcoming’ then CSN Chicago Live and you are good to go right from your table or while hanging at the bar. Complete list of streaming games are here. Only your cable provider login info is needed and no internet required.

Happy Hour Mon. to Fri., 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – The perfect after-work pop-in spot. Awesome drink deals, exclusive Happy Hour small plates and friendly neighborhood faces. Check the full menu here.

Neighborhood Nightcap Every Evening 9:00 p.m.+ – Join your neighbors for a nightcap and a cheese or chocolate board with your choice of a glass of wine, whiskey or digestivo. $15 for one or $25 for two.

Beware of the Burglar! How to Safeguard Your Residence

What can you as a homeowner do to prevent burglars from being successful in their attacks on your property? You are the most important person in deterring crime. The burglar is lazy and wants to make it easy on himself. The burglar seeks out homes and apartments that appear to offer the least resistance. Don’t let your home be one of them.

Always Lock Your Doors!

    DOORS: Always consider the strength of the door. Some doors are hollow and do not afford a substantial base for attaching a lock. The door should be of solid construction and properly installed. The door should not contain weak panels or glass which can be easily broken. Also, the framework to which the door is secured should also be of solid construction. Install deadbolt locks on all exterior doors. All lock set strike plates should be installed with screws long enough to drive into the 2 x 4 wall construction, not just the door frame.
    LIGHTING: A proven deterrent to burglar attacks at night is lighting. Strategically placed lights in hallways, basement areas, passageways, and garage areas can be useful. Burglars seek unlighted areas to affect their entry.
    WINDOWS: Check all windows that may be entered by a burglar. Locks are available for all types of windows. Basic Security precautions can significantly reduce burglary crimes. Burglary is a crime of opportunity. A door or window that is easy to open, a dark house or an open window are all opportunities for burglars. The more difficult it is to enter a home or apartment, the less attractive it is to a burglar.

Inexpensive prevention….

1. Cooperate with police.
2. Lock all doors and windows.
3. Stop all deliveries when going out of town.
4. Play your radio or television when out of the home.
5. Maintain a liaison with your neighbors when away for an extended time.
6. Keep an inventory of all items of value and inscribe your driver’s license number on property with an engraving tool to make identification easy and prompt.
7. Be aware of suspicious persons in your neighborhood and call the police.
8. Don’t allow strangers into your home unless absolutely positive about their identification.
9. Change locks or cylinders when moving into a previously occupied dwelling.
10. Sliding doors or patio doors should be locked and lengths of metal or wood placed in both the top and bottom of the inside track to prevent sliding or lifting the door open.
11. Do not use Mr., Miss or Mrs., or a first name on mailboxes. Use last name and if needed, first initial only.
12. Do not advertise your habits, wealth or impending events such as vacations onpublic forums such as Facebook, MySpace or Twitter.
13. Secure your valuables. If a safe deposit box is not convenient, purchase a safe.
Make sure any safe in the residence is secured properly so the burglar doesn’t walk off with it.
14. Keep all shades and curtains closed at night. You don’t want to advertise your valuables to any prospective burglars walking around at night.
15. If your residence is equipped with an alarm, ARM IT!
And Always LOCK your car doors, residence doors, and garage doors!
For more information contact the 19th District Community Policing Office: 312-744-0064

Chicago Public Library Summer Learning Challenge

Calling all kids from birth to age 13!  We need to defeat Evil Dr. Brain-Drain this summer!  Become a Super Explorer by taking on the Summer Learning Challenge at the Chicago Public Library Uptown Branch. This free, drop-in program with a focus on superheroes runs from June 19 until September 1.

During “Super Explorers” for school age children, you’ll find new books, programs, art projects, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities and many ways for school-age kids to keep their brains active. A special “Little Readers” program for birth to age five will help you help your child to develop early literacy skills.

Check out upcoming activities on the Uptown Branch site. Bring your child to the Uptown Branch to register in person and pick up your explorer’s guide and reading log. Children can register beginning June 19 during the following hours:

Mondays and Wednesdays             11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays                1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturdays                                          10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For more information, call or visit the Uptown Branch at 929 W. Buena Avenue (312-744-8400), or email Children’s Librarian Laura Jenkins.

Buena Park Neighbors June Community Meeting Is Mon., June 26, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club in Montrose Harbor.

Meet neighbors, catch up on what is going on in Buena Park and enjoy one of the most spectacular views in Chicago. Join Buena Park Neighbors and our host Irpino Real Estate’s Dominic Irpino for our June Community Meeting.

The program will be shortened to allow time for refreshments and socializing afterwards.

The program will feature new businesses in the neighborhood. This is your chance to be introduced to

  • Klein’s Bakery and Café (at Broadway and Buena)
  • Eats and Sweets (Montrose, just east of Sheridan)
  • Gold Cuts Barber Shop (4141 N Broadway)
  • The newly revamped Reservoir Gastro Pub (844 W Montrose)

Get Involved in your Neighborhood.

The Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club is located at 601 W. Montrose Ave.

Buena Park Neighbors’ Summer Concert in the Park Is Thurs., June 15, 6:00 p.m. at Buena Circle Park

Kick off the season with our Summer Concert in the Park at the intersection of Buena and Kenmore. This is a night to relax with family and friends, enjoy the music and have a picnic dinner.

Music will be provided by jazz vocalist Frieda Lee and her combo.

Residents are welcome to bring picnic food and a blanket to spread out and enjoy the evening.

The bouncy house will be full of kids with parents and grandparents standing by. Our face painter will be busy all night to delight the children with interesting and unique designs.

Buena Park Neighbors Concert in the Park has no admission and is brought to you by our good friends at The Chicago Cubs and SSA #34.  Grab a neighbor, bring a friend or make new friends at the fun and relaxed scene at Buena Circle Park.

Buena Park Neighbors is a 46th Ward neighborhood association of more than 200 residents, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations in the nationally registered Buena Park Historic District. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for everyone in Buena Park.


Pride Camp kicks off a new Educational Program at Pride Arts Center.

Pride Camp kicks off a new Educational Program at Pride Arts Center.

Summer programs include Theater for Young Audiences, Rainbow Shakespeare for High School Students, Puppetry from Tristan Tam, and more!

Chicago, IL – Pride Arts Center is creating all-inclusive learning environments for LGBTQ+ allies. This will include summer Pride Camps for middle school and high school aged students, using theater arts to learn more about navigating our complex world.

Our Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) program will produce plays for families looking to share stories with their children that have themes/characters living outside of society’s traditional gender binary. These performances are by professional actors.



High School students can sign up for Rainbow Shakespeare, a week-long workshop taught by Pride Films and Plays Artistic Associate Derek Van Barham that uses Shakespeare’s plays to explore changing gender norms. There are two unique session of Rainbow Shakespeare – July 10 and July 24.


Middle School students can sign up for OUR WORLD OUR WAY, a one-week workshop creating a musical which celebrates life today. That program will be held the week of July 17.


Students of all ages are invited to take a one-week class using puppets to create their very own performance. The puppetry workshop is the week of August 1.

Students can enroll in classes at  Tuition for each camp week is $385.


Theater for Young Audiences

Our Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) program will produce plays for families looking to share stories with their children that have themes/characters living outside of society’s traditional gender binary.


In July, the premiere performance is PRIDE EVER AFTER by Carly Crawford, on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm from July 9 to 30. This delightful one hour comedy is directed by PFP Artistic Associate Amber Snyder


In August, puppeteer Tristan Tom joins us for a week-long puppetry workshop for students of all ages. And we invite to on Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm. to share GRANDMA D’s PUPPET PLAYDATE, an adventure in storytelling! Performances are August 5 to 27.

Tickets for the performances are pay-what-you-ca with a suggested donation of $10.

Artist Biographies


Derek Van Barham

Carly Crawford is the Associate Education Director at Emerald City Theatre. She is a native Memphian, and has worked as an actor, teaching artist, and administrator for companies like Playhouse on the Square (Memphis, TN), Lexington Children’s Theatre (Lexington, KY), The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH), and Asheville Performing Arts Academy (Asheville, NC). Crawford holds a B.A. in Drama and Literature from UNC-Asheville and an M.A. in Arts Administration from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). While serving as the Assistant Director of Theatre Education at Playhouse on the Square, Crawford was inspired to start Q&A, a Queer Youth Theater group for LGBTQIA+ and straight allied teens ages 14-21, because she believes every young person has an important story to tell, and that theatre helps to make us all more human. Q&A is a member of the Pride Youth Theater Alliance (PYTA). Pride Ever After is adapted from Q&A’s first-ever production, with new scenes and updated concepts.


Amber Ray Snyder

Tristan Tam


Find more information at Pride.Camp, or a




PR Italian Bistro – Sips & Slices, Martinis & Pizzas Is Thurs, June 8, 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. –

Outstanding mini or mull-size gin martinis withone-of-a-kind tasting pizzas made to pair. No forced pris fixe menu, no tix to purchase, just a fun culinary offering. Choose from: Koval barrel-aged smoked rhubarb martini + smoked provolone, guanciale (smoked pork cheek) pizza; Hendrick’s cucumber martini + ricotta, smoked salmon, dill, lemon white pizza; Ransom old tom artichoke martini + artichoke, goat cheese, sage white pizza; Sloveig marzipan martini + sausage, wild cherries, caramelized onion pizza; and Broker’s London dry dirty martini + poached juniper berries, gorgonzola, green olives, roasted garlic white pizza.