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our neighborhoods: lincoln park

photo courtesy of: courtesy of: southie3

The neighborhood of Lincoln Park was once native, mid-western prairielands scattered with Indian settlements. When Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837, CB2 Lincoln Park may have been just out of bounds at 800 W. North Avenue—on the northside of the boundary street.

Illinois being the birthplace and ‘Land of Lincoln’, the park was named in his honor not long after his assassination. Framed by Diversey Parkway and North Avenue on the north and south, and the Chicago River and Lake Michigan to the west and east, the area still includes acres of parklands—Lincoln Park, the Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory, and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

In the 1920’s and 30s, Chicago acquired its gangster reputation since the notorious Al Capone and John Dillinger called it home. For the filming of “Public Enemies” in 2008, the Biograph Theater—where Dillinger watched “Manhattan Melodrama” the night he was shot—and a stretch of Lincoln Avenue were brought back in time for the true to life shoot-out finale between Johnny Depp and Christian Bale with Marion Cottilard in the wings. Long gone were the midnight runs of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” with a costumed audience waiting to participate.

In 1974, The Steppenwolf Theatre Company—whose name came from a book one of the founders read—performed their first plays in a northern suburb. In 1991, its current home was built in the backyard of CB2 and they often use our furniture on stage. Known for its thought-provoking scripts, many of the nine original members—including Gary Sinise, Terry Kinney, Laurie Metcalf and John Malkovich—are still involved and sometimes perform with the company.

The Second City—where Blues Brothers Dan Akryod and John Belushi performed improv—is where many comedians got their start, including Jim Belushi, Bill Murray, Eugene Levy, Gilda Radner, George Wendt, John Candy, Tina Fey, Mike Myers, Dan Castellaneta, Chris Farley, Steve Carell, Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, Jane Lynch…

Farther east, just before Lake Shore Drive and the North Avenue Beaches, is the Chicago Historical Museum. It’s a treasure trove of historical information, home to sports jerseys worn by Michael Jordan and Ernie Banks, and features objects that aren’t just about Chicago—they’re items that originated here which later became classic national brands. Including the Veg-O-Matic (1961), Rock-Ola juke box (1950), Lava Lites (1970), and—invented by the son of Frank Lloyd Wright—Lincoln Logs (1955).

photo courtesy of: (nutmeg)photo courtesy of: whgrad


month at the museum

What: Month at the Museum
Where: Museum of Science+Industry Chicago
When: October 20-November 18, 2010

photo by: J.B. Spector, Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science + Industry Chicago is looking for someone to take on the once-in-a-lifetime assignment of spending a Month at the Museum—720 hours—plenty of time to explore the Museum’s 35,000 artifacts privately, and talk about living with them 24/7.

The only building remaining from the White City of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition—which celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christoper Columbus’s arrival in the “new world”—the 14-acre building is the largest in the Americas that’s dedicated to science. Opened in 1933 as part of the Century of Progress World’s Fair, today the Museum features 400,000 square feet of exhibit space and has hosted over 175 million guests over 75 years—but none like this.

Imagine experiencing all that lives and breathes within this Chicago landmark, living in spaces decorated with CB2 furniture and accessories, and sharing your experiences with the outside world via blogging and personal interviews. Check out the specifics here and get your entry ready for review soon—the deadline to qualify is August 11th!

photo by: J.B. Spector, Museum of Science and Industry


jam cafe

In our neighborhood, Jam Cafe is an amazing oasis with both indoor and outdoor seating. A great BYO that keeps menu items affordable by accepting cash only.

Go for the delicious modern spins on classic sandwiches and dinners—don’t miss the CB2 placemats, plates… Enjoy!


pride parades, 2010

photo courtesy of: terry6082booksWhat: Chicago Annual Pride Parade 2010
When: 12:00 noon, Sunday, June 27th
: north on Halsted from Belmont to Irving Park, then south on Broadway to Diversey

What: New York City Pride Parade 2010
: 12:00 noon, Sunday, June 27th
: south on 5th from 36th to 9th street, then southwest to Greenwich Street

What: San Francisco Pride Parade 2010
: 10:30 am, Sunday, June 27th
: southwest on Market Street from Beale to 8th Street

CB2 Lincoln ParkWhether you’re staking a claim for a front row seat or in the lineup to show support, break out the SPF 30 for nationwide Pride Parades this Sunday, June 27th!

Chicago’s theme for 2010—suggested by InterPride, the international Pride organization—is “One Heart, One World, One Pride” while San Francisco’s theme is “Forty and Fabulous!” marking the 40th anniversary of their parade.

New York’s theme is closer to home: “Paint the Town Ruby—Stonewall 40”. This being the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and rubies being the gemstone of a fortieth anniversary— not to mention the signature shoes of Judy Garland who passed soon after the riots—it’s a match made in Pride heaven.

Since 2000, June’s been declared Pride Month, so celebrate diversity and March On!

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10 essentials: bike to work week

What: Bike to Work Week
: June 12-18
: Chicago
: hundreds of corporate teams and thousands of participants expected

1.  Safety first! A tune-up is imperative.  Making sure your bike is in excellent working order improves the overall function and can greatly reduce the risk of injury.

2. Carry a flat tire repair kit—and a cell phone in case reinforcements need calling.

3.  Change into work clothes when you arrive but wear thoughtful—and safe!—attire such as: a helmut, mud clothes, rain gear, a fluorescent vest/jacket or reflective strips.

5.  A roomy messenger bag or bike basket for toting work essentials, lunch, rain attire, and some extra space for purchases on your bike ride home.

4.  During those hot days or even on days when it is spitting rain it is a great idea to pack a rayon bamboo hand towel in your bag.  Wiping down with the towel during your cool down at your destination in a great way to freshen up and put a “crazy check” on that helmet hair.

6.  A secure bike rack and lock to lock your bike to without worry while working your shift.

7.  Every street conscious biker should have easy access to their bike bell.

8.  Safety lights on the front and back of your bicycle are highly recommended and in some cities required by law.

9.  The w.r.d. bottle.  Filling your bottle with filtered tap water at home and cooling overnight in the refrigerator is a great way to keep refreshing water at bay during your commute.  The reusable bottle also eliminates the use of plastic water bottles further helping the environment.

10.  The recycled bike is a fun desktop reminder of your mission—and it supports a great cause.

Use a calculator at the end of the week to add up those dollars you saved by biking instead of taking public transportation or a personal vehicle.  You can also find a carbon calculator on-line and add up the number of pounds of carbon that you saved the Earth!

Thanks to seth, lincoln park sales, for this submission.