Category Archives: Local Businesses

Lickity Split Donates 10% Of Their Sales Today To Swift Elementary School (Video)

We sure have had a bunch of Edgewater Glen businesses pitching in to help out the students at Swift School this year!

If you need an excuse tonight, Lickity Split (at 6056 N Broadway St) is donating 10% of all their sales today to Swift Elementary.

They are open until 10pm 🙂

Direct Video Link: Chicago’s Best Ice Cream – Lickity Split


Branching Out Panel Discussion: Tomorrow Morning at Revival Social Club


Our neighbor Michele (from Maddiebird Bakery) is going to be on this panel discussion tomorrow morning with a few other Edgewater business owners if you are interested in checking it out.

“How do you handle the ever-changing landscape of doing business? Do you take advantage of new technology and market opportunities, or do you cling to what has always worked for you?

Join us for a panel discussion to hear stories of Edgewater business owners dreaming big, taking risks, and growing their businesses. Learn how they identified growth opportunities, diversified revenue streams, and overcame obstacles to strengthen their businesses. From starting up to transitioning ownership of an established business, learn proven strategies for growing a healthy, sustainable business.

Featured speakers:

– Tony Dreyfuss, Metropolis Coffee Company
– Michele McAtee, Maddiebird Bakery
– Jenny Yang, Phoenix Bean Tofu
– Dena Isaacson, Exposition Flooring Design Center


Admission includes breakfast and coffee from Revival Social Club.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for networking, program begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.

This event is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank and Michael Caramagno CPA, Ltd.”

Edgewater Chamber of Commerce

Around the Hood: “Look, we are breathing” Gala Opening

It is pretty incredible how much local theatre we have in the neighborhood any night of the week. Our neighbor Susan wanted to let everyone know about a new show opening at Rivendell. If you live in the neighborhood you can get $10 off your ticket by using  the code “HELLO NEIGHBOR” when you purchase your ticket online.

Gala Opening is April 13 at 6pm with a reception immediately following. Performances run April 2 – May 16, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00pm and Saturdays at 4:00pm.

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“Those who die young are mourned for their lost potential. But what if Mike, a high school hockey player killed while driving drunk, never really showed much potential? While sorting through their own deeply conflicted feelings in the aftermath of the accident, his mother Alice, his AP English teacher Leticia, and his one-time hookup, Caylee try to understand who Mike was – and who he might have become. In “Look, we are breathing,” Chicago playwright Laura Jacqmin turns her unblinking eye on the grieving process, as the three most important women in Mike’s life realize that in order to move on, they first have to confront some hard truths about themselves.”

Directed by Megan Shuchman, Associate Director of Education at Steppenwolf

For tickets location, directions, parking and dining partner info you can visit them at

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Get listed!

The initial idea for this (neighbor run) site was to have an online space where folks could get to know each other across all our different block party areas. We thought it might be fun to include a new section listing neighborhood blogs. If you live in Edgewater Glen and have a personal blog that you would be up for sharing with the neighbors, send it in and we will link to it in our new “Neighborhood Blogs” section of the website (assuming we get some interest).

We’re also hoping to beef up our local business‘ section. If you live in Edgewater Glen and own your own business, or if you run a business in Edgewater Glen, feel free to submit your information and we will list it so our neighbors can use your services.

Neighborhood Blog or Business Listings

Pivot Arts’ A Survival Guide To The Holidays at Uncommon Ground

Our friends over at Pivot Arts wanted to let the neighborhood know about their upcoming show at Uncommon Ground this Wednesday, December 17th at 8:00pm.

“Pivot Arts is a home for innovative music, theater and dance on Chicago’s far north side. They develop new work and present unique performances throughout the year culminating in a multi-arts festival. Their vision is that of a vibrant community where unique collaborations between artists, businesses and organizations leads to the support and creation of innovative performance events.  Pivot Arts was founded in 2012, became an official not-for-profit in 2014 and is led by director, Julieanne Ehre. Major support for Pivot Arts comes from the Alphawood Foundation, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation at the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture, Loyola University Chicago, Northern Trust and Uptown United. For more information visit”

“Pivot Arts’ POP UP! PERFORMANCE SERIES occurs monthly at local businesses and empty storefronts throughout the Far North Side. Pivot Arts’ partnerships with local businesses help boost the local economy by bringing arts patrons directly to establishments in Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods. Past POP UP! business partners have included FLATS Chicago, Independent Spirits, Lickity Split Custard and Sweets, Hopleaf, Metropolis Coffee, Kitchen Sink and Burke’s Pub.”

“Pivot Arts brings fascinating pop-up performances to nontraditional spaces, including local businesses in Edgewater,” comments Katrina Balog, Executive Director of the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce. “The success of the events for the businesses is a clear indicator of the importance of arts and culture in economic growth.

More info on the show:

A Survival Guide To The Holidays
Wednesday, December 17 at 8 pm

Top-notch writers and performers including Julie Ganey, Ike Holter, Alan Neff, Mia McCullough, Jeremy Owens, Tanya Palmer and Sharon Lanza entertain and advise us how to survive the holiday season with personal holiday tales. The evening will also includes a live musical performance by local country/folk duo River Rising.

Ike Holter Featured in The Reader:

Tickets for both events are $10 and can be reserved by calling Uncommon Ground at (773) 465-9801. For additional information, vist

Around the Hood: Barrel of Monkeys Show at Neo-Futurists

It looks like our friends over at Barrel of Monkeys have a new show starting up Monday at Neo-Futurists. It was written by Chicago Public School students and adapted for the stage & will be performed by Barrel of Monkeys company members.

Since Barrel of Monkeys’ inception in 1997 it has worked in 60 Chicago Public Schools. More than 8,000 lower-income elementary school students have participated in the Barrel of Monkeys programs that provide a rare opportunity for creative expression and build literacy skills, self-esteem and confidence in student ideas and abilities.

More details below if you’ve got little ones and think it might be fun for them.

CHICAGO (December 5, 2014) – Barrel of Monkeys invites you to celebrate the warmth and joy of the holiday season at THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: THE HOLIDAY SPECIAL, featuring a festive array of holiday-themed sketches like Santa and Taco Bell, Nightmare In My Eye, The Shopping Habit, Snowmen From Pluto, Santa’s Mean Day and many more – all written by Chicago Public School students and adapted for the stage by Barrel of Monkeys Company Members.

Directed by Company Member Marika Mashburn, THAT’S WEIRD GRANDMA: THE HOLIDAY SPECIAL plays Mondays at 8 pm from December 8, 2014 – January 5, 2015 at the Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago. Clever and funny – touching and poignant – the weekly collection of short sketches are equally entertaining for both adults and children. The line-up changes each week by audience vote – so no two shows are ever the same. For tickets, reservations and information visit or call (312) 409-1954. 

Barrel of Monkeys, a Chicago-based arts education theater ensemble now in its 18th season, conducts creative writing workshops with 3rd through 5th grade students in underserved Chicago Public Schools. The ensemble of actor-educators then turns their stories and words into professionally performed theater, presented both in-school and for the general public through its revues. Barrel of Monkeys annually performs more than 300 student-written stories for the students in their schools and 175 stories on the stage for the general public.



Written by:  Chicago Public School Students

Adapted for the stage by:  Barrel of Monkeys Company Members

Director:  Company Member Marika Mashburn

Featuring:  Barrel of Monkeys Company Members

Location:  Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago

Dates:  December 8, 2014 – January 5, 2015

Press Performance: Monday, December 15 at 8 pm

Curtain Times:  Mondays at 8 pm

Tickets:  $12 for adults; $6 for children under 12. Tickets are available at or by calling (312) 409-1954.

About the Director

Marika Mashburn has been a proud Company Member of Barrel of Monkeys since 2007.  She is also a Company Member and Casting Director with The House Theatre of Chicago, where she has originated roles in Death and Harry Houdini, Hatfield & McCoy, Dave DaVinci Saves the Universe, San Valentino and the Melancholy Kid and many others.  Regionally, she worked at Lookingglass (Our Town, Wooden Breeks), Steppenwolf, The Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami and Milwaukee Repertory Theater.  As a director, she has worked with The House and Theater on the Lake (The Attempters), Collaboraction and Hell in a Handbag.  As a writer, her short and full-length plays have been performed throughout the U.S., off-Broadway and in Iran.  TV: Chicago Fire, Wordscape (Emmy Award).