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The Food Desert

Major swaths of Chicago lack access to healthful food. This simple truth hides a thicket of related problems that researchers, activists, and public officials are struggling to resolve

PAWS Chicago 7th Annual Beach Party

July 23, 2009–PAWS Chicago, the city’s largest No Kill, human organization hosted the 7th Annual Beach Party on Thursday, July 23 at Castaways Boathouse at North Avenue Beach. This year’s event had more than 400 people and dogs in attendance, making it one of Chicago’s largest pet-friendly social gatherings. Presented by Escada and featuring The Underwater People, the Beach Party raised more than $160,000 to support PAWS Chicago’s efforts to build a No Kill city.

“Hot Style in the City” with Community Home Supply

July 23, 2009 – Chicago Home + Garden and Community Home Supply hosted an evening of great tips from the pros on kitchen and baths. More than 100 attendees enjoyed wine and artisanal cheeses from Sun + Moon Catering while Jan Parr, editor of Chicago Home + Garden and Claudia Skylar, Design Principal of Mastro & Skylar Architects gave presentations on making your home look like a million without breaking the bank.

Primitive Designs, an Estate Sale, a Golden Anniversary

Last Friday night, Primitive threw a phancy phiesta to launch Phuture Primitive, the second chapter of its With Primitive series, the in-house quarterly invitational in which local designers use the shop’s inventory to set up living environs in small spaces. For this installation, Lukas Machnik of Florense and Jennifer Sweas of Jennifer Sweas Design transformed…

Baumeister’s Back

We were shocked when we heard that Baumeister Electronic Architects, one of the city’s top integrators (the guys who automate your home’s lights, security, thermostats, music, movies, and video games) fell victim to the recession in January, leaving clients in a lurch as the firm was liquidated. But wait! There’s a happy ending. John Baumeister has been hired by Automated Lifestyles here as business development manager, and the firm bought Baumeister’s remaining assets from liquidators. Baumeister’s former service and maintenance manager is on board, too, to work with Baumeister’s previous clients. That must be music to their ears.

The Plan for Today: Mekons’ In-store Gig

Introducing a newcomer to chicagomag.com: Chicago Guide: The Plan for Today—or, as the case may be, Tonight, Tomorrow, or This Weekend—an infrequent, not-at-all scheduled newsflash we’ll post whenever we’ve got an unmissable event worth sharing. These might be …

In a Modernist Mood—Oak Park

List Price: $650,000
The Property: On an Oak Park block of mostly traditional, two-story homes, this low, linear modernist house looks like the shy one. It has a long, almost blank brick façade; the only visible breaks are for the entry courtyard and the carport. (There is also a single set of windows, but landscaping hides them from view.)
But that street-front reticence disappears when you get inside, where the house…