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Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance
Monday, April 14th at 7pm
Meeting presentation link HERE


Alderman Pat Dowell addresses a large group of South Loop residents and neighbors, April 14.  

Thank You
to all the neighbors, supporters and invited guests who attended our PDNA community meeting at Second Presbyterian Church. Even with the rain and snow, we still had a fantastic turnout and the meeting agenda was jam packed.
Attendees received PDNA updates, a passionate call for a much needed South Loop middle school/ high school from PDNA's VP, John Jacoby, as well as, plans for new, stately homes coming to the Prairie District from Kevin Flaherty.

The bulk of the agenda focused on several updates to the McCormick expansion master plans.
Ald. Dowell walked the community through many aspects of the development, inviting several speakers (including Jim Reilly from MPEA, Brad McConnell from Dept. of Planning, Jeff Miller from Centerpoint, among others) to detail specifics on the arena/event center, hotel, data center, traffic, etc.

Ald. Dowell has championed some wins for the community, including a commitment for a new pocket park/open space to be part of the master plan and the fascinating relocation of the H. Rees House. The presentation ended with an open question and answer session. Much of the unresolved issues were geared around schools, noise, parking, traffic and security-quality of life conerns. The PDNA, Ald. Dowell and the development team committed to continue working through these issues to come up with real and respectful solutions.
For those who were not able to attend the PDNA meeting, or if you just want to review again, please find an attachment to the meeting presentation HERE.

Pictured left to right (Ald. Pat Dowell, Allyson Allison, Jim Reilly, Ald. Will Burns, Brad McConnell)
Pictured from left to right (Kevin Flaherty, John Jacoby, Pastor David Neff)
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The Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance Presents
Movie in Women's Park and Food Truck
Festival, Thursday, August 28th
Bring the whole family to our Free Annual Movie in the Park on Thursday, August 28th. We are screening the movie LEGO at Dusk. Come hungry and early to enjoy a wonderful picnic in the park from a tasty selection of Food Trucks on Historic Prairie Avenue starting at 6:30pm. Trucks will be located outside Chicago Women's Park & Gardens. Everyone is Welcome!
For more info, email
PDNA is a proud partner with the Chicago Park District

PDNA Would Like to Thank our Generous Sponsors 

PDNA BookSpeak
Current Book Selection

The Dinner by Herman Koch
 Book Discussion Details
Next Meeting Date: 
Wed, Aug 27th

Meeting Location: 
Historic Keith House, 1900 S. Prairie Avenue. Followed by lunch at a local restaurant to kick off the holiday season
Next Book Selection
September 24th Meeting, Catherinethe Great, by Robert Massey.To be determined
Upcoming Book Selections
October 29th: Margaret Atwood's, A Handmaiden's Tale.
To be determined
Join BookSpeak

 Email Rosemary Garrett to join BookSpeak or for more information on our monthly book
discussion group

PDNA August BookSpeak Reading Selection

The Dinner by
Herman Koch 

If A summer's evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. Between mouthfuls of food and over the delicate scraping of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of politeness - the banality of work, the triviality of holidays. But the empty words hide a terrible conflict and, with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened... Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. Together, the boys have committed a horrifying act, caught on camera, and their grainy images have been beamed into living rooms across the nation; despite a police manhunt, the boys remain unidentified - by everyone except their parents. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children and, as civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple shows just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.

About BookSpeak

BookSpeak is the PDNA's Free monthly book discussion forum and reading group dedicated to quality books, good people and great conversations.  Our members read and discuss fiction books, non fiction books, short stories and poetry. 

We feature discussion forums for talking about religion, politics, science, philosophy, current events and more and whenever possible we host live author chats.



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