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Event quick links:  1.  PDNA Community Meeting, Mon, April 14   2.  PDNA's Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Sat, April 19  3BookSpeak Reading Group last Wed of the month  


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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Chicago's Premier South Loop Event




Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 19, 2014 
12:00 noon - 2:00pm 
Egg Hunt starts at 12:15pm
rain or shine

Bring your little ones for a fun day in the Prairie District. Festivities will include hunting for 10,000+ eggs in Women's park (eggs will all have a small prize or candy inside), an animal petting zoo, great prizes, pinatas, treats and a visit with Southpaw from the Chicago White Sox and the Easter Bunny.


Games with


Health Train is a model project that highlights the Junior League of Chicago's latest emerging issue, Healthy Lifestyles. 

All Egg Hunt presentations are fun, interactive, and approachable, and will include educational activities, sing-a-longs, and games.



PDNA Egg Hunt
The actual egg hunt will start at 12:15pm

Tickets are
$12 per child
$4 per adult
Tickets for children
12 months and
under are Free
Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.
Recommended for children ages 10 and under


On event day, Gates
Open at 11:45am


Children need to bring their own Easter basket

Participants should come to Chicago

Women's Park - Main entrance on 18th St. between Prairie Ave and Indiana Ave.



For more info contact



PDNA BookSpeak
Current Book Selection

City of Thieves by David Benioff
 Book Discussion Details
Next Meeting Date: 
Wed, April 30th

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
To be determined
Upcoming Book Selections
To be determined
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 Email Jackie Walker

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for more information on our monthly book
discussion group

PDNA April BookSpeak Reading Selection

City of Thieves by David Benioff 

As wise and funny as it is thrilling and original-the story of two young men on an impossible adventure.

Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building. When a dead German paratrooper lands in his street, Lev is caught looting the body and dragged to jail, fearing for his life. He shares his cell with the charismatic and grandiose Kolya, a handsome young soldier arrested on desertion charges. Instead of the standard bullet in the back of the head, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful colonel to use in his daughter's wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt to find the impossible.

A search that takes them through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and the devastated surrounding countryside creates an unlikely bond between this earnest, lust-filled teenager and an endearing lothario with the gifts of a conman. Set within the monumental events of history, City of Thieves is an intimate coming-of-age tale with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.

A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds.

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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