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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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Please Join the PDNA for TWO Great Events
Movie in the Park and Karaoke Party
Thurs, Jul 24th 7-10pm at Dunbar Park
Bring the whole family for this fun night out
Kids will enjoy a Chicago summertime favorite, "Movies in the Park" on a large outdoor screen with popcorn and fun.
Adults will enjoy a fun bean bag tournament, Live DJ music, Karaoke and dancing and great food and libations.
Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Time: 7pm to 10pm. (movie starts at dusk)
Location: Dunbar Park, 29th and Calumet (meet at the basketball courts)
Cost: FREE (movie, popcorn, bag tournament, DJ music, Karaoke and Dancing)
Available at a very low cost: $3 beer $3 wine, $2 water, soda, etc
As well as, yummy full dinner options for around $5
burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, fries, salads, desserts and more.

This will be a fantastic and very affordable evening!



Fri, Jul 25th 7-10pm at 31st St. Beach
Wrap up the week in style with Great Fun
Join us at 31st Street Beach up on the terrace looking over the habor and facing the unique Chicago Skyline while partying the night away to live DJ music, food and our very own spetacular fireworks show!


Date: Friday, July 25, 2014
Time: 7pm to 10pm. (movie starts at dusk)
Location: 31st Street Beach at Lakeshore Dr. (low cost parkng available)
Cost: FREE (Movie Primere, DJ music and Dancing)
Available at a very low cost: beer, wine, water, soda, and yummy full dinner options

This very special party will also feature the Chicago Premiere of THE BEAUTIFUL GAME. Enjoy a movie in the park style viewing on a large outdoor screen.
The Beautiful Game
A film that tells the story of the impact of soccer on women in South Africa
through documenting one of the leading provincial soccer teams in the country over the course of a soccer season and focusing on the stories of four engaging, passionate and strong female players. The young women-- who use their love for soccer as a tool to challenge gender roles and in turn fight for their expressions of independence and sexual identity-- are not only coaches for the non-profit organization Grassroot Soccer, but also play for City Lads Ladies, based in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. The athletes take advantage of the lessons learned on the field and actively apply them in their daily lives.
Come Celebrate the South Loop with a magical night!

For more info on these great events, eamail:
or call Tina at 312 401-2688.

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PDNA BookSpeak
Current Book Selection

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
 Book Discussion Details
Next Meeting Date: 
Wed, July 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
Join BookSpeak

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

PDNA July BookSpeak Reading Selection

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen 

If there were a contest to name the funniest novelist still writing, one of my nominees would be Carl Hiaasen, even if he has a territorial advantage.

As a longtime columnist for The Miami Herald (the former home of Dave Barry as well), Hiaasen has lived and worked in the Valhalla of political and social satire. If Florida didn't exist, it would take a novelist with a wicked sense of humor to invent it.

The state is among the nation's leaders when it comes to Medicare fraud and floating dead bodies and body parts, which figure into Bad Monkey, Hiaasen's 13th novel. It's a witty kind of murder mystery set in Florida and the Bahamas.

Its renegade hero, Andrew Yancy, was a detective in the Florida Keys until he assaulted a prominent dermatologist who's married to the woman Yancy describes as his "future former girlfriend."

Yancy is demoted to replace a restaurant inspector, or as he calls it, "roach patrol."


The sheriff tells him, "The other fella, he got sick and quit.""He died," Yancy notes."Okay, he died," the sheriff replies. "But first he got sick." Yancy loses his appetite, dreaming of mouse tracks on a Key lime tart. But he sees a way to win back his old job when a tourist, out on a charter boat, reels in a severed arm. Yancy senses that foul play is involved and sets out to solve the case. The complicated plot involves a voodoo princess, a bad-tempered monkey, greedy real estate developers and Yancy's new love interest, a coroner whose idea of kinky sex involves the use of the autopsy table. With a big plot twist at the end, Hiaasen writes suspense in which the corrupt and greedy get what they deserve. As in his previous novels, including Star Island and Hoot, readers can assume the good guys will win. The suspense and fun is how they do it.


Hiaasen, a Florida native, describes the state's appeal: "the boilerplate back-nine fantasy of so many ultra-successful, ultra-resourceful American males: to live by the sea in perpetual sunshine, in a state with no income tax." And lots of great stories.

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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