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Event quick links:  1. Community Meeting, Mon, Feb 16  2. College Planning Class, Sat, March 7   3.  BookSpeak Reading Group last Wed of the month  


Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance
Monday, February 16th at 7pm
Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan
What's in Store for the South Loop in 2015? More New Developments, Improved Schools, Safety? 
With real estate development and crime incidents heating up, It is critical that community members have the opportunity to ask questions and provide valuable feedback to our Alderman, 1st District/CAPS, CPS, City Officials and Developers. Learn about construction timelines and updates to development site plans, education initiatives and more.


Meeting Date: Monday, February 16, 2015
Meeting Time: 7:00pm
Meeting Location: Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave. Limited parking in lot NE corner of Michigan and Cullerton
Meeting Agenda: PDNA Organization and Community Update, South Loop Business Spotlight, Education Spotlight, 1st District Police Update, Proposed Development Updates on Town homes, Arena, Hotel, Retail, Data Center, Park/Open Space and more.
Invited Guests: Alderman Pat Dowell, CPS, 1st District Police, Jack George-Golub and Sandz Prairie & 18th Townhomes, Calumet Townhomes, Principal of NTA, Jones and South Loop School, among others.
For more info on development projects email:

Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance, in partnership with Lighthouse College Planning and the Historic Keith House


RSVP NOW, Click Here - Hurry Space is Limited
Saturday, March 7th, 2015 10:30am to 12pm
Keith House 1900 S. Prairie Ave. Chicago
This will be a valuable class for all parents with college-bound students. The class will focus on high school Sophomore and Juniors. Parents, bring your students! 
In this informal class Shireen Daniels will teach you:
    1. How to help students decide which colleges to apply to.
    2. What the colleges really want to see in your student's application.
    3. The 5 questions to ask colleges before your student visits or applies to a college. 
    4. How to maximize your student's potential to receive scholarships, grants, and other money.
    5. How to attend a private university for a public college price?
    6. Why procrastination can (and will most likely) cost a family thousands of dollars. 
    7. How to use the financial aid system to get your student a SCHOLARSHIP!! Even if you make good money.
    8. What possibilities exist for student- athletes.

All attendees will receive a detailed time-line for success.  Attendees should plan for a full 1.5 hour class,We'll use every minute of class time...and we encourage you to bring your student, but student attendance is not required!


*Important: This class will show how families with annual incomes of $80,000 to $225,000 received financial assistance to help pay for a college education- using case studies. 


For more information on the class contact, Shireen Daniels: 312-379-0466 or or


*If your student is in the top 25% of the class, you won't want to miss this class.  Fill out the from below to Reserve Your Space!


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PDNA BookSpeak
Current Book Selection

Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
 Book Discussion Details
Next Meeting Date: 
Wed, Feb. 25

Meeting Location: 
Historic Keith House, 1900 S. Prairie Avenue
Next Book Selection
To be announced
Upcoming Book Selections
To be announced
Join BookSpeak

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

PDNA February BookSpeak Reading Selection

Nora Webster by Colm Toibin 

From one of contemporary literature’s bestselling, critically acclaimed and beloved authors, the magnificent, instant New York Times bestselling novel set in Ireland, about a fiercely compelling young widow and mother of four, navigating grief and fear, struggling for hope.

Set in Wexford, Ireland, Colm Tóibín’s superb seventh novel introduces the formidable, memorable and deeply moving Nora Webster. Widowed at forty, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man who rescued her from the stifling world to which she was born. And now she fears she may be drawn back into it. Wounded, strong-willed, clinging to secrecy in a tiny community where everyone knows your business, Nora is drowning in her own sorrow and blind to the suffering of her young sons, who have lost their father. Yet she has moments of stunning empathy and kindness, and when she begins to sing again, after decades, she finds solace, engagement, a haven—herself.

Nora Webster is a masterpiece in character study by a writer at the zenith of his career, “beautiful and daring” (The New York Times Book Review) and able to “sneak up on readers and capture their imaginations” (USA TODAY). In Nora Webster, Tóibín has created a character as iconic, engaging and memorable as Madame Bovary or Hedda Gabler.

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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