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Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance
Tue, Oct 20th at Second Presbyterian
Access Development Presentation Links Below
1st District Commander Nagode speaks at PDNA Meeting at Second Presbyterian Church on Oct 20, 2915
Meeting Recap
1st District Commander, Alfred J. Nagode has committed to meeting with us again at a smaller gathering to exclusively discuss our community safety concerns.  The date of this meeting has not yet been determined, but it will be in November.  If you are interested in attending this meeting, please email PDNA and we will add you to our invite list.
Don Bacigalupi
Thanks to Founding President of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts, Don Bacigalupi and the entire Lucas Museum development team for providing THE MOST DETAILED LOOK YET into the new museum. Chicago Park District and Alderman Dowell have committed to providing more specific details to our community for the new parking garage planned on the west side of LSD, prior to any further approval.  *Rendering of the Lucas presentation was not made available for distribution.
Zoning attorneys, architects and Developers were on hand to provide more details on major projects slated for the South Loop.
Marmon Building
Richard Drihaus auto collection (Chicago Vintage Motor Carriage), currently at 700 S. Desplaines, will be renovating and moving to the historic Marmon Building, 2230 S. Michigan Ave, on Motor Row. Ald. Dowell is encouraging public displays and access during the annual McCormick Place Auto Show.
presentation was removed at developers request
Southern View of 113 E. Roosevelt, Rafael Vinoly
Crescent Heights, 113 E. Roosevelt Road designed byRafael Viñoly - 76 stories, 792 rental units. Phase II could be a slightly taller tower with 648 (likely condo) units.
1326 S. Michigan Ave. view Solomon Cordwell Buenz
John Murphy of MB Real Estate, 1326 S. Michigan. designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz - 48 stories, 500 unit rental tower.
view meeting presentation renderings
Cermak & Wabash view Solomon Cordwell Buen
Draper and Kramer Inc. northeast corner of Cermak Road and Wabash designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz - to include a seven-story, 144-room hotel and adjoining 19-story, 246-unit rental tower.
Updates on other South Loop Projects:
Windy City RE, announced exciting new progress on their multiple projects, including new entertainment businesses coming to Motor Row.
Permit Parking Ordinance is approved and is awaiting implimentation. 

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Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance
You Can Still Come to the Costume Parade
Party and Parade are Rain or Shine 

PDNA Children's Halloween Party 
Saturday, October 31st 2:30PM to 4:30PM (rain or shine)
Glessner House, 1800 S. Prairie Ave. Chicago
1-12 yr $12 - 13-Adult $4 (infants free)
Bring your little goblins in costume, to PDNA's annual, not-so-scary Halloween party at the Glessner House Museum. Our little guests will enjoy a petting zoo, games, prizes, balloons, pumpkin decorating, mask making, candy, snacks, refreshments, music and more!  (rain or shine)
Tickets Required - This event sells out every year.
KIDS PARTY IS NOW SOLD OUT Registration is Closed
Directly Following Kids Party, Be Sure To Join
PDNA For Our FREE Annual Halloween Parade
Thursday, Nov 12th at Signature Office Centers

In celebration of our new partnership, PDNA and Signature Office Centers would like for you to join us for a fabulous, complimentary wine, appetizers, and bourbon tasting in their brand new, South Loop Office Space. 

Welcome to your new office space, offering virtual, executive, collaborative or co-working offices at great prices. Our suites feature unparalleled amenities and outstanding views of Lake Michigan & Grant Park.
WHEN:  Thursday, November 12, 2015 
TIME:  From 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
WHERE:  Signature Office Centers, CNA Center - 333 South Wabash Avenue. Suite 2700. Chicago, IL 60604
Event Details:  Tour SOC brand new, first-class office suites and take in incredible views, while enjoying free wine, appetizers and bourbon tasting.
Featured BourbonsOld Weller Antique - I.W. Harper - 1792 Small Batch. We'll also be hosting a drawing for Willett Straight Rye Whiskey (Rare Release).
RSVP:  Space is limited, so don't delay - RSPV TODAY
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For more information on 
Signature Office Centers
and their suites, amenities and pricing visit:  
PDNA BookSpeak
Current Book Selection

All The Light We Can See
by Anthony Doerr
 Book Discussion Details
Next Meeting Date: 
Last Wednesday of the
month at 10:00am

Meeting Location: 
Historic Keith House, 1900 S. Prairie Avenue
Next Book Selection
Deak Wake
By Eric Larson
Upcoming Book Selections
All I Love and Know
By Judith Frank
Join BookSpeak

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

PDNA Monthly BookSpeak Reading Selection

All The Light We Can See by Anthony Doerr  

I’m not sure I will read a better novel this year than Anthony ­Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See.” Enthrallingly told, beautifully written and so emotionally plangent that some passages bring tears, it is completely unsentimental — no mean trick when you consider that Doerr’s two protagonists are children who have been engulfed in the horror of World War II. Not martyred emblems, like Anne Frank or the British evacuees on the torpedoed City of Benares, just ordinary children, two of thousands swallowed up in a conflict they had nothing to do with.

One is Marie-Laure LeBlanc, the blind daughter of the widowed master locksmith at the Museum of Natural History in Paris. Shy but courageous and resourceful, Marie-Laure has learned to navigate the streets of her quartier with the help of a wooden scale-model made by her father. He also sharpens her mind by hiding birthday gifts in intricate puzzle boxes that he carves. (Pay attention to all such details. Each strikes answering echoes throughout the book.) She’s fascinated by the marine specimens she’s allowed to handle in the museum, such as the blind snail “that lives its whole life on the surface of the sea,” floating on a raft made of foam without which “it will sink and die.” And she’s entranced by the imagined world she explores in her Braille edition of Jules Verne’s “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.”

But she’s filled with uneasiness by another of the museum’s treasures, a priceless blue diamond called the Sea of Flames, which allegedly endows its keeper with the gift of eternal life and curses all he loves with unending misfortune. “I want to believe that Papa hasn’t been anywhere near it,” says Marie-Laure.

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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