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Event quick links:  1.  Vegas Night on Valentin'es, Sat, Feb 14  2.  Community Meeting Recap, Mon, Sept. 15  4.  BookSpeak Reading Group last Wed of the month  
                Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance Meeting
The PDNA Hosted an Important Community Meeting 
on Monday, September 15, 2014 at Hyatt McCormick
View All Presentation and Rendering Links Below
Thanks to the HUGE (standing room only) group of South Loopers who attended our PDNA community meeting to review the exciting McHugh Hotel/ Data Center/ Motor Row Project and the Golub Sandz townhome development, which are both coming to the South Loop soon. We also had a very engaged discussion on South Loop Education and (TIF) tax increment financing. Thanks to Hyatt McCormcik, Alderman Pat Dowell, Rep. Ken Dunkin, Tom Tresser, Jack George, Joe Antunovich, Jeff Goulette and all of our other special guests for presenting.
Click on Link to View Detailed PDNA Meeting Presentation/Renderings
                                         PDNA Overview & Education                                     111 E Cermak Development
                                   1712 S. Prairie Development                                CivicLab TIF Presentation
                                   Landmark Rees House Move                            PDNA Meeting Photos on Facebook
Below are some of the Meida Links related to our PDNA Meeting on Sept 15, 2014
  1. Chicago Tribune                       
  2. Crain's Chicago Business
  4. Chicago Curbed      
  5. Progressive Illinois
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PDNA BookSpeak
Current Book Selection

A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson
January 28, 2015
 Book Discussion Details
Next Meeting Date: 
Wed, Jan 25

Meeting Location: 
Historic Keith House, 1900 S. Prairie Avenue
Next Book Selection
Colm Toibin's new book, Nora Webster
February 25, 2015
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 January BookSpeak Reading Selection

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson 

Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakesand to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.

For a start there's the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa along for the walk. Despite Katz's overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants, he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride, and while on the trail they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters. But A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America's last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods has become a modern classic of travel literature.


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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