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My StreetWise Vendor: Mike Brown

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November 13, 2013 by StreetWise

Thank you to Ruth Chase for sending us this photo of her and StreetWise Vendor Mike Brown. She wrote… “Mike was my StreetWise man for the three years I lived in Chicago. Talking with him always brightened my work day at the Starbucks on Bryn Mawr and Winthrop. I was sad to say goodbye to[...]

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Lincoln Park Zoo coat drive keeps Chicago warm

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January 3, 2013 by StreetWise

StreetWise would like to send a huge “thank you” to the Lincoln Park Zoo for their incredible generosity this winter season. On December 21, StreetWise received 30 men’s coats and assorted sweaters, hats, scarves and gloves. StreetWise Executive Director Jim LoBianco smiles brightly in the photo to the left, a reflection of just how touched[...]

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Links Hall: local performance grounds for artist community

Founders Bob Eisen [left], Carol Bobrow [Center] and Charlie Vernon.

October 24, 2012 by StreetWise

Less than a year ago, Dmitri Peskov was burned out. The dancer and performer was tired of his desperate search for work and the low wages and long commutes that came with the jobs he managed to find. In short, he was tired of living the life of an artist. But before he let his[...]

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Taste of Fall to benefit the Lincoln Park Community Shelter

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October 17, 2012 by StreetWise

Come out and support a fantastic organization – The Lincoln Park Community Shelter – as they “taste their way” through Fall. At the Taste of Fall on Friday, October 26, guests can enjoy the best food and drink the season has to offer while being entertained by live music all within the rustic atmosphere of[...]

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Lincoln Park Zoo presents 26th Annual Spooky Zoo Spectacular

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October 16, 2012 by StreetWise

Calling all mini monsters and grownup goblins! Things are starting to get a little spooky around Lincoln Park Zoo. Join the zoo’s Auxiliary Board on Saturday, October 20, for Spooky Zoo Spectacular, a FREE and fabulous fall event that serves up enough wholesome family fun to satisfy the spookiest cravings. Compare costumes with spotted leopards[...]

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Community meetings about vacant building crisis

October 16, 2012 by StreetWise

Action Now organizers and members have gathered over 1,000 RSVPs for two big community meetings on the West and South sides of Chicago to discuss the vacant property crisis and community-based solutions. Action Now members will present their proposal for a “Rebuild Chicago” ordinance that would establish a city housing trust where vacant buildings could[...]

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Volunteer Kayla Kiely: “StreetWise is a mind-opening volunteer opportunity”

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October 4, 2012 by StreetWise

My name is Kayla Kiely I’m a sophomore at Loyola University Chicago. I’m currently in a social-work class that has a service learning objective. I chose to do my service learning at StreetWise, Inc. for many reasons. One reason is because they have hands-on volunteering. From interviewing the vendors to helping with public relations, this[...]

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Meet our newest volunteer: Jillian Schwartz

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October 4, 2012 by StreetWise

The following blog post was written by Jillian Schwartz, our newest StreetWise volunteer. She talks about why she chose to spend time with our organization and what she hopes to take away from her experience. I suppose I should introduce myself: I’m Jillian Schwartz and I’m the new volunteer at StreetWise. I’m also a junior[...]

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StreetWise under construction

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October 2, 2012 by StreetWise

In the next couple weeks, you might not recognize the StreetWise office. We’re undergoing some reconstruction to promote confidentiality for the vendors and keep up with the growing program. The pro-bono construction was made possible through the generosity of Clune Construction. CEO Michael Clune has been in greatly involved in supporting StreetWise, and recently received[...]

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Social Media Week 2012

September 26, 2012 by StreetWise

Social Media Week is a worldwide event exploring the social, cultural and economic impact of social media. Social Media Week begins on September 24 and runs until September 29 with the mission to help people and organizations connect through collaboration, learning and the sharing of ideas and information. StreetWise is happy to participate in Social[...]

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