Damen Station Opening, Horses of Honor, Burglaries, New CPD website, Holiday shopping, Art must sees, Art opportunities, Santa, Politics and more!

It's opening…really: Blue Line Damen Station on December 22

Hard to believe that the Damen Blue Line Station will really be opening on time, Dec. 22, when you look at all the construction items around the entrance. The sounds of saws this morning emanating from the tracks above and the red caution tape put up along the side walk on both sides of Damen last night, gave this writer the "ah, ohs" Monday night..

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New celebrity resident moves into East Village: Horses of Honor

When East Village resident Catherine Garypie went to the Horses of Honor Auction last week at the Hyatt Regency, 151 East Wacker, Grand Ballroom, she looked, with some envy, at the 16 painted horses, honoring injured and fallen Chicago Police Officers. In fact three of the horses tie to Chicago's near northwest side..

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Community Alert: 12th District Burglaries

During the month of December in the 12th District, offender(s) have made entry into multi-unit buildings and taken property from apartments and/or basements.

These incidents occurred at various hours of the day..

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New website: Improvement for Chicago Police Department communications

With a goal to have more public engagement with the public, the Chicago Police Department's (CPD) Superintendent Garry Mc Carthy announced the launch of their

These incidents occurred at various hours of the day..

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WOW: A "taste" of all things holiday

A melange of "tastes" be they art, music or food is the feature of the Dec. 20 happenings for WOW Frequency: Limited Editions, a partnership of DreamBox Gallery and Cup & Spoon, 2415 W. North Ave. in the WOW (West of Western) District..

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By popular demand Intuit extends two exhibits: An opportunity for fun new art experiences

Two of the exhibits at the Intuit: Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art are being extended through the end of the year because of popular demand..

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Opportunities are available in the arts

Opportunities for adults and youth in the arts are spread across the City and the application process for 2015 is underway. In addition there are arts based jobs openings..

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Ukrainian traditions expressed by adults and children from Ukraine and Chicago are charming

Ukrainian heritage is part of both the short run of The Magic of Beads at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA), 2320 W. Chicago Ave., through Dec. 21 and Ethnic Heritage through the Eyes of My Elders. up through Jan. 25, 2015..

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Learning Christmas traditions brought children and adults to the Polish Museum

Bringing people together to learn how to make traditional Polish Christmas decorations was also a way for people to connect with their ethnic heritage,.

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Commercial Park's Holiday Event had a blizzard of people though no snow

The lack of snow on Saturday, Dec. 13, did not reduce the crowds or the holiday spirits at Commercial Park's annual Advisory Council holiday event, 1845 W. Rice St..

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"NO to super PACs" say progressive officials and candidates

Bob Fioretti, 2nd Ward Alderman and Mayoral candidate, and Scott Waguespack, 32nd Ward Alderman, were joined by a group of political candidates in pledging to reject any money from Chicago Forward, a political action committee (PAC). This super-PAC "will not directly donate to candidates but instead will independently spend money "to ensure that voters understand where candidates stand on issues facing our city," said its Chairman and CEO Becky Carroll, former Chief Communications Officer at Chicago Public Schools..

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Sidewalk problems?: Help is available

Each year the City of Chicago provides an opportunity for residents to participate in shared sidewalk repair program. The 2015 programs opens at 8 a.m. on Jan. 13..

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