Superb Living Experience is Coming to Howard Street

Elevation Lofts features 38 studios and two-story loft apartments, plus a fitness center, rooftop deck with a fire pit, a grilling station and zen garden with incredible views. Opening soon at 1531 W. Howard Street, Elevation Lofts is committed to "meaningful living" - a walkable lifestyle where neighbors become friends, where building materials are earth friendly and where a genuine community can thrive.

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Whiskey Hill Brewing Company Opens on Howard Street

Whiskey Hill Brewing Company, from the same family-owned company behind Salerno's Pizzeria & Sports Bar, brings its craft brews, burgers, chicken wings and more to a cozy but modern space at 1631 W. Howard Street, Chicago. The original location has received great reception in Westmont, Illinois where it opened in August 2018, and now ready to expand, Whiskey Hill opened its second location on Howard Street in Rogers Park in July 2019. With a focus on craft brewing, Whiskey Hill is a small, independently-owned brewery that employs traditional brewing methods with an emphasis on flavor and quality.

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Chalk Howard Street Brought Major News Outlets to Howard Street

Chalk Howard Street brought major news outlets to Howard Street. NBC5, WGN-TV, AP China, TimeOut Chicago, Daily Northwestern, Chicago Now, Block Club Chicago, Rogers Edge Reporter and others covered the event, with stories ranging the artists working through the heat, the history of Howard Street and the impact of Chicago’s first major chalk art festival.

Chalk artist Nate Baranowski and Rogers Park Business Alliance Economic Development Manager Cynthia Ryan were interviewed on WCPT-AM Doris Davenport Show, and WTTW Chicago Tonight interviewed Baranowski and filmed his work in progress.


Rogers Park Celebrates the First Chalk Howard Street!

Thousands of people made their way to Chicago's Edge--Howard Street--for Chalk Howard Street on Saturday, July 20, 2019. The city's first major chalk art festival featured world-renowned 3D and 2D chalk artists. In addition to highlighting family-friendly arts and culture, the experience shined a spotlight on the area's businesses, including the soon-to-open Elevation Lofts and the brand new Whiskey Hill Brewing and Pizza Company. A special thanks goes out to the artists, bands and restaurants that made Chalk Howard Street special. Thank you to our sponsors for helping this inaugural festival get a kickstart: Elevation Lofts, Salerno’s, Peoples Gas Energy Efficiency Program, Terra Engineering, Lost Eras, Good to Go, Blick Art Materials, Meals on Wheels Chicago and Chicago Park District.


Factory Theater is recognized as one of Chicago’s Ten Most Interesting Neighborhood Theaters

Curbed Chicago has listed Rogers Park’s Factory Theater as one of the top ten most interesting in Chicago! Stop by Factory Theater at 1621 N. Howard Street and catch a performance of their current running production, “Prophet$” - Grab Tickets Here.

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Hairz R Us Celebrates 17 Years!

For the past 17 years, Hairz R Us has kept their chairs filled through out the day, Tuesdays-Saturdays. Hairz R Us is celebrating 17 years as a barbershop staple in Chicago. Thanks to owner Michael Smith, Rogers Park residents always have a homey spot that guarantees them the right cut. Its authentic, friendly atmosphere is complete with fresh linings and good company, right on #ChicagosEdge. Stop by Hairz R Us at 2039 W Howard Street to celebrate 17 years!

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Lost Eras has been “Keeping it Weird” for 50 Years on Howard Street!

It’s easy to get lost in yourself, in another time, in another place at Lost Eras. The Walters Family has been gathering vintage and antique props, costumes, art and more since 1969. Make a trip to Rogers Park to help them celebrate 50 years of representing Howard Street as a place you can be you.


Critics and Audiences have Preached Praise for Factory Theater’s “Prophet$”

The congregation has spoken and “Prophet$” is certified comedy gold! The Factory Theater production opened June 14th and has received rave reviews from the Windy City Times, Chicago On Stage, Chicago Reader and Performink, to name just a few. Performink reporter Aaron Lockman writes, “The televangelism industry is positively ripe for satire…and there is plenty to love here. Infectiously fun…with just enough small infusions of heart to give it some lovely moments.” “Prophet$” runs through July 20 — Come all ye faithful and grab your tickets here!

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The Washington Post’s “By The Way” Travel Guide features Rogers Park

Travel reporter Adeshina Emmanuel writes, “Rogers Park accounts for the highest percentage of residents working in the nonprofit sector and has a strong liberal history, along with an underrated arts scene and a plethora of quirky destinations — whether you’re hungry for knowledge or a good bite with a drink.” Read the full piece here.


Factory Theater’s “May the Road Rise Up” written by Shannon O’Neill was nominated for The Jeff Awards

“May the Road Rise Up” written by Shannon O’Neill was one of eight productions nominated for Best New Play by The Jeff Awards, which recognizes theater in Chicago. The award recipients will be announced the evening of Monday, June 3, 2019 at a ticketed event hosted by Breon Arzell at the Athenaeum Theater. Factory Ensemble Member Spenser Davis was also nominated.

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Factory Theater announces its 27th Season for 2019-2020

Factory Theater is pleased to announce its 2019-2020 season, including: “Oh Sh*t! It’s Haunted!” written by Scott OKen opens September 27, 2019. “Last Night in Karaoke Town” written by Mike Beyer and Kirk Pynchon opens February 14, 2020. “The HOA written” by Angelina Martinez opens June 19, 2020.

Nate Baranowski, a Chalk Howard Street headliner 3D artist, completed an Avengers Endgame chalk art piece for Marvel Studios and Disney in Chicago

Chicago-based professional chalk artist, Nate Baranowski, completed a 7’ x 8’ chalk art piece to promote Avengers Endgame - and he did it in four hours! Marvel Studios and Disney commissioned Nate to complete this piece at DePaul University’s student chalk fest on Thursday, April 25, 2019.

Nate Baranowski will be coming to Howard Street in Chicago for Chalk Howard Street on July 20, 2019 where he will create a 10’ x 20’ 3D chalk art piece. Come to Chalk Howard Street and see Nate in action.

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Elevation Lofts, a mixed-used, multifamily community, is under construction at 1531 W. Howard Street

Integrating the vibrancy of the Rogers Park neighborhood with creative design, Elevation Lofts provides a distinctively superb living experience. With a wide range of home options, from first-of-their-kind two-story lofts with expansive lake and skyline views to luxury studios, there is a home for everyone. Between Lake Michigan and the Howard red line, Elevation Lofts is conveniently located on Howard Street, where great entertainment and dining are at its doorstep. Learn more here:


Curls & Company is moving east to 1627 W. Howard Street in Chicago on June 1, 2019

It's official! Curls & Company is moving east on Howard Street between The Factory Theater and Salerno's Pizzeria on June 1, 2019. Curls and Company is a creative collective of stylists specifically chosen because of their talent, training, personality and devotion to the craft of hair styling. Its goal is that you have a rewarding experience and feel good about yourself and the salon after your visit. Curls & Company specializes in the Devachan method of curly dry cutting but all the staff is trained in cut and color for all hair types. Check out the salon and make an appointment here:

It’s a pop culture-themed salon, piping in 80's music with British pop art on the walls. It's a salon with a twist, er, curl.

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Chalk Howard Street, a street art festival in Rogers Park, brings internationally-renowned 3D street artists to Howard Street on July 20, 2019

The pavement of Howard Street in Rogers Park will become a canvas for street artists during the new Chalk Howard Street festival on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 11am to 8pm. Located east of the Howard Red Line ‘L’ stop, this free outdoor festival includes live music, entertainment, food, drinks and immersive art experiences.

Chalk Howard Street features internationally-renowned 3D street artists and local 2D chalk artists, as well as emerging artists and kids’ art. The family-friendly festival on Chicago’s northern-most edge will promote the street's shops, restaurants and global cuisine. Chalk Howard Street is hosted by the nonprofit Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) and Howard Street Special Service Area #19 (SSA #19).

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Howard Street Brewing Company pending approval to open at 1617 W. Howard Street

Howard Street Brewing Company, a new microbrewery by owner Chuck Patella, could occupy the history Howard Theater building between Sol Cafe and The Factory Theater. 

According to the Rogers Park Builders Group, "If approved, Howard Street would take another significant step forward in reestablishing itself as a major entertainment district for the Rogers Park community.” Howard Street Brewing Company would complement the food, culture and entertainment scene that has been building on Howard Street and serve as gathering point for locals and destination for visitors.


Petersen Garden Project is accepting new members through April 15, 2019

Join a community of volunteers, friends, supporters and staff who have grown 30,000 pounds of food, and donated 2,500 of food locally, in their ten year history.


Loyola University Donates $25,000 to Gale Academy on Howard

Earlier this year, Loyola University donated $25,000 to support the construction of SMART Health and Wellness Clinic at Gale Academy.


Block Club: New Jazz Club Le Piano Brings Bohemian Parisian Vibe to Rogers Park

Just down the road from Howard Street at 6970 Glenwood Avenue, Chad Willetts and Joe Quinlan plan to open a new Jazz Club, Le Piano. The club will bring "Chicago’s finest pianists” and artists from every corner of the world.



Block Club Chicago Shops for “All Things Weird” at Lost Eras on Howard Street

If you’re looking for a film grade, authentic Halloween costumes, look no further than Lost Eras on Howard Street! Block Club Chicago took a trip to Lost Eras to shop for “all things weird”.


"Thrill Ride" Movie Filmed and Screened on Howard Street - ABC7 Chicago

Woodstock, IL filmmaker Chris Parrish screened his film "Thrill Ride" (which was shot on Howard Street) at Willye B White Park in August. Parrish appeared on ABC 7 to talk about the film and its inspiration, son Mason, who died of pediatric brain cancer after conceiving of the movie's story. 


Chicago Sun-Times Explores Howard Street and the Rogers Park Neighborhood

Howard Street and Rogers Park was featured as part of “The Grid” – the Chicago Sun-Times' in-depth look at Chicago neighborhoods.

Sol Cafe, Caribbean American Bakery, The Factory Theater, Badou Senegalese Cuisine and Lost Eras are just a few featured restaurants and businesses on Ji Suk Yi's recommended stops.


WGN Explores "Top of the Red Line" and Howard Street 

WGN's Amy Rutledge explored Howard Street's "can't miss stops", including Sol Cafe, Lost Eras and Caribbean American Bakery.


VICE’s Guide to Chicago Includes Lost Eras

Described as “a vast and beautiful cluster****,” Howard Street’s Lost Eras made VICE’s comprehensive guide of Chicago.