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Sometimes it seems like Mike Keenon can handle anything. After working in a multitude of industries, he has perfected skills that could be useful anywhere. As doorperson at 777 North Michigan Ave., he seems to have found the place where they all fit perfectly.

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The end of a summer that never really happened is approaching. Although it passed without a lot of fanfare, many Chicagoans are determined to make the most of the dog days before nodding into autumn.  

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AON Center Guest Services Representative Alexandria Ward combines charm and authority with the best of them. Greeting visitors, checking IDs, and issuing passes, she is part of a team effort to guide people through one of America’s tallest buildings. But that’s just the start.

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New Eastside resident Alan Goldman will run something of a victory lap on Sept. 13. A prostate cancer survivor, he will be competing in the virtual SEA Blue Prostate Cancer Walk and Run.

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Capt. Trevonte Battle spent years acquiring the expertise to keep passengers safe on the Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture Tour. As a graduate of Columbia Yacht Club’s captain course, he offers a full range of skills including charting, navigation, and emergency procedures. But on an averag…

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Derrick Wynn adds a winning dose of camaraderie to the service he provides at Lake Shore Plaza, where he has been a member of the door staff since 1993.

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Lyric Investment Group founder Naiya Mehta recently built and rented half-dozen micro-apartments in a West Loop brick two-flat. Equipping each of the nearly 300-square-foot units with high-end appliances and strategically designed interiors, the Streeterville resident leased all of the prope…

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“We were very close,” he said. “We all lived in a three-flat with my grandma in the basement, my family on the main floor, and my aunts and uncles on the second floor with my cousins.”

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With most summer camps closed, children’s playgrounds still locked, and many of the normal recreational programs delayed or cancelled, people of all ages have been making the best of it using the open green grass of our beautiful neighborhood parks.

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The coronavirus pandemic has teenagers getting set for Zoom classes while facing a variety of challenges such as cancelled summer plans and uncertainty about the upcoming school year.

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With COVID-19 restrictions preventing large in-person gatherings, charitable fundraisers in Streeterville and New Eastside are exploring alternatives to their traditional annual events.

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Rene Mendez offers a distinct advantage to residents at the Grand Ohio Condominiums, where he has worked as a member of the door staff for nearly a decade. In addition to a homegrown regard for courtesy, he brings a well-tested range of experience to the front desk.

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Irene Pettus radiates charm throughout the lobby of the Shoreham Apartments. Working the night shift, her kind, optimistic and helpful manner seems to exude a natural instinct for graciousness.

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The damage of Saturday night’s George Floyd protests still lingers on Michigan Avenue, but less than before, thanks to locals and emergency crews who are determined to clean up and show their love for Chicago.

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The citywide lockdown has forced people to be resourceful in jobs that require interacting with crowds. By Doug Rapp, May 5, 2020 The citywide lockdown has forced people to be resourceful in jobs that require interacting with crowds. With a lack of a live audience, comedians are becoming cre…

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By Daniel Patton, May 3, 2020 A commitment to professional responsibility and a desire to interact with people enabled Haley Peterson to earn a position with the door staff of the Lofs At River East. “Last year, I was making deliveries for DoorDash and I met a doorman at Pres-idential Towers…

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Bernard Green goes above and beyond his professional duties to make life better for residents of The Lancaster. Working the overnight shift as a member of the building’s door staff, he has helped fuel inspirations that have reverberated throughout the city. “Knowing your clients and helping …

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By Daniel Patton, April 27, 2020 At 8 p.m. on April 24, New Eastside residents helped Chicago score a victory against coronavirus by joining a celebration to honor the workers fighting against it. They clapped and hooted from their balconies while lights and music filled Lakeshore East Park …

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By Mat Cohen, April 1, 2020   Nicholas Watts is a firm believer in human decency. He displays it everyday at Marina City, and that’s one of the reasons he’s the New Eastside Doorperson of the Month. Despite being new to Marina City, he’s been in the security industry for nearly 25 years and …

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By Mat Cohen   This night owl has been building strong relationships and having some fun along the way. Roosevelt Shivers, who has won the Streeterville News Doorperson of the Month, has been stationed on the late shift at the Streeter, 345 E. Ohio St., for 10 years. “I love helping the resi…

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New Eastside resident Karin Long has added a unique voice to the ongoing dialogue about the current national health crisis: she’s offering to help. Whether it is fetching groceries, waiting in line at the pharmacy, or completing some other small task, the Loyola law student recently posted h…

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Hours before President Trump declared a national health emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, March 13, Chicago appeared to be about half full. Although the streets and the sidewalks did not carry their normal load of rush-hour cars and pedestrians, there was still ple…

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by Mat Cohen Despite his Texas roots, Zack Gardner has been able to work through the shock of the Chicago winter to become New Eastside News Doorperson of the Month. Gardner has been working at Park Millennium for nearly six years, but he still misses the Texas heat. “I still haven’t gotten …

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by Mat Cohen Sheri Campbell is an integral part of the community she loves. She’s been a doorperson at Elm Street Plaza, 1130 N. Dearborn St., for four years and has won Streeterville News Doorperson of the Month. “It’s all just a lot of customer service and interacting with people,” she sai…

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by Doug Rapp The odds are 1 in 1,461 that you’ll be born on Leap Day, Feb. 29. 2020 is a leap year, with an extra day tacked on the calendar every four years to keep the seasons lined up with the 365-and-a-quarter days it takes for the earth to orbit the sun.  Whether they’re called Leapling…

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by Mat Cohen No one knows love more than the people who have been pierced by Cupid’s arrow and withstood the test of time. Two couples in the Streeterville neighborhood offered their stories and advice for others. Bill and D Clancy, married 60 years, went on the most epic first date you can …

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by Mat Cohen Arte Brinson is accepting the Doorperson of the Month Award on behalf of the whole team at 540 N. Lake Shore Drive. “They could’ve made this phone call to the paper for any one of us,” he said. “I’m not the only one that deserves the recognition.” But February is Brinson’s month…

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by Mat Cohen For Alonzo, there’s nothing better than a great football game, jazz music and his family, which includes the people at 400 E. Randolph. “Everyone is special at 400 E. Randolph,” he said. “I make sure they feel special. I try to make the family at 400 feel as I would want to feel…

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by Mat Cohen The 1920s was a decade unfamiliar to most. But Wanda Bridgeforth remembers it well. Bridgeforth saw the Great Depression, World War II and lived in Chicago when the tallest building was eight stories high. As the year 2020 begins, she’s ready to welcome the changes that a second…

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by Jacqueline Covey For 17 years, January Doorperson of the Month Justine Kotlarz has worked at 247 E. Chestnut St. greeting residents, tending to their needs and handing out cookies—to those with two and four feet. About two months ago, Kotlarz lost her brother Nick Bolhak. “My brother got …

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by Mat Cohen It’s been a long journey for Doorperson  Marek Sit to get to 400 E. Randolph. Actually, about 4,500 miles.  Sit was born in Poland. In 1981, at 24 years old, he followed his mother to New York City, and then to Chicago. “First I wanted to go to Canada, but I decided to go to Chi…

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by Jacqueline Covey The best young voices in Chicago perform with the Chicago Children’s Choir in storied locations like the grand glass-roofed third floor of the Chicago Cultural Center. Members of the Voice of Chicago choir, the Chicago Children’s Choir’s premier mixed-voice ensemble, have…

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by Mat Cohen There’s a tremendous amount of pride and loyalty that comes with being a Chicago sports fan. Fans of the Bulls, who  haven’t reached the conference semifinals since 2011,  need loyalty now more than ever. Chris Britton is strongly loyal and has thick  Chicago pride, so the rolle…

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by Mat Cohen The most genuine, enthusiastic fist bump in New Eastside has been found.  At The Shoreham at Lakeshore East is Fred Crocker, behind the desk with a smile, dishing out fist bumps to kids setting off for school.  “Once you get to know people, it’s al- most like a family,” he said.…

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By Doug Rapp Kanye West’s “Homecoming” boomed through the dark room. As the lights came up, host Blake Burkhart took the stage riling up the audience of 90 gathered in a back room at Timothy O’Toole’s Pub in Streeterville. Taking off a beanie to reveal his newly shaved head, Burkhart said he…

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By Doug Rapp Kobe Stanton has a long commute, but for her, it’s worth it. “I love what I do,” Stanton said of her job as a security resource officer at GEMS World Academy on East South Water St. “I can say I wake up and look forward to seeing these kids.” Stanton heads into New Eastside from…

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by Mat Cohen Johnson, who has worked at 200 E. Delaware Place for 37 years, is the Streeterville Doorperson of the Month. If there are similarities between tending to 60 aquariums of freshwater tropical fish and being a doorman in a high-rise apartment building, Ralph Johnson would know. For…

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By Jesse Wright Jose Rivera knows how to keep his eye on the ball and stay in the game. Whether it’s playing centerfield in the softball field at Horner Park, or in the lobby of 530 N. Lake Shore Drive, where he is the doorperson, Rivera likes staying on his toes. Rivera has worked at the St…

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By Elisa Shoenberger Chicago has been known as a cow town, a town of bootlegging gangsters, and even a town with long-winded politicians but few people know that Chicago was also a place for all things magic.  At the turn of the 20th century, famous magicians, such as Harry Houdini and Howar…

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(Published Aug. 31, 2019) By Jesse Wright Harry Harris has spent most of his life serving the federal government. First, he served in the Marine Corps. He spent nine years in the service, and he enjoyed his time. “I loved serving the country,” Harris said. “It was a different experience and …

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(Published Aug. 31, 2019) By Jesse Wright New Eastsider Randy Martens wasn’t always interested in street photography. Growing up in the country, down in Mendota, Illinois, Martens said he got his start taking sports photographs for the local paper and then photos of barns and cows for fun. H…

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(Published Aug. 31, 2019) By Jesse Wright For the last 21 years Jerome Bell has worked at the Park Shore as doorman and he said he has no plans to go anywhere anytime soon. “It’s a great building,” Bell said. “The residents are great, it’s a classy building, it’s luxury and it’s an all-aroun…