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Chicago Interactive Social Club 2nd YEAR ANNIVERSARY @ EPIC Lounge (112 West Hubbard St. Chicago) Chicago Interactive Social Club 2nd YEAR ANNIVERSARY @ EPIC Lounge (112 West Hubbard St. Chicago)(0)

By: BV Staff

First, amazing execution for the second anniversary event for the Chicago interactive Social Club started by Brothers Andrew Landan and Jon Landan. The Chicago Interactive Social Club was created to give the interactive marketing community a fun, free way of getting to know one another.

The second thanks to the entire staff over at Epic Lounge for hosting an amazing 2 hour event amongst the movers and shakers of the Chicago interactive industry. The event went beyond the standards set last year for a even more amazing networking event as well as a complimentary drinks & Appetizers.

For those that attended the event, it was the perfect environment to network with Chicago’s Interactive professionals from digital agencies, technology, public relations, and sales gurus from all over the city. As you can tell from the photos, this 120 minute event was well received by the packed house of professionals as well as the jar-full of business cards at the entrance of the venue collected by co-host of the event which were the Internet Prophets.

About Chicago Interactive Social Club ( )
The Chicago Interactive Social Club is a group of interactive professionals focused on networking & socializing in Chicago.

To that end, we’re hosting quarterly get-togethers and inviting you to come mingle with agency masterminds, fellow creatives, code gods and interactive marketers all within the friendly confines of some of Chicago’s choicest watering holes. Because at Chicago Interactive Social Club (CISC), we understand that you can make a lot more connections with a kind word and a drink than you can with just a kind word.

Who are the events for, you ask? CISC is a networking arena for all different aspects of the interactive space: Agency, Sales, Tech and Design. And through the graciousness of our sponsors, there will never be a cover charge, dues or membership fees. It’s just a good way to meet others within the interactive community, and not worry about who’s picking up the tab.

About Internet Prophets ( )
Forget almost everything you know about Internet & Mobile marketing. The game has changed and there is a NEW set of rules. The OLD way of conducting business online no longer applies. If you’re employing tactics from 2011, you’re in for significant erosion in market share and a rude awakening.

More than 25 other leading Internet & Mobile marketing experts will be taking the stage at Internet Prophets LIVE! in Chicago, June 8-10 and have agreed to reveal seldom-taught strategies, tactics, and tools they leverage to build their multi-million-dollar empires.

Chicago Recycling Program Moves Forward ( Via Chicago Recycling Program Moves Forward ( Via

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In an event comparable to Christmas morning, many Logan Square residents woke up last weekend to shiny new recycling bins at their doorsteps.

While residents were very happy to receive the blue bins, many said they were dissatisfied with the long wait.

“Just a few blocks north towards Belmont, people had theirs two years ago,” said Liz Cwick, 54.

Cwick said there have been many calls to local aldermen from her neighborhood seeking recycling bins. She said that recycling is important to her and her neighbors, and the absence of blue bins has been inconvenient.

In the meantime, she and her “whole little block” have managed by taking their recycling to Drummond Montessori, a local school.

“We are all waiting to see how they keep up with it,” she said.

Another resident, 33-year-old Emily Grimm, said she had been hoping for the bins. She usually took recyclables to a distribution center on California Street, but often had to throw them out.

Logan Square is among the first areas to get recycling services this year under Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s effort to expand the city’s program while cutting costs. Announced last July and implemented on Oct. 3, the plan aims to streamline the city’s recycling program with competitive bidding.

A method that has been successfully implemented in Pheonix, Ariz., and Charlotte, N.C., competitive bidding allows the city to contract private companies for recycling services.

The Streets and Sanitation Department has announced in an email that competitive bidding “creates a competitive environment to drive down the costs of service, while increasing the quality and efficiency of services through competition.”

Under the new plan, the city was divided into six service areas: three (including Logan Square) are served by Waste Management Inc., one by Midwest Metal Management and two remain the city’s responsibility.

According to the Streets and Sanitation Department, the city provides recycling services to 260,000 homes. Last year the city collected 53,000 tons of recycling.

As of last summer, recycling cost the city $13.8 million. The two private companies have estimated they could do the same for half that. Streets and Sanitation announced after three months the city has already saved $1 million.

According to the Chicago Recycling Coalition, the city once promised to provide recycling to 600,000 homes by 2011. The Streets and Sanitation Department, however, received no additional funding in 2010 and the number of homes was capped.

As a result of the new plan, the blue cart program will be expanded to 20,000 homes this April, according to the city’s website. Logan Square was among the first beneficiaries of the expansion, as it is surrounded by neighborhoods that already have blue carts, according to Streets and Sanitation.

The expansion area is marked by the Kennedy Expressway to the east, Pulaski Avenue to the west, Diversey Avenue to the north and Grand Avenue and Kinzie Street to the south.

Buildings with between one and four units are eligible for recycling. Residents may request additional bins at no extra charge by calling 311.

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