March / April 2013 Newsletter 4
IN THIS ISSUE
A FORMER CHICAGOAN YOU SHOULD KNOW
It’s Monday and another work week has begun. Hence the question “What’s for lunch?” Well, if you work at any of the businesses within a 10 mile radius of Valley View Ribbon Cutting & Charleston the answer is SONIO’S CAFE & ROTISSERIE! Located at 3900 West Windy City Beefs Charleston, Sonio’s is the place to be for lunch. Anyone who is anyone comes in and & Pizza out of Sonio’s during a given week. Sonio’s has been called the power lunch place and our customers the veritable who’s who of Las Vegas. It gets family crazy in there Victoria Kaer, and it all starts with a smile and a greeting from the owners Yiorgo or his father, better Author known as “Uncle Teddy.” You’re in their house and they are going to make sure you eat well. If moist perfectly seasoned rotisserie chicken is what you want for lunch Members it is served in 1/4 or 1/2 chicken portions with two sides. This type of chicken is a Our Sponsors Chicago mainstay along with other Chicago items on the menu, such as Chicago Style Our Social Members Italian Beefs (we prefer ours dunked), Chicago Style hot dogs with famous krinkle fries. “Restauranting has been in my family for generations, my uncle owns the famous Johnnie’s Beef in Elmwood Park and Schaumburg” said Yiorgo. He continued to tell us that his father, “Uncle Teddy” owned Teddy’s, the original Luke’s, and Tumbleweeds back in the Chicago land area. But Sonio’s is not only famous for lunch, they also are famous for their catering menu. Homemade lasagna and stuffed peppers to name a few. Our members can attest to Sonio’s claim of “many imitate, but none compare.”
Yiorgo is born & raised in Elmwood Park. He attended Fremd High School in Palatine, and graduated from DePaul Univerity with aPreLaw / Communications double major and a foreign language minor.
Passion. It fuels our hopes & dreams and creates in us a force. That force allows us the ability to build, succeed and increase our circle of inﬂuence within our ever growing community. At Chicagoans In The Desert, LLC our passion is unifying former Chicagoans. The force we create is positivity. We urge all our members, Business, Ofﬁcial Social or Basic Social to attend our events or mixers and experience our laughter, our friendship and our pride. Enjoy the spring weather.
On Tuesday February 12, 2013 we held our monthly Business Luncheon Meeting at Sahara Business Suites in their Boardroom. This months featured speaker was Cathy Selig, Licensed Insurance Agent with Insphere Insurance Solutions. Cathy presented “Basics of Healthcare Reform, What You Should Know.” Businesses in attendance were Bloom Loyalty, G & B Fence, Paint and Party, LPL Financial, Our Gift of Life, Victoria Kaer, Author, and Nevada Website Design. Our lunch was catered by Siono’s Cafe & Rotisserie and the view of the strip from the boardroom was magniﬁcent. Information on our March meeting is pending at the time of printing.
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On January 25th, 2013 we were promoting and supporting our Business Members Tim & Cathy Korney, owners of Windy City Beefs & Dogs at the grand opening of their newest business WINDY CITY BEEFS N PIZZA. The day started with the formal introduction of their business partner on this venture, Dakota Nitz, then the hustle & bustle of staff members preparing the restaurant for what we knew would be a busy day. We did an 11:00 am yellow ribbon cutting, and then it hit. Scores of “former Chicagoans” and the likes stepped thru the doors with huge smiles on their faces while their eyes scanned the walls covered in Chicago decor’ and greeted by yours truly. They came hungry and looking for that Chicago ﬁx. And boy, did we give it to them. With the 40 minute deep dish pizza baking in the oven, new friendships were made as people shared tables for their half price dine in only offer. And believe it or not, many customers ordered the #4 Windy City Vienna Corned Beef Reuben and raved at how authentic it was. The Grand Opening was like visiting the “old neighborhood”. We send out a huge “Thanks uzzzz guys” to all who stopped in and celebrated with us.
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NORTH SIDE / SOUTH SIDE
North or South? It sounds like a simple question. Right now inside your head, all kinds of answers to that simple question are formulating. Most, more than likely, have to do with the Civil War. However, if you are from Chicago that particular question holds an entirely different meaning altogether. Yet, it is one that can dissolve into arguments, some might say, that could rival a Civil War battle. What it comes down to for us Chicagoans is this: Are you a Cubs fan or a White Sox fan? North side or South side? You have to pick one or the other; it is a Chicago requirement of residency. You simply cannot love both teams; sorry the cross-town rivalry is just too epic in proportion for such things as a split in loyalty. Cubs fans and White Sox fans are equally serious in their devotion to their team. Though, some might say the Cubs fans have a slight edge with their seemingly manic devotion, since the team tends to lose, a lot. That devotion can be seen every year in Las Vegas during Big League Weekend when the Cubs are in action or inaction, whichever they manage to pull off, at Cashman ﬁeld on March 16 and 17. Not to say that the Sox fans haven’t seen their share of losing seasons, it simply seems that, somehow, the Cubs are expected to lose. A perfect example, we were driving and spotted a SUV with a large Cubs logo plastered across the back window with the words ‘Maybe next year’ in large lettering above it. Despite their tendency to lose nearly every season, the Cubs fans remain forever loyal. Not to imply that Sox fans aren’t as loyal. They are, despite their own failures here and there. Of course, the Sox fans don’t have a goat curse to blame for their team’s loses. But that is a story for another time. Chicagoans are staunchly loyal to their teams. Friendships (even marriages and family relations) are fretted over—not because that particular person did anything horriﬁc that would cause you to end your relationship with them— but because they are perhaps a Cubs fan while you are a Sox fan, or vice versa. Many times upon meeting a fellow Chicagoan, we’ll ask not what suburb they are from, but whether they are a Cubs fan or Sox fan. And depending on the answer, cheer or groan accordingly. We displaced Chicagoans, who have moved away from the Windy City to the deserts of Las Vegas, have Chicagoans In The Desert, LLC to call upon for sports events, and they are forever neutral, never discriminating against anyone based on North side or South side loyalty. Victoria Kaer was born and raised in Arlington Heights and moved here with her husband in 1996. Visit www.authorvictoriakaer.com to view Victoria’s body of work and purchase her current book Merlins Chosen Book 1 Rise of the Wyvern
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We are grateful and overwelmed by the positive response we have received from all of our social members on Face Book and Meet.com. We are now over 700 former Chicagoans strong. And with rapid growth, comes change. We have implemented a new tier of membership. “Ofﬁcial Social Membership” allows the Social Member to really step up and become an active part of our community. The $20 a year fee allows you the opportunity to attend our Business Member Luncheon Meetings, head up commetties and assist in vote processes for our larger events Visit our website at www.chicagoansinthedesert.com to sign up today.