Sights of the Marathon on Taylor St

Bascule opening on Taylor Street in October

The name of the previous restaurant has been removed, and is reporting that Bascule Wine Bar owners Jason Prah and Scott Harney are making swift progress on their forthcoming wine bar and bistro in the former Urban Union space, slating the opening for next month at 1421 W. Taylor St. Construction and cosmetic work began the week of September 8. They're starting to fire up the wood-burning oven. And they've named their chef, eight-year Gibson's Restaurant Group vet Michael Burkauskas, who says his opening menu is "95 percent finalized."


Burkauskas will mostly fill his menu with interesting yet simple preparations of seafood, meats, and small plates at affordable price points that he hopes will appeal to the diverse clientele near Taylor Street. "I want to let the ingredients shine," he says.

The former Luxbar executive chef highlights a dish with a familiar name—his "Duck, Duck, Goose"—a play on corned beef hash. Burkauskas will make a hash with duck meat and add foie gras and duck egg.


Other dishes include rabbit porchetta, a skate wing with capers and raisins, and a burger with locally-farmed toppings. Also expect lots of shellfish, lamb and veal on the menu at opening.


Burkauskas, who opened multiple properties for the Gibson's group, has only good things to say for his former employer and says he joined Bascule for the mix of personal relationships and culinary control. "I wanted more freedom to do my own thing," he says. "I'm excited to let this thing fly."

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Turning 65? How to figure out Medicare

Learn how to make heads and tails out of Medicare and Medicare supplement insurance plans in a free program at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 23 at the Roosevelt Branch Library.

This educational presentation will cover eligibility, enrollment and the benefits of Medicare Parts A and B and the standardized Medicare Supplement Plans available in Illinois. Attendees will benefit from this program if they will soon be eligible for Medicare, already on Medicare but losing their group retiree benefits, a caregiver of a Medicare beneficiary and anyone who would like to learn more about the hospital and medical insurance benefits of Medicare and Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans.
Program time is approximately 75 minutes, and will be presented by Money Smart Partner, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. The library is at 1101 W. Taylor St.



An organization is as strong as its membership, and the University Village Association is looking for a strong number of members and volunteers. 


Your membership dues will support the organization that is working for the good of the Little Italy/University Village. Volunteer, and you will actively help to improve the community for everyone.


Some of the areas that the UVA is working in:


• Planning and Development
• Neighborhood cleanup/beautification
• Festa Italiana
• Neighborhood history/heritage
• Community events


2014 Membership fees, which are tax-deductible, are:
• Individual $45
• Household $65
• Senior Citizen $10
• Student $10


What's in it for you?


A warm and fuzzy feeling for knowing that you are helping your neighborhood and a sense of accomplishment for having made an impact. Email for an application.