Fall 2011
Volume II, Issue 3


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There's a New Moon Rising In West Bucktown
Community Meeting Nov. 30
How Sweet It Is
You Don't Know Jack About Joe!
Assorted & Sundry

There's a New Moon Rising In
West Bucktown

"I’m an orange moon,
I’m brighter than before,
And I shine so bright,
Because I reflect the light of my sun."
Being able to see and appreciate the true beauty in another soul is a thematic undertone in singer Erykah Badu’s passionate “Orange Moon.”
But being able to see and appreciate the true beauty in vintage furniture, with its exquisite dove-tailing, beautiful hard wood, and smooth patina? That’s the passion of Lynne and Ty McDaniel, who aptly named their high-end vintage furniture store “An Orange Moon” after Badu’s soulful song.
IMAGE: Vintage furniture.A Chicago native, Lynne grew up visiting the open-air markets of Maxwell Street every Sunday after church with her family. It was there that she first developed her keen eye for spotting unbelievable treasures.

“My father was a real estate broker who owned hotels on the south side,” she adds. “Whenever I needed pocket money, he’d encourage me to go find something to sell from one of the buildings he was renovating. Vintage brass bedframes, French chairs, Victorian dressers – you name it, there was always something old and beautiful waiting to be discovered.”
Ty also grew up in Chicago a mere 8 blocks from Lynne, but the two didn't meet until years later when she completed her psychology practicum at his Bucktown practice. They later married, and in the process of setting up their home together, Ty developed his own love for Mid Century Modern design.   

IMAGE: Lynne & Ty McDanielLynne and Ty were both clinical psychologists in 2009 when they left their successful careers behind them to follow their hearts and open An Orange Moon on 59th Street. The store quickly garnered legions of loyal fans drawn to their eclectic mix of home furnishings, including Mid Century Modern, Danish Modern, French, Mission, Victorian, Art Deco, Industrial, and Shabby Chic pieces. Today, the south side’s loss is West Bucktown’s gain as An Orange Moon opens its new doors this week at 2418 W. North Ave.
“We found that our core clientele tends to come from the Bucktown, Ukranian Village, Wicker Park, East Village and Logan Square areas,” notes Lynne. “Getting to the south side can be a bit of a haul with traffic. So rather than make Muhammad come to the mountain, we decided to bring the mountain here.” 
Their mountIMAGE: An Orange Moon furniture.ain, as such, is now housed in a former North Ave. recording studio that the couple has completely gutted and rehabbed. Gone are the ugly iron bars that used to cover the building’s facade, and in their place is a gleaming windowed storefront that beckons passersby inside.

“What sets us apart from other vintage retailers is our broad selection of high-quality furnishings in impeccable condition at affordable prices,” Lynne emphasizes. “We source smart, and we’re able to pass those savings along to our clients. Great prices, high style – that’s what we’re all about.”
People may come for the vintage furniture bargains, but it's Lynne’s contagious enthusiasm for her craft – coupled with An Orange Moon’s uber hip, cool vibe – that keeps folks coming back. Pop into the store on any given evening, and you’ll be handed a glass of tequila or an ice-cold Corona to enjoy as you browse. “We want you to feel at home as you re-imagine your living space,” says Lynne.

See for yourself how An Orange Moon can help you create your own design adventure! Join Lynne and Ty on Friday, November 18 for their “re-mixed and re-imagined” grand opening party from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. Guests will enjoy live music, food and drinks provided by West On North, gift bags, and more! Mention this article and receive 15% off your purchase of $100 or more.
IMAGE: An Orange Moon logo.

An Orange Moon
Uber Hip Vintage Furniture and Design
2418 W. North Ave.

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Community Meeting Nov. 30
Just a reminder that the WBNA will host a community meeting with 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno on Wednesday, November 30 at 7:00 pm at the Wicker Park Art Center, 2215 W. North Ave. Please join us for what promises to be a lively and informative evening! If you can't make it but would like to submit a question for the Alderman, please email

We hope to see everyone there!

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How Sweet It Is
There’s never been a better time to be a cake decorator.
Thanks to reality TV shows like “Cake Boss” and “Ace of Cakes,” which thrust the profession into the national spotlight in recent years, cake design has become a recognized art form in its own right. Just ask West Bucktown’s own Elysia Root, who walked away from a successful career in commercial property and casualty insurance last year to make a go of what started out as simply a hobby for her. 
“I took a Wilton cake decorating class at JoAnn Fabrics with some of my friends because I thought it would be fun to take my own cakes up a notch,” says Elysia. “I was never very good 
IMAGE: Wedding cake.
at piping the icing you get at the grocery store, but it turns out I have some talent for working with fondant and creating intricate sugar flowers.”
IMAGE: Elysia Root and cake.When Elysia was asked to make the cake for her grandmother-in-law’s 90th birthday, she started getting serious about her cake creations. With the pressure on, she practiced her decorating skills every chance she got, eventually crafting the perfect centerpiece for the family party.
It was an overwhelming hit.
Bolstered by this success, Elysia summoned the courage to quit her day job and enroll in a 4-month intensive cake decorating program at The French Pastry School in Chicago, where she studied with some of the world’s best sugar and cake artists. After graduating, she rented space at Kitchen Chicago, a fully equipped commercial kitchen, where she has been cranking out three to four artfully designed and intricately detailed cakes every week. She uses only fresh, high-quality ingredients – organic whenever possible – and gives every custom cake the same attention to detail she gives to the creations she still makes for friends and family.
IMAGE: Turkey cake.

“It’s scary,” says Elysia of leaving the security of her insurance job behind her to strike out on her own. “I took a huge leap of faith, but it’s been great. I’m getting the chance to do something I really love.”

With her list of happy clients growing, Elysia is now faced with the decision of whether to hire an assistant. “It’s a good problem to have,” she admits. “I’d love to be in a position someday to open my own custom cake shop.” 
Consider Elysia’s custom cakes, cupcakes and cookies for your next special occasion, including weddings and children’s birthday parties! Mention this article when ordering and receive a 10% discount, plus free delivery within 10 miles of the 60647 zip code. Offer subject to availability.

IMAGE: Elysia Root Cakes logo.

Elysia Root Cakes
(773) 368-5723

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You Don't Know Jack About Joe!
IMAGE: Alderman Joe Moreno.In lieu of our regular "Ask the Alderman" column, we decided to lighten things up a bit with this issue of the WindowBox. You've undoubtedly seen and heard 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno in the media discussing ordinances, budget cuts, and other city-related issues -- but how well do you really know him? For an inside look at the man behind the office, we asked Joe to prepare this list of 20 Things You Don't Know About Me.
  1. I've been a vegetarian since I was 18 years old.
  2. My first name is Proco. When my grandfather came from Mexico his name was Procoro. He changed it to Proco, gave it to my father, and my father gave it to me.
  3. I wrestled from 5th grade through college.
  4. I have a 20" TV and I just got cable a few years ago.
  5. I have an older sister who lives in the suburbs and a brother who lives in Hawaii.
  6. I have a scooter named La Vida.
  7. I've run several marathons.
  8. My favorite food is Mexican.
  9. I was accepted into the Mensa Society.
  10. I did a surf camp in Costa Rica two years ago.
  11. I still ride my skateboard.
  12. I help coach my daughter's chess team.
  13. I am terrified of mice.
  14. The first time I was on a airplane was when I was 23.
  15. I umpired little league baseball for 10 years.
  16. I lost my first election (I was a delegate for then-presidential candidate Howard Dean).
  17. I grew up in Moline, IL and moved to Wicker Park 15 years ago after college.
  18. I received an art scholarship to go to college.
  19. I sat on the national board of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty and formed the Wicker Park chapter 10 years ago.
  20. I am ambidextrous at certain things, such as hitting a baseball, throwing a frisbee, and riding a snowboard.
Assorted & Sundry

Brian DeLeon Family Fund
Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our fundraising effort for the family of Brian DeLeon, the innocent 14-year-old boy who was brutally beaten by gang members just blocks from West Bucktown on September 13. Donations poured in from across the city, from as little as $5 to more than $500. On October 22, representatives from the WBNA Board and the 14th District Police Department were on hand to present the family with a check for $4,000. It was a very emotional meeting -- not a dry eye in the room -- with Brian's parents repeatedly expressing their appreciation and gratitude. As we continue to keep Brian in our thoughts and prayers, we can take some measure of comfort in knowing that our efforts showed his family the true spirit of West Bucktown, and in the process, helped restore their faith in the community. 

Halloween "Spooktacular"
A big thank you to every West Bucktowner -- young and old alike -- who came out to support our annual Halloween Spooktacular on October 29. There were games and prizes and candy galore, and all the lucky winners went home with goldfish! (Sorry about that, parents...but the kids just love 'em!) If you missed out on the fun, check out this short video recap:

Parks Fundraiser
The Maplewood and Lucy Flower Parks Advisory Council held its most successful fundraiser yet at Naveen's Cuisine on November 3. The evening netted more than $2,000 -- money that will be used to improve West Bucktown's parks and fund scholarships for Chicago Park District programs at Maplewood. Guests at the nearly sold-out event noshed on tasty dishes prepared by chef
Naveen Sachar, sipped wine provided by Christopher Libby, and sampled an array of sweet desserts from Elysia Root. The highlight of the evening was a boisterous raffle drawing, with the lucky winners taking home more than 30 prizes totaling $4,000, including professional photo shoots, Blackhawks tickets, jewelry, restaurant gift certificates, and a Canon Powershot camera. 
IMAGE: MLFPAC Fundraiser.
IMAGE: MLFPAC Fundraiser.IMAGE: MLFPAC Fundraiser.
The next issue of the WindowBox is tentatively scheduled for distribution in January. 
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