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Benefits of Acupuncture during our Current Health Crisis

mitchell harrisBy Mitch Harris, Licensed Acupuncturist
Co-Owner Centered Studios a wellness center at 7009 N Glenwood Ave
Adjunct Professor and Department Chair at Pacific College of Health and Science, Chicago

In today’s challenging environment regarding health and wellness, there is a lot of anxiety. The novel coronoavirus, COVID-19, has challenged our norms and social structures with real risks for coming down with an infection. This anxiety today can come from the discomfort of the unknowns and the threat of real danger in varying doses to us all. Traditional Eastern Medicine, which I practice at Centered Studios in Rogers Park, sees any frustration from a discomfort or threat as a “stagnation of qi”, meaning an innate energy in the body (unique from blood or lymph) that is meant to flow, but which can become obstructed. This is just considered a medical fact in the East, no matter if you feel you are handling things well, frustration backs up in our body. When this energy stagnates, it can create easier inflammation, body aches, emotional imbalance, sleep disturbances, vivid dreams, and even irrational behavior. Often exercise and social wellness can help mitigate this (so does alcohol but there are dangerous potential side effects and addictions to manage). It is often something I like to remind my neighbors, that there are other treatments out there that are safe and effective and available in walking distance often for those in the neighborhood.

For at least 2,000 years East Asian culture has recommended acupuncture as one of the most potent and calming ways to move this energy and create more balance in the body during times of stress. From a Western perspective it changes brain and connective tissues body chemistry through natural methods. The needles (more like a filament) are hair thin and are flexible, sterile, one time use, and made of stainless steel. Acupuncturist’s in the state of Illinois are considered an Essential Non-Emergency Health Care Providers currently, which means we can leave our doors open during the crisis and treat clients in this time of need, while wearing proper protective gear, sanitation and with a low patient flow. Acupuncture is the world’s longest running drug free and side effect free treatment for many issues – but especially stress, pain and anxiety. Our goal is to keep people from ending up in an Emergency Room or hospital as we need those resources to go to those in crisis from this pandemic. If clients do not want to come in or feel more mild symptoms I offer tele-health acupressure sessions where I show points on the body for self-massage and breathing associated with deep relaxation as well as qi gong or energy movement and breathwork.

I have been seeing in the last 2-4 weeks or so an uptick in the level of anxiety and emotional and physical discomfort from my clients and friends. I hope this is a reminder that beyond healthy eating, lifestyle and exercise, which I deeply feel is critical, acupuncture is a very effective method that restorers as well as moves energy, and has been safely practices for thousands of years, and right here in Rogers Park.

Mitch’s websites are www.healthfromeast.com, www.herbsfromeast.com and

maskLocated in historic Rogers Park, The Chicago Upholstery and Drapery Co. serves both residential and commercial clients with a full range of reupholstery and fine drapery services. With the “stay in place” ordinance Chicago Upholstery changed gears to fulfill an urgent need. To do our part in this time of catastrophe Chicago Medical Wear, a division of Chicago Upholstery & Drapery Company was created. This new endeavor was twofold: 1. Fulfilling a national shortage of medical masks and gowns due to COVID 19. 2. Continuing the need for ongoing employment. We intend to follow FDA / CDC Guidelines for materials use - - - all within a clean environment.

gownThe COVID-19 outbreak poses unprecedented challenges to businesses around the country and societies around the world. Companies like ours are reacting in different ways to ensure business continuity, improve the resilience of the supply chain and pivot to innovative ways to generate revenue while providing a critically needed commodity. We spent our first week aggressively modifying and cleaning our workroom. Additionally, we have enlisted the help of skilled colleagues in Rogers Park to help us speed up production output.

Our immediate focus will be producing non-sterile disposable surgical masks and disposable SMS isolation gowns by request. These are woven spunbond polypropylene offering Level 2 protection. We will also offer non-sterile washable masks with Filter access made with 100% cotton with opening for insert. In addition, we will also produce disposable SMS isolation gowns that re non-woven spunbond polypropylene.

Lastly, we feel these items are important as a level of protection for all our medics, transponders, nurses, doctors and caretakers. Our pricing is economical, we are using 100% cotton for washables and non-woven spunbond polypropylene and can be purchased and donated to any person, hospital or nursing home. Inquiries can be made through the website (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or by calling 773.663.3261.

Celebrate "Taste of Clark Street" on September 22, from 2–6 pm, when local restaurants will be featuring samples of their signature dishes as you stroll Clark St. and get to know the community.

Picnic Wine and Provisions invites you to enjoy a new experience, an evening meal and wine pairing at Picnic in Rogers Park. Celebrating the bounty of the Midwest, featuring produce from local farms and food purveyors, this evening is a unique event. This dinner will be four courses served with wine pairings.

This will be a seasonal menu bridging the Summer and Fall to nourish your soul and feed your body. Price is $85 per person for the prix fixe menu (includes food and wine), tax and gratuity are not included.

Reservations required due to limited table space, and no refunds with less than a 72 hour cancellation due to the extensive preparations for the meal.

With Chef Christopher Sullivan, a local Rogers Park resident who got his training at Blackbird and Avec and later garnered much acclaim at Ikram Café. To learn more about Chris or see examples of his prior meals please visit his website here.


Menu is subject to change, based on seasonality and market availability.

  • First Course: Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with Bitter Greens and Grilled Shrimp
  • Second Course: Shaved Zucchini Salad with Lemon, Feta, Pickled Butternut Squash and Baby Arugula
  • Third Course: Sweet Corn Risotto with Grilled Sturgeon, Braised Beef Short Ribs and Charred Baby Carrots
  • Dessert: Raspberry Brown Butter Tarts with Crème Fraiche Ice Cream, Assorted Cookies

Price is $85.00 + 10.25% tax for a total of $93.72

Reserve Your Space

New Destination for Wine and More Opens in Historic Benjamin Marshall Space, Rogers Park
Long Awaited Picnic Wine & Provisions Opens to the Public
with Weekend Long Wine, Food and Music July 19-21

Our mission is to inspire adventure through wine, food and art.

The 20 year vision of local business entrepreneur, Liz Ahearn, opens to the public on July 19, with the Honorable Maria Hadden, newly elected Alderwoman of the 49th Ward officiating, along with long time Alderman Joe Moore.

Picnic Wine & Provisions is a "go to" destination to connect over wine, food and more. Filled with color and light, located in an historic Beaux Arts building, I offer a singular destination for "all things Picnic"--wonderful wines,  a variety of platters and small plates, coffee and conversation, indoors and outdoors.

"I am excited to honor all of the time and experience Joe Moore gave to making Picnic a reality, along with celebrating the future
of Rogers Park with Maria Hadden at this important event. Picnic is really all about community-- offering an all inclusive space for
conversation, along with my passion for wine, personally selected for value and more than reasonable pricing; a menu that changes
weekly, and of course, art. We have so much wonderful wall space." – Liz Ahearn, Owner

The art continues the legacy of the building's architect and designer, Benjamin Marshall, known for such famous Chicago icons as the Drake Hotel. Along with Curator Laura Mae Noble, Faculty, Art Institute of Chicago, Liz plans for monthly new exhibits showcasing local artists' work. Beyond business hours every Wednesday through Saturday, 11am to 9pm and Sunday, 11am to 7pm, Picnic will engage the community through wine tastings, classes, music and movies, and the space will also be available for public and private events.

Friday: 3 to 5pm: Opening Ceremony; includes free glass of wine and appetizers RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
            6 to 9pm: $5 wine by the glass; apps for sale; live music
Saturday, 2 to 9pm and Sunday, 2 to 7pm: $5 wine by the glass, apps for sale,15% discount on 6 bottles of wine, plus free wine bag and corkscrew; live music from 6pm

  • Where: Picnic Wine & Provisions, 7301 Sheridan Road, Chicago (free street parking, close to Jarvis CTA stop; 151 bus stops in front of building)
  • When: Friday through Sunday, July 19 to 21, 6 to 9pm
  • Why: Check out this new destination, enjoy $5 wine all weekend, live music and the festivities
  • For more info: visit www.picnicwineandprovisions.com

About Picnic:
Picnic Wine & Provisions offers a Rogers Park destination for fine wines, gourmet food and gift baskets: All things picnic. Owned and operated by local entrepreneur, Liz Ahearn, Picnic brings people together to share ideas and get to know their neighbors over wine, food and art. Picnic embraces the changing seasons with a sustainably sourced rotating menu, and aligns with community needs for an inclusive, safe place for all. Public and private events highlight art openings, musical gatherings and wine tastings and classes.

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