Community Notes


The rumors are not true. Chicago’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant on Shallowford Road, on the border of East Cobb and Roswell, has NOT closed. They’re under new ownership. After 26 years in East Cobb, new owners, father and son team, Mark Zwolak and Connor Murray (pictured), are excited about their venture and can’t wait to bring new changes to the restaurant.

They’ve already brought back the Early Bird Special that was a customer favorite. The “new” Chicago’s will have a revamped menu within 30 days. On Mondays, they’ll have “Classic” night in which the menu will offer classic menu favorites. In addition to the speakeasy room with live entertainment, being implemented is a trivia night, starting July 6, and half-price appetizers Sunday through Thursday.

Speaking of makeovers, lots of construction going on in the former Churchills Pub at 1401 Johnson Ferry Rd. with the interior being gutted. An English pub, Black Swan Tavern, owned by the Dunwoody Restaurant Group will have an August opening. Can’t wait for this new addition to the neighborhood. And in other East Cobb restaurant news the owners of Moxie Burger are opening an as yet un-named taqueria scheduled to open in early August in the Paper Mill Village.

Roswell recently launched a River Parks Shuttle Service running on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is a free service that makes seven stops along the Chattahoochee River. Its goal is to allow folks to visit these spots along the river without having to worry about parking. This is a pilot program so the city does not have an end date yet.

Looking for some good free things this summer?Look no further than the Roswell CVB for some great ideas. There is the Old Mill Park Interpretive Trail to see the waterfall and the Vickery Creek Covered Pedestrian Bridge. Some say this is the most beautiful spot in Roswell. Along the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Roswell you will find, Azalea Park, Riverside Park, and Don White Park. Each park has its own look and distinct feel but you are sure to find picnic areas, playgrounds, boat ramps, fishing areas, outdoor fitness station, multipurpose trails and more. Be sure to enjoy a walk on the Phase IV new boardwalk expansion that runs from Azalea Drive to Willeo Road.

If art is your thing, then don’t forget First Friday Art Walks in the Roswell Historic District. Taking place on the first Friday of each month this is a great way to enjoy meeting the artists and the gallery owners, while browsing new exhibits of artistic expression. Also, there is the Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday mornings on the grounds of Roswell City Hall at 38 Hill Street. The browsing and interaction with attendees and visitors is free—but you may be tempted to purchase a few fruits, vegetables, and artisan items. For more info on all the great things in Roswell visit the Visitors Center at 617 Atlanta Street in Roswell where you can view a video, enjoy exhibits, and pick up maps and printed materials to help you have a great Roswell experience! Oh, did we mention that all of the Visitors Center services are FREE!