Kevin Richards, who came on board as executive director of the Northalsted Business Alliance on April 1, has been meeting with Halsted Street businesses and other community stakeholders as he settles in to his new position. Northalsted held its first annual meeting under Richards' watch May 7. Among the large scale projects on the organization's docket are rainbow-themed crosswalks, the first of which are to be dedicated May 30, and a 25 percent-expansion of Chicago Pride Fest.
Additional goals for the organization include efforts to increase daytime foot traffic and expand Halsted Street's Halloween celebration.
A native of Chicago's Southwest suburbs, Richards worked previously for the Streeterville Chamber of Commerce and Edge Alliance.
"Boystown is a model for the LGBT community," he said. "It's where we go to celebrate."