Thursday, December 1, 2016

Work Underway At Upcoming Italian Restaurant From Owners Of Kal'ish

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New windows being installed at 1309 W. Wilson
There are changes afoot on Wilson.

As Baker & Nosh prepares to vacate their space at 1303 W. Wilson for a much larger space at Wilson & Magnolia, the owners of the newly opened Kal'ish are preparing to take over all the retail spaces spanning 1303-1313 with their own restaurant concepts.

First up is a a still unnamed grab-and-go Italian restaurant at 1309 W. Wilson, next door to Kal'ish specializing in pasta dishes and pizza. Workers were seen today installing new windows and a pizza oven was being brought in.

No official word on the restaurant concept that will be taking over the current Baker & Nosh space but rumors of a Mexican restaurant or brunch spot have been mentioned.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

"StudioUs Art School" Opening Soon At 4806 N. Clark

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The future home of StudioUs Art School at 4806 N. Clark 
If you were looking for an art school for your little ones age 4 and up, you will have an option in Uptown very soon.

"StudioUs" Art school will offer year-round, weekly fine art classes for children 4 and up at 4806 N. Clark just north of Lawrence. You can choose from drawing, charcoal and chalk pastel, watercolor and acrylic. They are even offering a free trial class for your child to try before you sign up. Enrollment is open now!

We are happy to see yet another great outlet for art in Uptown!

Check out their full website here.

Follow StudioUs on Facebook here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Interior Work Begins At New Baker & Nosh Location

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The new, future home of Baker & Nosh at Wilson & Magnolia
Butcher paper is up in the windows and the pitter-patter of construction work can be heard in the upcoming home of Baker & Nosh at Wilson & Magnolia. A ramp has been added along Magnolia with a new gate as a new means of ingress into the building. Outdoor furniture is stacked up, just waiting for nice weather to be brought out again in an expanded patio space. Regular patrons of Baker & Nosh are definitely looking forward to more seating to enjoy the tasty baked goods B&N is famous for. Expect Baker & Nosh to vacate their current space as soon as this new space is ready, hopefully by springtime.

Gerber Building Now Nothing But A Shell

The main entrance to the Gerber Building
Looking NE through the Gerber Building
Looking north through the Gerber Building
The southern side of the Gerber Building along Wilson
The CTA has made quick work of gutting the Gerber Building, leaving just the exterior terra cotta clad walls and the roof support beams. Braces are up around the entire exterior to support the walls now that the roof has been removed. We are guessing that getting a roof back on before the snow flies will be a priority.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Winona Foster Carmen Winnemac Block Club Holiday Party December 3

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'Tis the season for holiday parties! 


2017 Annual Dues / Jan 1st-December 31st
$10 per person or $15 per family.
Your Membership with the WFCW Block Club gives you VOTING rights and helps support numerous community projects, social gatherings, fundraisers, and other cooperative actions that make a difference.

More info on joining can be found on the WFCW Facebook page!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Does Your Business Need A Remodel Near Lawrence & Broadway?

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Lawrence/Broadway SBIF
Application Deadline: November 30th 5:00pm

The Small Business Improvement Fund is an economic development tool made available by City Hall and administered by Somercor. Eligible expenses for a SBIF grant are permanent building improvement costs associated with commercial and industrial properties. For businesses considering building upgrades, this may be your chance to get a rebate of up to 75% of the construction costs from the City of Chicago. For more information on the SBIF program, contact Business Partners at or visit the Somercor website here.

Support Small Businesses In Uptown This Saturday (And Always)

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via Uptown Business Partners:
This weekend is the busiest shopping weekend of the year. Don't forget your neighbors -- get out and patronize your small businesses. We've got four businesses celebrating Small Business Saturday. 

Check out the promotions at:

A World Class Concierge Service, Inc. 25% off. Must book a minimum of 2 hours, good for up to 6 consecutive hours of service. Expires 12-31-2016. Mention Uptown Business Partners. 773-275-1006

Bar on Buena is hosting a "Drink 4 Small Business" promotion. Specials will include $4 Beermosas featuring Dovetail Lager, $4 5 Rabbits bottles, and $4 Revolution Fist City cans, all from local Chicago breweries! We want to support the community that supports us! Bar on Buena will open at 11:00am and serve brunch until 3:00pm. College football will be on and drink specials will run until close at 3:00am.

As a locally owned and operated small business, First Ascent is excited to participate in the #ShopSmall movement on Small Business Saturday this Saturday 11/26! Drop in and take advantage of these great deals: Give A Gift Give a friend or family member the gift of climbing with an intro class at First Ascent! Choose from:
Intro to Climbing at First Ascent Avondale 3-week course that will give new climbers the knowledge and skills they need to enjoy sport climbing and bouldering. $99 - Save $41
Bouldering 101 at First Ascent Uptown 3-week course that will help new climbers jump start their bouldering skills with instruction on key climbing techniques. $79 - Save $31
Treat Yourself Join First Ascent and we'll waive your enrollment fee! Save $50 Purchases must be made in person at First Ascent on Saturday November 26th to qualify. Stop on by - we'll see you then!

My Chocolate Soul 15% off on all items purchased through My Chocolate Soul's website with the code MCS#SHOPSMALL (enter code at checkout). Local customers can select "pickup" to avoid shipping costs and may arrange pick up their items from our store after Monday, November 26.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Ald. Cappleman: Drug Bust In Uptown Results In 35 Arrests


via Ald. Cappleman's latest email:

"In the last few days, both the 19th & 20th Police Districts arrested 35 individuals for selling illegal drugs in the Uptown area. I want to thank our police officers for their great work done to address this type of illegal activity.

I will work closely with the 19th and 20th District CAPS offices and the State's Attorney's Community Justice Center to attend the court hearings in order to send the judge the message that our community will not tolerate activity that brings down our community.

Additionally, all of you are invited to a series of Uptown neighborhood activities with the police for the purpose of showing everyone that we take public safety seriously in the 46th Ward. 

Some of the activities on Tuesday, Nov. 22 include:

When: 11am
Where: Sheridan/Wilson intersection
19th Police District outdoor roll call

When: 11am - Noon
Where: Truman College at 1145 W. Wilson
19th District CAPS information table

When: 1pm - 2pm
Where: Weiss Plaza & Hickory Playlot at 4834 N. Winthrop
20th Police District positive loitering

When: 7pm
Where: Wilson L Station
19th Police District outdoor roll call

As I have said before, it's our work together with the Police that can make our community safer and better for everyone."

3rd Annual Winter Walk On Wilson, December 2

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Something that is becoming a bit of holiday tradition in Uptown is back for its 3rd season, a winter walk down Wilson:

The annual Winter Walk on Wilson event returns December 2nd, 5-7pm with 10 participating local businesses. Celebrate the season by visiting these local businesses along Wilson Avenue in Uptown for FREE live music, treats, Santa, and more!

PLUS: Stop by BAKER & NOSH for a tree-lighting ceremony at 7pm!

Participating Businesses
Baker & Nosh 1303 W Wilson
Eats & Sweets (at Aardvark Insurance) 1228 W Wilson
Emerald City Uptown 1224 W Wilson
Everybody’s Coffee 935 W Wilson
Heritage Outpost 1325 W Wilson
Kāl’ish Short Order Vegan 1313 W Wilson
Palla’s Grill 4570 N Broadway
Pokiology 4600 N Magnolia
Public Barber 1319 W Wilson
Tesfa Ethiopian Cuisine 1023 W Wilson

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Uptown's "Golden Triangle" Gets New Listing Agent

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4704 N. Broadway, one of the available spaces 

The former Goldblatts/Borders building has a new listing agent.

Seneca Real Estate Group, the new listing agent, describes the complex bounding Broadway, Racine and Leland as the "Uptown's Golden Triangle" and we think that has a nice ring to it.
We do know that a restaurant was close to signing on the dotted line for the first floor space under "First Ascent" but backed out for some reason. Again, if you know any restaurateur interested in being in the heart of the Uptown Square Historic District, pass along this listing or contact Joe Padoor at 312-316-2300 at Seneca Real Estate group.

Holiday Shows At Uptown Underground Now Underway

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More great holiday entertainment options from Uptown Underground at 4707 N. Broadway:

The Kiss Kiss Cabaret Holiday Spectacular runs Friday and Saturdays Nov 4 to Dec. 23 at 10 p.m. This seasonal offering celebrates the time of sparkle and glitter with naughty and nice solos from the Kiss Kiss Coquettes and special variety guests. Enjoy all-new group numbers from the Underground Vaudettes as they pay homage to a holiday cult classic with "Mele Kalikimaka", and put their best dancers and prancers on the stage in "Run, Run, Rudolph." Tickets range from $27.50 - $46.50

New this year is “The Eve of the Eve Party: Underground Casino” on Friday Dec. 30 at 9 p.m. Uptown Underground is transformed into a speakeasy casino for one night only. The evening features unlimited play on Black Jack, Roulette, Craps, Let It Ride, and 3-Card Poker Tables, and performances from The Kiss Kiss Coquettes, The Underground Vaudettes, Muffy Fishbasket, and The Chicago Magic Lounge. Patrons can enjoy the chance to win door prizes, a one-hour complimentary cocktail reception, midnight toast and dance party till 2 a.m. Black tie and 1920s-1940s attire is highly encouraged. Tickets are $75 (early bird special in November) to $100.

Saturday, Dec. 31 is the 6th annual “The Kiss Kiss Cabaret New Year’s Eve Hullabaloo”. Kicking off at 9 p.m., the evening features performances from all of the favorites at Uptown Underground: The Kiss Kiss Cabaret, Chicago Magic Lounge, Muffy Fishbasket & Friends, and more. Guests receive a red-carpet welcome, one-hour complimentary cocktail reception, 2-hour full-feature show, retro photobooth, Champagne midnight toast and dance party till 3 a.m. Black tie and 1920s-1940s attire is highly encouraged. Tickets are $75 (early bird special in November), Premium Reserve & Booth - $125, Regular Reserve - $100.

Tickets for all events can be purchased via

Chicago Market Pop-Up Thanksgiving Market Coming November 19

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Join some of our favorite farmers and friends and shop for your holiday menu. You can also pre-order delicious pie and ice cream from Americano 2211 with your RSVP.

November 19, 2016 at 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Wilson Abbey 935 W Wilson

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wilson Avenue To Close To Vehicles Thursday & Friday

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Wilson Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic between Broadway and Clifton beginning on Thursday, November 17, through Friday, November 18. The hours of closure will be 6am-4pm. Pedestrian access will not be affected, nor will access to the Wilson station.

This purpose of the closure is to install caissons, the support structures that are put into the ground to bear the weight of the columns that will hold up the new tracks.

Not surprising, we are advised that there will be dust and noise.

Gun Buy Back At Uptown Baptist Church On November 19

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Uptown Bar Hop Tickets On Sale Now

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Purchase tickets here

Miss Green from McCutcheon will be DJing at Uptown Lounge throughout the event. Stop by to get your groove on!
Fat Cat will donate 20% of bar and food sales during the event to McCutcheon. Please mention the school when ordering.
Crew will donate 10% of bar and food sales from 3pm -8pm on the day of the event to McCutcheon!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Synagogue's Sale To Developer Should Be Voided, According To New Lawsuit

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photo by designslinger
The internal strife between differing factions fighting for control of Agudas Achim North Shore Congregation has just grown a little more epic, as a lawsuit has been filed to decide whether the recent sale of the building was valid.

For the past decade or so, there has been a divide in the leadership of the historic synagogue, located at 5029 Kenmore. Although services ceased being held there in 2008, the schism between Rabbi Philip Lefkowitz and the synagogue's board has continued. At its heart is the question of who has the right to control the future of the building.

There have been plenty of accusations and lawsuits flying over financial matters, the rabbi's condo, and the future of the temple building, which dates back to 1922.

In September of 2012, the synagogue was put up for sale. In May of this year, Cedar Street bought it and recently announced its plans to convert the building into 40 residential units.

But not so fast....

In a lawsuit (of course) filed in October, a representative of the synagogue claims that the sale to Cedar Street should be voided. It seeks to prove that Rabbi Lefkowitz's son signed the sale papers without having the right to do so, since the appeal process from yet another lawsuit was still underway at the time of the sale.

You can read more about the latest conflict in Crain's Chicago Business.

In 2010, the rabbi's attorney was quoted as saying, "Until it's resolved as to who's making decisions on behalf of the synagogue, it's unclear what will happen." The most recent lawsuit makes clear that that matter is still very much up in the air.

Wilson Avenue To Close To Vehicles Daily, This Thursday Through Tuesday

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Wilson Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic between Broadway and Clifton beginning on Thursday, November 10, through Tuesday, November 15. The hours of closure will be 6am-4pm. Pedestrian access will not be affected, nor will access to the Wilson station.

This purpose of the closure is to install caissons, the support structures that are put into the ground to bear the weight of the columns that will hold up the new tracks.

Not surprising, we are advised that there will be dust and noise.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Bar On Buena Holding "Beer Election" Tonight With Results on Big Screen

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The Bar On Buena (910 W Buena) and Anchor Brewing are teaming up tonight to host an election everyone can get behind.

It's a face-off between the classic Anchor Steam Ale and a newer offering, Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam Ale. “Polls” will open at 6pm, with a side-by-side pairing of each beer offered. Guests will be encouraged to “cast ballots” for the beer they think is best, with the winner being announced at 9pm.

Election coverage will be shown on the projector, for those interested in watching. Sound is available, if requested. Otherwise, an upbeat playlist to help people forget the times in which everyone is living will be played. $2 Tacos will be available.

The Facebook Event Page is here.

Election Night Party At Crew

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Join the Crewbies at 4804 North Broadway tonight to watch the returns come in. Party starts at 5pm.

"Join us at Crew on Election Night, this Tuesday, November 8th! We’ll be featuring the entire night of local and national results across 24 HDTVs with sound! Our three featured Election Cocktails will be:
  • The Golden Toupee: Disguised like the perfect gentleman drink but leaves you feeling weird about yourself afterwards.
  • Don’t Hit Send: Complexly built, calculated particularly, and executed with precision.
  • The Third Party: A flavor profile which will cause you to declare this the newest, best drink ever. But you'll still keep drinking your light beer and vodka sodas."
The Facebook Event page is here.

Winter Is Coming! Help Us Prepare Our 46th Ward Students

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George Maher Designed Home Destined For Rebirth?

4506 N. Sheridan as seen yesterday
4506 N. Sheridan shortly after completion in 1902 (Inland Architects)
Could this stately George Maher designed home in the 4500 block of Sheridan be another candidate for renovation? You might recall that due to budget cuts, Heartland Alliance ceased operation of its Neon Street shelter leaving this home's future in question. The single family home directly to the north recently sold so now that scaffolding has been erected around 4506, could Heartland be preparing to sell this home? It appears that the wrought iron that was over the top of the porch in July has been removed and it now looks more similar to the original design seen above from 1902. Maher designed homes are selling for a premium. Time will tell. For a glimpse inside the home, check out this link.

Man Missing From Uptown, Considered High Risk

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Michael Weatherly, age 51, left his home on the 4800 block of Winthrop on Thursday, November 3rd, without the knowledge of his family. He has not been seen since.

Mr. Weatherly is mentally challenged. He cannot carry on a conversation, but he does know his name and can tell people who he is. Because of these circumstances, the Special Victims Unit of the CPD has classified his case as high risk.

He is 5'2" and 250 lbs. He was wearing green pants at the time he left his home (no other clothing description is available).

If you have any information that can help lead to his safe return home, please call 911 or call the Area North Detectives/SVU at 312-744-8266.

Monday, November 7, 2016

"Montrose/Clarendon Ready To Go"

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From Ald. Cappleman's email newsletter:

"The former Maryville site was officially sold last week to JDL and Harlem Irving. As a result, I'm sure you have seen the new equipment and increased activity at that site. This $125M project will include 381 residential units and a Treasure Island Foods grocer. Click here to review the plans.

Of the $15.88M TIF amount that the city designated for this project, 2/3 of it will be given to help with the rehab of the Clarendon Park Community Center and to contribute funds to the Low Income Housing Trust Fund. This entire TIF district is situated on tax-exempt property, therefore this new development must generate all of its own tax increment before the developers see one penny.

This TIF was created to address a blighted piece of property that has not been on the tax rolls since 1939 and to rehabilitate the Clarendon Park Community Center. Once the full $15.88M has been generated and the Community Center is completely rehabilitated from this TIF, I would want to close this TIF."

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Hold The Future In Your Hands: Vote

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Early voting is available all over the city on Sunday until 4pm, and Monday between 9am and 7pm. You can vote at any of the 51 different polling places. On Tuesday, Election Day, polls are open between 6am and 7pm and you must vote in your precinct.

Sunday is the day when the fewest voters vote, so if you're looking for a quicker experience, Sunday's your day.

More information about early voting is here.

More information about voting in the election is here.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Turn Back Time This Weekend As Daylight Saving Time Ends

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If you thought it was getting dark too early, you ain't seen nothing yet.

Set your clocks back an hour tonight as Daylight Saving Time ends for the year, and enjoy the extra hour of sleep... or whatever.

The good news for morning people is that dawn comes an hour earlier, too.

(Photo of Goldblatt's - at Racine & Broadway - used with the kind permission of Mark 2400 on Flickr.)

Argyle Shared Street To Have Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Saturday

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Photo by Ted Millner
From Ald. Osterman's latest newsletter:

"Tomorrow, the celebrations will continue as Mayor Rahm Emanuel and I host a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony of the Argyle Streetscape. Please join us at noon at the intersection of Argyle and Broadway as we celebrate the completion of this transformative project.

Argyle is the first "Shared Street" in the city of Chicago - this innovative street design gives pedestrians right of way and slows car traffic in order to foster more vibrancy in the Argyle business district. Thank you to our neighbors and businesses who have been incredibly patient during the construction process."

4600 Block Of Broadway Closed Saturday For CTA Work

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Beginning at 6am on Saturday, CTA will have a full closure of Broadway between Leland and Wilson so its workers can do some painting as part of the Wilson Red Line reconstruction. Work will conclude, and Broadway will reopen, by 4pm.

"Detour Northbound Broadway: to Northbound Sheridan Road, to Westbound Lawrence Avenue, and back to Northbound Broadway. Reverse for Southbound Broadway."

There will be minimal noise during this construction activity.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Cubs Parade Route Announced, Traveling From Wrigleyville To Grant Park

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Here's the text of a press release from the city today about celebrating the impossible. While it does not include Uptown, the extra traffic and Red Line ridership will undoubtedly affect commutes. (Go, Cubs, we are so proud of you!)

"Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago will celebrate the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs at a celebration rally in Grant Park on Friday, November 4, at noon, preceded by a downtown parade beginning at 11a.m.

“The City of Chicago could not be more proud of the Cubs, and we are going to throw them - and their fans - a celebration worthy of the history the team made last night,” said Mayor Emanuel. “2016 is the year for the Cubs and the generations of fans who have been waiting to the fly the World Series W. Go Cubs go!”  

PARADE ROUTE: The official parade route will start at approximately 11a.m., leaving Wrigley at approximately 10a.m., and will travel along Michigan Avenue between Oak St. and Ohio St. and then along Columbus Dr. between Monroe St. and Balbo Ave. Fans who want to catch the downtown parade are encouraged to see them along this route.

Fans are encouraged to view the parade at the following locations:
  • Addison from Sheffield to Pine Grove
  • North Michigan Avenue from Oak St. to Ohio St.
  • Columbus Dr. from Monroe St. to Balbo Ave.
There will be zero tolerance for drinking on the public way.

RALLY: A Celebration Rally will take place at Lower Hutchinson Field in Grant Park at approximately noon, when the motorcade arrives in Grant Park. The team will be joined by American Airlines, the presenting sponsor who is providing financial support for the day's activities, and other Cubs Legacy Partners.

The rally is free and open to the public. All attendees must pass through security screening at entrances at Michigan Ave. and Jackson Blvd. and at Michigan Ave. and Congress Pkwy.

Closed water bottles will be allowed into the rally and food vendors will be on site.

IMPACTED STREET CLOSURES: The public should expect street closures surrounding the parade route starting as early as Friday at 4am.  

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Officials are encouraging fans to use public transportation.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will offer additional service to customers traveling into the Loop on Friday Monday. Riders are advised to allow plenty of travel time due to street closures, traffic congestion and reroutes. CTA’s Red and Blue subway lines and Brown, Green, Pink and Orange elevated lines are the best option for Cubs fans heading downtown for the parade and rally.

Additional service will be provided on all eight rail lines following the morning rush period through midday. CTA buses will be detoured in the downtown area during the parade and as a result of street closures for the rally. Detailed service information is available at

To speed travel and reduce lines, customers are encouraged to buy fare cards in advance with sufficient value or to add enough value to their existing Ventra cards for their return trips later in the day.

Metra will use all available resources to add extra train service and capacity. Trains are expected to reach capacity on all lines and delays are expected. Metra is offering a one-day $5 unlimited ride ticket for tomorrow’s celebration and encouraging all passengers to purchase it in advance.  Beginning this afternoon, the ticket will be for sale from ticket agents at all ticket windows, including all downtown and outlying stations, and through the Ventra App, available for download in the App Store and Google Play."

Demolition Permits Issued For Maryville

The Maryville site at Montrose and Clarendon
Demolition permits were issued yesterday to "wreck and remove a 3 story concrete building" as well as "a 6 story concrete building and pedestrian bridge." That will be welcome news to most neighbors of the Maryville site. Thanks to Josh Dugan at the Uptown Uplifted Facebook page for linking to Chicago Cityscape which shows the permits in question. Neighbors are also reporting lots of activity at the site this morning. If demolition permits were issued, it is safe to assume that JDL has officially closed on the property and is now the official owner.

UPDATE: Two demo permits were issued, one for 750 W. Montrose, and another for 810 W. Montrose. This covers both buildings on the Maryille site.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Flu Shots Available Via Health Fairs on Thursday and Saturday

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There will be two Uptown opportunities to get your free flu shot from the city this week.

Annual 46th Ward Health Fair - Thursday, November 3, 10am-2pm, at Weiss Hospital, 4646 Marine Drive. Get your annual free flu shot from the Chicago Dept. of Public Health. This is an event that brings in many different health care providers and insurance programs in and around the 46th Ward.

From low-cost dentistry, programs, blood pressure screenings, assessment for diabetes, and care for many chronic illnesses, this fair provides information about needed resources to help people get the health care they need.

Family Flu Clinic - Saturday, November 5, 9am-2pm, at Truman College, 1145 West Wilson. This event will provide parents and children the opportunity to get their flu shots together at no out-of-pocket cost, along with fun, family-oriented activities. Bring your Medicare or insurance card, if you have one, but no one will be turned away from getting their shot.