Friday, August 26, 2016

Trash Movie Night Returns To Fat Cat on Wednesday -- With Dinosaurs!

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As if free Trash Movie Night from the Horror Society weren't fabulous enough, There. Will. Be. Dinosaurs!

Come to Fat Cat on Wednesday, August 31st, for a double feature of:
  • 8pm, Carnosaurus (1993). "A genetically manipulated and very hungry dinosaur escapes from a bioengineering company and reeks havoc on the local desert town." Starring Diane Ladd and Raphael Sbarge.
  • 10pm, Tammy and the T-Rex (1994). "An evil scientist implants the brain of Michael, a murdered high school student, into an Tyrannosaurus. He escapes, wreaks vengeance on his high school tormentors and is reunited with his sweetheart Tammy." Starring Denice Richards and Paul Walker.
The event is free, but for guests 21 and older. There will be drink specials, prizes, and a raffle. For more information, visit the Facebook Event page here.

Fat Cat is located at 4840 North Broadway, at the corner of Gunnison.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mosquito Spraying Tonight

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There will be mosquito abatement spraying tonight that will affect parts of the 46th, 47th, and 48th Wards. From the above map (which can be enlarged), it looks like most areas in Uptown north of Leland will be in the spray zone.

According to a mailing from Ald. Osterman, "There will be a mosquito abatement spraying in the 48th Ward this evening to protect residents from potential exposure to mosquitoes that may carry West Nile Virus. Weather permitting, the spraying will begin at dusk and continue through the night until approximately 1:00am, with licensed mosquito abatement technicians in trucks dispensing an ultra-low-volume spray.

The material being used to control the adult mosquitoes, Zenivex™, is approved for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has been widely applied to control mosquitoes in outdoor residential and recreational areas across the city. The spray will be applied by licensed mosquito abatement technicians from Vector Disease Control International, a leader in the mosquito control industry. Guiding the crews through the streets will be supervisors from the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation.

While the spray is not harmful to people or pets and is routinely sprayed in residential areas across the nation, residents of targeted neighborhoods may choose to stay indoors and close their windows while spraying is underway, as an extra precaution.

In addition to the city's aggressive mosquito abatement and prevention efforts, CDPH continues to remind residents to take simple precautions to protect themselves against mosquitoes that may carry the virus, including:
  • Use insect repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
  • Eliminate standing water. This includes emptying water from flowerpots, gutters, pool  covers, pet water dishes and birdbaths regularly.
  • Keep grass and weeds short to eliminate hiding places for adult mosquitoes.
  • When outside between dusk and dawn, wear loose-fitting, light colored clothing including long pants, long sleeve shirts, socks and shoes.
  • Check that all screens, windows and doors are tight-fitting and free of holes and tears.
  • Check on neighbors regularly who may need additional assistance, including the elderly.
Though mosquitoes found to carry the Zika virus are not native to Chicago, CDPH has launched a recent campaign, #StopZika, to educate residents traveling to Zika-infested regions how to protect themselves. The campaign also reminds residents how the department is working to prevent mosquito-borne viruses that are endemic to Chicago, including West Nile virus.

If you have any questions, please contact my office at (773) 784-5277 or email"

Public Safety Workshop Tonight

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From Ald. Osterman:
"Tonight, come out for a Public Safety Workshop at the Broadway Armory, co-hosted by State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, State Sen. Heather Steans, Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS), and I.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., presentations run from 6-8 p.m. Topics covered include: street safety, victim prevention, public transportation safety, youth safety, and fire safety. "
The Broadway Armory is located at 5917 North Broadway, at Thorndale.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Bambu Desserts & Drinks Coming To Argyle & Broadway

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Another empty storefront hits the dust. Bambu Desserts & Drinks, a Vietnamese chain that started in 2008, is coming to 5010 North Broadway, a couple doors south of Ba Le.

According to its website, Bambu currently has stores in nine states and features "fresh, healthy and colorful Asian-inspired Chè, unique boba milk teas, bold Vietnamese espressos & blended coffees, and real & exotic fruit smoothies."

The signage just went up and it is due to open in the next month or so.

There are over 90 different offerings on the core menu. Franchises are able to add their own creations, and customers can specify their own personalizations as well. Coconut milk and coconut water are used in many of the drinks, with fresh coconuts being opened at each store on a daily basis.

Ba Le has been in the process of opening a dessert and drinks store of its own at 5018 North Broadway for several years, so there will be plenty of deliciousness to go around if you're in the area.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Big Chicks Announced as Inductee Into Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame

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The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame today announced this year's honored inductees, and there are some Uptowners in the group:
  • Under the category of "Organizations," congratulations to Big Chicks (5024 North Sheridan). The press release says, "For thirty years this pioneering Uptown bar has served as a diverse LGBTQ watering hole, a hub of community events and performances, and a longstanding center of LGBTQ fundraising and sponsorship."
  • Under the category of "Individuals," former Howard Brown clinic physician Dr. Thomas Klein is being honored. "Longtime openly gay physician who was on the front lines during the darkest days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He has served on the Boards of Howard Brown as well as Horizons, is a current Board member of Heartland Health Outreach, and is a member of the Gay and Lesbian American Medical Association."
A complete list of this year's inductees, including former Gov. Pat Quinn and Hell in a Handbag's David Cerda, can be found here.

The induction ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 9th, at the Chicago History Museum. It is free and open to the public. The reception will begin at 5:30pm, and the ceremony will take place between 6pm and 7pm.

More more about the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, visit its website here.

Back To School Bash at Missio Dei Uptown

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Missio Dei Uptown is a local church looking to offer a great experience for the neighborhood to kick off the school season!  There will be a bounce house, free food, free hair cuts, school supplies, etc. The event will take place at Missio Dei Uptown (located on the 4th floor of the Preston Bradley Center, 941 West Lawrence) on Sunday, September 4th from 2pm - 5pm.

This Season's Last Argyle Night Market Is Upon Us

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Food, music and fun to be had on Argyle (photo by Dave Suarez)
Summer is starting to wind down, and so is another successful season of the Argyle Night Market. Thursday, August 25, will be your last chance to taste the food, shop the vendors, and hear great music. Fear not, for the fun will be back again next year. Come to Sheridan and Argyle between 5pm and 9pm for all the vendors and entertainment.

Per Uptown United, "The night’s entertainment will celebrate the life of late hip-hop artist and son of Argyle Street - John 'Vietnam' Nguyen - featuring live performances by the Chinese Mutual Aid Association, Elephant Rebellion, Kuumba Lynx, and Connect Force." This continues a tradition that began with 2015's market.

More info can be found here.

Citing Labor Costs and Regulations, Cantina 1910 Closes

A sad and surprising note on the Facebook page of Cantina 1910 this morning:

"We want to thank everyone who has joined us at Cantina 1910 over the past year. Like any restaurant, we’ve had our ups and downs, but through it all our team has remained fully committed to serving sustainable, local ingredients through modern culinary techniques.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the closing of Cantina 1910 and Café 1910 effective immediately. Despite this decision, we are extremely proud of the culinary experience we were able to deliver to those who dined with us and express our sincerest gratitude to Executive Chef Scott Shulman and Executive Pastry Chef Andrew Pingul and their teams for their tireless dedication to our mission.

Unfortunately, the rapidly changing labor market for the hospitality industry has resulted in immediate, substantial increases in payroll expenses that we could not absorb through price increases. In the last two years, we have seen a 27% increase in the base minimum wage, a 60% increase in kitchen wages, and a national shortage of skilled culinary workers.

As we look down the road, we are facing a December 1 change in federal labor regulations that will nearly double required salaries for managers to qualify as exempt, a 2017 mandatory sick leave requirement and another minimum wage increase. Coupled with increasing Chicago and Cook County taxes and fees that disproportionately impact commercial properties and businesses, we are operating in an environment in which we do not see a path forward. We are unable to further raise prices in this competitive restaurant market in order to sustain the labor costs necessary to operate Cantina 1910.

Thank you again to all who supported us this past year."

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Traditional Mexican Food Coming To Former Rique's Storefront

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The former Rique's Mexican Cocina storefront won't be empty for long. After Rique's quiet closing over the July 4th weekend, a new restaurant is moving in. Thanks to reader Jason Lee Vasquez, who posted the bottom photo to Uptown Update's Facebook page, we know that a restaurant featuring traditional food from the Oaxaca region of Mexico will be opening at 5004 N Sheridan.

We stopped by to talk to the family behind the new restaurant as they were moving decorations and fixtures into the storefront. They hope to open by mid-September, although it's a flexible timeframe. They will feature weekend brunches, evening meals, and are weighing the possibility of being open at lunchtime during the week.

As longtime Uptowners know, this storefront has been a revolving door for restaurants over the past decade or so. With new residents moving into the Somerset and with Argyle getting a facelift, we certainly hope this place is successful. Remember, if you want our small businesses to succeed, you must support them, not just once, but over and over again. Best of luck to Kie-Gol-Lanee!

What A Difference A Renovation Makes


Presto Change-O! Hai Yen at 1055 Argyle has gone modern with a new exterior, thanks in part to a rebate program offered by Uptown United.

On its Facebook page, Uptown United ran the photo above and says: "We love the new signage at Hai Yen Restaurant on Argyle and were honored to help make it happen with our Curb Appeal Rebate Program! Looking to make improvements at your business? Visit our website to find out how we can help!"

They have also offered grants through the SBIF (Small Business Improvement Fund).

Here's how Hai Yen looked just a year ago:

image via Google Streetview

If you own a small business or if you know any small businesses that might be interested in taking part in either program, have them contact Uptown United.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Tonight: The Black Stallion Screens At Buttercup Cinema

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A wonderful season of movies concludes tonight at Buttercup Park with The Black Stallion, starring Mickey Rooney. This 1979 classic is described as "the story of Alec Ramsey, who is shipwrecked on a deserted island with a wild Arabian stallion whom he befriends. After being rescued, they are set on entering a race challenging two champion horses."

The movie will start around 8pm. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and food and drinks. The movie is free, and there are no overpriced concessions! Buttercup Park is located at Ainslie and Sheridan.

Many thanks to the people who stepped up to make this happen for the community, all summer long!

The series is curated by Victor Herrera, and is made financially possible with the support of Big Chicks/Tweet, Green Team Properties, Somerset Place Apartments, Karen Ayers of State Farm Insurance, Foremost Liquors on Argyle, and Cedar St/Flats. It's all put together by the volunteers at Buttercup Park Advisory Council.

"I Want To Believe" That David Duchovny Will Be In Uptown This Sunday

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Author David Duchovny, who's also done some acting, will be Book Cellar's guest at a book signing this Sunday at 4pm at 935 West Wilson. He'll be promoting his latest creation, Bucky F*cking Dent.

Tickets for the event are $16.52 for general admission, and $37.22 with the book purchase included.

As the website says, "NOTE: David will sign and personalize books ONLY, NO memorabilia. Photos can be taken from the signing line ONLY without posed photos."

Event information is here, and you can purchase tickets here.

Art Opening Tonight : FLATSstudio In Color

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Come to the newest FLATSstudio tonight for the opening of an exhibit described as "the work of local artists who are inspired by their heritage. The opening will be held at The Bachelor [1136 W.Wilson] on August 19th from 5-9pm. 

Featured artists Yvette Mayorga, John Dominguez, William Camargo and VDJ caliXta will be showcased with a live performance by DJ Itzi Nallah. Cocktails courtesy of Koval will be served to guests (21+).

ART(IST): Yvette Mayorga, John Dominguez, William Camargo, VDJ caliXta and Mike Rivera.

Curator: Mike Rivera x Cumbiasazo

One guest per RSVP." RSVP here or at

Come to Positive Loitering Tonight, Take In an Art Opening Too

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From Uptown Chicago Commission:

"Positive Loitering will take place this evening between 6PM and 7PM. The location will again be Wilson and Racine. Please join your neighbors in front of Jimmy John's. There was a definite change on the block when neighbors and police officers showed up last week.

Stop by for a few minutes or stay for the full hour. Bring a friend, bring a new neighbor, stop by on a dog walk, just come out! We have dog treats for your furry friends.

As always, the 19th District Police are aware of our presence and encourage participation."

UU Note:  FLATSstudio is having its art opening at 1136 West Wilson between 5pm and 9pm, so make it a two-fer! Stop by and have a few words with your neighbors at Racine and Wilson, and take in the art exhibition at Wilson and Clifton.

Bike Lawrence Saturday Morning

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Join your friends and neighbors on a three-mile bike ride from Argyle Street to Albany Park on Saturday. The ride is free, and there is a suggested admission price of $5 into the Albany Park World Fest. The more the merrier!

The ride will begin at Uptown Bikes' pop-up shop at 1124 West Argyle, and proceed down Lawrence at a leisurely pace (10mph). Helmets are required and you must sign a waiver of liability.

Here's the schedule. Visit the EventBrite page to register, see the route, see what the Albany Park World Fest is all about, and to get more details.
  • 10 - 11:15am:  Pre-Ride Bike Prep (Air & Oil), conversation, breakfast at any of Argyle Street's fine establishments
  • 11:30am - Start from Uptown Bikes Pop-Up Shop
  • Noon - ETA @ Albany Park's Bikes 'n Roses, 4747 N Sawyer (Free Bike Valet)
The Lawrence Jaunt is a series of bike rides connecting the culturally rich communities of Uptown and Albany Park. These events are made possible through a partnership between North River Commission, Albany Park Chamber of Commerce, Uptown United, Business Partners – The Chamber for Uptown, Uptown Bikes, and Bikes N' Roses.

Wrigley Field Hosts Four Concerts Next Week; Here's How It Will Affect Uptown

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Wrigley Field trades base hits for bass guitars in the upcoming week, with four concerts taking place: Pearl Jam on Saturday, August 20 and Monday, August 22; Billy Joel on Friday, August 26; and Luke Bryan on Saturday, August 27. There will be some parking restrictions and other adjustments that will affect residents of Buena Park.  In an email today, Ald. Tunney outlines all the changes involved. The entire newsletter is here, and it's lengthy, with good information if you're attending any of the shows. We're just going to highlight what may affect Uptown residents:

"Parking Restrictions on Concert Days
  • Clark – East Side Only - Waveland to Irving Park
    2pm – Midnight 
  • Irving Park – Clark to Seminary (both sides)
    2pm – Midnight 
Limo and Taxi Information.  In an effort to minimize the impact of traffic in the community around Wrigley Field, the 44th Ward, the Chicago Police Department, OEMC and the Chicago Department of Transportation have established the following pickup/outbound regulations for Taxis, limousines, and car services for the concerts:
  • Limousines and car services must stage along Irving Park Road.  All pickups must occur on Irving Park Road between Clark and Seminary (East of Clark).
What to Expect as Concert Setup/Takedown Takes Place 
  • The lights at Wrigley Field will be on throughout the week as the Concert Setup/Takedown takes place. 
  • Lights will be on OVERNIGHT August 18th, 19th, and 27th. 
  • On August 20th, 22nd, and 26th, the lights are expected to be on until approximately 2am (after Pearl Jam & Billy Joel Concerts) to facilitate cleaning and load out.
  • Sound & Lighting Checks.  Sound and lighting checks are anticipated before each concert and should be complete by 10pm. Sound checks should also be anticipated on the day of each concert.
  • Concert Day Highlights.  The Cubs Hotline will be open One Hour before until Two Hours after the concerts (1-866-427-3869).  Residents are encouraged to contact either the Night Game Hotline or 911 to report problems and issues."
The full newsletter is here.

DUI Strike Force Out in 19th District Tonight

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It's never wise to get behind the wheel when you're not completely sober, but this Friday night and Saturday morning are exceptionally bad times to do so, because the CPD's DUI Strike Force will be patrolling the 19th District. The District's boundaries are Lawrence to Fullerton between the river and the lake.

The special patrols will begin at 7pm on Friday and continue until 3am Saturday. The press release mentions that "The purpose of this program is to saturate a pre-designated area with roving police officers that continually monitor vehicular traffic for signs of impaired driving. Patrols also place emphasis on speed, alcohol-related and safety belt violations."

Last weekend, the DUI Strike Force was in the 10th District and issued 96 citations in nine hours, for violations ranging from DUIs to unsafe vehicle violations to insurance violations.

Pro tip: Lyft, Uber and taxis are a lot cheaper than fighting a DUI charge.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Pop-Up Book Sale At Bezazian Branch Library On Saturday

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Enjoy the last pop-up book sale of the season. Friends of Bezazian will be selling books in front of the library (1126 West Ainslie). You can't beat the prices: a buck for a hardcover, 50 cents for a paperback. Children's books, classics, romances, fiction, etc.

Restaurateurs Inquire Within

High-traffic and high visibility location for a restaurant at Broadway & Racine
We had some potential good luck when we shared the listing for the restaurant space at 1325 W. Wilson recently, so we decided to do the same with this space, right in the heart of the Uptown Historical District.

First Ascent Climbing Gym moved into the top floor of the former "Borders" building at Broadway and Racine but the street-level space is in need of a restaurant tenant. This would be the ideal location for a restaurant since an outdoor plaza will be right outside once the Broadway streetscaping begins. Our personal wish is for a brewery/pub. If you know any restaurateur looking for a space to spread their wings, please share this far and wide!

The listing agents are Andrew Becker and Paul Bryant at Mid America Group.

Ch-Ch-Changes On Wilson Avenue

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"All the work to help transform Wilson Avenue is paying off. The $203M rehab of the Wilson L station was a catalyst and all of our hard work promoting Uptown has encouraged many developers to pay attention to the many advantages this neighborhood has to offer. As one of the co-sponsors for the Transit Oriented Development Ordinance, I made sure there would be more development along this retail corridor, which has spurred a lot of economic activity, including a 10-story proposal for the NE corner of Broadway & Wilson and another 7-story proposal at 1050 W. Wilson, situated directly west of Sonic. The former Stewart School will soon be converted into condominiums in 2017.

As economic development begins to increase, a community can expect more retailers to follow suit. Many people moving into the area are now opting to go without a car because the mass transit options are so good with easy access to Chicago's downtown area. This increase in density that we're already seeing in this area is what has caused retailers to become excited about Wilson Avenue. Uptown United's SSA#34 recently added new planters in Sheridan Park, which has really changed the look of this street.

Back in 2000, area residents were very excited when Starbucks made the decision to move into their location at Magnolia & Wilson, making it the only coffee shop in the area. Today, Starbucks was pushed out by 3 other independent coffee shops that have come in within the last 5 years, with a fourth one, Emerald City Coffee, opening up in a few weeks. Click here to view a recent DNA Info article that highlights what's happening on Wilson.

The changes we are seeing have come directly from our overall vision created from the 46th Ward Master Plan, which many of you helped produce. It has taken time and a lot of work, but it is nice to finally reap the rewards of the past five years."


Up In The Air! It's a Bird, It's A Plane, It's The Air & Water Show

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A gentle reminder, particularly to those who may be new to Chicago, that the Air & Water Show takes this weekend, and the aircraft practice their moves in advance. Thursday and Friday prior to the show are usually practice days.

If you hear loud and low-flying jets around Uptown, it's likely not anything nefarious. They practice over the lake, so we have a front-row seat for some of their warm-ups. This year's show will feature the F-35 fighter jet and the Air Force Thunderbirds.

There may be loud noises Saturday and Sunday as the planes leave for their next destinations and create sonic booms. There was one at 3am a few years ago that prompted quite a few calls to 911.

The actual show takes place between Navy Pier and Fullerton, with North Avenue Beach being the prime viewing spot.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Weiss Plaza Happenings At Sheridan & Lawrence

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Mark your calendars!
Just across the street from the rumored coffee shop at Sheridan & Lawrence, Weiss Plaza has been getting some upgrades. The KFC and Nhu Lan Bakery are both nearing completion. An actual grand re-opening date of August 27 has been announced on the door of KFC. The interior of the KFC has been updated with the overall size of the restaurant decreasing while neighboring Nhu Lan is increasing in size.

The parking lot is also closed at the moment and is in the process of being repaved. The new owners of Weiss Plaza have wasted no time in sprucing up the strip mall and we are thankful.
The newly paved parking lot at Weiss Plaza

Something Is "Brewing" At Sheridan & Lawrence

The SE corner of Lawrence & Sheridan
Work is underway on the corner retail space of the building at 4759 N. Sheridan. This spot was the former home of many versions of troubled convenience stores, all with different names, over the years. Word on the street is a that coffee shop that serves sandwiches is slated for the spot. A new door has been installed on the corner and the framing around the street facing windows have been painted. Peeking inside, lots of work is going on in the interior. We are hopeful this new business will be a good neighbor and keep the momentum going with the dramatic turnaround of this corner.
The building permit listing Saleh Abuhashish as the contact/owner.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Got A Story To Tell? Tonight's Your Chance!

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“Some coaches coach to win;
other coaches coach to save lives.
Coach Webb saved my life.” —Erik
The monthly storytelling series continues on Tuesday, August 16th at Uptown Underground, 4713 North Broadway. It takes place on the third Tuesday of each month.

No experience is necessary for this open mic evening. Bring your stories -- fact or fiction (no poems or stand-up comedy, please). Everyone gets no more than seven minutes to tell their tales. Arrive at 7pm to sign up for a spot, and the storytelling begins at 7:30pm. It won't go past 9:30pm.

All ages are welcome, and it's free.

Want to know more? Visit the website here, and start getting ready to enlighten and entertain.

Monday, August 15, 2016

This Ups Our Walkability Score

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This sea of cones may look like a slalom course, but it actually signals the completion of new sidewalks outside Bridgeview Bank at Lawrence and Broadway. Now that the significant infrastructure work that began last spring is complete, it lays the groundwork for the new Broadway streetscape, which will run between Leland and Gunnison.

Jake's Goes Groupon

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Jake's Pup in the Ruf is an Uptown mainstay. And why not? It's been here longer than most of us, since 1959.

But a reader points out that even Jake's isn't immune to progress:

"You know times in Uptown have changed when Jakes is now a Groupon vendor!  So very yuppie.  What would Helen think???"

You can see the 30% off Groupon deal here.

Not familiar with Jake's menu? Check it out on the website. (Yes, website!)

Buena Circle Concert In The Park Postponed

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If you were looking forward to seeing jazz legend Frieda Lee perform at Buena Park Circle this Thursday, you'll have to wait. The Parks Department is still doing work at Buena Park Circle (Kenmore and Buena) that make a concert there this week impossible.

Buena Park Neighbors says a later date will be announced.

We are huge fans of Ms. Lee and are disappointed, but look forward to seeing her another time.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

46th Ward Back To School Event August 18 At Gill Park

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From Ald. Cappleman's office:
"As we wind down this Summer and look toward the Fall, we are looking forward to another 46th Ward Back to School event. Alderman Cappleman will be hosting this event at Gill Park on August 18th, 2016 from 4-7PM. We are so fortunate to have great partners with the Chicago Police Department, Gill Park, Northalsted Business Alliance and Central Lakeview Merchants Association that are co-hosting the event. 
We are looking for 5-7 volunteers to help with activities for kids, passing out backpacks and school supplies, and working our welcome table. If you or anyone you know are interested in volunteering, please send an email to me with when you would be available to volunteer that day."

Friday, August 12, 2016

Second Fridays: Tonight at Pho Loan, 6pm - 9pm

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Join your neighbors for a great dinner and conversation about the future of Argyle Street at Pho Loan, 1114 West Argyle. It all takes place tonight between 6pm and 9pm.

Thanks to the proprietors, the 48th Ward office, and Axis Labs for their continuing support of this monthly program.

"Loan Thị Thu Nguyễn, hailing from a line of Phở cooks in Vietnam, and her husband, Quang Minh Lê, took the long route to realizing their dreams of becoming restauranteurs in the United States. The two came to the United States in 1995 and lived in California for one year before moving to Chicago.

With limited resources and a need to make a living to support their family, both Loan and Quang worked in the nail industry as nail technicians. Their true passion has always been to follow their family’s footsteps in showcasing Vietnamese cuisine as cooks and restauranteurs.

After years of building financial stability, the couple had the opportunity to realize their dreams when they opened Phơ Loan in 2014 at 1114 W. Argyle Street.

As the name of their restaurant indicates, Phở is their specialty. Phở Loan will be highlighting three different varieties of Phở not often seen at other Phở restaurants.
  • Phở Filet Mignon, a traditional beef based Phở distinguishes itself with the usage of the filet mignon cut. According to Loan, “the higher end cut of beef enhances the depth of the beef broth flavor.” 
  • Phở Gà Tươi, or free range chicken Phở, is a slightly lighter, more delicate chicken version of beef Phở. 
  • Lastly, Phở Lò Đúc, clay pot Phở, is special due to its usage of a clay pot. Loan Thị Thu Nguyển says, “The process of cooking ginger and oxtail while heating the clay pot enhances the already deep beef broth flavor once it’s added. The clay pot also sustains the hot temperature of the dish unlike a regular bowl of Phở.”
Phở Loan will be also showcasing two nhậu dishes. According to Quang Minh Lê, “Nhậu is the communal act of eating and drinking together and is common throughout Vietnam. After a long work week, friends can meet and connect over good food and beer or liquor; it is the act of building relationships between people.” The two nhậu dishes highlighted will be a Louisiana-Vietnamese style seafood boil, which is adapted from the Louisiana seafood boil to align with a Vietnamese palate and taste with an addition of a special sauce and Gổi Đu Đủ Tôm, Papaya Shrimp Salad.

Join the 48th Ward and Axis Lab for this month’s 2nd Fridays initiative at Phở Loan located at 1114 W Argyle Street, Chicago, IL 60640.

Black Ensemble Theater Celebrates 40 With The Jackie Wilson Story

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Help the Black Ensemble Theater celebrate its 40th anniversary!  "The Jackie Wilson Story returns to Chicago after an extremely successful opening in 2000 and remount in 2011, plus a national tour in 2002, which culminated at the famous Apollo Theater in New York City. This high energy, yet touching, story follows the career of one of the greatest entertainers who ever lived."

The BET is located at Clark and Sunnyside. Tickets and information is here.