Sunday, September 17, 2017

17-Year-Old Shot In Leg On 900 Block Of Eastwood

Several readers told us about hearing shots fired around 5:40pm on Saturday. Turns out that a 17-year-old male was shot in the teachers parking lot of Uplift School, located on the 900 block of Eastwood.

According to CWB Chicago, witnesses say they saw "a suspected shooter run from the scene. He is described as black and wearing a white du-rag with a red shirt and black pants. Two witnesses said he ran northbound from the scene."

The victim was shot in the thigh, and taken to Illinois Masonic, where he is in stable condition.

Given the possibility that this was a gang-related shooting, please be extra vigilant and call 911 if you see anything that might look like gang retaliation about to happen.

Update: Readers reported hearing shots fired on Sunday night at this location as well. It's really important to call 911 if you happen upon something that looks like it's going to be trouble. Uptown gangs are known for their quick retaliation.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Judge's Decision Clears Way For LSD Viaduct Reconstruction To Proceed

On Thursday, a hearing on a motion filed by "Tent City Alternative to LSD Viaducts and Andy Thayer" against the City of Chicago — the aim of which was to allow the homeless to continue occupying the dangerous, crumbling viaducts under Lake Shore Drive — was held before Judge Sidney I. Schenkier in federal court.

After lengthy testimony and oral arguments during Thursday morning and afternoon court sessions, Judge Schenkier announced his decision Friday afternoon.

He denied the motion, clearing the way for the repairs to get underway.

Restoration work to make the viaducts safe for everyone passing beneath Wilson and Lawrence is scheduled to begin Monday, September 18th.  The people who have been occupying the sidewalks beneath the dangerous, crumbling viaducts were given 30 days' notice to leave on or before that date.

The motion opposed the removal of people under the dangerous, crumbling viaducts on Constitutional grounds, saying that it was a violation of First Amendment rights (that the presence of a tent city in a visible spot was "freedom of speech") and Eighth Amendment rights (removing them was "cruel and unusual punishment").

Further Affiant Sayeth Not.

Related news articles:

Real Estate Round-Up

  • Be a lookie-loo! Those who have been watching the gut rehab of 848 West Junior Terrace over the past year are invited to see what has been done to the six-bedroom 1905 classic. There will be a neighborhood open house between noon and 2pm on Saturday, September 16th, so you can see what was going on behind closed doors before it goes on the market. After years of neglect, this beauty shines again. Drinks and snacks will be served.
  • 928 West Cullom, which neighbors voted against rezoning, is on the market again. Know anyone looking for a 6100sf home? Guide them here.
  • The late businessman and activist Chuck Renslow's home at 4535 North Beacon recently sold. It's truly the end of an era.
  • To our north, the Edgewater Historical Society will be holding its annual Edgewater Home Tour on Sunday, September 17th. Details are here.

Bezazian Book Sale and Mural Dedication On Saturday

Come for the book sale and stay for the mural dedication! Or vice versa.

Friends of Bezazian will be holding its second, and final, book and media sale of the year on Saturday, September 16th. It begins at 10am and goes until 3pm. Fiction, non-fiction, children's, foreign language, DVDs, LPs and more.

You can't beat the prices: 50 cents for paperbacks, a buck for hardcovers. There's a vast selection to choose from.

But wait, there's more! Fill a bag for just $1, beginning at 2pm!

Get there at 11am and see the rededication of the mural on the side of the building, The Sea of Knowledge. Designed in 1974 by artist Janis Pozzi and painted by the children at Canterbury House, it was revitalized this summer by muralist Tony Passero. Uptown United and Ald. Cappleman's office provided funding.

Bezazian Branch Library is located at 1126 West Ainslie, at Magnolia, immediately west of National Car Wash.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Closures, Progress As Wilson Station Approaches Completion

Here's what the CTA says about its continuing and upcoming work as it heads into the home stretch of the massive Wilson Red Line rebuild:

Track Work
  • We will be performing our cut-over of new Track 4, thereby placing it into use by CTA, this weekend starting on Friday night at 8pm. 
  • Work and the closures will be continuous through Monday at 4am or until completion, whichever comes first. We do not anticipate that the work duration will be all the way until Monday at 4am. We are hoping to be wrapped up by early Sunday afternoon.
  • There will be noise, construction lights, and dust in the work areas.
  • The closures will be 
  • Broadway between Leland and Wilson
  • Leland between Winthrop and Broadway
  • the contractor will also be in the alley next to Target
  • the contractor will also be in the alley north of Leland
  • Following this weekend, Track 3 will be removed from service to make final alignment adjustments at the far north and south ends.
  • After that, the same procedure will be performed on Tracks 2 & 1.

Wilson Main Station
  • The new Wilson main station is scheduled to open in a limited capacity starting the morning of Wednesday, 9/20. 
  • The station will be set-up to serve the west platform only, and train service will be the same as it is now – Red Line only.
  • The new east platform will be able to open up once the above-referenced final track adjustments are completed – and the station will be able to service both Purple and Red Line trains at that time.

Street Work
  • The west side of Broadway is getting close to completion. 
  • We are getting ready to pour the base course concrete Friday, which will need to cure for a week before we can place the surface asphalt, on 9/25.
  • Street and sidewalk work on Wilson is complete.
  • The street & sidewalk restoration work on Broadway has gone slower than we had hoped due to us encountering some unforeseen obstructions underneath the street.

Going UP! Uptown To Have First ADA-Compliant Station In Its History Beginning Next Week

If you look at the CTA's Red Line map, it's clear that there are no opportunities for people who have mobility issues to use the Red Line between the Addison and Granville stations.

But that all ends on Wednesday.

According to CTA's rep, the final inspections for the elevators and escalators at the Wilson Station are taking place, and the station -- and the elevators and escalators -- will have a limited opening on Wednesday, September 20th.

More about the closures and construction affiliated with the final push toward a full station opening in the next post.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Free Coding Classes Offered At Loyola For 6-12th Grade Students

This is not in Uptown, but it may be of interest to students living here:
"The Center for Textual Studies & Digital Humanities is proud to launch the first Girls Who Code chapter at Loyola University Chicago.

Girls Who Code clubs ( offer FREE classes in coding to 6th - 12th grade students at Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore campus.

Classes will be held Saturday mornings from 10am to noon, from October 7, and run until December 16. Admission is now open: Students or their parents/guardians can register by filling out the below form
WHO IS GIRLS WHO CODE FOR? Any student studying in 6th to 12th grades is welcome to apply. No coding experience is necessary! We will supply all materials. You just need to get to the Loyola campus on Saturday mornings. Students who attend must commit to being at 80% of our meetings to retain their membership. Meetings will be held Every Saturday starting October 7th until Dec 16th 2017. (Food will be provided)

  • Project-based computer science - Students learn core concepts through projects based on their interests, such as music, art, or games.
  • Sisterhood - Students join our supportive and diverse #squad of amazing girls!
  • Role Models - Students meet female engineers at the world’s leading companies."
You can find out more about Girls Who Code at its website.

Coming Together To Fight The Isms Free Theater Event at Black Ensemble

Black Ensemble Theater and Steppenwolf Theatre Company announce Chicago’s Theater Community Coming Together to Fight the Ism’s including Racism, a one-night only performance event featuring presentations from
  • Teatro Vista
  • About Face Theatre
  • Black Ensemble Theater
  • Her Story Theatre
  • Firebrand Theatre, and more
It will take place at the Black Ensemble Theater's Community Center, located at Sunnyside and Clark, on Monday, September 25. The presentation will be at 6pm, and there will be a networking reception at 7pm.

The event is free, but you must register. Click here to register to attend (click the green button on the page to do so).

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Services and Burial Tomorrow For Uptown Newborn Thrown From High-Rise In 2015

The newborn girl who was thrown from an eighth-floor window in Uptown in 2015 will be remembered and buried Wednesday, September 13th, in a service provided by the non-profit organization, Rest In His Arms.

The service for Baby Mariam Jane Uddin will take place at 10am at St. Mary Parish in Buffalo Grove. Another baby girl whose body was found in a suburban shed will be remembered at the same service.

Afterward, burial of the two babies will take place at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines. 

This has been one of most tragic stories we've covered since this blog began. It is incomprehensible.

We apologize for the late date of this post. We only became aware of the services Tuesday evening. Community members are invited to attend the service and/or the burial.

Donations in Baby Mariam's name can be made to Rest In His Arms, which uses the funding to spread the word about Illinois's Safe Haven Law, which allows babies to be given up for adoption at firehouses, hospitals, and police stations with no questions asked.

Rest in peace, Baby Mariam Jane.

Wilson/Magnolia Restaurant Space For Lease

We've heard a lot of rumors about the future of the former Starbuck's at Wilson and Magnolia. It apparently will not be a Baker & Nosh outlet (life without their croissants is a sad thing). For now, it is for lease. If you peek inside, you can see many improvements and alterations have been made. Know anyone interested? Have them contact Brad Bendersky at 312-375-3355