Sunday, February 26, 2017

Maryville East Coming Down Quickly

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looking east on Montrose

looking south on Clarendon
As was the case with the west building at Maryville, the demolition of the east building is happening at breakneck speed. These photos were taken Sunday afternoon. Compare to how it looked just a couple weeks ago.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

CTA Progress & Closures: N/B Broadway Re-Opens, Work Begins On New Main Station

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2/24/17 - Workers begin building the new Wilson station's foundation
CTA's rendering of the finished station
As work on the Wilson Red Line station continues, there is good news from the CTA -- late Friday, northbound Broadway was reopened to vehicular traffic after several months of closures. Please remember to patronize the businesses on that stretch!

Work continues on constructing new Track 3 (which is scheduled to open on March 13th), construction of the new east platform and (whoo-hoo) digging the new main station's foundation. These are the scheduled street closures for next week, Monday through Saturday:
  • Wilson will be closed to vehicular traffic 9am - 4pm between Broadway and Clifton. At least one sidewalk will be open to pedestrians at all times. Workers will be doing platform installation and beginning work on the new main station's foundations.
  • Broadway will be closed to vehicular traffic 8pm - 4am between Wilson and Leland. Sidewalks on both sides of Broadway will remain open with periodic closures. Workers will be installing rail material for new Track 3.

Apply For Small Business Improvement Funds In March

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Businesses located in the area covered by the Lawrence/Broadway TIF (see map here) are invited to apply for funding to make permanent structural upgrades to their businesses and buildings. The application period is March 1st through the 30th. According to Uptown United, "up to 75% of the cost of the project costs are eligible for rebate." Applications and more information is here.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Sabah Shoes Pop-Up At The Guesthouse Hotel

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Colorful, handmade Sabahs
The Sabah Dealer is bringing his Spring collection to The Guesthouse Hotel for two days only - March 4 - 5, from 12p - 5p each day. Here's your chance to check out these chic, handmade, leather espadrille-style shoes from Turkey just in time for your Spring break!

So, come join us for a drink, bring your friends, meet our friends. Sabahs will be available for purchase. Come do the Sabah at The Guesthouse Hotel!

For the uninitiated, you can learn more about Sabah at

Check out the Facebook event here

The Guesthouse Hotel is located on Clark just north of Lawrence at 4872 N. Clark

Support Your Local Troop! Brennemann Girl Scout Cookies On Sale Next Two Saturdays

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We love the always-inclusive Girl Scouts and their delicious cookies. One local troop, based at Brennemann School, will be selling boxes of cookies outside the Montrose/Sheridan Jewel this Saturday and next.

The vast majority of the profits from each box sold stay local, with part of it going to the troop itself for activities, and part of it going to the local Girl Scout Council to fund camping and programming.

We realize that not everyone can make it to Jewel during cookie sale time. If you know a Girl Scout who is selling cookies, we invite you to put their online sale info in the comments for those who may not be able to get to Jewel for the in-person sale.

Show Me A Sign

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With just over a week to go until the Grand Opening on March 4th, workers were busy Thursday putting up the Ross Dress For Less sign. The store is located at 918 West Montrose.

Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show By Vintage Garage Promoters

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Today and Saturday, the same people who bring Vintage Garage to Uptown each year will be sponsoring a Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show in Edgewater. There will be over 50 vendors exhibiting and selling "vintage clothing,  jewelry, vintage dresses, vintage handbags, accessories, samples, fabrics, textiles and beyond." You can see more about them at the event's website.

In addition, you can register to win $200 in show purchasing credits at the website.

Friday will feature music by Rosie and the Rivets between 7pm and 10pm. The doors open at 3pm and the show runs until 10pm.

Saturday the show hours are 10am - 5pm.

Admission is $8, good for both days. Parking is $5, and that goes directly to St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Church. The show takes place at the church, located at Hollywood and Sheridan (5649 N. Sheridan).

Vintage Garage will return in April to 5051 North Broadway, running monthly through October.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

#TBT -- John Kinzie, Oldest Uptowner

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Taking it all the way back for Throwback Thursday. "Meet" John Kinzie, who lies in Graceland Cemetery, and that makes him the oldest Uptown resident. In fact, he is considered to be the first person of European descent to have settled permanently in Chicago. He got here in 1800 and bought the lands of Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, the city's first permanent resident and founder.

John Kinzie has a few other distinctions:
  • He is commemorated by Kinzie Street, which runs across land he once owned.
  • He killed an employee of Fort Dearborn in 1812, an act that the Chicago Daily Tribune referred to 130 years later as "Chicago's first murder."
  • He lived through the American Revolution and fought in the War of 1812.
  • His great-granddaughter was Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts.
If you want to see his grave for yourself, it is located just across the road from the famous "Eternal Silence" statue carved by Lorado Taft.

Morningside's Stewart School Conversion Now Underway

Interior debris being removed at 4525 N. Kenmore
Work is now underway on Morningside's redevelopment of the former Graeme Stewart School at 4525 N. Kenmore into 64 residential units. Dumpsters are parked on the north side of the building and workers are hauling out interior debris. You might recall that Stewart School recently received landmark status from the city. The building was completed in 1905 by famed architect Dwight Perkins.
Plans for the parking lot to the north include a mid-rise with retail. The lot directly to the south is also slated for development by Morningside. Construction around Broadway and Wilson is reaching a point not seen in many, many, many years.
Rendering of the completed Morningside development at 4525 N. Kenmore (Pappageorge Haymes Partners)

Glam-Rock Legend Bobby Conn To Perform At Paper Machete This Saturday

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Paper Machete, the weekly "live magazine" show that takes place each Saturday at the Green Mill, has had a busy and celebrity-filled 2017 so far, according to its founder, Christopher Piatt.

photo off Bobby Conn by Paul Kagan,
available through Wikimedia Commons
Lines to get in to the free showswhose guests this year have included Janeane Garafalo, Daily Show writer Alingon Mitra, and Langston Kerman from HBO's Insecurehave begun stretching out the door and down the block.

This week the special guest will be the famous Chicago glam-rocker Bobby Conn, as well as cabaret artist Anna Stoltys and performers Brandi Denise, Erin Diamond, Nick Hart, Xavier Lamont, Carly Oishi, and Jasbir Signh.

Christopher says, "Famous names aren't always on hand and in fact the main reason to see the show most weeks is that it's usually an entirely Chicago cast—constantly changing from week to week—as the talent base here is significantly fertile."

As always, Paper Machete is fun, free, and fabulous. It takes place each Saturday at 3pm, at the Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 North Broadway.

Crawfish Boil Buffet: Fat Tuesday at Fat Cat

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More information and ticket purchasing is here. Buy by today and get a discounted price.

DUI Saturation Patrol Out Friday Night

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The CPD has announced that its DUI Saturation Patrol will be out in force in the 20th District Friday night, between 7pm and 3am. The 20th District encompasses all of Uptown north of Lawrence, as well as Edgewater.

The news release says, "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. Police vehicles equipped for speed detection are deployed to apprehend speeding violators."

Last Friday, 114 citations were issued in the Grand Central District, for everything from unsafe vehicles to insurance violations.

As always, we remind you that Lyft, taxis, and the CTA are much cheaper than a fighting a DUI charge.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sheridan & Wilson Proposal Goes Taller & More Modern

Looking NE at Sheridan & Wilson (Clayco & Forum Studio)

Looking SE at Sheridan & Wilson (Clayco & Forum Studio)

Looking east on Sheridan from Wilson (Clayco & Forum Studio)
Clarendon Park Neighbors Block Club got their first view of Clayco Development's updated proposal for the vacant parcel on the SE corner of Sheridan and Wilson last night. Ald. Cappleman just sent out an email detailing the changes.

You might notice that this has been significantly reworked from the first version that was shared with residents a few weeks back.  The City's Department of Planning and Uptown United shared feedback and the design was tweaked. See complete details for the development here.

11 stories of residential (increased from 8) with a 12th story featuring a green roof and amenities for the building now rises as high as the historic Sheridan Plaza apartments across the street. The retail space for the building will now run along Wilson Avenue and the entrance to the parking garage, as well as the lobby for the residential portion, will be off of Sheridan. The building will feature a setback from the neighboring building directly to the south, with a green roof on the second floor over the parking garage.

This will definitely be a huge upgrade over a vacant lot that was most recently a Pollo Loco and before that, a Burger King drive-thru. The proposal will be presented to the 46th Ward Zoning & Development Committee on Monday, February 27.

What's Up At The Uptown Theater?

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If you're interested in learning more about the Uptown Theater and what may happen in its future, there are a several different opportunities available:
  • Today at 12:15pm, Friends of the Uptown's Andy Pierce will be giving a "lunchtime lecture" at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan Avenue. It's $5 for the general public and free for CAF members. Reservations are required. More about it here.
  • If you'd missed Nick Digilio's show on WGN radio last week, and would like to hear about "The Past, Present and Future of The Uptown Theatre," the podcast is live and is located here. It runs about a half hour.
  • There is a short aerial video of the Uptown and the surrounding area, filmed from a drone, here.

Come To Crew For "Krewe Carnaval" On Mardi Gras

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The Vixen brings home the spectacle and fabulousness of Mardi Gras to Krewe Carnaval at Crew on Tuesday, February 28th at 9pm, as she performs with her own krewe of kweens, Mick DragHer and TrAshlee Simpson.

Feel the music pump, work some beads your way and celebrate a night of debauchery and decadence. Hurricanes and shot specials will be flowing all night long. $4 Abita Purple Haze on special! Chef Gregg’s special Gumbo and Po’ Boys are on the menu, too. Get your carnaval on at Krewe!

The Facebook event page is here. Crew is located at 4804 North Broadway.

One Earth Film Festival Returns To Uptown

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ICA is partnering with the One Earth Film Festival for its 6th season and will be showing two films during the two-week-long festival. Join the ICA at 4750 N. Sheridan Rd. for one or both films to learn more about environmental sustainability and ways that you can take local climate action.
  • On Saturday, March 4th at 3pm, ICA will show The Age of Consequences, a film that investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. Through unflinching case-study analysis, distinguished admirals, generals and military veterans take us beyond the headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups like ISIS, and the European refugee crisis – and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict. Reserve your ticket for Age of Consequences!
  • On Thursday, March 9th at 7pm, ICA will show Sonic Sea, a film that travels beneath the ocean's surface to uncover the damaging consequences of increased ocean noise pollution and what can be done to stop it. Sonic Sea highlights how noise from a range of man-made sources has affected whales in recent years, including the mass stranding of whales around the planet. The film uncovers how better ship design, speed limits for large ships, quieter methods for underwater resource exploration, and exclusion zones for sonar training can work to reduce the noise in our oceans and stop the deaths of our ocean's beloved creatures. Reserve your ticket for Sonic Sea! Arrive as early at 6pm to enjoy Conservation International’s virtual reality short film, “Under the Canopy.”
After each film, attendees have the opportunity to dialogue with the filmmakers and local resource people to connect to ways to take action on the film’s message. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. The films are free, with a suggested $6 donation.

Basketball Wednesday Night - Cops And Community

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Photo of the McCutcheon Mustangs courtesy of 48th Ward Office

Commander Sean Loughran, Ald. Harry Osterman, police officers from the 20th District, and neighborhood residents including "Uptown Youth" (as the news release says) will kick off a new program aimed at building ongoing relationships between the cops and the community.

It starts with a basketball game on Wednesday night at 6:30pm at the Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club located at 4835 North Sheridan. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

Ald. Osterman writes: "I am honored to have a spot on the 20th District's team this evening. This event was spearheaded by youth at the Boys & Girls Club, and is the beginning of efforts they are taking to build strong relationships with the Chicago Police District. I am proud of the youth in our community for taking a proactive approach to build alliances in the community."

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

¡Arriba, Abajo, Al Centro, Pa' Dentro! National Margarita Day Is Just Around The Corner

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One of our favorite days of the year is Wednesday: National Margarita Day, celebrated each February 22nd. Luckily, there are a plethora of Mexican restaurants in Uptown at which to celebrate. The ones with asterisks after their names actually serve margaritas. We've eaten at most and intend to try them all. Enjoy! (The phrase in the title above is basically "Down the Hatch!")
  • Carmela's Taqueria, 1206 W Lawrence
  • El Gallo Bravo #51429 W Montrose. In Rayan Plaza, and open until 2am.
  • El Palmar,* 1008 W Irving Park. Another late night stand-by.
  • Fiesta Mexicana,* 4806 N Broadway
  • Kie-Gol-Lanee, 5004 N Sheridan -- a new restaurant featuring Oaxacan food, with the best mole we've had since the fabled days of Los Tres Sombreros. BYOB.
  • La Ciudad,* 4515 N Sheridan -- a BYOB, but you can bring your own tequila and they'll whip you up a great pitcher of margaritas. On the wagon? Just order the pitcher.
  • Lindo Guadalajara, 4761 N Clark. No booze, but open 24 hours, and very friendly.
  • Taqueria El Ranchito,* 4651 N Clark, open long hours, cheap food, reasonably priced margaritas, what's not to love?
  • Taqueria Mr. Salsa, 1025 W Montrose
  • Tiztal Cafe, 4631 N Clark -- no liquor license, but great Mexican food for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Try an oatmeal shake
  • Tolotzin Mexican Cuisine,* 4431 N Broadway. Lunch specials 11am-3pm, and delicious dinners. BYOB, so bring your tequila and they'll whip you up some margaritas.

My Chocolate Soul Finds Its Home On Broadway

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Next time you're near Target, be sure to drop by Uptown's own custom chocolate shop, My Chocolate Soul. Proprietor and chocolatier Ramona Thomas's shop had its grand opening last month at 4442 North Broadway, right next to ... Weight Watchers!

Ramona has made confections her life since 2011, creating her handmade all-natural goodies in a shared kitchen on the West Side.

She chose Uptown as the setting for My Chocolate Soul's first brick-and-mortar site, and has been working behind the scenes since last summer to make it a reality.  She loves Uptown and the warm welcome given to her shop by both the business community and new clientele. Her shop completely sold out on opening day.

Customers will find candies, of course, made right behind the front counter. There are also cupcakes, shortbread, gift baskets, hand-dipped strawberries, and cookies.

Ramona will be working with her neighbor, Weight Watchers, to figure out the points of her candies, figuring out the best way for clients to indulge in the healthiest way possible.

Since My Chocolate Soul opened, it has been featured on WGN News, in Candy Industry magazine, and in DNAinfo.

The hours are 11am-7pm Tuesday through Friday, and 11am-5pm on Saturdays. The shop is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

My Chocolate Soul's website is here and its Facebook page is here.

Construction Updates On Maryville (Now "811 Uptown") Online

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Demolition of the east building, as photographed by reader Bill B. on Monday

Photo credit: Bill Biederman

Photo credit: Bill Biederman

With the foundation being dug on the west property at Montrose and Clarendon, demolition of the east building has begun in earnest.

If you want to know what's going on with the demolition and construction of the buildings at Clarendon and Montrose (now called "811 Uptown" rather than "the former Maryville" or "old Cuneo Hospital"), you can.  The project manager, will be posting monthly construction updates on the 46th Ward's aldermanic page. Keep informed here.

A permit for new construction was issued last week for the project.

Monday, February 20, 2017

25th Annual "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" Fundraiser For Sarah's Circle This Sunday

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From Ald. Osterman's weekly newsletter:

"Sarah's Circle Winter Walk: a Mile in Her Shoes is an important opportunity to better understand homelessness through the eyes of those who struggle with it first hand. Participants will meet at Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson, before setting off for a 1 mile walk through the Uptown neighborhood. While walking, stories are shared of women who have rebuilt their lives with the help of Sarah's Circle.

The walk will end back at Truman College where walkers enjoy a free lunch of Chicago-style hot dogs and refreshments. This event will be taking place Sunday, Feb. 26 beginning at 1pm. This is a family friendly event with a shortened route and special activities for children. For more information, please check out the event website."

If you can't walk, you can donate instead.

Sarah's Circle would like to thank Baker & Nosh and Emerald City Coffee for donating hot chocolate and coffee to participants. Small business owners (specifically Terry and Bill, and Brian) rock!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Day Of Remembrance Programs At History Museum Sunday

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Photo courtesy National Archives
75 Years Since Executive Order 9066
Day of Remembrance: A Time for Action

From the Japanese American Service Committee:

February 19, 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 that called for the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.

Every year, the Japanese American community in Chicago comes together to remember President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of EO9066 as a reminder of the fragility of civil liberties in times of crisis, and the importance of remaining vigilant in protecting the rights and freedoms of all. This year you are invited to a weekend of remembrance as we commemorate the Japanese American experience during this turbulent era in America’s history.

All programs listed are free of charge

Day of Remembrance Main Program
February 19, 2pm-4pm
Chicago History Museum – McCormick Theater, 1601 North Clark

This year’s program will feature the screening of two short films produced by local filmmakers titled “The Orange Story” and “A Song for Manzanar.”

This will be followed by a poetry reading by acclaimed local poet and writer Dwight Okita, who will read two widely anthologized internment camp poems from his book “Crossing with the Light.”

The program will conclude with a panel discussion moderated by Sandra Yamate, and featuring “The Orange Story” Executive Producer Jason Matsumoto and Writer & Director Erika Street Hopman, as well as “A Song for Manzanar” Writer & Director Kazuko Golden, and Novelist and Poet Dwight Okita.

Click here for the Facebook event!

Day of Remembrance Youth/Young Adult Pre-Program
February 19, noon-2pm
Chicago History Museum – The Guild Room, 1601 North Clark Street

This program will feature a discussion and workshop targeted to youth and young adults focused on the meaning of the Japanese American Concentration Camp experience for young people today.

Click here for the Facebook event!

Day of Remembrance is sponsored by the Chicago Japanese American Council,the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, the Japanese American Citizen League–Chicago Chapter, the Japanese American Service Committee, and the Japanese Mutual Aid Society of Chicago.

Friday, February 17, 2017

CTA Street Closures This Weekend

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CTA's workers will be installing new tracks and the canopy over the new east passenger platform this weekend, which means that both Wilson and Broadway will be closed to vehicular traffic:
  • Wilson will be closed from Broadway to just west of the station
  • Broadway will be closed between Wilson and Clifton
  • Closures will begin at 8pm on Friday evening and last until noon on Sunday
There will be noise, dust, and lights in the work areas. There will be be at least one sidewalk open on Wilson, with signage to direct pedestrians.

#FBF -- Swedish Bakery

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Photo by Robert Krueger for Chicago Public Library
We're feeling nostalgic already for limpa and marizipan. In case you haven't heard, Swedish Bakery will be closing its doors at the end of the month. Although it's on the wrong side of Foster to be considered part of Uptown, we salute it and its 88 years of baking deliciousness.

This photo is from 1990 and shows a close-up of one of its display windows.

Can You Dig It? Maryville Contractors Can

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Say what? Just days after the west building at the former Maryville campus was completely demolished, it looks like they've already started digging the foundation for the new building. This photo was taken on February 15th.

Curbed Chicago has printed a photo essay of the demolition of the building over the past couple months. Click here to see it.

Treasures of Uptown Holds "Spiritual Beans" Interfaith Dialogue Group On Saturday

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Please join Treasures of Uptown for their informal, “Spiritual Beans” discussion on Saturday, February 18th at 3:30pm at Everybody's Coffee. We will be talking about the role that interfaith dialogue can play in minimizing the fear and anger that divides so many. Participants will be invited to share prayers, reflections, and ideas for bringing about healing and growth in our communities.

This event is free and open to all, including those who may not consider themselves to be religious. Treasures of Uptown is an interfaith action coalition that aims to bring together people with diverse beliefs and backgrounds.

The Facebook Event page is here.
“Interfaith dialogue is not a panacea for curing injustice and violent conflict. Dialogue alone cannot transform exclusionary cultures or institutions. Interfaith dialogue must be appreciated as a tool for peace- and justice-making, to be used alongside other tools in the activist’s or diplomat’s toolbox, such as mediation, community mobilization or non-violent strategic action. When used in this way, it can strengthen these sorts of initiatives.” -Susan Hayward, "Engaging across divides: interfaith dialogue for peace and justice"

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Change of Face For Broadway/Wilson Planned Development

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Update: A few more renderings from different angles (click to enlarge):
Looking south on Broadway

looking south on Winthrop

looking west on Wilson

detailed views
From Ald. Cappleman's latest newsletter:

"Along with all of the new businesses springing up on Wilson Avenue, there has been lots of retail development occurring as well. It's clear that the new $203M Wilson L that is scheduled to be completed at the end of this year has spurred a lot of what we're seeing now.

Last July, the 46th Ward Zoning & Development Committee voted in favor of a development proposal located at the corner of Broadway & Wilson (4601 N. Broadway). After their vote of acceptance for this development, the City's Dept. of Planning & Development made additional requests for some architectural revisions to have it more in keeping with the other buildings located within this newly created Uptown Square Historical District. In the photo [above], the rendering on the left was the original design and the rendering on the right is the one recently approved by the City's Dept. of Planning & Development. The next steps for this project include a presentation before the City's Plan Commission, then the City's Zoning Committee, and finally, full City Council."

Two Uptown Bridges Rated Among "Top Ten Most Structurally Deficient" In Illinois

The Lake Shore Drive overpasses at both Wilson Avenue and Lawrence Avenue are included in a list of the ten most structurally deficient bridges in the state, based on the amount of traffic they handle. Super!

Built in 1933, they are the oldest spans on the list, which includes four other overpasses in Cook County, two in DuPage County, and one each in Will and St. Clair Counties.

This is no surprise to anyone. According to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, which compiled the list, both bridges were found to be "Structurally Deficient" in 2015 and 2014 as well as 2016. The Illinois Public Interest Research Group held a press conference at the Wilson overpass in 2011, declaring it to be structurally deficient at that time.

Then of course, there were the heavy chunks of concrete that came raining down on the sidewalk and street beneath the Lawrence overpass in the summer of 2015, one of them 15 feet long. If anyone had been walking or driving there at the time, they wouldn't have had a chance of survival.

Uptown Update has posted about this situation many times, beginning in 2008. You can see the chronology of the decaying overpasses here.  In the nearly ten years that Uptown Update has been in existence, we've seen it happen over and over -- the powers that be acknowledge that the bridges are dangerous, and nothing gets done to make them any better.

Braces were installed in 2008 to help keep the
Lawrence bridge from collapsing
Because Lake Shore Drive is part of U.S. Highway 41, the responsibility for the bridges' upkeep belongs to the state government.

Illinois hasn't had a state budget in two years, and has a backlog of bills that totals over $11 billion. While the bottleneck causes social services to turn people away and cut staff, the state's infrastructure, including these two 80-year-old overpasses, continues to deteriorate.

In 2014, Ald. Cappleman wrote, "The work for these underpasses will need to last until the State of Illinois has sufficient funds to do the major overhaul of the bridges, which could be ten more years."

We said it then and we'll repeat it now: The band-aids aren't working anymore. Those overpasses don't have another ten years left in them, according to experts in the field. Someone is going to die if the state doesn't come up with money to fix them, and soon.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Brunch Healthy At Kal'ish

Hard to believe this is vegan! "Papa's Chorizo Quesadillas" (Kal'ish)
Looking for a new option for brunch in Uptown that is both healthy and delicious?

Fresh off its opening, Kal'ish, the short-order vegan restaurant serves up unique, animal-free takes on brunch dishes that even the pickiest taste buds won’t believe are vegan. The menu includes everything from savory K-egg dishes, like:

Papa’s Chorizo Quesadillas: Potato and “chorizo” quesadillas with K-eggs and chunky pico de gallo ($13.50)

Huevos Kal’Cheros: Crisp tortillas, K-eggs, frijoles, chili sauce, pico and avocado ($13.50)

Kal’Lox Scramble: K-eggs, Kal-tomato lox, house vegan chèvre and dill, served with griddled potatoes and onions ($11.50)

To sweet indulgences, like: 

Banana Berry Crème French Toast ($11.50)

Classic Pancake Stack: served with maple syrup and option to add berries or chocolate chips ($8)

Kal’ish is open for brunch on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is located at 1313 W. Wilson between Beacon and Malden

Uptown's "Sleeping Beauty" Provides Setting For Regina Spektor Video

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Many Uptowners have peeked into the Uptown Theater, hoping to catch a glimpse of the fabled lobby and stage. While the future of the Uptown is still unclear, you can finally see the interior as it looks today.

Singer Regina Spektor recently released her video for Black and White, for which the Uptown provides a haunting and lovely setting. The video also features Victoria Jaiani of the Joffrey Ballet.

It's a showcase for the theater, which hasn't hosted any live performances since 1981, but still maintains some of its original splendor. (Click here for drawings of what the Uptown looked like in 1926, a year after it opened.)

In Elle, Regina Spektor said of the Uptown, "It's almost like Sleeping Beauty. It's like a castle that fell asleep." We hope we're still around when/if it awakens from its slumber.