Thursday, December 14, 2017

Fundraiser To Support Chicago Vets At Uptown Arcade On Saturday

"Let's celebrate the release of the latest Star Wars flick with a soundtrack of all the biggest hits each year a previous movie was released!

We'll also be raising funds for the Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall with Chicago Veterans!

Learn more about the memorial wall here. Learn more about Chicago Veterans here."

Uptown Arcade is located at 4830 North Broadway.

CTA Santa Riding Through Uptown Next Few Days

photo courtesy of CTA
It's the most wonderful time of the year! We love the CTA Holiday Train, and with the Purple Line now stopping at Wilson, Uptown now gets a double dose.

Here's the schedule for the rest of the Uptown trips:
  • Thursday, December 14 -- one round trip on the Red Line
    Southbound: Argyle 3:27, Lawrence 3:29, Wilson 3:30, Sheridan 3:33
    Northbound: Sheridan 5:39, Wilson 5:42, Lawrence 5:43, Argyle 5:45
  • Friday, December 15 -- one round trip on the Purple Line Express
    Southbound: Leaves Howard 4:35pm  and arrives Wilson at 4:41pm
    Northbound: Leaves Belmont at 5:38pm and arrives Wilson at 5:44pm
  • Saturday, December 16 -- one round trip on the Red Line, with Purple Line shuttle service north from Howard to Linden. There will be photo opportunities with Santa at Linden 4:45pm–5:30pm (Purple Line); at Howard 11:15am-noon (Red Line); and at 95th 1:45pm-2:30pm (Red Line). See the entire schedule here.
    Southbound: Argyle 12:32, Lawrence 12:34, Wilson 12:37, Sheridan 12:39
    Northbound: Sheridan 3:57, Wilson 3:59, Lawrence 4:01, Argyle 4:02
  • Sunday, December 17 - Wednesday December 20 -- not in public service.
  • Thursday, December 22 -- one round trip on the Purple Line Express
    Southbound: Leaves Howard 4:07pm  and arrives Wilson at 4:13pm
    Northbound: Leaves Belmont at 5:10pm and arrives Wilson at 5:17pm

Grand Menorah Lighting Tonight At Sheridan and Montrose

Additionally, Chabad of Uptown has a Chanukah Display inside Jewel-Osco starting Tuesday 12/12. Visit and receive your complimentary Menorah kit and holiday info.

Annual Curbed Cup Vote Seeds Uptown Against Lakeview

It's Uptown versus Lakeview in the first round of the Curbed Cup competition for Chicago's best neighborhood.
"Uptown is a neighborhood that is a perfect union of old and new. The area is dotted with architectural gems including the Moorish-style Aragon Ballroom, the legendary 100-year-old Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, and even an Art Deco Post Office. In past Curbed Cups, Uptown was the reigning champ in both 2010 and 2011—so will they do it again this year?"
Voting goes on for only 24 hours, and you can do it here.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

CAPS Meeting For Beat 1914 This Evening

Beat 1914 (the area bordered by the lake, Montrose, Broadway, and Lawrence) is having its bimonthly CAPS meeting tonight at 7pm.

It's held at the Clarendon Park Fieldhouse, 4501 North Clarendon. It's a chance to find out crime statistics for the past couple months in the area, speak with police officers, a representative from the alderman's office, and your neighbors about what's going on in your community and what to do to help make Uptown safer.

Other upcoming CAPS meetings:
  • Beat 2024, for the area bordered by Winthrop, Lawrence, the lake, and Foster - Thursday, December 21st, 7pm, Margate Park Fieldhouse, 4921 North Marine. This meeting takes place on the third Thursday of even-numbered months.
  • Beat 1913, for the area bordered by Broadway, Montrose, Clark, and Lawrence (Sheridan Park) - Tuesday, January 2nd, 6:30pm, Courtenay School, 4420 North Beacon. This meeting takes place on the first Tuesday of odd-numbered months.

"Heavy Metal Edition" of Trash Movie Nite At Fat Cat Tonight

Detroit Rock City (Kiss!) at 8pm and Queen of the Damned (Aaliyah!) at 10pm close out this year's edition of Trash Movie Nites at Fat Cat. Admission is free, and it's for 21+ only.

Per the Facebook Events page, "If you're feeling extra generous as the holidays approach, please donate to keeping trash alive. We will have fully restocked DVDs to give away for your kind donations. VHS trailer reel, FREE giveaways, and horror-themed vendors!"

Seasonal Specials From Spoil Me Salon & Spa

Spoil Me Salon & Spa is located at 4668 N Broadway, at the corner of Leland. 

Click images to enlarge.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

BPN Seeks Block Captains to Help Community Awareness

Buena Park Neighbors block club is rolling out its new block captain program and is eagerly anticipating expanding. 15 block captains have signed up so far. Interested in being part of it and connecting with your neighbors? This is what the program is about:
"The Block Captain Program brings together a diverse group of community leaders to advance the mission of Buena Park Neighbors, which is to improve the quality of life for everyone in Buena Park.

The purpose of the Block Captain Program is three-fold:
  • Public Awareness: The Block Captain Program raises public awareness about Buena Park Neighbors and the Buena Park neighborhood, as well as issues in the community.
  • Community Projects: The Block Captain Program provides a mechanism for putting into action new community projects, as well as bolstering existing community projects, to make a concrete impact on Buena Park.
  • Leadership Pathways: The Block Captain Program provides pathways to leadership within Buena Park Neighbors, allowing community members to take on increased responsibilities and to learn more about additional opportunities for leadership within the organization."
Write to get more information on this new program.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Kal'ish Voted Chicago's Most Popular Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant

Congratulations to Kal'ish Vegan (1313 W Wilson) for being named Most Popular Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant in Chicago for 2017 by ChicagoVeg.

Not bad for a restaurant that just celebrated its first anniversary last month!

Congratulations to Gina and Andy Kalish for making their vision come true.

Truman/Sunnyside Pass-Through Closed While More Lighting Is Installed

We've been hearing from readers that the Truman pass-through to the Sunnyside entrance of the Wilson L (that's a mouthful) has been closed after it opened last week. Our contact at the project management company says today:
"The CTA is in the process of adding more lighting to the Truman/Sunnyside path to increase safety and security. The pathway will be closed until this work is complete. Hopefully in a few weeks."
Sorry for all who have been using it, but just a couple weeks delay for a safer passage.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

What A Difference A Year Makes

It was on December 23 of last year that North Side Housing and Supportive Services, the men's shelter in the Preston Bradley Center, announced happy tidings. Literally days before it was scheduled to close forever because of funding issues, a private donor (the Reva and David Logan Foundation) came up with enough money to keep the shelter running for several more years.

WBEZ has done a story about what a difference a year has made in the looks of the shelter, the services it is able to perform, and the lives of its clients. You can read it here: Uptown Homeless Shelter Looks Back At Year That Almost Wasn't.

A reminder that North Side Housing will have an open house this Thursday, December 14th.

Checking In! New Hotel For Uptown In The Planning Stages?

There was an interesting paragraph in the article that Crain's ran about Uptown's future:
In 2019 the city will start a five-year project to rebuild the nearby Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr Red Line stations and adjacent support structures so they'll feature what riders now see at Wilson—wider platforms, better lighting—plus a new track and new bridges and viaducts. 
That we knew. But this made us do a double-take:
Next to the Lawrence stop, steps from the Uptown, the city is studying the potential for an upscale hotel, says Deputy Planning Commissioner Eleanor Gorski.
Stay tuned! We look forward to learning more about this.