Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Wednesdays Are "CAPS Night Out" in Buttercup Park; Volunteers and Participants Sought

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Beginning tomorrow, and continuing each Wednesday through August 10th, Wednesdays will be CAPS Night Out at Buttercup Park. Between 5pm and 7:30pm, 20th District police officers and community members will lead group activities and games with local kids for the next seven Wednesdays.

Volunteers are needed to help out!  "We are looking for energetic, dedicated and fun volunteers to help with CAPS Night Out at Buttercup Park. Volunteers will help with activities, games, art projects, basketball, yoga, serving food/snacks, set-up, break-down and being present to help activate Buttercup Park each Wednesday night (5-7:30 pm) from June 29-August 10. To volunteer, please send an email to pc@48thward.org."

Buttercup Park is located at 4901 North Sheridan, at Ainslie.

Bird Watchers Slay Montrose Beach Surf Pool Proposal

Rendering of proposed surf pool near Montrose Beach, now cancelled
Never underestimate the power of avid bird watchers.

You might remember that an outdoor surf pool was planned for a spot near Montrose Beach and included a $2M rehab of the dilapidated concession stand building. All of that is now dead on arrival after "birders" had their say.

“Every bit of green grass counts for the migratory birds that come through and need a spot to rest,” said Charlotte Newfeld, a longtime birder.
“I think it’s absolutely outrageous. Most of the people in Uptown do not own surf boards and most of them have never been anywhere near the ocean. You have to leave the lakefront free and clear,” she said.

Read more at the Sun-Times

Uptown PlayStreet Summer Schedule

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Now that school's out, the PlayStreet program is going strong. These dates and locations are currently posted for Uptown, but things can change. Please check the schedule here before heading out.

  • Thursday, July 7th, 4:30pm-7:30pm, Winthrop between Ainslie and Argyle (in conjunction with Argyle Night Market), sponsored by Chinese Mutual Aid Association
  • Saturday, July 30th, 10am-noon, 4848 North Winthrop, sponsored by Chinese Mutual Aid Association
  • Saturday, July 30th, noon-5pm, 4400 North Magnolia, sponsored by Voice of the People
  • Thursday, August 25th, 4:30pm-7:30pm, Kenmore between Ainslie and Argyle (in conjunction with Argyle Night Market), sponsored by Chinese Mutual Aid Association

Monday, June 27, 2016

Saddle & Cycle Club Fireworks Show To Take Place On July 4th

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Our festive neighbor, the Saddle & Cycle Club, will present its annual fireworks show at dusk on Monday, July 4th. The club is located at Foster & Marine, but only its members and guests may view the show from inside the club.

Luckily for us, the fireworks can be seen for miles around. Come to Margate Park or one of the surrounding beaches and set up a picnic. Or schmooze someone in one of the surrounding high-rises. It's always an exceptional display, and we're lucky to have such celebratory neighbors.

Windy City RibFest Back In Uptown July 1st-3rd, Still Time To Sign Up To Volunteer

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Top local and national ribbers will again mix saucy slab offerings that are complemented with an eclectic music lineup at this 8th annual festival. This tasty happening takes place over the long Fourth of July weekend. It grows in popularity (and crowds) each year and is now a must-visit Chicago summer fest! RibFest also features arts, crafts and a daytime kids' activity area.  The Main Stage will offer an exciting line-up and strolling performers such as magicians, stilt walkers, lion dancers, and more provided by local Uptown businesses and non-profits.

As the beneficiary of this year's event, Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown, will receive a portion of the gate sales, beer sales, and all tips from beer/wine sales at the Main Stage Beer Tent. These funds will help go towards efforts to build a strong, unified business environment; facilitate economic development; and strengthen community - all to nurture a diverse, vibrant, thriving and strong Uptown.

Help needed!  From Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 3, the Chamber needs volunteers to work the Main Stage Beer Tent. There are 9 shifts available - 3 shifts on each of the 3 days. All volunteers will receive a complimentary volunteer t-shirt with the Windy City Ribfest logo.  Click here to sign up for a volunteer shift!

Date: Friday to Sunday, July 1-3
Time:  Friday & Saturday - Noon to 10pm | Sunday - Noon to 9pm
Location:  On Broadway from Lawrence to Leland

Independence Day Weekend At Uptown Lounge

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"Becoming A Man" Mentoring Program Gets Winning Marks

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Photo courtesy of Youth Guidance
According to the Sun-Times, a mentoring program that was enacted at Goudy Elementary School in Uptown this past school year, as well as in other parts of Chicago, is having a positive impact on young men enrolled in it:
Crimes committed by at-risk Chicago students dropped in half, and high-school graduations rose sharply in an innovative education program called Becoming a Man that is capturing national attention and could become one antidote to the city’s persistent bloodshed, according to a newly published study.
More of this, please!

You can read more about the Uptown program in DNAinfo here, and more about the results being achieved in the Sun-Times. The website for the BAM program is here.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

"Pride at Montrose" Happening At The Lakefront 11am-6pm

There's another big Pride event happening in Uptown today. The old Montrose Rocks festival, which celebrates LGBT people of color, has been rebranded as "Pride At Montrose" and takes place at the lakefront and at Cricket Hill.

Check out their Facebook page for the events and participating entertainment.

Last year, the beach got filled to capacity early in the day and police started to block vehicles from entering. It's a possibility this will happen again this year. Don't be surprised if it does.

Unlike the Parade, which uses Uptown as a starting point, Pride At Montrose starts and ends here, and there will be a lot of people leaving around the same time. Many, many people will be making their way up from the beach to the Red Line throughout the afternoon and especially at and after 6pm. If you don't like crowds, keep away from Wilson, and to a lesser extent, Montrose and Lawrence between mid-afternoon and evening.

Have a safe and happy Pride, no matter how you celebrate.

Update: Pride on Montrose, whose closing time had already been changed from 7pm to 6pm, was closed by the police at 3pm, cutting what had been -- by all accounts -- a calm and successful festival. No clarifications have been given on why it was closed early. Read about it here and here.

Update: DNAinfo ran an article Monday evening, Cappleman Miffed After Pride At Montrose Shut Down By Police.

A Pride Of Lion(s)

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Lionel's parade-ready at his perch at Dayton and Montrose.

Local Pride!

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A few more local Pride celebration opportunities:
  • Baker & Nosh, at 1303 West Wilson: "Make sure to stop by and see us 9am-noon Pride Sunday, and grab a free La Colombe coffee! Happy Pride, Chicago!"
  • Uptown Lounge, at 1136 West Lawrence: "Uptown Lounge opens at 11am for pre-parade drinks $3 Beers $4 Shots $4 Cocktails"
  • La Ciudad, 4515 North Sheridan: "Join us Sunday before and after the parade for music, dancing, and great food! Doors open at 11am."
  • Crew, 4804 North Broadway: "Crew will be open at 12:30 on Sunday. Stop in before or after (or instead of) the parade for bottomless mimosas or Crew's signature bloodies. Brunch available until 3pm."
  • Buddhist Temple of Chicago, Racine & Leland: "This Sunday's theme is Rainbow Pride - celebrating the diversity of our sangha and the Chicago community. We'll even have rainbow-colored refreshments after the 11am service with lay speaker Nancey. Just in case you'd rather not be standing in the parade crowd under the hot sun and chance of thunderstorms - come enjoy our temple's AC and seat cushions June 26."
  • Uptown Underground, 4713 North Broadway: "We believe that LOVE should be free, so we're having a free show and giving away free tickets and free jello shots to celebrate Pride. Come visit us and celebreate ‪#‎LoveisLoveisLove‬!" Muffy's Post Pride Party, Your one stop shop for a Post Pride Parade Party -- click the link for details.

#TestForFlu Bug Hits Town

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The #TestForFlu Bug, aka the Virus Buster, was in Uptown last week, educating the public about influenza. We saw it parked on Clark. It was kind of hard to miss, to be frank.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Edgewater Shooting Ends At Foster/Sheridan

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Tonight shortly before 9pm, a 42-year-old man was shot several times in Edgewater. The shooting occurred on Kenmore between Berwyn and Balmoral. Witnesses reported hearing shots and seeing a dark blue Mercedes speeding away from the scene, heading south.

The Uptown connection is that the Mercedes crashed into the four-plus-one apartment building at the southeast corner of Foster & Sheridan, where police found it and called for an ambulance for the injured driver.

The man was taken to Illinois Masonic, where his condition is stable. The car is registered to an address on the 6100 block of Sheridan.

According to the Sun-Times, "[The man who was shot] was inside [a different] vehicle with another person about 8:50 p.m. in the 5300 block of North Kenmore when the other person pulled out a gun and shot him in the abdomen, according to Chicago Police. The man then drove off in another vehicle [the pictured Mercedes], which crashed in the 900 block of West Foster, police said."

The police believe the shooting was drug-related (no kidding). You can see at least one bullet hole in the back panel of the crashed Mercedes, so it looks like the person who shot him continued to shoot at the Mercedes as it pulled away.

This is only tangentially an Uptown story, since everything except the place the car crashed is Edgewater-related, but we know people will be wondering about it. Thank you to reader Rob Graves, who submitted the photo to UU's Facebook page.

You have to appreciate the sign the car ran over on its way to hitting the building. You can even see the tire tracks it left.

Photo taken from Mariano's across the street

"We Are Uptown Proud!"

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The Uptown Chamber has come up with a fun video celebrating the businesses and pride that Uptown has.  Check it out at www.UptownProud.org -- and see what discounts and freebies are available this Pride Weekend, too.

More Words of Love on Sheridan

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click to enlarge and read the messages

It started with Alchemia Art of Hair, who invited the public to write messages of pride, love, and support on the sidewalk outside the shop at 5009 N Sheridan. Now the trend has moved slightly north, with the wall and sidewalk at 5050 N Sheridan full of messages proclaiming love. We don't know who's behind this one, but we support it whole-heartedly.

Lakeview Pantry Holds Open House Today To Show Off New Space

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Lakeview Pantry, which has served the public for 46 years and is Chicago's largest food pantry, has moved to a new home just steps from Uptown, at 3945 N Sheridan (across from the Red Line station). They are rightly proud of their new location, which doubles the size of their previous space.

You are invited to tour the new facility today and see what's up. The Open House is open to the public from noon to 3pm. 

Come see what they're doing to fight hunger and need in our part of town! Check out their website at www.lakeviewpantry.org

Friday, June 24, 2016

Detailed Stewart School Conversion Plans Surface With 64 Residential Units

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If there is still any doubt that the Broadway and Wilson corridor is going to be unrecognizable in a few years, here is yet another planned development we heard about a few months ago, now in greater detail. Ald. Cappleman has also issued a letter of support to the city to make Stewart School a Chicago landmark.
Exterior plans for Stewart (Pappageorge Haymes)

via Ald. Cappleman's website:

"Stewart School, 4525 N. Kenmore Ave: The Graeme Stewart Elementary School was sold to Morningside Stewart, LLC, affiliate of the Morningside Group of companies, in January 2016 and is undergoing a redevelopment in which the school will be converted to 64 residential units with internal vehicle and bicycle parking.

Morningside is the builder and developer of the property and is working with Pappageorge Haymes Partners, an architecture firm with an extensive portfolio of historic adaptive reuse.  Morningside Stewart, LLC has applied with the City of Chicago for Landmark status on the school.

The north lot will remain parking with improvements made to the lot. The south lot is not included in this development, and will be a separate planned development including mixed-use retail and residential.  This project is not receiving any TIF subsidies and the school redevelopment will not exceed existing zoning density regulations."
East elevation plans showing exterior balconies (Pappageorge Haymes)

Parking Restrictions This Week Due to Wrigley Concerts, Pride Parade

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There are a lot of great events happening during the next ten days, but if you park your vehicle on the street in Uptown, you'll want to be sure it's not going to be towed, because parking restrictions are on the horizon. The concert restrictions on Irving Park and Clark begin TODAY at 2pm.

Wrigley Field will be an open-air concert venue Friday (tonight), Saturday and Thursday. (Phish this weekend, James Taylor next week, in case you're wondering.) To that end,
  • Irving Park between Seminary and Clark (basically, between the cemeteries): No parking on either side of the street 2pm-midnight on Friday, Saturday and next Thursday
  • Clark between Waveland and Irving Park: No parking on the east/northbound side of the street 2pm-midnight on Friday, Saturday and next Thursday
  • For a complete list of concert-related street closures, check Ald. Tunney's newsletter here.

Unless you've been very, very preoccupied, you know that the Pride Parade will launch from Montrose and Broadway at noon on Sunday. The staging area for the parade is in that vicinity. The same parking restrictions from last year are in effect, so we're posting the same map. Towing begins promptly at 5am on Sunday.

It's going to be a fun weekend, with lots of visitors. Our advice is, if you aren't using your car between now and Sunday night, find a place to park it now that's outside of the tow zone, use Lyft or Uber or public transportation, and enjoy the festivities!

Next Friday through Sunday, July 1st through 3rd, Windy City Ribfest will take place on the 4700 block of Broadway (between Leland and Lawrence). There will be parking restrictions in the area. We will post about those as soon as we are aware of the specifics.

Open Street Party Saturday On Sunnyside (Between Hazel & Clarendon)

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Positive Loitering Friday Night, 6pm-7pm

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."

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Game-Changing Transit-Oriented Development Proposed For Broadway & Wilson

Proposed development looking NE at the corner of Broadway & Wilson (MX3 Architects)

The corner of Broadway and Wilson as we all know it today

Looking north on Broadway from Wilson (MX3 Architects)

Looking south on Winthrop showing the garage entrance (MX3 Architects)
A game-changing transit-oriented development (TOD) with ground-floor retail and 197 residential units is being proposed for the NE corner of Broadway and Wilson.

The development would replace a one-story City Sports as well as Family Dollar and Rainbow Shops, which were built in the 1970s. It would feature a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom rental units. 11,550 square feet of retail will run along both Wilson and Broadway.

The main lobby entrance is planned for off Wilson, next to the current FLATSstudio 1050 building (Wilson Avenue Theater/former TCF Bank). 41 total interior parking spaces are accessed via Winthrop behind the development and a total of 7,135 square feet of outdoor space, including a rooftop deck, will be available for the residents.

The TOD is designed by Chicago-based MX3 Architects and is planned for 9 stories pending a zoning change approval, first by Truman Square Neighbors and later the 46th Ward Zoning Committee. No TIF funds are being requested for this development. This is still a developing story and once we have more info, including the developer, we will pass it along.

City Council Passes Towing Bill of Rights

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The "Lincoln Park Pirates" lot at 4882 North Clark
Yesterday a lot of legislation was passed during the City Council's meeting, including the Towing Bill of Rights, co-sponsored by Ald. Ameya Pawar and "inspired" by Uptown's Lincoln Towing.

It will require tow drivers to have dash-cam cameras and record their tows; take a photo of the position a vehicle is in before it's towed; file a list of locations from which the company is authorized to tow; and many other restrictions (see The Expired Meter for details). We hope it also means the drivers won't scream out unprovoked homophobic slurs or injure people during the towing of their cars.

As for the petition many signed asking to have Lincoln Towing's license revoked, it's a state matter and they are currently being investigated by the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Steve Goodman sang in 1973:
Be it Edsel or Chevy there's no car too heavy
And no one can make us shut down
Maybe, just maybe, that won't be true after the investigation by the ICC concludes.

Our thanks to Alds. Pawar and Reboyras for coming up with the Towing Bill of Rights. Ald. Pawar said, "Tow truck companies need to exist. They just need to learn how to behave. And they need to do it in a way that’s not abusive or criminal."

Paver's Paradise

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Looking east on Argyle from Kenmore
Street level brick paving is going on as we speak on Argyle. Argyle is closed from Kenmore eastward as work is underway. Once complete, the street will be flush with the sidewalk. You can get a good idea of how the completed project will look from the photo above.

City Sums Up Montrose-Clarendon TIF

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Here's the official City press release on the approval of the Maryville project. Interestingly, there were several other TIF plans approved yesterday, including giving Whole Foods $8million to move a distribution center from Indiana to Pullman.

"TIF PLAN APPROVED TO SUPPORT NEW MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT IN UPTOWN. A $125 million, mixed-income housing and retail complex in Uptown will move forward through a Tax increment Financing (TIF) plan approved today by City Council.

Planned for the northwest corner of Montrose and Clarendon avenues, the 381-unit project by JDL Development and Harlem & Irving Cos. will include a 31,000-square foot grocery store and 278 indoor parking spaces. The project will also include and a 6,000-square foot retail building on the east side of Clarendon.

Up to $15.8 million in TIF assistance will be allocated toward site preparation expenses. The site is currently occupied by buildings constructed in 1957 for Cuneo Hospital and later utilized as a Columbus-Maryville children’s shelter. The buildings have been vacant since 2005.

As part of the redevelopment terms, 20 units in the 26-story complex will be made available at affordable rents. The developers will also pay $5.7 million into the City’s Affordable Opportunity Fund, which provides rental subsidies for very low-income residents and supports the construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing citywide. A portion of the affordable housing payment will support a pilot program announced this spring by Mayor Emanuel that will provide rental subsidies for 75 homeless people living in makeshift encampments across the city.

The developers will also provide $4.6 million to help renovate the nearby Clarendon Park field house.

The Montrose/Clarendon TIF district was established in 2010 to support the site’s redevelopment.

All TIF funding for the project will be generated by future property taxes on the 2.3-acre development site, which is currently tax exempt. The assistance will be provided in annual installments following project completion and the fulfillment of all TIF requirements.

Zoning and financial assistance for the project were approved by the Chicago Plan Commission and the Community Development Commission in January 2016.

The project is expected to generate up to 60 permanent, full-time jobs and up to 675 construction jobs, as well as $3 million in annual property and sales taxes."

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

At Last! Maryville Development Plan Receives Final Approval From City Council


Seven and a half years after the 3.5-acre property at Montrose and Clarendon first went under contract, and nearly six years after the City Council voted unanimously to create a TIF district to make it more attractive to investors, the City Council approved a proposed development plan for the site today.

The final vote was 37 for, 13 against, with Ald. Osterman making a passionate speech against the passage of a TIF-funded project, and Ald. Cappleman equally passionately rebutting his argument. Interestingly, Ald. Moreno also spoke against the TIF, even though he himself was one of the affirmative votes in the creation of the TIF six years ago this month.

The City Council vote approving Maryville as a TIF in 2010
It's a huge day for those who have worked for years to see something other than boarded-up buildings and empty lots along Clarendon. This clears the way for development to take place.

November 2015 rendering of the first proposed new building
It's been a long time coming.

We tip our hats to former alderman Helen Shiller for imagining the possibilities and setting the wheels in motion for the creation of the TIF district, and to Alderman James Cappleman for seeing the project through the lengthy vetting process. It's a good legacy for both of them, and they should be proud for many reasons:
  • The religious order that owns the property will receive a large sum of money from the sale to continue their good work. 
  • The Clarendon Park fieldhouse will get desperately needed funding to go toward the overdue repairs to the facility. 
  • The Low Income Housing Trust Fund will get an infusion of nearly six million dollars, some of which will go toward the housing-first initiative for the chronically homeless people living under Lake Shore Drive.
  • New affordable housing will be created in the development.
  • A large property that's been off the tax rolls since FDR's presidency will start paying taxes that support city services.
  • New businesses and residents will come to Uptown.
We leave you with Etta, who says it best.

Update: This City Council meeting lasted five and a half hours. If you have the intestinal fortitude to wade through the voice-recognition-generated transcript, have at it. (There is no record in the transcript of how aldermen voted, only what was picked up from the main microphones.)

A Few More Volunteers Needed For Windy City Ribfest

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From Greg Carroll of Uptown Business Partners:

"We’re gearing up for the 8th Annual Windy City RibFest right here in our neighborhood on Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 3! Windy City RibFest features top local and national ribbers and is expected to bring 25,000 attendees into Uptown this year. The fest also offers a Mainstage lineup featuring local rock/pop and classic indie acts as well as local tribute bands.

For the 5th year, Business Partners, the Chamber for Uptown will be the beneficiary of this festival and will receive a portion of the proceeds from gate sales, beer sales, and beer tips. This funding helps us accomplish our mission of building a strong, unified business environment; facilitating economic development; and strengthening community — all to nurture a diverse, vibrant, thriving, and strong Uptown.

This is where you come in! We need volunteers to help work the Main Stage beer tent for all three days of the festival. For information on shift times/availability and to register to volunteer, CLICK HERE!

We hope you can join us for what is sure to be another great event for Uptown!"

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Dep't of Justice To Hold Public Forums Regarding CPD Investigation

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Interesting press release came today:

"Department of Justice to Host Public Forums to Hear from Community as Part of Investigation of Chicago Police Department. The Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, along with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, are conducting a civil pattern or practice investigation into the Chicago Police Department.  As part of the investigation, officials will be hosting public forums to provide information about the investigative process, and to offer time for community members to share their experiences with policing in Chicago.

The dates and locations of the forums are as follows:
  • June 22, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Kennedy King City College (U Building)
    740 W. 63rd St., Chicago IL 60621
  • July 12, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Truman City College
    1145 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago IL 60640
  • July 14, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    KROC Center Chapel
    1250 W. 119th St., Chicago IL 60643
The forums are free of charge and open to the public and the media.

The purpose of the pattern or practice investigation is to determine whether there are systemic violations of the Constitution or federal law by the Chicago Police Department.  The investigation is focused on use of force, including racial, ethnic and other disparities in its use of force, as well as police accountability systems, including how internal investigations are conducted, how the police department responds to citizen complaints, and how it handles officer discipline.

Community members who are unable to attend the forums but wish to share information relevant to the investigation are encouraged to contact the Department of Justice by phone: (844) 401-3735 or email: community.cpd@usdoj.gov."

Unique Thrift Store On Sheridan Has Gone Out Of Business


courtesy Google Streetview
They always had treasures tucked away, the best prices on used books, and were a godsend during back-to-school shopping. But very unexpectedly, Unique Thrift Store at Sheridan and Sunnyside has closed, effective today. Thank you to reader PF for sending us the photos of the sign on the door, and of employees packing everything up, leaving empty shelves and clothing racks. We hope that those who worked there are able to be placed at other locations of the store.

It's a large storefront, and we're eager to see what goes in next at the location. The sign on the door gives other locations for Unique Thrift stores, although none are in Uptown.

Maryville Clears Finance Committee, Final Council Vote Could Happen Wednesday


This afternoon the Finance Committee of the Chicago City Council approved Montrose-Clarendon Partners, LLC's plan to develop the Maryville property and to make improvements to the Clarendon Park Fieldhouse. Aldermen Osterman and Moreno voted against the plan; the rest of the committee members voted in favor of it.

One more affirmative vote is needed to give final and full approval to the proposed site development and fieldhouse improvements. That vote is expected to take place at the meeting of the City Council tomorrow.

Unsurprisingly, there was lively and lengthy testimony today, both pro and con, from those who attended the committee meeting as concerned citizens.

The Maryville project has been in play since 2008, when Sedgwick Properties Development Corp. signed a contract to purchase the property. In 2010, then-alderman Helen Shiller ushered through the Montrose/Clarendon TIF, which was intended to give Sedgwick $50 million for its version of the project, which would have included over 1,000 new apartments, a hotel, a health club, and a grocery store.

There've been a lot of changes to the plan since then. The only constant is that the buildings on the site and the Clarendon Park Fieldhouse have continued to deteriorate while various iterations of the development plan have come and gone.

This long saga may finally come to an end as early as Wednesday.

Update:  DNAinfo did a story on today's vote.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Mixing It Up: Baker & Nosh To Move To Former Starbucks Storefront In The Fall

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The Fabulous Baker Boys -- Terry Groff and Bill Milholland -- have announced that Baker & Nosh's Uptown location will shift a block east, to a larger space closer to the Wilson L. The bakery will move from 1303 West Wilson (at Malden) to the former Starbucks storefront at Wilson & Magnolia, which has been empty since March. The move will take place in the fall.

This is part of Baker & Nosh's overall expansion, which also includes a new Edgewater location that is currently being designed and constructed. Both the Edgewater and Uptown locations of B&N will be in buildings owned by Cedar Street developers.

We are assured that B&N will continue the traditions that it started at the original location, including Dog Days of Autumn and the community Christmas Tree Lighting.

In a statement, Terry Groff says, "This [new] location offers more space with just over 2,000 square feet and room for 50 seats. The extra space will allow for a more efficient layout, making it much easier for folks in a rush to stop by the bakery for coffee and a pastry to-go."

Everyone who enjoyed drinking coffee on the patio at Starbucks will be able to do it again now that Baker & Nosh is moving into the space. In addition to the patio, there will be updated decor and a La Colombe Draft Latte station.

What will happen to the current storefront on Wilson when the move is complete? We don't have any definite information, but we are hearing rumors that businesses are already interested in leasing it. We'll let you know as soon as we know.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Write Your Messages Of Love Outside Alchemia Salon

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Alchemia Art of Hair salon, located inside the beautifully restored Somerset Apartments at Sheridan and Argyle, has started a beautiful tradition and would like everyone to help them with it.

On Tuesday, Edward and Joey posted, "We would like to invite everyone to join us in promoting love! We have chalk out front and encourage everyone passing by to stop and write LOVE (or other heartfelt messages). Orlando...our hearts go out to you. Alchemia Art of Hair loves everyone!"

People joined in, and by Friday, they posted, "Wow...the last couple days have been simply magic in Uptown. Our sidewalk love promotion is getting bigger and bigger! Every day we more people stopping to share messages of love and acceptance to others. We hope that we can cover the entire block by the end of the month! 

In related Uptown news, our amazing friends and family at Big Chicks hosted a fundraiser event last night for Orlando. After donating ALL the sales rung, Big Chicks collected $31,000!!! Let's keep the love flowing Chicago! THIS is what a community is and does!"

If you find yourself near 5009 N Sheridan, grab some chalk and spread some love.