Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Care For Real Sponsors Shred Event/Fundraiser On September 23

From Ald. Osterman's newsletter:

"Shred Event in 48th Ward. The A.C.T. Group, along with CJ Jensen of Ameriprise Financial Services, will host the 4th ANNUAL SHRED EVENT to benefit Care for Real.

Each year the results have increased and in 2016 our generous community donated $1290 in cash and 600 pounds of food to Care for Real and had 1500 pounds of shred!  We hope to make 2017 an even better year!!

Please join us on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9:00-Noon in front of The A.C.T. Group’s office at 6228 N. Broadway.  And please remember to bring your shred, a cash (or check) donation and/or non-perishable food (EXPIRED FOODS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED)."

Mental Health Service Fair, September 9 At Truman College

Buttercup Park's Movies In The Parks Continue

Enjoy Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Buttercup Park on Saturday evening. Free of course! The Facebook Event Page is here. Then save the date for Hidden Figures on Saturday, September 30th. Thank you to all the event sponsors and curator Victor Herrera for a wonderful summer of movies.

Monday, August 21, 2017

20th District Neighborhood Watch/Positive Loitering

The 20th Police District (north of Lawrence) will be sponsoring an evening of community and safety in collaboration with the local block clubs and the residents living in their boundaries:

"Neighborhood Watch / Positive Loitering (NW/PL)
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Please come out to help keep our neighborhood safe and enjoy some time with your neighbors.

  • Gunnison Block Club: (NE corner of Gunnison & Sheridan)
  • Castlewood Block Club: (NE corner of Castlewood & Sheridan)
  • Margate Park Block Club: (NE corner of Ainslie & Sheridan)
  • Kenmore/Winthrop Block Club: (SW corner of Ainslie & Kenmore)"

Mural Rededication/Book Sale At Bezazian Branch Library On September 16

The Sea of Knowledge mural when it was new, in the mid 1970s, with young Bezazian patrons
Ready to buy more books for fabulous prices? And see the rededication of the first mural ever to grace the outside of any Chicago Public Library branch?

On Saturday, September 16th, the Bezazian Branch Library will hold its second book sale of the year, with hundreds of books at rock-bottom prices, between 10am and 2pm.

But it's also bringing back some of its history in its 60th year, with the rededication of The Sea of Knowledge, its mural that dates back to 1974 and has been painstakingly revived in recent weeks.

Both the original artist and the man who restored it will be in attendance.

"As we continue our year-long celebration of our 60 years of service to the Uptown community, we invite you to a very special event on Saturday, September 16 at 11:00 a.m. 

After decades of deterioration, we were finally able to have our 1974 mural revitalized. Archival research shows that it is the first on a Chicago Public Library building. Artist Tony Passero lovingly matched paint, deciphered images and recreated lost parts of the mural, which was originally created by artist Janis Pozzi-Johnson with a team of teens from a local community organization.

Ms. Pozzi-Johnson will be on hand for the rededication. The mural, entitled The Sea of Knowledge, celebrates the rich diversity that is Uptown.

This project was made possible through the generous support of Uptown United (SSA #34) and 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman’s office and the efforts of the Friends of Bezazian.

Please join us in celebrating the renewal of an iconic piece of Uptown art that will be enjoyed again for, hopefully another 40+ years.

Concurrent with the dedication is a Friends booksale. Come browse, support their great work, and join the Friends of Bezazian."

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Practice Makes Perfect

It was hard to miss the fact that the Air Show aircraft were doing their practice runs over Uptown on Thursday and Friday. The weirdest thing to us is always that the planes are out of sight by the time the roar of the engines hits. Luckily, long-time Uptown resident Bob Skutnick had his camera ready and shot the amazing photos below. He describes himself as "just an enthusiastic hobby photographer," but we think they're some of the best pictures we've seen. You can click on each one to enlarge it.

Business Partners Invites You To Their August Backyard BBQ/Member Mixer

"Join us on Tuesday, August 22 for our annual Member Mixer BBQ & Annual Meeting! Meet other business owners and community members while enjoying light food and drinks provided by our host, The SMB Help Desk.

It's a backyard barbecue with some business mixed in. We'll have burgers, brats, hot dogs, and cold drinks.

To RSVP, please click here!"

Electronic Recycling Date In September

From Ald. Osterman's newsletter:

"Electronic Waste Recycling 
 Saturday, September 9, 9am - Noon
 48th Ward Streets and Sanitation Yard
 5853 N. Broadway

The Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project (EESP) together with the 48th Ward is sponsoring an electronics recycling event.  Recyclable items include:
  • Computers
  • Flat-screen displays
  • Audio systems
  • Game consoles
  • Cell phones
  • Other electronic equipment
Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) displays–including computer monitors and large tube TVs, will not be accepted. There will also be an on-site survey of other potential recyclables (flags, eyeglasses, etc.) for Spring 2018. If you have questions about the electronics recycling or to volunteer to help with the event, contact either EESP’s Allen Stryczek at astryczek@sbcglobal.net or Ally Brisbin from the 48th Ward at ally@48thward.org."

Saturday, August 19, 2017

To Infinity And Beyond!

Some Uptowners had their cameras handy during practice runs of the Air and Water Show, and shared their photos to Uptown Update's Facebook page.

Matthew S Parrilli

Ivan Sagel

Matthew S Parrilli

Construction To Begin On Lawrence & Wilson Viaducts September 18

Notice posted at the Wilson Avenue viaduct at Lake Shore Drive

CDOT posted notices at both Lawrence and Wilson Avenue viaducts stating that the long overdue reconstruction of the crumbling bridges will commence on Monday, September 18. 

When construction is completed in March, expect new bridges that look strikingly similar to the original bridges constructed back in the 1930s. There will even be added bike lanes that will add safe passage for the many cyclists who travel to and from the lakefront.

We've posted for years about the horrible state of our Uptown viaducts and are thrilled that they are finally getting rebuilt. More details on what to expect during construction as it becomes available.