Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Peterson Garden Project Edible Plant Sale Coming This April & May

WHAT: Peterson Garden Project Organic Edible Plant Sale

WHEN: April 21-22 and May 4-6 

WHERE: 1101 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 (across from the Aragon Ballroom)

WHY: Get ready to grow your own organic food! Peterson Garden Project’s Edible Plant
Sale is back, and this year is better than ever with all organic plants and a new location in the
heart of Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. All proceeds support PGP's free community
programs. Learn more at

RSVP on Facebook for the Cool Crops and Hot Crops sales to get the latest news and

LEARN MORE: Visit or

Friday, March 16, 2018

4 Story, 20 Unit Building Proposed For Vacant Lot On Agatite

839 W. Agatite, currently a vacant lot (Google)
Neighbors living near 839 W. Agatite are receiving letters in the mail from an attorney representing a developer with plans for this long vacant lot next to the soon to be complete 811 Uptown development. Judging from, a courtyard style building once stood on this lot and was demolished sometime between 1973 and 1988. Soil testing on the lot was taking place this winter, so neighbors knew something was in the works.

According to the Uptown Uplifted Facebook page, Mavrek Development  is planning a 4 story building with 20 units and 19 parking spaces. The letter mentions changes being requested to the rear setback to the alley and the neighboring structures.

Update: We heard from Mavrek Development with a bit more info on this development. The project is a 20 unit rental building with a mix of 2 bedroom 2 bath, 2 bedroom 1 bath, and 1 bedroom 1 bath available summer 2019. The rendering is being finalized and will be shared once its available.

Permit Issued For Weiss Plaza Renovation

A taste of what to expect at Lawrence & Sheridan (CR&M)
A renovation permit valued at $500,000 was issued yesterday by the city to the owner of Weiss Plaza at 4800 N. Sheridan, who plans to give the strip mall a much needed facelift.

The CR&M Real Estate brochure gives us a peek of what to expect, shown above. It will certainly be an improvement over what is currently there. The two largest spaces in the mall are currently empty after JJ Peppers and Family Dollar vacated them.

We hope that this renovation will attract a couple of quality retailers. If you are looking for retail space, contact Todd J. Cabanban at 312-477-0342 or

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Bellydancers And Firespinners Team Up To Protect Immigrants' Rights At Uptown Underground

The cast of Raks Geek (photo by Braden Nesin)
Chicago, Ill: In a time of rising animosity toward immigrants and people of color, Raks Geek, a majority Asian-American bellydance and fire performance company founded and directed by a Singaporean immigrant, is using nerd-themed art to take a stand. This month, they're teaming up with AFIRE Chicago to protect immigrants' rights while offering a new version of the production that's been hailed by The Daily Mail as "sci-fi seduction" for featuring acts like a bellydancing Wookiee.

Though based in Chicago, Raks Geek has made waves nationally and internationally on MSN, The Daily Mail, WGN-TV, and UK Channel 4 TV through their commitment to blend a high degree of artistic and technical mastery with fun, creativity, and themes from nerd culture. On Friday, March 28 at 10pm, the group will feature bellydance and fire performance tributes to Star Wars, Iron Fist, X-Men, and more. A portion of proceeds from the one-night performance at Uptown Underground will be donated to AFIRE Chicago, the Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment.

"Representation matters," says founder/director Dawn Xiana Moon, who is Chinese-American by way of Singapore. "While our society pigeonholes Asians as socially-awkward scientists, perpetual foreigners, and weak submissives, I’m determined to show that Asians - even those of us born in other countries - aren't who the stereotypes imagine us to be."

Founded by Dawn Xiana Moon in 2012, Raks Geek showcases the talents of bellydancers and object manipulators who are each stars in their own right: They've performed everywhere from Germany to Morocco and dance for hundreds of people every week. Company members include Kamrah, who has taught and performed at Tribal Fest (the largest tribal bellydance festival in the world); Lee Na-Moo, winner of the 2010 Chicago Oriental Dance Competition, member of modern/contemporary company Joel Hall Dancers, and touring cast with Bellydance Evolution; Michi Trota, Hugo Award winner and board member of the Chicago Full Moon Fire Jams; and director Dawn Xiana Moon, who performs 100 shows a year with Read My Hips tribal bellydance and Acrobatica Infiniti Circus in the US and Canada.

Directed and Produced by Dawn Xiana Moon
Performed by Kamrah, Lee Na-Moo, Dawn Xiana Moon, Michi Trota, and Tank
One Night Only: Friday, March 23 at 10pm (doors at 9:30pm)
Uptown Underground: 4707 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
Runtime approximately 60 minutes, no intermission
Ages 21+

Tickets: $25-$39 reserved seating -, 773.867.1946

"Third Thursdays" Kicks Off Tomorrow On Argyle

(click to enlarge)
(via Ald. Osterman's 48th Ward office)
Please join me tomorrow evening for Third Thursdays on Argyle. In partnership with Uptown United, Business Partners - the Chamber for Uptown, Axis Lab, First Sip Cafe, and Argyle-area businesses, Third Thursdays on Argyle is a monthly event series designed to bring people to Argyle Street to enjoy the businesses there. Restaurants along Argyle are offering special menu items and discounts, and First Sip Cafe, 1057 W. Argyle, and Axis Lab, 1120 W. Argyle, are hosting pop-up vendor markets featuring live entertainment and local artisans. This series will keep the creative and cultural vibe of the Argyle Night Market alive all year long.

Our first Third Thursday event is tomorrow, Thursday, March 15, from 5-9pm. Pop-up markets will feature female artists and creatives in honor of International Women's Month. Special offerings and discounts at businesses include:

Pho 888, 1137 W. Argyle - 10% off all menu items; BYOB
Cafe Hoang, 1020 W. Argyle - 15% off all menu items; BYOB
Hai Yen, 1055 W. Argyle - 10% off all menu items
Miss Saigon, 1129 W. Argyle - 10% off all menu items; BYOB
Pho 777, 1065 W. Argyle - 15% off select menu items; BYOB
Pho Viet, 4941 N. Broadway - 20% off select menu items
Pho Xe Lua, 1021 W. Argyle - 4-course vegan menu: $24 for 2, $36 for 4, $54 for 6
Foremost Liquors, 1040 W. Argyle - Discounts on wine pairings
Salon M, 1059 W. Argyle - Free band trims for women & line cuts for men; 20% off all products

George & Weezie Make Fourth Return To Weiss Rooftop

Weiss Hospital rooftop residents, George & Weezie
(courtesy Weiss Hospital)
They’re back! The likable lovebirds return to Weiss Memorial Hospital.

It’s become a springtime tradition in Uptown. Now in their 4th year, a pair of geese – affectionately named Weezie and George – nestle atop the hospital’s parking garage. It’s a space where much planting takes place as part of the community Rooftop Farm.

Weezie does her own planting of sorts. The Mother Goose lays eggs, which typically hatch late-April.  Weezie and George raise a half-dozen goslings for weeks before leading them to Lake Michigan – waters greater than the kiddie pool in which they wade near their nesting area.

The featured family has become quite the social media sensation on Weiss’ Facebook page as hospital staff, patients and neighbors watch the weeks-long updates of the goslings growing and learning life in the outside world.

The highlight of the gaggle’s short stay comes in early May when they waddle down the parking garage ramp to Montrose Harbor where the goslings take their first dip into more familiar waters for their species. Check out last year’s "The Weiss Waddle" here.

Weezie and George have become quite the social media sensation. Peek into their progress over the next 8 weeks or so via the Weiss Memorial Hospital Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages. #WeissWaddle, #NorthSideProud

Focus Group About Social Workers In Uptown Libraries This Friday

Friday, March 9, 2018

Time To Spring Forward

Daylight Saving Time returns this weekend (2am Sunday, to be exact), so set your clocks to spring forward.

One less hour of sleep, always a lot of fun if you have a kid or pet who's firmly tied to a 24-hour schedule.

On the flip side, it means that evening light will last until at least 6:30 next week, and we're sick of winter, so we'll take what we can.

Longacre On Wilson Soft Opening This Weekend

The new home of Longacre, 1303 W. Wilson at Malden
The "Pinche Caliente Chelaquiles"
We've all been anxiously awaiting the opening of the latest restaurant from Sheridan Park residents Andy and Gina Kalish. They currently operate 2 restaurants at Wilson & Malden, namely Kal'ish Vegan and Longacre Pizza. The former space that Baker & Nosh once occupied has been beautifully transformed into simply "Longacre" and will specialize in brunch initially. Sheridan Park favorite "Longacre Pizza" will operate in cooperation with Longacre.

This weekend's soft-opening will begin at 8AM-2:30PM on Saturday, March 10 and feature baked goods, pastries, bagels and breakfast counter service. Expect to see expanded hours as well as dinner service beginning in May. 

For your planning convenience, the SOFT-OPENING
brunch and bagel menus are attached below:

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

New Retail Space Available Next To Upcoming Sheridan/Wilson TOD

4541 N. Sheridan retail space from Mid-America real estate flyer
Mid-America Real Estate group is also the listing agent for the Cedar Street owned building at 4541 N. Sheridan. You might recall that this building is smack-dab next door to the upcoming 4555 N. Sheridan development (formerly known as 975 W. Wilson) so this will be a very attractive space in the very near future. The full listing in .pdf form is available here with all of the contact details.
4541 N. Sheridan, visible on the right, with the upcoming Clayco 4555 N. Sheridan (Forum Studio)

Retail Space Available For Lease At Wilson & Clifton

Retail space now available at 1132 W. Wilson

As one new business moves in at Wilson & Clifton (Uptown Donuts), we bid adieu to another business, Jerk Stop.

This space already has the kitchen built-out so it would be perfect for a restaurant, maybe even a Mexican restaurant? (hint, hint)

The space at 1132 W. Wilson is listed with Mid-America and they can be reached at 630-954-7300 attention Paul Bryant, Andrew Becker, or Adam Beltzman.

Share this post far and wide and let's get this space filled!

Go Grocer To Open In Imperial Towers This Friday

Please welcome Go Grocer to Imperial Towers, at 4250 Marine Drive. Stop by and check out the new cafe, pharmacy, and stocked grocery shelves. Open to the public as well as building residents, starting this Friday.