Monday, October 24, 2016

Last Menetti-Owned Building In Uptown Sold

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4526 Sheridan. Photo courtesy of Google Streetview
The Menetti Family hasn't had a lot of luck with its North Side real estate holdings. They didn't do upkeep on the residences, they didn't pay taxes, and they didn't pay their mortgages. So in 2012, they put five of their North Side holdings on the market, and a judge put a receiver in charge, meaning that the Menettis lost the right to control their own properties.

One of the buildings, Lawrence House, had been nearly run into the ground by the family, who acquired it in 2000. In just over a decade, Lawrence House had accumulated 110 housing violations, was in foreclosure, and was described as "notorious." It was bought by Cedar Street Properties in 2013.

Now Crain's reports that the family has sold three more of its properties, including 4526 North Sheridan, also known as the Sheridan View Apartments. According to Crain's, 4526 and two buildings in Rogers Park also included in the deal are "almost 40 percent vacant and need cosmetic and structural work."

The sale of the three buildings ends the Menetti Family's five-year-old foreclosure case, brought by its lender in January 2012.

The new owner of 4526 North Sheridan is Metro Residential, the residential arm of the parking structure owner Metro Park LLC.

Rocky Horror Karaoke At Crew On Thursday

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"Swim the warm waters of sins of the flesh - erotic nightmares beyond any measure, and sensual daydreams to treasure forever. Can’t you just see it? Don't dream it ... SING IT!

Many of you know we've done Rocky Horror for the past Halloweens — well, we're doing something just a little different this year!

Join us for an evening of absolute pleasure and karaoke with your host "Zach the Virgin", this Thursday starting at 8:30pm! We'll be showing the classic version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show with YOU (with assistance from Zach if you want) singing the numbers! Draft beer specials all night long! Oh Rocky!!!

Stop by early from 5pm to 8pm for a Heartland Alliance fundraiser to assist people living with HIV/AIDS. Go to for more info about their fundraising efforts!

There's a light over at the Crew Bar + Grill place! We see you shivering with antici... pation!"

Crew is located at 4804 North Broadway.

Halloween Festivities At The Uptown Lounge

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The Uptown Lounge is located at 1136 West Lawrence.

Early Voting Is Available In The Neighborhoods Today Through November 7th

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Early voting for the November 8th election is now available at sites throughout the city.
  • There are a lot of offices on the ballot -- including, of course, the POTUS. There are also a lot of state and county officers, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioners, one Illinois Constitutional amendment, and a whole lot of judges. If you'd like to see who the various bar associations are recommending, and not, for the judgeships, check out
  • You can check to make sure you're registered to vote, get a sample ballot, and find your November 8th polling place here.
There will be continued voting at 15 West Washington, and one early voting polling place per ward. You can vote at any early voting polling place anywhere in the city between October 24 and November 7, no matter your address, as long as you live in the city of Chicago. ID is not required unless it's your first time voting, but it's always a good idea to have several forms of identification with you in case there are questions about your registration.

Through Election Day, on-site voter registration is available at all sites for those who wish to vote then and there. Two forms of ID, including one with your current address, are required. Ditto if you are re-registering with a change of name or address.

The closest neighborhood polling places to Uptown are listed below. Remember that you can vote at any  polling place in the city during early voting:
  • Truman College, 1145 West Wilson
  • Merlo Library, 644 West Belmont
  • Welles Park, 2333 West Sunnyside
  • Edgewater Library, 6000 North Broadway
The entire list of early voting polling places is here.

The hours for early voting are:
  • Monday, October 24-Saturday, October 29: 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday, October 30: 10am to 4pm
  • Monday, October 31-Saturday, November 5: 9am to 7pm
  • Sunday, November 6: 10am to 4pm
  • Monday, November 7: 9am to 7pm
On November 8th, Election Day, voters must vote at their assigned precincts.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

They've Got The Power, They've Got The Speed, To Be The Best In The National League

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Mr. Cub is a permanent resident of Uptown now. From Graceland Cemetery, where Ernie Banks lies for eternity, the cheers from Wrigley Field can be heard on summer days.

The Cubs and their fans put on quite the show Saturday night. Here's to more October baseball in the coming days. Congratulations, Cubs, National League Champions!

Thank you to reader A.B. for this photo, which was taken during the Uptown Historical Society's tour of Graceland earlier Saturday.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Gooseberry Playlot Nears Completion On Malden

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New equipment and sidewalks have been installed
Gooseberry Playlot at 4648 N. Malden is looking a lot more welcoming.
Brightly colored playground equipment has been installed as well as new drinking fountains. New sidewalks and ADA compliant ramps have also been installed. The park is still fenced off and an official grand opening should be any day now!

Treasure Island Foods Slated As Anchor Retail Tenant of Maryville Development

A flyer from Harlem-Irving Companies showing the upcoming Maryville Development 
An eagle eyed reader of the "Uptown Uplifted" Facebook page spotted a real estate flyer showing the upcoming Maryville development with "Treasure Island Foods" as the anchor tenant. We were expecting to see a medium sized grocer in the space and we can now attach a name to it. If you are unfamiliar with Treasure Island Foods, there is a location in Lakeview at 3460 N. Broadway to check out.
The sale of the Maryville site is set to close any day now. As with most things city related, it seems to take an eternity. As soon as the demolition crew is scheduled, we will let you know.

Westboro Outnumbered, Outclassed, Outloved By Counter-Protesters

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The hate group known as Westboro Baptist Church has the transgender community on its radar these days (spoiler alert: they don't approve). Ten members of the Phelps family (i.e., WBC) decided to come to Uptown Friday morning for a half hour demonstration at Weiss Memorial Hospital, which performs gender reassignment surgery at its facility. Ald. Cappleman's office quickly arranged a peaceful counter-protest. This is how it went:

There were 60-70 protesters waiting, and WBC left after about 20 minutes. Well done, Uptown! (Photos courtesy of Caitlin McElroy.)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Cubs Post-Season At Wrigley This Weekend, Usual Parking Restrictions Apply

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It's time to go big or go home! The Cubs will play at Wrigley Field on Saturday, and possibly on Sunday, in the final games of the National League Division Championship. We should be good at this by now since the same parking restrictions are in effect. If they win one game, expect some noise!

Games 6 (and if necessary, Game 7) will begin at 7:08pm.
(We are only listing the restrictions about the areas near Uptown. For a full list of Wrigleyville neighborhood restrictions and closures, see Ald. Tom Tunney's email.)

Parking Restrictions -- Beginning at Noon on Saturday, through Monday at 4am, there will be no parking on:
  • Clark – School/Aldine to Irving (Both Sides)
  • Irving Park – Clark to Seminary (Both Sides)
Possible Street Closures:
  • "Expect street closures between Belmont and Irving Park / Halsted to Southport. At the discretion of the Chicago Police and OEMC, arterial streets MAY be closed to ALL vehicular traffic. Please have Photo ID and Proof of Residence available for presentation to either CPD or Traffic Management Personnel.  While this may be inconvenient, public safety is of the utmost importance."
Taxi, Rideshare, and Limo Staging Areas:
  • Irving Park between the cemeteries (Seminary to Clark) will be the staging area for Lyft, Uber and limos. Other passenger vehicles will be towed.
  • Taxi Loading and Staging will be southbound on the 3300 block of Clark.
"Clinch Game" restrictions (and both these games are possible "clinch games"): There will be additional parking restrictions and closed streets in the areas around the ballpark. While none of those areas are in Uptown, it may affect us as an overflow area, particularly for parking.

For all restrictions, including those for Lakeview/Wrigleyville, see Ald. Tunney's email.

Kal'ish Vegan Is Hiring

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A sure sign that Kal'ish Short Order Vegan at 1313 West Wilson will be opening before too long: they're hiring. If you are interested, submit a letter and/or resume to Good luck!

You're Invited To The Grand Re-Opening Party For Buena Park Circle This Sunday

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Sunday is supposed to be sunny with temps in the 60s, so come out to Buena Park Circle and celebrate! They're hosting a party to celebrate all the renovations, with Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute band The Wall of Denial, food trucks, new playground equipment, and lots of neighbors! It happens between 2pm and 6pm.

This hasn't been the best year for Buena Park Circle, the much-loved and much-used park located at Buena and Kenmore. In February, most of its canopy trees had to be removed due to infestation by the emerald ash borer. Later in the summer, the playlot was closed so that the city could begin the process of updating the equipment. Unfortunately, the closure forced the cancellation of the autumn concert in the park.

The reforestation began last Wednesday
But things are looking up!
  • Last Wednesday, volunteers planted new trees in the Circle to start the process of replacing those that were removed due to disease.
  • The playground equipment has been modernized and completely replaced.
  • Buena Park Circle won the 46th Ward Award for "Best Garden or Greenspace."
  • And Sunday they will party! Drop by and enjoy the fun.
Note: There will be the traditional safe Trick-or-Treating along Kenmore at Buena on Halloween night, 6pm-8pm.

Bucktown Felon Arrested After Mugging Woman At Knifepoint, Resisting Arrest (Updated)

Wednesday night on the 1000 block of Wilson, a man allegedly was seen by 19th District tactical officers committing a strong-arm robbery against a 22-year-old female. He was observed, police say, holding the woman at knifepoint gunpoint and demanding she turn over her valuables to him.

The officers approached, and the man -- Darnell Lamont Murphy, age 52, of Bucktown -- resisted arrest, and tried to disarm one of the officers, according to the news release put out by CPD.

A foot chase ensued, and Mr. Murphy was arrested and taken into custody on the 4700 block of Winthrop at 12:05am Thursday.

He will appear in bond court at 26th & Cal Friday morning. He is charged with:
  • One Felony Count of Robbery Armed with Dangerous Weapon
  • One Felony Count of Disarming a Police Officer
  • One Felony Counts of Unlawful Restraint
  • Two Felony Counts of Resisting or Obstructing Peace Officer
Seriously, people from Bucktown are coming to Uptown to commit crimes? Is it Backward Day?

Update: From Tom Tunney's newsletter:  "... occurred at 1040 W. Wilson in the early morning hours of October 20th, 2016.  It is important to know that the offender is a convicted felon on parole with an extensive violent history.  He was convicted of murder, robbery and burglary in a case in 1992 and was sentenced to 33 years.  He was released on parole and was arrested again in 2012, convicted of that burglary in 2014, and sentenced to 8 years.

He was on parole when he committed the robbery.   In the robbery, tactical officers observed the struggle between the young female victim and the offender and chased the offender on foot.   The offender resisted arrest and the offender attempted to disarm one of the officers.  The incident could have taken a deadly turn for the victim if the officers had not been there to observe the robbery and if they were not able to keep control of the officer's duty weapon during the struggle."

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Jerk Stop Celebrates Its Grand Opening With 20% Off Your First Order

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Uptown's going to be getting a little jerkier, beginning tomorrow. And we can't wait.

Friday is the Grand Opening of The Jerk Stop, featuring Jamaican jerk chicken and Caribbean food. It's located at 1132 West Wilson, at the corner of Clifton, in the former Harold's Chicken storefront. The phone number is 312-600-JERK (5375).

For the Grand Opening, save 20% on your first order. (If you're ordering online, use the coupon code Jerk20 at checkout.) The Jerk Stop's hours are 11am-9pm Monday through Thursday, 11am-1am Friday and Saturday, and closed Sundays. They will feature eat-in, take-out, catering, and delivery.

The website is here with the menu included. There's quite a selection of jerk-style entrees, appetizers, "build your own plate," and side dishes. (Plantains! Jerk Burrito! Candied Yams! Yummy in the tummy!) The Facebook page is here.

It was just last winter that naysayers declared that Wilson Avenue was on a downhill spiral. We are happy that the owners of Emerald City Coffee, kāl'ish Short Order Vegan, Pokiology, and The Jerk Stop -- all of which have opened or will be opening this year -- had different visions. We warmly welcome them all to Wilson Avenue and Uptown!

Thank you to reader S.O. for the photo and the news tip.

A Whiter Shade of Pale

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In preparation for Baker & Nosh's move from Malden and Wilson to Magnolia and Wilson, the former Starbucks location is now wearing winter white. Can't wait for next spring and having coffee and croissants in the side garden.

CPD Announces DUI Strike Force Will Be Out Saturday Night

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We're sure it has NOTHING to do with the Cubs playoff game scheduled for Saturday evening and the proliferation of bars in Wrigleyville, but the CPD has announced that its DUI Strike Force Patrol will be out in the 19th District between 6pm Saturday and 2am on Sunday.

The 19th District's boundaries are Lawrence to Fullerton between the river and the lake.

The press release mentions that "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."

Last weekend, the DUI Strike Force was in the 8th District and issued 78 citations in nine hours, for violations ranging from DUIs to unsafe vehicle violations to insurance violations.

Pro tip: Lyft, Uber, the CTA, and taxis are a lot cheaper than fighting a DUI charge.

Big Chicks Holding Clothing Drive Tonight

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Tonight there will be a clothing drive at Big Chicks for Re-Do, a boutique resale shop in Lakeview that provides work opportunities for individuals experiencing homelessness.

If you have clothing that's appropriate for resale, drop it off between 4pm and 9pm at Big Chicks, 5024 North Sheridan.

Big Chicks will have its usual Thursday specials (check them out here) and $2 off pitchers because the Cubs are playing.

Reminder that Big Chicks will be inducted into the Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame on November 9th, in a ceremony that is open to the public.

You're Invited to a Peaceful Counter-Protest Against Westboro's Visit To Uptown on Friday

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On Friday, members of the family described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as "arguably the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America" are scheduled to protest for a half hour in Uptown as part of their one-day swing through Chicago. Yes, the cult of personality known as the Westboro Baptist Church will be here with their obnoxious slogans and signs.

Their tangent this time is against Weiss Hospital, which is hosting a Transmale Genital Surgery Global Education Initiative at its Center for Gender Confirmation Surgery. The WBC folks plan to be at Weiss (4646 North Marine Drive) from 10:30am until 11am.  On its website, where it lists its picketing schedule, it says, "This is WBC's way to show love to our neighbors."

Outraged? Disgusted? Not willing to accept the WBC's poisonous version of "love"? There is something you can do! 

There will be a peaceful counter-protest between 10am and 11am at Weiss on Friday. According to the Facebook page, "Tell the Westboro Baptist protesters that their hate is not welcome in Chicago. Join Alderman Cappleman to support Weiss Hospital's Center for Gender Confirmation Surgery by creating a human wall of love that supports the trangender community."

We are a community of acceptance and diversity. WBC is everything that Uptown is not and will never be. Please join your neighbors in peacefully protesting their intrusion into our community.

UU Note: If you're interested in WBC's other Chicago picketing, they plan on being at University of Chicago (objecting to its transgender-friendly policies and housing) and the U of C Law School (objecting to ... lawyers in general). They plan to get between Uptown and Hyde Park in a half-hour. Good luck with that!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Inspiring Holiday Cards Support Inspiration Corporation

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For those of our readers who are already thinking about the holiday season, here's a chance to support one of Uptown's best non-profits and get a jump on December preparations. Inspiration Corporation is again offering custom holiday cards for order:

"Purchase a pack of custom designed cards and share an inspirational story with your friends and family for the holidays!

A pack of 10 cards is only $15!

These cards are a new design for 2016 by local artist Amber Favorite of a.favorite design, and all proceeds support Inspiration Corporation.

To purchase online, please click here, or email us at to arrange an in-person pick up."

Monday, October 17, 2016

Jason Gurneau Sentenced To 24 Years for 2012 Violent Sexual Assault

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The perpetrator of a violent sexual attack committed nearly four years ago will remain behind bars for a long time, according to a plea deal announced today by the Cook County State's Attorney's office.

Many readers may remember the events that occurred on a chilly Saturday night in December 2012. A woman was entering her home on the 4400 block of Sheridan when she attracted the notice of Jason Gurneau, a recent parolee who was riding past on his bike.

Although the woman and Gurneau had never met, he became enraged at the sight of her opening the gate to her home, and attacked her. It was a vicious and brutal assault. According to a press release from the State's Attorney's office,
"Gurneau pushed her from behind and she fell to the ground.  He then got on top of the victim and slammed her head against the pavement.  As the woman struggled and screamed for help, Gurneau repeatedly punched and hit her in the face and body.  During the attack, he choked the woman and slammed her body into the brick building until she lost consciousness.  Gurneau then ripped off the victim’s dress and undergarments and sexually assaulted her."
If it hadn't been for the intervention of a passing neighbor who heard her screams, he may well have killed her. In fact, he admitted as much. He told authorities, "I should have finished the [expletive] off."

The neighbor who heard the woman's screams and disrupted the assault was Tom Schabow, who was returning home from his job. He called 911, pulled Gurneau off of the woman, and prevented him from leaving when he attempted to bike away from the scene. The police arrived quickly and took custody of Gurneau, who injured an officer during the arrest.

Good Samaritan Tom Schabow visited the woman in the hospital after Gurneau's attack on her

The woman suffered extensive injuries and was hospitalized for more than a week. A rape kit was administered and the DNA definitively linked the attack to Gurneau.

Since that night, Jason Gurneau has been behind bars while going through the criminal justice process. He was being held without bond after the judge declared him "a danger to the community." During his time awaiting trial in the Cook County Jail, he committed an additional felony when he attacked a jail guard.

He had requested a jury trial, and preparations were being made for that to happen next month. It would have meant that the woman he attacked and Tom Schabow would have had to testify against him in open court. But last week, he had a change of heart and pleaded guilty to all charges.

Gurneau, now age 36, received a sentence of 21 years for Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault with Great Bodily Harm and three years for Aggravated Battery to a Correctional Officer. These sentences will run consecutively, not concurrently.

Due to his extensive rap sheet, which included another violent crime, this is considered a Class X felony, and he will not be eligible for "one day credit for each day served," which most prisoners receive. He will receive credit for the 1403 days he has been incarcerated, and will be required to register as a sex offender when he is eventually released. A parole date (well into the future) has not yet been determined.

We are reminded that there are heroes among us. Many neighbors responded to the woman's screams by dialing 911. The police, EMTs, and hospital personnel went out of their way to be kind to the injured woman, according to her father. Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Innes prosecuted a very demanding case for nearly four years.

Tom Schabow, in particular, should wear a red cape with an "S" on it. He was simply coming home from work and found himself in the middle of a horrible situation. With no time to think, he saved the woman (who was by then unconscious) from further harm, and prevented the perpetrator from leaving the scene.

In a recent conversation, he told us, "Such a huge relief that neither [the woman] nor I will have to look that horrible person in the eyes again. I have not stopped thinking about that night. But now I can finally put this behind me for good. ... I would do it again without hesitation."

Tom still lives in Uptown. If you happen to know him or run into him, buy him a drink or pat him on the back or just simply say thanks. A woman is alive today because he jumped in. Uptown is safer for him being our neighbor.

Our previous coverage:

Man Killed In Clarendon Park Area Sunday Night (Updated)

Photo courtesy of Sun-Times/NVP News
Almost exactly 24 hours after a shooting Saturday evening that was undoubtedly gang-related, another shooting took place Sunday. This time the motive is more puzzling, since the victim is non-gang-affiliated, or a "civilian," as many readers have told us. Shortly before 9pm, Gregory Dion Tuck Jr., the driver of a black sedan, was shot in the head as he drove southbound on Hazel. The shooting took place at the intersection of Windsor. He was 25 years old and lived on the 4800 block of Winthrop.

Witnesses tell us a silver car pulled up next to the black sedan and 5-6 shots were fired. Neighbors report hearing screaming, followed by the arrival of police squads and EMTs. Mr. Tuck was taken to Illinois Masonic by ambulance, which left the crime scene at breakneck speed.

As of midnight, the intersection was still blocked off with crime scene tape, and police officers were still investigating. The Tribune reports that Mr. Tuck arrived at Masonic in critical condition.

We will provide updates as we become aware of them.

Update: Shortly before 3pm on Monday, there was official confirmation of his identity and his death. We had seen unofficial mentions beginning an hour after the shooting, but we didn't want to post until we knew for a fact that his family had been notified.

Overnight and this morning we heard from many people who knew Mr. Tuck. We have rarely gotten so many unsolicited positive comments about someone featured in one of our posts. We want to share a few so that the community knows what a loss it has suffered. It is a tragedy when anyone is murdered, but particularly so when that person is a genuinely good person:
Our deepest condolences to those who lost a friend, relative and role model. We hope his murderer(s) are found. May his memory be a blessing that lives on.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Season's Final Full Moon Fire Jam Takes Place Tonight

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Tonight is the last Full Moon Fire Jam of 2016. If you haven't been to one of these before, we highly recommend it!

It takes place about a quarter-mile south of Foster Avenue along the Lakefront Trail. The Facebook page says, "It is in a grassy field area EAST of Lake Shore Drive and WEST of North Simonds Drive. And it is SOUTH of a big SOCCER Field with artificial turf and lights for night games."

It goes between 6pm and 9:45pm, and remember it gets dark early these days. The earlier you get there, the easier it will be to find.

It is highly, highly encouraged to read the Facebook page and the official Jam page before you get there, particularly if you want to learn to spin fire. Timing and FAQs are important.

Enjoy, howl at the moon, and enjoy one of Uptown's newest and coolest traditions.

Thank you to the amazing and talented Rick Baer for providing these photos to us. They were taken during the Fire Dragon portion of the July Fire Jam. We appreciate his talent and generosity. Better views can by seen by clicking and enlarging each photo.

Concert, Night Market, & Get Out The Vote Tonight In Buttercup Park

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Tonight at Buttercup Park, 4901 North Sheridan, there will be a "Get Out The Vote" concert and Night Market. It will run between 5pm and 10pm.

Sponsored by #IAmAsianAmericanMovement, it is free to the public. Of course there will be voter registration available to all.  The organization says, "Asian Americans are the fastest-growing minority group in the U.S. - yet half of all Asian Americans do not vote, including just 37% of Asian Americans aged 18 to 34. It’s one of the lowest voter participation rates of any racial or ethnic community. The #I Am Asian American Movement (#IAAA) is a voter registration campaign. We want to show that our diversity is our strength. Our voices matter, our votes count!"

For more information and to register for free tickets, click here.

24-Year-Old Man Shot Near 7/11 Saturday Night

Shortly before 9pm on Saturday night, shots were fired from a passing car in front of the 7/11 on the 1100 block of Wilson. The victim was struck twice in the leg, and taken to Masonic, where he is in good condition. According to the Tribune, he is "uncooperative with detectives." We're gonna go out on a limb here and guess this situation is gang-related.

A reader who witnessed it says it was a drive-by. "Four gunshots fired. Looked like a gray Honda Civic, older model, going at least 50 MPH west on Wilson."

The victim is a 24-year-old man who lists an address in Austin, but is an Uptown frequent flyer, having been arrested twice here in the past month.

We've heard talk that the businesses on the 1100 block of Wilson may be chipping in together to hire a security guard, just as the businesses at Weiss Plaza (Sheridan and Lawrence) did several years ago, to great success. We'd love to see that happen.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Chicago Campfire Festival Is Going On Right Now

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The Chicago Campfire Festival is taking place today between 2pm and 11pm at Chase Park (Leland and Ashland). Admission gets you a full day of autumnal activities: corn maze, s'mores, pumpkin patch, ghost stories, campfires, tractor rides, and more.

More details are here, and it all goes on until 11pm, so get over to Chase Park and have fun! Kids under 2 get in free.

County Clerk of the Court Amnesty Week

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For more information, visit the Clerk of the Circuit Court's website.

Friday, October 14, 2016

"Second Fridays" Tonight At Immm Rice & Beyond

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Sorry for the late notice on this, but there's still time to get over to Immm Rice & Beyond (4949 North Broadway) for "Second Friday," where neighbors and shop owners in the Argyle area get together to talk about the community and enjoy a great meal at one of the many fine restaurants.  It's tonight between 6pm and 10pm, so drop by!  (Imm is BYOB.)

"Join the 48th Ward and Axis Lab on this month's 2nd Fridays dinner on Argyle at Immm Rice & Beyond for a traditional Lanna (Northern Thai) "Khantoke" style dinner. Come enjoy this tasteful presentation of satisfying Northern Thai style communal eating packed with explosive flavors and complex textures. Delight your palate with a selection of an appetizer, 8 core dishes, 3 sides, and a dessert."

No Positive Loitering Tonight

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From Uptown Chicago Commission:

"Due to previous commitments by a majority of our regulars tonight, we won't be having Positive Loitering. It seems to us with the colder weather coming, it's a good time to wrap it up for the season.

Thank you to everyone who came out for the seventh consecutive year and helped make our community a little safer. We made some great connections with neighbors, business owners, and police officers. And some great dogs, too!

We look forward to resuming Positive Loitering next spring for Year Eight. Enjoy your Friday nights."

Jesus Ortiz Still Missing, One Month Later

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Mr. Ortiz left his home on the 4500 block of Sheridan in the middle of the night one month ago and there has been no word of him since. He is non-communicative, but can hear. His family is understandably worried and concerned for his well-being. They are offering a $1000 reward for information leading to his return. Please be aware of him and call 911 or the Area North Special Victims Unit (312-744-8266) if you have any information about his whereabouts. Our original story is here.

46th Ward Award Winners Recognized

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Ald. Cappleman says: "Thank you to everyone who attended the Fourth Annual 46 Ward Awards! The night was a great success. Congratulations to our winners!"

Post-Season Parking Restrictions In Uptown Area

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As the Cubs begin the second round of post-season playoffs, the same restrictions as there were with Wrigley concerts and the previous playoff games go into play, primarily affecting the area around Clark and Irving.

Games 1 and 2 (and if necessary, Games 6 and 7) of the best-of-seven series will be played at Wrigley Field:
  • Saturday, October 15th – Game begins at 7:08 p.m. – Gates open at 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 16th – Game begins at 7:08 p.m. Gates open at 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 22nd – If necessary; time to be announced
  • Sunday, October 23rd– If necessary; time to be announced
(We are only listing the restrictions about the areas near Uptown. For a full list of Wrigleyville neighborhood restrictions and closures, see Ald. Tom Tunney's email.)

Parking Restrictions -- Beginning at Noon on Saturday, October 15th through Monday, October 17th at 4am (and if necessary, beginning at Noon on Saturday, October 22nd through Monday, October 24th at 4am), there will be no parking on:
  • Clark – School/Aldine to Irving (Both Sides)
  • Irving Park – Clark to Seminary (Both Sides)
Possible Street Closures:
  • "Expect street closures between Belmont and Irving Park / Halsted to Southport. At the discretion of the Chicago Police and OEMC, arterial streets MAY be closed to ALL vehicular traffic. Please have Photo ID and Proof of Residence available for presentation to either CPD or Traffic Management Personnel.  While this may be inconvenient, public safety is of the utmost importance."
Taxi, Rideshare, and Limo Staging Areas:
  • Irving Park between the cemeteries (Seminary to Clark) will be the staging area for Lyft, Uber and limos. Other passenger vehicles will be towed.
  • Taxi Loading and Staging will be southbound on the 3300 block of Clark.
"Clinch Game" restrictions.
  • If the Cubs have the possibility of winning the series, whether it happens at home or in Los Angeles, there will be additional parking restrictions and closed streets in the areas around the ballpark. While none of those areas are in Uptown, it may affect us as an overflow area, particularly for parking.
For all restrictions, including those for Lakeview/Wrigleyville, see Ald. Tunney's email.