Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Insidious At The Haunted Drive-In

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Come see Insidious (PG-13) ... if you dare!  It will be playing at the Haunted Drive-In at Margate Park (4921 N. Marine Dr.) on Thursday, October 23 from 6:30 - 8:30pm.

$5 admission which includes popcorn, hot dog and a drink. Ages 13 and up. This movie is best suited for teens and adults. More info is here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Flats Studio Presents: Poortraits

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The Wilson L Rehab: We've Only Just Begun

We bid two fixtures of Wilson Avenue adieu; soon to come, a modern L station.
If you were hoping to get one last glimpse of two buildings that have stood next to the Wilson L tracks for almost 100 years, you better do it fast. Demolition crews have put up fencing around the building known as the CTA Carpenter Shop (shown above on the right) and the white and green glazed brick building that most recently housed Rokito's Mexican Kitchen. This marks the start of the first phase of the Wilson L rehab. It has been a long time coming and we are excited to see the end result. Too bad we can't fast forward to the fall of 2017 when all of this construction will be behind us!

From Ald. Cappleman:
"The Wilson L rehab started yesterday and the dream of a new L stop will soon become a reality. From now until Oct. 31, the sidewalk on the south side entrance to the Wilson L will be fenced off and closed to pedestrian traffic so that the carpenter shop can be demolished. The sidewalk on the north side of Wilson will remain open during this time."

We also spotted fencing up along Broadway just north of the stationhouse, blocking off the parking lot to the old Wilson-Broadway Mall that will also be demolished.
The view looking south along Broadway from Clifton

Old Meets New With Autumn Tasting Menu At 42 Grams

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Autumn Tasting Menu @ 42 grams from Jack C. Newell on Vimeo.

via 42 Grams:
"Chef/Owner Jake Bickelhaupt of 42 grams (4662 Broadway St) unveils his much-anticipated third menu this fall.
“For this menu, I was inspired by simplicity; I wanted to perfect the art of simple cooking and honor culinary traditions and techniques from hundreds of years ago, while still making dishes that taste original and offer an element of surprise,” says Bickelhaupt. “I’m bridging the gap between ancient craftsmanship and contemporary, edible art, drawing from various cultures and customs that surround me in Chicago—the melting pot I call home.”
Dishes on the multi-course chef’s tasting menu will be raw, pure, and genuine with layers of hyper-sensitive flavors meant to awaken and excite the palate. Guests will be taken on an exhilarating journey from the edge of the Indian Ocean, through the diverse streets of Thailand, to the exotic highlands of Vietnam. Though the physical and chemical transformation of ingredients featured on previous menus will be subtly integrated on the latest installment, Chef Bickelhaupt’s ability to showcase the authenticity of food in a meaningful and compelling way remains the common thread throughout the dining experience. Standouts from the new menu include:

Cultured Barley Porridge
Crispy pork jowl, pig heart, housemade barley koji, grapefruit
Skuna Bay Salmon
Brined in a barrel-aged forbidden forest lapsang souchong tea, spent malted barley and hops sourdough, housemade miso, chanterelle mushroom dashi
A5 Miyazaki Wagyu
Marinated with housemade barrel-aged fermented soy sauce and grilled over binchotan coals, beef and bone marrow, umeboshi jus, red shiso

Check out the video above or visit 42 Grams online for more info or reservations

Monday, October 13, 2014

Update On Alleged Arsonist, Other Crimes

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An update on Uptown crime from Ald. Osterman in his latest email newsletter:

  • "My office is currently following a case in Uptown's Margate Park neighborhood regarding a suspected arsonist in the area. He is currently being held on $100,000 bond for attempted arson and burglary charges. He is suspect in several area fires including one on the 900 block of Margate Terrace and one at the Somerset this summer. Community participation and information helped piece together a case and over 20 court advocates have attended court to help emphasize the importance of this case in our community.
  • On September 25 at 10:25 pm, a 16-year old gang member was walking at 1006 W. Ainslie when rival gang members fired a handgun at him from a passing vehicle. He was not struck but the errant rounds struck and broke a window in a nearby building. 20th District officers broadcast a description of the offender’s vehicle and shortly thereafter, officers in the 24th District spotted the vehicle near Jonquil and Ashland. Several of the occupants fled the scene but the officers were able to apprehend a 24-year old male, who is a self-admitted gang member. The handgun was not recovered but he was charged with reckless conduct and resisting arrest.
  • Due to the recent increase in gang related violence in the Uptown area, 20th District tactical officers were performing a gang suppression mission near Sheridan and Ainslie on October 2. The officers observed a known gang member, a 20-year old male, driving a Toyota Camry and effected a traffic stop. The suspect abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot with the officers in pursuit. Upon being captured, the suspect was returned to the vehicle and the officers learned that it had been stolen from Evanston. A search incident to the arrest recovered 9mm ammunition. This individual was on parole and in addition to being charged with the stolen car and ammunition, his parole was revoked.
  • Earlier this summer, a parole compliance check conducted by the Illinois Department of Corrections resulted in an arrest of an area gang member for possession of a firearm. I would like to thank the officers and leadership of the 20th and 24th police districts, Cook County State's Attorney office, Illinois Department of Corrections and court advocates who attended hearings for this case as it resulted in a sentence of 7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. This individual is linked to many criminal incidents in our neighborhood and having him off our streets for several years is a big step in the right direction for our community's safety.
  • We are always looking for court advocates to represent the community during these trials. If you would like more information on what court advocacy is or would like to join us, please notify Marko Zaric from my office with your information. He can be reached at Marko@48thward.org or 773-784-5277."

Bum Steer


Well, this is a depressing sight:  The Cow On Parade that was donated by a Lurie Hospital supporter to stand in front of the Uptown Broadway Building has been damaged.  Nice going, idiot vandal.

However, help is the way.  The reader who took this photo says, "Received confirmation from Cappleman that they will work to have it repaired. There are a number of hairline fractures around the horns and ears."

Seems like it was a bad week for animal art installations in Chicago.

Update:  A woman from Lurie Children's Hospital posted on UU's Facebook page:  "Looking for a fabricator to fix it. Some lovely citizen dropped off the horn so we have it."

Vintage Garage Season Finale Set For Sunday, October 19

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Indiana's Hunt and Gather Pop-Up Market Comes to Vintage Garage Chicago October 19

UPTOWN--dealer's from Indiana's Hunt & Gather Pop-Up Markets will be setting up at Vintage Garage Chicago this Sunday. Hunt and Gather is held several times a year at various locations in that state.

"The partnership with Vintage Garage Chicago seemed to be a natural extension of the growing interest by the next generation of antiques vendors," says Hunt and Gather owner Carey Keenan-Rowell. "Everyone is excited to bring their wares this weekend. We'll show Chicago what we've got."

The last event of the season, the October installation of Vintage Garage Chicago will also include the popular Record Ramp attraction, as well as Audio Archeology spinning vinyl records.

"For the Vintage Garage customer the partnership will mean a new crop of dealers and merchandise," says Melissa Sands of Vintage Promotions, LLC. "Some fresh faces and a new set of eyes curating vintage merchandise."

The market will feature furniture, records, housewares, clothing and jewelry, decor, architectural items and more.

The Season Finale of Vintage Garage Chicago and Record Ramp will be held October 19 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The address is 5051 N Broadway, at the Argyle stop on the Red Line. For More information, visit http://www.vintagegaragechicago.com

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Electrical Fire At 4639 Broadway Friday Afternoon

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Late yesterday afternoon, there was a small electrical fire in the building at 4639 N Broadway.  As you can see, the Fire Department responded in force and the fire was put out quickly.  Broadway was shut down for less than an hour.  Several readers reported a helicopter hovering in the area, and apparently it was ABC News, judging by the photo they posted.

Thank you to reader JM for supplying the photos.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Three-Week CTA Bus Reroute On Marine Drive Starts Monday

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There will be sewer replacement construction happening on Marine Drive between Margate and Ainslie, which will mean that the Route 136, 146 and 148 buses will be affected between Monday, October 13 and Saturday, November 1st.

If you pick up any of those routes between Lawrence and Foster, you'll want to read about the reroute here.

"Rock Docs" Returns To Bezazian

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On the heels of Bezazian Library's showing of Patti Smith: Dream of Life last month comes an Oscar and BAFTA winning documentary about another rock legend.

"October’s rock documentary received an Academy Award in 2013 for Best Documentary Feature as well as a BAFTA for Best Documentary.

Licensing restrictions prohibit publishing the title. What we can tell you: it’s an emotionally charged, deeply satisfying movie filled with jaw-dropping twists and haunting, beautiful music by an artist deserving wider attention  (87 minutes). For additional information, including the title, call the Bezazian Branch at (312) 744-0019."
  • When: Wednesday, October 15th 6pm-7:30
  • Where: Bezazian Branch, Chicago Public Library, 1226 W. Ainslie St.
Why pay for Netflix? It's free right here.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Former Nick's Uptown Building Designated As Chicago Landmark

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Some very good news about the building at 4015-4017 North Sheridan! Just 13 months after a tipster told Uptown Update that Nick's Uptown would be closing its doors and that Thorek Hospital had bought the much-loved building, the City Council voted yesterday to help preserve it.  Thank you to Ald. Cappleman for his support of designating the building as a Chicago Landmark.

Here's the press release from the City:

"A uniquely designed Uptown commercial building and a surviving example of the Near South Side’s “Furniture Row” were approved today as official Chicago Landmarks by City Council.

  • Cairo Supper Club Building, 4015-17 N. Sheridan Road.  The Cairo Supper Club Building was designed by noted Chicago architect Paul Gerhardt Sr. in the rare Egyptian Revival architectural style. Completed in 1920, the one-story commercial structure is clad with multi-colored terra cotta ornamented with a variety of ancient Egyptian motifs, including lotus-decorated columns and a concave “cavetto” cornice.

    The building’s first use was as an automobile showroom in the 1920s before becoming the popular Cairo Supper Club and hosting a variety of entertainment acts. The designation applies to all building elevations, including rooflines, with provisions to accommodate a potential redevelopment project that will preserve the front 20 feet of the structure.

    Both properties were recommended for Landmark designation by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks this summer."
1929 Hupmobile sedan
photo used courtesy of Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden
Photo by Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden
Here's an article from Architecture Chicago Plus that has a good history of the building, back to the days when Hupmobiles were sold out of its showroom.

Ten Million Visitors


Sometime this morning, Uptown Update had its ten millionth visitor.

Quite a change from September 2007 when we were thrilled to have our 50,000th visitor. (We're still thrilled, just on a larger scale.)

Since May 15, 2007, there have been 8,728 posts and 65,264 reader comments. The all-time most-read post was from this past July, about the Montrose Beach music party that got out of hand.  Nearly 39,000 of you read that one.

Most of our visitors are from the U.S., unsurprisingly, but China, Germany, the U.K., and Ukraine round out the top five reader locations.  (Fun fact:  When Johnny Depp was filming Dillinger here, one-third of our readership originated in Japan.)  47% of you use Windows to read us, but Safari (25%) is the most common browser.  14% of you read us on iPhone; 9% use Android devices.

Behind the scenes, we've been through various scenarios, with as few as two Updaters on the team to as many as seven at a time.  Uptown Update has created caselaw (owe ya a solid, Electronic Frontier Foundation and First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution), and it was voted the Number 1 Online Neighborhood News Site in Chicago in 2012 by the Community Media Workshop.

The only constant is change, and we are blessed to live in a community that exemplifies that.  During the seven and a half years this blog has been in existence, there have been incredible evolutions in Uptown, as well as a staunch determination to preserve and remember its history.

We look forward to continuing to document what happens in our diverse, sometimes maddening, always dynamic, ever-changing corner of the city.  Thank you for the comments, the tips, the photos, and for being our eyes and ears.  Without you, we wouldn't be doing this.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Car Chase Ends Smashingly At Beacon & Wilson

Taken at Wilson and Beacon Wednesday morning by a UU Facebook reader
The wreckage is taken away this morning (photo credit: Bill Biederman)
It's going to be one of those nights....

An apparent car chase southbound on Beacon has come to a crashing halt at Beacon and Wilson, as one of the vehicles involved ran the stop sign and hit another car traveling on Wilson.  Lots of cops on the scene, the alleged driver in handcuffs, and the predictable traffic tie-up.  Avoid the area if you can while first responders get it under control.

Update:  This was the end of an alleged carjacking that started on the Northwest side.  According to the Sun-Times:

"Two people were arrested for hijacking an elderly man’s car and leading police on a North Side chase that ended in Uptown Wednesday night.

The 76-year-old man was parking his 1998 Mercedes about 9:30 p.m. in a garage in the 3600 block of West Peterson when a 17-year-old boy and 21-year-old man walked up, hit him over the head and took off in the car, police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said.

Officers on patrol in a squad car spotted the stolen car, which led them on a car chase that ended when the Mercedes crashed into another vehicle in the 4600 block of North Beacon, Greer said. The alleged carjackers tried to run away but were arrested nearby.

The elderly man was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital and an officer hurt during the foot chase was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, police said. Both were treated and released Wednesday night."  Read more here.

Update:  A 21-year-old from the West Side and a 17-year-old have been charged with the carjacking and other charges, including aggravated vehicular hijacking of a handicapped person, a felony; one felony count of aggravated fleeing of police; three counts of misdemeanor assault; one misdemeanor count of leaving the scene; and one misdemeanor count of resisting or obstructing an officer. Read more about CBS Chicago here.

Shots Fired On Sheridan

A photo of the bus windshield, originally posted to UU's Facebook page.

Around 9:15 tonight, six to eight shots were fired in the approximate location of the former Fresh Harvest Market on the 4600 block of Sheridan.  No apparent injuries, but a southbound Sheridan bus took a bullet to the windshield.  Cops were quickly on the scene and involved in a foot chase east on Eastwood. According to readers who listen to the police scanner, the person they are seeking is well known to them.  We'll update with any new developments as we hear them.

Update:  There are unconfirmed reports that a young male was hit in the shoulder.

Update:  Confirmed that a 17-year-old male was hit in the shoulder.  He is in good condition after taking himself to Thorek Hospital.

Meet Your Police Commanders

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Business Partners - The Chamber for Uptown is sponsoring its monthly mixer on Tuesday, October 14th at the Uptown Lounge, 1136 W Lawrence.

Chamber members and non-members are invited to meet and hear presentations from Eli Voulgaris, Police Commander of the 19th District (everything south of Lawrence in Uptown) and Kevin Duffin, Commander of the 20th District (everything north of Lawrence in Uptown).

There will be hors d'oeuvres and a drink as part of the admission price, which is $15 for non-members, $10 for basic Chamber members, and free for premium Chamber members.  You can sign up at this link.

Local Business Hiring Fair On October 16th

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From Ald. Cappleman's latest newsletter:

"As part of my commitment to increasing economic development and job growth in the 46th Ward, I will be sponsoring a Hiring Fair in collaboration with the Illinois Dept. of Employment Security (IDES) and Harry S. Truman College for anyone looking for employment opportunities. This event will create a space for qualified individuals to connect with area businesses seeking employees. We already have a long list of local businesses that are interested in hiring from our community.
  • When: Thursday, Oct. 16 from 9am - 1pm
  • Where: Truman College; 1145 W. Wilson Avenue
To register for this event as a job seeker, please click here.

To register as an employer, please click here.

For additional questions about this event or registration, please contact Caitlin McElroy by calling 773-878-4646 or email her at caitlin@james46.org."

UPS Holding Hiring Fair At Truman College On October 18th

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Looking for work for the holidays?  Part- and full-time positions are available with Big Brown.

"Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that UPS will create more than 4,000 full-time and part-time seasonal jobs in the Chicagoland area as part of a Fall Hiring Initiative.

The openings are for a combination of positions, including package handlers, delivery drivers, tractor-trailer drivers and driver helpers. Many seasonal employees will have the opportunity for advancements into permanent positions following the 2014 holiday season.

The City of Chicago and City Colleges of Chicago will conduct a series of hiring events to fill the more than 300 delivery drivers and tractor-trailer driver positions. The first of two pre-scheduled interview days will be held on Saturday, October 18 at Truman College at 1145 W. Wilson Ave. from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The second event will be held on Saturday, October 25 from 9:00AM to 2:00 PM at Olive-Harvey College at 10001 S. Woodlawn Ave.

These events will focus on filling positions for delivery drivers and tractor-trailer drivers. Additional hiring events may be added based on need and interested candidates should check the UPS jobs website for updates.
  • All qualified candidates interested in applying for full-time delivery driver and tractor-trailer driver positions must pre-register by calling 708-387-4683, Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Applicants for these positions must be at a minimum 21 years old with two years of all-weather driving experience. Up to 140 interviews for delivery drivers and tractor-trailer drivers will be conducted on-site. Only pre-registered candidates will be interviewed.
  • Candidates who are interested in package handler or driver helper positions should apply online at www.upsjobs.com/chicago for an opportunity to interview onsite at UPS locations."

Support Chase Park Thursday Evening

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The Chase Park Advisory Council is excited to share the news that on Sunday, October 5th, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Park District General Superintendent Michael Kelly and Alderman Ameya Pawar announced plans for a $2 million improvement project to replace the current field at Chase with a new artificial turf field that will include a soccer field and two baseball fields.

In light of this funding, we invite you to come celebrate the upcoming improvements to the fields at Chase Park at a Party for Our Park this Thursday, October 9th. Online ticket sales have been closed, but we ask that you consider making a donation at the door to support ongoing improvements at the park. This event will take place at Artango Bistro, and will feature great food, drinks, and music - and we'd love to see you there! Thank you for your continued support as we Chase the Dream!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BPN Fall Clean & Green, October 11

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Buena Park Neighbors will hold its fall Clean and Green on Saturday, October 11 at 10:00 a.m. at Dollop Coffee and Tea at 4181 N. Clarendon Avenue which is on the northeast corner of Clarendon Avenue and Gordon Terrace.

At this annual event Buena Park residents clean up their neighborhood.  The group will meet at Dollop at 10:00 a.m. and spread out from there. The Buena Park Neighbors Association supplies the trash bags and tools. Residents should bring a pair of gloves.  At noon everyone will meet at Michael’s Pizzeria for a community lunch.

This is a great way to meet neighbors and work together to make Buena Park shine.

Buena Park Neighbors is a 46th Ward neighborhood association of more than 200 residents, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations in the nationally registered Buena Park Historic District. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for everyone in Buena Park.

UU Note: Don't live in Buena Park? You'll have your chance to clean up your own section of Uptown on Saturday, November 8 when the rest of the 46th Ward will do a fall Clean & Green. Contact the 46th Ward office at 773-878-4646 for more info on how you can get involved!

Circus In The Park Comes To Margate This Weekend

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Help support Berger, Margate and Buttercup Park this weekend.

Circus in the Park comes to the south lawn of Margate Park, 4921 N Marine Drive

  • Saturday, October 11th -- Shows at 2pm and 5pm
  • Sunday, October 12th -- Shows at 2pm and 5pm
  • Tickets for Adults: $20
  • Tickets for Children 2-17 years: $15
  • Children under 2 years: free
  • Purchase tickets here or at the door.

CAPS Beat 1914 Meets Wednesday

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A message from Amy Levin, co-facilitator of CAPS Beat 1914 (encompassing the area surrounded by the lake, Montrose, Broadway, and Lawrence):
Hi Neighbors:

Please join us tomorrow, Wednesday 10/8 at 7pm for our October CAPS meeting for Beat 1914. We'll meet at Clarendon Park Fieldhouse (Clarendon and Sunnyside).

These monthly CAPS meeting are one of the best ways to talk with the police officers that work in our neighborhood, representatives from community businesses and organizations, and your neighbors about issues related to community and public safety. A representative from the Alderman's office typically attends these meetings as well. If you have concerns about chronic public safety issues in your building, street, or block, this is a great place to work towards some constructive solutions.

Last Day To Register To Vote In November

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If you're interested in casting a vote on November 4th, today's the deadline to register to vote (if you aren't already registered).  You can do it by going downtown to the Board of Elections at 69 West Washington, or you can register online before midnight here.

The November 4th election will decide an Illinois U.S. Senator, U.S. Representatives, state offices (governor, secretary of state, attorney general, etc.) and county offices (president of the Cook County Board, Sheriff, Controller, etc.)  There are also some judges up for election, as well as Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioners and several proposed Illinois Constitutional amendments and referendum questions.

City of Chicago elections (Mayor, aldermen, City Clerk, etc.) will take place in February.

Visit the Board of Elections FAQ for more information.

Drink & Ink Presents Its Soft Opening October 24th

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Come to the soft opening of the bar
that was three and a half years
in the making!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Another Candidate Joins the 46th Ward Aldermanic Race


A third declared candidate has entered the 46th Ward aldermanic race.  An Uptown resident, Amy Crawford is a partner with the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis and on the board of North Side Community Federal Credit Union.  You can read more about her at her campaign website, AmyFor46.wordpress.com.

To recap the process:
  • City elections are in February 2015.
  • Candidates are now gathering voters' signatures to get their names on the ballot.
  • Nominating petitions of signatures are filed with the Chicago Board of Elections in November.
  • Candidates can be knocked off the ballot for not having enough valid signatures, or be challenged on other grounds.
  • Campaigning begins in earnest begins after the ballot is set. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Shooting Near Montrose & Clifton

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A reader writes in:
"Tonight (now last night) around 11:27pm, there was a shooting on Clifton just north of Montrose near the entrance to the high rise condo building.  There was a victim who was being taken to the hospital for treatment. A single shot was heard and 911 was called, police on site with the alley taped off."

Friday, October 3, 2014

Still Time To Save The Uptown SSA #34

via Uptown United:
This is the 4700 block of Broadway before Uptown Special Service Area #34 was around to hire Cleanslate Chicago to provide consistent litter removal.

If you own property on Uptown's busiest streets, please visit http://www.uptownunited.org/ssa/reconstitution and sign the petition to renew our SSA.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Bake Sale Benefiting Childhood Seizures, October 11 On Sunnyside Mall

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Looking to support a great cause, visit with neighbors and snack on homemade baked goods?

Stop by the Bake For Danny Did bake sale Saturday, Oct. 11th, 10:30-1:30 at the Sunnyside Mall on Magnolia. All proceeds will be donated to the Danny Did Foundation and their mission to prevent deaths caused by seizures. (www.dannydid.org) The Danny Did Foundation’s name derives from the last sentence of Danny’s obituary: "Please Go And Enjoy Your Life. Danny Did."

Danny died at age 4 from a seizure in his sleep and his parents, Mike and Mariann Stanton, started this foundation to help prevent other families affected by epilepsy from experiencing the same tragic loss. Every dollar raised will make a meaningful difference for the 3 million U.S. families who are impacted by epilepsy. Please stop by if you can! Feel free to contact Carrie McAteer (cmcateer8@gmail.com) or Carolyn Lewis (cstrucklewis@gmail.com) with any questions about the event. We hope to see you Oct. 11th!

Somerset Place Apartments Ready For Their Close-Up

Somerset Hotel in the 1920s
Somerset Place Apartments today
A private preview will be held tonight (for those that RSVP'd) at the newly renovated Somerset Place Apartments at 5009 N. Sheridan. We stopped by today to see the progress thus far, and as you can see,  the street presence has improved dramatically now that the arched windows have been restored. The street level facade had been covered up in brick in previous renovations seen here and here that were not the most aesthetic. Not able to make the private preview tonight? Check out their website for photos of the interior. A tip of the hat to Zidan Management for investing in Uptown and we look forward to the new residents that will shop in Uptown stores and dine at all of our great Uptown restaurants.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Get Ready! Wilson L Renovations Start This Month

photo credit: Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune
By Tracy Swartz, Red Eye

CTA riders who use the Wilson Red Line stop soon will need a new thesaurus.

For years, some riders have used words such as “dirty,” “disgusting,” “dilapidated,” “dangerous,” “depressing,” “sad,” “shabby,” “smelly,” “unsafe,” “frightening” and “horrible” in emails to RedEye to describe Uptown’s Wilson station, which dates back to the early 1900s.

But starting this month, the CTA is slated to begin work on a three-year, $203 million renovation project that will transform the Wilson stop into a transfer point for the Purple Line Express and a station accessible for riders with disabilities. Continue Reading