Sunday, June 25, 2017

BPN Community Meeting At Yacht Club Monday Night

Anchors aweigh! Experience one of Uptown's hidden gems, the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club, when you attend Monday's community meeting of Buena Park Neighbors, hosted by Dominic Irpino of Irpino Real Estate, who made this location available.

The meeting takes place on Monday, June 26th, beginning at 7pm. The program will be shortened to allow time for some refreshments and socializing afterwards. The club is located at 601 West Montrose, right on the harbor. See the map below for the exact location.

"The topic is New Business in Buena Park. Meet some of our new business owners and learn about efforts to attract business to Uptown from the team at Uptown United. But it's not all talk.

  • Experience the wares of our businesses first hand in our gala basket raffle. Estelle Chandler has worked with each business to construct a magnificent summer gift basket. These baskets will be raffled off with proceeds to benefit Buena Park Neighbors.
  • The presentation will end with an update and Q&A from Alderman Cappleman.  After that enjoy refreshments and socializing on one of the most beautiful patios in Chicago.
  • Final Note: Alderman Cappleman is working to schedule a second meeting with the folks from CERSC/Haymarket Books. As soon as we know details we will spread the word."

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. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for everyone in Buena Park.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Raise Your Pride Flag!

Uptown United says, "Look for rainbow Uptown Proud flags in Uptown businesses all month long and enjoy perks & discounts." Here are participating businesses, their discounts, and the day(s) they are being offered. (Check Uptown United's Pride page for any changes or additions.)
  • Alchemia Art of Hair — 20% off haircuts — The rest of June
  • Demera Ethiopian — 20% off total bill with Pride flag — Day of parade
  • Fat Cat — Complementary warm cinnamon sugar donuts with any entrĂ©e purchase. One per table. — Day of parade
  • Fonseca Martial Arts — Free Week of Karate Classes — June 26 – June 30
  • Nick’s on Wilson — $5.00 Pride Punch — Day of parade
  • Papa Ray’s — Offers with Pride flag: • 1 monster pizza slice plus soda: $4; • 6 traditional wings plus soda: $7; • Any salad plus soda: $7; • $3 off any extra-large 16″ pizza; • $5 off any monster 24″ pizza — Day of parade
  • Primary Crossfit — Free workout from with Pride flag — June 17-July 1
  • Provisions Uptown — 10% off — Day of parade
  • Spoil Me Salon — 10% off haircuts with Pride flag from June 26 – June 29
  • Tesfa Ethiopian — 10% off total bill with Pride flag — Day of parade
  • Uptown Arcade — $3 shots — Day of parade
  • Uptown Bikes — 10% off parts & accessories — Day of parade
  • World Class Concierge — 20% off services between June 25 – July 1

Don't Rain On Our Parade -- Or Park Near The Route

Hey, we're hosting a parade on Sunday! This is the sixth year that the Pride Parade kicks off in Uptown, so we're pretty good at it by now.

The parade's official start is at Montrose and Broadway at noon on Sunday, June 25.

The staging areas, where the participants line up, are on Montrose between Broadway and Clark, and on Broadway between Wilson and Montrose.

In previous years, the parades have lasted anywhere between three and four hours, so expect the staging areas to be occupied until at least 3pm.

The Grand Marshal of the Parade is Lea DeLaria, from Orange is the New Black.  According to the Sun-Times, "organizers say she’ll be out an hour before the parade’s start to mingle with the crowd."

Parking restrictions begin at 5am on Sunday and last through 8pm that evening. If you are not going to be using your car until then, move it ASAP. It gets incredibly congested here, and the City doesn't play around with tickets and tows. Find a place early if you won't be using your car until after the restrictions end.

This is where not to park in Uptown on Sunday (and remember to look for permit parking restrictions if you park on residential streets):
  • Broadway from Leland to Grace
  • Buena from Sheridan to Broadway
  • Clifton from Montrose to Sunnyside
  • Montrose from Greenview to Hazel
  • Sheridan from Sunnyside to Buena
  • Sunnyside from Broadway to Sheridan
There are no rooftop parties allowed along the parade route, and don't drink on the public way -- fines are going up to $1000 if you are ticketed.

Positive Loitering Tonight At 6PM - Broadway & Wilson

Positive Loitering is back for its ninth year in Uptown. Residents and police will gather in "hot spots" for an hour a week to send a message that the streets belong to law-abiding residents. For more about positive loitering and what it is, check out this article, and this one.

via Uptown Chicago Commission:

"Positive Loitering will take place this evening between 6PM and 7PM. Our location is the corner of Wilson and Broadway (northeast corner) near City Sports.

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 22, 2017

Happy Pride! #UptownProud

From Uptown United:

"We are Uptown Proud! Check out the awesome LGBT owned and LGBT friendly businesses and organizations in Uptown! To learn about specials at Uptown businesses during Pride Week, visit

Featured businesses (in order): Ald. James Cappleman, Ald. Harry Osterman, Fat Cat Bar, Papa Ray’s Pizza & Wings, Aardvark Insurance Agency, Byline Bank, Big Chicks / Tweet, Bezazian Branch Chicago Public Library, Balancing Point Center for Wellness, Fonseca Martial Arts, Eye See Ravenswood, Demera Ethiopian Restaurant, Chicago Healing Center, Foursided Chicago, Chicago Market, Gold Cuts, The Guesthouse Hotel, Pride Films and Plays, Heartland Alliance, Hopleaf Bar, Bridgeview Bank Group, Irpino Real Estate, Kal’ish, Primary Crossfit & Yoga, Lakeview Pantry, Provisions Uptown, Schuman & Iselt, LLC, Shopping Girl XOXO, The SMB Help Desk, Sheridan Park Consulting, S. Wolf & Associates, iCandee Apparel & Marketing, Spoil Me Hair Salon & Spa, Aragon Ballroom, Crew Bar + Grill, Audience Logic, Tesfa Ethiopian Cuisine, Needle & Thread Law, Dave Fredrickson State Farm Insurance Agent, Target, Weiss Memorial Hospital, The Public Barber, Uptown Bikes, Uptown Underground, A World Class Concierge Service, Inc., Alchemia Art of Hair, Thorek Memorial Hospital."

Shots Fired Near Wilson and Racine This Afternoon

Last night a few readers noticed that there was an awful lot of gang loitering on Wilson near Racine, in front of Jimmy John's. We encouraged them to write to the 19th District CAPS Office to let them know. Today we received this from Truman College saying there had been shots fired near that location.

Please call 9-1-1 if you see anything suspicious or if you know anything that would help them with this incident.

The next CAPS meeting for Sheridan Park (Beat 1913) is Wednesday, July 5th, at 6:30pm at Courtenay School, Beacon and Montrose

Get In The Swim: World's Largest Swimming Lesson Is Tonight

To kick off summer, the Chicago Park District is taking part in The World's Largest Swimming Lesson. Last year people all over the city, the country, and the world set a new record, and they're going for it again tonight at 6pm.
"Join hundreds of kids and families at 76 Chicago Park District swimming pools around Chicago and thousands around the globe for The World’s Largest Swim Lesson on June 22, 2017 at 6pm. We are looking to break the Guinness World Record again this year to spread the word that swimming lessons do save lives.  This event is open to all ages and for all swim levels (Non-Swimmers, Beginners and Swimmers).  Children under 6 need to be accompanied by an adult in the water. Register in advance here."
Speaking of summer and swimming, Uptown has four Park District pools in and near us. They are listed below with links to their swim schedules and hours:

  • Chase Park (outdoor pool), 4701 N Ashland:  Schedule
  • Gill Park (indoor pool), 825 W Sheridan:  Schedule 
  • Uplift High School (indoor pool), 900 W Wilson: Schedule
  • Welles Park (indoor pool), 2333 W Sunnyside: Schedule

Feel like going to the beach instead?  Check the conditions here first.  The website shows the air temperature, water temperature, and water quality for each beach.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Dermot Moffett, Age 34, Missing From Malden

Dermott Moffet is missing from the 4700 block of Malden Avenue.

He is schizophrenic. He is 34 years old, 5'9", weighs 120 lbs., and has brown hair and brown eyes. No clothing description was given.

He was last seen Sunday morning.

If you have any information about his whereabouts, please contact the CPD's Special Victims Unit at 312-744-8266, or dial 9-1-1.

Progress Seen on Installation of Fourth (and Final) Wilson Station Track

Last week Broadway was closed to vehicular traffic at night so workers could continue the installation of the fourth and final track. You can see what they accomplished. When it's done, the Wilson station will be a full Red and Purple Line transfer station.

CTA's reps are telling us that the platforms, tracks, entrances and exits (including escalators and elevators) should be substantially done by the end of September, and the renovated Gerber Building should be done by January. It's been two and a half years since the ground-breaking, and while it's been entertaining to watch the changes, we're ready for it to be over, and start enjoying the amenities of a new station.

Here are the last of the old tracks being taken down a few months ago.

Coming Soon: New Apartments on Broadway

Photo courtesy of Quest Realty Group
While most of the new development in Uptown has been occurring in the 46th Ward, there is a new apartment building under construction in the 5100 block of North Broadway in the 48th Ward. Formerly medical offices, the previous building at 5137 North Broadway was demolished earlier this year and will be replaced with new construction apartments. Developed by Quest Realty Group, construction will be completed in early 2018 with the first move-ins anticipated in May 2018. According to the building permit, there will be offices on the first floor, and an interior garage for 18 cars.

A total of 36 units are planned with a mix of studio, one, and two bedroom units. Were waiting for additional information on this project from Alderman Harry Osterman's office and/or the developer.