Thursday, February 23, 2017

Glam-Rock Legend Bobby Conn To Perform At Paper Machete This Saturday

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Paper Machete, the weekly "live magazine" show that takes place each Saturday at the Green Mill, has had a busy and celebrity-filled 2017 so far, according to its founder, Christopher Piatt.

photo off Bobby Conn by Paul Kagan,
available through Wikimedia Commons
Lines to get in to the free showswhose guests this year have included Janeane Garafalo, Daily Show writer Alingon Mitra, and Langston Kerman from HBO's Insecurehave begun stretching out the door and down the block.

This week the special guest will be the famous Chicago glam-rocker Bobby Conn, as well as cabaret artist Anna Stoltys and performers Brandi Denise, Erin Diamond, Nick Hart, Xavier Lamont, Carly Oishi, and Jasbir Signh.

Christopher says, "Famous names aren't always on hand and in fact the main reason to see the show most weeks is that it's usually an entirely Chicago cast—constantly changing from week to week—as the talent base here is significantly fertile."

As always, Paper Machete is fun, free, and fabulous. It takes place each Saturday at 3pm, at the Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 North Broadway.

Crawfish Boil Buffet: Fat Tuesday at Fat Cat

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More information and ticket purchasing is here. Buy by today and get a discounted price.

DUI Saturation Patrol Out Friday Night

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The CPD has announced that its DUI Saturation Patrol will be out in force in the 20th District Friday night, between 7pm and 3am. The 20th District encompasses all of Uptown north of Lawrence, as well as Edgewater.

The news release says, "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. Police vehicles equipped for speed detection are deployed to apprehend speeding violators."

Last Friday, 114 citations were issued in the Grand Central District, for everything from unsafe vehicles to insurance violations.

As always, we remind you that Lyft, taxis, and the CTA are much cheaper than a fighting a DUI charge.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sheridan & Wilson Proposal Goes Taller & More Modern

Looking NE at Sheridan & Wilson (Clayco & Forum Studio)

Looking SE at Sheridan & Wilson (Clayco & Forum Studio)

Looking east on Sheridan from Wilson (Clayco & Forum Studio)
Clarendon Park Neighbors Block Club got their first view of Clayco Development's updated proposal for the vacant parcel on the SE corner of Sheridan and Wilson last night. Ald. Cappleman just sent out an email detailing the changes.

You might notice that this has been significantly reworked from the first version that was shared with residents a few weeks back.  The City's Department of Planning and Uptown United shared feedback and the design was tweaked. See complete details for the development here.

11 stories of residential (increased from 8) with a 12th story featuring a green roof and amenities for the building now rises as high as the historic Sheridan Plaza apartments across the street. The retail space for the building will now run along Wilson Avenue and the entrance to the parking garage, as well as the lobby for the residential portion, will be off of Sheridan. The building will feature a setback from the neighboring building directly to the south, with a green roof on the second floor over the parking garage.

This will definitely be a huge upgrade over a vacant lot that was most recently a Pollo Loco and before that, a Burger King drive-thru. The proposal will be presented to the 46th Ward Zoning & Development Committee on Monday, February 27.

What's Up At The Uptown Theater?

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If you're interested in learning more about the Uptown Theater and what may happen in its future, there are a several different opportunities available:
  • Today at 12:15pm, Friends of the Uptown's Andy Pierce will be giving a "lunchtime lecture" at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan Avenue. It's $5 for the general public and free for CAF members. Reservations are required. More about it here.
  • If you'd missed Nick Digilio's show on WGN radio last week, and would like to hear about "The Past, Present and Future of The Uptown Theatre," the podcast is live and is located here. It runs about a half hour.
  • There is a short aerial video of the Uptown and the surrounding area, filmed from a drone, here.

Come To Crew For "Krewe Carnaval" On Mardi Gras

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The Vixen brings home the spectacle and fabulousness of Mardi Gras to Krewe Carnaval at Crew on Tuesday, February 28th at 9pm, as she performs with her own krewe of kweens, Mick DragHer and TrAshlee Simpson.

Feel the music pump, work some beads your way and celebrate a night of debauchery and decadence. Hurricanes and shot specials will be flowing all night long. $4 Abita Purple Haze on special! Chef Gregg’s special Gumbo and Po’ Boys are on the menu, too. Get your carnaval on at Krewe!

The Facebook event page is here. Crew is located at 4804 North Broadway.

One Earth Film Festival Returns To Uptown

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ICA is partnering with the One Earth Film Festival for its 6th season and will be showing two films during the two-week-long festival. Join the ICA at 4750 N. Sheridan Rd. for one or both films to learn more about environmental sustainability and ways that you can take local climate action.
  • On Saturday, March 4th at 3pm, ICA will show The Age of Consequences, a film that investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. Through unflinching case-study analysis, distinguished admirals, generals and military veterans take us beyond the headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups like ISIS, and the European refugee crisis – and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict. Reserve your ticket for Age of Consequences!
  • On Thursday, March 9th at 7pm, ICA will show Sonic Sea, a film that travels beneath the ocean's surface to uncover the damaging consequences of increased ocean noise pollution and what can be done to stop it. Sonic Sea highlights how noise from a range of man-made sources has affected whales in recent years, including the mass stranding of whales around the planet. The film uncovers how better ship design, speed limits for large ships, quieter methods for underwater resource exploration, and exclusion zones for sonar training can work to reduce the noise in our oceans and stop the deaths of our ocean's beloved creatures. Reserve your ticket for Sonic Sea! Arrive as early at 6pm to enjoy Conservation International’s virtual reality short film, “Under the Canopy.”
After each film, attendees have the opportunity to dialogue with the filmmakers and local resource people to connect to ways to take action on the film’s message. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. The films are free, with a suggested $6 donation.

Basketball Wednesday Night - Cops And Community

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Photo of the McCutcheon Mustangs courtesy of 48th Ward Office

Commander Sean Loughran, Ald. Harry Osterman, police officers from the 20th District, and neighborhood residents including "Uptown Youth" (as the news release says) will kick off a new program aimed at building ongoing relationships between the cops and the community.

It starts with a basketball game on Wednesday night at 6:30pm at the Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club located at 4835 North Sheridan. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

Ald. Osterman writes: "I am honored to have a spot on the 20th District's team this evening. This event was spearheaded by youth at the Boys & Girls Club, and is the beginning of efforts they are taking to build strong relationships with the Chicago Police District. I am proud of the youth in our community for taking a proactive approach to build alliances in the community."

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

¡Arriba, Abajo, Al Centro, Pa' Dentro! National Margarita Day Is Just Around The Corner

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One of our favorite days of the year is Wednesday: National Margarita Day, celebrated each February 22nd. Luckily, there are a plethora of Mexican restaurants in Uptown at which to celebrate. The ones with asterisks after their names actually serve margaritas. We've eaten at most and intend to try them all. Enjoy! (The phrase in the title above is basically "Down the Hatch!")
  • Carmela's Taqueria, 1206 W Lawrence
  • El Gallo Bravo #51429 W Montrose. In Rayan Plaza, and open until 2am.
  • El Palmar,* 1008 W Irving Park. Another late night stand-by.
  • Fiesta Mexicana,* 4806 N Broadway
  • Kie-Gol-Lanee, 5004 N Sheridan -- a new restaurant featuring Oaxacan food, with the best mole we've had since the fabled days of Los Tres Sombreros. BYOB.
  • La Ciudad,* 4515 N Sheridan -- a BYOB, but you can bring your own tequila and they'll whip you up a great pitcher of margaritas. On the wagon? Just order the pitcher.
  • Lindo Guadalajara, 4761 N Clark. No booze, but open 24 hours, and very friendly.
  • Taqueria El Ranchito,* 4651 N Clark, open long hours, cheap food, reasonably priced margaritas, what's not to love?
  • Taqueria Mr. Salsa, 1025 W Montrose
  • Tiztal Cafe, 4631 N Clark -- no liquor license, but great Mexican food for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Try an oatmeal shake
  • Tolotzin Mexican Cuisine,* 4431 N Broadway. Lunch specials 11am-3pm, and delicious dinners. BYOB, so bring your tequila and they'll whip you up some margaritas.

My Chocolate Soul Finds Its Home On Broadway

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Next time you're near Target, be sure to drop by Uptown's own custom chocolate shop, My Chocolate Soul. Proprietor and chocolatier Ramona Thomas's shop had its grand opening last month at 4442 North Broadway, right next to ... Weight Watchers!

Ramona has made confections her life since 2011, creating her handmade all-natural goodies in a shared kitchen on the West Side.

She chose Uptown as the setting for My Chocolate Soul's first brick-and-mortar site, and has been working behind the scenes since last summer to make it a reality.  She loves Uptown and the warm welcome given to her shop by both the business community and new clientele. Her shop completely sold out on opening day.

Customers will find candies, of course, made right behind the front counter. There are also cupcakes, shortbread, gift baskets, hand-dipped strawberries, and cookies.

Ramona will be working with her neighbor, Weight Watchers, to figure out the points of her candies, figuring out the best way for clients to indulge in the healthiest way possible.

Since My Chocolate Soul opened, it has been featured on WGN News, in Candy Industry magazine, and in DNAinfo.

The hours are 11am-7pm Tuesday through Friday, and 11am-5pm on Saturdays. The shop is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

My Chocolate Soul's website is here and its Facebook page is here.

Construction Updates On Maryville (Now "811 Uptown") Online

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Demolition of the east building, as photographed by reader Bill B. on Monday

Photo credit: Bill Biederman

Photo credit: Bill Biederman

With the foundation being dug on the west property at Montrose and Clarendon, demolition of the east building has begun in earnest.

If you want to know what's going on with the demolition and construction of the buildings at Clarendon and Montrose (now called "811 Uptown" rather than "the former Maryville" or "old Cuneo Hospital"), you can.  The project manager, will be posting monthly construction updates on the 46th Ward's aldermanic page. Keep informed here.

A permit for new construction was issued last week for the project.

Monday, February 20, 2017

25th Annual "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" Fundraiser For Sarah's Circle This Sunday

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From Ald. Osterman's weekly newsletter:

"Sarah's Circle Winter Walk: a Mile in Her Shoes is an important opportunity to better understand homelessness through the eyes of those who struggle with it first hand. Participants will meet at Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson, before setting off for a 1 mile walk through the Uptown neighborhood. While walking, stories are shared of women who have rebuilt their lives with the help of Sarah's Circle.

The walk will end back at Truman College where walkers enjoy a free lunch of Chicago-style hot dogs and refreshments. This event will be taking place Sunday, Feb. 26 beginning at 1pm. This is a family friendly event with a shortened route and special activities for children. For more information, please check out the event website."

If you can't walk, you can donate instead.

Sarah's Circle would like to thank Baker & Nosh and Emerald City Coffee for donating hot chocolate and coffee to participants. Small business owners (specifically Terry and Bill, and Brian) rock!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Day Of Remembrance Programs At History Museum Sunday

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Photo courtesy National Archives
75 Years Since Executive Order 9066
Day of Remembrance: A Time for Action

From the Japanese American Service Committee:

February 19, 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 that called for the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.

Every year, the Japanese American community in Chicago comes together to remember President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of EO9066 as a reminder of the fragility of civil liberties in times of crisis, and the importance of remaining vigilant in protecting the rights and freedoms of all. This year you are invited to a weekend of remembrance as we commemorate the Japanese American experience during this turbulent era in America’s history.

All programs listed are free of charge

Day of Remembrance Main Program
February 19, 2pm-4pm
Chicago History Museum – McCormick Theater, 1601 North Clark

This year’s program will feature the screening of two short films produced by local filmmakers titled “The Orange Story” and “A Song for Manzanar.”

This will be followed by a poetry reading by acclaimed local poet and writer Dwight Okita, who will read two widely anthologized internment camp poems from his book “Crossing with the Light.”

The program will conclude with a panel discussion moderated by Sandra Yamate, and featuring “The Orange Story” Executive Producer Jason Matsumoto and Writer & Director Erika Street Hopman, as well as “A Song for Manzanar” Writer & Director Kazuko Golden, and Novelist and Poet Dwight Okita.

Click here for the Facebook event!

Day of Remembrance Youth/Young Adult Pre-Program
February 19, noon-2pm
Chicago History Museum – The Guild Room, 1601 North Clark Street

This program will feature a discussion and workshop targeted to youth and young adults focused on the meaning of the Japanese American Concentration Camp experience for young people today.

Click here for the Facebook event!

Day of Remembrance is sponsored by the Chicago Japanese American Council,the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, the Japanese American Citizen League–Chicago Chapter, the Japanese American Service Committee, and the Japanese Mutual Aid Society of Chicago.

Friday, February 17, 2017

CTA Street Closures This Weekend

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CTA's workers will be installing new tracks and the canopy over the new east passenger platform this weekend, which means that both Wilson and Broadway will be closed to vehicular traffic:
  • Wilson will be closed from Broadway to just west of the station
  • Broadway will be closed between Wilson and Clifton
  • Closures will begin at 8pm on Friday evening and last until noon on Sunday
There will be noise, dust, and lights in the work areas. There will be be at least one sidewalk open on Wilson, with signage to direct pedestrians.

#FBF -- Swedish Bakery

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Photo by Robert Krueger for Chicago Public Library
We're feeling nostalgic already for limpa and marizipan. In case you haven't heard, Swedish Bakery will be closing its doors at the end of the month. Although it's on the wrong side of Foster to be considered part of Uptown, we salute it and its 88 years of baking deliciousness.

This photo is from 1990 and shows a close-up of one of its display windows.

Can You Dig It? Maryville Contractors Can

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Say what? Just days after the west building at the former Maryville campus was completely demolished, it looks like they've already started digging the foundation for the new building. This photo was taken on February 15th.

Curbed Chicago has printed a photo essay of the demolition of the building over the past couple months. Click here to see it.

Treasures of Uptown Holds "Spiritual Beans" Interfaith Dialogue Group On Saturday

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Please join Treasures of Uptown for their informal, “Spiritual Beans” discussion on Saturday, February 18th at 3:30pm at Everybody's Coffee. We will be talking about the role that interfaith dialogue can play in minimizing the fear and anger that divides so many. Participants will be invited to share prayers, reflections, and ideas for bringing about healing and growth in our communities.

This event is free and open to all, including those who may not consider themselves to be religious. Treasures of Uptown is an interfaith action coalition that aims to bring together people with diverse beliefs and backgrounds.

The Facebook Event page is here.
“Interfaith dialogue is not a panacea for curing injustice and violent conflict. Dialogue alone cannot transform exclusionary cultures or institutions. Interfaith dialogue must be appreciated as a tool for peace- and justice-making, to be used alongside other tools in the activist’s or diplomat’s toolbox, such as mediation, community mobilization or non-violent strategic action. When used in this way, it can strengthen these sorts of initiatives.” -Susan Hayward, "Engaging across divides: interfaith dialogue for peace and justice"

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Change of Face For Broadway/Wilson Planned Development

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Update: A few more renderings from different angles (click to enlarge):
Looking south on Broadway

looking south on Winthrop

looking west on Wilson

detailed views
From Ald. Cappleman's latest newsletter:

"Along with all of the new businesses springing up on Wilson Avenue, there has been lots of retail development occurring as well. It's clear that the new $203M Wilson L that is scheduled to be completed at the end of this year has spurred a lot of what we're seeing now.

Last July, the 46th Ward Zoning & Development Committee voted in favor of a development proposal located at the corner of Broadway & Wilson (4601 N. Broadway). After their vote of acceptance for this development, the City's Dept. of Planning & Development made additional requests for some architectural revisions to have it more in keeping with the other buildings located within this newly created Uptown Square Historical District. In the photo [above], the rendering on the left was the original design and the rendering on the right is the one recently approved by the City's Dept. of Planning & Development. The next steps for this project include a presentation before the City's Plan Commission, then the City's Zoning Committee, and finally, full City Council."

Two Uptown Bridges Rated Among "Top Ten Most Structurally Deficient" In Illinois

The Lake Shore Drive overpasses at both Wilson Avenue and Lawrence Avenue are included in a list of the ten most structurally deficient bridges in the state, based on the amount of traffic they handle. Super!

Built in 1933, they are the oldest spans on the list, which includes four other overpasses in Cook County, two in DuPage County, and one each in Will and St. Clair Counties.

This is no surprise to anyone. According to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, which compiled the list, both bridges were found to be "Structurally Deficient" in 2015 and 2014 as well as 2016. The Illinois Public Interest Research Group held a press conference at the Wilson overpass in 2011, declaring it to be structurally deficient at that time.

Then of course, there were the heavy chunks of concrete that came raining down on the sidewalk and street beneath the Lawrence overpass in the summer of 2015, one of them 15 feet long. If anyone had been walking or driving there at the time, they wouldn't have had a chance of survival.

Uptown Update has posted about this situation many times, beginning in 2008. You can see the chronology of the decaying overpasses here.  In the nearly ten years that Uptown Update has been in existence, we've seen it happen over and over -- the powers that be acknowledge that the bridges are dangerous, and nothing gets done to make them any better.

Braces were installed in 2008 to help keep the
Lawrence bridge from collapsing
Because Lake Shore Drive is part of U.S. Highway 41, the responsibility for the bridges' upkeep belongs to the state government.

Illinois hasn't had a state budget in two years, and has a backlog of bills that totals over $11 billion. While the bottleneck causes social services to turn people away and cut staff, the state's infrastructure, including these two 80-year-old overpasses, continues to deteriorate.

In 2014, Ald. Cappleman wrote, "The work for these underpasses will need to last until the State of Illinois has sufficient funds to do the major overhaul of the bridges, which could be ten more years."

We said it then and we'll repeat it now: The band-aids aren't working anymore. Those overpasses don't have another ten years left in them, according to experts in the field. Someone is going to die if the state doesn't come up with money to fix them, and soon.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Brunch Healthy At Kal'ish

Hard to believe this is vegan! "Papa's Chorizo Quesadillas" (Kal'ish)
Looking for a new option for brunch in Uptown that is both healthy and delicious?

Fresh off its opening, Kal'ish, the short-order vegan restaurant serves up unique, animal-free takes on brunch dishes that even the pickiest taste buds won’t believe are vegan. The menu includes everything from savory K-egg dishes, like:

Papa’s Chorizo Quesadillas: Potato and “chorizo” quesadillas with K-eggs and chunky pico de gallo ($13.50)

Huevos Kal’Cheros: Crisp tortillas, K-eggs, frijoles, chili sauce, pico and avocado ($13.50)

Kal’Lox Scramble: K-eggs, Kal-tomato lox, house vegan chèvre and dill, served with griddled potatoes and onions ($11.50)

To sweet indulgences, like: 

Banana Berry Crème French Toast ($11.50)

Classic Pancake Stack: served with maple syrup and option to add berries or chocolate chips ($8)

Kal’ish is open for brunch on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is located at 1313 W. Wilson between Beacon and Malden

Uptown's "Sleeping Beauty" Provides Setting For Regina Spektor Video

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Many Uptowners have peeked into the Uptown Theater, hoping to catch a glimpse of the fabled lobby and stage. While the future of the Uptown is still unclear, you can finally see the interior as it looks today.

Singer Regina Spektor recently released her video for Black and White, for which the Uptown provides a haunting and lovely setting. The video also features Victoria Jaiani of the Joffrey Ballet.

It's a showcase for the theater, which hasn't hosted any live performances since 1981, but still maintains some of its original splendor. (Click here for drawings of what the Uptown looked like in 1926, a year after it opened.)

In Elle, Regina Spektor said of the Uptown, "It's almost like Sleeping Beauty. It's like a castle that fell asleep." We hope we're still around when/if it awakens from its slumber.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Vrroom! Vrroom! Noise Levels Along Lake Shore Drive To Be Monitored Under New Bill

Some relief may be on the way for lakefront residents who are kept awake by motorcycle noise on the Drive at night during the summer.

Rep. Sara Feigenholtz has introduced a bill that would allow the city to install noise monitors along Lake Shore Drive, similar to those used at O'Hare to measure noise levels.

In a news release, she says, "The residents living along Lake Shore Drive have reached out to their elected leaders along the lakefront in pursuit of a solution. Residents are awakened in the middle of the night by motorists who flagrantly violate the law with loud unmuffled exhaust systems. The installation of a noise monitoring system will produce concrete data showing the severity of the noise pollution and will help prompt greater action."

This is far from a new problem. Back in 1998, then-46th Ward Ald. Helen Shiller co-sponsored a bill that would ban motorcyclists from the Drive, saying "I have people who call me almost hysterical because of sleep deprivation over this. They literally get no peace."

It's not an immediate solution, but it's a start. With the proposed reconfiguration of Lake Shore Drive in coming years, the results of such noise data would be incorporated into the redesign, per Rep. Feigenholtz's office.

A High-Rise In The Jewel Parking Lot? Not So Fast

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drawing by OWK Architects, via Curbed Chicago
There was a hubbub on Uptown Update's Facebook page on Monday when we linked to an article in Curbed Chicago that showed a rendering for a high-rise in the parking lot of the Jewel and gym at Montrose and Sheridan.

Some commenters were very much in favor of the population density that a mixed-use tower would bring. Others opposed it for a variety of reasons.

But the thing is, it's apparently just a rendering, at least for the time being. Curbed Chicago said in its article, "it’s important to note that rendering and information shared on OWK’s page is little more than a design exercise showing what could be built at the site. Should the property owner decide to pursue such a project in earnest, an extensive public engagement process and requisite zoning change would likely need to first take place."

By evening, the entire thing had vanished from the website of the design firm. Poof! Not available to the public any longer.

We heard from a source who's knowledgeable about the way real estate works in Chicago. She says:
"I saw the Curbed Chicago reference on your Facebook page, but I don't think they did their homework on the zoning.

Pensacola Place is zoned Planned Development 132. The ordinance creating this PD district was recorded on the City Council Journal on May 7th, 1975.  Based on the regulations of the PD, the total site area allows for a maximum of 1,258 dwelling units and a maximum 285,000 square feet of commercial space.

So basically, Waterton [the owner of Pensacola Place, which includes the Jewel, the gym, and the parking lot] has the zoning in place to explore full development potential of the site. However, Jewel and the Gym's leases do not expire until 2025 so any development would have to be done with cooperation from both major tenants."
In other words, it may happen someday, but don't expect to see it in the near future.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Two Men Shot in Truman Square

Photo courtesy of reader JMM
Shots were fired at 6:45pm on the 4600 block of Winthrop, resulting in two males, ages 17 and 24, being wounded.

They managed to get to Sonic at Kenmore and Wilson, where they were transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Police have blocked off the 4600 block of Winthrop and are taking crime scene photos and looking for evidence.

According to police, the shooting was gang-related.

CTA Weekly Closures, Current Projects

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  • Wilson, between Broadway and Racine, will be closed to vehicular traffic 9am-4pm Monday through Friday. CTA says, "The contractor will have Wilson Avenue closed for safety reasons as they construct the new station East platform." At least one sidewalk will be open for pedestrian traffic at all times.
  • Broadway, between Leland and Wilson, will be closed to vehicular traffic 8pm-4am Monday through Friday. CTA says, "The contractor will be closing down Broadway at night in order to safely install rail material for the new track 3." Sidewalks may be closed for short periods of time for safety reasons.
  • CTA hopes to have northbound Broadway between Leland and Wilson open to vehicular traffic by the end of the day on Friday, February 24th.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Vintage Garage to Return In April; Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show In February

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Good news! Vintage Garage will return in 2017, with seven shows from April through October. Last year was its busiest season yet, and they're expecting more vendors and bargains in the coming season.

It will again take place at the parking structure at 5051 North Broadway. The dates will be April 23, May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, and October 15. Hours are 10am to 5pm with a $5 admission. Check it out at

If you need a quick fix to get you through until spring, the promoters  of Vintage Garage will be holding the Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show in Edgewater on February 24-25. Check out the details here.

Bonus! Season passes for Vintage Garage are on sale now. A season pass covers admission to all seven Vintage Garage shows, early entrance into three of them, a no-waiting-in-line guarantee, and entry into both the Christmas market and the Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show. Details on how to get a season pass are here.

Wilson & Broadway, 1922

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A blast from the past, circa 1922. The caption reads: "Officer Henry J. Klem operates a new manual traffic light at Wilson and Broadway." The photo is from the Chicago History Museum's collection. This photo was taken the year before the Gerber Building (the main train station currently undergoing rehab) was built.

For those curious about the background, it's a pharmacy, and the sign advertises "Horlick's, the original malted milk." Two brothers from England invented powdered malted milk in Chicago in the 1870s and it was manufactured in Racine, Wisconsin until 1975. At the time of this photo, it was considered a real delicacy. Horlick's is still available, but only in the UK and a few Commonwealth countries.

According to this 1918 photo, there was a pharmacy where City Sports is now, so it appears Officer Klem is standing at the southeast corner of Wilson and Broadway, facing west. (Interestingly, the 1918 photo shows a residential building with ground-floor retail at the northeast corner. It was razed and single-story retail stores replaced it. Now there's a proposed development for that corner that would bring it full circle, back to a residential building with ground-floor retail.)

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Woman Shot Inside Car On Lawrence

According to police reports, a 29-year-old woman who was sitting inside a car was shot by someone on the street at 4:45am. It happened in the area of Magnolia and Lawrence. There are no indications from the police reports about whether the car was parked or being driven on Lawrence at the time of the shooting. Readers report hearing several gunshots and calling 9-1-1.

The victim was taken to Illinois Masonic and her condition was stabilized.

20th District officers were on the scene, which may indicate the shooting took place on the north side of Lawrence.

It's often the case in these kinds of shootings that another occupant of the car is a gang-affiliated male and the woman is an unintended victim. We'll let you know if we hear any further details.

Shop In Andersonville This Weekend And Help Non-Profits Thrive

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There's a giving-back fundraiser going on in Andersonville this weekend and all you have to do is shop. According to the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, "The Andersonville business community is ready to give back in big way. For the weekend leading up to Valentine’s Day, February 10-14, 27 Andersonville businesses have joined forces to give back 14% of their sales to a charity or non-profit chosen by the business."

Look for the logo on the door when you're shopping up this weekend. The entire list of participating businesses can be found here. The ones on the Uptown side of Andersonville (south of Foster) and their chosen charities and participation dates are:

Priscilla Opens Pride Arts Center

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If you're looking for an entertaining night out, Uptown Update gives four stars to Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the premiere production by Pride Films & Plays at its new Uptown location. The run was just extended through March 12th and it's a lot of fun.

It's the first show at the Pride Arts Center (formerly Profiles Theatre) at 4139 N Broadway. Tickets are $40 for reserved seats, $30 for general seating, and $10 for students, artists, actors, and seniors. Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, with a few Wednesdays thrown in for good measure.

You can read more about it here, and purchase tickets here.

Chicago cabaret legend Honey West leads the cast, and she's a delight. So is the giant purple high heel in the lobby, available for photo opportunities.

TimeOut Chicago says, "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is the perfect way for Pride Films and Plays to christen its brand new, two-stage Pride Arts Center. (It will take a show as fabulous as this one to start washing off the stink that the space’s previous tenants left behind.)" We completely agree. Welcome, Pride Films!