Friday, February 23, 2018

"Soul of Uptown Awards" To Recognize Uptown Movers & Shakers

Soul of Uptown Awards
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Bridgeview Bank Rotunda
4753 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

As one of the most ethnically and economically diverse communities in Chicago, Uptown’s mix of locally-owned businesses and nonprofit organizations reflects the neighborhood’s storied history. We have long been home to Chicagoans from all walks of life who have helped shape the area as it is today.

And we'd like to celebrate that!

Uptown United and Business Partners, the Chamber for Uptown invite you to join us as we recognize just a few of the extraordinary businesses, organizations, and residents who helped shape 2017 into an incredible year for the neighborhood. Mix and mingle with other members of the Uptown community while enjoying complimentary drinks and light food provided by Uptown eateries.


Volunteers of the Year: Carol & Warren Parnell

Community Partners: Ed Stellon, Heartland Alliance Health

Development Partners: Chicago Transit Authority


Dining: Immm Rice & Beyond

Arts and Entertainment: Uptown Underground

Retail: Provisions Uptown

Service: IRPINO Real Estate

This is a free event for the community, but please REGISTER to attend at this link!

Wilson Station, Then and Now

The CTA has come out with this nifty video about the three-year Wilson station reconstruction. Looking good!

If you are interested in buying a print of the Gerber Building with its restored clock tower arch and train behind it, as shown, you can do so at for $15 plus shipping. We've already made space on our wall.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Lantern Bearers Needed For Argyle Lunar Parade

I love a parade!

Looking for something fun to do with you and your children? Uptown United is looking for "lantern bearers" for the upcoming Lunar Parade. Details below!

"We’re still looking for a handful of volunteers for our event coming up this Saturday, February 24 – the Argyle Lunar New Year Parade!   We need a group of volunteers to assist with carrying lanterns hanging from light-weight sticks to represent the Argyle Night Market in the parade.  If interested, we’d need you to arrive by 12:30pm and you’d be finished by 2:00pm.  Kids welcome!"

If you’re available and interested, please RSVP with PC Gooden-Smiley at and be sure to let her know you’re interested in being a lantern bearer!

Meeting On Re-Opening Carol's Pub, March 1

Join your neighbors at a meeting to discuss the re-opening of Carol's Pub by Ed Warm of "Joe's on Weed Street." Read more about "the plan of operation" as well as the "safety plan" from Ald. Cappleman's website.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Happy Ten to Spoil Me Salon!

Spoil Me Salon & Spa is celebrating its tenth anniversary, and what better way to celebrate than with a party? The joint will be rocking with a DJ and music, spirits and bites, between 5pm-8pm on Saturday, March 3rd.

Stop by and bring a friend (or two) and congratulate Adel on making it to double digits, including three years of construction just feet away from her front door!

The first 25 people to arrive will get swag bags -- so business owners, if you want to be part of the swag, be sure to contact Adel and let her know.

Spoil Me Salon & Spa is located at 4668 North Broadway, at Leland.

Former JJ Pepper Storefront Available For Lease

According to a real estate brochure that a keen-eyed reader sent in, JJ Pepper has fully abandoned its Lawrence and Sheridan storefront and the property is for lease. This puts to an end speculation that the store would be reopening as a modernized version of itself with the same ownership.

It's surprising because of JJ Pepper's package liquor license, one that cannot be reissued at that location. The ability of the store to sell over-the-counter booze had been grandfathered in decades ago. It cannot be re-issued at that location due to an existing package liquor moratorium and the presence of nearby homeless shelters, senior buildings, and religious establishments.

The real estate brochure seeks tenants for both the former JJ Pepper spot (2760sf) and the former Family Dollar spot (8271sf). If you know any businesses that might be interested, the broker is Todd J. Cabanban,, 312-477-0342.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Learn about Connections Between Health and Nature at ICA’s Mental Wellness & Uptown’s Coast

Mental Wellness & Uptown’s Coast, scheduled for February 27th, 2018, at 6:30PM, will be the seventh session of the Out and About Uptown’s Coast environmental education series.

The session will start at 6:30pm at the Institute of Cultural Affairs, 4750 N. Sheridan Road. Local experts will share information about connections between Uptown’s coast and mental wellness.

Melanie Eckner from the Uptown Coastal Initiative will share Uptown transit history. Special guests Teresa Horton, Research Associate Professor in the Dept. of Anthropology at Northwestern University, and Vince Gomez, Manager of Horticultural Therapy Services at the Chicago Botanic Garden, will share their expertise about the connection between nature and health. Vince Gomez will also lead a workshop on the healing benefits of nature.

The session is free, and participants can RSVP for the session at,

"Coverage Where It Counts" -- In Uptown

A reader reminded us that we have not mentioned one of the new tenants in the Ross Dress For Less building at 918 West Montrose. If you are a Verizon customer, there's no need to travel out of Uptown to buy a phone or pay your bill or negotiate a new rate.

"The Verizon store opened in October and is a next generation store with a brand new design and layout. It is a corporate store run by Verizon, not one of those 'authorized retailers.' It has free on-site parking shared with Ross. The hours are Sunday 11-6 and Monday-Saturday 10-8."

Other Verizon stores are in Ravenswood (on Lawrence west of Ridman's Coffee), in Lakeview (3700 block of Halsted), and in Edgewater (5300 block of Clark), but this is Uptown's one and only!

GoGrocer Coming To Imperial Towers

Coming soon to Marine Drive: GoGrocer will open around the middle of March at Imperial Towers, 4250 North Marine. In addition to food and alcohol, it will feature a pharmacy and a cafe.

The previous convenience store closed last November after many years of being in business, when the owner took a well-earned retirement. We are told that the storefront dates back to 1962, when it was the first "Jewel Pantry," a chain owned and operated by Jewel Tea, most of which later became White Hen Pantry stores.

We'll keep you informed about the opening as it draws nearer.

Grand Purim Party At Chabad of Uptown

"It's Purim! Let's Party! Join us for Uptown's Grand Purim Party! Featuring: Music, Buffet Dinner, Masquerade, Lechaims, Megilah Reading, Guest Magician, and more.

Looking forward to seeing you and your friends. More information and RSVP today at or

Happy Purim!"

The Satellite Cafe Now Serving Liquor

Good news if you were looking for another option for imbibing adult beverages in the neighborhood:

Press Release:
"The Satellite Cafe owners Tim Benedict and Margaret McCall are thrilled to announce they are now licensed to sell alcohol at their 942 W Montrose location. The liquor license, which the cafe officially obtained on February 8th, makes The Satellite Cafe the smallest business to serve alcohol for consumption on premises in the state of Illinois.

"Our first featured #CosmicCocktail
 at Satellite is the Gimlet
In keeping with the Intergalactic Cafes, Inc. mission statement, alcohol offerings include a selection of locally-distilled liquors from Koval Distillery and a Two Brothers tap takeover featuring Pinball, Twenty-Plus, and Domaine DuPage.

Satellite will also offer a selection of wines and sparkling wine. Cafe staff will craft well-known favorites 7 days a week, offering everything from old fashioneds and gimlets to mimosas and whiskey lattes.

Ownership is also in the process of rolling out a weekday happy hour from 3:30—5:30pm (effective Wednesday, February 28th) and specials for St. Patrick’s Day.

Benedict will head a Beer-of-the-Month Club, slated to go live in April 2018. Each meeting will feature three beers and commentary from a representative of a local brewery. Membership will include a three-month pass, t-shirt, bottle opener, and branded pint glass. For more information, email"

Driftwood Bar To Host Luau & Disco Party Events

Aldermanic Ward Night Schedule

Ald. Pawar has announced that the 47th Ward's next Ward Night (after-business-hours opportunities to speak with the alderman or his staff) will be held on Wednesday, March 7th, 5pm-7pm at the ward office, located at 4243 North Lincoln.

If you're interested in speaking with Uptown's other aldermen after regular business hours:
  • In the 46th Ward, Ward Night is every Monday night that's not a holiday between 5pm-7pm, no appointment required. (4544 North Broadway)
  • In the 48th Ward, there are no regularly scheduled Ward Nights, but evening hours are available by appointment. (5533 North Broadway; 773-784-5277)