Thursday, February 22, 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to let her know you’re interested in being a lantern bearer!
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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.
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, email@example.com, 312-477-0342.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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 tinyurl.com/UptownICZ,
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!
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.
"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 www.uptownjew.com or https://www.facebook.com/events/1867118869987125/
Good news if you were looking for another option for imbibing adult beverages in the neighborhood:
"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!"
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 firstname.lastname@example.org."
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)
By Kate Uptown - February 20, 2018
Monday, February 19, 2018
Saturday, February 17, 2018
|Google Streetview, August 2016|
The new mid-rise a block south of Uptown, at Broadway and West Sheridan, is really taking shape. The exterior of the "Viridian on Sheridan" looks to be nearly complete, with windows in the brick (northern) portion still to be added.
It will hold 100 apartments (one-, two- and three-bedrooms), and expects to start renting later this year. There will also be ground-floor retail.
Quite a difference from the parking lot and gas station that were there for decades before.
By Kate Uptown - February 17, 2018