Saturday, August 19, 2017

To Infinity And Beyond!

Some Uptowners had their cameras handy during practice runs of the Air and Water Show, and shared their photos to Uptown Update's Facebook page.

Matthew S Parrilli

Ivan Sagel

Matthew S Parrilli

Construction To Begin On Lawrence & Wilson Viaducts September 18

Notice posted at the Wilson Avenue viaduct at Lake Shore Drive

CDOT posted notices at both Lawrence and Wilson Avenue viaducts stating that the long overdue reconstruction of the crumbling bridges will commence on Monday, September 18. 

When construction is completed in March, expect new bridges that look strikingly similar to the original bridges constructed back in the 1930s. There will even be added bike lanes that will add safe passage for the many cyclists who travel to and from the lakefront.

We've posted for years about the horrible state of our Uptown viaducts and are thrilled that they are finally getting rebuilt. More details on what to expect during construction as it becomes available.

Park District Eclipse Viewing Parties

As we posted earlier, Adler Planetarium and the Park District are holding eclipse viewing parties on Monday between 11am and 3pm. They will distribute viewing glasses while supplies last. In Uptown, the eclipse party will be at Clarendon Park.

If you'd like to see what other options are available in the areas surrounding Uptown, you can check out:

Friday, August 18, 2017

Free Circus Fun At Chase This Sunday, 2pm-4pm

Chase Park is located at Ashland and Lelsmd.

Vintage Garage Is This Sunday, and Love Is In The Air As Vintage Weddings Are Featured

It's been a great season so far for Vintage Garage, Chicago's only monthly all-vintage marketplace. This Sunday is a special, and new, theme: VINTAGE WEDDINGS!

Check out dresses, place settings, cake toppers, jewelry, guest books, and more, all part of ceremonies and celebrations from days gone by.

Vintage Garage takes place on the 3rd Sunday of each month at the parking structure at 5051 North Broadway. Admission is $5 and there are more than 100 vendors showing off their vintage wares. It opens at 10am and runs until 5pm.

There are two more Vintage Garages scheduled for 2017, so be sure to save the dates:
  • September 17 - Theme: Retro Chicago
  • October 15 - Theme: Record Ramp and Season Finale

Buena Park Neighbors Fall Concert in the Park Draws Large Crowd

On Thursday evening, Buena Circle Park was packed with more than 100 residents who ate their picnic dinners and listened to Wall of Denial, a Stevie Ray Vaughn cover band.

Photos and short videos (Dancing with the Younger Stars) from the event are here.

Next event is the rain-postponed showing of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, on Thursday, September 7th.

Bella 'Mbriana Closes, Promises New Experience (And We Have A Cunning Plan)

Unfortunately, this sign went up at Bella 'Mbriana a week or so ago. We loved Bella's food and coffee, and hope a "new experience" is on the way.

You know what we'd love to see? A collaboration between the talents behind Baker & Nosh and Bella. There's a great kitchen and welcoming space, a proven popular product, and a free parking lot. With Baker & Nosh's future up in the air, maybe a partnership with Bella is a possibility? Think about it, fellas!

Bike to Books Family Ride Saturday Morning

Join the best all-ages bike ride of the year! You are invited to join in the Bike to Books Family Ride on Saturday at 9:30am starting at the Edgewater Branch (6000 N. Broadway) and ending at the Bezazian Branch (1226 W. Ainslie) with snacks, a DJ, line dancing and book giveaways in the Bezazian parking lot. See the Bezazian's new Biblio Bike (pictured above), ridden for the first time!

For more information, check out the Facebook Events Page.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

What's That Sound? Probably Air Show Practice

A gentle reminder, particularly to those who may be new to Chicago, that the Air & Water Show takes place this weekend, and the aircraft practice their moves in advance. Thursday and Friday prior to the show are rehearsal days.

If you hear loud and low-flying jets around Uptown, it's likely not anything nefarious. They practice over the lake, so we have a front-row seat for some of their warm-ups. This year's show will feature the Harrier II and the Navy's Blue Angels.

There may be loud noises Saturday and Sunday as the planes leave for their next destinations and create sonic booms.

The actual show takes place between Navy Pier and Fullerton, with North Avenue Beach being the prime viewing spot.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

George Maher Sheridan Road Mansion Sells, To Be Rehabbed

Just 12 days after the George Maher-designed home at 4506 Sheridan Road went on the market in June, it went under contract. The sale closed on Tuesday, according to Crain's. Uptown family-owned apartment rental company Slater Realty & Investments bought it, and according to the realtor, plans a full rehab.

In the past 120 years or so, the home has at various times been a private residence, a restaurant, a homeless shelter, and a funeral home. It is described as being in rough condition, with some beautiful original elements remaining. We look forward to seeing its next incarnation, and we are delighted to hear it will be restored.

See Crain's for more details of the sale, and Uptown Update's June post for a more detailed history of the home.