Sunday, September 24, 2017

Last Outdoor Movie In The Park At Buttercup Park On Saturday, September 30th


The last outdoor Movie In The Park of the year will be held on Saturday, September 30th, at Buttercup Park (Ainslie and Sheridan). It will begin at dusk (approximately 7pm). See the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures, the story of three African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in the early days of NASA and space travel.

Bring your blankets, chairs, picnics and popcorn and enjoy the show!

The film is brought to Uptown by the Buttercup Park Advisory Council. The summer's film program was curated by Victor Herrera.

The Facebook Event Page is here.

Ora Oral Surgery Opens Its Uptown Branch On Monday


As we told you last May, Ora Oral Surgery is coming to Uptown at 4814 North Clark. The second location of the company (first location is in the South Loop) opens Monday, September 25th. You can read more about Dr. Steven Koos and his practice at Ora's website. We welcome Ora to Uptown!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Free Walk-In Flu Shots Are Available Beginning Next Week To Chicago Residents


Even though it's beastly hot at the moment, real winter and the flu season are coming.

As usual, the City of Chicago is offering residents free flu shots at walk-in clinics around the city, beginning next week. Here are the dates in Uptown and the surrounding areas:

  • Tuesday, September 26th, 10am-2pm - 48th Ward Office, 5533 N Broadway
  • Tuesday, October 3rd, 10am-2pm - 40th Ward Office, 5850 N Lincoln
  • Saturday, October 14, 9am-1pm - Sulzer Library, 4455 N Lincoln
  • Thursday, October 19, 11am-1pm - 19th District Police Station, 850 W Addison
  • Saturday, October 28, 9am-2pm - Truman College, 1145 W Wilson (Family Flu Day)
  • Thursday, November 2, 10am-1pm - Weiss Chicago Medical Group, 4700 N Marine
  • Wednesday, November 8, 9am-3pm - Chicago Police Area North HQ, 2452 N Western
  • There are also free walk-in flu shots available at 845 W Wilson, 2nd Level - hours are M-W-F 8:30am - 3:30pm, Tu-Th 9am-4:30pm
The entire flu shot walk-in clinic schedule, including City Hall times and dates, is available here.

Uptown Garden Walk and Presentations This Sunday


You are invited to the Institute of Cultural Affairs' Second Annual Uptown Garden Walk, on Sunday, September 24th.

The walk includes 24 gardens and trees, and you can visit them on self-guided tours or on one of the two guided tours. Scheduled activities are listed below. All tours & presentations start at ICA GreenRise, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd.
  • 1PM — Presentations from local experts about urban agriculture in Uptown’s coastal zone, offering a short history of the coast, implications of climate change, and a closer look at Weiss Hospital’s Urban Rooftop Farm. This session and the following Coastal Harvest Tour is in partnership with the Out and About Uptown’s Coast series.
  • 2PM — Coastal Harvest Tour complements the 1PM presentations with a focus on urban agriculture initiatives along Uptown’s inner and outer coast.
  • 4PM — Tree Tour in celebration of the early fall season, led by Andrew Lueck of Planned Forest.
For self-guided tours, you can pick up a map at ICA GreenRise, 4750 N Sheridan, or Everybody’s Coffee, 935 W Wilson on September 24th between 10am and 5pm. Digital maps are forthcoming and can be found here when they are available.

The Garden Walk is free, and all are welcome to attend. RSVP is encouraged for those who plan to attend the presentations, the Coastal Harvest Tour, or the Tree Tour.

The Facebook Event Page is here.

Positive Loitering Tonight at 6PM - Broadway & Wilson

Positive Loitering is back for its ninth year in Uptown. Residents and police 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."

Nibble Your Way Through Uptown Next Wednesday



The 2nd Annual Taste of Uptown takes place next Wednesday, September 27th, between 6pm and 9pm. Last year sold out, so hurry to get your tickets! They are $25 in advance, $35 at the door (if available).

Pick up your passport at Fat Cat and stroll around Uptown for an evening of nibbles and tastes at 20 different restaurants.

A portion of the profits will benefit Inspiration Corporation, an Uptown organization helping those who are homeless increase their self-sufficiency.

The route will feature small bites and samples from a variety of Uptown restaurants:
  • Tesfa Ethiopian
  • Fat Cat
  • My Chocolate Soul (Hosted by Spoil Me Salon)
  • Demera Ethiopian
  • Emerald City Coffee
  • Kāl’ish Short Order Vegan
  • Longacre Pizza
  • Everybody’s Coffee (Hosted by First Ascent Uptown)
  • Provisions Uptown
  • First Sip Café (Hosted by Aardvark Insurance)
  • Heritage Outpost
  • Immm Rice & Beyond
  • Sol’s on Sheridan
  • Klein’s Bakery & Cafe (Hosted by Uptown Underground)
  • Selam Ethiopian Kitchen
  • Fiesta Mexicana Uptown
  • The Jerk Stop
  • The Mukase Restaurant
  • Blk Diamond Smok’s (Hosted by Uptown Underground)
  • And don’t miss the after-party at Larry’s at the Lawrence House!
For more information, visit this page.

A Visit To Tesfa Ethiopian Cuisine


If you'd like to try a new restaurant that's a little off the beaten path, we suggest you make your way to Tesfa Ethiopian Cuisine, at 1023 West Wilson, across the street from Sonic. We tried it for the first time this week. Our only regret is that we didn't bring wine to this BYOB storefront restaurant. *More about this later.


Tesfa is owned by an Uptown-based family. They came here from a small village in Southern Ethiopia, near the Kenyan border, where they were forced to move frequently due to drought, war, and tribal conflicts. They eventually made their way to Chicago, and Uptown. The word "tesfa" means "hope" -- they explained that they always hold out hope that they are making their community better through their presence and that they are providing a safe and happy gathering place for neighbors and customers.


Tesfa is open seven days a week, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition, they hold tasting events, such as those for different types of Kenyan and Ethiopian coffee. When we first sat down, they brought out complimentary cups of delicately spiced tea, their mother's private blend.


The appetizers and entrees were delicious. We each ordered an entree consisting of three items ($10 per entree), which came combined on a tray for us to share, with plenty of injera (Ethiopian flatbread) to scoop up the food. Some parts of the meal were spicy, and some weren't at all. The spicier portions had us wishing for a nice bottle of wine to help wash them down.

There are vegetarian and meat entrees, and the description of the desserts made us decide to stop by some day soon for an "afternoon tea" of African coffee and sweets. The service was warm, attentive, and helpful.

*About the wine: Tesfa and Provisions Uptown have formed a partnership. Get your BYOB bottle at Provisions to bring to Tesfa and take 10% off.

Check out Tesfa on Yelp, Facebook, and GrubHub. Or give them a try at the upcoming Taste of Uptown on Wednesday. We very much enjoyed our first visit, and we'll be back.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Construction Begins on Structurally Deficient Lake Shore Drive Underpasses


Construction work began Monday morning, the first step in rebuilding the two dangerous viaducts at Wilson and Lawrence under Lake Shore Drive. Scaffolding is up, traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction, and the sound of jackhammers can be heard. It is estimated that the work rebuilding the viaducts will take six months to complete.

Uptown Update has been running stories about the falling chunks of concrete and hazardous conditions under and around the two viaducts for nearly ten years. The Tribune picked up the story earlier this year. We hope we never again have to post stories like this or this or this.

We look forward to bridges that are safe for all who travel under them.

A Look At The First Day Of The New Main Wilson Station Entrance





Thank you to reader PKS for sharing her photos of what it was like to commute from the new Main Entrance of the Wilson Red Line station Wednesday morning.