A thrilling 20-minute fireworks show, enjoyed by folks at the beach,
in high-rises, and in Margate Park.
in high-rises, and in Margate Park.
|Current view of the upcoming Cantina de la Granja at Clark & Winnemac|
|Sen. Kirk (light blue shirt) and Lisa Madigan (purple shirt) hoisting the Cup|
(photo by Milos Otic)
|Crew owners Mark Robertson and Mike Sullivan (photo by Milos Otic)|
|The area of the bridge where concrete chunks fell over the weekend,|
necessitating the closure of the westbound lanes and emergency repairs
|This section of the bridge was already in bad shape in 2008, |
when Uptown Update did a story about the crumbling infrastructure, but ....
|... it's in even worse shape now, with more exposed rebar and more corroded concrete.|
Note in particular how badly the back bridge support has deteriorated. (Photo taken June 27, 2015)
UPTOWN UNDERGROUND, 4707 North Broadway, catches you coming and going. They're having a Pre-Parade Staging Party beginning at 10am. "As you're staking your spot for the festivities, find shelter from the sun at our watering hole this Pride. We're opening our doors early, 10 am early. Come see Muffy Fishbasket and her Broadway Divas as we all await the first float." Then at 2pm, it's the Post-Parade Party. "When the parade passes, follow the parade of patrons to the hottest after-party in town at Uptown Underground. Expect spontaneous performances from our residents and guests throughout the day and evening as you enjoy a treat at our Hot Dog Buffet."
BAKER & NOSH, at 1303 West Wilson, will have the La Columbe coffee truck out front giving out freebies. NOTE: B&N is closing at noon!
"Remember this little guy? La Colombe will be here this Sunday, to help celebrate what will undoubtedly be one of the most historic Pride weekends ever! Stop by on the way to the parade, enjoy a tasty treat along with a free cup of coffee. We are guessing several of you will need a little "kick start" to get the day going. Have a safe and happy Pride weekend!!"
DRIFTWOOD, 1021 West Montrose, is right where the parade kicks off. It will open at 11am.
CREW, at 4804 North Broadway, says, "To all the parade goers and float riders and parade-skippers, stop during and after the parade tomorrow for some cool refreshing beverages! We open at 11:30.
Miller Lite Pitchers $11.50; Double Bloody Marys $7.00; Mimosa Pitchers $14.00; Beergarita Pints $4.75"
LA CIUDAD serves up the tastiest Mexican food, and it's BYOB. They're located at 4515 North Sheridan.
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For the last four years, the three of us at Friends of the 46th Ward Schools have worked hard to support the schools in the 46th Ward. Along with some key supporters, we have organized five school supply drives, pulled off three fundraisers, and brought in thousands of dollars in donations for the schools in our ward, all while parenting five young children among us, working our regular day jobs, and living our lives in the 46th Ward.You can contact Friends of the 46th Ward Schools here.
Whoever thinks one person can't make an impact is wrong, wrong, wrong! We have loved every minute of it. We've witnessed the generosity of our community. We've seen residents, businesses, teachers, students, local government, and parents unite to support our schools. We've grown personally as we accomplished things we've never done and didn't know we could do. And we've been inspired by all of our supporters.
As our kids grow older and our lives demand more from us, we've found ourselves with less to give Friends of the 46th Ward Schools. We absolutely do not want all of our hard work over the last four years to go to waste (not to mention our own funds we've contributed to the group's formation). But, in order to continue as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, we need to pass on much of the organizational leadership to new board members.
We need someone (or a few someones) who can take over and implement his/her/their own vision for supporting the 46th Ward's public schools. We'll be around to help and advise, but we'd love for someone to come in and take over and do your thing. Or discover your thing. No experience necessary, just some time on your hands and a desire to contribute somehow, some way. We've done a lot of the hard stuff already: 501(c)(3) registration, website, social media, community networking, relationships with schools. The structure is there. We just can't continue at the level we think the organization needs.
We'll be honest with you. If we don't find anyone to take over the reigns, we will be forced to dissolve. It has been an extremely difficult conclusion to come to, but we know what we're capable of and we can't deny that life and children are pulling us in different directions.
If you think you might be interested in working with our group, please let us know. You don't have to commit now. We can meet for coffee and just chat. If you know someone who you think might be looking for a volunteer opportunity or a way to make an impact in the community, please pass our message along.
We'd love to give someone the opportunity to experience the sense of community and personal growth we've experienced over the last four years. It has changed our lives for the better. Will it change yours?
|Photo by Melissa Salvatore for Splash|
It was at the moment that I realized that it was OK to ask for help, because I had no other choice. It was OK to let go and ask selfishly of those who love me most — I have given freely of myself for as long as I can remember but this is my time to take — and as much as that may have felt unnatural, it also felt right, for the first time ever. [...]Our links to Part I and Part II of Jay's diary are hyperlinked. Jay is in our thoughts and prayers as he continues this phase of his life as "a newly appointed Warrior against stage IV cancer."
If there is one thing I have learned more than anything from cancer, it is how to graciously accept the unbelievable amount of love and kindness that has overtaken me from all directions. Of course, my dear friends and family have been beyond remarkable, but what has really taken me aback has been the outpouring of love and emotion from people I knew only in passing or those whom I had not known at all.
|The 3 story section of 1132-40 W. Wilson along Clifton|
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|A new Uptown banner gracing a not-so beautiful light pole on Lawrence|
|A better view of the banners that are sponsored by local businesses|