Monday, July 8, 2013

... And Another Begins:
Buena Park Open Day on Sunday

Enjoy Uptown's newest Festival:

"Buena Park Open Day
Sunday, July 14 • Noon to 5 pm
Entrance at 4200 N Clarendon at Buena

Chicago’s Newest Neighborhood Festival

This inaugural  summer festival gives you an inside look at a classic Chicago neighborhood that is architecturally significant, culturally diverse, artistically innovative—and a whole lot of fun. Enjoy!

  • Hutchinson Street. Chicago Architecture Foundation 30-minute sidewalk tours of the George Maher houses: 30 minute walks at 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2, 3 and 4.
  • St. Mary of the Lake. Tours of both interior and exterior of this historic 100-year-old Italian Renaissance church led by Father Jim. 2:15 pm and 3 pm.  4200 N. Sheridan Rd.
  • Smart Love House. Tours of the house known affectionately as the Mansion on Buena. All day. Buena and Clarendon.

  • Ginkgo Organic Gardens. Meet volunteers, take tours and, learn about this community garden.  Plus they will be grilling and sharing food.. All Day. 4055 N. Kenmore.
  • Peace Garden (4200 N Marine Drive)
12:30-2:  talk with a Chicago Park District Horticulturalist and learn about the native plantings
3:00-5:00 Get down with the LowEndTheory Drum Ensemble A fusion of West African beats mixed with a touch of hip-hop flavor that is sure to get your hips movin'! .
  • Arts Expo.  Local authors and storytelling.  Different authors every hour.  Plus check out the art on the walls  4101 N. Broadway.
  • Master Class Showcase.  Watch new scenes every 15 minutes! 2 pm to 4 pm.  Profiles Theatre, 4147 Broadway

  • Pawcasso Challenger Bark.  Canine painting at this fund raiser for PAWS.  Note: separate fee. Noon to 1:30 pm at Buena and Kenmore.
  • CDOT Bicycle Ambassadors.  Noon to 3 pm.   Bike safety tips and a Bike Rodeo.  Smart Love parking lot
  • Family-Friendly Activities and Games. All Day. Smart Love House.

  • Chitown Tamales Food Truck—Smart Love House parking lot
  • Ice Cream from the Melody Ice Cream Co.—at Smart Love House
  • Bar-B-Q and Lemonade—Ginkgo Organic Gardens
  • Special offers on refreshments from our sponsors:
• The Reservoir, 844 W. Montrose
• Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena
• Michael’s Pizzeria & Tavern, 4091 N. Broadway
•The Dollop, 4181 N Clarendon
Many thanks to our sponsors. Their commitment to our neighborhood has made this event possible. Show them some love!
Reside living • Thorek Hospital • 7/Eleven • The Reservoir • Chase Bank • Princess Cleaners • SSA 24 • Clarendon Market • Coldwell Banker • PHH Home Loans • Matt’s Cookies  • Impark • Razon Restaurant • European and US Car Service"


  1. Looking forward to it. Thank you Sponsors!

  2. This is fantastic! I know what I'm doing on Saturday! Definitely looking forward to the tours. I've not had the pleasure of Father Jim's tour of St. Mary of the Lake- he's such a wonderful person. Thanks so much for passing along the information!