Saturday, April 21, 2018

"Meeting House Tavern" Coming Soon To Clark & Winnemac

5025 N. Clark (at Winnemac) and future home of "Meeting House Tavern" (Google)
We've heard rumors for some time now about the former owners of Crew and their plans to open up a new neighborhood watering hole in the area.

According to liquor license applications with the city, we now know that Mark Robertson and Michael Sullivan intend to open "Meeting House Tavern" at 5025 N. Clark. You might recall that Hutch recently opened in the back portion of this building. Meeting House Tavern would occupy the front two floors of the building along Clark.

Not much else to go on besides the liquor application. But once we hear more of what to expect, we will pass it along.

Final Permit Issued, 5050 N. Broadway Is Ready To Go

Rendering of completed 5050 N. Broadway (Booth Hansen)
Permit approval on the city's building website
Final permits were just approved for Cedar Street's conversion of the former AON building into 342 residential units and retail. The estimated cost of this conversion is listed as $20,000,000. Demolition of the tower building was to begin this month and move into the rest of the building by May 1. The facade of the current building will be removed and a sleek and modern glass curtain wall will be added, likely by January.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Clean-Up Green-Up Is This Saturday

If you do a little spring cleaning this week, here are a few items to drop-off at this Saturday’s Clean-Up Green-Up...
  • Food, both for pets and humans, for a food pantry
  • Unwanted vases, Random Acts of Flowers repurposes them by creating beautiful floral arrangements for nursing homes.
  • Books, For Bezazian Branch Library’s used book sale.
  • Old medications, C3 volunteer deliveries them to be disposed of properly.
  • Unwanted bicycles, Igor can rebuild them or repurpose the parts.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Weiss Plaza Facelift Gets Underway

It looks like the $500,000 renovation of Weiss Plaza (Lawrence/Sheridan) has begun! The front facades of all the stores have been removed and there is scaffolding up at the former JJ Peppers storefront. Here's a rendering of what it may look like.

Many readers have commented that they would like to see the plaza torn down and a high-rise or mid-rise mixed-use building replace it. We can argue about the best use for the property all day long, but the owners alone get to make that decision. Since they're sinking half a million dollars into updating the retail spaces' facades, we're guessing they've decided to keep it a shopping center, at least for now.

Here's to a better-looking strip mall and full tenancy.

Beat 2024 CAPS Meeting is Thursday Night

Beat 2024 (the area bordered by the lake, Lawrence, Winthrop, and Foster) is having its bimonthly CAPS meeting on Thursday, April 20th, at 7pm.

It's held at the Margate Park Fieldhouse, 4921 North Marine Drive. It's a chance to find out crime statistics for the past couple months in the area, speak with police officers, a representative from the alderman's office, and your neighbors about what's going on in your community and what to do to help make Uptown safer.

Beat 2024 CAPS is held the third Thusday of even-numbered months.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Shredding Services Available

Now that tax season is over, you may have lots of papers with sensitive information to dispose of. Here are two ways to do it, confidentially and free, in the community:
  1. There will be a paper shredding event at the 46th Ward Office on Friday between 2:30pm and 4:30pm. A truck will be parked in front of 4544 North Broadway and will shred papers on the spot. (There will be an electronics recycling/paper shredding event later this summer on a Saturday.)
  2. Staples will shred up to a pound of paper for free between now and April 21st. Get your coupon here. (The coupon code is 45797.)

"Out and About Uptown's Coast" Series Wraps Up With Green Infrastructure & A Stroll

After nearly a year of exploring various facets of "Out and About Uptown's Coast," the series will conclude on Saturday, April 28th, with a look at Green Infrastructure followed by a two-mile walk.

"Green Infrastructure: Building with Nature, scheduled for April 28th, 2018, at 2:30PM, will be the ninth and final session of the Out and About Uptown’s Coast environmental education series.

The session will start at 2:30PM at the ICA GreenRise, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd.  Local experts will explore various facets and benefits of green infrastructure in Uptown. Melanie Eckner from the Uptown Coastal Initiative will offer a history of Uptown’s Coast, and Carl Giometti from the Chicago Ornithological Society will share about bird-safe building design.

The session concludes with a special 2-mile walk to the coast, highlighting green infrastructure in the Leland Greenway, Lincoln Park Honeybee Grove, Marovitz Savanna, Purple Martin Houses, Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary, ending at Montrose Point Beach Dunes. Special guests from animalia project and the Purple Martin Monitoring Program will lend their expertise during the tour.

The session is free, and participants can RSVP for the session at"

The Facebook event page is here.

The Tiles, They Are A-Changin'

Close-up detail of terra cotta on the Rubloff Building, former the Majestic Store (Everything for Men) at Broadway and Leland. The tile was removed and restored by Gladding, Mcbean in Lincoln, California, which has been in business since 1875.

This is what they had to work with (picture from 2008):

And this (courtesy of Mark2400 on Flickr):

ICA Sponsors Discussion of Immigration And Uptown On April 25

ICA will launch another series next week: the Conversations for Social Justice. The intention of this series is to engage the Uptown community in conversations on topics with city-wide and national relevance.

Join us on Wednesday, April 25th from 4:30-6:30pm for the first event of the series, focused on Immigration. The session features Father Brendan A. Curran, O.P. of Dominican University, Claudia Lucera of CRLN – Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America, and Jims Porter of RefugeeONE. After hearing from featured speakers, there will be a facilitated audience discussion.

The Facebook event page is here.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Community Round Table Discussion On Police Reform Tuesday, April 17th

We apologize for the short notice on this; it just arrived on Monday.
  • The IL Attorney General’s Office is seeking your input about how to improve public safety and build community trust. Share your personal experiences, concerns or suggestions.
There will be a community round table discussion tonight (Tuesday, April 17th) as part of the Office of the Attorney General's work on police reform.

Some background:  Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit to seek an enforceable consent decree to implement reforms outlined by the U.S. Department of Justice in its investigation of the CPD. A consent decree would be overseen by a federal judge, with help from an independent monitor.

"The goal of the roundtable discussions is to ensure that all Chicagoans have an opportunity to provide meaningful input on the terms of the consent decree.

UIC’s Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement will be leading small group discussions that will follow a brief overview on what a consent decree is and how the information that participants provide will be used. All feedback at these events will be anonymous and will be incorporated into a final report prepared by UIC.

The event will be held Tuesday, April 17th at Alternatives, Inc. Doors open at 6pm and dinner will be served. Roundtable discussions begin at 6:15pm.

If community members would like to provide feedback, but are unable to attend one of the scheduled community roundtables, they can submit feedback through the consent decree website at

You can also leave feedback by leaving a message at 1.833.243.1498. @ILAttyGeneral."

Monday, April 16, 2018

A Look Inside Uptown Donuts

Wayne Johnson, Uptown resident and host of Wayne's Weekend, visited Uptown Donuts and made this mouth-watering video. Open bright and early in the morning, fellow donut cravers! At 1122 West Wilson.

This video is very enticing.....

Public Meeting On Renovations To Red Line Between Lawrence/Berwyn Stations

Rendering of proposed Bryn Mawr station
In his weekly newsletter, Ald. Osterman posted about a community meeting this Wednesday about the modernization of the Red Line for the stations between Lawrence and Berwyn:
"On Wednesday night, April 18th, I invite you to hear plans from the CTA regarding the Red Purple Modernization Project, which involves building new CTA stations at Bryn Mawr, Berwyn, Argyle, and Lawrence.
The meeting will start at 6:30 pm at St. Ita Social Hall, 5500 N Broadway. The CTA will outline the scope and the timetable for this important project, which will begin in earnest in 2020. My office, the CTA, and our local chambers of commerce are involved in planning to address the impacts on businesses and residents from this project."
We've been following the RPM project for years; our first post was in January 2011. You can see some of the history of the project here. Or go to on the CTA website to see the latest plans.

Get 'Em While They're Hot!

Let there be crullers, and long johns, and sprinkles!

Saturday morning, Uptown Donuts announced it is open for business. Stop by 1122 West Wilson (steps from the north auxiliary entrance to the train station) and enjoy.

They are still working out their hours based on demand, right now they open at 6am.