Sunday, May 19, 2019

Someone's Breaking Car Windows, and The Cops Have Issued An Alert

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In several communities north of Lawrence Avenue, including Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park, Lincoln Square, and West Ridge, someone is throwing bricks or rocks through the back windows of vehicles. We're gonna take a wild guess that it's for the purpose of burglarizing them.

A few words:
  • Don't make your vehicle a target. Don't leave anything -- anything -- in plain sight in your vehicle. We've heard of windows being broken for car chargers and bottles of soda.
  • If you know anything, please call the detectives. The number is 312-744-8263.
  • If see see something suspicious, call 911. "Call 911 immediately and provide a detailed description of the offender(s) including any vehicle description and license plate information."
According to a statement released by the police, it is likely one or two persons creating all this mayhem, described as a male or males wearing a long hooded jacket, dark pants, and light colored gym shoes.

The incidents times and locations are (Uptown locations highlighted):
  • 1200 block of W. Arthur Ave. on May 01, 2019 at approximately 3:00 PM
  • 7500 block of N. Ridge Blvd. on May 03-04, 2019 between 9:00 PM - 6:00 AM
  • 4900 block of N. Marine Dr. on May 07-08, 2019 between 5:30 PM - 6:45 AM
  • 7400 block of N. Sheridan Rd. on May 09-10, 2019 between 9:45 PM - 12:00 AM
  • 1900 block of W. Lawrence Ave. on May 11-12, 2019 between 9:50 PM- 9:45 AM
  • 1100 block of W. Columbia Ave. on May 12-13, 2019 between 2:00 PM- 7:30 AM
  • 900 block of W. Carmen Ave. on May 14-15, 2019 between 6:00 PM – 7:50 AM
  • 7100 block of N. Paulina St. on May 15-16, 2019 between 10:00 PM – 8:00 AM
  • 2800 block of W. Chase Ave. on May 18, 2019 between 3:19 AM – 4:00 AM
  • 2900 block of W. Sherwin Ave. on May 18, 2019 between 3:00 AM – 4:00 AM
  • 7500 block of N. Rockwell St. on May 18, 2019 between 12:55 PM – 1:20 PM
  • 2800 block of W. Touhy Ave. on May 18, 2019 between 3:00 AM – 4:00 AM
  • 1000 block of W. Balmoral Ave. on 17-18, 2019 between 3:30 PM – 12:25 PM
  • 2900 block of W. Jerome St. on May 18, 2019 at approximately 6:30 PM

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Vintage Garage's 2019 Season Will Be In Evanston, Starting Sunday, May 19th

Go north, sellers and buyers of vintage goods!

Vintage Garage, which spent many summer seasons at 5051 Broadway, has gone suburban due to construction at the its long-time home base.

You can visit it at 1800 Maple in Evanston, between 10am and 5pm. The selling floor is the fifth floor of the garage, with free parking on Floors 1 through 4. Or, take the Purple Line to the Davis stop!

Admission is $6 (kids free) and the Garage will take place on three Sundays: May 19, July 21 and September 21st.

We hear that there's a full house on board for Sunday, so if you love vintage records, clothing, furniture, jewelry, tchotchkes, and more, you know where to find it.

Safe from wind and rain and weather conditions in general. ;-)

See the website here.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Farewell From Ald. Pawar

Ald. Pawar, who made a 2011 campaign promise that he would not seek a third term in office as 47th Ward alderman, released his final newsletter today, on his last day in office:

"This is it! This is my final newsletter as your alderman. I remember writing my first one 8 years ago and now here we are.

On Monday, Matt Martin will be our alderman – and he is going to be great. My office has provided everything he needs to get going on Monday.

As I was cleaning out my office, I found the first speech I gave as alderman. On inauguration night in 2011, I said this in front of our community and my supporters: “This will probably be the last time I get to own my story – everyone has told the version that is easiest to tell. But you deserve to hear the whole story; it is a story about personal sacrifice, shoe leather, friendship, and you.” Looking back, I was right about my story but what struck me was the part of the speech where I talked about quitting the campaign. Here it is:

“I was a full-time graduate student and working and campaigning full-time. I had a book contract to fulfill. And fifteen months into the campaign, I was working 15-18 hours a day and the campaign was running on my credit card. I was tired and felt defeated. So I quit. I was done with it. I walked away.

But being the good friends that Charna and Sam are, they got me to knock on doors one last time. It was cold and I was tired. And that is when I realized that money and resources from progressives and donors would likely not come. But, it was during that night of door knocking that there was some clarity. 

There is nothing more pure about our political process than talking to you. It didn't matter that I had no money or that I was a renter or young or whatever trope was being used against me. What mattered was that we were all concerned about schools, services, and our city. I was back--and all-in.

It was after the debate at Coonley Elementary that we got the Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune endorsement. The rest is history.

But I never thought I would give a speech and admit that I quit. The reason I am telling you this story is because I want everyone to know how important it was to me when I got your support. And how hard it was for me when we felt alone. And most important of all, the next time someone comes to you for support, whether it be for a recommendation, a box of girl scout cookies, a lead on an internship, or even someone who is running for office, that you believe them like you believe in a 10 year old who wants to be an astronaut. 

We never tell a child to stop believing – we encourage idealism; yet as adults we often don’t support people who swing big. Public service and public engagement and real change is about supporting families, communities, and individuals who think big, who are willing to put themselves out there, and need your help. It’s not about giving big – it’s about giving something – just what you can—sometimes a signature on a petition, a $5 check, or just showing up in the cold. This is how we should be supporting one another and how we get to real change."

You allowed me to go big. To pass legislation. To organize around neighborhood high schools. To challenge the narrative that poor people are poor because they make bad decisions. To run for governor and challenge wealth worship. We accomplished a lot. I made some mistakes along the way, but you stuck with me and we stuck together.

Now let’s do the same for Matt and Lori.

One last time: thank you to Jim, Brad, Erick, Ernie, Dara, Danny, Bill, and all of our amazing volunteers. Thank you to Charna – my partner and the love of my life – for making all of this possible.

Thank you and see you around the neighborhood.

Pawar out."

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

CEDARst Plans Development Near Lawrence & Winthrop

Cedar Street's proposal for 4750 N. Winthrop
CEDARst plans to build a 4 story development on a parking lot it purchased back in 2015. 

Truman Square Neighbors Block Club will meet with the developer to discuss plans for the development that would fill a parking lot that was formerly a residential building decades ago on Winthrop just south of Lawrence. A total of 84 residential units, with a mix of one bedrooms as well as studios are planned with 37 parking spaces on site.
The current parking lot at 4750 N. Winthrop
View the entire proposal here on Alderman Cappleman's Zoning & Development page.

UU Note: The apartment building that once stood at 4750 Winthrop (1910s postcard)

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Park Bait Shop: 61 Years, Three Generations, and Still Going Strong

Back in the 1930s, bait shops lined the Chicago lakefront, supplying people who fished to feed their families during the Great Depression. There's been a shop at the intersection of Montrose Avenue and Montrose Harbor Drive since at least that time.

Willie Greene used to be a supplier for the shop that was there then. In 1958, he bought the place and named it "Park Bait Shop." 61 years later, his daughter Stacey Greene owns it and runs the place, assisted by her son.

Meet the second and third generations of the family who make their living at one of the oldest bait shops in Chicago, right here in Uptown, thanks to Jay's Chicago on WTTW.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Six Sundays In Uptown: A Course On Jewish Prayer and Spiritual Experience

From Chabad of Uptown:

With All My Heart: The Jewish Art of Prayer and Spiritual Experience
6 Sunday mornings in Uptown

Whether you’re seeking relief from stress; you’re hoping for focus, clarity, and connection to a raw and vulnerable place deep within you; or you just want to start each day from a positive, humble, and grateful frame of mind, this course is for you.

Jewish wisdom teaches profound techniques to give wings to our emotions and words to our yearnings, allowing us to make contact and communicate with something larger than ourselves and feel comfort and shelter within a reality that’s more whole, more intense, more real, and more beautiful.

Join us for the remarkable course on six Sunday mornings, starting May 12th 11:00am - 12:30pm, RSVP today at

The Facebook Event Page is here

Montrose Beach Clean-Up This Saturday, Volunteers Welcome

The Alliance for the Great Lakes will be holding a clean-up of Montrose Dog Beach as part of its Adopt-A-Beach program on Saturday, May 11th, between 9am and 11am, in conjunction with event sponsor Alitzer Paloucek Group with CrossCountry Mortgage, Inc. Meet-up is at the restrooms.

Everyone is invited to join in. All cleanup materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own gloves, bucket and reusable cup. Supplies, light snacks, refreshments and tunes provided by the Altizer Palouceck Group.

If you're not sure where the dog beach is, here's a map.

Community Coffee and Polynesian Dance At Bezazian This Saturday

From Mark Kaplan, branch manager at the Bezazian Branch Library, at Magnolia and Ainslie:

"Saturday is just around the corner and we have two superb programs at Bezazian:

At 10am come meet our social worker Justine Janis and chat with neighbors at our first Community Coffee--coffee and treats will be served.

At 11am we will have a Polynesian dance performance by local troupe Isla Pacifika in recognition of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month."

Here are more details:

10am-11am: "Join us for our first Community Coffee, a casual event where you can meet neighbors you know or someone you don’t for the first time. This event features Bezazian and Uptown Branch social worker Justine Janis who will tell you what she does and what she can do for those who seek her assistance. Coffee and snacks will be served. Followed immediately by a spectacular Polynesian dance performance."

11am-noon: "In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we welcome Polynesian dance troupe Isla Pacifika, a Chicago-based group whose mission is sharing the art and heritage of Polynesia. They will perform dances from Hawaii, Tahiti, Guam and Samoa."

The Bezazian Branch Library is located at 1226 West Ainslie, immediately west of National Car Wash.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

14-Year-Old Boy Charged With Attempted First-Degree Murder In Argyle Platform Shootings (Update: Released By Judge With No Supervision!)

NOTE: Because the accused is a minor, he has rights that adults accused of crimes do not. He cannot be mentioned by name. We do not have the right to print his criminal record, or officially know anything about him except that he is a minor. Tread carefully in the comments.

Update: Unbelievably, on Friday Judge Linda Pauel at juvenile court released the suspect with no supervision, no electronic monitoring, nothing. As far as we know, charges are still pending, but the boy will not be held in custody or monitored in any way until his next hearing.

The cops did exemplary work in finding him and charging him. The judicial system... wow. Mind blown. Unbelievable.

From CBS Chicago:

"After a court appearance Friday the 14-year-old boy, charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery, was released by a judge with no supervision.

A judge made that decision over the objections of prosecutors.

“At today’s detention hearing, we requested the minor be held in custody,” the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said in a statement. “The court made the finding that under the law the minor must be released because he was held in custody for 42 hours …  and not brought before a judicial officer within 24 hours.”

The state’s attorney asked for electronic monitoring for the suspect, but it was denied."

According to the Sun-Times, the suspect's next court day is on Monday, May 13th.

Update: According to CBS Chicago, the State's Attorney's Office is blaming the police for procedural errors that resulting in him being released. The police are disputing the State's Attorney's version of what happened and saying that they got the alleged shooter before a judge in plenty of time. The judge will not discuss the case due to the boy's juvenile status.

Original Story, printed 5/9/19, 11:32pm:

Fourteen years old.

Fourteen years old.

That's the age of the suspect is who is charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of two men on the Argyle Red Line station platform on Monday.

He is charged with One Felony Count of Attempted First Degree Murder and One Felony Count of Aggravated Battery/Discharge of a Firearm.

According to a release from the CPD:

"A 14-year-old male juvenile was placed in custody on May 8, 2019 at approximately 5:00 p.m. on the 3100 block of W. Monroe St. The juvenile offender was identified as the individual who fired several shots, striking a 44-year-old male and a 34-year-old male on the CTA Red Line platform on May 6, 2019 at 4:01 p.m. in the 1000 block of W. Argyle.

The juvenile offender was arrested and charged accordingly. No further information is available at this time."

He will face a judge on Friday, May 10th, in Juvenile Court at 1100 S. Hamilton.

Broadway Streetscape Comes (Nearly) Full Circle

We've got color! Work on the sculpture at the Racine/Broadway Plaza is nearly complete, as color was added to the color wheel this week. The sculpture is based on a design by Uptown artist Lowell Thompson.

After a year and a half of work that has included resurfacing the streets, improving the lighting, adding new curbs, adding safer pedestrian walkways, adding new trees and planters, and the addition of the plaza, the streetscaping project is nearly complete.

Here's to a new and improved Entertainment District, right in the heart of vintage Uptown.

"Share" Your Haircut With A Domestic Violence Survivor On May 21st, 22nd

Extra Police Patrols in 19th District Saturday Night, As DUI Strike Force Will Be Out

Everyone knows not to drink and drive, but Saturday night will be an especially bad time for it, because the CPD's DUI Strike Force will be out in the 19th District.

The special patrols will begin at 7pm on Saturday and continue until 3am Sunday. The press release mentions that "The purpose of this program is to saturate a pre-designated area with roving police officers that continually monitor vehicular traffic for signs of impaired driving. Patrols also place emphasis on speed, alcohol-related and safety belt violations."

In a similar saturation in the 18th District (lakefront south of Fullerton) last weekend, 107 violations were written for everything from DUI to unsafe vehicle violations to insurance violations.

The 19th District includes all of Uptown south of Lawrence. Its boundaries are Lawrence, Fullerton, the lake and the river.

Pro tip: Lyft, Uber and taxis are a lot cheaper than fighting a DUI charge.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Ald. Pawar To Hold Final 47th Ward Town Hall

From Ald. Pawar, who will be leaving office next week, per an election promise to only serve two terms as alderman of the 47th Ward:

"Dear Neighbor,

We’re coming down to the wire as our last day in office will be Friday, May 17. Come JOIN US at our final TOWN HALL on Tuesday evening to discuss all the work we've done together."