Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Two Big Uptown Developments Get Glass

The second floor of 4555 N. Sheridan gets its first windows
We are now getting our first glimpse of what to expect as two big Uptown developments move closer to completion.

CRG's TOD (seen above) at 4555 N. Sheridan has topped out and now windows are being installed along the second floor. Depending on your vantage point, the glass changes color and looks very cool. Expect to see the window installation speed up as we head deeper into winter.
5050 N. Broadway (The Draper) by Cedar Street Development
Cedar Street's upcoming development at 5050 N. Broadway known as "The Draper" is moving along as well. As you can see in the photo above, workers appear to be installing glass from the top downward. Quite a change from the old AON Building!

Thinking About Home Ownership?

Join 16-year Uptown resident Bethanie Williams at Fat Cat on Thursday night (4840 North Broadway) for a mixer and learn if making the leap into home ownership is for you. It's free and no-obligation.

Uptown Resident Has 38 Cars, And Legally Parks Them All On His Block

Approximately 30-32 cars can park along each side of the street on the 4700 block of Kenmore.

So what happens when one neighbor has 38 cars and parks them all there?

That's apparently what's happening, and it's legal.

According to Block Club Chicago, Michael O. of the 4700 block of Kenmore is the city’s most successful auto lender on the car-sharing platform Turo, and his home block is where he parks his fleet.  (Check them out here.)

Needless to say, it has led to parking headaches for his neighbors, who pay for zoned permit parking, only to find themselves circling the block to find spaces for their cars. Michael O. also puts lockboxes with keys to his vehicles on fences around the neighborhood, without the knowledge or consent of his neighbors.

A state bill that would regulate Turo and other car-sharing services passed both houses in Springfield last spring, only to be vetoed in a surprise move by Governor Rauner last August.

This week the legislators in the Illinois House and Senate will try to get enough votes to override the veto. SB2641 is on the calendar for a vote later today.

In an interview with NBC Chicago, Ald. Cappleman said a City Council ordinance limiting the number of cars one person can have in a permit-parking zone must wait until the state legislature takes action.

Until then, residents near the 4700 block of Kenmore will have to keep circling the block and hope this loophole gets fixed as soon as possible.

More info:

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Chicago DPD Tweets "Work On The Granddaddy Of All American Movie Palaces Will Begin Next Summer"

a 1926 photo of the lobby from Motion Picture News Magazine - click to enlarge
And here it is, from the Department of Planning & Development Twitter feed:

"Commission approves $13 million in TIF assistance and a $1 land sale on Lawrence Avenue to support the $75 million restoration of the Uptown Theatre.

Work on the granddaddy of all American movie palaces will begin next summer."

Tribune: "Uptown Theatre's $75 Million Restoration Will Begin Next Summer"

Check out the glorious rendering from architects Lamar Johnson Collaborative!

We are thrilled to see plans firming up for the future of the Uptown Theatre, something we've been waiting for a long time.

The Trib's story begins: "The long-awaited, $75 million restoration of the 93-year-old Uptown Theatre — among the highest profile historic rehabs in the city’s history — will begin next summer, Chicago’s Community Development Commission is to be told Tuesday.

Along with approving the public financing elements of the restoration for partners Jam Productions and Farpoint Development, the commission — its members were appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel — also is expected to approve the sale (for $1) of a 31,000-square-foot, city-owned parking lot at 1030 W. Lawrence Ave. in order to “support theater operations." The rest of the story is here.

On UU's Facebook page, Ald. Cappleman commented: "In April 2015, I announced that the rehab of this one-of-a-kind theater was my #1 priority. Since last June's official announcement, the outpouring of public support has been phenomenal, but that didn't surprise me at all. 

The TIF was created specifically for the restoration of this theater and I intend to use it for that very purpose. Since its closure almost 37 years ago, we've never been so close... so my focus remains on seeing my priority become a reality. I've worked too long and too hard not to see this through."

In another comment, regarding the city-owned parking lot that is next to the Uptown Lounge and will be used for a staging area for the next phase of the Red/Purple Line rebuild, Ald. Cappleman says: "[After the Lawrence Red Line rebuild], there will be a development built there that will also provide parking."

MORE Lights on Broadway

Workers are busy installing the remaining lighting on Broadway
Better late than never, right?

Workers were installing the remaining "acorn" style lighting on Broadway this morning as part of the big streetscaping project from Leland to Gunnison. These street level lights are being installed between the much taller lighting installed earlier.

Last up is the art piece that will be installed in the new Riviera Plaza just outside Pancake House.

We have heard rumblings that it was damaged during the manufacturing process and will likely be delayed further. Now that we are entering the snowy season, expect the unveiling to be announced once the snow stops flying, likely in the spring.

Something else to look forward to, however, art is subjective.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Aldi Grand Re-Opening Celebration On Thursday

We've had the Aldi Re-Opening.... now it's time for the Grand Re-Opening!

On Thursday, November 15th, there will be some special events at 4500 North Broadway:
  • "Sample some of our best products" (Sampling will occur in the morning only.)
  • "First 100 customers will have a chance to win a Gold Ticket worth up to $100 (On November 15 only")
    *UU Note: According to Knox News: "The first 100 shoppers through the door were handed a “Golden ticket” containing an ALDI gift card for a varying amount of $5-$100."
  • "Enter to win free produce for a year" ("Prize awarded in the form of ALDI Gift Cards. Based on a household average of $10 per week spent on produce at ALDI. One winner per participating store. See store for sweepstakes rules and details.")
  • "Receive a free Aldi eco-friendly bag (quantities are limited)"
Aldi's hours are Monday - Saturday: 9am-9pm and Sunday 9am-8pm.

Be Alert, And Keep Those Doors and Windows Locked

The 20th District says in a tweet: "Please be aware of this, and be sure to call 911 if you see suspicious activity. Also, we cannot emphasize enough the importance of locked doors and windows, even if you're home."

Friday, November 9, 2018

Jesus Guerrero, Age 75, Found - Help Needed Finding His Home and Family (UPDATED: Canceled)

Update: The CPD canceled this alert on Saturday afternoon, so presumably Mr. Guerrero is back home.

Original post: Does anyone know Jesus Guerrero? He is 75 years old and was found by the Chicago Fire Department wandering on the 2900 block of Lawrence.

He is non-communicative and cannot say who his family members are or where he lives.

He was found with ID that gives an address on the 1900 block of Leland, but authorities have not been able to locate his family.

He is 5'9" and weighs 150 lbs, with salt-and-pepper hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a black jacket, black pants, a red shirt and black boots when he was found.

He was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital for a well-being check.

If you recognize Mr. Guerrero, please call 911 or the CPD Area North Special Victims Unit at 312-744-8266.

Carol's New Style Means The Old Style Sign To Be Replaced (Updated)

As the Carol's Pub renovation continues, the outdoor "Old Style" sign came down on Wednesday.

Oh, the stories it could tell.

The owner of Carol's has said he will release information about the date of the reopening later this month. We can't wait.

Thanks to Bill Biederman for being the man on the scene with a camera.

UPDATE: From the comments on UU's Facebook page, "The new sign going on the front is actually the salvaged sign from Ollie's. It's very fitting to reclaim that to put on the new Carol's."

Got Shredding?

From Ald. Cappleman's newsletter:

"Please join us at our annual paper shredding event this Saturday. Today more than ever, it's important that documents are destroyed in a manner that protects your identify and credit rating.

Residents are limited to two boxes per family.

No glossy magazines or flyers will be accepted for shredding.

  • WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • WHERE: 46th Ward office, 4544 N. Broadway"

Buena Park Man Charged with Hate Crimes For Drawing Swastikas On Neighboring Homes

Heath A. Levey, age 51, has been charged with two felony counts of Hate Crime and three misdemeanor charges of Criminal Deface of Property. He is alleged to have drawn chalk swastikas on several homes near his residence in Buena Park last week. He lives on the 4200 block of North Clarendon.

He will appear in bond court at 26th and California this afternoon.

The police released this information this morning:

"Health Levey, 51 was taken into custody after being identified from home surveillance footage as the individual who drew a Swastika symbol (an emblem of the German Nazi Party) and other graffiti on the properties located on the 800 block of West Hutchinson on November 2 between the hours of 1:00PM and 3:30PM. 

The offender will appear in court today. No further information is available at this time."

Update: More disturbing news about this man from Crime in Wrigleyville. Exclusive: Jewish Uptown man accused of hate crime for drawing swastikas last week was accused of threatening a woman before 2016 election — "I'm going to rape you, you f*cking Republican!"

Who Got Out The Vote? Uptown Did

Voters really turned out on Tuesday!

More than half of all registered voters got to the polls citywide, with 57.15% showing up.

But y'all... wow.
  • In the 46th Ward, 72.46% of registered voters voted.
  • In the 47th Ward, 76.20% of registered voters voted (highest turnout in the city!)
  • In the 48th Ward, 71.60% of registered voters voted.
Way to get it done, Uptown! You can check it on a precinct level here, at the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners site.