Thursday, February 14, 2019

See The CPD's Latest Technology At An Open House At The 19th District

According to CBS, "In addition to the ShotSpotter technology, [Strategic Decision Support Centers] allow officers to monitor a network of surveillance cameras, license plate recognition software, the location of police units, and incoming calls for service. The screens inside each center are updated every 30 seconds, and the rooms are staffed 24 hours a day.

Investigators also work with the University of Chicago Crime Lab at each nerve center to analyze crime data and develop predictive crime-fighting strategies.

Police have said the tools are directly responsible for reductions in murders, shootings, carjackings, burglaries, robberies, and more."

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Early Voting For City Election Is Open Now

Early voting for city elections has come to the neighborhoods! From now through Monday, February 25th, you can vote at any early voting polling place in the city. 

We're hearing it takes just a couple minutes to vote: the only offices on the ballot are Mayor, City Clerk, City Treasurer, and Alderman.

The list of all polling places is here. The ones closest to Uptown are
  • Truman College (1145 West Wilson)
  • Welles Park (2333 West Sunnyside)
  • Edgewater Branch Library (6000 North Broadway)
  • Merlo Branch Library (644 West Belmont). 
For downtown workers, you can vote at the Loop Super Site (175 West Washington) or the Museum of Broadcast Communications (360 North State).

Early voting hours are:
  • Monday, February 11 - Saturday, February 16: 9am-5pm
  • Sunday, February 17: 10am-4pm
  • Monday, February 18 - Friday, February 22: 9am-7pm 
  • Saturday, February 23: 9am-5pm
  • Sunday, February 24: 10am-4pm
  • Monday, February 25: 9am-5pm (seven sites, including Welles Park, will be open until 7pm)

But wait, there's more!
If you want to vote by mail, your request must be received by February 21st. Instructions are here.

If you aren't registered to vote, you can register and vote at the same time. Be sure to bring two forms of ID, one of which must show your current address.

If you want to go old school and vote on Election Day (Tuesday, February 26th), you must vote in your precinct. Polls will be open from 6am until 7pm. You can make sure you're registered here, and check your polling place too.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Sheridan Park SRO To Undergo $8.7M Renovation

4707 N Malden, The Miriam (Google)
A 66 unit SRO (Single Room Occupancy) is set to undergo an $8.7M renovation at 4707 N. Malden.

Mercy Housing operates the building known as "The Miriam" and serves women in the area needing supportive services.

Mercy has operated out of the building since 1991.

The construction permit lists the work to be completed for the $8.7M pricetag:

"Renovation of existing 66 SRO units as per plans. Renovation includes new mechanical system, revisions to fire sprinklers configuration, new elevator, new 1st floor layout with amenity spaces, insulation of exterior walls, new roof, new windows, kitchen and bathroom updates and other cosmetic updates."

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Turning Back Time On Broadway

The way most Uptowners remember the building at 4647 N. Broadway
4647 N. Broadway after an extensive renovation and nearing completion
We've been following the progress on the rehab of a building that had certainly seen better days. But now, the future looks even brighter for 4647 N. Broadway, a building that was most recently home to the Army Surplus Store for many years.

MDT Architects and Formed Space painstakingly cataloged each piece of damaged terra cotta and brick and where necessary, refabricated it. The entire facade was removed, restored, and put back together. The building had been covered in blue siding since sometime BEFORE 1961, according to a photo on

The restoration is winding down as second floor windows have been installed. First floor windows and doors are next on the list. The building is slated to become communal workspaces on the ground floor, with the second floor becoming private offices along with a recording studio.

We are told that the "Indian Chief" building at 4629 N. Broadway is next on the renovation list with work there beginning this spring.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Spoil Me Salon Presents Valentine's Day Specials

Spoil Me Salon's Valentine's Day specials. (click to enlarge)
Gift certificates are also available. Spoil Me Salon is located on the SW corner of Broadway and Leland. Visit their Facebook page here.

Free Legal Help At McCutcheon Elementary School

LAF (Legal Assistance Foundation) operates 4 free community legal clinics that are open to the public, one of which is located in the Uptown neighborhood, at the John T. McCutcheon Elementary School once per month. They are open to anyone and everyone needing assistance.

Your Opinion Requested On Future Of Clarendon Park Community Center

Blueprints for the original Clarendon Park Municipal Bathing Beach (now the community center)

via Ald. Cappleman's latest email newsletter:

The Chicago Park District held a community meeting on Feb. 4 to unveil four options for the Clarendon Park Community Center, 4501 N. Clarendon. Two of the options were for renovations to the existing building and two were for new construction. One of the new construction options would allow the existing community center to remain open during construction of a new community center on an adjacent site, which means park programming would not be interrupted or temporarily relocated.

Click here to view the presentation from the meeting, click here to view the options and click here to submit your comments. Click here to watch a video of the entire Feb. 4 meeting, including the presentation and Q&A.

Friday, February 1, 2019

46th Ward Aldermanic Candidates Forum February 7

46th Ward Aldermanic Candidates Forum

Thursday, February 7th | 6:30-8:30pm (doors open at 6:00pm)

The Preston Bradley Center | 941 W Lawrence Ave.

Hosted by Uptown United and Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown

Moderated by WBEZ Political Reporter Becky Vevea

Join us to hear from the candidates running for Alderman of the 46th Ward about issues facing the ward and the City.  All candidates confirmed their attendance at this forum. Please arrive early, as seating is limited. Doors open at 6:00pm.

Early Voting Has Begun!

Early voting at the Loop Super Site (175 W. Washington) has already begun. Early voting at this location will be available the following days and times through February 10:

Tuesday January 29 through Saturday Feb. 2 : 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday, February 3: 10 am - 4 pm
Monday February 4 through Saturday February 9:  9 am - 5 pm 
Sunday February 10: 10 am - 4 pm

Early voting in the 46th Ward begins on Monday, February 11. More info can be found here.

2019 Argyle Lunar New Year Parade Kicks Off February 9

2019 Argyle Lunar New Year Celebration
February 9 2019, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
1:00 PM - Parade kick-off at Argyle & Winthrop
FREE Admission

The annual Argyle Lunar New Year Parade is a decades-old Uptown tradition celebrating the start of the new Lunar Year. We hope you'll join us as we kick off the Year of the Pig with music, colorful lion dances, entertainment, and more!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Give Me Liberty ... Tax Service!

If you've been missing Liberty Tax Service's memorable mascot at Wilson and Broadway, fear not! Lady Liberty can be found at Montrose and Broadway, and so can the business, which has moved to 4407 North Broadway.

Family Dollar Closes At Wilson & Broadway, Five Weeks After Announcement

Five weeks after it announced it would be closing, Family Dollar at 4613 North Broadway has locked its doors for the final time at that location.

The same corporation owns the relatively new Dollar Tree at Sunnyside and Sheridan, so it has an interest in Uptown. We are hopeful that Family Dollar will eventually reopen in its previous storefront at Weiss Plaza, which has been empty since it left in 2014.

According to Ald. Cappleman's recent newsletter, the long-delayed midrise at Wilson and Broadway, which will take over the footprint of Family Dollar's storefront, is scheduled to begin construction in May.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Aldermanic Ward Night Schedule

Ald. Pawar has announced that the 47th Ward's next Ward Night (after-business-hours opportunities to speak with the alderman or his staff) will be held on Wednesday, January 16th 30th, 5pm-7pm at the ward office, located at 4243 North Lincoln.

If you're interested in speaking with Uptown's other aldermen after regular business hours:
  • In the 46th Ward, Ward Night is every Monday night that's not a holiday between 5pm-7pm, no appointment required. (4544 North Broadway)
  • In the 48th Ward, there are no regularly scheduled Ward Nights, but evening hours are available by appointment. (5533 North Broadway; 773-784-5277)