Saturday, June 15, 2019

Buttercup Fundraiser At Marty's Martini Bar on Sunday

It's going to be a full summer of activities at Buttercup Park (Ainslie and Sheridan), and you can help it happen by buying a martini (or two).

Marty's Martini Bar (1511 W Balmoral) will host a fundraiser on Sunday, June 16th, between 2pm and 5pm. Funds raised will support programming at Buttercup Park, coordinated by the all-volunteer Buttercup Park Advisory Council (BPAC).

Their mission is to build community, engage our youth, and make our community a more connected, vibrant place to live.

So come to Marty's, have a martini, and know you're doing something for the community as you bend an elbow.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Mamby On The Beach Music Festival To Be Held At Montrose Beach

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After four successful years at Oakwood Beach, the Mamby On The Beach music festival is coming to Uptown.

Scheduled for Friday, August 23rd, and Saturday, August 24th, it will take place at Montrose Beach between 1pm and 10pm both days.

Organizers, including Jerry Mickelson (owner of the Uptown Theatre and the Riviera) say they expect about 25,000 people to attend. Attendees will watch performances on three different stages (the beach, the park, and "the oasis"). That's about 10,000 fewer attendees than the Mumford & Sons concert at Cricket Hill in 2015, the last major music event at Montrose Beach.

Organizers also say that the noise levels should be far less intrusive than the 2013 Wavefront Festival, which residents claimed could be heard as far north as Rogers Park. This is due to wiser positioning of the speakers, away from residential areas. (Due to noise complaints, Wavefront was cancelled for 2014.)

Mamby is an all-ages event, with kids 10 and under getting in free with a parent or guardian. There will be free bike parking available, and promoters are encouraging attendees to use public transportation to get to and from the event.

In 2017 and 2018, the promoters donated over $50,000 to charities. In a statement, they say, "We take guidance from the surrounding neighborhood community groups and decide to where to make charitable donations based on their input."

In addition to music, the festival will include: beach volleyball, yoga sessions, water balloon fights, a braid bar, henna tattoos, tarot readings, palm readings, wellness workshops, gong baths, a doggie dome, a barber lounge, and an advice booth.

For more information, you can go to the Mamby on the Beach website,, and read about it in the Tribune. VIP and general admission tickets are on sale now.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Final Phase Of Broadway Streetscape Now Underway

Good-bye, 1970s-era gravel-accent sidewalks! The last phase of the Broadway streetscape project has begun, between Wilson and Leland.

The first phase saw Uptown get a new community plaza in front of the Riv, and new sidewalks, new lighting, curb-to-curb street resurfacing, additional community identifiers, and new crosswalks in the section between Leland and Gunnison, and on Lawrence between Broadway and the Red Line entrance too.

(And may we reiterate how good it is not to have the foot-tall curbs along Lawrence anymore, and the scary-as-hell sidewalk incline at Clifton and Lawrence? That was some evil, evil infrastructure.)

The 4600 Broadway block had to wait until the construction of the Wilson L was complete, but Phase 2 is now underway, with some of the sidewalks already in the process of being removed.

We've seen a lot of changes in Uptown since this blog started back in 2007, and the improving face of Broadway is one of the most significant.

BPN To Hold Its Quarterly Meeting At The Yacht Club

Last Day To Buy Tickets For The State Of Uptown Luncheon


This Friday, June 14, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Sun Wah BBQ: 5039 North Broadway

The annual State of Uptown luncheon convenes Uptown's business, development and non-profit community to hear from our elected officials. Join us this year as we hear from our newly elected and re-elected Aldermen:

Tickets can be purchased here.

  • $25 - Chamber Members (discount code sent via e-mail - contact Greg Carroll at if you need the code)
  • $30 - General Admission

ONLINE TICKET SALES WILL CLOSE ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 AT 5:00 PM. Based on availability, we will be selling tickets for $35 at the door.

Ticket includes event admission and lunch (vegetarian options will be provided). We're thrilled to be hosting this year's event at Sun Wah BBQ, recipient of the James Beard Award.

Beat 1914 CAPS To Meet On Wednesday

Beat 1914 (the area bordered by the lake, Montrose, Broadway, and Lawrence) is having its bimonthly CAPS meeting Wednesday,  June 12th, at 7pm.

It's held at the Clarendon Park Fieldhouse, 4501 North Clarendon. 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 1914 CAPS is held the second Wednesday of even-numbered months.

Traditional Buddhist Procession Takes Place This Thursday

One thing about Uptown: our diversity brings a lot of things you rarely see other places in Chicago.

Thank you to the Buddhist Temple of Chicago for posting about this annual tradition. On its Facebook page, it says,

"The monks are coming! This Thursday morning June 13, the monks of Quang Minh temple [Damen and Sunnyside] are doing their annual Uptown pilgrimage. They are scheduled to be at our temple [Leland and Racine] around 9-9:30am. Come welcome them at our place or watch them make their way northward to Argyle Street during the morning."

According to Rev. Patti in a previous year, "They are doing an ancient Buddhist custom of monks paying an annual visit to neighboring temples. Anyone is welcome to watch them pay respects at each temple and donations are appreciated from lay followers."

Such Deals! Bezazian's Book Sale Is Saturday

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Parlez-Vous Late Night? "Le Nocturne" Is Coming To Uptown

4810 N. Broadway, future home of "Le Nocturne"

It looks like Uptown is getting a new restaurant/nightclub/wine bar. "Le Nocturne Chicago" has begun renovations at 4810 North Broadway, in the former Caravan spot.

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According to its Facebook page, Le Nocturne will live up to its name, opening at 5pm and tripping the light fantastic until 3am.

There are signs in the window that they are hiring bartenders, barbacks, cooks, and bouncers, as well as light engineers experienced in or willing to learn Titan/Sunlite.

If interested, send a resume to, and/or show up for an interview between 2pm and 5pm Tuesdays and Fridays.

Welcome to the Entertainment District, Le Nocturne!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Save The Date For Independence Day Fireworks

As the weather oh-so-slowly gets warmer, many of us have begun thinking about Independence Day. If you've been around for a bit, you know that Uptown enjoys a local fireworks show, easily viewed from the north end of the community, thanks to our neighbors at a tucked-away country club.

The Saddle & Cycle Club, at Foster and Marine, has confirmed that it will be holding its annual fireworks display at approximately 9pm on Thursday, July 4th.

While only members of the club and their guests may watch from inside the club grounds, the fireworks can easily be seen from the surrounding areas. You can watch the show from Kathy Osterman Beach, Foster Avenue Beach, Margate Park, and from friends' homes along Foster Avenue and Marine Drive.

If your view looks south, Navy Pier will also be holding its traditional fireworks show on July 4th.

UU Note: Want to know more about our very low-key 124-year-old neighbor? Uptown Update did a "Flashback Friday" feature about the Saddle & Cycle Club a few years ago.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Beat 2033 CAPS Meeting Canceled Tonight

Beat 2033, which holds its bimonthly CAPS meeting on the first Wednesday of even-numbered months, has had to cancel tonight's meeting.

On Twitter, the 20th District tweeted this afternoon:

Tonight’s Beat 2033 Meeting has been cancelled, the host location at Bezazian Library experienced a flood and had to close last minute for repairs. Please look for the updated meeting location and time shortly.

Thanks for your patience!"

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Bezazian Presents Drag Story Time On Thursday

As part of Chicago Public Library's celebration of Pride Month, the Bezazian Branch Library will hold Drag Story Time on Thursday, June 6th, at 10:30am. Although pre-schoolers are the target audience, all are welcome.

The Bezazian Branch Library is located at 1226 West Ainslie, at Magnolia. Limited parking is available in the lot, and there is street parking available as well.

Good Vets & Xfinity Coming To 811 Uptown

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Thanks to the real estate listing for the 811 Uptown development at Montrose and Clarendon, we know now what's coming to the one story retail on the NE corner.

Good Vets, which currently has locations in the West Loop and Streeterville, has signed for one of the two retail spaces. In addition to vet care, they offer grooming and boarding services. This will make Uptown's second vet clinic after Wagnolia Veterinary Clinic at Wilson & Magnolia.

The other space will be home to an Xfinity Store. The closest location to Uptown is currently near Belmont and Ashland. Interesting to note that Xfinity has a new concept known as "Studio Xfinity" which features all of Xfinity's products as well as a La Colombe cafe. No word if that is what is slated for this spot at the moment. Coffee and cable could be a fun concept.

The big enchilada, the ground level retail space under the main tower, has not been spoken for, but our fingers are crossed for a Tony's Fresh Market, Fresh Thyme Market or maybe Binny's? (hint, hint)