Monday, July 16, 2018

CAPS Meeting For Beat 1912 Is Tuesday At Sulzer Library

The CAPS meeting for Beat 1912 is Tuesday, July 17th, at 7pm. It takes place at the Sulzer Library, 4455 N Lincoln.  The beat's boundaries are Lawrence, Clark, Irving Park, and Damen, which puts it just west of our coverage area, but it is still technically part of Uptown.

The meetings take place on the third Tuesday of odd-numbered months, and are combined with Beat 1911.

If you are concerned about crime in your community, and want to talk to the beat officers and CAPS officers about what is going on, this is the best place to do it. If you have a concern that you'd rather not voice publicly, you can speak to an officer after the meeting.

A complete listing of all Uptown's CAPS beat meetings and schedules is available here.

Strip Mall Preservation

The current vacant strip mall at 4600 N. Magnolia
Disappointing (or joyous) news depending which side of "strip mall preservation" you are on.

According to Ald. Cappleman's ward development page, the owner of the mostly vacant strip mall at 4600 N. Magnolia that was slated for a five-story transit oriented development, and was given approval by the local block club, is not moving forward.

The owner has changed his mind about selling the strip mall to David Gassman, who was planning to develop it, and it will remain as is.

Word on the street is a veterinary clinic is looking at the former Starbucks space directly on the corner.

JASC Continues "Memories Of Now" Series With Seminar About WWII Japanese War Brides

On Tuesday, July 24th, the JASC Legacy Center will host the latest in its “Memories of Now” Seminar Series about WWII Japanese War Brides. It is co-sponsored by the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society (CJAHS) and JACL Chicago.

Admission is free, and parking is available in the JASC parking lot. JASC is located at 4427 North Clark, at Sunnyside.

The program will run 6:3pm to 8pm, and the featured speak will be Sonia Gomez, PhD, the granddaughter of a war bride.

During the Allied Occupation of Japan and the Korean War, approximately 13,000 Japanese women immigrated to the United States as brides to American servicemen. Although U.S. immigration law excluded the Japanese from entering the country, a series of Congressional acts eventually allowed Japanese women to enter the U.S. in much the same way as the so called “picture brides,” though this time they entered as wives to American men.

This presentation looks at the marriages of Japanese women and American servicemen, beginning with a discussion of the American Red Cross Bride Schools that sought to mold Japanese women into good American housewives. Second, it looks at Japanese war bride clubs in the United States, such as the Cosmo Club, which was founded in Chicago in 1952 under the auspices of the Chicago Resettlers Committee.

RSVPs are requested.  Please contact Ryan Yokota at: 773-275-0097, ext. 222 or

Free Ice Cream At Buttercup Park On Monday

Sunday, July 15, 2018

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, July 18th, 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)

Vintage Garage Is Sunday: Vintage Clothing and Rockabilly Featured

Today is the third Sunday of the month, and that means it's time for Vintage Garage, the monthly all-vintage marketplace that takes place in the parking garage at 5051 North Broadway.

There are 75-100 vendors every month, and there's all kinds of vintage. This month the theme is Vintage Clothing and Rockabilly. Vendors are bringing their best clothing and 1950s rockabilly items, along with their regular selections.

In a very modern twist, Vintage Garage now accepts Litecoin, the cryptocurrency! Owner Melissa Sands said in a statement, "Litecoin is easy to accept, cheaper to process, and very secure, which were all important factors in deciding to integrate it. We like to say Litecoin allows us to Buy the Old With the New!"

Entrance to Vintage Garage is $5, and it runs 10am-5pm.

Next Vintage Garage is on August 19th, when the theme will be Vintage Weddings.

The Facebook Event Page is here.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Rainbow Shops And City Gold Close Up Shop at Wilson & Broadway

A couple weeks ago, we posted that Wilson Optical was moving out of the retail complex at Wilson and Broadway that is set to become a mixed-use TOD residential rental building.

Since then we've learned that City Gold and Jewelry (located inside City Sports) has also moved.  We are told that Joey Oh, the owner of City Gold, moved the business to Chinatown last month.  He hopes to return to Uptown when construction is finished. If you'd like to remain a customer, his contact information is above.

As of this past Tuesday, Rainbow Shops at 4607 Broadway closed (see photos above). It was the last remaining store on the North Side. For other locations, see Rainbow's website.

We have no information about whether or not this means that the new building at 4601 Broadway is closer to becoming a reality, and Family Dollar and City Sports are both still there and doing business. Stay tuned.

19th District National Night Out Block Party August 7

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Burning City Neo-Vintage Festival Coming To Uptown Underground & Uptown Lounge

The Burning City Neo-Vintage Entertainment Festival presents a full weekend festival of neo-vintage entertainment including burlesque, circus, drag, variety and everything in between! 9 producers, 8 mainstage shows, 5 days, 3 venues, 2 sponsor events, 1 hell of a festival!

Chicago has a long and notorious history of classic entertainment - from Barnum & Bailey's circus tent by the riverfront, to Sally Rand's scandalous fan dance, to the Orpheum Circuit's vaudeville booking headquarters. 

Now, after over a century of progress, Burning City pays tribute to Chicago's high stake in the arts of yesteryear.  We're digging up those roots and using them as kindling to start a whole new fire - shining the spotlight on performers of all kinds who are taking those classic arts and giving them a modern twist!

Uptown Underground will be the location of the shows running from July 25-29. Uptown Lounge (1136 W. Lawrence) will host a "Rouge Cabaret and Neo-Vintage Dance Party" on July 25.

Tickets are more info on the entertainment is available here.

Peterson Garden Project Plots Its Course

Pavers and cedar plot boxes are being installed at Broadway & Sunnyside
Peterson Garden Project's "Grow Uptown" garden plots are nearly complete and taking shape.

After record rainfall delayed progress in May and June, we spotted lots of activity in the space in front of Stewart School Lofts at Broadway & Sunnyside.

Brick pavers are being installed around each cedar board lined plot. Wrought iron posts are also being installed around the entire project. For more info, or to purchase a plot, visit the PGP website.

Chicago Market Mixer At My Buddy's On July 19th

Two new Uptown destination points in one! If you haven't learned about Chicago Market yet (the new tenant for the Gerber Building at Wilson and Broadway) or if you haven't tried My Buddy's yet, this is something you might want to check out.

"Chicago Market isn't just a grocery store. It's a community. And the best part about being part of a community is getting to meet new people and learn about awesome things happening in the city all around you.

That's why Chicago Market is hosting a mixer at My Buddy's. Not only can you come learn about the awesome community-owned grocery store coming to Uptown, you can also find out more about some of Chicago Market's close community partners.

Come as you are or, in the spirit of building community, bring a friend with you. It'll be a fun evening of drinks and food (with specials for Chicago Market guests!), community-building and learning. Plus, if you want to become an Owner of Chicago Market (and remember, we need to get to 2000 Owners by the end of this year to fund our store, so we need your support now),
you'll be able to do so right there.

See you there!

July 19, 6-8:00pm
My Buddy's
4416 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

Chicago Market

Can't make the mixer? There's a Chicago Market Owner's Info Meeting at Uptown Donuts (1122 West Wilson) on Saturday, July 14th. The Facebook Event Page is here.

Biggest Yard Sale In Uptown Set To Go, For 25th Consecutive Year