Monday, June 25, 2018

Beer Tent Volunteers Needed For Windy City Ribfest

Friday brings the Windy City Ribfest to the 4700 block of Broadway - bands, booths, kids' activities, beer and RIBS! The fest will run noon to 10pm on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9pm on Sunday.

The beneficiary of some of the proceeds of Ribfest is Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown, which will receive a portion of the gate sales, beer sales, and all tips from beer/wine sales.

They are still looking for volunteers to work shifts in the beer tents, particularly on Saturday night and Sunday. The fewer people the promoter has to hire, the more profits to Business Partners, to continue to build a strong, unified business environment; facilitate economic development; and strengthen community.

If you can lend a hand, sign up ASAP here. You'll get a ton of appreciation and a t-shirt with the Windy City Ribfest logo. Thanks to all who are already signed up and to future volunteers.

New Police Officers Join 19th & 20th Districts

On Sunday, 102 new police officers were assigned to the city's police districts.

The 20th District (serving Uptown north of Lawrence) received one new officer, and the 19th District (serving Uptown south of Lawrence) received ten new officers, more than any other district in the city.

The officers received six months of training at the police academy, and underwent three months of field training with experienced officers.

The CPD also announced that new officers will be deployed to various districts each month into 2019.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Pre- & Post-Parade Noshes and More

If you're looking for somewhere to hang out before or after the parade, here are a few Uptown suggestions:
  • Uptown Donuts (1122 West Wilson) says, "We will be open at 8 A.M Sunday June 24th. Don't forget to stop on in and fuel up before the Pride Parade!!"
  • Tweet Let's Eat (5020 North Sheridan) says, "Pride weekend is upon us, your Tweet family want to wish everyone a safe and happy pride weekend. We are here all weekend from 8:30am to 2:45pm! Bring in your friends and family this weekend and celebrate pride with us!"
  • Fat Cat (4840 North Broadway) will be serving a Pride Brunch Buffet between 10am and 2pm. $15 gets you a buffet that includes bananas foster french toast, applewood bacon, fresh buttermilk biscuits, yogurt parfait bar, and more.
  • Uptown Lounge (1136 West Lawrence) says, "Sunday we open at 10am for the Chicago Pride Parade with $3 Beers $4 Shots/Cocktails"
  • Bar on Buena (910 West Buena) says, "PRIDE PARTY AND PARADE VIEWING AT THE BOB!! We'll be opening at 10am this year with a limited food menu, drink specials and an all-out-day-long party. best of all NO COVER!"
  • Longacre Chicago (1303 West Wilson) will be open from 8am-3pm for Pride Parade Sunday Brunch, with a live performance on the patio at 10am by Cleo Pockalipps.
  • My Buddy's (4616 North Clark) is offering a complimentary (FREE!) breakfast between 9am and 11am, while supplies last.
  • Michael's Pizza (4091 North Broadway) says, "The 49th Annual Pride Parade, outdoor seating available on Belle Plaine St. Parade Kicks Off At 12noon. We will be serving up Michael's Originals, Vodka Lemonade & Cold Bud drafts. Stop by early for great seats."
  • SoFo Tap (4923 North Clark) says, "Our patio will be the place to be tomorrow during Patio BEEF: Pride Sunday, starting at 3 pm! FREE EATS while they last and Moose the DJ on the decks spinning your favorite pride anthems! Come as you are, before or after the parade! NO COVER!"
  • Provisions Uptown (4812 North Broadway) is opening early and giving 10 percent off when you show off your UPTOWN PROUD flag. Don't have one? Snag one there.
Additionally, check out these great deals available through Uptown United -- discounts on food, haircuts, yoga, shopping, and more!

Did we forget any Pride specials? Email us and we'll add you to the list.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Lionel's Ready For Pride - Are You?

From the World's Most Interesting Plastered Feline, "live" at Dayton and Montrose.

An Anniversary Worth Bragging About

In 1954, there was not yet an interstate highway system, the Crew Cuts and Perry Como were tops on the pop music charts, and a loaf of bread cost about 17 cents.

That's when National Car Wash opened at Broadway and Ainslie. Congrats on celebrating your 65th year of business! With the recent facility upgrade, it looks like they're planning an extended run.

Felix Lock and Key is probably the longest continuously running business in Uptown (since 1916!), but National Car Wash may just be next runner-up.

Pride Police

Thirty-five years ago, one of our contributors remembers walking by the old 23rd District (now the 19th District) police station at Halsted and Addison and seeing a man wearing a dress being taken from a squad car. He was being verbally harassed with homophobic slurs by officers standing outside smoking, as well as the ones taking him into custody. It's a memory that tends to stick.

Today, in contrast, it is very encouraging to see this on the 19th District's Twitter feed:
"#Pride Parade is this weekend and the @Chicago_Police Dept put together a little squad car makeover for the 49th annual #ChicagoPride Parade. Keep an eye out for our #Pride2018 @Chicago_Police squad car & be sure to say hello to our Officers marching on Sunday."
Enjoy the parade, officers!

We Love A Parade! Enjoy Uptown Pride on Sunday

The green line is the parade route
In the unlikely event you haven't heard, the 49th Pride Parade will kick off in Uptown on Sunday.

The parade begins at Montrose and Broadway at noon, but the celebrations will begin much earlier, since the streets around the intersection will provide the staging area for the 150 groups participating in the parade. Ald. Cappleman invites you to drop by his office, which is located in the staging area (4544 N Broadway) prior to the parade.

Parking restrictions will be in effect between 5am and 8pm on Sunday. Please check the map on the right for the Uptown restrictions. A complete list of closures can be found here. Police warn that tows will begin promptly at 5am. We suggest moving your car as soon as possible if you are currently parked on a restricted street.
parking restrictions in Uptown will be
in effect on the highlighted streets
between 5am and 8pm on Sunday

Organizers also warn that there will be $1000 fines written for drinking on the public way during the parade.

Additionally, "Rooftop parties will not be allowed on the parade route during the Pride Parade or after the parade. In addition, balconies and porches will not be occupied past capacity and items are not to be thrown from balconies and porches onto the street."

CTA has an entire page dedicated to Parade Day, including the rerouting of buses.

Enjoy the day, which is projected to have mild temps (63 - 75 degrees), spread some joy and pride, and be #UptownProud!

Friday, June 22, 2018

LunchStop Program Provides Free Meals For Kids 18 & Under Throughout The Summer

CPS and Aramark will be providing lunch to all children 18 years and under throughout the summer through the LunchStop program. Participants are not required to be CPS students. Meals begin this Monday, June 25th.

The Uptown location is Uplift High School, at 900 West Wilson. The hours for lunch are 10:30am to 12:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Other nearby locations are Gale Community Academy (1631 W Jonquil Terrace) and Gale Elementary (7414 N Wolcott). A complete list can be found here.

Soft Opening For Hong Ngu On Argyle

Hong Ngu, at 1113 Argyle, has "soft opened" as of Thursday. It's one storefront east of the Argyle Red Line station. For now, the hours are 10am-10pm Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday).

We've heard about the restaurant for nearly two years. The owners promise to bring Vietnamese street food and a streamlined menu and decor to Argyle.

We are hearing that different menu items will be tried out before the menu is set, and a grand opening will take place in about a month.

Don't be surprised to see shaved ice on the menu: the owners also run Snow Junkie Cafe in Wrigleyville.

Welcome to Uptown, Hong Ngu!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

20-Unit Rental Building Approved On Agatite

rendering of new building, courtesy DPD

The City's Department of Planning and Development today approved a 20-unit residential rental building to be erected on a long-empty lot on Agatite, next to the 811 Uptown development.

According to information we received from Mavrek (the developer) last March, the four-story building at 843 West Agatite will be a mix of 2 bedroom/2 bath apartments, 2 bedroom/1 bath apartments, and 1 bedroom/1 bath apartments. There are 19 parking spaces included, and availability is estimated to be sometime in late 2019.

The lot the building will occupy has been empty since sometime between 1973 and 1988, seen below:

843 W. Agatite, currently a vacant lot (Google)

BPN Quarterly Meeting Is Monday, At the Yacht Club

Beat 2024 CAPS Meeting is Thursday Night

Beat 2024 (the area bordered by the lake, Lawrence, Winthrop, and Foster) is having its bimonthly CAPS meeting on Thursday, June 21st, at 7pm.

It's held at the Margate Park Fieldhouse, 4921 North Marine Drive. 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 2024 CAPS is held the third Thusday of even-numbered months.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Clarendon Park Neighborhood Association To Meet Next Tuesday

If you live on or east of Broadway between Wilson and Montrose, come get involved in your block club!