Tuesday, June 25, 2019


Summer, is that you?

The Pride flag, among others, flies over Montrose Harbor during Monday's gorgeous twilight.

Monday, June 24, 2019

CPS Offers Free Lunches To All Children Through Age 18 This Summer

CPS will be again be providing free lunch to all children 18 years and under from now until August 23rd through the LunchStop program. You do not need to be a CPS student to take part! The program began today and runs Mondays to Fridays through August 23rd.

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

To see a map of every LunchStop location, click here and select LunchStop where it says "Site list."

If children are involved in summer programs at CPS schools (they are also eligible for free meals, at more locations. Free breakfast and lunch are available while summer programs occur. Program duration and meal time varies per meal site. To see locations, click here and select "Indoor" where it says "Site list."

To verify times and locations of CPS programs or to find a site near you, call the Illinois Hunger Hotline at (800) 359-2163 or text FOODIL to 877877.

RibFest Is Coming Up Next Week! Volunteers Needed To Work The Beer Tents

From Business Partners - The Chamber For Uptown:

"It’s that time of year again when we ask our neighborhood and friends to support the annual Windy City RibFest coming up on Thursday, July 4 through Saturday, July 6!!  Note that it’s not the usual Friday thru Sunday schedule given the holiday.

Once again, we need a TON of volunteers to help us run the beer tents (tips go to the Chamber and help fund our various programs and events supporting the neighborhood).

Grab your friends and family and sign up for one or more shifts!  Volunteers must be age 21 or over to work the beer tents.  CLICK HERE for various shifts and dates

Happy to answer any questions about this year’s event. Contact Greg Carroll (greg@exploreuptown.org, 773.878.1184)"

Like "The Great Boodini" On Facebook

If you were one of the 120 audience members who saw The Great Boodini perform his magic at the Bezazian Branch Library this spring, you might want to follow him on Facebook.

He has a new page at www.facebook.com/The-Great-Boodini-317216692563874.

Who knows, maybe he'll make an encore appearance in Uptown with enough "likes"?

Enjoy Drag Story Time This Thursday At The Library

Drag Story Time at the Bezazian Branch of the library had to be postponed earlier this month when heavy rains flooded the library and forced a couple days' closure.

But it's been rescheduled for this Thursday. All are welcome!

The Bezazian Branch Library is located at 1226 West Ainslie at Magnolia, immediately west of National Car Wash. Look for the bright mural on the side of the building! There is street parking and a small lot in the back of the building.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Lori Lightfoot To Be In Uptown This Evening

According to her public schedule, "Mayor Lightfoot will stop-by Chicago's Uptown neighborhood for a visit with community members."

According to the statement, she will be at 4953 North Broadway (better known as Tank Noodle) at 6pm.

Update: Four alderman (James Cappleman, Maria Hadden, Harry Osterman, and Andre Vasquez) joined the Mayor, who spoke about immigration, as did U.S. Rep Jan Schakowsky and a representative from Chinese Mutual Aid. NBC Chicago followed the story: 'Back Off:' Lori Lightfoot Issues Strong Rebuke of President Trump's Immigration Policies.

Aldermanic Ward Night Schedule

Ald. Matt Martin in the 47th Ward has announced that that his next Ward Night (after-business-hours opportunities to speak with the alderman or his staff) will be held on Monday, July 1st, 5pm-7pm at the ward office, located at 4243 North Lincoln.

You can sign up here for a time slot. Meetings are by appointment only, and limited to four per person per calendar year.

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)

Friday, June 21, 2019

Summer Festival "Natsu Matsuri" at the Buddhist Temple of Chicago

An invitation from our neighbors at the Buddhist Temple of Chicago, located at Leland and Racine:

"Please come join us Sunday, June 23, 2019, for Chicago's longest running Japanese cultural event--Natsu Matsuri!  The festival runs from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and admission is free.  Browse our samurai exhibit, enjoy martial arts and taiko (drumming) performances, sit in on informational lectures about Buddhism and get a taste of Japanese American cuisine!"

To read more about BTC, check out its website: https://buddhisttemplechicago.org

Attention, Bargain Hunters: Community Yard Sale Saturday & Sunday

Same Free Legal Clinic, New Name For LAF Chicago

LAF has changed its name to Legal Aid Chicago, but it still offers free legal services for civil matters in monthly clinics at McCutcheon School. The new website is www.legalaidchicago.org.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

April (and May and June) Showers Bring Bright Flowers

One thing about the constant spring rain - it's bringing some beautiful flower beds to Chicago. We understand that this corner bed, at Ainslie and Magnolia, outside of the Bezazian Branch Library, is thanks to NUNA (North Uptown Neighborhood Ass'n), particularly to Joy Nelson and David Silver.

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 20th, 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 Thursday of even-numbered months.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Chicago Public Schools Job Fair at Truman College

Interested in working for Chicago Public Schools? CPS will be holding a job fair at Truman College (1145 W Wilson Ave) on Thursday, June 27 from 3pm to 7pm.

Available full-time positions include:
  • Special Education Classroom Assistant
  • Teacher’s Assistant
  • Lunchroom Staff
  • School Bus Aide & Bus Monitor
  • School Security Officer
  • Custodian

There are also a number of part-time positions available, such as:
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Substitute Teacher Assistant
  • Substitute Special Education Classroom Assistant
  • Substitute School Clerk
  • Substitute School Bus Aide
  • Substitute Bus Monitor

Please bring your resume as it will be required for entry.

CPS is especially in need of bilingual job candidates.

To pre-register for the fair, please visit http://bit.ly/CPSJuneJobFair. If you’d like to apply for these positions online, go to www.cps.edu/careers

h/t to Rep. Greg Harris for putting this info out there via email!