Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wilson Avenue Facelift Is Underway

Prep work has begun on the repaving of Wilson Avenue between the lake and Damen. Near the lakefront, the streets have been milled. A little further west (near Hazel and Sheridan), underground utility work is happening. Between Sheridan and Clark, many of the corner curbs on the north side of the street are being rebuilt; we assume the south side of the street will get the same treatment soon. Can't wait to drive on it without dodging potholes.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

"We Never Close" -- Until It's Permanent

The 7-Eleven at Southport and Clark seems to have closed for good. There was butcher paper up in the windows and we caught workers covering the logo on the sign with black paint. (Now no one will ever know it was a 7-Eleven, right?!)

We have no idea what will happen to the store and parking lot, but with another 7-Eleven two blocks north (at Montrose), a gas station convenience store a block south, and a new convenience store opening when the gas station remodel at Irving and Clark is completed, we don't think anyone will starve. It will be interesting to see if it gets converted to residential, or possibly parking.

Job Fair At Truman College On Thursday

Monday, October 15, 2018

Halfway Through The Wait For A Renovated Tiztal Cafe

As regular Tiztal Cafe customers know too well, Tiztal is renovating and is closed for the month of October. The owners hope to reopen on November 1st.

On Facebook, they posted on September 30th:
"We would like to remind you that Tiztal Café will be closed for the month of October for some major renovations to our storefront and kitchen. We are very excited to show you these changes and we expect to be back November 1st to continue to offer our amazing Chilaquiles and Oatmeal shakes! We will keep you posted with any updates.

Thank you all for your support throughout these years and we hope to see you all at our Grand Reopening!"

Looking Nice, Weiss!

The Weiss Plaza overhaul at Lawrence and Sheridan is nearly complete, and it's looking good. Hopefully some good retailers will take over the former Family Dollar and JJ Pepper storefronts.

The facade has been completely redone.

A new corner marquee has been added.

The wall at Lawrence and Gunnison has been customized.

Today the names of the stores were being added to the new facade.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Can You Survive "The Park After Dark Haunted House?"

More details from the Desolate Entertainment website:

If there’s one thing we love more than Chicago, it’s Haunted Houses. The ramshackle mazes and dark corridors filled with distant screams and carefree laughter, we can’t get enough. Chicago used to love them as much as we do; their parks were once riddled with haunted houses come October. But, slowly, they started to die off. Cut budgets and lack of support took its toll on this once thriving tradition. And in 2018, Chase Park decided to close the last remaining Haunted House as well, putting the final nail in the coffin for one of their biggest and best fundraisers for the After-School Teen Program.

That was something that we, Desolate Entertainment, just couldn’t let happen. We wanted to preserve this tradition and restore the love for haunted houses that we know still lives here in downtown. That is why we thrilled to announce our partnership with In The Parks, Org and The Chase Park Advisory Council to keep this fundraiser alive and give the teens the creative outlet they love! It is with great pride that we present to you the brand-new Chase Park Haunted House…The Park After Dark.

So, we have just one question…Can you Survive a Walk in the Park?

Utility Work Begins As Part Of RPM Modernization

Carmen-Winona Block Club Fall Clean-Up Scheduled For October 20

Friday, October 5, 2018

Wilson Avenue Repaving Process Begins Around October 9

Ald. Cappleman's latest email blast included a welcome tidbit about Wilson Avenue from Lake Shore Drive to Damen.

Repaving will begin soon, or rather, the first stage in the repaving process, milling. Construction equipment is already being staged on Wilson so expect to see parking restriction notices posted imminently. Parts of Wilson currently resemble the surface of the moon, so this will be a huge and necessary improvement.

North Lake Shore Drive Community Meeting October 17 At Truman College

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Beat 2033 CAPS Meeting Wednesday Night

Beat 2033 (the area bordered by Clark, Lawrence, Winthrop, and Foster) is having its bimonthly CAPS meeting on Wednesday, October 3rd, at 7pm.

It's held at the Bezazian Branch Library, 1226 West Ainslie. 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 2033 CAPS is held the first Wednesday of even-numbered months.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

It's Time For The Annual Jazz Brunch At Black Ensemble Theater

An excellent networking opportunity with influential leaders of the Chicago Black Arts Community.

Featuring Guest Speaker, Roe Melloe

Enjoy a delicious buffet with Master Chef Timothy Bellamy of Your Way Catering.

Music by The Robert Reddrick Quintet.

Special guest performance by The Ladies of Jazz.

Click here for more information, and to buy tickets ($30 each).

19th District Tactical Team Scores Big

Several readers asked us if we knew what was going on Saturday evening on the 800 block of Sunnyside, with many police patrol cars and officers going into one particular building.

Thanks to the 19th District Twitter feed, now we know. Good job, coppers!