Friday, August 12, 2022

Clarendon Park Fieldhouse Renovation Ready to Start

Thanks to a tip from a reader, we have learned the long overdue multimillion dollar renovation of Clarendon Park Fieldhouse has received approval to start construction.

Booth Hansen Architects / Chicago Park District

For those who have been following this saga, the fieldhouse was once part of a beautiful and much larger structure that served as beachhouse when Lake Michigan extended to where DuSable Lake Shore Drive is today. Infill moved the park and beachfront further to the east, and the fieldhouse was modified to fit a park use.

The fieldhouse has had numerous structural issues over the years and was once close to demolition. Local residents joined with preservation organizations, most notably Preservation Chicago, and convinced the Chicago Park District to renovate, rather than replace the building.

Although the approval and construction of 811 Uptown was controversial and even opposed by people sitting on the Clarendon Park Advisory Council, the new building and Clarendon Montrose TIF provided most of the necessary funds for the renovation, with $6.9 million in TIF and $4.6 million from Montrose Clarendon Partners LLC.

More details on the renovation, along with some beautiful renderings of what Uptown residents can expect, can be found here. (PDF link)

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Uplift High School Hosts Block Party Thursday Afternoon


47th Ward Community Bike Ride on Friday

From Ald. Martin's office:

"Join us this Friday, August 12 at Welles Park for a community bike ride led by Alderman Martin! We will be gathering beginning at 6:30 PM and will kick off the tour promptly at 7 PM. 


During the bike tour, you will have a chance to hear updates on new projects and happenings throughout the ward. At the end of the ride, we will end in Ravenswood where you can choose to head to a local brewery or grab an ice cream at Margie's! Kids are welcome. 

Hope to see you on Friday!"

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Where My Dogs At?

New view looking north on Broadway featuring
CEDARst mascot Lady Louise

The familiar "B" on the south facing side of the former Bridgeview Bank at Lawrence and Broadway is no more.

As Cedar Street completes its conversion of the historic building at 4753 N. Broadway into a 176 unit residential building, they are putting their mark on the building in the form a black & white logo featuring a French Bulldog. Cedar Street founder Jay Michael was the proud owner of a French Bulldog named Lady Louise, who was a constant companion until Michaels death in 2016

Lady Louise has since become the symbol of the company, which has saved and renovated multiple historic buildings in Uptown, including the bank building, the Lawrence House, the future Double Door, and many others.

View of the Uptown National Bank sign in the 1970s (Bob Rehak)

Most recent logo on the building, The Bridgeview Bank "B"

We think the new dog looks great and provides a much nicer welcome to Uptown than the old "B."

Monday, August 8, 2022

Rendering Reveal: 4102 N. Sheridan

4 story development for 4102 N. Sheridan (360 Design Studio)

Another strip mall bites the dust. 

We have been watching the one-story retail building and surface parking lot at 4102 N. Sheridan for some time. The lot was most recently home to Lake View Food & Liquor, but it will soon make way for a 4 story residential development from Barrett Homes, which previously developed the long empty lot at 1214 W. Carmen.

Barrett Homes is planning 32 residential units with 17 parking spaces and 24 bicycle parking spaces due to the property being in a transit served location (a short walk to the Sheridan stop and the Broadway and Irving Park bus lines). From what we can see, the building will be entirely residential. The building will be built as of right. 

Current view of 4102 N. Sheridan (Google)

We love to see infill on Uptown's parking lots!  More to go, but it's great progress.

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Parking Restrictions On Argyle Saturday Morning

From Ald. Osterman's office:

"Ahead of tomorrow's Dim Sum & Then Some race on Argyle, please be aware of parking restrictions during the race.

Starting at 3AM tomorrow (Saturday, August 6th), there is NO PARKING on Argyle from Kenmore to Marine Drive.

The race will begin at 8am and Argyle is expected to be open again around 12pm. 

For more information, please reach out to Chinese Mutual Aid Association at" 

Happy Hunting! Sheridan Park Yard Sale Sites

 Here's where to search for your treasures Saturday! (Click to enlarge)

Thursday, August 4, 2022

4701 N. Clark Revised After Clark Street Neighbors Feedback

Updated proposal for 4701 N. Clark

The residential development that would replace a vacant, one story bank with drive-thru has been tweaked after feedback from local block club Clark Street Neighbors and Uptown United. The plans are now on Ald. Cappleman's development page.

The majority of the changes are along the top floor of the building, which is now setback from the balconies resulting in changes to the roofline, versus the boxy look of before (below). The ground floor corner entrance is now setback with additional planters. The total unit count has also come down to 37, from 38.

The development will go to the city's Department of Planning & Development for revisions after any further feedback from Clark Street Neighbors and Uptown United. Alderman Cappleman will then make his final decision.

Previous 4701 N. Clark proposal

We are excited for the additional density this building will bring to this busy intersection directly across from Chase Park, currently the location of an abandoned building and empty lot.

Monday, August 1, 2022

North Uptown Site Sells for Big Money

News arrived this weekend that the building(s) that span 5033-5045 N. Sheridan have been sold above the asking price to a yet unnamed developer.

5033-5045 N. Sheridan (courtesy CRER)

We have been watching this listing since it first hit the market back last fall. It went off market a little while ago, and we now know the property sold after multiple bids for $2,600,000, $100k over the $2.5 million list price.

Given the sales price, we presume the existing building will be demolished and the 15,000 square foot lot will go residential, adding nice density to an area that needs it

Veteran UU readers might remember that the northern half of this building was a Jewel many many years ago.

We will update as we know more about the plans.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Lawrence Closed to Vehicular Traffic East of Broadway Until Monday Morning

Welp, the CTA work on the Red/Purple Line Modernization Project has reached Uptown.

Starting late Friday night, and going until 5am on Monday, August 1st, workers will be drilling around the clock to make way for the new track infrastructure.

According to the CTA, this is what to expect:

  • West Lawrence Avenue between the CTA tracks and North Winthrop Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic.
  • West Lawrence Avenue between Broadway and the CTA tracks will be local traffic only.
  • The sidewalk on the north side of West Lawrence Avenue within the work zone will be closed at all times.
  • The sidewalk on the south side of West Lawrence Avenue will remain open at all times.
  • Residents north of West Lawrence Avenue will need to access the alley via West Ainslie Street.
  • Access to businesses on West Lawrence Avenue will be maintained.
  • There will be noise while work is being performed, including nighttime noise:
    • General construction noise
    • Noise and vibration from drilling and hauling material
    • Beeping from backup alarms on equipment and vehicles
    • Flagging horns

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Save The Date (August 6th) For The Sheridan Park Community Yard Sale! (And How To Be A Seller)

Save the date: Saturday, August 6th!

As has happened on the first Saturday or August for many decades, the residents of Sheridan Park will be holding their community yard sale on August 6, with Sunday, August 7th as a rain date.

Buyers: Magnolia Malden Neighbors usually releases a list and/or map of addresses with residents who are selling a day or two before the sale, so we'll post that when we get it. 

Sellers: You must live in the area between Montrose to Lawrence, and Broadway to Clark, and sell in front of your home. You must sign up (name, address, email) by emailing There is no need for a Yard Sale Permit -- there is one umbrella permit that covers all sellers who have signed up.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

"Chicago Fire" Will Be Filming In Uptown (Parking Restrictions Begin Friday, July 22nd)

De-Clutter Your Books (and CDs and DVDs, Too)

Friends of Bezazian branch library is collecting all types of books, plus CDs and DVDs, for our big autumn book sale. Collection days are:

  • Saturday, July 30, 10:00 - noon
  • Saturday, August 27, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

at Bezazian library, 1226 W. Ainslie (at Magnolia).

Books your kids have outgrown? Cookbooks you'll never use? Old textbooks? Whodunits that you've already solved? We accept all of them.

Help keep books out of landfills and support the public library at the same time!

Friends of Bezazian is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports programs and services at the Bezazian Branch of the Chicago Public Library