Saturday, July 21, 2018

Happy Hour Fundraiser At My Buddy's on Friday

The Sunnyside Mall will hold its annual block party on August 18th between noon and 5pm. They'd like to raise enough money to get a bouncy house and a balloon twister for the occasion.

And this is where you come in. They are partnering with My Buddy's for Happy Hour on Friday, July 27th. My Buddy's (4416 North Clark) will donate $1 from every drink purchased between 5pm and 7pm to go to the Sunnyside Mall Committee to make the block party more fun.

Stop by, have a beer or a cocktail, and help your community at the same time. Why, it's practically your duty to drink up!

Thank you to My Buddy's for their generosity.

If you'd like an excuse to go to My Buddy's sooner than Friday, they're having a Louisiana-style crawfish boil on Sunday:

Friday, July 20, 2018

Weiss Hospital To Get New Owner

Photo of Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital courtesy of Google Streetview

A healthcare investment group, TWG Partners, has reached an agreement to buy Weiss Memorial Hospital and two other hospitals from Texas-based Tenet Healthcare.

The group is headed by Dr. Eric Whitaker, former director of the Illinois Department of Health and former executive vice president at University of Chicago Medicine. The hospital, which is Uptown's largest employer, will be managed by Pipeline Health.

It's probable that we won't see much of a difference at Weiss; Tenet acquired it in 2013, which went mostly unnoticed. The sale is expected to close by the end of the year, pending regulatory approvals.

You can read about the deal at Crain's Business. No financial terms have been revealed.

Free Walking Tours Of Uptown Entertainment District This Saturday

Once a month, Uptown United, Choose Chicago, and Provisions Uptown team up with the Instagreeter program to provide free hour-long tours of Uptown's Entertainment District, focusing on the buildings and history that abounds in the area of Broadway and Lawrence.

This Saturday, July 21st, three tours will be offered, at 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm.

"For a century, Uptown has been the city’s top entertainment destination, hosting silent film stars, then a hub of 1920s' movie palaces and more recently, legendary music venues. Explore this rich history with FREE monthly tours! These hour-long tours are led by knowledgeable local docents from Choose Chicago's Neighborhood Greeter program. Visit for more info on this program.

Tours meet at Provisions Uptown, 4812 North Broadway [UU Note: right next to the historic - and soon-to-be-restored! - Uptown Theater]. Tours will take place rain or shine. There is no limit on the number of spots for each tour and there is no need to register. Just show up and enjoy!

Can't make it this time? Save the date! These tours will also be offered on August 18 and September 15."

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Beautify Clarendon Park With Your Neighbors

17th Annual WFCW Garden Walk This Saturday

The Winona Foster Carmen Winnemac Block Club (WFCW) will hold its 17th Annual Garden Walk this Saturday. Pick up maps of the 28 participating gardens at 1450 Winona or 1246 Winnemac.

Got A Home Security Camera? 20th District Seeks Crime Video

Barrel Of Monkeys Moves To Uptown

Barrel of Monkeys’ company members perform THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA. Photo by Evan Hanover.
A very worthy -- and entertaining -- organization is moving to Buena Park!

The press release says,

"Barrel of Monkeys, one of Chicago’s leading arts education organizations, is pleased to announce its move this week to Chicago’s Buena Park/Uptown neighborhood. The company’s new administrative offices and rehearsal space will be located at 4021 N. Broadway, 1st Floor. Barrel of Monkeys is relocating from Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood.

The company will continue to perform its long-running, year-round sketch show THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA at its longtime home, the Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, as well as touring it throughout the city.

Comments Executive Director Corinne Neal, “We look forward to becoming part of the vibrant Buena Park community. We hope to establish new partnerships with the schools and businesses in the neighborhood, and we’re excited to be in close proximity to so many fellow arts, culture, and social justice organizations, including the Pride Arts Center and Broadway Youth Center.”

About Barrel of Monkeys

Barrel of Monkeys, a Chicago-based arts education theater ensemble now in its 21st season, conducts creative writing workshops with 2nd through 7th grade students in underserved Chicago elementary schools and in its own after-school program. The ensemble of actor-educators then turns their stories and poems into professionally performed theater, presented both in-school and for the general public through its revues. Barrel of Monkeys annually performs more than 300 stories for the students in their schools and 175 stories on the stage for the general public.

Since Barrel of Monkeys’ inception in 1997, its teaching artists have served more than 60 Chicago Public Schools. Over 15,000 elementary school students have participated in the Barrel of Monkeys programs, which aim to build students' writing skills, improve self-esteem, and instill confidence in their ideas and abilities.

Barrel of Monkeys is sponsored in part by Wintrust Financial, Allscripts, Inc., Ernst and Young and Punchkick Interactive. It receives generous support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency; the National Endowment for the Arts; a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; the Chicago Community Trust; Crown Family Philanthropies; Alphawood Foundation of Chicago; the Maurice R. and Meta G. Gross Foundation; Polk Bros Foundation; the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; the Robert and Isabelle Bass Foundation, Inc.; The Saints; The Topfer Family Foundation, and many other generous individuals and foundations."

Latin Fusion Music, Belly Dancers, Drum Circle, And Exotic Food: All At Argyle Night Market

Tonight is the third Argyle Night Market of the season! Come to Argyle and Sheridan between 5pm and 9pm to enjoy delicious food, live music, cultural performances and family fun, with free admission.  Tonight's schedule is:

Special Deals For Teachers

Teachers, we know you spend a lot of your own money to get your classroom into shape. A couple of Uptown's big box stores are here to help:

Mario Metoyer, Age 57, Missing; May Be In Area Of People's Church

Mario Metoyer, age 57, has been reported missing. He was last seen at the People's Church, 941 West Lawrence, on July 8th.

Mr. Metoyer lives in Hanover Park, but he frequents Uptown and the area around the People's Church. The last time he was seen by staff at the church, he appeared to have been injured and had a cast on his right arm.

Mr. Metoyer has the mental capacity of a 15-year-old. He is sight-impaired and limps due to an injury to his right ankle.

When last seen, he was wearing a short-sleeved jean shirt, light blue jean shorts and blue/grey gym shoes. He wears green reading glasses.

He is Latino with an olive complexion, is 5'7" tall, and weighs 210 lbs. He has black hair and brown eyes.

It is possible he may show up for services at People's Church on Thursday, July 19th, between 11:30am and 1pm.

Please keep an eye out for him. If you see him or have any information about his whereabouts, please call the Area North Special Victims Unit at (312) 744-8266, or 9-1-1.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

4555 N. Sheridan Development Cleared To Rise

4555 N. Sheridan (Bates Forum Architect)
Going up!

4555 N. Sheridan, the transit oriented development from CRG, received its full building permits yesterday, which means it has been cleared to rise the full 12 stories by the city.

We heard from CRG's Jay Case who marks this momentous occasion by saying:

“The long neglected Uptown neighborhood is emerging from its shell and we are proud to have a presence in the growing community,” CRG Principal Jay Case said. “New developments, including apartments and an urban Target, historically significant entertainment venues and the proximity to the lakefront make Uptown an exciting place to live. When completed, this transit-oriented development will contain 149 apartments in a twelve-story glass tower with 5,000-square-feet of ground floor retail space and 29 parking spots.”

Former Army Surplus Building Reno Well Underway, Indian Chief To Follow

Street level windows are being removed at 4647 N. Broadway
A building that was covered in blue siding for more than 55 years, and whose brick and terracotta facade has only recently seen the light of day is getting a new lease on life.

Workers have been hauling out debris from the interior of the former Z-Wallis Army Surplus Building at 4647 N. Broadway for some time now. Street level windows are being removed and according to the building permit just issued, we have a good idea of what the scope of work is:

"Core & shell renovation of vacant, existing 2-story building for future use (0 dus). work includes exterior tuck-pointing, new windows, new stair, and elevator."

Detail of 4629 N. Broadway
Just down the street, the "Indian Chief" building at 4629 N. Broadway owned by the same developer, is navigating its way through the city's permitting process. The latest update mentions:

Do You Recognize This (Alleged) Package Thief? (Updated 2x)

We can't stress this enough:

Don't let anyone you don't know or aren't expecting into your building.

Don't let them follow you inside.

Don't buzz anyone in if they are ringing all the doorbells.

Because that's how stuff like this happens.

We heard from a property manager on Tuesday with these security photos attached (cropped and lightened for clarity).

He writes,

"I am sharing with you images from a property I manage on Montrose and Broadway. The individual in the picture arrived at our building, and waited patiently outside for 10 minutes until someone let him into the building.

He then went into the package room and took as many packages as he could before exiting.

He also arrived with packages, which means we were not his first stop."

The manager also mentions that this man is a repeat offender stealing packages from the building.

The pictures are good quality. You can see the man's face clearly, you can see his unusual haircut (shaved on the sides and messy on top), and he has distinctive tattoos on his right arm (seen in the bottom photo).

If you know who he is, or if you can provide any information, please call the 19th District CAPS office at 312-744-0064, or call (773) 989-8000 and ask for the manager of Buena Pointe Condos.

Someone out there knows who this guy is. Please share widely.

And, remember, this is one of several very good reasons to not let people into your building who you don't know.

UPDATE: Oh, look, here he is again, stealing packages from another building.

See photos below.

This isn't the only guy out there doing this. Seriously, take precautions:

  • This is Amazon Prime Week. If you're ordering from Amazon, you can have your packages delivered to an Amazon Locker. There are several in our area, including always-open 7/11s.
  • Call the cops if your packages are stolen. They can't work on crimes they don't know about.
  • Don't let people you don't know in your building!

Update: A reader of our Facebook page thinks he recognizes the man in the photos. He contacted both the 19th District CAPS office and the building's management office with the man's name. Now we wait and see what happens. But this guy is hardly the only person pulling this crap. Continue to use precautions about letting people you don't know into your building.