Sunday, November 10, 2019

Dispensary 33 Approved To Sell Recreational-Use Marijuana In 2020

Dispensary 33, Chicago's first medical marijuana dispensary, opened in late 2015 to great fanfare.

Now it has announced that it has been awarded an adult-use license, which approves it to dispense recreational cannabis. Beginning at 9am on January 1st, 2020, it will be able to sell to anyone with a valid 21+ ID.

Located at 5001 North Clark, Dispensary 33 says it will "serve Chicago with the highest quality cannabis products available in Illinois - including dry flower, pre-rolled joints, edibles, vape pens and numerous other options.

Over the past year, Dispensary33 has prepared for legalization of recreational cannabis with more staff, increased training, as well as an expansion of the retail counter to accommodate twice as much space."

You can read more about it at its website,

New Residential Building Proposed For Dover & Wilson

1359-67 W. Wilson proposal (Hanna Architects)

A developer has proposed a new four-story, 40-unit residential building on the south side of Wilson, between the corner of Dover and alley east of it. It is currently a one-story retail building.

There is a downzone request, from B3-3/RT-4 to B2-3. We're not zoning experts by any means, but it appears to be the difference between a community shopping district (current zoning) and a neighborhood mixed-used district (requested zoning).
Current site with surface parking lot and curb cut on Dover (Google)

There would be no curb cuts, with onsite parking for 32 vehicles accessible from the alley. There would be four units onsite to satisfy the ARO (affordable housing) requirement. There would be no government funding, including TIF, as part of this project.

There are plans to reuse parts of the existing building's terracotta ornamentation in the new development, but that depends on the condition of the pieces.

Per Ald. Cappleman's website:

"Developer Jody Libman from Moments Notice Services is proposing to construct a new 57.6 ft., 4 story, 40 unit residential, brick and limestone apartment building with 32 interior garage parking spaces.

This proposal would require changing the property’s two zoning designations of B3-3 and RT-4 to one designation of B2-3. Alderman Cappleman will be scheduling a meeting with the Dover Street Neighbors Association and the 46th Ward Zoning and Development Committee to review this proposal."

Visit Ald. Cappleman's development page for more details.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

After Dealing With The City's Red Tape, Wilson Men's Hotel Rehab Back On Track

1124 W. Wilson, purchased by City Pads
As we all know, dealing with the city can take ages. City Pads, the new owners of 1124 W. Wilson, formerly the Wilson Men's Hotel, have certainly discovered that. We have also learned that the building will be known as "Wilson Club."

Full building permits were issued on November 5 for the conversion of the building from 246 SRO (Single Room Occupancy) units into 69 micro units. One ground floor retail space will remain as well as one office unit.

The full permit reads:


If you are curious what we might expect from these units, City Pads also completed the Hazelton rehab at 851 W. Montrose.

UPDATE: The following press release was shared with neighbors from City Pads:

Dear Neighbors,

Thank you for your patience and continued interest regarding the future of the former Wilson Men's Hotel.  After a few months of delays working with the city's bureaucracy, earlier this week the City of Chicago finally issued our construction permit.  We would like to thank Alderman Cappleman for personally getting involved in this matter, as the neighborhood is anxious to have this building restored and full of Uptown residents who can enjoy all that our neighborhood has to offer.

Because of the delay in acquiring this permit our construction schedule for the building will have to be re-examined, and we will not be able to meet our original goal of a Spring 2020 opening.  After we have put together a fresh plan I'll share with you that information, as well as a rendering of what the restored building will look like, and other relevant details.

In the meantime, you can expect to see some deliveries, and a scaffolding will be going up tomorrow (Friday).  The scaffolding is required by law for safety reasons and will remain for the foreseeable future.

Rendering of "Wilson Club" at 1124 W. Wilson (City Pads)

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

'Terrain Exhibitions' Self-Guided Art Tours Coming November 9

Uptown hub of Terrain Biennial 2019 will host a reception and self-guided tours to see site-specific artworks on Saturday November 9th 3-7pm at the 3RD SPACE: 4956 N Sheridan. The event is free and open to the public.

From 4956 N Sheridan visitors will be able to walk to the 4 other sites:
5026 N Sheridan - David Downs
936 W Margate Terrace - Sherry Antonini
921 W Gunnison - Hale Ekinci
941 W Lawrence - Erin Cramer

The Terrain Biennial is unlike any other art festival. It takes place on lawns, in front yards, on porches, beneath awnings, and in windows. Residents partner with artists to bring striking, contemporary artwork into their communities.

More information on Terrain Biennial 2019

Monday, November 4, 2019

Police Sponsoring Warm Winter Coat Drive For Those In Need

If you've got a warm winter coat that's in need of a new owner, please drop it off between now and November 26th at one of several locations. It will go to someone experiencing homelessness, thanks to the 19th District police. Thank you!

Before Tonight's Meeting, Weiss Hospital Details Plans To Expand Hospital Services

Photo from Weiss Hospital'sFacebook page
Tonight is the meeting where legislators and the public will learn more about what the new owners propose for the hospital. (See previous posts here and here.)

This morning Pipeline Health sent a press release about plans to expand services at Weiss:

"Weiss Hospital Opens Outpatient Behavioral Health Program 
Marks expansion of services at Weiss 

Grand Opening Set for November 

CHICAGO — Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital, a member of the Pipeline Health System, today announced it will open an outpatient behavioral health program. This is just the latest in a series of significant investments made in the hospital’s health care services and facilities since the change of ownership in January.

The new outpatient program will initially have the capacity to serve 14-24 clients at any one time in either one of two settings: Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). This outpatient program will build on Weiss Hospital’s inpatient acute behavioral health services. As a result, Weiss will be able to offer a full range of comprehensive behavioral health services to provide the specific care individuals need.

“We’ve worked closely with our partners in the community to develop much-needed outpatient behavioral health services. Now Weiss will be able to better meet the behavioral health needs of the Uptown community and nearby neighborhoods,” said Weiss Hospital CEO Mary Shehan. “We look forward to continuing to expand the health care services Weiss provides and this is just the latest that shows our commitment to the area.”

In January 2019, Weiss became a member of the Pipeline Health System. This has allowed significant resources to be invested in the health care services Weiss provides to the surrounding community, as well as investments in the hospital’s physical and IT infrastructure.

In fact, the investments over the last nine months and the planned investments, barring any additional obstacles placed by lawmakers, are nearly as much as the previous owner invested during its decade-long ownership. Some of those investments under the new ownership include:
  • Added three new primary care physicians and 15 new specialists.
  • Growing the Women’s Health Program.
  • Growing Gender Confirmation and Reconstructive Urology programs. 
While growing its programs, the quality of care at Weiss has also been a focus, as shown by maintaining the Joint Commission Accreditation as a Primary Stroke Hospital and Orthopedic Knee/Hip Total Joint Hospital and being designated an “Employer of Choice” for the Uptown Community.

In addition to the medical care improvements, there have been important infrastructure investments too. A new $10 million Electronic Medical Record System is being implemented to replace the current system, a relic from two previous owners. Major renovations of the parking structure are also underway. 
You can hear more about Pipeline and Weiss's future tonight, at Weiss Hospital (Wilson and Clarendon) between 6pm and 8pm. The meeting is sponsored by and will be attended by Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, Rep. Greg Harris, and Ald. James Cappleman."

Rep. Feigenholtz Letter About Weiss Hospital Sale

A reminder that there's a meeting tonight about Weiss Hospital's sale and future. In the letter below, Rep. Sara Feigenholtz outlines her concerns about the company purchasing the hospital (Pipeline Health, LLC) and what it plans to do. (For more, see our previous post). Click each image to enlarge it.

The meeting is MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH, 6pm-8pm, at Weiss Hospital (Clarendon and Wilson).

Eat At Chipotle On Tuesday and Help Courtenay School In The Process

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Did You Enjoy Your Extra Hour?

Earlier dawns,
and earlier darkness
in the evenings.  

Set your clocks back an hour Saturday night/Sunday morning as Daylight Saving Time ends and we go back to  real time.

Daylight Saving Time returns on March 8th.

(Photo of Goldblatt's - now First Ascent and Huntington Bank - used with the kind permission of Mark 2400 on Flickr.)

Thursday, October 31, 2019

See Montrose Beach's Piping Plovers In A New Documentary

You've heard of Monty and Rose, the breeding pair of rare piping plovers who had two sets of eggs at Montrose Beach this summer, exciting bird watchers and attracting volunteers to guard their babies.

Now they're in a documentary, called (what else) Monty and Rose. According to its website, "Monty and Rose tells the story of a pair of endangered piping plovers that successfully nested at Chicago's Montrose Beach in the summer of 2019, the first of the species to nest in Chicago in 64 years. The short, independent documentary chronicles these special birds and an unpredictable series of events including a proposed music festival that propelled the birds to national headlines."

You can see the documentary beginning next month! It will be playing:
Check out the website here. The trailer can be seen here.

Community Meeting About Selling Weiss Hospital

From Ald. Cappleman's latest newsletter:

"Pipeline Health, LLC is currently negotiating to purchase Weiss Memorial Hospital. Pipeline has expressed plans with continuing the hospital operations, along with selling the surface parking lot located just directly south of the hospital to assist with needed upgrades.

However, State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, Majority Leader Greg Harris, and I are inviting the community to a meeting with Pipeline to hear more about this proposed sale because we have concerns that the end result of this purchase could result in the hospital's closure. 

Pipeline did a similar transaction with Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park and two weeks later, Pipeline announced the hospital was closing. The purpose of this community meeting is to demand transparency in this sale and make sure that Pipeline clearly understands the critical importance of Weiss Hospital to our community.

This Monday's Open Office hours will not occur so that we can all be present at this meeting.

The meeting will be:
  • Monday, Nov. 4 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Weiss Memorial Hospital, Lower Level Auditorium, 4646 N. Marine Drive"

Thursday, October 24, 2019

After 3 Proposals Rejected By Magnolia-Malden Neighbors, Developer To Build "By Right"

Interesting turn of events on the 4600 block of Malden.
The 5 vacant lots stretching from 4608-4630 N. Malden
Developer Steve Sgouras has presented 3 different proposals for the 5 vacant parcels at 4608-4630 N. Malden over the last several years, all of which were turned down by the local Magnolia-Malden Neighbors Block Club. He is now building "by right" on the lots that have been vacant nearly 50 years.

Ald. Cappleman just sent out a newsletter clarifying the plans:

"After 3 previous attempts for an upzone on five neighboring empty parcels of property at 4608-30 N. Malden, developer Steve Sgouras made the decision to pursue building on these lots without an upzone. With no upzone, the Affordable Requirements Ordinance will not be enacted, which would have required a 10% set aside for affordable housing. Mr. Sgouras is asking for  zoning variances to reduce setbacks in order to provide one-to-one parking for the development. Sheridan Park is an historic designated area, and residents in the past had petitioned to have 30′ setbacks for any development built. However, it’s not clear if this setback is a requirement by the City; the building directly south, which was built after Sheridan Park’s designation, has less of a setback. Ald. Cappleman is seeking clarification from the Dept. of Planning & Development on required setbacks within Sheridan Park.

Residents with questions are encouraged to stop by the 46th Ward Office during open office hours any Monday evening from 5pm – 7pm or send an email to"

UU Note: The 0' setback on the north side of the development that had some neighbors up in arms actually refers ONLY to a 10' 3" section of the garage which would abut the neighboring lot line. Also of note is the 22' setback to the front of the building. The 14' setback refers to the distance from the sidewalk to the front of the balconies. Those items are highlighted on the site plan below.

Site plan for the 4630 N. Malden Building (46th Ward Development Page)

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Register Now To Be On The Halloween Trick Or Treat Route!

If you are wanting to register as a house that will be passing out goodies on Halloween, be sure to email to be added to the list!