Thursday, April 18, 2019

48th Ward Spring Fling / Egg Hunt On Saturday Morning

Join us this Saturday for our annual 48th Ward Spring Fling & Egg Hunt at the Senn Park Playground (Elmdale & Greenview). We will have arts activities beginning at 9:30am, with the Egg Hunt kicking off promptly at 10am. This is a BYOB -- Bring Your Own Basket -- event! The Easter Bunny is planning to stop by to pose for photos with families. We look forward to celebrating the beginning of a new season with our neighbors!

Thank you to our event partners: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Families Together Cooperative Nursery School, Chicago Friends School, Helix Cafe, and Senn Park Advisory Council. Click here for more information.

The Facebook Event Page is here.

The Senn Park Playground is located at Elmdale and Greenview in Edgewater.

Chase Park Presents Its Annual Eggstravaganza

FREE community event! Come join us for a fun filled day full of egg hunts, face painting, crafts and the Bunny himself! The Facebook Event Page is here.

Chase Park is located at 4701 North Ashland, at Leland and Ashland.

20th District Egg Hunt This Saturday

Mark your Calendar for the @ChicagoCAPS20 Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday April 20th from 12 pm to 2 pm at  20th District.  Bring your kids for a fun filled event.  Take a photo with the Easter Bunny, live entertainment and Magic show with Mary Macaroni, arts & crafts and Egg Hunt.

Egg Hunt At Clarendon Park On Saturday

Come out and enjoy and enjoy a festive Egg Hunt, arts & crafts, an inflatable and more! It's BYOB - Bring your own basket.

It's free, but registration is required, here.

Clarendon Park is located at Clarendon and Sunnyside (4501 N Clarendon).

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

$5 Friday Tour: Lock Up Your Phone and Join Chicago Foodways Tours For A 12-Tasting Tour of Argyle and Andersonville

Update: A second tour has been added that leaves North Face at 11:30am.

Turn on Explore Mode: Saigon-to-Stockholm

On Friday, April 19th, the North Face is teaming up with Chicago Foodways Tours for an urban culinary expedition. Explore the cultures and global flavors of the Uptown and Andersonville neighborhoods.
  • Discover the Asia on Argyle neighborhood and taste the best Vietnamese food in the city
  • Learn to toast like a Viking in a haunted former speakeasy
  • Make your taste buds dance during a guided Middle Eastern spice tasting
  • Stumble on a forgotten silent film study where Hollywood’s biggest star made his name
  • Travel through time to as you learn the stories of Chicago’s many waves of immigration
  • Feed your belly and your soul with 12 generous food tastings, plus coffee and spirits
  • Lock your phone away and connect in real life to the world, each other and yourself

Event Details:
  • Complimentary motorcoach transportation is provided from The North Face, 875 N. Michigan Avenue, with return transportation
  • Meet at The North Face at 10:30 to attend the first tour, at 11:30 to attend the second tour.
  • Food tour is 3 hours long
  • Total walking on the tour is 1.25 miles
  • 12 generous food and drink tastings provided from 6 restaurants
  • Enjoy the tastes of Vietnamese, Middle Eastern and Swedish cuisines
    Learn about the history of these diverse neighborhoods
  • Menu includes shrimp, pork, and dairy unless Vegetarian is specified
  • EventBrite ticket is required

The North Face is covering most of your ticket fee in exchange for an agreement to lock up your phone in a Yondr case to help you unplug and explore the city.  Cameras will be provided to document the experience

Buy your tickets here. Vegetarian options are available. Tickets are going fast!

Free Condo Workshop Offered For Owners And Those Thinking About Buying

Do you know about North Side Community Federal Credit Union, a member-owned community development credit union that offers a local alternative to big banks?

NSCFCU is offering community members a FREE Condo workshop to give you all the tools necessary to make your dream home possible.

Are you a condo owner or thinking of becoming one? Come and learn all about:

  • The differences between owning a single-family home vs. condo
  • How to make sure your condo board is compliant 
  • Evaluating your building’s financial risk 
  • How to plan for assessments and major repairs

This is especially targeted to condo-owners in self-managed buildings!

Snacks and all workshop materials will be provided.

RSVP here.

  • Thursday, April 25, 2019, 6:00 PM
  • ICA Greenrise Building
    4750 North Sheridan Road (at Lawrence)
    In the MLK Room

Building A Better Wheel (Updated)

The long-awaited art fixture at the new plaza in front of the Riviera is finally happening. Based on a design by Uptown artist Lowell Thompson, the wheel of colors will represent the great diversity present in our community. It will stand 17 feet tall and light up at night.

The sculpture was in the process of being installed last year when the base cracked, and it had to be reconfigured. Looks like one of the final pieces of the streetscaping project is about to happen!

We really love how Uptown will have sculptures by talented local artists AND internationally known artists, like  Arpeggio by Cecil Balmond a couple blocks south of this, at the Wilson L station. The whimsical nature of the color wheel will play off the Flyboy mural across the street by Hebru Brantley.

Update: Matt from Ald. Cappleman's office says, "Hopefully the third time's the charm on installing this thing, as crews are scheduled to return this Friday to finish the heavy work."

Ald. Cappleman Announces Win; 4 More Years!

Ald. Cappleman outside the nearly completed 4555 N. Sheridan 
Alderman Cappleman just sent out an email to his constituents:

"This 46th Ward election should erase all doubt about how important it is to vote to have your voice heard. I am honored to be your alderman for another 4 years and I owe this win to all those many people who believed in a vision that involves us working together to move this ward forward for the benefit of everyone.

The 46th Ward is the best place to live because of the people here who call it their home. I love that the strength of our community is that we can celebrate each other’s diversity through the many values that unite us. We are an example for our city and the rest of this country.  I look forward to another 4 years of being your public servant.

A special thanks to all those who made the decision to run for alderman in this ward. It’s a true testament that we are a community that believes in community involvement and public service. There will be plenty of tough obstacles that will come our way in the next 4 years, but I’m convinced now more than ever that we can meet them with both grace and strength.

I also want to thank all those who worked tirelessly on my campaign. Their hard work and commitment to our ward has paid off.

The best is yet to come!"

Thank you again for putting your trust in me,


Waldos Forever Fest Back Again At Clark & Argyle On 4/20

Do312 presents the second annual Waldos Forever Fest! The fest will unfold in Andersonville, right outside Chicago's fabulous Dispensary33, providing a full day of music, education and fun for cannabis lovers - and anyone that loves a good time. From morning ‘til night, we'll curate a cast of vendors, musicians, educators and - of course - a munchie food truck court. RSVP here.

Hear DJs sets from:

All the Way Kay

Jill Hopkins 

Enjoy a munchie from local food trucks: 

Three Legged Tacos

Chicago Lunchbox

Participating Vendors:



Bedford Grow

Cresco Labs


Grassroots Cannabis

GTI Clinic


Revolution Cannabis Co.

Blue Sky Marketing

Grassroots California

Crystal Gravy

Pin Stop Shop

Watch Us Grow

Emma Alamo

Topo Chico

Cappleman Leads By 25 As Vote Counting Ends; Possible Recount Requested?

The Board of Elections has stopped counting ballots in Chicago's April 2nd runoff election, two weeks after Election Day. In the 46th Ward aldermanic race, five votes came in on the last day, all for Marianne Lalonde.

It ended up with James Cappleman having a 25-vote lead (7,079 votes, and 50.09%) over Lalonde (7,054 votes, and 49.91%) at the end of the unofficial count.

The election results will be certified by the Board of Elections on Thursday, April 18th.

There's every indication that there will be a request made before a judge for a full or partial recount of votes, so it ain't over 'til it's over.

There was a total of 14,133 votes counted, a gain of 772 new votes since the polls closed on Election Day.

When the votes were counted on the evening of April 2nd, each candidate had the exact same percentage of votes as they ended up with two weeks later. Lalonde had 49.91% (6,669 votes) and Cappleman had 50.09% (6,692 votes) after all 40 precincts were counted.

We couldn't find any evidence of a recount reversing any prior Chicago election, but there's a first time for everything. The most recent recount came in 2015, when Ald. John Pope lost by 20 votes to Susan Sadlowski Garza and asked for a partial recount. He dropped the challenge and conceded on May 12, 2015, after the partial recount indicated he had no clear path to victory.

Meanwhile, in the 33rd District, Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez maintained her lead over incumbent Deb Mall by a 13-vote margin. We have no information as to whether Ald. Mell, who won her last election by 17 votes, will request a recount.

For a brief explanation of how a recount works, check out Ward Room.

Block Club Chicago's article is here: Ald. James Cappleman Holds Onto 46th Ward Seat By Just 25 Votes As Final Tally Announced

Tell WBEZ All About Your Hidden Uptown Gems & Best Recommendations For Summer Fun

WBEZ is reaching out to our readers: "We're crowdsourcing a fill-in-the-blanks guide to Chicago summer activities and are hoping to get recommendations from every neighborhood!" Fill out the survey with your suggestions here, hopefully focusing on Uptown gems and experiences.

Here's the link:

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Burglars Entering Homes Via Unlocked Windows (Updated)

We're not blaming the victims here, but please don't make it easy for the criminals by leaving your windows open or unlocked if you're asleep or not home. (And for that matter, if your butt isn't in the driver's seat, don't leave your car running.) Be aware and on the lookout, folks:

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Update: One more incident has been added by CPD: "1200 block of West Montrose Ave on April 7th, 2019 at 1630PM"

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, April 18th, 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.