Friday, June 18, 2021

Computer Recycling Event On Saturday


'Uptown Underdawg' Coming Soon to 1122 W. Wilson

A spot on Wilson Avenue that was most recently home to beloved "Uptown Donuts" is slated to become a restaurant focusing on hot dogs and of course, Chicago-style hot dogs.

Signage is up at 1122 W. Wilson and a Facebook page has been created for "Uptown Underdawg." A sign in the window also mentions the differences between gelato and ice cream, so expect to see that on the menu as well.

We welcome "Uptown Underdawg" to Wilson Avenue. No opening date is mentioned on their Facebook page, but we hope to check it out soon!

46th Ward Zoning & Development Committee Gives Thumbs Up to Zoning Change For 3636 LSD Building

Rendering of proposed 3636 Lake Shore Drive complex

At a virtual meeting Thursday evening, community representatives at the 46th Ward Z&D Committee overwhelmingly approved a zoning change that paves the way for construction of a new residential rental / mixed-use complex at the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Waveland Avenue in Lakeview.

The committee's vote was 25 in favor, two against, and five abstentions.

The developer, City Club Apartments, has been meeting with nearby residents since mid-2019 and has obtained zoning change approval from East Lake View Neighbors, the New York Private Residences (3660 North Lake Shore Drive), and the 3600 Lake Shore Drive Condo Association.

The planned complex would include two residential buildings connected by a one-story building. The building to the south is planned to be six stories tall, with 147 units. The one to the north is planned to be 19 stories tall, with 187 units. 

Four townhomes would be built into the taller building, facing Waveland Avenue, encompassing the first and second floors. A restaurant space is planned for the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Waveland.

The apartment sizes would be divided among studios, and one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. 170 parking spaces would be built underground. 

You can see the latest plans, with new renderings and elevations based on Chicago Department of Planning and Development recommendations, here.

Development of this prime two-acre lot in front of the New York Private Residences has been sought for decades. 

The developer of the New York, Louis Silverman, envisioned a twin to the 47-story original building (completed in 1987) on the site, along with 46 townhomes and a 50,000 square foot retail and recreational complex. He planned for construction of the 600-unit building to begin in 1990. 

Obviously, that didn't happen, and over the years, a long line of ambitious developers have proposed projects there that never came to fruition.

Will the current project be the first to succeed in building on this rare empty Lake Shore Drive lot, or will this proposed plan turn out to be another also-ran? The developer must obtain the approval of the Chicago Plan Commission, Committee on Zoning, and City Council before ground can be broken. 

Time will tell, but the approval of the Zoning and Development Committee, which guides Ald. Cappleman's zoning decisions, is a big step in the direction of development.

In other Z&D news...

Plot twist! Last week the Committee voted against approving a residential building to go up at 4600 Marine, in what is now a parking lot for Weiss Hospital. The vote was 16 votes against, 15 votes in favor, and one abstention.

But at tonight's meeting, the vice president of North Halsted Business Alliance, which voted "against" the proposal (via their rep) at the prior meeting, appeared and asked that the "no" vote cast at last week's meeting be reversed and changed to a vote in favor of the project. 

We hear he told the committee that the organization previously met and voted in favor of the proposed building and that the rep at the June 11th meeting voted using his personal opinion, i.e. not consistent with that of the board of the North Halsted Business Alliance. He asked that the vote be officially changed and the record amended to reflect the organization's intention. 

So, assuming that request is granted, the vote flips to 16 votes in favor, 15 votes against, and one abstention, thus approving the proposal.  

Of course, this is a major change of events.  If Alderman Cappleman now approves the project based on the vote in favor, it means the project goes forward and much needed money will flow to both Weiss Hospital and Sarah's Circle.

We will watch developments with interest.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

'The Winnie' At 4750 N. Winthrop Now Leasing


A one bedroom model unit at The Winnie (FLATS)

A brand new building is now welcoming its first residents at 4750 N. Winthrop, in the heart of the Uptown Entertainment District.

"The Winnie" (get it, Winthrop, Winnie?) features a modern mix of studio and one bedroom units with all of the conveniences one might expect including in-unit laundry. A beautiful roof deck also gives residents a panoramic views of Uptown. Residents of The Winnie also have access to amenities in other FLATS properties like the nearby Lawrence House at 1020 W. Lawrence, with its restored swimming pool or boxing ring.

Check out The Winnie website for floor plans and to schedule a tour.

The roof deck at The Winnie (FLATS)

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Be A Part of Uptown's Art During 2nd Annual Uptown Art Week

A great event sponsored by Uptown United & The Uptown Chamber of Commerce, 4619 N. Broadway:

You may have noticed that Uptown is quickly becoming a public art hot-spot in Chicago. From the Clifton Avenue Street Art Gallery to the iconic murals along Argyle Street, Uptown is the place for public art in Chicago. But that’s just the beginning. During the week of August 6th - 15th we plan to add more than 40 new murals across the neighborhood—and we need your help. We’re planning to use this week in August to blanket the community with art—from large-scale murals to community-led art projects.

As you know, the pandemic has forced us to cancel some of our events that typically bring 60,000+attendees to Uptown each year. These events not only helped boost Uptown’s profile and attracted visitors to our community, they also helped fund our organizations. Your generous sponsorship helps Uptown’s small businesses, organizations, and neighbors thrive. Sponsorships benefit Uptown United & the Uptown Chamber of Commerce. Payment should be made payable to Uptown United. Uptown United is a 501c3 non-profit organization, and your sponsorship may be tax deductible. Click here for the sponsorship form.

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS & BENEFITS: Print deadline is Thursday, June 10.

$5,000 BENEFACTOR: Fund one large scale mural. Your logo on all printed & digital event materials.

$1,000 MURAL SPONSOR: Fund one 8’x8’ sized mural. Your logo on all printed & digital event materials.

$500 PATRON: Fund one 4’x8’ mural. Your logo on all digital event materials.

$250 ART LOVER: Fund one 4’x4’ mural. Your logo on all digital event materials.

$100 NEIGHBOR FOR THE ARTS: Name listed on website, plus an Uptown sticker pack

'State of Uptown' Virtual Event June 9

State of Uptown

Wednesday, June 9  |  12:00pm – 1:30pm

The annual State of Uptown event convenes Uptown's business, development, and non-profit communities to hear from our local elected officials.  Join us again virtually this year!

Scheduled to appear:  

Illinois State Representative Greg Harris

40th Ward: Alderman Andre Vasquez

46th Ward: Alderman James Cappleman

47th Ward: Alderman Matt Martin

48th Ward: Alderman Harry Osterman

TICKETS:   $10.00 (plus fees)*

*All Members of the Uptown Chamber of Commerce are eligible for $5.00 tickets.  The discount code has been sent via email.  Contact Greg Carroll for more details -   

Click here to register.

Once you've purchased your ticket(s), you'll receive a confirmation email from us with a link to the Zoom meeting.  

All funding collected through this event goes to support the work of Uptown United and the Uptown Chamber whose joint mission is to lead efforts to build a strong, unified business environment; facilitate economic development; and strengthen community – all to nurture a diverse, vibrant, thriving and strong Uptown.


Given that this annual event is typically a luncheon - please consider ordering delivery or pick-up from your favorite Uptown spot to continue the tradition of supporting local businesses.  If you need some ideas, please click here!

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

"Movies At Buttercup" Begins June 12

It's going to be a good summer for movies in Uptown. Buttercup Park (Sheridan and Ainslie) begins its summer showings Saturday, June 12. 

The movies are curated by Vic Herrera and presented by the Buttercup Park Advisory Counsel. Here's the complete schedule for Buttercup with all films starting at dusk:

Saturday, June 12:  "Monterey Pop"

Saturday, July 10:  "Be Kind Rewind"

Saturday, July 31: "Crooklyn"

Saturday, August 21: TBD - animated kids film

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Veni, Vidi, Venti! Starbucks to Open New Location on Friday Near Foster and Broadway


Just a half block north of Uptown's Foster border, a new Starbucks will open its doors on Friday, May 7th. 

Located at 5244 North Broadway, in the same strip mall as Chipotle and PetSmart, the new coffee shop will offer indoor and patio seating, with four dedicated parking spots for pick-up orders.

With the shuttering of Chicago Grind (at Berwyn and Broadway) earlier this year, Starbucks will strive to satisfy the java cravings of an area that has been forced to go uncaffeinated.

Hours are 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week.

Food Town Comes Through For Uplift Teachers

It's been an extremely challenging school year for teachers, no doubt about it. 

It's Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7), and Food Town, a long-time Uptown business located  at Hazel and Montrose, took it upon itself to do something nice for the teachers of nearby Uplift Community High School. As Uplift said on Twitter:

"Local family-owned store (Food Town Uptown) supported us by donating a gift card to every teacher and staff member in the building! We are beyond grateful

#ubelong #exploreuplift #chicago #TeacherAppreciationWeek #ThankATeacher #education"

Thanks, Food Town, and thanks, teachers, for meeting the challenges of a very unique year in (and out of) the classroom.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Two New Restaurants Open On Broadway: Halal Taco & Kimchi Pop!

It's a tough time to open a restaurant, but there are two on the 4400 block of Broadway that are bravely doing just that, and we are looking forward to trying their food! 

Welcome, Kimchi Pop! by Chef Son and Halal Taco.

Halal Taco
is in the former Tolotzin space at 4431 North Broadway. Featuring all kinds of Mexican food, the meat is 100% zabiha halal, and there are also vegetarian options. There are four kinds of Burrito Sushi, an American Dinner page on the menu, and eight flavors of chicken wings.

The hours are 11am-11pm, and they feature dine-in, carry-out, delivery, and catering.

The phone number is 773-857-6003. The website, featuring online ordering, is here.

Kimchi Pop! by Chef Son features Korean cuisine right next door at 4429 North Broadway. 

The second location of a popular West Town restaurant, the Uptown location is open 5pm-9pm daily. Online ordering isn't available at the moment for the new store, but you can place an order over the phone for pickup by calling 773-654-3466.

Check out the menu here. Dishes can be modified for gluten-free or vegan/vegetarian preferences upon request.

The website is here, and the Yelp page for the West Town location is here.

We welcome both new restaurants to Uptown!

Bezazian Honors Mark Kaplan Saturday, As Popular Library Branch Manager Prepares Transfer to Buena Park

The Friends of Bezazian Branch Library will be throwing a send-off party for long-time branch manager Mark Kaplan on Saturday, May 1st, between 11am and noon.  Come on by and give Mark your best wishes! 

There will be light refreshments and an opportunity to thank Mark for all his good work at Bezazian. Lindsay HugĂ©, president of the Friends of Bezazian, will give brief remarks at 11:30.

Please gather on the Magnolia lawn (1226 West Ainslie, corner of Magnolia).

In order to keep this event safe for all, masks will be required except while eating and drinking. Social distancing is encouraged as much as possible. In case of inclement weather, we will reschedule for a later date.

We are lucky that Mark's new position will be just a mile down the road! He'll be going to the Uptown Branch Library, at 929 W Buena, in Buena Park.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Munno & Kie-Gol-Lanee Earn Michelin Bib Gourmand Awards As "Delightful Little Restaurants"

The ratings are out, and two Uptown restaurants have earned prestigious Bib Gourmand designations, which go to "delightful little restaurants selected by MICHELIN guide inspectors for their very good value for money." 

58 restaurants in Chicago made the list, with Munno a first-time designee, and Kie-Gol-Lanee retaining its designation from 2019. Specifically, "Bib Gourmand restaurants offer a full menu of a starter, main course and dessert, making it possible to order two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for around $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included)."

Of  Munno Pizzeria & Bistro (4656 N. Clark), Michelin inspectors say,

"A laid-back neighborhood spot at heart, the interior here is unfussy, with wood paneling and exposed ceilings. And although the vibe is relaxed, the cooking is anything but, thanks to top ingredients and careful techniques.

The "Neapolitan-inspired" pizza may not be made in the traditional wood-burning oven, but those electric deck ovens still manage to turn out deliciously puffy and lightly charred crusts. They are a nod to Naples, but don't forget to sample the rotating selection of pastas, which hail from Sicily to Umbria (from whence the parpardelle alla Norcina with a sauce of cream and sausage originates).

The compact menu features pizzas and pastas as main attractions, but desserts too impress, as in the fior di latte sundae or classic tiramisu."

Munno is open Wednesday/Thursday 4pm-8:30pm and Friday/Saturday 4pm-9pm. It's currently doing pickup and delivery only, with the patio open during nice weather. According to Munno's website, COVID compliant indoor dining will resume on May 5th.

Kie-Gol-Lanee, located at 5004 N Sheridan, is receiving its second designation as a Bib Gourmand restaurant, and says on its Facebook page:

"Bring Oaxaca home is the take away from the Michelin guide's website to describe our cuisine and we couldn't be more grateful to be awarded the Michelin's Bib Gourmand 2021 for the second year in a row! 

Thank you to each one of our patrons, family and friends that have crossed our doors at 5004 N. Sheridan and supported our family restaurant. Each meal we have cooked and each drink we have made has been from the bottom of our heart. We hope to continue serving our Uptown neighborhood and return the love we have received from this wonderful community of loyal guests.

¡Gracias, gracias, gracias!"

Michelin's assessment of the restaurant is here, and this is Uptown Update's take on it from 2019.

Kie-Gol-Lanee is open 4pm-10pm Monday through Friday, and 10am-10pm on weekends. Its patio is in full swing, weather permitting.

We are so proud of our locally owned restaurants and those at Michelin who knew a good thing when they saw it, especially after a devastating year for the restaurant industry. Congratulations to both!