Friday, August 23, 2019

Another Sheridan Park Mural Coming To Life

Rendering of mural coming to the alley side of 4600 N. Magnolia (@rodneyduranart Instagram)
Uptown resident Rodney Duran is currently hard at work on a colorful mural in Sheridan Park.

The mural is being done in collaboration with Pokiology, who is one of the businesses in the building at 4600 N. Magnolia. Residents walking east on Wilson will be greeted by a lion interspersed with bands of vibrant colors.
Uptown artist Rodney Duran preps the wall at the alley of 4600 N. Magnolia

Sunnyside Mall's Annual Block Party Seeks Volunteers and Attendees

On August 31st, join your neighbors for Sunnyside Mall's annual block party. Expect lots of fun events for kids and adults.

We are looking for volunteers and donations (no size is too small) to make this event a success. Please message us with any questions.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the event ($5 for 6 tickets and a free Sunnyside Mall Koozie)! We will be accepting cash and Venmo.

If you would like to help with setup or clean-up, please message

Sunnyside Mall is the portion of Sunnyside Avenue between Magnolia and Beacon.

Uptown Garden Walks And Associated Activities, On Saturday, September 7th

The  annual Uptown Garden Walk is returning for its fourth year on on Saturday, September 7th.. Come out for a day of fun and enjoyment as we explore the diverse identity of Uptown through its local gardens! We will enjoy morning yoga, two guided tours, and a garden gathering.
  • Yoga in the Garden, 8:30am – 9:30am*. Start your day in one of Uptown's favorite garden spaces (Clarendon Park, 4501 North Clarendon Drive). Yoga in the Garden will be led by Cindy Huston of Yoga Body Elements. *Please register for Yoga in the Garden through Yoga Body Elements at
  • Climate Action Tour, 11am – 12:30pm.  Learn how Uptown’s history and gardens matter in our climate-challenged times.  Lake Effect: Gardens and History for Climate-Challenged Times will be led by Melanie Eckner of Uptown Coastal Initiative and Susan Ask of animalia project.
  • Garden Gathering, 12:3 pm – 1:30pm. Mingle, enjoy refreshments, experience mini-workshops, and meet garden representatives.
  • Tree Tour, 1:30pm – 2:30pm. The Trees of Uptown Tour will be led by Andrew Lueck of Planned Forest Solutions.
This event is free and open to the public, but please register if you plan to join us at

If you'd like to get volunteer, help plan, or otherwise get involved, contact Samantha at

For more information, click on the webpage,

Enjoy End of Summer Picnic At Buttercup Park, Followed by Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse On Saturday

Buttercup Park Advisory Council is hosting its annual community picnic followed by a movie this Saturday, August 24th, at Buttercup Park (4901 N Sheridan).

The BYOP (Bring Your Own Picnic) will feature a community dessert sharing table in the plaza where we encourage everyone to bring a dessert to share with your neighbors. Don't forget your chairs and blankets!

As in prior years, everyone is encouraged to get out their “summer whites” for one last wearing before Labor Day. 

The picnic begins around 6pm.

The free movie is Spiderman: Into The Spider-verse. It begins around 8pm.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

New Look, New Name for North Side Community Federal Credit Union

The North Side Community Federal Credit Union, which has served Uptowners since 1974, has a new name. On August 1st, it merged with Great Lakes Credit Union. It will remain at the same office at 1011 W. Lawrence, and the staff will remain the same.

If you are a credit union member and have questions about the merger and how it affects you, click here for info.

See Incredibles 2 At Pride Theater Courtesy of BPN

Incredibles 2 is the second highest grossing animated film ever and features everyone's favorite family of superheroes.  This time Helen (voiced by Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, which leaves Bob (voiced by Craig T. Nelson) at home to deal with Violet and Dash.  It's a tough transition for everyone and made tougher because the family is still unaware of baby Jack's emerging powers.

Bring food and enjoy the air conditioned comfort of Pride Theatre.  You can learn more about productions that regularly appear at Pride Theatre by going to

Penultimate Argyle Night Market Of The Year On Thursday

It's hard to believe how fast this summer is going! There are only two Argyle Night Markets left.

If you've been meaning to go, why not tonight? It's open 5pm-9pm, and sounds like a great night. Admission and entertainment are always free. It takes place on Argyle near the intersection of Sheridan.

Uptown United says, "Join us this week for the 7th annual Argyle Night Market featuring delicious food, cultural performances, live music, and family fun. FREE admission. Growing in popularity and attendance, the Argyle Night Market draws over 4,000 people on a weekly basis!"

This week's market will feature more than 30 different vendors, as well as:
  • 5:30pm: Community Drumming Circle
  • 6pm: Aloha Center of Chicago Performance
  • 7pm: Run and Punch Live Music. Run and Punch is a female-fronted 6 piece ska band from Chicago, Illinois. Their unique blend of aggressive pop punk hooks, soulful vocals, and catchy horn lines push the boundaries of third wave ska. Influences range from Catch-22 and Alkaline Trio to Ella Fitzgerald and even music from Little Shop of Horrors.
  • 5pm-7pm: In the kids area, there will be face painting.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Up, Up and Away!

Long-time Uptown resident Bob Skutnick is an avid amateur photographer, and he was out on Friday to take some breath-taking photos of the final rehearsals for the 2019 Air and Water Show. These are wonderful shots, and he got the best weather day, too! The only problem was deciding which ones to use on the blog, because so many of them were so good.

Thanks, Bob, for sharing these with us! (click on each one to enlarge it and see all the details)

Join Your Neighbors For An Art Block Party This Weekend

According to Ald. Cappleman's newsletter, "The idea for this event came from neighbors, along with Ald. Cappleman, having dinners together at the Haitian American Museum and Emerald City Cafe to explore ways to get more people from different backgrounds interacting with one another to deepen the sense of community. This is an event that celebrates all the many people who make up our community."

Construction Career Networking Fair Coming August 28

The CTA and Walsh-Fluor Design-Build team will be hosting a series of RPM Construction Career Networking fairs to diversify the project workforce and reach disadvantaged workers and communities throughout Chicago. The first event will take place on Wednesday, August 28 at the JLM Center (2622 W Jackson Boulevard) from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Event participants will be able to –

  • Learn more about what kind of jobs will be available on the RPM project
  • How to qualify and apply for jobs that will be created
  • Network with union representatives and job assistance agencies to learn how to become eligible and ready to work on construction jobs throughout Chicago

Pre-registration is recommended because space is limited at

The Red Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One project is the CTA’s largest-ever capital improvement project.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Black Ensemble Theater Holding Auditions On Wednesday

Southbound Lake Shore Drive Closed To Vehicles Sunday Morning; Simonds Drive Closed Saturday Morning

The bike portion of the Chicago Triathlon will take place on Sunday morning, August 25th. The southbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive between Hollywood and Randolph will be closed for the event between 5am and noon. Northbound lanes will remain open.

Also, on Saturday, August 24th, Simonds Drive in Montrose Harbor will be closed between Montrose and Foster between 5am and noon in both directions. You can see all closures that will take place throughout the weekend here.

Be prepared for some extra traffic in the neighborhood, particularly on Sunday morning!

For 35 years, motorists and triathletes successfully shared the Drive in both directions. But in 2017, an uninsured 20-year-old driver grew impatient with the traffic slowdown and decided to ignore the traffic cones. She drove into the lane with the cyclists, and hit and injured two of them.

And that's why we can't have nice things.