Monday, December 10, 2018

Share the Warmth! Donate Winter Gear To Our 46th Ward Students!

You can buy clothing online from the group's Amazon wishlist (here); you can donate goods to Friends and drop them off at Ald. Cappleman's office (4544 North Broadway); or make a monetary donation via Paypal at the Friends' website (here).

Thank you for supporting the students of the 46th Ward!

Friday, December 7, 2018

All Aboard The NFL's Sunday Night Football Bus!

The NFL's Sunday Night Football bus is in Uptown! It will be parked at Sheridan and Gunnison between 2pm and 7pm as a guest of the Pederson-McCormick Boys and Girls Club. The NFL/Comcast staff will be inside the club at 4pm to meet with Club members, who will then tour the bus.

Update: It is here!

Friday is The Wooden Spoon’s 16th Anniversary; Celebrate With 16% Off

Celebrate with The Wooden Spoon, 5047 N Clark, on Friday, December 7th, for its 16th Anniversary Sale!

Enjoy 16% off all non-sale items. Save 16% on cooking classes too with code Spoon16. This is the one-day a year discounts apply to cooking classes!

The Wooden Spoon is open until 8:30 on Friday. Stop in to cheer its anniversary with a glass of complimentary wine.

Senior Health Fair With Flu Shots & CityKey Cards on Friday at Weiss Hospital On Friday

From Ald. Cappleman:

"We hope to see you [Friday, December 7th] as my office and State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz host a Senior Health Fair.

The event will feature free flu shots and Chicago CityKey municipal ID printing. Click here for more information about CityKey and documents needed to obtain the ID.

Other Senior Health Fair participants include:

  • Illinois State Treasurer's office, helping people recover unclaimed funds 
  • Free eye exams
  • Smart911

WHAT: Senior Health Fair with free flu shots, CityKey printing and more
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Weiss Memorial Hospital, 4646 N. Marine Dr.

If you have questions about the health fair or need more information, please contact Lexi at 773-878-4646 or"

Thursday, December 6, 2018

St. Nick Returns For Annual Skate At Margate Park

Santa is busy this time of year, but he's making time to stop at Margate Park gym for the annual roller-skate with Santa night.

It's on Friday, December 14th between 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

Admission is $5 and includes popcorn, hot dog and a drink. Skates will be provided (sizes 1-13), but if you've got your own, bring 'em!

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Margate Park Fieldhouse is located at 4921 North Marine Drive. There is limited street parking, and a city lot immediately east of the fieldhouse.

"Join us for our annual Roller Skating with Santa! It's the place to be this holiday season. Event includes popcorn, hot dog and a drink.

Price is a entrance fee and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Indoor Roller skating event in the gym. Skates provided from sizes 1-13 but if you have your own please bring them."

Part of Uptown Theatre Funding Gets Approval

When millions and millions of public dollars are involved, the red tape and paperwork involved getting a project begun is intense. But it's happening, and work on the crown jewel of Uptown is tentatively expected to begin in August, with completion in 2021.

Today the Chicago Department of Planning & Development tweeted:
"Commission OKs $3M from the Adopt-a-Landmark Fund to support the $75M rehab of the Uptown Theatre. It’s the largest ever commitment from that fund, created in 2016 as part of the downtown density bonus system. City Council approval is required. Grand opening target is Feb. 2021."

Buena Park CAPS Meeting TONIGHT

The bimonthly CAPS meeting for Beat 1915 (Buena Park) is Thursday, December 6th, at 6:30pm. It takes place at the Uptown Branch Library, 929 W Buena.  The beat's boundaries are Montrose, Clark, Irving Park, and the lake.

The meetings take place on the first Thursday of even-numbered months.

If you are concerned about crime in your community, and want to talk to the beat officers and CAPS officers about what is going on, this is the best place to do it. If you have a concern that you'd rather not voice publicly, you can speak to an officer after the meeting.

A complete listing of all Uptown's CAPS beat meetings and schedules is available here.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Bridgeview Bank Rumored To Become First Midwest Bank (Updated)

Photo credit: Rick Baer 

According to Crain's, Bridgeview Bank might soon be First Midwest Bank.

In an article today, Crain's says:
"First Midwest Bancorp is in advanced discussions to acquire the parent of Bridgeview Bank Group, a deal that would strengthen suburban-oriented First Midwest in the city of Chicago.

A deal, if it's finalized, is likely to be announced within days, sources said.

Bridgeview Bank, best known perhaps by the striking 12-story terra cotta building in Uptown that dates back nearly a century, has nearly $1.3 billion in assets. It operates 14 branches, including some choice North Side locations in Edgewater, Lincoln Park and Lincoln Square, as well as Uptown."
Bridgeview has been a good neighbor in Uptown, putting multiple millions of dollars into a three-year restoration of the one-time Sheridan Trust & Savings Bank building at 4753 North Broadway.

We'll stay tuned and see what happens.

Update: Well, that didn't take long. On Thursday, December 6th, the acquisition was announced. Click here to read the press release.

TONIGHT: Uptown Holiday Party Invites All, Donations Encouraged For Sarah's Circle

Join Bridgeview Bank, Uptown United, and Business Partners,The Chamber for Uptown in celebrating the holiday season, as well as our organizations' many accomplishments this year.

Enjoy complimentary light food, libations and great company!
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST
  • 4753 N Broadway
Online RSVPs are appreciated and will close at 3:00pm on Wednesday, December 5, but walk-ins are welcome.

Uptown has a proud history of helping those in need. We hope you'll join us this year in bringing a donation to assist Sarah's Circle, a worthy organization serving the Uptown neighborhood. 

The most needed items are winter clothing including:
  • Winter Coats
  • Scarves
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Winter Boots and/or Waterproof Shoes
  • Sweaters and/or Sweatshirts
* Because of limited storage space, Sarah's Circle is only accepting clothing in good condition and that is appropriate for the current season. Donated clothing should be clean and folded. Larger clothing sizes (XL, XXL, 3XL) are especially needed. They are currently only accepting clothing sizes 12+ and sensible shoes sizes 8+ at this time. Men's clothing is also accepted.

CLICK HERE for a list of additional items.

Beat 2033 CAPS Meeting Wednesday Night

Beat 2033 (the area bordered by Clark, Lawrence, Winthrop, and Foster) is having its bimonthly CAPS meeting on Wednesday, December 5th, at 7pm.

It's held at the Bezazian Branch Library, 1226 West Ainslie. 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 2033 CAPS is held the first Wednesday of even-numbered months.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Just A Little Group Hanging Out At The Uptown Theatre

Five years ago, ten years ago, could you imagine that the Tribune's theater critic would be tweeting something like this?

Behind The Scenes On The Way To City Elections

Monday was the last day for filing objections to the nominating petitions of candidates running for city offices. (The city election is February 26th, and this is one way of determining who will be on -- and off -- the final ballot.)

Objections generally claim that an insufficient number of valid signatures were gathered by each candidate. The Board of Elections has hearings on each petition to determine whether the objection is valid. No hearings have been scheduled yet for this election. In past years, they generally are ruled on by year-end.

There were 16 objections filed against various candidates for Mayor, seven against various candidates for City Clerk, and five against candidates for City Treasurer, including one against Ald. Pawar's petitions.

Closer to home:
  • In the 46th Ward, there were two objections filed against the petitions of candidate Angela Clay, one objection filed against the petitions of candidate Justin Kreindler, and one objection filed against the petitions of candidate Jon-Robert McDowell. No objections were filed against the petitions of candidates James Cappleman, Erika Wozniak Francis, or Marianne Lalonde.
  • In the 47th Ward, not one objection was filed, so barring anyone dropping out of the race, there will be nine candidates running for alderman. That should be a fun one to watch!
  • In the 48th Ward, there were no objections filed against either Harry Osterman's petitions or David Earl Williams III's petitions.
You can see all the objections filed through hyperlinks of this PDF on the Chicago Board of Elections website, which will be updated with the hearing dates as they are determined.

We will keep an aldermanic candidate list on the right sidebar of the blog.

Early voting starts downtown on January 17th!

Entertainment District Grows, As Legendary Baton Lounge Announces Move To Uptown

Well, hello there, Baton Show Lounge!

Chicago's storied drag venue is coming to the former Uptown Underground space at Broadway and Leland, taking over both the first floor and basement in the beautiful Uptown Broadway Building.

In today's newsletter, Ald. Cappleman says:

The Baton Show Lounge, currently located in River North, signed a lease to move to 4707 N. Broadway and occupy the first floor and basement.

Known across the country for their drag shows, the Baton was opened 49 years ago by owner Jim Flint. Special guests in the past have included Joan Crawford, Sammy Davis, Jr, Kirk Douglas, Robert Wagner, Shirley McLaine, Joan Rivers, Madonna, Janet Jackson, RuPaul and Chris Farley."
There is no date set yet, but the Baton will be celebrating its last New Year's Eve at its River North location in 2018, according to its website.

We are living in an exciting era in Uptown!

Other stories: