Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Chicago Market Announces What Its Gerber Building Grocery Co-op Will Look Like

click to enlarge and zoom in (there's a ton of detail)

Chicago Market has shown us its plans for the Gerber Building, and what we can expect to see in the community-owned co-op grocery store when it opens next year.

You'll have to zoom way in, but you can see a floral section; groceries; a deli; a coffee bar; a cafe, a meeting space; beer, wine and spirits; a nut butter section with a grinder; a ready-to-go foods section; bulk food bins; fresh produce; health and wellness products; and a lot more.

There will be customer entrances from Wilson and Broadway and from the parking lot, with a third one to be built on the north end of the building for loading.

In its email, Chicago Market says, "Here are a few highlights of the drawing you're seeing:
  • This was an iterative process - this is at least the 14th drawing!
  • It's a balancing act to place things so that departments interact well, product flows into the store well, and most importantly, that we achieve 8800 square feet of sales floor space, as defined by our market study. In order to meet targeted sales projections, we need that many feet dedicated to product. 
  • Which is why you see us leveraging the basement for backstock storage and some office spaces, as well as cleverly "bumping out" into the parking lot with a couple coolers.
  • We offer two shopper entrances - one at the corner of Wilson and Broadway for walk-in transit traffic, and the other in the back off the parking lot. And we'll build a third entrance at the north end for loading.
  • As many aisles as possible are oriented to allow a view to the windows, and we'll keep shelving in front of the windows low to preserve light and views through all our beautiful windows. 
  • As planned, we'll be a full-service grocery store with grab-n-go prepared foods, a morning commute coffee counter, fresh local produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, wellness, lots of bulk foods, wine, beer and spirits, a seating and event space and more!
  • Our Store Design team shared this schematic design with our landlords at the CTA recently and they've approved our moving forward with it."

Can't wait for the opening next year!

If you'd like more information about Chicago Market, and/or how to be an investor in this community-owned store, click here.

Artist At Work (Wilson Edition)

As we posted last week, there's a new mural going up at Magnolia and Wilson, and there's been a lot of progress made, despite stifling weather and heavy storms.

We caught artist Caroline J. Brown adding some detail to her fantastical creatures on the side of the Wagnolia Veterinary Clinic.

Here's how it looks as of Monday afternoon. Stay tuned!

Artist At Work (Montrose Edition)

Nightfall? Nothing stops artist Steven Teller from creating his colorful new mural on the west side of the condo building at 835-37 Montrose (across from The Reservoir). We caught him under the lights Monday night, hard at work.

The work-in-progress, commissioned by Uptown United, pays homage to the Montrose Bird Sanctuary, just a stone's throw from the entrance to the park.

You can follow the artist at his Facebook page, Steven Teller Arts. About this mural, he says, "Finally making some progress in Uptown, Chicago after a week of rain, 110 degree heat wave, missing paint orders, defective paint sprayer, and more. At last, it's in the 70s and the wall is fully sketched out. Time for some details and to make this wall pop!!!"

Monday, July 22, 2019

Straight Outta Wardrobe

A reader writes in to say:

"I saw one of these the other day so I decided to look around. They're on Amazon. You can order them at this link."


"Apparently they sell them for any hood or suburb you type in."

So get down with your bad selves, Buena Parkers (and others). Just type what you're looking for in the search bar at the top of the page on Amazon.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Community Meeting About Proposed Liquor Store On Broadway

From Ald. Cappleman's website:

  • What: Community Meeting to Discuss a Proposed Liquor Store at 4635-39 N. Broadway
  • Where: 4635-39 N. Broadway
  • When: Thursday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m.

 Business owner, Pradeep Patel, is proposing a wine and spirits store at 4635-3939 N. Broadway. This space has been newly renovated by Lakepointe Apartments and Development, LLC (Mike Krueger).

In an email to Alderman Cappleman’s office, Patel states,

“I have been a part of the retail industry, primarily in the wine and spirits segment, for the past 22 years. I have had a track record of acquiring existing stores in Chicago and remodeling them extensively. I take great pride in offering a cosmetically beautiful shopping environment for my customers. My current shops are a indicator of that statement.

I invest a great amount of money and thought into design elements that are usually absent in traditional existing Chicago Liquor stores. I keep my store windows open and absent of any 'SALE' signs that usually are a part of many Chicago Land stores. This greatly enhances the Curb Appeal of the part that I occupy on the street.

I fully understand and Value the trust a community places in me when they Grant me the Privilege of a Liquor License. As my past reflects I assure a very high standard of operation to the community if granted the privilege.”

Public Safety Seminar, Hosted By Ald. Martin, On Monday Evening

Join Alderman Matt Martin and 20th District police officers to learn about public safety in Andersonville and Uptown.
This is a new initiative Alderman Martin wants to pursue to help build relationships between police and ward residents and to educate residents outside of regular CAPS beat meetings. If you are interested in helping host one in your neighborhood, email Michael@aldermanmartin.com.

Friday, July 19, 2019

No MAMBY On The Beach Music Festival This Year

From Twitter:

Community Coffee At The Library Saturday Morning

Community Coffee: All Are Welcome
Saturday, July 20, 10am-11am
Bezazian Branch Library, 1226 West Ainslie

Join us for Community Coffee, a casual event where you can meet neighbors you know or someone you don’t for the first time.

This event features Bezazian and Uptown Branch social worker Justine Janis who will tell you what she does and what she can do for those who seek her assistance.

Coffee and snacks will be served.

Extreme Heat Is Here For A Couple Days

graphic courtesy of  facebook.com/ILStormTrackers/

It's the flip side of January's polar vortex. Six months later, it's going to be hot - stupidly hot - dangerously hot - beginning around 10am, lasting through Sunday around noon. Heat indices are expected to get close to 115°,

The last time it was this hot was in 2012, and people died, including two in Uptown. In both cases, victims were older, and found in their homes, with no air conditioning, and windows closed. Hot weather is actually the most lethal of all weather conditions.

If there's ever a time to check on your neighbors, this is it.

We live in a community that has a lot of vulnerable people, including the elderly. Please check on your friends and neighbors who may not have air conditioning or who may not make the best decisions about their health. (If someone doesn't have a/c, it is recommended that they open a couple windows and use a fan to circulate the air.)

Part of what makes these days so dangerous is that it will not cool off at night. Please, take care of yourself and others.

DFSS will be checking on people living outdoors to persuade them to come inside during the worst of the day's heat. If you need a ride to a cooling center, call 3-1-1 to request someone come get you.
  • Stay hydrated. 
  • Keep an eye out for people suffering the effects of heat. (Maybe carry an extra bottle of water to give to someone who might need it.)
  • Wear a hat and sunscreen.
  • Don't exert yourself outside in the middle of the day.
  • On behalf of your pets: Put your hand on the pavement. Can you keep your hand there for ten seconds without it being too hot? If not, walk your pooch on the grass.
  • We know you're too smart to leave your kid or your pet in a car, but keep an eye out for anyone who may have done so. It's a death trap in this kind of weather.
There are places for people to go if the need to get cool:
  • The cooling center at 845 West Wilson (at Hazel) - it will be staying open until 7pm on Friday evening.
  • Hospitals: Thorek (850 West Irving Park); Chicago Lakeshore Hospital (4840 North Marine); and Weiss Memorial (4646 North Marine).
  • Police stations (19th District is at 850 West Addison; 20th District is 5400 North Lincoln).
  • Libraries (the Bezazian is at 1226 West Ainslie; the Uptown is at 929 West Buena).
  • Senior Centers (the closest is at Lawrence and Damen).
  • Park field houses - Margate, Clarendon, Chase, Gill.
  • There are water features in several Uptown playgrounds, including Broncho Billy on Magnolia near Montrose, and Clarendon Park (4501 North Clarendon).

Be safe, y'all.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Captain Marvel Movie Postponed Tonight, Changed To August 1st

Welcome, Uncharted Books!

Uncharted Books has moved to Uptown** and is open for business!

The funky and fun used book seller/gathering place/event host is now located at 5140 North Clark, near Foster (and Hopleaf).

After launching in Logan Square in 2012 (and being named Best New Bookstore by Chicago Reader), it became beloved as an antidote to soulless big box bookstores.

Ramona says hi!
But the store eventually outgrew the original storefront, so the decision to move was made this year.  Uncharted Books re-opened its doors this month at its newer and bigger Uptown location.

If you haven't visited before, you're in for a treat. There are comfy overstuffed chairs, a reading & meeting room (available to members of the Adventurers Club), art on the walls, unusual gifts for sale, and best of all, you'll be greeted by Shop Dog Ramona, who gives appreciative attention to anyone who admires her soft fur and blue eyes.

They also hold book signings, poetry readings, and other events of interest. Check out the calendar here. Local author Daniel Kay Hertz (The Battle of Lincoln Park) will be there tonight!

If you have books to sell that fit in with Uncharted's eclectic collection, they accept them on Mondays and Tuesdays only, between noon and 6pm.

Hours are 11am-7pm Sunday through Wednesday; and 11am-9pm Thursday through Saturday. The website is here, and the Facebook page is here.

** For those who are going to say, "That's not Uptown, that's Andersonville!" -- it is both. Edgewater and Uptown are officially designated Chicago neighborhoods that are separated by Foster as a border. Within both, there are many unofficial neighborhood designations, like Bowmanville, Lakewood Balmoral, Sheridan Park, and Buena Park. Andersonville is an unofficial neighborhood designation that includes portions of both Uptown and Edgewater. Uncharted Books is south of Foster, so it is in Uptown -- and Andersonville.

Sunnyside Mall Outdoor Movie Night: It's the Goonies!

From the Sunnyside Mall committee:

"Hey, You Guys!!!! Get ready to hunt for One-Eyed Willy's lost treasure! Anyone alive in the 80's will certainly remember this classic." Come to the Mall on Friday, August 2nd and rediscover it.

"The 5th Annual Outdoor Movie Night in the Sunnyside Mall will be screening the classic film The Goonies! And even bigger news - we have been able to secure the movie showing on a Friday night!

Bring a chair/blanket and some snacks (maybe a Ruth, Ruth, Ruth! Baby Ruth!) and get ready to say 'Sloth love Chunk.'

Movie starts at dusk!"