According to CBS, "In addition to the ShotSpotter technology, [Strategic Decision Support Centers] allow officers to monitor a network of surveillance cameras, license plate recognition software, the location of police units, and incoming calls for service. The screens inside each center are updated every 30 seconds, and the rooms are staffed 24 hours a day.
Investigators also work with the University of Chicago Crime Lab at each nerve center to analyze crime data and develop predictive crime-fighting strategies.
Police have said the tools are directly responsible for reductions in murders, shootings, carjackings, burglaries, robberies, and more."
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
We're hearing it takes just a couple minutes to vote: the only offices on the ballot are Mayor, City Clerk, City Treasurer, and Alderman.
The list of all polling places is here. The ones closest to Uptown are
- Truman College (1145 West Wilson)
- Welles Park (2333 West Sunnyside)
- Edgewater Branch Library (6000 North Broadway)
- Merlo Branch Library (644 West Belmont).
Early voting hours are:
- Monday, February 11 - Saturday, February 16: 9am-5pm
- Sunday, February 17: 10am-4pm
- Monday, February 18 - Friday, February 22: 9am-7pm
- Saturday, February 23: 9am-5pm
- Sunday, February 24: 10am-4pm
- Monday, February 25: 9am-5pm (seven sites, including Welles Park, will be open until 7pm)
But wait, there's more!
If you want to vote by mail, your request must be received by February 21st. Instructions are here.
If you aren't registered to vote, you can register and vote at the same time. Be sure to bring two forms of ID, one of which must show your current address.
If you want to go old school and vote on Election Day (Tuesday, February 26th), you must vote in your precinct. Polls will be open from 6am until 7pm. You can make sure you're registered here, and check your polling place too.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
|4707 N Malden, The Miriam (Google)|
Mercy Housing operates the building known as "The Miriam" and serves women in the area needing supportive services.
Mercy has operated out of the building since 1991.
The construction permit lists the work to be completed for the $8.7M pricetag:
"Renovation of existing 66 SRO units as per plans. Renovation includes new mechanical system, revisions to fire sprinklers configuration, new elevator, new 1st floor layout with amenity spaces, insulation of exterior walls, new roof, new windows, kitchen and bathroom updates and other cosmetic updates."
By Uptown Updater - February 12, 2019
Sunday, February 10, 2019
|The way most Uptowners remember the building at 4647 N. Broadway|
|4647 N. Broadway after an extensive renovation and nearing completion|
MDT Architects and Formed Space painstakingly cataloged each piece of damaged terra cotta and brick and where necessary, refabricated it. The entire facade was removed, restored, and put back together. The building had been covered in blue siding since sometime BEFORE 1961, according to a photo on Chicago-L.org.
The restoration is winding down as second floor windows have been installed. First floor windows and doors are next on the list. The building is slated to become communal workspaces on the ground floor, with the second floor becoming private offices along with a recording studio.
We are told that the "Indian Chief" building at 4629 N. Broadway is next on the renovation list with work there beginning this spring.
By Uptown Updater - February 10, 2019
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
LAF (Legal Assistance Foundation) operates 4 free community legal clinics that are open to the public, one of which is located in the Uptown neighborhood, at the John T. McCutcheon Elementary School once per month. They are open to anyone and everyone needing assistance.
|Blueprints for the original Clarendon Park Municipal Bathing Beach (now the community center)|
via Ald. Cappleman's latest email newsletter:
The Chicago Park District held a community meeting on Feb. 4 to unveil four options for the Clarendon Park Community Center, 4501 N. Clarendon. Two of the options were for renovations to the existing building and two were for new construction. One of the new construction options would allow the existing community center to remain open during construction of a new community center on an adjacent site, which means park programming would not be interrupted or temporarily relocated.
Click here to view the presentation from the meeting, click here to view the options and click here to submit your comments. Click here to watch a video of the entire Feb. 4 meeting, including the presentation and Q&A.
Friday, February 1, 2019
46th Ward Aldermanic Candidates Forum
Thursday, February 7th | 6:30-8:30pm (doors open at 6:00pm)
The Preston Bradley Center | 941 W Lawrence Ave.
Hosted by Uptown United and Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown
Moderated by WBEZ Political Reporter Becky Vevea
Join us to hear from the candidates running for Alderman of the 46th Ward about issues facing the ward and the City. All candidates confirmed their attendance at this forum. Please arrive early, as seating is limited. Doors open at 6:00pm.
Tuesday January 29 through Saturday Feb. 2 : 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday, February 3: 10 am - 4 pm
Monday February 4 through Saturday February 9: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday February 10: 10 am - 4 pm
Early voting in the 46th Ward begins on Monday, February 11. More info can be found here.
2019 Argyle Lunar New Year Celebration
February 9 2019, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
1:00 PM - Parade kick-off at Argyle & Winthrop
The annual Argyle Lunar New Year Parade is a decades-old Uptown tradition celebrating the start of the new Lunar Year. We hope you'll join us as we kick off the Year of the Pig with music, colorful lion dances, entertainment, and more!
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Five weeks after it announced it would be closing, Family Dollar at 4613 North Broadway has locked its doors for the final time at that location.
The same corporation owns the relatively new Dollar Tree at Sunnyside and Sheridan, so it has an interest in Uptown. We are hopeful that Family Dollar will eventually reopen in its previous storefront at Weiss Plaza, which has been empty since it left in 2014.
According to Ald. Cappleman's recent newsletter, the long-delayed midrise at Wilson and Broadway, which will take over the footprint of Family Dollar's storefront, is scheduled to begin construction in May.
Friday, January 11, 2019
If you're interested in speaking with Uptown's other aldermen after regular business hours:
- In the 46th Ward, Ward Night is every Monday night that's not a holiday between 5pm-7pm, no appointment required. (4544 North Broadway)
- In the 48th Ward, there are no regularly scheduled Ward Nights, but evening hours are available by appointment. (5533 North Broadway; 773-784-5277)
By Kate Uptown - January 11, 2019