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 https://rpmcareernetworking.eventbrite.com.

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

Learn How To Protect The Rights Of Immigrants In Our Communities

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.

Sarah's Circle Begins Demo For New Supportive Housing Project

Demo has begun at 4654 N. Sheridan (at Leland)
It's been well over 2 1/2 years since Sarah's Circle received the green light from the 46th Ward Zoning and Development Committee to begin construction on their 38 units of supportive housing for women. A 50-bed interim housing program is planned on site. Demo work is set to begin this week.

It was a long road to funding and garnering neighborhood approval for Sarah's Circle. The local block club (Truman Square Neighbors) voted against the development along with neighboring Lakeside Neighbors (LANA). It was ultimately approved by the 46th Ward Zoning and Development Committee in January of 2017.  The state initially denied their request for $14M in funding but then an anonymous good samaritan donated the $14M to the organization and the city approved $3.5M in TIF. 

Workers were on site last week removing the few terra cotta elements that will be incorporated into the re-imagined lower two story facade. The entire building will be demolished then rebuilt to look like the rendering below. Thankfully, the terra cotta "maidenheads" will live on.
Sarah's Circle (Perkins + Will Architects)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

An Uptown Landmark Gets A Well-Deserved Cleaning

The Aquitania Building at 5000 N. Marine Drive
The Aquitania Building at 5000 N. Marine Drive has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places for some time now. It was built in 1923 and designed by New York architects Ralph Harris and Byron Jillson.

Neighbors have noticed the building has been getting a well-deserved cleaning of the limestone covering the first 4 floors. Years of grime and soot have built up on the building and the before and after really shows how much of a difference a good cleaning can make!
The before and after cleaning at The Aquitania Building
Check out a brief history we featured on the building back in 2008 here.

Status Check: 5050 N. Broadway Nearing Completion

Most of the facade work is complete on 5050 N. Broadway (The Draper by Cedar Street)
The former Aon Building with its 1960s era facade that was removed (Google)
Cedar Street's massive redevelopment of the former Aon Building at 5050 N. Broadway will be welcoming its first residents soon. The building, which will be known as "The Draper", should be on track to begin occupancy November 1. It's amazing to actually have street-level windows! Check out the photo above for a reminder of how the street level was previously a sea of brick. This is the first phase of Cedar Street's redevelopment of this block. Check out this post for a reminder of what is to come!

Take A Bike Ride Through Uptown Tonight

On August 15th, ICA's Bikes, Birds, and Butterflies event will ride from the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary to Argyle Night Market, stopping along the way to learn about local gardens.

(Sorry for the late notice, life got in the way of blogging.)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Beat 1914 CAPS To Meet On Wednesday

Beat 1914 (the area bordered by the lake, Montrose, Broadway, and Lawrence) is having its bimonthly CAPS meeting Wednesday,  August 14th, at 7pm.

It's held at the Clarendon Park Fieldhouse, 4501 North Clarendon. 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 1914 CAPS is held the second Wednesday of even-numbered months.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Wilson Avenue Dog Beach

The mural on the side of Wagnolia Veterinary Clinic is complete! Artist Caroline J. Brown has created a beach scene of critters enjoying the delights to be had by the water. Click on the photo to enjoy the details.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Loba Pastry Now Available At All Heritage Locations

Loba Pastry is now available at all Heritage locations, including the two Uptown locations
This week we got to introduce customers to our newest addition to the Heritage Family, Loba Pastry. We’ve been HUGE fans of Loba and Owner/Head Baker Valeria since they opened up on Lincoln and Paulina a few years ago. As we plotted our next move we reached out to Val to see if she would be interested in partnering up on a new wholesale bakery together. Lucky for us and you, she said yes!

Our offerings include traditional and non-traditional bakery items, including Vegan, Gluten Free, and Dairy Free products. 

Come by any of the shops to taste all the goodness and continue to follow along as we grow our offerings. We will be taking catering and wholesale orders in the future, after all the flour settles. (via Heritage Bicycles)
📍2959 N Lincoln Ave 🚲☕️🍳
📍1325 W Wilson Ave ☕️
📍1020 W Lawrence Ave ☕️
📍676 N LaSalle Dr ☕️
📍300 S Wacker Dr ☕️
📍172 N Racine 🚲☕️🍳
📍30 E Adams ☕️ [NEW LOCATION]