Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Register Now To Be On The Halloween Trick Or Treat Route!

If you are wanting to register as a house that will be passing out goodies on Halloween, be sure to email to be added to the list!

Three Transformative Zoning Changes Approved

Yesterday was a big day for zoning changes downtown at the city council zoning committee. Three Uptown items were on the agenda and all passed unanimously.

First up, The Building Group's proposal for converting the Lorali at 1039 W. Lawrence from 161 SRO units to 80 market-rate units (with 10% on-site affordable) passed unanimously.
1039 W. Lawrence, The Lorali
Next up, a zoning change at 4635-39 N. Broadway was requested to build a wine & spirits store called "Hops & Grapes." The owner, Pradeep Patel, operates 15 stores in the Chicago area. The zoning change passed unanimously.
4635-39 N. Broadway
Finally, a zoning change that would allow construction of a 9 unit condo building with 10 on-site parking spaces at 4502-06 N. Beacon was approved. The building will replace a 45+ year old parking lot. The zoning change was unanimously approved.
4502-06 N. Beacon

Wednesday, October 9, 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,  October 9th, 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.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Mavrek Development's 839 W. Agatite Property Now Leasing

Newly constructed 839 W. Agatite, which replaced a long-vacant lot
If you haven't strolled down the 800 block of W. Agatite lately, you should.

The changes on this block are certainly amazing with the completed JDL townhomes, the rehab of the vintage courtyard building at 845 W. Agatite and now the newly completed building by Mavrek Development at 839 W. Agatite.

Mavrek is now leasing for November 1 through January 1 move-ins. You might recall that this building is 20 units, with a mix of 2 bed and 1 bed rental units with all the bells and whistles, even an elevator.

Visit this site or contact Christina McNamee at 847-567-1080 for more details!

Free Walking Tour Of Argyle Street, This Saturday

Jane's Walks Chicago and the Chicago Architecture Biennial are combining for a free walk along Argyle this Saturday entitled "Social Architecture: Argyle St."

"What is the 'social architecture' that holds communities together? How does memory define a place? Who makes culture today? How is prejudice embedded in urban space? Why must policy-makers defend places built by immigrants and refugees?

Explore this and more on a critical walking tour exploring the past and present of Uptown's Argyle Street. From Jewish enclave, to dis-invested slum – to a gentrifying, queer, and diverse melting pot - Argyle has many lessons to offer, but will anyone heed the warnings before this magical place is gone? And why do urban planners seem intent in repeating mistakes versus learning from successes?"

Register here, at Eventbrite.  The walk meets at the Argyle Red Line stop (1118 West Argyle) and takes place between noon and 2pm.

Ald. Osterman To Hold Town Hall Meetings In October, Including One In Uptown

From Ald. Harry Osterman:

"I will host four Town Hall Meetings in different corners of the ward. These meetings are an opportunity for me to share updates from my office and from City Hall, as well as to answer questions from neighbors and gather your ideas on how to make our community even stronger.

I hope you can join me for the meeting closest to your home. We plan to livestream the final Town Hall on Facebook Live, for those who are unable to attend the meetings.
  • Thursday, October 10, 6:30pm - Somerset Place Apartments, 5009 N. Sheridan
  • Tuesday, October 15, 6:30pm - Firehouse Chicago, 1545 W. Rosemont
  • Wednesday, October 16, 6:30pm - Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N. Sheridan
  • Tuesday, October 22, 6:30pm - Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark (This meeting will also be streamed from our Facebook account)"

Thursday, October 3, 2019

What If Your Alderman Were Goth?

The new satirical website, The Chicago Genius Herald, takes a look at what a Goth City Council might look like:

James "Goth" Cappleman (46)

Matt "Goth" Martin (47)

Harry "Goth" Osterman (48)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Beware Of Netflix Scam

This isn't particular to our neighborhood, except that it's happening in Uptown, so be aware of any link that comes to you in email. Also, don't ever give out your SSN and/or mother's maiden name on anything as innocuous as a Netflix billing app.

From a reader:

"I am simply passing along a public service announcement.

I recently received an email notification that my Netflix account had expired. I have no idea when it was supposed to expire so I dutifully started entering my information along with credit card info.

It was a very, very convincing notification.

One of the last steps was to enter my social security number and mother's maiden name.  Ding, ding, ding!!! How could I be so stupid?

It's a scam.  Please don't fall for it."

If you think you may have received a scam email, this is what Netflix says to do.

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, October 2nd, 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.

Phoenix Mural To Be Completed This Afternoon, With Help From Clifton Avenue Residents

Photo courtesy of the artist's Facebook page

Come see Uptown get even more artsy!

Today between 5pm  and 6pm, muralist Jenny Vyas will complete her creation, Phoenix, on the 4600 block of Clifton. According to Uptown United, "The mural captures a phoenix rising from the ashes and inspires people to rise from adversity, pain, and hate in life."

The women and children living in Hannah House on that block will assist in its completion.

For more about Jenny and her art, go to her website, here.

CPD's 20th District Gets New Commander

Cmdr. Sean Loughran
(20th District Twitter)
The CPD just made some changes to its command staff. The very popular Cmdr. Sean Loughran from the 20th District (everything in Uptown north of Lawrence) has been promoted to Special Functions Commander.  We will miss him.

The new commander of the 20th District is Brendan McCrudden.

Cmdr. Brendan McCrudden
(courtesy Hibernian Radio)
According to his bio, he "previously served as Captain of the 009th District (Deering). McCrudden has a diverse background with the department. He was a lieutenant in the 009th District, sergeant for the Area North Detective Division and a Mobile Strike Force Sergeant. He was also assigned to SWAT and the Special Operations section. McCrudden also teaches students about policing and community relations at Norwood Park School. He earned a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University."

Welcome, Commander McCrudden!