Saturday, August 6, 2022

Parking Restrictions On Argyle Saturday Morning

From Ald. Osterman's office:

"Ahead of tomorrow's Dim Sum & Then Some race on Argyle, please be aware of parking restrictions during the race.

Starting at 3AM tomorrow (Saturday, August 6th), there is NO PARKING on Argyle from Kenmore to Marine Drive.

The race will begin at 8am and Argyle is expected to be open again around 12pm. 

For more information, please reach out to Chinese Mutual Aid Association at info@chinesemutualaid.org." 

Happy Hunting! Sheridan Park Yard Sale Sites

 Here's where to search for your treasures Saturday! (Click to enlarge)

Thursday, August 4, 2022

4701 N. Clark Revised After Clark Street Neighbors Feedback

Updated proposal for 4701 N. Clark

The residential development that would replace a vacant, one story bank with drive-thru has been tweaked after feedback from local block club Clark Street Neighbors and Uptown United. The plans are now on Ald. Cappleman's development page.

The majority of the changes are along the top floor of the building, which is now setback from the balconies resulting in changes to the roofline, versus the boxy look of before (below). The ground floor corner entrance is now setback with additional planters. The total unit count has also come down to 37, from 38.

The development will go to the city's Department of Planning & Development for revisions after any further feedback from Clark Street Neighbors and Uptown United. Alderman Cappleman will then make his final decision.

Previous 4701 N. Clark proposal

We are excited for the additional density this building will bring to this busy intersection directly across from Chase Park, currently the location of an abandoned building and empty lot.


Monday, August 1, 2022

North Uptown Site Sells for Big Money

News arrived this weekend that the building(s) that span 5033-5045 N. Sheridan have been sold above the asking price to a yet unnamed developer.

5033-5045 N. Sheridan (courtesy CRER)

We have been watching this listing since it first hit the market back last fall. It went off market a little while ago, and we now know the property sold after multiple bids for $2,600,000, $100k over the $2.5 million list price.

Given the sales price, we presume the existing building will be demolished and the 15,000 square foot lot will go residential, adding nice density to an area that needs it

Veteran UU readers might remember that the northern half of this building was a Jewel many many years ago.

We will update as we know more about the plans.


Saturday, July 30, 2022

Lawrence Closed to Vehicular Traffic East of Broadway Until Monday Morning

Welp, the CTA work on the Red/Purple Line Modernization Project has reached Uptown.

Starting late Friday night, and going until 5am on Monday, August 1st, workers will be drilling around the clock to make way for the new track infrastructure.

According to the CTA, this is what to expect:

  • West Lawrence Avenue between the CTA tracks and North Winthrop Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic.
  • West Lawrence Avenue between Broadway and the CTA tracks will be local traffic only.
  • The sidewalk on the north side of West Lawrence Avenue within the work zone will be closed at all times.
  • The sidewalk on the south side of West Lawrence Avenue will remain open at all times.
  • Residents north of West Lawrence Avenue will need to access the alley via West Ainslie Street.
  • Access to businesses on West Lawrence Avenue will be maintained.
  • There will be noise while work is being performed, including nighttime noise:
    • General construction noise
    • Noise and vibration from drilling and hauling material
    • Beeping from backup alarms on equipment and vehicles
    • Flagging horns

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Save The Date (August 6th) For The Sheridan Park Community Yard Sale! (And How To Be A Seller)

Save the date: Saturday, August 6th!

As has happened on the first Saturday or August for many decades, the residents of Sheridan Park will be holding their community yard sale on August 6, with Sunday, August 7th as a rain date.

Buyers: Magnolia Malden Neighbors usually releases a list and/or map of addresses with residents who are selling a day or two before the sale, so we'll post that when we get it. 

Sellers: You must live in the area between Montrose to Lawrence, and Broadway to Clark, and sell in front of your home. You must sign up (name, address, email) by emailing mm.blockclub@gmail.com. There is no need for a Yard Sale Permit -- there is one umbrella permit that covers all sellers who have signed up.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

"Chicago Fire" Will Be Filming In Uptown (Parking Restrictions Begin Friday, July 22nd)


De-Clutter Your Books (and CDs and DVDs, Too)


Friends of Bezazian branch library is collecting all types of books, plus CDs and DVDs, for our big autumn book sale. Collection days are:

  • Saturday, July 30, 10:00 - noon
  • Saturday, August 27, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

at Bezazian library, 1226 W. Ainslie (at Magnolia).

Books your kids have outgrown? Cookbooks you'll never use? Old textbooks? Whodunits that you've already solved? We accept all of them.

Help keep books out of landfills and support the public library at the same time!

Friends of Bezazian is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports programs and services at the Bezazian Branch of the Chicago Public Library

Veterans Now Can Get City Stickers At No Cost

If you're a veteran with a veteran's designation on your driver's license or state ID, you may now get a City Sticker at no cost, City Clerk Anna Valencia announced Wednesday. This includes eligible small trucks and making this a permanent city sticker option.

While veterans will not have to pay for a city sticker, they will still have to pay $25 for any zone parking they want to add.

Residents can purchase a No Fee Veterans City Sticker by visiting one of the three City Clerk office locations or at any Mobile City Hall.*

* There will be a Mobile City Halls will be at Welles Park (2333 W Sunnyside) on Wednesday, July 27th, 4pm-7pm.

City Council Okays Funding For "Sarah's On Lakeside" Supportive Housing

Wednesday was a big day for Sarah's Circle (and other affordable housing developments around the city):

"City Council passed a measure today paving the way for 28 permanent affordable studio apartments for very low and extremely low-income individuals who are homeless or chronically homeless in the Uptown community. 

Sarah’s on Lakeside will be the third supporting housing development from Sarah’s Circle. Rents will be subsidized through a combination of project rental assistance provided by the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), and HUD’s Continuum of Care subsidies.

Fifty percent (14) of the units will be targeted to residents earning no more than 30% of the area median income (AMI), and 50% (14) will be targeted to residents earning no more than 60% of AMI. All residents will have access to supportive services at Sarah’s Circle Support Center. In addition to meals, the Center will provide case management services, educational programming, and clinical services. Residents will have access to shared laundry facilities, multipurpose rooms, a shared computer lab, group dining, and social services.

Total development costs are approximately $15.4 million, and the City will provide up to $3.5 million in Multi-Family Loan Funds, $3.1 million in Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO) “In lieu of” funds ,and $1.5 million in Illinois Affordable Housing Tax Credit proceeds (Donation Tax Credits). 

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) will provide $6 million in Supportive Housing Funds, and Sarah’s Circle will provide a capital contribution of $1.9 million. The ARO “in lieu of” funds will be derived from a market-rate development to be erected at 4600 North Marine Drive. In lieu of providing 25% affordable units in their market-rate development, developer Lincoln Properties will donate $3.1 million, which will go to Sarah’s Circle to assist with the costs of erecting the 28 affordable housing units at Sarah’s on Lakeside.

Sarah’s Circle was founded in the late 1970s, and its mission is to provide a refuge for women who are homeless or in need of a safe space by providing housing assistance, case management, referral services, and life necessities. Since opening its doors, Sarah’s Circle has helped to place over 700 women in permanent housing, and on a day-to-day basis, serves 100s of individuals with their comprehensive supportive service programs such as meals, case management, clinical services, general education, and referral services."

The new building at Sheridan/Lakeside will be Sarah's Circle third building in a three-block area. It also owns buildings that provide low-income housing to women in need at Sheridan/Leland and Sheridan/Gunnison, as well as renting space for shelter beds in the ICA Greenrise Building (Sheridan/Lawrence).

In other housing news, the City Council also approved these projects:
  • Austin: New construction of a 76-unit mixed income building (53 affordable, 23 market rate)
  • Near West Side: Funding was approved for the next phase of the redevelopment of the ABLA Homes, which will eventually create 2,441 units of mixed-income housing
  • Auburn Gresham: Funding was approved for the creation of 58 new affordable rental units
  • Little Village: Approval of funding to rehabilitate 272 units of housing, 251 of which are deemed affordable.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Busy Week At Buttercup Park!

Summer is in full swing at beautiful Buttercup Park, located at 4901 North Sheridan.

This week's activities include:

  • Wednesday, July 20:
    CAPS Night Out 5-7pm
    Presented by 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman
  • Thursday, July 21:
    Concert in the Park featuring Windy City Winds, 7pm
  • Sunday, July 24:
    Martinis That Matter 2-5pm
    Marty’s Martini Bar (1511 W Balmoral)
    Fundraiser to support the all volunteer driven programming at Buttercup Park

Wilco Founder Jeff Tweedy Appearing With Musicians From The People's Music School In Millennium Park

So what are you doing Thursday night?

You could go home. 

OR... you could stop downtown at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park and enjoy a free concert by Wilco founder Jeff Tweedy and performers from Uptown's own People's Music School.

Per a statement from TPMS:

"Students from The People’s Music School will join Tweedy for a performance of one of his hit songs, specially arranged by Felipe Tobar, Professional Development Coordinator at TPMS.  The concert will open with a short set from The People’s Music School, showcasing a guitar trio and a woodwind quintet, each composed of students from People’s advanced music program, Service, Leadership, Artistry, and Mentorship (SLAM). A jazz ensemble made up of professionally trained faculty from The People’s Music School will round out the opening set. 

The People’s Music School students will be in the company of many talented Chicago musicians during the concert. Making up Tweedy’s band is: James Elkington on guitar, Sima Cunningham on backing vocals, Macie Stewart on violin and backing vocals, and Liam Kazar on bass. Also in the band are Tweedy’s sons, Spencer on drums and Sammy on backing vocals."

The People's Music School has been in Uptown since 1976, and provides tuition-free music education to underserved students, not only in our area, but also in Albany Park, Back of the Yards, and Greater South Side communities.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Uptown Scores Big In Latest Round of Community Development Grants Awarded by City

On Monday, Mayor Lightfoot announced the awarding of nearly $50million in Community Development Grants to 79 businesses, intended to "enhance the vitality and livability of local neighborhoods."

While the vast majority went to businesses on the South and West Side, Uptown was very well represented this round, and we'll be seeing the difference the grants made right at the corner of Wilson and Broadway, and elsewhere.

The grants went to (in alphabetical order):

  • Chicago Market, 4620 North Broadway: $5,200,000. In a mailing and on its website, Chicago Market explains the steps that will come next, first securing a bank loan using the grant as collateral. And then it answers the question on all our minds:

    "And when will our store be open? Once we close on the bank loan, we expect to begin store construction by the end of the year. Our permitting and construction timeline is about 9+ months, so we expect to be open by mid-late 2023.

    Speaking of 2023, it turns out that is the 100 year anniversary of our beautiful home, the Gerber building! So together we'll celebrate Gerber's 100th as our Co-op celebrates Day One.

    A few thank you's are in order. First, we have to thank each and every one of you - the Chicago Market Owners! Without you, this project would never have seen the light of day. This is, and will always be, your Market.

    Beyond that, we Owners all owe a great debt of gratitude to Alderman James Cappleman for his tireless support of our business for so many years — as an Owner, as an investor, and as a City advocate. Always at our side too has been the Uptown Chamber of Commerce — the whole team there now, including executive director Sarah Wilson, but also special thanks to past director Martin Sorge who advocated for us so much in the early years. We're also pleased to have the ongoing support of Alderman Harry Osterman — though we're not in his Ward, he does love good food in Uptown!

    And lastly, thanks to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) for welcoming us into their building and encouraging and supporting us through the process."

  • CircEsteem, 4730 North Sheridan: $3,697,925. According to CircEsteem's Facebook page, the money will go to customize its building, the former Lakeside Theater, which it recently acquired ownership of from Alternatives.

    "We’ve engaged the wonderful support of Juan Moreno and his team at JGMA Architects to design a building that will put our best foot forward and enable us to better serve thousands of youth for years to come. We will officially become owners of the building in mid-August, and plan to begin renovations in the beginning of 2023. Stay tuned for opportunities to contribute to the design development and for updates on where our programs will be temporarily hosted as we prepare for a new chapter of home ownership at CircEsteem.

    As the Executive Director of CircEsteem, I want to express my sincerest gratitude to the City of Chicago – Government, Chicago Mayor's Office, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman, the City of Chicago Department of Planning & Development, and all the other public officials who have deemed our project worthy of such an incredible award. And on behalf of CircEsteem’s youth, staff, board of directors and greater community throughout Chicago, thank you for your continued support.

    We can’t wait to welcome you into our new home next year!"
  • Marina's Cafe and Rum Bar, 4554 North Magnolia: $135,525. Marina's is due to open in September, and will offer a fusion of Puerto Rican and Latin American cuisine. It's currently open as a catering operation.
  • People's Music School, 931 West Eastwood: $90,750. The school has provided tuition-free musical instruction to young people since 1976, and has recently opened satellite programs in other areas aside from Uptown.

    On its Twitter page, it says: "The People’s Music School is a proud @chicagodpd Chicago Recovery Plan finalist! We’re honored to have been chosen from among 600 applicants and are excited to be at today’s press conference. The grant will fund the restoration of the Rita Simó Roof Deck at Uptown Academy!"
A complete list of the grants awarded is here. We are so grateful that our little part of the city has been so enriched!

The deadline to apply for a third and final round of grants in 2022 is August 19. For more information, click here.