Saturday, December 20, 2008

Baby, It's Cold Outside

With temps expected to drop into the single digits for the next few nights, we are glad to see that the city has set up a warming center at 4750 N. Sheridan (Sheridan and Lawrence). If you know of anyone without heat, please direct them to this location.


  1. Glad there is a warming center at this location.

    The cynic in me, remembers the drunken fights, the stolen shopping carts, and people wandering into traffic at the southeast corner, most times I passed by in the summer.

    How are 'warming centers' policed, in terms of what violence could happen inside? I really don't know.
    I've seen so much criminal activity at this corner in the summer months, I'm just curious.

  2. This has been a warming/cooling center for a long time. Maybe since the heatwave of 1995? I don't think violence has been an issue there. Any problems are more related to mental illness or people needing more help than what is offered by the city at this location.

  3. So.. they just found a baby on the corner of Sheridan and Sunnyside. The police just came to my door and asked if I had seen anything. They said the baby is okay. Unrelated to this article, I know, but I didn't see a post for it yet and wanted to spread the word, in hopes that someone may have seen something.

  4. Oh no! In this weather? I hope the baby is really ok! If this is true I think we need to get some information about baby safe houses into the public schools and other places where young women gather. I seem to remember that there are some readers who teach at Uplift. Any ideas?

  5. From the Trib:

    A baby girl was found abandoned outside in the Uptown neighborhood on Chicago's North Side Monday night.

    "Paramedics responded to a call of a baby outside at about 8:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of West Sunnyside Ave., police said. They found the baby wrapped in a blanket.

    The child was transported to Children's Memorial Hospital, where she was in good condition."

  6. From the Sun-Times:

    A baby girl, just a few days old, was found abandoned in the vestibule of an Uptown apartment building Monday night, Chicago police and fire departments reported.

    The infant, described by authorities as Hispanic, was taken to Children's Memorial Hospital where she was doing well, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

    Still, it was "extremely cold" -- not unlike the outdoors where the mercury was hovering right around zero -- in the vestibule of the apartment building where she was found just after 8:30 p.m. A passerby summoned police and paramedics to the building, in the 1000 block of West Sunnyside where the person found the baby, wrapped in a blanket and placed in a container -- possibly a paper bag.

    Hours later at the hospital "she was taking nourishment and the hospital was speculating the baby is a few days old," Langford said.

    It was unclear how long the baby had been sitting in the apartment building and officers were trying to locate the parent or person who has custody of the child.

    Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Area 3 detectives at 312-744-8266.

  7. I just heard about this this morning. I am sure that they will find the parents, and the judge will let them go with a slap on the wrist.

  8. "...because there was no room at the inn..." (Come on, I can't be the only one to whom this popped into mind when I read this sad story.)

    But why is she at Children's Memorial? What, there are no ER's or ped. depts. at Weiss or Methodist (Paulina & Winnemac)? Seems like a long distance to take a baby in critical condition.

    But sincere Christmastime kudos and congratulations to all who pitched in to help this baby. May I suggest she be named Catherine II.


    Well, one Christmas Eve in the 1920's a baby was abandoned in the vestibule of a theatre in Pittsburgh. Luckily a few of the performers were still inside, and they found the child in a basket with a note attached from her desperate mom. The note gave her name as simply "Catherine," and after an extended search failed to find her family, the people who found her decided to raise money to facilitate her adoption and provide for her long-term care.

    That small group of concerned citizens eventually grew into the Variety Club, an international organization of people from all walks of life (although still predominantly the entertainment industry) dedicated to projects and fund-raising for sick and needy children. One of the major fruits of the labors of the Chicago chapter is the Children's Amputee Center at the Rehabilitation Institute.

    I was proud to have been a member of Chicago Variety, and continue to support the efforts of all public and private charities that serve needy and abandoned children.