Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Uptown History In The Making

The History animation “Uptown Chicago …cradle of… Entertainment!” is now being uploaded for view on YouTube. You can now watch the first installment, “Act I – The Sheridan Drive” on the links below.

Part 1 of 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHuit6phUwI

Part 2 of 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKIwxZO4e7w

“Act I – The Sheridan Drive” details Uptown Chicago’s entertainment history during the Gilded Age, including information about the Redpath Chatauqua, the Century Lyceum and The People’s Church.

Of course, you can still view the original history animations on http://mmneighbors.com/. History TV is a virtual history museum of the Uptown Chicago neighborhood.


  1. Once again Dave Stratis rocks Uptown.

    First Uptown, then the world.

    Nice work.

    It's nice to see folks putting their talents to use.

    Me, I need another drink.

  2. Thanks IP, but you realize all this flattery won't get you any closer to being subpoena'd, don't you? You'll have to find another way to get "served." Maybe at Nicks on Wilson?

  3. Quick,

    9:09 PM

    Construction going on at Wilson Yard.

    Right in front of "The Spot" at 4500 Broadway.

    I lent my camera to my nephew and can't film the filthy out of ordinance activity. They are using a bulldozer and jackhammer for something. Damn, warning barricades they put up are blowing up and down the street.

  4. MMNBC,

    or as you are better known Dave Stratis. Dave's former nom de guerre back in olden times, 2007, was Anita Mandalay. He must be Burmese or something.

    I'm serious boys and girls. That was Dave's secret squirrel name on the BPN message board.

    I don't think they will subpoena me. Alas, they might know that my nickname comes from the fact I have a "pegleg" and going after a cripple might be too much even for their "ilk". I posted on a board about new advances in prosthetics a few years back and before I deleted it I became aware they had one of my many fake email addresses.

    Those were the glory days, Anita. Emails from the aldermanic son and lawyer Brendan Shiller because of naughtiness on "What the Helen" and all the good and bad videos that were put out.

    You did the good ones. I merely put out. I'm such a slut. I should become a Republican and preach to everyone while seducing interns with bad intent.......oh aqualung...........

    Ok, my choice in song lyrics is dating me. Which is good because no one else will date me. For my next yoke.....

    As my earlier post shows and perhaps this one I was 'served' at the Spot tonight. Perhaps the forces of darkness can try to figure out who I am, if they don't know, by asking for credit card receipts. Unless I paid in cash. Perhaps I wasn't even there. Perhaps I am only a figment of their imagination.

    Perhaps the whole anti Wilson Yard, TIF reform movement is actually only a figment of an overactive aldermanic imagination.

    Portion of Jethro Tull's "Aqualung":

    Feeling alone --
    the army's up the rode
    salvation à la mode and
    a cup of tea.
    Aqualung my friend --
    don't start away uneasy
    you poor old sod, you see, it's only me.
    Do you still remember
    December's foggy freeze --
    when the ice that
    clings on to your beard is
    screaming agony.
    And you snatch your rattling last breaths
    with deep-sea-diver sounds,
    and the flowers bloom like
    madness in the spring.

  5. IP, your snarky and odd sense of humor has kept all of us going these long and difficult months and years.

    Someone once told me that life is a comedy, played out as a tragedy.
    Tragic as it is, it just wouldn't be the same without ya'.

    I just can't figure out yet what actor should play you in "Wilson Yard - the After-School Special" (viewer discretion advised)

    By the way, I also have another Secret Squirrel nom de' guerre.

    I AM Uptown Update!!!

  6. Snarky,


    By the way at least as of 10:20 the construction was still going on at Broadway and I am without a camera.

    Right now my 18 year old nephew is probably trying to talk some Catholic schoolgirl out of her skirt while holding the camera. I could be an accessory! For my sake I hope said potential schoolgirl is 18. Or for a real scandal it might be a Catholic schoolboy and a jockstrap! We need a good scandal in my family. It's been over 20 years since the last one.

    Ah, I recall my Catholic school days when all I had was a Super 8 MM camera, bad skin and body odor. Ok, I still have one of those things.


    the way I figure it we should all try to laugh whenever possible. We ain't gonna get out of this thing we call life alive.

    For many people on this blue/green orb we call Earth life isn't very good. Whatever problems we have in Uptown are minor compared to most of the problems of the world.

    We're not at war with Edgewater or LakeView. The Lincoln Parkians aren't mortaring us from afar. We have a President who can speak in complete sentences. Our Vice President is an overly verbose Irish American who sticks his foot in his mouth frequently. Life is relatively good.

    Sure we have problems. A Mayor and City Council run amok or not running at all. Corruption, cronyism, waste, federal indictments, and more. I for one am thankful it's not worse.

    I remember the words of a famous documentary about the partial destruction of a major American city:

    Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
    Mayor: What do you mean, "biblical"?
    Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath-of-God type stuff.
    Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.
    Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies. Rivers and seas boiling.
    Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness. Earthquakes, volcanoes...
    Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave.
    Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together - mass hysteria.

    Thankfully the forces of good, led by Bill Murray, stopped the evil Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and we shall stop Shiller. Sometimes you fight for what's right not because you expect to win in the short run, but because it's the right thing to do.

    The use of TIF money at Wilson Yard is, to paraphrase Adlai Stevenson, "treason against the taxpayer". The entire project from the Aldi that doesn't face the street, the possible Target that does not front the corner of Broadway and Montrose, the $400 thousand plus per unit housing, and the non renovated EL stop is simply horrible planning.

    How the hell do you plan to build a major store right next to an EL line and not renovate or move the EL stop? There should be a block long stop at Montrose that opens up into the Target and directly into the Truman College property.

    The corruption in this city is mind boggling. Mayoral family members getting rich on city related business or pension funds. Aldermanic sons being referred to by the print media as "the lawyer of choice in the 46th Ward". Federal trials of former officials ongoing and in the near future............arrrrrrrrgh.

    I don't know if the Fix Wilson Yard lawsuit will be successful. It's not my area of expertise. As Judge Shadur showed with Ed Vdrolyak sometimes judges can really surprise.

    I have to believe the FWY case has some legal merit though because the lead attorney,Ramsdell, has defeated the city recently in some high profile cases. My guess is he wants to become the "go to" attorney for such citizen lawsuits. Losing a case would not be good for his long term interests. If all or part of the FWY lawsuit is a victory for the plaintiffs then Ramsdell is going to be in high demand. Plus he gets the added benefit of fighting the "good fight".

    It will be like the 2011 election when I fully expect Shiller to lose to whoever her ultimate opponent is. Be it Molly Go Lightly, the Capplemaniac or a candidate to be named later. I might run and call my campaign 'stumpin for change'. Another cripple joke......I'm allowed. Thppppt.

    Even if Wilson Yard gets built as currently planned, whatever the hell the current plan is, fighting the fight is worth it. Maybe we lose, but perhaps TIF reform will come into place quicker because of it. That's a good end.

    Speaking of ends I'll end this rant with the wise words of comedian Denis Leary on happiness:

    Happiness comes in small doses folks. It's a cigarette, or a chocolate cookie, or a five second orgasm. That's it, ok! You cum, you eat the cookie, you smoke the butt, you go to sleep, you get up in the morning and go to freaking work, ok!? That is it! End of freaking list!

  7. IP, I'm probably the only person on Earth to fully appreciate the brilliance of your post above. You must have made more than one of your Catholic school teachers ask Mother Superior for a career change, having you in their class.

    Nothing's worse for some egos than a young kid with wisdom and smarts, especially one who is able to hide it in humor.

    Whatever the sordid stories from your past, I'm glad you found your way to Uptown.

  8. Dave,

    I'm angelic and seldom sin.

    I actually enjoyed my Catholic education.

    It gave me a sense of right and wrong. Which means when I do wrong I feel guilty. Guilt in moderate doses is good. Keeps us from doing real bad stuff or at least keeps the rate of doing bad stuff down.

  9. Oh, one last thing. During high school we had a nun visit from Uganda for a speech. Instead of asking her about the dictator Idi "I like Human Flesh" Amin I asked what the "H" stood for in Jesus H. Christ.

  10. Jeeze, will you two PLEASE get a room! :)

  11. Confused,

    you want to join us?

    Actually it is a silly thread.

    Of course those of us who go way back to the glory days of the "vive la resistance" 2007 election may act like we are holding up lighters at some cheezy concert.