Friday, December 31, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Cool Yule

Wishing you and yours a merry, merry Christmas. Cheers!

Friday, December 24, 2010

non sequitur Friday

A couple of tunes from some talented friends.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

non sequitur Friday

Two from Morphine.

Friday, December 03, 2010

non sequitur Friday

Two from the Go-Gos. I always thought they were underrated back in the day.

Friday, November 26, 2010

non sequitur Friday

A very cool take on Temptation by Either/Orchestra and Mark Sandman (of Morphine).

Sunday, November 21, 2010

do your kids want to ride the CTA holiday train?

Or are you a big kid who enjoys it yourself? Santa has already started riding the rails. Here's the holiday train schedule for all CTA train lines from now thru December 22.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

49th ward shred-a-thon

Do you have a pile of private documents you no longer need but no shredder to securely dispose of them? Bring them to 49th Ward "SHRED-A-THON" next Wednesday 11/17 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis).

Midway Document Destruction's mobile shredding truck will be in the lot outside the office, offering free paper shredding to 49th Ward residents. You can get rid of any old or unwanted papers containing sensitive information, and protect yourself against identity theft, which could be a problem if you put these documents into the trash.

Bring any documents you no longer need or want but that might contain personal or private information, and have them shredded on the spot, then taken away to be recycled. Examples include:

• Bank statements
• Outdated medical records
• Pay stubs
• Old bills and receipts
• Credit card offers
• Tax returns older than seven years

Sponsored by: 49th Ward Green Corps, Alderman Joe Moore's office, and Midway Document Destruction

Friday, November 12, 2010

Glenwood winter farmers market starts this Sunday

The Glenwood Sunday Winter Market opens this Sunday 11/14 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 6956-58 N. Glenwood, right next to The Glenwood Bar.

This is a foodie market specializing in locally grown (and organically grown when possible) produce and foods, to operate on the 2nd Sunday of each month between now and May, and is thrilled to welcome many of its favorite vendors from the summer season, including:

Bennison's Bakery, Crafthouse (sausages), Sharpening by Dave, Dennanne Farms, Hardin Family Farm, Katherine Anne Confections, Midnight Sun Organics, Oriana's Orchard, River Valley Mushrooms, Ruth and Phil's Gourmet Ice Cream, Stamper Cheese, Sweet Attila's, Sweet Earth Organics, Tomato Mountain, and Zullo's.

The Market will continue to accept Master Card and Visa and is extending its Market for All matching fund program for Link/SNAP guests.

CTA red line service changes this weekend

FYI - If you're planning to ride the red line this weekend, you may want to make note of this.

SOUTHBOUND Red Line Trains will NOT STOP at Jarvis, Morse and Loyola stations from 11 p.m. tonight (Friday 11/12) until 4 a.m. Monday (11/15) due to track work. Red Line trains traveling northbound (to Howard) are not affected.

During this time, Red Line customers at Jarvis, Morse or Loyola who wish to travel south should board a northbound train and exit at Howard to access a southbound train (to 95th/Dan Ryan). Customers traveling southbound (to 95th/Dan Ryan) who wish to exit at Jarvis, Morse or Loyola should travel to Granville and board a northbound train (to Howard) and exit at the appropriate station.

OR you could use a 151 or 147 bus on Sheridan Road.

The CTA advises customers to allow extra travel time.

non sequitur Friday

Friday, November 05, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

non sequitur Friday

Two versions of Summertime... Say goodbye to summer. I think it's really gone now. TGIF!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

non sequitur Friday

Three from Steely Dan. TGIF....

Friday, October 08, 2010

non sequitur Friday

Two versions of Summertime... Say goodbye to summer. This week's teaser might be it. TGIF!!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

interesting new bike design

Check out the string bike, including a video. What do you think?

bike riding in Evanston

The Evanston Review ran a good article today about bike riding in Evanston and implementation of the city's bike plan. What's your $0.02 on riding in Evanston?

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Bike the Ridge tomorrow

Have you wished you could ride your bike on Ridge in Evanston? Tomorrow's your chance. The ride happens between 9 a.m. and noon tomorrow (Sunday 10/3). More info here.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

non sequitur Friday

49th ward beach clean-up

Tomorrow (Saturday 9/25) there will be a volunteer beach clean-up at Albion, Columbia, Howard, Jarvis, Juneway, Loyola Park, North Shore, Pratt and Sherwin. You can join the 49th Ward Green Corps and the Alliance for the Great Lakes in a clean-up at one of these beaches from 9 a.m. to noon.

To volunteer, click here or e-mail Joe Moore's office.

Friday, September 17, 2010

non sequitur Friday

Three from Steve Goodman... a few of you may know the relevance of the first tune this week.

Saving the best for last...

Friday, September 10, 2010

Friday, September 03, 2010

non sequitur Friday

One from Boston's Bim Skala Bim - a blast from the past.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

Glenwood Ave. Arts Fest 8/20-8/22

The Glenwood Ave. Arts Fest is almost here. The entertainment lineup is an eclectic mix of styles - something for everyone. Polkaholics are in the mix on Saturday night. The fest kicks off on Friday night. I'm looking forward to the fun.

Friday, August 13, 2010

non sequitur Friday

A ska two-fer from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

this Sunday at the Glenwood Farmers Market

Albany Park Bikes is presenting a bike safety and maintenance workshop at this Sunday's farmers market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.    Bring your bike and come on down!

Monday, August 09, 2010

CAPS meeting, beat 2422

Got concerns about what's happening in the neighborhood? If you live in Beat 2422, your next CAPS meeting is at 7 p.m. on 8/12 at the Willye White Community Center, 1610 W. Howard (@ Ashland). Come to the meeting.

This location is updated from when I originally posted the notice.

It's always the 2nd Thursday of the month. Speak up about your concerns. Meet some of your police officers and more of your neighbors. Get informed about what's happening. Your input can make a difference. 312-744-6321

Friday, August 06, 2010

movie in Touhy Park 8/11

"School of Rock" will be shown at Touhy Park (7348 N. Paulina) on Thurs. 8/11 starting at dusk (around 8 p.m.)  Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy the movie!

non sequitur Friday

Friday, July 30, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

thinking of trying car sharing?

I-Go is running a promotion now thru 7/31 that's a really great deal.  Join for just $25 and get a $25 credit for free driving. To take advantage of this offer, just enter the promo code HOT FOR IGO in the Promotions section of the online application form.  The $25 driving credit must be used within 30 days of joining.

There are many I-Go locations in Rogers Park, Evanston, and Edgewater.  If you currently own a car that spends most of its time parked, costing you $$ for monthly parking or tickets and damage from on-street parking, car sharing could save you $$$. 

It's a very viable option for many in RP.  Four years ago, I-Go added its first location in RP.   Now there are more than 3 dozen cars available within a few miles, all in locations convenient to public transit.

If you only need a car for errands or social occasions, don't need one all day, and can plan ahead, car sharing can offer a very affordable alternative to owning, maintaining and insuring a car.  I donated my car last year, and have used my bike, public transit and car sharing since then.  It could be an option for you.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Dick Buckley

It's been 2 years since Dick Buckley signed off the air.  I hear him occasionally in voiceovers, but I still miss his show.

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I had written this item and was about to post it when I heard the news that Dick Buckley has died.  R.I.P., Dick.  You must be in jazz heaven now, listening to the good old good ones.  Here's to you.

wild onions

Did you know the origin of the name Chicago?

And here's its namesake.

Clark St. festival this weekend

Move to musical groove from around the world and taste its culinary counterparts at the 5th Annual Celebrate Clark Street Festival this Saturday 7/24 (1 to 11 p.m.), and Sunday 7/25 (1 to 10 p.m.).

There will be two stages of live world music (curated by Sound Culture Center for Global Arts), a wide variety of ethnic food, entertainment for kids, and an eclectic market. Celebrate Clark Street Festival hass something for everyone. Suggested Donation: $5 per person, $10 per family.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Glenwood Ave. Arts Fest 8/20-8/22

Save the date. It's coming up soon - Glenwood Ave. Arts Fest, with a Friday night kickoff. I haven't seen the complete schedule of entertainment yet, but I hear that the Polkaholics are in the mix.

bottle bombs

A friend just sent me a link about an alarming problem: innocent looking plastic bottles filled with explosive liquid left in people's yards. This is no joke.

Most of us would think nothing of picking up plastic bottles left in our yards. Take a careful look next time you find one. People are finding plastic bottle bombs in their mailboxes and yards. Look for:

1. Ordinary plastic bottle (from water or pop)
2. A little Drano
3. A little water
4. A small piece of foil.

If you move it, it can explode very quickly, spraying you with acid. It can blow off your fingers and burn your face and other body parts. If you find a bomb with these elements, call 911 and don't touch it.

Click here to watch a video on the problem. Here's a news story from another source. Be careful out there!

Monday, July 19, 2010

book sale 7/23-7/25

It's coming - the Evanston Public Library summer book sale (books, CDs, DVDs and videotapes). There's a special preview ($5 admission) from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday 7/23, if you want to get first pick. Regular hours are noon to 5:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Sunday is 1/2 price day from noon to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

when bicycles ruled Chicago

Did you know about Chicago's role in the bicycle industry? This
article on Gapers Block is worth a read.

Friday, July 16, 2010

non sequitur Friday

Hey, maybe it's a cliche at this point, but this Queen classic seemed like a logical choice in honor of Sunday's Evanston Criterium race.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

bike racing action on Sunday 7/18

Save the date. On Sunday 7/18, you can experience a full day of criterium racing in downtown Evanston, part of the Superweek race series. Several different races will take place during the day, from amateur racers to professionals, men and women. Click here for details and a map of the course.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Market for All Fest - Sun. 7/11

Morseland at 1216 W. Morse, hosts the Market for All Fest, this Sunday 7/11, from 8 p.m. to midnight. It features a night of music and entertainment by local bands and entertainers. Proceeds from the event will help support the Market for All Program at the Glenwood Sunday Market.

The program enables families who rely on the Illinois LINK card to have access to fresh, nutritious local products. The program will match up to $10 in LINK purchases per cardholder, per market day.

The local performers include: Elephant Gun, Mark Madsen with Leah Novak, James Weigel, Micki Croisant, Matt Fedderman, Blind Anabaptist Blues, Moses Cleveland, Band Practice, and more. The night will also feature a silent auction. Check it out! $10 at the door (You gotta be at least 21 years of age to enter.)

non sequitur Friday

What? No beer? But you've got Polkaholics here. And here tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Polkaholics at the Red Line Tap on 7/10

And now for something a little different....polka with a twist. What? Never heard of the Polkaholics? You can satisfy your curiousity on Saturday night.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

CAPS meeting, beat 2422

Got concerns about what's happening in the neighborhood? If you live in Beat 2422, your next CAPS meeting is at 7 p.m. on 7/8 at the Gateway senior building, 7450 N. Rogers. Come to the meeting. It's always the 2nd Thursday of the month. Speak up about your concerns. Meet some of your police officers and more of your neighbors. Get informed about what's happening. Your input can make a difference. 312-744-6321

Friday, July 02, 2010

cyclists needed in Arlington Hts for Monday special event

I'm sharing this message from the League of Illinois Bicyclists, our statewide advocacy organization.

We just received late notice that Gov. Quinn would like to have a bill signing ceremony for two bike-related bills THIS MONDAY at Campbell Street Bicycle Shop, 13 W. Campbell St., downtown Arlington Heights, at 9:00am. We need a bunch of bicyclists to attend! If your schedule permits, please drop by - and let us know via email so we can ensure good attendance and let you know of any changes to the schedule.

He will sign the following into law:

1) LIB's bill creating permanent Share the Road license plates for Illinois. Plate income would sustainably fund our statewide education campaigns for both motorists and bicyclists. The plate design itself delivers the message, with a Share the Road sign and the phrase "Same Rights, Same Rules".

2) Sen. Silverstein's bill establishing penalties for motorists driving recklessly and unnecessarily close to, toward, or near a bicyclist. Depending on whether serious injuries result, this will be either a Class A misdemeanor or Class 4 felony.

More details here.

Thank you!
Ed Barsotti, LIB

free health screenings on Monday 7/5

Just got this info from Joe Moore's e-mail blast:

This year Walgreens has teamed up with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) to bring basic health tests to cities across the nation. The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour will coming to the 49th Ward this Monday 7/5. The bus will be parked at the Walgreens at 7410 N. Clark from noon to 7 p.m., providing FREE health screenings to anyone age 18 and older.

The bus provides six basic tests including glucose, cholesterol, body mass index, waist circumference, bone density and blood pressure. It only takes about 15 minutes, and Walgreens representatives will go over your results with you. These tests typically cost about $140, but the tour is completely free.

You do not have to be an AARP member to get the tests, but you can get a one-year free membership to AARP for completing the tests if you want.

Many diseases can be detected long before symptoms are seen. Early detection can help you stay healthier.

non sequitur Friday

Thursday, July 01, 2010


Here's a phenomenal PBS video, using some unique new cameras and techniques to add insight into the world of hummingbirds. REALLY cool stuff! Click here to watch it full screen.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

looking for something cool to do on Thursday night?

If you want to go downtown, but not to the Taste, Orchestre Septentrional d'Haiti and its big band of thirteen musicians bring the sounds of merengue, konpa and bolero to the stage when they make their Chicago debut. 7:30PM at Millennium Park.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Boulevard Lakefront Tour on 8/29

Have you registered for the Boulevard Lakefront Tour yet? One of the best rides of summer just got better, with a new start location and all new routes.

Choose from a 15 mile family-oriented route, a 35 mile neighborhood tour, and a 62 mile route with many more neighborhoods. This is a fully-supported ride, with marked routes, rest stops, mechanical assistance, and a post-ride festival with food and entertainment on the UIC campus.

The event benefits the Active Transportation Alliance, our local advocacy group for safer, better bicycling, walking and public transit. It's a great way to enjoy exploring Chicago neighborhoods. Save $5 by registering before 7/4!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Rogers Park Men Can Cook 6/26

Here's the place to be in RP on Saturday: Rogers Park Men Can Cook at Willye White Park. It's happening from noon to 5 p.m., and it's for a good cause - summer camp for underprivileged children.

Click here for details. Whether you want to be part of the cooking competition, eat, or enjoy entertainment, there's something for all ages. Enjoy Saturday in the park with your neighbors.

suggestions for sharing local trails

Heading out for a ride on a local multi-purpose trail this weekend? This feature on the Active Transportation Alliance web site offers some useful suggestions on how to share the trail without conflict. It's worth taking a few minutes to read, and remember when you're out for your ride.

Touy Park FREE concert tonight 6/25

Come on out to beautiful Touhy Park's annual FREE concert, featuring the White Saddle Band and the Touhy Park Djembe and Taiko All Stars.

So come on out and Support YOUR PARK, Friday June 25th, 6:30 P.M. Bring your lawn chairs and munchies. The weather forecast is perfect for tonight.

For more info, call 773-262-6737

Fountain Square arts festival this weekend

Looking for a cool art fair this weekend? Check out Fountain Square in downtown Evanston.

non sequitur Friday

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

please take a minute to read this and write a letter

An injustice was done this week to the people of Cook County that should not be repeated. And we deserve to know why.

Two drunk drivers in Brookfield deliberately ran down bicyclists last year, and both got off with sentences that were totally inadequate in light of the violent nature of their crimes.

One friend raises some good questions. Is the judge an idiot who was fully responsible for the light sentence? Did the prosecuting attorney negotiate to take the easy way out and avoid a trial, tying the hands of the judge? Did the defense attorney bribe somebody?

And I add: Is there a mandatory minimum sentence for this type of incident? I suspect that there isn't.

The Active Transportation is spearheading a letter writing campaign to Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, asking for answers and for more appropriate prosecution of future cases. The link above gives an e-mail and snail mail address and suggested letter text.

I'm also trying to find out whether there is any mandatory minimum for vehicular assault. I will post an update when I find out.

If there isn't any minimum, I would strongly encourage you to write to your state legislators urging them to introduce mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines that are appropriate to the violent nature of this type of crime.

Please take a minute to send an e-mail, fax or letter to Anita Alvarez. It's worth a few minutes of your time to work for safer road conditions in Cook County for cyclists and pedestrians.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Artists of the Wall

The Artists of the Wall festival is happening this weekend. Click here for details.

non sequitur Friday

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Glenwood farmers market on Sunday

People have been enjoying the new Glenwood Sunday Market at the corner of Morse and Glenwood, convenient to the Morse stop on the CTA red line.

The market supports and encourages organic and sustainable growing practices by bringing local farmers to the 49th Ward. All the food farmers participating in the Glenwood Sunday Market are located within 200 miles of the 49th Ward and use organic farming practices. The principle of "know your farmer, know your food," is the watchword of the Glenwood Sunday Market, which is striving to be the greenest market in Chicago.

For the first few weeks, the market will be located between Morse and Farwell. It will move to its permanent location between Morse and Lunt after streetscape construction on that section of Glenwood is done.

The market will be accessible to everyone in our economically and culturally diverse community. VISA, MasterCard, Link and SNAP transactions will be accepted. The market is offering a Market for All Program to those using Link and SNAP cards and will provide matching funds to make organic fresh produce more affordable for low-income families.

The Market will run every Sunday from 6/6 to 10/17, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

RPCC fundraiser on 6/17

The Rogers Park Community Council is holding a fundraiser on Thursday 6/17 at the Glenwood just north of Morse – on the west side of the CTA tracks. Buy a drink, tell them you are supporting the RPCC, and the Glenwood will donate 10% of the entire evening $$$ to RPCC.

While you are there, renew your membership to RPCC and support programs that benefit the community.

theater in the neighborhood - Theo Ubique at No Exit

Just got this press release from Theo Ubique about a new show opening this weekend at No Exit. Sounds like a winner.

No Exit Café is being reconfigured to resemble a late 1940s/early 1950s neighborhood cabaret by Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre for its next show, “Sweet and Hot: The Songs of Harold Arlen,” opening Sunday, June 20.

Theo Ubique is going back to its cabaret roots by producing a summer musical revue paying homage to an individual composer and/or songwriter.  “Sweet and Hot” features 37 songs of the more than 400 Arlen wrote during his five-decade career, presented in two sets in two hours.  Previous musical revues by Theo Ubique honored Kurt Weill, Jacques Brel and Stephen Sondheim.

Fred Anzevino is directing fresh from his Jeff Award-winning production of “Chess” that he co-directed with Brenda Didier.   Steve Carson as music director is bringing his traditional cabaret style to the show and accompanying the cast on piano.

“The new staging will be cozy and intimate, using all corners at the No Exit,” said Anzevino.  “The biggest change is bringing the audience on stage and creating an arrangement where the entire audience is part of the performance, so they can sing and dance along in the spirit of the old piano bar scenes.”

Arlen’s songs were made famous by legends in the industry, such as Judy Garland with “Over the Rainbow” and Ethel Waters and Lena Horne with “Stormy Weather.”  He also wrote with nearly every famous lyricist from Ted Koehler, Johnny Mercer and Ira Gershwin.  The “Sweet and Hot” song list is available at under 2009-2010 Season Sweet and Hot.

Previews are 8 p.m., June 18-19, and regular performances are 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m., Sundays, June 20-August 8 at the No Exit Café, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.  Dinner is served one hour prior to curtain with cast members as servers.  Doors open at 6:45 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays and 5:45 p.m., Sundays.

Tickets are available online at and at 800-595-4849.  Theo Ubique’s info line for updated theatre and show info is 773-347-1109.  The emergency phone number to the box office, available at 5 p.m. on performance nights, is 312-898-0672.

Preview tickets are $15, and regular performance tickets are $25.  A show/dinner package is optional for $45 (dinner reservations recommended).  Patrons are encouraged to use the free parking at the corner of Morse and Ravenswood with free transport on the Lifeline shuttle van to and from the lot, because of construction on Glenwood and Morse.  The No Exit Café is a half block north, west of the tracks on Glenwood from the Red Line’s Morse stop.  Special discounts are offered through Theo Ubique e-news, available by signing up through the web site.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

a different kind of bike ride

Want to try a different kind of ride?  Bring your digital camera, your memory for Chicago history and trivia, and your navigational skills to the Digital Photo Scavenger Hunt on Sunday 6/27.  Go here and scan down to the end for details.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

peregrine falcons in the city

From time to time since their reintroduction, we've heard about falcons in multiple areas around the city, including the Uptown Theater and Evanston Library.

Did you know that there's a nesting pair at UIC (University of Illinois - Chicago)?  They had babies again this year, and the little ones should be flying soon.  You can watch them on webcam here (if they're in view).  If you're lucky, maybe you'll even get to see them in action.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

a new place for jazz

Tonight when I was listening to the Beverly All Stars, I happened to hear about a new jazz place in town, the Living Room Lounge in East Pilsen.  They have live music on Saturday nights.  Gotta check this place out soon.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Mayne Stage and Act One grand opening

I just got word of the grand opening of the Mayne Stage (formerly the former Morse Theater), 1328 W. Morse. On Thursday 6/3, "The Best is Yet to Come" an evening of cabaret featuring area resident Beckie Menzie, Tom Michael, Joan Curto, Paul Marinaro and Sue Conway will be the first of a series of Preview shows. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Other upcoming preview shows include singer Jan James, psychic entertainer Ross Johnson, and blues artist Liz Mandville.

For tickets to Preview Events, visit the box office, or to order online. Use the discount code ROGERS PARK to get your tickets for a special price of $5.00.

Mayne Stage opens officially on Thursday 6/17 with The Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. Visit the box office or to order tickets online.

The casual Act One Cafe is NOW OPEN at 1330 W. Morse. I'm curious to check it out. The menu focuses on New American food with locally sourced ingredients. The bar features a wide selection of handcrafted beers, interesting wines and signature drinks. Weekend brunch buffet begins in early June.

Valet parking is available. Dinner is served from 5:00 until 10:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. To make a reservation, call 773-381-4550.

I hope this new business is a successful addition to the neighborhood.

non sequitur Friday

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wisdom Bridge roof collapse

This news from Joe Moore's e-mail last night:

The roof of the building that once housed the Wisdom Bridge Theater at 1559-61 W. Howard collapsed this afternoon (Wednesday). Part of the front facade also collapsed, sending debris onto the front sidewalk. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

An emergency demolition crew is on the scene, and the entire building should be demolished by tomorrow (Thursday). The building has been vacant and in foreclosure, and the City recently obtained an emergency court order to demolish the building after experts determined it was no longer safe. The demolition was scheduled to take place in the next two to three weeks.

As you might recall, developer Richard Aronson has proposed a 7-story mixed-use building for the Wisdom Bridge site and the property immediately to the east. Several community meetings were held, and I announced earlier this week my support for the development proposal. Mr. Aronson reached an agreement with the bank foreclosing on the property to purchase the property after the foreclosure is completed. When the purchase takes place, the city will be reimbursed for the cost of the demolition.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

coming to Morse

I'll be curious to hear about the initial programming at the new Mayne Stage (formerly Morse Theater) on Morse. Has the cafe opened yet?

Friday, May 21, 2010

neighborhood walk tonight

An invitation from Toni Duncan of beat 2422:

The weather forecast may include rain, but beat 2422 neighbors will be meeting at 7 PM at 1610 W. Howard, Willye White Community Center to start a new summer and a new tradition. If you don't care for the walks, please join a new group to play board games with youngsters in the park tonight while others walk and do some positive loitering. One neighbor has volunteered to watch the game tables. Sharon
O'Connell, the park supervisor has offered tables, chairs, etc. to use. In the event of rain, the event may be held inside.

Last year in the Uptown neighborhood, neighbors set up card tables near a park and began spending time with the youngsters there. Soon, there were hot dogs being grilled and it became a weekly tradition many kids and adults looked forward to. If you would please call a neighbor or forward this email it would be great to see and meet neighbors from every block in Beat 2422. If you have a board game you'd like to share, please bring it. If you have ideas for the gatherings and walks, let's discuss them tonight!

Our canine neighbors are also invited to join on the walks. We have some 'regulars' who have joined for several years now!

non sequitur Friday

Friday, May 14, 2010

non sequitur Friday

This makes me feel good. They sound great together.

Monday, May 10, 2010

lost dog seeking owner

A Fargo neighbor found a small frightened dog last night. The dog was
wandering the beach and alleyways east of Sheridan.

. Brown and Tan Miniature Pinscher
. Female
. Ears cropped and tail docked
. Wearing a pink harness and collar with no tags

Call Tony: 847-329-0885 or Joanne: 312-961-6799.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

police roll call TONIGHT at Willye White Park

In response to the recent rash of shootings in/near Willye White Park, the police will be having an roll call there tonight. A person was shot and wounded at the park last night.

Roll calls take less than 15 minutes. It will start *promptly* at 7 pm. Your attendance sends a message to out-of-control elements that neighbors are involved and sends a message to the police that their work is appreciated.

Your presence at Willye White Community Center, 1610 W. Howard, can make a positive difference.

non sequitur Friday

Friday, April 30, 2010

Thursday, April 29, 2010

more on the Evanston wind farm idea

I previously mentioned an idea that's currently being explored by Evanston for a greener power source. Here's another article with more info.

5/5 public meeting - revised proposal for 1557-61 W. Howard

A while back, I wrote about a proposed new development at 1557-61 W. Howard St. I just got an update from Joe Moore's office that I'd like to pass along.

You are invited to attend a community meeting on Wednesday, May 5th, 7:00 p.m., at the Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard. A REVISED proposal for a new residential and commercial development at 1557-61 W. Howard (currently the site of the old Wisdom Bridge Theater building and the former DevCorp North office building) will be presented.

The height, floor plan and density of the original proposal remain the same. The developers--Richard Aronson and Scott Sinar--were asked to change the proposed facade based on community input and feedback Joe Moore received at the 2/22/10 public meeting.

The proposal is for a 7-story building with 60 residential units, 15,000- 30,000 square feet of commercial space on the 1st and 2nd floors, and 60-75 parking spaces located within the building.

The 1st three floors would be parking and retail and office space. No commercial or office tenants have been identified, but the developers would like to have a live theater company at the site. The top 4 floors would be either condos or rental units depending on market conditions when the project is completed.

A zoning change from B3-3 to B3-5 would be required for the proposed development.

To view the revised facade designs, click here.

bike valet service at Wrigley Field

Cubbie fans - you can ride your bike to Wrigley Field this season and have a safe place to park it during the game. Nice!

Friday, April 16, 2010

non sequitur Friday

It's all about randomness...

Just learned about Esperanza Spalding recently. She's got a fresh young voice with impeccable phrasing and a superb sense of rhythm on bass and vocals. Wow! How far can she go? She's one to watch.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

considering a bike commute this year?

Here's one perspective on it, courtesy of Sierra Club. If you're looking for more tips, check out the resource links on this Active Transportation Alliance bike commuting page. Bike commuting might be easier than you think. It can give you something great to look forward to at the end of a workday.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

street sweeping schedule

Want to find out when your street is due for sweeping? Or are you going away on a trip and wondering if the place where your car is parked will be posting for sweeping right after you leave? Check out the online street sweeping schedule and find out.

I wish they'd done this years ago. Great idea!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

considering greener energy for Evanston

from the Tribune Breaking news:

Could an offshore wind farm be in Evanston's future? The Evanston City Council meets tonight to consider inviting partners to build wind turbines six to nine miles out on Lake Michigan. A group called Citizens for a Greener Evanston has identified a potential site east of the center of Northwestern University where average annual winds are 18 mph. Full story here.

two videos worth watching

Whether you ride a bicycle, drive a CTA bus, drive another type of vehicle, or are a Chicago police officer, these two videos give a lot of information worth knowing. They're about 12 minutes and worth watching to the end.

If more people on our streets have this knowledge and use it, the streets could become safer for all users.

Traffic enforcement and bike safety

CTA buses and bike safety

A big thank you to the Active Transportation Alliance, CDOT, IDOT, Chicago Police Dept. and CTA for making these excellent and informative videos.

Climate Cycle on 5/15

Climate Cycle's 2nd annual Solar Schools Ride is a fundraising bike-a-thon for riders of all ages. Last year's inaugural event raised $67,000, which enabled Climate Cycle to help six Chicago Public Schools go solar. The upcoming Solar Schools Ride is on May 15 at Grant Park, and will offer a variety of route options for riders to choose from. Click here for more info on how you can participate and help support this initiative.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

49th ward spring clean-up day on 4/17

The annual 49th Ward Spring Clean-Up Day will be Sat. 4/17 from 9 am til noonish.

The Alderman’s office (Jarvis & Greenview) will provide tools (rakes, brooms, shovels) and trash bags (really nice big sturdy ones). And coffee/juice/rolls before. And lunch afterwards (wash your hands) – perhaps they will have those wonderful little Jamaican meat pies. Call 773-338-5796 to speak with the Ward Service Office.

have you registered for Bike the Drive yet?

Bike the Drive — one of our favorite Chicago bike events — happens Sunday 5/30. The event is a fundraiser for the Active Transportation Alliance, which offers many advocacy and education programs for cyclists, pedestrians and public transit riders.

What? You say you've never experienced Bike the Drive? Bicycles take over Lake Shore Drive for one glorious Sunday morning. It's amazing how much more beautiful the view is from Lake Shore Drive without all the noise of traffic.

If you're an I-Go member, you get a $5 discount on Bike the Drive registration. Just enter IGOSAVE5 in the coupon code box when filling out the online application form. See you on Lake Shore Drive!

Friday, April 09, 2010

bike parking - hall of fame/hall of shame

A group of us are trying to gather data about bike parking in the city of Chicago - both good examples and examples that just don't cut it. The goal is to use this info in a campaign to improve bike parking.

If your regular grocery store, restaurant, job or other frequent destination needs better bike parking, we want to hear about it. Do you have any locations you'd like to nominate? Post 'em here on the Chainlink.

What? You're not a member yet? Here's more info. Anyone is welcome to join. If you haven't joined yet, I hope you will. It's a great resource for all things cycling in Chicago.

non sequitur Friday

It's all about randomness - featuring Robbie Fulks (Mr. Sarcasm) today. He's my favorite alt country singer, who got his start on our local Bloodshot Records label. Check him out. TGIF!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Joe on video

Here's a recent video feature on Joe Moore's perspective on his life as 49th ward alderman.

Friday, April 02, 2010

non sequitur Friday

It's all about randomness and today about Andrew Bird. I hope that you enjoy his unique sound.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

voting for ward improvement projects on 4/10

Don't forget to vote for your favorite ward improvement projects on Sat. 4/10, any time between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark (across from Touhy Park). Early voting will take place beginning Monday 4/5 thru Friday 4/9 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (7 p.m. on Wednesday) at the 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis).

For more info on Participatory Budgeting in the 49th Ward and proposed projects, click here. Click here for yesterday's Tribune piece about the participatory budget process.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

a new neighborhood for the south side?

After so many ideas and proposals, perhaps the rezoning of the old South Works site in South Chicago could be the start of a new neighborhood. It's about time.

Monday, March 29, 2010

construction season will be extra fun this year

It's already a bit of an adventure to get around the Loop and some areas. The construction fun will continue for a while. I'll be glad when it's done. BTW, it's much easier to get out of the mess on a bike - great incentive to be riding instead of driving.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

how bicycles helped bring Curious George to us

There's an interesting story in the Sun-Times this a.m. Many of us know the Curious George children's books. The story of how the author and illustrator of those beloved books escaped from France into Spain and Portugal by bicycle and made their way to America, where their books were later published. A new exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, opening tomorrow, tells their story. And you can get there by bike via a spur from the North Branch Trail.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

RPCC fundraiser 3/25

On Thursday night 3/25, the Rogers Park Community Council is having a fundraising event at Hamilton's, 6341 N. Broadway, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. If you value the work they do in the community to help seniors, victims of violence, other residents and general quality of life, please consider helping RPCC. Ticket info is here. If you can't attend the event and would like to donate directly, use the link in the middle of the RPCC home page.

Monday, March 22, 2010

health care reform legislation

How did your representative vote on the health care reform bill? Here's a link to give you that answer and an easy way to offer your thanks or criticism for that vote.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

3/24 meeting about Morse-Glenwood streetscape project

News from Joe Moore:

Construction will begin this spring on the long-awaited Morse-Glenwood streetscape project. The project encompasses Morse Avenue from Ashland to Wayne and Glenwood Avenue from Lunt to Farwell on both sides of the elevated tracks.

Joe Moore is hosting a community meeting with the Rogers Park Business Alliance to present the plans and outline the construction schedule. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, 3/24 at 7:00 p.m. at United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse, 3rd Floor. Representatives of the Chicago Dept. of Transportation will be on hand to answer your questions.

New streetlights, sidewalks and planter boxes will grace Morse and Glenwood. In addition, Morse Avenue will be resurfaced and the sidewalks on Glenwood will be widened for greater pedestrian access. The brick pavers that now exist on the western side of Glenwood will remain in the traffic lanes.

The $4 million streetscape is funded by $1.6 million in City of Chicago funds and $2.4 million in federal funds secured by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky.

Community residents were instrumental in selecting the streetscape design and elements. ...This has been a very long process, made even longer by the reviewing requirements that came attached with the federal dollars. But our patience will be rewarded by this summer's end with a new and more appealing appearance for both Morse and Glenwood.

Please contact the 49th ward office with any questions.

Monday, March 15, 2010

an exciting project in the pipeline

Construction of the Ford Calumet Environmental Center has been delayed a bit since the winning proposal was chosen back in 2004, but it's finally in the construction pipeline.

2009/09/27 Ford Calumet Environmental Center
27,300-square-foot museum, $17 million
13400 S Torrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60633

This architectural gem will be a stunning highlight in the relatively unknown Hegewisch Marsh, a 120 acre wetland which has undergone a lengthy clean-up after years of neglect, thanks to a conservation grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. It has the potential to boost environmental tourism to the city. The southeast corner of the city and northwest Indiana feature interconnected wetland areas, which attract many species of migrating birds.

Last fall I went to a tree planting workday at Hegewisch Marsh and was amazed by the extent to which nature has rebounded in this area of the city as heavy industry has decreased. I look forward to returning to the site to see how our little oak trees have grown.

More links:
City of Chicago page from when contest was started in 11/03
Plusmood architecture and design blog

Friday, March 12, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

speak up about care at St. Francis Hospital

The following message comes from Joe Moore's 49th ward newsletter. St. Francis has been an important health care resource for me over the years. If it's important to you, please take a minute to respond.

St. Francis Hospital in Evanston plays an integral role in the provision of health care services for many 49th Ward residents, who depend on the hospital for both emergency and non-emergency care. The hospital is applying for Magnet designation from the American Nursing Credentialing Committee (ANCC). This designation recognizes quality patient care and an environment that supports nurses.

As part of the Magnet application process, the ANCC solicits stories from community residents who have received care at the hospital.

If you or someone you know has been a patient at St. Francis Hospital, please take a moment to provide the ANCC with your honest assessment of the care you received. Send an e-mail with your comments to, and write "public comment" in the subject heading.

The information you provide (which is kept confidential) will help the ANCC evaluate St. Francis and identify possible areas that need improvement, and, as a result, improve the quality of patient care and conditions for nurses.

For more information about the ANCC Magnet Recognition process, click here.

The ANCC's deadline for public comments on the St. Francis application is Thursday, March 18th, so please contact the ANCC as soon as possible at Please forward this message to friends and family members who may also be interested in sharing their stories about St. Francis Hospital.

Thanks for your help in ensuring that 49th Ward residents receive quality health care services.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Twang Bang kids' show at Uncommon Ground

Want to do something fun with the kids right in the neighborhood this weekend? Twang Bang is doing a special 1 hour show for kids at Uncommon Ground on Devon, 3 p.m. on Saturday 3/13.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Jazz Links jam session on 3/10

The Jazz Institute of Chicago presents a Jazz Links jam session on Wednesday 3/10. Students get an opportunity to perform with world-class professionals in the Jazz Links house band, led by pianist Ken Chaney. These sessions are both an educational experience for the students and an inter-generational community event, where parents, teachers, students and the general public witness the development of young talent before their eyes and ears.

Come on out and support the next generation of jazz talent in Chicago. If you know any young musicians looking to meet jazz musicians their age and get a chance to play with some of the best talent in Chicago, tell them to bring their instruments.

Come to Randolph St. Cafe in the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E Randolph at 5 p.m. on 3/10 and enjoy. Free admission.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Tweet Home Chicago bird house contest

The City of Chicago and its partners invite you to design and build a bird house for your favorite bird-friendly spot in Chicago! They are hosting the competition as part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness about the importance of birds and bird-friendly habitat in Chicago. Win monetary awards and other prizes. Bird house submittals will be displayed at public venues, installed in parks, or auctioned to raise money for bird conservation efforts in the city. The registration deadline is April 16 and bird houses are due April 29 - May 1, 2010. Check out the Dept. of Environment web page for details.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

want to be more visible on your bike?

Want to stand out from the nighttime crowd? Come to this class to learn how to be safe and VISIBLE when traveling in the dark. Topics will include all sorts of lights, reflectors, vests, and simple skills that will make you a shining beacon of the cycling world. Plan on decorating yourself and/or your bike for maximum effect while having a good time. Light refreshments will be provided, with free fleecy accoutrements (balaclavas) thrown in to sweeten the pot. Bring the clothing and/or accessories (including your bike) that you want to make reflective.

Active Trans, 9 W. Hubbard, 4th floor
Saturday, March 6, 2010
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

chainlink event listing (optional RSVP)

Bike Winter event listing #1213

Monday, March 01, 2010

Jargowood block club meeting on 3/2

Jargowood block club will be meeting Tuesday 3/2 at its usual time and place: 7:30 p.m., Sherwin Manor Nursing Home community room, Sheridan Road between Jarvis and Sherwin. If you live in the area between Jarvis and Birchwood, Clark and the lake, this may be of interest to you. Come out and meet your neighbors and talk about neighborhood issues.

We hope to have some feedback on the community meeting (2/22 at Gale Fieldhouse) regarding a new development proposal for 1557-61 Howard.

Coming up:
* RPBA Dinner Crawl on March 28. This event was well received last year.
* Chess - opening at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre.

Support our local restaurants and theatres – and the Jarvis Square businesses as well. VTone fitness is an affordable workout option.

Please make an effort to remove snow and ice from your sidewalks and unclog your storm drains along the curb. This makes it much safer and easier for everyone trying to get around the neighborhood without slipping and falling, or having problems with moats at the curbs.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

congratulations to Shani Davis!

As the Olympics come to a close, I'd like to offer my congratulations to Shani Davis on his speed skating medals. He represented Chicago very well. His mother, Cherie, must be very proud right now.

Friday, February 26, 2010

proposed new development at 1557-61 Howard

Joe Moore recently held a public meeting concerning a development proposal for Howard Street. From what I'm hearing, it appears that there's a significant hidden agenda to this proposal, and that it may not really benefit Howard St.

How many of us have asked over and over and over again over many years for retail aimed at the middle class, who currently go out of the neighborhood or out of the city for much of what they need? How many would like to see more jobs in the neighborhood? Apparently Joe Moore and his cronies are still not getting the message. *sigh*

What's your $0.02 on this proposal?

sneaky virus - updated

UPDATE: Since I posted this yesterday, I heard from a friend who is a system admin at a large company. She recommends a different set of steps. See below.

Recently (Feb 2010) some acquaintances who are experienced users have gotten a computer virus. It comes through a pop-up window, and it's very hard to remove! I'm not sure EXACTLY how to avoid it, but here's my best advice:

When surfing the internet you may suddenly encounter a pop-up screen that says your computer is infected with a virus. It looks like it is scanning your system. It may also ask whether you want to continue the scan.

* Do NOT click ANYTHING on the pop-up window!
* Do NOT click the X to close the pop-up window.
* Do a control-alt-delete and end the task.
* Download malwarebytes' anti-malware software and follow the instructions.

My friend the sysadmin says she's fixed several computers that were infected with malware.

Here's a New York Times article the addresses the same (or a similar) problem. Let's all be safe out there!

non sequitur Friday

Two from the Polkaholics:

In Heaven There is no Beer
I am a Polkaholic


Friday, February 19, 2010

non sequitur Friday

It's all about randomness....

Friday, February 12, 2010

non sequitur Friday

It's all about randomness...

Laissez les bon temps roulez!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

free movies for the kids this Saturday

Joe Moore has teamed up with The New 400 Theaters (6746 N. Sheridan) to present an early matinee of four different family movies FREE OF CHARGE at 10 a.m. this Saturday 2/13:

* Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
* Where the Wild Things Are
* Kung Fu Panda
* Monsters vs. Aliens

In addition to the free movies, there will be free popcorn and soda!

The doors will open at 9:30 a.m. You will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Seating is limited, so please arrive early.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

sidewalks are not a luxury

They are one of our most basic forms of transportation. People need to be able to walk to the train, the bus, shopping, etc. Got neighbors who don't shovel their sidewalks? Give 'em a hint. If they don't get the hint, call 311.

Monday, February 08, 2010

NY Times article

In case you haven't seen it, the New York Times ran a nice travel piece on Rogers Park. Very cool!

CAPS meeting, beat 2422

Got concerns about what's happening in the neighborhood? If you live in Beat 2422, your next CAPS meeting is at 7 p.m. on 2/11 at the Gateway senior building, 7450 N. Rogers. Come to the meeting. Speak up about your concerns. Meet some of your police officers and more of your neighbors. Get informed about what's happening. Your input can make a difference. 312-744-6321

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Jazz Links jam session on 2/10

The Jazz Institute of Chicago presents a Jazz Links jam session on Wednesday 2/10. Students get an opportunity to perform with world-class professionals in the Jazz Links house band, led by pianist Ken Chaney. These sessions are both an educational experience for the students and an inter-generational community event, where parents, teachers, students and the general public witness the development of young talent before their eyes and ears.

Come on out and support the next generation of jazz talent in Chicago. If you know any young musicians looking to meet jazz musicians their age and get a chance to play with some of the best talent in Chicago, tell them to bring their instruments.

Come to Randolph St. Cafe in the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E Randolph at 5 p.m. on 2/10 and enjoy. Free admission.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Bike Winter Swap Meet and Urban Bike Expo

Join, UIC College of Cycling, Active Transportation Alliance, and Big Shoulders Realty for the first annual Bike Winter Swap Meet and Urban Bike Expo. This is the place to pick up great deals on used bike parts, handmade bike clothing, store overstocks, and all things bike related. There will be a full house of exhibit tables filled with a fantastic sampling of local shops, non-profit groups, individual sellers, powder coaters, bike clubs, bicycling and public transportation advocacies and much, much more. Come for the presentations and a fast-round action-auction at the end.

After the Swap/Expo, stay for the Break the Gridlock bike advocacy social.

What: Bike Winter Swap Meet and Urban Bike Expo
When: Saturday 2/6/10 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Jaks Tap, 901 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago
How Much: $5 suggested donation

Saturday, January 30, 2010

RPGG garden grants

Interested in gardening a space in the public way in 2010? The RPGG can assist with funding and guidance. Visit the Rogers Park Garden Group web site to download the application form now and get a jump on your spring green dreams. The application deadline is Feb. 15.

Friday, January 29, 2010

non sequitur Friday

It's all about randomness. TGIF!