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.