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.