Apr 18

Updated Apr 19

But it's okay if we do it...

So, last night (Monday the 17th) the No Rogers Park Target folks had themselves a little community get together led by the intrepid President of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce. A lavish taste of Rogers Park feast was had. Residents were empowered to draw their feelings.

Points were made. Many of them rather ridiculous and misleading, but made nevertheless. One of the biggest and most oft-cited reasons to be against the Target development is that it will include a...

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So, last night (Monday the 17th) the No Rogers Park Target folks had themselves a little community get together led by the intrepid President of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce. A lavish taste of Rogers Park feast was had. Residents were empowered to draw their feelings.

Points were made. Many of them rather ridiculous and misleading, but made nevertheless. One of the biggest and most oft-cited reasons to be against the Target development is that it will include a grocery component which will be detrimental two of our local grocers- Morse Fresh Market and Devon Market.

One wonders why it is then that the RPCoC President hasn’t tried to spearhead any opposition to the Rogers Park Food Co-Op? By its very nature, a food co-op would be in much greater direct competition with our local grocers (seeking to have at least 1,200 members at the time of opening… members who presumably shop local now and would then no doubt spend much less money at Morse or Devon.)

So why have we heard nothing from the RPCoC about the Rogers Park Food Co-Op effort?

http://www.rogersparkfoodcoop.com/billmortonpromo

Oh. So I guess it’s okay to try to take business away from our existing local grocers, but only if you do it in a way that the “progressives” in Rogers Park approve of (or can potentially profit from, like Bill Morton would stand to do as a shareholder of the Rogers Park Co-Op.)

    Bill Morton at Rogers Park Food Co-op
    http://www.rogersparkfoodcoop.com
  • Ines Sommer 20+ years in RP

    The proposed Target at that super busy intersection looks like a huge favor to Loyola and their students so that they don't have to travel further than across the street to do their shopping. It makes Loyola look like an even safer bet to tuition-paying parents if students are kept...

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    The proposed Target at that super busy intersection looks like a huge favor to Loyola and their students so that they don't have to travel further than across the street to do their shopping. It makes Loyola look like an even safer bet to tuition-paying parents if students are kept as close to campus as possible. Everybody else in RP seems to be just fine shopping at the Target on Peterson...

    The food coop point is misleading -- students live here temporarily and usually don't connect with neighborhood concerns or initiatives all that much. That's true for students everywhere, so not a criticism of Loyola students. So the likelihood that they would be very active members of a neighborhood food coop is pretty slim. When I go to Devon Market, a big portion of their shoppers seem to be students, so I understand why the owner fears that the Target will be very bad for his business. Students will dash across the street to buy the basics at the Target and not walk an extra 3 or 4 blocks to buy milk.

    IMHO that whole stretch of shops on Sheridan adjacent to Loyola already looks incredibly generic because many of them are franchises. The Target would fit right in and make it feel like any strip mall in America. Probably makes students feel like they're back home in suburbia...

  • Moah hit the nail on the head. Both guys from the chamber, the one with the tie and the one wearing the priest outfit, were more focused on throwing shade at the Alderman than they were on anything else. It smacked of amateur street theater mixed with grudge politics pure...

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    Moah hit the nail on the head. Both guys from the chamber, the one with the tie and the one wearing the priest outfit, were more focused on throwing shade at the Alderman than they were on anything else. It smacked of amateur street theater mixed with grudge politics pure and simple. On a positive note, the Draw Your Dream thing was pretty novel. This might be the first time that Crayola drawings on colored paper will be submitted, along with signatures on petition sheets, to voice opposition to a proposed development. That was a cute touch.

Apr 16

Film Fest in Rogers Park

Hi neighbors!

My wife and I just moved to Rogers Park, returning to Chicago after almost 4 yrs in LA. We both work in the film industry as well as run Chicago Comedy Film Festival. For the past 2 yrs and now into our 3rd we've been at the New 400. We just love the area. :)

Although the event itself isn't until November I wanted to make you aware of the fest. Last year we had Jane Lynch hanging...

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Hi neighbors!

My wife and I just moved to Rogers Park, returning to Chicago after almost 4 yrs in LA. We both work in the film industry as well as run Chicago Comedy Film Festival. For the past 2 yrs and now into our 3rd we've been at the New 400. We just love the area. :)

Although the event itself isn't until November I wanted to make you aware of the fest. Last year we had Jane Lynch hanging out with us in the neighborhood! We screen 80+ projects from short clips to features. We give passes to over 200 local entertainment professionals and have 700+ fun-loving movie goers.

Right now were looking for partners like restaurants, educational organizations or similar to team with us on promotions, marketing and resource sharing. If you work for or own a business that would like to be a fiscal sponsor of the festival, get in touch. Need a summer internship? Let's talk! Closer to the festival we look for volunteers, more interns, gift bag donations and of course movie lovers that dig international indie comedy film!

Visit us at www.Chicagocomedyfilmfestival.com for some additional info. Email admin@chicagocomedyfilmfestival.com for more details.
Thanks!

    Welcome to the 5th Annual Chicago Comedy Film Festival
    Chicago Comedy Film Festival is an annual event. The festival accepts shorts, features, web series, and student works.
    http://www.chicagocomedyfilmfestival.com

Apr 14

Updated Apr 14

need to install a chain link fence

We need a chain link fence installed in the area.
Does anyone know of a good installer?

Apr 07

Updated Apr 07

    Black Dog Gelato Set To Serve Sweets In Rogers Park This Summer
    ROGERS PARK - A new seasonal gelato stand is coming to Rogers Park this summer. Black Dog Gelato is owned by long-time neighborhood resident Jessica Oloroso, who opened her first shop a few years ago in Wicker Park but also serves up gelato at two downtown locations.
    https://www.dnainfo.com

Apr 02

SmackDab's new location now open

Looks like Rogers Park's beloved and highly successful bakery SmackDab has opened its new home location at 6730 N. Clark, right below McDonalds. And it appears they are keeping their Glenwood location open as well.

http://smackdabchicago.com/

https://www.facebook.com/smackdabchicago/

    https://www.facebook.com

Mar 05

Updated Mar 11

What's the deal?

I've only lived in RP for four years, so I guess I missed some of the drama. I'm perplexed by the hate toward the RP Chamber. I understand that many "progressives" don't care for Chambers of Commerce. But the vitriol here (and throwing a brick through a window) is on a different level. What's the history between you folks?

  • Equally wonderful that you and Live seem to want to compete with him for the title.

  • Pedro Garciano Runner, bodybuilder, healthy eating.

    Live, "progressives" are people that LOVE big government and to have lots of government regulations, except when it comes to abortion.

Mar 02

Updated Mar 04

Midnight Mac & Cheeserie?

Anyone have any info on the new spot opening up at the old Growling Rabbit location?

https://www.facebook.com/midnightmac/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

  • JMG

    We turned up at growling rabbit just after closing time one cold afternoon. Despite the cafe being closed and the staff being busy we were made welcome and were brought inside so we could get coffees to go etc.
    I was really impressed with the kind welcome and the staff who went out of their way to make sure we didn't leave disappointed.

    I wish continued success for growling rabbit in their new location and success for the new businesses that open in the space at Sheridan and Lunt.

  • The GR certainly had a lot of customers who were treated right, but not if they lived close to it. I live in the same building that the GR was in, lived there 23 yrs. I would go into the GR usually with other neighbors when there were no other...

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    The GR certainly had a lot of customers who were treated right, but not if they lived close to it. I live in the same building that the GR was in, lived there 23 yrs. I would go into the GR usually with other neighbors when there were no other customers to order coffee. The owner would be sitting chatting with a friend. After waiting for a cup of coffee for 30 minutes, we would have to remind them of our orders when there were no other customers. That happened three times, and the owner sat across from us and did nothing. The fourth time I went there, they tried to get me to pay twice after I gave them a nice tip, and then they yelled through the crowded restaurant twice, "Did he pay?" The friend I met there said it was the worst service he had ever seen. And again, no response from the owner on Yelp.

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