Jan 21

Craft Beer For Charity!

The Forever Kids Foundation will host its 1st Annual Sophisticated Palate: Unplugged fundraiser this Saturday, January 24, 2015 at The Beer Bistro North in Chicago, IL. Proceeds from the event will benefit Make Your Mark, The Mark Staehely Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Event attendees will be treated to a 6 course dinner featuring select craft beers from The Beer Bistro North’s extensive menu perfectly paired with small plates, created by Chef Monica Sharma of Red Butter Chicago. Live music will be...

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The Forever Kids Foundation will host its 1st Annual Sophisticated Palate: Unplugged fundraiser this Saturday, January 24, 2015 at The Beer Bistro North in Chicago, IL. Proceeds from the event will benefit Make Your Mark, The Mark Staehely Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Event attendees will be treated to a 6 course dinner featuring select craft beers from The Beer Bistro North’s extensive menu perfectly paired with small plates, created by Chef Monica Sharma of Red Butter Chicago. Live music will be provided by rising star, Jon Conover. Jon’s music offers a little something for everyone, with a blend of rock, blues and soul.

Discounted tickets are available now through EventBrite. Use the discount code FUNDTHEFIGHT to get 25% off ticket prices and sponsorships. Seats are limited and this discount will end Thursday, January 22 so order your tickets before they are gone! Can't make the event but want to help? Donations are always appreciated, visit Forever Kids Foundation's website to give today!

Jan 04

Chicago's Christmas tree recycling program

The City is hosting it's annual Christmas tree recycling program from Saturday, January 3rd through Saturday, January 17th. Residents can drop-off their Christmas trees at any of the 23 Park District locations listed below to be recycled.

Forestry Crews from the Department of Streets and Sanitation will chip Christmas trees into free mulch for residents. Limited amounts of free mulch will be available for residents to collect from all tree drop-off locations beginning on Friday, January 10.

Please do not...

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The City is hosting it's annual Christmas tree recycling program from Saturday, January 3rd through Saturday, January 17th. Residents can drop-off their Christmas trees at any of the 23 Park District locations listed below to be recycled.

Forestry Crews from the Department of Streets and Sanitation will chip Christmas trees into free mulch for residents. Limited amounts of free mulch will be available for residents to collect from all tree drop-off locations beginning on Friday, January 10.

Please do not dispose of your Christmas trees in the alley. A tree left in the alley is a fire hazard and will not be recycled.

Christmas Tree Recycling drop-off locations:
Bessemer Park, 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
Clark Park, 3400 North Rockwell St.
Forestry Site, 900 E. 103rd St.
Garfield Park, 100 North Central Park Ave.
Grant Park, 900 S. Columbus Dr.
Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1369 N. Sacramento Ave.
Jackson Park, 6300 South Cornell Ave.Kennedy Park, 2427 W. 113th St.
Kelvyn Park, 4438 W. Wrightwood Ave.
Lake Meadows Park, 3117 South Rhodes Ave.
LincolnPark, Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Ave. (Parking lot east of Cannon Dr.)
Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Dr.
Marquette Park, 6700 S. Kedzie Ave.
McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St.
North Park Village, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.
Norwood Park, 5801 N. Natoma Ave.
Portage Park, 4100 N. Long Ave.
Riis Park, 6201 W. Wrightwood Ave.
Rowan Park, 11546 S. Avenue L
Sheridan Park, 910 S. Aberdeen St.
Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Ave.
Wentworth Park, 5701 S. Narragansett Ave.

Jul 17

Updated Jan 04

Drainage specialist?

We have an older building that is suffering this rainy season. Does anyone has recommendation on effective, established company specializing in sump pumps/drainage and old buildings?!

  • Call Jeff at The Plumbing Department, Inc. He has worked on several vintage buildings for me in the past and is great ! 773-617-3686

  • Chelsey New to RANCH Triangle.

    Thanks @Hank!

Dec 07

Updated Dec 09

Update on the North Branch Industrial Corridor: Finkl, Guttman and Lakin

North Branch Works recently held a meeting about their plan for the land along the Chicago River near Webster and Cortland (formerly occupied by Finkl & Sons Co., A. Lakin & Sons and the Gutmann Tannery). I wanted to share my notes from the meeting for those who were not able to attend.

Last November, the EPA awarded a grant to North Branch Works and to the Delta Institute to develop a plan for the North Branch Industrial Corridor. North...

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North Branch Works recently held a meeting about their plan for the land along the Chicago River near Webster and Cortland (formerly occupied by Finkl & Sons Co., A. Lakin & Sons and the Gutmann Tannery). I wanted to share my notes from the meeting for those who were not able to attend.

Last November, the EPA awarded a grant to North Branch Works and to the Delta Institute to develop a plan for the North Branch Industrial Corridor. North Branch Works already held two public meetings, the third and final meeting will be in the spring, and has met with neighborhood groups, chambers of commerce, and various ward and city offices to gather feedback about what would be a best fit for the area.

Their main recommendation is to keep the land zoned as a Planned Manufacturing District (PMD), meaning it would not be rezoned for residential buildings. Their focus is to keep jobs in the area with possible redevelopment aiming at professional, scientific or technical business. Some examples of this are large corporate research and development sites, new tech (3D printing, prototype work), wholesale trades, industrial assembly, loft office spaces, breweries, or food production.

Many concerns were raised regarding the current traffic issues and bike safety issues in the area, and there are efforts in the plan to create better traffic flow between neighborhoods. While the plan has not been finalized, there was discussion on expanding the bridges (and restrictions holding parts of that plan back), expanding the Bloomingdale trail to connect to the area, reviving the Clybourn bus or adding more public transit, and extending Southport farther south for traffic flow.

Preservation Chicago would like to save some of the North Branch Industrial Corridor, citing that these buildings hold a significant history in the expansion of Chicago's industrial landscape.

For more info, please feel free to email me at stevefor2ndward@gmail.com

  • Bethopulos City gal

    This sounds really exciting. That area needs a face lift from a commercial and structural standpoint, and I think the committee is on the right track with their ideas. Thanks for sharing!!

  • I think it would be wise to look at the crime levels in Bucktown, where this "trail" will run next to residential second story windows, balconies and internal staircases, before proposing it being extended. I hope they preserve the North Branch Works area for non-polluting, labor intensive industry. The city needs more full time, above-minimum-wage jobs for its residents.

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