Aug 16

Updated Aug 19

West Loop needs bodega

We need a bodega in the west loop, west of Racine and south of Washington. Currently residents in the area have precious few if any options to purchase basic foodstuffs without trekking several blocks. Walkability is key to this neighborhood's success.

  • NAFSBUC Walking my Fitbit and Flatcoat 10k steps/day

    The Ashland, Ogden, Monroe area is sooo under served. I just don't understand it. Why Walgreens on Western and zilch on Ashland or Damen...grrr

  • A CVS store would be ideal. Right now you need to take public transportation or drive to get to these CVS locations:

    1. Western and Chicago Avenue
    2. Roosevelt and Racine
    3. Madison and Kedzie
    4. Odgen and Chicago Avenue
    5. Western and Division (by the Chicago Fire Department)

    I am surprise CVS did not bid/least the Madison and Ashland lot (former Kentucky Fried Chicken location).

Aug 16

Updated Aug 17

News stand needed in west end of West Loop

The West Loop is a virtual newspaper/bookstore desert, especially when compared to other well-to-do Chicago neighborhoods. There's still a sizable population for printed newspapers from across the nation and throughout the world. We need a good news stand, west of Racine.

  • NAFSBUC Walking my Fitbit and Flatcoat 10k steps/day

    Can not even buy a Tribune on the street corner or at BlueLine west of Halsted. So annoying

Aug 12

Pershing East back to school August 29, 2014

Back to School Event at Pershing East 8/29/14

We are looking for people to help Barbaque 8/29 at the Pershing Picnic.
If you can grill a hot dog this is you.
Please contact the office if you are available. Call 773-534-9272


773-534-9272



773-534-9272
Please contact the office if you are available.


773-534-9272
Please Please contact the office if you are available.
Hey come for just 2-3 hours...

773-534-9272
Shalom

Aug 11

Updated Aug 12

Roof/Porch Program

Important change to the upcoming 2015 Roof and Repair Program, which provides grants for emergency roof and porch repairs on behalf of income-eligible applicants.
The start date for the 2015 round of roof and porch applications is being moved to Thursday, September 4, 2014. On that day, residents will be able to initiate the application process by calling 311 starting at 9:00a.m.
Calls will no longer be accepted on the first business day of the New Year, as in the previous year. All other guidelines for the program will remain the same and applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first served basis.

Jul 25

Updated Jul 26

Big news from the near west side

http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2014/07/22/illinois-medical-district-approves-300m-gateway-project.php

The Illinois Medical District Commission has approved a plan to construct a $300 million development that will include a hotel, retail space, office space, a residential tower, and a parking structure. The Epstein-designed project totals 1.16 million square feet, made up of a 10 story, 225-room hotel; 92,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space; 16 story, 200-rental unit apartment building; 224,000 square feet of multi-family housing; 100,000 square feet of laboratory space; 88,000 square foot medical office building;...

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http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2014/07/22/illinois-medical-district-approves-300m-gateway-project.php

The Illinois Medical District Commission has approved a plan to construct a $300 million development that will include a hotel, retail space, office space, a residential tower, and a parking structure. The Epstein-designed project totals 1.16 million square feet, made up of a 10 story, 225-room hotel; 92,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space; 16 story, 200-rental unit apartment building; 224,000 square feet of multi-family housing; 100,000 square feet of laboratory space; 88,000 square foot medical office building; and 40,000 square feet of "urban farm greenhouses". The IMDC has been working for years to find a suitable project to fill nearly 9.5 acres of vacant land, hoping to bring more life to the district dominated by hospitals and medical facilities, and after a request for proposals, have approved this plan. The $300 million tab will be picked up by the project's developers. Construction is slated to begin in spring of 2015.

  • Do you know where this will be?

  • NAFSBUC Walking my Fitbit and Flatcoat 10k steps/day

    On the vacant land at Ogden/Damen/Harrison near Stroger Hospital

Jul 19

Fwd: FW: Entry-Level Firefighter/EMT Exam Application

The City of Chicago is pleased to inform you that the application period for the entry-level Firefighter/EMT exam started July 16, 2014 and will run through September 16. This is the period of time when applicants can sign up for the exam, which will be administered on December 13 and 14, 2014. In 2006, the age to sit for the exam was 19 and the age to enter the academy was 20. We have lowered the age to sit for...

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The City of Chicago is pleased to inform you that the application period for the entry-level Firefighter/EMT exam started July 16, 2014 and will run through September 16. This is the period of time when applicants can sign up for the exam, which will be administered on December 13 and 14, 2014. In 2006, the age to sit for the exam was 19 and the age to enter the academy was 20. We have lowered the age to sit for the exam and enter the academy to 18. It is our hope that younger individuals who get on the eligibility list will be motivated to attend college and stay out of trouble and will find a sense of opportunity about their futures.

Attached is the job announcement, as well as the FAQ’s, which provides all of the key information about the application process and the exam. In case you’d like to cut-and-paste the link to the application website, here it is: www.cityofchicago.org/FireApplication. The website also contains links to additional information.

During the posting period, applicants can call (312) 744-4976 or email fire-application@cityofchicago.org with any questions or concerns, and they can also seek assistance in Room 100 in City Hall.

We have also modified the way candidates can apply for Veterans Preference. Applicants may apply for Veterans Preference at any time, even after the posting has closed. There is no longer a cutoff date for the submission of documents showing eligibility for Veterans Preference. However, the later the preference is applied for, the later it will be applied. Detailed instructions on how to apply for the Veterans Preference are included in the attached FAQs.

Fire Commissioner, Chicago Fire Department

Commissioner, Department of Human Resources

Jul 18

Site Maintenance - 7/19 at 9 p.m.

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Jul 17

Bringing chess back to the city of Chicago

The Near West Side is one of the neighborhoods being considered as a home for the Chicago Chess Center:

http://dnainfo.com/chicago/20140717/downtown/chess-players-want-central-downtown-club

Jul 10

Thank You, IVI-IPO

I thank IVI-IPO for giving me the Saul Mendelson Award for Social Justice last night. When I read the very brief synopsis of his life and what he was able to achieve, I am truly humbled. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1998-03-16/news/9803160089_1_mr-mendelson-pancreatic-american-labor-council

Jul 06

Updated Jul 07

Any good news in West Garfield Park?

I bought a property here ten years ago and have not seen much improvement. I live in the building. I hope that the Lot Program, or whatever it is called, which allowed EGP residents a shot at buying vacant lots for a buck moves into WGP. There are at least 6 vacant lots on my block. Gardens!

  • There is something called the "Large Lot" program which offers vacant lots for sale for 1 dollar with a maximum purchase of 2. You have to live at and own a property on the block where this is being offered. EGP started taking applications for lot purchases on July 1st. If that is where you reside, I wouldn't waste any time!

  • Taj's page are envirnoment dose not define who we are.

    Thank you so much.
    I'm on it now!

Jul 04

KICS Cup is an Annual International Youth Soccer Cup

7/21-7/26 at Dunbar Park. We will need Field Marshals (the person who checks team rosters/player passes before the game), concession help and hospitality help.

KICS Cup is an annual international youth soccer cup to the heart of the city focused on competition, camaraderie and cultural exchange. Our mission is to offer soccer opportunities for youth locally, nationally and internationally through programs like the Chicago KICS Cup and the Chicago KICS Community League while also improving infrastructure here in the city. This years' tournament should be exciting with 80-100 teams from Italy, Ghana, Ethiopia, China, Mexico, Guatemala, Canada, Colombia, Puerto Rico and the US.

More details at www.kicscup.com .
Our promotional video can be seen at https://vimeo.com/90064622

Jun 30

Best One-Woman Think Tank

I am deeply honored to have been included in the Chicago Reader's annual "Best of Chicago" edition as the Best One-Woman Think Tank. Here is a link to the article. http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/best-one-woman-think-tank/BestOf?oid=13795522

Jun 29

Updated Jun 30

Madison/Green - Did this building get approved?

HI..just saw this on Everyblock:

http://chicago.everyblock.com/building-permits/jun25-permit-issued-new-construction-6222755/?utm_campaign=digest&utm_medium=email&utm_source=digest

A 17 story building got a permit for construction for Madison/Green. Did I miss that this got approved?

  • It sounds like this was the project. But I hadn't heard about the approval or voting meeting, either.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130828/west-loop/west-loop-high-rise-will-stand-17-stories-tallest-neighborhood

    I wouldn't be so concerned about high buildings if anyone in the area had a plan to limit them to closer to the Loop, but planning seems to be non-existent here. There needs to be a more defined commercial vs residential zone in the West Loop and that isn't happening, either.

  • That was another Burnett deal with Taxman, the developer. Right after Taxman got the green light from the city (basically Burnett), he turned around and sold the land, meaning a completely different looking structure can now go in as long as it doesn't exceed the approved height limits, etc

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