13 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Indie a Go Go

Uptgown...if you want an entertainment district it is up to you, not politicians who think it means more billboards, boulder-ing health clubs, and bench-free people plazas.

A new theater group is going to be based right here in Uptown soon. The shows will be in Mason Hall in the Preston Bradley Center directly above my easel.
They have an IndieGoGo campaing going, over half the way there with about $3600. This was filmed in the Mason Hall.
We were all...

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Uptgown...if you want an entertainment district it is up to you, not politicians who think it means more billboards, boulder-ing health clubs, and bench-free people plazas.

A new theater group is going to be based right here in Uptown soon. The shows will be in Mason Hall in the Preston Bradley Center directly above my easel.
They have an IndieGoGo campaing going, over half the way there with about $3600. This was filmed in the Mason Hall.
We were all up there yesterday and later today painting the space, also filming for the next crowd-sourcing campaign to replace the lighting grid that was stolen by the Pastime theater group recently. I suspect the pricey grid is in Birmingham Alabama but...what can ya do?
This is a talented group of performing artists, a fun crowd, if you can help support the arts in Uptown in this very direct manner please do and/or share.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/down-the-moonlit-path

13 hours ago

New Uptown Community Group Forming

Do you live within or near the area defined by Sheridan to Clark....Montrose to Lawrence?

We are forming a new neighborhood association to organize events, network resources, and whatever else it takes to improve the community.

A vibrant and strong community begins with strong and vibrant relationships.

https://www.facebook.com/sheridanparkneighbors

We will be having the first meet up in the community after the election dust settles, please visit the Sheridan Park Neighbors facebook page to keep up. Or if facebook is not your thing, kindly send your email contact info to jeffreylittleton2@gmail.com for updates.

Enjoy your weekend Uptown.

4 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Public Art by Etsy?

Has anybody else noticed the artwork at Larence Redline?

Ald. Cappleman says it reflects the "diversity" of the "ward" but I am not seeing it. It is kind of folksy, whimsical, and uses arabic geometry in some of the pieces.

But most of all it seems cheap. The budget was $20,000-30,000 and the city with nary a peep of protest from the Alderman Art-Critique overlooked the local Chicago artists to give the commission to an artist in....Alabama. Talk ois cheap,...

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Has anybody else noticed the artwork at Larence Redline?

Ald. Cappleman says it reflects the "diversity" of the "ward" but I am not seeing it. It is kind of folksy, whimsical, and uses arabic geometry in some of the pieces.

But most of all it seems cheap. The budget was $20,000-30,000 and the city with nary a peep of protest from the Alderman Art-Critique overlooked the local Chicago artists to give the commission to an artist in....Alabama. Talk ois cheap, politicians like Cappleman say they support artists, here was an opportunity lost.

While Argyle station in Osterman's ward got a beautiful glazed ceramic and glass piece by local talent Lynn Basa...we got...

A laser-cut PVC sheet of folksy bugs and stylized plants. PVC the same stuff we use for drains. The work is covered in cheap plexiglass about 3/8th of an inch. It is very prone to scratching, clouding, and breaking off eventually. At the very least it needs more clamp screws please.

The cut-outs are "open work", so is the metal mesh of the stair-wall the art is installed upon. The juxtaposition of these two completely unrelated patterns seems like a lack of foresight. The artist can be forgiven for that she lives in Alabama after all, I am sure the artist never intended for her work to compete with wire mesh..

This is what we get? This is going to be the art that hangs in one of the gateways to the "Entertainment District" which is proposed?

The community needs to have a serious discussion of what we want this "District" to become. For the budget we could have done a LOT better then this. So many artists submitted how did this happen?

*photo and quote below courtesy of Ald. Cappleman's twitter feed.

AlderTweet....."A shout out to the @cta for the new art installation at Lawrence L. All the pieces reflect the diversity of the area."

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Artist

    Well...that is the project on hold downtown with the planning department. Not everyone is as impressed.

    I hope Lowell gets to do his color wheel design, but yea...its on hold buddy with th planning dept.

    What do you like about the Lawrence CTA art...besides that its not grafitti?

    It is unimpressive and low quality materials. Public art needs to be durable at the very least.

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Artist

    I will take the non-answer as....not much.

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Thoughts on Bad Dog being Gone?

What are the thoughts on Bad Dog Tavern being shuttered?

  • They were always understaffed for lunch on that patio. Only one server for a LOT of tables on weekdays. Also, their kitchen vent clearly hadn't been cleaned for a while and there was a grease stain about 8 feet long along the exterior wall facing the patio. Just gross.

  • Botkin Kinch: the knife-blade

    I got the worst food poisoning of my life from their ahi tuna tacos. It was a very memorable experience.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Donating magazines, any ideas?

We have several magazine subscriptions and are looking to donate many months worth rather than recycle them. Does anyone have any ideas of where we can donate them in our community?

  • Wendy Small-town living in the big city

    + 1 for Ravenswood Community Services. 1757 W. Wilson!

  • Also, the Lakeview YMCA takes donated magazines, I think.

Feb 22

Updated 4 days ago

CappleTruthing #46thward

Below is a photo of one of Cappleman's mailers.

He is quoting a crime trend fro a full 10 years before he was elected in 2011.

See it for yourself it it curious.

This is also disingenuous and sneaky in my opinion.

#CappleNumbers #46thward

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Vote for Cappleman!!

Get out and vote today. James Cappleman is moving the 46th Ward forward in the right direction!

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Here we go again...another shooting.

What is going on in Sheridan Park?? It seems Uptown shootings have been moving west of Broadway with more regularity. Another shooting which is perhaps retaliation to the Malden shooting a few days ago. I frequent the area and occasionally see some shady folks but I've never felt uncomfortable. Where are these people coming from?http://www.uptownupdate.com/2015/02/man-shot-on-4700-block-of-beacon.html?m=1

  • sidishus miscreant

    Also...The Non profits running these gang incubators need to fbe forced into some accountability as well.

    Its a right lucrative (non) profitable business they are in and their willful deliberate blindness to the problem of gangs finding safe have in their properties like 4650 Malden should no longer be tolerated.

    But you won't see Ryne outside One Northside or Voice of the People protesting with his bullhorn will yah?

    Nope. Doesn't fit his ideological agenda or the interests he has linked to.

    Meanwhile, its the poor who suffer the most...

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Sid the Scab wants to help the poor with right-to-work laws and no minimum wages!

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Cappleman the Deciever

Alderman Cappleman is mailing a flier with an abstract of facts that have nothing to do with him but much worse is presented in a very deceptive manner.

The alderman is using a cheap tactic, splashy random numbers with the truth in fine print

The claim is that vehicle thefts and sexual assaults are down 20%.

The trend is over fourteen (14) years.

Cappleman has only been in office for four years since 2011...not 2001.

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Alderman Cappleman is mailing a flier with an abstract of facts that have nothing to do with him but much worse is presented in a very deceptive manner.

The alderman is using a cheap tactic, splashy random numbers with the truth in fine print

The claim is that vehicle thefts and sexual assaults are down 20%.

The trend is over fourteen (14) years.

Cappleman has only been in office for four years since 2011...not 2001.

This type of slickness is a sickness in our political syatem, nothing new it needs to be rejected.

#ThisHappenedBeforeIWasElected

#UGotCapplemanned

#ThisIsWhatCapplemanLooksLike

#DishonestPolitician

#CappleCampaignCharade

Cappleman is quoting a crime trend for the 14 years of 2001-2015 (for vehicle theft and sexual assaults).

Cappleman has only been in office for 4 of those years 2001-2015.

Question:
Why would he do that? It is deceptive use of facts and fine print.

Question:
Why would he only quote two sub-categories of crime? There are more common cromes which have been happening...like robbery, home invasion and shootings resulting in injury and death. Why no mention?

Please vote for Amy Crawford we deserve better then this.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Cappleman is the reverse HeyJackass!

Feb 21

Updated Feb 22

Feb 21

Updated Feb 22

Happy New Year

Gong Hey Fat Choy Uptown

Feb 19

Updated Feb 19

UptownChicago.Rocks registers #46thWard hashtag

Held in trust for the people of Uptown and Lakeview not corporations and big-money!

http://twubs.com/46thWard

Feb 17

Updated Feb 18

Know your Candidates (46th Ward)

Below are links to short, 7 or 8 minutes, interviews with Avy Meyers of the North Town News Network.

Avy interviewed Amy Crawford last month and Denice Davis more recently. Alderman Cappleman has had over 8 years an open invitation to appear and has not. So I went on the show and talked about him.

Denice Davis Interview:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2umQWIWqNc

Amy Crawford Interview:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKE20VPRM50

Non-Candidate Littleton Interview:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O02HtgBr1Do

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Avy may not get a lot of views on YouTube, but he is on cable. I don't see why anyone running for office wouldn't appear on his show.

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Artist

    Most of the old timers watch his show on cable. He also publishes Jewish Times that is how they know when to tune in.
    He doesn't have a wide reach but a very direct reach.
    There are some very large buildings in the ward that get a bundle of Jewish Times and those papers have readers.

Feb 17

Updated Feb 17

Cappleman Donor Proposes Abomination

A campaign contributer for Alderman James Cappeman (46) is calling it in by proposing to build a cheesy suburban building on top of a histois terracotta gem of a building.

His name is Gassman, he builds cheap an example is in process on 4500 Block of Beacon.

The building he is proposing to re-engineer Shaumburg-style is at 3800 Sheridan , the one with the terracotta eagles that are faded out in the rendering because it will appear in real life...

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A campaign contributer for Alderman James Cappeman (46) is calling it in by proposing to build a cheesy suburban building on top of a histois terracotta gem of a building.

His name is Gassman, he builds cheap an example is in process on 4500 Block of Beacon.

The building he is proposing to re-engineer Shaumburg-style is at 3800 Sheridan , the one with the terracotta eagles that are faded out in the rendering because it will appear in real life an abomination if this happens.

There is nothing wrong with building up when done right it happens all the time. Gassman cannot do it. A four-figured donation to the alderman is a lot cheaper then doing it right. The alderman said two Sunday's ago business donors give to him because they know he "has their back...: and it shows.

Judge for yourself my friends and neighbors.

http://www.uptownupdate.com/2015/02/new-rendering-for-redevelopment-of-3800.html

Feb 09

Updated Feb 17

Alderman Cappleman's Big Lie Sunday

After the forum on Sunday the next one should be far more informational then with the Alderman up there vomiting the same lies. To say he fell flat Sunday would be an understatement, falling flat is ok, the outright lies another thing.

I could type out one by one.....but this one......really stood out to me since I am close to it.

Cappleman said he helped out the Peoples Church/Preston Bradley Center stay open. He took credit for the artists spaces...

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After the forum on Sunday the next one should be far more informational then with the Alderman up there vomiting the same lies. To say he fell flat Sunday would be an understatement, falling flat is ok, the outright lies another thing.

I could type out one by one.....but this one......really stood out to me since I am close to it.

Cappleman said he helped out the Peoples Church/Preston Bradley Center stay open. He took credit for the artists spaces in the PBC.

Complete B.S.

I have one of those studios, I am going to give you some straight up info.

1. Cappleman was dead wrong about "saving" the Peoples Church from that high-rise sprinkler law that never happened. WRONG...the building is exempt. Besides any action he took against the passage of that law would have been a response to the 1000's of resident in older high-rises in Uptown and North Lakeview who raised bloody he**. So no he did not save the building by "defeating" that law along with the rest of the city council.

2. The zoning change...complete B.S. he was a pain in the you know what, he tried to use the simple request to leverage a "good neighbor" agreement that would have meant the church signing over to him some of their rights as a church. Nice guy.

It was just a simple zoning change to allow more entertainment upstairs from the church.

The "aldermanic" delay caused all kinds of needless hassles that led in part to the folding of the Pastime Theater group. Remember that next time he talks about the entertainment district and all of the wonderful things he does.

Uptown with CappleTalker has lost two theater groups (Annoyance, Pastime), and has gained one (Uptown Underground). That would be a net loss of 1 right?

So Cappleman wants to take credit for everything that is fine, cheap politicians do it all the time we should be used to it by now.

He wants to sit up there and squeal in the microphone that he is to be thanked for my studio space? B.S. people....total lie.

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Artist

    Cappleman saved my art studio because he loves me and I love him bcuz, bcuz, bcuz, bcuuuuuuuuuuuuz...... because of the wonderful things he does....where off to the wizard...the wonderful wizard of Oz......

  • Ryne Patrick Big bad socialist

    At least Littleton didn't make a crappy poorly thought-out real estate investment, Uptown will remain economically diverse for 30-40 years to come. Any popmous homeowners wanna jump to that?! Now lets drink to that! Thanks Helen!

Feb 14

Updated Feb 15

Reminder: Final 46th Ward Forum

The final 46th ward forum will take place tommorrow at:

Alternatives Inc.

4730 Sheridan Rd

February 15th at 2:00pm

The event is sponsored and will be moderated by ONE Northside.

http://onenorthside.org/join-us-for-the-46th-ward-candidates-forum/

We have alternatives and they will be at Alternatives.

  • Quark-Gluon Plasma http://UptownChicago.Rocks

    @DeniceDavis46: 2:25pm & Alderman James Cappleman is a no show at the ONE forum.

  • Quark-Gluon Plasma http://UptownChicago.Rocks

    Ald. James Cappleman says f u to affordable housing:

    @JamesCappleman Thank you to the Vietnamese Veterans Association of Illinois for inviting me to their year end party this afternoon!

Feb 13

Police on Malden This Afternoon

I'm currently out of town, but I heard from my father-in-law that a bunch of cop cars were on Malden between Lawrence and Leland this afternoon. Can anyone provide an update? Thanks!

Feb 12

Updated Feb 13

New Mural Coming to Uptown

I am painting a new mural in Uptown as soon as the weather Gods grant us a few days over 50 degrees.

It will not be the biggest thing since sliced bread, low-key even but quality. Viva Uptown.

Where will it be....we will soon see.

Feb 08

Updated Feb 10

Revolution! Project #46thWard

Revolution! Residents take over the Twitter hashtag #46thWard! Please use this hashtag for #46thWard pertinent issues. Its 2015 we can now have a 24/7 community meeting online. Talk to your neighbors and stay informed on neighborhood issues.

There also now a public Twitter list of #46thWard Residents
https://twitter.com/UptownChgoRocks/lists/residents-of-46thward
Join free: http://uptownchicago.rocks/forums/topic/new-community-project-46thward/

There also now a public Twitter list of #46thWard Non-Profits
https://twitter.com/UptownChgoRocks/lists/non-profits-of-46thward
Join free: http://uptownchicago.rocks/forums/topic/new-non-profit-project-46thward/

There also now a public Twitter list of #46thWard Businesses
https://twitter.com/UptownChgoRocks/lists/businesses-of-46thward
Join free: http://uptownchicago.rocks/forums/topic/new-business-project-46thward/

  • UptownChicago.Rocks http://UptownChicago.Rocks

    Please ignore the dust of our announcement and if you live in the #46thWard, have a Non-Profit in or relevant to the #46thWard or have a Business in the #46thWard - take the time to reach out and get your Twitter account listed. Community counts!

Jan 30

Updated Feb 09

ONE Northside Candidate Forum

This message via Robert Rohdneberg

46th Ward Candidates Forum
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Meet and Greet the candidates ­ 2pm
Moderated Q&A ­ 2:30pm ­ 4:00 pm

Sponsored By ONE Northside At:
Alternatives, Inc. | 4730 N. Sheridan
This space is handicap accessible.
It is easily accessed via public transportation; street
parking is also available
.
Entertainment by Civilized Savages, Uplift High School's slam
poetry team.

Confirmed Candidates (as of 1/29):Amy Crawford,Denise Davis
Invited Alderman James Cappleman

Questions or to RSVP:
773-769-3232 x22
www.onenorthside.org

* Uptown photos by yours truly.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Cool scare quotes, Brosephine.

  • Ryne Patrick Big bad socialist

    The gay renters are uniting with Jesus People who are uniting with Jewish Chicago magazine who are uniting with the aging hippie leftists who are uniting with the Baptists who are uniting with the Buddhists who are uniting with the bike shops who are uniting with the Catholic workers who are uniting with the teachers who are uniting with the cab drivers. Pretty obvious which candidate is representative of Uptown's diversity and which isn't

Feb 07

Updated Feb 08

46Th Ward Aldermanic Forum 2Maro

Reminder:

46th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Forum.

Sponsored by the League for Women Voters.

Peoples Church
941 Lawrence Ave.
Sundat ,Feb. 8
2:00PM

Amy Crawford
Denice Davis
James Cappleman

Election Day February 24....early voting behind Monday at Truman College.

  • Ryne Patrick Big bad socialist

    He must have another wedding. That's been his excuse several times now when he doesn't want to speak at an event with housing people

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Artist

    I hope Cappleman gives to whatever wedding.
    At this point this voters need to learn more about the two women running against him.
    The robotic politi-speak can work on the flyers and mailers. To hear it in person is annoying at best.

Feb 01

Updated Feb 07

Uptown Art Studio/Gallery

The studio of Uptown Artist Jeffrey Littleton (me) also serves as a personal gallery/salon and visitations are easily arranged by appointment.

I have art available in many sizes, colors, shapes, mediums, and price ranges to suit your fine sense of taste and budget.

Commissions of frame-able art and murals are accepted and welcomed as well.

Re-gift that framed print from IKEA and display some handmade art locally produced by a local artist using the finest materials available.

Stop by see...

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The studio of Uptown Artist Jeffrey Littleton (me) also serves as a personal gallery/salon and visitations are easily arranged by appointment.

I have art available in many sizes, colors, shapes, mediums, and price ranges to suit your fine sense of taste and budget.

Commissions of frame-able art and murals are accepted and welcomed as well.

Re-gift that framed print from IKEA and display some handmade art locally produced by a local artist using the finest materials available.

Stop by see where the magic happens, the studio is located in the beautiful Preston Bradley Center/Uptown Arts Center at on Lawrence just east of Sheridan.

For inquiries and reservations email me at: jeffreylittleton@gmail.com

Be Good, Take Care. Hope to see you soon. JL

Feb 05

Updated Feb 06

Medical Marijuana Dispensary faces difficult residents

Unsurprisingly, some NIMBY's, not all NIMBY's but some, are being a difficult headache over a medical marijuana dispensary coming to the area. Let's hope Sam Toia and the ZBA ignore their petty unnecessary complaints and approves the project.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150205/andersonville/community-members-react-state-approved-andersonville-medical-pot-clinic#slideshow-carousel

  • Littleton Arts Chicago Chicago/Uptown/Artist

    I hope they change the laws so not only the terminally ill but others who suffer can buy their cannabis in normal manner. The hysteria around these "dispensaries" will die down after they open and......"like not much totally bad happens".

    Where do people think "medicinal marijuana" money goes now because...

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    I hope they change the laws so not only the terminally ill but others who suffer can buy their cannabis in normal manner. The hysteria around these "dispensaries" will die down after they open and......"like not much totally bad happens".

    Where do people think "medicinal marijuana" money goes now because people who need it still get it, still pay when they can?

    It goes into the black market...the gang market....trafficking. Even if your weed dealer is a mellow middle-aged hippie chick...should you follow that lil weed baggie up the distribution chain there are some very very unsavory characters to be found at the wholesale level.

    Every dispensary displaces that income from back market to legit market.

    Some of the medicinal weed will be picked up by caretakers as the people are gravely ill, they will likely stop for a sandwich now and then who knows....it is foot traffic like anything else. This is an overall positive for the neighborhood and a huge amenity for the terminally ill.

  • ptgrp E. of Sheridan, Not FGFM's sockpuppet

    I think it makes sense in the neighborhood and it seems like it would be wellrun--Andersonville boho yuppie parents and aging uptown hippies would both use it--but I still think the nothing-to-see-here-folks of the brother/husband who's the executive director of the state housing board is pretty hilarious. How many people...

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    I think it makes sense in the neighborhood and it seems like it would be wellrun--Andersonville boho yuppie parents and aging uptown hippies would both use it--but I still think the nothing-to-see-here-folks of the brother/husband who's the executive director of the state housing board is pretty hilarious. How many people go into a speculative venture with their husband's brother/brother's wife without the intermediary spouse having something substantive to do with it? It's just a pretty big coincidence to gloss over. Nonetheless they all seem like qualified, competent people to operate it so, smoke away and go visit those sandwich shops along clark after!

Jan 12 2012

Updated Feb 04

Alderman Pawar: MISSING IN ACTION at Crucial Community Ward Remap Meeting

Dear Alderman Pawar,

I hope you had an enjoyable, relaxing night last night, because the rest of the North Side was trying to FIGURE OUT WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE NEW PROPOSED WARD BOUNDARIES!

THERE WERE OVER 20 NORTH SIDE ALDERMAN IN ATTENDANCE LAST NIGHT, including big names like Alderman Mell, Moreno, Fioretti, Smith, Colon, Solis, Waguespack, Cappelman, etc.....

BUT WHO WAS NOT IN ATTENDANCE.....? Alderman Pawar

Our elected "advocate" was nowhere to be found.... and as a result, the...

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Dear Alderman Pawar,

I hope you had an enjoyable, relaxing night last night, because the rest of the North Side was trying to FIGURE OUT WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE NEW PROPOSED WARD BOUNDARIES!

THERE WERE OVER 20 NORTH SIDE ALDERMAN IN ATTENDANCE LAST NIGHT, including big names like Alderman Mell, Moreno, Fioretti, Smith, Colon, Solis, Waguespack, Cappelman, etc.....

BUT WHO WAS NOT IN ATTENDANCE.....? Alderman Pawar

Our elected "advocate" was nowhere to be found.... and as a result, the 47th ward had no elected representation at this crucial Ward remap meeting of 20+ north side Alderman and approximately 1,000 concerned citizens in this standing room only community meeting (the article said 400, but there were way more people there!).

You would think as a rookie alderman, Alderman Pawar would fight even harder to prevent the 47th ward from being "carved up" by the more senior neighboring Alderman.... but "Mr. No Show" decided this meeting wasn't important enough, and that we can "call 311" if we have a problem with our changing Ward Boundaries.

One of the largest community meetings regarding the redistricting of Chicago's Wards took place last night at DePaul University's Student Center. This meeting specifically focused on the LACK of advocacy and voice north side alderman have had in this redistricting process, and because of it, many of our traditional Wards may likely see dramatic changes if these proposed maps are selected (see tribune article).

Concerned residents of these North Side Wards were on hand to voice their opinions, and share their disdain with the current proposed maps: "That was in evidence Wednesday night, as more than 400 people, including more than 20 aldermen, turned out for the first public remap hearing at DePaul University in Lincoln Park."

Your response would be appreciated :)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-chicago-ward-remap-0112-20120112,0,3011069.story

  • Jeff. Why put out a 3 year old posting, knowing that many people will think that it is current. A bit disingenuous, I would think. I would like to hear more about the candidate that you are supporting (in a different thread) than re-hashing 3 year old information.

  • jeff f life time neighborhood resident

    David,

    Again, when the NCNA invite was sent to me from my block club guy, the very language about NCNA members only could submit questions to candidates caused me to react due to time constaints and the pure thought that the invite may only get published to NCNA members which...

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    David,

    Again, when the NCNA invite was sent to me from my block club guy, the very language about NCNA members only could submit questions to candidates caused me to react due to time constaints and the pure thought that the invite may only get published to NCNA members which I am not, don't even live in that area. Quickest list I could get were old political threads and post to them. I, again, am not supporting Fiedler at this point. But I want the debate, the discussion, the followup questions. Again I want to know how the Uber ordinance was so good for the taxi system now in place, and beyond the techinical differences, how are cabs differnt from Uber, how will Uber revenue be collected by the city, will the city take any revenue hit by favoring Uber over cabs and, wait for it, allow a cab driver to ask that question to both candidates. That's it

Feb 03

Updated Feb 03

Hollywood in Sheridan Park

Chicago PD will be doing some film work in Malden Wed.

Revised notice....

Gawkers will be kept at a respectable distance.

Jan 29

Updated Feb 03

Thank You Candidate Davis

Thank you candidate Denice Davis for engaging the people who are by terrible circumstance sleeping in the Wilson and Lawrence underpasses.

This is not unique to Uptown but the way Alderman Cappleman has treated these vulnerable citizens has been unique in a very bad way. Harassment is the only word I have to describe his actions. It is immoral for a public servant to in our name push a policy of dispossession of their meager possessions and constant dislocation to even less comfortable quarters.

The homeless are people, people deserve to be treated with dignity.

Shame on you Alderman James Cappleman.

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=325331041010932&set=vb.150856738458364&type=2&theater

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Davis-For-the-People

Jan 29

Updated Feb 02

Chicago Reader Interviews Candidate Crawford

http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2015/01/29/candidate-amy-crawford-wants-to-tackle-crime-in-the-46th-ward

Amy Crawford's run for 46th Ward alderman has been a long time coming. A resident of the ward for nearly a decade, she has long been involved in community and advocacy groups supporting childhood education and LGBT rights. In 2008 she took time off from her clerkship with a federal judge to work on Obama's campaign, which she says was an exciting and transformational time that ignited a political fire.

In the time since then she has remained active...

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http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2015/01/29/candidate-amy-crawford-wants-to-tackle-crime-in-the-46th-ward

Amy Crawford's run for 46th Ward alderman has been a long time coming. A resident of the ward for nearly a decade, she has long been involved in community and advocacy groups supporting childhood education and LGBT rights. In 2008 she took time off from her clerkship with a federal judge to work on Obama's campaign, which she says was an exciting and transformational time that ignited a political fire.

In the time since then she has remained active in her community, practiced law—including LGBT rights pro bono work—and, last January, adopted a baby boy with her wife. That was the real turning point that inspired Crawford to go one step further and run against current 46th Ward alderman James Cappleman.

"Now as a parent, that was also a catalyst for us," she says. "You want to be the kind of person that you'd like to see him become, you'd like to emulate the values you'd like to see him have."

As part of a same sex couple with a biracial child, Crawford sees Uptown as the perfect neighborhood for her family; it's culturally diverse and LGBT friendly. But for it to fully become an idyllic place for her son to grow up she's well aware of the problems she needs to tackle. At the top of her list are issues with neighborhood schools and increased crime.

"I want to be clear about saying that Uptown is generally a safe neighborhood," she says. "But it's just a fact that random violence, particularly gun violence, is really scary for families. We want to make this a neighborhood that is family friendly where people want to move here and also put down roots here."

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  • Ryne Patrick Big bad socialist

    Well we know how Denice will lower murders, as they went down 50-75% at the very least when she was working chief of staff. While murders showed no decrease under Cappleman

  • sidishus miscreant

    "Well we know how Denice will lower murders, as they went down 50-75% at the very least when she was working chief of staff. "

    We do?

    By helping the "poor children" with art?

    You mean like this?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcV4bWpOJnw

Jan 29

Updated Jan 31

Got CappleTrolls?

Alderman Cappleman has a circle of friends who shall remain nameless.

They like to "work" the internet anonymously in a fair to say unsophisticated way...attack the messenger.

Cappleman has Uptown Update to play with, always has. It annoys them there are other platforms but that is not our problem.

Just hit the un-neighborly button and kick the petulant few back to there virtual sandbox every time they try to derail the discussion or slander.

Give them the CappleTreatment, deny them...

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Alderman Cappleman has a circle of friends who shall remain nameless.

They like to "work" the internet anonymously in a fair to say unsophisticated way...attack the messenger.

Cappleman has Uptown Update to play with, always has. It annoys them there are other platforms but that is not our problem.

Just hit the un-neighborly button and kick the petulant few back to there virtual sandbox every time they try to derail the discussion or slander.

Give them the CappleTreatment, deny them food, don't follow thier lead non sense land. Eventually they give up and we can make EveryBlock a useful forum that serves the needs of the community.

Just hit the bottom when it goes off topic in a nasty manner. As a general rule....if it is something that would be unacceptable to say in a public setting then it should be unacceptable here. Anonymous or otherwise.

Jan 28

Art Show Feb. 14th

The Uptown Arts Center

Transcending Emptiness

Mariusz Zaleski & Colette Wright Adams Paintings & works on Paper
Saturday February 14th 5-8pm opening reception
Exhibition runs thru March 6th
Gallery hours: Saturdays 3-5pm & Sundays 1-4pm

https://www.facebook.com/UptownArtsCenter/photos/gm.555330131236800/798565450222312/?type=1&theater

Jan 27

I'm With Chuy for Mayor

http://m.chicagoreader.com/chicago/jesus-chuy-garcia-rahm-emanuel-chicago-mayor-race-karen-lewis/Content?oid=16255514

I know Chuy, I trust Chuy.

We all deserve to make up our own minds, there will be debates between the candidates, press conferences, and such.

There will be lots of commercials, robot calls, signs, leaflets, campaign swag to "inform us", the more not always the merrier or very qualitative.

The latest issue of The Reader has an article that explains who Chuy is as a person, and who he has been in public life. This article is a good primer for the undecided before the debates start.

There is too much money in political campaigns and not enough real information, this article was not paid for however, it is journalism and we need more of it.

Jan 19

Updated Jan 26

Kids attacking

Have been attacked last yesterday at 5:30, by about 10 kids from 7-12 years old. They wanted to fight, but I didn't fight. Just next to Truman college. Please be aware

  • "Pepper spraying kids is a great way to get charged with aggravated assault, BTW."

    I should clarify that I'm not advocating pepper spraying anyone preemptively. I pepper sprayed some kids after I was attacked, pretty bloodied up, and actually lost consciousness for a little bit. So this was a way...

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    "Pepper spraying kids is a great way to get charged with aggravated assault, BTW."

    I should clarify that I'm not advocating pepper spraying anyone preemptively. I pepper sprayed some kids after I was attacked, pretty bloodied up, and actually lost consciousness for a little bit. So this was a way to end the assault without resorting so some other weapon that would have done more serious damage. I hope that those kids are on a better path by now. If not, they are bound for either prison or the grave and at least it isn't by my hands.

    As to charges, the police confirmed that I'd done the right thing and encouraged me to pick up some fresh pepper spray. I'm a big advocate of the stuff. It's saved me from being a victim and/or living with blood on my hands more than once.

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Google gooning in RP see if it sounds like the same as what you experienced.

Jan 23

Updated Jan 26

Holiday Club Forum Last Night

There was a forum last night in the back room of the bar with all three candidates.

Did anyone else go from the EveryBlock readership?

I found Cappleman's answers predictably waffling and just plain inaccurate. I asked the first question:

"Why have you done not hing for Clarendon Park in four years when the gym floods after every rain".

It took him two minutes to say nothing can be done until something the former Cuneo Hospital site. A curious collusion...

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There was a forum last night in the back room of the bar with all three candidates.

Did anyone else go from the EveryBlock readership?

I found Cappleman's answers predictably waffling and just plain inaccurate. I asked the first question:

"Why have you done not hing for Clarendon Park in four years when the gym floods after every rain".

It took him two minutes to say nothing can be done until something the former Cuneo Hospital site. A curious collusion if non-facts said in a way only a politician can say it.

Wrong.

The $6Million he is pushing for the "people plaza" in front of the Riviera is from TIF. It is an adjoining TIF district to Clarendon Park which means it can be ported over, in whole or in part.

Cappleman can do it in a day, he has had four years and has done absolutely nothing for the park or the kids who need it. He lied up there at mic.

To Cappleman a benchless plaza with a curious "wheel of fortune" sculpture is more important.

That project is on hold by the planning department downtown, Cappleman forgot to mentiin that.

It is not a plaza but a glorified cul-de-sac at $6......million.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Cool truncated quote, bro.

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Artist

    There was a dude in an Army jacket by Montrose beach and harbor who used to sell loose joints for a $1 in the early 80's.

    But I think he moved on......

    I will give CappleCredit to the then future alderman for providing a rare humorous CAPS meeting moment.

Jan 23

Updated Jan 26

Q. Got Wheels A. No

Did anyone else notice a car was relieved of its wheels at Leland and Malden this morning?

Be advised...if you see someone removing all of the tires in a haphazard fashion it may not be a curbside brake job.

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Artist

    I was thinking the same thing is a possibility Capt. Kirk.

    But on the other hand....

    Some people for whatever reason put some fancy rims on the plain 'ol cars.

    A second point....Toyotas are #1 in car thefts because the parts are so easy to fence.

    Either way locking lug nuts are pretty cheap, only have to put one on each wheel. If you get in a flat while out of town in the country the the repair guy will be like "thats why I never live there....".

  • A quick google will show that older Hondas and Toyotas top theft lists in most cities (there are regional differences). Why? They're inexpensive and popular. When entire cars are stolen, they are chopped up and sold for parts to the 1000s of young adults emulating the Vin Diesel movies.

Jan 23

Updated Jan 25

Irish Pirate

The Irish Pirate is arguably my most most reliable online critic in our lovely Uptown. He is mostly on Uptown Update as some may or may not know. Occasionally he ventures out to other platforms but not too much.

I have a tiny sliver of respect for the Celtic Clown because I can tell he has lived here for quite a while, disagree with him on a lot, but this is his neighborhood too and he is entitled to his...

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The Irish Pirate is arguably my most most reliable online critic in our lovely Uptown. He is mostly on Uptown Update as some may or may not know. Occasionally he ventures out to other platforms but not too much.

I have a tiny sliver of respect for the Celtic Clown because I can tell he has lived here for quite a while, disagree with him on a lot, but this is his neighborhood too and he is entitled to his opinion. As well, and it pains me to admit it, he has good creative writing skills. Undeniable by myself even while being creatively skewered in a public forum of sorts.

The Irish Pirate holds no punches and goes for full effect, at times though he has let it slip, he spoke up for Sarah's Circle years ago when the other UU regulars were whining about it for instance, I remember that.

It is apparent to me that he avoids EB because the troll variety on this page lack such skills or self-control, why be associated and roll with straight up trolls throwing around schoolboy insults it would be senseless diversion. Besides he is in a place where people who like to follow him can find him. EB is all trolled up not EB's fault, not NBC/Comcasts fault it just is.

I don't mind the trolls its a low-level annoyance, somehow we can still share whats going on in the neighborhood, it is just white noise, like traffic commotion outside the window. It will ebb and flow.

If we feed the trolls it will flow, if we ignore the trolls it will slowly ebb. But there will always be trolls.

Please don't feed the trolls, unless you are a troll. Let them feed on one another and lets make this little corner of online Uptown as friendly as we know the offline Uptown is.

Cheers,

Jeffrey Littleton

Dec 12 2011

Updated Jan 24

Does Uptown Need a Hacker Space?

This is an question posted in the Ravenswood EveryBlock posted as a neighbor message by Pete F.

Except for a story I heard about this on NPR it is a new concept to me but sounds like a great idea and maybe something that could work in Uptown with the right neighbors on board..

Every "hacker space" develops its own character and culture,it would be interesting to see what ours would look like in Uptown, we have some talented and...

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This is an question posted in the Ravenswood EveryBlock posted as a neighbor message by Pete F.

Except for a story I heard about this on NPR it is a new concept to me but sounds like a great idea and maybe something that could work in Uptown with the right neighbors on board..

Every "hacker space" develops its own character and culture,it would be interesting to see what ours would look like in Uptown, we have some talented and creative people with all sorts of skills for sure.

Here is a link to the EveryBlock post which inspired this post:

http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/sep16-does-ravenswood-need-a-hacker-space-4265613/#comment-68582

And here is a link to a hacker space on Elston Av. that is up and running:

http://pumpingstationone.org/

The name "hacker space" can be a bit misleading at first sight, at least it was for me as its something I associated with nefarious cyber behaviors. Thankfully it is not.

So please have a look and share any comments and/or ideas about bringing this idea to Uptown.

  • Littleton Artist/Uptown/Chicago

    Thanks Seth! I might be free on Tuesday but either way we should talk about it and see what can be done. I would like to see what space within the church you have in mind, would tool use and such be appropriate?

    Peoples Church is an awesome building, and great public transportation links. Here is a link to a picture of it...magnificent!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfrazier/3314558227/

    I am going to cut-n-paste this over to the Ravenswood post....

    Merry Christmas!

  • There is http://www.edgewaterworkbench.com/ at 1130 W Thorndale.

    If anyone is curious about Pumping Station: One, there are open house nights every Tuesday at 8 pm, and events that are often open to non-members posted on the web site, http://pumpingstationone.org/events/

Jan 22

Updated Jan 23

4401 North Clark Street

First the building at 4401 was sold in May, and now the ground level Clark Food Mart is shuttered. Does anyone know of the plans here? This building looks to have loads of character just waiting to be rediscovered.

Jan 22

Updated Jan 22

Sonic Coming to Chicago

Yes...the Sonic has been such a blockbuster success for drive-thru starved Wilson Ave that they are doubling down on Chicago!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/garage-rockers-the-sonics-return-with-new-rager-bad-betty-20150121

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    The Sonics have to be the longest running band with 3 original members.

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Artist

    Yea...well I bet they still out live the Sonic on Wilson.

Jan 21

Helicopter?

Chase Park area--helicopter activity. Anyone know why?

Jan 19

New City Policy Provides Greater Protection & Services For Homeless Living On Chicago's Streets

(1) protect the right of homeless persons living on Lower Wacker Drive and under the Wilson Avenue viaduct at Lake Shore Drive to retain their vital possessions free from seizure and disposal by the city while ensuring the city’s right to maintain clean streets; and ...

More...
http://www.chicagohomeless.org/new-city-policy-provides-greater-protection-services-homeless-people-living-chicagos-streets/

Jan 18

Updated Jan 18

Drone Over Uptown

This is too good not to share. The drone only buzzez twice over Uptown, Cricket Hill and the Harbor.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/6458050

  • Ryne Patrick Big bad socialist

    Lot's of drones and robots in the ward, they're called Cappleman supporters

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Artist

    I like the little flying drone though, has something for everybody...very unCapple-like.

Jan 10

Updated Jan 16

Shooting:real or imagined.

Was there a shooting last night west of Broadway, or was it the simulated shooting east of Broadway from the filming?

Whose great idea was it to have a simulated shooting in Uptown on a Friday night?

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Artist

    @Quark

    Public meetings in Uptown are not entirely nicey nice but nothing like this thread.
    People like Sid either stay home or are too ashamed to share their bigoted opinions in public.

  • Ryne Patrick Big bad socialist

    Sid you are completely wrong. Low-income subsidized housing is subjected to much stricter rules and penalties than those who rent market-rate. It is to the extent that it goes too far in many instances. If you are even related to someone committing a very minor offense, you could lose your...

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    Sid you are completely wrong. Low-income subsidized housing is subjected to much stricter rules and penalties than those who rent market-rate. It is to the extent that it goes too far in many instances. If you are even related to someone committing a very minor offense, you could lose your voucher. If a mother's son that she lives with, for example, gets arrested for a non-violent offense like selling marijuana she is subjected to lose her housing and be evicted with little notice. Even if it isn't her that did the crime, even if she did not know her son was involved with minor offenses and even if it was a one time offense, she then is forcibly removed from her housing. Such standards certainly don't apply in regular rental buildings. Your friend James Cappleman and Uptown menace Cindy Anderson fought to implement an even more punitive, racist and draconian policy at 920 Lakeside where family members are banned from the building for even the most minor scraps with the law. During Christmas and Thanksgiving, families had to eat outside because of the policy. Children of those dying of cancer couldn't even visit their loved ones. This kind of backwards policy doesn'tt exist in any regular rental building I know of.

    Some how in Sid's little FOX News world, evicting people, incarcerating record amounts of citizens, closing schools, lowering the minimum wage, tougher laws on ex-offenders gets people out of poverty. I see the reverse.

Jan 13

Updated Jan 13

Reading to Last Question. Top 3 Ward Issues...

The Sun-Times did their usual questionnaire 11 Questions in all. The last one #11 went as follows:

11) Ward issues
Q: What are the top three issues in your ward — the ones you talk about most on the
campaign trail?

......and here are the three answers.

Ald.Cappleman

A: These are the issues that residents bring up at most gatherings:
1. Economic development/job creation (The Wilson L rehab, the Entertainment
District, the Uptown Theatre, reuse of Stewart School, and the...

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The Sun-Times did their usual questionnaire 11 Questions in all. The last one #11 went as follows:

11) Ward issues
Q: What are the top three issues in your ward — the ones you talk about most on the
campaign trail?

......and here are the three answers.

Ald.Cappleman

A: These are the issues that residents bring up at most gatherings:
1. Economic development/job creation (The Wilson L rehab, the Entertainment
District, the Uptown Theatre, reuse of Stewart School, and the Clarendon/Montrose TIF)
2. Housing (affordable, safe, and adequate)
3. Gang activity in and around the parks

Denice Davis

A: Transparency, more community input in the decision making process of what happens in the ward. Affordable housing development without displacement Crime fighting for choices and resources for our young people.

Amy Crawford

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  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    IVI-IPO is sort of a liberal outfit, so maybe he didn't think that he would be well received?

  • Quark-Gluon Plasma http://UptownChicago.Rocks

    Hmmm... well I can see that being vague might be a strategic advantage to some politicians but from my perspective detail counts and the IVI-IPO was very useful to me covering a number of things not covered by the newspapers...

Jan 11

Updated Jan 12

On Way To Home #10 Rauner Feeds Uptown Homeless

http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Rauner-Participates-in-Inaugural-Events-Across-State-Before-Main-Event-288200421.html

Nice of Mr Near-Billionaire with -10- Homes to throw a few crumbs to the homeless...

And one of the worst renditions of 'Proud Mary' you have ever heard...

Jan 11

Updated Jan 12

FLATS....Uptown....Art.....Buzz

Flats in the local Chicago art news. The art shows and such my not be setting the world on fire but it is a positive move for a developer. Supporting the arts is pretty inexpensive too, less then a PR agent perhaps?

More important and potentially greater long-term impact depending on the scale and scope is the intention to offer discounted studio apartments for artists.

The whole "Entertainment District" scheme for Uptown is paper thin and meaningless without a resident...

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Flats in the local Chicago art news. The art shows and such my not be setting the world on fire but it is a positive move for a developer. Supporting the arts is pretty inexpensive too, less then a PR agent perhaps?

More important and potentially greater long-term impact depending on the scale and scope is the intention to offer discounted studio apartments for artists.

The whole "Entertainment District" scheme for Uptown is paper thin and meaningless without a resident creative community beyond the incidental artists that already live here. Yes we have artists in Uptown, not more and by my guesstimation less then say Edgewater to the north. The low-income housing in Uptown is not generally the kind that is sought out by artists. The market-rate housing is too high generally.

The artists, visual/performing/music/etc. create the content that creates the buzz that creates the demand for smaller venues. Smaller venues are the heart and soul of any "Entertainment District". A few examples...Austin, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans....all small venue based, and with the possible exception of Memphis they are magnets for artists, artists are magnets for qualitative cultural development of a neighborhood.

Beyond artists housing another approach is to find a way to develop artist workspaces, there are quite a few underused spaces in Uptown that could work.

Here is the article from the Chicago Gallery News, CGN is not widely read in the general public but is very widely read in the arts community so yea...its good buzz.

http://www.chicagogallerynews.com/news/2014/12/art-builds-community-in-uptown-flats

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Artist

    After the 1917 Revolution, the government appropriated his collection (decree of the Council of the people commissioners, signed Lenin, November 8, 1918) while Shchukin escaped to Paris, where he died in 1936. His mansion in Moscow became the State Museum of New Western Art (Государственный Музей нового западного искусствa, section...

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    After the 1917 Revolution, the government appropriated his collection (decree of the Council of the people commissioners, signed Lenin, November 8, 1918) while Shchukin escaped to Paris, where he died in 1936. His mansion in Moscow became the State Museum of New Western Art (Государственный Музей нового западного искусствa, section I), the section II being the mansion and collection of the other famous Russian patron Ivan Morozov. Eventually (1928), the two sections were merged and exhibited in the former Ivan Morozov mansion at Prechistenka, 21.[2] In 1948 the State Museum of New Western Art was closed down by a decree signed by Stalin due to its allegedly bourgeois, cosmopolitan and wrongly oriented artworks. The two collections were randomly divided between the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Artist

    Uptown is one of Chicago’s 77 community areas. Uptown has well defined boundaries. They are: Foster on the north; Lake Michigan on the east; Montrose (Ravenswood to Clark), and Irving Park (Clark to Lake Michigan) on the south; Ravenswood (Foster to Montrose), and Clark (Montrose to Irving Park) on the west. Uptown borders three community areas and Lake Michigan. To the north is Edgewater, to the west is Lincoln Square, and to the south is Lake View.

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