2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

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

  • sidishus miscreant

    "If gangs supposedly flourished under Shiller then why was she been more effective at lowering homicides and shootings than Cappleman who has actually seen shootings rise under his first term?"

    They did. You can't change history Ryne.

    There are section 8 and CHA properties that serve only as gang bastions...

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    "If gangs supposedly flourished under Shiller then why was she been more effective at lowering homicides and shootings than Cappleman who has actually seen shootings rise under his first term?"

    They did. You can't change history Ryne.

    There are section 8 and CHA properties that serve only as gang bastions across Uptown and Rogers Park.

    We all know it Ryne.

    North Pole Chiraq they call it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88IpShJZw4c

    That Cappleman has only been able to make limited inroads suggests that there are powerful interests who want to keep the gangs entrenched there.

    And those people need to go to jail.

2 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

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.

2 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

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 Keeping up to date on Uptown

    Behind every law and order troglodyte, one can find a good deal of hypocrisy. Like I don;t know, having a half dozen escorts who have emails and texts from your husband or accepting contributions from a convicted felon and arsonist. And yes, your mr. safety alderman cappleman voted to lay off police.

  • I just want to bring to light on how six Cappleman supporters are still in denial of him voting to lay off police

4 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

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

  • Littleton Arts Chicago Chicago/Uptown/Artist

    For the record and vanity....the studio is not all cluttered up like in photo....

    Also...the PBC sign is installed on the marquee downstairs, I can also do signs, not too many people know that.

3 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

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.

3 days ago

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

5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 Keeping up to date on Uptown

    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 Keeping up to date on Uptown

    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.

Jan 05

Updated Jan 05

1st CAPS Meeting....Yay.

Its true....the first CAPS meeting of 2015 will happen for Sheridan Park beat at Truman College 7pm Thursday in the Cafeteria.

Truthiness and truthisms served and shared, refreshments and snacks will not be so bring your own.

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Artist

    Don't Despair.....Vote for the Hair!

    This comment paid for by:

    Citizens for Littleton's Hair.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Littleton's Hair has received the endorsement of the Uptown Barber Shop Political Action Committee.

Dec 30

Updated Dec 31

Uptown Theater Open!

It should open any day...because Cappleman says so...

http://www.uptownupdate.com/2012/03/coming-soon-uptown-theatre-renovation.html?showComment=1419883225931

"Several readers who attended Saturday's performance by Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band at the Preston Bradley Center contacted Uptown Update to let us know that Alderman James Cappleman provided an update on the plans for the Uptown Theater. Alderman Cappleman, who served as the emcee for the concert (fittingly, the theme was Salute to Uptown), announced to the three-hundred-plus people in attendance that he was working closely with Mayor Rahm Emanuel to...

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It should open any day...because Cappleman says so...

http://www.uptownupdate.com/2012/03/coming-soon-uptown-theatre-renovation.html?showComment=1419883225931

"Several readers who attended Saturday's performance by Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band at the Preston Bradley Center contacted Uptown Update to let us know that Alderman James Cappleman provided an update on the plans for the Uptown Theater. Alderman Cappleman, who served as the emcee for the concert (fittingly, the theme was Salute to Uptown), announced to the three-hundred-plus people in attendance that he was working closely with Mayor Rahm Emanuel to see the rebirth of the Uptown Entertainment District with a complete renovation of the Uptown Theater. He said that he expects all of the financing to be in place by the end of 2013, at which time the renovation and restoration would begin. Cappleman said that the total project cost is $63 million, and that the entire project would be expedited to be finished in two years.

Translation: By the end of 2015, if all goes as planned, the Uptown Theater would be restored to its former glory once again. Combined with a rebuilt Wilson CTA station, the next three years should be transformational for our neighborhood.

We are awaiting further details on the monumental announcement."

#CappleFail #BigTalk # fooledyounce

I am glad the Alderman talks about such things a lot less now, it is an improvement over the outright BS.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Interesting article in New York Times about a comparable theatre in NYC that has been fixed up for around 100 mm.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/31/realestate/commercial/kings-theater-in-flatbush-set-to-reopen-and-lift-a-neighborhood.html

    Opened in 1929 as one of five Loews metropolitan area “wonder theaters,” Kings Theater, now owned by the City of New York, is undergoing a $95 million transformation into a high-tech, multipurpose performing arts center that is already stimulating new development in the neighborhood.

    According to Benjamin M. Branham,...

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/31/realestate/commercial/kings-theater-in-flatbush-set-to-reopen-and-lift-a-neighborhood.html

    Opened in 1929 as one of five Loews metropolitan area “wonder theaters,” Kings Theater, now owned by the City of New York, is undergoing a $95 million transformation into a high-tech, multipurpose performing arts center that is already stimulating new development in the neighborhood.

    According to Benjamin M. Branham, executive vice president of the City Economic Development Corporation, which has overseen renovation of Kings Theater, the number of businesses in Flatbush — a central Brooklyn neighborhood with a population of 100,000 — grew 34 percent between 2000 and 2012, compared with citywide growth of 11 percent. In the same period, he said, jobs in Flatbush grew 7 percent, compared with 4 percent citywide.

    ....

    Kings Theater was one of five “wonder theaters” in New York and New Jersey built in 1929 and 1930 by the Loews movie theater chain. The Kings, designed by the architectural firm Rapp & Rapp, had interiors by the Rambusch Company that were inspired by the Palace of Versailles and Paris Opera House. With its reopening, four of the theaters — the Jersey, in Jersey City; the Paradise, in the Bronx; the 175th Street Theater, in Upper Manhattan; and the Kings — will be used for entertainment. The fifth, the Valencia in Jamaica, Queens, is now a church.

    Closed in 1977, Kings Theater was seized for back taxes in 1983 by the city, which made some structural repairs. For years the theater remained vacant, while it deteriorated from a leaking roof, water damage and vandalism. The city considered a variety of proposals to revive it, including a 1999 plan by Magic Johnson to convert it into a 12-screen multiplex.

Dec 30

Updated Dec 30

Graceland Cemetery

Graceland Cemetery goes native...plantings that is.

Room to grow...less to mow.

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Artist

    Its better for critters.

    From the Monarch Butterfly...to the Wiley Coyote...to the Bumble Bee.

Dec 27

Updated Dec 28

Gunshots by Broadway and Wilson

Driving up Broadway, heard about four gunshots and saw people scattering away in between Wilson and Leland. Around 8:20pm or so. Looked like it was right outside Gigio's Pizza. Be careful everyone.

Dec 16

Updated Dec 25

Is Uptown Safe for Pigeons?

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141216/uptown/pigeons-are-back-uptown-residents-sound-off-on-pesky-birds

From the top....

UPTOWN — If Alfred Hitchcock were scouting locations for a sequel to the 1963 classic "The Birds," Uptown would be the ideal setting.

That’s because the birds — more precisely, the pigeons — are back.

“The pigeons are back,” said Jeffrey Littleton, an Uptown resident, “and they’re back in big numbers.”

Of course, the pigeons never really went away. But the scandal involving Ald. James Cappleman (46th) and a neighborhood woman known as “the pigeon lady” came to a head two years ago ..........

Dec 24

Merry Christmas to My Constituents

National polling companies have placed Littleton's Hair in the lead for the 46th Ward Aldermanic race by 8 points with a 5 point margin of error.

LH has also recieved the official endorsement of the American Artists Coiffed Society endorsement!
Many other enthusiastic endorsements coming in every day too numerous and important to list!

Join the movement!!

#writein #46thward #littletonshair

A self-styled Candidate for Alderman of the 46th Ward Chicago.

Robust solutions putting people, style and creative solutions before the same old...same old complete lack of substance and politico-babble.

Don't vote for none of the above...vote for the hair...Littleton's Hair

I am Littleton's Hair...and I approve this message.

Dec 24

Updated Dec 24

Merry Christmas and Happy Next Year

Happy for being in crazy cool Uptown, my neighbors, friends I have met and will meet.

Happy the next year will begin new art projects around town. Maybe in Uptown maybe not no matter.

Happy my girlfriend tolerates me so politely.

Happy for Littleton's Hair who is leading in the latest polls and riding a tsunami of support throughout the community.

Happy for my studio lucky even.

Happy 2015 everybody!

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Vote Broseph Stalin for Mayor!

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Artist

    Stalin has failed residency requirement. He must reside in a Chicago graveyard to qualify, or have been working for the president (POTUS)...rules are rules.

Dec 18

Updated Dec 19

Lawrence Bridge Clearence

Is it just me or have there been more Rig vs. Bridge encounters at Lawrence?

I have seen three in less then two weeks.

The only thing that has changed about the bridge is the warning bar on the east side "westbound lane" is gone.

It is actually two bridges the west span is lower clearance,the warning bar suspended by chains was set to the height of the lower bridge.

Maybe that has something to do with it?

  • did he die?

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Artist

    Peter...no fatalities as far as I can tell. The biggest risk ofinjury is probably the folks at the busstop and shrapnel.

    NKOT...

    I don't think the bar has been removed as much as wacked off by repeated collisions.

Dec 05

Updated Dec 18

Uptown Holidays

Has anyone noticed the wonderful holiday decorations decking our fine streets tis season?

No?

Neither have I, the festive spirit is ringing in Uptown at a tone one notch above flatulence.

Dec 17

1400 block on Wilson

I noticed police/ambulance activity last night (Tuesday) around 10:30pm. Any info as to what that was about....or direct me to a website that would list the activity?!? Thanks.

Dec 14

Updated Dec 16

Return of the CapplePigeons

To the surprise of no one the pigeons have returned in force. The numbers have returned to the very same same levels before the whole "Cappleman/Pigeon Lady/Indiana live bird shoot debacle" started.

At the time there were people for and against:

-Harrassing a lonely senior citizen to the point Cappleman's supporters were screaming, threatening and spitting on her.

-Then introducing a new law to double fines to $1000. for feeding the birds with a chance of jail time. Lonely seniors...

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To the surprise of no one the pigeons have returned in force. The numbers have returned to the very same same levels before the whole "Cappleman/Pigeon Lady/Indiana live bird shoot debacle" started.

At the time there were people for and against:

-Harrassing a lonely senior citizen to the point Cappleman's supporters were screaming, threatening and spitting on her.

-Then introducing a new law to double fines to $1000. for feeding the birds with a chance of jail time. Lonely seniors and a few mentally ill are the main target, the bill was buried no other alderman wanted to touch it.

- After repeated "in-your-face" confrontations between the Ald. Cappleman and the senior citizen she allegedly pushed Cappleman into traffic. This was a Churchill moment for the alderman that was only exceeded in intensity by the knife attack later on that did not include a knife.

-The senior was charged, sentenced to community service by an embarrassed judge, and basically driven from the neighborhood and the Asian community she had long lived with as a result of constant the constant pressure on the street.

- Ald. Cappleman then arranged for an Indiana farmer with a love for shooting live bird with friends to come to Uptown and fire a net over the birds. Shooting live birds for fun and sport is illegal in Illinois...and transporting live birds from out of state to shoot is illegal in Indiana. The Indiana authorities investigated...not sure what became of it my guess not much.

Post continued in first comment.....

Dec 12

Updated Dec 14

Concealed carry class

Putting together a concealed carry class for early January. Trying to gauge interest on having the classroom time in Lincoln Square.

If you are interested post here and we can put it together.

  • david duggan President, South Lakeview Neighbors

    Keep me posted. The nearest class I'm aware of is in DesPlaines. Still have to go outside the City for range practice. Arrgh

  • Keep me posted as well, would like to give this as a gift.

Dec 09

Updated Dec 12

Dumpster disturbance

There has been a white uhaul rented from elite that has been dumping construction debris at odd hours on Mondays. Last night it went on from 8:30-9:30pm. It is so loud it echoes through the alley and sounds like firework bangs. Last week it was 5am. They have woken our daughter up on both occasions. Last night we called the cops-they came and left and then the guys proceeded to not only continue to dump but intentionally smash things. The noise ordinance is from 9pm-8am. Why was this not stopped? What recourse do we have? Thanks for your help!

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Where?

  • Also notify the Dept. of Environment, which was folded into the Dept. of Health a couple of years back. Environment is housed in the office section of DePaul's building at Jackson and State (southwest corner). Environment is on the 2nd floor, I believe. Or, look it up on www.cityofchicago.org then...

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    Also notify the Dept. of Environment, which was folded into the Dept. of Health a couple of years back. Environment is housed in the office section of DePaul's building at Jackson and State (southwest corner). Environment is on the 2nd floor, I believe. Or, look it up on www.cityofchicago.org then to departments and then Public Health. You can send an email with the facts to the Commissioner/Public Health (with photo attachment) and he'll pass it on. Make it exacting with facts and businesslike (I've corresponded with him - he's detail oriented). Also, the noise section is from 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM, depending on the issue. Fly-dumping is absolutely illegal. And, for those of you who live near alleys in which the commercial waste haulers (i.e. Waste Management, etc.) pick up, they can't do pickups before 7:00 AM. If they do 1) call the company and tell them the allowed starting for hour for allowed noise and 2) notify Environment.

Dec 08

Updated Dec 11

Missing Kearney work?

There was a post on the "I grew up on the NWside" facebook page about the former Forkosh now Kindred hospital and the "Healing Hand" sculpture came up.

A little Google work and I see it was made by recently deceased artist John Kearney.

The Smithsonian site thinks it is still attached to Forkosh...

http://collections.si.edu/search/results.htm?q=record_ID:siris_ari_302592

But there isn't a whiff of a clue what became of it. Kearney was one of Chicago's greatest artists in my humble opinion, and I...

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There was a post on the "I grew up on the NWside" facebook page about the former Forkosh now Kindred hospital and the "Healing Hand" sculpture came up.

A little Google work and I see it was made by recently deceased artist John Kearney.

The Smithsonian site thinks it is still attached to Forkosh...

http://collections.si.edu/search/results.htm?q=record_ID:siris_ari_302592

But there isn't a whiff of a clue what became of it. Kearney was one of Chicago's greatest artists in my humble opinion, and I remember really liking this statue lot when I was a kid, Grandma live round the corner on Campbell.

Anyone know what became of it....please tell me it wasn't scraped into tuna cans?

http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1968/02/04/page/248/article/the-big-noisy-art-of-john-kearney

http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1976/10/10/page/178/article/opener

Photo is of another Kearney work...he did more then one gorilla.

Dec 11

Art/Politics/Uptown

Its about art...its about politics...its about Uptown...its about 10 minutes.

The Northtown News Network...hosted by the "Charlie Rose of Chicago" Mr. Avy Meyers.

I also recommend watching the interview with Sheriff Tom Dart, he is a great guy in person, very genuine but more importantly he has a lot on insight into some of our most intractable problems as a city....enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O02HtgBr1Do&feature=youtu.be&list=UUwkQjlMhHTfzst-Pi8rltiA

Mar 20 2012

Updated Dec 10

A Great Plumber

I highly recommend Noel Heneghan 773-297-9153. He is a very good plumber. He's trustworthy, thorough, easy-to-work with, responsive--he always either answers my call or calls back quickly and always comes to do the work quickly. His fees are very reasonable. He's the father of five, so he understands the importance of getting the plumbing back to work quickly.

  • I heartily second this endorsement. We've had Noel do a lot of work for us and he's everything that Eileen has described. Great, honest, hard working guy.

  • Betsy Neighbor

    We have also had Noel do some work for us and it is so nice to know a professional, honest and affordable plumber who will show up and get the work done! Great guy!

  • Cyn Chi since 1991, East Humboldt since 2010

    I found Noel lacking, he totally misdiagnosed the problem and charged a LOT.

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