4 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Is Uptown Safe for Pigeons?

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

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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 ..........

2 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

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/Resident/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 2 days ago

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.

3 days ago

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.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

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.

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Dec 12

Updated 5 days ago

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.

Dec 08

Updated Dec 09

The Uptown Where is it Game.

Can you prove your neighbourly prowess and point out where this is?

  • Matt Schaeffer Research Study Assistant, Northwestern University

    What do I get for winning? Please say a cookie :)

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Resident/Artist

    Yes indeed...a batch of cookies is being installed on your computer this very moment!

Nov 24

Updated Nov 30

Three way race in the 46th

We have 3 candidates filed.

Amy Crawford

Denice Davis

James Cappleman

I like Amy!!

  • Beth in uptown and Littleton Arts Uptown, what about each of the candidate's platform/record appeals to you?

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Resident/Artist

    To keep it simple I will go with one bullet point, there is time......

    • I believe Amy's background in business law will allow her to be a more competent representative for the people in matters regarding developers and development planning.

    This is very important as that is the #1.....

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    To keep it simple I will go with one bullet point, there is time......

    • I believe Amy's background in business law will allow her to be a more competent representative for the people in matters regarding developers and development planning.

    This is very important as that is the #1..... at the core of aldermanic power of discretion.

    The current alderman has fallen very short in this area,even to the point of touting a drive-thru chain rrestaurant as a destination and will stimulate more business......jobs...etc. In fact a suburban drive thru is not in its first year living up to much of the expectation as most of the time there are more customers in McDonalds next door.

    A low-density double drive thru around the corner from $200million Wilson Station on tap around the corner....crazy...not an "evidence based best practice" as Cappleman often quotes himself.
    We need a higher level of both expertise and imagination. He has practiced evidence-based bad practice.

    Amy can do it!!

Nov 27

Updated Nov 27

A Thankful Uptown

Happy Thanksgiving Neighborhood!

I am thankful for the friends I have known, the new people moving in, the friends we have not met yet but will.

Thankful for the support I have had as an artist by so many in Uptown, my studio and the other artists.

Thankful for being here to be thankful life has taught myself and others to take nothing for granted. So I give thanks.....to Uptown.

  • Thanksgiving day...if you're working because your business employer is open today, thank you for your efforts. And for all, enjoy the day and think of what you have for which to be thankful.

Nov 24

Updated Nov 24

Crime Uptown

What is crime like in Uptown?

I am a resident who thinks this is a good way to find out for some reason.

Nov 19

Updated Nov 21

$10 Classes at The Shift Coworking & Community Space

To our Uptown neighbors:

I'm excited to announce that here at The Shift we will be offering $10 classes, led by Industry Professionals as a way to make learning opportunities accessible to everyone.
Our class offerings will cover a variety of topics, from Entrepreneurship and Small Business Help, to Arts & Culture, to Health & Wellness, Legal Advising, and everything else in between.

All classes are open registration and held here at The Shift, a newly launched Coworking and Community...

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To our Uptown neighbors:

I'm excited to announce that here at The Shift we will be offering $10 classes, led by Industry Professionals as a way to make learning opportunities accessible to everyone.
Our class offerings will cover a variety of topics, from Entrepreneurship and Small Business Help, to Arts & Culture, to Health & Wellness, Legal Advising, and everything else in between.

All classes are open registration and held here at The Shift, a newly launched Coworking and Community Space.

To view our Event Calendar directly, please visit: www.TheShiftChicago.com/events.html
Or, just stop in! We give tours of our space all day and are always happy to provide free coffee, tea, or snacks to our visitors;)

If anyone has ideas and suggestions for classes, please let me know. We're always looking for qualified teachers too (and we offer compensation for teaching).

Hope to see many of you soon!

All the best,

Nicole Vasquez (Small Business Owner of The Shift)
773-360-1199
@TheShiftChi
nicole@theshiftchicago.com
www.TheShiftChicago.com

Nov 19

Mike here, Uptown Graphic Designer

Hey everyone, I've been living in the Uptown area for about a year and a half now and I'm looking to get a little more active on Everyblock and in the community. I just emailed Cappleman's office to volunteer some of my Graphic Design work as well as the office of the 48th ward too.

If anyone needs any design work, web design and development or anything of the like, I'm always willing to work with any reasonable budget! Especially if it's going towards the betterment of the community.

email: mikemendoza.design@gmail.com

Nov 04

Updated Nov 07

Heritage Outpost ETA?

Does anyone have any insight into the New Heritage Outpost coming to 1325 West Wilson? Initially they gave this past August as a date, but that's the last I have heard.

Nov 06

Updated Nov 07

Taxpayers Money to be used!!

Decatur Classical has been promised by the Alderman State of the Art Science Labs, State of the Art Computer Labs, Brand New office for Principal, Closed in Gate, Buses to bus kids to and from school, Police officer, Complete remodel and State of the art facility. Will your kids be able to attend this school? 46th Ward #STANDFOROURKIDS #NOCITIZENLEFTBEHIND

  • Can anyone explain how the process & qualifications compare between Disney, Courtenay Language Arts, Brenneman, McCutcheon, and Decatur, particularly for a neighborhood child? The Options for Knowledge Guide for 2015–2016 indicates the following programs, but I'm having a hard time figuring out how the requirements differ:

    Courtenay Language Arts = Open Enrollment School
    Brenneman = Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster School
    Decatur = Classical School
    Disney = K-8 Open Classroom/Fine Arts/Technology Magnet School
    McCutcheon isn't listed as having any special program

    Options for Knowledge Guide: http://www.cpsoae.org/2015-2016%20Options%20for%20Knowledge%20Guide.pdf

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Admission to magnet programs is by lottery. Admission to Classical and Gifted schools is based on testing and economic tier. I believe with the current process, you need to apply online, and schedule the test.

    The CPS Obsessed blog has great information: http://cpsobsessed.com/gifted-and-classical-testing-info/

    I suspect that if Decatur does move,...

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    Admission to magnet programs is by lottery. Admission to Classical and Gifted schools is based on testing and economic tier. I believe with the current process, you need to apply online, and schedule the test.

    The CPS Obsessed blog has great information: http://cpsobsessed.com/gifted-and-classical-testing-info/

    I suspect that if Decatur does move, they will set aside a few slots for neighborhood children who are academically ready for the school. This is not a school for all children. It is fast paced, rigid and competitive. My daughter blossomed at Decatur, after a disastrous two years in a Montessori-based school (a wonderful school, that does not serve children at either end of the academic spectrum).

Nov 04

Updated Nov 05

Good Bye Pastime

The Pastime Theater may be gone now. But I have a strong feeling good times ahead, the room looks better without those risers...open. Still...I will miss Pastime, their crazy productions, the people, I heard it all my studio is under the stage (and piano worth noting sometimes), performance energy never lacking in variety.
Changes underway. The creative heart of Uptown is strong.

  • The Peoples Church / Preston Bradley Center (http://www.prestonbradley.org/) is a remarkable building full of great history—the convergence of architectural and community history with the history of evolving media is remarkable!

    A lot of people know that making and showing movies (from silent to present day) has been a big part...

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    The Peoples Church / Preston Bradley Center (http://www.prestonbradley.org/) is a remarkable building full of great history—the convergence of architectural and community history with the history of evolving media is remarkable!

    A lot of people know that making and showing movies (from silent to present day) has been a big part of Uptown's history, but the Peoples Church illustrates so well how the creative heart of Uptown as expressed in many different "new" media has been a part of our history too.

    Preston Bradley broadcast an an amazing and inclusive message from The Peoples Church—which was in a sense carried from his radio show to television when Irna Phillips's "The Guiding Light" transitioned from being a radio series to television in 1952 to become one of the longest-running TV dramas of all time. The Wikipedia entry totals the broadcast history—radio + television—at 72 years! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guiding_Light

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Resident/Artist

    It is only the beginning nkot!

    Thank you very much for the links.

    The Creative Heart of Uptown is Strong!

  • Uptown Creative Hearts can withstand a lot! https://www.flickr.com/photos/98922841@N05/12014561396/

Oct 25

Updated Nov 04

Shots Not Fired

As of 10pm Saturday night there have been no gunshots in the neighborhood.

We should have a jamboree to celebrate!

Nov 03

Updated Nov 04

Closure on Montrose

Does anyone know what was up on Montrose last night - somewhere between 9:30 and midnight? There was a police SUV blocking westbound traffic at Racine, and it looked like there were a number of emergency response vehicles/cop cars at Magnolia. No traffic was passing through on Montrose. Anyone have any information?

Nov 02

Updated Nov 04

Window Guy at Sheridan and Argyle

What's with the dude who sits at his open window on the top floor of the building at Sheridan and Argyle? He sits up there in front of an old CRT TV, whistling and shouting at passersby. Seems pretty sketch.

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Resident/Artist

    He is the Good Humor man.

    Is there another answer you are fishing for?

  • Probably mentally-ill. Mental illness is pretty "sketch"- for the inflicted person. Show a little compassion.

    Also, maybe the guy is just fed up with all the blatant crack-dealing going on outside his crib. What's up with that? Seems pretty sketch.

  • There was a gentleman living in the building on the SW corner of Seridan/Argyle who was creatively vocal standing outside talking into a microphone (real but not working). If he wasn't on the street with the microphone, he was upstairs with his window open talking. I haven't seen him in a while, but I assumed it was because they vacated that building to renovate. Maybe he's back home. I never saw him bother anyone.

Oct 30

Updated Nov 02

Carved Trees

Has anyone else noticed the carved trees north of Lawrence at the lake? A group of three tree carved into headless/praying figures and another one close by is being worked on.

By chance does anyone know whats up? I've seen this by North Av. too and I think on the South Shore.

  • pat c resident-photographer

    I'm glad that someone had read and followed through with my Facebook suggestions on turning the dead trees into works of art instead of turning them into mulch. I had been writing about it for a few years. My suggestion was to allow the after school matters program or an artist that didn't have the money to purchase blocks of wood. Now I'd like to see them do the same thing with the tree trunks and branches that they cut down in the rest of the city.

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Resident/Artist

    I've seen some pretty cool large scale bamboo sculpture somewhere.

Oct 29

Updated Oct 31

Traffic on Broadway and Argyle

Anyone else know the messed up traffic pattern on Broadway between Foster and Argyle? Now that they have implemented the bike lanes, it is actually more dangerous because 1) drivers are super agitated because traffic is so backed up and 2) they drive crazily into the bike lane at high speeds. Who's great idea was this? I called Alderman Pawer's office to complain and they said I have to call Osterman's office because Pawer doesn't take over that stretch until...

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Anyone else know the messed up traffic pattern on Broadway between Foster and Argyle? Now that they have implemented the bike lanes, it is actually more dangerous because 1) drivers are super agitated because traffic is so backed up and 2) they drive crazily into the bike lane at high speeds. Who's great idea was this? I called Alderman Pawer's office to complain and they said I have to call Osterman's office because Pawer doesn't take over that stretch until next year (hello, confusing). All they need to do is walk out to Argyle and Broadway in any afternoon to *SEE* how bad it is. Also, I do not intend this as a bikers are wrong post or anything like that. I'm pro-bikes in the city. Just think that the city planning needs to be better thought out a little with better signage and notices of new changes.

  • I think some of this could be solved with turn lights at argyle and lawrence. Long term they should consider planter structure in the median too.

  • 'Gold Neighbor'... With rheumatoid arthritis, that's not an option but thanks for imposing your thoughts on my transportation.

    For many people, biking or walking 28 miles to work isn't an option either. I let others make the best decision for their situation rather than imposing my life beliefs on others when I am ignorant to their situations.

Oct 25

Found keys on Beacon

I hung them up on the gate outside of 4743 n beacon

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