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Archived Since:June 16, 2009

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Underneath The Uptown Broadway Building

See what's under the building -- and under the sidewalk -- at Broadway and Leland.

Save The Date

Last year's "Buena Park Open Day" was a huge hit, so they're doing it again this year, on Sunday, July 20th. In 2013, guests enjoyed tours of historic spaces, a kids' area, food trucks, entertainment, and garden tours (all for $5). We'll...Show More Summary

New Sculpture In Uptown Square

That weird little concrete island at Racine and Broadway that Rahm Emanuel once said he foresaw as a "people plaza," but seems to only exist as a parking place for bigwigs' cars during concerts at the Riv?Well, it's serving another purpose,...Show More Summary

"Park Chicago" Is Here

No more running back to the paybox to put in more money if you have a smartphone and a credit card. ParkChicago has come to Wilson Avenue (and maybe some other major streets).Harry Osterman says in his latest newsletter:"Park Chicago Coming to the 48th Ward. Show More Summary

Have You Seen This Woman?

Please be on the lookout for Angie Kontalonis, age 79, who wandered away from her family at Maifest tonight, near Lincoln and Leland.She suffers from mild dementia and may be confused. She is classified as a High Risk Missing Person.She was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt, a black coat, and black pants. Show More Summary

Deer Me!

Around 7am Friday, some wildlife not usually seen in Uptown were spotted in the park. The reader who sent us these photos says, "Two huge deer were stranded on the triangle of grass at the LSD Wilson entrance ramp. Darting towards LSD but... Show More Summary

An Open Letter Of Appreciation To A Generous Community

The fire may have taken their possessions, but not their sense of appreciation for kindnesses received. Well done, Uptowners, and continued good wishes for the three families whose lives were turned upside down by the fire.

The Pivot Arts Festival Begins In Uptown Tonight

The Pivot Arts Festival, which plays in Uptown, Edgewater and Rogers Park from May 28 through June 15th, begins its Uptown activities tonight.Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Alternatives presents two original plays about the politics of...Show More Summary

Cheer On The Avon Walkers Sunday Morning

This weekend the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer comes to Chicago, and the walkers will be making their way through Uptown on Sunday morning. You can cheer them on from designated points along the route and give them lots of encouragement. Show More Summary

Positive Loitering Resumes Tonight At Broadway & Wilson

A note from the Uptown Chicago Commission: "Positive Loitering will resume tonight at the southeast corner of Broadway and Wilson, near the currency exchange, from 7PM to 8PM. This begins the fifth year that community members have stood...Show More Summary

Community Meeting About Red Line Station Upgrades North Of Wilson

There will be another meeting next week regarding the proposed updating of the four Red Line stations north of Wilson. Ald. Osterman sent out a notice:"CTA Community Meeting - June 3. Join us on Tuesday, June 3 for a public meeting on the CTA RPM (Red Purple Modernization) project. Show More Summary

Graceland West Yard Sale This Saturday

Bargain Hunters, start your engines! Graceland West Community Garage & Yard Sale Saturday May 31st, 9AM-4PM Irving Park Road to Montrose Ave, Ashland Ave to Clark Street Heavy concentration on Greenview Avenue (one block west of Clark)...Show More Summary

Owner Puts Building Damaged By December Fire Up For Sale

You might remember last December, when the vintage three-flat at 4631 North Kenmore experienced a devastating fire in the middle of the night. The building was vacant and there were no injuries. It had been bought six months earlierShow More Summary

Ten Million Dollars Towards Renovation Of Uptown Theater? Could Happen

a sketch of the theaterfrom 1926 It's been a rather ignoble year for the Uptown Theater, what with the giant icicle in the basement, the trips to housing court, and the gas being turned off.But it just got a very, very nice gift from the State of Illinois: the possibility of Ten Million Dollars to go towards the theater's renovation. Show More Summary

Updated Signage At Ba Le

Ba Le has a handsome new logo and sign. We love what the second generation of owners has done to modernize some of the shops on Argyle while honoring their parents' original visions: La Patisserie P, Sun Wah, and Ba Le, to name just a few. Show More Summary

Aerial View of Clark Construction Site

A bird's eye view of the progress on the construction going on behind the green screens at 4415-4423 North Clark. We've followed the progress on this lot since the original buildings were declared "off limits" in 2011 after a fire and years of vacancies. Show More Summary

Puptown Gets A Reboot, Invites You To Be Part of It (Starting Tonight!)

In case you haven't noticed, Puptown at Lawrence and Marine has been experienced a revitalization. A new advisory committee has begun their terms, and they invite you to be part of it.Tonight there's a park cleaning scheduled, so please...Show More Summary

Two Opportunities To Garden Next Saturday

If you're into gardening and community-building, there are two volunteer opportunities next Saturday for you to help "grow" Uptown. You may remember that a large group of volunteers planted ornamental grasses, marigolds, roses and lilacs in the abandoned planters and flower beds at the Uptown Post Office (Broadway & Gunnison) last August. Show More Summary

Drink & Ink Gets Dolled Up

Drink & Ink, the tattoo-inspired tavern that is preparing to open next door to the Tattoo Factory, is going to have some unique decor. Check out the hand-painted ceiling fabric being installed and the piercing stud-enhanced bar. These are in addition to the bar stool art created by some of the tattoo artists next door. Show More Summary

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