Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Third Annual RPGG Garden Meander

"Come join the RPGG and explore special single family and multi-unit gardens east of Sheridan, ending with a tour of new and old gardens on the Loyola campus and a reception."
Tuesday July 28th 6:00p-8:30p.
Start at 1059-1103 W. North Shore.

Future Site of the Schreiber Park Community Garden

It's happening! They better get started before the season gets too far ahead, but I'm looking forward to the transformation of this dull space into a lush garden.

Classic RP Photo

Two cops, victims nab robber in West Ridge

I don't like to focus on crime and negativity but this story speaks to me after recently being a victim of a crime and not having anyone come to my aid when they easily could have.
"A man who allegedly held a corkscrew to a woman’s neck during a robbery was nabbed after the woman, her companion and two Rogers Park District police officers chased him and made an “outstanding arrest"..
LINK Sun-Times

Against the Last Four Miles, or at least the last two on the North Side

Bill Savage responds to Friends of the Park and their plans to expand lake access in Rogers Park:
"I attended one of the meetings Friends of the Park held a couple of years ago to discuss this plan. The crowd, when asked 'How would you like to see these last two miles of parkland created' overwhelming said 'We wouldn’t.' When asked, 'Ok, if something were to be built, how would you want it built,' we replied 'We don’t want it built.' The Friends of the Park clearly had its agenda and the 'engagement' with the neighborhood was a dog and pony show of the first order." - Bill Savage
LINK to Tribune article.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Western Avenue Development Survey

West Rogers Park Community Organization (WRPCO) and Lakeside CDC are conducting a residents survey concerning the future redevelopment of Western Ave. from Peterson to Howard Street. The survey results will be used to guide community planning efforts along Western Ave.

You can access the survey by clicking the link below. Survey results will be collected and shared at a community meeting on Wednesday, July 1, at the Indo American Center

For more information on the survey,
contact Brian White at Lakeside CDC,
(773) 381-5253 or

A Possible Future For Our Beaches

The group Friends of the Parks has been making a plan since 2006 to open private beaches and the expand lakefront park space along all of Lake Michigan from Evanston to Indiana.
"North of Lincoln Park’s terminus around Ardmore Avenue, it would build 70 to 111 acres of parks and beaches. A basic design calls for a strip of parkland east of Edgewater’s high-rises, extending northward to knit together the small, street-end parks and beaches set amid Rogers Park’s apartment buildings. A more ambitious plan would add peninsulas that would jut into the lake off Edgewater, enclosing lagoons where parkgoers could kayak in calm waters. Neither alternative includes a northern extension of Lake Shore Drive, marinas or commercial development." - Chicago Tribune.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Ethnic Book Fair & Artist Market

Saturday July 18th 8:30am - 3:30pm 1615 W Morse Ave.

Book and art vendors wanted:
For more details contact
Selena 773-761-7306

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Rogers Park Gets Chicago's Theater Neighborhood Award

"At Monday night’s Joseph Jefferson Awards—the annual fete that honors the best work of the year in Chicago’s non-Equity theater—the thriving arts district around Morse Avenue on Chicago’s Far North Side did very well.

Fred Anzevino’s Theo Ubique Theatre Co. production of “Evita” (through June 27; 773-347-1109 and took most of the honors in the musical categories. And Lifeline Theatre, a longtime neighborhood anchor at 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., walked away with many of the play-category kudos."

- Nice words from Chris Jones at the Tribune


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Schreiber Park Community Garden

A new community garden is starting. Approximately 30 4x8’ raised bed plots will be available for organic vegetable and/or ornamental plant growing. Applications are available online or may be picked up at the Schreiber Park Fieldhouse, Monday through Friday, 2-7 p.m. Plots will be awarded and assigned by lottery. More info.