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Chicago Commission Newsletter
As I listened to our new president in his
innaugural address, the call to help resonated
deep within me. He needs our help, the country
needs our help; our community needs our help. I
think you will find it already in you to take
up the challenge. Look around for some "opportunities",
they are everywhere. For instance, it's becoming
a tradition that my workplace gives me a lot
of gently used toys to give away to various
charities in Uptown. I am proud to be among
a lot of generous people, block clubs, businesses,
and organizations in Uptown that find some
way to give back to the community. If for
anything else, it's a great way to build a
stronger community. Whether it be shoveling
a sidewalk for a neighbor, or volunteering
at a local charity or school, I think you
will find there are many to choose from.
Wherever those opportunites may lead you,
I can guarantee that you will feel good about
trying to make things better. Your heart will
benefit more than those who receive of your
-James Cappleman, UCC Board President
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Endorses Fix Wilson Yard,
At its the January 2009 board meeting,
the directors of the Uptown Chicago
Commission (UCC) voted to endorse the lawsuit
filed by the group Fix Wilson
based this decision on the principle that
the Wilson Yard TIF should be used primarily
to spur needed redevelopment of Uptown's
prime commercial corridor, which in it's
current format it fails to do.
UCC's decision to support the lawsuit is
also based on its longstanding concern that
the TIF development use best practices
of economic development to promote a walkable,
vibrant, and safe retail district.
Following its practice of supporting the
decisions of local block clubs, UCC also
notes that no area block clubs favor the Wilson
Yard TIF in its current form. As a
result of these significant omissions, the
UCC Board see Fix Wilson Yard's lawsuit
as the most appropriate course of action
at this time.
for all Uptown Business Owners,
The 23rd District has shared the following
There has been a number of robberies of
delivery people on the 4400-4500 blocks of
N. Malden. Please visit the link to
the lest to see the full alert and police
There is also a report about counterfeit
money being used at stores in Lincoln Square.
Inside Online posted an article 1/28/09 about
what to look out for and how to protect your
business. To read the article go to
and enter your Chicago zip code.
Clarendon Park Neighborhood
Association has taken the lead on
gathering community input for the Maryville
site. There have been a couple initial
meetings to discuss issues and concerns.
A meeting has now been scheduled with the
developer of the Maryville site, Sedgwick
Development. At this meeting
they will present their initial design ideas,
and explain their construction schedule and
proposed uses for the site.
Please come out to express your concerns
and ask questions directly to the developer
and their representatives.
The meeting will take place tomorrow,
Wednesday, February 4th, 7pm at the Clarendon
Park Fieldhouse. The
field house is located at Sunnyside and
Annual "Best in Show benefit at Fat Cat
Watch the Westminster Kennel
Club Dog Show finals LIVE with fellow dog lovers.
Open Bar and Gourmet Appetizer Buffet, and Silent
Event benefits the Sit, LStay, Read orgaization
which helps inner-city children in Chicago learn
to read with the help of dogs.
$50 tickets in advance
Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009, 7-10
Fat Cat, 4840 N. Broadway,
ArtWorks is a community arts studio, dedicated
to helping you connect with your creative
and artistic side and with your neighbors.
Open Studio, Wednesdays,
Personal Collage Cards Workshop,
Thursday, Feb 12 and Feb 19 5:30-7:30pm, $10
Crochet and Knit Circle,
Sundays, 2-4pm, FREE
from North Side Community
Fast Free Electronic Tax Preperation
will be provided by the North Side Community
Federal Credit Union and the Center for Economic
15, 1011 W. Lawrence Ave., 5:30-8:30pm Monday
evenings (by appt only; Tuesday & Wednesday
Services available to families
(2 or more on return) with annual incomes
under $50,000 and individuals with annual
incomes under $35,000. Plese contact
Jennifer at 773-769-5800 x 226 for more information
or to schedule an appt.
Parking Ban In Effect!
The winter overnight parking ban on arterial
streets in Chicago began at 3 a.m. Monday,
December 1st. The ban will be enforced on
designated routes from 3 to 7 a.m. daily until
April 1. Vehicles parked on designated streets
will be ticketed and towed regardless of whether
there is snow on the ground.
Ignoring seasonal restriction signs will cost
violators a minimum $150 towing fee, a $50
ticket and a daily storage fee of $10 that
will increase over time. A separate parking
ban forbids drivers from leaving vehicles
on designated main streets when there is at
least 2 inches of snow on the ground.