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April 2009

Welcome to Uptown Chicago Commission's bi-monthly newsletter. Comments, feedback and suggestions for articles are welcome. Please email us at uptownchicago@sbcglobal.net.

In this issue
  • Letter from the President
  • Public Safety
  • New Dominick's Fresh Food Concept Coming to Uptown
  • What's Happening in Uptown??
  • We're having another Pub Crawl!!!!!

  • Public Safety

    As the weather warms up, there will be plenty of opportunities to join your neighbors in making Uptown safer. Stay tuned for news of community walks, positive loitering and other safety-related events.

    In the meantime, please consider attending some of the folllowing cases as a Court Advocate:

    The Ruth Shriman House at 4040 N Sheridan is in Housing Court for code violations. The case is continued to April 6, 9:30 A.M., Room 1103 at the Daley Center.

    Michael Greenstreet is charged with Residential Burglary. Public records show that Greenstreet already has 6 felony convictions for Burglary and 2 felony convictions for Attempted Residential Burglary. The case is continued to April 9, 9:30 A.M. in Court Room 604 at 26th and California.

    Anna Green has been charged with the misdemeanor of Solicitation on the Public Way. The case will be heard on April 23, 1:30 P.M. at the Court Room 29 at Belmont and Western. Although the charge is considered a misdemeanor, there is concern that Ms. Green has been arrested over 280 times.

    For further information on court advocacy cases, please contact the 23rd District Community Policing Office at 312-744-0064 or the 20th District at 312-742-8770.

    Upcoming CAPS meetings (times are all 7 P.M. to 8 P.M.)

    Beat 2311 -- First Tuesday of every month, Truman College, 1145 W Wilson.

    Beat 2312 -- Third Tuesday of every month, Cafe Too, 4715 N Sheridan.

    Beat 2313 -- Second Wednesday of every month, Clarendon Park Fieldhouse, 4501 N Clarendon.

    Beat 2322 -- First Thursday of every month, Buena Park Library, 929 W Buena.

    Beat 2323 -- Third Wednesday, odd months, Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted.

    Beat 2024 -- Third Thursday, even months, Margate Park, 4921 N Marine

    Beat 2033 -- First Tuesday, even months, Bezazian Library, 1226 W Ainslie.

    New Dominick's Fresh Food Concept Coming to Uptown

    Dominick's is considering making the upcoming 39,000 s.f. store at Sheridan and Foster its "Chicago flagship store". Dominick's purchased the adjoining hotel property on Foster; this site will be demolished first. The existing store, built in 1978, will remain open as long as possible. The new store will occupy the land currently used as its parking lot and the hotel. Construction is expected to begin this summer.

    What's Happening in Uptown??
    Fresh Harvest Market

    Fresh Harvest Market thrills neighbors!

    A new grocery store has opened at the northwest corner of Leland and Sheridan (4650 N Sheridan). UCC would like to applaud the owners on their new venture. This store exemplifies what UCC would like to see in all of Uptown's retail establishments. They have unobstructed windows so people can see into and out of the store, which makes it appear more inviting while promoting a sense of safety. It has wonderful lighting, both inside and outside... and happily, no scissor gates! Simply put, they want to be what we all strive to be... good neighbors!

    Fontana Grill has its liquor license!
    It was a long time coming... but just in time for spring and the new outdoor patio, Fontana Grill and Wine Bar has received its liquor license. Wine is served in a unique manner. There are basically two price points. Wines are either priced at $1/oz, or $2/oz, and poured in 3 and 6 oz sizes. Bottles of wine are either $22 or $44 a bottle. There is also a full bar also for those who prefer beer or spirits.

    Annual Clean and Green
    Check with your block club - the City's Annual Clean and Green is April 25th. The block clubs usually plan activities that day. If yours isn't participating this year, please take some initiative and clean up in front of your house and on your side of the street. Plant something pretty in that empty corner.... Spring is here again!

    Events to benefit Chase Park.... CPAC is hosting the following events to benefit the Chase Park Playlot Renovation Project:

    April 10, 2009 - Easter Egg Hunt
    10 A.M. - noon ($3 per "hunter")

    May 7, 2009 - Second Annual Ladies Spa Night
    Just for the ladies - come enjoy mini spa treatments, food, wine and a silent auction! $50 / ticket

    May 23, 2009 - Ravenswood Yard Sale, 8 A.M. - 2 P.M.
    Rent a table for $20 and get rid of some of your clutter! To find out more about any of these events click on the link below....

    We're having another Pub Crawl!!!!!
    Wine Bar

    Celebrate May Day in style... join us May 1st for our 2nd Annual Pub Crawl! Everyone had so much fun last year, we've been asked to do it again! It's $5 for a wristband, and then you're eliglble for all the drink and food specials at our host bars:

    Fat Cat
    Wild Pug
    Uptown Lounge
    Nick's Uptown

    We'll start at Fat Cat around 7:30 P.M. and we'll "crawl " home from Nick's around midnight. Join us for what will surely be a good time!

    Letter from the President
    Buena Bunnies

    Despite the cold weather, we know Spring is coming because neighborhood activities are popping up everywhere... just like the Jonquils. From Buena Park Neighbors making Easter baskets for neighborhood children to Keitha Benkowski organizing the annual Girl Scout cookie drive, it's time for us to do our part to make Uptown a brighter spot on the Chicago map. A special thanks to everyone who works so hard to make Uptown a great community!

    - James Cappleman
    UCC President

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