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OPERATION "ROLLING STONES": The Chicago
Police Department concluded another successful drug
operation in Uptown on August 15, 2006.
Operation "Rolling Stones" is the sixth major drug
bust in Uptown in the last seven years. Police
targeted narcotics activity in the vicinity of
Winona and Sheridan Road and were able to identify
twenty one offenders. On August 15, fifteen of the
the suspects were arrested and warrants were
issued for the remaining suspects.
The investigation began in May and was a follow up
to a previous investigation, Operation "Fort
Sheridan", conducted a year ago, targeting the
corner of Argyle and Sheridan Road.
During the course of Operation "Rolling Stones",
undercover drug purchases and siezed $7,700 in
crack cocaine and five hand guns. The police have
also said that this narcotics activity involved
members of the P-Stones and the Four Corner
Hustlers street gang.
arrests have sparked a renewed interest in Court
Advocacy in the block clubs most affected by the
narcotics activity. Alderman Mary Ann Smith and
staff have been instrumental in providing the
community with court information and court dates for
the offenders charged in this investigation. The UCC
is grateful for their support and the hard work of the
20th and 23rd Districts as well as the Narcotics and
Gang Investigations Team.
DATES: Community residents are requested
to attend court cases as Court Advocates. Requests
have been made to attend the following cases:
1001-1013 W. Leland This building, located
at the south east corner of Leland and Sheridan, has
been in a state of disrepair for many years. The
owner, Sam Alexander, has a long history of
collecting rent from tenants and doing the bare
minimum to maintain his properties. The building is
currently surrounded by scaffolding.
false promises to address numerous code violations,
the building is
finally in Housing Court as part of the City's Troubled
Buildings Initiative. Several neighbors and UCC
representatives have been attending this case for
the past year and we highly encourage others to
well. The next court date is October 11, 10
A.M. in Room 1107 at the
Benjamin Johnson has been charged with the
sexual assault that occurred on the 4100 block of N
Sheridan Rd. He has also been charged in
connection with the recent sexual assault that
occurred on the 600 block of W. Addison. The
community is asked to support
these victims by their presence in the court room.
Mr. Johnson is currently in Cook County Jail. His next
court date is October 11, 9:30 A.M. in Rm 308 at
Court House at 26th & California.
|Newz in the 'Hood
Marigold now open!
and wife owners Laurel and Sandeep
Malhotra have opened a modern Indian restaurant
inspired by places they visited in India and
With the help of chef Monica Riley,
Marigold serves familiar Indian fare from all
regions of India, with a contemporary twist. It's a
perfect spot for
pre-theater dining, as it's right next door to the
Stop by for dinner at 4832 N.
Broadway any night but Monday. Call 773-293-GOLD
(4653) or visit their website for more information,
WILSON YARD Update
Box Ordinance was vetoed by the Mayor, and the
veto was upheld on Wednesday, September 13, as
three members reversed their votes to side with the
Mayor, and our Alderman for the 46th Ward, Helen
Shiller also cast her vote with the Mayor. Alderman
Shiller was the only alderman who did not cast a
vote in July. She said she made the decision to
oppose a living wage she has long championed, not
to save the Target store she hopes to bring to the
Wilson Yards project in her ward, but because she
thinks the ordinance was too narrow. In a Chicago
Sun-Times article she is quoted as saying, "A
different ordinance I would have supported and
supported all the way through. . . . The majority of
smaller boxes who don't pay a living wage --
including restaurants and all of the fast-food places -
- none of them are affected by this."
With all the talk about
the Wilson Yard TIF, and the Lawrence/Broadway TIF,
there's also a little known third TIF district in
Uptown. The Clarendon TIF District was created in
2004 around the old Charter Barkely hospital site.
It encompasses the west side of Clarendon between
Leland and Lakeside, goes west on Leland to the
Park, meanders south, and abuts the Wilson Yard.
The primary focus is on housing. There are
currently no funds in this TIF as the buildings
included in the TIF were previously not-for-profits.
A building formerly built to house Alzeimer's
patients, is now being targeted for low-income
senior housing. All proposed new projects on the
various pieces of land are all housing projects from
a proposed mid-rise that would have 120 units to
townhomes and 8-flats. Because this is a TIF
district, 20% of all units in each development must
be set aside for affordable housing. A meeting for
this TIF is planned for early October, but no
specific date has yet been set.
BUSINESS PARTNERS LUNCHEON with ALDERMAN
St. Augustine College, 1333 W. Argyle
Alderman Shiller will speak about the
community and business in Uptown.
Parking available in lot between buildings.
Call or email to reserve a seat:
1st Annual Green is for Grassroots Art Walk on
October 14 and 15th
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along the Sunnyside Mall, an
outside pedway on Sunnyside Street between Dover
and Magnolia Streets
The artwork of more than 20 north side artists, many
who are from the Uptown neighborhood, will be on
display and for sale. The result will be a diverse
compilation of top quality art work--ceramics, fiber,
jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography and
Donation is just $2 at entrance--and no
one is turned away for lack of funds.
Artists interested in partaking in the event, please
contact Erik R. Sosa at esosa@erikRsosa.com or 773-
UPTOWN CAPS MEETINGS:
20th and 23rd Districts
- Beat 2311: Oct 3, 2006: 7pm-8pm: Truman
College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave
- Beat 2312: Sept 19, 2006: 7pm-8pm:
- Beat 2313: Oct 11, 2006: 7pm-8pm:
- Beat 2322: Oct 5, 2006: 7pm-8pm: Buena
- Beat 2323/2324: September 20, 2006: 7pm-
Faith Tabernacle, 3750 N. Halsted St.
- Beat 2024: Oct 19, 2006: 7pm-8pm:
- Beat 2033: Oct 3, 2006: 7pm-8pm:
Charlie Chaplin Auditorium, 1345 W. Argyle St
46th Ward Dems. Campaign Kick Off
Sunday, September 17
5:30 - 7:30pm
Kinetic Playground, 1113 W. Lawrence Ave.(corner
of Lawrence and Broadway – Lawrence Red Line
station. Free parking in lot directly behind the
The first big event of the 2006 General Election
campaign. There will be live music by The Gives and
great free food, beer and wine!
Meet with area Democrats and all your local
Democratic elected officials including Congresswoman
Jan Schakowsky! You’ll also learn exactly how you
can help the Democratic ticket this fall.
email info@TomSharpe.org to learn more.
PEGASUS PLAYERS: 2 for 1 tickets—this
9/15, 9/16 at@ 8PM; 9/17 at@
When an English hotel owner on the island of
Tobago recruits his Black handyman to work with him
on a stage play that's a satirical send-up of Robinson
Crusoe, they each get more than they can handle.
Characters play parts they've never played before,
causing hilarious mishaps and confusion, as they
unwittingly explore ideas of imperialism, prejudice and
the master-and-servant relationship.
“Characters come fully and movingly to life in
Walcott’s hands”- New York Review of Books
“Fresh & Funny work”- New York Times
Box Office: (773) 878-9761
For more info visit www.pegasusplayers.org
To see a video preview of the show visit:
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|Buena Park Block Club Party
This year was the most successful block club party
yet for Buena Park Neighbors. A big thanks to the
Jesse White Tumblers who dazzled everyone with
their amazing performance. Music, dancing, raffles,
police roll call, and distribution of book bags to some
lucky winners through the CAPS program occurred
Letter from the President
At UCC, we try to pay special attention to
enhance the community so when Nick’s on Wilson
1140 W. Wilson, I had to come by and welcome them
heart of Uptown. The owner, Nick Novich, has a long
established reputation of building a sense of
wherever he goes. Buena Park Neighbors again
donations from him for their most recent block club
week. Opened for just a month now at his new
Wilson, he already has plans to host an event for
Malden Block Club next month. UCC thanks Nick for
a good neighbor to the community.
I also want to mention that this is my last time to
write you as
UCC Board President. Kathy Cook, another
activist, will be taking over the reins next month. It
been a huge honor to serve both UCC and the
this capacity. I will continue to be a director with
I so firmly believe in the mission to make Uptown
a better community for all.
----- James Cappleman