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Wilson Men's Club Update --A follow-up
hearing on the 44 building code violations at the
Wilson Men's Club took place on Aug. 14. City Attorney
Judy Devers told the court that compliance was "in
Devers also told the court that hotel owner Jay
Bomberg, who purchased the property in September
2007, was planning to meet with the city and 23rd
District police to discuss drug and gang house
issues. Uptown residents have complained that the
hotel, located at 1124 W. Wilson, has long been a site
of criminal activity.
Three court advocates attended the Aug. 14 hearing;
15 attended a May 29 hearing. Bomberg told the News
Star that many of the repairs to the hotel were under
way before the housing court hearing in May.
A Dec. 11 court date was requested by
Devers to finalize the case against the hotel, which
Bomberg described as satisfactory to correct code
Thanks to 15
community members who served as court advocates
at the May 29 hearing in Cook County Circuit Court
about numerous code violations at the Wilson Men's
Hotel, 1124 W. Wilson.
Club owner Jay Bomberg appeared in court to
address the 44 code violations. He acquired the hotel.
which has been the site of ongoing criminal activity, in
August 14 is the next court date to address Bomberg's
progress on resolving the code violations, although
they do not have to be resolved by that date. UCC is
encouraged by the recent attention to this long-
standing problem and will continue to monitor the
progress that the owner has said he is committed to
making to the property.
For further information on court
advocacy cases, please contact
the 23rd District Community Policing
Office at 312-744-0064 or
20th District at 312-742-8770.
meetings (times are all 7PM to 8PM)
Beat 2311-- First Tuesday of every
month, Truman College, Room 1905: 1145 W.
Beat 2312--Third Tuesday of every
month, 4645 N. Sheridan: Community
Beat 2313-- Second Wednesday of each
month, Clarendon Park Fieldhouse
Beat 2024 -- Third Thursday, even
months, Margate Park: 4921 N. Marine
Beat 2033 - First Tuesday, even months,
1345 W. Argyle
Experience Uptown: The Wilson Area
Merchants Association is sponsoring its second
annual "Experience Uptown" event on Sept. 12-14.
Purchase a $10 wristband and get great discounts
from area businesses such as Unique So Chique,
Alma Pita, Crew, Marigold, and The Spot. To
purchase a wristband, go to:
www.wilsonareamerchants.org, or visit Unique So
Chique, Marigold, The Spot, or Tiztal. This is a great
way to support local businesses that are making a
positive difference in our neighborhood.
Magnolia-Malden Block Party - Will be held on
Saturday, Sept. 13 from noon to 5PM, 4600 block of
North Magnolia. A $5 suggested donation (children 5
and under free) gets you food, beverages, music,
games for adults and kids, great raffle prizes. Free
ticket with "Experience Uptown" wristband.
School Supply Drop-Off:
Neighbors, an active local block club, is holding a
drive to support the purchase of school supplies for
students of Graeme Stewart Elementary School.
Donations can be dropped off through Friday, August
29, at Chase Bank, 1101 W. Lawrence. Your donation
makes a difference to children who would otherwise
start their school year without the resources they
Chase Park Festival Thanks to all the folks
who volunteered and attended the first annual "Raven"
festival at Chase Park on Aug. 16 and 17. Proceeds
from the festival will go to help build a new playground
to replace the 75-year-old facility.
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Letter from the President
Uptown in the News
While I wish the coverage was more positive, it's good
to see that our neighborhood concerns are making
news. On Aug. 21, the Chicago Tribune
typically ignores city neighborhood news) ran a
article on reactions to the spate of violence Uptown
has witnessed this summer.
And my all-
time favorite local newspaper, the News-Star,
provides ongoing, aggressive coverage of plans to
locate a Labor Ready office on Broadway, efforts to
change the make-up of Wilson Yard, and the long-
delayed clean-up of the Wilson Men's Hotel. Thank
you, Lorraine Swanson!
I'm gratified to see the issues that UCC and local
block clubs have worked on for years,
notably public safety and economic development,
reach a broader audience.
awareness is a prerequisite of positive change, we
are on our way to a brighter future.
I'd like to use this occasion to welcome James
Cappleman as the incoming president of UCC. As
many of you know, James is a long-time force in UCC.
The organization is happy to have him back at the
helm; watch this space for letters from James in the
months to come.
- Kathy Cook
Uptown block clubs