Around and About

What do you think?: Reconfiguring gateways to Wicker Park, East Village, Pulaski Park and Noble Square -- The Polish Triangle

Date: 
10/08/2014
Placemakers

Work by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) on the Polish Triangle, bordered by Milwaukee, Division and Ashland, is in the planning stages and the Polish Triangle Coalition (PTC) is soliciting community input about the revitalization of this gateway to four of Chicago's historic yet vibrant neighborhoods. 

Stress relief is healthy…laughter is an option: Robin Williams and Carol Burnett

Date: 
08/14/2014
WilliamsBurnett

"One of the best things I can do for myself to relieve stress is to laugh. The benefits of laughing have been widely documented to support good health," were the opening sentences in an email today. 

Have you seen a hawk in the hood?

Date: 
03/29/2014
Cooper

As Mother-Nature begins to loosen her grip on winter, one expects to see more birds and squirrels but that is not what is happening in some backyards. Dina Petrakis spotted this fellow in a tree in the Wicker Park area. He is a Copper's Hawk.

St. Patrick's Day: Saints, Leprechauns, pots of gold, the Blarney stone and statistics

Date: 
03/16/2014
LeprechauPot

This year everyone started being Irish on Friday and it will last til the last hangover is conquered on Tuesday.

But what is St. Patrick's Day about anyway?

There are three ways to look at the celebration that occurs each March 17th: As a religious celebration, as a fairy tale or as an opportunity for amazing  statistics. 

More frequent Blue Line Trains Saturday

Date: 
03/14/2014
BluelineShamrock

In consideration of the St. Patrick's Day celebrations, The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will be running Blue Line trains more frequently on Sat. Mar. 15.

The extra service will be between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

"Thank you" given in Wicker Park...nice!

Date: 
01/21/2014
TU

Someone went out of their way to say "Thank you!" for snow removal along Ashland Ave. between North Ave. and Blackhawk.

The sidewalk snow removal in that area and on other streets in SSA #33 in Wicker Park and Bucktown is a contracted service with Christy Webber Landscapes.

Christy Webber lights up Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field

Date: 
12/19/2013
WebberWrigleyField

The name on the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field marque may look familiar...Christy Webber. For the second year, Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center is donating 25% of the net profits from their new Christmas tree lot at Wrigley Field to Cubs Charities*. 

Stay safe out there Halloweeners

Date: 
10/31/2013
Wolf

Whether you are a salivating wolf, a surprised hat-less witch or a cute pumpkin in a pumpkin patch, the Chicago Police Department is reminding you of some simple, common-sense safety tips while trick-or-treating. 

Charlie, one of Remix Chicago's surprises in Logan Square

Date: 
09/07/2013
CharlieUpClose

The Remix, Rethink Recycle event in Logan Square on Milwaukee Ave.  Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 was filled with surprises…among them Charlie, the camel.

He is a gentle giant who lives in Barrington with a few other camels, but he travels all over the country.

He was quite the gentleman and very patient with the children who rode on him. 

Chicken celebs jump for joy

Date: 
08/22/2013
JumpingChicks

Starla and Buttercup are jumping for joy at Christy Webber's Landscapes, 2200 W. Grand Ave.

Search is on for Blue, gender neutral, "Men"

Date: 
06/21/2013
BlueManEye

Being blue and a male are not requirements to be a Blue Man, but being between 5 foot 10 inches and 6 feet 1 inch tall is, if you would like to be employed by the Blue Man Group. The international entertainment group is holding an open casting call Tues., July 9 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted St. 

Artists call for outdoor art gallery at Blue Man Group's Briar Street Theatre

Date: 
05/19/2013
BlueManGrp

The Blue man Group announced a call for a juried art competition open to professional and emerging artists for a large scale outdoor art gallery at Briar Street Theatre, 3133 North Halsted St. There will be 6 cash prizes of $5,000. 

Wonder why the long line was outside Reckless Records?

Date: 
04/26/2013
RecordStoreDay

"Do you know what is going on along Milwaukee? People are lined-up from on Honore, around the corner and up Milwaukee," said a familiar voice on the other end of the phone last Saturday morning. 

Remington Wozniak's kite takes 1st place in Colorado

Date: 
04/14/2013
RemiKite

Former Wicker Park resident Remington Wozniak won first place for the largest kite in the 10 and younger group at the 11th Annual Arvada (Colorado) Kite Festival, Sat. Apr. 13, Robby Ferrufino Park, in front of a crowd of 6,000.

Critical mass walk swarms through Wicker Park residential streets

Date: 
04/13/2013
WindyCityExplorers

"What is going on? There are hundreds of people all over the street and sidewalks," queried a familiar voice on my phone last Sunday morning.

Spring forward this weekend!

Date: 
03/08/2013
Spring

Mark "Spring Forward" on your calendar for Saturday night.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOURS

Date: 
11/21/2012
FallSquash

May your celebration of this holiday be as bountiful as depicted in this grouping of nature's bounty at Christy Webber Landscape on Grand Ave.

Senior's prayer brings levity to aging

Date: 
10/08/2012
AgingForDummies

Though there are many "Dummies" books and videos about a plethora of subjects, I have not found one on the foibles of aging that is even close to a video showcasing a prayer by Mary Maxwell.

Blue Angels that buzzed our neighborhood skies performed breath-taking maneuvers over Lake Michigan

Date: 
08/23/2012
BlueAngels

Occasionally seeing and often hearing various planes overhead in the neighborhoods during Chicago's Annual Air and Water Show and the practice days before the weekend, we often don't get to the lake area to see them perform.

Christmas is just around the corner -- literally!

Date: 
07/21/2012
ChristmasFrnt

With fake snow, holiday garland, giant Christmas ornaments, twinkly lights and big red bows, it was a visual relief to the soaring temperatures causing perspiration to run down one's neck.