All posts by Anne Howard

Canasta to play free concert in the park this Thursday

Former NUNA VP Elizabeth Lindau will be back in town this week playing a free concert with her band, Canasta. Don’t miss this group that The Huffington Post calls “Best of Chicago.”


A free, all-ages Concert in the Park

Thursday, June 16

7:00 – 9:30 pm

Buena Circle Park, 1049 W. Buena

Presented by the Buena Park Neighbors

Edgewater Garage Sale this weekend

From our neighbors to the north:

The Big Sale is back!
The 22nd annual Edgewater Yard (and Sidewalk) Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 4.  It’s another record breaker:
Over 200 sellers.  Eight block clubs plus Edgewater Beach Apartments, the co-op at 5555 N. Sheridan.  Nearly two dozen businesses conducting sidewalk sales on Broadway and peripheral streets.  Four group sites.  Fourteen non-profits.  Free parking at St. Andrews Church, Hollywood/Sheridan.
Boundaries of the sale:  West of Broadway, Bryn Mawr to Devon, Clark to Broadway.  East of Broadway, Foster to Devon, Broadway to Sheridan.
Locations are in garages and front, side and rear yards.  Maps of all locations will be distributed at participating households and businesses and also will be posted on line — Google push-pin map at
Additional info is on Facebook and Good browsing and buying!

Neighborhood Spring Clean Event

Saturday, April 16
9:00 am – noon

Work with your neighbors to spruce up our neighborhood for spring!  We will pick up trash from the sidewalks and streets, and conduct a block-by-block survey of city service needs (potholes, streetlights, tree trimming, etc.). Meet at 9:00 am at 4927 N. Magnolia for trash bags and snacks!

Bring garden gloves and tools if you have them. Clean off your shelves and bring books to donate to the Friends of Bezazian book sale. Children are encouraged to participate!

WFCW Spring Event

APRIL 23, 2016

10am -2pm (Rain date 4/30)

Celebrate Earth Day with WFCW, NUNA’s block club neighbor to the north. Get ready for spring with us and learn the ins and outs of living green in Chicago and in our own community!

This free event is open to the public and all ages are welcome.  The day will be chock full of exhibits and workshops which include rain gardens/native plants, vermicomposting, bike tune-ups, green pet products, organic lawn care, kids’ activities, fermentation demonstration, and much more. Clean off your shelves and bring books to donate to the Friends of Bezazian book sale. We’ll also have local coffee and some libations to spice up the day!

Come out to meet your neighbors and discover how you can help nurture the environment in your own home and neighborhood. WFCW is dedicated to greening the neighborhood. Come learn how you can help! There will be trash bags and gloves for cleaning up the litter, too. So, join us to help make our neighborhood shine!

New development at 5050 N. Broadway – Community info meeting

Monday, March 28

6:30 pm

Furama Restaurant, 4936 N. Broadway

Informational meeting to hear CEDARst’s proposed plan for redeveloping the old AON building, the deck parking garage on the east side of Broadway and the lot on the SE corner of Broadway & Winona.

See the proposal here: CEDARst redevelopment summary, 5050 N Broadway

This is a unique case that involved one planned development across two wards (47 & 48). In late April there will be another 47th Ward/ 48th Ward community meeting to gather comments on the plan and rezoning request, and then the aldermen will make a final decision on whether or not to support this proposal.

Candidates’ Forum January 25

An opportunity to hear from candidates who will be on the ballot in the March 15 primary. Candidates for the following offices are expected:  State’s Attorney, Cook County Circuit Court Clerk, US Senate, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Comptroller, and other local elected officials.

Monday, January 25

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Lane Tech High School, 2501 W. Addison

For more info, visit

Meeting on Senior Housing Facility Proposal

Community Meeting
re: 4501 N. Winchester Ave Senior Housing Proposal

Wednesday, February 3, 2016,  7 PM

at Lycée Français School (cafeteria) 1929 W. Wilson Ave

Ald. Pawar (47th ward) invites you to hear about and comment on a proposed adaptive use of this former Ravenswood Hospital building into 74 senior affordable CHA units and an elderly supportive living facility with 120 units. The development would also include 105 parking spaces in deck garage.

See more info & drawings:

Dispensary 33 proposed loading zone

From the 47th ward:

Dispensary 33, located at the corner of Clark and Argyle (5001 N Clark), has requested a loading zone in the first parking spot on the north side of Argyle just east of Clark (between the no parking sign and the driveway) for their deliveries and patients; see picture attached for location.  The proposed hours are 9AM-8PM on all days of the week as deliveries may occur an hour before the business opens or an hour after it closes.  The zone length would be the standard 20 feet (one vehicle) and this would be convenient since it is near both the front and rear entrances.  The City has revised their standing/loading zone process in order to reduce the time between application and installation of the zone, so signs would most likely go up within about 3-6 months if approved.  Please provide any feedback related to this request by 12/31.