All posts by Anne Howard

WFCW Block Club to Discuss Proposed Cannabis Dispensary

Join WFCW for our January Block Club Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 13th at 7:30pm. We will be meeting at our regular location, the Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services at 1415 W. Foster (Enter on Glenwood).
The agenda is a discussion regarding the details of the proposed Medical Cannabis Dispensary at 5001 Clark Street. Alderman Ameya Pawar will attend the meeting as well as Zachary Zises from the group who are behind the proposed business.
The residents within 250 feet of the proposed development, WFCW Block Club members, local business owners, and the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce will all have a vote on the proposed business.
This meeting is open and NUNA members are encouraged to attend.


Comment on 1219 W. Gunnison rezoing by November 26

Summary of November 19 meeting on rezoning 1219 W. Gunnison.  Please read and submit any objections by noon on November 26.


From Lindsay Hugé:

Jay Michael from FLATS presented his proposal on a zoning change a development within NUNA boundaries on Wednesday evening, November 19, 6:30 p.m. at Alderman Cappleman’s 46th Ward office.

Present were Jay Michael, Tressa Feher–Alderman Cappleman’s Chief of Staff, myself, NUNA residents Albert Walavich and Ted Mortello and Martin Tangora of North Magnolia in Sheridan Park.
Mr. Tangora does not live in NUNA boundaries, but is a long-time Uptown resident, active in neighborhood issues and also an involved member of the preservationist community. His expertise and input were welcome at the meeting.
Al Walavich resides at 1221 Gunnison, which abuts the firehouse building which is the subject of the proposal, 1219 W. Gunnison, to the west. Mr. Walavich’s great uncle built the house he lives in in 1907, and he moved in in 1961.
Ted Mortello lives in the building across the alley from the firehouse, 1215 W. Gunnison. He is neighbors with and knows Elizabeth Lindau.
Tressa and Jay Michael indicated that the currently vacant building is seeking RM zoning (from current RS 3 to RM 4.5) because there will be no retail component, just residential.  The development plan of FLATS is to build four 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments within the existing structure. The will also add four parking spaces in the back of the building.  There is a furnace attachment at the back of the current building. Al Walavich asked about this. Jay Michael said it would be removed. A balcony attached to the rear, second floor apartment will be added to the back of the building.
FLATS will call the apartment building The FireHouse and intends to retain its character as an old firehouse, and keep some firehouse elements within each apartment, said Michael. The overhead door opening on the front of the building will be retained, and another like it added in the back.  He stated that FLATS is discerning about rental applicants and that there would be “no subsidies.”  He said he would let anyone look at their other renovated properties in Uptown. He stated that FLATS’ business plan is to buy and hold residential rental properties for revenue.
After Jay Michael left the room, we discussed our reception to his proposal. No specific vote was taken, but there was no specific opposition. Both Al Walavich and Ted Mortello were glad the the long-vacant building was getting renovated.
I told Tressa that I could not give approval or disapproval from NUNA membership to her office until I presented them with a record of the meeting–these notes.
Anyone please voice opposition or approval to FLATS’ plan by November 26, 12:00 p.m. by emailing  If I receive no specific or overwhelming disapproval, I will tell Tressa Feher that NUNA approves of the proposed zoning change and development.
Lindsay Hugé
NUNA Treasurer and Zoning and Development Rep.

4925 N. Magnolia

Gunnison Zoning Change: Meeting November 19

The FLATS company is proposing a zoning change to redevelop an existing structure within NUNA boundaries.
This is the red brick, two-story, currently vacant firehouse building at 1217-19 West Gunnison, on the west side of the alley. The current zoning designation is RS-3, or single unit. FLATS wants to change the zoning to RM 4.5 (multi-unit) and redevelop the property to a 4-residence structure.
A rendering of the proposed development is linked below.
Jay Michael from FLATS will be at Alderman Cappleman’s 46th ward office at 4544 North Broadway this Wednesday evening, November 19 at 6:30 pm to present his proposal and hear any questions or concerns from our neighborhood.
If you are curious or concerned about this proposed redevelopment, come to the meeting this Wednesday.

NUNA Photo Quiz II

New pictures to challenge your memory!  All are within NUNA boundaries, as always.  Answers below.  Quiz #1 far below, if you missed it.

1.  Dragon


2. photo 2


3. photo 2


4. photo 3


5. photo 1



1.  Furama Restaurant

2.  Uptown Post Office

3.  St. Augustine College, south side of building

4.  Shake, Rattle and Read

5.  The Green Mill

Argyle Night Market – Neighbor performs with Canasta

One of NUNA’s officers is performing with her band, Canasta, at the Argyle Night Market on Thursday, August 14th, 2014.  Come see NUNA Secretary Elizabeth Lindau and Canasta play in an all ages event!  The Argyle Market is a free farmer’s market and local food vendor weekly event that starts at 5 pm and runs until 9 pm each Thursday night. Canasta will perform at 6pm at Sheridan and Argyle.  To join the group walking over together, meet at the southeast corner of Magnolia and Argyle at 5:50 pm.

Jim DeRogatis of WBEZ’s “Sound Opinions” says:  “…Canasta has been one of my favorite Chicago bands for some time now, as well as ranking near the top of my list for the smartest and hardest working groups in town.”

The Argyle Night Market is presented by Business Partners–The Chamber for Uptown, Uptown United, The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and Alderman Harry Osterman.

NUNA Photo Quiz!

Can you identify these photos?  All are within NUNA boundaries–right in your neighborhood!  Answers below.  No peeking!


photo 1


photo 1


photo 3


photo 1


photo 2




1.  Uptown post office

2.  St. Augustine College

3.  National Car Wash

4.  Cathay Bank

5.  Caravan restaurant

nuna block party

NUNA’s Annual Summer Block Party

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 2, 2014. Meet and catch up with your neighbors at our annual summer potluck, rain or shine. There will be a bouncy house for the kids, and a possible fire truck appearance and bags tournament. Share stories and photos of neighborhood history for a new project at Bezazian Library. Buy tickets for the raffle for your chance to win various prizes.  Join or renew your NUNA membership at the party, too.

Bring a potluck dish to share (snack foods, dessert, soft drinks, side dishes, etc.), or feel free to set up a grill. Adult beverages are BYO. Bring chairs, bottled water, silverware, plates and cups (non-Styrofoam if possible).

NUNA members are collecting toiletries at the block party to donate to Sarah’s Circle, a non-profit agency serving women who are homeless or in need of a safe place. Sarah’s Circle is located in our community.

When: August 2, 2:00 – 8:00 pm

Where: Magnolia Avenue between Argyle and Bezazian Library parking lot

Who:  NUNA members, neighbors and friends

Note that there will be no parking on Magnolia from noon to 9:00 pm on August 2.  Cars may be towed.