Thursday, December 27, 2012

Santa wants you to Recycle Your Christmas Tree!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Amundsen High School is "Acting" Against Hunger

Skate with Santa at McFetridge Sports Center

Get moving this winter!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

More Amundsen in the news! Cheerleading and Holiday Cheer

Amundsen High School and the community have worked double time to promote successes and address needs.  There is no doubt this is a go to choice for our kids.  Here's some of the latest cool stories featured in local news journal

'It's a Wonderful Life' Cements Bond Between Amundsen, American Theater Co.  by Patti Wetli


School Spirit is Back at Amundsen by Patti Wetli

Thursday, December 13, 2012

This Wednesday! Winter Carnival at Amundsen High School

Friends of Amundsen sent along this flyer for:

Amundsen High School's Winter Carnival 
Wednesday, December 19th from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  

Check it out!

VIDEO! Prairie burn at Winnemac Park

Click to Watch the Video HERE!

Neighbor Amy Williamson describes  the prairie burn at Winnemac park last week:

Photo, Eric Rojas
This morning, 12/6, landscape crews in Winnemac Park cut and rake prairie plants away from wooden fences in preparation for an upcoming controlled prairie burn. It is important for prairies to be burned periodically to kill off invasive plants, release nutrients into the soil and to germinate certain types of seeds. Established prairie plants have long roots and are not harmed by the fires.
Photo, Eric Rojas

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Jorndt Stadium to close at 3 PM until Spring 2013

Just saw this sign posted at Jorndt Field.  It will be now be open M-F 8 am - 3 pm. 

Photo, Scott Bloom
If you have questions about why cuts were made and would like to see the hours restored, please call the Chicago Board of Education at (773) 553-1600.  This neighbor (Eric Rojas) has personally been scooted off the track at 3PM this week! The cuts may make good sense, but it's a blow to evening runners. 

Info about Jorndt Field (from Wikipedia)

The sports stadium was renovated in 2004 and renamed Jorndt Field after Louis C. Jorndt. Lou Jorndt taught and coached at Amundsen from 1930 until 1953. His son Dan Jorndt, and his wife Pat Jorndt donated $1 million for the renovation. Football scenes for the movie The Express (2008), about the life of Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy, were filmed in Jorndt Field in April and May 2007.

Photo, Scott Bloom
Get your work-out in early! Photo, Eric Rojas

Friday, November 30, 2012

Awesome Winnemac Park aerial photo from

Our friends from sent me this aerial shot they took of the Winnemac Park area.  COOL!

Thanks to Joe Zekas, Owner, Data Based Ads

Thursday, November 29, 2012

News Video! Recess at Chappell Elementary and CPS

Medill News from Northwestern University featured Chappell Elementary School for their story on the new required recess at Chicago Public Schools. Our Kindergarten son loves the recess and comes home talking about new games he has learned.  Our PRE-K daughter can't wait to move-up!

WATCH the Medill News VIDEO HERE

What's really cool about the recess program with Playworks is many higher grade students help as "leaders".  Older kids around the school (and neighborhood) are always saying hello, waving to our kindergarten son because they interact with him as leaders. It's neat to see the kids supportive and welcoming across the grade levels!  The recess, lunch-time and other activity student-helpers at Chappell foster this excellent atmosphere.

"It's a Wonderful Life" fund-raiser for Friends of Amundsen

Make this your holiday tradition and help raise money for 
Amundsen High School on December 11th!

A special holiday benefit for

Please join Friends of Amundsen High School at American Theater Company for an exclusive performance of ATC's beloved annual holiday classic

It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play.

This unique fundraising event will be held at
American Theater Company - 1909 West Byron Street on 
*Tuesday, December 11th at 8:00pm*
Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children

Proceeds support Amundsen High School and American Theater Company's educational outreach in the North Center neighborhood. We sincerely hope you will join us!

To purchase tickets please call our box office at , or contact Nicole Meunier at [email protected].

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Community Conversation: Aging in and Around the 47th Ward Saturday 12/1 10 am

Stay Active - Involved - Engaged - and Influential as you age in our community

Please join us this Saturday at Old Town School of Music for a community conversation about aging in and around the 47th Ward.

Featured speakers include:

Ameya Pawar, Alderman, 47th Ward of Chicago
Robyn Golden, Rush University Medical Center
Phil Ponce, Host, WTTW’s Chicago Tonight
moderating inspirational neighbors living their best lives
Saturday, December 1st, 2012 ~ 10 am – 12 pm Old Town School of Music
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue
Who should come?
  • You! Participate in a grassroots community-driven initiative to create a community for all ages.
  • Anyone age 50 and better interested in living their best years at home and creating their ideal community for the future.
  • Businesses who value and support customers of every age.
  • Residents interested in volunteering locally.
  • Neighborhood leaders looking for a challenge!

Brought to you by:
Alderman Ameya Pawar
47th Ward Senior Council
Forward Chicago
Old Town School of Music

Friday, November 2, 2012

Art Opening at Dole Casa Cafe: Roots of the Community

Please join us to celebrate Roots of our Community: Honoring older artists in and around the 47th Ward

Opening Reception: 
Thursday, November 8th, 7-9 pm. at Dolce Casa Cafe - 4947 N Damen, Chicago

We are delighted to invite our local neighbors to join us as we celebrate art for all ages. We'll also unveil a mosaic created by the Chicago Mosaic School together with older adults of the 47th Ward. 

A little history:
The 47th Ward Senior Council was approached by the Chicago Mosaic School with an interest in creating a mosaic to honor the contributions of older adults in and around the 47th Ward. The Senior Council invited older volunteers to help make the mosaic, which will be hung at a number of locations around the Ward with the idea of honoring our older residents and promoting the idea that art is a lifelong endeavor. 

Together with the Senior Artists Network, we worked to create a show where local older artists could hang their art (it is for sale as well!) and the Mosaic will be unveiled. It is an excellent collaboration of The Chicago Mosaic School, The Senior Artists Network, The 47th Ward Senior Council, and Forward Chicago. We are so pleased to partner with Dolce Casa Cafe to host this excellent event. 

We will have an opening on Thursday, November 8th. Please come and join your neighbors at this local event celebrating art, community, and aging. If you cannot make it, please do stop by and see the art that will hang for the month of November.  

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Amundsen High School Pool Schedule for Fall

Monday, October 15, 2012

Amundsen High School Community Night

Dear Parents and Community Members,

Please join us as we open our doors to meet our neighbors and friends. We are looking forward to discussing all of the exciting changes taking place at Amundsen High School. At this meeting, we will share our plans with you for growth and student success, as well as give you an opportunity to ask questions and give feedback.

We understand our obligation to the community to graduate college and career ready students, who are assets and contributing members to society. To that end, learning about your hopes and aspirations for your community’s school will do much to drive our vision and next steps.
We look forward to seeing you on October 17, 2012 at 6 p.m.

Warm regards,
Anna Pavichevich
Principal, Amundsen High School 

Community Night
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17 6:00 – 7:30 PM
MEET AND GREET 6:00 – 6:25 PM
Enjoy cookies and coffee as you mingle with students, faculty, staff, and other members of the Amundsen High School community.
Join the School Data Strategist as he reviews the facts about student safety, academic growth, and overall school performance.
Principal Anna Pavichevich will illustrate her vision for making Amundsen the preferred school of choice for our local community.
Discover what Amundsen has to offer 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Chappell Back to School Night a hit! Thank you Donors and volunteers

Parents sign-in and buy raffle tickets at Back to School Night at Chappell Elementary
The annual Back to School Night was held at Chappell Elementary 2135 W Foster Avenue last Thursday October 4th.  Parents and students came out for a hot-dog fund-raiser dinner, bought raffle tickets, heard important school announcements and met with their classroom teachers.  It was a good time with many friendly faces and parents and students mingling together.

An estimated $2,000 was raised for the night to help fund 7th and 8th grades outdoor education programs to Larado Taft!


Chappell School and Friends of Chappell would like to thank the following Knight Level Donors ($250.00 and above).  All Knight Level Donors were includes in the evening program and names read at our assembly.  Please check visit their web sites and businesses or simply thank them for supporting Chappell when you have the opportunity! 

Dolce Casa Cafe4947 N Damen
Teachers, parents and community members...please visit and support this fine Ravenswood cafe.  Great food and coffee.  Terrific before work or pop over for the wi-fi and stay for lunch...just across the street from Winnemac Park on Damen Avenue. Catering and hosting private events too. Thanks owner Ross and staff!

Kitchen Chicago
324 N Leavitt, Chicago 
(312) 455-0863
Owners Alexis Frankfort & Jeff Leverenz are active community members and live near Chappell with their daughter.  "Kitchen Chicago provides a fully equipped, commercially licensed shared-use kitchen available for rent by the hour".  If you have a commercial kitchen need to bring your product to market or to cook for an our neighbors Jeff and Alexis!

John Telford Family
John and his family live in the Chappell community.  John is a founding board member of the Friends of Chappell and we thank them for their time and efforts!

Tempel Steel
5500 N Wolcott
A global company, Tempel Steel is located right here in the Chappell community!  A major area employer and important local business, we thank Tempel Steel for investing in our local school.

Kale Realty
548 W Roosevelt Road
We thank locally owned Kale Realty and Broker/ Owner Nick Patterson for their generous contribution.  Want to move into the Chappell attendance district? Call Eric Rojas, Broker at 773-510-1597.

Families gather for dinner in the attractive Chappell cafeteria with park views!

A Chappell student volunteer!
Friends of Chappell members greet attendees with fun give-a-ways!
Friends of Chappell board member Sam provided great music in the lobby
Dinner music from our own music instructor Anita Gabor!
Parents, students and teachers pack the old gym for the "State of the School".
The pre-paid dinner VIP line!  Way to work it!
$5 bucks got you an "Arm's Length" of raffle tickets!
NEIU Alumni Association hosted a table with information and services provided by the State University "just up the street".  Our own Principal Joeseph Peila is an alumnus of NEIU!

We thank the many parent, staff and community members for volunteering and making Chappell a wonderful and caring school environment! 
Parents and organizers Brandee and Jackie!
 Many prents around the North Side are discovering Chappell...terrific leadership and teachers; excellent facilities; great neighborhood; and engaged parents and increased academic achievement for several years running.  We need parents and community leaders to help us continue the growth and add opportunities for our kids!

Chappell Elementary

2135 W Foster


Bowmanville "PumpkinPalooza" this Saturday!

Head just a few blocks north of Winnemac Park this weekend. Check out Bowmanville's PumpkinPalooza this Saturday October 13th from 1PM to 4PM.

Live music, kids games, activities, food and FUN...costumes welcome!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Farmers Garden Market on Lawrence

Festive local business Farmers Garden Market at 2232 W Foster
Change is in the air along Lawrence Avenue in Lincoln Square...and so is fall!  The recently improved Farmers Garden Market is in a great location for the Winnemac Park area residents to walk to. The bright, homey and local business is a joy to see along Lawrence Avenue...not usually known for it's inviting aesthetic.  You can buy all your fall season yard, Halloween and festival needs here in your hood.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Amundsen High School Homecoming

Amundsen High School is celebrating Homecoming on Friday, October 19. The community is welcome to join in the festivities, including free admission to the football game against Steinmetz at 4 p.m. AHS Homecoming Flyer[1]

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Please join us at the Winnemac Park Advisory Council Meeting

Winnemac Park Community 
Discussion & Annual Update

Why?    Learn about your park, give your feedback and ideas, 
                     join our volunteer teams, meet your neighbors!

When?  Monday, October 1st from 7:00 - 8:30pm

Where? Amundsen High School (enter through south door on

What? We’ll discuss plans for the coming year, our recent fundraiser, and have a brief presentation from Community Building Tutors – a free tutoring service working with Park Kids.

 Questions? Please email [email protected]

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Help Amundsen win a Driver's Education grant by voting online

Please read the following appeal from Amundsen PE/Driver's Ed teachers, Mr. Harlston and Mr. Binder:

We need your help. We have entered Amundsen in the State Farm Insurance "CelebrateMyDrive" campaign. The winning school receives a $100,000 grant to use at their discretion. As of last Friday there were only 11 other schools signed up. So, our chances for winning are better than the lottery!

We'd like to use the grant to update Room 107 and purchase new cars for the after school range program which currently has cars from 1997. (Gas was much less expensive then!)

We need to get the word out to get votes and Amundsen wins! Anyone and everyone can vote! We need you, your students, friends, family, neighbors and Facebook friends! Please spread the word to everyone and bring the $100,000 back to Amundsen High School.

Voting is from September 10 - 15 (Monday - Saturday). To vote, go to: and follow the prompts.

Please help us take up this great cause by voting daily and spread the word to as many people as you can.

Thanks so much for your help! 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Vote Beer at The Golden Stein - a beer competition & benefit

Please consider attending this unique event held at Dolce Casa Cafe: All attendees will grade four beer offerings from four beer categories from four local brewers while dining on four flavorful hors d'oeuvres from Chef Ross of Dolce Casa Cafe. Special Prizes will be raffled off as well.

Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door.
Buy Tickets at Dolce Casa Cafe 4947 N. Damen Ave or call 773-506-0708

Presented by the Winnemac Park Advisory Council, Dolce Casa Cafe & Pandemonium Brewing

All proceeds benefit Friends of Winnemac Park (a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Bloggers NEEDED

The Winnemac Park Neighbors blog you are viewing needs bloggers to post neighborhood content.  Content should relate to neighbors that live in and frequent the Winnemac Park area roughly Ashland to Western and Lawrence to Foster (including Bowmanville and Giddings Square events). Content subject matter should make geographic and logistical sense (i.e. walkable 10-15 mins from Winnemac Park).

Post about new area services, art, your garden, new business, special retail sales, neighborhood people to know, garage sales, kids stuff, school meetings, pictures in the park, sports, recreation, block parties and government news affecting our immediate area. Please be factual and post a photo with the content whenever possible.

Winnemac Park Neighbors administrators collectively monitor content and can pull any postings that are deemed inappropriate at any time. Collectively, our administrators help to maintain neutral, non-political and factual content in a positive light.

Promote this great neighborhood with the only neighbor volunteer blog dedicated to the Lincoln Square/ Ravenswood neighborhood near Winnemac Park.  Business owners and proud neighbors are encouraged to post or send fun and informational content for our neighbors!  Our blog updates are sent to a large, dedicated list of neighbors and turn up on searches for the area.

Post once a day, once a week or once a month!  Contact [email protected] to become a blog administrator or to send a complete blog post with photos so they may be posted by WPN time permitting.

Park Views! Dog days of summer

Photo Stephen Reynolds

"Friends of Chappell" organizational meeting THIS WEEK

A "Friends of Chappell" organizational meeting will be held at Chappell Elementary this Tuesday evening
August 28th, 2012 at 6PM
2135 W Foster Ave

The group is seeking Board Members and volunteers that would like to support the neighborhood school.  The organizing group is prepared apply for non-profit status soon after the meeting and nomination of Board Members.  "Friends of Chappell" will work with the school administration and Local School Council towards meeting the financial needs of increased programming and enhancing the academic and social environment of this award winning and growing public school.

Many neighbors have already expressed interest in a "Friends of Chappell" group over the past 6 months.  This will be the formation of an official not-for-profit to partner with Chappell. We need "friends of" support now for Chappell's Donor Drive for Back to School Night as well as many other initiatives.

Friends of Chappell Organizational Meeting
Tuesday August 28th at 6PM
Chappell School - 2135 W Foster Ave
(Enter main doors on Foster)

Contact LSC parent representative Eric Rojas with any questions and updates.  If you'd like to serve on the board or would just like to volunteer at the school with the "friends of group" please attend the meeting or contact Eric to be nominated or added to the distribution list. (Eric will not be on the Board, but is helping with the initial organizational meeting).

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Park Views! Winnemac blooms, Amundsen football hits the field

Amundsen football team in the park last Friday at 7AM!
Neighbor Amy Williamson captures Winnemac Park last week just after the needed rain  

Damen Developer, Ravenswood Community Council, Winnemac Park Advisory the NEWS!

Active neighbors here from the Ravenswood Community Council (photo Eric Rojas)
Last Tuesday August 7th active, new and old Winnemac Park Neighbors heard from Charlie Dass - director of the Ravenswood Community Council - and Alan Candea -an active north side developer in the Winnemac Park area and Scott Bloom and Karen Kolb for Winnemac Park Advisory Council.

Read the Center Square Journal recap for Ravenswood Community Council and Winnemac Park Advisory:

Read "Trash Talk" here

Candea Development explains the construction and time line on Damen Ave (photo Eric Rojas)
 Read the Center Square Journal recap of Winnemac Park Neighbors meeting with Candea Development

The group of about 15 neighbors and community leaders had a great talk at Dolce Casa Cafe on Damen surrounding the local developments, solutions for trash pick-up in Winnemac Park and business and community services offered by the revamped RCC.

Some real solutions to the Park trash pick-up are in the works.  Please email [email protected] to get involved at Winnemac Park.  A large neighbors group is working towards enhancing programs, events and care of the park.

Thanks for all the collaboration! Look for next meeting in late September co-hosted by Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce.

Block Party Alert! August 25th big block party day in the area

The 47th Ward Alderman's office has let us know there are many block parties in the Winnemac Park area for 
Saturday August 25th, 2012. 

Please look for parking restriction signs leading up to the weekend and plan accordingly!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Donate now for Chappell Back to School Night!

Click this Link for Donor Drive flier and instructions

Now is your chance as a business or individual to enhance our local school environment and provide opportunities for our neighborhood students!  Be recognized in our Ravenswood and Bowmanville communites as a Chappell Elementary School Donor.  Help grow the Back to School Night tradition and fund extra-curricular activities.

To donate, please follow the steps in the image above or contact [email protected] or call 773-510-1597.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Special Update! Damen Avenue developer to meet neighbors Tuesday August 7th

Candea Development, the developer of vacant lots at 4845 N Damen, will address our next Winnemac Park Neighbors meeting Tuesday August 7th at 6:30 PM, Dolce Casa Cafe 4947 N Damen Chicago.

Vacant lots to be developed on 4800 block of N Damen: Photo Eric Rojas, Real Estate Broker
View the recent plans and documents submitted to the 47th Ward Service Office

Learn more about the project and future plans in our coffee house setting. We thank local neighbor and developer Alan Candea for making himself available in these early stages!

*Also on Tuesday, general updates on local schools and Winnemac Park initiatives.

*Invite pending for 47th Ward Service Office officials to update the many nearby infrastructure and development projects.

*The Lincoln Square Chamber will be moved to a meeting in September...we are looking for a date good for everyone.  We will be taking the pulse of business on Damen Avenue.

 Volunteers from Winnemac Park Neighbors will keep the meeting on topic and moving forward to respect everyone's time.  These meetings are purely informational.  Topics and agendas are created from neighbor and local official inquiries.  If you have a meeting topic or item you feel the Winnemac Park community would be interested in, please email [email protected]

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Movies in the Park

Free Family Outdoor Movie Night 

at Winnemac Park


Saturday, August 11

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Come join our community for a free night at the movies in nature's wonderland, Winnemac Park. Doctor Suess' "The Lorax" will be shown.  The movie will start around dusk at the baseball diamond in the middle of the park. 

Thank you to the Chicago Park District for putting on the Movie!

Plot Summary: A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. The Lorax is Rated PG. The movie is family friendly.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

NEW! Become a Chappell Donor now for Back to School Night!

This just in!  Chappell is launching Donor opportunities to help fund Outdoor Education programs. Support your Illinois Spotlight Award winning school and receive recognition in the local community.

Chappell programs and traditions are growing. Applications to the school have skyrocketed, testing numbers are up and new programs have been added. To answer the challenge we need local business, community and parent donor support for our enrichment programs. More details soon, but here's how you may help now!
 Donor Levels:

Knight: $250.00 or above
Knights receive recognition at Back to School Night, top billing on Chappell's new Donor Page, print recognition in our monthly school newsletter, and online promotion

Squire: $150.00 to $249.00
Pages receive recognition on Chappell's web site, print recognition and online promotion

Paige: $50.00 to $149.00
Squires receive recognition on Chappell's web site and print newsletters

Jester: $25.00 to $49.00
Jesters receive recognition in school web site and print publications


We need Donors NOW! The new, new, new Chappell Donor drive will culminate with the annual Back to School Night scheduled on September 20th.  The event include a hotdog dinner fundraiser, a speaking program led by Principal Joesph Peila and classroom presentations to parents and prospective parents of students.  We need Donors now. Proceeds will fund 7th and 8th grade Outdoor Education over night trips for this year and future years.

Contact [email protected] or Eric Rojas [email protected] with subject Chappell Donor
Checks will be made payable to Chappell Elementary School, Memo "Back to School Night"
and receipts will be provided by Chappell.  Include your business or contact information.
Chappell School
2135 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

Call Eric Rojas 773-510-1597 with questions. 
 Official Donor Drive fliers will be out soon!

Amundsen Local School Council, changes in the news!

Click HERE:  Center Square Journal reports on the latest LSC meeting and changes at Amundsen High School

Check out Amundsen's home page and the new Friends of Amundsen to support their academic, sports and arts programs!

Don't forget to "like" the Friends of Amundsen Facebook page...tons of great information!

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