Monday, September 29, 2014

Johnny Sprockets Andersonville: A great Winnemac Park neighbor!

A neighbor of ours in the Winnemac Park area owns the Johnny Sprockets bike stores in Lakeview and close by in Andersonville.  Johnny Sprockets is also a proud donor to St. Matthias Parish and School's 15th Annual Friends of the Grape fest!  Check out and support a local neighbor and business owner at their "Biketoberfest" this Saturday October 4th at the Lakeview store.

Johnny Sprockets will host an all things cycling "Biketoberfest" this Saturday October 4th at their Lakeview store 3001 N Broadway (at West Wellington). Beer, booths,!

I recently stopped by the Lakeview Johnny Sprockets store to size up my oldest kid and get him a quality bike we could pass down to our younger kids.  I also picked up some lights, grips, a strider for my youngest... and left my 1998(!) Trek 7000 for a tune up.

Johnny Sprockets has another location on the super retail and restaurant strip of Andersonville at 5434 North Clark Street. Both locations offer easy access to lakefront riding.

Johnny Sprockets is a proud Winnemac Park area neighbor and donor to the 15th Annual "Friends of the Grape" fest at St. Matthias School and Parish. Check them out and THANKS!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Lincoln Square Barber Shop

Lincoln Square Barber Shop 2415 W Lawrence, Chicago

Many of us know owner and barber Aaron Williams from Esquire way over yonder in Andersonville.  But now "our guy!" is up and running around the corner at Lawrence and Western AvenuesLincoln Square Barber Shop has the expected great cuts and local Chicago feeling we love. You can make appointments online and the space has great potential to be that classic guy hang-out.

Aaron is also a proud donor to the 15th Annual St Matthias Friend's of the Grape fest coming up this October 5th.  Eat, drink and bid on many cool items including packages with Lincoln Square Barber shop signature haircuts.

Thanks Lincoln Square Barber Shop!  I'll see you at the shop!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Crime in the City

Most neighbors awake late on Friday evening probably heard the helicopters overhead for a while.  Turns out there was an "aggravated robbery" in the park. Alderman O'Connor today posted a short update...

Chicago Police are advising people to be especially careful in the wake of an aggravated robbery in Winnemac Park.  A woman was walking with two children when she was approached by two robbers who knocked her down and stole a necklace she was wearing.  CPD was quick in calling out helicopters and canine units and have since added more police presence in the area. The lessons are to always be alert no matter where you are, and don’t forget to attend your C.A.P.S Beat Meeting.  You will learn what is happening in your area and how you can assist police.

The park is in beat 2032; according to the 20th District Police calendar, the CAPS meeting for that beat will be tonight (Wednesday Sept 24) at 7 to 8pm, at the Ravenswood Evangelical Church (4900 N. Damen).  The public is welcome to come ask questions about this crime or others in the neighborhood, or just to stop by and thank the folks in blue who protect us day in and day out.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

St. Matthias 15th Annual "Friends of the Grape" October 5th... buy tickets now!

Enjoy an awesome variety of local restaurants, wine, beer, and auctions at Friends of the Grape!  All for $45-$50!
Eat from 20 great Lincoln Square area restaurants. Each table features wine pairings!
 The 15th Annual Friends of the Grape food and wine fest benefiting St. Matthias Parish and School is Sunday October 5th at 12:30pm.  The event takes place under the tents and main level of St. Matthias School 4910 N Claremont in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. The location is easily accessible by CTA Western Brown Line stop, bus or park in the school/church parking lots.

The terrific value allows you to sample approximately 20 local restaurants while sipping dozens of wine choices. Cheese plates, Lauganitas beer, coffee and desserts round out the once a year opportunity!

Check out some of the restaurants including acclaimed Browntrout!

Eat at the many banquet tables or stand-up tables throughout the tent areas.

Cheese, fruit and desserts from Lincoln Square's favorites!
Last year's silent auction items featured a Harbor Country vacation cabin, fine wine packages, Pro Team sports packages, original artwork, restaurant certificates, progressive dinners and more!

Our professional auctioneer made the Live Auction and other raffle games fun and exciting! Live auction items featured private dining parties, lobster boils, a Cape Cod vacation cabin, hotel and golf get-a-ways and a Chicago Blackhawks meet and greet experience.
So much to choose from.
Getting a good spot for the auction.
Ready to raise those paddles!
Click the link to buy tickets today!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Great time! Friends of Amundsen Mixer recap

Here's a quick recap I wrote for my blog with some links from last night's Friend's of Amundsen mixer.  130 people were there, so you probably were too!

Alderman O'Connor addresses 130 registered guests at Dolce Casa Cafe, 4947 N Damen Avenue in the Ravenswood neighborhood. Later Amundsen High School Principal Anna Pavichevich highlighted programs and the improved metrics at Amundsen High School.
 I had a great time supporting the Friends of Amundsen High School with neighbors last night in Ravenswood.  Local leaders including the the Mayor's floor leader 40th Ward Alderman Patrick O'Connor, 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar and Dr. Maureen Gillette, NEIU's Dean of the prolific College of Education spoke on the ongoing efforts helping to improve our neighborhood attendance high school on the Winnemac Park campus.

Me and da future Mayor?  Alderman Pawar looks thrilled to be in my company!
Teachers, politicians, Local School Council members from several schools, neighbors and administrators were educated on the path to a strong welcoming high school that promises to prepare our kids for college.  There was much emphasis on a caring environment coupled with laser sharp focus on instruction.  Bottom line: Don't stress out!  Make this your school for your kids.

Smart guys! Amundsen LSC members (from left) Michael Cohen and Jeffrey Newman. McPherson Elementary LSC Chair Bob Farster on the right.
The packed house enjoyed the hospitality of Dolce Casa Cafe and beverages donated by Friends of Amundsen President Stephen Reynolds.
Seasoned schools contributor Wendy Vasquez outlines an action plan to take part in now!
Your next step is to click here and attend a tour of Amundsen High School

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Meetings/ Events TONIGHT and Tomorrow on Damen Ave!

Click the links for more information!

Tonight, Wednesday September 17th, 7:30pm
, 4845 N Damen Ave
Community meeting on proposed Ampersand Wine Bar
Meet at 4845 N Damen (the proposed site)

A presentation will be made for the new wine bar concept to be located in the 4845 N Damen retail space.

Thursday September 18th, 7:30p-9:30p, 4947 N Damen Ave
Amundsen High School Mixer featuring Alderman O'Connor and Alderman Pawar
Meet at Dolce Casa Cafe 4847 N Damen for the fun night with local leaders and neighbors supporting Amundsen High School.  Drinks and refreshments served!


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Get Ready, Get Hungry

The signs on the construction barricades of the former Dorado restaurant at the corner of Foster and Oakley say "get ready", "get hungry", and "?".  What is it going to be?  To my eye, the font and design of the signs looks similar to that of the Weber Grill company.   Could this be a new location for the Weber Grill Restaurant?

There was a new concrete pad poured in the rear recently; it looks too big and prominently close to the street to be a loading dock, but too small for an outdoor seating area.  Perhaps an outdoor grilling area?

Whatever it is, as long as it's delicious we'll be happy to have this mysterious new restaurant in our neighborhood.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Community Meeting September 17th: New wine bar concept for 4845 N Damen Avenue

A new wine bar concept will present it's plan for the retail space on September 17th, 7:30pm. Photo of the new construction condo buildings and retail space at 4845 N Damen Eric Rojas, Kale Realty.
You're invited!

Community Meeting and presentation 
for proposed wine bar concept Ampersand
September 17th at 7:30pm in the space at 4845 N. Damen

Read some background on the proprietor and wine bar concept HERE

Questions and feedback to be directed to:
Jim Poole
Chief of Staff
Office of Alderman Ameya Pawar – Ward 47
4243 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
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