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Jul 15 / Neal

Easy Cash Solutions Changes Name to EZPawn

EZPawnControversial North Avenue business Easy Cash Solutions, 6432 W. North Avenue, has changed its storefront signage to EZPawn.  The change was made even though James Rose, Vice President of Property Development for EZCORP, committed to operating the store as Easy Cash Solutions on February 19, 2013 as part of a number of concessions the business made to then Alderman Deborah Graham in order to operate at this location.

Ald. Taliaferro was made aware of the change shortly after the EZPawn sign was installed sometime around May 30th. The Alderman contacted the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection and has been unable to stop EZPawn from changing the name of the business.  The letter provided by EZPawn parent company EZCorp is non-binding.  A Letter of Operation with the concessions should have been filed with the City of Chicago.  This form would have been legally binding.

Former Rep. Deborah Graham was employed by the City of Chicago Department of Planning. It appears she should have known about filing a Letter of Operation in this situation.

Alderman Taliaferro is recommending a petition to the EZCORP objecting to the name change.

For more information or to comment on this issue contact Alderman Chris Taliaferro at  (773) 237-6460 or attend his ward night on Mondays from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at 6272 W. North Ave.



Jun 18 / Neal

Night Out in the Parks

Night Out in the Parks provides world-class performances in Chicago’s neighborhood parks throughout the summer. There are 14 events scheduled at Rutherford-Sayre, Amundsen, Riis, and Bell Parks.   For more information on the more than 1,000 events cross Chicago visit the Night Out in the Park website.

Canciones de Cri-Cri at Riis
The Latin duo Gonza & Isa Cancion y Cuento performs children’s songs in Spanish from Mexico’s beloved “Cri-Cri,” the singing cricket created by Francisco Gabilondo Soler.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Movies in the Parks at Rutherford Sayre: Paddington
A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offers him a temporary haven.
Friday, June 26, 2015 from 8:30 PM – 10:05 PM

Community Dance at Amundsen
The Design Dance community dance workshops are designed to engage children and adults in the unique experience of learning and sharing dance. At Amundsen Park, hip hop will be explored to reach a broad spectrum of Chicago community members.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM read more…

Jun 10 / Neal

Summer Learning Challenge! at Galewood-Montclare Library

The Chicago Public Library and it’s partners launch the Summer Learning Challenge 2015 this week.   The program open to children up to 13 years old challenges participants to read, discover, create and report. Children will be eligible for free books and prizes.  There is will be a number of programs at the Galewood-Montclare branch library related to the Challenge. Registration is typically required.  Call the branch at  (312) 746-0165 for more information.

June 10, 24, July 8, 22. 6 p.m. – Explore and Soar Planet Discovery. Use your Planetary knowledge to solve the puzzle of the runaway planets. Ages 5-12.

June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 11 a.m. – Explore and Soar Toddler Story Time.  Join Ms. Dalia for a story time designed for Toddlers. Read, sing, dance & play!

June 12, 19, 26, July 10, 17, 31. 2:00 pm.  Stories n’ Stuff. Join us for alien magic & rocket races at this interactive program of stories, art & science fun.  Ages 5-12.

June 17, July 15. 6:00 p.m.  Defy Gravity Teen Club. Activities and puzzles that explore our universe. Find out if you can live on other planets.  Ages 13-17.

June 30. 11:00 a.m. Science Alliance presents: “Blast off with Physics”. Investigate Newton’s Laws of Motion while spinning on a rotating disk, riding a real hovercraft, flying balloon rockets & watching a drone take flight.  Ages 6-11.

July 8. 11:00 a.m. Marilyn Price presents: “What if the Sky Did Fall Chicken Little!”  The classic Chicken Little tale told with plenty of puppets and props. A star filled collection of puppet characters will take you from the Big Dipper to the Milky Way and beyond! Ages 4-12.

July 24. 11:00 a.m. High Touch High Tech presents: “Up, Up and Away”. Blimps, balloons, rockets and helicopters – launch, watch and learn about aerodynamics.  Ages 6-12.

July 29. 11:00 a.m. Abra-Kid-Abra presents: “The Magic of Space”. Discover the magic of space & time with tricks that use math and science. See plenty of tricks that defy gravity and common sense and leave you asking, “How was that possible?”. Ages 5-11.

Jun 8 / Neal

Local-Motions Hosts “Summer Camp Snoopy”

Local~Motions Inc’s Summer Camp Snoopy is an intensive 7 week fine arts summer camp.  Children from kindergarten through high school ages will learn a variety of fine and craft arts, acting, singing, dancing, as well as important life skills. The children will perform in an end of camp production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown the Broadway Musical.

WHEN:     Camp begins June 28th , 2015 and runs through August 14th. Fridays are field trip days to a local pool (weather permitting).

WHAT:     Monday through Thursday children will be taught the fine arts from area professional artists.

TIME:        8am until 3pm. (extended care is available)

COST:        The cost for the camp is $450 plus a $100 registration fee for the first child and each addition child is $300.

Local~Motions is located at 6272 W North Ave in Chicago. For more information call 773.622.3267.


May 23 / Neal

Galewood’s Beat 2513 CAPS Meeting

The next Beat 2513 CAPS meeting is Tuesday May 26th, 6:30 p.m. at the Amundsen Park field house 6200 W. Bloomingdale Avenue. This is your opportunity to share and voice your concerns with neighbors and with the police. Beat 2513 CAPS meetings are on the fourth Tuesday, every other month (odd months on the calendar). Together, we can make a difference in our neighborhood. Please forward this info to your neighbors. The next meetings are July 28 and September 22.


May 10 / Neal

Sen. Harmon/Rep. Lilly Schedule Town Hall

harmon_town_hallState Sen. Don Harmon and State Rep. Camille Lilly have scheduled a Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, May 17 from 3pm – 5pm.   The meeting will be held at the Shriner’s Hospital Auditorium, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave.   State government is going through many changes. Please come out and meet your representatives to state government during this important time.

Apr 30 / Bryan

Real Estate Beat:
March Real Estate Transactions

March was another great month for home sales in Galewood.

According to MRED (Midwest Real Estate Data) the average market time for a single family Galewood home is just 37 days. The short market time, in addition to the limited inventory of homes on the market, indicates we’re still in a “seller’s” market indicating that prices are still steadily on the rise. The number of remaining short sales and foreclosures is still down significantly, only accounting for a few recent sales

Mortgage rates are still at historical lows, but expected to rise later this year, if you’ve been “on the fence” as to whether to put your home on the market now. Each year, more homes sell in May, June, July and August than any other four months of the year. You want to make sure your house is available for sale during peak selling season. If you are thinking of selling this year, contact me for a comparative market analysis of your home today.


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Apr 24 / Neal

NAZDAC Seeks Committee Members From Galewood

The following was submitted by NAZDAC:

Dear Neighbors and Friends:

NAZDAC (North Avenue Zoning and Development Advisory Committee) is seeking one or more new committee members who own commercial/multi-family residential real estate or have experience developing such properties, and who live in Chicago’s Galewood neighborhood (North Avenue north to Armitage, and Austin west to Harlem).

If you’re a Galewood resident with development experience, please consider making a real difference by joining NAZDAC. You can contact NAZDAC chair Judith Alexander for more information: 708-772-3702;

Background on NAZDAC

NAZDAC is an independent, politically neutral committee, formed in 2013 to promote the revitalization of North Avenue between Austin and Harlem. We represent the interests of residents living north and south of North Avenue and currently have six members:  three Galewood residents and three residents of north Oak Park. Our members include a former commercial construction manager, an IT specialist, a former marketing executive, a public architect, a real estate lawyer, and an urban planner. Three of us are also co-founders of local neighborhood organizations. We meet on the last Monday of each month for about 90 minutes.

NAZDAC is working toward a North Avenue business district that serves the residents living in proximity and provides a safe, inviting place to shop, dine and walk. We seek to promote existing quality businesses and attract new ones. We also deal with businesses that do not serve residents and degrade the appeal of North Avenue, and try to prevent such businesses from opening in the first place.

Since our founding, NAZDAC has advocated for a comprehensive North Avenue revitalization study and  completion of the streetscape (which now extends from Harlem to Oak Park Avenue) all the way east to Austin (as originally planned). Our advocacy resulted in a $225,000 study grant from the IL Department of Transportation, and the south side of North Avenue has been spruced-up as well. Our support helped Sergio’s Place restaurant (6966 W. North Ave. in Chicago) overcome zoning problems and obtain a liquor license.  We also pushed successfully to close a public nuisance business that was operating illegally (Smoker’s Stop, in Oak Park’s Ridge/Oak strip mall). Largely due to our efforts, a nightclub called Behind Close Doors was prevented from opening (at 6206 W. North Ave. in Chicago).

Thank you!

Apr 14 / Neal

Potty Training? WonderWorks Hosts Workshop

WonderWorks, 6445 W. North Avenue, is hosting a workshop on potty training, Tuesday April 21st from 6:30-7:30pm.  Led by Parenthesis Family Center parents will learn the “ABC’s of Toilet Training”.  Free childcare will be available on site.  Space is limited.  Please contact Leah at 708.848.2227 or to RSVP.

Apr 13 / Neal

Community Music Celebration at Lovett Elementary

lovett_community_music_celebrationJoseph Lovett Elementary, 6333 W. Bloomingdale Ave, will host a Community Music Celebration Saturday, April 18th from 12-4pm.   Don’t miss fantastic performances by the Dave Ness Trio, Lovett Dance and Quintet Attacca.  Special workshops will be held to to create your own musical story, drumming, writing a blues song and exploring how different instruments work.  Food and refreshments will be provided.  The event is free.  For more information contact Matt Boresi at

Apr 9 / Neal

Get Fresh Fridays at Amundsen Park

Amundsen Park, 6200 W. Bloomingdale Ave, is hosting a Lunch and Learn series Fridays at noon through May 22nd.  Bring your lunch and “learn about how to live your best life.”  Topics include:

  • Next Steps After Your Screening
  • Why Wellness Matters
  • Mind-Body Connection
  • Dancing & Laughter
  • Label Reading
  • Ways to Release Stress
  • & More

For more information contact the park at 312-746-5003.

Apr 2 / Neal

Block Club Training for Beat 2513 April 11

The Chicago Police Department has scheduled a block club training for Beat 2513 and 2531 on Saturday April 11. The training will start at 9 a.m.    Meet at the CPD’s 25th District auditorium at 5555 W. Grand Ave.  Please contact Maria Chavero at or the 25th District Community office at 312-746-5090 to RSVP.