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Jul 25 / Neal

Galewood-North Avenue Farmers Market, July 27th

The next Galewood-North Avenue Farmer’s Market Stock is this Sunday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 6700 W. North Avenue. Stock up on locally-grown fruits and vegetables, French bakery items, cheese, fair/trade coffee drinks from MoJo Coffee. Food trucks, too. Come to shop. Stay for lunch.

Here’s what’s happening at the market this Sunday:

  • Personal trainer John Haley will offer group exercise at 9 AM. Come watch him put folks through their paces, or bring a mat and $20 to participate.
  • Free hotdogs for all police/fire personnel from 11 AM – 1 PM.
  • Ms. Rosa’s Kitchen will be back at 11:30 AM serving amazing flautas, tamales and snow cones,
  • The talented Local-Motions kids will perform selections from the musical “Guys and Dolls” at 12:30 PM.

Support your neighborhood farmers market!!

Jul 10 / Neal

Support Galewood’s Local-Motions

Support local charity Local-Motions with your rummage sale donations and 7/12 purchases

Please bring your fully tax-deductible donations any day this tomorrow between 2:00 and 3:00 PM to Local-Motions, 6272 W. North Ave. in Chicago (~ 1/4 block east of Ridgeland). They’re accepting clothing (including baby clothes), bikes, small appliances, home furnishings, computers, shoes and handbags.

Please also come to the rummage sale at Local-Motions this Saturday, July 12th, 7 AM – 4 PM. (In the case of bad weather conditions, the sale will be held on Saturday, July 19th.)

Since 2001, Local-Motions has been helping at-risk youth in Chicago and Oak Park develop self-confidence and self-esteem — and stay in school — with performance arts programming.  A free performance  by children participating in the program is scheduled for 12:30 PM Sunday, July 27th, at the Galewood-North Avenue Farmers Market, 6700 W. North Ave.  Learn more about Local-Motions.

Jul 9 / Neal

The Future of the Closed Mobile/North Walgreens

Walgreens

The Walgreens at Mobile Avenue and North Avenue closed at the end of May, despite a community effort to convince Walgreens to maintain the store. In a conference call with concerned residents from Oak Park and Galewood, and State Senator Harmon’s chief of staff, Walgreens promised to keep the property well-maintained and well-lighted at night to prevent it from becoming an eyesore and attracting crime.
The Walgreens internal real estate group is attempting to buyout their lease on the property which runs for another 4 ½ years.  If they are unable to buy out the lease, Walgreens promises to work with the community to market the property actively to potential tenants the community would welcome.
If Walgreens is able to buyout their lease the California-based landlord will market the property.  It is unlikely the landlord will have a commitment to protecting the neighborhood from negative uses of the property. For this reason, Alderman Graham has introduced an ordinance to zone this parcel residential at the community’s request. Property owners within 250 feet of the Walgreens property have received notices of the proposed zoning change. Residential zoning will give the community a chance to vet prospective tenants when they apply for a zoning variance (or possibly sooner, on an informal basis).  Additionally, Ald. Graham introduced a liquor moratorium that applies to the property after she learned of community concern that it will become a liquor store. Unless they are appealed, both ordinances will go into effect by the end of July after the next City Council meeting.

The Northwest Side Community Coalition is seeking to put a referendum permanently banning alcohol sales at the property on the February ballot.  In order to get the referendum on the ballot 192 petition signatures are needed. If you are a Chicago resident and would like to sign the petition please email Perry Abbasi at pericles1@gmail.com.

Jul 5 / Tom

Farmers Market, this Sunday, July 6

Work up an appetite or just savor treats at Galewood-North Avenue Farmers Market

This coming Sunday, John Haley will be offering group exercise at 9 AM. Come watch him put folks through their paces, or bring a mat and $20 to participate. Either way, work up an appetite for delectable sweet or savory items from two French bakeries (check out those croissants and tarts!), gourmet (fair trade/organic) coffee drinks from Mojo Express, and artisanal, locally-produced cheese (don’t miss the Bouchon and horseradish-chive cheeses). Stock up on delicious, farm-fresh, locally-grown fruit and vegetables, including the season’s first black raspberries. Ms. Rosa’s Kitchen will be back at 11:30 AM serving amazing flautas, tamales and snow cones, too. Come to shop. Stay for lunch. In the parking lot just east of US Bank, 6700 West North Avenue.  

Check out this story about the market: http://oakpark.suntimes.com/2014/05/31/galewood-north-avenue/

Jun 27 / Tom

Season’s first crop of green beans & raspberries at Galewood-North Avenue Farmers Market this Sunday, 6/29

This coming Sunday, 9 AM to 2 PM, farmers at the Galewood-North Avenue Farmers Market will offer their first crop of green beans and raspberries. Don’t miss the delicious strawberries before the season ends. Plus you’ll find apples, potatoes, amazing tomatoes, homemade jam and more. Enjoy gourmet (fair trade/organic) coffee drinks from Mojo Express. Goes great with a yummy sweet or savory item from one of our two French bakeries. Grab a croissant or crusty roll and have it with something from our artisanal Wisconsin cheese vendor. Ms. Rosa’s Kitchen will be back at 11:30, serving delectable flautas and snow cones, too.
Come to shop. Stay for lunch. In the parking lot just east of the bank at 6700 W. North Avenue in Chicago.
Jun 26 / Tom

Rutherford Sayre Park, this Saturday, June 28

A Full Day of Activity at our Park

Including a talk on Healthy Eating presented by Garden Club Galewood Montclare at 9:30 in the Fieldhouse.

June Day in Park

 

Jun 23 / Neal

Sposato Organizing Community Meeting About O’Hare Noise

If you live north of Galewood you may have noticed more jets flying overhead and probably a lot more noise from those planes. The increase is due to recent changes to flight paths of planes taking off and landing at O’Hare. A new runway is scheduled to open in 2015 and the Aviation Department is not keeping the community informed of their decisions or releasing misinformation. According to the Sun-Times “the FAA did not hold any of its legally required public hearings in areas due for the worst jet noise.”

So far the Department of Aviation has refused to attend any public meetings related to the new runway. Alderman Sposato is organizing a community meeting about the problem on July 15th, 6 p.m. at Our Lady Mother of the Church, 8747 W. Lawrence Avenue. The Alderman is encouraging residents to contact the Aviation Commissioner’s office to let them know they need to listen to community concerns. The Aviation Commissioner’s office can be reached at 773-686-8060.

Jun 19 / Tom

Onion Roll Grand Re-Opening

For over 50 years, customers have enjoyed this New York-style deli; famous for the corned beef sandwiches and fresh bagels.

In January 2014, ownership changed hands and while the owners have maintained the vintage theme, they have been working on ways to upgrade the interior and equipment. A new catering service is being introduced as well as revised menus. “Regular” and new patrons can also look forward to many summer specials being offered.

Be sure to stop in June 20th from 1:30 to 3:30 PM and help celebrate the Onion Roll’s grand re-opening. Mingle with staff, check out the newest changes and enjoy sampling some of the delicious deli foods. The Onion Roll is located at 6935 W. North Avenue in Oak Park

Jun 14 / Neal

3 New Vendors + Dad’s Day Card-Making with Wonderworks at Galewood-North Ave. Farmers Market

Kids can make their own Father’s Day cards at the market, 9 to noon. (Wonderworks is bringing supplies and will supervise while you shop.) Buy a Father’s Day treat from one of the French bakers or farmers, or some special artisanal cheese from Wisconsin. Come and check out three new vendors, plus food trucks, at the Galewood-North Avenue Farmers Market, 9 AM – 2 PM, this coming Sunday and every Sunday morning through October 12th in the parking lot just east of Charter One Bank, 6700 W. North Ave., Chicago.

Jun 13 / Tom

Farmers Market this Sunday

3 New Vendors + Dad’s Day Card-making with Wonderworks at Galewood-North Avenue Farmers Market

Kids can make their own Father’s Day cards at the market, 9 to noon. (Wonderworks is bringing supplies and will supervise while you shop.)

Buy a Father’s Day treat from one of the French bakers or farmers, or some special artisanal cheese from Wisconsin. Come and check out three new vendors, plus food trucks

At the Galewood-North Avenue Farmers Market, 9 AM – 2 PM, this coming Sunday and every Sunday morning through October 12th. In the parking lot just east of Charter One Bank, 6700 West North Avenue

Jun 11 / Neal

Summer Fun at Local Parks

This summer brings another round of special events at Chicago Park District locations around the city.  In Galewood, Montclare and nearby neighborhoods you can find the following performances, movies and events.

Rutherford-Sayre
June 28, Saturday – Night Out: Performance in the Park, “The Puppet Place”, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
June 28, Saturday – Movies in the Parks, “The Lego Movie”, PG, 9:00 p.m.
August 1, Friday – Night Out: Day Camp Party, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Amundsen Park
July 11, Friday – Night Out: Family Fun Fest, “Dances of the 60s”/”Mixed Company Band”, 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
July 22, Tuesday – Night Out: Concerts in the Parks, “Taylor Moore”, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
July 22, Tuesday – Movies in the Parks, “Ride Along”, PG-13, 8:30 p.m.
August 9, Saturday – Night Out: Culture Coach Pop-Up Stage, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
August 9, Saturday – Night Out: Wheel Jam, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Bell Park
June 19, Thursday – Movies in the Parks, “The Smurfs 2″, PG, 9:00 p.m.
July 23, Wednesday – Night Out: Family Fun Concert, “Tarima Son”, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
August 21, Thursday – Night Out: Family Fun Fest, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 pm.
August 21, Thursday – Movies in the Parks, “Hairspray (1997)”, 8:15 p.m.

Hiawatha
September 13, Saturday – Night Out: Performance in the Park, “The Puppet Place”, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

May 26 / Neal

Walgreens Closing

The following press release was issued May 22:

A petition bearing some 470 signatures was delivered today to Walgreens CEO Gregory D. Wasson, asking that he intervene to save their neighborhood store. The store, located at 1606 N. Mobile in Chicago, is scheduled to close on May 30th.

The petition identifies the Mobile/North Avenue store as a neighborhood anchor with friendly service and a particularly excellent pharmacy team (http://tinyurl.com/lknruqf). Signers made hundreds of comments like this one:
“I shop at this Walgreen’s almost every other day. The staff is so helpful, friendly and professional. This place has become somewhere I can go and it feels like we live in a small town. This store should be saved!!” Lauren Cantore, Chicago.

But the petition also asserts that keeping the store open makes sense from a business perspective. Walgreens plans to tear down and rebuild its store 1.5 miles to the west, opening a small temporary location in an adjacent strip mall. Residents ask that the much larger Mobile/North store remain open during the construction period, giving community organizations time to help build its customer base. (The community only received about a month’s notice of the store closing.)

An accompanying letter to Mr. Wasson identifies several additional business reasons not to close the Mobile/North store, including the fact that the property’s lease renewed for 5 years in January 2014, and that the temporary store 1.5 miles to the west will lack adequate parking.

The petition was sponsored by the North Avenue Zoning and Development Advisory Committee (NAZDAC), which represents residents of Chicago‘s Galewood neighborhood and north Oak Park.