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Planned Infrastructure Improvement Projects For The 48h Ward (Interactive Map)

If it is of interest, we put together this interactive map of all the infrastructure improvement projects planned for the 48th Ward in 2017.

You can select each icon or area on the map below to learn more about the planned project at each location. You can also select the square icon in the upper right-hand corner of the map to go full screen. Enjoy!

Listing of the planned projects put out by the Alderman’s Office yesterday listed below:

Alley Apron Improvements

5718 N. Glenwood

1053 W. Thorndale

1052 W. Thorndale

1023 W. Thorndale

5646 N. Wayne

5616 N. Glenwood

1415 W. Bryn Mawr

1340 W. Rosemont

1217 W. Catalpa

1040 W. Ainslie

Street Resurfacing

Balmoral, from Broadway to Kenmore

Wayne, Ardmore to Early (proposed)

Ardmore, Sheridan to cul-de-sac (proposed)

Thorndale, Broadway to Sheridan (proposed)

Park Distict Improvements

Senn Park Improvements

Dog Park – Bryn Mawr & Lake Shore Dr. (proposed)

Curb, Gutter & Sidewalk Improvements

Magnolia & Granville (intersection improvement)

Winthrop & Foster (Goudy School)

Thome & Glenwood (NCA School)

Elmdale & Greenview (Immanuel Lutheran Church)

Broadway & Thorndale (S/E corner)

Ainslie & Kenmore (north side of Ainslie, Kenmore to the alley west)

Bump-Out Installations

Wayne & Ridge (on Wayne, north of Ridge)

Elmdale & Broadway (on Elmdale, west of Broadway

Thorndale & Lakewood (1263 W. Thorndale)

Stop For Pedestrian Sign Installation

Devon & Wayne (proposed)

Foster & Lake Shore Drive (proposed)

Clark & Farragut

Clark & Summerdale

Clark & Rascher

Clark & Olive

Clark & Hollywood

Art Projects 

Peirce School Mural

Berwyn LSD Viaduct Mural

50/50 Neighborhood Art Project

Broadway Armory Sculpture (proposed)

Pedestrian Refuge Islands 

Rosedale & Broadway (proposed)

Norwood & Broadway (proposed)

Hood & Broadway (proposed)

Rosemont & Broadway (proposed)

Street Light Pole Painting

Marine Drive, Ainslie to Foster

Broadway, Ainslie to Foster

Sheridan, Bryn Mawr to Hollywood (proposed)

Wayne, Bryn Mawr to Foster

Clark, Ridge to Devon (proposed)

Misc. Improvements

Glenwood Greenway Bike Lane – complete

Devon & Glenwood – Crosswalk Improvements

Bryn Mawr & Sheridan – Bus Pad Installation (proposed)

Bryn Mawr & Sheridan Intersection Improvement, east of Sheridan (proposed)

Flood Light Installation – Winthrop & Winona, Dog Park at LSD & Bryn Mawr and Argyle, Sheridan to Marine

Lickity Split Donates 10% Of Their Sales Today To Swift Elementary School (Video)

We sure have had a bunch of Edgewater Glen businesses pitching in to help out the students at Swift School this year!

If you need an excuse tonight, Lickity Split (at 6056 N Broadway St) is donating 10% of all their sales today to Swift Elementary.

They are open until 10pm 🙂

Direct Video Link: Chicago’s Best Ice Cream – Lickity Split


Around the Hood: The Edgewater Glen Spring Plant Swap Is Tomorrow (Saturday, May 27)

We dug through the neighborhood archives and unearthed the very first Edgewater Glen Plant Swap flyer and included it below.

Inspired by the annual Edgewater Glen Garden Walk with its ‘world of plants and the magic that they can bring to even the smallest of urban yards’ Norwood neighbor Tom Brennan organized our first plant exchange on Sept. 21, 1991 in the park at Greenview & Elmdale. The plant exchange was so enthusiastically received, that it was quickly expanded into a twice-a-year event, spring & fall, and moved to Tom’s plant-filled yard.

When Tom had to leave Edgewater Glen in the late 90s, Sue Green and Kim Kaulas continued the neighborhood tradition of bringing beginning-to-experienced gardeners together to meet & share horticultural treasures, gardening paraphernalia, and socialize.

This year’s 26th annual Edgewater Glen Spring Plant Swap will be tomorrow, Saturday, May 27th, between 10:00 am-12:00 pm, in the back yard at 1420 W. Glenlake (weather permitting).

It is a great time to divide & transplant perennials like hostas, ferns, ornamental grasses, or any other plants you’d like to share. Gardening paraphernalia is welcome too. Even if you don’t have anything to share, head on over there & meet your gardening neighbors. They usually have leftovers that need a home.

First Edgewater Glen Plant Swap flyer circa 1991

For more info about the plant swap, you can contact Kim Kaulas at or 773-368-3949.

Around the Hood: Five Full Moon Fire Jams Scheduled For The Neighborhood This Summer

The Edgewater summer event calendar is filling up quick folks. This year’s Full Moon Fire Jam schedule below…

“The jams are monthly celebrations, bringing together a diverse community of performers, musicians, and spectators. Dozens of fire spinners perform to music provided by local percussionists, using performance tools such as poi (a set of chains with weighted ends), staff, hula hoops and fans. It’s a display that is part artistry and part athleticism, inspired by a long tradition of fire performance with roots in South Pacific cultures. Fire spinners include everyone from amateur hobbyists to professional performance artists and Chicago jam performers usually come from the city, greater Chicagoland area and neighboring Great Lakes regions.

The jams are organized and run on a purely volunteer basis by members of the Chicago Fire Tribe community. Volunteer “fire wranglers” help keep the jam running, dealing with organization/set-up/clean up and managing performers during the jams. Volunteer “rangers” assist with crowd management and control.”

Direct Video Link: Chicago Full Moon Jam


June 8th – 7:00pm (Gather)  7:30pm (Jam Start) 10:00pm (Jam Finish)
July 6th – 7:00pm (Gather)  7:30pm (Jam Start) 10:00pm (Jam Finish)
August 7 –  7:00pm (Gather)  7:30pm (Jam Start) 10:00pm (Jam Finish)
September 6 – 7:00pm (Gather)  7:30pm (Jam Start) 10:00pm (Jam Finish)
October 5 – 6:00pm (Gather)  6:30pm (Jam Start) 9:15 pm (Jam Finish)


¼ mile south of the Foster Ave Turf Fields on the lakefront. They are south of the beach, on the east side of the lakefront trail, in the big field. Approximate address: 5100N & Lake Shore Drive.

Watch: A first ride on Chicago’s Glenwood Greenway (Video)

Looks like someone posted the first GoPro of the new bike lane. Work on the Glenwood Greenway Bike Lane began this week and is expected to be completed next week.

“The Glenwood Greenway, featuring a contraflow bike lane, runs from Bryn Mawr to Carmen in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. Sharrows still need to be installed for bikes riding with traffic on Glenwood, as well as on a short stretch of Carmen to connect Glenwood with bike lanes on Broadway.”

Seems pretty straight forward but directions below if you need ’em…

Direct Video Link: A first ride on Chicago’s (mostly finished) Glenwood Greenway

Around the Hood: Chicago Craft Beer Week Coming To The Neighborhood

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Hold on to your beard nets folks. It looks like Chicago Craft Beer Week is coming North. There are four spots on the Edgewater map this year.

Local event calendar & “celebrating neighborhoods” promo video below.

Edgewater Craft Beer Week Event Calendar

Founders Barrel-Aged Feature by Jerry’s Andersonville – May 22nd 6:00 pm – 11;30 pm

“Come enjoy the last three barrel-aged beers Founders has released: Lizard of Koz, Frootwood, and KBS. In a supporting role, we’ll have All Day IPA and Red’s Rye.”

Brewer Meet-n-Greet by Andersonville Brewing – May 23rd 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Andersonville Brewing’s new Head Brewer, Darell Mikols, has been working vigoursly in the brewhouse over the past couple of months learning the brew system and crafting beers. Now it’s time for him to step out from the tanks and enjoy some pints with everyone at the brewpub. Please join us for our Brewer Meet-n-Greet. The brewhouse will be open for tours and Darell will be in-house to answer questions all about how we make this delicious concoction called BEER. Come on in and try one of our new brews (or an old favorite)! Drafts available on tap: “Blonde Bombshell” (Blonde Ale) “Pride” (Farmhouse Ale) Saison w/ Lemongrass & Corriander “Mary Hoppins” (Pale Ale) “Gangster Hopped- Up” (Amber Ale) “Whippa IPA” (India Pale Ale with Simcoe, Mosiac & Citra Hops) ($1.00 Off all drafts during event)”

Garden Party with Avery and Forbidden Root by Jerry’s Andersonville – May 23rd 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm

“Hey all, bring your fancy flowery hat. The Kentucky Derby will have come and gone, but now you can use your big flowery hat a second time this year! Grab a table and some dinner on our patio (space allowing), and enjoy several botanical beers from two breweries who do it best! Tuesday May, 23rd at 6 PM, we’ll be featuring botanical beers from Forbidden Root and Avery Brewing Company. From Forbidden Root: Sublime Ginger Tropical Toy Boat Fernetic East Coast Pale Ale From Avery: Tangerine Quad Raspberry Sour Apricot Sour Vanilla Bean Stout Coconut Porter”

The Beasts of the Barrel by Fireside Restaurant and Lounge – May 25th 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm

“A celebration of barrel-aged beers! We’ll be tapping a slew of rare gems, including: 2016 Goose Island BCBS Proprietor’s Blend 2016 Goose Island BCBS Stout 2015 Goose Island BCBS Stout 2014 Goose Island BCBS Barleywine Deschutes Abyss The Bruery Poterie Central Waters Barrel-aged Scotch Ale Arcadia Barrel-aged Shipwreck Porter Excel 3rd Anniversary Saison Hinterland Barrel-aged Doppelbock Goose Island Grand Prestige Barrel-aged Brown Ale Brouwerij Van Steenberge Piraat Rum Barrel-aged Belgian More to be added soon!”

The Edgewater Historical Society & Museum’s Spring Benefit Will Be April 20th

The Spring Benefit Dinner for the Edgewater Historical Society will be next Thursday, April 20 at The Breakers.

EHS involves the community in the research, documentation, collection and preservation of Edgewater History, promotes the study, sharing, and enjoyment of that history; and promotes the preservation of landmarks and historical structures in our neighborhood.

If you would like to help support the organization there is still time reserve your spot before the April 14th deadline. See you there!

Event Info

Thursday, April 20, 2017
from 6-9 p.m.
The Breakers at Edgewater Beach
5333 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago
Donation: $75 ($70 each for two or more)

Click here to order tickets by mail with a check.
Click here to order tickets online with a credit card.

The Vacant Broadway Bank Will Be Home To The Peterson Garden Project’s 6th Annual Edible Plant Sale

The vacant Broadway Bank Building at 5948 N Broadway will be transformed into the Peterson Garden Project’s Edible Plant Sale April 22 & 23rd and then again on May 7th & 8th. The April sale will be for cooler-weather seedlings while the one in May will be for warmer-weather seedlings.

Their certified organic vegetable and herb seedlings are grown by Montalbano Farms and are hand-selected for growing well in Chicago. They will be offering heirloom favorites and open-pollinated dwarf tomato seedlings, as well as a few disease-resistant cucumber, tomato, and basil seedlings. They will also have many more items for sale, including certified organic Purple Cow compost and locally-produced mushroom compost.

For more information on what they will be selling you can head over to the PGP 2017 Plant Sale List here.

All proceeds from the sale benefit Peterson Garden Project’s education programs.