Category Archives: Neighborhood News

Around the Hood: Chicago Magic Lounge Opens in Andersonville (Video)

The Chicago Magic Lounge opened this week in the old laundromat space at 5050 N Clark St.

It looks like you can go in off the street anytime after 5pm (through the old laundry) to check out the library & and have a drink at the bar. If you want more magic experience you can head on back to the 120 seat cabaret theater they have named the Harry Blackstone Cabaret.

Below is a video clip with co-owner Joey Cranford on ABC7 this week.

Meet the Neighbors: Edgewater Glen Neighbor Runs for Judge

John Christopher Benson, who lives on the 1200 block of Glenlake with his wife and 12 year old foster son, is running for Cook County Judge, 8th subcircuit, which includes Edgewater Glen. For more information about our neighbor, you can take a look at an article by the Chicago Tribune, as well as a link to John’s website below.

John can be reached at

Around the Hood: Edgewater Craft Cocktail Crawl Next Thursday

It looks like there are a few Edgewater Glen hot spots on the first-ever Craft Cocktail Crawl next week. It is also a great opportunity to check out the brand-new Gallery 1070 space before it opens to the public and sample spirits from CH Distillery.

More info from the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce below.


Thursday, November 9 at 5 PM – 8 PM

Get Tickets at:

Get creative with us for an evening of cocktails, spirits and crafts! Meet local art-based businesses and enjoy demonstrations or hands-on activities while sampling spirits from Chicago distilleries!

Ticket price includes spirit tastings from seven distilleries, food samples at three locations and craft demonstrations. Revival Social ClubIncome Tax and The Growling Rabbit will be offering special cocktails featuring participating distilleries for purchase. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the The Chicago Mosaic School.

*Broadway/Thorndale Stop*
The Growling Rabbit
Celebrate The Growling Rabbit’s new liquor license with a sample of their seasonal Bloody Mary and a tasting from Almighty Spirits. Dig into some Maple Bourbon Sticky Chicken bites. Vegetarian options will also be available. If it’s the day of the Crawl you’re looking for more food & drink, show your passport or ticket confirmation and receive 15% off your bill! (Only applicable on November 9, 2017).

Income Tax
Experience the critically-acclaimed fine restaurant and wine bar. Choose from their cocktail specials featuring CH Distillery, made exclusively for crawl participants ($9 each).

Independent Spirits, Inc.
Check out Edgewater’s favorite local wine and spirit shop with a tasting of brandy selections from RHINE HALL. The founders of Edgewater Candles will take you through their process of hand-poured candles.

*Broadway/Norwood Stop*
Edge of Sweetness Bakery and Commercial Shared Kitchen
Enjoy samples of bourbon bacon popcorn and bourbon blondies. FEW Spirits will offer their spirits in addition to the Pocket Watch, a cocktail featuring FEW Bourbon and apple cider. Third Coast Comics will recommended comic pairings.

RAM Art Studio
Check in here first to get your passport and enjoy glass fusing demonstrations.

Whole Foods Market – Edgewater
Crafthouse Cocktails will offer a taste of their Gold Rush, Moscow Mule, Southside, and Paloma. Make and take a slip knot bracelet or necklace with AVP Jewelry & Beads.

*Granville Stop*
Aartwerk Studio
Exercise your creative side with a make and take pastel inspired by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec while you explore a selection of spirits from North Shore Distillery.

Revival Social Club
Cozy up at Revival and savor special cocktails featuring CH and KOVAL, made specifically for the Crawl ($9 each).

The Chicago Mosaic School
Appreciate the art of mosaics through demonstrations at the preeminent school in the United States while relishing in the Rye, Bourbon and Four Grain whiskeys in addition to Dry and Barreled Gin of KOVAL Distillery.

Gallery 1070
Tour the brand-new gallery featuring Edgewater Artists in Motion before it opens to the public and sample spirits from CH Distillery.

Tastings and additional partners include:
CH Distillery
Few Spirits
KOVAL Distillery
North Shore Distillery
Crafthouse Cocktails
AVP Jewelry Granville
Edgewater Candles
Third Coast Comics

Senntoberfest Fundraiser Benefiting Senn High School Will Be Saturday October 7th

The first annual SENNTOBERFEST, a fall festival to benefit Senn High School, will be next Saturday The event will begin at the new Senn Park Playground at Elmdale and Greenview with the official dedication, followed by a Halloween costume parade along Greenview to the festival.

This family-friendly event will feature:

– food and drink
– face painting
– bounce houses
– tours of Senn High School
– live music
– basketball games

Suggested donation of $5/person or $20/family. All proceeds benefit Friends of Senn NFP, the fundraising chapter for the school.

Edge of Sweetness Bakery Unveils the 108th Little Free Library in the Neighborhood

Very cool. Our neighbor Margie just sent in these photos of the latest Little Free Library that has popped up in Edgewater Glen over at Edge of Sweetness Bakery.

Pictured in these photos are our neighbors Kate (the owner of Edge of Sweetness),  Margie (who worked on the garden out front), Phillip (the artist), Tom & Taylor (who build and install many of our Little Free Libraries and organize the program), and Katrina from the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce.

Apparently, this puts Edgewater at 108 Little Free Libraries and counting!

For more info on the program, head on over to the Edgewater Reads Website

Around the Hood: North Clark Street Community Visioning

In case you missed the notice from Alderman Osterman yesterday:

“In partnership with the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, Edgewater Development Corporation, and 40th Ward Ald. O’Connor, my office invites neighbors to join us for community visioning for Clark St. between Ridge Ave. and Devon Ave.

As the rest of our community has seen economic growth and new development, we believe it is time to focus on this northern stretch of Clark St. and to work to connect it to Andersonville to the south and Rogers Park to the north.

Please save the following dates to hear about recent and upcoming developments in this area, including the new Metra station and infrastructure improvements. These events will also include local food vendors, live music, sports game screenings, and more. I will share more details in the coming weeks.” – Alderman Osterman

• Friday, Oct. 6, 5:30-7:30pm

• Saturday, Oct. 14, 2-5pm

• Sunday, Oct. 22, Noon-3pm

From the Neighbors: Edgewater Arts Festival Volunteer Registration

We have a number of Edgewater Glen neighbors that are both organizing and participating as artists in the Edgewater Arts Festival this year. The festival will take place on Saturday, September 23rd & Sunday, September 24th.

If you would like to volunteer to help make the festival a success this year, the registration form and instructions are below.

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2017EdgewaterArtsFestival-VolunteerRegistration (PDF)


Video & Public Survey: North Lake Shore Drive Project Presentation

The North Lake Shore Drive Public Meeting was on July 12th with over 260 people in attendance providing feedback on the initial range of alternatives. Participants watched the introductory video and PowerPoint presentation below, viewed exhibits, and provided their feedback through an online survey. If you missed the meeting but are interested in checking it out, all the meeting materials have been posted on their project website.

Given that Lake Shore Drive’s northern terminus is in Edgewater, this project has the potential to alter traffic patterns in the neighborhood.

It’s not too late to provide your feedback!

You can complete the Public Meeting #3 Survey or submit an online Comment Form.

Comments will be accepted through the entire project development process. However, to become part of the public record of this Public Meeting, comments and survey responses must be received or postmarked by August 9, 2017

You can stay up to date with the project at their website:

Presentation Video Below