Around the Hood: The Glenlake Branch Library System Keeps Growing And Growing

Well folks, it looks like Glenlake has definitely taken the lead with building out their little free library system in The Glen. Not sure when this new one popped up but we think that puts Glenlake up to three Little Free Libraries at this point.

Anyone know what the total is between Norwood, Glenlake, Hood & Granville now?

Edgewater Glen Branch Library System Photo Gallery

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If you have any photos of other libraries in the system, feel free to send ’em in and we’ll add them to the gallery:

Go Edgewater Program To Continue In 2017 With Support From The Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project & EHS

The results of last year’s Go Edgewater campaign are in (infographic attached). Overall, 54% of people who filled out the post-survey last fall said that they are now walking, biking, or taking transit more often because of the program.

The Go Campaigns are City of Chicago neighborhood campaigns meant to encourage more biking, walking, and transit use.

The City of Chicago received a federal grant to organize Go Campaigns in five Chicago neighborhoods. The first program piloted in 2013 with Go Bronzeville and continued with Go Pilsen (2014), Go Albany Park and Go Edgewater (2015), and Go Garfield Park (2016). Each campaign ran for four months and offered free resources, events, and support to residents to encourage them to walk, bicycle, and take transit more often.

The Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project and the Edgewater Historical Society will be continuing Go Edgewater this summer.

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Photos courtesy of Go Edgewater

Around the Hood: The Pivot Arts Festival Kick-Off Party

The Pivot Arts Festival Kick-Off Party will be on Wednesday, May 10 at 6 pm at Francesca’s Bryn Mawr, 1039 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

You can mingle with staff, board members, artists and community members for an evening of entertainment, signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and raffle. Tickets ($45 in advance) are currently available at

All proceeds from the Festival Kick-Off Party support the 5th annual PIVOT ARTS FESTIVAL, a celebration of innovative performances and multi-disciplinary works from June 1 – June 11, 2017 throughout Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods

The ten-day Festival, showcases some of Chicago’s top artistic innovators, features theater, dance, puppetry, hybrid/multidisciplinary works, spoken word/hip hop, children’s performances, workshops, discussions, wine tastings, an interactive performance/dinner party.

Artists currently confirmed for the 2017 Festival include Axis Lab, Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape, Barrel of Monkeys, Tiff Beatty, Lizi Breit and Dan Kerr-Hobert, Rachel Claff and Chloe Johnston, CircEsteem, The Neo-Futurists, Rough House Theater, Same Planet Different World, Storytown Improv and Synapse Arts. The full line-up of dates, events, and venues will be announced shortly. Tickets, ranging from free to $25, go on sale Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at

The Festival will also include the third annual “Celebrate Community!” Parade on Saturday, June 3 at 2 pm, kicking off at George B. Swift Elementary School (corner of Thorndale and Winthrop Aves.) and culminating at the Colvin House, home to Creative Coworking, at 5940 N. Sheridan Rd.

Festival venues and locations in the neighborhood include Chicago Filmmakers, Creative Coworking, FLATSstudio, Income Tax Bar, Independent Spirits, Lickity Split Custard and Sweet Shop, Ras Dashen, Swift Elementary School, Uncommon Ground, and Uptown Underground.

From the Neighbors: Kitties In Need Of A Loving Home

Our neighbor Toni recently rescued a beautiful cat named Gracie. She happened to have six little beautiful kittens that need new homes.

If you know somebody who might want an adorable new kitten you can contact Toni at:

Edgewater Medical Center Demolition Scheduled to be Completed in September or October

In case you missed the update from MCZ via Alderman O’Connor yesterday….

“The demolition contractor has been busy working on creating the room needed to tear down the bigger buildings on the site to create a podium to support the larger equipment needed for most of the demolition.  Once that podium is complete, they will work on taking down the bigger buildings.  As a part of the demolition, the contractor is recycling as much of the buildings as possible such as separating out the metal and salvaging bricks, some of which MCZ will use in the redevelopment of the front buildings. 

We are currently clearing out one floor of the front building in order to allow us to work on plans for the redevelopment.  Once the floor is clear we will be able to get accurate measurements.  The work on the plans will continue through the next six to eight months in order to apply for building permits for the redevelopment. 

Right now the demolition is scheduled to be complete sometime around September or October.  Once the buildings have been remediated, removed, the site will be ready for Park construction and the redevelopment of the front buildings.  

Asbestos remediation continues and the buildings on the park side of the property should be clean in the next several weeks.  Currently the buildings on Edgewater have been remediated and the main focus is on the building on Hollywood and Ashland. 

We have received permission from MWRD to dewater the basements.  We expect that this will start sometime next week weather permitting.  The amount of water to come out of this portion of the building is significantly less than the amount that came out of the garage and we believe the pumping might only need to occur for a couple of weeks.”

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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.

Edgewater Glen’s, Patio Beef, To Donate 10% Of All Sales To Swift School On April 21st

Patio Beef, an Edgewater favorite for over 35 years, will donate 10% of all sales on Friday, April 21 to Friends of Swift.

Owners Leo and Soula Diantzikis are donating the money to support Swift School’s 5th graders’ trip to White Pines Ranch in May. White Pines Ranch (in Oregon, Illinois) provides opportunities for outdoor education. You can learn more here about the program:

Swift Elementary School is a Level 1+ Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster school, serving grades preK-8 with a population that represents over 50 countries and over 65 home languages.

In case you need an excuse, head on over the 21st!

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.


Opportunities For Makers & Local Performers at The Edgewater Farmers Market

Interested in being a vendor or performing an acoustic set at the Edgewater Farmers Market?

The Edgewater Farmers Market runs from June 3 – Oct. 14, Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. These are rain or shine events, and vendors are required to attend every market. Set up is from 7 – 7:50 a.m. and breakdown is from 1 – 2 p.m.
2017 : Vendor Application

For artisans who would like to sell products for a single Saturday, you can become a Maker Tent vendor. They will provide a table and tent.
2017: Maker Tent Application

You can call (773) 561-6000 or email for more info.

Video by Edgewater Candles


Around the Hood: Metropolis Coffee Company Documentary (Video)

Great little spot on our neighborhood roasting company, Metropolis Coffee Company.

“A coffee house should be a neighborhood center. It should be equally a place to relax as a place to plan a revolution. The Boston Tea Party, the storming of the Bastille, and the Russian revolution were all planned at coffee houses. A coffee house should be a showcase for artists, a forum for ideas, and a catalyst for conversation.”  – Metropolis