Edgewater’s Little Free Library System Approaches A Record Number Of Libraries

Ever wonder how many little free libraries have been constructed in the neighborhood?

Since neighbors started constructing the libraries, we have a grand total of 70 that have popped up in the neighborhood so far. To help them reach their goal of 100 Little Free Libraries, Edgewater Reads will be hosting another Community Build Day on June 17th at 10 am behind Senn High School.

Little Free Library kits will be provided. You can just bring yourself, a building friend, and a few tools you may have around. The kits are free for residents of Edgewater and a $50 donation for builders joining in from outside Edgewater.

RSVP is required for the event due to limited materials. You can RSVP to Taylor at taylor@48thward.org

Edgewater Reads runs completely off of donations and volunteer hours.

Acting Up Awards – Edgewater Youth Little Free Library Initiative Video below:

“In May 2016, The Chicago Community Trust hosted its annual On the Table event – a day when 55,000 people around the region took part in honest mealtime conversations about community. Afterward, the Trust invited On the Table participants to share their actionable ideas for community impact. This video was one of the winning submissions, whose creators were awarded $1,000 each to bring their ideas to life on behalf of a better Chicago.” – The Chicago Community (YouTube)

2017 Edgewater Living Treasures Recognition: Saturday, June 10th (Video)

The Edgewater Historical Society will be recognizing four of our neighbors this Saturday. If you would like to attend, you are invited to the formal induction of Andrew Park, Tom Welch, Gregg Rojewski and Steve Pryor into the Living Treasures of Edgewater for their outstanding service to the Edgewater community.

The event will take place on June 10 at 1:00 pm at the Edgewater Public Library, 6000 N Broadway. Light refreshments will be served.

We included a few of EHS’ video links below:

Tom Welch: Creating Opportunities For Connections

Gregg Rojewski and Steve Pryor: Giving Back to the Community We Love


Andrew Park: A Moment Where Anything is Possible

Direct Video Links:

Creating Opportunities For Connections

Giving Back to the Community We Love

A Moment Where Anything is Possible


Around the Hood: Lake Shore Drive Northern Terminus Open House Tomorrow

The city is conducting a study to inform a long-term planning process for the future of Lake Shore Drive and how it affects traffic through our community. The purpose of the NTTS is to address the transportation issues at the northern terminus of North Lake Shore Drive at Hollywood Avenue. This study is complementary to the Phase I Study on North Lake Shore Drive (NLSD) from Grand Avenue to Hollywood Avenue.

If you are interested, the open house will be from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. with a presentation at 6:00 P.M tomorrow (Tuesday, June 6) at Senn High School.

Exhibits will be on display and project team members will be present to discuss the project and answer questions.

“You Are Beautiful” WTTW Good Neighborhood Project 2nd Place Winner

Another great neighborhood clip put together by the students over at Senn…

“Senn Broadcast Journalism students Edgar Flores, Reagan Ivie, and Kendall Jackson Jr. created a stunning video about Matthew Hoffman, the creator of the YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL art installations seen around Chicago.

This video won Second Place at Chicago’s First Annual Good Neighborhood Project sponsored by WTTW. The students won $3,000 scholarship money, kindly provided by the station’s donors.

Thanks to WTTW for the opportunity, and congratulations to the students and Senn on the victory!” – mkcullinane1

Direct Video Link: “You Are Beautiful” WTTW Good Neighborhood Project 2nd Place Winner

American Dealers Minisode Featuring Broadway Antique Market’s Two-Headed Lamb

Very cool. Check out Broadway Antique Market‘s Danny Alias’ minisode on American Dealers.

Who knew we had a two-headed lamb and a two-headed cow in The Glen? 🙂


Direct video links:

American Dealers Minisode Featuring Broadway Antique Market (Two-Headed Lamb)

American Dealers Minisode Featuring Broadway Antique Market (Two-Headed Calf)

“Broadway Armory” WTTW Good Neighborhood Project Winner (Video)

“Senn Broadcast Journalism students Kamryn Fleenor and Kayla Williams created a fantastic video about the Broadway Armory and all the great contributions it makes to the Uptown/Edgewater community. This video won a select award at Chicago’s First Annual Good Neighborhood Project sponsored by WTTW. The students won $500 scholarship money, kindly provided by the station’s donors. Thanks to WTTW for the opportunity, and congratulations to the students and Senn on the victory!” – mkcullinane1

You can subscribe to Senn TV here.

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 kaulas@rcn.com or 773-368-3949.

Neighborhood History: Made In Chicago Overview (Video)

Very cool. We stumbled upon this short overview video this morning of the exhibit “Made in Chicago” featured at the Edgewater Historical Society from May 18, 2017 until April, 2018. This exhibit is part of an online museum, madeinchicagomuseum.com.

The narrator is the owner of the collection and the curator of the exhibit, Andrew Clayman.

You can subscribe to EHS’ YouTube channel here