This is pretty cool.
We recently came across Chicago Magazine’s Best Places to Live article, from earlier this year, which ranked Edgewater as one of the top 12 neighborhoods to live in the city.
“Talk to residents and you’ll hear them describe a near-magical place: broad Lake Michigan beaches, lovely tree-lined streets, cool shops that are easy to walk to, and watering holes where everyone knows your name. The list of pros goes on and on. Diversity? Check: Andersonville, in particular, has attracted many gay residents (who have remade the upper reaches of Clark Street into a hot design-store destination). Easy access to downtown? Jump on the Red Line or an express bus that will whiz you down Lake Shore Drive, the prettiest commute in the city.” – Real Estate 2014, Chicago’s Best Neighborhoods and Suburbs: Edgewater
We’re super impressed by how hard our friends over at the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, Edgewater Chamber of Commerce & The 48th Ward Office have been working to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood and get the word out. We’re guessing you guys had a hand in this one as well. Nice work!
We touched base with our new neighbors that are transforming the vacant space left by m.henrietta on Broadway & Granville. More details to come as we get into early November. Quick update below:
“Revival Social Club features both classic and new-American cuisine designed to lift the spirits and revive the soul. The menu offers both small and large plates for an individual or to share and the full-bar features a unique craft cocktail menu. Revival seats 74 inside with a back patio area that will seat another 20 during warmer months. The restaurant is slated to open in early November at 1133 W. Granville Ave in North Edgewater and will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week with a special brunch menu Saturday and Sunday. A coffee bar in the mornings will feature Dark Matter Coffee roasts and a full-menu of coffee drinks.“
Welcome to the neighborhood guys!
It sure seems to be a rough out there in the wilds of Edgewater Glen for our feline friends this week. We’ve got another homeless kitty out there folks 😦
Our neighbors rescued this sweetheart in the neighborhood today. The cat was found in a backyard on the 1200 block of Glenlake. If you recognize it as being one of your neighbors, or if it is your pet, please see Margie’s note below (feel free to also forward to your friends and neighbors in the area who may not be on here):
“She’s black with white markings and white whiskers and I think she’s almost deaf. I’m taking her to Uptown today to see if she has a chip. If she’s lost she needs a home soon. She can’t take care of herself because of her hearing and she’s extremely sweet. She’s not feral.”
“I took her to Uptown and she is chipped. She was adopted from Harmony House and they are searching for the owner. She will stay at Uptown until tomorrow and Harmony House will pick her up and return her to owners or if they deem them fit, if not she will go back to the shelter. But if someone recognizes her and says it’s their cat, she’s at Uptown Vets on Clark St. Or if someone is interested in her, they can contact Harmony House.”
– Margie (Edgewater Glen Neighbor)
Thanks for rescuing this sweetheart Margie, Tracy & Marsha. Hopefully she finds her parents or a foster family before getting sent to the Chicago pound – yikes!
We stumbled upon this proposal by a group called the Chicago Streetcar Renaissance for a Clark Street Starter Line while doing a little research to learn about what happened to our Clark Street streetcar this weekend.
What do you think — cool or crazytown? (scroll down to the bottom to vote)
“The Clark Street line would run through the four zip codes with the highest transit ridership in all of Chicago. In these neighborhoods, drivers are the minority. They’ll still be able to drive to work, but not down Clark Street: Clark is going to be optimized for commuting and shopping.
The Clark Street line connects the city’s most densely populated neighborhoods with the Near North and the Loop. It connects downtown to some of the city’s most popular attractions, including North Avenue Beach and the Lincoln Park Zoo, where quality transit service is desperately needed.
It runs through the area with the highest transit ridership, but where it’s too far to walk to the elevated train, so those riders have been relegated to buses stuck in traffic.” – Chicago Streetcar Renaissance
Chicago Architecture Blog’s Should Chicago Resurrect its Streetcars?
WBEZ’s Why busses arrive in bunches
Chicago Streetcar Map – 1937
Clark & Ashland Intersection (Showing our Clark St. Streetcar by Gethsemane)
Our neighbor Kim, on Norwood, tipped us off to the crazy Halloween window display at the picture framing place on Granville & Broadway this weekend. Wow, nice work guys. That is FREAKY!
It is exciting to see a bunch of haunted houses already going up around the hood. If you or your family wants to participate in our neighborhood’s freaky house contest this year, send us a picture or two of your halloween masterpieces next week and we’ll post them here in a gallery for the kids to check out the morning of the 31st before they rake it in.
Photo submissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are thrilled the festivities are on a Friday this year so we can all keep having fun at our neighborhood Halloween porch parties.
Great to see the whole neighborhood really getting into the spirit for all *ehem* the kids this year! 🙂
So cool. We got to take a look around upstairs our (retired) neighborhood firehouse yesterday for Open House Chicago right as they were setting up for a wedding. Apparently the back kitchen is where they kept the horses to pull the fire truck. What a sweet event space for the neighborhood.
Congrats Julie & Melissa. Hope you had a fantastic night with friends & family!
FIREHOUSE CHICAGO HISTORY
Before Chicago built the Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium, the Wrigley Building, or even Wrigley Field, Chicago built a firehouse for Engine Company 70 with high ceilings, white glazed brick, and 4 stables. For 105 years, Engine Company 70 was an integral part of the neighborhood and the original fire engine, drawn by horses, is today on display at the Chicago Fire Academy.
On our block, old-timers share their fond memories; how during block parties the firemen would open up the hydrants for the kids to play, how the firemen let the neighborhood kids reach down into an icebox to grab a free soda, and how everyone felt safe with the firemen at the end of the block.
AN INNOVATIVE RENOVATION
Following an intense competition to determine who would own the then-vacant building, our distinctive renovation plan led the City of Chicago to award Firehouse Chicago as the most worthy caretaker of the historic building. We’ve restored the building back to its original period beauty, featuring antique doors, lighting, and plumbing fixtures.
The result is a wonderful space for your next event. Contact us to schedule a tour.
Scource: Firehouse Chicago
OK, well not really FM. We’ve got a ton of incredible artists, musicians, bands & DJs calling Edgewater home. Experimenting with something new here…
If you are a local musician, we thought it might be fun to showcase your tunes right here on Edgewater Glen FM so the neighborhood can have a listen and maybe check you out live sometime. Feel free to send in your Soundcloud sets and we will feature your playlist for the hood.
All genres welcome! (including local DJs)
Soundcloud links to: email@example.com
Follow: Edgewater Glen FM
We’ve been noodling on setting up a neighborhood gallery space here where local visual artists can showcase & link to their work too… (if there is an interest)
If you have been following the continuing saga of the abandoned hospital but missed Ben Woodard’s article this morning, have a listen to his thoughtful piece below.
Thanks for all the neighborhood sleuthing Ben. We dig your work.
Have you taken a look inside? 😮
Just a few more hours until you can wrap it up folks… Happy Friday!
Professor Ann Durkin Keating
Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
Broadway Armory Park – 5917 N. Broadway
Saturday & Sunday, October 18th & 19th
All over Edgewater (and Chicago)
We thought some of you might get a kick out of this big data analysis by Zillow to determine the Top 20 Cities for Trick-or-Treating in America.
While Zillow’s methodology may be somewhat debatable (by not accounting for actual trick-or-treater data or neighborhood Halloween spirit), there appears to be only one major flaw in the neighborhood findings here. 😉
Thanks for the heads up on this Kim & Rhonda – Edgewater Glen Neighbors
Top 10 Cities for Trick-or-Treating
(Head on over to Zillow for the full list of 20)
Top Ranking Trick-or-Treating Neighborhoods
“We calculate the Trick-or-Treat Index using a holistic approach with four equally weighted data variables: Zillow Home Value Index, population density, Walk Score® and local crime data from Relocation Essentials. Based on these variables, the index represents cities that will provide the most candy, in the least amount of time, with the fewest safety risks.”