If you missed out on the inaugural City Made Fest last year, time to mark your calendars. This was easily Edgewater’s best little underground block party featuring local businesses, brewers and artists from all across Chicago — right in our town center.
It looks like our A-ville friends & neighbors have lined up a great group of local Chicago bands this year. See you in town!
Son Monarchas (Website)
Sure Fire Groove (Website)
Jason Maek & Zaena (Website)
LIL’ ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS (Website)
Deanna Devore (Website)
Congress of Starlings (Website)
Stann Champion’s Roots Rock Society (Website)
Antony & The Tramps (Website)
Brent Kimbrough & Company Quintet (Website)
Ever wonder how our quaint Clark & Ridge intersection got to be the way it is today?
Arguably not one of our neighborhood’s finest moments in urban design & planning… we came across this fascinating animated gif of the Hollywood extension of Lake Shore Drive into the neighborhood sometime between 1952 & 1962. It is like a gigantic snow plow drove right through Magnolia Glen. We thought it might be interesting to some of our neighborhood history buffs.
We’re always on the lookout for historical images of the neighborhood. If you find any cool old photos in your attic that might be fun to share with the neighbors, send ’em in!
According to DNA Info Chicago our new Edgewater Glen locations will be at North Broadway and Granville Avenue (sidewalk, curbside) & Clark Street and Granville (sidewalk, building-side)
Hummers in the Hood
“No, we are not talking about the extra large-scale SUVs, but rather, the very small-scale hummingbirds that have been frequenting our garden. So small, we sometimes think they are dragonflies, and very quick, the ruby-throated hummingbird is sometimes hard to see, let alone get a decent photo of. They will be migrating south to Mexico soon to overwinter, but should be back next May. Attract the colorful males with hummingbird feeders or attract the less-flashy females with nectar-rich flowers and maybe she will decide to spend the summer and raise a family in your backyard. After hatching young the females will only eat from flowers (not feeders) so if you really want a show, consider doing both.
The hummers in our garden really show a preference for scarlet bee balm, but other flowers that should attract them include trumpet creeper and weigela. If any neighbors have additional recommendations for flowers to attract hummingbirds, by all means let us know!”
– Tara (Hood Avenue Neighbor)
Part of the concept for this site grew out of the desire to bring folks in the neighborhood together and foster new friendships across all our little block party jurisdictions.
We are also all about buying local and supporting our Edgewater Glen economy over here. It has been said that for every $1 spent at local businesses, 45¢ is reinvested locally. We can’t think of better way to make new friends, meet your neighbors and support our local neighborhood economy than by using our neighbors services!
FYI – If you live in Edgewater Glen and own your own business, we would be happy to feature your business in our “Local Businesses” postings so the neighbors can know about you. Or… if you just want to be listed in the Local Businesses section we can do that as well. Feel free to drop us a line so we can beef up that section for everyone in the neighborhood.
One month until City Made Fest!
Ever wonder what the backstory is behind our lovely neighborhood lighthouse?
“In 2010 The Edgewater Community Council (ECC) chose to celebrate it’s 50th anniversary with a ‘Lighting the Way’ Lighthouse Crawl. Businesses were asked to sponsor over 20 wooden lighthouses built by the Volini brothers Mike and Dave. The theme was symbolic of ECC’s lakefront location, warmth of home, safe harbor and its commitment to serve the people of Edgewater.
This fundraiser would help continue this mission while drawing attention to the many art and community activities in Edgewater. Because Darryl and I love this community we decided to sponsor a lighthouse and were 1 of two private homes that did so. Each sponsor was to decorate the lighthouse in a unique manner consistent with the mission and theme of ECC.
We immediately collaborated with Jeanne and John Riley, our resident Hood artists who designed, painted and developed the stained glass waves. The many colored glass pieces directly under the solar light represent the diversity in the community, the orange slivers the rising sun, the small glass pieces the night stars and the many hues of blue the lake front waters. At the bottom there are still some remnants of sand from the beach but most has washed away over the years.
Once all the lighthouses were complete there was a grand parade and viewing of them at Gethsemane. They also had sponsored 2 10 foot houses which lasted for about 2 years. Subsequently each business located their lighthouse outside of their business and a map was provided by ECC so folks could walk around and view them at their leisure. Because of the harsh winter we are beginning to see a decline in the wooden base and do not expect our dear lighthouse to last another. Jeanne and I are currently trying to think of a way to save the top portion and continue displaying our beloved lighthouse.”
– Patricia (Hood Avenue Neighbor)
It looks like Hollywood has discovered our little corner of paradise!
Anyone know if the “quotes” mean this will actually be an underground art flick? 🙂
(Just a heads up… They will also be filming inside the new Know No Limits. You can use your membership card at either the Andersonville or Broadway sister Cheetah gyms tomorrow)