Backyard Front Yard: Are you rain ready?

rainbarrelThere sure we’re some pretty major puddles in the neighborhood this weekend. Are you rain ready?

One of our Hood Avenue neighbors sent us a link to our city rain barrel program this weekend if folks are interested in learning more. Our yards offer some of the quickest and most affordable opportunities to manage water.

Chicago Tribune: Roll out the Barrel and help your garden grow

Houzz: Rain Barrel Home Design Photos

There are a few reference vidoes from the Center for Neighborhood Technology’s Wetrofit Program below (try to say that out loud with a straight face)

Sure everything is about to be a solid block of ice but spring is just around the corner! 😉

Thanks for the neighbor submission Tara.

Rain Barrels

Property Assessment

Home Improvements

Green Roofs

Neighborhood History: What Makes a Neighborhood, Anyway?

Well this looks right up our alley.

“With the advent of social media, the internet and global “communities” of interest, is the
geographic neighborhood still an important distinction in our lives?”

More wonderful exhibits & events about our neighborhood from the Edgewater Historical Society. Mark your calendar!


Professor Ann Durkin Keating
Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
Broadway Armory Park – 5917 N. Broadway

“Join us to explore the important questions of what makes up community identity, with
Professor Ann Keating Durkin, who has written extensively on the history of Chicago’s
neighborhoods — a great context to also consider Edgewater’s past and future.

The Edgewater Community Area has a population of 56,521 with 15 block club
neighborhoods and with a strong condo association presence on Sheridan Road. We coexist
within a mere 1.5 square miles, with one of the highest densities in the city, yet we still have
individual neighborhood identities, and there is still a strong historic identity as Edgewater.
With the advent of social media, the internet and global “communities” of interest, is the
geographic neighborhood still an important distinction in our lives? Will parishes, local schools
and block clubs continue to be the backbone of our community infrastructures?

Dr. Keating holds the Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professorship at North Central College,
where she is a history professor and chair of the History Department. Co-Editor of The
Encyclopedia of Chicago, Dr. Keating has authored several books on Chicago’s
neighborhoods and suburbs, including:

Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide

Chicagoland: City and Suburbs in the Railroad Age

Building Chicago: Suburban Developers and the Creation of a Divided Metropolis

Rising Up from Indian Country: The Battle of Fort Dearborn and the Birth of Chicago

Edgewater Glen Halloween House Contest!

26 days left until…

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 (Selfies by Chucky)

…the most incredible Halloween neighborhood for kiddos (and adults) comes alive!

We’ve already started noticing corn stalks & spider webs sprouting up all over the hood. Looks like the neighborhood is really kicking it up a notch this year.

If you, your partner, and/or family would like to participate in our first annual, Edgewater Glen “Creepy Halloween House Contest” send us a few wonderful photos of your yard decorations for the trick-or-treaters. We will post a gallery with everyone’s halloween masterpieces the morning of the 31st for the neighborhood to check out before raking in the candy.

Surely everyone has already started planning their Halloween porch parties to help hand out candy to the thousands of kids. Tick tock… 🙂

Good luck lasting past 8:30!

Halloween Photo Submissions:

Neighborhood Theater: Women at War – A world premiere!

Hi Neighbors!

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble has just begun their 20th anniversary season. If you enjoy local theatre right in your own backyard, check out their first production later this monthIt looks like it will be an engaging performance.

Thanks for the neighbor submission Susan G.

Women at War

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(Photos by Joe Mazza at Brave-Lux)

October 30 – December 6, 2014 

Written by Megan Carney

Directed by Artistic Director Tara Mallen

A debate rages over whether females should serve on the front lines, yet more women are being sent into combat than ever before. Woven from first-person interviews with women who have laid their lives on these lines, this new theatrical work is the result of four years of intensive research and first person interviews with women who have served. Working closely with veterans and organizations, WOMEN AT WAR explores the multifaceted world of female soldiers–from enlistment to deployment to the complicated return home.

Following each Saturday 4:00PM matinee performance, audiences are invited to join in a vital discussions about how we can better understand and honor these women warriors. Military, student, and senior discounted tickets are available.

Join us for WOMEN AT WAR, the first production of our 20th season, RTE@20. Visit for tickets, directions, free parking details, and more information about the show. Or call our office at 773-334-7728.

Neighborhood Poll: Are you OK with Whole Foods having a wine bar?

Well folks – Today is the day…

We are half expecting this evening’s, highly anticipated, unveiling of renovation plans for our abandoned Dominick’s to be the neighborhood equivalent of One Direction making a surprise appearance at the block party on Glenlake & Glenwood.

Nevertheless, a bunch of us in the neighborhood we’re wondering if folks really have concerns about their (presumed) plans to have a liquor license and a wine bar similar to the new Mariano’s? If you would like to participate, we thought it might be interesting to take an initial pulse of the neighborhood with a little online poll here.

(We will leave this, completely unofficial and informal, poll live for a few days incase you feel like waiting until after the plans are revealed. You should be able to come back and view the results at any time)

Sure, you’re probably not going to be hanging out there on a Saturday night with all the wonderful, locally owned, bars & restaurants in Edgewater but…

Are you ok with Whole Foods having a liquor license & wine bar in it?

We’re looking forward to seeing the plans & getting a better understanding of what all the red tape is about. See you tonight!

UPDATE 9:00am: We are hearing unsubstantiated rumors around the neighborhood that a (real) vote may actually take place at the community meeting tonight. If you would like to see the plans and have your voice heard, attend in person.

UPDATE 10:00pm: Well the rumors we’re true. After a standing room only presentation this evening, Harry held a neighborhood vote for both the lifting of the moratorium to allow for the selling of package goods as well as for customers to consume on the premises. Both were unanimously approved by neighborhood residents.

Extra Extra: Edgewater Glen makes it to Wikipedia


We thought this might be of interest to a few folks in the neighborhood…

In doing some neighborhood research, we stumbled upon (what seems to be) a relatively new addition of a section devoted to Edgewater Glen on Wikipedia’s main Edgewater Neighborhood Entry (link).

If you are curious, here is how it reads at this point in time:

Edgewater Glen

“Edgewater Glen is located just north of the Andersonville neighborhood. Its namesake comes from the tree-lined Glenwood Ave. which is a residential north-south street within the heart of Edgewater. Not only are the exact boundaries are somewhat unclear but, according to one source, include Devon Ave. to the north, Broadway Ave. to the east, Hollywood/Ridge Ave. to the south, and Clark/Ashland St. to the west. The name Edgewater Glen is most often referred to a real estate neighborhood and is not recognized as one of Chicago’s official neighborhoods. A local residents and businesses organization called Edgewater Glen Association, incorporated in the 1970s and which is recognized by the Edgewater Community Council, has boundaries of Granville (north), Broadway (east), Norwood (south), and Clark/Ashland (west).”

– Wikipedia’s Edgewater Neighborhood Entry  (link)

Related WBEZ Story

Backyard Front Yard: Bulb Planting Season in The Glen

Well folks… it is starting to be that time of year again. It sure would be fun to see a bunch of yellow tulips sprouting all over the neighborhood next spring.

Just thought we would put that out there 🙂

Happy planting!

When to Plant Tulips in Chicago 

More Bulb Planting & Care Information


Whole Foods Community Meeting: October 2nd

See you there!


Thursday at 6:30pm

Edgewater Library 6000 N. Broadway

“Come to a community meeting for a Whole Foods Market presentation and their request for a liquor license. 2nd floor community room of the library. The purpose of this meeting is for Whole Foods Market to present its plans for a new store at 6009 N. Broadway and to discuss the lifting of the moratorium to allow for the selling of package goods as well as for customers to consume on the premises. Whole Foods Market and their attorney will be on hand to talk about this request and to answer any questions you might have.Your attendance and input are extremely important in regards to this project. If you have any questions please call the 48th Ward’s Public Service Office at 773-784-5277 or email to” – Edgewater Chamber of Commerce

Neighborhood History: Recognize the fork in the road?

Wow… If you haven’t had a chance to stop in to our Edgewater Historical Society yet to check out all the wonderful treasures they have, do it.

What a neighborhood gem!

Recognize this intersection with train tracks down the middle?

Edgewater Glen iPhone & iPad Apps in Beta!

Hi Neighbors,

We’re super excited to report some progress on our neighborhood iPhone & iPad Apps. We will be in beta testing with some friends over the course of the next few weeks and then let it out into the wild. Below are a few preliminary screen shots of both apps if you are curious. Hopefully we’ll be able to follow up with an Android app in the Google Play Store very soon.

Stay tuned!

iPhone App Gallery

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iPad App Gallery

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