Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Jargowood Meeting November 5th

Jnauts and Friends

VOTE!  Election Day is Tues Nov 4 - Early voting opportunities exist.  Strangely, you are supposed to vote only once.

Jargowood will meet on WEDNESDAY Nov 5 at the usual time and place - see meeting notice and agenda attached.

Standard time starts (and Daylight Savings Time ends) this weekend in the wee hours of Sat nite/Sunday morn.  Fall back!  Set your clock back one hour.

Halloween is Friday - watch out for tiny goblins.

SAVE THE DATE - Sunday December 14, 2014 - Jargowood's Annual Holiday Party @ 3 pm

Lorraine Dostal


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Who's Vandalizing The Witch's Hat?

0.375 Liter Amsterdam Vodka - for when you want to get
wasted wherever you happen to be

Its no secret this house has suffered neglect and parts of it are falling apart. Slats of wood have been rotting beneath the back porch for years. These slats were ripped off in the past week. They didn't just throw themselves onto the ground one day.

Back gate still won't shut after someone removed the latch. A caulking gun sits on the garage roof after some home improvement? Incidentally the orange notice on the garage is gone. Maybe it won't be knocked down after fall (after all)?

Vandalism and hanging out on Witch's Hat property isn't new either. Check out the old graffiti under the porch. Keeping an eye on vacant properties and picking up the trash routinely is key to stopping further destruction. Halloween is right around the corner. Let's be extra vigilant and take up the slack the bank just won't.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

New Single Families @ Sherman & Austin

Early August there were only two houses at Sherman and Austin. Now there is a third. Two car garages in the back. No listings yet on Third Meridian Realty's (for sale sign out front) web site.

This land is (according to multiple real estate sites) is zoned R-5. Vague description below from the city of Evanston.
R5 General Residential District - The R5  general residential district is  intended  to  provide for infill development of a mix of multi­family residential structures at a medium density, including  townhouses, two­ family dwellings, three­ story  walk­ups  and courtyard  apartment buildings  that  characterize the  traditional multiple ­family housing development found in this district.

No listings for the houses @ 409, 411, 415 N Sherman, Evanston, Illinois yet. It was once grass and a parking lot. The parking lot sold last year for 215,000 in just 57 days. According to Redfin,"There is a sewer cover from the days when it was a staff parking lot for St. Francis Hospital before the parking garage was built". Redfin also points out that these properties are just two and a half blocks from the Purple line.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

North Of Howard - The Gated Community Of Rogers Park

Road Closed at Clark and Juneway

The other side of North of Howard now has an unmanned checkpoint. Couple weeks ago Jonquil and Sheridan had a police manned barricade. Per Mike Klotz the road closed fence is pushed back to the middle of Juneway at night. Has been for the past few days at least.

North of Howard is the site of a disproportionate amount of gunfire and violence on the far north side. A weird sub neighborhood (no man's land) that became part of Chicago by default.  Two major chokepoints; to the east Sheridan and Jonquil and here (Clark and Juneway). Cruisers are usually positioned at Howard/Paulina and Ashland.

Evanston Police conduct impromptu seat belt and speed checks on Sheridan by the graveyard time and again. How about gun checks going in and out of NOH?

NOH becomes a de facto gated community with these street barriers. Evanston years ago walled off its entry point to NOH at Chicago and Mulford. Streets can tie communities together or divide them. Another example of poor Evanston/Chicago connectivity? Custer is north/south north of Howard and Damen is south bound only south of Howard.

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Chicagoans and Noh'ers not welcome in Evanston?
No cross walk, no bike path, just vegetation to block the view.
Foreground Chicago, Background Evanston

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Setting Up - First Art Reception @ Roman Susan Annex

This Saturday the 25th from 5-8 pm there will be a reception (for THRESHOLD) at the new Roman Susan Annex on Howard. 1607 w Howard Street its the first thing you run into going east from the "L".

Preparation for the big shindig began this past afternoon. (Before the partial solar eclipse finally showed itself). Personally this writer doesn't care what the artist or art critic thought he/she was exploring, confronting or trying to define. The main thing is the art looks cool and is well done.

This photo says that the hand above thinks its a spider and its waiting to attack unsuspecting passerby.

"The Breakers" Own Private Beach?

October 5th 2014

How do you get from here to there? How far out into Lake Michigan does someone have to wade so as to not trespass? Does the private beach get bigger when its frozen? If the lake overtakes the beach for a few decades destroying the sign what then?

Any type of apocalypse anything goes. In the meantime what happens to interlopers? Are they captured and held in dungeon of the Breakers? Do they walk the plank at Farwell Pier? Fall off a boat in the middle of the night and wash ashore? Is that okay?

Internet standbys Chicago Curbed, Yo Chicago, and RogersPark.com have all done write ups on this exclusive, off limits beach. Funny thing is most days its empty. Maybe the lords in the tower like it that way. Of course this writer walked all the way back to Jarvis back to Sheridan and then down to Sherwin to photograph the other side. Naturally.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"Some Corporation Name" Or Gallagher's Is Open Again

"We reserve the right to hold your I.D. cards
 until you leave premises"

Whatever its called its been open about three weeks. Atmosphere laid back. Low key accordion music seeps out into the dead Tuesday night air. The bar could be somewhere, anywhere in the desert or Southwest. The other octagon has a barely functioning neon parrot (Corona). If this place was really turning over a new leaf you would think maybe a different paint job or updated neon signs.

Two men came out to see why someone was taking pictures. "You like taking pictures of scenic places or something?" Nah, just wanted to see what was going on with this place. What's its name? Is it still called Gallaghers? "No man, its some corporation name". "You should come in for a drink." No man that's okay, tired, what night is it anyways? Oh yeah Tuesday night, gotta go, thanks guys.

Not completely hostile. But with smart alec answers like that would you want to go inside for a beer? If someone were taking pics outside Mayne Stage or any of the other various drinking establishments in the RP would someone be dispatched to see why the curiosity (about a new bar opening)? 1770 W Greenleaf's last drinking establishment Gallagher's was shut down November 2012 after a stabbing. Sidenote; the sidewalk makes an irregular diagonal jag in near the bar. Makes for a weird parking spot.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Third Time's The Charm

Sports bar with environmentally progressive decor is very cool and bizarre. 6800 N Sheridan (still inscribed "Community, Awareness, Respect and Environment.") has the buzz, atmosphere, food, drink, staff to make it at this high rent corner of the RP.  Its still self serve. Instead of a coffee bar a fry bar and a booze here section.

Late Sunday lunch  consisted of deep dish pizza (sweet tomato sauce!), Philly cheese stake (steak i mean and worth the ten minute wait), the Bears game (well....). What more can you ask for? Rogers Park has a new hangout. Film crew was there for an interview at the back table.

If you haven't come out of your crypt or coffin in the past few months your missing some good grub. So dust off the cobwebs, shake your creaking bones, take a long overdue shower, be sure to lock the mausoleum door (remember what happened last time?) and take a stroll down to Pratt and Sheridan for some good vibes and lunch or dinner.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stakeout On Wayne

Another sleepless night waiting for something or nothing to happen. My partner snaps some pics to pass the time. Sitting in the jalopy for the second night in a row on a likely bum tip. No one fits the description of the perp or their "friend". College kids, drug addicts, drug pushers, punks, hipsters, hipster wannabes, blue collar, white collar, nondescript, and senior citizens walk by.

Rain slows to a fine drizzle. The "L" train stops less and and less frequently dropping off less and less pedestrians and possible suspects. Fred finally notices the person of interest in between paper airplanes and footballs on the small dash monitor. She enters the building through the back entrance. Good thing this detective had the foresight to set up a throwaway cam on Glenwood. Hope this pans out. Nothing worse than a wasted stake out.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

In The Heart Of Rogers Park?

You wake up and its forty years ago today at 7242 N Damen. A polite black dog with a red collar sips a martini at the bottom of the ashtray where your lit cigarette rests. Everyone is smoking inside the bar.

Reality starts shifting between the past and the present. Half the time you are in a front room with your smoke with people you don't know. They look at the smoking stick in your hand with horror.

Streets are deader today in many parts of the city because so many corner bars closed. Converted to living space or torn down to become residential. We weren't necessarily better off with more bars. Made for a more active urban life though. Right now Damen and Rogers is pretty barren.

This vintage gasper receptacle is for sale at the buy it now price of 22.95.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Helen Miller Was Here

This real photo Postcard from Rogers Park, Chicago, Illinois shows Apartment at (6922 and 69)24 Greenview Avenue with Helen Milles (r) seated out front - photo by H.B. Brooks - Photograph Postcards - Chicago, Illinois early 1900's.

5 days to go on this postcard auction. One bid at 2.99 so far. Always nice to refresh the memory that years ago there weren't all these fences and gates in front of most apartment buildings. Comparing this postcard to current Google Maps view it appears that the photo above predates the large Common Cup building at the corner of Morse and Greenview.

The outer original brick walled balconies have been replaced with iron railings. Part of the long marble columns that once helped support the front balconies now make up part of the front fence. No evidence of the building to the south either. Two of the trees (Andy and Alfred) have survived into later adulthood. They now obscure the third floor facade from street view.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Moving In A New Direction?

The permits were posted on the storefront and some interior work was in progress. Then everything halted. Now 339 w Howard is up for lease again.

According to Ann Rainey (8th ward Alderman) the building has a new owner.
On Harold's chicken: from what I understand there are some legal issues involved with two parties. I can tell you the city is not involved. I do know there is a new owner of that building.
It will be interesting to see what new commercial tenants open in southeast and Howard "L" adjacent Evanston. Subway left this building a few months ago to move across the street.

How many people have noticed the Evanston police camera right by the 415?

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Art Round Trip On Howard Street

David Kogan

Vacant storefronts have been transformed into temporary art galleries on Howard. Roman Susan today officially opens an outpost on the furthest north commercial strip of Chicago.

Rogers Park's shoreline is prominently on display. It has inspired many local artists and photographers including Vivian Maier. If you're checking out the art fest today Howard should be your first stop. Especially if you're coming up north. Really you have no choice in the matter. North bound "L" trains are now bypassing Jarvis and Morse. So come visit the north pole. Grab a coffee and donut at Sol Cafe and check out Roman Susan's annex. Grand opening is noon today.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Roman Susan Annex On Howard Street

So many important tweets go by unnoticed. Like this one on September 25th from Roman Susan.

"We will be +1 space in October 2014 ~ thrilled to have Megan Sterling with us for the first installation at 1637-1643 West Howard Street."

One of the baristas at Sol Cafe noticed artists hard at work a couple days ago at the corner space.

"ROMAN SUSAN ANNEX is a new series of off-site programing that activates underutilized resources, including retail and domestic spaces in Rogers Park. The first ANNEX location is in the Howard Theatre building at 1637-1643 West Howard Street."

The first art exhibit opens this Sunday. Artist reception Saturday October 25th 5-8 pm.

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El Ruisenor (The Nightingale) Learning Center On Ridge

This probably represents the 7245 N Ridge house's aspirations. Well probably not the actually house's but its illegal occupants'. A community meeting is held here at 7463 N Ridge on the first and third Wednesday of every month dealing with evictions and foreclosures. Lo and behold one of the names on the flyer is Jorge. Chances are it just might be housing activist/squatter Jorge Ortiz of bank owned 7245 N Ridge.

Reading the fence further September 21st is international day of peace. Created by the United Nations in a 1981 resolution only officially ratified in 2001. Everyday is something, Only three hundred and sixty five of them. A cheery, happy house covered with colorful childhood drawings accentuated by bottle caps and tops.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"It's A Heavily Trafficked Area"

To passerby trying to help clean up 7405 -7411 N Ashland's parkway; their dumpster behind a locked gate doesn't help. Placing one dumpster in the little alcove by the "L" would cut down on littering. People would be able to throw this stuff out easier (like building management) and people would be less likely to litter because there would be a place to put it. Yes they might get a little fly dumping. That's price you pay taking care of a large apartment building in the city.

We know the area sees a high volume of pedestrian traffic because of the "L" stop. Most "L" adjacent areas still somehow manage to get the rubbish and refuse picked up. Cagan Management has done a poor job of keeping this parkway free of debris. They have improved lately, but its still bad. Does anyone really look at whats going on here? There has to be some supervision by either the head of the management company or the landlord. By default its up to the common citizen to let MGMT know if they aren't getting the job done.

Speaking to Cagan mgmt (3856 Oakton St, Skokie, IL 60076 (847) 679-5512) on the phone and in person has not solved the problem. Ward 49 office is aware. Cagan let this writer know why the parkway looks as it does. (Title of blog post) Excuses don't help. And really its pretty intuitive why the garbage is there. No explanation needed.

For some reason people really like to drink six packs or more of beer, have dinner in their car and then throw everything into 7405-7411 N Ashland's parkway garden and under the viaduct.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dero Fixit Station - 3 Months Later

Well if Dero wanted to see how sturdy its bike station was.... the Gateway bus station just south of Howard are the perfect testing grounds.

The little red tower is missing two black rubber strips where the bike is supposed to sit while you tinker with it. Bike pump went from nonfunctional to nonexistent. Will there be a replacement? If Dero is really designing a tough hard nose nigh indestructible bicycle fixit station. Well, they're gonna have to try harder.

If you want to pump up your tires now you'd best take your bike down to Marathon just past the Metra tracks or see if the Recyclery is open.

Dero Fixit Station in original condition back in mid June. Wonder what it will look like six months or a year from now?

Monday, September 29, 2014

6916 N Wayne Avenue - Rogers Pk

Didn't win this E-bay auction unfortunately. Nice picture of when the brick paved street was in its childhood. So quaint back then. No steel fences; most city trees still babies.

6916 Wayne Ave Rogers Pk Chicago - Philip was home in this upper apartment. Mother Kremer on upper porch. Clinton Jr. on lower porch

Offered are two amateur scrapbook photos (3 3/4" by 5 1/2" for the larger) about 1915-1920 maybe slightly earlier of the same house at 6916 Wayne Avenue in Rogers Park, Chicago. Both have some creasing, bends and corner wear and larger has a pinhole at top edge. Google maps shows this house as still standing and almost unchanged. Shipped between heavy cardboard with delivery confirmation included at 2.10 in US. Thanks.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

rogerSPARK Newspapers From The Sixties

"Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one"

Rogers Park has been a stronghold of the sinistral (far left) going back many many years. Reading the paper we see that so called "militarization" of the police is nothing new. And neither are leftist agitators. The problem with history is that we become too far removed and the younger generation can't remember what happened before they were born. Hence more education is needed.

If you want to buy this cool newspaper click here.

(Scroll down to see all the photos - click on each photo to see a close-up photo.) This auction is for Volume 1 Number 17 issue of the Roger Spark dated August 26, 1968. This was a radical newspaper put out by CIPA (Committee for Independent Political Action), that was located in the north side, Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. The paper measures 10" x 8-1/2" (folded) and 10" x 17" (unfolded) and has 4 pages. The front page headline reads "Dems Seize Chicago!" along with a cartoon showing cops with shotguns, dogs and barbed wire with a helicopter overhead. There is a column by Clark Kissinger "The City Responds" talking about how anti-war groups in Chicago are going to respond to the convention. 

"CIPA joins the struggle" talks about their four-point action program to support the week-long demonstration against the Dem convention. There is a full page inside on the Yippie plans for the convention. It has a map of Lincoln Park with areas marked off. The bottom one-third of the page is the "Yippie Anti-Convention Schedule" including an Aug 25 noon rally at Grant Park, post-rally picketing of Loop hotels, a Yippie Music Festival in Lincoln Park, Aug 26 - Yippie workshops on drug problems, communes, Yippie Beach Party at North Ave Beach, Aug 27 - Counter Birthday Party for LBJ at Coliseum, Yippie rally and nomination of Pigasus in Lincoln Park; Aug 28 - Yippie Olympics, picket-sign pickup at Grant Park bandshell, assembly on State St, arrival at Amphitheatre; Aug 29 - "mill-in" in Loop at 11am. 

The back cover has an ad for Alice's Restaurant, 2445 Lincoln (according to a newspaper article in 1969, the hippie hangout was forced to move because of noise complaints.) The newspaper is in good condition (it is on a little heavier paper) - the paper is yellowed with age and has some toning - there is a light vertical crease from being folded in quarters - there are a few smaller creases. A NICE PIECE OF CHICAGO ANTI-WAR HISTORY - THE YIPPIE FULL PAGE WOULD LOOK NICE FRAMED! Postage is $3.50. Check out my other auctions that I'll be listing this week for some other issues of the Roger Spark and other items that I found in this group: anti-war / counter culture / underground newspapers / Democratic Convention, SDS papers, et c dating from 1967 - 71. 

There is another auction for another Roger Spark newspaper here. Hippie activists gather to leave the neighborhood en masse to protest the Vietnam war downtown. The more things change the more they stay the same?

This auction is for Volume 1 Number 7 issue of the Roger Spark dated April 22, 1968. This was a radical newspaper put out by CIPA (Committee for Independent Political Action), that was located in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. The paper measures 10" x 8-1/4" (folded) and 10" x 17" (unfolded) and has 8 pages. The inside back cover has a full-page ad for "Chicagoans March to End the War" on Saturday, April 27 (1968). The rally was going to be at the Grant Park Bandshell with a march through the Loop at 2:00. Chartered Buses will leave from the Loyola University Fieldhouse at 11:45am. The event was being run by the April Parade Committee and the Chicago Peace Council. There is also an article in the paper about the planned march. There is an editorial and a couple articles about the death of Martin Luther King and the aftermath in Chicago. There is an article about people in the Rogers Park community meeting with an eyewitness to deaths of two students in Orangeburg, SC who were attempting to integrate a "White Only" bowling alley. 

Ug Has Returned!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

7245 N Ridge AKA "The Ridge House" Circa 2014

This house led a fairly uneventful life from 1909 up until the turn of our present century. That all changed during the irrational exuberance of the housing bubble starting in the late nineties and skyrocketing out of control in the early aughts, bursting in 2008.

7245 N Ridge (according to Redfin) began its voyage into chanciness January 2001 when it sold for 420,000 dollars. Year and a half later it changed hands for 437 k. Near the end of the real estate craze May 2007 list price was just under 730k. It delisted that October.

Yo Chicago wrote a promotional piece on the Arts and Crafts home when it was going for almost three quarters of a million dollars. At least two prairie style homes sit on the same block. One of them could be a twin.

We still haven't recovered from the aftermath of the housing bubble. Evidenced by squatters slash housing activists taking up residence in this vacant house at the western edge of Rogers Park.

Revolution and Beer first tweeted a link to its write up regarding this unusual living arrangement September 16th. Apparently Jorge Ortiz has been living there (notoriously?) for the past two years. His Curriculum Vitae was found simply by Googling the address.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Rogers Park Harvest On Howard Street

  • Saturday - September 27th 1-4 pm 
  • @ Willye B. White Park - 1610 w Howard Street
  • Hayrides, Pumpkin Patch
  • Inflatables and Enterntainment
  • Refreshments ( last year it was Food and beverages (including seasonal cider, apples and cinnamon rolls) will be provided by Whole Foods, which also hosts a kid-friendly cooking demonstration.) this year?
  • Free Admission at this the Fifth annual Howard Street Fall Festival

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hitchcock After Dark - Angry Birds

One of Chevanston's interns had a night off last week and decided on a lark to watch the filming of Hitchcocks's latest production. The following is his report verbatim.

The old Downey mansion and grounds at Sheridan and Granville is where Universal and Hitchcock decided to film his latest thriller, "The Birds" (well at least the trailer). This writer sat through a dry run of the entire film this past Thursday. A small audience had gathered to watch the production on a late summer evening.

Hitch himself never made an appearance but his presence was definitely felt. The actors, stage hands and film crew were all working feverishly trying satisfy the demanding director.

Never one to follow conventions Mr. Hitchcock cast men in traditional female roles and vice versa. Not sure if the songs will make the final cut but "The Woman At The End Of The Road" was well written and sung. Dialogue witty, on and off the set. Watching the actors have so much fun on stage you could live vicariously through them. When done well and with the right material there is nothing like it.

If it weren't for all the foul fowl Bodega Bay looked like a great place to visit or perhaps even live. At one point if felt as though the whole house was under attack by a flock of raving mad birds.

Since not all of the action takes place in one location the players had to make do with rearranging furniture, using a film projector, ersatz birds (for the safety of the audience) strobe lights and so called "electronic" cigarettes (nicotine free even).

At the end donations were collected to support Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

If you are lucky enough to find yourself in the possession of extra time and money; its both well spent.
Hell in a Hand Bag's rendition (PROMO ON YOUTUBE) of "The Birds" is probably the most offbeat, interesting play in Chicago at this time (especially for Fall/Halloween/Harvest time). Running Sept 11th through November 1st. An authentic reinterpretation given the seal of approval by Tippi Hedren herself.

Call 1-800-838-3006 or visit their website for tickets. Shows generally run Thursday through Sunday nights starting at 7:30 pm. A short walk from the Granville Red Line "L" station.

T-shirt of playbill will be available soon.

CAPS Meeting For Beat 2422

Marshfield and Rogers "L" gate
which grants CTA workers access to the track & ATC signal system.
This yard has been accumulating litter for years.

  • September 23rd (Tuesday) 7:00-8:00 pm @ Willey White Park 1610 w. Howard
  • Come meet your neighbors and your 24th District Chicago Police Beat Officers
  • Help make your beat a better place!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Gang Sidewalks

Gangs have been in Rogers Park for awhile. Take a look at these sidewalks. Above LK at Rogers and Paulina. Lots of walkways have been redone lately. These should be on the shortlist for replacement. Gangs and their symbols are hidden in plain sight. Ignorance of their activity may lead to peril. People stand and walk on these slabs of concrete everyday without realizing the violent gang turf.

Latin Kings and Gangster Disciples have been at it for a long time. You can tell with the age of this most permanent of graffiti. Over by Dubkin Park on Ashland there at least five slabs of walkway marred by gang markings.

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