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According to the owners, they moved because their prior location (2860 Montrose) was broken into 3 times. Matt (pictured right) says their new store has "a safer layout". The new store also has a lot more room, which they needed.
And here are the Yelp reviews (all stellar!) for Iron Cycles.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
explores the American landscape through painting, drawing and video, and features ten artists who live and work on the northwest side of Chicago. The show title "Buy Land" draws attention to the current real estate crisis and borrows from a Mark Twain quote: "Buy land. They're not making it anymore."
Artists include Lorna Fillippini, Pamela Gibson, Liz Gresey, Fletcher Hayes, Jennifer Hines, Michael Kolasinski, Chris Novak, Garrett Reese, Neil Shapiro, and Cyd Smillie."
The Chicago Phonography collective, which participated in the MCA's “Here/Not There” performance series this summer, plays recordings from the Ragdale artists' retreat in Lake Forest as part of the Chicago Calling Arts Festival. For more information, visit chicagocalling.org.
from TimeOut Chicago
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
The month Jennifer Galdes moved into her condo in the Albany Park section of Chicago, the local paper suggested that the area was up and coming. Six years later, she's still waiting for a Whole Foods.There is no need for a Whole Foods in this neighborhood. Absolutely none. Albany Park has Andy's Fruit Ranch, Aldi, HarvesTime (best grocery store in the city, hands down), Lindo, a Jewel-Osco, and more than 20 small little independent groceries of Middle-Eastern, Korean, Mexican, and European descent. I am proud we don't have the over-priced yuppie "organic" trash that is Whole Foods, because then I couldn't afford to live here. John Mackey and his right-wing BS can stay the hell out of my neighborhood.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
...the winning entries win a prize package that includes tickets to the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Architecture Foundation walking tour tickets, membership to the Active Transportation Alliance, restaurant gift certificates, "CO-OP Hotsauce" from NeighborSpace, and more!
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The public performance exposes the behind-the-scenes gallery installation and prep work. The on-lookers will experience timely intervals of action allowing singular artists in a group show to be viewed more intimately and critically. Additionally, because of the truncated exhibition times, some guests may come and go with the intention of seeing a specific artist's work (just as one would come to see a band play their set within a night's line up) conveniently featuring more obvious social sub-groups within the art viewing and art making public.
Friday, September 18, 2009
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Another officer had his flashlight out and was searching the surrounding ground. After a little bit, the previous officer let the screaming drunk man go and strongly advised him to go home and stay home. The two men who were not handcuffed dragged him away from the scene and proceeded to carry him South on Albany. A few minutes later, they walked back and went West on Ainslie. The cops warned them that if they got another call, they were going to "get locked up."
The remaining three were put into the back of a police car and taken away. The rest of the police slowly followed suit.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
"Chris Hefner was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and has been living and working in Chicago for the past 7 years. His work with film, sculpture, print, installation and sound has been shown in such venues as Chicago Underground Film Festival, And/Or Gallery Dallas, Lausanne Underground Film Festival, Flicker Film Fest, Underground filmmaker Fest San Francisco, and the Center for Book & Paper. His two multimedia solo exhibitions, “Birdcatcher” (2006) & “Expo” (2008) were held at Heaven and Finch Galleries, respectively. Hefner is currently in production of his first feature-length film called “The Pink Hotel”, slated for completion in early 2010."
Friday, September 11, 2009
-The Chicago Park District is hosting a "Party in the Park" at Gross Park. The "Party" starts at 2pm and lasts until 8pm. At 6pm, there will be a concert. (TBA)
-The Swimming Pool Project Space is having a closing/opening exhibition party from 8pm- 11pm. The closing artist is Lisa Majer (oil), the opening artist is Chris Hefner (video). Grolsch beer sponsors all events, so if you don't like the art you'll at least get a free beer.
-Modelo Club House Restaurant is celebrating the Mexican holiday of the "Child Heroes", 6 teenagers that refused to retreat while defending the castle of Chapultepec against the American forces during the Mexican-American war. You can read more about them here. The party kicks off with some karaoke at 7pm, and from what I can gather off the flyer, there will be 3 different mariachi bands during the night? (The website they list on the flyer does not exist and I was too lazy to call.) See the sexed out flyer below.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
This auto shop, located on Kedzie between Foster and Lawrence, is a catch. Not only is it clean, but as a woman, I did not feel intimidated-no cat calls, no remarks. Even in this down-turned economy, this shop has seen an increase in business, because of the shop's high quality work and good prices. People are leaving their normal Jiffy Lubes and Pep Boys to come here. The only form of advertisement for this place is word of mouth.
My friend Danny switched to North Park Auto Service from the garage that he personally used to manage. He has had his car serviced there multiple times and the one instance that something went wrong, it was fixed immediately. His car died a short while away from the garage and a mechanic came personally to his car and fixed it on the side of the road.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
The Hospital Access Protection Initiative (HAPI) would ensure that anyone without insurance who enters a hospital in Cook County would be informed and assisted through the hospitals' financial assistance options.Go here to read a short page about the HAPI Ordinance.
Go here to go to the Fair Care Coalition Website to show your support for the HAPI Ordinance. When filling out the form, the APNC asks that you include them in the "organization name" box.
The newsletter also asks you to call your senators.
Message for Durbin:
"My name is _____. I live at_____ (address), and I am a leader with the Albany Park Neighborhood Council. I am calling to let the Senator know that we need him to be a strong assistant majority leader and ensure that the Senate's health care bill includes a strong and affordable public option."
Message for Burris:
The APNC asks that you e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org if you decide to call.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
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Monday, August 24, 2009
The Greek fries. But, before I even got myself to the Greek Fest, there was much to be said about it – by others, not me.
“If you’ve been to one Greek fest, you’ve been to them all,” a friend said. She told me to expect 2 rides—a Tilt-a-whirl and a swing ride. Sure enough, both were there.
“Greek food is the best! The Greeks really know how to cook,” said another. This also proved to be true.
It was a perfect weekend for the event, even though Saturday was a bit chilly. I wandered over on Sunday afternoon, to find the event in full swing! Tents with freshly baked baklava and spanakopita were ready to go. As was the food tent with a wide selection of Greek foods, including gyros, authentic pistachio plates, and Greek fries, which is what I settled on. Of course, I could not pass up the baklava and some Greek coffee.
The church staff said all the food was freshly prepared by the church elders. There was no doubt in my mind as the baklava could not have tasted more fresh. The Greek coffee, even on a warm day was a perfect accompaniment.
What made this festival stand out from the 60 thousand other Chicago festivals was not only the fresh food, but the vendors. Inside the church, the vendors were unlike any other festival vendors. Local businesses and home business dominated the room. Of course, I did my part to supported the current economy and any local business that I could by buying gifts—for myself and others. The most notable vendors were the guy who made signs hand-carved in oak and the lady selling the blown glass jewelry from Italy.
Overall, Albany Park is lucky to host such a fun, little festival!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
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Eugene Field Park has a Step Aerobics, Drawing and Painting, and Stained Glass class for adults.
Gomper's Park is offering a Badminton and Walking Club for adults.
Horner Park has a Handbuilding, Piano, Mosaics, Woodcraft, and Sign Language class for adults.
Jensen Park is offering a Table Tennis class for adults,
(and the best for last),
River Park is offering an Oil Painting class for adults for $25.
To register or browse all classes go here.
Online registration ends September 7th, but if you're interested in a class, register now rather than later as the classes tend to fill up quickly.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Where: River Park, enter at 4900 N Whipple St
Who: West River Park Association, Evelyn G Zaar
Free Lunch: BBQ ribs, chicken and hot dogs, and pink lemonade and free bottled water for the elderly. (Other drinks are 50 cents.) Watermelon will be served for dessert, free, and attendees are encouraged to bring side dishes to share.
Games for children include organized football, soccer, and a pinata.
NO BIKES OR SKATEBOARDS PLEASE
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"Anything you learned while writing this book -- a fact, a place, etc. -- that astounded you? Or, at least, surprised you?
In two words: Albany Park. I've taken my students from the University of Chicago there for years, but this neighborhood is truly a microcosm of the future of cities in the United States. There's no majority ethnic group in the community, and it's such an interesting blend of Central American, Mexican, Middle Eastern, and Korean culture. I didn't really know it well enough until I started working on this book, and it is a place that all Chicagoans and visitors should visit."
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Today was a unique scene. A group of four men had a grate pulled off the parkway, a grate I am assuming covers the incredibly sanitary water system we all love smelling while taking a romantic stroll with our boos, and were standing around this open hole. A group of middle aged women stood across the street and watched as these men stared down into the hole (oh, the rugged manliness of 'working 'men), until the men seemed satisfied they had seen everything in the bottom of this unexplained hole, pulled the cover back on, and dispersed.
What could they have been doing? My only thought was there was a baby down there, but they seemed a little too relaxed for that. And if there is a baby, I'm just hoping that it died on the fall down.