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Joe Ward

Rogers Park, Edgewater, Uptown Reporter

Marianne Lalonde Running Again For 46th Ward Office After Nearly Unseating Cappleman Last Election

Lalonde, an environmental research scientist, challenged Ald. James Cappleman in 2019 and lost by just 25 votes.

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Stretch Of Clark Street In Uptown To Get Protected Bike Lanes, Reduced Speed Limits, City Says

Clark Street from Irving Park Road to Montrose Avenue is in line for a major redesign, including concrete protected bike lanes and reduced parking.

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Argyle Night Market Returns To Uptown After 2-Year COVID Hiatus

The popular street festival returns July 7 after turning into a series of musical performances last year and a do-it-yourself fest in 2020.

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Rogers Park Music & Art Fest Expands To 2 Days Of Highlighting Local Bands And Artists

The third edition of the music festival produced by Flatts & Sharpe music store comes with a name change and an expanded format.

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Want A Free 50-Year-Old Pizza Oven? Uptown Taproom Owner Giving Away Godfather’s Pizza Oven To Make Space For New Bar

Uptown Taproom is set to open in the former Godfather's Famous Pizza space on Wilson Avenue. But first, owner Andrew Pillman needs someone to take a giant pizza oven off his hands.

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After Neighbors Reject Effort To Turn Edgewater Auto Lot Into Apartments, Another Developer Steps Forward

An Edgewater developer is trying to turn a closed auto lot on Broadway into 12 apartments after a previous 20-unit proposal was opposed by neighbors and the alderman.

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Uptown Tent Camp Moved So City Can Repair Viaduct After Fires, But Residents Say ‘We’re Going Back’

Tent city residents willingly relocated to nearby parkland and have been told they can return to the viaducts once work is finished, officials and residents said.

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‘Bryn Mawrket’ Will See Young Artists, Fashion Designers And Entrepreneurs Take Over Edgewater’s Bryn Mawr Avenue Friday

More than 40 young artists and business owners will pop up on the street and in vacant stores for a festival to revitalize the Bryn Mawr business corridor.

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Rogers Park Homeless Shelter, Now Operating In Motel, Hopes To Open Men’s Shelter On Clark Street

North Side Housing and Supportive Services has run a men's shelter since 1984, most recently in a Rogers Park motel. It is looking to establish a 72-bed shelter in the neighborhood.

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After 3 Seniors Die During May Heat Wave, City Council Passes New Cooling Rules

City Council passed Ald. Maria Hadden's rule change that requires cooling systems in senior buildings and requires some buildings to set up cooling centers during warm spells.

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Broadway Through Edgewater Could Get Fewer Lanes, Lower Speed Limits And Bike Lanes

Ald. Harry Osterman is also proposing to add pedestrian islands to Broadway, boost density through new residential development and add a pool to the Broadway Armory.

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1st ‘Panera To Go’ Store In US Opens In Edgewater As Takeout-Only

Panera-To-Go offers the chain's full menu in a takeout- and delivery-only model.

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Dispensary Not Coming To Former Leona’s After Hadden Asks Pot Shop To Look Elsewhere In Rogers Park

Verano Holdings sought to move its Rogers Park dispensary from a side street to a prominent former restaurant, but Ald. Maria Hadden said there are better uses of the Sheridan Road property.

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Shedd Aquarium Improvements, Controversial West Ridge Library Sale Get Key City Approval

The controversial sale of the former West Ridge library building, offered for a fraction of the final price before Block Club and neighbors questioned the public process, also is moving forward.


Uptown Senior Living High-Rise, Redeveloped College Campus Get OK From Cappleman’s Zoning Board

The development would rehab a historical school campus in Uptown, but some neighbors are not sold on the planned senior living tower that would rise from a parking lot.

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Artists Of The Wall Fest Will See 160 Murals Painted On Rogers Park Lakefront Seawall Weekend

The 28th Artists Of The Wall Festival will see painters bring murals to the Loyola Beach sea wall this weekend.

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Andersonville’s Pride House Adds Colorful Unicorn To Its Rainbow Yard Display

While admirers flocked to the house to take pictures last year, there was some online backlash to the display — which is why the couple felt the need to bring it back.

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2 People Critically Injured After Driver Jumps Curb Outside Andersonville’s Midsommarfest, Officials Say

A driver hit another car and drove up onto the sidewalk, hitting two pedestrians, near the entrance of the popular street fest along Clark Street.

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Those Hard Plastic Beer Carriers Don’t Get Recycled Often, But Chicago Breweries Are Teaming Up To Reuse Them

The plastic four- and six-pack holders are marketed as fully recyclable, but more than 90 percent end up in landfills. Local breweries and shops are trying to change that.

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After Semi-Truck Driver Kills 3-Year-Old In Uptown, Neighbors Say Intersection Has Long Been A ‘Recipe For Disaster’

Semi-truck drivers routinely use residential side streets in Uptown, neighbors said — and they long feared it would lead to disaster.

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