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Joe Ward

Rogers Park, Edgewater, Uptown Reporter

Andersonville’s Polygon Cafe Closes Permanently After Being Shut Down By Health Agency

The Thai and sushi restaurant's space is for lease after it was shut down by the city due to a failed health inspection.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Uptown’s Clifton Avenue Gets Decorative String Lighting, The First Allowed Over A Public Street In Chicago

The decorative lighting hangs over the Clifton Avenue Art Gallery near the Wilson Red Line stop.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Former Immaculata High School And American Islamic Campus To Be Turned Into Apartments, Senior Living High-Rise

The development plan includes turning the Uptown campus into apartments and building a senior living tower on its parking lot.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Truman College’s Uptown Bike Ride Lets Residents Tour Their Neighborhood Saturday

Truman College has teamed up with Divvy to provide free bike rentals for the 6-mile ride.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

West Ridge’s Shuttered YMCA Being Used To House Migrants Bused In From Texas

The High Ridge YMCA can house 120 of the more than 750 asylum seekers bused to Chicago by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. The YMCA chapter closed in 2021.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Problems Persist At Rogers Park Affordable Housing Complex Even After Major Renovation, Tenants Say

Tenants of a federally subsidized Rogers Park apartment building say they have gone without working stoves and other amenities since renovations were completed this summer.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

The Lorali, A Former Uptown Single-Room Occupancy Hotel, Will Become 80 Market-Rate Apartments

The Lorali, empty since 2019, is the latest single-room occupancy building to be redeveloped into market-rate apartments in Uptown.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Logan Square’s Lonesome Rose Expanding To Andersonville With Clark Street Restaurant

The popular Mexican-inspired restaurant Lonesome Rose will be the third Logan Square-based eatery to make the jump to Andersonville.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

As Touhy Park’s Tent City Swells, Park District Closes Its Field House And Moves Programs

A tent encampment that has resided in Touhy Park since summer 2021 has led to debates about how to best help its residents while keeping the park available.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Uptown’s Clarendon Park Community Center, Once Facing Wrecking Ball, Kicks Off $13 Million Overhaul

The renovation will restore the more than 100-year-old field house and add accessibility features and a new lobby.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Jarvis Square Artisan Market Will Include Participatory ‘Crosswalk’ Dance Performance This Weekend

Rogers Park's Synapse Art will debut a new Crosswalk Dance for National Dance Day Saturday at the monthly market in Jarvis Square.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Trader Joe’s Wants To Open In Andersonville At Current Site Of U.S. Bank On Clark Street

A development proposal calls for tearing down the US Bank at 5340 N. Clark St. and replacing it with a combination Trader Joe's and bank building with an ATM drive-thru.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

RefugeeOne Opens New Headquarters In West Ridge As Agency Nearly Doubles To Address Refugee Crisis

The new offices allow RefugeeOne to expand its services. It recently launched a dental clinic that has a 96-person-long wait list.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Uptown Development On Former Weiss Hospital Lot Breaks Ground After Protesters Ousted From Site

Crews broke ground on a 12-story apartment development following an 11-day occupation of the site by housing activists and a campaign to block the project.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Rogers Park’s Khmai Cambodian Fine Dining Showcases A Mom And Daughter’s Native Cuisine — And It’s A Big Hit

Sarom Sieng and daughter Mona Sang cooked Cambodian food for friends and family during the pandemic and turned that into a popular catering business. They've expanded with their first sit-down restaurant.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Taking Over George’s Ice Cream & Sweets Spot In Andersonville

Jeni's is working to renovate and open in the home of a former mom-and-pop ice cream shop that closed earlier this year, city records show.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

An ‘Uptown Coastal Natural Area’ Coming To Lakefront — But It Will Require The Removal Of A Tent Encampment

Crews will this week begin turning a portion of Lincoln Park between Wilson and Lawrence avenues into a natural area. Activists say the city must first house the residents living in tents on the land.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Devin McGregor, 5, Dies After Being Shot In Rogers Park: ‘We Are Deeply Saddened’

Devin died Thursday after being shot in his head in Rogers Park earlier this week. Neighbors have raised more than $22,000 for his family.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Bob Newhart’s Ties To Edgewater — And His Wacky Commute From Downtown — Honored With New Plaque

"The Bob Newhart Show" was set in Chicago, with Newhart's character living in an Edgewater Beach high rise. A plaque near the building commemorates the iconic comedian.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Black Residents Were Once Forced Onto 1 Uptown Block. A New Garden Will Honor That ‘Winthrop Family’

In Uptown's early days, white residents forced Black families onto one block in the neighborhood. Their story is being honored through a redeveloped community garden.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park
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