Six Tips to Keep Your Home Safe

by Peter von Buol As temperatures continue to increase, the editors of the Crime in Wrigleyville/Boystown blog warn ward residents to be aware that criminal activity increases in warm weather. They add the importance of always being aware of one’s surroundings. Also, encourage othersRead more

Born in the 47th Ward, Midnight Circus celebrates a dozen years!

Thanks to Jeff Jenkins, Founder & Artistic Director, Midnight Circus Jeff Jenkins and Julie Greenberg were spending time in Welles Park with their one-year- old son Maxwell, like they did most days, when they learned of the ongoing fundraising efforts to help rebuild the playground.Read more

19th and 20th District Community Policing Programs Host Special Events and Beat Meetings in May

by Peter von Buol For those interested in neighborhood safety, the Chicago Police Department’s Community Policing (CAPS) program remains a valuable resource for 47th Ward residents. In addition to their regularly-scheduled beat meetings, the 19th District and the 20th District community relations offices are hostingRead more

Memories of the First World War still to be found a century later here on the N. Side

By Patrick Butler, Photos by Patrick Butler World War I may be a “forgotten war” to many Americans, but the so-called “War to End All Wars” that ended nearly a century ago still has plenty of reminders here on the North Side. These include aRead more

Architectural gem hidden in Plain Sight at Waveland and Lincoln Avenue

by Peter von Buol A Com Ed power substation at 1834-1838 W. Waveland Ave. is among a group of buildings located throughout the city that local architectural preservationists want the city of Chicago to include in a proposed Thematic Chicago Landmark District. Designed by German-AmericanRead more

New Boutique in Lincoln Square Strives to Give its Customers What They Want

By Patrick Butler It’s no secret that even well-established bricks-and-mortar retail stores have in recent years faced intense competition from on-line retailers but that hasn’t scared Genny Konz, one of the neighborhood’s newest merchants, from jumping into a retail business with both her feet. JustRead more

Ravenswood’s upgrade now on track

Article and Photos by Patrick Butler Phase II work on the Metra/Union Pacific tracks running through Ravenswood will probably run until at least 2020, with “significant” closures of east/west streets, according to Joseph Ott, Metra’s engineering chief; Dan Martinez of Judlau Construction; and 47th WardRead more

Lincoln Square’s Unique Lincoln Statue

by Peter von Buol For more than 60 years, Lincoln Square’s own statue of Abraham Lincoln has stood as a beacon of hope and freedom at Western and Lawrence. The larger-than-life statue of the sixteenth president is unusual as it depicts him as beardless, justRead more

Progress on Behalf of You

From Michael W. Frerichs, Illinois State Treasurer Each year, state law requires various office holders to submit an annual report to the General Assembly. The report identifies progress that has been made on behalf of Illinois taxpayers. Too often, however, these reports seem to gatherRead more

Gift Cards: What You Should Know

From Michael W. Frerichs, Illinois State Treasurer One of the lesser-known roles of the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office involves gift cards. Some unused gift cards after a certain period of time are considered unclaimed property. As such, the value of these cards is surrendered toRead more