Thursday, May 19, 2016

Major Taylor Trail Roll to the River on Saturday 5/21

Everyone is invited to join Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago and Friends of the Major Taylor Trail for a ride on the trail on Saturday 5/21.  There will be pre-ride social time and bike check.  The event offers 3 ride options:

1 mile (or distance of your choice) on trails in Dan Ryan Woods - something for the little ones and their parents

18 miles (easy pace) - the full length of the Major Taylor Trail, then heading west into Blue Island and back north through Morgan Park and Beverly on neighborhood streets

40+ miles (faster pace) - the full length of the Major Taylor Trail, then continuing through the south suburbs to Major Taylor's grave site and back

We'll meet up at the Dan Ryan Woods parking lot on the north side of 83rd St. between Western and Damen - north end of the trail.  (map link here)  Please arrive by 8:45 a.m. so we're ready to roll by 9:00.  

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail meeting Wed. 5/18

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail will meet on Wed. 5/18 at Ridge Park fieldhouse (1817 W 96th St.), 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

For those who aren't familiar with our group and what we do, we are a non-profit advocacy group working to improve and maintain the Major Taylor Trail and promote its use. We have an active working relationship with the Chicago Park District, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Openlands and other non-profits and government agencies. We organize volunteer workdays, bike rides and other events.

We'd love to have your ideas and help with future events and projects, including our ride on Sat. 5/21. Please join us! Everyone is welcome.

Friday, May 13, 2016

non sequitur Friday

Orbert Davis - local jazz talent - with small combo and large ensemble.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Dan Ryan Woods workday Sat. 5/14

Join Friends of the Forest Preserves at Dan Ryan Woods this Saturday, May 14 from 9:00 am-noon for their monthly volunteer workday. Tools, gloves, and training provided. Wearing boots or sneakers is recommended, as conditions may be muddy.

Meet at the Dan Ryan Woods East parking lot (2 blocks west of Damen on the north side of 87th Street).  Please contact Benjamin Cox at 773-398-1178 or for more information.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Beverly/Morgan Park home tour on Sunday 5/15

This year's Beverly/Morgan Park home tour will feature homes in North Beverly and the Ridge historic district. Sunday May 15, noon to 5 p.m.  Get tickets here. For more info or to volunteer or become a sponsor, contact Grace Kuikman.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

farmers markets start this weekend

Our Beverly farmers market will start up again on this Sunday May 8.

Here's the full schedule for the city.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

counterfeit money alert

Info from BAPA:

COUNTERFEIT MONEY ALERT. Businesses on 103rd Street have called BAPA to report counterfeit money was used in their stores. BAPA has information about currency and how to spot authentic bills. Call 773-233-3100, email or stop in during business hours. 

Information is also available at

Last fall, BAPA offered a workshop on how to spot counterfeit money. If you are interested in having BAPA offer the workshop again, email