Sunday, November 15, 2015

95th St. railroad crossing construction/detour

I was trying to get to Oak Lawn this afternooon and made an annoying discovery. The railroad crossing at 2600 W. 95th St. is under construction, requiring a detour. Not sure of the planned completion date, but they've usually been finishing these within 1-2 weeks. Since they just finished doing the same thing on 87th St., I'm guessing they just started this one.

Friday, November 13, 2015

non sequitur Friday

Bringing the Oakland funk...

Monday, November 9, 2015

next phase of 95th St. Metra construction

Here's the latest from Metra:

Beginning Wednesday, November 11 at 9:00 a.m., the south half of the outbound platform from the crosswalk to 95th Street, will be taken out of service due to platform rehabilitation. 

Please board your outbound train from the in-service portion of the outbound platform. The anticipated duration of this work is two weeks.

If you travel outbound from 95th St. and access the station from 95th, you may leave a few minutes early to reach the platform.

If you get off at 95th when you're returning from the Loop, fewer cars than normal will open at 95th. Listen to announcements on the train so you're on the right car to be able to exit there.

Whistler Woods Friday workday on 11/13

Nothing gets the weekend off to a better start than a little wood smoke and light forestry. Volunteers are needed to secure erosion barriers before fall’s heavy rains. The next workday is happening this Friday 11/13 from 10 am to noon.

Hiking boots or other boots or shoes that offer good support and traction are a good idea. When you arrive, look for volunteers along the lefthand side of the main parking lot, near the end of the parking lot. If you have work gloves, bring them, otherwise gloves will be available.

How to get there:   Whistler Woods is just east of 13400 S Halsted in Riverdale.

By bike: if you're coming from the north, ride the Major Taylor Trail south until it ends in Whistler Woods and continue to the parking lot to find the volunteers.

By car: take Halsted to Forestview (13400S) - parking lot is the first left turn after you turn east onto Forestview.

From I-57, exit at eastbound 127th, then turn right on Halsted, then continue to 13400S and follow the directions above.

From I-94, exit at westbound 130th.  Continue past the viaduct, right (northbound) on Indiana, then continue left on 127th to Halsted. Continue to 13400S and follow the directions above.

By transit:  Pace 352 Halsted bus

Questions? Call Chris, 773-746-5223. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

community tree planting workday on Sat. 11/7

Saturday is a tree planting day.   Volunteers are needed: general public and TreeKeepers.

It's this Saturday 11/7 from 9 am- 1 pm. *TreeKeepers - please arrive at 8:30 am. Our meeting location is 10130 S. Seeley Ave.

If you'd like to help out, please register here.

Friday, October 30, 2015

non sequitur Friday

A special Halloween version of non sequitur Friday. Enjoy!

BIA family bike ride

Beverly Improvement Association (BIA) is having a short bike ride along the Major Taylor Trail.  You can enjoy a bit of fall color along the north end of the trail (91st St. to 81st St. and back, about 2.5 miles). Chicago Police will attend. This section of the trail has a stoplight for its only street crossing (87th St. at Damen) so it's okay for younger children on smaller bikes. Paul Weise from Beverly Bike and Ski will offer minor tune-ups. Light refreshments will be provided by.

It happens on Sunday 11/1, starting at 3:30 p.m. at Maggie Cosme Park, just west of the 91st St. Metra station.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Night out with Nosferatu

There's spooky fun to be found at Trinity United Methodist Church (99th and Winchester) on Friday 10/30.  They will be showing Nosferatu (classic 1922 silent film) with live organ accompaniment, starting at 6:00 p.m.  

There will be activities to entertain kids during the movie.  If you have young children who might be more interested in playtime than the movie, it's a good idea to mention the number of children and their ages when making a reservation, so that folks running the event can plan accordingly.

It's an event that many of us can walk or bike to. There are bike racks by the sidewalk along the north side of the church.

Reservations will be accepted thru Thursday morning via email to

Saturday, October 24, 2015

today's bike ride is on!

It looks like the chance of rain is slight, so let's ride!

The plan is to roll from Ridge Park at 10:00 a.m.

Ride info here: