Friday, November 17, 2017

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail meeting on Mon. 11/20

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail will meet on Mon. 11/20 at Ridge Park fieldhouse (1817 W 96th St.), 7:00 to 8:30 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. Please join us! Everyone is welcome.

non sequitur Friday

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Whistler Woods habitat restoration workday Friday 11/17

It's great to get outdoors. Volunteers are needed this Friday 11/17 from 10 am to 1 pm for a habitat restoration workday - brush cutting and bonfires.  Light snacks and water will be available.

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. Follow the directions above.

By transit:  Pace 352 Halsted bus

Saturday, November 11, 2017

2018 Metra fare increases and service changes

If you haven't gotten the details about what's going to change with Metra fares and service in 2018, here's the scoop:

A Zone C to A monthly pass will increase from $149.75 to $159.50.   A 10-ride will increase from $47.25 to $52.25. A 1-way ticket will increase from $5.25 to $5.50.

The price of $8 weekend passes will increase to $10.

For more details on new fares, click here. Fare increases will take effect 2/1/18.

Service cuts on the Beverly branch are as follows:

• Train 622 (arrives at LaSalle Street Station at 6:44 p.m.) will be eliminated.
• Train 424 (currently arrives at LaSalle Street at 6:28 p.m.) will now make all stops from Joliet to LaSalle Street via the Beverly Branch to accommodate Beverly Branch passengers who previously took Train 622, arriving at LaSalle Street at 6:45 p.m.

• Train 526 (arrives at LaSalle Street at 7:42 p.m.) will be eliminated.

• Train 532 (arrives at LaSalle Street at 11:50 p.m.) will be eliminated.

• Train 533 (departs LaSalle Street at 12:30 a.m.) will be eliminated.

• Train 527 (currently departs LaSalle Street at 8:45 p.m.) will depart at 9:15 p.m.

• Train 529 (currently departs LaSalle Street at 9:45 p.m.) will depart at 10:30 p.m.

• Train 531 (currently departs LaSalle Street at 11:15 p.m.) will depart at 11:45 p.m.

I don't know about you, but I often attend events and meetings downtown or in other neighborhoods after work.  These changes are going to hurt. Sometimes this will will mean later nights and longer trips home. Some of those trips will be longer because departures from downtown are too late for my trip, so I'll end up taking the red line and 95th St. bus more often instead of sitting around a long time to take Metra.

For more details on service cuts (including other lines), click here.

Mary Wisniewski of the Chicago Tribune has an article the subject today.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Dan Ryan Woods habitat restoration workday on Sat. 11/11

It's great to get outside. Come out and volunteer at Dan Ryan Woods this Saturday 11/11 from 9:00 am-noon for Friends of the Forest Preserves' monthly habitat restoration workday.

Tools, gloves, and training provided. If you have work gloves you like, bring those. Wearing hiking boots or work boots is recommended.

91st St. parking lot (just north of the 91st St. Metra station).  Please contact Benjamin Cox at 773-398-1178 or for more information and to let him know if you plan to attend.

community safety meeting tonight (Wed. 11/8)

News from BAPA:

"In response to the number of calls we have received from community residents regarding the recent armed robberies in Beverly/Morgan Park, BAPA, the 19th Ward Office and the Beverly Ridge Homeowner Association are hosting this meeting. Neighborhood residents are vital to keeping a community safe. People are encouraged to attend this meeting to help make a plan of action.

Here's the background, in case you missed yesterday's news:
Armed robberies were reported Oct. 12 at 10:40 a.m. in the 9500 block of S. Damen;  Nov. 5 at 9:37 the 9900 block of S. Damen; Nov. 6 at 9:15 a.m. in the 10800 block of S. Church; and Nov. 6 at 9:40 a.m. in the 2100 block of West 98th Street.

According to police "suspects were described as two African-American males, thought to be between 14 and 18 years old, weighing between 130 and 150 pounds and standing about 5-foot-5, police said. Two other males were waiting inside the car, described as a silver, four-door sedan. Anyone with information on the armed robberies is asked to contact Area South detectives at (312) 747-8273."

Sunday, November 5, 2017

give and take

The local business gods giveth and taketh away.

Longer hours at Wild Blossom Meadery - yeah!

Shorter hours at Bridgeport Coffee (6 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends).  :(

Saturday, November 4, 2017

miracles on 98th St. (and nearby)

In this week of tricks or treats, we've gotten a few little treats.

The section of 98th from Damen to Hoyne was ground down for repaving about 2 months ago and has effectively been a not-so-bike-friendly traffic calming zone.  It's finally been repaved. Yeah!!!

The sinkhole at 98th and Winchester that has been the subject of previous posts is in the process of being repaired and actually has proper barriers while work is being done. Yeah!!!!

The third wonder - progress on the new fieldhouse roof at Ridge Park. YEAH!!!!!

Miracles can happen. ;)