Tuesday, April 30, 2013

farmers market season is coming!

Chicago's farmers market season is starting soon.  Our Beverly market will start its season on Sunday May 12 at 95th and Longwood, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

For more information on other downtown and neighborhood markets, click here.

Friday, April 26, 2013

tree planting on the Major Taylor Trail TOMORROW - Sat. 4/27

Please join Friends of the Major Taylor Trail, volunteers from the Openlands TreeKeepers program and other volunteers to help us plant 25 oak trees along the trail north of 127th St. We'll be working from 9 a.m. to noon. Click here for more information, including a map link.

non sequitur Friday

A bit of musical anticipation.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

garbage collection schedule changes next week

Garbage Collection Changes
Effective Mon., Apr. 15, the 19th Ward will become part of the citywide grid-based garbage collection, with collection only on Mon. and Tues. 

Monday Collection: All homes west of Western Ave., 99th St. to 107th St., Longwood Dr. to Western Ave., and all homes south of 107th St. 

Tuesday Collection: All homes north of 99th St., 99th St. - 107th St. east of Longwood Dr. 

If your household receives curbside blue cart recycling, your recycling pickup will also change to the day of your new garbage collection. If you have alley recycling pickup, your day of service may fluctuate. 

Report concerns to the 19th Ward office, 773-238-8766 or ward19@cityofchicago.org.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013

as our thoughts turn to spring...

Many folks are getting out on their bikes again as the weather gets more pleasant.  For some, this means more conflicts.  Did you know that riding on the sidewalk is illegal if you're over 12 years old?  Does riding in traffic make you nervous?  Taking a safe cycling or traffic skills class can give you the tools you need to be safer in traffic and ride with more confidence.

If you ride at night, make sure to use lights so that drivers and pedestrians can see you.  It's the law.  Check out this page for more bike-related videos: secure locking tips, safer riding in traffic and other useful information.

Want more info on biking in Chicago, including bike registration if you just got a new ride?  Go here.  Wishing you safe travels and pleasant rides.  See you on the road!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Bike traffic skills class

Would you like to ride more places but lack confidence in traffic? A Traffic Skills 101 class might be just the thing. There's a class starting Monday night 4/15. Click here for more info.

Monday, April 1, 2013

coming soon....

A new cafe at 99th and Walden...

I wish this wasn't an April Fools joke.  I'd really love to see a cafe in this vacant commercial space - Greek, Lebanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, or some other ethnicity that's NOT currently represented in the neighborhood, preferably with some healthy meal options (something that's also in short supply in our 'hood). 

We don't need another pizza or sandwich place.  An affordable little lunch and dinner spot offering something that we can't get in the neighborhood would be ideal.  Perhaps they could make an arrangement with the all day Montessori across the street to share their parking lot on evenings and weekends. And bike racks, yes, bike racks...

Who else shares this dream?