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:

Friday, October 23, 2015

special treat for last 95th St. farmers market of the season

Sunday 10/25 is the last 95th St. farmers market of the season.

From 9 a.m. to noon, it's a Halloween Fest, featuring Costume contest, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, face painting and more. Free.

Bring the kiddies to 95th & Longwood for some tricks and treats.

tomorrow's #GoodForThe19thWard bike ride

Fingers crossed, hoping the weather is reasonable tomorrow morning.  If it's only mist/light rain and looks unlikely to get heavier, we will still meet and ride.  If not, the ride will be postponed.

Watch this space.  I will post an update by 8:30 a.m. tomorrow.

non sequitur Friday

Two takes on the same song.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

95th St. Metra construction - Is change coming?

I got an email alert tonight about Metra construction. We'll see if they actually get asphalt down over the weekend, or if they're delayed like they were with the start of the whole project.  Here's the scoop:

"Due to platform rehabilitation, the south half of the inbound platform will be temporarily out of service beginning Monday, October 26th for approximately two weeks. Customers are advised to cross over at 95th road crossing to the outbound platform and walk down to the cross walk to the in-service portion of the inbound platform to board your train. Metra apologizes for any inconvenience and appreciates your patience as we make these station improvements. To ensure a safe boarding, please allow yourself additional time."

Yee ha! Let the good times roll! ;)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

still the same - 95th St. Metra construction

From a passenger perspective, nothing has really changed. Both inbound and outbound platforms have been under construction since 8/31 and are still only able to handle half the cars on any train. I'm starting to wonder if Metra actually wants to lay down any asphalt before winter.

FYI, though Metra normally has construction alerts on their home page, they have NEVER posted any information about the 95th St. construction on their web site. Anyone who is not riding the train regularly may be caught by surprise. It would be nice if they would at least put a construction alert for this project online so people can be informed before they get to the station.

Want to complain?  Go for it! Here's the appropriate contact info.

Monday, October 19, 2015

#GoodForThe19thWard bike ride

Join a group of neighborhood residents for a bike ride this Saturday 10/24. Our start location is Ridge Park,  at the southwest corner of parking lot. The route will be about 9 miles at an easy pace, with some stops along the way.

We will visit business districts in Beverly and Morgan Park and explore bike access to those areas, talk about what we want to see in our business districts, what barriers and assets we currently see in our business districts, and what ideas we see elsewhere that would be welcome here.

Our destination: a visit to a favorite neighborhood business: Original Rainbow Cone.

We will leave Ridge Park (1817 W 96th St., SW corner of parking lot) at 10:00 a.m. If you have questions, please send an email or call 312-520-1641.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail meeting on Wed. 10/21

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail will meet on Wed. 10/21 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 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.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

95th St. Metra construction update - further update

As of 10/14, conditions for passengers have not changed significantly in the last 2 weeks.  Both platforms are still torn up, and open doors are still limited to 3 cars in each direction.  It looks like they're getting closer to paving the platforms, but progress is glacial.

I originally published this on 8/28. Both inbound and outbound platforms are still unusable at the 94th St. end.  A reduced number of cars are able to accommodate passenger loading at the station.  That number may change from day to day. It's a good idea to listen carefully to the conductor's announcements when you're a couple of stations away so that you can move to another car if needed.

As some of you may be aware, half of the outbound platform (west side) at 95th St. station has been torn up and under construction for a while now, so only 3 cars are opening on that platform to let passengers on and off the train.

Today the conductor made an announcement that, starting Monday 8/31, almost all of the inbound platform will also be torn up. Only the 95th St. end (south end - near the station house) will be available for boarding. If the normal number of people are getting on the train there, expect delays.

If it's feasible, you may want to consider using another station (99th or 91st) for a while.

Don't bother looking for this info on the Metra web site. It's not there. I guess they don't think we matter.

Friday, October 9, 2015

more bike parking needed at 99th St. Metra station

Do you ride your bike to the 99th St. Metra station and have trouble finding a spot to lock it up?  Or would you like to be able to ride there but regularly arrive too late to get a spot?

Riding to the train has become increasingly popular. The big rack at 100th and Walden fills up pretty much every weekday, so at least a few bikes get locked up to railings or sucker poles nearby.

Bikes at 99th St. Metra station this morning
It will be a while before the streetscape project is done, so we might not see any additional bike racks along 99th before the snow flies.

Would you like to improve our chances of getting more bike parking there so that more folks can ride to the train?  Go to this CDOT bike rack request (already in the system), click SUPPORT to show your support for this request, and add a comment if you like. Thank you for your support.

non sequitur Friday

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Little Free Libraries in the neighborhood

In my travels around the neighborhood, I've noticed a nice surprise in recent months: a few new Little Free Libraries.  If you're not familiar with the idea, it's a post-mounted box that an individual or organization can install near the sidewalk where you can take a book or leave one for others - a DIY community library. I first saw these in Portland, OR a few years ago and thought it was a great idea.

Little Free Library at 99th & Winchester
Here's a map of nearby locations. A few of them don't seem to be on the map yet, so we have more than what is shown here, including one in north Beverly. Where have you seen Little Free Libraries in the neighborhood? Have you tried it yet?

Friday, October 2, 2015