Archive for April, 2012

Ravenswood Hospital Community Meeting 4/23, Ravenswood Run 4/29

Hello neighbors!
I wanted to alert you to two upcoming events that affect our area, an update about the Mariano’s project and an article about Alderman Pawar…
1) Ravenswood Hospital redevelopment meeting
Ald. Pawar will be hosting a community meeting on the redevelopment of the Ravenswood Hospital Site located at 4550 N. Winchester/1945 W. Wilson. The meeting will be held next Monday, April 23rd, 6:30pm at All Saints Episcopal Church (corner of Hermitage and Wilson). Please enter through the door at 1757 W. Wilson. Our voices and opinions are an important part of this process, so I wanted to encourage everyone to attend. If you have any questions, call or email Jim Poole in the 47th Ward Office at 773-549-4462 or For full information on this project, initiated by the Lycee Francais of Chicago, please visit http://chicago47./wp-content/uploads/Zoning-Info-form-9-23-11.pdf

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2) Ravenswood Run
This year’s Ravenswood Run will be coming through our neighborhood on Sunday, April 29th. The Alderman’s Office and organizers have been making an effort to alert affected residents and businesses with postcards, door hangers, etc. But I wanted to remind you–particularly about the restricted parking and closed traffic along Paulina, Hermitage, Ravenswood, Wilson, and Leland in and around Area 5. Please take a look at the above flyer, which includes both the race route and alternate parking options.
3) Mariano’s

The Mariano’s construction is planning to start this summer. The developers are still working out some zoning issues with the city, but as far as I was told, that is the plan.

4) One more thing:

Here is a Q & A with Alderman Pawar from Chicago Magazine. I thought it would be good to share.


Block Audit Deadline This Week and Spring Cleaning

Hello Neighbors!

Happy Spring!!! What a wonderful Spring we are having. I hope you’ve been enjoying it:)

I wanted to touch base about a few things:

1. The Block Audits are due this week. If you haven’t already done one, please do so. They take about 15 minutes and it is very important that our collective voice be heard, especially on the stuff that needs fixing. The more people who participate the better. If you can’t get it in by tomorrow, it’s better late than never:) We all really appreciate your participation. You can download it from this website, in the Ward Links section to the right.

2. There is a Ward Council meetingWednesday, April 11 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM at the Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club, 2501 W. Irving Park…As always, all 47th Ward residents are welcome to attend. Click here for the Agenda of the 5th Ward Council Meeting.

3. Spring Clean and Green, the citywide beautification and clean-up is coming up on April 21st. If you are interested in beautifying a corner in our neighborhood Dara Salk at the Ward office can help you get volunteers, materials, and tools. Please contact her at by April 13th. Click here to learn more: Clean & Green 2012 Flyer

4. I was walking by the Cultural Center last week and noticed they were cleaning spray paint graffiti from the stone building. I asked them what they were using that was working so well. They showed me a can of Claire Mark and Stain Remover. They said you could get it at any industry cleaning supply store, but I saw you can get it online for about $5 for a can. Since 311 is slow to respond to graffiti, it’s in our hands to get rid of it. Thanks for your help in doing so…