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DIVIDE AND DONATE SPRING SALE - SUNDAY, JUNE 5 It's not too late to contribute to the success of this sale! Donations accepted until June 3 -- Location: 1434 W. Greenleaf Pots and tags available for you to prepare your donations. As you walk your garden this Spring and plan out the season, before throwing that invasive fern into the compost pile, pop it in a pot and donate it for the RPGG's Spring Sale, "Divide and Donate." So come out of the shed, you trowel digging garden enthusiasts and help the RPGG's plant sale with your extra plants! The garden you may be helping with your fern donation could be the parkway across the street from you! Plant donations will be accepted through June 3 at 1434 W. Greenleaf. Pots will be available at same location if needed. All plants can be left by the west side of the garage. When donating plants, please leave a description of the plant (name, color, whether it's a shade or sun plant, etc.) and your name. You can also email the information to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)or respond through the RPGG web site.
Posted on June 01, 2011

Glenwood Sunday Market - This Weekend!

Glenwood Sunday Market - This Weekend! The last Winter Market of the season gave us a taste of what is to come this summer! Freshly picked asparagus from Hardin Family Farms in Michigan, watercress from Oriana's Orchard, eggs from the best fed chickens in Illinois from Midnight Sun (Nick says he is going to start feeding the chickens flax seed), and amazing mushrooms from River Valley. And that is just a sampling of what was available. For vegatable gardeners, there were beautiful starter heirloom tomato and herb plants, fertile compost and more. And let's not forget about the TREATs from Katherine Anne Confections and amazing baked goods from Bennisons Bakery among others.
Posted on May 31, 2011

The Ruckus Theater’s 15 Minutes - Opens June 3rd

The Ruckus Theater’s 15 Minutes - Opens June 3rd In the world of 15 Minutes, you are who you friend. In a city built of glass and steel, cables and cameras, five people are about to meet a very strange man with some very strange ideas. There are rules, and there are risks, and there is something not quite right about this World’s Fair—but you've got a golden ticket, and that could change the world. at The Side Project Theatre 1439 W Jarvis / Chicago, IL 60626 June 3 - 26, 2011 at 7:30pm Click here for tickets and info>>
Posted on May 31, 2011

Got Photos? Join our Flickr Group

Got Photos? Join our Flickr Group regularly features images taken in and around Rogers Park. If you would like to share your photos, add them to our Flickr Pool and they will be among those chosen three times a week for feature. Flickr Group here>>
Posted on May 23, 2011

Some Enchanted Evening Extended Again Through July 3

Some Enchanted Evening Extended Again Through July 3 It is with great pride and humble appreciation to their patrons that Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre is announcing a second extension for Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Performances are at 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 p.m., Sundays. Tickets are immediately available for purchase. The first extension running through June 5 is nearly sold out except for May 29. For additional information visit
Posted on May 20, 2011

Join “Team Bud” at Family Matters Walk-A-Thon, This Saturday

Read about Bud and The Walk-A-Thon here>>
Posted on May 19, 2011

Rogers Park Business and Artist Network Ten Year Anniversary Wed, May 11th

Rogers Park Business and Artist Network Ten Year Anniversary Wed, May 11th Think back to May, 2001. The nation had a new President who many feel stole the election. The federal government was enjoying a surplus. A facebook was something we might show to our children while putting them to bed. The price of gas was (inflation adjusted) $1.61. Osama Bin Laden? Few people knew who he was, but he was alive. Ten years later - how much has changed! One morning back in May, 2001 a group of local business people and artists* thought that Rogers Park needed a networking organization uniquely suited to this neighborhood. They spoke with Heartland Cafe owner Michael James who agreed to host the meeting and serve breakfast. Around 15 - 20 locals showed up with the goal being to get to know each other, what each other does professionally, and to learn about other community endeavors others were involved in. People exchanged business cards. New friendships and business relationships were established. Read Mike's full article here>>>
Posted on May 09, 2011

This week at Mess Hall! Happy May!

Mess Hall is an experimental cultural center in the heart of Rogers Park, Chicago. It's a place where visual art, radical politics, creative urban planning, applied ecological design & other things intersect & inform each other
Posted on May 02, 2011

Part One: Chanelle Prepares for the Pageant

Part One: Chanelle Prepares for the Pageant By Bob Spoerl for Rogers Park resident and Lane Tech senior Chanelle Hutchinson celebrates her 18th birthday on Easter Sunday this year, one week before she vies for the title of Miss Chicago Teen. “I hope at least I get top 10 so I can say it’s worth my time,” Hutchinson jokes during an interview.
Posted on April 24, 2011

I Am Chicago - Rogers Park/Edgewater edition.

I Am Chicago - Rogers Park/Edgewater edition. We set up a portable, natural-light studio on Chicago’s neighborhood corners. We spend a day there documenting the characters of the city by inviting all who pass by to step into our studio. We take full-body portraits of them to record the exact way they have presented themselves to the streets on that given day, brown paper bags and all. Some strut, some smile, some grill, some glare, some frown... To encourage participation we offer everybody a professional 8x11.5 inch print of their studio portrait, made on the spot. Our goal is to set up our studio on 30 of Chicago’s corners. The purpose of ‘I am Chicago’ is to collect material for an exhibit, a book of photographs, and a film. Go to "I Am Chicago" Website>>
Posted on April 21, 2011

Historical Society Annual House Tour - May 1st

Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society holds its 25th annual House Tour featuring Morse Avenue and the Glenwood Arts District The Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society proudly announces its 25th annual house tour, to be held on Sunday May 1 from noon until 5:00 PM. This year’s tour features historically significant houses, a church and a former synagogue, among other spots of historical value surrounding Morse Avenue and Glenwood Arts District.
Posted on April 19, 2011

Green Your Home or Apartment—Monday the 18th

Hear from the experts about advanced steps to green your home, apartment or apartment building at our next Saving Green Together workshop, "Window to the Groups Who Make it Happen,'" Monday, April 18th, 6:30 p.m-8:30 p.m.., at the United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse (at Ashland), 2nd Floor. Free parking is available at the church parking lot on the southwest corner of Morse and Ashland. Some of the city's foremost experts on home energy efficiency and greening your home will be available to share their insight and experiences. You could spend hundreds of dollars obtaining the type of information that you'll get free Monday night.
Posted on April 11, 2011

Pippin Premeirs

Pippin Premeirs Prince Pippin, the son of Charlemagne, aches to discover the meaning of life and the key to eternal happiness and success. He searches battlefields, explores his sexuality, and delves into political affairs to find the answer. In the end, he finds it in the last place he expected. This hip tale of Pippin has captivated Broadway audiences, and continues to entertain the young at heart everywhere. The energetic and pop-influenced score by the award-winning composer/lyricist of “Wicked” Stephen Schwartz will have you dancing in the aisles!
Posted on April 06, 2011

News from the Rogers Park Garden Group

News from the Rogers Park Garden Group The RPGG's mission is to promote gardening in the Rogers Park community (from Devon north to the city limits, Lake Michigan west to Ridge Avenue) through education and by assisting in the growth and development of green places. The RPGG meets monthly, usually the last Tuesday of the month at 7 pm from April through October (with special events in July and September). Please visit the Calendar for updates to our schedule.
Posted on March 23, 2011

Charter school union fight heats up

Charter school union fight heats up Clergy, labor groups draw parallels to Wisconsin by Linda Lutton Mar. 18, 2011 Tensions are heating up at a North Side charter school where teachers have formed a union. About two-thirds of the teachers and staff at the Chicago Math and Science Academy signed union cards last school...Read the entire report @ WBEZ
Posted on March 18, 2011

The Recyclery Film Screening

The Recyclery Film Screening Recyclery Join The Recyclery Collective's screening of the award winning documentary SCRAPPERS, Recycling the American Dream. Directed by: Brian Ashby/Ben Kolak/Courtney Prokopa. Friday March 18, 2011 7:30 Doors / 8 p.m. Screening Living Water Community Church - 6808 N. Ashland Blvd. Admission: $5 Set in Chicago's labyrinth of alleys, Scrappers is a vérité portrait of Oscar and Otis, two metal scavengers who search for a living with brains, brawn and battered pickup trucks. The 2008 financial collapse and crackdowns on undocumented immigrants jeopardize their means of providing for their families. Stay for a Q&A with the filmmakers. "You want green, there ain't nobody greener than Oscar and Otis." -Roger Ebert
Posted on March 17, 2011

Spring Workshops 2011

Greenleaf Art Center is located in Rogers Park one block west of Clark on Greenleaf Avenue. It is conveniently near the Rogers Park Metra train stop, and is easily accesible via the #22 Clark Street bus. Plus, the Art Center has plenty of free parking. Greenleaf Art Center provides studio and exhibition space for over forty area artists and is home to five business enterprises. Since its inception in 1990 by Kathie and Denis Paluch, it has grown to become a vibrant part of the Rogers Park arts community. The center hosts a variety of exhibitions, open studio events, art salons and creative workshops throughout the year as well as art classes for both children and adults.
Posted on March 14, 2011

It’s Sonny in Rogers Park

Bob Spoerl for Imagine being in the middle of Tahrir Square in Cairo during the recent Egyptian revolution. It’s something that’s not imaginary, but real for Ismail Ibrahim. He was there on Feb. 11. “Never in Egypt did I imagine this would happen,” says the 65-year-old Rogers Park resident. It was a dream come true for him, something that causes the practical businessman to jump up out of his seat. Ibrahim is perhaps best known in the 49th Ward as the owner of Sonny’s Food Store. Ismail’s friends know him as Sonny – in fact, everyone calls him that.
Posted on February 28, 2011

An Ethiopian Dinner with a Sudanese Activist

An Ethiopian Dinner with a Sudanese Activist By Bob Spoerl for Freedom in Southern Sudan Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Feb. 7 accepted the request of an astounding 98.83 percent of nearly 4 million registered voters in Southern Sudan. While this news might mean next to nothing for Chicago residents not familiar with Sudan, it means a whole lot to Rogers Park resident Magai (Peter) Bul.
Posted on February 12, 2011

Swap-O-Rama-Rama Chicago - Saturday

Swap-O-Rama-Rama Chicago - Saturday Help save the environment and get a new spring wardrobe! Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community explores creative reuse through recycling.
Posted on February 11, 2011

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