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A Neighborhood Success Story Beat 2431 CAPS

A Neighborhood Success Story Beat 2431 CAPS Loyola Park, a twenty acre gem in the Chicago Park District, is one of the 49th Ward’s many treasures. As with many treasures, there is often a dark side. Along with its excellent beach, large park area and recreational facilities, Loyola Park was becoming dangerous. It was plagued by group drinking, drug dealing, petty theft, prostitution and assaults. From May to November overnight camps, of people too drunk or unwilling to find their way back to their apartments, were set up behind bushes, under trees and out on the beach. A community park was becoming lost to the community. Read the rest here>>
Posted on June 08, 2011


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

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

Spring Chase 5K @ Heartland this Sunday May 15th

Spring Chase 5K @ Heartland this Sunday May 15th Athletes United for Peace and Heartland Cafe present SPRING CHASE 5K Sunday May 15th. Promoting friendship & Peace through sport. Meet @ Heartland Cafe 7000 N Glenwood by 8:00 AM RUN FOR FREE Post race breakfast.
Posted on May 11, 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

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

A Taste of RogersEdge - April 14th

A Taste of RogersEdge - April 14th Tickets Now Available! A Taste of RogersEdge, Featuring More Than 20 Restaurants A Taste of RogersEdge will be on Thursday, April 14th from 5 to 9 p.m. Registration will be held at The Morgan at Loyola Station, 1209 W. Arthur (5 to 8 p.m.) Presented by Loyola University Chicago, the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, and Rogers Park Business Alliance, a Taste of RogersEdge is a walking crawl celebrating a world of flavors from a diverse mix of restaurants in Rogers Park and Edgewater. This year's Taste of RogersEdge has over 20 participating restaurants! You probably won't get to them all, so choose your route wisely!
Posted on April 05, 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

The Rogers Park - West Ridge Historical Society is Hiring

The Rogers Park - West Ridge Historical Society is Hiring The Historical Society has moved to new headquarters and is poised to increase the visibility of its programs and expand its membership. The Board of Directors (BOD) seeks a an energetic organized part-time Resource Manager who can manage the Society’s day to day activities and help bring the organization to the next level of fund raising capacity, marketing and outreach.
Posted on March 16, 2011

Crime by the Numbers and Beyond

By Bob Spoerl for Jody Weis’ abrupt mid-week leave from his post as Chicago’s Police Superintendent got me thinking: What do the numbers say about crime in the 49th Ward? Fortunately, the Chicago Police Department makes it relatively easy to obtain data about crime reports on a ward-by-ward level. It’s easy; anyone with an internet connection can get these numbers. But I thought I’d make it easy for you in case you don’t want to sift through the data yourself.
Posted on March 07, 2011

Charter school says it’s private, though it gets millions in tax dollars

Charter school says it’s private, though it gets millions in tax dollars Teachers see an attempt to stop them from unionizing A Chicago charter school that has received more than $23 million in public money since opening in 2004 is arguing that it is a private institution, a move teachers say is designed to block them from forming a union. In papers filed with the National Labor Relations Board, attorneys for the Chicago Math and Science Academy on the city's North Side say the school should be exempt from an Illinois law that grants employees of all public schools the right to form unions for contract negotiations. Read the full Chicago Tribune article here
Posted on February 24, 2011

Rogers Park Builders Group - Quarterly Newsletter

Rogers Park Builders Group - Quarterly Newsletter The Rogers Park Builders Group (RPBG) was founded in 1993 by real estate professionals, independent property owners and financial institutions to help the community realize its potential. Joining with the more that 60 community groups in the area, RPBG has been a catalyst for initiatives ranging from neighborhood revitalization to obtaining exposure in the media for the area’s cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage. RPBG_Winter_2011_FINAL.pdf
Posted on February 14, 2011

North Side Community FCU’s New Branch in Rogers Park + Event Photos!

North Side Community FCU’s New Branch in Rogers Park + Event Photos! The North Side Community Federal Credit Union (NSCFCU) on Monday, January 24, 2011 held a “launch luncheon” to kickoff its new joint venture with the Howard Area Community Center (HACC) as part of a unique effort to add affordable banking to the list of social services that are available to residents of Rogers Park, a mixed income neighborhood on Chicago’s far north side.
Posted on February 14, 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

Second Saturday at the Society

Second Saturday at the Society Join the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society for their Lincoln's Birthday 202nd birthday celebration The Rogers Park / West Ridge Historical Society invites you to join them this Saturday for their monthly program Second Saturday at the Society. They will feature a presentation on Abraham Lincoln entitled, "Tracing Lincoln's Life" a group discussion on Illinois' favorite son.
Posted on February 09, 2011


FIRST RPGG MEETING OF 2011 - FEBRUARY 22 Spring Lies Beneath: What's Behind the Yearly Miracle Tuesday, February 22, 7pm Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon It may still be cold and snowy but it's never too early to think Spring, blooms, and share the joy of gardening. Join us for the first meeting of the season at Uncommon Ground where long-time Chicago Tribune gardening writer, master gardener, and Openlands Treekeeper Beth Botts will talk about all the good things happening in the frozen landscape, even during the depth of winter. Tours of the frozen "landscape" of the Uncommon Ground rooftop garden will also be available.
Posted on February 09, 2011

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