48th Ward Transit TIF Meeting Monday, Sept. 26 at The Broadway Armory

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Join 48th Ward Ald. Harry Osterman and representatives from CTA and Department of Planning and Development to learn about the proposed Transit TIF. Funding generated through the TIF would support the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) project, which includes station improvements at Bryn Mawr, Berwyn, Argyle, and Lawrence, as well as the embankments along this stretch of the Red Line.

Monday, September 26th at 6:00pm
Broadway Armory
5917 N. Broadway

For more information, please contact the 48th Ward office at (773) 7845277 or email harry@48thward.org

Meet our Edgewater Glen Artists at The Edgewater Arts Festival (Sept 24-25)

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We have a number of Edgewater Glen neighbors who will be showcasing their artwork at the Edgewater Arts Festival this weekend. Be sure to stop by their booths to check out their work and say hi!

Jeanne Riley (Booth #54 – Handmade Jewelry), James Deloye (Booth #83 – Photography, Mixed Media), Tara Keating (Booth #20Painting, Mixed Media), Ana Pizarro (Booth #5Handmade Jewelry) who owns AVP Beads at 1206 Granville and Rebecca McNealy (Booth #85Photography, Pottery & Glasswork) who owns RAM Arts Studio on Broadway are also long time EAIM artists and will have booths at the fair. Also, our neighbor, Patricia Levine serves on the Board of Directors of Edgewater Artists in Motion and has played a huge role in organizing the festival this year.

History

In January 2009 during one of the deepest recessions in our country Rae Ann Cecrle, neighborhood resident and property owner was walking past a busy commercial district in Edgewater and was dismayed by the number of empty storefronts. Many businesses were moving elsewhere from the once bustling area of Broadway Avenue. Without leases renewed, these vacancies were beginning to negatively impact existing businesses. As an art lover and concerned business person, Rae Ann contacted the owner of the vacant storefronts and asked about installing art. With the idea that the art installations would help him rent his property quicker and bring more foot traffic to nearby businesses, the owner accepted.

Flyers were placed in windows of the empty storefronts asking for local artists. Three artists responded to the call and met at a local coffee house and thus, Edgewater Artists in Motion (EAIM) was born. The response was so great from artists wanting to show that it was natural to branch out to fairs.  The first street fair on Thorndale in 2009, then into an empty store on Thorndale (now the Jackalope Theatre), then to an empty storefront on Broadway (now Lickity Split) and now our third art fair on Granville (Broadway-Sheridan). Their mission then and now is to enhance Edgewater’s appeal as a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly commercial district to assist existing business and attract new business; To showcase original art in Edgewater, for the enjoyment of the entire community; To establish Edgewater as a premier cultural destination in Chicago for the long-term benefit of the community.

In early 2017 EAIM will officially open an art gallery at 1070 W. Granville to join the growing arts district and have a permanent location for member artist to showcase their works and to help developing young artist in the community.

The RogersEdge Dinner Crawl is Tomorrow (Thursday, September 22nd)

The RogersEdge Dinner Crawl will be tomorrow, Thursday, September 22, starting at 5 p.m.  Bring your neighbors and friends to sample delicious foods from local establishments while you enjoy the neighborhood and walk off the calories during the last days of summer.

The crawl will include restaurants along Broadway Avenue, Devon Avenue and Sheridan Road. Confirmed Restaurants:Bar 63, Cafe Arrivadolce, Clarke’s Diner, Ellipsis Coffehouse, Felice’s Kitchen, Maddiebird Bakery, Nori Chicago – Edgewater, Pita Pit and The Coffee Shop.

What is RogersEdge? Loyola University Chicago, Rogers Park Business Alliance and Edgewater Chamber of Commerce recently announced a one-of-a-kind collaborative effort to support a prospering business community in the Devon-Sheridan-Broadway area. Activities of RogersEdge encourage access to eclectic, vibrant and culturally enriching experiences through business attraction and retention efforts, marketing, beautification, and events!

Purchase your tickets in advance, the first 50 people will receive $5 off with a promo code “rogersedge16” tinyurl.com/RogersEdgeCrawl16

Ticket pick-up and Crawl Starting Location:
Lake Shore Community Partners
6443 N Sheridan Road
(by Third Coast Comics and Local Goods Chicago tiny shops)