Sunday July 20 • Noon to 5 pm • Rain or Shine

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Celebrate the best of summer at Buena Park’s second annual neighborhood festival. Explore this vibrant Northside neighborhood and see why things in Chicago really are cooler by the lake. Plus, there is something for everyone!

TOURS: Architectural Tours of Historic Hutchinson Street, the American Islamic College and St Mary of the Lake

CARS: World of Wheels Featuring Vintage Cars, Motorcycles and Bikes, Barbeque, tacos and a DJ

FOOD: Four Fabulous Food Trucks!

MUSIC: Performances Throughout the Day at Buena Circle

FAMILY AND KIDS: Interactive Activities, Bouncy House, Face Painting and Special Guests by the Smart Love School on Buena

ART: Classes, Theater Performances and Art Expo

PETS: Dog Activities at Challenger Bark Dog Park at Buena Circle

GARDENS: Tours, Food and Demonstrations at Ginkgo Gardens

BIKING: Pre-festival Guided Bike Tour starts at Peace Garden at 11

And Much Much More!

Entrances at: Buena and Clarendon • World of Wheels on Broadway at Cuyler • Buena Circle • American Islamic College • Art Expo, 4101 N Broadway

Suggested Donation $5, Kids under 12 free

Know Before You Go

Where To Find Us: Buena Park is just off the lake, between Irving Park and Montrose.

Transport: Red Line Sheridan stop. Bus #36, 146 or 151 Buena stop

Parking: Discounted prepaid parking is available for this event. For $4 off, use promo code BVH14N at parkjockey.com. FREE parking on the day at the Thorek Hospital lot on the south side of Irving Park at Fremont, just west of the BP station.

Free Trolley Service: Buena Park is a lovely, walkable neighborhood, but for your convenience, a trolley will make a continuous 30-minute loop through the main attractions

Timing: The festival is open noon to 5 pm, rain or shine, with lots to do at your leisure. However, to help you better plan your afternoon, here is a list of scheduled activities:

  • Chicago Architecture Foundation sidewalk tours of the George Maher houses on Hutchinson: 4 tours only—12:30 pm, 1 pm, 1:30 pm, 2 pm.
    Limit 15 persons per tour. Same-day sign up at Smart Love House
  • Bike tour: 11 am to noon. Meet at lakefront Peace Garden. View Bicycle Tour Flier (370kb PDF).
  • Dog Activities: Noon to 1:30 pm at Challenger Bark/Buena Circle
  • American Islamic College Tour and Ebru painting class: Starts 1:30 pm
  • Tours of St. Mary of the Lake church at 2:15, 3:15 and 4:15.

Downloadable map: 1.2MB PDF (or see below)

BPOD 2014 Map

BPOD 2014 Map

Many thanks to our sponsors Thorek Hospital, SSA#34, reside living, The Bar on Buena, North Buena Deli and Wine, European and US Autos, and many more to come!


Event Flyer

Event Flyer (350kb PDF)

From Lowell Thompson:

I’m painting a portrait of Buena Park.

Shouldn’t you be in it?

Yep, it’s me again, Lowell Thompson.

Remember? Last year I was one of The Corner Artists in the Buena Park Arts Expo. This year, as part of my Allmericans Portrait project, I’m painting Chicago’s most colorful community, Uptown, starting right here in Buena Park.

From June through August 2014, you may see me all over Buena Park, painting and taking photos. I’ll also be working in my temporary studio at 4101 N. Broadway on the weekends below. Come in and I’ll take a photo of you, your family/friends that I may use in the final exhibit and poster. After all, what would a portrait of Buena Park be without you?

Lowell Thompson’s Allmericans Portrait

Buena Park, Chicago

In Studio – 4101 N. Broadway (Corner of Broadway & Belle Plaine)
Sat. – Sun., June 21 — July 20 2014, 12 noon – 6pm 

View Allmericans Portrait flyer

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Uptown Update had this to say about our Concert in the Park on Thursday:

The Buena Park Neighbors Concert in the Park Thursday night may have been shortened by rain, but there was no lack of activities to enjoy.  Gene Tenner took photos of everything, which you are invited to view at https://www.flickr.com/photos/78559435%40N04/sets/72157645263335625/.

Gene says, “Despite the rain, I had multiple folks come up to me and thank me for doing this [the concert]. Although I had nothing to do with setting this up, it was heartening to see all the smiling faces, curious dogs and my neighbors enjoying a summer evening with music and friendly conversation.”  Well done, BPN organizers!

Alderman Cappleman is asking for input from Buena Park residents with regards to a proposed Hookah Lounge at 4101 N. Broadway.

A meeting will be held Monday. The potential owner will be there to present his ideas and get our feedback.

Meeting: Monday, June 23rd
Time: 7 pm
Place: 4101 N. Broadway (across from Michael’s Pizza)
Subject: A Hookah Lounge proposal for 4101 N. Broadway
BPN Concert June 2013

BPN Concert June 2013

Buena Park’s first Free Concert in the Park is June 19th at Buena Circle Park. RCM band returns this year to play classic rock covers with Latin flavor.

Bring the family for face painting, a bouncy house for the kids, and food trucks. We will be kicking off “Portrait of Buena Park”, a unique concept to capture the spirit of our community. Please join us for music, dancing and dinner and meet your neighbors!

Event Flyer

Event Flyer

Ace Furniture

Ace Furniture

Around 35 residents attended the presentation from Akara Partners this past Monday to hear about their proposal to build 20 apartment units at 4027 N. Broadway where the Ace Furniture building now stands.

After the presentation the assembled group discussed the pros and cons of the plans presented and agreed on five issues for consideration and resolution:

  • There needs to be retail on the first floor
  • There needs to be a clearer plan for garbage disposal
  • There is concern about storm water run off since the new building takes up the entire lot
  • There should be a bike room to store bikes
  • There needs to be a clearer explanation for how they arrived at the mix of one, two, three and four bedroom units

The stated reason for lack of proposed retail space on the first floor is the number of parking spaces required by the city.  This requirement could be met by reducing the number of units, thereby reducing required parking and opening up space on the first floor. Mike Breheny, Chief Development Officer at Akara Partners, indicated that they are willing to reduce the number of apartments so that there would be room for retail on the first floor.

The proposal also raised concerns from neighbors that adequate space for garbage disposal was not planned. Apparent lack of consideration for where the refuse truck would park to collect dumpsters, where the dumpsters would be kept, and how top floors would access dumpsters raised concerns. Similarly, adequate planning for runoff from the building and bicycle parking and storage were matters of concern for neighbors.

Finally, the group wanted to know how Akara Partners determined the proposed mix of units, particularly the four bedroom units.  Concern was raised that the current demographics of Buena Park would not support such housing.

As mentioned above, BPN talked to Mike Breheny and it has been decided to have a second meeting this coming Monday at the same place and time as the last meeting.

Meeting to discuss the Akara Partners proposal
Place:  4101 N. Broadway
Time:  7 pm
Date:  Monday, June 9th


Update July 2, 2014: Akara Partners has provided the materials that were presented at this meeting.

Buena Beach Cafe, formerly Razon restaurant, is under new management with a new menu offering classic American cuisine that includes salads, specialty hamburgers, pizza and more.

The June special is two for one. Buy one entree and get a second of equal or less value for free. This is for Buena Park residents. Tell your wait person that you are a Buena Park Neighbor and that’s all you have to do. This special will run through the entire month of June.

Dinner special at Buena Beach Cafe
4250 N. Marine Dr.

Buy one entree get a second of equal or less value for free
Any night from 5 pm to Midnight
All of June 2014

Don’t forget to tell them you are a Buena Park Neighbor.

(from our June 2014 newsletter)

BPN at Lakeview Pantry on February 8, 2014

BPN at Lakeview Pantry on February 8, 2014

Join your neighbors for volunteer day at Lakview Pantry. On June 21st Buena Park residents will gather at Lakeview Pantry 3831 N. Broadway to load grocery bags and deliver them in the surrounding neighborhood.

This is a great way to meet your neighbors and do some good at the same time. As you can see, children are welcome to join in. What better way to teach them volunteerism than taking part in this activity.

Lakeview Pantry Volunteer day
Saturday June 21st
9 am to Noon
3831 N. Broadway


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