The Illinois chapter of Make A Wish is holding a special Wine/Beer tasting fund raiser on August 16th.  This is a great way to give a kid an experience of a life time and have some fun at the same time.  GNS, Michael’s and North Buena Deli and Wine are sponsoring the event that will be hosted by George Cavrilos who is a Make a Wish board member.

Buena Park’s own Steve Mendivil who is a sommelier for the Michelin rated L2O restaurant will be pouring the wine and explaining its special characteristics and origins. Over on the beer side will be a brew master from Brickstone Brewery.

As far as the food is concerned, you won’t be disappointed.  There will be lots of it and it will be delicious.  So come out for this worthy cause and enjoy great food, drink and fellowship with your neighbors.

Here are the particulars:

Make A Wish fund raiser
Saturday, August 16th
7pm to whenever
4101 N. Broadway (across from Michael’s)

The cost is $35 per person, and tickets are available at GNS. Call George if you have any questions, at 708-692-1767.

Make A Wish thanks the sponsors of this event:

North Buena Deli & Wine, GNS Market, Michael's Pizzeria & Tavern

– Cancelled 8/21 due to weather –

Free concert in the Park
Thursday, August 21
7 – 9:30 pm
Buena Circle Park
Buena and Kenmore

Our August Free Concert in the Park is scheduled for Thursday, August 21 at 7 pm. Back by popular demand is the RCM band. We will also be having food trucks, a bouncy house for the kids and more. This is a great way to unwind on a Thursday night listening to good music, eating tasty food and watching children have a blast. Hey, “it don’t get much better n that”

Special for this event is the first unveiling of the Portrait of Buena Park poster. We really want your input, so we hope that we get a lot of folks to stop by the Portrait of Buena Park table and take a look.

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 

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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.


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