Christine Kandaras to Be Buena Park Historian

Buena Park Neighbors is pleased to announce that long time resident Christine Kandaras has agreed to be the Buena Park Historian. In that role, Christine will work with a team to chronicle our neighborhood history and key events that shaped it. It will build on the work that Buena Park Neighbors has done over the years with the Hutchison Street Historic Tours.

Christine and her husband, Ken Kandaras, have been active in Buena Park and Uptown since they returned to Ken’s boyhood home on Junior Terrace nine years ago. Ken’s family has been in the neighborhood since the 1960’s. She believes the history and the architecture impact how people live and feel. She volunteers with Chicago Greeters and gives regular tours of the entertainment district of Uptown as well as downtown and neighborhood tours to people who sign up.

In the month’s ahead, Christine will write articles for the newsletter and provide bits of history for our Facebook followers. We’ll find out more about how Buena Park got its name and how it became the neighborhood that it is today. Stay tuned and thank you Christine for taking on this new responsibility.


Author: bikeuptown46

I am currently the Communications Director for the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters which represents 33,000 union men and women in three states who swing a hammer for a living. I publsih a magazine, a couple of email newsletters and two websites. I also do videos, webinars, advertisng and public relations. As an avid cyclist I ride a three-wheeled trike 5 to 6 days per week 52 weeks per year which adds up to between 5,000 and 6,000 miles year-round, including daily commutes along Chicago's lakefront ... polar vortexes included. I have never missed a day of work because of Chicago's weather. I am an activist who serves humanitarian and political causes: To advocate for the Sudanese in Illinois who have fled Southern Sudan and Darfur is one of my most rewarding experiences. I work with my son Sean on Sudan presentations at churches and community groups with my Sudanese friends on the problems facing them in Darfur, South Sudan and the United States. My son Sean and I work together on the Abolition Institute which seeks to end slavery in the west African nation of Mauritania. My photography chronicles Chicago's lakefront through my daily rides. My photo website is I just self-published my first photo-book on the history of my Chicago neighborhood: Sweet Home Buena Park. I live about one-half mile north of Wrigley Field in the Buena Park neighborhood.

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