Neighborhood News

October Events at the Chicago Public Library Uptown Branch

For Babies

Book Babies, a six-week series for babies who are not yet walking and their caregivers, begins Monday, October 2.  This is a special time for parents or caregivers to focus on and bond with their babies while building the very earliest foundation for literacy. You’ll have a chance to socialize with other participants at the end of each session. There is space in both the morning (11:00 – 11:30 a.m.) and afternoon (1:30 – 2:00 p.m.) classes.  To register, please contact Children’s Librarian Laura Jenkins and let her know your baby’s name and age, your phone number and whether you’d like to be in the morning or afternoon class.  Classes are held on Mondays through November 6.

For Toddlers

Toddler Story Time is a thirty-minute program that is full of fun with stories, rhymes and songs to help your child develop early literacy skills. You’ll get tips on incorporating talking, singing, reading, writing and playing into your day as a way to grow a young reader. Toddler Story Time, for children 18 to 36 months and their caregivers, meets on Wednesdays in October from 10:30 until 11:00 a.m., with time afterward for free play with blocks, puppets and puzzles. Younger children are welcome, also! No registration is required. Please email Children’s Librarian Laura Jenkins or call 312-744-8400 if you have any questions.

For School Age Children

Elementary school children can drop in to get free help with homework from an accredited teacher.  Miss Emily is available Mondays to Thursdays, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Please email Children’s Librarian Laura Jenkins or call 312-744-8400, if you have any questions.

Weaving Workshop

Join artist and teacher Cathy Quintero on Sat., Oct. 7 from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. to learn more about the craft of weaving in this hands-on workshop for children and families. Woven textiles that are sourced from various artisans in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and Ecuador will also be showcased.


Buena Park Business Spotlight: IRPINO Real Estate

The next local business we are featuring in our Buena Park Business Spotlight series is IRPINO Real Estate, one of our generous Gold Level Business Partners.


IRPINO Real Estate was established in 2000 and focuses on serving the Chicagoland area and surrounding Suburbs. They are a family-owned and operated business founded on the belief of constant and never-ending improvement.

Led by Managing Broker, Dominic Irpino, they are a highly personalized, boutique Real Estate Brokerage that always puts customer service first. They know the process of Buying or Selling your home is a very personal one and do everything they can to walk you through the process, achieve the highest sale price and quickest sale time. When you work with IRPINO Real Estate you get their experience – over 17 years in the business – as well as their time and attention. They pride themselves on converting Real Estate transactions into lasting relationships with their clients.


Their Family has been very involved in the Buena Park community from the day they purchased their first Apartment Building in the neighborhood. They completely renovated it, and hit the ground running by getting involved in neighborhood groups, sponsoring local causes and charities, and being a member of Buena Park Neighbors and the Zoning and Planning Committee.

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Their Family lives in Buena Park, owns and operates their Business in Buena Park, and is proud to employ locally in Buena Park now and in the Future.


They are proud to be one of the fastest growing Real Estate Brokerages, proud to have built their Office and Business here in Buena Park, and proud to make a positive difference in their Community.

If you’re thinking about selling your Home or Property, get in touch with them today at, (773) 525-0900 or stop by their Buena Park office at 4234 N. Broadway.


Whether it be in the City or Suburbs… a Home, Town Home, Condo or Investment Property, the Team at IRPINO Real Estate has you covered. The IRPINO Difference makes finding the perfect Chicagoland home like a dream. 

If your business is interested in becoming a Gold Level Business Partner of Buena Park Neighbors, contact us today at

Buena Park Business Spotlight: Uptown Fitness

We are excited to continue our Business Partners spotlight series with Buena Park’s neighborhood gym, Uptown Fitness Center (previously World Gym).

Uptown Fitness

Proud to be a neighborhood gym for over 30 years, Uptown Fitness is a place where fitness is normal. They offer a variety of classes and amenities including steam rooms, saunas, tanning beds, and a pool during the summer months.


They also have excellent personal trainers to help members see results faster. And they offer on-site child care and senior fitness options.


Al Phillips, the President of Uptown Fitness, is a legend in the health club business, not just in Chicago, but across the pond as well. Princess Diana attended the opening of one of his gyms in London and even talked about signing up! “Can I get a deal?” she asked him.


Being a neighborhood gym, they consider themselves to be the fitness hub of the Uptown area. They strive to ensure their members are happy and satisfied with their facility.

They often run special promotions throughout the year and do their best to work with members to find a membership that is right for them. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date with their promotions!


For more information on how to join or pricing, visit Uptown Fitness at 909 W. Montrose Avenue or contact them at or 773-348-1212.

They are open Monday – Friday from 5am to 11pm, Saturday & Sunday from 7am to 8pm.

If your business is interested in becoming a Gold Level Business Partner, contact us today at

Uptown Public Library September Events – 

Practice English Conversation, Sat., Sept. 2 from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. is an informal meet-up for new English speakers.

Melodies from Around the World with Mike Basin and His Accordion. Classically trained accordionist, Mike Basin, returns for a delightful fall concert on Sat., Sept. 23 at 2:30 p.m.

Building Blocks of Mental Health. Dan Bader, with 23 years of experience at mental health clinics, presents a program on mental health from a public health/prevention point of view on Sat., Sept. 30 at 2:00 p.m.

Affordable Care Navigator available at a table in the lobby on Monday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Puppet Show in the Park Is Sat., Sept 30 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Weather permitting, Sea Beast Puppets will perform Of Mice and Mayors which is two fairy tales: Stone Soup and The Cottager and His Cat. The shows run about one hour.

They are both muppet style puppets and are connected by a narrator. They are fun for audiences of all ages, and Stone Soup has audience participation. We hand out some vegetables before we start and the kids put them in the pot.