Neighborhood News

Pride Films & Plays

PRIDE ARTS CENTER offers Holiday treats! 26, the late night sketch comedy show, presents HAPPY HOLIGAYS Saturday nights at 10:30. The December Film Fest of LGBT short films is December 12 at 7:30 and has a theme of FAMILY. And WeFEST, performance art celebrating women, is on December 11 at 7:30.. Meanwhile, Garrett Allain’s hit one-man show ALTERED BOY continues throughout the month on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. For a full schedule click here. Pride Arts Center is at 4139 N Broadway.


Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

The Holiday Season is a very special time of year. It’s a time for family, friends, and festivities!  But it’s also a time when busy people forget to be careful about their personal safety and property.  As a result, people can become victims of burglaries, thefts, frauds and con-games.

Everyone could use extra money around the Holidays.  Criminals thrive on unsuspecting and innocent victims.  If you were a criminal who wanted some quick cash, how would you get it?  Steal a purse or wallet from a holiday shopper?  Solicit donations for a fake charity?  Use someone else’s credit card or charge account?

Don’t Make it Easy for The Thieves!


  • Give your home that “occupied appearance” by leaving various lights on.
  • Let a trusted neighbor know if you are going to be gone for longer periods of time.  Return the favor and create a “neighborhood watch”!
  • Don’t use short cuts through alleys or walkways.  Always use well lit and traveled areas.
  • Always keep a hand free for emergencies!
  • Shop with friends or relatives.  There is safety in numbers!
  • If you must take a purse, carry it close to your body with the clasp nearest you.
  • Cash should be carried in a front pants pocket.  Do not display large sums of cash.
  • Never leave your purse in a shopping cart or on a counter unattended while you shop.
  • Transfer valuables to the trunk of your auto before you reach your destination.
  • Never leave valuables in plain view in your auto.
  • Keys should never be carried in your purse.  Keep your keys in your pocket.
  • Remain alert at all times!
  • Stay off your cell phone- Don’t advertise your property!
  • Don’t walk around with headphones.
  • When returning to your auto or home, have your keys in your hand ready.
  • Use the “panic or alarm button” on your key chain if you feel fearful or suspicious.
  • Be alert for suspicious persons loitering in parking lots.
  • Be careful about strangers “following” you into your building! Don’t let strangers in!
  • Always lock your car even if you are only going to be gone for a few minutes.
  • Lock your doors immediately upon entering your vehicle and always drive with your doors locked.
  • Don’t have packages delivered to an empty house!
  • If your residence is equipped with an alarm, ARM IT!
  • During the winter months, make sure your sidewalk gets shoveled!  Fresh snow absent of footprints screams, “No one is home!”  

We wish you and your loved ones a safe and Happy Holiday Season!

19th District Community Policing Office

(312) 744-0064

Meet Buena Park Neighbors Communications Director Gene Tenner

I am currently the Communications Director for the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters which represents 33,000 union men and women in the northern two-thirds of Illinois and a portion of Iowa who swing a hammer for a living. I publsih a magazine, a couple of weekly email newsletters and two websites. I also do videos, webinars, advertisng and public relations.

As an avid cyclist I ride a three-wheeled trike between 5,000 and 6,000 miles year-round, including daily commutes along Chicago’s lakefront … polar vortexes included. I have never missed a commute due to 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 give 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 Sudanese issuses and the Abolition Institute which seeks to end slavery in the west African nation of Mauritania.

As a founding member of Bike Uptown it is our goal to advocate for calmer Uptown streets for walking, biking and using transit. I am a Positive Loiterer (gather as a group on drug-selling corners, so the gang bad guys go elsewhere) and facilitate CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy) meetings; both work together to create safer neighborhoods.

My photography chronicles Chicago’s lakefront through my daily rides. My photo website is

I also paint on water. Ebru painting is the ancient Turkish art of painting on water. The mineral-pigment paint is manipulated on water, and then the image is transferred to paper.

I am one of a handful of artists from around the world who has mastered the Spanish Wave style of Ebru painting. You can view these paintings here:

I just self-published my first photo-book on the history of my Chicago neighborhood: Sweet Home Buena Park.