Neighborhood News

Chicago Public Library Summer Learning Challenge

Join us for tons of fun activities for children from birth through age 13 during the Summer Learning Challenge at the Chicago Public Library Uptown Branch. This free, drop-in program with a focus on nature and the environment runs from June 18 until Sept. 1.

During “Earth Explorers!” for school age children you will find new books, programs, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities and many ways for school-age kids to keep their brains active. A special “Little Readers” program for birth to age five will help you help your child to develop early literacy skills.

Check out upcoming activities on the Uptown Branch website.  Bring your child to the Uptown Branch to register in person and pick up your explorer’s guide and reading log. Children can register beginning June 18 during the following hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For more information call or visit the Uptown Branch at 929 W. Buena Avenue (312-744-8400), or email Children’s Librarian Laura Jenkins.


Meet Buena Park Neighbors’ Estelle Chandler

Estelle Chandler has lived in Buena Park for six years.  She is in charge of all of Buena Park Neighbors’ events from the concerts and movies in the park to the safe trick-or-treating to the quarterly community meetings that bring people together from all parts of the neighborhood.

She loves to entertain and loves to connect neighbors to make Buena Park the best that it can be.

Estelle had her own design company for 13 years that produced art that was sold in nine countries working with museums and retailers, including Barney’s NY, the Juillard School and the Guggenheim Museum.

She uses her design experience and her event background, including her past as a speaker for Welcome Wagon, to create and produce the best events for Buena Park Neighbors.

Estelle and her team are excited about the events that will be at Buena Circle Park this summer.  It starts with a concert by Long Tall Deb & Colin John on June 3.  Then on July 13 at dusk we will have our first movie, “Star Wars.” On August 13 the second concert will feature the group Hard Wire. Finally, on August 31 at dusk we will have the movie “Home.”

Estelle and her team work hard to make these events a success, and we are thankful for these efforts.  Mark your calendar now.  It is going to be a fun summer.

Toast of Uptown-Buena Park Wine Walk

The first-ever Toast of Uptown-Buena Park Wine Walk was a great success on Sun., April 22 with nearly 250 people attending. After checking in attendees strolled up and down Broadway to visiti 16 businesses that provided food and wine and information about the business.

Buena Park Neighbors partnered with Uptown United Business Partners to present this event that will hopefully be an annual spring event for the neighborhood.

Businesses that participated were:

My Chocolate Soul
Jake’s Pup in the Ruf
The Satellite Cafe
Irpino Real Estate
The Bar on Buena
All Strength Training
State Farm Insurance
Lakeside Food, Wine and Spirits
Tolotzin Mexican Restaurant
Mystic Visions Spiritual Gallery
The Reservoir
North Buena Deli and Wine
Klein’s Bakery and Café
GNS Foods
Royal Flesh Tattoo and Piercing

All of these businesses did a great job promoting their business and their neighborhood. Thanks to all, and we encourage you to use their services when you can. They are good neighbors.

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