GWNA Newsletter—Wilson Underline, Sign the Petition Now!

After a short hiatus, the Wilson Underline,, momentum is growing stronger as more citizens speak out in support of this vibrant public space.  We recently launched the Wilson Underline petition. Close to reaching the 500 signature mark in a week!  We ask you to support by signing, posting and sending the WU petition to keep our voices strong and clear—we want the Wilson Underline Public Plaza!


Please show your support for the Wilson Underline Public Plaza by signing the petition to bring this vision to life: SIGN THE PETITION HERE!

Join the Wilson L Public Space Committee in calling upon the City of Chicago, 46th Ward Alderman James Cappelman, and the CTA to listen and respond to the community and our message: A lively public plaza in Uptown will transform our neighborhood and bring renewed positive activity and benefits for the community.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!



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GWNA Public Safety Alert—Uptown’s Hi City Hoola Gang Shooting Rampage Aimed at Police Officers

November 6, 2016

Sunday night, 7:42 PM.  Gunfire once again exploded along Wilson Ave. This time, Chicago Police Officers were on foot patrol and ensued chasing the shooters. One of the shooters turned and began firing shots at the police officers! Thankfully no one was hit by the gang bangers’ bullets.

Within minutes, our Sheridan Park streets were a sea of blue flashing lights on Police SUVs.

Two shooters were arrested. One arrest at the CHA 4446 N Magnolia property.

The second male was arrested in the place he lives in the 4800 block of N. Magnolia

Read all about the latest shooting spree covered in Crime in Boystown & Wrigleyville (insert link)

Uptown’s 2016 murders, with a heavy concentration in the Sheridan Park and Clarendon Park communities, stands at 9 fatalities so far.

Forty shootings, that’s right, 40 shootings on our streets.

We commend and are extremely grateful for the outstanding Chicago Police response.

However, it is not the Chicago Police Department’s job to assure the subsidized housing, where most of these gang fools live, follows best practices for screening tenants, promptly deals with tenants not in compliance and removing/evicting those who destroy our public safety.

What’s missing in solving this escalating public safety issue?
When are we citizens going to stand up and demand the CHA, VOP and other subsidized housing providers do their job? Clean out the gangs? And bring peace back to our community?

And always remember…..

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

GWNA e-Newsletter, November 1, 2016


Another Murder, Another Shooting, Happy Halloween in Sheridan Park


While Halloween night on Sheridan Park streets hosted Trick or Treating kids and their parents, another kind of scary was happening in Uptown.


Gunfire once again rang through the streets at 6:50 PM last night.  911 callers reported another shooting by Truman College just west of the Wilson L station.  According to Uptown Update, a 24 year old male was transported to Illinois Masonic, where he died.


A second shooting was reported around 11PM at the Sunnyside Mall near Malden. This time, a 15 year old male was shot in the leg.


These gang murders and shootings come on top of Tramell Williams’ murder on Wednesday, October 26, at 4Pm outside the Voice of the People building at 4431 N Racine. Williams had been living in the 3rd floor south unit since CHA ousted the Williams brothers and their mother a few years ago.


Now the one remaining brother, Andre Williams, who’s alive and not in jail, is seeking revenge. See his photos below.


Keep your eyes peeled for Andre Williams. He’s hard to miss. Stands 6’4” and walks with a limp from gunfire wounds.


Andre Williams lives at/around the CHA 4425 N Malden property with the Sims brothers. He also may hang out at the VofP 4431 N Racine property. His brother Tyriese is in prison.


It is alleged that Williams has been a designated shooter and was a Black P Stone leader, although his rank is currently unknown.

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The police have done an outstanding job. The real culprits that have failed miserably to “provide safe housing” in our community are the CHA and Voice of the People folks. Their lack of good tenant practices and reinforcement of tenant guidelines makes them the real bull-eye for reform.


And always remember…

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Sunnyside Mall Halloween Festival!
Saturday, Oct. 29th, 10am-Noon
The Sunnyside Mall
FREE Halloween family fun!
Pumpkin decorating, costume parade, face painting, spooky games, music, food & treats!

Sheridan Park Trick R Treating!
Monday, Oct. 31st, 5-7pm on all blocks in Sheridan Park
-Will you be handing out candy?
-Email us to be added to the safe Trick R Treating map:

-Print and post the Window Flyer on your door or window so parents & kids know you are a Safe Trick R Treating House!

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What’s Up with the Underline?   

Another Week, Another Shooting…or Two   

Underscore Scores a Residency!

Have you heard about the Presidential election? You have? Then get out there and VOTE!

It is your civil duty and the foundation of our Democracy. Early voting begins Monday, October 24th and runs through Monday, November 7th. Here are details for surrounding wards:

Ward 33, McFetridge Sports Center, 3843 N California

Ward 39, N. Park Village Adm. Bldg., 5801 N Pulaski 

Ward 40, Budlong Woods Library, 5630 N Lincoln

Ward 46, Truman College, 1145 W Wilson

Ward 47, Welles Park, 2333 W Sunnyside

Ward 48, Edgewater Library, 6000 N Broadway

Mon., Oct. 24-Sat., Oct. 29: 9 am to 5 pm
Sun., Oct. 30: 10 am to 4 pm
Mon., Oct. 31-Fri., Nov. 4: 9 am to 7 pm
Sat., Nov. 5: 9 am to 5 pm
Sun., Nov. 6: 10 am to 4 pm
Mon., Nov. 7: 9 am to 7 pm

Also any registered voter can apply to vote by mail. Nov. 3, 2016 at 5 p.m. is the deadline to have a Vote by Mail application to the offices of the Board of Elections for the Nov. 8, 2016 General Election.

If you haven’t registered and have a state I.D. you still can register or change your registration online until Sunday October 23 at midnight. You can also register to vote in person at any of the other Early Vote locations from Monday, Oct. 24 through Monday, November 7.

If you live outside the City of Chicago, contact your county Clerk for early voting locations.

For more information on locations and hours, please visit the Chicago Board of Elections , call 312.269.7900, or contact the office of Greg Harris at (773) 348-3434 or email at


Did you hear that? VOTE!!!

Wilson Underline—After the Survey, what’s happening?

After we published the Wilson Underline community survey results, in May, it was clear people overwhelmingly support building the Wilson Underline plan, a vibrant public space from Montrose to Wilson.

What progress has been made with the CTA, City and Alderman to make the Wilson Underline happen?  Stay tuned for a more detailed update. And thank you for patiently waiting and asking “how can we help”?

 CHA Housing & Uptown Shootings—Lackadaisical management hurts everyone

Uptown’s gangs and their shooting rampage continued this past weekend with one innocent man dead and another known gangbanger hobbling with an ankle wound.  Greg Tucker Jr. was fatally shot near Clarendon Park Sunday night, see DNAinfo article for details.

Right now, the CHA properties in Sheridan Park are at the top of the subsidized “housing-that-harbors-gangs” list. Our block clubs’ public safety folks have been meeting behind closed doors with the alderman, CHA, police and states attorney to tackle the known gang-infested properties in Sheridan Park.  What action is the CHA taking to clean up their act and these properties listed below?

CHA’s 4425 N Malden property, still continues to house the Sims family—one Sims brother murdered, two still alive for now and living comfortably in their CHA apartment. CHA 4454 N Magnolia, Unit E, no eviction. CHA 4454 N Racine 1st floor unit—police constantly respond to 911 calls. No eviction.  We’ve heard from an inside source that CHA tenants neighboring these tenants have endlessly reported these gangs to the CHA. Many are so fed up that they’ve asked to be moved. What does that tell you about CHA’s inability to do their job…to provide SAFE Housing? Good neighbors having to leave their homes because of bad apples who continue to live in our area.

We will continue to monitor developments and let you know once we hear more from our public safety team.

Underscore Theatre & the NEW Pride Arts Center

Once upon a time, there used to be a theater company known as Profiles Theatre, a longtime Buena Park company who recently closed due to allegations of workplace abuse documented by the Reader during a yearlong investigation of the acclaimed storefront theater. Flash forward to the fall and the empty Profiles space is the new home to Pride Films and Plays(PFP) and has been renamed as the Pride Arts Center. According to the PFP website, the 90-seat space at 4139 N. Broadway serves as the primary venue for the company’s stage productions, affectionately known as The Broadway. The 50-seat studio a few doors north at 4147 N. Broadway, dubbed The Buena, serves chiefly as a rental venue. We welcome PFP and the Pride Arts Center to the neighborhood and wish them a long residency in Buena Park!

Also, our local theater group in Uptown, Underscore Theatre Company, has been invited by PFP to take residency at the Pride Arts Center and Underscore has accepted the invite! While Underscore has performed in venues all over the city, they will soon make the new center their home base. Meanwhile, Underscore’s next production, Tonya & Nancy: the Rock Opera, is generating much buzz and was named as one of the must see theatrical productions this fall by the Chicago Tribune. T&N opens at Theater Wit on November 25th. Click here for more information about this exciting new production.

AND always remember…

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.


Gregory Sims, who is Uptown’s third murder victim since August 3rd, was shot to death at 2:42 PM on the 4500 block of Kenmore. Sims died of multiple gunshot wounds around 6PM on September 6, at Illinois Masonic Hospital. 

Unfortunately Sims’ murder is not a surprise based on his lifestyle filled with gangs, drugs and prison with his recent release from parole.

Read the details in Crime in Wrigleyville & Boystown:

Sims and his brothers are well known to Sheridan Park Crime & Public Safety 911 Call groups who, for the past year,  have been repeatedly calling 911, attending CAPS and CHA management meetings—demanding the Sims be evicted from the CHA housing at 4425 N Malden.

The remaining Sims brothers still reside at CHA 4425 N. Malden. The CHA continues to endanger our community by poor property management practices. Our neighborhood public safety watch groups will not give up on demanding the CHA, Voice of People and other government subsidized housing are in compliance with their SAFE HOUSING PRACTICES, or lose such properties.

GWNA e-Newsletter, August 29, 2016

Black P Stone Angry March down the Sunnyside Mall & Magnolia

If you have any doubts about the Black P Stones ruling the streets and destroying public safety in our neighborhood. Think again.

Watch the Black P Stones angry demonstration down the Sunnyside Mall….Warning: there is much profanity in the video including the use of the  N-word, other expletives and guns showcased…

In closing—they marched in full view of 2 police cameras, 2 police cameras recording all of this. Sunnyside/Malden. Sunnyside Magnolia.  Each camera costs approx. $24,000.

Stolen car from Godfather’s driver slams into Tree in the Sunnyside Mall




One tree killed. One gang banger escapes after slamming a stolen car into a mature tree that once lived in the Sunnyside Mall at Malden. 


When does this insanity stop? When do we clean out the gangs who have no respect for human life or nature?