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?


August 15, 2016


The Sunnyside Mall once again became a welcoming community place filled with creative local artists selling handcrafted items ranging from beautifully knit scarves, coolest wire-art sculptures, jewelry and paintings at oh-so-reasonable prices. 



Mellow music set the tone for shoppers.  Some folks just sat back to enjoy the sounds

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Thumbs up for the yummy Gorditas and Tacos from the food truck.  The kids enjoyed their own creative moments with Amanda manning the Arts & Crafts table. 


Some folks took a look at their futures with a Tarot Card reading.

Julianne Scherer, the Sunnyside Mall Arts & Music Fest Creator, continues to amaze us with her many skills and talents to transform our neighborhood.  However, as the saying goes…It takes a village…to uplift and re-imagine our neighborhood, to bring peace and harmony to our public places and streets, to re-imagine the Wilson public space by creating the lively and welcoming Wilson Underline.

If you care about your community and want to be part of the change, then jump on the community-campaign bandwagon.  Volunteer for Sunnyside Mall transformation. Send your name and email to


What’s Next for the Wilson Underline Campaign?

What’s going on with the Wilson Underline public process and campaign?  The Wilson Underline survey, with close to 1000 respondents, overwhelming supported, with 94% of the survey-takers, saying YES to the Wilson Underline TOD (Transit Oriented Design) Public Space design.

Folks having been asking, what’s next for the Wilson Underline? How can I be part of the campaign?  Julianne and Brett, the Wilson Underline project leaders, took a much needed break with major personal changes in their lives. They’ll be back soon.   In the meantime—you can support the Wilson Underline project by:

  • Subscribe to the Wilson Underline at Forward to your neighbors and encourage their support
  • Visit the Low-Line Farmers Market, under the Southport CTA tracks.  See how the Low-Line project is re-imaging the creative community use of public space under the Southport CTA Brown line tracks.  The Low-Line Farmers Market takes place every Thursday from 3-8 Pm. Click here for details

CHA Gang infested housing—still waiting for Community meeting date with CHA, etc.

The numerous CHA gang infested housing, see GWNA July newsletters for details, remain gang infested.  We are still patiently waiting for this meeting to scheduled. In the mean time, we strongly encourage residents to attend CAPS and demand this meeting be scheduled. We are also looking for lawyers who can offer guidance on pursuing housing providers not in compliance with HUD, IDHA housing and public safety mandates.

Time for TSCS….
Wednesday night is the next Tiny Storefront Concert Series at the Underscore Theatre studio space on Clark St. Don’t miss this month’s fantastic concert: BLOCK PARTY!

AUG 17, 2016 – Block Party
8 pm. The Understudy 4635 N. Clark St.
$5 Suggested donations BYOB
A no-holds-barred contemporary musical theatre jam! Featured composer Joel Waggoner and the amazing talents of Jonas Davidow, Tony Carter, Britain Gebhardt, Meghan Shanahan, Neil Stratman plus a sneak peek at one of the NEW MUSICALS playing at the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. Beat the heat, come on out, and support new contemporary theatre, and get your last summer jams out!

Oh yeah, one other thing this incredible group of talent that’s housed in the Uptown area produces is the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, which is currently ongoing at the Victory Gardens Theater in Lincoln Park. You can learn more about the festival and buy tickets at

GWNA e-Newsletter, July 22, 2016


 Yard Sale Flyer 2016

Time to clean out the closets, basement and find a new home for all that stuff you no longer use.

The Annual Sheridan Park Yard Sale in coming up:

CHA Gang tenants & Hot Drug Sales Spots

It’s been a very busy summer for the gang activity in our neighborhood. Our 911 call groups have grown by leaps and bounds and reports indicate…

Two CHA housing properties continue to harbor tenants who are NOT lease compliant—this properties have active gangs who sell drugs, carry guns and are involved with recent shootings in the neighborhood.

  • CHA 4425 N Malden, Unit F—Sims brothers, one brother was recently shot in front of Bezazian Library.  He managed to come out in his wheelchair to conduct gang business in the Sunnyside Mall by Malden.
  • CHA 4454 N Magnolia, Unit E—Tracy Dixon tenant.  The gangs have torn off the back gate for easy access, turned the corner of Magnolia and Sunnyside into a drive-up-get-your-drugs corner. Despite the fact that they are in plain view of the police security camera on that corner. There are also multiple cameras on this property.
  • Also gang activity in other subsidized housing properties including Vof P 4431 N Racine and CHA 4454 N Racine—same unit that was vacated by the Williams brothers.

Our public safety has been compromised for decades by negligent property management and building owners who house tenants who know very little is done to evict them for illegal activity. Time for GWNA and all Sheridan Park Block Clubs to step up and demand compliance or risk losing their properties.

GWNA e-News, July 12, 2016


Courtenay Budding Gardeners Plant Sunnyside Mall Pollinator Garden

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It takes a village or a community coming together to work its magic—so it seems true—for the Courtenay Budding Gardeners 1st grade class who planted the Sunnyside Mall Butterflies and Bees Garden. When the U of I Master Gardeners Program offered its mini-grant program, Joanne Gannett who is a community representative with the Courtenay LAC, and Katharine Boyda, a Master Gardener and Sunnyside mall gardener decided to go for it.


They worked with Michelle King, teacher extraordinaire, to create the 1st Budding Gardeners proposal and won the grant!  Julie Emerick and Katie Peltier, Uptown residents and Master Gardeners developed and taught a Butterflies and Bees Budding Gardeners program.  We quickly learned the children knew lots about nature, worms and how to grow great plants. For example, “You have to tickle the plant roots when you plant.”

Josh McGhee, DNAinfo reporter, tells our story best in the DNAinfo June 7th story, read all about it…

Uptown keeps growing its gardens and green spaces. May this be the first of many community garden collaborations!


Uptown Garden Tours on Saturday, July 16

Uptown is home to a variety of gardens and green spaces that offer beauty and a quiet respite for city dwellers. The First Annual Uptown Garden Tours will take place this Saturday, July 16. Thanks to the Institute for Cultural Affairs for creating and hosting the tours that feature our Uptown gardens and green places!

There will be 3 themed tours, residents can also pick up a map at a start location for a self-guided anytime during the day:

The Sidewalk Tour at 10AM starting at Chase Park, 4701 N. Ashland, will showcase reimagined neighborhood spaces, such as Sunnyside Mall, as nontraditional gardens.

The Coastal Tour at 1PM starting at Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine, will tour Uptown’s original coastline gardens and native habitats, such as the Marovitz Savanna and Sunshine Garden.

The Heritage Tour at 7PM starting at Winthrop Family Historical Garden, 4630 N. Winthrop, will tour garden associated with Uptown history.

For more information, find the Uptown Garden Walk on Facebook!


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