Archive for November, 2017


Lots of changes going on in Uptown. Hope to see you Monday to learn more about what’s happening and how you can be part of Uptown’s bright new future!

Bring a neighbor, forward this email, post on Facebook. Emerald City Uptown, 1224 W Wilson, 7pm. Come early, grab a refreshment.

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GWNA Newsletter, November 22, 2017

Block Club Meeting December 4th—Public Safety Strides, Call for New Board Members & More


Uptown is rapidly changing and we are too!  You are invited to the GWNA, Graceland Wilson Neighbors Association, block club meeting on Monday, December 4th, at 7PM, to hear all about what’s happening in our community.


We have an ambitious agenda with updates from the Sheridan Park 911 Public Safety team leaders, submissions for new board members, and a short overview on the North Lake Shore Dr. project that will dramatically alter how Uptown folks access Lake Shore Dr.


GWNA Meeting Flyer 1217


Time for new board members with energy to take us to the next level.  Elections early 2018. Block clubs are the building blocks of vibrant, thriving communities—We are seeking interested, caring board members.  Are you willing to make the commitment? Submissions for President, Secretary and Treasurer are open now.  You can submit your name and reasons why you want to run to or at the meeting.


New committee chairs are also be added—including Sheridan Park Neighbors Liaison. Plus GWNA Events Coordinator to bring new focus to businesses and neighborhood activities that build a sense of community pride. Also GWNA Communications Director to strengthen our outreach.


Mark your planner for Monday, December 4th—Emerald City Coffee, 1224 W. Wilson, is hosting.


Save-the-Date—Holiday Cheers at Provisions Uptown on December 11th


All work and no play makes for unhappy people. We aim to add fun and good times with community events that highlight and support Uptown’s independent businesses.

Join us on Monday evening, December 11th at Provisions Uptown, 4812 N Broadway.  Wine tastings, cocktail of the night, lots of tasty nibbles and special discounts for Uptown block club members. Stay tuned—details and flyer coming soon.



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Everyone at GWNA would like to wish you and yours a Happy, Healthy & Safe Thanksgiving!


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.

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Uptown Murder Spree Continues

At 6:03pm Tuesday evening, near the corner of Leland and Magnolia, an 18 year old black male was gunned down in a barrage of gunfire that shattered the neighborhood.

Residents calling 911 reported 20-40 gunshots were fired, killing Deshawn Johnson.  Bullets went through the windows of nearby resident’s home


The murdered victim was no stranger to violence and well known in the community for his gang affiliation.


Click here for Crime in Boystown story coverage:


Recent gang activity has moved north of Wilson, due to the incredible efforts from the Sheridan Park 911 Public Safety Committee.  Many of the gang infested units in CHA and Voice of the People subsidized housing south of Wilson have been cleared out, forcing gangs to relocate.  Uptown and the 46th ward holds the #1 position for government subsidized housing in Chicago.  We strongly support the HUD policy of no more than 20% of a neighborhood’s housing should be government subsidized. And will continue our efforts north of Wilson in Sheridan Park.


GWNA Block Club Meeting on December 4th


Save-the-Date for the Graceland Wilson Neighbors, GWNA, block club meeting on Monday, December 4, at 7pm

We will meet at Emerald City, at 1224 W Wilson.


Agenda will include:

  • Update on Sheridan Park 911 Public Safety initiatives
  • Submissions for GWNA board members, president, secretary and treasurer + committee chairs
  • Social events supporting local businesses
  • Lake Shore Dr. project—what’s in the works


More details to come—mark your planner for December 4th at 7pm.

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

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

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Starbucks was the latest battle field in the continuing gang warfare that plagues Uptown.  Around 8:10 PM Thursday evening, Gunfire erupted in the Starbucks on the busy corner of Lawrence & Broadway.

One male died inside the Starbucks café. Two others were shot, one a 12 year old boy, and another male.  Police believe all the males knew one another.



Click here to read details from Chicago Tribune article


Earlier this week, in the wee hours after Halloween, at 1:30 AM, another round of gang gunfire work up neighbors in the 4428 N Greenview gated condominium complex around corner from Chase Park.

Two males in a minivan were plummeted with bullets. One seriously injured. The other critically injured. No word on their survival.


The gangs have been moving their operations north of Wilson,after heavy pressure from the Sheridan Park Public Safety Committee working with the CHA, Voice of the People, Police and alderman to clean out the gang infested housing.

Efforts will continue to address the long time elements that have been the breeding ground for Uptown gangs, drug warfare and shootings.


Community Bright Spot

Uptown’s own Underscore Theatre Company has a new production in a space they created themselves in one of the closed shops at 4609 N. Clark St..  Underscore’s world premiere of  Carrie 2: The Rage is getting rave reviews all over town. You can check one out by clicking this link:

According to their Executive Director, Laura Stratford, “Underscore Theatre Company is six years old and specializes in world premiere musicals. We’ve had a rehearsal space on Clark and Leland for three years, but are just now looking into the feasibility of having a home at 4609 N Clark, where we are currently running the world premiere of “Carrie 2: The Rage (An Unauthorized Musical Parody).” The show has been getting rave reviews, and is a really smart, sassy 90s throwback.
We’d love to get more involved in the community, and to that end, would like to offer neighbors a discount code if anyone is interested in checking out the show, the theater space, or us in general. Your members can get $5 off tickets with the promo code NEIGHBORS.”
The show is not to be missed AND it is a positive bright spot in our Uptown community. Worthy of our their neighbors’ support.



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

Indeed, it is all that ever has.

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