GWNA Special Edition, August 14, 2017


Man Shot to Death on Montrose early Sunday Morning


A young male was shot to death early Sunday morning in front of the Holsten Wilson Yard property at 1032 W. Montrose.  Witnesses reported seeing  a thin black male emerge from a small car with Michigan plates and fire multiple shots into the victim around 6:50 am.



According to the Crime in Boystown article ,there was an earlier report of a domestic dispute that spilled out onto the street.

Click here to read the entire article.


The Sheridan Park neighborhood has been experiencing a surge of gun violence with this most recent murder tallying domestic violence crimes with the gang related shootings.  Uptown, especially the Sheridan Park neighborhood, struggles with the highest concentration of government subsidized housing in Chicago.  Give peace a chance—starts with better, safer balance of housing. HUD guidelines for no more than 20% government housing in a community—for a fresh new start for public safety.


And always remember…


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

Indeed, that is all that ever has.

GWNA Newsletter, August 11, 2017


Sheridan Park Yard Sale & Arts Festival coming this Saturday


The Sheridan Park Art Festival and Yard Sale is coming this Saturday, August 12! Come on out, shop for bargain treasures.  Head over to the Sunnyside Mall and enjoy the music, local artists selling their handmade creations. And indulge in the good food.


– 15+ artists
– 7 Musicians
– 5 local food vendors
– a Sidewalk Art Contest for kids to win a backpack filled with school supplies for their grade
– A raffle to win complimentary gym membership, food baskets, theatre tickets, fitness classes and much more – and with 1/2 the proceeds going to Courtenay Language Arts Center for their school lunch program
– Face painting



Event on Facebook:

20170801 SPNA Arts Fest Flyer FINAL


Sheridan Park Yard Sale will take place Saturday from 9 to 3PM.  Find all kinds of bargains. Start on Magnolia & Wilson. Maps for sellers will be posted and available.


Join Underscore Theatre’s Animation Kingdom Trivia: 08/14/17

Theatre companies do not survive by ticket sales alone and that’s why they host crazy little evenings like Underscore Theatre’s Animation Kingdom Trivia night Monday, August 14th. The event is from 6:30-9:30 and will be held at Revolution Brewery.


Join the fun and prove your knowledge of animation trivia! Click HERE for all the details and to buy tickets NOW!


Come on neighbors, let’s show local theater the support it truly deserves!


And always remember….

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

Indeed, it’s all that ever has.

Uptown is Chicago’s Top Neighborhood for Subsidized Housing


For decades, Sheridan Park  residents’ public safety has been threatened with gang shootings, murders, and blatant drug dealing on our streets. It’s time for a new approach to give peace a chance.


We’ve made great strides to hold the CHA and Voice of the People accountable for evicting the most active gangs who live in these properties. But this process often take years before the gang tenants are removed.  For example, the eviction process of Sims gang family living at CHA 4425 N Malden has be ongoing for four (4)years.  In the interim, one brother murdered, one brother in prison, two brothers openly conducting their drug sales at the Sunnyside Mall.


We want a better, effective process to bring peace to our community.  The time has come to begin the process to reduce Uptown’s subsidized housing units to HUD recommended guidelines of maximum of 20% subsidized housing.


According to Crain’s Chicago Business March article on Chicago neighborhoods’ subsidized housing numbers, Uptown is at the top of the Chicago subsidized housing list with a whopping 2,750 HUD housing units.


To give perspective to this number—Uptown has 400% more subsidized housing units than it’s Lakeview neighbor with 740 housing units.  Click on the link to read the article and the TWEET link to see the subsidized housing chart.


The majority of Uptown’s 2,750 subsidized housing units are concentrated between Clarendon Ave and Malden, Montrose and Lawrence.  The Sheridan Park housing concentration areas: majority CHA and Voice of the People properties— are on Magnolia, Racine, Clifton, and Malden, within a block of Sunnyside.  Another subsidized housing concentration is centered around the Malden and Leland area.  No surprise that the majority of Uptown’s violent gang crimes are also concentrated in these areas and along Wilson Ave, a favorite gang shooting range.


High Crime Alert Properties include:


CHA 4425 N Malden—Unit # F, Sims tenants—eviction date finally set for August 8

CHA 4454 N Magnolia—Unit #E, Tracy Dixon unit

CHA 4454 N Racine—Unit # 1, Tiani Temple, has moved out

VofP 4431 N Racine—gang activity/recent shoot-out on front porch. Williams brother, who lived in building, Murdered October 2016

CHA 4650 N Malden—strongly connected to Black P Stones


Drug Sales Alert

Vof P 4420-22 N Clifton—active drug sales being conducted by alley entrance


We want CHA CEO, Eugene Jones, featured as a no-show at the May CAPS meeting to do his job.

04.12.16 – Chicago, IL – CEO Eugene Jones, Jr.

Sit down with the alderman, HUD, and City Housing Department and create a plan to reduce CHA housing to follow HUD guidelines.

Voice of the People issues should also be addressed.

Housing court is also on our public safety agenda.


Give peace a chance.


Sheridan Park’s Garden Triangles—Stop, Say Thanks & Appreciate their beauty


Sheridan Park is also home to dazzling public green spaces that enrich our spirit—Six Sheridan Park Garden Triangles are the front garden entrances to the Sheridan Park neighborhood.  The triangles are located:

  • Montrose & Malden
  • Montrose & Beacon
  • Lawrence & Dover
  • Lawrence & Beacon
  • Lawrence & Malden
  • Lawrence & Magnolia


Here’s the back story on the Sheridan Park Garden Triangles—Originally the City’s CDOT planted and maintained these garden beds. Then the City cut funding and the garden beds were neglected. Overgrown and sad looking.  Sheridan Park various block clubs took over the triangle gardens and today they are flourishing.  The triangle garden folks spend a ton of time, money and love caring for these gardens. Featuring a few triangles…


Carrie and Andrea adopted the Malden & Montrose triangle and transformed this dirt patch into a spectacular garden over the past few years.

They lugged tons of dead plants, crappy soil out of the bed.  Bought hardy native perennial plants with their own money. Since this triangle and the Beacon triangle have no sprinkling  system, do all the watering is manual. Today the garden triangle offers a proliferation of blooming flowers for everyone to enjoy.

Debbie and Gary are the Sheridan Park Garden Triangle pioneers going way back for their TLC in maintaining the Montrose & Beacon triangle.  They purchase every new plant, they water using the fire hydrant—which is an amazing feat to see. And they constantly attempt to educate ignorant dog owners who allow their dogs to pee on the plants.  Even creating a sign—Dog pee is killing me.

 Joanne single handedly replanted the entire Dover & Lawrence garden triangle with butterfly and bee loving perennials. She not only purchased all the plants, but faithfully weeds. And what a magnificent garden she has created!

So next time you go by the Sheridan Park Garden Triangles. STOP and LOOK—admire their beauty and say thank you to the wonderful neighbors who give so generously of their time and money.



Sheridan Park Annual Yard Sale, August 12


The annual Sheridan Park Yard Sale is coming soon. Saturday August 12.

Time to clean out all your stuff, empty the closets and garages and make a little money.

  • REGISTER, send an email to with your address.
  • MAP will be provided to Alderman and posted on various sites



And always remember…

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

Indeed its all that ever has.

Sheridan Park Grand Opening 1st Little Free Library


The very first Little Free Library in Sheridan Park had a very grand opening indeed on Sunday, July 9th!



Sheridan Park’s very first Little Free Library was the inspiration of Dinah Barthelmess and Sonja Solberg, after learning about the Edgewater Reads organization’s incredible mission to provide Little Free Libraries all around Edgewater.  They decided to sign up for the build-a-little-free-library class. Even though they paid a fee being outside Edgewater.


What a Grand Opening! Neighbors came, kids and adults, arms loaded with books. Bring a book, take a book, read a book.  We made new friends, talked about our favorite authors, watched the kids happily reading. Refreshments completed a wonderful afternoon.


Please read Dinah and Sonja’s personal sentiments about their wonderful event….


“Many thanks to all the friends and neighbors who came out to the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of our new Little Free Library on the 4400 block of Racine! In addition to swapping great books, we met lots of new neighbors. We hope the library will continue to bring folks together and provide enjoyment for everyone in our community. You can even check in on Facebook when you stop by; just search for Racine Reads.


If you have books you’d like to donate, they can be brought to Alderman Osterman’s 48th Ward Office at 5533 North Broadway, where they collect books to source all of the Little Free Libraries in the area. Or if there is room in our Little Free Library, please leave them. Special thanks for Edgewater Reads for all they do to support our communities by bringing more than 75 Little Free Libraries to Edgewater and now Uptown! Check out Edgewater Reads on Facebook! Take a book, leave a book, read a book!


Any Questions? Or Suggestions? Please contact Dinah Barthelmess at and Sonja Solberg at

GWNA Newsletter, July 7, 2017




Sheridan Park’s First Free Little Library Ribbon Cutting & Book Exchange Event on July 9th


Sheridan Park is opening its very first Free Little Library!  Come for the Ribbon Cutting, bring a book, find a new book to read.

  • Sunday, July 91 to 3 PM, Ribbon Cutting at 1pm
  • 4434 N Racine
  • Punch and cookies will be served


Please bring a book and take book you’d like to read.  All book donations are welcome! Children’s books too!

Thanks to Sonja and Diana for creating a wonderful book oasis in Sheridan Park!


Wilson Ave. Survey Results—What people want


GWNA conducted a survey in May—to find out residents’ opinion on two Wilson Ave. requests:  A proposal for a package liquor store opening at the former location of Sheridan Park Liquors at 1255 W Wilson.  And installing parking meters on Wilson, between Malden and Beacon.


Survey results on the packaged liquor store were evenly split:

  • 44.8% support
  • 37.8% oppose
  • 17.4% no opinion


To make our decision—We asked neighbors living within a two block radius what they thought.  The overwhelming majority opposed another package liquor store. Comments included…” the public drinking problems along Wilson and by our homes have been reduced, panhandling and drunken partying has disappeared.”  Based on your feedback—GWNA does not support another package liquor store.


Residents also determined parking meters on Wilson between Malden and Beacon should not be installed at this time.

Survey results on parking meters were:

  • 56% opposed
  • 35% support
  • 9% no opinion


Based on your feedback—GWNA does not support parking meters be installed at this time.  We are open to revisiting parking meters at a future date.


Sheridan Park Block Party at the Sunnyside Mall Set for Sunday, July 16th


The Sunnyside Mall Block Party is coming soon!

Please join us, Sunday, July 16th with fun happening from 1pm-8pm in the Sunnyside Mall.



We will welcome back the Jumping Jack for the kids, enjoy a shared community meal, have tons of great games for the kids and enjoy our beautiful Sunnyside Mall in the heart of Sheridan Park!


View the July 16th event details here:


Sign up to help us with the event! We need you!

This event is made possible by your Sunnyside Mall Committee and generous contributions from all of your Sheridan Park Neighbors. Your donations and volunteering will make our July 16th event bigger and better than ever!

One small victory for cleaning out the criminals living in Sheridan Park CHA housing.  As reported by

CWB Chicago, the police raided CHA 4454 N Magnolia, and arrested Raphyll  Jordon. Jordon’s very active curb-side service: Delivery of drugs from CHA 4454 N Magnolia has been at the top the Sheridan Park 911 call list for months.


Read entire article, click on this link


CHA tenant listed on lease is Tracy Jackson.  Ms Jackson’s young children were often present while drug sales were being conducted.


Right around the corner—in the 4400 block of N. Racine, in this same week—gunfire erupted with a young black male running down Racine while shooting at car driving along Sunnyside. Story and article in our next edition.


How do the CHA and Voice of the People manage their properties? Screen their tenants? And actively address public safety problems caused by their lack of good property management practices?


Sheridan Park Block Party on July 16th


The Sheridan Park Block Party is coming on Sunday, July 16. Save the date.

Ever popular kids’ Jumping Jack will be back.  Games for family fun.

Volunteer or donate to help make this the biggest and best Sheridan Block Party ever.  Details coming in next GWNA issue.


Wishing all a safe and joyful July 4th Celebration!


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.

Uptown Stabbing Death of 12-Year-Old—Mom’s Boyfriend Charged with Murder

Just when you didn’t’ think the crime in Uptown could be any more hideous, a 12 year old girl was beaten and stabbed to death by her mother’s boyfriend who was recently released from prison for domestic battery.

Alexis Stubbs, who lived with her mother in the 4600 block of north Beacon, was killed her home around 9:45pm on Sunday, June 11th.  John Singleton, the mother’s boyfriend, was later arrested and charged with the murder.  Click here to read the DNAInfo article.

Coming in next GWNA Newsletter

CHA and Voice of the People criminal housing issues continue to plague our community’s public safety.

Survey results—what the community decided about Wilson Ave metered parking and package liquor store.


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 Newsletter, May 30, 2017


SWAT Raid on CHA Property—4425 N Malden


Thanks to the News-Star publication for the front page story on the SWAT team raid of CHA 4425 N Malden criminal housing where the Sims brothers have operated their gang house for years.


The Chicago police in full SWAT gear and federal drug enforcement authorities raided the home of Jabri Sims, 18, and Jordan Sims, 21, in the 4400 block of N. Malden (4425 N Malden exact address) around 3:45 pm on May 16, according to a source.


05.17.17 Booster WEB copy


The article raises several critical issues—why has the female on the lease, Tracy Sims, not been evicted after years of allowing her sons to operate their violent gang and drug house operations out of this CHA unit?  Why has Jordan Sims, who was released the next day, been allowed to move right back in with mom? Why doesn’t HUD hold the CHA in contempt for not enforcing HUD policies and regulations?


Many Uptown residents have been asking why the CHA won’t follow their own written policies and evict known gang members

And their supporters out of CHA buildings? And wondering if criminal housing statutes can be used against the CHA?


Ask this man—CHA CEO Eugene Jones—public safety standards start at the top.

04.12.16 – Chicago, IL – Headshots of CEO Eugene Jones, Jr.


The last GWNA issued covered the story on Jones being ousted from the Toronto Community Housing Corp for abysmal failure of leadership.

Shortly after his ousting, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Jones as CHA CEO—go figure the common sense of that decision. Maybe we should be asking the mayor the same questions.


We will continue our campaign for public safety and enforcement of safe housing policies. 4425 N Malden is the tip of the criminal housing problems plaguing our Sheridan Park public safety.


Stay tuned…


04.12.16 – Chicago, IL – Headshots of CEO Eugene Jones, Jr.

Who is this man? And why should you care?  Eugene Jones Jr., the current CHA CEO pictured above, was a no-show at the May 2nd CAPS  meeting. After confirming at 4PM he would attend the CAPS meeting, Jones failed to attend. Instead Jones sent Anthony Powell, CHA Security Director. And Eric Cato, Kates Detective & Security, Senior Director to take the heat from the crowd.   Residents’ anger has reached an all-time high with the uptick in weekly gang shootings, murders and public street vigils to honor their gang members slain on Sheridan Park streets.


Residents’ anger and frustration stems from the gangs’ growing violence and gun battles on our streets—even though it’s a known fact many of the gangs operate out of identified CHA and Voice of the People properties. One of the worst properties is CHA 4425 N Malden where the Sims brothers have terrorized the neighborhood for years. For years.  The oldest Sims brother, Greg Sims, was shot to death on September 6, 2016, on Wilson and Kenmore. The Sims 18 year old twin brothers, James and Jabri, have taken the Black P Stone gang leader reins.  And continue to operate their gang HQ out of CHA 4425 N Malden.


Over and over, residents made their pleas for solutions. One of the most passionate stories was told by a woman who lives in the CHA 4425 N Malden property. As she began, her voice and anxiety increasing, pointing to Eric Kato and Anthony Powell, “I can’t let my children play outside. I am at the hospital all the time for my high blood pressure. I don’t sleep at night with the gangs constantly coming and going, slamming the gate and conducting their business all night long. I have talked to you and everyone in the office to do something. And nothing gets done.”


So why has the CHA failed so abysmally to honor its mandate of well managed, safe housing? And deal effectively by evicting tenants like the Sims who are not compliant with their lease?   The CHA has a long history of poor leadership and management turnover. Eugene Jones is but the latest CHA CEO who apparently lacks the leadership skills to tackle deeply endemic management issues.


Jones was nominated as acting CHA CEO by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in June 2014—despite the fact that just one year earlier Jones was forced out of his job as Toronto Community Housing Corporation CEO.  A scathing 111-page report cited Jones’ “abject failure of leadership” with multiple examples for his ousting.  Click here to read Toronto Star article—Gene Jones to lead Chicago Housing Authority.


Why did Emanuel appoint Jones as acting CHA CEO after Toronto Community Housing let him go?


Ironically—in the middle of the night following this CAPS meeting.  A series of gun shots once again blasted our neighborhood at 1:30 am.

This time, gang members on the porch of Voice of the People 4431 N Racine property, returned gun fire to rival gang members shooting at them from the street. Police arrived quickly, but were not able to enter the property because the gang members sitting on the Voice of People porch would not let them enter.  Turns out one of the 4431 N Racine tenants sons was recently released from prison and moved back in with mom.


~ How do we change tactics and stand up for our rights to live in a peaceful community?

~ How do we hold the CHA and Voice of the People accountable?

~ Time to demand a full housing inventory in Sheridan Park?  Yes.

~ Time to demand full compliance and enforcement of tenant leases? Yes


Coming in our next GWNA newsletter…

Short survey on proposed Wilson Ave changes and businesses

Save the date for Sheridan Park Block Club party and Yard Sale

Sheridan Park Gangs’ Shooting Rampage Continues


The gangs continued shooting up our streets this Saturday just before 5PM.  A male teen was shot in the head on the 4400 block of Magnolia. Just south of the Broncho Billy Playlot.  No suspects in custody.  Victim in critical condition.

Click to read DNA info article.


Public safety 911 call group eye witnesses observed Jabri Sims, running back to CHA 4425 N Malden unit, where he and his brother James operate their Black P Stone gang headquarters operation.


The CHA 4425 N Malden property has been at the top of our CRIME HIGH ALERT list for years.  CHA’s failure to deal with the Sims brothers continues to jeopardize our public safety every day. We, as a community, demand the CHA reform their housing policies. Or lose their properties.


CAPS meeting, Tuesday, May 2—Come one, Come all


Folks are mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore. We all live with the consequences of the CHA and other subsidized housing providers that don’t seem to have a clue about dealing with their gang tenants.  The time has come for rapid reform.

CAPS meeting—Tuesday, May 2. 6:30 PM

Courtenay School—Main Entrance on Beacon, first door north of Montrose with intercom


GWNA April Members Meeting —Change is happening rapidly, Voice your Views

Thanks to Brian, owner of Emerald City Coffee, for hosting our April 19th block club meeting.

We had a great turnout and good conversations on many community topics/issues. Also thanks to Alderman Cappleman and Caitlin from his staff.




Public safety remains a key issue. Magnolia north of Wilson was closed twice on Saturday, April 15, with more gun fire and shootings around the Magnolia and Leland intersection. Apparently the problem buildings with tenants behaving badly have been identified. Public Safety 911 members have been in touch with the property owners and managers. Stay tuned.


Wilson Underline Public Plaza  Alderman Cappleman has called Doral Carter, CTA president, and officially requested a public meeting to resolve the CTA points of contention on establishing a public plaza around the Wilson L and Sunnyside substation.  The Wilson Underline community-driven project is alive and well.  The Open Space Impact Fee funds, OSIF, has over $300,000 available to fund the initial phases of the Wilson Underline project.   We hope to apply for these funds very soon to jumpstart the Wilson Underline project.


Package Goods Liquor Store proposal at former site of Sheridan Park Liquors. Two gentlemen and their attorney presented their proposal to open another package liquor store at 1255 W Wilson.  We had a good discussion on would this store have any additional value-added offerings. Not really. We agreed the community, through a Sheridan Park survey, would determine if we want and would support another package liquor store opening at

1255 W. Wilson. Survey will be up and running shortly.


Kalish owner, Andy Kalish, made a plea for metered parking.  Andy Kalish requested metered parking along the strip of Wilson frontage by Kalish and his soon to open new restaurants.  When asked about the new restaurant concepts, Andy was slim on details. Some area residents already are airing their dissatisfaction with this plea saying parking is at a premium and these meters are not needed.


Uptown United, Justin Weidl, discussed the retail changes happening in Uptown.  Justin is working on the continued improvements for streetscaping that have a big impact on pedestrians and shoppers along our retail corridors.  He’s working hard to bring a new look to our streets through tree care and plantings and other enhancements that signal people to come and stay awhile.



And always remember…

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

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.