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Thursday, June 15, 2017


Chicago Cubs and Alderman Tom Tunney Announce Major Donations to Playlot, Urge Residents to Join in Final Push

CHICAGO, June 10, 2017 – Due to the generosity of the Chicago Cubs, 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney, the Chicago Park District and neighborhood businesses and residents alike, the Juniper Park Advisory Council (JPAC) broke ground today on the playlot located at the corner of Waveland and Greenview Avenues. The park will be the premier nature play park in the city, featuring several “nature play” elements unlike anything currently in the area.  Some the of elements include a new water feature, a sand play area with buried fossils, two slides, a revolving carousel climber, a modern basket swings for all ages, nature and sensory paths, a statue of Clark the Cub and more. 

“We are so grateful to the Chicago Cubs organization, Alderman Tunney, other major donors and this incredible community for working together to achieve the funding needed to renovate this great little park,” said Council President David Genc. “Our plan has been to provide a world-class playground. Not only will it be safe, but it will be an unbelievable place to build memories, be active and connect as a community. Thanks to the support we’ve received, we are making this vision a reality.”

Alderman Tunney turned the Council’s vision into a reality in less than a year. Not only did he first identify the need to renovate Juniper Park, he secured the initial contribution of $250,000 from M&R Development and Bucksbaum Retail Developers, the developers behind Addison & Clark and arranged for the Park District to contribute $250,000.  The Cubs’ generous donation of $200,000 closed the gap, allowing the project to break ground this year. 

“Juniper Park was in dire need of repair. Not a day goes by when the park is not filled with young families enjoying the outdoors.  I am proud to say that it will soon be one of the premier nature play parks in the City,” said Alderman Tunney.  

The latest designs can be found on the playlot’s website, Renovations will begin mid-July and are slated to last 12 weeks.

The Chicago Cubs have generously donated $200,000, which includes a permanent bronze statue of Clark the Cub.

“Cubs Charities is proud of our record of giving to the Lakeview community,” said Cubs Executive Vice President of Community Affairs Mike Lufrano. “The Southport Neighborhood is home to many of our fans and a revitalized Juniper Park will help keep our community vibrant and provide a safe space to play year-round. We look forward to seeing the renovations completed and to watching families enjoy this community asset for years to come.” Cubs Charities is among the largest private annual donors to the Chicago Park District.

Dairy Queen (at 3811 N. Southport Ave.) was the first local business to support the cause, donating net profits during Saturday sales at the Southport Arts Festival, held in July, 2016. Jeff Lowe, of the Lowe Group, and Jenny Ames, of Coldwell Banker, also made significant contributions to the renovations.

“The leadership of our Alderman, and the generosity of the Cubs, other businesses and residents has been tremendous, and we will all benefit from the improvements this playground will make to our neighborhood,” said Jill Peters, Council Secretary.  

If residents would like to still participate in the renovation via a brick or bench order, they are urged to do so immediately. Order forms will only be accepted until June 30, 2017, and can be found at  


About Juniper Park
This small park is located in the Lakeview neighborhood (two blocks east of Ashland Avenue, ½ block north of Addison Street). Before the creation of Juniper Park, the surrounding section of the Lakeview neighborhood had suffered from a shortage of parkland. In 1973, the Chicago Park District acquired the park property from the Waveland Avenue Congregational Church, designating it Juniper Park shortly thereafter. Juniper Park was one of a number of properties the park district named for trees and plants at this time. Junipers are small, pyramid-shaped evergreen trees or shrubs. More:
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Kendra Scott's Grand Opening Party is Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 5-8 PM

Celebrate Kendra Scott on Southport's grand opening party on Thursday, June 22nd from 5-8 PM at 3426 N. Southport Avenue. The shop will have light bites from Crosby's Kitchen, champagne and a big celebration of the new store. 20% of all sales will be going to Misericordia as well!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Something will finally go into the old Blue Bayou space

The former Blue Bayou space at 3734 N. Southport (which has been closed since 2013) is finally being marketed for new space. What would you like to see at this location?

Friday, June 2, 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

LYRIQ Music School - A Music School for Performers, Musicians, and Musical People

LYRIQ Music School is conveniently located at 1906 W Irving Park Rd off of the Brown Line Irving Park stop. LYRIQ is equipped with seven rooms for individual lessons and one larger recital room. We have seven Kawai upright pianos and one beautiful baby grand Kawai in our recital space. Our pianos are superbly maintained so you always sound your best! 
Our Mission
At LYRIQ Music School we believe in nurturing the whole musician from technique and musical knowledge to interpretation. By creating a collaborative environment between students and teachers we cultivate our students' musical abilities alongside their confidence and happiness.
Our Vision
Making music can be many things: fun, stress relieving, exercise for the mind both young and old. At LYRIQ Music School we strive to provide an individualized experience that coincides with your goals.
Why choose LYRIQ Music School?  
LYRIQ has the personalized feel of in home lessons with the benefits of a larger school environment. Students work toward their goals during the semester and showcase what they have learned in recitals. LYRIQ endeavors to deliver excellent communication with its students and teachers. 
Piano, Violin, Voice, Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Flute, Clarinet, Cello, Saxophones, Trumpet, Songwriting
Our Teachers
Our teachers are highly qualified academically and also masters of their instruments. We strive to hire the best and then support their growth as teachers through professional development.
The Curriculum
No two musicians are alike and neither are their goals. At your first lesson the student and teacher set attainable goals and revisit them regularly. Your lessons are tailored to your individual goals. LYRIQ Music School strongly believes consistent teaching of Theory Fundamentals is paramount to a musical success, which is why our students use the Theory Time Workbook series. 
$35 per half hour
$50 per 45 minutes
$65 per hour

School Schedule/Calendar

Our school is divided into semesters and three Summer sessions.
Summer Semester (June 3 - August 25th)
Summer 1: June 3 - June 30
Summer 2: July 1 - July 28 (*closed 7/4)
Summer 3: July 29 - Aug 25
Fall Semester (14* lessons)
September 5th - December 15th
No lessons November 22-24 (Thanksgiving)
Makeup lessons: December 16th - December 22nd
*15 lessons if lesson on Tuesdays

Monday, May 22, 2017

The 2017 Low-Line Market is Back!

Everyone's favorite 2017 Low-Line Market on Southport will start on June 1, and will run through early October! Detailed information on Southport's Low-Line Market can be found here.

#TBT - Southport in the 1970's from Forgotten Chicago

From Forgotten Chicago, summer fun at Blaine Elementary School in the 1970's!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Southport Avenue Water Main construction now lasting until the end of June, 2017

It was originally supposed to be completed in early May, but now, water main and road pavement construction on Southport between Belmont and Addison will last until the the end of June.  Full details from Tom Tunney's website can be found here, (and don't get your car stuck in the cement as seen below).

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