We found out about this from Edgewater Community Buzz (an absolute ESSENTIAL if you live in Edgewater). Here's a comprehensive collection of responses from Mayoral and Aldermanic candidates for this year's election as compiled by the Trib:
If you're not sure if you're registered to vote, you can check at the City of Chicago Board of Commissioners website (make sure to enter your address AND last name):
Election Day in Chicago is February 22.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
|Eastward down Roscoe Street.|
Population make-up: Since Roscoe Village and Hamlin Park only make up half the geography of the North Center community area, it’s not an exact science. As a whole, North Center is pretty average in terms of population, size, and therefore density as well. However, it does rank 12th in terms of median income, this despite its historical reputation as a working class area of Chicago. In terms of ethnic make-up, North Center (according to the 2000 Census) is about three-quarters white, approximately 20% Hispanic, and the remainder a mix of other ethnicities.
|Boutiques line Roscoe Street in the heart of Roscoe Village.|
Getting there: Public transit is definitely doable, just fairly limited. By train, your best bet is the Paulina brown-line stop. Although it’s technically in Lakeview, it’s on Roscoe Street and is only a couple blocks east of the main business district. The Paulina station is only two stops from the Belmont stop, which means an easy transfer to/from the Red and Purple lines. The Addison brown line stop will also put you in the neighborhood’s northeast corner.
There are also a couple options by bus. Going east-west are the Belmont Avenue bus (77) and the Addison Street bus (152). If traveling north-south, one can take the Western Avenue bus (49), or the Damen Avenue bus (50) which takes you pretty much to the heart of Roscoe Village (intersection of Damen and Roscoe Street).
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
|It was cold, it was wet, yet you could STILL |
smell some serious BBQ from two blocks away.
Population make-up: Hyde Park is a very diverse section of Chicago. The 2000 census breaks down the demographics as 46% white, 38% black, 11% Asian, and 4% Hispanic. In terms of population and median income, Hyde Park is about middle-of-the-pack when compared to the other 76 Chicago community areas. However, it is the 17th most dense community area, partially reflected by some impressive lakefront high-rises.
A brief history: Hyde Park was an independent township founded in the 1850s, and as Chicago grew southward, it was annexed just before the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. Hyde Park was the host of this World’s Fair, which introduced to the world (among other things) the Ferris Wheel. The lone remaining building from the Columbian Exposition is currently the Museum of Science & Industry. In the 1920s, the University of Chicago was founded. It is today one of the nation’s top universities. Like many neighborhoods in Chicago, Hyde Park saw substantial economic decline shortly after World War II. Significant community commitment and federal investment prevented the neighborhood from falling into poverty. Much as it was at that time, Hyde Park remains to this day a wonderfully diverse, charming, and unique neighborhood.
Getting there: If you’re taking public transportation, your best bet is the Metra. There are three Hyde Park stops: 51st/53rd Streets (Hyde Park), 55th-56th-57th Street, and 59th Street. You COULD take the Green line to 51st or Garfield, but then you’re going to have to walk over a half mile east through/around Washington Park. There are north-south buses down Cottage Grove Avenue, Woodlawn Avenue (through the heart of Hyde Park), and Lake Park Avenue. There are also east-west buses down 51st Street and 55th Street.