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April 4, 2011

Last Call: Owen & Engine TONIGHT
Stuff It!
New Restaurant to Open on North

Street Cleaning Season Begins
Help Protect St. Paul's Community Church
Book Club Recap

Last Call: Owen & Engine TONIGHT
IMAGE: Owen & EngineJoin us at Owen & Engine tonight, April 4th at 7 p.m. for great food, drinks and friendly conversation -- not to mention a 10% discount! All the cool kids are there or be square.

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Stuff It!
The WBNA needs all hands on deck to help stuff more than 1,000 plastic eggs for the April 16th Easter Egg Hunt at Maplewood Park. If you've got an hour or two to spare on Thursday, April 14th between 6:00 and 10:00 p.m., please email us at In exchange for your time, we promise plenty of wine, munchies, and trash TV to help the work fly by!

Many thanks to everyone who has already donated bagged candy and small prizes for the hunt -- you have no idea how much the neighborhood kids look forward to this event! But supplies are still limited, so please let us know if you have something to contribute and we'll gladly make arrangements to get it from you.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the hunt at Maplewood Park on Saturday, April 16th at 10:00 a.m. (You can download a flier to pass around to neighbors and friends here.) And please plan to stick around afterwards for coffee and donuts and our annual Spring Clean & Green! This a great way to get to whole family involved in giving our 'hood a little sparkle and shine.

Kudos to all for pitching in to make this year's egg hunt and neighborhood clean-up our biggest and best yet! 

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New Restaurant to Open on North
Tired of schlepping over to Bucktown for a good burger-n-beer or a bite to eat with friends and family? Well schlep no more!

In just a couple of months, West Bucktowners will be able to enjoy a new casual dining experience – right in our own backyard! – when neighbors Joe and Laurie Sabath open their latest restaurant on North Avenue between Campbell and Maplewood. 

West on North promises an extensive menu of “American eclectic” fare, with appetizers like bacon-wrapped pretzel sticks and cheeseburger soup, as well as more substantial plates and meals, including flatbreads, coconut battered shrimp, and grilled tilapia. And hold onto your hats, because there's also a kid’s menu, daily specials, outdoor seating, and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays!

Joe is certainly no stranger to the restaurant business (he's the former owner of Cleo’s and currently owns Marble), so we’ve got every reason to expect success from West on North. Stay tuned for more details as the restaurant gets closer to its grand opening later this Spring. And in the meantime, don’t be afraid to stop by and wish the Sabaths well in their new venture – and make sure to thank them for bringing West on North to our little stretch of North Avenue!

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Street Cleaning Season Begins
April 1st not only marked Opening Day for the Chicago Cubs, it also kicked off  "street sweeping season" throughout the City of Chicago, which runs from April 1st through November 30th. Click here to view the street cleaning schedule in the 1st Ward.  

To ensure our streets get cleaned efficiently and thoroughly and to avoid getting a ticket, make sure to sign up for 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno's FREE text alert program. You'll receive a text reminder the night before -- and then again the morning of -- the day your street is scheduled to be cleaned.  

Signing up couldn't be any easier! Simply click here and you'll be on your way to hassle-free street parking in West Bucktown.  

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Help Protect St. Paul's Community Church
IMAGE: St. Paul's ChurchThe Near NorthWest Arts Council (NNWAC) is asking for our help in signing a petition to preserve St. Paul's Community Church in nearby Wicker Park as a public commons and community cultural center.

The NNWAC wants to purchase this historic landmark, maintain its charitable purpose, and raise funds to rehab the building. But church trustees want to sell the property on the open market for quick cash, ignoring the important work that NNWAC, artists, teachers, and community activists have invested in this rebuilding effort since 2008.

The WBNA has been impressed with NNWAC’s efforts to transform St. Paul’s into a community gathering place, creative workshop, and performance space like none other in the area. We, along with 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno, support the church selling the property to NNWAC, recognizing the costs that would be necessary to bring the property up to date for charitable use.  

If you would like to learn more about this important initiative and sign the petition, please click here for more information.

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Book Club Recap

IMAGE: Book ClubThe WBNA Book Club just finished discussing "My Bloody Life: The Making of a Latin King" by Reymundo Sanchez, a former gang member who writes about the drugs and violence of his early days in West Bucktown. And what a riveting read it was! Here's what a few of our members had to say about it:

"A fascinating peek into our own neighborhood's history and legacy."

"A real eye-opener that left me feeling both sympathetic and completely unnerved."

"Poignant and raw insight into Latin ganglife."

"Abusive parents, police corruption, complacency, and drugs color this brutal, gritty memoir."

Next up is the controversial "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom" by Amy Chua. Join us as we try to figure out what all the fuss is about as Chua paints the strict Chinese mother as the secret behind the stereotypical Asian child's phenomenal success.

The exact date and location for our next meeting are still to be determined, but count on sometime in mid-May. If you'd like to participate, email Amanda at and she'll keep you in the loop as details are confirmed.

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Mark Your Calendar!

TONIGHT! April 4 @ 7:00 pm
Owen & Engine
2700 N. Western


Saturday, April 16 @ 10:00 am
Maplewood Park
The Clean & Green will begin immediately following the egg hunt.

(East of Rockwell)
Wednesday, April 20 @ 6:30 pm
Bucktown-Wicker Park Library
1701 N. Milwaukee

Wednesday, April 27 @ 6:30 pm

Wicker Park Arts Center
2215 W. North Ave.
NOTE: Meeting subject to cancellation if no proposals are submitted.

Date and Time TBD
"Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" by Amy Chau

Every Wednesday @ 3:30 pm 
Email Angela for details.

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