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WBNA is the catalyst for positive change in West Bucktown. We serve the neighborhood bounded by West of Western, East of California, North of North Avenue and South of Armitage.

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WBNA Neighborhood News is published Mondays on an as-needed basis. To submit an announcement for consideration, email us at

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Flooding Threatens Cortland Preschool
BBQ and Community Yard Sale This Saturday
1st Ward Launches Street Cleaning Text Alerts
Text Your Crime Tips
"Dancing in the Park" at Humboldt Park
Mark Your Calendar

Flooding Threatens Cortland Preschool
West Bucktown resident Amy Ewaldt was hit particularly hard by Friday night’s series of overnight thunderstorms when the basement in her building took on more than two feet of water:

You’re looking at about 10 years worth of books, toys, games, and puzzles that Amy had been saving for the Cortland Preschool, a new West Bucktown school for 3-to-6-year-olds she is currently building at the corner of Cortland and Talman. Anything that couldn’t be washed and dried out was destroyed by the fast-rising water.

“If you are a book-nut like me, I’m sure you can imagine how hard it was to have to throw away hundreds of titles...some rare, some from students, and a few even signed by authors,” Amy said. “I cried a lot.” 

This is a perfect opportunity for West Bucktowners to band together in a show of support to help out one of our own. Amy is gratefully accepting any and all donations of gently loved preschool-aged books to try and rebuild her library. She is especially looking for the following collections:  Jack Ezra Keats, Eric Carle, books/tapes in Spanish, Chinese/Asian folk and fairytales, Mo Willems, Laura Numeroff, Dr. Seuss, and easy reader books like Amelia Bedelia, Henry and Mudge, Paddington Bear, etc. 

Any offers of assistance will be greatly appreciated and can be forwarded to Amy at
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BBQ and Community Yard Sale This Saturday
If Chicago-area meteorologists are to be trusted, Mother Nature appears to be cooperating for the WBNA BBQ and Community Yard Sale this Saturday, July 31 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in Maplewood Park.  This all-ages event promises something for everyone -- games and activities for the kids, bargain shopping for the grown-ups, and hotdogs for all!  If you have an hour to spare and would be willing to help out with grilling or food service, please email Food and children's activities will begin around 11:30.

The Yard SMLFPACale is organized by the Maplewood Lucy Flower Advisory Council (MLFPAC), and your $25 fee directly benefits the many park programs MLFPAC supports. The sale is open
to West Bucktown residents and non-residents alike, but spaces are going fast! Send an email today to to reserve your spot. Cash payment is due the morning of the sale.

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1st Ward Launches Street Cleaning Text Alerts
Alderman Joe Moreno is funding Chicago's first text alert system for residential street sweeping. First Ward residents who sign up for the free program will receive two text messages (one the night before and one the morning of) to remind them to move their vehicle and avoid a $50 ticket.

"A big piece of my job as Alderman is to utilize technology that makes residents' lives easier," said Joe. "This program combines convenience with savings." 

The new system is expected to considerably reduce the number of tickets issued and will enable neighborhood streets to be more thoroughly cleaned. Click here to sign up and never get another street cleaning ticket again!

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Text Your Crime Tips
Speaking of text messages, did you know that you can use your cell phone to text a crime tip to the Chicago Police Department? It's quick and easy...and anonymous! 

Simply create a new text message or SMS text on your cellular phone, and enter the number 274637 (CRIMES) in the “TO” line. In the message box, type the word "CPD" followed by a space, and then your crime tip information. When you hit “send," you will automatically receive a system-generated message back on your cell phone acknowledging your tip. And best of all, your identity will NOT be sent to the Chicago Police Department.

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"Dancing in the Park" at Humboldt Park
Join the 14th District Chicago Police Department in celebrating America’s National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 3rd from 5:00 – 10:00 pm at the Humboldt Park Boathouse at 1359 N. Sacramento Ave.  This FREE event is being billed as “Dancing in the Park” and will feature special tributes to Chicago troops and their families. Stop by and enjoy a wide range of family-friendly activities, including pony rides, an antique car show, rock climbing, “dunk-a-cop”, motorcycle displays, comedians, a petting zoo, live music and more! And make sure to pick up your free raffle ticket – you could win one of six youth bicycles being given away! Questions? Contact the 14th District Community Policing Office at (312) 744-1261. 

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Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday, July 28 @ 6:30 pm
Wicker Park Art Center, 2215 W. North Ave.

Potential agenda items for this month's meeting include ongoing plans for 1657 N. Campbell, as well as a new project at the corner of Maplewood and Wabansia. All are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, July 28 @ 6:30 pm
Maplewood Park

This week's featured match-up: Cortland vs. Moffat/Artesian in first-round semifinal action! (Next week's August 4th semi-final game will pit Campbell/Homer against Maplewood/Fairfield.) Free hotdogs, snacks and cold beverages will be provided; all spectators and cheerleaders are welcome! Questions? Email Sarah Maxwell at

Wednesday, July 28 @ 7:00 pm
Richmond & Cortland

This is an outdoor "roll call" CAPS meeting. In West Bucktown, Beat 1421 runs east of Rockwell from North Ave to Armitage Ave. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be held at its regular location at the Good News Salem Bible Church at 2038 N. California.  If you are unable to attend but have a problem or issue you would like brought to CAPS' attention, please send an e-mail to the WBNA Safety Committee at

Mondays @ 7:00 pm
Grab a cold drink, park yourself on your front steps, and wave hello to neighbors you never even knew you had!  

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