Showing posts with label 95th street. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 95th street. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Another Nasty Sign

Drive down 111th St and you will see a bank branch building with a massive crooked "available" sign  on the lawn in front of the building. Further east, a newer nice restaurant put up a sign using 5 ft high lighted letters. Another establishment rings their windows with LED lights. I mean is there anyway these signs can get any bigger and brighter? Are gigantic signs and LED lights really that good for business? Are they good for the neighborhood or do they send another message? Perhaps a darker message that hints at desperation? A tremendous positive effort has been put into our commercial strips by our local officials. The improvements to our commercial strips are great but they are greatly cheapened by over the top signage.

What the 19th Ward needs are local guidelines to stop any further over the top signage and of course strict enforcement of the guidelines. Make every applicant for a sign appear before a beautification committee, which will make recommendations to Ald. O'Shea.  O'Shea can look to some of the suburbs, which have passed sign ordinances.

Monday, January 16, 2017

95th Street

I would like all who are interested to go to a blog at It offers thoughtful consideration of some of the issues affecting 95th Street. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Tonight........... RIDGE PARK FIELDHOUSE

We all like pizza
There is a community meeting Tuesday night at Ridge Park 7 pm where Alderman O'Shea will present plans by Barraco's to obtain a liquor license at the former Chicago Public Library building on 95th Street. 

Barraco's on 95th St.  in Evergreen Park and 111th St. in Mt. Greenwood are class operations run by a good family. I cannot see them being involved in anything less. I doubt very much if this could ever become a Chuckie Cheese.  It will bring an abandoned building back to life and bring some need nite life back to the strip. 

Still there is the concept of precedent. "If they got to open there why can't we open here". That could become quite serious if there was a civil rights theme involved. Then there is the danger of a segregated pizza joint opening just like another one did a few years ago. I believe that ownership can take steps to guard against that.   

What is required is a very carefully detailed agreement as to the mays and may nots. The entire neighborhood needs to be involved in this discussion. Your attendance is mandated.   

Friday, June 26, 2015


We have a great neighborhood here. A well educated population with some of the highest disposable income in the city, a stable housing stock and a low crime rate. 

What is being done to market our demographics to retailers far and wide? 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

95th street is a difficult situation

This is reposted here at the request of another local blog. The parties involved are welcome to comment. 

I was concerned and disturbed to learn about the nature of a proposed zoning change and redevelopment proposal for the parcel immediately west of 95th St. Metra station. Another 19th ward resident wrote an insightful piece about why such a proposal makes no sense for a transit-adjacent parcel, where we should be prioritizing pedestrian-oriented usage.

1800 W 95th St.
The lack of public notice for this proposal is equally disturbing. Sticking a sign in a window at a location that few people walk past is NOT sufficient public notice. There's nothing at that location now to give people a reason to walk there and see that notice.

This is a significant change for a location that has the potential to attract a good volume of business from Metra riders - if it's the right business. A well-publicized venue for public input should be mandatory for such a major change. Why haven't the ward office and community organizations publicized this so that 19th ward residents and Metra passengers could have a voice in the decision? Hiding this until it's only one approval short of having a green light smells worse than last week's garbage.

95th St. is already choked with traffic for much of an average day. There are many existing auto parts stores within a few miles of this proposed location, including Auto Zone stores at 89th andAshland and 95th and Richmond and O'Reilly at Western and 92nd Place (less than 1 mile away). As much as I want to see more businesses on 95th St., this one is NOT a winner for the community as a whole. 

Comments on this topic on EveryBlock have certainly been relevant:

* Yes, let's tear down a beautiful old building and put up an ugly box that will sit there empty after the store goes out of business like the auto parts store at 115th and Pulaski. How about using our brains and encourage a business that would cater to train "traffic". Put the box in the huge parking lot at the former location of Borders. Or do what some communities do...require that the new business conform to the architecture of the existing building and find businesses to create a boutique mall in the borders building. Jeez, is it that hard?

* When is the public hearing for this zoning change? There wasn't any proper meeting for those of us who will be affected.

* I just called the zoning department - looks like they approved this zone change already. I hope there will be some sort of opportunity for the community to review the design and voice opinions. Does anyone know what the next step for this proposal will be? Have they already purchased the existing building?

* Because of their design, most Borders are being repurposed into medical practices. Not in Beverly. The old library was supposed to become a Wishbone restaurant, more pizza place opened but not Wishbone? Now an Autozone to compete with O'reilly a few blocks away. We seem to have great people in place for urban planning and development! What about all the money spent in updating 95th street? Was it just to give contracts to some friends or was it actually to improve the business area? If so, Autozone doesn't need beautiful landscaping, never mind the traffic issues. somebody is not thinking very far here, while using our tax money. How about the mechanic shop down the street on 95th, are they trying to put them out of business? People walk to go to Metra, how about shops that cater to these people? When I get off the train, I'm not usually trying to bring home a couple of new tires and a new battery for my car in my purse. I love small squares and park, Beverly has those, in places that nobody wants to go to, and nothing around it. Anyone fancy reading a good book by busy 95th street, on the other side of the library parking lot? While I applaud green spaces, we can do better than that. More tax payer money spent in vain. How about the pedestrian crossing by 99th street Metra? On the wrong side of the street?!!! 

Excuse my ranting, but I could go on as well as many of you. The problem is that you can't leave urban development to developers, they are just going to build stuff, make a buck and move on. ... If there is a petition going around against Autozone, count me in, I'll sign it.

* All good points. Why is everything decided in stealth mode? We need to remind our representatives that the represent us. They do not rule us.

Now we have a detailed EveryBlock post with research. Click here. And this is what it takes to appeal a zoning change. 

Why didn't Alderman O'Shea give a reasonable opportunity for public input? Will there be curb cuts added to make 95th St. an even worse place for pedestrians? We don't want Beverly to look or feel like Evergreen Park. This kind of inappropriate change gives us a hard shove in that direction and makes Beverly less attractive as a place to live.

Monday, June 24, 2013

BAPA presents

Business Breakfast Targets Tips and Tricks for Marketing 

 (June 2013) -- Does web marketing pay off? How can a small local business stay competitive? What does your store say about your business?

Marketing consultant Caroline Dwan will answer these questions and more in “Own Your Mile: Tips and Tricks to Locally Market Your Business” at the Business Breakfast sponsored by the Beverly Area Planning Association, Morgan Park/Beverly Hills Business Association, 95th Street Business Association and the Mount Greenwood Community and Business Association on Thurs., June 20, 7:30 to 9 a.m., in the BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr.

An accomplished marketing and sales professional with broad-based experience in marketing, print and digital advertising and non-profit fundraising, Dwan’s specialty is finding creative solutions for businesses of all sizes.

Dwan’s presentation will include how to apply big business marketing principles to small businesses, how to evaluate which media options are best for your business, and how to set goals and develop a workable and effective marketing plan.

“Small is the new big,” Dwan said of the popularity of small businesses that provide quality products and hands-on customer service. “Several of Beverly/Morgan Park’s small businesses have some very big ideas that are working quite well. Other businesses need to take a new look at what they currently do, and take advantage of the unique opportunities for businesses to work together for community-wide success. Local is trendy. There’s no better time for a small business to make a name for themselves in the community they serve. ”

For close to 20 years, Dwan has held a variety of advertising and marketing positions. Most recently, she was a Consumer Marketing Specialist for Ace Hardware Corp. Through Ace Hardware, she contributed to shaping national marketing programs while working with 900+ retailers on developing their annual local marketing plans and programs, brainstorming promotions, recommending advertising, and training associates and owners on the features and benefits of a loyalty program designed to create a one-on-one relationship with consumers.

Dwan’s career highlights include advertising sales for Chicago Sun-Times Media Group and Chicago Tribune where she focused on developing holistic marketing plans for small and medium businesses. At MNI (a Time, Inc. company), Dwan worked with Chicago's top advertising agencies and served high profile national clients including Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Panera Bread, Crayola and Disney.

Taking the initiative to dive into digital advertising, Dwan worked with two start up companies, becoming an expert on banner advertising, content management, newsletter marketing and direct mail.

Dwan and her husband, Dan Coogan, own Fat Tommy's and live near Kennedy Park.

Admission to the BAPA Business Breakfast is $10 or free for members of BAPA, the 95th Street Business Association, Morgan Park/Beverly Hills Business Association or Mount Greenwood Community and Business Association. Register online at For information or phone registration, contact Marcia Walsh, 773-233-3100 or

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Real estate people

Why is it that these real estate people want to put their pictures up all over the neighborhood. Do they really think that the survivors of 87th and Ashland and beyond, want to see their ugly mugs peddling houses? Bus stops, front lawns, the sides of buildings, enough. Have some class and stop it. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

95th Street Business Strip

It's been a year and I have kept my opinion to myself despite having to look at it everyday. So I guess I will put the question out there. What should be done about the 95th street business strip?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

95th Street boardups are a disgrace.

I don't know about you but I am getting tired at looking at the boardups on 95th street. I am especially thinking about the buildings at 1841 and 2215 W. 95th st. Am I alone in my concern? Isn't there a city ordinance that mandates the replacement of broken glass? Plywood is not an option. Where are the building inspectors? Have these buildings been cited? Are they in court? I don't think the 95th street business strip has a chance when conditions like these are allowed to exist.

Am I wrong for asking about this? Am I wrong for asking some absentee landlord to take care of his building? Where is BAPA on this? Where is Alderman O'Shea on this?