Category: Block clubs

Drunk hippies, raw eggs, police chases, Harry Potter, pole dancing, eviction court and a landlady’s knickers

Full title: Drunk hippies, raw eggs, police chases, Harry Potter, pole dancing, eviction court and a landlady’s knickers: my two years of blogging for Chicago Now   I’m celebrating my second anniversary as a Chicago Now blogger and I mean “celebrating” in the truest sense of the word.  Someone should have told me years ago... Read more »

Check out our block party pics to see the coolest firemen in Chicago

Even the trees got festive for the occasion.  Rainbow of colors.  Dollar store plastic tablecloths cut in half.
Here’s the photo gallery from our block party a couple of weeks ago.  Check out how much fun the guys from the Chicago Fire Department had with us (I gave their supervisor a heads up that I was blogging about their visit and he was fine with it).  The last seven pictures will crack you... Read more »

The Chicago Fire Department: hats off to our unsung heroes

(see bottom for links to other posts in this series) About five hours later, a resident from our other block ran up to me and said, “Hey, you know the fire truck is here, right?”  I was so touched and excited that I wanted to laugh and cry at the same time.  I honestly felt... Read more »
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Have you hugged a firefighter today?

Have you hugged a firefighter today?
(see bottom for links to other posts in this series) So I woke up the day after the block party with a huge grin and deep sense of contentment.  The weather had been beautiful and by all indications, residents of all ages had THE. BEST. TIME.  Including me.  (Details in a related post with pictures.) ... Read more »

12 years of safe family fun at the 79th Street Renaissance Festival

Wait just one minute–summer is not quite over yet! I mentioned it in a previous post and the time has finally arrived. This Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10, The Greater Auburn Gresham Development Council (GAGDC) will host this year’s 12th Annual 79th Street Renaissance Festival. This year will mark my fourth visit to... Read more »

Did we get our fire truck at the block party?

Private note to U.L. subscribers: Happy Labor Day Weekend!  If yours was even half as fun as mine then I’m sure you had a blast.  I’ve been off the grid all weekend and I’m gearing up to get back into the work routine tomorrow. I just wanted to take a minute to let you know... Read more »
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‘The Chicago Way’ to get a visit from a fire truck

‘The Chicago Way’ to get a visit from a fire truck
. Read: Dancing on the pole to boost my block club? Starting from a foundation of mutual affection and respect, club members laugh a lot and razz each other constantly.  One member we’ll call “Roger” poked fun with a respectable and highly respected retiree in her 70s.  A fancy sports car drove down our street... Read more »

Dancing on the pole to boost my block club?

Dancing on the pole to boost my block club?
. Subtitle: How an unfortunate rumor got started (Caution to more sensitive readers.  And to anyone with good taste.) . So, our block club was having a planning meeting to get ready for our annual block party when someone asked the perennial question: how can we increase our chances of a visit by a Chicago... Read more »

Grow (or start) a block club in honor of summer

Grow (or start) a block club in honor of summer
Wednesday, June 21, is the first official day of summer. What better way to celebrate than by growing your existing block club or by starting a new one? You have plenty of time. Labor Day and the winding down of summer is not until September 4, giving you eleven long weeks to plan a great... Read more »
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