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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Howard Station


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Getting Married?

letterpress printing
Tweedle Press - Hand Made Letterpress Invitations - 773.656.2188


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Morse Station

Art at The Common Cup

The Common Cup
1501 W. Morse Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626

Monday, March 28, 2011

Rogers Bark - Flea and Tick Season!!

Rogers Bark Pet Salon
1447 W. Jarvis Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60626


This morning

Last nights beach bonfire event was such a success that it ran into the morning and even made me a little late for work.

Sorry, Boss. I know your watching.

These things have to be experienced at least once in your life!

Stay tuned to Rogers Park in 1,000 Words for information about my future events in Rogers Park.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Bonfire event tonight

Cafe Society is hosting the third bonfire event of 2011 this evening. All are welcome to attend.

Photos from last weeks event:

This Morning

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Rogers Park parking

This isn't a controversial topic. It is a fact that parking in Rogers Park is a major issue and can be very frustrating to it's residents and visitors alike.

I have invited my friends and family to my home in the past and due to their bad experiences with parking, they are hesitant to visit Rogers Park.

This effects the residents and businesses of Rogers Park as well as the 49th Ward voters.

I pose the questions regarding our parking problem because I think that there may be a better solution that has not yet been considered.

I am for bettering our community in any way that I can. Addressing the issue of parking is not only relevant, but long, long overdue.

- Bill Morton

Read more and join the conversation here.

Friday, March 25, 2011

St. Baldrick's Day

“I knew that if I was going to shave my head, it needed to be for a good cause,” Brady said.
Read more at Loyola Student Dispatch - Loyola girls shave their heads for St. Baldrick’s Day.


Rogers Park flickr

Rogers Park flickr, Bill Morton

I have been experimenting with flickr since 2008. Now, I have released the new Rogers Park profile with some familiar and some previously unreleased photos.

local businesses

They claim "Flickr is the WD-40 that makes it easy to get photos or video from one person to another in whatever way they want". I hope to organize hundreds of thousands of unreleased Rogers Park photos so that I can display the best of on Rogers Park in 1,000 Words.

My profile:
My photostream:
My map:
My favorites:
My tags:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Chicago Fire Department

The Chicago Fire Department visited Sherwin on the Lake this afternoon to familiarize themselves with the building and do some training.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Shot over an upaid bill at Gallaghers bar

Valentin was working the door at Gallaghers bar, 1770 W. Greenleaf, Friday night when he got in a dispute with a group of men who had been kicked out of the bar for failing to settle a tab three weeks earlier, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Dan Pinowarczyk said.
Read more at Loyola Student Dispatch - Rogers Park bar bouncer accused of shooting patron.


Howard Station

Monday, March 21, 2011

Rogers Park events picked up by EveryBlock Chicago

Rogers Park events

I would like to take the time to thank EveryBlock Chicago for syndicating my Rogers Park Cafe Society and Friends of Bill Morton events.

- Bill Morton

Rogers Bark - Competition Pics!

Rogers Bark Pet Salon
1447 W. Jarvis Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60626


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Fire and Lightning - Rogers Park

There is lightning on the horizon in Rogers Park, and I'm hosting the Friends of Bill Morton Spring Fire tonight.

I would like to up the ante and offer a one hundred dollar prize to the first of my guests to take a photo that includes both my bonfire and a strike of lightning hitting Lake Michigan.

RSVP required.

- Bill Morton

First Day of Spring events

Ever since Spring 1996, I have planned special events on the first day of Spring, March 20th. Here are two of my events in Rogers Park this evening.

Cafe Society Spring Coffee Talk

Charmers Cafe. 7pm
RSVP required

Cafe Society is not a new idea. In Beethoven's time in Vienna, great minds gathered over coffee, a beverage that only recently had eclipsed tea as the Viennese hot beverage of choice, to discuss all manner of cultural and intellectual concerns, face to face, undistracted. The Stock Exchange of that day was conceptualized and created in a local coffee house.

Coffee houses still exist today but Cafe' Society proposes a more social alternate to a computer screen. Discussion, locally produced art and music and good coffee and food. Need we say more?

Welcome to the first day of Spring! To celebrate we will be meeting at the casually elegant Charmers Cafe of Rogers Park. Coffee tasting and chatting until 8pm.

Friends of Bill Morton Spring Fire
Sherwin on the Lake. 9pm
RSVP required

If you are friends with Bill Morton, you belong here.

Welcome to the first day of Spring! Stop by, and bring some wine or snacks. I will provide the private beach and the bonfire.

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Supermoon shining over 7301 N. Sheridan Road in Rogers Park

Moonrise over the Lake

This evening

Shambhala Meditation Center

On Tuesdays at 7pm, the Shambhala Meditation Center opens their doors to newcomers and seasoned practitioners. After an initial hour of sitting and walking meditation, they have a brief break at 8 PM for refreshments.

They end with an open reading and group discussion.

Free meditation instruction is available during all of these times
Meditation Instructors and/or Shambhala guides are available to meet with newcomers or anyone else wanting guidance with their meditation practice.

Cushions, benches and chairs are supplied; you do not need to bring anything

Shambhala Meditation Center 7331 N. Sheridan Road Chicago, IL. 60626

Unifying Rogers Park Business

Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce Membership DriveRogers Park Chamber of Commerce

The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce is attempting to unify Rogers Park businesses calling every business in the community to join the official chamber of commerce.

From restaurants to financial services to home based businesses, the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce invites each and every business in Rogers Park and those who do business in Rogers Park to join together to elevate the overall business climate of the neighborhood. Chamber President Bill Morton stated "During these very difficult economic times we need to work together to not only survive, but succeed. Longevity is key in developing a business and a community".

Current members of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce include local businesses A&T Grill, Charmers Cafe, Dream Town Realty, Leona's, Taste Food & Wine, Tweedle Press, V-Tone Fitness and others. Membership rates and Membership application are located on the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce website.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Bloggers We Love

Rogers Park in 1,000 Words
Rogers Park in 1,000 Words is currently featured as one of Outside.In's Bloggers We Love.

You can view Bloggers We Love on Outside.In here.

Thank you Outside.In for the recognition. We love you too.

- Bill Morton

Sherwin on the Lake

Sherwin on the Lake

Sherwin on the Lake

Sherwin on the Lake

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Paulina Street

Clark Street

Man shot in stomach on Estes

Read about it at Loyola Student Dispatch - Man wounded in stomach in Rogers Park shooting.


Covering Up Graffiti in Rogers Park

There is no question that the graffiti problem is a large concern for local business owners and home owners in Rogers Park. Along the side of Parkside Gyros near Touhy Park, a new strategy is in place to cover vandalism and deter future tagging by local gangs.

I had an opportunity to comment on the situation with Michael Luckenbach earlier in the exact same location.

UrbanTurf recognizes two Rogers Park blogs as influential

UrbanTurf Chicago Real Estate Guide writer Jacqueline Zenn highlights some of Chicago's top neighborhood blogs and their influence on real estate and home ownership.

Zenn writes "While spending time in a given area is by far the best way to get to know what makes it interesting and special, it is hardly practical for most. However, prospective home buyers and potential new residents can check out the many independently-run neighborhood blogs as a way to get a quick primer on the various facets and idiosyncrasies of a given area".

She goes on to mention two Rogers Park blogs, The Broken Heart of Rogers Park and Rogers Park in 1,000 Words "Written by long-time resident Bill Morton, this blog offers a slightly more positive view of Rogers Park with excellent visuals (a picture being worth a thousand words and all)".

Other blogs deemed worthy of checking out by UrbanTurf include Sloopin (South Loop), Hard Scrabbler (Bridgeport), Hyde Park Progress, Uptown Update and Edgewater Community Buzz.

The full article, The Value of Chicago’s Neighborhood Blogs to Home Buyers by Jacqueline Zenn can be read in it's entirety here.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Dark Lighthouse

It is a sad, terrible story.

The Lighthouse is closed after decades when owner dies.

What were your favorite memories with John or at The Lighthouse?

This Morning