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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce redesigns newsletter

Above is the redesigned Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce newsletter. Click here to view the live version of August 2011 with links to the chambers website, facebook, twitter profile, membership application and newsletter subscription page.

The new design includes a greeting, a feature story, upcoming events listings, quick links and a coupon for a good or service from a chamber member.

Upcoming chamber events include:

Saturday, September 24th

Preparing for 2012 event

Quest Network Services
7301 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL. 60626

Guest speakers and info-packets will cover everything you need to prepare for a successful 2012 including winterizing your storefront or home office, 4th quarter tax strategies and the future of Rogers Park business.

Tastes will be provided by local restaurants and cafes including Caribbean American Bakery, Charmers Cafe, Luzzat Restaurant and The Fish Keg.

1pm - 7pm All invited/Free

Thursday, October 20th

The Business of the Arts event

Alden Village North
7464 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL. 60626

We will host an art auction that will benefit local artists. Tastes by a local restaurant will be provided by Alden Village North.

5:30pm - 8pm All invited/Free


Monday, August 29, 2011

At the End of Sherwin Avenue

Photos of the end of Sherwin Avenue by Bill's Digital Photos.


Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society - Larry Shure speaks Courtyards of Rogers Park

Larry Shure of speaks about the 200 courtyard apartments of Rogers Park in detail.
"Larry documents Rogers Park courtyards like a true professional with a passion for his work. I am looking forward to meeting him and comparing notes". - Bill Morton

I was so impressed by his Rogers Park research, that I immediately added his updates to the RP1000 blogroll.

- Bill


Good morning


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Glenwood Sunday Market

Glenwood Sunday Market advertisement

Be sure to visit the RP1000 main page for all kinds of Rogers Park news and updates.

- Bill Morton


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Rogers Park 8/27/2011

Rogers Park 8/27/2011


Friday, August 26, 2011

One for the pet owners

Marie, owner of Rogers Bark Pet Salon sent me a recent article about why our pets sometimes eat grass. This is one for our pet owning neighbors.

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

note: click image to enlarge article


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Rogers Park Business and Art

Walking Rogers Park, I find many forms of business and art every day.

- Bill Morton

Rogers Park business on Jarvis Avenue

Rogers Park art on Ashland Avenue


Senator Dick Durbin on Loyola Station renovation

The Loyola CTA Station will soon see major improvements, ensuring the safety of passengers and pedestrians, as the result of $11 million in federal funding, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said today.

Durbin joined local elected officials, representatives of the CTA and Loyola University, and members of the Rogers Park community at the Loyola CTA Station to announce $18.5 million – including $11 million in federal funds – to begin immediate repairs to the dilapidated Loyola CTA Station and to conduct an environmental study on the extension and modernization of the Red and Purple Lines. The design work for the Loyola CTA station project is already underway and construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2012.

Durbin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured $10 million in federal funding for the project in the fiscal year 2010 Transportation and Housing Appropriations Bill, and $1 million in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act (SAFETEA-LU).

“This project is the result of a federal, state, and local public-private partnership which has brought together the Federal Transit Authority, the CTA, Loyola University, and the local community in order to make desperately needed improvements to this station and bring it back to a state of good repair. Thousands of students and commuters use this station every day, and this funding will ensure their safety and make certain that the station is able to continue serving the transportation needs of this community for years to come,” Durbin said.

At the Loyola CTA Station, the federal and local investment will help stabilize existing infrastructure, make strategic upgrades to the existing station, and redirect passenger flow for pedestrian safety. The project will include upgrades to the viaduct and improve lighting and visibility. It will also move the station entrance farther north, and create a plaza in front of the reoriented station entrance, increasing safety for pedestrians by keeping them away from vehicular traffic. Funding through the SAFETEA-LU legislation will be used for land acquisition, and roadway and pedestrian improvements around the station.

Read more at Loyola Student Dispatch - Loyola L stop receives federal funding for facelift.


Today in Rogers Park - August 25th, 2011

Today in Rogers Park is a series to inform our community of relevant daily events, including the arts, entertainment, presentations and community meetings. - Bill Morton

CAPS Beat 2422 meeting
Meet the new 'Acting' Commander of the 24th District, James Roussell, at this month's Beat 2422, CAPS meeting, today at the Willye White Park Recreation Center, 1610 W. Howard at 5 PM.

We are urging residents of Beat 2422, who are able, to attend this meeting and express your concerns and feelings about current and future issues regarding policing services, response and patrolling in Beat 2422, particularly in our North of Howard neighborhood.

Billy the Mime

Thursday, August 25 at 8pm
Tickets: $20 general admission|$25 reserved

Billy the Mime is not for children or the easily offended. Billy has rejuvenated an art form that has been justly ridiculed due to untrained and amateur practitioners performing pretentious and self-indulgent work or weak imitations of Marcel Marceau. He has restored its ability to entertain, amuse, shock, and move an audience.

Billy garnered international attention with his show stopping appearance in the hit documentary The Aristocrats. Chicago Reader raves, "A dazzling showman! Irreverent! Masterful! Brilliant comic!" Billy has appeared on The Jimmy Kimmel Show on ABC and Penn & Teller's Bullshit! on Showtime. He appeared at The New York International Fringe Festival garnering rave reviews and sold-out shows. The New York Times called Billy's live show "Politically incorrect, shockingly unsentimental and as uncomfortably funny as a dirty joke in church! Sardonically twisted! Skillfully obscene! Chilling!"


Loyola University - Move In Week

During move-in, usage of the Main Parking Structure on the Lake Shore Campus will be restricted and available to only Discover Loyola guests and students who are moving in (and their families). During this time, faculty and staff members should park in the Fordham Garage and the Albion Lot (located on Albion Avenue, near the train tracks).
Read more at Loyola Student Dispatch - Loyola lists parking restrictions during move in week.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Chicago Public Library Rogers Park Branch

Chicago Public Library Rogers Park Branch


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Howard Station


Glenwood Sunday Market

Glenwood Sunday Market advertisement

Be sure to visit the RP1000 main page for all kinds of Rogers Park news and updates.

- Bill Morton


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Stormy Day in Rogers Park

Heavy rain, hail, thunder and dark clouds during the afternoon


Friday, August 19, 2011

Today in Rogers Park - August 19th, 2011

Today in Rogers Park is a series to inform our community of relevant daily events, including the arts, entertainment, presentations and community meetings. - Bill Morton

The Chicago Ghost Hunters Group (CGHG) is a ghost investigation, interest, and research group that operates through but maintains an independent identity as a gathering place for all people who wish to share their curiosity, express their belief or skepticism, and learn more about paranormal phenomena.

The Chicago Ghost Hunters Group meets every third Friday of the Month at Charmers Cafe (1500 W. Jarvis), 7pm. $10 suggested donation. RSVP required.


Monday, August 15, 2011



Sunday, August 14, 2011

Glenwood Sunday Market

Glenwood Sunday Market advertisement

Be sure to visit the RP1000 main page for all kinds of Rogers Park news and updates.

- Bill Morton


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Sheridan and Chase


Rainy Day


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Participatory Budgeting - An Open Letter to Alderman Joe Moore

Alderman Joe Moore,

This is Bill Morton. We have met on hundreds of occassions over the past decade. For the readership of this open letter, I am a resident of the 49th Ward and a registered voter.

Despite our differences concerning the best interest of Rogers Park and how the 49th Ward should be lead, I have signed up for your newsletters at least ten-times in your office and at your meetings. As a concerned citizen and a pro-active community activist, I have had to rely on our neighbors to forward your e-mail blasts to me, as you have cut my email from your list as quickly as you establish the addresses connection to me or one of my organizations.

I can only speculate the reason why you would want to exclude my works, expertise and will to better our community for everybody.

My motivation for composing this open letter to you at this time is relative to your latest e-mail blast regarding Participatory Budgeting. I have participated/voted in Participatory Budgeting in the past and upon reading the following, it became timely to address my exclusion.

"Luis Klein, our 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting coordinator, has resigned to return to school full-time and I am looking for someone to assume the task of overseeing the participatory budgeting process in our community. My staff and I already have interviewed a number of very fine candidates for that position, but before we make a final decision, we want to make sure we are not overlooking other well-qualified individuals".

I am routinely overlooked by your agenda and was not included in your quest to "make sure we are not overlooking other well-qualified individuals". Exclusion due to personal or political differences is not acceptable. Exclusion due to personal or political differences is not in the best interest of our community. It is certainly not professional or healthy for your constituency either. I am interested in Participatory Budgeting as well as learning more about the process and how the votes are counted. I am in fact interested in every program and organization that affects the 49th Ward and our neighborhood of Rogers Park.

I am heavily involved in many organizations and businesses within the 49th Ward and need to know your agenda and propositions. Please send me your e-mail blasts as regularly as you send them to the many - who take the time to forward them to keep me informed. My email address is written in pen on at least ten of your email sign-up sheets. If you have any further questions, call me at any time.

- Bill Morton


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

This evenings sunset 8:23pm


Unity, Business Growth & Community Awareness

The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce promotes unity, business growth and community awareness in Rogers Park.


Three Rogers Park teens charged as adults for murder

Three teens targeting gang rival kill counselor, prosecutors say. Suspects in Rogers Park shooting charged as adults.

Read all of the details about the North of Howard - Jonquil Terrace murder conspiracy on Chicago Tribune CHICAGOLAND.


Monday, August 8, 2011

The Sun Sets

Rogers Park sunset at 7:44pm

Walt Whitman mentioned a sunset he experienced in Chicago in his famous poem, Song at Sunset.

Song at Sunset. by Walt Whitman
SPLENDOR of ended day, floating and filling me!
Hour prophetic—hour resuming the past!
Inflating my throat—you, divine average!
You, Earth and Life, till the last ray gleams, I sing.

Open mouth of my Soul, uttering gladness,
Eyes of my Soul, seeing perfection,
Natural life of me, faithfully praising things;
Corroborating forever the triumph of things.

Illustrious every one!
Illustrious what we name space—sphere of unnumber’d spirits;
Illustrious the mystery of motion, in all beings, even the tiniest insect;
Illustrious the attribute of speech—the senses—the body;
Illustrious the passing light! Illustrious the pale reflection on the new moon in the
Illustrious whatever I see, or hear, or touch, to the last.

Good in all,
In the satisfaction and aplomb of animals,
In the annual return of the seasons,
In the hilarity of youth,
In the strength and flush of manhood,
In the grandeur and exquisiteness of old age,
In the superb vistas of Death.

Wonderful to depart;
Wonderful to be here!
The heart, to jet the all-alike and innocent blood!
To breathe the air, how delicious!
To speak! to walk! to seize something by the hand!
To prepare for sleep, for bed—to look on my rose-color’d flesh;
To be conscious of my body, so satisfied, so large;
To be this incredible God I am;
To have gone forth among other Gods—these men and women I love.

Wonderful how I celebrate you and myself!
How my thoughts play subtly at the spectacles around!
How the clouds pass silently overhead!
How the earth darts on and on! and how the sun, moon, stars, dart on and on!
How the water sports and sings! (Surely it is alive!)
How the trees rise and stand up—with strong trunks—with branches and leaves!
(Surely there is something more in each of the tree—some living Soul.)

O amazement of things! even the least particle!
O spirituality of things!
O strain musical, flowing through ages and continents—now reaching me and America!
I take your strong chords—I intersperse them, and cheerfully pass them forward.

I too carol the sun, usher’d, or at noon, or, as now, setting,
I too throb to the brain and beauty of the earth, and of all the growths of the earth,
I too have felt the resistless call of myself.

As I sail’d down the Mississippi,
As I wander’d over the prairies,
As I have lived—As I have look’d through my windows, my eyes,
As I went forth in the morning—As I beheld the light breaking in the east;
As I bathed on the beach of the Eastern Sea, and again on the beach of the Western Sea;
As I roam’d the streets of inland Chicago—whatever streets I have roam’d;
Or cities, or silent woods, or peace, or even amid the sights of war;
Wherever I have been, I have charged myself with contentment and triumph.

I sing the Equalities, modern or old,
I sing the endless finales of things;
I say Nature continues—Glory continues;
I praise with electric voice;
For I do not see one imperfection in the universe;
And I do not see one cause or result lamentable at last in the universe.

O setting sun! though the time has come,
I still warble under you, if none else does, unmitigated adoration.


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Today in Rogers Park - August 7th, 2011

Today in Rogers Park is a series to inform our community of relevant daily events, including the arts, entertainment, presentations and community meetings. - Bill Morton

Mayne Stage - Life in a Marital Institution

A poignant, darkly humorous autobiographical comedy set improbably in a hospice, James sits at the bedside of his dying sister, who asks him to trade places with her. Until she realizes that would mean trading places with him...being in his marriage...a fate worse than death! The monologue cuts back and forth between the hospice, where his sister is engaged to be married, and scenes from his marriage, exploring infidelity, near-death childbirth and other high-stakes yet hilarious adventures. In the process, the comedy explores the roots of romantic love in familial love, and the notion: not only can you go home again, you can't not go home again; you can't escape your past. Until you confront it...which James does through his sister’s deathbed wedding, before returning home to confront whether his own marriage should come to an end. Life in a Marital Institution premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, had a sold-out run at 59E59 Theaters in New York City, before transferring Off-Broadway to critical raves at the Soho Playhouse.
Mayne Stage 1328 W. Morse Avenue Chicago, IL. 60626

5pm. Tickets: $20; call 773.381.4554 or click here.


Glenwood Sunday Market

Glenwood Sunday Market advertisement

Be sure to visit the RP1000 main page for all kinds of Rogers Park news and updates.

- Bill Morton


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Loyola Students reaction to Carmen's Pizza eviction

“They were always nice enough to let students use it for philanthropy events,” Yasmin Darwish, 21, a senior majoring in communication studies, said, adding that students were able to serve as waiters during fundraising events, and all tips earned went toward their respective organizations.
Read more at Loyola Student Dispatch - Loyola students have mixed feelings about Carmen’s close.


Friday, August 5, 2011

Today in Rogers Park - August 5th, 2011

Today in Rogers Park is a series to inform our community of relevant daily events, including the arts, entertainment, presentations and community meetings. - Bill Morton

Lifeline Theatre - Love Thy Neighbor... Till It Hurts

What does it mean to be a good neighbor in one of the most diverse communities in the country? Julie Ganey, Chicago theatre and storytelling veteran, and longtime resident of Rogers Park, brings you stories from Chi-town’s northern border. It’s a tenacious look at how we misunderstand, mistake and misjudge each other — and choose to live together anyway.

Lifeline Theatre 6912 N. Glenwood Avenue Chicago, IL. 60626

7pm. Tickets: $10; call 773 761.4477 or click here.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

We are the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce!

The Rogers Park community united for success.

Signing nineteen Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce membership certificates.

We are working together so that businesses can survive these difficult economic times in Rogers Park.

     I was recently asked "What is your most important role in the Rogers Park community?"

     I thought about the many organizations that I am currently a part of including the Willye B. White Park Advisory Council, The Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, the Alden Village North Advisory Council and my efforts with the Citizens for the Adelphi Theater non-profit organization. I replied, "I think that I have accomplished the most good for our community as President of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce".

     Founding the Rogers Park chamber has been an inspiring labor of love. All of the board members are small business owners or heads of local organizations. We are volunteers who in the best interest of our community, devote our time to preserving great local businesses and boosting Rogers Park business through any means possible. During our recent Unifying Rogers Park event, we connected businesses with clients and encouraged business owners to be vocal about their role in our community. The purpose of this event was

To introduce and refer our community to its local businesses and service organizations. To unify our efforts, to guide businesses, service organizations and individuals to establish new businesses and promote existing businesses within the Rogers Park community.
     We feel strongly about and believe in our organization. We personally walk our neighborhood to visit every business in Rogers Park on a regular basis. If a struggling mom-and-pop shop needs a fundraiser, If a transporation hub or storefront needs to be cleared of snow, The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce represents and supports Rogers Park business.

Bill Morton
President, Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce
(773) 850-0049


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Carmen's Pizza evicted

The restaurant, located at 6568 N. Sheridan Rd. in Rogers Park, owes more than $62,000 in overdue rent to Loyola Property Management, the student-run real estate management firm that manages more than 25 retail and residential properties owned by the university.

Read more at Loyola Student Dispatch - Carmen’s Pizza evicted from Rogers Park location.


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Smoker lights himself on fire at Lake Shore facility

The man, who was using a wheelchair, had gone to an outdoor patio at the nursing home, lit a cigarette, and placed his lighter in a pocket, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli. The man continued smoking, and somehow, his clothes ignited, Mirabelli said.
Read more at Loyola Student Dispatch - Rogers Park man lights himself on fire.


WLUW to broadcast Lollapalooza

WLUW is one of the few FCC licensed university radio stations in the country. It will broadcast Lollapalooza live Friday-Sunday, including live interviews and performances, offering up-close and intimate musical experiences to festival-goers. WLUW also broadcast last year’s Lollapalooza.
Read more at Loyola Student Dispatch - Lollapalooza to be broadcast on Loyola’s WLUW-FM 88.7.


Monday, August 1, 2011

Unifying event brings together the best of Rogers Park

     This past Saturday, the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce (CHICAGO, IL) held its first Unifying Rogers Park Event at Quest Services & the Headquarters of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce. The event welcomed and featured some of Rogers Parks finest business reps, organizations and residents for a day of meeting, networking, conversation and fun. In April, the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce celebrated its second year anniversary and decided to throw a Summer Unifying event for the community. Guests at the gala included… Barbara Richardson of Elements Services, Kris Luck of Quest Network Services, Author Eugene Nelson Jr., Mark Finley of MFN: Multifacet Network, Bill's Digital Photos, Jan McCarter of Club Z Tutoring, Amadia King of PLAN (Parent Leadership And Network), and Fred Weaver of LifeStorage Center - just to name a few. The event showed how a community with multi ethnic groups & business’s from all walks of life can come together to support each other and network to strengthen the community and have fun at the same time.

     Some of Rogers Park’s finest restaurants were represented with delicious entrees from… Leona’s Pizza, The Fish Keg, Hop Haus, Charmers CafĂ©, and The Caribbean / American Bakery. The buffet style /food was excellent with a variety of dishes, including… Fried Fish & Chicken, Pizzas, Brichettas, Sandwiches, Hush Puppies, Meat Pies and Salad’s.

     The event was also broadcasted LIVE on the Internet and seen around the world by MFN LIVE Broadcast Network hosted by media host Mark Finley and co-host Eugene Nelson Jr. Many of the Business & Org. reps in attendance were interviewed during the Broadcast. Chamber of Commerce president Bill Morton was the events MC and the perfect host.

     As the event progressed, guest participated in a free-style conversation that was covered by the Broadcast as well.

     Mark Finley; Host & GM of MFN LIVE commented…“As the broadcast continued, before I knew it people just started to grab our microphones while they were in conversation which really made the broadcast. I thought it was great that people took the initiative to include their discussions in the broadcast in a free style manner. It made the broadcast that much more genuine and exciting!”

Above-Key Note Speaker & host- MFNS Mark Finley RUNS IT DOWN to the Chamber and the MFN LIVE audience.

     Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce President Bill Morton at the end of the event commented... “I am so happy that this event was such a big success! We are all about bringing together all the business, organizations and residents in Rogers Park to come together to strengthen our community!”

     If you’d like to view the broadcast of the event, you can watch it any time on demand for the next two weeks by going to and register for FREE! Then click on the MFN LIVE tab and scroll down to the first broadcast window and click the play button to view the broadcast.

- Mark Finley


Rogers Park resident questioned after boat fight

A 34-year-old Rogers Park man is being questioned after he admitted he was in a fight with a man who was left in “very critical” condition after falling overboard into Lake Michigan.
Read more at Loyola Student Dispatch - Rogers Park man questioned in lake rescue.