Archive for November, 2013

A Big Fat Greek Christmas Party

Join us at A Big Fat Greek Christmas Party. (Presented by Buena Park Neighbors)

Saturday, December 14, 7pm
4101 N. Broadway

Greek Food | Refreshments | Greek Dancing | Silent Auction | Greek Wine

Get your Greek on!

Admission Free. Come and celebrate with your neighbors. Please bring an item for the coat drive.

Sponsored by: GNS Market, Michael’s Pizzeria, North Buena Deli & Wine Shop.

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Safe Trick or Treat a big success

(From our November newsletter)

Veggie Family

Veggie Family

At 4 p.m., it was pouring down rain. All of those who had been planning and organizing “Buena Pumpkins Safe Trick or Treat” for the past month kept watching the weather hoping for a break. Earlier the park decorations had been scrapped, along with the food trucks, ghost story readings and the pumpkin-carving contest. Finally, organizers decided to meet at Buena Circle Park at 5:30 p.m., just in case anybody showed up. As they stood there, it stopped raining. At 6 p.m. a handful of parents and kids arrived, but the organizers didn’t expect many more. By 6:15 the deluge of people began and from that point until a little after 8, the group was swamped with kids. It seemed as if people just poured out of the sidewalks and rappelled down the front of condo units. Both sides of Kenmore from Irving Park to Montrose were alive with little creatures arrayed in all sorts of costumes from pirates to firemen to princesses to mummies. Safe homes ran out of candy and had to make quick trips to the Jewel for more. The Buena Park Neighbors cache of goodies also had to be replenished

It was a great night in Buena Park, and Buena Park Neighbors wants to thank all of the neighbors who opened their homes with such joy and generosity. Thanks also to our fabulous sponsors without whom Buena Pumpkins would not be possible. A special thanks to Gretchen Drury and Christina Bies, who were the heart and soul of the event this year, and to Forest Simons of Ald. James Cappleman’s office, who helped with permits and other city details.

And of course, thanks to the volunteers who helped out the day of the event: Joe Bartkus, Mike Coogan, Christine Kandaras, Rex Moore, Sandi Pizano, Lisa von Drehle, Sarah Casey, Cesar Pacheco, Jen Pacheco, Maggie, Ken Gasper Gene Tenner (faithful photographer), and Judy and Turk Glazebrook who fed the volunteers after the event. Check out Gene’s pictures.


  •  Standard Bank and Trust Co.
  • Thorek Memorial Hospital
  • 7-Eleven
  • Chicago Park District
  • World Gym

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Nov. 14 7pm
Uptown Library, 929 W Buena Ave

If you want to know why the facade at Nick’s Uptown on Sheridan Road is important, come and hear Heather Plaza-Manning speak on Egyptian architecture in America.  You will learn about this movement and how it fits into Chicago architecture.  This fascinating lecture lasts 45 minutes followed by 15 minutes for questions.

Heather Plaza-Manning is a preservationist and historian specializing in the “Egyptomania” movement in American popular culture, and is working on a book to chronicle her discoveries in this area.  She is a graduate of the Historic Preservation program at the School of the Art Institute, and currently works for Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

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