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The free End-of-Summer Concert in the Park was a perfect night for relaxing with family and friends and enjoying the music, tasting from food trucks or your own.

“To me the great thing about the Concerts is it feels like Buena Park is small town America, “said Buena Park Neighbors Association President Lisa von Drehle. “It is almost like a 4th of July parade. Make your own night; hang out with neighbors and meet new people.”

For photos of the event click here.

The Buena Park Neighbors Concert in the Park was brought to you by our good friends at The Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Park District and Uptown SSA #34 and Thorek Hospital.


 

Buena Park Neighbors is a 46th Ward neighborhood association of more than 200 residents, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations in the nationally registered Buena Park Historic District. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for everyone in Buena Park.

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Buena Park Open Day celebrated its third-annual neighborhood festival with an “At Home in the City” theme. The festival highlighted why our neighborhood motto is “Good Living by the Lake.”

The festival’s hub was at the Smart Love House at Clarendon and Buena where visitors signed up for architectural tours, participated in family friendly activities, shopped the new Bazaar on Buena, listened to live music and took a break at the pop-up café.

“We are extremely satisfied with this year’s festival,” said Buena Park Neighbors President Lisa von Drehle, “because we think it represents all the best that our neighborhood has to offer. Plus, there was something for everyone from urban aficionado, architectural maven, families looking for a special outing, or people like us who just want to have some fun on a summer afternoon.”

Many thanks to our generous sponsors who make BPOD possible: Thorek Hospital, SSA34, Reside Living and the Chicago Cubs.

For more photos of the event click here.

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Chicago, IL, June 20, 2015. If it is summer in Chicago, then one thing is for certain: It is also neighborhood festival season. This year, Buena Park Open Day celebrates its third-annual neighborhood festival July 19, from noon to 5 pm. With an “At Home in the City” theme, the festival highlights why the neighborhood motto is “Good Living by the Lake.” Long considered a hidden gem at the south end of Uptown bordering the park and Lake Michigan, Buena Park boasts a vibrant and diverse cultural scene, architectural masterpieces, a laid-back vibe, and that all-important X factor: Longtime residents who are eager to share their pocket of the city with the rest of Chicago.

The festival’s hub will be at the Smart Love House, a neighborhood landmark located at Clarendon and Buena. That’s where people can sign up for architectural tours, participate in family friendly activities, shop the new Bazaar on Buena, listen to live music or take a break at the pop-up café.

“We are extremely excited about this year’s festival,” says organizer Lisa von Drehle, “because we think it represents all the best our neighborhood has to offer. Plus, there is something for everyone—from urban aficionado, architectural maven, families looking for a special outing, or people like us who just want to have some fun on a summer afternoon.”

Programming and Events

  • Bazaar on Buena: Featuring Etsy quality arts and crafts, plus a neighborhood rummage sale
  • Sidewalk tours of the architect George Maher’s historic homes on Hutchison St. These 30-minute tours focus on the exteriors of this Prairie School architect who some consider to be as influential in the Midwest as Frank Lloyd Wright. Tours are every half hour between 12:30 pm and 4pm.
  • Open house and tours of St. Mary of the Lake Church, 4200 N. Sheridan Rd. This nearly 100-year-old church, designed by Chicagoan Henry J. Schlacks in the Italian Renaissance style, features Carrera marble work from the same quarries used by Michelangelo. Tours at 2:15 pm and 3:15 pm.
  • A Pop-up Café—fueled by a bevy fabulous food trucks, including Cupcakes for Courage, Husky Hogs and Meatloaf-a-Go-Go located at Clarendon and Hutchinson Streets.
  • Family fun all day long: Exotic animals, bouncy house, games, sing-alongs, face painting, police horses, a visit from a fire engine, story time with the Alderman, hula hoop fiesta and more.
  • Music all day by the Wolf Street Bloodhounds, a popular local bluegrass/rock band
  • Exhibits and activities showcasing neighborhood organizations and businesses, including the always popular Gingko Gardens, an organic community garden with a mission to provide fresh produce to Uptown organizations that serve low-income and homeless people.

Know Before You Go

  • Festival entrance is located at the corner of Clarendon and Buena at the Smart Love House.
  • $5 suggested donation includes program. Children under age 12 are free.
  • Public transportation: Take the #36, 151 or 146 bus to Buena (4200 north between Irving Park and Montrose). By El, take the Red Line to the Sheridan stop, which is just 4 short blocks away from the festival entrance at Buena and Clarendon.

For more information: Contact Festival Coordinator and Buena Park Neighbors President Lisa Von Drehle.

The third annual Buena Park Open Day has been generously funded by neighborhood businesses, Thorek Hospital, SSA34, reside living and the Chicago Cubs.

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Spring Clean and Green

Buena Park Neighbors to Hold Spring Clean and Green 
on Sat., April 18, 10:00 a.m. at Dollop Coffee & Tea (4181 N. Clarendon Avenue)

Buena Park Neighbors will hold its Spring Clean and Green on Saturday, April 18 at 10:00 a.m. at Dollop Coffee and Tee at 4181 N. Clarendon Avenue, which is on the northeast corner of Clarendon Avenue and Gordon Terrace.

At this annual event, Buena Park residents volunteer to help clean up their neighborhood. The group will meet at Dollop at 10:00 a.m. and spread out from there. The Buena Park Neighbors Association supplies the trash bags and tools. Residents should bring a pair of gloves. At noon everyone will meet at Michael’s Pizzeria for a community lunch.

This is a great way to meet neighbors and work together to make Buena Park shine.

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Buena Park Neighbors Association General Meeting Is TONIGHT, Mon., March 30, 7:00 p.m. at The Shift, 4101 N. Broadway

Alderman Cappleman will attend the General Meeting on Mon., March 30, 7:00 p.m. at The Shift, 4101 N. Broadway where residents gather to learn news about Buena Park, hear about upcoming events, recap recent accomplishments and hear from local officials and leaders. Buena Park Neighbors has obtained a limited number of Cubs tickets, and they will be available to residents who attend the meeting.

Upcoming Buena Park Neighbors events for the next three months are:

Thurs., April 2, 7:00 p.m. – CAPS Meeting, Ruth Shriman House at 4040 N Sheridan Rd.

Sat., April 18, 10:00 a.m. Spring Clean and Green – The Fall Clean and Green is an opportunity to meet your fellow residents and clean up the neighborhood after a summer of outdoor activity. We go through the neighborhood to pick up trash and do light gardening in selected areas. We supply the bags, rakes and shovels.

Thurs., May 7, 7:00 p.m. – CAPS Meeting, Ruth Shriman House at 4040 N Sheridan Rd.

Thurs., June 4, 7:00 p.m. – CAPS Meeting, Ruth Shriman House at 4040 N Sheridan Rd.

Thurs. June 18, 7:00 p.m. – Concert in the Park – The Free Concert in the Park is a perfect night for relaxing with family and friends, enjoying the music, tasting from food trucks (or bringing your own)and fun.  Our face painter will be busy all night to delight the children with interesting and unique designs. The bouncy house will be full of kids with parents and grandparents standing by.

Attendees will also be brought up-to-speed on Buena Park Open Day, Sun., July 19, 12:00 p.m. Noon – This is third year for Buena Park Open Day that features tours of historic architectural and St. Mary of the Lake, a bouncy house, face painting, food and more.

At Buena Park CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy) meetings you get to talk with the police officers who work in your neighborhood and work together with the police, other neighbors, local businesses and community organizations to improve public safety and work collaboratively and constructively to make Buena Park a safer place.

Attendees who begin a new membership or renew an existing one will receive a complementary copy of Sweet Home Buena Park: A History of Our Unique Chicago Neighborhood and Its Nearby Lakefront by Gene Tenner.

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Buena Bunnies
Sunday March 22, 2-4 pm
St. Mary of the Lake school hall

The Buena Park Neighbors Association announces that its annual Buena Bunnies charitable event will be held this Sunday March 22, from 2-4 pm at the St. Mary of the Lake school hall. The school hall is located on Buena Ave. at Kenmore Ave. – parking is available in the lot on that corner and the entrance is from the parking lot.

Buena Bunnies is an annual event where all are welcome to help make Easter baskets and fill plastic Easter eggs for neighborhood children. Approximately 40 baskets filled with toys and candy are needed this year for children of needy families that receive assistance from the St. Mary of the Lake St. Vincent De Paul Society food pantry, a Greater Chicago Food Depository. In addition, plastic Easter eggs are needed to be filled with candy for the St. Mary of the Lake Easter Egg hunts, which are for all young neighborhood children, held on Easter Sunday at 10:30 am and 2 pm, on the St. Mary of the Lake church lawn, on Buena Ave. at Sheridan Rd. Anyone who is interested in helping make baskets and fill eggs, please bring baskets, small toys, plastic Easter eggs, and of course candy, to fill both the baskets and plastic eggs. Buena Park Neighbors will provide recyclable “grass,” cellophane wrap, ribbon, and other supplies for making the baskets. The annual Ellen Feinberg award will be given for the best Easter basket. If you cannot make the event but would like to donate baskets, candy, plastic eggs, or small toys, there is a donation box in the back of the St. Mary of the Lake church.

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The Buena Park Neighbors Association will hold its annual Buena Bunnies event on Sun. March 22, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Mary of the Lake, 4200 North Sheridan Rd.

Buena Park residents and Alderman Cappleman will volunteer to hand-craft baskets for the children of low-income families of Saint Mary of the Lake.  The volunteer-made baskets will be presented to Deacon Paul for distribution on Easter Sunday, April 5. Volunteers should follow the signs to enter through the door on the southern side of the western-most building.

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