Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Week Past, the one Ahead

Here is a link to the June 21 Pipeline. There will be NO PIPELINE next week! We have to get the entire booklet to a printer by Thursday the 30th. We will still blog and update the new website though.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sneak Preview of Just a Few of Our Favorite Ads

There are over 40 display ads in the booklet, and many of them are extremely unique, which makes them fun. Gathered together, it almost does feel like a yearbook for our neighborhood written from the ground up, as in a near 7-year-footprint of wandering around.

So I guess whatever happens with this booklet, I know that what I've enjoyed the most thus far is putting it together. From the perspective of a local suffering from an illness related to documenting most everything, it's totally fun to see so many familiar faces in the pages of the booklet. We've got a long way to go in terms of laying everything out on pages and editing down text to save money, but we are seeing the flash of light at the end of the tunnel!

Back to work.

Aliens Over Wicker Park!

If my apartment weren't so sweltering, and Harris didn't need to smoke a cigarette outside, we would have never captured this footage of an unidentified flying object over Wicker Park.

Maybe I should install my window AC unit.

Quote of day, "I don't notice the heat when I am working/writing." Perhaps I will be one of those idiots who dies from the heat because I will forget to do something about it.

As for going to a cafe to work, while it's tempting, I am also yapping on the phone all day as I am writing too. In a perfect world, a so-called writer or hack could just write anything, and from anywhere, but we are in the midst of wrapping up participation in the upcoming booklet!

People keep asking me what the booklet will look like and who is in it. So, there's interviews with seven amazing people (check out what Dov Charney said in his interview; he made it onto on my 'wall of inspiration'), one cool community gardener, a neighborhood tweeter, over 40 display ads and 100 listings! The 84-100 page (depending on what we can afford) full-color booklet will hopefully be perfect-bound vs. saddle-stitched if we can swing it, and if more Printer's Angels magically appear outta the woodwork. There is space on our logo page for four more angels.

Back to work.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Week Past, The Week Ahead

It makes me sad to neglect this blog, but the new virtual home is really cool. i am geeking out on it. i am also catsittng and thinking that the nice thing about watching a neighbor's cat when you live in an apartment building is that you can still wear your robe, and you do not have to worry about a neighbor seeing you in your ratty robe. and, it's nice to go on a vacation from your apartment.

Link to the June 14 Pipeline is Here. Sorry anyone had to read that sad preamble ramble. New site has room for lots and lots of contributors. i can add you and the stories come in through there. anyone interesred should register at and i will add you to the pipeline network.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Saturday, June 11, 2011

It's a Vintage Shopping Weekend in Wicker Park

Ayy, where to blog these days?! I think I am suffering from virtual schizophrenia!

Um... Just posted a lil blurb on the new pipeline site about Venus Meets Vintage, a market descending upon the RGB Lounge this weekend, 6/11-12.

Details here, along with shout outs to other local vintage stops too.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Missing Child Alert, Elijah, Age 3

Please be on the lookout for Elijah, age 3, and call 911 with any information.

More info here. Picture of Elijah from the Logan Square Neighborhood Association Facebook Page, where they are posting updates.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Week Past, The Week Ahead

Here is a link to the June 7 Pipeline.

I will continue to try to blog here as well as on the new pipeline website's companion wordpress blog, which feels so empty and foreign to me right now. Moving to a new space- real or virtual- is kind of scary in the beginning.

Virtual crumbs everywhere!!

Thanks for patience if anyone is reading this blog- actually I think a few of you do. My sister-in-law says she sees the pipeline through the streets blog, and not the email list, or the Twitter feed, or on Facebook. And I know Mindy reads it via streets too. So, for the two of you whom I know are reading the weekly pipeline through this blog from time to time, and any others, I will continue to post the weekly pipeline here but dedicating a bit more time to our website.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

We've got a New Website and I'm already freaking out about what I call Buttons, Banners, and "Blasts"

Well, it only took two or so years of covering the neighborhood, but the pipeline's website is up and running! Our home page features a farmer from the market, snapped a few summers back. In fact, there's farmers up the street right NOW as I type this, offering fresh produce and more. Ready. Set. Go. Read more here on our site, which looks a bit like this streets blog!

You can visit us at where things will be more centralized soon, once we get a grasp on which content we'd like to highlight. We still plan to send out the weekly newsletter, though we may cut back on what we include in the newsletter. So far, the newsletter seemed to be working, so I am a bit reluctant to switch to a web site. So much goes on behind the scenes that we work on, that to release stories one by one, and then send out a synopsis with headlines seems a bit too disjointed for our tastes. Also irking me to no end are the "button" advertisements on website!!!

Do you click on banners?

Do you click on menu items that I link to from somewhere else, because I personally read the menu items and found them to be interesting, and wanted to share?

That is the difference between traditional media and the pipeline. We want our partners to receive attention and interest in their products and services. We hope the small business owners in our neighborhood would thrive even more, if people knew that by supporting them they are contributing to a diverse and eclectic community.

There will be no buttons and banners. Not yet. Or, more aptly, there will be advertisers, but it won't look like buttons and banners and the differentiation between the two will be clearly noted, to appease the Gods of Journalistic Integrity.

Buttons and Banners- Boo! And while we're on this note, please don't get me started on the word "blast. Marking corporate types would call the newsletter we send out an email "blast," but we prefer it to just be proof that we were having a blast when we were developing the issue.

speaking of which, WICKER PARK FARMERS MARKET begins today, on park grounds, from 8AM to 2PM.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Pop-Up Deer on Vacant Land, Coming (and Leaving) Next Week

Urban Dwellers

The Week of June 6-11 2011

at 1827 Milwaukee Ave

Johalla Projects is proud to announce Urban Dwellers by Andrea Jablonski, in collaboration with Vicki Fuller of VLF Development. Urban Dwellers, large, silver-glittered deer installations, have been placed in an empty lot off of a highly visible and congested street. These structures are meant to serve as a reminder of nature and what may have existed previously, before urban development. Ms. Fuller approached Johalla Projects for this partnership with the goal of enriching the vacant lots near her business, which focuses on urban planning and development. Urban Dwellers debuts the week of June 6, 2011. Johalla Projects is excited to continue collaborating with Ms. Fuller. Please, keep your eyes open for future projects.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

June 1st Edition: Holstein Happenings

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Holstein Happenings
June 1, 2011

Get out the snorkel and flip-flops . . . Pool opens June 17.

MOVE! A Performance in the Park - Sat-Sun, June 4 and 5

Nothing Without a Company is a performance and dance company that promises to turn Senior Citizens Park into a live extravaganza this weekend, and two weekends after that. All performances are FREE.

The show opens this Saturday, June 4 at 6:30 PM. There will be another performance Sunday, June 5 at 3:30 PM. The show repeats the weekend of June 11-12 and June 17-19. Don't get caught up in the flash mob at the end.

UNMAKING: Zephyr Dance - Thurs-Sat, June 9-11
Arts Partner Zephyr Dance will hold its Spring program of "Experiments and Sketches" in the field house auditorium Thursday and Friday, June 9-10 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, June 11, at 2 PM.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For more information, call 773-489-5069 or visit
TOY DRIVE - ends Wednesday, June 15

For the next two weeks, there will be a box in the lobby of the field house to collect stuffed animals for children in Afghanistan War. A local soldier will distribute the stuffed animals while serving in The Middle East. The toys will be collected on June 15.

CAPS MEETING - Thursday, June 16 7 PM
Do you have a police or safety issue that concerns you? This is your chance to meet with the Chicago police community liaison. Meetings are in the Holstein Park field house.

HOLSTEIN POOL OPENS! - Friday, June 17
The Holstein Park Pool opens June 17 and will remain open through the summer until Labor, Sept. 5. The preliminary schedule of pool hours is as follows:

Lap Swim - Mon thru Fri: 7 AM - 8:45 AM; 6 PM - 7:15 PM.
Weekends: 11 AM - 11:45 AM; 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM.

Family Swim - Mon thru Thurs: 11 AM - 12:45 PM

*First week only. Day Camp will have this slot June 27 to August 5.

Family Swim - Mon thru Fri: 4 PM to 5:45 PM

* Ends 45 minutes early on Tues and Thurs for swim team practice.

Family Swim - Weekends: 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM; 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM.

Open Swim - Mon thru Fri: 1 PM - 3:45 PM.
Weekends: 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM.

Learn to Swim - Sat-Sun: 5 PM - 6 PM.

* Ages 6 to 12 years. All classes are full.

Swim Team (ages 6 to 17 years) will be organized when lifeguards arrive. Ask at the park office if you are interested.

Friends of Holstein Park - Tuesday, June 21 6:30 PM

It's time to start organizing for the Bucktown Arts Fest, Apple Pie Contest and Circus in the Park. Come see how you can get involved.

Summer Day Camp - Monday, June 27 through Friday, August 5

It's a full house at summer camp this year. Campers ages 6 to 12 years will be at the park from 9 AM to 3 PM every weekday for sports, swimming, organized activities and Friday field trips. Registration is now closed.
And Finally . . .
While you are enjoying the pool this summer . . . if you see inappropriate activity around the pool or in the locker rooms, please notify the lifeguards and park staff immediately. They are there to make your summer safe and enjoyable.

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