As I’m sure you are now aware, Chicago is playing host this weekend and Monday to the 25th Summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Nearly all the Summit meetings, receptions and counter demonstrations are taking place in and around the downtown area. The 49th Ward itself will feel little, if any, direct effect from the activities.
If you plan to travel, however, you may run into some difficulties, so you should plan ahead. For a comprehensive summary of road closures and traffic alerts during the Summit weekend, CLICK HERE.
You also may want to sign up for the “Notify Chicago” system that will keep residents and visitors updated on traffic issues. This alert system will inform users about street closures, bus reroutes, and potential delays.
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Suffice to say, this is a great weekend to stay close to home and enjoy everything our great community has to offer. Below are some wonderful close-to-home alternatives to NATO:
My popular “Trash to Treasure” Swap takes place Saturday, May 19th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the vacant warehouse located at 1765 W. Touhy (between Clark and the Metra tracks).
Saturday drop off stuff you no longer want or need, but are still useable for others. Come back Sunday, May 20th, from 12 Noon to 2:00 p.m. to take home a “treasure” or two. Those who dropped stuff off on Saturday get a ticket for each item they bring that will give them first dibs on others’ unwanted stuff.
At 2:30 p.m., Sunday, we open the doors to the entire community and anyone can come in and take remaining “treasures” regardless of whether they brought stuff the day before. The doors to the Swap will close finally at 5:00 p.m. Sunday.
Below is a list of the kind of items you can bring to the Swap:
Kitchen utensils & pots & pans
Leftover Wrapping Paper
Baby strollers & furniture
Books (please, no textbooks)
DVD’s & CD’s
Bicycles, bike parts and accessories
Canned goods &
Please do NOT bring clothing, shoes (except sports equipment), mattresses or upholstered furniture.
Learn about how you can get involved with the Glenwood Sunday Market, Rogers Park’s award-winning farmers market that highlights local, sustainable, and organically grown produce. Now entering its third summer, the Market simply couldn’t survive without the help of dedicated volunteers.
Whether you are only able to volunteer one Sunday for two hours or you want to load up trucks every Sunday for 22 weeks or join a committee that plans future Sunday Market events, the folks at the Glenwood Sunday Market would love love to have you join them. You’ll meet the Market’s Council, Manager and Director and lots of your neighbors and volunteers!
Join us for this fun, no-obligation event!
If you can’t make the event, no worries! Just email Market Director Sheree Moratto at email@example.com and she’ll add you to the volunteer list.
In addition to the weekly summer and fall outdoor farmers’ market, the folks at the Glenwood Sunday Market operate an indoor market once or twice a month during the winter and spring seasons. The last indoor market of the 2011-12 season takes place this Sunday, May 20th, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., atThe Glenwood Bar, 6962 N. Glenwood.
All the market vendors are finding new routes to Rogers Park around the NATO road closures, so we are expecting a full house this Sunday.
This week at the market, you can expect asparagus, radishes, rhubarb, mushrooms, herbs, potatoes, sprouts, cider, eggs, meat, tofu, tea, sausage, baked goods, ice cream, truffles, and maybe even some early strawberries!
I look forward to seeing you there!