UVA WANTS YOU
Become a member Saturday at Forever Yogurt; you’ll be glad you did
Thumb your nose at the forecasted snow and come to Forever Yogurt, 1516 W. Taylor St., for a University Village Association membership and volunteer drive from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 1.
Your membership dues will support the organization that is working for the good of the Little Italy/University Village. Volunteer, and you will actively help to improve the community for everyone.
Some of the areas that the UVA is working in:
• Planning and Development
• Neighborhood cleanup/beautification
• Festa Italiana
• Neighborhood history/heritage
• Community events
2014 Membership fees, which are tax-deductible, are:
• Individual $45
• Household $65
• Senior Citizen $10
• Student $10
What's in it for you?
A warm and fuzzy feeling for knowing that you are helping your neighborhood and chances for drawings for a $25 gift certificate to your favorite local restaurant and White Sox tickets and 10% off Forever Yogurt purchases from noon to 3 p.m.
Still time to purchase Taste of Taylor tickets
MARCH 6 FUNDRAISER TO AID UVA, FOSTER CARE ORGANIZATION
Taste of Taylor will be an entertaining evening of food, drinks and music to benefit the University Village Association (UVA) and SOS Children's Villages of Illinois. You are invited to attend 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 6 at Vintage Lounge, 1449 W. Taylor St. Ticket price is $40 per person.
SOS Children's Villages Illinois, a not-for-profit child welfare agency, provides unique opportunities to children who are in foster care. SOS keeps biological siblings together in a safe, stable environment -- a single-family SOS Home -- where brothers and sisters mature into self-reliant adults under the care of a professional SOS loving parent.
There are three SOS Villages in Illinois and a fourth will soon be located at Roosevelt Square in the University Village community. Let's all join together to welcome SOS Villages to the community and support its noble mission. Please visit www.sosillinois.org for more information about its programs.
UVA, founded in 1981, is a community development organization located in Chicago's historic Little Italy. UVA furthers the development and enhancement of the community by supporting initiatives that address residential and commercial concerns, advocating for continued growth, and increasing its visibility. For more information, please visit www.uvalittleitaly.com
The evening will include:
- Food from some of Taylor Street's finest restaurant and food establishments including Conte di Savoia, Francesca's, The Patio,Pompei Bakery, The Rosebud, and The Coffee Alley.
- Live Music from Packy Angelo including a tribute to Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin.
- Fun! Great ambiance, beer, wine and pop provided by our host, Vintage Lounge
For sponsorship opportunities, please call the UVA at 312-243-3773.
Harrison Bridge work will affect your commute
The Harrison Street Bridge will shut down for six months starting Monday, March 3, as the state begins its massive overhaul of the ramps that connect the Dan Ryan, Kennedy and Eisenhower expressways, according to DNAinfo.com.
The overhaul, which is part of a $475 million revamp of that intersection — known as the Circle Interchange — will detour vehicular traffic, including buses.
Westbound Harrison traffic will detour north on Jefferson Street to Van Buren Street to southbound Racine Street. Eastbound Harrison traffic should travel north on Racine to Jackson Boulevard to southbound Desplaines, then eastbound on Harrison, officials said.
Both the No. 7 Harrison and No. 60 Blue Island/26th buses will be detoured. Eastbound buses will run via Harrison, Halsted, and Jackson streets to Canal with No. 7 buses resuming their normal route on Jackson and No. 60 Blue Island/26th buses resuming their normal route on Canal. Westbound buses will operate via Clinton, Taylor, and Halsted streets and then resume their regular routes along Harrison.
The Blue Line won't be affected by the Harrison bridge project, but this weekend — from 10 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Monday — only a single track will be used between the UIC-Halsted, Clinton and LaSalle stations. Riders, who should expect delays, will have to board trains on the westbound side no matter which direction they are headed.
The bridge is being closed so crews can rebuild it and install lighting and traffic signals, Illinois Department of Transportation says on its website.
UVA talks about business partnerships
The University Village Association partnered with the We Deliver in Chicago coalition to host a community business forum with Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele. Take a moment to watch a video discussing the importance of partnerships in our day-to-day work. The video was made at the UVA office on Nov. 13, 2013, and produced by We Deliver in Chicago. Watch here.
Report pothole locations
Drivers are now maneuvering minefields known as Chicago's streets. When pavement gets wet, it swells and contracts as it freezes and thaws; and under the heavy weight of vehicular traffic, potholes appear.
If you see a pothole, you can report it one of two ways: call University Village Association at 312-242-3773 or 311, the city's non-emergency phone number.
If you want to see if the city has filled the pothole you reported, go to Pothole Tracker. There, you will find potholes plotted on a map and information about the status of the pothole.