Friday, March 30, 2012

A Parklet for Andersonville

As part of a greater eco-Andersonville initiative to improve pedestrian accessibility and bike infrastructure throughout Andersonville, the Andersonville Development Corporation (ADC) has partnered with the Chicago Department of Transporation (CDOT) and local business owners to build one of Chicago's very first "Parklets".  Utilizing native plants, public seating and bike parking we will create a green urban retreat in one of the densest commercial districts outside of the loop.

Plans for the first parklet will include the on-street space at the t-intersection of Clark Street and Farragut. We are currently in the process of working with Matt Nardella, AIA, LEEP AP, at Moss Design to develop designs for this space. While we are confidently composing all of the technical requirements of completing this project, including obtaining support from local aldermen, we do need assistance from the community to help fund raise for the parklet program. Please consider viewing our Kickstarter page to learn more about the parklet and support the cause.

Friday, March 16, 2012

It's Official - Midsommarfest Friday Night Kick-Off Party

We are very excited to announce that this year’s 47th annual Midsommarfest street festival will kick off on Friday evening, June 8th with a special performance by 16 Candles! This opening night celebration will take place on Clark Street between Balmoral and Catalpa Avenues beginning at 5:00 pm, and will also feature food from some of your favorite local restaurants and of course cold beer and sangria.

Besides being a first for our beloved neighborhood festival, this Friday night event will also benefit the Andersonville Development Corporation and their work to create a more sustainable business district – socially, economically and environmentally. Through their community focused mission, ADC manages business attraction and retention, small business technical assistance, market research and eco-Andersonville events and activities.

We look forward to kicking off the summer in Andersonville a day early this year, and we look forward to continuing to celebrate our great neighborhood with you!