Shakespeare returns to Eckhart Park

Oberon (Nathan M. Hosner) and Titania (Lanise Antoine Shelley) will rule over the mystical woods of Eckhart Park Aug. 16 and 17 in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." (Chuck Osgood photo)

By Nancy A. Cortés

Chicago Shakespeare Theater returns this summer to Eckhart Park for two free performances.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" comes to the park at 1330 W. Chicago Ave. at 6:30pm Aug. 16 and 4pm Aug. 17. Come as you are: Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair .

Shakespeare's popular comedy will be staged in 18 neighborhood parks across Chicago. A specially equipped truck rolls into each park, a stage unfolds and a company of professional actors shares the bard of Avon with families and neighbors of all ages.

Director David H. Bell has adapted this Shakespeare favorite into an acrobatic and riotously sprightly staging.

A quartet of mismatched lovers, a gaggle of hapless actors and mischievous sprites cross paths with the king and queen of the fairies, entangled in their own domestic dispute. Audiences will be transported to a wondrous wood brimming with paramours and possibilities where the inexplicable magic of falling in love—and the marvel of waking up from the sweetest of dreams—is discovered.

More information will be available at the East Village Block Party Aug. 3 on the 800 block of Winchester, and EVA's next membership meeting, at 7pm Aug. 4 in the Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave.

Keeping an eye on burglars

By Molly Murray

Our biggest issue on this end of the 12th police district are burglaries, simply because of the concentration of homes and condos.

Please call 911 without hesitation when you see (or hear) someone or thing suspicious, and provide as much detail as possible (clothing from head to toe, direction headed, color of car, carrying anything, etc).

Make sure you look around when you leave your house, and say hi to your neighbors. If you have your head buried in your phone or have those "Just gotta get somewhere" blinders on, you won't see something right in front of you. Saying hi to others will let someone "laying in wait" that you're connected and looking out for each other.

Most importantly, be that nosy neighbor. If you see someone that looks out of place, ask if you can help them or where they're working. Simple eye contact or verbal engagement is enough to scare a burglar away.

If you have another topic or other details you would like to know more about, please let me know.

Fixing Chicago street festivals

East Village Association board minutes for June 9, 2014, submitted by Catherine Garypie


Street festival discussion continues among leaders of EVA, Bucktown Community Organization, Chicago Grand Neighbors Association, Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association and Wicker Park Committee. The group discussed the concept of no permits without:

  • Improvement in traffic or garbage;
  • Safety/security planning with community organizations at table;
  • Greater local business participation in the fests;
  • Extending cleanup further geographically;
  • A greater share of profits to community;
  • Better control of finances.

Some in the group are concentrating on a press push (e.g., WBEZ interview). EVA wants results and agreements. Bucktown Arts Festival immediately came forward with a lot of information.

This group will try pull in some other neighborhood associations north of Bucktown. EVA will propose that the group sponsor aldermanic debates in Wards 1 & 2, probably in January 2015. Some aldermen are resisting already.


Sunday Aug. 3. Neal McKnight will ask Ronda Locke to pull permit.

Congressman Quigley on guns, climate, BRT, schools

Rep. Mike Quigley (center) and Ron Wachholtz speak to EVA members at Happy Village.

East Village Association membership minutes for June 2, 2014, submitted by Catherine Garypie


This group is 18 years old and on the 3rd floor of the Flat Iron Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. The 14th annual "Sketchbook” show runs thru June 15; 19 shows in two hours (30 sec to 15 min) from around the country, in two adjoining theaters.

“Crime Scene Chicago: Let Hope Rise 2014”: July and August this summer, partnering with the Chicago Park District, this production will be presented in four parks. On Fridays there will be peace rallies, barbecue and dance competition.

“This is Not a Cure for Cancer” was the spring 2014 production.

Collaboraction has a new board of directors, with 11 people on board. One big reason to support the theater: For every dollar spent in theater, $11 goes to the community. Free tickets were given to EVA members.


EVA is now in the 5th District. East Village was added 16 months ago as a result of Illinois losing population in last census. With 750,000 people, the district covers a large area – Old Town to Hinsdale. Quigley tries to go to EVA meetings once a year; contact his office if you want him to come to your meeting, school, etc., or if you are coming to Washington.

Quigley is on the Appropriations Committee, and the Transportation & Housing Subcommittee. Quigley just returned from Ukraine.

Alice Galleries summer garden exhibition

Fresh works are in the works Saturday for the annual Alice Galleries garden exhibition.

Paintings by Lucia Adams, Susie Kealy, Adam Scott Umbach and Thomas O'Gorman will be featured in a lush botanical setting.

"I am out looking for those great Irish musicians that we had last year who literally stopped traffic and had people dancing in the streets," O'Gorman says.

Umbach will be coming in from Maine for the event. It's set for 10am-4pm June 21 at 1059 N. Winchester St.