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2017 Top 10 Stories That Helped Shaped Edgewater and Andersonville

With the new year in full swing, 2017 leaves us with some memorable moments that helped define our community. It was a year that told a story of who we are and where we are going. It was also a year where residents banded together to protect the history which has made our area so great. The most talked about posts of the year were dominated by defiant voices ready to defend Edgewater and Andersonville’s past.  Here are the top 10 stories (ranked by page views and social media comments) that got the neighborhood buzzing.

  1. Development Proposal Calls For Demolition Of Sheridan Road Mansion Housing Wing Hoe Restaurant. The top story of the year centered around the longest running restaurant in the area and one of the last mansions along Sheridan Road. A developer, which recently bought the building, is proposing a four-story residential complex which calls for the demolition of the property. The heated comments that accompanied the story on social media is fuel for a continued debate in the new year.
  2. Iconic Water Tower Will Once Again Rise Over Andersonville. The iconic water tower adorning the Swedish flag became a symbol of Andersonville’s heritage. It also became a rallying cry for residents after its demise from structural failure a couple years back. Those supporters rejoiced when a replica of the tower was once again perched atop the Swedish American Museum.
  3. Battle Brewing Over Possible Demolition Of Historic Andersonville House. The graystone home at 1436 W. Berwyn became a symbol of concerned residents who were worried about the future of historic Andersonville homes  as developers continue to eye the area. The good news, the house was saved after an organized group of neighbors banded together and rallied with the alderman to the finish line.
  4. Andersonville’s Legendary Swedish Bakery Closes After Nearly A Century In Business. With many of Andersonville’s Swedish businesses closing over the years, people were downright shocked to hear about the closing of the Swedish Bakery. The business at 5348 N. Clark St.closed at the end of February and blamed picky millennials, increased competition, as well as the family just ‘getting older.
  5. New Andersonville Bar And Restaurant Will Feature Up-Close Magic. Chicago’s only entertainment venue dedicated to live and up-close magic will open in Andersonville at 5050 N. Clark St. The 6,000 sq ft space has been completely renovated and will include a 120-seat cabaret theater with a separate 40-seat bar called the 654 Club.
  6. Chicago Jewish Day School In Edgewater Evacuated After Bomb Threat. With the intolerance that has accompanied a new president, Edgewater took center stage with 11 other Jewish day schools and community centers across the country as bomb threats forced evacuations. Though no bombs were found, Anti-Semitism was exposed and Edgewater residents responded by standing with their Jewish friends and neighbors.
  7. Police Issue Alert After 3 Armed Robberies In Andersonville Last Thursday. Three armed robberies occurred within hours of each other in the Andersonville neighborhood prompting police to put out an community alert. No one was injured in the incidents and the suspects have not been found.
  8. Starbucks Officially Will Take Over Old Carson’s Ribs Property, Construction To Begin Early 2018. After uncertainty about the project early in the year, Starbucks officially announced they will be taking over the old Carson’s Ribs space at 5970 N. Ridge Ave. The property, which sat vacant for over a decade, will be raised in early 2018 in order for the new store to be constructed.
  9. Andersonville Giordano’s Pizza Closes. After only 30 months in operation, the Andersonville Giordano’s pizzeria at 5207 N. Clark which opened in early 2015, ceased operation.
  10. After Opening 2 Stores In 1 Year, Recent Senn Grad Opens His Third In Edgewater. Owner and professional cobbler, Joshua Marin, is proving to be a local  business force by opening three shoe store in just under a year. The recent Senn High School grad officially opened his third right here in Edgewater.

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