Save the North Lakeside Cultural Center
  • Petitioned Michael P. Kelly

This petition was delivered to:

Chicago Park District Interim Superintendent
Michael P. Kelly
49th Ward Alderman
Joe Moore, Alderman
40th Ward Alderman
Pat O'Connor, Alderman
48th Ward Alderman
Harry Osterman

Save the North Lakeside Cultural Center

    1. Whitney Jones
    2. Petition by

      Whitney Jones

      Chicago, IL

25 years ago North Lakeside Cultural Center (NLCC) formed a not-for-profit to save the beautiful building at 6219 N. Sheridan from being torn down. They signed a 25 year lease with the Chicago Park District. The lease agreement stated that NLCC would pay for utilities and any costs in keeping the building running as a space for the Edgewater community to hold events and meet, etc. Any repairs to the actual building, structure, and land owned by the Chicago Parks District (CPD) that exceeds a certain amount is the responsibility of CPD. For the last several years CPD has either not had the money or chosen not to make these repairs and is now challenging the renewal of the lease because NLCC has not kept the building up on it's repairs. The lease ends December 31, 2011.

The North Lakeside Cultural Center is an important part of the Edgewater and Uptown communities. Most in the area have had an intimate, fond, or at least nodding acquaintance with NLCC, the  building and/or its programs during its twenty-five years in the community; and for you who have not, you might well know someone who has. This broad reach has ceased to surprise us board members; the usage is remarkable. During a single year, people numbering 4,000 come through NLCC's doors for programs directly relating to the arts and culture of the communities in the area and beyond.  Some are there often, some for the first time: at art exhibits, at fund-raisers for cultural causes,  at Jazz Supper Clubs, master classes, concerts, plays, performance art, Days to Create, Children's Art programs, and on and on.  It is a place that has touched so many lives, a precious resource for the community's use, and a natural for programming able to complement in unique ways to that of the Berger Park Cultural Center right next door.

The architecture of the house itself is gorgeous, but is in need of repairs; repairs the Chicago Parks District is unfairly holding the NLCC accountable for. NLCC members, and community members are donating their time and supplies to make the repairs/beautification they can because the North Lakeside Cultural Center holds such immense worth to the Edgewater and Uptown communities, but they cannot afford and are not responsible for structural repairs to the floors, windows, doors etc.

Please join us in letting the Chicago Parks District and Mayor Rahm Emmanuel know how loved the building and organization are. Join us in asking them to uphold their part of the lease; fix the building, and please don't penalize the members of Uptown who utilize this space.

Recent signatures

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    1. Chicago Parks District chose NOT to Renew NLCC's lease.

      Whitney Jones
      Petition Organizer

      I urge you to please contact your alderman or even the Chicago Parks District itself. If we lose this fantastic resource for Uptown/Edgewater/Andersonville, it will have a strong negative impact on the communities.

    2. 400 Signatures

      Whitney Jones
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to everyone who has signed and spread the word about this petition we have reached over 400 signatures! Let's keep it up! Thank you all!

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. NLCC board Votes to renew (if allowed)

      Whitney Jones
      Petition Organizer

      The Board of the North Lakeside Cultural Center HAS voted to renew the lease and continue the organization - if the Chicago Parks District allows it. Please spread the word and let friends know that they can help save this important Edgewater gem.

    5. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Angela Bliss CHICAGO, IL
      • almost 3 years ago

      I take guitar lessons here--it's very convenient and should be used more extensively, I think, for creative efforts and classes. It lends itself well to that.

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    • Jon Henslee LIBERTYVILLE, IL
      • almost 3 years ago

      My Sister's Art Studio is in this building.

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    • Ellen Davidson CHICAGO, IL
      • almost 3 years ago

      I have enjoyed the cultural offerings of NLCCfor years. As a retiree, I appreciate the modest fees for first rate performances.Why end a successful organization?

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    • Jennifer M Hawk OAK PARK, IL
      • almost 3 years ago

      This site offers so much to many facets of the community. It offers a home to many artists and performance groups; as well as, a safe and aesthetically stimulating place for children in the area. A few years ago I was rehearsing a show at the center, and we decided to take our rehearsal outside. As minutes passed we noticed that children and their families were gathering from the playground next to the building to watch. It was an inspiring experience of community connecting in a spontaneous and mutually nurturing way. With the shocking spike in recent months of violence in the Uptown and Edgewater communities, how can we ignore a place that offers beauty and safety to the children of the area. And as a former Edgewater resident, I call out to the Chicago Parks District and the Mayors office to remember it is the whole spectrum of Chicago that they are to serve and honor.

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    • Kathleen Grogan CHICAGO, IL
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am passionate about the arts and have a strong interest in historic preservation.

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