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Welles Park Baseball Preparing For Another Season

By Sam Charles

The 47th Ward mainstay that is the Welles Park Baseball League is getting ready for its 23rd season. More than 1,100 kids and young adults, between ages 5 and 18, will fill the rosters of 80 teams in six different leagues—averaging out to about 14 players per team—throughout spring and summer 2013 at the park, Read the Rest…

Kidical Mass Building Community, Safety Awareness

By Sam Charles

In the same vein as the global bicycling gathering Critical Mass, Chicago’s branch of Kidical Mass so too operates in the hope of garnering more attention for alternative forms of transportation. But the main goal, organizer Saskia Hofman said, is to get families out into the neighborhood and encourage children to practice bike riding safely. Read the Rest…

Long Lines For Last Day of Early Voting; Polls Open Until 5 pm

By Mike Fourcher

The line to early vote at the Welles Park field house was well over two hours and stretched down the block by mid-afternoon today, while voters at the Horner Park field house also reported a two hour wait. The Chicago Board of Elections reports a record number of early voters as a percentage of turnout. Read the Rest…

Early Voting Starts; Ward Organizations Strive To Get The Vote Out

By Sam Charles

Today marks the start of early voting in Illinois, and area political committees are working to encourage constituents to exercise their right, despite the lack of a compelling top of the ballot campaign. With no U.S. Senate or governor race this year, and since President Barack Obama is expected to carry his home state’s 20 Read the Rest…

Speeding Car Overturned By Welles Park Last Night

By Mike Fourcher

An SUV overturned on 2300 W. Montrose Ave. next to Welles Park at Oakley Ave. last night at about 10:30 p.m. Chicago Police were on the scene but a police spokesman says no injuries were reported.

Shakespeare’s ‘Shrew’ Draws Crowd to Welles Park

By Jason Kreke

The Bard can still draw a crowd. Hundreds of people packed Welles Park Saturday afternoon to watch a performance of The Taming of the Shrew by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Mounted in conjunction with the Chicago Park District, the abridged version of the play was family friendly and well suited to the outdoor setting. They Read the Rest…

Tickets on Sale for Circus in the Parks at Welles and Chase

By Patty Wetli

Step right up and get your tickets for upcoming performances of Circus in the Parks’ Midnight Circus, appearing Sept. 15-16 at Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave., and Oct. 20-21 at Chase Park, 4701 N. Ashland Ave. Choose from two performances each day: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays at both parks (Sept. 15 Read the Rest…

The Parks Are Alive With the Sound of Music

By Patty Wetli

Ravinia is fine for folks who want to schlep their crystal up north and compete for best picnic basket. The rest of us will stick closer to home with our ratty blankets and totes from HarvesTime or Trader Joe’s as we listen to some great local musicians in our neighborhood parks. Welles Park, 2333 W. Read the Rest…

Chicago Shakespeare Theater to Bring ‘Shrew’ to Welles Park

By Patty Wetli

Shakespeare as the Bard himself intended: presented outdoors for the masses. Better yet, as Will most certainly did not intend, the show is free. Courtesy of a grant from Boeing, the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater will mount a traveling production of The Taming of the Shrew across the city this summer, Read the Rest…

Welles Park Community Dedicates Playground to Former Supervisor George Poulos

By Patty Wetli

Welles Park (2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.) wasn’t always Welles Park, point of pride for the Lincoln Square neighborhood. For that, it owes a debt to George Poulos, park supervisor from 1973 to 1990, credited with creating the programming and spirited environment that saw the park blossom under his tenure. Last Saturday, the Welles Park community Read the Rest…

Join Ukulele Lesson World Record Attempt This Weekend in Welles Park

By Patty Wetli

The ukulele seems to have finally recovered from the insult that was Tiny Tim. Now this cousin to the guitar is ready for its moment in the spotlight: a Guinness World Record attempt for largest ukulele lesson. As part of the Festival of Aloha, the lesson will attempt to assemble the largest number of ukulele Read the Rest…

Big Top Coming to Damen Avenue?

By Geoff Dankert

Drivers passing Hamlin Park on Damen Avenue could be in for a surprise this fall: a “big top” circus tent rising up from the lawn. Members of the Hamlin Park Advisory Council report that they expect to know soon whether they’ve made the cut for the city’s Circus in the Parks program. “I really hope Read the Rest…

WPPA Baseball Registration Opens Today

By Mike Fourcher

The Welles Park Parents Association youth baseball league opens online registration for returning players today. The instructional league’s season begins April 28 and includes playoffs in late July. The Welles Park Parents Association was founded in 1990 to replace the Chicago Park District baseball program after it was eliminated in 1989. It has become is the largest Read the Rest…

Welles Park Youth Baseball Gears Up For 22nd Season

By Mike Fourcher

Every spring over 1,100 kids between 5 and 18 grab a glove, bat and ball and hit the diamonds in Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. The squads playing Abner Doubleday’s game are participating in the Welles Park Parent Association’s Youth Baseball League, one of the most popular in the city. Registration for returning players Read the Rest…

Midnight Circus In Welles Park This Weekend

By Mike Fourcher

The Midnight Circus, an annual series of live acrobatic and clown performances held to raise funds for Chicago parks is coming to Welles Park this weekend. The misleading name, the performances are held during daylight hours, creates a bit of mystery around the kids-oriented festival. Started in 2007 by Jeff Jenkins and Julie Greenberg, a Read the Rest…

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