Monday, February 06, 2017


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"When individuals join in a cooperative venture, the power generated far exceeds what they could have accomplished acting individually."   R. Buckminster Fuller
Our motto:
"If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem!"

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Thursday, June 09, 2016


One car, off alley parking available immediately.  Space is located in the rear of 7712 N. Paulina Street.  $55.00/month ($50.00 prepaid). Email Mike at and leave name and phone number.....

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


A couple of comments and thoughts, on this day after the election: 
 First, congratulations to Joe Moore on his reelection as Alderman of the 49th Ward. Let's ALL move forward together, in the best interest of the people of Rogers Park and the 49th Ward. 
 Second, thank you Don Gordon, for a campaign focused on the issues.  I also thank you for your love for, longtime commitment to and active involvement in, the people and community of Rogers Park. It's a pleasure and a privilege to know you and call you a friend and neighbor. 
And thirdly, Gordon supporters should take real pride in their support of the next Mayor of Chicago, The Movement to Elect Jesus "Chuy" Garcia for Mayor of Chicago!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


The residents of the 49th Ward are in need of, and long overdue, a change in Aldermanic leadership. Our 24 year incumbent, Joe "I'm at the top of my game" Moore has been 'feeding' at the Public Trough for way too long. He no longer represents or 'governs' in the best interest of the residents of the Ward, unquestioningly aligning himself with Mayor Emanuel and all manner of special interest organizations and individuals, i.e. Charter Schools, property developers and owners/managers, etc., etc., etc. (can you say Burger King, Pritzker Parking tower, UNO (privatization and closing of CPS schools), 'Hole on Estes', liquor licensing, North Shore School, attempt to privatize Willye White Field House, foie gras, problem rental buildings, store front vacancies, and on and on....). The Ward is being, and has been, 'governed' in a very hit or miss, helter skelter fashion for the past 24 years. Where's the PLAN?  Fact is, there is no Comprehensive Community Development Plan for Rogers Park or the 49th Ward and there never has been. 

The incumbent's motto and modus operandi, in dealing with Ward issues and his constituents, is, notification not consultation, ignoring community residents input and concerns, in favor of his 'special interest' groups and individuals, as well as being a mouthpiece/puppet of the Mayor. As Eric Zorn stated, "Alderman Joe Moore who used to be a reformer has become such a hack!"  Watch the video:
Go to minute 7 in the video

The time for a change is NOW!  For new leadership and direction in the 49th Ward, I'm supporting and voting for Independent, Progressive 49th Ward Aldermanic candidate Don Gordon.  You should too!
Mike Luckenbach
Rogers Park resident since 1975
Get to know Gordon!
On February 24, 2015....
VOTE GORDON for the 49th!

Monday, November 24, 2014


Photos of Amara meeting and greeting Rogers Park residents, being introduced by 49th Ward Aldermanic candidate Don Gordon, taken at the 2014 Glenwood Arts Fest.

Mayoral Candidate Dr. Amara Enyia Officially Files Petitions for the 2015 Municipal Election

After months of campaigning, mayoral candidate Dr. Amara Enyia will stand with supporters to submit her petitions today for the 2015 municipal election. As the most unconventional of the declared candidates, she has amassed significant support from all sides of the city with her grassroots campaign.
“Today is the culmination of months of hard work on a campaign that will change the landscape of politics in Chicago,” Dr. Enyia said. “This campaign reflects a new type of leadership that is diverse, passionate, independent, and driven by innovative ideas."
So far, the campaign has been endorsed by Northside Democracy for America, Southside Democracy for America, the Justice Party and the Veterans Party of Illinois.
“Chicagoans want a strong, independent voice – someone not beholden to special interests or tainted by politics as usual," Enyia said. "Chicagoans are tired of the same players and their stale ideas that have only held the city back. The people want new energy, new voices and new ideas that can move us forward. It’s time Chicago has leadership that actually represents not just our today, but also our tomorrow."
Amara will be joined by supporters at 3:00pm today at the Board of Elections at 69 W. Washington for the official filing.

Sunday, November 02, 2014


All photos from PhotographyPlus by mcl, taken at this summer's Rogers Park's Glenwood Arts Fest.

Go to Amara's web site for details
on her bio, positions and proposals....

Monday, October 27, 2014


Indians once roamed the natural trails of the com­munity we know as Rogers Park. The trails were formed after Lake Michigan rolled back to reveal a high ridge. White settlement began on the north side in the early 1800's and history notes that in 1809 a tavern on top of the "ridge" was used for a rest stop for weary stagecoach travelers. By 1821, white settlers had pushed north to settle in Rogers Park. The Indians were persuaded to move north of the Indian Boundary Line (Rogers Ave.). The land south of the line was purchased by the govern­ment in a treaty dated 1816 to encourage homesteaders to buy parcels of land.

Phillip Rogers was one of these homesteaders. He was an Irishman who had come west from New York in 1836. He was able to buy land for $1.25 per acre, and eventually increased his holdings to 1,600 acres before he died in 1856, having become a very successful truck farmer. Patrick Leonard Touhy was an employee of Rogers, and later married the daughter of Rogers. It was Touhy who developed the area and named the town Rogers Park in 1869.

Settlement did not pro­gress rapidly in the 1840-50 period, although truck farm­ers coming from Luxem­bourg moved into the area at Ridge and Devon starting about 1845. When the St. Paul Railroad came through, Indians still remained in Ro­gers Park and wolves roamed what is now Greenleaf Avenue. By 1870, however, Rogers Park had begun to grow. The Ravenswood Land Company established the community as a suburb on the Northwestern Railroad Line and after the Chicago fire in 1871, land became more expensive as people began to look "outside" of the city for buildable land.

As a result, in 1873, the Rogers Park Building & Land Co. was organized. Rogers Park was incorporated in 1878 by original members of the group Touhy, John Farwell, Luther Greenleaf, Stephen Lunt, Charles Morse, and George Estes, all of whom have streets named after them. The water works system, fire department, school and an active business district were located at Lunt and Ravenswood (then called Market Street) at the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad station.

Meanwhile, in West Ridge, settlers had devoted themselves to truck gardening and raising flowers. As early as 1886, some of the farms gave way to buildings and two story homes; others were to continue into the mid-1900's, with fields and green­houses "neighboring" comfortably with newer brick buildings.

Rogers Park decided to annex itself to Chicago in April of 1893. And then in August of 1894, on a very hot afternoon, the entire business district of Rogers Park was destroyed by fire. During the rebuilding process, Rogers Park and West Ridge residents split over a park permit issued to Rogers Park in 1895. The West Ridge farmers opposed the permit because they did not wish their tax money used to improve the lakefront property. They subse­quently applied for a permit for their own park district west of the Northwestern tracks. A bitter fight ensued, with the West Ridge farmers being called "cabbage heads." The West Ridge district won, and in 1897, the Ridge Avenue Park District was born.

Another important date in Rogers Park history is 1915, for it was in this year that the state legislature decided that the "no man's land" near Calvary cemetery should be annexed to Chicago. It was about this period, also, that the North Shore beaches became immensely popular as a summer recreational area.

Soon theaters, ballrooms, restaurants and bowling alleys opened to accommodate those who did not wish to swim, and Rogers Park boomed right through the roaring 20's. It was not until Rogers Park "went to war" during the early 40's that the dowager community fell on hard times. Taverns on Howard Street were populated with soldiers and sailors, causing that once prestigious street to slowly decline.

However, as Chicagoans know, ups follow downs, and today as Rogers Park enters 2010's plans are underway and evolving regarding the revitalization of Howard Street, Morse Avenue and Clark Street. New homes are being built as stately older buildings are rehabbed. Families fill the beaches on sunny summer days. Young professional people scour the area for spacious apartments close to transportation, the hallmark of Rogers Park living. And all breathe new life into Rogers Park, bringing with them their faith in Chicago, "the city that works."