Mural at Addison & Avondale

Mural at Addison & Avondale Mural at Addison & Avondale Completed in June 2012 with the help of artist Rafael Lopez and over 200 volunteers, this mural represents community engagement!

A message and memoir from the Belmont Snack Shop.
10/23/2020

A message and memoir from the Belmont Snack Shop.

Farewell...

It is with a heavy heart that I write this today...As many of you know the Snack Shop is currently closed due to a fire that destroyed the entire property. After a lot of thought and consideration and looking at every angle possible it is apparent to all of us at the Snack Shop that rebuilding and attempting to bring Belmont Snack Shop back to the community is not in the stars. But before we say goodbye lets take a stroll down memory lane and give you some history of the "Snack Shop" on Belmont & Kimball...

"I have been coming here since I was a kid"

This is something I have heard many times over from customers who frequent Belmont Snack Shop, many of our customers have been coming here since they were children and continued the tradition with their children when they became adults. I too am one of those customers who have been coming to the Snack Shop since I was a kid... I have heard stories of the restaurant at 3407 W Belmont Ave being around in the 60's and 70's but I don’t have any stories or knowledge of that but I do know it was around in the 80's. From my limited knowledge a man by the name of Danny McCullom owned the property on Belmont. I was told this was his first restaurant that he opened along with his late wife and this restaurant held special meaning to him as he began to establish more restaurants and properties. People managed the restaurant which at that time was called K&S Snack Shop. Two of those people who managed the restaurant in the early 90's was a Dion and Loria Richards. At some point in the mid 90's looking to move away from ownership of some of these restaurants Mr. McCullom made the decision to offer ownership of K&S Snack Shop to Dion & Loria. At this point K&S Snack Shop became D&L Snack Shop and with Dion & Loria being my parents I came into the picture. At that time as a young kid growing up in the neighborhood I can honestly say that even though my parents owned this restaurant I rarely ever stepped foot in there unless I was waiting for my bus to go to Jahn Elementary. I do remember the people who frequented D&L Snack Shop... I remember Eva sitting in her corner stool having coffee and gossiping... I remember the morning shift waitress Lee always sneaking me candy as if I was 5 years old but I took it none the less lol. I remember Francis (RIP) & Karen (RIP) working the graveyard shift slinging out skirt steak breakfast specials like they were water. Francis cussing out the drunk men who came in there and watching them laugh in enjoyment because thats exactly what they wanted to happen and she obliged. I remember dear old Shirley (RIP) working the afternoon shift not even for the money but just to get out of the house. I remember Mary... Hillbilly Mary is what we called her, I remember being a child watching in amazement as I argued with this grown women who thought Pro Wrestling was real but it didn't matter cause she enjoyed it and I enjoyed the arguments. I remember walking into that restaurant 2 hours after my daughter was born, exhausted hungry and eating a Southern Special as my Mom asked me a 1000 questions about her first Granddaughter.

The memories flood me as I write this... Dion & Loria owned the Snack Shop until 2010. At this point I was working the restaurant with my parents along with Paul Schiller the current owner of the Belmont Snack Shop. Around that time they gave up the Snack Shop and the owners of the property asked Paul & I if we were interested in taking over. We invested every dime we had and took over this business at what I considered to be one of it's lowest points. Sales were down and people were losing their love of the Snack Shop so Paul & I set out to change that. At that point it was a struggle... I remember every day waking up and going downstairs to the restaurant as I was the tenant at 3407 W Belmont since 2004. I remember going downstairs and taking what little bit of money we earned the day before and buying stock and doing it again and again each day until we had enough money to buy a couple days worth of stock and then finally getting to the point where we had enough to buy stock 2 times a week and so on... We built the Snack Shop up slowly and it was not easy... But we didn’t do it alone we did it with the help of many people… When we started our management in 2010 it was only Paul, Myself, Carl & Karen. Over the years Carl & Karen have left us for a better place and I truly believe that had they still been around they would have been with Paul & I up until the day of the fire. A few weeks after taking over, Linda came into the picture and she too has passed but was missed up until the the end… Many of my own young cousins referred to the restaurant as “Linda’s Place”. We lost many other employees along the way like C.J, Janet, etc and without any of them the restaurant would not have been the same. My memory isn’t as great as it use to be so please bare with me if I cannot acknowledge all the staff we have had over the decade but we would like to say thank you to LeeAnn, Vickie, Kathy, Stephanie, Haley, Deysi, Isabella, Janis, Andrea, Julio, Chris, Angelo and anyone else whose name escapes me at the moment… You all served the community of Avondale/Logan Square perfectly and I thank you for being part of the family. A special thank you goes out to the Judy, Todd & Oliver who were with us to the end… COVID had such an affect on everyone and the business. You all were there the last couple months watching the struggle and so many times picking me up when things seemed so dire. Paul & I thank you all for being there for us!

Finally on behalf of everyone here at the Snack Shop I say thank you to the community cause without you we would have been a failed business… one of many in Chicago, but you all and your support made us into a success and we are forever grateful… Our former cook Carl who is no longer with us for so many years when leaving his shift he would walk pass my office and look in and say everyday to me “Okay Bubba, I’ll see ya next time”… So please check out our link make a donation if you can, it would be greatly appreciated… On that note I leave you all by saying…

“Okay people, I’ll see ya next time”

Nelson A. Rodriguez

10/13/2020

Neighbors!

Come help out at our FINAL 2020 Garden Work Day, Wednesday, October 14 at 3:30 pm. You'll get your pick of a new pair of garden work gloves to use and take home! We'll also have all the tools you need to prune, weed, and clean-up the Mural Garden and get it ready for winter.

Please wear a face-covering and practice social distancing at the site. We'll have hand-sanitizer, garden tools, and plenty of brand new garden gloves for you to use.

In the event of significant rain (though not predicted), please check your email or the page for updates.

We look forward to seeing you Wednesday afternoon!

Thank-you to Sarah and Carolyn for answering our call for help.  Scrubbing paint off a mural is hard work.  If anyone el...
10/04/2020

Thank-you to Sarah and Carolyn for answering our call for help. Scrubbing paint off a mural is hard work. If anyone else can lend a hand, please let us know. We can lend you the tools. From athleticfieldpark.com

HELP!   Our Rafael Lopez mural was tagged.  A volunteer has been doing his best to remove the tag.  He ran out of his sp...
10/03/2020

HELP! Our Rafael Lopez mural was tagged. A volunteer has been doing his best to remove the tag. He ran out of his spray paint graffitti removal. Can anyone else help finish the job? Let’s honor Hispanic Heritage Month by helping maintain our community artwork.

You’ll need a scrub bush, some graffiti remover, a bucket of water, about 45 minutes, and a kind heart! Please go whenever you can! Thanks to Athletic Field Park Advisory Council for their efforts thus far.

Yesterday, the rain stopped and the sun came out....and so did a PHENOMENAL group of mask-wearing volunteers!  HUGE than...
08/05/2020

Yesterday, the rain stopped and the sun came out....and so did a PHENOMENAL group of mask-wearing volunteers!

HUGE thanks to the amazing Smith family (Alisa, Art, Madeline & Aiden), first time garden volunteer Nick from Eddy Street, and State Rep. Jaimie Andrade and his great staffers Elvira and Eddy. Together with Mural Garden Committee Members Amy & Victoria, we trimmed, pruned, raked, swept, pulled weeds. picked up trash, and ultimately filled 6 huge 30 gallon lawn/leaf bags!

If you couldn't make it on Tuesday, we hope you'll help out in the fall or at another community garden or park beautification/clean-up project this summer and fall. It takes everyone doing their part to maintain and enhance our neighborhood and public spaces to ensure they look their best!

08/03/2020

Hello Neighbors,

We’re offering FREE garden gloves in exchange for your help at the Addison & Avondale Mural Garden on Tuesday, August 4th from 9 - 10 am.

Please join us for our first group garden work-day of 2020 and you'll get your pick of a new pair of garden work gloves to use and take home! We'll also have all the tools you need to prune, weed, and clean-up the Mural Garden. We've worked at the garden independently several times since Spring, but the garden needs more than the two of us can accomplish. We'd love for you to join us in helping further beautify this corner of our neighborhood.

Please wear a face-covering and practice social distancing at the site. We'll have hand-sanitizer, garden tools, and plenty of brand new garden gloves for you to use! In the event of significant rain that morning, please check your email or the page for updates.

We look forward to seeing you Tuesday!

Victoria Duran and Amy Srubas
Addison & Avondale Mural Garden Committee

06/19/2020
Mural at Addison & Avondale

Dear Neighbors,

Thank you for helping keep the trash picked up at the garden and murals at Addison and Avondale. That corner in our neighborhood is looking beautiful and many of the flowers in the garden are in bloom. The Iris and Daffodils are spent, but the roses (along Avondale), the blue Catmint, orange flowering Milkweed and yellow Coreopsis (in the middle) are in bloom. Soon, the 5+ foot tall Mullein with yellow spiky flowers along the brick-paved walkway will be in bloom.

This past week, we both spent significant time weeding the garden and walkway and pruning back last year's growth. We hope you will visit on your next walk in the neighborhood and enjoy the garden. Please consider posting a photo of you (and your family) on your and the garden's pages to show your support.

Stay healthy, safe, and enjoy this lovely weather.

Victoria Duran & Amy Srubas
Addison & Avondale Mural Garden Committee

Mural at Addison & Avondale

NOT your ordinary silent auction!! First ever IRVING PARK inspired artwork donated by your creative neighbors. SAVE $$ a...
02/01/2020

NOT your ordinary silent auction!! First ever IRVING PARK inspired artwork donated by your creative neighbors. SAVE $$ and buy your ticket today athleticfieldpark.com

PLEASE SHARE & comment below To make sure the word gets out to all teens!! #teens #club #afterschool #adventure #chicago...
12/02/2019

PLEASE SHARE & comment below To make sure the word gets out to all teens!! #teens #club #afterschool #adventure #chicago #chicagoparkditrict

Sunday.  Noon to 6.   Fresh trees, good prices, great cause. 3546 W.  Addison. https://www.facebook.com/247223151997670/...
11/30/2019

Sunday. Noon to 6. Fresh trees, good prices, great cause. 3546 W. Addison. https://www.facebook.com/247223151997670/posts/2480318702021426?d=n&sfns=mo

Can you smell the pine? Freshly delivered. Straight from the farm. Come support Murphy elementary. Past funds have helped support: after school theatre programs, auditorium, sound upgrades, gym floor and wall padding, and more. Buy a tree or wreath. Volunteers hard at work setting up.

10/17/2019

Happy fall season, neighbors!

Please join us for our final Addison & Avondale Mural Garden workday of the season on Friday, October 18th at 4:00 pm. This last gathering of volunteers is vital to ensure the garden will look and do well through the winter and be at its best in 2020. Our rain/inclement weather date is Tuesday, October 22 at 4:00 pm because, well, we're in Chicago and anything is possible.

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Photos from Mural at Addison & Avondale's post
08/23/2019

Photos from Mural at Addison & Avondale's post

Thanks to Bryan Coble for helping sweep and pick up trash at our murals today.  Unfortunately, we had a water issue and ...
08/07/2019

Thanks to Bryan Coble for helping sweep and pick up trash at our murals today. Unfortunately, we had a water issue and couldn’t power wash. We will try again soon. Here’s one before and after. Here’s a before an after photo of what happens when a few people give an hour to their community.

08/01/2019
07/17/2019

Friends of the Addison & Avondale Mural Garden,

Please join us TONIGHT for an hour or so to help weed and prune the Mural Garden at 5:30 pm.

This is our second scheduled workday of the season, though several garden members and volunteers have spent time at the garden picking up trash and weeding over the past several weeks. We'd love a good volunteer crew to help this Wednesday as there is still a lot to do!

No previous gardening experience is required....just a desire to help beautify our community and connect with neighbors.

Hope to see you there!

https://www.facebook.com/247223151997670/posts/2211630032223629?s=100000936703643&sfns=mo
07/10/2019

https://www.facebook.com/247223151997670/posts/2211630032223629?s=100000936703643&sfns=mo

'"Pianos in the Parks builds community by bringing pianos donated by the Keys 4/4 Kids, Chicago Public Libraries, Alden Piano Company, and by individual donors to 10 Chicago Park District Parks from June 1 through August 1. "Stop by Athletic Field Park any day of the week and test your piano skills out. If covered, just remove the cover and play away. Piano is located near the field house.

*Used by summer campers at 10 am on Tuesdays.

Many thanks to Alderman Ariel Reboyras and members of his staff, as well as members of State Rep. Jaime Andrade's staff,...
04/24/2019

Many thanks to Alderman Ariel Reboyras and members of his staff, as well as members of State Rep. Jaime Andrade's staff, who came out on a beautiful Spring evening to help Victoria and Amy weed, prune, pick up trash, and generally spruce up the Mural Garden. Your support is much appreciated!

04/23/2019

Hey, neighbors! Spring has sprung and its time to get our garden at Addison & Avondale ready for the growing season.

Please join members of the Addison & Avondale Mural Garden committee for just one hour this evening, April 23rd from 6 - 7 pm and help prune, weed, and pick up trash! (Rain date is Wednesday, April 24th from 6 - 7 pm.)

If you can't make it, there will be other opportunities in the summer and fall. Hope to see you there!

01/18/2019
Peter Pan

PETER PAN !!
Friends of Murphy has contracted with Windy City Performs to produce two versions of the beloved musical, Peter Pan!
Peter Pans's Jr. Ensemble (Performed by Grades 1-2): Monday, January 28th at 5:30 - (FREE)
Peter Pans's Ensemble, Ticketed Performance (Performed by Grades 3-6): Wednesday, January 30th at 6:30
(Children 8th grade and under: FREE, All others: $5ea)
Payment options: (advance options #1 & #2 are preferred)
1) via check made out to Friends of Murphy dropped off
in School Office
2) online via BPT link: https://peterpanatmurphy.bpt.me
3) cash at the door
There will be concessions before the sho

Friends of Muprhy PRESENTS Peter Pan: Ensemble, Ticketed Performance (Performed by Grades 3-6)

This SundayNoon to 6 pmFreshly cut TreesGreat PricesSupport Murphy Elementary At Athletic Field ParkAcross from K-Mart35...
11/24/2018

This Sunday
Noon to 6 pm
Freshly cut Trees
Great Prices
Support Murphy Elementary
At Athletic Field Park
Across from K-Mart
3546 W. Addison
5 ft Fraser or Balsam ONLY $40
Garland and Wreaths too

Corner garden clean up tomorrow, Friday, October 26th at 4 pm at Avondale & Addison. Help prune, weed, and pick up trash...
10/25/2018

Corner garden clean up tomorrow, Friday, October 26th at 4 pm at Avondale & Addison. Help prune, weed, and pick up trash and get the garden ready for the winter.

Bonus: State Senator Iris Y. Martinez's office will provide chips and a sandwich to-go for ALL volunteers. Be sure to arrive no later than 4:15 and put in an hour's work at the garden and leave with a nice snack.
The sandwich order will be placed by the Senator's office at 4:15 and delivered by 5 pm.

Gloves and tools provided.

See you Saturday!   For less than $20 you can ride a pony, visit the petting zoo, pick a pumpkin, have pie, and more!!  ...
10/06/2018

See you Saturday! For less than $20 you can ride a pony, visit the petting zoo, pick a pumpkin, have pie, and more!! 3546 W. Addison. Across from Kmart

Order a holiday tree and trimmings before 8/31 and save 20%.  Support your community school!!!  Order now at  http://fri...
08/25/2018

Order a holiday tree and trimmings before 8/31 and save 20%. Support your community school!!! Order now at http://friendsofmurphy.org/. Pick up will be at Athletic Field Park in late November

We are grateful to the neighbors who joined us on Thursday evening to trim, pull weeds, and pick up trash at the Mural G...
07/20/2018

We are grateful to the neighbors who joined us on Thursday evening to trim, pull weeds, and pick up trash at the Mural Garden! Many thanks to our volunteers, Al, Aiden and Madeline, Maria, Rosemarie, and Rosalyn, RIckie, Gordon, Victoria, and Amy, for helping to care for the public spaces in our community. Hope to see you in September!

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