Residents of University Commons and neighbors celebrated the first day of Fall, September 22nd, with a chalk drawing festival. Since the event was held on the side walks in front of four of their buildings it was a wonderful time to say happy 88th anniversary to the opening of the South Water Market (now the home to University Commons) which opened on August 31, 1925.
Both adults and kids were down on the sidewalk drawing. Boxes of pastels were available along with kids sidewalk chalk.A suggested donation of $5 was a success with $518 raised for the Mural on Morgan. The weather cooperated with a glorious day.
The fire truck showed up for the kids to play on and explore. Lots of photo opps for the parents. Fire hats, coloring books and pencils were given out courtesy of the fire department.
Food trucks arrived from our Taylor Street neighbor Flirty Cupcakes, along with Bridgeport Pasty, Curried, and Francisco the bicycle ice cream man from Pilsen. Our University Commons neighbors Sarah Lyons and Bill Roberts, owners of Taylor Street Coffee Alley were set up with hot coffee, hot chocolate and pastries. FOOD TRUCK SOLD OUT!! They were so thrilled and want to know when we will do it again. The Maxwell Street Education Coalition sold fresh squeezed orange juice, lemonade and home-baked goods. Last of all, but not least we had our YOUNG UNIVERSITY COMMONS ENTREPRENEURS from the kids club selling water, lemonade and cookies. They even donated some of their profits to the Mural on Morgan. Thanks so much to them!
Next year will be even bigger and better with hopes that more of our neighbors and community folks will come out and draw with us.