CREL: Annual fireworks in Winnemac Park

Eric Rojas of Chicago Real Estate Local thinks an annual semi-professional firework display at Winnemac Park, Damen Ave at Argyle Street, is a neighborhood tradition worthy of note.

However reader comments make it clear some residents don’t see the annual display the same way.

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Patrick grew up near LaFollette Park on the West Side. He contends that the very best Italian beef sandwiches are made on the West Side and has a strange love of the flat pizza from that part of the city. Patrick led The Bulldog to win seven journalism awards in 2011, including four awards to Patrick as a solo or a team member. He is very proud of The Dog's coverage of politics and schools in the neighborhood. Patrick wrote for the Times of Northwest Indiana as a stringer covering Cook County Government, for the Chicago Tribune as a stringer on the Chicago Wolves and for ChicagoNow as a writer before starting The Dog. He wrote for four years for as a media commentator and spent about 20 years in operations at city newspapers, including nine years as owner of his own distribution company. Prior to that he spent about nine years in public relations. Patrick has a Masters degree from the University of Colorado. He attended Eastern Illinois University for undergrad and Weber High School and St. Peter Canisius grammar school. The two-flat he owns was built in 1912 and has never been featured, to his knowledge, in any major motion pictures despite having a way-cool garden. Patrick purchased the property in 1994 and "couldn't afford to buy it now." His daughter is a college student in California. He lives in the house with his wife, Jane, and two cats who often sit in on his phone interviews.

2 thoughts on “CREL: Annual fireworks in Winnemac Park

  1. My post is pretty sarcastic as I rarely use exclamation points. But I can see where It might be looked at as supportive. I don’t support the fireworks, but it’s newsworthy. It’s a two hour long semi-professional show in a public park every year. Clearly, some people don’t like it. Clearly, however, many do and the police look the other way.
    As I point out, I believe if several people called to report it to 311 and even 911 it would be shut down. The City has to show some sort of action on those calls as well.

  2. Eric,

    I apologize if my summary didn’t capture the spirit of your original article.


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