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Lincoln Square: Long vacant foreclosure house finally for sale as bank owned (REO)

An infamous, long time vacant home on the 5000 block of North Oakley in Lincoln Square is finally for legitimate sale by the bank.  Citimortgage Inc is listed as the owner (yay big banks!). The partially gutted house has an asking price of $693,900 according to Coldwell Banker MLS listing.

5049 N Oakley, Chicago IL 60625 was built in 2000 and has been vacant for at least 7...

  • Eric Rojas Dad, Chicago Real Estate Local

    What guise? This is my real name and blog site. Thanks "L". You are correct. I've authored this blog personally for about 11 years. Everyblock has always picked it up in their feed. I don't "post here". Additionally, there is code Everyblock offers to place on a personal blog (which...

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    What guise? This is my real name and blog site. Thanks "L". You are correct. I've authored this blog personally for about 11 years. Everyblock has always picked it up in their feed. I don't "post here". Additionally, there is code Everyblock offers to place on a personal blog (which I have). I can't believe suddenly a few people take the time to complain about my site getting picked up by Everyblock LOL. I think there is more behind these folks as some of my regular posts have suddenly been taken down, never happened before until this week. (CONSPIRACY!). True story even the creator of Everyblock himself, Adrian Hovolty contacted me off Everyblock about a two flat in Ravenswood Manor I was selling... he bought another property on the river. So, I guess one dude values the posts. Anyhow, read on.

  • People don't realize there is a news aggregator at work. If a person is unaware, it looks like advertising. A polite explanation is sufficient.

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Free or cheap summer playgroups for toddlers?

Wondering if there are any free or cheap summer playgroups for toddlers in the 60625 area? I know of the Friday story time at the Library but I was wondering if there was anything else going on during the week to keep us busy.

  • When my kids were little we took them to the mommy/daddy and me classes at Wright College. Most were for ages 2 and up and under $30 for 6 weeks of class. They also have learn to swim classes for little ones.

  • Also, River pool has a kiddie area that is perfect for toddlers, and it's free!

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Ampersand Wine Bar, Trotter & Cantu Vets' Long-Gestating Project, Unveiling Tomorrow

...from Charlie Trotter's vet Darren McGraw, is ready to make its debut tomorrow at 4845 N. Damen. Featuring approachable wines at a reasonable cost to go with chef Tim Havidic's (iNG...

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Dining news: Pride cupcakes; Mondo open for lunch

...AmperBash," the eatery's grand opening, on Saturday, June 27, 6-10 p.m. at 4845 N. Damen Ave. Ampersand Wine Bar Chef Darren McGraw will host a neighborhood grand-opening wine walk, presented...

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...Magnolia Bakery, 108 N. State St., is showing its support of the LGBT community with the Pride Cupcake. It's a...

—Mondo Meatball, 1467 N. Milwaukee Ave., is now open for lunch every Wednesday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. The complete menu will be available for lunch as well as a $10 lunch special that includes a choice of soda, chips and a sub ( available for dine-in only ). Visit MondoMeatball.com .

...May, The Winchester is officially making its return to Chicago's East Village neighborhood at 1001 N. Winchester Ave. After reinstalling the space, the organic-focused cafe and restaurant reopened June 20. In addition...

—The InterContinental Chicago hotel, 505 N. Michigan Ave., is once again flying the rainbow flag along with its others, through Sunday, June 28. The hotel is home to such eateries as Michael Jordan's Steakhouse and ENO Wine Bar.

...Dusek's Board & Beer, 1807 S. Allport St., is now open for lunch, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The...

...for its spicy flame-grilled chicken, is opening Wed., June 24, in Lake View at 670 W. Diversey Pkwy. Nando's has two other sites opening this year, in Lincoln Park and in the...

...p.m., with a pizza and cocktail party on the patio at The Duck Inn, 2701 S. Eleanor St. Chef Jared Batson of Nomad Food Company will park his wood-fired oven pizza truck...

...are hosting "Gourmet in the Garden" ( a Friends of James Beard benefit ) at Piccolo Sogno, 464 N. Halsted St., on Saturday, June 27, 1-4 p.m. Items will include wild-boar croquettes, razor...

...Labriola Ristorante & Cafe, 535 N. Michigan Ave., and Stan's Donut & Coffee ( two Chicago locations ) are sending two winners and their guests...

...www.thechardonnayrun.com/ ), a national 5k wine-racing series, will take place at Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St. The Chardonnay Run is an athletic social event where racers are rewarded with wine at...

—Evanston's Smylie Brothers Brewing Company, 1615 Oak Ave., will celebrate its first anniversary Saturday, June 27. The pig roast starts at 5 p.m., with live music by Jackstraw at 8 p.m. Admission is $30 ( $15 for kids up to 12 ); call 224-999-7320 or visit PayPal.

...place Saturday, June 27, 6-9 p.m., at A. J. Hudson's Public House, 3801 N. Ashland Ave. This event ( with 26 different beers, one representing each letter of the alphabet ) will spotlight...

...Windy City RibFest in Uptown will take place July 3-5 at Lawrence Avenue and Broadway. In addition to slabs, libations and music, there will also be arts & crafts and kids...

...promotions connected with The Grateful Dead performing at Soldier Field July 3-5. Howells & Hood, 435 N. Michigan Ave., offers guests a chance to enjoy tasty Grateful Dead Special Brownies, with a secret ingredient...

...Day and the Grateful Dead's 50th Anniversary three-night run at Soldier Field, LUXBAR, 18 E. Bellevue Pl., invites guests to a Grateful Dead themed brunch all weekend long. The Gold Coast restaurant...

...Pinstripes Chicago, 435 E. Illinois St., is hosting a four-course dinner overlooking the Chicago River for the Fourth of July...

...sixth year on Saturday-Sunday, July 11-12, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., on Belmont and Damen avenues. Judges will include Doug Sohn of Hot Doug's fame, ABC-7's Janet...

...Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash Ave., will offer a three-course gluten-free Bastille Day menu from Monday, July 13, to...

...WingFest—will be held Saturday, Sept. 5, 1-7 p.m., at the Bailey Auditorium, 1340 W. Washington St. Chicago's Best Summer WingFest will feature double the wing-slinging restaurants, live music, carnival...

...returns for business this summer with a 4,000-square-foot South Loop location at 730 S. Clark St. Executive Chef Dennis Stover ( Vie, The Publican, Longman & Eagle, Big Star, HotChocolate ) takes the helm...

...The Meatloaf Bakery is opening a second location in Chicago's French Market, 131 N. Clinton St. Customers will enjoy items like The Mother Loaf, Herby Turkey Loaf and Loaf-A-Roma...

  • Lush on Roscoe has Free tastings once a month. I'd think the new swanky Ampersand might want to try this once just to get people in to see the place. $25 isn't worth it to me. But my assumption is they're not aiming to bring in neighborhood residents anyway.

  • I think ampersand is meant for neighborhood people. News flash: swanky people do live in lincoln square.

  • Christine D. Neighbor

    I'm going with neighbors and we are decidedly unswanky - but we love good wine and are very excited about this new addition to the neighborhood.

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  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    SELF CERT: INTERIOR BUILD-OUT OF EXISTING GROUND FLOOR RETAIL SPACE, AS PER PLANS. EXISTING/PROPOSED USE: MERCANTILE. CONDITIONAL PERMIT SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTION.

    2323 W. Lawrence Ave. Issued June 19, 2015 Comment

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  • Ravens Yes.I can fix that.

    Maybe I'll send my kids to a gifted trade school.

  • herd herd

    Maybe it's just me, but I've seen this school advertised and laughed out loud. Somehow the name seems like an oxymoron given what the philosophy of Montessori education was intended to be.

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Updated Jun 19

More major investment in Ravenswood: Newark building sold for $6.5 million gets $8 million gut rehab

...condo sale was a new construction three bedrooms, two baths unit for $595,000 at 4835 N Damen Avenue (Unit PH South) Chicago, IL 60625...

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Metra riders wait at the old station platform in front of a gutted 4801 North Ravenswood, Chicago IL 60640.  The Newark electronics company sold the large property in 2013 for $6...

The median price of a condo within a 4 block radius of the the West Lawrence and North Ravenswood intersection is about $275,000 over the last 12 months.  That's a pretty good...

  • Sharon 33 year Ravenswood neighbor

    Thought it was going to be condo's. I love this area. Been here for 37 years. It's really been uber-developed!

  • It's going to be commercial space, not residential. I forget if it's going to be condos or rental.

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  • Discovering England During WWII

    Ms. Nguyen is asking for $802.40:
    My students need 55 copies of the book, The End of the Affair, to prepare them for a component of the International Baccalaureate Exam that will test their skill of literary analysis.
    Amundsen High School
  • Wendy Small-town living in the big city

    This project needs just $360 to be fully funded. If you type in the promo code SPARK when you check out through this weekend, your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100. Like magic, $10 becomes $20, $25 becomes $50. Can you help? It adds up quickly!

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Lost prescription glasses

I lost a pair of prescription glasses somewhere between the Damen brown line stop and 1742 Wilson Ave. they are brown oval frames. If anyone finds them please let me know. Thanks.

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Dining news: Mindy Segal signing; Father's Day options

...AmperBash," the eatery's grand opening, on Saturday, June 27, 6-10 p.m. at 4845 N. Damen Ave. Ampersand Wine Bar Chef Darren McGraw will host a neighborhood grand-opening wine walk, presented...

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...Cookie Love on Thursday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St. In the book Segal, a James Beard Award-winning pastry chef, shares all of her...

—Tortoise Club, 350 N. State St., will offer off-the-grill specials for Father's Day. Among the items are BBQ baby-back ribs, shrimp skewers and a combo plate of both. Visit TortoiseClub.com .

...Michael Jordan's Steak House, 505 N. Michigan Ave., will offer complimentary engraved steak knives to the first 23 fathers who order Jordan's...

...the Prime Delmonico ( $54 ), on Father's Day. On the same day, Unite Urban Grill, 1450 W. Chicago Ave., is offering giant 22-ounce cowboy steaks to dads, and will gift them with bottles...

...or Hoegaarden with the purchase of any meatball dish at the recently opened Mondo Meatball, 1467 N. Milwaukee Ave. Among several options is the Big Salad: three meatballs on a big mixed salad with...

...On Father's Day, French restaurant Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash Ave., will offer seasonal brunch and dinner options. The holiday brunch offerings consist of a mimosa...

...Magnolia Bakery, 108 N. State St., is showing its support of the LGBT community with the Pride Cupcake. It's a...

...p.m., with a pizza and cocktail party on the patio at The Duck Inn, 2701 S. Eleanor St. Chef Jared Batson of Nomad Food Company will park his wood-fired oven pizza truck...

...are hosting "Gourmet in the Garden" ( a Friends of James Beard benefit ) at Piccolo Sogno, 464 N. Halsted St., on Saturday, June 27, 1-4 p.m. Items will include wild-boar croquettes, razor...

...Labriola Ristorante & Cafe, 535 N. Michigan Ave., and Stan's Donut & Coffee ( two Chicago locations ) are sending two winners and their guests...

...www.thechardonnayrun.com/ ), a national 5k wine-racing series, will take place at Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St. The Chardonnay Run is an athletic social event where racers are rewarded with wine at...

...place Saturday, June 27, 6-9 p.m., at A. J. Hudson's Public House, 3801 N. Ashland Ave. This event ( with 26 different beers, one representing each letter of the alphabet ) will spotlight...

...Windy City RibFest in Uptown will take place July 3-5 at Lawrence Avenue and Broadway. In addition to slabs, libations and music, there will also be arts & crafts and kids...

...Pinstripes Chicago, 435 E. Illinois St., is hosting a four-course dinner overlooking the Chicago River for the Fourth of July...

...sixth year on Saturday-Sunday, July 11-12, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., on Belmont and Damen avenues. Judges will include Doug Sohn of Hot Doug's fame, ABC-7's Janet...

...WingFest—will be held Saturday, Sept. 5, 1-7 p.m., at the Bailey Auditorium, 1340 W. Washington St. Chicago's Best Summer WingFest will feature double the wing-slinging restaurants, live music, carnival...

...After a short period of closing for an overhaul, Embeya, 564 W. Randolph St., has unveiled a new menu. Highlights include seared tuna with roasted beets, Thai chili, coconut...

...returns for business this summer with a 4,000-square-foot South Loop location at 730 S. Clark St. Executive Chef Dennis Stover ( Vie, The Publican, Longman & Eagle, Big Star, HotChocolate ) takes the helm...

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T-Shirt Business Printing Around-The-Clock To Meet Demand For Stanley Cup Champion Shirts

...It’s been active, yes,” says a shell-shocked Ron Weiss at Shirts Our Business, 4949 N. Western Av. — so active that he says production of officially-licensed Blackhawks Stanley Cup championship T-shirts...

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Opening Report: Silli Kori Replaces Thai Village; Uncle Remus South; More

...that are roasted in-house, pastries for breakfast and sandwiches at lunchtime. Status: Certified open, 4839 N. Damen Ave.

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WICKER PARK—Now open, Silli Kori sits in the former home of Thai Village at 2053 W. Division and comes from the former owners' niece, who has overhauled the design, food and drinks...

...1 BBQ, another recent transplant to the Bronzeville area, in moving south. Status: Certified open, 737 E. 47th St.

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