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Should CPS sit out the Common Core assessment?

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2 days ago

BOOK REVIEW Gaybash

...for a non-profit in the Loop. He recently moved into a new condo near Addison and Halsted streets, although none of his boxes are unpacked due to laziness. Matt lacks self-confidence...

2 days ago

LGBTQ youth job fair Oct. 22 at Center

CHICAGO—The Chicago LGBTQ Job Fair will be held Wed., Oct. 22, 2014, Noon to 4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. The fee event includes job advice, break-out sessions detailing best interview and employee practices as well as legal issues in the workplace, plus food and prizes.

2 days ago

Lakeview Crime Blotter, by Bob Zuley

...summoned police after losing possession of his vehicle. The cab was later discovered unoccupied at Waveland and Lake Shore Dr. Police are seeking to identify Klemko’s companions...

At 3:02 a.m., a man alleges that he was robbed at gunpoint by three or four young black males on the 3400 block of Sheffield before the offenders flee eastbound on Cornelia toward Halsted St.

This past weekend, ambulances were summoned for injured people found at Halsted near Waveland, Halsted and Roscoe, Belmont and Greenview,

After a victim had her purse snatched 1:30 p.m. Friday in front of the Starbucks at Belmont and Clark, an alert 19th district police officer instituted a foot chase and placed the offender in custody at gunpoint in the 900 block of School St.

On Friday and Saturday, at least two women in the area reported being sexually assaulted including incidents on the 500 block of Hawthorne and the 2900 block of Pine Grove.

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A shaken cab driver entered Klemko’s Lakeview high rise, at Irving Park Rd. and Pine Grove shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday morning and asked a building worker to call police, alleging that he had been battered and carjacked, according to CPD.

In the first reported incident at 12:47 a.m., a victim reports that a black male, 25-35 years of age, had snatched his iPhone at Newport and Sheffield and fled southbound toward Belmont.

At 3:02 a.m., a man alleges that he was robbed at gunpoint by three or four young black males on the 3400 block of Sheffield before the offenders flee eastbound on Cornelia toward Halsted St.

Around 5:45 a.m. Sunday morning, a man in the street at Belmont and Racine asks passers-by to call police as he had allegedly been jumped and robbed.

This past weekend, ambulances were summoned for injured people found at Halsted near Waveland, Halsted and Roscoe, Belmont and Greenview,

A 20-year old DePaul Univ. student was attacked, robbed, and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for medical treatment after being accosted on Belmont near Seminary around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

...police that she was beaten in an armed robbery that occurred in the vicinity of Lakewood and Henderson around 3 a.m. Wednesday by an offender wearing a distinctive jacket. Both police and...

At approximately 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning, 19th district police detained a man wearing a similar distinctive red leather jacket for questioning at Halsted and Belmont and took him into custody for a warrant violation. Because of the similar jackets, robbery detectives were called in on the case.

Juan Juarez, 47, was arrested Oct. 15 and has been charged with two felony counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse and two felony counts of Aggravated Battery/Transit Employee Issuance of Warrant for assaulting a woman 8:05 a.m. May 1 on CTA property at Armitage and Sheffield Ave.

Juarez was arrested on the 900 block of W. Belmont, a now notoriously dangerous stretch of street due to it's proximity to the CTA"s Belmont 'L" stop.

2 days ago

Sex crime victim speaks out on daytime attack

A warrant was issued after he subsequently failed to appear in court. Police encountered Mercado last Wednesday after he allegedly attempted to steal a bottle of vodka from a Jewel-Osco Store on Broadway near Addison. Mercado is currently housed at Cook County Jail on a $10,000 bail.

3 days ago

Dining news: "Dinner Party" Oct. 27; Cicchetti closes

...Slated for a late November opening in Boystown, Dive Bar ( 3445 N. Halsted St. ) will revolve around a nautical theme, Eater Chicago noted. The food will feature surf-and...

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...Chicago Force quarterback Sami Grisafe and host Elysabeth Alfano—and the public at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.citywinery.com/chicago/fear-no-art-presents-the...

—Chef Ryan McCaskey of Acadia, 1639 S. Wabash Ave., has launched Ramen Sundays. For $14, diners can enjoy a bowl of his Tonkotsu Ramen featuring pork belly, 24-hour pork shoulder, pickled quail egg, house sambal, enoki mushroom and spicy lobster oil.

...Tre Soldi, 212 E. Ohio St., will sell its pizzas ( normally $15-$17 ) for $10 during Chicago Bears games. Varieties include...

...Kanela Breakfast Club has opened a new restaurant in Wicker Park, at 1408 N. Milwaukee Ave. This is the third Kanela to open in Chicago with previous locations in Lake View...

...sights on Chicago's Buena Park neighborhood, opening Buena Beach Bar & Grill at Imperial Towers, 4250 N. Marine Dr., across from Montrose Beach at Lake Michigan. The restaurant, housed on the main floor of...

...The culinary team at Piccolo Sogno Due, 340 N. Clark St., has announced its fall menu. Some of the items include antipasti such as calamari and...

...On Thursday, Nov. 6, Michael Kornick and Executive Chef Erick Williams of mk, 868 N. Franklin St., welcome Ken Wright of Ken Wright Cellars for an exclusive tasting experience at 6 p...

—Geja's Cafe, 340 W. Armitage Ave., will host its 41st Annual Professional/Amateur Wine Tasting Contest on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m. To enter, contestants pay an entrance fee of $20 and must be at least 21 years of age. To RSVP, call 773-281-9101.

...El Mariachi Tequila Bar, 3906 N. Broadway, is hosting Chicago Costume's 7th annual Halloween fashion show on Wed., Oct. 22, 7...

...Sable Kitchen & Bar, 505 N. State St., will host award-winning whisky legend Dave Broom for a "Whisky Tasting, Brunch & Book Signing...

...Lush Wine & Spirits ( 2232 W. Roscoe Ave. and 1412 W. Chicago Ave. ) is encouraging Chicagoans to drink pink in October with "From...

...Lush Wine & Spirits ( 2232 W. Roscoe Ave. and 1412 W. Chicago Ave. ) is encouraging Chicagoans to drink pink in October with "From Our Rack to Yours," in...

...s "Bay Blue," Alemar Cheese's "Good Thunder" and LaClare Farms' "Chandoka." Also, Bar Pastoral, 2947 N. Broadway, will host a special brunch/book-signing with Legendary "Breakfast Queen" Ina Pinkney in celebration...

—This holiday season, The Boundary, 1932 W. Division St., will serve Turkey Day-themed cuisine Nov. 24-30. Special menu items include turkey-and-mozzarella croquettes and hot turkey sandwich. Visit www.BoundaryChicago.com .

...BBQ restaurant Smoke Daddy, 1804 W. Division St., is offering "Smoked-Turkeys-to-Go" for Thanksgiving. A whole slow-cooked turkey is priced...

—Howells & Hood, 435 N. Michigan Ave., will offer Thanksgiving-related fare Nov. 24-30. Among the items are turkey wings, hot brown smoked pastrami turkey, H&H turkey loaf and pumpkin-pie flan. See www.HowellsAndHood.com .

...Sixteen ( at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, 401 N. Wabash Ave. ) has unveiled its newest menu, "The Faces of Sixteen." The 12-course tasting menu—which...

...On Friday, Oct. 31, ROOF on theWit, 201 N. State St., will be crawling with witches and dripping with blood-red cocktails in honor of Halloween...

...Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash Ave., will feature a Beaujolais Nouveau menu on Thursday, Nov. 20, 5-9:30 p.m...

...Wollensky Restaurant Group announced the grand reopening of the all-new Wollensky's Grill at 318 N. State St. Corporate Executive Chef Matt King's menu is engineered toward sharing and sampling, with dishes...

3 days ago

'Nerds at Heart' Connects Singles with Board Games, Booze

Nerds at Heart is hosting a "love and lust"-themed singles mixer at the Lakeview bar, 3343 N. Clark St.

3 days ago

mEAT offers intriguing brunch options at the new Streeterville location

3339 N. Halsted

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...most interesting of the brunch options in that part of Chicago.  mEAT is located at 215 East Chestnut.  Their sister restaurant (of the same name) on North Halsted Street has established itself as...

4 days ago

Men's group alleges unfair removal from Center on Halsted

A men's discussion group that had long met at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., says it was unfairly evicted from the community center because of what the center called "alignment issues" with the facility's other mental-health programming.

4 days ago

Night of 100 Drag Queens Gets Wilder (For a Good Cause)

The "Night of 100 Drag Queens" takes place Wednesday and Thursday at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., featuring hosts Debbie Fox and Tequila Mockingbird along with LOTS of beloved queens from all over the country.

4 days ago

Will Karen Lewis' impact continue?

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5 days ago

All aboard in Boystown! Dive Bar to feature dock-theme, rum and seafood

New entertainment spot will open on Dec. 1 at 3445 N. Halsted St.

5 days ago

Car crashes into Lakeview Chase Bank branch

PHOTOS: Car crashes into North Side bankThe crash happened around noon Saturday in the 3700-block of North Broadway in the Lakeview neighborhood.No injuries have been reported and the car was removed.

5 days ago

Cops: Vehicle drives into bank on North Side

Vehicle drives into Chase Bank at 3714 N. Broadway

5 days ago

Car Crashes Into North Side Chase Bank

The crash occurred at the Chase Bank at 3714 N Broadway St. Police say the crash happened around 12:15 p.m. Firefighters were seen taking a person away on a stretcher but there is no word yet on any other injuries.

6 days ago

GayCo Productions turns 18, is Bearly Legal

Bearly Legal opens Saturday Nov. 15 at 10pm at The Playground Theater ( 3209 N. Halsted ) and runs Saturdays through Dec. 20. Tickets are $18 ( students pay $13 ).

Oct 17

Restaurants Scare Up Halloween-Inspired Specials

Falafill (3202 N. Broadway)

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Kinmont (419 W. Superior St, pictured above.)

The Florentine (151 W. Adams St.)

Rebar (401 N. Wabash Ave.)

Bar Takito (201 N. Morgan St.)

DMK Burger Bar (2954 N. Sheffield Ave.)

Chicago q (1160 N. Dearborn St.)

Public House (400 N. State St.)

Oct 17

What's new:

...the monthly Saturday afternoon monster and piggy comedy/variety show -- returns to the Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St., Chicago, at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18. The all-ages show features puppets from...

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...The preview is Friday, Oct. 17. The show opens Saturday, Oct. 18, at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. (773) 975-8150 or bohotheatre.com...

...and "The Pit and the Pendulum." The show opens Friday, Oct. 17, at Zoo Studios, 4001 N. Ravenswood, Chicago. See chicagomammals.blogspot.com...

...child's nightmare and is performed from Friday, Oct. 17, through Saturday, Nov. 2, at 5026 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. Seating is limited and reservations are required. See dreamtheatrecompany.com for tickets...

• "A Nightmare on Backstreet: A Boy Band Musical Parody," by Ricky Glore, sends up the "Nightmare on Elm Street" film series and the boy band craze. Performances run from Friday, Oct. 17, through Nov. 1 at The Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark St., Chicago. (800) 650-6449 or pubhousetheatre.com.

...Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, opens its KidSeries with ensemble member Elise Kauzlaric's adaptation of "The Velveteen Rabbit...

...year at Curious Theatre Branch's Rhinofest -- opens Saturday, Oct. 18, at Gorilla Tango Theater, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. The musical about the troubled marriage between poets Sylvia Path and Ted Hughes stars...

...music by John Urban and Isaiah Robinson. Performances begin Sunday, Oct. 19, at Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave., Chicago. The Oct. 31 performance includes a private, post-show party featuring Nosferatu craft beer...

...Pride Films and Plays annual fall benefit taking place Monday, Oct. 20, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. The event also includes spoken word artist C.C. Carter, performance artist Kimberly Dark...

...p.m. with a reception featuring an appetizer buffet and cash bar at Cooper's, 1232 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. That's followed by the show at 7 p.m. General admission is $75...

...comedy directed by company member Derek Bertelsen. Previews begin Thursday, Oct. 23, at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St., Chicago. The show opens Oct. 26. (773) 828-9129 or astonrep.com...

...the death of her husband. JR Sullivan directs the production, which opens Oct. 27 at 1531 N. Wells St., Chicago. (312) 943-8722 or aredorchidtheatre.org...

...about Stephen's troubled relationship with his boyfriend. Performances take place at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. (773) 728-2216 or eclipsetheatre.com...

Oct 17

Sweetest Day Special at Kanela

Lakeview | 3231 N. Clark St. | 773.248.1622

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Old Town | 1552 N. Wells St. | 312.255.1206

Wicker Park | 1048 N. Milwaukee Ave. | 773.661.1010

Oct 16

Weekly Update from Your Alderman – October 10, 2014

Come Out and shhh…OUT! Lakeside Pride Jazz Ensemble with local comedy group Just Dickin’ Around Saturday, October 11 at 8:30pm Center on Halsted (3656 N. Halsted)Click here for tickets and more information

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...on their 10 year anniversary and celebrate Andersonville’s home and design stores with refreshments! 5221-25 N. Clark Street

*  Saturday, 10/11 at 10:00am – Celebrate the unveiling of “Women & Children First Way” in honor of Linda Bubon and Ann Christophersen; and meet-and-greet new Women & Children First owners Lynn Mooney and Sarah Hollenbeck. NE corner of Farragut & Clark Street.

...be retiring at the end of October. An open house in the Landmark of Andersonville (5245 N. Clark) will include refreshments and a toast to Jan’s impact and future...

...arson and burglary charges. He is suspect in several area fires including one on the 900 block of Margate Terrace and one at the Somerset this summer. Community participation and information helped piece together a...

After the 20th District received information forwarded from my office of individuals dealing narcotics near Thorndale & Winthrop, the district commander sought the assistance of CPD’s narcotics section. Undercover narcotics officers established...

...September 25 at 10:25 pm, a 16-year old gang member was walking at 1006 W. Ainslie when rival gang members fired a handgun at him from a passing vehicle. He was...

...offender’s vehicle and shortly thereafter, officers in the 24th District spotted the vehicle near Jonquil and Ashland. Several of the occupants fled the scene but the officers were able to apprehend a...

...in the Uptown area, 20th District tactical officers were performing a gang suppression mission near Sheridan and Ainslie on October 2. The officers observed a known gang member, a 20-year old male...

Senn Hall at Senn High School. 5900 N Glenwood Ave. Chicago, IL 60660

#2  Donate candy: bring to the Alderman’s Office (5533 N. Broadway) between Tuesday, October 14 and Friday, October 24

Event is taking place on Oct. 18 between 9am-2pm, at 3843 N California Ave Chicago, IL 60016. The expo will feature nearly every aspect of the rental housing industry for...

...benefit performance, Tuesday, October 21 On Tuesday, October 21, 7:30pm at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark Street, Democracy Burlesque – Chicago’s only sketch comedy company that focuses exclusively on political satire – presents...

...coats (all sizes needed), boots, sweaters, socks, scarves, hats and mittens at Care for Real, 5339 North Sheridan Rd., Mon.-Fri 9:00am-3:45pm and Saturdays, 9:00am-1:00pm.  Contact Lyle at...

5856 N Broadway

Landlord/Tenant Workshop Series October 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 6pm-9pm Loyola University (1020 W. Sheridan Rd) Participants will learn about leases, the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance, Fair Housing guidelines, building...

Vegan Fest October 11 from 10am-6pm Broadway Armory (5917 N. Broadway)Click here for more information

DePaul College Prep: Homecoming Family Fest 2014 Friday, October 17th from 6pm-10pm DePaul College Prep Fr. Gordon Campus (3633 N. California) Games & activities for all ages.  Food, drinks, raffles and spirit wear for purchase. All funds raised support school activities, programs and athletics.

Free Health Fair October 19 from 12pm-5pm Edgewater Presbyterian Church (1020 W. Bryn Mawr) Sponsored by the Nigerian Nurses of Illinois Everybody is welcome. Click here for services that will be offered at the fair

Shred Event  October 24 from 2-4PM 6228 N. Broadway parking lot We will also be asking each person who brings materials for shred, to contribute non-perishable groceries which will then be delivered by our staff to Care For Real, on behalf of the community.

Andersonville Dessert Crawl Sunday, October 26th from 2:00pm-5:00pm Meet at the Swedish Museum (5211 N. Clark) For tickets click here

Health Education Series at Heartland Health Center Various dates listed below, from 1:00pm-2:30pm Heartland Health Center (1300 W. Devon) Presented by Loyola University’s Marcella Neihoff School of Nursing October 21st: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

...Workshop Event is taking place  on Oct. 28, from 12pm-2pm at the following address: 1145 W. Wilson Ave, Chicago 60640 (Truman College). The focus of the workshop is getting a job with the...

Oct 15

The 20 Best Brunches In Chicago, 2014 Edition

Ann Sather is located at 909 W. Belmont, 3415 N. Broadway, and 1147 W. Granville.

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Lula Cafe is located at 2537 N. Kedzie Ave.

Broadway Cellars is located at 5900 N. Broadway Ave..

Valois is located at 1518 E. 53rd St.

Nightwood is located at 2119 S. Halsted St.

Twisted Spoke is located at 501 N. Ogden Ave.

Rocking Horse is located at 2535 N. Milwaukee Ave..

Nouveau Tavern is located at 358 W. Ontario St.

Lao You Ju is located at 2002 S. Wentworth Ave.

Owen & Engine is located at 2700 N. Western Ave.

Bang Bang Pie Shop is located at 2051 N. California Ave.

The Butcher and Larder is located at 1026 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Polak Eatery is located at 1043 N. California Ave.

Parts and Labor is located at 2700 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Sweet Maple Cafe is located at 1339 W. Taylor St.

Bite Cafe is located at 1039 N. Western Ave.

Inspiration Kitchen is located at 3054 W. Lake St.

Longman & Eagle is located at 2657 N. Kedzie Ave.

Ann Sather is located at 909 W. Belmont, 3415 N. Broadway, and 1147 W. Granville.

Ann Sather is located at 909 W. Belmont, 3415 N. Broadway, and 1147 W. Granville.

Danny’s Egghead Diner is located at 2012 W. Irving Park Rd.

Oct 15

Chicago LGBTQ Job Fair Oct. 22

CHICAGO — The Chicago LGBTQ Job Fair will be held Wed., Oct. 22, 2014, Noon to 4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted. The free event includes job advice, break-out sessions detailing best interview and employee practices as well as legal issues in the workplace, plus food and prizes.

Oct 15

Minibar Owner Plans Rum-Soaked Nautical Fantasyland at Dive Bar

Slated for a late November opening in Boystown (3445 N. Halsted), every tiny detail at Dive Bar will revolve around a nautical theme. Rum (owner John...

Oct 15

Chicago LGBTQ Youth Job Fair Oct. 22

CHICAGO - The Chicago LGBTQ Job Fair will be held Wed., Oct. 22, 2014, Noon to 4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted. The free event includes job advice, break-out sessions detailing best interview and employee practices as well as legal issues in the workplace, plus food and prizes.

Oct 15

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Gay bar drama

MidTangent Theater's Snow White and the Seven Drag Queens continues at 8 p.m. Nov. 7, Dec. 5 and Jan. 2, at Hydrate, 3458 N. Halsted St. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit www.hydratechicago.com or www.midtangent.com .

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...Children by gay playwright Robert Patrick at Chief O'Neill's Pub and Restaurant at 3471 N. Elston Ave., because the play is literally set in a bar. The same is true of Witches...

New American Folk Theatre's Witches Among Us plays 7:30 p.m. Fridays through Nov. 7 at The Call, 1547 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets are $15 general admission and $20 for VIP seating ( for ages 21 and older only ). For more information, visit www.newamericanfolktheatre.org .

Oct 14

LGBTQ youth job fair Oct. 22 at Center

CHICAGO—The Chicago LGBTQ Job Fair will be held Wed., Oct. 22, 2014, 12-4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. The fee event includes job advice, break-out sessions detailing best interview and employee practices as well as legal issues in the workplace, plus food and prizes.

Oct 09

Updated Oct 14

Where to Eat While Watching the Chicago Marathon

3415 N. Broadway, Lake View, 773-305-0024

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233 E. Erie St., Streeterville, 312-344-1374

30 E. Hubbard St., River North, 312-226-5556

JW Marriott Chicago, 151 W. Adams St., Loop, 312-660-8866

519 N. Clark St., River North, 312-284-1377

1547 N. Wells St., Old Town, 312-624-9430

1800 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park. 312-981-7070

553 W. Diversey Pkwy., Lincoln Park, 773-234-2320

2552 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park, 773-248-4580

2301 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park, 773-244-1112

1233 N. Wells St., Old Town, 312-548-3319

540 N. Wells St., River North, 312-527-1850

401 N. Franklin St., River North

820 W. Randolph St., West Loop, 312-888-3455

1408 W. Madison St., West Loop, 312-226-9529

230 S. Ashland Ave., West Loop, 312-666-7253 Plates of chilaquiles are known to induce a powerful runner’s high-esque endorphin surge, a fact we totally didn’t just make up right now.

800 S. Desplaines St., University Village, 773-318-9526

1337 W. Taylor St., Little Italy, 312-733-8881

1725 W. 18th St., Pilsen, 312-226-2654

1227 W. 18th St., Pilsen, 312-526-3851

2119 S. Halsted St., Pilsen, 312-426-3385

2618 S. Archer Ave., Chinatown, 312-808-1999

234 W. 31st St., Bridgeport, 312-842-9200

3901 S. Michigan Ave., Bronzeville, 773-285-1700

2139 S. China Pl., Chinatown, 312-328-0001

1152 S. Wabash Ave., South Loop, 312-291-0100

  • The culinary history lesson was well presented sir.. I am certainly aware of Mexican culinary history, maybe not so detailed as you sir. history and even have my own thoughts on Asian influence when it comes to west coast Mexican cuisine. All in all I wasn't seeking traditional Mexican and my meal was a pleasant surprise and well prepared.Everyone is entitled to their opinions but Dia De Los Tamales should never be compared to Taco Bell...in my ever so humble.

  • Actually torta and sandwich are two different things. You are correct about the sandwich; food historians generally attribute the creation of the sandwich to John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. This Englishman was a gambler and in 1762, during a 24 hour gambling game, he told the cook to prepare...

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    Actually torta and sandwich are two different things. You are correct about the sandwich; food historians generally attribute the creation of the sandwich to John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. This Englishman was a gambler and in 1762, during a 24 hour gambling game, he told the cook to prepare his food in such a way that it would not interfere with his game. The cook presented him with sliced meat between two pieces of toast. This meal required no utensils and could be eaten with one hand, leaving the other free to continue the game.

    The torta has been prepared in some variation in many parts of the world, it is also known in Spain as bocadillo or bocata and la bala fría in Venezuela. Torta also means "cake" in countries like Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela. The torta has a unique history well described by "Tortologo" Roberto Ayala in his book: "El Gran Libro de las Tortas". According to his findings, the history dates back to the sixteenth century with Leonardo Da Vinci and his guest and protector Ludovico Sforza. Da Vinci wanted to surprise his guest by improvising a snack that consisted of placing hard pieces of meat covering the entire dish between two larger pieces of bread. This could be considered the initial stages of the torta. With the Spaniard bringing wheat during the conquest and the arrival of the French colonizers, the torta took shape in Mexico with the influence of other civilizations.

    I also compared Día de los Tamales with the French cuisine. I have tasted their tamales and I find that the masa is bland, dry or mushy, underseasoned, with a mediocre salsa, and overpriced. The shop is nice with decent art, but I prefer the cart lady on 26th st. with questionable sanitation with a great savory tamal at $1.50 each and I don't need to add Luisiana, Sriracha, or any other hot sauce to improve the flavor.

    Again, this is my opinion and my own taste buds....

Oct 14

Lewis won't run for mayor, may have brain tumor

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Oct 13

HEATWAVE Chicago Austin Armacost Party Oct 16th

THURSDAY OCTOBER 16th – Come party with Austin Armacost   and his husband Jake Lees at SCARLET  BAR   (3320 N. Halsted)  as we kick off the countdown  to

Oct 12

Legacy Walk honors LGBT 'guardian angels'

Lincoln Park High School Sexuality and Gender Alliance President Kevin Goldwater (right) and Vice President Reed Essex (left) unveil a plaque for Cole Porter in the 3300 block of N. Halsted during a Legacy Walk ceremony on National Coming Out Day.

Oct 11

Ribbon cutting at LGBTQ-friendly senior apartments

Center on Halsted and Heartland Alliance introduced its new LGBT-friendly affordable senior housing development to the community with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 10 at Town Hall Apartments, 3600 N. Halsted St.

Oct 10

Lewis steps down -- what next?

I grew up near Roscoe & Halsted in the 1970s, left for college and moved back in 2000, started this blog in...

Oct 08

News notes: Local entertainment, events

Association of Latino/as Motivating Action (ALMA) will present its "Hispanic Heritage Month and National Coming Out Celebration" on Thursday, Oct. 9, 6-9 p.m., at Halsted's Bar + Grill, 3441 N. Halsted St.

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The keynote will take place at a free event at the University of Chicago Law School Auditorium, 1111 E. 60th St., at 6 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 15.

The dedication will begin near the store, at the northeast corner of Farragut and Clark, at 10 a.m. Oct. 11, during the Andersonville Arts Weekend. It will be followed by a gathering at the store to meet new owners Lynn Mooney and Sarah Hollenbeck.

The 13th annual World of Chocolate will take place Thursday, Dec. 4, 5-9 p.m., at Chicago Union Station, 500 W. Jackson Blvd.

New Orleans "Queen of Bounce" Big Freedia will perform at Concord Music Hall, 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave., on Friday, Oct. 10.

Lesbian rock band Hunter Valentine will be at Chicago's Township, 2200 N. California Ave., on Wed., Oct. 15, as part of its 2014 Ladykillers Tour with Sick of Sarah.

Tickets are $30 in advance, and $35 at the door. The event location is 1543 W. Division St. See www.AlexisDoc.splashthat.com .

"Laugh Out Loud: A Queer Comedy Experience" will take place at The Baton Show Lounge, 436 N. Clark St., on Monday, Oct. 13.

The honor will be presented during the Festival's annual Awards Night on Friday, Oct. 17, at The Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, 20 E. Chestnut St. The festival runs Oct. 9-23.

Melissa Young and Nick Sula will return to Davenports, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave., with Young's "Out and Proud: A Rainbow Celebration" Oct. 9 and 11 at 8 p.m.

Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor will kick off her U.S. tour at City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph St., on Oct. 19, 20 and 22.

Oct 08

LGBTQ youth job fair Oct. 22 at Center

"Work! Chicago," an LGBTQ youth job fair, will take place Wed., Oct. 22, 12-4 p.m. at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St.

Oct 08

LGBTQ-friendly senior housing now open

Senior residents have moved into Center on Halsted and Heartland Alliance's new Town Hall Apartments at 3600 N. Halsted St.

...It's another proud day for our community on the corner of Halsted and Waveland and Addison," said Valle. "The fact that affordable housing in Lake View was a factor...

Oct 08

Bar shakeup brings back Manhole

Manhole was a longtime alternative/leather dance club at 3458 N. Halsted, but it was closed in 2002 when Hydrate Nightclub opened at the location in 2003.

Oct 08

Notes: Local entertainment, events

Association of Latino/as Motivating Action (ALMA) will present its "Hispanic Heritage Month and National Coming Out Celebration" on Thursday, Oct. 9, 6-9 p.m., at Halsted's Bar + Grill, 3441 N. Halsted St.

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The 13th annual World of Chocolate will take place Thursday, Dec. 4, 5-9 p.m., at Chicago Union Station, 500 W. Jackson Blvd.

New Orleans "Queen of Bounce" Big Freedia will perform at Concord Music Hall, 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave., on Friday, Oct. 10.

Lesbian rock band Hunter Valentine will be at Chicago's Township, 2200 N. California Ave., on Wed., Oct. 15, as part of its 2014 Ladykillers Tour with Sick of Sarah.

Tickets are $30 in advance, and $35 at the door. The event location is 1543 W. Division St. See www.AlexisDoc.splashthat.com .

"Laugh Out Loud: A Queer Comedy Experience" will take place at The Baton Show Lounge, 436 N. Clark St., on Monday, Oct. 13.

The honor will be presented during the Festival's annual Awards Night on Friday, Oct. 17, at The Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, 20 E. Chestnut St. The festival runs Oct. 9-23.

Melissa Young and Nick Sula will return to Davenports, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave., with Young's "Out and Proud: A Rainbow Celebration" Oct. 9 and 11 at 8 p.m.

Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor will kick off her U.S. tour at City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph St., on Oct. 19, 20 and 22.

Oct 08

Boystown & Lakeview Police Blotter by Bob Kitsos

Grunauer has been linked to Frank Elliott, owner of the former Velvet Rope Lounge, a gay bar in Oak Park that was destroyed by an arson fire. While awaiting trial, Elliott now operates the Bonsai Bar and Lounge, 3503 N. Halsted Ave.

...three people, all age 20 or 21, who are sometimes clients of the Crib shelter, 835 W. Addison, assisted Chicago police and provided information in identifying the person who attempted to climb into...

...identifying the person who attempted to climb into the window of an apartment in the 800 block of Addison at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18...

The fires have occurred on the 3500 block of N. Wilton on June 10, another on the 3500 block of N. Wilton on June 10, 3500...

...of N. Wilton on June 10, 3500 block of N. Sheffield Ave. on June 10, 800 block of W. Roscoe on Aug. 31, 800 block of W. Buckingham on Sept. 12, 800 block of W...

...of N. Sheffield Ave. on June 10, 800 block of W. Roscoe on Aug. 31, 800 block of W. Buckingham on Sept. 12, 800 block of W. Buckingham on Sept. 13, the 800 block of...

...W. Buckingham on Sept. 13, the 800 block of W. Buckingham on 26, and the 3300 block of N. Clark St.

...where the converter was removed. The vehicle owner was tracked down at home on the 3500 block of Lake Shore Dr. The replacement converter will cost $1,800...

Shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, a man reported to police that two males dressed as women jumped him and battered him near the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted

One of the men suspected in that offense, Keith L. Williams, 21, was arrested the previous day after he and an accomplice allegedly stolen $1 from a tip jar at Forever Yogurt, 3510 N. Halsted St. He was released on an I-bond.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, Williams sought refuge at the Circle K convenience store at Addison and Halsted and called 911 to report that six or seven men, including two men dressed as...

...beaten him up and robbed him of his cell phone. Police arrested three suspects at Cornelia and Reta in that incident...

Williams is no stranger to the CPD. In 2012, he pleaded guilty to unlawfully carrying a knife on the 800 block of Aldine and received three months probation.

In September of that year, he pleaded guilty to shoplifting on the 3500 block of Broadway and received one year probation. In February of 2013, Williams was arrested for trespassing at the Center on Halsted but the charges were dropped when no complainant appeared in court.

Chicago police and a fire department ambulance were called to Hydrate Nightclub, 3458 N. Halsted St. 9:20 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, after a man dressed as a woman discharged pepper spray inside the bar.

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Chicago Police recovered a cache of stolen merchandise during a theft investigation where five offenders were arrested and charged relating to a theft that occurred on September 27, in the 800 block of N. Rush St.

...with the brazen Saturday afternoon burglary at B. Young & Co., a high-end jeweler at 834 N. Rush St. on the Gold Coast. With two women acting as lookouts, two men and two women...

...burglary charges with bond set at $100,000 each are Anna Straus, 35, of the 3400 block of N. Rutherford, Glowacka Xagniezska, 36, of the 3400 block of N. Rutherford, Damian Duitlow, 41, of the...

...Glowacka Xagniezska, 36, of the 3400 block of N. Rutherford, Damian Duitlow, 41, of the 4200 block of W. Wrightwood, and Ian Kowolski, 50, of an unknown address. Straus didn’t appear in court as...

Also charged with possession of a fraudulent iD card was Andrzej Debinski, 31, of the 3600 block of N. Sayre.

Anyone who has been the victim of a burglary in the area is encouraged to attend and identify stolen items at the 18th District Station, 1160 N. Larrabee. Victims must be able to provide proof of purchase. For more information call 312-747- 8384.

Quinton Evans, 19, of Chicago’s South Side, was charged for allegedly fatally shooting Devonshay Lofton in the chest in the 1300 block of N. Cleveland Ave. in the Old Town neighborhood on September 16.

Lofton, 16, of the 1300 block of N. Hudson Ave., was a Lincoln Park H.S. student and a five-year veteran of the Jesse White Tumbling Team. Secretary of State Jesse White, the team’s founder said the youth loved tumbling.

Leondo Joseph was arrested Saturday night at his residence in the 2500 block of N. Halsted St. in Lincoln Park and charged with six sexual assaults that included two he committed with...

Adrian Balle, 48, a habitual sexual offender residing on the 5400 block of W. Huron, was ordered held on $300,000 bond after being charged with criminal sexual abuse after...

Sexual assault reported on 2500 block of N. Lincoln Ave.

Daniel Grunauer, 30, already being held without bond on charges related to an Uptown arson fire at 5009 N. Sheridan, now faces charges related to an incident early on the morning of August 26 in the 800 block of Ainslie, about a block from his own apartment.

Daniel Grunauer, 30, already being held without bond on charges related to an Uptown arson fire at 5009 N. Sheridan, now faces charges related to an incident early on the morning of August 26 in the 800 block of Ainslie, about a block from his own apartment.

...Wilton on June 10, another on the 3500 block of N. Wilton on June 10, 3500 block of N. Sheffield Ave. on June 10, 800 block of W. Roscoe on Aug. 31, 800 block of W...

1600 block of N. Wells St. - 5:10 a.m. Sept. 22

300 block of N. Clark St.- 7:16 a.m. Sept. 20

1800 block of N. Clybourn Ave. - 6:30 a.m. Sept. 19

800 block of N. Michigan Ave. - 4:27 a.m. Aug. 21

A witness reported a man setting fires to newspapers in an alley on the 2700 block of Wilton near the Diversey Brown Line Station around 5 p.m. October 2, according to Police reports. The witness immediately extinguished the fire after the man departed the area on a bicycle.

Investigation revealed that the parked vehicle was initially stolen from the 500 block of Brompton Pl. and driven to the secluded site under the L tracks where the converter was removed...

A Boost Mobile cell phone store located at 4774 N. Lincoln Ave in the Lincoln Square neighborhood has been robbed at gunpoint for the second time in less than a week, according to Police reports.

A woman reported being punched in the head and robbed of her purse 4:45 a.m. Saturday morning at Irving Park Rd. and Hermitage. She described her attacker as a black male, 5’6” in height, 140 pounds, clean shaven, and wearing a tan hoodie last seen southbound on Hermitage.

Shortly before 6 a.m., a woman reported that she was struck from behind by a male offender who took her purse at Paulina and Addison. No description is known as the victim was attacked from behind.

Employees of Express, 659 W. Diversey Pkwy., reported that three thieves entered the apparel store at 1:47 p.m. Tuesday, Sept...

In another incident, police and an ambulance assisted a man who reported being pepper-sprayed by three unknown offenders on the 3000 block of N. Seminary.

In other similar incidents, a person was pepper sprayed on the 1200 block of Waveland, while two other people were pepper sprayed on the 900 block of Belmont.

In other similar incidents, a person was pepper sprayed on the 1200 block of Waveland, while two other people were pepper sprayed on the 900 block of Belmont.

Oct 08

Weekly Update from Your Alderman – October 3, 2014

Saturday, October 11 at 8:30pm Center on Halsted (3656 N. Halsted)

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...tonight at 7:00pm! They will be showing The Lego Movie at Swift Auditorium at 5900 N Winthrop Ave. $5 Suggested Donation at the door and enjoy popcorn, raffle prizes, candy and more! This...

Cochran Playlot Improvements   Cochran playlot, located at Bryn Mawr and Magnolia, has received a brand new surface. The Chicago Park District chose the new surface based...

Whole Foods – 6009 N. Broadway

Somerset – 5009 N. Sheridan

Chicago Grind – 5256 N. Broadway

Riques – 5004 N. Sheridan

Edgewater’s True Nature Foods, located at 6034 N. Broadway, is opening their organic café this Monday, October 6th. The café will serve organic locally...

Summerdale Tavern – 5413 N. Clark

5427 N. Broadway

...a beverage. Tickets go on sale Monday, September 22, 2014 in Senn’s Main Office (5900 N. Glenwood) and at the Alderman’s Office (5533 N. Broadway). Tickets are priced at $15.00...

...2014 in Senn’s Main Office (5900 N. Glenwood) and at the Alderman’s Office (5533 N. Broadway). Tickets are priced at $15.00 for adults and teens and $5.00 for children...

...interested in an excellent early childhood program to attend open houses at our Primary Campus 6216 N. Glenwood Ave. We encourage families who are interested in transferring into older grades to schedule a personal...

...dramatic and exploratory play, and social-emotional learning. APPC’s Edgewater location is located at 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue is open from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm and can be reached by calling...

...the charity partner for the October 9 Bingo for a Cause benefit at Call Bar, 1547 W. Bryn Mawr.  Kick off at 7:30pm with cocktail specials and lots of crazy prizes including dinner...

On Tuesday, October 21, 7:30pm at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark Street, Democracy Burlesque – Chicago’s only sketch comedy company that focuses exclusively on political satire – presents...

...coats (all sizes needed), boots, sweaters, socks, scarves, hats and mittens at Care for Real, 5339 North Sheridan Rd., Mon.-Fri 9:00am-3:45pm and Saturdays, 9:00am-1:00pm.  Contact Lyle at...

Community Gang Education Awareness Course  Wednesday evenings October 1-22 from 6:30-8:00pm Devry University (3300 N. Campbell) Must RSVP by 9/24/14Click here for more information

Landlord/Tenant Workshop Series October 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 6pm-9pm Loyola University (1020 W. Sheridan Rd) Participants will learn about leases, the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance, Fair Housing guidelines, building...

6228 N. Broadway parking lot

Meet at the Swedish Museum (5211 N. Clark)

Heartland Health Center (1300 W. Devon)

...September 20, 2014 – Sunday, October 19, 2014 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 3pm Sundays Rivendell Theatre Ensemble (5779 N Ridge Ave) A whip-smart and shocking version of a classic tale of lust, love, horror, and...

...Whaley: Intuitive Art Gallery  “Lifes Abundance” now through October 26th Unity in Chicago Sunshine Gallery (1925 W. Thome) Aptly named “Life’s Abundance,”  the canvas editions of Rita’s luminous paintings are a...

Oct 07

Rocker/filmmaker Rob Zombie goes for jugular in Villa Park haunted house

• Evil Intentions, 900 Grace St. Open at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10-12, 16-19, 23-26, 28-31. (Closes at midnight on Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. other days.) Tickets cost $25. Go to evilintentionshauntedhouse.com.

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• Dungeon of Doom, 600 29th St. Open at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 10-12, 16-19, 23-26, 29-31, and Nov. 1. (Closes at 10 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, midnight on most Fridays and Saturdays.) $25. Go to dungeonofdoom.com.

Oct 03

No new CPS charters next year ... sort of

I grew up near Roscoe & Halsted in the 1970s, left for college and moved back in 2000, started this blog in...

Oct 02

Lakeview Arsons Prompt More Police Patrols, Call for Community Help

The fires started on June 10, when eight cars and a canopy were torched in the 3500 block of North Wilton Avenue. Since then, at least six other fires have been classified as arsons.

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Several other fires have been reported, including an Aug. 31 incident that gutted a coach house in the 1000 block of West Wellington Avenue. Police said there's no evidence of criminal intent, but the fires have residents on edge.

Oct 01

7 Halloween parties to rock this month

...a free pre-registration party from 9-11 p.m. Oct. 24 at Progress Bar (3359 N. Halsted St. 773-697-9268), featuring a green screen photo machine and Fireball whiskey specials...

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2120 S. Jefferson St. 312-850-8440

1227 W. 18th St. 312-526-3851

110 W. Hubbard St. 312-222-1331

50 E. Congress Parkway 312-341-2310

1520 N. Damen Ave. 773-252-1500

201 N. State St. 312-239-9502

Oct 01

Possible Serial Arsonist Targets Lake View Alleys

The first car fire was reported June 10 in the 3500 block of Wilton. Since then, eight more fires have been reported, included two this month.

Sep 30

CPS enrollment dips below 400,000 students

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Sep 30

Lakeview High-Rise Plans Stalled as Community Group Says 'No'

Rolando Acosta, an attorney for Sedgwick Properties, said the idea was to build something similar in size to Halsted Flats, which sits 1½ blocks away at 3740 N. Halsted St. That building is 165 feet tall, he said, and the Sedgwick project would be 170 feet tall.

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LAKEVIEW — Plans for a high-rise at Broadway and Sheridan hit a snag Monday night when the 46th Ward Zoning and Development Committee voted against the project.

Developer Sedgwick Properties announced this summer plans to replace a vacant gas station at 3901 N. Broadway with an 18-story mixed-use building.

The committee said it would support a smaller project on the lot — something similar in size to the six-story Chateau Hotel, which sits kitty-corner at 3838 N. Broadway.

Sep 30

Police Warn Of Arson Fires In Lakeview

-in the 3300 block of North Clark at 2:32 a.m.

-in the 800 block of West Buckingham at 2:32 a.m.

-in the 800 block of West Roscoe at 4:28 a.m.

-in the 3500 block of North Wilton at 4:10a.m.

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-in the 3200 block of North Kenmore at 5:09 a.m.

-in the 3500 block of North Sheffield at 4:35 a.m.

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