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Ultimate 2015 Chicago Street Festival Guide

Where: Humboldt Park | W. Division Street and N. California Avenue

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Where: Lakeview | 3100 North Ashland Ave.

Where: Lakeview | 3200 N. Sheffield Ave.

Where: The Loop | N. Michigan Avenue and E. Lake Street

Where: Andersonville | 5200-5500 N. Clark St.

Where: Northcenter | 4000 N. Lincoln Ave.

Where: Old Town | 1600 N. Wells St.

Where: West Loop | 900-1200 W. Randolph St.

Where: Portage Park | Milwaukee Avenue, Irving Park Road & Cicero Avenue

Where: Irving Park | 3800 N. Elston Ave.

What the city says: Encased meats will be in the spotlight at this all new fest just two blocks north of the busy intersections of Addison Street and Elston Avenue.

Where: Uptown | 4700 N. Broadway

Where: Lincoln Square | 4400-4560 N. Lincoln Ave.

Where: Bessemer Park | 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.

Where: Roscoe Village | Belmont and Damen

Where: Lakeview | 3200 N. Lincoln Ave.

Where: Union Park | Ashland Avenue and Lake Street

Where: Ingleside | Lorraine Dixon Park | 87th St. and Dauphin

Where: Lincoln Park |2200 N. Sheffield Ave.

Where: Jefferson Park | Copernicus Center | 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.

Where: Chinatown |2200 S. Wentworth (at Cermak Road)

Where: Edgewater | 5900 N. Broadway (at Thorndale Avenue)

Where: Lincoln Park | 1601 N. Clark St.

Where: Lincoln Park | 435 W. Menomonee St.

Where: North Center | 2000 W. Roscoe

Where: Wrigleyville | 3550 N. Seminary Ave.

Where: West Side | Taylor Street at Ashland Avenue

Where: River North | Hubbard Street at Clark Street

Where: Greek Town | 400 S. Halsted St.

Where: Wicker Park | 1900-1700 W. Division St. between Damen Avenue and Paulina Street

  • Yes, you do not have to pay, and it's wrong that gatekeepers shame you for running your daily errands.

    I have worked the Taste of River North for several years. At our training sessions, we are always told to politely ask for the donation while referring to the signs listing...

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    Yes, you do not have to pay, and it's wrong that gatekeepers shame you for running your daily errands.

    I have worked the Taste of River North for several years. At our training sessions, we are always told to politely ask for the donation while referring to the signs listing RNRA's charities. If people refuse the donation, we are told to happily accept and suggest they stop and try the food anyway.

    Actually, many people donate more than the suggested amount.

    I'm not saying all gatekeepers do this, but they should. They should be trained. It's a huge inconvenience to have a festival in your neighborhood.

  • Sandy in EdgeGlen EdgeGlen since 1987

    Two times I’ve been to EdgeFest, I was recovering from knee replacements (2012, 2013). The moment the ticket-taker saw my cane, he waved me right through. Last year, I anted up--I figured it was payback for letting me play at the farmer’s market (and I know how much some of...

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    Two times I’ve been to EdgeFest, I was recovering from knee replacements (2012, 2013). The moment the ticket-taker saw my cane, he waved me right through. Last year, I anted up--I figured it was payback for letting me play at the farmer’s market (and I know how much some of the bands, especially popular ones like 16 Candles, charge for their services--back in the day, my band got a decent sum from Midsommarfest). But it should definitely be free for all who want to walk on the public street. Especially since those of us who would normally be driving (or biking) along B’way toward points south have to re-route all weekend--that inconvenience is bad enough w/o being expected to pay for the privilege of hoofing it.

Mar 20

Updated 1 hour ago

Black pit bull with white markings wandering Wabansia by Central Park and further west.

I was walking my dog near Wabansia and Central Park and a sweet and timid adult male pit bull, mostly black with some white marks walked right up to us. He was very friendly with my dog (tried getting a little too friendly if you know what I mean), and seemed frightened of me but warmed up eventually. He had a collar but no leash. I have seen him around two other times on my street but this was the...

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I was walking my dog near Wabansia and Central Park and a sweet and timid adult male pit bull, mostly black with some white marks walked right up to us. He was very friendly with my dog (tried getting a little too friendly if you know what I mean), and seemed frightened of me but warmed up eventually. He had a collar but no leash. I have seen him around two other times on my street but this was the first time I really got a good look at him. He doesn't seem skinny but he's filthy. I'm assuming he lives outside if he has a home. Any idea where he belongs. I would hate for him to get hit by a car. I was trying to get him to follow us all the way home but then he stayed back a few blocks before I got home. Next time I walk my dogs I am going to bring an extra leash and my phone to maybe get a photo of him. If you know anything about this dig let me know. I don't think it is too uncommon for dogs to get out in this neighborhood. Sad :(

  • House Six Bloomingdale Trail

    Found the owners. They had no idea their dog was an escape artist. Now I know where he lives.

  • Thank goodness his home & owners were found in the nick of time. Yoga girl was right- pounds are not a good place for pit bulls especially. Encourage the owners to microchip first & foremost (there's another thread about free & low cost chipping offered around the area). The wondering and escaping would likely be curbed if he gets fixed, but that's another story for another day. ;-)

4 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Shooting at 6am

3300 block Le Moyne: woke up to about 10 gun shots around 6:15 am. Anyone else hear this? I hope no one was hurt. A few cars got shot up.

19 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

What a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

Birds singing, dragonfly wings shimmering in the sunlight, tree buds opening up a soft green, and a carpet full of blue flowers by the formal garden. Children gleefully playing at the playground, making noises as their job entails them to do. A woman sitting on a bench, reading a book, while her dog lies on the grass, panting furiously. There's a wind carbine (I think that's what they're called) directly opposite the westernmost entrance/exit to the boathouse--I never noticed that...

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Birds singing, dragonfly wings shimmering in the sunlight, tree buds opening up a soft green, and a carpet full of blue flowers by the formal garden. Children gleefully playing at the playground, making noises as their job entails them to do. A woman sitting on a bench, reading a book, while her dog lies on the grass, panting furiously. There's a wind carbine (I think that's what they're called) directly opposite the westernmost entrance/exit to the boathouse--I never noticed that before! Some students from Columbia filming a project.

Caught on camera! My mystery bird! Three of them today! Quacking and submerging. Unfortunately, again, I did not have my camera with me, as this was an impromptu visit. Did capture it on my cell camera, but too far away to make any distinctions. But in talking to someone else on the bench, he said that he's seen them there before, being quite vocal. I heard one call, but didn't capture that on video. From his description of it, I do think it's an American coot, but I will try to keep my camera at the ready so when I go out, it's there to pick up.

If there's anybody reading this who will help out at the clean up tomorrow near the nature habitat, see if you can get a picture of these birds, and post them. I would appreciate that!

There was even a loon out in the middle. Yes, a beautiful day!

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    Best of all, not a single banger in sight! Life is good in HP!

3 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Hair Highlights

Looking for a new salon to have my hair colored and cut for a reasonable price. My stylist moved out of state and I'm nervous to try some place new. Any suggestions?

  • Throwing Karen Marie salon on Milwaukee and Oakley into the mix. As a bonus, the salon is sustainable. Karen is a great colorist - but does not cut. I see Angie for that. I believe a single process and a cut is less than $150 and they offer a discount if you rebook another appointment when you're there. The salon is laid back and cozy.

  • Definitely check out Summer at Sine Qua Non on Chicago (across from Mariano's). Discovered her in a magazine article (I think it was "Chicago's best highlights") after my stylist had to retire early. More than a decade later – I wouldn't dream of going anywhere else. So happy that I...

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    Definitely check out Summer at Sine Qua Non on Chicago (across from Mariano's). Discovered her in a magazine article (I think it was "Chicago's best highlights") after my stylist had to retire early. More than a decade later – I wouldn't dream of going anywhere else. So happy that I found her!

    The next day, I feel like a kid that's played outside in the sun all summer. Completely natural. Even better, her highlights grow out beautifully – and my hair grows like weed. (And, it's a very dark blonde). So, I only need to go a few times a year. Which is a good thing, because Sine Qua Non is not cheap. Pricing depends if you want full or partial highlights. I always go for full, and it's always worth every dime.

45 hours ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Mechanic

I need some brake work done. Anyone have a good mechanic?

  • Albany Auto is the best and back all their work. Tell them you were referred by me.

  • i love Victor at Victor's Auto. Have been going there for a decade. Super honest and very inexpensive

    4643 W Huron
    773-278-8365

Apr 02

Updated 40 hours ago

LOST KITTY!! Small black and white cat

Hey everybody! This kitty has been lost for nearly a week. Her name is Anna (pronounced Ah-na). She is very small and looks like a kitten even though she isn't (she's about 7 years old). May be pregnant. Please help us find her! She was lost from Division/Rockwell area. If found please call Stephan at (402) 290-3696

PS: I'm not sure what happened to my picture but here is a link to it! http://puu.sh/gZaW7/77b86a1b0e.JPG

And here is the flier - http://docdroid.net/wbqx

  • Piya A lazy person

    Well, she's not my cat, so I'm not in charge of that. I was just trying to be helpful. Thanks for keeping an eye out. I certainly think that cats should be neutered/spayed, my own is, after all.

  • Piya A lazy person

    Just bumping this in case anybody sees her. We got a phone call from someone who thinks they saw her, around the parking lot of the Roberto Clemente High School (on the west side of Western) so we were looking around in the alleys for awhile. Still, it gave us hope. I also made a slightly smaller size of the poster -- http://puu.sh/hgwDv/19935a9042.png

4 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

While walking in Humboldt Park today (Monday)...

I was at my favorite spot, the Wildlife Refuge area. While sitting on the bench, among the usual citizens there, I saw a small, dark-colored duck with a white beak. I have looked on two web sites (Flyways and Ducks Unlimited) and neither has an image of it, so I don't know what it is, which makes me even more curious. Also seen: a big, reddish-colored fish breaching! First time I've ever seen a fish jump out of the water! And a male ballard trying to get close to a female and getting chased around by her mate. The intruder landed by my side of the lagoon quacking galore!

Ah, such a beautiful sight.

  • I suspect its a juvenile coot just cause March is when they come they Illinois maybe this boy is lagging behind cause he's younger?

  • CPL949 HP Resident

    So Brookfield Zoo couldn't help, but referred me to the Audubon Society Field Guide and HP Wildlife Refuge. Couldn't find the bird at the Field Guide, but after looking at the habitats of the American Coot, it may have been that, perhaps as a juvenile. At the park Wildlife Refuge,...

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    So Brookfield Zoo couldn't help, but referred me to the Audubon Society Field Guide and HP Wildlife Refuge. Couldn't find the bird at the Field Guide, but after looking at the habitats of the American Coot, it may have been that, perhaps as a juvenile. At the park Wildlife Refuge, the woman said that they don't have someone looking at the animals until after Earth Day.

    So it remains a mystery, but next time, I shall try to remember to bring my camera with me at all times so in case I stop at the refuge area, I have it with me.

    Thanks to all who responded, who tried to help me ID the duck, and thanked me. Ciao.

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