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Andorka’s Sandwich Shop Serves Up the Small-Town Charm

2110 S. Halsted St., 312-763-6916 This article appears in the September 2016 issue of Chicago magazine. Subscribe to Chicago magazine.

    Andorka's Sandwich Shop Serves Up the Small-Town Charm
    There's a small-town-café charm about this Pilsen sandwich shop that makes you want to be a regular right away: the fireplace mantel piled high with old eight-track tapes, the vintage couch that could have been a Mom donation, the way the staff greets each customer with easygoing chitchat.
    http://www.chicagomag.com

  • Businesses are required to provide the same level of service and access to their facilities and products to people with disabilities as are offered to the rest of the general public, unless it creates an undue hardship, in which case the business must find a way to offer such services...

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    Businesses are required to provide the same level of service and access to their facilities and products to people with disabilities as are offered to the rest of the general public, unless it creates an undue hardship, in which case the business must find a way to offer such services in an adequate alternative manner. For some businesses, this will include making physical alterations to their facilities to make them more accessible (e.g. installing ramps, widening doorways).
    The federal regulations do not define if a tenant (business) or building owner, or both are responsible accomplishing accessibility, example is if a complaint would be filed, either tenant (business) or landlord, or both could be filed against.
     Alterations to Existing Facilities
    - Requires that any physical changes to a facility (build-outs, renovations) be done so that the altered elements are built in accordance with the accessibility requirements of the Chicago Building Code, unless doing so would impact a load bearing element of the facility.
    - When the primary function area of an establishment is altered (e.g. the dining room of a restaurant), improvements in access to other parts of the facility may be required.

     Existing Facilities
    - Requires that any structural barriers preventing access to people with disabilities be removed where such removal is readily achievable, meaning easily completed without much difficulty or expense (based on the size and resources of the business).
    - If removing a barrier is not readily achievable, the business may need to provide alternative means of providing access to their goods and services (e.g. curbside service and home delivery).
    For more information, visit: http://abilitychicagoinfo.blogspot.com/2015/08/overview-of-new-chicago-human-rights.html
    2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design: https://www.ada.gov/2010ADAstandards_index.htm

  • Jim, I don't think Andorka's is accessible at this time.
    Jnicks, I disagree that this is something that necessarily falls on the tenant, or that the cost is so unimaginably high. In many cases, a steel ramp can be used - which I think you can do without build permits....

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    Jim, I don't think Andorka's is accessible at this time.
    Jnicks, I disagree that this is something that necessarily falls on the tenant, or that the cost is so unimaginably high. In many cases, a steel ramp can be used - which I think you can do without build permits. Andorka's has only a couple steps, installing a ramp over those front steps would be a potential fix.

    The real problem for a lot of places in these old buildings is that they are right on the street, which limits their options. The new Pleasant House Pub did it right in their buildout - making the main dining room accessible from the outside in (so check that out if you haven't already, very tasty).

    Jim, I think if you ever have suggestions for a business, you should drop them a line or send them a message. They may just be totally unaware/unsure of what to do.

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Rent Hike Forces Cultura In Pilsen Out Of Art Center's Longtime Home

“Cultura in Pilsen,” a non-profit arts organizations that operated at 1900 S. Carpenter for 22 years, recently made the decision to pack their bags when the landlord doubled their rent.

Area residents still remember the property by its former name, Calles y Sueños, founded by Jose David and later managed by Christina Obregon, which moved to that corner in 1994 from 17th Place and Halsted.

    Rent Hike Forces Cultura In Pilsen Out Of Art Center's Longtime Home
    PILSEN - A long-standing cultural hub in Pilsen has lost its home. "Cultura in Pilsen," a non-profit arts organizations that operated at 1900 S. Carpenter for 22 years, recently made the decision to pack their bags when the landlord doubled their rent.
    https://www.dnainfo.com

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    Ms. M. is asking for $607.27:
    My students need a classroom carpet large enough to sit in their own space.
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Updated 47 hours ago

Chicago Fire: Who let's them own our streets?

For the umpteenth time, they were rolling a "Chicago Fire" chapter in Pilsen. Of course, nobody could park three blocks around, and you could not even see the signs they posted. They "relocated" my car and nobody in the whole world, including the City of Chicago, could tell me where.
The whole point is: They get subsidies to film locally, but don't benefit the neighborhood at all. They even bring their own food trucks, so they don't spend a cent in the community.
Question is who gives the permit without analyzing what happens when they "invade us"? Why is nobody paying attention to that? Yes, I am talking about Danny Solis.
Your thoughts?

  • Gary it takes more than a street permit to film here, as I'm pretty sure you are required to pay a CPD officer to be on-site, although the city hardly gets any $ from it in terms of fees - which is a good thing & a bad thing. Good to incentivize people to film more things in Chicago (let more people see our beautiful city), it also helps students, and local orgs film without cost barriers...where it is less good is when it is a nuisance to a community.

  • @emj1900:
    You may not see an issue, and you clearly have an issue with me - always have to give me a thumbs down - but when I lived in Logan Square the Chicago Fire show was constantly filming by my apartment. It was not a little inconvenient, but massively...

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    @emj1900:
    You may not see an issue, and you clearly have an issue with me - always have to give me a thumbs down - but when I lived in Logan Square the Chicago Fire show was constantly filming by my apartment. It was not a little inconvenient, but massively inconvenient to residents. They filmed with rigs and pyrotechnics, requiring a huge police & real fire dept presence, the buses would have to be re-routed, and it drew crowds of people who wanted to watch the filming happen, creating a lot of congestion & confusion.
    Let me tell you a little story...
    One such day during filming, I came home from a long day at work, and needed to get groceries. The route to the store was blocked off almost the whole way there, so the buses were all re-routed crazy routes - confusing the bus drivers & passengers. It took me an hour to get to a store that was maybe 20 mins away. The grocery store was right at the edge of the street barricades - a block away from where the the other end of filming was occurring. I didn't know that when I got on the bus, or I probably would have gone without dinner!
    Well I'm on my way out of the store, bags in hand, when I see someone a mere 15' away from me get RUN OVER BY A CAR that was goose necking to look at the fake accident being filmed. You ever seen someone get run over? Legs contorted blood everywhere. Oh and it wasn't easy to find the REAL police since all the cop cars I found were fake ones for the show, and finally an actually CPD officer appeared.
    SO yeah, sometimes there are issues. I'm not saying every time, but I was just trying to suggest it would be nice if these shows could give back to the community a little - it feels like they are so oblivious to the people that actually live in the neighborhoods. It'd be nice if they'd give back every once in a while - acknowledged the city they are so confident in representing on screen (on three shows no less).

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Trap House Chicago bridges streetwear and restorative justice

2150 S. Canalport

    Trap House Chicago bridges streetwear and restorative justice
    Mashaun Hendricks is only 30 years old, but he says that he's "retired." For the average 30-year-old, that professional status would be ridiculous, but Hendricks boasts an unusually extensive resumé: he's been an economics teacher in Chicago, a restorative justice specialist at Chicago Public Schools, and a mentor for juvenile offenders.
    http://www.chicagoreader.com

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The Ultimate Guide to 2016 Movies in the Parks

Pilsen (1119 W. Cullerton St. Mon. 8/15)

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Rogers Park (7348 N. Paulina St., Wed. 7/27)

Norwood Park (5430 N. Olcott Ave., Wed. 8/10)

Montclare (3020 N. Oak Park Ave., Wed. 8/17)

Portage Park (6343 W. Irving Park Rd., Wed. 8/17)

South Loop (44 W. 15th St., Mon. 8/22)

Rogers Park (1230 W. Greenleaf Ave., Sat 7/16)

East Garfield Park (3201 W. Chicago Ave., Tue 7/19)

Austin (5085 W. Adams St., Thurs. 7/21)

Ravenswood (5100 N. Francisco Ave., Mon. 8/1)

Montclare (6871 W. Belden Ave., Wed. 8/3)

Dunning (6935 W. Addison St., Wed. 8/3)

Lincoln Park (1919 N. Seminary Ave. Thurs. 8/4)

Chicago Lawn (6743 S. Kedzie Ave. Tues. 8/9)

Bronzeville (535 E. 35th St. Sat. 8/13)

Logan Square (2636 N. Kimball Ave. Sat. 8/20)

Clearing (5210 W. 64th St. Tues. 8/23)

Lake View (1230 W. School St., Fri. 8/26)

South Deering (2820 E. 98th St. Sat., 8/27)

West Rogers Park (6748 N. Sacramento Ave., Mon. 7/18)

Belmont Cragin (6100 W. Fullerton Ave. Fri 8/5)

Brighton Park (2725 W. 41st St., Tues. 8/16)

South Loop (1801 S. Indiana Ave., Sat. 8/20)

Irving Park (3546 W. Addison St., Fri. 8/26)

Bucktown (2200 N. Oakley Ave., Mon. 8/29)

West Loop (115 S. Sangamon St., Wed. 6/15)

Albany Park (3000 W. Argyle St., Fri. 7/1)

Loop (337 E. Randolph St., Sun. 6/26)

Lake View (825 W. Sheridan Rd., Thurs. 8/4)

Albany Park (4650 N. Lawndale Ave., Fri. 8/26)

Uptown (4501 N. Clarendon Ave., Fri 8/5)

Garfield Ridge (5120 W. 44th St., Sun. 6/26)

Englewood (513 W. 72nd St., Wed. 7/20)

West Pullman (401 W. 123rd St., Fri. 8/12)

Chatham (8223 S. Princeton Ave., Fri., 6/17)

Garfield Ridge (5625 S. Mobile Ave., Thurs. 6/30)

Gold Coast (808 N. Lake Shore Dr., Sun. 7/17)

Hyde Park (5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., Wed. 6/15)

West Town (1419 W. Blackhawk St., Sat. 6/18)

Sauganash (5861 N. Kostner Ave., Sat. 6/18)

Irving Park (3945 N. Springfield Ave., Wed 6/22)

Auburn Gresham (1440 W. 84th St., Mon 7/25)

Bucktown (1722 N. Ashland Ave., Tues. 7/26)

River North (630 N. Kingsbury St., Tues. 8/2)

North Lawndale (3559 W. Arthington St., Fri. 7/1)

Austin (1333 N. Laramie Ave. Thurs. 7/14)

Little Village (2800 S. Sacramento Blvd, Sat. 6/18)

Grand Crossing (7655 S. Ingleside Ave., Tues. 8/2)

Lincoln Park (2021 N. Burling St., Fri. 7/8)

North Center (2509 W. Irving Park Rd., Fri. 7/22)

Edgebrook (6525 N. Hiawatha Ave. Fri. 8/19)

Lincoln Park, Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark St. Tue. 7/12)

Humboldt Park (4134 W. Hirsch St., Tue. 6/14)

Little Village (3660 W. 23rd St., Fri. 6/17)

Back of the Yards (5203 S. Lowe Ave., Thurs. 6/30)

Brainerd (1246 W. 92nd St. Wed. 7/6)

Near West Side (2106 W. Adams St. Wed. 7/13)

South Loop (1700 S. Wentworth Ave. Fri. 7/15)

Washington Heights (965 W. 95th St., Thurs. 7/21)

Clearing (5940 S. Central Ave., Thurs. 8/4)

Roseland (201 E. 111th St., Fri., 8/5)

South Chicago (8930 S. Muskegon Ave., Thurs. 8/11)

Garfield Ridge (5010 W. 50th St., Fri. 8/12)

Ravenswood (5100 N. Leavitt St., Sat. 8/13)

East Side (3325 E. 108th St., Sun. 8/14)

Englewood (5727 S. Racine Ave., Thurs. 8/18)

Lincoln Park (2534 N. Greenview Ave., Thurs. 8/18)

Austin (5610 W. Lake St., Fri. 8/19)

Austin (500 S. Central Ave. Sat. 8/6)  

Park Manor (7140 S. Martin Luther King Dr., Fri. 7/8).

Lincoln Park (1001 W. Wrightwood Ave., Sun. 7/17)

Rogers Park (7340 N. Rogers Ave., Tue. 6/14)

Dunning (8029 W. Forest Preserve Dr., Sun. 7/17)

South Loop (1357 S. Indiana Ave., Mon. 8/1)

Jefferson Park (4630 N. Milwaukee Ave. Thurs. 8/25)

Wicker Park (1425 N. Damen Ave., Thurs. 6/30)

Albany Park (5100 N. Ridgeway Ave., Fri. 7/8)

Lincoln Park (2045 N. Lincoln Park West, Wed. 6/29)

Ravenswood (2333 W. Sunnyside Ave., Tues. 8/2)

Ravenswood (2708 W. Lawrence Ave. Sat. 6/18)

Jefferson Park (5421 N. Menard Ave., Fri. 6/17)

Back of the Yards (4430 S. Marshfield Ave., Tues. 6/21)

Auburn Gresham (8335 S. Honore St., Fri. 7/15)

Pilsen (1824 S. Wood St., Thurs. 7/28)

Lawndale (4320 W. 15th St., Fri. 8/26)

Lake View (3200 N. Lake Shore Dr., Mon. 6/13)

    The Ultimate Guide to 2016 Movies in the Parks
    There's much to love about the Chicago Park District's Movies in the Park program: They're (mostly) kid friendly, free for your viewing pleasure, and spread throughout the city all summer.
    http://www.chicagomag.com

  • There are some really great movies that were shown this summer, of the ones I know -- American classics such as The Wizard of Oz. I'm glad Wall-E was shown, and Inside Out seemed very good to me. It's interesting (briefly) to adopt a moralistic perspective on these films, and...

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    There are some really great movies that were shown this summer, of the ones I know -- American classics such as The Wizard of Oz. I'm glad Wall-E was shown, and Inside Out seemed very good to me. It's interesting (briefly) to adopt a moralistic perspective on these films, and how things have changed (or not) since Hollywood's golden age (under the old Hayes Codes). Cool Hand Luke is a martyr-the-individualist film, with one notable salacious scene and some vivid physical torture. The Sting of course glorifies con men (even if it's in the course of taking down another criminal). Some Like It Hot, one of my personal all time favorites, is about as perverse as a popular entertainment could be when it was released in 1959, and though played for laughs the sexual hijinks, impostures and reversals remain the heart of the film. The public voted for The Dark Knight -- so be it. But maybe in this case curation would help introduce something onscreen less familiar but more heartening for our citizenry.

  • @Jazzmandel: If you are into classic movies, be sure to catch the Coen Bros :Hail, Caesar". Hilarious parody of the studios set in 1950. Probably not appearing in movies in the parks for quite a few years, though.

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2 shot in Pilsen

A 24-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man were sitting outside at 10:52 p.m. in the 1800 block of South Carpenter when a male approached and started shooting, according to Chicago Police.

    2 shot in Pilsen
    Two people were shot in the Pilsen neighborhood Saturday evening. A 24-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man were sitting outside at 10:52 p.m. in the 1800 block of South Carpenter when a male approached and started shooting, according to Chicago Police. The woman was shot in both legs, her calf and foot, police said.
    http://chicago.suntimes.com

  • Erin and Mundu, thanks for your insights and data. As I realize we are dealing with a different gang environment than in the 90's, I still think that gangs can move out of a neighborhood as long as there are new business's and development in the area. Yes, Pilsen is...

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    Erin and Mundu, thanks for your insights and data. As I realize we are dealing with a different gang environment than in the 90's, I still think that gangs can move out of a neighborhood as long as there are new business's and development in the area. Yes, Pilsen is a bit slower with gentrifying than some other neighborhoods, but it did take a long time for the gentrifying process up north which is still going on in areas like Uptown and Edgewater. It remains to be seen whether Pilsen will change as drastically as the northside has, but it is changing. And since PIlsen is surrounded by good communities like South Loop, University Village and Bridgeport along with being so close to downtown, the area is very attractive for investment. Yes, there are still pockets of unrest in our community along with surrounding areas, but from when I moved in last year to now, it does seem to be changing. Ethnic demographics in Chicago neighborhoods have also changed drastically throughout the years. Pilsen used to be Czech, Andersonville was Latino when I moved in 16 years ago, Gage Park was Italian about 30 years ago, and the list goes on. Change does happen. Again, I do agree with you both about the difficulties facing police with these smaller gangs, but it's not insurmountable. With enough investment in the community, gangs will move and leave.

  • Mundu Berri is completely on track, as others insight in the issues in Pilsen.

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Avoid the Air and Water Show with Wizard World Comic Con, David Cross, and more things to do in Chicago this weekend

Sat 8/20: At Modern School of Film: David Cross at Thalia Hall (1227 W. 18th), the comedian, actor, and director discusses how the films Quadrophenia, American Beauty, and Her have influenced his work. 8 PM

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Through 9/3: Chopin Theatre (1543 W. Division) hosts the seventh annual Fly Honey Show from the feminist, sex-positive performance group. Thu-Fri 10:30 PM, Sat 11:00 PM

Fri 8/19-Sat 8/20: Catzilla 4: A Cat Fest at Prop Thtr (3502 N. Elston) features cat-inspired dance performances, spoken word, music, and more, plus the feature act starring real felines: Science Fiction Cats. Proceeds benefit Harmony House. 8 PM

...of diary entries, love letters, and more with a two-show extravaganza at Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln) featuring performances from guests such as Dan Sheehan, Tyler Snodgrass, Christine Wolf, Brooke Allen, Philip...

    Avoid the Air and Water Show with Wizard World Comic Con, David Cross, and more things to do in Chicago this weekend
    click to enlarge If you're planning to skip the Air and Water Show on Saturday and Sunday, there's plenty of other goings-on far from the lakefront hoards, sonic booms, and the gratuitous displays of military might. Here's some of what we recommend: Through 9/3: Chopin Theatre (1543 W.
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54-year-old man shot to death in Gary

Mason, who lived in the 1400 block of West 16th Avenue, was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he was pronounced dead at 6:31 p.m. Sunday, the medical examiner’s office said. An autopsy Thursday ruled his death a homicide.

    54-year-old man shot to death in Gary
    A 54-year-old man died Sunday evening after being shot in the head in northwest Indiana. Christopher E. Mason suffered a gunshot wound to the head in the 2100 block of West 15th Street in Gary, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
    http://chicago.suntimes.com

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