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Why Has Silver Cloud Sat Empty for Over Two Years?

A now-faded sign in the window of the former Silver Cloud at 1700 N. Damen Ave. says that the popular Bucktown hangout would be closed "a short time" for decorating. That sign went up in August of 2014. 

Though prolific restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff was at one point rumored to be interested in taking over the spot at the northwest corner of Damen and Wabansia avenues, that plan never transpired.

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Rivak "Rocky" Albazi, owner of Silver Cloud, also owns Sheffield's, a bar at 3258 N. Sheffield Ave. in Lakeview. For months, he has declined requests for comment on the future of Silver Cloud, which he owned with former business partner Cynthia Oldham.

Oldham, who owns the Fat Cat bar at 4840 N. Broadway, said that "everyone is asking me all the time about [Silver Cloud]."

    Why Has Silver Cloud Sat Empty for Over Two Years?
    BUCKTOWN - More than two years since the abrupt closure of Silver Cloud, a Bucktown bar known for its serene patio and comfort food, the prime Damen Avenue location is still not for sale. A now-faded sign in the window of the former Silver Cloud at 1700 N. Damen Ave.
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25 hours ago

Why Is Wicker Park's 'Notorious' 6 Corners Still So Dangerous For Cyclists?

A 15-year-old cyclist is in critical condition after being struck by a car Friday morning at Wicker Park’s bustling Six Corners. The intersection where the crash occurred—Damen, Milwaukee and North—is known to be among the most dangerous in the city for cyclists.

    Why Is Wicker Park's 'Notorious' 6 Corners Still So Dangerous For Cyclists?
    Photo: Vladimir Vago A 15-year-old cyclist is in critical condition after being struck by a car Friday morning at Wicker Park's bustling Six Corners. The intersection where the crash occurred-Damen, Milwaukee and North-is known to be among the most dangerous in the city for cyclists. The teenager was hit at around 7:30 a.m.
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25 hours ago

Can You Spare Some Hope? Actors-Turned-Buskers To Target Wicker Commuters

Division Blue Line, 1200 N. Milwaukee Ave: beatbox harmonica artist Yuri Lane

Damen Blue Line: 1588 N. Damen Ave.: magician Stephen Hanthorn

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Western Blue Line, 1900 N. Western Ave..: musical clown Mari DeOleo

    Can You Spare Some Hope? Actors-Turned-Buskers To Target Wicker Commuters
    WICKER PARK - For the next three weekends, "Reinvented Buskers" stationed at three Wicker Park and Bucktown CTA Blue Line "L" stations will ask passersby for messages of hope and not money.
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28 hours ago

Teen Cyclist Hit By Car At Wicker Park's Damen, Milwaukee, North Hub

WICKER PARK — A teenage cyclist was hit by a car Friday morning while riding through the busy Damen, Milwaukee and North avenues intersection in Wicker Park, police and witnesses said.

The Milwaukee, Damen and North avenues intersection is a "complex" intersection and among the city's top for bike and pedestrian crashes, according to the Chicago Dept. of Transportation. 

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Gina Moskowitz was walking to the CTA Blue Line Damen L stop at 1558 N. Damen Ave. just as fire trucks and an ambulance arrived.

    Cyclist, 15, Injured Friday At Wicker Park's Damen, Milwaukee, North Hub
    Another biker has been taken down in Chicago @ChiCritMass @BikeCHInorth pic.twitter.com/EbmSUshocN - Rashard Hayes (@ImStillRashardH) September 30, 2016 WICKER PARK - A teenage cyclist was hit by a car Friday morning while riding through the busy Damen, Milwaukee and North avenues intersection in Wicker Park, police and witnesses said.
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28 hours ago

Shutter Report: Piggyback BBQ on Wells; Doodle's in Old Town; More

WICKER PARK— Division Ale House is closing on Sunday, according to DNAinfo. The owner, who also runs High Noon Saloon on Milwaukee Avenue, may bring a new concept to the space at 1942 W. Division St.

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THE LOOP— Piggyback BBQ has closed at 176 N. Wells St. The shutter happened a couple weeks ago. It’s a spinoff of the Piggyback Tavern...

...the Piggyback Tavern over in suburban Oak Park that remains unaffected. Meanwhile, another location at 500 W. Madison St. is temporary closed. They will reopen, an employee at the Oak Park location said...

OLD TOWN— After a six-month stint, Doodle's Doughnuts will close at 1419 N. Wells St. Owner Dana Lanier wrote in a Facebook post about financial struggles and the challenge of being a single mother as reason for the shutter. Doodle's last day will be on Sunday.

WEST LOOP— Trattoria Isabella announced its closure via Facebook. Saturday will be the Italian restaurant’s final day at 217 N. Jefferson St. Ownership wrote they already have a new location, but haven’t revealed any more details.

NORTH CENTER— Namo Thai Cuisine has closed, as owners said they will pursue other projects. They had been open for five years at 3900 N. Lincoln Ave.

    Shutter Report: Piggyback BBQ on Wells; Doodle's in Old Town; More
    Trattoria Isabella will move while Division Ale House and Namo Thai close
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29 hours ago

Rose Gold Watches Trending This Fall

Gold-plated stainless steel, sapphire crystal, and leather, $625, Shinola, 1619 N. Damen Ave.

18-karat gold, silver, and alligator, price upon request, Marshall Pierce & Company, 960 N. Michigan Ave.

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18-karat gold and alligator, $15,000, Tiffany & Co., 730 N. Michigan Ave.

    Rose Gold Watches Trending This Fall
    Published today at 11:38 a.m. This article appears in the October 2016 issue of Chicago magazine. Subscribe to Chicago magazine. Edit Module Edit Module
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30 hours ago

Lunchbreak: Wheatberry salad, prepared by Floriole Cafe and Bakery chef Sandra Holl

Chef Sandra Holl Floriole Cafe and Bakery 1220 W. Webster Avenue Chicago (773) 883-1313 www.floriole.com Wheatberry Salad Ingredients: 4 cups cooked wheatberries 1/2...

    Lunchbreak: Wheatberry salad, prepared by Floriole Cafe and Bakery chef Sandra Holl
    Chef Sandra Holl Floriole Cafe and Bakery 1220 W. Webster Avenue Chicago (773) 883-1313 www.floriole.com Wheatberry Salad Ingredients: 4 cups cooked wheatberries 1/2 of a medium sized butternut squash 1 bunch kale 1/2 pomegranate 1 shallot juice of 1 lemon pinch of salt
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31 hours ago

Old Town Gets a Free-Spirited New Bridal Shop

At Elements (741 N. Wells St., elementschicago.com), select accessories are on sale. Items include a star necklace in champagne diamonds (reduced from $1,450 to $1,087) and a leather and ridged-chain bracelet (reduced from $550 to $275).

Love Emme (loveemme.com) a gift site specializing in apparel and accessories, will host a grand opening for its pop-up shop at 1529 West Armitage Avenue on October 1. Running from 4 to 9 p.m., the event will offer cocktails, catered snacks, and specialty gifts with purchase.

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Aligned Modern Health (215 W. Superior St., alignedmodernhealth.com) has opened a new location in River North. Housed in a former gallery, the airy, chandelier-studded space offers acupuncture, chiropractic services, and counseling in functional medicine and clinical nutrition.

Spa@TheWit (201 N. State St., thewithotel.com) is raising breast cancer awareness in October with special “pink” services. The limited-time treatments include a 50-minute massage, a body treatment and a manicure/pedicure; 10 percent of each service’s cost will be donated to the Lynn Sage Foundation.

    Old Town Gets a Free-Spirited New Bridal Shop
    There are few figures in high fashion who part the seas at Paris boutiques the way Ikram Goldman does. And she's-gasp-from Chicago, not a fashion "capital" like Milan or New York. This month, Chicago profiles the owner of the world-renowned lacquer-red Huron Street boutique, a woman who singlehandedly made our city a must-go destination in the fashion world.
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39 hours ago

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