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Updated 10 min ago

Chip and Charlie need a family for Christmas

A dear friend of mine died on Thursday and I'm trying to help his family find a home for his beloved cats, Chip (black and white) and Charlie (big orange guy). Chip is around 12 and Charlie is about 5; they adore each other and it would be great if they could go to a new home together. They are both absolute sweethearts who love a good lap to sit in. Please message me if you can help. Thanks.

  • Bless you for trying to find a good home for these boys together. I'm assuming Chip is a boy? They look very gentle. I have two already or I'd snatch 'em up.

  • Also, I'm so sorry about your friend's passing.

  • Allergic to cats but good luck. Wonderful that you are trying to find them a home!

Oct 16

Updated 3 hours ago

Robbery and violent beating @ Lakewood and Henderson this morning.

I'm reposting this from our neighborhood crime blog. You may find the link at the bottom of this page. I know may of the readers live in the immediate area. Please be careful.

A Lakeview woman was beaten in an armed robbery early Wednesday morning by a man whose jacket retails for over $1,000.

Police and a fire department ambulance met the victim near the crime scene at Lakewood and Henderson shortly after 3AM.

She told them that the offender...

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I'm reposting this from our neighborhood crime blog. You may find the link at the bottom of this page. I know may of the readers live in the immediate area. Please be careful.

A Lakeview woman was beaten in an armed robbery early Wednesday morning by a man whose jacket retails for over $1,000.

Police and a fire department ambulance met the victim near the crime scene at Lakewood and Henderson shortly after 3AM.

She told them that the offender took her purse, which contained a cell phone and other items, before fleeing southbound on Sheffield toward Belmont.

The robber is described as a black man, 5'9" tall, and 150 pounds. He wore a distinctive red Pelle Pelle brand letterman jacket with white lettering and "sequins" on the back.

Other officers and even the ambulance driver reported that they saw the offender minutes before the robbery call came in—once at the Subway restaurant near Belmont and Clark and again walking eastbound on Buckingham Place near Halsted.

Unfortunately, officers were unable to locate the man after the robbery was reported.

The incident is recorded as an armed robbery in CPD case HX468088.

http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2014/10/taker-woman-beaten-robbed-by-man-in.html

  • Rpl

    He was arrested.

  • rmissliz 10 year resident uptown

    The no police thing really bothers me. I've been complaining to our alderman. This being an election year, I suggest if you are upset about the crime, or lack of police response, call your alderman. Let them know you will be voting for his contender without a crime plan for his district.

3 hours ago

Music box

Does anyone know what is being built next to the music box? I'm hoping for an old school movie themed bar, but have no idea.

Dec 04

Updated 3 hours ago

Michael Diversey's Closed?!

Darnit. I noticed the restaurant closed. I'm a bit surprised as it was always pretty busy. Anyone know if something new is going in? I hope so. I don't like the empty spaces on Diversey right now.

  • Bob

    Vitamin Shoppe at Clark and Diversey is closing January 31, 2015.

    Although they are still looking for a storefront within walking distance of the old store, they are inviting people to shop at their new store, now open, at 3325 N Ashland across from Whole Foods.

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    Vitamin Shoppe at Clark and Diversey is closing January 31, 2015.

    Although they are still looking for a storefront within walking distance of the old store, they are inviting people to shop at their new store, now open, at 3325 N Ashland across from Whole Foods.

    Shoppers will be made aware of their store at 2705 N. Elston near Target and their store at 1590 N. Clybourn. The Clybourn store is near the Apple Store and the Red Line stop. The block has a reputation for "apple picking," so hold onto your smart-phone.

    In the same shopping strip as their Elston store will be a medical marijuana dispensary at 2723 N Elston, next to the mattress shop where they can take a nap. The parking lot is often full. After the pot shop opens, parking may be tight as some people may drive there, park, forget they drove, and walk home. Only kidding, they'll be too stoned to walk.

    None of the above will replace our neighborhood store within walking distance of Diversey/Clark/Broadway.

  • G.

    Bob,

    Thanks for that information. I did stop by Vitamin Shoppe and found that out. I shop there fairly often but don't think I will as much (Amazon Prime will get my business) if they move so far away. The guy did say they were "stuck" with the spot about the old Nine West store. I asked why they didn't take those two floors. Hopefully they will move right next store.

    Gina

43 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Stealing packages in roscoe village

We just saw a middle aged blonde woman trying to steal a neighbors package on leavitt. When we asked her if she lived their, she ran. She is carrying a brown Marionos bag .

  • Bill 4500 N Wolcott 25 year plus resident

    I hope you called the police... if not you are as guilty as the one trying to take the package

  • It is bad here in Roscoe Village. I had a FedEx driver steal an order I placed with Timberland. He noted in FedEx's system that he left my package at my front door of my condo building, but told his manager that he left it with a neighbor. The only...

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    It is bad here in Roscoe Village. I had a FedEx driver steal an order I placed with Timberland. He noted in FedEx's system that he left my package at my front door of my condo building, but told his manager that he left it with a neighbor. The only problem was that the driver's description of my "neighbor" didn't match any of my neighbors in the immediate area. It was only after I made a big stink (BBB and FedEx corporate complaints) about it that they did a thorough investigation and discovered surveillance footage of the driver unloading my packages that he had previously claimed to deliver. In fact, he was the source of several lost or stolen packages.

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2 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Locked Out Neighbor Scam

Just had someone ring my doorbell, then jiggle my doorhandle, and when I answered (a minute later) he was on his way down my steps, but started into a short shpeel about being my neighbor from across the street and being locked out. I was standoff-ish, so he scurried off, but the while thing was so strange that I called the police to do a driveby. Afterward I did a quick Google search which led me to another post on...

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Just had someone ring my doorbell, then jiggle my doorhandle, and when I answered (a minute later) he was on his way down my steps, but started into a short shpeel about being my neighbor from across the street and being locked out. I was standoff-ish, so he scurried off, but the while thing was so strange that I called the police to do a driveby. Afterward I did a quick Google search which led me to another post on their site from the North Center neighborhood.

So this guy's definitely a scammer. Just search this site for "neighbor in distress" and read the posts. Wanted to start a new post here since it appears the scammer is now starting to target the Lakeview neighborhood.

From the other posts, it appears the guy is after a few bucks, but who knows when that starts to escalate.

Guy was white, about 6', short hair, medium-light brown, maybe 50 years old. Wore a black leather jacket.

  • Art

    We live in Lincoln Park and my wife has had this happen to her (same guy) twice when she was at home in the middle of the day. The guy in her case claimed his wife was pregnant and in labor but he had lost his keys or something like that. The guy was quite aggressive. Don't open your door and call 911.

  • d3 NOH

    If you offer to call 911 for an ambulance the buzzer will never go off again.

47 hours ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Lincoln and Roscoe Intersection Businesses

Does anyone know what is going on with the southeast corner of this intersection? The bead store that was on that corner across from Starbucks has been gone for years now and the few properties going south from there are all vacant now as well. Just seems like this is too nice/affluent of an area for vacant properties for this long. A few lots farther south on Lincoln I see they are building something though... anyone have insight or knowledge...

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Does anyone know what is going on with the southeast corner of this intersection? The bead store that was on that corner across from Starbucks has been gone for years now and the few properties going south from there are all vacant now as well. Just seems like this is too nice/affluent of an area for vacant properties for this long. A few lots farther south on Lincoln I see they are building something though... anyone have insight or knowledge of what we can expect there? Also the vacant lot kiddie corner from there next to the Paulina Brown line stop? I heard there might be a Walgreen's going there over a year ago but it is still just vacant land... just curious!

  • L

    The SE corner is getting a development that includes a hamburger joint. There are other posts here about it if you search. The corner next to the L was supposed to get an apartment building, but nothing has been announced about that for a while.

  • Mixed use retail on the SE corner. RKF is the broker. You can Google news about it.

  • Thanks to posters above - I've been wondering the same thing recently, it's very noticeable now with all those vacant storefronts in what I would think is a pretty great location (affluent area, proximity to the El, plenty of foot traffic.) Plus that maternity store on the NE corner is also closing.

    I did some googling and found the following:
    http://www.rkf.com/rkf-arranges-2985-sf-lease-for-bareburger%E2%80%99s-first-chicagoland-restaurant/

    Looking forward to the new look to that corner next summer!

3 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Peoples Gas Signage Added After Cars Parked

At 9:30 am, I witnessed People Gas add signs to the trees in front of our business showing no parking from today (12/17) beginning at 7 am until 4 pm and ending on 12/31. Thanks for the notice, but the cars that have been parked there already better not get tickets since they just put the signs up and the cars were there earlier. I don't know the owners of these cars or I would give them a heads up. Just not right.

  • When they did similar utility work on Addison last month (for the Wrigley project), they put a paper sign on the fence where each car was, giving the address (a block away) where it had been towed to. No tickets, no charges.

  • They did this to me this summer. They put up a sign in front of my parked car about an hour before they came and towed it.

    They towed my car from Aldine all the way up to Montrose Beach (not long after the shooting up there and the "riot")....

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    They did this to me this summer. They put up a sign in front of my parked car about an hour before they came and towed it.

    They towed my car from Aldine all the way up to Montrose Beach (not long after the shooting up there and the "riot"). I had to drag my kids up there on the bus to get it back. To make matters worse, they gave me a ticket it. I disputed it by mail and they dismissed the ticket. I didn't so much mind them moving my car (just wish it would have been in the neighborhood). What bugged me was the ticket.

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Oct 29

Updated 37 hours ago

"Neighbor" in Distress

Guy rang our bell around 10 pm, introduced himself as our neighbor, and launched into a story, which boiled down to the fact that he couldn't get into his apartment on Oakley just north of Irving Park. Asked if there was a Home Depot nearby - then asked for a ride (didn't get one). Then asked for a ladder (didn't have one). Then asked if there were any police or firemen on the block (I told him there were, but...

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Guy rang our bell around 10 pm, introduced himself as our neighbor, and launched into a story, which boiled down to the fact that he couldn't get into his apartment on Oakley just north of Irving Park. Asked if there was a Home Depot nearby - then asked for a ride (didn't get one). Then asked for a ladder (didn't have one). Then asked if there were any police or firemen on the block (I told him there were, but didn't know their houses). Then, finally, asked for cab fare (also denied).

I guess there's a chance this guy was on the up-and-up and having a really bad night, but this rings all kinds of warning bells for me. Anyone else encounter him?

  • CJL ...

    Not *quite* related, but the "Lambs' Farm" scammer(s) are out again collecting "donations" (in connection with Tribune "subscriptions").

    Remember--Lambs Farm does not actually do door to door fundraising. See: http://edgevillebuzz.com/news/beware-of-scam

  • Jiggled your door handle? Hmmmm sounds like an innocent situation unless the opportunity presents itself.

43 hours ago

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Updated 45 hours ago

Chinese Restaurant

I am looking for a good Chinese Restaurant/Take-out in the Lakeview or Roscoe Village Area. I have tried a few and nothing to make me want to go back again. Any suggestions? Thank you.

  • ....and now I need to have Young's hot & sour soup for lunch. :-)
    Young's is much nicer inside than the sign would indicate, btw - great for in-house diming, too!

  • And I always feel bad just going for takeout, because the place is nice, they have alcohol, but no one is ever in there. One of these days.

2 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

Found Backpack

I found a backpack somebody tossed over the front fence in my home on Ashland. Possibly belonging to someone who was robbed or someone that got on an altercation early morning on Wednesday 12/17. If you are the owner, please email me for identification otherwise I will turn it to the Police Department.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Pictures with Santa?

Is there anywhere in the area that has pictures with Santa Claus? I know that there is at Christkindlmarket but he is only there on the weekends which is less than ideal.

  • We were able to go to Little Threads last night, and will be going to Unleashed on Saturday with our pup. Thanks to everyone!

  • We go see the Santa in the Bloomingdale's building on Michigan Ave. every year. Go during the weekdays... no crowds. We went yesterday.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Police Activity at 555 Cornelia Ave

Hey guys! I've been trolling the internet and EveryBlock trying to figure out what the heck happened but at about 5am on 12/4 (thursday morning) I walked out of my place and there were GOBS of police vehicles pointed in every which direction on Cornelia and Pine grove at that T in the road and had the street blocked off for like 6 hours. Seemed like there was a body on the ground beneath the balconies but I never heard any sirens or ambulances.... any one know what happened?

  • Rylee ChiDoc

    So sad :( and no the scaffolding has been there for quite some time.... Maybe 5 months? However, I hadn't really seen anyone working on the windows until after this happened.

  • G.

    How awful! I wonder if a window gave out and he fell? Keep us updated on any developments.

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5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Part time jobs in Lakeview

Hello,

I am just wondering if there are any part time jobs in lakeview at a coffee shop, restaurant or office. I am looking for about 15-20hrs. Thanks!

  • Melrose Diner (at Melrose and Broadway) has a sign in the window: "Now hiring experienced waitstaff"

  • McDonald's is hiring..

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Where to donate kids' gifts?

We're collecting gifts from our neighbors to give to an organization who will distribute them to needy kids. Does anyone have suggestions for a dependable grassroots/local organization?

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Accident at Irving and Bell?

NPR reported this morning an accident involving a pedestrian at Irving Park and Bell. Does anyone know anything?

  • I heard the same thing; they said car vs pedestrian. I was driving north on Western at the time. As I crossed Irving, there was no sign of emergency vehicle activity on Irving, so it must have been on Bell. There are a number of elementary schools over there and often parents and kids walking at that time of day. Hope everyone is ok.

  • I live right there. I get so annoyed at how fast some people turning off Irving drive down Bell. There are a lot of pedestrians on this block, including young kids. I hope everyone is OK.

  • CJL ...

    Really bad at dropoff and pickup with the non-walking St Bens' parents. Notwithstanding that it's mostly "their" kids walking there.

Dec 13

Updated 4 days ago

Found white and tan cat

I found a short haired, white and tan cat matching that description yesterday on the 1300 block of Wellington. It was super friendly and followed me home. Clearly someone's pet because he is very well fed. I took him to Urban Vet immediately and there's no chip. I've posted online and put up signs. He's in our living room and sweet as can be.

Photo here: http://imgur.com/BFsEpt8

  • Thanks! Based on pics this is not Chester or Felix, unfortunately. I've posted on Craigslist, Lost pets of Chicago, now Lost Cats of IL with a better picture. Also Reddit, Lost Pets USA and some signs on our street and at the vet. We're guessing this is an older male, with front claws. Crossing our fingers for a connection!

  • Connected with his family! Happy ending!

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