May 02 2012

May 02 2012

May 01 2012

Mike Schreiber "True Hip Hop" Photography Exhibition

"True Hip-Hop" Mike Schreiber Exhibition

Mike Schreiber is a self-taught New York Photographer with a degree in anthropology from the University of Connecticut. His photos capture the true essence of cultural life and perspective with an end result that is refined yet undeniably honest in its raw and gritty tone.Schreiber's work has been featured in Esquire Magazine, Rolling Stone, TRACE, New York Magazine, VIBE, XXL, SLAM, SPIN and Arise. He"s had solo shows in N.Y., London, Miami, Atlanta and now...

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"True Hip-Hop" Mike Schreiber Exhibition

Mike Schreiber is a self-taught New York Photographer with a degree in anthropology from the University of Connecticut. His photos capture the true essence of cultural life and perspective with an end result that is refined yet undeniably honest in its raw and gritty tone.Schreiber's work has been featured in Esquire Magazine, Rolling Stone, TRACE, New York Magazine, VIBE, XXL, SLAM, SPIN and Arise. He"s had solo shows in N.Y., London, Miami, Atlanta and now Chicago.

Mark will be at opening for Q&A at 7pm along with signing of his first book, "True Hip-Hop". The event will be Hosted by Dirty, Music Selectors: Larry Miller & Shazam Bangles, & Performance by: Epic

This exhibition runs May 5 thru June 16, 2012.
Opening: May 5th 6pm-10pm

May 01 2012

Mikey Brick posted 1 photo to Flickr:

Apr 30 2012

Apr 30 2012

Fashion Designer Christina Fan’s Favorite Things

“Found this gem at Silver Moon [1721 W. North Ave.] last fall, and I hung it in my living room. It’s a gorgeous silk piece with glass beads.”

This article has 7 other Chicago locations (Show)

AUGUST REVOLUTION COCKTAIL ($12, Violet Hour, 1520 N. Damen Ave.)

LEATHER BRIEFCASE ($1,685, Prada, 30 E. Oak St.)

VOLUSPA CANDLE ($20, Eskell, 1509 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

“I scored these at Threads, Etc. (2327 N. Milwaukee Ave.) in Logan Square. I love unique stemware, and these have a sweet iridescence.”

VINTAGE PROVINCIAL HEADREST FROM NORTHERN CHINA ($188, Pagoda Red, 1714 N. Damen Ave.)

AIR PLANTS ($3.75–$25, Sprout Home Chicago, 745 N. Damen Ave.)

C/FAN SILK SCARF ($248, City Blue, 1444 N. Wells St.)

Apr 26 2012

Updated Apr 30 2012

New Residential Zone Guest Passes Starting May 1st.

The 1st ward office of Alderman Moreno will have new residential zone guest passes available for purchase starting May 1st. These do not expire until June 30th, 2013.

  • Rudy Work and Live in the 1st Ward

    @Nina- They are $8.00 for a book of 15 passes

    @Skelts- if i'm not mistaken no, technically they should have one on one a day, not all at once. They could potentially receive a ticket for that if it gets noticed by a revenue agent.

  • Kay Lee 10 year resident of UK Village

    Last year if you tried to buy the guests permits online you had to buy a minimum of 2 packs. I only need one for the year, b/c I don't have that many guests that come. If you buy two packs that is $16 or more than half the price for your annual sticker of $25. Why can't I buy one packet online?

Apr 28 2012

Updated Apr 29 2012

  • Best chicago style "thin" crust imho. Sausage butter crust is amazing.

  • Agreed with Brett, their thin crust is TO DIE. Pizano's is part of the Malnati family somehow, so they have the same delicious crust. I'm loyal to Lou's, and even I am inclined to say it may be better than Lou's.

Apr 28 2012

Apr 25 2012

Updated Apr 28 2012

Looking to move to dog friendly building

I love my neighborhood and would love to find a two bedroom nearby. But I can't seem to find a quality place that will take me and my Charlie. He is a 7 lb. Maltese. I've looked on Craigslist but the only places I find are in Albany Park or further south. Anyone know of any websites besides Craigslist and Domu that can help me find a good home? I've even contacted ApartmentPeople.com but I wasn't impressed.

  • Aljack Investments 773 588-1414 - all tenants have dogs or cats. Mitchell Zamost is the landlord. I am there now with a bunch of cats. All buildings (he has several) are near Elston/Irving Park/Addison and Drake/Bernard areas.

  • Charlie and I are happy to report that we found a place in Lincoln Square and filled out the paperwork already. We'll know by the end of next week whether we will be calling this place home or not. Thanks for all your help.

Apr 26 2012

Updated Apr 28 2012

Suspicious people at my door at 1 AM

1 AM early this morning (Apr. 26th) 1800 block of W Superior. I was awakened by my door bell, and soon after knocking at my door. I was definitely not about to open the door... My dog made a little bark, and when I finally got up to look out my front window, I saw 2 men, 1 a bigger guy, and 1 a small one, in their 30s probably, get in a red/maroon pickup truck that was double parked...

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1 AM early this morning (Apr. 26th) 1800 block of W Superior. I was awakened by my door bell, and soon after knocking at my door. I was definitely not about to open the door... My dog made a little bark, and when I finally got up to look out my front window, I saw 2 men, 1 a bigger guy, and 1 a small one, in their 30s probably, get in a red/maroon pickup truck that was double parked on the street. There was a car parked on the street, blocking my view of them, but they then slowly drove down the street, looking back. I have no idea who they were. Any ideas or has anyone experienced this? They're ringing the doorbell and knocking to see if anyone is home?

  • a

    <~ babyless, so i didn't think of that. maybe a neighborhood watch or no solicitors sign would work? or a watch dog sign? or even go on ebay and buy fake alarm company stickers for your windows?

  • alex trebeck Ukrainian Village since 1990

    I havent seen any statistics that show criminals are targeting new mothers and families with infants. What would they do? Steal all the nappys?

Jul 10 2011

Updated Apr 28 2012

Free sawdust for mulch or composting

I have 3 or 4 35-gallon bags of cypress sawdust/shavings from my woodshop operations. Will deliver within a reasonable radius of Wicker Park or Logan Square.

All natural wood, nothing from plywood or panel products.

Reply via the contact form on my web page if interested:

www.ChicagoGreenWindows.com

  • Meghan Baer Non-profit community development

    Hi Dan,

    Would you consider coming to the Near West Side, just south on Damen? We have a community garden that could use the sawdust as compost. We're working kids in the neighborhood to grow veggies. If so, please contact me at mbaer@nearwestsidecdc.org. Thanks so much!

  • Jeff Linden Pl

    do you still have this? i am in logan. dirtyboulevard at gmail com

Apr 26 2012

Updated Apr 28 2012

Recommendation for a chill party for 25 friends?

Does anyone have a recommendation of a fun bar/restaurant/lounge for a birthday party for approximately 25 friends? I'm not intersted in a wrist band party or one that requires a downpayment of $1000 for holding space & appetizers (I would be willing to pay, just not that much). Just something simple, good music, good drinks, not too crowded on a Saturday at 7:30 pm. Prefer within a few blocks of the Damen/Chicago area.
Thanks!

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    There is a nice place called Angels on approx 300 S. Ashland. They have a garden. AND restaurant.com coupons for a big discount!

  • You could try contacting poggled.com. They do parties, and with their connections should be able to find something that works for you. I haven't dealt with them for party planning, but my general customer service interactions with them have been very positive.

Apr 28 2012

Apr 27 2012

Updated Apr 28 2012

Text alerts for street cleaning and more in the 32nd Ward

The 32nd Ward is now offering TktTxt - a text-message alert system for street cleaning and more.

TktTxt is a free service that sends email and text alerts about upcoming street sweeping.

It takes less than 2 minutes to sign up and begin your protection from those pesky orange envelopes.

What alerts are available?
Street sweeping alerts, expiring drivers license, expiring state license plate sticker, expiring city sticker, cubs night game restricted parking, downtown bridge crossings, closures, special events, and emergency alerts.

Apr 28 2012

Apr 27 2012

Updated Apr 28 2012

construction on Oakley and Division

When that crazy construction will be over? Why every summer they have to do something on that corner?

  • Christy Ukrainian Village resident

    it sucks, parking is going to get bad, Oakley is closed off, so is Thomas next week.

  • So it will be moving up all the way to Augusta block by block? That will take forever!

Apr 28 2012

Apr 25 2012

Updated Apr 27 2012

More on the Art Fests

And, back to the art fair issue....I've come into further information on this issue that is pertinent and enlightening.

With regard to the 10% Bill Morton talked about:
A non-profit group usually doesn't have the wherewithal to undertake all the expenses for a festival such as insurance, bonds, etc. So, what they do is partner with one of the business groups or chamber or other entity that can underwrite the event as part of their umbrella. They are acting as...

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And, back to the art fair issue....I've come into further information on this issue that is pertinent and enlightening.

With regard to the 10% Bill Morton talked about:
A non-profit group usually doesn't have the wherewithal to undertake all the expenses for a festival such as insurance, bonds, etc. So, what they do is partner with one of the business groups or chamber or other entity that can underwrite the event as part of their umbrella. They are acting as what's known as a "fiduciary agent". The standard fee for this agency is usually 10%. This is not a political donation, it's not money for a political purpose and it's not money for anything other than the event and its business operating expenses.
I hope this clears up any confusion.

In addition, there's also the issue of how the "Save the Neighborhood Art Fairs" petition arose. It was my mistake in calling the elimination of fee waivers an "ordinance". I'm sorry if that was misleading...I had been mislead to believe it was an actual ordinance change. I've since been educated further to the exact nature of the change. It happened thusly:

The Chicago 2012 budget was being considered and voted on in the city counsel in November. There were a few Aldermen who had discussions on the elimination of a line item in the proposed budget that was allocated for discretionary Aldermanic spending for fee waivers of various type. According to Joe Moore, Alderman of the 49th ward, there were only a few aldermen that understood the nature of the line item elimination and who had even discussed the possible outcomes of the change.

Moore admits that most of the aldermen never even knew the specifics of they were voting on, but just gave a blanket approval to the new budget on November 16th, 2011. (And, I'm sure there were other items buried in the budget that got changed without much understanding, as well.) Even the new budget couldn't accomplish the task of easing the fiscal pain we're feeling.

  • L

    Art fests and street feats are two different things.

  • the original issue was waiver of street permit fees so these are street festivals that have art instead of music or food.

Apr 27 2012

Apr 27 2012

Get a 2-Bedroom Bucktown Authentic Loft at 26% Off the 2006 Price: 1735 N. Paulina

Get a 2-Bedroom Bucktown Authentic Loft at 26% Off the 2006 Price: 1735 N. Paulina

Feb 13 2012

Updated Apr 27 2012

Speed Camera Bill Based on Phony Data

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-emanuel-speed-camera-records-20120212,0,1891436.story

And like clockwork our intrepid news reporters decide to look into a bill AFTER it's been passed. What do they find? Big surprise but there are lobbyists, secrecy, falsehoods and lies. My favorite part is Rahm reprimanding the newspaper because they won't publish a report proving how dangerous the city is. And then not actually releasing that same report because it's confidential. Now that's Chutzpah!

The thing that really turns me off with Rahm is his arrogance. He's all...

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-emanuel-speed-camera-records-20120212,0,1891436.story

And like clockwork our intrepid news reporters decide to look into a bill AFTER it's been passed. What do they find? Big surprise but there are lobbyists, secrecy, falsehoods and lies. My favorite part is Rahm reprimanding the newspaper because they won't publish a report proving how dangerous the city is. And then not actually releasing that same report because it's confidential. Now that's Chutzpah!

The thing that really turns me off with Rahm is his arrogance. He's all "I" this and "me" that, never we. It's all about what Rahm the petulant little boy King wants. Personally I didn't think I'd sour on him so fast but six months is enough of him in my opinion. Shudder to think but he almost makes me miss Daley.......Almost.

  • Mitch Rezman We own Windy City Parrot Western

    BTW - my hobby is getting booted from LinkedIn groups 3 to date (how dare I question stupid?) - Looking for new mountains to climb

  • Inactive user

    U MAD?

Apr 27 2012

Poppyseed Bandits posted 1 photo to Flickr:

Apr 27 2012

The Jamhole Comedy Podcast posted 1 photo to Picasa:

Apr 26 2012

Your Wicker Park Weekend Guide for 4-26-12

Hello Everyone - Not sure why this isn't publishing on Everyblock today but here you go:

http://tinyurl.com/796qvpu

Apr 26 2012

Updated Apr 26 2012

Crime Concerns

I live on Wayne street between Webster and Belden. Sometime, in the last two weeks my car was broken into and my radio was stolen. The mechanic think they were try to hot wire it because they also screwed up the steering column. It was a 90s silver cadillac. Did anyone see anything? (Also last week my roommates bike was stolen) Has anyone seen anybody messing with a silver caddy or a bike?

  • gerigirl I live and breathe this city!

    SO SORRY! What kind of bike and the color?

Apr 26 2012

Updated Apr 26 2012

Crime, Stole car radio, attempted theft of car, messed up steering column

I submitted a police report. It is going to cost me a lot to fix this for the damage done to the car to get a $40 dollar car-radio. I live on N. Wayne Ave. between Webster and Fullerton. Sometime, in the last two weeks, my car was broken into (by punching the lock - drilling a hole underneath the lock mechanism) and my radio was stolen. The mechanic thinks they were trying to hot wire it because they also...

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I submitted a police report. It is going to cost me a lot to fix this for the damage done to the car to get a $40 dollar car-radio. I live on N. Wayne Ave. between Webster and Fullerton. Sometime, in the last two weeks, my car was broken into (by punching the lock - drilling a hole underneath the lock mechanism) and my radio was stolen. The mechanic thinks they were trying to hot wire it because they also screwed up the steering column. It was a early 90s silver Cadillac. Did anyone see anything? (Also last week my roommate's bike was stolen.) Has anyone seen anybody suspicious messing with a silver caddy late at night? in the last two weeks? (Somebody who uses a drill to break the car-door lock.) Message me if you have any information.

  • Terrible! So sorry for you!

  • I have a radio for 90s GM vehicle. Email me at ozlock@erols.com

  • No info on the car... BUT, I had my bike stolen last year and I was able to track it down.

    There's a flea market at Ashland and 42nd. Bikes get stolen up here and then sold at that flea market quite frequently. Mine was. The way I got my...

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    No info on the car... BUT, I had my bike stolen last year and I was able to track it down.

    There's a flea market at Ashland and 42nd. Bikes get stolen up here and then sold at that flea market quite frequently. Mine was. The way I got my bike back was because the goof that bought it from the flea market tried to re-sell it on Craigslist.

    I can't remember the hours the flea market is open, google it.
    If your roommate knows the serial number or still has a receipt for the bike that would be preferable. I called up the shop I bought mine from and they still had my info.

    If you two are feeling adventurous, go to the flea market THIS week or ASAP. I wanna say its like $5 to get in. If you see it, call 911 (Chicago Police told me this), and tell them that you found it at the market. They should either make them give it to you or arrest them.

    If you don't see it, then I'd suggest floating around craigslist for a few days.

    IF you still haven't found it... its probably in the basement at the Alamo and your roommate is S.O.L.

    Good Luck
    Nick

Apr 20 2012

Updated Apr 26 2012

Shredding services in the hood?

I know that there are occasional community shredding events in the area. Can anyone point me to one up coming? After tax season is a good time to dump old records!

  • Allison Kedzie & Fullerton

    I was looking for the same yesterday. Here's what I found from Free Things to do in Chicago:
    http://chicagofree.info/2012/04/06/free-shredding-in-chicago-2012/

  • Paul Levin Executive Director, Logan Square Chamber of Commer

    This Saturday, April 28, 10 AM 'til 1 PM, at the parking lot on the corner of Pulaski and George St (2847 N Pulaski) by State Rep Toni Berrios' office. Co-sponsored by the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce, Rep. Berrios and AT&T. Bring it on!

Apr 21 2012

Updated Apr 26 2012

Save the Art Fairs!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/764/367/870/save-the-neighborhood-arts-festivals/
Lookie Here! It’s the Reader….please help me spread the word by signing the petition; there’s a link to it in Deanna’s blog. Copy the link and re-post it to your lists; email it, tweet it, facebook it….friends, colleagues, family. Art is life!
Namaste,
gw
http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2012/04/20/artists-rally-to-save-their-street-festivals

  • g.w. a.p. resident

    I'm sorry my response was a little unedited. It was not Greg I was telling to step aside, it was pessimism...negative thinking that there isn't any room for. I think festivals do pay their fair share and will continue to do so. However, we must realize that community partnership (underwriting...

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    I'm sorry my response was a little unedited. It was not Greg I was telling to step aside, it was pessimism...negative thinking that there isn't any room for. I think festivals do pay their fair share and will continue to do so. However, we must realize that community partnership (underwriting by city officials is part of that, too) is a valuable piece of that payment.

    It is the axe falling on unsuspecting heads that is the problem here. This happened with no warning to the public and, though there's a public perception that these waivers were costing the city tens of millions of dollars, they weren't anywhere near that. Just the dental insurance for our city workers is more than that.

    When you consider that Millenium Park has a combined staff, performance and support budget for special events that runs into the $20 Million dollar range and, conservatively guessing, the special waivers across the city for all the small arts organizations is probably less than 1% of that venue's budget alone....well, c'mon...really?? I don't know about you guys, but a neighborhood without any culture isn't worth living in. The unintended fallout of this sweeping revision in typical aldermenic practice doesn't amount to a hill of beans. It's literally peanuts compared to the general budget. But, it does mean a lot more than just money to our individual communities.

    Without supporting the arts and the artists, we limit people's dreams and inspirations. It's not just good infrastructure that makes a city great....its a great population that does that...all of us. But, we all must be optimistic if we are to achieve anything worthwhile for our future, don't you think?

  • Inactive user

    We all apply different "value" to different activities. Be it arts, parks, education etc.

    When funding was cut for Wells Park many of the people who cared (myself included) opened their checkbooks to support projects/endeavors they felt were important.

    I would assume this same grass roots support will occur for any art festivals people really care about no?

Apr 26 2012

Updated Apr 26 2012

ballsey theives on cortez street

this is the second time in a three week period that i have had items stolen from my garden apt. entrance.
i was home both times and both occurances happened after 10 pm.
pretty gutsy that the thief walked through my iron gate, down my stairs, and walked off with a 50 lb marble table top and now a stack of 3 orange outdoor chairs.
anyone see someone carrying a stack of chairs or carting off a marble table top in the middle of night?

  • CMT

    That is pretty gutsy....especially a 50 lb marble table top! Did this happen on Cortez Street east of west of Ashland?

  • MB

    west of ashland. between damen and hoyne.

Apr 26 2012

Apr 12 2012

Updated Apr 25 2012

Rahm says "trust me" LOL

While everyone is focusing on speed cams, Rahm is slipping the $7 B trust through and it will get voted on next week at same time as the speed-cameras, its TEN times worse than the "type" of process for the meters.

Rahm can have total control of all leases of our assets.
The "one alderman" on the board is a bogus move. It serves no purpose but as a puppet.

PLEASE contact your Alderman and let them know you stand against corporatization and hidden profits for the banks and construction companies behind this "infrastructure trust"

  • NinnyMuggins your neighbor

    Here is my prediction on how this will work.
    A govt-owned building will have energy-saving technology installed. (For the sake of argument) the electric bill will get slashed from $100/month to $60/month. The savings will go to the investors, right? However, at the rate (whatever it is, in this example...

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    Here is my prediction on how this will work.
    A govt-owned building will have energy-saving technology installed. (For the sake of argument) the electric bill will get slashed from $100/month to $60/month. The savings will go to the investors, right? However, at the rate (whatever it is, in this example $40/month) its going to take decades for the investors to realize their return, so its going to have to be the savings plus a little extra to pay off the loan.....say $60/month.
    In short, the taxpayers who pay the electric bill will have to come up with roughly 120% of the current electric bills to pay the investors for the 'favor' they've done for Chicago.

  • Bike Jedi Bike Jedi . I live to bike . Born in the Square.

    However the investors are taken care of we can all rest assured that since they are loyal donors and bundlers and Dem elites they will all get their money and interest . the minute this starts to go South it will be covered up and they will let it ride...

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    However the investors are taken care of we can all rest assured that since they are loyal donors and bundlers and Dem elites they will all get their money and interest . the minute this starts to go South it will be covered up and they will let it ride long enough for the investors to get out . (SEE SOLYNDRA ) the Tax Payers will get left holding the bag . There won't be a lot of work getting done and the projects that get started will have massive cost over runs and they wont get done on schedule . Why should they get done on schedule when there will be an unlimited tap of our money funding it ? Thew way this was passed with not even the most basic questions from Alderman being answered is appalling . Then rahm goes to the press and says this will all be open and transparent and th sheep bend over believe it and go Baa Baaa

Apr 25 2012

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Apr 25 2012

  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    REMOVE AND REPLACE ROOF STORM DRAINAGE PIPING,SAME SIZE,LOCATION AND TYPE SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTION.NO OTHER WORK UNDER THIS PERMIT.

    1740 N. Marshfield Ave. Issued April 23, 2012 Comment

Apr 24 2012

Apr 23 2012

Updated Apr 23 2012

WPAC or Wicker Park Fitness?

I am looking to join a gym and was wondering if anyone in the area had any strong opinions about Wicker Park Fitness or the Athletic Clubs in the area? WPAC is opening soon and they are only a few blocks away of each other, so I need something other than proximity to sway my decision. I currently have a gym at my work, so I would probably use one in WP during the evening and weekends. Please let me know if you have a membership to either and like/dislike it! Thanks!

  • We joined WPAC during the pre-sale, so we got a great deal. But WPF just dropped their prices to something like $38/month. Both are going to be fairly small clubs, just like all the other gyms in the area. We went with WPAC because the classes seemed more interesting and the fogged up windows at WPF gross us out a bit, but if you're in the neighborhood you probably can't go wrong.

  • Kelly new to mt. greenwood!

    Thanks everyone, I am trying to stay as far south as possible since I live near Augusta. I am a big fan of hopping on the treadmill, then doing my own thing with free weights (medicine balls, resistance bands, etc.). I will have to go check both places out myself, but I figured I would get some feedback from people first because I am a sucker and fold easily to sales pitches!

Apr 23 2012

matt_frankel posted 1 photo to Flickr:

Apr 22 2012

Apr 21 2012

Updated Apr 22 2012

  • tor family of three, two dogs, a cat, hamsters,

    Does anyone kow what happened here?

Apr 22 2012

  • 5 stars out of 5: Schwa on Yelp

Apr 21 2012

Updated Apr 21 2012

Fundraisers

Hi neighbors,

Long time listener, first time caller.

Two gentlemen who appeared to be in their 20's or 30's rang my door bell asking if I was interested in donating to the "Chicago Strikers" soccer team. Has anyone else encountered these two, and are they legit? It was just weird when they said they were neighbors and the son of someone who lives on Wolcott. I am always wary of door to door fundraising, especially when I asked if I could be mailed something and told no.

I guess I just don't like handing my bank info (i.e. checks) to a stranger.

  • Luci in Rogers Park Dog Lover, living in Rogers Park for 26 years

    These days it pays to be wary of door to door "fundraisers." It's best to follow your gut feelings. No, don't give out bank info to strangers.
    Sounds like a scam...you did the right thing. Thanks for the heads up.

Apr 21 2012

Apr 20 2012

grmeyer posted 1 photo to Flickr:

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