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Luftwerk's Film Noir Redemption in Couch Alley - only through Saturday

The passageway bridging State and Dearborn midblock between Lake and Randolph is called Couch Place.  In Old Chicago, it was a street, the southern boundary of...

29 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Robbery at gunpoint 2100 block Erie

My neighbor was robbed at 10pm tonight at gunpoint while pulling into the garage.

2 African American males (20-25yo one with an Afro) approached him after he pulled into the garage, ordered him out if the car and onto his knees facing the wall as they rummaged through the car and took his wallet, watch and cell phone.

Be aware at night everyone, especially in the alleys. These types of robberies seem to come in waves.

  • Anonymous Andy Chicago/damen

    Was this the Erie and Ohio ally or the Erie and Huron ally?
    There was an attempted garage break-in two nights ago in the 2100 block of Huron. Between Huron and Erie. Apparently the homeowner heard something and turned off the lights and looked out the window. The person must...

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    Was this the Erie and Ohio ally or the Erie and Huron ally?
    There was an attempted garage break-in two nights ago in the 2100 block of Huron. Between Huron and Erie. Apparently the homeowner heard something and turned off the lights and looked out the window. The person must have heard or seen the home owner and ran off because they did not get it. The wood around the deadbolt was damaged as they tried to break the wood to pop open the deadbolt and the back gate to the ally was left open.

    If you have windows not in reach of anyone, keep them open at night to hear any issues that can come up. This is the only way the break in did not occur.

  • Ricky ricky

    It was the Erie and Huron alley.

2 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Lost Dog- Chihuahua!

Be on the lookout for this Lost Chihuahua! Belushi was lost at Huron & Wood in the West Town Neighborhood of Chicago on Sept 15. Please share too!

  • Btw, Erica - I think your flyers were extremely helpful and well-placed. I saw them early on and realized that it was in my area so I'd been keeping an eagle-eye out for your pup. So glad that he was found! But much of that is because you did such a good job of getting the word out. Kudos!

  • Not my dog or flyer just helping out a friend of a friend. :)

20 hours ago

Fine fresh seafood in the Loop at The Pearl Tavern

...Tavern sits at 180 Wacker Drive in the farthest northwest corner of the Loop (between Lake and Randolph) and serves up some of the best seafood I have tasted in Chicago...

20 hours ago

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26 hours ago

The arrival of reform politics

If you live in the 28th ward please join "New leadership for the 28th ward" on Facebook.

27 hours ago

  • Permit issued for new construction

    PERMIT EXPIRES ON 11/15/2014 ERECTION STARTS: 9/19/2014, ERECTION ENDS: 9/21/2014. TEMPORARY TENT FOR THE COMMON GROUND FOUNDATION FESTIVAL ON SEPTEMBER 19-21, 2014 AT UNION PARK. 1-40'X50' TENT. AAA RENTAL SYSTEM

    1501 W. Randolph St. Issued September 15, 2014 Comment

30 hours ago

Are you interested in playing fall basketball at Smith Park?

Smith Park is still looking for boys or girls between the ages of 13-17 to play in the fall basketball league on Saturday afternoons. Practice and games will be held in the Smith Park gym. If anyone has a child, friend or relative who may be interested in playing fall basketball, please contact Frank at 312-742-7534. The cost is $35. Season will end mid-December. You do not need to live in the West Town Community to play.

Smith Park
2526 West Grand Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60612

smithparkadvisorycouncil.org

This is Frank below, thank you for all your support! :)

33 hours ago

West Town residents financing businesses

Hi, West Towners! As supporters of the stores and cafes in West Town, I wanted to share a new way to advocate for local businesses and create a stronger neighborhood economy.

Your many years of love for The Ugly Mug Cafe on Chicago Ave. has encouraged them to open for a second location. They are seeking customers, friends, and neighbors to fund a community sourced loan for the costs of construction. They chose this type of loan instead of traditional financing because they believe in the benefit of community involvement to growing the cafe and the neighborhood. FYI, they built their patio this year using this same lending method.

Check out how this works here:
http://bit.ly/ZqDYuu

34 hours ago

35 hours ago

Y.O.U Openhouse

Casa Central's Youth Opportunities Unlimited Program is hosting an open house this Friday Sept 19th from 5:00-7:30pm. There will be music and light refreshments served. This is a great opportunity for families to find out about the many services Y.O.U offers as well as people who are interested in volunteering with us. Feel Free to stop by.
1351 N.California Ave.

44 hours ago

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2 days ago

3rd Meeting of Neighborhood Group - For Those in the Area Bound by Grand/Chicago/Damen/Western

If you live in the area bound by Grand/Chicago/Damen/Western, there is a new neighborhood organization forming. Our third public community meeting and will be held on Saturday September 20th at 10am at the Ukrainian Cultural Center located at 2247 W. Chicago Ave., at Oakley.

We are holding monthly steering committee meetings for the foreseeable future to serve as a public forum for your input and ideas as we work to formalize an organizational structure.

The three existing committees (community affairs,...

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If you live in the area bound by Grand/Chicago/Damen/Western, there is a new neighborhood organization forming. Our third public community meeting and will be held on Saturday September 20th at 10am at the Ukrainian Cultural Center located at 2247 W. Chicago Ave., at Oakley.

We are holding monthly steering committee meetings for the foreseeable future to serve as a public forum for your input and ideas as we work to formalize an organizational structure.

The three existing committees (community affairs, operations, planning and preservation) will present updates and the organization name will be discussed. And we are hosting a social gathering at Tuman's Tap (Chicago & Leavitt) after the meeting.

If you cannot attend, but would still like to get involved, send us an email to

neighborhoodoptions60612@gmail.com.

To check for updates and find out about our progress and goals look here:

http://neighborhoodoptions.blogspot.com

Whether you own or rent come to make your voice heard and please share this information with your neighbors!

Thank You.

JW Glass

2 days ago

Cargo van catches fire on Near West Side

A cargo van caught fire earlier Tuesday morning on the city's Near West Side.The van was parked in an alley near Carroll and Paulina.There are no reports of injuries and there is no word what caused the van to catch fire.

2 days ago

Chicago Rapper, Common, Comes Home for Sunday Music Festival

The fest, hosted by Dave Chappelle, kicks off in Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., Sunday. There will be two stages. The main stage is for ages 18 and older. Featured guests include Lupe Fiasco, De La Soul, MC Lyte, Jennifer Hudson , Jay Electronica and Lil Herb.

2 days ago

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2 days ago

Flames engulf van on near West Side

The fire broke out around 6 a.m. near Carroll and Paulina in a back alley. Air FOX flew over the scene as firefighters worked to put out the flames.

3 days ago

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Sep 07

Updated 3 days ago

Will Natalino's ever re-open?

Hi neighbors!

Does anyone know why Natalino's closed down a few years ago?

There is a large "license revoked" sign posted on the side, but what is the story here?

I never got the chance to try it out, but I heard the food and service were great.
This neighborhood needs a great Italian eatery!

Any idea if something will ever open up in its place?

  • Big Al WP Big Al, Your Neighborhood Pal

    Just to set the record straight, as Mr. Beef's accountant, the owner of Mr. Beef owned the building and his business partner ran the restaurant. Hope that clears up any confusion here.

  • Crain's
    Feb 11, 2009

    (Crain's) — Midwest Bank has filed a foreclosure lawsuit to collect about $650,000 on Mr. Beef, the longtime Italian beef sandwich restaurant in River North.

    The Melrose Park-based bank alleges that Mr. Beef's co-owners, Joseph Zucchero and Michael Genevese, failed to pay off two loans, totaling...

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    Crain's
    Feb 11, 2009

    (Crain's) — Midwest Bank has filed a foreclosure lawsuit to collect about $650,000 on Mr. Beef, the longtime Italian beef sandwich restaurant in River North.

    The Melrose Park-based bank alleges that Mr. Beef's co-owners, Joseph Zucchero and Michael Genevese, failed to pay off two loans, totaling $330,000, when they came due in October, and missed monthly payments on a third loan, according to a complaint filed Dec. 19 in Cook Court Circuit Court.

    The loan problems aren't tied to the performance of Mr. Beef, a Chicago culinary institution at 666 N. Orleans St. The difficulties could be a simple story of restaurateurs overextending themselves at a bad time. A portion of the loans on the Mr. Beef building were used to cover costs of Natalino's, a West Town restaurant that Messrs. Zucchero and Genevese opened in March, "just on the cusp of this whole economic meltdown," Mr. Zucchero says ruefully.

    But Mr. Zucchero says Natalino's, a 120-seat restaurant... "does phenomenal, even in this market." Instead, he sees the foreclosure case as an example of how some tight-fisted lenders are squeezing small entrepreneurs.

    In addition to the Midwest Bank loans, Norridge-based Plaza Bank holds a $2-million loan secured in part by the Chicago Avenue property. The Plaza Bank loan is current, Mr. Zucchero says...

    Both banks have rebuffed efforts to refinance those loans and other debts, which total about $3.5 million, he says. Messrs. Zucchero and Genevese say they have offered to put up properties worth more than $6 million to secure the loans.

    "You'd think they (the banks) would go, 'OK, come on in and talk this out and get this thing rehashed," Mr. Zucchero says....

    Modest cost overruns made finances even tighter. Mr. Zucchero admits missing payments to Midwest Bank, but blames that in part on non-Hodgkins lymphoma that he was diagnosed with last year, which took him away from the business.

3 days ago

Jennifer Hudson Added to Common's Aahh! Fest Lineup

Organizers announced earlier that comedian Dave Chappelle would host the inaugural Aahh! Festival in the park, 1501 W. Randolph St.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Need experienced handyman to fix my balcony door

My balcony door has run off the track and even when I unscrew the bottom screws I can't get the door out to fix it. I need an experienced handyman to take a look and get the door off the track and also take a look at the damaged track. I don't need someone like me who dabbles in this sort of thing, I need someone with experience with balcony doors, if possible. Does anyone know a good handyman with this type of experience?

  • I do not have any personal experience recommendation but you may want to call Mr. Handyman of Lincoln Park 312-985-9283.

    I noticed two Mr. Handyman trucks parked on the 1500 block of west Adams street for the past month. I then noticed several of their trucks parked south of the Whole Foods store on Kingsbury. They have a "robust" web site and reviews on Yelp which may provide some further assistance.

    Hope this helps. Good luck.

  • My wive runs a handyman service and lives in the neighborhood.

    They do a lot of marketing is for Seniors, but they service everyone. http://www.plhi.org/services/handyman-services.aspx

  • BTW - The heavier glass doors usually have screws at the top and bottom that retract the rollers. Sometimes the top screws are in a different place than the lower ones.

3 days ago

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4 days ago

  • Help Us Hear Our Technology!

    Ms. Halper is asking for $426.99:
    My students need 25 sets of headphones and four splitters for use in our classroom listening center and for use in our school computer lab.
    Hope Institute Learning Academy Comment

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

police & helicopters

Does anyone know you there are police flying down western Ave going north and helicopters?

4 days ago

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6 days ago

Projection Mapping Animations at the High Dive

The West Town Art Walk is just around the corner, taking place on October 3-4. Come out and support all of the amazing featured artists and West Town establishments. And be sure to stop by the High Dive at 1938 W. Chicago Ave. to see two projection mapped animations.

The two animations below will be on display 5pm – 8pm on October 3rd and 11am – 8pm on October 4th:

untitled – 5’ x 7’ – 03:15 (http://vimeo.com/58034310)

the elephant in the room – 4’ x 4’ – 05:45 (https://vimeo.com/105606079)

For more info on the event: http://www.westtownartwalk.com

6 days ago

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Sep 11

New to the Neighborhood

Hello West Town,

We wanted to take a second to introduce ourselves. We are a local Chicago start-up drink delivery service partnering with local business owners in your area. We currently work with Noble Grape on Chicago Ave. You can place your orders online at Drinkfly.com or download to app to your smartphone or android. Once you place your order, a store employee will make the delivery to your door where all IDs are checked, just as they would be at the store. Stay warm out there, and have a great Thursday.

Cheers!
DF

Sep 11

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Sep 08

Updated Sep 10

Found dog

Found a white mixed breed dog in the starbucks lot at grand and ogden earlier today, my friend has him at her house right now but we are hoping to find the owner. He had a choker collar on but no tags. Very friendly dog, let me know if you can help locate the owner.

  • Have you had her scanned for a microchip yet? Any vet clinic can do it, or we can scan her at The Anti-Cruelty Society. I found the owner of a nice dog in West Town earlier this year that way.

  • There's a lady who works at 1528 W Adams building who lost a dog. She put posters all over Near West Side, however that was about 8 weeks ago. The dog was tiny though, so I can't see it requiring a pinch collar. How big is this dog?

Sep 10

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