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Peruvian Restaurant in "Expressions" spot?

Does anyone know whats going on at 4020 N. Lincoln? It's the storefront across from Starbucks that has had signage in the windows for years saying "Expressions, coming soon". I heard from the owner of Coles Appliances next door that it is being built out as a Peruvian restaurant. Does anyone have the scoop?

  • I did see a couple of guys holding blueprints standing outside and talking about it a couple of days ago. There was a short flurry of work in the space some time last year, but nothing after that.

  • I'm Peruvian and I hope that their food is great cause I'm always raving to my passengers about how great Peruvian is :) I'm going to try it then recommend :)

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Beige and Brown Cat at Wolcott and Berteau

We found a cat crying outside our porch at about 11pm on April 23rd. It looks like one of our neighbors heard her/him before we got home and left some food out. We did the same, but it continues to cry and cry. We are torn as to whether or not to bring it inside, but we don't think our own cat would appreciate that very much. If anyone has a lost cat, please respond. It's extremely friendly and clearly doesn't enjoy being outside.

14 hours ago

Ugg cleaning

Lookin to get uggs cleaned anyone have great place that is reasonable

2 days ago

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Summer school options

I was wondering if anyone have any options for summer school in the area. I need full-time care as I work and was hoping to find something along the Brown Line.

  • Aron Long tlme Lincoln sq home owner

    Try calling St matthias or st bens churches .they have some programs which may be a bit expensive.

  • Queen of Angels has a great day camp - very close to the Western stop.

Feb 26

Updated 19 hours ago

Zumba is now at St. Benedicts!

Come join the party and get fit at the same time. Zumba is now 2x a week at St. Benedicts, Saturdays from 10am to 11 and on Wed from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Everyone's first class is free and after is $5 drop in or buy 10 class passes for $30 ($3 a class). Open to both men and women ages 16 years and up.

Mar 18

Updated 20 hours ago

Squirrel hanging from telephone/electric wire

For close to a month my kids have a daily watch ("It's still there!") on a dead squirrel hanging from a wire apparently by its teeth midway between poles in a backyard on the south east corner of Oakley and Montrose where it dead-ends at Welles Park. Anybody else see this?

  • It is indeed gone. Fake or not, it has been a part of our family's day for months and months. That squirrel was a small part of what helped get us through a very tough winter. I hope if it was real, he rests in peace. If it was fake, thank you to the perp who hung it there.

  • william V northcenter resident

    yep--its gone--my kids were always looking at it and talking about it on the way to the park--- r. i p. mr squirrel

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Mar 08

Updated 31 hours ago

Say no to Cubs parking at Irving and Rockwell

In the latest newsletter for our ward, it was announced that the Cubs will be soon turning our neighborhood into their parking lot. This doesn't require ward approval. Sounds like a deal has been made between the Cubs and Basic wire, a factory with a gigantic lot by the river.
I can only imagine what wonders this will do for traffic on Irving, Western and all the side streets. I'm not just talking car traffic, some of the fans aren't...

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In the latest newsletter for our ward, it was announced that the Cubs will be soon turning our neighborhood into their parking lot. This doesn't require ward approval. Sounds like a deal has been made between the Cubs and Basic wire, a factory with a gigantic lot by the river.
I can only imagine what wonders this will do for traffic on Irving, Western and all the side streets. I'm not just talking car traffic, some of the fans aren't all too respectful. Ready to have your area turn into Wrigleyville? Finally, what positive does our community get from this? What traffic studies were done? I know this is a free market but let's make sure we let Basic Cable and Cubs ownership hear are voices.

2 days ago

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Need nitrogen for my tires

Anyone know where I can get a nitrogen fill-up in the area?

Apr 15

Updated 35 hours ago

Suspicious activity at Belle Plaine and Lincoln and in North Center Town Square

Has anyone else noticed loitering and some generally odd happenings in this area. I see a car parked with people getting in and out and people loitering near the buildings. My guess is that there might be some drug sales going on. I'll be contacting the Alderman's office but was wondering if anyone else has notified them.

  • tbf

    I talked to the Alderman's office yesterday. This is a known issue with that block of buildings that house the empty laundry mat and the currency exchange. He said that they would let the beat Captain know that the activity is picking up and that neighbors should call the police anytime we see something odd.

  • I often see sketchy types going in and out of the closed laundromat. I've even seen them taking in giant TVs. It seemed odd, but it's not illegal to move a TV, and while I walk by often, I don't live in the neighborhood so I never reported anything.

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Ald. Pawar running again

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140414/north-center/ald-pawar-kicks-off-re-election-bid-says-maybe-future-mayoral-run

This is great news...I hate the term limit part though. Does anyone know if the committeeman is organizing for the campaign or how to get involved?

  • Julie-audubon mom, MBA, coffee nut, political junkie

    Bill- you're right on the ward being the envy. My point is people from other communities want an alderman like ours. The Mariano's was not started by the former alderman. I was at the community meeting for the Roundys and 11 story condo tower. Schulter proposed 14 million in TIF....

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    Bill- you're right on the ward being the envy. My point is people from other communities want an alderman like ours. The Mariano's was not started by the former alderman. I was at the community meeting for the Roundys and 11 story condo tower. Schulter proposed 14 million in TIF. The proposal did not have community support and died. This Mariano's is all the new alderman. You are right on the ball field. It's Schulter. You're wrong on the French School. My good friend,who also happens to raise money for Lycee, always talks about what an obstructionist the old administration was. I also remember Schulters proposal to build single family homes on the school site. My point is we don't need a relative of the old administration in office in 2019. Even you can agree with me on that.

  • I agree Julie. I'd hate to see someone from Schulter's administration take over.

Apr 16

Updated 2 days ago

Sofas!

Hi there. I have a few pieces of furniture to get rid of pronto - seriously, if you can come pick them up, you can have them for FREE. That's right, FREE. Good condition sofas - we just need to make room for a baby, so goodbye spare room, hello nursery. Non-smoking, but cat home. Must pick up.

The first is a black, IKEA ektorp sofabed - it's a few years old, but in really good shape - we've used...

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Hi there. I have a few pieces of furniture to get rid of pronto - seriously, if you can come pick them up, you can have them for FREE. That's right, FREE. Good condition sofas - we just need to make room for a baby, so goodbye spare room, hello nursery. Non-smoking, but cat home. Must pick up.

The first is a black, IKEA ektorp sofabed - it's a few years old, but in really good shape - we've used in a spare room for the occasional out-of-towners. IKEA no longer carries the sofa, but I've found replacement covers online elsewhere, if black isn't your thing. The cover is easily removed to be washed. There are some minor nicks where the cat got a hold of it, along the back. This guy is heavy. And we can throw is the squishy, foam mattress topper we use with it to make it more comfortable.

The second is a set of dark brown, corduroy-ish apartment sized sofa/loveseat and oversized arm chair. Two years old - the sofa is in good shape - some minor wear, we would keep, but we came into a different living room set. The chair, on the other hand, has a rip along the back where the pillow meets the frame - I believe it's easily repaired - I'm just lazy - so we've just thrown a blanket over it. And woah - get this, it comes with THREE pillows.

I can't get both pictures to load, so let me know if I can send one to you or if you have other questions.

  • Cat

    Hi Elizabeth! I'm interested in seeing pics of the corduroy sofa, loveseat and chair. Could you send them to me via email? cat02134 at gmail dot com. Thanks!

  • Hi Cat, thanks for your interest, however it's all been picked up already! I just can't figure out how to delete posts on everyblock :/

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Gutter & Siding

Neighbors,
Thanks for the great reccommendations for the carpet. If anyone has any good reccommendations for a contractor who does siding and gutters, please let me know.
As always Thanks a bunch.

  • Call Slawek, 773.497.6744
    He has completed several jobs, siding, gutters, windows....very professional and reasonable.

  • I highly recommend Peter Skobelski. 773-415-1552. He did sliding insulation and gutters on our Victorian 3 flat. Neighbors commented on how clean he left the site each night. He nailed the details and even did a few things not in the contract at no charge. He isn't a contractor. He is someone the contractor sub out to.

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Apr 16

LOST KEYS

I lost my set of keys at Horner Park this evening (April 16th) around 6:15pm. There are some house keys some with color caps and a Dodge car key. If anyone finds them Please, Please message me!!!! Thanks!

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Two Bedroom Apartment for Rent - Northcenter

Hello all, I have a unit for rent on the 4300N block of Damen. The unit has two bedrooms + an office, heat and a covered parking spot included. Laundry is in the building - many updates. Please feel free to call of text me at 847-962-2087 to set up a showing if you're interested. I live in the building. Thanks! http://goo.gl/B2Npuh

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Apr 13

Updated Apr 14

Veg Head - good, locally-grown veggies to go in North Center

I was walking and enjoying the weather yesterday, and while I was coming back from the Pet Supplies Store on Lincoln, I ran into a cute little shop with a cartoon broccoli illustration outside, begging me to check it out - the signs boasted smoothies, produce, etc., and I have never seen it before. So inside I went, and the owner gave me the lowdown on the shop. She obtains her produce from local farms, and the idea is that...

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I was walking and enjoying the weather yesterday, and while I was coming back from the Pet Supplies Store on Lincoln, I ran into a cute little shop with a cartoon broccoli illustration outside, begging me to check it out - the signs boasted smoothies, produce, etc., and I have never seen it before. So inside I went, and the owner gave me the lowdown on the shop. She obtains her produce from local farms, and the idea is that you can pick stuff out, like certain veggies, and they make them to go - basically, making eating well more convenient for the customer. I tried a peach smoothie, which is all the basics - yogurt, honey, and fruit. No additives!

While reading up on this to post on my food-enthusiast blog (http://vixteroni.wordpress.com), I came across this article from a while back:

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130905/north-center/veg-head-battles-junk-food-with-customized-snack-packs

If you are around Lincoln and Irving Park, be sure to check this out - I think there is a lot of potential there.

  • Jen Baron JBaron

    Wow! Good to know! Had no idea about this place and I will be sure to check it out! We need more places like this! And we need to support them! So keep spreading the word! Very cool!

  • I don't understand why Veg Head purposely tries to alienate a good portion of potential customers by stating "This is an anti-Ayn Rand Establishment". I am not a serious Randite, but I have read some of her books and found them thought provoking. To me, this signage just seems like bad business. It is the reason I have never been in Veg Head despite living around the corner (and loving guac).

Apr 02

Updated Apr 14

Please report problems about new Cubs lot

The new Cubs parking lot at Rockwell and Irving is sure to cause issues for neighbors. Please be sure to contact the Cubs 773-404-4175 or Alderman Pawar (773) 868-4747 or
info@chicago47.org with all concerns. This was thrust upon the neighborhood without input from the residents in a surprise move. The meeting with the Cubs, alderman and residents was 4 days before the first weekend game and there are still open questions and concerns.

  • Hi every blockers, would anybody like to comment about the parking lot for a college news story i am doing. I would really appreciate it. Please contact me at ricardo.guzman@loop.colum.edu

  • Any nearby residents willing to comment on the parking lot, please contact me at ricardo.guzman@loop.colum.edu. I would really appreciate it. It is for a college homework assignment.

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