21 hours ago

Updated 10 min ago

Messy neighbor

Hi everyone.. What do you think about this....
There's this neighbor of mine that I guess "scraps metal" for a living which is fine, I'm glad he's doing this instead of something illegal. The problem is that his entire yard is full of garbage all the time. He'll pull his black van to his garage unload a ton of metals and tvs and what not. Then he start breaking tvs in the yard and all the "gases" in there escape!...

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Hi everyone.. What do you think about this....
There's this neighbor of mine that I guess "scraps metal" for a living which is fine, I'm glad he's doing this instead of something illegal. The problem is that his entire yard is full of garbage all the time. He'll pull his black van to his garage unload a ton of metals and tvs and what not. Then he start breaking tvs in the yard and all the "gases" in there escape! Same thing with refrigerators. Aren't these harmful? Shouldn't these kind of appliances be taken to proper recycling center where they'll dispose of them safely? On top of that whatever isn't metal he'll just throw away in the garbage or pile it up next to his garage because he cant stuff the bins no more, its making our alley look really bad. On top of all this he'll start at like 7 am hammering and hacking away, waking up the entire block. Should I ask him to keep the alley clean and to minimize the noise? I've never spoken to him other than hi and bye and I don't want him to think I'm rude if I ask him. My aunt says I shouldn't and so does my husband. I wanted to get more opinions and what better place than EB..... Thanks for reading..

  • Kenji, I would not post a photo if it was me. For the same reason I would call the alderman instead of talking to the neighbor.

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    If I created a new post with:

    "Hi everyone.. What do you think about this...."

    I'd show a simple snapshot of "this".

16 hours ago

Updated 16 min ago

Graffati

I thought the graffiti on the 2 buildings at Montrose and Meade were supposed to have been removed Monday. Can I call 311 or do the building owners have to call. It looks terrible

  • The Graffiti Supervisor had indicated to me last week that they would be there Monday but they obviously did not show. I've been calling and emailing multiple times every day since....they are typically very responsive to my requests, particularly in regards to gang graffiti, but I'll assume that they are...

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    The Graffiti Supervisor had indicated to me last week that they would be there Monday but they obviously did not show. I've been calling and emailing multiple times every day since....they are typically very responsive to my requests, particularly in regards to gang graffiti, but I'll assume that they are simply overwhelmed with requests right now. I'll try once again today...
    I did show photos to our new Police Commander, Roger Bay, at the CAPS meeting last night and gave him the address of the person who I think is responsible for this. Like Commander O'Donnell, he was a bit surprised to see "Gaylord's" markings.

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    Oh man it would suck being a little asshat if an Alderman and a police Commander both know your name and your exact address. Time to move out of Dodge.

10 hours ago

Updated 21 min ago

Missing dog Central/Montrose ~ help please

Please keep an eye open for a neighbor's missing dog. A Brittany Spaniel - white with red spots. Last seen around 8:30 this evening heading towards Central / Montrose. Sweet dog but a runner. Thank you!!

  • krabbykrisy dedicated to raising a Great Chicago Kid

    Well someone just found her. : ) never mind.....

  • Debeb 48 year Portage Park resident

    Glad dog was found. You are a wonderful caring neighbor.

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    Debeb you should get your eye looked at. I think it has maggots.

17 hours ago

Updated 23 min ago

Pete's Pizza #2 Grand Re-Opening Weekend

Bring your family and friends to the Grand Re-Opening of Pete's Pizza #2, 5847 W. Montrose, this Saturday & Sunday for FREE Live Entertainment, Balloon Artist, Giveaways, Raffle Prizes and more! Join owners Sam & Kathy as they cut the ribbon at 2 PM on Saturday and join in the fun and good food in their beautiful, newly renovated restaurant. Hope to see you there!

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2 hours ago

Updated 44 min ago

Raccoon On My Roof

I heard my cats hissing out the upstairs window around 9:00 last night. There was a big raccoon on the my front porch roof looking at my cats. The raccoon was face to face with the my cats. Thank God the window was not open. When i tapped on the window the raccoon didn't even move. I had to take my cats out of the front window and lock them out of that room. I'm afraid to open that window now when the weather gets warmer. Anyone else having problems with raccoons?

  • Portage Porker 23 Year Portage Park Resident

    Watch out, they will tear the heck out of your roof and siding!

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    Yup, coons can be problematic.

5 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

WBBM News Radio Reference of Six Corners

Was listening to WBBM news on the radio at 105.9 FM this morning and heard the most interesting sound bite...unfortunately I was talking on the phone at the same time and did not catch it all. But they announced "Something very new is coming to six corners, and if you don't know what six corners is...you are probably are not originally from Chicago." They then said to find out more to tune in on "Monday?" Not sure if was for...

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Was listening to WBBM news on the radio at 105.9 FM this morning and heard the most interesting sound bite...unfortunately I was talking on the phone at the same time and did not catch it all. But they announced "Something very new is coming to six corners, and if you don't know what six corners is...you are probably are not originally from Chicago." They then said to find out more to tune in on "Monday?" Not sure if was for the Noon Business Hour, or perhaps a teaser for Channel 2 evening news, which is also owned by WBBM. I know some new business are coming to six corners, but none that would be news worthy on a city level. Does anyone know anymore about this?

32 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

  • "ruins" reminds me of a great song by Warlock - I Rule The Ruins

  • Portage Patty 30+ year veteran of da hood.

    They are rehabbing the bowling alley at Mango and Irving. The inside walls have been heavily defaced with graffiti. Is the translation. The old roof has been removed and a piece of the west wall has been removed making for full access to the site. A fence was recently installed around the parking lot and it has supplies of brick and concrete mixing machinery. I would guess they will soon close up the building.

7 hours ago

46 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

PetSmart joining the Six Corners Family

PetSmart has announced that they will be joining the Six Corners family and occupy the lifesource space in the Marketplace Plaza!

With so many pet-owners in our community this will be a great addition to our neighborhood.

Little by little, day by day, we are seeing great strides in the 45thWard. This development will help continue to lay the foundation for strong sustainable development in Chicago's Northwest Corridor.

10 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

chubbrocks support local business, amazon deal

http://local.amazon.com/chicago/B00IYZN546/30-punch-card-to-spend-on-pet-supplies

$30 Punch Card to Spend on Pet Supplies

Chubbrocks The Pet Store

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We all love our pets, so it only makes sense to love our favorite pet store, too. Chubbrocks The Pet Store carries food and accessories for dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, and critters of all kinds—even the really good stuff, like Blue Buffalo. Grab this deal and go shopping!
• $15 ($30 value) for a punch card with three $10 punches to spend on pet supplies
• Shop for food and supplies, cages, toys, fish aquariums, and other essentials
•They'll fill special orders for ponds, fish, and exotic reptiles
•Open seven days a week

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  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    His store can possibly thrive. He needs to key off of what PetSmart wont carry and have Petsmart direct those customers to him. He brings in the weirdo products and because the people are just around the corner they'll go there too and spend a ton of money. If he does it right he'll be making more gross revenue than he does now.

  • He can cater to pit bull lovers. They can have pitbull handbags and lingerie.

14 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Irving east of Laramie?

They are building out a storefront of some kind between the furniture restoration place and InStyle salon. Does anyone know what it will be?

  • Portage Porker 23 Year Portage Park Resident

    I think Lynch originally bought that building to use as a waiting room. Not sure if it burned when they still ran the dealerships. Anyhow a friend who works at Marino gave me that info a few weeks back. He said they could only use the back (unburned) portion before and now they will be able to put twice as many cars in there.

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    I like the punching of noses possibilities.

    That stings but gets a point across.

2 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Why is our Blue Bin not being Emptied?

We moved in to our house (by Narraganset and Montrose) at the end of February and there wasn't a blue bin when we first moved in. We requested one and have been using it but they don't always empty it when they get the others. Anyone know why they skip us? I was going to file a complaint but maybe we're doing something wrong?

3 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Pothole Update

This winter was one of the coldest and snowiest on record in Chicago. As anyone who drives or takes a bus knows, the brutal weather took a heavy toll on our city streets.

The number of potholes across the city has been staggering. Filling them has been a huge challenge due to the cold spring. Because of the cold weather, crews have been using a cold patch which does not hold as well. In some places, crews have had to...

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This winter was one of the coldest and snowiest on record in Chicago. As anyone who drives or takes a bus knows, the brutal weather took a heavy toll on our city streets.

The number of potholes across the city has been staggering. Filling them has been a huge challenge due to the cold spring. Because of the cold weather, crews have been using a cold patch which does not hold as well. In some places, crews have had to refill the same hole half a dozen times.

So far this year, crews have responded to almost 800 pothole reports in the 45th Ward. Almost all of those reports involve filling up to 20 potholes per stop.

There are still many potholes that need filling, but the good news is that, with the approach of spring, asphalt plants are opening. Crews will be able to use an asphalt hot patch which lasts much longer than the cold patch.

Additionally, the city will repave Central Avenue from Montrose to Higgins, and other paving projects are in the planning stages. Last year, CDOT repaved Nagle, Higgins, and Laramie, and IDOT repaved Foster.

If you have experienced and vehicle damage due to a pothole, please file a claim with the city.

http://chicityclerk.com/programs-services/claims/file-track-your-claim/

Apr 13

Updated 12 hours ago

Gardening Community?

Hi All,

Fairly new to everyblock, first time homeowner and new to gardening.

Id love to get connected with the local gardening communities if it exists. Can anyone recommend any clubs, websites, blogs like this?

There are a million books, articles, and resources like the extension office to answer specific questions, but I'm looking for something more social.

5 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

New Speed Camera

Was driving east on Irving Park Rd. tonight. I saw crews installing what looked to be a speed camera onto an existing street light pole. It's on the north side of the street just west of Melvina.

2 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Viennese Coffeehouse Experience at Julius Meinl

Not sure how often folks head east, but Julius Meinl is really a special treat for me. If you haven't enjoyed a coffee or dessert there before, you should really try it. They will also be opening one soon downtown; wish they'd open across from Portage Park. http://grocerygalblog.com/julius-meinl/

  • You're talking our household language, largepets! We also go to Ipsento and Intelligentsia. Metropolis isn't on our regular route, but we've stopped there on occasion. Lately we've also added Gaslight to the mix (more my spouse than me).

    There is a plethora of fabulous coffee shops in our city, luckily;...

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    You're talking our household language, largepets! We also go to Ipsento and Intelligentsia. Metropolis isn't on our regular route, but we've stopped there on occasion. Lately we've also added Gaslight to the mix (more my spouse than me).

    There is a plethora of fabulous coffee shops in our city, luckily; I'm hoping tea shops will follow suit. Right now I have to go to Chinatown to get superior leaves, or order online. I just got a Groupon from Tea Geschwender. I've heard good things about them, so looking forward to checking it out soon.

  • Babette, I get my tea from TeaG. That's a far way to travel, but it's so worth it, you won't be disappointed. Ask for samples, the crew is so nice there. They've been there a long time. I will have to give Gaslight a try. Love trying out new roasters.

32 hours ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Review of samples in grocery stores

szymanski's deli - 1(hot dogs)

Jewel (naraganset) - 2-3 (coffee, cookies, meat samples, guacamole )

Aj market - 1(4 sometimes) (cookies, and other misc)

Jewel (fullerton and naragnset) - 2-3(coffee and cookies)(meat)

Cuputos(harlem and fullerton) - 1(sometimes 4-5) (cookies)(wine, ham, cheese, misc)

Jewel (irving and cicero) - 2-4(coffee, cookies)(wine, meat)

Tonys(central diversey/fullert) 1-2(misc, cheese)

Hip - 2(coffee smothies)
Saturdays best day.

  • Alex Brownn Internet Addict

    "Anything good enough that you actually bought it? Do you hit several to skip a meal?"

    yes later, skip meal yes sat morning:)

  • Alex Brownn Internet Addict

    Marianos(west lawrence) 3(3-5) on sat(wine, meat, cheese, misc)

Apr 15

Updated 18 hours ago

Should Both the Portage and Patio go to Pot?

Check out this story at DNAInfo about the Patio Theater: http://dnain.fo/1jIwlEZ

If you read nothing else in the article take note of this:

"Carranza's track record at the Portage, which he abruptly shut down 11 months ago, and the Congress, which was shuttered after city officials yanked Carranza's liquor license and declared it unsafe because of building code violations."

Is this the type of business owner we want in our community?

  • Kapel Local Resident

    Good point kenji!! But still, the best way to help your home town is to patronize businesses in your home town.

  • Kapel, I would love to see some off beat older movies played from Gone with the Wind, Elvis to the good old Breakfast Clubs, etc. It would be very cool to see some more musicals with live bands or orchestras.

32 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Jewelry store hiring

by patio theater. says polish prefered

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    Jewelry does need polishing.

  • watch out k, you'll get lecture from pp46

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    I can throw around a good ethnic slur with the best of them.

2 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Donation Place

When I lived in the suburbs, I would donate to Amvets or to Marklund's Children's Home resale shop. Any suggestions on stuff that is on the NW side. I would prefer to give to something where it is donated or sold and 100 percent goes to charity. I have a bike to give away and a lot of old clothes.

Mar 07

Updated 21 hours ago

6 corners target

Anyone think a Target could fit in the BOA Building at 6Corners?

  • I would be up for that. I would like a Trader Joe's in the neighborhood too!

  • Flew That Chicago born & raised. You can come home again!

    Traders Joe's! YES!! PERFECT!!!

4 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Homeless Man On Six Corners

I haven't seen the homeless man that sits in the bus enclosure on Irving park near cicero for about 2 weeks now. He is the man that never begs and has been out there a few years now. Does anyone know what happen to him?

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Mar 14

Updated 24 hours ago

Planes and more planes

On any given evening, from my second floor window, I can see an average of 8 planes at once lined up coming in from the east to land at O'hare. We live just south of Montrose on Moody. This is the new(er) runway traffic correct? Makes me worry about noise, with open window season coming...

  • Hello Gary,

    FYI from the Assessors’ Office:

    “Yes, you can file a complaint for a property that is not your own.

    If you have any additional questions, please contact our Taxpayer Services Department at 312-443-7550. Thank you.”

    Dennis

  • Thanks Dennis,
    I think that I want to stay on civil terms with me neighbors (even the annoying ones) so I will not be filing any complaints. But it is tempting!

31 hours ago

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32 hours ago

Child care for the those who have a lot

I am local rep of cultural care au pair. great if more than 2 kids, cheaper that way.

4 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

X Sport parking lot break in's!!

Hello all! Just wanted to put everyone on notice that there has been 3 car break in's in the XSPort parking lot in DAYLIGHT in the last 2 days alone! A family member of mine works at X Sport and shared this with me. Not sure if people are reporting this to the police or not but we all need to be more vigilant...this is getting out of control!!

  • Wonder if that's why the Xsport manager with the with the obnoxious colored mustang or camero doesn't park anywhere but the front :P

  • Alex Brownn Internet Addict

    was my first day - Like it, no pool, busy evening

39 hours ago

Updated 37 hours ago

Flips on Montrose and Austin

Does anybody know if Flips food is any good. Been around since 1997 and have never tried it. I never see anyone in there.

  • Portage Porker 23 Year Portage Park Resident

    Broilers? http://www.broilersflip.com

    I tried it a few times and it was just so-so. Never gave me much reason to go back. Mr Zee's is similar but much better.

    Anybody know if the legend of the sign/name is true? I hear that the word "flip" was written on the drawing, only to indicate that the word "Broilers" and artwork was supposed to repeat on the other side of the building, and the neon guy added the extra word to the sign.

  • We get take out there maybe a few times a year, it's nothing to get excited about, but not horrible. I've never found the owner (the guy that is there all the time anyway) to be very welcoming or friendly. If he would at least smile, I would feel much better about eating there.

2 days ago

Updated 37 hours ago

Neighbors Beware! Re: Carmen's Concrete

I just noticed a flyer advertising concrete work by Carmen & Sons aka Carmen's Concrete. I had an absolutely terrible experience with them a few years back. Others have had similar experiences. They canvas the neighborhood on occasion. Please warn your neighbors. Read more, including my experience, here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/carmens-concrete-repair-and-tile-specialists-franklin-park

  • southsideandy A South Side outpost in the heart of the N.W. Side

    In this day and age, the more one-star Yelp reviews your business gets, the more likely you are to get a reality TV show all your own...

  • I wouldn't use them despite the fact that they have to climb my crumbling porch stairs to stick their flier in my door. It's a matter of principle.

Mar 29

Updated 38 hours ago

Shocked By Electric Bill Opt-Out?

I received a letter from City of Chicago with the option to opt-out of being part of the City's deal with Intrgrys service and going back to ComEd. Does anyone know if it's really a better deal to stay with the City aggregation program?

  • Was he using the space without electricity or was it vacant?

  • joanie Resident of Jefferson Park

    It was vacant most of the winter.

3 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Paint Disposal?

Where can I dispose old gallons of paint? It is water-based paint but full gallons and the cans are beginning to rust. Thanks for your help.

2 days ago

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2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Mail Service in Portage Park? What happened at the meeting?

I remember seeing a message about a community meeting regarding the horrible mail service in PP. What was the outcome of the meeting? Is anything being done about it?

2 days ago

Apr 15

Updated 2 days ago

Legno...Best Restaurant in the Area??

Let's just say it's in my top 3. My wife and I stopped by for a last minute dinner date on Saturday Night and it ended up being one of the best nights we have had in a while. The atmosphere is nice, quiet and welcoming in the back and up front its more up beat in the bar area.

The food was legitimately amazing Italian fare. The waiter knew every detail of the menu items. The bartender is an expert mixologist. The host was very nice and accommodating....and the live entertainment, Stolie, was awesome. She'll be back April 25th, I highly recommend stopping in for the night...We will be there!!!!

  • JJ Old Irving Park

    Went there last weekend, place was nice, live music was good, but the food wasn't anything to write home about. Bread= horrible for a quality restaurant, basically like the frozen garlic bread you get at jewel, Calamari Fritti= not bad, but nothing extraordinary, Seafood risotto= yucky, crispy pork shoulder= pretty tasty. We'll give it another visit to try the pizzas, but definitely wouldn't call it the best in the area.

  • I went there and they make such a big fuzz about their oven and all that. I try their pizza, which is supposed to be amazing but, honestly, it lacks seasoning and there is nothing impressive about it.Just the regular pizza that you could get anywhere else The service was great though.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Local Electrician with Bungalow experience

I recently purchased a new ceiling light fixture and upon removing the old light fixture I was faced with very old electrical wiring (1920s bungalow) and a fixture that doesn't fit correctly with my ceiling mount. This has turned into a project beyond my capabilities. Anyone have a recommendation for a fair priced electrician with old bungalow experience?

  • LadyLord Portage Park citizen

    We had our entire bungalow rewired last year by David Pangallo Electric out of LaGrange, IL. He came highly recommended on Angie's list (and was offering a special through the site at the time), and we are very pleased with his work.

  • MECO Power, Inc. MECO Power, Inc.

    Might we be of assistance? We've been helping to update homes in Chicago for over 28 years and we've seen pretty much everything. www.meyelecco.com

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Gang tags at Gray Elementary

Saw this on Twitter. Gang tag on all 4 doors at Gray Elementary (3730 N Laramie). The implied/intended message is that the school is this gang's territory. Anyone have any insight/facts about what's going on there?

https://twitter.com/Chicago_Scanner/status/457720065274572800

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    Asshats used wax. Turns out it wasn't etched. Cullerton had it taken care of before the school kids got to the building this morning.

    Stand down.

  • JMC Six Corners/Old Irving Park resident.

    Thanks Kenji, glad it's gone. Pretty bold statement nonetheless.

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    Don't fret. That's not bold. It's probably children with issues, would be my guess.

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Apr 16

Updated 3 days ago

Cancelling Xsport Membership

I have a membership that I no longer use. I have fulfilled the terms of their contract so it isn't like I still owe them time or money. I looked at their website to see what I would need to cancel, and it says that I have to send a certified letter to their headquarters requesting the cancellation. Is this really what happens? It seems like such a pain! Has anyone had to do this? Am I not able to walk over there and have it done?

  • Debra M. Resident LaCrosse and Montrose

    It is EXACTLY like Arnie said: requiring snail mail cancellation is a device designed to make more money by making unreasonable demands to cancel. The people that felt the letter-writing is non-intrusive: great. I make use of technology and expect the ability to conduct business electronically. As others in this thread indicated, I will not do business with any health facility that cannot conduct all normal billing and cancellation via their website.

  • I did not send a certified letter and they still cancelled my membership. The address I sent it to is Capital Fitness, P.O. Box 4012, Aurora, IL 60507. Just stated that I wanted to cancel my membership and I included my key tag number.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Irving Bowl

Went on a run last night and ran by the old Irving Lanes. These are being leveled. Any idea what is going to happen here? I hope it will not be just a vacant lot.

Apr 15

Updated 3 days ago

Tagging at Montrose & Meade

This is a pretty bad one, already submitted to 311 online.

  • No problem at all. ask anything anytime my friend

  • There is more gang graffiti similar tags to meade and montrose at Mcvicker and Montrose. The address is 6024 Montrose the graffiti is on the side of the building and the back of the building.

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Apr 15

Updated 4 days ago

Krispy Krunchy Chicken - Survey Says?

I've noticed that Bub's at Irving and Menard has "disappeared" under the banner "Krispy Krunchy Chicken." I'm curious if it's any good or a KFC wanna be.

  • Thank you everyone for your comments. I hope that someone who knows the owner of Bub's tells them about these comments. From what I gather from all the comments is that the chicken is fair and I should forget about the biscuits, I hope the owner gets the message that the neighborhood wants to support him, but quality is important.

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    I liked the bisquit that came with my three piece chicken meal. I thought it was tasty had a nice outside bite and was fluffy in the middle. Here's the bisquit on top of my chicken from last week:

    http://imgur.com/a/sInjL#1

Apr 13

Updated 4 days ago

Leadbelly Burgers

I know this has been posted before, but my husband and I finally went for the first time tonight for dinner and it was awesome! So happy this is in the neighborhood. Will definitely be going back.

  • Me

    I stopped in just a few min ago to get a LeadBelly burger and some Garlic Parmesan fries OMG I'm in heaven!!!!!!!!!!! I just got off work so I just wanted to take my food home, I will be back and check out the BEER selection :)

  • Me

    By the way, I was at the new location on Milwaukee. Looks really nice & clean in there. The staff is super nice!

5 days ago

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