4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

New Store at old Bucktown Beanery

Anyone know what, if anything, is going in at that location at Damen/Webster? Looks likes work is going on.

  • AMG

    I believe it's the new Red Eye space. When I was in for my appt in December, my doc mentioned they were moving there.

  • Tankboy It wasn't me.

    Yup, Red Eye, the optical peeps. No pins intended.

  • Joselito I write things and people pay me for it.

    Much as I was bummed that the Beanery closed awhile back, I can't really complain that my eye doctor's a bit closer :)

Jan 22

Updated 4 days ago

  • Just to clarify.
    The presentation to the Wicker P&D was strictly informational.
    They presented pretty much what you have already seen in the media.
    They were a last minute addition to an already full agenda.
    A large portion of our agenda was already dedicated to chewing out a developer on another project and we barely had time to ask questions ourselves.

    When anything progresses, we will let you know.

  • Here's the tactic of the developer in a nutshell. The land is zoned low density where the building currently cannot be built above a certain level. S/he submits a design that is way beyond tolerable density. Their real goal? Somewhere in the middle and higher if they get it. I...

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    Here's the tactic of the developer in a nutshell. The land is zoned low density where the building currently cannot be built above a certain level. S/he submits a design that is way beyond tolerable density. Their real goal? Somewhere in the middle and higher if they get it. I don't mind the project, I mind the size and future density. That area on Milwaukee was once a void between Damen and Western. Too much too soon would make it a horribly dense extension of Milwaukee that currently exists southeast of Damen & North. They also are proposing this in winter so the thought of summer traffic horrors are away from your mind.

Jan 14

Havlan & West on Damen-Opening Date?

Hello!
Does anyone know anything about the new boutique opening on 1800 n Damen? Their website is pretty sparse, and I didn't see an opening date on the actual retail space.

Thanks!

Dec 29

Updated Dec 29

TWIN TOWERS developer was Intelligentsia Coffee co-CEO

Rob Buono, developer of proposed Twin Tower 11+15 story 254 apartment plan for 2293 N Milwaukee Ave MAX GERBER site, was also Co-CEO of INTELLIGENTSIA COFFEE for 3 yrs until June 2014 (friend to Intelligentsia cofounder Doug Zell) and also manages an organic vegetable farm.
http://sprudge.com/rob-buono-stepping-down-intelligentsia.html
Mr. Buono has contributed to city Aldermen Joe Moreno Ward1 ($2,500), Rey Colon Ward35 ($4,500) and others including Mayor Rahm Emanuel ($6,000), and Governor Pat Quinn ($1,000). Buono previously worked for Smithfield Properties, which...

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Rob Buono, developer of proposed Twin Tower 11+15 story 254 apartment plan for 2293 N Milwaukee Ave MAX GERBER site, was also Co-CEO of INTELLIGENTSIA COFFEE for 3 yrs until June 2014 (friend to Intelligentsia cofounder Doug Zell) and also manages an organic vegetable farm.
http://sprudge.com/rob-buono-stepping-down-intelligentsia.html
Mr. Buono has contributed to city Aldermen Joe Moreno Ward1 ($2,500), Rey Colon Ward35 ($4,500) and others including Mayor Rahm Emanuel ($6,000), and Governor Pat Quinn ($1,000). Buono previously worked for Smithfield Properties, which sought to redevelop MegaMall 2500 N Milwaukee Ave during city TIF RFP eminent domain process 2005 -> 2009 started by Ald Rey Colon.
IL Board of Elections contributions database:
Buono, Robert
1920 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Occupation: Investor
Employer: Henry Street Partners LLC
$5,000.00 11/24/2014
Chicago for Rahm Emanuel

$1,000.00 4/30/2014
Chicago for Rahm Emanuel

Buono, Robert
1611 W. Division, Ste. 201
Chicago, IL 60622
$1,500.00 10/1/2014
Neighbors for Rey Colon

Buono, Robert
1910 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
Occupation: Developer
Employer: Smithfield
$1,500.00 1/28/2011
Neighbors for Rey Colon

Buono, Robert
1910 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
Occupation: Developer
Employer: Smithfield
$1,500.00 7/1/2003
Neighbors for Rey Colon

Buono, Robert
1237 W. Fullerton
Chicago, IL 60614
Occupation: Developer
Employer: Smithfield Properties
$1,500.00 3/26/2013
Friends for Proco Joe Moreno

Buono, Robert
1237 W. Fullerton
Chicago, IL 60614
Occupation: Developer
Employer: Smithfield Properties
$1,000.00 7/14/2011
Friends for Proco Joe Moreno

Buono, Robert
1910 W North Ave

Chicago, IL 60622
Occupation: CEO
Employer: Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea Inc.
$1,000.00 9/27/2013
Taxpayers for Quinn

  • Glad to hear he contributes to a variety of politicians. Looks like he did some pretty good things for Intelligentsia during his tenure. And that farming effort sounds pretty cool. Any word on revised plans coming through yet?

Dec 20

Stop in for a craft beer and fair trade shopping

On Monday and Tuesday, stop in to Chicago Fair Trade's Holiday Pop-Up Shop at 2031 N Damen. We'll be serving complimentary craft beer from 4-7.

Dec 16

Updated Dec 18

Possible attack?

Last night/early Tuesday morning, around 3:30-4:00, my roommate and I both woke up to screams. They were definitely made by a women, but it was difficult to make out any words; it definitely didn't sound like they were joking around. We looked out our windows but saw nothing and they stopped shortly after. We live very close to the new Whirly Ball on Webster Ave. Did anyone else hear these or know what happened?

  • Kathleen P Bucktown Lady

    Scary. Hope everything was ok. If you hear anything like this again, please call the police. Even if there isn't something to be worried about, the police should check it out.

Dec 16

Updated Dec 16

Electricity just went out :(

Is anyone else having problems?

Dec 14

Fair Trade Olive Oil & Mediterranean Tapas Tasting

Join us from 4-7 on Tuesday 12/16 at 2031 N. Damen at Chicago Fair Trad's Holiday Pop-Up Shop. Sample olive oils, tapenade, sundried tomato and caper spread, maftoul salad, and complimentary red wine.

Dec 11

Community Alert - Robberies in 14th District

Bureau of Detectives – Area North

Community Alert

Robberies

14th District (Shakespeare)

About the Crime:

This alert addresses Strong Arm Robberies that have occurred in the 014th District.

In these robberies, victims are knocked down to the street from behind, beaten, and

have their property taken.

Incident times and locations:

• 2000 block of W. McLean on December 7, 2014 at 12:30 am.

• 1500 block of N. Oakley on December 8, 2014 at 8:15 pm.

• 1500 block of...

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Bureau of Detectives – Area North

Community Alert

Robberies

14th District (Shakespeare)

About the Crime:

This alert addresses Strong Arm Robberies that have occurred in the 014th District.

In these robberies, victims are knocked down to the street from behind, beaten, and

have their property taken.

Incident times and locations:

• 2000 block of W. McLean on December 7, 2014 at 12:30 am.

• 1500 block of N. Oakley on December 8, 2014 at 8:15 pm.

• 1500 block of N. St. Louis on December 9, 2014 at 2:30 am.

• 2600 block of N. Fairfield on December 9, 2014 at 6:40 pm.

Offender's Description

• The offenders are male blacks and male hispanics. The male black offenders are

described as being between the ages of 18 to 20. The male hispanic offenders

are described as being between the ages of 18 – 25, approximately 5'5" 120 lbs

and wearing all black clothing.

What you can do:

• Be aware of your surroundings.

• Report any suspicious people or vehicles in the area.

• Call 911 immediately and provide a detailed description of the offender(s)

including any vehicle description and license plate information.

If you have any information Contact the Bureau of Detectives – Area North

(312) 744-8263

HX-533357, HX-535112, HX-536329, HX-535321

Alert #P14-N-219(CA)

Dec 06

Updated Dec 06

606 Bridge update Milwaukee and Leavitt/Bloomingdale..Saturday

The Milwaukee Avenue bridge (at Bloomingdale) has low vertical clearance, and is frequently hit by trucks. To alleviate this issue and create more space at street level for cars, buses, and bikes, the bridge is going through a serious transformation. The bridge itself is being raised up, and the support piers below the bridge will (eventually) be removed and replaced with an arch, which will support the structure from above.

Due to high winds today, so far the arches are still at the Aldi, as of 3PM..

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    AWESOME! THANKS FOR THE PICTURE.

  • Thank you so much! I was wondering what that arch was for when I saw it today.

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