Apr 15

Updated 6 days ago

What's up with the former bank at Halsted and Madison

HI..with all the buying of land and building in the west loop, I often wonder about the building on Madison and Halsted. I think it used to be the old MB bank. I just love the arched windows on the building and wonder why no one does anything with that building. I would think a nice restaurant would love the bottom floor with those windows.

Anyone ever hear of anything going on with this building?

  • atennislover: Thank you for posting the question. I know that there was talk about something going in the building long before the Mariano's complex was built but I have not heard anything since then. I agree with you that the exterior of the building begs for a restaurant or some other positive use. My fear is that restoring the building is cost prohibitive.

    Perhaps others know more. Thank you.

Apr 15

Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Hosts Open House for New FertilityCare Center

Physicians and employees at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) attended a recent open house for the new FertilityCare Center to learn more about its services, meet the staff and tour the facility. The event featured a blessing and dedication of the facility.

The facility is located at Presence Saint Elizabeth Hospital, 1431 N. Claremont Ave., Chicago, fourth floor. The center features a team of specialists, including a certified fertility care practitioner, medical consultant and other physicians. The approach is consistent with Catholic teaching. Read more: http://tinyurl.com/ljdar7r

Apr 13

Yoga class for the community

Come to Xuntas starting Monday, May 5 at 6:30pm for a Hatha 1-2 yoga class!

This one-hour class moves at a medium pace and offers insight into both the internal and external experience of the practice: physical poses, breath, and meditation. You will leave class with a sense of balance and grounding.

Xuntas is a community space to gather and is located at 2258 W. Grand Ave. The class is $10 cash and BYOMat.

I hope to see you there!

http://www.xuntaschicago.com/calendar-of-events-1

Apr 04

Updated Apr 06

New Building on Morgan and Van buren

HI..anyone know what is going up on the corner of Morgan and Van Buren? Next to the West Loop Auto shop?

  • I would also love a book store in the area. The closest one we have was on Halsted by UIC - I believe it was a Barbara's bookstore. Now it is a Powell's.

  • Kevin C West Loop

    It's a 26 unit apartment building. It's by the same group that just built the apartments at Madison and Aberdeen.

Apr 02

Updated Apr 02

  • Jimmy M Grant writer

    "Another interesting feature being considered is a gateway at Halsted Street and Fulton Market to establish a focal point for the entrance to the district. The gateway could conceivably mirror some visual elements for which the Fulton-Randolph Market District is known. A few preliminary designs were shown. One was a...

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    "Another interesting feature being considered is a gateway at Halsted Street and Fulton Market to establish a focal point for the entrance to the district. The gateway could conceivably mirror some visual elements for which the Fulton-Randolph Market District is known. A few preliminary designs were shown. One was a cantilevered piece of wood (which looked something like an elongated banana). Another was a steel arch that took its inspiration from innovation industries, like the crew from Google that will soon inhabit the 1K Fulton development. A third possible gateway design was a food-inspired theme. Again, it was a bit primitive on the screen, and looked like a neon slab of beef."

    Exciting changes are afoot!

Mar 24

View 2014 Summer Day Camp Program Offerings Now!

The Chicago Park District is the hot spot for kids this summer. For the ultimate summer camp experience, look no further than your local park! With a variety of camp offerings, you're sure to find an option to match your needs.

Camp programs can be found at more than 200 parks throughout the city where children enjoy water fun, field trips, athletic activities and cultural experiences.

Online Summer Registration begins on April 7 for parks west of California and on April 8 for parks east of California. Make your wishlists now to save time. http://tinyurl.com/lelmx2c

Mar 24

View 2014 Summer Day Camp Program Offerings Now!

The Chicago Park District is the hot spot for kids this summer. For the ultimate summer camp experience, look no further than your local park! With a variety of camp offerings, you're sure to find an option to match your needs.

Camp programs can be found at more than 200 parks throughout the city where children enjoy water fun, field trips, athletic activities and cultural experiences.

Online Summer Registration begins on April 7 for parks west of California and on April 8 for parks east of California. Make your wishlists now to save time. http://tinyurl.com/lelmx2c

Mar 03

Updated Mar 24

What should I do with grandpas old LP records???

A suitcase of old records: Limelighters, Sandler & Young, Mantovani, sing a long with Mitch, some big band....they need to go....where do I take them? Dump or what? Ideas?

  • NAFSBUC Walking my Fitbit and Flatcoat 10k steps/day

    Mike: Only 1 Jazz- Dave Brubeck "Take Five"
    Otherwise, Stacy was first but I will give George B a call and let him have half of them. It sounds like they will be enjoyed and I really appreciate the assistance. Love EveryBlock

  • Apple Jaxx Pissing people off not once, but twice...

    Take them to the Brown Elephant on Halsted.

Mar 21

Updated Mar 22

Pete's Fresh Market - Madison/Western

Does anyone know if Pete's is open on Madison and Western? If not, is it still being built?

Jul 04 2012

Updated Mar 22

President Obama: Please use military satelites to HELP US>

Dear Mr. President,
Our military has satelites so powerful they can zoom in and see who is walking into a building.

Please use this software to see what is going on ...on the streets of DANGEROUS minority neighborhoods. It is the entire west and south side of Chicago.

Please ask the MILITARY to watch streets and see the gangbangers dealing and shooting and killing. So many kids have been killed this year it is inhumane and unconscionable.

Let the MILITARY...

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Dear Mr. President,
Our military has satelites so powerful they can zoom in and see who is walking into a building.

Please use this software to see what is going on ...on the streets of DANGEROUS minority neighborhoods. It is the entire west and south side of Chicago.

Please ask the MILITARY to watch streets and see the gangbangers dealing and shooting and killing. So many kids have been killed this year it is inhumane and unconscionable.

Let the MILITARY call 911 and Instruct CHICAGO POLICE. Maybe a call from the MILITARY will get service dispatched in a timely fashion or criminals arrested. When residents call not much happens and it has been this way for decades.

For some reason despite having installed Police Cameras the Chicago police cannot figure out how to dispatch, patrol, well enough to keep our streets safe for residents.

PLEASE USE THE US ARMY MILITARY SATELLITE to view our streets and keep us safe.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Do a foia for the building address for 311 and see what services were ordered. Do the same for 911 (but they are unlikely to comply).

    See the results of what happened to your calls for help. Penalize those who came out and do nothing. Those are specific IG complaints...

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    Do a foia for the building address for 311 and see what services were ordered. Do the same for 911 (but they are unlikely to comply).

    See the results of what happened to your calls for help. Penalize those who came out and do nothing. Those are specific IG complaints against those who came out and did not address the issue.

    This is the only push back the system understands.

    We living in disintegrating neighborhoods need to understand this and get justice.
    Those who help us are golden. Those who refuse to help us should be penalized. Why do we pay for lifetime salaries and pensions till death for those who made this mess with a blind eye? The truth hurts.

    We are old, we have to hurry up...in order to solve these problems before we die.

  • Exactly!

Mar 17

Come to Open Books Orientation this Friday + Volunteer in West Town Schools

Join Open Books for a volunteer orientation this Friday at 1pm and learn how you can spend time in West Town schools reading with 2nd-4th graders or reading/writing with 6th-8th graders!

More info and a link to our sign-up form here: open-books.org/volunteer

*Open Books Buddies in West Town*
Otis Elementary
525 N Armour St. [map]
Duration: ASAP - May 14
Days/Times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:50-2:05pm
CTA: Bus #65 - Grand, Bus #9 - Ashland

Mitchell Elementary
2233 W. Ohio St....

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Join Open Books for a volunteer orientation this Friday at 1pm and learn how you can spend time in West Town schools reading with 2nd-4th graders or reading/writing with 6th-8th graders!

More info and a link to our sign-up form here: open-books.org/volunteer

*Open Books Buddies in West Town*
Otis Elementary
525 N Armour St. [map]
Duration: ASAP - May 14
Days/Times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:50-2:05pm
CTA: Bus #65 - Grand, Bus #9 - Ashland

Mitchell Elementary
2233 W. Ohio St.
Duration: ASAP - May 14
Days/Times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:55-2:10pm
CTA: Bus #65 - Grand, Bus #66 - Chicago, Bus #49 - Western, Bus #50 - Damen

*ReadThenWrite in West Town*
Mitchell Elementary
2233 W. Ohio St.
Training: Tuesday, March 25, 2:30pm (at Open Books)
Program Duration: April 1 - June 10
Days/Times: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 2:20-3:15pm
Grade: 6th-8th
CTA: Bus #65: Grand, Bus #66: Chicago, Bus #49: Western, Bus #50: Damen

Mar 15

Film makers from Chicago at Cinescene

http://www.meetup.com/chicago-screenwriting/members/3104141/

For those interested in the movie business; there is an event today!

Mar 04

Updated Mar 05

Section 8, opportunity program, and vouchers

I have a client who is a part of the opportunity program. The owner we at working with would like to accept her but is worried that CHA won't pay rent on time, and living two states away would make it hard to deal with them. Does anyone have any experience with this and do you know if CHA pays rent on time?

  • Lynne McDaniel An Orange Moon

    Yes we have had Sect 8 tenants in the past, and yes owners are paid on time, monthly through Direct Deposit.

  • Jen

    Thanks Lynne!

Mar 03

Updated Mar 04

Liquor store neighbor meeting

Garfield park neighbors will be downtown tomorrow, 3/4 at 10am. We are having a meeting with the owners of Dynamic Food and Liquor at 301 S. Pulaski. A letter has been signed by over three hundred neighborhood residents stating the poor management of this store. Our goal is to improve the management. Wish us luck.

  • AP

    Best of luck, but if you are taking a petition that complains about the management to that very same management, I don't know how good a response you should expect. No one likes to be told that they are incompetent, and it often brings about a defensiveness that resists any...

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    Best of luck, but if you are taking a petition that complains about the management to that very same management, I don't know how good a response you should expect. No one likes to be told that they are incompetent, and it often brings about a defensiveness that resists any changes. If they don't respond as you would like, perhaps taking the petition to the alderman, so that the stores liquor license is jeopardized can get the results you're looking for. Either way, as I said, best of luck and keep us posted as to how it goes!

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    In order to get a city business license the Business Affairs and Licenses Department needs to send many city departments to inspect. For example: zoning, building, fire, police, environment, S&S and ? other departments need to sign off and say the business passes city requirements.

    Email: Rosemary.Krimbel@cityofchicago.org and ask that...

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    In order to get a city business license the Business Affairs and Licenses Department needs to send many city departments to inspect. For example: zoning, building, fire, police, environment, S&S and ? other departments need to sign off and say the business passes city requirements.

    Email: Rosemary.Krimbel@cityofchicago.org and ask that she initiate an investigation. Stephen.Patton can also get involved.

    There is no reason to take the long route when there are shorter routes that can take years. Violations in many departments are enough to get the license revoked. Foia each of these departments and see how many complaints have been made.

    Citizens just need to ask that the laws and ordinances of the city be enforced. Our biggest problem is the LACK of enforcement of all laws; especially in minority neighborhoods on the South and West sides.

    KIS keep it simple, the data factual, photos where applicable. Things get done quickly and easily and most of all involve far fewer people.

    If it is done the simple way...residents can be more prolific. Just think of a world where residents are able to ask and get justice in the wild wild west. Then instead of working on 1 issue, residents can work on 5 issues and grind through far more urban ghetto issues. In just a few years things can return to normal.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    It was successful, it was a great start.

Feb 28

Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Sponsoring Four Health Insurance Enrollment Sessions for Communi

Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) in Chicago is offering four health insurance enrollment sessions during March to help community residents become insured by March 31, 2014 – the deadline for enrolling in a plan on The Health Insurance Marketplace (healthcare.gov).

Certified application counselors from PSMEMC will be at the four events to help guide residents through the process, explain coverage options, answer questions and help individuals enroll. Counselors – fluent in English, Polish and Spanish – will provide support during the sessions. No registration is required.

The events will be March 4, 12, 21 and 29.

Read more at http://tinyurl.com/jvteggf

Dec 28 2011

Updated Feb 28

City Wasting Money

So I just noticed today at Western and Jackson, and the few blocks surrounding, the city put in paving stones for the crosswalks.

That's in addition to the medians on western that they are building in that area.

Does this anger anyone other than me? Seriously the city is cash strapped for money, they are raising fees on everything they can. And then they put in paving stones for crosswalks?

That, and the medians. What a waste of money. Completely unnecessary. It really angers me that our tax dollars are being spent that way when the city is in such financial trouble.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    It will be interesting to see how the city handles this problem.

  • Taras Hryniw A Resident on a Mission

    It's called the city is wasting it's money. I started this thread. Am I surprised? Absolutely not!

    Stop living in a fantasy land and come to terms with the fact that those medians get trashed and ran into. Of course, I could live in the fantasy that someone downtown will...

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    It's called the city is wasting it's money. I started this thread. Am I surprised? Absolutely not!

    Stop living in a fantasy land and come to terms with the fact that those medians get trashed and ran into. Of course, I could live in the fantasy that someone downtown will get a grip and have those things ripped up and stop putting them in for good, but a more realistic viewpoint is that nothing will change and the city will continue to waste money on it, as I know people won't stop running into it any time soon.

Feb 26

Updated Feb 26

Architects win award for Viceroy Hotel transformation into Harvest Commons

For creating a welcoming new presence on the Near West Side and preserving a legendary Chicago landmark, Landon Bone Baker was the 2014 winner of the First Place Richard H. Driehaus Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, for Harvest Commons.

Opened in 1930 as the Union Park Hotel, this six-story, terracotta-and-brick building 1519 W. Warren Blvd. is a Chicago landmark and classic example of Art Deco architecture. But in recent years the building fell on hard times. The structure...

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For creating a welcoming new presence on the Near West Side and preserving a legendary Chicago landmark, Landon Bone Baker was the 2014 winner of the First Place Richard H. Driehaus Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, for Harvest Commons.

Opened in 1930 as the Union Park Hotel, this six-story, terracotta-and-brick building 1519 W. Warren Blvd. is a Chicago landmark and classic example of Art Deco architecture. But in recent years the building fell on hard times. The structure wore signs of its several transformations: first, an “apartment hotel” and later as the Viceroy Hotel, one of the city’s many SROs, which advertised a cheap place to sleep.

The Viceroy Hotel has been born again as Harvest Commons Apartments, an affordable housing development and supportive services project designed by Landon Bone Baker Architects that seeks to contribute to the on-going rejuvenation of the Near West Side.

The award was presented Feb. 20 at the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards, organized by LISC Chicago. Read more and view a short video here:
http://www.lisc-cnda.org/Past-winners/20th-CNDA-Winners/The-Richard-H-Driehaus-Foundation-Awards-for-Architectural-Excellence-in-Community-Design-First-Place.html

  • PBarry Rogers Park since '61

    That's the Near West Side, Apple Jaxx, one of Chicago's 77 official Community Areas.

Feb 25

Updated Feb 25

Feb 21

Updated Feb 24

Can anyone recommend a good alterations person?

I have a silk shirt that I love that needs to be made smaller and my favorite winter jacket needs a new zipper...taking suggestions. We'll see if the alteration is even possible but it would hurt my heart to toss a really good jacket for lack of a working zipper..help!

  • I was going to recommend Star Cleaners as well. They do great work at a reasonable price (and can also do it quickly).

  • NAFSBUC Walking my Fitbit and Flatcoat 10k steps/day

    OK, I went to Star Cleaners as they are close to home (I am in Tri-Taylor) and because they got two mentions. Owner fixed zipper without replacing it...I guess I was doing something wrong. He then went to the shirt, said it might be expensive and I should buy a new one. That not being an option, he is doing the alteration at a price I consider reasonable.
    Thanks EveryBlock!!

Feb 22

Updated Feb 24

2204 Warren

Anyone else notice this building is going to collapse any day now? Looks potentially very dangerous.

  • Thanks! You can call 311 and file a complaint with the Building Dept. It's best if you ask for a tracking number so you can follow up if you don't see the city taking any action. That sure does look immediately dangerous.

  • You can also notify your alderman

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