17 hours 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?

Apr 07

Douglas Park Advisory council

Please visit us on Facebook and like our page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Douglas-Park-Advisory-Council/1459150484319078
We will post our events, news. resources, photos, etc. Please help us spread the word!

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.

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 19

Bowling Fundraiser

The Farragut HS Alumni Picnic Committee is hosting its Annual Bowling Fundraiser on Saturday, March 22, 2014, 9:00 pm-2:00 am at the Town Hall Bowl, 5025 W. 25th Street, Cicero, IL.

Advance Tickets are $20.00 for Adults ($25.00 at the door). Children’s Tickets are $10.00. The cost includes shoe rental, bowling and refreshments (First come, first serve basis). The cost of ticket is the same even if you don’t bowl (it’s a fundraiser). The cost does not include bar charges....

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The Farragut HS Alumni Picnic Committee is hosting its Annual Bowling Fundraiser on Saturday, March 22, 2014, 9:00 pm-2:00 am at the Town Hall Bowl, 5025 W. 25th Street, Cicero, IL.

Advance Tickets are $20.00 for Adults ($25.00 at the door). Children’s Tickets are $10.00. The cost includes shoe rental, bowling and refreshments (First come, first serve basis). The cost of ticket is the same even if you don’t bowl (it’s a fundraiser). The cost does not include bar charges. There is a dance floor and two DJ’s on the premises for entertainment.

Admirals please come out and give your support, this fundraiser is being held to help offset the cost of the 25th Annual Farragut H.S. Picnic. Tickets are being sold by Committee Members only. You can contact Doris Sims at 773/521-1349 or Jeanne Keller at 773/522-4213.

Honorary Admirals are Welcome too!!

Mar 17

Come to Open Books Orientation This Friday + Volunteer in a North Lawndale School!

Join Open Books for a volunteer orientation this Friday at 1pm and learn how you can spend time reading/writing with 6th-8th graders in North Lawndale!

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

*ReadThenWrite in North Lawndale*
Hughes Elementary
4247 W 15th St.
Orientation: Friday, Mary 21, 1pm OR Thursday, March 27, 3pm (at Open Books)
Training: Thursday, March 27, 4:30pm (at Open Books)
Program Duration: April 1 - June 5
Days/Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6pm
Grade: 6th-8th
CTA: Kostner Pink Line, Bus #18: 18th St (runs along 16th St west of Western Ave.)

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 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.

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 24

Updated Feb 25

Tribune Article Regarding Legacy Charter School's Proposed Move to the Pope School Building

Here is a link to a Tribune story regarding Legacy's proposed move to the Pope building.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-charter-closed-school-met-20140224,0,4437019.story

I am also including a link to a copy of comments I shared on the subject prior to the last CAC meeting for further context. http://www.scribd.com/doc/207842276/Comments-on-Proposal-to-Move-Legacy-Charter-School-Into-Pope-School-Building

  • Aud

    I knew their next step would be media outlets. They did not even wait for the North Lawndale CAC to say if they were for or against the proposal. Now I'm leary of Legacy they have an apparent line to CPS and Bird Bennett. You want community support but you go to the media.

Feb 20

Updated Feb 24

Check Out My Sister's Play, Sunday, February 23, 2014

I'm not posting this as an event, as I would like this to show up in the Lawndale community.

If you have a chance, come out to see my sister's play, "Don't Get it Twisted", at Argo Temple COGIC 7435 W. 64th Street Summit, IL . The play starts at 5:00 pm, and admission is free. She writes a new play every year for Black History Month.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Thanks everyone who came out to see my sister's play. The play dealt with the need to study black history and providing truth behind some of the negative black stereotypes.

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

Feb 21

Updated Feb 21

Little Village Justice Organization is hiring

Youth Organizer, (Part-Time, 20 hrs./week)
Compensation: Based on experience
Resumes accepted until 3/5/2014 (send to info@lvejo.org)

Little Village Environmental Justice Organization is an established community organization in the heart of the Little Village community of Chicago. LVEJO works on grassroots campaigns that focus on Climate Adaptation, Industrial Legacies, and Community Resiliency. LVEJO has been internationally recognized for its organizing successes.

Seeking a highly motivated organizer to lead community outreach efforts in Little Village. The position provides opportunities to work with...

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Youth Organizer, (Part-Time, 20 hrs./week)
Compensation: Based on experience
Resumes accepted until 3/5/2014 (send to info@lvejo.org)

Little Village Environmental Justice Organization is an established community organization in the heart of the Little Village community of Chicago. LVEJO works on grassroots campaigns that focus on Climate Adaptation, Industrial Legacies, and Community Resiliency. LVEJO has been internationally recognized for its organizing successes.

Seeking a highly motivated organizer to lead community outreach efforts in Little Village. The position provides opportunities to work with diverse communities and many Chicago institutions. The Youth Organizer reports to the Organizing and Strategy Director and Executive Director.

Summary of Duties:
Implement, manage, and document LVEJO's youth leadership development program
Prepare youth to lead LVEJO's grassroots campaigns.
Promote environmental justice principles that enhance the ability to create social change in Chicago.
Build strong relationships with Little Village youth, teachers, counselors, artists, and other youth organizers.
Perform strategic research on matters related to urban communities of color.
Organize youth-led community meetings related to social and environmental justice in Chicago.

Qualifications:
High School Diploma preferred, not required
Bilingual Spanish/English: able to write/speak in both languages
Youth organizing and leadership development experience
Excellent verbal communication skills, including public speaking before large audiences and one-on-one mentoring
Ability to manage multiple projects and responsibilities with consistent follow-through
Independent and self-motivated, able to work in teams
Comfortable working in diverse settings and facilitating culturally relevant programming
Knowledge of the greater Chicago neighborhoods, urban issues, and political advocacy
Social media, database, website management, and Microsoft Office skills

  • Rochelle North Lawndale Resident since 1959

    There is also a position open for Community Organizer (40 hours per week). Please note I received this information as an email and just passing it on. I am not the originator of the information, but I did have to cut it down to allow the capacity of 2000 characters to fit the above post.

Feb 18

Updated Feb 19

Sidewalk shoveling around surface lot

Anyone else irked that the owners of the parking lot at 117 S. Peoria never shovel the sidewalks surrounding the lot on Peoria and Green street? I just put a request in online. I also tried calling the number listed, but no one answers. Perhaps other neighbors can do the same (:

Feb 19

Job-Instacart shopper!

https://www.instacart.com/shoppers

Found this link. Perhaps neighborhood people can get a JOB!

Look at the link, look for their specific requirements!

Feb 17

Updated Feb 18

Chicago Military Academy School Flooding Emergency Room

What happen at the school to see students to area emergency room?
Chicago Military Academy Chicago Public School

Shalom

Feb 17

Kickstarter hacked/change ur password

Heard that Kickstarter says to change your password. Hackers have user information.

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