2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Christmas Tree Disposal

Do you know the proper way to throw out a real Christmas tree? Can it be put in an alley next to the garbage/recycling cans?

My neighbor asked me this question and I'm curious what the answer is.

  • RT Here

    It's a shame to see all these folks still dumping trees in the alley.

  • Holly 15 year East Lakeview Resident.

    I live in the Dakota building and we had 5 trees thrown in the alley. They sat there for weeks. If you are gonna buy a tree be responsible and know how to dispose of it properly.

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34 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Stop signs are not optional.

I know this is a recurring theme here on EB, but come on folks. I've watched numerous kids and parents walking to/from school nearly get hit by people coasting through intersections by Bell. It's only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed.

  • Lynn Olejniczak Life-long Chicagoan, who loves her city.

    I'm sorry, when ever I hear about automatically driven cars I can't help but think about the Robert Heinlein short story, "The Roads Must Roll." LOL

  • Jane Spec North Center resident

    I wish our mayor and his drivers didn't think red lights were optional.

2 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

This Just Burns Me!!

Last week I went to the 44th Ward alderman "meet and greet." All three candidates had 15 minutes to speak, and all answered the same 5 questions. Tom Tunney kept repeating "crime is down, crime is down" so often I thought his mantra would cause him to levitate, then I saw this article and I'm just enraged!

http://www.cwbchicago.com/2015/01/a-matter-of-trust-police-department.html

I know a lot of the crime happens later when victims have had too many cocktails, but do you feel safe walking home from a neighborhood dinner? I'm begining not too.

  • I'm less concerned about whether residents FEEL safe (which can be driven by headlines and TV stories), and more about whether residents ARE safe (which is driven by good statistics).

    I am indeed concerned by stories suggesting that the data may be bad, whether by making it harder to file...

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    I'm less concerned about whether residents FEEL safe (which can be driven by headlines and TV stories), and more about whether residents ARE safe (which is driven by good statistics).

    I am indeed concerned by stories suggesting that the data may be bad, whether by making it harder to file (on-line is good though), or reclassifying reports. In any event, I don't think that risk has changed between 2013 and 2014, and across that time period, Lakeview crime IS down 20%. Yes, it needs to go down further, but it's moving in the right direction, and we are getting more police on the streets, slowly but surely.

    More police costs money -- who got their property tax bill today? Want to pay even MORE? I didn't think so.

    The sky is not falling.

  • Lynn Olejniczak Life-long Chicagoan, who loves her city.

    I'm sorry, but that is just absurd. You aren't concerned if Lakeview residents "feel" safe? Why? Because it isn't a number that can be manipulated or played with?

    A loss of 4 police officers in December does not equate to more police on the streets no matter how many times...

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    I'm sorry, but that is just absurd. You aren't concerned if Lakeview residents "feel" safe? Why? Because it isn't a number that can be manipulated or played with?

    A loss of 4 police officers in December does not equate to more police on the streets no matter how many times you or Tunney tap your heels together and repeat "crime is down, crime is down."

    As far as your property tax statement goes, it is just so far beneath the original discussion here that the only fitting response would be, "I know you are but what am I."
    Pure nonsense.

43 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Public Hearing on Monday, March 9 for Rise and Galleria Liquors Mixed-Use Redevelopment

A public hearing has been scheduled for the proposed mixed-use transit oriented development for 3401-09 N. Southport Avenue on Monday, March 9 at 7:00 PM at Mystic Celt.

The following is now known:
A 4-story building with retail on the first floor
33 apartments with starting rent at $1,500
6 parking spaces with one being a handicapped spot

The project will be presented by the developer to all that attend the West Lakeview Neighbors meeting. See the renderings here:

http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2015/01/public-hearing-march-9-2015-for.html

  • RubyRed Dancer, Drummer, Cyclist

    jjkenyon, Yes, it's true, there are other residential developments along the tracks, but you sure as hell won't catch me ponying up $1,500 per month for that kind of noise pollution. The "benefit" of living on the same block as Gap an Athleta isn't really that much a draw either in my opinion.

  • RubyRed, you probably didn't look at the developer's plans and elevations, the north wall facing the tracks is solid block, no windows except for a single column, which is probably a stairwell.

    A double block wall will suppress nearly all the train noise.

10 hours ago

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Fri 1/30 Sun-Times Editorial Board Mayoral Debate-LIVE at 10:30am

The Fri 1/30 Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board Mayoral Candidate Debate/questioning
will be streaming LIVE, starting at 10:30am on the Sun-times web site: chicago.suntimes.com
It should be posted on the Internet for later viewing as well.
This debate/questioning will be used for a future Mayoral Candidate endorsement for the 2/24 municipal election.

Oct 04 2012

Updated 11 hours ago

Aldermanic Absenteeism

Shortly after being elected, Pawar clarified that he does not provide city services and went on to state that he is a “legislator”. (1) City Council meetings are very important for any legislator, but just as important are committee meetings, where legislation is crafted, debated, amended, discussed and presented to the public.

A recent study conducted by, Chicago Tonight, indicates that Pawar rarely attends committee meetings that he is assigned to, with an attendance rate of 20%. (2) Being a...

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Shortly after being elected, Pawar clarified that he does not provide city services and went on to state that he is a “legislator”. (1) City Council meetings are very important for any legislator, but just as important are committee meetings, where legislation is crafted, debated, amended, discussed and presented to the public.

A recent study conducted by, Chicago Tonight, indicates that Pawar rarely attends committee meetings that he is assigned to, with an attendance rate of 20%. (2) Being a self proclaimed legislator, Pawar knows, or should know, how important attendance at these meetings really is. Instead, when questioned about his chronic absenteeism, Pawar said that he is busy providing constituent services (2), even though he previously described the belief that alderman provide services as a “myth” (1). Other aldermen provide constituent services, all the while, still attending committee meetings.

In May of this year, Pawar was quoted as saying: It’s still a 16 hour day. I’ll be up at 5:30 or 6am, go for a run, then have some breakfast and go to work at Northwestern. After work, I’ll meet with constituents, elected officials, community groups.” (see the below posted images of “Longshot Alderman not shying away from City’s problems” from Inside Booster, authored by Pat Butler dated May 9, 2012)

So, the alderman does not provide services because he is a legislator. When asked why he is not fulfilling his duties as a legislator, he is busy providing services and has put legislating on the back burner. Maybe the real reason for the degradation of services and the abhorrent attendance record is the fact that the alderman is too busy working at Northwestern.

(1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQk3lG0HDQA (1:22 marker)
(2) http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2012/10/03/exclusive-absentee-aldermen

  • This seems to be the modus operandi of the Fielder campaign/supporters. They've trolled every old Everyblock thread having to do anything with Pawar or the ward and have re-opened them with fresh "commentary".

  • jeff f life time neighborhood resident

    J A B A, Cynical Politico,

    You were not home at your other thread, I kept knocking on the door. JF

Dec 04

Updated 13 hours ago

Michael Diversey's Closed?!

Darnit. I noticed the restaurant closed. I'm a bit surprised as it was always pretty busy. Anyone know if something new is going in? I hope so. I don't like the empty spaces on Diversey right now.

  • @ Bob - except you're wrong. The American way of work hard, buy a house, live a decent life no longer exists and hasn't existed for years. Wages are stagnant. The middle class is in sharp decline. Even immigrants, especially the Chinese, are moving back to China for better opportunities....

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    @ Bob - except you're wrong. The American way of work hard, buy a house, live a decent life no longer exists and hasn't existed for years. Wages are stagnant. The middle class is in sharp decline. Even immigrants, especially the Chinese, are moving back to China for better opportunities. The educated classes of other countries are not moving to America. They have it better in their home countries.

    @ Li - about the only solution to your/my problem of which I know is to find a man dumb and desperate enough to marry me. It's rough out there for singletons, especially economically.

  • d3 NOH

    yes but only after coming to Northwestern for 4 or 8 years for a top notch education

4 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

1142 W Irving Park Speed Camera

Is anyone else receiving suspicious tickets from this camera? I've not gotten 3 tickets from this camera over the span of 3 months. Let me tell you, I never speed through there. I always double check my speedometer before crossing onto the block that the cemetary is on. On top of that, It's almost impossible to be doing 11 over the speed limit through there on the way home from work during rush hour.

  • I believe in this location the camera is only on the north side

  • CJL ...

    "the camera is only on the north side"

    Yes, but the POV is such that it will get you if you are speeding eastbound, too.

18 hours ago

A Curtis Mayfield tribute, an African-American 'Godot' and more

...undercurrents and how we avoid addressing them. Through Feb. 28. $15-$23. Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 West Berenice Ave., 773-698-7389

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...of those ideas to town for a weekend. Jan. 29-31. $20. Up Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave., 3rd floor 312-662-4562

...The Story of Curtis Mayfield." Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. $20-$50. The Promontory, 5311 South Lake Park Ave. West, 312-801-2100

...of clips and discussion. Jan. 31, 9 a.m. $150. WFMT-FM/98.7 Studios, 5400 N. St. Louis Ave.

...new piece by Ray Mercer. Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. $ 27-$67. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E Congress Pkwy., 800-982-2787

...feels specific and of the moment as well. Through Feb. 15. $45-$65. Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave., 773-753-4472

...the performances in late February and March. Through March 14. $34-$244. Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, 312-827-5600

...the end I felt churlish in my objections. Through Feb. 22. $25-$81. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., 312-443-3800

20 hours ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Monthly parking spot needed please

Would anyone have or know of a monthly parking space for under $140 per month between Grace(3800N)-Montrose(4400N) and the Lake to Graceland Cemetery?My nephew is starting his lease in the 800 block of Cuyler next week. Posting here because I can't seem to get the Buena Park neighborhood to come up for posting. Thanks so much.

Helen

  • Teamharman Back from the sunny south

    Try the garage at Halsted Flats. It's just south of Grace on Halsted.

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2 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

New Restaurant?

I just walked by the Town Hall apartments on Halsted and Addison and noticed what appears to be a new restaurant getting ready to open up in one of the retail spots for that building. Does anyone know if this is actually a new restaurant and if so what the scoop on it is, or is it perhaps some facility that is there for the tenants of the building? It seems to look like to me it may be a restaurant because it also has bar seating and the decor of the place as well.

  • Gregory Morrow Employee at Center On Halsted

    Hi! That facility is part of the Center on Halsted's new Senior Center complex. That space will be used to serve senior lunches or for other senior events. The lunch program is administered as part of the City of Chicago's Golden Diner senior lunch program. The old police station itself will soon be open as part of the Senior Center, it's going to be very nice!

  • Gregory Morrow Employee at Center On Halsted

    Addenda: the Senior Lunch program at Town Hall is not just for building residents, it is for all neighborhood seniors 60 and up. There is another Senior Lunch served at the Presbyterian church down the street, at Addison and Broadway.

45 hours ago

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Jan 12

Updated 2 days ago

Snow Removal Rec

We're looking for a snow removal service in Northcenter and would prefer to use a small, independent business. Thank you for your suggestions.

  • Ravens Yes.I can fix that.

    Wishcraft you did nothing wrong in my opinion. I've only been a member of everyblock for a few days & I see calls to " mute " various members. And people appointing them selves ministers of spam & ministers of muting. I thought this was supposed to be fun & informative. My initial comment was meant in jest.

  • The Wishcraft Workshop Growing artists of character + curiosity.

    Understood. Thanks for clarifying.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Looking for responsible and attentive accountant

My husband and I are looking for a responsible and attentive accountant in Chicago. We are willing to see someone around Lakeview, Lakeview Roscoe Village as well as the Loop if we found an accountant that we like. My husband owns his own small business so we need someone who understands those issues. We also need some assistance with doing taxes with a trust fund. Thank you for your help!

  • Holly 15 year East Lakeview Resident.

    Been using Nick for over 10 years.

    Nick Kolligris,CPA
    AK Tax Service
    Lakeview
    652 W. Cornelia
    Chicago IL 60657
    773 281-0717
    773 281-0727 fax

  • My husband and I own two small businesses and have trusts as well. We have been using Michael and Nancy Dschida of NMD and Co. For 15+ years. They are a super responsive, reasonable and extremely knowledgeable team who are located nearby. They can be reached at 312 640-5904 or michael@nmd-company.com.

  • Thanks for all of the tips!

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Vehicle stolen 1/26/2015 3900 Block Of Oakley Ave.

Neighbors, be vigilant out there, my 2011 Ford Fiesta was stolen this morning, if anyone saw any suspicious activity last night or this morning (1/26/15) please post.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    All kinds of car in all kinds of conditions get stolen at one time or another. One of the reasons is for spare parts. No car is immune from theft.

  • Vijay in Wrigleyville Bears. Motorcycles. Mobile Apps.

    Sorry to hear, Kaiser. I hope you recover it or that you had GAP coverage.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Lost Black and White Cat *REWARD*

Lost cat in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago (Wayne & Waveland). He went missing on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015. He is a year and a half old, neutered, and declawed on his front paws. He is a tuxedo (black on his face and back; white on his chin, neck, tummy, and feet). He is a large cat, approximately 14-15 pounds. He is loving and very friendly towards people. Please help us bring him home - reward offered!

2 days ago

Construction Begins: Uptown Landmark, Lawrence House for Flats Chicago is Underway

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2 days ago

Here's What's Happening in the Chicago Culture Scene This Week

January 29: Red Bud, a cringeworthy dramedy about a group of 40-somethings trying to salvage their friendship on a motocross getaway. Signal Ensemble Theatre (1802 W. Berenice).

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Open Now: Three Routines, the first-ever museum survey of American photographer John Gossage. Art Institute (111 S. Michigan).

January 29: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, the Other Theatre Company’s first show, which focuses on the 1992 LA race riots. Chopin Theatre (1543 W. Division).

January 29: Fur Elites, a parlor musical about a boy surrounded by nutters in the fur shop where he works. Annoyance Theatre & Bar (851 W. Belmont).

January 30: Barely Committed to Three Dimensions, abstract paintings by Rebecca Shore. Corbett vs. Dempsey (1120 N. Ashland, 3rd Floor).

January 30: Morland, Matt Beard’s penned-in-24-hours play about a wife and her husband’s mistress who bond over mutual hatred of their shared lover. Public House Theatre (3914 N. Clark).

January 30: Life and Land Series #2, a photography show by fiction writer and essayist Michał Paweł Markowski. Dreambox Gallery (2415 W. North).

January 31: Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich, Sandro Miller’s supremely weird photography exhibit that places John Malkovich in all manner of iconic photographs. Catherine Edelman Gallery (300 W. Superior).

January 31: Drawings II, featuring contemporary and self-taught work by Carroll Dunham, Nicolas Africano, Thomas Nozkowski, Ed Paschke, Kiki Smith, and many, many more. Russell Bowman Art Advisory (311 W. Superior).

2 days ago

32nd Ward Aldermanic Forum

South Lakeview Neighbors is holding an aldermanic forum for the two candidates in the 32nd ward. Here are the details:

http://slneighbors.org/2015/01/26/32nd-ward-aldermanic-forum-feb-10/

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Lincoln Ave Street Lights on 24/7

Lincoln Ave street lights between Montrose and Berteau not shutting off. They've be in this mode all month. Is this a 311 issue or does someone out there have a quicker way of addressing the problem?

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Jan 20

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  • KTL

    The thumbs up and thumbs down are partisan opinion and no doubt this is a teacher's union website. Totally useless unless you are a public union supporter, which I am not. This actually makes me like Tunney.

  • The facts there are probably accurate, on how they voted, but as KTL notes, the thumbs up/down is whether "Grassroots Illinois Action" (whomever they are) think it was a good vote. They're against charter schools, yet clearly, charter schools markedly outperform traditional schools by any measure (except "preservation of highly-paid union jobs for bad teachers", maybe).

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Brown Elephant space (Halsted/Waveland)

All the For Rent signs are down and there is new paper covering on the windows. Anyone know anything about what is going in the space?

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    Both Ald. Cappleman (46th Ward) and Ald. Tunney (44th Ward) are on the City Council Zoning committee. Ald. Cappleman is also on the Housing committee.

  • Quite correct, it's not in the 44th ward -- but? Still of interest here.

Aug 10

Updated 3 days ago

Handyman in Lakeview

Does anyone have a recommendation for a local handyman that you trust and has reasonable rates? Looking for someone in the Lakeview area.

Thanks!

  • Menschwithawrench is excellent and fairly priced.

  • Ravens Yes.I can fix that.

    Genetically engineered for things mechanical. Have all my attachments & latest software. Please call 312-890-7558

Oct 20

Updated 3 days ago

Handyman?

Does anyone have a good handyman that they could recommend? I would appreciate hearing from you!

  • Try Paul@windycity handyman.com 773-297-8789. Licensed, insured, reasonable and quite good.

  • Ravens Yes.I can fix that.

    If you are still looking. I could help. Many years experience. Please call 312-890-7558

3 days ago

Jan 23 2012

Updated 3 days ago

Stolen vehicle

I watched a flat bed truck race up my alley (3900 block between Hoyne and Hamilton) with a black Jeep looking vehicle hanging off the back at 3:20 am,Monday Jan 23, 2012. When I ran to the alley and put a bright flashlight on the truck, the driver made a very wide turn westbound onto Hamilton knocking over several dumpsters in the process.

I called 911 and gave a description of what I saw, when I turned the scanner on, I heard the call go out across the 19th district, but didn't hear another thing about it.

If this was you vehicle stolen, contact me via EB and I will get back to you.

  • Anyone heard where they are dropping them recently? Mine was stolen a week ago from River West, have been searching craigslist and just drove up and down Wolcott along with Diversey and Damen.

    Kevin

  • My 2011 Ford Fiesta was stolen from the 3900 block of Oakley last night or early this morning. What's funny is this is the second time this happened to me on this street, last time was a black 2002 Jeep Liberty back in 2006, and it happened on a Sunday-Monday as well.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Missing black and white cat

Mila got out of her home on Lakewood between Diversey and Wolfram in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago on Saturday, September 6, 2014, and she is still missing.

Mila is a 3 year-old black-and-white cat with green-yellow eyes. Her back is black while her belly, chest and paws are white. She has black around her eyes and a little black button nose. Mila is micro-chipped and was wearing a black-and-white collar with her name and our number on it. The collar has no tags or bells attached.

REWARD: $1,000

More photos and information: danielleg.com/mila

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Looking for radio (car) repair hobbyist/shop

I have an early 1990s car with a radio that seems to be acting up. Or, the speakers need their amps looked.

I need someone that can bench-test both.

I tried Yelp and Google. Neither are helpful. I guess it is a dying craft.

Anyone know of a hobbyist or electronics shop in Northcenter?

  • Ravens Yes.I can fix that.

    You might be all wet on this one. I have replaced many car stereos for various reasons similar to yours. If hear any kind of noise from the speakers that means they are ok. Everything else is inside the stereo. I think a junk yard is your quickest & least expensive answer. They are fairly easy to remove. Hope that helps.

  • April in Lincoln Square resident 22 years

    Robin--Thanks for the info about pay-to-play in Angie's List. How did you learn of this? It's despicable!

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6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Possible injured Cat (Sunny) Barry/Lakewood/ Nelson/ Racine

We're searching for one of our feral cats that is possibly injured in the neighborhood. He was last seen on Barry, west of Racine, and evaded our attempt to capture him. He's a medium sized gray cat with his winter coat, so he's quite furry. He's more skittish than friendly, as he a member of our working cat community hosted at 1232 Nelson. Please post any sightings to this thread as we're concerned for his wellbeing.
I also apologize if we caused any concern with flash lights shining in yards and side through ways. Thank you for your concerns - Tim

Jan 21

Updated 5 days ago

"Do not carry your credit card on you"

With the recent stick-ups in Lakeview and Lincoln Park, a police rep said in a radio interview that women shouldn't carry their credit cards in their purse. I kept wondering, where should the credit cards be carried?
I carry my cards in my wallet, I can't imagine not being without my credit card in my purse. And I don't want to put my credit card info on my cell phone for a thief to take and waive at a cashier.

  • dse

    sarah, i think you're lowering standards, and once you do, any crime becomes okay. talk on your phone on the street? you deserve to be robbed. next year, carry cash in your pocket, you deserve to be robbed. year after, keep valuables in your home, you deserve to be robbed....

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    sarah, i think you're lowering standards, and once you do, any crime becomes okay. talk on your phone on the street? you deserve to be robbed. next year, carry cash in your pocket, you deserve to be robbed. year after, keep valuables in your home, you deserve to be robbed. what about the year after? drive a car in public, you deserve to be car jacked? is this the diminishing standard we set for our city? do we live in chicago to be, daresay, "paranoid"? then you can sink this city in the lake. who would want to live here? criminals and paranoid people. i don't buy your prescription. i'd call it mind-boggling.

  • dse: When Daniel Patrick Moynihan published his essay wherein the phrase "Defining Deviancy Down" became popular, we still had a fairly functional democracy in America. This is no longer the case, so my optimism about using my voice and vote to influence public policy has been replaced by pragmatism. This...

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    dse: When Daniel Patrick Moynihan published his essay wherein the phrase "Defining Deviancy Down" became popular, we still had a fairly functional democracy in America. This is no longer the case, so my optimism about using my voice and vote to influence public policy has been replaced by pragmatism. This means it's Every Human For Him/Herself" as far as I can see. If Rahm Emanuel and Tom Tunney want to lie about crime stats while we the peeps get mugged just so they can get elected so they can run with the billionaires, it doesn't make sense to me to pretend I can waltz down Belmont or Diversey (or Clark or _____ fill in the blank__) with plugged ears and unaware of my surroundings. I'm not "Blaming the Victim" (I read that book in grad school, too)

    (I literally just heard a gunshot so I called 911 - EMMAUEL/TUNNEY: J'ACCUSE!)

    anyway: It's a tragedy. But I plan on surviving. You do it your way; I'll do it mine.

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