46 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Locked Out Neighbor Scam

Just had someone ring my doorbell, then jiggle my doorhandle, and when I answered (a minute later) he was on his way down my steps, but started into a short shpeel about being my neighbor from across the street and being locked out. I was standoff-ish, so he scurried off, but the while thing was so strange that I called the police to do a driveby. Afterward I did a quick Google search which led me to another post on...

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Just had someone ring my doorbell, then jiggle my doorhandle, and when I answered (a minute later) he was on his way down my steps, but started into a short shpeel about being my neighbor from across the street and being locked out. I was standoff-ish, so he scurried off, but the while thing was so strange that I called the police to do a driveby. Afterward I did a quick Google search which led me to another post on their site from the North Center neighborhood.

So this guy's definitely a scammer. Just search this site for "neighbor in distress" and read the posts. Wanted to start a new post here since it appears the scammer is now starting to target the Lakeview neighborhood.

From the other posts, it appears the guy is after a few bucks, but who knows when that starts to escalate.

Guy was white, about 6', short hair, medium-light brown, maybe 50 years old. Wore a black leather jacket.

  • Art

    We live in Lincoln Park and my wife has had this happen to her (same guy) twice when she was at home in the middle of the day. The guy in her case claimed his wife was pregnant and in labor but he had lost his keys or something like that. The guy was quite aggressive. Don't open your door and call 911.

  • d3 NOH

    If you offer to call 911 for an ambulance the buzzer will never go off again.

Sep 05 2012

Updated 7 hours ago

Does anyone remember the bar on Damen called "Augenblick"?

If so, I am desperate to find the artist who created the poster for them. It would be a gift to my husband, as this was the location of our first date 18 years ago.

2 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Peoples Gas Signage Added After Cars Parked

At 9:30 am, I witnessed People Gas add signs to the trees in front of our business showing no parking from today (12/17) beginning at 7 am until 4 pm and ending on 12/31. Thanks for the notice, but the cars that have been parked there already better not get tickets since they just put the signs up and the cars were there earlier. I don't know the owners of these cars or I would give them a heads up. Just not right.

  • When they did similar utility work on Addison last month (for the Wrigley project), they put a paper sign on the fence where each car was, giving the address (a block away) where it had been towed to. No tickets, no charges.

  • They did this to me this summer. They put up a sign in front of my parked car about an hour before they came and towed it.

    They towed my car from Aldine all the way up to Montrose Beach (not long after the shooting up there and the "riot")....

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    They did this to me this summer. They put up a sign in front of my parked car about an hour before they came and towed it.

    They towed my car from Aldine all the way up to Montrose Beach (not long after the shooting up there and the "riot"). I had to drag my kids up there on the bus to get it back. To make matters worse, they gave me a ticket it. I disputed it by mail and they dismissed the ticket. I didn't so much mind them moving my car (just wish it would have been in the neighborhood). What bugged me was the ticket.

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Oct 16

Updated 15 hours ago

Robbery and violent beating @ Lakewood and Henderson this morning.

I'm reposting this from our neighborhood crime blog. You may find the link at the bottom of this page. I know may of the readers live in the immediate area. Please be careful.

A Lakeview woman was beaten in an armed robbery early Wednesday morning by a man whose jacket retails for over $1,000.

Police and a fire department ambulance met the victim near the crime scene at Lakewood and Henderson shortly after 3AM.

She told them that the offender...

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I'm reposting this from our neighborhood crime blog. You may find the link at the bottom of this page. I know may of the readers live in the immediate area. Please be careful.

A Lakeview woman was beaten in an armed robbery early Wednesday morning by a man whose jacket retails for over $1,000.

Police and a fire department ambulance met the victim near the crime scene at Lakewood and Henderson shortly after 3AM.

She told them that the offender took her purse, which contained a cell phone and other items, before fleeing southbound on Sheffield toward Belmont.

The robber is described as a black man, 5'9" tall, and 150 pounds. He wore a distinctive red Pelle Pelle brand letterman jacket with white lettering and "sequins" on the back.

Other officers and even the ambulance driver reported that they saw the offender minutes before the robbery call came in—once at the Subway restaurant near Belmont and Clark and again walking eastbound on Buckingham Place near Halsted.

Unfortunately, officers were unable to locate the man after the robbery was reported.

The incident is recorded as an armed robbery in CPD case HX468088.

http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2014/10/taker-woman-beaten-robbed-by-man-in.html

  • AOB64 Resident

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    Any chance this is the same guy? Saw the jacket remembered the post. Was he ever arrested?

  • Rpl

    He was arrested.

20 hours ago

Oct 29

Updated 21 hours ago

"Neighbor" in Distress

Guy rang our bell around 10 pm, introduced himself as our neighbor, and launched into a story, which boiled down to the fact that he couldn't get into his apartment on Oakley just north of Irving Park. Asked if there was a Home Depot nearby - then asked for a ride (didn't get one). Then asked for a ladder (didn't have one). Then asked if there were any police or firemen on the block (I told him there were, but...

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Guy rang our bell around 10 pm, introduced himself as our neighbor, and launched into a story, which boiled down to the fact that he couldn't get into his apartment on Oakley just north of Irving Park. Asked if there was a Home Depot nearby - then asked for a ride (didn't get one). Then asked for a ladder (didn't have one). Then asked if there were any police or firemen on the block (I told him there were, but didn't know their houses). Then, finally, asked for cab fare (also denied).

I guess there's a chance this guy was on the up-and-up and having a really bad night, but this rings all kinds of warning bells for me. Anyone else encounter him?

  • CJL ...

    Not *quite* related, but the "Lambs' Farm" scammer(s) are out again collecting "donations" (in connection with Tribune "subscriptions").

    Remember--Lambs Farm does not actually do door to door fundraising. See: http://edgevillebuzz.com/news/beware-of-scam

  • Jiggled your door handle? Hmmmm sounds like an innocent situation unless the opportunity presents itself.

28 hours ago

3 days ago

Updated 29 hours ago

Chinese Restaurant

I am looking for a good Chinese Restaurant/Take-out in the Lakeview or Roscoe Village Area. I have tried a few and nothing to make me want to go back again. Any suggestions? Thank you.

  • ....and now I need to have Young's hot & sour soup for lunch. :-)
    Young's is much nicer inside than the sign would indicate, btw - great for in-house diming, too!

  • And I always feel bad just going for takeout, because the place is nice, they have alcohol, but no one is ever in there. One of these days.

2 days ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Found Backpack

I found a backpack somebody tossed over the front fence in my home on Ashland. Possibly belonging to someone who was robbed or someone that got on an altercation early morning on Wednesday 12/17. If you are the owner, please email me for identification otherwise I will turn it to the Police Department.

2 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Police Activity at 555 Cornelia Ave

Hey guys! I've been trolling the internet and EveryBlock trying to figure out what the heck happened but at about 5am on 12/4 (thursday morning) I walked out of my place and there were GOBS of police vehicles pointed in every which direction on Cornelia and Pine grove at that T in the road and had the street blocked off for like 6 hours. Seemed like there was a body on the ground beneath the balconies but I never heard any sirens or ambulances.... any one know what happened?

  • Rylee ChiDoc

    So sad :( and no the scaffolding has been there for quite some time.... Maybe 5 months? However, I hadn't really seen anyone working on the windows until after this happened.

  • G.

    How awful! I wonder if a window gave out and he fell? Keep us updated on any developments.

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5 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Part time jobs in Lakeview

Hello,

I am just wondering if there are any part time jobs in lakeview at a coffee shop, restaurant or office. I am looking for about 15-20hrs. Thanks!

  • Melrose Diner (at Melrose and Broadway) has a sign in the window: "Now hiring experienced waitstaff"

  • McDonald's is hiring..

44 hours ago

2 days ago

Five Great Things to Do in Chicago This Week

Through 1/4. $43–$48. American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron. atcweb.org

This article has 4 other Chicago locations (Show)

12/22 at 7. Free. Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark. womenandchildrenfirst.com

12/23 at 6 a.m. $23. Links Hall, 3111 N. Western. constellation-chicago.com

12/18–12/20. $29–$216. Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. cso.org

12/17 at 6:30. Free. Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago. thebeautybar.com

Dec 04

Updated 2 days 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.

  • J. Theo Bucktown resident

    Yes, by the mere mention of saving small businesses, it happens! If you say it enough, of course it becomes the truth. As the old adage goes: "The one-eyed man is king among the blind".

  • All hail, the savior of everything that is good, Mayor Rahm!

2 days ago

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5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Where to donate kids' gifts?

We're collecting gifts from our neighbors to give to an organization who will distribute them to needy kids. Does anyone have suggestions for a dependable grassroots/local organization?

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Accident at Irving and Bell?

NPR reported this morning an accident involving a pedestrian at Irving Park and Bell. Does anyone know anything?

  • I heard the same thing; they said car vs pedestrian. I was driving north on Western at the time. As I crossed Irving, there was no sign of emergency vehicle activity on Irving, so it must have been on Bell. There are a number of elementary schools over there and often parents and kids walking at that time of day. Hope everyone is ok.

  • I live right there. I get so annoyed at how fast some people turning off Irving drive down Bell. There are a lot of pedestrians on this block, including young kids. I hope everyone is OK.

  • CJL ...

    Really bad at dropoff and pickup with the non-walking St Bens' parents. Notwithstanding that it's mostly "their" kids walking there.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Found white and tan cat

I found a short haired, white and tan cat matching that description yesterday on the 1300 block of Wellington. It was super friendly and followed me home. Clearly someone's pet because he is very well fed. I took him to Urban Vet immediately and there's no chip. I've posted online and put up signs. He's in our living room and sweet as can be.

Photo here: http://imgur.com/BFsEpt8

  • Thanks! Based on pics this is not Chester or Felix, unfortunately. I've posted on Craigslist, Lost pets of Chicago, now Lost Cats of IL with a better picture. Also Reddit, Lost Pets USA and some signs on our street and at the vet. We're guessing this is an older male, with front claws. Crossing our fingers for a connection!

  • Connected with his family! Happy ending!

3 days ago

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3 days ago

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5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Landscape architect / designer

Although we haven't yet hit Christmas, i'm starting to do some research for a landscape designer to so we can start work on redoing our yard at the first sign of spring. While I've done some research online, I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations of companies you've used int he past? We don't plan on doing anything over the top, but want to make the front of our city home look great, and likely replace the side half lot (~12 ft wide) that runs the full length of our home. Oh, and keeping the price reasonable would help too:) Any suggestions?

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

strong arm robberies lakeview-belmont

One of the 2 guys in trench-coats seen just before the robberies you can't miss-
Looks like a short Samuel jackson with a very light (white ) nose and has thin black framed rectangular designer glasses and wears a black french beret. About 5'9"
Just seen heading west toward Masonic on wellington wearing maroon scrub pants (45 min ago), so he may work there; or live across the street in the rehab program or very nearby.
He and the other...

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One of the 2 guys in trench-coats seen just before the robberies you can't miss-
Looks like a short Samuel jackson with a very light (white ) nose and has thin black framed rectangular designer glasses and wears a black french beret. About 5'9"
Just seen heading west toward Masonic on wellington wearing maroon scrub pants (45 min ago), so he may work there; or live across the street in the rehab program or very nearby.
He and the other taller guy, both in trech coats, were going around the block on foot Sun night about 9-10pm (Barry -kemore-Belmont-fletcher)and dissapeared just south of belmont on fletcher.
If you were a victim of the crime I suggest asking security at Illinois Masonic if they know the guy. -Might be transport, tech or maintenance. If he is the perp doing the crime he'll be easily id'd.
-the problem is getting the police there fast

  • I have lived in my neighborhood for most of the last 23 years, and other than my close neighbors, I couldn't tell you who "belongs" here and who does not (if we're going solely by looks and not actions). And there are fewer people (more SF homes) around here than Belmont & Seminary. I find it more than a little hard to believe that you know everyone in the neighborhood.

  • loraine t washington 5 yr. resident

    You can't go anywhere anymore.
    And they want to discredit the police.

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Sirens last night

Does anyone know what the sirens were about last night? Seemed to go on forever and woke me out of a deep sleep. Seemed like a lot of noise but nothing in the news.

  • L

    Where and when? Have you checked the Crime im Boystown blog?

Dec 11

Updated 4 days ago

Home Along for the Holidays

I'm going to be spending the holidays alone this year and wanted to see if anyone knows of anywhere to volunteer on Christmas day or of any events happening on X-mas day? Thanks and happy holidays!

  • MSE

    Don't forget the elderly during the holiday season. Many of them are sad. Think of something you could do to bring happines to.a senior citizen...and make yourself happy too!

  • MSE

    Any suggestions for New Year"s Eve and New Year"s Day?

4 days ago

Picnic's 'Kick off the Holidays' Fair

Parents of young children: looking for a fun and family friendly event for you and your kiddos? We are hosting our first annual holiday fair at Picnic: A Gathering Spot for Families with Young Children! Join us for make and take arts and craft gifts, cookie decorating, holiday stories, and music!
Join us on Saturday, December 20th, 1:00-4:00
Meet your neighbors and get in the spirit of the holidays!
Check it out and rsvp at: http://www.chicagofamilypicnic.com/gatherings.html

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Dec 12

Updated 4 days ago

Concealed carry class

Putting together a concealed carry class for early January. Trying to gauge interest on having the classroom time in Lincoln Square.

If you are interested post here and we can put it together.

  • david duggan President, South Lakeview Neighbors

    Keep me posted. The nearest class I'm aware of is in DesPlaines. Still have to go outside the City for range practice. Arrgh

  • Keep me posted as well, would like to give this as a gift.

Dec 12

Updated 5 days ago

Found Cat

We found a cat wandering around our building last night (Thurs, 12/11). It's an orange cat with no collar. It was still wandering around our area this morning (near Lincoln/Southport/Wellington). I was thinking of getting it to PAWS to see if it had a chip? Any other recommendations, or is anyone missing this cat?

  • Not sure if this is the same car but saw this on the tree house website. Lost Information: Lost a Orange cat on 12-12-2014
    Its breed is Shorthair and name is Felix Lost Address: 3645 W Roscoe Street Chicago IL , 60618 - United States -
    View on Map Contact Information: Magdalena - 773-656-6113 -
    Generate Poster Notes:Felix is young not neutered cat.He is only 6 months.He has white paws,belly and cravat.He has caramel eyes.He has no chip or collar.Probably he is very terrified.REWARD $100!!!!

  • My orange tabby is still missing. He has a white underbelly and white on the tip of his tail. Here is his post with pictures. http://chicago.everyblock.com/pets/sep03-chester-still-missing-6362169/

Dec 12

Updated 5 days ago

Lost cat - $1,000 reward

My cat, Mila, has been missing for three months. She was last seen in Lakeview near Lakewood and Diversey. We have set up a Web page for her, which includes a downloadable poster, a photo gallery and information on the look-alike cats in the neighborhood: http://danielleg.com/mila. REWARD: $1,000

  • I was just driving west down the alley (from Southport) between Oakdale and George and a cat with similar markings to Mila darted in front of my car and into the heavy brush/bushes in the southwest corner of the parking lot located on the corner of Oakdale and Southport (the old ZDE). I cannot be sure that it was Mila but figured it best to pass along the information.

  • Thanks. I will head over there now.

5 days ago

Dec 04

Updated 6 days ago

Collecting Donations For Shelter Animals

As a volunteer at the Chicago ACC, I spend a lot of time with shelter animals who fight to keep hope every day they are there. Some will be lucky enough to leave the shelter and go on to live long, happy lives. However, the unfortunate truth is that many of the animals will never leave. I make it my duty to ensure a comfortable and happy life while they are at the CACC.

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As a volunteer at the Chicago ACC, I spend a lot of time with shelter animals who fight to keep hope every day they are there. Some will be lucky enough to leave the shelter and go on to live long, happy lives. However, the unfortunate truth is that many of the animals will never leave. I make it my duty to ensure a comfortable and happy life while they are at the CACC.

My goal is to make their holiday season extra special.

I am collecting donations for both cats and dogs. NEW and USED are OK!

•Blankets
•Beds
•Toys (Kong toys are VERY popular)
•Treats
•Food
•Any other sort of present you can spare to bring joy to the poor shelter animals.

I will happily and thankfully be accepting donations for the animals. Please email me through my EveryBlock profile for information on drop off or pick up of items. Also, feel free to drop off any items at the shelter located at 2741 S. Western Ave, Chicago (12pm-7pm). Thank you very much!

  • SunshineDiva2014 Long time Chicago resident.

    Lindsay-I'm in charge of adoptions at unleash on western. Would love to help the shelter. Contact me at sunshinediva2011@gmail.com.

  • Hi Lindsay, I went to Petco and bought a bunch of toys and treats for the dogs and cats at CACC. I emailed you on EB but haven't heard back from you. Please email me back so we can coordinate getting this to you as soon as possible for the holidays. Thank you.

Dec 11

Updated 6 days ago

Subway on Lincoln, Damen, Irving Park CLOSED

I was driving by the Subway on North Lincoln today and noticed all the windows covered in paper and a "No Trespassing" sign on the door. Does anyone know if this is a remodel or if they are permanently closed or moving? The exterior building signage is still in place, but otherwise it is looking deserted.

  • The owner died, young guy not sure how. There was an eviction notice on the door.

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    Oh no! That was a good subway since I could walk there from work

  • RT Here

    Hopefully another crappy franchise doesn't open there.......

6 days ago

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Dec 11

Updated Dec 12

Lincoln/Lakewood/George

Muskies and the dry cleaners next door have been out of business since October. Does anyone know what the latest scoop is on development here? What's going up? When?

  • L

    I haven't heard anything. What's weird is that Muskies just renewed their business license.

  • Eblock10 Lakeview Resident

    Oh, well I heard they would be opening up at another location this Spring

  • Another weird thing is that the bar stools are still there and there's a 5 gallon bucket of primer on the counter. The previous wordd was that the property owner wanted to do something different with the lot, but who applies primer before demolition? Maybe the owner had a change of mind?

Dec 12

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Dec 12

Theater events: Shift perspectives with 'Marley's Christmas Carol'

• American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St., Chicago, has extended its production of "The Humans," Stephen Karam's examination of a modern American family. Performances continue through Jan. 4, 2015. (773) 409-4125 or atcweb.org.

This article has 9 other Chicago locations (Show)

...Dec. 12, Saturday, Dec. 13, and Monday Dec. 15, and Dec. 19 and 20, at 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. (773) 975-8150 or aboutfacetheatre.org...

...concludes Jan. 1, 2015, with a 5 p.m. performance at St. Gregory the Great, 5535 N. Paulina, Chicago. For more information, see questensemble.org...

...its annual family-friendly Winter Pageant beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at 2120 S. Jefferson St., Chicago. Dancers, aerialists, singers and puppeteers are among the 40 performers participating in Redmoon's...

...p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St., Chicago. The group is the brainchild of associate artistic director Devin DeSantis, a musical theater...

...debut in 2013. The show runs through Jan. 4, 2015, at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago. (800) 775-2000 or broadwayinchicago.com...

...production features six actors playing more than 40 characters. Performances continue through Dec. 20, at 3829 N. Broadway St., Chicago. (773) 528-9696 or strawdog.org...

...Hall and Danni Smith star in the two-hander which runs at No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago. (800) 595-4849 or theo-u.com...

...President Toni Preckwinkle among others, has been extended. Performances continue through Jan. 3, 2015, at 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. (312) 443-3800 or goodmantheatre.org...

...Nina Simone, Gladys Knight and Roberta Flack spend a day together. Performances take place at 4450 N. Clark St., Chicago. (773) 769-4451 or blackensemble.org...

Dec 12

Warmth Around The World: Igloos

moss | 1754 West Byron Street | Chicago, Illinois 60613 | 773.857.5533 | site hosted by 100% solar energy

Dec 04

Updated Dec 11

For local NC/Roscoe Village businesses that would like to support a local non-profit

For local NC/Roscoe Village businesses that would like to support a local non-profit that focuses on CPS students - Boundless Readers. We are looking for donations/sponsorships for our big gala on March 7th. If interested, please contact me (johnmartin@jfmops.com) or check out
http://www.boundlessreaders.org/storage/documents/Boundless_Readers_Gala_Sponsorships_Mar_7_2015.pdf
Thanks!

  • Jeff Schmelz Owner Second City Fitness Training on Wilson

    Hi. If we're interested in donating to the silent auction, should I just email the gala chair?

  • yes, please. thanks jeff.

  • jeff, let me know if you've heard back from our gala chair. if you want to email me your contact info, feel free - johnmartin@jfmops.com

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