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Near West Side/United Center Park

I've lived in various Northside neighborhoods for over 10 years now and am looking to make a change. I see that there are some very affordable and NICE condos/apartments in the area between Ashland and Rockwell. And it seems like with the Pete's Fresh opening soon, ample CTA service, and the draw of the Bulls/Blackhawks, there are some roots taking hold to turn the area around and push the development west of Ashland. Any insights would be appreciated, especially if you live in the area!

  • We moved into the neighborhood about a year ago, and love it. Nice neighbors, easy parking and VERY convenient to downtown and other great neighborhoods. The only thing we had a hard time getting used to was the lack of a grocery store nearby, but that's about to change!

  • We live about a half mile east of Ashland and I wouldn't be comfortable there quite yet (small child, husband often travels) But given the direction the area has taken in just the past 2 years I think it's worth consideration.

  • Jdo concerned mom

    Bought our house near Western & Washington 10 years ago. Husband & I are from Chicago so we were familiar with the area & initially hesitant. We decided to go for it & we have never had a problem. Wish more people would give it a chance!!

12 hours ago

Energy solicitors?

A couple of young men in blazers and ties came to my door this afternoon to discuss "clean energy" in the city. (I did not have time to speak with them/get details.) They were quite pushy, saying they would return later, even though I said I was not interested.

Anyone else have this happen? Is this a legit organization?

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Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Park District to Rehab, Build 103 Playgrounds this Year

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Park District General Superintendent Michael P. Kelly, Friends of the Park officials and community members broke ground today to build new playgrounds at Lindblom Park, Murray Park and Kucinski-Murphy Park. These three playgrounds are part of the 103 neighborhood playgrounds that will be refurbished or built across the City in 2014.

Click here for more information:
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Apr 08

Updated 18 hours ago

looking to find several South Loop players for tennis games in this nice weather

i would like to establish an email network of compatible tennis players for play at
the Columbus or Roosevelt/Clark courts in the Sloop this summer. Please email
me and i will add you to the list.

  • I'm interested. New to every block. How do I email u ?

  • Ross retired, athletic guy; tennis anyone?

    email me at rosscann@gmail.com and i'll add you
    to the list.
    be well, Ross

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"Protect Yourself at ALL Times!"

Boxing Classes of all ages - 7days a week. Come in for a FREE class today!

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"Protect Yourself at ALL Times!"

Body Shot Boxing Club hosts boxing classes 7 days a week, 364 a year. We are located in the East Pilsen area.

Apr 09

Updated 41 hours ago

Seeking a new Vet Clinic

We live around the United Center area and just adopted a puppy. We already have a cat who has always been taken to VCA animal hospital on Chicago ave. I've never had a bad experience with them but it just seems so expensive. I'd like to start taking them both somewhere new, closer, and a little less expensive. Can anyone recommend a good vet in the west town/west loop/ east village area?

  • I have two pups in West Haven too. I take them to: http://www.villagewestvet.com/ arguably the closest. "Good" prices, good staff, no complaints. near western and chicago.

  • Sarah Ebling east village/ west town

    Mike, that's actually where I ended up taking her, to village west. I thought everyone who works there was very friendly to me and my puppy. The vet answered all my questions, and even informed us of things I didn't think to ask. The only thing I didn't like is there really isn't much parking with it being right next to the school. But I will be going back!

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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.

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Summer Enrichment Program for K-8th grades

Do you know your plans for your kids this summer? Consider Urban Christian Academy's summer enrichment program. We offer summer enrichment classes for all ages. Your child will experience wide range of different topics to enrich his/her summer. Better yet, check out our website for full summer program descriptions, registration and much more. http://www.ucachicago.org/

K-4th grade
Project-based learning is a teaching approach which uses projects to engage and focus students into a particular area of interest. Students will work on...

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Do you know your plans for your kids this summer? Consider Urban Christian Academy's summer enrichment program. We offer summer enrichment classes for all ages. Your child will experience wide range of different topics to enrich his/her summer. Better yet, check out our website for full summer program descriptions, registration and much more. http://www.ucachicago.org/

K-4th grade
Project-based learning is a teaching approach which uses projects to engage and focus students into a particular area of interest. Students will work on research-based projects to promote inquiry, problem-solving, and social skills. Teachers, as guides and coaches, will facilitate and monitor student learning and research.

5th-8th grade subject options included
Test Prep (5th-6th Grades)
Physics
Middle School Math
Pre-Algebra
Algebra
Language-Arts
Basketball Clinic
Spanish Immersion
Painting
Drawing Concepts
Sculpture Concepts

3 days ago

Local Pastries Shop Sales/Customer Service Needed (West Loop)

A local bakery since 1998 has openings in sales/customer service at both west loop location and old town location.
Job requires:
Good communication skills, patience and a desire to provide quality customer service and ability to work in high paced environment.

MUST have open availability to apply.

Culinary school background is a plus! Military background is a plus!
Part time position 20-25 hours/week. Wage $8-$9/hr based on skill level.

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Dec 14 2012

Updated 3 days ago

Lost Silver Movado watch

On Monday night I lost my silver Movado watch it has a black face. It belonged to my dad who passed away. I am offering $500 reward if found. I last had it all Polk st bar on Monday night. Thank you

  • Hi Michael, I'm a reporter from DNAinfo, a new Chicago neighborhood news site. I've been following your posts about the watch and would really like to speak to you over the phone if you have some time this week. My email is criley@dnainfo.com...please reach out if you have a moment, as I feel this story is one that should be told.

  • Hi Michael, I actually might have a lead on your watch. Didn't know if you'd already recovered it. My name is Chloe Riley, I'm a reporter with DNAinfo.com in Chicago. Let me know if you'd have a few minutes to talk, my cell is 773.248.0141, email: criley@dnainfo.com.

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Looking for home rental or apartment in Chicagoland area.

I'm moving back to chicago because my kid tested into the gifted program with CPS. I was done with chicago winters but I don't want to pass up an educational opportunity for my children. I'm a single mom with two children. My price range is $1000 - $1100 monthly.

  • PeacockFeathers Douglas Diva

    I will be emailing you soon, Kim.

  • GRD GRD

    I'm an agent also however, I find the amount of rentals on the MLS sparse. I recommend you check out www.padmapper.com for rentals. You can search many different ways and it has good content.

    As a landlord when I have vacancies I put them on Padmapper and the MLS and get more leads from Padmapper. The MLS is a great tool for buying/selling but many people don't want to pay an agent to rent their place out.

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Chicago summer 2014: Calendar of festivals and events

World’s Largest Block Party, June 27,28, Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams

Taste of Greektown, August 23 – 24, 400 S. Halsted St. at Van Buren

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Cinco de Mayo Festival, May 2-4, 26th Street & Kostner (Little Village)

Mayfest and Polish Fest, May 3-4, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.

Mayfest, May 16-18, Lakeview, Ashland and Barry

Festival del Taco, (NEW), May 30 - June 1, Little Village, 2600 S. Kostner (at 26th St.)

Randolph Street Market Festival, May 24, 25, 1350 block W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada and Ogden

6 Corners BBQ Fest, June 14-15, 4000 N. Milwaukee Ave. (at Irving Park Rd./Cicero Ave. to Belle Plaine)

L.A.T.E. Ride, June 21, overnight ride starts at Buckingham Fountain (500 S Columbus Dr)

Gold Coast Art Festival, June 21, 22, Grant Park’s Butler Field at the corner of Monroe and Lake Shore Drive

Pride Fest, June 21, 22, Halsted and Waveland

Chinatown Dragon Boat Races, June 28, Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 E 18th Street

Chicago Summerfest (formerly Chicago Country Fest), June 28, 29, Clark Street and Armitage

Summer on Southport, July 12, 13, Southport and Waveland

Windy City RibFest: July 4-6, Uptown, Lawrence and Broadway

Taste of Lakeview, July 5, 6, Lincoln at Belmont

Irish American Heritage Festival: July 11-13, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox

Roscoe Village Burger Fest, July 12,13, Belmont and Damen

Taste of River North: July 18-20, River North, Kingsbury and Erie Street

Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival: July 19,-20, Lincoln Park, Sheffield and Webster

North Dearborn Street Garden Walk, July 20, starts Latin School, 45 W. North

Wicker Park Fest, July 26 – 27, Milwaukee and North

Edge Fest: August 2, 3, Edgewater, 5900 N. Broadway at Thorndale Ave.

Wrigleyville Summerfest, August 2, 3, School Street and Seminary Avenue

Taste of Latin America, August 2 – 3, 3600 to 3828 W Armitage

Northalsted Market Days, August 9, 10, Halsted Street and Belmont Avenue

Retro on Roscoe, August 9, 10, Damen Avenue and Roscoe Street

Albany Park World Fest (New) August 16 – 17, Lawrence & Kimball

Chicago New Orleans Fest (NEW) August 23 – 24, Sheffield and Wellington

Crush in Old Town (previously Wells Street Fall Festival), September 13 - 14, Wells and North

Oktoberfest Chicago, September 26-28, Southport and Lincoln Avenue (a complete list  of Oktoberfest happenings will appear in a separate post in early September).

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