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Chicago Rapper, Common, Comes Home for Sunday Music Festival

The fest, hosted by Dave Chappelle, kicks off in Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., Sunday. There will be two stages. The main stage is for ages 18 and older. Featured guests include Lupe Fiasco, De La Soul, MC Lyte, Jennifer Hudson , Jay Electronica and Lil Herb.

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Lost Dog- Chihuahua!

Be on the lookout for this Lost Chihuahua! Belushi was lost at Huron & Wood in the West Town Neighborhood of Chicago on Sept 15. Please share too!

  • FOUND!!! Exciting news everyone!! Belushi has been found! A man found him on his way to work Monday morning and saw a flyer today! Thank you all for your support!!!

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Updated 25 hours ago

Will Natalino's ever re-open?

Hi neighbors!

Does anyone know why Natalino's closed down a few years ago?

There is a large "license revoked" sign posted on the side, but what is the story here?

I never got the chance to try it out, but I heard the food and service were great.
This neighborhood needs a great Italian eatery!

Any idea if something will ever open up in its place?

  • Big Al WP Big Al, Your Neighborhood Pal

    Just to set the record straight, as Mr. Beef's accountant, the owner of Mr. Beef owned the building and his business partner ran the restaurant. Hope that clears up any confusion here.

  • Crain's
    Feb 11, 2009

    (Crain's) — Midwest Bank has filed a foreclosure lawsuit to collect about $650,000 on Mr. Beef, the longtime Italian beef sandwich restaurant in River North.

    The Melrose Park-based bank alleges that Mr. Beef's co-owners, Joseph Zucchero and Michael Genevese, failed to pay off two loans, totaling...

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    Crain's
    Feb 11, 2009

    (Crain's) — Midwest Bank has filed a foreclosure lawsuit to collect about $650,000 on Mr. Beef, the longtime Italian beef sandwich restaurant in River North.

    The Melrose Park-based bank alleges that Mr. Beef's co-owners, Joseph Zucchero and Michael Genevese, failed to pay off two loans, totaling $330,000, when they came due in October, and missed monthly payments on a third loan, according to a complaint filed Dec. 19 in Cook Court Circuit Court.

    The loan problems aren't tied to the performance of Mr. Beef, a Chicago culinary institution at 666 N. Orleans St. The difficulties could be a simple story of restaurateurs overextending themselves at a bad time. A portion of the loans on the Mr. Beef building were used to cover costs of Natalino's, a West Town restaurant that Messrs. Zucchero and Genevese opened in March, "just on the cusp of this whole economic meltdown," Mr. Zucchero says ruefully.

    But Mr. Zucchero says Natalino's, a 120-seat restaurant... "does phenomenal, even in this market." Instead, he sees the foreclosure case as an example of how some tight-fisted lenders are squeezing small entrepreneurs.

    In addition to the Midwest Bank loans, Norridge-based Plaza Bank holds a $2-million loan secured in part by the Chicago Avenue property. The Plaza Bank loan is current, Mr. Zucchero says...

    Both banks have rebuffed efforts to refinance those loans and other debts, which total about $3.5 million, he says. Messrs. Zucchero and Genevese say they have offered to put up properties worth more than $6 million to secure the loans.

    "You'd think they (the banks) would go, 'OK, come on in and talk this out and get this thing rehashed," Mr. Zucchero says....

    Modest cost overruns made finances even tighter. Mr. Zucchero admits missing payments to Midwest Bank, but blames that in part on non-Hodgkins lymphoma that he was diagnosed with last year, which took him away from the business.

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Jennifer Hudson Added to Common's Aahh! Fest Lineup

Organizers announced earlier that comedian Dave Chappelle would host the inaugural Aahh! Festival in the park, 1501 W. Randolph St.

2 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Need experienced handyman to fix my balcony door

My balcony door has run off the track and even when I unscrew the bottom screws I can't get the door out to fix it. I need an experienced handyman to take a look and get the door off the track and also take a look at the damaged track. I don't need someone like me who dabbles in this sort of thing, I need someone with experience with balcony doors, if possible. Does anyone know a good handyman with this type of experience?

  • I do not have any personal experience recommendation but you may want to call Mr. Handyman of Lincoln Park 312-985-9283.

    I noticed two Mr. Handyman trucks parked on the 1500 block of west Adams street for the past month. I then noticed several of their trucks parked south of the Whole Foods store on Kingsbury. They have a "robust" web site and reviews on Yelp which may provide some further assistance.

    Hope this helps. Good luck.

  • My wive runs a handyman service and lives in the neighborhood.

    They do a lot of marketing is for Seniors, but they service everyone. http://www.plhi.org/services/handyman-services.aspx

  • BTW - The heavier glass doors usually have screws at the top and bottom that retract the rollers. Sometimes the top screws are in a different place than the lower ones.

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Flashes of Hope Fall FUNdraiser at Kaiser Tiger!

Thu, Sep 18, 2014 7:00 to 10:00 PM

Flashes of Hope Chicago is putting the FUN in FUNdraising at our event held in honor that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month being held at Kaiser Tiger, a Sausage, Bacon and Beer venue from the creators of Paddy Long's (at the former space of The Tasting Room).

Purchase tickets for $20.00 thru 9/17 via Eventbrite: flashesofhopechicago.eventbrite.com
$25.00 at the door (cash only)

Your ticket will be a donation to support Flashes of Hope Chicago, a nonprofit organization that changes...

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Flashes of Hope Chicago is putting the FUN in FUNdraising at our event held in honor that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month being held at Kaiser Tiger, a Sausage, Bacon and Beer venue from the creators of Paddy Long's (at the former space of The Tasting Room).

Purchase tickets for $20.00 thru 9/17 via Eventbrite: flashesofhopechicago.eventbrite.com
$25.00 at the door (cash only)

Your ticket will be a donation to support Flashes of Hope Chicago, a nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography and raises money for pediatric cancer research!

With your ticket, you will also have some draft beer, wine, soda from 7:00 to 8:00 PM and decadent apps and sweets throughout the evening! Check out the whole mouth-watering Kaiser Tiger menu here: http://kaisertiger.com/sausage/food/ and please plan on staying as we have the whole second floor party room with some of the best views of the Chicago skyline!

Our hope is to have a fun evening with some of our favorite volunteers, supporters and meet some new ones while we create awareness and raise some funds! See more details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/726300834110771/

Can't make the event? No problem! Kindly consider making a donation to support us here (be sure to mark the Chicago chapter from the drop down menu): http://flashesofhope.org/support-us/donate

Want to learn about Flashes of Hope Chicago? Please visit: https://www.facebook.com/FlashesofHopeChicago
http://flashesofhope.org/chapters/chicago

Thank you! for your support and Kaiser Tiger for the amazing venue!

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police & helicopters

Does anyone know you there are police flying down western Ave going north and helicopters?

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Projection Mapping Animations at the High Dive

The West Town Art Walk is just around the corner, taking place on October 3-4. Come out and support all of the amazing featured artists and West Town establishments. And be sure to stop by the High Dive at 1938 W. Chicago Ave. to see two projection mapped animations.

The two animations below will be on display 5pm – 8pm on October 3rd and 11am – 8pm on October 4th:

untitled – 5’ x 7’ – 03:15 (http://vimeo.com/58034310)

the elephant in the room – 4’ x 4’ – 05:45 (https://vimeo.com/105606079)

For more info on the event: http://www.westtownartwalk.com

6 days ago

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The Best Places To Watch Each Pro Football Team In Chicago

1326 W. Madison St.

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  • I am fairly certain that both Crew and Andersonville Brewery are showing the games. One is in Uptown near Lawrence and the brewery is next to Hamburger Mary's.

  • Matilda at 3101 N Sheffield is showing packers games this year. Talked to the owner and he's got a bunch of specials coming in from Hinterland, Oso, Capital and other wisconsin craft brews throughout the season. Supposedly there's going to be an "official" packer beer released this year and served only a Lambeau and he managed to get a keg.

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New to the Neighborhood

Hello West Town,

We wanted to take a second to introduce ourselves. We are a local Chicago start-up drink delivery service partnering with local business owners in your area. We currently work with Noble Grape on Chicago Ave. You can place your orders online at Drinkfly.com or download to app to your smartphone or android. Once you place your order, a store employee will make the delivery to your door where all IDs are checked, just as they would be at the store. Stay warm out there, and have a great Thursday.

Cheers!
DF

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Sep 08

Updated 6 days ago

Found dog

Found a white mixed breed dog in the starbucks lot at grand and ogden earlier today, my friend has him at her house right now but we are hoping to find the owner. He had a choker collar on but no tags. Very friendly dog, let me know if you can help locate the owner.

  • Have you had her scanned for a microchip yet? Any vet clinic can do it, or we can scan her at The Anti-Cruelty Society. I found the owner of a nice dog in West Town earlier this year that way.

  • There's a lady who works at 1528 W Adams building who lost a dog. She put posters all over Near West Side, however that was about 8 weeks ago. The dog was tiny though, so I can't see it requiring a pinch collar. How big is this dog?

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Knight at the Movies: The Skeleton Twins; The Homestretch; film notes

...Park series Friday, Sept. 12, as part of a short- film showcase at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., at 7:30 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/HatboxesTheMovie

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...can seem an insurmountable obstacle. The Homestretch opens exclusively at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., on Friday, Sept. 12. The directors, subjects in the film and representatives from the Chicago...

...Crawford to stardom—is playing, complete with live organ accompaniment, at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 12 p.m. as part of its Silent Saturday series...

...annual Women's Words Film Festival on Monday, Sept. 15, at the Public House Theatre, 3419 N. Clark St., beginning at 7:30 p.m. The evening will include the Chicago premiere of seven...

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Logan Square House & Garden Walk featured on Curbed Chicago & LoganSquareTV!

Do you love architecture? Historic homes? Interior tours of Logan Square's magnificent turn-of-the-century homes are available this Saturday. It is going to be a beautiful fall day and now is your chance to get an inside look at the historical richness and beauty of this landmark neighborhood!

Logan Square Preservation 2014 House and Garden Walk is this Saturday, September 13th.

More information and tickets available online: www.logansquarepreservation.org

Presale tickets are available to purchase until Friday, September 12th and available for pickup at Will Call the day of the walk.

Check out what Curbed Chicago said about the House & Garden Walk:
http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2014/09/04/tour-logan-squares-historic-19th-century-boulevard-homes.php

You can get a sneak peak of one of the houses on LoganSquareTV:
http://logansquare.tv/?p=848

For questions email: logansquarehousewalk@gmail.com

6 days ago

Attn jeep owners

Hi neighbors, just want to notify jeep owners to watch out for a white or gray van, a man stole the spare tire off the back of a jeep that was parked in front of my house. I woke up to a squeaking noise around 1 am Monday morning, only to see a man loosening the lug nuts holding the spare. I went to grab my phone to capture a picture of the plate, but by then, he drove off. He was clearly a passenger, he had black hair and a beard.

Sep 09

Flashes of Hope is putting the Fun in Fundraising for Childhood Cancer Awareness

Thu, Sep 18, 2014 7pm to 10pm

Flashes of Hope Chicago is putting the FUN in FUNdraising at our event held in honor that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month being held at Kaiser Tiger, a Sausage, Bacon and Beer venue from the creators of Paddy Long's!

Purchase tickets for $20.00 via Eventbrite link above before event or at the door (cash only) for $25.00.

Your ticket will be a donation to support Flashes of Hope Chicago, a nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer...

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Flashes of Hope Chicago is putting the FUN in FUNdraising at our event held in honor that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month being held at Kaiser Tiger, a Sausage, Bacon and Beer venue from the creators of Paddy Long's!

Purchase tickets for $20.00 via Eventbrite link above before event or at the door (cash only) for $25.00.

Your ticket will be a donation to support Flashes of Hope Chicago, a nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography and raises money for pediatric cancer research. The portraits, taken by award-winning photographers, help children feel better about their changing appearance by celebrating it. For families of terminally ill children, it's especially important to have a portrait that preserves forever the beauty, grace and dignity of their child.

With your ticket, you will also have some amazing draft beer, wine, soda and tasty appetizers from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.

Our hope is to have a fun evening with some of our favorite volunteers, supporters and meet some new ones while we create awareness and raise some funds to support the our chapters at the following locations: Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Cadence Health System: Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, The University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center & Children's Oncology Services One Step at a Time Camp in Lake Geneva, WI.

Want to learn about Flashes of Hope Chicago? Visit:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FlashesofHopeChicago
Website: http://flashesofhope.org/chapters/chicago

To purchase tickets: Eventbrite for tickets: https://flashesofhopechicago.eventbrite.com

Aug 24

Updated Sep 09

Drones Flying In Your Neighborhood

My sleep was disturbed at 2:30 am this morning by a drone hovering above our apartment building. I have seen it hovering over my building and adjacent ones in broad daylight several times, sometimes for several hours. This is the first time I have seen and heard it at night. Has anyone noticed this happening near their homes? If so, is there anything that I can do about it?

  • Big Al - I've never flown one of the gas powered helicopter models, but I've seen videos and it totally make sense that the exhaust would look like something be sprayed down from it. (Plus it would be really cool to set up a RC helicopter to spray water on...

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    Big Al - I've never flown one of the gas powered helicopter models, but I've seen videos and it totally make sense that the exhaust would look like something be sprayed down from it. (Plus it would be really cool to set up a RC helicopter to spray water on small fires - it's pretty common to make scale WWII planes that do things like drop fake bombs or make machine gun sounds when you hit a button on the remote control - a fire fighting RC chopper would be pretty awesome, particularly for firefighters!) Thanks!

    I've never been able to find a city ordinance that flat out bans flying radio control planes, helicopters, etc (some cities/towns do have them, though). A big part of why I'd like to help defuse this situation with our neighbor who is buzzing the neighborhood is that I'd like to avoid some alderman with nothing better to do passing some sort of ban of "drones", and which would probably ban all other radio control flying gizmos. (I'm thinking of some of Burt Natarus' more zany proposals...)

    It's cool that firefighters can use some of their down time to fly a RC heli, I can do some test runs in the alley, and even that our neighbor can do *a little* flying around (but not when its really bugging people, and particularly at 2:30am). It would be nice if we could avoid heavy handed new ordinances or unnecessary police involvement (though, repeatedly waking people up in the middle of the night is a pretty appropriate thing to call the police about, if it keeps happening.)

Sep 08

Updated Sep 09

Steel plank at Chicago/Noble Intersection

Hi everyone, anyone have a clue what the city is doing w/ the plank that's been at this intersection for a few weeks now? It's covering some kind of opening (not a pothole) and is now blocked by barriers. I have emailed (and so have other neighbors) Reggie in the Alderman's office w/ no response. I have also called 311 (which is how the barriers got there) b/c it was so loud when the buses and cars would go over it and causing our buildings to shake. Thanks!

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