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John Hodgman Stole Your Vacation

John Hodgman is doing two completely different shows tomorrow night at UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave. At 7pm he performs "I Stole Your Dad," his usual melange of expert advice and...

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What's the building west of City Farm on Division?

Does anyone know what the new building is that is almost completed at about 450 West Division? This is the building just west of the City Farm.

It’s all windows on the east side suggesting residential; it’s all cinder block on the west side suggesting prison. There are three very large garage doors. But the real oddity are the huge balconies that are on the north end facing into nearby buildings – as opposed to being on the south end looking out onto downtown.

If it is really residential let’s hope the buyers are told that the City Farm announced years ago that their end was near for that specific spot because developers were making building plans.

  • Jon Hiatt, RA LEED GA Architect in Old Town

    The building in reference is a 8 Unit Multi-Family residence with 8 garage spots for parking. The most likely reason behind the near blank CMU wall on the west side is because the architect or developer are assuming a building will be built beside it in the near future. The...

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    The building in reference is a 8 Unit Multi-Family residence with 8 garage spots for parking. The most likely reason behind the near blank CMU wall on the west side is because the architect or developer are assuming a building will be built beside it in the near future. The east side has a street adjacent to it, which will at least provide views to the street even after the proposed building at city farm is constructed; the higher units still may have a view of the skyline after city farm is replaced.

  • Randi Doeker Environmental activist

    Thanks. It is still a mystery why the balconies went on the end that absolutely do look into buildings while the north end looks out onto a wide street.

  • Garrett C. Engineer / dog owner

    That building is a mess -- I live across the street and I've been watching the construction process. It's been slow and the building is showing a lot of signs of sloppy construction. At one point in the spring, a pile of newly-laid cinder blocks from the roof was blown...

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    That building is a mess -- I live across the street and I've been watching the construction process. It's been slow and the building is showing a lot of signs of sloppy construction. At one point in the spring, a pile of newly-laid cinder blocks from the roof was blown by strong winds off the roof onto Division St. A few weeks ago I saw a Cease Construction notice put up on the building because the contractor's license had expired. I'm not sure what's going on behind the scenes with that building, but it doesn't look hopeful. Even if it gets finished, the building looks like it's going to be pretty ugly.

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Essa Dora on Wells in Old Town

This salon just opened in Old Town. I've followed my stylist here because I've been with her for five years and can't imagine having anyone else cut my hair!! When I moved I needed someone new to do my color and they have a wonderful colorist.... I wish I'd met him years ago!!!

I was so happy with my experience at Essa Dora I've booked all of my appointments with them for the next year.

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Three Hilarious Comics Are In Town This Weekend

Details: Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10 p.m. UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North. $20. (Chicago émigré Liza Treyger opens.)

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Details: Saturday at 8 p.m. Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. $54–$90.

Details: Saturday at 7:30. Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont. $20.

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...the death of her husband. JR Sullivan directs the production, which opens Oct. 27 at 1531 N. Wells St., Chicago. (312) 943-8722 or aredorchidtheatre.org...

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...The preview is Friday, Oct. 17. The show opens Saturday, Oct. 18, at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. (773) 975-8150 or bohotheatre.com...

...and "The Pit and the Pendulum." The show opens Friday, Oct. 17, at Zoo Studios, 4001 N. Ravenswood, Chicago. See chicagomammals.blogspot.com...

...child's nightmare and is performed from Friday, Oct. 17, through Saturday, Nov. 2, at 5026 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. Seating is limited and reservations are required. See dreamtheatrecompany.com for tickets...

• "A Nightmare on Backstreet: A Boy Band Musical Parody," by Ricky Glore, sends up the "Nightmare on Elm Street" film series and the boy band craze. Performances run from Friday, Oct. 17, through Nov. 1 at The Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark St., Chicago. (800) 650-6449 or pubhousetheatre.com.

...Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, opens its KidSeries with ensemble member Elise Kauzlaric's adaptation of "The Velveteen Rabbit...

...the monthly Saturday afternoon monster and piggy comedy/variety show -- returns to the Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St., Chicago, at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18. The all-ages show features puppets from...

...year at Curious Theatre Branch's Rhinofest -- opens Saturday, Oct. 18, at Gorilla Tango Theater, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. The musical about the troubled marriage between poets Sylvia Path and Ted Hughes stars...

...music by John Urban and Isaiah Robinson. Performances begin Sunday, Oct. 19, at Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave., Chicago. The Oct. 31 performance includes a private, post-show party featuring Nosferatu craft beer...

...Pride Films and Plays annual fall benefit taking place Monday, Oct. 20, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. The event also includes spoken word artist C.C. Carter, performance artist Kimberly Dark...

...p.m. with a reception featuring an appetizer buffet and cash bar at Cooper's, 1232 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. That's followed by the show at 7 p.m. General admission is $75...

...comedy directed by company member Derek Bertelsen. Previews begin Thursday, Oct. 23, at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St., Chicago. The show opens Oct. 26. (773) 828-9129 or astonrep.com...

...about Stephen's troubled relationship with his boyfriend. Performances take place at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. (773) 728-2216 or eclipsetheatre.com...

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Sweetest Day Special at Kanela

Old Town | 1552 N. Wells St. | 312.255.1206

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Lakeview | 3231 N. Clark St. | 773.248.1622

Wicker Park | 1048 N. Milwaukee Ave. | 773.661.1010

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lost dog old town

Staff found a lost dog at twin anchors.need a foster for the night.we called animal control,but prefer he not go there.a little older. Seems sad.

  • So happy to say, we have reunited the dog with its owner...he got out of the yard

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The Best Sales and Shopping Events This Week

Raise your glass to Chicago’s status as a sweatshop-free city at Greenheart Shop’s (1714 N. Wells St.) Fair Trade Mixer and Sweatfree Celebration, tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. Celebrate with light appetizers, local beer, and fair trade wine as you browse Greenheart’s equally sweatshop-free clothing.

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...bar involved. Tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m., stop by the Randolph Street Market (1340 W. Washington St.) for the kickoff of the beloved bazaar’s fall fashion season. A $20 advance ticket...

Lincoln Park’s newest boutique, Elle Val (2320 N. Clark St.) is now open to the public and offering new customers 10 percent off their purchase. Stop by for brands like Haute Hippie, Lovers and Friends, and more.

Concerned about your carbon footprint? Enroll in Saturday’s upcycle workshop at Levelz Style Lounge (1452 N. Milwaukee Ave.), where you’ll learn how to turn your old clothes into new wares by combining, reconstructing, and otherwise reinventing them. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; $30.

Hubba Hubba (2040 W. Roscoe St.) is turning 26, so stop by their birthday party this evening for drinks, snacks, and $25 off your purchase of $100 or more.

Give your pad a fall makeover with a little help from STITCH (1937 N. Damen Ave.), where you’ll find furniture from Gus* Modern and Missoni Home on sale for 15 to 25 percent off until October 26.

...Ann Chikahisa is leaving Chicago for Seattle, but not before one last hurrah at Virtu (2035 N. Damen Ave.). Tomorrow (5 to 8 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m...

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RCN v Comcast

Empty nesters for over a year...guess the kids are really "off the books" so we are moving from the suburbs to Old Town! My wife and I both work from home, so dependable internet is important as is a good HD cable TV service.

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Thanks!
Dennis

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    You can do that on RCN if you have their Tivo t6 / q and buy the Tivo Stream to add on. That's $129 https://www.amazon.com/TiVo-TCDA94000-Stream/dp/B008RWHC0E/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=x00a-20 -- then you can stream to ios/android/etc.

    My second Tivo is actually their Tivo Mini, which is what RCN gives you as the second for...

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    You can do that on RCN if you have their Tivo t6 / q and buy the Tivo Stream to add on. That's $129 https://www.amazon.com/TiVo-TCDA94000-Stream/dp/B008RWHC0E/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=x00a-20 -- then you can stream to ios/android/etc.

    My second Tivo is actually their Tivo Mini, which is what RCN gives you as the second for second/etc. TVs. They use an ethernet cable to connect to your main Tivo. It will also use MoCa which is basically putting your ethernet network over the RCN cable lines, so you could then use either an RCN coax cable (which, is only being used for ethernet/moca), or an actual ethernet cable. Those are the supported modes. However, people have been able to successfully use a wireless bridge w/ it and it's not necessarily a supported configuration, but apparnetly works well enough to satisfy. You can get a wireless router that supports bridge mode to connect to your main router, or the more common solution would be an actual wireless to wire LAN bridge. probably $30-50 for the cheapest options. You could also use an ethernet over powerline adapter which puts your local ethernet network over your houses' AC power. I've used one in an apartment in the past and it worked OK, probably would be OK for this purpose.

    Comcasts' competitor is the X2 but they only sell you that if you bundle all 3 services cable TV+phone+internet, and I think also it doesn't allow "live" streaming it's a pre-recorded item from DVR -- I don't know how it handles shows that are actively recording, though.

    With or without the DVR streaming option, you could also use the standard TV Everywhere apps w/ either Comcast or RCN... These would be available from the individual cable channel operator. For example, download the CNN Go app and sign in using your RCN or Comcast credentials, and you have live streaming CNN on your ipad or whatever else.

  • Dennis Hauser Newly Urban

    Done! I called RCN to get some more information and the call went so well I signed up.

    Extra "Thanks Button Push" to d3 for all the techno-stuff...very helpful. I work from home and my company provides a SIP phone which I plug into an Ethernet port on an Arris...

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    Done! I called RCN to get some more information and the call went so well I signed up.

    Extra "Thanks Button Push" to d3 for all the techno-stuff...very helpful. I work from home and my company provides a SIP phone which I plug into an Ethernet port on an Arris wireless repeater. The 110Mbps is attractive...with my current 30 Mbps I can get clipping when my wife is watching TV while on the treadmill :)

    Fair Warning: We will be haunting drinking holes in Old Town in just a few weeks!

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Exterminator Needed

We are having an ant problem. Can anyone recommend a good exterminator?

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    If it's the small, "sugar" ants, sprinkle cinnamon.

  • Had a problem a few years back, get the Terro Bait trays, put one out and when they swarm it put out second then third. Pet safe and it keeps them from wandering around. They take bait back to nest and kills Queen, end of them.

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Kids throwing Eggs from Building

Two kids have been throwing eggs on to cabs from the roof of 161 W. Schiller on weekends. The building was owned by a formerly convicted felon until it was foreclosed on last month. I think there may be squatters in the building - a lot of unsavory characters.

  • Kim 25 year Northside resident. Area volunteer.

    Please call the police.

  • SNLombardi 25 Year resident Old Town

    We did, so did one of the cab drivers - no one came. The manager of the restaurant next door was going to speak to 2 officers that were there dining - don't know if anything happened. Be careful driving on Schiller between LaSalle and Wells.

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Bars?

No, not the places to find a good vodka martooni...the window kind :) We are moving to Old Town in a few weeks and some of the windows on our building have exterior bars and some don't.

What is the current best practice? It seems that bars are a liability if there is a fire, but would make it harder for someone to break in and swipe a couch.

  • I'm not exactly sure what you mean by "best practice," but in my experience living near Evergreen Terrace apartments, my landlord has bars around the windows of the bottom floor apartment, but not the upper level apartments, for obvious access reasons.

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Skylight leaking-HELP!!

This rain is killing us. One of our skylights started leaking. Anyone know a roofer or a window guy who can come to our rescue? As long as it a light rain we are OK, but this down pour is awful for the leak

  • This could be an issue with the flashing around the skylight- a roofer may quickly fix

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Boom

Anybody else hear that loud boom around 4am this morning (10/11)? It didn't sound like gunfire or fireworks, just one loud bang. Hard to tell where it came from (maybe south, near Division & Wells?), and no sirens followed.

  • Stanky A Live in the area

    No news story about the fire cracker

  • DAS

    From CPD zone 4 radio
    Most of the patrols in the 18th heard the noise.
    They had calls in from Armitage down to Ontario
    They were looking for a blown transformer or a gas explosion. Some units did bring up the fireworks problem in the area but thought this one was too loud. Maybe they have some new firepower.

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Where to Eat While Watching the Chicago Marathon

1547 N. Wells St., Old Town, 312-624-9430

1800 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park. 312-981-7070

1233 N. Wells St., Old Town, 312-548-3319

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233 E. Erie St., Streeterville, 312-344-1374

30 E. Hubbard St., River North, 312-226-5556

JW Marriott Chicago, 151 W. Adams St., Loop, 312-660-8866

519 N. Clark St., River North, 312-284-1377

553 W. Diversey Pkwy., Lincoln Park, 773-234-2320

3415 N. Broadway, Lake View, 773-305-0024

2552 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park, 773-248-4580

2301 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park, 773-244-1112

540 N. Wells St., River North, 312-527-1850

401 N. Franklin St., River North

820 W. Randolph St., West Loop, 312-888-3455

1408 W. Madison St., West Loop, 312-226-9529

230 S. Ashland Ave., West Loop, 312-666-7253 Plates of chilaquiles are known to induce a powerful runner’s high-esque endorphin surge, a fact we totally didn’t just make up right now.

800 S. Desplaines St., University Village, 773-318-9526

1337 W. Taylor St., Little Italy, 312-733-8881

1725 W. 18th St., Pilsen, 312-226-2654

1227 W. 18th St., Pilsen, 312-526-3851

2119 S. Halsted St., Pilsen, 312-426-3385

2618 S. Archer Ave., Chinatown, 312-808-1999

234 W. 31st St., Bridgeport, 312-842-9200

3901 S. Michigan Ave., Bronzeville, 773-285-1700

2139 S. China Pl., Chinatown, 312-328-0001

1152 S. Wabash Ave., South Loop, 312-291-0100

  • The culinary history lesson was well presented sir.. I am certainly aware of Mexican culinary history, maybe not so detailed as you sir. history and even have my own thoughts on Asian influence when it comes to west coast Mexican cuisine. All in all I wasn't seeking traditional Mexican and my meal was a pleasant surprise and well prepared.Everyone is entitled to their opinions but Dia De Los Tamales should never be compared to Taco Bell...in my ever so humble.

  • Actually torta and sandwich are two different things. You are correct about the sandwich; food historians generally attribute the creation of the sandwich to John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. This Englishman was a gambler and in 1762, during a 24 hour gambling game, he told the cook to prepare...

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    Actually torta and sandwich are two different things. You are correct about the sandwich; food historians generally attribute the creation of the sandwich to John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. This Englishman was a gambler and in 1762, during a 24 hour gambling game, he told the cook to prepare his food in such a way that it would not interfere with his game. The cook presented him with sliced meat between two pieces of toast. This meal required no utensils and could be eaten with one hand, leaving the other free to continue the game.

    The torta has been prepared in some variation in many parts of the world, it is also known in Spain as bocadillo or bocata and la bala fría in Venezuela. Torta also means "cake" in countries like Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela. The torta has a unique history well described by "Tortologo" Roberto Ayala in his book: "El Gran Libro de las Tortas". According to his findings, the history dates back to the sixteenth century with Leonardo Da Vinci and his guest and protector Ludovico Sforza. Da Vinci wanted to surprise his guest by improvising a snack that consisted of placing hard pieces of meat covering the entire dish between two larger pieces of bread. This could be considered the initial stages of the torta. With the Spaniard bringing wheat during the conquest and the arrival of the French colonizers, the torta took shape in Mexico with the influence of other civilizations.

    I also compared Día de los Tamales with the French cuisine. I have tasted their tamales and I find that the masa is bland, dry or mushy, underseasoned, with a mediocre salsa, and overpriced. The shop is nice with decent art, but I prefer the cart lady on 26th st. with questionable sanitation with a great savory tamal at $1.50 each and I don't need to add Luisiana, Sriracha, or any other hot sauce to improve the flavor.

    Again, this is my opinion and my own taste buds....

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