Oct 16

Updated 2 hours ago

Robbery and violent beating @ Lakewood and Henderson this morning.

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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

  • Rpl

    He was arrested.

  • rmissliz 10 year resident uptown

    The no police thing really bothers me. I've been complaining to our alderman. This being an election year, I suggest if you are upset about the crime, or lack of police response, call your alderman. Let them know you will be voting for his contender without a crime plan for his district.

2 hours ago

Music box

Does anyone know what is being built next to the music box? I'm hoping for an old school movie themed bar, but have no idea.

Dec 04

Updated 3 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

    Vitamin Shoppe at Clark and Diversey is closing January 31, 2015.

    Although they are still looking for a storefront within walking distance of the old store, they are inviting people to shop at their new store, now open, at 3325 N Ashland across from Whole Foods.

    Shoppers will be made...

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    Vitamin Shoppe at Clark and Diversey is closing January 31, 2015.

    Although they are still looking for a storefront within walking distance of the old store, they are inviting people to shop at their new store, now open, at 3325 N Ashland across from Whole Foods.

    Shoppers will be made aware of their store at 2705 N. Elston near Target and their store at 1590 N. Clybourn. The Clybourn store is near the Apple Store and the Red Line stop. The block has a reputation for "apple picking," so hold onto your smart-phone.

    In the same shopping strip as their Elston store will be a medical marijuana dispensary at 2723 N Elston, next to the mattress shop where they can take a nap. The parking lot is often full. After the pot shop opens, parking may be tight as some people may drive there, park, forget they drove, and walk home. Only kidding, they'll be too stoned to walk.

    None of the above will replace our neighborhood store within walking distance of Diversey/Clark/Broadway.

  • G.

    Bob,

    Thanks for that information. I did stop by Vitamin Shoppe and found that out. I shop there fairly often but don't think I will as much (Amazon Prime will get my business) if they move so far away. The guy did say they were "stuck" with the spot about the old Nine West store. I asked why they didn't take those two floors. Hopefully they will move right next store.

    Gina

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Updated 21 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.

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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 46 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.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days 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.

2 days ago

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5 days ago

Updated 2 days 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..

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Dec 13

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!

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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.

5 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 5 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?

5 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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Where can we donate kids' Christmas 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 grassroots/local organization?

  • Chris Bak designer

    How wonderful that you are doing this! BUILD, Inc. - an organization that works with at-risk youth throughout the city - is collecting gifts for our Adopt-a-Family program. You can contact Lisa Salas at 773-227-2880. If you are interested in learning about BUILD's work, check out: www.buildchicago.org

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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.

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