15 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Development near Lincoln and Roscoe

There are 5 vacant, contiguous buildings on west side of Lincoln just south of Roscoe...One of the buildings (which was formerly a thrift shop) is undergoing a major construction, rehab...Does anyone know if there is anything in the works there?

  • L

    South of Fullerton at the site of the old Children's Hospital, there is going to be a big new redevelopment which will completely change that area and probably take a long time to get finished. I'm assuming the local property owners are getting ready to attract new or different tennants as a result.

  • L

    One more thing, when the hospital closed it meant that lots of people eating and drinking were no longer in the neighborhood everyday. Businesses were forced to closed due to lack of customers as a result.

Oct 22

Updated 4 hours ago

Deciphering gang graffiti

On my morning walk I noticed a lot of stickers around Belmont Harbor containing an X and the letters S H I T in each of the four quadrants. Some were more elaborate and some were very simple. Most seem to be located near other graffiti. In one case, the sticker contained the dates Oct. 23, Oct. 24, Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. Anyone have any insights? (And yes, I reported the graffiti to the city.)

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On my morning walk I noticed a lot of stickers around Belmont Harbor containing an X and the letters S H I T in each of the four quadrants. Some were more elaborate and some were very simple. Most seem to be located near other graffiti. In one case, the sticker contained the dates Oct. 23, Oct. 24, Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. Anyone have any insights? (And yes, I reported the graffiti to the city.)

There seems to be a URL on some of the stickers, but I'd rather not get my computer infected with a virus. Google didn't turn up anything useful. The photographs were taken in the Roscoe underpass, but I also noticed a lot of the stickers toward the south end of the harbor.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    I truly don't understand all of this attention from strangers. I understand having neutral feelings towards some anonymous person; these strong feelings that some people have towards a total stranger are just odd.

  • Robin, it's a public forum and you're posting to strangers. If you don't understand the attention, don't comment.

3 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Anyone know what happened to Tara (Michael Anthony/Civello Salon on Belmont)?

I desperately need my hair cut and called to make an appointment only to find out Tara has left Michael Anthony on Belmont (now called Civello Salon). I thought I had her number, but I can't find it. Does anyone have contact info for her or know what salon she went to?

  • @ Liz - Rest assured that my stylist doesn't give one care about whether or not I know her last name or not. Here are things about which she cares:

    a. arriving on time - I am never late. Ever.

    b. seeing her regularly - I see her every three...

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    @ Liz - Rest assured that my stylist doesn't give one care about whether or not I know her last name or not. Here are things about which she cares:

    a. arriving on time - I am never late. Ever.

    b. seeing her regularly - I see her every three weeks rain, snow, sleet, hail, sickness, health, marriage, death

    c. most importantly, tipping well - I tip her 25% every time.

    I am not friends with my stylist. I am not going to the salon to forge a friendship. We have nothing in common. She's a lovely woman who is fantastic at being a stylist and that's why I see her. I am kind to her. I am respectful of her time. I refer my friends and family to her regularly. I simply don't understand how her last name would be of any importance to me, especially since it's not publicly posted anywhere.

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    Gurlz plz.

Oct 16

Updated 11 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

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  • You can only post a pic to a new thread that you have created. I think the only way you can "post" a picture to this thread is if you post the picture on another site (like facebook or Flickr, google photos, etc.) and then just copy the link to a new comment.

12 hours ago

Diversey at Bosworth Eastbound Detour for Sewer Project

The City’s Department of Water Management will start a sewer main project on Diversey at Bosworth starting the week of November 3rd. This project will require the closure of Diversey to...

15 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Gang Sign Removal & Gangway fence

Thank you to whoever removed the gang graffiti symbol next to the Alderman's office. Someone contacted me last week about it's exact location and the next day it was gone. I also noticed a wooden fence had been installed in the gangway/alleyway I was mugged from on Belmont & Sheffield behind Einsteins. That alleyway gave the criminals who hang out on the corner easy access to rob people and flee. I'm glad to see our messages are making a difference & improving the neighborhood.

27 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

New Development

Anyone have any idea what is going up across from Whole Foods off of Ashland Ave. between School and Henderson? Just curious, thanks ahead for any info!

  • L

    Here is a post about it. Target was supposed to come in about a block south of the property mentioned here, but they sold the property. Maybe one of the two parcels will get an Aldi. http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2014/07/panera-bread-at-ashland-and-school.html

  • It looks like three units will be there... Not a lot of parking space, so grocery store seems doubtful....I heard vitamin store is one of the tenants..Having a hard time understanding that there's that much of a demand for vitamins..Have no idea what else is coming...Each of the three units is pretty good size..

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  • Operation Organization

    Ms. Stone is asking for $1074.11:
    My students need 30 durable chair pockets to store reading materials and 30 durable file boxes to store writing materials.
    Burley Elementary School Comment

Oct 16

Updated 25 hours ago

Let's talk about the Halloween Parade!

The annual Halloween parade is coming soon and I just wanted to talk about it.
I look forward to it every October.
What does everyone think of it?

I'll start:

PROS: Feels welcoming for all walks of life including young children
Has a good neighborhood vibe. Doesn't "stress" our neighborhood like Pride Parade.

CONS: Hard to know when the parade has started and ended. So it could use a little more structure. There are hardly any floats, just people walking....

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The annual Halloween parade is coming soon and I just wanted to talk about it.
I look forward to it every October.
What does everyone think of it?

I'll start:

PROS: Feels welcoming for all walks of life including young children
Has a good neighborhood vibe. Doesn't "stress" our neighborhood like Pride Parade.

CONS: Hard to know when the parade has started and ended. So it could use a little more structure. There are hardly any floats, just people walking. I can't figure out if the people walking are in the parade or just spectators walking behind.

Here's the information that I found for 2014:
http://www.northalsted.com/pages/northalsted_halloween_parade_2014/157.php

FYI: I'm have no ties to the parade other than it's about a block from where I live.

  • I've always watched from Aldine/Roscoe. So, I thought it's always started at Belmont and ended somewhere north of Roscoe.

  • Have you heard about this?
    The Halsted parade organizers are calling this year's theme "FreakShow"
    Yep, they're advertising that they'll have unique drink specials, people dressed in provocative and scary outfits, and other "curiosities".
    Wow, sounds like quite an evening is in store.
    Yep.Yep.
    Yea, actually, the regulars who frequent Halsted are calling it by another name :
    "a typical evening"

    Ladies and Gentlemen; Mr. Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra.

2 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

RCN problems?

I live around Southport and Wellington - and this past month I've been having problems with RCN internet. It's been loading extremely slow. Has anyone been experiencing this as well?

  • Motorola SB6141

  • d3 NOH

    oh good, that's a good model. :] still could be bad but not because of the model itself

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2 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Stolen packages from Ashland Ave , just north of Grace St

I had three packages that were delivered in the vestibule of my apartment (locked door with large clear glass panel). Some time yesterday in the afternoon and early evening, they were taken from behind the locked door. I'm guessing that someone was really smart about opening up a locked door that doesn't have a bolt lock and really wanted some ladies clothing. :(

  • d3 NOH

    This is exactly why people should call 911 if there are people on your block buzzing every buzzer until someone lets them in.

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    Also why anyone in this neighborhood would recommend you get packages speed to either your local office (usps/ups/fedex) or your work. Also, if you have a good relationship with a neighboring business, talk with the manager about getting your packages left there.

  • Had a similar experience - a Fed Ex envelope stolen last Christmas, contained a $500 gift card :-(. They ripped open the envelope, took the card then left the envelop (and greeting card) in the vestibule, which is why I know what was stolen. Police said I could not file...

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    Had a similar experience - a Fed Ex envelope stolen last Christmas, contained a $500 gift card :-(. They ripped open the envelope, took the card then left the envelop (and greeting card) in the vestibule, which is why I know what was stolen. Police said I could not file a police report, had to file it with the post office because it was a mail issue. Whatever. I learned a very valuable lesson - ensure important deliveries are sent somewhere safe - but still get frustrated every time I think about it!! Good to post this now with the holiday season approaching this will no doubt become a big issue again.

2 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Crystal polishing?

HI, I have an old, beautiful crystal vase that is square at the bottom. Each corner has been dinged a bit over the years and the corners are very sharp. Does anyone know if this is something that can be polished or smoothed out somehow? And if so, does anyone know who might be able to do that? Thanks!

  • Not sure if it's still there but The Crystal Cave in Wilmette(?) will sand down the edges. They do a great job.

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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Moving to Chicago!

I posted something similar to this before, but I was wondering about driving time (and received answers mostly relating to commute time via public transportation.)

So, what would the driving time in rush hour to and from UChicago, from Logan Square, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview? I'm trying to decide on where I should live. Thanks!

Oct 19

Updated 2 days ago

Advice on Sealing Split-Faced Block

Hi neighbors - For those who live in a condo with split-faced block, any advice or lessons you can share on having it treated to protect against moisture? I'm on the board for a 6-unit condo with split-faced block on two sides of the building. We last had it treated in 2010, and I'm calling some contractors for quotes to get it done again in the spring. That said, I wanted to do a little research beforehand. Any information you can share on local contractors, types of sealing products, or things to ask about or watch out for would be much appreciated!

  • david duggan President, South Lakeview Neighbors

    I've had split-faced block on the lower level of my residence for 23 years and have never had it sealed. Though the blocks show some discoloration at one of the corners, I have never had it sealed and see no reason to do so. When I built it out, I...

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    I've had split-faced block on the lower level of my residence for 23 years and have never had it sealed. Though the blocks show some discoloration at one of the corners, I have never had it sealed and see no reason to do so. When I built it out, I had 3 mil. vapor barrier and thermax insulation placed in the firred-out void between the block and the interior drywall, which has prevented any seepage. I think sealing generally is a scam, although I understand that the block industry may have cheapened their product years ago because of all the demand.

  • d3 NOH

    you put the vapor barrier on the exterior? I think in this climate, most would do interior 3 mil poly, and moisture (tyvek) on the exterior. the vapors should be able to escape or they will condensate potentially in summer. but, your thermax insulation in between helps keep anything from...

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    you put the vapor barrier on the exterior? I think in this climate, most would do interior 3 mil poly, and moisture (tyvek) on the exterior. the vapors should be able to escape or they will condensate potentially in summer. but, your thermax insulation in between helps keep anything from passing. Or roxul. or closed cell foam. if you would have used fiberglass, though... your cavity could be lined with moldy insulation by now.

    another issue that's just as likely to be cause problems is water leaking in to wall via the parapet wall. I have seen new construction condo where this was the issue more so than the split-face block itself.

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Renting out Garage close to Ashland/Fullerton

What is a good price for a one car garage+storage with an automatic door in the area?

  • While it's not a private individual garage, I heard the Webster theatre parking garage offers monthly parking for only about $40/month,

  • Wow $40 is really low so if true look into that. Private garages are between $125-$150/mo in the LP area.

  • $200 for a secure spot.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

RCN internet outage?

Is anyone else's RCN internet out? I'm near Addison and LSD and my internet has been out for at least 2 hours.

  • We had a problem with a tear in our wire last week. Called RCN and they were out in 2 hours to repair!

  • I appreciate the help Jackie, and I will e-mail if I ever have problems again, but my internet is working today. Thanks again.

Oct 01

Updated 3 days ago

Free moving boxes

Hello, Chicago Comics would like you to take some of our empty boxes. We get a large shipment of new comic books every wednesday so we always have boxes to give away. The boxes are great for moving. The only catch is you have to call us by Tues. of the week you want them so we do not recycle them. You also have to come pick them up. Thats it. Chicago Comics is located at 3244 N. Clark St. 773-528-1983

  • They make a lovely temporary couch. Great size for moving heavy stuff like books!

3 days ago

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Sep 07

Updated 3 days ago

Lost cat

Tuxedo cat lost in west Lakeview. Reward. 773-580-4130

  • There is a tuxedo that hangs around mildred and wolfram. Does it have 1 or more collars on? With some kind of tag (circular maybe)?

  • Thanks Matt. I think it's a different cat. My cat had a collar but no tags or bells hanging from it: danielleg.com/Mila

3 days ago

  • Help Me Help Them Learn to READ

    Ms. Pike is asking for $4244.56:
    My students need their teachers to be sent to professional development for the Wilson Reading System so that we may learn how to teach intensive reading supports.
    Burley Elementary School Comment

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Oct 24

Updated 4 days ago

New to Lakeview/Chicago. Looking to meet new people/friends

Hey! I'm 24 and new to the area. I moved from Ohio. I am wonderig if there are any groups in the area related to coffee/wine/book clubs? Also just looking to meet new people and friends. Thanks!

  • Welcome to Chicago Lindsey. There's a place in Lincoln Square (a little north of Lakeview) called The Book Cellar, an independent book store with a cafe and many scheduled events - and wine too! http://www.bookcellarinc.com/

  • You'll probably find what you're looking for on corners along Belmont. Clark, Sheffield, Halsted, etc.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

New Streetlights

Just installed on Greenview. I think they chose a fixture that allows too much light and glare to be undirected and so spills horizontal (Everyone's windows and eyes). Rather they should have chosen a lamp that directs the light to the ground. Also I am praying that they will paint the bright shining aluminum. The City has made so many good choices in the past regarding public fixtures. Retro and period street lamps painted monochromatic dark greens. Someone blew this one.)

  • Fictionista Storyteller

    We had a similar problem. The blackout curtains I bought weren't dark enough, so I backed them with dark colored twin sheets. Hung horizontally the were the perfect size for our big window. You can avoid my mistake by buying dark colored blackout curtains instead of cute ones. :-)

  • I bought dark colored fleece to hang in my windows after trying white blackout fabric that I found didn't work. The light weight of the fleece is a big plus.

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Oct 23

Updated 5 days ago

Help preserve the monarchs

Help sustain the dwindling monarch butterfly population by planting a few milkweed seeds in your garden or in any open ground near you (e.g., vacant lots, along the train tracks, in community gardens). The widespread agricultural use of herbicides that kill plants like milkweed has had a devastating impact on the monarch population, since milkweed is the only plant the monarch larvae feed on.
I will place a box of seed pods on my parkway garden at 1231 W. Addison,...

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Help sustain the dwindling monarch butterfly population by planting a few milkweed seeds in your garden or in any open ground near you (e.g., vacant lots, along the train tracks, in community gardens). The widespread agricultural use of herbicides that kill plants like milkweed has had a devastating impact on the monarch population, since milkweed is the only plant the monarch larvae feed on.
I will place a box of seed pods on my parkway garden at 1231 W. Addison, so help yourself to a few seeds. The large seed pods are for the common milkweed that gets about 3 feet tall and has fragrant pink flowers, while the small dark pods are from butterfly weed, another type of milkweed that has orange flowers and gets about 2 feet tall.
Conservationists are calling for a nationwide campaign to save the monarch--you can be a part of this effort. It's a great project for kids, too. Read more at http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-monarch-butterfly-herbicide-kennedy-perspec-102-20141021-story.html

  • Anita W. in Wrigleyville 30-year resident

    Fictionista: Milkweeds are annual plants that self-sow--I'm sure you've seen the pods and the little round seeds with "parachutes" attached blowing in the wind, like a larger version of dandelion seeds. I think you could hang on to the seeds and plant them in the spring (maybe in pots so they're a good size before planting outdoors) or, since naturally they'd fall to the ground now, you could plant them now. There's a ton of advice available online, like this: http://www.monarchwatch.org/milkweed/prop.htm Good luck!

  • Anita W. in Wrigleyville 30-year resident

    Sorry, forgot the second part of your question. I think butterfly weed (orange flowers) would do better in containers than ordinary milkweed, which gets to be 3-4 feet tall and tends to have just one stalk, whereas butterfly weed is shorter and bushier.

Oct 23

Updated 5 days ago

Excel 2013 class - free or paid. Recommendations?

I'm looking for someplace in Chicago, between Lakeview and downtown, to learn about Excel 2013. I want a live instructor, not a virtual one. I've looked and found several paid options. I fully expect to pay but would like a recommendation if anyone has one. Thank you.

  • @ Gregory - Thank you very much for posting. Looks like I just missed the Excel classes for this season but I imagine there will be another set next year.

  • I've been using Excel (and other spreadsheet applications) for over 25 years and am quite knowledgeable, hence my coworkers over the years often asking for my assistance. I know you said you wanted tutorials with an actual person, but this might help in the meantime. I've found a website with really good (and free) lessons on how to use Excel (and Word) and found it to be as good resource for beginner and intermediate users to reference.

    http://www.gcflearnfree.org/excel2013

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