Jul 22

Updated 6 hours ago

Panera Bread at Ashland and School Falls Through; Target Development Not Happening

According to the latest flyers from Cushman &Wakefield, Panera Bread is no longer coming to Ashland and School and they are re-releasing it to market. Vitamin Shoppe is a go, and Target is no longer pictured on the map.

http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2014/07/panera-bread-at-ashland-and-school.html

2 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Animal control SOS!

Animal control is completely full! because of this they will be killing many adoptable animals to make space. If you know anybody that can foster or adopt please let me know. Fostering is temporary (you have them until they are adopted) and free. Please share this to your Facebook statuses.

3 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

$10 Classes at The Shift Coworking & Community Space

To our Lakeview Neighbors:

I'm excited to announce that here at The Shift we will be offering $10 classes, led by Industry Professionals as a way to make learning opportunities accessible to everyone.
Our class offerings will cover a variety of topics, from Entrepreneurship and Small Business Help, to Arts & Culture, to Health & Wellness, Legal Advising, and everything else in between.

All classes are open registration and held here at The Shift, a newly launched Coworking and Community...

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To our Lakeview Neighbors:

I'm excited to announce that here at The Shift we will be offering $10 classes, led by Industry Professionals as a way to make learning opportunities accessible to everyone.
Our class offerings will cover a variety of topics, from Entrepreneurship and Small Business Help, to Arts & Culture, to Health & Wellness, Legal Advising, and everything else in between.

All classes are open registration and held here at The Shift, a newly launched Coworking and Community Space located at 4101 N. Broadway.

To view our Event Calendar directly, please visit: www.TheShiftChicago.com/events.html
Or, just stop in! We give tours of our space all day and are always happy to provide free coffee, tea, or snacks to our visitors;)

If anyone has ideas and suggestions for classes, please let me know. We're always looking for qualified teachers too (and we offer compensation for teaching).

Hope to see many of you soon!

All the best,

Nicole Vasquez (Small Business Owner of The Shift)
773-360-1199
@TheShiftChi
nicole@theshiftchicago.com
www.TheShiftChicago.com

  • If no advertising allowed, why are there multiple adds for reside. A company that doesn't fire employees after they use homophobic slurs at their residents?

  • L

    Per the Everyblock guidelines, please, "Don’t post advertisements or solicitations."

    http://chicago.everyblock.com/help/guidelines/

    If Reside is posting ads (I haven't seen them), mark them as "Unneighborly".

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Dog transportation / taxi service?

Does anyone know of a dog transportation/taxi service? I am without a car today and am hoping to bring my dog to the vet today.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

3301 N. Ashland Avenue devlopement

MedSpring Urgent Care coming to 3301 N. Ashland Avenue, along with Vitamin Shoppe
http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2014/11/medspring-urgent-care-coming-to-3301-n.html

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Is Target back in the mix in Lakeview?

"Target's impending arrival appears to have sparked no such opposition, according to Bennett Lawson, chief of staff to Ald. Tom Tunney of Lakeview's 44th Ward." If you oppose, call Mr. Lawson, he thinks we don't care. Article was in Friday, November. 14th Crain's Chicago business. This is news to the neighbors, we were told they didn't know what Novak was building.

  • L...your little example of Clark Street is rarity. Plus if I know the location you are speaking of; its due to that specific landlord(s) waiting out the flat commercial market & conservative lending market to tear down all the outdated (1) story little storefronts to put in a 8-10 story midrise there on the west side of the block. BTW...my examples are EVERYWHERE. Almost 40-50% of new construction and existing storefronts on busy streets in the entire north side are vacant. Open your eyes.

  • @ Hank - you are correct. The stretch on Clark from Wellington to Fullerton is block after block after block of empty storefronts. It's a shell of what it was ten years ago. It's sad.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Mercury Theater's Annual Christmas Schooner!

It's that time of year again - the Christmas Schooner is back on from November 26 - December 28!

http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2014/11/its-most-wonderful-time-of-year-at.html?spref=tw

  • I LOVED this play!! Saw with my mom and sister a couple years ago. The talent (including the children) was Broadway quality...no exaggeration. Beautiful singing and touching story.

  • I always thought it was rather morbid for a Xmas play but it does have great music and is well acted.

Nov 13

Updated 4 days ago

  • Jen K 22-year Lakeview resident

    Also, re. not revealing the names of the business owners: Apparently that has to do, in part, with Illinois law. The secrecy is a requirement in the original law. So while apparently some prospective owners have outed themselves, our lawmakers wrote the law that way. So perhaps your questions about transparency and being forthcoming, etc., are better elected at elected representatives: Why did you think this secrecy was so critical that you allowed it to become law?

  • BarryDad Neighbor. Parent. Community Group Member.

    The cash situation is a real problem, I agree. But it will go away very soon. There are plenty of local solutions (i.e. Banks that do not operate outside of the state of Illinois, and therefore not afraid of federal laws on the matter, rulings from the office of the...

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    The cash situation is a real problem, I agree. But it will go away very soon. There are plenty of local solutions (i.e. Banks that do not operate outside of the state of Illinois, and therefore not afraid of federal laws on the matter, rulings from the office of the comptroller of currency, or RICO statutes) that will sprout up soon. And once the fees are fat enough, national banks will wade in, lobby for regulatory permission (which is starting to occur already), and then this debate about large amounts of cash will go away.

    For those of you who argued this point, I am curious whether you would be capable of changing your mind if these patients and the dispensary itself were using credit? I live close but not close enough to worry about the cash problem. So I am open minded, but I seem to be in the minority on this EveryBlock thread.

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Lost dog

I'm watching Smuckers and he took off on me. Black lab mix. Please call 6272865. Thanks.

  • Ev

    Happy to hear that Smuckers is back safe with you.

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Smuckers

Smuckers was found thanks to a great Samaritan in the neighborhood. Thanks to all.

  • astat Welles Park Neighbor

    It was in the aisle with the other jellies and jams, right?

  • Glad you found him "Gus"...or that someone found him for you, lucky!!!

Nov 13

Updated Nov 15

Lane Tech grads going door to door for scholarships?

A person claiming to be a Lane Tech grad trying to raise $ for a $4,000 scholarship of some sort came to my door this evening asking for a donation. I am not a huge fan of solicitors and said no thanks. Is this legit?

  • Why are you people opening the door for strangers?

    Unless I'm expecting a guest and I can positively identify the person, I do not and will not open my door or buzz anyone inside.

  • yoohoo Northcenter resident for 20+ years

    This happens pretty much every year. They are NOT associated with Lane.

Nov 13

Updated Nov 14

Western Avenue Construction

Signs say construction begins 11/10/14 on Western Avenue. I see work horses with Road Closed signs on the side of the road. Is this the start of the project that will tear down the overpass? What sections of Western are going to be closed?

Sep 24

Updated Nov 12

Demo at Ashland and Melrose?

Any idea what is happening there now? Last I heard Target was not going in. Anyone heard anything new?

Nov 11

Updated Nov 11

Village Records, 2010 W Roscoe St.

I hope this place is still operating. I had a great conversation with the kind owner (?) last weekend. I'd be sad if it succumbed to the local pressures.

Nov 11

Updated Nov 11

MONTHLY RAFFLE: $100 Crosby's Kitchen

Enter for a chance to receive our monthly gift cards for local Lakeview Businesses & Restaurants.

THIS MONTH: $100 Gift Card to Crosby's Kitchen.

Visit website below for details and to register!!!

www.LakeviewHomesChicago.com/CrosbysKitchen

  • Rob Rosmis Your Neighbor, Your Lakeview Realtor

    Upon registering, visitors are asked…

    How often do you dine / shop on Southport? What are your favorite spots?

    Here are a couple of our registrants comments:

    "Every day! I live there and I love it. Especially Crosby's."

    "I live close to Southport and go to Dags, Newport, Crosby's, and...

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    Upon registering, visitors are asked…

    How often do you dine / shop on Southport? What are your favorite spots?

    Here are a couple of our registrants comments:

    "Every day! I live there and I love it. Especially Crosby's."

    "I live close to Southport and go to Dags, Newport, Crosby's, and Einstein's. I enjoy shopping at Francesca's and working out at Southport Fitness."

    "I live in lakeview so I do walk to the Southport Corridorat least once in two weeks. Tango Sur, Deleece and Crosby's kitchen are my usual choice for food. I also like the coffee and cakes at Julius Meinl (I was there today), ice cream at Jeni's Splendid ice cream and for drink I go to Mystic Celt."

    If you live and love Lakeview….join today to receive some cool stuff every month!

Nov 07

Updated Nov 08

Who makes this couch?

I'm trying to find the manufacturer of this used couch I bought so I could buy a matching 3 person sofa. By looking at the logo, does anyone know who makes this couch? There are no labels on the couch itself.

  • You should try posting this question in the Advice section of the interior design website/app Houzz; that forum is crawling with people who may be able to help. Good luck!

  • Awesome! Thanks for the tip!

  • Chicago Dan Lifelong Northsider, recent Portage Park Homeowner

    Try uploading the pic to tineye.com. It's like a "Shazaam" for pictures.

Nov 07

Covered Parking

Looking for parking space near George and Mildred intersection. Interested in a month-to-month agreement through the upcoming winter months. Comment here if you have something available.

Oct 30

Updated Nov 06

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?

  • New England Seafood Company is there and very good--a lot of people miss it I think--but the grilled salmon, lobster rolls, fried clams and clam chowder are all terrific. And they're the only place in town that sells Faroe Island salmon--it's the best I've ever had.

  • there are actually a few decent dinner spots in that corridor that are easily overlooked. we also love new england seafood company, and pho's thai cuisine is amazing! northdown is a great brewpup too. that block definitely needs a facelift but the planned development looks so out of place in this charming community. it's really nice, but so suburban looking! it will definitely change the character of this neighborhood...even though i'm happy to see development and some interesting-looking additions.

Nov 04

Updated Nov 06

Building at 707 Waveland

Anybody have any information about this building?

  • No problem.

  • MSE

    To be on the safe side...the time and effort was most definitely appreciated to all who took the time to provide me with information. Thank you.

Nov 05

Looking for apartment

Any body know of a cheap one bedroom or even a studio/ garden apartment for rent? $800 and below. I don't need a lot of space, but i need to be close to public transportation. Thank you in advance.

Nov 05

Updated Nov 05

Lost car keys

I didn't notice I dropped my Honda civic car keys outside in front my house when i parked this morning, while struggling to free my baby from his car seat. I noticed they were missing when i had to leave and pick up my son from school. If you happen to find or picked them up while walking on 3400 block of Leavitt, please let me know. I have no spare key. :(

  • Mike Eugenio Tandang Garimot Martial Arts & Wellness

    Never mind...my lil boy threw it in the garbage can. :)

Oct 29

Updated Nov 05

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!

  • I'm almost surprised there's not a starbucks going in there...there's one on Lincoln, but its much less visible... I think any kind of decent sandwich place or restaurant would do well there,,,I guess we should be happy that its not just another bank...

  • Had my hopes set on a restaurant. I've gotten kind of burnt out on everywhere else to eat in the neighborhood. Oh well.

Oct 31

Updated Nov 03

Recycle dry cleaning hangers?

Anyone know of a place or organization interested in reusing the hangers from dry cleaners. I can never bring myself to throw them away.

  • Hello! I live in Logan Square near Bang Bang Pie and would love to take some wire hangers off of your hands for a classroom project I am planning! If you have any please let me know a time we can meet, I'll give you a nice Thank You Card from a student :) THANKS

  • Thanks Jamie. The store I mentioned always tells me to take as many as I want.

Oct 31

Updated Nov 03

Arrest in alley behind Addison

There were just 4 CPD SUV's behind our place on Addison between Hamilton and Hoyne. This was right outside the coach house which has been mentioned here before (loud, thrashing, banging thread). An arrest was made. White male, facial hair, black hoodie, black baseball cap. Does anyone know what happened? Unwritten kitten, are you home? Are you ok?

  • Bingo, Crusty Pirate and Thurston. And the work of unwritten kitten is done...methinks!

  • A work of narrative fiction, using the medium of EveryBlock posts.

Oct 29

Updated Oct 31

More arson?

Walking my dogs on Berenice just east of Lincoln-- a recycling dumpster in the alley next to 1853 W. Berenice is badly burned. I don't know if this is related to the rash of fires over the past few months in Lakeview. Anybody know any details?

  • Thanks Lisa! Frightening there are so many. It does fit that timing!

  • There have been some juveniles hanging out in the vacant, fenced-in lot next to the Brown Line on Berenice almost nightly. I let the cops know on Wednesday but not sure if they ever came. They were smoking and had backpacks and definitely looked like they were up to no good. For me backpacks always makes me think "tagging" but who knows what was actually going on.

Oct 26

Updated Oct 27

Tagging in North Center

Last night our garage, along with several others in the alley of the 3600 block between Campbell and Artesian were tagged.

Photo is attached.

This area is a popular hangout for High School kids on Friday / Saturday nights when there are games at the Lane Tech Stadium.

  • Jim K. 3 boys, lots of noise

    Nan, it is a multi-building factory that went vacant over the summer. Begyle microbrewery is holding down the south end of the chain of buildings well, but empty from there up to Warner. Signage is up for leasing, hopefully some tenants in there soon.

  • Jennifer Toomey 20 year Roscoe Village resident.

    I use the app called- See Click Fix It makes reporting graffiti and other needs really easy. Snap a picture and answer a few questions. You get a message when it has been received and another when it has been fixed! Download the free app and start reporting!

Oct 24

Updated Oct 26

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.

Oct 21

Updated Oct 23

Good Spot to Buy Furniture?

I just moved to the neighborhood and was wondering if you knew a good spot to buy furniture in Chicago at a reasonable price?

I'm mainly looking for living room furniture (couch, table, TV stand, etc.).

  • Susan S. resident

    Don't forget craigslist.org and ebay classifieds.

  • Marco from Tropoje Two-flat owner

    My initial thoughts were of Roy's, but only if you intend to keep it for a while. It's not cheap cheap, but affordable and of really great quality. IKEA is my go to store for cheap, decent furniture that I don't mind leaving behind if I have to move.

Oct 21

Updated Oct 22

Ravenswood Metra Bike Parking

I am moving to the neighborhood in a few months and plan to try the Ravenswood Metra as my way of getting to the Loop every day for work. Can anyone give me a sense of bike parking availability for the morning commute? Have been issues with bike theft at the stop? Thanks

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    I guess I don't understand Divvy. For this to be practical, there would need to be a Divvy station every couple of blocks

  • Tina K 10 years in Lincoln Square

    The closest divvy station was sometimes full in the morning and close to empty in the evening, so I'd allow extra time in case you need to use a divvy station that was further away.

Oct 20

Updated Oct 21

Way too early.

Ok for the last couple of Mondays a garbage truck has been making pickups at 5:30am in the alley behind my apartment, waking me up. Isn't this too early?

  • I believe they aren't supposed to pick up until starting after 7:00 am.

  • Although the rule is 7am, if it's a city truck then no one will care. If it's a private garbage company, call the police and report the company. I've also had success calling the company in addition to calling the police. They know they aren't supposed to be in residential alleys that early, so it tends to be effective.

  • CJL ...

    City garbage pickup has started at ~5 am everywhere I've lived in the city. Totally standard.

Oct 17

Power outage

Does anyone know what caused the outage this morning that caused Starbucks, Subway and CVS to close briefly?

Oct 17

Concerts for Kids - 12:00 Sundays at the Beat Kitchen

MOMS AND DADS!
The Beat Kitchen on Belmont just west of Damen has weekly Sunday kid's music shows at noon. Lots of great local bands and favorite kindie musicians play family friendly shows.

This week (Oct 19th) Sarah Jayne Lane is bringing her guitar and clever reworkings of all your favorite rock and indie songs, like "It's only Broccoli and I like it (I like it I like it, YES I DO!)" She has a great show, fun for all...

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MOMS AND DADS!
The Beat Kitchen on Belmont just west of Damen has weekly Sunday kid's music shows at noon. Lots of great local bands and favorite kindie musicians play family friendly shows.

This week (Oct 19th) Sarah Jayne Lane is bringing her guitar and clever reworkings of all your favorite rock and indie songs, like "It's only Broccoli and I like it (I like it I like it, YES I DO!)" She has a great show, fun for all ages. You can't help but sing along!

Doors open at 11:00, show starts at noon. Beat Kitchen has a full bar and really good brunch menu!

Tickets $6.00 each, available at the door or through TicketFly. http://www.ticketfly.com/event/687557-sarah-jayne-lane-chicago/

Visit www.facebook.com/concerts4kids for the Fall full line-up, ticket raffles, and to join the mailing list for weekly concert reminders!

Aug 02 2012

Updated Oct 14

Counseling Center on Sheffield - closed. What next?

The adult center that I believe provided various services on Sheffield next to Leona's has closed. Anyone have an idea what happened and what is next for this property? Tear down or new tenants?

  • Carmelo Baseball Coach at Brighton Kelly Baseball

    Hi Jennifer. my uncle was going to CCLV to receive assistance in obtaining legal status in the US. His case worker was Ms. Nora Santoyo and Betty Shibata. Can you help me in locating them? We would greatly appreciate any leads you can provide. Thanks, Carmelo

  • jasper1055 Roscoe Villiage

    Jennifer, thank you for all of the amazing work you and your co-workers do for the city. I hope you realize what a positive impact you have on the community around you.

Oct 07

Updated Oct 09

Chicago News Website

Can anyone recommend a good website for local Chicagoland news? Not looking for anything with a political slant, just want to read local news on line. The Chicago Tribune site is limited and loaded with ads. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Oct 05

Updated Oct 06

Anyone else having trouble with EveryBlock links?

For the past few days, when I click a link in the EveryBlock Digest emails, I get a "This webpage is not available" error message.

Is this happening to anyone else?

Oct 06

Picnic's Family Movie Night!

I am excited to announce our first Family Movie Night on Friday, October 10 at 7:00 pm. We will be showing the children's favorite; Good Night Moon and other Songs and Stories. It is a perfect end to the week and start to a fun weekend. And what better story to help ease your toddler or preschooler to bed!
Join us at Picnic, 3717 N. Ravenswood, suite 219 E
$5 for a parent and child, $10 for a family
Hope to see you there.
Questions? Email me at: chicagofamilypicnic@gmail.com
Thanks,
Rebecca

Sep 18

Updated Oct 02

Muskie's Closing

Sigh... Another institution bites the dust. Muskie's (corner of Lincoln/George/Lakewood) is closing either this Saturday or next Saturday. They are renters and the owner wants to do something else with the property. The cleaner next door also has to close soon.

  • L

    They were taking down the Muskie's sign this morning.

  • Tim M. Hickernell Belmont Harbor

    Ah Medusa's. As we legal >21s used to say back then, as we drank at Berlin and Avalon, "Medusa's: No alcohol, just juice and drugs."

Sep 29

Updated Oct 01

  • J*o*s*h Engineer on Wrightwood

    And don't forget Lyft! Drivers are generally nicer than Uber. Either are miles above cabbies though.

    Don't support a corrupt institution! Ditch the cabs.

    If you haven't used Lyft before, here's a link to a code that will get you your first ride free up to $25: http://lyft.com/invited/JOSH1979 (this is not a soliciation or an advertisement as I do not work for Lyft. I just like the service).

  • Jim Douglas Community resident for 18 years

    Josh you work for Lyft! Who you kidding. I also drive for them and love it! And I have water and snacks.

Sep 28

Updated Sep 30

Did anyone happen to get the details on what happened at

Lincoln and Addison last night around 7:30? I saw ambulance, fire truck and police. Looked like they were removing a bicycle from the roadway and someone was on the ground. I really, really hope the person is okay.

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    Mitzi, Could you clarify where this happened on Addison? Between Rockwell and what street? Thanks

  • Western. It was in front of Lane during the homecoming game, but students were not involved.

Sep 29

Peoples Gas, what's going on?

For the third time this year, Peoples Gas is drilling on the same spot of the 3600 north Ashland Avenue. When we finally got the street smoothly resurfaced after the first two sloppy jobs, here we go again. One guy drilling, four guys watching and our utilities going up again.

Sep 26

Updated Sep 27

Phenominal Designer Showhourse right behind my apartment in No. Center/Ravenswood

Hi Neighbors, I live on the 4000 n. block of Paulina (12 yrs.) I don't post often but wanted to tell people there is a designer show-house right in our neighborhood -usually they are in the burbs. Totally worth seeing! You can get plenty of ideas for decorating; colors, textures, fabrics, decor placement and just going through the house is a beautiful experience.The designers are so very nice and informative. So glad I went. They are only open until the 30th. The proceeds go towards prevention of Child Abuse so a lot of love went into this. Wish the mayor would come to see this- after all he lives on the street.

Sep 26

Speed Camera by Petco on 3000 block of Ashland

From the alderman: "In several days speed cameras will be operational at 3111/3130 N. Ashland Ave, in your ward. After calibration and testing, the cameras begin issuing warning notices. The warning phase lasts for 30 days and after the warning phase, it will issue citations. If you have any questions or if you would like a briefing please contact me at 312-742-7621 or david.pulsipher@cityofchicago.org."

Apr 23

Updated Sep 25

Peruvian Restaurant in "Expressions" spot?

Does anyone know whats going on at 4020 N. Lincoln? It's the storefront across from Starbucks that has had signage in the windows for years saying "Expressions, coming soon". I heard from the owner of Coles Appliances next door that it is being built out as a Peruvian restaurant. Does anyone have the scoop?

  • CJL ...

    They can't really be planning to use the whole 8,000+ sf for the restaurant, can they?

  • Looks like they have really made a lot of progress. I went by there today and saw the crew removing the plywood construction facade.

Sep 24

McPherson School Playground and Campus - Almost finished!

The new park, play space and playground at McPherson School is nearly finished (see attached picture). Work continues on the east side of the campus and will be completed in the next week or so. This is phase I of the campus redesign process and is it REALLY exciting. This project will be a play space and gathering space for us all!

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