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5 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Bonsai?

Drove by Bonsai Lounge tonight and it look shuttered. What happened?

  • Jeff Love my 'hood.

    *looks*

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    You are correct. They were shuttered due to violating the Boystown prohibition act...? There is a huge sign on their Windows.

18 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Peoples Gas, what's going on?

For the third time this year, Peoples Gas has been working on the 3600 block of North Ashland Avenue. Just one month after the street had been smoothly repaved they came back and started ripping it apart all over again. Now we have five metal plates that rattle the homes along the way and the noise doesn't allow for a good night sleep. They have extended the "No Parking" ban all along the block for yet another week but nobody shows up to work even on sunny days. I am afraid the constant shaking is going to take a toll on the homes in the area. Does anybody know how to go about reporting this?

  • Herecomestheman Character assassin.

    Peoples gas pays to resurface that street btw. Crews were tied up Friday. And they were out there yesterday.

  • Herecomestheman Character assassin.

    Actually they were out there last Thursday not yesterday. But the work is now complete.

9 hours ago

Lakeview Crime Blotter, by Bob Zuley

A shaken cab driver entered Klemko’s Lakeview high rise, at Irving Park Rd. and Pine Grove shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday morning and asked a building worker to call police, alleging that he had been battered and carjacked, according to CPD.

...summoned police after losing possession of his vehicle. The cab was later discovered unoccupied at Waveland and Lake Shore Dr. Police are seeking to identify Klemko’s companions...

This past weekend, ambulances were summoned for injured people found at Halsted near Waveland, Halsted and Roscoe, Belmont and Greenview,

This article has 12 other Chicago locations (Show)

In the first reported incident at 12:47 a.m., a victim reports that a black male, 25-35 years of age, had snatched his iPhone at Newport and Sheffield and fled southbound toward Belmont.

At 3:02 a.m., a man alleges that he was robbed at gunpoint by three or four young black males on the 3400 block of Sheffield before the offenders flee eastbound on Cornelia toward Halsted St.

At 3:02 a.m., a man alleges that he was robbed at gunpoint by three or four young black males on the 3400 block of Sheffield before the offenders flee eastbound on Cornelia toward Halsted St.

Around 5:45 a.m. Sunday morning, a man in the street at Belmont and Racine asks passers-by to call police as he had allegedly been jumped and robbed.

This past weekend, ambulances were summoned for injured people found at Halsted near Waveland, Halsted and Roscoe, Belmont and Greenview,

After a victim had her purse snatched 1:30 p.m. Friday in front of the Starbucks at Belmont and Clark, an alert 19th district police officer instituted a foot chase and placed the offender in custody at gunpoint in the 900 block of School St.

A 20-year old DePaul Univ. student was attacked, robbed, and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for medical treatment after being accosted on Belmont near Seminary around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

On Friday and Saturday, at least two women in the area reported being sexually assaulted including incidents on the 500 block of Hawthorne and the 2900 block of Pine Grove.

...police that she was beaten in an armed robbery that occurred in the vicinity of Lakewood and Henderson around 3 a.m. Wednesday by an offender wearing a distinctive jacket. Both police and...

At approximately 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning, 19th district police detained a man wearing a similar distinctive red leather jacket for questioning at Halsted and Belmont and took him into custody for a warrant violation. Because of the similar jackets, robbery detectives were called in on the case.

Juan Juarez, 47, was arrested Oct. 15 and has been charged with two felony counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse and two felony counts of Aggravated Battery/Transit Employee Issuance of Warrant for assaulting a woman 8:05 a.m. May 1 on CTA property at Armitage and Sheffield Ave.

Juarez was arrested on the 900 block of W. Belmont, a now notoriously dangerous stretch of street due to it's proximity to the CTA"s Belmont 'L" stop.

2 days ago

Updated 9 hours 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!

  • d3 NOH

    many times though the types of sealant products that penetrate were designed to be put on to block that hasn't already been coated with something else. your choice now might be to continue on the path of painting it again if that's what was done previously. Or better, you could...

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    many times though the types of sealant products that penetrate were designed to be put on to block that hasn't already been coated with something else. your choice now might be to continue on the path of painting it again if that's what was done previously. Or better, you could use elastomeric paint and have it create a complete water-proof seal that lasts longer, they sell these coatings at many paint shops including benjamin moore, and Behr has a product for it at HD as well. (SW has to special order their elastomeric last I checked and their people weren't very knowledgeable about the product in the stores I've talked to, they were recommending just regular masonry paint instead)

5 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Where to donate mini toiletries

Does anyone know where I can donate mini toiletries? I have so many from hotel stays/birthday gifts/holiday gifts - and I really just don't use them. I was wondering if anyone knew where I can give these away?

39 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Handyman?

Does anyone have a good handyman that they could recommend? I would appreciate hearing from you!

Sep 16

Updated 16 hours ago

Chicago Speed Camera Map: watch out for one by Lane Tech High School

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/viewer?mid=zDIlbNW6Kzv4.kWRTNheTjAho

Just an fyi, speed cameras in school zones are set if you go over 20 mph. Watch out for one at 2501 W. Addison by Lane Tech High School. The normal speed limit is 30 mph and the cameras run longer than expected (6am - 9pm?) not just during school hours. $100 ticket.

  • I agree, Liz. I think 20 is reasonable, but they need to be more clear about the times. Like others have mentioned. I go 20 whenever I pass there now. I don't want to end up arguing in court that I didn't see any students. That would be hard to prove. I've lived places where the school speed limit is 15, but they always made it clear with additional signage.

  • I just drove on Addison around 10am. Saw the white strobe light. I saw my speed limit. It was 24-25. I didn't see any students on street or sidewalk. This should prevent me getting a ticket as you need to be 6mph and above. But who knows. I still think...

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    I just drove on Addison around 10am. Saw the white strobe light. I saw my speed limit. It was 24-25. I didn't see any students on street or sidewalk. This should prevent me getting a ticket as you need to be 6mph and above. But who knows. I still think having flashing lights would be much better for all drivers.

    Here's what I found on Chicago website: (How does the camera differentiate pedestrians from children?) Emphasis mine.

    School Zones: School days, Monday through Friday

    7 a.m. to 4 p.m.: 20 mph speed limit when *children* are present in the *safety zone* and 30 mph when no children are present in the safety zone

    4 p.m. to 7 p.m.: 30 mph speed limit

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25 hours ago

  • Walt Disney Magnet School reviewed by a parent

    School is very cruel Principal is a drill sergeant docent let kids go out front too Get picked up from the inside schools have many problems some teachers are very rude

    Walt Disney Magnet School (4140 N Marine Dr) Published on GreatSchools October 20, 2014

29 hours ago

Lost wallet

Might have lost my wallet somewhere near Diversey and Sheffield. If anyone finds it I'll be quite grateful.

-Graham

Feb 06 2013

Updated 30 hours ago

restaurant ideas?

Hey everyone! Looking to try out a new restaurant this weekend, and wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions of any restaurants in the north side (Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Old Town, North Center, Ravenswood etc) that you've tried recently and thought are awesome?! Would love to hear! Thanks!

  • Tango Sur on Southport and Grace. BYOB Argentinian steak house- enough said!

  • Ala Too at 3134 N. Lincoln Ave. Excellent Central Asian Cuisine. Reasonably priced and BYOB. Friendly atmosphere.

43 hours ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Police on PIne Grove

Any clue why police were all over 3930 n. Pine Grove Friday nite/Sat AM?

Thanks

34 hours ago

Found: Panera Gift Card

I found a Panera gift card at the playground near North Pond Restaurant. If this is your's or your child's let me know the amount and the distinguishing item on the card, so I know it's yours or your child's.

35 hours ago

Friday Night Movie

Our second official Movie Night is this Friday, October 24, at 7 pm! We will be enjoying Harry The Dirty Dog and other friendly doggie stories. Last movie, kiddos got comfy on the rug, snacked on fishies, and watched Good Night Moon.
Join us for much more fun this Friday!
Picnic: A Gathering Spot for Families - 3717 N. Ravenswood, suite 219 E
www.chicagofamilypicnic.com

Oct 10

Updated 35 hours ago

Woman Attacked at 3300 Block of Sheffield

This morning there were police officers outside my home investigating the attack of a woman which happened at approximately 5:00am in the west alley of the 3300 block of Sheffield (between Roscoe and School). The woman was walking to her car and was attacked in or directly outside her garage. Fortunately someone heard her screams and called 911 and the attacker was caught. The police officer said she is in critical condition at a hospital. I don't know whether the attacker knew the victim or it was a random act of violence.

  • Rpl: No harm meant - I just wanted to note that *everybody* is at risk out there. I took several years of karate and "street smart" classes and can vouch for how they increase your awareness and ability to increase your chances of survival. Everyone can benefit from them and...

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    Rpl: No harm meant - I just wanted to note that *everybody* is at risk out there. I took several years of karate and "street smart" classes and can vouch for how they increase your awareness and ability to increase your chances of survival. Everyone can benefit from them and your publicizing them here is helpful.
    As for Voting Tunney Out, I agree, but who's running against him? Mark Thomas appears to be back in the race, but where does the 44th alderman race stand? Maybe I should make a thread for it.

  • SJG 4 year East Lakeview resident

    @sarah (and all 44th ward residents) - Robin Cook is running for Alderman of the 44th Ward and personally, I think he's an excellent candidate and would be a welcome change for the better. He acknowledges there is a crime and police staffing problem here and has pledged to help...

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    @sarah (and all 44th ward residents) - Robin Cook is running for Alderman of the 44th Ward and personally, I think he's an excellent candidate and would be a welcome change for the better. He acknowledges there is a crime and police staffing problem here and has pledged to help try to make things better. That alone is a heck of a lot more than the incumbent has done/will do. I find the rest of his platform and his stance on important issues to be good as well. You can check his platform out on his website.

    He has a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AldRobinCook) and a website (robincook44th.com). I don't work for him or his campaign, but I've been a resident here since 2010 and I know Tunney needs to go, and I think this is the man to help make real changes for us. I saw in my FB feed that he'll be at Argo Tea tonight from 6.30 - 8pm, if you want to meet him. I've met him previously and been very impressed.

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2 days ago

  • Scissors, Glue, and Post-Its! Oh My!

    Ms. Pearse is asking for $320.35:
    My students need school supplies to help build our Interactive Science Notebooks including glue sticks, scissors, pens, pencils, post-its, copy paper, and resource books.
    Walt Disney Magnet School Comment

2 days ago

Chicago restaurant entrepreneur John Grbac has another hit with new Buena Beach Bar & Grill

John Grbac, a longtime Chicago restaurant entrepreneur who was the first to pioneer Wicker Park when it was yet to be cool, has now set his sights on Chicago's Buena Park neighborhood, opening Buena Beach Bar & Grill at Imperial Towers (4250 N. Marine Drive; 773-880-9115), across from Montrose Beach at Lake Michigan. Buena Beach is an eclectic American gastropub serving made-from-scratch comfort food at extremely reasonable prices. The restaurant, housed on the main floor of a high-rise condominium building, has already gained a following among building residents and increasingly, the neighborhood.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days 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

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Self Defense

Good to see this site is up again. I think it went away for a while. Anyway, my name is Mike and I teach martial arts for health, fitness, and all around wellbeing. I am in the Lakeview area. Visit me at Tandang Garimot Martial Arts...we are next to Las Tablas.

Have a TGIF!

  • Hi Mike, I'm interested in learning more and potentially hosting a self defense workshop for my neighbors. Can you please post your contact details? Thanks!

  • Mike Eugenio Tandang Garimot Martial Arts & Wellness

    Hi, you may email me at fmaguro@gmail.com or text 312.576.1350...i have a bunch of YouTube videos too. My channel is "anakgarimot" or just search garimot and you will get an idea of what Filipino martial art is all about.

    Thank you and I am looking forward in helping the neighborhood to be safer.

  • Thanks Mike, I just sent you an email!

2 days ago

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4 days ago

  • Walt Disney Magnet School reviewed by a parent

    Principal is a drill sargent, she has no business working with children. Principal will not work with parents or teachers. It is her way or the highway. Principal has no understanding of children and early childhood development. Principal has a representation that proceeds her, when I bring up Disney Magnet School on Marine Drive, I have had CPS teachers, speech therapists, social workers, special education teachers, all complain about the Disney Magnet School principal. Teachers who work at Disney are under allot of stress, due to the principal. That is no way to work. If teachers are stressed and treated poorly by the principal,how do you expect them to have patience with children?

    Walt Disney Magnet School (4140 N Marine Dr) Published on GreatSchools October 17, 2014

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Cars stolen

Are this many cars actually being stolen every week?? For real?
Or are they getting towed. What the heck??

5 days ago

Updated 4 days 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.

  • is that a new route? Why did I think the parade was only from Addison to Grace?

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

4 days ago

Lost Keys

Lost keys somewhere in Lakeview/Lincoln Park. The keychain is a small, blue dog collar. The tag on the collar is a purple heart that says "Chulo". The keys are not important, but the collar has sentimental value. Thanks!

4 days ago

Sunglasses found near tennis court

If you misplaced your sunglasses near the tennis court near Irving Park and Recreation Drive, I might have found them. I found these glasses 9/15/14 and posted it on craigslist lost & found the next day. No luck so I'm trying on here (sorry for delay, should have done it concurrently.)

Please tell me what brand, the type of sunglasses (model), color, material and if it was prescription or not.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

PSA-Don't hand your credit card to a taxi driver

When attempting to pay for a taxi, many of us have had the driver tell us the machine doesn't work, ask for the card, and quickly swipe it using a card reader, like the Square, on their smartphone. Twice in the last six months, my wife has had that happen and then experienced credit card fraud on her account. It happened again today and I noticed that she was never e-mailed a receipt for the ride, meaning that her card was skimmed for the number. I'm just posting to make you aware that the card readers installed in the back of the cabs are probably safest - better yet use Uber or cash.

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    Thanks, L. :-(

  • d3 NOH

    Yup it sucks that Hailo is going bye bye, a real bummer they were so much better than Uber. And $25 cheaper for a ride to O'hare. And Uber is extremely unreliable ever since the city legislation passed. It seems like there are a lot less drivers for them now....

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    Yup it sucks that Hailo is going bye bye, a real bummer they were so much better than Uber. And $25 cheaper for a ride to O'hare. And Uber is extremely unreliable ever since the city legislation passed. It seems like there are a lot less drivers for them now. About a month and a half ago I had to take my SO to ORD in a huge rush after the Uber that took his fare was so stuck in traffic on the way to NOH, he would've missed his flight. :(

    Your wife should file a complaint w/ the city of chicago business affairs and consumer protection. Though to be useful you would need to know the cab #. The one useful thing about Foursquare, ever, is checking in to cabs so you always know what cab # you were in.

    I'm not sure why she would be expecting an e-mail receipt, though? If your cab drive is using Square, ever, he's in violation of his association's terms and could be in big trouble. Also the city of chicago requires only approved credit card readers to be used, and meters updated after 2012 required them to put the rear reader in the back, so most of them are required to have it by now.

4 days ago

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5 days ago

  • Walt Disney Magnet School reviewed by a parent

    Fell out of love with Disney. Tremendous emphasis on testing, and not much in the way of enrichment programs even though the school is well-funded. Other schools offer a diversity of before- and after-school activities. Now that school starts at 7:30 a.m., the students walk around in a haze. It's unfair to expect the same level of performance when kids are fatigued.

    Walt Disney Magnet School (4140 N Marine Dr) Published on GreatSchools October 16, 2014

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

think i just heard a lot of distant gun fire (not sure) as I was walking home Montrose & B'way

Was walking down Kenmore south of Montrose headed home about 1:35 AM and thought I heard distant gunshots....one long spat and then about 4 or 5 a few seconds later. If I were to guess it was north and east of me.. Any one else can confirm?

  • just checked twitter feed and sure enough it was two cars shooting at each other around 4500 n Clarendon. WOW...seriously was alot of shots fired

  • This is just getting tooooo crazy.

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