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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!

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20x2 Chicago @ Schubas

Gapers Block presents 20x2 Chicago ! Come to Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., tonight to see 20 people from all different walks of creative life -- writers, musicians, filmmakers...

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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!

  • Hope, Lakeview I live in a condo in the north Lakeview area

    Definitely check out meet up groups

  • Portage Park Ryan Portage Park is where I call home.

    I agree with Robin.Your best start is to get involved in community organizations such as CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy). It's a great way to interact with your Alderman, beat officer and neighbors. You and others can share concerns and report (in regards to crime) what is happening in your community.

    Welcome to Chicago!

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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.

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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.)

  • Sounds like the same ones we have in Francisco. Other then the shiny metal, I like them. We have one right in front of our house. It's nice for the kids playing out front as the sun goes down. Also, the fact that we actually have street lights for the sidewalks instead of just the streets is awesome. Like that for my wife and children walking down the street in the evening.

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    In the past, a neighbor was able to get the City to block some of the light with a piece of metal sheeting placed inside the light globe fixture.

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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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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.

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Hello to you neighbors!

We heard great things about EveryBlock and wanted to check it out.

Storytown is a fully improvised show put on by our “Townies” for you and your family. Performed every Saturday at 10:30 am – you will be laughing right along with your kids.
This is not just any old improv show! Sure you’ll giggle and be awed by the talent of our actors – but there’s more! Once our audience members give us the suggestions we need to create our special story, we have other elements that bring it to life! We have very talented musicians who provide accompaniment for our actors. From spooky songs to merry melodies, our musicians provide it – ON THE SPOT!

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Theater events: Paramount hosts 'SPANK!' for 1-night only

...Productions recently announced its upcoming four-show season. It begins March 26 at The Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, with "Creation's Birthday," Hasan Padamsee's examination of the big bang theory. That...

...Marx's life. Stephanie Liss' "On Holy Ground" (July 2-Aug. 2 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave.) is about two mothers -- one Israeli and one Palestinian -- who are united by a tragedy...

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...Goodman and Roundabout Theatre. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. Free, but reservations are required. (312) 443-3800 or goodmantheatre.org...

...to protect against blood splatter. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at 1434 N. Western Ave., Chicago. The Oct. 31 performance includes the show and an after-party. Costumes optional. See...

...p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at 2120 S. Jefferson St., Chicago. The event includes a haunted cavern, music, dancing, games and gadgets. For the 21...

...titled "Chicago's Weird, Grandma." It opens Monday, Oct. 27, at The Neo-Futurist Theatre, 5153 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. Guest companies scheduled to work with the young students include Lookingglass Theatre, The Neo...

...Leigh Johnson's world premiere effort, which begins previews Tuesday, Oct. 28, at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago. At every performance, SSP will collect donations for the Family Farm Disaster Fund, a...

...the conflict between religion and science in a small Kansas town. Performances take place at 5779 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago. Season flex passes ($80, $110) are available, as are single tickets. (773) 334-7728...

...That's followed by Neil Cole's "Groucho" (July 23-Aug. 9 at Raven Theater, 6157 N. Clark St.), a play with music chronicling Groucho Marx's life. Stephanie Liss' "On Holy Ground" (July...

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  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    SELF CERTIFICATION: INTERIOR RENOVATION OF AN EXISTING BUILDING FOR A NEW MERCANTILE SPACE LOCATED ON THE FIRST FLOOR AND BASEMENT(STORAGE ONLY) OF 3359 N. SOUTHPORT AVE (SQFT).

    3359 N. Southport Ave. Issued October 22, 2014 Comment

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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!

  • Thank you all for your referrals and insights on sealing products - I greatly appreciate it! I've called a few contractors for quotes and plan to get this done when the weather is dry enough in the spring. Thanks, again!

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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?

  • Also best not to donate mini-mouthwashes as many contain alcohol and are not accepted by organizations anyhow.

  • so many great causes and such a great idea! i have hundreds of these from years of business travel, and it's clear that i will never use them. i'm going to drop off today!

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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 infrastructure is the same as most in this country. Water mains,sewers and bridges are all crumbling and in need of updating. There are a lot of things that should have been replaced 50 years ago.

  • C'mon it's Peoples and the City of Chicago, two of the most inept and inefficient entities on earth, and you want sense, efficiency and coordination?

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Masonry Repair?

Howdy! Does anyone have a recommendation for a good, honest and reasonably-priced masonry contractor? Need some repairs in the Wrigleyville area. Thanks!

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"How Do You Do?" Find out at 20x2 Chicago Oct. 25

...question is "How do you do?" See the answers on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.

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Porchlight Stages Rousing Version of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, staged by Porchlight Music Theatre, runs through Nov. 9 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. Tickets are $39-45 and can be bought online or by calling 773-777-9884.

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THEATER REVIEW Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Book: Hugh Wheeler; Score: Stephen Sondheim. At: Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252 or www.porchlightmusictheatre.org; $39-$45. Runs through Nov. 9

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Lakeview Crime Blotter, by Bob Zuley

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.

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,

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.

...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...

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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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Handyman?

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

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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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Coalfire Pizza to Open Lakeview Location By December

The restaurateur plans to incorporate reclaimed wood from Coobah, 3423 N. Southport Ave., at Coalfire Pizza. There'll be a push toward "reducing our carbon footprint" with touches like recycled pizza boxes.

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The Lakeview location, at 3705-3707 N. Southport Ave., will be the second in the city.

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Lost wallet

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

-Graham

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