Sep 08

Updated 1 hour ago

Missing cat

Black and white cat with black nose got out yesterday near Wolfram and Lakewood. Thanks. 773-580-4130

  • Mila is still missing. Please call or text any information to 773-580-4130. Reward: $300

  • I have not found Mila but I did find a very hungry black and white cat in the alley of 1649 Barry. The cat has a black face with a thin white streak.

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BoyGirlBoyGirl: The Bible @ Stage 773

The theater collective BoyGirlBoyGirl presents The Bible, a series of monologues about the Good Book. The show runs tonight and next Saturday evening at 8:00pm at Stage 773 (1225 West Belmont). Full details at the BoyGirlBoyGirl Website.

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2 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

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.

5 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

27 Magazine Holders

I have 27 magazine holders/cases I'd like to give away, preferably to a charity. I know that I can drop them off at one of many local charities, but I'd prefer to give them to a charity that is going to use them. Do you know of one?

  • Drewski L Lincoln Parker, teacher

    Teachers use those a lot. Maybe a school nearby might want them.

6 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Two free items

I have a rocking chair (ugly but comfy) and a table top (scratched) that I'm going to give away on Free Cycle or CL, but thought I'd offer them here first. Please let me know if you very soon if are interested.

  • There's no rips or tears that I've found. It is a really good rocker. If you like to rock, you can really get going. (I have two cats. Mostly, the chair has been stored in a room where they don't go. And, our furniture is regularly vacuumed. However, I won't promise no cat hairs.)

  • Ashley Broughton logan square

    Ill take the chair

19 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Memory care home for dementia - least expensive in the area?

Sorry, to be so direct about a sensitive subject but memory care is way expensive and my family has to budget the money available very closely as there are two people involved. Right now they are paying $7,000.00 a month for two and, while that is a very good price, they are living out of state and, though its a very nice facility, they beg hourly to come back to the Chicago area.. Its impossible to get costs online. Thanks very much for any information.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Becky - the going rate for live-in caregivers is $12-16 an hour, or slightly more than the current cost per month for your parents.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    The least expensive route would be a nursing home covered by Medicare, by they are all pretty awful.

    My mom has very advanced alzheimer's and is currently under hospice care. Feel free to contact me if you'd like to chat.

2 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

What's going on in Boystown?

I've lived in Boystown for two years now, and in the last few months I feel like the strip of Halsted between Roscoe and Clark has gotten… questionable. In the last week and a half alone:

1. Walking to DSW, 8 pm. Someone approaches me trying to sell cocaine.
2. Walking to dentist, 10 am. Large man calls me a f-ing f***** transvestite with my d*** between my legs. (I am a small blonde girl).
3. Walking home with my...

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I've lived in Boystown for two years now, and in the last few months I feel like the strip of Halsted between Roscoe and Clark has gotten… questionable. In the last week and a half alone:

1. Walking to DSW, 8 pm. Someone approaches me trying to sell cocaine.
2. Walking to dentist, 10 am. Large man calls me a f-ing f***** transvestite with my d*** between my legs. (I am a small blonde girl).
3. Walking home with my boyfriend, 8 pm. Man jumps in our face yelling that we're gross, both of us. (I can assure you, we're not).

These things all occurred during normal weekday hours. It's starting to make me uncomfortable even walking down that corridor, and I've never felt that way before.

Has anyone else noticed a lot of weird going ons over there?

  • Jeff Love my 'hood.

    Just to add another voice (not necessarily value), I agree that the neighborhood dynamic has taken some major right turns lately. I live ON Halsted because I love urban living and the energy that comes with it. I consider myself a pretty streetwise person who doesn't get ruffled too easily, but confidence in my personal safety has plummeted lately.

    As residents, how can we amplify our collective voice to do something about it?

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Jeff - start with CAPS meetings

42 hours ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Referendum about proposed CTA "Flyover" on Nov. 4 Ballot

There will be a referendum about the planned CTA “Flyover” on the Nov. 4 Election Ballot in the #20, 36 & 38 precincts of the 44th ward. Vote NO to protect Central Lakeview!

The Referendum: Has the CTA sufficiently justified the $320 million proposed Brown Line Flyover project and its impact on local homes and businesses?

Vote NO to insist the CTA let the community know what they plan before it’s too late to stop them.

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There will be a referendum about the planned CTA “Flyover” on the Nov. 4 Election Ballot in the #20, 36 & 38 precincts of the 44th ward. Vote NO to protect Central Lakeview!

The Referendum: Has the CTA sufficiently justified the $320 million proposed Brown Line Flyover project and its impact on local homes and businesses?

Vote NO to insist the CTA let the community know what they plan before it’s too late to stop them.

The CTA Belmont El ‘flyover’ will waste $320 million++. Save Central Lakeview, a thriving restaurant, shopping, business district, from being ruined by the unnecessary Brown Line ‘flyover.’ Don’t let them waste your money, ruin your neighborhood.

The flyover will swing wide over two blocks of Clark Street, turning a large chunk
of this essential street into an under-El wasteland. Many commercial buildings and homes will be destroyed. Those still standing will be left facing under-El emptiness and an overhead train.

The CTA ‘findings’ are false, their drawings intentionally misleading.
Plans have NOT been finalized; please speak up for Lakeview before it’s too late.

Want to know more? Contact: 3200nwiltonblk@gmail.com

Or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter:
www.facebook.com/pages/3200nwiltonblock44thwardchicago/124214374407302

  • Mike - Reading these and your past posts voiced in CTA verbiage, I'm assuming you work for or are somehow closely tied to the CTA. Otherwise,such dedication to defending the CTA’s obvious lies about the “need” for this ruinous flyover is simply bizarre.

  • Not at all -- check my profile, Google my name, I'm quite easy to find, and I use my full and real name here. I work in the computer business. Logic is important to me, and this flyover project is a very logical way to address the CTA's capacity issues....

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    Not at all -- check my profile, Google my name, I'm quite easy to find, and I use my full and real name here. I work in the computer business. Logic is important to me, and this flyover project is a very logical way to address the CTA's capacity issues. This project is long overdue.

    What I'm seeing from people who live near it is simply "NIMBY" -- Not In My BackYard. That blocks a whole lot of worthy projects from ever getting done, from homeless shelters to nuclear reactors. If it were getting done a few miles away, where it didn't impact the speaker directly, they'd be all in favor of it.

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Updated 33 hours ago

ID found at bus stop Diversey & Paulina (east bound)

We found an id card for a Ben Schlueter at the bus stop. If you know Ben or are Ben message us here on everyblock.

  • Did you look him up on Facebook? If you're able, I saw two that could be him, but you may better be able to tell since you have his picture....

  • Yes, I did look him up and sent him a message. Thanks for your suggestion.

42 hours ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Beautiful Victorian table base in the alley, 1900 block of Oakdale

Square shape, beautiful carving; missing top (probably was marble).

42 hours ago

John Buck III venture buys development site

L3 Capital LLC wants to demolish two small retail buildings at 3423-3425 N. Southport Ave. in Lakeview and replace them with a two-story, 10,000-square-foot structure, said...

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...III paid about $1.5 million for a 5,029-square-foot parking lot at 17 E. Illinois St. in River North, according to Cook County public records. Mr. Buck III purchased the property...

...voted 7-2 this week to approve the subsidy for the nine-story building at 835 Chicago Ave., said Evanston Economic Development Division Manager Johanna Nyden. The development would include 112 apartments, 13...

42 hours ago

Chow Down at the 2nd Annual Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest This Weekend

Café Tola, 3612 N. Southport Ave.

Crosby's Kitchen, 3455 N. Southport Ave.

Flaco's Tacos, 3530 N. Clark St. and other locations

Mystic Celt, 3443 N. Southport Ave.

Newport Bar & Grill, 1344 W. Newport Ave.

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Café El Tapatio, 3400 N. Ashland Ave.

Deleece Restaurant, 3747 N. Southport Ave.

D.S. Tequila Company, 3352 N. Halsted St.

Garifuna Flava, 2518 W. 63rd St.

New England Seafood Company, 3341 N. Lincoln Ave.

The Pony, 1636 W. Belmont Ave.

Si Fu Chinese Latin Kitchen, 2116 W. Roscoe St.

Taco Joint, 1969 N. Halsted St. and other locations

Tacos Nietos, 2863 E. 95th St.

Toons Bar & Grill, 1964 N. Sheffield Ave.

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10 Great Literary Salons to Check Out in Chicago

...by some of the Midwest’s finest writers and performers. Every third Wednesday. Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave. Free. facebook.com/gutsandgloryshow

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...its quick-witted hosts, Karen Shimmin and Willy Nast. Every third Monday. The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. Free. essayfiesta.com

...John Green and comedian Cameron Esposito. Quarterly, with next reading on September 19. The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. $10. zulkey.com

...has quickly become a South Side hub for rising literati. Every third Sunday. Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St. Free. curbsidesplendor.com

Funny Writers, comedians, actors, and journalists put out a “live magazine” every week, addressing the news of the day with varying degrees of snark in Christopher Piatt’s popular Uptown series. Every Saturday. Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway. Free. thepapermacheteshow.com

...awkward silences at this avant-garde series they started in 2005. Monthly. Outer Space Studio, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave. Free. facebook.com/pages/Red-Rover-Reading-Series/198562136827206

4 days ago

Updated 2 days 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 received a warning there when the signs first went up. In some suburbs I've seen flashing yellow lights on the signs when the 20 mph limit is being enforced. This would help make things less vague. I believe that right now the signs say "on school days when children...

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    I received a warning there when the signs first went up. In some suburbs I've seen flashing yellow lights on the signs when the 20 mph limit is being enforced. This would help make things less vague. I believe that right now the signs say "on school days when children are present". By the time you see an 18 year old "child ", you probably have already been caught. Might help if they had specific hours, also. If a " child " is on the sidewalk at 6:00pm that shouldn't be a school zone violation. And, is a day in July a school day if summer school may be in session?

  • Rose real estate advisor 10+ year resident of Roscoe Village

    Thanks Peter. In fact I did receive a ticket July 3rd at 3:10pm. I discovered that Lane Tech does NOT have summer school and has not for years. I had to provide physical evidence of this fact as the judge whom I contested the ticket in front of required it. I went to the school and got a letter stating this. I learned that warning tickets are only given the first 30 days a speed camera is installed. No second chances with the Addison camera.

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Water shut off 5-9PM today

Just notified at 2:30PM by management that water is going to be off from 5-9PM tonite by City of Chicago for emergency repairs. I'm near Vic Theatre. Anyone else get this "late" notice or is management covering their you know what?

  • OMG

  • Just spoke with someone from the Alderman's office and the area affected should be Belmont & Seminary where they are connecting a waterline. Work will only take an hour or hour and a half, so shouldn't last until 9PM.

    Hope that helps!

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Need a vet

Does anyone know of a good vet in Lakeview?

  • Urban Vet on Lincoln did a great job getting our Dexter boy back to health after numerous health issues when we rescued him.

  • Patricia 25 Year Lakeview Resident

    Second the recommendation on the Cat Hospital of Chicago, if your pet is a cat.

3 days ago

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3 days ago

Sunday Networking & Socializing/Dry Rose Party@Godfrey Hotel- 9/28

Meet New Single Professionals and expand your social network of people you know.

The listing can be found here:
http://www.meetup.com/312Professionals-Social-Scene/events/199807092/

if you like white wine, mingling and meeting other fun and young professionals between 25 and 45 then you should look into joining us here.

There is a $10 cover which includes a free vodka cocktails and two white wines at $7 per glass between 6Pm and 10:30 PM.

The listing is here:

http://www.meetup.com/312Professionals-Social-Scene/

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Meet New Single Professionals and expand your social network of people you know.

The listing can be found here:
http://www.meetup.com/312Professionals-Social-Scene/events/199807092/

if you like white wine, mingling and meeting other fun and young professionals between 25 and 45 then you should look into joining us here.

There is a $10 cover which includes a free vodka cocktails and two white wines at $7 per glass between 6Pm and 10:30 PM.

The listing is here:

http://www.meetup.com/312Professionals-Social-Scene/

Click join us on the right hand side of the page. It will take two minutes to become a member of this group.

We are a good group because we dont allow trouble makers and screen new members so that they dont include idiots or trouble makers.

4 days ago

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Aug 29

Updated 4 days ago

Hard Candy Source?

I've recently developed a liking for hard candy. Do you know of a store that offers a good variety? I mostly shop at Jewel and Whole Foods, and they seem to concentrate on chocolates and chewy candies, with just a sampling of hard candies. Now I'm interested in branching out a bit.

  • Wow! I certainly did not expect a thread as long and involved as this when I originally posted my question! Thank you all for your responses. Shortly after the initial responses came in I visited Windy City Sweets on Broadway and bought a nice selection of candies for $6.99/lb. I...

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    Wow! I certainly did not expect a thread as long and involved as this when I originally posted my question! Thank you all for your responses. Shortly after the initial responses came in I visited Windy City Sweets on Broadway and bought a nice selection of candies for $6.99/lb. I think that's a reasonable price. And I discovered a couple new favorites, which was my intention. And I was happy to support a local store, which I will continue to do as I try some of the other suggestions when my supply runs out.

    I actually do prefer chocolates and chewies, but my new interest in hard candies is to help me practice self-discipline. They are less fattening then cookies, pastries, and chocolates, but satisfy the need for something sweet at the end of the meal, and not as conducive to binging.

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Updated 4 days ago

Property Tax Resource

Does anyone know of a good property tax resource such as a website to walk me through it or a lawyer.

I have successfully appealed by myself in the past. But I don't know if I got back the most I could have, I don't know if I should appeal again; if I should appeal again, I don't know if a lawyer is worth it or if I should just "make stuff up" like I did last time. All I know is my mailbox gets flooded with lawyers fishing for my business and I would prefer to pay less in taxes rather than more.

Thank you!

  • All you need is a GOOD appraisal from a CERTIFIED r/e appraiser. Send in the appraisal with the appeal to C/County. Call Illinois Appraisal. 773 528 4265. 25 yrs experience.

  • david duggan President, South Lakeview Neighbors

    I've used Gary Howell Smith, 312-236-7447 (Wells at Wacker). As a lawyer, now retired (I didn't handle this sort of work for paying clients), I'm somewhat agnostic as to whether having a lawyer prosecute your challenge is worthwhile: I've gone to these politician-sponsored seminars and filed my own there with...

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    I've used Gary Howell Smith, 312-236-7447 (Wells at Wacker). As a lawyer, now retired (I didn't handle this sort of work for paying clients), I'm somewhat agnostic as to whether having a lawyer prosecute your challenge is worthwhile: I've gone to these politician-sponsored seminars and filed my own there with some favorable results. I think at the assessor's office it makes sense to have a lawyer (who gets paid only if the challenge is successful). After that, at various boards of review, I'm not so certain. The problem is that the tax-assessment system is a big lottery and I believe that the assessors behind the counter throw little bones to the plebs while they give large cuts to the major campaign contributors.

Sep 08

Updated 4 days ago

water heater recommendations

The water heater in our 8 unit condo building needs to be replaced. Any recommendations on installers? Tankless?

Thank you in advance!

  • The best improvement I have ever made is getting a tankless hot water heater. I love it and had no problems. Endless hot water on demand, no running out of hot water if you take a bath then shower or have company. Saves on utilities because only heats water on demand.

  • Gas h/w heater from a Wheeling distributor was $400. My handyman was $100. $25 in copper parts. Dont get ripped off.

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Sep 12

Updated 5 days ago

Neat eats

Does anyone know what we can expect with neat eats restaurant going up at 1258 w Belmont? I just got the mail notification that they applied for a liquor license and was wondering what it will be.

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    No. This post is about 1258. Is there something new going into the old El Pacifico?

  • Yes, someone has purchased it and is going to open a new place

5 days ago

Chimney Sweep and Regular House Cleaning

I hear I should have the chimney serviced before winter arrives, and as it seems to be coming early I think I should gather recommendations now and get some estimates.

I'm also interested in finding someone do to general house cleaning once a month and would love recommendations for that too. Also, as I've never had this before, can someone tell me the going rate for such a service?

Thanks Neighbors,
Lynne

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Parking lot bait and switch?

Hi to my fellow Chicagoans in Lake View. Last night my family purchased parking passes online for James G. Blaine Elementary School at 1420 W. Grace for the Zac Brown concert. They were advertised for $9.00 by Parking jockey online. Realizing the bargain, we grabbed two spots immediately and printed our passes. When we arrived at the parking lot, a provider attempted to charge us $40.00 each for the spots until we threatened to call the police.

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Hi to my fellow Chicagoans in Lake View. Last night my family purchased parking passes online for James G. Blaine Elementary School at 1420 W. Grace for the Zac Brown concert. They were advertised for $9.00 by Parking jockey online. Realizing the bargain, we grabbed two spots immediately and printed our passes. When we arrived at the parking lot, a provider attempted to charge us $40.00 each for the spots until we threatened to call the police.

The offer was out of line for the area, I realize that. What I didn't like was the bait and switch tactics. Before I get upbraided for not taking public transportation, my other family members came in from Milwaukee and had to return home last night. Typically I will take public transportation to concerts at Wrigley.

  • Gunnery Sgt Hartman Neighborhood Bully

    Did you report them to parking jockey?

  • Beth Babcock Realtor for 24 years, currently with @properties

    I wonder if some folks hijacked their parking lot? When I've parked at Blaine, I just pay there using the pay box.

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