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Gang Sign Removal & Gangway fence

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

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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?

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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!

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

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

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10 Things to Do

...version to Chicago, and it has charmed the critics. Through Dec. 7. $39. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., 773-975-8150...

...Rondi Reed and John Mahoney. Nov. 10, 7 p.m. $35, VIP $75. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., 773-327-5252...

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...grown-up way to spend Halloween. Oct. 31, 8 p.m. $35-$50. Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., 312-294-3000...

...again. Nov. 1, 2:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. $12. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773-871-6604...

...2, 1 p.m. $25 to attend, $20 entrance fee for participants. Geja's Cafe, 340 W. Armitage Ave., 773-281-9101...

...are almost sold out, so act now. Nov. 7, 6 p.m. $350. Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St.

...he's resting on his laurels. Nov. 7, 8 p.m. $40-$50. City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., 312-733-9463...

...leaving the late-night rat race. Nov. 16, 7 p.m. $35-$55. Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., 800-745-3000...

...p.m. General admission $125, VIP $175, Tastemaker $275. Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

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  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    INTERIOR ALTERATION EXISTING (3) STORY BUILDING WITH CONVERSION (5) DWELLING UNITS TO (4) DWELLING UNITS WITH REPLACEMENT OF ROOF AND ATTIC FLOOR AND NEW METAL PORCH REAR OF BUILDING, PER PLANS

    3114 N. Southport Ave. Issued October 28, 2014 Comment

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Updated 11 hours ago

Let's talk about the Halloween Parade!

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

I'll start:

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

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

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

I'll start:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Updated 14 hours ago

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

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

  • No, clearly the catty one here is you, Graceotis. Bet people love your cynical attitude. Do you know any of your neighbors? Probably not because why bother unless you can get something out of it. I wasn't being catty at all...until now. And yes, I still don't get how one could go to the same stylist for so long and not know much about that person. Typical Chicagohead for you.

    A creeper? More like being friendly and nice. Whatever.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The 13 Best Smaller Venues In Chicago

Schubas Tavern is located at 3159 N. Southport Ave.

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The Hideout is located at 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.

B.L.U.E.S. is located at 2519 N. Halsted St.

The Burlington is located at 3425 W. Fullerton Ave.

Lincoln Hall is located at 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.

Bottom Lounge is located at 1375 W. Lake St.

Martyrs’ is located at 3855 N. Lincoln Ave.

Reggie’s is located at 2105 S. State St.

Mayne Stage is located at 1328 W. Morse Ave.

Constellation is located at 3111 N. Western Ave.

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Chicago horror and Halloween events guide 2014

Halloween Pub Crawl - Three day crawl October 30-November 1st in Wrigleyville. $25 all access pass. (Goldstar members pay up to $10.) 21+ only. Redmond's Ale House, 3358 N. Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657. 773-404-2151.

Musical of the Living Dead - Zombies singing and blood spraying. What more does one need to say? “Splatter Zone” tickets available. Runs through November 8th. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657. Tickets $15-$25.

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...at 8:15pm. This event is free to the public! Room 120, DePaul Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield, Chicago. See my previous post on this event HERE...

Throne of Blood - October 29th, 35mm print of Akira Kurosawa's gory Samurai version of Macbeth at 7:00pm & 9:30pm at Doc Films. Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, Univ. of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.

...by a screening of Rocktober Blood. McBeardo will introduce the short films at 7:30pm. 2579 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago. FREE...

...16 min). Costume contest awarding prizes to the most avant-garde costume! Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60608. Tickets $7...

...film discussion. Cash bar in lobby. Secret location for the after party TBA. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue. *Currently SOLD OUT, but check HERE for tickets to the 2nd screening on November 1st...

Rocky Horror Picture Show - 35mm with shadow cast performance. Thursday 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday at midnight. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60613.

...songwriter daughter, Kasey. Books/DVDs available for purchase. Tickets $12.50. Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N. Clark, Chicago, IL...

...Thursday” (sexiest zombie contest - $1,000 cash prize), and Oct. 31st “Freakshow Friday” (freaky surprises). 3940 W. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625...

...snake dancers, palm & tarot card readers, grinders, stilts, burlesque, human pin cushions. Untitled Supper Club, 111 W. Kinzie St., Chicago, IL 60654. Call 312-880-1511. Tickets $30...

...station, fish bubble man serving drinks (Do I sound crazy yet?), free shuttle service. $100. 2120 S. Jefferson Street, Chicago. 312-850-8440...

Roof Horror Story Halloween Party - The Wit Hotel presents an AHS: Coven-inspired party with fountains of blood red cocktails flowing, horror themes, live DJ, opens at 4pm on HALLOWEEN night. Dress to scare if you dare. ROOF, 27th floor, 201 N. State. Reserve your spot at 312-239-9502.

Bowlloween - Lucky Strike Bowling alley presents an adults-only night of drinking, dancing, and bowling at 9:00pm on HALLOWEEN night. Costumes encouraged. River East Center, 322 E. Illinois, Chicago, 60611. 312-245-8331. See website for ticket options. (Goldstar members discount up to $20.)

Masquerade Ball - Navy Pier ball on HALLOWEEN at 8:00pm in the Grand Ballroom, 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL. 20-30 cash bars, multiple rooms, huge dance floor, terrace views of lake and skyline. 21+. $30 tickets. (Goldstar members pay $17.50.)

Halloween-Ski - Polish-themed HALLOWEEN party at 8:30pm. Live music, costume contests. Ends at 2:00am. $25. Doors 8:00pm. 21+ event. Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60641.

Trolley Bar Crawl - HALLOWEEN crawl 8:00pm-2:00am. Costume contests. 2247 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL. 773-549-5884.

...Monster Bash Oct. 31st, Annual Masquerade Ball Nov. 1st, Mad Hatter Tea Party Nov. 2nd. 140 E. Walton Place, Chicago, IL 60611. 312-787-2200...

...Metro - Annual NOCTURNA All Hallow's Eve Ball 2014 on HALLOWEEN night at Metro Chicago, 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL, 60613. Costume contest, Glitter Guts photo booth, goth vendors, spooky decor, performances, dark...

...Spice Latte-inspired brew labeled “Crave Inn.” Snacks and pizza provided. Costumes and tips encouraged. 2307 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647...

Vodou: Sacred Powers of Haiti Exhibit - Learn about the history of the voodoo religion, peruse artifacts, videos, etc. Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive. Oct. 24th, 2014-April 26, 2015.

Day of the Dead Exhibit - The largest of its kind in the U.S., works of art by Mexican artists celebrate the lives of others by depicting the dead through traditional and contemporary art. Runs through December 14th. National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th, Chicago, IL 60608.

Because Everybody Loves Movies Exhibit - The Chicago International Film Festival celebrates 50 years with this exhibition, showcasing a large display of movie posters, images, and videos from the festival's long history. Expo 72, 72 E. Randolph, Chicago, IL 60601. Through Oct. 30th.

...depict various ways (photography, sculpture, drawing, etc.) the human figure can become distorted or absent. 2337 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647. 773-687-8481. Wed-Sat 2pm-6pm. Runs through December 11th...

...by 44FLOOD. Costumes encouraged. Performance by Kiss Kiss Cabaret, DJ. Exhibit runs through January 2015. 1621 N. Kedzie, Chicago, IL 60647. $5 sugg. donation...

...Comedy present a stage adapation of the comic series by Tim Seeley. Chemically Imbalanced Theater, 1422 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60613. Tickets $15. For photos and all info, read my full-length article...

...out with plain white backdrops that eventually end up being covered in blood. Annoyance Theater, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. Friday & Saturday at 10:30pm. Tickets $20/$15 students (Goldstar member discount...

Faust and Found - Hell has run low on souls, so Satan goes on the prowl. Problem is, he finds out that in 2014, no one gives a crap. About anything. Vex's Lair comedy collective. Runs through November 1st. Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60613. 1-800-650-6449.

...written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Mamet, directed by Joe Jahraus. The Alley Stage, 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60613. 773-549-1815. Through November 16th. Tickets HERE or discount tickets for...

Nightmares on Lincoln Avenue 666: The Exorcism of Rosemary's Omen - Corn Productions' BYOB Halloween show presents an homage to horror films ranging from the 1960's to 1980's. Through November 1st. Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL. Tickets $7-$15. 773-650-1331.

Animal Farm - Steppenwolf for Young Adults' stage adaptation of George Orwell's disturbing classic story. Through November 16th. Steppenwolf 312-335-1650. Located at 1650 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614.

...Show” in their 2014 Best of Chicago awards. Runs through November 2nd. Dream Theatre Company, 5026 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625. $18 773-552-8616...

...Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and more. Runs through November 8th. Zoo Studios, 4001 N. Ravenswood, Ste. 205. Tickets at door or brownpapertickets.com...

Don Juan in Hell - Don Juan and the Devil debate Hell vs. Heaven. Through Nov. 10th. Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610. Tickets $30. (Goldstar member discount half off!) 312-337-6543

Halloween Comedy Show - IO sketch comedy improvises horror movie scenarios. Party on Halloween night 10:30pm. 1501 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago, IL 60642. 312-929-2401.

Too Much Fright Makes the Baby Go Blind - The Neo-Futurists present 30 plays performed in 60 minutes on HALLOWEEN night at 7:00pm. The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60640. 773-275-5255.

Young Frankenstein - Beverly Theatre Guild at the Baer Theatre, Morgan Park Academy Arts Center, 2153 W. 111th, Chicago, IL. 773-284-8497. Runs through Nov. 2nd.

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RCN problems?

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

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

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THEATER REVIEW Parade

Book: Alfred Uhry; Score: Jason Robert Brown. At: Bohemian Theatre Ensemble at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150 or www.bohotheatre.com; $25-$27. Runs through: Nov. 16

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Stolen packages from Ashland Ave , just north of Grace St

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

  • d3 NOH

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

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

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

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

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

Oct 22

Updated 28 hours ago

Deciphering gang graffiti

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

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

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

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    sarah and Jen - Please go to CAPS meetings, and educate yourself.

    sarah - Thank you for stalking me!

  • What? You think looking at your profile to see how many times you've been muted* - a pretty good measure of an EB user's acceptance - is "stalking"? You really ARE a misanthrope.

    I do attend CAPS meeting and participate in my area's neighborhood association.

    *Make that 32.

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Crystal polishing?

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

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

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Moving to Chicago!

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

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

Oct 19

Updated 45 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!

  • david duggan President, South Lakeview Neighbors

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

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

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

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

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

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RCN internet outage?

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

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

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

2 days ago

Sodikoff's Pizza Place Gets Signage; Fahlstrom's Fish Market Getting Close; More

...seafood version of Potbelly" in the former La Gondola and Joey's Brickhouse space at 1258 W. Belmont. A sign is now up proclaiming Fahlstrom's Fresh Fish Market and hiring is underway...

Oct 01

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Free moving boxes

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

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

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Sep 07

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Lost cat

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

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

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

6 days ago

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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!

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

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

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

New Streetlights

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

  • Fictionista Storyteller

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

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

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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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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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