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It Is Gone

Yesterday they tore down the old Alley building to make way for a proposed 80 unit development. These images are where the iconic Alley mural once was.

I first went to The Alley as a 20 year old kid; unsure of herself but bound to become otherwise. I bought a $99 leather biker jacket that I think they were running a sale on so I could afford it. It was heavier than hell.

I still have that jacket; and every...

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Yesterday they tore down the old Alley building to make way for a proposed 80 unit development. These images are where the iconic Alley mural once was.

I first went to The Alley as a 20 year old kid; unsure of herself but bound to become otherwise. I bought a $99 leather biker jacket that I think they were running a sale on so I could afford it. It was heavier than hell.

I still have that jacket; and every button, scuff, and scratch on it represents the journey I took from there to here. It is a prized possession.

As my daughter navigates her road of discovery, I still go to The Alley to get her funky socks, leopard patterened shoes, and fingerless gloves (her favorite). I want her to know that she has room to be different, independent, and creative as she practices kindness, respect, and humility.

The mural being destroyed leaves me sad.

Do you have a fond memory of The Alley? Something that you look back on and smile?

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Artist

    Not really. Its getting older albeit with a lot post-frat house row people.

    Southport corridor and every residential strertis definitely getting older.... that is Lakeview.

    Maybe geriatric is not the word for the utterly literal. Let's say the over-50 is becoming more and more the dominant age group even in "Boys town ".

    A lot of younger people walking around and vomiting that dont live there.

  • krw

    I had no idea! This is a huge loss for Lakeview and Chicago in general. Does anyone know if they plan to open someplace else? I remember going there in the 80's when it was on the corner of Surf and Broadway. Although not an "alley" it worked...

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4 copters hovering over E Lakeview 1/31/15

12:30pm -Looks like about Belmont &Sheffield?

Any info?

  • I love you, CWB!!! Thank you! Silly me, I thot it was another Rumble at the RedLine!!

  • Hmm. I hate to say this, I've been gone for a while but i totally missed this "Rumble at the Redline." Anyone have a quick synopsis or link they can share? Only if at your fingertips. Of course I can google it, I'm just shocked I haven't heard about something that big that involved choppers

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Ruff Made Art posted 1 photo to Flickr:

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What's up with the helicopters in lakeview?

What's up with the three helicopters in lakeview?

Jan 21

Updated 21 hours ago

"Do not carry your credit card on you"

With the recent stick-ups in Lakeview and Lincoln Park, a police rep said in a radio interview that women shouldn't carry their credit cards in their purse. I kept wondering, where should the credit cards be carried?
I carry my cards in my wallet, I can't imagine not being without my credit card in my purse. And I don't want to put my credit card info on my cell phone for a thief to take and waive at a cashier.

  • I agree with you, Teamharman. DFW does have terrible public trans. I used it maybe twice a year for special events.

    It's sad that I feel the need to take the 77 from Racine to Halsted because the greatness of the CTA is hampered by people who ride it to...

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    I agree with you, Teamharman. DFW does have terrible public trans. I used it maybe twice a year for special events.

    It's sad that I feel the need to take the 77 from Racine to Halsted because the greatness of the CTA is hampered by people who ride it to do harm. Also cautious from Wrigley to Belmont. I want to live in the city. No one forced this on me. Lucky to be able to work where I want. If I wanted the suburbs, I'd have stayed in Dallas.

    I feel a little safer on the west side of Lakeview though watch my surroundings there too.

    I should be able to carry whatever I want with me without fear of crime. I like big purses. I carry a lot of stuff when I can...want to be prepared. But I refrain to be less of a target. Such is life.

  • loraine t washington 5 yr. resident

    Enough said. Be safe.

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Lost Black and White Cat *REWARD*

Lost cat in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago (Wayne & Waveland). He went missing on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015. He is a year and a half old, neutered, and declawed on his front paws. He is a tuxedo (black on his face and back; white on his chin, neck, tummy, and feet). He is a large cat, approximately 14-15 pounds. He is loving and very friendly towards people. Please help us bring him home - reward offered!

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Sunday open house – A beautifully-updated Wrigleyville townhome

The 3-bedroom, 2-bath townhome at 1151 W Roscoe has been updated to create large open spaces with a terrific flow and livability. The home is in the professionally-managed, well-maintained Hawthorne Court development in Wrigleyville.

4 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    "The national organization is endorsing and supporting Chicago City Council Progressive Reform Coalition aldermen..." including Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward) and six others.

  • We need at least 20-25 more alderman like these seven! Let's do it Chicago!

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    Ald. Joe Moore (49th Ward) was not endorsed by Democracy for America.

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Liam Hayes Leaves Lacquer Off 'Slurrup'

Liam Hayes performs Saturday, Jan. 31, at Schuba's Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave., 9 p.m., $12, 21+

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    Mrs. Tajkowski is asking for $440.67:
    My students need books. The nonfiction titles are dynamic and full of enriching content. Our favorite fiction authors are included by student request.
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This Just Burns Me!!

Last week I went to the 44th Ward alderman "meet and greet." All three candidates had 15 minutes to speak, and all answered the same 5 questions. Tom Tunney kept repeating "crime is down, crime is down" so often I thought his mantra would cause him to levitate, then I saw this article and I'm just enraged!

http://www.cwbchicago.com/2015/01/a-matter-of-trust-police-department.html

I know a lot of the crime happens later when victims have had too many cocktails, but do you feel safe walking home from a neighborhood dinner? I'm begining not too.

  • I'm less concerned about whether residents FEEL safe (which can be driven by headlines and TV stories), and more about whether residents ARE safe (which is driven by good statistics).

    I am indeed concerned by stories suggesting that the data may be bad, whether by making it harder to file...

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    I'm less concerned about whether residents FEEL safe (which can be driven by headlines and TV stories), and more about whether residents ARE safe (which is driven by good statistics).

    I am indeed concerned by stories suggesting that the data may be bad, whether by making it harder to file (on-line is good though), or reclassifying reports. In any event, I don't think that risk has changed between 2013 and 2014, and across that time period, Lakeview crime IS down 20%. Yes, it needs to go down further, but it's moving in the right direction, and we are getting more police on the streets, slowly but surely.

    More police costs money -- who got their property tax bill today? Want to pay even MORE? I didn't think so.

    The sky is not falling.

  • Lynn Olejniczak Life-long Chicagoan, who loves her city.

    I'm sorry, but that is just absurd. You aren't concerned if Lakeview residents "feel" safe? Why? Because it isn't a number that can be manipulated or played with?

    A loss of 4 police officers in December does not equate to more police on the streets no matter how many times...

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    I'm sorry, but that is just absurd. You aren't concerned if Lakeview residents "feel" safe? Why? Because it isn't a number that can be manipulated or played with?

    A loss of 4 police officers in December does not equate to more police on the streets no matter how many times you or Tunney tap your heels together and repeat "crime is down, crime is down."

    As far as your property tax statement goes, it is just so far beneath the original discussion here that the only fitting response would be, "I know you are but what am I."
    Pure nonsense.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Public Hearing on Monday, March 9 for Rise and Galleria Liquors Mixed-Use Redevelopment

A public hearing has been scheduled for the proposed mixed-use transit oriented development for 3401-09 N. Southport Avenue on Monday, March 9 at 7:00 PM at Mystic Celt.

The following is now known:
A 4-story building with retail on the first floor
33 apartments with starting rent at $1,500
6 parking spaces with one being a handicapped spot

The project will be presented by the developer to all that attend the West Lakeview Neighbors meeting. See the renderings here:

http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2015/01/public-hearing-march-9-2015-for.html

  • RubyRed Dancer, Drummer, Cyclist

    jjkenyon, Yes, it's true, there are other residential developments along the tracks, but you sure as hell won't catch me ponying up $1,500 per month for that kind of noise pollution. The "benefit" of living on the same block as Gap an Athleta isn't really that much a draw either in my opinion.

  • RubyRed, you probably didn't look at the developer's plans and elevations, the north wall facing the tracks is solid block, no windows except for a single column, which is probably a stairwell.

    A double block wall will suppress nearly all the train noise.

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Fri 1/30 Sun-Times Editorial Board Mayoral Debate-LIVE at 10:30am

The Fri 1/30 Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board Mayoral Candidate Debate/questioning
will be streaming LIVE, starting at 10:30am on the Sun-times web site: chicago.suntimes.com
It should be posted on the Internet for later viewing as well.
This debate/questioning will be used for a future Mayoral Candidate endorsement for the 2/24 municipal election.

Dec 04

Updated 2 days ago

Michael Diversey's Closed?!

Darnit. I noticed the restaurant closed. I'm a bit surprised as it was always pretty busy. Anyone know if something new is going in? I hope so. I don't like the empty spaces on Diversey right now.

  • @ Bob - except you're wrong. The American way of work hard, buy a house, live a decent life no longer exists and hasn't existed for years. Wages are stagnant. The middle class is in sharp decline. Even immigrants, especially the Chinese, are moving back to China for better opportunities....

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    @ Bob - except you're wrong. The American way of work hard, buy a house, live a decent life no longer exists and hasn't existed for years. Wages are stagnant. The middle class is in sharp decline. Even immigrants, especially the Chinese, are moving back to China for better opportunities. The educated classes of other countries are not moving to America. They have it better in their home countries.

    @ Li - about the only solution to your/my problem of which I know is to find a man dumb and desperate enough to marry me. It's rough out there for singletons, especially economically.

  • d3 NOH

    yes but only after coming to Northwestern for 4 or 8 years for a top notch education

2 days ago

Here Are The Top Sales and Local Shopping Events This Week

A few items from the dreamy French collection Zadig & Voltaire have just landed at Krista K (3458 N. Southport Ave., kristak.com), and additional pieces will arrive at the boutique soon. You’ll want to live in the Rory Print Croix Dress ($380) all summer long.

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...get your whimsical yet sophisticated self over to the eponymous shop’s sample sale at 1653 North Damen Avenue. The markdowns are intense—fall and winter items will sell for about 80 percent off...

Now until Tuesday, Penelope’s (1913 W. Division St., shoppenelopes.com), offers an additional 25 percent off sale merch, both in-store or online (use code SALEONSALE if you don’t want to leave the house.)

A fun West Town boutique called Ann Everett (1841 W. Chicago Ave., ann-everett.com) has just hit the scene. The place specializes in “girl’s night out events and parties,” and is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., as well as by appointment.

Bella Bianca Bridal Couture’s Gold Coast Salon (12 W. Maple St., 2nd Fl., bellabianca.com) is throwing a trunk show for the ethereal brand Christos Bridal...

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Is Boozy Root Beer A Thing Worth Drinking?

...the ever-fabulous Ndali Estate Vanilla Bean ice cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (3404 N. Southport Ave., Lake View, 773-348-7139) and crafted our own boozy root beer float. The tasting...

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Super Bowl Bet Between Two Chicago Bars Puts Dyed Hair, Booze on the Line

Hill opened Brendan's, 3169 N. Broadway, in 2006 and it's been a Pats bar since. Newport, 1344 W. Newport Ave., started hosting local Seahawks supporters, Hawks Nest Chicago, in 2013.

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Hill opened Brendan's, 3169 N. Broadway, in 2006 and it's been a Pats bar since. Newport, 1344 W. Newport Ave., started hosting local Seahawks supporters, Hawks Nest Chicago, in 2013.

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Free Fitness Boot Camp!

Hey there neighbors come work off Fridays sins at our Fitness Boot Camp on Saturdays at 9am. This 35 minute class is Free to our Lakeview neighbors. We are committed to helping you get Fit and to having fun while doing it. Hope to see you there!
Dojo Chicago 3206 N Southport Ave.
Questions call or text 312-843-9708 or go to dojochicago.com

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Where Superfans Will Watch the Super Bowl in Chicago

1344 W. Newport Ave., thenewportchicago.com

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3349 N. Halsted. St., sidetrackchicago.com

3169 N. Broadway St., brendanspubchicago.com

3 days ago

Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play Lights Up Theater Wit

Theater Wit will stage Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play through March 1 at 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Running time is 2:40 with two intermissions. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $25-38 and can be bought online or by calling 773-975-8150.

3 days ago

THEATER REVIEW Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play

Playwright: Anne Washburn; music by Michael Friedman. At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 1-773-975-8150; www.TheaterWit.org; $38 ( $25 if 29 or under ). Runs through: March 1

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