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CappleQuotes from Uptown Update

Courtesy of Jon Trott's blog.

Center said...

A couple years ago, I hired a couple of these guys to help me move some furniture I purchased. The original movers didn't show, and I was left stuck. And then I remembered the guys always across the street from the UHaul. Talking to them, they were pretty nice guys. No moving equipment, but steady hands, strong backs and an eagerness to earn some money. They did good work. Most, it turns out,...

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Center said...

A couple years ago, I hired a couple of these guys to help me move some furniture I purchased. The original movers didn't show, and I was left stuck. And then I remembered the guys always across the street from the UHaul. Talking to them, they were pretty nice guys. No moving equipment, but steady hands, strong backs and an eagerness to earn some money. They did good work. Most, it turns out, were having some hard times. Two of the three I talked to spent time in prison for drug possession when they were younger, and the felony convictions makes it really tough for them to get a job now. I'm not excusing that, but the stuff that they got nailed for holding is present in about 50% of the dorm rooms and apartments on our college campuses. Mine included. But the cops in Champaign didn't make a habit of randomly searching the college kids whose tuition made their entire town's economy go. Lucky us. Poor moving guys. Anyway, you get the picture. I couldn't disagree with you more. These guys are polite, sober and looking for work. What could you possibly have against that? Or maybe there is something about the way they look you just don't like? Hmmm...
July 7, 2007 11:57 PM ]

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James said...

If you believe they are all looking for honest work to provide themselves with food and shelter, you've been duped. Plenty of people, including neighborhood children, have witnessed many of them urinating, drinking, and participating in drug sales. However, even if 1 of these guys is only doing this for food and shelter, you also damaged this one person's motivation to get lasting help.

Please do them a favor and the community a favor and do not hire these men.
July 8, 2007 1:46 AM

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    James said...

    I was reading this and thinking whoever wrote it sounded pretty angry, but I was agreeing with everything that was said. I then saw my name as the author and chuckled to myself. I had written it a couple of weeks ago probably late at night and forgot...

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    James said...

    I was reading this and thinking whoever wrote it sounded pretty angry, but I was agreeing with everything that was said. I then saw my name as the author and chuckled to myself. I had written it a couple of weeks ago probably late at night and forgot about it.

    It's already been said by some that my stance on the WY is politically motivated. It makes it so that I'm sometimes hesitant to say much because everything I write can come back to haunt me later. That said, I couldn't stay quiet about this Wilson Yard TIF. The lack of transparency, the lack of communication, the lack of real community input, and the refusal to abide by the use of best practices in sound urban planning will haunt us for decades if we remain silent.

    Like many of you, I am sickened that this huge parcel of property has remained vacant for over 10 years. Lowering our standards for Uptown, though, is not respectful of the people who call this neighborhood their home. So, I stand with others and say we deserve better.

    For the record, I'm not leading the effort to stop WY, but I support the hardworking people who are. It's just so unfortunate that a lawsuit is their only avenue to getting heard.

    October 24, 2008 12:17 AM

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    James Cappleman said...

    NL, what success have you had in changing a person's thoughts about class by referring to them as a bigot?

    Yes, every once in awhile there are bigots who sometimes post on this blog. For the most part, I've noticed those comments get removed and when it...

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    James Cappleman said...

    NL, what success have you had in changing a person's thoughts about class by referring to them as a bigot?

    Yes, every once in awhile there are bigots who sometimes post on this blog. For the most part, I've noticed those comments get removed and when it gets really bad, I've noticed that the moderator steps in before any comment gets posted. The vast majority of people I've met in this neighborhood are very generous with their time and money to help others.

    There are also many times when people are falsely aligned as being bigots when it is clearly not the case, and I'm speaking from personal experience. I'm a social worker, former Franciscan friar, recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from U of C, a board member of an organization that empowers African-American women with a history of abuse... and campaign literature still went out claiming I was a right-wing bigot who hated poor people. Never mind my 30+ year history that contradicts such an indictment.

    What I've found is that there are people who benefit from keeping this community divided. I won't take part in it. For those who have this need to focus on this class war, I have to say I question their real motives because it's clearly not done to enlighten others. That approach just doesn't work. Never has, never will.

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Delay of Wrigley Field construction affecting more than just Cubs fans

...Well we're never going to get back some 60 parking spaces that were on Waveland and Sheffield. We're not going to get back the portion of Waveland and Sheffield that's...

  • there was never parking on residential streets anyways - why I got so much $$ for selling in 2007; two car garage - they tore it down for a paved backyard, now charging $45/spot for six car, you will be blocked in!

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Wrigley rooftops disclose profit at risk vs. Cubs

The view of Wrigley Field on opening day from the Lakeview Baseball Club at 3633 N. Sheffield Ave. The rooftop business, along with Skybox on Sheffield, is at odds with the Cubs over a video board in right field.

Last year, Skybox on Sheffield, at 3627 N. Sheffield, took in nearly $2 million in ticket sales during Cubs games and concerts. Its gross profit was $1.2 million. After operating expenses such as employee payroll, utilities and $651,286 in mortgage payments, its net income was $145,560.

Tension between the Cubs and nearby rooftop businesses lining Waveland and Sheffield avenues have only escalated since the Ricketts family bought the team in 2009.

  • still a Cubs fan, yeah, I know - still rebuilding (the team) after all these years. Having lived there for 25 years (sold in 2007, bought in Old Irving Pk) I've witnessed/complained the changes; vomit/urination on my property, fights, disorderly conduct, harassment, etc. - it's hard to feel sorry or compassion for another organization making $$ and contributing to the suffering of the community.
    but hey, according to Vegas (odds 7/1; World Series) and Back to the Future, they finally win!

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String of residential burglaries hit North, West sides

The third burglary happened around 11 a.m. on Feb. 16 in the 3600 block of North Fremont Street.

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Two burglaries happened on the same block in the 100 block of South Leamington Avenue. The first incident could have occurred between Feb. 22 and Wednesday at an unknown time, and the second burglary happened between 6 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The third burglary took place between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in the 4900 block of West Washington Boulevard, according to the statement.

The fourth burglary happened around 10:40 a.m. in the 5200 block of West Congress Parkway.

The two latest burglaries both took place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Feb. 22. One of them happened in the 900 block of West Dakin Street, and the second one occurred in the 900 block of West Irving Park Road, the statement said.

The two latest burglaries both took place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Feb. 22. One of them happened in the 900 block of West Dakin Street, and the second one occurred in the 900 block of West Irving Park Road, the statement said.

  • I think folks (and landlords) on the north side have been lulled to sleep for a long time and don't think that their apartments can be robbed. People need to invest in security systems, loud security alarms.

  • like 44 caliber loud?
    monitored security is the best solution

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Chicago's winter delays Cubs plans? Who woulda thunk it?

Emboldened, the Ricketts family steamrolled the rooftop owners across Waveland and Sheffield streets.

  • wait til the contracts are up - renegotiating those are going to a a B.&#^# of a thing

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Clumsy Wrigley renovation leaves Cubs fans out in the cold

They can call the giveaway a promotion. It also could double as a precaution around the construction site at Clark and Addison.

  • I certainly would not want 24/7 construction - thank goodness I sold when I did...

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Chuy Says NO to the Belmont Flyover!

Calling the proposed Flyover “an unnecessary expenditure of taxpayer funds that will generate little return on investment,” Chuy Garcia expressed his opposition to the Flyover.

Read more, and check out our website at:
http://stopbelmontflyover.com/2015/03/03/chuy-says-no-to-belmont-flyover/

A vote for Chuy Garcia is a vote to save Central Lakeview!

  • I think someone said every government project goes far beyond the planned cost, and someone threw out that $750M number once, which has since become "fact".

    15 seconds may not be much today, but ridership is growing, and the delays will fall over a cliff and become much longer very...

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    I think someone said every government project goes far beyond the planned cost, and someone threw out that $750M number once, which has since become "fact".

    15 seconds may not be much today, but ridership is growing, and the delays will fall over a cliff and become much longer very quickly (that's how queuing theory works). Remember ridership on these lines is expected to double in the next 20 years. The lines are AT CAPACITY today.

    Even without that, at just 15 seconds, multiply it by 150,000 people a day, each way, 250 days a year, and it's 312,500 hours of lost productivity per year. If we figure an average salary of $50K/year (remember, most of these riders are going to well-paid jobs in the Loop), that's about $8M/year today in lost productivity, or 40 years to return the $320M investment.

    If that delay grows to a minute, payback is now just ten years. Pretty good return on an infrastructure project that will last a century. And without this, the delays will grow to multiple minutes, people leaving the CTA, resulting in more cars on the road (and more congestion and more pollution), or employers unable to get people to work downtown.

    It would be interesting to take a poll of, say, people in Edgewater who use the red line to get to the Loop. Do you think they might approve of the flyover by a wide margin? I'd lay good money on it.

  • Progress to the CTA -- bring it on! I, for one, am excited to be a part of this dynamic urban community. I do not see how the flyover will lead to more vacant storefronts and hope it will lead to happier commuters /increased use of mass transit. Not all change is bad.

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Rooftop Deck -Permit

Hello,

I'm interested in building a rooftop deck on top of a 3 unit condominium. Can anyone share any tips on the permit/inspection process?

Much appreciated

  • Buster, sorry, I wasn't trying to be obnoxious, just unsure how to answer your question without providing misleading data. As you can see in Dork's answer, the range is so wide (his look right to me), I'm not sure it's very useful.

  • Eblock10 Lakeview Resident

    Thanks for all the feedback! The home owners assistance program seems like a great place to start.

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World-class Montessori Preschool Coming Soon to Lincoln Square

Montessori Gifted Prep places a special emphasis on critical thinking, reasoning, problem solving and creativity. Montessori Gifted Prep preschool provides a caring, comprehensive, high-quality Montessori education to children ages 2 - 6 years old. Numerous unique services offered including extended hours of operation (6am - 8pm), personalized education, and ability to monitor your child during the day via internet. Onsite extracurricular activities include music lessons taught by Old Town School of Folk Music, French and Mandarin taught by Language Stars, and interactive science laboratory experiments taught by Mad Science of Chicago. Come learn more at our informational session on March 28, 2015 at 10 am. We are located at 4754 N Leavitt St, Chicago, IL

RSVP at www.montessorigiftedprep.org

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Debat on Real Estate: Apartment renters now outnumber homeowners in Chicagoland

3455 N. Clark St. in Chicago

962-964 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago

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In 2014, such luxury high-rises as One Eleven at 111 W. Wacker in the Loop, 850 N. Lake Shore Dr. in Streeterville, 73 E. Lake in the Loop, Catalyst at 123 N. Des Plaines in the West Loop and were added to the downtown market.

In 2014, such luxury high-rises as One Eleven at 111 W. Wacker in the Loop, 850 N. Lake Shore Dr. in Streeterville, 73 E. Lake in the Loop, Catalyst at 123 N. Des Plaines in the West Loop and were added to the downtown market.

5318 N. Clark St. in Chicago

2530 N. Clark St. in Chicago

3420 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago

933 W. Diversey Parkway in Chicago

948 W. Armitage Ave. in Chicago

180 N. Michigan Ave. in Chicago

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Toppers Pizza Opens in Wrigleyville with Free 'Za Saturday

The 3404 N. Sheffield Ave. location opened Wednesday, and a grand opening event will follow Saturday. Customers who follow Toppers on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram can get a free MyZa (9-inch personal pizza) or single order of Topperstix from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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...in Wicker Park, South Loop and Greektown are up and running. A Lincoln Park franchise, 2428 N. Lincoln Ave., is expected to open March 28, while a Beverly location should open in the next...

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Salon/nail shop spaces for lease

I'm on the look out for salon & nail shop spaces for lease in Lakeview and Wicker. If anyone notices any available storefronts, or knows anyone looking to have someone take over their lease, contact me!

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  • Mr. Cullen established the theater and the restaurant. He had no health insurance when he had a costly stroke a few years ago. He's given immensely to theater as we know it in Chicago for decades. You can lose everything you build. This is a tragic story.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Mr cullen sounded like a good man I didnt know him.

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Buyer looking for 4 bedroom home in Lakeview

New or newer construction preferred. Or complete renovation.
Thanks.

  • Ashley Donat Real Estate Broker ashley@millerchicagorealesta...

    Email me at ashley@millerchicagorealestate.com! I have some options for you!!

  • The market is pretty tight right now but there are some options out there. Assuming you are looking for a single family home here is a summary of what is available by number of bedrooms and bathrooms: http://lucidrealty.com/homes-for-sale/Chicago_Lakeview/single_family_homes.php

    You might also want to check out working with a full service realtor that shares their commission with you. It can save you thousands of dollars.

  • Michael Bucktown Resident

    This "Airborn" fellow has posted very similar ads in Bucktown (looking for house in Bucktown) and Lincoln Park (looking for house in Lincoln Park) sections of EB too. Not sure what his or her agenda is, but surely finding a realtor in Chicago shouldn't be a problem. EB is not the right forum for this.

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Buyer Seeks 3BR/2BA+ in Elevator Building

Our client is seeking a 3BR/2BA+ in an elevator building in the Lakeview/Lincoln Park area. We have exhausted our search on the MLS and are looking for owners considering selling.

Prefers updated; concrete between floors; pets (cats) allowed; quiet neighbors; HOA fees lower than $1000 if possible.

If you or someone you know has a condo similar to this they would consider selling please let me know..

  • There are a few units at 3530-3534 LSD that meet your criteria, particularly the concrete floors/walls. It's exceptionally quiet, and does allow pets (1 dog, any size and up to two cats per unit).

  • I may have a place for you... Lincoln Park, 3 bed, 2.1 bath, office, deck, city views, great light, updated, low assessments, concrete, pets ok, etc...

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Tea Collection Spring Shopping March 9-15 to Benefit Hamilton Elementary School

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Chicago Street Photography Lakeview

Recent candid street shot

28 hours ago

Management Broker for Bean-and-Co.

New to the site! Help me get started in the neighborhood, like to hear from old timers on how this site works. Fill me in. Looking forward to making great new connections.

Thanks,

Mark

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Old news?!?!

Has anybody else noticed that EveryBlock detectors are picking up articles from 2012-2013???

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    Jennifer, yep!

    L, yes.

  • Yes, I went to Uptown for news and there was news from 2012.

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Wrigley rooftops disclose profit at risk vs. Cubs

Last year, Skybox on Sheffield, at 3627 N. Sheffield, took in nearly $2 million in ticket sales during Cubs games and concerts. Its gross profit was $1.2 million. After operating expenses such as employee payroll, utilities and $651,286 in mortgage payments, its net income was $145,560.

Lakeview Baseball Club, at 3633 N. Sheffield, reported $1.5 million in gross income, including nearly $1.37 million in sales. Its...

Tension between the Cubs and nearby rooftop businesses lining Waveland and Sheffield avenues have only escalated since the Ricketts family bought the team in 2009.

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With Wrigley work dragging, Cubs will seek OK for 24/7 construction

"I'm kind of used to it, so it doesn't bother me," said Martin Chen, who lives near the corner of Waveland and Sheffield. "If I'm in my apartment, trying to watch a movie, it's no different than the Red Line going by, in my opinion.

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String of residential burglaries reported on North, West sides

The third burglary happened about 11 a.m. Feb. 16 in the 3600 block of North Fremont Street. The suspect in the Fremont burglary is a white male, who was wearing black-rimmed glasses, police said.

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Two burglaries happened in the 100 block of South Leamington Avenue. The first incident occurred between Feb. 22 and Wednesday, and the second between 6 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The third burglary took place at about 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the 4900 block of West Washington Boulevard, according to authorities.

The fourth burglary occurred about 10:40 a.m. in the 5200 block of West Congress Parkway.

...11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Feb. 22. One incident was reported in the 900 block of West Dakin Street and the second in the 900 block of West Irving Park Road, according to authorities...

...was reported in the 900 block of West Dakin Street and the second in the 900 block of West Irving Park Road, according to authorities...

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Updated 3 days ago

434 Melrose

Does anyone know the status of the unfinished construction site at that location? There was supposed to have been a hearing at City Council in regard to it.

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    I've reviewed the published agendas of both the Zoning and the Housing committees from August 2014 through January 2015 and could find no mention of this address for a zoning change or any other city council or committee action. Because of the election, there will not be any city council...

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    I've reviewed the published agendas of both the Zoning and the Housing committees from August 2014 through January 2015 and could find no mention of this address for a zoning change or any other city council or committee action. Because of the election, there will not be any city council meetings or committee meetings in February. There is a Housing committee hearing scheduled for 3/11 10am and two Zoning Committee Hearings next month: 3/12 and 3/17 , both staring at 10am in Council Chambers,before the 10am 3/18 City Council meeting. No agendas for these committee meetings are available yet. Shortly after 3/1 some of the agendas for the March meetings should start to appear. You can check the web site:
    https://chicago.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx for any additional committee meeting dates, changes in times/locations, and the meeting agendas. The current or new alderman for the ward may know more about the property before any hearing action. The press coverage about the property are old stories at:
    May 21,2012 story:http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2012/05/21/stalled-condo-building-to-serve-as-skeleton-for-luxury-rentals.php
    June 3,2011 story:http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2011/06/03/failed-lakeview-condo-development-leaves-a-stump-behind-1.php

  • I'm sorry to hear that nothing has transpired, but thanks very much for your thorough review-I appreciate it!

  • Ed H. 5 year Lakeview resident

    What a great location, I cant believe that lot is still the way it is.

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Police warn of North Side apartment burglaries

Two apartments were burglarized between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the 900 block of West Dakin and the 900 block of West Irving Park, police said. Another apartment was burglarized about 11 a.m. Feb. 16 in the 3600 block of North Fremont.

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Two apartments were burglarized between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the 900 block of West Dakin and the 900 block of West Irving Park, police said. Another apartment was burglarized about 11 a.m. Feb. 16 in the 3600 block of North Fremont.

Two apartments were burglarized between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the 900 block of West Dakin and the 900 block of West Irving Park, police said. Another apartment was burglarized about 11 a.m. Feb. 16 in the 3600 block of North Fremont.

3 days ago

Police Warn Of North Side Home Burglaries

Two apartments were burglarized between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the 900 block of West Dakin and the 900 block of West Irving Park, police said. Another apartment was burglarized about 11 a.m. Feb. 16 in the 3600 block of North Fremont.

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Two apartments were burglarized between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the 900 block of West Dakin and the 900 block of West Irving Park, police said. Another apartment was burglarized about 11 a.m. Feb. 16 in the 3600 block of North Fremont.

Two apartments were burglarized between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the 900 block of West Dakin and the 900 block of West Irving Park, police said. Another apartment was burglarized about 11 a.m. Feb. 16 in the 3600 block of North Fremont.

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String of residential burglaries hit North, West sides

The third burglary happened around 11 a.m. on Feb. 16 in the 3600 block of North Fremont Street.

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Two burglaries happened on the same block in the 100 block of South Leamington Avenue. The first incident could have occurred between Feb. 22 and Wednesday at an unknown time, and the second burglary happened between 6 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The third burglary took place between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in the 4900 block of West Washington Boulevard, according to the statement.

The fourth burglary happened around 10:40 a.m. in the 5200 block of West Congress Parkway.

The two latest burglaries both took place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Feb. 22. One of them happened in the 900 block of West Dakin Street, and the second one occurred in the 900 block of West Irving Park Road, the statement said.

The two latest burglaries both took place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Feb. 22. One of them happened in the 900 block of West Dakin Street, and the second one occurred in the 900 block of West Irving Park Road, the statement said.

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