Jun 20 2012

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Panera pay what you can plan.

Panera to open first local pay-what-you-can cafe in Lakeview

Panera is turning one of its first Chicago stores over to the community. The store at 616 W. Diversey Pkwy. is converting to a pay-what-you-can model Thursday with only suggested prices and donation boxes.

This is the St. Louis-based company's fourth "Panera Cares Community Cafe" and its first in Chicago. In an interview, founder and co-CEO Ron Shaich said the Lakeview location has particular significance for him because he wrote the...

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Panera to open first local pay-what-you-can cafe in Lakeview

Panera is turning one of its first Chicago stores over to the community. The store at 616 W. Diversey Pkwy. is converting to a pay-what-you-can model Thursday with only suggested prices and donation boxes.

This is the St. Louis-based company's fourth "Panera Cares Community Cafe" and its first in Chicago. In an interview, founder and co-CEO Ron Shaich said the Lakeview location has particular significance for him because he wrote the company's mission statement there.

"Chicago is a very important market for us," Shaich said, adding that the company has more than 100 locations in the area, and co-CEO William Moreton lives in Hinsdale. "We've had a lot of success here."

He added that the Lakeview location is ideal for a community store because there are "million-dollar townhomes and people on the street," meaning there are customers who can help support the cafe and those who can benefit from a free meal.

"When you walk in, it's the full Panera experience," Shaich said. "When you go into a soup kitchen, the energy is so negative and the food is institutional and the experience is institutional."

He said the idea for the community model was to "create an experience," that could "lift people up" and provide some dignity for those who can't afford to pay.

To make the concept work, consumers who have extra money are asked to donate it. Those who are short can pay less, and those who can't pay anything can volunteer for an hour to eat free.

  • All krap. People act like Lakeview was perfect before this establishment was established. Also the whole thing is a scam. They ask you how much money you have on you. Including censorship. Hold on! The word "c--p" isn't allowed here

  • Bob

    PANERA CARES is closing January 31, 2015.

    The Chicago Panera Cares Community Café [pay what you can charity], 616 W. Diversey, is closing January 31, 2015. There are no plans to open elsewhere in Chicago.

    The Panera Cares Foundation posted a note on the door stating:

    “....our lease at this...

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    PANERA CARES is closing January 31, 2015.

    The Chicago Panera Cares Community Café [pay what you can charity], 616 W. Diversey, is closing January 31, 2015. There are no plans to open elsewhere in Chicago.

    The Panera Cares Foundation posted a note on the door stating:

    “....our lease at this site is expiring shortly and the Foundation has decided that it does not make sense to renew it due to changing economics. With the overall cost of rent and major investments needed to improve the site, it is not a sensible option for the Foundation.”

    “....the Panera Bread Foundation remains committed to feeding those in need in the Chicago Community and across the country. There are no plans to close any other Panera Cares Community Cafes in 2015.”

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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?

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Jan 21

Updated 5 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.

  • dse: When Daniel Patrick Moynihan published his essay wherein the phrase "Defining Deviancy Down" became popular, we still had a fairly functional democracy in America. This is no longer the case, so my optimism about using my voice and vote to influence public policy has been replaced by pragmatism. This...

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    dse: When Daniel Patrick Moynihan published his essay wherein the phrase "Defining Deviancy Down" became popular, we still had a fairly functional democracy in America. This is no longer the case, so my optimism about using my voice and vote to influence public policy has been replaced by pragmatism. This means it's Every Human For Him/Herself" as far as I can see. If Rahm Emanuel and Tom Tunney want to lie about crime stats while we the peeps get mugged just so they can get elected so they can run with the billionaires, it doesn't make sense to me to pretend I can waltz down Belmont or Diversey (or Clark or _____ fill in the blank__) with plugged ears and unaware of my surroundings. I'm not "Blaming the Victim" (I read that book in grad school, too)

    (I literally just heard a gunshot so I called 911 - EMMAUEL/TUNNEY: J'ACCUSE!)

    anyway: It's a tragedy. But I plan on surviving. You do it your way; I'll do it mine.

  • Teamharman Back from the sunny south

    Let's face facts, folks. We choose to live in a large urban environment and crime is going to happen. Lest we forget that every major city, without exception, has a crime issue. One can either accept it and take precautions to avoid becoming a victim or do nothing to prevent...

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    Let's face facts, folks. We choose to live in a large urban environment and crime is going to happen. Lest we forget that every major city, without exception, has a crime issue. One can either accept it and take precautions to avoid becoming a victim or do nothing to prevent becoming a victim. Bottom line is this city IS much safer than it has been in the past. Lakeview was a rough neighborhood 20 years ago and some of the unsavory element remains, especially near the Belmont L stop. Nobody is blaming or shaming victims here. We are simply stating the obvious facts of big city living. Be aware of your surroundings and make choices accordingly. That's all.

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  • Chicago City Day School reviewed by a parent

    Chicago City Day School is absolutely wonderful. What a fabulous place for children to thrive! My children have grown so much! How fantastic that the JKers have 8 different teachers - one for homeroom, foreign language, science, library, gym, music, drama, and art. SKers present in a science fair. I love that in the first grade the students do multiple speeches throughout the year. Starting around 1 minute long and by the end of year, the speeches are 3 minutes. And shop class - Industrial Technology - start in 1st grade. One of my child's favorite classes.......although now Computers is taking the lead of his favorite class. We are so looking forward to each new year and the excitement of learning new things! How fortunate we are to have this opportunity.

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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.

2 days ago

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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 30 hours 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.

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

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Work on Broadway and Melrose

Does anyone know that they are putting up on the corner of Broadway and Melrose?

There have been 3 huge, wooden poles in front of Nettelhorst for a couple of days, and now there is a crew out there. When I asked if it was a light of some sort, I was mumbled at and then ignored. The school doesn't know anything.

Dec 22

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Diversey / Clark / Broadway Related Issues

I invite you to use this post to raise and discuss issues related to or near the Lincoln Park / Lakeview intersection of Diversey, Clark, and Broadway.

New issues include four proposed developments including three residential high-rises and one hotel on the 500 and 600 blocks of Diversey.

Current and previous Everyblock posts have included issues related to vacant storefronts, problems with Panera Cares, and crime and vagrancy on Diversey and Clark. Some of these issues received previous attention and can be searched on Everyblock.

For readability, I will post links to the individual projects below.

Neighborhoods are Chicago’s greatest strength; and you are the strength of this neighborhood! Please stay involved.

Thank you.

Bob

  • A level of density that makes parking a car in a given area a constant nightmare and driving a car in an area a time consuming and frightening nightmare is what solves the problem of "why don't people get rid of their cars and rely on alternate modes of transit."...

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    A level of density that makes parking a car in a given area a constant nightmare and driving a car in an area a time consuming and frightening nightmare is what solves the problem of "why don't people get rid of their cars and rely on alternate modes of transit." The population density in NYC is an example of this. It's not that people in NYC like using the MTA instead of cars; it's that using a car in NYC is so much more difficult, time consuming, and fantastically expensive that even with the constant delays, service changes, and overcrowding the MTA is still a better option.

    So if you want there to be fewer cars in the neighborhood, density is the way forward.

  • Bob

    Stephen,

    I understand your concern.

    In 2011, my wife was hit by a car while she crossed Clark St. to what is now the Edge Grill at Schubert. She crossed in the center of the well marked crosswalk and was hit by a car turning north from Schubert after leaving...

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    Stephen,

    I understand your concern.

    In 2011, my wife was hit by a car while she crossed Clark St. to what is now the Edge Grill at Schubert. She crossed in the center of the well marked crosswalk and was hit by a car turning north from Schubert after leaving Best Buy. We are thankful the driver stopped and waited for the police and ambulance. His passenger offered help and sat with my wife.

    My wife suffered a broken jaw [resulting in a liquid-only diet for 12 weeks], tooth loss, foot problems, and other damage. Her face was so black and blue that she looked like an eggplant. The jaw has healed but more than three years later, the tooth issues continue. We must have made 40 trips to the dentist and we still haven’t gotten to the implant stage.

    This was our only incident with a car.

    But we’ve almost been run over countless times by adult bicyclists who ignore red lights, crosswalks, or ride on the sidewalks at or near Diversey, Clark, and Broadway.

    And we should all be reminded of the woman on the sidewalk at Diversey and Sheffield who was killed by a person on rollerblades.

    Pay attention when crossing the street. Look for cars, bikes, skateboards, and rollerblades. Cross with the light but still watch for cars. Put the phone away. Don’t talk when crossing the street. Sometimes it just takes 100% concentration to cross a street safely.

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New Restaurant?

I just walked by the Town Hall apartments on Halsted and Addison and noticed what appears to be a new restaurant getting ready to open up in one of the retail spots for that building. Does anyone know if this is actually a new restaurant and if so what the scoop on it is, or is it perhaps some facility that is there for the tenants of the building? It seems to look like to me it may be a restaurant because it also has bar seating and the decor of the place as well.

  • Gregory Morrow Employee at Center On Halsted

    Hi! That facility is part of the Center on Halsted's new Senior Center complex. That space will be used to serve senior lunches or for other senior events. The lunch program is administered as part of the City of Chicago's Golden Diner senior lunch program. The old police station itself will soon be open as part of the Senior Center, it's going to be very nice!

  • Gregory Morrow Employee at Center On Halsted

    Addenda: the Senior Lunch program at Town Hall is not just for building residents, it is for all neighborhood seniors 60 and up. There is another Senior Lunch served at the Presbyterian church down the street, at Addison and Broadway.

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Looking for responsible and attentive accountant

My husband and I are looking for a responsible and attentive accountant in Chicago. We are willing to see someone around Lakeview, Lakeview Roscoe Village as well as the Loop if we found an accountant that we like. My husband owns his own small business so we need someone who understands those issues. We also need some assistance with doing taxes with a trust fund. Thank you for your help!

  • Holly 15 year East Lakeview Resident.

    Been using Nick for over 10 years.

    Nick Kolligris,CPA
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  • My husband and I own two small businesses and have trusts as well. We have been using Michael and Nancy Dschida of NMD and Co. For 15+ years. They are a super responsive, reasonable and extremely knowledgeable team who are located nearby. They can be reached at 312 640-5904 or michael@nmd-company.com.

  • Thanks for all of the tips!

5 days ago

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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!

3 days ago

32nd Ward Aldermanic Forum

South Lakeview Neighbors is holding an aldermanic forum for the two candidates in the 32nd ward. Here are the details:

http://slneighbors.org/2015/01/26/32nd-ward-aldermanic-forum-feb-10/

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  • KTL

    The thumbs up and thumbs down are partisan opinion and no doubt this is a teacher's union website. Totally useless unless you are a public union supporter, which I am not. This actually makes me like Tunney.

  • The facts there are probably accurate, on how they voted, but as KTL notes, the thumbs up/down is whether "Grassroots Illinois Action" (whomever they are) think it was a good vote. They're against charter schools, yet clearly, charter schools markedly outperform traditional schools by any measure (except "preservation of highly-paid union jobs for bad teachers", maybe).

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Brown Elephant space (Halsted/Waveland)

All the For Rent signs are down and there is new paper covering on the windows. Anyone know anything about what is going in the space?

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    Both Ald. Cappleman (46th Ward) and Ald. Tunney (44th Ward) are on the City Council Zoning committee. Ald. Cappleman is also on the Housing committee.

  • Quite correct, it's not in the 44th ward -- but? Still of interest here.

Aug 10

Updated 3 days ago

Handyman in Lakeview

Does anyone have a recommendation for a local handyman that you trust and has reasonable rates? Looking for someone in the Lakeview area.

Thanks!

  • Menschwithawrench is excellent and fairly priced.

  • Ravens Yes.I can fix that.

    Genetically engineered for things mechanical. Have all my attachments & latest software. Please call 312-890-7558

Oct 20

Updated 3 days ago

Handyman?

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

  • Try Paul@windycity handyman.com 773-297-8789. Licensed, insured, reasonable and quite good.

  • Ravens Yes.I can fix that.

    If you are still looking. I could help. Many years experience. Please call 312-890-7558

3 days ago

Lakeview apartment deals and finds

Planned Property is waiving the $300 move-in fee for one-bedrooms renting from $1,300 a month at 634 W Cornelia. The large one-bedrooms in this classic courtyard building have refinished hardwood floors.

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Missing black and white cat

Mila got out of her home on Lakewood between Diversey and Wolfram in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago on Saturday, September 6, 2014, and she is still missing.

Mila is a 3 year-old black-and-white cat with green-yellow eyes. Her back is black while her belly, chest and paws are white. She has black around her eyes and a little black button nose. Mila is micro-chipped and was wearing a black-and-white collar with her name and our number on it. The collar has no tags or bells attached.

REWARD: $1,000

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