32 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Muskie's Closing

Sigh... Another institution bites the dust. Muskie's (corner of Lincoln/George/Lakewood) is closing either this Saturday or next Saturday. They are renters and the owner wants to do something else with the property. The cleaner next door also has to close soon.

  • http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140919/lakeview/muskies-closing-after-34-years-lakeview----but-owner-says-hell-be-back

    The owner of Muskies said he is looking to open in another location in Lakeview, but wants to wait until winter is over!

  • Carter O'Brien my kingdom to end the Belmont bus bunching

    Muskie's was one of my first jobs in the hood, Fazzio's had better food though. the Insane Unknowns had presence, but they were pretty chill, they seemed to take the name literally. You just didn't wear blue and black, though, that was pushing your luck, especially north near Addison. But...

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    Muskie's was one of my first jobs in the hood, Fazzio's had better food though. the Insane Unknowns had presence, but they were pretty chill, they seemed to take the name literally. You just didn't wear blue and black, though, that was pushing your luck, especially north near Addison. But by Muskie's the meatpacking plant workers, who in the 80s were Appalachians, old school German Irish, gypsies, Mexicans, all kinds of folks, really dominated the area in every sense. Puerto Ricans were really more to the south as I recall, I think gentrification pushed them north from the strip on Armitage in LP and they started moving in the neighborhood starting in maybe the late 70s or early 80s, but the gentrification was hot on their heels and neither they nor any of the old timers stuck around much past 90, if that. My mom's block only had 2 families left from when I was a kid by the time I moved out in 94. The family who ran Lawry's Tavern for over half a century may be the last holdouts.

    The teenage tough guys, gangbangers or just hoods, loudmouths, etc. weren't so tough after that last shift ended and guys who cut apart carcasses all day hit the local taverns. More than a few had guns, it really was a completely alien environment to what we have now. I remember adults walking around on Halloween and grabbing teens and smashing their eggs where they were hiding them in their pockets. It was pretty entertaining, actually. Anyone remember the Beartrap? It was a madhouse when it got hot. They stopped arresting our next door neighbor after a while and just walked him home some nights. Poor bugger died of cirrhosis at 40 and left a wife with 4 small kids, pretty sad stuff, and too many like him. Those neighborhoods were so different when you had taverns and grocery stores at even the side street intersections... Not exactly the "shop local" environment the younger folks are keen on building.

7 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

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

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

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

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

34 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

What's going on in Boystown?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mui Ne your neighbor

    Yuck. So sorry you had to experience these things. My husband and I have had our fair share of similar "crazy" experiences. We live in Lincoln Park.
    Some of what may be happening is that Rahm Emanuel quietly closed some mental illness facilities on the south side without a lot...

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    Yuck. So sorry you had to experience these things. My husband and I have had our fair share of similar "crazy" experiences. We live in Lincoln Park.
    Some of what may be happening is that Rahm Emanuel quietly closed some mental illness facilities on the south side without a lot of press coverage (he owns them). These people end up somewhere and I think many have come to the north side. There is a decent amount of "help" for them. Some shelters, food shelves and churches help. I think that's great and all but what many of these people need is to be in an institution.
    Rahm also cut way back on police presence. Put pressure on your alderman with messages. It can help. That is who can pressure to get more police on the streets.

  • A long term resident of 505 Belmont, a building with Section 8 tenants, told me there is drug dealing going on inside/out in front and the alley behind is a drive through drug market. The drug dealers come out the back of the building and sell, the cars drive through. Could be drifting over to Belmont/Broadway

13 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • This is non-binding, I'm assuming? Not belittling the point, just asking for clarification.

  • Yep, non-binding, as is the case with all such referendums. But can be influential, and part of our campaign to bring public awareness to this crazy CTA flyover which is totally unnecessary and will permanently destroy several blocks of Central Lakeview.

  • Ryan C. 15+ year Lakeview East resident

    I could be convinced that removing several homes and businesses could be worth it, if it was for a valuable public cause. However, spending $320 million (with cost overruns, the real cost is likely to be significantly higher than that) of taxpayer money to save what will amount to 15-20 seconds of commute time just seems like a terrible use of scare resources. Repairing the brown line tracks between Merchy Mart and Fullerton would be a much wiser investment and would save much more time for commuters.

13 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

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

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

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John Picken posted 1 photo to Flickr:

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Sep 08

Updated 38 hours ago

Missing cat

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

3 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Chicago Speed Camera Map: watch out for one by Lane Tech High School

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/viewer?mid=zDIlbNW6Kzv4.kWRTNheTjAho

Just an fyi, speed cameras in school zones are set if you go over 20 mph. Watch out for one at 2501 W. Addison by Lane Tech High School. The normal speed limit is 30 mph and the cameras run longer than expected (6am - 9pm?) not just during school hours. $100 ticket.

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

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

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

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

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47 hours ago

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Water shut off 5-9PM today

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

  • OMG

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

    Hope that helps!

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Need a vet

Does anyone know of a good vet in Lakeview?

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

  • Patricia 25 Year Lakeview Resident

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

2 days ago

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2 days ago

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

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

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

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

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

The listing is here:

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

Click join us on the right...

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

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

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

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

The listing is here:

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

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

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

Aug 29

Updated 3 days ago

Hard Candy Source?

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

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

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

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

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3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

LOST FOSTER DOG: Penny the Lhasa Apso

Late last night an Anti-Cruelty Society foster dog broke out of her fosters' fenced yard and went missing in Lakeview.

The foster lives near Belmont and Racine. Penny, who also responds to Payne, was last spotted heading west on Wellington. Penny is a white and grey 5 year old spayed Lhasa Apso who is micro-chipped and wearing a collar and tag.

If you spot or catch Penny - please contact us ASAP at:

(312)644.8338
foster@anticruelty.org

Thank you in advance!

  • Lydia Krupinski Clothing designer & animal activist

    Great news everyone! Penny was found by a good Samaritan and is safe and sound. Thank you for helping us get the word out!

  • i went looking for her today. i am so happy she has been found!!

3 days ago

Thieves Steal $20K Worth Of High-End Bikes, Parts From North Side Store

CHICAGO (CBS) — For the second time this summer, thieves have scored big at a bike sales and rental shop on Addison and North Lake Shore Drive.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Property Tax Resource

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

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

Thank you!

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

  • david duggan President, South Lakeview Neighbors

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

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

Sep 08

Updated 3 days ago

water heater recommendations

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

Thank you in advance!

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

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

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5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Parking lot bait and switch?

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

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

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

  • Gunnery Sgt Hartman Neighborhood Bully

    Did you report them to parking jockey?

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

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

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5 days ago

lost cat

Mila has been missing for a week now. She was last seen near Wolfram and Lakewood. Please call or text 773-580-4130 with any information. More photos: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10153146469238852&id=697228851

5 days ago

Lost cat in Lakeview

Mila was last seen near Wolfram and Lakewood. Please call or text 763-580-4130 if you see her. More photos:!https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10153146469238852&id=697228851

5 days ago

Are you missing a Prius with Texas plates?

There's a silver Prius parked at the northeast corner of Lakewood and Wellington that's on the verge of being towed. It is parked too far from the curb and over the crosswalk. It has a smashed right, front fender and the inside of the car has been vandalized. It has had multiple tickets on it. In case this is your car and you've lost it, it was stolen, or whatever, you might want to move it.

5 days ago

Free Blowdry Tomorrow!

Looking for a blow dry model tomorrow at 1:30pm in Lincoln Park.
Email me for more info!
HeatherNoelWatson@gmail.com

5 days ago

Free Blow Dry tomorrow!

Looking for a blow dry model at 1:30pm tomorrow in Lincoln Park.
Email me for more info!
HeatherNoelWatson@gmail.com

5 days ago

Clothing Found

I found men's designer clothing in my back parking lot. It is in perfect condition. If someone can describe it and identify when they lost it (or it may have been stolen and thrown in my lot), I'd be happy to return it.

Sep 06

Updated 5 days ago

Gunshots heard late last night / early this morning around 1:15AM?

I live at the intersection of Pine Grove and W Sheridan Rd and noticed all of a sudden several very loud gunshots while lying in bed trying to fall asleep. Granted I did have my windows open it sounded far too close for comfort. I'm wondering if anybody else heard the same thing? I was obviously wide awake again after hearing this for quite some time and did not hear any sirens of any sort after the matter indicating police activity but I am sure of what I heard! Its a bit unsettling.

  • I live further West in Lakeview and heard the same thing around 1:15 this morning. The first time I heard it I thought it might be the L but I was pretty sure they were gunshots after the next two.

  • user_me Fairly new tho the city young professional.

    Yes, there isn't a doubt in my kind that what I heard were gunshots unfortunately. Couldn't have possibly been firecrackers :(

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