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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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Oct 16

Updated 8 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.

2 days ago

Updated 11 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.

Oct 21

Updated 12 hours ago

Bonsai?

Drove by Bonsai Lounge tonight and it look shuttered. What happened?

  • Word on the street is that Little Jim's will be expanding into the Bonsai space.
    Bonsai owner Frank Elliott is said to owe a substantial amount of back rent (again).
    His arson trial for the Velvet Rope fire must be coming up in early 2015.

  • Jeff Love my 'hood.

    They are re-concepting. Just walked by, they're open with a new name on the door and new decor (appears to still be underway): The 18th Amendment...hence the prohibition act sign.

46 hours ago

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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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  • d3 NOH

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

21 hours ago

A Lakeview Photo Retrospective: From the Illinois Federal Writers Project, 1939

From the 1939 Guide: "The William Booth Memorial Training College, Brompton Ave. at Broadway, occupies the former Joseph E. Tilt mansion, built in 1914. One of the four colleges...

From the 1939 Guide: "Temple Sholom, Lake Shore Drive at Cornelia Ave, an impressive modern Romanesque structure of ancient-looking Lannon stone, designed by Coolidge and Hodgdon...

46 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Lakeview Jewel

Anyone know what was going on at the Jewel on Broadway and Addison Saturday late afternoon? Police had Broadway blocked off and the fire department was there with a couple of trucks and engines. Looked like they had the ladder truck with the ladder extended. I didn't see anything in the news.

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    I looked and asked around, heard it had something to do with the roof... here are some Twitter accounts to follow: cfdmedia, cwbchicago, chicagoscanner...

  • I was shopping there at the time and smoke started billowing out of an overhead air vent near the registers. No fire was visible, but they wisely cleared us from the building and called the fire department.

  • d3 NOH

    that place is a dump.

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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 25 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.

40 hours ago

Updated 25 hours ago

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 42 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.

  • d3 NOH

    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.

Oct 01

Updated 2 days ago

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

Updated 3 days ago

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

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Police Investigating Suspicious Fire In Lakeview

At the gift store Equinox at the corner of Roscoe and Broadway, Jim Marchand says people are nervous but he’s hoping the store’s location on the corner of a main street will keep the arsonist away.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

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

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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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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.

4 days ago

Graffiti?

Found near Aldine and Broadway. Does anyone know what this is?

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Excel 2013 class - free or paid. Recommendations?

I'm looking for someplace in Chicago, between Lakeview and downtown, to learn about Excel 2013. I want a live instructor, not a virtual one. I've looked and found several paid options. I fully expect to pay but would like a recommendation if anyone has one. Thank you.

  • @ Gregory - Thank you very much for posting. Looks like I just missed the Excel classes for this season but I imagine there will be another set next year.

  • I've been using Excel (and other spreadsheet applications) for over 25 years and am quite knowledgeable, hence my coworkers over the years often asking for my assistance. I know you said you wanted tutorials with an actual person, but this might help in the meantime. I've found a website with really good (and free) lessons on how to use Excel (and Word) and found it to be as good resource for beginner and intermediate users to reference.

    http://www.gcflearnfree.org/excel2013

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