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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?

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    I am an affordable housing activist who was evicted from the Chateau Hotel last June along with about 140 other elderly, people with disabilities, veterans, and working poor Chateau Hotel tenants. I hope that all Lakeview/Uptown area residents are noticing that the closing the Ambers SRO, The Sheffield House SRO,...

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    I am an affordable housing activist who was evicted from the Chateau Hotel last June along with about 140 other elderly, people with disabilities, veterans, and working poor Chateau Hotel tenants. I hope that all Lakeview/Uptown area residents are noticing that the closing the Ambers SRO, The Sheffield House SRO, the Abbott SRO, The Chateau SRO, the Lawrence House SRO, the Astor House SRO, and other area SRO's in recent years has NOT reduced crime in the area or significantly improved the area, as Ald. Cappleman had expected when he targeted certain SROs for the gut-rehab/conversions into higher rent housing, now owned by BJB Properties and FLATS Chicago. Hurting low income tenants, 2,200 evicted in the last three years alone, causes more problems for others and does not eliminate the problems some residents and alderman thought would be solved with their closing. Gentrification hurts those that remain or move into the gentrified neighborhood as well as those forced out. If bad or illegal things/ happen, take a picture with your cell phone, if you can, and go to police. Those committing crimes, such as selling drugs, harassing pedestrians. trying to extort money from motorist/parkers, need to be stopped or charged. Bad and illegal behavior that is tolerated or rewarded will get worse.

  • dse

    nice comment, greg morrow. just lower the standards for city behavior, and voila! what we get is just what we should have expected. no thanks. given the organization you are posting from, i'd think you'd be a little more visionary/hopeful/inspiring than that. wouldn't you?

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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

  • @Dave1 they currently have a proposal going through this same process to extend it to 130st so that's not an issue apparently

    @Mike Raffety thanks for pointing out page 7 that won me over and i am now for this project, did not know i was a solution to avoid problems in the future which will arise as they add more trains

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    Although the original justification for the flyover was to save some travel time as crossing trains, especially during rush periods. must wait a few seconds before proceeding, That reason seems absurd to spend a 1/3 of a Billion dollars, mostly federal transit dollars, on something this unneeded. It is my...

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    Although the original justification for the flyover was to save some travel time as crossing trains, especially during rush periods. must wait a few seconds before proceeding, That reason seems absurd to spend a 1/3 of a Billion dollars, mostly federal transit dollars, on something this unneeded. It is my understanding, from what I have read and heard, that this fly over track will need a long incline up from the current track level, to two stories above the current track level, a curved flat portion of the track high in the air, and a long downwards slope to get back to the current track level. This will likely have to be a slow zone for safety reasons, thus reducing or eliminating any likely expected wait time savings. A Chicago Reader story a few months ago (SEE:http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/cta-red-purple-line-bypass-time-saved/Content?oid=13300065) which checked the time saved that Mayor claimed the flyover would have saved found the Mayor to have exaggerated the actual time waiting for the current crossing of trains on the current tract by multitude of several times. The Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin found the flyover proposal unnecessary too. SEE: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-05-18/news/ct-belmont-flyover--kamin-met-0518-20140518_1_purple-line-cta-officials-cta-president-forrest-claypool
    16 buildings in the area will need to be removed, and some parking in the parking-starved Lakeview area will be removed as well: See: http://www.chicagonow.com/cta-tattler/2014/04/price-of-progress-16-buildings-to-be-razed-for-cta-belmont-flyover/
    Why can't the money be used to install elevators in all CTA train stations for the disabled? Or public rest rooms? Or escalators? Or help expand the Red Line South? Or buy more updated buses or train cars, ahead of the current schedule? These too would create jobs for Chicagoans and others, all for a much better purpose.

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27 Magazine Holders

I have 27 magazine holders/cases I'd like to give away, preferably to a charity. I know that I can drop them off at one of many local charities, but I'd prefer to give them to a charity that is going to use them. Do you know of one?

  • Drewski L Lincoln Parker, teacher

    Teachers use those a lot. Maybe a school nearby might want them.

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    I was just going to say... Check the libraries at schools around you. I'll also check with the librarian at the school I volunteer at...

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Classroom Fundraiser - Alcott Elementary

A Chromebook Today Can Help Us For Life - Ms. Lukosavich is asking for $324 for a Chromebook for her class to improve their writing and work on class assignments.

http://www.donorschoose.org/project/a-chromebook-today-can-help-us-for-life/1333901

  • glukosa teacher

    Also, if you use the code "Inspire" when you check out, your gift will be matched, essentially doubling your contribution to the project.

45 hours ago

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Memory care home for dementia - least expensive in the area?

Sorry, to be so direct about a sensitive subject but memory care is way expensive and my family has to budget the money available very closely as there are two people involved. Right now they are paying $7,000.00 a month for two and, while that is a very good price, they are living out of state and, though its a very nice facility, they beg hourly to come back to the Chicago area.. Its impossible to get costs online. Thanks very much for any information.

  • BunEBee resident since 2004

    there is a facility on Foster and the lake. i think it's called the Admiral. don't know how much it costs. there is also a methodist organization that has some apartments in andersonville but don't know if they provide alzheimer's care.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    The Admiral is very expensive

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Where can I rent an empty space for short term

Where can I rent an empty space for short term? My business needs a flexspace for assembling equipment. We only need to rent it for a few days.

  • Jen K 22-year Lakeview resident

    Can you give us a sense of how much space you need, how large the equipment is, etc.? Hotel meeting rooms can be rented without any furniture, but they might not be viable if you're assembling equipment that could potentially cause damage the floor or walls. What about a renting one of those garage-style storage units for a month?

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Two free items

I have a rocking chair (ugly but comfy) and a table top (scratched) that I'm going to give away on Free Cycle or CL, but thought I'd offer them here first. Please let me know if you very soon if are interested.

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Missing cat

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

  • Mila is still missing. Please call or text any information to 773-580-4130. Reward: $300

  • I have not found Mila but I did find a very hungry black and white cat in the alley of 1649 Barry. The cat has a black face with a thin white streak.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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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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!

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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.

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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/

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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.

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Updated 5 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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5 days ago

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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!!

5 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.

6 days ago

Updated 5 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.

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