16 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

12:22 am - 9/20/12: 3 shots

Audible from near Race and Damen, but no idea about direction. I haven't heard any sirens yet, and I'm not exactly standing in the window to look out to see what might be going on.

8 hours ago

You have 7 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

15 hours ago

4 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Lagging Left Turns Would Improve Crosswalk Safety at Complex Intersections

...of an intersection where the leading left turn poses a problem for pedestrians is across Halsted Street at Grand and Milwaukee Avenues. During the weekday afternoon rush hour, and at peak times on weekends...

This article has 1 other Chicago location (Show)

CDOT points to a successful lagging left at Huron Street and Fairbanks Court in Streeterville, near Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Previously, drivers were “unable to turn left” because people...

  • lag the "walk" sign

  • Here's a great money making opportunity for the city: Put cameras over itersections like Erie and Orleans, where during the afternoon rush hour, the drivers clog the said intersection by "blocking the box" or entering the intersection with insufficient room to accommodate their car and thus blocking the cars on the intersecting street from passing through. This isn't the only intersection in the city with this problem, but Erie and Orleans is the main Ontario bridge (Kennedy) feeder.

32 hours ago

You have 14 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

39 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Robbery at gunpoint 2100 block Erie

My neighbor was robbed at 10pm tonight at gunpoint while pulling into the garage.

2 African American males (20-25yo one with an Afro) approached him after he pulled into the garage, ordered him out if the car and onto his knees facing the wall as they rummaged through the car and took his wallet, watch and cell phone.

Be aware at night everyone, especially in the alleys. These types of robberies seem to come in waves.

  • Anonymous Andy Chicago/damen

    Was this the Erie and Ohio ally or the Erie and Huron ally?
    There was an attempted garage break-in two nights ago in the 2100 block of Huron. Between Huron and Erie. Apparently the homeowner heard something and turned off the lights and looked out the window. The person must...

    Read full comment…

    Was this the Erie and Ohio ally or the Erie and Huron ally?
    There was an attempted garage break-in two nights ago in the 2100 block of Huron. Between Huron and Erie. Apparently the homeowner heard something and turned off the lights and looked out the window. The person must have heard or seen the home owner and ran off because they did not get it. The wood around the deadbolt was damaged as they tried to break the wood to pop open the deadbolt and the back gate to the ally was left open.

    If you have windows not in reach of anyone, keep them open at night to hear any issues that can come up. This is the only way the break in did not occur.

  • Ricky ricky

    It was the Erie and Huron alley.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Lost Dog- Chihuahua!

Be on the lookout for this Lost Chihuahua! Belushi was lost at Huron & Wood in the West Town Neighborhood of Chicago on Sept 15. Please share too!

  • Btw, Erica - I think your flyers were extremely helpful and well-placed. I saw them early on and realized that it was in my area so I'd been keeping an eagle-eye out for your pup. So glad that he was found! But much of that is because you did such a good job of getting the word out. Kudos!

  • Not my dog or flyer just helping out a friend of a friend. :)

2 days ago

You have 10 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

2 days ago

2 days ago

The arrival of reform politics

If you live in the 28th ward please join "New leadership for the 28th ward" on Facebook.

2 days ago

2 days ago

2 days ago

Are you interested in playing fall basketball at Smith Park?

Smith Park is still looking for boys or girls between the ages of 13-17 to play in the fall basketball league on Saturday afternoons. Practice and games will be held in the Smith Park gym. If anyone has a child, friend or relative who may be interested in playing fall basketball, please contact Frank at 312-742-7534. The cost is $35. Season will end mid-December. You do not need to live in the West Town Community to play.

Smith Park
2526 West Grand Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60612

smithparkadvisorycouncil.org

This is Frank below, thank you for all your support! :)

2 days ago

West Town residents financing businesses

Hi, West Towners! As supporters of the stores and cafes in West Town, I wanted to share a new way to advocate for local businesses and create a stronger neighborhood economy.

Your many years of love for The Ugly Mug Cafe on Chicago Ave. has encouraged them to open for a second location. They are seeking customers, friends, and neighbors to fund a community sourced loan for the costs of construction. They chose this type of loan instead of traditional financing because they believe in the benefit of community involvement to growing the cafe and the neighborhood. FYI, they built their patio this year using this same lending method.

Check out how this works here:
http://bit.ly/ZqDYuu

2 days ago

2 days ago

Y.O.U Openhouse

Casa Central's Youth Opportunities Unlimited Program is hosting an open house this Friday Sept 19th from 5:00-7:30pm. There will be music and light refreshments served. This is a great opportunity for families to find out about the many services Y.O.U offers as well as people who are interested in volunteering with us. Feel Free to stop by.
1351 N.California Ave.

3 days ago

You have 16 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

3 days ago

3 days ago

3 days ago

3rd Meeting of Neighborhood Group - For Those in the Area Bound by Grand/Chicago/Damen/Western

If you live in the area bound by Grand/Chicago/Damen/Western, there is a new neighborhood organization forming. Our third public community meeting and will be held on Saturday September 20th at 10am at the Ukrainian Cultural Center located at 2247 W. Chicago Ave., at Oakley.

We are holding monthly steering committee meetings for the foreseeable future to serve as a public forum for your input and ideas as we work to formalize an organizational structure.

The three existing committees (community affairs,...

Read full message…

If you live in the area bound by Grand/Chicago/Damen/Western, there is a new neighborhood organization forming. Our third public community meeting and will be held on Saturday September 20th at 10am at the Ukrainian Cultural Center located at 2247 W. Chicago Ave., at Oakley.

We are holding monthly steering committee meetings for the foreseeable future to serve as a public forum for your input and ideas as we work to formalize an organizational structure.

The three existing committees (community affairs, operations, planning and preservation) will present updates and the organization name will be discussed. And we are hosting a social gathering at Tuman's Tap (Chicago & Leavitt) after the meeting.

If you cannot attend, but would still like to get involved, send us an email to

neighborhoodoptions60612@gmail.com.

To check for updates and find out about our progress and goals look here:

http://neighborhoodoptions.blogspot.com

Whether you own or rent come to make your voice heard and please share this information with your neighbors!

Thank You.

JW Glass

3 days ago

4 days ago

You have 11 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

4 days ago

4 days ago

Sep 07

Updated 4 days ago

Will Natalino's ever re-open?

Hi neighbors!

Does anyone know why Natalino's closed down a few years ago?

There is a large "license revoked" sign posted on the side, but what is the story here?

I never got the chance to try it out, but I heard the food and service were great.
This neighborhood needs a great Italian eatery!

Any idea if something will ever open up in its place?

  • Big Al WP Big Al, Your Neighborhood Pal

    Just to set the record straight, as Mr. Beef's accountant, the owner of Mr. Beef owned the building and his business partner ran the restaurant. Hope that clears up any confusion here.

  • Crain's
    Feb 11, 2009

    (Crain's) — Midwest Bank has filed a foreclosure lawsuit to collect about $650,000 on Mr. Beef, the longtime Italian beef sandwich restaurant in River North.

    The Melrose Park-based bank alleges that Mr. Beef's co-owners, Joseph Zucchero and Michael Genevese, failed to pay off two loans, totaling...

    Read full comment…

    Crain's
    Feb 11, 2009

    (Crain's) — Midwest Bank has filed a foreclosure lawsuit to collect about $650,000 on Mr. Beef, the longtime Italian beef sandwich restaurant in River North.

    The Melrose Park-based bank alleges that Mr. Beef's co-owners, Joseph Zucchero and Michael Genevese, failed to pay off two loans, totaling $330,000, when they came due in October, and missed monthly payments on a third loan, according to a complaint filed Dec. 19 in Cook Court Circuit Court.

    The loan problems aren't tied to the performance of Mr. Beef, a Chicago culinary institution at 666 N. Orleans St. The difficulties could be a simple story of restaurateurs overextending themselves at a bad time. A portion of the loans on the Mr. Beef building were used to cover costs of Natalino's, a West Town restaurant that Messrs. Zucchero and Genevese opened in March, "just on the cusp of this whole economic meltdown," Mr. Zucchero says ruefully.

    But Mr. Zucchero says Natalino's, a 120-seat restaurant... "does phenomenal, even in this market." Instead, he sees the foreclosure case as an example of how some tight-fisted lenders are squeezing small entrepreneurs.

    In addition to the Midwest Bank loans, Norridge-based Plaza Bank holds a $2-million loan secured in part by the Chicago Avenue property. The Plaza Bank loan is current, Mr. Zucchero says...

    Both banks have rebuffed efforts to refinance those loans and other debts, which total about $3.5 million, he says. Messrs. Zucchero and Genevese say they have offered to put up properties worth more than $6 million to secure the loans.

    "You'd think they (the banks) would go, 'OK, come on in and talk this out and get this thing rehashed," Mr. Zucchero says....

    Modest cost overruns made finances even tighter. Mr. Zucchero admits missing payments to Midwest Bank, but blames that in part on non-Hodgkins lymphoma that he was diagnosed with last year, which took him away from the business.

4 days ago

5 days ago

Development Update: 500 N Milwaukee Avenue is Still Waiting for Action

Development Update: 500 N Milwaukee Avenue is Still Waiting for Action

...city approved a developer's plan to wipe out the blighted stretch of buildings on Milwaukee Avenue just north of Grand and Halsted, and to erect two new structures on the busy corner, but there has...

5 days ago

What to Eat and Drink in Chicago This Week

Get started on Oktoberfest celebrations at the Dawson (730 W. Grand Ave., West Town, 312-243-8955), where $20 will get you access to unlimited Bavarian BBQ...

This article has 3 other Chicago locations (Show)

Dive in to the start of bivalve season at Chez Moi (2100 N. Halsted St., Lincoln Park, 773-871-2100), where from today through Thursday, you can get bottomless bowls of moules frites (that’s mussels and fries for you non-Francophiles) for $25 at dinnertime.

To toast to Local Root (601 N. McClurg Ct., Streeterville, 312-643-1145) on the farm-to-table spot’s second anniversary, swing by...

Block party season is winding down. Squeeze in one last stop on the circuit and pop by the 312 Urban Block Party outside of Goose Island’s Fulton Street Brewery (1800 W. Fulton St., West Town), where rare brews and music from the Breeders will come together. Pick up $10 tickets here.

5 days ago

You have 11 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

About

EveryBlock collects 25 types of news in Chicago — including articles, real estate listings, meetups and conversations neighbors are having — and organizes it by location. Here is all the recent news and discussion near 650-677 N. Union Ave.

Upcoming events

Sat

Sun

Fri

View full calendar →

Thousands of neighbors connect and get their news via EveryBlock, including:

Kenn Desparrois Abe Froman Joey Matt Z Herring Eleni Apostolopoulos Katsoulis Kelley Blair Michelle Quiros Tom Larsen Daniela Milan Souza Chris Foltz Mary Gelber

You're 60 seconds from creating an account and joining them…

or
Enter your email address