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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.

  • 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.”

  • Bob

    For detailed demographic census data re income, occupation, education, housing, family, and transportation characteristics [9pp, downloadable] of the area centered around Diversey/ Clark/ Broadway, please see the Everyblock post: Diversey/ Clark/ Broadway Related Issues. Click the link in the first comment.

    Link to the Diversey/ Clark/ Broadway Related Issues main post:

    http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/dec22-diversey-clark-broadway-related-issues-6577338/

    At the above main post, you’ll find links to plans of many of the proposed developments.

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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?

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    What a shame! I still miss the Japanese import store...

  • MarkThomas2015 Candidate for 44th Ward Alderman.

    Thank you all so much for the words of both kindness, and wisdom. The memories are endless, aren't they? :)

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Jan 21

Updated 9 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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Valentines Day 2015: events with heart

Ceres’ Table's, newish location in Lakeview at 3124 N. Broadway has it all from ambient atmosphere to an  exceptional and relatively affordable menu.  The 4...

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Barbecue fans can indulge in some pretty special specials at Chicago q (1160 N. Dearborn Street).  A special Valentine menu will be available February 13 through February 15.  Specials include: Appetizer...

Shaw’s Crab House (21 E. Hubbard St.) offers a triple threat on Valentine's Weekend. The 1940s-style seafood emporium with retro leather banquets, polished wood floors, and Art Deco touches is offering:

River Roast (315 N. LaSalle St.) where "roasts" are king and meant to be shared by two is featuring their whole roasted chicken, big fish, roast beef, rack of pork and boatload of veggies--all shareable entrees.

Plus River Roast's Blues & Brews Brunch the weekend of Valentine's Day (February 14th and 15th), will feature Nick and Kate Moss, a husband and wife duo, and two of Chicago...

Eataly, Chicago's go-to food hall (43 E. Ohio St.) will be hosting a one-night pop-up food event on Valentine's Day featuring...

Trump Chicago (401 N. Wabash Avenue) is offering a variety of Valentine packages this February (all month) starting at $529 for...

ACME Hotel (15 E. Ohio Street) has put together a Twisted Romance package for Valentine’s Day--because, as they say, "every love life needs a little twist, right?"

Cowshed Spa at Soho House Chicago (113-125 N. Green Street) is offering a special Valentine's day rub at their Soho House Chicago's Cowshed spa.

Whether it's your first date or your golden anniversary Royal George Theatres' (1641 N. Halsted Ave.) new musical comedy First Date about the most dangerous human endeavor in existence - the dreaded blind date should put a smile on your face.

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The Last Supper Club in Chicago

...1969 Mr. Badonsky opened his first restaurant, The Brewery, an upscale hamburger stand in the 3100 block of North Broadway. Tango was next, serving grouper and swordfish in the Belmont Hotel and establishing one of...

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George's opened in 1978 at 230 W. Kinzie in the shadow of the Merchandise Mart. The supper club hit stride in 1985, reopening after a devastating 1984 fire. The legacy of a good supper club generally includes a fire. George's closed for good in 1991.

...50s in dignity and spirit. The Chez Paree opened in 1932 at what is now 610 N. Fairbanks Ct. and closed in 1960. Their diverse booking policy included Sammy Davis, Jr., gospel great Mahalia...

...the 1960s and early 1970s closer to the future George's at Mister Kelly's, 1028 N. Rush (now the site of Gibson's Steakhouse) and the London House, 360 N. Michigan that...

...s, 1028 N. Rush (now the site of Gibson's Steakhouse) and the London House, 360 N. Michigan that featured jazz pianists Ahmad Jamal, Ramsey Lewis and Dave Brubeck. On a smaller scale...

...On a smaller scale in 1961 jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal operated his Club Alhambra at 1321 S. Michigan Ave., and even recorded a live album there for Chess Records. Mr. Badonsky booked Jamal for...

...jug wines by the glass as early as 1972. Next, in 1976 at Le Bastille, 21 W. Superior, he navigated a transition between the previous owner's Paris street food and his own...

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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

Updated 29 hours ago

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 34 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.

  • d3 NOH

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

36 hours ago

Revealed: Iliana Regan's Bakery Heading to Oyster Pail Space in Lakeview

Look for the Michelin-starred "new gatherer" chef's micro bakery to open at 2928 N. Broadway this spring.

39 hours ago

Super Bowl Bet Between Two Chicago Bars Puts Dyed Hair, Booze on the Line

Hill opened Brendan's, 3169 N. Broadway, in 2006 and it's been a Pats bar since. Newport, 1344 W. Newport Ave., started hosting local Seahawks supporters, Hawks Nest Chicago, in 2013.

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Hill opened Brendan's, 3169 N. Broadway, in 2006 and it's been a Pats bar since. Newport, 1344 W. Newport Ave., started hosting local Seahawks supporters, Hawks Nest Chicago, in 2013.

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From Food Truck to Five Restaurants: 5411 Empanadas Announces Three New Locations

Their original location near the Lakeview and Lincoln Park borders at 2850 N. Clark St. was a base for their food truck operations. It opened in 2012. They opened their second location in July at 2045 W. North Ave.

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Management announced the addition of three new locations, as reported by DNAinfo. One is slated to open next month at 1659 W. Division St. inside the Holiday Jones hostel, giving the empanada makers a second Wicker Park site. They'll serve breakfast, lunch and dinner there.

The Loop gets their chance at baked empanada goodness early this summer when 5411 opens a restaurant at 175 N. Franklin St. Near the same time they have designs on a Southport Corridor spot at 3715 N. Southport Ave.

The Loop gets their chance at baked empanada goodness early this summer when 5411 opens a restaurant at 175 N. Franklin St. Near the same time they have designs on a Southport Corridor spot at 3715 N. Southport Ave.

Their original location near the Lakeview and Lincoln Park borders at 2850 N. Clark St. was a base for their food truck operations. It opened in 2012. They opened their second location in July at 2045 W. North Ave.

2 days ago

Where Superfans Will Watch the Super Bowl in Chicago

3349 N. Halsted. St., sidetrackchicago.com

3169 N. Broadway St., brendanspubchicago.com

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1344 W. Newport Ave., thenewportchicago.com

1147 W. Armitage Ave., tripolitap.com

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