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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

  • Nora H 11year Lakeview resident, member ELVN.

    That is great Anita, thank you. I live in a high rise so can't take advantage but hope others will.

  • I will definitely take some. Thanks for caring and sharing. I have wanted to plant some along with wildflowers for awhile now.

  • wonderful! thank you!

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Medical marijuana dispensary proposed on Halsted St. near medical facilities

On Monday the South East Lake View Neighbors [SELVN] discussed a proposed medical marijuana dispensary to be located at 2843 N. Halsted St., a now vacant two-story building in a mixed commercial-residential strip. The Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to meet on the matter on Nov. 21.

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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.

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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.)

  • DougB 47th Ward Curmudgeon

    Ugh. I hear you. I am around the corner on Byron. They dug up a spot right in front of my house, where there was no streetlight, and they're putting one in. It's going to shine full on into my windows. I hate to complain about getting new streetlights, but what was wrong with old ones? why do I get the feeling some politician thinks this makes them look good? Besides these particular lights look like they belong in a retail area, not a quiet sidestreet.

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We heard great things about EveryBlock and wanted to check it out.

Storytown is a fully improvised show put on by our “Townies” for you and your family. Performed every Saturday at 10:30 am – you will be laughing right along with your kids.
This is not just any old improv show! Sure you’ll giggle and be awed by the talent of our actors – but there’s more! Once our audience members give us the suggestions we need to create our special story, we have other elements that bring it to life! We have very talented musicians who provide accompaniment for our actors. From spooky songs to merry melodies, our musicians provide it – ON THE SPOT!

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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.

  • BJ Lakeview Landlord

    The Center on Halsted offers classes.

  • @ 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.

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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!

  • A great place to meet people, find coffee/wine/book clubs, and explore Chicago is through Meetup.com. When you go to their website, type "Lakeview" in the search window and you will find groups that meet in your area. One meetup group that I highly recommend to explore Chicago neighborhoods is "Windy City Explorers." Good luck and welcome to Chicago

  • Venson Kuchipudi 2427-2429 Clybourn Association President

    Welcome to Chicago. My wife moved here from Ohio (Toledo) and I'm from Michigan. You should go to McGees during a Buckeye game and you'll meet a lot of transplants.

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  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    RENOVATE AN EXISTING RESTAURANT TENANT SPACE FOR NEW GLAZE RESTAURANT.WORK TO INCLUDE NEW INTERIOR FINISHES & COOKING EQUIPMENT UNDER EXISTING KITCHEN HOOD, NEW LIGHTING & REBALANCE EXISTING HVAC SYSTEM. NO PLUMBING WORK, EXISTING FIXTURES TO REMAIN FOR REUSE.

    3112 N. Broadway Issued October 22, 2014 Comment

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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!

  • Thank you all for your referrals and insights on sealing products - I greatly appreciate it! I've called a few contractors for quotes and plan to get this done when the weather is dry enough in the spring. Thanks, again!

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Book Clubs

Anyone know of an East Lake View book club that is expanding membership?
Finishing Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior (big Kingsolver fan) and hoping to find a group that plans to discuss this or others of her books. (fyi: GoodReads has a video interview with her that you might want to check out.)

  • Lindsey G. New to Lakeview/Chicago

    I am interested in joining. I am new to the area.

  • K M

    ARGH. We never really got this off the ground....but welcome to Lakeview!

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Where to donate mini toiletries

Does anyone know where I can donate mini toiletries? I have so many from hotel stays/birthday gifts/holiday gifts - and I really just don't use them. I was wondering if anyone knew where I can give these away?

  • Also best not to donate mini-mouthwashes as many contain alcohol and are not accepted by organizations anyhow.

  • so many great causes and such a great idea! i have hundreds of these from years of business travel, and it's clear that i will never use them. i'm going to drop off today!

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10 Things to Do

...comedy, seeing him live is better. October 25, 8 p.m. $25-$35. Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway St., 773-327-3175...

This article has 6 other Chicago locations (Show)

...23, 5:30 p.m. Free, but space is limited and RSVP required. Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St., 312–335–1650...

...the current state of musical theater. Through Nov. 2. $33-$100. Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St., 800-775-2000...

...despite their dapper tuxedos. October 30, 5 p.m. $18, Shedd members $9. Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312-939-2438...

...restaurant. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. Tru, 676 N. St. Clair St. Reservations for lunch at Tru during the auction is $75 and can be made by...

...of India. Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m. $20. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., 312-334-7777. Here's a sample from "Raag Rageshri...

...the school break, this is a good bet. Dec. 17-21. $25-$75. Chicago Theatre (175 N. State St.), 800-745-3000...

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Peoples Gas, what's going on?

For the third time this year, Peoples Gas has been working on the 3600 block of North Ashland Avenue. Just one month after the street had been smoothly repaved they came back and started ripping it apart all over again. Now we have five metal plates that rattle the homes along the way and the noise doesn't allow for a good night sleep. They have extended the "No Parking" ban all along the block for yet another week but nobody shows up to work even on sunny days. I am afraid the constant shaking is going to take a toll on the homes in the area. Does anybody know how to go about reporting this?

  • Herecomestheman Character assassin.

    Peoples infrastructure is the same as most in this country. Water mains,sewers and bridges are all crumbling and in need of updating. There are a lot of things that should have been replaced 50 years ago.

  • C'mon it's Peoples and the City of Chicago, two of the most inept and inefficient entities on earth, and you want sense, efficiency and coordination?

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