6 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

So, what's going happening on Waveland and Sheffield outside Wrigley?

Last week, they put up barricades along the sidewalks on the west side of Sheffield and the south side of Waveland. And they took out a lane of parking on both streets, too, redrawing lanes for vehicular traffic. The "no parking" signs posted only go through Sept. 30.

Anybody have any idea what's going on here?

  • Oh I am not complaining about the improvements. I too welcome them. I just don't think the public should be footing the bill for a private entity. The Ricketts (who are billionaires) originally asked the city and state for public money to fix their private property. Thankfully, the state and...

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    Oh I am not complaining about the improvements. I too welcome them. I just don't think the public should be footing the bill for a private entity. The Ricketts (who are billionaires) originally asked the city and state for public money to fix their private property. Thankfully, the state and city said no (wish they would have said no when the Sox built that monstrosity on the South Side). I also don't think the taxpayers should be footing the bill to build an arena for DePaul in the South Loop (or a stupid hotel next to it).

    My only complaint in this post is who is paying for the utility relocation work? Because it should be the Cubs.

    I love Wrigley Field and I can't wait to see the improvements. Hopefully, they will lead to a better product on the field as well.

  • Tom Zullo Lakeview Resident 16 years and counting!

    @ El . . .I agree to some point regarding your above email. Glad to see yor support as well : )

    Unfortunately, the model of cities supporting professional sports has been long standing and with the Rickett's they are tackling a majority if not nearly all costs minus public...

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    @ El . . .I agree to some point regarding your above email. Glad to see yor support as well : )

    Unfortunately, the model of cities supporting professional sports has been long standing and with the Rickett's they are tackling a majority if not nearly all costs minus public funding. They couold argue that every other city would have open arms to have the Cubs with an open check book yet they have not.

    That said, we should not be overly flexible with our public pocket book but just the same, if the City is footing the bill on utilities I actually would not complain because it is a small percentage considering the massive cost of this rehab overall.

    The DePaul project I am against. Where is the logic to build a venue like this that has no train access to the property? Students and student life benefit from a venue like this when it is on campus and or commuter friendly. All they are doing is reeling it in from the burbs (previous location) with a purpose of serving another need not DePaul and the sport's program. Who you kidding Mayor!

5 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Helicopter circling last night

Anyone know what was going on with the circling helicopter last night? This was aroun 10:45 just northwest of Milwaukee/Kimball. Lasted almost 30 minutes.

5 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Methadone clinic!

Yesterday, there are flyers going around in the neighborhood concerning a new methadone clinic being opened on Belmont Ave. and Oakley .I called the 32nd Ward office and confirmed this. This is not a rumor but a fact. I don't understand this type of business being allowed before asking the residents first. Not saying that people don't deserved to be helped but maybe in a medical district might be an appropriate setting. Also I understand that the State is responsible for allowing this zoning regulation to happen. This makes me very nervous , be aware.

3 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Christmas in August (almost Sept.)

I have 20 rolls of Christmas wrapping paper (mostly unopened) that I am never going to use. Does anyone need it? Or does anyone know of a charity or church group who might want it. Thanks!

  • Gloria P. 22-year resident of Roscoe Village

    Hi Claire, Sorry I'm just seeing your message. I can pick it up tomorrow or Wednesday evening if that works for you. Anytime after 6pm. Let me know. Thanks!

  • Gloria-Wednesday evening would be fine-let me know what time is good for you. Can you meet me in front of my storage space (Uncle Bob's) at Broadway & Addison?

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3 days ago

Updated 23 hours 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.

  • Jill W. Inter-American Magnet School advocate

    Windy City Sweets on Broadway

  • Carter O'Brien my kingdom to end the Belmont bus bunching

    I haven't been there in years, but Nuts on Clark used to have a good selection.

27 hours ago

5 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Buying a Condo

Thinking about buying a Condo around Milwaukee and Central Park.
Any feedback on the area? Are there any plans for new retail in that section of Milwaukee ave?

Thanks

  • @Jen 2 bdr is too much for me. I just need a studio or 1 bdr at the very most. I keep seeing those studio apts I mentioned all over Craigslist and they're renting for $865 and all utilities included and was wondering if anyone could tell me about that building or renting there. I know this is not what thread is about but the area is.

  • I can't tell you about renting there per se but it is a great location that I'm sad to leave. I did Google the Goldblatts lofts and it appears the 1-beds are around $1400, 2 beds are around $1900 and 3-beds for $2300. Seems like a studio would be priced around what you said. Good luck!

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2 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Van Stolen with Everything in it

Hey Guys,

On May 2nd, I was moving a bunch of stuff back home and I decided to stop by a friends place about 11 PM that night (Friday).

The Van, a Mercury Villager 1995 which was the vehicle I was driving, was parked on the corner of Lakeshore Drive and Brompton. It was full of my belongings including a Guitar, Amp and a bunch of sneakers. Because of the fact that I parked on lakeshore drive in front of...

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Hey Guys,

On May 2nd, I was moving a bunch of stuff back home and I decided to stop by a friends place about 11 PM that night (Friday).

The Van, a Mercury Villager 1995 which was the vehicle I was driving, was parked on the corner of Lakeshore Drive and Brompton. It was full of my belongings including a Guitar, Amp and a bunch of sneakers. Because of the fact that I parked on lakeshore drive in front of that condo building (Where my friend lives), I had a sense of security so I fell asleep. Unfortunately, I woke up the next day around 6AM to only walk outside and see that my Van was missing. I looked everywhere, checked every pound and had no luck what so ever. I was hoping that the city moved it so I waited at Recreation drive to see if my van would arrive and it didn't. Like an Idiot, I should've just went home and unloaded but after a long day of moving, I was done. Lesson Learned? Absolutely but if anyone could help with any leads, that would be greatly appreciated. Attached is a photo of the Van.

Be careful, Lakeview is starting to become a hot spot for shady business. I went to a few buildings to see if they saw anything and they all shared stories of auto thefts, break ins around that area.

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    Oscar, I'm glad you already reported it stolen to authorities and have been checking sites! I was curious since you waited almost 4 months to post on here! Good luck!

  • Philip Independent Business owner ,47th. ward since 1968

    It's probably too late now , but if you could have checked the buildings security cameras or others in the neighborhood you may have seen if it was towed by away possibly not by the CPD. Some car thieves use tow vehicle's . Big story on the news a while back about a scrap yard found with many stolen cars on property being brought in by private pirates , I mean tow trucks. Security cameras are everywhere .

39 hours ago

5 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

suspicious guy going door to door

Just had a guy (about 20 years old) come to my door. Said he wanted to buy a house on our street (3000 block of Gresham) and asked if we were selling. Had a camera and notebook and was going door to door. Seemed weird because I don't know many 20 year olds buying houses, plus there's already 3 homes for sale on our block and that didn't seem like a legit way to find a property to buy. Not sure if I'm overreacting but only wanted to put it out there for anyone else to be on the look out just in case.

  • llitman I'm a happy resident and have been here for years.

    Last month another person on everyblock mentioned something similar and people commented. It sounds like he was gathering information and scoping your property out to rob you. I'd bring this up with your neighbors if you can. There have been a lot of "house-flippers" in a lot of neighborhoods that are really gathering information to learn when is the best time to break into people's houses.

  • Alex52 20 something enjoying the city

    Any questions about when you or your neighbors are home. Weather your neighbors know you well and would look out for your place. Stuff like that could all be suspect

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Found: Orange cat, long tail, very sweet

Hey folks. We found an incredibly sweet, very skinny orange tabby cat (possibly an adolescent) with a strangely long tail in the alley between monticello and central park by belmont. It has a collar but no address or tag and is a bit beat up and hungry. This cat is clearly an indoor cat that got out. We lured it into our backyard and gave it food... if it's still around on a business day we will call the Treehouse. If anyone knows this cat, please drop a line.

The picture we took is apparently too large for the page, but we do have a couple of pictures, if you want them.

  • If you take the cat to a vet, they can check to see if it has a chip which will identify it and its owner.

  • I've sent the images on to your email, Hilary! I will look for the little guy each night and try to capture it if it turns out to be yours. I hope so.

2 days ago

Need cement work in yard

I need some cement taken out and repoured in yard. (Broken sidewalk). Area about 20ft by 6ft. Can anyone please recommend a cement company. Thanks!!

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Get your tickets to Logan Square's Interior House & Garden Walk!

The Logan Square Preservation 2014 House and Garden Walk is on Saturday September 13th! Interior tours of Logan Square's turn-of-the-century homes available for view between the hours of 10AM-5PM. This is your chance to view some of the most beautiful architecture in Chicago.

The event also includes access to four striking area gardens and the Old Holy Resurrection SerbianOrthodox Church, the first religious institution of its kind in Chicago.

Most homes and gardens on the walk are located on Palmer...

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The Logan Square Preservation 2014 House and Garden Walk is on Saturday September 13th! Interior tours of Logan Square's turn-of-the-century homes available for view between the hours of 10AM-5PM. This is your chance to view some of the most beautiful architecture in Chicago.

The event also includes access to four striking area gardens and the Old Holy Resurrection SerbianOrthodox Church, the first religious institution of its kind in Chicago.

Most homes and gardens on the walk are located on Palmer Square, a pocket neighborhood of Logan Square, one of Chicago’s most historic and vibrant communities. The seven-acre Square recently was redeveloped by the City to include a children's play space, walking trails, soft surface jogging trail, open lawn areas, lighting, seating, and landscaping.

Visitors are highly encouraged to take in the Walk at a leisurely pace and also explore the surrounding neighborhood, now home to many award-winning, ethnic and eclectic restaurants.

Advance tickets are now on sale for $25; day of event tickets are $30. Get your tickets today online at www.logansquarepreservation.org or this Sunday at the Logan Square Farmer's Market!

Request further information from logansquarehousewalk@gmail.com.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Great Cookies! - Cookies By Design - 1238 W. Belmont

Just want to point out a great little Lakeview business I have come across, "Cookies by Design". The make awesome cookies of every type size and taste. They have really impressive gifts for those who have a sweet tooth. Don't take my word for it, they have a five cookie sampler for $5 that is to "die for...". Its nice having these smaller stores take root in Lakeview and as residents we should do our best to support them. This...

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Just want to point out a great little Lakeview business I have come across, "Cookies by Design". The make awesome cookies of every type size and taste. They have really impressive gifts for those who have a sweet tooth. Don't take my word for it, they have a five cookie sampler for $5 that is to "die for...". Its nice having these smaller stores take root in Lakeview and as residents we should do our best to support them. This place is super clean, the cookies are great and the service friendly and fast.

This is my shameless plug of a local business but its honest. Try and stop by when you can. Its worth it. They are near Cooper's restaurant. across from the Wit Theater and Theatre 773.

Cookies by Design
1238 West Belmont
773-880-046
www.cookiesbydesign.com
Have a great Labor Day weekend.

  • By my count they have stores in 34 states.

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    So every neighborhood business that is owned by a local franchisee is, by definition, not worthy of being considered a local business? Tough crowd.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

New Condos in 3500 Block of Elston?

I am looking to buy a condo in Avondale area. These condo buildings (3501 to 3509) on the north side of Elston Ave look great. Only two buildings seem to be occupied. The other three are under construction right now. Do anyone have any ideas of when the new ones will be put for sale? Being right next to Elston ave, will it be a little bit noisy? I am new to the city, any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  • ht ...

    Not too bad of noise. Keep in mind, ñ is across the street. They get a late night crowd on Tue, Wed, Fri Sat. That maybe fine now, but for resale it maybe a bit of a pain.

    Are you working with a RE agent? I am a lifelong Chicagoan, and was born down the street on Artesian and Shubert. Also, as a real estate agent, I'd love to sit down and have coffee to give you a bit more insight of my firsthand knowledge. I will PM you.

  • Hi Zhisc. There is currently 1 unit available in the 3503 N Elston building. It is a 3 bed 2 bath listed for $260,000. Please give me a call if you would like to take a look at it. 773.370.6781 HT - you are thinking about the building at Elston and Rockwell. The buildings they are talking about is by Cheif O'Neils.

  • Laura Neighbor

    I just moved in very close to that, and don't see the noise as an issue. The fire department is right there, but they're pretty courteous and don't seem to put the sirens on unless totally necessary. I really like it over here.

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3 days ago

  • Moving Sale

    2321 W. Barry Ave., Chicago August 30, 2014 @ 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

4 days ago

Logan Square's House & Garden Walk- Sept 13th- Interior Tours Available!

The Logan Square Preservation 2014 House and Garden Walk is on Saturday September 13th! Interior tours of Logan Square's turn-of-the-century homes mansions available for view between the hours of 10AM-5PM. Get your tickets today online at www.logansquarepreservation.org or this Sunday at the Logan Square Farmer's Market!

4 days ago

Botched 'Anti-homeless' Barricades in Avondale Cost At Least $45K So Far

Full article on DNAinfo: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140829/avondale/botched-anti-homeless-barricades-avondale-cost-at-least-45k-so-far

"A revised project plan from the city shows the height of the barriers being reduced 2 feet, but the hollow barricades will need to be redone. The revised plan also includes a reduction of the barriers' slope from a sharp 63 degrees to 34 degrees."

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Aug 05

Updated 4 days ago

Bikes Stolen from Closed Garage!

Hello all, Mine and my husband's bikes were stolen last night from our closed/locked, private garage which opens to alley. We've filed a police report, listed it on chicago.stolenbike.org, bikeindex.org, and posted to FB, Twitter, Find Stolen Bikes (Chicago), SBR Chicago.
New Men's Cannondale Synapse 6 Tiagra 2013 Black Road Bike (black frame, white lettering, drop handlebars, clipless pedals, front/rear LED lights)
Women's Trek 7.5 FX WSD 2010 Satin Cherry Red Hybrid Bike (red frame, white lettering, flat handlebars, rear fender only, front/rear LED lights, bell on left handle, missing wheel reflectors)
Please keep an eye out for these two bikes and message me with news/advice! Thank you so much!

  • Bike thefts seem to be picking up (or at least getting more brazen) in the neighborhood - my Fuji SL1 Pro (red/black/white) was stolen on 8/8 from behind a locked gate in our back ally (Surf & Broadway). More than 1 person must have been involved to jump the gate...

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    Bike thefts seem to be picking up (or at least getting more brazen) in the neighborhood - my Fuji SL1 Pro (red/black/white) was stolen on 8/8 from behind a locked gate in our back ally (Surf & Broadway). More than 1 person must have been involved to jump the gate and lift the bike up and over it. The bike is never parked there and was stolen between 9 PM and 9 AM friday night - someone was clearly out looking for items to steal - with flashlights looking into locked and gated areas. I filed a police report, stolen bike registry (local and national), etc. I wish the police had the ability to pay more attention to bike thefts - this bike was worth more than what I sold my past used car for. It's grand theft. It also seems to go with the broken windows theory... if they can get away with bike thefts or car breakins on a regular basis, what's next?

  • Deb

    We have had our bikes and our kids bikes stolen a few times. We now lock our bikes inside our garage. It was a bit of a hassle installing a bike rack into the wall of our garage and it's a pain to have to lock our bike each time we use it but we've gone a couple years now without our bikes being stolen.

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Looking for a Cabin Rental by a lake

The Hubby and I need to get outta here. Google and Bing has been no help as there are a TON of listings and getting thru them is just a pain. We want a semi private cabin with a bathroom where we can kick off our shoes and relax. Nothing over $120 a night. I figure someone here has got to know of a place. It will be just the two of us.

Aug 26

Updated 5 days ago

Belmont Kedzie viaduct

Does anyone know whats going on over there on Belmont and Kedzie they started working on closing up the bridge but it seems everything has stopped.

  • I don't like the homeless living in there (didn't like walking past at 6:30 am when some are clearly drunk and/or high and I'm alone), but being tunneled in is even worse.

    However, this halfsie business where they just left it looks like garbage! In typical style they don't know what to do so they just left it unfinished and it looks awful and makes the hood look like trash :/

  • teresa avondale concerned citizen

    I agree with you whole heartedly it doesn't look very good and I honestly felt safer before the add ons. Who do we contact about this situation?

5 days ago

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6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Bunny on the loose

I saw what is believed to be a domestic rabbit in the Ravenswood alley between Grace and Waveland last night around 8:00 P.M.. He was slightly closer to Waveland cruising around the trash and recycle bins. He was a caramel/butterscotch color. Please be on the lookout and help get to safety at Red Door Animal Shelter.

  • There are rabbits all over the place

    I see them more often than squirrels these days

  • LJA Paulina Neighbor

    Thanks Louise! Being a bunny owner myself I know how ignorant some people are when they adopt one thinking they are an "easy" pet and when they find out they need as much attention as other pets they think they can just let them loose. I adopted a rabbit form...

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    Thanks Louise! Being a bunny owner myself I know how ignorant some people are when they adopt one thinking they are an "easy" pet and when they find out they need as much attention as other pets they think they can just let them loose. I adopted a rabbit form Red Door Animal Shelter that the sanitation dept had found in the garbage. There is a very big difference between those you'll find in the wild and those that were breed to be pets so as Louise said if can capture safely the Red Door will take the poor thing!

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Lots of positive change coming to Lake View High School....

Lots of community support coalescing around the school....

http://eepurl.com/0Zz1X

  • "You are absolutely right! Everyone is getting behind the new principal.

    On Saturday, August 23rd, about 70 people; neighbors, parents, grandparents, teachers, students, community members (including a dozen from Graceland West, the immediate neighborhood) and leaders from several other neighborhood organizations, the LVHS LSC, Alderman Pawar and others joined Principal...

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    "You are absolutely right! Everyone is getting behind the new principal.

    On Saturday, August 23rd, about 70 people; neighbors, parents, grandparents, teachers, students, community members (including a dozen from Graceland West, the immediate neighborhood) and leaders from several other neighborhood organizations, the LVHS LSC, Alderman Pawar and others joined Principal Scott Grens for the Lake View High School Beautification Day. Rep. Ann Williams and Friends of Ameya Pawar (PAC) donated the paint. Lake View Partners, the newly launched non-profit to support Lake View and Grow 47, Alderman Pawar's initiative for schools sponsored the event.

    Volunteers were organized into small teams and then painted the interior front entrance, library and several other rooms, moved in new equipment and furniture, cleaned all the lockers, removed any remaining tape left over from the prior school year, washed windows, moved landscaping stones and more. There were about 20 major projects. The school was already gleaming when volunteers started and the finishing touches just made everything even more welcoming for students, faculty and administrators.

    Everyone, students, faculty, staff, neighbors, elected officials worked together for four hours then met up for lunch. Great effort. Great results. Great community teamwork.

    A BIG THANKS to everyone who helped.

    Thanks also to those who participated in the LVHS Architectural Tour on August 3rd".

Aug 26

Updated 5 days ago

our logan square nursery, les petits amis nursery is opening another location in avondale!

we are a family owned home nursery in logan square. we are a bilingual montessori and reggio emilia based infant and toddler program. we are expanding into avondale and are looking to enroll 4 children while we are processing our new license. please post your email address so i can let you into our google site for info!

  • I'd be interested too. besimon21@gmail.com

  • les petits amis nursery logan square les petits nursery logan square

    hi there, i will add all of you to our google site so you can browse some info. ill also email you for more details. if you would like to check out our fb group for anecdotal pictures of our activities please search les petits amis and i will confirm your request.

    thanks!
    alex

6 days ago

Looking for service to pick up my dog from day care

Looking for someone to pick up my dog from day care and bring him to my house at 6:00 p.m., when I have to stay late at work. Day care is within walking distance to my home. Do you know of anyone who provides this service?

Jul 19

Updated 6 days ago

Dr. Olivia Forys

I got a letter saying that my GP, Dr. Olivia Forys, is leaving her practice with Rush. I'd really like to keep her as my doctor, but the letter didn't say where she is going (if anywhere in Chicago). If anyone has information, it would be much appreciated. I certainly hope she's doing OK.

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    Her contract probably prevents her from sharing this information. I would wait a couple of months, then check HealthGrades for updated office informaion

  • Thanks, Robin!

  • She ended up at
    NorthShore Medical Group - Des Plaines
    9301 Golf Rd. Suite 302
    Des Plaines, IL 60016
    847.296.8151

6 days ago

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Aug 25

Updated Aug 26

Exterminator needed

Can anyone recommend an exterminator that service the north side of chicago. Just want someone reliable and reasonably priced. Thanks.

Allen

Aug 24

Updated Aug 26

Spanish conversation through cinema

¡Hola!

As my summer Spanish conversation class comes to an end, I would like to inform you of my next session for this fall: SPANISH CONVERSATION THROUGH CINEMA. We will be using a few Spanish/ Hispanic/ Latin American movies as point of departure to improve conversation (all levels). I am excited!

If you are too, let me know.

Details:
8-week session/$275
1.5 hours/Wednesday evenings
In other words: 12 hours/session = $23/hour
17 September - 5 November (To be confirmed)

We meet Wednesday evenings at Pizzeria Serio in Lakeview, 7 to 8:30 pm, although sometimes we have class in different venues (park, another restaurant, etc.)

Cordialmente,

María Luisa
www.conmarialuisa.com
www.facebook.com/conmarialuisa

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