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Bikes Stolen from Garage

My neighbor and I (and maybe more?) both had our garages broken into last night and only the adult bikes stolen. We have reported to 311. Anyone know where these creeps unload the bikes? I will check Craigslist but I am curious if there is a likely shop or two where they go. Thanks!

  • Sighryn Roscoe resident

    What is your cross street, please? I'm at ravenswood and roscoe. The garages under the el tracks get hit all the time.

  • Hamilton and School. They got our whole block last night. So awful.

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Thursday morning fight in east lakeview?

Did anyone hear a fight early Thursday morning around surf and sheridan? It sounded pretty ugly but by the time I tried to get to a window it was over.

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Physical Festival @ Links Hall

...Physical Festival of physical theatre runs July 25-Aug. 2 in Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave. Tonight's performances are Next Door at 7pm and Circo de Tu Corazón at...

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Gang Activity, Violence and Drug Dealing 2800-2900 Block of Hamlin Avenue

It seems like gang bangers and drug dealers have moved into a house or apartment in this area over the last three months. A very large group just hangs out, usually after 6pm until like midnight in front of a fire hydrant, just hanging out on their porch selling drugs and getting really, really drunk and loud. They also are down by Hamlin and George and walk back and forth to seemingly avoid the police. Does anyone know about this...

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It seems like gang bangers and drug dealers have moved into a house or apartment in this area over the last three months. A very large group just hangs out, usually after 6pm until like midnight in front of a fire hydrant, just hanging out on their porch selling drugs and getting really, really drunk and loud. They also are down by Hamlin and George and walk back and forth to seemingly avoid the police. Does anyone know about this and whether the police are doing something about it? It is really bad. Heard three gunshots last night and my kids are scared to go outside with them there. I have called the police but they usually don't respond and it just seems to be getting worse. Suggestions?

  • I heard 2 shots around 9 or 10p? They sounded faint. Make sure to call the police when that happens. It might even be best to send an e-mail with everyone cc'd. CAPS office, Alderman, police chief? Then at least you'd have a "paper trail".

  • Yes it was 2 shots around 10. Very loud so it must have been right by me. I'm right at 2915 Hamlin. I am definitely going to call cops every time I hear something and email the alderman. Thanks for the tips. Let's get these guys out of here!

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The Best Things to Do in Chicago This August, in One Giant List

...s planners set the course for making In C an annual thing. $35–$40. Constellation, 3111 N. Western. constellation-chicago.com

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...on Europe’s early response to Nazism. Matt Hawkins directs. $24–$28. Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway. strawdog.org

Through 8/24 Tommy Lee Johnston’s new comedy centers on a painfully shy 30-year-old named Jack who gets a job at a retirement home. When the residents take him under their collective wing, it’s heartwarming life lessons all around. $25–$35. Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr. redtwist.org

...group. Needless to say, things do not go as planned. $20–$86. Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted. steppenwolf.org

...in the Midwest thanks to Sideshow Theatre Company. $20–$25. Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater 2433 N. Lincoln. sideshowtheatre.org

...goods somehow darkens to include murder, mayhem, and lethal cake balls. $5–$20. Prop Theater, 3502 N. Elston. thefactorytheater.com

...also see the plays divvied up into smaller chunks of time. $30–$75. Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee. the-hypocrites.com

...a paper-thin love story involving the man behind the mole. $250–$350. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. lookingglasstheatre.org

...for an array of women, ranging from society ladies to prostitutes. $20–$28. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. eclipsetheatre.com

...immigrants working there. Foss aims for the same heart-wrenching, stomach-turning impact. Oracle Theatre, 3809 N. Broadway. publicaccesstheatre.org

Through 8/3 Kaiser Ahmed directs the Chicago premiere of Sam Shepard’s 2000 eruption between volatile, combative siblings as they sift through the belongings of their late alcoholic father, who lived in a rundown desert home. $28–$32. Artistic Home, 1376 W. Grand. theartistichome.org

...Company (see “What to Do in Chicago in April - Theatre: Comedies”). $37–$50. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. timelinetheatre.com

...s earlier Reasons to Be Pretty (produced at Profiles in 2011). $30–$40. Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway...

...debility than how it affects her complicated yet enduring marriage. $20–22. Steep Theatre Company, 1115 W. Berwyn. steeptheatre.com

...both of whom are seeking solace amid an atmosphere of destruction. $20. Christ Lutheran Church, 4541 N. Spaulding. halcyontheatre.org...

...former featherweight boxer Berry Gordy, Jr. $30–$138. Broadway in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph. broadwayinchicago.com

...enthusiasts, and anyone whose heart is two sizes too small. $18–$28. Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand. chicagoshakes.com

...the latest of its impeccably sung, indomitably upbeat musical offerings. $55–$65. Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark. blackensembletheater.org

St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron. rushhour.org

...of “Lips Like Sugar”? Today the band tours on a new album, Meteorites. $30. Metro, 3730 N. Clark. metrochicago.com

...any contemporary indie act. English rocker Steve Winwood opens. $51.50–$131.50. United Center, 1901 W. Madison. unitedcenter.com

8/3 at 8 The Irish rockabilly singer and multi-instrumentalist puts a sonic twist on the thoroughly aped sound of Memphis and the American South with traditional instruments such as the bodhrán and jazz-inspired flourishes. $25. Park West, 322 W. Armitage. jamusa.com

...that’s a strong enough profile to sell out theatres. $38.50. The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. thechicagotheatre.com

...a sweaty post-Lolla dance party, this is the place to be. Sold out. Aragon, 1106 W Lawrence. aragon.com

...lead the youth culture charge. Sold out except for $3,600 platinum package. Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph. lollapalooza.com

...Alex Wiley, making his first big festival debut. $149 for three-day passes. Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph. northcoastfestival.com

...the air at the Pritzker’s breezy confines. $25–$59.50. Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph. jamusa.com

...the South Loop at Columbia College’s Papermaker’s Garden, with objects in the gallery. 619 S. Wabash. colum.edu/ADGallery

...stars Ivan Brunetti and Onsmith and some newcomers from Columbia College’s comic art program. 618 S. Michigan. colum.edu/deps

...of free-flowing energy. Also showing: new work by Tiffany Pascal and Lynn Christine Kelly. 2156 N. Damen. arcgallery.org

...less inclined to invest in experimental electronic art, Bartlett also shows new collages and drawings. 8 S. Michigan, SUITE 620. bgfa.us

...accidental death of thousands of migratory birds as they smash into the city’s skyscrapers. 217 N. Carpenter. chicagoartistscoalition.org

...everything from the “stupid to the sublime.” (Think Joseph Cornell with a sense of humor.) 2124 N. Damen. firecatprojects.org

5020 S. Cornell. hydeparkart.org

Through 8/16 Bourque, Bondgren & Bourbon. Using high-key color and collage, the painters Rob Bondgren and Loretta Bourque create highly charged portraits of gender identities, from the gay male and feminine perspectives. 327 N. Aberdeen. lindawarrenprojects.com

1542 N. Milwaukee. lvl3gallery.com

Through 8/16 Bernard Williams: The Dark Came Down. One can always expect to see formal innovations in a Williams exhibition. New work includes glossy black car bumpers clumped into impressive arrangements on the walls, like giant plastic gargoyle faces. 835 W. Washington. thomasmccormick.com

...seem to slide off the walls, crawl on the floor, and interact with sculptural objects. 1431 W. Chicago. themissionprojects.com

...these curios—all crafted by women (Lilli Carré, Laura Davis, Carol Jackson, and Diane Simpson). 2154 W. Division. moniquemeloche.com

...comeback for him. Also showing: new works by sculptor Lucy Slivinski and painter Ann Worthing. 942 W. Lake. packergallery.com

...heavy doses of humor and horror. A stolen magic bear suit drives the plot here. 1000 N. California. peanutgallerychicago.com

...into brushstrokes. Contorted poses lend a psychological dimension. Also showing: new paintings by Greg Murr. 210 W. Superior. perimetergallery.com

8/1–30 Bob Palmieri: Lies. It’s no wonder that Palmieri’s photographs depict musicians in spirited performance or candid repose, for the photographer is a musician, too. His empathetic vision extends to architectural details and urban inhabitants. 300 W. Superior. rangefindergallery.com

8/16 Summer Shorts. Sometimes a backyard is the perfect site for a summer outdoor theatre. This intimate new series showcases a curated selection of art films and literary reading performances by Chicagoans. (Rain date is 8/17). 1625 N. Richmond. summershortschicago.tumblr.com

...these prints will open your eyes and mind to artistic innovations happening across the pond. 845 W. Washington. westernexhibitions.com

...show, juried by the University of Chicago’s Monika Szewczyk, examines the power of text. 685 N. Milwaukee. womanmade.org

111 S. Michigan. artic.edu

...immense contribution to the design field. Rick Valicenti, founder of the design firm Thirst, curates. 78 E. Washington. chicagoculturalcenter.org

...typography. A historical overview of Chicago design innovations complements the new projects. Block Thirty Seven, 108 N. State. chidm.com

...Also showing: Fires Will Burn: Politically Engaged Art from the Permanent Collection (through 12/21). 935 W. Fullerton. museums.depaul.edu

...but the standout may be Haw, whose powerful portraits express everything from womanhood to mortality. 100 W. Randolph. museum.state.il.us

...crumbs and dust left over from those who came before us. Spare, haunting images predominate. 600 S. Michigan. mocp.org

...homegrown glitch art movement. Expect lots of artfully manipulated GIFs, bent circuits, and static noise. 2320 W. Chicago. uima-chicago.org

...60 now-iconic photos. Mon–Sat 9:30–4:30, Sun 12–5. $12–$14. 1601 N. Clark. chicagohistory.org

...just for one day. The colorful paintings include diverse techniques, from mosaic to textile design. 3015 W. Division. iprac.org

...a million people each year, making it one of the largest festivals in the Midwest. 1400 W. Cermak. fiestadelsol.org

Through 9/14 Learn and execute new dance steps to a live band or people-watch like crazy at this popular city-sponsored dance party. Free. Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden, 601 S. Michigan. cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_summerdance.html

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Hot Doug's

What will the people who wait 2 hours on a Saturday morning outside a hot dog stand do with their lives when it closes?

Seriously people... I don't want to be rude but... really?

4 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Anyone else hold their child back from CPS

This is a big concern of mine as my child is eligible for kindergarten this fall but I honestly feel he isn't ready emotionally or academically. I decided to hold my son back and he will start kindergarten next year at a private school. My plans are to send him there until 1st or 2nd grade. Is it possible to switch to a cps school at a later date? Any advice or recommendations?

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    A&K - Our daughter attended CPS schools (Decatur Classical and Whitney Young), schools consistently nationally recognized for excellence

  • A&K

    My husband made the previous comment. Now it's my turn :)
    Do what is best for your child. If you choose to come back to CPS you may request the grade your child is to be enrolled so long as it is not above the norm age level grade unless...

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    My husband made the previous comment. Now it's my turn :)
    Do what is best for your child. If you choose to come back to CPS you may request the grade your child is to be enrolled so long as it is not above the norm age level grade unless you have appropriate paperwork to prove they belong a year ahead. The only time that grade level placement will be a potential concern is when your child is in middle school. If your student will be 15 prior to September 1st, they will be automatically enrolled as a high school freshman. It's a bizarre concept but that's how most school systems function.
    Personally, have mixed feelings about private schools, like any school system there are good and bad. If your child needs additional support (such as a 504 or an IEP) please do yourself a favor and go to public school. CPS handles all educational support services for students with IEPs and 504s in the city and it is much, much easier as a parent to have those handled at the school your child attends with teachers and counselors who work with your child daily.

    If you're still looking outside CPS, check out Montessori schools when you're scoping out options.

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Milwaukee/Kimball Plaza Progress

Looks like the city has picked up the pace on finishing this plaza. Looks nice.

  • I wonder if they are going improve the facade of Crown or kick them out, or plant trees or something. Just seems strange to have a nice new little park-plaza with CROWN CUT-RATE LIQUORS looming over it in bright yellow. Not that I necessarily want Crown gone. I say this is someone who recognizes the importance on conveniently available liquor ;) Though Crown does have a pretty sh**ty and kinda random selection.

  • Carter O'Brien old enough to remember the Super Transfer

    The Crown guys have been taking a beating by this extended construction. Originally they were talking about getting licenses/facilities to have food and drinks served at outside seating, no idea where that stands right now.

2 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

10 things to do this weekend that aren’t Lollapalooza

Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 N. Western

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1400 W. Cermak

Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State

St. Viator School Parking Lot, 3644 N. Kedvale

5900 N. Broadway at Thorndale

3300 N. Seminary

Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln

U.S. Cellular Field, 333 W. 35th

  • Just think if undercover cops patrolled Lolla for weed(and other vilations )how much $ we would make during the concerts time span.

  • M F

    Nothing because it costs more to prosecute than it pays to ticket people for petty crimes.

  • Bigchibro…imagine how much money the state and city would make if "weed" was legal. It is only a matter of time and would be a huge source of revenue for our struggling state. It will be interesting to see how things are going in Colorado. I say go to Lollapalooza and smoke a big joint for me!

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Found Keys Paulina & Fletcher

Found a set of keys in front of my house near the corner of Paulina and Fletcher on 7/30/14. There's 8 keys and a car opener on a white leather wristlet. There is a special identifying key, if they are your keys you should be able to tell me what it is.

37 hours ago

2014 Chicago World Music Festival lineup announced

Constellation, 3111 N. Western; 7:30 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show Ages 18+

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Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph; 6 p.m.

Schubas, 3159 N. Southport; 7:30 p.m. doors open open, 8 p.m. show Ages 18+

Old Town School of Folk Music ­ The Gary and Laura Maurer Hall, 4544 North Lincoln; 8 p.m. doors open, 8:30 p.m. show

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St., 3rd Floor; 9 p.m.-9 a.m.

Chicago SummerDance, ­Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park,  601 South Michigan ..

Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W. Lunt Ave.; 6 p.m.

Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium Steinberg Fine Arts Center, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr; 7:30 p.m.

Martyrs’, 3855 North Lincoln; 9:30 p.m. Ages 21+

Willye B. White Park, 1610 W. Howard; Noon

Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse; 7 p.m. Ages 18+

City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph; 6 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show

Old Town School of Folk Music ­Szold Hall, 4545 N. Lincoln; 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. show

Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St.; 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7:30 p.m. show Ages 17+

The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia; 8 p.m. doors open, 9 p.m. show Ages 18+

DePaul University Concert Hall, 800 W. Belden; 7:30 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show

National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St.; 8:30 p.m. doors open, 9 p.m. show

Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave.; 9 p.m. doors open, 10 p.m. show

University of Chicago Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.; 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. show

Community Café, Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.; 7 p.m.

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Physical Festival @ Links Hall

...Physical Festival of physical theatre runs July 25-Aug. 2 in Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave. Tonight's performance is Scratch Night, a collection of samples of current projects from seven...

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Local Business

Does anyone know what they are putting at the corner of School and Ashland? Across from the Whole Foods.

  • Strip mall w vitamin shoppe and others, I think panera backed out. Yes old bank lot.

  • They can start work at 7, but they cannot use heavy machinery or create a noise disturbance before 8. If they are being loud enough to disturb residences prior to 8, I think they are violating the noise ordinance. I have found my alderman's office to be very helpful in these situations.

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Physical Festival @ Links Hall

...Physical Festival of physical theatre runs July 25-Aug. 2 in Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave. Tonight's performance is The Wild Party Variety Hour at 7pm; see the schedule for...

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Physical Festival @ Links Hall

The inaugural Physical Festival of physical theatre runs July 25-Aug. 2 in Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave. Tonight's performance is Consider This at 7pm; see the schedule for details. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door, with festival passes available for $35.

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L3 Capital's plans for 3345 - 3355 N. Lincoln Avenue

L3 Capital just bought a large section of N. Lincoln Avenue and here is the flyer for the latest building buy-out of 3345 - 3355 N. Lincoln Avenue.
http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2014/07/l3-capitals-plans-for-3345-3355-n.html?spref=tw

4 days ago

Hear Five Free Jazz Masters at the Chicago Jazz Festival

3111 N. Western Ave.

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301 E. Garfield Blvd.

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Physical Festival @ Links Hall

...Physical Festival of physical theatre runs July 25-Aug. 2 in Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave. Tonight's performances are Etiquette Unraveled at 7pm and Lázaro at 9pm; see the...

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6 days ago

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It's a long walk to 6000 North

I was at the mouth of Diversey Harbor at about 2:00PM today when my bicycle chain derailed. Before I realized what had happen, a nice young man diagnosed the problem and fix the derailment for me. I probably would have figured it out, but if not, I would have to walk back to 6000 North. Thanks again!!

  • sly-3 donkey wrangler to the stars

    nice to see there's some decent folk out there. make sure you pay that forward, homie.

  • I ride the whole trail sometimes and always carry my Ventura card with me just in case I have a problem like this.

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White Cargo Van w/Plate 937 in it - just smashed into a car at 2830 N. Hamlin Ave

This is out of control. I just posted about issues going on on this block and this just happened. The police and the alderman need to do something about this NOW. We are having a yard sale and some Latino male just pulled up and did this to a white Chrysler 300 parked by the hydrant in front of this house on purpose. Guessing it has to do with the gang members hanging out here. This never happened in the five years that we have lived here.

  • Did you call 911?

  • Anton Irie 3 Years And Still Unsure About LS

    get the exact address, call the alderman and report the house(s) as drug houses. get them put on police watch lists, etc ... if they are out there obviously dealing you need to call that in.

  • C. M. D. Avondale Triangle resident

    In addition to calling 911 and getting your neighbors to do the same - for everything that seems suspicious - go to your next beat meeting. There may already be people working together to get this place shut down and if not, you can speak to your CAPS officers and...

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    In addition to calling 911 and getting your neighbors to do the same - for everything that seems suspicious - go to your next beat meeting. There may already be people working together to get this place shut down and if not, you can speak to your CAPS officers and neighbors in person about the issue.
    Our area has been dealing with some "problem residents" and one problem house in particular for several years. As annoying as it is, the police can't just go in and start arresting people. They need to be able to prove the house is a problem before it gets put on any lists or gets any of the already fairly scarce resources devoted to it. The first step is for the police to show "calls for service" to the address. 911 calls, about this house in particular, have to be numerous enough to stand out. To get this done, you really need to hook up with your neighbors. Try an email list - as soon as one person calls 911, send out a note, have everyone else call too.

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