3 days ago

Updated 18 min ago

Bridge

I unfortunately am one of those homeless people who live under that bridge. I mean no harm to anyone especially the people who reside there on Kedzie and on sawyer. I would like to tell anyone who is interested that we do not want to be there anymore that you want us there. We mean no harm and we try to respect the community and all the people who pass through on a daily basis. Don't be scared of us....

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I unfortunately am one of those homeless people who live under that bridge. I mean no harm to anyone especially the people who reside there on Kedzie and on sawyer. I would like to tell anyone who is interested that we do not want to be there anymore that you want us there. We mean no harm and we try to respect the community and all the people who pass through on a daily basis. Don't be scared of us. Try to keep an open mind. Notice that when you do pass through that we try very hard to keep it as clean as we can, we usually don't speak unless spoken to, and we never ask for anything. Some of deal with mental illness others have drug and alcohol problems but there are some of us who are very down on our luck with no family or place to go. If anyone would just reach out and ask they would know that we are harmless and we are just as afraid as you are remember we are there all night. We are alone we are treated as if we are not human and sometimes invisible as if this is what we really want sometimes people think the answer is as simple as getting a job which is a real challenge when you cannot keep your hygiene up, get proper rest and have no way to get back and forth imagine how frightening it is to go out all day and look for a job come back and find that the little bit you own has been discarded by the city. For just a minute put yourself in our shoes and maybe do for us what you would want someone to do for you if you were in our position. It absolutely is not as easy as it sounds.

  • Rah Local mother.

    I'm probably the only person here including the person who wrote this post who's actually been homeless. I've been the child pushing a shopping cart, slept in my van with my children, and had to rely on the kindness of the church and few family so miss me with your...

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    I'm probably the only person here including the person who wrote this post who's actually been homeless. I've been the child pushing a shopping cart, slept in my van with my children, and had to rely on the kindness of the church and few family so miss me with your pretentious attitude. If any homeless person walks into any church on a Sunday and tells someone they want to take a shower there is no way they will be turned away. It's sacrileligios. Also anywhere there is a pool there is a shower, once again I have done that too. In between not having an available shower you get yourself some baby wipes and keep up your appearance in between showers. Homeless people don't just come from nowhere, they were birthed and entered this world just like everyone else, they know someone. And living in a city that closes 50 schools, 6 mental care facilities and is so corrupt it is fighting every step of the way to pay people a somewhat live able wage, you have to look out for your own welfare. If you have access to a commuter and are savy enough to write this post, you can simply google "where to take a shower when you're homeless".

  • teri sanchez new to avondale logan square

    I just want to thank those of you who took the time to read and comment on my post. It is encouraging to know that not everyone in our community feels as though we are a burden and feel safe enough to walk under the bridge. Rah I am happy...

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    I just want to thank those of you who took the time to read and comment on my post. It is encouraging to know that not everyone in our community feels as though we are a burden and feel safe enough to walk under the bridge. Rah I am happy that you and your children are no longer homeless and you are right if I can find a computer I can find a shower and I do. Please don't misunderstand when I say that I cannot find a shower but please keep in mind when you look for employment and actually get hired you yourself probably know that showers are not opened up for my convience and the nearest shower that I know of is at Koz park on Diversey and Pulaski. Baby wipes help but come on you and I both know that is nowhere near the same as a shower or bath they are great for face, hands and underarms but when you are in the working world that is not enough. Not trying to sound pretentious but maybe one day you can take a few minutes out of your day stop by and share your story and maybe you may to help someone find their way out of homelessness you maybe able to tell us how you did it. Happy Thanksgiving.

31 min ago

Updated 20 min ago

Cinnamon Ice Cream

I fully admit this is a ridiculous question. Does anyone know of a place that sells cinnamon ice cream (store, shop, any place)? I've tried Mariano's and Jewel. I used to live in MN and during the holidays Kemp's would have it at the local grocers. I've heard that Blue Bunny also has it, but I haven't seen it at Jewel. (This is my mom's favorite and she is old and not well, so I'd like to find it before Thanksgiving.)

3 days ago

Updated 39 min ago

viaduct

Now that the weather is getting so very cold will the city do something about the homeless community living under the bridge at Belmont and Kedzie? I am just curious the city comes and periodically removes their belongings will they still do that during the winter monthes?

  • Carter O'Brien lager beer rioter

    Well, I was just there. And while I do not hate on any of these folks, their gauntlet of junk encroaching on the public way is impossible to understate. Nobody gets to claim the sidewalk for their own use AFAIC. And for the record, their ties to drug running and gangs are well known.

  • teresa avondale concerned citizen

    You are right Amber I am more concerned for their welfare,. I feel sorry for them I wish they all could find a better place to be Ideally their own place but at least someplace warm and dry.

5 days ago

Updated 45 min ago

$10 Classes at The Shift Coworking & Community Space

To our Lakeview Neighbors:

I'm excited to announce that here at The Shift we will be offering $10 classes, led by Industry Professionals as a way to make learning opportunities accessible to everyone.
Our class offerings will cover a variety of topics, from Entrepreneurship and Small Business Help, to Arts & Culture, to Health & Wellness, Legal Advising, and everything else in between.

All classes are open registration and held here at The Shift, a newly launched Coworking and Community...

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To our Lakeview Neighbors:

I'm excited to announce that here at The Shift we will be offering $10 classes, led by Industry Professionals as a way to make learning opportunities accessible to everyone.
Our class offerings will cover a variety of topics, from Entrepreneurship and Small Business Help, to Arts & Culture, to Health & Wellness, Legal Advising, and everything else in between.

All classes are open registration and held here at The Shift, a newly launched Coworking and Community Space located at 4101 N. Broadway.

To view our Event Calendar directly, please visit: www.TheShiftChicago.com/events.html
Or, just stop in! We give tours of our space all day and are always happy to provide free coffee, tea, or snacks to our visitors;)

If anyone has ideas and suggestions for classes, please let me know. We're always looking for qualified teachers too (and we offer compensation for teaching).

Hope to see many of you soon!

All the best,

Nicole Vasquez (Small Business Owner of The Shift)
773-360-1199
@TheShiftChi
nicole@theshiftchicago.com
www.TheShiftChicago.com

  • Jill W. Inter-American Magnet School advocate

    Thanks for your prompt reply. However, it seems unoriginal (and uninspired) to assume the name of a pre-existing venture. Use of the public library is gratis. Doesn't mean everything there is up for grabs.

  • The Shift Small Business Owner of The Shift

    Ouch Jill W. that hurts to hear you say! Our business name was created purely in reference to our own business models of "work shifts." I don't know why you are associating us with a completely different and separate entity or being accusatory towards us, but it's painful nonetheless.

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    Ouch Jill W. that hurts to hear you say! Our business name was created purely in reference to our own business models of "work shifts." I don't know why you are associating us with a completely different and separate entity or being accusatory towards us, but it's painful nonetheless.

    We are an independent, small business, with a simple goal of offering people in our community a place to work, learn, and socialize.

    Feel free to drop by anytime to say hello, and help yourself to free coffee and snacks.
    Wishing you a wonderful day and a Happy Holidays!

25 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Dirt disposal

Any idea how to get rid of old dirt from container gardens? Looks like the yard waste disposal doesn't include soil. I have 20-30 gallons of potting soil used with vegetables for one season. Thoughts on where I can put this?

  • spe

    I can use 10-20 gal. if you can deliver. There are a couple of containers next to my garage in Roscoe Village, so it's an easy anytime drop off. PM for more info. Thanks.

  • Can you spread it over your lawn or parkway?

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12 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Attempted break in - laundry room

Someone smashed the glass of our building's basement around 1300 W Barry. We called 911 and when the police arrived, they stated that someone may have tried to get to the laundry machine to steal the money. People watch out.

  • L

    I'm sorry this happened to you. What day and time?

  • Today, 11/23 at about 10:10pm. Police arrived in about 5 minutes.

  • There is a lot of theft happening in the area, plus holdups. It's the Holidays and the bad people come out in droves. Their excuse is to get Christmas money.

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Jul 22

Updated 18 hours ago

Panera Bread at Ashland and School Falls Through; Target Development Not Happening

According to the latest flyers from Cushman &Wakefield, Panera Bread is no longer coming to Ashland and School and they are re-releasing it to market. Vitamin Shoppe is a go, and Target is no longer pictured on the map.

http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2014/07/panera-bread-at-ashland-and-school.html

  • Carter, that's a pretty limited view. The stockholders in both of those companies are all over the country, all over the world. If you have a 401(k) with mutual funds, YOU probably own some stock in both companies.

  • Carter O'Brien lager beer rioter

    Pretty limited view? We push for divestment where I work, and LaSalle bank was where I had my first bank account and Cash Station card.

3 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

  • Veronika Fashion Designer,Gallery Owner,Web Designer, Muse

    Moreno's true colors yet again. He has to go!

  • Cut the guy some slack. He was probably just drunk again. That's when his misogyny shows.

Oct 22

Updated 26 hours ago

Masonry Repair?

Howdy! Does anyone have a recommendation for a good, honest and reasonably-priced masonry contractor? Need some repairs in the Wrigleyville area. Thanks!

  • Im licensed with the city and in business 23 years i do all my own work if u would like a free estimate you can call me at 773 203 3019 thanks mike

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Nov 05

Updated 29 hours ago

Fireplace Project

I'm looking to have the surround on my fireplace (currently painted wood) redone, preferable with stone like my hearth. Does anyone know, or can anyone recommend, a contractor/tradesman/designer/company that would do that kind of project?

  • Yes Tim loves working with vintage and barn wood; he has done many projects with both. Call him up; have him come out.

  • My husband does the stone hes a gc but his speciality is stone masonry he just completed the tuckpoint on a 40 unit at 858 agaitite by u if u want to see his work his name number is 773 203 3019 mike McDonald

46 hours ago

Found keys

Found keys on parking across Affinity salon . Car keys with LAZ tag . Pick up keys in the salon. specify car brand name and show ID.

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Animal control SOS!

Animal control is completely full! because of this they will be killing many adoptable animals to make space. If you know anybody that can foster or adopt please let me know. Fostering is temporary (you have them until they are adopted) and free. Please share this to your Facebook statuses.

2 days ago

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2 days ago

Lost small black key + bike key

I lost a small key-set near the Henderson Square apartments, possibly on Henderson or School Street. If you found them, they don't have any noticeable key-fob, and there should be 2 black plastic coated keys, plus one or two others.

3 days ago

Community Alert - Residential Burglaries

Bureau of Detectives – Area North

Community Alert
P14-N-196 (CA)
November 19, 2014

Wanted for
Residential Burglaries
016th District
( Jefferson Park)

About the Crime:

Unknown Offender(s) are entering apartments and residences through windows or doors and removing property. Offender(s) are taking electronics, jewelry, cash, and other miscellaneous items.


Incident times and locations:

There have been five incidents that have occurred since October 31, 2014. These incidents are occurring mainly during the day time and early evening hours. These incidents...

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Bureau of Detectives – Area North

Community Alert
P14-N-196 (CA)
November 19, 2014

Wanted for
Residential Burglaries
016th District
( Jefferson Park)

About the Crime:

Unknown Offender(s) are entering apartments and residences through windows or doors and removing property. Offender(s) are taking electronics, jewelry, cash, and other miscellaneous items.


Incident times and locations:

There have been five incidents that have occurred since October 31, 2014. These incidents are occurring mainly during the day time and early evening hours. These incidents have occurred on beat 1634 within the boundaries of Cicero to Long and Belmont to Irving Park Road.

5200 block of W. Belmont on October 31, 2014, between 11:30 PM – 8:00 AM
4800 block of W. School on November 4, 2014 between 7:45 AM – 7:30 PM
5300 block of W. Patterson on November 6, 2014 at 5:00 PM
4900 block of W. Eddy on November 17, 2014 at 11:10 AM
4900 block of W. Roscoe on November 17, 2014 between 7:00 AM – 2:55 PM



What you can do:

· Be aware of this crime and alert your friends and family about this crime.
· Make sure all doors and windows are locked.
· Pay special attention to any suspicious subjects loitering in the area.
· Call 911 immediately and provide a detailed description of the offender(s) including any vehicle description and license plate information as well as direction of flight, if known.


If you have any information Contact the Bureau of Detectives – Area North
(312) 744-8263
HX-489158, HX-495276, HX-497709, HX-510083, HX-510701
Chicago Police Department

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Found Cat: Grey & White

For the past 4 days there has been a grey & white cat hanging around my house near Seminary & Eddy. He/She seems like an indoor cat, looks very soft & clean. I've tried a few times to get it to come to me, but have not had any luck. Thought it would be a good idea to post in case someone is looking for her. If I'm able to bring her inside, I will take her to PAWS.

  • Thanks for posting and trying to help his kitty. You can also post on Lost Cats Illinois via Facebook, a picture would help too. Poor thing is probably hungry and freezing out there. If you're able to get her/him inside you could also try taking her to a local vet to scan for a microchip.

  • Thanks for posting. If it wouldn't be too much hassle you might try to lure the cat with some wet food (very cheap), and then take her/him to get checked for a microchip. I'm sure he/she is just scared and has a home somewhere!

3 days ago

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3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Parking Spot

I need a parking a spot garage for now till the winter ends, we live in Hamlin between Milwaukee and Diversy

  • I have a garage with room for another car. Just can't be a big car. Let me know if your interested.

Nov 02

Updated 3 days ago

Referendum on CTA Belmont "Flyover" on Last Page of Ballot

There will be a referendum about the planned CTA “Flyover” on the Nov. 4 Election Ballot in the #20, 36 & 38 precincts of the 44th ward. Vote NO to protect Central Lakeview!

The Referendum: Has the CTA sufficiently justified the $320 million proposed Brown Line Flyover project and its impact on local homes and businesses?

Vote NO to insist the CTA let the community know what they plan before it’s too late to stop them.

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There will be a referendum about the planned CTA “Flyover” on the Nov. 4 Election Ballot in the #20, 36 & 38 precincts of the 44th ward. Vote NO to protect Central Lakeview!

The Referendum: Has the CTA sufficiently justified the $320 million proposed Brown Line Flyover project and its impact on local homes and businesses?

Vote NO to insist the CTA let the community know what they plan before it’s too late to stop them.

The CTA Belmont El ‘flyover’ will waste $320 million++. Save Central Lakeview, a thriving restaurant, shopping, business district, from being ruined by the unnecessary Brown Line ‘flyover.’ Don’t let them waste your money, ruin your neighborhood.

The flyover will swing wide over two blocks of Clark Street, turning a large chunk
of this essential street into an under-El wasteland. Many commercial buildings and homes will be destroyed. Those still standing will be left facing under-El emptiness and an overhead train.

The CTA ‘findings’ are false, their drawings intentionally misleading.
Plans have NOT been finalized; please speak up for Lakeview before it’s too late.

  • The water, like the metal of the elevated structure, was likely quite cold and the tracks were getting hit with spray driven by the wind. Most of the heat from the fire rises upward, without traveling laterally, and given the extreme cold that morning it likely wasn't close enough to heat up the elevated. Further the firemen would have continued to douse the building long after obvious visible signs of fire were extinguished (in order to prevent any smoldering embers from reigniting).

  • Thanks, Hank, I hadn't checked the news, only what I saw out the window from the train.

4 days ago

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4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Saturday Family Dance Party!

Hello Everyone! I am excited to announce our first Saturday Dance Party! Come down to Picnic: A Gathering Spot for Families and join our dance instructor, Jen Guglielmi, for an energetic and fun hour of dancing and playing! Fun begins at 4:00 pm.
Check out what we're all about, meet new friends, and boogie!
For more information and to RSVP, go to: http://www.chicagofamilypicnic.com/gatherings.html

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4 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Handyperson recommendation?

Hi
Can anyone recommend someone for a couple of small jobs? Leaky tub faucet, hot water hose change for washer. Some other small odd jobs. Thank you.

4 days ago

Nov 17

Updated 4 days ago

Stop giving Bistro Dre your money

Hey all,

After a tip from an associate, I keep a pretty close eye on Bistro Dre's Yelp page. If you dig enough, you'll find a few reviews that walk the line between absurd and terrifying. Drunken antics by Dre in the dining room in the midst of service are not rare. At night, from time to time, I hear Dre berating one of his staff members (yes, it's loud and aggressive enough to hear from a distance).
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Hey all,

After a tip from an associate, I keep a pretty close eye on Bistro Dre's Yelp page. If you dig enough, you'll find a few reviews that walk the line between absurd and terrifying. Drunken antics by Dre in the dining room in the midst of service are not rare. At night, from time to time, I hear Dre berating one of his staff members (yes, it's loud and aggressive enough to hear from a distance).
All this to say, on Saturday night a yelp review mentions and an assault on one of his wait staff who was trying to calm him down.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/bistro-dre-chicago?hrid=FTHYV_Fxc-sDn2HgcvjnDA
http://www.yelp.com/biz/bistro-dre-chicago?hrid=ILRsAO5QfKAMM8IHdwQh4Q

My thoughts on writing this are two-fold.
Dre should not be in business. He's a madman with a terrified staff under his thumb.
But, the staff is awesome, kind, smart and hardworking.
Are there any other business owners or hiring managers who could approach the staff at Dre to get them out of there?

At the very least, Lakeview, stop giving Dre your money.

  • I went there once. Food was great, but towards the end of our meal a woman who seemed like a manager started screaming at our waiter, in the middle of the restaurant. This went on for several minutes. And I believe it had something to do with rolling silverware. I thought it was horribly unprofessional. Our waiter had given us good service.

  • I once worked for someone who sound exactly like the owners of Dre. I will never put myself in that position again and now that I have a heads up I'll never visit that establishment. People who feel like they can berate others (period), let alone in front of their patrons have no business being in business. Shame on them.

4 days ago

If you had your booted car Removed from Oakdale and PineGrove 11-19

The revenue agent took the boot off, they attached a chain to the front wheel, pulled the car out of the parking space, sent a few parts of the body and/or suspension flying into the street - I got these pics and don't know what happened next. They were not very gentle with the procedure.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

3301 N. Ashland Avenue devlopement

MedSpring Urgent Care coming to 3301 N. Ashland Avenue, along with Vitamin Shoppe
http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2014/11/medspring-urgent-care-coming-to-3301-n.html

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Mapplethorpe; In These Boxes; Art Smith to be honored

...by holding on to their things"—will take place Sunday, Nov. 30, at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave. at 7 p.m...

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The Gift Theatre will celebrate its 13th year with The GIFT Gala 2014, held at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St., on Thursday, Nov. 20, 6-10 p.m.

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