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DUI Checkpoint on Milwaukee?

On Monday evening I was walking south on Milwaukee from the Western stop and noticed a bunch of cops checking drivers at the intersection by Irazu. It looked like it was a DUI checkpoint, but it seemed odd to me to do that at about 6:00 on a Monday (wasn't the Bears game Sunday?). Anyway, wondering if anyone knew if it was in fact a DUI checkpoint or if they were looking for someone/something else.

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  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    If you think the police are out to get you, what do you think about the criminals? I don't want to live in that paranoid world. This is flash mob season, not funny to it victims or the police who get blamed for not doing something about it. I feel a wave of anti-profiling discussion rising.

  • Mike Conover 90's block organizing, CAPS, resident since 07

    In the old days, this is the time of year when a young guy was grabbing women's purses, and hitting the ones that resisted in the head with a beer bottle. My wife had a tug of war on our front steps over her purse, while our 8 year old...

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    In the old days, this is the time of year when a young guy was grabbing women's purses, and hitting the ones that resisted in the head with a beer bottle. My wife had a tug of war on our front steps over her purse, while our 8 year old watched (It must have been before we had heardof the pattern). Schiller and Hoyne. When he was finally caught, we discovered that he was the nephew of a neighbor that we all knew.

    Still the season for robberies and muggings

    I am thinking that anyone with a crimanl defense lawyer's card at the ready has had a different experince of encounters with the police than I have.

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Theater events: 'It's a Wonderful Life' in Naperville

• Whiskey Wry Productions presents "2014 Causes a Scene," a satirical revue of the year's hot topics, beginning Saturday, Nov. 29, at Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. (773) 598-4549 or gorillatango.com.

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Previews begin 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. The show opens Dec. 8. $32.50-$57.50. (773) 404-7336 or remybumppo.org.

...the Chicago premiere of the play which, opens 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at 1044 W. Bryn Mawr, Chicago. (773) 728-7529 or redtwist.org...

• Dream Theatre Company immerses theatergoers in Victorian England as part of "A Christmas Carol: An Evening of Dickensian Delights." The show, adapted and directed by Rachel Martindale, begins performances Friday, Nov. 28, at 5026 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. (773) 552-8616 or dreamtheatrecompany.com.

...cheer upon the populace. The show opens Friday, Nov. 28, at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St., Chicago. (312) 988-9000 or americandemigods.com...

...prospector to help save Christmas. Previews run through Thursday, Dec. 4, at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St., Chicago. The show opens Dec. 5. (800) 838-3006 or handbagproductions.org...

...be reunited with his wife and daughter. Previews begin Sunday, Nov. 30, at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. The show opens Dec. 9. (312) 595-5600 or chicagoshakes.com...

...spirits and appetizers. The VIP dinner begins at 7 p.m. at the Mystic Celt, 3443 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. The open bar starts at 8 p.m. See redtapetheatre.org...

...one member's depression impacts the family. Performances begin Monday, Dec. 1, at Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. See erasingthedistrance.org...

...to reclaim his honor and courage. Performances begin Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. (773) 935-6875 or cbtheatre.org or athenaeumtheatre.org...

...no one under 18 is admitted to the show which runs through Dec. 23, at 3829 N. Broadway, Chicago. (866) 811-4111 or strawdog.org...

...s a decidedly adult theme to some of the holiday offerings at the Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. An extramarital affair and a murder surround the holiday gathering of the dysfunctional James...

...show "At Last: A Tribute to Etta James." Performances continue through Jan. 11, 2015, at 4450 N. Clark St., Chicago. Also, BET hosts a New Year's Eve celebration titled "With Love from Black...

...of Water," running through Dec. 14 at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, 3015 W. Division St., Chicago. For $30, theatergoers can choose one of three dinner options at Ay!, 2723 W...

...Division St., Chicago. For $30, theatergoers can choose one of three dinner options at Ay!, 2723 W. Division St., Chicago, before taking in the 8 p.m. performance at the museum located a few...

...her daughter marry a man of mom's choosing. Performances take place at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. Season subscriptions start at $90. See deadwriters.net...

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"Fresh Market" on Western, formerly known as Danny's

Does anyone know anything about the "Fresh Market" being built on Western? It's at about Western and Shakespeare, across from a small strip mall. It seems to have been in the works for a while, not quite sure if they're making too much progress. I live nearby but wanted to see if anyone had the inside scoop.

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  • Fresh Market Place Fresh Market Place

    J.Theo - thanks for the compliment! We are ecstatic you and your wife have been shopping with us!

    Cider - Thanks for all the feedback! We really appreciate it. We are always on the look out for feedback and suggestions. We have ordered reusable bags and will begin using them...

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    J.Theo - thanks for the compliment! We are ecstatic you and your wife have been shopping with us!

    Cider - Thanks for all the feedback! We really appreciate it. We are always on the look out for feedback and suggestions. We have ordered reusable bags and will begin using them as soon as they come in. We will make our cashiers aware they should ask about reusable bags prior to bagging the groceries. We will also look into carrying various organic/hormone free meats and labeling our groceries!
    We are lucky to have two craft beer specialist, Brice & Tommy! They do a fantastic job with our liquor section and will definitely relay your compliment to them. They will be so happy to know their hard work is paying off!

  • Bonnie L. Braverman Logan Square Lover

    I love this new addition to the neighborhood. First, the veggies and fruits looked fresh and the prices are excellent. Second, the owners clearly made it their priority to focus on the demographics of the neighborhood. So you have everything from a fabulous selection of tortillas to natural peanut butter...

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    I love this new addition to the neighborhood. First, the veggies and fruits looked fresh and the prices are excellent. Second, the owners clearly made it their priority to focus on the demographics of the neighborhood. So you have everything from a fabulous selection of tortillas to natural peanut butter and raw almonds to gourmet chocolate bars. There is also a loverly bakery counter and cold cuts selection. While this grocery store is small compared to the new mega Marianos, I think you will find most of everything you need here. Kudos to the owners, this is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood and I applaud all the thought that went into this grocery store. I have lived in Logan Square for 25 years and you can count me as one of your new customers.

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Garage Break In!

Live on 1700 block of W Le Moyne. Garage broken into yesterday. They hopped over the fence, kicked in the deadbolt and stole a bike. Nothing else seems to be missing. They kindly closed the garage door when they left. Keep an eye out for suspicious people, and have a great holiday!

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    If you didn't file a police report, it's not too late. The police do look for patterns...

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Elise Doody Jones for 32nd Ward

According to @Aldertrack, Elise Doody Jones is running against Scott Waguespack

https://twitter.com/Aldertrack

Nov 19

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Pedestrian Stop Sign @ Oakley & Armitage

Who do I contact about finding out if the pedestrian stop sign at the crosswalk on Oakley, at Armitage, will be replaced? They tore it out to repave the road and now it is near impossible and very dangerous to cross the street there.

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Roxie's

Has anyone been yet? Thumbs up? Thumbs down? Hopefully this is the catalyst for that stretch of Milwaukee that gets some other entrepreneurs to open up shop in all those vacants just north of the Bloomingdale trail...

  • al

    Buster, It looks like you were skimped on the size of your slice. I understand the thought of paying $5-8 for a slice of pizza is a little over the top but my wife and I were able to get dinner for $25 and were very full and satisfied. There aren't many places to go grab a quick dinner for less than that.

    nosara: that was 3 slices for 2 people.

  • I went on Friday night, place had a good ambiance for being small and line was out the door. We had to get moving so stood in line to take a slice to go, and no carry out? I've never heard of a pizza place that doesnt do carry out. Still cant wrap my had around it.

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Cleaning Tips

Really tired of moving into places that haven't been cleaned properly and am offering up 50+ years of advice. Forget all the thousands of cleaning products and just use these: (I'm not affiliated with any of these products, I just know that if you maintain-- even a rental little cleaning issues never become big ones and when I move in it wont be so hard...)

Clorox Clean-up with bleach spray. Miracle product. Spray on dark corners(mold) in the shower leave...

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Really tired of moving into places that haven't been cleaned properly and am offering up 50+ years of advice. Forget all the thousands of cleaning products and just use these: (I'm not affiliated with any of these products, I just know that if you maintain-- even a rental little cleaning issues never become big ones and when I move in it wont be so hard...)

Clorox Clean-up with bleach spray. Miracle product. Spray on dark corners(mold) in the shower leave overnight. Spray on darkened dust filled floorboards leave a minute and wipe away. Use lightly for every type of cleaning. The best product money can buy.

Plain old Clorex. Need to clean venetian blinds? Fill bathtub with water add bleach and soak the whole blind. Cleans to new condition in a couple of hours.

Wood surfaces-- light colored use Murphy's Wipes (not the bottled kind) dark surfaces Method's Wood Wipes.

Glass showers spray Method Daily shower spray after every shower (2.99)another miracle. For those plastic floor trays after using Method spray a while, use Mr. Clean sponge erasures and scrub away stains. After initial cleaning, you wont have to do this often.

Stainless cleaning Nano stainless spray.

Lime buildup around sinks and knobs, Durgol from sur la table. Cost $20 a bottle lasts for years--Miracle!

When moving into a place that previously had a pet--spray Siphor plus II Fat-Acting Spray (Amazon.com) around perimeter. Dries fast non toxic kills almost all bugs.

Invest in one of those $39.00 Furnace cleans sold on Amazon local.com. Totally worth it, to clean out dust buildup. As well, buy those 99cent furnace filters and change the first of every month. (If you change every month you don't need the expense ones.

  • Gil Jimenez, I am also a landlord. The OP's first sentence reads, "Really tired of moving into places". His argument should be stated to his landlord for renting him a dirty apartment.

  • When I moved into my two previous apartments, I spent 4 days straight cleaning from top to bottom. Completely disgusting. But I refuse to live in someone else's filth and dust. [Most] landlords just don't care.

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Landlord won't return deposit

It's been 50 days since we moved out of our apartment and our landlord won't return my texts, emails, or phone calls about the deposit. I know he's receiving them because he answered my text immediately about transferring the gas bill. It is so frustrating that a landlord would do this! I know they are supposed to return the deposit within 45 days. Anyone else have to deal with this? From what I've read, the next step would be to fill out the paperwork at small claims court. Any other input?

  • Chicago landlord tenant law is highly regulated. The RLTO requires that deposits be returned without 45 days of vacating the property, absent the landlord properly withholding for damages (itemized list of damages with estimated costs within 30 days, paid receipts (not invoices) no later than 30 days after the list)....

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    Chicago landlord tenant law is highly regulated. The RLTO requires that deposits be returned without 45 days of vacating the property, absent the landlord properly withholding for damages (itemized list of damages with estimated costs within 30 days, paid receipts (not invoices) no later than 30 days after the list). In my experience, 99% of landlords fail to comply with Chicago security deposit law and, if they do, you have a claim for 2x your deposit, plus the deposit itself, plus attorney fees and case costs.

    In your matter, the biggest issue will be whether the landlord's parents were "owners" or whether the actual owner is going to claim that he lives with his parents (we've seen this 3 or 4 times though it was completely false).

    Since these cases have what we call fee-shifting, most firms, including mine, take them on a contingent basis (no attorney fee unless you recover money). If you want to learn more about Chicago security deposit law, take a look at the articles below. I have written a bit on the matter.

    http://bc-firm.com/chicago-security-deposit-law/

    http://bc-firm.com/tenants-rights-chicago/

  • Em Ro evening is the whole day

    @Chi_Techie - this is a great idea! We did this, but only after we moved in and found out that the owners of our rented house haven't paid property tax in years and there is a lien on the house.

    It could potentially save tenants future trouble to do this research - and I for one, will never rent again without looking up that information.

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Nov 20

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SOS at Animal Control

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 and free. Please share this to your Facebook statuses.

  • SunshineDiva2014 Long time Chicago resident.

    Tom H.B ..I am in charge of adoptions at the pet store I work at..we would love to connect with Paws or any shelter that needs help and we can set up a time for you to come to the store. Please let me know :sunshinediva2011@gmail.com

  • That's great! I will forward your info to Angela, who schedules off-site adoption events.

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  • 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.

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Pop-Up Shop Spots Available!

If you are a crafter, artisan, artist, accessory or fashion designer or food specialist, we have a few spots left for the Small Business Saturday Pop Up Shop at Free Range Office on Nov. 29th from 12pm-5pm. As a Wicker Park-Bucktown Neighborhood Champion, we've partnered with American Express to offer a way for small crafters, artists and other vendors to participate in the #ShopSmall campaign. Come get exposure for your wares, meet other small business owners, network and sell! All...

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If you are a crafter, artisan, artist, accessory or fashion designer or food specialist, we have a few spots left for the Small Business Saturday Pop Up Shop at Free Range Office on Nov. 29th from 12pm-5pm. As a Wicker Park-Bucktown Neighborhood Champion, we've partnered with American Express to offer a way for small crafters, artists and other vendors to participate in the #ShopSmall campaign. Come get exposure for your wares, meet other small business owners, network and sell! All participants will be included in our #ShopSmall social media and promotions campaign.

Vendor spaces are only $75 and include the business networking brunch, a table and two chairs. Vendors can call 312-725-3063 or email for the registration form: info@freerangeoffice.com

The business networking brunch from 12pm-1pm, and the Pop-Up Shop runs until 5pm. These events are free to the public. To attend register here:

https://smallbizsatpopupshop.eventbrite.com

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Another one gone

Was shocked and saddened driving on cortland by lotties and saw the bungalow at 1919 was erased from the map. As well as the building next to it (it looked like 2 empty lots, I was too busy going into shock). That is a big loss in the bucktown building diversity. I'm still mourning the loss of the bungalow at honore/bloomingdale 10 years ago. Very sad.

  • I should have drove around again to verify what I saw (about 2 buildings torn down) but I guess I made myself move on. I hope that it was at least a very hard decision to make about tearing it down by whoever. Yeah, that bakery was so cool. It...

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    I should have drove around again to verify what I saw (about 2 buildings torn down) but I guess I made myself move on. I hope that it was at least a very hard decision to make about tearing it down by whoever. Yeah, that bakery was so cool. It had soul. Then there's the 4 or 5 two flats in a row right there on Wolcott torn down for those suburban McMansions. Wtf. Since I'm here I may as well throw in the artful dodger. Be sure to take in the prison being built at Haddon/leavitt.

  • Just rode by hoyne/dickens on my way home from Danny's. Sure hope new owners are proud of themselves. Good for you! That corner was an eyesore anyway.

Nov 21

Updated 5 days ago

Land of Lincoln Health Insurance experiences

Just curious if anyone has used Land of Lincoln Health Insurance since they opened up in the last year or so? They are the first non-profit health insurance company in IL in over 25 years and while their rates and coverage seem good, I'm hesitant to use them b/c I've never heard of them nor heard anything good/bad about them. Anyone have any feedback to share?

  • I use them. Only problem I had was administrative, not related to coverage. Ask my doctors have accepted it, but you might want to check to see if yours are covered first. I also checked to see if they covered all my prescriptions before I chose them. I will look at the healthcare exchange again before I renew with them, however, just to see if there are any new plans that are better than my current one (not comparing, just shopping around).

  • Vihar Vihar in Wicker Park

    A father of a kid at my kid's school works for them. He was telling me earlie this year that they are building their insurance plans in collaboration with all the big hospital and doctor groups and was hopeful that's how they were going to be able to bring down...

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    A father of a kid at my kid's school works for them. He was telling me earlie this year that they are building their insurance plans in collaboration with all the big hospital and doctor groups and was hopeful that's how they were going to be able to bring down costs. He also said they're going it because they won't be able to build a name brand like Blue Cross and that people do know their hospital and doctor brand more anyway. I did ask him about if the covered people outside of Illinois and he said they have some kind arrangement with a larger group of providers nationally.

    Oh, one of the oddest things he told me is that they are required by law to open up their Board of Directors to any policy holder who wants to join. I don't think the average Joe understands the business enough to figure out how to run them.

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  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    INSTALL A NEW WALK IN COOLER, MAKE:KOLPAK, COMP:1, REF:R22, REFRIGERANRT WEIGHT:8#, AIR COOLED, SELF CONTAINED, COOLER ON GRADE LEVEL, RESTAURANT USE, HERMETIC COMPRESSOR, 1/4 TON, 1/2 HP.

    1732 N. Milwaukee Ave. Issued November 20, 2014 Comment

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Sodikoff's Roxie's By The Slice to Open in Bucktown Tonight

Workers were busy at the storefront at 1732 N. Milwaukee Ave. applying last-minute touches. The times of operation were finally posted on the door, Tuesday...

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It's Official. Roxie's By The Slice Opens TONIGHT. The Deets

Roxie's by the Slice open tonight 6pm-2am. If you like pizza and beer visit us at 1732 N Milwaukee pic.twitter.com/aM7FWGPYbg — Brendan Sodikoff (@brendansodikoff) November 21, 2014

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Found Cat - Tortie on Damen & Thomas

Female – aprox 11 years old
Color: Tortie
Date Found: 11/19/14
Location found: Damen & Thomas
Last known address of owner: block of 1300 N. Milwaukee

She is a beautiful and affectionate cat, doesn't look like she has been outside for long and appears to be well taken care of. Was found not far from where she was chipped to; however, have not been able to contact the owner. Would love to reunite her with her family.

CALL: 773-495-2584
EMAIL: cacc.cats@gmail.com

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