5 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

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.

23 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

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...

3 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

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.

  • How about using simple orange plastic cones that run from between $10-$20 each? Scott could buy 20-40 of these for $800. Spray paint his name on them and place them in the center of the road on the cross walk. People who know how to drive will be alerted and...

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    How about using simple orange plastic cones that run from between $10-$20 each? Scott could buy 20-40 of these for $800. Spray paint his name on them and place them in the center of the road on the cross walk. People who know how to drive will be alerted and slow down and people who don't won't stop for you anyway even with a proper sign. If the cone gets knocked to the side of the road the next person that happens buy can place it where it belongs. Here are some cones from amazon....
    http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=cones+traffic&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=28635254007&hvpos=1t3&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=6102606050480567051&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_1hgl96yoru_b

  • Just an FYI - The $$ the alderman's office is quoting is what would be charged by the city against each alderman's allocated $1.32 million in MENU funds. They're charging the cost of the sign plus installation.

    $1.32 million really doesn't go that far when it pays for infrastructure repairs...

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    Just an FYI - The $$ the alderman's office is quoting is what would be charged by the city against each alderman's allocated $1.32 million in MENU funds. They're charging the cost of the sign plus installation.

    $1.32 million really doesn't go that far when it pays for infrastructure repairs throughout the whole ward, not just Bucktown, for speed bumps ($15 thousand for 4 speed bumps near this crosswalk), stop signs, park upgrades, street resurfacing ($97k to resurface Paulina from North to Bloomingdale, 2014 ward total about $1 million), alley repairs, etc.

    The city has this info online.
    http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/obm/provdrs/cap_improve.html

46 hours ago

Updated 8 hours 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

2 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

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.

  • Artist Girl, CACC Cat Transfer Team is the Facebook site re: the cats that need foster homes. CACC Transfer Team is the site for dogs. If you have any questions you can send me a pm. Fostering can get a little confusing bc not all rescues do things the same way, you will need to figure out which rescue is best for you. I have just started fostering and it has been absolutely wonderful, worth the effort many times over.

  • Jen

    Artist girl- Sorry! I missed your comment earlier. Thanks for explaining Beth. You can't foster through animal control because it's a city shelter. Rescues will pull from there and you can foster through the rescues. As Beth said, different rescues have different programs for fostering.

    I fostered dogs through One...

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    Artist girl- Sorry! I missed your comment earlier. Thanks for explaining Beth. You can't foster through animal control because it's a city shelter. Rescues will pull from there and you can foster through the rescues. As Beth said, different rescues have different programs for fostering.

    I fostered dogs through One Tail at a Time and they were great. They provided me with a crate, leash, collar, food, and treats. I think the average amount of time you have a dog with them is about 2-3 weeks. The shortest time I had one was one week and the longest was two months (but that dog was crazy). They send you an email with the dogs they have that need foster and you can tell them which one you like. They have a partnership with Canine Crews so if you work all the time and feel like the dog needs playtime, you can take it to daycare.

    I have never fostered a cat before but I know that PAWS and Treehouse are good rescues to foster through.

    Thanks! And let me know if you have any questions!

29 hours ago

32 hours ago

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...

32 hours ago

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

33 hours ago

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

37 hours ago

Top Spots for Pie in Chicago

Bake (2246 W. North Ave.)

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Hoosier Mama Pie Co. (1618 W. Chicago Ave.)

Rustic Tart (find at Bow Truss Coffee Roasters at 2934 N. Broadway, 406 N Wells St., and 1841 W. 18th St., pictured above)

Rustic Tart (find at Bow Truss Coffee Roasters at 2934 N. Broadway, 406 N Wells St., and 1841 W. 18th St., pictured above)

Rustic Tart (find at Bow Truss Coffee Roasters at 2934 N. Broadway, 406 N Wells St., and 1841 W. 18th St., pictured above)

Bang Bang Pie Shop (2051 N. California Ave.)

Jimmy Jamm Sweet Potato Pies (1844 W. 95th St.)

Beatrix (519 N. Clark St.)

Grange Hall Burger Bar (844 W. Randolph St.)

3 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

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?

  • Em Ro evening is the whole day

    Sorry...I forgot to mention that when you get your security deposit back, your landlord needs to give you interest earned as well. In Illinois, security deposits are required to be kept in an esgrow (sp?) account, which earns interest, which you are entitled to.
    I know after all of this and the headache you have been through, a few dollars probably do not matter, but I`m just sayin` :)

  • Aron Long tlme Lincoln sq home owner

    When you rent an apartment or condo it's good to take pictures when you move in and do the same when moving out .If there is no damage to the place then the landlord should return your deposit .

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2 days ago

Development Update: Northwestern Medicine is making progress on...

Northwestern Medicine is making progress on its new health center at Milwaukee and Leavitt, near the upcoming Bloomingdale Trail. Once completed mid-year next year, the facility will weigh in at 15,000 square feet and have 40 parking spaces. [DNAinfo]

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Looking for Reliable Snow Shoveler in Wicker Park

Can anyone recommend someone to shovel snow for a private residence in Wicker Park?

  • We've been using Uri-Belt Landscaping for the past two years, and have just re-upped him for another year: http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/fgs/4761426469.html
    They can be slow to get back to inquiries, but they are extremely prompt at clearing the snow, very reliable, and do an excellent job. If you contact them, please let them know that I referred you.

    Regards

  • NRS

    Thank you! I looked them up and this might be exactly what's needed. I will credit you for the referral.

2 days ago

Northwestern Medicine Center Work Underway Along Bloomingdale Trail

Northwestern Medicine is scheduled to move into a new building at 1776 N. Milwaukee Ave. about halfway through next year, Smithfield Properties president Kevin Henning said on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, MedSpring, an Austin-Texas based chain of immediate care clinics, announced that it would be moving into the former PNC bank branch at 1520 N. Damen Ave. in Wicker Park.

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Paul Sajovec, a spokesman for Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd), said Northwestern Medicine will be relocating its doctor's offices at 1913 W. North Ave. to the new building because "they needed more space, and upgraded medical facilities."

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Bloomingdale Trail

Has/does anyone heard/know anything about the construction being done on the Bloomingdale Trail? Work hasn't been done on the trail near us (north of Bloomingdale and west of Western) in quite a while.

The opening of the trail was postponed due to the harsh winter. I'm thinking the opening is going to be delayed even longer due to lack of work.

  • Emilie 5-year West Bucktowner

    Kittyhop, they decided to acquire the Magid glove factory site down at the west end when it came onto the market. That added a big chunk to the total, but it means we get a 6th park added.

  • Emilie..thanks for the update! My little park (though with a name the children can't pronounce...) is lovely and I look forward to seeing it 'put back together'. but after I finish with e-mails, I'm walking the dog down to tell them again! to slow down the truck, esp. going the wrong way on this street..much!!! to fast...

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Oct 15

Updated 3 days ago

Looking for People for a Regular Pickup Basketball

I am looking to start a regular pickup basketball game somewhere in the vicinity of Bucktown/Wicker Park/Logan Square/UK Village (basically somewhere in a near west neighborhood). I have a couple ideas on possible locations, but the most important thing is to get enough people on an email list to have at least 10 guys to run each week. Message me if you're interested!

  • Alright... seems like there's a decent mass of people wanting to play... could everyone send me your email address and I'll get a list going. Also, let me know if you have a day preference.. Thanks!

  • evandril Logan Square/Avondale

    Did you end up setting up a game? If so, I'm interested in playing in it.

Nov 12

Updated 3 days ago

Share Christmas/ Sponsoring a child or family

Hello!

Does anyone know of any good local organizations that have a share Christmas program; meaning any program where you are able to donate gifts, and/or sponsor a family/child for Christmas?

Thanks!

  • Liz, if you would like the contact for Horizons, please let me know. We just contacted her about getting paired up with a family or two again this year.

  • Try Whole Foods. They have a giving tree and you register to receive a family or person in need through local charities and programs.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Permanent Scaffolding?!?

I live & work next to the building at 1927 N. Milwaukee. This building's had scaffolding up for over a year now. I've never seen any work being done on it. I worry that it'll be up indefinitely. The permits just keep getting renewed! I've talked to my alderman many times about this but they act as if not much can be done if it is permitted. I heard a rumor that the building is bankrupt. Any thoughts/ideas on what I can do to get this down until actual work is scheduled?

  • I would leave a letter for the condo association president. Wouldn't hurt to ask someone involved...as a neighbor, I would think they wouldn't mind updating you

  • Good idea! Thanks :)

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4 days ago

Roxie's Pizza By The Slice Could Open As Early as Friday

...Pizza By The Slice has taken over the former home of Cafe Con Leche at 1732 N. Milwaukee Avenue and have made it all their own...

4 days ago

Brendan Sodikoff's Roxie's Pizza Joint Aims to Open Friday in Wicker Park

About one block north of Wicker Park's main intersection, the 56-seat enclave is located at 1732 N. Milwaukee Ave., along what some have called a "Hipster Highway," due to a lot of bike traffic between Wicker Park and Logan Square.

4 days ago

New Chef, New Dinner Menu at Birchwood Kitchen

Birchwood Kitchen is located at 2211 W. North Avenue and is open Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The dinner menu is available Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m.

4 days ago

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Nov 15

Updated 5 days ago

Is this anyone's cat?

My wife and I see this cat almost everyday hanging around our apartment near Dickens and Oakley. It doesn't have any tags and it's extremely friendly. I know it's a shot in the dark but does anyone know if this cat has an owner?

  • Please don't let your cats outside. Besides the obvious dangers, and as well trained as they may be, they may one day not return.

  • Second what poppyboy said. I'd be devastated if my kitty went missing. She seems content sleeping on top of the kitchen cabinets though

5 days ago

First Public Meeting for former Finkl site is Wednesday

There will be some visioning for the redevelopment of A. Finkl & Sons Co. site beginning in a public meeting this Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Wicker Park Bucktown Library, 1701 N. Milwaukee, at 6 p.m.

5 days ago

Nov 11

Updated 5 days ago

Bucktown handyman

Anybody know a good handyman? I've got an hour of work and all the tools. Just need some help.

  • I used Bucktown Home Maintenance and Barry tried to charge me 2 hours for an hour and a half of work and 30 minutes of smoking his cigar out front. Did not pay the cigar time.

  • What kind of work do you need, Tom? I'm in the business.

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