47 hours ago

Updated 29 min ago

It Is Gone

Yesterday they tore down the old Alley building to make way for a proposed 80 unit development. These images are where the iconic Alley mural once was.

I first went to The Alley as a 20 year old kid; unsure of herself but bound to become otherwise. I bought a $99 leather biker jacket that I think they were running a sale on so I could afford it. It was heavier than hell.

I still have that jacket; and every...

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Yesterday they tore down the old Alley building to make way for a proposed 80 unit development. These images are where the iconic Alley mural once was.

I first went to The Alley as a 20 year old kid; unsure of herself but bound to become otherwise. I bought a $99 leather biker jacket that I think they were running a sale on so I could afford it. It was heavier than hell.

I still have that jacket; and every button, scuff, and scratch on it represents the journey I took from there to here. It is a prized possession.

As my daughter navigates her road of discovery, I still go to The Alley to get her funky socks, leopard patterened shoes, and fingerless gloves (her favorite). I want her to know that she has room to be different, independent, and creative as she practices kindness, respect, and humility.

The mural being destroyed leaves me sad.

Do you have a fond memory of The Alley? Something that you look back on and smile?

  • The Alley drew a lot of undesirables to the neighborhood, I'm glad to see it gone, and that donut shop parking lot on such a prime corner was an eyesore.

  • Lynn Olejniczak Life-long Chicagoan, who loves her city.

    Awwww. Sorry Mike. The Alley isn't gone, just the mural. I know a real estate agent if you'd like to move to Naperville to get away from all of us "undesirables."

23 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

4 copters hovering over E Lakeview 1/31/15

12:30pm -Looks like about Belmont &Sheffield?

Any info?

  • Oh dear; I was just being hyperbolic for amusement's (and alliteration's) sake. Or trying unsuccessfullly to be at any rate. The Belmont Redline station seems to be ground zero for much of the crime that's so ably reported by the Crime in Wrigleyville & Boystown blog (CWB). That was my first thought when I saw the helicopters hovering yesterday over that general area.

    I apologize for the confusion!

  • Oh, hahaha. I'm a little a slow today. Gotcha. No worries. That's good news!

20 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Traffic bottleneck Addison / Campbell

I'm a fan of all the new businesses that have moved onto Bradley Place. But the the intersection of Addison and Campbell has gone from being congested to a real problem. There are a lot of new folks entering and exiting that intersection and traffic is up quite a bit. But it's too narrow when cars are parked on both sides to handle the flow. I have asked Alderman Pawar a few times to look into this and am surprised not to see some action. We would simply propose eliminating parking on one side of Campbell.

John Ryan, Patterson Avenue

  • Jane Spec North Center resident

    You have a new brewery coming to Bradley Place too now. Thats gonna make things crazier than they already are. Its gonna have a tasting room and we love our beer around here. They are lined up on weekend mornings at Half Acre.

  • Yeah I heard that and it sounds great. But we need Alderman Pawar to make a simple change to that intersection to keep the cars moving.

3 hours ago

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3 hours ago

Need snow plowed?

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10 hours ago

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23 hours ago

Updated 23 hours ago

What's up with the helicopters in lakeview?

What's up with the three helicopters in lakeview?

Jan 21

Updated 25 hours ago

"Do not carry your credit card on you"

With the recent stick-ups in Lakeview and Lincoln Park, a police rep said in a radio interview that women shouldn't carry their credit cards in their purse. I kept wondering, where should the credit cards be carried?
I carry my cards in my wallet, I can't imagine not being without my credit card in my purse. And I don't want to put my credit card info on my cell phone for a thief to take and waive at a cashier.

  • I agree with you, Teamharman. DFW does have terrible public trans. I used it maybe twice a year for special events.

    It's sad that I feel the need to take the 77 from Racine to Halsted because the greatness of the CTA is hampered by people who ride it to...

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    I agree with you, Teamharman. DFW does have terrible public trans. I used it maybe twice a year for special events.

    It's sad that I feel the need to take the 77 from Racine to Halsted because the greatness of the CTA is hampered by people who ride it to do harm. Also cautious from Wrigley to Belmont. I want to live in the city. No one forced this on me. Lucky to be able to work where I want. If I wanted the suburbs, I'd have stayed in Dallas.

    I feel a little safer on the west side of Lakeview though watch my surroundings there too.

    I should be able to carry whatever I want with me without fear of crime. I like big purses. I carry a lot of stuff when I can...want to be prepared. But I refrain to be less of a target. Such is life.

  • loraine t washington 5 yr. resident

    Enough said. Be safe.

27 hours ago

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6 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Lost Black and White Cat *REWARD*

Lost cat in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago (Wayne & Waveland). He went missing on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015. He is a year and a half old, neutered, and declawed on his front paws. He is a tuxedo (black on his face and back; white on his chin, neck, tummy, and feet). He is a large cat, approximately 14-15 pounds. He is loving and very friendly towards people. Please help us bring him home - reward offered!

34 hours ago

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  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    "The national organization is endorsing and supporting Chicago City Council Progressive Reform Coalition aldermen..." including Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward) and six others.

  • We need at least 20-25 more alderman like these seven! Let's do it Chicago!

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    Ald. Joe Moore (49th Ward) was not endorsed by Democracy for America.

47 hours ago

Cat roaming in area

There's a cat , mostly white with calico markings roaming around the 3101 N. Francisco Building.

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Ald Joe Moreno, crook or dummy?

sound off here and be sure to vote Joe out on Feb 24

  • Joe Kopera Logan Square resident since 1961 (54 years in Jan)

    Nothing like going to the debate and having one of the alderman's thugs come up to you, shake you hand and then he tells you "THERE WILL BE REPERCUSSIONS" just because you are wearing a sticker for one of the challengers. I don't take kindly to threats.

  • Moreno lost my vote forever when he spoke out against the teachers strike. He seems like a shady guy all around. I do like his ideas for a dedicated bike lane on Milwaukee, but that's not enough to sway me, not to shake the feeling that he's smarmy. I hope both of them are forced into a runoff and lose.

2 days ago

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

This Just Burns Me!!

Last week I went to the 44th Ward alderman "meet and greet." All three candidates had 15 minutes to speak, and all answered the same 5 questions. Tom Tunney kept repeating "crime is down, crime is down" so often I thought his mantra would cause him to levitate, then I saw this article and I'm just enraged!

http://www.cwbchicago.com/2015/01/a-matter-of-trust-police-department.html

I know a lot of the crime happens later when victims have had too many cocktails, but do you feel safe walking home from a neighborhood dinner? I'm begining not too.

  • I'm less concerned about whether residents FEEL safe (which can be driven by headlines and TV stories), and more about whether residents ARE safe (which is driven by good statistics).

    I am indeed concerned by stories suggesting that the data may be bad, whether by making it harder to file...

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    I'm less concerned about whether residents FEEL safe (which can be driven by headlines and TV stories), and more about whether residents ARE safe (which is driven by good statistics).

    I am indeed concerned by stories suggesting that the data may be bad, whether by making it harder to file (on-line is good though), or reclassifying reports. In any event, I don't think that risk has changed between 2013 and 2014, and across that time period, Lakeview crime IS down 20%. Yes, it needs to go down further, but it's moving in the right direction, and we are getting more police on the streets, slowly but surely.

    More police costs money -- who got their property tax bill today? Want to pay even MORE? I didn't think so.

    The sky is not falling.

  • Lynn Olejniczak Life-long Chicagoan, who loves her city.

    I'm sorry, but that is just absurd. You aren't concerned if Lakeview residents "feel" safe? Why? Because it isn't a number that can be manipulated or played with?

    A loss of 4 police officers in December does not equate to more police on the streets no matter how many times...

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    I'm sorry, but that is just absurd. You aren't concerned if Lakeview residents "feel" safe? Why? Because it isn't a number that can be manipulated or played with?

    A loss of 4 police officers in December does not equate to more police on the streets no matter how many times you or Tunney tap your heels together and repeat "crime is down, crime is down."

    As far as your property tax statement goes, it is just so far beneath the original discussion here that the only fitting response would be, "I know you are but what am I."
    Pure nonsense.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Public Hearing on Monday, March 9 for Rise and Galleria Liquors Mixed-Use Redevelopment

A public hearing has been scheduled for the proposed mixed-use transit oriented development for 3401-09 N. Southport Avenue on Monday, March 9 at 7:00 PM at Mystic Celt.

The following is now known:
A 4-story building with retail on the first floor
33 apartments with starting rent at $1,500
6 parking spaces with one being a handicapped spot

The project will be presented by the developer to all that attend the West Lakeview Neighbors meeting. See the renderings here:

http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2015/01/public-hearing-march-9-2015-for.html

  • RubyRed Dancer, Drummer, Cyclist

    jjkenyon, Yes, it's true, there are other residential developments along the tracks, but you sure as hell won't catch me ponying up $1,500 per month for that kind of noise pollution. The "benefit" of living on the same block as Gap an Athleta isn't really that much a draw either in my opinion.

  • RubyRed, you probably didn't look at the developer's plans and elevations, the north wall facing the tracks is solid block, no windows except for a single column, which is probably a stairwell.

    A double block wall will suppress nearly all the train noise.

2 days ago

Leash Law

To all dog owners who chose daily to break the law and put humans, dogs (theirs and mine) at risk: Please explain why the law does not apply to you.

2 days ago

Fri 1/30 Sun-Times Editorial Board Mayoral Debate-LIVE at 10:30am

The Fri 1/30 Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board Mayoral Candidate Debate/questioning
will be streaming LIVE, starting at 10:30am on the Sun-times web site: chicago.suntimes.com
It should be posted on the Internet for later viewing as well.
This debate/questioning will be used for a future Mayoral Candidate endorsement for the 2/24 municipal election.

Dec 04

Updated 2 days ago

Michael Diversey's Closed?!

Darnit. I noticed the restaurant closed. I'm a bit surprised as it was always pretty busy. Anyone know if something new is going in? I hope so. I don't like the empty spaces on Diversey right now.

  • @ Bob - except you're wrong. The American way of work hard, buy a house, live a decent life no longer exists and hasn't existed for years. Wages are stagnant. The middle class is in sharp decline. Even immigrants, especially the Chinese, are moving back to China for better opportunities....

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    @ Bob - except you're wrong. The American way of work hard, buy a house, live a decent life no longer exists and hasn't existed for years. Wages are stagnant. The middle class is in sharp decline. Even immigrants, especially the Chinese, are moving back to China for better opportunities. The educated classes of other countries are not moving to America. They have it better in their home countries.

    @ Li - about the only solution to your/my problem of which I know is to find a man dumb and desperate enough to marry me. It's rough out there for singletons, especially economically.

  • d3 NOH

    yes but only after coming to Northwestern for 4 or 8 years for a top notch education

3 days ago

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4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

New Restaurant?

I just walked by the Town Hall apartments on Halsted and Addison and noticed what appears to be a new restaurant getting ready to open up in one of the retail spots for that building. Does anyone know if this is actually a new restaurant and if so what the scoop on it is, or is it perhaps some facility that is there for the tenants of the building? It seems to look like to me it may be a restaurant because it also has bar seating and the decor of the place as well.

  • Gregory Morrow Employee at Center On Halsted

    Hi! That facility is part of the Center on Halsted's new Senior Center complex. That space will be used to serve senior lunches or for other senior events. The lunch program is administered as part of the City of Chicago's Golden Diner senior lunch program. The old police station itself will soon be open as part of the Senior Center, it's going to be very nice!

  • Gregory Morrow Employee at Center On Halsted

    Addenda: the Senior Lunch program at Town Hall is not just for building residents, it is for all neighborhood seniors 60 and up. There is another Senior Lunch served at the Presbyterian church down the street, at Addison and Broadway.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Looking for responsible and attentive accountant

My husband and I are looking for a responsible and attentive accountant in Chicago. We are willing to see someone around Lakeview, Lakeview Roscoe Village as well as the Loop if we found an accountant that we like. My husband owns his own small business so we need someone who understands those issues. We also need some assistance with doing taxes with a trust fund. Thank you for your help!

  • Holly 15 year East Lakeview Resident.

    Been using Nick for over 10 years.

    Nick Kolligris,CPA
    AK Tax Service
    Lakeview
    652 W. Cornelia
    Chicago IL 60657
    773 281-0717
    773 281-0727 fax

  • My husband and I own two small businesses and have trusts as well. We have been using Michael and Nancy Dschida of NMD and Co. For 15+ years. They are a super responsive, reasonable and extremely knowledgeable team who are located nearby. They can be reached at 312 640-5904 or michael@nmd-company.com.

  • Thanks for all of the tips!

5 days ago

32nd Ward Aldermanic Forum

South Lakeview Neighbors is holding an aldermanic forum for the two candidates in the 32nd ward. Here are the details:

http://slneighbors.org/2015/01/26/32nd-ward-aldermanic-forum-feb-10/

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Jan 20

Updated 5 days ago

  • KTL

    The thumbs up and thumbs down are partisan opinion and no doubt this is a teacher's union website. Totally useless unless you are a public union supporter, which I am not. This actually makes me like Tunney.

  • The facts there are probably accurate, on how they voted, but as KTL notes, the thumbs up/down is whether "Grassroots Illinois Action" (whomever they are) think it was a good vote. They're against charter schools, yet clearly, charter schools markedly outperform traditional schools by any measure (except "preservation of highly-paid union jobs for bad teachers", maybe).

Jan 24

Updated 5 days ago

Brown Elephant space (Halsted/Waveland)

All the For Rent signs are down and there is new paper covering on the windows. Anyone know anything about what is going in the space?

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    Both Ald. Cappleman (46th Ward) and Ald. Tunney (44th Ward) are on the City Council Zoning committee. Ald. Cappleman is also on the Housing committee.

  • Quite correct, it's not in the 44th ward -- but? Still of interest here.

Aug 10

Updated 5 days ago

Handyman in Lakeview

Does anyone have a recommendation for a local handyman that you trust and has reasonable rates? Looking for someone in the Lakeview area.

Thanks!

  • Menschwithawrench is excellent and fairly priced.

  • Ravens Yes.I can fix that.

    Genetically engineered for things mechanical. Have all my attachments & latest software. Please call 312-890-7558

Oct 20

Updated 5 days ago

Handyman?

Does anyone have a good handyman that they could recommend? I would appreciate hearing from you!

  • Try Paul@windycity handyman.com 773-297-8789. Licensed, insured, reasonable and quite good.

  • Ravens Yes.I can fix that.

    If you are still looking. I could help. Many years experience. Please call 312-890-7558

Jan 25

Updated 5 days ago

Missing black and white cat

Mila got out of her home on Lakewood between Diversey and Wolfram in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago on Saturday, September 6, 2014, and she is still missing.

Mila is a 3 year-old black-and-white cat with green-yellow eyes. Her back is black while her belly, chest and paws are white. She has black around her eyes and a little black button nose. Mila is micro-chipped and was wearing a black-and-white collar with her name and our number on it. The collar has no tags or bells attached.

REWARD: $1,000

More photos and information: danielleg.com/mila

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