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12:22 am - 9/20/12: 3 shots

Audible from near Race and Damen, but no idea about direction. I haven't heard any sirens yet, and I'm not exactly standing in the window to look out to see what might be going on.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    The police should have arrived within ten minutes of your 911 call

  • Robin, you're assuming 911 was called. CPD doesn't necessarily arrive with sirens blaring, especially when traffic is light. The also circle the area looking for shooters leaving the area. It's not like the $hitheads shoot and then hang around waiting for the PoPo.

  • Erik H Loyola & UofC alumnus, Chicago Loot Drop charity

    Did you call 911? Never assume someone else is calling it in.

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The 18 Best Pizzas In Chicago, 2014 Edition

Cleo's is located at 1935 W. Chicago Ave.

This article has 17 other Chicago locations (Show)

JB Alberto’s is located at 1326 W Morse Ave.

Lina’s Pizza is located at 3132 S. Morgan St.

Ceres Table is located at 3124 N Broadway.

Pizza Castle is located at 3256 W. 55th St.

Boiler Room is located at 2210 N. California Ave.

Macello’s is located at 1235 West Lake Street.

Stella Barra is located at 1954 N Halsted.

Geneo’s is located at 2945 W. 59th St.

Pizza Art Cafe is located at 4658 N. Rockwell St.

Falco’s Pizza is located at 2806 W. 40th Pl.

Medici on 57th is located at 1327 E. 57th St.

Floriole is located at 1220 W Webster Ave.

Fox’s Beverly Pub is located at 9956 S. Western Ave.

Santullo’s is located at 1943 W. North Ave.

Flo & Santos is located at 1310 S. Wabash Ave.

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co. is located at 2121 N. Clark St.

Exchequer is located at 226 S. Wabash Ave.

  • Mary 17 year Bridgeport resident

    I'm not surprised Lina's was listed as one of the best. Their sauce is so good -- like the best of New Jersey and Baltimore. And the veggie is great for breakfast....all the food groups at a yummy taste.

  • Marla J. Martin 4400 Block of Paulina

    I think Spacca Napoli on Sunnyside and Ravenswood is by far the best. I'm disappointed that they aren't found here. If you haven't tried them, it's an experience not to be missed!

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MISSING Brown Tabby Cat - Thor (male, nutered, 4 years old, microchipped)

Our cat Thor escaped Tuesday 9/16 at 9pm from Wood and Ohio. He's a very friendly brown tabby cat with black stripes and spots. He's an inside cat and his family misses him. If you have seen him or have any information on him, please call me or email me cell 312-213-6916 - michelle.maro@yahoo.com. Thank you.

  • He's super friendly, keep me posted. A dog across the street scared him but maybe I'll try to get him next time.

  • Thank you Jessica. Yes he is really friendly and would likely have came to you if the dog wasn't there. If u happen to see him again please let me know and I'll come right away. I'll be searching that area tomorrow. Thanks for the tip. 312-213-6916.

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Robbery at gunpoint 2100 block Erie

My neighbor was robbed at 10pm tonight at gunpoint while pulling into the garage.

2 African American males (20-25yo one with an Afro) approached him after he pulled into the garage, ordered him out if the car and onto his knees facing the wall as they rummaged through the car and took his wallet, watch and cell phone.

Be aware at night everyone, especially in the alleys. These types of robberies seem to come in waves.

  • Anonymous Andy Chicago/damen

    Was this the Erie and Ohio ally or the Erie and Huron ally?
    There was an attempted garage break-in two nights ago in the 2100 block of Huron. Between Huron and Erie. Apparently the homeowner heard something and turned off the lights and looked out the window. The person must...

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    Was this the Erie and Ohio ally or the Erie and Huron ally?
    There was an attempted garage break-in two nights ago in the 2100 block of Huron. Between Huron and Erie. Apparently the homeowner heard something and turned off the lights and looked out the window. The person must have heard or seen the home owner and ran off because they did not get it. The wood around the deadbolt was damaged as they tried to break the wood to pop open the deadbolt and the back gate to the ally was left open.

    If you have windows not in reach of anyone, keep them open at night to hear any issues that can come up. This is the only way the break in did not occur.

  • Ricky ricky

    It was the Erie and Huron alley.

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Dent Fixing Scam

Hello, this happened to me in Lincoln Park today, but I can't imagine it's exclusive to that area. A guy pulled up as I was getting out of my car offering to fix the dent on the side of my car. Said he worked for Dent Busters and had his tools with him. He offered to do it for $100 and said several times not to pay him until he was done. I let him give it a go. He...

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Hello, this happened to me in Lincoln Park today, but I can't imagine it's exclusive to that area. A guy pulled up as I was getting out of my car offering to fix the dent on the side of my car. Said he worked for Dent Busters and had his tools with him. He offered to do it for $100 and said several times not to pay him until he was done. I let him give it a go. He had a suction cup with a handle and after halfheartedly attempting to pull out the dent, got a scoop of white goo from a big tub of what he called "heat nap" from his trunk, put on gloves and smeared it all over the dent. Said that in several hours, the goop would cause the dent to pop out. While he was doing this, I called an auto body shop, and found out no such thing exists. While I was on the phone, a woman got out of his car and started yelling at me for not paying. By then, the dent fixer was back in the car, yelling to the woman, "She's calling an auto body shop!" The woman got in the car and they drove off. I was right near the White Glove car wash on Shakespeare, so pulled in there and was somewhat amused to find that the "heat nap" was shaving cream. Said his name was Angel, driving a silver late-model Chevy, maybe a Malibu. Had another man with him he called Jake. I called the police and the dispatcher was rather incredulous about the scam, so I'm guessing maybe it's the latest and greatest attempt to weasel people out of their money. Thankfully, I didn't end up losing $100, and will be taking the car to Advanced Auto Body, where I've had work done before. It will cost a lot more, but at least I won't have shaving cream on my car.

  • Note was left on our car that has a large dent requesting to purchase the car, unsolicited. Did not follow-up but sounds like it could be related.

  • gloriaartist 51 year EGP Resident

    SCAM I

    THIS IS A SCAM!! BIG TIME!! AND ITS KICKING UP AGAIN!!

    Scam Number II

    A "Roofer" claims to have viewed some damage on your roof and "offers" TO REPAIR IT-RIGHT THERE for a very low price. SCAM.

    Scam III-

    Third party "Uility Company Representatives" carrying copies of Com Ed and Peoples Gas bills-showing you how you are being scammed and invite you to get on board with their "Utility" Companies

    more scam alerts coming....

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Lost Dog- Chihuahua!

Be on the lookout for this Lost Chihuahua! Belushi was lost at Huron & Wood in the West Town Neighborhood of Chicago on Sept 15. Please share too!

  • Btw, Erica - I think your flyers were extremely helpful and well-placed. I saw them early on and realized that it was in my area so I'd been keeping an eagle-eye out for your pup. So glad that he was found! But much of that is because you did such a good job of getting the word out. Kudos!

  • Not my dog or flyer just helping out a friend of a friend. :)

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The arrival of reform politics

If you live in the 28th ward please join "New leadership for the 28th ward" on Facebook.

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  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    DEMOLITION OF INTERIOR NON-LOAD PARTITION WALLS AND FINISHES IN PERPETRATION FOR MAIN BUILDING PERMIT #100553785 FOR INTERIOR BUILD-OUT.

    1746 W. Chicago Ave. Issued September 16, 2014 Comment

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Are you interested in playing fall basketball at Smith Park?

Smith Park is still looking for boys or girls between the ages of 13-17 to play in the fall basketball league on Saturday afternoons. Practice and games will be held in the Smith Park gym. If anyone has a child, friend or relative who may be interested in playing fall basketball, please contact Frank at 312-742-7534. The cost is $35. Season will end mid-December. You do not need to live in the West Town Community to play.

Smith Park
2526 West Grand Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60612

smithparkadvisorycouncil.org

This is Frank below, thank you for all your support! :)

3 days ago

West Town residents financing businesses

Hi, West Towners! As supporters of the stores and cafes in West Town, I wanted to share a new way to advocate for local businesses and create a stronger neighborhood economy.

Your many years of love for The Ugly Mug Cafe on Chicago Ave. has encouraged them to open for a second location. They are seeking customers, friends, and neighbors to fund a community sourced loan for the costs of construction. They chose this type of loan instead of traditional financing because they believe in the benefit of community involvement to growing the cafe and the neighborhood. FYI, they built their patio this year using this same lending method.

Check out how this works here:
http://bit.ly/ZqDYuu

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Y.O.U Openhouse

Casa Central's Youth Opportunities Unlimited Program is hosting an open house this Friday Sept 19th from 5:00-7:30pm. There will be music and light refreshments served. This is a great opportunity for families to find out about the many services Y.O.U offers as well as people who are interested in volunteering with us. Feel Free to stop by.
1351 N.California Ave.

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3rd Meeting of Neighborhood Group - For Those in the Area Bound by Grand/Chicago/Damen/Western

If you live in the area bound by Grand/Chicago/Damen/Western, there is a new neighborhood organization forming. Our third public community meeting and will be held on Saturday September 20th at 10am at the Ukrainian Cultural Center located at 2247 W. Chicago Ave., at Oakley.

We are holding monthly steering committee meetings for the foreseeable future to serve as a public forum for your input and ideas as we work to formalize an organizational structure.

The three existing committees (community affairs,...

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If you live in the area bound by Grand/Chicago/Damen/Western, there is a new neighborhood organization forming. Our third public community meeting and will be held on Saturday September 20th at 10am at the Ukrainian Cultural Center located at 2247 W. Chicago Ave., at Oakley.

We are holding monthly steering committee meetings for the foreseeable future to serve as a public forum for your input and ideas as we work to formalize an organizational structure.

The three existing committees (community affairs, operations, planning and preservation) will present updates and the organization name will be discussed. And we are hosting a social gathering at Tuman's Tap (Chicago & Leavitt) after the meeting.

If you cannot attend, but would still like to get involved, send us an email to

neighborhoodoptions60612@gmail.com.

To check for updates and find out about our progress and goals look here:

http://neighborhoodoptions.blogspot.com

Whether you own or rent come to make your voice heard and please share this information with your neighbors!

Thank You.

JW Glass

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Will Natalino's ever re-open?

Hi neighbors!

Does anyone know why Natalino's closed down a few years ago?

There is a large "license revoked" sign posted on the side, but what is the story here?

I never got the chance to try it out, but I heard the food and service were great.
This neighborhood needs a great Italian eatery!

Any idea if something will ever open up in its place?

  • Big Al WP Big Al, Your Neighborhood Pal

    Just to set the record straight, as Mr. Beef's accountant, the owner of Mr. Beef owned the building and his business partner ran the restaurant. Hope that clears up any confusion here.

  • Crain's
    Feb 11, 2009

    (Crain's) — Midwest Bank has filed a foreclosure lawsuit to collect about $650,000 on Mr. Beef, the longtime Italian beef sandwich restaurant in River North.

    The Melrose Park-based bank alleges that Mr. Beef's co-owners, Joseph Zucchero and Michael Genevese, failed to pay off two loans, totaling...

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    Crain's
    Feb 11, 2009

    (Crain's) — Midwest Bank has filed a foreclosure lawsuit to collect about $650,000 on Mr. Beef, the longtime Italian beef sandwich restaurant in River North.

    The Melrose Park-based bank alleges that Mr. Beef's co-owners, Joseph Zucchero and Michael Genevese, failed to pay off two loans, totaling $330,000, when they came due in October, and missed monthly payments on a third loan, according to a complaint filed Dec. 19 in Cook Court Circuit Court.

    The loan problems aren't tied to the performance of Mr. Beef, a Chicago culinary institution at 666 N. Orleans St. The difficulties could be a simple story of restaurateurs overextending themselves at a bad time. A portion of the loans on the Mr. Beef building were used to cover costs of Natalino's, a West Town restaurant that Messrs. Zucchero and Genevese opened in March, "just on the cusp of this whole economic meltdown," Mr. Zucchero says ruefully.

    But Mr. Zucchero says Natalino's, a 120-seat restaurant... "does phenomenal, even in this market." Instead, he sees the foreclosure case as an example of how some tight-fisted lenders are squeezing small entrepreneurs.

    In addition to the Midwest Bank loans, Norridge-based Plaza Bank holds a $2-million loan secured in part by the Chicago Avenue property. The Plaza Bank loan is current, Mr. Zucchero says...

    Both banks have rebuffed efforts to refinance those loans and other debts, which total about $3.5 million, he says. Messrs. Zucchero and Genevese say they have offered to put up properties worth more than $6 million to secure the loans.

    "You'd think they (the banks) would go, 'OK, come on in and talk this out and get this thing rehashed," Mr. Zucchero says....

    Modest cost overruns made finances even tighter. Mr. Zucchero admits missing payments to Midwest Bank, but blames that in part on non-Hodgkins lymphoma that he was diagnosed with last year, which took him away from the business.

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police & helicopters

Does anyone know you there are police flying down western Ave going north and helicopters?

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Projection Mapping Animations at the High Dive

The West Town Art Walk is just around the corner, taking place on October 3-4. Come out and support all of the amazing featured artists and West Town establishments. And be sure to stop by the High Dive at 1938 W. Chicago Ave. to see two projection mapped animations.

The two animations below will be on display 5pm – 8pm on October 3rd and 11am – 8pm on October 4th:

untitled – 5’ x 7’ – 03:15 (http://vimeo.com/58034310)

the elephant in the room – 4’ x 4’ – 05:45 (https://vimeo.com/105606079)

For more info on the event: http://www.westtownartwalk.com

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