Jun 08

Updated 2 hours ago

Hanig's Footwear - Clark/Diversey

I saw a "Lost our Lease" sign on the window of Hanig's Footwear (Clark/Diversey). Does anyone know what's going in there?

32 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Development near Lincoln and Roscoe

There are 5 vacant, contiguous buildings on west side of Lincoln just south of Roscoe...One of the buildings (which was formerly a thrift shop) is undergoing a major construction, rehab...Does anyone know if there is anything in the works there?

  • Chilebrity- This development (link below) will also help revitalize the strip of Lincoln you are talking about. The current building and retail is a drag on the whole block.

    There is much less density in that area, with 3-flats being converted to single-families, and DePaul kids living in other hoods. Not enough foot traffic to support the available retail. The density from this development and the hospital development should help.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140114/lincoln-park/developer-11-story-apartment-building-would-revitalize-lincoln-avenue

  • @p_dol..thanks for the info..I hope the plans are still moving forward.....The article is from late July and there's been no activity (demolition?) since then so I hope nothings changed.... I know it can be a slow process, but i know its not unusual for these prospective tenants to back out...

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    @p_dol..thanks for the info..I hope the plans are still moving forward.....The article is from late July and there's been no activity (demolition?) since then so I hope nothings changed.... I know it can be a slow process, but i know its not unusual for these prospective tenants to back out... A Peets coffee was supposed to replace the Caribbou Coffee that was in my building on School Street, but they backed out, and then the Pandera also apparently backed out of the deal to move in the new construction on 3300 N. Ashland....I think the Bareburger restaurant will do really well there... There's really no other good restaurants in that stretch of Lincoln other than Frasca, which does really well... Wishbone stopped serving dinners over a year ago and it wouldn't surprise me if something happened there..

44 hours ago

Updated 32 hours ago

New Development

Anyone have any idea what is going up across from Whole Foods off of Ashland Ave. between School and Henderson? Just curious, thanks ahead for any info!

  • L

    Here is a post about it. Target was supposed to come in about a block south of the property mentioned here, but they sold the property. Maybe one of the two parcels will get an Aldi. http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2014/07/panera-bread-at-ashland-and-school.html

  • It looks like three units will be there... Not a lot of parking space, so grocery store seems doubtful....I heard vitamin store is one of the tenants..Having a hard time understanding that there's that much of a demand for vitamins..Have no idea what else is coming...Each of the three units is pretty good size..

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

New Streetlights

Just installed on Greenview. I think they chose a fixture that allows too much light and glare to be undirected and so spills horizontal (Everyone's windows and eyes). Rather they should have chosen a lamp that directs the light to the ground. Also I am praying that they will paint the bright shining aluminum. The City has made so many good choices in the past regarding public fixtures. Retro and period street lamps painted monochromatic dark greens. Someone blew this one.)

  • Fictionista Storyteller

    We had a similar problem. The blackout curtains I bought weren't dark enough, so I backed them with dark colored twin sheets. Hung horizontally the were the perfect size for our big window. You can avoid my mistake by buying dark colored blackout curtains instead of cute ones. :-)

  • I bought dark colored fleece to hang in my windows after trying white blackout fabric that I found didn't work. The light weight of the fleece is a big plus.

6 days ago

Graffiti?

Found near Aldine and Broadway. Does anyone know what this is?

Oct 20

Updated Oct 20

Police on PIne Grove

Any clue why police were all over 3930 n. Pine Grove Friday nite/Sat AM?

Thanks

Aug 02 2012

Updated Oct 14

Counseling Center on Sheffield - closed. What next?

The adult center that I believe provided various services on Sheffield next to Leona's has closed. Anyone have an idea what happened and what is next for this property? Tear down or new tenants?

  • Carmelo Baseball Coach at Brighton Kelly Baseball

    Hi Jennifer. my uncle was going to CCLV to receive assistance in obtaining legal status in the US. His case worker was Ms. Nora Santoyo and Betty Shibata. Can you help me in locating them? We would greatly appreciate any leads you can provide. Thanks, Carmelo

  • jasper1055 Roscoe Villiage

    Jennifer, thank you for all of the amazing work you and your co-workers do for the city. I hope you realize what a positive impact you have on the community around you.

Jun 20 2012

Updated Oct 13

Panera pay what you can plan.

Panera to open first local pay-what-you-can cafe in Lakeview

Panera is turning one of its first Chicago stores over to the community. The store at 616 W. Diversey Pkwy. is converting to a pay-what-you-can model Thursday with only suggested prices and donation boxes.

This is the St. Louis-based company's fourth "Panera Cares Community Cafe" and its first in Chicago. In an interview, founder and co-CEO Ron Shaich said the Lakeview location has particular significance for him because he wrote the...

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Panera to open first local pay-what-you-can cafe in Lakeview

Panera is turning one of its first Chicago stores over to the community. The store at 616 W. Diversey Pkwy. is converting to a pay-what-you-can model Thursday with only suggested prices and donation boxes.

This is the St. Louis-based company's fourth "Panera Cares Community Cafe" and its first in Chicago. In an interview, founder and co-CEO Ron Shaich said the Lakeview location has particular significance for him because he wrote the company's mission statement there.

"Chicago is a very important market for us," Shaich said, adding that the company has more than 100 locations in the area, and co-CEO William Moreton lives in Hinsdale. "We've had a lot of success here."

He added that the Lakeview location is ideal for a community store because there are "million-dollar townhomes and people on the street," meaning there are customers who can help support the cafe and those who can benefit from a free meal.

"When you walk in, it's the full Panera experience," Shaich said. "When you go into a soup kitchen, the energy is so negative and the food is institutional and the experience is institutional."

He said the idea for the community model was to "create an experience," that could "lift people up" and provide some dignity for those who can't afford to pay.

To make the concept work, consumers who have extra money are asked to donate it. Those who are short can pay less, and those who can't pay anything can volunteer for an hour to eat free.

  • Time to start a new thread so we don't have to scroll ... and scroll ... and scroll down to recent posts.

  • All krap. People act like Lakeview was perfect before this establishment was established. Also the whole thing is a scam. They ask you how much money you have on you. Including censorship. Hold on! The word "c--p" isn't allowed here

Oct 07

Updated Oct 09

Chicago News Website

Can anyone recommend a good website for local Chicagoland news? Not looking for anything with a political slant, just want to read local news on line. The Chicago Tribune site is limited and loaded with ads. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Oct 05

Updated Oct 06

Anyone else having trouble with EveryBlock links?

For the past few days, when I click a link in the EveryBlock Digest emails, I get a "This webpage is not available" error message.

Is this happening to anyone else?

Sep 18

Updated Oct 02

Muskie's Closing

Sigh... Another institution bites the dust. Muskie's (corner of Lincoln/George/Lakewood) is closing either this Saturday or next Saturday. They are renters and the owner wants to do something else with the property. The cleaner next door also has to close soon.

  • L

    They were taking down the Muskie's sign this morning.

  • Tim M. Hickernell Belmont Harbor

    Ah Medusa's. As we legal >21s used to say back then, as we drank at Berlin and Avalon, "Medusa's: No alcohol, just juice and drugs."

Sep 24

Updated Sep 30

Demo at Ashland and Melrose?

Any idea what is happening there now? Last I heard Target was not going in. Anyone heard anything new?

  • With our luck it will be more yoga studios, gymbories, nail salons and daycares because we don't have enough of those, LOL!

  • I Had To Say It Reality does not equal negativity.

    You need those mattress stores. Chicago is #1 in bed bug infestation throughout the nation. Those cigar smoking White men that invested in those mattress franchises are more "aware" than you. Commercial leases there are expensive there, obviously they're doing good with their ROI.

Sep 29

Peoples Gas, what's going on?

For the third time this year, Peoples Gas is drilling on the same spot of the 3600 north Ashland Avenue. When we finally got the street smoothly resurfaced after the first two sloppy jobs, here we go again. One guy drilling, four guys watching and our utilities going up again.

Sep 26

Speed Camera by Petco on 3000 block of Ashland

From the alderman: "In several days speed cameras will be operational at 3111/3130 N. Ashland Ave, in your ward. After calibration and testing, the cameras begin issuing warning notices. The warning phase lasts for 30 days and after the warning phase, it will issue citations. If you have any questions or if you would like a briefing please contact me at 312-742-7621 or david.pulsipher@cityofchicago.org."

Sep 23

Zoning Change Meeting Reminder

Ald Cappleman is holding a meeting to discuss the proposed zoning variance for the construction of a 15 story glass rental unit at on the NE corner of Broadway at W Sheridan. The building will be similar to the Flats on halsted. high density housing.

The meeting is at 7 at 3930 N Pine Grove. It is important for residents and owners come to find out the impact on the neighborhood and how it will affect your property values.

Sep 14

Free Blowdry Tomorrow!

Looking for a blow dry model tomorrow at 1:30pm in Lincoln Park.
Email me for more info!
HeatherNoelWatson@gmail.com

Sep 14

Free Blow Dry tomorrow!

Looking for a blow dry model at 1:30pm tomorrow in Lincoln Park.
Email me for more info!
HeatherNoelWatson@gmail.com

Sep 11

Updated Sep 13

Jamba Juice on Diversey & Clark?

Does anybody know why this location closed? It seemed to be busy and it's been at this location forever now.

  • Part of the problem is property taxes. I know several people who sold residential and commercial buildings in the last 15 years in Lakeview and Lincoln Park because they were unable to pay their mortgage and their property taxes with all units occupied at market rent...

  • Many years ago, there was a similar issue on Clark St near Belden with empty storefront after empty storefront. It was actually more profitable for the landlord to have the vacant storefronts than have them rented as this way, they were a tax write off. The owner didn't live in Chicago so it didn't matter to him what it was doing to the neighborhood.

Sep 11

FREE haircuts

I recently finished an apprenticeship and am transitioning into becoming a full-time stylist, while continuing advanced training. My training day is thursday and I am in need of haircut models both male and female. Contact me if you're interested in helping me finish my training!

Sep 08

Updated Sep 10

Fire trucks and cops around Broadway/Halsted around 4 PM?

Around 4 PM today there was a swarm of firetrucks and police cars over by where Halsted ends into Broadway. I didn't see/smell any smoke. Anyone have any idea what was going on?

Sep 08

Updated Sep 10

City Dough Space

Does anyone know what is happening with the City Dough space on Sheffield/Wellington? It seems like it has been closed for a while with little to no news (and I am starting to OD on Panes...).

  • I miss Pompei too. It was so popular and good. Why did they close? And is there rumor they are coming back?

  • The rumor I heard about Pompei was that the owner sold the location to DMK with the rights to still operate the location as a Pompei. Then for whatever reason they decided to close it.

Sep 07

Summer Twilight Party For City Professionals @ Godfrey I/O Roffscape 9/28

Meet Other Single Professionals at one of Chicago's Hottest spots to meet other people.
The link is here:

http://www.meetup.com/312Professionals-Social-Scene/events/199807092/

if you are between 25 and 45 and want to expand your social circle by meeting new people you can join our group by clicking join us on the right hand side of the page:

http://www.meetup.com/312Professionals-Social-Scene/

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