27 hours ago

Updated 1 hour 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?

  • jives vigilent resident x 20 yrs

    Yes, Happy news it's just the rear alley section that's demolished. I walked over to clark now to see and the main store is still there- my 5 yr old cant wait to go back ..she's " never seen so much cool stuff! "
    And she wanted to buy mom a present ...(passed on the phalo-pop)!

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Artist

    I remember that mural as the gateway to a cool somewhat subversive space as a teenager.
    Now as a muralist in my 40's it just feels like a loss for something we have too much of already.
    Glad the Alley is still there in a downsize version though.

4 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

What's up with the helicopters in lakeview?

What's up with the three helicopters in lakeview?

4 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

4 copters hovering over E Lakeview 1/31/15

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

Any info?

Jul 09 2012

Updated 18 hours ago

Updates on Crime/Vagrancy at Clark & Diversey?

I've been noticing a lot more people loitering against the Walgreens wall at Clark and Diversey since Panera Cares opened up. In addition, it seems like there are more homeless/drunks passed out in door entrances along Diversey after 9 or 10 PM each night. Is this being addressed at all? I haven't heard of an increase in crimes as of yet, but I definitely feel less safe walking around the area now.

  • Too bad this big corporation is not paying taxes, not supporting Cook County Hospital, Medicaid, mental health clinics, DCFS, public housing, police and all other city/county services needed by this population. Public institutions are suffering drastic budget cuts, the last thing they needed was another business to stop paying taxes....

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    Too bad this big corporation is not paying taxes, not supporting Cook County Hospital, Medicaid, mental health clinics, DCFS, public housing, police and all other city/county services needed by this population. Public institutions are suffering drastic budget cuts, the last thing they needed was another business to stop paying taxes. Learn something from our alderman who has for-profit restaurants. He pays a lot of taxes, employs a lot of people, provides food/meeting space to many nonprofit organizations including seniors and other groups, fundraises for many institutions/nonprofits around here, all without fanfare. Keeps his restaurant open on Christmas eve for people who have no where to go. This is only a partial list of all that he does.. Our alderman is not wasting $$ buying national TV commercials to promote himself. He is very humble and quiet about it. He is the big philanthropist around here: pays full boat taxes which support all of these institutions that aid the disadvantaged population.

  • Bob

    For detailed demographic census data re income, occupation, education, housing, family, and transportation characteristics [9pp, downloadable] of the area centered around Diversey/ Clark/ Broadway, please see the Everyblock post: Diversey/ Clark/ Broadway Related Issues. Click the link in the first comment.

    Link to the Diversey/ Clark/ Broadway Related Issues main post:

    http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/dec22-diversey-clark-broadway-related-issues-6577338/

Jun 20 2012

Updated 18 hours ago

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.

  • Bob

    PANERA CARES is closing January 31, 2015.

    The Chicago Panera Cares Community Café [pay what you can charity], 616 W. Diversey, is closing January 31, 2015. There are no plans to open elsewhere in Chicago.

    The Panera Cares Foundation posted a note on the door stating:

    “....our lease at this...

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    PANERA CARES is closing January 31, 2015.

    The Chicago Panera Cares Community Café [pay what you can charity], 616 W. Diversey, is closing January 31, 2015. There are no plans to open elsewhere in Chicago.

    The Panera Cares Foundation posted a note on the door stating:

    “....our lease at this site is expiring shortly and the Foundation has decided that it does not make sense to renew it due to changing economics. With the overall cost of rent and major investments needed to improve the site, it is not a sensible option for the Foundation.”

    “....the Panera Bread Foundation remains committed to feeding those in need in the Chicago Community and across the country. There are no plans to close any other Panera Cares Community Cafes in 2015.”

  • Bob

    For detailed demographic census data re income, occupation, education, housing, family, and transportation characteristics [9pp, downloadable] of the area centered around Diversey/ Clark/ Broadway, please see the Everyblock post: Diversey/ Clark/ Broadway Related Issues. Click the link in the first comment.

    Link to the Diversey/ Clark/ Broadway Related Issues main post:

    http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/dec22-diversey-clark-broadway-related-issues-6577338/

    At the above main post, you’ll find links to plans of many of the proposed developments.

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Updated 43 hours 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.

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

Work on Broadway and Melrose

Does anyone know that they are putting up on the corner of Broadway and Melrose?

There have been 3 huge, wooden poles in front of Nettelhorst for a couple of days, and now there is a crew out there. When I asked if it was a light of some sort, I was mumbled at and then ignored. The school doesn't know anything.

Dec 22

Updated 3 days ago

Diversey / Clark / Broadway Related Issues

I invite you to use this post to raise and discuss issues related to or near the Lincoln Park / Lakeview intersection of Diversey, Clark, and Broadway.

New issues include four proposed developments including three residential high-rises and one hotel on the 500 and 600 blocks of Diversey.

Current and previous Everyblock posts have included issues related to vacant storefronts, problems with Panera Cares, and crime and vagrancy on Diversey and Clark. Some of these issues received previous attention and can be searched on Everyblock.

For readability, I will post links to the individual projects below.

Neighborhoods are Chicago’s greatest strength; and you are the strength of this neighborhood! Please stay involved.

Thank you.

Bob

  • A level of density that makes parking a car in a given area a constant nightmare and driving a car in an area a time consuming and frightening nightmare is what solves the problem of "why don't people get rid of their cars and rely on alternate modes of transit."...

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    A level of density that makes parking a car in a given area a constant nightmare and driving a car in an area a time consuming and frightening nightmare is what solves the problem of "why don't people get rid of their cars and rely on alternate modes of transit." The population density in NYC is an example of this. It's not that people in NYC like using the MTA instead of cars; it's that using a car in NYC is so much more difficult, time consuming, and fantastically expensive that even with the constant delays, service changes, and overcrowding the MTA is still a better option.

    So if you want there to be fewer cars in the neighborhood, density is the way forward.

  • Bob

    Stephen,

    I understand your concern.

    In 2011, my wife was hit by a car while she crossed Clark St. to what is now the Edge Grill at Schubert. She crossed in the center of the well marked crosswalk and was hit by a car turning north from Schubert after leaving...

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    Stephen,

    I understand your concern.

    In 2011, my wife was hit by a car while she crossed Clark St. to what is now the Edge Grill at Schubert. She crossed in the center of the well marked crosswalk and was hit by a car turning north from Schubert after leaving Best Buy. We are thankful the driver stopped and waited for the police and ambulance. His passenger offered help and sat with my wife.

    My wife suffered a broken jaw [resulting in a liquid-only diet for 12 weeks], tooth loss, foot problems, and other damage. Her face was so black and blue that she looked like an eggplant. The jaw has healed but more than three years later, the tooth issues continue. We must have made 40 trips to the dentist and we still haven’t gotten to the implant stage.

    This was our only incident with a car.

    But we’ve almost been run over countless times by adult bicyclists who ignore red lights, crosswalks, or ride on the sidewalks at or near Diversey, Clark, and Broadway.

    And we should all be reminded of the woman on the sidewalk at Diversey and Sheffield who was killed by a person on rollerblades.

    Pay attention when crossing the street. Look for cars, bikes, skateboards, and rollerblades. Cross with the light but still watch for cars. Put the phone away. Don’t talk when crossing the street. Sometimes it just takes 100% concentration to cross a street safely.

4 days ago

Updated 3 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.

Jan 20

Updated Jan 24

  • Any news agencies such as yours conducting their own?

  • Noel Montenegro Photojournalist for NBC News

    I cant speak for the other stations. I dont think we are. We dont have access to the legal tools to find out what people are really concerned about. Mainly if the owner of the building is the owner and installer of the recording equipment. And if the owner of the building has anymore recording equipment in use in any illegal way. That would require warrants for search. Police have to do their due diligence and burn some good old fashion shoe leather.

Jan 17

Updated Jan 23

Change Coming to 44th Ward?

...maybe, maybe not, it will be for the voters to decide. But for the first time in several election cycles there are challengers to the incumbent in next month's election for 44th Ward Alderman. Come learn about the candidates and ask questions next week:

1. Monday, January 19 at 7pm at the next Southport Neighbors Association meeting. It will be at the Mercury Theater.
http://www.southportneighbors.com/meeting.html

2. Wednesday, January 21 at 6pm at the Hawthorne Neighbors Meeting. It will be at the Annoyance Theater
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hawthorne-Neighbors/589776931051310

Here's a chance to find out where the candidates stand on issues important to the community and ask questions.

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    A Google search of news stories on "Tunney" and "election" or "re-election" found no stories which mentioned him contemplating, thinking about, considering, or deciding on not running for re-election. Even if he though about it, I doubt that he would say it to a reporter. After Mayor Daley decided non-to run for re-election, their was story mention about a possible Tunney bid for election as Mayor of Chicago. If he had decided to run for mayor, he could campaign while still being 44th Ward Alderman.

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    There is a possibility that the "The Alderman was not invited to the forum" was a cover story for being busy doing something else that his chief of staff did not want to specify, but the appropriate and acceptable answer then would have been "The Alderman had a prior commitment that he couldn't break or change."

Jan 20

Support Lakeview Business

Come say hello to neighbors and fellow business owners, and take advantage of winning free stuff. (Over $500 in Give-Aways)

Check out the event page that is supporting local business.

- lululemon athletica (Southport)
- Southport Grocery & Cafe (Southport)
- The Butcher's Tap (Southport)
- Corepower Yoga

http://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/feb17-lululemon-networking-event-social-6633127

Jan 18

Updated Jan 19

Communities by emazeMe

Whether you are a local business looking to get the word out to customers or a resident looking to follow what's going on in your neighborhood, emazeMe has just launched Communities, where you can read twitter updates from local businesses, non-profits and local government. Signing up is free for both residents and businesses. Check us out at http://emazeme.com/ or sign up as a biz @ http://biz.emazeme.com/

  • SpamAlert Hates being spammed

    Come next month you'll have a year on EB and I believe you've set a record with all your posts and comments advertising your business. Bonus points for all your communications being in English, so I'm thinking Spammer of the Year!!

Jan 17

Amy Crawford for Alderman 46th Ward

Below is a link to an interview Amy Crawford just did with Avy Meyer's of the Northtown News Network.

The video is about 7 minutes long and worth watching if you are a 46th ward voter, or even if you have a friend that votes in the 46th let them know. Amy is better for our community.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKE20VPRM50

A couple more links for more info:

http://www.amyfor46.org/

https://www.facebook.com/Amyfor46

Have a nice weekend everybody.

Jan 15

Updated Jan 16

Resurrection Preschool Open Play

This Saturday, January 17, Resurrection Preschool is having an open play date from 10:00-12:00 for people with children age 2-5. It's FREE and open to all families. Res PreK is a secular, play-based preschool that has been serving the Lakeview and surrounding communities since 1970. Pop in and check it out or come at 10:00 and stay the whole time!
1050 W School Street
Www.rlclakeview.com
773-525-0605

Jan 15

Spritz Burger & Kit Kat lounge reviews!!

the 4BroadsDish wrote great reviews of our Lake View eateries. hilarious too! Check it out!
http://4broadsdish.com/spritz-burger-kit-kat-lounge-meet-4broads/

Jan 14

Updated Jan 14

Powells Bookstore on Lincoln

Demolition has started on the 2800 block of N. Lincoln Ave. Does anyone know what's going on with this block? Powells bookstore, dry cleaners, and muskies are all available for new business/construction. This could be a great opportunity to add to the new businesses that have popped up in the last year on this block, Beermiscuous, Popcorn Asylum, Gyros on the Spit....

Jan 12

Updated Jan 14

Recurring Snowblowing Annoyances

Lately, I dread each snowfall because I know it means the return of the snowblowing fools in the 2800 block of N. Orchard. To give some background, snowblowing in this block typically occurs between the hours of 12am and 4am, so no, not even remotely a "normal" time to use a very loud machine. My guess is that it's a service used and they come at whatever time they feel like, then plow the entire dang block at these odd...

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Lately, I dread each snowfall because I know it means the return of the snowblowing fools in the 2800 block of N. Orchard. To give some background, snowblowing in this block typically occurs between the hours of 12am and 4am, so no, not even remotely a "normal" time to use a very loud machine. My guess is that it's a service used and they come at whatever time they feel like, then plow the entire dang block at these odd hours. It's not even the sidewalk, it's the garage areas behind the houses, so it usually takes a while. I'm a heavy sleeper, and it continually wakes me up and keeps me up because it goes on for an hour or more. Last night at 4:15am, I finally had it and called 311 and was transferred to 911. They sent a car out. I feel bad "wasting" our 19th district resources for something so trivial, but this is ridiculous! I'd like to believe that no normal person says "yes, 3am is an awesome time fire this puppy up to clean an inch of snow that my car is going to drive over!" Has anyone had similar experiences? Aside from wearing earplugs and filing noise complaints, any suggestions on how to handle?

  • Macsurak - good for you for the excellent post.
    Its so annoying that, invariably, if someone posts anything in the nature of a complaint they will get the SCOLD response.
    For example, if you are complaining about "X" - within one or two posts - you will get the very...

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    Macsurak - good for you for the excellent post.
    Its so annoying that, invariably, if someone posts anything in the nature of a complaint they will get the SCOLD response.
    For example, if you are complaining about "X" - within one or two posts - you will get the very tiresome "if you don't like it Why don't YOU do something (instead of posting here!) ! it never fails there will always be one person who just has to insert that comment.
    The whole purpose of EB is to chew things over as neighbors, its our "back fence" - "did you hear this?" "Did you see that?" "What do you think about this?" not beat each other or up attack each other just for bringing a subject up. Why the hostility?

  • Why the hostility?

    My guess is that CHPO25 is the one running the snow blowers! : )

    But really, Becky G and Maksurak are correct. This is a good forum and I agree with you that we are discussing neighborhood things and there is no reason to get defensive or hostile.

    However, I am aware that some folks enjoy stirring the pot or playing devils' advocate. I guess it makes things interesting.

    Cheers, all.

Jan 13

Southport's Newest Addition - Kruger Gallery Chicago

Please support the grand opening of Kruger Gallery Chicago at 3709 N Southport with the opening of Heather Green, Victims & Villains, this Friday, January 16 from 6-9 pm!

http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2015/01/kruger-gallery-chicago-opening-january.html

Jan 13

Wednesday at Galleria Liqueurs...

Check out the event at http://chicago.everyblock.com/calendar

Dustin, the wine department manager, does a great job...

Let's support Galleria Liqueurs on Southport!!!

Look forward to seeing you guys there.

Sep 08

Updated Jan 12

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...).

Jan 04

Updated Jan 11

Lost Dog

Lost dog! He went missing from Rogers Park but just in case please keep an eye out for him. He is easily spooked so please don't try to chase him.

  • Oh, I am so happy. It was much too cold for him to be out tonight wearing only four white socks. :)

  • MJM

    yeah! phew!

Jan 09

#SaveCullens!

http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2015/01/savecullens.html

Neighbors - From Cullen's Bar & Grill:
"First and foremost, we want to thank you for the overwhelming support that Cullen’s has received these past few months. We love our neighborhood and we love all of our neighbors, friends, and family that have spent time on our bar stools. We want nothing more than to remain in the neighborhood and be a place to share a pint and a bite with the people in your lives. We will strive to work out a solution and remain! Thank you again for your unwavering support and please continue to spread the word! Please share and let's #SaveCullens!"

Jan 03

Updated Jan 06

New business coming to Buckingham / Broadway

Walked by here today and saw this sign.

Looks like another business is going to attempt to break the curse of this location.
In my 11 years, it's been an Einstein Bagels, an Italian restaurant, and a Mexican restaurant.

Good luck to the new tenants!

  • d3 NOH

    re doomed location. the Italian joint (adesso) was gross, and had even worse management. They literally went through Yelp and threatened physical violence on people who left bad reviews.... I was among a few, I have a chain of e-mails from the owner about how he is going to do...

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    re doomed location. the Italian joint (adesso) was gross, and had even worse management. They literally went through Yelp and threatened physical violence on people who left bad reviews.... I was among a few, I have a chain of e-mails from the owner about how he is going to do this or that to me when he saw me walking down the sidewalk.

    The Mexican joint... I liked, and liked the couple that ran it even more. They weren't a full service restaurant more a taqueria, but the rent probably is too high to support.. Had they had margaritas though they'd probably still be around.. Interesting about the church being the limiting factor to this location... :/ Probably also why 7 stars couldn't have liquor and went out..

  • Hey d3, you just reminded me that 7 star's former location has been empty for a long time. (3352 N Broadway).
    I know the building landlord.
    When 7 star's closed, the landlord said a restauranter was considering the location. They were hoping to convert their part of the parking lot...

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    Hey d3, you just reminded me that 7 star's former location has been empty for a long time. (3352 N Broadway).
    I know the building landlord.
    When 7 star's closed, the landlord said a restauranter was considering the location. They were hoping to convert their part of the parking lot into patio seating. But, now that I've read your comment, I'm guessing they passed on the plan because they couldn't get a liquor license due to the church proximity. Kind of shame.
    Perhaps they could get a BYOB license instead.
    (Sorry for the off-topic comment).

Jan 03

Updated Jan 03

Police activity on West Sheridan bet. Marine Drive and Pine Grove

I saw three police cars blocking West Sheridan at Marine Drive and a fourth blocking the street at Pine Grove. Anyone know what's going on?

Dec 30

Updated Jan 02

  • Carter O'Brien Will eat any pizza that doesn't eat me first

    To Ivan's point, I inquired on some of Lake View's facebook community forums whatever happened with a Guardian Angels proposal to set up an office in ELV near Belmont and Clark and I was brushed off with responses that having the Guardian Angels out on the streets and the Belmont...

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    To Ivan's point, I inquired on some of Lake View's facebook community forums whatever happened with a Guardian Angels proposal to set up an office in ELV near Belmont and Clark and I was brushed off with responses that having the Guardian Angels out on the streets and the Belmont stop would send the wrong kind of message. Apparently people getting mugged in broad daylight or on a busy daylight doesn't. I'm absolutely not saying the GAs are the end-all-be-all to crime problems, but I will say that gentrification left Lake View with a lot of residents with few street smarts, too preoccupied with superficial issues, and a general inability to understand causation vs correlation as it pertains to street safety. OTOH, the schools are certainly a lot better.

  • It's been my experience that crime seems to be something that's too easily brushed off or ignored...I hope we can get the awareness and attention on this matter on everyone's radar b/c all too often, inattention leads to inaction. I recently had an experience with my building related to this problem, (which I posted on a separate thread so this one doesn't get hijacked). Anyway, thanks for the comments.

Dec 29

Updated Dec 31

Man & Woman Soliciting Every Door

We had a man and woman buzzing every door in our building Monday night in East Lake View, Belmont Harbor area. Luckily no one was dumb enough to buzz them in. Anyone else run into them? Awfully cold night for soliciting after dark by any of the regulars, like cable, cell and satellite promoters.

  • ChristineLVB Lakeview resident since 1994.

    Make that 12-29-14.

  • Same thing with our building, buzzed everyone. Said they were raising $$ to help with city kids going to college who could not pay. They were using badges/name tags with the Chicago Tribune Logo on it.

Dec 27

Updated Dec 29

Annoying Helicopter Buzzing the Neighborhood

Anyone notice increased helicopter traffic over the past couple of months, especially on the weekends? I am used to the normal activity (police, news, Obama visits) but this is super frequent and is flying pretty low to and from downtown. I did a quick Google search and I think it's a red helicopter operated by a tour company that includes Wrigley but not sure which specific company. If anyone knows which one it is, let me know and I will contact them and the Alderman's office.

  • There are far more worthy things to cry about than what others cry about.

  • Irving Bark Fined and ticketed to death

    WGN studios is off Addison and Rockwell, their helicopter flies all over the city for stories.

    Get used to it.

Dec 21

Updated Dec 24

Ice skating lessons for kids?

Hi - any suggestions for a place for a 5 year old to learn ice skating? I dont think I can give my kid any meaningful tips!

We are in lincoln park. I know the zoo has a little rink, but I didnt see anything about lessons.

Dec 15

Updated Dec 16

Tree on Waveland and LSD

12/15/14 This early morning i woke up and saw this. I'm not an expert but the tree seemed fine. Also I have been living across the street for 7 years and I've never seen anybody try to cure the tree, if it was taken down for a tree disease. I'd rreally like to know what happened. Who should I ask?

  • fab

    To dse, what do you mean you felt unsafe? Do you have something to share about the story of this tree? As I said I lived 7 years in front of that tree. It wasn't dead, it didn't lose more branches than the other trees around during the violent wind storms. No attempt to cure it so i say the cutting has been random.

  • dse

    Just last month, a y=shaped "branch" about 5 feet long was hanging like an inverted wishbone, caught in the tree but precariously. this summer it had sparse leaves to the point of appearing dead. i'm not qualified to offer anything but a layperson's opinion, of course. perhaps it could have been saved, but it was dead looking and dry enough that we avoided it.

Dec 15

Picnic's 'Kick off the Holidays' Fair

Parents of young children: looking for a fun and family friendly event for you and your kiddos? We are hosting our first annual holiday fair at Picnic: A Gathering Spot for Families with Young Children! Join us for make and take arts and craft gifts, cookie decorating, holiday stories, and music!
Join us on Saturday, December 20th, 1:00-4:00
Meet your neighbors and get in the spirit of the holidays!
Check it out and rsvp at: http://www.chicagofamilypicnic.com/gatherings.html

Dec 11

Updated Dec 12

Lincoln/Lakewood/George

Muskies and the dry cleaners next door have been out of business since October. Does anyone know what the latest scoop is on development here? What's going up? When?

  • L

    I haven't heard anything. What's weird is that Muskies just renewed their business license.

  • Eblock10 Lakeview Resident

    Oh, well I heard they would be opening up at another location this Spring

  • Another weird thing is that the bar stools are still there and there's a 5 gallon bucket of primer on the counter. The previous wordd was that the property owner wanted to do something different with the lot, but who applies primer before demolition? Maybe the owner had a change of mind?

Dec 07

Updated Dec 11

Alley Address?

I remember reading something about the city requesting unit owners to put addresses on their garages in the alley. Is this a rule? Is this just a request from the city or streets and san? Let me know!

  • Put it on the door

  • SJG 4 year East Lakeview resident

    Scotch brand makes an exterior mounting tape that is supposed to stick permanently to brick and other hard-to-stick-to surfaces. It's what I used to stick my outdoor weather sensor to the brick wall outside my back door.

Dec 11

Lakeview Gift Card Holiday Promotion: Get a Free $20 Bonus for Every $100 You Buy

Lakeview Chamber is now selling the Lakeview Gift Card online, and they still have more Bonus Cards to give away this month! Use coupon code HOLIDAY for the Holiday Promotion: get a free $20 bonus for every $100 in Lakeview Gift Cards you buy.* Visit http://www.ShopDineLakeview.com to order online.

Photo Contest: Where will you spend your Lakeview Gift Card? Post photos of local businesses and merchandise on Twitter or Facebook with the #LakeviewGift hashtag by Dec. 17 for a chance...

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Lakeview Chamber is now selling the Lakeview Gift Card online, and they still have more Bonus Cards to give away this month! Use coupon code HOLIDAY for the Holiday Promotion: get a free $20 bonus for every $100 in Lakeview Gift Cards you buy.* Visit http://www.ShopDineLakeview.com to order online.

Photo Contest: Where will you spend your Lakeview Gift Card? Post photos of local businesses and merchandise on Twitter or Facebook with the #LakeviewGift hashtag by Dec. 17 for a chance to win a $50 Bonus Card!

You can save on your holiday shopping by using your Lakeview Gift Card and Bonus Cards to purchase your gifts, or buy a Lakeview Gift Card as a gift for a friend and keep the Bonus Card to treat yourself! More than 75 participating Lakeview businesses accept the Lakeview Gift Card.

You can also purchase Lakeview Gift Cards at the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce (1409 W Addison, Chicago, IL) to save on shipping and handling. Open weekdays 9:00am - 5:00pm.

For additional details about the program and a list of participating merchants, please visit www.ShopDineLakeview.com.

* Bonus Card expires 3 months after activation. Limit $500 in Bonus Cards per household. While supplies last. Lakeview Gift Card is issued by Sunrise Banks, N.A. St. Paul, MN 55103 member FDIC.

Dec 10

Updated Dec 11

helicopter over Lakeview east

Anyone know what its about?

  • Stephen Boisvert Lakeview pedestrian

    Also curious. My wife just came back from a run and said police had part of North Sheridan blocked off. Oakdale or Wellington (possibly) to Barry. I thought it was construction lifting but the copter looked like an emergency helicopter.

  • Ryan C. 15+ year Lakeview East resident

    When I drove to work this morning, there were flatbed trucks parked along Sheridan at Surf. They were loaded with what appeared to be large external wall panels for the new St. Joseph's Hospital building. I suspect the helicopters are either hoisting the panels into place, or observing the cranes which are hoisting the panels.

  • ab lake shore & barry

    The helicopter was picking up large, variously-shaped objects from the roof of the Hallmark building and offloading them lower down to the north of that building. They appeared to be construction materials and were hooked to a cable suspended from the helicopter. It was very efficient; each load was hooked to the cable in just a few seconds

Dec 11

Updated Dec 11

Ashland, Belmont, Lincoln

Anyone know what is going into the NE corner there. Looks like a massive project.

Nov 26

Updated Dec 09

Neighborhood arsonist is sure to appreciate the Christmas trees...

I see that once again some group has once again attached Christmas trees to the lightpoles around Lakeview. When they did it last year, it seemed like a boneheaded waste of money, since most were dead by early to mid-December. But now that we have a serial arsonist roaming Lakeview? You've got to be kidding me. What rocket scientist thought this was a good idea? I wonder how many will be used as kindling between now and January.

Dec 05

Updated Dec 09

Lakeview X-Mas Trees

Why are there trees strapped to lightpoles in Lakeview?

Is it a macabre warning to the other trees?

  • beezil, consider that the $45,000 is less than a buck from each of the 60,000 people in the ward. On the other hand, the state pension debt, at roughly $100 billion, is $7,700 per Illinois resident.

    Which one do you think we should focus on? Have you contacted your legislators about this 7,700 times worse scandal?

  • Mike, I don't vote for big government liberals like ann williams and cullerton, so I don't waste time trying to talk or reason with them.

    Instead, I do better....I file witness slips at the ilga.gov site for any pending legislation that I am watching.

    I understand your point though, but...

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    Mike, I don't vote for big government liberals like ann williams and cullerton, so I don't waste time trying to talk or reason with them.

    Instead, I do better....I file witness slips at the ilga.gov site for any pending legislation that I am watching.

    I understand your point though, but waste is still waste. We collect pennies and small change in our household. It's a great way to teach my 9-year old how things add up, and the value of saving and watching every dime.

    I expect my tax dollars to be treated with the same regard, although it seems we've moved away from true "fiscal responsibility" in this city/county/state, and that's sad.

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