16 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Wellington and Mildred resident's

Stop being such cry babies about the ambulances and now fire trucks parking on Wellington in front of Illionis Masonic Hospital. You don't own the street and if you got a life and stopped staring out your window, you wouldn't even know they were there.
The good people of the neighborhood are tired of listening to you whine. What, did you buy your house in the middle of the night and not notice the huge hospital?
Shut up already!

  • I have the same argument about the people who complain about airplane noise who leave by the airport.

  • Totally agree.

  • JoeRavo Lifelong CLVN

    The hospital has been a great neighbor since I moved here in 1959. They go above and beyond as a steward of the neighborhood. Masonic is so busy with fire trucks and ambulances that carry the sick and dying to their ER that they cant appease the neighbors all of...

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    The hospital has been a great neighbor since I moved here in 1959. They go above and beyond as a steward of the neighborhood. Masonic is so busy with fire trucks and ambulances that carry the sick and dying to their ER that they cant appease the neighbors all of the time. I really hope that someone in these "entitled, everything is about me" families needs to get there rapidly or their house is burning. Let's see how that unfolds when the self anointed emergency vehicle police have their way. It couldn't happen to a better group of people.

Mar 10

Updated 4 days ago

Rooftop deck

I just bought a condo and have private rooftop rights. However, there is only one stairwell, so I'm assuming I will be unable to build a rooftop deck according to city ordinance. I've seen other EB posts about this situation and wondered if anyone knew of any legal loopholes or other options for the rooftop besides building a deck. I do not want to build if I can't get the permit. Thanks!

  • Thanks for the helpful info! I've seen some people put artificial lawn and furniture on the rooftop instead of building a deck and wondered if that was because it was easier to do and didn't need to meet the same city requirements as a deck (no permit required, etc). Some actually look pretty good.

  • Jon Hiatt, RA LEED GA Architect in Old Town

    Dave78,
    In regards to the two exit issue, a number of factors in the building code will determine if you need two exits: the size of the deck, the travel distance from the deck to an egress exit, and the occupant load of the deck. Size itself is not the...

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    Dave78,
    In regards to the two exit issue, a number of factors in the building code will determine if you need two exits: the size of the deck, the travel distance from the deck to an egress exit, and the occupant load of the deck. Size itself is not the only determinant for two exits. Also, be advised that the city requires a 100 pounds per square foot loading for the deck. Unless there has been a legal deck on it in the last 10 years or so, the structure capacity will need to be increased to meet code. Thus, the roof and sheathing will have to be ripped up, the joist will have to be replaced or additional ones added before re-roofing and then building the deck and possibly the second exit. This all can only happen if the zoning for you house allows a deck.

    d3,
    For the risk involved in an illegal and non-permitted deck, lets say is that you build one without the structure being upgraded or a second exit (if required) being added. Maybe this will be fine, maybe you and your spouse are the only ones that will ever use it when you own it. However, you get tired of the cold winters and move, thus selling your house, and you keep the deck on for selling features. A young vibrant couple buys the house in spring, they move in on the first 70+ degree day and throw a party. Friends tell friends, and the deck is packed full, the structure that was designed for a 20 pounds per square foot yields, collapses, and kills 13, severely injuries 10, and the rest have minor injuries.

    Who do you think is liable for putting an illegal deck on that roof? If you have ever sold a home, you have more than likely signed something saying that you got all required permits for the work on the house you are selling.

    Please, we all need to be responsible for safe homes.

    Cheers,
    Jon, Architect & Home Inspector

Mar 03

Updated 4 days ago

Rooftop Deck -Permit

Hello,

I'm interested in building a rooftop deck on top of a 3 unit condominium. Can anyone share any tips on the permit/inspection process?

Much appreciated

  • Jon Hiatt, RA LEED GA Architect in Old Town

    Eblock, I am an architect and willing to give you a proposal for the work. My first suggestion would be to first do a zoning and building permit analysis to see if you can 1) get zoning approval without a variance. Currently zoning is severely backed up from medical marijuana...

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    Eblock, I am an architect and willing to give you a proposal for the work. My first suggestion would be to first do a zoning and building permit analysis to see if you can 1) get zoning approval without a variance. Currently zoning is severely backed up from medical marijuana applications; this is not a joke. 2) If you actually need two exits or not. Most likely you will, but a few things effect this, such as: travel distance from the most remote point on the roof deck to a legal exit, the square footage of the deck, and the occupant count of the deck.

    Please note that putting a deck on the roof, will almost certainly require work to the roof structure because unless there was a legal deck on the roof recently it does not meet the 100 pounds per square foot live load requirement in addition to the dead load of the new deck. What does this mean? The roofing and sheathing will have to ripped up, new joist added or the old ones replaced, then new sheathing and new roofing will have to be put back on. Then the deck can be placed on the roof. So as someone stated before, depending on all of these factors plus more like, permit fees, inspection fees, & type of materials the cost can have a wide range.

    My firm is Hydrant Studio and I can be reached at 312.945.6208 or submit your information at www.hydrantstudio.com

    Cheers,
    Jon

  • Jon Hiatt, RA LEED GA Architect in Old Town

    I realized that I did not answered your initial question. The permit process will involve having an architect or possibly a structural engineer prepare all pertinent drawings for the project. Then either you or the architect can upload the digital drawings in the DWF format, the building permit application and...

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    I realized that I did not answered your initial question. The permit process will involve having an architect or possibly a structural engineer prepare all pertinent drawings for the project. Then either you or the architect can upload the digital drawings in the DWF format, the building permit application and other extraneous documents in PDF format. A zoning review fee of at least $75 is required during submission of the drawings.

    If the project gets a pass from zoning, then the building department will review it for building code conformance. If the drawings are deemed suitable, the project will be granted a permit which will be available for download after the permit fee is paid in full. The fee varies on project type and size of project.

    The GC or owner, whoever agrees, at the appropriate time schedules the inspections. The time it takes for an inspector to come out to the job site depends on the workload; I can not really predict this. When an inspection is passed, the project can continue.

    Cheers,
    Jon

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Cleaning service needed

Hi neighbors!
My husband and I recently moved to East Lakeview and are looking to find someone to clean our 3 bedroom home. We have had a difficult time finding someone that is reliable and does a thorough job. I would appreciate any leads.
Thank you!

  • Thank you for your responses!

  • Grace Housekeeper

    I have many years of experience and many long time clients who would gladly provide referrals. I can provide you with a free estimate at your preferred date and time. Please feel free to call me 773-858-0926. Look forward to hearing from you!

6 days ago

Studio for rent in Lakeview East!

I have a studio for rent starting April 1, lease is for 1 year. It is located in Lakeview East at Melrose and Sheridan and goes for $785 a month and that includes gas, heat, and water, you are only responsible for electric which is normally $20 a month tops. Studio is pretty big and has a ceiling fan, 2 windows in the main room and 1 window in the bathroom, shared laundry in the basement, bike storage room, and a rooftop. I currently have a full size bed, full size couch, entertainment center and a side table, kitchen is spacious and bathroom is good size. Building does accept cats

Mar 13

Updated Mar 21

Century Theater Building

I'm wondering what's happening on the lower level of the building -- seems like some "mysterious" construction has been going on there, but haven't seen or heard of what's going in there.

  • Personally I don't like this "select your own seat"' option, at least at the ICON. I attend a lot of free movies there and it is not "the seat YOU choose" but "the seat you choose from the ones we give you for the size of your party." I'm a...

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    Personally I don't like this "select your own seat"' option, at least at the ICON. I attend a lot of free movies there and it is not "the seat YOU choose" but "the seat you choose from the ones we give you for the size of your party." I'm a single so technically I have no restrictions in the seats I should be allowed to choose from. Yet people in line behind me get seats that were not offered to me. That said. I haven't gone often enough to the Landmark to figure if they have a similar system.

  • The Landmark just announced in their newsletter this week that the bar area is open for business.

Mar 16

Updated Mar 18

Power outage Belmont/LakeShore

Noticed the power went out at 3180 and the corner of Belmont/LSD about an hour ago. Street lights and intersection had power back on quickly, but building is still out. Police and fire in front of 3180.

  • is that what happened? I got home last night and my kitchen, microwave, and bedroom clocks were blinking. Thanks for sharing

  • Ah, just one more reason to hate rats and the dog owners who don't pick up their dog's poop.

Mar 15

Updated Mar 17

Neighbors, need your recommendations!

I am looking for someone to install and tape drywall on a ceiling in a room approx. 8x12. I have been unable to find anyone to give me an estimate on such a small job. Can you point me to someone who can do a job like this?
Thank you!!

  • Call Rafael, he's done various small projects for me, and he's amazing with drywall, it's impossible to tell where work was done! He's local, his number is 872-235-7547.

  • Thank you all for the great recomnendations!

Mar 17

J. Crew coming to Southport

Here is what J. Crew will look like on Southport Avenue where the former Coobah and Candyality buildings were located:

http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2015/03/here-is-what-j-crew-on-southport-avenue.html

Mar 16

Updated Mar 16

Divvy station at Clark and Wrightwood is empty, again

The Divvy station at Clark and Wrightwood seems to have an issue. It was completely empty Friday, and again last night, and this morning. Either it is broken, Divvy is ignoring, it, or some combination. I just sent a message to Divvy. Does anyone know if it's actually broken, or just somehow getting missed? It was full Wednesday and Thursday mornings last week.

  • Ryan C. 15+ year Lakeview East resident

    I think Divvy takes about 60-70% of their bikes out of service during the winter for maintenance and storage during the slower months. It could be that they haven't replaced the bikes for the Spring/Summer/Fall season yet.

  • d3 NOH

    probably so, and they're advertising they're hiring

    still no divvy stations anywhere near here...

Mar 14

Best St. Patrick's Day Experience

I really love to spend the day at The Wilde in the 3100 N. block of Broadway.

Mar 10

Updated Mar 11

Many Firetrucks heading North on LSD Tues morn 3/10/15

Four ladder trucks plus many other FD vehicles & ambulances screaming north past Belmony on LSD.

Anybody know what's on fire? Thanks.

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    S&B 5000 block n. Broadway.

Jan 20

Updated Mar 09

  • Any updates on this story?

  • Noel Montenegro Photojournalist for NBC News

    Good question, Keith. Police haven't released anything, yet. Will have to call and ask for an update on their investigation. Thank you!

Mar 07

Updated Mar 08

What's Happening at the Corner of Belmont and Paulina?

Curious what's being built across from the Walgreens at Belmont and Paulina. This is the old Pasta Al Gusto location.

  • Neighborly1~ Would rather be outside right now.

    Did Pasta Del Gusto move?

  • L

    The pasta place is now on Southport, I think. The buliding was torn down and there's a new building going up. I don't know what's going in. The Lakeview Chamber or Southport Cooridor FB pages might have something.

  • Last we were told was 8 condo units with retail space below.

Jul 11

Updated Mar 06

Home Run Inn Pizza coming to Lakeview - Looking For General Manager

Restaurant General Manager

HRI restaurant group operates fun neighborhood restaurants that offer great food, Chicago’s best thin crust pizza, craft brews and amazing specialty cocktails.

We are now hiring a General Manager for our newest location in Lakeview.

We are looking for an enthusiastic General Manager that understands the importance of work life balance has a passion for service and wants to join our family.

The areas of concentration for the General Manger includes:

• Implement and oversee all standard...

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Restaurant General Manager

HRI restaurant group operates fun neighborhood restaurants that offer great food, Chicago’s best thin crust pizza, craft brews and amazing specialty cocktails.

We are now hiring a General Manager for our newest location in Lakeview.

We are looking for an enthusiastic General Manager that understands the importance of work life balance has a passion for service and wants to join our family.

The areas of concentration for the General Manger includes:

• Implement and oversee all standard operating procedures for the restaurant.
• Ensure all guests feel welcome and are given responsive, friendly and courteous service at all times.
• Act as a liaison for community events.
• Ensure that all food and products are consistently prepared and served according to the restaurant’s recipes, portioning, cooking and serving standards to include food cost variance.
• Achieve company objectives in sales, service, quality, appearance of facility and sanitation and cleanliness through training of employees and creating a positive, productive working environment.
• Control cash and other receipts by adhering to cash handling and reconciliation procedures in accordance with restaurant policies and procedures.
• Hire, train, assist employees, enforce company policies and evaluate employee employment status.
• Prepare all required paperwork, including forms, reports and schedules in an organized and timely manner for inventory and in compliance with accounting and human resources department.
Responsible for cleanliness and compliance with established health, sanitation, safety and labor procedures according to all Federal, State, and local regulations.

Requirements and Qualifications:

Two-year college degree and equivalent to direct restaurant (FOH + BOH) experience of 5-6 years.

Excellent analytical and communication skills

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume to bbarnes@homeruninn.com

  • Benita Home Run Inn - Human Resources

    Thanks Ryan! I will make sure they are alerted.

  • are you still coming to Lakeview??

Mar 03

Updated Mar 05

Chuy Says NO to the Belmont Flyover!

Calling the proposed Flyover “an unnecessary expenditure of taxpayer funds that will generate little return on investment,” Chuy Garcia expressed his opposition to the Flyover.

Read more, and check out our website at:
http://stopbelmontflyover.com/2015/03/03/chuy-says-no-to-belmont-flyover/

A vote for Chuy Garcia is a vote to save Central Lakeview!

  • Running a train down the center of Ashland? Sounds great! Too bad they are only planning a bus lane.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Better yet, a subway!

Feb 27

Updated Mar 04

  • Mr. Cullen established the theater and the restaurant. He had no health insurance when he had a costly stroke a few years ago. He's given immensely to theater as we know it in Chicago for decades. You can lose everything you build. This is a tragic story.

  • SPIRO 1983 GREEK commander Promo 25

    Mr cullen sounded like a good man I didnt know him.

Mar 04

Tea Collection Spring Shopping March 9-15 to Benefit Hamilton Elementary School

Alexander Hamilton Elementary School
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Tea Collection spring shopping March 9-15 to benefit Hamilton! Hamilton will receive 20% back when you shop at teaschooldays.com (not teacollection.com) and enter the promo code SDS15HAMILTON. You get free shipping on these orders as a thank you from Tea Collection!

Mar 02

Updated Mar 03

Old news?!?!

Has anybody else noticed that EveryBlock detectors are picking up articles from 2012-2013???

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    Jennifer, yep!

    L, yes.

  • Yes, I went to Uptown for news and there was news from 2012.

Feb 23

Updated Mar 02

434 Melrose

Does anyone know the status of the unfinished construction site at that location? There was supposed to have been a hearing at City Council in regard to it.

  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    I've reviewed the published agendas of both the Zoning and the Housing committees from August 2014 through January 2015 and could find no mention of this address for a zoning change or any other city council or committee action. Because of the election, there will not be any city council...

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    I've reviewed the published agendas of both the Zoning and the Housing committees from August 2014 through January 2015 and could find no mention of this address for a zoning change or any other city council or committee action. Because of the election, there will not be any city council meetings or committee meetings in February. There is a Housing committee hearing scheduled for 3/11 10am and two Zoning Committee Hearings next month: 3/12 and 3/17 , both staring at 10am in Council Chambers,before the 10am 3/18 City Council meeting. No agendas for these committee meetings are available yet. Shortly after 3/1 some of the agendas for the March meetings should start to appear. You can check the web site:
    https://chicago.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx for any additional committee meeting dates, changes in times/locations, and the meeting agendas. The current or new alderman for the ward may know more about the property before any hearing action. The press coverage about the property are old stories at:
    May 21,2012 story:http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2012/05/21/stalled-condo-building-to-serve-as-skeleton-for-luxury-rentals.php
    June 3,2011 story:http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2011/06/03/failed-lakeview-condo-development-leaves-a-stump-behind-1.php

  • I'm sorry to hear that nothing has transpired, but thanks very much for your thorough review-I appreciate it!

  • Ed H. 5 year Lakeview resident

    What a great location, I cant believe that lot is still the way it is.

Feb 26

Updated Feb 28

Summer Options for 6 year old child

I'm looking for daycare options for my 6 year old for this upcoming summer. I work from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. The Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club doesn't start until 8 am but I have to be at work by 8 am. I need to pick up as late as 6 pm on some days. Any suggestions/recommendations for high quality group childcare for a 6 year old in the area? Looking for entire summer, not just short summer camps. Thank you!

  • mike Return Chicagoan circa 1996

    Hamlin park offers day camps during the summer that I have sent my boys to. It's not too expensive and you need to sign up online. It is offered through the Chicago park district.

  • SPIRO 1983 GREEK commander Promo 25

    Put the delinquent in a boot camp or ymca or bible study thank you very much.

Feb 23

Updated Feb 25

Police ride-alongs?

I've heard that Chicago police officers and detectives will do ride-alongs for civilians but I cannot find any information on the City of Chicago police department website. Has anyone ever done this or know who to contact? Thank you!

Feb 23

Updated Feb 24

Your Alderman Deceiving Who...Deceiving You.

Below is a photo of one of Cappleman's mailers.

He is quoting a crime trend from a full 10 YEARS before he was elected in 2011.

See it for yourself it it curious.

This is also disingenuous and sneaky in my opinion.

#CappleNumbers #46thward

  • Littleton Arts Uptown Chicago/Uptown/Artist

    46th ward.

  • Vote out all incumbents. Time for some fresh blood. Most of our aldermen are nothing more than "yes men" to the mayor, rubber-stamping their approval for what ever the little dictator wants.

Feb 21

Updated Feb 22

Seeking One bedroom apartment

Anyone in the neighborhood know of a single bedroom apartment for rent?

Nov 13

Updated Feb 21

  • Bob

    On Friday February 20, 2015, the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals listened to more than 5 hours of sworn testimony and evaluated piles of documents, exhibits, and arguments in favor or in opposition to the issuance of a Special Use Zoning permit to locate a medical marijuana dispensary at 2843...

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    On Friday February 20, 2015, the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals listened to more than 5 hours of sworn testimony and evaluated piles of documents, exhibits, and arguments in favor or in opposition to the issuance of a Special Use Zoning permit to locate a medical marijuana dispensary at 2843 N. Halsted.

    Rules of evidence applied. Both sides were represented by skilled counsel. Indeed MedMar had numerous attorneys.

    All together there were about 30 witnesses, most of whom were skilled professionals, including many the Board recognized as highly trained experts. Everyone who attended had an opportunity to speak. The MedMar case started at 3:15PM and ended at 8:25PM.

    The Zoning Board of Appeals voted 4-0 to deny the Special Use Zoning application at the 2843 N. Halsted location.

    Since MedMar won a State license to dispense medical marijuana, it’s believed they now need to find a more appropriate location within the limits of Lake View Township [approx. North Avenue north to Devon; Lake Michigan west to Western].

    MedMar has the right, should they want to stay with the 2843 N. Halsted site, to file a request for administrative review [appeal] in the Chancery Court of Cook County.

Feb 14

Updated Feb 16

Final 46th Ward Aldermanic Forum

The final 46th ward forum will take place tomorrow at:

Alternatives Inc.

4730 Sheridan Rd

February 15th at 2:00pm

The event is sponsored and will be moderated by ONE Northside.

http://onenorthside.org/join-us-for-the-46th-ward-candidates-forum/

We have alternatives and they will be at Alternatives.

Feb 13

Updated Feb 14

Accident on Lake Shore Drive 2/12/15?

When I was driving home going northbound on LSD, the southbound lanes were backed up and there were a ton of emergency vehicles. Does anyone know what happened?

  • Jen K 22-year Lakeview resident

    If you're referring to an accident near Fullerton at about ~5:30pm, it was a two-car accident. No ambulances when I passed by, but one of the cars was perpendicular to the lanes.

  • R 20+ year resident of East Lakeview.

    No, that's not the one, I don't think. It was closer to 6:30, I think, and there were several emergency vehicles.

Feb 13

Love is in the Air at Paired Wine Co.

Stop by and feel the LOVE! Don't forget to pick up the perfect Valentine Gift for that special someone. Or you can skip that special someone and just spoil yourself for making it to Friday!

Paired Wine Co. has the most exclusive & quality wines in Chicago for the value. We also have sparkling chilled wine, Champagne, Craft Beers, Spirits, and Sweet wines! Stop by and check us out.

FREE Wine Tastings every Tuesday & Thursday Evening. Email events@pairedwine.com for more information.

Paired Wine Co. 3325 N. Halsted, Chicago 60657, (t) 773-281-5154, (w) www.pairedwine.com, (f) https://www.facebook.com/pairedwine (e) events@pairedwine.com

Jan 25

Updated Feb 09

  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    Responses to ONE Northside's Election Questionnaire are now in!. To see the northside ward aldermanic candidate responses, go to:http://onenorthside.org/aldermanic-candidate-questionnaire-responses/

    Aldermanic Candidate Questionnaire Responses

    In late January, ONE Northside invited all candidates running for alderman in Wards 2, 32, 40, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, and 49 to complete a questionnaire....

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    Responses to ONE Northside's Election Questionnaire are now in!. To see the northside ward aldermanic candidate responses, go to:http://onenorthside.org/aldermanic-candidate-questionnaire-responses/

    Aldermanic Candidate Questionnaire Responses

    In late January, ONE Northside invited all candidates running for alderman in Wards 2, 32, 40, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, and 49 to complete a questionnaire. Candidates were given 10 days to complete questionnaire and were asked to keep responses to 75 words per question. Answers that exceeded 75 words were cut off.

    Click on your ward to see candidates’ responses:
    2nd Ward
    32nd Ward
    40th Ward
    43rd Ward
    44th Ward
    46th Ward
    47th Ward
    48th Ward
    49th Ward
    Download the PDF version of the Candidate Questionnaire Response Cover Page and Candidate Questionnaire Responses with all candidates’ responses (ward-based PDFs available on Ward pages).

    Election Day Voting is open February 24, 2015 6am-7pm at your precinct polling location. Polling locations, sample ballots and voter registration status can be found at www.chicagoelections.com or 312-269-7976

    The 43rd Ward Candidate Questionnaire Responses are at:http://onenorthside.org/43rd-ward-candidate-questionnaire-response/

Feb 08

Found ring

I found a ring on the sidewalk on Pine Grove north of West Sheridan on the east side of the street in front of an apartment building. It's silver with a stone in the center. Please post if you lost a ring.

Feb 07

Limited Number of FREE TIckets for Wine Tasting with King of Zin

Exclusive Wine Tasting event with the KING OF ZIN, Rockwall Winery CEO Kent Rosenblum. Make sure to RSVP today! Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/complimentary-wines-meet-winemaker-kent-rosenblum-tickets-15600157491


Paired Wine Company hosting special event with celebrity Winemaker/CEO Kent Rosenblum.

The first 50 people to RSVP get in FREE.

Kent Rosenblum will be offering an exclusive educational event and bottle signing at Paired Wine Company. Mingle with "The King of Zin" to learn about his wines as you sample up to 9 different selections from him, that you...

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Exclusive Wine Tasting event with the KING OF ZIN, Rockwall Winery CEO Kent Rosenblum. Make sure to RSVP today! Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/complimentary-wines-meet-winemaker-kent-rosenblum-tickets-15600157491


Paired Wine Company hosting special event with celebrity Winemaker/CEO Kent Rosenblum.

The first 50 people to RSVP get in FREE.

Kent Rosenblum will be offering an exclusive educational event and bottle signing at Paired Wine Company. Mingle with "The King of Zin" to learn about his wines as you sample up to 9 different selections from him, that you may never have the opportunity to taste.

Paired Wine Company, located at 3325 N. Halsted Street, is inviting everyone to attend an exclusive meet & greet learning venue, wine tasting & buying event on February 24th from 5 PM to 8 PM with world renowned Winemaker Kent Rosenblum, nicknamed “The King of Zin” and CEO of Rock Wall Wine Co.

Jan 30

Updated Feb 07

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?

  • Never yet been kicked off a thread, but thanks for the well wishes. We're going off-topic here though.

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

    Because I'm busy this morning. Come stuck pins for Tunney later, I'll be more receptive.

Jan 28

Updated Feb 07

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

  • Good research on the tax records/ownership JJ. Like I said...connected to Tunney. Also B3-3 doesn't allow 33 units for that land square footage. But don't worry they will tweak the zoning "system" to make it work...for them~

  • Hank, how do you see "connected to Tunney"? Help everyone open their eyes, if there's something to see here.

Dec 22

Updated Feb 05

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

  • Bob

    The topic here is negative-use restrictions written into retail leases and their effect contributing to VACANT storefronts. The alleged example discussed above was limited to the Pizza Persona space.

    For an example of municipal negative use restrictions in Chicago, see the Municipal Code of Chicago: “17-1-1004 Negative Use Restrictions Prohibited...

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    The topic here is negative-use restrictions written into retail leases and their effect contributing to VACANT storefronts. The alleged example discussed above was limited to the Pizza Persona space.

    For an example of municipal negative use restrictions in Chicago, see the Municipal Code of Chicago: “17-1-1004 Negative Use Restrictions Prohibited as Against Public Policy”

    Link:
    http://chicagocode.org/17-1-1000/

    The above example [17-1-1004] is limited to grocery and drug stores. Correct me if I’m wrong but with few exceptions, negative-use may be legal in Chicago.

    In some cases, a retail space may be restricted from rental for the sale of specified product categories for YEARS, even after the tenant that negotiated the restrictions left the larger property! Hence negative-use restrictions can lead to vacant storefronts!

    Negative-use restrictions restrict competition [duh!]. They also restrict employment.

    I’ve been told that the Walmart on Broadway at Surf insisted on negative-use provisions in their 33,000 sq. foot lease.

  • Bob, thanks for researching that law on grocery and drug stores -- I think someone might have success in challenging that restriction. But, it only prohibits that blocking after such a store closes for over a year, which doesn't seem likely to come up frequently -- and only applies to very large stores (over 7500 square feet) in those two industries.

Feb 02

Updated Feb 04

Need snow shovelling today

We are located at 3941 N. Ashland. We are Duke Animal Hospital. My snow shoveling crew is not available today. If any high school or any age people would like to come and shovel out our front sidewalk, please call me at 773-697-9757. The sooner the better.A good way to earn some extra cash today

  • "...I guess those days are gone..."

    That may be the case but I wouldn't leave it to an Everyblock post to make that determination. From my EB involvement, HS kids aren't on Everyblock. MAYBE their parents are and in that case, blame the parents, not the kids.

    In any case, other forms of social media have a much higher probability hitting your target shovelers market. Just a thought for next time.

  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    It might be too complex for something so simple, but in the future,you might want to try https://www.taskrabbit.com/
    Per their web site:
    How TaskRabbit works:TaskRabbit is the smart way to get things done by connecting you with others in your neighborhood. You can trust our team of smart, talented Taskers,...

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    It might be too complex for something so simple, but in the future,you might want to try https://www.taskrabbit.com/
    Per their web site:
    How TaskRabbit works:TaskRabbit is the smart way to get things done by connecting you with others in your neighborhood. You can trust our team of smart, talented Taskers, who have all been thoroughly vetted. Just tell us what you need done and we connect you to qualified Taskers available to help.Transparent hourly prices

    Once you post a task, you see hourly rates for the Taskers who are most qualified for your job. A minimum payment of one hour is required per task.Secure, cash-free payments.The entire payment process (including reimbursements) is handled securely online after a task is complete. There's no need for cash to change hands.
    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel your task online or by calling our Member Services team. If you cancel within six hours of the start time agreed upon with your Tasker, you will be required to pay for one hour of work.

    I think that there are other such small/short jobsites too. .

Jun 08

Updated Feb 04

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?

Feb 03

Updated Feb 04

Lot at Ashland and Belmont

Does anyone know who owns the now vacant lot (that Target and Whole Foods are fighting over)? They need to keep (read: start) maintaining their property. Most importantly - SHOVEL THE SIDEWALKS. Just because the buildings are now gone doesn't mean it is a lesser trafficked area.

Please let them know - and other residents that shoveling his mandatory. If you're a renter call your landlord or 311 like I am going to do for

  • L

    I'm pretty sure Novak Construction (or a subsidiary) owns it. You could try calling them in addition to 311 and Tunney.

  • Doug...I would def. call the aldermans office. Also when you get a hold of Tunney or one of his lackeys; tell them if the city is so hard up for money; to have somebody from streets & sans walk around the 44th ward and hit up every lazy business owner...

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    Doug...I would def. call the aldermans office. Also when you get a hold of Tunney or one of his lackeys; tell them if the city is so hard up for money; to have somebody from streets & sans walk around the 44th ward and hit up every lazy business owner with the $1000 fine that hasn't cleaned the public walkway in front of their businesses and/or vacant storefronts; which happen to be mostly newly constructed condo walk-up 4 story cr*p. Then call the Rahmfather down at city hall and tell that idiot the same thing. I did. I also have called 311 and utilized the snow removal email system at CityofChicago.org. etc. etc. Get on these morons.

Jan 17

Updated Feb 03

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.

  • d3 NOH

    they extended the parade route WAY north 2 years ago

  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    Yes, but Ald..Tunney, and perhaps Ald. Cappleman, still think the parade is too big, too long, with too many overcrowded sidewalks, making it hard to get to medical emergency victims in the crowd, particularly along the Halsted part of the parade route.
    I think that even if the route, location...

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    Yes, but Ald..Tunney, and perhaps Ald. Cappleman, still think the parade is too big, too long, with too many overcrowded sidewalks, making it hard to get to medical emergency victims in the crowd, particularly along the Halsted part of the parade route.
    I think that even if the route, location or day/start time of the parade are not changed, the parade length may be changed. Better control of the large gaps in the parade, which were not solved by eliminating the sharp "V" at the Halsted/Broadway intersection of the old route with the new more linear north to south parade route. UI think that the 2014 parade had something like 250 separate entries. The parade organizers may want it down to 200 or so. perhaps have government officials walk or ride in cars side by side , rather than single file. The more combining of organization entries, to take up more of the width of the street, like the marchers for the gay-friendly churches, Placing social services together, one marching on one side of the street and another on the other side could shorten the parade time without reducing the number of parade entries much. The musical floats/buses/marching bands, will need to be kept separated so as to not compete much., but the streets are large enough for side-by-side marching units, if not cars.

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Jun 20 2012

Updated Feb 02

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

    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.

  • If yo couldn't see Panera Cares closing you had to be blind. Probably ust didn't follow the plan.

Jan 31

Updated Feb 01

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!

Jan 31

Updated Jan 31

What's up with the helicopters in lakeview?

What's up with the three helicopters in lakeview?

Jul 09 2012

Updated Jan 30

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/

Jan 29

Updated Jan 30

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