Dec 04

Updated 9 hours 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.

  • All hail, the savior of everything that is good, Mayor Rahm!

  • Bob

    Vitamin Shoppe at Clark and Diversey is closing January 31, 2015.

    Although they are still looking for a storefront within walking distance of the old store, they are inviting people to shop at their new store, now open, at 3325 N Ashland across from Whole Foods.

    Shoppers will be made...

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    Vitamin Shoppe at Clark and Diversey is closing January 31, 2015.

    Although they are still looking for a storefront within walking distance of the old store, they are inviting people to shop at their new store, now open, at 3325 N Ashland across from Whole Foods.

    Shoppers will be made aware of their store at 2705 N. Elston near Target and their store at 1590 N. Clybourn. The Clybourn store is near the Apple Store and the Red Line stop. The block has a reputation for "apple picking," so hold onto your smart-phone.

    In the same shopping strip as their Elston store will be a medical marijuana dispensary at 2723 N Elston, next to the mattress shop where they can take a nap. The parking lot is often full. After the pot shop opens, parking may be tight as some people may drive there, park, forget they drove, and walk home. Only kidding, they'll be too stoned to walk.

    None of the above will replace our neighborhood store within walking distance of Diversey/Clark/Broadway.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

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.

4 days ago

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.

Dec 05

Updated Dec 06

  • This practice "Wrigleyville Dental" has been in the area for a very long time, currently at Southport & Cornelia. The office is moving into a new location because Crosby's might be opening up another restaurant in that spot. IF you haven't been to Dr. Teplitsky yet you are missing out....

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    This practice "Wrigleyville Dental" has been in the area for a very long time, currently at Southport & Cornelia. The office is moving into a new location because Crosby's might be opening up another restaurant in that spot. IF you haven't been to Dr. Teplitsky yet you are missing out. She is a traditional dentist with holistic approach. Perfect fit by WF, gym and wellness clinic across the street. I do agree that Roscoe and West Lakeview need a good coffee shop, Bow Truss or Asado would be a great addition. Who wants to start a petition? :)

  • I work for a dentist that's been in the neighborhood for 14 years. It's amazing how all of the sudden they are opening up everywhere. We need more variety. On the small block of Belmont between Ashland and Paulina there are 3 hair salons, 2 bars and a "craft beer"...

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    I work for a dentist that's been in the neighborhood for 14 years. It's amazing how all of the sudden they are opening up everywhere. We need more variety. On the small block of Belmont between Ashland and Paulina there are 3 hair salons, 2 bars and a "craft beer" store, 3 asian restaurants (well 2 now that Late Nite Thai moved into Asian Ave) and 3 dental related practices, 4 if you include the root canal doctor just west of Paulina. We need some good coffee shops and places to get a good sandwich/salad. Heck, I'd even be happy with a Jamba Juice.

Nov 30

Demolition for 3423 N. Southport Avenue Approved

The city has approved the demolition of the former Candyality and Coobah buildings. Look for L3 to tear them down in the immediate future. No word yet on tenants but below is the listing brochure by Cushman and Wakefield.

http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2014/11/demolition-for-3423-n-southport-avenue.html

Nov 19

Updated Nov 24

$10 Classes at The Shift Coworking & Community Space

To our Lakeview Neighbors:

I'm excited to announce that here at The Shift we will be offering $10 classes, led by Industry Professionals as a way to make learning opportunities accessible to everyone.
Our class offerings will cover a variety of topics, from Entrepreneurship and Small Business Help, to Arts & Culture, to Health & Wellness, Legal Advising, and everything else in between.

All classes are open registration and held here at The Shift, a newly launched Coworking and Community...

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To our Lakeview Neighbors:

I'm excited to announce that here at The Shift we will be offering $10 classes, led by Industry Professionals as a way to make learning opportunities accessible to everyone.
Our class offerings will cover a variety of topics, from Entrepreneurship and Small Business Help, to Arts & Culture, to Health & Wellness, Legal Advising, and everything else in between.

All classes are open registration and held here at The Shift, a newly launched Coworking and Community Space located at 4101 N. Broadway.

To view our Event Calendar directly, please visit: www.TheShiftChicago.com/events.html
Or, just stop in! We give tours of our space all day and are always happy to provide free coffee, tea, or snacks to our visitors;)

If anyone has ideas and suggestions for classes, please let me know. We're always looking for qualified teachers too (and we offer compensation for teaching).

Hope to see many of you soon!

All the best,

Nicole Vasquez (Small Business Owner of The Shift)
773-360-1199
@TheShiftChi
nicole@theshiftchicago.com
www.TheShiftChicago.com

  • Jill W. Inter-American Magnet School advocate

    Thanks for your prompt reply. However, it seems unoriginal (and uninspired) to assume the name of a pre-existing venture. Use of the public library is gratis. Doesn't mean everything there is up for grabs.

  • The Shift Small Business Owner of The Shift

    Ouch Jill W. that hurts to hear you say! Our business name was created purely in reference to our own business models of "work shifts." I don't know why you are associating us with a completely different and separate entity or being accusatory towards us, but it's painful nonetheless.

    We...

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    Ouch Jill W. that hurts to hear you say! Our business name was created purely in reference to our own business models of "work shifts." I don't know why you are associating us with a completely different and separate entity or being accusatory towards us, but it's painful nonetheless.

    We are an independent, small business, with a simple goal of offering people in our community a place to work, learn, and socialize.

    Feel free to drop by anytime to say hello, and help yourself to free coffee and snacks.
    Wishing you a wonderful day and a Happy Holidays!

Jul 22

Updated Nov 23

Panera Bread at Ashland and School Falls Through; Target Development Not Happening

According to the latest flyers from Cushman &Wakefield, Panera Bread is no longer coming to Ashland and School and they are re-releasing it to market. Vitamin Shoppe is a go, and Target is no longer pictured on the map.

http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2014/07/panera-bread-at-ashland-and-school.html

  • Carter, that's a pretty limited view. The stockholders in both of those companies are all over the country, all over the world. If you have a 401(k) with mutual funds, YOU probably own some stock in both companies.

  • Carter O'Brien Chicagoan

    Pretty limited view? We push for divestment where I work, and LaSalle bank was where I had my first bank account and Cash Station card.

Nov 20

Updated Nov 22

Animal control SOS!

Animal control is completely full! because of this they will be killing many adoptable animals to make space. If you know anybody that can foster or adopt please let me know. Fostering is temporary (you have them until they are adopted) and free. Please share this to your Facebook statuses.

Nov 11

Updated Nov 19

MARIANO'S

Has anyone heard that WalMart is using the courts to delay or stop Mariano's from coming to Broadway? Fact or Fiction?

Nov 17

Updated Nov 19

3301 N. Ashland Avenue devlopement

MedSpring Urgent Care coming to 3301 N. Ashland Avenue, along with Vitamin Shoppe
http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2014/11/medspring-urgent-care-coming-to-3301-n.html

  • Marco from Tropoje Two-flat owner

    I agree Harvey, it was kind of an eyesore for the

  • Any business that will earn revenue for the city is better than the empty bank whether one decides to shop there or not.

Nov 16

Updated Nov 18

Is Target back in the mix in Lakeview?

"Target's impending arrival appears to have sparked no such opposition, according to Bennett Lawson, chief of staff to Ald. Tom Tunney of Lakeview's 44th Ward." If you oppose, call Mr. Lawson, he thinks we don't care. Article was in Friday, November. 14th Crain's Chicago business. This is news to the neighbors, we were told they didn't know what Novak was building.

  • L...your little example of Clark Street is rarity. Plus if I know the location you are speaking of; its due to that specific landlord(s) waiting out the flat commercial market & conservative lending market to tear down all the outdated (1) story little storefronts to put in a 8-10 story midrise there on the west side of the block. BTW...my examples are EVERYWHERE. Almost 40-50% of new construction and existing storefronts on busy streets in the entire north side are vacant. Open your eyes.

  • @ Hank - you are correct. The stretch on Clark from Wellington to Fullerton is block after block after block of empty storefronts. It's a shell of what it was ten years ago. It's sad.

Nov 17

Updated Nov 18

Mercury Theater's Annual Christmas Schooner!

It's that time of year again - the Christmas Schooner is back on from November 26 - December 28!

http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2014/11/its-most-wonderful-time-of-year-at.html?spref=tw

  • I LOVED this play!! Saw with my mom and sister a couple years ago. The talent (including the children) was Broadway quality...no exaggeration. Beautiful singing and touching story.

  • I always thought it was rather morbid for a Xmas play but it does have great music and is well acted.

Nov 13

Updated Nov 18

  • Jen K 22-year Lakeview resident

    Also, re. not revealing the names of the business owners: Apparently that has to do, in part, with Illinois law. The secrecy is a requirement in the original law. So while apparently some prospective owners have outed themselves, our lawmakers wrote the law that way. So perhaps your questions about transparency and being forthcoming, etc., are better elected at elected representatives: Why did you think this secrecy was so critical that you allowed it to become law?

  • BarryDad Neighbor. Parent. Community Group Member.

    The cash situation is a real problem, I agree. But it will go away very soon. There are plenty of local solutions (i.e. Banks that do not operate outside of the state of Illinois, and therefore not afraid of federal laws on the matter, rulings from the office of the...

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    The cash situation is a real problem, I agree. But it will go away very soon. There are plenty of local solutions (i.e. Banks that do not operate outside of the state of Illinois, and therefore not afraid of federal laws on the matter, rulings from the office of the comptroller of currency, or RICO statutes) that will sprout up soon. And once the fees are fat enough, national banks will wade in, lobby for regulatory permission (which is starting to occur already), and then this debate about large amounts of cash will go away.

    For those of you who argued this point, I am curious whether you would be capable of changing your mind if these patients and the dispensary itself were using credit? I live close but not close enough to worry about the cash problem. So I am open minded, but I seem to be in the minority on this EveryBlock thread.

Nov 16

Updated Nov 16

Lost dog

I'm watching Smuckers and he took off on me. Black lab mix. Please call 6272865. Thanks.

  • Ev

    Happy to hear that Smuckers is back safe with you.

Sep 24

Updated Nov 12

Demo at Ashland and Melrose?

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

Nov 11

Updated Nov 11

MONTHLY RAFFLE: $100 Crosby's Kitchen

Enter for a chance to receive our monthly gift cards for local Lakeview Businesses & Restaurants.

THIS MONTH: $100 Gift Card to Crosby's Kitchen.

Visit website below for details and to register!!!

www.LakeviewHomesChicago.com/CrosbysKitchen

  • Rob Rosmis Your Neighbor, Your Lakeview Realtor

    Upon registering, visitors are asked…

    How often do you dine / shop on Southport? What are your favorite spots?

    Here are a couple of our registrants comments:

    "Every day! I live there and I love it. Especially Crosby's."

    "I live close to Southport and go to Dags, Newport, Crosby's, and...

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    Upon registering, visitors are asked…

    How often do you dine / shop on Southport? What are your favorite spots?

    Here are a couple of our registrants comments:

    "Every day! I live there and I love it. Especially Crosby's."

    "I live close to Southport and go to Dags, Newport, Crosby's, and Einstein's. I enjoy shopping at Francesca's and working out at Southport Fitness."

    "I live in lakeview so I do walk to the Southport Corridorat least once in two weeks. Tango Sur, Deleece and Crosby's kitchen are my usual choice for food. I also like the coffee and cakes at Julius Meinl (I was there today), ice cream at Jeni's Splendid ice cream and for drink I go to Mystic Celt."

    If you live and love Lakeview….join today to receive some cool stuff every month!

Nov 07

Covered Parking

Looking for parking space near George and Mildred intersection. Interested in a month-to-month agreement through the upcoming winter months. Comment here if you have something available.

Oct 30

Updated Nov 06

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?

  • New England Seafood Company is there and very good--a lot of people miss it I think--but the grilled salmon, lobster rolls, fried clams and clam chowder are all terrific. And they're the only place in town that sells Faroe Island salmon--it's the best I've ever had.

  • there are actually a few decent dinner spots in that corridor that are easily overlooked. we also love new england seafood company, and pho's thai cuisine is amazing! northdown is a great brewpup too. that block definitely needs a facelift but the planned development looks so out of place in this charming community. it's really nice, but so suburban looking! it will definitely change the character of this neighborhood...even though i'm happy to see development and some interesting-looking additions.

Nov 04

Updated Nov 06

Building at 707 Waveland

Anybody have any information about this building?

  • No problem.

  • MSE

    To be on the safe side...the time and effort was most definitely appreciated to all who took the time to provide me with information. Thank you.

Oct 29

Updated Nov 05

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!

  • I'm almost surprised there's not a starbucks going in there...there's one on Lincoln, but its much less visible... I think any kind of decent sandwich place or restaurant would do well there,,,I guess we should be happy that its not just another bank...

  • Had my hopes set on a restaurant. I've gotten kind of burnt out on everywhere else to eat in the neighborhood. Oh well.

Jun 08

Updated Nov 01

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?

  • Bob

    The Hanig's building is owned by Acadia Realty Trust, a REIT [real estate investment trust] and trades publicly on the NYSE, symbol AKR. AKR owns properties in many major cities. AKR is valued ast $1.8 billion.

    Acadia also owns the building occupied by Vitamin Shoppe across the street. Vitamin Shoppe...

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    The Hanig's building is owned by Acadia Realty Trust, a REIT [real estate investment trust] and trades publicly on the NYSE, symbol AKR. AKR owns properties in many major cities. AKR is valued ast $1.8 billion.

    Acadia also owns the building occupied by Vitamin Shoppe across the street. Vitamin Shoppe is on a month to month lease and would like to relocate to a smaller location nearby.

    Given the vacancies at Jamba Juice, the former Walgreens, Hanig's, and eventually Vitamin Shoppe, and given the high rise [possibly all 1 BRs] that eventually will be built in the old Walgreen's location, we are in for some changes at Broadway, Clark, and Diversey.

  • Stu in Lincoln Park 43rd Ward Independent

    Bring 'em on. The local businesses that are still hanging on could use the foot traffic.

Oct 24

Updated Oct 26

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.

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