Aug 02 2012

Updated 6 days ago

Counseling Center on Sheffield - closed. What next?

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

  • Carmelo Baseball Coach at Brighton Kelly Baseball

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

  • jasper1055 Roscoe Villiage

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

Jun 20 2012

Updated Oct 13

Panera pay what you can plan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 07

Updated Oct 09

Chicago News Website

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

Oct 05

Updated Oct 06

Anyone else having trouble with EveryBlock links?

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

Is this happening to anyone else?

Sep 18

Updated Oct 02

Muskie's Closing

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

  • L

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

  • Tim M. Hickernell Belmont Harbor

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

Sep 24

Updated Sep 30

Demo at Ashland and Melrose?

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

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

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

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

Sep 29

Peoples Gas, what's going on?

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

Sep 26

Speed Camera by Petco on 3000 block of Ashland

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

Sep 23

Zoning Change Meeting Reminder

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

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

Sep 14

Free Blowdry Tomorrow!

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

Sep 14

Free Blow Dry tomorrow!

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

Sep 11

Updated Sep 13

Jamba Juice on Diversey & Clark?

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

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

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

Sep 11

FREE haircuts

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

Sep 08

Updated Sep 10

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

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

Sep 08

Updated Sep 10

City Dough Space

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

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

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

Sep 07

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 31

Wine Festival After Party Mixer for Single Professionals 25-45@ Public Hotel 9/6 8PM

The full listing is listed here on your browser if getting this by email on your iphone or droid:
http://www.meetup.com/312Professionals-Social-Scene/events/193019042/

There is a festival called The "Windy city wine festival" and it takes place in the Buckingham fountain area.

Yes this is a celebration of wine.Since the festival ends at 8PM we are having a after party for people who were not there or people who were there and would like to hang out more.

We are having it at...

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The full listing is listed here on your browser if getting this by email on your iphone or droid:
http://www.meetup.com/312Professionals-Social-Scene/events/193019042/

There is a festival called The "Windy city wine festival" and it takes place in the Buckingham fountain area.

Yes this is a celebration of wine.Since the festival ends at 8PM we are having a after party for people who were not there or people who were there and would like to hang out more.

We are having it at a upscale place. It's taking place at The Pump Room which is at The public Hotelon the corner of Dearborn and Goethe.

This is an awesome place and its even better on a Saurday Night in Chicago.

The management has agreed to give us a drink special for the time of 8PM till 12:30 AM on this day.

Since its a part celebrating a wine festival, there will be Canyon Road Red and White Wine on special during the time we are there for $8 per glass. We are trying to get 1 more wine and a cocktail as well.

We will have the area of the Library Room and the screening room available to us.

You can become a member of this group by visiting the page and making a short profile of yourself and applying to join our group. The link is below:

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

Aug 29

Logan Square's House & Garden Walk- Sept 13th- Interior Tours Available!

The Logan Square Preservation 2014 House and Garden Walk is on Saturday September 13th! Interior tours of Logan Square's turn-of-the-century homes mansions available for view between the hours of 10AM-5PM. Get your tickets today online at www.logansquarepreservation.org or this Sunday at the Logan Square Farmer's Market!

Aug 24

Updated Aug 26

Spanish conversation through cinema

¡Hola!

As my summer Spanish conversation class comes to an end, I would like to inform you of my next session for this fall: SPANISH CONVERSATION THROUGH CINEMA. We will be using a few Spanish/ Hispanic/ Latin American movies as point of departure to improve conversation (all levels). I am excited!

If you are too, let me know.

Details:
8-week session/$275
1.5 hours/Wednesday evenings
In other words: 12 hours/session = $23/hour
17 September - 5 November (To be confirmed)

We meet Wednesday evenings at Pizzeria Serio in Lakeview, 7 to 8:30 pm, although sometimes we have class in different venues (park, another restaurant, etc.)

Cordialmente,

María Luisa
www.conmarialuisa.com
www.facebook.com/conmarialuisa

Aug 17

Updated Aug 26

Volunteer work

Hi all! I recently moved to the Lakeview area and now that I'm settled I'm looking to do some volunteer work. Anyone know of any volunteer work/mentoring programs working with at-risk youth or young girls? I'm currently a teacher, therefore need something in the early evening. Thanks!

  • Midtown Educational Foundation has girls mentoring programs after school/work. http://www.midtown-metro.org/metro/

  • Paul Obbagy Volunteer Coordinator, Refugee Programs

    Hello! I happened to see your message and thought I'd reach out. I'm a Volunteer Coordinator for a refugee resettlement agency in Ravenswood (not too far from Lakeview), and we have a number of volunteer programs that might fit you, including tutoring and mentoring programs. If you'd like me to...

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    Hello! I happened to see your message and thought I'd reach out. I'm a Volunteer Coordinator for a refugee resettlement agency in Ravenswood (not too far from Lakeview), and we have a number of volunteer programs that might fit you, including tutoring and mentoring programs. If you'd like me to send you the full descriptions, just shoot me an email by going to my profile (click on my name) and go to "Send Email" on the right side of my profile, and I'll be sure to send you more info!

    This is, of course, also open to anyone else that may be looking for volunteer opportunities!

Aug 04

Updated Aug 25

Loud bang in West Lakeview/NorthCenter

Heard a loud bang (not fireworks) at 1:50 am Sunday night. Sounded like a shotgun or explosion. Anyone else hear it? We are near Ashland and Irving Park.

Apr 15 2012

Updated Aug 25

Hawthorne School - Field

Does anyone know if there are groups or organizations that are allowed to reserve the entire field next to the school? We were there playing with our children a few weekends ago when a huge group of people playing soccer completely overtook the entire field and essentially pushed us out.

  • Alex D Resident since 2009

    There are city leagues that have the field reserved for games on some nights. Also youth leagues during the day on some weekends.

  • Frank T. Teacher | Andersonville

    I coach for a school, and we have permits on us at all times in case there's a conflict.

  • I was wondering who you can contact to make a reservation or see the schedule?

Aug 25

Chicago Spirit Brigade (CSB) workshops and tryouts coming up in Sept

Hello all,

If you're interested in volunteering for an organization that raises money and awareness through performance for local charities that provide direct care services for life-threatening challenges, come and try out for the Chicago Spirit Brigade!

We are looking for cheerleaders, flag twirlers (drill), and dancers. All experiences levels welcome. No experience even necessary. All ages (21 and up) are welcome.

If you are interested, please go to csbstars.com to sign up for more information.

Hope to see you at workshops!

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