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4 days ago

Why dry-aged steak is superior, and where to buy it in Chicago for cooking at home

...ahead, the shop will be happy to age steak for as long as you desire. 1427 W. Willow St., 312-432-6575, localfoods.com/butcher...

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Boeufhaus: Any of the steaks on the menu of this acclaimed restaurant are also available to purchase raw at the front counter. Currently, you can pick up rib-eyes and New York strips that have been aged for 55 days. 1012 N. Western Ave., 773-661-2116, boeufhaus.com.

Eataly Chicago: This wonderland of Italian food purchases steaks that have been dry-aged for 28 days by a local beef distributor, and then dry-ages them on-site for an additional 12 to 18 days. 43 E. Ohio St., 312-521-8700, eataly.com.

Gene's Sausage Shop: This Lincoln Square shop offers steak that has been dry-aged on-site for at least 30 days. 4750 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-728-7243, genessausage.com.

Joseph's Finest Meats: This family business in Dunning offers prime beef that has been dry-aged for at least 21 days, though you can occasionally find offerings that have been aged for 30 or 40 days. 7101 W. Addison St., 773-736-3766.

...steaks. When I dropped by, I picked up a 75-day dry-aged rib-eye. 825 W. Fulton Market, 312-445-8977, publicanqualitymeats.com...

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Looking for apartments in Bucktown / Wicker Park (new to area - advice welcome)

Hi all, hope it's kosher to post here about searching for apartments. Read about it on some other forums and was suggested to ask for insight here.

I'm new to Chicago but have visited for work 20-30 times over the past 2 years. Mainly stayed in the Loop so I'm choosing Bucktown / Wicker Park based on word of mouth and advice from others. I'm 24, young professional, consultant, female.

Basically I'm looking for any tips / insight for the...

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Hi all, hope it's kosher to post here about searching for apartments. Read about it on some other forums and was suggested to ask for insight here.

I'm new to Chicago but have visited for work 20-30 times over the past 2 years. Mainly stayed in the Loop so I'm choosing Bucktown / Wicker Park based on word of mouth and advice from others. I'm 24, young professional, consultant, female.

Basically I'm looking for any tips / insight for the search - locations to avoid, best ways to search, etc. I've contacted a few locators in addition to searching on my own. My move-in date is any time after August 10. I'll be there August 10 - 13 with the intention of viewing an applying for places (and hopefully signing a lease).

Thanks in advance!

  • No worries Bger ... My comment was more so to show that there are other great areas adjacent to WP/Bucktown that are MUCH more affordable (I'm 7 blocks from Bucktown and own a house ... A WHOLE HOUSE ... that costs less than to rent a jr 1 br .5 miles away ;)

  • Joe

    Logan Square is west of western and certainly is desirable in many ways. Worthy of checking out.

Jun 11

Updated 5 days ago

Recommendations for non-surgical skin doctor for face

Neighbors: Looking for recommendations for places and/or doctors to treat a few sunspots on my face. I would like non-surgical procedures and little to no down-time after the procedure. Having a hard time finding someone! Would prefer a personal recommendation vs reading reviews online. Thanks in advance for your help.

anywhere within city limits is good, will travel for a good doctor!

  • I second Dr Neha Robinson at Dermatology & Aesthetics. She is wonderful.

  • AMG

    @mkbjazz and Marcy - thank you for the recommendation,

    @Holly - thank you.

Jun 08

Updated 5 days ago

Speed Humps by the Map Room

I noticed speed humps being installed on Hoyne south of Armitage by the Map Room. Speed humps can cause reckless drivers to lose control of their vehicles and create more dangerous situations. Wouldn't it be better to drop the speed limit to 20mph, set up a speed camera, and ticket at 25mph? Speeding there would plummet immediately via economics.

  • Another solution, albeit perhaps wildly unpopular, would be to turn Hoyne into a one way street northbound. Locals would enter the neighborhood from Armitage by using the southbound one way Leavitt (which has a stop light.) Cars in transit south on Hoyne to avoid heavy traffic on Damen will be SOL.

  • they don't even fill potholes without a complaint from residents... you think CDOT added speed bumps to one random residential street one their own?

Jun 11

Updated 5 days ago

Wanted Indoor Parking

Looking for an indoor parking spot as close to the First American Bank near Armitage and Sedgwick. I rarely drive and my brakes keep rusting out leave my car on the street. I'll pay upfront. Thank you.

Jun 08

Updated Jun 09

Add Police crime fight text number 274637 to your telephone's contact list for quick response.

Type in the police text number 274637 into your contact list on your telephone so that you can send videos and photographs of criminal activities quickly. You can stop crimes and you can save lives.

Also, in addition to provide the Police with important video and photograph evidence call the Police, 911, to report the crime. No crime is too small. Help keep our neigborhood save and pleasant to visit for everyone.

If everyone provide the Police with videos, photographs and detailed reports the Police will be able to work more efficiently with us.

To learn more about Chicago Police crime fight number follow this link:

https://home.chicagopolice.org/community/crime-prevention/txt2tip/

    Chicago Police Department
    You can submit tips by text message as described below or... CASH REWARDS UP TO $1,000* The Chicago Police Department created the TXT2TIP program so that YOU can anonymously and SAFELY help rid your community of crime by sending information to the Chicago Police Department via a text message from your cellular phone.
    https://home.chicagopolice.org

Jun 03

Updated Jun 09

Anybody have an estate sale company to recommend?

I"m trying to help my in-laws and I've been researching estate sale companies. So much is all over the board including Yelp reviews and BBB rating (for what that may be worth) and I can't even confidently narrow it down to five. AND I'm really reluctant to recommend only one just in case they aren't happy ORRRRR if other family members aren't happy with the outcome.
I figured this was as good a place to ask as any. They've lived in Buffalo Grove for over 50 years. I've attended high end sales and picker's sales. They would be somewhere in the middle with some valuables.
Thanks for reading and for any insights offered.

  • llitman I'm a happy resident and have been here for years.

    Sandy Lane is good, Manderley Estate Sales is good. Others to consider are Ampersand, ImagineThat, and TraderMerchants.

  • Thank you for the leads everyone. What a process this is!

    Good luck to you Anne.

Jun 04

Updated Jun 06

The May Compilation

Here is another random selection of cars blowing a stop sign. This video illustrates what pedestrians must deal with daily at every intersection in Bucktown. Other neighborhoods are worse. The camera logged 657 no excuse violations which is about a 12% decrease from last month. The top end reckless category was down over 30%. Not sure why.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8fzbUBDfrs

These videos are auto generated and snippets randomly selected so not all cars can make the cut. I tried my best to manually eliminate duplicates but I'm not that good at Mahjong. Enjoy :)

  • DLS

    Is that a three way stop intersection? We have one of those near us in LP and we see the same thing constantly. Usually the uber and lyft drivers (they are so focused on their GPS Since they have no idea where they are going - I miss the taxis...

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    Is that a three way stop intersection? We have one of those near us in LP and we see the same thing constantly. Usually the uber and lyft drivers (they are so focused on their GPS Since they have no idea where they are going - I miss the taxis where you have to have a number on your car and they knew every street with a phone) are the worst and we are on a street with a ton of kids. A rolling stop with a car vs a bicycle is completely different (but I agree there are plenty of cyclists going to fast blowing through cross walks/stop signs). With either type of transportation the pedestrian should have the right away but when I’m driving my car vs riding my bicycle you can hear and see pedestrians much better on a bike. All it takes is one accident hitting a kid with a car and it’s over for the kid and the car driver doesn’t have so much as a bruise. They had stop sign enforcement in Lakeview a while back but it’s not the neighborhood people doing it.

  • Kinetic Energy = 1/2*Mass*Velocity^2

    Let's say the total mass of a bicyclist and bike is around 200-300lb. The mass of car is around 10x that or 2000-3000lb. Just with mass a car imparts an order of magnitude greater energy into its victim compared to a bike.

    Many, if not most,...

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    Kinetic Energy = 1/2*Mass*Velocity^2

    Let's say the total mass of a bicyclist and bike is around 200-300lb. The mass of car is around 10x that or 2000-3000lb. Just with mass a car imparts an order of magnitude greater energy into its victim compared to a bike.

    Many, if not most, vehicles in that video exceed 15mph through the stop sign. 15mph on a bike is very fast if you ever rode a bike. My camera picks up bikes but rarely do they ever make it into the measuring pool which is >7mph let alone any violation pools.

    This means cars travel more than double or triple the speed of bikes into crosswalks. Since velocity is squared that increases KE by another 4x to 9x meaning the total energy imparted into a reckless driver's victim is 40-90 times more than a bike. Slower speeds also increase reaction time to any oopsies that may occur.

    To compare reckless drivers with reckless bikers is a diversion tactic used to obfuscate the true threat pedestrians face every day from cars.

Jun 06

10 ways to get out of work and play hooky in Chicago

...the North Side? Check out the elevated 606 Trail, from 1801 N. Ridgeway Ave. to 1722 N. Ashland Ave. More information: chicagoparkdistrict.com

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357 W. Erie St., 773-359-3411

2217 N. Clybourn Ave., 773-234-8947

1317 S. Michigan Ave., 773-359-3411

180 N. Michigan Ave., 312-374-8790

5800 N. Sheridan Road to 7100 S. South Shore Drive

5800 N. Sheridan Road to 7100 S. South Shore Drive

...of the city. Work on the North Side? Check out the elevated 606 Trail, from 1801 N. Ridgeway Ave. to 1722 N. Ashland Ave. More information: chicagoparkdistrict.com

78 E. Washington St., 312-744-6630

1917 N. Damen Ave., 773-904-8065

1205 W. Webster Ave., 773-360-1729

2001 N. Clark St., 312-742-2056

164 N. State St., 312-846-2800

337 E. Randolph St., 312-552-3000

    10 ways to get out of work and play hooky in Chicago
    While there's nothing wrong with being a weekend warrior, sometimes it's necessary to get out of the office and play hooky, or at least take a real lunch break. We have 10 ways to get outdoors, relax and have fun - slacking encouraged. 357 W. Erie St., 773-359-3411 2217 N.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Jun 05

Take A Survey To Improve Walking & biking on Logan Blvd.

Hi, if your interested in safer streets in Logan Square and Avondale then please complete this survey!

http://www.activetrans.org/blog/take-our-survey-improve-walking-biking-logan-blvd

From the blogpost:
Did you know that 17 of the Chicago River's 27 miles will have trails by the end of 2018?

With trails taking shape as quickly as they are, it's urgent we push for improvements that create safe walking and biking options for accessing the river.

One area where we're working on better access to the Chicago River Trail is...

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Hi, if your interested in safer streets in Logan Square and Avondale then please complete this survey!

http://www.activetrans.org/blog/take-our-survey-improve-walking-biking-logan-blvd

From the blogpost:
Did you know that 17 of the Chicago River's 27 miles will have trails by the end of 2018?

With trails taking shape as quickly as they are, it's urgent we push for improvements that create safe walking and biking options for accessing the river.

One area where we're working on better access to the Chicago River Trail is on Logan Blvd. from Rockwell Ave. to Lathrop Homes.

If you've ever biked or walked along this stretch, you know how perilous it can be for people walking and biking.

This is where we'd love your input. Are you familiar with this part of Logan? Do you live, commute through or shop in this area? What changes would you like to see?

Please take our nine-question survey and share widely with your friends, family and colleagues.

Thanks!
Eric Roach
Avondale Homeowner

Jun 04

In need of a plumber referral

Hello, I just moved into the neighborhood and have a "sweating" wall. Looks like some condensation coming in from outside, however there are no pipes visible where this leak is. Landlady has no idea about a good plumber to call, so I'm trying to expedite myself. Any suggestions, good and bad are welcome. Thanks! Naranjito + K8

Jun 02

Trap Door’s Monsieur d’Eon Is a Woman Dazzles With Gender Questions

Monsieur d’Eon Is a Woman continues at Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland St. in Bucktown, through June 30. Tickets are $20-25 for performances Thursday-Saturday with two-for-one tickets on Thursdays. (That’s $10 each—cheaper than a movie and much more fun.) Buy tickets online or call 773-384-0494.

    Trap Door's Monsieur d'Eon Is a Woman Dazzles With Gender Questions - Third Coast Review
    Trap Door Theatre takes on the contemporary issue of gender identity with the story of a famous soldier, diplomat and spy in 18th century France. Chevalier Charles-Genevieve-Louise-Auguste-Andre-Thimothee d'Eon had a distinguished career working in and for the court of King Louis XV of France. After this long career, Monsieur d'Eon (played by David Lovejoy) announced that...
    https://thirdcoastreview.com

Jun 01

May 29

Updated May 31

Newly Arrived Refugee Family who worked for US in Need of Rugs

Family worked for US Army in Afghanistan and is here with his family. They arrived last week and are in need of Rugs and a Microwave. Please help!

  • I have 2 or 3 rugs. What sizes/colors do they need?

  • I currently volunteer with another Afghani military family in the burbs. Been meeting with the wife for almost two years now. I’d love to connect with this new family in the city and be a resource for them. If you/they are open to this please let me know.

May 31

Monsieur d’Éon Is a Woman tells the story of a remarkable gender-bending life

Through 6/30: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland, 773-384-0494, trapdoortheatre.com, $20 Thu-Fri, $25 Sat.

    Monsieur d'Éon Is a Woman tells the story of a remarkable gender-bending life
    Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d'Éon de Beaumont lived a revolutionary life in revolutionary times. He began his singular career under Louis XV as both secretary to the Russian ambassador and undercover spy. After a stint as a French dragoon, he became minister plenipotentiary to the British court (while also covertly helping to plan an invasion of England), a position he lost six months later due to insolent behavior.
    https://www.chicagoreader.com

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Updated May 30

Explosion sound at 2:25 AM, Saturday--Damen & Wabansia

Did anyone else hear an explosion last night? We were awakened by what sounded like an explosion--not a firework or thunder. Did anyone else hear that? I thought maybe someone else would have posted. Any ideas what it could have been?

  • Bger East Village neighbor

    M80 fireworks. We have a neighbor on the 900 block of Damen who likes setting them off all summer, all times of day. To gauge just how loud these are, someone posted about him setting them off one night and a person literally a mile away could hear it.

  • We had a similar issue at Paulina and Cortland. If it's an M80 the police will get involved.

  • I am sorry to contact you this way but I do not have another way. This is Evan about rugs.
    Please contact me at evanzemil@gmail.com
    Thanks

May 29

Prog paragons Cheer-Accident drop an album that contains multitudes

...electrifying tunes. On Sunday, June 3, Orindal hosts a showcase at the Landland print shop (1735 N. Ashland) with local singer-songwriter and recent signee Gia Margaret, Tucson experimentalist Karima Walker, and Advance...

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The neon-lit bar at Lawrence and Broadway, now a legendary jazz club, has been around for 107 years—and has more stories than any tavern in town. Here are a few from the past three decades.

    Prog paragons Cheer-Accident drop an album that contains multitudes
    Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe click to enlarge Last summer Cheer-Accident dropped Putting Off Death , their first album in six years. And they're definitely alive-last Friday the long-running local art-rock squad released another LP for fans to get weird to!
    https://www.chicagoreader.com

May 29

New Shot Spotter @ Western BlueLine Stop

Just noticed this the today on my commute to work. CPD Shot Spotter technology at Cortland and Western Ave. Blueline stop.

May 29

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May 29

These nearby schools are looking for financial help on DonorsChoose.org:

  • Wiggle! Wobble! Learn!

    Ms. Ormond is asking for $760.75:
    My students need flexible seating, including wobble chairs, balance balls, and laptop table floor desks.
    Burr Elementary School Comment
  • Charge It!

    Ms. Ormond is asking for $469.65:
    My students need 2 iPad charging stations, 10 iPad cases, and 14 headphones to help them in their learning.
    Burr Elementary School Comment

May 28

May 25

Looking for a cheap portable air conditioner

I'm looking for a portable air conditioner for as cheap as possible until our central AC is repaired. I'd be grateful for any and all leads, thanks.

May 25

Lunchbreak: Japanese vegetable pancakes

1438 W. Cortland (on the Chicago River)

    Lunchbreak: Japanese vegetable pancakes
    Christine McCabe, Executive Chef/Owner Interurban Boathouse 1438 W. Cortland (on the Chicago River) Chicago, IL. 60642 773-698-7739 www.interurbanchicago.com Events: Happy Hour - with $5 drinks and appetizers - is available, Monday through Friday, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday brunch with $5 Mimosas and Bloody Marys, or Monday Pizza Night with both take-and-bake and dine-in options.
    http://wgntv.com

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May 23

Refugee Family Looking For Tv Stand

Family looking for tv stand If anyone can help please let me know,
Evan

evanzemil@gmail.com

May 17

Updated May 21

Lululemon in old Silver Cloud space?

Driving by the old Silver Cloud building today I noticed that the old mural on the Wabansa side on the building was gone, covered up by a wood installation that does not appear to be temporary. Since I was waiting at the light I noticed that what appeared to be an ad on the boards ending with “@lululemon”.

The old Silver Cloud sign over the front door is also gone, replaced by a small circular sign hanging over the entrance....

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Driving by the old Silver Cloud building today I noticed that the old mural on the Wabansa side on the building was gone, covered up by a wood installation that does not appear to be temporary. Since I was waiting at the light I noticed that what appeared to be an ad on the boards ending with “@lululemon”.

The old Silver Cloud sign over the front door is also gone, replaced by a small circular sign hanging over the entrance. Something clicked tonight and I remembered Lululemon’s logo:

http://www.stickpng.com/assets/images/5a1ac489f65d84088faf132e.png

It seems like a strange fit since Lululemon already has a larger retail space in a better foot traffic location just south on Damen, not to mention that the current space there has a kitchen. I found this article that both a) makes it doubly odd that they would open yet even more space relatively close to this large development but b) shows their interest in mixed use spaces with food service capabilities.

https://chicago.curbed.com/2018/5/4/17315408/lululemon-new-store-north-avenue

So, I’m calling it now ... a Lululemon yoga studio with frou frou food.

  • Artist girl Artist and Muscian

    That is strange. Perhaps they are just advertising on the building. It would be strange for them to move across the street to a location that is less ideal.

  • i hope not. Something similar to Silver Cloud would be great. Such a shame that spot has been vacant as long as it has. Especially now that patio season is about to begin.

  • Artist girl Artist and Muscian

    It's not just the old Silver Cloud There are so many vacant places along Damen, that it is starting to feel sad.

May 20

May 18

Theater events: Ireland's Druid Theatre revives 'Waiting for Godot'

...18th-century French diplomat, soldier and transgender rights activist. Performances begin Thursday, May 24, at 1655 W. Cortland Ave., Chicago. (773) 384-0494 or trapdoortheatre.com...

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...his solo show, "Stories I Only Tell My Friends: Live," to the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago, for one performance. Inspired by Lowe's memoirs "Stories I Only Tell My Friends...

...tie fundraiser beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago. The event begins with a cocktail reception followed by Goldsberry's performance, a three...

...one-night-only benefit performance that begins at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at 4450 N. Clark St., Chicago. Tickets are $150 and $250. Proceeds benefit the theater company. For tickets, call or...

...nominees during its Nominee Night concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 21, at 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago. Tickets cost $20, $30 for VIP admission, which includes a drink ticket. Among the...

...its Spring Fundraiser at 7 p.m. Monday, May 21, at the American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Tickets are $100 and include a performance by ensemble member Jennifer Engstrom from her...

...plays from Spain, Serbia, Poland, Syria, Finland, Canada, India and Germany continues at Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio St., Chicago. French Canadian playwright Mishka Lavigne's "Haven," about a grieving daughter and a man...

...s first professional female painter among others. The show opens May 25 at The Ready, 4546 N. Western Ave., Chicago. See theatre-y.com...

...Theater as part of its WorldStage series. Performances begin Wednesday, May 23, at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. Marty Rea plays Vladimir and Aaron Monaghan plays Estragon, two clowns waiting on the...

...in Hollywood. Performances run from Thursday, May 24, through June 17 at The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. See athenaeumtheatre.org or bettedavisaintforsissies.com...

• Redtwist theatre has extended its production of Peter Morgan's "Frost/Nixon," which centers on the 1977 interviews British broadcaster David Frost conducted with disgraced former President Richard Nixon. Performances run through June 3 at 1044 W. Bryn Mawr, Chicago. (773) 728-7529 or redtwist.org.

• Mark Toland announced an extension of his one-man show "Mind Reader," during which he reveals audience members' thoughts. Performances run through July 25 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. (773) 404-7336 or greenhousetheater.org or marktoland.com.

...Lovelace who sees potential in the "analytic engines" that preceded computers. Performances take place at 1376 W. Grand Ave., Chicago. (866) 811-4111 or theartistichome.org...

...women recall significant life events and rights of passage. Performances take place at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago. Three-play subscriptions are $45 before July 1, $50 after. (773) 404-7922 or...

...her own design. Dates will be announced later. Performances take place at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Memberships range from $70 to $150 and include tickets and other benefits. See firebrandtheatre...

...sues her former fiance after he jilts her for another woman. Performances take place at 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago. Subscriptions are available for $68 for previews and $90 for regular performances. They're...

    Theater events: Ireland's Druid Theatre revives 'Waiting for Godot'
    Rob Lowe brings his solo show, "Stories I Only Tell My Friends: Live," to the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago, for one performance. Inspired by Lowe's memoirs "Stories I Only Tell My Friends" and "Love Life," the show chronicles his career from his time as a Brat Packer to his tenure on "West Wing" and "Parks and Rec" and beyond.
    http://www.dailyherald.com

May 16

Updated May 17

City sticker late fee

I've been living in an apartment in Lincoln Park since summer 2016. I never bought a city sticker because I park in a garage. I'm moving to another part of the city in a few months and I plan on street parking. My question is, if I go to register for a city sticker when I move, are they going to charge me the $60 late fee or could I claim I didn't have my car in the city during that time and get away with it?

  • oz neighbor 36 years in LP

    Whether you park in a garage or not, you still should have been buying a city sticker.
    Consider the $60 late fee to compensate for the two years you didn't buy a sticker.

  • SF893 I like turtles

    Just register as a new car or you just moved here. There is no way for them to check how long you have lived here nor will they go through the trouble. F***k the city and their money grabs. Cut the corners wherever you can. Surprised you got away with 2 years, they will ring you up even if you park on the street for 10 mins while running into a store.

  • I think they require documentation i.e. the lease showing when you moved there.

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