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Hi Jim, I am a local reporter for Can you email me the video to and give me a call, 773 960 3997? So sorry to hear this happened outside your place and hope the victim is okay.

— On the neighbor message Car jacking in front of our building
7:20 a.m.

hi, Lisa, do the keys have a Divvy black key on them and a UPS store trinket with address? if so, please DM me.

— On the neighbor message Keys found
8:28 a.m.

Hi Jenny, the sidewalk wind protectors all have permits. I know the one you are talking about and can try to find out more for a possibe story . Can you call or text me later today? 773 960 3997?

6:16 a.m.

So sorry to hear. I am a reporter andcan help to get the word out. Please text me at 7739603997

— On the neighbor message Bucktown/wicker park hit by car
2:47 p.m.

No offense taken, Shannchicago. Thanks for reading and for feedback. I have had several situations where people do not want to use last names. In that case I usually quote someone else.

11:07 a.m.

Shannchicago, yes it is common practice, especially when I ask victims their names and then they provide the name, and spell it.

6:51 a.m.

Hi, KMet, I am talking to Jose, owner of Paladar right now. He says that he is not aware of this happening. Around what time of day did those two incidents happen? Thanks.

1:56 p.m.

hi KMet, glad to hear local CAPs is aware of them! Which beat are you in? I'm a reporter for DNAinfo and looking into this. Can you or anyone on this thread who wants to comment call me at 773 960 3997 or text? many thanks

11:18 a.m.

Pretty sure he lives in a local senior building across the way and i wrote about his garden a few years back. He's Polish. Maybe it was a misunderstanding. Doubt he would be poisoning squirrels but I know some seniors there and will look into this.

— On the neighbor message Man feeding poison (possibly) to squirrels
9 a.m.

The wishing you good vibes 365 days a year card/mural was for a special event that ended. I have a photo of it on Instagram under "alyinwicker." Currently there is a street art temporary mural for Sketchbook festival on The Violet Hour.

— On the neighbor message Velvet Hour painting
7:06 a.m.

Hirsch/Leavitt moved due to 9 incidents of vandalism, and North/Wood moved b/c it was replaced by 2 new handicap spots added after street was resurfaced

— On the neighbor message Divvy Station at Leavitt & Hirsch gone.
2:56 p.m.

hi there, i just interviewed a Wicker Park condo owner whose value went up 22 percent since 2012, not as much of an increase as some Logan homeowners. I also reached out to the Board of Appeals and Assessors offices to try and find out why the dramatic increases.... if anyone wants to go on record for a story about this and will allow me to dash over on my bike and photograph outside of home (Logancat, your 1880s era tiny house comes to mind) pls text me ASAP at 773 960 3997, am a reporter for dnainfo

12:30 p.m.

how do i delete a post? lock was found!

12:09 p.m.

No I don't have a car. Am a reporter writing a story about speed cameras.

— On the neighbor message Got Speed Camera Ticket across from Burr?
10:51 p.m.

Hi, all. Echoing Darryl, I'm also with DNAinfo, reporting on Wicker Park and Bucktown. Have not seen the print edition yet as out of town for the weekend but interested in seeing it. Feel free to connect on here/EB, or @dna_wpb, or Instagram, alyinwicker

— On the neighbor message
9 a.m.

No but maybe she is part of a Quaker family? Can you email me at ? I am a reporter for dnainfo and would like to followup.

5:07 a.m.

Awesome!! Glad your cat was found

8:05 a.m.

Yes, L, you are correct. No one minding the store. "Those evil natured robots, programmed to destroy us." (Wayne Coyne).

3:51 a.m.

It is not closed. There is a restaurant next store, behind the outdoor patio, that is for rent. The owners of Bricola did not put up the sign, their landlord who also owns the adjacent property did. I thought the same thing you did and stopped in to ask a few months ago.

— On the neighbor message Is Briciola in Chicago Closed?
5:45 a.m.

I remember Always Open :). Evolution was facing eviction and voluntarily moved out per landlord.

— On the neighbor message Evolution on Milwaukee Closed?
7:45 p.m.

sounds awesome!

5:31 a.m.

I wrote about this yesterday. There will be no vote at the finance committee, it is just a hearing.

6:40 a.m.

Saw the sign too and pretty sure it is a joke.

— On the neighbor message Silver Cloud now Kitten's Corner
6:36 a.m.

hi Terri, i am doing an update for can you call me at 773-960-3997? thanks.

— On the neighbor message Prasino Wicker Park Closes Indefinitely
6:40 p.m.

I wrote about the dogs being offleash in Walsh Park about nine months ago after the dog park closed down temporarily for trail construction. The dog owners were not receptive to being interviewed or photographed.

6:44 a.m.

David, if you want to avoid it, turn right down Concord, the little side street next to the strip mall with 7 -11 right before you reach the tower, then go down the alley behind the tower and then left on North to get back on Milwaukee. I think the concrete is there to protect pedestrians as well but can double check.

6:27 a.m.

Thanks, Steve. Clarke's is gone as well as building behind it.

12:59 p.m.

Sorry for delay, been back on beat and catching up! Yes, Steve, it is 1708 N. Damen. The building next store to it was torn down last week too.

9:06 a.m.

Do you have an address?

— On the neighbor message Hoyne and Iowa Construction
6:57 a.m.

Just an update, lots of cool raffle prizes! You could win a five pack of classes from Pure Barre, a reflexology session from NOW Studio, or an acupuncture treatment from Siri Michel of Mindful Acupuncture just for showing up! Prizes still coming in. Hope to see EveryBlockers there!!

— On the neighborhood event DNAinfo Chicago Networking Happy Hour!
9:52 a.m.

True Buster. But this old greystone was surrounded by retail. A wheelchair couldn't access it because there are steps. It is weird to see the greystone gone.

— On the neighbor message Greystone on Damen Almost Gone
9:58 a.m.

This is what replacement will look like. While a greystone built in 1870 no longer fits with the Street scape and was not Landmark protected, it is still sad to see a bit of history leave the block.

— On the neighbor message Greystone on Damen Almost Gone
8:53 a.m.

Thank you!! I will add Cup and Spoon info to preview story and call or email. See you on the 18th! Yay summer :)

— On the neighbor message Good Morning, Neighbors
6:55 a.m.

Welcome!! We are doing an In Real Life (IRL) meet-up over at Free Range Office on June 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. There is a "Taste of North Avenue" component to it and would love for Cup & Spoon to join! Tickets are $12 but free if you bring some samples to share with others. Feel free to bring coupons and literature too! More info here

— On the neighbor message Good Morning, Neighbors
9:31 a.m.

Hi, all! I Just sharing some pics from the power lunch, added to the #DNAIRL album.
Thanks to everyone that attended. There were 42 people on the deck, lots of networking and a musical chairs table switching mid-way through. Liane from Free Range Office will possibly host a "Power Hour Happy Hour" from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on June 10 (Tues.) with food and drinks from local places, so please save the date for that if you are interested in attending. I should have more details early next week.

9:50 a.m.

Thanks, Siri, for coming and making it fun! :) there were 42 of us, so def a better turnout than expected. One man that wasn't part of our patio group but was sitting nearby told me afterward that he too telecommutes and wish he'd known about it.

7:02 p.m.

Just issued refund, Victoria.
For those that are coming, we have a lot of cool raffle prizes to be given away in business card drawing, like a free week at Free Range Office, a fedora from Futurgarb (can be exchanged if too large or small, per owner), a hipster-ish hat from Belmont Army, a mystery gift from Lomography Embassy and the chance to win a future free lunch at Goddess. There are 35 people coming so far, and we have five tickets remaining if anyone is planning to join us.

7:37 a.m.

very sad. my neighbor told me about it this morn. i live right across the street and was out of town. hope everyone and driver is ok.

7:31 a.m.

Yes, I am not at my desk (out with mom) but will issue tonight or first thing intthe morning. Sorry you cannot make it, Victoria. Hopefully the next one if we do it again! :)

1:23 p.m.

Hi, all! just an update... the event on May 13 (Tues) will not be cancelled! There are 22 of us coming so far! Thank you, Victoria, and Megan for buying tickets. NRS, I am not sure if you purchased one yet or not since I only know your initials but here is the link and hope you and Leslie can join us. The patio capacity is between 32-36 so still space for more peeps!

11:53 a.m.

Thanks, Victoria for buying a ticket. I didn't set up the eventbrite until Saturday after worked out a group deal with Goddess folks. We will cancel the event and fully refund everyone if don't meet minimum of 20. So far we have had 5 events in April, with total of 144 people or 28 people per event on average. Granted, all five were at night and a different crowd, but I think there are enough indie professionals in area to fill the patio! The other advantage of buying a ticket is being entered into raffle, plus I make nametags in advance for everyone who is registered. In addition to EveryBlock, we are also mentioning event on Twitter, Facebook and to members of the #DNAIRL group, which has some remote workers in it.

8:36 a.m.

My pleasure, Victoria, and I just bought my ticket! The $15 includes sandwich or salad, chips or fruit, a dessert and a beverage. All ticket holders will be entered into a raffle for a future free lunch at Goddess too. We might have other raffle prizes too but this is the only one so far.... the event requires a minimum of 20 people to fill most of the patio (seats up to 32), plus a strong crowd is better for networking.

7:50 a.m.

Lol, thanks, Mary, I thought you meant Damen. Caton is a street. :)

— On the neighbor message Stop Work Order, new Asics store
7:42 a.m.

New Psycobaby at 1657 W. Division. And online, always. Thanks, Kristene, for info on collocation.

— On the neighbor message Stop Work Order, new Asics store
7:33 a.m.

Nike store is on same side of street as Asics. MaryA, maybe you are thinking of Finish Line/Footlocker, the other store in same block gearing up to open soon as well. Thanks, Jeff, it said something about plastic pipes, prob nothing.

— On the neighbor message Stop Work Order, new Asics store
7:27 a.m.

Hi, all. Thanks again for your feedback. Here are details on our group power lunch on the 13th. Looking forward to meeting everyone!!

11:03 a.m.

The 13th it is! Thanks for your feedback. I will talk to Goddess and see if we can do a Meetup there. If that space doesn't work out, are people cool with Chop Shop (they have patio too) or Silver Cloud?

6:30 a.m.

Thanks, Hannah. Emily Morris is following up. Here is preliminary post

— On the neighbor message Sad news: Sterling Goss has closed
10:25 a.m.

Thanks, all!! Appreciate the feedback. I too work remotely and got this idea after talking with another worker, Isabella, who works independently around the corner from Goddess. As for details, I will post a message in the next day or two hopefully about it. Does either Friday May 9th or Tues. May 13th from Noon to 1:30 p.m. work for everyone? I prefer the 13th but just throwing out Friday as an option too.

9:58 a.m.

Sockmule, I have recently transitioned roles at DNAinfo and am now working on #DNAIRL meet-ups but will email your question to Emily Morris at who is covering the Wicker Park/Bucktown beat. This is the last we reported on the project:

11:03 a.m.

Somebody did that about four or five years ago on vacant land in 1800 block just north of there. It lasted a few years but last I saw, no more plants there. Feel free to do it but just know it can get razed over by the developer who owns it.

10:02 a.m.

Had lunch there on the patio yesterday!

— On the neighbor message New Goddess & Grocer is Open
8:59 a.m.

hi, just an update.... the event is sold out but all are welcome to come and join us and buy drinks separately at the bar

— On the neighborhood event Piece Pizza/Beer Dinner, DNAinfo-IRL meet-up!
8:39 a.m.

Emily Morris, who is taking over Wicker Park beat will likely be at Jerry's. There are usually lots of people at the WPC meeting but always room for more! Are you going, Liko?

3:58 p.m.

This building has been talked about for at least the last six months at the WPC meetings (echo Leah's comment, above). Agreed, it will be sad to see this greystone go. It is not Landmark protected.

11:02 a.m.

Thanks, Rocky! Hope you can make it, here is a direct link to tickets, they aren't exactly going like hotcakes but you can be lucky #7 :)

— On the neighborhood event Piece Pizza/Beer Dinner, DNAinfo-IRL meet-up!
11:51 a.m.

they were shooting at Empty Bottle as well as alley near six corners.

— On the neighbor message Wicker park filming?
12:21 p.m.

Stapling to trees is not cool. Nike stapled several dozen posters to trees all over Damen and side streets when they opened. Some trees had two posters on them and four staples. There was one tree that was very young, just planted a few years ago.

6:47 a.m.

Agreed. Matthew!

Thanks, Steve.... Not to switch gears but has the Bucktown Community Organization conduced a general membership vote on the Ashland BRT yet? I am writing about the Wicker Park Committee's vote and would like to include the BCO tally, if your group has voted on it yet. Thanks.

6:38 a.m.

I feel bad for the bike! Having lived with no storage, I understand, though I currently do not own a bike. Milbarge shouldbe free to vent and troll. The Internet gets you in your neighbor's heads.

— On the neighbor message Nice bike you got there-
11:59 a.m.

I pay $38.63 per month for Comcast Xfinity Internet but it is a 6 month new customer promotion. Need to find out what it will be after this.

— On the neighbor message Comcast Cable and Internet
11:45 a.m.

It is not my website....included the link to a story I wrote for more background. Keep in mind, this very site we are all on right now is owned by Comcast, which is a much larger corporation than dnainfo. But if it upsets you, Milbarge, i will lay off links. Thanks for letting me know.

5:34 a.m.

Thanks, Nicole. And i agree it is not a for or against thing. And yes, there was a type 1 planned zoning for the prior development plan and now it will revert back to the original zoning, per developer's lawyer Jim Banks. The developer switched lawyers and was previously working with Rolando Acosta, who was lawyer for 1611 w. Division.

1:37 p.m.

Oh, KM, in full disclosure, Campbell lives above a shop I work out of, so if I happen to see him, will try to get you a book.

— On the neighbor message new meaning to burning money
10:07 a.m.

Thanks, KM. When I interviewed Campbell he appeared to be well and in good spirits and just perhaps frustrated over his identity as an artist and the fact he had been creating the same characters and an online persona for 10 years since he started posting webcomics in 2004. It was a long interview and one thing that got cut out of the story was the "manufacturing" process related to a virtual Kickstarter. Maybe he just needed someone to help him organize the business side of everything. I totally agree that the online vitriol was unwarranted

— On the neighbor message new meaning to burning money
10:04 a.m.

Thanks, Victoria, I agree. The book is amazing, clever and funny. Someone wrote to me and offered to pay for the shipping, so I forwarded the details to Campbell. Hopefully the books will go to the readers/backers.

— On the neighbor message new meaning to burning money
7:50 a.m.

i was at the meeting too (reported on it) and while i love Trader Joe's, i also feel like the proximity next to a school could be a challenge. the parking garage ramp is right across from the school entrance... but with that said, hopefully the developers can work out a compromise with the community. love those TJ ginger snaps!

6:17 p.m.

here is a story about that same site from March 7, 2012, almost two years ago, as well as pics of a prior proposal from same developers

6:13 p.m.

PICANTE. Correction. Fingers frozen :)

— On the neighbor message sign up at Authentaco
3:52 p.m.

how bad is it?

2:03 p.m.

yes, Realtors call that stretch of Damen between North/Milw/Damen and the B-trail Buckown and it annoys a few Wicker Parkers. So technically it is second Potbelly in WP though first if you consider that stretch to be Bucktown. :)

— On the neighbor message Potbelly at Wicker Park Commons
11:51 a.m.

Melissa, sounds good. I found out the delivery boundaries and added them. "Delivery is planned to be added next week, for a $3 charge and a minimum order of $10. Delivery boundaries are Kedzie Avenue to the west, Ashland Avenue to the east, Division Street to the south and Fullerton Avenue to the north."

3:46 p.m.

hey rob and melissa and anyone else on Everyblock who WFH (works from home) or works in or near the 'hood. i am thinking about checking out Sticky Rice around 1 p.m. today for lunch. Would anyone here online wanna meet up there?

9:06 a.m.

there is already a Potbelly on Damen in the old Firehouse, not too far away... Agreed though that the block needs sprucing up!!

— On the neighbor message Potbelly at Wicker Park Commons
9:03 a.m.

Ditto. Call after 11 a.m. and ask? Noble Square isn't too far from 1700 block of North Western. 312 818 1810

9:20 a.m.

Spot on, Alicia. I have written several stories about this. For many indie shops, their 10 year leases are up and rent is doubling and even tripling in some cases. These are the very shops that made the area a vibrant, eclectic shopping destination. Good news is some are relocating like Stitch and you can still find Psycho Baby on Division Street.

— On the neighbor message Scoop is closed. comments?
8:22 a.m.

Walgreens? There are two in Wicker on Milwaukee and one near Western and Armitage, plus the North and Western Walgreens. I hope not. Sockmule, where did you hear that from?

— On the neighbor message Scoop is closed. comments?
9:36 a.m.

Al Spenadel is a local CPA in the 1300 block of N. Western, near your location. He might be authorized to be a notary or if not, would know a place where you can go. Ph: 847-226-4895

— On the neighbor message Need Public Notary
7:15 a.m.

I had a bite of a donut at Stan's when I stopped by to write story and it was delicious.

With that said, I also love Glazed & Infused.

Hopefully there will be enough business for both shops to thrive.

6:46 a.m.

lol, thanks Brian. I meant to tag 1745 W. Armitage and not 1755!

— On the neighbor message Rip Tide Lounge demolished- comments?
10:47 a.m.

hi, just an update, Komane said yesterday that he hopes to open Sticky Rice in two weeks. He still has an electrical inspection and a food inspection to go through first.

— On the neighbor message Sticky Rice Chang Mai Construction?
6:24 a.m.

Thanks, Thomas. I just heard back from the now ex partner (Sam and Komane who were planning to run it together parted ways). Sam said last he heard from Komane, Sticky Rice should be opening right about now.

— On the neighbor message Sticky Rice Chang Mai Construction?
9:43 a.m.

I have been wondering the same thing and just emailed the owner, Sam and will report back. Last I heard ( ) Sticky Rice was hoping to open around the 4th of July.

— On the neighbor message Sticky Rice Chang Mai Construction?
8:13 a.m.

dispatch from the meeting

— On the neighborhood event Forbidden Root Town Hall Meeting
10:37 a.m.

Hi Reuben, Darryl Holliday, a DNAinfo reporter was there reporting on it. Glad to hear many attended! I was at the EveryBlock/OpenGov meeting.

— On the neighborhood event Forbidden Root Town Hall Meeting
9:25 p.m.

Glad it's back too!

— On the neighbor message Glad EB Is back
4:46 a.m.

um, i meant area code not zip. :)

— On the neighbor message Open Streets coming to Wicker Park next month
5:37 p.m.

ay!! too many things at once, WRONG zip! i'd meant to write 312-427-3325. sorry, K, and thx for following up! at least all of this on this thread will be well prepared, and maybe i will see some of you at the free yoga.

— On the neighbor message Open Streets coming to Wicker Park next month
5:37 p.m.

Not sure, good question. Kay, can you call the ATA at 772-427-3325 and try to find out? I just spoke with them and will do a post on it shorty but didn't ask that question... will credit you, Kay, for finding out this information on the detours for cars.

— On the neighbor message Open Streets coming to Wicker Park next month
5:04 p.m.

Hi, All! I am sorry about short notice, but I was hoping that one of you Everyblockers can assist pipeline in reporting on the next GGNA Community meeting Re: Family Dollar tonight. It starts in 30 minutes at 6:30 p.m. Frankly I began reporting on the teacher's strike at 8 a.m. today
and need to catch up on other stories as well as continued efforts to unpack. See below note from Sally Haman of GGNa which was on the community group's listserv. TEXT me your EMAIL ADDRESS at 773-960-3997 if you can report and I will add your email login to our wordpress network so you can post your story directly onto the pipeline site and it will show up in my editing queue. Hope someone can make it and thanks in advance for your possible help.

"Hello neighbors, I hope that you can come to the meeting tonight regarding the zoning change on Armitage and for an update on the proposed move of Family Dollar to the old Dearborn Grocery site. We can also add other neighborhood concerns to the agenda. See you soon, Sally

In a message dated 9/6/2012 11:27:27 PM Central Daylight Time, writes:

Hello Neighbors, we have a GGNA Community Meeting scheduled for Monday, Sept 10 at the Haas Park Field House at 2402 W, Washtenaw at 6:30 pm. to review a zoning upgrade request and new project at 2730-34 W. Armitage.

The current zoning at that location is B3-1 and the developers are requesting a B2-3 that would allow them to build a 4 story 8 unit building on two lots that are currently empty. The GGNA Zoning and Planning Committee (ZAPC) met with the developers in Aug and wanted the community to review it also since it is a large project. I have attached the files the developers gave us.

In addition, we can get an update of the proposed move of Family Dollar to the old Dearbourn Grocery site please pass this information on the your neighbors. See you soon, Sally"

6:10 p.m.

Whoops, I meant Thyra.

— On the neighbor message Open Streets coming to Wicker Park next month
2:02 p.m.

Thrya... yes, Ashland and Western are included, with boundaries of Fullerton to north and Division to south. However if it means shutting down those streets too, it would maybe be more money.

Again I want to stress that it's not that I am against the idea of Open Streets.... I think it will be fun and will encourage my friends to come out, and there are just as many business owners that are looking forward to it as have concerns about it. It's just that I am wondering why it costs so much money to put on. Will it put Wicker Park on the map, be a tourist draw? Who knows.

If anyone on this thread wants to have a say in things, just go to the monthly meeting on the second Wednesday of every month in the Wicker Park Fieldhouse. There were only 6 people at this Wed. meeting including myself. And just five of 11 commissioners were present. A motion was made to approve the 2013 SSA #33 budget of $1,215.133 million at the meeting. Commissioner David Ginople works very hard to keep things in order and they are all volunteers with good intentions to improve neighborhood. A lot of cool stuff comes out of the SSA such as supporting park events like BooPalooza and new bicycle racks. Ginople said that if people have issues or complaints with how SSA dollars are being spent, they need to come to the meetings. I agree. So go to a meeting and form your own opinion.

— On the neighbor message Open Streets coming to Wicker Park next month
2 p.m.

Megan... Active Transportation Alliance. The SSA #1/Loop Alliance is spending $60,000 with Active Trans to run their Sept. 9th event which will open State Street to play for 5 hours... and SSA #33 is spending $50,000 with ATA. Along with the 50,000, per the July meeting minutes, there will be $20,000 spent on a skateboarding exhibition for a total of $70,000, plus on Friday the Polish triangle lights will have a cool Neon show for $8,000- so $78,000. Again, in no way am I saying that this isn't a great or cool thing... I'm just wondering if that money could be put into other crucial areas of the city's budget. The fact Rahm could not keep 4 police stations open in the city's budget, yet there is $23 million being spent through the city's 44 SSAs.... on stuff like this, as well as on duplication of services (i.e. both Streets and Sans- city- and Clean Slate - hired through supplemental tax dollars- remove graffiti) is troubling.

— On the neighbor message Open Streets coming to Wicker Park next month
12:09 a.m.

Budget for event is $160,000 for 5 hours, and the SSA #33 (taxpayer dollars) is kicking in $50,000 of that budget. I am all about fun events, but it seems like a lot of dollars are being used. Some businesses along that route are car washes, salons, groceries, and other places that have customers that come by car on Sundays. Sure, it will be fun and a great chance to take over the streets and play, but could that money (and frankly all of the 44 SSA districts combined- $23 million budget in 2011) be better used on keeping teachers employed and police stations open? In a better economy, I would be first to say Open Streets sounds great, but we are not in a good economy. Basic rule of budgeting: You ask yourself, "Is this a want or a need?" Open Streets is a want, not a need.

— On the neighbor message Open Streets coming to Wicker Park next month
5 p.m.

Buster... Re: your question on facade, we did not hear anything about windows, though the GGNA board is going to take the sketch and write down a few recommendations in their letter to the alderman. As much as many of you said you would like to see an organic grocer, something perhaps more 'refined' there, the truth of the matter is that according to the owner of the building, the only letter of intent he received was from the Family Dollar people. Maybe he needs to continue putting out the feelers more? I really don't know the current state of commercial real estate and the dearborn bldg has been vacant for five years. It was foreclosed on and recently purchased by a new owner who is a third-generaton landlord.

Lesley, Dearborn wholesale is just south of Milwaukee and California. See pic

3:24 p.m.

Hi- just an update from Ken Fuller, owner of the lot. See comment below which was posted on pipeline site. Hannah, if you or anyone else sees problems, call Ken at
"I want deeply apoligize about the roden & rats issue at 1888 N.Milwaukee.
We are definitely going to be on top of this as i speak .
I have had two men cleaning and sealing and putting rat & roden poison in the lots .
This will continue happening until the job is complete and secure.
Because me myself i am also concern that this has happen .
I am visiting the HSA center that building is right in the middle of both lots.
I want to make sure that they are not leaving garbage thrown all over the alley.
The Greenpark Garages is still coming so we want to get this cleaned up before 2013 .
I will make it my duty to make it happen each and every day going foward .
Keeping the weeds very low and clean & rodens free.
The Greenpark sign was taken down due to being tagged with graffiti constantly.
This is a nice Neighborhood and we should not have to worry about Rodens & Rats running around .
Once again i deeply sorry this has happen.
Ken." 773-772-2162

8:01 a.m.

Hi- actually it was March 2010 and not 2009. Here's more info on the space and according to its website, there will be a Green Parking garage there by Spring 2013. I am a bit skeptical that it will happen but you never know...

11:11 a.m.

Hi everyone. That spot was previously (and possibly still ) owned by VLF Development, the firm that was going to make the GREEN PARKING garage back in 2009 that Alderman Moreno was heralding in one of his first moves as new alderman. There was even a ribbon cutting there that I declined reporting on, though I have pics and a press release for it somewhere. Plans for the garage surfaced in 2009, when I was writing the Chamber of Commerce e-newsletter. For at least a few years, there was a sign up about the garage, but now the sign is removed and there are just two wooden stakes where the sign was. I have the phone number for Vicki Fuller whom I believe owns the land and can follow up with her on what happened to her company's plan. VLF also sponsored the Johalla Projects Deer Installation that was across the street in vacant lot next to 1821 N. Milwaukee and later unfortunately vandalized (i loved looking at that deer!). In 2011, volunteer members of the Special Service Area #33 brought it up in their meeting per these notes (you need Google Docs to view the public meeting minutes and even wondered if the SSA #3 should fund the then stalled/blighted non-garage. Personally I am really glad that they didn't use taxpayer dollars to fund such a project. There is PLENTY of street parking all around there. Right next to where the lot is, is a day treatment halfway house for those with substance abuse and mental illnesses. The clients there are always very respectful and keep to themselves, yet the sidewalk in front of building is totally falling apart. This green garage was being billed as for tourists who want to park there a few blocks away and then go see the neighborhood via shuttle bus or take the train nearby downtown.

9:47 a.m.

Thank you, Mark. May I include your comment (well, the first third of it) in the next pipeline newsletter, with a link back to this post?

— On the neighbor message Is Rahm's honeymoon over?
8:17 a.m.

i "evacuated" to caribou (since wormhole where i would've went presumably lost power too) where i wrote that post. it started at exactly 4:59PM as that is when lights went out. firefighters were on scene super fast. transformers blow EVERY summer and it causes outages. it's a ComEd issue. They need to update the grid. Power went out on the first day of Wicker park fest in that very same spot last year. pipeline coverage of that:

— On the neighbor message Smoke near Damen Stop
5:51 p.m.

yep transformer. i was working right there and smelled smoke so we went outside

— On the neighbor message Smoke near Damen Stop
5:47 p.m.

I was... and wasn't. Trader Joe's is cool but Aldi has some amazing deals and is a better "price point" for many people. Sterling Goss and Olivia's are your best options nearest Aldi for you Trader Joe-ish products like fancy olives and spreads and all that stuff (as I munch on "Parade" brand saltines that either came from Aldi or the A-1 Dollar Store!)

4:59 p.m.

lol, thanks, Gordon, though please keep asking as we only know a small fraction of news and it is to be noted that Our Urban Times, another local site (our urban times partnered with pipeline on a co-produced winter printed edition) is where I sourced the news from that I had linked to in the last pipeline. Here's the entire story on the five sculptures.

— On the neighbor message Random works of art in area parks
10:23 a.m.

hi. we mentioned them in this past week's pipeline newsletter. the sculptures are part of a citywide project with 30 sculptures. of the 30, five are in our area. if i am not mistaken, the ssa #33 funded part of costs. i like the one at churchill park,too.

— On the neighbor message Random works of art in area parks
2:13 p.m.

What about swimming? If you have aches and pain, it's the best exercise you can do. I threw my lower back out and have been slowly getting better. Can't afford physical therapy so swimming seemed like the next best thing. However, if going the boot camp route, my former neighbor went to 1 on 1 Fitness on Milwaukee and he loved it. Full disclosure, 1 on 1 is in the pipeline printed magazine and you get any class, including boot camp, free when you mention their ad.

— On the neighbor message Boot camp?
6:02 a.m.

Thank you, Timmy.

— On the media mention Pedestrian Hit By Car
10:30 a.m.

hi, i've moved with Starving Artist Movers a couple times and they did a great job. I've also moved with Lubinski Movers the last time I moved and they too did an awesome job.

— On the neighbor message Need y'alls help again...this time: MOVERS!
10:29 a.m.

Mike where is it? Email me. I might know someone who is looking for a small space if the rent is right.

10:18 p.m.

Hi, Jason/Mort... no offense taken. Jason, take a look at page 6 of the magazine.contributor page. It's being distributed today through Monday! (Vas liquors will have the most copies in Logan Square) Jason W is listed as our "volunteer statistician." Thank you for your help. :) And to anyone on this thread, we are always welcoming new reporters or newsletter writers or whatever you want to call us! Does anyone with a background in theater reviews or w/ experience writing reviews want to attend the Go Go Power Ranger burlesque opening tomorrow (Fri) and report on it? You would get a comp. tix for yourself and a guest in exchange for your prompt account of the evening submitted through our Wordpress page.

— On the neighbor message Special Meeting 1st Ward
10:29 a.m.

Mort.... someone did ask about pensions. I believe Elaine of was recording the meeting, so check her site later on to see if she wrote anything on that. At this point, Tyson just needs 1,500 signatures in the next 20 days to even be on the ballot, so the meeting was more like a pep rally to drum up volunteer support, though most in the room had already collected signatures for other candidates, so it will be interesting to see if new blood can be found. Tw, agreed.

— On the neighbor message Special Meeting 1st Ward
8:08 a.m.

fly on the wall, here you go, Joe L. But for the record, I was told by Moreno that reporters will no longer be allowed at these meetings. Now that's transparency...

— On the neighbor message Special Meeting 1st Ward
10:39 p.m.

i ended up going and glad i did. it was an interesting meeting. will have a story out in a couple of days.

— On the neighbor message Special Meeting 1st Ward
5:20 p.m.

the meeting is at 10:30am. i really need to do laundry or just rest aftet intense week and getting the print magazine to printer. and while i think it is great they found a new candidate and all, what annoys me is the fact that because yet another chicago politician did a shady thing (shocker), it has now become a time suck for everyone else. all that time to select new candidate. now they need 1500 signatures and they cant come from anyone that signed in last campaign? does any everyblocker want to go to this special meeting and report on it? i will give you our wordpress network access for pipeline and you can inform people on the lance tyson details. bueller? bueller?

— On the neighbor message Special Meeting 1st Ward
6:09 a.m.

looks like it was a lively meeting. the people have spoken, but will the alderman and developer listen?

— On the neighborhood event A Big, Empty Parcel of Land Going "Bye-Bye"
10:30 a.m.

hey bungalow 8! can you email me a paragraph about new spot? we have 188 indie places in listings, including you and almost all your neighbors in print magazine going to press by 5pm today if it kills me! we might have a small pocket of space and can feature your new news on neighbor with bylibe credit to an orange moon. if you took a pic last night even better. i just have pics of inside and outside of julie's which are outdated.

— On the neighbor message New restaurant at 2421 W North Ave
9:42 a.m.

june 14 works for me too. though i will have to be on standby in case any meeting or urgent news comes up that i would need to/ want to report on. thanks abbey for putting together.

— On the neighbor message Dinner on Division - ( Wicker Park ) -
9:30 a.m.

heartily agreed... the back patio there is awesome and maybe third time will be the charm.. perhaps an everyblock meet up would be in order when the lazy parrot opens.

1:41 p.m.

Hi Thomas, agreed.. from what I understand (from a neighbor to them who told me a few weeks ago) it will be Indian style food.

— On the neighbor message New restaurant at 2421 W North Ave
2:38 p.m.

thanks it made me smile. poor dog though the boy looks light.

— On the neighbor message link to may 24th pipeline
9:44 a.m.

summer school at club lucky! muy divertidos.

— On the neighborhood event Summer Spanish!
6:53 a.m.

Thanks, Matthew, I know what you're talking about now. Interesting.

— On the neighborhood event A Big, Empty Parcel of Land Going "Bye-Bye"
2:50 p.m.

is that the parcel of land right behind the library that was going to be the bucktown community garden a few years back? i recall "soil testing" was the big hold-up, though if that's the spot it also used to be a dry cleaners many years ago. i have no prob with development as long as there is a need for it. have the bucktown station lofts filled up yet? the baer lofts? the vacant glisovich stretch on damen near webster?

— On the neighborhood event A Big, Empty Parcel of Land Going "Bye-Bye"
2:35 p.m.

1425 N. Damen, in the park, right across from big star. can't miss it.

— On the neighborhood event Wicker Park & Bucktown Farmers Market
12:02 a.m.

dr. dejean on ashland. he graciously helped an uninsured pipeline team member out before. it wasn't totally free but very reasonable.

12:01 a.m.

hey mike.... lubinski furniture, dreamaker mattress, and chicago discount mattress are all local places and all deliver.

— On the neighbor message Best local store to get a mattress
11 a.m.

hey sarah. i called police and they had no report relating to shots fired at holstein. it could of just been fireworks. does anyone know what the hunt thing is¿

9:33 p.m.

thank you, timmy.

7:19 a.m.

i don't know why sites- EB and FB- even have the thumbs up or the thanks or no thanks. does it just create a way for people to show their feelings without having to make a comment? It is so gut reactive. With that said, i am an abuser of the facebook 'like' and the EB 'thanks.' though 'no thanks' just sounds rude to me. if you don't have anything nice to say (and 'no thanks' would qualify) don't express it by lazily clicking 'no thanks.' Take two minutes and write a comment to state why you feel the way that you do.

— On the neighbor message No Thanks!!
2:04 a.m.

love pint!!

6:56 p.m.

Cool I will have to try that! Basically I saw Seattle and barely read any of ingredients. The grilled onions were really good. I am not much of a hot dog eater. Redhot ranch might still be my favorite but I could see myself going to Daddy Cools when I am near it out of proximity.

— On the media mention Now Open: Daddy Cool’s
11:14 p.m.

Sorry to hear it, times are tough. People steal off of construction sites too. There are a couple main scrapyards, one just south of Chicago avenue off Damen and another big one by Home Depot off North ave. I used to know a legal scrapper. Many are men in construction that haul old broken appliances and go to garage sales to buy rusty old tools etc. Maybe go see if anyone scrapped it yet?

— On the neighbor message Thule Roof Rack Stolen off Car
3:28 p.m.

Is it steel or metal? For Scrap metal. Ald. Waguespack put an alert about scrappers on the Bucktown Neighborhood Watch Facebook page.

— On the neighbor message Thule Roof Rack Stolen off Car
3:09 p.m.

Thanks, Robert. They were respectful and so were the people in the van outside of the one who talked back. Two suspicious vans parked near the trail all night with out of state plates was def worth a look.

9:55 a.m.

May Day rally, not riot.

2:28 p.m.

i heard about the shooting when i was at prince food market around the corner that morning. unfortunately media is too strapped staff wise and overburdened to report on every shooting. though i think it's the Tribune or the Red Eye that does a round up, usually address and that's it. good luck with the CAPS meetings. if any Everyblockers live on Western or any of the SSA #33 main five streets, you can get reimbursed for up to $1000 toward the cost of graffiti removal.,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=c7d3fd65e1198762&biw=1045&bih=474

12:17 p.m.

Thank, EN, I am excited too... I used to live right at North and Western and was happy when Abe's opened. Then I was excited about Julie's, and went there before that closed too. Hopefully M.J's will stick around a long time. Does anyone know when the medical college that moved from Oak Park is opening? Just wondering if it will be across from MJ's or at the Division Street hospital near the monique meloche gallery.

— On the neighbor message M.J. Cafe
10:42 a.m.

Me gusta Lavanderia! It's on 2100 block of N. Milwaukee. Good vending machine selection too. Been going there since Spin Cycle, RIP, closed abruptly this past December. However, not sure about wifi. Laundry is my treasured break from the Net. Pretty sure Bubbleland up the street has wifi as I think I have seen people on laptops there, or just using the wifi from the Dunkin Donuts next store. Lavanderia is cheaper than Bubbleland too.

— On the neighbor message Logan Square Laundromats
11:22 p.m.

Per Hot Chocolate voice mail greeting, it closed Sunday April 22nd for remodeling and will reopen Tuesday May 8th.

1:36 p.m.

Thanks, Veronika. Just an update as well... Alderman was interviewed on WGCI Morning Riot today. I can't figure out how to listen it through the link, but I heard it through someone's phone who played it. Also, apologies to all on my rant about advertising! Being in "new media" I sometimes get too sensitive as well as defensive. In a perfect world the pipeline wouldn't have to sell ads too, and Matthew is correct, it can create potential conflicts of interest. If any reporter wants to be put on the beat or assist me with this story, I could use the help. Thanks.

12:52 a.m.

um i meant 1434 not 1432!

6:16 p.m.

Matthew... If the Chicago Reader (which I've had stories in long ago- before a full-time job and other side projects made freelance journalism impossible writes about Bacon Fest, which I believe it did last week, does it say in the story that Bacon Fest is also an advertiser? If there's a half page ad for Roller Derby, do they say Roller Derby is also a sponsor anytime they write about the derby? What about pages and pages of Live Nation and Jam shows in the Reader? Does Miles Raymer have to write that LN is an advertiser anytime he writes about any of their shows? As stated, advertising supports journalism and Congress is an advertiser. If you were familiar with pipeline from being one of the 3,000 subscribers, you would have seen ads for Congress shows all the time, long before recent events pertaining to hearing. Quite frankly, all this time reporting on Congress has actually negatively impacted the process of soliciting ads for our next magazine. I have chosen to put in the time. My own decision. When I left Green Eye bar (i live 2.5 blocks from congress) and saw all the cops, the lights, I could have ignored it. I was tired. Off the clock, trying to have fun with my buddy Chad I never get to see anymore, but whatever.

What's happening with Congress is important to ALL indie owned venues. This month it's the Congress, next month it could be another venue in another ward under pressure. I'm not saying Congress doesn't have issues that it needs to improve on. What I am questioning is the way the alderman is going about getting those changes done. He says he doesn't want to shut it down, well last Friday he succeeded in partially shutting down a concert and negatively impacting the venue, its patrons, vendors, and fans. The alderman himself has advertised in the past two printed pipeline publications and I have plenty of his first ward news in the next newsletter I am on deadline to get out today.

2:38 p.m.

Thanks, Mark. Dressel was really am amazing mediator. Really good at moderating and keeping people in check.

9:24 p.m.

just catching up on comments. Matthew- yes, Congress is a pipeline advertising sponsor, as are many local businesses. They have advertised in pipeline on and off for two years, long before these recent events. The Alderman has advertised in our past two printed booklets as well. Do you not see ads for Congress, Live Nation and Jam shows in newspapers? Some bloggers put out a donation button in an attempt to support their time. Others sell ads in an attempt to do that too. Either way it's almost 1AM and i am busy with lots of other news too, speaking of which here's a dispatch from the hearing earlier today as well as LSC School Council Election tomorrow which is today (comment on this is a hoot, check out the "full disclosure") and lastly, at least for now, superboobs!

12:57 a.m.

Attrill, I agree with you on the real issues facing all three venues and hope that they can be managed constructively as well as on the community level and not at city hall.

7:35 p.m.

Hi, all, some very sad news. Joe Kopera, a long time court advocate for 14th district and 1st ward, has resigned. I added it to the bottom of this post ( b/c I was running out the door last night though will follow up more on it soon. If you've found up-to-minute news on the status of cases like the 'tweety bird' offender from the flower shop attack, the date rapist soccer couch, and tagger news, you can thank Kopera for all of that b/c he has taken the time to go to court and to keep the local blogs and community informed. A 50-plus year resident of Logan Square who lives one half block from the venue, Kopera was honored with a parkway in his name by Ald. Moreno just last month. Kopera witnessed Friday's events in front of The Congress this past Friday too. Following is his resignation letter.

Commander Flores and fellow Court Advocates

Due to the events that I witness this past weekend at the Congress Theater I no longer have the passion to volunteer with the CAPS programs. This is to advise you that I as of today I resign my volunteer role as the DAC co-chair for the 14th District Court Advocate Program. As of today I will no longer attend court hearing for the 14th district or 1st Ward. Thank you for letting me be a volunteer for the last five to seven years.

Joe Kopera

11:46 a.m.

Everyone has a right to their opinion, Chicago Girl. What I see are lots of cab drivers making money, busy restaurants near the theater, and a lot of crowds which are good for any neighborhood, or else why would Wicker Park Fest happen every summer?

Last night I was at the dub step show and just saw a lot of young fans having fun dancing. The night before, I only happened across the commotion- it was hard to ignore- in front of the hip hop show.

Who is to say that fans of dub step and hip hop are "undesirable?" What is a desirable crowd? Yo La Tengo fans and Murder by Death, are they desirable? We can all say whatever we want about the Congress, it's a large entertainment center that draws a lot of passion and opinions, but from what I know of other venues, I'd say it is far more progressive and diverse in its offerings. Off top of my head, in past couple years they've had Gogol Bordello, Riot Fest, Mexican Wrestling, MMA fighting, hip hop/rap, and yes, of late, a lot of electronic DJ music. The crowds are younger but this music is huge in industry right now.

One of the extra security guys from Bassnector (by the way, a widely touted WBEZ story about this artist and the fact that he was bringing his own security due to Congress concerns was not factual. I asked one of their security people last night and he said they do that for ALL Bassnectar shows, not just Congress), who didn't want to be quoted officially, told me last night that he is "more of a Grateful Dead fan, myself."

When I replied that maybe in 20 years these kids will be saying the same thing about dub step, as some other new emerging genre is sweeping the country, he laughed. Electronic DJ music is not my cup of tea, either, but even then I could not help but get inspired by the energy and momentum. Bassnectar seemed to be having fun, waving his hair all around his laptop, which could, if another genre in another place and time, have just as easily been a guitar or piano.

1:33 p.m.

Ditto. The coffee I was think of at Sterling is called Aspire Coffee.

— On the neighbor message Big Shoulders Coffee?
6:44 p.m.

Thanks, west town 42! Now I am curious to find out the name of the coffee on the poster at Sterling Goss.

— On the neighbor message Big Shoulders Coffee?
11:01 a.m.

I think Sterling Goss sells Big Shoulders in the bag or I saw a sign for it in their window. I will need to look into it but I think Big Shoulders employs people with disibilities or contributes to vocational services, which is awesome. See here I am spreading rumors but from what I remember that is what it is. Anyone wanna check into it and write a story for pipeline on Big Shoulders?

— On the neighbor message Big Shoulders Coffee?
10:40 a.m.

Russ, I agree. It is up to us to put pressure on our alderman if we feel like the infrastructure plan is not beneficial. Will the alderman listen to their constituents or just continue trying to win favor with Rahm?

And Alex, I agree! In the last committeeman election, I believe Moreno won with 1,800 something votes in a ward that probably has well over 20X that number of people. Is Moreno speaking for his constituents when he puts one of the largest attraction in Logan Square into deleterious impact/public nuisance process, which could adversely impact surrounding businesses as well as turns a spotlight on Moreno's Ties to a neighboring club which has 10X the amount of crime and political connections than the Congress?

There was a shooting report just across the lot from that club this past Sunday. It is under investigation. Who is the nuisance? Gangbangers who shoot and fight or youths from suburbia and colleges who listen to electronic DJ music which is sweeping the industry and even playing a larger role in Lallopalooza this year?

A 17 y.o was shot in head and died on dance floor at that club in 2009, shortly after Blagos campaign adviser who allegedly was gonna sign a contract that day to be owner through his mistress allegedly overdosed on drugs and died.

In the last mayoral election, which despite being the 1st w/ no Daley on ballot in years, there was still very low turnout. At that time I calculated it, and it came out to about 7% of our city's pop. who voted and then I think it was like 4 or 5% who voted for Rahm. The Sun Times headline was a quote from Rahm saying the people have spoken. Um no, 5% of people have spoken. Everyone talks about 99% vs. 1% and if this keeps up, our political infrastructure will join banks and millionares in being part of the 1%. Back to the original topic, if citizens don't like the infrastructure plan we need to make a push through our aldermen, and hopefully enough will have the chutzpah to vote against it.

9:37 a.m.

Whoops, looks like they did go to four stories and not five. I just read EVA update. Initially having affordable housing based on income was part of that plan too. Hopefully that will still be included. Even if Lettuce has not committed (that part surprises me, at the meeting it had seemed like a done deal), the property has def been purchased by Smithfield.

7:11 a.m.

Hey all, I spoke with owner of Miller Lumber yesterday and even he wasn't sure what the revised plan is. From the initial meeting I attended, the one thing that was a big deal was height. The EVA was suggesting one less story than what the plan was because too tall of a building would not fit in with the other buildings. So it is possible the developers conceded one floor. As for Lettuce, they had mentioned two Lettuce restaurants, one geared more toward lunch crowd and the other more like a dinner place. Seems like that part is under wraps, though if I had to choose a Lettuce lunch that would fit in with Division I think that Bao Wow place would be cool.

7:03 a.m.

hi, all! Pizano's officially confirmed via Frank, a GM. Expect it to be open sometime this summer.

— On the neighbor message News on former Crust space?
1:14 p.m.

For those who like InnJoy, a bit of Divison is moving to Logan. Owner of InnJoy is opening Daddy Cool's, a hot dog and hamburger spot at 2200 N. Milwaukee. I was in there last week and it is really cute, with picnic tables out back. There are pics up on pipeline site under newsletter section.

— On the neighbor message Lots of new places opening on Division.
7:24 a.m.

Dave, agreed on the spring optimism. I don't have my notebook in front of me, but I believe the Dee's Place is going to be something called Nando Trattoria. I don't remember the third word in the name, maybe El Nando Trattoria. Sprout is opening April 21st! Popped in there yesterday. Does anyone know about Renegade Fest? Someone asked me if it was still happening now that the store is closed. It is such a cool fest, I am assuming yes, but thought id ask to see if any of you know if it is still happening.

— On the neighbor message Lots of new places opening on Division.
7:15 a.m.


on this note, time for Zzzzzs. Goodnight, Everyblockers

— On the neighbor message News on former Crust space?
11:01 p.m.

Agreed, Sam, and you are on the right track:-)

— On the neighbor message News on former Crust space?
5:33 p.m.

The person I spoke with said it is fine to mention that it will be another pizza place, but given that there is no sign out yet, and the marketing contact is out of office until tomorrow, I don't want to say their name until I have green light to do so.

— On the neighbor message News on former Crust space?
4:15 p.m.

Yes, some of the restaurants, having no specific protocol enforced until this season, have put in their own grates (or bricks) etc. Now the rules are being better enforced which is good for the trees.

12:39 p.m.

Hi, Sam, it will be pizza again! A pizza place with a long footprint in Chicago pizza. I can't divulge the name, but heard from the gentleman whose friend rented the spot.

— On the neighbor message News on former Crust space?
6:41 a.m.

Wicker Park Veterinary just opened yesterday, and the vet there, Dr. Jacob, worked 7 years prior at another clinic. Full disclosure: he is apparently my second cousin, but we have never met! And I still have not met him. My roommate Joe wrote this story on the clinic and met my cousin before I did

— On the neighbor message Need a good Veterinarian
6:23 p.m.

It looked really cool, and then I read in the finer print it is for businesses that have at least $150,000 yearly revenue. :(

6:11 p.m.

Thanks, Mark! Hope to see you Sunday.

1:31 p.m.

Steve, scientists just need to clone you.

6:20 a.m.

yes, it's delicious, even the bread on the table! the butter has a briny pink salt on it which is really good.

— On the neighbor message Has anyone been to The Storefront Company?
10:53 a.m.

Thanks, Rafael! Send an email to streetsofwicker at hotmail with your email, and I will add you to pipeline's wordpress network. We are also working on the next printed magazine, dueout June 1st, so email me your blog or clips/links if you are interested in a possible assignment for that.

— On the neighbor message Storefront Company Opening Tonight!
9:02 a.m.

He does look just like a Snickers bar too.

— On the neighbor message Kitten Still Looking for Home
10:38 a.m.

Wish I could. Just can't support a cat right now. My roommate has a cat and I get my cat love from his cat. Will link to your post in the next pipeline newsletter.

— On the neighbor message Kitten Still Looking for Home
9:28 a.m.

hey, Rafael... any interest in going to the Logan Square Farmers Market today and perhaps writing about something that you end up cooking or preparing as a result of ingredients from the market? Details on market

— On the neighbor message Storefront Company Opening Tonight!
9:25 a.m.

Thanks Rafael. Send me your email and you are welcome to help out with future assignments.

— On the neighbor message Storefront Company Opening Tonight!
6:56 a.m.

hi, Sarah, wow, thanks so much!! Hmm, it opens at 4PM, so you could call (number in the post) and make a reservation and hit it up for cocktails and appetizers before your dinner maybe? I will add your email to the pipeline wordpress network, so that way your dispatch will show up in my editing queue. Please take a pic or two, too, if you can. Thank you so much for responding by the way. The neighborhood is so huge and while I love working on the pipeline, the hardest part is trying to be everywhere at once, which I finally realized is a battle I will always lose. It takes a community to report on one. :)

— On the neighbor message Storefront Company Opening Tonight!
10:36 a.m.

very sad. My father died this way at age 49 on a highway, though he'd drifted into a semi and not parked car (semi driver was not hurt). Another cab driver I was talking to last night said he thinks it was a heart attack and that they were waiting for autopsy. With accidents like these, a coroner can only assume heart attack if clogged arteries and other issues, or simply falling asleep at wheel. It happened in early a.m. so maybe the cab driver had been up all night and tired?

7:19 a.m.

Very sorry to hear about the robbery. I know the owners of Ash's Tobacconist, as they participated in the Celebrate printed magazine. And I agree with those who say that it was much worse 10 years ago. It was. While the Internet is great because it makes it easier to share and disseminate massive amounts of info, we do have to be careful that we do not fixate on every little crime too much. Stores all over the city get robbed very often unfortunately. As the definition of "media" and what is media changes, even something like Everyblock could be considered media because it gets the word out.

— On the neighbor message Robbery at tobacconist
9:24 a.m.

Agreed, because the individual was charged and it was related to him, not an inspection at his business. The worker there told me that inspectors came but they saw no violations in which to close it. Meanwhile I got an email from pipeline reader who replied to this morning's newsletter (u can sign up at chicago-pipline site, its free and been doing it every week for three years this april, newsletter has info not shared on website), that she has reported them to alderman before and believes is a bad business. Some of their yelp reviews are very favorable. I think like you do though, like how could they still be operating if they had malnoursihed and dead dogs in basement? It is sick.

1:32 p.m.

Per a volunteer advocate, Joe Kopera, the guy has a $500,000 bond. Court date March 12th around noon. I did speak with the shop yesterday, and the worker is doing well. It's very much a relief that he was caught.

6:07 a.m.

Hi Ellen, it is 7 to 830pm. I am a student in her Tuesday night class.

— On the media mention Learn Conversational Spanish in Bucktown
8:19 a.m.

Um, I meant "that is how." Typos! Yikes. Anyhow, I learned through a flier (saw posted all over windshields of cars on North Ave.) that there is a meeting in Logan Square tonight about the topic of concealed carrying of arms. Fliers on windshields are the worst. Not sure if they are finable like doors are. Steve, do you know? And good seeing you at the Caps meeting. :-)

— On the neighbor message Dear Ernesto Construction !
7:53 a.m.

We got the Sarpino menu on our doorknob. Maybe I am in the minority here, but I stuck it with my pile of take out menus.

With phone book advertising not working anymore, media desenfranchised, and billboards being too expensive, it can be tough for the small businesses to get their word out, however, I always warn people that doorhangers are finable and it's not a good idea. The WP Insiders Guide did doorhangers last year to advertise itself and they were wet and all over the snow and slush. The idea of a blog or website doing that was very odd. At the end of the day, I think the city has more important things to work on than fining people who are just trying to get their word out. Politicans are the worst offenders, but frankly that I how I've learned about some of them like Derrick Smith.

— On the neighbor message Dear Ernesto Construction !
7:47 a.m.

hey Rob.. per the Beat CAPS meeting last week (, the local police are using more covert vehicles in an effort to curb any more crime. I think it's great.

— On the neighbor message Undercover cops in WP tonight?
5:16 p.m.

Ald. Moreno voted no against this, and so did ald. Fioretti. Under grounds the wording of ordinance is too vague. Nick, a student at Northwestern, just put a story on this topic up on the pipeline website. He also interviewed a local man in opposition because it would hurt people that need their returns most for essentials like medical costs etc. Garnishing a tax return seems extreme. Perhaps the city can lay off some of its unneccassary executive level jobs or aldermen can take pay cuts before city starts garnishing returns on those who really need them? Aldermen make 105,000. That's not a public servant job salary and its part time.

— On the neighbor message City to Take State Income Tax Refunds.
8:05 a.m.

Hi Meg, if you are interested,once a week

I have a weekly email that is full of neighborhood news, been doing i for almost three years and over 3,000 locals on the list. If you want to sign up just go to and click on Subscribe. We also did a printed magazine called Celebrate that id be happy to meet you somewhere and give you a copy of if you want. Or you can still get one near thedoor ofBuck Wick Organix next to Myopic Books. And I can understand your frustration. Some people like Everyblock regulars are very much tapped into local news all the time and others aren't. I know someone who just tried to go to earwax cafe and was shocked it was closed!

— On the neighbor message Guardian Angels at Damen stop today
7:59 a.m.

Yes, across from me :) Thanks. I couldn't attend, either.

5:57 p.m.

Really? Only one person was sitting next to me at Cans... are you DS? :) Speaking of the Cesar's issue, by any chance would you like to go to ZBA today at 2PM and report on it for pipeline? I have an important non pipeline related meeting this afternoon and may not get a chance to go to city hall.

10:22 a.m.

Yeah, I heard about the class in the NBC story. It's in one of the storefront just across from the Congress Theater.
"Chicago's chapter of the Guardian Angels is offering a free self-defense class on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. at 2142 N. Milwaukee Ave (map it! right across from the Congress Theater), per the NBC update."

10:19 a.m.

And yes, everyone should be buying flowers or candles there tomorrow.

6:30 p.m.

When I saw it in two major media outlets as fact, I assumed it to be and that was why I used the word "serious," so glad it isn't. Last week the Trib used sensationalim in saying that the three people shot by Frontier who were shot in leg were "expected to survive." Should hope so if shot in leg. Very relieved she is ok. Just got to the beat CAPS meeting which covers the area where this took place, andwill report on it, as well as update everyblockers with what the commander of 14th or beat cops might say on progress with finding offender.

6:27 p.m.

Thanks, aj, and ditto. I was only quoting what id read in sun times and tribune about serious condidtion. Thank god she will be okay. I pop into this shop often and always fun to chat with.

5:54 p.m.

Yes, per the update in this update sent to chamber members she is expected to return home maybe today, was stabbed upon neck twice and locked herself in bathroom to fend off attacker who tried to break into bathroom door with window washing pole.

5:40 p.m.

agreed, bex, and mark. There is a CAPS safety meeting tonight at St. Mary's. updated description from chamber, offender has tweety bird tattoo on neck

5:24 p.m.

clcb, were you there? thanks again for letting me know of the correct time. i was sitting on the right side of room and may have been near you? anyhoo, here's nandika's dispatch

10:02 a.m.

Thanks, clcb, I will correct that!

3:14 p.m.

Hi, Len, wow, lots of questions. I agree with above comments on atomix and sweet cakes for wifi and logan square farmers market. There is a grocery at chicago and western that has good deals, near liz's pet shop, but the Dominicks nice is too! Many great spots for good Mexican including Tenachlitan (sp?) Up the street across from the West Town chamber office. Cafe Barbari has good food, too, some of it Mediterranean. I will follow you both on twitter and am at @chicagopipeline, been writing a weekly newsletter since 2009, visit for news a bit north of you. Welcome to the area, lots to do here and see.

— On the neighbor message Moving into the neighborhood!
9:56 a.m.

Cafe Laguardia. They're having a Medieval Themed dinner, no cover or "price fix," order off the menu, no reservations needed.

— On the neighbor message Love Your Local this Valentines Day!
4:32 p.m.

Thanks, AC, and agreed. Speaking of more important things, a resident on Evergreen near wicker park got the windows of their truck shot out last night, per an email.

9:26 a.m.

Thanks, Buster, for the background. You seem to know a lot about everything. How long have you lived in the neighborhood?

2:32 p.m.

Thanks, Taryn, and yes, I totally forgot to mention, they do have an association, WBNA, which was in the community listings in pipeline's celebrate magazine. I am not sure what their boundaries are either. If Fairfield is west of West of Western, it is probably West Bucktown.

12:58 p.m.

I prob should have written 'east Humboldt Park.' Though have heard numerous people remark that anything west of North and Claremont through the area by West on North restaurant in 2500 block is considered "west Bucktown." Some call that Logan Square but I believe it is either East Humboldt or West Bucktown. Basically the no longer no man's land between bucktown and humboldt is becoming populated by new crop of businesses due to more affordable rents.

12:33 p.m.

And don't forget Mad Bar. Was that where Cans is now? I can't remember.

3:16 p.m.

Buster... while I agree with you to some extent, I would def not want to look out my window and see neon signs. Would you?

The owner seems to be listening to all of the complaints and is even revising his marketing and name. Maybe he is being too accommodating, or maybe this sort of response is needed. The people that purchased property on Damen did so long before Cans, Potbelly, and many of their other commercial neighbors. I am of the opinion that most anything is better than a vacant building which can attract vagrants and crime. But I can see the neighbor's points and understand their frustrations.

2:45 p.m.

Agreed, it is horrible. I just posted a few words on the site about it, I have been to that Subway many times. Very tragic. She passed away this morning, per the tribune.

— On the neighbor message What the heck is going on in WP/UK Village?!?
12:14 p.m.

Hey, Kevin, while I agree with you to some extent, not everyone uses Google or the Net. Earlier this week I was in a very Polish and Latino section of city, and noticed far less yellowbooks littering the ground and sidewalks, perhaps indicating they were on someone's shelf somewhere. Then, a woman walking in front of me was using her bright yellow "support local businesses" bag to hold her groceries, what a great reuse of the phone book bag. Having worked in either advertising or journalism for almost 15 years now since graduating from college in '97, it is sad to me to watch something that was once so anticipated like a phone book (as a kid I would literally sit and page through it for fun) turn into basically very heavy litter.

New ways to support local businesses have emerged as a result of the Net, but RIP dear phone book, for many decades and since invention of telephone, you were important.

— On the neighbor message Tired of telephone book littering?
2:26 p.m.

There is a large condo building right behind Wilton Cleaners, possibly that one. It's so sad, but I am so glad that the jerk was caught and arrested, facing charges. Too often they aren't.

— On the media mention Woman, 26, Raped In Bucktown
10:20 a.m.

Agree, I lived right at that corner for seven years until I moved recently, and it is a dangerous cross zone, especially when your back goes out and you walk slower than sin. Clocks are nice gauges.

1:21 p.m.

yes, old post- and just an FYI, that photo of "Wicked" which I snapped as it was on the former Rep. Gutiierrez office on North Ave. originally appeared/should be credited to the Streetsofwicker,blogspot blog (our blog we started before the pipeline, in 09). We covered the VTC arrest in that following week's pipeline newsletter in May of '10 as well. I am saddened to hear of the tragedy this past Saturday and my heart goes out to the family of the victim :(

1:38 p.m.

Red Hen is my favorite too. Their bagels are also really good. Yesterday I splurged for a friend's birthday and got him red hen's Kitchen Sink cookie.crazy to spend almost 3bucks on a cookie, but it was worth it.

— On the neighbor message Looking for a place to get good bread
10:58 a.m.

agreed... Artist Tony Fitzpatrick wrote this beautiful piece on his blog, "Angel of the Riptide"

— On the neighbor message Riptide Lounge 4am License?
11:43 a.m.

Thanks Michael and agreed, I am curious too! Will keep folks posted or more likely another of the local news sources will jump on it and find out more. I am happy to be a tip sheet. :-)

3:02 p.m.

Thanks Abby, will do

1:47 p.m.

i had a blast at the snow ball fight, fun to watch everyone. i think the police officer there was bemused by it all...

— On the neighbor message A Big Thank You
1:21 p.m.

so bummed i missed this! my wifi was operating on two bars and it was taking forever to upload pics to the pipeline newsletter.... finally finished it but it was 8pm and too late, my friend Mel came to Bangars, though. Abby, he said he enjoyed meeting everyone, i was supposed to meet him there, only made it to the Do321, Chicagoist, redeye, snow ball fight. Fun times

12:49 p.m.

hi, eric, and L. would either of you be interested in reporting on the map progress or the upcoming election for the chicago-pipeline site and newsletter? just posted a rant about my apathy and i realize that i have to get beyond that and reach out to those citizens like you who do care, who can show those like me why we should care. thanks.

— On the neighbor message A Fourth Ward Map?
9:42 a.m.

hey, this looks like fun and if i finish the pipeline newsletter in time today i'd love to come out and look forward to seeing everyone there. thanks, abby, for organizing. :)

8:22 a.m.

Hi, Marnie, thanks for letting us know, I will mention this in community section of next pipeline weekly e-newsletter

— On the neighbor message Wabansia street security alert
6:03 p.m.

maitai, what is Spanish for "just do it?" in any case, i think the class is filling up, so call her. number is on the flyer... it will be fun. i am not much of a classroom learner and this seems different

— On the neighbor message Spanish class at Club Lucky?
8:52 p.m.

hi, Shaylah, yes, we are curious, too! right before Labor Day we posted this story about the closing on the pipeline site and have been wondering too

— On the neighbor message When is the Logan Theater going to reopen?
9:58 a.m.

I guess the question I am wondering is, Have you been READING the newspaper for five years, too? If so, pay him. Newspapers aren't a scam. They're trying to keep news or some semblance of it going.

— On the neighbor message Northwest Side Press Delivery Charge?
9:50 a.m.

NOYB, perhaps you are correct, I just wish it were not the case. I know I am in the minority, but I can count on one hand the number of online orders I have ever placed. I would be willing to pay afew dollars more for an item at a place where I know the shop owner versus a transaction online. Not to sound melodramatic, but when I walk away from my laptop where I bought something and go for awalk, I might be walking past another empty storefront. Mildblend is relocating up the street, near harold's chicken. Yay:-)

6:09 p.m.

I have lost count, Will, it's horrible.... we mentioned 2011 closings in pipeline year in review , but Spin Cycle, Imperial Mens Clothing (after over 100 years!), Avocado Cafe, Yo-Lite, paper and print, Casa De Soul, and many more

2:44 p.m.

whoops, thanks, Susan... my bad, it's Tues. the 24th. My friend chris just told me that he called Elena and registered. Erick/Susan, I am a beginner as well, and have dim memory of whatever i learned in high school and college.

— On the neighbor message Spanish class at Club Lucky?
4:53 p.m.