September 18, 2009

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THE CRIME REPORT

PROPERTY FOR SALE

CLASSIFIEDS

PROPERTY TRANSFERS

RESTAURANT REVIEWS

OTHER BUSINESS REVIEWS

GREAT SCHOOLS REVIEWS

QUIZ

The Lede: POTHOLE CLOSES LAWRENCE AVE

Photo Credit: Sarah Collins Lawrence Ave pothole disrupts traffic September 10, 2009

Photo Credit: Sarah Collins Lawrence Ave pothole disrupts traffic September 10, 2009

Credit: Sarah Collins. Lawrence Ave pothole September 10, 2009

Credit: Sarah Collins. Lawrence Ave pothole September 10, 2009

Sarah Collins at the Chicago AV Club brings pictures of the pothole that disrupted traffic in the neighborhood on Thursday the 10th. (Thanks for sharing Sarah) You can see, as crews dig out the hole, that they uncovered the old Chicago Surface Lines street car rails. Traffic on Lawrence was detoured in the area from Western Ave to Rockwell St. starting around 4:45 PM Thursday.

The Chicago Breaking News Site says the street collapse was due to a water main break.

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THE CRIME REPORT from EveryBlock

A 35 year-old delivery man was arrested in the 2500 block of Belle Plaine on Wednesday the 9th. Police allege the man, Daniel Serafini, was delivering two pounds of crystal meth to a resident. The police also arrested Alfred Mortensen, 35, of the 2500 block of Belle Plaine on charges of possession of methamphetamine.

Reports at WBBM 780 say the police followed Serafini on Wednesday. He was reported by WBBM and by NBC Channel 5 to be driving the truck of his employer, Ann Sather’s Restaurant, at the time of his arrest. The reports say Mortensen was charged after the police found five additional pounds of meth at his residence.

Ann Sather’s is owned by 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney. Tunney told NBC he terminated the delivery man immediately. “It is both very disturbing and shocking to learn that an individual employed by my business was allegedly engaged in illegal activity,” Tunney told NBC through a spokeswoman.

In other reports from Everyblock the police say the following was reported:

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STREET CLEANING SEPTEMBER 23-24

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PROPERTY FOR SALE from EveryBlock

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Everyblock reports a property listing at 3917 N Western Ave #3S listed on Trulia for $400,000 “Single family Living At Elevated Heights.”

Everyblock also reports 3935 N Western Ave #2S listed on Trulia for $474,900. This is by the same developer and in the same development, so photos and copy are the same.

Everyblock reports 2404 W Belle Plaine Ave #3 listed on Trulia for $372,500.

Everyblock reports 4515 N Claremont Ave listed on Trulia for $942,000


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CLASSIFIEDS: from Craigslist

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My condo in the building by the river on Montrose is listed for sale and for rent. The address is 2581 W. Montrose #2. Here are the twolinks:

For Sale: http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/reb/1357012531.html (The price has been reduced to $214,900.)

For Rent: http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/apa/1369254399.html ($995 per month)

Desi Leyba (desi_leyba (at) yahoo (dot) com)

Gray Gary Fisher Wahoo bike stolen from Lincoln Square. Monday 8-9:30p. I saw a sketchy looking guy walking around: shorter, white guy with a short gray and greased ponytail, with a satchel … but I locked my bike up anyway… I know I’m a moron. Any info would be greatly appreciated!
Found a zune on the street in Roscoe Village. If you can describe it with details I will return it to you immediately.

Some jerk stole my women’s schwinn landmark and my son’s schwinn hitchhiker on Friday 9-11-09 around 2:30pm. The bikes were locked in front of my house. I don’t think this ad will do any good, but if anyone sees someone riding these bike they’re MINE!!!!! (Pictures at website)

Keyes found- Wilson & Damen If you got home late last night or early this morning to find that you’d had a missed connection with your keys, I might be able to help you out.

There are three of them (and a gym membership card); one printed, one colored, and one for a bike lock. If you can describe the first two/give me the name of the type of bike lock you have, I’d be more than happy to get them back to you!

Bike tire stolen- Damen Brown Line CTA station Had my back tire stolen off my bike today from the bike loop outside the Damen Brown Line stop. In case anyone finds it rolling around town or whatever, it’s an Alexrims DA16 aluminum rim with kevlar tire and flip flop hub. Moral: If you only lock up one tire, make it the back one.


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PROPERTY TRANSFERS from EveryBlock

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Everyblock is reporting 11 property transfers

4453 N. Hamilton Ave., unit 44512 sold for $235,000 August 27

4453 N. Hamilton Ave., unit 44553 sold for $252,000 August 27

4453 N. Hamilton Ave., unit 44573 sold for $269,000 August 27

2551 W. Sunnyside Ave., unit 25513 sold for $256,000 August 26

4323 N. Oakley Ave. sold for $1,190,000 August 31

2460 W. Berteau Ave. sold for $705,000 August 27

4038 N. Campbell Ave. sold for $295,000 August 31

2416 W. Pensacola Ave. transferred ownership August 18

2170 W. Windsor Ave. transferred ownership August 21

4453 N. Hamilton Ave., unit 44571 sold for $249,000 August 19

2703 W. Agatite Ave. sold for $1,230,000 August 27

Average selling price $494,556,

Condo average selling price $252,200

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RESTAURANT REVIEWS by YELP!

Mio Bento Japanese Restaurant, 2245 W Irving Park Rd., five out of five stars on Yelp! A new three star review: “Food was better than average, but nothing that wowed me.”

Happy Hookah Lounge, 4118 N Western Ave, 4 1/2 out of five stars on Yelp! received a new four star review, “It’s a great spot to hold a party.”

Lutz Continental Cafe’ & Pastry Shop, 2458 W Montrose Ave., four out of five stars on Yelp! They received a new FIVE STAR review. A new four star review, “I walked in here with a friend visiting from Indiana who had lived in Vienna for years and he is a generally grumpy sort so I worried he might not like this place, but he loved it.”

Wild Goose Bar & Grill, 4265 N Lincoln Ave., four out of five stars on Yelp! received a new FIVE STAR review.

Bistro Campagne, 4518 N Lincoln Ave., four out of five stars on Yelp! They received a four star review, “The atmosphere and food make up for the minor short comings of the overall staff.”

Drew’s Eatery, 2207 W Montrose Ave., four out of five stars on Yelp! They received a new four star review: “Drew’s opened up a whole new world to me.” And a new three star review, “It is a hot dog stand – BUT veggie and vegan friendly.”

Sticky Rice, 4018 N Western Ave., four out of five stars on Yelp! They received a four star review, “I had the mock duck with mushroom sauce, which was umami and picante and good,  I loved the fried banana appetizer.”

Los Nopales, 4544 N Western Ave., four out of five stars on Yelp! They received a new four star review, “Just loveeee the food.” And, a three star review, “Mmmm delicious Mexican food!”

Pizza Art Cafe, 4658 N Rockwell St., four out of five stars on Yelp! They received a new four star review, “Great food, delicious super spectacular food but honestly, the service is downright lousy.”

Jury’s, 4337 N Lincoln Ave., four out of five stars on Yelp! A new three star review, “the service is very friendly and attentive, the patio comfortable and the portions big.”

Apart Pizza Co., 2205 W Montrose Ave., four out of five stars on Yelp! A new two star review says: “Sorry, but it just didn’t do it for me.”

Opart Thai House Restaurant, 4658 N Western Ave., four out of five stars on Yelp! The new review says, “To update my previous bad review, I was impressed that the owner contacted me and apologized for my experience.” The new review gives two stars to the restaurant.

Tallulah, 4539 N Lincoln Ave., four out of five stars on Yelp!. The new one star review says, “So bummed, as it has been on my radar for brunch and seemingly, the restaurant, has had some great reviews.”

Tank Sushi, 4514 N Lincoln Ave., 3 1/2 out of five stars on Yelp! They received a new FIVE STAR review.

The Bad Apple, 4300 N Lincoln Ave., 3 ½ out of five stars on Yelp! They received TWO new FIVE STAR reviews. And a three star review, “Maybe I should just stick with the greasier stuff next time??” Another three star review said, “5 stars for the beer selection. 4 stars for the service.  3 stars for the food.”

Fiddlehead Cafe, 4600 N Lincoln Ave., 3 1/2 stars out of five on Yelp! They received a new FIVE STAR review.

Spoon Thai Restaurant, 4608 N Western Ave., 3 1/2 out of five stars on Yelp! received a new three star review, “I am half Thai, so perhaps this fact is responsible for my high standards for Thai cuisine.”

Starbucks Coffee, 4600 N Lincoln Ave., 3 1/2 stars out of five on Yelp! received a three star review, “It is loud, very loud. Not an optimal spot to get in the zone with one’s studies!”

Essence of India, 4601 N Lincoln Ave., 3 ½ out of five stars on Yelp! They received a two star review: “Service is alright.”  And another two star review: “I have eaten here three times now and the food has been very mediocre every time.” And, yet another two star review, “I had lamb dishes for which the sauce was really tasty, but the lamb itself was really tough and barely edible”

Chelsea Grill, 4520 N Lincoln Ave., 3 1/2 out of five stars onYelp!. A new one star review says, “this was my most disappointing restaurant experience in Chicago.”

Bad Dog Tavern & Grill, 4535 N Lincoln Ave., three out of five stars on Yelp! They received a three star review: “We did a few shots, had some snacks, it was okay. I was totally bored by the dog references in the names of some of the menu items (can you hear that barking noise?) and generally tried to ignore the stupidity of it all.”

Sunnyside Tap, 4410 N Western Ave., 2 1/2 out of five stars on Yelp! They received a one star review: “Went by at 1am on the Friday  of Lincoln Square Octoberfest.  Closed!”

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Other Business Reviews by Yelp!

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Ben Mahoney Productions, 4306 N Lincoln Ave., five out of five stars on Yelp! Received a new FIVE STAR review.

Fine Wine Brokers, 4621 N Lincoln Ave., five out of five stars on Yelp! received a new FIVE STAR review and a three star review, “I felt that I was not appreciated in the empty store.”

Jewell Animal Hospital, 4501 N Lincoln Ave., 4 1/2 out of five stars on Yelp! They received TWO new FIVE STAR reviews.

JRH Kids Cuts, 2123 W Irving Park Rd., five out of five stars on Yelp! Received a new FIVE STAR review.

Welles Park, 2333 W Sunnyside Ave., 4 1/2 out of five stars on Yelp! Received a new FIVE STAR review.

Thairapy Plus Salon, 4247 N Lincoln Ave., 4 1/2 stars out of five stars on Yelp! Received a FIVE STAR review and a four star review, “I’m usually more of a barbershop guy than a salon guy, but I like the experience here.”

Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N Lincoln Ave., has 3 1/2 stars out of five Yelp stars. It received a three star review, “Can someone please tell me why when dealing with people who work at the libraries in Chicago (the ones checking you out and finding your holds) it feels like I’m at the DMV?”

Bertsch Properties (property/ apartment management), 4554 N Maplewood Ave, has a 1 1/2 star rating on Yelp! It received a one star review, “Our experience with Bertsch properties was intolerable.  We spent over a year in a couple of Bertsch owned apartments and can say thank god we’re outta there!”

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Education Reviews from Great Schools

Great Schools

Lane Tech High School, 2501 W Addison St., has four out of five stars overall rating at GreatSchools.net. It received a four star review, “The school administration also seems open to parents and students. Activities and sports are great.” And a one star review, “the leadership has gone downhill since the current administration has taken over.”

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The Quiz

During the American Civil War many units were given nicknames. For example, the Irish Brigade and the Stonewall Brigade. Below I’ve listed five real Illinois units and one from Wisconsin. Find the one that doesn’t belong (I mean the unit from Wisconsin):

  • The 34th Red River Rifles
  • The 16th Twins
  • Company G, Berdan’s US Sharpshooters
  • The 65th 2nd Scotch Regiment
  • The 13th Fremont’s Rifles
  • The 50th Blind Half-Hundred

Last week: According to the Encyclopedia of Chicago the area now known as Lincoln Square was first developed by German immigrant Conrad Sulzer. At first the area was a farming community supplying the city of Chicago. What was the nick name for the area:

  • The Nation’s Celery Capital

Here’s something to chew over, I found a second reference to this strange fact in the Mr. Brown Thumb blog on ChicagoNow. More recently, that would mean the mid-19th Century in this case, the nation’s celery capital moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan. A celery blight in the 1930’s moved most cultivation to California.

Celery has been used in home remedies for ailments such as insomnia, arthritis, gout, anemia, Hodgkin’s disease, leukemia, asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis and indigestion according to a blog out of Hawaii.

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September 11, 2009

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WOMEN PROTEST TO SUPPORT RIGHT TO BREAST-FEED by Chicago Sun-Times

Dozens of women are reported to have protested in support of a woman’s right to breast-feed in public. Some neighbors are referring to the protest as Boob-gate and others as the Great Boob-Out. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that last month Loren Trost, 33, of Rogers Park was accosted by an unidentified woman for breast feeding her son Hank in Giddings Plaza.

“She was very unhappy that I continued breast-feeding — so unhappy that she approached all of the other women on the benches and said, ‘Look at that woman. It’s indecent and it’s illegal,’ ” Trost recalled.

The Sun-Times reports that dozens of women showed up Friday September 4th to support the right of women to breast feed in public. According to Trost there is no law prohibiting it. The protest, reported to be a very quiet event, grew from on-line postings by Trost, the report says.

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STREET CLEANING SEPTEMBER 23-24

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LOST & FOUND FROM EVERYBLOCK

Last night I lost a pink zippered wristlet made from recycled rice bags. Pretty sure I left it at Silvie’s Lounge on Irving, but I may have dropped it walking out. I had a little cash, a debit and credit card, and my license. I’m not really worth any money, I would just love to avoid the hassle of replacing everything! Please let me know if you can help! Thanks!

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PROPERTY FOR SALE by Everyblock

4446 N Campbell

A property was listed for sale: a two bedroom condo at 4446 N Campbell, #3. They are asking $369,900 for the unit, describing it as the “most beautiful vintage rehab in Lincoln Square.”

Everyblock is reporting a property was listed for sale at 4343 N Western Ave., #301 for $490,000. “Light filled Western exposure, very large private deck in rear.”

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PROPERTY TRANSFERS from Everyblock

Everyblock is reporting eight property transfers.

2243 W. Irving Park Rd., unit 3E sold for $360,000 August 13

2146 W. Cuyler Ave. sold for $340,000 August 12

4453 N. Hamilton Ave., unit 44533 sold for $199,000 August 12

4453 N. Hamilton Ave., unit 44531 sold for $185,000 August 12

4207 N. Bell Ave. sold for $665,000 August 10

3939 N. Oakley Ave. sold for $540,000 August 10

4130 N. Claremont Ave. sold for $292,500 August 4

4526 N. Leavitt St. transferred ownership August 4

Average unit selling price this period was $368,786.

Condo average selling price was $248,000.

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THE CRIME REPORT from Everyblock

Everyblock is reporting three new crimes committed August 28. Most remarkable: a con game reported in the 2300 block of Eastwood, in a residence. There was another garage break-in reported, this time in the 4500 block of Claremont and a theft, less than $300 in the 4600 block of Lincoln.

Other crimes this last week:

Three thefts of under $300 occurred within a few hours of each other on September 1. Two happened in the 4400 block of Lincoln and one happened in the 2400 block of Belle Plaine, about six blocks away. The reported crimes were time stamped at 3:30 PM, 6:00 PM and finally 10:00 PM on Belle Plaine. All were noted as happening on the street or sidewalk.

Also on September 1, there were two illegal entries. A forced entry into a business in the 3900 block of Western. On August 30 the police received a commercial office of a forced entry, that time in the 4100 block of Western Ave. The second entry was into a garage in the 2100 block of Cullom. We’ll need to wait till next week to see if the spree of commercial break-ins continued up Western Ave.

August 30: A domestic battery: simple was reported at a residence in the 4400 block of Rockwell St.

August 30: Children were reported involved in a disturbance in the 4600 block of Western at 8 PM.

August 29: A domestic battery: simple was reported in the 2100 block of Wilson Ave. at a residence.

August 25: The currency exchange in the 4500 block of Western Ave. reports it received a counterfeit check

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RESTAURANT REVIEWS by YELP!

Mio Bento Japanese Restaurant, 2245 W Irving Park Rd., is a five star Yelper. It received yet another FIVE STAR review this week.

Julius Meinl, 4363 N Western Ave., averages four stars on Yelp. It received a FIVE STAR review: “the only problem is that there’s so much good stuff, choosing one thing to order can be very painful.” They also received a three star review: “the coffee here is always fantastic! Strong, but not too bitter, it is exactly what I like.”

Bistro Campagne, 4518 N Lincoln Ave., is a four star restaurant on Yelp. It received a new FIVE STAR review.

Apart Pizza Co., 2205 W Montrose Ave. has an average review of four stars. It received a new four star review: “this place is pretty good for thin crust. The flavor’s in their sauce and toppings are great.”

Los Nopales, 4544 N Western Ave., has a four star Yelp rating and received another four star review: “The food there is phenomenal and try their steak, my mouth is watering just thinking about it.”

Opart Thai House, 4658 N Western Ave., is a four star Yelp restaurant. It just received a new review with FIVE STARS.

Sticky Rice, 4018 N Western Ave., has a four star Yelp rating it received a four star review: “I am definitely going back to try their curry and their exotic items like ant egg omelette and fried bamboo caterpillar.” And, it received a one star review: “…they treated me as if I was lying… this is totally unacceptable!!”

Happy Hookah Lounge, 4118 N Western Ave., averages four stars. It received a new two star review: “from the street, Happy Hookah looks closed – darkened windows, curtains covering every ounce of light. This is just a bad idea for any business… More professionalism would help attract more business.”

Chubby’s Wieners, 4652 N Western Ave., has 3 ½ stars on Yelp. It received a FIVE STAR review: “the fries are hot and so are the hot dogs.”

The Bad Apple, 4300 N Lincoln Ave., has 3 ½ stars. You have to wonder what’s happening when a new restaurant generates so much publicity, as this one has, with splashes in Red Eye. It’s generating a buzz, with more reviews this week than any other restaurant again. We’ll just take them in order: A three star review: “despite the overdone burger and the kind of misguided atmosphere, I’d be back for that beer list alone.” A three star review: “They’re nothing like the white curds I had on poutine in Montreal.” A four star review: “We had 3 born in Wisconsin folks with us and they all thought it was some of the best fried cheese curds they have ever had.” (Just an editorial note here: I don’t think depending on a Wisconsin native to give a thumbs up is necessarily a good review, even of a cheesy restaurant.). A three star review: “the ‘game room’ really did feel like someones basement, the back dining area felt way too boring with crappy lighting.” Another three star review: “heads up to fellow poutine lovers…, the curds we ordered were strongly flavored yellow cheddar.” A four star review: “some of the best fried cheese curds.” Another three star review: “something wrong about the lighting in the back, you feel like you’re in someone’s basement.” A four star review: “curd is the word.” And, a FIVE STAR review: “a little unorganized at the front door and difficult to grab a beer from the bartenders.” Finally, a four star review: “turn up the temp on the oil so your fried cheese curds aren’t a mass of melted goo.” Instead of the Bad Apple, we should call this place cheese head heaven. Goodness.

Chelsea Grill, 4520 N Lincoln Ave., averages 3 ½ stars. It received a three star review: “They have a good beer list, but I wasn’t too keen on the wine list, the prices are a bit overinflated.”

Tank Sushi, 4514 N Lincoln Ave., averages 3 1/2 Yelp stars and just received a new review with three stars: “I am not kidding mate, our food took 2 HOURS to arrive on Saturday evening.”

Bad Dog Tavern & Grill, 4535 N Lincoln Ave., Three stars on Yelp. A new two star review: “I came here for brunch, I was overwhelmed by stroller people. You know the people I’m talking about. The double wide stroller crowd who get upset that you ask them to move the stroller because it blocks the entire sidewalk from building to parking meter.” And a new one star review: “We asked for our checks. Only half of us got them. And only about half of them were correct. Rehashing the details of this monstrosity just makes me more angry. Don’t go here.”

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OTHER BUSINESS REVIEWS by YELP!

Stay Dog Hotel, 4130 N Rockwell Ave., averaging 4 1/2 Yelp stars recently received a FIVE STAR Review.

Studio 4 Hair, 4613 N Lincoln Ave. has 4 ½ Yelp stars. It received  TWO FIVE STAR reviews.

Laurie’s Planet of Sound, 4639 N Lincoln Ave averages four stars on Yelp. It received a new FIVE STAR and a four star review: “They also get kudos for an awesomely cheesy vinyl collection.” (Editorial note: They should get together with the Bad Apple and do their sound.)

Ruff Haus Pets, 4652 N Rockwell St., averages 4 1/2 Yelp stars and just received a four star review: “the best part!  There are often pets inside.  There’s a little black cat and a not so little dog that sometimes, okay I visit just to pet.” (Editorial note: I fell in love with DJs hardware due to walking by and seeing the cat in the window. The cat, known as Tarzan, would hide as soon as you entered. My daughter loved walking down Western to the playlot at Welles Park, and looking for the cat in the window. The Crivello’s, who owned the store, became best friends. I think cats and small dogs work as ambassadors for local stores. Dutchie, another cat, replaced Tarzan in the years that followed, wandering around the store and rubbing customers. Dutchie was placed with a friend when the store closed and recently passed.)

The Davis Theater, 4614 N Lincoln Ave., which has an average of 3 ½ stars on Yelp, received a three star review: “I agree with other Yelpers about the bad smells…” (Editorial note: I guess they weren’t talking about the movie!) Another three star review says: “The floors are sticky, and that kind of reminds me of going to the theater as a kid.”

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The Quiz

According to the Encyclopedia of Chicago the area now known as Lincoln Square was first developed by German immigrant Conrad Sulzer. At first the area was a farming community supplying the city of Chicago. What was the nick name for the area:

  • The Onion Patch

  • Carnation Center

  • The Nation’s Celery Capital

  • The Corn Capital

  • The Golden Acres

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