The Lede: POTHOLE CLOSES LAWRENCE AVE
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.
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:
- September 5: Other offense: False/stolen/altered trp in the 2400 block of Montrose. Theft: Over $300 in the 2100 block of Cullom Ave.
- September 4, Vandalism: Criminal damage to vehicle in 2200 block of Berteau Ave.; Other offense: Harassment by telephone in the 2500 block of Montrose Ave.; Theft: From building (garage)Ave.; Theft: Over $300 in the 4200 block of Leavitt St.; Theft: Over $300 in the 4200 block of Leavitt St., Theft: Retail theft in the 4200 block of Lincoln Ave.
- September 3, Burglary: Forcible entry at a restaurant in the 4100 block of Western Ave., Criminal trespass: To land (garage)in the 2300 block of Montrose Ave., Other offense: Telephone threat at Waters School., and a Theft: Over $300 in the 4600 block of Leavitt.
- September 2, a Burglary: Unlawful entry in the 4100 block of Western Ave and a Theft: Over $300 was reported in the alley of the 4500 block of Lincoln Ave.
STREET CLEANING SEPTEMBER 23-24
PROPERTY FOR SALE from EveryBlock
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
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.
PROPERTY TRANSFERS from EveryBlock
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
2703 W. Agatite Ave. sold for $1,230,000 August 27
Average selling price $494,556,
Condo average selling price $252,200
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!”
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!”
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.”
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.