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Chicago PD Community Alert - Issued to Wicker Park Neighborhood

Michael Hamrick - Monday, March 31, 2014
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 Location: 1300 N. Claremont Wicker Park Chicago

HEADS UP: Street Sweeping Begins Tuesday

Thyra DeCicco - Monday, March 31, 2014

Heads up everyone: Street Sweeping begins again Tuesday April 1st in Chicago. So be sure to read those street signs when you park. In addition, Alderman Moreno has set up a text message reminder service if you're in the 1st Ward so you can avoid costly tickets.

This friendly reminder was issued by Alderman Moreno, 2058 N. Western Avenue, earlier today:

The beginning of spring (finally!) heralds the resumption of street sweeping season, which takes place between April 1 and November 30 every year. Starting tomorrow,City Department of Revenue agents will be vigorously enforcing parking restrictions on residential streets that are scheduled to be cleaned.

Although the 1st Ward has been remapped, the Dept. of Streets and Sanitation has not transitioned to the new ward boundaries. Therefore, for the entire 2014 street sweeping season, street sweeping will be working from the old ward maps and the same street sweeping schedule as last year. 

My office was the first to provide text alerts for sweeping. This program has saved 1st Ward residents thousands of dollars in avoided parking tickets and has allowed for more effective street sweeping. If you signed up for this texting service last year, you will continue to receive these text alerts the evening before and the morning of your street being swept. 

If you have not signed up yet, you can sign up for this free service here. 

Peek Heads to Bucktown

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wicker Wire: San Franciso-based PEEK is moving in to the former Stitch location in Bucktown at 1723 N. Damen Avenue. So what is Peek? Peek is a children's clothing, toys and books store with soon-to-be 18 locations throughout the country including: California, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Washington State, Colorado, Utah, Florida and of course Illinois. There are currently 2 locations in Illinois, one at Oakbrook Terrace and one at Northbrook Court.

The store at 1723 N. Damen Avenue will be Peek's first Chicago location. Look for the new shop to open this Spring. 

Blue Line Derailment - Bus Shuttles Running to O'Hare

Michael Hamrick - Monday, March 24, 2014

photo courtesy of ABC News

This morning at approximately 2:50am an eight car Blue Line CTA train derailed at O'Hare International Airport after failing to stop and climbing up an escalator. Approximately 32 people were injured; none with life threatening injuries. Twenty-six of those passengers have been taken to area hospitals for bumps and bruises. Six people had more serious injuries. Almost all passengers have been released.

At this time the CTA is running shuttle buses between the Rosement Blue Line el stop and O'Hare International Airport. It will take approximately 24 hours to remove the train cars from the tracks so the shuttles are expected to continue into tomorrow.The rest of the Blue Line train is roughly on schedule.

There is no reason yet for why the train failed to stop and an investigation is underway.

Blue Line Derailment Injuries 32, Train Hits Escalator At O'Hare [ABCNews

Down and Dirty Double Door St. Paddy's Party

Michael Hamrick - Monday, March 10, 2014

Down and Dirty Double Door St. Paddy's Party 

Keep the kids home and start working out that stomach,
 because this event is not for the weak.  The rock band
Beer Nuts are headlining the most outrageous 2014 St.
Patrick's Day party in Chicago. It all goes down at Double
Door Monday, March 17th (yes the ACTUAL St. Paddy's Day)
and ladies get in the door free of charge. 
If Eminem's albums deserved a parental advisory label
on them, a Beer Nuts album would be uncharted territory
of hysterical raunchiness.  The RIAA doesn't have a label
for how ridiculous these songs are.  Songs like Blow Me
For Beer, and Got The Yea Yo go hand in hand with one
of Chicagoans' favorite St. Patrick's Day past-times,
getting good and drunk.  

Mexican Werewolf, She's Crafty, and Yeowulf make up the rest of
night's lineup. Mexican Werewolf describes themselves as, "Ugly
dudes playing ugly music for other ugly dudes." It's only half true.
They play high energy rock n' roll with the best of them, but their
message is what the whole night is about. Come one, come all.
No one at this St. Paddy's Day party cares what you look like,
it's just time to party.

What would a St. Patrick's day party be without She's Crafty,
Chicago's all-female Beastie Boys tribute?  Just in case anyone
any trouble, they'll be leading the fight for the right to PARTAYYY!
Yeowulf will be starting the night off as the appetizer to the
hearty dish of humor-laden hard rock and ferociously
unadulterated party music.  

Show Details

Date: Monday, March 17, 2014
Concert Entrance: Double Door 1551 N. Damen Ave. Chicago, Il, 60622
Time: Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm
Price: $10 Adv / $20 DOS - Ladies get in free


The Beer Nuts:
Mexican Werewolf:
She's Crafty: 

Lost Dog Alert - German Shepard - Bucktown

Michael Hamrick - Monday, March 10, 2014

Good morning everyone - this dog, Ryan, escaped from her back yard yesterday in Bucktown. She's somewhat timid and does show some fear aggression so if you see her please approach her slowly. Let her come to you. Treats will help.

She belongs to Kriser Store Manager, Mary Miller. She heads up the location in Bucktown at 1658 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Phone #- 773-235-1790.

Thanks, as always, for your help. 

Additional details below including contact information:

231-852-0681 (mary) 
847-650-4134 (lynda)

Here is extra info and Ryan's post from Lost Dogs Illinois:
Lost! #Chicago #IL (Paulina & Wabansia, Paulina & North) Ryan - Spayed Female German Shepherd mix. Call 847-650-4134 or 231-852-0681. Email if seen or found. Scared/Confused. Please do not call or chase - may cause Ryan to run in fear. 8 Yo , 60 Lbs. Black & Tan. Microchipped. Cook County. 60622. Missing 03-09-2014. bs

Wicker Park Woman Stabbed Outside of Nightclub

Michael Hamrick - Friday, March 07, 2014

A woman in her 20's was stabbed after leaving a Wicker Park nightclub according to a report published earlier today by ABC News.

The woman was stabbed in the block of 1500 N. Damen Avenue in front of Flash Taco at approximately 2:00am Friday morning. Police say a man and woman pulled up in a car yelling gang slogans. A physical altercation resulted with a woman being stabbed in the neck and check.

The woman was admitted to Stoger hospital and her wounds are not considered life threateing.

Bloomingdale Trail Street Closures This Weekend

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, March 06, 2014

Bloomindale Trail Closes Western Avenue 

Over the next few weeks, crews will be removing, replacing and upgrading the major bridges along the Bloomingdale Trail, the centerpiece of The 606.  
The first phase will happen this weekend, with the removal of the bridge across Western, this Friday through Sunday (March 7-9). Work will start at 8:00 p.m. on Friday and continue 24-hours/day until complete. 
This means Western Avenue will be closed between Wabansia (1700N) and Winnebago/Cortland (1900N) during construction and all cars, buses, and pedestrians will have to follow a detour. A detour map is available here.  

Information provided courtesy of Alderman Moreno via email.

Wicker Park Trader Joe's Developer Meeting Monday

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, March 01, 2014

Wicker Wire:  We reported earlier that Trader Joe's has set their sights on the former Miller Lumber site at 1815 W. Division Street (Division Street and Honore) just West of the LaSalle II Elementary School in Wicker Park for their next location. Initial plans include the grocery store in the 14,000 square foot space on the ground floor and 2 levels of parking above.

The first meeting with the developer is scheduled for Monday March 3rd and 6:00pm at the LaSalle II Elementary School where preliminary plans will be presented. And, according to reports, a detailed list of concerns for the new store has been compiled. The primary concerns involve trucks and the additional traffic the store will bring to that location.

If you'd like to attend the public meeting, it will be held with the developer and the school council: Monday March 3rd. LaSalle II Elementary School 1148 N. Honore. 6:00pm

Trader Joe's Plans Wicker Park Store

Bucktown Athletic Club Opens Next Week - Previews Tonight

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, February 27, 2014

In case you missed the announcement in our Weekend Guide on Friday:

Chicago Athletic Club's newest location at 2040 W. North Avenue has been in the works for a very long time. Moving into the "Marvin Envelope Company" Building just West of North-Damen and Milwaukee Avenue, the fitness company encountered a few challenges along the way with construction within such a large brick, historic location. And plans had to be modified along the way resulting in a number of delays.

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Chicago Athletic Club announced last week they were hosting previews February 26th and February 27th from 5:00pm - 8:30pm. You can even take a free class or 2 from 6pm - 8pm tonight.  

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We'll be at Double Door's 20th Anniversary Party tonight so be sure to let us know what you think of the neighborhood's newest gym via Facebook and/or Twitter. The Bucktown Athletic Club is scheduled to open March 6, 2014.

images courtesy of Chicago Athletic Club

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