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January 24, 2012 | By Taylor Ervin, RedEye
The ethos of Heritage Chicago, Lakeview's brand new bike/coffee shop, can be summed up in one word -- local. Owner Michael Salvatore, a fifth-generation Chicagoan, strongly believes in the power of locally sourced, family owned business. His innovative shop, which officially opens Saturday at 2959 N. Lincoln Ave., is truly mom-n-pop. Salvatore lives in the space above the cafe with his wife Melissa and his newborn son Bennett.  A baby monitor sits behind the counter just in case the little guy needs some attention while dad is busy brewing.
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May 16, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Two weeks ago, Kathleen Alforque, 34, was walking to a Lakeview bus stop when she spotted a group of people outside a shuttle. One of them asked her which way she was headed. Alforque said she was on her way to the Loop. She got on the shuttle instead of her normal CTA bus. Alforque said it took her only 15 minutes to get to the Aon Center, which was about five to seven minutes faster than her typical trip on the No. 135 Clarendon/LaSalle Express from Belmont and Sheridan. "The ride was really comfortable.
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November 1, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A suburban man was accused of stealing equipment from a Lakeview recording studio and trying to sell some of it on Craigslist, county prosecutors said. Andre Baker, 26, of Calumet City, visited Rax Trax Recording at 3126 N. Greenview Ave. on Oct. 25, the day employees noticed that two microphones were missing and one had been damaged, prosecutors said. A recording studio manager later found one of the microphones, valued at more than $1,300, being offered for sale on Craigslist.
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May 12, 2014 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
How do you know summer has finally come to Chicago? Street festivals . Mayfest, now in its 18th year, is the unofficial start of the season. That means it's time to dig up all the necessary accessories (sunscreen, tank top, flip-flops) and head to the corner of Ashland and Barry avenues to soak up the sunshine, music and fest food. kbernot@tribune.com | @redeyeeatdrink Mayfest Where: 3100 N. Ashland Ave. When: 5-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday How much: $10 admission Don't miss: Mayfest is a great summer primer, combining all your fest basics:...
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March 13, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Forget that the house was once owned by a "local celebrity. " A Lakeview home currently for sale features underground tunnels from the Prohibition era. The four-bedroom, brick house in the 3500 block of South Marshfield Avenue was built in 1889, according to its listing. It's for sale for $550,000. The home owner said the tunnels were once used to shuttle liquor between buildings, but they are now "cemented up. " She declined further comment for this story. The listing also boasts that a "local celebrity" once lived there.
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October 1, 2012 | By Erin Brereton and For RedEye
Brian Galati--who also runs Uncle Fatty's Rum Resort in Lincoln Park - plans to open Headquarters (950 W. Wolfram St., 773-665-5660), a new arcade-themed bar Thursday night. The Lakeview “beercade” will feature a minimum of 37 games. A majority will be upright consoles, while a few tabletop games you can play while seated will also be available. Retro faves such as Centipede, Donkey Kong, Tetris and NBA Jam are all to be expected. All games will cost 25 cents, but if you cashed in all your coins to do laundry or feed the parking meter, don't worry: There are...
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June 25, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A day before the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, before thousands of fans poured onto the streets of Lakeview and Lincoln Park and some people smashed the windows of busineses up and down Clark Street, the neighborhood saw a different kind of mob action. A group of 15 to 20 youths mobbed three men near the Belmont Avenue CTA station Monday afternoon, state prosecutors said, taking their cell phones and punching and kicking them to the ground. Two men, Morgan Townsend, 22, and Deondre "Dre" Williams, 18, were arrested shortly after the incident at 5:10 p.m....
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November 12, 2012 | By Tony Peregrin and For RedEye
Lakeview is missing two giraffes and a nanny goat. The iconic polished chrome sculptures on Elaine Place have been removed by their owner Milton Zale, who recently sold some rental properties on the street to Chicago Apartment Finders. The new owner didn't purchase the sculptures--designed by Chicago artist John Kearney--and their future remains uncertain. "The latest from the board of the Northalsted Business Alliance is that they are currently making inquiries as to where the statues are, and they are attempting to determine...
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March 19, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The Chicago Police Department's DUI patrol will be back in Lakeview this weekend, according to a CPD news release.   The release says the patrol, which monitors city roads for signs of impaired driving and other criminal and safety violations, will be stationed in the 19th District, which encompasses nightlife-heavy Lakeview, from 8 p.m. March 22 to 4 a.m. March 23. Police officers in the DUI Strike Force Patrol will be using speed detection...
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August 27, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
(A previous version of this story contained a link to data from the neighborhood website  http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/  that was erroneously attributed to RedEye.) Depending on whom you ask, crime in Lakeview is on the decline, a longtime problem, or poised to climb dramatically. Earlier this summer the local police commander, Elias Voulgaris, announced that one of Lakeview's beats, dense with bars and bordered by foot-traffic heavy Belmont Avenue and Halsted Street, is leading the city in robberies.
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April 22, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Two men were arrested Monday night after police officers, who pulled them over for running a stop sign in Lakeview, discovered they had half a pound of pot in the car, county prosecutors said. Gerrick Birt, 24, of Matteson, Ill., and Mikal Johnson, 23, of the 1200 block of West Belden Avenue, were charged with felony possession of cannabis after police officers allegedly found in their car two bags of weed and one scale, which Johnson admitted belonged to him, according to the police report.
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April 17, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Queen Bey has spoken, and she likes bikes. Chicago bikes, apparently. Lakeview's Heritage Bicycles General Store got an unexpected endorsement from Beyonce on Wednesday, when her official website featured a "spotlight" on the business. Hovering over a section of her site--sandwiched between photos of Jay-Z and his Maybach and club photos--revealed a spotlight on the business and linked directly to its website.  Owner Michael Salvatore told dnainfo.com that the endorsement was completely unexpected, and that he...
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March 19, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The Chicago Police Department's DUI patrol will be back in Lakeview this weekend, according to a CPD news release.   The release says the patrol, which monitors city roads for signs of impaired driving and other criminal and safety violations, will be stationed in the 19th District, which encompasses nightlife-heavy Lakeview, from 8 p.m. March 22 to 4 a.m. March 23. Police officers in the DUI Strike Force Patrol will be using speed detection...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By The Great Burgerelli
Review: Spritz Burger 3819 N. Broadway 773-868-9866 Rating: 3 (out of 4) I, the Great Burgerelli, do believe that the hottest circles of hell should be reserved for charlatans such as Guy Fieri. I thoroughly appreciate those who can communicate their passion for food on television without acting like gross caricatures, and this is why I have long since been an admirer of Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith, also known as The Hearty Boys. Unlike that peroxide-spill victim Fieri, Chicago's own unambiguously gay duo of Dan and Steve showed...
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March 3, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Kristi Pawlowicz, 25, of Lakeview thinks she is less conservative when it comes to talking about money than older generations. When she founded her clothing store Envy Evanston last year, she adopted an "open books" policy with her employees. That means she tells them how much money is coming into the business and how much is being spent each month, including on salaries. "The people I've worked with before are older, like my parents' age, and they would never do that," she said.
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February 20, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
An alleged Chicago gang member was accused of intimidating an employee at a Lakeview reproductive clinic, county prosecutors said Thursday. Lazane Clark, 53, of the 2900 block of North Halsted Street, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at the clinic, the Reproductive Genetics Institute on North Halsted Street, and charged with felony intimidation by a gang member and criminal damage to property, and other misdemeanor charges. The clinic's employee told police officers Clark refused to leave his office when...
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October 23, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
Watching a zombie movie with friends usually inspires outrageous hypothetical critiques from the consummate smarter-than-thou types, those who believe the story would have ended differently had they been in charge. But those people don't often have a plan in mind, let alone one readied for an imminent disaster. Nick Conrad, 31, is not one of those people. An admitted zombie-media enthusiast, he also teaches classes about sustainable practices like hydroponics and home solar panels, which inspired his idea.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson, @samanthanelson1 and For RedEye
Logan Square hot dog stand Redhot Ranch is opening a second location in Lakeview this fall. Located at 3055 N. Ashland Ave., the second location will sell the same Depression Dogs,Vienna hot dogs wrapped with fries, and French-fried shrimp as the Logan Square original and 35th Street Red Hots, its sibling restaurant in Bridgeport. In addition, the larger space will permit a menu expansion that will include hamburgers in the style of West Coast chain In-N-Out Burger. “We're going to try to come as close to their burger as possible," said owner...
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January 21, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Look out, Lakeview! A video posted Monday evening shows two coyotes trouncing through fresh snow in the Lakeview neighborhood. We'll withhold judgement on the vertical video (HORIZONTAL, people, HORIZONTAL) because the galloping urban coyotes were captured so well otherwise.  We reached out to the original YouTube poster for more information on exactly what part of Lakeview these wild animals might be lurking. UPDATE: YouTube user Cody Sykes gives more detail:  "I took the video last night around 11pm at the corner of Ravenswood and Byron.  I first noticed the...
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January 21, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The Chicago Police Department sent out a community alert to residents of the 19th District, which encompasses Lakeview, warning of "numerous" catalytic converter thefts around the city this winter. Catalytic converters, which controls emissions in a car, are common targets of theft. When a car is missing its catalytic converter, the car will sound loud and "gravelly" when it starts, the police alert said, noting that theft usually takes place at night or early in the morning. Police officials advice Chicagoans to always...
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