May 9, 2013 |
Let's clap it up for ourselves, fellow Chicagoans. We made it through snow and what seemed like a straight month of rain to arrive, blinking and dazed, at the start of summer festivals. Mayfest annually marks the season's kick-off, and it offers a great refresher on all the major components of a true Chicago-style summer bash: beer tents, fest food and of course, the musical stylings of Too White Crew. Because there's only one major party going on this weekend, consider the 17th annual Mayfest your easy reintroduction to all the warm-weather madness.
April 26, 2013 |
A 31-year-old woman was just trying to hail a cab on North Michigan Avenue on Tuesday morning when a man allegedly slapped her in the face and took her iPhone. "You want to fight me?" the man asked the woman, according to the police report, before pushing her into rush-hour traffic. The report said he also threw her iPhone on the ground, cracking the screen, before running off. Mark Latter, 25, of Lakeview was charged with robbery and aggravated battery in the incident. He did not appear at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on...
April 5, 2013 |
For Cubs fans, home opening day means flowing beer, baseball gear, and a healthy amount of hope. But historically it's also helped usher in a seasonal uptick in “quality of life” offenses around Lakeview's bars. In anticipation of the opener and accompanying festivities, (some Wrigleyville bars plan to open in the early morning), the Chicago Police Department is posting extra bike-patrolling officers to the 19th District, which encompasses Wrigleyville, and will add a...
February 8, 2013 |
Target has landed a bull's-eye in Lakeview. Company spokesperson Erika Winkels confirmed Friday that Target has purchased the property at 3201 N. Ashland Ave. and plans to build a store in the space. The spokesperson declined to release further details, including purchase price or a planned opening date. “Chicago is a great market for Target and we continue to pursue new opportunities to serve guests there,” Winkels said in an emailed statement. The former LaSalle Bank property sits near the intersection of Lincoln, Ashland...
January 15, 2013 |
Pizza review: Jet's Pizza 2811 N. Ashland Ave. 773-857-2080 Rating: !!! 1/2 (out of 4) In 1978, two brothers used their grandmother's recipe for Sicilian-style pizza, and Jet's Pizza was born in Sterling Heights, Mich. Decades later, it's amassed a cult following and expanded to 200-plus locations, including the first in Chicago last month. My friend Tom, a former Michigan resident, counts Jet's rectangular deep-dish pizza as one of the things he misses most after moving out of state.
November 16, 2012 |
Cheap date: Andy's Thai Kitchen 946 W. Wellington Ave. 773-549-7821 Before head chef Andy Aroonrasameruang left it to open Andy's Thai Kitchen , Tac Quick Thai in Lakeview was one of my favorite, no-frills neighborhood gems. I liked taking first or second dates to the sparsely decorated restaurant tucked under the Sheridan Red Line station mostly because the food was flavorful and delicious, but also because any man who could win my heart would first have to stand up to the heat of the beloved som tum poo ma salad.