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April 30, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A Rogers Park man accused of robbing neighborhood cab drivers was arrested Monday after police learned he had also stolen food from a local Dominick's supermarket. Police arrested Charles Boatman, 38, of the 6000 block of North Kenmore Avenue, in his home after connecting him to a recent series of cab robberies near Thorndale Avenue. According to the police report, Boatman stole a wallet containing $300 from one cab driver while wielding a champagne bottle as a weapon on April 25, and stole $60 from another driver at knife-point on April 23. Police were already investigating these...
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April 9, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Rogers Park on Monday recorded its third homicide of the year, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. A 36-year-old man was shot to death in the 1600 block of West Howard Street, police said. Rogers Park logged four homicides last year, down from seven homicides in 2012, RedEye determined. Citywide, gunshot homicides were recorded in the last week in Burnside and West Garfield Park, according to police information. Four homicides have been logged so far this month.
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October 16, 2012 | By Zara Husaini @zarhus and RedEye
Members of the Northside Dance Theatre in Rogers Park are taking their moves to the streets for a Halloween flash mob--and the good news, you're more than welcome to join them. The theatre will be holding the one-day event on October 28.  They'll dance to--what else?--“Thriller” by Michael Jackson. Participants are encouraged to join in the fun--and dance experience is definitely not a requirement. Program Manager Cheryl Cavey promises the routine will be totally user-friendly.  There's no advance registration required--participants can just show up at the studio on 7015 N. Glenwood...
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February 24, 2014 | RedEye staff report
Passengers on the Metra Union Pacific North line heading out of the city Monday morning witnessed a man jumping from the top of the outbound train to the inbound train that was headed to downtown Chicago. Trains stopped at the Rogers Park station at approximately 7:45 a.m. but are now moving. "We can see his shadow," said passenger Mike Pastore while the trains were stopped. "There's a building next to the train and we can see the shadow of the man on top of the train. We can't see him directly, but we can hear him running back and forth on top of the...
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Rogers Park on Monday recorded its third homicide of the year, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. A 36-year-old man was shot to death in the 1600 block of West Howard Street, police said. Rogers Park logged four homicides last year, down from seven homicides in 2012, RedEye determined. Citywide, gunshot homicides were recorded in the last week in Burnside and West Garfield Park, according to police information. Four homicides have been logged so far this month.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2012 | By Tom VanBuren, For RedEye
At the city's northern point, Rogers Park is the end of the line for suburbia-averse Chicagoans - but don't let that stop you from visiting. This fall's addition of three new restaurants cements this eclectic neighborhood's reputation for having something for everyone. Hamachi Sushi Bar 2801 W. Howard St. 773-293-6904 Opened: Late September Small, minimalist and modern, this sushi bar on the neighborhood's north border has something for sushi newbies and die-hards alike.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink
If you haven't yet spotted the Stanley Cup in its tour around town, your next best option could be ordering the Stanley Cup-shaped pizza from Felice's Roman Style Pizza in Rogers Park.  The cup-shaped pizza was coined by a group of die-hard Blackhawks fan employees at Felice's, according to Sara Seibt, chief marketing officer for Loyola Limited, the student-run business enterprise that operates the pizzeria. In addition to being shaped like the Stanley Cup, toppings--green peppers, tomatoes and black olives--are arranged in the shape of the...
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February 24, 2012 | By Tony Peregrin, RedEye contributor
The fresh, new enclave of gay bars isn't tucked away in Boystown or even Andersonville - it's on the Glenwood Arts District strip in Rogers Park, or as bar owner Colm Treacy calls it “Gay North.” “I know some people have referred to his area as Boystown North, but there are just as many lesbians in the neighborhood - which is why I think of it simply as Gay North,” explains Treacy, 45, co-owner of  the new martini bar Sidecar Bar, the...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2012 | By Emily Van Zandt and Redeye
Sidecar Bar 6920 N. Glenwood Ave. 773-764-2826 Rating: 2 (out of four) Give it some time The scene: Sidecar used to be under-the-Red-Line-honky-tonk bar Duke's, and judging by the comments from the crowd on a recent Saturday, the place has really changed. Most of the bar space was filled by 7 p.m. with mostly older gay couples, with a few groups even spreading out to tables in the side room. You won't see a rainbow flag waving out front, but the bar's LGBT-friendly and ran by Colm Treacy (who also owns T's in Andersonville)
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February 24, 2014 | RedEye staff report
Passengers on the Metra Union Pacific North line heading out of the city Monday morning witnessed a man jumping from the top of the outbound train to the inbound train that was headed to downtown Chicago. Trains stopped at the Rogers Park station at approximately 7:45 a.m. but are now moving. "We can see his shadow," said passenger Mike Pastore while the trains were stopped. "There's a building next to the train and we can see the shadow of the man on top of the train. We can't see him directly, but we can hear him running back...
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February 21, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Chicago police officers are looking into how Internet gang activity, or “netbanging,” may be contributing to local crime, Rogers Park's district commander Thomas Waldera said at a Thursday beat meeting. “This is the new thing, citywide,” he told a room of Rogers Park residents and police officers at an evening community policing meeting at the district police station. “They get on YouTube,  they friend each other, and they go back and forth, like it's electronic graffiti, they just taunt each other.” Waldera said...
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September 18, 2013 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
Khan BBQ 2401 W. Devon Ave. 773-274-8600 Looks like: Barbie's Dreamhouse, thanks to pink walls and a crystal chandelier Smells like: Coriander and cumin Sounds like: Cabbies conversing in spitfire Urdu and the tinkling of metal skewers as cooks scrape the clay walls of the tandoor while they cook He is a chef mostly by osmosis. Amjad Kahn, owner of Khan BBQ in West Rogers Park, helped his mom chop vegetables and toast spices on occasion, but mostly he just watched her cook in his childhood home in Faisalabad,...
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August 12, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A Lakeview taxi driver was assaulted just before midnight Sunday, county prosecutors said, while pulled over trying to fix a broken radio. Police arrested Jamol Turman, 25, at 909 W. Belmont Ave., and charged Turman with battery, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of less than 2.5 grams of cannabis. According to the police report, Turman, of Rogers Park, asked the 59-year-old cab driver for a ride, and the driver refused because the cab was not in service. Turman then allegedly slapped him in the head and...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink
If you haven't yet spotted the Stanley Cup in its tour around town, your next best option could be ordering the Stanley Cup-shaped pizza from Felice's Roman Style Pizza in Rogers Park.  The cup-shaped pizza was coined by a group of die-hard Blackhawks fan employees at Felice's, according to Sara Seibt, chief marketing officer for Loyola Limited, the student-run business enterprise that operates the pizzeria. In addition to being shaped like the Stanley Cup, toppings--green peppers, tomatoes and black olives--are...
NEWS
June 4, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas,@rachelcromidas and RedEye
Rogers Park, meet your new police commander. Thomas Waldera, a former Area North commander who has worked in the Chicago Police Department for 26 years, is the North Side neighborhood's third commander this year. James Roussell, the former commander, was relocated in April to a position in Area Central, and his successor, Terrence Williams, was relocated to the South Side after one week on the job. In a speech that lasted more than half an hour, Waldera told a crowd of over 40 locals Monday night that...
NEWS
April 30, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A Rogers Park man accused of robbing neighborhood cab drivers was arrested Monday after police learned he had also stolen food from a local Dominick's supermarket. Police arrested Charles Boatman, 38, of the 6000 block of North Kenmore Avenue, in his home after connecting him to a recent series of cab robberies near Thorndale Avenue. According to the police report, Boatman stole a wallet containing $300 from one cab driver while wielding a champagne bottle as a weapon on April 25, and stole $60 from another driver at...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett
RPM Italian opens its doors One reality TV couple + three famous siblings = one big scene. New Italian restaurant RPM, a joint collaboration between Giuliana and Bill Rancic and Lettuce Entertain You's Melman siblings (RJ, Jerrod and Molly), opened this week in the old Ben Pao space in River North. There's old world inspiration when it comes to the menu, but the interior is seriously sleek. Details released about Ada Street After being pretty tight-lipped about his new project near Hideout, Michael Kornick opened up this week with more details about...
NEWS
April 30, 2012 | By Taylor Ervin, RedEye
Rogers Park resident Tim Sarrantonio wasn't going to let his 30th birthday pass like any other day. He made sure to ring in his third decade in style. On Sunday, April 29, Sarrantonio hosted " The Timtacular ," a massive birthday party with a philanthropic twist. More than 800 people were invited to Goose Island Wrigleyville to be entertained by live music  and stand-up comedy from Cameron Esposito  while at the same time supporting a handful local charities. "All these people would be gathering anyway," Sarrantonio said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2012 | By Tom VanBuren, For RedEye
At the city's northern point, Rogers Park is the end of the line for suburbia-averse Chicagoans - but don't let that stop you from visiting. This fall's addition of three new restaurants cements this eclectic neighborhood's reputation for having something for everyone. Hamachi Sushi Bar 2801 W. Howard St. 773-293-6904 Opened: Late September Small, minimalist and modern, this sushi bar on the neighborhood's north border has something for sushi newbies and die-hards alike.
NEWS
October 16, 2012 | By Zara Husaini @zarhus and RedEye
Members of the Northside Dance Theatre in Rogers Park are taking their moves to the streets for a Halloween flash mob--and the good news, you're more than welcome to join them. The theatre will be holding the one-day event on October 28.  They'll dance to--what else?--“Thriller” by Michael Jackson. Participants are encouraged to join in the fun--and dance experience is definitely not a requirement. Program Manager Cheryl Cavey promises the routine will be totally user-friendly.  There's no advance registration required--participants can just show up at the...
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