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09 November 2010
So, it was off to Target, on Peterson, where I easily found my cream and checked out the rest of their new, expanded grocery aisles. There, bananas are priced, not per pound, but per piece. (When I shopped there on Saturday, they were $.19 each.)
Welcome additions: The new fresh meat section, bags of french bread, a slightly larger selection of Asian foods and condiments (I actually bought a bottle of Lee Keum Kee Oyster Sauce), and an open refrigerated foods section. I still would have preferred a 'Super' Target; but I guess I can settle for this minor improvement.
08 November 2010
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20 October 2010
Gaspar entered the store at approximately 5:25 P.M. and, shortly after striking up a conversation with the victim and her mother, approached and inappropriately touched the girl when she and the mother became separated.
19 October 2010
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08 October 2010
I consider myself fortunate to live within walking distance from Devon Avenue, a mostly Indo - Pak business district in Chicago's West Rogers Park area. It's fascinating!
04 October 2010
This debit card fraud at ALDI first broke on WISH 8 TV, by Indianapolis news reporter, Deanna Dewberry back on 18th September, 2010. She stated, when she called ALDI's coporate office to confirm security breach, they admitted that an investigation was already underway. It started as a local incident in the Hoosier State but, soon, expanded into 10 other States. In my opinion, the company has done a poor job keeping the public informed and advising its customers to monitor the activity on their debit cards.
02 October 2010
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14 September 2010
UPDATE: A construction crew were building a wooden back porch, to replace the original one constructed of concrete. Workers were using a jackhammer at the time of the collapse.
08 September 2010
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05 August 2010
Update: Well, I checked this place out yesterday afternoon. The verdict? I might as well get my complaints out of the way. There are no poppy seeds on their hot dog buns, and there is nowhere to sit. This place clearly caters, exclusively, to drivers. I had a hot dog with the 'woyks' and it was pretty good. The soggy french fries sported potato skins.
04 August 2010
03 August 2010
I stumbled across this letter from a resident who lives in Alderman, Helen Shiller's ward. The writer pleads with her to do something about the crime plaguing the Uptown community. Never mind that it was posted on the Lake Effect News' website, http://lakeeffectnews.com. The plea could be directed at any one of our elected officials. Street violence is not a Bronzeville problem, or an Englewood problem. It is a tragedy being played out in ALL our neighbourhoods and it won't be solved as long as our City's leaders pretend it doesn't exist. It can no longer be ignored.
26 July 2010
Very troubling story about the street violence in our City. The law - abiding citizens of Chicago (in ALL parts of the City) deserve a better quality of life than this!
24 July 2010
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01 July 2010
After recently increasing fares, eliminating routes and reducing the number of buses on the streets, the CTA , and the vermin on their workforce, need to treat its riding public better than this!
22 June 2010
- Here are some suggestions for surviving and, even, ENJOYING Chicago's biggest block party: Taste of Chicago:
- June 17th - 24th, 201o, you can purchase Taste of Chicago food tickets at Dominick's. A limit of 4 strips, per family, can be purchased at $6.00 for strips of 12 (a discount) A Fresh Values Card is required.
- Things to Bring: Sunscreen, hand santizer, napkins and plastic forks & spoons (restaurant vendors don't always supply utensils, and there will be times when you will find that using them will make eating a whole lot easier).
- Weekdays and 11:00 A.M. are less crowded. Opening day of the Taste is one of the busiest.
- Do NOT go to the festival at NIGHT. Criminal behaviour tends to escalate, both in and around the event.
- Bring a roll of toilet paper. This may sound strange but, those porta - potties are a little iffy in the T.P. department!
- Request the "taste portions" whenever possible. They are less expensive.
- ABOVE ALL, HAVE FUN!
21 June 2010
16 June 2010
Even though I prefer the Wiener Circle, in Lincoln Park, and Patio Beef, in Edgewater, Hot Rod Grill serves up some of the best hot dogs in the West Rogers Park neighbourhood. The extra seating should be a welcome addition. (Their burgers are pretty good, too!)
02 June 2010
Renovation at the Target at 2112 W. Peterson, to make room for their expanded grocery department, is scheduled to be completed by October, 2010.
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- Live World Music
- International Cuisine
- Children's Activities
- Arts and Crafts
18 May 2010
6221 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60660
Basic pantry - fillers, such as sugar, vegetable oil, flour, and canned fruits and vegetables, are insanely cheap. Their private - label food products are top - notch. Their frozen shrimp stir fry rivals most Chinese take outs! Bonus at this location: No quarters required to use grocery carts!
CITY FRESH MARKET
3201 W. Devon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Plenty of parking, both adjacent to the store and across the street. The store also features impressive deli and bakery departments.
1440 W. Devon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660
I purchase the majority of my meat, poultry and fish at Devon Market. Frequently, they have specials on lamb and veal cuts. I have bought whole chicken here for a little over $3 each!Inside their rotisserie oven (along with their chicken), Devon Market also offers fresh, hot tamales. Their on-site bakery produces great French bread.
Warning: By the time their produce makes it to the display area, it is already overripe. So if you buy fresh fruits and vegetables here, use it right away!
Note: Don't overlook drug stores as grocery destinations, such as Walgreens!
EDGEWATER PRODUCE, INC.
5515 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Parking can be a real headache at this Andersonville produce market. (And don't even think of parking in Jewel's lot across the street!) This fruit and vegetable market features a great selection of reasonably - priced meats and deli products.
ROGERS PARK FRUIT MARKET
7401 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60626
One can not deny, Rogers Park Fruit Market has held its own in the shadows of the gargantuan Dominick's. From the moment you walk in the door, you notice its international flavour. (In my observation, their customer base appears to be Latinos, and African immigrants.) Especially on weekends when this place is buzzing with activity. The meat counter is an excercise in persistence and patience, as shoppers wait their turn to place their orders. And the quality of the produce? Pretty good! I have bought some of the sweetest black plums on the planet, green - with - envy bananas (but they're delicious once ripened) and other purchases I have considered to be of excellent quality. There is limited parking. Easily accessible via CTA, the business is located within steps of the #22 Clark and PACE buses, as well as the Howard St. Red Line and bus terminal.
WORLD FRUIT MARKET
2434 W. Devon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
If you have spent any length of time on Devon Ave, especially between Western and Kedzie, then you already know that parking in this bustling neighborhood can be a nightmare. Nevertheless, a trip to this mom - and - pop produce market is worthwhile, with its cheap prices and abundant stock of Indian foods and every kind of rice you can think of! A 'halal' meat counter is in the back of the store.
Compiled by: Jackie L. Tajiri
15 May 2010
Over 30 vendors offer fruits, vegetables, meat, flowers, cheese, milk, eggs and baked goods. Performances by musicians from the Evanston community. Purchase grocery bags at the Market or bring your own! This Market accepts the LINK card.
14 May 2010
11 May 2010
Grilling and Cooking Competition Fee: $20
Panel of judges
Awards for Meat/Veggie Main Courses, Side Dishes and Desserts
"School of Rock" band performance, DJ spinning, family food and fun, refreshments.
There is a suggested donation of $5. Kids under 12, and seniors over 65, FREE. During past Midsommerfests, items for sale have included food, jewelry, clothing and more! There is usually at least one musical stage.
28 April 2010
23 April 2010
I appreciate the diversity that exists in Chicago and the unique character of its ethnic neighborhoods, but this all - Spanish mass - mailing limits the demographic of the people who will walk in the door. In addition to Spanish - speaking recipients, the flyers landed on the doorsteps of those whose primary language isn't Spanish (I among them). In my case, the ad went from my doorstep to the paper shredder. And whenever I see a store sign printed in a language other than English, I immediately assume that the owner welcomes customers who only speak that specific language. As a result, I dismiss the business as a regular destination for me and spend my money at one that is more inclusive.
21 April 2010
20 April 2010
Teen Is No Snitch, Takes Killer's Name To His Grave - WBBM 780 - Chicago's #1 source for local news, traffic and weather
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This, clearly, illustrates what Chicago Police and communities are up against in the battle against street and gun violence. The code of silence lives on, in death.
Digital Photocopiers Loaded With Secrets - WBBM 780 - Chicago's #1 source for local news, traffic and weather
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If you own a digital photocopier, or work for an employer that does, this news article contains warnings concerning the devices and how they can compromise privacy and be used by ID thieves. It's a wake - up call!
19 April 2010
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Our neighbors to the North, in Evanston, are considering installing a wind farm in Lake Michigan.
McDonald’s remake: Consultant suggests McDonald’s wants to be more like Starbucks - chicagotribune.com
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Somehow, I can't form a mental picture of sofas at the Golden Arches. The kids would be jumping on them and getting ketchup on the upholstery:)
10 April 2010
Hundreds Of Chicago Taxis Being Pulled From Street - WBBM 780 - Chicago's #1 source for local news, traffic and weather
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Why am I not surprised by this revelation concerning taxi vehicles putting the public at risk? I stopped taking cabs long ago due to rude drivers, drivers who aren't fluent in English and, most importantly, hazardous cabdrivers.
09 April 2010
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23 March 2010
Sadly, the Screenz at Clark and Foster has closed! Though I still do not own a computer, I am able to use those at public libraries, for free. The last time I was at a Screenz, they were charging 16 cents per minute, and 39 cents for each printed document (and that's just for black and white!). I was adept enough to wean myself from Screenz, and so I found more affordable ways to get on the Internet. May Screenz in Andersonville rest in peace!
19 March 2010
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22 February 2010
George's Ice Cream Shop
A & P,
If these names ring a bell and mean anything to you, then, you are (or were) a longtime resident of Andersonville, the Edgewater neighborhood on Chicago's North Side.
The above long gone businesses began to pop up in my mind's memory bank, as I read an article in the neighborhood newspaper, NewStar, that Thybony at Clark and Catalpa will be replaced by a new Walgreens. The article stated that inquiries regarding the status of Thybony - whether it will re - locate or go out of business - have yet to be answered.
Now, a few names from my memory file: Friday nights, for me, meant that my family would be enjoying dinner at Augie's, (Clark & Balmoral) a longtime eatery in the neighborhood. There, they knew me by name and knew exactly what I wanted: Twin cheeseburger and fries, and a vanilla milkshake!
The smell of pizza would waft from Neisner's, (Clark & Berwyn) a well - loved dime store, that was the first employer for many of the neighborhood's teenagers.
At Toguri (Clark & Balmoral), Mom would pick up fresh tuna, sembei (Japanese snacks), shoyu (soy sauce), and rice in huge cloth bags.
And I expanded my waistline, thanks to George's Ice Cream Shop, (Clark & Balmoral) and their belt - busting banana split!
Andersonville's younger residents would not recall that there was a time when Jewel - Osco had a rival grocery store:
A & P! (Clark & Catalpa) There, at checkout, transactions ended with the issuance of Plaid Stamps, which customers would collect and use to purchase various types of merchandise. (A & P was housed inside the very building Thybony will vacate.)
I guess change is good for a neighborhood. Nevertheless, it is nice to visit the scrapbook of my mind and recall childhood events and smiles the above businesses generated.
20 February 2010
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Adjust your schedule in preparation for the 'doomsday' changes in CTA bus and rail service that go into effect SUNDAY, 7 FEBRUARY, 2010. Starting tomorrow, crowded buses and trains, and longer wait times will become the new norm. Gone, are the days of buses arriving every 10 minutes and passengers placing their belongings on the seat next to them. For those who do not drive these service cuts will adversely affect their commute to work, school and doctor appointments. For some, it may mean paying insanely - expensive cab fares because service on their bus routes will end earlier than it does currently.
The city was able to secure funds for the 2016 Olympics; yet no one seems able, or willing, to fund public transportation to take taxpayers to their jobs or the supermarket. For residents in 'food deserts' (communities that lack a full - service grocery store), it may mean eating more fast food which are plentiful in these 'food deserts'.
29 January 2010
If you are a Chicagoan who relies on public transportation, or know someone who does, this will be an informative hour devoted to the CTA's service changes, and other related issues.
27 January 2010
26 January 2010
2906 W. Devon Avenue
Chicago, IL 60659
Are you curious about Jewish traditions and history? Are you planning a trip to Israel? How about CD's of Israeli hip hop? Would gifts from the Holy Land appeal to you? Wherever your curiosity leads you, visit Rosenblum's World of Judaica on Devon Avenue. They offer a plethora of Jewish gifts, CD's, books, Hebrew learning tools, and jewelry. If you are looking for something specific, the friendly staff sales personnel will help you. I have found great music here and guidebooks to help me improve my Hebrew skills.
23 January 2010
For further details, visit http://transitchicago.com
Also, there have been a rash of robberies on the CTA Red Line, especially on the North Side. In at least one incident, the crime was committed by young males from Senn High School. Many of the robberies have occurred in broad daylight. The mantra is, be on your guard!
21 January 2010
New China Buffet is located in a shopping center at 7566 N. Western Ave., on the Evanston border at Howard Street. I have been coming here for years and the one constant is that I always make a beeline for the egg foo young (my all - time favourite Chinese dish). But I also enjoy their Mongolian Beef, golden fried rice, sushi and seafood delight. Usually, I conclude my meal with a cup of their soft - serve ice cream that comes in three flavors: vanilla, chocolate and a combination of both! Their tapioca pudding is another one of my favourite New China Buffet desserts.
After I'm done with my meal, I will often walk a few doors down to the Dollar Tree and pick up a few cheap treasures, at a dollar each!
16 January 2010
These days, however, I am more likely to avoid national labels in favor of those bearing the name of the store I happen to be shopping at. Does it have to be Lipton Tea? Can't I settle for a private brand? I answer that question every time I reach for the store brand; and the cheaper tea tastes just fine. Actually, it tastes better because I saved money. (The only item I won't skimp on is soy sauce; I have stubbornly stuck with Kikkoman.)
Originally, my spending habits changed about eight years ago, due to financial hardship. I had to forgo products so prominently advertised on television, for those lesser known. But something happened: I realized that 'cheap' did not necessarily mean poor quality. Today, selecting private label items is routine whenever I shop for groceries. I save even more when I buy my groceries at independent supermarkets. I now buy store brands by choice, not necessity.
So what's in a name? The next time you're at the supermarket , answering that question can determine how much lighter your wallet will be when you leave.
15 January 2010
They sit there in the freezer section seducing you. You know you want them, they practically have your name on them. They are mini - eclairs and they're at your local Aldi waiting to be enjoyed with a cup of coffee. For $3.99, you get over 40 of these little gems filled with custard and covered with chocolate. I've seen boxes of 30 of these babies for $6 and up at traditional supermarkets. Aldi not only gives you more eclairs but it does so at a lower price. Usually, I allow the eclairs to thaw in the refrigerator. On hot summer days I like to eat them while they're still semi - frozen, because the custard filling tastes like ice cream.
Note: I also recommend the Grandessa Cream Puffs, which are just as hard to pass up.
10 January 2010
Last month, I received a coffee grinder as a Christmas gift and was eager to try it out. I recalled seeing bags of whole - bean coffee at Aldi at Broadway and Granville; so off I went, bringing home three varieties of the store's 'exotic' blends: Costa Rican, Zambian, and Guatemalan. The Costa Rican blend is on the mild side; the Zambian blend, bolder; and the Guatemalan blend, a little in between. All in all, Aldi's coffee gets a 4 - star rating from me. Either would be a perfect morning brew or a pleasant climax to a satisfying dinner.
Who needs pricey gourmet coffee shops? In this, and other edible categories, Aldi rules!
05 January 2010
This past Sunday morning, I went inside the McDonald's located at North Clark St. and Bryn Mawr in Chicago's Andersonville neighbourhood. Before I could even get in line to place my order, a nicely - dressed woman and a young girl (between 12 and 13 years of age) approached me with a box of assorted candy bars and asked me if I would like to buy candy to help her keep her daughter in school. I shook my head, indicating that I was not interested. But the woman persisted and followed me to the register, pleading, "But it's for a good cause." By now, I was getting perturbed by what I considered panhandling, no matter how well - dressed the beggars. This time, I made no gesture and I simply ignored her.
I found it annoying that these people were not asked to leave by restaurant management. I should have known better than to go to this particular McDonald's, as it has had a serious problem with loitering beggars and street people (many of whom reek of urine and months of not bathing) inside its building, for years. After this woman finally got the message and left me alone, she sought out other victims and began her harassment of other customers as they entered the restaurant. I find it unsettling enough when a business allows this kind of activity outside its building; but I am very indignant when it occurs inside it.
Finally, a McDonald's employee approached the well - dressed panhandlers and ordered them to cease soliciting their candy to their customers. But, to my dismay, the offending duo were not escorted out the door! Via my cellphone, I called the McDonald's toll - free, customer phone number to air my complaint. Hopefully, this will curtail scenes like this. But since this particular location has allowed unsavoury characters like this to harass their customers, I am not holding my breath and will not return as a customer.
02 January 2010
I go out of my way to support mom - and - pop businesses, as opposed to spending my money at an establishment run by a corporation. I hope that Falafil Shack can work out its problems, because, I really want the restaurant to succeed. It is a brave soul who starts a business while a recession is in - progress.