Chicago's Wild West Side

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1. Mostly places that you would avoid at all costs; and 2. Businesses never worth visiting
  • 5254 W Chicago Ave
    Chicago, IL 60651
    Vereinigte Staaten
    1.0 Sterne
    20.3.2011 Aktualisierter Beitrag

    Now closed.  Probably because my negative Yelp review scared away potential customers. Behold, the power of Yelp'ing.

    1.0 Sterne
    4.2.2010 Vorheriger Beitrag
    If it were possible to grade below 1 star I would.
    This place is a disaster, but it is open…
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  • 5518 W Chicago Ave
    Chicago, IL 60651
    Vereinigte Staaten
    3.0 Sterne
    4.7.2011
    Erster Beitrag

    What they got right:
    -Good customer service with attentive staff
    -On line photo order

    What they got wrong:
    -My brand of razors was sold out, had to purchase the more expensive "power" razors

    Typical Walgreen's in the City of Chicago except without a liquor license.  They have a paid security staff person to make sure that you do not grab and go.

  • 1001 N Cicero Ave
    Chicago, IL 60651
    Vereinigte Staaten
    1.0 Sterne
    20.3.2011
    Erster Beitrag

    The plan for egress and ingress at this service station was poorly thought-out.  I doubt an architect was involved in the layout; I am doubtful that anyone with any experience had a part in the layout of this gas station.

    This gas station is always a rush hour mess.  Half the vehicles parked at gas pumps are not even purchasing/ pumping gas, they are purchasing a multitude of lottery tickets, junk food or a combination thereof, these activities make this station a less than optimal spot to gas-up.  Recommendation: If the card scanner is working at the pump (75% chance), pay there and do not venture inside.  FYI: This gas station is pay-first location.

    Trash is all over the lot and the place looks like hell.  The inside is, of course, protected by bullet-resistant glass, so it gives an uninvited feel.  I am doubtful this gem on the west side is consistent with the City's Landscape Ordinance.

    Note: The liquor store across the street has friendly clerks.

  • 1.0 Sterne
    30.1.2010
    Erster Beitrag

    Unless it is 2AM, you are 1 block away from this dump on the West side, and you ran out of liquor but are too wasted to drive I would never recommend this place.

    The sign states that pizza can be ordered but upon entrance I seriously doubt this place sells pizza or could pass the sanitary requirements to sell prepared foods.

    If you don't get harassed by the people playing dice, the teenagers hoping to buy booze (but selling heroin) or people begging for bus money (but selling 7-day bus passes) you will certainly be treated like crap by the clerk behind the bulletproof glass (stained yellowish-gray).  I am pretty sure that credit and debit cards are not accepted, but at a place like this one can never be sure.  So bring your cash (low denominations only or you will be shorted change) and toss it in the lazy-susan after you point at what bottles or cans you choose to purchase.

    The ownership apparently painted this dump yellow a couple of years back to prove his dedication and investment in the community- the new paint-job is peeling off as I type.

    Oh, I forgot to mention the ghetto-tax.  Places like this tend to charge way more for their goods.  Be wary of the prices as everything is overpriced due to their self-imposed ghetto-tax.

    Tip: drive 1-2 miles west to Oak Park and avoid this detriment to society.

  • 5.0 Sterne
    31.5.2012

    Very pleased with this store, as they carry several varieties of 3 Floyds!  Binnys and another large store have not recently carried this brewery and it was refreshing to find 4 different six-packs for purchase and a variety of bombers that few other stores would consider carrying. This review means that they have a great selection.  Keep it up guys, I will be back.

  • 2.0 Sterne
    5.7.2011
    Erster Beitrag

    New liquor store on Chicago Avenue even though the area is at a saturation point with licensees. The exterior of the store screams that the owner is ready for a riot.   Somehow, even though this business is new and has only been open for 2 months, it appears that the blade sign that was installed is ugly, tacky and worn-out. See the pictures and you be the judge.

    On the inside of the store I was surprised to see chips and sugary drinks for sale (other than alcohol). The ghetto tax didn't seem that steep at this location, a 6-pack of High Life bottles went for $5.90.

    If this place cleaned up its facade, got a new blade sign and installed windows where one can see inside the store I could give it an additional star.

    Pro-Tip: Cold Beer is in the back behind the bulletproof glass counter.

  • 5142 W Chicago Ave
    Chicago, IL 60651
    Vereinigte Staaten
    1.0 Sterne
    3.7.2011 Aktualisierter Beitrag

    Once again I was cooking a recipe that required tortillas.  Alright, I'll run to that dumpy corner store and make a selection from their 2 types of packaged tortillas and be back home in 3 minutes.

    I arrive at the store to realize there is some sort of line gathering from inside and breaching the doorway outside. Bunch of kids and a menagerie of other people ordering mostly tobacco products.  The owners cordoned off the entire store by constructing some sort of unbreakable Plexiglas wall so that would-be customers must shout through the newly installed bullet-proof 'lazy Susan' to make an order.

    Just to be clear, this is a "grocery store" where people can purchase butchered meat, 10,000 kinds of potato / corn chips, 4,000 types of sugared water, expired canned food and bruised potatoes. To erect a partition to prevent customers from choosing their own food is so completely offensive that I am now on a semi-crusade to get this dump closed.

    The guy before me ordered "2 Squares" (cigarettes) and paid $1- he looked to be about 17.  Potentially 2 illegal acts with one order?  How could I be so lucky to witness this? Because it happens everyday, all day.

    When it was my turn to order I just said "tortillas" through the bulletproof glass. The clerk eyeballed me like I was not to be trusted, gave me a second look and then the "gopher" went scurrying to the refrigerated area to pull the tortillas.  8 tortillas for $1.30.  I usually buy 36 tortillas for under $1 at Jewel.

    Waiting for the day that this place is closed- for any reason at all. This part of the City is a food desert, and I would be happier if it was exacerbated further.

    2.0 Sterne
    17.4.2011 Vorheriger Beitrag
    Off The Menu Food Item: Green Bell Pepper

    This business is within walking distance, over the years I…
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  • 5335 W Chicago Ave
    Chicago, IL 60651
    Vereinigte Staaten
    1.0 Sterne
    14.2.2010
    Erster Beitrag

    This place is a non-starter.  If your car runs out of gas, just push it 1-2 miles west over the Chicago border into Oak Park, as this place is a catastrophe.  Never mind their pathetic, tacky, bright and useless advertisements that thoroughly cover the facade of the building, fences and all other vertical structures within the property boundaries.  If you were looking for two cigarillos for $.99 or three cereals for $8.49 you might have found an oasis; I'd say you found a disaster.  
    The ownership of this small business clearly have no taste in advertisement or decor.  Although this gas station is an upgrade from the previous one at this place, it is still around a 12 out of 100.  Tip: Avoid the gas and do not purchase anything in the store.

  • 5640 W Roosevelt Rd
    Chicago, IL 60644
    Vereinigte Staaten
    3.0 Sterne
    30.1.2010
    Erster Beitrag

    $5 Pizzas, not bad, but not good either.  Expect to be harassed by patrons.  The pizza did not take too long, but long enough to get in a heated verbal altercation with a local wastoid of a teenager. Restaurant exists for take-out, no dine-in.

  • 3759 W Chicago Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60651
    Vereinigte Staaten
    1.0 Sterne
    5.4.2011
    Erster Beitrag

    A combo filling-station-food-mart-cell-phone super store.  Unless you plan on pumping other people's gas for tips, I don't recommend this location.
    Unless you plan on standing in the parking lot or on the apron of the driveway chanting "squares, squares, squares" (presumably selling loosey cigarettes), I don't recommend this location.
    Unless you have stolen or found an iPhone or cellphone and you need to "Jailbreak" or "Unlock" them, I don't recommend this location.
    However, I would recommend rebuilding the engine in your car to burn bio-waste at great personal expense, manufacturing the would-be bio- waste in your basement at great expense to your personal time--- instead of --- filling your gas tank at this very depressing Humboldt Park location.

  • 3.0 Sterne
    16.1.2013
    Erster Beitrag

    Not really sure if I saw a doctor a nurse or other medical practitioner.  She had to call a doctor before giving me a referral.  Other than that, just be prepared to wait at least 30 minutes before being seen.  The people that I worked with were at the center were pleasant, kind and patient.  

    My only meaningful complaint is the television that is on in the waiting room.  While watching Maury tell us who is or who is not the father is highly entertaining mid-day, it can get quite distracting while reading a book!  The studio audience jeers which is inevitably mixed in with the obligatory multiple *bleeps* for audibly uttered obscenities.

    There is non-metered parking and metered parking nearby which implies parking is available.

  • 7 Chicago Ave
    Oak Park, IL 60302
    Vereinigte Staaten
    2.0 Sterne
    20.8.2012

    It is difficult to gave a hardware store a good review when one checks online to check the store hours, runs out the door to get get the errand completed, only to find out that the ownership decided to not open up on August 19, 2012.

    We do not go to this store for anything except their elite brand of drain-unclogger.  The stuff can cut through anything with boiling water rushing down the drain after it.  Their staff turned us onto this drain-unclogger and made a recommendation on how to use it.  That was a great interaction, but you've got to keep normal hours in the future.  Especially when you are on the Oak Park side of the Oak Park/ Chicago border.

  • 3619 W North Ave
    Chicago, IL 60647
    Vereinigte Staaten
    5.0 Sterne
    3.7.2011 Aktualisierter Beitrag

    The food is just simply awesome.  We now go there and order a plethora of tacos to-go.  Tacos are about $2.15 a piece and depending on your waste-line 3 or 4 should fill you up.  

    Plus you can also get the 'Made in Mexico' Cokes, which many of us believe to be better than typical Cokes in America.

    4.0 Sterne
    14.4.2011 Vorheriger Beitrag
    We just visited Cemitas Puebla for the 2nd time.  The 4 star score is a hybrid of both experiences.… Weiterlesen
  • 5.0 Sterne
    1.2.2013

    What a wonderfully eclectic restaurant with personal service and fantastic food! BYOB'd champagne and got the mimosa (oj) from the restaurant. The deviled eggs were out of this world- funny to say that about a food that is available at most parties I attend. I ordered The Works and it did not disappoint- poached eggs, crispy kale with potatoes.

    The coffee is good too, try it with their coconut cream, tastes novel! Glad this place opened west of California Ave., very few places in the area that serve such an awesome Brunch! Highly recommended :)

  • 1.0 Sterne
    30.1.2010

    This place no longer exists; and by the way it sucked.

  • 5001 W Division St
    Chicago, IL 60651
    Vereinigte Staaten
    1.0 Sterne
    29.12.2011 Aktualisierter Beitrag

    I played secret shopper just for the Yelp of it. I timed the wait in line, 3 people ahead of me, a solid 14 minute wait until I was up.  Once my turn was complete, I had been at the post office over 28 minutes!  That's right, they took 14 minutes to handle my requests.

    What were my requests you ask? I completed two Certified Mail slips and I wanted to purchase stamps.  I have lots of small denomination stamps at home so I needed about $12 worth of .10 stamps. Some Innovation stamps, some Celebration stamps and Postcard stamps.  

    It took quite a while for her to help out on the stamp front.  She had a folder of all types of denominations, separated.  I asked for Eid stamps, then Chanukah stamps- they had neither.

    Overall the clerk was helpful and courteous as one can be behind bullet-resistant glass.  However, nobody in this Postal Office wants to move any quicker than a snail.

    At this point you might be looking at my other review stating "Buy your stamps online," I had the most unfortunate experience with the Fort Dearborn Post Office, they delivered my stamps a month after I ordered them.  Of my experiences ordering stamps online, I've waited 1 day, 1 day, 2 days and 29 days. So Fort Dearborn sort of messed with a good streak and put me on alert.

    I swear I wasn't trying to trip up the clerk, that said, i wasn't leaving until I had my stamps in various denominations.  When I left the line had swelled to over 10 people.

    2.0 Sterne
    30.1.2010 Vorheriger Beitrag
    Expect to wait and expect to be treated rudely. Buy your stamps online.
  • 5153 W Chicago Ave
    Chicago, IL 60651
    Vereinigte Staaten
    3.0 Sterne
    4.7.2011 Aktualisierter Beitrag

    After contacting McDonalds corporate regarding the destroyed front fence, they had it fixed rather quickly. Good job McDonalds.

    3.0 Sterne
    27.3.2011 Vorheriger Beitrag
    Typical McDonalds fare.  The employees are nice.  This McDonalds is different as it has 2 drive-thru… Weiterlesen
  • 5648 W Chicago Ave
    Chicago, IL 60651
    Vereinigte Staaten
    3.0 Sterne
    30.1.2010

    Food was okay.  They have now moved their prices downward to compete with Little Cesars Pizza.

  • 5845 W Chicago Ave
    Chicago, IL 60651
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    15.8.2010
    Erster Beitrag

    They have great Italian Ice (owner calls it fruit flavored ice) that uses natural fruits.  My wife and I are huge fans of mixing the Red Raspberry with the Peach.

  • 5150 W Chicago Ave
    Chicago, IL 60651
    Vereinigte Staaten
    1.0 Sterne
    3.7.2011
    Erster Beitrag

    Do you need to buy a phone card at 4:30a.m. on a weeknight? This is your place!

    On July 2, 2011 at about 10:00p.m. we were hearing fireworks and seeing flares at close proximity while driving north on Laramie Avenue at the Chicago Avenue stop light. [sidebar: fireworks occur in the Austin neighborhood nonstop from the start of Spring through the end of Summer.] We see two people inside the gas station shooting roman candle flares in all types of directions.

    At first glance it may seem ill advised to shoot fire in such close proximity to large amounts of highly flammable liquid, not so in the Austin neighborhood! In an optimal situation, the roman candle would have lit a fire, causing an explosion.  Such an explosion would leave a massive crater where this gas station stands- a huge improvement for the Austin community!

    It should be noted that the people appeared to have the endorsement from the gas station manager as one stood halfway in the exterior door while shooting the roman candle fire balls. What a classless, senseless business being run at 5150 W. Chicago Ave.

  • 2858 W Chicago Ave
    Chicago, IL 60622
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    14.8.2011

    I hope this place succeeds. We take a long drive down Chicago Avenue and this appears to be the new "last stop for food" on the way home.  

    Food gets 3 stars and the building's outward appearance receives nearly 5 stars.  

    Why 5 stars on appearance? One cannot compare this burger stop with other fine establishments elsewhere in the City of Chicago.  No, a place on Chicago Avenue should be compared to other places on Chicago Avenue.  

    The outward appearance of this takeout joint is clean and sleek; the color scheme is also appealing.  They could have painted this place to match the shuttered disaster across the streets of Chicago Avenue or Grand Avenue.  The storefronts on Chicago Avenue from east of Ashland (1600 West) through Austin Avenue (6000 West - city limits) look like hell (see Alcalas, Viva Plaza, Laramie State Bank- just to name a few of the more notable eyesores).  The  signs, billboards, structures and appearance of everything on that 5-mile stretch of Chicago Avenue is distasteful, disgraceful, humiliatingly low brow and hideous.  If Chicago Burger Boys chose to look like your standard Chicago Avenue business, they might have a 2-story tall illuminated box sign complete with flashing lights and a broken scrolling message center that advertises the cheapest menu item repeatedly and incompletely. Thankfully they did not go that route as the Alderman would likely approve their sign and appearance package.

    Food: they need to offer up a spoon with the milk shake, it is too thick to slurp through the straw.  I love the fact that all burgers are the same price ($4.95), its genius. My only complaint about the West Town Burger was that the burger was likely prepackaged and tossed on  the grill. The fries are greasy, but hey, Chicago is known for its gut-bombs. This place tries to be really fast when they serve and I hope they succeed!

  • 4650 W North Ave
    Chicago, IL 60639
    Vereinigte Staaten
    1.0 Sterne
    3.3.2012 Aktualisierter Beitrag

    Letter sent to Walmart:

    For the second time, I have been gravely disappointed by my experiences at Walmart's pharmacy. First, the good: Half of the employees I have been in personal contact with during my disgruntled experiences have been very pleasant and apologetic.  On Saturday, October 15th, I dropped off a prescription. I was told it would be ready on Sunday.  When I returned on Sunday, I was told it was not in stock and had to be ordered, but that it would be filled by Monday.  I was frustrated by this and asked the clerk why no one had bothered to inform me that the prescription would not be filled in the timeline originally indicated.  He told me he did not know, which lead me to believe that informing the customer in the event of a status change was generally  standard practice.  When I returned on Monday, I was again told my prescription was not ready because the medication had not come in.  When I returned on Tuesday and went to the counter, I was told again that my prescription was not ready.  Upon my nice, but frustrated protests, the pleasant clerk sought assistance and found that the order had arrived, but my prescription had not been filled.  I waited 20 minutes and walked out with my prescription after four trips to the Walmart pharmacy.  So, when I needed a refill, I followed the instructions on my bottle and called two days in advance.  I called this past Sunday and the automated message told me to pick-up my prescription after 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday.  When I arrived at Walmart this evening to pick-up my prescription, I was told my prescription was not ready and that it, most likely, won't be until Thursday.  Again, I was asked why no one bothered to notify me that my prescription would not be ready in the time frame indicated.  Unfortunately, the clerk had no answer. This particular prescription ran out tonight and is not one that should be missed.  I am deeply frustrated with each and every experience I have had at this pharmacy and hope you will shed some light on the inefficient, inconsiderate service I have received.  To have made as many trips as I have is utterly ridiculous and indefensible and exacerbated by the fact that refilling my prescription is shaping up to be a very similar experience.  I had very much hoped my first experience was an anomaly, which is why I didn't complain initially.

    2.0 Sterne
    14.11.2011 Vorheriger Beitrag
    As far as Walmarts go, this one appears to be better than others I have been to: fresh produce,… Weiterlesen

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