October 12, 2003 in Friends

Lincoln, Ashland and Belmont

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I’m at home watching the CUBS play the Florida Marlins. Right now they are down 2 to 0, but hopefully they can make a comeback to wrap up this series. If they do, I might just go up to Wrigley Field. I know it will be crazy, but thinking it would be fun to be in the middle of all the action. It’s been a long time since the CUBS have been to the World Series. Plus the ballpark is only 10 minutes walking from my house.
To watch last night’s game, my friends I were at Fizz Bar & Grill. Fizz is one of the new establishments at the center of a revitalized Lincoln, Ashland and Belmont corner. When I first moved downtown Chicago from Schaumburg after best guy friend and I broke up (yes we dated at one point), I lived at the corner of Barry & Ashland. Now there is so much more commerce and new residential development than when I lived there over 8 years ago. In any event, after watching the CUBS win, we headed over to La Taberna Tapatia on Ashland. As we sat in our booth talking, this guy turned towards us and started dancing erotically to the beats being spun by DJ Masta. It was the funniest thing. Everyone in the bar was looking at him and laughing, but he could care less. I said to one of my friends, “now there is a guy with a lot of confidence.” He kept trying to engage us to dance with him but none of us would take him up on his offer. After a while, he came over and asked my friend if we enjoyed the performance. She told him he had nice moves which encouraged him to dance more even thought he had told us he was leaving. Oh well! After a while, he eventually left. My friends and I did too as the music got really loud, but I’m sure we’ll go back again. The atmosphere at La Taberna was pretty laid back and the crowd was pretty diverse. With all the changes taking place around the Lincoln, Ashland Belmont six-way intersection, can’t wait to see what it will be like 5 years from now. The neighborhood has come a long way; and thankfully for the better.


  1. November 27, 2004 at 11:07 pm

    Yuppie Hater

    No, stay out of the neighborhood and move to the suburbs. We don’t need anymore yuppies driving up the taxes.

  2. October 10, 2004 at 10:03 pm


    I am about to sign a lease for an apartment right at Ashland and Barry. I was trying to do some research on the area and I came across your comments. Is this a decent neighborhood for a female in her 30’s to live by herself? What are the demographics of the area? Any information is appreciated! Thanks.

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