We are from Lake View, too!
or are we just tourists??
photo - CBS local
Some historical background
In the late 19th century wild life could still be found and hunted along the lakefront. In the 21st century it would seem wildlife is returning but this time well protected either in an enclosed area such as the Bill Jarvis Bird Sanctuary or just nesting along a residential building or living and roaming in a cemetery.
A tale of wild life in Chicago in 1870's
600 block of W Barry Avenue
A female deer was found in the courtyard of a building in the 600 block of W Barry Avenue in the summer of 2011. Residents who live in the building were excited to see such an unusual sight. Read more about it from the link above and/or the commentary below. The title of this segment was actually the name the city authorities gave it.
photo - CBS local.com
“People on EveryBlock have been talking about it.”
“I walked by one in someone's yard the other day on my
way to DSW on Clark and Halsted. I wtf'd and walked merrily on my way.”
“I walked past it in someone's yard with a bunch of
people and it was just chilling, eating some leaves. The guy who lived in that
building told us its’ been around there for about a week.”
“DON'T LET YOUR DOGS NEAR THEM!”
“Tonight I looked out my front window and thought I was
seeing things... there was a real, live deer in my neighbor's front yard on the
700 block of West Briar Place. The whole neighborhood and passersby were
astonished to see a very tame deer casually eating the neighbor's hosta
Last night, around 11:18 p.m., the deer was at 727 W Briar Place.
An officer at the scene said the deer was limping and one
of its legs was injured. The proper authorities were notified.
According to police dispatch, Animal Control said they
would be there in the morning.
Let's hope Bambi's mom makes it through the night.
“Somebody yelled down at me and called me, and a couple
of people all at once, saying we had a deer in our courtyard. I thought they
were pranking me. I was certain I was being punked,” said Bruce Alan Beal, a
resident of the building. “But sure enough, I came out, and there’s a doe.
She’s probably 3 or 4 years old, and she’s sitting in the back of our
courtyard, kind of hunkered down against the edge of the building.”
But this deer incident is anything but an isolated one.
Apparently, deer, rats and intoxicated party-goers aren’t the only ones running
wild in your neighborhood at night, according to Steve Sullivan, curator of
urban ecology for the Chicago Academy of Sciences at the Peggy Notebaert Nature
Museum in Lincoln Park.
The Lincoln Park Zoo also tracks local animals through
“This happens every single day in the city of Chicago,”
Sullivan said. “We have photographic evidence of deer, beaver, white-footed
mice — you name it — all this interspersed very regularly in all of our
neighborhoods throughout the city.”
But how exactly do these wild animals — which locally
also include coyotes, foxes, opossum, raccoons, skunks and many bird species —
get here? Sullivan says any patch of trees serves as their highway, until they
get to an area in the city when they can no longer hide.
While the city's Animal Care and Control department had
previously pledged to leave the deer alone unless they began to pose a threat
or were injured, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday that area residents'
offerings of nourishment threaten the animals' safety as the deer become
comfortable enough to settle more permanently in the area and resist
re-entering the wild.
“We just asked people not to feed them. Unfortunately,
people did not heed our advice," department commissioner Cherie Travis
told the Sun-Times.
The city's Animal Care and Control Department had some
concerns about tranquilizing the mother deer since she's still nursing her two
fawns, but city officials wanted to find them a safe new home before the Gay
Pride Parade which is two weeks away.
Chicago Animal Care and Control relocated the animals
early Saturday morning to a more suitable place in the city with plenty of
grass and space to roam around.
For the trip, dubbed “Operation Doe A Deer,” animal
control officers tranquilized the mother deer and wrapped the two fawns in
and finally another take from
"Deer starts family in trendy Boystown" on
Sunday, and now, "Too many Whole Foods treats, so deer must leave Lake
on Stratford PlaceMany residents couldn't remember when they first noticed the spot caked in poop, though they all agreed that no other tree in the area bears the same fruit
text - DNAinfo
Other Creatures of Nature:
2012 photos - Peterson's Hunting
The scary thing is that they didn’t seem afraid. You’d think they’d be cowering, but they didn’t seem vicious,” Byington told reporters. “Some people were laughing, and started following them, but they didn’t seem concerned. They seemed to be checking out the neighborhood and enjoying it. Surprising as it may be, however, coyotes aren't actually
that uncommon in Chicago. A study by Ohio State University estimated the Windy
City's coyote population to be somewhere between several hundred and a couple
thousand--and they're everywhere. "We couldn't find an area in Chicago
where there weren't coyotes," said Stanley Gehrt, an assistant professor
of environmental and natural resources at OSU. "They've learned to exploit
all parts of their landscape." - Peterson's Hunting
Roaming in Graceland Cemetery
photos by Adam Selzer - Winter 2020
Graceland was once part of the Township/City of Lake View from 1857-1889 now in the Community of Uptown
below 2021 photo - Greg Bairdand
A Peregrine Falcon
Calls it Home
Indeed, on a recent Saturday morning, Dacey Arashiba showed a
visitor a Peregrine falcon nestled in a hanging flower pot just outside the
window of his 28th-floor apartment. The bird's companion had temporarily flown
away 10 minutes earlier. Last summer,
the birds attempted unsuccessfully to stake their place outside Arashiba's
apartment. Three weeks ago, the pair of Peregrine falcons returned to
Arashiba's balcony overlooking Belmont Avenue. "It's amazing, and kind of
flattering, that they're back," he said. Arashiba first noticed a Peregrine falcon perched on the
ledge of his kitchen window five years ago. Over the next couple of years,
Arashiba enjoyed catching glimpses of the creature. "It never startled me.
I just always thought it was really cool," Arashiba said. - DNAinfo 2015
A Visiting Deer in time
for the Holidays in 2015
heading to 1329 W Addison Street for a visit
photo - Southport News & Events-Facebook
abvoe photo - Southport News & Events-Facebook
a teaching moment
"Starting Friday, students in the Lakeview school's
Sustainability Club began taking care of a flock of chickens. The hens' new
home is a cherry red chicken coop unveiled last week as part of Burley's
Eco:Lab initiative geared toward teaching students about sustainability and
environmental issues. "We don't just want them to learn about it; we want
our students to be able to experience it, act on it and realize the part they
can play in it and actually have fun doing it," said Burley Principal
Catherine Plocher. Since older students in the club learned how to handle their
feathered charges, "chicken therapy" has become a popular pastime at
Burley. With a chicken tenderly in hand, students circle up and take turns
feeding or petting the birds while chatting about what they've learned."
"We don't just want them to learn about it; we want our students to be able to experience it, act on it and realize the part they can play in it and actually have fun doing it," said Burley's Principal Catherine Plocher. "Bringing sustainability concepts to life, no matter
how big or small, makes the concepts come alive," Plocher said. "By
making learning hands-on, students' understanding of sustainability concepts
becomes three-dimensional, tactile and more memorable.
- Not to mention
more fun." - DNAinfo
has one too as of 2019
within a restaurant
"Earlier this month, the restaurant posted a sign saying
it was "closed temporarily." Since then, at least one neighbor has spotted the fish
swimming in gradually less and less water. The tank, which is visible from
outside the restaurant's windows, appeared about one-quarter full on Tuesday. "The fish in the tank have taken to eating the algal
growth on the sides of the tank. At the rate it is going, there should be no
water left in a week or so," wrote EveryBlock user ctsu. "Going to
call 311 today ... might be too late to save the fish, tho. "On Tuesday, neighbor Laconda Tsuhako said she called 311,
which said it would refer the case to Animal Care and Control." - DNAinfo "The leftover hotdogs, Cracker Jacks, peanuts and so
forth are perfect junk food for gulls," Stotz said. "Gulls have a
great ability to find and take advantage of ephemeral food supplies." There were years...many years that the gulls out-numbed the fans at the field. With the renovation at the park and the popularity of the 2014-2015 season team there are finally less gulls than fans - DNAinfo
The Ducks of
photo - Thomas Braam via Photos of Chicago-Facebook
Thomas Braam photo - the Traveling Glutton-Tumbler