2 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Park concrete urns

I'm trying to find a company to replace two concrete flower urns at a local park and am having a hard time finding anyone that does this. Does anyone know of a company that does this work?

3 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

New Restaurant Where Dorado Used To Be

Does anyone know what restaurant is going in where Dorado used to be?

  • Helen Sobel Neighbor, Bowmanville & Realtor, Baird & Warner

    I saw and talked to the owner last week as I was walking by. Nice guy. Said it will be a breakfast/lunch restaurant closing at/around 3:00pm (which I like as I live right around there), and then he's working on introducing "pop up" dinners of some sort. Still working on the details, but apparently along the lines of some stuff that is done in NY. So you could have some pretty cool dinner options there.

  • We need more of those!

2 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Fire near Lincoln and Wellington

There is (was) a fire just a little south east of the intersection around 1:45 pm. Lincoln is closed to southeast traffic at the intersection

  • L

    Appears to be the apartment over Underwater Safaris.

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    That would explain the traffic mess at Lincoln and school. :( a neighbor posted the pictures on the South Lakeview neighbors page on Facebook.

Jul 12

Updated Jul 15

Lamp post down on vehicle

Hi, just wanted to share this in hopes that the vehicle owner, or someone who knows the owner, uses this site. I am calling 311 to report as well but the wait time is very very long! Oh it's right in front of 4856 n hermitage ave.

  • Eliza Ravenswood/Andersonville/Uptown

    The car still hasn't moved (the light post was replaced yesterday). Should I put a note on the car??

  • I'd direct them to this blog, just incase they need photo evidence for insurance purposes

Jul 13

Updated Jul 14

What's happening near montrose?

about twenty squad cars just passed heading toward montrose. I don't know where, but near enough that they'd take LSD past Belmont. helicopters are starting to appear now. anyone know what's up?

Jul 08

Updated Jul 11

Dude who sleeps under metra tracks on Grace

Some guy has been sleeping/living under the Metra tracks on Grace at Ravenswood for a while now. Tall bald white guy. He seems harmless enough but I'm wondering if anyone knows his story or if the police have checked him out?

  • Is he harming anyone? I, for one, would hate to boot out a harmless homeless guy.

  • I see him all the time. Don't know his story, His baldness reminds me of friends who have had cancer.

Jul 09

Updated Jul 10

DOG FOUND

Found very polite, white, mut wandering with no collar on the 4800 block of N Paulina. Obviously well fed and trained.
Brought her back to my place to get her off the street. Please help if you recognize her.

  • Thanks for the suggestion Preeti, I just picked up and cruised right over to UTPH and they were insanely nice.

  • lin ravenswood downsizer

    you are a good neighbor. thank you for acting humane

Jul 03

Updated Jul 07

Pallet?

Anyone know where I might be able to find a pallet in good condition for a DIY project?

  • thanks all! i found one leaning up besides a dumpster on roscoe :)

    just a DIY project to hold garden tools in my garage - pesticides might actually be a benefit! Haha, thanks again!

  • d3 NOH

    BTW I've seen them in the alley behind Sherwin Williams at aldine/halsted, now and then.. They get paint on them, they may send them back but they may be for the taking if they're in the alley, might ask.

Jul 03

Updated Jul 07

iPhone screen replacement

Anyone have recommendations for a reputable place that will replace a shattered iPhone 4S screen? I didn't want to replace my phone yet :(

Jul 04

Updated Jul 05

Southport and diversey police

Trying to get back to Logan from
Wrigley I tried to turn on diversey from southport but the police had diversey blocked off with fire truck and ambulence.. Didn't really see cars as in a car accident but did see like 10 people half a block away (it was pretty dark with no street lights right there) .. Does anyone know what's going on there?

  • There's a FB page called Chicago Fire Department Incidents and they reported there was a working fire on the 1400 block of Diversey.

Jul 02

Updated Jul 04

Looking for band rehearsal space in Ravenswood to rent.

something affordable perhaps along the ravenswood corridor near leland and hermitage, thanks

  • Shawn Ritchie South Side transplant to North Center since 2007

    True rehearsal spaces (24x7 in/out) don't exist around here. We rented space at the old Zenith Factory on Austin and Dickens on the West Side for years, loads of band rooms in there, but sketchy as hell neighborhood.

  • Yeah there are no places to practice around here. Your best bet is to hire a studio. Try theses guys. http://musicgarage.com/info/

Feb 16

Updated Jul 04

Helicopters in Edgewater/Uptown/Ravenswood area

I posted this last night in Nextdoor and thought I'd post it here. Last night I noticed helicopters flying over our area for the better part of the day, at approximately 15 minute intervals. On an outing my husband and daughter and I had yesterday evening around 6:30/7:00 pm, over by the Jewel on Clark St., we also saw what looked like two bright objects flying in tandem going northeast. A friend suggested they might be Chinese lanterns, but they...

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I posted this last night in Nextdoor and thought I'd post it here. Last night I noticed helicopters flying over our area for the better part of the day, at approximately 15 minute intervals. On an outing my husband and daughter and I had yesterday evening around 6:30/7:00 pm, over by the Jewel on Clark St., we also saw what looked like two bright objects flying in tandem going northeast. A friend suggested they might be Chinese lanterns, but they were huge. Not sure if some kind of celebration was going on or what, but it's curious. Tonight, the same helicopter kept flying over, in 10-15 minute intervals. Has anyone else noticed? Any insights as to what it's about or how to find out? TIA

  • Freddy M. Uptown/Andersonville resident for most of my life

    MJ Thanks for the description. I'll check out the link, too. Well, if it's the tour company, that's more reassuring. It can be so confusing to hear the helicopters going for so long. It's nice that they circled over your neighborhood when you had your tour. What a perspective that must have been!

  • Heyyy guys it's no tour. Helicopters at night this late? Seriously! You guys posted this month's ago now they're on the Southside hovering around our neighborhood been doing this since midnight. This has been happening every other night without news coverage. Kinda creepy it's almost 1:00 in the morning still going on. Pray people pray. The fourth of July is tomorrow!

Jun 30

Updated Jul 01

Two loud pops

I just heard two loud pops/bangs, around 11:30pm, Monday night. Anyone else hear anything?

  • A

    Loud boom at 4600 Malden at that time was some idiot putting a firework in a garbage can slamming the kid then it exploded. I saw it in the alley near Leland.

  • Good to know. I am not usually paranoid....but this weekend's shootings so close to home have me listening with a more critical ear. I wish people didn't find fireworks so amusing :)

Jun 30

Updated Jul 01

Damen North of Montrose Closed

CPD blocking traffic headed south on Damen at Montrose. Fire trucks and more CPD on the scene. At least one ambulance on the way.

  • I spoke with a police officer last night during the event who informed me a suspicious package was found at Damen and Cullom and it needed to be removed. They are asking that anyone who saw anything or anyone out of the ordinary contact them.

  • Cops were knocking on doors asking if there had been any moving trucks in the area, but they didnt actually seem too concerned (just going through the motions). The package in question was described to me by someone who walked by as being a nondescript gray box. Likely just blew into the intersection or fell off the back of an absent-minded person's car.

Jun 29

Updated Jun 30

Fireworks? Gunshots?

Did anyone hear shots or loud noises on Wilson and Winchester? What was that?

  • The OP posted this early Sunday morning, no shootings in the area then, the shootings occurred Sunday evening.

  • We were driving back home Saturday night around 9pm. When stopped at the light at Lincoln & Western, we saw a bunch of fireworks going off towards the northeast. Not like little toy firecrackers either, these were large enough to be seen from blocks away. It was hard to gauge what the exact area was.

Jun 25

Updated Jun 26

Family of 4 looking for a 3BR in the Square

Moving from Rogers Park with two charming daughters, 11 & 8, no pets; owners for 13 years, now looking to rent for awhile. Thanks for any help offered!

  • lauren east lakeview

    What Andrew said. Unfortunately, you won't ever find a 3 bed for under 2K there. You won't really find that in most desirable neighborhoods actually.

  • Our 3 bedroom house if for sale in Albany Park (Kimball and Wilson). If you are interested, I can send you some information.

Jun 20

Updated Jun 22

311 has an attitude bigger than the giant graffiti on my neighbors house

Not only am I completely disturbed by the horrible vandalism on my neighbors house near Wolcott and Addison, but I'm also disturbed by the attitude of the 311 operator. I reported the graffiti online, but 311 told me in a very rude fashion that only the owner of the vandalized property can call.

  • Catbus Philosopher, Third-Class

    "If the 311 operator hangs up on you, there's no reason that you can't call back" -- other than the fact that you have to sit through a two-minute voice mail recording before even getting into the queue for an operator.

  • Joan M. Back in Lincoln Square and liking it.

    I think the folks who lecture graffiti and tagging haters on its artistic value most often do not own their own homes, like Philip says he does, and, indeed, may not even have stepped up to renting yet. So I always like to suggest that they offer up their automobiles to the street artistes, or any items they've so far accumulated which they especially value - musical instruments, stereos, whatever - to the spray-paint-toting locals.

Mar 24

Updated Jun 20

"Stop Snitching" Graffiti

Woke up to see this on a neighbor's garage door this morning in the alley between Winchester and Wolcott. Already reported this. Just thought it would be of interest.

Jun 10

Updated Jun 16

Western-Belmont Overpass to be Demolished in 2015

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140610/roscoe-village/western-belmont-overpass-be-demolished-2015#
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Western-Belmont Overpass to be Demolished in 2015

By Patty Wetli on June 10, 2014 9:46am
@Pattydnachicago

The Western-Belmont overpass, which has allowed cars to speed over a five-way intersection with Clybourn Avenue for the last 52 years, will be coming down in 2015, according to a plan unveiled Monday night by the Chicago Department of Transportation.

The deteriorating bridge will be replaced not by another overpass, but with a grade-level intersection.

Current standards require wider lanes than when...

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Western-Belmont Overpass to be Demolished in 2015

By Patty Wetli on June 10, 2014 9:46am
@Pattydnachicago

The Western-Belmont overpass, which has allowed cars to speed over a five-way intersection with Clybourn Avenue for the last 52 years, will be coming down in 2015, according to a plan unveiled Monday night by the Chicago Department of Transportation.

The deteriorating bridge will be replaced not by another overpass, but with a grade-level intersection.

Current standards require wider lanes than when the viaduct was erected; a new bridge would have to be 12 feet wider, affecting businesess and homes in the area, according to Mike Eichten of AECOM, a consulting design and engineering firm working on the project.

The project's scope encompasses not only demolition of the bridge, but reconstruction of Western Avenue between Waveland Avenue to the north and Jones Street to the south (Jones is south of Diversey). Sidewalks will be widened to 13 feet, pedestrian countdown signals will be installed, and trees, benches and bike racks will be added to the streetscape.

CDOT wouldn't provide a cost estimate for the project. But Eichten did say that construction of a new viaduct could reach $40 million, and that the grade-level proposal was less expensive.

Jun 12

Updated Jun 14

CPR training

Does anyone know of any organizations providing CPR training in the Andersonville/Uptown area?

  • philbrook1225 Accountant-Not for Profit

    Asian Human Services has a certified trainer and offers both public classes and inhouse courses for organizations. Contact Jennifer Kwan (773) 728-2235

  • misty k. stay at home momma

    When i was looking for cpr classes i just googles cpr classes near me. They are at alot of hospitals too. So just check google out. Hope it helps.

  • Google CPR classes. There is a place on Ravenswood that does them, though I think it is further south than you are looking for.

Jun 13

Updated Jun 14

N Winthrop

Two weeks ago at approx 6:30am we had a man crawl up on our porch and attempt to break in our apartment through the sliding glass door. He was a young Hispanic boy around 16/17 years old. We opened the blinds quickly to look at him and he ran away. Make sure all of your windows and screen doors are locked!!!

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    Did you call 911 with a description of him? I really hope you did.

Jun 09

Updated Jun 11

  • I'm pretty sure the "M" in M-80 stands for "Man-child"

  • I don't know...I'd still error (and always do) on the side of gunshots! For example a trash truck came down my alley the other day and I heard a loud boom shortly after. I'm sure there was a gang war with the trash guys...likely the metal scrappers fighting for turf. This city is dangerous...

Jun 10

Updated Jun 11

What is replacing Powell's?

Does anyone know what's going in where Powell's just closed? (2850 N Lincoln Ave)

  • L

    Is there something going in? Or, will it be just another vacant Lincoln Ave. storefront?

  • Allan Mellis Lincoln Park Community Leader

    Another childcare center. They received a variance from the parking requirement from the Zoning Board of Appeals a few months ago.

  • The whole building is getting torn down and rebuilt with a daycare as the primary business. Not sure if the structure will be mixed-use.

Jun 08

Hanig's Footwear - Clark/Diversey

I saw a "Lost our Lease" sign on the window of Hanig's Footwear (Clark/Diversey). Does anyone know what's going in there?

Jun 07

Come see Northcenter's own The Black Oil Brothers tonight after Ribfest!

Northcenter's own blues/roots band The Black Oil Brothers play the SaveMore Liquor Lounge tonight 6/7 at 10pm. Right after Ribfest. Come say hi!

www.blackoilbrothers.com

May 28

Updated Jun 06

Coyote

I was walking my dog around 10pm tonight and noticed a large animal on the sidewalk coming towards us. I thought it was an off leash dog but it turned out to be a coyote. Luckily, it seemed to be pretty scared and kept going past us... I know there are coyotes in Chicago but was surprised to see one right in front of my building. Just wanted to pass it along! I live just south of Addison/Lake Shore.

  • know it or not Chicago was a swamp and marshland before it was turned in to the bustling metropuilous so wild animal encounters are a norm here...with us being in spring now the animals are out mating and looking for food so I believe that WE are the least of there concerns now

  • I live on the same block as mayor, on hermitage south of Montrose. About a year ago while leaving early in the morning, may be 6:00 am, a coyote trotted down the street, on the sidewalk in front of the mayor's house! I was walking on the other side of the street.

Jun 03

Updated Jun 04

New Development @ corner of Foster/Broadway?

Does anyone know what they are finally doing with the old funeral home that has been at the corner of Foster/Broadway abandoned for the longest time? Big lot, so excited to see what they are looking to do. They started the demo of the building, so curious.... Thanks!

  • They are putting a strip mall similar to the other 2 right along the same stretch of Broadway. I think that kind of shopping is a great fit for that area. It is also going to be anchored by a Chipotle. Hopefully that will draw higher caliber stores to the neighborhood.

  • Ajh

    Thanks and Hi Sarella -Alissa :)

  • John M. Holden John Holden, 20+year Uptown resident

    I have to disagree with the prior statement that a strip mall will be great for the area. A strip mall is not consistent with the stated intention of making Broadway a more pedestrian and bike friendly street. Let's hope that this is the last strip mall that will be plaguing the area for a long time. They belong in Schaumburg not Chicago.

May 31

Updated Jun 03

What happened to Windy City Liquors at Damen and Argyle?

Does anyone know why they are suddenly closed with a notice to vacate on the door? Will they be back?

  • I heard that there was structural damage to the building's foundation and they were forced to close during repairs. They should open back up when everything is fixed.

  • I always marveled at that liquor store's proximity to Amundsen -- Only in Chicago do they allow liquor stores so close to schools.

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