34 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

New Gravel at Uptown's Puptown dog park!

Today, beginning around 8am workers will be delivering and redistributing fresh pea gravel throughout Puptown. The gates will be either open or ajar until the work is complete. You and your pup(s) may use the park, but at your own risk. The work should be complete by mid-afternoon. Apologies for the inconvenience, but it'll be worth the wait!! Woof woof!!

46 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Really!?

Please tell me this isn't really happening. Did my neighbors really just put two chairs out to claim dibs?

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    Jenn, gently remind them dibs is illegal (can someone find the rule code?) good luck!

  • Jenn, you do have douchy neighbors! I made a presumption that you didn't know them. :-(

5 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Cat in alley

Hi neighbors,

As I was coming home just now, I saw a grey-brown and white cat running through my alley, at Ainslie and Hermitage. It ran away pretty quickly so I did not get a good look at it unfortunately, but I thought I saw that it was wearing a collar. I'm just wondering if anyone has lost a cat recently that matches this description? I will keep my eyes peeled for it and hopefully get it to its home, wherever that may be!i browsed through my feed to see if anyone else had posted about this, but did not see anything.

  • Until I commented about the squirrel trapping I did not realize it was illegal. I thank everyone for there input and information. They do not trap because they are getting in their house because they are in a well maintained brick house. We will take further action on this situation. A squirrel only survives 1-2 years in the city if that or longer if lucky. Please don't pick and choose which animal to love or hate. Embrace them all especially the ones in need.

  • Valerie B Lived here since 1988

    Hi LS64, I suggest making a call to Bob Massey at the Illinois Department of Natural Resource at 815 476-0256. He was very helpful.

43 hours ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Cleaning comforter?

Does anyone have a recommendation for a place that I can take my comforter to be washed/cleaned? Very much appreciate any suggestions!

  • I like the Greener Cleaner for down comforters. Check thier website as they have multiple locations. Also, you can get down wash at any of the camping stores and do it yourself in a large washer. You'll need to take it out of the dryer multiple times to make sure the down isn't clumping. Also add three or four clean and new tennis balls to the dryer.

46 hours ago

GMC car key

Key and black fob found this morning on the sidewalk of the 1300 block of Nelson in Lakeview.

3 days ago

Clarendon Park is Closed today (April 21, 2014)

We apologize for the inconvenience. Clarendon Park is closed all day today. Com Ed is installing a new electrical line into the building that will take between 10-12 hours. All programs and events are cancelled with the exception of park kids that will be meeting at Uplift High School today.

Apr 17

Updated 6 days ago

Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Park District to Rehab, Build 103 Playgrounds this Year

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Park District General Superintendent Michael P. Kelly, Friends of the Park officials and community members broke ground today to build new playgrounds at Lindblom Park, Murray Park and Kucinski-Murphy Park. These three playgrounds are part of the 103 neighborhood playgrounds that will be refurbished or built across the City in 2014.

Click here for more information:
http://ow.ly/vUl5z

  • RubyRed Dancer, Drummer, Cyclist

    I find myself asking, with the oncoming of city pensions exploding, the massive taxation and city debt, how is Chicago affording these things? I love city parks, but what about pot-holes that cause accidents? What about taxation that drives businesses and residents to the south?

6 days ago

fire Wednesday night near melrose?

I couldn't see much, but there were a few fire trucks early early Thursday morning, on melrose just west of LSD. anyone know what was going on?

Apr 02

Updated Apr 10

Landscaping/Yard Maintenance recommendation?

Can anyone recommend a company for landscaping and yard maintenance?

I've been using Diaz Bros. for the last 2 years, but after the company reorganized under Luis last year I haven't been too happy with their work.

  • sandy1111,

    I just asked the president of our HOA who we use, and he said we're no longer using them due to doubling their price. We too are now searching for a company. Ugh!
    Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Let me know if you see/hear of anyone!

  • The maintenance guy for our building (at Leland/Campbell) is fantastic. Reliable, friendly, thorough and cheaper than the company we used previously. He handles both our snow removal and landscaping. I'll get his contact information from our building manager and post it here.

Apr 10

Jakes auto body on Pulaski

Has anyone else have had a horrible experience with this shop ?

Apr 08

Updated Apr 09

Why is Mariano's on the 2nd floor?

Now that I've dropped by the new Mariano's, it occurs to me -- Doesn't it seem logical that L.A. Fitness would be on the 2nd floor, and Mariano's on the 1st?
So much for grabbing quick produce before getting on the train...

  • Preeti Ravenswood Superstar since 2003

    You can use the Feedback form at the bottom of the EB page when you're using their website. I don't think it is on their iPhone app....well, I can't ever find it on the app.

  • Kev Citizen

    You can also unsubscribe. Just click the yellow star at the first post. That way others can post, but you'll be blissfully unaware ;)

Apr 06

Updated Apr 08

Suggestions for Landscaper

Hi, does anyone have a reasonably priced landscaper they could recommend? I'm also looking for a painter. Any ideas are greatly appreciated!

  • For painting projects, contact Justin at Cure with Paint, 312-813-4688.

  • I have used Andrew Coulter for landscaping with great results at reasonable prices. He can be reached at andrewbcoulter@yahoo.com.

Apr 02

Updated Apr 03

What's that noise?

Hello!
Anyone know what's responsible for the intermittent, loud, double banging noise I've been hearing around Ravenswood and Andersonville since yesterday evening?

  • Kaleb B Crafty and Queer

    In the ally behind Winona on the Glenwood end they are jack hammering cement to build new porches. It's been super loud and intermittent.

  • Randy Burgess Web Developer, 15-year Chicago Resident

    It's called Construction Season ;)

Mar 31

Updated Apr 02

Roscoe Village Food Ninja

Does anyone know who is the person who leaves piles of food in random places near Damen and Cornelia? It has been happening for years now. We call this person the Food Ninja because we have never seen who does it. It is really annoying because every time we walk our dog he tries to eat it. Not to mention that the food will attract rats. We have even found food on the steps to our place! One time there was a dinner role buried in our flower pot! Whoever this is please stop!!!!

  • Mike C. In Roscoe Village Roscoe Village Resident

    I have not said anything. Feel free to mention something to them. Where were the Fritos located. I would be interested to here what they say.

  • After cross-examining my daughter about it, I now think it's NOT that family, but an older woman who lives in the building. She said that her door is in that gangway between the two buildings. This is second hand info, and the first hand is a 9 year old...

Apr 02

Keys found

I found a set of keys on Berteau, just west of Southport. Respond for more information.

Mar 22

Updated Mar 30

Mariano's Ravenswood opening -- April 6!

Just spotted a sign in the window of the new Mariano's Ravenswood store -- Grand opening is 6am on Tuesday, April 8!! Looking forward to welcoming them to the neighborhood!

  • Matt Maldre Lincoln Square artist

    Woo! It's been fun riding the Lawrence bus and seeing them construct this building.

  • mary b lived in same 5 or so square miles for 59+yrs.

    i did get a modicum of respect back for jewel for getting rid of those stupid cards 2 get a sale price.does seem like jewel is nervous as last time i was in the one on clarke/bryn mawr got a big 1/2pg flyer with site for comments & alot of check-out people just standing around. look forward to visiting one of the mariano's, altho not if it is a congested traffic-hot- mess. i avoid roof top parking whenever possible. no good reason, just don't like them.

Mar 28

Updated Mar 29

My landlord let my cat out.

My cat was let out onto the streets Wednesday evening. I've been looking around the alley since then. I would appreciate any help. He is on the small side, solid gray w/ green eyes. No collar cause he always bit through them. He is declawed & a little skittish. His name is Austen. Last seen in 2200 block of west Wilson Ave. pleas email if you've seen him. K

  • It was an accident. She thought a cat got into our back hallway when Austen in fact got out of my apartment when I was leaving for work in a rush. Or when my roommate left for work. No he was not micro-chipped I adopted him back in Michigan before microchips were an option. I plan on calling shelters today. I really appreciate all of your suggestions!

  • Robin in Rogers Park Owner of Cats in the City, LLC

    Kristen, our local shelters are not licensed to admit what would be deemed a stray cat - only Chicago Animal Care and Control at Western and 27th is - so please post Austen's photo and go there and search the cages daily. I am friends with several people who volunteer...

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    Kristen, our local shelters are not licensed to admit what would be deemed a stray cat - only Chicago Animal Care and Control at Western and 27th is - so please post Austen's photo and go there and search the cages daily. I am friends with several people who volunteer at CACC - so posting Austen's photo here would help me circulate him on Facebook. If he accidentally gets picked up by someone and surrendered, then we'd now he was a pet and not a stray. Strays are held for 7 days in hopes of their families coming to claim them. If no claim, many rescues work to pull out as many as they can and get them into foster care and adopted.

    You wrote that Austen is shy, so the chances of a good citizen being able to snag him are slim, but I wanted to share this info anyway.

    Sending lots of 'get home safely' vibes for your guy.

    (I also think that Tree House is licensed to admit strays, but I am sure they are full to the gills right now, so if someone found Austen and tried to get him admitted, I doubt that would happen, but good to check their policies anyway).

Mar 24

Updated Mar 28

"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.

  • DannyAP community organizer

    It's funny and forgotten how people would argue to make a point who knows more. If I remember correctly that's the reason I stopped posting and reading everyblock, you guys are wasting time. So what if there are no cobra hoods,gd, mld, vl, whatever, the point is that it's happening and something must be done, be proactive part of the solution. Respectfully to who this fits.

  • D R

    A quick thank you for this thread: I learned about (and installed) the Chicago Works app, and learned about the priority for graffiti removal. We've always been proactive about calling in for removal while living in Wicker Park, good to see that tradition is carried through in Lincoln Square as...

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    A quick thank you for this thread: I learned about (and installed) the Chicago Works app, and learned about the priority for graffiti removal. We've always been proactive about calling in for removal while living in Wicker Park, good to see that tradition is carried through in Lincoln Square as well.

    I have yet to implement, but I did design a system where a high powered hose (think sprinkler for a large yard), aimed perpendicular to the alley fence/garage, and triggered by motion, after say 10 pm, and with appropriate safeguards vs. kids ( >3') to be used as a defense against folks loitering in an unwanted area. The original intent was to prevent public urination and consummation of services rendered by some of the more entrepreneurial folks in Wicker after 1 am, but this could be modified for this location.

Mar 26

Updated Mar 28

Wendy's Remodel

As a new "beat reporter" I just found
Out Wendy's closing for remodel in June. 4to 6 week job. New building with wifi being built.
My first post !

  • There's one a ways down Ashland that just did this. I haven't been in, but from the looks of it they're going for the Chipotle vibe - tall ceilings and stools. Interesting that they're adding Wifi, but the seating design of these places makes it uncomfortable to "hang out". Thats probably the point, I know - inviting so you come in, but just uncomfortable enough that you dont stay.

  • Robin in Rogers Park Owner of Cats in the City, LLC

    I like their fries - they are gluten and animal-product free - although I don't indulge too often. Thanks for the update.

Mar 27

Aging in Community

Forward Chicago will be reviewing what exists in our neighborhoods, supports in our community, and where some of the gaps might be. We need your help.
Please check us out on facebook, and on our website at http://www.forwardchicago.org/aging-in-community-join-us-to-explore-what-it-means-for-our-community/

Mar 20

Updated Mar 20

Something's amiss at the Circle K

A little unusual. Chopper hovering above my house for a few minutes now, has eyes on Andersonville perhaps? Maybe even the Ravenswood Metra stop. Anyone know what's going on?

  • Damian Raszewski Ravenswood Photographer

    Saw some other posts saying it may be the Andersonville water tower coming down.

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    Gotta be related. When I drove by after 9:30, the water tower was on Foster. My guess is permit restrictions for oversized loads...

Mar 10

Updated Mar 20

Water feces

I wish people would realize that snow doesn't get rid of dog poop! It just allows it to melt into the snow and then we are covered with water and feces! Pick up your dog poop.

  • MD60640

    And for what it's worth, I don't believe your anecdote anyway. I don't see any logical reason why people, most of whom I'd imagine believe in cleaning up after their dogs since you said you found them on a thread of this same subject, would go against their own principles and break the law to do the bidding of a complete stranger with a personal vendetta. Nice try, though.

  • Although I doubt the offenders are reading this thread...another reason to pick up dog poop is that it attracts rats. Maybe this will just give you more ammunition if you run into an irresponsible owner.

Mar 16

Updated Mar 16

Accident at 1600 W Foster

Car hit a post and flipped over. Apparently the driver is okay but a live wire is dangling from the impacted post. The road is closed. This is such a dangerous stretch of street. Thank God no one was seriously hurt.

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    Aislin, something else happened over by Lawrence and Rockwell...

  • Yeah you're right, Shelley. It's too far away.

Mar 11

Updated Mar 12

Who cleans the poo?

My one neighbor has permitted his two unleashed dogs to urinate and defecate in the snow outside our 3 story walk up. There is no grass under the snow. As it is melting, there is feces ALL OVER almost worse than a barn. My building doesn't have a hose attachment in the front. Any idea if streets and san would clean this up. My son can barley get to the car. Also, my dogs already get Giardia enough that I don't want them sick again. So frustrated!

  • Disgusting, Yes! Aggravating, Most Definitely! Spending close to $2k at the Vet because your dog has gotten severely sick several times from all dog poop all over the place, Well.. Let's just say when I find, or catch the first person doing it. I plan on taking them out at the knees, and making them eat their dog's feces's. Fair warning to anyone living near Ainslie & Marine..

  • If there is no grass there, I suggest getting an entire load of gravel delivered. Then the feces/urine will drain down into the soil. Ask your landlord or HOA.

Mar 10

Updated Mar 11

Burglary on Elaine Place Apartments in Lakeview

I've been burglarized in my apartment when I was on vacation Thursday-Sunday. They stole my 2 Mac book laptops with chargers. Please let me know of you are aware of any suspicious person(s) in the area.

  • The insane thing it didn't look like it was force entry they either had a way to unlock the back door or slide the window up to unlock the door. My apartment complex has adequate security. We have no fences, anyone can come into the back or front, no security...

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    The insane thing it didn't look like it was force entry they either had a way to unlock the back door or slide the window up to unlock the door. My apartment complex has adequate security. We have no fences, anyone can come into the back or front, no security cameras or a security guard. After I reported it to the police and told the property manager he did nothing. He didn't even send a note to all the tenants to warn them. Which reminds me I'll send a personalize note to all the tenants myself !

  • Robert Konzelman ADT Security In Home Designer

    Kristine sorry to hear that. Just so you know ADT can install a security system in an apartment. We have an all wireless option where we don't have to put any holes in the walls. Also we can move with you if you ecide to move after 6 months. If you want more details call or email me. 312-857-5758 rkonzelman@adt.com

Mar 02

Updated Mar 11

Graffiti

More graffiti in roscoe village!!

  • Erich944 Lakeview Vigilante

    The tags were removed earlier today.

    @Bendiazart, I don't like someone defacing my personal property. This garbage couldn't even be considered "art" under any condition. It's just sloppily written letters and numbers. I also don't like these pathetic lil gang bangers roving my neighborhood at night.

  • There's "art" graffiti & there's tagging. Nothing artsy about tagging. I'm with Eric944, glad it got removed!

Mar 10

Updated Mar 11

Power Outage!

Around 2:30 pm today, we heard a loud boom and the electricity went out. The 2100 block of Belle Plaine, but I'm not sure how many homes are affected. It's been reported to ComEd. Anyone else affected?

Mar 06

Updated Mar 07

Power Outage/Sirens

Does anyone know what happened at the corner of Irving & Sheridan tonight? There have been a lot of sirens in the neighborhood but nothing in the news yet.

  • Stephen Boisvert Lakeview pedestrian

    One way to see what is going on in close to real time is the check chicagoscanner on twitter. It takes a bit of work to wade through the rather cryptic posts though.

  • agnessb lactose intolerant ice cream lover.

    Thanks for the advice, Stephen!

Mar 04

Updated Mar 07

Spark Energy

I was solicited by a Spark Energy consultant at my front for this evening but I feel like there something more going on here and that may have made a huge mistake. She was a very pleasant person but I feel like there may have been some misrepresentation. Has anyone been solicited to switch their service to spark energy and if so, have they had any issues? I feel Like I need more information.

  • MECO Power, Inc. MECO Power, Inc.

    They harassed us every night around 8 pm for over a month. They kept insisting to see our electric bill so they could calculate our savings. They also kept pushing a deadline date and we're sure some of our elderly neighbors fell for it. They were more like bullies than salespeople. Every night we told them we weren't interested in as nice a way as possible and the next night they were back.

  • Steve B. The dude abides.

    When the stopped by my door, it seriously felt like the pitch was that they were sent on behalf of the city. Like, they were doing a community service and that the city requires them to come and offer this service at "no cost". Certainly, the service isn't a fee,...

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    When the stopped by my door, it seriously felt like the pitch was that they were sent on behalf of the city. Like, they were doing a community service and that the city requires them to come and offer this service at "no cost". Certainly, the service isn't a fee, you're just being charged a set rate for electricity. I'm sure that's not a "fee" for the service per se, but the way it comes across is that the service is at no risk to the consumer. I went so far as to ask if the business was for-profit or non-profit. It was that unclear to me. It's for-profit (this is obvious now).

    I get the business model, but I vehemently oppose it. The company is making a gamble. They are betting that the cost of electricity won't rise, and in fact, the more it decreases, the more profit they make at the consumer's expense. I'd be extremely surprised if they didn't send people crusading around the neighborhood when their forecasters see the price decreasing in coming months.

    The whole thing is shady to me. Buyer beware.

Feb 23

Updated Mar 06

Financial Advisor

Any recommendations for a reputable financial advisor in the Lincoln Square or Loop area? Need someone who will really be helpful and easy to talk to/understand as I am not a financial genius (reason why I need one). Thanks!

  • matt langreder 3600 block of North Lakeshore Drive

    Unless you're doing something super complicated, the book I Will Teach You To Be Rich is about all most people will ever need. Written to be simple and fun, but in depth enough so as to give enough understanding. Highly recommend it instead of blowing money on a service. Teach yourself to fish...

  • My wife and I have been with Lois Basil for two years now and love her. She's on Lincoln just south of Montrose. Basil Financial Group.

    www.basilfinancialgroup.com/

    Good luck!

Feb 23

Updated Mar 05

Cleaning lady

Anyone know of a good and reliable cleaning lady? We live at Ashland and Sunnyside.

Thanks in advance.

  • Thank you for your responses! We greatly appreciate it.

  • Grace Housekeeper

    I have many years of experience and many long time clients who would gladly provide referrals. I can provide you with a free estimate at your preferred date and time. Please feel free to call me at 773-858-0926.

Feb 22

Updated Feb 25

Car Crash at Dunkin Donuts 1743 W Lawrence

I just had dinner at Golden Nugget with my massage therapist and a client and crossed the street to the salon when this truck lost control and crashed. Thank God we didn't get hurt. I hope the driver is going to be ok, the police are here already! This was caused by the water under the ravenswood metra tracks. Cars going thru are dragging the water across the road which then freezes to a sheet of ice and caused this accident!

  • The ice is treacherous, but I think the real issue is the rate of speed people attempt going eastbound on Lawrence in the right lane knowing they need to merge before Ashland and wanting to pass as many people as possible before the light. It's terrible to see an accident...

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    The ice is treacherous, but I think the real issue is the rate of speed people attempt going eastbound on Lawrence in the right lane knowing they need to merge before Ashland and wanting to pass as many people as possible before the light. It's terrible to see an accident and I hope the driver, pedestrians, and DD employees are okay, but I'm willing to bet that truck was going faster than 30mph or whatever the speed limit is there. It's late February in Chicago during a really nasty winter. We should all be used to driving more carefully. Frankly I'm looking forward to the completion of the lane reductions on Lawrence. And I have to drive that way everyday for work!

  • Bill Near Rockwell L

    I've known SUV drivers who thought that SUV / 4 wheel drive vehicles could not only GO on roads where front wheel drive cars couldn't get traction, but also "STOP better than 2 wheel drive vehicles."

    This is nonsense. While only SUV's might have 4-wheel DRIVE, ALL vehicles have 4...

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    I've known SUV drivers who thought that SUV / 4 wheel drive vehicles could not only GO on roads where front wheel drive cars couldn't get traction, but also "STOP better than 2 wheel drive vehicles."

    This is nonsense. While only SUV's might have 4-wheel DRIVE, ALL vehicles have 4 WHEEL BRAKES. In addition, a heavy vehicle is HARDER to stop than a lighter one- the heavy vehicle has more inertia. (We need better science education!)

    In addition, studies have shown that there are more aggressive drivers among SUV owners than other types of vehicle. Aggressive driving and ice don't mix well.
    http://news.drive.com.au/drive/motor-news/suv-drivers-most-aggressive-20130513-2ji0x.html

    Of course we cannot say that this crashed driver was driving aggressively, but it is clear they lost control of their vehicle. When it's below freezing, it's best to drive with extra caution.

    I'm glad no one was hurt. If there were pedestrians on the sidewalk in this scenario, things could have been much worse.

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