32 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Rent-to-own properties??

Are there realtors who specifically deal with these type of properties in Chicago?

  • LisaMV friendly Lincoln Square neighbor

    I would be interested in knowing too.

  • Check out Home Partners of America.

  • There are - as mentioned by MarissaD, one note: read the contract carefully. I would advise having a RE attorney review it as well.

Jan 24 2012

Updated May 20

UPS Deliveries in Lakeview

Yesterday around 5pm, the UPS driver made his deliveries to our courtyard building... and left a bunch of other packages for other addresses strewn around our courtyard. Most were for the 720's of W Barry Ave.

I called UPS today with this info in order for someone to come pick up the packages and deliver them properly, and learned that the UPS hub where our packages emanate from is in University Village, and their main number is 312-942-7643. The supervisor...

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Yesterday around 5pm, the UPS driver made his deliveries to our courtyard building... and left a bunch of other packages for other addresses strewn around our courtyard. Most were for the 720's of W Barry Ave.

I called UPS today with this info in order for someone to come pick up the packages and deliver them properly, and learned that the UPS hub where our packages emanate from is in University Village, and their main number is 312-942-7643. The supervisor there on the day shift is Sonya.

She was very apologetic, and said she'd send someone out to collect and re-deliver the packages. But I thought this info might be helpful in case this happens at your address. Also, if you were expecting a package from UPS (mostly from Amazon) and you live in on Barry Avenue, your packages are safe and sound behind our gate and will hopefully make it to you soon.

  • Kris Saatnia Marquette U Alumnus. Loyola Chicago Grad Student.

    I live in Ravenswood-about 2 miles from Lakeview so this thread doesn't directly relate time but I did want to take a second to thank you Juniper. I've had awful experiences with UPS and FedEx so I always try to ship with or get a package with USPS as that...

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    I live in Ravenswood-about 2 miles from Lakeview so this thread doesn't directly relate time but I did want to take a second to thank you Juniper. I've had awful experiences with UPS and FedEx so I always try to ship with or get a package with USPS as that is by far the best service in my opinion.I appreciate you taking the time to contact them to notify them of their irresponsibility and lack of professionalism. Someone had to and you did. Thank you! I've had the same problem as you Kristy. I have lost count of the many times I never got my package and didn't get a note on my door. UPS assured me that a driver did leave a note but I know they didn't as I've been home basically looking out the window all day for it and nothing. UPS drives me nuts and I'm glad I am not alone. I've had one good experience living in Ravenswood but easily double digit problems-especially back in Milwaukee-where I am from. I am waiting for a package today from Adidas being delivered by UPS. Wish me luck!

  • I too tracked a package and stayed home, only to see it listed as "delivered" but not at my steps. I walked 2 blocks down searching the steps of all the homes with addresses also ending with my 2 digits, and sure enough I found my package. This was FedEx. Their job is to properly read addresses and deliver packages and they can't do that properly!

May 15

Updated May 19

Are these your kids?

Three teenaged boys keep coming back to hidden alley area near Damen and Warner. Smoking weed and drinking beer. Usually once a week. I think they're harmless but I've got pre teens that play basketball behind my garage near this spot and would prefer to delay their exposure to weed and beer for another couple years. Posting pics parent to parent. If they're your kids could you ask them to hang somewhere else? I asked and they told me to eff off. 😜

  • Spoiled brats, that Black Hawks Jersey is at least $200.00. They hang out at Coonley and Bell School Friday evenings. ;)

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    They're probably harmless, but it's the the principle of the thing. There's a reason they don't smoke weed behind their garages or in front of their homes. If they don't do it in their alleys, they shouldn't do it in your alley.

Jan 13

Updated May 17

Anybody willing to take in kitten(s)?

Some of the workers on Southport found a pair of stray kittens, a boy and a girl. Anybody interested? They're really young, and we don't want to send them to a shelter. Let me know if you are interested!

  • Erykah6 did you find a new apartment that accepts pets?

  • Tessa1 Hard working mommy

    I am interested. Please contact me if you still have them.

Apr 14

Updated May 11

Farmers Market in Roscoe Village?

I would love to have a Farmers Market in Roscoe Village. Anyone else interested?

I think the blacktop a Jahn would be an ideal location.

What's the next step? Anyone have experience with requesting a new Farmers Market with the City of Chicago?

  • eDowds Roscoe Village Mommie

    I will stop by the Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce and see what they have to say. Anyone else want to help?

  • NorthEND Green Market (Lane Tech parking lot) tweeted last week that they will be closed for 2015 as Lane is doing construction and will need their lot this year.

Apr 28

Updated May 01

Top Cleaners at 3701 N. Damen

Does anyone have any thoughts on their recently installed bright strobing LED signage? I'm not one to normally complain (first time poster) but their sign is lighting up my living room, bedroom, and yard. I like sitting in the yard but that sign might induce a seizure! I doubt I could convince them to get rid of it but I'd settle on them at least dimming it.

  • I thought there were emergency vehicles at that corner the first time I drove down Damen at night after they put the sign up. I would think the owner could put it on a timer, so it isn't flashing 24 hours a day. Maybe if the neighbors approached him about that, he'd be willing to do that --- at least from 10pm until they open in the morning??? I agree that is way too residential an area to put up with that amount of brightness 24 hours a day.

  • CJL ...

    Definitely contact the alderman's office. If nothing else just to make them aware that it's bothersome.

    Sounds like the owner is being friendly (if rather ineffectual) about it, so make sure you mention that, too, so it doesn't set up a fight.

    It would be really nice to have some...

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    Definitely contact the alderman's office. If nothing else just to make them aware that it's bothersome.

    Sounds like the owner is being friendly (if rather ineffectual) about it, so make sure you mention that, too, so it doesn't set up a fight.

    It would be really nice to have some of these things shut off for some portion of the night--I think part of the problem is that the LED signs are sooo cheap to operate (very little electricity, for their brightness) that the businesses have much less incentive to turn them off.

    There was a lot of focus on the larger digital signs in 2014--but I've not heard anything either way about regulating ones as small as the one at this cleaners.

Apr 19

Updated Apr 30

Former Veghead going Mexican/Asian fusion restaurant

Looks like they hope to open mid May. All new tables, chairs & open style kitchen. I met the owner while workers were working on the front door & took a look inside. Ricco the owner told me his menu is in the $10.00 range & weekend brunch a few bucks over that. This area is becoming a real foodie haven with this & Peruvian restaurant opening a block south & something new but still BBQ at Smokin Woody's.

Apr 27

Updated Apr 28

Kids Staking Out

Kids at 1:30am in the alley 4100 block of Wolcott dispersed and later one kid kept watch behind a garage looking around all shady while another kid met him and they ran down the alley...did anyone pick up on activity?

  • Rpl

    OP
    You need to call 911. They were obviously doing something. it's not common practice for anyone to be lurking in alleys at 130 in the morning.

  • Bill 4500 N Wolcott 30 year plus resident

    did you call the police ,,, or did you think someone else might - take action and call the police when you see something say something

Mar 12

Updated Apr 21

5131 N. Western

Hello neighbors. Does anyone have any info on the potential developments for the vacant lot formerly Martinez market?

  • crusty swivelhead in the nabe

    I do not know of any plans, but I would like to see something, anything, here. It has been a vacant eyesore for about 20 years, yes 20 years! A cinderblock condo with rusty lintels and vacant storefronts would be an improvement.

  • crusty swivelhead in the nabe

    They are knocking it down!
    There is no demo permit and no current building permit on the jobsite, possibly an unathorized knockdown?
    Bring on the Cinderblock condos!

  • RaleighsMa Not fauxraged but may contain typos.

    Crusty, there was a permit issued. The permit was issued April 16, 2015 for "Wreck and Remove."

Apr 16

Any PlayStation4 gamers??

I'm looking for online gamers on the playstation network. Let's team up for some co-op!! I play Madden, Kill Zone, Dragon Age among others.

Apr 05

Updated Apr 14

Wrigley 2015 Acoustics

Sounds like the acoustics have changed. Can hear the organ and PA clear as a bell at Racine and George.

  • I will definitely email her. I am dreading an entire summer of this. I was watching the Sox game. I swore I had on mute and thought I was going crazy. Then I realized it was the Cubs game I was hearing. This is with all of the windows closed....

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    I will definitely email her. I am dreading an entire summer of this. I was watching the Sox game. I swore I had on mute and thought I was going crazy. Then I realized it was the Cubs game I was hearing. This is with all of the windows closed. There's no way I could sleep through this. And now we get to hear all the craptastic music they are playing...remember me....remember me......The organ is kind of cute but the rest? The rest is downright awful. The Cubs take, take, take from the neighborhood and give absolutely nothing in return.

  • and now we get to hear Rob Bass It Takes Two at 9:45 on a Tuesday night. Lovely.

Apr 12

Updated Apr 13

Broken Equipment Wrightwood Park

Who do you contact to fix broken equipment at a park?

I severely rolled my ankle stepping on a broken stair at Wrightwood park (The metal lattice structure had snapped and the stair caved in). Additionally, the bridge between the slides has sunken so deep that little kids cannot run across it.

What Alderman controls the area?

I want to get this fixed before someone else gets injured. Ugh!

  • Maria Concepcion Education Consultant- Global Intervisions, LLC

    Attend your alderwoman community day meeting - Michelle Smith 773-348-9500

    Call the Park Supervisor: Ariel Hernandez @ (312) 742-7816. Supervisors don't keep regular schedule so you need to call to find out his "real" office hours.

    Good luck.
    MC

  • eDowds Roscoe Village Mommie

    Thank you Maria!!

Apr 01

Updated Apr 07

A good CPA

Me and my husband would like to find a CPA that's versed in freelancing. Does anyone have any recos for someone that has availability? Thank you!

  • Joy Coombes Loving Mom and fantastic CPA in Lakeview/Northcent

    Eilts and Associates Inc CPAs: Our CPA firm in located in Lakeview/Northcenter for the last 13 years. Local staff, specializing in freelance arts and business tax and consulting, as well as not-for-profit organizations. Our family has lived in Northcenter for the last 20 years and are raising our family here. visit our website. Our fees are very comparable to other CPAs and small tax practices. Feel free to call or email us with any questions. Thanks Joy
    www.eiltscpa.com

  • Corri7 Concerned Roscoe Resident

    Frank Karall CPA on corner on Lincoln next to Trader Joe's. Ask for Charlie, he's the best!

Apr 02

Updated Apr 06

Telephone poles?

What's with all the huge wood telephone poles being laid down on Lakeview sidewalks?

  • L.G. Cool.

    So THAT'S where I put my poles. I need to drink less wine.

  • There are a couple on Pine Grove and Wellington outside the rehabilitation facility that have been there for months.

Apr 06

Keys Found

I found a set of keys on the 3400 block of N Bosworth on Monday, April 6th. If you lost keys there this morning or last night contact me to identify and claim them.

Mar 30

Updated Mar 31

Trespasser on my property

Last night my next door neighbor who is a police officer texted me at 11:30 pm asking if I had people over because his nephew saw someone on my from staircase leading to the basement door on his way out.

I leave my front and back porch lights on 24/7.

I guess I'm going to install an additional light above those stairs and I'm going to purchase a video surveillance system.

  • Bill Near Rockwell L

    Did they enter the building? Anything damaged or stolen?

    Or where they just hanging around for no good reason?

  • Brad Zerman Council member Graceland West Community Associa...

    It's a hidden area and they did not enter. It's a steel gate. It appears they may have been eating down there but I don't know if they tried to break in because they weren't there when my neighbor looked for himself.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Great neighbor.

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