27 hours ago

Updated 33 min ago

PCP

Good morning everyone, I need your help in finding a PCP in Chicago. I've lived in Chicago for 7 years and haven't settled in with a Doctor yet. The new year is coming and I want to start it with a physical. Please send me your recommendations.

14 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Rug cleaner

I need a reasonably priced rug cleaner who offers pick up and drop off service. So far, the holidays have not been kind to my 8x10. Any recommendations?

  • North Center Rug Cleaner on 3700 block of Lincoln. Great work, fair prices, and will arrange pick up and drop off.

  • I second that. They did a great job on 3 of my area rugs.

  • I'll go third on North Center. Reasonable prices quality service.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Key Copies

Is there anywhere in the Humboldt Park/Wicker Park area to get keys copied?

  • Gillman's Ace Hardware at 2118 N. Milwaukee Ave. I have had many keys made there. Al is the best. I have never, ever had any problem with a key he's cut. Never.

  • The dollar market at 1949 West Chicago Ave does it too

Dec 13

Updated 6 days ago

606 bridge

What does everyone think of the new arch on the trail ? It looked nothing like the rendering.

  • Matthew Michael Bucktown Resident

    I didn't believe another post when they claimed it looked pretty similar if you look at it from the angle of the rendering, but it actually does. It also looks nice from the hill at Park 567. It just seems incredibly tall when looking at it from Milwaukee. Either way, it's grown on me. Agree that when the cables are in place and its painted, it will still be a huge improvement for the area. I don't understand the non-temporary supports between arches though, they make it feel clumsy.

  • Using people as a scale to reference ~6' makes the bridge look very tall in the rendering.

Apr 19

Updated Dec 07

Here is the NEW Western/Bloomingdale Bridge

Quick work, congrats to all that made it happen today.

  • Greg V. Cycling Dude

    Sorry, in my first comment I should have clarified that once the pedestrian walkway is put under the abutment, the sidewalks in the street would be removed allowing an almost full width Western Ave.

  • Greg V. Cycling Dude

    Just an update. I haven't been there myself, but, I see in the Google Earth streetside view that the tunnels through the abutments are nearly complete. The trees in the photos have leaves, so, they may be finished by now. News here: http://the606.org/news-press-releases/

Dec 06

Join us for complimentary fair trade holiday cocktails

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Dec 03

Updated Dec 03

Free easel

Does anyone want an easel? My boyfriend's parents brought it and he says it's not designed right and that he doesn't have room for it. I think if someone handy looked at it they could make it work fine. It's adjustable and tall. In the picture it's at a setting around 6 ft tall. You have to be able to pick it up

Dec 02

Updated Dec 03

Tis the stolen package season

Our neighbors and ourselves had several packages stolen on Monday however they were all shipped via FedEx. I believe this happened because the Fedex driver throws the packages over the front gate to the complex, UPS and (surprisingly) USPS both deliver packages to our front door. We even had an order from UPS at our door the same day our fed ex package was stolen. I get that front door delivery is not possible in larger complexes but if you're in a smaller complex be especially mindful of anything shipped via FedEx.

  • There were some arrests yesterday. There is a reason USPS and especially UPS deliver to your door and FedEx doesn't: they have contractual incentive for complete delivery. UPS is union and bonuses depend on it. USPS puts skin in the game for their delivery folks, but it is more about...

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    There were some arrests yesterday. There is a reason USPS and especially UPS deliver to your door and FedEx doesn't: they have contractual incentive for complete delivery. UPS is union and bonuses depend on it. USPS puts skin in the game for their delivery folks, but it is more about PR. I wouldn't deliver used dirt through FedEx. Their drivers are non-union and getting it right isn't built in as an incentive. I have started telling my clients not to use FedEx after two deliveries they threw on my porch were misdelivered or were stolen.

  • If you *have* to use FedEx there is sometimes the option to choose online, once you get shipping notice, to pick up from one of their retail locations, also. It's not the most convenient, but after a handful of packages went missing last year....

  • al

    from my experience, FedEx sucks regarding delivery. they just leave packages at my door without even knocking. i see them do this all the time. UPS at least makes an effort to leave packages by my back door if i'm not home. i avoid FedEx at all costs.

Nov 22

Updated Nov 24

Roxie's

Has anyone been yet? Thumbs up? Thumbs down? Hopefully this is the catalyst for that stretch of Milwaukee that gets some other entrepreneurs to open up shop in all those vacants just north of the Bloomingdale trail...

  • al

    Buster, It looks like you were skimped on the size of your slice. I understand the thought of paying $5-8 for a slice of pizza is a little over the top but my wife and I were able to get dinner for $25 and were very full and satisfied. There aren't many places to go grab a quick dinner for less than that.

    nosara: that was 3 slices for 2 people.

  • I went on Friday night, place had a good ambiance for being small and line was out the door. We had to get moving so stood in line to take a slice to go, and no carry out? I've never heard of a pizza place that doesnt do carry out. Still cant wrap my had around it.

Nov 22

Updated Nov 23

Logan square shots fired

Anyone else here them near California and Palmer? 3 shots in the last couple minutes? Not sure if its that or fireworks.

Nov 22

Updated Nov 23

Lost Keys

Lost my keys on Sawyer somewhere between Milwaukee and George just now. Has a skull and crossbones keychain, a blue carabiner, a white bottle opener, and numerous key passes (including Logan Square Fitness). Please keep your eye out for them as you walk around that area in the next few days! Message me here if you find them.

Note: please do not try and rob me; my building has like 80 security cameras. It will not go well.

  • Allie Wallace Evil Queen of Logan Square

    Woohoo! Lost keys found! Yay to having super nice neighbors!

Nov 21

Updated Nov 21

4200 n drake --shots fired again

I don't live on the block first and foremost. Ive noticed alot of shots fired calls on the 20 nov at around 11 pm. A cadillac suv was shot up and yes..it is gang related. I can recall the the male who drives this car pleading on here that he is not involved in gangs...however this video will prove otherwise..mind you the cadillac in the video is the same one shot up last night -------http://youtu.be/t60FwwXCwxE

  • PR

    Contact you local CAPS coordinator. They can pass this video along to their gang intelligence unit. These videos can be very helpful to them.

Nov 18

Updated Nov 19

New building at North & California?

Anyone know what's going up right next to Erie Family Health on North Ave. (just East of California)? Probably condos or something, but I can't find any information.. Not sure what the address is, maybe 2742-2748 W. North?

  • It's not 'Old Chicago' anymore...you should check out what is being built on the 1800 block of Whipple...so many angles, so little windows. Listed as a '2 story private resident' ..then if you go on the website it is an 'art gallery.
    AND the vacant lot was a rat village so we are getting those guys as well

  • There's also a vacant empty lot/grass & garbage field just a couple buildings west of this one i posted about, on North just west of California. I think it just got bought this summer, so we'll see what happens there.

Nov 19

Updated Nov 19

Permanent Scaffolding?!?

I live & work next to the building at 1927 N. Milwaukee. This building's had scaffolding up for over a year now. I've never seen any work being done on it. I worry that it'll be up indefinitely. The permits just keep getting renewed! I've talked to my alderman many times about this but they act as if not much can be done if it is permitted. I heard a rumor that the building is bankrupt. Any thoughts/ideas on what I can do to get this down until actual work is scheduled?

  • I would leave a letter for the condo association president. Wouldn't hurt to ask someone involved...as a neighbor, I would think they wouldn't mind updating you

  • Good idea! Thanks :)

Nov 17

Updated Nov 18

Stolen package

Hi all,

I wanted to give everyone a heads up to keep an eye on their packages. I have an 8 ft spiked fence, and somehow the stinker was able to grab my package, open it and toss the box in the street.

  • Our packages always get put into our closed in entryway so they are out of view from the street, but the other day I found a large package outside on the stoop. I checked to see who's it was so I could put it inside but it wasn't even my...

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    Our packages always get put into our closed in entryway so they are out of view from the street, but the other day I found a large package outside on the stoop. I checked to see who's it was so I could put it inside but it wasn't even my building's address. It was three houses down, so I brought it down there and put it inside their door. Seemed odd and annoying that they were so off on the address because it seemed like an important package. I didn't think to check what service delivered it though.

  • Aislin, that's actually not true at all.
    USPS has a signature required for delivery feature for shipping, and I discovered through much trial and error with shipping and receiving vinyls that I liked using USPS more than UPS for a most deliveries because they were more reliable and consistent. Sometimes,...

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    Aislin, that's actually not true at all.
    USPS has a signature required for delivery feature for shipping, and I discovered through much trial and error with shipping and receiving vinyls that I liked using USPS more than UPS for a most deliveries because they were more reliable and consistent. Sometimes, an overworked or lazy UPS or FEDEX driver forces the signature just to dump the package and get it off their route, and that's kind of why I prefer UPS for package delivery.
    They will hold packages at the local post office, which is much closer to us than the UPS distro warehouse is before returning them to sender.

Nov 11

Updated Nov 17

Bucktown handyman

Anybody know a good handyman? I've got an hour of work and all the tools. Just need some help.

  • I used Bucktown Home Maintenance and Barry tried to charge me 2 hours for an hour and a half of work and 30 minutes of smoking his cigar out front. Did not pay the cigar time.

  • What kind of work do you need, Tom? I'm in the business.

Nov 07

Updated Nov 11

Ideas for Affordable 1st BDay Party?

Hi EB. My baby boy turns 1in January and I am trying to find a spot to host his party that is affordable. Mostly adults and a few kiddos with probably about 30-35 people total. I would appreciate any and all suggestions/ideas you have. Ideally in the Bucktown/Wicker Park/Logan Square area. Thanks!

  • ADN

    I had my daughter's 2nd bday party at Pizano's on division st. There was no charge for occupying the back room cause my party was about 30-35 people too. Highly affordable, great food, and it was fun!

  • www.duckduckgooseplayground.com
    is a children's place not a restaurant so kids have lots of fun , and parents can relax and enjoy the party while they play, affordable party packages and no charge for bringing your food or drinks, mention this post and get 15% off your birthday package

Nov 02

Updated Nov 06

Shoe Repair Recommendations?

I live near Milwaukee and Western. Any good shoe repair recommendations in the area?

  • Urbanpioneer Humboldt Park homeowner

    There's a great one on Division east of California that I went to recently. Speedy, friendly, and good work.

  • Sybil M Humboldt Park parent

    I recently went to Red Star Cobbler at 2550 West Division, between Western and California, and the service was great, quick, and reasonably priced. I was so happy to find such a great business in the neighborhood, when initially I was going to go to a place recommended to me in Hyde Park.

Nov 05

Updated Nov 06

Found your pittie. Did you find my wallet?

So rushing home to pick up kid from daycare and I dropped my wallet on the train at Logan Square. Black Kate Spade, all my credit cards, Ventra, DL inside. And when I got to my house there was a friendly collared brown pittie dancing in front of my gate. I let him in so he doesn't get hit by a car or picked up by an unsavory type. Can the karma police just figure this out and return our respective treasured belongings?

  • Used to be 'America's Dog'...war dog of WW1 and in the 30's, 'nanny dog' as people would have this dog as a 'baby sitter' for their kids if they left the house to shop.
    They 'love their people' and will do anything for them

  • God Bless You and all the "lil Pitties"

Nov 06

Local Artists Participate: ART SWAP!

AnySquared is hosting a special artists networking event at Hairpin Arts Center: Details here: http://anysquared.com/2014residency.html or http://anysquared.tumblr.com/

Nov 04

Updated Nov 05

Lost tuxedo cat

My friend lost his tuxedo tabby. He lives in Roscoe Village. The cat is the sweetest, friendliest thing. "Keido" was his buddy and friend, especially since he's been widowed. The cat is without a collar (unfortunately), he is big boned, and loves his owner so much, I can't imagine he left willingly. Please contact me if you see a cat that resembles "Keido". Thanks so much for reading.

Nov 01

Updated Nov 05

Gunshots near Palmer and California

Anyone else here them off and on for the last 30 minutes?

  • I live near Western and Cortland and heard the unmistakable sound of 2 gunshots that woke me up around 1:30 am last night.

  • I heard 3 in a row around 10;30 last night near Palmer/Humboldt; then another single shot a few minutes later.

  • I have lived in Chicago all my life ,all the streets mention with all this shootings it is nothing new! welcome to gang infested neighborhoods!

Nov 04

Updated Nov 05

Power Outage in Logan

Anyone else experiencing this power outage in logan or have insight as to what caused it? I'm at Richmond and Dickens and the surrounding areas look dark as far as I can see.

Oct 29

Updated Nov 04

Lost kitty

My indoor cat, named Animal, escaped sometime yesterday afternoon/evening. He is microchipped but does not have a collar. He does not hear well so we are concerned about his ability to survive outside. He has blue eyes and his fur is a grey/lilac tabby pattern with white underbelly and feet. He is a very friendly cat but can be skittish at times.

He is the best with our toddler. Please keep your eyes out for him today!

Nov 02

Updated Nov 03

Installing curtain rods.

Anybody have a good recco for a handyman? All measurements are done. We have tools.

  • We used the Task Rabbit app and found a Lance S who was very meticulous and professional to help hang some cabinets.

Oct 30

Chicago Fair Trade Holiday Pop Up Shop opening at 2031 N Damen

From November 28 through December 24, Chicago Fair Trade will run a pop up shop with hand crafted goods from over a dozen locally owned fair trade businesses. Shop for home goods, jewelry, accessories, chocolate, and much more. Support fair trade producers and local businesses at 2031 N Damen.

Oct 29

Trick or treating in bucktown

Have any of you heard about a strip of Paulina being blocked off on Friday for kids to go trick or treating?

Oct 24

Updated Oct 27

full-service grocery store coming to Pulaski & Diversey?

The city along with developers are trying to revive the old Marshall Field's warehouse as a major retail anchor. The developer is looking to court a full-service grocery store at the bottom level. So which one will it be, if any? The renderings display "Fresh Market." Since there is a Aldi already down the street, I think it might become a Pete’s Fresh Market or a Mariano's even?

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141016/logan-square/fields-warehouse-redevelopment-okd-grocer-pursued-as-major-anchor

  • Colin Bird Resident of Hermosa

    @Amber I do the same thing! I rent a car share and drive to Lincoln and Grace TJ's/Pet Supplies Plus. Used to go to the one near Kingsbury but I don't like it as much. While I'd prefer TJ's, I agree, anything would be great. BTW: if you use your...

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    @Amber I do the same thing! I rent a car share and drive to Lincoln and Grace TJ's/Pet Supplies Plus. Used to go to the one near Kingsbury but I don't like it as much. While I'd prefer TJ's, I agree, anything would be great. BTW: if you use your debit/credit card Trader Joe's, as well as any and all major retailers, analyze the billing information connected to the card when deciding to expand and where. I like, and frequent, Jimenez a lot, but I do need something a bit more frou-frou in my life as well. Lol.

  • Colin Bird Resident of Hermosa

    They also built a large Walmart Supercenter off of Diversey and Kenton last year and I don't think that's contributed to traffic too much? There is so much available space in that building to retrofit or parking garage within, as well as surface parking lots, that I think it'll be...

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    They also built a large Walmart Supercenter off of Diversey and Kenton last year and I don't think that's contributed to traffic too much? There is so much available space in that building to retrofit or parking garage within, as well as surface parking lots, that I think it'll be fine. The city wants a part of this development to stay industrial I think, so the whole thing won't go retail. The city is really protective of its remaining industrial corridors due to the multiplier effect of those jobs and I don't think they'll let go of much of a Pulaski to commercial real estate at least for the foreseeable future.

Oct 27

Dog with tags roaming alley!!

This dog is in the 1700 block alley between Albany and Troy. I can tell he/she has tags but the dog will not let me get near him without barking and running away...been trying for 20 min. Please help find owner.

Oct 26

Updated Oct 27

Fantastic local photographer!

A few weeks ago, I asked EB about recommendations for a local photographer. There were numerous suggestions and, for many reasons, I chose Jennifer Shaffer off Fullerton and Milwaukee. We had a wonderful session this morning! My clan is a handful and she was amazing with my three year and six month old boys. Not only can she handle kids, but it was clear that she is a skilled, knowledgeable and talented photographer. As the holidays draw near, I highly recommend Jennifer for your family pictures.

  • I am feeling the love! Thank you for the opportunity to photograph your beautiful family! Milli - stay tuned, I am sending you previews soon!

  • another reason why we need a list of service providers who live in the neighborhood.

Oct 24

Updated Oct 25

Great Electrician in Logan

I just had a porch light installed and a ceiling light installed where there were no lights before. I got two quotes, one from Urban Power at $1700 (for a five hour two person job!) and one from Bright Sparks at $410. Guess who I chose? We actually almost got busted because the city inspector was investigating something next door, but he popped his head in and saw the work was to code and said because "times were tough" he'd...

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I just had a porch light installed and a ceiling light installed where there were no lights before. I got two quotes, one from Urban Power at $1700 (for a five hour two person job!) and one from Bright Sparks at $410. Guess who I chose? We actually almost got busted because the city inspector was investigating something next door, but he popped his head in and saw the work was to code and said because "times were tough" he'd let it slide. Minimal wall damage (no cuts in my ceiling!) and cleaned up well after the job was done. I have no relation to the company, found them on Yelp and used them because they were baseda few blocks from me. Highly recommend Alex and his crew.

  • G

    Wow if you think those are great prices, I could only imagine what you would think of the electrician I hire for $25/hour.

  • Allison Logan lawyer & homeowner

    My last guy was $15/hour but sadly moved away. Still, $410 for the equivalent of 9 man hours plus materials is more than reasonable in my book.

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