17 min ago

Loose Dog in Horner Park

There is a black dog wandering around Horner Park without an owner. It has a collar, but won't let anyone come close. It seems tired and scared. The police and animal control have been notified, but it has not been caught.

2 hours ago

Updated 47 min ago

Found GPS

I was walking our dog last night, and found a GPS device with charger for the car. We were walking down Hermitage between Irving Park and Grace. If this is yours please message me and let me know the color and brand so I can return to the rightful owner. Thank you!

Mar 12

Updated 1 hour ago

Commercial Construction at Elston & Kedzie

Does anyone know what is going in at the former paint store under construction at Elston & Kedzie?

  • AC

    Not sure, but they are making a huge mess with the Styrofoam. They were sanding it down earlier this week and it looked like a blizzard was rolling through. There are pieces of it almost to Grace.

  • I was by there this morning and it's going to be.....wait for it......another mattress store! I guess you can never have too many mattresses.

1 hour ago

Missing white bag of clothes

Hello - I am missing a bag of clothes from Target that also contains borrowed dresses (some with tags). I believe I set it down next to my car yesterday on Cullom and Winchester and forgot to grab it before I left. If you happened to pick it up, please let me know. Thanks.

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Updated 3 hours ago

Custom planters roof deck

Hello looking for someone to built some planters for organic gardening on roof deck. Need dirt too ;)

  • Hammerman @ Lincoln Square Hammerman of Lincoln Square Tree House Builder

    Give me a call, Any size, Any design, Any were, Any wood, Lined Cedar would be the long lasting. Danny-773-425-0223

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Updated 23 hours ago

Missing Pitbull Puppy

Lost since Saturday March 15th. Was last seen getting picked up in a blackish /brownish jeep Cherokee with a large amount of youngsters around Richmond and cullom , bertue and Albany. Possibly seen walking with a white male on Warner and Kedzie. My dog is a blue pitbull mixed with American bull dog medium sized , white chest , white line on forehead, cropped ears, missing a back toe, blue eyes and just turned 6months. If you know anything please text or call 773-940-5339 (773-841-7051) He has a family that misses him a lot!

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2 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Lost dog

Last night, we lost our black shih tzu (Saturday March 28) on the 4200 Kedzie block. He was wearing a blue sweater and had been recently groomed. If anyone has any information, please call 773-814-7474, as our family is anxiously awaiting any good news. He is microchipped.

40 hours ago

Mar 23

Updated 40 hours ago

Tour Ravenswood Elementary School

Ravenswood Elementary School has added tour dates to its regular schedule to accommodate CPS’ lottery acceptance announcements. Tours will be offered at 9 a.m. on:

Tuesday, March 24
Tuesday, March 31
Tuesday, April 14
Tuesday, May 12
Tuesday, June 9

Tours are led by Ravenswood parents knowledgeable about the school curriculum and activities. Visitors have the opportunity to see facilities, observe classrooms in action, ask questions and experience our school community firsthand. After the tour, the principal or assistant principal...

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Ravenswood Elementary School has added tour dates to its regular schedule to accommodate CPS’ lottery acceptance announcements. Tours will be offered at 9 a.m. on:

Tuesday, March 24
Tuesday, March 31
Tuesday, April 14
Tuesday, May 12
Tuesday, June 9

Tours are led by Ravenswood parents knowledgeable about the school curriculum and activities. Visitors have the opportunity to see facilities, observe classrooms in action, ask questions and experience our school community firsthand. After the tour, the principal or assistant principal will join the group for an open question-and-answer session.

Reservations are not necessary. To join the tour, enter the school through the main (center) entry doors on Paulina Street. Sign in at the security desk and proceed down the hall to Multi-Purpose Room.

  • SBloom architect, 26 years north side

    Another tour offered this Tuesday Morning!

Jan 24

Updated 41 hours ago

Looking for radio (car) repair hobbyist/shop

I have an early 1990s car with a radio that seems to be acting up. Or, the speakers need their amps looked.

I need someone that can bench-test both.

I tried Yelp and Google. Neither are helpful. I guess it is a dying craft.

Anyone know of a hobbyist or electronics shop in Northcenter?

  • April in Lincoln Square resident 22 years

    Robin--Thanks for the info about pay-to-play in Angie's List. How did you learn of this? It's despicable!

  • SixtyTwoPercentWater Neighborhood Blogger

    All - I am still looking. Surely there is a guy/gal in a basement somewhere with a soldering iron and a box full of electronic parts looking for work.

    Thanks for the feedback. I will try another angle (look up electronics dealers and back into repair persons.)

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Mar 02 2014

Updated 2 days ago

Free concealed carry class - Northcenter

We are offering a free concealed carry class the weekend of March (March 28/29). The class will be eight hours each day and we will do the shooting qualification at Maxon's in Des Planes the following Saturday.

The class is limited to 40 people so if you are interested send us an email and we will send you the details.

Illinois has just been forced to allow people to protect themselves. Don't pass up this chance to take charge of your personal defense.

  • ANN1 xx

    Im confused. Is this class this weekend or was it last year?

  • Hammerman @ Lincoln Square Hammerman of Lincoln Square Tree House Builder

    Sure is funny! ???????????????? I thought it was this week, I didn't see the year. Just responded to it last week since I saw the dates of March 28&29. oh well too late anyway, ha!

Mar 20

Updated 2 days ago

Lincoln Square Concealed Carry Course

After your training you have a thorough understanding of:

The Firearm Concealed Carry Act
Justifiable Use of Deadly Force
Unlawful Use of a Weapon
How to draw your gun from a holster quickly and safely
What type of ammunition / gun is best to defend yourself
The various options on how to conceal your gun
When to shoot and when not to shoot
How to shoot without taking the time to use the sights
Much more…

Instead of merely a...

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After your training you have a thorough understanding of:

The Firearm Concealed Carry Act
Justifiable Use of Deadly Force
Unlawful Use of a Weapon
How to draw your gun from a holster quickly and safely
What type of ammunition / gun is best to defend yourself
The various options on how to conceal your gun
When to shoot and when not to shoot
How to shoot without taking the time to use the sights
Much more…

Instead of merely a lecture class, you will spend time interacting with the instructor, other students, and even training with laser pistols in the classroom before we head to the range.

You can finish your 16 hours with all the training requirements for Utah, Arizona and Florida non-resident CCW permits in addition to your Illinois License! This will allow you to carry in 32 States.

If this is of interest to you contact us at chicagocarry@windycitymail.org and we will send you the details for the course.

  • I am interested as well. Just sent you an email.

  • ANN1 xx

    I looked at the calendar for Maxon and I don't see the class, when do you do the shooting?

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6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Cleaner for Shearling Coat needed

Can anyone recommend a good, reliable cleaner for a shearling coat in the Lincoln Square/North Center neighborhoods?

  • Julie Bean heavy coffee drinker

    Without a Trace on Bryn Mawr.

    They refurbished a leather jacket for me. I found the prices fair.

    http://www.withoutatrace.com

  • April in Lincoln Square resident 22 years

    Davis Imperial Cleaners on Bryn Mawr. They're near Without a Trace (on the other side of the street). Or, contact a local furrier for advice, since shearling is "real."

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Updated 4 days ago

Pension Reform - Budget - Civic Federation - Tribune Editorial

I read the Op Ed piece in today's Tribune. Pretty nasty way to get a pension, if that is true (work one day, pay some credits a voila! $97K a year for life).

That got me wondering a few things. Normally, I go right to the idea "who should I blame for this mess" but that won't solve the underlying issue. I started to think through who "owns" approving pension plans in general and who might have an unbiased opinion...

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I read the Op Ed piece in today's Tribune. Pretty nasty way to get a pension, if that is true (work one day, pay some credits a voila! $97K a year for life).

That got me wondering a few things. Normally, I go right to the idea "who should I blame for this mess" but that won't solve the underlying issue. I started to think through who "owns" approving pension plans in general and who might have an unbiased opinion on the matter. I needed to find someplace, somewhere that would have a white paper I can read.

That lead me to the Civic Federation. (No affiliation in any way.)

I took a read about the FY2016 budget on the Civic Federation's website. Seems they have half a dozen or so fixes/ideas that will get us back on sensible fiscal footing.

I guess my question is, does anyone have any experience with their projections or their math? I am curious if they have the required rigor of analysis done to be considered a viable, reliable source for reform recommendations. Thoughts?

  • The Civic Federation is well-regarded as a credible source of rigorous analysis. Government entities and news organizations respect and seek CF's input.

Mar 19

Updated 4 days ago

New Home Construction Cost

We have a small single family home in North Center and looking to tear-down and rebuild. Has anyone gone through this process? We haven’t started searching for a contractor yet and don’t know what to expect in terms of cost. We have searched new construction in the area and would like to build a home similar to what is being built around us, a single family, framed home approx. 4000 square ft. Anyone know what the approx. cost would be from tear-down to move in ready? I know there are many variables so a range would help. We currently have no mortgage on our house and know taxes will increase. Thanks for your help.

  • CJL ...

    J: "It looks like I have a cistern in my back yard. Basically looks like a sewer lid in the ground on the back of the house"

    That you have the cistern doesn't mean it's still tied in--there could have been something done in the past. *usually*, if it was...

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    J: "It looks like I have a cistern in my back yard. Basically looks like a sewer lid in the ground on the back of the house"

    That you have the cistern doesn't mean it's still tied in--there could have been something done in the past. *usually*, if it was done properly, they would have backfilled the cistern with sand/gravel. So if you lift the cover and it's part/all full of sand/gravel, then it's out of service. Otherwise, you at least have to have someone take a look at it.

    The cistern in my yard was (and as I understand it, in most cases, in NC/LS) originally basically a grease trap--the kitchen drains ran to a sewer line that ran out to the cistern, and then there was another sewer line out of the cistern (higher than the kitchen inflow) tying into the line that runs to the main under the street. So the heavy grease and food debris would settle into the bottom of the cistern, and the cleaner water flow out to the main. Ours has been all capped off and filled, but is still there in the backyard.

  • william V northcenter resident

    Jim-- I can't write it all- take to long-but if you call me after 2 pm any day I can help you with some ideas on this -- 773-480-5542

Mar 20

Updated 4 days ago

How long will construction at Addison and Western last?

Anyone know how long the construction will last at Addison & Western? It's quite a nightmare at the moment. Thanks!

  • Bus rapid transit. Makes so much more sense on Western than on Ashland.

  • Im in agreement. Especially because Western goes the entire length of the city. The Ashland bus stops at Irving. Not helpful to get to the city's northern neighborhoods by bus easily.

    Also Western is a good middle ground between the blue line or the brown line on the north side. On the south side, just the orange line.

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Police tape at Larchmont and Ravenswood this morning. Anyone know what happened?

This morning when I was leaving for work I saw police tape at Ravenswood and Larchmont with police cars further down the block. Does anyone know what happened?

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Mar 18

Updated 5 days ago

Undecided voters...what would get you to vote for either Mayoral candidate?

On the fence? Any one thing that would sway your opinion?

I don't know that I'm voting for Chui or Rahm. For me, I'd reconsider Rahm if he immediately implemented a Mayoral 2-term limit; and if he convinced the aldermen to implement a 3-term-limit on Aldermen (grandfathering existing Aldermen, oh, of course), I think he'd run away with the race. So much of the trouble we're in now could've been avoided if we didn't have a life-time Mayor sitting on fixing the major issues whilst hoping for good luck to occasionally sweep them away.

  • Nora H 11year Lakeview resident, member ELVN.

    For some reason I can't seem to paste the link to a You Tube interview of David Orr talking about Rahm and the city finances. Look for it and see how the books are cooked and more on TIF money. You certainly don't get the whole story from the Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune.

  • Rahm has done something positive and helpful. He closed a bunch of expensive and ineffective schools and caught heck for it. The city has a huge dark financial cloud hanging over it. It doesn't matter who is mayor. Noone wants the real solution.

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  • Permit issued for new construction

    SELF-CERTIFICTAION: NEW 2 STORY BRICK VENEER S.F.R. WITH BASEMENT AND NEW 2 CAR MASONRY GARAGE - CONDITIONAL PERMIT SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTION.

    3922 N. Bell Ave. Issued March 23, 2015 Comment

6 days ago

Beautiful, Roscoe Village Apartment Available for Rent May 1

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• Gourmet Kitchen w/ SS KitchenAid appliances, maple cabinets, large island, hardwood floor.
• Master bedroom w/walk-in closet & in-suite bathroom.
• GORGEOUS hardwood floors throughout.
• Bell school district!
• Walk to el, Roscoe Village restaurants, Mariano’s, Trader Joe’s.
• Fireplace
• Enclosed back porch leads to huge deck off the kitchen.
• Garage parking space included!
• Laundry & private storage in building included.
• New insulated windows & ceiling fans keep utility costs low.
• Pet friendly building with fenced backyard!
$2,000 Non-smoking.

Call Ph # 773/392-0759 or email glo_peralta@yahoo.com

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Mar 16

Updated Mar 23

O'Hare noise complaints

New website for filing O'Hare noise complaints.

www.chicagonoisecomplaint.com

Great site! Enter your address once and file complaints as needed. I have a shortcut in my iPhone home screen. Filing a complaint takes only seconds.

  • Alaina 10+ years in 47th Ward

    I'm at Damen and Montrose and the air traffic hasn't bothered me at all. The street traffic is much, much louder. Different people, different experiences, I guess.

  • CJL ...

    "As I live near Western and Montrose I thought that the area impacted was further north"

    You're in a gap, most of the time. The new southern approach--which has most of the 747s on it--usually turns west just SW of Western and IPR. And they come in *much* lower than...

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    "As I live near Western and Montrose I thought that the area impacted was further north"

    You're in a gap, most of the time. The new southern approach--which has most of the 747s on it--usually turns west just SW of Western and IPR. And they come in *much* lower than they used to.

    I find it mildly annoying, and certainly would prefer that they don't *turn* so lcose to directly over head of my home. But, I've lived other places where, on the days that the approach or departure was overhead, were genuinely unpleasant to be outside. This is not that bad.

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