11 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

$20 to rake the yard?

Has anyone had a guy ring the doorbell to offer to rake your yard for $20? I think he's been around before to shovel the sidewalk in the winter. Sounds like a good deal but I'm cautious. Any insight?

  • M

    Correction- $10

  • Your better of hiring a service to come and do that.
    It's safer.

  • An adult or a teenager?
    If it seems like a service you need and a decent price for the time it frees you from doing it yourself, why not?
    Only pay after the work is complete.
    Don't let them inside your home... Transact outside.

    If it's a young person who is trying to make a little money informally what's wrong with that?

    Bums looking for pocket change to feed a vice - trust me you know it when you see it- no dice

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Buses on Western Ave between wabansia and milwaukee

Can someone tell me whats going on with all these buses? They shut down parking on the east side of western ave and there have been the extended buses lined up there for a week or so. Are they learning new routes or is this something that is going to last into the summer?

Apr 08

Updated Apr 09

Need eyeglass frames adjusted - suggestions?

Anyone know a shop with licensed opticians in Wicker Park or Bucktown that can adjust Warby Parker frames for free or under $50?

  • MDK

    Red Eye (1869 N Damen) has done this for me for free with every pair of WB frames I have purchased.

  • I second the general awesomeness of Red Eye Optical!

Apr 06

Home based preschool/early childhood program with opening in July

Care in the Square, a home based preschool/early childhood education program will have a full time position available starting July 7th.

Care in the Square is located in Bucktown on the edge of Logan Square, and Roscoe Village. We are operated by two IL state certified teachers. We specialize in running a small program where children feel safe to learn and grow along with each other. Our curriculum is written in home, focusing on an art-integrated education model. We follow...

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Care in the Square, a home based preschool/early childhood education program will have a full time position available starting July 7th.

Care in the Square is located in Bucktown on the edge of Logan Square, and Roscoe Village. We are operated by two IL state certified teachers. We specialize in running a small program where children feel safe to learn and grow along with each other. Our curriculum is written in home, focusing on an art-integrated education model. We follow bi-weekly themes that are chosen to represent the interests of the children in our care. We email our lesson plans to all of our families to extend the lines of communication and strengthen partnerships. We view our roles as teachers as an extension of your parenting.

We are open 8am-6pm, Monday through Friday. We serve breakfast, lunch and snack, all prepared on site, following a well balanced, vegetarian focused meal plan. Menus are provided monthly to all families. Diapers and wipes are also included. We are happy to help in potty training. We have an on site outdoor play area which we utilize daily (weather permitting)

If you are interested in learning more about our program, please visit www.careinthesquare.com or email me directly at sarah@careinthesquare.com

Jun 11 2012

Updated Apr 06

Parkway dog pee

Our neighbor, who is a very nice person, just informed me that some other people on the block have complained that our patch of grass near the curb (I believe it's called a parkway) has a bunch of brown spots from dog pee. She admitted that she thinks it looks bad, too. Our dog doesn't use the patch, but our tenants upstairs let their dogs use it and people walking their dogs will let them go there. She said that...

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Our neighbor, who is a very nice person, just informed me that some other people on the block have complained that our patch of grass near the curb (I believe it's called a parkway) has a bunch of brown spots from dog pee. She admitted that she thinks it looks bad, too. Our dog doesn't use the patch, but our tenants upstairs let their dogs use it and people walking their dogs will let them go there. She said that you can get fined by the city for this, which sounds absurd. Is this true? I guess my husband and I are in the minority, I keep a well manicured small front garden but don't really care much about the parkway other than keeping it mowed. We both work a lot and I'd rather focus on my back yard and garden. I guess my question is; how much should I care about what the neighbors say, and can you be fined? And I'd be willing to ask our tenants to go across the street to the park, but how am I supposed to keep other dogs from peeing there when I'm gone most of the day? She keeps people off of hers because she's home most of the day and can see when someone is outside.

Full disclosure: that same neighbor's husband mows our parkway for us. We have never asked him to do it and he just does it because he's a nice guy and he knows we only have a push mower. We have thanked him many times. So I'm not sure if there's a sense of entitlement going on there since they maintain it? We would be happy to mow it ourselves. They have lived here a long time and are very particular.

If we put up a fence, then that makes the grass much harder to mow, so then that would involve pulling up the grass and putting something else there which I don't have the desire to to. Also, I've heard that this patch is technically property of the city and could be torn up if they need to access a water main, etc. Any advice is appreciated!

  • The dogs are urunating on the sidewalk directly if the front if someone gate. That is gross and rude. agree that dogs will go where they will go but this neighbor pulls her dogs in front of the gate to make them go there and laughs. If she were civil...

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    The dogs are urunating on the sidewalk directly if the front if someone gate. That is gross and rude. agree that dogs will go where they will go but this neighbor pulls her dogs in front of the gate to make them go there and laughs. If she were civil she would pull them away from the front gate. I would never let my dogs do that and I would expect others not to do the same regardless if it is city sidewalk or our property. Something scary is that they both have professional job. They are acting like children.

  • You're totally right Confused, those people are ridiculous. I don't think dogs should go on sidewalks unless that's the only option. That's where everyone walks, no one should have to walk around rivers of pee, especially right in front of their gate.

Jan 30

Updated Apr 05

Mail not being delivered

Anybody else's mail carrier not showing up lately? Ours didn't come most of last week. Delivered on Saturday. Then hasn't been at all this week. I'm sure Monday and Tuesday they were told not to deliver, but I'm not understanding the rest of this week or last.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    There are some WONDERFUL Usps people. I can count them on 1 hand or maybe 2 hands if I am more generous. The RIVER FORREST post office is a great place to mail things. Mail gets delivered faster there. There is a Post Office on California not far from Fullerton...

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    There are some WONDERFUL Usps people. I can count them on 1 hand or maybe 2 hands if I am more generous. The RIVER FORREST post office is a great place to mail things. Mail gets delivered faster there. There is a Post Office on California not far from Fullerton that is pretty nice. My Mary Alice Station will stand on its' head to deliver service. There are say 4 others that are miserable wretched places where the staff fights with patrons. They refuse to give the service asked even when the place is empty! Can you imagine how infuriating it is to have 5 Postal people including the manager refuse to give a 49 cent pvi mailing????? Then have to drive to a different station costing say $14 in gas plus parking meter??????

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    The way I look at it is if a paid Federal Employee doesn't want to give the customer a stamp with a friendly smile (or other service)...why give them a good job? Paying people for a lifetime of bad work and then a pension till they die just isn't right...

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    The way I look at it is if a paid Federal Employee doesn't want to give the customer a stamp with a friendly smile (or other service)...why give them a good job? Paying people for a lifetime of bad work and then a pension till they die just isn't right these days when many good workers don't even have a steady job. Usps clerks are paid more than a retail clerk anywhere else...Even MickyDs gives better service than some Usps clerks/managers. Go to Jewel, TjMax, Marshalls, Home Depot, et al and be treated better.

    The real deal: There was a tremendous upsurge in packages due to: Online buyers wanting convenience and buying online , being stuck in with bad weather and being forced to buy online, , online stores giving tremendous sale prices to hit Xmas sale targets. Online sellers did not manage this surge by selling only what delivery capacity would allow, or notifying buyers delivery dates would be late. Many online buyers didn't know that Ups and FedEx partner with Usps for delivery and that Usps may try to deliver packages on FOOT vs van. There were national weather disruptions at Hubs causing planes to be grounded all through the country. These weather disruptions could cause backlogs at hubs all through the entire country. Usps upped temporary workers who are not as well trained as regular full time employees. Usps stopped using van deliveries in some areas of Chicago. Sidewalks in many Chicago neighborhoods never got shoveled. The systems in many neighborhoods are inefficient and employees not held accountable...as all the EB chatter shows.

    One could say that that the stars were not aligned in a good way. Every entity along the line of delivery needs to adjust their systems, software, employees to be prepared for these streaming real time peak demand anomalies.

    We had a Tsunami in mail in some Chicago neighborhoods. We now have to deal with the aftermath to avoid being hit again!

Mar 31

Updated Mar 31

  • rob in Logan Square 7 years in Logan Square

    Aw, I miss that place. It was really unique - like Danny's without the impending floor collapse. Another one of the great bars in Wicker Park which are no longer around. I always wondered what happened to it. I recall hearing it closed way before 2005, so I'm guessing it reopened for a period.

Mar 31

Ashland/Bloomingdale Bridge Gone

It was weird to not see it today!
Traffic was reopened at 3 p.m. Saturday. More updates on The 606 Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/The606Chicago

Mar 11

Updated Mar 24

New Restaurant at Cafe Con Leche Location?

I received notice today that a 1732 N. Milwaukee LLC is seeking to re-zone the site for a newly renovated restaurant with an outdoor patio area. Does anybody know what they're looking to put in there?

Mar 24

View 2014 Summer Day Camp Program Offerings Now!

The Chicago Park District is the hot spot for kids this summer. For the ultimate summer camp experience, look no further than your local park! With a variety of camp offerings, you're sure to find an option to match your needs.

Camp programs can be found at more than 200 parks throughout the city where children enjoy water fun, field trips, athletic activities and cultural experiences.

Online Summer Registration begins on April 7 for parks west of California and on April 8 for parks east of California. Make your wishlists now to save time. http://tinyurl.com/lelmx2c

Mar 21

Anyone for Bunco?

Saturday, March 22, 2014
5pm -8pm

Come have fun, laugh, and play. Invite your friends and family!!!
Bunco is a dice game, played with a minimum of 12 people. Don't worry if you've never played, you will learn it quick! Invite your friends and your family, the more the merrier!!!
$$ Win a cash prize! $$
Most bunco's prize $100
Most wins prize $50
Most games lost prize $25

ADULTS SECTION
Where: St. Stanislaus School Cafeteria-1255 N. Noble Street
Cost:...

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Saturday, March 22, 2014
5pm -8pm

Come have fun, laugh, and play. Invite your friends and family!!!
Bunco is a dice game, played with a minimum of 12 people. Don't worry if you've never played, you will learn it quick! Invite your friends and your family, the more the merrier!!!
$$ Win a cash prize! $$
Most bunco's prize $100
Most wins prize $50
Most games lost prize $25

ADULTS SECTION
Where: St. Stanislaus School Cafeteria-1255 N. Noble Street
Cost: $10 per adult
Bring: A beverage of your choice (Beer, wine, soda, whatever) or a snack (large bag of chips, veggies, etc.) for sharing.

All proceeds, less cash prizes, will pay for items on the wish list for SSKS. http://ststanschicago.org/static.asp?path=3780

KIDS PAJAMA PARTY
Wear your favorite PJ's and bring your blankie….
Where: St. Stanislaus School Gym-1255 N. Noble Street
Cost: $5 per child
Bring: A brownbag meal and drink for your child(ren). Popcorn will be served.

Adult chaperones and the 8th graders will supervise the kids in the gym while they watch a movie and eat popcorn. This money will go toward the 8th graders year end trip to Springfield.

St. Stanislaus Kostka School
1255 N. Noble*West Town in Chicago
Space is limited to 60 people.

Mar 17

Open Books Orientation this Friday - Volunteer in Bucktown

Join Open Books for a volunteer orientation this Friday at 1pm and learn how you can spend time in a Bucktown school reading with 1st grade students!

More info and a link to our sign-up form here: open-books.org/volunteer

Open Books Buddies in Bucktown
CICS Bucktown
2235 North Hamilton Avenue
Duration: ASAP - May 14
Days/Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:35-2:20pm
CTA: Bus #74 - Fullerton, Bus #50 - Damen

Mar 14

Local School Election - Roberto Clemente Community Academy

My name is Iris Millan, and I am running for the Local School Council at Roberto Clemente Community Academy (RCCA) as a Community Representative. I have lived in the community (just three blocks west of RCCA) for ten years. My partner, Eddie, and I are raising two young children. If you live within the high school's attendance boundaries. You can vote at the school, located at 1147 N. Western Avenue - anytime from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday,...

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My name is Iris Millan, and I am running for the Local School Council at Roberto Clemente Community Academy (RCCA) as a Community Representative. I have lived in the community (just three blocks west of RCCA) for ten years. My partner, Eddie, and I are raising two young children. If you live within the high school's attendance boundaries. You can vote at the school, located at 1147 N. Western Avenue - anytime from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Please follow this link to find out if you live within the RCCA attendance boundaries:
http://cps.edu/Schools/Find_a_school/Pages/SchoolLocator.aspx?Schools=609759

As a community representative on RCCA's Local School Council, I plan to bring the following to the table:
- Help promote the new International Baccalaureate (IB) Program that RCCA was recently approved for.
- Extensive experience working with the Chicago Public Schools Central Office officials, as a former Aldermanic Education/Schools Liaison.
- Helped promote the IB Program to the RCCA community schools, community leaders and other stakeholders. As Aldermanic Education Liaison, I was tasked to assist in the pioneering, establishing and announcing of the IB Program to the RCCA administration, community leaders, and alumni.
- Help build stronger bridges between local elementary schools and RCCA.
- I understand the need for better high school options for our elementary school children and will work with elected officials, community leaders and elementary Local School Councils to showcase the good news happening at RCCA.
Please come to the LSC Candidates Forum at RCCA - 1147 N. Western Avenue - on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school's auditorium.
I encourage you to email email me at irisforrcca@gmail.com with any questions or for more information about the LSC Elections at RCCA.

Respectfully,
Iris Millan
Community Representative
for the RCCA Local School Council

Mar 11

Updated Mar 14

  • Preeti Ravenswood Superstar since 2003

    @ David, bus stops every 3-4 blocks would be my preference. Yes, I'm aware BRT would have its own lane (remove existing median planters) but it still has to abide by traffic signals, stop signs and give right of way to emergency vehicles just like other vehicles do. I'm not a fan of any high cost/low benefit endeavor.

    Anyway, all Aldermen's comments on the proposal were due last December so let's hope there is an update sooner than later. I'm just glad my Alderman reconsidered his initial support of it.

  • David river west resident

    The BRT bus, in its own dedicated lane, would be given signal jumps/prioritization. It will give it a head start on signal changes and help with making green lights. In other words, the bus will be able to communicate with the bus. This technology will be used in the Central Loop BRT plan. CDOT wants to see how this performs before diving more into the Ashland BRT plan.

Mar 13

BCO Membership Meeting & Vote

The Bucktown Community Organization will be conducting a membership vote for a zoning request concerning the property at 1665-67 N. Milwaukee. The developer will make a presentation about the project and all current members are invited to attend and cast a vote.

The owner is seeking to change from a M1-2 to a B2-3 classification in order to build 6 condo units with 6 parking spaces.

The meeting will be on Thursday April 3 at 7pm, location is still to be determined so stay tuned for updates.

Mar 03

Updated Mar 07

Neighbor house alarm- What would you do?

I was woken up to a house alarm early in the morning. It stopped, but I called 911 not knowing if something was happening. I don't want to waste police time, yet I would feel awful if something were happening and I didn't do anything.

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