17 hours ago

Updated 41 min ago

Have a Seat

Saw some new Lawrence Avenue Streetscape furniture being installed this week.

  • I'm so glad to see that so many of you that have seen them, like them! I will be more than happy to change my earlier opinion, that had been based solely on a photo.

  • Mike from The Square Lincoln Square Circa 2004

    LOL @ the Soviet Era furniture.

    I think they stick out like a sore thumb but whatever.

30 hours ago

Updated 50 min ago

Alley Attack

Just wanted to make this event public - a week or so ago, I stumbled across five young men beating on another young man in my alley as I was headed home. It was 7:30pm and there were plenty of people walking out and about in the neighborhood. The attack seemed pretty aggressive and I found out the victim had been knocked off his bike and then kicked and punched by the group. He was asked for money but this...

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Just wanted to make this event public - a week or so ago, I stumbled across five young men beating on another young man in my alley as I was headed home. It was 7:30pm and there were plenty of people walking out and about in the neighborhood. The attack seemed pretty aggressive and I found out the victim had been knocked off his bike and then kicked and punched by the group. He was asked for money but this was after the hitting had started.

My partner scared the attackers off when he yelled at them to stop while I called the police. The attackers ran (of course) but the victim was not badly hurt.

Just a reminder to be aware of your surroundings and to speak up if you see something!

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Elizabeth you and your partner handled it perfectly. The important thing is that the bad guys stopped the beating after they saw you, thus possibly preventing further injury to the victim. Did you happen to stick around and see if the CPD got descriptions from the victim and other witnesses?

  • can you describe the attackers?

5 hours ago

found kitty: black w/ white whiskers

Very sweet black cat founf this past weekend near francisco and argyle. Distinctive red color and has to be an indoor cat because she gets along great with my dog

7 hours ago

Parking Wanted on Lawrence and Kedzie

Hi everybody, we just moved and now I am looking for a parking space near Ainslie and Kedzie ave 60625.

If someone has a parking space or know someone, please respond.

Thank You, Ray.

10 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

  • Harold Harefoot Mayfair Park lurker

    Rest in Peace.

  • MandaLeigh Here I Is.

    I remember seeing that guy all the time. At first I thought he was a total weirdo, but man, he always had a real happy, content look on his face. RIP.

  • Is there a homeless shelter in the area? I notice one older man walking up Western Ave early mornings. He has a cart and suitcase and so many bags that he can't carry/pull all of it at once. He walks a way with what he can pull/carry, puts that stuff...

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    Is there a homeless shelter in the area? I notice one older man walking up Western Ave early mornings. He has a cart and suitcase and so many bags that he can't carry/pull all of it at once. He walks a way with what he can pull/carry, puts that stuff down, then goes back to retrieves the rest. Am curious about him. He used to wear a navy blue jean jacket in the summer and carried fewer belongings. With the colder weather coming on I wonder where he spends his nights etc.

8 hours ago

Stolen KHS bike

I realize this is probably futile, but thought I'd post, on the off chance that someone sees it around the neighborhood: we had a dark gray KHS Urban Express hybrid bike with yellow kid's bike seat (removable, obviously) and broken derailleur stolen from our doorstep last night.

Oct 19

Updated 8 hours ago

Found: chubby orange housecat

This cat was hanging out on the sidewalk in front of 4447 N Wolcott. It was very friendly, well fed and didn't seem like an outside cat. I couldn't take it in so he's still outside. It went into the gated alley next to the building so I'm hoping it knows how to stay safe. It was cold but seemed ok for now.

  • This cat has been a fixture of the neighborhood for years. He/she is fearless and friendly. If this cat were on Fousquare, it would be the Mayor of Ravenswood.

  • Hi, it's my cat - I live at 4447 N Wolcott. Don't take my cat. Got it?

11 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Pet tags

I just spent 45 minutes trying to get close enough to a loose dog to read his tags. The dog wasn't about to have me any where near it. I would like to encourage pet owners to use a large font size for the phone number. I could catch the dog's name and an address but the phone number was way too small to read from a distance or from any of the pictures I took.
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I just spent 45 minutes trying to get close enough to a loose dog to read his tags. The dog wasn't about to have me any where near it. I would like to encourage pet owners to use a large font size for the phone number. I could catch the dog's name and an address but the phone number was way too small to read from a distance or from any of the pictures I took.
Fortunately, I managed to chase the dog to his home according to a girl who recognized the dog though it was not the address on the tag. I am pretty confident the girl was telling the truth as the dog seemed very familiar and booked for the back door when she opened the gate.
Please make certain your pet's tags are updated and that the number can be read from outside of biting distance.

  • Candi I got to say that if I owned a dog the last thing I would want is my phone number visible to anyone.

  • Duncs - I am not saying visible to just anyone but if you can use a font where I can read the dogs name when I am a foot and a half a way with concentrated effort, you can use the same one for your phone number. It took me 20 minutes just to get the dog's name and the rough street address without me ever touching the dog. I don't call that visible to just anyone.

2 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Need leaves in Ravenswood

Hi,
I'm looking to pickup leaves (from piles or in bags) that people are raking from their front yards and willing to give up. Using it for winter cover in a community garden.

So, have a front yard in and can help me out? Winnemac/Ainslie area from Clark to Damen would be amazing. Garden plots are at Hermitage and Ainslie.

Thanks for any help!

  • why not just go rake your own leaves from the parkways? i'm sure no one is going to care.

  • Leah Leah

    Our condo building just cleaned up our yard and (as of last night) there were 7 bags outside the dumpster. Northeast corner of Leland and Hermitage. Feel free to pick them up anytime.

3 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Mangal bar and restaurant

Mangal has been closed for a few days now. Looked inside and their was mail all over the floor. Is this corner @ Montrose and Wolcott cursed or what?

  • Eliza Ravenswood/Andersonville/Uptown

    Someone should open a restaurant there called "Cursed."

  • Bill 4500 N Wolcott 25 year plus resident

    Eliza ... that would be funny... however everything that has gone in their had no direction, POOR service, food not that great .... sure wi8sh they would take down the flower pots and remove the chairs and tables on Wolcott ....

15 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Tree Trimmer Needed

I am in need a tree trimmer for the not so huge tree in our back yard. Any suggestion?

15 hours ago

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31 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Baby Formula Coupon Swap

I'm just wondering if anyone has experienced the same and we can help each other out. I have 3 month old twins and they have decided they like Similac formula best. It seems that every time I go to the grocery store to pick up more formula (I usually go to Mariano's) I end up coming home with coupons for Enfamil (as if the coupon machine gives the competitors product). I also have several Enfamil samples and full containers of...

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I'm just wondering if anyone has experienced the same and we can help each other out. I have 3 month old twins and they have decided they like Similac formula best. It seems that every time I go to the grocery store to pick up more formula (I usually go to Mariano's) I end up coming home with coupons for Enfamil (as if the coupon machine gives the competitors product). I also have several Enfamil samples and full containers of formula. I doubt we will use these. Are any parents on the other side...meaning, Enfamil users that have ended up with Similac coupons and/or Similac samples and full containers? Before I throw the Enfamil items out, I thought I would check the neighborhood to see if anyone has use for them, and even better, able to trade me unwanted/unused Similac products. Contact me if this interests you.

  • you can sign up. on similac.com and usually get coupons. also when you buy the large container, stuck to the silver foil is usually a $2 off coupon, I used to get that everytime

  • We too have twins and amazon mom with a subscription gives you 121 ounces for around 90.00. This is by far the cheapest way to get formula.

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Long Shot - Lost Bundle Me

Hi there - My BundleMe (for you moms and dads out there) fell out of the bottom of our stroller. This was somewhere around Paulina/Montrose. If you have any leads, they are much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Oct 24

Updated 35 hours ago

CRAFTJAR in Ravenswood

Hello All,
I'd like to get some community feedback on a concept that I'm working on. I'd like to open a craft supply, kit and workshop boutique on the corner of Lawrence and Hermitage. It would also be a great place to shop really clever gifts and greeting cards. Take a peek at the (in progress) website at: www.craftjar-Chicago.com and let me know your thoughts? Is it a great idea? Waste of space?
Thanks!

  • Jamie Mama, Reader

    This sounds lovely. I live nearby, and would love to buy my craft items and take a class or two locally.

  • SC

    Not sure if the setting would work, but I know that kids love arts and crafts- so if there could be classes- could be great. (Lil' street has classes that my kids love during the summer or days off from school)

39 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Halloween block party in Ravenswood?

I saw a post from Cheesies Bar that their food truck was coming to a block party at Damen and Ainslie on Halloween. Anyone know the deal with the party? Sounds fun!

  • Yep, the 4800 block of N Seeley is having a block party on Halloween. The street will be closed from 3-9pm for the kids to trick or treat. We had the food truck last year and it was awesome. If you're in the neighborhood, feel free to stop on by.

2 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Support a School with DonorsChoose

Hi everyone. I am trying to get a set of chromebooks for my school. So far I've raised over $3,300 and just have $127 left to go! I wanted to reach out to try to get that last bit taken care of. If you have a moment or know someone who is looking to help a school, feel free to check out my DonorsChoose page at:

http://www.donorschoose.org/project/drama-class-seeks-chromebooks-for-creati/1275930/?rf=link-siteshare-2014-10-teacher_account-teacher_1360834&challengeid=277134

Thank you!

  • Melissa R Teacher and mom living near Winnemac Park

    Congratulations, Mr. Guidry -- I see your project was funded. The kids at Ravenswood (including my daughter) are lucky to have you!

2 days ago

Dyman Associates Risk Management review: Experts Identify Easy Way to Improve Smartphone Security

Assigning risk scores to apps may slow down unwarranted access to personal information

October 28, 2014

What information is beaming from your mobile phone over various computer networks this very second without you being aware of it?

Experts say your contact lists, email messages, surfed webpages, browsing histories, usage patterns, online purchase records and even password protected accounts may all be sharing data with intrusive and sometimes malicious applications, and you may have given permission.

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Assigning risk scores to apps may slow down unwarranted access to personal information

October 28, 2014

What information is beaming from your mobile phone over various computer networks this very second without you being aware of it?

Experts say your contact lists, email messages, surfed webpages, browsing histories, usage patterns, online purchase records and even password protected accounts may all be sharing data with intrusive and sometimes malicious applications, and you may have given permission.

"Smartphones and tablets used by today's consumers include many kinds of sensitive information," says Ninghui Li, a professor of Computer Science at Purdue University in Indiana.

The apps downloaded to them can potentially track a user's locations, monitor his or her phone calls and even monitor the messages a user sends and receives--including authentication messages used by online banking and other sites, he says, explaining why unsecured digital data are such a big issue.

Li, along with Robert Proctor and Luo Si, also professors at Purdue, lead a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project "User-Centric Risk Communication and Control on Mobile Devices," that investigates computer security. The work pays special attention to user control of security features in mobile systems.

Li, Proctor and Si believe they may have a simple solution for users, who unknowingly allow voluntary access to their personal data.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Website update

hi, I'm in need of my website being updated. Not too complicated, no payment taken via site. Ability to for visitors to download photos (which I would like to be able to update) the most complex need (and it's already set up to do that - again, just needs updating/refreshing).

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Recommendation For Gutter Cleaning Services

Can anyone recommend a good handyman or company for cleaning out gutters?

  • Cathy Andersonville

    I've been very happy with Bubbles Window Washing and Gutter Cleaning. I've used them multiple times over the past few years. Check out their website for a coupon.
    (800) 640-9170 http://www.bubbleswindowcleaning.com/

  • AG Gutters does a great job. I highly recommend!

    Phone number (773) 414-3860

2 days ago

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

found: black cat, white wiskers, red collar

Found a very sweet black cat with a very distinctive red collar near argyle and francisco last night.

  • sidishus miscreant

    Sad...

    Lost black cat at Halloween.

    Hope you can keep it for a bit or get it safe shelter because this is a bad bad time to be a black cat on the street...

  • Very bad time to be a black cat out I. The street for sure. Can you take the cat to see if they're chipped? Or post a pic and keep until someone claims them? Cats should be indoors in the city... And especially around Halloween....

  • Can you post a picture?

3 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

EL Tipico Stinko

Has anyone else had terrible experiences here? Usually it's dining inside. Tonight, however, I tried ordering for delivery. The bill was not cheap. Took forever to order having to repeat several times. Then the order shows up with no tortillas. Staples for at least the Fajitas, if not the Carne Asada. The other order was cold and tasteless. I don't plan to eat here ever again. Bums me out a little because I love the vicinity and outdoor seating. I love frequenting local establishments too, but this was the last straw.

  • I went their once because it looks so nice in their outside seating area. The food,had no flavor and the salsa was warm? I really wanted to like the place, but I would not go back.

  • The one on Dempster is muuuuucccchhhhh better.

Oct 22

Updated 3 days ago

Mangal?

Anyone know why Mangal has been closed the past couple of evenings?

  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    Sean is correct about Tolgano Inc appearing on the liquor licenses. If you go to https://data.cityofchicago.org/Community-Economic-Development/Business-Licenses/r5kz-chrr and search for "1834 W Montrose Ave", you can pull up both of the most recent "consumption on premises" licenses.

    However, both liquor licenses list the name of the business as "Mangal", even though the first Tolgano liquor license was granted way back in 2010! I'm pretty sure that's got to be a typo.

  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    Oops, forgot to mention that the two most recent "retail food establishment" licenses were also registered to Tolgano Inc.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

People, I beg of you, please!

I have a big, strong dog. He has fear aggression. He wears a muzzle outside and gets treats for being calm. We are working with a behaviorist. I am working very hard to train him out of his fears and bad habits.

Please, If you see us on the street, don't be fooled by how closely he pays attention to me (I've got the treats!) or how calm he seems. If I ask you not to approach with your dog...

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I have a big, strong dog. He has fear aggression. He wears a muzzle outside and gets treats for being calm. We are working with a behaviorist. I am working very hard to train him out of his fears and bad habits.

Please, If you see us on the street, don't be fooled by how closely he pays attention to me (I've got the treats!) or how calm he seems. If I ask you not to approach with your dog or young child, please respect my words. It doesn't make a difference if your child loves dogs or if your dog is a sweet, docile snuggle bug.

Yes, he's muzzled up and can't hurt you, but you hurt him when you don't listen to me. He doesn't need anymore setbacks from well-meaning people. I understand you think he is sweet/handsome and you want to pet him. He doesn't. He thinks you're trying to hurt him - or me.

I'm not asking you to be afraid or cross the street if you see us. Passing us on the sidewalk is no longer an issue. If he gets riled up by your dog, I will cross the street. Don't worry. I want us all to be safe and enjoy a pleasant walk.

I expect that some people will flame this post and tell me to "put him down." I don't have to defend myself to you and I won't. I am not putting people in danger. I'm simply asking you not to try to introduce your dog to mine, or encourage your child to try to pet him.

  • We have dog that wears a yellow ribbon because she is terrified of strangers. Never approach a dog unless you have the owners permission.

  • MandaLeigh Here I Is.

    I'll never understand why some people think it's perfectly ok to walk up to a stranger's dog (or allow their child to do so) and try to pet or interact with them. Seems like absolute common sense, but I guess not. Boundaries, people.

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Oct 23

Updated 4 days ago

Electric Aggregation Program

I received a letter in the mail about some electric aggregation program for the city. It says a few things about how the program saves us money if eligible, and there's an automatic enrollment. Anyone know more about this, or if/when it's a good idea to opt out? I'll read the docs myself, but wanted some community feedback to counter-balance it :)

  • Just one more point. For me, since it's such a small amount (my regular ComEd bill is 30-45 a month) not opting out, IE staying in, and using the city group plan which also notes they will not be using coal power was my deciding factor. Since the money difference...

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    Just one more point. For me, since it's such a small amount (my regular ComEd bill is 30-45 a month) not opting out, IE staying in, and using the city group plan which also notes they will not be using coal power was my deciding factor. Since the money difference is so minute, and could possibly even be positive with the city option, the environmental factor became the deciding factor. One person might not make a difference, but if even half of the city goes to all non coal electric that's something, right?

  • I saw the clean energy part, and that may be the reason I just let it run its course. Thanks, all, for the insight. :)

Oct 22

Updated 4 days ago

Dog Bite

Hi neighbors, my husband was out on his morning run this morning and a large dog bite him. He noticed a woman with a small dog and a large dog on the sidewalk so he gave distance and ran on the parkway to avoid the woman and the dogs. The larger dog pulled away from his owner and bite through two layers of clothing and broke skin. He exchanged numbers and is on his way to the ER.

Any suggestions on the next steps?

  • DougB 47th Ward Curmudgeon

    FWIW, my dog was attacked and both me and the other dog's owner were bitten repeatedly trying to separate the dogs. My dog then ran away, and although the owner was horrified and apologetic I tried to get his info but my brain was scrambled. Anyway the point of the story is, I was bitten and had no recourse to locate the dog or anything, which made me nervous about vaccinations. With medical treatment I did not get anything nasty however, if one data point makes you feel any better.

  • Call the police, please.

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6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Where is there a parking garage?

I live near the Marrianos on Lawrence. Does anyone know of a parking garage nearby friends and family can park in for a few hours or overnight? Thanks!

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