4 hours ago

Updated 12 min ago

Good breakfast places??

I'm new the the area and one of my favorite things is a good breakfast. Id love to hear anyone's favorite spots. Nothing fancy, just good ole home style joints are what I prefer.

4 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Cleaning Service?

Does anyone have one they would like to recommend? We kinda got burned on the last one we tried.

  • for two years we have used a company called ana's maids (unrelated to my name). their scheduling is smooth; the fees are reasonable; the service is polite; they provide the supplies; and they send over 2-3 cleaners each time. highly recommend.

  • We use Simple Spaces. They use all natural cleaning supplies which is nice since we have small kids crawling around the floor. They are local (owner lives in Ravenswood) and we are very happy with them. http://simplespaceschicago.wordpress.com/

24 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Lincoln Square area infant care - recommendation request

Hey guys,

Does anyone have a recommendation for a local day care that will take infants 3 months and up?

Thanks so much

  • Sabrina, Ravenswood Ravenswood homeowner circa 2012

    Tiny Giants is opening on Clark and Leland in October 2014.

  • Kids Work and Kids Work Too (same owners) at Addison and Rockwell have been great! Often a long waitlist, but we've been there through the infant and toddler rooms and been very happy with both. We love that they spend plenty of time outside every day, even for the littlest ones.

4 hours ago

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23 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

What just flew overhead?

It looked like some sort of military plane or helicopter. Didn't get a good look at it. My whole house was rattling!

28 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Bathroom installation

My wife and I decided to hold off on complete bath remodel at this juncture and decided to just replace sink and toilet in an upstairs bath.Was wondering if anyone was aware of a good installer in the aware or maybe not in the area.

Thank you in advance

11 hours ago

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47 hours ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Car accident????

What the heck is going on near montrose and ashland! I am just trying to get home and everything is closed off... Even the ALLEYS are jammed with cars. Was there an accident or are they filming something??

  • Yah, I thought it was kind of ridiculous they still had the sidewalks on Ashland still blocked off at 6 pm when the accident happened five hours previously. There was no reason for that and by that time NOTHING was going on...just some cops wandering around the flipped over SUV....

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    Yah, I thought it was kind of ridiculous they still had the sidewalks on Ashland still blocked off at 6 pm when the accident happened five hours previously. There was no reason for that and by that time NOTHING was going on...just some cops wandering around the flipped over SUV. So dumb and then yes, when I trudged to the train at 5:30 am this morning there was tons of glass still all over the road. Ridiculous! Looks like CFD used their time wisely. Good thing they blocked off Ashland and Montrose for so long to get that whole mess cleaned up. Well done, CFD!

  • Rachel writer, indexer, editor, researcher

    They're also doing roadwork on Ashland between Montrose and Lawrence; the northbound lane is completely closed. I would imagine that didn't help.

19 hours ago

Sep 12

Updated 19 hours ago

Chalanger For Alderman Pawar???!!???

I am SO disappointed & disgusted by the so called Lawrence Avenue Street Scape!! Why don't we call it the Lawrence Avenue TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE??!!? Is ANYONE running against Alderman Pawar?? ANYONE??!!??

  • The Crusty Pirate Old crotchety pirate captain (retired)

    @ Shawn:
    "Anybody who thinks the streetscape was built so that the people living near it could realize 100% profits on their real estate doesn't understand real estate or urban planning."

    Please elaborate. Since I do live in the vicinity and I do care about the subject I'd like to read your opinions on the subject in more detail - with rough projections on the effects to real estate hyper-locally.

  • Julie-audubon mom, MBA, coffee nut, political junkie

    Looks like Mark and his hyperbole flew back to Schulterland.

26 hours ago

FYI for pet owners.

This Saturday, 10/4, is the feast of St. Francis, patron saint of animals. St. Mathias Catholic church is having a Blessing of Pets at 11am, in their courtyard at Ainslie & Oakley.

See you there.

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6 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Everyblock vs Nextdoor in Ravenswood

I have my favorite but would like to hear what peeps up in Ravenswood think.

If you could only use one, which would you choose? ...and why? Which do you find to be more informative, to have better features, community outreach, support etc? ...or is there another social neighborhood network you prefer to use? ie Facebook, Yahoo Groups, Foursquare

To help compare, i put together a chart:
http://w11.zetaboards.com/InsideNextdoor/topic/10057749/2/#new

For those who are not familiar with ND, but curious, here's an invite link:
https://nextdoor.com/invite/uncptzzbfxscgxxppmuw

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Peace and Quiet

I feel bad for those people who are caught up in the airport bedlam after the fire, but MAN, it's so nice not to have airplanes loudly flying overhead day and night. Ahhhh. Nice and quiet! What a huge difference.

  • nkot, I don't think they do. But at the last meeting there were so many people that showed up to protest the noise and to demand a new environmental impact report, they had to put the overflow into another room. So their next meeting will be at a bigger venue - Rosewood Banquets. Irena S is right though - we need to keep up the pressure on the elected officials, particularly the mayor who has been silent on this issue.

  • Thank you for the info, HofTroy! My understanding from the one Trib article (http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-80865206/) was that the mayor was a supporter of adding at least some noise monitors in order to assess the real situation. I don't think there have been any monitors east of #5 at 6314 W. Rosedale...

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    Thank you for the info, HofTroy! My understanding from the one Trib article (http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-80865206/) was that the mayor was a supporter of adding at least some noise monitors in order to assess the real situation. I don't think there have been any monitors east of #5 at 6314 W. Rosedale Avenue (approximately Nagle & Peterson: http://www.oharenoise.org/PDFs/noise_monitors/2014/5_ORD%20Permanent_noise_monitor_locations_with_flight_paths.pdf).

    It's surprising to me, though, that even with the new monitors, there won't be any east of the 40th ward. Ever more people live under the flight paths (many in highrises) as you approach the lakefront and there's more pavement, which compounds noise.

    And then there is the question of the lakefront as a natural environment. Last weekend I was at Montrose Point Migratory Bird Sanctuary (a significant Natural Areas Inventory site) and was just amazed at how loud the planes were passing over the sanctuary.

2 days ago

Lost Kindle

I've lost my Kindle Paperwhite. Thought I had thrown it in my purse, but now suspect that I must have left it on one of the new picnic tables at the McPherson playground on Saturday morning. Any chance a kind neighbor picked it up? Many thanks...

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Sep 04

Updated 3 days ago

Dog Attack

I wanted to post about this in case anyone has had a similar experience. My husband and I were walking our 6 month old puppy one day and an owner and his pit bull mix (grey and white) was standing outside our gate. We were on Wolcott Ave. The dog jumped and bit our dog on the face and wouldn't let go. The owner acted like this has happened more than once and our dog had a swollen mouth for...

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I wanted to post about this in case anyone has had a similar experience. My husband and I were walking our 6 month old puppy one day and an owner and his pit bull mix (grey and white) was standing outside our gate. We were on Wolcott Ave. The dog jumped and bit our dog on the face and wouldn't let go. The owner acted like this has happened more than once and our dog had a swollen mouth for a few days and now has scarring / scabbing. We were so upset that we tried to get away and didn't get the person's name/number. We had never seen them on our street/neighborhood before but if anyone seems them please be careful. The guy did say afterword that the dog was not friendly. We are not sure why he was even walking the dog in public. If you see them or know who they are we would love to get their information for our dog's sake.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Drug bust?

Across from core power on Lawrence? Hmm

  • Do tell.

  • My husband was pretty sure he saw a hooker get picked up by some guy on the corner by Subway earlier tonight. A woman asked him for 30 cents and then a minute later some guy pulled up and spoke with her for a minute before she got into his car and they drove away. I suppose there could be other explanations, but none of them are coming to mind.

  • There were about 5 or so cop vehicles outside one of the houses across from that little plaza with core power/Pizza Hut and whatever else. When I walked out of the European bistro next door 8+ cops were walking out of the house across the street, seemingly disappointed. Once all of the cops were out the person in the house closed the door and shut allllll of the lights off. Maybe they were looking for someone?

3 days ago

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5 days ago

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Hurst Boiler and Welding Company, Inc.

Gas, Oil, Wood, Biomass, Coal, Solid Waste and Solid Fuel Fired Steam & Hot Water Boilers

Hurst Boiler & Welding Company, Inc. has been designing, engineering and servicing a complete line of solid fuel, solid waste, biomass, gas, coal and oil-fired steam and hot water boilers since 1967, for thousands of satisfied customers. Hurst also manufactures a complete line of boiler room peripherals such as blowdown separator surge tanks, and pressurized feed water tanks.

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Sep 21

Updated 4 days ago

House on Hermitage

What happened to the house on the 5000 block of N Hermitage? It was there one day and gone the next. Are they going to rebuild?

  • 4908 is on the west side just 2-3 units north of Ainslie. I think we're talking about the same place, which is now just fenced off concrete and rubble.

  • My bad!

Sep 19

Updated 4 days ago

Police activity near Winnemac?

Anyone know what's up near Winnemac Park? Police helicopter circling with spotlight turned in, and lots of sirens...

  • NBC news reports the suspects were 2 black men in their 20s or 30s wearing hoodies.

  • I meant DNA info who reported it from the CAPS meeting.

May 24 2012

Updated 5 days ago

Unlawful garbage pickups

What's the most effective way to deal with illegal garbage pickups that occur in violation of the hours permitted by city ordinance 11-4-2830?

Flood Bros. is the worst, usually coming between 5 & 5:30 AM. Waste Management takes silver, with most pickups around 6:30 AM. Does anyone know what the incentive is for them to break the law? Is it that they can take on more customers because they can do more pickups?

Ordinance 11-4-2830: Loading and unloading operations.
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What's the most effective way to deal with illegal garbage pickups that occur in violation of the hours permitted by city ordinance 11-4-2830?

Flood Bros. is the worst, usually coming between 5 & 5:30 AM. Waste Management takes silver, with most pickups around 6:30 AM. Does anyone know what the incentive is for them to break the law? Is it that they can take on more customers because they can do more pickups?

Ordinance 11-4-2830: Loading and unloading operations.
No person shall undertake or cause the loading, unloading, opening, closing or other handling of boxes, crates, containers, building, materials, garbage cans, dumpsters or similar objects between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. in such a manner as to cause a noise disturbance within a residential district or within a noise sensitive zone.

Some on the block have tried contacting the alderman and we've tried talking to the drivers.

I see from this article that this has been a recalcitrant problem elsewhere in the city.
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-08-18/business/ct-biz-0818-problem-dyson-20110818_1_garbage-trucks-trash-pickup-recycling-corp

Any advice is most appreciated!

  • I had NO idea it was a city violation to pickup before 7am. Thank you for that info!!!!!! I'm at the end of a long alley that has an entranace from Irving Park rd and the beeping and slamming of dumpsters is just ridiculous.

  • Wow, when can we get some of these e-trucks up here? http://dnain.fo/1my5IHU

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5 days ago

New Business at 1946 W Montrose?

Does anyone know what is going on at that address? It used to be Joey's Soda and Snacks but now there is some furniture, a fake fireplace, and a mini bar set up on the mantle. Anyone know what it is?

Sep 24

Updated 6 days ago

Sewage/Oil smell near river?

Smelled a really strong sewage or oil smell from Washtenaw to the river this AM. Anyone know what that's about?

  • From Ald O'Connor yesterday (09/24)--

    We have received word from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District that the sewer odor we are experiencing in the west end of the ward along the river is the result of a planned shutdown for construction of the effluent water disinfection facility. Heavy odors were...

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    From Ald O'Connor yesterday (09/24)--

    We have received word from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District that the sewer odor we are experiencing in the west end of the ward along the river is the result of a planned shutdown for construction of the effluent water disinfection facility. Heavy odors were found at the east end of the North Channel and at Pratt and McCormick due to the venting louvers at these shafts being found open. The displacement of these shafts can sometimes be caused by high velocity air. The louvers have been closed and covered, and increased odor control (sodium hypochlorite) has been applied.

    MWRD will re-evaluate for further possible action as required. Construction is due to end by 7:00 a.m. Friday morning.

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6 days ago

McPherson School Playground and Campus - Almost finished!

The new park, play space and playground at McPherson School is nearly finished (see attached picture). Work continues on the east side of the campus and will be completed in the next week or so. This is phase I of the campus redesign process and is it REALLY exciting. This project will be a play space and gathering space for us all!

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