6 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Cars (and bikes) not stopping at stop signs in Ravenswood

I walk home from the Metra up to Foster Ave, usually on Wolcott. Seems like almost every day the cars in the area either do rolling stops, don't seem to stop at all, or take off when I'm halfway through the crosswalk. Also, bikes will blow through signs in this area as well, without even pausing - and the ones on sidewalks around blind corners have almost hit me on more than one occasion. Is there anything to be done?...

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I walk home from the Metra up to Foster Ave, usually on Wolcott. Seems like almost every day the cars in the area either do rolling stops, don't seem to stop at all, or take off when I'm halfway through the crosswalk. Also, bikes will blow through signs in this area as well, without even pausing - and the ones on sidewalks around blind corners have almost hit me on more than one occasion. Is there anything to be done? It doesn't seem like there is any police presence in the area, so it goes unnoticed. I don't like having to worry when I'm following the laws and being a safe pedestrian, that I'll be hit by a car or bike.

  • It goes both ways. Pedestrians walk into streets without a glance up from their smartphone. I'd say be aware of cars coming out of alley ways, bicyclist riding on sidewalks and other calamities that could cause you harm.

  • i'm definitely aware. but sometimes bikes riding next to tall fences silently whizzing up the sidewalk give you no warning and you can't see them. And I'll be looking right at a driver while they look at me and start going when I'm inches from their car. The pedestrians have the right of way, so no matter what drivers should look and stay stopped if someone is about to walk across a crosswalk. That's it, period.

6 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Great cook and good with kids needs room to rent

Looking to rent a room near my job in Ravenswood (or on L/bus lines to get me there). It is a small entrepreneurial company who helps nonprofits with digital marketing, so money is still tight and can only afford to pay up to $450. I'm quiet, easy going and happy to contribute in other ways:

* Am a great cook--healthy and tasty meals usually--but can also make the "comfort foods" we all love too.

* Some child care--as the eldest...

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Looking to rent a room near my job in Ravenswood (or on L/bus lines to get me there). It is a small entrepreneurial company who helps nonprofits with digital marketing, so money is still tight and can only afford to pay up to $450. I'm quiet, easy going and happy to contribute in other ways:

* Am a great cook--healthy and tasty meals usually--but can also make the "comfort foods" we all love too.

* Some child care--as the eldest of 7, helped raise my younger siblings, plus recently I've taken care of my friends' kids when they've gone out for the evening & when they've gone to Europe for 2 weeks. Can provide references

* Have 20+ years in sales & marketing, so if you need some help with marketing your business--or just need someone to type your manuscript--happy to help.

* Some personal care assistance--worked in a hospital many years ago plus experience working with family members who have challenges (my 25 year old niece was born with a neural tube disorder and my aunt had ALS)--so could provide some assistance to you.

I'm a nonsmoker and I don't drink (food allergy). My cat is quiet and shy--and we are looking to move by August 1st. Look forward to meeting you!

  • Catherine Dennis Artistic and Professional--with a Cat

    Hey Steve,

    I'm so sorry about the disconnect! I'm still new on Everyblock, so I'm not sure why the email glitch (except I know I posted the day before they took the system offline for updating--so maybe that tweak to the system created the disconnect?) I'll send a note to you via the address you posted. Thanks! All the best, Cassie

  • Catherine Dennis Artistic and Professional--with a Cat

    Hey Everyone,

    Please accept my apology if you sent me a note and I didn't respond to you. I just tested and my EveryBlock email appears to work now.

    One update to my post, I've got a little more flexibility on my move date--can move as late as Sept 1.

    Thanks everyone!

    All the best,

    Cassie

2 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

How's the new Mediterranean restaurant on Wolcott/Montrose?

Looks like it's grand opening was yesterday...no reviews yet.

  • This is like the 4th restaurant to set up in that space in the last 5 years. I suspect that address may have been placed under a curse or malicious spell of some kind.

  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    Just went there for lunch today! The place is called Mangal's. Some reviews have started to trickle in on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/mangal-chicago.

    I got the sucuk "trash" shish kebab for $8 (the word trash appears on their menu). FYI, sucuk is a cured beef sausage. It's quite dense, and it tastes...

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    Just went there for lunch today! The place is called Mangal's. Some reviews have started to trickle in on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/mangal-chicago.

    I got the sucuk "trash" shish kebab for $8 (the word trash appears on their menu). FYI, sucuk is a cured beef sausage. It's quite dense, and it tastes very salty with a bit of tang. I thought the food was OK, but not great. The fries were a bit mushy. I did see plenty of other customers in the restaurant today. I think I will go back, but their menu is pretty small, and it seems to be pretty standard Mediterranean fare.

    Here's a photo my lunch: https://www.flickr.com/photos/58418400@N00/14763474703/. It doesn't seem like a lot of food, but I was actually pretty full after I finished.

23 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

no parking on damen/wilson

Anyone know why the east side of damen in the n 4500 block has no parking signs during the day? I see no activity there.

  • I've seen Streets and San tree trimmers out along Foster. Maybe they are attending to the canopy.

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22 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Looking for Steel Deck Contractors

Hi, We are thinking about adding a deck onto our residence and wondered if any neighbors out there had a good experience with contractors who install steel decks. Would be grateful for any good recommendations.

20 hours ago

Jul 16

Updated 25 hours ago

Package and mail ripped open - nothing actually stolen that I know of...

I live just north of Lawrence on Rockwell in a courtyard building with an outside locked door that leads to our foyer (door to stairwell also locked) and I had a package ripped open yesterday and some mail ripped open, but all was left behind. The person didn't actually steal anything (maybe the clothes I ordered weren't their taste), but I was wondering if anyone else in the area has had this happening to them lately? I would assume they saw the package and tried all the buzzers hoping someone would let them in thinking it was a delivery person.

  • You should file a report with the Postal Inspectors office. There is a rash of mail thefts/mailbox break-ins in the area that they are supposedly working on resolving.

  • Thanks, Candi, I will do that. I wasn't sure where to report. Zlatan--thanks for sharing.

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Updated 26 hours ago

Beer Blackhawk sign

Anybody interested in a Blackhawk sign? Near Montrose n Damen?

  • ChiGuy814 This is the year!

    Ok Lindz, how can we talk here?

  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    I recommend using the private message feature rather than divulging your contact info in a comment. Go to a user's profile and hit the "Send email" button on the right sidebar (or top menu if you're on a mobile device).

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3 days ago

Updated 37 hours ago

Missing my daily EBC digest

Past few days I haven't received my daily email digest of postings from everyblock. Wondering if it's a system thing since their recent system maintenance or an email thing on my end. Anyone else? Thanks.

  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    Sorry about that guys! It's been a long time since we did any maintenance on the site. We'll do a better job next time.

  • Wendy Small-town living in the big city

    Isn't it nice to be missed, Feihong? : )

2 days ago

Jul 17

Updated 2 days ago

Considering switch from AT&T landline to Comcast phone

To save on my bill I am considering switching from my AT&T landline to Comcast phone service. Does anyone have any experience with this, positive or negative? I read that number portability can depend on where you live, and Comcast may not always give you the correct information up-front. Thanks in advance.

  • You should be able to transfer your old no. to a new provider w/o any problem, too.

  • Andrew, I already had comcast. I called and threatened to cancel and this was the rate they offered.

Jul 17

Updated 2 days ago

Street Cleaning Question

I've always always always had parking....and now I'm parking on the street. With these street cleaning signs posted on one side of the street....that means I shouldn't park on that side of the street during the day and time posted, right? I can park on the other side of the street that day and time and not get ticketed, right?

  • Read this article regarding Snow Route signs: http://theexpiredmeter.com/2008/12/the-lowdown-on-snow-routes/

    Essentially, you can be ticketed and towed when the snow is more than 2" deep at these locations. It doesn't matter if there wasn't any snow when you parked your car.

  • I would never risk parking anywhere that signs indicate a ticketing or towing time. Tickets are a way to increase revenue and you should always be cautious when parking. The ticketers don't ride on the back of the street sweepers and come around at different times than the sweepers. Ive...

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    I would never risk parking anywhere that signs indicate a ticketing or towing time. Tickets are a way to increase revenue and you should always be cautious when parking. The ticketers don't ride on the back of the street sweepers and come around at different times than the sweepers. Ive seen people get tickets before the street sweepers arrive and after the street cleaners have left. I have learned this lesson the hard way.
    I have yet to figure out the 2 in snow rule. I wake up on snowy mornings fearing my car is buried under tickets or off in some tow lot.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Expert on flooring?

Hello, I am looking for some advice on renovating the floor of my studio (it's a business). Looking for a contractor to give me a free quote. Thanks!

  • Thanks everyone. Here is more information to help:
    Currently I have padded interlocking flooring covering up some very unattractive cement and tiled flooring, in addition to baseboards that are coming up from the cold winter we endured. I am not sure if I want hardwood floors or just a clean up of the work that was previously done, so getting someone in here to let me know my options I suppose is my first thought.

  • We used Alexandru Hardwood Flooring - real reasonable prices. 773-777-4539

2 days ago

DNAinfo.com Chicago: Landlord criticized for displacing poor tenants to offer affordable housing

Under the rental assistance program, the subsidized studio units will be available until the year 2023 at Flats’ Uptown buildings at 1325 W. Wilson Ave., 1020 W. Lawrence Ave., and 4875 N. Magnolia Ave. and at 5718 N. Winthrop Ave. in Edgewater.

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Under the rental assistance program, the subsidized studio units will be available until the year 2023 at Flats’ Uptown buildings at 1325 W. Wilson Ave., 1020 W. Lawrence Ave., and 4875 N. Magnolia Ave. and at 5718 N. Winthrop Ave. in Edgewater.

Under the rental assistance program, the subsidized studio units will be available until the year 2023 at Flats’ Uptown buildings at 1325 W. Wilson Ave., 1020 W. Lawrence Ave., and 4875 N. Magnolia Ave. and at 5718 N. Winthrop Ave. in Edgewater.

Under the rental assistance program, the subsidized studio units will be available until the year 2023 at Flats’ Uptown buildings at 1325 W. Wilson Ave., 1020 W. Lawrence Ave., and 4875 N. Magnolia Ave. and at 5718 N. Winthrop Ave. in Edgewater.

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Low-income housing fund teams with developer on subsidized rentals

1325 West Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640, USA

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Jay Michael, managing partner of developer Cedar Street Cos., shows one of the apartments at 4875 N. Magnolia Ave. in Uptown. The building includes subsidized rental units. (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune)

1020 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640, USA

5718 North Winthrop Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660, USA

2 days ago

Landlord Criticized for Displacing Poor Tenants to Offer Affordable Housing

Under the rental assistance program, the subsidized studio units will be available until the year 2023 at Flats' Uptown buildings at 1325 W. Wilson Ave., 1020 W. Lawrence Ave., and 4875 N. Magnolia Ave. and at 5718 N. Winthrop Ave. in Edgewater.

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Under the rental assistance program, the subsidized studio units will be available until the year 2023 at Flats' Uptown buildings at 1325 W. Wilson Ave., 1020 W. Lawrence Ave., and 4875 N. Magnolia Ave. and at 5718 N. Winthrop Ave. in Edgewater.

Under the rental assistance program, the subsidized studio units will be available until the year 2023 at Flats' Uptown buildings at 1325 W. Wilson Ave., 1020 W. Lawrence Ave., and 4875 N. Magnolia Ave. and at 5718 N. Winthrop Ave. in Edgewater.

Under the rental assistance program, the subsidized studio units will be available until the year 2023 at Flats' Uptown buildings at 1325 W. Wilson Ave., 1020 W. Lawrence Ave., and 4875 N. Magnolia Ave. and at 5718 N. Winthrop Ave. in Edgewater.

2 days ago

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Looking for steel deck contractors

Hi,

We are thinking about adding a deck onto our residence and wondered if any neighbors out there had a good experience with contractors who install steel decks.

TIA (which my teenage nephew tells me is short for "Thanks in advance").

  • SBloom architect, dad and a half, 25 years north side

    Since the wood porch collapse disaster, the City rewrote and upgraded the building requirements for wood porches which made constructing wood porches considerably more expensive. Steel decks are still more expensive, but when you factor in life cycle maintenance costs, steel is now competitive. I'm hoping I don't get a mini stroke when the bids come back.

    Also, If you use steel, the deck can be built tighter to the lot line. According to code, wood decks need to be 6' from the lot line.

  • We rebuilt our wood deck a few years ago - it was a pain. The requirements are really strict now, and were so recently changed that our contractor didn't really understand them (he was a crummy contractor too, that didn't help) and we kept getting conflicting info from the inspectors. I don't doubt steel decks are competitive now. The only downside would be, there are probably less contractors that do them, so it may be hard to get good quotes.

Apr 16 2012

Updated 4 days ago

Maintenance Entering Your Apartment Without Permission

I've lived at the same building for a better part of five years (Leland and Winchester) and came home to this (photo). My shoes RIGHT at my front door, all neatly lined up.
I left this morning through the front door so obviously no way I would have placed them there.
I came home through the back door this evening, and the second I saw them I freaked out a bit.
Nothing was stolen that I know of. My credit card and jewelry are here, TV is still here...so I'm assuming it was a creepy-ass maintenance person.
Has anyone ever experienced this? Who DOES THAT?!?! Fricking creepy to the n'th degree. UGH.

  • KJinEdgewater edgewater renter

    What if your landlord's realtor not only does a showing without notice but then leaves your door unlocked? Yeah. True story.

  • In Chicago, a municipal ordinance [Chapter 5-12] known the Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance ("RLTO" -- see http://www.tenants-rights.org/residential-landlord-tenant-ordinance/) prohibits entry to dwelling units absent exigent circumstances [i.e.,a broken water pipe, etc] or unless mngt provides a 48-hour notice. If entry is made to a dwelling unit, a written is required to be provided.
    It's not a suggestion for building managers. It's a protection from managers and is a law. A law. A law.

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Jul 17

Updated 6 days ago

Gunshots around 9:15 Thursday night

Did anyone else hear gunshots near the alley east of winnemac and damen? Sounded like about 5-6 shots. When I peeked out my blinds (like a scaredy cat) all I saw were rats scattering. Just curious if I was the only one who heard it.

  • DGA

    I know for sure it was gun shots. There was someone in extreme close proximity to where the shots were released. The identity of the shooter was unknown to the person. And to protect the identity of the witness who was not the target, but by happen stance was very close to the incidence, I will not comment any futher.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    You can tell your friend he could' have made an anonymous call to 911 and given out a detailed description of the shooter or victim. Victim's usually know who's after them.

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

roof and gutter recs

Looking for a roofing company for an estimate on some work we need.

I searched everyblock and almost nothing came up.

Jul 16

Updated 6 days ago

Ravenswood Metra Stop

Can we get some signs posted on the Northbound side telling people trying to get on at Ravenswood to GET OUT OF THE WAY of people exiting the train? Every day when I get off the train, there are around twenty to thirty people who stand in the middle of the platform waiting to board and it's a huge mess. With only one exit off the platform, it would be great if people trying to get on the train could wait at the far end of the platform - completely out of the way.

  • Adam writer

    My point in posting this was to see if others were feeling the same frustrations as I was. I genuinely feel that if people were to wait at the north end of the platform, this wouldn't be a problem. The front cars on the train are rarely full. Obviously, this...

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    My point in posting this was to see if others were feeling the same frustrations as I was. I genuinely feel that if people were to wait at the north end of the platform, this wouldn't be a problem. The front cars on the train are rarely full. Obviously, this is a failure in Metra's part for only creating one exit, which I'm sure is a fire or safety hazard... particularly during the madness of Ravinia rush hour.

    But I agree, simple courtesy from the passengers waiting to board would be great. Just line up against the fence to allow people to pass freely, instead of standing in the middle of the platform.

    Thanks for reading my rant.

  • Thanks for posting this. Getting out of that temporary station at rush hour is a fire hazard waiting to happen. It's especially bad when the Ravinia crowd obstructs the doors instead of letting the passengers off first, as you stated. At least the old station had more than one exit.

    And if that new station ever opens, it looks like it might have more than one way out. IF it ever opens. Anyone know when that is?!?

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THREE TO SEE: This Week's Theater Recommendations

Black Ensemble Theatre, 4450 N. Clark St., 773-769-4451 or online.

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Oracle Theatre, 3809 N. Broadway, 252-220-0269 or online.

The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee, 773-283-7071 or online.

Jul 15

Updated Jul 18

Is the neighborhood north of the square safe?

I am relocating from wisconsin and found a place just north of the lincoln Square on Western and Foster.
Is this a safe area?

Jul 17

Updated Jul 18

Looking For Studio September 1st

I'm looking for a Studio Apartment $650 a month in Lincoln Square/Ravenswood. The location is the main thing, but hopefully is >300 sq ft.

  • gloria gloria

    This was posted on July 16 under the title Ravenswood Studio Apartment Available. It was posted by the username Tommy in Ravenswood.

    Hello all,

    Desperately trying to sublease my studio apartment at Damen and Wilson. It's available 8/1/14 for $640 then jumps to $695 on 10/1/14. Great location, very nice...

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    This was posted on July 16 under the title Ravenswood Studio Apartment Available. It was posted by the username Tommy in Ravenswood.

    Hello all,

    Desperately trying to sublease my studio apartment at Damen and Wilson. It's available 8/1/14 for $640 then jumps to $695 on 10/1/14. Great location, very nice studio apt. with the biggest closet I've seen in any studio. Hardwood floors, 3rd floor, elevator and laundry in building, heat included, quiet building, cats OK, one minute walk to Damen Brown Line,, 5 minutes to Ravenswood Metra. If you know of anyone looking, please have them get in touch with me. Click link below for photos on the property management's website. Many thanks!

    http://www.hunterprop.com/cgi-sys/cgiwrap/hprop/search.cgi?displayApt=19&sp_costrange_low=400&sp_costrange_high=1000&sp_bedrooms=0&sp_vdata=month&sp_neighborhood_9=1

  • fiatlux Writer

    Thanks, gloria. I was going to say the same thing. Hope it works out, katie.

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