3 days ago

Updated 1 min ago

Public sidewalk a safety hazard, and eyesore: 4817 N. Wolcott

If you've ever walked the east side of the 4800 block of N. Wolcott, you've walked over or around the worst stretch of sidewalk in Ravenswood. I'm finally fed up enough to do something about it and would encourage the support of all neighbors. Thanks!

Below is an excerpt from the email just sent to Jim Poole in the Ward 47 office.
Sent April 15, 2014

Jim,

Just around the block from the new Mariano' there is a public disgrace....

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If you've ever walked the east side of the 4800 block of N. Wolcott, you've walked over or around the worst stretch of sidewalk in Ravenswood. I'm finally fed up enough to do something about it and would encourage the support of all neighbors. Thanks!

Below is an excerpt from the email just sent to Jim Poole in the Ward 47 office.
Sent April 15, 2014

Jim,

Just around the block from the new Mariano' there is a public disgrace. Besides the hundreds of residents using it, some customers and a lot of Mariano's employees are having to negotiate it too -- and somebody is going to get hurt.

The sidewalk in front of my neighbor building, at 4817 North Wolcott, managed by ICM Properties, 773-549-5443 has been a terrible hazard and now, ever since this last winter, it is a menace to public safety. I've tripped over this broken, uneven and potholed walkway for over 10 years and I'm fed up.

Please see the attached photos documenting this disgrace, and the building management.

I'm requesting that the Alderman do whatever possible to either force the management to repair this sidewalk in front of their building, or better yet find some emergency money and have the Ward replace it entirely.

Thank you ...

  • that sidewalk is totally gone now! What a relief!

  • Preeti Ravenswood Superstar since 2003

    Really? Or are you joking? I won't be walking home for a couple more hours...

2 days ago

Updated 7 min ago

Purse Stolen While Volunteering

Hi, I'm treating this as a public service announcement. My purse was stolen last night at the Ravenswood Community Kitchen (All Saints Episcopal Church). I arrived to volunteer and the team lead, volunteer coordinator, shared with the other girls and I that we were to place our belongings we wished to not have sitting out in this "locked file cabinet."

Please be advised that the "locked file cabinet" was a sh*tty cabinet that someone could easily bust into. But, no...

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Hi, I'm treating this as a public service announcement. My purse was stolen last night at the Ravenswood Community Kitchen (All Saints Episcopal Church). I arrived to volunteer and the team lead, volunteer coordinator, shared with the other girls and I that we were to place our belongings we wished to not have sitting out in this "locked file cabinet."

Please be advised that the "locked file cabinet" was a sh*tty cabinet that someone could easily bust into. But, no need as the key to said sh*tty file cabinet was placed on a folding table in the middle of the check in area often left unattended to.

My gut told me to take my purse and keep it with me but I didn't want to appear suspect to the individuals we were helping that evening.

So, silly me, I left it. Only to come back to the "locked file cabinet" about two hours later and bam, its gone.

I'm so thankful I had friends with me to help figure out what to do as the church staff were not very helpful in assisting a quick search of the church property and staff.

I want my loss be a lesson to all doing good out there, keep doing good things for others but leave all personal items at home as many of these locations do not provide adequate storage and if your gut is telling you something, trust it. I'd have my purse and all its fabulous contents today if I would have trusted my gut.

  • Thanks Aron, it sure does suck. Conversations with the Church's insurance company have proved to be positive thus far, fingers crossed.

  • I'm going to trust my gut more Milky, if only I would have on Tuesday night….I'd still have my purse and all my belongings.

28 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Wallet lost 4/16/14

I believe I lost my wallet yesterday around 1:15 p.m. somewhere between Lawrence/Ashland, Leland/Hermitage, Hermitage/Wilson and Wilson/Paulina/Sunnyside. If anyone found it that would be so wonderful. Thank you!

  • Unfortunately pickpocketing on the CTA is fairly common. I'm sorry this happened to you.

  • I just posted something similar in a thread started by a woman who lost her passport: Check your facebook. I recently contacted someone about a lost wallet this way, and with the death of landlines and listed phone numbers, I suspect it is probably the most common way for people...

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    I just posted something similar in a thread started by a woman who lost her passport: Check your facebook. I recently contacted someone about a lost wallet this way, and with the death of landlines and listed phone numbers, I suspect it is probably the most common way for people to attempt to return lost wallets nowadays. BUT: ***Make sure you check on facebook itself, in the messages tab to the far left on the home screen, in the "Other" folder. If someone who isn't a friend of a friend messages you, the message will, oftentimes, end up in there. It won't show up on your phone, and you won't even get a notification about it. So check manually***

5 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Philadelphian Romanian Church Crazy Drivers

Sunnyside and Paulina
Twice this am I was almost hit by the cars speeding through stop signs to drop off people at church! Then to be told f*ck off by the driver when I told them to stop.

I called about the illegally parked cars that continue to park in tow zones.

What more can be done! I documented the two cars that almost hit me as well.

  • Whenever I've attended CAPS meetings, the officers in attendance usually recommend that you by-pass 311 for such offenses and call directly to 911. Parking on the sidewalk is illegal, as is parking on the corner and double-parking for the duration of services. Next time I come home on a Sunday in the early evening and I notice this behavior, I will put in a call. (I guess that I've gotten out of practice!)

  • Call if you'd like but I'm telling you, the police have looked me in the eye and said "I'm not ticketing a church, I don't want to go to hell..."

    Believe me, the traffic here is a million times better than it was 8-10 years ago. They used to literally...

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    Call if you'd like but I'm telling you, the police have looked me in the eye and said "I'm not ticketing a church, I don't want to go to hell..."

    Believe me, the traffic here is a million times better than it was 8-10 years ago. They used to literally park in the intersection for hours. At least now they park in spaces and the noise level is down. I had thought maybe they suddenly had a change of heart since it's been so much better lately.

    Most of the tight parking issues that force you to park on Ravenswood are not that much better when church isn't in session these days. The fact is that we have a lot of condos/multi-unit buildings and far more people/cars than there are spaces. We've politely asked that they respect the neighbors. (we met with the pastor in person, inside the church, with the alderman's office representative)

    They don't care about the neighbors. Just be careful when you are crossing the street. Trying to do more will just leave you frustrated.

Apr 05

Updated 7 hours ago

Angel Food Bakery Closes Today

Angel Food Bakery on Montrose in Ravenswood celebrates it's farewell today! Cash only please and they will stay open till the yummies run out. Go say goodbye to Stephanie and her amazing employees!

8 hours ago

Street Sweeping

Thank goodness that the street sweeping schedule is beginning again. After the long winter and with spring just beginning, it's important to move your car so the sweepers can remove all the gunk and debris that has accumulated in the streets. It's unsightly and could clog sewer drains. Yes, it's inconvenient to find a parking spot during sweeping times, but important nonetheless -- and easy to avoid a $60 ticket!

Fun segment by Curious City about an otherwise mundane topic: http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/street-sweeping-essential-service-or-revenue-scam-109221

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Weekend: Eat. Drink. Do.

Pecking Order 4416 N. Clark St. 773-907-9900

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Division Ale House 1942 W. Division St. 773-384-6886

SideDoor 100 E. Ontario St. 312-787-6768

Jerry's 1938 W. Division St. 773-235-1006

Sportsman's Club 948 N. Western Ave. 872-206-8054

Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave. 773-525-2508

Buffalo Exchange 1478 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-227-9558

Gallery Bar 738 N. Clark St. 312-929-2658

2 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

All Saints' Episcopal Church's - Now them!

I have lived in the neighborhood for 6 years. Today, while walking past All Saints' Episcopal Church during the food pantry I saw one guy urinating outside the church in broad day light! Then I saw men going up to people's homes stealing the bags of plastic eggs that were left by a neighboring church opening them and then throwing them on our lawns. I asked them to pick them up since no one is paid to clean up their mess and they laughed at me. The food bank that I donate to them get good from are the same people making out neighborhood terrible. I reported it to the church. This is insane

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  • I saw that about the purse. That totally sucks and a good reminder to only bring what will fit in your pockets. Organizations really don't have the secure space or want/need to be responsible for volunteers' valuables. Once at paws' intake center, a woman put her purse under an employee's desk to find a dog had peed in it. Not surewhat is worse - a stolen bag or one filled with dog urine!!

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    Dana, those are both just as bad. At the dog beach, it is never recommended to bring a bag...especially in the summer unless it is a poo bag.

47 hours ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Small Business in Ravenswood For Sale

Hi, everybody!

I'm not sure if this post is an 'ok' thing to put on EveryBlock or not--I haven't been around much during this later incarnation of the site--so if I am breaching some kind of etiquette I apologize. I just wanted to share this ad related to me seeking a buyer for my store on Montrose.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/bfs/4425694456.html

Thanks for your time and have a great day!

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2 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Sofas!

Hi there. I have a few pieces of furniture to get rid of pronto - seriously, if you can come pick them up, you can have them for FREE. That's right, FREE. Good condition sofas - we just need to make room for a baby, so goodbye spare room, hello nursery. Non-smoking, but cat home. Must pick up.

The first is a black, IKEA ektorp sofabed - it's a few years old, but in really good shape - we've used...

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Hi there. I have a few pieces of furniture to get rid of pronto - seriously, if you can come pick them up, you can have them for FREE. That's right, FREE. Good condition sofas - we just need to make room for a baby, so goodbye spare room, hello nursery. Non-smoking, but cat home. Must pick up.

The first is a black, IKEA ektorp sofabed - it's a few years old, but in really good shape - we've used in a spare room for the occasional out-of-towners. IKEA no longer carries the sofa, but I've found replacement covers online elsewhere, if black isn't your thing. The cover is easily removed to be washed. There are some minor nicks where the cat got a hold of it, along the back. This guy is heavy. And we can throw is the squishy, foam mattress topper we use with it to make it more comfortable.

The second is a set of dark brown, corduroy-ish apartment sized sofa/loveseat and oversized arm chair. Two years old - the sofa is in good shape - some minor wear, we would keep, but we came into a different living room set. The chair, on the other hand, has a rip along the back where the pillow meets the frame - I believe it's easily repaired - I'm just lazy - so we've just thrown a blanket over it. And woah - get this, it comes with THREE pillows.

I can't get both pictures to load, so let me know if I can send one to you or if you have other questions.

36 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

1 bedroom apt. available in Ravenswood May 1

1 bedroom apartment available on Hermitage near Ainslie for May 1st. Dog friendly, dishwasher, laundry in building, storage, bike room, 2nd floor of apartment building. Great location, right near the new Marianos/La Fitness and Dunkin Donuts, short walk to Damen St. or Andersonville. We are moving out of state and need to find renters for May 1st. This is not a sublease, you would be signing your own 1 year lease. Email me with questions/details: mackwreynolds@gmail.com

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Large Plant Relocation

Hi neighbors!

I posted this on craigslist, but I thought I might have some more luck finding friendly, trustworthy help here, accompanied by a $30 thank you from me.

I need help moving a large plant from the fourth floor of a stairwell-only apartment in the Lincoln Square area, to my apartment in Ravenswood, which is on the second floor.

I am hoping to find someone who has a pick-up truck or SUV, but if you think you can help...

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Hi neighbors!

I posted this on craigslist, but I thought I might have some more luck finding friendly, trustworthy help here, accompanied by a $30 thank you from me.

I need help moving a large plant from the fourth floor of a stairwell-only apartment in the Lincoln Square area, to my apartment in Ravenswood, which is on the second floor.

I am hoping to find someone who has a pick-up truck or SUV, but if you think you can help me fit it in or tie it to my sedan, that works too. :-)

The photo was taken pre-trim, so it is significantly shorter and more kempt. The ceramic pot is about 1.5 feet in diameter, and probably about 40 pounds.

I need to move it this Saturday, April 19th, sometime between 11-1PM. It should not take more than 30-45 minutes, tops.

Thanks for looking!

Jenny

  • I have a pick up truck that we can use, I live off ravenswood and Winnemac and Saturday morning will work. If you need the help text me 773-484-6019 Fabian, thanks.

  • Jenny Smith Lincoln Square Lover

    Thank you all! I actually have someone's help lined up. If it falls through, Kelly or Fabian - I will let you know. So kind of you both to offer! :-)

Apr 11

Updated 2 days ago

Warning about Marianos

I know that opening a supermarket is probably *real* hard but just a word of warning, on their first day of being open at the Ravenswood location, I went to the Mariano's after work on Tuesday, April 8 at around 5pm. I bought 4 items that should have cost ~$26. I paid by credit card but didn't need to sign for my purchase. Even worse, I wasn't handed a receipt and actually noted that fact as the cashier seemed real...

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I know that opening a supermarket is probably *real* hard but just a word of warning, on their first day of being open at the Ravenswood location, I went to the Mariano's after work on Tuesday, April 8 at around 5pm. I bought 4 items that should have cost ~$26. I paid by credit card but didn't need to sign for my purchase. Even worse, I wasn't handed a receipt and actually noted that fact as the cashier seemed real flustered but moved on anyway.

It wasn't until the next day that I logged in, checked my transactions and saw that Mariano's charged me $84.69.

I went back to bring this up with customer service and was given a "we'll get back to you" response which, in the scheme of opening a huge facility like that, is probably pretty low on their list of things to worry about especially because I have no proof in the form of a printed receipt.

I just wanted to let everyone know so that if these opening glitches do happen, make sure to get proof of purchase and all that. I know it seems like common sense but how many times have you just breezed through a transaction?

I'll update this post if they actually get in touch (they took my number) but I'm doubtful.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Parking Wanted

I'm moving to Ravenswood in about a month and wondered if anyone has a garage space or parking space for rent near Winnemac & Hermitage?

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/hou/4424368719.html

  • Hi David, email me at kevin.orourke @gmail.com to discuss potential parking. And welcome to the neighborhood!

  • David_B Edgewater Resident & Photographer

    Thanks! Emailing you now...

  • Parking is not difficult in that neighborhood, so you might want to wait until you move to decide whether to pay for a spot (if there even are any for rent).

    In fact, residents and Metra riders do the "Metra shuffle": residents leave for work in the morning, vacating spots,...

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    Parking is not difficult in that neighborhood, so you might want to wait until you move to decide whether to pay for a spot (if there even are any for rent).

    In fact, residents and Metra riders do the "Metra shuffle": residents leave for work in the morning, vacating spots, and commuters drive to our neighborhood to park near the train. If you are a 9-5er you probably won't have much of an issue. It's a little different later at night and on weekend nights, but really not terrible compared to other neighborhoods.

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Lunar Eclipse last night in Ravenswood

3:30am Lunar Eclipse in Ravenswood.
Anyone see the red moon?

  • I was sure it'd be too overcast to see it so I didn't stay up. I also couldn't get a clear answer on what time to expect it. I wish I'd seen it though! Very cool. There's another blood moon in October and two more next year--very rare sequence.

3 days ago

An eleventh-hour online petition seeks to save Uptown's Hull House theater

Currently the home of Pegasus Players, the theater, at 4520 N. Beacon St., was central to the development of Chicago's off-Loop theater scene. Built under the...

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Construction across the street from O'Shaunessy's Pub

Does anyone know what the construction at corner of Wilson & Ravenswood is all about?it is currently an empty lot and now has a lot of equipment clearing the area to start some kind of project?

  • Sheila Pacione Neighbor

    Blech. It would be better as green space

  • I'm all for green space but green space next to the El and Metra tracks? Doesn't sound too appealing in my opinion.

Apr 10

Updated 3 days ago

Winnemac Park playlot Slide being fixed today

The spiral slide has had a hole in it since winter. The workers were there replacing it this morning.

  • Aron Long tlme Lincoln sq home owner

    The Amundsen students have been a major problem In the neighborhood for years .
    Usually there are three police cars close to the school wnen the students are leaving
    The teachers should not be responsible for them once they leave and the police haven't been successful in stopping the drug dealing and other activities they are involved in .As for the dog owners ,they seem to feel that paying taxes entitles them to let their dogs run free and not clean up after them .

  • AW Busy mom

    Aron, I have lived in the neighborhood for 20 years and I will tell you it is not fair to lump AHS kids from years ago with the current crop. Sure there are always going to be some idiots but did you know that the new principal got rid of...

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    Aron, I have lived in the neighborhood for 20 years and I will tell you it is not fair to lump AHS kids from years ago with the current crop. Sure there are always going to be some idiots but did you know that the new principal got rid of most of the out of area kids & eliminated a lot of problems that way? Did you know that the IB program doubled in size last year and is the 3rd most successful one in the city? And there are cops in front of every single CPS high school (including Payton etc) but Amundsen often has extras because there is a satellite police station located in the building (however virtually nothing for them to do with the students.)

Mar 08

Updated 3 days ago

Say no to Cubs parking at Irving and Rockwell

In the latest newsletter for our ward, it was announced that the Cubs will be soon turning our neighborhood into their parking lot. This doesn't require ward approval. Sounds like a deal has been made between the Cubs and Basic wire, a factory with a gigantic lot by the river.
I can only imagine what wonders this will do for traffic on Irving, Western and all the side streets. I'm not just talking car traffic, some of the fans aren't...

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In the latest newsletter for our ward, it was announced that the Cubs will be soon turning our neighborhood into their parking lot. This doesn't require ward approval. Sounds like a deal has been made between the Cubs and Basic wire, a factory with a gigantic lot by the river.
I can only imagine what wonders this will do for traffic on Irving, Western and all the side streets. I'm not just talking car traffic, some of the fans aren't all too respectful. Ready to have your area turn into Wrigleyville? Finally, what positive does our community get from this? What traffic studies were done? I know this is a free market but let's make sure we let Basic Cable and Cubs ownership hear are voices.

  • Hi every blockers, would anybody like to comment (negatively or positively) about the parking lot for a college news story i am doing. I would really appreciate it. Please contact me at ricardo.guzman@loop.colum.edu

  • Hey guys. i need somebody that is opposing the parking lot to comment about it for my school assignment. please please please email me at ricardo.guzman@loop.colum.edu.

Apr 04

Updated 3 days ago

Grow47: Local Schools Survey - Need neighbor input!

Alderman Ameya Pawar's Grow47 initiative is conducting a community survey to invite feedback on local schools, including elementary schools and high schools in the area. Check it out.

Here is the link to the survey: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1604211/Grow47-Survey

  • Grow47 will continue to capture neighbor input, ideas and candid thinking on our local schools through this weekend. Please share with your neighbors!

  • Grow47 is extending the deadline for this survey - please take a minute and share your thoughts! This data will inform Grow47's planning.

3 days ago

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4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Easter bunny pictures

Anyone know where I can go to get a picture of my daughter with the Easter bunny? She is too young for egg hunts but I would like a picture.

  • Nancy McGarry Eager to learn about the neighborhood

    The Lincoln Town Center Shopping Center on McCormick and Touhy in the center of the mall.

  • Marilyn Maggi Tamayo Long time resident of now trendy, north center

    I always take my son to the bunny at Harlem Irving Plaza. It's a bit of a cruise but their bunny is great and way cuter than the one at lincolnwood mall, in my pinion.

Apr 08

Updated 4 days ago

Mariano's

Huge space!

  • Joan M. Back in Lincoln Square and liking it.

    Sounds like we've got a high class of problems in this part of town with our numerous grocery store options.

  • Amazing what some people can get out of a photograph … All I saw was produce.

4 days ago

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6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Lawrence and Clark development?

Does anybody know if there are any plans to develop the vacant lot on the NW corner of Lawrence/Clark? For sale sign is still up but there's a new dumpster in the lot and several cars have parked there over the last few days. Just wondering if anyone has heard anything. If not, I'm curious to see others thoughts on what they'd like to see developed on the lot.

  • Thanks Rachel and Sabrina. They have great retail frontage on both Clark and Lawrence so I'm eager to see the configuration of the property. I figured they'd eventually put in some kind of retail in the 1st floor but there's already enough empty storefronts around there. It's better than an empty eyesore but I hope they can actually secure some good tenants.

  • I look forward to not having my clothes torn on the nasty slumlord wire fence

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Black Playwrights Festival

The ninth annual Black Playwrights Festival runs April 8-13 at the Black Ensemble Theatre, 4450 N. Clark St. Each night showcases a different playwright; tonight features Daryl D. Brooks's musical Use Me...

6 days ago

Marianos

on Sheridan opening 4-22 according to their website

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Black Playwrights Festival

The ninth annual Black Playwrights Festival runs April 8-13 at the Black Ensemble Theatre, 4450 N. Clark St. Each night showcases a different playwright; tonight features Ervin Gardner's The Trial Of Moses...

Apr 11

Construction is Underway: Moss re-designs historic Norman Hotel as 1325 Wilson for Flats Chicago!

Construction is Underway: Moss re-designs historic Norman Hotel as 1325 Wilson for Flats Chicago!

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moss | 1754 West Byron Street | Chicago, Illinois 60613 | 773.857.5533 | site hosted by 100% solar energy

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