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Italian Language Classes in Schools

Hi Everyone,

I'm new to the area and wondering if anyone knows of a local school with instruction in Italian? I'm having a hard time finding one.

Thanks!

  • Sentieri Italiani, 5430 N. Broadway . Every level of language and cultural classes, book clubs, movies, cultural events, wine classes , book and video library and more.

  • kayandcharlie Monticello dweller

    sentieri is the best! our friend Daniela runs it and she's Italian and a great teacher.

12 hours ago

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Police at montrose brownline

Anyone know why they were there around 6:15? They seemed to be searching for something along the metra tracks.

4 days ago

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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??!!??

  • Paul Thompson, LincolnSquareInsider Welles Park Baseball coach, Realtor.

    Since this seems to be a exercise in free association, tear-downs in the area are going for 600-700K depending on lot size. If they ever get to a million, I will be selling.

  • I see plenty of properties in that range that are not torn down. Do you have previous MLS info you can provide? I find it to ridiculous someone would pay $700k for a house here to tear it down. Those million plus homes seem to sit longer on the market.

5 days ago

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LA Fitness in Ravenswood or Athletic Club?

I am debating on joining the newer LA Fitness in Ravenswood or the Chicago Athletic Club, either Lincoln Park, Lakeview or Lincoln Square. Does anyone have input to this? My biggest thing is facilities and classes available.

2 days ago

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Cracked laptop screen

Hi Everyone,
I have several nasty cracks on the screen of my macbook pro. The warranty has expired and Apple would like to charge me 600.00 + to fix it. I would love to find a cheaper alternative. I can still use it, but now I have little pieces falling off the screen. Yelp reviews are all over the place with some of the independent repair stores. Any recommendations?

  • Jacob Ortony I like community

    On a whim I just checked out the cost of Macbook Pro replacement displays and they are outrageously expensive ($300-800 just for hardware). $600 for repair is a good deal as far as repairs go, and you're not looking for recommendations for replacement, but fundamentally it is important to know...

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    On a whim I just checked out the cost of Macbook Pro replacement displays and they are outrageously expensive ($300-800 just for hardware). $600 for repair is a good deal as far as repairs go, and you're not looking for recommendations for replacement, but fundamentally it is important to know that you can get a non-apple device for far less. The initial response to this generally is that you know the apple interface and like the quality of the construction. In my 12 years of computer repair, a majority of my customers have needed their Macs fixed (both in hardware replacement and software irritations). The hardware in Apple products is the generally the same as what you would find in other non-Apple products and while the engineering (generally) is better, the life span of hardware (storage life and (recently) CPU hard/firm architecture) is the limiting factor for the life of the product and that will be roughly the same as any other well reviewed product. The laptop market is very close, but non-Apple is generally at a fraction of the cost. As for the user interface, if you look at screen shots of the user interfaces of all mainstream OS and applications, you can see striking similarities as many user experience designers come to a common consensus on the ideal computer/human interface (with current common input devices). I can't give a wholehearted recommendation for change as I don't know how you use your machine, but for the vast majority of people a $250 (sale $200) Chromebook would be more than sufficient and cheap enough to assign less worry to its well-being. Considering the cost of the repair you could buy a Chromebook, an external display, and a high quality Android phone (off contract) for seamless life and/or business device harmony. As a disclaimer, I just want to say I might also be biased by my irritation at some of the licensing choices Apple has made in the last couple decades, some of which make Bill Gates seem like Linus Torvalds.

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    It's not a hazmat anything. Damian's estimate is spot on, he's the guy you should call. (I don't know him; I just have my own background in system support and am a long time mac user.)

2 days ago

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Looking for dog friendly apt/condo to rent

Hello Everyone, I have a friend who is looking for a dog friendly apt/condo to rent in Ravenswood/Lincoln Square. This person is looking for at least a two bedroom. Any suggestions you all have would be a big help. Thanks!

  • Have you tried Apartment Finders? I use them to rent my condo and the service is free to renters.

  • Melanie F. Lincoln Square Resident

    There is a 2 bed, 2 bath open in my building right now and our landlord takes pets on a "case by case basis" (meaning he really just likes to talk to you and make sure it's not some wild dog that will bark all hours of the day and...

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    There is a 2 bed, 2 bath open in my building right now and our landlord takes pets on a "case by case basis" (meaning he really just likes to talk to you and make sure it's not some wild dog that will bark all hours of the day and destroy the yard, etc.). The last two sets of people that have lived there have both had small/medium sized dogs. I don't know what your friend's budget is but if you want to send me a private message I can give you more details.

  • McBean animals, art, outdoors

    There is one on Wolcott between sunnyside and montrose on the east side. It is a large brown brick apartment building often with bikes secured to the iron fence. They are always advertising 2 bedroom apartments. It's nice and many owners with dogs live there.

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HANDYMAN

Can anyone recommend a good reliable handyman to do small job around a 6 unit building? I have made an appointment with two people already and neither one of them kept the appointment. It is in the Ravenswood Manor area. Thanks..

  • dj long time RP home owner

    Wow, a little sensitive there, Robin? He asked a question and suggested an action for you to take. No one has attacked you. I have stated a few times that I believe it is unethical as a business owner not to disclose that in your postings when someone asks for a recommendation. He was soliciting your response following up on my earlier posting.

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    @robin in WRP

    1. Lots of EBers have had lots of different kinds of difficulties in life. That's not an excuse for deceptive posting.

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    @robin in WRP

    1. Lots of EBers have had lots of different kinds of difficulties in life. That's not an excuse for deceptive posting.

    2. I don't know you other than from your posting here. I learned of your deceptive posting from other posters who've commented over time in various threads about this practice of yours.

    3. There's a simple way to stop what you consider "attacks" because of your deceptive practice: Just Stop Doing It!

    4. I suggest you simply change your spiel to say, "I recommend our family business etc., etc."

    5. Problem solved.

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Chicago Market cooperative grocery store

A new new local, sustainable, cooperative grocery store coming to the North Side of Chicago. Help me grow this new community and create a big, beautiful, delicious place for us to buy local food. Find out more about the Chicago Market here: www.chicagomarket.coop.

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Found Credit Card

Katie Lind - I found your amazon VISA card today 9/14/14 on the 4500 block of North Wolcott. Message me and I can get it back to you with proper ID.

2 days ago

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47th Ward Public Schools

Everywhere you look there is something wonderful happening at out schools.

Three cheers to Grow 47 and Alderman Pawar and all the parents!

  • AW Busy mom

    There is a Friends of Amundsen community mixer this Thursday 7:30pm at Dolce Casa Cafe, 4847 N Damen. Principal Anna Pavechivich and Ald O'Connor & Pawar will all be on hand to discuss programs and improvements at our neighborhood high school.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Helicopter Circling

Anyone have any idea why this Helicopter is circling around Lawrence and Ravenswood?

  • Tee hee. ☺

  • Bill Near Rockwell L

    Yeah I heard that too, although it didn't seem like it hovered for very long. I turned on my police scanner and there wasn't anything on the local districts radio for the five minutes I listened, but due to the short time I listened maybe the quiet radio doesn't mean anything. I only noticed the 'chopper late in the game - maybe it was all over when by the time I tuned in.

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IKEA Furniture Assembly

I'm looking for someone to build my IKEA dresser.

2 days ago

Searching for Parking Spot in Uptown to Rent

Hi, I am looking for a parking spot for rent in the uptown area. I would be open to renting monthly (would be willing to lease for a predetermined amount of time). It could be covered or uncovered. I am considering all offers. My fiancé and I both work in the suburbs and need cars, but with winter soon approaching we are hoping we can grab a spot off the street. We live in the Sheridan Park area. Near Clark and Lawrence. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sep 04

Updated 2 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.

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"Vintage" Baldwin Organ - If you can move it, you can have it

Hello Neighbors,
My son left an old Baldwin organ in my basement. He's long gone but the organ remains. I've tried Salvation Army but they won't take it. So, I'm offering it gratis to anyone who has able-bodied friends and a vehicle that it can fit in. Honestly, I don't know if it works, but it has suffered no moisture or water damage, and looks pretty good for its age if you disregard the coating of dust. It measures roughly...

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Hello Neighbors,
My son left an old Baldwin organ in my basement. He's long gone but the organ remains. I've tried Salvation Army but they won't take it. So, I'm offering it gratis to anyone who has able-bodied friends and a vehicle that it can fit in. Honestly, I don't know if it works, but it has suffered no moisture or water damage, and looks pretty good for its age if you disregard the coating of dust. It measures roughly 44" wide, 34" high, and 24" deep. No idea what it weighs, but I do remember my son and one friend brought it down there. Alternatively, I'm open to suggestions of charities/churches/etc. that might be interested, but they need to pick it up. First come, first served of you want it. Thanks!

  • Perhaps a church would take it as an addition to their music. Post this, if you would, to south side neighborhoods - Bronzeville, Woodlawn, etc., or to Bridgeport and Pilsen.
    Just an idea....

  • Parkway Pal Slow down on my block

    My parents had one that they donated to a nursing home, who was glad to have it for residents and visitors who played.

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Sep 09

Updated 4 days ago

Looking for a one bedroom apartment in West Ravenswood.

Hi all,
I'm helping my sister look for a new apartment. Hoping for October 1 move-in. Ideally it would be a one bedroom under $800 in the area between Lawrence and Montrose and Between Western and Kimball. A tall order, but it never hurts to ask. Maybe you've seen something in the area? Thanks in advance!!

  • Nicholas Ryan Chicago Real Estate Broker

    Hi Lynn,

    Let me know if you are still looking and would like any help finding an apartment.

    Thanks!

    Nick

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wonderful neighbors!

I recently moved into this area and I just have to say there was a loose dog issue this morning out of my building and SO many people just dropped everything to help and eventually catch the doggie so we could keep her safe until we could reunite with her owner. Happy ending all the way around, but just wanted to mention HOW wonderful everyone was.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Any review of Short Stuff/Songbird Daycare on Montrose

Hi,
Are there any parents who currently/used to send their kids to Short Stuff on Montrose (near Wolcott)? We toured today but wanted any additional input that we didn't see on yelp.

Thanks!

  • Thanks for the feedback, everyone.

  • Gregg Jaffe Owner, Big Teeth Productions

    Actually Fred, she's my wife and frankly just because someone has had a different experience than you, and therefore a different opinion doesn't have to automatically mean that they're a ringer. Given that it's a web posting, you might be writing sarcastically, in which case go on... but if not,...

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    Actually Fred, she's my wife and frankly just because someone has had a different experience than you, and therefore a different opinion doesn't have to automatically mean that they're a ringer. Given that it's a web posting, you might be writing sarcastically, in which case go on... but if not, then that's a pretty petty way to handle things.

    To the OP, as you can well see here you have to handle any review with a grain of salt from people you don't know. Short Stuff hasn't been perfect, but I'm guessing no place is. Our daughter, who has no relation to anyone who owns Short Stuff, appears smart, energetic and funny which certainly some of that credit goes to the people who take care of her every day at her school.

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Lincoln Square seeking artists to celebrate Chicago Artists Month

Any interested artist - please contact today!
Email Allaina at granville_gallery@att.net

Lincoln Square Art Walk is a juried showcase of local artists in a rich variety of mediums and venues organized to highlight the vibrant artistic community and bring art to people where they live, play, work and shop. This event, in its 3rd year, promises to be particularly lively with 10+ local businesses displaying art works as well as coinciding with the new Lincoln Square/Ravenswood portion of the Chicago...

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Any interested artist - please contact today!
Email Allaina at granville_gallery@att.net

Lincoln Square Art Walk is a juried showcase of local artists in a rich variety of mediums and venues organized to highlight the vibrant artistic community and bring art to people where they live, play, work and shop. This event, in its 3rd year, promises to be particularly lively with 10+ local businesses displaying art works as well as coinciding with the new Lincoln Square/Ravenswood portion of the Chicago Architecture Foundation Open House.
Exhibiting artists reside in the boundaries of Bryn Mawr, Kedzie, Ashland and Irving Park.
Lincoln Square Art Walk is a cooperative event among the businesses and institutions in Lincoln Square that believe in the promotion of art for the benefit of the community.

EVENT DETAILS
Opening Reception Friday, October 17, 2014 @ 7:00pm
DANK Haus, 4740 North Western Avenue, Chicago IL 60625.

Art Walk Saturday, October 18, 2014 @ 10:00am – 7:00pm
Art Walk Sunday, October 19, 2014 @ 10:00am – 5:00pm
Various Venues – maps available.

About Chicago Artists Month
Lincoln Square Art Walk is part of Chicago Artists Month 2014, the nineteenth annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant visual art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture. For more infor, visit http://www.chicagoartistsmonth.org.

About Open House Chicago
150 cool sites. 48 hours. Go.
We’ve seen Chicago’s beautiful buildings from the outside…now the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is giving you one weekend to get inside some of the city’s architectural treasures. Open House Chicago (OHC) is a free citywide event happening October 18 and 19 that opens the doors to the city’s great spaces and places that hold neighborhood secrets and surprises. Don’t miss out! Visit http://www.openhousechicago.org for more information,

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Merryman Park Mugging?

Does anyone have any info about a mugging (at gunpoint!) in Merryman Park?? Our nanny told us about it and our kids are there all the time.
So very scary.

  • Chi-girl Lakeview can't we all just get along

    We received a notice from the principal at our kids school that it happened. I don't have all of the details. I wish I knew of an accurate way to find out what crimes are happening in the area.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    CAPS meetings are a good source of information

  • Jen 12 yrs in West Lakeview

    There was no mugging per se. Apparently two men were driving thru the alley and it is alleged one of them brandished a gun while driving by. Nothing was taken. It is unclear as to whether any of the people in the park called 911. Someone who came upon the...

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    There was no mugging per se. Apparently two men were driving thru the alley and it is alleged one of them brandished a gun while driving by. Nothing was taken. It is unclear as to whether any of the people in the park called 911. Someone who came upon the scene minutes later did call 911 but was not an accurate witness since they only saw the car drive away. It is incredibly scary but I think there are many facts missing in this case. It is a reminder to call 911 as soon as possible.

Sep 09

Updated 5 days ago

Food Donations Needed

I volunteer at a food pantry, the Lincoln Square Friendship Center, and we're in need of donations. We can use peanut butter, jam, pasta, canned goods, dessert mixes, etc. We also have a fridge. If you can help, please bring food in any Thursday 3-7, at 2733 W. Lawrence. Thanks in advance!

  • Mary, thanks for the feedback. The Friendship Center is in the middle of updating its website and marketing materials so it will (fingers-crossed) be much clearer on the new website.
    The Pet Food Pantry also has a website so I will pass on the feedback to them as well.

  • Hi! Friendship Pet Food Pantry just launched its website:
    http://friendshippetpantry.org

    You'll find info for dog/cat food distribution (third Friday of every month, 3-5 p.m. -- all Chicago residents are welcomed), which is also when donations are accepted.

    But if that time isn't convenient, you can drop items off at Alderman...

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    Hi! Friendship Pet Food Pantry just launched its website:
    http://friendshippetpantry.org

    You'll find info for dog/cat food distribution (third Friday of every month, 3-5 p.m. -- all Chicago residents are welcomed), which is also when donations are accepted.

    But if that time isn't convenient, you can drop items off at Alderman Pawar's office any day of the week, and there are a number of area pet stores with donation bins. Check our partners page for locations: http://friendshippetpantry.org/pet-partners

    We also appreciate online donations -- all funds go directly toward purchasing needed food and pet supplies.

    Please let me know if there's anything else that would be helpful. We plan on adding pet photos to the site soon, as well as client's stories. Thanks for your interest and support!

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Vet Tech needed for petsitting

Hi Neighbors,
Does anyone know of a vet tech who is available to do petsitting...either stopping by or preferably staying overnight if I go out of town? My cat has health issues and I need someone with more medical background than a pet sitter. I don't have specific dates yet but am looking in advance.
Thank you ---

  • I have a close personal friend who lives in the nearby area who is a vet tech. They might be willing to freelance for your cat.

  • What special needs does your cat have? Not a vet tech and not able to do overnights, but have had several cats with misc medical issues. Feel free to email me with info/questions: rmajeske@aol.com.

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Ravenswood Street Parking?

We're relocating to West Sunnyside near Ravenswood & N. Wolcott.....how is the street parking? Is a spot easy to come by during the week?

  • It's not too bad. You can always park on Ravenswood if the streets are full.

Sep 07

Updated 5 days ago

Brown Striped Cat Spotted

Very friendly small brown striped cat spotted on Ainslie between Lincoln & Rockwell. Followed us an entire block and was very happy for pets. No collar on. Unsuccessful when we tried to pick it up, so we couldn't bring it in to be scanned. See attached blurry photo. If this is your cat, reply here. We'll keep our eyes peeled.

  • Haven't seen him since Sunday. I'll go out tonight with some food and see if I can catch him to bring in and see if he's chipped. Might be a bit tricky as I'm currently 8 months pregnant. If anybody else has luck with catching him, I'd be happy to take him to the vet to see if he's chipped. Thanks!

  • I just took a walk up and down the block and there was no sign of him. I just hope he found his way home. What's interesting is that someone has a sign up on the light post on the NW corner of Ainslie and Rockwell, looking for homes for 4 month old kittens. Perhaps he is one of them and managed to escape??

Sep 08

Updated 5 days ago

Drivers Just Don't Stop

After 10+ cars refusing to allow me to cross Winnemac at Oakley, despite the presence of a stop sign, I tapped on my phone camera. While I did so, a mother with her toddler came up to me. She and her husband had just moved to the neighborhood, but are very concerned about street safety. Why is this acceptable? Yes, there was more
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After 10+ cars refusing to allow me to cross Winnemac at Oakley, despite the presence of a stop sign, I tapped on my phone camera. While I did so, a mother with her toddler came up to me. She and her husband had just moved to the neighborhood, but are very concerned about street safety. Why is this acceptable? Yes, there was more
traffic because of German-American Fest, but this is really just slightly worse than any given weekday commute hour. It was at this same corner that I saw a toddler and her father nearly hit by a truck that never saw them - when the driver rolled onto Oakley, never stopping, barely slowing, his eyes were focused north on Oakley.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb09S2MNHF8

  • BerkeleyGirl Winnemac Park

    @Duncs, I'll be there.

    @Patrick, sadly, I'm not surprised at all.

  • Duncs I was at the last one. Won't make this one due to travel but I support you both wholeheartedly and let us know what the cops say. This situation is worse with the Lawrence Ave bs.

Aug 28

Updated 5 days ago

Men in Yellow Vests Door-to-Door

Hi all,
Yesterday while walking past a condo building at the edge of my alley I noticed two men talking to a resident in the front, main door of the condo building. They were wearing bright yellow utility - type vests and holding clipboards with papers on them. I didn't hear what they were discussing and didn't think much of it. Until.....

Today at around 4:45pm, someone rang my buzzer. When I'm not expecting anyone, I never answer my buzzer....

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Hi all,
Yesterday while walking past a condo building at the edge of my alley I noticed two men talking to a resident in the front, main door of the condo building. They were wearing bright yellow utility - type vests and holding clipboards with papers on them. I didn't hear what they were discussing and didn't think much of it. Until.....

Today at around 4:45pm, someone rang my buzzer. When I'm not expecting anyone, I never answer my buzzer. Anyone that knows me and wants to "drop in" unannounced has my phone number, so I never answer the buzzer if I'm not certain it's someone I know.

After I didn't answer, I started to hear through the apartment walls, my neighbor's buzzers ringing. So someone was clearly trying to gain access. Well, someone in my building let this person in and through the peep hole (goodness I sound like a psycho, but I'm a female living alone and I take this stuff seriously!)

Anyway, long story short, I could hear a muffled conversation between the man and one of my neighbors. And through the peep hole I could see that it looked to be one of the same men I saw yesterday wearing the yellow vests. He then, skipped my door, but went door-to-door knocking at all the neighbors. No one else answered and he left. He didn't go to any other doors in my building.

I guess I'm just wondering if anyone else has seen this in the neighborhood recently and if it's legit, or if my instincts are correct and it's potentially individuals casing the neighborhood right before the long holiday weekend.

I live in the Montrose/Clark area. Just thought I would post and see if anyone knew more about who these guys are and if they are someone to be concerned about.

Thanks all!

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