18 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Best car repair shop?

What are your favorite car repair shops--for brakes, etc? Thanks!

  • The best guy I know who is totally HONEST is B&H Auto at Sunnyside & Central... I know it's not in Northcenter but well worth it. Small old fashioned looking has station.... I trust nobody but this guy, Sam.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Lincoln Park on Leavitt and Lawrence. They guarantee their work, and they do what they say they're going to do., when they say they're going to do it.

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43 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

ELSTON AVE CTA BUS SERVICE - Let's get it back!

Call your local alderman's office! Request that they attend the meeting being held by the 33rd ward's Transportation Action Committee at Ald. Deb Mell's office January 22, 2015 7:00-8:00p 3649 N. Kedzie Ave. (Addison/Kedzie). Reinstating discontinued bus service on Elston is more important that ever. Let's get our alderman's to put it back on CTA's agenda. Remember in the 1980s when Elston was an industrial corridor? Well, that is no more! We have commercial businesses and residents that can benefit from this bus route, especially the kids during school hours. We have Charter and Magnet schools all over the city. Let's help get our kids to school! Please spread the word and let's make it happen!

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    The bike lanes have nothing to do with the bus. There are streets all over the city where there is both a bus route and bike lane.

    Don't blame the bike lane.

  • Right. As long as I have lived in Chicago, there has not been a bus on Elston. The bike lanes are very recent. Completely unrelated.

17 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Speed Camera between 4800 and 4900 W Lawrence infront of the car wash place

Just noticed this week that the speed limit for that area is at 25 mph instead of the usual 30 mph. Having lived in the Mayfair area for almost 30 years, I never knew that stretch of Lawrence was 25 mph !!

So, Ald Arena, where are the speed limit signs in that area? How do motorists know when the 25mph begins/ends and when 30mph begins ?

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    Are the signs new? Recently changed? Did you just notice the posted speed limit?

    The best thing to do is read the signs, and follow them.

8 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Shots Fired Thursday night - Patrick Henry

My son said he heard three gunshots last night about 10:45 pm. He said several police cars responded but didn't know if they stopped (he saw them driving by). This is getting ridiculous that we're hearing shots so often. I mean, honestly, it's ridiculous to hear gunshots at all. Why do we put up with this BS?

  • Thanks, Rex Ann...I do know the hot spot that is east of Kedzie...it is the Whipple and Wilson area. We were woken up with 5 successive gunshots on Tuesday morning at 5:10 a.m. THIS IS JUST TOO MUCH WHEN WE DON'T FEEL SAFE IN OUR OWN HOMES. We are all...

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    Thanks, Rex Ann...I do know the hot spot that is east of Kedzie...it is the Whipple and Wilson area. We were woken up with 5 successive gunshots on Tuesday morning at 5:10 a.m. THIS IS JUST TOO MUCH WHEN WE DON'T FEEL SAFE IN OUR OWN HOMES. We are all living in a war zone. What should we do about this? HEY EVERYONE...what is freedom (this is the U.S., right?)? To me, freedom is being SAFE in your home, walking in your neighborhood, feeling safe enough to know that you will not be the next victim of a drive by shooting. THIS IS RIDICULOUS EVERYONE!!

  • loraine t washington 5 yr. resident

    I see swatikis on newspaper boxes with the star of David also.

2 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Man tried to lure boy into car with candy in Albany Park

Police are searching for a man who tried to lure a 12-year-old boy into his car by offering candy Thursday afternoon in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

The boy was approached by the man driving a four-door vehicle about 4 p.m. near Argyle and Kenneth, according to a community alert from Chicago Police.

The man offered the boy candy from the driver’s side window and intended to lure the boy into the vehicle, police said.

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Police are searching for a man who tried to lure a 12-year-old boy into his car by offering candy Thursday afternoon in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

The boy was approached by the man driving a four-door vehicle about 4 p.m. near Argyle and Kenneth, according to a community alert from Chicago Police.

The man offered the boy candy from the driver’s side window and intended to lure the boy into the vehicle, police said.

The boy said “no” and ran away to safety, police said.

The man spoke broken English and is described as about 65 to 70 years old, with a white mustache, red discoloration on his neck, wrinkled skin and a pasty, white complexion, police said. He was wearing a black skull cap and a brown jacket.

The vehicle is described as an older model, four-door car with black tires.

Anyone with information on the attempted child luring should contact Area North detectives at (312) 744-8261.

Jun 12

Updated 20 hours ago

Opinions about Life Performance Gym on Kedzie, f/k/a BodyWorx

Hi - noticed this gym last weekend and was hoping to get people's updated opinions on it, since previous posts/Yelp reviews were quite negative. Apparently many people were upset at the outset when it was called BodyWorx and they signed people up before it opened and continued to charge their cards despite the fact that is was under construction for several more years. Now it appears to be a functional gym, but any positives or negatives from my neighbors? Thanks! Catherine

  • NCV

    Got an email from Judd at billing, very vague wording:
    "I will look this up for you and place a refund for the unused portion of the membership. Thank you."
    Also, the facebook page is now gone.

  • I found this page after the sudden closure of the gym, without getting notification or seeing a sign posted on the door. I never had a problem with Justin and liked the gym...which is needed in Albany Park. However, after reading all the posts I took a closer look at my checking account and sure enough, there's a mysterious $69 charge...

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CPD COMMUNITY ALERT - Attempt Luring (P14-N-197) 17th Dist

Detective Division – Area North

Community Alert

Alert #P14-N-197

November 20, 2014

Wanted for Attempt Kidnapping / Luring of Youth

017th District ( Albany Park)

About This Crime

· On Thursday, November 20, 2014, at approximately 4:00p.m, a twelve-year-old male juvenile was approached by an unknown male driving a tan 4door vehicle at the intersection of Argyle and Kenneth. The unknown male engaged the juvenile in conversation from the driver's side window while offering candy with the intention of luring...

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Detective Division – Area North

Community Alert

Alert #P14-N-197

November 20, 2014

Wanted for Attempt Kidnapping / Luring of Youth

017th District ( Albany Park)

About This Crime

· On Thursday, November 20, 2014, at approximately 4:00p.m, a twelve-year-old male juvenile was approached by an unknown male driving a tan 4door vehicle at the intersection of Argyle and Kenneth. The unknown male engaged the juvenile in conversation from the driver's side window while offering candy with the intention of luring the minor into the vehicle. The victim responded “no” and fled to safety.

About The Offender

· The Offender is described as an unknown male white, with a pasty white complexion, wrinkled skin, a white mustache and red discoloration on his neck. The Offender was approximately 65-70 years of age who spoke broken English. The Offender was wearing a black skull cap and brown jacket.

About The Vehicle

. The vehicle is described as an older model four door tan sedan with black tires.

What You Can Do

· Be aware of this situation and alert your neighbors.

· Call 911 to report any suspicious persons, vehicles or activity in your neighborhood.

· Do not let children walk alone. Identify safe havens along your child's route to school, such as businesses or trusted neighbors.

· Find out how to start a Parent Patrol or Walking School Bus Program at your child’s school. Call the CAPS Implementation Office at 312-747-9987 for more information on this and other safety programs.

If you have any information about this incident,

Please call the Area North Detective Division at (312) 744-8261

Anonymous Tips can be submitted to TIPSOFT.COM

Reference RD#HX514050

Marty Cook
Chicago Police Department
17th District CAPS Implementation Office
Voice Mail (312) 742-0963

Oct 16

Updated 2 days ago

Squirrels (or raccoon) in house

We need help removing wildlife from our house. We have squirrels or perhaps a raccoon living in the space between our top two floors. It is beyond our control. Can any suggest a wildlife removal company? And a roofing company? Thanks!!!

  • Thanks Tami. I'm through with trying to control it. The animals are too smart. And I don't want them gone, per se. Just out of my house (because as much as they bug me I enjoy watching the squirrels, especially the black ones are adorable). I have successfully repelled them for now with my cat's used kitty litter (gross but effective). We'll work towards getting a new roof in the spring. Thanks for your concern, though!

  • A friend of mine the same problem in Schiller Park. They crawled into the roof of his bungalow. He got them out but told me that the raccoon set up different areas of the roof as the bedroom, kitchen and toilet. Good luck!

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Roofer referral?

Can anyone refer a good roofer/roofing company? Water is leaking from our top window frame and water marks are visible on our ceiling. Problem is that we are a 4 story building and the area that needs repair is covered with Spanish tile, which a couple contractors said was problematic to work with.

Thanks!

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

FAiR Coalition on Chicago Tonight, on Wednesday, December 19, at 7pm on Channel 11 (PBS)

The Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition has been invited once again to be on our region's premiere community news show - Chicago Tonight. FAiR will appear live on Wednesday, December 19 at 7pm on Channel 11 (PBS).

More information about FAiR can be found at www.fairchicago.org. We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

I invite you to join FAiR! We are the leading voice for residents in both the city and suburbs impacted by the October 2013 changes made...

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The Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition has been invited once again to be on our region's premiere community news show - Chicago Tonight. FAiR will appear live on Wednesday, December 19 at 7pm on Channel 11 (PBS).

More information about FAiR can be found at www.fairchicago.org. We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

I invite you to join FAiR! We are the leading voice for residents in both the city and suburbs impacted by the October 2013 changes made to the O'Hare runway takeoff and landing patterns. Those changes were made without any real community input.

In addition, FAiR now includes Midway airport. Changes were made there in February 2014. Not surprsingly, these changes were made without any real community input.

We seek a real seat at the airport decision making table in order to find solutions to the massive increase in planes, noise and pollution over our communities, again done without any real community input.

Questions? Please ask. jac.charlier@gmail.com

See you in TV Land :)

  • Denise M Seasoned dog owner

    Saw your segment. Very well done. I wish there would have been more time to discuss, but I know nothing will be solved on Chicago Tonight.

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Finding Solutions to Shared Community Challenges

    Thanks Denise. FAiR is having a general meeting on 12/3 from 7-9pm. You can attend that do get updates, ask questions and see what we are doing next. Check it out on www.fairchicago.org

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Chicago Tonight Video of the FAiR Coalition Discussion about O'Hare from November 19, 2014

In case you missed the November 19 Chicago Tonight conversation with the FAiR Coalition, here is the link to the segment: http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2014/11/19/complaints-about-ohare-noise.

Thanks for our tens of hundreds of supports in both the city and suburbs. You are doing great. Keep it up!
You can learn more about FAiR at www.fairchicago.org. We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

Questions? Please ask. Jac.charlier@gmail.com

3 days ago

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5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Shots fired at Wilson and Whipple?

Neighbors - I noticed a safety alert on Alderman Mell's facebook page this morning that shots were fired around 5am near Whipple and Wilson. Did anyone hear this / have any more details? This hits disturbingly close, but I didn't hear anything personally last night. Thanks.

  • FYI, I noticed a police presence very early this morning (before 6:00am), monitoring the alley between Wilson and Eastwood. I sent the Alderman's office an email thanking them for taking this seriously!

  • I was startled awake by a loud noise at 5:10 a.m. Tuesday. Knew immediately that it was gunshot that I heard but had a feeling that it was more like a shotgun or AK assault weapon...very frightening cause it sounded like it happened right in front of our home. My...

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    I was startled awake by a loud noise at 5:10 a.m. Tuesday. Knew immediately that it was gunshot that I heard but had a feeling that it was more like a shotgun or AK assault weapon...very frightening cause it sounded like it happened right in front of our home. My husband confirmed that there were 5 quick shots and he heard them with his earplugs in (there is so much traffic on Wilson now and with the planes overhead all night...) his ears! This is NOT SUMMER...and it is happening...there is a war in our neighborhoods. The south side, the east side, the west side, the north side...it is everywhere.

    This is TOO MUCH everyone...the rest of the world thinks the U.S. is nuts with all the guns and gangs. When I lived overseas in 1992, I had heard that there were drive by shootings on Wilson because there was a gang banger living in the 3000 W. block. Here we go again...I am really angry and don't feel safe in my own home. IS ANYTHING BEING DONE ABOUT THIS? WHO IS IN CONTROL OF THIS CITY? WE ALL KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT!

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Women's haircut

Hi everyone! I am new to the neighborhood and am looking for a hair stylist for women's hair. I do my own color, so I just need a great job on a cut, and hopefully for less than $30.

Any recommendations? Thanks!

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Spreading the word about a lost cat

This is not my cat, but I noticed several posters around the Montrose/Sawyer intersection so I wanted to spread the word in case anyone has seen the cat or has any information.

  • Suzy Thomas Realtor and founder of Realtors to the Rescue

    I think I have seen this cat a few times in the 4400 block of Francisco. I was walking my hound who goes wild when he sees a cat so could not approach.

  • Suzy, I wonder if you could contact the owner at the number listed on the side to let him/her know in case they want to focus their search in that area or post signs around there?

3 days ago

Garage for rent

Hello I am currently looking for a Garage to rent. I live close to Lawrence & Elston area. I have a Truck so if possible a garage with room.

4 days ago

to "not your mother"

we are investigating accident of9/22/14 at irving and kimball.
please call me at 630941-0066. Thank you.
Dennis

4 days ago

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Nov 09

Updated 4 days ago

LOST CAT!

We opened our door this afternoon and this very friendly kitty was on our front porch. The kitty seems very friendly (domesticated) and wants to come inside. Has front claws. Look familiar to anyone? We live at North Central Park Ave and Ainslie. Please respond immediately if this kitty looks familiar.

  • Anne Northwest side mom

    Oops, didn't read it closely enough - its so nice that you took the cat in!

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    mgamble,
    That's wonderful news! I'm so happy to hear that the cat isn't out in this freezing cold weather. That's very kind of you. I hope things are going well and you're enjoying having him. He's beautiful...

4 days ago

4 days ago

  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    EXISTING SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE INCLUDING CHANGE OF CONTRACTORS; PERMIT #100531987

    4652 N. Harding Ave. Issued November 17, 2014 Comment
  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    BASEMENT DECONVERSION TO ORIGINAL USE AS INNACTIVE STORAGE - OPEN SPACE. AND REAR PORCH REPAIRS PER PLANS**CERTIFIED CORRECTIONS- - SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTIONS & AUDIT **

    4717 N. Keystone Ave. Issued November 17, 2014 Comment
  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    INTERIOR ALTERATIONS TO EXISTING RETAIL SPACE TO ACCOMODATE NEW AARON'S RENTAL STORE AS PER PLANS. NO CHANGE IN USE. **Certified Plan Corrections Project - Conditional Permit: Subject to field inspections **

    4445 N. Pulaski Rd. Issued November 17, 2014 Comment

4 days ago

Delivery driver robbed in RM

RAVENSWOOD MANOR — Police have issued a community alert in Ravenswood Manor and Lakeview following a pair of recent robberies involving food delivery drivers.

Both incidents occurred Sunday evening, the first at 6 p.m. in the 4400 block of North Mozart Avenue and the second at 6:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of West Byron Street.

In each case, the driver was approached by two men while making a delivery, threatened with a handgun, knocked to the ground and robbed...

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RAVENSWOOD MANOR — Police have issued a community alert in Ravenswood Manor and Lakeview following a pair of recent robberies involving food delivery drivers.

Both incidents occurred Sunday evening, the first at 6 p.m. in the 4400 block of North Mozart Avenue and the second at 6:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of West Byron Street.

In each case, the driver was approached by two men while making a delivery, threatened with a handgun, knocked to the ground and robbed of money and other valuables.

The offenders were described as black males, 25-30 years old, wearing black or gray hooded sweatshirts. One is approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds.

According to police, the food orders do not appear to have been placed by the offenders.

Delivery drivers are being urged to call 911 if they see anyone suspicious loitering near a delivery location or if they notice their car is being followed in traffic.

Anyone with information about the robberies should contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8263.

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5 days ago

Anyone send infants to Irving Park Early Learning Center?

I am returning to work in January and we are looking at enrolling our son, who will be 3 months old, in the infant program at Irving Park Early Learning Center. We like what we see from the tours and the tuition is very affordable, but I wanted to post here to see if other parents have experience with their daycare, especially in the infant program, and what it's been like.

Feel free to email me directly: raz.katherine [at] gmail.com.

Thanks!

5 days ago

Crime Prevention and Personal Defense

Rob Goetz Sr
As far as Crime Prevention Goes, and as "Concealed Carry" is now the Law, how does the Mayfair community regard those persons who have "Legally Qualified and are Licenced to Carry and choose to do so?" Any objective response from Law Enforcement would be appreciated. I would like to start a contiuous thread on this subject, as I personally have no objections to persons who are "properly licensed and qualified," and have no criminal history.

As I said, I welcome some objective views and constructive input from law enforcement.

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6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Shooting Drake and Cullom

I heard what I counted as 7 shots fired from the direction of Drake and Cullom. Called it in. Cops were on the spot within minutes, shone some light and drove on and then returned later to get run off the property by some trash talking dude.

  • Hey, Chris- how do you know about this gang stuff? Do you learn about it at the CAPS meetings, or a website or something? I'd like to know about all this too. Thanks for the Intel!

  • Chris hey Andy, are you goofin' on Elvis?

    @Michelle: I talk to people in my neighborhood, and others who have had to deal with gang problems. Honestly, that's where I learn the most, just talking to people.

    There are some sites (chicagogangs.org and hoodup), where you can learn some, but you have to weed through much cruft. I...

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    @Michelle: I talk to people in my neighborhood, and others who have had to deal with gang problems. Honestly, that's where I learn the most, just talking to people.

    There are some sites (chicagogangs.org and hoodup), where you can learn some, but you have to weed through much cruft. I also follow some some flickr accounts focusing on Chicago gang graffiti. And I also search YouTube to watch some of the gang videos. I figure if they are dumb enough to leave a trail, why not follow it.

    CAPS will talk a little about some of the gangs at beat meetings, but barely.

    I don't know much about gangs in general, just a few in my hood that I follow to be aware. I actually hate spending time learning this stuff. I'd rather be doing things I love.

    This address on Drake is a big problem. There have been other threads here that posted his address, but I don't believe this to be the proper place to do that. I believe 17th is well aware of this individual. I hope the aldermen (he's technically in Colon's ward, couple of blocks from Mell's, couple of blocks from Arena's, few blocks from Laurino's) are aware and working on this problem too.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Looking for Thanksgiving Night Cleaning Help

I'm hosting a family Thanksgiving dinner and I'm wondering if anyone knows someone who is available that evening for hire for cleanup help (dishwashing, surfaces, etc.)

I don't want to keep anyone from a family event, but if there is someone out there who is interested in working that evening (7pm or later), I would like to hire some help.

  • countryelmo retired teacher/librarian; Episcopalian; democrat

    I have a friend who might be available. I do not know what she would charge. Email me at countryelmo@yahoo.com or call me 773.297.5275 to give me an exact address with email and phone number so that I can forward all of it to her. She can contact you with more information. Thanks.
    Deborah Anne Stewart
    3936 N Troy Basement
    Chicago, IL 60618
    773.297.5275
    countryelmo@yahoo.com

  • Try taskrabbit.com

  • Phylishaladage Animal lover

    I have a degree in the food service industry. I should be available, and could bring an additional person for help to cut time in half. Please text at 773-719-3018 or email Phylisha.ladage@gmail.com.

    Thanks!

Nov 13

Updated 5 days ago

Bed and Breakfast In The Neighborhood

The discussion on this subject keeps getting shut down on NextDoor. There is evidently some opposition to free speech over there and it might be best continued here.

  • Careyann Old Irving resident

    Anyone running a BNB/thinking of running a BNB in their condo unit best check your homeowners insurance policy for possible business exclusions and also your condo by-laws for violations of rules regarding businesses on the premises.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    Check - but don't let fear keep you from participating in sharing.

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