30 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Peoples Gas

Does anyone else have a story about Peoples Gas? I have been waiting to have my gas turned on for two weeks now - the schedule is booked out 10 days to two weeks. The day of my appointment I called 3 times to confirm as no one ever showed up. Each time I was ASSURED that the tech was on their way. The next day-again I called at 7 a. m. and was told that because they didn't get...

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Does anyone else have a story about Peoples Gas? I have been waiting to have my gas turned on for two weeks now - the schedule is booked out 10 days to two weeks. The day of my appointment I called 3 times to confirm as no one ever showed up. Each time I was ASSURED that the tech was on their way. The next day-again I called at 7 a. m. and was told that because they didn't get to me yesterday - for sure I would be at the top of the list- but they could't give me a time and I would have to skip work and wait the entire day. Each time I called they had a different answer - from "they on on the way" to "we don't see you on the schedule" and "you are scheduled for tomorrow". I spoke to an "escalation supervisor" four times and the call center 7 times . Each time I called the hold time was 20 to 50 minutes of listening to music. Still another day passed and again no show. I even saw a peoples gas truck pass my house looking for a parking spot., It seems when they could fine one they decided to just leave. I am not sure what I'm going to do to these people if they ever show up!!!!

  • Rachel in Lakeview North Cambridge diehard resident

    Stop calling, start emailing - I had a terrible experience with their phone bank but their email customer service reps are way more helpful. Cusserv@peoplesgasdelivery.com. You can even state that in their next visit to you, they need to shorten to a two hour window and waive your installation fee for all the drama they've caused this week.

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    People's Gas has always been and always will be a complete nightmare. It astonishes me how city's let these monopolys run the show!
    Anyway, I agree with Rachel, start emailing and getting a paper trail. Get names if you can, confirmation numbers, anything. Then be the squeaky wheel.

Sep 18

Updated 3 hours ago

Muskie's Closing

Sigh... Another institution bites the dust. Muskie's (corner of Lincoln/George/Lakewood) is closing either this Saturday or next Saturday. They are renters and the owner wants to do something else with the property. The cleaner next door also has to close soon.

  • they are reopening in another location in Lakeview

  • I remember the cheese fries from Muskies on Belmont after going to Medusas, the teen nightclub in the late 80s-early 90s. Who remembers Medusa's on Sheffield from back in the day?

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Sep 18

Updated 20 hours ago

What's going on in Boystown?

I've lived in Boystown for two years now, and in the last few months I feel like the strip of Halsted between Roscoe and Clark has gotten… questionable. In the last week and a half alone:

1. Walking to DSW, 8 pm. Someone approaches me trying to sell cocaine.
2. Walking to dentist, 10 am. Large man calls me a f-ing f***** transvestite with my d*** between my legs. (I am a small blonde girl).
3. Walking home with my...

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I've lived in Boystown for two years now, and in the last few months I feel like the strip of Halsted between Roscoe and Clark has gotten… questionable. In the last week and a half alone:

1. Walking to DSW, 8 pm. Someone approaches me trying to sell cocaine.
2. Walking to dentist, 10 am. Large man calls me a f-ing f***** transvestite with my d*** between my legs. (I am a small blonde girl).
3. Walking home with my boyfriend, 8 pm. Man jumps in our face yelling that we're gross, both of us. (I can assure you, we're not).

These things all occurred during normal weekday hours. It's starting to make me uncomfortable even walking down that corridor, and I've never felt that way before.

Has anyone else noticed a lot of weird going ons over there?

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    It looks like "enlightening" discourse isn't IHTSI's strong suit, nor even his intention. Now, drive-by posting and general trolling? He's aces!

  • I Had To Say It Reality does not equal negativity.

    Thanks for the acknowledgement!

6 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Demo at Ashland and Melrose?

Any idea what is happening there now? Last I heard Target was not going in. Anyone heard anything new?

  • With our luck it will be more yoga studios, gymbories, nail salons and daycares because we don't have enough of those, LOL!

  • I Had To Say It Reality does not equal negativity.

    You need those mattress stores. Chicago is #1 in bed bug infestation throughout the nation. Those cigar smoking White men that invested in those mattress franchises are more "aware" than you. Commercial leases there are expensive there, obviously they're doing good with their ROI.

21 hours ago

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5 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Suspicious Fires

We don't post here often, but feel that a current situation warrants a visit.

As you may know, there has been a series of suspicious fires in Wrigleyville and Boystown, reaching back to mid-June. There has been an increase in this activity over the past three weeks.

These fires have generally been set between 11:30PM and 5:30AM.

Last night, two fires were set in the east alley of Clark near Roscoe/Clark and Buckingham/Clark shortly after 2AM. Today's fires, like most...

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We don't post here often, but feel that a current situation warrants a visit.

As you may know, there has been a series of suspicious fires in Wrigleyville and Boystown, reaching back to mid-June. There has been an increase in this activity over the past three weeks.

These fires have generally been set between 11:30PM and 5:30AM.

Last night, two fires were set in the east alley of Clark near Roscoe/Clark and Buckingham/Clark shortly after 2AM. Today's fires, like most in this pattern, were set in a garbage can and a dumpster.

In both cases, the fires appear to have been set next to or under occupied structures. While this morning's fires did not spread to the structures, previous fires have spread from garbage ignition points to adjacent structures and vehicles.

We recommend locking the lids on your trash cans and dumpsters if at all possible and do not allow boxes, mattresses, crates, or other flammable items to collect behind your home.

The Chicago Police Department recently issued an alert on this matter.

This map plots known "fires of suspicious origins" in the neighborhood reported since mid-June. There has been some indication that the fire at Clark and Eddy (top left icon) may have been due to vehicle malfunction, but we have not received that information from official sources.

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    9/17 CBS Story:
    FROM:http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/09/17/string-of-arson-fires-has-lakeview-residents-on-edge/
    String Of Arson Fires Has Lakeview Residents On Edge

    September 17, 2014 5:14 PM
    Chris Martinez
    Chris Martinez is a general assignment reporter for CBS 2...

    CHICAGO (CBS) – Residents of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood are feeling on edge after a number of arsons there.

    There have...

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    9/17 CBS Story:
    FROM:http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/09/17/string-of-arson-fires-has-lakeview-residents-on-edge/
    String Of Arson Fires Has Lakeview Residents On Edge

    September 17, 2014 5:14 PM
    Chris Martinez
    Chris Martinez is a general assignment reporter for CBS 2...

    CHICAGO (CBS) – Residents of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood are feeling on edge after a number of arsons there.

    There have been at least a half dozen fires set, most of them in alleys next to homes in the neighborhood.

    CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports Tomlinson Fort got the news with a knock at his back door.

    “They said ‘hey your garbage cans on fire.’” Fort said. the blue plastic had completely melted and there was charred paper inside. It didn’t occur to me that there was somebody willfully committing crimes, until a few days later,” Fort said.

    That’s when he noticed the damage a few doors down. The garage hit days before is one of at least a half dozen fires set in or near the neighborhood in a matter of weeks.

    “Having that happen right next to your place can be pretty nerve wracking,” said Lakeview resident Sam Henderson.

    The arsons have residents asking who is starting the fires?

    “If this is just the beginning of what they want to do, then at what point are they going to be setting those next to flammable buildings and that sort of thing,” Tomlinson said.

    Alderman Tom Tunney says Chicago Police Bomb and Arson Unit are patrolling the area and urges residents to keep a look out.

  • Ryan C. 15+ year Lakeview East resident

    Thanks much to CWB for keeping our community informed about crime in our neighborhood and the police resources (or lack thereof) in the 19th district. Your work is much appreciated!

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6 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Everyblock vs Nextdoor in Lakeview

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

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

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

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

  • RubyRed Dancer, Drummer, Cyclist

    This thread and others like it make me less and less likely to come back here over and over again.

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    Spam.

3 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Found: Kitten

Hey, I rescued a kitten that was leaping from rooftop to rooftop to balcony last night on Kenmore, north of Lawrence last night. Currently finding a vet to check for a microchip, but is anyone missing a little one? this was more in Uptown, I know, but just thought I'd post it here, in case it wandered that far.

  • While I appreciate your sentiment Ivan, but this was most definitely NOT an outdoor cat. Though she lacked a collar and chip, she refused to urinate or defecate until she was presented with a litter box. She's also refused most food except for cat food.

  • A&K

    It would be nice if people stopped the outdoor cat thing. We have two that roam near us. Attack birds, scare the rabbits and one time had one think about attacking my dog during the walk. Tail poofed, hissing the whole deal.

    They leave them out in the rain, rarely...

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    It would be nice if people stopped the outdoor cat thing. We have two that roam near us. Attack birds, scare the rabbits and one time had one think about attacking my dog during the walk. Tail poofed, hissing the whole deal.

    They leave them out in the rain, rarely see them in the winter which is a plus. If you want a cat have a cat but if it's an "outdoor" cat just feed a stray and forget about it. Why bother having a cat if it's just left outside?

    Rat control? Call the city to post poison boxes.

3 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

Electrician recommendation?

We live in a vintage condo with all the vagaries of wiring that implies. I need someone to install the great chandelier I found at a flea market. Thanks.

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    Robin, if you're going to recommend Howard, couldn't you just *tell* him his voicemail is full when you get home tonight? Or maybe *you* could text message him if you won't be seeing him before then.

  • Robin...you should be commended by Howard...you recommend him for pretty much any and every project anyone has a question about on Everyblock. Are you married to him, or just a very dedicated employee?

2 days ago

Peoples Gas, what's going on?

For the third time this year, Peoples Gas is drilling on the same spot of the 3600 north Ashland Avenue. When we finally got the street smoothly resurfaced after the first two sloppy jobs, here we go again. One guy drilling, four guys watching and our utilities going up again.

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Jun 12

Updated 3 days ago

Design and Build 4 You

Is anyone else trying to get a hold of this company?

Do you have alternate contact numbers?

  • Ed H. 5 year Lakeview resident

    Yes. Steve was the salesman and original project manager. I was transitioned to a new project manager (Dan) a few months into the project. When that wasn't helping, I got John involved. John was my project manager for a while. Then He sent me back to Dan, for a week....

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    Yes. Steve was the salesman and original project manager. I was transitioned to a new project manager (Dan) a few months into the project. When that wasn't helping, I got John involved. John was my project manager for a while. Then He sent me back to Dan, for a week. Dan was let go as a project manager, but came back as a worker. At some point I was transitioned to Sam as a PM. Then they went out of business.

    I've started a google group for people to join, and maybe we can seek money because of criminal activity. We will see.

    https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/design-build-4-u-former-clients

    Please join it so we can continue the discussions there.

  • Applied to Google group. Former employee that would love to know what progress is being made to bring these thieves to justice. Would love to help, if I can.

4 days ago

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4 days ago

Come visit moss HQ during Ravenswood ArtWalk 2014

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4 days ago

Found Phone

We found a phone, a white verizon LG G3, at the corner of Grace and Bosworth around 7:30 tonight. If it is yours please let me know and we can set up a way for you to verify it is yours and a time for you to get it.

4 days ago

found: Ventra Card

In the midst of looking for my wallet or contents, my parents found a Ventra Card on Fletcher in the 1300 block. If you know the last 4 numbers, private message me.

5 days ago

Speed Camera by Petco on 3000 block of Ashland

From the alderman: "In several days speed cameras will be operational at 3111/3130 N. Ashland Ave, in your ward. After calibration and testing, the cameras begin issuing warning notices. The warning phase lasts for 30 days and after the warning phase, it will issue citations. If you have any questions or if you would like a briefing please contact me at 312-742-7621 or david.pulsipher@cityofchicago.org."

5 days ago

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Sep 24

Updated 5 days ago

Puppy training classes in/near Lakeview?

My 5-month-old puppy just got her rabies and last parvo vaccine, so we're ready for puppy school! I'd love to hear local recommendations from Lakeview dog owners. My preference is a group class so she can get some better puppy socialization. Lakeview classes would be optimal, but we can drive to nearby neighborhoods if need be.

  • We took puppy classes at Barking Lot also. They were fun and helpful.

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    The one we took our black lab to, I wouldn't recommend due to all the dogs barking...we couldn't hear the trainer!

Sep 19

Updated 5 days ago

Referendum about proposed CTA "Flyover" on Nov. 4 Ballot

There will be a referendum about the planned CTA “Flyover” on the Nov. 4 Election Ballot in the #20, 36 & 38 precincts of the 44th ward. Vote NO to protect Central Lakeview!

The Referendum: Has the CTA sufficiently justified the $320 million proposed Brown Line Flyover project and its impact on local homes and businesses?

Vote NO to insist the CTA let the community know what they plan before it’s too late to stop them.

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There will be a referendum about the planned CTA “Flyover” on the Nov. 4 Election Ballot in the #20, 36 & 38 precincts of the 44th ward. Vote NO to protect Central Lakeview!

The Referendum: Has the CTA sufficiently justified the $320 million proposed Brown Line Flyover project and its impact on local homes and businesses?

Vote NO to insist the CTA let the community know what they plan before it’s too late to stop them.

The CTA Belmont El ‘flyover’ will waste $320 million++. Save Central Lakeview, a thriving restaurant, shopping, business district, from being ruined by the unnecessary Brown Line ‘flyover.’ Don’t let them waste your money, ruin your neighborhood.

The flyover will swing wide over two blocks of Clark Street, turning a large chunk
of this essential street into an under-El wasteland. Many commercial buildings and homes will be destroyed. Those still standing will be left facing under-El emptiness and an overhead train.

The CTA ‘findings’ are false, their drawings intentionally misleading.
Plans have NOT been finalized; please speak up for Lakeview before it’s too late.

Want to know more? Contact: 3200nwiltonblk@gmail.com

Or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter:
www.facebook.com/pages/3200nwiltonblock44thwardchicago/124214374407302

  • No one said it's not welcome, but if you're not going to convince me or sway me to think a certain way without fact when all you do is spout opinion and anecdotal estimations.

    Sadly too many people allow that to happen and we are left with a swath of...

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    No one said it's not welcome, but if you're not going to convince me or sway me to think a certain way without fact when all you do is spout opinion and anecdotal estimations.

    Sadly too many people allow that to happen and we are left with a swath of misinformed people.

    So far the only link source provided was someone's rant replete of factual evidence. And just because the CTA has provided factual evidence doesn't mean I'm blindly believing it at face value either. I am able to use critical thinking skills to come to my own conclusion. But don't rant and rave if that conclusion doesn't parallel your own.

  • Robert, quite right, this vote in three precincts (out of more than 2,000 in Chicago) is purely advisory, just a show. It will have no relevance to whether this project goes forward.

    You're quire right, there's a LOT of infrastructure work that needs to be done in this city, both maintaining existing structures, as well as building and improving new ones.

    The CTA publishes ridership data back to 2001, anyone want to use it to try to produce more correct numbers? (I found this just now via Google.)

    http://www.transitchicago.com/ridership/

6 days ago

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6 days ago

McPherson School Playground and Campus - Almost finished!

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

Sep 23

Updated 6 days ago

Garage Break in on Melrose

Garage break in last night on 1500 Block. They entered from the yard side of the garage (!!), by slashing the window screen and opening the window. Seems it must have been more than 1 person as the window is high to just climb through... Police report filed. We don't know if they were interrupted or decidied they didn't like the bikes - was was uncovered and taken off it's hanger, but not taken...

  • 1500 block of School St.
    Garage Break In

    Went through car and took $5-$10 of parking change...opened trunk and tossed items around, but didn't take anything...
    Also took garage door opener from car....had to change my opener codes.

  • L

    Shortly after the young man above kicked the door at Racine and Barry, there was a garage break-in just west of there. Could be the same guy. In any case, make sure you secure your garage release mechanism. It makes it harder to get in.

Sep 24

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Sep 22

Updated Sep 24

walking partner(s)

Senior seeking women walking partners in Lakeview area between Belmong and Irving Park/Damen and Shefield

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    I could meet at Lincoln Irving Damen too (or north of there in North Ctr or Lincoln Square).

  • Let's pick a day, time and location. Mornings are best for me.

Sep 23

A Tale of Two Cities: Sharing the Road in Amsterdam and Istanbul

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Sep 22

Updated Sep 23

Bus Shelter on Broadway and Sheridan

Does anyone know what happened to the Bus shelter on the corner of Broadway and Sheridan? I drove by it this morning and the glass was shattered.

  • My guess would be a car ran into it. I've seen that happen several times at other bus shelters. Once on Division and Western I was almost hit by a car that took down the whole shelter. Be careful in those things.

  • Someone from the CTA already replaced the glass yesterday but I would also like to know what happened. I wondered if it was from the construction on Sheridan that has been going on.

Sep 23

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Sep 23

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Sep 16

Updated Sep 22

Chicago Speed Camera Map: watch out for one by Lane Tech High School

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/viewer?mid=zDIlbNW6Kzv4.kWRTNheTjAho

Just an fyi, speed cameras in school zones are set if you go over 20 mph. Watch out for one at 2501 W. Addison by Lane Tech High School. The normal speed limit is 30 mph and the cameras run longer than expected (6am - 9pm?) not just during school hours. $100 ticket.

  • Dang, I didn't know they now took speeding violations from the front?! What are times of the reduced 20mph speed?

  • There's also one just south of Belmont/Lincoln/Ashland between the Petco and Boston Market. i just noticed the sign today. As others have mentioned, it's 20 MPH. I *think the sign said it's enforced during school hours when children are present. Someone please correct me if I am wrong. 20 MPH is SO slow. Combine the school zones with all of the the slow zones because of city parks and you'll be at a crawl on many busy thoroughfares.

Sep 20

Updated Sep 22

27 Magazine Holders

I have 27 magazine holders/cases I'd like to give away, preferably to a charity. I know that I can drop them off at one of many local charities, but I'd prefer to give them to a charity that is going to use them. Do you know of one?

  • elisabeth solomon

    The Black Star Project on Sept 22, 2014, has need for wooden magazine racks.
    Please follow up with Dorothy at 773.285-9600 on this fine offer for magazine holders.

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    I checked with them. I'll take some or all of them! :)

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