4 hours ago

Updated 17 min ago

Misericordia Candy Days at Belmont/Lincoln & Ashland

Every year for the past 20 years my family and I have coordinated Misericordia Candy Days at the corner of Belmont, Lincoln and Ashland. This year is no exception. Candy Days is Friday April 25 and Saturday April 26. We will be out there again doing our best to help my brother and 600 other members of the Misericordia family.
If you’re in the city feel free to come over to volunteer or donate in person. We are all over the intersection and base camp is in the Central Savings Bank parking lot. You can contact me at rskelts@gmail.com with any questions.

  • I'm out of town this weekend, but best of luck to you and to Misericordia Candy Days! A great organization.

  • Thanks Noreen,

    I know that you have helped us in past years and we will miss you this year. Thank for the words of encouragement!!

    RS

2 hours ago

Updated 29 min ago

Peruvian Restaurant in "Expressions" spot?

Does anyone know whats going on at 4020 N. Lincoln? It's the storefront across from Starbucks that has had signage in the windows for years saying "Expressions, coming soon". I heard from the owner of Coles Appliances next door that it is being built out as a Peruvian restaurant. Does anyone have the scoop?

  • Botkin Amateur photographer.

    That would be a great addition. I have noticed they've put parking spaces in the back, which seemed odd, given the plentiful parking nearby (maybe a code thing?). I've long suspected the Expressions signage was fake—just there to obscure the windows and make the block look less dreary.

  • GCV New to North Center

    I was actually going to ask the same question. I agree that would be a great addition to the area.

13 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Nettelhorst French Market

Does anyone know which Saturday it begins? Last year it opened in late April. Will it be open this coming Saturday?

46 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Summer school options

I was wondering if anyone have any options for summer school in the area. I need full-time care as I work and was hoping to find something along the Brown Line.

  • Aron Long tlme Lincoln sq home owner

    Try calling St matthias or st bens churches .they have some programs which may be a bit expensive.

  • Queen of Angels has a great day camp - very close to the Western stop.

3 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Landlord Responsibility?

I contacted my landlord in February about the fact that my smoke detector doesn't work, and then again in March. I am still waiting for a new one. He lives in my building, so one would think he'd be a little more concerned about fire safety. I know it's the landlord's responsibility to provide a smoke detector and since it's only a few dollars, I could certainly go out and buy one, but I'd like to know what my rights are as a tenant and what actions I can take?

  • lauren east lakeview republican

    That's great! So glad he finally stepped up :)

  • Ann in Lakeview 30+ years in Lakeview

    Very good news! Glad your landlord finally gave you a working smoke alarm :)

Feb 26

Updated 2 hours ago

Zumba is now at St. Benedicts!

Come join the party and get fit at the same time. Zumba is now 2x a week at St. Benedicts, Saturdays from 10am to 11 and on Wed from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Everyone's first class is free and after is $5 drop in or buy 10 class passes for $30 ($3 a class). Open to both men and women ages 16 years and up.

Mar 18

Updated 3 hours ago

Squirrel hanging from telephone/electric wire

For close to a month my kids have a daily watch ("It's still there!") on a dead squirrel hanging from a wire apparently by its teeth midway between poles in a backyard on the south east corner of Oakley and Montrose where it dead-ends at Welles Park. Anybody else see this?

  • It is indeed gone. Fake or not, it has been a part of our family's day for months and months. That squirrel was a small part of what helped get us through a very tough winter. I hope if it was real, he rests in peace. If it was fake, thank you to the perp who hung it there.

  • william V northcenter resident

    yep--its gone--my kids were always looking at it and talking about it on the way to the park--- r. i p. mr squirrel

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12 hours ago

Grooving with cast of 'Hair'

Go: 8 p.m. Friday through June 29 at American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St.

Mar 08

Updated 14 hours 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.

47 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Need nitrogen for my tires

Anyone know where I can get a nitrogen fill-up in the area?

Apr 15

Updated 18 hours ago

Suspicious activity at Belle Plaine and Lincoln and in North Center Town Square

Has anyone else noticed loitering and some generally odd happenings in this area. I see a car parked with people getting in and out and people loitering near the buildings. My guess is that there might be some drug sales going on. I'll be contacting the Alderman's office but was wondering if anyone else has notified them.

  • tbf

    I talked to the Alderman's office yesterday. This is a known issue with that block of buildings that house the empty laundry mat and the currency exchange. He said that they would let the beat Captain know that the activity is picking up and that neighbors should call the police anytime we see something odd.

  • I often see sketchy types going in and out of the closed laundromat. I've even seen them taking in giant TVs. It seemed odd, but it's not illegal to move a TV, and while I walk by often, I don't live in the neighborhood so I never reported anything.

20 hours ago

Earth Day: Three (small, easy) Ways to Love Your Planet

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40 hours ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Old Borders, North/Halsted?

Anyone know what is going in at the old Borders location at North & Halsted?

5 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Ald. Pawar running again

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140414/north-center/ald-pawar-kicks-off-re-election-bid-says-maybe-future-mayoral-run

This is great news...I hate the term limit part though. Does anyone know if the committeeman is organizing for the campaign or how to get involved?

  • Julie-audubon mom, MBA, coffee nut, political junkie

    Bill- you're right on the ward being the envy. My point is people from other communities want an alderman like ours. The Mariano's was not started by the former alderman. I was at the community meeting for the Roundys and 11 story condo tower. Schulter proposed 14 million in TIF....

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    Bill- you're right on the ward being the envy. My point is people from other communities want an alderman like ours. The Mariano's was not started by the former alderman. I was at the community meeting for the Roundys and 11 story condo tower. Schulter proposed 14 million in TIF. The proposal did not have community support and died. This Mariano's is all the new alderman. You are right on the ball field. It's Schulter. You're wrong on the French School. My good friend,who also happens to raise money for Lycee, always talks about what an obstructionist the old administration was. I also remember Schulters proposal to build single family homes on the school site. My point is we don't need a relative of the old administration in office in 2019. Even you can agree with me on that.

  • I agree Julie. I'd hate to see someone from Schulter's administration take over.

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6 days ago

Updated 45 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.

  • Cat

    Hi Elizabeth! I'm interested in seeing pics of the corduroy sofa, loveseat and chair. Could you send them to me via email? cat02134 at gmail dot com. Thanks!

  • Hi Cat, thanks for your interest, however it's all been picked up already! I just can't figure out how to delete posts on everyblock :/

2 days ago

Recommendations for someone to install eco friendly wood floor?

Hi, Can anyone recommend a local person who could pull up the raggedy (!) wall to wall in our new condo and lay down a nice new wood floor - the type that doesn't off-gas with the noxious chemicals? Thanks very much

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Apr 10

Updated 2 days ago

Beware of Energy Plus - Stick with ComEd

I was wondering why my electric bills seemed kinda high. Not crazy high, but more than they should be. I figured it must have something to do with that offer I signed up for to have my energy delivered by Energy Plus. I was a sucker for their airline miles offer. What was going on was that every month their charge went up by mere pennies, but last month the electric bill was about $30 more than it should be....

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I was wondering why my electric bills seemed kinda high. Not crazy high, but more than they should be. I figured it must have something to do with that offer I signed up for to have my energy delivered by Energy Plus. I was a sucker for their airline miles offer. What was going on was that every month their charge went up by mere pennies, but last month the electric bill was about $30 more than it should be. This winter we all saw higher bills of course because of the brutal winter. If you are using Energy Plus, call ComEd and cancel it. If you are considering signing up, read the fine print and cancel as soon as you can after getting the miles....or better yet, learn from my mistake and steer clear and warn your friends.

  • lauren east lakeview republican

    There is a recent post on here where someone did the math and broke it all down. I don't remember the exact title but it had "integrys" in it. In that thread he talks about the hidden charges. :)

  • d3 NOH

    lauren, that is unrelated/different though really, just to avoid the confusion it's not lumped as the same issue. This actually was a good deal, and there were no hidden fees for the duration. So the calculation and sites (CUB, etc) that talk about this would lead you to believe it...

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    lauren, that is unrelated/different though really, just to avoid the confusion it's not lumped as the same issue. This actually was a good deal, and there were no hidden fees for the duration. So the calculation and sites (CUB, etc) that talk about this would lead you to believe it was a savings--it was for me for over a year. The calculation in question for anyone having this issue would have been done a full year ago+ to be having this issue, then after that year they change the rates to variable. You could do the same calculation today and come up that Energy Plus had no hidden fees and that it was a better deal, but the issue is what happens after the 12 month period if/when it becomes variable.

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6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Gutter & Siding

Neighbors,
Thanks for the great reccommendations for the carpet. If anyone has any good reccommendations for a contractor who does siding and gutters, please let me know.
As always Thanks a bunch.

  • Call Slawek, 773.497.6744
    He has completed several jobs, siding, gutters, windows....very professional and reasonable.

  • I highly recommend Peter Skobelski. 773-415-1552. He did sliding insulation and gutters on our Victorian 3 flat. Neighbors commented on how clean he left the site each night. He nailed the details and even did a few things not in the contract at no charge. He isn't a contractor. He is someone the contractor sub out to.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Commercial fishing on lakefront around Belmont Harbor?

Last week I noticed a weird foam about 15 ft out on the water in an extensive ring. I asked a scientist friend who knows about such things. He said that the local fisherman have taken to the disgraceful practice of using fire extinguishers to push out 20 or more lines to catch fish and the foam is a result of the froth from the extinguishers.
Today I saw men dragging big carts of items such as extinguishers, various multi fishing lines, many large buckets and other equipment. etc over to the lakefront. Is this commercial fishing? What are they doing with the fish they catch? Are Lake Michigan fish being sold to local restaurants?

  • D3- snagging is legal but only from October 1 - December 31 http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/facilities/fishing-areas/fishing-hours-and-seasons/

  • inssane North Sider since 1981

    Give me a nice rod and reel setup, a couple of brews, and a 70 degree breezy day and I will take a nice fight from a scrappy fish. What happened to 'anglers'? :)

    Anyhow, it isn't a guarantee that everyone is using only compressed air in the extinguishers. However,...

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    Give me a nice rod and reel setup, a couple of brews, and a 70 degree breezy day and I will take a nice fight from a scrappy fish. What happened to 'anglers'? :)

    Anyhow, it isn't a guarantee that everyone is using only compressed air in the extinguishers. However, foam can come from multiple variables and sometimes is pretty normal, especially in the ocean harbors. Niagara falls is beautiful, til you get on the boat, look down and it looks like refuse from washing a bear with shampoo. If it's abnormal for that area (the foam) you can always find a resource to report it to.

    As for these fishing methods, there are clear rules as to how many lines/poles per licensed person, how many hooks on each line, daily limit quantity and size, etc. In IL you can have 3 rods per angler and up to two hooks per rod. So technically one lure with two treble hooks constitutes two hooks. If they are toting around 100 hooks with 10 on each line, that's illegal, and if they are using shopping carts I HIGHLY doubt anyone you see is commercial. Commercial actually harvest in worse ways...

    In WI, the DNR (dept. natural resources) handles these matters.
    I would be more worried about the amount of hooks/lines per person than anything. People like that tend to be haphazard as well. Would be great for that kind of barbed wire to wash up on shore huh?

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Green Construction: What You Should Know About VOCs in your Home Improvement Project

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5 days ago

Coalfire Pizza coming to 3707 N. Southport

Confirmed today that they are coming to the former Hye Bar space, and hoping to open later this summer.

http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2014/04/coalfire-pizza-coming-to-3707-n.html

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Apr 14

Updated 6 days ago

Ants!

It is spring and the ants have begun to march. In our experience last year, the little roundish traps didn't do enough. So, I think we need an exterminator. I'm okay with them doing what they need to do outside the house. But, I'm worried about the interior. I don't want the chemicals in the house and substances like vinegar don't seem to work well enough. Will hiring an exterminator just for the outside be sufficient? Any exterminator recommendations? Any ant removal recommendations?

Thanks

  • Steve Vance Thrice Decades on Melrose St.

    Cinnamon eh? I'm giving this a shot in the next week as I get them from tiny crevices and cracks that sometimes sitting the Terro traps by is near impossible.

  • Patricia 25 Year Lakeview Resident

    Important distinction: Carpenter ants--the big black ants--are like termites and very destructive. For them, I'd go with a professional exterminator. The little ants are an icky nuisance and can be dealt with by ant traps or cinnamon. Nievka, I love your description of a "tiny cinnamon wall."

6 days ago

Two Bedroom Apartment for Rent - Northcenter

Hello all, I have a unit for rent on the 4300N block of Damen. The unit has two bedrooms + an office, heat and a covered parking spot included. Laundry is in the building - many updates. Please feel free to call of text me at 847-962-2087 to set up a showing if you're interested. I live in the building. Thanks! http://goo.gl/B2Npuh

Apr 14

Updated Apr 16

Will a quartz countertop remnant sell?

I know this is a weird question. We're replacing a countertop and are going to have leftover quartz. I don't want to take delivery of it if I can't get rid of it. Do you think this is something people would buy? Is there a want-ads listing service for building materials other than the obvious, like craigslist?

  • Could you please confirmd the dimensions of the remnant that you have and the price? I too, would be interested! THX.

  • L

    I don't know. I don't have it and won't take delivery of it unless I have a home for it. It is a slab that has two back splashes cut from it. As soon as I have more info, I'll post or PM you. Thanks.

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Apr 15

Think Spring: Plant Shade Trees Now for a Cool Summer

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Apr 14

Brainy beauty seeks active, happy home

Quoting from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: "If he were a high school student, Bounder would be voted Most Likely to Succeed. Or perhaps Most Congenial. Heck, maybe even Best Eyes. In short, Bounder is an all-star — a smart cookie with impressive athleticism and a smile that confirms his unfailing friendliness.

Energetic and game for anything, Bounder thinks running around and playing catch are just about the most fun one can have. But this two-and-a-half-year-old has just as active a...

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Quoting from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: "If he were a high school student, Bounder would be voted Most Likely to Succeed. Or perhaps Most Congenial. Heck, maybe even Best Eyes. In short, Bounder is an all-star — a smart cookie with impressive athleticism and a smile that confirms his unfailing friendliness.

Energetic and game for anything, Bounder thinks running around and playing catch are just about the most fun one can have. But this two-and-a-half-year-old has just as active a mind — he’s already completed a formal training program with flying colors. Basic commands? Easy-peasy. Bounder loves learning and takes pride in all that he knows how to do.
Bounder’s looking for an active home and a person who loves exercise, the outdoors, and bonding through ongoing training as much as he does. Check out the beautiful Bounder in action right here.

Because Bounder is so full of life, and so ready to channel his enthusiasm, his friends at Helping Paws in Woodstock, Illinois, are looking to find him a loving home or foster home as soon as possible. If you think you might be the one for Bounder, please call Ravelle or Donna M at 815-338-4400.
Even if you can’t adopt or foster right now, you can still help spread the word by posting Bounder’s flyer anywhere pet-loving people might see it".

Apr 13

Updated Apr 14

Veg Head - good, locally-grown veggies to go in North Center

I was walking and enjoying the weather yesterday, and while I was coming back from the Pet Supplies Store on Lincoln, I ran into a cute little shop with a cartoon broccoli illustration outside, begging me to check it out - the signs boasted smoothies, produce, etc., and I have never seen it before. So inside I went, and the owner gave me the lowdown on the shop. She obtains her produce from local farms, and the idea is that...

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I was walking and enjoying the weather yesterday, and while I was coming back from the Pet Supplies Store on Lincoln, I ran into a cute little shop with a cartoon broccoli illustration outside, begging me to check it out - the signs boasted smoothies, produce, etc., and I have never seen it before. So inside I went, and the owner gave me the lowdown on the shop. She obtains her produce from local farms, and the idea is that you can pick stuff out, like certain veggies, and they make them to go - basically, making eating well more convenient for the customer. I tried a peach smoothie, which is all the basics - yogurt, honey, and fruit. No additives!

While reading up on this to post on my food-enthusiast blog (http://vixteroni.wordpress.com), I came across this article from a while back:

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130905/north-center/veg-head-battles-junk-food-with-customized-snack-packs

If you are around Lincoln and Irving Park, be sure to check this out - I think there is a lot of potential there.

  • Jen Baron JBaron

    Wow! Good to know! Had no idea about this place and I will be sure to check it out! We need more places like this! And we need to support them! So keep spreading the word! Very cool!

  • I don't understand why Veg Head purposely tries to alienate a good portion of potential customers by stating "This is an anti-Ayn Rand Establishment". I am not a serious Randite, but I have read some of her books and found them thought provoking. To me, this signage just seems like bad business. It is the reason I have never been in Veg Head despite living around the corner (and loving guac).

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