31 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Looking for an in-home petsitter for several nights

I'm looking for an in-home petsitter for my dog for a few upcoming trips. I've used a few services in the area and they've just been okay. There was one in particular with which I wasn't at all happy. I came home to all of my windows being open with the AC on, a sink full of filthy dishes and doubts about whether my dog was properly looked after. Lack of communication and general flakiness have been problems too. My dog is a very well behaved twenty pound mutt. He's an easy dog. I'm an easy owner (in more than one way!). We're near the Southport corridor. Please let me know if you have a petsitter you adore. Thank you!

  • Hi Andrea. I'm retired from a career in broadcast sales & for the last two yrs. have been pursuing my passion- loving pet care! I have numerous references & while the summer was busy, I have more openings now. Please contact me at 248-760-8977. I live in Buena Park. Looking forward to hearing from u.

  • A&K

    Snappy Paws does house sitting. They walk our dog. Reliable service.

3 hours ago

Malnatis Open This Winter

Per Pawar's weekly email, final permits coming soon. They expect to open this winter. I'll take that bet right now.

25 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Air conditioning installation

Does anyone have an a/c contractor they've liked and found affordable?

12 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Old Dominick's Site in Lakeview Will Finally be Developed

From Ald. Tom Tunney: "The site of the former Dominick’s has been vacant since the fire in 2005 and currently serves as a surface parking lot. The new five-story development will include a 71,000 square foot Mariano’s grocery store, a 40,000 square foot X-Sport Fitness, 15,000 square feet of additional retail space and 280 parking spaces. A new traffic signal will be installed at the entrance of the building and the signal at Wellington and Broadway will get a much-needed upgrade. "

http://www.44thward.org/3030-n-broadway/

  • Snappette Special Agent

    Good to know! Thanks for sharing.

  • Ryan C. 15+ year Lakeview East resident

    I won't believe it until Mariano's opens its doors -- this is the 3rd or 4th announcement that something will be built on that parcel...

    ...but I will keep my fingers crossed.

  • Rob Rosmis Your Neighbor, Your Lakeview Realtor

    Good stuff! This will be great for the area. Let's just hope it gets completed as projected.

10 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

FOUND! Little Grey Girl Cat - found near Irving and Damen

This little cat has been hanging out in our neighborhood for a couple of days. We've asked around and no one seems to know who she is. We just took her to the vet and she has no chip. She's not a kitten, and has the teeth of an older cat. She's very gentle and friendly and in pretty good shape. So for now, she'll be on our comfy front porch chair, and we're of course feeding her. Can't bring her in as our boy cats are already upset by her presence. Does anyone recognize her? Found near N. Seeley and Irving Pk. Rd. A neighbor says he'll be putting up signs.

  • I know you probably know this, but try keeping her in the bathroom and the other cats can try playing with her under the door. Hope she finds a home!

2 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Planes too low by Irving park

Anyone knows of a petition to change the ridiculous pathways of planes above
North center/ west Lakeview.
I'm filling noise complaint online as many times as I can but unsure it will do something.
When you have to stop conversing in your patio because of a plane above you is making too much noise, it is a bad sign!
Anyone else? Advice? Ideas?

  • @ awww Lethe - I can relate. I think city living requires a certain kind of someone and like you, there are days when I question if I have that something any longer. When I was young? Yes. Now? No way.

  • The truth of the matter is this world is getting very crowded. Even smaller towns that used to be quiet are no longer; it's the price of progress(??). People are looking for remote towns to retire in Costa Rica and Ecuador and are bringing their baggage with them. There is no escape so let's get used to the Whine Fest.

36 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Debating if I should call 311 - car abandonment maybe?

There is car at the end of our street that has 2 flat back tires. I swear it hasn't moved in about 2 weeks. It was there last month, with the same 2 back tires blown out, and then it disappeared for a week and now it's back. I feel bad, but it feels like that person is using that spot as their own personal space. Should I call 311?

  • Gunnery Sgt Hartman Neighborhood Bully

    Hllhouse, put down the xbox and move your damned car.

    And yes, you should call 311, there's a phone app where you can take pictures of it as well. Does it have any tickets on it?

  • Yes call. I also use an app on my iPhone called chi works. You can report all kind of issues on it (potholes, city light issues, abandoned cars etc) reported one using the app, which can give address and gps tagged location, and pictures. Car was gone within the day and never seen again

2 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

What's everyone paying for Comcast (or other) cable/internet service?

Given Comcast's less than transparent pricing, I'm wondering what everyone else is paying. I negotiated Blast internet, Digital Preferred with HD, HBO, and Steampix for approx. $120/mo. We have one cable box. No DVR. No rented modem/router. How about you??

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3 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Books to Donate/Sell

Hello! We have a few boxes of paperback books to donate/sell. Mostly adult and some young adult, fiction and non-fiction. We were thinking of maybe doing a book sale and donating the money. Or would it be more worthwhile to just donate the books to the local library or charity?
Recommendations/thoughts/suggestions appreciated! Thanks!

  • sue

    I work for Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro and we have the World's Smallest Library in our lobby. It works like this: anyone is free to take a book at any time but, under an honor system, is expected to either bring it, or another book back at some point. This open system has worked surprisingly well and we are always open to book donations. In addition, once in a while, we do BookSwaps, after which we take leftover books to OpenBooks or other literacy programs.

  • If you have the time, take them to Uncharted Books at 2630 North Milwaukee. The owner might take a few off your hands and give you in-store credit for another book that catches your eye. Donate the rest of them; you won't get much $ from selling them on your own. Another option besides those mentioned above is the Newberry Library who run an annual book fair. http://www.newberry.org/book-fair-donations

21 hours ago

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29 hours ago

Dear Divvy, Thanks for Getting People up on Bikes!

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

Aug 08

Updated 29 hours ago

Loud noise

Does anyone know what the loud noise was at 4:30 am near Graceland Cemetery?

  • The Crusty Pirate Old crotchety pirate captain (retired)

    @ D3 "Some of us won't be voting for this administration regardless of who their opponents are."

    So, you really think the alternative candidates are going to get you ->LESS<- revenue sucking to support Chicago's theft class ? ; ) - that's a truly hilarious notion.

    The politics and ideology of the emerging alternative candidates REALLY suggest THAT to you ??? : )

  • @D3, no matter who you vote for, my vote will cancel out yours, just saying...

2 days ago

Updated 37 hours ago

Dog Walkers

I have noticed a great increase in the amount of doggy poop in our neighborhood. It is everywhere! Please, please, please pick up after your dog-poop everywhere is like ringing the dinner bell for rats. I know someone posted about this a few months ago, but I think it bears repeating.

  • Agree! Every time I now my front lawn, I have to walk the yard first and recently saw an increase in rats in my alley. As a dog owner myself, these people are giving us a bad wrap.

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2 days ago

Aug 14

Updated 2 days ago

Excellent, now the rooftop owners are suing the city. This costs all of us money. When

are they going to quit bellyaching and produce a product people will buy...without being parasitic? Look at the restaurants all around the field. Do they need to have line of sight? Seems like they view it as a right.
All I know is that it is wasteful to sue the city - and the taxpayers are left footing the bill.

  • MikeyJoe Rocket scientist

    I'm still trying to figure out on what grounds the rooftop owners can sue. If the Ricketts family accepts that 17% of $0 is zero when all the rooftops go bankrupt, then that's their prerogative. What's the penalty for violation of 6.6 by the Cubs and/or the City? It's not stipulated in the contract.

  • painhertz butterknife ninja

    Arbitration. According to the contract all disputes will be solved via binding arbitration. The rooftops' threat to sue never existed. Most like it was easier to say than "we're going to bindingly arbitrate you".

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Is Lina's on Sheffield still open?

I have not seen anyone in the restaurant for a couple of weeks and it looks like tablecloths are folded and stowed. I knew they changed some months ago to from Leona's. Anyone know anything about thes?

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Need a good computer repair service

Hello fellow frustrated computer users:
I need to get my laptop repaired (keeps freezing, won't respond) and would like to know if you have any recommendations. I'm thinking of taking it to Computers Zone USA at 1134 W. Belmont. Has anyone used them? I live in North Center and want someplace I can get to by El. I can drive if I have to.
Thanks for any help.

  • Gregg Cebrzynski Novelist; Author of "The Champagne Ladies"

    Ms. Smarty Pants: I hope you enjoy it.
    Kindest Regards

  • VernB LS Resident

    Not sure if you have already taken care of this, but before doing anything, I would recommend backing up your files to an external source (Hard Drive, Thumb Drive etc) Also once you back your data up, you could try restoring your computer to factory defaults using the supplied restore...

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    Not sure if you have already taken care of this, but before doing anything, I would recommend backing up your files to an external source (Hard Drive, Thumb Drive etc) Also once you back your data up, you could try restoring your computer to factory defaults using the supplied restore disk or restore partition (if you are comfortable doing this) It's free :) If your computer is freezing and wont respond, its either a hardware issue or a software issue. If software, wipe and reinstall Windows and all of your software (this is what the repair people will do.) If still problematic then send back to original manufacturer for repair or to one of their certified repair centers.

    email direct if you have any questions

2 days ago

Chicago North Center Jobs Group may leave Nextdoor.com, remain on Facebook

As a reminder, I may soon seek to remove the Chicago North Center Jobs Group from Nextdoor.com on or about Labor Day Weekend. With enough encouragement, the group could stay. If such a group could be created or at least promoted on Everyblock.com as well, that would nice as well.

The Group was based on the simple notion of neighbors helping neighbors, with the idea that job seeking should never be a lonely experience. Among other things, the hope was...

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As a reminder, I may soon seek to remove the Chicago North Center Jobs Group from Nextdoor.com on or about Labor Day Weekend. With enough encouragement, the group could stay. If such a group could be created or at least promoted on Everyblock.com as well, that would nice as well.

The Group was based on the simple notion of neighbors helping neighbors, with the idea that job seeking should never be a lonely experience. Among other things, the hope was to tap into the so-called "hidden job market" at a neighborhood level.

The Chicago North Center Jobs Group is still on Facebook, currently at 65 members: https://www.facebook.com/groups/679871012048118/ I may remove "North Center" from its name, maybe replacing it with something representing the broader Ravenswood/Lincoln Avenue area.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Martial arts/Self defense

Hi,
Does anyone have any good, affordable recommendations for a place in the area to take martial art or self defense classes? Thank you!!

  • Bryan Duffy Apartment Locator & Problem Solver

    Degerberg Academy of Mixed Martial Arts is great for beginners and all types. Gets you physically fit and mentally aware. More girls than guys in some of the classes, too. Classes 6 days a week at two locations to choose from. First class is free. After that its about $100-$120/month.

  • My son (6) has been taking classes at ATA in Ravenswood and I really like it there. It's not too "beefcakey" if you know what I mean, and they also keep running Groupons (There's one right now, look for Go2Karate) so you can try out a bunch of classes for next to nothing ($20 for 10 classes or $30 for 16 classes, uniform included).

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

addison & rockwell

what is being done at rockwell and addison next to the lane tech football field across from the clark playlot park? i see a sign for "chicago works" and to check the park district's website, but i couldn't easily find any details on it.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

911 Response Times

I hope that no one in our neighborhood needs police support in the early hours on Friday and Saturday nights, as our district staffing is well below what weekend activity suggests is needed.

http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2014/08/game-of-moans-rough-weekend-brings.html

"Our police district entered "Radio Assignments Pending" (RAP) status at least three times this weekend, forcing dispatchers to stack up piles of 911 calls until officers became available to respond.

Police response for a man who got beat up and robbed on Belmont this morning took almost an hour. "

  • d3...help me understand the difference. If I'm hearing 75% of calls dispatched as non-emergencies...does that mean even lower-scale non-emergencies are taking up their phone time but not being dispatched? Not sure I follow.

  • I called 911 a few weeks ago to report people breaking into cars and it rang and rang and rang. I let it ring for 2-3 minutes three separate times before someone finally picked up. By that time the thieves were long gone.

    Crime is down because no one can get through to dispatch and when they do the cops are backed up and won't or can't take a report, if they respond to the call at all.

    We need more police in 019, plain and simple.

3 days ago

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Aug 15

Updated 3 days ago

Anyone ever successfully file a noise complaint?

A few of us on here live or work next to constructions sites that like to get started before 8am. In the case of private projects, (those not run by the city) most of these folks don't have permits to work before 8am, but do anyways.

What I want to know, is, have you ever successfully filed a complaint such that the contractor or developer was actually cited? According to the noise ordinance, fines can be $300/500/$1000 per incident.

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A few of us on here live or work next to constructions sites that like to get started before 8am. In the case of private projects, (those not run by the city) most of these folks don't have permits to work before 8am, but do anyways.

What I want to know, is, have you ever successfully filed a complaint such that the contractor or developer was actually cited? According to the noise ordinance, fines can be $300/500/$1000 per incident.

I've called the police numerous times on a number of building projects that start at 6:30 or 7:00 in the morning. They came out once and spoke to the site foreman, but that was months ago. No phone-call I've made since then has resulted in any change or any action. Today, I've given my name and phone number and asked to speak to the officers when they arrive on site. But, now that it's past 8am, I wonder if they'll do anything. I did capture video of the construction going on before 8.

  • Best way to deal with a troll is to hit the mute button.

  • RubyRed Dancer, Drummer, Cyclist

    Done, and done. Thanks North Center B for your reasonable response.

3 days ago

ISO Garage Northcenter/surrounding area

Need a garage for a motorcycle. Not to wrench, just to park.

TIA!

3 days ago

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5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Volunteer work

Hi all! I recently moved to the Lakeview area and now that I'm settled I'm looking to do some volunteer work. Anyone know of any volunteer work/mentoring programs working with at-risk youth or young girls? I'm currently a teacher, therefore need something in the early evening. Thanks!

3 days ago

Aug 10

Updated 4 days ago

Handyman in Lakeview

Does anyone have a recommendation for a local handyman that you trust and has reasonable rates? Looking for someone in the Lakeview area.

Thanks!

Aug 12

Updated 4 days ago

Childcare recommendations Lakeview

I have a collegue in a search for quality daycare in the lakeview/wriggleyville area. Recommendations needed :)

  • My daughter goes to Twinkling Stars on Belmont near Damen. Not sure if it's too far but its definitely worth the trip. We have been so happy with our decision to send her there. I highly recommend.

  • Matt 10-year Lakeview resident

    My wife and I have both our daughters at Little Green Treehouse on Ashland. We have been thrilled with our experience and recommend it to anyone in the area. School-parent communication is great, the kids love the facility and their teachers, and most importantly we don't worry a bit about the level of care they are receiving while we are at work. Please feel free to reach out directly for more information.

Aug 14

Updated 4 days ago

Fantasy Football draft spot suggestions

I'm looking for somewhere to hold a fantasy football draft party. Preferably a sports bar with wifi that rents out rooms. Any suggestions?

  • Hi Abby: I work for a bar called Beermiscuous (2812 N Lincoln Ave). We're not a sports bar at all -- a craft beer bar -- but we have a private room downstairs that holds up to 20 people with free wifi, a 42" TV, private bathrooms and chalkboard walls....

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    Hi Abby: I work for a bar called Beermiscuous (2812 N Lincoln Ave). We're not a sports bar at all -- a craft beer bar -- but we have a private room downstairs that holds up to 20 people with free wifi, a 42" TV, private bathrooms and chalkboard walls. Plus, you get to choose from over 300 beers -- and you can bring in or order in your own food.

    We've hosted a few drafts already and would love to host you. Feel free to contact Paul, the owner, at chicagolakeview@beermiscuous.com or 855-450-2337

  • Thank you! I received such a large response to this post and others like it that I decided to publish a piece on the best spots to hold fantasy football draft parties in the city. Check it out: chicago.viewsmix.com/2014/08/18/fantasy-football-draft-party-chicago

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Parking ticket for Street Sweeping

Did anyone else get a parking ticket on Barry between Southport and Lakewood this morning on 8/15? I got one, but I'm pretty sure I didn't see any signs up at 8:20am this morning when I left for work, plus there were a lot of cars still on our side of the street. I got home this afternoon and there was a ticket on the car.

  • Ed H. 5 year Lakeview resident

    I thought there were signs posted that explained the schedule, there are on my street. Something like "street cleaning every 2nd Thursday of the month."

  • L

    Not all areas of LV have the signs or the regular cleaning schedule.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

What's your opinion about the Pride Parade's future?

Do you have an opinion about the Pride Parade's future?

Tell our Alderman!

Alderman Tom Tunney is asking constituents to take a survey regarding the Pride Parade. Please go here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/mp/lp/endpage-8/?sm=d6XMdc3txHIyZ%2b26SZBouFLEo9uO75lGWQN9BujfRm8%3d

If you need a refresher, here's some post Pride Parade 2014 discussion:
http://chicago.everyblock.com/improvement/jun29-2014-pride-parade-thoughts-6226132/

  • its way too big and out of control. I cant wait till its over every year.

  • d3 NOH

    Bud Billiken parade is out of control every year, too.

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Jun 29

Updated 5 days ago

2014 Pride Parade Thoughts

Anyone want to share the good, bad and ugly for Pride Parade 2014? Also, what should be changed for next year?

  • d3 NOH

    what was at montrose harbor?

    pretty sure there have been plenty of documented guns and incidents downtown surrounding various festivals over the years, one year at taste of Chicago alone there were multiple.

    people shoot people all the time and disappear into the crowd, very, very, very few (single % digits) shootings in this city lead to anything at all. So that's not really that unusual that he could disappear at Montrose, it's a circumstance of how our police and justice system operate.

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

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