1 hour ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Arrest in alley behind Addison

There were just 4 CPD SUV's behind our place on Addison between Hamilton and Hoyne. This was right outside the coach house which has been mentioned here before (loud, thrashing, banging thread). An arrest was made. White male, facial hair, black hoodie, black baseball cap. Does anyone know what happened? Unwritten kitten, are you home? Are you ok?

13 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Recycle dry cleaning hangers?

Anyone know of a place or organization interested in reusing the hangers from dry cleaners. I can never bring myself to throw them away.

  • A friend of mine is an art teacher at a CPS school, and she's been looking for wire hangers for a classroom project. I emailed her a link to this post so that she can try and get in touch with you. Thanks for posting!

  • Jeff Life long Chicago kid

    Gene that would be great. I think folks can send emails via this site.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Tagging in North Center

Last night our garage, along with several others in the alley of the 3600 block between Campbell and Artesian were tagged.

Photo is attached.

This area is a popular hangout for High School kids on Friday / Saturday nights when there are games at the Lane Tech Stadium.

  • Jim K. 3 boys, lots of noise

    Nan, it is a multi-building factory that went vacant over the summer. Begyle microbrewery is holding down the south end of the chain of buildings well, but empty from there up to Warner. Signage is up for leasing, hopefully some tenants in there soon.

  • Jennifer Toomey 20 year Roscoe Village resident.

    I use the app called- See Click Fix It makes reporting graffiti and other needs really easy. Snap a picture and answer a few questions. You get a message when it has been received and another when it has been fixed! Download the free app and start reporting!

Oct 21

Updated Oct 23

Good Spot to Buy Furniture?

I just moved to the neighborhood and was wondering if you knew a good spot to buy furniture in Chicago at a reasonable price?

I'm mainly looking for living room furniture (couch, table, TV stand, etc.).

  • Susan S. resident

    Don't forget craigslist.org and ebay classifieds.

  • Marco from Tropoje Two-flat owner

    My initial thoughts were of Roy's, but only if you intend to keep it for a while. It's not cheap cheap, but affordable and of really great quality. IKEA is my go to store for cheap, decent furniture that I don't mind leaving behind if I have to move.

Oct 21

Updated Oct 22

Ravenswood Metra Bike Parking

I am moving to the neighborhood in a few months and plan to try the Ravenswood Metra as my way of getting to the Loop every day for work. Can anyone give me a sense of bike parking availability for the morning commute? Have been issues with bike theft at the stop? Thanks

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    I guess I don't understand Divvy. For this to be practical, there would need to be a Divvy station every couple of blocks

  • Tina K 10 years in Lincoln Square

    The closest divvy station was sometimes full in the morning and close to empty in the evening, so I'd allow extra time in case you need to use a divvy station that was further away.

Oct 17

Power outage

Does anyone know what caused the outage this morning that caused Starbucks, Subway and CVS to close briefly?

Oct 13

Updated Oct 14

Stolen Halloween Decorations

We have been decorating for years and someone stole a wooden coffin with creepy hands that my husband made right off of our front lawn. I am so disappointed.

  • yoohoo Northcenter resident for 20+ years

    That stinks. We've had pumpkins stolen from our front steps in years past. Sometimes people do stupid things. Sorry.

  • jasper1055 Roscoe Villiage

    It's sad, but, I finally just stopped decorating out front. I got really tired of the drunks stealing, smashing and destroying everything....then having to clean up a trail of pumpkin for a block or so. I guess it's a reality of living on Addison.

Oct 06

Picnic's Family Movie Night!

I am excited to announce our first Family Movie Night on Friday, October 10 at 7:00 pm. We will be showing the children's favorite; Good Night Moon and other Songs and Stories. It is a perfect end to the week and start to a fun weekend. And what better story to help ease your toddler or preschooler to bed!
Join us at Picnic, 3717 N. Ravenswood, suite 219 E
$5 for a parent and child, $10 for a family
Hope to see you there.
Questions? Email me at: chicagofamilypicnic@gmail.com
Thanks,
Rebecca

Sep 29

Updated Oct 01

  • J*o*s*h Engineer on Wrightwood

    And don't forget Lyft! Drivers are generally nicer than Uber. Either are miles above cabbies though.

    Don't support a corrupt institution! Ditch the cabs.

    If you haven't used Lyft before, here's a link to a code that will get you your first ride free up to $25: http://lyft.com/invited/JOSH1979 (this is not a soliciation or an advertisement as I do not work for Lyft. I just like the service).

  • Jim Douglas Community resident for 18 years

    Josh you work for Lyft! Who you kidding. I also drive for them and love it! And I have water and snacks.

Sep 28

Updated Sep 30

Did anyone happen to get the details on what happened at

Lincoln and Addison last night around 7:30? I saw ambulance, fire truck and police. Looked like they were removing a bicycle from the roadway and someone was on the ground. I really, really hope the person is okay.

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    Mitzi, Could you clarify where this happened on Addison? Between Rockwell and what street? Thanks

  • Western. It was in front of Lane during the homecoming game, but students were not involved.

Sep 26

Updated Sep 27

Phenominal Designer Showhourse right behind my apartment in No. Center/Ravenswood

Hi Neighbors, I live on the 4000 n. block of Paulina (12 yrs.) I don't post often but wanted to tell people there is a designer show-house right in our neighborhood -usually they are in the burbs. Totally worth seeing! You can get plenty of ideas for decorating; colors, textures, fabrics, decor placement and just going through the house is a beautiful experience.The designers are so very nice and informative. So glad I went. They are only open until the 30th. The proceeds go towards prevention of Child Abuse so a lot of love went into this. Wish the mayor would come to see this- after all he lives on the street.

Apr 23

Updated Sep 25

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?

  • CJL ...

    They can't really be planning to use the whole 8,000+ sf for the restaurant, can they?

  • Looks like they have really made a lot of progress. I went by there today and saw the crew removing the plywood construction facade.

Sep 24

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 13

Updated Sep 20

Odd Store Front at Kedzie & Grace

Just south of Grace on Kedzie (couple doors south of Christina's bar) there is an odd storefront. There is no name on the front, and it's clearly not residential. There are weird items in the store like miniature houses and cats. I've never seen anyone doing anything inside. Does anyone have any idea what this place is?

  • I bet Dr. Who's Time Machine is in there !

  • An older woman lives there. I think it used to be a beauty salon, and now is her home.

Sep 06

Updated Sep 16

Addison porch robbery

I called police Friday, about 2:00 p.m.
after witnessing a male, black, with short dread locks, about 20-25 years take a package off a neighbor's porch then walk east on Addison street. He hung out at the bus stop at Addison and Wolcott, let the bus pass by, then crossed the street to take the package. As far as I know he wasn't caught.

  • This has happened to us 3-4x in the year that we've lived in Roscoe Village and a couple of times, it's occurred within minutes of the UPS truck leaving. The truck must be followed.

  • ChiJen, that is exactly what is happening. These thieves track delivery trucks, knowing that they will leave packages in unsecured locations if no one answers the door. I avoid UPS deliveries if at all possible because of this. I've never had UPS do this.

    If you are having an item...

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    ChiJen, that is exactly what is happening. These thieves track delivery trucks, knowing that they will leave packages in unsecured locations if no one answers the door. I avoid UPS deliveries if at all possible because of this. I've never had UPS do this.

    If you are having an item delivered by UPS delivery and suspect you will not be home to receive it, leave alternative instructions when you place your order for an item: "If no response at delivery address, please ring any apartment in bldg (or specify another apartment #)" or "If no response at delivery address, please deliver next door (give exact address)." I believe if you give an address close to yours, they will deliver as requested. At the very least, leave an instruction NOT to leave the delivery in an unsecured location.

Feb 11 2012

Updated Sep 12

All Brand Motor Works

Anyone know what to do if you have a motorcycle stuck in this shop? Can't get in contact with the owner - sent a registered letter, no response. Just wondering if anyone else had this problem?

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

    @POS_miniracer: meant no disrespect to John. I never met him, but friends of mine who were long time customers of his spoke fondly of him. And have nothing but respect for someone who ran a shop on his terms as long as he did.

  • No, I'm sure you didn't.
    None taken.

Apr 28 2012

Updated Sep 11

Albany Park Library Branch - closing :(

I just found out the Albany Park branch is closing in June! They are going to demolish the building and build a new library, but the librarian I talked to said that process could take up to two years. I know we have Sulzer nearby, but AP was quieter and faster when requesting books online.

Sep 09

STEP TOGETHER: A Community Fun Walk

The date has been set, the locations have been confirmed, the children are pumped up for it, and the entire community awaits it. The Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club proudly presents its inaugural “Step Together: A Community Fun Walk” to take place on Sunday, September 14, 2014 (9am-12pm) to celebrate the beginning of a new school year.

The Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club has been an integral part of this community for over 80 years. We provide after school services...

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The date has been set, the locations have been confirmed, the children are pumped up for it, and the entire community awaits it. The Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club proudly presents its inaugural “Step Together: A Community Fun Walk” to take place on Sunday, September 14, 2014 (9am-12pm) to celebrate the beginning of a new school year.

The Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club has been an integral part of this community for over 80 years. We provide after school services to over 1,200 children a year. Our goal for this event is to unite the entire community, students & parents, promote community development, education, and bring the entire neighborhood together to support our schools, our students, and our community.

Students, parents, friends, families, and faculty from local schools and community organizations are encouraged to join us for the NBGC’s Back-to School Walk and Fair. The 3K community stroll begins at Revere Park/NBGC Fields, and continues through Horner Park and ends back at NBGC (the destination of our fun fair with refreshments and entertainment). All entrants receive a water and bananas and the first 300 to sign up receive a commemorative event t-shirt.

Why Walk?
-Spend a beautiful morning with your family and neighbors
-Get to know the people in your community and neighborhood schools
-Support the NBGC and learn of all the programs they offer for our young children
-Get information on local high schools and their programs, our local high schools are making great advancements in education

So please join us in this wonderful community event. Please visit www.NBGC.org for more information or call 773-463-4161. You can email Executive Director, Tom Krier at events@nbgc.org.

Call for more information and the opportunity to sponsor or partner with the event as a Sponsor and supporter of the community and education of our local students.

$10 per person
$25 per family of 4, $5 each additional family member

Sep 05

Updated Sep 06

Side mirror broke

I parked on Wolcott (between Warner and Belle Plaine) last night and this morning at least 6 cars had smashed/broken passenger side mirrors. Did anyone see anything last night after 10pm??

  • My husband and I were coming home around 11-11:30pm & noticed a bunch of young teens on Wolcott just south of Warner. They were being loud and it looked like 2 were arguing. Then some left on foot and some got in a car and took off. We called the...

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    My husband and I were coming home around 11-11:30pm & noticed a bunch of young teens on Wolcott just south of Warner. They were being loud and it looked like 2 were arguing. Then some left on foot and some got in a car and took off. We called the police but they left as we were on the phone & couldn't make out a license plate. Not sure if it's coincidental or related to the mirrors, but it did seem to be a out of place commotion. Made us feel uneasy.

  • RT Here

    Description of the teens?

Sep 01

Updated Sep 01

Pest control?

A squirrel nested under our porch this summer and has left behind fleas, and possible the old nest. Does anyone have a referral for pest control or humane nest relocation if necessary?

  • You can put out the fertilizer "blood meal". It should deter the fellers. If not, there is also natural garlic sprays you can use to deter them. It works for deer, so I am positive it will work for squirrels.

    You can also make your own by rotting eggs in a jar with whole garlic cloves. Haha. Seriously. But it's a really bad bomb. That I would only do if nothing else works.

    Good luck!

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