38 hours ago

Updated 24 hours ago

In home piano lessons?

Can anyone recommend a piano teacher for my beginning level 7 year old? We'd like to have someone come to our house once a week for about 45-60 minutes.

Thanks

Jul 16

Updated Jul 16

Police cars & cyclists at Lincoln & Irving Park

There were a couple of police cars and a group of cops talking to some bicyclists at Lincoln/Damen on the north side of Irving Park by the Starbucks around 5:00 this evening. There was no ambulance, though I could have missed it, and didn't seem like there was a car involved. Anyone know what was going on?

  • UptownGirl Moved, so technically I'm now RavenswoodGirl.

    A young man (looked like a teenager) was cuffed and placed in a police car. I was sitting in the Starbucks, and another patron said he thought the kid had stolen a bike or attempted to steal a bike. The officers were talking to the bicyclists and looking at bicycles for quite awhile. No one in the Starbucks seemed 100% sure what was happening, though it went on for awhile.

Jul 15

Updated Jul 16

Drafting Table Free to Good Home

I have a good drafting table to give away to whoever can come take it from my basement. It opens to 5' high, base is 46" x 26", and it comes with an attached, rolling T square and a good light.

  • Do you still have this?

  • Rinda Landscape designer; North by Northcenter neighbor

    Yes. Are you interested? You can phone me at 773-575-1205.

  • I would be very interested in taking this from you. I will call you later this morning to see if still available

Jul 10

Updated Jul 15

Building adjacent to Irving Brown Line

Anyone know what's going up next to the Irving Park brown line stop?

  • Julie Bean heavy coffee drinker

    Kev- are you sure that the Julius Meinl on Ravenswood is a retail shop? I thought it was their offices.

  • CJL ...

    "Kev- are you sure that the Julius Meinl on Ravenswood is a retail shop? I thought it was their offices."

    It's their bakery AND a retail shop. 100% certain.

Jul 04

Updated Jul 11

Chic Squared Open House

Was walking around and found a new consignment store that was having an open house. Went in and found I could take in gently used clothing. Great place to recycle!

Jul 08

Updated Jul 09

Damen Irving and Lincoln incident

There was a car pulled over and a undercover cop car pulled over too there was someone laying on the ground with people surrounding him/her. I'm curious does anyone know what happened?

  • Yes during peak hours that's a bad area for pedestrians and cyclists alike.

  • Sighryn Roscoe resident

    I avoid that intersection even if I have to go the long way.

Feb 26

Updated Jul 07

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.

  • Thanks for the great class this morning Caddie. Glad you were around the holiday weekend. I'll pass on you July promotion. It's a great idea! See you Wednesday.

  • I like hearing about this kind of thing that is available to us in the neighborhood.

Jul 03

Updated Jul 04

Hardwood Floor Refinisher?

I'm searching for a reputable company to refinish old hardwood floors.

Any recommendations?

Thx!
Jen

Jul 01

Updated Jul 04

Selling our kitchen table

Hey Neighbors. We are trying to make some extra room in the house and have our old round glass kitchen table (and 4 chairs) to sell. Would love to get them out of the house by Thursday if possible. Table is in great condition, chairs may need reupholstering. $75 or best offer.

  • Still looking to sell this, anyone interested, I'm certainly willing to bring the price down.

Jun 30

Updated Jul 01

Police activity Damen/Berteau

Police have had Damen blocked off between Berteau and possibly Hutchinson for about 30 min now, anyone have any idea what's going on? A neighbor mentioned a suspicious package maybe... Just curious if anyone else in the area might know anything? Either way, storms here, so be safe!

  • Steamboat33 Cranky old man who loves Chicago.

    I heard the same thing, suspicious package. Totally guessing, but maybe on a bus as I noticed a CTA vehicle with lights flashing and it's residential all the way to Montrose.

  • Suspicious package (meaning some random box) in the street at Damen & Cullom. I didn't have a good angle on the intersection from my window to see what they actually did with it, but they really treated it like a potential bomb. Steamboat is right that its all just residential, so no idea what the target would've been.

Jun 28

Updated Jun 30

Trying to be neighborly

I walk my dog past a house on my block several times a day at different hours of the day. I've come to notice they are out of town and have left their in ground sprinklers on. I've tried ringing their bell and knocking on their door to be sure. They are definitely out of town. Their backyard which I'm assuming is where the water shut off is is on high lock down by a fence in both the back...

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I walk my dog past a house on my block several times a day at different hours of the day. I've come to notice they are out of town and have left their in ground sprinklers on. I've tried ringing their bell and knocking on their door to be sure. They are definitely out of town. Their backyard which I'm assuming is where the water shut off is is on high lock down by a fence in both the back and front. I called 311 to see if there was anything they could do, and they were worthless. I for sure would want someone to help me out if it was my house. Any suggestions on what else I can do?

  • Louie Just your friendly neighborhood blah blah blah

    Like the posting title says, trying to be neighborly.

  • Budlong Woods neighbor Chicago girl for life

    Wow Chicken. Comments like that really make me worry for our city. It's a neighborly thing to do and I applaud and thank Kristin for showing concern. That's what being part of a community should be - watching out for your neighbors, your neighbors watching out for you. It makes for a better, stronger, safer community. The mentality of "it's not my problem so I'm not going to do anything about it" is what is really dragging our neighborhoods down.

Jun 27

Updated Jun 28

Two FREE Desks!

Hello! Two office desks located on Ravenswood. Free to the first taker. You can call or text me for photo, size, pick up. I hate throwing perfectly good things in the dumpster. Take one, take both! 773-454-7112

  • Angel Angel

    Hi Neighbors! Thanks for the interest! Both of the desks were picked up and are in their new homes! Enjoy this spectacular day!

Jun 24

Updated Jun 24

Parking Secrets and Tips

Hi neighbors. We are in the process of moving our kids' art and sewing workshop from Roscoe Village to Northcenter (3907 N Damen.) There is a lot of road construction in the vicinity taking place until July 17 which consumes most of the local street parking. Most parents drop-off and pick-up for no more than 15 minutes max, usually less. Any suggestions for the interim (and while we await our new Standing Zone?) Thanks in advance!

  • CJL ...

    It's not ideal, as it's up the block, but you might ask MB if you could utilize a few spaces in their lot temporarily. Community's driveway + loading zone is also pretty spacious, and their timing of use might mesh with your need.

Jun 22

Updated Jun 24

EveryBlock Use

I joined EveryBlock a few weeks ago because one of my neighbors said this site gave some good community alerts like recent crimes, construction updates, etc. And initially I found it helpful. However lately it seems like a complaint forum for "old bitty" types of issues like dogs peeing on flower beds and "does anyone know why there were fire trucks outside of a building on a very stormy night?" Not sure if this is the usual for this website but these kinds of posts seem a little ridiculous. Sorry if I insulted anyone but just not the kind of info I was looking for when I signed up.

Jun 21

Updated Jun 22

Storm damage?

Does anyone know what happened at the MB bank building at Lincoln and Irving? There was a fire truck and police car when I drove past around twenty after 10. There was another fire truck roaring down Irving towards this...

  • I went by the same time and saw a car and a crumpled bike. Did not look good.

Jun 19

Updated Jun 20

After 20 Years - We are moving sale

Ravenswood has been the home of consumer product business for over 20 years and we are moving. We are having a huge "office sale" on Saturday (8am - 1pm), but want our neighbors and friends to have first dibs on Friday (10 AM - 2 PM). We have office furniture, desks, tables, chairs, pallet jack, dollies, tarps, file cabinets, art, frames, etc. PLUS over 2,000 factory samples that are "brand new ~ still in the original box". Over 1,000 samples...

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Ravenswood has been the home of consumer product business for over 20 years and we are moving. We are having a huge "office sale" on Saturday (8am - 1pm), but want our neighbors and friends to have first dibs on Friday (10 AM - 2 PM). We have office furniture, desks, tables, chairs, pallet jack, dollies, tarps, file cabinets, art, frames, etc. PLUS over 2,000 factory samples that are "brand new ~ still in the original box". Over 1,000 samples for just $1 each. The sale is on the second floor and we have a freight elevator for large items. We accept all major credit cards for purchases over $20. Enter side door off parking lot. 4147 North Ravenswood Suite 202 (Across from Degan Clock Tower)

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    What are the factory samples? What's in the boxes?

  • Angel Angel

    Hi Neighborly, We manufacture products in the USA but mainly in China. Every single item that passed through our doors we kept back 1 to 10 production samples as they were approved. We are finally letting go! Our major product categories are: personal care (like nose trimmers, shavers), foot care...

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    Hi Neighborly, We manufacture products in the USA but mainly in China. Every single item that passed through our doors we kept back 1 to 10 production samples as they were approved. We are finally letting go! Our major product categories are: personal care (like nose trimmers, shavers), foot care (insoles), DVD-VHS, kitchen (lots of peelers, food savers, graters), and games (hand held electronic games, xbox style games) home and garden (bbq, knives, lumbar supports). We have about 800 "Mystery Boxes!" of items that are packaged in white box without a label - just a dollar! I did a rough count yesterday and it is over 3,000 items for sale. Here is a link to our company website: www.angelsales.com Hope to see you today! Thanks, Angel

Jun 18

Updated Jun 19

LET'S GET BIDDING!!! (Chicago VGS Group)

Want to bid on items with your neighbors or friends nearby?
Come check out this new Facebook group.
Starting bids are $1, $5 or $10 and you bid in increments of $0.25 or $1.
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LET'S GET BIDDING!!! (Chicago VGS Group)
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Jun 17

Cubs lot zoning meeting

This Friday, June 20th at 9am the Cubs will go before the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) to have their special use permit approved.
Neighbors have seen an increase in traffic, garbage, graffiti and inappropriate behavior since the lot opened. My own husband was yelled at by a man who was urinating on the fence facing Revere Park - in broad daylight on a gorgeous weekend afternoon with the park full of kids.

The rules of the special use permit...

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This Friday, June 20th at 9am the Cubs will go before the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) to have their special use permit approved.
Neighbors have seen an increase in traffic, garbage, graffiti and inappropriate behavior since the lot opened. My own husband was yelled at by a man who was urinating on the fence facing Revere Park - in broad daylight on a gorgeous weekend afternoon with the park full of kids.

The rules of the special use permit state that the permit cannot be issued unless all of the following criteria are met:

1. Compliance with all applicable standards of the Zoning Ordinance
2. Public convenience without significant adverse impact on the area's general welfare.
3. Neighborhood compatibility involving site planning, building scale and design.
4. Neighborhood compatibility involving operating characteristics, such as hours or operation, outdoor lighting, noise, and traffic generation.
5. Promotion of pedestrian safety and comfort.

If you oppose please consider attending, writing a letter, or sending an email.

To email the ZBA use ZBA@cityofchicago.org

To write a letter:

Zoning Board of Appeals
121 N. LaSalle
Room 905
Chicago, IL. 60602

To call:

Patrick Murphy 312-744-5822

Jun 16

Updated Jun 16

New Divvy Stations Coming to the 47th Ward

In case you didn't see this in the Alderman's weekly e-mail, we're getting new Divvy stations. They might take a while because the bike supplier just wrapped up bankruptcy proceedings.

New 47th Ward Divvy Stations

I am pleased to announce that Divvy will be expanding their network farther north and west. This includes the addition of 5 new stations in the 47th Ward. These new stations bring our total number to 27. A list of the new locations can be found below.

Rockwell/Addison
Leavitt/Addison
Oakley/Irving Park
Campbell/Montrose
Rockwell Brown Line
Leavitt/Lawrence (moving from old Eastwood/Lincoln location)

May 31

Updated Jun 10

Tiki Bar...have one you can part with?

So we are hosting a fundraiser for our kid's school and the theme is Hawaii. If you have a Tiki Bar that we can borrow, rent, etc. shoot me a response. I would appreciate it. Will need it for one night only, next weekend. I am in North Center and am happy to swing by and grab it just about anytime. I posted this in RV as well. Thanks!

  • SixtyTwoPercentWater Neighborhood Blogger

    Just wanted to thank all who responded. I was able to get two Tiki bars! School made good money, neighbors were able to enjoy some nice Luau music and the ambiance of Tiki torches.

May 28

Updated Jun 02

Car break ins on Hamilton

Wanted to make everyone aware that cars are being broken into around Hamilton and Byron around 3pm while parents are picking up their kids from school. We have not noticed increased police presence despite multiple reported break ins and local residents have not been informed. Please spread the word!

  • Don't know if it's related, but some gang graffiti has appeared in St Ben's recently. Not the usual idiotic vanity-taggers. Graffiti identifies with the Simon City Royals, a white gang. Over the Memorial Day weekend they plastered buildings along Byron, commercial and private, including Concordia Church. May be that they...

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    Don't know if it's related, but some gang graffiti has appeared in St Ben's recently. Not the usual idiotic vanity-taggers. Graffiti identifies with the Simon City Royals, a white gang. Over the Memorial Day weekend they plastered buildings along Byron, commercial and private, including Concordia Church. May be that they are trying to establish a presence here. Keep an eye out and report any activity to the local CPD beat office as well as the alderman's office. Police presence here seems to have been reduced, we need to do some community policing of our own. George F makes a good point - this may be someone who lives in the neighborhood, or attends school here and knows the area well. Don't confront - identify and report.

  • This has happened at Queen of Angels a few times as well. Smashed window, purse stolen.

Nov 29 2011

Updated May 29

Gunshots fired at 4000 N. Drake

Did anyone hear gunshots fired at 4:00 am this morning on the 4000 block of North Drake? I heard about 6 gunshots and it woke me up. I didnt see anything or any follow up by police

May 28

SaveMore Lounge Ribfest shows!

Don't miss Northcenter's own The Black Oil Brothers play the SaveMore Lounge on Saturday, June 7 at 10pm! Roots Riot Productions is hosting 3 great nights of Roots/Blues/Americana music at the SaveMore during Northcenter Ribfest.

www.blackoilbrothers.com

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