Mar 08

Updated 4 days 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.

  • Hi every blockers, would anybody like to comment (negatively or positively) about the parking lot for a college news story i am doing. I would really appreciate it. Please contact me at ricardo.guzman@loop.colum.edu

  • Hey guys. i need somebody that is opposing the parking lot to comment about it for my school assignment. please please please email me at ricardo.guzman@loop.colum.edu.

Apr 02

Updated 5 days ago

Please report problems about new Cubs lot

The new Cubs parking lot at Rockwell and Irving is sure to cause issues for neighbors. Please be sure to contact the Cubs 773-404-4175 or Alderman Pawar (773) 868-4747 or
info@chicago47.org with all concerns. This was thrust upon the neighborhood without input from the residents in a surprise move. The meeting with the Cubs, alderman and residents was 4 days before the first weekend game and there are still open questions and concerns.

  • Hi every blockers, would anybody like to comment about the parking lot for a college news story i am doing. I would really appreciate it. Please contact me at ricardo.guzman@loop.colum.edu

  • Any nearby residents willing to comment on the parking lot, please contact me at ricardo.guzman@loop.colum.edu. I would really appreciate it. It is for a college homework assignment.

Mar 22

Updated Apr 10

Western and Waveland empty lot. what is going in over there?

What is happening at the empty lot on Western next to Waveland Bowl?

  • Thanks CJL! This is exactly what I was searching for. I appreciate the link.

  • To answer Jenesis' post, there's plenty of local businesses around. A regular coffeeshop isn't going to make it on Western- too much traffic to have a local feel to it. As Im ok with the Potbelly's, I think it might damper the Sub place at Addison/Western sales, but maybe force...

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    To answer Jenesis' post, there's plenty of local businesses around. A regular coffeeshop isn't going to make it on Western- too much traffic to have a local feel to it. As Im ok with the Potbelly's, I think it might damper the Sub place at Addison/Western sales, but maybe force them to take credit cards finally!

    Im all for Starbucks, the area is underserved in coffee, as I mentioned elsewhere, a local coffeeshop needs to in on Roscoe or Addison somewhere but Western is more grab and go than sit and chill and chat. Just my two cents.

Apr 08

Lake View High School LSC

Hello Lake View and North Center neighbors! I am running for the Local School Council at Lake View High School as a community member. If you are out and about today, I would love your vote. Polls are open until 7:00 pm (back entrance of school). Great schools, make great communities! Please see my candidate statement below. Thanks!

Amy O'Rourke (parent of 3 at Bell School)

Feb 26

Updated Apr 06

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.

  • Is Zumba at St Ben's ongoing?

  • Yes Zumba at St. ben's is ongoing. Every Sat. 10 to 11 and Wed 6:30 to 7:30pm. Don't forget we offer 10 class passes for $30 or $3 each!

Mar 31

Updated Apr 05

Free Paper Shredding Events

I'm always looking for free shedding events because I'm gradually clearing out papers and files. If you hear of any, can you post them on this thread? We can keep this thread up on an ongoing basis to let people know as they come up.
I am looking for events on the North Side of Chicago and maybe Evanston, Skokie, etc.

Thanks!

  • I cleaned out my home office and looked into free bulk shredding last year and found that Midway Moving conducts free shred-a-thons. Click through the link for their 2014 schedule. I don't know how frequently the schedule is updated - but I ended up double checking against aldermen's websites and found a date/place that worked for me. It was super easy and convenient!
    http://midwaymoving.com/shred-a-thon

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    Found this FREE event happening this Sunday 4/6 !!!

    Electronics and Textile Recycling & Paper Shredding
    Sunday, Apr 6, 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm
    Rain or shine

    DOCUMENT SHREDDING while you watch (please no paperclips or metal rings).

    TEXTILES:
    Used clothing, paired shoes, bedspreads, towels, sheets, hats, scarves, purses, belts, curtains,...

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    Found this FREE event happening this Sunday 4/6 !!!

    Electronics and Textile Recycling & Paper Shredding
    Sunday, Apr 6, 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm
    Rain or shine

    DOCUMENT SHREDDING while you watch (please no paperclips or metal rings).

    TEXTILES:
    Used clothing, paired shoes, bedspreads, towels, sheets, hats, scarves, purses, belts, curtains, towels, stuffed animals, fabric scraps etc. (stained or torn items are fine - please bring all items in plastic bags)

    ELECTRONICS:
    Only computers, laptops, monitors, printers, computer peripherals, fax machines, TV's, VCR's, DVD & MP3 players, video gaming consoles, cell phones and video equipment.

    Devon Bank
    6445 N. Western Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60645
    (773) 743-6022

Mar 30

Updated Mar 31

LG phone found in my yard!

If you know of someone that lost a black LG phone in Byron/western area, we found one in our yard. We are working on reading the card to see if we can find a number.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    It's not a bad idea to take it to your nearest police station. Since it was in your yard, presumably someone tossed it in there. It may be proceeds from a theft, burglary or robbery. The CPD can check their victim file and possibly locate the owner.

Mar 24

Updated Mar 26

Girl Scout cookies?

Curious, but are there any spots in the North Center area where somebody might find Girl Scout cookies? One of my managers and I are both craving them... Thanks!

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    Irena, yeah, somebody else mentioned the app up above. Pretty funny. I went in and mentioned/showed it to my boss. You can also search the site to see where they're are selling... kinda crazy.

  • They sell them every Sunday in front of the Jewel on Lincoln.

Oct 06 2011

Updated Mar 26

End all door-to-door solicitation

I'm not a big fan of advertising in general, but when it's distributed to my doorstep day after day until the streets and sidewalks are littered with unwanted trash (menus, brochures, etc) I get annoyed. The North Center Chamber of Commerce publishes a magazine for all local business needs to advertise. There is also the Redeye, local newspapers and bus station bill boards for this purpose. Why do we need to allow creepy strangers to canvass our streets while we're...

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I'm not a big fan of advertising in general, but when it's distributed to my doorstep day after day until the streets and sidewalks are littered with unwanted trash (menus, brochures, etc) I get annoyed. The North Center Chamber of Commerce publishes a magazine for all local business needs to advertise. There is also the Redeye, local newspapers and bus station bill boards for this purpose. Why do we need to allow creepy strangers to canvass our streets while we're at work and litter our fences, doorknobs and sidewalks with junkmail we don't want? Why can't we "opt out" or better yet allow those that do want this junk to "opt in"? Maybe the Alderman could post a printable, official sign on their website that residents could post to ward off this junk delivery. How about a fine for those businesses that ignore the request?

Am I the only one that is annoyed by unwanted solicitation?

  • FWIW / sadly, the USPS does not consider door slots as mailboxes, so these bothersome solicitors are not breaking any federal law or postal regulation by polluting our homes (buildings) with printed materials.

  • BTW I hope you don't mind a 40th ward resident jumping in on this topic!!! My "No Soliciting" sign that's been in my gate for almost a year has been of little effect. I wonder if a "No Trespassing" sign would be more effective, or at least more binding?

Mar 24

View 2014 Summer Day Camp Program Offerings Now!

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Camp programs can be found at more than 200 parks throughout the city where children enjoy water fun, field trips, athletic activities and cultural experiences.

Online Summer Registration begins on April 7 for parks west of California and on April 8 for parks east of California. Make your wishlists now to save time. http://tinyurl.com/lelmx2c

Mar 17

Updated Mar 19

New Fence at Horner Park

Does anyone know what's going on at Horner Park? There is a new 8-foot (or so) high chain link fence on the east side of the park from Irving to Montrose. It runs along the concrete walk way. Thanks

  • Aimzer North Center mama bear for 10 years and counting.

    Unfortunately I can't open that link. I'll try again later but I'm wondering if this is the same as the invasive tree removal project that caused such a hub bub last year?

  • Bex Runner, dog owner, food lover in the 60618

    Yep, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be removing a lot, although it's not just invasive species renewal. According to the plan, the project is four-fold: 1) restoring stream hydraulics and morphology 2) restoring riparian zone habitat and vegetation 3) restoring oak savanna habitat 4) prevention and/or removal of invasive species.

Mar 15

Updated Mar 18

Coyote Spotted at Wilson & Ravenswood

Saw this big coyote late Friday evening. He was walking around right by the METRA tracks, then walked across Wilson avenue like he didn't even care....

  • I'd take a coyote over a rat popping out of my dumpster when I take out the trash. And yes that's happened. Scared me to death

  • John P Manufacturer Ravenswood

    the treehugger article is misinformation at best. Yes, there was a study done outside the city that tagged coyotes some time ago, some of those animals may have found there way into the city along with all the other coyotes that manage to get here without any help. The city did not release any coyotes, but they are not doing anything about the ones that are here because they eat rats

Mar 12

Updated Mar 16

  • Walking by yesterday and introduced myself to the new owner (Tim?). Very nice and personable. Target opening early June.

  • EEH

    I go to Rocks Lincoln Park fairly regularly to play trivia. The food is great and the staff is really nice. The owner, Tim, is a friend of a friend and a real stand-up guy. Prices seem to be in line with other nearby bars.

Mar 12

Updated Mar 15

CPA

Does anyone have a recommendation for a tax professional in the Northcenter area?

  • J

    Taxlink on Damen

  • I have also been using Taxlink on Damen across from the CVS at Damen and Lincoln 773-549-5100. Fair prices, nice people. Elizabeth is very competent. They get very busy this time of year so don't wait till the last minute

Jan 25

Updated Mar 14

Illinois Concealed Carry Coming To Chicago

Another poster has a discussion about concealed carry classes and I was surprised on some of the nasty responses. The new law is in place and people will be carrying weapons legally soon (if not already) in our Neighborhood. I for one think it's a good thing.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    @DonnyKerabotsos: What do our views have to do with anything? Why would I discuss my views with your friends and relatives? Why would that subject even come up? Why would my opinion even come up? I extended a hand of friendship to colleagues, for nothing other than friendship. Our opinions should mean absolutely nothing to anyone. It was just a discussion.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Well CCW is here! What do we think?

Mar 10

Updated Mar 10

Sirens

There have been sirens for the last hour non-stop near Horner park. Any idea what is going on?

Mar 07

Sore thumb

Does anyone know anything about the building @ 4144 Mozart I heard owner walled away from it.

Mar 01

Updated Mar 03

Need a kid-friendly family restaurant in NC/Ravenswood

Pasta and salads are the goal. Need less pricey than Piazza Bella but more than Pauline's.

Ideas?

Feb 04

Updated Feb 25

Jul 29 2012

Updated Feb 20

Roof Deck Expansion Reco

Hello. We are in Northcenter and live in a multi-unit condo building. We are looking to rebuild and expand our roofdeck early next spring. Does anyone have any experience or recommendations for a reliable quality company whose pricing won't break the bank? Many thanks in advance for any feedback.

  • Hammerman @ Lincoln Square Hammerman of Lincoln Square Tree House Builder

    One call does it all! Dan Miller hammerman53@ameritech.net 40 years exp.

  • Philip Independent Business owner ,47th. ward since 1968

    Good advice Jeff. Give Reid Roofing a call @ 773-588-9606 . They are located at 2432 w. Irving Park . right here in North Center. They have done 2 roofs for me . Very hard working and experienced . Ask for Kevin .

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