4 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Rats!

We have been invaded by rats. We have done everything to get rid of them, but they seem impervious to bombs, traps, and poisoned food. We know they are tunneled under our garage and next to it in the garden. Anyone with any solutions?

  • tim

    Merica!!!! we're all entitled to our own opinion. I use cats to kill rats, and it works for me. There are a lot worse atrocities in the world. Happy Kris Bryant day, GO CUBS!!!

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

    At the time that I posted this comment, I just didn't have anything better to do. Ha!
    I thought it was a good time to say something good. I Hope a few of the people that I am referring to Read it, They know who they are, Ha! Again

2 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Gunshots heard on Hoyne near Lawrence

Anyone else hear what sounded like gunshots around 5:45 a.m.? It woke me up, so not entirely sure what was happening or if it was imagined. Nothing like the sound of birds chirping and gun shots to remind you that it's spring in Chicago.

  • JEMM Lincoln Square resident

    I heard it too right behind my house. I believe it was the transformer on the utility pole exploding. It has happened a few times in the past.

  • This is happening regularly with the transformers. Com Ed should invest in its infrastructure instead of pocketing its profits and sticking its customers up for higher rates.

3 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

  • SpamAlert Hates being spammed

    Maybe a headline with, "Join Ravenswood Community Council" would make more sense and get a better response.

3 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Found engagement ring

We found an engagement ring in the Wintrust parking lot on Lawrence near Western (2300 West Lawrence). If you lost a ring, please reply with a description. Thanks!

  • HGB

    My wife is missing her ring that was stolen. It has two butterfly on each side in diamonds with 4 larger stones on top made to look like a flower. It also has diamonds up the side with a very old looking band on the bottom that was her great grandmothers.

  • Hi HGB - Sorry, the ring that we found does not fit that description. Good luck!

  • Lynn Hawley Fogarty Lincoln Square Mom

    I lost the solitaire diamond out of my engagement ring (about 2 carats)...any chance it's just a single diamond? Crossing my fingers...

2 days ago

Upcoming Events at Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield Ave.

Spaghetti Dinner
Saturday, April 25th, 5-8pm, 2nd fl auditorium
IPAC will host the 25th Spaghetti Dinner at the Independence Park Fieldhouse. Visit www.independenceparkchicago.comfor more details and advance ticket options.

IPAC is seeking donations for the Spaghetti Dinner silent auction/raffle.
If you would like to donate sporting tickets, gift certificates, travel destinations, technology gifts, wine or other fabulous items they would be greatly appreciated! All donations are tax deductible. Please mail or drop off your donation by April 5 to the...

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Spaghetti Dinner
Saturday, April 25th, 5-8pm, 2nd fl auditorium
IPAC will host the 25th Spaghetti Dinner at the Independence Park Fieldhouse. Visit www.independenceparkchicago.comfor more details and advance ticket options.

IPAC is seeking donations for the Spaghetti Dinner silent auction/raffle.
If you would like to donate sporting tickets, gift certificates, travel destinations, technology gifts, wine or other fabulous items they would be greatly appreciated! All donations are tax deductible. Please mail or drop off your donation by April 5 to the Independence Park Advisory Council, 3945 N. Springfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, Attn: Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. Contact IPAC with questions info@independenceparkchicago.com

Indoor Jazz Concert
Saturday, May 8th, 7pm, 2nd fl auditorium
Bring the family to listen to a live jazz band perform for FREE.

Independence Park Yard Sale
Saturday, May 16th, 9am-3pm
Time to do some spring cleaning and earn some $$
10x10 space only $20. Bring your own table or rent from us for only $10.
Visit www.independenceparkchicago.comfor details.

Independence Park 4th of JulyCelebration
Saturday, July 4th, 10am
Decorate your bikes, trikes, kids and dogs — and join in the annual parade around the park. Family games, races and activities take place after the parade until noon.

Movies in the Park, start at dusk
Friday, June 12th - Back to the Future 2
Friday, July 17th - Big Hero 6
Friday, August 14th - Grease (Sing Along)

Independence Park BEER Fest
Saturday, September 19th, 4-8pm, tennis courts
Enjoy local craft beers, unique food trucks and support your local park!
Visit www.independenceparkchicago.comfor details & advance tickets.

To hear more about IPAC events and support the park, “LIKE” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ipacchicago or visit our webpage www.independenceparkchicago.com

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Truck Hit and Run on Ravenswood

This afternoon a semi truck turned from Wilson to Ravenswood southbound and hit two cars and didn't stop. If one of these is your car, you should know that there were three witnesses, one of whom called the cops.

Also just before this, I saw this same truck trying to turn south onto Wolcott from Wilson and doing a p*ss poor job of it, so if you were parked there and your car was damaged it might be the one responsible.

  • Rachel writer, indexer, editor, researcher

    Yes - the woman who talked to the police got it, and gave it to them. And we left a note with the info on the windshields of the damaged cars.

    It was pretty awful - the driver didn't slow down at. all. We all just stared in shock.

  • Bill Near Rockwell L

    Did the back of his truck have a sign that said,

    "How am I driving? Call 1-800-WHO CARES" ??

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Custom iron work?

Hi! I am wondering if anyone has a recommendation for custom iron work for exterior home decorations. Specifically, I am looking for a wrought iron overhang/awning (or a combination of wrought iron and glass). Not sure if this is something that must be customized, or if there even is an option for standard/pre-made such awnings. I would love to support a local business if possible.

Thank you!

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Women's 12" Softball!

Interested in joining an informal women’s 12” slow pitch softball
league this summer?! Playing time most likely would
be in the mornings at either Welles or Horner Park.!
Please email Susan at sbudde@gmail.com for details.!
Let’s Play Softball!!!!

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Community Gardens in Uptown area

I'm waiting to see posts about our local community gardens, but nothing so far. Does anyone have info on ground-breakings in and around Uptown/Edgewater/Andersonville? They usually kick off this time of year and I don't want to miss out on obtaining a small plot. Thanks, neighbors! :)

  • Are you familiar with Weiss Hospital's Urban Rooftop Farm? It's on top of their parking garage at Weiss Hospital. Website to contact its managers is here: http://loudgradeproducesquad.org/

  • Some of the schools have raised beds that need tending over the summer. I recommend contacting the Alderman's office. Registration for Peterson Garden Project plots is closed, but you may want to contact them anyway. http://petersongarden.org/

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Massage Therapist?

Seeking a great, experienced massage therapist in the general area (or someone who will make home visits). Must have good experience working with injuries (ie shoulder, neck, back). Anyone have a terrific reference to share?

  • Rachel D Thai massage & Reiki practitioner

    Ok, I'll bite. What's the "big" difference between them?

  • The level of expertise and training. I believe Rx uses all masters in massage therapy while the other side does not. Dr. Morris also works on the Rx side. In addition to chiropractics she provides some wellness classes.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Black cat at Wolcott and Montrose

Very friendly and dirty black cat found behind the corner store across from Starbucks. She/he was following people down the sidewalk. I couldn't take it in but will look later. Spotted at 8 pm. No markings. Medium size and slightly chubby.

  • If it's the cat I'm thinking, he/she lives in the area and the owners seem to let it roam free during warmer weather. It greatly concerns me as there is a lot of traffic and the poor kitty could get squashed :( I'll never understand cats with homes who are allowed to roam free in an urban setting. To each his own, I suppose. Just seems cruel to me.

  • Veronika "Kat" LiBeth Block Captain Obvious, Rocket Surgeon

    It's technically illegal to let housecats out to roam at-large. Cats are subject to the leash law just like dogs. It's a ticketable offense, as well as if the cat is in a public space without a rabies tag. Ferals that are under management of a Colony Caretaker are excepted, and must be ear-tipped and microchipped.

Apr 02

Updated 5 days ago

Suit alleges North Park Elementary School, city skirted RICO laws

Chicago resident, Raminder Chadha, has filed a complaint in the Circuit Court of Cook County alleging that a private school, North Park Elementary School (NPES) in conjunction with a developer Swan Development, Alderman's office and the city departments used illegal methods in attempts to steal land owned by him.

After being unable to receive financing that was promised to him by Harris bank in the financial crisis of 2008, a developer Swan Development offered to purchase the property. When Chadha...

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Chicago resident, Raminder Chadha, has filed a complaint in the Circuit Court of Cook County alleging that a private school, North Park Elementary School (NPES) in conjunction with a developer Swan Development, Alderman's office and the city departments used illegal methods in attempts to steal land owned by him.

After being unable to receive financing that was promised to him by Harris bank in the financial crisis of 2008, a developer Swan Development offered to purchase the property. When Chadha declined the offer, the developer, who was secretly working for NPES, and with the Alderman's office, started having numerous violations placed on the property with the explicit purpose of securing the property at a discounted price or through eminent domain/foreclosure.

In correspondence found during discovery between Principal Lynn Lawrence and Alderman's office, Principal Lawrence stated "I'd love the help because I don't want him to know we're buying John's house before we close on his house." At Alderman's insistence, City was requested that the property "be inspected as soon as possible because of their hazardous conditions."

In conversations between Swan Development (also a Board Member of NPES) and Principal Lawrence, Swan Development stated "We want him (Mr. Chadha) to be very nervous so be very noncommittal as to interest. I'm going to push his buttons today....my statement to him will be that my customers feel his property is worth less now and may want to wait for foreclosure and buy it for side yard."

Further communication where all Board Members of NPES were involved in an email states "that this needs to be put to rest before the owner (Mr. Chadha) has a better understanding of our role throughout the last 3-4 months...I know the Alderman's office will do anything possible to help us get the property."

  • Paul Thompson, LincolnSquareInsider Welles Park Baseball coach, Realtor.

    I got my figure from the MLS, it was so low because it had been burned out. Without doing anything to it, he relisted at 399,999. As far as I know, there is nothing illegal or unethical about him doing that. A new home has been built there now, and he is listed on the tax records as the owner.

  • @Paul. Sounds like all's well that ends well...per suit, looks like previous Alderman and developer were in cahootz as is the alleged case with the Montrose Green development by the Brown Line stop now...some things never change.

Apr 06

Updated Apr 07

Electrician?

Any recommendations near Ravenswood? I have a chandelier on the fritz.

  • MECO Power, Inc. MECO Power, Inc.

    Might we be of assistance? www.meyelecco.com

  • JK

    We used Eugene at Lincoln Home Services. We had to troubleshoot a few different issues. He provided attentive service throughout. While I don't know the pricing market when it comes to electricians and hardware, what we paid for the service seemed very reasonable. 312-671-5553

Mar 26 2014

Updated Apr 06

Wendy's Remodel

As a new "beat reporter" I just found
Out Wendy's closing for remodel in June. 4to 6 week job. New building with wifi being built.
My first post !

  • Lance Uppercut crazy cat lady

    Cool Post, Kirk! Please, keep commenting on year-old threads!

  • Kirk Anderson A Dad and Actor and artist.

    Hey Lance. Wendy's make-over at Division/Ashland hasn't come to bare as yet. It's still relevant. Feel free to score yourself a life outside of your neighborhood.

Mar 30

Updated Apr 06

Missing person: Mother 86, black top and pants, disoriented

Hello everyone. My mother wandered out of my apartment this morning sometime before 9:30. A police report has been filed and they are looking everywhere. She is short, med build, brown/gray hair, wearing black top, black pants with orange waistband, hair might be in pin curls or down approx shoulder length, possibly only wearing socks, no purse, identification or cards or money. She has dementia and will be disoriented. Last known location is Lawrence and Paulina. Please call police with any info at all. Thank you so much.

  • Parkway Pal Slow down on my block

    So glad she is safe!

  • Wax Man A Men's Grooming Place!

    So Happy to Hear your mom is safe. My mom worked in home healthcare specializing in patients with Alzheimer's, dementia, etc. she is retired now but I know she has been looking to do some work very part time and was hoping to find something close to home. I own...

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    So Happy to Hear your mom is safe. My mom worked in home healthcare specializing in patients with Alzheimer's, dementia, etc. she is retired now but I know she has been looking to do some work very part time and was hoping to find something close to home. I own the Wax Man Spa and we live in the neighborhood. If you need help 1-2 days a week you should stop by, my mom is 57 now and she is an amazing caregiver, her past patients and families loved her. We are members of St.Gregory parish and well known in the community. Ask for Julio if you come by the store! And not sure if you were looking but just thought I'd reach out. When my friend lyn found her mom at the bus stop lost a few years ago she was so happy to have my mom step in. Take care!

Apr 03

Updated Apr 06

Car detailing?

Does anyone have a recommendation within a couple miles of Ravenswood?

Apr 04

There were no weird commercial posts in Norwegian tonight....

I've gotten used to seeing a post in Norwegian related to a trash-removal business in Kuala Lumpur (or something similar) ... but tonight there isn't one... so...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anwy2MPT5RE

Apr 03

Winchester

does anyone know abt the cop cars/flashing blue lights on winchester btwn Winnemac and Winona? thx

Apr 03

Morning Bootcamp Avondale

All welcome to join in outdoor morning workout at the corner of Springfield Ave. & School St. Lead by trainer through jump rope, free weights, medicine ball, sit ups, push ups, sprints, etc. Meet from 5-5:50 am Thursday through Monday mornings. Cost depends on number of participants. First session free, just show up except some Sunday's are cancelled so Sunday not a great "show up day." Feel free to come Thur, Fri, Sat, or Mon at 5 am. You'll see us, just join in!

Mar 30

Updated Apr 02

Horizon Reality Group

My mother is retiring and moving to the city this summer. Does anyone have any feedback on Horizon Reality Group? Thank you.

Mar 28

Updated Apr 02

Coyote in the Hood

Hey everyone. Just wanted to mention that I saw a pretty big coyote at 7am. He was in the alley between Paulina and Hermitage at the 4400 block. He wasn't looking for trouble with us (me and 2 large dogs), but he was just behind a neighbors house, who I think has chickens...Just a heads up.

  • Wasn't a Coyote, it was Chuy caught with his sheepskin off. Don't approach him, he will tell you anything you want to hear for a vote. :D

  • As cute as they are, bunnies and squirrels are pests that also need to be controlled. Coyotes serve that purpose. Nobody likes to see dead bunnies but they multiply like rabbits (LOL) and if they're not controlled, they will destroy all vegetation including your precious garden.

Apr 01

Updated Apr 01

Fire?

Is the fire in Winnemac Park contained?

Mar 28

Updated Mar 31

What's in a Name?

Why is the media calling it Ravenswood? I grew up a block away and it's always been called Lincoln Square. A tragedy to hear of the violence at the 2200 block of West Winnemac. D__mn these border changes. Darn them to hell! (Insert Heston waving fists at Statue of Liberty buried in Winnemac Park)

  • Sunshine and Laughter home owner, CPS parent, local business consultant

    I noticed this morning 3 kids in alley 1 east block of damen smoking weed. I let the police know. I also suggested they patrol alleys before and after school. Yesterday, in the park, there was an elementary school girl (8th grade) looking to buy drugs. Everyone knows she needs...

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    I noticed this morning 3 kids in alley 1 east block of damen smoking weed. I let the police know. I also suggested they patrol alleys before and after school. Yesterday, in the park, there was an elementary school girl (8th grade) looking to buy drugs. Everyone knows she needs help and her aunt is on the LSC at Chappell which seems odd. If her own family doesn't know how to help her, what can we do to help the at risk kids? I hate to elevate to DCFS or police and just would like to see healthy options for the kids. Does anyone know why Chappel does not have good programs?

  • Sunshine, that's great you reported that to the cops. We should have more beat cops patrolling our streets and keeping it safer for all of us.

Mar 12

Updated Mar 31

Commercial Construction at Elston & Kedzie

Does anyone know what is going in at the former paint store under construction at Elston & Kedzie?

  • AC

    Not sure, but they are making a huge mess with the Styrofoam. They were sanding it down earlier this week and it looked like a blizzard was rolling through. There are pieces of it almost to Grace.

  • I was by there this morning and it's going to be.....wait for it......another mattress store! I guess you can never have too many mattresses.

Mar 31

Shots fired, 2:40am clarendon/Sunnyside?

Was I dreaming or were the fine men of Sunnyside showing love for one another again by firing off rounds around Sunnyside and Clarendon at 2:40? Something woke me up and I thought I heard shots. It isn't even April yet - is this seriously how the summer is going to be in Uptown?

Mar 29

Updated Mar 29

Hide ya dogs!

Saw a coyote wait to cross traffic at Ashland and Leland, then nonchalantly walk right down the sidewalk by Chase Park.

  • Send the coyote our way to sort out the incessant shrill yapping mongrel a couple houses away

  • Ravens Yes.I can fix that.

    Did the Coyotes owner tell it to stop & wait for the light? The coyote seems a little brighter than some bicyclists. Not all bicyclists!!

Mar 28

Updated Mar 28

Emergency on Lincoln

Anyone know what happened on Lincoln, by Bad Apple/Jewel last night? We were coming home around midnight and the street was blocked off there with firetrucks, ambulances and police. Scanned the news this morning but haven't found anything.

  • There was an apartment fire on the east side of Lincoln ave. If you know where the store Embelish is, it was one of the apartments above it. I could smell the smoke on Cuyler and then heard sirens about the same time around 1130pm.

Mar 22

Updated Mar 26

Just heard that there was a shooting at Winnemac park- is this true?

I just heard from someone that there was a shooting at Winnemac park and wondered if there are anymore details- gang related? Who shot at this person- officer? other person?

  • SC

    Let's not jump to conclusions. People are all talking about Amundsen due to location. I believe this sad story is about someone who went to Senn high school though.

  • Was the caps meeting useful? Any more insight into this incident? Wasn't able to attend this one. Thanks

Mar 15

Updated Mar 23

Can anyone recommend a good (accurate) bus and train tracking app?

I've been using one called "Arrivals" for years and found it extremely helpful for getting around town
I had an issue with it a couple of weeks ago though, uninstalled it, went to install it again and couldn't find it when I searched for it.
I've used a few different ones since then and have found them all to be terribly inaccurate with regard to bus arrival time.
Some only seem to "work" when I'm actually standing AT the bus stop waiting. I want something I can check when I'm at home so I know when to leave.
Thanks in advance!

  • loraine t washington 5 yr. resident

    I did not know it was so many trackers.

  • I developed QuickTrain for iOS. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quicktrain/id471653441?mt=8

    The whole point is to quickly find when the next train is coming to the closest station to your current location. My goal was to get from app launch to results in under a second so that I could quickly determine if I needed to sprint to get under the gate at Rockwell. It's a niche product but well worth the $1.

    CTA did have a nice web application called CTA ETA but they seemed to have discontinued it.

Mar 19

Updated Mar 21

Good News out of Amundsen High School

The number of students who have accepted spots in next fall's Amundsen High School freshman IB class is up 75% over last year. At the same time, Amundsen substantially increased its cut-off scores, and the school is anticipating the most competitive and academically prepared class ever. This news reflects Amundsen's growing reputation as a school of choice among high-performing students and represents an astounding increase in interest in our neighborhood high school. Amundsen High School is most definitely a school on the rise.

  • Wendy Small-town living in the big city

    As a neighborhood mother of a middle-schooler and a soon-to-be middle-schooler, I'm thrilled, too! Lots of great things happening in that building. Go, Vikings!

  • NorthSideTed Just a guy from the Northside

    Congrats!

Mar 20

Updated Mar 20

Free frozen yogurt tastes at ServYoSelf

Between 5 and 8pm today, the first day of Spring.
Address is 2024 West Montrose.

Mar 16

Updated Mar 19

Blue/purple lights over Winnemac?

Weird blinking lights over Winnemac/Lincoln square tonight. Definitely not a plane, didn't seem to be a helicopter....was it a drone? What would it be doing at 7:30 pm over an empty park?

Mar 09

Updated Mar 18

Vacant storefronts Lincoln Square

I walked through the square today, for the first time in a few months, and was surprised by all the empty storefronts and going out of business signs. Anyone know what is going on, and anything about new businesses coming in?

  • I feel like between the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce, the alderman's office and the universities and high schools around, there is an opportunity to:

    1. Create a market assessment of both local shoppers and real estate owners
    2. Find the actual causes keeping store fronts empty or motivating business...

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    I feel like between the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce, the alderman's office and the universities and high schools around, there is an opportunity to:

    1. Create a market assessment of both local shoppers and real estate owners
    2. Find the actual causes keeping store fronts empty or motivating business owners to move
    3. Propose changes at ward and city level
    - this all depends on findings
    4. Pitch current business owners whose businesses could expand to LSq, potential business owners who are looking for the best fit for a new business
    - this will work even better once #3 issues are solved or are being worked on to show a sign of good faith

    It would take some work, but data should show the alderman, the city, the real estate owners what they can do, and it would show business owners what this area is really good for in terms of commerce and running a solvent business for the people in the area.

  • Citizen Pain Citizen Pain

    How 'bout a one stop Mail/Packages/PO Box shop ? An alternative to our 'exemplary neighborhood post office' I'd use that ! Open it - I will give you $$$ !

    (anything other than the Seinfeld episode want-to-be, that is, using our local Post Office)

Mar 14

Updated Mar 15

Alive Rescue

Adoptable dogs will be at Unleashed at 3320 N Western today at 12-3. Come stop by and say hello

Mar 11

New noise complaint website

FAiR has a new website for reporting airplane noise easily with the click of a mouse. Lot's of people are bothered by the noise but the city's complaint website is cumbersome. This site connects complaints to the city's site so that the numbers more accurately convey life on the ground under the new flight paths. www.chicagonoisecomplaint.com

Mar 10

Updated Mar 11

Parked Car Blocking Crosswalk

This car with expired plates has been here for over five days. It's blocking not only the crosswalk, but also the park entrance.

Also, the owner installed a metal column protector and a steering wheel bar. Doesn't want to take the chance someone will hotwire and steal this beater.

Hopefully this doesn't turn into another car insurance argument.

  • Mike from The Square Lincoln Square Circa 2004

    It's been towed.

  • Bill Near Rockwell L

    Gotta wonder about people. Column protector and steering wheel bar but parks where it's sure to be towed.

Mar 09

Updated Mar 11

Did You Lose Your Keys? Winnemac Park

If you lost your keys in Winnemac Park, someone was nice enough to hang them in a tree. South west corner near the play lot

  • Mike, Thanks for your posting. I lost those 2 weeks ago this coming Thursday, while walking my dog. Never expected to see them again. Thanks also go out to the person who hung them on the tree. My thanks also must include Angelia, another dog owner I was chatting with when I couldn't find the correct tree. She had seen them yesterday and went right to them.

    A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped return these keys to me.

    Tom

  • Mike from The Square Lincoln Square Circa 2004

    So glad to hear that! Pleasure to see Everyblock working for the neighborhood.

  • wcm

    THIS is why I love Everyblock!

Mar 05

Updated Mar 09

Rental available April 15th

2 bed & 2 bath - text 773/620/3750 for more detail.

  • SpamAlert Hates being spammed

    Louis Cyphre practiced polygamy?
    Or just spammers of a feather flocking together.

  • Catbus Philosopher, Third-Class

    It's not "harassment" to inform people when they're violating the site rules. It's maintaining community standards. If you don't like the reminders, don't violate the rules.

Mar 06

Updated Mar 09

Totalled car on Damen and Wilson

Sorry, new to EveryBlock and didn't see if anyone had posted about this. What's with the car on Damen, just north of Wilson that looks like it was in an accident? There's a note in the window, but I'm always driving and can't read it. Anyone know?

Oct 07

Updated Mar 04

Ladybug & Friends day care reviews

Any parent reviews of this daycare out there? They are relatively new so nothing on yelp yet. I liked it when I toured but had some concerns about the food for older kids--is there a good variety? Looking to enroll my 2 year old and newborn. Thanks!

  • ellen Ravenswood rehabber

    Our son attended Ladybug from shortly after they opened in February until he started a new preschool this fall. We were happy with Ladybug and had good communication with the staff. It was clean and organized. The food seemed well planned. Actually, he received a breakfast in the morning, which...

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    Our son attended Ladybug from shortly after they opened in February until he started a new preschool this fall. We were happy with Ladybug and had good communication with the staff. It was clean and organized. The food seemed well planned. Actually, he received a breakfast in the morning, which was not offered at some other places we have attended. I didn't have any problem with the wait list as we started when they opened, but I have been on wait lists for 4-5 other day cares in the area, and they all ranged from 9 months to a THREE YEAR wait, often with little communication and a hefty registration fee, so unfortunately that seems typical. With the addition of the new playground, this will be a very nice place for babies and toddlers, and I recommend it.

  • I am an ex-employee and could not be more dissatisfied with my employment there. I could probably go on for hours about all the problems I had while working there, but I will try to sum up some important points to truly illustrate why you are better off not sending...

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    I am an ex-employee and could not be more dissatisfied with my employment there. I could probably go on for hours about all the problems I had while working there, but I will try to sum up some important points to truly illustrate why you are better off not sending your children to this daycare. Also, I will add that I have 10 years experience working in the childcare and would honestly rate this as my worst experience.

    First of all, from an employee's standpoint, I find it completely unacceptable, not to mention illegal, that I was denied lunches and breaks on a regular basis as required by law. There are teachers working 10+ hour days whose only breaks are being spent in their classrooms in order to keep rooms in ratio. That leads to teacher burn out. And the reason you should care about this as a parent is that it worse care for your child.

    Secondly, I take issue with the fact that I was asked by my superiors to down play an incident or child's illness so as not to "inconvenience" or "upset" a parent. Again, this is unacceptable and unethical.

    The one good thing I can say about this place is that most of the classroom teachers are exceptional and hard working. The management, however, leaves something to be desired.

Feb 23

Updated Mar 03

Thoughts on Bad Dog being Gone?

What are the thoughts on Bad Dog Tavern being shuttered?

  • Botkin Kinch: the knife-blade

    I got the worst food poisoning of my life from their ahi tuna tacos. It was a very memorable experience.

  • Whoa nelly! Eating raw fish from a burger and fries bar? If you did that before I think you were really lucky.

Feb 28

Updated Mar 02

House/apartment cleaner

Hi neighbors!

Does anyone know of a cleaning service or independent person that they could recommend?

Thanks in advance!

Feb 25

Updated Feb 26

CAPS Meeting

Hello, I live in the Ravenswood/Lincoln Square neighborhood and for homework I have to attend a CAPS meeting so I am wondering when and where will the next one it take place? Thanks!

  • MJB ASNA member

    You can also check for meetings in the 20th district which is just north of 19.

  • We have a wonderfully involved neighbor that sends out updates from all of the meetings. This was in his last email: The next CAPS meeting for Beats 1911 and 1912 is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th (yes, St. Patrick's Day) 7:00 PM, at Kindred Hospital (2544 W Montrose Ave).

Feb 22

Updated Feb 25

World-class Montessori Preschool Coming Soon to Lincoln Square

Montessori Gifted Prep preschool provides a caring, comprehensive, high-quality Montessori education to children 6 weeks - 6 year old. Numerous unique services including extended hours of operation (6am - 8pm), personalized education, and ability to monitor your child during the day via internet. Come to our open house on March 28, 2015 at 10 am. We are located at 4754 N Leavitt St, Chicago, IL
RSVP at www.montessorigiftedprep.org

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    I never went to preschool and have my Master's :-)

    I former Chicago mom I know moved to the suburbs purely for this reason-the schools were not good here and Private was expensive. She lived in a good neighborhood where people had high incomes yet were enrolling them in the...

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    I never went to preschool and have my Master's :-)

    I former Chicago mom I know moved to the suburbs purely for this reason-the schools were not good here and Private was expensive. She lived in a good neighborhood where people had high incomes yet were enrolling them in the Chicago Park District preschool.

    My daughter's father begs to differ-he says does she even need to go to preschool?

    Parent Magazine has an issue dedicated to all the private school options pre-k to 12 and it is a big business alright.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

Feb 24

Updated Feb 25

Johnny Blue - now Sandunga?

Anyone know much about this switch?

  • LisaMV friendly Lincoln Square neighbor

    Although I guess June 2014 wasn't that long ago...

  • Gio V Lincoln Square - born and raised.

    I was curious to know the meaning of the new place's name, and found that Sandunga "is a traditional Mexican waltz and the unofficial anthem of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, in the state of Oaxaca." I guess now we know the theme of this new place!

Feb 23

Updated Feb 25

Donating magazines, any ideas?

We have several magazine subscriptions and are looking to donate many months worth rather than recycle them. Does anyone have any ideas of where we can donate them in our community?

  • Wendy Small-town living in the big city

    + 1 for Ravenswood Community Services. 1757 W. Wilson!

  • Also, the Lakeview YMCA takes donated magazines, I think.

Feb 24

Updated Feb 25

Please Vote!

As I head out to vote today, I want to take a moment to request that my neighbors do the same. I've seen lots of encouragement on facebook, but would like to leave the request here among members of my community rather than just among my social network.

There are plenty of great resources online for information if you have questions about where to vote or aren't sure how you want to vote. If you have questions I'm happy to answer if I'm able.

Happy Tuesday to each of you!

  • Angela Appleby I moved to the area about 2years ago. I love it

    I am looking for a online resource to inform and help me make educated choices about local politics? What are your favorites?

Feb 24

Updated Feb 24

Voting Issues @ Chappell

This morning, at about 7:25 a.m., my only option was a paper ballot at Chappell Elementary. None of the scan cards were working for the electronic ballot box. Did anyone else have this problem?

By the way, I was also quite disheartened - to say the least - to be the only voter in the building. If you don't vote, there's no democracy.

  • Wendy Small-town living in the big city

    Take heart, BerkeleyGirl! There was record early voting this year. And maybe it was too cold early this morning? "Much" warmer now at 22 degrees!

Feb 19

Updated Feb 23

It's a bird, it's a plane...

...It's a plane named after a bird. Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey spotted flying over Ravenswood. Mainly used by the Marines when vertical takeoff is required. Interesting.

  • Mike from The Square Lincoln Square Circa 2004

    A lot of taxpayer money to promote Rahm.

  • poonjabi Andersonville

    Guy posts cool photo of a very interesting aircraft; neighborhood trolls emerge with nothing interesting to say.

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