Apr 13

Updated 2 days ago

Philadelphian Romanian Church Crazy Drivers

Sunnyside and Paulina
Twice this am I was almost hit by the cars speeding through stop signs to drop off people at church! Then to be told f*ck off by the driver when I told them to stop.

I called about the illegally parked cars that continue to park in tow zones.

What more can be done! I documented the two cars that almost hit me as well.

  • Whenever I've attended CAPS meetings, the officers in attendance usually recommend that you by-pass 311 for such offenses and call directly to 911. Parking on the sidewalk is illegal, as is parking on the corner and double-parking for the duration of services. Next time I come home on a Sunday in the early evening and I notice this behavior, I will put in a call. (I guess that I've gotten out of practice!)

  • Call if you'd like but I'm telling you, the police have looked me in the eye and said "I'm not ticketing a church, I don't want to go to hell..."

    Believe me, the traffic here is a million times better than it was 8-10 years ago. They used to literally...

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    Call if you'd like but I'm telling you, the police have looked me in the eye and said "I'm not ticketing a church, I don't want to go to hell..."

    Believe me, the traffic here is a million times better than it was 8-10 years ago. They used to literally park in the intersection for hours. At least now they park in spaces and the noise level is down. I had thought maybe they suddenly had a change of heart since it's been so much better lately.

    Most of the tight parking issues that force you to park on Ravenswood are not that much better when church isn't in session these days. The fact is that we have a lot of condos/multi-unit buildings and far more people/cars than there are spaces. We've politely asked that they respect the neighbors. (we met with the pastor in person, inside the church, with the alderman's office representative)

    They don't care about the neighbors. Just be careful when you are crossing the street. Trying to do more will just leave you frustrated.

Apr 05

Updated 2 days ago

Angel Food Bakery Closes Today

Angel Food Bakery on Montrose in Ravenswood celebrates it's farewell today! Cash only please and they will stay open till the yummies run out. Go say goodbye to Stephanie and her amazing employees!

3 days ago

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5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

All Saints' Episcopal Church's - Now them!

I have lived in the neighborhood for 6 years. Today, while walking past All Saints' Episcopal Church during the food pantry I saw one guy urinating outside the church in broad day light! Then I saw men going up to people's homes stealing the bags of plastic eggs that were left by a neighboring church opening them and then throwing them on our lawns. I asked them to pick them up since no one is paid to clean up their mess and they laughed at me. The food bank that I donate to them get good from are the same people making out neighborhood terrible. I reported it to the church. This is insane

Why

  • I saw that about the purse. That totally sucks and a good reminder to only bring what will fit in your pockets. Organizations really don't have the secure space or want/need to be responsible for volunteers' valuables. Once at paws' intake center, a woman put her purse under an employee's desk to find a dog had peed in it. Not surewhat is worse - a stolen bag or one filled with dog urine!!

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    Dana, those are both just as bad. At the dog beach, it is never recommended to bring a bag...especially in the summer unless it is a poo bag.

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Lunar Eclipse last night in Ravenswood

3:30am Lunar Eclipse in Ravenswood.
Anyone see the red moon?

  • I was sure it'd be too overcast to see it so I didn't stay up. I also couldn't get a clear answer on what time to expect it. I wish I'd seen it though! Very cool. There's another blood moon in October and two more next year--very rare sequence.

Mar 08

Updated 5 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 13

Updated 6 days ago

Easter bunny pictures

Anyone know where I can go to get a picture of my daughter with the Easter bunny? She is too young for egg hunts but I would like a picture.

  • Nancy McGarry Eager to learn about the neighborhood

    The Lincoln Town Center Shopping Center on McCormick and Touhy in the center of the mall.

  • Marilyn Maggi Tamayo Long time resident of now trendy, north center

    I always take my son to the bunny at Harlem Irving Plaza. It's a bit of a cruise but their bunny is great and way cuter than the one at lincolnwood mall, in my pinion.

Apr 08

Updated 6 days ago

Mariano's

Huge space!

  • Joan M. Back in Lincoln Square and liking it.

    Sounds like we've got a high class of problems in this part of town with our numerous grocery store options.

  • Amazing what some people can get out of a photograph … All I saw was produce.

Apr 08

Updated 6 days ago

Mess at Wilson and ravenwood

Is the metra viaduct a storage space for the homeless?

  • And clearly this topic has lost focus. The topic was people storing bags of clothes, blankets, alcohol bottles etc at the metra viaduct which is private property anyway. Not about homelessness per say. Legally that's considered dumping. So trying to make this into a moral issue is off point. I've said it before if you care so deeply then go over and grab there blankets and offer to wash them. If they catch you, they'll probably curse you out anyway.

  • My compassion and heart go out to family's that are in need. They are the ones who I truly have a heart for. Not a bunch of drunk men who probably have more income then I do. Who choose to sleep on the red line and store there stuff everywhere....

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    My compassion and heart go out to family's that are in need. They are the ones who I truly have a heart for. Not a bunch of drunk men who probably have more income then I do. Who choose to sleep on the red line and store there stuff everywhere. The city of Chicago isn't compassionate, they will dump that stuff in the trash. The CTA isn't compassionate because they will call the police and /or put someone off the train for sleeping there. Yes they have signs posted at ohare and midway

Apr 12

Updated Apr 13

Lawrence and Clark development?

Does anybody know if there are any plans to develop the vacant lot on the NW corner of Lawrence/Clark? For sale sign is still up but there's a new dumpster in the lot and several cars have parked there over the last few days. Just wondering if anyone has heard anything. If not, I'm curious to see others thoughts on what they'd like to see developed on the lot.

  • Thanks Rachel and Sabrina. They have great retail frontage on both Clark and Lawrence so I'm eager to see the configuration of the property. I figured they'd eventually put in some kind of retail in the 1st floor but there's already enough empty storefronts around there. It's better than an empty eyesore but I hope they can actually secure some good tenants.

  • I look forward to not having my clothes torn on the nasty slumlord wire fence

Apr 09

Updated Apr 10

The New L.A. Fitness on Lawrence

Has anyone tried it out? If so, what do you think?

Thanks!

GK

  • Sheila Pacione Neighbor

    My hubby loves it cause it's all brand new. No towels though.

  • Rachel D. just hungry

    It's nice! I do agree with the towel sentiment-I wish they offered some in the locker rooms. However I haven't used it for much other than the treadmills and the weight machines. I'm hoping to try a class soon. But all the facilities are great because like the poster above said, it's all brand new. Some things aren't finished yet, like there's a space for a juice bar but it's not set up yet. And you can run to marianos when you're done and grab dinner!

Apr 08

Updated Apr 10

Mariano's open!

1st hour of biz!
Wow!

Apr 09

Updated Apr 09

Mariano's day 2

The cafe

  • I went in again today to just look around, see what they sell. This might be something that is available at specialty liquor stores, I don't know...but you can make your own six pack of beer! And they have moonshine! And the ethnic food section just makes me happy. I like it.

Apr 02

Updated Apr 08

Wedding Photographer Recommendations

Hi neighbors,

Do any of you fine folks have a wedding photographer you *loved* and would recommend?

Thanks!

  • Zero concerns, Dawn is terrific. If you like her portfolio and like her style, that's exactly what she'll deliver. A few hours before our ceremony, we had our photos taken in the afternoon at various locations throughout the city that were great for shots and meaningful to us and also...

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    Zero concerns, Dawn is terrific. If you like her portfolio and like her style, that's exactly what she'll deliver. A few hours before our ceremony, we had our photos taken in the afternoon at various locations throughout the city that were great for shots and meaningful to us and also had Dawn and her second shooter at the ceremony through the reception. We had a few family "group" photos (we both have very small families and didn't have a wedding party so this wasn't as painful and time consuming as it could have been) but the majority of our pics were candids which is what we wanted - we aren't fans of staged shots, much to my very traditional MIL's chagrin. Also, Dawn will be the first to tell you she isn't a fan of table shots so I'd avoid those.

    Just manage everyone's expectations, including your own and you won't be disappointed. Develop a timeline of your day and share that information with Dawn. Be specific about what you want, create a list of must-have shots and nice-to-have shots, who should be in those shots and when/where those shots should be taken. Make sure you ask when your images will be available online and when your album (if you order one) will be available for proofing, including estimated in hand date. We paid to have all of our images available on disc so we were in no rush for our album... it took me about 4-5 months to finally get around to reviewing it.

    BTW, congrats and good luck with your big day!

  • Kelly B Beaucastel's Mom

    Artisan Events, Amanda Sudimack.& Associates. www.amandasudimackandassociates.com
    She and her entire team are incredible! They are so easy to work with and they completely "get" the importance of wedding photography. Of course they do portraits/posed group photos incredibly well, it is their candid photo journalistic style that will capture the most...

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    Artisan Events, Amanda Sudimack.& Associates. www.amandasudimackandassociates.com
    She and her entire team are incredible! They are so easy to work with and they completely "get" the importance of wedding photography. Of course they do portraits/posed group photos incredibly well, it is their candid photo journalistic style that will capture the most incredible moments of your special day. I could not recommend them more highly. Our wedding album still brings tears to my eyes when I look at it! They may cost more than other local photographers, but they are worth every single cent and I wouldn't have trusted our special day to any other photographer!

Apr 04

Updated Apr 06

Lawrence Avenue Post Office

Recently someone noticed the mail box was missing in from of the post office, I drove by Wednesday night and it was still missing. Does anyone know if it will be returned?

  • I noticed too thanks for the update.

  • Just as a reference point, the same thing happened to the outside mailbox at the Graceland annex on Lincoln near Addison - box taken out by traffic accident - and it took about eight months for it to be replaced. Hope you're luckier.

Apr 05

Apr 03

Updated Apr 05

Graffiti/Tagging in Alley

Found this upon leaving for work this morning. I've already reported it to the city graffiti removal services, but was wondering if anyone knew what/where/who this specific tag might belong to.

  • Catbus Philosopher, Third-Class

    No translation required. This one is just a personal tag.

  • RT Here

    I know who KWT is (based on a previous arrest), but EB removed my previous post. You can Google 'KWT tagger arrest".

Apr 02

Updated Apr 04

Flirty Cupcakes Dessert Garage comes to LS

Went on a walk last night in Lincoln Square and walked past the new Flirty Cupcakes located at 4631 Lincoln. A friend and I stopped to look in the window and the owner Tiffany came to the door and invited us in and provided the warmest welcome. We also had the pleasure of meeting the talented head chef James. This is a gem of a place and what a treat for LS to have such a friendly and delicious addition to our neighborhood. Soft opening this weekend-don't miss it the opportunity to welcome Tiffany and team to LS.

  • Robin in Rogers Park Owner of Cats in the City, LLC

    As long as they do not carry gluten free, I am safe from more sugar overload....:-)

  • My husband stopped by there today and had a nice chat with Tiffany and James, too. I'm happy to have a new local business to support!

Apr 03

Updated Apr 04

Slow (Comcast) internet

Is anyone else who has Comcast in the ravenswood/west Andersonville area having problems with their Comcast internet connection?

  • The family I nanny for has had this problem with their comcast internet (phones too) for about a month. After having 2 boxes replaced, cable cords swapped out and a bunch of other stuff nothing changed. The internet would be sometimes ridiculously slow, and other times not work at all....

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    The family I nanny for has had this problem with their comcast internet (phones too) for about a month. After having 2 boxes replaced, cable cords swapped out and a bunch of other stuff nothing changed. The internet would be sometimes ridiculously slow, and other times not work at all. Some days they would have more of the day without phones and internet than with it working.

    On the day yet another service call was scheduled they got a call that I answered saying that repairs were in the process of being completed at the main hub (I can't remember what it is actually called) that services the entire neighborhood. They said that several components had gone bad and it was disrupting service for the whole area, but it should be fixed in an hour and did we still want a service guy to come out?

    Although it seemed fixed we had the service guy come out anyway. I was there when the Comcast guy came and I learned a few things. Apparently the needed repairs for the neighborhood were likely scheduled weeks before. But more annoyingly, when I told him we got a call about repairs being done in the area, he knew nothing about it. He said "We don't know what those guys get up to, they are separate from us." What? Comcast could have saved themselves a lot of time and money not sending out people and replacing cords and boxes if they realized there was a problem in the whole area.

    Anyway, the problem is now fixed and the family demanded that comcast credit them for the time they had terrible service.

  • Sorry I left out the fact that this family is in the Northern Suburbs, so it is not your area, but I would not be surprised if your problems stem from a similar cause.

Apr 02

Updated Apr 02

Grocery Gal finds Gemütlichkeit in Lincoln Square

I normally post to Jefferson Park, but wanted to share my Chicago grocery store -focused blog to the Lincoln Square group on Everyblock. I review a different store every week and am planning on including more recipes in the near future. Enjoy! http://grocerygalblog.com/gemutlichkeit-lincoln-square/

  • Craig LincSquare93

    Grocery Gal,

    I enjoyed your blog. I didn't know about some of the items in Merz and thus plan to stop in soon. If you get a chance, there is another Gene's on the NW side, 5330 W. Belmont Ave. Cheers.

  • Grocery Gal GroceryGalBlog Jefferson Park food lover

    Thanks Craig! I do know the original Gene's on Belmont. I last went there about 6 months ago and it seemed so sad and empty. I prefer A&G market a little further west on Belmont. But my all time favorite is Montrose Deli a little east of Central. Both have been featured in the blog. Much more to come, I try to post once a week. Thanks again!

Mar 30

Updated Apr 01

Cat found!!!

Just got him back inside! Great to have wonders neighbors. He was hiding out in their garage.

Mar 20

Updated Apr 01

Crate-free Overnight Care for Pups?

Hi neighbors,

Ridiculously embarrassing but shameless pet owner/lover here. Wondering if anyone has any good suggestions for overnight care for their pups, preferably ones that do not use crates and cost an arm and a leg? I hate having to leave my dog behind on trips, but sometimes it has to happen. In this same vein does anyone else have this need and an interest in forming some sort of shared co-op for this?

Thanks,

GK

  • Our 2 dogs like Doggie Dojo Doggie Daycare on Belmont. Either Carlos or Oscar stay in the small apartment overnight with the 2 dogs and they play with the other dogs during the day. Great chance for them to socialize!!! And it's a very clean, attractive place too.

  • Green Paws Chicago also services Uptown. A walker can either stay in your home, or you can opt to board at one of the walkers homes.

Mar 29

Updated Mar 31

Reception in a loft

Hi, Can anyone recommend a fairly inexpensive(<2500) reception venue that is in a loft or apartment building in Chicago? We are looking for a space that can hold around 100 people and has a nice view, courtyard or special feature to it. Thanks for any and all help!

Mar 28

Updated Mar 30

Where to vacuum car?

Hi neighbors,

I am curious if there is anywhere in the area that has self-service vacuums available? I know of places that will wash and clean the exterior and interior of cars for you, but I'm a neat freak and also find vacuuming very enjoyable (I know, I know...). Anyway I was just wondering if there's a place I can go to just do a quick vacuum every couple weeks or so! Thanks!

  • There's a new car wash with free self-service vacuums on Irving west of Kedzie, north side of the street.

  • Bears Fan North Mayfair

    There's a do it yourself car wash on Lawrence Ave. just west of Cicero on the north side of Lawrence. If you want, you can vacuum you car without washing your it. There's a change machine for quarters or bring your own.

Mar 28

Updated Mar 29

My landlord let my cat out.

My cat was let out onto the streets Wednesday evening. I've been looking around the alley since then. I would appreciate any help. He is on the small side, solid gray w/ green eyes. No collar cause he always bit through them. He is declawed & a little skittish. His name is Austen. Last seen in 2200 block of west Wilson Ave. pleas email if you've seen him. K

  • It was an accident. She thought a cat got into our back hallway when Austen in fact got out of my apartment when I was leaving for work in a rush. Or when my roommate left for work. No he was not micro-chipped I adopted him back in Michigan before microchips were an option. I plan on calling shelters today. I really appreciate all of your suggestions!

  • Robin in Rogers Park Owner of Cats in the City, LLC

    Kristen, our local shelters are not licensed to admit what would be deemed a stray cat - only Chicago Animal Care and Control at Western and 27th is - so please post Austen's photo and go there and search the cages daily. I am friends with several people who volunteer...

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    Kristen, our local shelters are not licensed to admit what would be deemed a stray cat - only Chicago Animal Care and Control at Western and 27th is - so please post Austen's photo and go there and search the cages daily. I am friends with several people who volunteer at CACC - so posting Austen's photo here would help me circulate him on Facebook. If he accidentally gets picked up by someone and surrendered, then we'd now he was a pet and not a stray. Strays are held for 7 days in hopes of their families coming to claim them. If no claim, many rescues work to pull out as many as they can and get them into foster care and adopted.

    You wrote that Austen is shy, so the chances of a good citizen being able to snag him are slim, but I wanted to share this info anyway.

    Sending lots of 'get home safely' vibes for your guy.

    (I also think that Tree House is licensed to admit strays, but I am sure they are full to the gills right now, so if someone found Austen and tried to get him admitted, I doubt that would happen, but good to check their policies anyway).

Mar 27

Updated Mar 29

Empty retail space across from Cafe Selmarie

Does anyone know if there is any recent updates on this space? I know several years ago it was rumored to be a pizza joint. But, it's still vacant.

  • That pizza place was opening there. Trying to get more outdoor space. People in building say no way

  • As many in the neighborhood know, American Flatbread Pizza signed a lease back in 2009/2010 for the space but for a variety of reasons was unable to move forward with the restaurant. Just last week, building ownership got the space back and hired SVN Chicago Commercial to market the space for lease. Information about leasing opportunities will be available early next week at SVNChicago.com.

Mar 28

April 5-12, 2014 Free Property Tax Reduction Seminar

Raila & Associates, PC has partnered with Federal Reserve Bank this year to offer free Property Tax Reduction Seminars during the Money Smart Week, April 5-12, 2014 on the following dates:

April 8th at 6:30 PM, West Chicago Public Library Branch, 4856 W Chicago Ave,
Register by 4/4/14 with Shirley Wallace at 312-743-0250

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Register by 4/4/14 with Nancy Wagner at 847-256-6935 or nwagner@wilmettelibrary.info

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Raila & Associates, PC has partnered with Federal Reserve Bank this year to offer free Property Tax Reduction Seminars during the Money Smart Week, April 5-12, 2014 on the following dates:

April 8th at 6:30 PM, West Chicago Public Library Branch, 4856 W Chicago Ave,
Register by 4/4/14 with Shirley Wallace at 312-743-0250

April 9th at 7PM, Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette
Register by 4/4/14 with Nancy Wagner at 847-256-6935 or nwagner@wilmettelibrary.info

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Visit Moneysmartweek.org, to search for events, choose Cook for county, and then Taxes for topic.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Mar 26

Updated Mar 28

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 !

  • There's one a ways down Ashland that just did this. I haven't been in, but from the looks of it they're going for the Chipotle vibe - tall ceilings and stools. Interesting that they're adding Wifi, but the seating design of these places makes it uncomfortable to "hang out". Thats probably the point, I know - inviting so you come in, but just uncomfortable enough that you dont stay.

  • Robin in Rogers Park Owner of Cats in the City, LLC

    I like their fries - they are gluten and animal-product free - although I don't indulge too often. Thanks for the update.

Mar 27

Garbage

Is it just me or is there a TON of garbage on sunnyside at western? Starting to look like NYC!

Mar 24

Updated Mar 25

Yard Waste Disposal

Can someone please let me know what the proper procedure for disposing of yard waste (grass/ leaves) in the city is?

I moved into a new place last fall, where my landlord doesn't keep up with yard work. I'm trying to get my yard nice and usable, but there is probably 3 years worth of leaves, grass, etc.

Thanks for your help.

  • SBloom architect, dad and a half, 25 years north side

    A few years ago, I used to be very meticulous putting my yard waste in the alley as the city sent a crew every other week to pick it up separately. With budget cuts, The last few years the yard waste was picked up with the regular garbage and (hopefully)...

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    A few years ago, I used to be very meticulous putting my yard waste in the alley as the city sent a crew every other week to pick it up separately. With budget cuts, The last few years the yard waste was picked up with the regular garbage and (hopefully) sorted at a transfer station. I no longer count on that and keep as much yard waste out of the trash stream by composting. Anything invasive I don't want to put in the compost gets thrown in the black garbage cart.

  • smartypants LifeLongCityGirl

    SBloom,
    Ditto....A friend showed me how to compost and it has saved me so much money on those brown paper bags AND supplies me with the best fertilizer ever. My friend and her husband started a compost at their condo last year, as well, with great results.
    No room for a compost area? Brown paper bags....:-( And I know, they do add up price wise but I imagine having a lovely outdoor space will make that a lot easier to swallow.
    Good luck, neighbor!

Mar 23

Updated Mar 24

Filming at Matty K's?

Drove by the street closures on Ainslie and saw a film truck parked outside Matty K's Hardware and what looked to be a food table and some impressive production lights with people working inside. Perhaps they're filming a commercial or the bowling alley above is?

  • Preeti Ravenswood Superstar since 2003

    Chicago Fire and Chicago PD on NBC are filmed locally. Maybe it's for those

  • A film crew from Columbia has been filming the last two nights and will be filming again tonight. Haven't seen the script, but I don't think it's headed to network TV - sorry Chicago Fire fans. (from Mrs. Matty K)

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    Probably grad's piece to be shown at manifest or project...

Mar 23

Updated Mar 24

What is happening with space next to Davis Theater.

The restaurant next to the Davis Theater has closed and something is happening in that space. We heard that possibly the owner of the Davis with take over the space and expand the lobby of the show into that area. Does anyone have any info concerning this rumor?

  • RT Here

    "I've only been to Montrose Damen for Le Troquet usually, so will be nice for another reason to head there."

    Fountainhead, Glenn's, Margie's, Hazel, Alapash, Joey's Soda & Snacks, Earth's Healing, First Slice Café/Lill Street Art Studio, Mixteco, El Maya. ORD Pizzaria, etc. Welcome to the neighborhood.

  • DNA is an excellent source for neighborhood info. Luv!!
    Davis is the bomb wish they would remodel it. Small theatre with upgraded seats, sounds and screen in the neighborhood would be priceless.

Mar 24

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Mar 24

DNAinfo Story on McPherson School History Fair

There was a great piece in DNAinfo this morning on Lincoln Square's neighborhood school, McPherson Elementary, and it's history fair. So cool!

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140324/lincoln-square/st-valentines-day-massacre-explored-by-mcpherson-students-at-history-fair

Mar 22

Updated Mar 22

No parking on Ainslie from 8pm till 10am tonight and tomorrow night?

Anyone know what's going on Ainslie street between Rockwell and Lincoln? Seems odd to close the street overnight. Are they filming something?

  • Amanda Lincoln Square Resident

    Possibly. The bottom of the sign says something to the effect 'thank you for your cooperation during the filming of this project.' The signs are only posted on the right side of the street, so I'm thinking it's not a big production (maybe a commercial?). This has piqued my interest. I might have to go for a short walk later tonight.

Mar 20

Updated Mar 22

Helicopters overhead

Anyone know what's going on with the helicopters overhead by Ravenswood Metra station?

Mar 20

Updated Mar 21

What's up with the blue helicopter hanging around for the last couple of hours?

Winnemac Park vicinity -- Does anyone know?

  • There were at least three helicopters...at LeAsT

  • SBloom architect, dad and a half, 25 years north side

    That was at least 3 hours of helicopters buzzing the neighborhood yesterday. Were they all news choppers? I guess it's vital to show a live shot for all of the local evening newscasts. What to you think that special coverage cost? That money would have been better spent donated to the effort to re-install the water tank.

Mar 20

Updated Mar 20

Porch Inspection

Any recommendation on a reputable company that can inspect my three flat porch?

Jan 23

Updated Mar 19

LA Fitness and Mariano's on Lawrence opening?

Does anyone know when the new LA Fitness and Mariano's will be opening off the Ravenswood Metra stop?

  • lol This is Your Captain Speaking
    L - As for the size, it seemed pretty sizable from outside. You can see it if you are on Lawrence. I know its larger than the pool at Amundsen HS. Seems like maybe 4-5 lanes. But I don't know if its Olympic size or not.

  • Eugene Rhodes im eugene

    L.A. fitness opened Mon 3-17 Marianos is going to open 4-8.

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 14

Updated Mar 17

Chinese Food

Does anyone have any suggestions for good Chinese in the Lincoln Square/Ravenswood neighborhood? I'm usually a pickup or delivery guy, doesn't have to be sit down. I've tried a couple places already and they were not the best. Thanks!

  • Have only tried Wah Sun and it was tasty. Now we llive one block from Wok Cuisine so that will be our next try.

  • Curious to hear people's thoughts about "Plenty" - Ive tried multiple places and every time I seem disappointed compared to Plenty.

Mar 16

Updated Mar 17

Man Passed Out on Train at Rockwell Stop

Yesterday (3/17) when I got off the train a woman moved from her car to the next. Just as I was wondering what may have been wrong with her car, I saw a man that had passed out (from drinking?) in the doorway! His legs were in the car and his body was on the platform. A woman tried to wake him and he was out cold! She and another woman let the driver know and he radioed the CTA staff in the station. I was going to let them know myself, but they were on their way to help as I walked in. Was anyone here there yesterday to see what the outcome was?

Mar 14

Updated Mar 17

The New Phone Books are here again! Really?

The new phone books arrived again today up and down my block. Because I opted out a while back , none were on my doorstep. Looks like the system works (or I just got lucky).

Here is a link where you can sign up to opt out of getting DEX phone books. Or at least feel better that you tried to. It's kind of a backassward process as they require you to place an order for "0" phone books to...

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The new phone books arrived again today up and down my block. Because I opted out a while back , none were on my doorstep. Looks like the system works (or I just got lucky).

Here is a link where you can sign up to opt out of getting DEX phone books. Or at least feel better that you tried to. It's kind of a backassward process as they require you to place an order for "0" phone books to opt out.

http://green.dexknows.com/DexGreen/homeAction.do;jsessionid=A6A89481CBD9C4FE4F3F62CF7C53B1AE

Here is a link where you can sign up to opt out of getting yellowpages phone books

http://www.yellowpagesgoesgreen.org/opt-out.php

Wouldn't be "greener" to have an "opt in" policy regarding phone books? It just seems like such a waste of natural resources. If you want one delivered, you sign up. They could also be made available for pick up at some central location in each ward.

I haven't used a phone book in years and usually pitch them right into the recycle bin when I do get them. If I need a phone number or an address, I do what most people do - look it up on the internet. Most people don't even have landlines anymore. Take a look around the neighborhood and you will see them on building doorsteps tomorrow, a month from tomorrow and on some more transient rental property, four months from tomorrow.

Let's say that if they are still out there April 1, feel free to put them in a neighboring blue bin. If anybody asks what you are doing, just say it's a good idea that you heard on Everyblock.com.

  • great post, thank you!

  • Jenny G. JP homeowner

    Thanks for this!

    On a related note, I tried calling the Tribune about the Red Plum papers we get, too. They give us 2 of each every time and I don't even want one. My phone call did nothing because we still get them. Has anyone has success getting them to stop??

Mar 15

Updated Mar 16

Saw lost dog at Lawrence and Western

Around 8:15 am (Sat, 3/15), I saw a light-colored shepherd dog of some kind walking east on Lawrence. The dog turned left and started walking north on Western, but I couldn't get to the dog in time to see if he had a collar. So just in case someone is looking for their family pet.

  • AW Busy mom

    Might have been a coyote.

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 09

Updated Mar 14

Need Ideas

A good friend of mine from Milwaukee wrote :

"I'm meeting an old friend from Portland, OR in Chicago this Thursday and neither of us know the city AT ALL. Can you give us a few recommendations for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or generally great spots to hang out (think vegan, off the beaten path, low-key, alcohol not necessary, hippy vibe)."

I think I gave her pretty solid suggestions, but wonder what others may have said. Any ideas are appreciated.

Mar 06

Updated Mar 14

Gaping potholes!

On Argyle just east and west of Washtenaw ave, there are 2 very serious holes that will make a person leave their axel and suspension. Beware!

  • I have an iPhone app called Chi Works that Alderman Pawar's office came up with- it allows you to submit requests to the city via smartphone and include a photo of the problem. You can also look through and see whether a repair has already been requested.

    I submitted a request about oh, a week ago for a ginormous pothole cars have been swerving around in the 1400 block of Winnemac. They did get back to me with a tracking number within 24 hours though.

  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    If you include a photo with your service request it will appear on EveryBlock the next day (assuming it was accepted). Also, older service requests will reappear whenever they're updated, including when they're closed.

Mar 10

Updated Mar 10

Outdoor Stair Climbing Locations

Greetings
I'm looking for locations near Ravenswood to climb stairs out of doors. The local high school stadiums lock their entrances and I'd prefer to avoid hills, at least until the ground dries up. Any suggestions?
Thank you

  • How about a parking garage near you? A friend of mine ran the stairs and ramps at Loyola. Said it was great exercise.

  • BerkeleyGirl Winnemac Park

    If you're able to work out on weekday mornings, Jorndt Field is always open. You'll always see runners/speed-walkers using the track. A friend's trainer loves to use the stairs with clients. Come summer weekends, though, accessibility plummets. Football games are held there into October, and the buses start pulling up by 8:00 a.m. Good luck!

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