15 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Was something filming on Lincoln last night?

I was hurrying home last night around nine and saw three identical moving trucks parked in front of the Grind near Wilson on Lincoln. Guys were just sitting in the backs of the open trucks waiting, like they often do when I see them film some of the Chicago-based tv shows currently running. I thought I saw something set up in Fork's backroom, but wasn't sure. The front room seemed to have normal business, and places usually close down completely when filming.

Anyone able to satisfy my curiosity? :)

Thanks!

Oct 08

Updated 14 hours ago

Conviction Fitness buying new equipment and purchasing their building in a new way

Hi all,
Many of you might know about Conviction Fitness across from Welles Park. They are looking to initiate the purchase of their building and acquire some new equipment. They are doing all of this in a new way - by paying their customers and neighbors instead of the bank. Take a look at their crowd funded loan campaign. For the first time you can directly have an effect on local businesses. http://bit.ly/10RkqzY

  • Does it get crowded? Still want to try this place out.

  • JV @LendSquare Co-Founder LendSquare

    I wanted to update everyone on Conviction's crowd funded loan campaign. They are 66% funded and have 6 days to go. If you love having them around help us share it so they can have a successful campaign!

    http://bit.ly/10RkqzY

6 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

CRAFTJAR in Ravenswood

Hello All,
I'd like to get some community feedback on a concept that I'm working on. I'd like to open a craft supply, kit and workshop boutique on the corner of Lawrence and Hermitage. It would also be a great place to shop really clever gifts and greeting cards. Take a peek at the (in progress) website at: www.craftjar-Chicago.com and let me know your thoughts? Is it a great idea? Waste of space?
Thanks!

  • Jamie Mama, Reader

    This sounds lovely. I live nearby, and would love to buy my craft items and take a class or two locally.

  • SC

    Not sure if the setting would work, but I know that kids love arts and crafts- so if there could be classes- could be great. (Lil' street has classes that my kids love during the summer or days off from school)

2 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Mangal bar and restaurant

Mangal has been closed for a few days now. Looked inside and their was mail all over the floor. Is this corner @ Montrose and Wolcott cursed or what?

  • J Lifelong Chicagoan and a Ravenswood Resident

    Yep, I walked past it last night again and the place looks as dead as a doornail, which is unfortunate for everyone. I agree with Bill that the place just didn't seem to know what it wanted to be (something with a Turkish theme, and that's about it). Everything about...

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    Yep, I walked past it last night again and the place looks as dead as a doornail, which is unfortunate for everyone. I agree with Bill that the place just didn't seem to know what it wanted to be (something with a Turkish theme, and that's about it). Everything about it was pretty much mediocre at best. Still, it's surprising (at least to me) that they could barely even make it to six months. Something stable and along the "wine bar and a few small plates" vein might not be a bad idea. Keep it simple.

  • I walked by last night and actually saw two people inside talking. It didn't appear to be open, but something was going on.
    I did go there once and did eat. The food was good, but it was nothing remarkable.

18 hours ago

Radish Seeds

Someone posted a few days ago wondering where to find radish seeds for a kids' science experiment. I was at Gethsemane yesterday, and they do have radish seeds in packets.

2 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Halloween block party in Ravenswood?

I saw a post from Cheesies Bar that their food truck was coming to a block party at Damen and Ainslie on Halloween. Anyone know the deal with the party? Sounds fun!

  • Yep, the 4800 block of N Seeley is having a block party on Halloween. The street will be closed from 3-9pm for the kids to trick or treat. We had the food truck last year and it was awesome. If you're in the neighborhood, feel free to stop on by.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Stereo Exchange is a CROOK

I paid a deposit in cash and left an amplifier for repair. He kept telling me "Oh I had it fixed and then it failed. I'm going to try something else. I'll have it tomorrow."

I gave him some time. Every time I went back, same story. I gave up after some months of this. Never saw it again.

Do not use this place.

Any recourse?

  • If I had to guess, I'd say he's peddling something that has nothing to do with electronics.

  • If this guy has done it to more than one person and is still in business, maybe the news might be interested in it?

4 days ago

Lost cat - on rockwell!!!

not my cat, just spreading the word. Looks like he has a black and orangish mix coat. Call the number if you see him - last 4 digits of the number are 4587

Oct 16

Updated 4 days ago

New all you can eat sushi?

Does anyone know about the new sushi spot going in on Western just south of Lawrence? It just has a sign that reads "All you can eat sushi coming soon" and nothing else....hopefully it is a part of the Sushi Para family!

  • I posted about the same thing yesterday! Looks like it's still a mystery...

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

    I was going to give the Kimberli ayce a try this week. One site said it was available Mon-Thu and another said Tue-Thu, then I forgot all about it. Maybe next week.

Oct 19

Updated Oct 23

Found: chubby orange housecat

This cat was hanging out on the sidewalk in front of 4447 N Wolcott. It was very friendly, well fed and didn't seem like an outside cat. I couldn't take it in so he's still outside. It went into the gated alley next to the building so I'm hoping it knows how to stay safe. It was cold but seemed ok for now.

  • This is hilarious. I'm sorry you are all missing your cats, but this just made my night. Especially the Chest/Not Chester picture lol.

  • This cat has been a fixture of the neighborhood for years. He/she is fearless and friendly. If this cat were on Fousquare, it would be the Mayor of Ravenswood.

Oct 22

Updated Oct 23

Coyote sighting

Last night I saw a Coyote by Winnemac and Western. I was in the car, however, a young man was walking his dog which barked and caused the coyote to run up the alley.
Just need to be aware. I called 911 and they connected me to 311. I was told they would report it to Animal Control.

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

    If you'll re-read the article you linked to you'll notice that it was the *reporter* who claimed coyotes were being released for the purpose of controlling rats. The actual quote from the Animal Control guy (an unfortunate choice of words, to be sure) was, "His job is to deal with all of the nuisance problems, like mice, rats and rabbits."

  • Yes, Joan, I noticed that. And already agreed with you on the clarification.

Oct 22

Updated Oct 23

Hungry? Head to Pockets today and make some pets happy, too!

Hi! Just a reminder that today's the day to raise some dough for the Friendship Pet Food Pantry.

Simply mention the pantry when you place an order at Pockets on Lincoln Avenue today between 4 and 9 p.m., and 50 percent of your order will go toward feeding pets in need.

Here are the details: http://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/oct22-raise-some-dough-friendship-pet-food-pantry-6458961/

Thanks so much!

Oct 16

Updated Oct 22

Summary of the last month on Everyblock

- I saw a cat
- I heard a noise
- Can you guys recommend people who do things? Because I can't find them myself.
- Everything has to do with gangs
- I heard another noise
- Airplanes are loud
- I'm elderly and things that change make me nervous/and or angry

Did I miss anything? Any sort of helpful/informative threads are few and far between.

  • smartypants LifeLongCityGirl

    Mary OKeefe.., sorry..not getting your point. I can find a "roofer" on Google but it's most likely just an ad....I like to find recommendations for roofers from EB contributors that I've gotten to know over the last couple of years who seem sensible. Is there something wrong with that? What...

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    Mary OKeefe.., sorry..not getting your point. I can find a "roofer" on Google but it's most likely just an ad....I like to find recommendations for roofers from EB contributors that I've gotten to know over the last couple of years who seem sensible. Is there something wrong with that? What have YOU decided is worthy of EB discussion? Please, let us know so we can abide.....
    No, I did not lose a cat, but my neighbor did thanks to a careless realtor but EB helped her get it back....so....sorry....such a terrible waste of your time. STOP READING IF IT OFFENDS YOU! Easy fix, neighbor.

  • Frank H 71 Prodigal Northcenter native, back after 10yrs away

    I think that Jefferson was the equivalent of Gauguin's Van Gogh, secretly admiring him behind his unrequited desires. I get that feeling everytime my nickels rub against a dollar in my pocket. Riding horses, the theatre, dancing, Shakespeare!?!

Oct 19

Updated Oct 22

Graffiti Removal and Prevention

This would drive you crazy too! It's two steps forward and 15 backwards.... so I recently called the City of Chicago for the 400th time ( yep!) they=Graffiti Busters did their part and removed this mess on the walls! Then I applied Sherwin-Williams anti-graffiti covering. Still working but the creeps got on the roof and tagged the bricks surrounding the skylight.... now everyone on the Brown Line "L" can see their handwork! I am at wits end!!!! Up to the...

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This would drive you crazy too! It's two steps forward and 15 backwards.... so I recently called the City of Chicago for the 400th time ( yep!) they=Graffiti Busters did their part and removed this mess on the walls! Then I applied Sherwin-Williams anti-graffiti covering. Still working but the creeps got on the roof and tagged the bricks surrounding the skylight.... now everyone on the Brown Line "L" can see their handwork! I am at wits end!!!! Up to the roof on Monday to cover that with paint and apply the anti-graffiti covering....cross your fingers! If anyone sees these creeps please call the police, we think it is the same group of bad-boys that beat up the Baker at Beans and Bagels but we are not sure. Do not put yourself in harms way....but call the police! Thanks!!!

  • i think you're inhaling too many fumes.

  • TOKE is a Lincoln Square regular tagger. This "artist" has done nothing in the neighborhood worth keeping, so 311 online reporting continues with responsiveness on the part of Graffiti Blasters. The work shown in the photo has been the most elaborate of his/her works that I've seen this year; which...

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    TOKE is a Lincoln Square regular tagger. This "artist" has done nothing in the neighborhood worth keeping, so 311 online reporting continues with responsiveness on the part of Graffiti Blasters. The work shown in the photo has been the most elaborate of his/her works that I've seen this year; which is not saying much and resembles sophomoric skill. This joke might live around Oakley, the epicenter of tagging. Though, his/her tagging is an eyesore, I do not know how one makes the leap to the Bagel and Beans crime and find the accusation irresponsible.

Oct 17

Updated Oct 19

Lost Dog Seen

I just saw a small black and white dog (maybe a terrier, maybe a puppy) running down Oakley between Ainslie and Lawrence. It then crossed over Lawrence barely avoiding getting hit. Several of us tried to get its attention, but no interest. Last seen running down an alley south of Lawrence toward Leavitt. I don't have any more info, If you've lost this dog at least I hope this gives you a direction to start

Chris

  • Any more news on the little guy? I hope he's ok.....

  • Flyers went up Sunday morning on Ainslie that match the description of this dog - the number on the flyer is 773-816-8519 If anyone has any info that would be great.

Oct 18

Updated Oct 19

Living life on the edge

I am in Rogers Park. Will I make it to the safety of Ravenswood without hearing a loud bang?

  • sidishus miscreant

    From UU facebook

    More gunfire very early this morning (3:30-ish...apparently...I heard some kind of police response around that time) in the Clarendon Wilson area...

    Again.

    Also from the Uptown Update FB page:

    "Just a heads up. There was a robbery/beating that took place on magnolia just south of argyle around 6:00 this evening [Friday]. Group of 5 younger black males jumped a man and stole his phone then took off running. Be aware when walking home from work."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HwTpFEuY8I

  • MandaLeigh Here I Is.

    Is everyone on EB drunk tonight or something? My feed is so weird.

  • bjw

    That depends on if you make it without hearing a loud bang in RP!

Oct 15

Updated Oct 19

Bike Accident on Ravenswood and Montrose

Yesterday around 8:30am, I saw the immediate aftermath of a bike accident at the Ravenswood and Montrose intersection (west side of the Metra tracks). Looked like a car collided with a biker while trying to head south on Ravenswood. I looked up once I heard someone scream and saw the biker on the ground and several pedestrians rushing to help. The biker appeared to be knocked unconscious. I called 911 and was told several others had already contacted them about the accident. I was on my way to work and didn't stick around to see the paramedics arrive. Anyone know if the biker is ok?

  • Stephanie, Mayfair Bike path rider, Northsider 44 years

    As I've reflected on this thread throughout the week, this has been the take away. On any given day, as we navigate our urban environment, an environment most of us choose to live in, we have a responsibility to move from point to point with this concern of our fellow travelers in mind; that they are doing so as well, and wanting to get there safe and sound. How can we all contribute to that end? Getting there safe and sound together.

  • Marla J. Martin 4400 Block of Paulina

    I was also there when the accident happened, although my back was turned across the street. The biker was conscious and moaning loudly. She was taken away in an ambulance, but I also have seen nothing further reported. I hope she is ok. A gentleman I spoke with on the...

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    I was also there when the accident happened, although my back was turned across the street. The biker was conscious and moaning loudly. She was taken away in an ambulance, but I also have seen nothing further reported. I hope she is ok. A gentleman I spoke with on the street said he thought she hit the side of the car as she came down the hill and then flipped over the small car. The streets were wet after a downpour, she may have been trying to stop but couldn't. I send her my best wishes for a speedy recovery if she or her loved ones should read this post.

Oct 16

Updated Oct 18

Extras needed for video in LS/Ravenswood area 10/22 & 10/23

Hi all -

We are shooting a video around the neighborhood next week and are in need of some extras to fill in a few scenes.

There are a few "featured" roles where it requires a specific look and others where we may just need a few extra people to round out the scenes.

If you are around those days during the day, let me know and I can give details of where/when it would be.

There is some small compensation based on featured or background.

thanks

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    Gregg, we don't know how to reach you....

  • Send us a message with details. I'd be interested - if you need a middle-aged pixie type, I'm your gal!

Oct 14

Updated Oct 16

Car alarm on Eastwood

Anyone else wondering how to make this extremely loud car alarm stop? In past neighborhoods, I have called 311 when this happened and the cops did not tow the car or do anything to help the situation. I will likely call 311 anyways soon if this keeps up. Any other advice?

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    They can write the guy a parking ticket, or if they have the time, run his plate and knock on his door if he lives nearby.

  • dj long time RP home owner

    Yeah, the police ran the plates to find it was registered to an address about a mile away. They called the neighborhood "fluid" and left it at that.

Oct 14

Conviction Fitness' project to buy new equipment and purchasing their building

Conviction Fitness announced the start of their crowd funded loan last week and it’s growing! They have already funded 23 percent of their crowd funded loan. Stop in to their location or take a look here on how customers or neighbors around Lincoln Square can support them. http://bit.ly/11jWwxn

Oct 07

Updated Oct 13

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!

  • I'm also a parent of a child at Ladybug. Our toddler has been there since April and she has really thrived there, showing great progress in everything from using utensils to her verbal skills. She really enjoys going to school (hates waking up, but loves it once she's dropped off)...

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    I'm also a parent of a child at Ladybug. Our toddler has been there since April and she has really thrived there, showing great progress in everything from using utensils to her verbal skills. She really enjoys going to school (hates waking up, but loves it once she's dropped off) and really seems to have connected with the teachers. As for food -- the menu stays constant for a few months, with a good variety of foods. At a recent meeting, the staff explained that they stick with certain items in their rotation for a while, so kids get used to it. But if it becomes obvious that certain items are not being eaten by a significant number of kids, then they consult with their nutritionist and the preparers about whether there is a way to prepare that particular food differently. It's unfortunate that there simply isn't enough day care capacity to meet the demand in Lincoln Square, and I hope you can either get into Ladybug or find another place soon.

  • 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.

Oct 11

Updated Oct 12

Westbound Lawrence & Wolcott Bus Stop?

This bus stop used to be in front of the Sears, but since work on the sidewalk was completed, there is no longer a CTA bus stop sign there. Last weekend, a bus almost passed me and my grandmother by as we waited outside the Sears. The driver said the bus stop has moved, but she couldn't confirm exactly where it had moved to (thanks! big help) Anyone got any ideas about this?

  • The sign is back in front of Sears as of Thursday.

  • MJB ASNA member

    You can sign up on the CTA website to get weekday and weekend alerts on the buses and trains on changes to the routes, construction etc. they come out once a week.

Oct 10

Updated Oct 11

vandalized flags

Always nice to know that one of our "neighbors" could do this! Aprrox Carmen and Western.

  • This is what happens when Oderus Urungus dies.

  • Craig: Use Google maps.
    ChicagoAville: They were not my flags, a friend emailed me the pics.
    Burial Site Seth: You do realize that we are the only ones in Chicago who knows who Oderus Urungus is. May he RIP!

Oct 05

Updated Oct 10

Can I donate to your compost bin?

I'm pruning back our garden and we don't have a compost bin. Anyone close to Giddings & Hamilton want compost material? If you're close enough, we can walk it over. I'd hate to throw it in the dumpster. Yard waste is not allowed so I would have to hide it in plastic bags.

  • But why not just compost yourself? I find many ppl are intimidated by it, but it is super simple. You don't need a fancy composter--all you need is a bin with a lid--any bin. I recently started using my Tidy Cats buckets: when I finish the litter, I start throwing...

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    But why not just compost yourself? I find many ppl are intimidated by it, but it is super simple. You don't need a fancy composter--all you need is a bin with a lid--any bin. I recently started using my Tidy Cats buckets: when I finish the litter, I start throwing yard waste in them, and then every once in a while I turn the whole bucket upside down and/or add some water. And even though turning helps the process along, it is not necessary, so you can just toss your waste in a bin and wait for nature to take its course.

  • Thanks all. We rent, and share the yard with others. With sometimes unreliable neighbors in the building, I don't want to monitor that people aren't throwing trash in there. If I owned and had my own space, I would totally do it myself. I will keep Waters School in mind for future, too.

Oct 08

Updated Oct 09

Lincoln Sq. residents/community financing business

Hi, all! We know the Lincoln Square are supporters of the neighborhood’s local businesses. We want to share that Conviction Fitness on Western just north of Montrose is looking to finance itself directly from residents/community. As a business rooted in and looking to growing from Lincoln Sq., the owner believes investment from the surrounding community is the best way to create a more fit and sustainable neighborhood.

FYI, the loan is to initiate the purchase of their building and acquire...

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Hi, all! We know the Lincoln Square are supporters of the neighborhood’s local businesses. We want to share that Conviction Fitness on Western just north of Montrose is looking to finance itself directly from residents/community. As a business rooted in and looking to growing from Lincoln Sq., the owner believes investment from the surrounding community is the best way to create a more fit and sustainable neighborhood.

FYI, the loan is to initiate the purchase of their building and acquire new equipment. Community lenders can choose their own interest rate and will be paid back by Conviction Fitness over 24 months.

While it may be a foreign concept, check out more about their loan, finances, and how one becomes a community lender here:
http://bit.ly/1uBZCaM

Some of you may have read about the new Lincoln Square Barbershop (Lawrence and Western) doing the same type of community loan earlier this year. Read about that here: http://dnain.fo/1k81tAo

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    Nice, um, 7th post about your business, Lend Square. What's up with that?

Oct 07

Updated Oct 08

And I wonder why they hate us

Cardinals win 4th straight NLDS. "Go crazy folks, go crazy"

  • Tom in Lincoln Square humble citizen

    They hate us for our freedom. (Our Octobers are entirely baseball-free!)

  • I have lived here for almost 20 years; I love Chicago. I was also born and raised in St Louis; I love the Cardinals. They are not mutually exclusive.

    Also, your Octobers are not free; you just care about football season far earlier than I do. ;)

Oct 07

Be aware Eastwood

Street lights out on Eastwood along the river. Veey dark flash lights might be in order.

Oct 03

Updated Oct 04

Baker & Miller

You have to try this bake shop on Western & Wilson it's awesome!

  • Can't afford their stuff.

  • Catbus Philosopher, Third-Class

    Once they have more in the way of bulk grains I may shop there, but I find their menu wholly uninspiring and, as Mark noted, overpriced. I can put together my own ploughman's lunch, sans unwanted Portlandia pickle, for way less than $14.

    Personally, I think they should have gone straight grocery/bakery and wholesale and not tried to be a restaurant at all. But if this is the game plan they've chosen, they need to get way more variety into their menu and bring the prices down some.

Oct 01

Updated Oct 04

Reco needed for Mason

Our building is leaking and after addressing roof issues we now think the problem is with the bricks. Any recommendations for excellent and affordable masons would be much appreciated!

Oct 03

Strange loud aircraft

Those weird aircraft were escorting Prez. 1. They are tilt wing planes called the Osprey.

Sep 27

Updated Oct 03

Peace and Quiet

I feel bad for those people who are caught up in the airport bedlam after the fire, but MAN, it's so nice not to have airplanes loudly flying overhead day and night. Ahhhh. Nice and quiet! What a huge difference.

Oct 02

Updated Oct 03

Annoying planes are back!!!

Peace and quite over.

Oct 03

It rained a bit last night

Just a little.

Oct 01

Updated Oct 02

Transfiguration of our Lord Catholic Church

Does anyone know what is actually going to happen to the church, I heard that they need to raise $1.6 million if they are going to stay open.

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    I just looked for a website (after looking up their location) and found a dead website. They have a free listing on a parish site. Hopefully a parishioner will see this and chime in! (I used to work near that church until last December.)

  • I believe the church is remaining open till at least June of next year while they resolve the financial issues.

Sep 30

Updated Oct 02

Bathroom installation

My wife and I decided to hold off on complete bath remodel at this juncture and decided to just replace sink and toilet in an upstairs bath.Was wondering if anyone was aware of a good installer in the aware or maybe not in the area.

Thank you in advance

Sep 29

Updated Oct 02

Car accident????

What the heck is going on near montrose and ashland! I am just trying to get home and everything is closed off... Even the ALLEYS are jammed with cars. Was there an accident or are they filming something??

  • Rachel writer, indexer, editor, researcher

    They're also doing roadwork on Ashland between Montrose and Lawrence; the northbound lane is completely closed. I would imagine that didn't help.

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    I actually wrote to Pawar's office since the signs don't offer much help with the times of the road closure. I've seen Ashland closed after midnight for work (which would make more sense...right?) and during afternoon rush hour, causing a traffic nightmare on WB Irving. (Pawar's office did write back...saying it's closed until 7 or 8...)

Sep 29

Updated Oct 01

What was that?

I just saw 2 or 3 military planes fly VERY low over my building that is near Lincoln and Foster? Scared the poop out of me since they were so low and I didn't hear them until they were right near my place. What was that? Is the President in town this weekend or was this something else? I thought that it may very well be a presidential escort. I can't recall them ever flying over my place in the past so I was wondering if it was something else.

  • Dan

    3 Ospreys have been doing flyovers. Most likely they were advance party for the President, scouting out Gary airport because Aurora air traffic control is still out.

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    Dan, That sounds about right. At least I agree with Obama's thinking of not screwing anything else up at ORD. :) He is officially in town. I think I heard him fly over earlier in the evening.

Sep 30

Updated Oct 01

What just flew overhead?

It looked like some sort of military plane or helicopter. Didn't get a good look at it. My whole house was rattling!

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    Tomorrow.

  • Paul Cooney East Coast Transplant

    So glad someone posted this! I thought we were under attack!

Sep 28

Updated Sep 28

Lights Back in Winnemac Park

Arriving home this evening, just after midnight, I noticed that the walking path through Winnemac Park, between Damen and Leavitt, was very well lit. Is this a result of last week's mugging? If so, it seems something good came out of it. I don't recall the lights being on that late in quite some time. In fact, a couple of years ago, I walked home at midnight from Ravenswood Metra, post-Ravinia, and all the lights were out.

  • Neighbors, lets keep an eye out in this park. Report suspicious activity and anything that may seem strange. Let's send the bad guys a message that we're watching them. I grew up in this park and it has transformed into a beautiful space. Let's not let them take it over. Just be safe and take care.

Sep 27

Updated Sep 28

Drug bust?

Across from core power on Lawrence? Hmm

  • Do tell.

  • My husband was pretty sure he saw a hooker get picked up by some guy on the corner by Subway earlier tonight. A woman asked him for 30 cents and then a minute later some guy pulled up and spoke with her for a minute before she got into his car and they drove away. I suppose there could be other explanations, but none of them are coming to mind.

  • There were about 5 or so cop vehicles outside one of the houses across from that little plaza with core power/Pizza Hut and whatever else. When I walked out of the European bistro next door 8+ cops were walking out of the house across the street, seemingly disappointed. Once all of the cops were out the person in the house closed the door and shut allllll of the lights off. Maybe they were looking for someone?

Sep 26

Lost Wallet

Lost a small Vera Bradley wallet somewhere on Lincoln between the Davis Theatre and Potbelly on Friday night. Small reward for its return. Thanks in advance.

Sep 24

Updated Sep 25

Sewage/Oil smell near river?

Smelled a really strong sewage or oil smell from Washtenaw to the river this AM. Anyone know what that's about?

  • From Ald O'Connor yesterday (09/24)--

    We have received word from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District that the sewer odor we are experiencing in the west end of the ward along the river is the result of a planned shutdown for construction of the effluent water disinfection facility. Heavy odors were...

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    From Ald O'Connor yesterday (09/24)--

    We have received word from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District that the sewer odor we are experiencing in the west end of the ward along the river is the result of a planned shutdown for construction of the effluent water disinfection facility. Heavy odors were found at the east end of the North Channel and at Pratt and McCormick due to the venting louvers at these shafts being found open. The displacement of these shafts can sometimes be caused by high velocity air. The louvers have been closed and covered, and increased odor control (sodium hypochlorite) has been applied.

    MWRD will re-evaluate for further possible action as required. Construction is due to end by 7:00 a.m. Friday morning.

Sep 24

McPherson School Playground and Campus - Almost finished!

The new park, play space and playground at McPherson School is nearly finished (see attached picture). Work continues on the east side of the campus and will be completed in the next week or so. This is phase I of the campus redesign process and is it REALLY exciting. This project will be a play space and gathering space for us all!

Sep 22

Updated Sep 23

REMINDER: Community Meeting - Local Infrastructure Projects

Just a reminder - the West Ravenswood Neighbors Association is hosting a community meeting (open to everyone) on Thursday, Sept. 25th, 6:30 PM at Chicago Northside Church of the Nazarene at 1900 W. Leland Avenue. The meeting will feature updates on three major infrastructure projects taking place in the area: the Metra Ravenswood station/railroad construction; the Lawrence Avenue streetscaping; and the construction of the Lycee Francais school.

Representatives from Metra, CDOT, Lycee Francais, and Walsh Construction are expected to attend. Alderman Pawar and members of his staff are also planning to join attend, as well.

Please join your neighbors for this important meeting.

For more info, please contact: westravenswoodneighbors@gmail.com.

Sep 19

Updated Sep 22

Winnemac blocked off/helicopters

Anyone know what's happening by Winnemac park right now? The park is blocked off on Hoyne by a bunch of police officers and there's helicopters circling the area.

Sep 20

Updated Sep 21

Dirndl or lederhosen needed for Oktoberfest 9/24

Anyone selling or renting their dirndl?

  • Sarah D. Dog lover, cyclist, swimmer, North Center '03-now!

    I do have one for sale ($50), just getting it ready for eBay. Size is tough to gauge - probably size 8? It is made in Germany, likely 1960s vintage and is in fantastic condition with great details. Red and blue print with a white print apron. Let me know if you are interested in trying it!

  • Thanks Sarah!! I actually broke down and ordered one this morning- ha! Good luck on eBay!

Sep 13

Updated Sep 20

Odd Store Front at Kedzie & Grace

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

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

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

Sep 19

Updated Sep 20

helicopter

Do anyone know what is going on around Ravenswood /Lincoln Square area?I keep hearing a helicopter.

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