2 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

New yoga studio on Damen north of Lawrence

Anyone have any info on this new spot? I just noticed it said "yoga coming soon" in the window. Thanks!

  • Ksenia Alexandra Ravenswood yuppie.

    Hey!
    I was wondering this too, so I did some digging and found a business permit. The owner's name is Gina Fitzpatrick and the name of the studio is One Key Yoga or something like that...other than that, not much.

    Alex

2 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Programs to help foster kids in college

I just read this article NPR posted about foster kids in college who have very limited resources during the holiday. I'd like to see if I could do something like send a gift card so a student could get a meal when the cafeteria was closed. Does anyone know of any programs in Chicago like this?

http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/12/15/370952931/theres-no-place-like-a-dorm-room-for-the-holidays

  • @Jenny in Ravenswood, thank YOU for the original post. It also inspired me to donate- to a cause I didn't even know about this morning!

  • OK, this is awesome. I hope they get a huge bump from the NPR story. Thank you so much for sharing, @Jenny!

2 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Hass & Associates Online Reviews: Under Övervakning - Jag Spy Med Min Lilla iPhone...

Det är inte bara regeringar som snooping på sina fiender online. Allt oftare par använder smartphone apps för att spionera på varandra, och chefer är noggrant spåra förflyttningar av sina anställda. Föräldrar är kontrollera digitala aktiviteten av sina tonåriga barn och seende som de möter.

Under de senaste veckorna rapporterades det har att en av de mest sofistikerade digitala spioneri verktyg infiltrerat regeringar, företag och privatpersoner i upp till sex år. Hacka mjukvaran känt kunde som Regin, tros vara skapandet...

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Det är inte bara regeringar som snooping på sina fiender online. Allt oftare par använder smartphone apps för att spionera på varandra, och chefer är noggrant spåra förflyttningar av sina anställda. Föräldrar är kontrollera digitala aktiviteten av sina tonåriga barn och seende som de möter.

Under de senaste veckorna rapporterades det har att en av de mest sofistikerade digitala spioneri verktyg infiltrerat regeringar, företag och privatpersoner i upp till sex år. Hacka mjukvaran känt kunde som Regin, tros vara skapandet av en västra underrättelsetjänst, stjäla lösenord, fånga skärmdumpar, lyssna på telefonsamtal och även återställa raderade filer.

Verktyget hacking lämnade något gömställe för sina mål, men numera du behöver inte vara en spioneri byrå som sofistikerade som CIA att samla en anmärkningsvärd mängd personlig information.

Digital spioneri har blivit en domesticerade verksamhet med en uppsjö av "stealth apps" tillgängliga snoka på otrogen partner och anställda som bunking off på företaget tid eller passerar på företagshemligheter.

FlexiSpy, en av de mest populära apps tillgängliga, erbjuder sig att hjälpa vanliga användare att "spionera på mobiltelefoner, mobiltelefoner och surfplattor". Som blurb på webbplatsen uttrycker det: "är din fru eller make otrogen mot dig? För att din psykiska och sexuella hälsa har du rätt att få veta om din partner är att vara ansvarig."

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    Flexispy, one of the most popular apps available, offering to help ordinary users to spy on mobile phones, mobile phones and tablets. As the blurb on the website puts it : "is your wife or husband cheating on you ?

3 days ago

Lost iPhone5S near/on Western/Argyle/Claremont

It's a black iPhone 5S with a hard shell black case. Would be on Argyle between Western and Claremont and on Claremont between Argyle and Ainslie.

I would have lost it yesterday morning between 10am and noon.

Reward is being offered for its return.

Thanks,
Pete

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Concealed carry class

Putting together a concealed carry class for early January. Trying to gauge interest on having the classroom time in Lincoln Square.

If you are interested post here and we can put it together.

  • david duggan President, South Lakeview Neighbors

    Keep me posted. The nearest class I'm aware of is in DesPlaines. Still have to go outside the City for range practice. Arrgh

  • Keep me posted as well, would like to give this as a gift.

Nov 22

Updated 5 days ago

Anyone have a rec for someone to fix jets on a tub? Also need to have our fireplace checked out.

Our tub and fireplace have been busted for a while...don't know who you call for either. Is it an electrician or a plumber for the tub? And do you call any fireplace company? Is it pricey?

Thanks!

  • AW Busy mom

    Robin at Majestic Fireplace has fixed ours. Nice guy, suburban-based but in the city a couple times a week. (847) 812-1889

  • mwilson near north plumber

    i willstop by ntell younwhat the problems are.
    give you a quote.
    leave no charge for estimate.
    Sincerly,
    Mark Wilson
    1-773-567-3310

Dec 08

Updated 6 days ago

Any news on Ravenswood metra station?

Does anyone know of any updates on the new metra station? The latest I've been able to find says its opening in November, but that deadline has obviously come and gone.

  • @ChicagoAville - I think the station you're hearing about is the one that they've announced at Ravenswood/Ridge/Peterson.

  • Sandy R in Edgewater Edgewater resident

    Ravenswood/Ridge/Peterson is supposed to be completed in 2015. Tracks would be in place as it already is an established line. I believe they completed negotiations with CHA for land they need north of Peterson this fall.

Dec 09

Updated Dec 10

Jobs in the area

Hi guys!

I'm a newbie! In Chicago and on EB so if my post is not in the appropriate place or if it's not allowed please let me know!

My significant other just moved here from Texas as well and was looking for a full time job in the Ravenswood, Lincoln Square, Lake View, Andersonville etc. areas.

Not looking for any industry in specific so any and all leads will be greatly appreciate it!

We've tried Craigslist too but I just feel more comfortable asking here.

Thanks!!

Mar 20 2012

Updated Dec 10

A Great Plumber

I highly recommend Noel Heneghan 773-297-9153. He is a very good plumber. He's trustworthy, thorough, easy-to-work with, responsive--he always either answers my call or calls back quickly and always comes to do the work quickly. His fees are very reasonable. He's the father of five, so he understands the importance of getting the plumbing back to work quickly.

  • I heartily second this endorsement. We've had Noel do a lot of work for us and he's everything that Eileen has described. Great, honest, hard working guy.

  • Betsy Neighbor

    We have also had Noel do some work for us and it is so nice to know a professional, honest and affordable plumber who will show up and get the work done! Great guy!

  • Cyn Chi since 1991, East Humboldt since 2010

    I found Noel lacking, he totally misdiagnosed the problem and charged a LOT.

Dec 08

Updated Dec 09

Healing Hand where art thou?

There was a post on the "I grew up on the NWside" facebook page about the former Forkosh now Kindred hospital and the "Healing Hand" sculpture came up.

A little Google work and I see it was made by recently deceased artist John Kearney.

The Smithsonian site thinks it is still attached to Forkosh...

http://collections.si.edu/search/results.htm?q=record_ID:siris_ari_302592

But there isn't a whiff of a clue what became of it. Kearney was one of Chicago's greatest artists in my humble opinion, and I...

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There was a post on the "I grew up on the NWside" facebook page about the former Forkosh now Kindred hospital and the "Healing Hand" sculpture came up.

A little Google work and I see it was made by recently deceased artist John Kearney.

The Smithsonian site thinks it is still attached to Forkosh...

http://collections.si.edu/search/results.htm?q=record_ID:siris_ari_302592

But there isn't a whiff of a clue what became of it. Kearney was one of Chicago's greatest artists in my humble opinion, and I remember really liking this statuea lot when I was a kid, Grandma live round the cornewr on Campbell.

Anyone know what became of it....please tell me it wasn't scraped into tuna cans?

http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1968/02/04/page/248/article/the-big-noisy-art-of-john-kearney

http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1976/10/10/page/178/article/opener

Photo is of another Kearney work...he did more then one gorilla.

Nov 20

Updated Dec 08

Residential winterization services?

I live in a condo that has cold wind drafts coming from the windows and baseboards. Was curious whether anyone knew of a company that would provide winterization services to address these issues? I looked online and could only find plumbing/pipe winterization services. Appreciate any referrals!

  • mwilson near north plumber

    yes. I give free estimates. can be numerous thing.typically anti- scauld device.free free to call1-773-567-3310
    wpcplumbing@gmail.com

  • mwilson near north plumber

    I made an incorrect post concerning your query.
    many methods are used to prevent winter freezing problems.
    however; have a free estimate perfrmed and make decision then.
    some solutions are more expensive and produce similar results.
    call me I will tell you like it is and again it's free
    Mark Wilson
    4148 N. Campbell
    Chicago, Il 60618
    1-773-567-3310
    wpcplumbing@gmail.com

Dec 07

Updated Dec 08

Ice skates

Hi neighbors,

Does anyone have an unused pair of ice skates they are willing to part with? I'm a men's 12, also looking for a men's 9.

Thank you, seasoning greetings!

Dec 05

Updated Dec 07

Move to Houston

I've been burned before by discount movers, badly. Moving my folks from Chicago to Houston...their things are in very expensive storage right now. Does anyone have any experience with company they 'd recommend?

  • I switched to The Professionals because when Golan's crew arrived, they upped the estimate - which I had discussed down to the last piece with the rep. - and I ended up paying more than $300 more than I was originally quoted. Plus, they broke items of glass. So, that was not a good experience.

  • I had a similarly bad experience with Golan's. They badly damaged a $3000 bookshelf and a scratched the finish off a patio table. They also padded their hours and used unneeded tape and other materials to increase the bill. It ended up being pretty expensive for very poor work. The biggest problem was the watching them fail to take care of my belongings.

Dec 02

Updated Dec 05

Stinky Water?

hello neighbors.
Does your water ( hot and cold) smell bad? Like sulphur?
I'm by winnemac park.
Anybody?

  • Buzz in Lincoln Square Resident since 1984

    mwilson you want to take alook? 773=991=4932

  • mwilson near north plumber

    yes. i will take a peek.
    cannoy do untin Monday eve, after 5p.
    butbfeel free ti email me address and time.
    wpcplumbing@gail.com, or call 773-567-3310
    sincerely,
    mark Wilson

Dec 03

Updated Dec 05

Best place to work in Ravenswood

Howdy folks, what's your favorite place to go to get some work done?

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

    Dolce Casa Cafe on Damen

  • Bill 4500 N Wolcott 25 year plus resident

    I hope that folks who "work" in these small or ... business BUY something! I have seen folks go in to these places get a small coffee or tea,,,, and sit there for hours while others look for a place to sit and enjoy their purchase ...

Dec 04

Updated Dec 05

Plans for lot next to Jacobs Park?

Does anyone know why the city is cutting down all the trees in the lot next to Jacobs Park? Have there been any notices or discussions around how this space is going to be used?

One of my neighbors said a year ago that the city purchased it from the cta, but haven't heard any thing further.

A bit of a shock to say the least...

  • Patty Lincoln Square neighbor

    That lot is going to be an expansion of Jacob Park. You can follow Friends of Jacob Park on Facebook.

  • Bill 4500 N Wolcott 25 year plus resident

    Attend a Park Advisory Council meeting - see what is going on at YOUR park!

Dec 03

Updated Dec 04

Best place to study

Hey folks looking for best place to study I am looking for a place to study late at night and early mornings I don't really like studying at home because I can always find something else to do besides study any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

  • Interesting. I still haven't been in Mariano's, so I'll have to give it a shot.

  • The Richardson library on the DePaul campus is open a lot, 24 hours around finals I believe. It's just a couple blocks away from Fullerton CTA stop, and has a bunch of different places to study.

Dec 03

Updated Dec 04

Satellite Truck in front of Marianos Ravenswood

Took the Metra at Ravenswood. Saw a huge Satellite Truck parked in front of the store. No other news trucks. Anyone know what's going on? Just curious.

Dec 03

Updated Dec 04

Hass & Associates Online Reviews: 4 Black Friday bedrägerier att undvika

Du kanske har hört talas om typiska tricks återförsäljare på svart fredag – märka upp priser bara för att markera dem, till exempel — men du kanske inte vet om andra möjliga rip-offs som hotar att förstöra dina besparingar. Här är några bluffar som har potential att förvandla den bästa dagen av säsongen för shopping för erbjudanden affär till en ekonomisk mardröm.

1. Falska kuponger

Vad kunde vara bättre för en fynd shopper än att hitta en kupong att använda...

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Du kanske har hört talas om typiska tricks återförsäljare på svart fredag – märka upp priser bara för att markera dem, till exempel — men du kanske inte vet om andra möjliga rip-offs som hotar att förstöra dina besparingar. Här är några bluffar som har potential att förvandla den bästa dagen av säsongen för shopping för erbjudanden affär till en ekonomisk mardröm.

1. Falska kuponger

Vad kunde vara bättre för en fynd shopper än att hitta en kupong att använda på en redan diskonterat svart fredag affär? Och det finns garanterat att bli en hel del kuponger flyter runt nätet denna säsong – men inte alla av dem kommer att bli verkliga.

2. Falska e-postmeddelanden

Ibland du slipper snubbla över bedrägerier på Internet – de kan levereras direkt till dig.

Spam-mejl (och även textmeddelanden) kan försöka lura dig att klicka på att kompromissa med länkar. På grund av deras utbredd överklagande tenderar Apple-produkter att vara särskilt vanligt bete för e-postbedrägerier.

3. Falska produkter

Om du planerar att köpa en produkt online, vara säker på att den produkt du vill ha är faktiskt en produkt som du får. Denna svarta fredag – och under julhandeln – du får köra över webbplatser som lovar bra erbjudanden men faktiskt Vacklandet falska varor.

4. Dataintrång

Här är inte nödvändigtvis en bluff i sig, men det är definitivt något att ha i åtanke innan du börjar dra plast svart fredag: personuppgiftsöverträdelser.

2013, detaljhandeln jätte mål lidit en massiv svart fredag dataintrång. Upp till 70 miljoner shoppare kan ha haft sina namn, kortnummer, utandning datum och CVV tresiffriga säkerhetskoder äventyras eller stulen. Andra stora återförsäljare – som Home Depot och Neiman Marcus — har också fallit offer för dataintrång nyligen.

Dec 03

Updated Dec 03

Helicopters circling

Anybody know what's happening tonight with all the helicopters?

  • Kaleb B Crafty and Queer

    We can hear them over here too Winona and clark.

  • Just saw a pair coming south over Rosehill cemetery pretty fast at 8:52 pm. Don't usually see them flying right next to each other like that. Who's in town ?

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    I heard them too, around Touhy and California

Dec 02

Updated Dec 03

Gunshots near Winnemac Park last night/this morning?

Kept thinking I'd see something here or on the news or something but nothing. Did anyone else hear 3-4 gunshots, a pause of a few seconds and then 5-6 more last night around 2am? We're on Leavitt and Argyle and it sounded REALLY close.

  • Rachel D. just hungry

    Yikes. Hopefully NO ONE was hit, target or not.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Something ;like this would not normally make the news, because gunfire is so common in the City. If there was something unusual about the circumstances, then the media would be all over it.

Dec 02

Updated Dec 03

Shots fired around Lawrence & Clarendon..?

At around 2:25am this morning (12/2) I distinctly heard what sounded like gun shots... Maybe 5 at an even pace, pause, then 4-5 more is what I remember. They seemed to be coming from around the Lawrence/Clarendon area. I've looked at police scanner Twitter feeds and news sites with no luck. Anyone have any info?

Dec 02

Updated Dec 03

Electrician needed

Anyone have recommendation for electrician to install a couple of light fixtures - chandeliers.

  • Call or email
    773 383 7466
    CMclighting@gmail.com
    He's done worked on all our projects.

  • Pete Nold at Atwell Electric
    Very reasonable. Did excellent work at my place and my neighbors.
    847-691-1705
    pete@atwellelectric.com

Nov 29

Updated Dec 01

Coat donation?

Anyone know of a local organization that takes cost donations? I have a few that could go to schools or something else, like women's shelter. I'm aware I can google it, but would like to spark some inspiration in others! Thanks :)

Nov 29

Updated Nov 30

Snow blower tune up

Any advice on a reputable place (or person) to help me get my snow blower up and running for the season would be greatly appreciated. Preferably some place or someone local - Lincoln Square. Thanks!

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Clark-Devon Hardware? 773-764-3575

  • LM

    Chicago Lawnmower 4228 W. Montrose 773/ 777/7870
    They repair lawn mowers and snow blowers, that's all they do. They have been there for many years and are trust worthy. You can look them up online as well. Good luck.

  • Russo's Ace on Montrose, about 5800 west, not Northcenter but one of the best places to go. Look them up and get a price & timetable on when it can get repaired, many places will take your machine & sit on it for weeks.

Nov 27

Updated Nov 28

Norvell Electronics: Hvad Du Ser På Menuen Er Hvad Du Får

Fra starten i 1955, Norvell har holdt denne enkle, klare filosofi: vi kun tjene op hvad vi kan servicere. Meget gerne sige, at en restaurant kokke, kun hvad der er på menuen. En indlysende forventning men der forsikrer klienter, ender de erhverve fra Norvell vil være inden for deres ekspertise og således helt opfylde behovene hos klienterne. Langs denne linie, Norvell besidder et imponerende line-up af, godt, fremragende kokke til at tjene op et bredt udvalg af opskrifter til magten...

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Fra starten i 1955, Norvell har holdt denne enkle, klare filosofi: vi kun tjene op hvad vi kan servicere. Meget gerne sige, at en restaurant kokke, kun hvad der er på menuen. En indlysende forventning men der forsikrer klienter, ender de erhverve fra Norvell vil være inden for deres ekspertise og således helt opfylde behovene hos klienterne. Langs denne linie, Norvell besidder et imponerende line-up af, godt, fremragende kokke til at tjene op et bredt udvalg af opskrifter til magten løsninger med forskellige applikationer.

I denne Norvell og Associates elektronik anmeldelse er en detaljeret vurdering af de fabrikanter, der er involveret i levering af virksomheder eller industrier og deres produktlinjer magt behov en afgørende overvejelse. Følgende indeholder et par af disse producenter:

Alhilaliivan/Thermalloy har internationale fremstilling og salg kapaciteter, er verdens førende leverandør af den bredeste portefølje af termisk management løsninger til mange typer af applikationer. Dens termisk management produkter udnyttes i forskellige personlige Computing (PC)-programmer. Desuden leverer alhilaliivan produkter til en bred vifte af applikationer, såsom i netværksenheder, servere, telekommunikationsudstyr, transport, instrumentering og anden forbrugerelektronik. Disse specielle elektroniske produkter er afgørende for driften af afgørende udstyr anvendes i mange industrier, som Norvell har serviceret i årtier.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Why would you expect a spammer to respond to you? Mark as unneighborly, and hide the post from your view.

  • I never presumed, nor did I so state, that a spammer would respond. I thought it appropriate to reveal what it is. Unfortunately, these folks don't realize that online translators exist so that we can "out them." Ciao, have a good day all and stay warm.

Nov 25

Updated Nov 26

#ShopSmall Pop-Up Shop!

If you are a crafter, artisan, reseller, fashion, food or small goods vendor, come join our Small Business Saturday Pop-Up Shop on 11/29, from 12pm-5pm at Free Range Office. Come display and sell your goods, and join our complimentary business networking breakfast! Please email info@freerangeoffice.com for more details. Get a jump on the holiday season with our Wicker Park #ShopSmall event. Booths are $50 and include a table and two chairs. Admission for customers is free.

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    No advertising!

    Post your event in the Event section.

Nov 25

Updated Nov 26

Calling All Crafters, Artisans, Resellers!

Join our pop-up shop for Small Business Saturday! Display and sell your arts, crafts, fashion, food, and goods in our Wicker Park event space. We're hosting a pop-up shop at Free Range Office on 11/29 from 12pm-5pm and the complimentary business networking breakfast is from 12pm-1pm! Please email info@freerangeoffice.com for more details. Get a jump on the holiday season with our Wicker Park #ShopSmall event. Booths are $50 and include a table and two chairs.

  • SpamAlert Hates being spammed

    No advertising in EB's Neighborhood News.

    Why not post your "ShopSmall event" in the EB Events section?

Nov 22

Updated Nov 23

What's Burning?

We're at Rockwell and Gunnison and there is a ton of smoke and sirens on Lawrence. Anyone know what's going on?

  • It was a garage on fire off the alley between Talman & Washtenaw, just South of Lawrence. No one was hurt, not sure how it started, but did hear a loud boom before sirens...unsure if it was related though.

  • Listen to a police scanner.

Nov 15

Updated Nov 17

Slow Comcast Internet Speeds (Leland and Damen)

HI, is anyone who has Comcast currently experiencing really slow speeds? I
am getting less than 2Mbps download. I have checked and rebooted everything and called Comcast.
I live near the Damen Brown Line stop. Any info would be much appreciated.

Nov 11

Updated Nov 12

Ravenswood robberies

FYI everyone:

Police are warning Ravenswood residents after two armed robberies took place last Friday.

In each robbery, three men "used force and the threat of force by displaying a handgun" to rob people on the street of cell phones and laptops, police said in a statement.

One robbery took place about 7 p.m. in the 4600 block of North Paulina Street, and the second robbery took place about 8:45 p.m. more than a mile away in the 4700 block...

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FYI everyone:

Police are warning Ravenswood residents after two armed robberies took place last Friday.

In each robbery, three men "used force and the threat of force by displaying a handgun" to rob people on the street of cell phones and laptops, police said in a statement.

One robbery took place about 7 p.m. in the 4600 block of North Paulina Street, and the second robbery took place about 8:45 p.m. more than a mile away in the 4700 block of North Washtenaw Avenue, police said.

The men responsible are described as between 18 and 25 years-old, black with medium complexion and wearing either dark gray or black hooded sweatshirts. In one robbery, one of the men was wearing a red skull cap, and another, who had cornrows, was armed with a blue steel handgun.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Area North detectives at (312) 744-8263.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    The bottom line is that we should all be aware in Lincoln Square, and Albany Park. I would include Uptown, and Edgewater, as well. They're in a car I'm sure. They could be anywhere and from anywhere.

  • SpamAlert Hates being spammed

    You're right of course, George. And I always yawn when people argue about neighborhood boundaries. I just couldn't resist since I lived a block and a half from the Washtenaw site for 8 years. In Lincoln Square. :)

Nov 12

Updated Nov 12

Watch out for the invasive "energy company" reps

All..go to my Margate Park posting at: http://chicago.everyblock.com/locations/neighborhoods/margate-park/?via=followed-places

It's posted in two pieces because of the length.

Nov 07

Updated Nov 10

Sick of Lazy Landscapers...

I had to report the building at 4701 Talman to Alderman Pawar's office today. Two months of their lazy landscapers blowing tons of leaves and dirt onto my car and lawn and covering the sewer cap is just too much to deal with. I hope someone from that management company sees this, beacuse next Tuesday I WILL be recording them, and you WILL be ticketed.
P.S.
You owe me for at least eight car washes.

  • Definitely report that to the alderman's office, Deputy Dog.

  • Elaine in Albany Park Strange in a strange land.

    @Deputy Dog, do you have any neighbors who would be willing to call?

    The CPD is slammed, and most of their AM resources go to Safe Passage for school kids, but if there are 3 neighbors calling about the same incident, it will definitely get attention if a patrol car is available.

    You can also try calling your precinct's Neighborhood Relations Officer.

Nov 04

Updated Nov 09

Election fraud or SNAFU?

I voted this morning and there were none of the nine Chicago and Illinois referendums on my ballot (that appeared on my sample ballot and those of people I know who early-voted). When I asked, I was told that the paper ballots didn't have them, and only the one touch screen machine there had the referendums and it "wasn't working." This is kind of unacceptable. Did this happen to anyone else?

  • Catbus Philosopher, Third-Class

    No. The Cook County prosecutor is looking into the robocalls.

  • Aron Long tlme Lincoln sq home owner

    The paper ballads did have the referendums on them .When I voted at 1pm only 50 voters had voted at that polling place .

Nov 07

Updated Nov 08

"Bombogenesis" Arrives Next Week

Next week, howling north winds and Temperatures 10 to 30 degrees below normal in store for most of the U.S. West of the Rockies says the CBS Morning Show. Bundle those kiddies up!

  • FCZ Montrose and Troy

    Whew!j I'm glad a live east of the Rockies.

  • Lauren Mom, etc.

    Thanks for the post and heads up! I heard it was going to be cold but didn't know it was going to snow and drop to the teens. I'm going to try harder to find my winter coat after I misplaced it when I moved!

Nov 04

Updated Nov 08

Rauner Wins

101 of 102 counties can't be right. Call your Alderman!

  • When is the governor election again?

  • Brian in Roscoe: It's a political discussion. Some people are interested, some people not. You might be one of those people not much interested in politics and what goes on in that arena besides the obvious: what the headlines say. That's cool. But others are interested in discussing outcomes and...

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    Brian in Roscoe: It's a political discussion. Some people are interested, some people not. You might be one of those people not much interested in politics and what goes on in that arena besides the obvious: what the headlines say. That's cool. But others are interested in discussing outcomes and what one might expect going forward, and especially some of the skullduggery that went on in the election.
    If you're not interested, move past the post without comment, don't ya think? I mean, if your friends are sitting around discussing hockey and you couldn't care less, do you tell them to "get over it" and criticize their opinions about the coach and players? I doubt it.
    But if you think once the election's over our concern should be over too, well, I don't agree. I really got involved against Blagovich when he was running for his second term, because I knew he was such a rat. To no avail it turned out, but I sure felt vindicated when he was arrested, convicted, and sent to jail. I think it's a good thing to alert our fellow citizens of what we know about our elected officials, so they know more than campaign slogans and promises.

Oct 31

Updated Nov 04

Have a Seat

Saw some new Lawrence Avenue Streetscape furniture being installed this week.

  • Paloma in Ravenswood Just moved here from Texas!

    Thank you Fran!

  • I like them. They're not at a bus stop, right? If not, I don't think they should face out toward traffic. I believe they are only meant for taking a rest or for waiting for someone who might be in a store. I doubt they were intended for families to settle down in for long periods, but that's just my opinion.

Nov 02

Updated Nov 03

New neighbors?

Does anyone know what will be built in the cleared lot across from Kuma's on Belmont at Francisco? The lot appears to surround the Burger King and also has an entrance off of Elston. Thanks!

  • Joshua Still a cynic, now in Ravenswood.

    Velasquez bought it. The muffler shop. I wouldn't suggest you have your brakes done there unless you have a death wish, though.

Nov 02

Updated Nov 02

Lots of Police Activity at Montrose

Two blocks south of Clark? I hope everyone is okay.

  • EmV

    Might be the fire on magnolia. It's out, just wrapping things up.

  • It appears everyone got out safely. It was A 2 or 3 alarm fire. Looked pretty scary.

Oct 28

Updated Nov 02

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?

  • loraine t washington 5 yr. resident

    Oh well another one bits the dust.

  • KM

    am I the only person who hated the unpleasant view directly into the kitchen? it was such an ambiance killer and eye sore. I always hoped in the turnovers a new owner would change that or at least lower the opening so I didnt have to look at the kitchen wall and shelves.

Oct 31

Updated Nov 02

found kitty: black w/ white whiskers

Very sweet black cat founf this past weekend near francisco and argyle. Distinctive red color and has to be an indoor cat because she gets along great with my dog

Oct 30

Updated Nov 01

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!

  • Something was also being filmed at Le Cafe (under the L on Lincoln) last week.

  • Ben

    My gf works at Fork, she told me it was Chicago Fire film crews working in the area. As for the event inside the restaurant, it was one of those speed-dating things.

Oct 08

Updated Oct 30

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

Oct 24

Updated Oct 30

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)

Oct 30

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.

Oct 29

Updated Oct 30

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.

Oct 27

Updated Oct 29

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?

Oct 26

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

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