6 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

How's the new Mediterranean restaurant on Wolcott/Montrose?

Looks like it's grand opening was yesterday...no reviews yet.

  • So things that exist: sucuk trash kabob. Pity the poor advertising firm that has to make THAT sound appealing. :-)

  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    Yeah, I feel like maybe they should spell it "sujuk" instead, which is closer to how the manager pronounced it (it's also how it's spelled on Wikipedia). If your eyesight isn't good, it looks almost looks like Jennifer ordered "suck trash kabob".

2 days ago

Keyshop Supplies

Hey neighbors,

Anybody know anyone interested in keymaking supplies? A friend is going out of business and has a two cutting machines, a lot of blanks ,display, etc...

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

no parking on damen/wilson

Anyone know why the east side of damen in the n 4500 block has no parking signs during the day? I see no activity there.

  • No department listed. Just one of those white signs with red and black lettering.

  • Could it be tree trimming operations? We just got post cards notifying us of tree trimming in our neighborhood from ComEd.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Wedding Planner Recommendations?

Happy Wednesday Neighbors,

Does anyone have any wedding planner recommendations? I'm in need of a day-of coordinator, but also curious about how much more pre-planning might cost (I'm just a notch above clueless). I'm mostly looking for someone easy to work with that knows what they're doing, can guide/work with me vs. work for me, and who won't break the bank...

Thank you in advance!!!

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Lincoln Square Nannies?

any fellow nannies in the area interested in play dates & outings? :)

Jul 22

Updated 5 days ago

Missing my daily EBC digest

Past few days I haven't received my daily email digest of postings from everyblock. Wondering if it's a system thing since their recent system maintenance or an email thing on my end. Anyone else? Thanks.

  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    Sorry about that guys! It's been a long time since we did any maintenance on the site. We'll do a better job next time.

  • Wendy Small-town living in the big city

    Isn't it nice to be missed, Feihong? : )

Jul 17

Updated 6 days ago

Street Cleaning Question

I've always always always had parking....and now I'm parking on the street. With these street cleaning signs posted on one side of the street....that means I shouldn't park on that side of the street during the day and time posted, right? I can park on the other side of the street that day and time and not get ticketed, right?

  • Read this article regarding Snow Route signs: http://theexpiredmeter.com/2008/12/the-lowdown-on-snow-routes/

    Essentially, you can be ticketed and towed when the snow is more than 2" deep at these locations. It doesn't matter if there wasn't any snow when you parked your car.

  • I would never risk parking anywhere that signs indicate a ticketing or towing time. Tickets are a way to increase revenue and you should always be cautious when parking. The ticketers don't ride on the back of the street sweepers and come around at different times than the sweepers. Ive...

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    I would never risk parking anywhere that signs indicate a ticketing or towing time. Tickets are a way to increase revenue and you should always be cautious when parking. The ticketers don't ride on the back of the street sweepers and come around at different times than the sweepers. Ive seen people get tickets before the street sweepers arrive and after the street cleaners have left. I have learned this lesson the hard way.
    I have yet to figure out the 2 in snow rule. I wake up on snowy mornings fearing my car is buried under tickets or off in some tow lot.

Jul 18

Updated Jul 21

Do you recognize this cat?

Saw this kitty on The SW corner of Giddings & Hamilton. I couldn't get closes enough to see the tag but he did have a collar. I'm guessing "he" because orange tabby are almost always male. He had a white tipped tail.

I will also check lost cat posting online.

  • You're probably right. I'm guessing from his demeanor that he was used to being outdoors. Just wanted to make sure nobody was missing...

  • He belongs to someone in the apt building on the NE corner of Giddings & Hamilton. Definitely an outdoor cat. He's a pretty smart old tom, but I would steer clear. When he actually goes missing, the owner is quick to put signs up around the neighborhood.

Apr 16 2012

Updated Jul 21

Maintenance Entering Your Apartment Without Permission

I've lived at the same building for a better part of five years (Leland and Winchester) and came home to this (photo). My shoes RIGHT at my front door, all neatly lined up.
I left this morning through the front door so obviously no way I would have placed them there.
I came home through the back door this evening, and the second I saw them I freaked out a bit.
Nothing was stolen that I know of. My credit card and jewelry are here, TV is still here...so I'm assuming it was a creepy-ass maintenance person.
Has anyone ever experienced this? Who DOES THAT?!?! Fricking creepy to the n'th degree. UGH.

  • KJinEdgewater edgewater renter

    What if your landlord's realtor not only does a showing without notice but then leaves your door unlocked? Yeah. True story.

  • In Chicago, a municipal ordinance [Chapter 5-12] known the Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance ("RLTO" -- see http://www.tenants-rights.org/residential-landlord-tenant-ordinance/) prohibits entry to dwelling units absent exigent circumstances [i.e.,a broken water pipe, etc] or unless mngt provides a 48-hour notice. If entry is made to a dwelling unit, a written is required to be provided.
    It's not a suggestion for building managers. It's a protection from managers and is a law. A law. A law.

Jun 01

Updated Jul 19

Little Free Library

Dear neighbors,

We have just installed a Little Free Library on the corner of Sunnyside and Hamilton, and it will be filled with books by tonight (Sunday). We hope you will feel like it is yours as well, and enjoy the books and conversation.

What is the Little Free Library? It offers a way to share good things to read—favorite books from your childhood or books you would recommend to friends; books that teach, intrigue and engage you. It belongs to everybody—neighbors, friends, strangers who walk by. Take a book, add a book, pass it around to other friends and neighbors.

For more information on the LFL, go to littlefreelibrary.org.

  • I'm so happy you got one and there will be more free books in the neighborhood! We bought all the materials they suggested at Home Depot, and then had a handyman at the house doing a number of odd jobs and asked him to assemble the base and sink the main post into the ground with cement. The rest (installing the library onto the post) we did ourselves. (We are not that handy either...) Where will the new library be? Good luck!

  • Thanks...2000 block on Montrose.

Jul 17

Updated Jul 19

Gunshots around 9:15 Thursday night

Did anyone else hear gunshots near the alley east of winnemac and damen? Sounded like about 5-6 shots. When I peeked out my blinds (like a scaredy cat) all I saw were rats scattering. Just curious if I was the only one who heard it.

  • DGA

    I know for sure it was gun shots. There was someone in extreme close proximity to where the shots were released. The identity of the shooter was unknown to the person. And to protect the identity of the witness who was not the target, but by happen stance was very close to the incidence, I will not comment any futher.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    You can tell your friend he could' have made an anonymous call to 911 and given out a detailed description of the shooter or victim. Victim's usually know who's after them.

Jul 18

Updated Jul 19

New Ravenswood Metra station opening?

Anyone know when the new outbound platform of the Ravenswood Metra station will be operational?

  • Chuck B Albany Parker

    Guessing it's still going to be a year or two. The tracks don't actually go by it yet, and the temporary station for the northbound platform is directly in the path of the tracks that will eventually go by there. Guessing it'll be until they've finished the bridge replacements and...

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    Guessing it's still going to be a year or two. The tracks don't actually go by it yet, and the temporary station for the northbound platform is directly in the path of the tracks that will eventually go by there. Guessing it'll be until they've finished the bridge replacements and they can lay the new track past the new platform. I think all told they said the track project was supposed to take two years, but who knows how long it'll actually be. Will be nice, too, because the temporary platform is hardly wide enough for all the folks waiting for the trains.

Jul 18

Site Maintenance - 7/19 at 9 p.m.

Hi Folks,

EveryBlock will be down for site maintenance starting Saturday, July 19th at 9 p.m. EST, and will be back online the morning of Sunday, July 20th. We appreciate your patience, and we apologize if you see this message in multiple neighborhoods.

Jul 16

Updated Jul 17

Dr in the Area with weekend hours

I'm looking for a good primary care physician that may have office hours during the weekend. Does anyone have recommendations? Thank you.

  • Advocate on ravenswood and Wilson has weekend walk in hours as well as many general practice dr's available. I just started seeing them about a month ago and had a very easy time getting in since there are many docs. I saw a lot of great yelp reviews for them and that's why decided to give them a try. Good luck in your search.

  • JL res

    I swear by dr. Malgozorta Sypien. She is also a gynecologist. She has amazing bedside manner, listens, remembers, is open to homeopathy and holistic approaches but will also prescribe antibiotics etc if needed. I take the Lawrence bus out near Jefferson park blue lie but the trip is worth it. She's amazing. I've been going to her for over two years

Jul 16

Updated Jul 16

Ravenswood studio apartment available

Hello all,

Desperately trying to sublease my studio apartment at Damen and Wilson. It's available 8/1/14 for $640 then jumps to $695 on 10/1/14. Great location, very nice studio apt. with the biggest closet I've seen in any studio. Hardwood floors, 3rd floor, elevator and laundry in building, heat included, quiet building, cats OK, one minute walk to Damen Brown Line,, 5 minutes to Ravenswood Metra. If you know of anyone looking, please have them get in touch with me. Click link below for photos on the property management's website. Many thanks!

http://www.hunterprop.com/cgi-sys/cgiwrap/hprop/search.cgi?displayApt=19&sp_costrange_low=400&sp_costrange_high=1000&sp_bedrooms=0&sp_vdata=month&sp_neighborhood_9=1

  • Rachel D. just hungry

    So I MAY know someone, but credit may be an issue due to past problems. The person is trying to improve his situation greatly and has solid steady income now, but a poor credit score and no cosigner. Do you know if the management would be able to work with that at all? Either way I am reaching out to said potential tenant! Thanks for posting!

  • Hey Rachel D,

    I think they would work with your friend. I don't believe they check credit at Hunter Properties. They did not with me four years ago. Their number is 773-477-7070. The building is 4546 N Damen Ave.

Jul 16

New food co-op being formed. Get involved!

There is a new members-based, food coop being formed in the area. There will be an information session Thursday, July 17th at 7pm and Saturday, July 19th at 11am in Chase Park (Ashland and Leland). Read more at http://www.chicagomarket.coop/ We have nearly 200 members signed up already. Spread the word and bring a friend.

Jul 16

Cop Activity Western Foster

A friend told me they saw strange police trucks un marked near Winnemac n Western plus an Evanston squad car nearby. What gives? Anybody?

Mar 09 2012

Updated Jul 15

Trading World Class Music for Beer!

I'm wondering how the Lincoln Square neighborhood feels about the Old Town School cancelling (after 15 years) its annual Folk and Roots Festival and partnering with the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce to replace it with another street festival primarily devoted to alcohol consumption? I guess it's because it's so easy to find in the 'hood world class musical acts like Richard Thompson, Patti Smith and Steve Earle but it's so darn difficult to find beer! By my count, this...

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I'm wondering how the Lincoln Square neighborhood feels about the Old Town School cancelling (after 15 years) its annual Folk and Roots Festival and partnering with the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce to replace it with another street festival primarily devoted to alcohol consumption? I guess it's because it's so easy to find in the 'hood world class musical acts like Richard Thompson, Patti Smith and Steve Earle but it's so darn difficult to find beer! By my count, this will be the fifth "beer centered" street festival we have each year as opposed to the unique "family centered" atmosphere at Rootsfest. The music festival was truly a one of a kind experience and it is distressing to think that it is being replaced by just another street festival. In addition, even if OTS claims it lost money every year (in light of the crowds, I'd love to see that accounting!), it's the least it could do for the 'hood in light of all the congestion and parking problems it causes its neighbors. No really good explanation for this development has been put forward by either organization. The bottom line is that we lose an internationally renowned cultural event and replace with an event celebrating the liquid resulting from rotting grain and water. Great.

  • David Barnett Lived along Ravenswood since 1997.

    MikeyJoe -- Square Roots is hardly a cookie cutter festival. Organizers recruit local businesses to provide food. This year, we had Gather, Bistro Campagne, Himmel's, Fountainhead, Byron's, Lincoln Square Lanes, Amy's Candy Bar, Monti's and a few typical fest providers (Bo's Concessions, Cevapcici). The food is neighborhood in flavor, unlike...

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    MikeyJoe -- Square Roots is hardly a cookie cutter festival. Organizers recruit local businesses to provide food. This year, we had Gather, Bistro Campagne, Himmel's, Fountainhead, Byron's, Lincoln Square Lanes, Amy's Candy Bar, Monti's and a few typical fest providers (Bo's Concessions, Cevapcici). The food is neighborhood in flavor, unlike most summer street fests. Beers were provided by 15 different craft breweries (the majority were local with a few from Michigan, Indiana, & Wisconsin) -- much broader than usual neighborhood festival beer offerings.

    I'm sorry you don't like the musical lineup. Personally, I like a lot of the bands that played this year (Flat Five, Little Queens, Sons of the Never Wrong, Sunnyside Up, Emeline Michel [from Haiti], Caught a Ghost, Caravan of Thieves, and more). Admittedly, the fest no longer books acts like Richard Thompson or Patty Smith, but without the former level of corporate and state funding, that is impossible.

    Square Roots allows the School to use its two performing halls and its lobbies. This allows folks who want to escape heat/humidity to go inside and still enjoy the music. Some afternoons on the lawn in Welles Park were miserable (high 90s on grass still wet from rain the night before which made for a steamy time -- and not because of the music).

    Suggested donations help fund the Old Town School of Folk Music scholarship programs (no one is turned away who wants to take classes due to an inability to pay) as well as Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce farmers markets and concerts. I personally think those benefit this neighborhood and are worth supporting.

    Can you direct sources of funding to allow funding Folk and Roots Fest in the park again? We are talking a LOT of money though. Complaints here remind me of whining I heard when the Folk & Roots started "(We miss Razz Ma Tazz -- this will never be as good as that festival"). Things change. Move on. If you don't like Square Roots, don't go next year!

  • Despite Mother Nature dumping 2" rain, I thought the festival was awesome. We had a load of fun. Most everyone I talked to enjoyed it as well.
    My neighbors attended Burger Fest in Roscoe.....Squ Roots was far superior.
    Thanks to all who worked so very hard providing great time to most everyone.

Jul 13

Updated Jul 15

Free boxes available

We just moved into the neighborhood and have a bunch of great boxes to offer to anyone who may need them.

  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

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  • Thank you! Can my comment containing my address be deleted?

Jul 14

Couch for Sale - Moving Sale

Hey guys I am moving out of the Square :( at the end of the month and want to sell my full sized black leather couch. Its about 7 1/2 ft long and about 2 1/2 ft deep. The couch is structurally in great shape, the leather is a little worn in some places. Asking $99 OBO. Let me know if you are interested.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/fuo/4559542789.html

Jun 28

Updated Jul 14

Moving to Lincoln Square!

Moving to lincoln square August 1st & were pretty excited! What is everyone's favorite spots in the area? Also, we're looking to get a puppy shortly after moving in or ASAP, pref a lab + pit mix would be awesome! So if anyone knows of any let me know.

Thanks!

  • Congrats Jk1589! I'm so happy you went to Found & found (lame pun intended) your new pup there. Cheers to much happiness in your new home.

  • Great news! Congrats!

Jul 11

Updated Jul 14

Coyotes in River Park?

So this morning around 8am, I am almost 100% positive I saw a coyote roaming around River Park and the North Shore Channel Trail....Either that or a very wild looking dog with no collar, leash, or owner. The animal looked like the coyote in this picture. Anyone know if coyotes are common in that area? Any threat to children/humans/dogs? Thanks!

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

    Stacy S., do you know who or what organization is doing that map? It wasn't immediately obvious when I looked. I found that big scrolling menu right in the middle of the map to be quite annoying!

  • rachelkern85 6+ year Ravenswood resident with cute 1 y.o. :)

    Thanks to all who responded! I had no idea coyotes were so prevalent here!! Crazy city wildlife....

Jul 09

Updated Jul 14

Tips to know what home insurance covers and what it doesn't

If a tree falls in your yard, your insurance agent might not hear it.

You probably bought your home policy years ago, then stuffed it in a file somewhere. Will it be there for you when you need it?

Here's how to protect yourself:

1.You'll probably have to fight to get a big claim paid. Homeowners who suffer a loss of $30,000 or more get the most pushback from their insurers over damages, coverage and slow payouts, ShopSmart's recent survey...

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If a tree falls in your yard, your insurance agent might not hear it.

You probably bought your home policy years ago, then stuffed it in a file somewhere. Will it be there for you when you need it?

Here's how to protect yourself:

1.You'll probably have to fight to get a big claim paid. Homeowners who suffer a loss of $30,000 or more get the most pushback from their insurers over damages, coverage and slow payouts, ShopSmart's recent survey data shows. But the coverage of huge losses is exactly why you buy home insurance.

Protect yourself. You can cut your odds of a fight by doing business with an insurer that pays its claims. The best carriers for claim-payment satisfaction are Amica, Auto-Owners and USAA, according to the most recent Consumer Reports National Research Center survey of 9,905 subscribers who filed homeowner claims from 2010 through the first six months of 2013.

2.The first offer may not be your best offer. Consider your insurance adjuster's first offer just an opening gambit.

Protect yourself. If you have a dispute over damages, make the adjuster go over the estimate, line by line, with you and your contractor. Get a second opinion from an independent contractor or multiple estimates, if necessary.

3.Your trees can bankrupt you. Linda Paustian of La Porte discovered that after a violent thunderstorm dropped about 40 hard maple and red oak trees on her home and property in June 2010. State Farm paid $6,000 to remove the trees that struck Paustian's 1895 Arts and Crafts bungalow, but nothing of an additional $6,000 that was needed for tree and debris removal and stump grinding.

Learn more tips: http://dymanassociatesinsurance.com/

  • fiatlux Writer

    Appreciate the tips but linking to your agency makes it more of an ad. Check the user rules.

Jul 10

Updated Jul 13

C-M Motors' SFHs have hit the market.

The first of the three single family homes being on the site of the old C-M Motors body shop is on the market, listed at $2,099,000. Sounds like a tough sale, what do you think?

to see artist renditions click on this to my blog. http://www.lincolnsquareinsider.com/c-m-motors-single-family-homes-stretch-price-ceiling-lincoln-square

  • Catbus Philosopher, Third-Class

    Whether I'd charge "market rent" (which is an ambiguous term that might mean "what most landlords are charging" or "the highest amount that any one renter would be willing to pay") depends on various factors, the most important one being whether the unit in question is vacant or occupied. I believe it's unfair and unkind to raise the rent on an existing tenant by more than the landlord's own costs are increasing. I won't presume to guess what you believe.

  • zippy8 mostly happy resident

    I like what Chandra said for the most part. Our young teachers want to live fairly close to where they teach. Beginning salaries are about $34k and many have student loans to pay back. I believe many Catholic school teachers make less than that. Most building janitors don't get gratis...

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    I like what Chandra said for the most part. Our young teachers want to live fairly close to where they teach. Beginning salaries are about $34k and many have student loans to pay back. I believe many Catholic school teachers make less than that. Most building janitors don't get gratis rent and may have to move further away. That means the leaky facet/toilet may turn into a flood by the time they make it to the neighborhood.

    I like the area the way it is and hope it doesn't change too much. I'm renting to be close to the neighborhood I like but this thread is making me wonder if I should have taken my mom's house she offered me 40 miles north, not much to do there. At least financially it made sense. The homes are too expensive for me here my myself.

Jul 13

REMINDER: West Ravenswood Neighbors Community Meeting (July 14)

REMINDER: There will be a West Ravenswood Neighbors community meeting tomorrow night (July 14) at the Chicago Northside Church of the Nazarene at 1900 W. Leland Avenue, starting at 6:30 PM. All are welcome to join us!

The first agenda item will be in regards to the proposed Fountainhead Market concept at 1966 W. Montrose (which involves a lifting of the packaged good/liquor license moratorium on that stretch of Montrose). We will then discuss public safety concerns involving traffic on...

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REMINDER: There will be a West Ravenswood Neighbors community meeting tomorrow night (July 14) at the Chicago Northside Church of the Nazarene at 1900 W. Leland Avenue, starting at 6:30 PM. All are welcome to join us!

The first agenda item will be in regards to the proposed Fountainhead Market concept at 1966 W. Montrose (which involves a lifting of the packaged good/liquor license moratorium on that stretch of Montrose). We will then discuss public safety concerns involving traffic on Wolcott and Wilson (from Lawrence to Montrose and Damen to Ravenswood, respectively) as well as the recent robbery near the Damen Brown Line and community safety ideas.

We hope that you can join us! If you'd like more information regarding the West Ravenswood Neighbors and/or to be added to our mailing list, then please email westravenswoodneighbors@gmail.com.

Jul 09

Updated Jul 10

Troquet Space

Anyone have any details about the restaurant going in to the Troquet space? Looks like the awning went up yesterday and there are "help wanted" signs in the windows. It's evidently going to be called "Mangal".

Jun 30

Updated Jul 09

Foster/Oakley Remodel

There is finally some work on the Southwest corner building on Oakley/Foster. About time. I wonder what it is.... Coffee shop would be most welcomed.

  • Nancy McGarry Eager to learn about the neighborhood

    I heard north and south west corners were owned by the same man who finally sold them. I think the southwest corner will be a breakfast joint and the northwest corner will be condo's.

  • Heather Photographer

    I believe the guy who owns the building said his SON is opening a breakfast joint but he said that many months ago. Maybe if enough of us call the number listed on the building, Otto will get moving! :)

Jan 30 2012

Updated Jul 09

Support the New Hardware Store, Please

Matty K's Hardware Store recently opened in the old Ace Hardware location at:

4874 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
773-654-1347

I hope you will support them as we really need a hardware store in this neighborhood.

I make a friendly challenge to you all to visit this week, and spend $20 there. Please also pass this onto your local email list and challenge your friends and neighbors too.

Thank you.

  • Great to read positive comments, support for a new store, wouldn't it be great
    if all posts remain this civil, this kind and so positive.

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

    That ship has sailed, in respect to Matty K's always-declining inventory and to numerous other threads here about that sad reality.

    Note: this thread was started two and a half years ago!

Jul 08

Updated Jul 09

Wilson/Ravenswood Build

Does anyone know what type of structure is going up at Wilson and Ravenswood, across from O'Shaughnessy's?

  • There has been talk of a preschool going in there.

  • I also have a rendering of what the building will look like. Can I post it in this thread or do I have to start a new discussion?

Jul 08

Car Accident at Wendy's

Anyone have the full scoop?

Heard tires squealing, loud bang and a car horn. Looked out my window and an older gentleman was laying on the ground next to Wendy's with the car just near him.

The car hit Wendy's and assume hit the pedestrian as well. That or he was ejected from the car.

I couldn't go and help but did call 911. Ambulance and firetruck were on scene a few a few minutes later.

Jul 07

Updated Jul 08

Daycare

Hello neighbors, I was on Everyblock a couple days ago and I saw two postings for at home daycares, but I can no longer find it. I was wondering if anyone can pass along the post or knows of an amazing at home daycare. We have a 6 month old. She is in need of care starting in August. We are up for nanny sharing or an at home daycare. Thanks for all your help.

  • EKD2012 LS Mom

    Trying to find more ingot on Busy Bee. Where is that located?

  • Julie N-D Beacon Block Club member

    Ladybug & Friends is the newer one at Oakley and Lawrence. We toured them before they opened, in January, and were impressed but we found a home daycare option nearer to us in Uptown that had an opening that worked with our timing and went with them. I don't think they have any openings now but you can email me at juliebnebel @ yahoo.com if you'd like more info.

Jul 05

Updated Jul 06

Fireworks at Winnemac

What time are the pyromaniac patriots coming back to Winnemac Park to pick up their trash?

  • Bah humbug

  • I think it's been picked up as of Sunday morning. I saw a lot of filled white garbage bags neatly stacked against the trash cans when I drive by in the morning.

Nov 28 2011

Updated Jul 05

Cleaning Person

Can anyone recommend a good cleaning person/service?

  • SpamAlert, I think the point was that IF someone is recommending an individual, their contact details should be sent via private message rather than posted on a public site. Posting a business number publicly is ok, but sharing an individual's number (particularly without their knowledge or consent) is frowned upon.

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    That sounds like a more likely interpretation. Thank you.

Jul 05

where's the fire?

Just awoke to tons of sirens. Near Western & Lincoln. Anyone know what's going on?

May 11 2012

Updated Jul 03

Grills on wood porches: what's the law?

I assume gas grills are legal, since I see them everywhere. What about charcoal? Does anyone know where on the city's website they declare this one way or the other (or if they do)?

  • Noway, unfortunately I have the pleasure of being on my condo board because no one else wants to. We work with a management company that plays the role of the bad guys. If people violate rules, they address it according to our bylaws which for our building state, the violation...

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    Noway, unfortunately I have the pleasure of being on my condo board because no one else wants to. We work with a management company that plays the role of the bad guys. If people violate rules, they address it according to our bylaws which for our building state, the violation has to be removed or fixed in 72 hours or you receive a $50 fine. We have followed this procedure and have one knucklehead that won't follow the rules. He has accrued fines now in the $1000s and if not paid will be forcibly evicted from his unit so we can rent it to collect his fines. :-(

  • It only takes one to ruin it, but I've used a charcoal grill on a wood deck for years with great caution and no issues. It takes common sense, and I keep to a routine. Don't use on a windy day, keep an extinguisher steps away, and be certain completely...

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    It only takes one to ruin it, but I've used a charcoal grill on a wood deck for years with great caution and no issues. It takes common sense, and I keep to a routine. Don't use on a windy day, keep an extinguisher steps away, and be certain completely extinguished before leaving. Kingsford style brickets are safest, natural wood may be better tasting but more prone to sparks and flare ups, toss in soaked chips to compensate. To avoid potential of ash blowing from paper or a spill on a transfer from a chimney (the best way to start overall, but introduces risk), I use lighter cubes - Weber makes great ones- that you bury under coals, produce a small flame to start the center of a coal pile with limited exposure outside the pile. No lighter fluid, though never should use in the first place. I have a flame/heat resistant mat under the grill AND covering nearby wood rails, roll up and store away when done. Grab a paper or magazine, sit and do not leave for any reason until only embers, flames gone. Once cooking, stay near as much as possible, only running in for ingredients. To be absolutely certain all coals are extinguished, I close all vents and bungee the lid shut for a day or more before dumping. Personal experience, more flare ups occur in gas grills overloaded with fatty foods or cranked up too high, as well as propane leaks or rusted out/faulty control valves producing unpredictable conditions. If you overload a charcoal grill, the flames die.

Jun 27

Updated Jul 02

French School?

Yuppie branding if you ask me!

  • $18,000 a year?! How will working class families in the neighborhood afford this kind of tuition? I don't have kids, but I must say, that doesn't sound very inclusive to me. If they're going to build a school here, and are going to be blocking public streets to do so (that block is a mess right now), the least they can do is set aside a substantial number of scholarships for the neighborhood kids.

  • kara kmb

    Over 50% of the families receive financial aid.

Jun 25

Updated Jul 01

Old market on Winona & Western

I walked by the old produce market on Winona & Western yesterday and talked to the men working inside. They are fixing the structure and dividing it into two storefronts. They had heard that a Subway Restaurant was interested in one side and an Aquarium store is interested in the other.

Please let something other than a Subway move in here!

  • Aron some of the prices at these hip new joints are high for anyone! Give us a nice clean spot with good food that doesn't have to be locally sourced, Carmelized or have pretentious ingredients!

  • Hop the #81 Lawrence bus over to Golden House, the diner just south of Lawrence on Broadway in Uptown. Senior citizen discount every Wednesday and really good diner food. And now you can't miss it because they painted it orange: http://bit.ly/1mHWX7k

Jul 01

Sunday sirens

Sunday between 7pm and 830pm there were police cars, patty wagons, ambulances, and fire trucks going north on western past wells park. Does any one know what happened?

Jul 01

Sunday sirens

Sunday between 7 and 830 there were police cars, patty wagons, ambulances, and fire trucks going north on western past wells park. Does any one know what happened?

Jun 27

Updated Jun 30

Mattress

Any recommendations on where to buy a new mattress?

  • I actually enjoyed the new mattress smell from my Tempur-Pedic. :)

  • I've purchased the last 4 mattresses at Carson's. Wait for the free/reduced delivery charge and free removal of old mattress sales. Their prices are pretty reasonable when they have a sale.

Jun 27

Updated Jun 30

Matty K's Hardware?

The shelves keep getting emptier. Is it going out of business? I ordered a piece of window glass and they still didn't have anything but scraps available 2 days later. I hate to see this.

  • Well said.

  • I went to Stauber's recently for a piece of glass (like, last month after someone's recommendation on Everyblock at that time) and the guy was so helpful! I brought in measurements and he cut it, I expected to pay a small fortune for it (it was glass to go in...

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    I went to Stauber's recently for a piece of glass (like, last month after someone's recommendation on Everyblock at that time) and the guy was so helpful! I brought in measurements and he cut it, I expected to pay a small fortune for it (it was glass to go in the front of of grandfather clock) and I walked out having paid $7 for my glass, the service of getting it cut, and a few screws I needed.

    I love Matty K's and think it has been a great addition to the neighborhood (and their carpet/upholstery cleaning machines are amazing - and CLEAN- I need to rent one again soon and I recommend them to everyone, they don't stink like the ones at other places tend to and they work amazingly), but if you need your glass right away and they don't have it, I'd recommend Staubers.

Jun 26

Updated Jun 29

1801 W Lawrence Build Out

Hi Neighbors!

Has any one heard what is going into the building at 1801 W Lawrence? It used to be the LA Fitness "office". Now it looks like there is some movement. Could be something exciting!

  • I remember when it was called "The Oyster". It was wonderful.

  • ChiGuy814 This is the year!

    Its prime bar space if you ask me.

Nov 09 2012

Updated Jun 29

Anyone feel the wrath of the Emerald Ash Borer?

Hello neighbors,

I'm looking for residents who have been affected by the recent beetle infestation. Have your ash trees been treated, chopped or are you not sure your ash trees are infected? Please shoot me an email if you would like to be a part of my story! jessicaduboismaahs@gmail.com.

  • Sounds interesting! Would you be able to tell us more about where your story might be published?

  • Remember EAB does not "Disease" or "Infect" trees, and a properly treated Ash does not decline any further. Borers vacate trees to mate in June which gives ash chance to heal over previous damage with new annual growth ring. Then newly laid larvae "Re-infest" untreated trees. Good luck all, temporary treatment needed in region until 2020 when glutinous borers inevitably kill off remaining untreated food supply. Treated tree owners in Michigan where EAB first discovered already lowering insecticide doses!

Jun 27

Updated Jun 28

Work trucks with sirens?

There is a work truck on Gunnison at Rockwell that is blaring a police-type siren incessantly. I can't quite tell what they're doing, aside from giving me a migraine. They do it for a few minutes at a time. Does anyone know WHY they are running the siren?

  • PS Lincoln Square Donkey Kong best friend

    There were a few cars parked on the street where they needed to work. They ultimately towed the cars. I'm with you on this work, really feel like they didn't give the block enough notice and are trying to get it in.

  • They do it to alert people to move their cars.

Jun 25

Updated Jun 26

Family of 4 looking for a 3BR in the Square

Moving from Rogers Park with two charming daughters, 11 & 8, no pets; owners for 13 years, now looking to rent for awhile. Thanks for any help offered!

  • lauren east lakeview

    What Andrew said. Unfortunately, you won't ever find a 3 bed for under 2K there. You won't really find that in most desirable neighborhoods actually.

  • Our 3 bedroom house if for sale in Albany Park (Kimball and Wilson). If you are interested, I can send you some information.

Jun 22

Updated Jun 26

Is the Lawrence Sears even trying?

If Sears management doesn't care about the nations oldest flagship outlet.. Why should I??

It's a dumping ground for overpriced worthless garbage..

It's such a shame to see an American 100 year company resort to whats on Lawrence.

Target? Yes please.

  • A classic chicken and the egg. Customer: The store is lousy, why would I shop there? Retailer: my customers do not shop here (and are lousy), why would I invest in good merchandise, service and renovations?

  • I hope they plan on staying open and it would help if the went back to stocking things like paint and doing something about those dreadful Kardashian window displays! I happened to stop in yesterday and was greeted by the cashier on my way in and bought a pair of...

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    I hope they plan on staying open and it would help if the went back to stocking things like paint and doing something about those dreadful Kardashian window displays! I happened to stop in yesterday and was greeted by the cashier on my way in and bought a pair of Timberland shoes on sale $69 ($110 regular price). I noticed that the young man who helped me was being especially patient with an older lady. And on the way out, I was again acknowledged by a manager in white shirt and tie.Great customer experience. And if they put the same effort into stocking quality product, I'll always try them first, rather than drive miles out of the neighborhood.

Jun 24

Updated Jun 26

40th ward town hall tonight ? June 24

Is anyone going to Alderman Patrick O'Connor's town hall meeting Tuesday?

I am unable to attend, but other hard working citizens, who pay their lawfully assessed property taxes each year should ask Pat why he and his real estate broker wife have apparently been taking a 2nd homestead exemption on their investment condo @ 5321 N Lincoln Avenue 3D...PIN 13-12-225-014-1009

According to Joseph Berrios on CBS segment last week with Pam Zekman, they are only entitled to the homestead exemption...

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Is anyone going to Alderman Patrick O'Connor's town hall meeting Tuesday?

I am unable to attend, but other hard working citizens, who pay their lawfully assessed property taxes each year should ask Pat why he and his real estate broker wife have apparently been taking a 2nd homestead exemption on their investment condo @ 5321 N Lincoln Avenue 3D...PIN 13-12-225-014-1009

According to Joseph Berrios on CBS segment last week with Pam Zekman, they are only entitled to the homestead exemption on 1 primary residence which he has disclosed on ethics filings to be on Catalpa.

At approx $447 per year (exemption value), maybe Pat can get his personal checkbook out and pay up the condo back taxes to Cook County Assessor for taking wrongful exemption. If he bought condo unit back in 2006 when his wife Barbara was still the exclusive broker for the condo project, then he likely owes several thousand dollars in back taxes.

Seriously, you think Pat and his wife would have known they couldn't take the homestead exemption on their condo

Voters need to call out the Alderman for this non-clerical error. Yes appears they put adult son on deed too, but former residents in the condo building that I spoke with have confirmed O'Connor adult daughters have lived in that condo at various times while the son apparently lived elsewhere with his wife.

As Pawar started telling us he plans to raise our taxes next year, so it would be nice to have him get his fellow council members to properly pay theirs now.

I hope 40th ward voters won't be timid in asking what makes him able to take a 2nd homestead exemption on condo.

If not, Alderman elections are not too far away! Perhaps time for Pat to retire and start spending all that money his wife Barbara has made in real estate after he approved zoning changes.

  • Mr Uncle Lived in Chicago since 1997

    I had sent this "hot tip" to Andy Shaw at Better Gov Association last Fall, but he and his staff seem afraid to even pursue such a story, despite what seems like clear cut case of the alderman taking a property tax exemption which is he not entitled to take...

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    I had sent this "hot tip" to Andy Shaw at Better Gov Association last Fall, but he and his staff seem afraid to even pursue such a story, despite what seems like clear cut case of the alderman taking a property tax exemption which is he not entitled to take on a condo domicile that is not his primary residence.

    BGA won't "Shine the Light" on 40th ward anytime soon and Pam Zekman certainly won't be chasing him at tonight's City Council meeting with her "signature microphone" dramatically pestering for answer, so maybe the Town Hall is best place for voters to ask the Alderman why he should get "special treatment" on his condo property taxes.

  • How about sending it to fox? They seem to love to do those stories. Plus I'm sure if you dig deep enough, he's not the only one.

Jun 24

Updated Jun 25

Excellent Lincoln Park Landscaping

Not really.

This is what my $8,500 a year in property tax gets me?

18th St in Pilsen looks better than this form of 3rd world country neglect.

  • This is part of the Lawrence Ave. project that is still under construction. The landscaping is one of the final pieces and has yet to be completed. Those weeds have grown in on their own and will be replaced.

  • Botkin Amateur photographer.

    Wouldn't make much sense to landscape before construction is finished.

Jun 22

Updated Jun 24

Podiatrist recommendation?

Looking for a good foot doctor. Thanks in advance for your input.

  • I also worked with Dr. Kaleta at Illinois Masonic. Definitely recommending her.

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

    Thank you for all of the recommendations. I have to see who takes what insurance and move forward from there.

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