15 hours ago

Updated 34 min ago

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.

11 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Police activity at damen and winnemac

anyone know what is happening at or around winnemac park tonight? I saw a cop car parked at the entrance with their lights on and cops circling the block.

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15 hours ago

Updated 1 hour 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!

  • American Heritage Fireplace 3054 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
    (773) 862-8200 They guarantee their work. You need that with a fireplace. Highly recommend.

  • 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

Nov 15

Updated 3 hours ago

Items to donate

A while ago someone was asking for kitchen items to donate to a homeless initiative (I don't remember if it was a group, shelter, etc). I had a bunch of stuff collected and some clothing items as well. Then she disappeared after having several missed connections for pick up. I have a pile of stuff in my appartment that myself and my husband are tired of looking at but I wasn't sure where to donate. I have sent stuff to Uptown but if there is something in my neighborhood (Albany Park, Ravenswood, Northcenter area) I'd like to send it there. Anyone have a preferred place to donate items?

  • tk lincoln square family

    I donated to American Indian center yesterday thanks to this thread. Cool building by the way!

  • The Brown Elephant!

3 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Where are your favorite places to look for rental housing?

I have used Apartment People in the past, and have been looking at Craigslist, Domu, and Chicago Apartment Finders. Do you have a favorite property management company in the neighborhood? Thanks!

  • LisaMV friendly Lincoln Square neighbor

    I've used just about every service in this city over the last 10 years. The most recent guy I worked with was so far the best. Not sure if he's still there but his name is Adam Ballog with Blue City Apts. He was very helpful, listened to exactly what we wanted and found the prefect place for us! Good luck!

  • We live in a two flat on the first floor and rent out the second floor. We never advertise with any apartment service because they charge too much. We always advertise on Craigslist and I strongly suggest using that service because there is no middleman. We have never had a problem getting tenants and tenants are happy. Because we live on the first floor, my husband fixes anything that is broken right away, and if there is a problem we are instantly available.

2 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

A handyman

We need someone who can install roller shades. Any recommendations, please?

  • Mail Andre mackdesignbrz@gmail.com

  • T Janet Thoughtful Neighbor and Design Enthusiast

    I recommend Handyman Connection. Ask for Chris Rutledge, 312-265-3892; crutledge@handymanconnection.com; www.handymanconnection.com.

  • I take it you must already have the shades? I would think that most places would come over and take measurements of your windows, order them, and then install them for you. That said, they should be pretty easy to install yourself. If they're inside mount then you just need...

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    I take it you must already have the shades? I would think that most places would come over and take measurements of your windows, order them, and then install them for you. That said, they should be pretty easy to install yourself. If they're inside mount then you just need to screw some brackets into each side of the top of your window frame. If they're outside mount then you install the brackets on the wall above the window which will probably require some drywall mounts to make them secure. I realize you didn't ask this, so I would also recommend calling Dads Handyman Service if you really don't want to do it yourself. How many do you need to hang? I would try to find someone that will quote you a price and not an hourly rate.

Nov 13

Updated 12 hours ago

Lost Cat

Neville, a 6 year old male cat, grey with white markings and green eyes, was lost Wednesday night, November 12th, at 9pm on Campbell Ave between Lawrence and Leland. If found, please message me as soon as possible!!!

Nov 16

Updated 13 hours ago

Looking for a worthy cause to donate childrens toys/home stuff to...

We like to rotate out our still-newish toys and home stuff. Rather than send to Salvation Army for resale, we were hoping to donate to a cause here in Northcenter. Maybe a shelter or support center for single moms/dads, etc.

Ideas? Recommendations?

  • Ravenswood Community Child Care Center (RC4) provides very affordable child care to teenage parents (in addition to full-paying parents from the community), so long as those teens are pursuing their high school diploma or college degree. To donate toys to these kids, you can contact the daycare directly (www.rc4cares.com) or contact Parenting PROgress (http://ravenscov.org/mission-outreach/parenting-progress/), a program that provides support for these parents and their children.

  • SixtyTwoPercentWater Neighborhood Blogger

    Thanks all for the recommendations. We went with HGS and they could not be any more appreciative of the donation. I feel like the things went to a good place.

15 hours ago

2 days ago

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Places to walk in the woods and hour from Lincoln Square

Tomorrrow is going to be a sunny day and we would love to find some woods to walk in with in an hour of here. Any suggestions.

  • Thank you for all the great ideas. We had a wonderful afternoon at Ryerson Woods and are now aware of the other parks.

  • One of my favorite and most used books is 60 hikes in 60 miles the Chicagoland edition. You will have so many places to choose from.

25 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

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!

  • A friend of mine has this company which will come out and assess where all of the issues are in your home (they get into every nook and crannie to see where the real culprits are) and how to fix them:
    http://www.greendreamgroup.com

  • Thanks to all of you for these very helpful tips!! Really appreciate all the useful information. Hopefully with these resources, the expected Polar Vortex II will have nothing on me now, especially when I'm in my toasty warm condo!! Thanks again.

2 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Bird Sitter

Looking for someone to care for parakeet in home or visit from 11/26-12/3.

  • L

    Often the cat sitting places will have someone who visits bird. There are a number of posts on EB for cat sitters that you can search for.

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    Hi Falcon, You can email me through EB. I may be able to care for your bird while you're away.

  • Thank you both. I friend came through!

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Snowbirds?

Yikes, this is the first time I've seen so MANY large flocks of migrating ducks/geese (?) overhead in such a short time. In the past few days, I've seen (and heard - they're loud enough to be heard inside, at which point I run outside to take a look) multiple flocks of what look like up to fifty/sixty or more birds flying in perfect formations...and headed south. Anybody else enjoying the show? Any birders out there know if this concentrated...

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Yikes, this is the first time I've seen so MANY large flocks of migrating ducks/geese (?) overhead in such a short time. In the past few days, I've seen (and heard - they're loud enough to be heard inside, at which point I run outside to take a look) multiple flocks of what look like up to fifty/sixty or more birds flying in perfect formations...and headed south. Anybody else enjoying the show? Any birders out there know if this concentrated of a migration is unusual? (And should I be buying my airline tix now to join them?). In the past, I've seen flocks migrating, but never so many in such a short time, directly over this area (St. Ben's). I guess it's not just OHare that's changing their flight plans.

  • A friend of mine saw a flock of sand hill cranes flying overhead!

  • Sunflower6876 Loving life in Lincoln Square!

    I was about to say, I think what you saw were sandhill cranes! So cool!

39 hours ago

Looking for Parking Near St. Ben's

Hi! I am looking to rent a garage space near St. Ben's between now and January. Does anyone have any leads? Thank you!

47 hours ago

Chicago Craft Beer Events, November 21-23

Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room, 4255 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038

This article has 7 other Chicago locations (Show)

Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N Sheffield Ave., Chicago

Sketchbook Brewing Company, 825 Chicago Ave (Alley Entrance) Evanston, IL

Begyle Brewing Beer Store, 1800 W Cuyler Ave., Chicago (773) 661-6963

Iron Horse Ale House, 6158 N Northwest Hwy, Chicago (773) 555-1212

Schuba's, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago (773) 525-2508

Kaiser Tiger, 1415 W. Randolph Chicago, IL (312) 243-3100

Fireside Restaurant & Lounge, 5739 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago (773) 561-7433

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Icemaker repair

In need of someone qualified to figure out the problem with my refrigerator's ice maker (side by side, frigidaire model, front dispenser). I replaced it about 10 months ago, and it has never worked properly. The last person I had out seemed to make it worse, so I'm looking for someone who has experience with this sort of thing. Any recommendations?

  • Thanks everyone! I've got someone coming today but will keep all these as plan b - well, plan e at this point. ;)

  • MJB

    I have used Sears.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Style files: What Makes Tokyo Collection Special by Newport International Runway Group Latest Trends

Events called "fashion week" are held in most of the world's major cities twice a year. Typically, 30 to 100 designer brands - mainly from the host country - spend three to five days holding runway or other fashion shows to unveil the collections and fashion accessories they plan to introduce to the market half a year later.

As the clothes are worn by professional models and presented under special lighting with music, the shows are believed to be the...

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Events called "fashion week" are held in most of the world's major cities twice a year. Typically, 30 to 100 designer brands - mainly from the host country - spend three to five days holding runway or other fashion shows to unveil the collections and fashion accessories they plan to introduce to the market half a year later.

As the clothes are worn by professional models and presented under special lighting with music, the shows are believed to be the best way to present designers' new looks.

Not all brand names can participate in such events, however. The ones that can are usually those enjoying profits from fairly large operations, since such shows naturally come with a high price tag. Most brands introduce their new styles in an exhibition format, in which clothes are simply hung up for display.

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Nov 12

Updated 3 days ago

Garden Help

Senior with bad knees looking for regular garden maintenance. St. Ben's area. Visit my lovely garden every two weeks or so and help me keep it in top shape. My lovely perennial garden was replanted in 2014. Let's hope it's less attractive to rabbits in 2015.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Contact Leonard at sureshove@gmail.com

  • Kate K CPS teacher and resident of North Center

    Hello- I am on the board of the neighborhood association and would like to see if I can help you find someone. Could you send me a message with your email address? Thanks!

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5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

So how about that commute?

No metra, no brown line, and no Lake Shore Drive. I got downtown in about an hour fifteen. How did everyone else do?

  • My commute is to 76th street. It was pretty awful.

  • Chad Sparks Cster

    TWO HOURS! …ugh…. was a complete and utter cluster. i got off the bus at chicago stop and finished walking to loop. I can prob guarantee i beat the bus, due to the traffic! LOL.

Nov 10

Updated 3 days ago

mini shopping cart danger Mariano's

inattentive mom + reckless child= danger! I was in the Mariano's on Lawrence Sat evening when I was suddenly rammed from behind and it was very painful. My bad for uttering a swear word after being hurt. I turned around and saw a small boy who appeared to have been 'drag racing' w/ another tot. Older adults gave me sympathetic looks. An employee said he hated those things but couldn't tell the parents to watch the kids. I asked about...

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inattentive mom + reckless child= danger! I was in the Mariano's on Lawrence Sat evening when I was suddenly rammed from behind and it was very painful. My bad for uttering a swear word after being hurt. I turned around and saw a small boy who appeared to have been 'drag racing' w/ another tot. Older adults gave me sympathetic looks. An employee said he hated those things but couldn't tell the parents to watch the kids. I asked about my options. I am the sole supporter and have diabetic feet. Was concerned about losing time from work. A manager 'Mark' was summoned. I repeated my concerns and asked him to get the mothers name/ph #. The woman then came up and said 'did she tell you what she said?' She was more concerned about the little darling hearing a swear word than inquiring about my safety. I said I had no interest in discussing this w/ her, but felt she should give the mgr the information. I wanted to leave and limp home. What is the liability here? If someone breaks something the store is quick to mop it up/place a cone to alert customers to the danger. I was hit from behind w/o warning. I am still in pain. Don't think anything is broken and will see my pcp next week.

  • Sandy in EdgeGlen EdgeGlen since 1987

    Deputy Dog, my octogenarian mom (may she rest in peace) loved to shop at the Boca Raton Costco and Wal-Mart (even though she detested the latter’s politics) because she got to drive those motor carts. (Never had one of her own). She bumped into shelves, but thankfully not into people....

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    Deputy Dog, my octogenarian mom (may she rest in peace) loved to shop at the Boca Raton Costco and Wal-Mart (even though she detested the latter’s politics) because she got to drive those motor carts. (Never had one of her own). She bumped into shelves, but thankfully not into people. Nonetheless, it was a bit stressful accompanying her because I had to help navigate. It gave her independence, since she wouldn’t hear of me pushing my own cart when she had a perfectly good large basket on the motor cart. And it gave her a good reason for maintaining her drivers’ license (security when checking out a cart) for something other than check-cashing ID.

  • I was just making a joke and commentary on society itself. Lighten up everybody. Sorry if I offended anyone. And the way I framed it was, "just wait until the BB's get a little older..." indicating that indeed the boomers are excluded from the commentary I was making. Boomers are...

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    I was just making a joke and commentary on society itself. Lighten up everybody. Sorry if I offended anyone. And the way I framed it was, "just wait until the BB's get a little older..." indicating that indeed the boomers are excluded from the commentary I was making. Boomers are a generation that are used as a marker for many conversations just because of the enormous size of the group. I wasn't attacking the boomers. I think we all need to take a brisk stroll (around a grocery store b/c so frigid out) and do a little nose-transfer meditative breathing, chil,l and tickle our funny bones a bit!

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Dog transportation / taxi service?

Does anyone know of a dog transportation/taxi service? I am without a car today and am hoping to bring my dog to the vet today.

4 days ago

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Nov 14 2012

Updated 4 days ago

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Does anyone know of a good place/doctor for wisdom teeth removal? I have BCBS PPO insurance and Delta Dental. Thank you!

  • Patricia Marshall forming community gardens

    UIC Dental School, on Taylor Street, Chicago, students does wonderful work with the assistance of professors. The cost is half, insurance is accepted. Emergencies are serve immediately.

  • I also recommend Dr Spector. Within two hours I felt pretty close to normal and had no swelling. While this was years ago, he agreed to fit me into his schedule in such a way to help me avoid having to take time off work. It was super helpful though it turned out not to be necessary but who could predict that. Highly recommend.

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Nov 14

Updated 5 days ago

Recommendations for Marketing & Graphic Design?

I'm looking for Marketing & Graphic Design help. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

5 days ago

The Northman Popup Dinner Series: Influences of England & Spain

The Northman, the city's first cider-only bar (soon to be at 4337 N. Lincoln Ave.), hosts a one-night pop-up restaurant at Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., tonight at...

...be at 4337 N. Lincoln Ave.), hosts a one-night pop-up restaurant at Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., tonight at 7pm. Chef Cleetus Friedman will serve up a four-course meal of English...

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