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8 hours ago

Updated 25 min ago

Any thoughts about Angie's List?

I think Angie's List is a great service, but it bothers me that you have to pay $35 a month to keep current, when you may only need a recommendation two or three times a year. I've opted out and am now going to use my neighbors here on EveryBlock for recs.

  • Preeti Ravenswood Superstar since 2003

    I was a member for a few years, using it a few times per year, but ended my membership in 2012 when I found out that the companies pay to have their names appear at the top of search results and also advertise on the site. Some of the reviews...

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    I was a member for a few years, using it a few times per year, but ended my membership in 2012 when I found out that the companies pay to have their names appear at the top of search results and also advertise on the site. Some of the reviews I wrote on companies would not even appear on the site. A few months after I ended my membership, Angie's List sent me a "please come back offer" by offering me a discount on the membership rate. I did not take the bait. Yelp is free for me to use. I bet companies can also pay Yelp to have their names appear first on a search list but at least Yelp is free. Nowadays, I reach out to friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc for referrals as well as look at Yelp reviews.

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    Yelp is also pay to play. Businesses that pay have the bad reviews moved to the "not currently recommended" section or deleted altogether.

    I'm and Angie's List member, but I've been using them a lot lately. I do know that the providers that offer coupons show up at the top...

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    Yelp is also pay to play. Businesses that pay have the bad reviews moved to the "not currently recommended" section or deleted altogether.

    I'm and Angie's List member, but I've been using them a lot lately. I do know that the providers that offer coupons show up at the top of the list in the default sort, but you can sort the list in different ways. My reviews have always shown up. In what other ways is Angie's List asking providers for money? Before I renew again, I want to understand this better.

2 days ago

Updated 32 min ago

Under El Landscaping

Does the CTA or the City offer a subsidy to level the ground (lots of puddles after rainfall) and to improve the aesthetics of the landscaping under the El near the Damen Brownline station? I would hate to not ask before I purchase some pea gravel or white stones.

  • Eastwood/Seeley Building Owner 35yr resident

    I appreciate the input. I didn't think there was any reimbursement. I had to ask. I will get to work and make it look pretty.

    Love Bobs comment!

  • Sheila Pacione Neighbor

    Yea! Share a pic when your done.

36 hours ago

Updated 43 min ago

Lakeshore garbage pickup at 5:20am

Has anyone else noticed that Lakeshore is picking up garbage before 7:00 and not by just a few minutes. I have called 311 to report them on several occasions. I have tried to talk to the driver but that just turned into him banging the cans louder. We have called the company several times. The first time we received a phone call and results for a couple months. Now they do not return our calls.

The only way they will stop is if enough people complain to 311 and they keep getting fined. Please call 311 if you hear them out before 7:00.

  • Thank you, Jodie B

  • Call 911 and they will send a cop car over if one is available (obviously not taking away from more serious crime). If nothing else, this will put it on record that there are noise violations. Get the number of the truck doing the early pick-ups. Keep a log of...

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    Call 911 and they will send a cop car over if one is available (obviously not taking away from more serious crime). If nothing else, this will put it on record that there are noise violations. Get the number of the truck doing the early pick-ups. Keep a log of who and what times. Call your alderman and ask to speak to your Streets and Sanitation superintendent.

    Is it your building paying them to pick up trash? A neighbor? Talk to the board or mgmt company and tell them about it. Someone is paying for the privilege of being woken up early. They can speak to the company since they're the paying customer.

    The deadline for trash trucks to come is 7-A.M. It took my building a long time and we had the Streets and San inspector on speed dial for a while, but we finally got seven different trash companies to stop coming early. It's a $500 fine if Streets and Sanitation writes them a violation ticket.

44 min ago

Lawn guy needed

Hello can anyone recommend their lawn guy(s) to me? I rather hire a guy that works for himself than hire a big company. But any recommendations are kindly appreciated.

Feb 18

Updated 1 hour ago

Condo Management company alternatives?

Hi everyone,

We have 14 units in our Lincoln Square area building and want to see if there are better companies out there. Can anyone recommend their management company? Ours was good in the past but they have lately done a shoddy job of coordinating fixing things, being responsive, emailing/calling us back and essentially not living up to expectations so we want to see what's out there.

Thanks!

3 hours ago

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3 hours ago

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Ugg cleaning

Does anyone have a local cleaner that cleans uggs at a reasonable price

  • Miss Chris 3rd Generation Chicagoan - Lover of Lincoln Square

    I don't know their prices...but I've seen a sign in their window for cleaning Uggs.
    Young Cleaners - 5200 North Leavitt Street (773) 989-6486

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    I bought my daughter the ugg cleaning kit on Amazon (around $30); her boots look great, and it includes the waterproof/protection spray

7 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Tailor for bridesmaid dress

I'm looking for a great tailor for my bridesmaid dress. Thanks for any suggestions!

  • Check out Devrim Cleaners. Figo is great as is his wife. A little pricey but solid workmanship.

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    If you're up for a field trip, Jackie at Ralph Tailor, 2700 block of Touhy

Mar 08

Updated 2 hours ago

Looking for Condo Association Mgmt Company

Can anyone recommend a good Management Company for a Condo Association? The main goal is to help ease the burden of the Treasurer position, for which collecting assessment checks and paying monthly bills has become a burdensome role that no one wants to take up.

8 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Peruvian Restaurant in "Expressions" spot?

Does anyone know whats going on at 4020 N. Lincoln? It's the storefront across from Starbucks that has had signage in the windows for years saying "Expressions, coming soon". I heard from the owner of Coles Appliances next door that it is being built out as a Peruvian restaurant. Does anyone have the scoop?

  • Botkin Amateur photographer.

    That would be a great addition. I have noticed they've put parking spaces in the back, which seemed odd, given the plentiful parking nearby (maybe a code thing?). I've long suspected the Expressions signage was fake—just there to obscure the windows and make the block look less dreary.

  • GCV New to North Center

    I was actually going to ask the same question. I agree that would be a great addition to the area.

  • I did see a couple of guys holding blueprints standing outside and talking about it a couple of days ago. There was a short flurry of work in the space some time last year, but nothing after that.

3 hours ago

Ugg cleaning

Lookin to get uggs cleaned anyone have great place that is reasonable

22 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Troquet no more?

Anyone know what's going on with Troquet? It's been "closed for maintenance" for the past few days. Seems ominous . . .

  • aileen resident southport corridor

    I have been there dozens of times and always enjoy it, Mussels and french fries Mmmmmm!

    If they are leaving Ravenswood, might I suggest a move to Southport?

  • I'm starting to think this location is cursed. I remember the previous bar seemed to go down in flames, figuratively speaking.

Apr 16

Updated 5 hours ago

Purse Stolen While Volunteering

Hi, I'm treating this as a public service announcement. My purse was stolen last night at the Ravenswood Community Kitchen (All Saints Episcopal Church). I arrived to volunteer and the team lead, volunteer coordinator, shared with the other girls and I that we were to place our belongings we wished to not have sitting out in this "locked file cabinet."

Please be advised that the "locked file cabinet" was a sh*tty cabinet that someone could easily bust into. But, no...

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Hi, I'm treating this as a public service announcement. My purse was stolen last night at the Ravenswood Community Kitchen (All Saints Episcopal Church). I arrived to volunteer and the team lead, volunteer coordinator, shared with the other girls and I that we were to place our belongings we wished to not have sitting out in this "locked file cabinet."

Please be advised that the "locked file cabinet" was a sh*tty cabinet that someone could easily bust into. But, no need as the key to said sh*tty file cabinet was placed on a folding table in the middle of the check in area often left unattended to.

My gut told me to take my purse and keep it with me but I didn't want to appear suspect to the individuals we were helping that evening.

So, silly me, I left it. Only to come back to the "locked file cabinet" about two hours later and bam, its gone.

I'm so thankful I had friends with me to help figure out what to do as the church staff were not very helpful in assisting a quick search of the church property and staff.

I want my loss be a lesson to all doing good out there, keep doing good things for others but leave all personal items at home as many of these locations do not provide adequate storage and if your gut is telling you something, trust it. I'd have my purse and all its fabulous contents today if I would have trusted my gut.

  • Oh Charles & Penny, that is just terrible! I am so sorry you are experiencing the same loss as I am. I only wish that people volunteering were exempt from this type of crime. I hope the person who took your reader enjoyed books as much as you, I am...

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    Oh Charles & Penny, that is just terrible! I am so sorry you are experiencing the same loss as I am. I only wish that people volunteering were exempt from this type of crime. I hope the person who took your reader enjoyed books as much as you, I am trying to look at it the same way….I hope they love my bag and all the nice things in it as much as I did. AND, I hope they realize that hard work can also get you items like that vs. stealing from someone who worked hard to get them…..

  • zippy8 mostly happy resident

    We would think purses are different enough that we'd know which one is ours. This is a long shot but I like to consider out of the boxes ideas. What if a volunteer took the purse thinking it was theirs at first. Then after the announcement that it was stolen,...

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    We would think purses are different enough that we'd know which one is ours. This is a long shot but I like to consider out of the boxes ideas. What if a volunteer took the purse thinking it was theirs at first. Then after the announcement that it was stolen, she was too embarrassed/thought she'd be accused of theft and didn't say anything.
    Some people freeze, clam up or have poor social skills, don't know how to handle such a situation. Since the key was left in a community area it very likely was stolen.

19 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

McPherson School: Tuition Based Preschool (New Program!)

McPherson School, Lincoln Square's neighborhood school, now plans to offer Tuition Based Preschool for the 2014-2015 school year. Please join us! The school is actively recruiting area families to be a part of the program, which will be play-based and focus on literacy, math, social studies, science and social-emotional learning.

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please feel free to contact me (kim@friendsofmcpherson.com). I am a current parent and member of Friends of McPherson.

If you...

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McPherson School, Lincoln Square's neighborhood school, now plans to offer Tuition Based Preschool for the 2014-2015 school year. Please join us! The school is actively recruiting area families to be a part of the program, which will be play-based and focus on literacy, math, social studies, science and social-emotional learning.

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please feel free to contact me (kim@friendsofmcpherson.com). I am a current parent and member of Friends of McPherson.

If you are interested in seeing the inside of the school, the next tour will take place Friday, April 25 at 9:30 and there are also tours scheduled for the same time on May 9 and May 30. If these tours do not work for your schedule, we can make other arrangements. Feel free to email Marianne Turk (mturk@cps.edu) to participate in an upcoming school tour.

  • Hi Kim! Very interested. Can you send more info: jaysoncacal@gmail.com

    Thanks!

2 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Summer school options

I was wondering if anyone have any options for summer school in the area. I need full-time care as I work and was hoping to find something along the Brown Line.

  • Aron Long tlme Lincoln sq home owner

    Try calling St matthias or st bens churches .they have some programs which may be a bit expensive.

  • Queen of Angels has a great day camp - very close to the Western stop.

2 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Sprint Network in Lincoln Square/Ravenswood

Just wondering if anyone can comment on reception on the Sprint Network in the area. I am looking for a new service and see a good plan through Virgin on the Sprint Network. I am currently on T-Mobile and cannot get any reception in my home so hoping for an improvement. Thanks.

  • Jason Rasmussen Albany Park neighbor

    Sprint admitted to me they have insufficient coverage in a band of Chicago including Albany Park. I made them send me a personal tower which hooks up to wi-fi. It took persistence since their business algorithm seems to be to agree to mail the tower and then pretend to forget to send it (they did this to me and two friends). They eventually sent it, but it takes a total of 3 calls and a lot of staying on hold (challenging when your phone keeps dropping!)

  • Last summer Sprint did take out towers for an "upgrade," and I could not make or receive a call from home for at least two weeks. What was concerning was after speaking with several associates, they could not tell me whether calls would resume in days, weeks, months. They did...

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    Last summer Sprint did take out towers for an "upgrade," and I could not make or receive a call from home for at least two weeks. What was concerning was after speaking with several associates, they could not tell me whether calls would resume in days, weeks, months. They did provide a booster - the Airave - to run on wi-fi (I was the new building hot spot); however, be warned, I found it blocked the ports some Google applications used - Play Store for tablet and phone updates, YouTube - and a searched revealed a known issue with the device.

Feb 26

Updated 8 hours ago

Zumba is now at St. Benedicts!

Come join the party and get fit at the same time. Zumba is now 2x a week at St. Benedicts, Saturdays from 10am to 11 and on Wed from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Everyone's first class is free and after is $5 drop in or buy 10 class passes for $30 ($3 a class). Open to both men and women ages 16 years and up.

Mar 18

Updated 9 hours ago

Squirrel hanging from telephone/electric wire

For close to a month my kids have a daily watch ("It's still there!") on a dead squirrel hanging from a wire apparently by its teeth midway between poles in a backyard on the south east corner of Oakley and Montrose where it dead-ends at Welles Park. Anybody else see this?

  • It is indeed gone. Fake or not, it has been a part of our family's day for months and months. That squirrel was a small part of what helped get us through a very tough winter. I hope if it was real, he rests in peace. If it was fake, thank you to the perp who hung it there.

  • william V northcenter resident

    yep--its gone--my kids were always looking at it and talking about it on the way to the park--- r. i p. mr squirrel

9 hours ago

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39 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Getting a tree out of the parkway

There is a huge, monstrosity of an evergreen tree in front of my house in the parkway that I'm dying to get rid of. It was planted by the previous owners and although I love trees, I really detest this one. I've heard the city will hardly ever grant a permit to remove a tree in the parkway, though another person told me they aren't so precious about evergreens, which they don't themselves plant. Does anyone know the deal on this? I'm happy to plant another tree, just not this type.

  • The city was happy to cut down a huge beautiful tree in front of my house because of a blight and said they would plant another the following year. I was then told by the alderman's office that the ash tree problem has used up the funds for new plantings. I intend to buy a tree and plant it myself. However, I am not sure they will cut down a tree because it is ugly.

  • Will E. Kay o Nosey Neighbor.

    If you've the cash, a city worker's got the axe.

Mar 08

Updated 20 hours ago

Say no to Cubs parking at Irving and Rockwell

In the latest newsletter for our ward, it was announced that the Cubs will be soon turning our neighborhood into their parking lot. This doesn't require ward approval. Sounds like a deal has been made between the Cubs and Basic wire, a factory with a gigantic lot by the river.
I can only imagine what wonders this will do for traffic on Irving, Western and all the side streets. I'm not just talking car traffic, some of the fans aren't...

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In the latest newsletter for our ward, it was announced that the Cubs will be soon turning our neighborhood into their parking lot. This doesn't require ward approval. Sounds like a deal has been made between the Cubs and Basic wire, a factory with a gigantic lot by the river.
I can only imagine what wonders this will do for traffic on Irving, Western and all the side streets. I'm not just talking car traffic, some of the fans aren't all too respectful. Ready to have your area turn into Wrigleyville? Finally, what positive does our community get from this? What traffic studies were done? I know this is a free market but let's make sure we let Basic Cable and Cubs ownership hear are voices.

2 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Need nitrogen for my tires

Anyone know where I can get a nitrogen fill-up in the area?

6 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Looking for a vet

Hi everyone. I'm moving into the City from down state. I'm bringing my cat with me who is in stage 4 renal failure, so I need a vet. I'm stocked up on her medical supplies for a while but I'll still need a vet to take her to.

Do anyone have any suggestions for a good, not too expensive vet in the area?

  • My vote is for Dr. Murphy and Dr. Scott at West Wrigley Animal Hospital on Ashland (south of Addison, north of Roscoe). They took great care of my 10 year old cat when she was hospitalized for kidney disease and were conscious of keeping costs but still giving her the care she needed.

  • I like Dr Jewell, my cats see him and not one of his partners. He and his staff treated us with a lot of compassion when one of my cats died and later when my other cat was euthanized. I switched from the Cat Hospital because I did not like seeing different vets all the time, (my favorite one left).

30 hours ago

Updated 23 hours ago

River Park boat house construction underway.

According to this DNAInfo article, the boat house should be completed in October. That's probably a bit late for paddling on the river this year, but it's good to have it started.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140422/albany-park/river-park-boathouse-construction-gets-under-way

  • Kim R. Biker, designer, AP resident

    I live down the street from that boathouse. I was wondering what they were doing. I'm pretty excited to have kayak rental!

23 hours ago

Wonderful Summer Professional Development Opportunity for PK-12 Educators

Hi Friends!

The Chicago Botanic Garden will be hosting a School Gardening Conference on Saturday, June 28. This year's conference will focus on connecting gardening to Next Generation Science Standards, and incorporating into classroom curriculum. Please forward the link below onto any teacher, administrator, librarian, informal educator, or anyone else who may be interested.

http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=b8d5a8ce718556733498bee3e&id=f18245d20d&e=f9bb6078e7

Thanks!

24 hours ago

Apr 15

Updated 24 hours ago

Suspicious activity at Belle Plaine and Lincoln and in North Center Town Square

Has anyone else noticed loitering and some generally odd happenings in this area. I see a car parked with people getting in and out and people loitering near the buildings. My guess is that there might be some drug sales going on. I'll be contacting the Alderman's office but was wondering if anyone else has notified them.

  • tbf

    I talked to the Alderman's office yesterday. This is a known issue with that block of buildings that house the empty laundry mat and the currency exchange. He said that they would let the beat Captain know that the activity is picking up and that neighbors should call the police anytime we see something odd.

  • I often see sketchy types going in and out of the closed laundromat. I've even seen them taking in giant TVs. It seemed odd, but it's not illegal to move a TV, and while I walk by often, I don't live in the neighborhood so I never reported anything.

26 hours ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Recommended Condo Building Information Sharing Website

Hi All! My condo board association is looking for a new website service to share information between the residents in our 24 unit building in Lincoln Square. The website will need to be able to store documents (meeting minutes, assessment log), have a discussion forum, and be able to email out to the residents when new things have been added to the site. Can anyone recommend an easy to use, low-cost option? Thanks!

  • Google groups does this in conjunction with google docs. It's completely free

  • Set up a Google account for your association. It can do all of this and more, and it's free.

  • Check out Basecamp. Agree Google would also work but I've had very good success with managing a variety of projects, groups, events, etc.

Apr 15

Updated 25 hours ago

Public sidewalk a safety hazard, and eyesore: 4817 N. Wolcott

If you've ever walked the east side of the 4800 block of N. Wolcott, you've walked over or around the worst stretch of sidewalk in Ravenswood. I'm finally fed up enough to do something about it and would encourage the support of all neighbors. Thanks!

Below is an excerpt from the email just sent to Jim Poole in the Ward 47 office.
Sent April 15, 2014

Jim,

Just around the block from the new Mariano' there is a public disgrace....

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If you've ever walked the east side of the 4800 block of N. Wolcott, you've walked over or around the worst stretch of sidewalk in Ravenswood. I'm finally fed up enough to do something about it and would encourage the support of all neighbors. Thanks!

Below is an excerpt from the email just sent to Jim Poole in the Ward 47 office.
Sent April 15, 2014

Jim,

Just around the block from the new Mariano' there is a public disgrace. Besides the hundreds of residents using it, some customers and a lot of Mariano's employees are having to negotiate it too -- and somebody is going to get hurt.

The sidewalk in front of my neighbor building, at 4817 North Wolcott, managed by ICM Properties, 773-549-5443 has been a terrible hazard and now, ever since this last winter, it is a menace to public safety. I've tripped over this broken, uneven and potholed walkway for over 10 years and I'm fed up.

Please see the attached photos documenting this disgrace, and the building management.

I'm requesting that the Alderman do whatever possible to either force the management to repair this sidewalk in front of their building, or better yet find some emergency money and have the Ward replace it entirely.

Thank you ...

  • I think you meant Bill no works at the Alderman's office, Jim still does - he's the chief of staff - http://chicago47.org/staff/

  • Delia Kropp Loving Ravenswood since 1990

    As this post's creator, I'd like to express my thanks to the Alderman's office for getting the deteriorated stretch of sidewalk not merely repaired but entirely replaced. The work began 3 days after I emailed Mr. Poole, who acknowledged the urgency of the situation, and was completed within 24 hours. By any standards this response was exceptionally quick. Well done.
    Many thanks as well to my neighbors here on Everyblock.com who voiced their support. Hopefully we've saved some trips & spills.

Apr 13

Updated 25 hours ago

Philadelphian Romanian Church Crazy Drivers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • I used to live right across the street from this church. When I first moved in it was something different, I think maybe an Episcopal Church, and I hardly noticed them. As soon as it became the Philadelphia Romanian Church parking in the neighborhood became impossible on Sundays and some evenings and the street was much more crowded. They are one of the reasons I moved.

5 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Street Sweeping

Thank goodness that the street sweeping schedule is beginning again. After the long winter and with spring just beginning, it's important to move your car so the sweepers can remove all the gunk and debris that has accumulated in the streets. It's unsightly and could clog sewer drains. Yes, it's inconvenient to find a parking spot during sweeping times, but important nonetheless -- and easy to avoid a $60 ticket!

Fun segment by Curious City about an otherwise mundane topic: http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/street-sweeping-essential-service-or-revenue-scam-109221

  • Kristine Cloud 30 year resident of North Center

    Kudos to Shelley's husband for cleaning the sewer grates! It helps if everyone pitches in on tasks like this. It drives me insane that the leaves don't seem to fall until the beginning of December, yet the last street sweeping is usually in October or early November. The city would save itself a lot of work in the spring if it had another sweeping in December (weather permitting). Oh well...

  • Kelly B Beaucastel's Mom

    You can sign up to get alerts for your Ward at http://sweeparound.us
    You can get email or text alerts. It may not be 100% accurate, but hopefully it will help!

3 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

I wonder who thought planting a tree in the outfield was good idea.

I love trees as much as anyone but planting a tree in the outfield of a baseball diamond at Welles Park seems like an odd choice. I never have been able to figure how decisions are made at the Park District.

  • DMC Average Citizen.

    Tree reassignment sounds like a blatant violation of plant rights!

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

    I hate to be a total cynic, but the kids will probably have a way of dealing with that wee tree. A few years ago, I saw some similarly-sized trees planted in the small park at Lawrence and Washtenaw right where the children regularly played soccer. Those trees got damaged in a hurry.

33 hours ago

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5 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Shooting @ Rockwell and Foster

Just a heads up.

I was walking through the area near Rockwell And Foster about an hour ago and there was police tape and a whole crime scene set up on the sidewalk just north of Foster on Rockwell. I asked around and apparently around 6 PM someone was shot by two offenders.

That's all I've got, haven't heard anything else about it yet.

Shootings seem to be on the rise in the area north of Lawrence.

  • Budlong Woods neighbor Chicago girl for life

    All I know is that the hoodlum/gangbanger element is on the rise in the neighborhood. There was a drug related shooting in the McDonald's parking lot in LS a couple of months ago. My friend and I walked out of Lincoln Square lanes with her two young children right after...

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    All I know is that the hoodlum/gangbanger element is on the rise in the neighborhood. There was a drug related shooting in the McDonald's parking lot in LS a couple of months ago. My friend and I walked out of Lincoln Square lanes with her two young children right after it happened after having an early dinner there. When I read the crime blotter, there are always muggings and armed robberies on Lincoln over by the "no tell" motels - right down the street from the police station. I live close the the police station and the last time I called 911 because of a domestic disturbance that I thought was going to get really ugly, the response time was over 20 minutes even through the station was less than a block away. A couple of years ago, a kid was killed when his head was bashed in by five thugs RIGHT NEXT to the police station. The police won't even show up now for burglaries. We are losing the battle against the criminals and they know it. Even when they are caught on camera, unless the offense involves some kind of violence or threat, the police do very little because they have bigger priorities.
    I was always kind of on the fence about gun control but I am now thinking about getting a gun for my home. The police are overworked and as a single person living alone, I have to think about how to best protect myself since I know I can't rely on the police to deter the criminals and catch them. That's why these guys have no problem walking up to someone in broad daylight and shooting them or driving by a busy public park filled with kids playing and spraying the place with bullets. Even if they do get caught, the current sentencing structure is ineffective. Those guys get a slap on the wrist and are released right back into the neighborhood.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    A couple of things to keep in mind is that although one lives near a police station doesn't insure a quick police response. The squad cars aren't dispatched from the station. The cars are already on the street, and could be anywhere when they receive the radio assignment, and you're...

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    A couple of things to keep in mind is that although one lives near a police station doesn't insure a quick police response. The squad cars aren't dispatched from the station. The cars are already on the street, and could be anywhere when they receive the radio assignment, and you're right the CPD is shorthanded. A class of 84 graduated today, but when you consider that there are 22 districts, and three watches, that comes out to approximately one more officer per tour of duty. Not much of a difference. Secondly, people who commit crimes, expect to get away with them. Many crimes, especially the violent ones, are crimes of opportunity, or impulse. such as road rage. That's why security videos, or the proximity of a police station doesn't mean that much.

6 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Ald. Pawar running again

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140414/north-center/ald-pawar-kicks-off-re-election-bid-says-maybe-future-mayoral-run

This is great news...I hate the term limit part though. Does anyone know if the committeeman is organizing for the campaign or how to get involved?

  • Julie-audubon mom, MBA, coffee nut, political junkie

    Bill- you're right on the ward being the envy. My point is people from other communities want an alderman like ours. The Mariano's was not started by the former alderman. I was at the community meeting for the Roundys and 11 story condo tower. Schulter proposed 14 million in TIF....

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    Bill- you're right on the ward being the envy. My point is people from other communities want an alderman like ours. The Mariano's was not started by the former alderman. I was at the community meeting for the Roundys and 11 story condo tower. Schulter proposed 14 million in TIF. The proposal did not have community support and died. This Mariano's is all the new alderman. You are right on the ball field. It's Schulter. You're wrong on the French School. My good friend,who also happens to raise money for Lycee, always talks about what an obstructionist the old administration was. I also remember Schulters proposal to build single family homes on the school site. My point is we don't need a relative of the old administration in office in 2019. Even you can agree with me on that.

  • I agree Julie. I'd hate to see someone from Schulter's administration take over.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Need plumbing help

I have a long history of do-it-yourself plumbing projects that have ended in disaster! The harsh winter has left a leaking outside faucet. A "simple" repair I am sure I could make far more complicated. The last time I hired a Plumber I used an Angie's list referral and got one for a reasonable hourly rate but they took far too long to complete the project, left to shop for parts etc. I ended up with a larger bill than the estimate. Does anyone have a recommendation for a plumber or handyman for our Lincoln Square Neighborhood?

Apr 16

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Sofas!

Hi there. I have a few pieces of furniture to get rid of pronto - seriously, if you can come pick them up, you can have them for FREE. That's right, FREE. Good condition sofas - we just need to make room for a baby, so goodbye spare room, hello nursery. Non-smoking, but cat home. Must pick up.

The first is a black, IKEA ektorp sofabed - it's a few years old, but in really good shape - we've used...

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Hi there. I have a few pieces of furniture to get rid of pronto - seriously, if you can come pick them up, you can have them for FREE. That's right, FREE. Good condition sofas - we just need to make room for a baby, so goodbye spare room, hello nursery. Non-smoking, but cat home. Must pick up.

The first is a black, IKEA ektorp sofabed - it's a few years old, but in really good shape - we've used in a spare room for the occasional out-of-towners. IKEA no longer carries the sofa, but I've found replacement covers online elsewhere, if black isn't your thing. The cover is easily removed to be washed. There are some minor nicks where the cat got a hold of it, along the back. This guy is heavy. And we can throw is the squishy, foam mattress topper we use with it to make it more comfortable.

The second is a set of dark brown, corduroy-ish apartment sized sofa/loveseat and oversized arm chair. Two years old - the sofa is in good shape - some minor wear, we would keep, but we came into a different living room set. The chair, on the other hand, has a rip along the back where the pillow meets the frame - I believe it's easily repaired - I'm just lazy - so we've just thrown a blanket over it. And woah - get this, it comes with THREE pillows.

I can't get both pictures to load, so let me know if I can send one to you or if you have other questions.

  • Cat

    Hi Elizabeth! I'm interested in seeing pics of the corduroy sofa, loveseat and chair. Could you send them to me via email? cat02134 at gmail dot com. Thanks!

  • Hi Cat, thanks for your interest, however it's all been picked up already! I just can't figure out how to delete posts on everyblock :/

2 days ago

Grow47 - Need your input on local schools

Alderman Ameya Pawar's Grow47 initiative is conducting a community survey to invite feedback on local schools, including elementary schools and high schools in the area. Check it out. This survey will close on Friday, April 25. We have already received more than 500 responses. Please share with your neighbors.

Here is the link to the survey: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1604211/Grow47-Survey

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