4 hours ago

Fight at Montrose and Ravensqood Friday evening

If anyone saw a guy on a bike being assaulted at Montrose and Ravenswood on 2/27/15, please contact me with any info you may have. Particularly interested in the license plate of the black sedan that fled the scene with the assailants.

Thank you,
-Concerned Neighbor

12 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Looking for a short-term dogsitter

My wife and I are seeking someone to stop by our place to keep an eye on and tend to our 13-week old Morkie puppy. He's not quite used to being by himself all day, and unfortunately we need to be away.

Date: At least March 10-12, maybe a few more days on either side
Time: At least 5-6 hours/day
Where: Near Ravenswood and Wilson
Tasks: Keep an eye on him while he's in his pen; play with him; clean up after him; keep him fed; usual puppy stuff.

Just let us know a little about your background and your rates to chicodes101@gmail.com. Thanks!

  • I use Pawlosophy, for puppies the will do multiple walks a day for really inexpensive and they are absolutely great. I know it's no dog sitter but they are a great, trustworthy alternative

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    I'd say if you can't find anybody soon, go over and talk to the neighboring churches and see if their young people can help you out!

7 hours ago

16 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Moving? Need Cardboard boxes?

Hi Neighbors.
I have great u-haul and u-line boxes broken down in various sizes, and would love to give them to someone who is planning to move in the next month. All you have to do is pick them up!

  • on the edge of Chicago

    Yes please : ) I will try to message you to see if they are still available

  • Awesome, send me a message – next weekend we could have them all ready for you. We have some extra bubble wrap too. Let me know if you need earlier...

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

    If you have any of the small U-Haul boxes ("Book Box": 12" x 12" x 12" or "Small Moving Box" 16-3/8" x 12-5/8" x 12-5/8" ) or the U-line equivalent, Ravenswood Elementary School Library could use them to store some Library books. My wife and I are helping the school fix up the Library.

    I know I'm not the first to respond to this post, but if you would consider it, it would greatly help out the school.

    I can pick them up anytime this week after Wednesday afternoon.

Nov 25

Updated 12 hours ago

Rory Fiedler: Who's Backing Him?

Hm. So I saw that this guy filed to run against Pawar in the 47th. Is this the "Jeri's Diner Candidate" that some of the old Machine stalwarts were talking about digging up a few months ago, or just a random independent? Curious if anyone knows about his candidacy at all.

  • The Elected School Board question is on the ballot in 38 Chicago Wards. Pretty good grass roots effort! Ward-to-Ward vote is needed since only 3 questions are allowed on the city-wide ballot and city-wide was blocked by Emmanuel's allies.

    Democracy is messy but the alternative has been worse so far.

  • CynicalPolitico Political Consultant, Geek, Policy-Wonk Wannabee

    Ok. I was right, well, sort of. I predicted 85 to 15 for Pawar. The numbers are 83 to 17. I may be cynical but I'm a politico, and I'm right.

    Jeff f, greenhorn, Robin, where are you? Ricolooola???? RICOOOOOLA!!!!

    In a few weeks we'll find out who funded Fiedler's campaign and I bet we'll find a Gene Schulter. Beware 47, the race for 2012019 began last week and if you're not careful the goons will come back.

2 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Headlight ticket

Yesterday I received a ticket from CPD for one of my headlights going out. I replaced the bulb today. Has anyone ever gotten one of these before? The language on the ticket is a little vague. Can I contest this once its fixed? Any guidance is helpful. Thanks.

  • Daniel Kelber Living the Good Life in Bowmanville

    The ticket will be dismissed if you bring a receipt to court. I know because I used to prosecute traffic tickets for the City.

  • I'm sure you did, but just in case - did you read the fine print on the ticket relating to the cited charge? Some 'fixable' citations specify how to have the ticket negated provided the problem is remedied. The courts don't want dockets crowded with cases that have no need to be there; this may be one, especially since as I understand it the light wasn't already burned out.

16 hours ago

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17 hours ago

Looking for apartment in Lincoln Square

Hello, We are looking for an apartment in Lincoln Square. Preferred move in date of April/May. We both work full time. We do have two very friendly cats. We are looking for a 1-2 bedroom apartment. We would like the apartment to be updated. Outdoor space would be a plus. We would prefer to rent directly from the owners. Please e-mail lincolnsquareapt502@gmail.com with square footage and price. Thank you!

36 hours ago

Updated 17 hours ago

House/apartment cleaner

Hi neighbors!

Does anyone know of a cleaning service or independent person that they could recommend?

Thanks in advance!

24 hours ago

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5 days ago

Updated 29 hours ago

Still Time to Vote

The polls are open until 7:00. If you haven't voted yet. Get over to your polling place and cast a ballot for Alderman Pawar.

  • MandaLeigh Here I Is.

    Kathy60618 has gone silent. While I'm no longer in your ward, I am with LauraLiz as to wondering why Pawar is so terrible. You guys are crazy-fortunate to have such a decent alderman.

  • Jack Lydon 47th Ward Democratic Committeeman

    It seems Kathy has gone dark. But that's okay. An alderman cannot please everyone. Kathy is entitled to her opinion; vulgar as it may be. Nevertheless, an interesting phenomenon has developed with the introduction of vote-by-mail--non-final election night results. Ald. Pawar's election night totals were 9,740 votes. However, since that...

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    It seems Kathy has gone dark. But that's okay. An alderman cannot please everyone. Kathy is entitled to her opinion; vulgar as it may be. Nevertheless, an interesting phenomenon has developed with the introduction of vote-by-mail--non-final election night results. Ald. Pawar's election night totals were 9,740 votes. However, since that time his vote total has grown to 9,844. His opponent's total has grown too, to 2,048. The percentages have changed, 82.78% to 17.22%. It may not be over for a while. The Board of Elections doesn't have to certify the election to the State Board of Elections for a while yet. The numbers are likely to change as the post office delivers ballots. But don't get your hopes up Kathy, there aren't 7,797 ballots still outstanding. Alderman Pawar has been re-elected.

31 hours ago

3 days ago

Updated 37 hours ago

Recommendation for kitchen cabinets / granite countertops / painter

Hi, I have seen a few posts recently about general contractors and rehab, and although those recommendations may be adequate for what I am looking for, I thought I would post with exactly what I want done and see if anyone has a recommendation. I am looking to have the kitchen cabinets refinished/repainted (from brown to white), have granite countertops replaced (most are basic pieces but there is a large island with a sink, outlets, etc), and have about 2400...

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Hi, I have seen a few posts recently about general contractors and rehab, and although those recommendations may be adequate for what I am looking for, I thought I would post with exactly what I want done and see if anyone has a recommendation. I am looking to have the kitchen cabinets refinished/repainted (from brown to white), have granite countertops replaced (most are basic pieces but there is a large island with a sink, outlets, etc), and have about 2400 sq. ft. painted. On this same note, I am curious if anyone has any opinions on whether refinishing/painting cabinets white is worth it or if it is just better to get all new cabinets? The cabinets are about 6 years old and in good shape, I just like white kitchens.

For the painting, I prefer someone that can do everything themselves, such as preparing the space (moving/covering furniture, taking TVs off the walls and putting back on, etc.).

Perhaps the painting and recommendation for the kitchen upgrades would be different people altogether? Or maybe the painting walls and cabinets would be same person and granite someone else?

  • For painters Lookswell does an excellent job. Not the cheapest, but worth the cost for a job well done

  • Granite is on its way out. Look at the new houses on the north shore.just a tip

40 hours ago

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43 hours ago

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

I know of a great apartment that is becoming available 4/1

I know of a beautiful apartment that is becoming available, the tenants are moving because they have just become homeowners.

  • LincSqSonny Lincoln Sq resident

    Me too... all of the above info...

  • If you all will just send me your email addresses i will send you pictures and info. Cant post here cause of advertisement rules. LiciaMacaluso@aol.com we are in the Mcpherson district

2 days ago

4 Neighborhood Places Where You Should Go Eat or Drink This Weekend

Rocks Northcenter, 4138 N. Lincoln Ave. and Rocks Lincoln Park, 3463 N. Broadway

This article has 4 other Chicago locations (Show)

Harry's Velvet Room, 1408 W. Webster Ave.

Frasca Pizzeria and Wine Bar, 3358 N. Paulina St.

Seven Lions, 130 S. Michigan Ave.

Rocks Northcenter, 4138 N. Lincoln Ave. and Rocks Lincoln Park, 3463 N. Broadway

2 days ago

2 days ago

This Rockstar Burger Has 4,520 Calories and Weighs 5 Pounds

He'd come to Rocks, 4138 N. Lincoln Ave., with the intent of consuming a base layer of food before a night of drinking, but on a dare from his friends wound up taking the Rockstar Challenge.

2 days ago

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6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Thoughts on Bad Dog being Gone?

What are the thoughts on Bad Dog Tavern being shuttered?

  • They were always understaffed for lunch on that patio. Only one server for a LOT of tables on weekdays. Also, their kitchen vent clearly hadn't been cleaned for a while and there was a grease stain about 8 feet long along the exterior wall facing the patio. Just gross.

  • Botkin Kinch: the knife-blade

    I got the worst food poisoning of my life from their ahi tuna tacos. It was a very memorable experience.

Feb 21

Updated 3 days ago

Shoveling Your Walk. Let Me Help With That...

Hello, neighbors.

While you may not use the public walkway everyday to get to and from work, most of us do. Even though my calves and balancing abilities are getting stronger, my patience has worn thin. Also, it is very dangerous for a walk to turn to ice even for the more agile folk of Ravenswood.

SO! I present an offer for the people of Ravenswood this:
Let me shovel your walkway for a small fee. Depending on the snow,...

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Hello, neighbors.

While you may not use the public walkway everyday to get to and from work, most of us do. Even though my calves and balancing abilities are getting stronger, my patience has worn thin. Also, it is very dangerous for a walk to turn to ice even for the more agile folk of Ravenswood.

SO! I present an offer for the people of Ravenswood this:
Let me shovel your walkway for a small fee. Depending on the snow, I will come to your house however many times.

My perimeters will be Damen & Lawrence - Oakley & Lawrence, Oakley & Wilson - Damen and Wilson. Depending on how much you hate shoveling and have yet to do so this year, I will come to your house, too.

What do you say?

  • I know Maggie I almost called you today. But I think my son is going to Shovel when he gets home.

  • SpamAlert Hates being spammed

    If you are still advertising your services, what is your standard hourly rate? Or "small fee," as you term it?

Feb 17

Updated 3 days ago

Newbie wants to know the necessity of 4WD/AWD?

I have three kids and I am trying to buy a family car possibly a mini Van. I am wondering if I need to buy a 4WD/AWD mini Van or will I be ok with a Front wheel drive/FWD mini Van?How important is AWD/4WD in the alleys in the north center area? My garage opens to an alley. I welcome your feedback.

  • Yes Shawn, I'm sure that the AWD and all-season tires contribute greatly to how well my Countryman handles in the snow/ice. So far I have not needed any assistance in getting out of my on-street parking spaces this season. I only recommend this car to people with no more than one child and it MUST have AWD!
    (I don't understand why anyone would buy an SUV/crossover without 4WD if they live in a snowy area.)

  • D R

    Also as an aside, as one of your key variables for your vehicle is the ability to fit three car seats across in the second row, take a look at the Combi Coccoro car seats. We have two in our sedan, with enough room between for an adult (sorry grandma) to sit in-between. We have placed a Britax inbetween as well.

    One of the Combi's selling points is that you can fit three of them across in a typical sedan.

    http://www.amazon.com/Combi-8220105A-Coccoro-Harness-Licorice/dp/B00IL5IN78

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Channels

I know, cable is terrible... But, has anyone in the area, with Comcast, had an issue with a couple HD channels not coming in? Is it a provider or equipment issue? The lost channels seem to be growing in number by the day, first it was ones like Cooking and DIY, now its also NBC and FOX.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

CAPS Meeting

Hello, I live in the Ravenswood/Lincoln Square neighborhood and for homework I have to attend a CAPS meeting so I am wondering when and where will the next one it take place? Thanks!

  • MJB ASNA member

    You can also check for meetings in the 20th district which is just north of 19.

  • We have a wonderfully involved neighbor that sends out updates from all of the meetings. This was in his last email: The next CAPS meeting for Beats 1911 and 1912 is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th (yes, St. Patrick's Day) 7:00 PM, at Kindred Hospital (2544 W Montrose Ave).

3 days ago

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Feb 12

Updated 3 days ago

Architect recommendation for duplex conversion

My family would like to convert our brick 2 flat into a single family home. Not a complete gut job, but extensive work to change function while maintaining the character of the building. Does anyone have a recommendation for an architect who has experience with this kind of work? Thanks in advance!!

Feb 22

Updated 4 days ago

World-class Montessori Preschool Coming Soon to Lincoln Square

Montessori Gifted Prep preschool provides a caring, comprehensive, high-quality Montessori education to children 6 weeks - 6 year old. Numerous unique services including extended hours of operation (6am - 8pm), personalized education, and ability to monitor your child during the day via internet. Come to our open house on March 28, 2015 at 10 am. We are located at 4754 N Leavitt St, Chicago, IL
RSVP at www.montessorigiftedprep.org

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    I never went to preschool and have my Master's :-)

    I former Chicago mom I know moved to the suburbs purely for this reason-the schools were not good here and Private was expensive. She lived in a good neighborhood where people had high incomes yet were enrolling them in the...

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    I never went to preschool and have my Master's :-)

    I former Chicago mom I know moved to the suburbs purely for this reason-the schools were not good here and Private was expensive. She lived in a good neighborhood where people had high incomes yet were enrolling them in the Chicago Park District preschool.

    My daughter's father begs to differ-he says does she even need to go to preschool?

    Parent Magazine has an issue dedicated to all the private school options pre-k to 12 and it is a big business alright.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Missing campaign signs

Someone took the two campaign signs off our front lawn as well as our neighbors, very odd.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Not odd, just standard Chicago politics

  • Who were the signs for?

  • Before or after the polls closed? If it was after, please let me know who the signs were for, I'm voting for him/her next time. I'm sick of all the campaign trash that candidates leave all over the neighborhood, especially outside polling places and around the el stops, and never bother to police up.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Any recommended local general contractors?

My husband and I are hoping to find a general contractor to assist us with minor renovations in a newly purchased home in Ravenswood. Any recommendations - especially direct experience with completed jobs, and descriptions - would be incredibly helpful! Thank you!

  • Slow Don't poke mama bear

    Forefront Construction, Inc has renovated several homes in the Northcenter/Lincoln Square area including our own. They do fantastic work and are meticulous in detail and cleanliness.
    Call Patrick at 312-404-2895.

  • Marcin Talaga Realtor/General Contractor

    Interview a couple of contractors and see who you mesh best with. I'd love to take a look at the work if you'd like. Message me if you haven't found anyone.

Mar 31

Updated 4 days ago

Stolen Honda Wheels

Another Honda in the neighborhood has had their wheels stolen; this time on Wolcott at Ainslie. It happened to me a couple years ago. It took the guys just a couple of minutes to get all 4 tires and get out of there. Wheel locks are a must, especially if you drive a Honda!

  • ChicagoKen Concerned citizen

    I posted a story as well. Man, you would think the Police would be looking out for this. We , fortunately , don't have to deal with violent crime like other areas. That being said, address what we do deal with over here. Property Crime!!!! We have to put the pressure on them. Might even be a good idea to make this an issue with our City council reps.

  • Ravens Yes.I can fix that.

    ChicagoKen. Your still of Charles Bronson is from the "Dirty Dozen"? Not to detract from your post. Please acknowledge.
    Thanks.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Campaign yard sign on parkway

So I'm a new member of the 40th ward after the redistricting (former 47th ward) and woke up this morning to find an O'Connor campaign yard sign on the corner parkway in front of my house. Now I don't own the parkway, but I do have to maintain it, and no one asked if they could place it there. I don't expect they'd remove it after the election either. I noticed the signs on other corner parkways as well.

  • Since my last post I was out for a walk so I decided to walk to St.Mathias where I voted and on the way I noticed where the O'connor signs were earlier are now gone and there are still daleiden campaign signs on the parkway it would be nice if her people who put them up remove them like oconnor's volunters did.

  • That's good to hear that some of them have been removed but volunteers should ask before putting them in the parkway in front of homes.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Butt of your joke?

While you may think it funny to deposit cigarette butts on someone's stoop, I find it tragic. Neither my wife nor I smoke and we don't appreciate the deposit of cigarette butts made on our front porch. Please kindly make a timely withdrawal. Oh, and an apology might be warranted on this one.

  • Teamharman Back from the sunny south

    Again, it was a specific act of someone (one of my wonderful neighbors) collecting butts and placing them on my stoop as if my wife and I were their long lost owners. I'm passive aggressively shaming them here as I don't know who the culprit(s) was/were. Neither my wife nor I smoke.

  • Oh, I miss understood. That's just wrong!

Feb 15

Updated 4 days ago

Any Salons Specializing in African American/Kids?

I am about have two foster kids living with me, both African American girls. I know it's going to take me awhile to get the hang of their hair and in the meantime, I may need to take them to a salon. Wondering if anyone has recommended salons that will braid children's hair. Prefer Northside, but I am not sure I can be particular. Thanks!

  • I don't know of any in the neighborhood (we live in Lincoln Square - I'm black and my husband is white and we have 2 little girls). I get my hair done at Van Cleef's in River North also Yehia in the South Loop area and I know they are good with all types of hair. Good luck!

  • There are quite a few in Rogers Park/Edgewater. I would Yelp it and see what you can come up with. If you are looking for styles other than braids I know a friend who likes Paul Mitchel Salons and I know that Cally's Curls and Company on Howard is good as well. I would also consult YouTube or search for blogs for advice! Good luck!

  • The Cradle in Evanston is offering a workshop on African-American Skin and Hair this Saturday.
    http://www.cradle.org/workshop-registration?nid=586

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Hello i live in Ls right off damen brown line Currently i have comcast high speed it is horrible su

internet suggestion comcast is horrible im doen need high speed I get better signal from neighbors but I paying for comcast fastest speed

  • Damian R Ravenswood Photographer

    Comcast IS a horrible company. That said, thier consumer internet service is the fastest around. If you aren't getting good speeds, there is a technical problem and you need to get them to fix it. I wish you the best of luck in your dealings with them. It can be...

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    Comcast IS a horrible company. That said, thier consumer internet service is the fastest around. If you aren't getting good speeds, there is a technical problem and you need to get them to fix it. I wish you the best of luck in your dealings with them. It can be very frustrating.

    BTW, the top tier service is 105Mb, fast enough for 10+ people to use simultaneously. Fast enough that one person would have a hard time using it all. If you're the only one using it, you're paying for a service level you can't even take advantage of.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Johnny Blue - now Sandunga?

Anyone know much about this switch?

  • LisaMV friendly Lincoln Square neighbor

    Although I guess June 2014 wasn't that long ago...

  • Gio V Lincoln Square - born and raised.

    I was curious to know the meaning of the new place's name, and found that Sandunga "is a traditional Mexican waltz and the unofficial anthem of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, in the state of Oaxaca." I guess now we know the theme of this new place!

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Donating magazines, any ideas?

We have several magazine subscriptions and are looking to donate many months worth rather than recycle them. Does anyone have any ideas of where we can donate them in our community?

  • Wendy Small-town living in the big city

    + 1 for Ravenswood Community Services. 1757 W. Wilson!

  • Also, the Lakeview YMCA takes donated magazines, I think.

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