1 hour ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Membership Question

I have been a member of a local health club now on and off for several years. I've had the dues deducted right out of my checking account and recently had to change the account # changed because of fraudulent activity but did not update my info with the club. Is it really right/fair or legal for a club to require 30 day notice to stop membership?? They told me a would need to come into the club and stop my membership. Isn't that a little ridiculous?

  • Jennifer do you have a copy of your contract? The contract should make reference to your obligations.

  • Every gym I have ever had a contract membership with has required either a certified letter or a visit to terminate the agreement at the end of the membership term. I'm surprised that yours requires only a 30 day notice.

  • No copy. I joined a long time ago.

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Aggressive driver in the neighbourhood threatening to beat people up...

Watch out for a mid 90's black 4 door Civic with a early 30's short blond haired caucasian who wears a pork pie hat. He threatened to beat up a resident in the neighbourhood because they gave him a thumbs up after he skidded to a stop almost hitting them while they were in the crosswalk.

  • Phil L. property owner/lincoln square

    A big BRAVO to you Dave for being a responsible cyclists, I do wish there where more of you.

    And ATG, I hear you loud and clear. I live near a school with a speed bump in front of my house; at 8:15 AM they start in a long procession...

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    A big BRAVO to you Dave for being a responsible cyclists, I do wish there where more of you.

    And ATG, I hear you loud and clear. I live near a school with a speed bump in front of my house; at 8:15 AM they start in a long procession to drop their kids off at school, speeding, hitting the bump, tail gating, talking on cell phones and tossing the trash into the street, and sliding through the stop sign. I sometimes wish I had a camera to photograph all of them.

    Happy holidays to you all.

  • Frank H 71 Prodigal Northcenter native, back after 10yrs away

    As much as I have defended cyclists, especially while cycling to work all summer, what I saw has changed my opinion of cyclists. The vast majority of cyclists stop either blocking the crosswalk or past it out in the street. Then there is the significant number of cyclist who blow...

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    As much as I have defended cyclists, especially while cycling to work all summer, what I saw has changed my opinion of cyclists. The vast majority of cyclists stop either blocking the crosswalk or past it out in the street. Then there is the significant number of cyclist who blow through stop signs or stop lights. On top of this, there is a lack of courtesy between cyclists. There are very few who alert fellow cyclists when passing. It is as if they all have become spoiled teenagers. Courtesy and rules of the road still need to be followed, but it was rare that I saw any of it this past summer.

Oct 29

Updated 4 hours ago

"Neighbor" in Distress

Guy rang our bell around 10 pm, introduced himself as our neighbor, and launched into a story, which boiled down to the fact that he couldn't get into his apartment on Oakley just north of Irving Park. Asked if there was a Home Depot nearby - then asked for a ride (didn't get one). Then asked for a ladder (didn't have one). Then asked if there were any police or firemen on the block (I told him there were, but...

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Guy rang our bell around 10 pm, introduced himself as our neighbor, and launched into a story, which boiled down to the fact that he couldn't get into his apartment on Oakley just north of Irving Park. Asked if there was a Home Depot nearby - then asked for a ride (didn't get one). Then asked for a ladder (didn't have one). Then asked if there were any police or firemen on the block (I told him there were, but didn't know their houses). Then, finally, asked for cab fare (also denied).

I guess there's a chance this guy was on the up-and-up and having a really bad night, but this rings all kinds of warning bells for me. Anyone else encounter him?

  • So, the Home Depot/ locked out neighbor guy was just at my door. Has anyone experienced any trouble/ burglary afterward?

    Rang the bell twice and jiggled my doorhandle. I waited a minute before answering so he was on his way down my steps when I opened the door. Same shpeel....

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    So, the Home Depot/ locked out neighbor guy was just at my door. Has anyone experienced any trouble/ burglary afterward?

    Rang the bell twice and jiggled my doorhandle. I waited a minute before answering so he was on his way down my steps when I opened the door. Same shpeel. Locked out, do i know if a Home depot or locksmith is in the area. I was a bit standoff-ish, so he couldn't get away from me quickly enough and didn't ask for any $$. Same description, white, about 6' tall, maybe 50 years old. Wearing black leather jacket.

    Had the police drive by after the incident just because it felt like things would have gone differently if my wife answered the door.

    I'm in Lakeview at Melrose/Racine, so he appears to be straying from North Center. Would love to hear about any further incidents.

  • CJL ...

    Not *quite* related, but the "Lambs' Farm" scammer(s) are out again collecting "donations" (in connection with Tribune "subscriptions").

    Remember--Lambs Farm does not actually do door to door fundraising. See: http://edgevillebuzz.com/news/beware-of-scam

41 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

New yoga studio on Damen north of Lawrence

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

  • Ksenia Alexandra Ravenswood yuppie.

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

    Alex

31 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Peoples Gas Signage Added After Cars Parked

At 9:30 am, I witnessed People Gas add signs to the trees in front of our business showing no parking from today (12/17) beginning at 7 am until 4 pm and ending on 12/31. Thanks for the notice, but the cars that have been parked there already better not get tickets since they just put the signs up and the cars were there earlier. I don't know the owners of these cars or I would give them a heads up. Just not right.

  • This has happened half a dozen times on our block, as cute old houses get torn down and McMansions replace them. Oftentimes, as the reader above says, they never even show, and when this happens, residents park there anyway, with no repercussions.

  • A to Z Auto Service, Inc. Male & Female Co-Owners of Auto Repair Shop

    Just in case and to support anyone towed/ticketed, I also notified Ald. Pawar's office yesterday at the same time I posted on here. Signs still up this morning but no sign of anyone....

Dec 11

Updated 7 hours ago

Ilegal fire plug parking

We have a off duty Chicago cop who uses the fire plug spot as his private parking for the past 4 months NEVER GETS A TICKET like anyone else !!!!! serve and protect each other !! on the 2700 w, Gigddings block Alderman said 2 months ago it will be solved
never happened!

  • Nk

    @NancyMcGarry we can be concerned about all crimes, big and small. Being concerned about this does not preclude being concerned about other issues.

  • Nancy McGarry Eager to learn about the neighborhood

    @NK This is true, but this is a parking violation and although it is wrong, when you read the posts, they really seem to be OVER reactions in my opinion, for a parking violation.

2 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Programs to help foster kids in college

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

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

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

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

8 hours ago

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39 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Any recommendations for post-construction cleaning service

Can anyone recommend a good, reasonable cleaning service that they've used to do a post-construction cleaning of their home? I'm interested in having my 2 flat cleaned after some major renos. Thanks in advance!

19 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Elliott & Associates Fraud Attorney Review: Hur fastighetsskatt beraknas

Om du äger ett hus eller någon del av fastigheter, finns chansen, du kommer att göra med fastighetsskatt vid ett tillfälle. Men om du är som de flesta människor, du tenderar att betala vad som ingår i skatteutgifterna inte veta att det kunde bli dyrt. För en snabbkurs om grunderna i hur fastighetsskatt beräknas, bara läsa på här eller gå till Elliott & Associates fastighetsskatt advokat recension.

  • tk lincoln square family

    Where do I send my money?

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6 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Where are you, Santa?

I'm looking for a place/event in the neighborhood (Andersonville/Ravenswood/Lincoln Square area) to find a Santa Claus to take a photo with for a family Christmas card.

Does anybody know of an upcoming shop or event where he'll be making an appearance?

Thanks in advance for being the best, and Merry Christmas!

2 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Weapon Found

Email from a friend that lives on Oakley/Berteau...

"From a friend that lives on Oakley/Berteau...

Hi neighbors -
I just wanted to send an email out to my Oakley neighbors to let you know we found this loaded gun in our yard yesterday. The cops came and said they think it was probably just someone ditching it and we were the random target."

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3 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Where to donate kids' gifts?

We're collecting gifts from our neighbors to give to an organization who will distribute them to needy kids. Does anyone have suggestions for a dependable grassroots/local organization?

47 hours ago

SV TCL & Associates Probe Company and Associates Product Review

SV TCL and Associates manufactures some of the latest technology used in very popular products. Although the firm's name is not as popular as these products, the quality of the end-products utilizing these high-tech components owes much from the meticulous process and excellent care that go into their production.

Here are some of the products SV TCL manufactures in its many locations worldwide:

Water Level Chip Scale Package – Because of its small size and its use in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS gadgets, this product has become increasingly in demand. WLCSP, likewise, is very cost effective owing to a simplified production process which does not require a final, package test procedure as often done in other processes.

6 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

Broken Window LA Fitness

It looks
Like a gunshot hole and the whole front window is broken On Lawrence next to Mariano's.

  • JM

    This post is from Thursday last week, KillaB
    The window has been repaired

  • KillaB That girl.

    My bad. Saw it on the weekly rundown email.

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Clothes will be liberated on Saturday!

An update on my clothes that were trapped at the dry cleaners (Western Cleaner at 4640 North Western Avenue )...the store was still closed last night but there is finally a sign saying they would be open from 9am to 4pm on Saturday. If your clothes are trapped, don't miss this opportunity!

  • Holly, in Lincoln Square Global Explorers Kids Director

    My dad finally got his clothes back the other day. He was lucky that he saw someone inside and knocked on the window. The lady told him that they lost their lease because rent was raised too much. They are moving the store to Skokie. It looked like she was posting a sign with her number on it so customers could reach her to make plans to pick up their clothes. Is that the number you have?

  • Sejal in Lincoln Sq Obnoxious lover of the Northside

    Thanks, Holly. That was the number we used on Saturday. Still no answer. Glad your dad got his clothes back. I hope we can get ours.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Accident at Irving and Bell?

NPR reported this morning an accident involving a pedestrian at Irving Park and Bell. Does anyone know anything?

  • I heard the same thing; they said car vs pedestrian. I was driving north on Western at the time. As I crossed Irving, there was no sign of emergency vehicle activity on Irving, so it must have been on Bell. There are a number of elementary schools over there and often parents and kids walking at that time of day. Hope everyone is ok.

  • I live right there. I get so annoyed at how fast some people turning off Irving drive down Bell. There are a lot of pedestrians on this block, including young kids. I hope everyone is OK.

  • CJL ...

    Really bad at dropoff and pickup with the non-walking St Bens' parents. Notwithstanding that it's mostly "their" kids walking there.

Dec 09

Updated 2 days ago

Cleaning service maid recommendations?

Hi! We're looking for a great and reliable cleaning service around Lincoln Square a couple of times a month. There are older threads on EB but many numbers are no longer working. Anyone have a great recommendation? TIA!

  • Grace Housekeeper

    I have many years of experience and many long time clients who would gladly provide referrals. I can provide you with a free estimate at your preferred date and time. Please feel free to call me 773-858-0926. Look forward to hearing from you!

  • Grace currently cleans our home in Lincoln Square. Happy to answer any questions you may have. PM me. Definitely recommend calling her. You won't regret it.

Sep 03

Updated 2 days ago

Chester is still missing

My orange tabby, Chester, is still missing. He's an 8-year old orange tabby with white markings (underbelly & paws). Last seen on August 9th near Hamilton & Argyle but after 3 weeks, he can be anywhere by now. I greatly appreciate all the calls\texts with possible sightings that I've received so far. Please continue to keep an eye out for him.

Dec 08

Updated 2 days ago

Festive bars in Lincoln Square/Ravenswood/North Center?

I have family coming in town the week of Christmas and would love to take them to a fun, festive bar in the neighborhood. What bars can anyone think of that are decked out for Christmas? I'm sure they all have lights up but I'm hoping for something maybe even over the top. And I'm asking for those areas specifically so that we can walk there. Thanks!

  • not a bar but the house on logan just east of california will blow u away with its decorations. Also stopped at the orbit room for a drink after before on 2959 california Froehliche Weichnachten. Buon Natale Merry xmas p.s second Auggies. house on logan was also mentioned on WXRT on lins bin.

  • Grafton is nice, but if your party includes children I'd avoid Red Lion, as the service is extremely slow. If they are busy, be prepared to wait an hour or more for your food. They try hard, and are very nice, but it is simply a very poorly run restaurant. Other than the fish and chips, it's all rather bland food. Marie's is a spectacle at Christmas, not to be missed.

2 days ago

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Dec 10

Updated 2 days ago

Dishwasher Recommendations?

We have a regular size built in dishwasher recommended by Consumer Reports and it has never been good. Now it's unbearable. No hot water, hook up or functioning issues, this thing just leaves glassware dirtier than when they go in. I've even tried washing glasses fully rinsed without any other dishes. They come out with gross stuff inside. The dishwasher is 5 years old. I can't take it anymore. Who loves their dishwasher? I hate to spend a fortune as...

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We have a regular size built in dishwasher recommended by Consumer Reports and it has never been good. Now it's unbearable. No hot water, hook up or functioning issues, this thing just leaves glassware dirtier than when they go in. I've even tried washing glasses fully rinsed without any other dishes. They come out with gross stuff inside. The dishwasher is 5 years old. I can't take it anymore. Who loves their dishwasher? I hate to spend a fortune as we will only be here for 2 more years before a job transfer but it's just awful. Has anyone tried a countertop dishwasher? I have plenty of space for one and wad thinking of using it just for glassware since our dishes seem to come out clean.....

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    You can use white vinegar instead of the rinse aid

  • John P Manufacturer Ravenswood

    It's hard water build up, buy some citric acid dishwasher cleaner, it works well.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Landscape architect / designer

Although we haven't yet hit Christmas, i'm starting to do some research for a landscape designer to so we can start work on redoing our yard at the first sign of spring. While I've done some research online, I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations of companies you've used int he past? We don't plan on doing anything over the top, but want to make the front of our city home look great, and likely replace the side half lot (~12 ft wide) that runs the full length of our home. Oh, and keeping the price reasonable would help too:) Any suggestions?

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Missing keys

I lost my keys somewhere between Leland/leavitt, costello's and flirty cupcakes. Identifiers are a Galter tag and a Toyota key fab. Has anyone seen them?

  • Hi Jill, I just replied to your email telling you where to find them. They're safe until you swing by at your convenience. I'm glad we're able to help reunite you with them, my husband said that when he saw the person put them in the shrink wrap he thought...

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    Hi Jill, I just replied to your email telling you where to find them. They're safe until you swing by at your convenience. I'm glad we're able to help reunite you with them, my husband said that when he saw the person put them in the shrink wrap he thought two things: 1) no one is ever going to find them, and 2) if someone does see them hopefully it's the owner because someone could just walk down the block clicking at cars until they opened the right one, then they could drive to Idaho and start a potato farm and use the car to carry potatoes to market for the next 10 years until it breaks down and they abandon it on the side of the road where the local sheriff will find it and trace it back to you and you'd say, "Huh, I've missed you dear old Bessie, but why do you smell of potatoes?"

    Ok, so I may have extrapolated a little bit, but it could happen!

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    I love a story with a happy ending!

3 days ago

Lost iPhone5S near/on Western/Argyle/Claremont

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

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

Reward is being offered for its return.

Thanks,
Pete

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Looking for trustworthy cat sitter for the upcoming holiday.

I live in Ravenswood/ North Center area. I'm looking for a trustworthy cat sitting service that is affordable. Can anyone recommend any?

  • animal house on Lawrence east of California offer temporary housing 773-878-8002 think 15.00 per day.

  • Heather Albany Park resident, condo owner, cyclist

    I used Rover-Time near the Rockwell brown line stop.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Co Co Vietnamese Sandwiches Coming Soon at 1613-1615 W. Lawrence

Pretty excited to have a Vietnamese food option opening soon in the neighborhood. Here is to the hopes that Co Co will make the weekly Vietnamese food trip to Argyle history. They look days away from opening! Just West from Ashland on Lawrence.

  • There's already a Vietnamese sandwich shop on Lawrence next to Harvesttime. Delicious!

  • SC

    Great to have options- thanks for flagging. Anyone know who the owners are or what their background in the restaurant industry is just to help set expectations?

3 days ago

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Dec 06

Updated 3 days ago

Looking Electrician Recommendations

Looking for a reliable electrician who's worked with vintage buildings, preferably others in the Lincoln Square area. Building contraction 1927 with several updates through the years.

  • Helen Sobel Neighbor, Bowmanville & Realtor, Baird & Warner

    MWilson, I'm not sure what you are saying to me. Several people, including yourself, have posted an electrical contractor here from whom the original poster can choose. If I gave the impression that I don't recommend more than 1 contractor to my clients, I apologize, but you would also be mistaken as I always give several in case they don't have any (this post wasn't about me anyway). I stand by my recommendation as I'm sure you stand by yours. I'm happy to have more names now from this. 👍👍

  • mwilson near north plumber

    MIKE COLEMAN IS YOUR ELECTRICIAN FOR ALL ELECTRICAL ASPECTS
    1-773-290-4387

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Concealed carry class

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

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

  • david duggan President, South Lakeview Neighbors

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

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

3 days ago

Nov 22

Updated 4 days ago

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

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

Thanks!

  • AW Busy mom

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

  • mwilson near north plumber

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

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Subway on Lincoln, Damen, Irving Park CLOSED

I was driving by the Subway on North Lincoln today and noticed all the windows covered in paper and a "No Trespassing" sign on the door. Does anyone know if this is a remodel or if they are permanently closed or moving? The exterior building signage is still in place, but otherwise it is looking deserted.

  • The owner died, young guy not sure how. There was an eviction notice on the door.

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    Oh no! That was a good subway since I could walk there from work

  • RT Here

    Hopefully another crappy franchise doesn't open there.......

5 days ago

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Dear Everyblock: I'm out of here if you don't get the spam under control.

The spammers have figured out that Everyblock is not serious about stopping spam before it happens and have moved on from their Swedish and Finnish gobbledygook and begun posting in English. My daily digest now contains at least two of these posts every day.

Pinking and muting will not solve the problem. Reporting every post using the "Feedback and support" box is a hassle that I've given up on trying to make work. The only way to stop this spam is preemptively, by using expert-system spam filters like Gmail does.

I'm not sure how much Comcast paid to acquire this service, but if this laziness in confronting spam persists, it's going to end up destroying its investment.

  • rkp

    Agree that spam control could be better. Kathy in North Center, hope you are just having a bad day.

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

    I think I might not mind so much if my bothering to mark the spam as Unneighborly actually had the effect of having the moderators remove it. I mean, they shouldn't even have to open up the thread with the foreign language titles to figure those out. But recently they've not even been bothering to get rid of that spam at all. Not much point in being a good citizen is there? Talk about no respect for your users!

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