Jun 05

Updated 1 hour ago

Is there any non-permit parking close to the Ravenswood Metra?

How do commuters park around that station? Any insights appreciated.

  • That area is technically covered by the "Ravenswood" EB area, but for good answers I think you should re-post this under Lincoln Square or Andersonville. Of course, it's also possible that Metra-parkers don't want to give up their secret parking spots!

  • Hello Neighborgal. I work next to the Metra station, and as far as non-permit spots, I know the first side street, Ainslie (going north) and the one after it, Argyle don't have permits...from what I remember. Not sure if they added signs. Just drive through there early on a weekday and see what you can find.

1 hour ago

Updated 1 hour ago

NE corner Wolcott/Sunnyside - please trim plants, too tall!

I have witnessed and been a part of multiple near accidents at this intersection, just in the last week. If you are responsible for the (admittedly beautiful) plantings at the NE corner parkway of Wolcott and Sunnyside, can you please trim them down? In a low car (not an SUV) it's really difficult to see cars traveling in the opposite direction. It's dangerous. And the plants just keep getting taller.

If whoever planted those doesn't trim them, I'll put in a request for the city to do it. It's a dangerous situation. Thanks for your attention to this, whoever you are.

  • I should add that this situation is equally dangerous for pedestrians.

2 hours ago

Carpenter??

Wondering if anyone knows of a good carpenter in the area. I would like to have my front porch landing and stairs redone - replace painted boards with stained wood on treads and repaint.

7 hours ago

Thoughts on the reform alderman?

Here's the list of alderman calling for hearings on red light cameras from Trib Breaking News yesterday:

In addition to Waugespack and Transportation Committee Chairman Anthony Beale, 9th, other aldermen signing the resolution were Robert Fioretti, 2nd, John Arena, 45th, Brendan Reilly, 42nd, Timothy Cullerton, 38th, Lona Lane 18th, Toni Foulkes, 15th, Emma Mitts, 37th, Nicholas Sposato, 36th, Ray Suarez, 31st, Ricardo Munoz, 22nd, Roderick Sawyer, 6th, Leslie Hairston, 5th, Carrie Austin, 34th, Walter Burnett Jr., 27th, Roberto Maldonado, 26th,...

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Here's the list of alderman calling for hearings on red light cameras from Trib Breaking News yesterday:

In addition to Waugespack and Transportation Committee Chairman Anthony Beale, 9th, other aldermen signing the resolution were Robert Fioretti, 2nd, John Arena, 45th, Brendan Reilly, 42nd, Timothy Cullerton, 38th, Lona Lane 18th, Toni Foulkes, 15th, Emma Mitts, 37th, Nicholas Sposato, 36th, Ray Suarez, 31st, Ricardo Munoz, 22nd, Roderick Sawyer, 6th, Leslie Hairston, 5th, Carrie Austin, 34th, Walter Burnett Jr., 27th, Roberto Maldonado, 26th, Thomas Tunney, 44th, Michelle Smith, 43rd.

Here's a list of alderman voting against giving oversight of campaign finances to the city's "Board of Ethics" rather than giving this power to Legislative Inspector Faisal Khan: Bob Fioretti, 2nd; Leslie Hairston, 5th; Scott Waguespack, 32nd; Nicholas Sposato, 36th; Brendan Reilly, 42nd; and John Arena, 45th. (As an aside, BOE doesn't want the job and can't handle it (see http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-city-council-showdown-on-watchdog-power-looms-20140729,0,5283678.story).

Whose name is missing? Ameya Pawar's. I am no longer surprised to find him aligned with the rubber stampers, but sure would be curious to understand the reasoning behind his turnaround.

Mar 10

Updated 7 hours ago

Outdoor Stair Climbing Locations

Greetings
I'm looking for locations near Ravenswood to climb stairs out of doors. The local high school stadiums lock their entrances and I'd prefer to avoid hills, at least until the ground dries up. Any suggestions?
Thank you

  • I'll cheer you on Brittany. That is some hardcore stuff right there!!

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

    There is also the Paulina Station secondary stairs just east of Paulina. The station is higher than most because it has to clear the Metra tracks to the west.

    Farther afield, there is Mt Trashmore in James Park in Evanston between Oakton, Dodge, and McCormick. We used to run up there on our high school cross-country runs. It is probably the steepest and tallest hill around.

May 01

Updated 8 hours ago

  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    This place seems to have finally opened! Some reviews have appeared on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/eats-and-sweets-cafe-chicago-2. Has anyone gone in to try it out?

  • Yes, we enjoyed it and have been back again (easy since is so close). I don't know that I saw chicken pot pie Feihong but they have duck & waffles sandwich. I have not yet had savory food, just breakfast & baked goods. They seem to have more non-bakery options...

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    Yes, we enjoyed it and have been back again (easy since is so close). I don't know that I saw chicken pot pie Feihong but they have duck & waffles sandwich. I have not yet had savory food, just breakfast & baked goods. They seem to have more non-bakery options than Angel Food but fewer bakery items. I read the Yelp reviews and probably pretty fair, is fine but seems a little disorganized still (they didn't have a box the right size to fit my baked good order and it wasn't a matter of running out of it. But I have noticed some changes as they've gone along so maybe they're taking feedback into consideration.

33 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

guy with mask at health club

I keep seeing this guy wearing some sort of gas mask while working out at the new(er) LA Fitness near Ravenswood Station. Anyone know what gives? I'd ask him myself, but I'm afraid he'll get ticked off and hit me. He's kinda scarey looking to begin with.
It's really freaking me out.

  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    Maybe you could ask him to get a mask with a less threatening color. The default black color does make the wearer look rather Bane-y. But they sell the mask in other colors as well. Perhaps blue, green, or, dare I say, bright pink?

  • Jessi J NOH, my other car is a lotus blossom.

    I just got back from a vacation in the Colorado Rockies. We went up to almost 13k feet. It was such a ridiculous feat hiking up there. I read up on acclimation last week. Being at a higher elevation increases red blood cells, so the body gets more oxygen at...

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    I just got back from a vacation in the Colorado Rockies. We went up to almost 13k feet. It was such a ridiculous feat hiking up there. I read up on acclimation last week. Being at a higher elevation increases red blood cells, so the body gets more oxygen at a quicker pace. This is super helpful for the times when the person is not elevated or in the mask, because having more oxygen PLUS extra red blood cells gives the body a major boost when working out. I started a regime last week to take advantage of my acclimatization, and it made circuit training a breeze! I had been wondering how athletes could take advantage without getting out to the mountains...

Jul 23

Updated 9 hours ago

Child care

Hi. We are amicably parting ways with our part-time nanny of almost 3 years. Is anyone looking for child care? If you are interested please contact me and I will provide more information.

  • Beth in Lincoln Square Lincoln Square Newbie

    Hi Benza - We aren't necessarily looking for part time child care. We are keeping our eyes out for a good nanny or nanny share at this point.

  • Fletcher Brehler Next chapter in IL

    Hi,

    I may be interested..

    I have a 3 yr old and 6 month old, who are both in day care during the day, but due to work schedules, I am looking for help before/after, and on weekends..

    We live in Lakeview (irving park and lakeshore dr)..

    Would you nanny be interested in talking more?

    thanks
    Fletcher

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2 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Found dog near Sunnyside & Sacramento

The kind folks at Urban Pooch on Ravenswood have taken in a dog found near Sunnyside & Sacramento. Looks like a cattle dog mix, white with spots, dark ears. Check their fb page if you think you might know a dog like this. Let's get this pup back to his/her home!

27 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

USPS Message

I received a notice today from my mail carrier that due to a new policy our mailbox must be moved to the ground level? I'm wondering if anyone else received this. The notice seems fishy seeins as I don't see some mass exodus of folks moving their mailboxes off their houses. My gut is that she doesn't like our dog barking at her when she comes up the stairs. Now before everyone gets on that, the dog is enclosed in...

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I received a notice today from my mail carrier that due to a new policy our mailbox must be moved to the ground level? I'm wondering if anyone else received this. The notice seems fishy seeins as I don't see some mass exodus of folks moving their mailboxes off their houses. My gut is that she doesn't like our dog barking at her when she comes up the stairs. Now before everyone gets on that, the dog is enclosed in the house and has NO way of getting out, she's just barking in the window which is closed when we're away.The claim of "multiple stairs" is insane, since we have a 10 stair staricase like every other single family home in the neighboorhood. Any idea what to do about this or debunk this "policy?" I attached a photo of the notice.

  • GCV New to North Center

    Interesting. I live in North Center as well and have about the same amount of stairs to access our mailbox. I'll be on the lookout of a similar notice.

  • L

    It is B.S. There was another posting about the same thing a few weeks ago from Roscoe Village.

    Read this thread: http://chicago.everyblock.com/talk/apr21-mailbox-notices-6096814/

  • It's only supposed to be for new construction. Any new house is supposed to have their mailbox at the bottom of the stairs. But they don't really enforce it. Our mail carrier said he didn't care about walking up the stairs.

12 hours ago

movie

What movie are they filming in Lincoln Square this morning?

17 hours ago

3 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Does your Condo association require Criminal Background Checks for renters?

Our Condo association is 10 years old and we haven't been following our rules and regulations as closely as we would like. We now want to start enforcing some of the more important rules.
Our current Rules & Regulations require that renters must be subjected to a criminal background check. I am inclined to enforce the rule but would like to see how other associations are handling this. If your building does have a criminal background check, can you please provide information about general cost and process you use?

Thanks

FYI-Our building has 25 units total.

  • Preeti Ravenswood Superstar since 2003

    @Jeff, yes that is the main point of the article. Key to having such a rule (credit or criminal background on prospective tenant) is for the unit owner/landlord's benefit not the Association. But the unit owner/landlord can still lease to whomever he wants, including a criminal or person with a...

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    @Jeff, yes that is the main point of the article. Key to having such a rule (credit or criminal background on prospective tenant) is for the unit owner/landlord's benefit not the Association. But the unit owner/landlord can still lease to whomever he wants, including a criminal or person with a lower credit score. If the Association tries to reject that tenant, the unit owner can sue the Board and Association. Of course, one hopes a unit owner rents to a responsbile, credit worthy tenant since the unit owner has to continue paying assessments, property taxes and mortgage on the unit.

  • I know a good real estate attorney if you need one!

Mar 31

Updated 25 hours ago

Free Paper Shredding Events

I'm always looking for free shedding events because I'm gradually clearing out papers and files. If you hear of any, can you post them on this thread? We can keep this thread up on an ongoing basis to let people know as they come up.
I am looking for events on the North Side of Chicago and maybe Evanston, Skokie, etc.

Thanks!

3 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Washtanaw and Lawrence ave

Does anyone know what, if anything, can be done about the crosswalk signs that had been placed, but are gone now, at the crosswalks at the intersection of Washtanaw and Lawrence ave? The spring signs have been run over so many times, they fell off and had been thrown away. Peoe drive so crazy up and down there and I've already seen one person crossing get hit by a car!

  • David in Bowmanville 11 year Bowmanville resident.

    I often have to cross Foster at Hoyne to get to Winnemac park, and I can tell you its rare for someone to stop while crossing at the crosswalk. I find the signs do help but I would never just walk across and assume someone is going to stop for...

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    I often have to cross Foster at Hoyne to get to Winnemac park, and I can tell you its rare for someone to stop while crossing at the crosswalk. I find the signs do help but I would never just walk across and assume someone is going to stop for you. Even if the pedestrian is within the law to cross it doesn't do you much good when you're in the hospital with a broken pelvis or worse. Also, the police have done "stings" at various intersections and have to warn or ticket most drivers.

  • Joshua Your friendly neighborhood cynic...

    I gotta be honest, no matter how I came across before I usually stop when I come across one of these signs with someone standing next to it observing traffic and waiting to cross. However, when I come across a pedestrian who blindly plows into moving traffic with a defiant smirk on their face...I'm apt to hit the gas. Arrogance and stupidity aren't to be rewarded.

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Mar 08

Updated 34 hours ago

Car Always Parked Illegally Under Western Brown Line

There is a dark blue Chevy Volt with the license plate "BOXRBOY" that constantly illegally parks under the Western El tracks. There is even a "NO AUTOS" sign that the guy parks directly under. I see this car very frequently in this spot. Usually it is in the morning, but I also just saw it there tonight at around 6:30pm on 3/8. I happened to be walking by and saw three men get out of the car and walk to...

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There is a dark blue Chevy Volt with the license plate "BOXRBOY" that constantly illegally parks under the Western El tracks. There is even a "NO AUTOS" sign that the guy parks directly under. I see this car very frequently in this spot. Usually it is in the morning, but I also just saw it there tonight at around 6:30pm on 3/8. I happened to be walking by and saw three men get out of the car and walk to Garcia's restaurant as I was on my way to Fleet Feet. I am wondering who this person is, and why they have never been ticketed or towed. This is obviously not an emergency issue but is there somewhere to call to report this?

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    Man, I'm glad I wasn't around when the thread began. I would have committed a big faux pas. When CTA guy said, "The three guys you saw? One was my son and the other one was my life partner of 14 years. Why do[es] Don need to be stalking me and my WHIP." I thought the WHIP was a reference to his gay partner. Wow! That would have been awkward. But, you know, SpamAlert has a very limited skill set, so the confusion might be considered understandable.

  • painhertz butterknife ninja

    Hmmmm....CTA employees have "parking perks" when they're off duty? Wonder what OIG will say about that? There is no "official" policy for this. If you really want to complain about this and now that the nice person has identified himself as a CTA employee just call the Office of Inspector General and complain @866.814.1113. His license # should be on record.

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Jul 22

Updated 42 hours ago

Hit & Run - looking for car

I was hit by a car this morning. A nice bystander took down the plates, but the drive took off before help arrived. CPD ran the plates but did not find anything, I want to find this driver. The accident was near Ravenswoood and Berteau. I am looking for a white Mazda CX7 with TEXAS plates (similar to CS8 S061, but apparently that's incorrect). Please let me know if you see this car in your neigborhood.

  • I'm glad she has insurance, but hit and run--I hope the driver sees the inside of a jail cell. Glad you're recovering.

  • Kristin, were you on foot or on a bike?

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Dry cleaners

Howdy neighbors, recently moved into the neighborhood and, sorry to be cliche but, does anyone know a good dry cleaner? I didn't want to bother on EB, but we've read a bunch of mixed reviews online on different places, and we've tried two already which didn't perform well, i.e. one overpriced and one lost a shirt. Again, I apologize as I'm sure this is a thread that goes around every few months...

  • I'm interested in whether anyone has experience with any green cleaners? We had a environmentally friendly place when we lived in Roscoe Village but haven't been able to fine one near here. Thanks!

  • In these parts dry cleaners are like taco shops; everywhere and neither great nor overly good

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

North Center Pedicure Recommendations

Hi Can anyone recommend a place for a good pedicure in North Center or nearby?

Thank you

  • Mary F 18-year resident of Lincoln Square

    I second Sejour. The pedicures I've had there were meticulous and lasting. The atmosphere is lovely.

  • Salon Yves on Roscoe and Bell. 25 bucks.

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