Oct 07

Updated 2 min ago

Ladybug & Friends day care reviews

Any parent reviews of this daycare out there? They are relatively new so nothing on yelp yet. I liked it when I toured but had some concerns about the food for older kids--is there a good variety? Looking to enroll my 2 year old and newborn. Thanks!

  • ellen Ravenswood rehabber

    Our son attended Ladybug from shortly after they opened in February until he started a new preschool this fall. We were happy with Ladybug and had good communication with the staff. It was clean and organized. The food seemed well planned. Actually, he received a breakfast in the morning, which...

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    Our son attended Ladybug from shortly after they opened in February until he started a new preschool this fall. We were happy with Ladybug and had good communication with the staff. It was clean and organized. The food seemed well planned. Actually, he received a breakfast in the morning, which was not offered at some other places we have attended. I didn't have any problem with the wait list as we started when they opened, but I have been on wait lists for 4-5 other day cares in the area, and they all ranged from 9 months to a THREE YEAR wait, often with little communication and a hefty registration fee, so unfortunately that seems typical. With the addition of the new playground, this will be a very nice place for babies and toddlers, and I recommend it.

  • I am an ex-employee and could not be more dissatisfied with my employment there. I could probably go on for hours about all the problems I had while working there, but I will try to sum up some important points to truly illustrate why you are better off not sending...

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    I am an ex-employee and could not be more dissatisfied with my employment there. I could probably go on for hours about all the problems I had while working there, but I will try to sum up some important points to truly illustrate why you are better off not sending your children to this daycare. Also, I will add that I have 10 years experience working in the childcare and would honestly rate this as my worst experience.

    First of all, from an employee's standpoint, I find it completely unacceptable, not to mention illegal, that I was denied lunches and breaks on a regular basis as required by law. There are teachers working 10+ hour days whose only breaks are being spent in their classrooms in order to keep rooms in ratio. That leads to teacher burn out. And the reason you should care about this as a parent is that it worse care for your child.

    Secondly, I take issue with the fact that I was asked by my superiors to down play an incident or child's illness so as not to "inconvenience" or "upset" a parent. Again, this is unacceptable and unethical.

    The one good thing I can say about this place is that most of the classroom teachers are exceptional and hard working. The management, however, leaves something to be desired.

24 hours ago

Updated 13 min ago

Neglectful Nanny - Is Your Child Named Lily?

While at the Uptown Target today (around 1:10pm), I heard a child (screaming) crying for over 15 minutes. My friend and I were concerned, so we went over to see what was going on. A young girl named Lily, under the age of 2 and wearing a pink snow suit, was strapped into her stroller while her nanny ignored her unrelenting cries for help. Lily was tomato red in the face and was obviously in severe distress! Her older sister...

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While at the Uptown Target today (around 1:10pm), I heard a child (screaming) crying for over 15 minutes. My friend and I were concerned, so we went over to see what was going on. A young girl named Lily, under the age of 2 and wearing a pink snow suit, was strapped into her stroller while her nanny ignored her unrelenting cries for help. Lily was tomato red in the face and was obviously in severe distress! Her older sister (about 4 years old) was following along while the nanny shopped for clothes and makeup. After we went downstairs (10 minutes later), we heard that the child was still shrieking. At this point, I went up to the nanny and asked if the child was OK. She looked at me annoyed and said she "was either tired or hungry." The nanny continued shopping. A woman who also witnessed this came up to me (close to being in tears) after I said something and thanked me. She wanted to call the police. If this is your child, you should know that this nanny is neglectful and should not be caring for your children. I've attached photos of this nanny and the kids in case you are or know the parents. Please feel free to contact me if you need additional information. Thank you.

  • Joycey North Center Resident 8+ ys.

    I'm with you, Hanzo and mydogharryr. RogerP-your derogatory remarks toward mydogh are ridiculously insulting.
    1) As a Mom, I would want to know about this.
    2) How is this "publicity" any different than having your child's picture taken and put on the Tribune's front page with a caption stating your...

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    I'm with you, Hanzo and mydogharryr. RogerP-your derogatory remarks toward mydogh are ridiculously insulting.
    1) As a Mom, I would want to know about this.
    2) How is this "publicity" any different than having your child's picture taken and put on the Tribune's front page with a caption stating your child's name and location..."enjoying the waves at Montrose beach".... Yes, the press may ask your permission, but it's still going to be there and any psycho can go look for your child at Montrose beach..or any bball tournament...or graduation...where face and location are displayed. Even store security systems have their pictures.
    3)OP clearly meant no harm and clearly felt bad for this child. No matter what the circumstances, she was reaching out to the Mom or someone who knew this child. Everyone has heard a child crying, but obviously, this kid was apparently sounding really distressed.
    4) I would be pretty confident these kids are not going to be anywhere without an adult to watch them. Cameras are everywhere and social media is full of pictures of parks, sporting events, graduations, tournaments.

  • Aron Long tlme Lincoln sq home owner

    Enough already .Drop it .

18 min ago

Weekend preschooler playdate at park?

My 3-year-old daughter isn't in preschool yet and would love to make some new friends. Would anyone with preschool-aged children like to arrange a weekend playdate at a local park (e.g., Welles)?

5 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Carpet to give away

We have a LIKE NEW 9' X 12' carpet, Oatmeal in color, to give to anyone who will pick-up. I have just purchased a new living room carpet and need to dispose of this one. It was purchase about 3 years ago and it is very clean. We do not have animals so it does not have animal hair or urine stains. It is a synthetic fabric and plush texture. There is no charge. Also, if you know of anyone and anywhere we can donate it that would be helpful too. Please let us now ASAP.

  • I would love to take it! I teach in little village and it would be a great addition to my classroom :) message me your info and can come get it. Thank you!

2 hours ago

The politics of development

A new Lou Malnati's Pizzeria rises at 4344 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60618 in the North Center neighborhood. Steady churn of major restaurant, retail, apartment...

2 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Anyone know a good body shop?

Someone slid into my car, slightly cracking the bumper and busting the headlight. It's a kinda old car, so I'd like to just get the bumper secured but not fully replaced.

Anyone know a good body shop that probably wouldn't insist on completely replacing the bumper?

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Michael Keeley Cornerstone Research Economic and Financial Consulting and Expert Testimony

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    How is this a message about a City service? SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM.....

13 hours ago

The Koyal Group Private Training Services: Tips on choosing an insurance agent

It is important to choose a good insurance agent as this person will not only assist you in finding insurance solutions but also help you have an enjoyable insurance experience. Keep in mind that your relationship with your family and an insurance company that you rely on is a long- term one and will exceed your lifespan. An insurance agent serves as a mediator that represents you before an insurance company and represents an insurance company in front of you....

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It is important to choose a good insurance agent as this person will not only assist you in finding insurance solutions but also help you have an enjoyable insurance experience. Keep in mind that your relationship with your family and an insurance company that you rely on is a long- term one and will exceed your lifespan. An insurance agent serves as a mediator that represents you before an insurance company and represents an insurance company in front of you.

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Integrity is the most important thing of all. Many features of an insurance policy are complex and not all of them are important. Many agents recommend products with no clear reason but to gain higher commission. Many insurance agents also apply the “hit and run” tactic by sealing a deal with no after sales service.

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If you are highly pressed to buy a product as quickly as possible, move to another agent. One of the best ways of getting an agent is by asking for recommendations from friends, family members, colleagues or other professionals whom you cooperate with (tax consultants, bankers, notaries, etc). If an agent approaches you, check their records.

2 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Anyone moving soon?

Girlfriend and I just moved into a place about 600 sq. ft. smaller than our previous apartment and need to get rid of all or most of our storage tubs. All different sizes. Just no where to store them.

Not looking for money or anything. Just comment and we can figure it out. Thanks!

  • I'm assuming most - if not all - have been claimed, but if any of you folks would like to pass them on again after an upcoming move, we'd gladly take them off your hands. :)

  • All gone, folks. Thanks and sorry!

Feb 23

Updated 25 hours ago

Thoughts on Bad Dog being Gone?

What are the thoughts on Bad Dog Tavern being shuttered?

  • 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.

  • Whoa nelly! Eating raw fish from a burger and fries bar? If you did that before I think you were really lucky.

3 days ago

Updated 25 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!

44 hours ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Download file from an old DVD

I have two DVDs that contain commercials I appeared in and I don't have the proper software to download them so I can add them to my video demo. Anyone out there who can do this or knows someone who can? I will, of course, pay for the service.

  • Casper at Custom Audio. He can do all sorts of electronic stuff 7735072530

  • Rob S. Albany Park resident, condo owner. Dog owner.

    Yes, try Handbrake. You can import the DVD's Video_TS/Audio_TS folders and then choose what format and quality you'd like to convert it to. Then you can import the converted file into iMovie.

5 days ago

Updated 27 hours 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.

  • Can you tell me a little about the apartment... number of bedrooms, rent, what is included etc. Thanks email is remark1996@gmail.com.

  • Hi There! My fiancé and I are going to be looking for something. Please email me at nicolepitchforkchicago@gmail.com. Thanks so much and have a great day!

2 days ago

Updated 29 hours ago

Gently used toys

Any suggestions where to donate gently used toys? I would like to give to needy families. Please let me know. Thanks.

  • kvee California and irving park resident

    2733 W. Lawrence Lincoln square friendship center

  • The Center on Halsted could really use some nicer toys for the playroom.
    3656 N Halsted, 773.472.6469.

  • PinkSister Happy in LincolnSq

    Women's shelters

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Updated 31 hours ago

used cell phone sprint flip phone

I'm looking for an old sprint cell phone to activate

  • Hammerman @ Lincoln Square Hammerman of Lincoln Square Tree House Builder

    If anyone out there has a Sprint phone that you are not using please call Dan Miller 773-425-0223
    Thank You

Feb 25

Updated 31 hours 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.

  • JCVD Live in Ravenswood Gardens

    I had the exact same issue, and it turned out that squirrels had eaten through the cable at the box on the pole. I've heard it's pretty common, apparently he like the insulation.

  • gotta love those squirrels :-)

3 days ago

Updated 40 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!

4 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

House/apartment cleaner

Hi neighbors!

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

Thanks in advance!

44 hours ago

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Updated 47 hours ago

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Bankruptcy and Financial Distress Litigation Clients have retained Cornerstone Research in matters involving fraudulent conveyance and preferential transfer, valuation of distressed firms and their securities and assets, securities fraud, ERISA, lender and auditor liability, change of control, and piercing the corporate veil, among other complex topics.

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6 days ago

Updated 2 days 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?

3 days ago

Updated 2 days 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!

  • 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.

  • If any boxes still available, I would be interested.

2 days ago

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2 days 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

2 days ago

Nov 25

Updated 3 days 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.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days 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.

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Feb 24

Updated 3 days 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.

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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

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

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

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