6 days ago

Updated 3 min 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.

  • LStone, yes, I am very grateful for everyone's help. Except for the driver, every other passing car offered to help. Even after they saw I'd just waved someone else on because there was nothing I needed. I just wanted to let everyone know that the driver has been identified and she has insurance. So I will be able to make a claim against her insurance! And I am recovering well. Thank you all!

  • Io Octopus

    It looks like this ended up on just about every chicago bike forum as well. I'm glad it has been resolved.

20 hours ago

Updated 36 min 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...

  • Second H&M

  • I will third HM Cleaners on Western/Wilson. All dry cleaning is $2.99 and they are dependable (and very nice). ALterations have also been reasonably priced.

26 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

North Center Pedicure Recommendations

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

Thank you

  • Spa O on Lincoln near Wilson! I have only been there, never seen any reason to go anywhere else.

  • Sejour!!! On Irving Park near Oakley. Check out awesome yelp reviews.

  • 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.

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36 hours ago

Updated 1 hour 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!

  • Catbus Philosopher, Third-Class

    I did call 311 and file a complaint against a taxi driver who nearly ran me down while I was in a crosswalk.

    What amazes me is, have you ever been to Boston? Massachusetts drivers are the worst. They're maniacs. They speed, tailgate, weave, cut each other off, drive on...

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    I did call 311 and file a complaint against a taxi driver who nearly ran me down while I was in a crosswalk.

    What amazes me is, have you ever been to Boston? Massachusetts drivers are the worst. They're maniacs. They speed, tailgate, weave, cut each other off, drive on the shoulder, run red lights, you name it. But for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, they will STOP ON A DIME. Here in Illinois? No regard for pedestrians at all, and contempt for the signs telling them to show some.

    It's going to take a while for the culture here to change, but in the meantime, step out into that crosswalk, and make continuous, don't-mess-with-me eye contact with the driver of every oncoming vehicle. That's the only way.

  • No one stops for people in crosswalks without those signs. With them, it is not 100%, but it is improved. But, I do think those signs are confusing. Motorists often treat it as a stop sign, and it is not....unless pedestrians are present. Confusion about ones' duties at an inter...

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    No one stops for people in crosswalks without those signs. With them, it is not 100%, but it is improved. But, I do think those signs are confusing. Motorists often treat it as a stop sign, and it is not....unless pedestrians are present. Confusion about ones' duties at an inter section, cars and peds alike = crashes. Take it from me, liability claims adjuster. I would prefer the classic "Pedestrian Xing" sign that has flashing light/reflectors. I've seen these installed after fatal pedestrian accidents in other jurisdictions. They are more noticeable, less confusing and not liable to be run over.

22 hours ago

Updated 1 hour 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.

  • JP

    @Jairmy,
    Just curious, what was your friends crime? Sounds like a drug conviction? Is that the only arrest on their record?

  • Paul Thompson, LincolnSquareInsider Welles Park Baseball coach, Realtor.

    Preeti, did a great job of answering your question. I would suggest your condo association consult a real estate attorney before making an changes.

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Jul 21

Updated 21 hours ago

Latitude changed hands

So, a coworker of mine mentioned to me that the Latitude bar/restaurant has recently changed ownership. I guess it's in the process of going through a rebranding and will be run entirely differently then in the past. My coworker knows the owners of the new establishment and has said that they have a much better food menu and will have a very good beer selection over time.

Has anyone been there in the past few weeks? I had only been there once before and service wasn't very good. I'd be excited to hear things are better with the new owners.

  • Great to know!! my friends and I haven't gone there in years because it just kept getting worse it seemed. Hopefully they will do some advertising or something, because I don't think the change is really known yet.

  • Great to know. We'll try it out.

3 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Cars (and bikes) not stopping at stop signs in Ravenswood

I walk home from the Metra up to Foster Ave, usually on Wolcott. Seems like almost every day the cars in the area either do rolling stops, don't seem to stop at all, or take off when I'm halfway through the crosswalk. Also, bikes will blow through signs in this area as well, without even pausing - and the ones on sidewalks around blind corners have almost hit me on more than one occasion. Is there anything to be done?...

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I walk home from the Metra up to Foster Ave, usually on Wolcott. Seems like almost every day the cars in the area either do rolling stops, don't seem to stop at all, or take off when I'm halfway through the crosswalk. Also, bikes will blow through signs in this area as well, without even pausing - and the ones on sidewalks around blind corners have almost hit me on more than one occasion. Is there anything to be done? It doesn't seem like there is any police presence in the area, so it goes unnoticed. I don't like having to worry when I'm following the laws and being a safe pedestrian, that I'll be hit by a car or bike.

  • The new pedestrian "refuge" islands on Lawrence, complete with clear signage, are mainly ignored as well. Another great sting location if they want to hit a main road...

  • BerkeleyGirl Winnemac Park

    Brian, if only there were a camera filming the northern crosswalk across Dearborn at Randolph, between McD's and Petterino's. It's insane!!! Honestly, in all my years, I've never seen anything like it. People of all ages/races/genders walking against red lights like they're not even there. Considering that I strongly believe that there are far more reckless drivers than pedestrians, I want to yell at them: You're not helping!!!

    This thread is making me very frustrated that I can't make the CAPS meeting this Wednesday at Ravenswood Covenant Church.

2 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

The Last Pit Stop BBQ

Has anyone been yet? What were your experiences? Yelp seemed sort of mixed, would love to know if others have been there. I expected that they would have some bumps (everyone does when they first open), but that they should smooth out in time. I would love to see another restaurant in the neighborhood last!

  • My wife got the ribs which were fantastic and the coleslaw and sweet potato fries were great too. My brisket and mac and cheese much less so. We'd go back for the ribs though!

  • RoseRed 13 years in Chicago, 2 years in Lincoln Square

    I went a couple of days after they opened and hope they will improve with time. The boyfriend and I got the pulled pork sandwiches. The pork was clumpy and extremely dry and the sauce tasted like it was out of a bottle. I had the baked beans and they absolutely came from a can. The boyfriend got the sweet potato fries and they were soggy.
    The service was slow and confused.
    We'll be giving it a few months and will try it again before completely giving up!

6 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

How's the new Mediterranean restaurant on Wolcott/Montrose?

Looks like it's grand opening was yesterday...no reviews yet.

  • So things that exist: sucuk trash kabob. Pity the poor advertising firm that has to make THAT sound appealing. :-)

  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    Yeah, I feel like maybe they should spell it "sujuk" instead, which is closer to how the manager pronounced it (it's also how it's spelled on Wikipedia). If your eyesight isn't good, it looks almost looks like Jennifer ordered "suck trash kabob".

25 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Loud boom at 3am?

did anyone else hear the very loud noise in the alley on the 1800 block of West Warner last night. Maybe an M80? only saw smoke.

  • We definitely heard it on Wolcott. Woke us both up. It sounded very close to our place whatever it was.

  • Stephen Boisvert Lakeview pedestrian

    I heard it at Broadway and Barry.

  • I thought it was a tire blowout because I saw an idling SUV outside after the noise woke me up. Could have been unrelated though!

36 hours ago

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Jul 19

Updated 42 hours ago

Great cook and good with kids needs room to rent

Looking to rent a room near my job in Ravenswood (or on L/bus lines to get me there). It is a small entrepreneurial company who helps nonprofits with digital marketing, so money is still tight and can only afford to pay up to $450. I'm quiet, easy going and happy to contribute in other ways:

* Am a great cook--healthy and tasty meals usually--but can also make the "comfort foods" we all love too.

* Some child care--as the eldest...

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Looking to rent a room near my job in Ravenswood (or on L/bus lines to get me there). It is a small entrepreneurial company who helps nonprofits with digital marketing, so money is still tight and can only afford to pay up to $450. I'm quiet, easy going and happy to contribute in other ways:

* Am a great cook--healthy and tasty meals usually--but can also make the "comfort foods" we all love too.

* Some child care--as the eldest of 7, helped raise my younger siblings, plus recently I've taken care of my friends' kids when they've gone out for the evening & when they've gone to Europe for 2 weeks. Can provide references

* Have 20+ years in sales & marketing, so if you need some help with marketing your business--or just need someone to type your manuscript--happy to help.

* Some personal care assistance--worked in a hospital many years ago plus experience working with family members who have challenges (my 25 year old niece was born with a neural tube disorder and my aunt had ALS)--so could provide some assistance to you.

I'm a nonsmoker and I don't drink (food allergy). My cat is quiet and shy--and we are looking to move by August 1st. Look forward to meeting you!

  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    Catherine, you still haven't turned on the personal message function. To turn it on, you need to go to the top right dropdown with your username on it, and select "Manage your account settings", then "Email", and finally check the box that reads "Allow logged-in EveryBlock users to email you via your public profile page".

  • Catherine Dennis Artistic and Professional--with a Cat

    Feihong,

    Thank you for alerting me! I thought I had enabled that but obviously hadn't. Appreciate all that you do to keep us functioning! :-)

    All the best,

    Cassie

2 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Advice Needed: Amending Building Rules

Hi - I live in a multi-family building and am working on some rule changes to propose to the board. I have a few questions and am hoping to get thoughts from others:

1) Do you have restrictions on renters and if so what kind of wording do you use?

2) Do you have restrictions on personal items in common areas (ie using those areas as storage areas)? If so, what kind of wording do you use?

3) To make any new rules enforceable do you have to add them to the building declaration or can you just amend the association rules?

Thanks!

  • Fast Freddy Grace and Leavitt

    Grab your condo declaration and read through it. Restrictions on personal items are most likely addressed in a basic way.
    Changing or adding a rule for something like capping the number of rentals is trickier. You will need 75%-80% of the unit ownership to vote for the change. The percentage...

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    Grab your condo declaration and read through it. Restrictions on personal items are most likely addressed in a basic way.
    Changing or adding a rule for something like capping the number of rentals is trickier. You will need 75%-80% of the unit ownership to vote for the change. The percentage required is stipulated in the Condo Declaration. Be aware that once the association is more than 50% rentals and not owner occupied, it becomes much harder for a new buyer to obtain financing from a bank.
    As a former President of a 10 unit condo building, I can tell you it is very difficult to get people to agree to much of anything. So stay on top of it as best you can.
    All the best.

  • Preeti--thanks for that link to the Chicago Cooperator. I didn't know it existed and I think it will be very useful to me and my co-op's board.

2 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Parking Wanted Close to Hermitage/Winnamac

Hi All,

Just purchased a condo last month near Hermitage and Winnamac...and would love to find parking for rent near by. Please let me know if you know of anything. Thanks!

  • RavensMaven 5000 Ravenswood Neighbors

    I have a garage space available in the first alley west of the Metra tracks and north of Wiinemac, pegidy50@msn.com

2 days ago

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Jul 22

Updated 2 days ago

Yard sale/garage sale ideas needed!

Hi. I live in an apt. building. I'm cleaning out and have a bunch of stuff I'd like to sell. Including a bicycle, some furniture, and a bunch of smaller belongings. So - I don't have a yard, I don't have a garage, and I don't think my landlord would approve of me buzzing people into the whole building (and giving them access) if I have it in my apt. We have a courtyard, and I think I would kill...

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Hi. I live in an apt. building. I'm cleaning out and have a bunch of stuff I'd like to sell. Including a bicycle, some furniture, and a bunch of smaller belongings. So - I don't have a yard, I don't have a garage, and I don't think my landlord would approve of me buzzing people into the whole building (and giving them access) if I have it in my apt. We have a courtyard, and I think I would kill all the grass and flowers if I had my belongings and people trampling on the grass all day. There's a very small bit of grass in front of my bldg, but again, I think my landlord would not be happy with the damage to the grass which is very well maintained.

I really need some good suggestions! Is anyone in Lincoln Square/North Ctr. thinking of having a yard sale or garage sale soon? Would you have some extra space, and I could pay you, barter, or work something out with you? I have too much stuff to bring it to a flea market. I am a friendly, considerate person, and we'd be happy to work something out with a neighbors or group of neighbors. Really need to sell some things soon. Thank you for any suggestions you may have!!!

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    Page and JoAna, will check size. Not sure if its a hybrid...need to check. Will get back to you on M/T. Very nice bike!

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    CR, still cannot email you...

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Best place to get regular maintenance for my Camry?

I have a 2009 Toyota Camry, and it's a bit overdue for some regular maintenance. What's the best place for that? I live near Western and Lawrence.

  • Joycey North Center Resident 8+ ys.

    Transtastic moved to 4008 n. Ravenswood...now called Eurotech. Same phone

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    Thanks, Joycey

2 days ago

Keyshop Supplies

Hey neighbors,

Anybody know anyone interested in keymaking supplies? A friend is going out of business and has a two cutting machines, a lot of blanks ,display, etc...

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

no parking on damen/wilson

Anyone know why the east side of damen in the n 4500 block has no parking signs during the day? I see no activity there.

  • No department listed. Just one of those white signs with red and black lettering.

  • Could it be tree trimming operations? We just got post cards notifying us of tree trimming in our neighborhood from ComEd.

3 days ago

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5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Fight Outside of G & L Fire Escape?

Does anyone know anything about this? It happend the weekend of the 11th or the 18th

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

In home piano lessons?

Can anyone recommend a piano teacher for my beginning level 7 year old? We'd like to have someone come to our house once a week for about 45-60 minutes.

Thanks

Jul 19

Updated 4 days ago

cat groomer.

Can anyone recommend a cat groomer.

  • BigFos in Northcenter Craft Beer Lover!

    Try DSpa Grooming & Pet Boutique on Roscoe between Leavitt and Bell. Chad is great.

  • Carolyn Smigla, the Home Groomer. She comes to you and is particularly good with skittish pets. (312) 437-2622

5 days ago

Updated 4 days 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.

4 days ago

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4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Looking for Steel Deck Contractors

Hi, We are thinking about adding a deck onto our residence and wondered if any neighbors out there had a good experience with contractors who install steel decks. Would be grateful for any good recommendations.

4 days ago

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5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Wedding Planner Recommendations?

Happy Wednesday Neighbors,

Does anyone have any wedding planner recommendations? I'm in need of a day-of coordinator, but also curious about how much more pre-planning might cost (I'm just a notch above clueless). I'm mostly looking for someone easy to work with that knows what they're doing, can guide/work with me vs. work for me, and who won't break the bank...

Thank you in advance!!!

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

In search of moving boxes

Looking for moving boxes. Happy to come pick up from you. TIA

  • Always good to ask grocery stores and liquor stores, they always have tons and have to throw them out anyway so will gladly just give them to you. I do it every time I move.

  • MJB ASNA member

    I just got back from walking my dog. There are several moving boxes (flattened) at. 5002 n hermitage by the dumpster in the alley.

Jul 16

Updated 4 days ago

Package and mail ripped open - nothing actually stolen that I know of...

I live just north of Lawrence on Rockwell in a courtyard building with an outside locked door that leads to our foyer (door to stairwell also locked) and I had a package ripped open yesterday and some mail ripped open, but all was left behind. The person didn't actually steal anything (maybe the clothes I ordered weren't their taste), but I was wondering if anyone else in the area has had this happening to them lately? I would assume they saw the package and tried all the buzzers hoping someone would let them in thinking it was a delivery person.

  • You should file a report with the Postal Inspectors office. There is a rash of mail thefts/mailbox break-ins in the area that they are supposedly working on resolving.

  • Thanks, Candi, I will do that. I wasn't sure where to report. Zlatan--thanks for sharing.

4 days ago

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