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15 hours ago

Updated 7 min ago

Baby Formula Coupon Swap

I'm just wondering if anyone has experienced the same and we can help each other out. I have 3 month old twins and they have decided they like Similac formula best. It seems that every time I go to the grocery store to pick up more formula (I usually go to Mariano's) I end up coming home with coupons for Enfamil (as if the coupon machine gives the competitors product). I also have several Enfamil samples and full containers of...

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I'm just wondering if anyone has experienced the same and we can help each other out. I have 3 month old twins and they have decided they like Similac formula best. It seems that every time I go to the grocery store to pick up more formula (I usually go to Mariano's) I end up coming home with coupons for Enfamil (as if the coupon machine gives the competitors product). I also have several Enfamil samples and full containers of formula. I doubt we will use these. Are any parents on the other side...meaning, Enfamil users that have ended up with Similac coupons and/or Similac samples and full containers? Before I throw the Enfamil items out, I thought I would check the neighborhood to see if anyone has use for them, and even better, able to trade me unwanted/unused Similac products. Contact me if this interests you.

  • you can sign up. on similac.com and usually get coupons. also when you buy the large container, stuck to the silver foil is usually a $2 off coupon, I used to get that everytime

  • We too have twins and amazon mom with a subscription gives you 121 ounces for around 90.00. This is by far the cheapest way to get formula.

34 hours ago

Updated 11 min ago

Deb Mell loves red light cameras

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-red-light-cameras-city-council-met-1029-20141028-story.html

"I love the red light cameras," said Ald. Deb Mell, 33rd. "I think it's great. I think people drive too fast in the city."

Even though the camera system invloved bribes, first company fired, obvious spikes that happened to fill budget gap. No refunds for people who were cheated due to the 2.9 second yellow light exception.

Deb Mell voted 100% with Mayor Emanuel, rubber stamp anyone?

http://takebackchicago.org

  • Irving Bark Fined and ticketed to death

    I was very impressed with Pawar in that interview and I am very impressed with Pawar overall. The guy knocked on doors for months and came out of no where and beat a cronie.

    It's like night and day compared to where our Alderman came from.

  • Red light cameras are a revenue scam, plain and simple. Anyone who supports these, or speed cameras, will never get my vote.

17 min ago

Tree Trimmer Needed

I am in need a tree trimmer for the not so huge tree in our back yard. Any suggestion?

2 hours ago

Updated 43 min ago

Have a Seat

Saw some new Lawrence Avenue Streetscape furniture being installed this week.

  • I like em a lot! Can't wait to check them out. The new streetscape has encouraged me to get over to that area that I previously didn't spend much time in.

  • I like! They look new and interesting which is the whole point of this renovation process

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Mangal bar and restaurant

Mangal has been closed for a few days now. Looked inside and their was mail all over the floor. Is this corner @ Montrose and Wolcott cursed or what?

  • I walked by last night and actually saw two people inside talking. It didn't appear to be open, but something was going on.
    I did go there once and did eat. The food was good, but it was nothing remarkable.

  • Eliza Ravenswood/Andersonville/Uptown

    Someone should open a restaurant there called "Cursed."

14 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Alley Attack

Just wanted to make this event public - a week or so ago, I stumbled across five young men beating on another young man in my alley as I was headed home. It was 7:30pm and there were plenty of people walking out and about in the neighborhood. The attack seemed pretty aggressive and I found out the victim had been knocked off his bike and then kicked and punched by the group. He was asked for money but this...

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Just wanted to make this event public - a week or so ago, I stumbled across five young men beating on another young man in my alley as I was headed home. It was 7:30pm and there were plenty of people walking out and about in the neighborhood. The attack seemed pretty aggressive and I found out the victim had been knocked off his bike and then kicked and punched by the group. He was asked for money but this was after the hitting had started.

My partner scared the attackers off when he yelled at them to stop while I called the police. The attackers ran (of course) but the victim was not badly hurt.

Just a reminder to be aware of your surroundings and to speak up if you see something!

  • When you call the police, tell them a police officer has been hurt...that will make them come quick, I bet!!

  • C. M. D. Avondale Triangle resident

    It would also get you arrested for making a false police report, and impersonating a police officer - someone around here tried that trick and discovered that.

12 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Ukulele Player?

Hi neighbors,

I'm having trouble finding a professional ukulele player who is local (even within the state!) Anyone know of anyone you've heard or worked with? I'd love their name, if they'd be interested in playing a wedding.

40 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Roof Rack stolen off parked car

Sometime in the past 72 hours, someone carefully removed the ancient, rusted, non-functioning roof rack from my equally ancient car while it sat parked on Sacramento. I don't know whether to be angry... Or grateful. I also have no idea how or why they did it. For the metal?

43 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Missing cat

My friends cat got out last night. Lease keep your eyes open as he is very missed!!!

  • L.O. 6th generation chicagoan

    Has he been found yet? He's very cute! I hope he's okay!

  • L.O. 6th generation chicagoan

    I shared the post with my neighbors but we are further away from that area.

Jun 12

Updated 10 hours ago

Opinions about Life Performance Gym on Kedzie, f/k/a BodyWorx

Hi - noticed this gym last weekend and was hoping to get people's updated opinions on it, since previous posts/Yelp reviews were quite negative. Apparently many people were upset at the outset when it was called BodyWorx and they signed people up before it opened and continued to charge their cards despite the fact that is was under construction for several more years. Now it appears to be a functional gym, but any positives or negatives from my neighbors? Thanks! Catherine

  • E.G. Albany Park

    Luckily, i used a credit card and had the merchant blocked and the money returned. I sent a certified letter stating my intent to not renew my membership( after trying to come in and fill out a cancellation form) so my experience with this gym is over.

    If what is happing to you is true and you can prove it i would seek help from the attorney general's office or consumer affairs

    Also, his name isnt Justin James, it's Justin Kelly.

  • Thanks. I filed with consumer. I wish it wasn't true honestly. This has been the worst businesses experience ever. My bank wouldn't do a merchant block so i had to completely shut down

41 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Need leaves in Ravenswood

Hi,
I'm looking to pickup leaves (from piles or in bags) that people are raking from their front yards and willing to give up. Using it for winter cover in a community garden.

So, have a front yard in and can help me out? Winnemac/Ainslie area from Clark to Damen would be amazing. Garden plots are at Hermitage and Ainslie.

Thanks for any help!

  • Great! I'm dropping off 3 bags now. We have two giant maple trees in our front yard that just started turning so there will be plenty more if you need them.

  • why not just go rake your own leaves from the parkways? i'm sure no one is going to care.

6 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

CRAFTJAR in Ravenswood

Hello All,
I'd like to get some community feedback on a concept that I'm working on. I'd like to open a craft supply, kit and workshop boutique on the corner of Lawrence and Hermitage. It would also be a great place to shop really clever gifts and greeting cards. Take a peek at the (in progress) website at: www.craftjar-Chicago.com and let me know your thoughts? Is it a great idea? Waste of space?
Thanks!

  • Jamie Mama, Reader

    This sounds lovely. I live nearby, and would love to buy my craft items and take a class or two locally.

  • SC

    Not sure if the setting would work, but I know that kids love arts and crafts- so if there could be classes- could be great. (Lil' street has classes that my kids love during the summer or days off from school)

4 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Darning? Repairing moth holes in a wool sweater

I have a black wool sweater that I love and would like to have the small moth holes repaired. I understand that it won't look like it did I just want the holes closed. Does anyone know of someone who can do this?
Thank you.

  • There is a cleaner on Montrose and California (I think the name is Davis). Call and, if they don't do this type of work, maybe they know of someone who does.

  • Sam CityMom

    Yes, any dry cleaners with someone who does alterations would do this.

  • There is a weaver at 3344 W. Bryn Mawr. Without a Trace is the name of the business and that's what they do!

24 hours ago

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35 hours ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Needed: Parking Space

Hi Everyone!
I am looking for a single reserved parking space near Kedzie, Leland, or Sawyer. Any help tracking one down would be appreciated.

Thanks!

  • Hi. I have a driveway space available at Leland & Albany. I will private message you.

32 hours ago

Updated 24 hours ago

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    When we improve our educational system, have citizens involved in community activities, have a living wage for all, and eliminate violent street gangs.

  • The Crusty Pirate Old crotchety pirate captain (retired)

    When 'the Great Inversion' has come to pass (that is when 'it' will end in Albany Park anyway.) Stay tuned.

Jul 23

Updated 25 hours ago

Shots fired this morning at Central Park and Cullum

Can't seem to find too much information on this. I didn't hear it happen, but I saw a police investigation with a lot of evidence tags near what appeared to be 20 or so spent casings. Neighbor said he heard a lot of shots from a semi-automatic weapon. Anyone else have any further information?

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    Yeah. We generally don't resurrect 3-month-old threads around here, John, unless we really have something worthwhile to add to the conversation.

  • Spam alert. Get control of this thread.

    Thaddeus if you have 25m and still hang around this hellhole then you are looking for trouble. See you in prison or dead soon. Otherwise get out and start fresh. Tell no one...just go.

2 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Halloween block party in Ravenswood?

I saw a post from Cheesies Bar that their food truck was coming to a block party at Damen and Ainslie on Halloween. Anyone know the deal with the party? Sounds fun!

  • Yep, the 4800 block of N Seeley is having a block party on Halloween. The street will be closed from 3-9pm for the kids to trick or treat. We had the food truck last year and it was awesome. If you're in the neighborhood, feel free to stop on by.

45 hours ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Support a School with DonorsChoose

Hi everyone. I am trying to get a set of chromebooks for my school. So far I've raised over $3,300 and just have $127 left to go! I wanted to reach out to try to get that last bit taken care of. If you have a moment or know someone who is looking to help a school, feel free to check out my DonorsChoose page at:

http://www.donorschoose.org/project/drama-class-seeks-chromebooks-for-creati/1275930/?rf=link-siteshare-2014-10-teacher_account-teacher_1360834&challengeid=277134

Thank you!

  • Melissa R Teacher and mom living near Winnemac Park

    Congratulations, Mr. Guidry -- I see your project was funded. The kids at Ravenswood (including my daughter) are lucky to have you!

41 hours ago

Updated 29 hours ago

New graffiti tag near Sawyer and Montrose

This showed up within the last several days on the back East wall of Marie's Golden Cue and is visible from the street on Sawyer. I reported it to the graffiti removal service and to the 33rd Ward office.

  • inssane North Sider since 1981

    I have heard that police advise not to post these gang tags, as members like the 'exposure'. For the future. I learned that recently.

    Stay safe

30 hours ago

3 days ago

Updated 34 hours ago

Cleaners Recommendation?

I have a knee length down coat that I REALLY need to put in the cleaners before it gets REALLY cold outside. Does anyone know of a place they have experience with that they can recommend in Albany Park or surrounding?

I work in Rogers Park and I'm always in Skokie, Evanston, or Niles for some reason or another, so I'm willing to travel if the place and price is right. It's always good to have options, right?

Thanks! :)

  • Gerry Benedetto Homeowner

    The down coats are washable. There should be care instructions on a label inside the coat. I wash mine all the time and it comes out nice.

  • Gerry I'm so scared I'll screw it up. I love my coat and I fear for it's safety if I wash it myself.

34 hours ago

Dyman Associates Risk Management review: Experts Identify Easy Way to Improve Smartphone Security

Assigning risk scores to apps may slow down unwarranted access to personal information

October 28, 2014

What information is beaming from your mobile phone over various computer networks this very second without you being aware of it?

Experts say your contact lists, email messages, surfed webpages, browsing histories, usage patterns, online purchase records and even password protected accounts may all be sharing data with intrusive and sometimes malicious applications, and you may have given permission.

"Smartphones and tablets used by...

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Assigning risk scores to apps may slow down unwarranted access to personal information

October 28, 2014

What information is beaming from your mobile phone over various computer networks this very second without you being aware of it?

Experts say your contact lists, email messages, surfed webpages, browsing histories, usage patterns, online purchase records and even password protected accounts may all be sharing data with intrusive and sometimes malicious applications, and you may have given permission.

"Smartphones and tablets used by today's consumers include many kinds of sensitive information," says Ninghui Li, a professor of Computer Science at Purdue University in Indiana.

The apps downloaded to them can potentially track a user's locations, monitor his or her phone calls and even monitor the messages a user sends and receives--including authentication messages used by online banking and other sites, he says, explaining why unsecured digital data are such a big issue.

Li, along with Robert Proctor and Luo Si, also professors at Purdue, lead a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project "User-Centric Risk Communication and Control on Mobile Devices," that investigates computer security. The work pays special attention to user control of security features in mobile systems.

Li, Proctor and Si believe they may have a simple solution for users, who unknowingly allow voluntary access to their personal data.

3 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Two shot in Albany Park

Two men were shot in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side Monday night.

The men, 18 and 35, were shot in the 3600 block of West Lawrence about 10 p.m., police said.

The 18-year-old was shot in the rib area and chest and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in serious condition, police said. The 35-year-old was shot in both legs and taken to Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, where his condition had stabilized.

http://breakingnews.suntimes.com/crime/two-shot-in-albany-park/

5 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

stabbing/battery last night at montrose & mozart

I went to 711 at 2:30-3AM last night and there was an ambulance parked out front. When I got inside, the dude working said that someone just came in 10 minutes prior and asked him to call 911, saying he was stabbed and beaten with a tire iron near montrose & mozart and they stole his wallet. Said the victim was a younger asian kid.

This is all I could find about it: https://twitter.com/Chicago_Scanner/status/525929104982306816

Anyone hear about this?

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Not so. There's no law that prohibits the average citizen or business from cooperating with the police or a police investigation. With or without a warrant if a shyster attorney is involved, anyone can sue anyone for anything and any reason to put pressure on them to settle for $$$.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    By the way, in my opinion the right thing to do is not concern myself with the company that I work for, but to help my neighbor/victim.

2 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Website update

hi, I'm in need of my website being updated. Not too complicated, no payment taken via site. Ability to for visitors to download photos (which I would like to be able to update) the most complex need (and it's already set up to do that - again, just needs updating/refreshing).

2 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Resale shops in the area?

I have a bunch of higher end designer (Michael Kors/Seven/Joes Jeans, etc) clothes and accessories that I am trying to get rid of, does anyone have any recommendations on good places to sell/consign them?

Thanks!

  • I had luck selling some items with Leahey and Ladue over on Southport and Grace (this was a couple years ago). http://www.yelp.com/biz/leahey-and-ladue-consignment-chicago

  • smartypants LifeLongCityGirl

    I took my things to Cynthia's Consignments a few years ago and the woman was a bit rude to me because my clothes were not as high end as yours, but she took them anyway and they all sold and I made a bundle!!! Do it! And good luck :-)

  • I've had good luck selling similar items at Savvy Seconds and Firsts. I think they have a new address on Lawrence.

5 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Website designer

hi, I'm looking for someone to update my website. Fairly basic, no payment function onsite.

  • Hi Jenn,

    Your post had your website's url, but I can't see the email address.
    I'm not sure why the emails are bouncing back. Please try this address:

    raulpg76@gmail.com

  • Jenn,

    Sorry, I didn't receive your emails. Did you try:
    raul@raulpg.com

    ?

2 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Recommendation For Gutter Cleaning Services

Can anyone recommend a good handyman or company for cleaning out gutters?

  • Cathy Andersonville

    I've been very happy with Bubbles Window Washing and Gutter Cleaning. I've used them multiple times over the past few years. Check out their website for a coupon.
    (800) 640-9170 http://www.bubbleswindowcleaning.com/

  • AG Gutters does a great job. I highly recommend!

    Phone number (773) 414-3860

47 hours ago

Break-in alert at 5000 block of N Ridgeway

On Monday 10/27 someone broke into our garage. I also found our back porch door open (two-flat with rear enclosed porch) but that door is questionable as to if someone left it open or if someone unlocked it. A bicycle and some tools were taken. Not clear as if it happened at night or during the day. Just wanted to notify my fellow neighbors. Police and incident reports have been filed.

2 days ago

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2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Any real estate agents out there?

I need help...I need a statement from a real estate agent -- know anyone who can help?

  • Can I ask what it's for? I have a good friend who's an agent.

  • I need a statement showing fair rental value of property for a 2 bedroom apt...in the area....

  • AmandaB homeowner, dog lover & real estate agent!

    I'm an agent. Would be happy to run comps. Email me with the details (address, square footage, parking, etc) at Amanda.hewitt@dreamtown.com

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

People, I beg of you, please!

I have a big, strong dog. He has fear aggression. He wears a muzzle outside and gets treats for being calm. We are working with a behaviorist. I am working very hard to train him out of his fears and bad habits.

Please, If you see us on the street, don't be fooled by how closely he pays attention to me (I've got the treats!) or how calm he seems. If I ask you not to approach with your dog...

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I have a big, strong dog. He has fear aggression. He wears a muzzle outside and gets treats for being calm. We are working with a behaviorist. I am working very hard to train him out of his fears and bad habits.

Please, If you see us on the street, don't be fooled by how closely he pays attention to me (I've got the treats!) or how calm he seems. If I ask you not to approach with your dog or young child, please respect my words. It doesn't make a difference if your child loves dogs or if your dog is a sweet, docile snuggle bug.

Yes, he's muzzled up and can't hurt you, but you hurt him when you don't listen to me. He doesn't need anymore setbacks from well-meaning people. I understand you think he is sweet/handsome and you want to pet him. He doesn't. He thinks you're trying to hurt him - or me.

I'm not asking you to be afraid or cross the street if you see us. Passing us on the sidewalk is no longer an issue. If he gets riled up by your dog, I will cross the street. Don't worry. I want us all to be safe and enjoy a pleasant walk.

I expect that some people will flame this post and tell me to "put him down." I don't have to defend myself to you and I won't. I am not putting people in danger. I'm simply asking you not to try to introduce your dog to mine, or encourage your child to try to pet him.

Thank you!

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    Can we all just be grateful that no one has said the words "pit bull" in this thread? I think so.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Duncs is right. How come you have two threads going simultaneously on the same subject/incident?

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

found: black cat, white wiskers, red collar

Found a very sweet black cat with a very distinctive red collar near argyle and francisco last night.

  • sidishus miscreant

    Sad...

    Lost black cat at Halloween.

    Hope you can keep it for a bit or get it safe shelter because this is a bad bad time to be a black cat on the street...

  • Very bad time to be a black cat out I. The street for sure. Can you take the cat to see if they're chipped? Or post a pic and keep until someone claims them? Cats should be indoors in the city... And especially around Halloween....

  • Can you post a picture?

2 days ago

2 loud bangs?

Anybody here 2 loud bangs around 7pm near kimball & montrose?

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

EL Tipico Stinko

Has anyone else had terrible experiences here? Usually it's dining inside. Tonight, however, I tried ordering for delivery. The bill was not cheap. Took forever to order having to repeat several times. Then the order shows up with no tortillas. Staples for at least the Fajitas, if not the Carne Asada. The other order was cold and tasteless. I don't plan to eat here ever again. Bums me out a little because I love the vicinity and outdoor seating. I love frequenting local establishments too, but this was the last straw.

  • I went their once because it looks so nice in their outside seating area. The food,had no flavor and the salsa was warm? I really wanted to like the place, but I would not go back.

  • The one on Dempster is muuuuucccchhhhh better.

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