20 hours ago

Updated 7 min ago

EVERYTHING MUST GO. Vintage furniture + Misc. Household Items

Moving on Sunday. Must pick up by tomorrow evening. All prices are reasonably negotiable.
Iron Desk - $75
Tall Black Shelving Units - $75
Fish Tank - $10
Vintage Tabletop - $75
Vintage table and chairs, minor damage - $60
Gold leaf frame with glass - $15

Also, several decorative and household items, hard and soft cover books. All practically new. Name your price when you come by!

40 hours ago

Updated 8 min ago

Unexciting new retailer for Lawrence!

Yup folks it is here - Metro PCS
What an eyesore and blight on the streetscape

#ABackwardsLawrence

  • WCJ what would I prefer to go in?
    A retailer that understands the local market, has some capital (it would have cost a couple of hundred dollars to put a nice graphic on the window and cover the exposed light box) and is not a duplicate of what we already...

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    WCJ what would I prefer to go in?
    A retailer that understands the local market, has some capital (it would have cost a couple of hundred dollars to put a nice graphic on the window and cover the exposed light box) and is not a duplicate of what we already have.
    Agree the building has some aesthetic issues.
    To reiterate I am not anti-Hispanic, I just question how viable a Hispanic oriented business will be in a strip where the lone Hispanic grocer is folding.
    The outlier is the taqueria and unfortunately the check cashing shop.

  • WindyCityJones Actor, landlord, proud Chicagoan!

    As others have already said, a fabric sign like that is often the first step for businesses that aren't even open yet. No can't speak for the demographic research, but as this is a chain I've seen in other areas with Hispanic populations I have to imagine they know their market.

    If you look for something to upset you, it will.

3 hours ago

Updated 14 min ago

Bird Found!

Beautiful & tame bird found last night - Lawndale & Leland in Albany Park! This is someone's bird! We have in a cage for now but we can't keep this guy for long. Please contact me!

2 days ago

Updated 37 min ago

Not all panhandling is illegal

Under the Municipal Code of Chicago, not all panhandling is illegal. But some forms of aggressive panhandling or panhandling in certain places are illegal and should be reported.

Panhandling is defined as any solicitation made in person upon any street, public place or park in the city, in which a person requests an immediate donation of money or other gratuity from another person, and includes but is not limited to seeking donations, by vocal appeal, or where the person being...

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Under the Municipal Code of Chicago, not all panhandling is illegal. But some forms of aggressive panhandling or panhandling in certain places are illegal and should be reported.

Panhandling is defined as any solicitation made in person upon any street, public place or park in the city, in which a person requests an immediate donation of money or other gratuity from another person, and includes but is not limited to seeking donations, by vocal appeal, or where the person being solicited receives an item or service of little or no monetary value in exchange for a donation, under circumstances where a reasonable person would understand that the transaction is in substance a donation.

Panhandling does not include the act of passively standing or sitting nor performing music, singing or other street performance with a sign or other indication that a donation is sought, without any vocal request except in response to an inquiry by another person.

For example, under the Municipal Code of Chicago, panhandling is prohibited when either the panhandler or the person being solicited in the following places:

• Within ten feet of a bus shelter or a posted Chicago Transit Authority bus stop sign;
• In any public transportation vehicle or public transportation facility;
• In a vehicle which is parked or stopped on a public street or alley, except for those solicitations from recognized charitable organizations;
• In a sidewalk cafe or restaurant;
• In a filling station; or
• Within ten feet in any direction from an ATM or the entrance to a bank or currency exchange.

  • Cross out the bar code on the can. Otherwise they will return the can to the store for cash for drugs.

  • Wicked Fast BMW Average Chicagoan who loves her city

    @ Tas My screen name is related to my profession and I have a clean record on my street driving license and I'd like to keep it that way. Thank you for your concern.

    @Alex, these days it is pretty hard to return anything without a receipt and from the...

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    @ Tas My screen name is related to my profession and I have a clean record on my street driving license and I'd like to keep it that way. Thank you for your concern.

    @Alex, these days it is pretty hard to return anything without a receipt and from the reactions I receive, I highly doubt that any of them get returned. I would say of the "street people" that I have spoken with only about 10% appear to have a drug or alcohol problem. I think if you took the time to actually talk to them you would find that most are out there due to a few bad things happening that have snowballed and left them without money enough to get by or have a home. I have spoken with many and find that some even have jobs but can't afford an apartment. I spoke with one man I recognized in line at the bank. He has a job at Walmart on Diversey, he has a bank account and a debit card but he can't afford to have an apartment and still afford to eat and take the bus. He told me not to worry about him, he has a good spot that is warm and dry and he doesn't keep money on him except when he is collecting. He also said that he thought the soup was a great idea and that he loves the chicken corn chowder the best. People are people and they are just as valid as I am. I just worry about them stepping out in front of me on the off ramps. I couldn't live with myself if I killed someone.

1 hour ago

Donating an electric piano

Does anyone know of any organizations/schools that need/will accept an electric piano? I have one that I'm looking to get rid of. A few of the keys need repair and I've replaced it with an upright piano. I'd rather donate it than throw it away.

Thanks!!

2 hours ago

Ravenswood School

I'm a teacher at Ravenswood School looking to get support with getting a computer for my special education students to use. Any help would be greatly appreciated. The code inspire when used at checkout will have DonorsChoose match any donations given but only for the next 6 days. Please help if you can. http://www.donorschoose.org/project/chrome-drives-our-writing/1293017/?challenged=314417

43 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Men in Yellow Vests Door-to-Door

Hi all,
Yesterday while walking past a condo building at the edge of my alley I noticed two men talking to a resident in the front, main door of the condo building. They were wearing bright yellow utility - type vests and holding clipboards with papers on them. I didn't hear what they were discussing and didn't think much of it. Until.....

Today at around 4:45pm, someone rang my buzzer. When I'm not expecting anyone, I never answer my buzzer....

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Hi all,
Yesterday while walking past a condo building at the edge of my alley I noticed two men talking to a resident in the front, main door of the condo building. They were wearing bright yellow utility - type vests and holding clipboards with papers on them. I didn't hear what they were discussing and didn't think much of it. Until.....

Today at around 4:45pm, someone rang my buzzer. When I'm not expecting anyone, I never answer my buzzer. Anyone that knows me and wants to "drop in" unannounced has my phone number, so I never answer the buzzer if I'm not certain it's someone I know.

After I didn't answer, I started to hear through the apartment walls, my neighbor's buzzers ringing. So someone was clearly trying to gain access. Well, someone in my building let this person in and through the peep hole (goodness I sound like a psycho, but I'm a female living alone and I take this stuff seriously!)

Anyway, long story short, I could hear a muffled conversation between the man and one of my neighbors. And through the peep hole I could see that it looked to be one of the same men I saw yesterday wearing the yellow vests. He then, skipped my door, but went door-to-door knocking at all the neighbors. No one else answered and he left. He didn't go to any other doors in my building.

I guess I'm just wondering if anyone else has seen this in the neighborhood recently and if it's legit, or if my instincts are correct and it's potentially individuals casing the neighborhood right before the long holiday weekend.

I live in the Montrose/Clark area. Just thought I would post and see if anyone knew more about who these guys are and if they are someone to be concerned about.

Thanks all!

  • Do not let them in and tell neighbors (or post a notice) that they do NOT represent ComEd (which would not take such an approach). They are simply trying to switch people to other power providers and they'll talk gobbledygook and try to get a contract signed and the usual...

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    Do not let them in and tell neighbors (or post a notice) that they do NOT represent ComEd (which would not take such an approach). They are simply trying to switch people to other power providers and they'll talk gobbledygook and try to get a contract signed and the usual tactic is that you sign (but they don't give you a copy). If they don't leave, tell them you'll call the police immediately - they're trespassing. This occurred in my building a year and a half ago; they were denied access. OK with the landlord or condo association that a notice is posted at the entrance: NO Solicitors
    Such a pair conned one of my neighbors on my floor - I escorted them out.

  • It could have been ComEd, Integrys, or a company called Just Energy. They have staff that work on commission, offering to lower your utility bills by signing up with them. Their reps can be somewhat brusque and forceful. A "No Soliciting" sign on my condo building appears to have solved this issue.

42 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Neighborhood Trash

Hi Everyone!

I recently moved to the area and love living in our new home. One thing that seems to happen every single day is the accumulation of trash in our yard, on the side walk etc... I understand we live in the city and the odds of a stray piece of trash rolling around is going to happen, but it blows my mind when I see full McDonalds bags, Arizona Ice Tea, beer cans every single day. Someone is...

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Hi Everyone!

I recently moved to the area and love living in our new home. One thing that seems to happen every single day is the accumulation of trash in our yard, on the side walk etc... I understand we live in the city and the odds of a stray piece of trash rolling around is going to happen, but it blows my mind when I see full McDonalds bags, Arizona Ice Tea, beer cans every single day. Someone is consciously throwing their trash outside. I have started walking up and down my street with a trash bag to pick up whatever I can and it seems to help ! I really believe in leading by example. Sure enough the other day I was picking up trash and someone came out of their house and did the same thing! It was great! It would be awesome if everyone in the area could start to do the same thing. Make our neighborhood clean and welcoming!

  • @Michelle D
    I agree with you that it is sometimes cultural, and we really need an information campaign. On my block, I think the issues have been with guests, rather than residents, since most of the trash seems to occur on the weekend. I have never been able to actually...

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    @Michelle D
    I agree with you that it is sometimes cultural, and we really need an information campaign. On my block, I think the issues have been with guests, rather than residents, since most of the trash seems to occur on the weekend. I have never been able to actually catch someone doing it, and unfortunately I am not bilingual enough to discuss it in a sensitive way.
    The sign has worked wonders.
    I think it just enables the people dropping the trash to have someone keep picking up after them. Maybe a few "Letters to the Editor" of some relevant cultural publications ?

  • RT Here

    And why does it seem that half of the garbage out there is giant ice tea/monter drink cans and McDonald's bags? I suppose it's indicative of the use group.

43 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Metal scrap place?

Hi Neighbors! Does anyone know of a junk collector or metal scrap place that would take my portable dishwasher (that it seems is too expensive to fix)? I would like to get some money for it...

  • WindyCityJones Actor, landlord, proud Chicagoan!

    From experience, it's my worth your time to scrap it. We are renovating two kitchens in our building and even with a heavy 50's stove, cook top, and two cast iron sinks, what we would have gotten from the scrapyards wouldn't have paid for our time to get it there....

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    From experience, it's my worth your time to scrap it. We are renovating two kitchens in our building and even with a heavy 50's stove, cook top, and two cast iron sinks, what we would have gotten from the scrapyards wouldn't have paid for our time to get it there. And we have a pickup so there was no rental of a trailer or anything needed.

    Sad to say, but your best bet is to leave it in the alley. Scrapyards probably aren't going to stop by for next to nothing.

    Side note: I believe Comed has an appliance pickup service. So they may come get it.

  • WindyCityJones Actor, landlord, proud Chicagoan!

    *not worth your time. Sorry. On my phone. ;)

38 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Neighborhood Violence

I'm new to every block and I am appalled by the amount of crimes I see. I grew up in the suburbs and obviously its much quieter out there.

The news about the stabbing yesterday.... Very disturbing. How can we help create an environment that discourages such behavior??
I don't want to be walking around wondering if some bum is going to jump
me while I am doing my runs or walking to the store.

Laws, ordinaces, and policies don't seem to do the trick.
What the next best step..... I wonder.

  • Domestic violence can happen in any neighborhood, to people of any culture, and every kind of back ground. No amount of knowing your neighbors is going to stop that. If the person involved doesn't seek help, it will continue. The unit next to mine had a couple who fought "loudly"...

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    Domestic violence can happen in any neighborhood, to people of any culture, and every kind of back ground. No amount of knowing your neighbors is going to stop that. If the person involved doesn't seek help, it will continue. The unit next to mine had a couple who fought "loudly" all of the time, you could hear the name calling, yelling etc. Then one day ol' girl had a black eye and didn't come out of the unit for a week. Eventually ol' boy left her - she didn't leave him. Never called the police, never had him arrested, never asked for an order of protection. Never even tried to leave. She did however ignore every one in the building, she didn't want to know her neighbors. The problem with a domestic situation is if no one presses charges, nothing is going to happen. That stabbing incident from the original post, not sure how that could have been prevented.

    However, if you're worried about some "bum" jumping you, take the headphones out and put the iphone away. Don't make yourself an easy target.

  • Flew That Chicago born & raised. You can come home again!

    @jm540 - that would be much more comforting if the bangers had better aim.

4 hours ago

Lost keys

I lost a set of keys (car key, bike key and 4 house keys) at the corner of Leland and Rockwell. Please let me know if you found them! ktgirlku12@yahoo.com

27 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

BYOB - no fcorkage fee allowed

Did you know that in the City of Chicago Liquor License Restrictions and Regulations it states that “ while BYOB concept is considered a permitted activity for restaurants within the city limits, there are important city policies regulating the BYOB practice that restaurants need to consider:

Fee: no direct or indirect fee may be charged for the allowance of alcohol
consumption without a City of Chicago liquor license: this includes corkage fees

Serving/Storage: Restaurant employees may not touch, handle, pour...

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Did you know that in the City of Chicago Liquor License Restrictions and Regulations it states that “ while BYOB concept is considered a permitted activity for restaurants within the city limits, there are important city policies regulating the BYOB practice that restaurants need to consider:

Fee: no direct or indirect fee may be charged for the allowance of alcohol
consumption without a City of Chicago liquor license: this includes corkage fees

Serving/Storage: Restaurant employees may not touch, handle, pour or
store the alcohol in any way. Patrons bringing their own liquor must handle it themselves

Liability: It is always recommended that BYOB locations obtain liquor
liability insurance to protect against potential lawsuits. It is illegal for an establishment to serve anyone who is intoxicated; likewise, a business that allows patrons to BYOB can be held negligent for allowing patrons to overserve themselves.

Banquet Halls: Banquet halls that allow BYOB service may be required to obtain a liquor license. “

  • So a BYOB can only charge a fee if they have a liquor license?

  • It appears so. This is an awakening. It provokes me when there is a $5.00 corkage fee. I know it costs to send the wine glass through the dishmachine but, come on. Maybe the restaurant should not provide glasses since they are not allowed to be involved in the BYOB process at all.

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Jul 14

Updated 5 hours ago

Ice Cream Soda?

Is there anyplace in the vicinity of Albany Park or nearby that serves real ice cream sodas?

Real ice cream sodas, served in glass, made with high pressure compressed seltzer water. Not a float, like a root beer float.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    "Northeast corner of Paulina and Belmont. The name escapes me."

    Scooters.

    http://www.scootersfrozencustard.com/

    I passed by there on Paulina about 8 PM on Friday, but didn't stop. They were crowded, so it must be pretty good.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    No ice cream soda at Scooters. I stopped by there last night. Good ice cream, a large variety - but no ice cream sodas.

13 hours ago

14 hours ago

BP Holdings Tax Management on Taxes and their Original Intents

Tax is designed to generate enough revenue to sustain essential public service, such as public safety, civil infrastructure for communication and transportation and basic health services. When you see a government hospital, you know your taxes support the upkeep of that institution. And when you see soldiers fighting in battlefields, you can be sure tax money went into training them and keeping them fit and equipped to preserve our national security.

As essential as tax is to our national existence,...

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Tax is designed to generate enough revenue to sustain essential public service, such as public safety, civil infrastructure for communication and transportation and basic health services. When you see a government hospital, you know your taxes support the upkeep of that institution. And when you see soldiers fighting in battlefields, you can be sure tax money went into training them and keeping them fit and equipped to preserve our national security.

As essential as tax is to our national existence, many do not know the true value of what taxes can do other than what we have mentioned above. Here are some generally unknown facts about taxes and what you need to do to make full use of their benefits:

Taxes should not favour one group over another

Taxes are intended to be neutral and must not cater to any one sector or group of people over another. Neither should it impose or interfere with individual decision-making.

What this signifies is that taxes, as they were originally conceived, had an altruistic purpose meant to benefit people equally without favoring any individual or any societal unit. It is a fund to provide services and public amenities for all people alike. So, whether you earn only so much or make millions, you walk or drive over the same road or bridge that taxes helped to build. We cannot discount the goodwill and welfare taxes have brought to both ancient and modern societies.

Pay your taxes so you can enjoy them

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26 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Missing cat

Our beloved Sambo was last seen on Aug 27 in Ravenswood. Sambo has long black fur, both sets of claws and a chipped right canine tooth. He usually wears a collar but he is currently not wearing it. Please call 312.498.7638 with any information. Thank you!

2 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Welcome new retail neighbor

Savvy Seconds and 1st's, located at 1748 W. Lawrence Avenue

www.savvysecondsand1sts.com

  • I loved her store when it was in the square! I'm happy she's still near by. Great clothes, shoes, and accessories to look through. I've sold dome items to he store, she only takes the good, name brand stuff. I can't wait to see the new space!

  • Savvy - thank you for all that you do; bringing back chick!

22 hours ago

4 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Burglary on Leland Ave. next to Damen Brown Line Stop

Our house, 2027 W. Leland Ave., was burglarized yesterday while my wife and I were at work. The burglars appear to have come through our back gate, which opens onto the alley underneath the El tracks right at the western end of the Damen brown line stop. We suspect they left through the front door. They took our TV, 3 laptops, other electronics, and other miscellaneous stuff. It happened sometime between 7:40 a.m. and 5:50 p.m. We are just west...

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Our house, 2027 W. Leland Ave., was burglarized yesterday while my wife and I were at work. The burglars appear to have come through our back gate, which opens onto the alley underneath the El tracks right at the western end of the Damen brown line stop. We suspect they left through the front door. They took our TV, 3 laptops, other electronics, and other miscellaneous stuff. It happened sometime between 7:40 a.m. and 5:50 p.m. We are just west of Damen Ave. on Leland -- the fourth house on the south side of the street. If you saw anything suspicious around our house or on our street yesterday, we'd very much appreciate it if you'd reply to this thread.

Thanks in advance.

Sincerely,
Chris Wells

  • Sorry to hear this Chris. I lived at 2108 W Leland for many years. In 2010 my car was stolen out of my garage. The police told me that the L line is perfect for bringing a "bad element" into the neighborhood. "They" would walk up and down alleys, pilfering...

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    Sorry to hear this Chris. I lived at 2108 W Leland for many years. In 2010 my car was stolen out of my garage. The police told me that the L line is perfect for bringing a "bad element" into the neighborhood. "They" would walk up and down alleys, pilfering whatever could be pilfered. I'm not sure how my garage door was opened, I hear there might be a device that can match garage door openers signals. I hate the idea of locking gates, but I think it's for the best. I agree with Doug, patch up and do your best to get over it.

  • Tas mania Devil Irving and california

    @fred u have a false sense of security if you believe your mentioning of gun friendly is preventing your home from being robbed.

2 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Stabbing in Albany Park

Does anyone have details about this stabbing of a woman this morning in Albany Park? Just curious if it was a targeted event or a random act.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-woman-dies-following-northwest-side-stabbing-20140827-story.html

  • Not sure. This is what the article said: CHICAGO — A 38-year-old woman was fatally stabbed Wednesday morning in Albany Park.

    Officers were called to a home in the 4700 block of North Lawndale Avenue for a woman stabbed around 8:20 a.m. The woman was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical...

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    Not sure. This is what the article said: CHICAGO — A 38-year-old woman was fatally stabbed Wednesday morning in Albany Park.

    Officers were called to a home in the 4700 block of North Lawndale Avenue for a woman stabbed around 8:20 a.m. The woman was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition, said Officer Janel Sedevic, a police spokeswoman.

    The victim was identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office as Erenbira Pimentel-Hernandez of the 5000 block of West Grand Avenue.

    She was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital at 12:40 p.m.

    The stabbing appeared to be domestic-related and no one is in custody, Sedevic said.

  • My house is on the street that dead ends into the alley behind this building. My husband was approached by detectives who were investigating on Wednesday and they told him that it was a case of domestic violence. The detectives knew who the offender was, but the person ran off after the stabbing. I do not know if they have caught the guy yet or not.

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29 hours ago

27 Things To Do in Chicago's 'Hoods Before Summer Ends

...with the "I'm melting ..." scene in the background and you will win the Internet. 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

This article has 25 other Chicago locations (Show)

Hit Up the Parson's Chicken & Fish Patio: Snag a spot under the red-and-white umbrellas and sip an ice cold negroni slushie. Maybe eat some chicken too. 2952 W. Armitage Ave.

Have Your Pie and Eat it Too: Swimsuit season is almost over. So grab a slice at Bang Bang Pie, walk to a grassy spot on Humboldt Boulevard with your friends. Eat, drink, play a board game and fall asleep. 2051 N. California Ave. (Note: Bang Bang is closed on Labor Day, but will reopen Tuesday)

...Friday, Gary Burton on Saturday, and the Sun Ra Arkestra closes the festival on Sunday. 201 E. Randolph St.

...in the skyline or do some stargazing … with or without your significant other. Bait shop: 3130 S. Canal St. Park: 2700 S. Halsted St...

...some stargazing … with or without your significant other. Bait shop: 3130 S. Canal St. Park: 2700 S. Halsted St.

...Grab a spot at one of the outdoor tables at Turtle’s Bar & Grill at 33rd and Wells streets and watch the game-day scene as you toss back some beers or down...

Find Inner Peace: The recently expanded Ping Tom Park in Chinatown offers some of the city's most stunning skyline views, especially in the evening. 300 W. 19th St.

...camps over, additional time has been added for lap swim, adult swim and family swim. 11320 S. Western Ave.

...group meets through Oct. 15 but haven't you put this off long enough already? 10328 S. Western Ave.

...In the event of inclement weather, yoga will be moved inside the field house at 1817 W. 96th St. But barring any rain, you'll enjoy shavasana in the sunshine. 9600 S. Longwood Drive...

...1817 W. 96th St. But barring any rain, you'll enjoy shavasana in the sunshine. 9600 S. Longwood Drive...

...soar overhead, while minks and other water-loving mammals make the river banks their homes. 5275 N. Cicero Ave.

...the city. Keep an eye out for prairie crayfish, garter snakes and a few coyotes. 4200 N. Oak Park Ave. near Irving Park Road

...you're consuming. Look for Cintron around 5:30 p.m. on Fridays in the 1700 block of North Wolcott Avenue near the Bloomingdale Trail...

...and California Avenues near Humboldt Park's namesake park. Then, walk to Cermak Produce at 2701 W. North Ave. where there's a small grill stand on the southern end of the grocery's...

...and enjoy the spread on a blanket near the newly-renovated playground. Lillie's Q, 1856 W. North Ave. Walsh Playground, 1722 N. Ashland Ave...

...blanket near the newly-renovated playground. Lillie's Q, 1856 W. North Ave. Walsh Playground, 1722 N. Ashland Ave.

...it's awesome to scatter pigeons. Hours of fun for the whole family! Giddings Plaza, 4731 N. Lincoln Ave.

...city to feel like you've left the city. Just cruise over to Winnemac Park, 5101 N. Leavitt St., where large swaths of green space have been restored to their natural prairie state. Wood...

...their way through the wildflowers, many of which are still in full bloom. Ronan Park, 3000 W. Argyle St., boasts a lovely nature walk along the Chicago River — be prepared to share the trail...

...be prepared to share the trail with deer. Tucked away behind Von Steuben High School, 5039 N. Kimball Ave., is another short river walk, truly a hidden gem...

...hand, as the beautiful summer begins to slip away. At least there’s ice cream. 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.

Read a Darn Book: Auburn Park features a lagoon, waterfall and fishing privileges. The park, which sits off 79th and Eggleston and is sandwiched in between newly built homes, is open from 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Catch up on some reading as ducks and swans float past. 406 W. Winneconna Parkway.

...farm will give you up to $10 in free produce depending on what you spend. 5814 S. Wood St.

Sip a Drink With a View: Get a drink on the rooftop of The J. Parker on a Saturday night to catch the fireworks off Navy Pier in the distance. There are only two weekends of summer fireworks left, with the final night happening Sept. 6. 13th floor, 1816 N. Clark St.

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Spraying for Mosquitoes

Did anyone hear that our area was supposed to be sprayed for mosquitoes tonight? The only thing I found on line was that areas west of A.P. were to be sprayed but it sure smelled like they did our area also (around 10:00 p.m.).

41 hours ago

Lost dog

This morning on our way to school, saw a cream and light brown dog with collar wandering around without owner. I can only assume it was lost. It was kinda shy and ran to the other side of the street when it saw us.

5 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

Recommendations for furniture refinisher?

Hi everyone, I have an antique dining room set from my grandparents that is in dire need of refinishing. Does anyone have a recommendation on a great shop anywhere in the Chicagoland area?
Thank you!
Annie

  • Back in my city club management days we used Weber Furniture regularly to repair our chairs. Now that was in the 1970's and 80's. In those days, they picked up, delivered and always did an excellent job. However, even in those days, they were not inexpensive.

  • WAS HAPPY W WILLIAMS RESTORATION IN WESTMONT THEY WILL PICK UP AND GIVE ESTIMATE, THINK THEY MAY HAVE MOVED TO DARIEN, THEY WERE AFFORDABLE, TOO. HAVE HAD MANY PIECES DONE, MY COUSIN, TOO, VERY SATISFIED. LMK IF YOU USE THEM AND IF SO OF YOUR SATISFACTION.

Aug 22

Updated 43 hours ago

Leptospirosis - Dogs (and humans) at risk

My dog is in critical condition with a Leptospirosis infection. We initially thought he was poisoned. (Which as a side note, it makes me wonder how often suspect poisonings are actually lepto infections).

He is on an immune suppressing drug, which probably put him at a higher risk than the average pet.

It was likely transmitted by rats (but also can be squirrels and raccoons and most other wild life.)

I often hesitated to have my alley baited because A)...

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My dog is in critical condition with a Leptospirosis infection. We initially thought he was poisoned. (Which as a side note, it makes me wonder how often suspect poisonings are actually lepto infections).

He is on an immune suppressing drug, which probably put him at a higher risk than the average pet.

It was likely transmitted by rats (but also can be squirrels and raccoons and most other wild life.)

I often hesitated to have my alley baited because A) I was afraid my dog would get a hold of a rat poisoned and would be poisoned himself, and B) Because poisoning is a pretty awful death for the rats.

But this is what can happen when you don't deal with the rat problem....as I am learning the hard way.

Please make sure your dogs are all vaccinated, and do keep an eye on the rat population. People can get lepto, so its not just pets at risk. I will likely have to be treated myself, just to be safe.

It is a known risk in chicago
http://abc7chicago.com/pets/chicago-dog-owners-warned-of-bacteria-spread-by-rodents/124859/

Squirrels can be carriers, but I can't find good information as to if they often succumb to it. If they do, it could be the explanation for some of the squirrel deaths people have been reporting.

We live in the Lawrence/Kedzie area.

  • I really hope your furry kid gets well! So sorry to hear about that and THANK YOU FOR THE WARNING! As a pooch parent myself, i think its easy to overlook the possible diseases since we tend to associate such things with suburban/rural areas. My "kids" are vaccinated but vaccines dont always work!

  • kelly the one w/the friendly, black pit bull :)

    I stopped working at a vet's office 4 years ago & we were already recommending the Lepto vacc & informing clients. It concerns me that so many are just finding out.

2 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Horner Park Tennis Courts

Are they crowded at all during week nights, say around 8-9PM? These courts are the closest my place but I rarely pass by them at night.

  • Very rarely. I go past them a couple times per week and generally note how nicely they are lit but how rarely they are used. Relative to the courts at Welles Park, these are very available!

  • kelly the one w/the friendly, black pit bull :)

    Good to know they are well-lit & available. But i'm glad the Horner Pk tennis courts were brought up - played there once this summer & was disappointed at their condition - not very well kept up. Horner is such a beautiful park otherwise.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Dirt/fill disposal?

Hey folks. Any suggestions on how I can get rid of a huge pile of fill? I had my concrete porch replaced recently and now I've got a 4 ft tall pile of dirt/gravel in my garage that was used as fill for the porch and steps. I guess I could add it bit by bit in to the garbage can each week, but seems like that would take forever. I looked in to 1-800-GOTJUNK and it sounds like that would cost +$600. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

  • I always see listings for Free Fill Dirt, with a picture of a pile if dirt, on Craig's List in the free section. I don't know if they get rid of it, but there are several listings every day.

  • Wicked Fast BMW Average Chicagoan who loves her city

    Concrete can be recycled
    http://www.prairie.com/green/recycling.asp

    contact: Illinois
    Prairie Material National Headquarters
    7601 W. 79th Street
    PO BOX 1123
    Bridgeview, IL 60455
    708-458-040

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Any leather repair recommendations?

Hello.

I have a leather bag that I use for work every day, and the stitching on one of the handles came off. I am relatively new to the neighborhood, and don't know where a lot of things are. Do you have any recommendations for a leather shop around here that could fix the stitching? Thank you.

  • fran long time neighbor

    Wow, this is such a timely thread. I need the pocket on a jacket fixed and get some boot 'winterized'. I used to go to the fellow in Lincoln Village, but he's moved, I used a guy downtown, but aside from his prices, I'm now retired. So Mike on Wolcott, I'll try this Theodore, and Thanks so much!

  • Awesome. Thanks everyone. Went to Theodore, and am excited to get my bag back!

2 days ago

Chicago Market Info Session Saturday: Sulzer Library

Chicago Market, a brand new community-owned food co-op forming on the North Side of Chicago, will be holding an information session this Saturday, August 30 at Sulzer Library at 4455 N Lincoln Ave from 9.00 - 10.30 am.

Come learn about the co-op, meet Chicago Market Steering Committee members and current Owners, and become a Founding Owner. RSVP at http://www.chicagomarket.coop/info-session-august-30.

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Chicago Market's #1000in100 Campaign for 1,000 Owners in 100 days is booming. We now have a remarkable 387 Owners!...

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Chicago Market, a brand new community-owned food co-op forming on the North Side of Chicago, will be holding an information session this Saturday, August 30 at Sulzer Library at 4455 N Lincoln Ave from 9.00 - 10.30 am.

Come learn about the co-op, meet Chicago Market Steering Committee members and current Owners, and become a Founding Owner. RSVP at http://www.chicagomarket.coop/info-session-august-30.

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Chicago Market's #1000in100 Campaign for 1,000 Owners in 100 days is booming. We now have a remarkable 387 Owners!

For more information, see our "10 Things Everyone Wants to know about Chicago Market" at http://www.chicagomarket.coop/10_things_everybody_wants_to_know_about_chicago_market

Check out Momma Cuisine's wonderful blog post about Chicago Market here at http://mommacuisine.com/2014/08/06/chicago-market-wants-to-change-the-way-you-shop-for-groceries/

Hear our recent WBEZ interview on the Afternoon Shift with Monica Eng and Louisa Chu at https://soundcloud.com/afternoonshiftwbez/chewing-the-fat-icy-treats-desserts-and-food-co-ops

Or listen to us talk with Patti Vasquez on the Pretty Late show on WGN the other night: http://wgnradio.com/2014/08/28/8-26-14-full-show-podcast-chicago-market-co-op-state-senator-dan-kotowski-daphne-scott/

And last but NOT least: Please become a Founding Owner at www.chicagomarket.coop/join

We would like to thank the Chicago community for your ongoing support in our #1000in100 campaign to recruit 1,000 Owners in 100 days.

Best,
Greg Berlowitz
Founder, Steering Committee
Chicago Market - A Community Co-op
www.chicagomarket.coop
info@chicagomarket.coop

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Microsoft Phone Scam

Well...looks like the scammers are at it again...Received two phone calls from "Microsoft" yesterday...both had heavy accents...1st guy told me that they have received a number of error messages and he would help me fix the problem...told him I would have my daughter look at it and hung up...the 2nd guy got as far as telling me he was from Microsoft and I told him I don't have a computer ....what are you calling me for??? and he hung up on me...wish I would have remembered to ask where my Million dollars was for forwarding the "Microsoft E-mails" LOL.....

  • Susan 8 year resident

    I always pretend recording the call on behalf of someone like the FBI. They always freak out.

  • Daniel Garcia Merker in Albany Park 4 years and still need to explor...

    My thought is that while they are busy wasting their time with me they are not scamming some other person.

    It also makes me angry because they are calling my parents home, they have a computer mostly to check their bank accounts or Facebook and they could fall victims of this if I did not happen to be visiting them at the time.

2 days ago

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3 days ago

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Wanted: Kids and Moms for Marketing Research

Dear Neighbors,
I work at The Marketing Store (www.tmsw.com), which is a Chicago-based company that creates promotions and toys for Fortune 500 companies. We are currently looking for kids and moms to participate in fun, upcoming research, online or in focus groups. I thought that this opportunity would be of interest to you and your child (ren).
Research at The Marketing Store generally involves a small group discussion (focus group) with 4-6 kids (or moms) in our downtown Chicago office...

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Dear Neighbors,
I work at The Marketing Store (www.tmsw.com), which is a Chicago-based company that creates promotions and toys for Fortune 500 companies. We are currently looking for kids and moms to participate in fun, upcoming research, online or in focus groups. I thought that this opportunity would be of interest to you and your child (ren).
Research at The Marketing Store generally involves a small group discussion (focus group) with 4-6 kids (or moms) in our downtown Chicago office (55 W. Monroe) where we talk about various topics, provide opinions and/or play with toys. Other times it’s as simple as taking a short online survey.
We are looking for kid’s ages 5-9 years old (and their moms) who might like to participate in this type of research. Everyone is paid for his or her participation, along with a $15 dollar travel stipend.
If you’re interested or have any questions, please email kidsmoms@tmsw.com . Please be sure to include your full name, your age, email address and child (ren)’s gender and age. And if you know of anyone else who would like to be a part of our database, please pass this along.
Thank you

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    My marketing research indicates that your message is classified as ADVERTISING and is not allowed here.

    Please mark as UNNEIGHBORLY.

2 days ago

  • Bring Readers to the Table!

    Mrs. Backofen is asking for $351.74:
    My students need a table for guided reading where they can focus on the teacher and work next to others comfortably. This kidney shaped table is the ideal work space.
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