28 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

USPS Packages stolen

This afternoon we had 2 packages stolen; the contents were removed and the boxes dumped in the trash.

Our place is on Western AVE near Winnemac. Not exactly low traffic area.

Argh!!

  • This happened to us a few weeks ago. Be sure to call 311 and file a police report so it can be tracked. Sorry it happened to you!

  • Parkway Pal Slow down on my block

    Sorry this happened to you. Fortunately my workplace allows package delivery to employees. We have also arranged to pick up packages at UPS in the past. Best to arrange another delivery address.

5 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

shots fired

3 shots fired no apparent injuries.

  • Wtf!!!!
    This seems to be more common on a daily basis. Apparently the same people
    are doing all the shooting. I'm very disappointed our lives are always distracted by these fools. We must have a peace walk in our neighborhood.We've all heard gunshots here before, and it's funny how only two people called the police. We all must live here, work here, and raise our families here. Let's all together be more aware of this issue and call the police . What do you neighbors think?

  • Jezz Irving park area. Resident 16 years.

    I agree Scott. It's an everyday thing now. It's getting out of hand.

39 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Any thoughts about Angie's List?

I think Angie's List is a great service, but it bothers me that you have to pay $35 a month to keep current, when you may only need a recommendation two or three times a year. I've opted out and am now going to use my neighbors here on EveryBlock for recs.

  • Huh. From what I'm reading here, they seem to be all over the place with their fees. Must be using the Comcast business model. I think I paid $85 for the year last year, which is one reason I dropped out this year. Too much to pay for a service...

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    Huh. From what I'm reading here, they seem to be all over the place with their fees. Must be using the Comcast business model. I think I paid $85 for the year last year, which is one reason I dropped out this year. Too much to pay for a service I use maybe one or twice a year. They also didn't have an option to buy only their on-line service; there was no lower rate if you didn't want the print magazine each month. Their service is overpriced at what they were charging me.

  • It is hard to maintain objectivity when collecting money from service providers. Yelp lost me when I gave a particular restaurant 1 star for attaching junk mail to our porch railing. My review was removed because I had not "experienced" the restaurant in violation of yelp terms. This despite 1 stars given to other restaurants for the same littering junk mail. When looking at the particular restaurants reviews it was very obvious there was manipulation of reviews and suspect five star reviews.

37 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Broken Concrete for Sale

JK. I will be tearing out a concrete walkway on my property and would like to know if anyone has any good suggestions on how to get rid of the debris (properly). Thanks.

  • Eliseo - it's not a driveway, just a walkway between the house and garage.

  • Eliseo - I am having someone pour the new concrete and if it turns out well, will let you know.

    B&WP - I will give them a call. Thanks!

2 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Troquet no more?

Anyone know what's going on with Troquet? It's been "closed for maintenance" for the past few days. Seems ominous . . .

  • Consistently incompetent service and the food is hit or miss. It's hard to believe that the quality of a ham sandwich can vary so much from visit to visit, but yeah, it does. I mean, it's a fancy Frenchified ham sandwich, but still, how can they F this up about 40% of the time? Good location, hope they either figure themselves out or fold quick and make room for someone that can cut the mustard.

  • Heard tonight at another Wine Stroll location that the company sent out a message that they're "closed indefinitely". Bummer!! I thought the service was good, food was decent and they had great drinks, awesome patio, I'm going to miss them! It was a great addition to the neighborhood.

Mar 02

Updated 5 hours ago

COMCAST Cable bill

Just curious on people’s thoughts and wonder if either of our Alderman can weigh in on this due to the fact that I basically have only one cable (not a satellite fan) option (Comcast), BUT I’m extremely frustrated with Comcast…of course like probably many of you I’ve been a Comcast customer for many years and this past December in our bill was included this beautiful chart that showed what all of the services cost…In my case I have Preferred XF...

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Just curious on people’s thoughts and wonder if either of our Alderman can weigh in on this due to the fact that I basically have only one cable (not a satellite fan) option (Comcast), BUT I’m extremely frustrated with Comcast…of course like probably many of you I’ve been a Comcast customer for many years and this past December in our bill was included this beautiful chart that showed what all of the services cost…In my case I have Preferred XF Double Play and below is a description and cost.
Preferred XF Double Play
Includes Digital Preferred for primary outlet, HBO®, Streampix® and Performance Internet. $139.95

I won’t even dwell on the obvious part, the ridiculous amount of money I pay to watch TV and surf the web, BUT what really got my ire is that I pay $140.35 a dollar more for Preferred XF Double Play and on top of it do not get HBO® or Streampix® because apparently that plan wasn’t offered at the time my promotion ended…So…for you folks that are Comcast customers surely you’ve experienced the constant up and down of the cost of services, promotions and the fact that it seems as if there is all kinds of monopolistic, double secret pricing going on AND they even have the gall to publish a price list giving the impression that everything is on the up-n-up let alone the fact that now with the advent of electronic billing, NONE of us see a bill unless we DIG for it…I guess I’m just really irritated by all of this. I don’t want to have to go to DISH. I don’t have U-verse® or RCN available where I live. This just SUCKS…Sorry, I don’t think EB is supposed to be a place to vent, but I just thought some of you may share the same frustrations…

  • Adam writer

    RCN is available in the area, and my bill is much cheaper. I loathe Comcast, too.

  • Hey, Matt, I'm back to un-apologize. I'm pretty sure you DO work for the devil. It only makes sense that they would have their plants out and about in Everyblock since they own it. I've noticed that in every thread regarding Comcast that I've come across, there's always at least...

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    Hey, Matt, I'm back to un-apologize. I'm pretty sure you DO work for the devil. It only makes sense that they would have their plants out and about in Everyblock since they own it. I've noticed that in every thread regarding Comcast that I've come across, there's always at least one commenter that sings the praises of the company, and the rhetoric is usually boilerplate (including the old 'blazing fast' speed quote that they use in their own advertising). Over the past month, I've e-chatted three times (for a total of about 5 wasted hours altogether), waited for two call-backs that never came, and spent a few hours on the phone. I can't come anywhere NEAR what you claim to be paying, for HALF of what your getting. I quoted your deal several times, they said the only way a customer would get anything even close to that was if he were a new customer, as an intro deal. (That's Comcast loyalty for you). At least I got them to drop my current cost (full cost) a bit, up my speed, and best of all, lock in the rate for a year (no contract) so I won't have to do this whole dance yet again in another few months, and I can still bail with no penalties if I find a better deal.

8 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Free Antique Desk

250 Yr. OLD DESK FOR FREE TO ANTIQUE LOVER.
Was advertised before but the one who wanted it was unable to get it moved. It has an upper portion with shelves and the lower section is for writing and when you lift the desk portion there is storage. It was used in the South I understand by the post office. It has been in my family for 200 of those 250 years and is in beautiful condition with the wood...

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250 Yr. OLD DESK FOR FREE TO ANTIQUE LOVER.
Was advertised before but the one who wanted it was unable to get it moved. It has an upper portion with shelves and the lower section is for writing and when you lift the desk portion there is storage. It was used in the South I understand by the post office. It has been in my family for 200 of those 250 years and is in beautiful condition with the wood in fine condition. Please call me if you wish to see it 773-267-5155. To those who were interested on the first go-round please call again.
Measurements are as follows: Shelf portion is 10"deep, 34" wide and 37" from top to the lower portion of desk. Lower section measures 39" from floor to top where shelving sits, 27" deep and 35" wide. Please call 773-267-5155 to see it.
June

  • Artie P. Chicago resident since 2010. Originally from NYC.

    Is it possible to share a photo?

2 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Lakeshore garbage pickup at 5:20am

Has anyone else noticed that Lakeshore is picking up garbage before 7:00 and not by just a few minutes. I have called 311 to report them on several occasions. I have tried to talk to the driver but that just turned into him banging the cans louder. We have called the company several times. The first time we received a phone call and results for a couple months. Now they do not return our calls.

The only way they will stop is if enough people complain to 311 and they keep getting fined. Please call 311 if you hear them out before 7:00.

  • They're allowed to do business routes earlier than 7-A.M., but not residential routes.

  • That makes sense, Nick- G. The dumpsters for our bldg are shared with a couple businesses, one a restaurant, a braiding shop, and a mom & pop store. Am probably considered a business route. Still sucks to hear those trucks so early, especially on weekend mornings.

11 hours ago

Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo

Hey pop culture lovers! Starting tomorrow through Sunday the Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo will be taking place at McCormick Place. If you love pop culture C2E2 is for you you! Sunday is Kids Day filled with lots of great activities for the whole family. I'll be at table G5 in Artists Alley selling my all ages comics and mature readers books. Stop by and say hello! You can find more information at the link below.

http://www.c2e2.com/

17 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

NE Corner of Ravenswood and Wilson

Anyone know what's being done in the lot just north of O'Shaughnessy's at Wilson and Ravenswood? It was fenced off for a long time and now it's being torn up.

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    An earlier thread said mixed use biz/res...

16 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Found lost dog in a dapper sweater near Spaulding and Montrose

Is this little critter yours, or do you know whose it is? No tags, although I haven't had it checked for a microchip yet.

It's currently hanging out in my back yard with a bowl of water.

Contact me here or via phone at 773-442-2004 to claim it.

  • Ian Knox Homeowner, Cyclist, Artist, and Beer Enthusiast

    Follow up-- I just checked google street view, and the intersection of Cullom and Spaulding seems to be all multi-unit buildings with no white fences. Could you clarify what house you're talking about when you get a chance?

  • Jen

    When I'm out with my own dog, I see a lady walking two shih tzus and a dog that looks like yours. I think they live in a house on Berteau several houses east of Spaulding. There is a fence, but I can't remember if it's white.

2 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Getting a tree out of the parkway

There is a huge, monstrosity of an evergreen tree in front of my house in the parkway that I'm dying to get rid of. It was planted by the previous owners and although I love trees, I really detest this one. I've heard the city will hardly ever grant a permit to remove a tree in the parkway, though another person told me they aren't so precious about evergreens, which they don't themselves plant. Does anyone know the deal on this? I'm happy to plant another tree, just not this type.

  • The city was happy to cut down a huge beautiful tree in front of my house because of a blight and said they would plant another the following year. I was then told by the alderman's office that the ash tree problem has used up the funds for new plantings. I intend to buy a tree and plant it myself. However, I am not sure they will cut down a tree because it is ugly.

  • Will E. Kay o Nosey Neighbor.

    If you've the cash, a city worker's got the axe.

  • I actually don't need them to cut it down for me - I'm happy to pay someone. I just need a permit from them in order to do it.

3 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Sprint Network in Lincoln Square/Ravenswood

Just wondering if anyone can comment on reception on the Sprint Network in the area. I am looking for a new service and see a good plan through Virgin on the Sprint Network. I am currently on T-Mobile and cannot get any reception in my home so hoping for an improvement. Thanks.

  • I'm not in Lincoln Square or Ravenswood but next door in Andersonville and I can tell you that here and in many places in the city the Sprint reception is abysmal. At a friend's house at Ashland and Catalpa I get no reception indoors at all. Nada. Out on the...

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    I'm not in Lincoln Square or Ravenswood but next door in Andersonville and I can tell you that here and in many places in the city the Sprint reception is abysmal. At a friend's house at Ashland and Catalpa I get no reception indoors at all. Nada. Out on the sidewalk in front of their building things seem fine but inside it's hopeless. In my own apartment at Argyle and Clark, I get from a half a bar to a bar and a half of reception, tops--and that's since the upgrade. Many mornings it is a challenge just tracking the bus due to network errors. Again, it is better outdoors. And, there are a number of places down in the Loop where I get no reception at all indoors. I don't use my phone as much as many people do and the service I get with Virgin is cheap, so I tolerate it but it is frustrating. I should have known better than to sign up for it, though, when they had to walk my phone over to the window at the now-defunct Virgin Store on Clark just to get a signal...(in fairness, that was before the "upgrade" but I can't help thinking the rotten reception in the store's showroom had something to do with the fact that they are no longer there.)

  • I can't speak for Sprint, but I will say that ATT reception is terrible in this area. We currently use T-Mobile and the service is good in Chicago (for us), but terrible everywhere else.

    I'm pretty sure that Verizon is the way to go and when we decide to upgrade our phones we'll be going with them just for better coverage while traveling. My husband uses a Verizon 4G hotspot thingamabob to connect to work remotely and we get reception pretty much everywhere with that thing.

3 days ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Under El Landscaping

Does the CTA or the City offer a subsidy to level the ground (lots of puddles after rainfall) and to improve the aesthetics of the landscaping under the El near the Damen Brownline station? I would hate to not ask before I purchase some pea gravel or white stones.

  • Eastwood/Seeley Building Owner 35yr resident

    I appreciate the input. I didn't think there was any reimbursement. I had to ask. I will get to work and make it look pretty.

    Love Bobs comment!

  • Sheila Pacione Neighbor

    Yea! Share a pic when your done.

Mar 08

Updated 32 hours ago

Looking for Condo Association Mgmt Company

Can anyone recommend a good Management Company for a Condo Association? The main goal is to help ease the burden of the Treasurer position, for which collecting assessment checks and paying monthly bills has become a burdensome role that no one wants to take up.

3 days ago

Updated 34 hours ago

Home Daycare Providers

Hi Neighbors! We just moved to Albany Park a few weeks ago and are looking for home daycare providers near Haugan Elementary for before- and after-school care next school year for our 5 & 6 year old boys. Does anyone have any recommendations for LICENSED providers? I appreciate the tips! Thanks!

  • Years ago I had a licensed day care home and at that time, you could obtain a list of licensed providers from DCFS. I know that isn't exactly what you asked for (recommendations), but I thought it might be helpful for you to know that. A starting point at least.

  • Hi Monica. I was able to look up that information online. I e-mailed a prospective operator yesterday, but no response yet. I think I might "case" my neighborhood on foot and talk to the other moms on my block to see if they know anyone. Thanks!

  • I believe a neighbor of mine has a child care service, she is located at 4519 N. Lawndale. I see a few families drop off their children there. Recommend you just ring her bell and inquire. Best of luck.

Apr 16

Updated 36 hours ago

Purse Stolen While Volunteering

Hi, I'm treating this as a public service announcement. My purse was stolen last night at the Ravenswood Community Kitchen (All Saints Episcopal Church). I arrived to volunteer and the team lead, volunteer coordinator, shared with the other girls and I that we were to place our belongings we wished to not have sitting out in this "locked file cabinet."

Please be advised that the "locked file cabinet" was a sh*tty cabinet that someone could easily bust into. But, no...

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Hi, I'm treating this as a public service announcement. My purse was stolen last night at the Ravenswood Community Kitchen (All Saints Episcopal Church). I arrived to volunteer and the team lead, volunteer coordinator, shared with the other girls and I that we were to place our belongings we wished to not have sitting out in this "locked file cabinet."

Please be advised that the "locked file cabinet" was a sh*tty cabinet that someone could easily bust into. But, no need as the key to said sh*tty file cabinet was placed on a folding table in the middle of the check in area often left unattended to.

My gut told me to take my purse and keep it with me but I didn't want to appear suspect to the individuals we were helping that evening.

So, silly me, I left it. Only to come back to the "locked file cabinet" about two hours later and bam, its gone.

I'm so thankful I had friends with me to help figure out what to do as the church staff were not very helpful in assisting a quick search of the church property and staff.

I want my loss be a lesson to all doing good out there, keep doing good things for others but leave all personal items at home as many of these locations do not provide adequate storage and if your gut is telling you something, trust it. I'd have my purse and all its fabulous contents today if I would have trusted my gut.

  • Oh Charles & Penny, that is just terrible! I am so sorry you are experiencing the same loss as I am. I only wish that people volunteering were exempt from this type of crime. I hope the person who took your reader enjoyed books as much as you, I am...

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    Oh Charles & Penny, that is just terrible! I am so sorry you are experiencing the same loss as I am. I only wish that people volunteering were exempt from this type of crime. I hope the person who took your reader enjoyed books as much as you, I am trying to look at it the same way….I hope they love my bag and all the nice things in it as much as I did. AND, I hope they realize that hard work can also get you items like that vs. stealing from someone who worked hard to get them…..

  • zippy8 mostly happy resident

    We would think purses are different enough that we'd know which one is ours. This is a long shot but I like to consider out of the boxes ideas. What if a volunteer took the purse thinking it was theirs at first. Then after the announcement that it was stolen,...

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    We would think purses are different enough that we'd know which one is ours. This is a long shot but I like to consider out of the boxes ideas. What if a volunteer took the purse thinking it was theirs at first. Then after the announcement that it was stolen, she was too embarrassed/thought she'd be accused of theft and didn't say anything.
    Some people freeze, clam up or have poor social skills, don't know how to handle such a situation. Since the key was left in a community area it very likely was stolen.

2 days ago

Updated 37 hours ago

McPherson School: Tuition Based Preschool (New Program!)

McPherson School, Lincoln Square's neighborhood school, now plans to offer Tuition Based Preschool for the 2014-2015 school year. Please join us! The school is actively recruiting area families to be a part of the program, which will be play-based and focus on literacy, math, social studies, science and social-emotional learning.

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please feel free to contact me (kim@friendsofmcpherson.com). I am a current parent and member of Friends of McPherson.

If you...

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McPherson School, Lincoln Square's neighborhood school, now plans to offer Tuition Based Preschool for the 2014-2015 school year. Please join us! The school is actively recruiting area families to be a part of the program, which will be play-based and focus on literacy, math, social studies, science and social-emotional learning.

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please feel free to contact me (kim@friendsofmcpherson.com). I am a current parent and member of Friends of McPherson.

If you are interested in seeing the inside of the school, the next tour will take place Friday, April 25 at 9:30 and there are also tours scheduled for the same time on May 9 and May 30. If these tours do not work for your schedule, we can make other arrangements. Feel free to email Marianne Turk (mturk@cps.edu) to participate in an upcoming school tour.

  • Hi Kim! Very interested. Can you send more info: jaysoncacal@gmail.com

    Thanks!

40 hours ago

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Mar 08

Updated 2 days ago

Say no to Cubs parking at Irving and Rockwell

In the latest newsletter for our ward, it was announced that the Cubs will be soon turning our neighborhood into their parking lot. This doesn't require ward approval. Sounds like a deal has been made between the Cubs and Basic wire, a factory with a gigantic lot by the river.
I can only imagine what wonders this will do for traffic on Irving, Western and all the side streets. I'm not just talking car traffic, some of the fans aren't...

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In the latest newsletter for our ward, it was announced that the Cubs will be soon turning our neighborhood into their parking lot. This doesn't require ward approval. Sounds like a deal has been made between the Cubs and Basic wire, a factory with a gigantic lot by the river.
I can only imagine what wonders this will do for traffic on Irving, Western and all the side streets. I'm not just talking car traffic, some of the fans aren't all too respectful. Ready to have your area turn into Wrigleyville? Finally, what positive does our community get from this? What traffic studies were done? I know this is a free market but let's make sure we let Basic Cable and Cubs ownership hear are voices.

2 days ago

What's up at Eastwood and Kedzie?

Saw flashing lights and a ton of people on the sidewalk. Anyone know what's going on?

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

River Park boat house construction underway.

According to this DNAInfo article, the boat house should be completed in October. That's probably a bit late for paddling on the river this year, but it's good to have it started.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140422/albany-park/river-park-boathouse-construction-gets-under-way

  • Kim R. Biker, designer, AP resident

    I live down the street from that boathouse. I was wondering what they were doing. I'm pretty excited to have kayak rental!

2 days ago

Wonderful Summer Professional Development Opportunity for PK-12 Educators

Hi Friends!

The Chicago Botanic Garden will be hosting a School Gardening Conference on Saturday, June 28. This year's conference will focus on connecting gardening to Next Generation Science Standards, and incorporating into classroom curriculum. Please forward the link below onto any teacher, administrator, librarian, informal educator, or anyone else who may be interested.

http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=b8d5a8ce718556733498bee3e&id=f18245d20d&e=f9bb6078e7

Thanks!

Apr 15

Updated 2 days ago

Public sidewalk a safety hazard, and eyesore: 4817 N. Wolcott

If you've ever walked the east side of the 4800 block of N. Wolcott, you've walked over or around the worst stretch of sidewalk in Ravenswood. I'm finally fed up enough to do something about it and would encourage the support of all neighbors. Thanks!

Below is an excerpt from the email just sent to Jim Poole in the Ward 47 office.
Sent April 15, 2014

Jim,

Just around the block from the new Mariano' there is a public disgrace....

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If you've ever walked the east side of the 4800 block of N. Wolcott, you've walked over or around the worst stretch of sidewalk in Ravenswood. I'm finally fed up enough to do something about it and would encourage the support of all neighbors. Thanks!

Below is an excerpt from the email just sent to Jim Poole in the Ward 47 office.
Sent April 15, 2014

Jim,

Just around the block from the new Mariano' there is a public disgrace. Besides the hundreds of residents using it, some customers and a lot of Mariano's employees are having to negotiate it too -- and somebody is going to get hurt.

The sidewalk in front of my neighbor building, at 4817 North Wolcott, managed by ICM Properties, 773-549-5443 has been a terrible hazard and now, ever since this last winter, it is a menace to public safety. I've tripped over this broken, uneven and potholed walkway for over 10 years and I'm fed up.

Please see the attached photos documenting this disgrace, and the building management.

I'm requesting that the Alderman do whatever possible to either force the management to repair this sidewalk in front of their building, or better yet find some emergency money and have the Ward replace it entirely.

Thank you ...

  • I think you meant Bill no works at the Alderman's office, Jim still does - he's the chief of staff - http://chicago47.org/staff/

  • Delia Kropp Loving Ravenswood since 1990

    As this post's creator, I'd like to express my thanks to the Alderman's office for getting the deteriorated stretch of sidewalk not merely repaired but entirely replaced. The work began 3 days after I emailed Mr. Poole, who acknowledged the urgency of the situation, and was completed within 24 hours. By any standards this response was exceptionally quick. Well done.
    Many thanks as well to my neighbors here on Everyblock.com who voiced their support. Hopefully we've saved some trips & spills.

Apr 13

Updated 2 days ago

Philadelphian Romanian Church Crazy Drivers

Sunnyside and Paulina
Twice this am I was almost hit by the cars speeding through stop signs to drop off people at church! Then to be told f*ck off by the driver when I told them to stop.

I called about the illegally parked cars that continue to park in tow zones.

What more can be done! I documented the two cars that almost hit me as well.

  • Call if you'd like but I'm telling you, the police have looked me in the eye and said "I'm not ticketing a church, I don't want to go to hell..."

    Believe me, the traffic here is a million times better than it was 8-10 years ago. They used to literally...

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    Call if you'd like but I'm telling you, the police have looked me in the eye and said "I'm not ticketing a church, I don't want to go to hell..."

    Believe me, the traffic here is a million times better than it was 8-10 years ago. They used to literally park in the intersection for hours. At least now they park in spaces and the noise level is down. I had thought maybe they suddenly had a change of heart since it's been so much better lately.

    Most of the tight parking issues that force you to park on Ravenswood are not that much better when church isn't in session these days. The fact is that we have a lot of condos/multi-unit buildings and far more people/cars than there are spaces. We've politely asked that they respect the neighbors. (we met with the pastor in person, inside the church, with the alderman's office representative)

    They don't care about the neighbors. Just be careful when you are crossing the street. Trying to do more will just leave you frustrated.

  • I used to live right across the street from this church. When I first moved in it was something different, I think maybe an Episcopal Church, and I hardly noticed them. As soon as it became the Philadelphia Romanian Church parking in the neighborhood became impossible on Sundays and some evenings and the street was much more crowded. They are one of the reasons I moved.

Apr 14

Updated 2 days ago

7-11 at Montrose & Pulaski

Interested in what's going to go in in the old King of Tile space at 4401 N. Pulaski? It's a 7-11. With a parking lot. Across from a gas station with a busy lot and next to a strip mall.

http://www.licensedchicagocontractors.com/?pid=100518668#csearch=4401%20N.%20Pulaski

This project, in addition to the soon-to-open Dollar Tree at Pulaski and Ainslie seems to create conditions that will Pulaski even slower for drivers and buses alike. And anyone who's ridden the Pulaski bus from the Irving Park el knows what I mean!

  • AlbanyParkMom Community gardener, 11-year resident

    Thai Town (a dumpling restaurant, plus a spa I think) will open sometime this summer, according to ward 39. There's also some streetscaping slated for Pulaski between Wilson and Montrose later this year. The streetscaping is to include thermoplastic street markings and probably banners. This is a tough stretch of...

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    Thai Town (a dumpling restaurant, plus a spa I think) will open sometime this summer, according to ward 39. There's also some streetscaping slated for Pulaski between Wilson and Montrose later this year. The streetscaping is to include thermoplastic street markings and probably banners. This is a tough stretch of Pulaski to actually walk, in my opinion, thanks to the plethora of strip-mall driveways, but hopefully some additional improvements will show up.

    No other business development has been announced, and Thai Town is quite late in opening. Don't think Arun has secured any non-TIF funding for additional projects.

    Ward 39 will probably have additional details, although you might reach out to ward 35 (Ald. Rey Colon) as this area has now been remapped into his ward.

  • rache53 christian science

    GOOD NEWS............

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Ald. Deb Mell Weighs in on Issues Facing Your Ward

Ald. Deb Mell (33rd Ward) answered questions from residents and discussed Chicago's proposed ban of plastic bags, dog parks, and more on CAN TV's Political Forum. You can watch complete video of the show here: http://cantv.org/VIDEO-Political-Forum-2014-4-16-AldDebMell.htm. Do you have a question for a local representative? Join us next time on Political Forum. Details: http://cantv.org/politicalforum.htm.

  • Jim Kedzie and Grace

    What a great resource.

    When was this taped? Based on reference to the Chicago Magazine article which was around the beginning of the month I'd guess this is a few weeks old. Dating the video would help me in my understanding of what's going on in the ward. Specifically whether...

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    What a great resource.

    When was this taped? Based on reference to the Chicago Magazine article which was around the beginning of the month I'd guess this is a few weeks old. Dating the video would help me in my understanding of what's going on in the ward. Specifically whether the mention of 12 Divy stations coming and when/ if I should start digging and getting excited.

    I'm also curious why there was no follow up to the statement that the city is hindered in it's construction of dog parks because "the Park District won't let you" install a dog park with natural grass they require artificial surfaces. You have got to be kidding me?

    I don't even know where to begin with this nonsense...

    Why would an Alderman behave as if once the park district issues a fiat on what surface dogs should be pooping on the city is hamstrung on the subject. I think what ever rule it is requiring whatever they require could likely be looked at. And if it can't be then you've got yourself another problem altogether. I seem to recall there are issues with the park district's terrible management of Soldier Field every year. Maybe it's time for that heavily clouted department to get some real oversight?

    Requiring synthetic surfaces for all dog parks? I can't imagine what the rationale for that policy would be other than a bunch of park district family members are in the "artificial surface for dog parks" business. Am I the only one who can not believe we have a policy of only artificial surfaces for dog parks?

    Anyway thanks for taking the time to make information about government available to all of us.

  • Jim Kedzie and Grace

    A little more info on artificial surfaces for dog parks...

    http://hornerparkdogpark.blogspot.com/2013/09/why-artificial-turf.html

    It's good to see the responses to the blog posting aren't coming from those with vested interests in the product. Oh those appear to be canned replies to you? No?!?

    (rolls eyes)

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Street Sweeping

Thank goodness that the street sweeping schedule is beginning again. After the long winter and with spring just beginning, it's important to move your car so the sweepers can remove all the gunk and debris that has accumulated in the streets. It's unsightly and could clog sewer drains. Yes, it's inconvenient to find a parking spot during sweeping times, but important nonetheless -- and easy to avoid a $60 ticket!

Fun segment by Curious City about an otherwise mundane topic: http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/street-sweeping-essential-service-or-revenue-scam-109221

  • Kristine Cloud 30 year resident of North Center

    Kudos to Shelley's husband for cleaning the sewer grates! It helps if everyone pitches in on tasks like this. It drives me insane that the leaves don't seem to fall until the beginning of December, yet the last street sweeping is usually in October or early November. The city would save itself a lot of work in the spring if it had another sweeping in December (weather permitting). Oh well...

  • Kelly B Beaucastel's Mom

    You can sign up to get alerts for your Ward at http://sweeparound.us
    You can get email or text alerts. It may not be 100% accurate, but hopefully it will help!

2 days ago

Parking Space Wanted

Hello. Currently located at Montrose and Sacramento and looking for anyone renting a parking space / garage space. We are going to lose our current spot starting June 1 and hoping to replace it with something close by.

Thanks!

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Anyone with a truck?

Hello Neighbors!! Happy Fine Friday!! I was wondering if someone with a truck could move a queen mattress and box spring from St. Louis/Leland to Foster/Damen sometime this weekend. I think it's not even 4 miles. I'd be happy to pay $20 for your trouble.

  • JinL Albany Park resident....St. Louis and Leland

    @ wicked - what time would you be available? I can either have someone home by 4:30...or I can be home by 5:45.

  • Wicked Fast BMW Average Chicagoan who loves her city

    I get the digest so didn't see this until Tuesday morning. Please email me at kaisergeorge@sbcglobal.net with a phone number and I will call you. We are going to the Cubs game tonight so I am only available until about 5 or tomorrow morning.

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2 days ago

Chicago River Restoration

Hi neighbors-
Someone posted in another ward asking about what was happening down at the river near Montrose and Rockwell, having seen trucks of all kinds lined up-
I thought I would post in our ward since the project is happening here in the 33rd.
For those who don't know already-Currently underway is a civil works project with the park district and the Army Corps of Engineers to restore the riverbank and make ecological improvements to the site. There are a few goals to this. The project is really looking wonderful and I'm so excited to see it happening.

For more detail on the project, follow this link:
http://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorksProjects/HornerPark.aspx

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