20 hours ago

Updated 21 min ago

Electric Aggregation Program

I received a letter in the mail about some electric aggregation program for the city. It says a few things about how the program saves us money if eligible, and there's an automatic enrollment. Anyone know more about this, or if/when it's a good idea to opt out? I'll read the docs myself, but wanted some community feedback to counter-balance it :)

  • I agree with the comments to utilize Citizens Utility Board to help navigate your questions. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people not get screwed by utility companies. Always, always, ALWAYS read the fine print before switching providers. There are hundreds now and most of them have an initial lower rate but it then become variable.

  • Joycey North Center Resident 8+ ys.

    When I was first part of the program, it did seem to save a few bucks. But doing a comparison a year later, using how much power and cost per kilowatt, it appeared that it cost more to use the electric aggregation program supplier so I cancelled.

47 hours ago

Updated 30 min ago

Mangal?

Anyone know why Mangal has been closed the past couple of evenings?

  • Caroline from Silvertown Silvertown Studio

    Huh. I actually liked this iteration. I've been there twice in the last month, once they had a decent crowd, but live music (it was impossible to hear over the music in that small space and we were hoping for dinner conversation, so we left), and the second time it was nearly empty on a weeknight. Their chicken wing variations are quite tasty - a nice change from hot, hotter, and hottest.

  • You know, this is a pretty good spot for restaurants, and the ones we have on that stretch of Montrose --the Thai place, Subway, Amistad, the Mexican joint by the L, Margie's, Glenn's, Beand & Bagels, Chicago's Best, etc. --have all been around and making money for at least 10...

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    You know, this is a pretty good spot for restaurants, and the ones we have on that stretch of Montrose --the Thai place, Subway, Amistad, the Mexican joint by the L, Margie's, Glenn's, Beand & Bagels, Chicago's Best, etc. --have all been around and making money for at least 10 years (9 for Glenn's), rock solid. The pizza place that was in the Wolcott's/Troquet/Mangal spot was there forever, too. You've got to *really* drop the ball to not succeed there, but the last three management/ownership teams to occupy the space seem to have done exactly that. It's kind of unbelievable.

46 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Mayoral Race

Emanuel or Fioretti? Someone else? Not voting?

2 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Dog Bite

Hi neighbors, my husband was out on his morning run this morning and a large dog bite him. He noticed a woman with a small dog and a large dog on the sidewalk so he gave distance and ran on the parkway to avoid the woman and the dogs. The larger dog pulled away from his owner and bite through two layers of clothing and broke skin. He exchanged numbers and is on his way to the ER.

Any suggestions on the next steps?

  • Speaking from the pov of someone that was bitten by an English Mastiff (185 lbs), you definitely need to report it. The dog that bit me had an unreported bite history. I found out he had bitten 2 people before me. Being rude and defensive as an owner gets you nowhere, your dog - your responsibility. Do the right thing and deal with your dog's actions.
    Lastly, I hope it hasn't turned your husband fearful of dogs. Not all dogs or owners are bad. Good luck to you.

  • Reed W. Reed from Irving Park

    Thank you all for the kind messages and concern on this board. I am the bite victim in my wife's post. The wound seems to be healing ok, however still a bit sore in the general area.

    So since the last update, I have been contacted by Animal Control regarding...

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    Thank you all for the kind messages and concern on this board. I am the bite victim in my wife's post. The wound seems to be healing ok, however still a bit sore in the general area.

    So since the last update, I have been contacted by Animal Control regarding the next steps. Unfortunately it seems we do not have enough information about the owners to take this any further. The daughter walking the dog, all we have is a phone number (no name or address), and mother owner of the dog living outside the city, we have her name, phone #, and address however house is foreclosed. Both parties have been unresponsive to continued attempts to contact since the morning of the incident. Both to our attempts as well as by law enforcement.

    At this point I am most concerned with my safety, as I am fairly certain that the dog is not current on vaccinations. I just wish I could find that piece of this puzzle out. Would help me sleep better at night.

    If anyone has any advice on anything else we can do to find more about the owner at this point, please let me know. Looking back, I probably should have attempted to get more information in person and/or file a police report then and there. At the time I really didn't want to make a big deal about it and was figuring she would do the right thing. Unfortunately, it hasn't been the case.

    Also, any neighbors around Waters Elementary School (Wilson and Cambpell), please watch out for woman walking English Mastif. I hope no one has to repeat my story.

    Thanks again everyone.

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3 hours ago

chihuahua on wilson

Chihuahua without a leash at Wilson and Sacramento at 7:10 am Friday. He likes to bark

5 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Eyebrow Threading

Are there any good eyebrow threading places around Lincoln Square/Ravenswood? I used to go to a great lady down in Lakeview, but I just can't get there as easily anymore and my eyebrows look a little scary!! Alternatively, someone who gives a quality wax would also work - basically I need these caterpillars off my face. :) Thanks.

4 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Found: chubby orange housecat

This cat was hanging out on the sidewalk in front of 4447 N Wolcott. It was very friendly, well fed and didn't seem like an outside cat. I couldn't take it in so he's still outside. It went into the gated alley next to the building so I'm hoping it knows how to stay safe. It was cold but seemed ok for now.

  • This is hilarious. I'm sorry you are all missing your cats, but this just made my night. Especially the Chest/Not Chester picture lol.

  • This cat has been a fixture of the neighborhood for years. He/she is fearless and friendly. If this cat were on Fousquare, it would be the Mayor of Ravenswood.

2 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Tire thief?

Saw a newer Honda on bricks this morning. Is their a possible tire and rim thief in the area near Montrose and Winchester?

  • Crystal-Did you call the police? Can you send me an email if convenient since you don't have an email link under your page?

  • gloria gloria

    Yesterday I saw a Honda Fit on the 1900 block of Belle Plaine on blocks, no tires. Sad this stuff keeps happening so close to home.

26 hours ago

Your tax dollars at work

1. First Repave roads throughout chicago.
2. Then tear them up to upgrade water/sewer/gas and repatch

Very efficient!

26 hours ago

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Mar 09

Updated 27 hours ago

Curb your dog...

Now that the snow is melting, it's becoming more obvious that *some* dog owners really didn't want to take the time to clean up after their dogs. I understand that it has been a cold and snowy winter, but it shouldn't change your level of responsibility as respectable owners. It is bad enough that at the end of the sidewalk leading out of building complexes is the landing strip for all of the dog urine in the world, but I...

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Now that the snow is melting, it's becoming more obvious that *some* dog owners really didn't want to take the time to clean up after their dogs. I understand that it has been a cold and snowy winter, but it shouldn't change your level of responsibility as respectable owners. It is bad enough that at the end of the sidewalk leading out of building complexes is the landing strip for all of the dog urine in the world, but I could look past that if the steaming piles were removed.

The area in particular that I'm referring to is on Wolcott, north of Montrose, south of Sunnyside on the east side of the road. There are probably a dozen big dog turds laying on the snow and even one on the sidewalk. Some new, some old and crusty. It's disgusting. If I had small children, I'd be pissed as these are not "road verges"(?) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Road_verge) that I'd want my kids walking on or playing on.

It is at the point where the next nice day I'm going to go out there and clean it up myself. I'm just sick of seeing it.

  • Phil L, the city certainly is still baiting, in fact they came through a week or so ago and baited along some of the alleyways in St. Ben's. Here's a number you can call if you can point them toward specific evidence of rat infestation (for example, small holes in the ground that lead to their burrows and tunnelways). They will bait inside the hole and seal it off, so pets in the area should be safe. Just give them the location of the spot. The number is 312-742-7287.

  • Nk

    Instead of posting in a 7 month thread why not create a new one? That way the first part of it (where many people start reading) will not be filled with people who may not be active any longer, that's all. Internet forums 101.

33 hours ago

4 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Graffiti Removal and Prevention

This would drive you crazy too! It's two steps forward and 15 backwards.... so I recently called the City of Chicago for the 400th time ( yep!) they=Graffiti Busters did their part and removed this mess on the walls! Then I applied Sherwin-Williams anti-graffiti covering. Still working but the creeps got on the roof and tagged the bricks surrounding the skylight.... now everyone on the Brown Line "L" can see their handwork! I am at wits end!!!! Up to the...

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This would drive you crazy too! It's two steps forward and 15 backwards.... so I recently called the City of Chicago for the 400th time ( yep!) they=Graffiti Busters did their part and removed this mess on the walls! Then I applied Sherwin-Williams anti-graffiti covering. Still working but the creeps got on the roof and tagged the bricks surrounding the skylight.... now everyone on the Brown Line "L" can see their handwork! I am at wits end!!!! Up to the roof on Monday to cover that with paint and apply the anti-graffiti covering....cross your fingers! If anyone sees these creeps please call the police, we think it is the same group of bad-boys that beat up the Baker at Beans and Bagels but we are not sure. Do not put yourself in harms way....but call the police! Thanks!!!

  • i think you're inhaling too many fumes.

  • TOKE is a Lincoln Square regular tagger. This "artist" has done nothing in the neighborhood worth keeping, so 311 online reporting continues with responsiveness on the part of Graffiti Blasters. The work shown in the photo has been the most elaborate of his/her works that I've seen this year; which...

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    TOKE is a Lincoln Square regular tagger. This "artist" has done nothing in the neighborhood worth keeping, so 311 online reporting continues with responsiveness on the part of Graffiti Blasters. The work shown in the photo has been the most elaborate of his/her works that I've seen this year; which is not saying much and resembles sophomoric skill. This joke might live around Oakley, the epicenter of tagging. Though, his/her tagging is an eyesore, I do not know how one makes the leap to the Bagel and Beans crime and find the accusation irresponsible.

42 hours ago

Babysitter

Hey, my name is Madalina and I am an experienced babysitter. I am looking for a family that needs a full time caring and careful babysitter for their child. I live in the Avondale area. Please contact me if you are interested or know someone who would be interested. Thank you !
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2 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Lost cat: Approx 10-year-old male short hair tabby

Hi,

My family's cat has been missing since some point on Saturday. Unfortunately we were out and about most of the weekend until late Sunday so he didn't have opportunity to come inside. He was last seen around Whipple-Albany and Sunnyside.

He's an extremely friendly male cat, brown-black tabby with black stripes. He has a distinguishing mole on his nose. He is known to approach strangers and purr and meow a lot, so I am wondering if a neighbor may have taken him in. He's also fairly skinny but overall in good health.

Thanks for any help.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Looking for a recommendation for roofing company

We need our roof repaired or replaced. Any recommendations? Thank you!

  • Maria de la Rosa-Young, North Park Gardener and coffee lover

    Ferris Roofing did an excellent job on our bungalow and has done many of our neighbors' roofs as well. Very professional, reasonable and courteous 773-583-8382

  • JZ Roofing replaced the roof on my house and garage as well as all of the gutters. They did an excellent job. Merrill, the sales guy, is a bit annoying but you certainly get a nice new roof without any hassels. Everything is guaranteed. Their quote was in the middle.

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5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Suggestions for a 2 year old/ classes/ activities thank you

Hello,

I am new to the neighborhood and I'm having a hard time finding activities for my toddler. We do go to the Old town school of music for an occasional class but was wondering if there's any other ones around. Yelp is not helping me at the moment. Any suggestions would be appreciated? Thank you :)

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Leather alterations

Anybody know a rep. leather alteration person? I purchased a $$$ leather jacket for the ms. and the sleeves are a little long. Stopped by the new cleaner at the Damen brown line and she didn't know.
Don't trust my Montrose guy. Any suggs? Willing to travel, city of course.

3 days ago

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3 days ago

Truck Break-In on 4300 Block of Campbell

Hey neighbors, I heard two loud thumps and then a car alarm go off at midnight last night. I looked out the window and saw that a truck parked on Campbell between Montrose and Pensacola was broken into. The alarm went off for several minutes. I did not see the perpetrators, but I do know it took place at midnight. This morning I saw that the passenger window was smashed. This is the first break-in that i have noticed since moving to the neighborhood this summer.

3 days ago

Is this your cat?

I found this cutie in the vicinity of Sunnyside & Drake approx. 5pm Sunday (10/19). He was following various people on the street and trying to enter apartment building in the area, meowing to go inside. No one knew who he might belong to.

Male tuxedo kitty, all black on top, white belly and paws. Seems quite young. See attached pic. Not micro-chipped and appears to be in excellent health. Very perplexed as to why this guy is not micro-chipped...

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I found this cutie in the vicinity of Sunnyside & Drake approx. 5pm Sunday (10/19). He was following various people on the street and trying to enter apartment building in the area, meowing to go inside. No one knew who he might belong to.

Male tuxedo kitty, all black on top, white belly and paws. Seems quite young. See attached pic. Not micro-chipped and appears to be in excellent health. Very perplexed as to why this guy is not micro-chipped as he appears to be someone's loving pet.

Extremely well socialized with people, playful and not fearful at all. Did not appear to be an indoor/outdoor kitty as he did not seem familiar with cars, traffic or the outside world. Will be turning over to rescue group for proper adoption procedure if owners are not located by end of the week. He will be an extremely good find for someone looking to adopt a young male who is quite outgoing, well-behaved and friendly. Am re-posting this to various neighborhood sites, Chicago lost pet FB pages, etc.

If you believe this is your cat, please call #773-822-1700 and leave a message with call back number and email. You will be asked to provide proof of ownership and photos.

Thank you. - Heather

Bow Wow Meow Pet Care
www.mybowwowmeow.com
Proudly Serving Albany Park Since 2005

Oct 09

Updated 4 days ago

Lost Quadcopter

I lost a RC quadcopter(helicopter) at Horner Park. I fear it may have gone in the river, but if anyone that walks, jogs, works, or is by that area and sees an aprox 1'x1' RC quadcopter with orange and green propellers please contact me. Will pay a reward if returned. Or call 847-370-1684

  • Dustin, so glad that we were able to get your quadcopter back to you! It looks like a lot of work went into it. Love to see you fly it sometime.

  • Dustin Dalziel lost quadcopter

    Thank you again so much. Yes the time spent on it made it so much more valuable to me. I would love to show you and your family how it flies, maybe we can meet at Horner Park this coming weekend? FYI, what you found is called the "Warpquad" if you were so inclined to watch a YouTube video of someone flying one.

4 days ago

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5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Girl, 14, missing from Albany Park

Police are searching for a 14-year-old girl who has been missing for almost a week from the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

Beatriz Delaluz was last seen about 2 p.m. on Oct. 12 when she left her father’s home in the 4900 block of North Lawndale, according to a missing person alert from Chicago Police.

Delaluz has been active on Facebook but hasn’t revealed where she might be, the alert said.

She is described as a 5-foot-3, 140-pound Hispanic girl, last seen carrying a black and white Jordan backpack, police said.

Anyone with information on Delaluz’s whereabouts is asked to call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8200.

http://breakingnews.suntimes.com/chicago/girl-14-missing-from-albany-park/

  • Wicked Fast BMW Average Chicagoan who loves her city

    Sounds like runaway. Kids that age usually run away for a reason.

  • The link Bob provided has been updated & says she's been found.

4 days ago

  • Ms. K., We Need More Great Books!

    Ms. Koehler is asking for $206.24:
    My students need more of their favorite books, such as the My Weird School and According to Humphrey series.
    Newton Bateman Elementary School Comment

Oct 13

Updated 4 days ago

Crazy Neighbor

An older woman recently moved in around the block. She yells at anyone whose dog uses the bathroom on the lawn area that borders the street and sidewalk, which is outside her window. I understand that this is not her property, the city owns it. Recently she was outside following me and pouring bleach all over the grass. My husband has seen her sprinkling what we hope is only red pepper. None of this has stopped the dogs from using...

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An older woman recently moved in around the block. She yells at anyone whose dog uses the bathroom on the lawn area that borders the street and sidewalk, which is outside her window. I understand that this is not her property, the city owns it. Recently she was outside following me and pouring bleach all over the grass. My husband has seen her sprinkling what we hope is only red pepper. None of this has stopped the dogs from using the bathroom on this stretch of grass. All of us dog owners are getting fed up with her harassment and we are worried she is going to start putting poison on the grass. We don't know if we should call the police or what to do. Has anyone been in this situation? Any advice? Is this legal what she is doing?

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    I think Aron is just new to "social" media.

  • Aron Long tlme Lincoln sq home owner

    Mandal I love everyblock .It adds amusement to my day .

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Pastry Chef from Beans n Bagels

Has anyone heard how the pastry chef from Beans n Bagels is doing now? I heard there would be a kickstarter campaign to help him while he's out of work because he was injured. But I never heard any more about that. Has anyone heard anything about how he is or about raising money to help him?

  • Their Facebook page had some updates a while ago- surgery went well. You might check for more details there.

  • I was there this morning and asked about him. She said he is doing well, but he's in France right now. I didn't want to press further.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Graffit and the cure?!?

I seem to have ended the graffiti that has plagued my building at Wilson and Wolcott .
( over 400 times this has happened!) I went to Sherwin Williams Paint Co. and ordered their anti-graffiti covering. If you are having a similar problem this might be the solution. It is quite pricey, About $105.00 per gallon. Your surface needs to be cleaned by the "Graffiti Buster" first before you apply the covering. My piece of mind was worth the cost. I will up-date you if I see this hasn't worked, but for now we are golden! YEAH!

  • The Crusty Pirate Old crotchety pirate captain (retired)

    Another possible solution could be 'green walls'

    http://goo.gl/ltX9DG <-- green walls google image search

    The paint is intriguing though... i may use it in conjunction with 'green walls'.

  • The Crusty Pirate Old crotchety pirate captain (retired)

    I'm inclined to think that any surface that doesn't present itself as a clean flat canvas would deter an aspiring 'artist'.

    It would be an interesting hypothesis to test - using flat surfaces (control), corrugated surfaces, vegetated surface (green walls), open slatted surfaces, surface filled with holes, surfaces that are already randomly colored, highly textured surfaces, etc.... anything to 'break the canvas' and make it less palatable.

    - someone go try that ; )

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