3 hours ago

Looking to donate a turkey

I have an extra turkey. Anyone know where I could donate one?

15 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Dog needs foster or adopter

This one year old shepherd mix was abandoned by its owner and left to be euthanized. He has some behavioral issues but will become your buddy if you give him treats and spend time with him. He needs a foster or adopter to socialize him. He is currently living in a cage so anyone that can work with him would help him.

3 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Yard Waste, Trash Issues

A neighbor of ours is filling our trash cans entirely with leaves. We've asked (in person, nicely) for this to stop, but we weren't taken seriously. I'm not sure what we can do next. Would we be fined for having trash cans full of yard waste? Should we request an extra trash can for our neighbor? We don't have enough space for our trash now. Thanks, everyone!

  • Hello thanks for the letter. I am glad that you all will help keep the street and alley nice
    I was just bummed bc after working for several hrs he approached me and instead of saying thanks and ur right I will help. His response is I didnt know u...

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    Hello thanks for the letter. I am glad that you all will help keep the street and alley nice
    I was just bummed bc after working for several hrs he approached me and instead of saying thanks and ur right I will help. His response is I didnt know u were the one doing it all. And also I will call my landlord to have him help We all know ur landlord is a total slum lord. I hope the new owners r better then the previous ones that let it forclose. Remember up until last year ur property was so infested w rats that streets and sans came every week to bait because the amount of holes on property were considered a health hazard. Clearly ur landlord didn't care so when he offered that i was annoyed. I appreciate ur offer in helping out I don't want it to go back to what it was a few urs back. It took a lot of time and money to clean it up

  • Cheers, all -- we're unsubscribing from the thread since this is resolved.

8 hours ago

Street Parking limitations start Monday 12/1

Beginning Dec. 1 at 3 a.m., the Winter Overnight Parking Ban goes into effect.

Chicago drivers should be on the lookout for signs that ban parking on "critical arterial" streets from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m.,

Violators may get slammed with a $150 (minimum) towing fee, $60 ticket and a daily storage fee of $20. Cars will be towed to auto pounds at either 10301 S. Doty Ave. or 701 N. Sacramento Ave.

Remember the little ditty:

"Red White and...

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Beginning Dec. 1 at 3 a.m., the Winter Overnight Parking Ban goes into effect.

Chicago drivers should be on the lookout for signs that ban parking on "critical arterial" streets from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m.,

Violators may get slammed with a $150 (minimum) towing fee, $60 ticket and a daily storage fee of $20. Cars will be towed to auto pounds at either 10301 S. Doty Ave. or 701 N. Sacramento Ave.

Remember the little ditty:

"Red White and Blue: after two
Red and White - no overnight"

No overnight parking, snow or no snow:
http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/streets/supp_info/Snow20112012/Snow%202013%20-%202014/2014_15_Winter_Overnight_Parking_Ban_Map.pdf

No parking anytime after 2 inches of snowfall:
http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/streets/supp_info/Snow20112012/Snow%202013%20-%202014/2014_15_Winter_Overnight_Parking_Ban_Map.pdf

How long after the 2-inch snowfall can parking return? I have no idea, but I think sometime after the snowplowing is finished. (Nobody ever seems to have an answer to this question!)

33 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Christmas Tree Options

Hi everyone! My family and I moved to AP recently. We've been wondering: what places around our area (St. Louis and Cullom) sell live Christmas trees? Are there any lots around or businesses that have them available? We don't have a car and I wouldn't mind a (hopefully) short walk. Thank you in advance for your help.

  • Lella, I had totally forgotten about that store, despite doing the majority of our shopping at Tony's. Thanks for reminding me of its existence!

  • You're welcome!

10 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

These cats will be euthanized

These cats were abandoned after their owner passed away. They will be euthanized soon. Looking for someone that may be able to take them so they can live out the rest of their lives. They are about 17 years old.

  • CACC the city shelter is FULL right now. If you have room in your home to foster, please contact any of the rescues listed above to fill out a foster app. You'll save TWO lives: the animal who comes into your home and the animal who gets that cage. Every rescue I know needs more fosters, and it's FREE. Not to mention, good for the soul!

  • Lulu's Locker and Friends of CACC rescue both dogs and cats. PAWS also has a foster program. And Young at Heart specializes in seniors <3

35 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Snow shoveling for condo?

Does anyone have a recommendation for snow removal for the season?

  • Call Saima @847-571-6248, we offer snow removal service.

  • I would ask the owner/manager of any nearby businesses who they use and then call to find out if they would take care of your property also.

36 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Appliance Repair Recommendation?

We have a dryer that needs some attention, Do you have any recommendations - or warnings - about quick, reliable appliance repair?

4 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Best car repair shop?

What are your favorite car repair shops--for brakes, etc? Thanks!

  • Tas mania Devil Irving and california

    Don't go to B an L auto on kedzie 3 cars sent there and well less then satisfactory.

  • zippy8 mostly happy resident

    For Hondas only Haas on W. Montrose. I've gone to them for 10 years. Reliable, honest and fairly priced. Do not use Carrs Honda. They lied and said I needed new brakes when I didn't. Obviously dealers are over priced.

36 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

#ShopSmall Pop-Up Shop!

If you are a crafter, artisan, reseller, fashion, food or small goods vendor, come join our Small Business Saturday Pop-Up Shop on 11/29, from 12pm-5pm at Free Range Office. Come display and sell your goods, and join our complimentary business networking breakfast! Please email info@freerangeoffice.com for more details. Get a jump on the holiday season with our Wicker Park #ShopSmall event. Booths are $50 and include a table and two chairs. Admission for customers is free.

6 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Residential winterization services?

I live in a condo that has cold wind drafts coming from the windows and baseboards. Was curious whether anyone knew of a company that would provide winterization services to address these issues? I looked online and could only find plumbing/pipe winterization services. Appreciate any referrals!

18 hours ago

Nov 12

Updated 20 hours ago

Abandoned Vehicle laws/ordinances

There is an old, funky looking white Ford Bronco that has been parked on Spaulding just north of Irving Park for the past 4 weeks. Hasn't moved once.

What is the statute on abandoned vehicles? To my knowledge a vehicle is considered abandoned if it has not moved for over 1 week.

What can I do to get this vehicle relocated, aside from waiting for the next street cleaning day? How do you prove a vehicle hasn't moved for an extended period of time?

  • Call your Police District CAPS office.....they've been pretty helpful.

  • Tas mania Devil Irving and california

    @jrsone32

    Ok Sara from Paulina good for u.....parking by me is tight and spots shouldnt be monopolized for weeks on end

    Really your neighbors have the same right and pay their dues to park on that same street.

    If the cars plates are up to date and has a city...

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    Ok Sara from Paulina good for u.....parking by me is tight and spots shouldnt be monopolized for weeks on end

    Really your neighbors have the same right and pay their dues to park on that same street.

    If the cars plates are up to date and has a city sticker with not visible evidence of being stolen the police are not going to bother with it.

    I mean have some of you people become then bored you're worried about parked cars for over a week not moving? My god some of you really need to find more activities to get involved with.

    Unreal

Nov 18

Updated 22 hours ago

Anyone send infants to Irving Park Early Learning Center?

I am returning to work in January and we are looking at enrolling our son, who will be 3 months old, in the infant program at Irving Park Early Learning Center. We like what we see from the tours and the tuition is very affordable, but I wanted to post here to see if other parents have experience with their daycare, especially in the infant program, and what it's been like.

Feel free to email me directly: raz.katherine [at] gmail.com.

Thanks!

  • We are touring IPELC tomorrow, as well, for infant care. I'll contact you directly if at any point we come across need-to-know information.

26 hours ago

Winter overnight parking ban begins on Monday Dec 1st

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/redeye-overnight-parking-ban-starts-20141125-story.html

Starting early Monday, the winter overnight parking ban starts. Regardless of snow, parking is banned from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. from Dec. 1-April 1 on 107 miles of main streets where permanent no-parking signs are erected.

Drivers who ignore the signs can have their cars towed, get hit with a $60 ticket, and pay $150 towing fee and $20 daily storage fee.

That's a total of $230 of fees and fines if you pick up the car from the auto pound on the 1st day.

4 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Speed Camera between 4800 and 4900 W Lawrence infront of the car wash place

Just noticed this week that the speed limit for that area is at 25 mph instead of the usual 30 mph. Having lived in the Mayfair area for almost 30 years, I never knew that stretch of Lawrence was 25 mph !!

So, Ald Arena, where are the speed limit signs in that area? How do motorists know when the 25mph begins/ends and when 30mph begins ?

  • smartypants LifeLongCityGirl

    Bob, signage isn't always that clear. If one enters from a side street it may be where there is not a visible speed limit sign....this is why I still use my old Garmin Nuvi. It tells me what the speed limits are all the time...even when I have not yet...

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    Bob, signage isn't always that clear. If one enters from a side street it may be where there is not a visible speed limit sign....this is why I still use my old Garmin Nuvi. It tells me what the speed limits are all the time...even when I have not yet encountered a sign on the street where I'm driving. It's crazy how long you can drive on parts of Western Ave before encountering a sign. Newbies always think Western must be at least 40 mph up north where there's little traffic and 2 lanes in each direction.

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

    Congrats to any driver who can get up to 30 or even 25 on that stretch of Lawrence, especially during hours when students are traveling to and from school.

2 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

TV and Vanity

Hi everyone! I am pregnant with my first baby and desperately have been trying to rid my apartment of a good TV and brand new vanity. Am willing to sell super cheap.

Here are my craigslist ads:

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/fuo/4775296143.html

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/ele/4770373458.html

Thank you!

  • MandaLeigh Here I Is.

    Kelly, is the vanity still for sale? I'd love to take it off your hands!

  • Manda, yes it is! I have a couple interested parties, so if you want to check it out, feel free to come by tonight!

33 hours ago

We are new to the neighborhood

Hi guys!! We are Cafe Urbano, we just opened our doors yesterday and would love it if you came to check us out. We have a great coffee selection as well as some delicious sandwiches ,soups and tostadas. We are located in the corner of Elston and Avers. Hope to see you soon.

34 hours ago

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42 hours ago

Oct 16

Updated 42 hours ago

Squirrels (or raccoon) in house

We need help removing wildlife from our house. We have squirrels or perhaps a raccoon living in the space between our top two floors. It is beyond our control. Can any suggest a wildlife removal company? And a roofing company? Thanks!!!

  • Star Roofing 773-588-6550

  • smartypants LifeLongCityGirl

    (773)491-8420....I'm hoping this is the company we used (why I store a phone number as "animals" is beyond me...But we had a HUGE raccoon and squirrel problem in our attic and the guys we used were inexpensive and so nice and the creatures were
    chased out, the roof holes repaired, and we haven't had a problem in over a year.
    Hope it gets solved for you.

Nov 19

Updated 2 days ago

Where are your favorite places to look for rental housing?

I have used Apartment People in the past, and have been looking at Craigslist, Domu, and Chicago Apartment Finders. Do you have a favorite property management company in the neighborhood? Thanks!

  • We live in a two flat on the first floor and rent out the second floor. We never advertise with any apartment service because they charge too much. We always advertise on Craigslist and I strongly suggest using that service because there is no middleman. We have never had a problem getting tenants and tenants are happy. Because we live on the first floor, my husband fixes anything that is broken right away, and if there is a problem we are instantly available.

  • zippy8 mostly happy resident

    How do I say this without offending those who live in CHA housing... People who are stuck using CHA include seniors on Social Security with mostly exhausted savings or the physically or medically disabled. Nothing "wrong" with them. I knew a mathematician who was a holocaust survivor and he lived in public housing for years. He was finally able to move when he received his survivor's payment.

    I'll consider renting to tenants through public housing but just screen them very well.

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Local Ballet Students to Perform Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker

Ballet students from Ravenswood Manor's Le Ballet Petit (LBP) will perform the classic holiday ballet, The Nutcracker, on Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7, in the theater at UNO Rogers Park Charter School, 7416 N. Ridge Blvd. in Chicago. Both performances are at 2 p.m.

Tickets for The Nutcracker are on sale now and may be purchased online at http://leballetpetit.tix.com or at the LBP studios at 4630 N. Francisco Ave. Tickets will also be available at the door on...

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Ballet students from Ravenswood Manor's Le Ballet Petit (LBP) will perform the classic holiday ballet, The Nutcracker, on Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7, in the theater at UNO Rogers Park Charter School, 7416 N. Ridge Blvd. in Chicago. Both performances are at 2 p.m.

Tickets for The Nutcracker are on sale now and may be purchased online at http://leballetpetit.tix.com or at the LBP studios at 4630 N. Francisco Ave. Tickets will also be available at the door on performance days. The reserved-seat tickets are $8 each (convenience fees apply for online purchases). For more information about tickets or the performance, please call the LBP studio at 773-463-3385.

LBP’s The Nutcracker will feature more than 100 student dancers from Ravenswood Manor, Albany Park, Lincoln Square, Northcenter and surrounding neighborhoods. This professional-style production offers a family-friendly opportunity to enjoy the grace, beauty and magnificence of ballet through a familiar holiday story.

Le Ballet Petit is a non-profit dance school founded more than 60 years ago by Kitty LaPointe, a professional ballerina and Ravenswood Manor mom. LBP, still located in the Ravenswood Manor neighborhood, now offers dance education to more than 300 students, aged three to adult, through classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, hip-hop, tap and more. In addition to a year-end Annual Recital, LBP students have the opportunity to perform in two full-length, professional-style ballet performances each year, including Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and an annual spring ballet. (LBP dancers will perform Swan Lake on April 18 and 19, 2015.) Le Ballet Petit is also home to the Living By Performing Dance Company, which performs competitively around the region and nationally.

Jun 12

Updated 3 days ago

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

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

  • NCV

    I'm going to my bank tomorrow to ask about a chargeback on the membership. Not sure what the likelihood that they'll be able to help out since I signed back in May and there's already been talk of a "refund," but still worth trying. Will update.

  • We just signed up with the Ravenswood LA Fitness. Immense with lots of machines, a pool and classes. So far so good.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Shots Fired Thursday night - Patrick Henry

My son said he heard three gunshots last night about 10:45 pm. He said several police cars responded but didn't know if they stopped (he saw them driving by). This is getting ridiculous that we're hearing shots so often. I mean, honestly, it's ridiculous to hear gunshots at all. Why do we put up with this BS?

  • @ Jeanne G ...If one of the guns used in gang violence in that area was purchashed/registered via legal channels, I will blow the entire zipcode. NRA is garbage but so is your argument. We need a law that anyone in possession of handgun that is not registered gets a 10 yr mandatory and the issue will go away.

  • B Dover you're so spot on. Right now, they're doing 6 months for possession and most will take the risk.

3 days ago

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Nov 15

Updated 3 days ago

Items to donate

A while ago someone was asking for kitchen items to donate to a homeless initiative (I don't remember if it was a group, shelter, etc). I had a bunch of stuff collected and some clothing items as well. Then she disappeared after having several missed connections for pick up. I have a pile of stuff in my appartment that myself and my husband are tired of looking at but I wasn't sure where to donate. I have sent stuff to Uptown but if there is something in my neighborhood (Albany Park, Ravenswood, Northcenter area) I'd like to send it there. Anyone have a preferred place to donate items?

  • tk lincoln square family

    I donated to American Indian center yesterday thanks to this thread. Cool building by the way!

  • The Brown Elephant!

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

A handyman

We need someone who can install roller shades. Any recommendations, please?

  • Mail Andre mackdesignbrz@gmail.com

  • T Janet Thoughtful Neighbor and Design Enthusiast

    I recommend Handyman Connection. Ask for Chris Rutledge, 312-265-3892; crutledge@handymanconnection.com; www.handymanconnection.com.

  • I take it you must already have the shades? I would think that most places would come over and take measurements of your windows, order them, and then install them for you. That said, they should be pretty easy to install yourself. If they're inside mount then you just need...

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    I take it you must already have the shades? I would think that most places would come over and take measurements of your windows, order them, and then install them for you. That said, they should be pretty easy to install yourself. If they're inside mount then you just need to screw some brackets into each side of the top of your window frame. If they're outside mount then you install the brackets on the wall above the window which will probably require some drywall mounts to make them secure. I realize you didn't ask this, so I would also recommend calling Dads Handyman Service if you really don't want to do it yourself. How many do you need to hang? I would try to find someone that will quote you a price and not an hourly rate.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

babysitting

Hi I'm looking for a babysitter for my 9year old daughter. The hours would as needed, most often on the days that CPS schools are closed. This would during school hours from 8:30 untill about 4:30. Also once in a while on a Sunday evening. The pay would be $6-$7 an hour so an average of $50 a day. This may be ideal for a stay at home Mom, or for a Mom who's child also doesn't have school that day.( feel free to bring your child to my place), or an extremly reliable and responsible teenager. Emily is very sweet and low key some of her interests are reading, writing, and playing board games.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    My neighbors had great luck with finding childcare through the education department of Northeastern. Keep in mind that the going rate for teen babysitters is $8-12 an hour, and you probably won't find anyone at the rate range you are offering. Do you have any friends, neighbors or relatives who would be willing to trade childcare with you? This worked out really well for us; we also used the after school and vacation days programs at the JCCs on Touhy and on Melrose

  • She might be sweet and low key, but that's not even minimum wage and probably not worth it for most stay at home moms or nannies. Try sittercity, but you'll likely have to offer at least $10/hour.

  • Where are you located?

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Man tried to lure boy into car with candy in Albany Park

Police are searching for a man who tried to lure a 12-year-old boy into his car by offering candy Thursday afternoon in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

The boy was approached by the man driving a four-door vehicle about 4 p.m. near Argyle and Kenneth, according to a community alert from Chicago Police.

The man offered the boy candy from the driver’s side window and intended to lure the boy into the vehicle, police said.

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Police are searching for a man who tried to lure a 12-year-old boy into his car by offering candy Thursday afternoon in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

The boy was approached by the man driving a four-door vehicle about 4 p.m. near Argyle and Kenneth, according to a community alert from Chicago Police.

The man offered the boy candy from the driver’s side window and intended to lure the boy into the vehicle, police said.

The boy said “no” and ran away to safety, police said.

The man spoke broken English and is described as about 65 to 70 years old, with a white mustache, red discoloration on his neck, wrinkled skin and a pasty, white complexion, police said. He was wearing a black skull cap and a brown jacket.

The vehicle is described as an older model, four-door car with black tires.

Anyone with information on the attempted child luring should contact Area North detectives at (312) 744-8261.

Nov 12

Updated 4 days ago

Stucco repair

Can anyone recommend a stucco company? The exterior of my home has cracks that I'd like to have looked at. Thank you in advanced...

  • Eehoffthan Ravenswood Gardens communications

    Chicago Stucco. We have a stucco house and they did some work for us years ago.

  • Mozart Neighbor Mozart neighbor

    Pitelka Plastering and Stucco
    Dan Pitelka
    (630) 960-0123

    Dan's done a number of projects for us.

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