6 hours ago

Bikes stolen

Anyone know who this is? This guy took a couple of bikes from my building.
Location 3100 block of St louis

3 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Single Family Home Cleaning

I own a single family home in north avondale/south irving park. I'm looking for any referrals of cleaning services that do a good job and are cost effective. I would be looking for thorough cleaning of 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, office as well as living/dining room. Included in that would be some substantial cleaning of a tub, hardwood floors & windows...all which haven't been cleaned in some time so I know they'll need some elbow grease. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

  • Joan M. Back in Lincoln Square and liking it.

    It's not clear from your post whether this is a one-off cleaning, or if you are looking for a person to come by on a regular basis. If the former, it would take longer/cost more. Also, you might want to consider hiring a specialist cleaner for the windows. They generally quote a set price per window and do both the inside and outside washing.

  • Grace Housekeeper

    I have many years of experience and many long time clients who would gladly provide referrals. I can provide you with a free estimate at your preferred date and time. For a great cleaning and even better prices, feel free to call me at 773-858-0926

41 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

horner gossip

what are they exactly doing again with this construction? did they really rip down trees? is this well received by the community?

looking forward to them taking that fence down

2 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Lost bird in my yard

My boys found this in our yard? Anyone missing a bird?

  • we want an update!

  • ValV Mom in Avondale.

    Update: It was not Gii Gii's bird. This little bird died the same day he came to our yard. Animal control did not get back to me until yesterday night to come pick him. By this time, my boys and I buried him in our back yard. It was a big learning curve for a 2 and a 4 year old. And that's the end of the story. Someone is still missing their bird out there.... :(

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6 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Yard waste

Hi, I am planning on taking down some rather large shrubs. Is it the expectation of the city that the debris will need to be broken down and placed in the brown paper bags or will the take the entire shrub, about the size of a Christmas tree.

Also, I am in need of a landscaper, suggestions appreciated.

  • Beeb, here is a link to an article that should answer all your questions, I myself just use the pump spray of weed-b-gone after I trim the weed tree down to the base and it seems to work fine. http://www.diylife.com/2008/05/30/avant-yard-kill-a-tree-with-herbicide/

  • Wolfgang: Sorry to have hijacked your original question with a discussion of how to get rid of weed trees! I hope you and others have found it as helpful as I have.

    Synocrat: Thanks! The link your provided has exactly the kind of info I was looking for. I really was wondering about Roundup, because I'd rather not use it because it kills everything. So the info you provided helps me to get the right stuff for me. Thanks again.

    And Wolfgang, thanks for hosting this discussion!

2 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

trashcans

Besides 'do not litter signs', I've tried to get a few more trash cans - at bus stops, for example at Milwaukee and Diversey; it must have been 6 months ago I asked at Ald. Colon's office, and no action??

  • Don't be afraid to bug your alderman- servicing the needs of the ward is supposed to be be their primary function.

  • Carter O'Brien Lake View/Logan Sq native yet Avondale to the bone

    Actually, legislating is supposed to be their primary function. That is the design of our city government, strong City Council- weak mayor. But for over half a century we've endured the problems that come with a mayor running amok thanks to the practice of having aldermen/women act as middlemen for...

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    Actually, legislating is supposed to be their primary function. That is the design of our city government, strong City Council- weak mayor. But for over half a century we've endured the problems that come with a mayor running amok thanks to the practice of having aldermen/women act as middlemen for city services.

    This is what bogs them down and why big ticket issues like the parking meter privatization, TIF, pension contributions, etc do not get the attention they deserve. Those debacles are why the City is broke, and can't afford to provide basic services to the level we'd all like, such as providing more trash cans and pickup. It is not the alderman's job to provide trash cans just because someone requests them, if so we'd have trash cans on every corner and be paying out the nose to have them serviced.

    All that said, that is a big intersection and seems like a candidate for trash cans. I am guessing the park construction is the culprit, and once that is completed they will return.

    Go through 311, that way you also get a tracking number and can follow up and make your case.

3 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Gunshots around 4200 St. Louis

I am not sure what time it was last night, however I clearly heard three gunshots followed by an ambulance maybe ten minutes later. Does anyone know anything or did maybe someone else hear them ?

  • LM

    I heard 3 shots in a row as well at 2am and nothing else. I couldn't find any info online. Not sure what to do.

  • I live on the corner of Saint Louis and Berteau and heard nothing. Apparently a lot had been happening around here but I haven't heard a thing. Thanks Jezz for the info. I will definitely be more vigilant from now on.

  • rache53 christian science

    IT WAS PROBABLY FIREWORKS.....ACCORDING TO SCANNER NEWS.......

6 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Chicago Ticket Tricks

Anyone who got a ticket today (4/17/04) for parking in a sweet sweeping area on N. Monticello between Byron and IP/Elston intersection needs to fight it! The warning signs were posted on the previous Friday but on Saturday People's Gas came along, took all but one a the north end down and put up their own saying parking was banned from Monday April 14 until May 31. So they come along Monday morning, work the day and then take all...

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Anyone who got a ticket today (4/17/04) for parking in a sweet sweeping area on N. Monticello between Byron and IP/Elston intersection needs to fight it! The warning signs were posted on the previous Friday but on Saturday People's Gas came along, took all but one a the north end down and put up their own saying parking was banned from Monday April 14 until May 31. So they come along Monday morning, work the day and then take all the signs downs. Guess what happens next? Yep, people pull in,park and unless they walk all the way to the end of the block they won't see the lone city no parking sign. Thankfully I wasn't parked there but there were several people who got ripped off thanks to the City and People Gas!

I probably should have posted this under the Crime heading.

  • I've honestly never understood why the extra notices are needed. It seems to me that each block has permanent signs stating what the street cleaning days are. I've often wondered how the practice of posting the extra notices started. Are there blocks where the permanent signs aren't posted?

  • Dale M. Nada

    That may be true where you are at but no such signs exist in this area nor have they for at least the past 6 years. Even if there were consider that there may be visitors who might miss the typically small signs of the type you are referring to....

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    That may be true where you are at but no such signs exist in this area nor have they for at least the past 6 years. Even if there were consider that there may be visitors who might miss the typically small signs of the type you are referring to. The fact is that the people who got these tickets would not have had People's Gas replaced the signs they took down when they decided to no longer block the street. In the past on more than one occasion I have also seen the sweeper at work long before the time indicated on the notice, but that's another story. This isn't a personal beef with me because I wasn't on the receiving end but fair is fair.

Feb 28

Updated 41 hours ago

Iron Fence

Looking for a good iron fence installers/

I need to replace a fence around my house

  • Chuan Chuan, vofotos photography studio, Owner

    Ray Flores installed a new rod iron fence for our new property. Ray was very accommodating and even assisted in building a custom concrete area to install our oversize mailbox and incorporating it into the fence also. Ray and his team are very professional and hard workers. Ray's pricing are very affordable and is on par or less than what the market is charging as I had 2 other estimates to compare it too.

    (773) 678-3553

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2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Woman screaming for help

By Belle Plaine and Francisco last night around 12:45am a woman was screaming for someone to help her. I went to stick my head out the window and also found my neighbor doing the same. Said he saw a woman and a man, he called the cops and then proceeded downstairs to see if he could help. By the time he got downstairs he did not find anyone. Did anyone else hear/see this or have anymore information?

  • I heard it. I called but I'm not sure if anyone came by. Couldn't tell exactly where it came from which wasn't useful.

2 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Avondale Olive Garden - update?

Does anyone know when/if this is happening?

  • Love Your Skin Esthetician at Love Your Skin

    It doesn't matter to me. I already have the inconvenience of the one in front of my house. Maybe everyone will go there and stop parking on my street which is permit only. I've complained but no one comes to ticket.

  • I wouldn't care to eat there frequently, but I did like going there occasionally when I lived in the suburbs, it's good food at a good price. I for one welcome our Italian overlords to Chicago. :-)

2 days ago

Energy Efficiency Program to Tame Out of Control Gas Bills

Through May 2014, Elevate Energy has partnered with a certified building performance contractor to offer a 20% community discount on air sealing and insulation – the best efficiency measures to keep your building warm in winter and cool in the summer.

To be able to offer the 20% discount Elevate Energy needs at least 10 buildings in Avondale and/or a nearby neighborhood to move forward with efficiency upgrades in May 2014. With the buildings located near each other, the contractor...

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Through May 2014, Elevate Energy has partnered with a certified building performance contractor to offer a 20% community discount on air sealing and insulation – the best efficiency measures to keep your building warm in winter and cool in the summer.

To be able to offer the 20% discount Elevate Energy needs at least 10 buildings in Avondale and/or a nearby neighborhood to move forward with efficiency upgrades in May 2014. With the buildings located near each other, the contractor can complete more jobs in less time at lower cost, thereby passing the savings on to owners.

Owners interested in moving forward with this work should contact Senior Energy Analyst Jackie Wiese (Jackie.Wiese@ElevateEnergy.org) directly no later than April 25, 2014, to ensure ample time to schedule the assessment and complete the upgrades. We encourage anyone in the neighborhood who is serious about completing improvements to fill out the free application. We can work with owner-occupants and owner-investors alike.

Visit the Elevate Energy website (http://elevateenergy.org/) for details on the 2-4 unit residential buildings program and to read about a building that recently went through the program in Logan Square (http://www.elevateenergy.org/energy-savers-success-story/).

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Recommendations for a Math tutor

Hi,
We are looking for a Math Tutor for our son who is in 5th grade. We would be interested in a few hours a week - we live in Avondale. Any recommendations much appreciated. Thank you

  • I am a middle school math teacher in CPS. I have been teaching math for 13 years. Id be willing to tutor. I'm near Addison and Pulaski

  • Kris I would be very interested. Please email me ntreacy@pharmoredrugs.com

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Apr 12

Updated 3 days ago

Speed Cameras by Lane Tech

I was traveling on Western Ave yesterday and noticed the speed cameras in front of Lane Tech High School (Western and Addison) flashing like crazy! The speed limit is 20 mph while school is in session (Monday - Friday til 4pm). 5 over the limit is a $35 ticket, over 10 can be up to $100. Just a friendly reminder!

  • inssane North Sider since 1981

    The city website has diagrams, hours, and explanations of all speedcams.
    Whatever device you use to track cams, make sure that it is connected online constantly, or updated daily. I use Trapster, because the cams are reported and validated by users in real time.

    I got two tickets in one...

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    The city website has diagrams, hours, and explanations of all speedcams.
    Whatever device you use to track cams, make sure that it is connected online constantly, or updated daily. I use Trapster, because the cams are reported and validated by users in real time.

    I got two tickets in one night. They popped up near Irv/Cali.
    Once I realized what happened, I turned around and looked for the cams. They are white and tucked between the trees (real smart). And the signs are garbage.

    I received one warning and one $100 ticket. It was after dark, and I was going to contest because I thought parks are closed at sunset, but that's the CC forest preserve I was thinking of.

    To those who got a ticket - I did contest it.
    So far I haven't heard back (it's been just over a week), but upon reviewing the footage and pics, there is no actual speed limit listed on the pictures as a point of reference as to if I was <10 over or >10 over. On a hand written ticket, the speed limit must be marked on the citation along with traveling speed and amount over.

    I will see if anything comes back one way or another. I have never contested a ticket before, via mail.

    I now have two license plate countermeasures that I may be testing soon. Doing a 6mph over run through cam, then waiting two weeks to see if I got a $35 ticket. If I get nothing in the mail, we the people have won :)

    Good luck, drive safely regardless. The city needs to pay for tons of park renovations this year, so why not use park zone speeding tickets....

  • EEH

    Tom G - the 20 MPH regulation is for cameras in school zones when children are present only, and posted speed limit when children are not present or after 4pm. The park camera zones are for the posted speed limit (30 MPH on Irving). Hope that helps!

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5 days ago

Vintage Louis F. Dow Steel Safe FREE

Perfect condition, solid steel, combination lock, 33"d. x 75" h x 38"w. Was used to safeguard jewelry and other valuables. It is a beautiful and very heavy piece. If you can remove it, you can have it. Currently on ground floor of a retail space, need professional movers.

Apr 16

Updated 6 days ago

Looking for dog owner

I was bit by a dog this morning on the corner of Wellington and Sacramento. Im looking for the dog owner. The dog was brown, medium size, on a leash. The owner was female. Just want to make sure dog has its shots.

  • KJ

    The dog owner didn't offer you their contact info or even just tell you if the dog has had it's rabies shots?

    I

  • how did you get bit?

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Apr 15

Updated Apr 16

Daycare recommendations in the Irving Park area

Looking for care for my kid! Preferably in the neighborhood or close by.

  • Are you looking for a daycare center or just someone to watch you child during the summer?

  • Six Corners Sam proud father and husband

    Check out Kiddieland Educational Center of Excellence on Cicero and Grace. Great staff, great program, very nice rates. My kids have gone there since they opened two years ago, and I couldn't be happier!

  • C Ped Suburban Irving Park Transplant

    Kids in harmony at Milwaukee and montrose

Mar 27

Updated Apr 16

New restaurant in Avondale

It will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood. We are certainly in need of more culinary variety.

http://www.chicagomag.com/dining-drinking/March-2014/Beverly-Kim-Parachute/

  • Petra Z Tomatoes!

    Does belly shack have a $32 dish?

  • Bex Runner, dog owner, food lover in the 60618

    Haha no but they don't have very large dishes either. I guess was thinking more along the lines of the $4-7 snacks and sides.

Apr 15

Updated Apr 16

New Restaraunt?

This may be old news but does anyone know what's going up on the northwest corner of Elston and Troy?

Looks to be a restaraunt or cafe of some sort.

  • Beverly Kim was on Top Chef.

  • Thanks! Super excited, bought right around the corner about a year ago. Great to see new places like Parachute, HBFC, and Sugar Hills Bakery popping up.

Apr 15

Updated Apr 16

Babysitter’s Training Course for Ages 11-15

Concordia Place will offer a babysitting training session over a two day period conducted by The American Red Cross. Babysitting is often a teenager’s first business. Babysitter’s Training from the American Red Cross brings the best in child development and safety training. It builds confidence to hold, feed, and care for infants and toddlers, work with children safely, and deal with emergencies. Just as importantly, it teaches lifelong entrepreneurial and career development skills. *Please note: This is one class over two days.* Pre-registration is required. Discounted registration available for all participants. Classes will be held over a two day period from May 9-10. Go to www.ConcordiaPlace.org for more details.

  • Jen Parsio California transplant that loves my new hood!

    Just signed my daughter up. She was going to do the online one, perfect timing!

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Apr 16

OLR Hospital On Bypass, Unit Doing Follow-Up @ Lawndale/Addison

1:10pm - Beat 6559George needs an event number for a follow-up at Lawndale and Addison. It's 07192.

This article has 1 other Chicago location (Show)

12:11pm - Information only: OLR is now on bypass. OLR (Our Lady Of Resurrection Hospital) is located at Addison and Central, for those of you not familiar with Chicago or the Northwest side.

Apr 14

Updated Apr 15

New bakery--check it out!

A new bakery just opened in Elston Plaza, Addison & Elston, next to O'Reilly Auto Parts Sugar Hills Bakery. They have the most beautiful cookies, cakes, tortes, pastries. I'm sure they're as yummy as they look. The owner is Polish, so you know they are of high quality. They also serve coffees and teas. So it's a nice little getaway.

Apr 14

Updated Apr 15

Please watch kids around the Ice Cream Truck

Hi Everyone,

This past Friday afternoon around 5:00PM I was driving down the 3700 block of N. Troy. This block is a little narrow. The Ice Cream Truck was to the right parked at the end toward Waveland. My minivan could not make it past the truck and as with school buses it is really not a good idea to go around, because kids being kids could run out in front of the truck and you have a blind spot...

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Hi Everyone,

This past Friday afternoon around 5:00PM I was driving down the 3700 block of N. Troy. This block is a little narrow. The Ice Cream Truck was to the right parked at the end toward Waveland. My minivan could not make it past the truck and as with school buses it is really not a good idea to go around, because kids being kids could run out in front of the truck and you have a blind spot on the right front in some vehicles. I waited patiently.

I few minutes later a big SUV turned the corner from Grace onto Troy. I saw it stop at the corner-I thought good-go around. But instead they came up to my bumper and laid on the horn. I stuck my head out the window and said,"I can't go around I can't fit." At this point I am thinking-why do you think I am sitting here? Just because? Then 10-15 more kids poured out of houses and started walking to the truck. In my experience on this block of Troy-there are a lot of kids and these kids never seem to understand that they have to walk on the sidewalk. What did my friend in the SUV do? Laid on his horn some more. Which prompted the ice cream truck to move. Which of course prompted the kids who had no adults with them to RUN after it, in the street. I refused to move until all of the kids were safe and I yelled at them out of my window to get on the sidewalk-something I have done on this block of Troy many times before. As he still layed on the horn I finally started creeping towards Waveland.

Where was the SUV going? To Addison. Really dude? When you saw this happening, back at Grace why turn on Troy? Go around to Kedzie.

Please everyone it has been a long winter. Kids have been cooped up. Some parents have not been good about telling their kids to not walk in the streets. You can wait a few minutes. Thanks!

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