6 days ago

Updated 24 min 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!

  • Tom G Living in Avondale since 1994

    Thanks. Another good rant, gone to waste.

  • Jerry P. in Northcenter Enjoying being a volunteer with Forward Chicago!

    Western Avenue by Lane Tech is clearly marked 20MPH during the posted times, which are a bit longer than the school day, I believe.

21 hours ago

Updated 2 hours 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

  • Should get a high school kid to help your son plus is more affordable.

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    Did you check with your son's teacher, or the school counselor? They usually have a list.

    I would also try the education department at Northeastern University

  • BTD

    My daughter is a junior at northside and would be great.

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5 hours 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.

26 hours ago

Updated 8 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.

  • Deb R Fed-up

    My husband always cuts things down to a manageable size so the garbage crew takes it away promptly. Just recently, a neighbor put out a small 4 1/2 - 5' Christmas- like tree out and it literally stayed in the alley thru 4 garbage picks ups. Apparently the garbage crew didn't want to take it whole. Once the owner broke it down, they took it. Not sure if there's an ordinance or if it's up to the garbage crew, but this is the experience we've had.

  • The city will take away branches that are under about 2" diameter if they are bundled and tied. I often have "weed" trees I cut down (can't seem to kill the roots of those weed mulberries) and I put the branches in a bundle (sometime rather large) and tie it...

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    The city will take away branches that are under about 2" diameter if they are bundled and tied. I often have "weed" trees I cut down (can't seem to kill the roots of those weed mulberries) and I put the branches in a bundle (sometime rather large) and tie it with strong string and put it out with the garbage, and it's always taken away, April through November.
    Just chop the shrubs into pieces, or maybe wrap a string around the branches to tie them together and they'll probably take it.

  • Wolfgang, what kind of landscaping are you looking to get done? Beeb, if you want to kill off the roots, cut the weed trees to the base as close to the soil as possible and then liberally spray the cut ends with herbicide right away. This should take care of them.

2 days ago

Updated 21 hours 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?

25 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.

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3 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

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 2 days ago

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.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

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.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

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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2 days ago

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.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

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.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

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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3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Roses are dead?

Hi all,

I did a fair amount of yard work last week. During which time I inspected my rose bush: black no sign if life in the cambium layer (I think). Anybody else have a young rose not survive the winter?
This is my first rose bush, so any advice from veterans appreciated.

  • One way to check is to scrap a small area with your finger nail. If the area where you scraped is green, the plant is still alive. Do it closer to the base, rather than near the top. I've done this for several plants, not just roses. I have four rose bushes, two of them have the smallest buds on them, two others are still dormant.I'm not worried yet. This was a hard winter so give them some time to wake up.

  • B sighthound, Avondale/LoganS 3years, Beat 2524

    Thanks all, I guess I will wait another week or 2.

Mar 21

Updated 3 days ago

New Coffee Place & Bakery! (Sugar Hills Bakery)

Sugar Hills Chicago has opened at 3235 W. Addison over by the Chipotle. My husband & I stopped in & tried some sweets and they where very good & the coffee was AMAZING! The owners are very nice to boot. The neighborhood was missing a place like this since I moved to Addison and Kimball back in 2009. I am very glad they are here!

  • Great cookies and clean space and super friendly staff.

  • Lovely spot, no breads but breakfast sandwiches are yummy & I love the Mango Cake & the Strawberry Shortcake. Can't wait to try the liquor cake! :)

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

House Cleaners

Looking for some recommendations on someone to clean my apartment regularly. I am not sure what the correct term these days, if it is housekeeper, maid service, etc. But hopefully you all get the point and don't think I am some crazy person.

Live on the corner of Belmont and Pulaski, so anybody who has recommendations of a company that will send somebody around that area, it would be much appreciated!

Thanks!

Oct 21 2011

Updated 4 days ago

Speed Limit Cameras on Foster

How can we volunteer to have Foster Avenue, between Elston and Kimball, set as the first area to test the speed-limit cameras?

This section of Foster is clearly posted as a 30 MPH zone, yet because of the large area of parks and little parking there is a very large amount of speeding down this street. It's a real threat to pedestrians, senior citizens, children, bicyclists, and other using the public streets.

This would be a good place to test the system. Speed limit signs are clearly posted along the route and new signs wouldn't even be needed.

4 days ago

Room for Rent

Hello Neighbors
This might be a bit of a long shot but i have to try it. I'm looking for a small apartment or room for my sister. She has two sweet long-haired dachshunds and we are having quite a time finding a place that will rent to a person with two dogs. She can pay up to $500 a month (maybe some wiggle room there too). She takes very good care of the dogs and they are quiet and...

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Hello Neighbors
This might be a bit of a long shot but i have to try it. I'm looking for a small apartment or room for my sister. She has two sweet long-haired dachshunds and we are having quite a time finding a place that will rent to a person with two dogs. She can pay up to $500 a month (maybe some wiggle room there too). She takes very good care of the dogs and they are quiet and tame. My Sister is developmentally disabled (but high functioning), she has a heart of gold and loves to help people and animals. She would make a great companion for someone that could use a regular visitor or need help with household chores. She works 20-25 hours a week. She smokes but only outdoors. If you or someone you know has a room, garden apartment, coach house,etc that could work for her, please let me know.

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5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Lost dog

I lost my dog. She is a little terrier mix, kind of looks like a whippet. She is very dark brown, almost black, with a white spot on her nose, bib, and paws.

Last seen at Walgreens on Milwaukee and Pulaski running to the Shell on Belmont and Milwaukee.

She got out of her harness, so she has no tags, but she is microchipped

Please call us at 773-251-6757 or bring her to the nearest vet.

  • We found her! Thanks to the people who saw her and took her in. She had walked home from Walgreens and a couple saw her and took her to keep her safe.

  • Was she tied up and left alone outside the store while you went inside to shop? I hate seeing dogs left like this and don't understand why any dog owner would do this.

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6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Zoning 'expert' - Special Use of Land

Hi neighbors!
I have an issue with the zoning, section 17. I have to fill up some forms and a plot plan. I'm looking for a person with zoning knowledge especially with the plot plan. I already went to the zoning office (city hall), but they only review the documents before I submit them.

Do you know any zoning 'expert'?
Thank you!

  • Steven Vance Urban planner

    What are you doing? Are you petitioning for a zoning change? There are many zoning experts in Chicago – many of whom are lawyers – and you can find them if you search for "architects" and "permit expeditors".

    Here's an example: http://www.red-arc.com

  • Francesca Garme 12-year Avondale resident

    Thank you! I'm doing "an administrative adjustment pursuant to section 17-13-1000". residential to commercial.

Apr 10

Updated 5 days ago

North East corner of Pulaski and Montrose

Hi,

Does anyone know what is being built at the corner of Pulaski and Montrose? If I were a betting man, I would say another flippin bank.

  • M F

    Right, what I figured. I wonder what will pop up at the corner of Montrose and Pulaski and also what will replace the current place for the bank. Hopefully not another Walgreens, currency exchange or similar useless business.

  • Io Octopus

    It doesn't matter. In the end, everything is a Dunkin Donuts.

Apr 07

Updated 6 days ago

Seagulls?

Hi all, I was away most of last week. This past weekend while I was cleaning up the yard, I noticed 4 Seagulls both days. I am a little north of Koz.

Has anyone else noticed presence of gulls in the neighborhood?
Is there a new food source for them?

  • Gulls have been around for awhile in my neck of the woods, I think they are scavengers,
    Close your eyes and listen to the gulls,you'll think your by the ocean!

  • Sighryn Roscoe resident

    I work near belmont/elston. There are a ton of them.

  • Derek In Avondale since 2009

    They're absolutely scavengers. If there's any amount of trash or open garbage cans they will find them.

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Apr 09

Updated Apr 11

Olive Garden

Noticed on my train ride home last night that there's excavating equipment that has started working in the Kmart parking lot.

  • Following Lisa's link..
    "Construction pipeline
    Orlando, Fla.-based Darden Concepts Inc. has plans for the first Olive Garden in Chicago, to be located on a site in the parking lot of the Kmart store at 3535 W. Addison St. on the Northwest Side. Work on the 7,700-square-foot restaurant will begin this...

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    Following Lisa's link..
    "Construction pipeline
    Orlando, Fla.-based Darden Concepts Inc. has plans for the first Olive Garden in Chicago, to be located on a site in the parking lot of the Kmart store at 3535 W. Addison St. on the Northwest Side. Work on the 7,700-square-foot restaurant will begin this summer, with an estimated cost of $1.2 million, according to BidClerk.com. The Italian food chain has 10 restaurants in the Chicago suburbs. A spokesman for Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holding Corp., which owns Kmart, confirmed plans for the restaurant. A representative from Darden declined to comment."

    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20130326/CRED05/130329830/closer-highlights-for-march-26

  • This has been in the works for a long time but I was starting to get worried based on Darden's recent business trouble. Hope you are right! Not a big fan of most chain restaurants personally but Olive Garden is a guilty pleasure and I think it will do well there and provide some new jobs in the area.

Apr 11

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