24 hours ago

Updated 11 min ago

Brunch in Lincoln Square / Albany Park area?

We just moved to the area and are looking for a good place for brunch (without a long wait) in Lincoln Square / Albany Park area. Anyone have any suggestions?

  • Pannenkoeken is a favorite! Off the beaten path of Lincoln Square on Western. Longest wait was ten minutes, but never have frequented on a weekend day where I assume the wait is much longer.

  • Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club opens this week at Bryn Mawr/Kimball. Chef/owner was formerly the chef at M Henry and Marmalade from what I understand. Excited to check it out.

13 hours ago

Updated 33 min ago

Flat Rate Car Service to Midway

Hi. Does anyone have any recommendations on an affordable flat-rate car service to Midway from Lincoln Square? I can't convince my wife to take the EL and I'm worried a cab might be crazy as we're going to the airport during rush hour...

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    Hailo or @chicagocabbie! Tell him @djshelly sent you.

  • Chicago Private Car Service. Flat rates to the airport. Have used them multiple times specifically when traffic would be heavy so the cab ride to/from airport wouldn't be outrageously expensive.

37 hours ago

Updated 39 min ago

Loud Bang (Damen & Lawrence area)

Sounded like a pipe bomb. Anyone know what it could be?

  • painhertz butterknife ninja

    I'm always curious when someone describes things such as a loud noise with enough precision to call it "like a pipebomb". That implies knowledge in that area. Considering the possession of or construction of a "pipebomb" is a felony at the federal level I'm always interested in if they're talking out their butt or if they have real knowledge.

    Plus.....the " I heard a loud noise. sounded like a pipebomb" usually comes from the person who planted said pipebomb.

  • JH

    That is why speculation is bad, unless you have direct knowledge or were at the scene of the incident and actually saw the pipe bomb explode.

42 min ago

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9 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

House on Hermitage

What happened to the house on the 5000 block of N Hermitage? It was there one day and gone the next. Are they going to rebuild?

47 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Beans and bagels chef

I saw a post on the Beans and bagels page that their pastry chef was injured in an attack on Rockwell but no details were given - anyone know what happened?

  • sharon winchester resident

    Oh no, I remember that guy when he had his own pastry shop on Montrose. Any update?

  • Catbus Philosopher, Third-Class

    I'm sure the police are going to respond speedily to a report of public urination.

2 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Winnemac blocked off/helicopters

Anyone know what's happening by Winnemac park right now? The park is blocked off on Hoyne by a bunch of police officers and there's helicopters circling the area.

24 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Help with furniture restoration

Hi - I have created a gofundme.com account to ask for help restoring antique dining room furniture. You'll find more info here: http://www.gofundme.com/furniturerestoration. But the long and the short of it is that I would greatly appreciate your help as I try to restore my Grandma's dining furniture. It would be a lovely surprise to have my family over for the holidays this year and have the furniture just as they remember it from years ago! I'd really appreciate your help raising the $3,000 to restore beautiful furniture, support a local small business that focuses in furniture restoration, and continue to get benefit from wood resources that have already been used.

  • L

    It was there earlier.

  • Yea it was on there for a while, then it disappeared. Most of those accounts are for people in need or charities. Seemed silly in comparison.

11 hours ago

Car Damage in Ravenswood

Just a heads up, there are windows being smashed out in the Ravenswood area, near Montrose, Wolcott, Winchester, Damen area. I've seen 6 window smashings in the last month.

12 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Lost Fitbit!

I know it's a long shot but I lost my fitbit one pedometer yesterday while walking on either Giddings near the plaza or Lincoln between Leland and Wilson. I retraced my steps but no luck. If a kind neighbor happens to find it, I would be so grateful. I can offer a modest reward. Thank you!

  • Contact fitbit. They have the best customer service in the world. They replaced my lost one, no questions asked.

41 hours ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Garage space needed!

Hello I would like to rent a garage space till January 1st. I live near damen and grace. I would like to get one fairly soon.
Thanks
Paul

  • SBloom architect, dad and a half, 25 years north side

    Good luck on your search. You may want to take a look for any "for rent" signs on garages in your area

  • Paul,

    I have a spot for rent in a heated, indoor garage on Grace, east of Lincoln that is available for rent. If you are interested, email me at murphy.shannon@gmail.com and we can discuss.

    Thanks
    Shannon

24 hours ago

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Aug 15

Updated 27 hours ago

Who streams with Roku?

Groupon had a deal on Roku Streaming Stick with 2 Months Free of Hulu Plus and I wanted to get some opinions on Roku, Netflix, Hulu and any other avenues of grabbing movie, tv and etc. Thanks!

  • Mel Manor neighbor with kid and dogs

    Also robin in WRP -- can you get CBS with that antenna? I wasn't able to get CBS without an analog antenna, wondering if that has changed.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Mel - I looked into hockeystreams last year; that's more than I'm willing to pay. I can't answer the antenna question, as we don't have one; we watch CBS through the Playon app

3 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Winter Escape

Hey Everyone!

Quick note for you mom's and dad's, music lovers and just good ol' fashion neighbors;

Sad about summer coming to an end and all the fun (not too mention outdoor activities) that come with it and was wondering if anyone would be interested in starting some sort of discussion around a library themed evening event?

I realize beer will likely not be sold at the library (d@mn) but my Fall might be a lot cooler if I could...

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Hey Everyone!

Quick note for you mom's and dad's, music lovers and just good ol' fashion neighbors;

Sad about summer coming to an end and all the fun (not too mention outdoor activities) that come with it and was wondering if anyone would be interested in starting some sort of discussion around a library themed evening event?

I realize beer will likely not be sold at the library (d@mn) but my Fall might be a lot cooler if I could slide into Winter knowing that there would be something community oriented to take my daughter too during the Winter (outside of Wiggle Worms, Swim Class, etc.).

1.) Has this ever been discussed? (Hosting something at the Library - )
2.) Who else feels the same?

Personally, the thought of not having one or two nights a week to "plan" for stuff in the face of bitter cold and dark skies would go a long way towards breaking "Chiberia".

(I apologize in advance if that's too many cold winter references, but hey, it's coming.)

Best!

  • kayandcharlie Monticello dweller

    I'd like to join a beginners bridge club also. many many years ago I learned some of the basics but not sure I can remember them now. I need to learn bidding strategy

  • Beginner's bridge - yes.

2 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Dirndl or lederhosen needed for Oktoberfest 9/24

Anyone selling or renting their dirndl?

  • Sarah D. Dog lover, cyclist, swimmer, North Center '03-now!

    I do have one for sale ($50), just getting it ready for eBay. Size is tough to gauge - probably size 8? It is made in Germany, likely 1960s vintage and is in fantastic condition with great details. Red and blue print with a white print apron. Let me know if you are interested in trying it!

  • Thanks Sarah!! I actually broke down and ordered one this morning- ha! Good luck on eBay!

31 hours ago

  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    GARAGE

    2425 W. Pensacola Ave. Issued September 17, 2014 Comment
  • Permit issued for new construction

    NEW 2 STORY 3715.4 SQ. FT. FRAME SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE. W/ BASEMENT W/ OPEN WD 93.2 SQ. FT. FRONT PORCH & 2 CAR 373.8 SQ. FT. FRAME GARAGE. **Self-Certification Project - Conditional Permit: Subject to audit & field inspections**

    2440 W. Hutchinson St. Issued September 19, 2014 Comment

Sep 13

Updated 34 hours ago

Odd Store Front at Kedzie & Grace

Just south of Grace on Kedzie (couple doors south of Christina's bar) there is an odd storefront. There is no name on the front, and it's clearly not residential. There are weird items in the store like miniature houses and cats. I've never seen anyone doing anything inside. Does anyone have any idea what this place is?

  • I bet Dr. Who's Time Machine is in there !

  • An older woman lives there. I think it used to be a beauty salon, and now is her home.

39 hours ago

Lost Diamond Dove with clipped wings spotted in Winnemac Park.

Spotted pecking about one of the pathways. Allowed us to get close enough to touch it and then flew off into the prairie. I'm assuming it belongs to someone in the area.

40 hours ago

Water damaged buildings and the sickness they can casue

If you or your child have been affected by a water damaged and/or mold laden building, please see the following Facebook page;

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Enviormental-Awareness-Now-Sick-Buildings-Sick-Bodies/657542794352958

Environmental illness is very real and many are suffering without ever knowing why. Please pass this along.

2 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

Police activity near Winnemac?

Anyone know what's up near Winnemac Park? Police helicopter circling with spotlight turned in, and lots of sirens...

  • Mary OKeefe New to the area. Just trying to learn all that I n

    The PD is doing helicopter patrols over Rogers Park nightly, in an attempt to reduce the gang violence. After the arson of a gang members vehicle, and then a street murder a few days later, there is fear of an escalating gang war. So, possibly it was quicker and more advantageous to divert a copter to the park to flush out the perpetrator? Good move, if so!

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Police helicopters patrol just like squad cars do, and will get involved in car and foot chases when necessary. Sometimes the beat officer will see someone wanted for whatever reason, and will call for dogs and helicopters to help out when the guy takes off. Fairly common. A few years...

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    Police helicopters patrol just like squad cars do, and will get involved in car and foot chases when necessary. Sometimes the beat officer will see someone wanted for whatever reason, and will call for dogs and helicopters to help out when the guy takes off. Fairly common. A few years ago there was an incident in the Bucktown area, where a film crew was filming scenes for the TV show, Chicago Hope. During the filming, a junkie jumped into one of their vehicles containing expensive equipment. in an effort to steal it. The film crew chased the stolen truck, and eventually the CPD were called and became involved in chase. The guy was eventually caught after abandoning the truck, and following a lengthy foot chase. He was dodging in and out of alleys, gangways and vacant buildings, and with the help of the helicopters was found on a rooftop of a building at Maplewood and Division streets. Occasionally both worlds collide. This may have been one of those rare occurrences.

6 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

Nightly disturbances in alley south of waveland, north of addison, between hamilton and hoyne.

Hi,

For the past 2 weeks or so, I have been woken up every night by very loud, seemingly deliberate noises (garbage bin shaking, metal screeching, pounding) coming from my alley. At first, they were consistently occurring at 4:30am. The past few nights, I have been hearing them anywhere between 2am and 4:30am.

Normally, these alleys are very quiet. These noises in the wee hours of the morning are easily the loudest during any hour in that area with the exception of maybe garbage and recycling pick up.

I would really appreciate any help.

Thanks!

  • If I hear something out of the ordinary in the alley in the middle of the night, I'm calling 911. If it means I get fined, so be it, I'm not taking any chances with a 6 year old in the house. I'm 99.9% sure that all parents feel the same.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Grace nailed it. If you had known what the noises were you would've said so. You don't know, that's why you call 911, because you don't know. Let the police handle it. You're not going to get fined for calling 911, if you fear that there is a potentially dangerous...

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    Grace nailed it. If you had known what the noises were you would've said so. You don't know, that's why you call 911, because you don't know. Let the police handle it. You're not going to get fined for calling 911, if you fear that there is a potentially dangerous situation outside your house. The people who get arrested for making false 911 calls are the type of people who like to see the lights and sirens coverge on an area, much like the idiots who pull fire alarms for fun.

2 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

winnemac

i just spoke with police in the park: "Armed robbery, 2 blacks in hoodies with a pistol." Helicopter using infrared to search.

  • nibblythings Ravenswood Resident

    The person who posted the description of the suspects was quoting the police - notice the quotation marks in this post. Let's try not to attack the person who was simply posting what the police said.

  • Mike from The Square Lincoln Square Circa 2004

    Let's not be politically correct and call it as it is.

2 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Helicopter Circling at Damen/Foster

This is the third time in the last six days that I've observed this (I know some other people on EB have seen this, as well). Though the last two times it was around 8 p.m. Tonight, it did it around 8 p.m., and now at 10:30, it's been going for at least 10-15 minutes. Anyone have an idea of what this is?

  • Bill Near Rockwell L

    I read that various aldermen have put pressure on the police to do SOMETHING to reduce crime, Joe Moore in Rogers Park has specifically requested police helicopter patrols, so maybe we will be seeing more CPD Air these days. Police air squads can be effective, eye in the sky and all that.

  • Mary OKeefe New to the area. Just trying to learn all that I n

    Better than more gang infiltration in your neighborhood? If the Rogers Park patrols are making it harder for them to operate just north of you... Better than gunfire!

2 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Hourly office space for child therapy

I'm looking for a professional office in North Center, Lincoln Square or Roscoe Village in which there's a private office available for hourly rental no more than 2-4 hours per week, with a waiting area for parent(s).

  • SK Khalsa Yoga Lady

    I am subleasing my therapy office on Tuesdays, 4-10 pm.... Ravenswood Ave. I think you can reply to me and we can discuss via email.

  • I might also be aware of an office that is subleasing as well. As with SK, you can reply back and find a way to connect via email. How soon is the need? BTW, I am NOT a realtor but a friend has an office space.

2 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Police helicopter - there is NO filming going on

It is a police helicopter searching for someone. They are NOT filming. 45 minutes ago I spoke to a 311 operator who mistakenly said they were filming. Then 1/2 hour ago I spoke to an officer at the police station on Lincoln who said they called the chopper from downtown to search for two suspects who "jumped" someone in the park. I was just told 5 minutes ago they did not find who they were looking for.

The policeman also told me the park has gang activity at night

2 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

helicopter

Do anyone know what is going on around Ravenswood /Lincoln Square area?I keep hearing a helicopter.

2 days ago

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Dec 01 2012

Updated 2 days ago

Apartment burglary

My friend's second-floor apartment near Damen/Lawrence unfortunately was burglarized during the day yesterday. Her laptop and jewelry were stolen, as well as a backpack to haul the stuff in, apparently. Thankfully her cute little cats were unharmed. The doors were bolted when she came home and no windows were broken, so they're not sure yet how the thief got in but they think he must have had a key somehow, possibly from/as a previous tenant.

That uncomfortable theory might raise questions of security and safety for all us renters out there. It also underscores the importance of having renter's insurance.

I hope karma bites that guy right in the a**.

  • b in edgewater/andersonville interested resident and business owner

    I wanted to address the issue of always making sure you have renters insurance. People tend to think the builidng they live in is totally secure and they " don't really own anything". Break ins are traumatic and the last thing you want to deal with is worrying about who pays for what. Get renters insurance. Barbara Janusek State Farm agency on Broadway and Bryn Mawr will get you coverage for less than $12.00 a month.

  • Agree with b, renters insurance also covers your personal property in your car if you have a break in. Your car insurance doesn't.

Mar 17

Updated 2 days ago

Band of Bohemia

does anyone know when / if this project will be coming to Ravenswood. a google search turned up an article from a year ago. it was supposed to be located at 4700-12 N. Ravenswood Ave
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130416/ravenswood/band-of-bohemia-brewpub-sets-sights-on-ravenswood-corridor

  • pawar's facebook page posted "The zoning for @bandofbohemia just passed City Council." on march 5th.

  • Pawar said they are shooting for a fall 2014 opening.

  • SC

    Anyone heard an update? There still is nothing at their website URL. Fall is right around the corner, fingers crossed.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Loud Noise and Screaming at Hermitage/Winnemac?

At around 9:30pm this evening I heard a loud boom followed by a girl screaming a few times around Hermitage and Winnemac. I looked out seconds later and saw people walking their dogs/ on bikes etc...Just a little freaked out from the noise. Did anyone else catch it? Hoping it was nothing.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Anyone have a garage space for rent?

I just moved up to Lincoln Square, but my apartment only has street parking and my car is a plug-in hybrid (Chevy Volt) that I would like to be able to plug in at night. I would of course be willing to pay for the extra electricity, though it doesn't use much. There wasn't any noticeable increase in the electric bill at my last place.

Let me know!

  • I've been watching parking for the area on Craigslist and parkingspot.com for a while and I've seen quite a few garage spots come up (out of my price range, but sounds worth it for you). Also I am jealous of your Volt :)

  • Lincoln Square Lauren Michigan expatriate, 6-year-resident

    I saw a sign for garage space for rent over on Lawrence and Wolcott.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Comcast internet outage Lincoln Square...?

My internet has been balled up since last night around 3 AM, my line speed is all over the place, jumping from 0.1 MB/sec to the 50 MB/sec that I pay for and back again second-by-second. DNS seems FUBAR.The DOCSIS config file bound to my cable modem looks wrong, which has my cable modem saying "IPV6 ONLY" which doesn't really seem right either....

Comcast is acknowledging a problem on their Customer Account - Support page, I wonder how widespread it is.

Anyone else out there having Comcast Internet issues?

  • it was down at our office today until 3PM. We are on Western just south of Montrose. We had nothing and no phone. Not happy second time in a month.

  • NCV

    My outage was a personal one, connection into the building was shoddy.

Jul 16

Updated 2 days ago

New food co-op being formed. Get involved!

There is a new members-based, food coop being formed in the area. There will be an information session Thursday, July 17th at 7pm and Saturday, July 19th at 11am in Chase Park (Ashland and Leland). Read more at http://www.chicagomarket.coop/ We have nearly 200 members signed up already. Spread the word and bring a friend.

  • I know nothing about the promoters of this new co-op. Do they have experience managing or owning grocery stores?

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    Hey, astat! It just occurred to me that I don't want a thousand people emailing me (Spam!), so let's just have them give "thanks" to your post above. That way we'll also know that no hanky-panky is going on with me cooking the books, or whatever. Same terms and conditions apply.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Comcast anyone ?

How widespread is this COMCAST internet issue today ?

We've been out (or barely running) all day over here near Lawrence & Rockwell.

Comcast first said it had been going on since last night and would be on again a 2:30 pm ... and then that time came and went.

How can I post this ? Very carefully - sneaking through a rare ultra-slow service point evidently.

(Comcast should seriously look into improving the way they handle their customers)

  • One more thing I'll add. In all my years in Chicagoland, I've used comcast. Never really had any issues with them in general. Except for just recently, they managed to get my billing right, and at one point sent me a free modem and router (which I'm still using). Part...

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    One more thing I'll add. In all my years in Chicagoland, I've used comcast. Never really had any issues with them in general. Except for just recently, they managed to get my billing right, and at one point sent me a free modem and router (which I'm still using). Part of me feels that things have changed in the last 2-3 years.

    The thing I always heard about RCN was that they had anti-competitive habits, like signing deals with landlords where once they signed up one customer in the building, they had to stop providing competing services or something. Not sure how true that was, or if it's still true.

  • painhertz butterknife ninja

    I've never heard anything about RCN being "anti-competitive" I have heard about Comcast buildings, Direct-TV buildings etc, though.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Running/Walking Groups?

Any running/walking groups people enjoy in our neighborhood or surrounding neighborhoods?

  • Robin in Rogers Park Owner of Cats in the City, LLC

    Hi Michelle, Fleet Feet like LeighF said above. I've gone once to their Monday night runs and once to the Chick's night.

    I could use a running partner - my schedule is kind of erratic, but I am not a fan of running alone, especially with the darker earlier now.

    I am about a 12 mm - I am a new runner, so I am not fast. I am good for 5K.

    R.

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    I'm interested in a walking group or walking partner(s). Evenings or some weekdays are best for me.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Chicago Tribune trial I didn't ask for

Recently I received a letter from a debt collector on behalf of the Chicago Tribune. The company claimed that I owed $32.25 and that I needed to pay them immediately--or I could call them to plead my case.

Naturally, I called them. They refused to produce evidence of the debt or explain where it came from --other than to direct me to Chicago Tribune.

So I called Chicago Tribune. They claimed that I had signed up for a Tribune trial...

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Recently I received a letter from a debt collector on behalf of the Chicago Tribune. The company claimed that I owed $32.25 and that I needed to pay them immediately--or I could call them to plead my case.

Naturally, I called them. They refused to produce evidence of the debt or explain where it came from --other than to direct me to Chicago Tribune.

So I called Chicago Tribune. They claimed that I had signed up for a Tribune trial from a door-to-door salesperson/kid asking for a donation for their education. They said that I had been receiving newspapers for months (I hadn't) and they had been sending me bills.

I have no idea what they were talking about. Neither does my wife. We'd never seen a door-to-door Tribune salesperson, much less signed up for a subscription. If the Trib had sent any bills, we probably assumed it was unsolicited junk mail.

The customer service rep eventually credited the account, but not before admitting that there were others like me calling in about their own mystery bills.

My suspicion is that this door-to-door "salesperson" put us on the list without consulting us. I'm curious to know if anyone else has experienced this.

  • MandaLeigh Here I Is.

    Chaya, I just heard that on "This American Life" last week! I never knew that before the episode, and it's extremely beneficial to know that for instances exactly like this.

  • Kristi Nommensen Dorson Girl Scout Daisy / Brownie Co-Leader

    Though I suspect this was not the Trib's fault, I am not at all a fan of the way they do business in regards to subscriptions. Twice in my life I have signed up for subscription deals through salespeople at my door or on the street, and twice have indicated...

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    Though I suspect this was not the Trib's fault, I am not at all a fan of the way they do business in regards to subscriptions. Twice in my life I have signed up for subscription deals through salespeople at my door or on the street, and twice have indicated I want it to be non renewing, and have been assured it won't renew. (I only use it for coupons, and I have a bad habit of letting them pile up rather than using them, which then reminds me why I don't subscribe in the first place!) And both times, they have renewed, won't stop delivering the paper, they keep sending me bills, when I call I have to call multiple numbers to get it taken care of. Both times I've been sent to collections over it too, and have had to call to resolve it multiple times. It's a huge time waster and it makes me really angry.

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