22 hours ago

Updated 6 min ago

Cars (and bikes) not stopping at stop signs in Ravenswood

I walk home from the Metra up to Foster Ave, usually on Wolcott. Seems like almost every day the cars in the area either do rolling stops, don't seem to stop at all, or take off when I'm halfway through the crosswalk. Also, bikes will blow through signs in this area as well, without even pausing - and the ones on sidewalks around blind corners have almost hit me on more than one occasion. Is there anything to be done?...

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I walk home from the Metra up to Foster Ave, usually on Wolcott. Seems like almost every day the cars in the area either do rolling stops, don't seem to stop at all, or take off when I'm halfway through the crosswalk. Also, bikes will blow through signs in this area as well, without even pausing - and the ones on sidewalks around blind corners have almost hit me on more than one occasion. Is there anything to be done? It doesn't seem like there is any police presence in the area, so it goes unnoticed. I don't like having to worry when I'm following the laws and being a safe pedestrian, that I'll be hit by a car or bike.

  • BerkeleyGirl Winnemac Park

    One of my frustrations? The stings tend to be located on main drags yet, in my experience, the larger problem is on the side streets. As I've said many times, a cop could hit their ticket quota within a week, just by sitting at Ainslie/Leavitt during the AM commute. It's become so bad that, though I love the walk, I increasingly take the 49/49B to the Brown Line.

  • If that one intersection is so bad, I wonder if the police would be willing to monitor it for a bit. The not stopping at stop signs is frustrating. As a driver, I've been honked at for insisting on stopping. The number of times I've been honked at for not proceeding when a pedestrian is right in front of me is quite high as well. I've always wondered how Chicago ranks on number of car vs pedestrian incidents.

45 min ago

The Last Pit Stop BBQ

Has anyone been yet? What were your experiences? Yelp seemed sort of mixed, would love to know if others have been there. I expected that they would have some bumps (everyone does when they first open), but that they should smooth out in time. I would love to see another restaurant in the neighborhood last!

3 days ago

Updated 49 min ago

How's the new Mediterranean restaurant on Wolcott/Montrose?

Looks like it's grand opening was yesterday...no reviews yet.

  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    Just went there for lunch today! The place is called Mangal's. Some reviews have started to trickle in on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/mangal-chicago.

    I got the sucuk "trash" shish kebab for $8 (the word trash appears on their menu). FYI, sucuk is a cured beef sausage. It's quite dense, and it tastes...

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    Just went there for lunch today! The place is called Mangal's. Some reviews have started to trickle in on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/mangal-chicago.

    I got the sucuk "trash" shish kebab for $8 (the word trash appears on their menu). FYI, sucuk is a cured beef sausage. It's quite dense, and it tastes very salty with a bit of tang. I thought the food was OK, but not great. The fries were a bit mushy. I did see plenty of other customers in the restaurant today. I think I will go back, but their menu is pretty small, and it seems to be pretty standard Mediterranean fare.

    Here's a photo my lunch: https://www.flickr.com/photos/58418400@N00/14763474703/. It doesn't seem like a lot of food, but I was actually pretty full after I finished.

  • Elektra Owner, Everlasting Fire Studio

    Is the food traditional Mediterranean? Or is it more heavily Turkish? I know there was discussions earlier that the owner was Turkish. We have had our fingers crossed that it would be!

1 hour ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Loud boom at 3am?

did anyone else hear the very loud noise in the alley on the 1800 block of West Warner last night. Maybe an M80? only saw smoke.

  • We definitely heard it on Wolcott. Woke us both up. It sounded very close to our place whatever it was.

42 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Best place to get regular maintenance for my Camry?

I have a 2009 Toyota Camry, and it's a bit overdue for some regular maintenance. What's the best place for that? I live near Western and Lawrence.

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    I thought Transtastic closed! There is a big for lease sign on the building!

    Feihong, I know it's too late now, but my dad goes to Miller at Irving and Ravenswood (it's behind the storefronts off the alley). If you have a chance to, visit auto zone or sears and get one of those battery checkers for the large auto battery.

  • Joycey North Center Resident 8+ ys.

    Transtastic moved to 4008 n. Ravenswood...now called Eurotech. Same phone

39 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

no parking on damen/wilson

Anyone know why the east side of damen in the n 4500 block has no parking signs during the day? I see no activity there.

  • No department listed. Just one of those white signs with red and black lettering.

  • Could it be tree trimming operations? We just got post cards notifying us of tree trimming in our neighborhood from ComEd.

3 hours ago

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4 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Yard sale/garage sale ideas needed!

Hi. I live in an apt. building. I'm cleaning out and have a bunch of stuff I'd like to sell. Including a bicycle, some furniture, and a bunch of smaller belongings. So - I don't have a yard, I don't have a garage, and I don't think my landlord would approve of me buzzing people into the whole building (and giving them access) if I have it in my apt. We have a courtyard, and I think I would kill...

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Hi. I live in an apt. building. I'm cleaning out and have a bunch of stuff I'd like to sell. Including a bicycle, some furniture, and a bunch of smaller belongings. So - I don't have a yard, I don't have a garage, and I don't think my landlord would approve of me buzzing people into the whole building (and giving them access) if I have it in my apt. We have a courtyard, and I think I would kill all the grass and flowers if I had my belongings and people trampling on the grass all day. There's a very small bit of grass in front of my bldg, but again, I think my landlord would not be happy with the damage to the grass which is very well maintained.

I really need some good suggestions! Is anyone in Lincoln Square/North Ctr. thinking of having a yard sale or garage sale soon? Would you have some extra space, and I could pay you, barter, or work something out with you? I have too much stuff to bring it to a flea market. I am a friendly, considerate person, and we'd be happy to work something out with a neighbors or group of neighbors. Really need to sell some things soon. Thank you for any suggestions you may have!!!

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    I have a Nishiki for sale. Will post pics etc in a couple days. For someone taller than 5'5".

  • Thanks I'm looking for a men's bike. Hybrid, 10 speed, or road bike. For a man 5" 10" or taller

Jul 19

Updated 7 hours ago

Great cook and good with kids needs room to rent

Looking to rent a room near my job in Ravenswood (or on L/bus lines to get me there). It is a small entrepreneurial company who helps nonprofits with digital marketing, so money is still tight and can only afford to pay up to $450. I'm quiet, easy going and happy to contribute in other ways:

* Am a great cook--healthy and tasty meals usually--but can also make the "comfort foods" we all love too.

* Some child care--as the eldest...

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Looking to rent a room near my job in Ravenswood (or on L/bus lines to get me there). It is a small entrepreneurial company who helps nonprofits with digital marketing, so money is still tight and can only afford to pay up to $450. I'm quiet, easy going and happy to contribute in other ways:

* Am a great cook--healthy and tasty meals usually--but can also make the "comfort foods" we all love too.

* Some child care--as the eldest of 7, helped raise my younger siblings, plus recently I've taken care of my friends' kids when they've gone out for the evening & when they've gone to Europe for 2 weeks. Can provide references

* Have 20+ years in sales & marketing, so if you need some help with marketing your business--or just need someone to type your manuscript--happy to help.

* Some personal care assistance--worked in a hospital many years ago plus experience working with family members who have challenges (my 25 year old niece was born with a neural tube disorder and my aunt had ALS)--so could provide some assistance to you.

I'm a nonsmoker and I don't drink (food allergy). My cat is quiet and shy--and we are looking to move by August 1st. Look forward to meeting you!

  • Catherine Dennis Artistic and Professional--with a Cat

    Hey Everyone,

    Please accept my apology if you sent me a note and I didn't respond to you. I just tested and my EveryBlock email appears to work now.

    One update to my post, I've got a little more flexibility on my move date--can move as late as Sept 1.

    Thanks everyone!

    All the best,

    Cassie

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    Hi Cassie, still very interested in talking with you early next week. Could not email you on EB.

19 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Lincoln Square Loft for Sale!

We are selling our unique and modern 2-story loft by owner. Please visit our website for additional information if you or someone you know is interested. www.4715NorthDamenUnit4.com
Thanks EB

10 hours ago

3 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Hit & Run - looking for car

I was hit by a car this morning. A nice bystander took down the plates, but the drive took off before help arrived. CPD ran the plates but did not find anything, I want to find this driver. The accident was near Ravenswoood and Berteau. I am looking for a white Mazda CX7 with TEXAS plates (similar to CS8 S061, but apparently that's incorrect). Please let me know if you see this car in your neigborhood.

  • Thanks everyone. My attorney's office has contacted the Texas DMV. My witness got the plate right. They won't release information to the attorney w/o a subpoena or updated police report. So we're working w/CPD. (though it may take awhile) Thanks for keeping your eyes out.

  • LStone Western and Lawrence

    Kristin I am sorry you were injured and the driver behaved illegally. Sounds odd but it is encouraging to me to read how many people stepped up (and are stepping up) to help correct this wrong. I hold you in my thoughts for a speedy recovery and am grateful that Chicago turned out some really decent folks in the just the right place to help you through.

2 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Fight Outside of G & L Fire Escape?

Does anyone know anything about this? It happend the weekend of the 11th or the 18th

38 hours ago

Updated 24 hours ago

In home piano lessons?

Can anyone recommend a piano teacher for my beginning level 7 year old? We'd like to have someone come to our house once a week for about 45-60 minutes.

Thanks

6 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

cat groomer.

Can anyone recommend a cat groomer.

  • BigFos in Northcenter Craft Beer Lover!

    Try DSpa Grooming & Pet Boutique on Roscoe between Leavitt and Bell. Chad is great.

  • Carolyn Smigla, the Home Groomer. She comes to you and is particularly good with skittish pets. (312) 437-2622

3 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Child care

Hi. We are amicably parting ways with our part-time nanny of almost 3 years. Is anyone looking for child care? If you are interested please contact me and I will provide more information.

27 hours ago

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38 hours ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Looking for Steel Deck Contractors

Hi, We are thinking about adding a deck onto our residence and wondered if any neighbors out there had a good experience with contractors who install steel decks. Would be grateful for any good recommendations.

3 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Wedding Planner Recommendations?

Happy Wednesday Neighbors,

Does anyone have any wedding planner recommendations? I'm in need of a day-of coordinator, but also curious about how much more pre-planning might cost (I'm just a notch above clueless). I'm mostly looking for someone easy to work with that knows what they're doing, can guide/work with me vs. work for me, and who won't break the bank...

Thank you in advance!!!

2 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

In search of moving boxes

Looking for moving boxes. Happy to come pick up from you. TIA

  • Always good to ask grocery stores and liquor stores, they always have tons and have to throw them out anyway so will gladly just give them to you. I do it every time I move.

  • MJB ASNA member

    I just got back from walking my dog. There are several moving boxes (flattened) at. 5002 n hermitage by the dumpster in the alley.

Jul 16

Updated 41 hours ago

Package and mail ripped open - nothing actually stolen that I know of...

I live just north of Lawrence on Rockwell in a courtyard building with an outside locked door that leads to our foyer (door to stairwell also locked) and I had a package ripped open yesterday and some mail ripped open, but all was left behind. The person didn't actually steal anything (maybe the clothes I ordered weren't their taste), but I was wondering if anyone else in the area has had this happening to them lately? I would assume they saw the package and tried all the buzzers hoping someone would let them in thinking it was a delivery person.

  • You should file a report with the Postal Inspectors office. There is a rash of mail thefts/mailbox break-ins in the area that they are supposedly working on resolving.

  • Thanks, Candi, I will do that. I wasn't sure where to report. Zlatan--thanks for sharing.

2 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Beer Blackhawk sign

Anybody interested in a Blackhawk sign? Near Montrose n Damen?

  • ChiGuy814 This is the year!

    Ok Lindz, how can we talk here?

  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    I recommend using the private message feature rather than divulging your contact info in a comment. Go to a user's profile and hit the "Send email" button on the right sidebar (or top menu if you're on a mobile device).

3 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

Garage space for rent?

Anyone know of a garage space for rent in the Lincoln Square/Ravenwood area? We have a catalytic converter thief on the loose and that's the last thing we need these days. Thanks in advance.

  • I have a friend in Ravenswood (near Hermitage and Sunnyside) who is renting out a secure garage space. Not sure the cost just yet, but if you're interested I can give you her info - just send me a message.

  • mbrachear Chicago Tribune Religion Reporter/Lincoln Square

    Thank you to everyone for all the great leads! I had no idea there was such a thing as a "cat clamp." We'll look into all options!

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Lincoln Square Nannies?

any fellow nannies in the area interested in play dates & outings? :)

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Missing my daily EBC digest

Past few days I haven't received my daily email digest of postings from everyblock. Wondering if it's a system thing since their recent system maintenance or an email thing on my end. Anyone else? Thanks.

  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    Sorry about that guys! It's been a long time since we did any maintenance on the site. We'll do a better job next time.

  • Wendy Small-town living in the big city

    Isn't it nice to be missed, Feihong? : )

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

North center catering

Hi everyone, I need to cater a party of approx 50 people. I am located in north center and would like some options of local caterers. Looking for usual food like beef, chicken, salads etc. Any recommendations would be helpful! Thanks..

2 days ago

Jul 17

Updated 2 days ago

Considering switch from AT&T landline to Comcast phone

To save on my bill I am considering switching from my AT&T landline to Comcast phone service. Does anyone have any experience with this, positive or negative? I read that number portability can depend on where you live, and Comcast may not always give you the correct information up-front. Thanks in advance.

  • You should be able to transfer your old no. to a new provider w/o any problem, too.

  • Andrew, I already had comcast. I called and threatened to cancel and this was the rate they offered.

Jul 17

Updated 2 days ago

Street Cleaning Question

I've always always always had parking....and now I'm parking on the street. With these street cleaning signs posted on one side of the street....that means I shouldn't park on that side of the street during the day and time posted, right? I can park on the other side of the street that day and time and not get ticketed, right?

  • Read this article regarding Snow Route signs: http://theexpiredmeter.com/2008/12/the-lowdown-on-snow-routes/

    Essentially, you can be ticketed and towed when the snow is more than 2" deep at these locations. It doesn't matter if there wasn't any snow when you parked your car.

  • I would never risk parking anywhere that signs indicate a ticketing or towing time. Tickets are a way to increase revenue and you should always be cautious when parking. The ticketers don't ride on the back of the street sweepers and come around at different times than the sweepers. Ive...

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    I would never risk parking anywhere that signs indicate a ticketing or towing time. Tickets are a way to increase revenue and you should always be cautious when parking. The ticketers don't ride on the back of the street sweepers and come around at different times than the sweepers. Ive seen people get tickets before the street sweepers arrive and after the street cleaners have left. I have learned this lesson the hard way.
    I have yet to figure out the 2 in snow rule. I wake up on snowy mornings fearing my car is buried under tickets or off in some tow lot.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Expert on flooring?

Hello, I am looking for some advice on renovating the floor of my studio (it's a business). Looking for a contractor to give me a free quote. Thanks!

  • Thanks everyone. Here is more information to help:
    Currently I have padded interlocking flooring covering up some very unattractive cement and tiled flooring, in addition to baseboards that are coming up from the cold winter we endured. I am not sure if I want hardwood floors or just a clean up of the work that was previously done, so getting someone in here to let me know my options I suppose is my first thought.

  • We used Alexandru Hardwood Flooring - real reasonable prices. 773-777-4539

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Found Bike!

I found a bike next to my house this morning. My guess is someone stole it and then dumped it for some reason. It is blue but to claim it you will have to identify it. You should be able to send me a private email. If not, post a request and I will give you my email.

  • My husbands blue bike was stolen recently. Can you give me your email so I can give details?

  • If you click on the OPs name, you can send him a private email. Click on the "send mail" link near the bottom/right of the screen.

3 days ago

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