16 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Public sidewalk a safety hazard, and eyesore: 4817 N. Wolcott

If you've ever walked the east side of the 4800 block of N. Wolcott, you've walked over or around the worst stretch of sidewalk in Ravenswood. I'm finally fed up enough to do something about it and would encourage the support of all neighbors. Thanks!

Below is an excerpt from the email just sent to Jim Poole in the Ward 47 office.
Sent April 15, 2014

Jim,

Just around the block from the new Mariano' there is a public disgrace....

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If you've ever walked the east side of the 4800 block of N. Wolcott, you've walked over or around the worst stretch of sidewalk in Ravenswood. I'm finally fed up enough to do something about it and would encourage the support of all neighbors. Thanks!

Below is an excerpt from the email just sent to Jim Poole in the Ward 47 office.
Sent April 15, 2014

Jim,

Just around the block from the new Mariano' there is a public disgrace. Besides the hundreds of residents using it, some customers and a lot of Mariano's employees are having to negotiate it too -- and somebody is going to get hurt.

The sidewalk in front of my neighbor building, at 4817 North Wolcott, managed by ICM Properties, 773-549-5443 has been a terrible hazard and now, ever since this last winter, it is a menace to public safety. I've tripped over this broken, uneven and potholed walkway for over 10 years and I'm fed up.

Please see the attached photos documenting this disgrace, and the building management.

I'm requesting that the Alderman do whatever possible to either force the management to repair this sidewalk in front of their building, or better yet find some emergency money and have the Ward replace it entirely.

Thank you ...

  • Preeti Ravenswood Superstar since 2003

    I reported this last week to the Alderman's office with a picture too! Used 4817 N Wolcott as the address as well. We're both tired of walking on that mess. Brad Gregorka (Brad@chicago47.org) is my contact for this. You may want to copy him on the email.

  • ICM, what a surprise. I had 3 friends all rent from them, and all three broke their leases to get out as quickly as possible. I believe they are responsible for for the sidewalk, though I am not certain on that. I wonder if they can be fined for not repairing it?

3 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Where to get a good facial?

Anyone know of a good place near Lincoln Sq to get an awesome, affordable facial? Or had used a Groupon and was pleased? Thanks!

  • Ellllly8 ***

    Salon Elan Vital is definitely a great place to go. The owner, Nahrein is really concerned about customer satisfaction and has been consistently. The salon at 4737 N. Damen is a newer location, but she has been in the business for at least 10 years or more. I would highly recommend it.

  • Wax Man A Men's Grooming Place!

    Hi Kelly! Come over to Wax Man Spa on Lawrence. I've been doing facials for 16 years, I opened my space this past November. There are 2 other estheticians working with me. Check out our reviews on yelp. I don't want to come across as the best ever facial but I've never had a complaint. I invite you to check us out! Hope to hear from you!

11 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Parking Wanted

I'm moving to Ravenswood in about a month and wondered if anyone has a garage space or parking space for rent near Winnemac & Hermitage?

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/hou/4424368719.html

  • Hi David, email me at kevin.orourke @gmail.com to discuss potential parking. And welcome to the neighborhood!

  • David_B Edgewater Resident & Photographer

    Thanks! Emailing you now...

5 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

All Saints' Episcopal Church's - Now them!

I have lived in the neighborhood for 6 years. Today, while walking past All Saints' Episcopal Church during the food pantry I saw one guy urinating outside the church in broad day light! Then I saw men going up to people's homes stealing the bags of plastic eggs that were left by a neighboring church opening them and then throwing them on our lawns. I asked them to pick them up since no one is paid to clean up their mess and they laughed at me. The food bank that I donate to them get good from are the same people making out neighborhood terrible. I reported it to the church. This is insane

Why

  • Shelly Lifelong suburbanite, now in South Lakeview.

    Definitely get in touch with Lori or Fran. They have two security officers there on Tuesday nights. So sorry this happened. :(

13 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Large Plant Relocation

Hi neighbors!

I posted this on craigslist, but I thought I might have some more luck finding friendly, trustworthy help here, accompanied by a $30 thank you from me.

I need help moving a large plant from the fourth floor of a stairwell-only apartment in the Lincoln Square area, to my apartment in Ravenswood, which is on the second floor.

I am hoping to find someone who has a pick-up truck or SUV, but if you think you can help...

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Hi neighbors!

I posted this on craigslist, but I thought I might have some more luck finding friendly, trustworthy help here, accompanied by a $30 thank you from me.

I need help moving a large plant from the fourth floor of a stairwell-only apartment in the Lincoln Square area, to my apartment in Ravenswood, which is on the second floor.

I am hoping to find someone who has a pick-up truck or SUV, but if you think you can help me fit it in or tie it to my sedan, that works too. :-)

The photo was taken pre-trim, so it is significantly shorter and more kempt. The ceramic pot is about 1.5 feet in diameter, and probably about 40 pounds.

I need to move it this Saturday, April 19th, sometime between 11-1PM. It should not take more than 30-45 minutes, tops.

Thanks for looking!

Jenny

  • I can help, we have an SUV. Please email me at kellykapple@gmail.com. My fiance is willing to do the job. We live in the area :)

  • L

    Kelly sounds like a good choice. But, if something happens and she can't make it, try Task Rabbit.

  • If it is within walking distance, you could rent/purchase/make a make-shift rolling dolly and wheel it there via sidewalk? Good luck!

10 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Lunar Eclipse last night in Ravenswood

3:30am Lunar Eclipse in Ravenswood.
Anyone see the red moon?

  • I was sure it'd be too overcast to see it so I didn't stay up. I also couldn't get a clear answer on what time to expect it. I wish I'd seen it though! Very cool. There's another blood moon in October and two more next year--very rare sequence.

2 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Harvest Time Foods

So I have a love hate relationship w this place. They have a wonderful selection of breads without additives or preservatives. That's the main reason I go there. And of course a large selection if ethnic foods but I don't cook too much exotic stuff. The manager Chris is super nice too. But the girls who work the checkout lines are SO rude. Everytime I go there I have a story about them. And it's consistent. I've been going there...

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So I have a love hate relationship w this place. They have a wonderful selection of breads without additives or preservatives. That's the main reason I go there. And of course a large selection if ethnic foods but I don't cook too much exotic stuff. The manager Chris is super nice too. But the girls who work the checkout lines are SO rude. Everytime I go there I have a story about them. And it's consistent. I've been going there for over a year now. Today I went through the line and the girl didn't say one word to me except how much I owed her. I said that you before I left and she didn't break a smile. I often am ignored bc the girls are talking to each other and making jokes. One day the girl barely handed me my change bc she was so busy talking to the other checkout girl behind me. I wonder if anyone else notices this. It has almost made me stop going there. I don't like rude customer service. At least respond when I say hi, bye or thanks.

  • Lincoln Square Neighbors Community Activist, Parent and Business Owner

    Aron - maybe it's because KillaB likes the store that she is making the comment. By posting the comment, social media and marketing savvy store owners might actually become aware that their brand is being negatively impacted by the last employee a customer encounters upon leaving the store. Rents and...

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    Aron - maybe it's because KillaB likes the store that she is making the comment. By posting the comment, social media and marketing savvy store owners might actually become aware that their brand is being negatively impacted by the last employee a customer encounters upon leaving the store. Rents and rate of competition are rising very quickly in this neighborhood; dismissing a legit comment as whining could lead to a much bigger problem, which could lead to the closing of this store. Especially when other stores show they value customers and want them to return by proving them with a decent shopping experience.

  • KillaB That girl.

    LSN thanks for eloquently stating something that would have come out of my mouth a little less polished ;)

7 hours ago

1 bedroom apt. available in Ravenswood May 1

1 bedroom apartment available on Hermitage near Ainslie for May 1st. Dog friendly, dishwasher, laundry in building, storage, bike room, 2nd floor of apartment building. Great location, right near the new Marianos/La Fitness and Dunkin Donuts, short walk to Damen St. or Andersonville. We are moving out of state and need to find renters for May 1st. This is not a sublease, you would be signing your own 1 year lease. Email me with questions/details: mackwreynolds@gmail.com

2 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Philadelphian Romanian Church Crazy Drivers

Sunnyside and Paulina
Twice this am I was almost hit by the cars speeding through stop signs to drop off people at church! Then to be told f*ck off by the driver when I told them to stop.

I called about the illegally parked cars that continue to park in tow zones.

What more can be done! I documented the two cars that almost hit me as well.

  • I have lived a block away from this particular church for a period of12 years. The traffic and parking situation on Sunday's as well as some week days is absolutely horrific. In more than one occasion the parishioners violate parking rules by blocking the side walks on Sunnyside and Hermitage....

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    I have lived a block away from this particular church for a period of12 years. The traffic and parking situation on Sunday's as well as some week days is absolutely horrific. In more than one occasion the parishioners violate parking rules by blocking the side walks on Sunnyside and Hermitage. I live in a building and I have access to street parking only. When our 6 year was a newborn my wife and I were forced to park on Ravenwood just because they entire neighborhood was jammed with cars from outside our neighborhood. I wish someone could talk to the leadership of that church and ask them to tell their parashinors to park on Ravenwood on Sundays.

  • Ha - I lived near that church for years. Saying the traffic is an issue and a dangerous situation is putting it mild. I was blown away at how these church going members would tear in and out of the neighborhood. Pulling up on lawns, parking basically on what ever...

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    Ha - I lived near that church for years. Saying the traffic is an issue and a dangerous situation is putting it mild. I was blown away at how these church going members would tear in and out of the neighborhood. Pulling up on lawns, parking basically on what ever surface they could find, noise violations up the wazoo, etc. etc. You can try and talk to them about it. We did when I lived over there to ZERO change in behavior. In fact it sounds like it's just gotten worse. Hate to say it, but maybe they need to go permit in that area. Not fair to all the good people who live there weekly and someone is going to get hit. I know this because it almost happened to me many, many times. Beautiful building - shame.

3 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Construction across the street from O'Shaunessy's Pub

Does anyone know what the construction at corner of Wilson & Ravenswood is all about?it is currently an empty lot and now has a lot of equipment clearing the area to start some kind of project?

5 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Winnemac Park playlot Slide being fixed today

The spiral slide has had a hole in it since winter. The workers were there replacing it this morning.

  • Aron Long tlme Lincoln sq home owner

    The Amundsen students have been a major problem In the neighborhood for years .
    Usually there are three police cars close to the school wnen the students are leaving
    The teachers should not be responsible for them once they leave and the police haven't been successful in stopping the drug dealing and other activities they are involved in .As for the dog owners ,they seem to feel that paying taxes entitles them to let their dogs run free and not clean up after them .

  • AW Busy mom

    Aron, I have lived in the neighborhood for 20 years and I will tell you it is not fair to lump AHS kids from years ago with the current crop. Sure there are always going to be some idiots but did you know that the new principal got rid of...

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    Aron, I have lived in the neighborhood for 20 years and I will tell you it is not fair to lump AHS kids from years ago with the current crop. Sure there are always going to be some idiots but did you know that the new principal got rid of most of the out of area kids & eliminated a lot of problems that way? Did you know that the IB program doubled in size last year and is the 3rd most successful one in the city? And there are cops in front of every single CPS high school (including Payton etc) but Amundsen often has extras because there is a satellite police station located in the building (however virtually nothing for them to do with the students.)

Mar 08

Updated 16 hours ago

Say no to Cubs parking at Irving and Rockwell

In the latest newsletter for our ward, it was announced that the Cubs will be soon turning our neighborhood into their parking lot. This doesn't require ward approval. Sounds like a deal has been made between the Cubs and Basic wire, a factory with a gigantic lot by the river.
I can only imagine what wonders this will do for traffic on Irving, Western and all the side streets. I'm not just talking car traffic, some of the fans aren't...

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In the latest newsletter for our ward, it was announced that the Cubs will be soon turning our neighborhood into their parking lot. This doesn't require ward approval. Sounds like a deal has been made between the Cubs and Basic wire, a factory with a gigantic lot by the river.
I can only imagine what wonders this will do for traffic on Irving, Western and all the side streets. I'm not just talking car traffic, some of the fans aren't all too respectful. Ready to have your area turn into Wrigleyville? Finally, what positive does our community get from this? What traffic studies were done? I know this is a free market but let's make sure we let Basic Cable and Cubs ownership hear are voices.

  • Hi every blockers, would anybody like to comment (negatively or positively) about the parking lot for a college news story i am doing. I would really appreciate it. Please contact me at ricardo.guzman@loop.colum.edu

  • Hey guys. i need somebody that is opposing the parking lot to comment about it for my school assignment. please please please email me at ricardo.guzman@loop.colum.edu.

28 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Eye sore at southwest corner of Hamilton and Ainslie

Hi 4800 and 4900 Hamilton folks, anyone know when the construction will be over at the apt building on this corner? It seems like their front "yard" has been a dirt field for months and the construction truck doesn't add to the beauty. I'm starting to wonder if it would make sense to contact the Alderman's office?

  • Sheila Pacione Neighbor

    Always a good idea.

  • JSM

    Have you considered asking the people working there? They probably know better than anyone else.

  • I walk by frequently and never see a soul. But I think I jumped the gun with the post as I see they just got a permit for reno.

Apr 04

Updated 17 hours ago

Grow47: Local Schools Survey - Need neighbor input!

Alderman Ameya Pawar's Grow47 initiative is conducting a community survey to invite feedback on local schools, including elementary schools and high schools in the area. Check it out.

Here is the link to the survey: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1604211/Grow47-Survey

  • Grow47 will continue to capture neighbor input, ideas and candid thinking on our local schools through this weekend. Please share with your neighbors!

  • Grow47 is extending the deadline for this survey - please take a minute and share your thoughts! This data will inform Grow47's planning.

17 hours ago

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27 hours ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Easter bunny photos???

Anyone know where we can get a picture with the Easter Bunny before Easter weekend?

23 hours ago

  • Waters Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    Personally, I think the rating system here is rigged! Waters being a 5 and all. The energy of this school with the parents, teachers and faculty are amazing. As a parent whose child is in the kindergarden class, I was so surprised about how much money the parents have been able to raise year in and out. My child has drama, gym, art, music, and math/computer class. The teachers are great. As a realtor myself, when I list a property and say Waters on it.... it sells. Why have we been stuck at a 5 for 3 years. We are on same path as coonley, bell, blaine etc. Parents, this school is on that track! Highly recommend!!!!!!

    Waters Elementary School (4540 North Campbell Avenue) Published on GreatSchools April 14, 2014

4 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Warning about Marianos

I know that opening a supermarket is probably *real* hard but just a word of warning, on their first day of being open at the Ravenswood location, I went to the Mariano's after work on Tuesday, April 8 at around 5pm. I bought 4 items that should have cost ~$26. I paid by credit card but didn't need to sign for my purchase. Even worse, I wasn't handed a receipt and actually noted that fact as the cashier seemed real...

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I know that opening a supermarket is probably *real* hard but just a word of warning, on their first day of being open at the Ravenswood location, I went to the Mariano's after work on Tuesday, April 8 at around 5pm. I bought 4 items that should have cost ~$26. I paid by credit card but didn't need to sign for my purchase. Even worse, I wasn't handed a receipt and actually noted that fact as the cashier seemed real flustered but moved on anyway.

It wasn't until the next day that I logged in, checked my transactions and saw that Mariano's charged me $84.69.

I went back to bring this up with customer service and was given a "we'll get back to you" response which, in the scheme of opening a huge facility like that, is probably pretty low on their list of things to worry about especially because I have no proof in the form of a printed receipt.

I just wanted to let everyone know so that if these opening glitches do happen, make sure to get proof of purchase and all that. I know it seems like common sense but how many times have you just breezed through a transaction?

I'll update this post if they actually get in touch (they took my number) but I'm doubtful.

  • I agree Loraine t Washington, we just need to spend a tech free hour or even a day... to relax and enjoy what's around us.

  • loraine t washington 5 yr. resident

    Like now signing off. Goodnight folks.

32 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 34 hours ago

Easter bunny pictures

Anyone know where I can go to get a picture of my daughter with the Easter bunny? She is too young for egg hunts but I would like a picture.

  • Nancy McGarry Eager to learn about the neighborhood

    The Lincoln Town Center Shopping Center on McCormick and Touhy in the center of the mall.

  • Marilyn Maggi Tamayo Long time resident of now trendy, north center

    I always take my son to the bunny at Harlem Irving Plaza. It's a bit of a cruise but their bunny is great and way cuter than the one at lincolnwood mall, in my pinion.

Apr 08

Updated 35 hours ago

Mariano's

Huge space!

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

    Sounds like we've got a high class of problems in this part of town with our numerous grocery store options.

  • Amazing what some people can get out of a photograph … All I saw was produce.

Apr 08

Updated 39 hours ago

Mess at Wilson and ravenwood

Is the metra viaduct a storage space for the homeless?

  • And clearly this topic has lost focus. The topic was people storing bags of clothes, blankets, alcohol bottles etc at the metra viaduct which is private property anyway. Not about homelessness per say. Legally that's considered dumping. So trying to make this into a moral issue is off point. I've said it before if you care so deeply then go over and grab there blankets and offer to wash them. If they catch you, they'll probably curse you out anyway.

  • My compassion and heart go out to family's that are in need. They are the ones who I truly have a heart for. Not a bunch of drunk men who probably have more income then I do. Who choose to sleep on the red line and store there stuff everywhere....

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    My compassion and heart go out to family's that are in need. They are the ones who I truly have a heart for. Not a bunch of drunk men who probably have more income then I do. Who choose to sleep on the red line and store there stuff everywhere. The city of Chicago isn't compassionate, they will dump that stuff in the trash. The CTA isn't compassionate because they will call the police and /or put someone off the train for sleeping there. Yes they have signs posted at ohare and midway

3 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Help with a Partial Move

Hi, I'm wondering what the EveryBlock community has to share regarding alternative ways to get help with a partial move--loading a 16ft Penske rental truck from my 1BR, 3rd floor walk-up, for my move to the west coast.

I'm currently getting some quotes from moving companies for a partial move, but I'm assuming this is going to be the most expensive option. I also don't want to ask my friends to help (the cheapest option?).

That said, has anyone had...

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Hi, I'm wondering what the EveryBlock community has to share regarding alternative ways to get help with a partial move--loading a 16ft Penske rental truck from my 1BR, 3rd floor walk-up, for my move to the west coast.

I'm currently getting some quotes from moving companies for a partial move, but I'm assuming this is going to be the most expensive option. I also don't want to ask my friends to help (the cheapest option?).

That said, has anyone had luck posting an ad for this kind of assistance on Craigslist or some other site? If so, how did it work out? Any other cost-effective suggestions? Ideally, I'd like to be spending $300 max (I hope this isn't horribly unrealistic on my part).

  • Post the task on TaskRabbit.com and someone will help you out.

  • Check out microshipinc.com. I have used them twice for partial moves and was very satisfied.

41 hours ago

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42 hours ago

Borelli Pizza....awesome family-centric fun and dining

After reading a post about this place, I decided to check it out. I wound up throwing my pre-teen son a surprise birthday party there this past Friday. Great time had by all. This place is a real gem. I do think the owners---who are amazing people--should market the concept as a family fun place, as this is not the type of pizza place you go to for a first date...or even a second or third date...it's where you go...

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After reading a post about this place, I decided to check it out. I wound up throwing my pre-teen son a surprise birthday party there this past Friday. Great time had by all. This place is a real gem. I do think the owners---who are amazing people--should market the concept as a family fun place, as this is not the type of pizza place you go to for a first date...or even a second or third date...it's where you go with your kids to dine and have a good time. Lots of kids running around and playing arcade games, ping pong and even cards. The milkshake bar is super fun and yummy. If you have kids and like pizza (and like BYOB), I highly recommend checking out Borelli Pizza on the 2100 west block of Lawrence. We will be back. thanks for a great party for my son!

2 days ago

Looking for a parking space near Montrose and Albany

Does anybody know or have a parking space available for rent around the 3100 Block of Montrose?

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Fish Market near Ravenswood Manor?

Wondering if anyone has a reco for a GREAT fish market in the area? Mariano's just doesn't cut it - really disappointed in their selection. Anything along the lines of a Dirk's Seafood on Clybourn?

  • The Fish Guy or New England Seafood Co.

  • Second New England Seafood, on Lincoln, right by Dinkel's bakery. Good stuff.

2 days ago

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Lawrence and Clark development?

Does anybody know if there are any plans to develop the vacant lot on the NW corner of Lawrence/Clark? For sale sign is still up but there's a new dumpster in the lot and several cars have parked there over the last few days. Just wondering if anyone has heard anything. If not, I'm curious to see others thoughts on what they'd like to see developed on the lot.

  • Thanks Rachel and Sabrina. They have great retail frontage on both Clark and Lawrence so I'm eager to see the configuration of the property. I figured they'd eventually put in some kind of retail in the 1st floor but there's already enough empty storefronts around there. It's better than an empty eyesore but I hope they can actually secure some good tenants.

  • I look forward to not having my clothes torn on the nasty slumlord wire fence

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Laminate flooring for sale

8 boxes of Lock and seal flooring, 7 yr warranty from manufacture. Each box covers 17.74 sq ft. Has pre attached underlayment. Glue less locking system. Oak in color. Asking $30.00 per box can be delivered for additional charge. Cash only.

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    Do you have a photo?

  • Yes I couldn't attach it so if you send me your email or email private I'll send it to you. My email is thedoghouse913316@att.net

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Marianos

on Sheridan opening 4-22 according to their website

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