27 hours ago

Updated 41 min ago

ISO of Uber/Lyft Feedback

Hi

I have never taken an Uber or a Lyft. I have been hearing a lot of not so good things about UBER and when I search online read eben more negatives..including being overcharged, not getting Uber credits, some scary drivers etc. I haven't read or heard too much about Lyft..wondering what your experiences have been. Should I even try them or just stick to cabs?

  • If you use code e4gpm, your first ride is free up to $20!

  • Sandy in EdgeGlen EdgeGlen since 1987

    Formerly used Hailo, a regular taxi-aggregator app which like Uber, billed the fare (including preset tip rate) to my acct. Though when Hailo worked it was marvelous, more often than not it would cycle through several drivers before informing me “sorry, no cabs in your area--try again later.” Or it...

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    Formerly used Hailo, a regular taxi-aggregator app which like Uber, billed the fare (including preset tip rate) to my acct. Though when Hailo worked it was marvelous, more often than not it would cycle through several drivers before informing me “sorry, no cabs in your area--try again later.” Or it would tell me the cab had arrived when hadn't. Or as I waited, I would watch the little locator map in disbelief as the driver was headed in the wrong direction, away from me. Then Hailo pulled out of N. America entirely, claiming Uber had put them out of business (wonder why....).

    So I started using Uber X. Never had a bad experience with them. They arrive ridiculously fast in clean late-model cars; drivers seem professional and courteous (and charge about 60% of what a taxi would cost). Still take taxis from the airports, and (at least in the US) I never know whether I’m gonna get a well-maintained cab or an ancient defrocked cop-car with dead shocks and recapped tires.

    Was recently in Spain, chagrined to learn that both Uber and Lyft are banned there (as they also are in Vegas), probably because taxis are plentiful and their lobby powerful. (In Vegas, you also pay a $3 premium for using plastic). But heading back from a soccer game in Barcelona, limping over 1/2 mi. with no cabs in sight, I tried Hailo (which does still operate in Spain). You guessed it: “no drivers available in your area.” Ended up flagging an unlicensed freelance limo, analogous to an Uber Black. Our driver turned out to be a newcomer from India, who spoke less Spanish and knew Barcelona less than I do--had to fire up my GPS and direct HIM back to the hotel! But the fare was not outrageous and he stuck to his stated flat fare instead of running up a meter.

    Friend of mine in L.A. drives for Lyft. Might download that app and see how it compares to Uber. But so far, I’m fine with Uber, at least here in Chicago.

9 hours ago

Updated 50 min ago

Reward!! Lost Cat in Andersonville!

Cat lost in Andersonville near Farragut/Glenwood. Large grey cat with very faint tabby/swirl markings. Very sweet but very skittish when scared. Reward!

  • post/check Craigslist and Lost Cats of Illinois (facebook) also even if your cat is chipped check Animal Care and Control (call 311 for hours/info) as chip can shift Come home cat

  • Thank you so much for the advice! He was found a couple of hours ago by a neighbor. I love this community, so many people helped make it possible that my little guy came home safe and sound.

  • YEAH!

15 hours ago

Updated 53 min ago

Pub 626

I noticed the space that used to be Bullhead Cantina has re-opened as Pub 626. Saw some beer signs in the windows and a dry erase board saying "open" outside the door. Anyone know anything about the new concept?

  • Barton G The Official Barton

    JeffyO scooped the news on this one. You can read it yourself at the blog. (http://chevanstonrogerspark.blogspot.com/). It's a bar serving Mexican fare complete with a photo booth, stand up arcade Pac-Man, pool table and jukebox! What a weird combo; beer, tacos and Pac-Man. But it's not gay bar in the...

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    JeffyO scooped the news on this one. You can read it yourself at the blog. (http://chevanstonrogerspark.blogspot.com/). It's a bar serving Mexican fare complete with a photo booth, stand up arcade Pac-Man, pool table and jukebox! What a weird combo; beer, tacos and Pac-Man. But it's not gay bar in the traditional sense; more like gay friendly he said. The opening was softer than soft (unannounced and no fanfare). Now here's the kicker. He also said it's "Brought to you by the same schm¶¢ks as the Glenwood". Sounds like it's the most recent business attempt in the chain that used to include T's and Sofo in Uptown and Sidecar and MorseL in Rogers Park.

  • Evanston Peggy i love creating troll accounts and bullying people

    The opening night pictures looked sad. It's like Colm isn't even trying any more. Just a sad banner with the new kitschy name of this latest tax write off of his. As soon as he's done writing off some more bad debt from his fledgling Glenwood bar it will be empty again. I give it 4 months.

Feb 26

Updated 2 hours ago

Chicago 49th Ward Democratic Committeeman 2016 Race

Ward Committeemen - Cook County Democratic Party - Ward Committeeman
http://cookcountydems.com/ward

  • Oh dear lord. Crazy Time is now.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Dee, you haven't met Rob yet, but when you do you'll see why "Tommy's Mommy" (who isn't anyone's mommy) and I Love RP (who doesn't) might be little more than splats on the pavement if they ever said such things to Rob's face.

11 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

mariano's edgewater finally has improved

for everyone out there who tells me i am mr negative when it comes our mariano's in edgewater i am hear to tell you after a year they finally have improved.. it stared when the now former manager was transferred a few months ago and they were actually allowed to stock the shelves , though i will still not understand the idea of bringing your products in from wisconsin when you have 30+ stores in the chicago area.. i have...

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for everyone out there who tells me i am mr negative when it comes our mariano's in edgewater i am hear to tell you after a year they finally have improved.. it stared when the now former manager was transferred a few months ago and they were actually allowed to stock the shelves , though i will still not understand the idea of bringing your products in from wisconsin when you have 30+ stores in the chicago area.. i have found two great front end employees who take very good care of this senior, one i believe is the assistant manager who is allowed to do what is right with the former head manager gone...

so now you can not tell me i am always negative towards this store...

  • Marvin and Sandra are good employees also; they are responsible for closing. They pretty much ensure that the compressors are off on the trailer parked at the dock overnight. ( By statute, those can only be "on" from 8 AM to 8 PM.) For pet owners, the pet section is pretty minimal, so I don't usually buy those supplies there. Prices seem to have become more competitive, however, I still buy a lot at Aldi. I like Pete's Market, and Cermak, too.

  • Wow y'all are like the Gladys Kravitz of grocery store shoppers.

5 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Dog Flu Shot

Has anyone had their dog immunized yet for the dog flu going around?

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    I get your points, Kat. However, I was thinking along the lines of cleanliness and extra protection beyond limiting social activity. As you mentioned, the virus is airborne and can live on surfaces. Many people have dogs in multi-unit buildings. We can't avoid walking our dogs so even though people...

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    I get your points, Kat. However, I was thinking along the lines of cleanliness and extra protection beyond limiting social activity. As you mentioned, the virus is airborne and can live on surfaces. Many people have dogs in multi-unit buildings. We can't avoid walking our dogs so even though people keep their dogs isolated, a dog could still pick it up while going out to do their duties. That's all.

    My dog had furry feet so I often had to wash them or he would bring half of Rogers Park in the house, or worse, salt in the winter. He certainly didn't mind a warm pedicure at the end of the day :)

  • Veronika "Kat" LiBeth Block Captain Obvious, Rocket Surgeon

    Lysol spray around common areas of your building can help. I would keep a can outside my front door and as I put the dog inside, backtrack with the spray so it "grabs" virus from the air, spray high and low, too, so it lands along the carpet and other...

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    Lysol spray around common areas of your building can help. I would keep a can outside my front door and as I put the dog inside, backtrack with the spray so it "grabs" virus from the air, spray high and low, too, so it lands along the carpet and other surfaces. It's not perfect, but it can help. If you're friendly with your neighbors, see if you can get them to do the same.

    I won't get into a long explanation about exposure and cross-contamination, but I get why you would wash your particular doggie's feet - to get the RoPa off! But as far as catching the virus, that ship would be sailed long before any dog washing can happen.

    Hope everyone's pets stay well.

14 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Are RP Housing Values Up

Just wondering...the market values of condos in my building were abysmal after the housing market took a dive. I heard recently property values have come back a lot and that the market has really picked up. At the time values were in the basement, our apartment wasn't worth close to what we paid for it. My husband said he hoped the bank didn't decide to call the loan. I'm not expecting to make a profit eve; just want to get back what we paid, at the very least. Any thoughts on this?

  • FebGirl Once a bride, but never a bridesmaid

    Thanks, Truver. That helps.

  • Hi FebGirl, I am a licensed realtor and lifelong Chicagoan, I would be more than happy to give you a free market analysis of your condo my email is mike.gallagher@cbexchange.com

Apr 01

Updated 4 hours ago

Owner confirms Chukie Cheese to replace former Bullhead.

Neighbor's welcome the news and as several have already noted only the signage needed will be "Cheese".
TC laughed because that is exactly what caused the delay. As confirmed last night that it would already be opened except the signage form department rejected the initial permit for a "Cheese" only sign on Morse Avenue.
Seems signage request must match DBA permit.
Kids are very excited as the owner agrees to old Margies promo that any kid with an "A" on their report card gets a free ice creme.

  • Sarahdonis 20+ year neighbor, 48th ward

    I'm not particularly fond of the blue hair, but I do like those saffron robes, the dancing, and the chanting. And those henna tattoos leave the opportunity for variety;) enjoy the rain, friends. California is suffering a major drought!

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Now open.

38 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

From the Chamber

We all know that this is a joke; it's already a done deal. However, we should go make some noise, shouldn't we?

Notice of Important Community Meeting Regarding the Southeast Corner of
Devon and McCormick

Monday, April 20, 2015
6:30 pm
West Ridge Elementary School
6700 N. Whipple

Alderman Silverstein has called this meeting to gauge community support for plans to remove the eyesore at this intersection that has existed for most of a decade.

It is crucial that you attend this meeting to show your support for the renewal of this western gateway to West Rogers Park. YOU will make a difference by being there!

  • JJ in rogers park Rogers parker

    It's been a mess for years. But I am tired of people just being negative. If you have an idea put it out there. Go get some funding and make a plan. Don't just wait around to knock other's proposals. Unless someone has a genuine viable well funded plan to reuse the building, tear it down. A vacnt lot is better tahan an empty eyesore.

  • robin in WRP Feelin' Feisty

    JJ - there is was a great proposal for a cultural center

29 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

New vegetarian restaurant very chic and tasty howard and sheridan!!

Wow finaly we have a place to enjoy vegetarian, healthly, and
Natural fruit juices! good prices and most of cleaness a plus!
Love!!! Fantastic! Awsone!

  • Jennifer, I had the chicharron....it wasn't crunchy because of the sauce. I have never had real chicharron (unless pork rinds eaten as a kid count....shudder) so I have nothing to compare it to, but it tasted good.

  • Friday 10-5 though :(

33 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Looking for Advice

We are tangled in an absolutely ridiculous situation with our condo association & Kass Management that's boiling down to egos, grudges & powertrips. We have legal representation because we fear this might go that route, but are looking for further advice.

If anyone has experience in dealing with Kass Management and/or contesting issues & filing grievances with their condo association, could you please PM me?

We are trying to figure out the best way to resolve this, but we are not going to back down & are feeling bullied. Any help in navigating this would be much appreciated.

  • EPD Babies are such a nice way to start people.

    I'll post more specifics later today, but I've got an increasingly active 4-month old & we've been out & about in the neighborhood lately & are enjoying the beautiful weather today!

    It's a bit of a complex situation, so I'm not sure how to describe it properly without writing a...

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    I'll post more specifics later today, but I've got an increasingly active 4-month old & we've been out & about in the neighborhood lately & are enjoying the beautiful weather today!

    It's a bit of a complex situation, so I'm not sure how to describe it properly without writing a novel since this has been an ongoing issue. But basically, we've been fined for something not even described in the bylaws/rules/regulations, we are being denied any proof that a violation was committed & the fine was levied in a manner completely inconsistent with written procedure.

    I'm mostly looking for the experiences of other people with Kass Management & their own BoDs & management companies. Thanks to everyone who has PMed me & posted here.

  • EPD Babies are such a nice way to start people.

    Nevermind. This thread was mentioned in an e-mail from our property manager, so it's obviously not a good idea to post any further details. If Kass is monitoring social media for their mention, I respect that as being completely within their right.

    However, if a neighbor forwarded this message to...

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    Nevermind. This thread was mentioned in an e-mail from our property manager, so it's obviously not a good idea to post any further details. If Kass is monitoring social media for their mention, I respect that as being completely within their right.

    However, if a neighbor forwarded this message to our property manager, if you have any questions or concerns or are the one(s) lodging complaints against us, since you likely know who we are & may or may not be aware of the situation, please feel free to approach us at any time. I'm positive you'll find us to be friendly & sensible & we welcome any of our neighbors to communicate with us directly by whichever means they find most comfortable.

2 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

In Defense of Sullivan High School

Noble St wants to open a charter high school at St. Jerome's in Rogers Park. We all know what charter schools have meant for the majority of our students Charters drain students impacting enrollment and our already limited resources. They also only take the students they want. I encourage you to call and write the Mayor's office, Reps Cassidy & Schakowsky & Ald. Moore to tell them loudly and clearly that Rogers Park does not need another charter!

  • Here's roughly how the story goes: basically Barbara decided to hire her old employers to provide leadership development training for Chicago principals. No one knows exactly why the training was deemed necessary. The principals were notified out of the blue in the middle of the summer--some of them while traveling...

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    Here's roughly how the story goes: basically Barbara decided to hire her old employers to provide leadership development training for Chicago principals. No one knows exactly why the training was deemed necessary. The principals were notified out of the blue in the middle of the summer--some of them while traveling on vacation--that they had to report immediately. The hired "experts," from a private company called SUPES, apparently had little knowledge of the intricacies of the Chicago school system and the principals complained about how worthless the experience was. All for $20.5 million, which Barbara awarded and David Vitale and his school board quickly approved without seeking competitive bids. Other companies in Chicago that provide similar, more Chicago-specific training expressed surprise when they learned of the deal, because no one had ever reached out to them to see if they might be interested in receiving t.w.e.n.t.y. m.i.l.l.i.o.n d.o.l.l.a.r.s.
    But we won't have an opportunity to express our displeasure at the ballot box because the school board is appointed, not elected. This is a demonstration of Barbara Byrd Bennet's corruption (she has a history), but it's also the next big gaffe for the bumbling David Vitale, the guy who approved those ridiculous toxic swaps a decade ago that ended up costing CPS millions of dollars. Barbara is out, but David should be, too. But probably won't be, because the mayor would likely feel that would reflect badly on him. The teacher's union is probably correct in pointing out that the mayor himself is really the one responsible here.

  • K Coffee anthropologist

    another demonstration of how privatization utilizes public funds for the greater good of a few well placed individuals.

    and since it should be underscored, the investigation was kept under wraps until after the run-off so that Rahm 'I've got a plan - and I know how to manage money!' Emanuel would not have to answer for it.

    get those Hallmark cards in to the feds.

7 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Thanks

for letting me what is going on here.
Not good news about school.
My sentence structure was wrong.

8 hours ago

Raven Theatre’s New Play Tackles The Topic Of Aging

Some productions are hard to watch. They aren’t filled with warm jokes, they don’t toy with absurdism, and they have no intention of helping audience members escape reality. Yet that’s exactly what “The Bird Feeder Doesn’t Know” was celebrated for during a question-and-answer session after its Sunday, April 12, showing at The Raven Theatre, 6157 […]

8 hours ago

Registration Open for 2015 Artist of the Wall Festival to be held on June 20 & 21

04.07.2015 Registration is now open for the 22nd Annual Artist of the Wall Festival for 2015. This year's theme is Expressions of Light. Spaces on the Wall are offered on a first come basis, assigned per your post mark date. Please click on "More" to review all of the attached information, complete page # 1, prepare your check or money order, and get those two (2) items in the mail --- NOW. [please do not mail us pages 2,3 or 4] You may mail page # 5, the sponsorship form, if you or your business or a friend would like to be a "Sponsor this year." PLEASE do not hold up your registration form for a sponsorship candidate. We have a limited number of painting spaces, only 160. Last year all but 20 of the 160 spaces were pre-sold by the pre-festival closing date prior to Father's Day Weekend! The registration tent opens at 9am on both days. Thank you, Laura Rubow and The AoW committee for 2015. [where: ]

8 hours ago

CMSA robotics team on Channel 7 News!

Tune in to Channel 7 News tomorrow morning at 8:20am to see the RoboTitans live on the newscast. Enjoy!

Apr 07

Updated 8 hours ago

Western and Pratt

I noticed that there is fencing around the building. Anyone know what the plan is?

Looks like it was sold last year: http://m.koenigrubloff.com/mobile/commercial-for-sale/6800-n-western-avenue-chicago-il-60645-71003113

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    Mary, I remember those bingo nights because so many of my neighbors in Rogers Park would go. Every once in awhile on the Western bus someone will remark that they used to play bingo there. Fond memories for some, anyway!

  • That bingo hall was mentioned in Adam Langner's book Crossing California. (Great book about Rogers Park neighborhood in the 1970s) I often wished that building would reopen as a hipster bingo hall.

27 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Nudity, liquor, strip clubs

Read online today that Ed Burke wants to change the law so liquor can be served in strip clubs. Then you will be able to order an alcoholic drink and your server need not wear clothes. With all going on in our city (underfunded pensions, low bond ratings, crime, etc) I for one am so happy he is addressiing such important issues. No doubt strippers and customers alike are thrilled.

  • This city is a surprisingly Puritanical place. And schizoid: frown on wet strip clubs but say yes to future drunken casinos?

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    I would bet that the alcohol ban in strip joints was due to the long history of people being "clipped" in these places after getting drunk.

13 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Alderman Moore to Hold Community Meeting on Proposed Tavern at 6651 N. Clark

I invite you to attend a community meeting about a proposed new tavern at 6651 N. Clark (between Wallen and North Shore). The meeting will take place Wednesday, April 22nd, 7:00 p.m. at the location of the proposed tavern--6651 N. Clark. Photos of the interior of the proposed tavern are below.

The meeting is for informational purposes only, as the application does not require aldermanic approval. The zoning classification for the property allows for a tavern and the liquor moratorium...

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I invite you to attend a community meeting about a proposed new tavern at 6651 N. Clark (between Wallen and North Shore). The meeting will take place Wednesday, April 22nd, 7:00 p.m. at the location of the proposed tavern--6651 N. Clark. Photos of the interior of the proposed tavern are below.

The meeting is for informational purposes only, as the application does not require aldermanic approval. The zoning classification for the property allows for a tavern and the liquor moratorium in the 49th Ward applies to packaged goods licenses only, not taverns or restaurants.

The liquor license application, however, must be approved by the City of Chicago's Local Liquor Control Commissioner, Mr. Gregory Steadman. The Liquor Control Commissioner has 45 to 90 days from the receipt of the application to either grant or deny the application. The applicants have agreed to refrain from filing their application until after the community meeting next week.

For more information on the City's liquor licensing process, visit:

http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bacp/provdrs/liquor_licenses.html

The applicants are Koshaba Khamis, who owns the building that would house the proposed tavern, and his business partners, Eddie Markhay and Nabil Draha.

Mr. Khamis has 30 years of experience in the beverage and hospitality business. Mr. Khamis once operated the restaurant, Big Buns and Pita, later known as Sahara Kabob, which was located next door to the proposed tavern. He also owned the tavern known as MK Lounge, located at the northwest corner of Clark and Devon, from 1986 to 1990.

Mr. Markhay and Mr. Draha own the Garden of Eden Mediterranean Restaurant, located at 7156 N. California.

At the meeting, the applicants will show the improvements they've made to the interior of the premises, explain their proposed business plan and respond to your questions and comments.

  • Cody Mac mixicologist

    The Garden of Eden is a first class restaurant operation and, if the new business on Clark Street is anything like it, it also will be very well run by the same owners.

  • IC1(SW) Iraq Veteran academic and social servant

    This development, along with another article about a potential brewery on Devon is fantastic.

3 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

I need everyone's opinion here

Do you all believe that the gang violence in Chicago is from the result of drugs or gang retaliation of deaths. I mean we all know that drugs may be the big cause of gangs within other large cities like New York or LA, but does this cause really match up for Chicago, and if so how? I need great ideas for my paper

  • BTW Hip Hop is just a musical style. If a person doesn't have the basic sense to know its just a bunch of words set to tone they're hardly going to understand the difference between right and wrong.
    My belief is that 99% of us have an instinct of knowing...

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    BTW Hip Hop is just a musical style. If a person doesn't have the basic sense to know its just a bunch of words set to tone they're hardly going to understand the difference between right and wrong.
    My belief is that 99% of us have an instinct of knowing whats right and wrong. The last 1% are the lower than animals who kill for shoes, beat up toddlers (a recent news item) and the weaker (men AND women).
    It's an entitlement issue. From the street punks (yes, women too) to the corporate criminals stealing millions. The gain is great if you get away and the punishment is minimal if caught.

  • Early Prevention use to work and still could !!! To prevent Gang and Drug Prevention !!!

11 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

chicago discount cleaners

hey i have been trying to get in touch with the chicago discount cleaners on broadway by the new whole foods and they do not answer the phone.. i have called early mid day and late.. tried to reach via the website, no response...

does anyone know how to get them by email or social media so i can ask a question and get an answer

  • They have a few other locations (kennythekleener) maybe if you called one of them they can let you know if there has been a phone change/phone problems

4 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Looking for local motorcycle shop I can trust

I have a Triumph and the nearest dealer is in the suburbs. Can anyone recommend a trustworthy motorcycle service shop in Chicago?

  • My husband just took his motorcycle to ACME Cycle at Belmont and Cicero. His bike has never run better, and they even found a potential brake issue he didn't know he had. Apparently they have a really good mechanic there that's been around Chicago for a long time.

  • HarleyGrrl Why YES! People actually DO live on Clark St!

    I have taken the metrics to Motorcycle Mania - liked it better when John from South Africa was there - but good shop- they get super busy so you have to stay on them. Motorwerks is good too. There is also a group trying to start a place where you can work on your own bikes and use their lifts etc - not sure they are up and running yet - they were on the meetup groups talking about it

13 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

former Bullhead Cantina

Last night I saw patrons in the former Bullhead Cantina at Morse and Glenwood, and the signs in the window lit up, but I was driving by and could not see a business name anywhere. Does anyone know if there is a new business open there or if it was a special event?

3 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Gang activity at Ashland and Jonquil

Has anyone heard of crime or gang activity near Ashland and Jonquil (near the school there)? I've been hearing mixed things and crime reports don't necessarily reflect that. There seems to be some decent police presence. We're moving in soon. Any other resources I could look at?

  • Jonquil Friend Wicca, Necromancy, Voodoo, Xbox.

    I live NOH and I accept is not so nice.

  • d3 NOH

    another thing to consider is why people moved here, which weighs into why some people are more concerned and others not concerned about crime.. everyone has their own needs and my desires are probably different for me and say the above poster. there are things in this neighborhood you can't get anywhere else.

28 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

New WBEZ story: 1000+ Chicago apartment buildings still don't provide recycling

Did you see this new story from public radio's Curious City program? It says even though it's the law in Chicago that apartment building provide recycling for residents, a great many ignore the law. The last citation issued by the city? 2011.

http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/why-apartments-are-blind-spot-chicagos-recycling-program-111883

I wonder how many buildings don't recycle in Rogers Park? There's a self-report website here: you can zoom in and find landlords that are dodging the law. http://mybuildingdoesntrecycle.com/

To me, I'd want our alderman to make this an issue. Anyone in buildings that don't?

  • Rachel Freelance Writer and Editor

    Agreed about padlocks, but I'd rather have locked dumpsters than no recycling. Besides I have to deal with a lock just to get back in my building's backdoor from the alley (after I take the trash out.) One more lock wouldn't be a big deal.

  • d3 NOH

    coming sooooooooon... the bluetooth unlocked dumpster. IoT yo!

34 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Core aeration for lawn?

I need my front and back yards aerated. Dose anyone have a lawn service they can recommend ?

  • By the lake By the lake

    If you are young with small children, put them to work and aerate the yard the way my parents did.

    But why not go green and plant something different? Rye, chamomile, alysium, so many beautiful alternatives. The Chicago Botanic Garden has lovely advice for labor saving and green alternatives depending on your sun and ecosystem.

  • Mac I complain on EB on the regular.

    You can save money and use a pitch fork

  • The Bishops 10+ years NOH....yeah, we're here to stay

    In a shocking attempt to answer the OP question, we have been using Greenwise Landscaping for a number of years, core aeration is one of the services they provide. More info can be found at http://www.iamgreenwise.com/. If you decide to use them, please let them know the Bishops on Juneway referred you, hopefully they'll throw a little love back at us!

    - chris

15 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Bliss

I am so grateful for love this morning....U can always change who you are to who you were meant to be and that is through love.
What are you grateful for today?

15 hours ago

You have 6 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

2 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Street sweepers

Hello neighbors, any idea when street sweepers will be coming down north at louis ave off of peterson? Currently out of town until the 25 and don't want to come home to a ticket.

  • robin in WRP Feelin' Feisty

    The city's alert system is surprisingly accurate. Sign up here: http://sweeparound.us/

  • Thanks guys! I would call but rates are incredibly high at 2.99 a minute, plus new to the city I don't know who my alderman is yet... But the sweep around us helped! Thank you so much!

3 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Anyone know what happened?

Feeling a little shaken up. First time ever since living here. Sitting on my patio getting some fresh air after a long day & some dude rushes into the courtyard chased by police & is subsequently arrested. The yelling & commotion was loud enough to wake up my daughter.

Is there a way to find out what happened? The police handled the situation swiftly, but I'm still feeling uneasy since it literally happened right in front of me when I wasn't expecting it.

  • Michael Archangel Just trying to balance out the "haters"

    @Cody Mac - So, I see you got a typical NfaC reply, which was basically that he stands by his claim. Note that he never provides any evidence to validate his claim...he merely repeats them as if that makes his musings fact.

    So far, my favorite one was a little...

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    @Cody Mac - So, I see you got a typical NfaC reply, which was basically that he stands by his claim. Note that he never provides any evidence to validate his claim...he merely repeats them as if that makes his musings fact.

    So far, my favorite one was a little rant that he was on where he claimed that Joe Moore was pressuring Anita Alvarez to dismiss or not pursue cases in order to put the criminals back on the street because they constitute Joe's voting block. When I pressed him on the matter he claimed that his sources were police detectives but, of course, he could not name them. However, we were supposed to take his word on the matter! Then, he completely changed the subject and attacked the alderman for being anti-police.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    And as anyone who knows the person Needy is referring to knows that's not her name.

2 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Missing Cat

Hey all, has anybody seen this cat? She disappeared yesterday afternoon by Pratt and Ashland. Her name is Ramona and responds to being called such or "Mona". She is a domestic medium-hair but is often confused with Siamese since she has similar markings. She's a curious one and slipped out on me through the back porch. She is microchipped but unfortunately I haven't received any calls so she must be outside. All white paws and a white spot on forehead. Very friendly cat who likes approaching people. Please call 305-987-3049 if any info!! Reward offered.

  • d3 NOH

    I've seen the feral cats around here... have seen coyotes too. (actually was just hearing them howl a few mins ago)... there was one in our backyard for 2 days about 2 weeks ago... went between my yard and the two adjacent neighbors yard for 2 days. the first day we thought coyote was there trying to capture some wildlife. pretty sure either a skunk or feral cat live by where he was hanging out, or both.. but then second day it just made me think he was lost.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Carolina, did Ramona come home? I hope so. I notice that your Facebook post on RP Neighborhood News has disappeared.

22 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Need a good accountant please....

I have to file a last minute extension.....

  • Deborah Grimson I am a musician for hire. Piano, flute, recorder.

    Eddie Friedman at 847-542-0770. I've known him for 10 years now, and is very professional, and fast. Tell him I sent you!

  • von Dahm Rogers Park Beach Lover

    Thank you for all the informative responses. You Rogers Park people are the best!

3 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Rogers park running club

We trying to start a running club here in Rogers Park! Would you like to join us?

  • don't worries! a mile is perfect and a smart way to start!

  • Melissa Jaen Linguist, photographer, wannabe Broadway actress

    Saturday morning at 8, Estes and the Lake? Count me in! I'll try my best to be there! :) Get ready for the queen of jog/walk alternation!

Apr 08

Updated 27 hours ago

Mattress Dumping

Hi,
I have called 311 on Sunday, a neighbor called 311 on Monday and I also entered a report on line to 311 to have the mattresses removed. They were dumped in a vacant lot on Maplewood & Rosemont. Any other suggestions on who to call to have them removed? They were still there as of last night, Tuesday. Just trying to keep the area clean!

  • Call your Alderman's office and let them know its there. Ask them to call Streets and Sans to do a pick up.

  • mary b lived in same 5 or so square miles for 59+yrs.

    I've lived across the street from said lot for almost 20yrs. this has never really been a problem. it actually surprises me that it doesn't happen more often. I have had someone's construction debris dumped behind my garage 3 separate times over 1 1/2 yrs. as much as I do not like the current adlerman, when I called the ward office just to start a paper trail in case I got a $1000 ticket for crud dumped there, they sent someone to clean it up each time.

6 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

RCN v. Comcast

Hi RP neighbors. I have seen discussions regarding RCN v. Comcast. As a new resident to RP, I can attest to how horrible Comcast was and just how responsive RCN has been.

Thankfully, I had a 30 day trial with Comcast and cancelled within 10 days. I first called with a problem and they said it was on my end, since it was a self set-up. I had my BF set it up and still nothing. I called the second...

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Hi RP neighbors. I have seen discussions regarding RCN v. Comcast. As a new resident to RP, I can attest to how horrible Comcast was and just how responsive RCN has been.

Thankfully, I had a 30 day trial with Comcast and cancelled within 10 days. I first called with a problem and they said it was on my end, since it was a self set-up. I had my BF set it up and still nothing. I called the second day, they said it was an outage and would be back up at 9. I called for 2 more days and each time received a different excuse for the outage. Day 5 of no cable or Internet (the later being the most important because of school), they offered to send someone out. That person never showed. I cancelled the service. Someone was supposed to come and pick the equipment up, again another day of waiting during that 2 hour window. Guess what, no one showed. I called Comcast and they said they would mail a return label. Guess what no return label. After going through a bunch of paperwork, I finally got a return label and sent it back. Only to have Comcast call me every day (sometimes twice a day) to harass me about the equipment I returned. If only they had put this much effort into getting me reliable service.

My RCN experience. I called to set up the appointment. They called me yesterday to confirm the appointment. The RCN rep called me this morning to say he was a little early and was that okay. He came and set everything up and walked me thru everything (cable and Internet). He just left and gave me his cell - saying if there are any problems within the next 30 days to call him personally and he will return to figure out what is going one. Now that is customer service.

Learn from me!! RCN and not Comcast.

  • d3 NOH

    it's not difficult, it's broken down by item. I have two bills, one internet, one tv. I priced it without Internet and it was $10/mo higher at the time though unbundled. Also, it's not under any contracts so I can just cancel need be and get any other plan avail...

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    it's not difficult, it's broken down by item. I have two bills, one internet, one tv. I priced it without Internet and it was $10/mo higher at the time though unbundled. Also, it's not under any contracts so I can just cancel need be and get any other plan avail at the time

    but #2 is unlikely in the near future given that broadband rates are dropping. the reason my plan hasn't gone up $10/year is because the plans have dropped by at least that in the last few years.

    'For customers who don't pay a $5 monthly service charge, RCN charges $50 per service visit, which is currently free on U-Verse. '

    I've never heard of that fee and have certainly never paid for any technician visits, I've had two at this address because my tivo box is bonkers. This fee sounds like something my Grandmother would've paid for on her rented telephone.

  • maybe you signed up when the service fee wasn't in force. It's now stipulated in the small print.

32 hours ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Early Voting Starts this Saturday; View Sample Ballot for Participatory Budgeting

We've got an action-packed Saturday morning for you in the 49th Ward Service Office. Start your day by voting early in the 49th Ward's Participatory Budgeting election and then join us for the 25th Annual 49th Ward Spring Clean-Up!

Early voting starts Saturday, April 18th, at the 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis). No, there aren't any politicians on the ballot. Instead, you will get to vote for the ward improvement projects you would most like to...

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We've got an action-packed Saturday morning for you in the 49th Ward Service Office. Start your day by voting early in the 49th Ward's Participatory Budgeting election and then join us for the 25th Annual 49th Ward Spring Clean-Up!

Early voting starts Saturday, April 18th, at the 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis). No, there aren't any politicians on the ballot. Instead, you will get to vote for the ward improvement projects you would most like to see implemented this year.

This is all a part of my acclaimed Participatory Budgeting process, and the projects on the ballot were all proposed by your 49th Ward neighbors.

To review a sample ballot for this year's Participatory Budgeting election, click on the attachment below:

http://admin.epagecity.com/site/files/322/157876/519078/732299/PB49_Sample_Ballot_2015.pdf

Though the official Participatory Budgeting Election is still a week away (Saturday, April 25th), we're holding early voting starting this weekend and leading right up until Election Day. You can vote early this weekend at one of two early voting sites:

Saturday, April 18
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
49th Ward Service Office
7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis)

Sunday, April 19
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
St. Jerome's Church
1709 W. Lunt

During the week of April 20th, you can vote early at the 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis). The office will be open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

You can also vote early next week at the "L" stations. The dates, times and locations of the "L" station early voting sites are below:

Monday, April 20
3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Howard "L" Station
(Howard St. entrance)

Tuesday, April 21
3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Morse "L" Station
(Morse and Lunt Ave. entrances)

Wednesday, April 22
3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Jarvis "L" Station

Thursday, April 23
3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Loyola "L" Station
(Sheridan Rd. entrance)

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    After you cast your early vote Saturday, join hundreds of 49th Ward residents as we fan out across the neighborhood, picking up trash, cutting down weeds and planting flowers. We'll meet Saturday, April 18th, 9:00 a.m., for coffee and rolls at the 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at...

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    After you cast your early vote Saturday, join hundreds of 49th Ward residents as we fan out across the neighborhood, picking up trash, cutting down weeds and planting flowers. We'll meet Saturday, April 18th, 9:00 a.m., for coffee and rolls at the 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis) and head out into the neighborhood for some sprucing up.

    We'll return to the office at lunchtime for a fabulous "Taste of the 49th Ward," featuring food from around the world donated by a vast array of 49th Ward restaurants, guaranteed to satisfy every culinary taste.

    This is a wonderful time for block clubs, condominium associations, church groups, and lots of other organizations to come together with individual members of the community to help get the ward ready for the spring and summer. Bring the kids!

    To register for this event, e-mail or call our office at ward49@cityofchicago.org/773-338-5796 and let us know how many folks you're bringing.

    I'll see you Saturday!

3 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Need More Policing in the Tobey Prinz Park area at Pratt Blvd.!

There were too many disturbing individuals with big, cursing mouths and ignorant ways that surfaced during the beautiful weather we've been having. I don't think these people live in the neighborhood. They were blocking sidewalks intimidating people with their presence who were just walking their dogs and having a stroll with their babies in carriages. We need more signs that try and prohibit this behavior and Perhaps, a bit more policing.

  • Cody Mac mixicologist

    Frolive your account was set up barely three weeks ago. Does that also make you one of the "cronies" who lives in a fantasy world with drug dealers, gang bangers and goblins around every corner and in each shadow? Do you consider shoes in a tree as illegal "litter", as one person laughably does, or are they portents of impending criminal doom?

  • Yes! This is a new account. Somehow I could not log in to my old account. I think I've read in the past that others experienced the same problem.
    I'm definitely no one's cronie. I don't believe in goblins and am not afraid of any shadow. I'm not afraid of...

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    Yes! This is a new account. Somehow I could not log in to my old account. I think I've read in the past that others experienced the same problem.
    I'm definitely no one's cronie. I don't believe in goblins and am not afraid of any shadow. I'm not afraid of much actually.
    I do believe that there is a real problem with gangs and drugs in Rogers Park. The two go hand in hand! Do you agree with that statement?
    As far as shoes in a tree or on the power line, I'm not sure what that represents. It could be kids goofing around or it could an advertisement for a drug area. I couldn't be certain unless I saw and asked the person who was tossing them up there what the significance was...

Jun 12

Updated 37 hours ago

Good Morning

Don't you just love it when someone smiles at you and says "Hi" and "good morning" to you first thing in the morning(I do).Say hi to your neighbors
greet them, have a good day.

  • They say if you worry about losing weight it slows your weight loss .I say find a friend or dog and walk w/ them .We all pick up winter flab and I'm also working hard to get it off and if you guys know of some good tread mill music, please feel free to post it .

    Good Morning Carpe Diem.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CmwtTUMvEg

  • Love it! Thanks for posting.

Apr 09

Updated 37 hours ago

Another Charter School in Rogers Park?

Alderman Moore:

I recently learned of a proposal to bring yet another charter high school to Rogers Park. This requests that you:

-oppose the specific proposal for a Noble Street school in Rogers Park;
-oppose bringing any additional charter schools into Rogers Park;
-bring proposals for any new schools to a local, public forum in which you and officials from the school are present to address constituent concerns.

Thank you.
Megan Cusick

  • Catbus Philosopher, Third-Class

    That article ran in the Washington Post on April 9. Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/04/09/guiding-principles-for-a-more-enlightened-u-s-education-policy/

    Key quotes:

    "[T]he policy response from Washington and in statehouses continues to focus largely on silver-bullet strategies that lack a foundation in research and have fallen markedly short of their goals. Current policy tries to force improvement by...

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    That article ran in the Washington Post on April 9. Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/04/09/guiding-principles-for-a-more-enlightened-u-s-education-policy/

    Key quotes:

    "[T]he policy response from Washington and in statehouses continues to focus largely on silver-bullet strategies that lack a foundation in research and have fallen markedly short of their goals. Current policy tries to force improvement by holding educators accountable for students’ test scores and by creating competition among teachers and schools. But these strategies are not improving learning appreciably, let alone creating schools for the 21st century."

    "Ted Kolderie, one of the movement’s early advocates, has recently written that charters have fallen short on their promise of sparking teacher-led innovation because, in recent years, they have largely promoted a single academic model. . . . Furthermore, the accountability and competition strategy has too often undermined the quality of education. Test prep has displaced efforts to make learning interesting and inspiring. Curriculums have gotten narrower. Educators have become increasingly demoralized. And growing numbers of parents are angry about a testing system on overkill.

    "In short, the accountability movement that began in the 1990’s, then became codified in NCLB, is not what America needs. Considering the human and financial resources that have been poured into the approach, its results are at best unimpressive and often worse."

  • Catbus Philosopher, Third-Class

    More:

    "[T]echnology has the potential to free teachers from some traditional tasks so they can probe and challenge individual students’ thinking, guiding and supporting them more personally than before. Classical methods like seminar and lecture are enduring, but technology makes it possible to blend them with other, more personally responsive,...

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    More:

    "[T]echnology has the potential to free teachers from some traditional tasks so they can probe and challenge individual students’ thinking, guiding and supporting them more personally than before. Classical methods like seminar and lecture are enduring, but technology makes it possible to blend them with other, more personally responsive, modes of instruction.

    "In schools for tomorrow, students initiate more of their own learning. They’re taught to ask good questions and to uncover answers as they pursue projects and research similar to the work they’ll do in college or in many jobs. They demonstrate what they’ve learned in settings that mimic college or the workplace: presentations, papers, proposals for action, for instance. . . . In schools for tomorrow, furthermore, students don’t just study the traditional academic subjects. They engage with important issues that involve more than one academic discipline: How to distribute water in America’s arid West, for example, a problem that calls for inquiry in history, politics, science, math, and potentially literature."

    "More enlightened policies might include, but not be limited to . . . [s]upporting the creation of 'authentic' assessments that evaluate higher-order thinking and problem-solving and adopting a standard of 'minimal invasiveness' for standardized testing. States should support professional networks that develop and help localities to develop high quality assessments of difficult-to-measure capacities like critical and creative thinking and problem-solving. States should also adopt a standard of 'minimal invasiveness' for mandated standardized testing, among other things, using methods similar to those employed by the NAEP, which periodically samples student performance within districts and states."

    There's much more here. It's all on target.

38 hours ago

Canine Flu Hits Edgewater, Hospitalizes Some Dogs And Closes Local Rescue

Now considered an “epidemic,” the new strain of canine influenza that started spreading rapidly in mid-March has caused many dog owners to fear for their pets’ health. Canine flu is a highly contagious respiratory infection that is caused by an influenza A virus. The canine influenza virus (CIV) is very similar to the virus that causes equine influenza. […]

Apr 10

Updated 39 hours ago

Indian Boundary Park

Ok so Indian Boundary was remodeled, which I think was an awesome idea. But when you access the website the programs are mainly piano, dance, knitting , and ballet. The age group is split 50/50 from 7-13 and 18 and over. why isn't there any athletic programs such as basketball, boxing, etc. I guess my question is why wasn't sports a part of their schedule?

  • Galena1, I am the president of the Indian Boundary Advisory Council and we would like to start a section on our website called "Memories of Indian Boundary." Would you be willing to submit your story to us for our inaugural post to our new section?

    Everyone else, if you have a story about your memories or your parents memories o Indian Boundary Park, please let me know. The email is indianboundaryparkac@gmail.com

  • Deborah Grimson I am a musician for hire. Piano, flute, recorder.

    I remember coming there with my young cousins growing up. I remember the old playground, and just loving it, especially the "horse swings"! I loved coming to the zoo, and miss it so much!

39 hours ago

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Any K-3 CPS teachers?

I am doing research on social-emotional learning in Chicago Public Schools. If you know a Kindergarten through 3rd grade teacher who might answer some questions for me, please let me know. Thank you thank you!

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